Tuesday, October 11, 2016

what I read in september

sooo it's the first time I've read more than one book in the same month in quite some time. woo! both books happened to be written by the same author, ruth ware - but I definitely enjoyed one more than the other. have you read both of these books already? I feel like everyone has and I'm looking forward to seeing the movie. I also can't wait to see girl on the train soon! linking up with jana and steph, looking forward to seeing what everyone read last month!


lo blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. the sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque north sea. At first, lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. but as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. the problem? all passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…{amazon.com}

my take: A
I'm probably the last person on earth to read this book, but I'm glad that I did. it's a unique premise and the plot left me guessing until the very end, which kept me going. trust your gut, and maybe don't trust others.... my takeaway :) at the end of the book, I kept thinking "don't trust anyone!!" but luckily, this book has a good and fair ending. if you can only read one book - definitely choose this one over in a dark, dark wood.

in a dark, dark wood by ruth ware
what should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the english countryside for a bachelorette party [aka hen do] takes a sinister turn in ruth ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller. when writer leonora is invited to the english countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. but as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the bachelorette party is not alone in the woods. {amazon.com}

my take: B
I just couldn't help the fact that my own bachelorette party is quickly approaching and will be hosted in the mountains of north carolina. I had to read this book - and I sent a copy to each attendee with a note about our bachelorette book club! I figured it would be a quick read, and it was. I plan on using the notes in the back of book to prompt book club discussions, I'm definitely looking forward to bachelorette book club (even if I get made fun of)! sooooooo one amazon reviewer called this book "a scooby doo mystery" - and I don't really disagree. it was pretty light on substance and there were quite a few times I thought the plot was a bit of a stretch. I actually think this will make a great movie, because the level of drama is quite high for real life relevance. 

15 comments:

  1. I love that you sent a book to everyone for your bachelorette party for a book club-- such a fun idea and so perfect for that book! I also liked A Woman in Cabin 10 a bit better than A Dark, Dark Wood-- the suspense element was much higher for me!

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    1. I definitely preferred woman in cabin 10, it was more of a mystery to me. they were both good though!

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  2. I liked IADDW more than Cabin 10. Jana and I are actually discussing this for our podcast this week!

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  3. A Scooby Doo mystery made me laugh. I haven't read either of these books and I have read such mixed reviews on both. Did you like the characters in Woman in Cabin 10? So many people said they were unlikable and that makes me not want to read it.

    I love that you sent your girls the Dark Dark Woods to read for your party! Such a fun and unique idea!

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    1. I felt like they fit the plot and setting on an expensive yacht, maybe not the most likeable people, but realistic. I liked the main character and I guess that's what mattered the most to me!

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  4. what a fun idea to send it to all your girls for a bachelorette book club. i haven't read either of these, but i've heard pretty good things, with some bad things. i'm not super into thrillers or mysteries, so perhaps scooby doo type mysteries will suit me lol

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    1. right... I'm all about scooby doo mysteries! nothing too crazy or violent over here :)

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  5. While I have read In a Dark, Dark Wood yet, I love that you're reading it for your bachelorette party! :) Both books are already on my TBR.

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  6. Even though The Woman In Cabin 10 wasn't my favorite thriller, I did enjoy it while I was reading it. I'm hoping that I'll be able to pick up her other book In A Dark, Dark Wood. I love that you decided to do a bachelorette party book club! I think that it'll be fun to have one thing that y'all can all talk about, besides the wedding!

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    1. that was exactly my thought! diversify the conversation :)

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  7. I love the idea of a bachelorette book club!

    I read both of those books this month, too, and I loathed Cabin 10. Did not mind Dark Dark Wood. I seem to be in the minority opinion.

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  8. Aww, bachelorette book club sounds fun! I hope you ladies have a blast! :)

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  9. I couldn't agree with you more! A Woman in Cabin 10 was definitely better than In A Dark Dark Wood. I understand why people liked both... but let's be serious.... we all know which book was the winner :)

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