Tuesday, June 6, 2017

10 Books I've Torn Through This Year

My friend Heather shared Unputdownable: 17 Books I read in 24 hours or less by Modern Mrs. Darcy the other day, and I immediately wanted to do my own.

Given the types of books I gravitate to, more than a few on my list are mystery/thrillers. Given the time of year, any of these would be well devoured under the shade of a beach umbrella.

You should know that the books I tear through are not always the same as the books I love the best. Sometimes I really hate an element of a book but am driven to find something out I want to know.

In no particular order, books I couldn't put down in 2017 - they are linked to Goodreads and you can find a synopsis there to see if they might fit on your summer reading list.

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh - Twisty and glorious...the twist that made me think I missed something because I was so utterly convinced it was going another way. I like being right, I mean don't we all? But when I'm reading I actually enjoy the reading experience more if I'm wrong. I do not read any book thinking I know more than the author or am better than the author. I read as if it's the author's job to tell me their story in whatever way they choose to. Because it is.

Duplicity by Ingrid Thoft - This is the fourth in the Fina Ludlow series - a kickass private investigator with a bunch of jablonies for a family. I am a huge Fina fan and I always devour a novel in this series as soon as it comes out.

Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally - Lyrical, enchanting, complicated, coming of age.

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain - Very well paced for a book not set up as a mystery/thriller. This tugged at my heart something terrible.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid - I loved this from start to finish. I was surprised at how deep it was, and how much I wanted Evelyn Hugo as a friend despite her deep flaws.

No Coming Back by Keith Houghton - I don't even know how I heard about this, but I read it in 24 hours. Small town, mean hearts, tiny minds...my kind of read.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins - Paula's follow up to the runaway Girl on the Train did not disappoint. In fact, I liked it more than GOTT.

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti - It's hard to describe this book. So you should read it and let's talk about it.

Among the Wicked (Kate Burkholder #8) by Linda Castillo - You should start with the first book, if you are like me and will obsess over beginning in the middle of a series...but that's how good this book was. I couldn't put it down and go back to #1 and get around to it.

The Girl Before by JP Delaney - I read this last week in 24 hours. I'm not sure if I liked it or hated it. That's actually a plus for me...it means I'm still thinking about it days later. When you read as much as I do, that is definitely not always the case.

Show Us Your Books a week from today. Tell me - what books would make this list for you?






21 comments:

  1. You know, I sort of feel the same way about The Girl Before. I didn't care for either of the girls but I still really enjoyed the story. Love love love Evelyn Hugo!!! I just read Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino in about 3 sittings which is saying a lot at this time in my life. A few of these others are on my list and I cant wait to read them!!

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  2. I loved that list on MMD's blog. I am currently tearing through Into the Water (about 100 pages to go), and The Girl Before was the same for me. I had heard such mixed things about Into the Water, but I think I agree with you and I like it more than Girl on the Train (which I did also enjoy more than many people). At least there are some likable characters in Into the Water! I also really enjoyed Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown by B.A. Paris. For me, I Let You Go was slow going until about halfway but I think that's the general consensus. I think Mystery/Suspense fits into this category in some ways more than other books because you just HAVE to find out what happened!!! Salt to the Sea and Tell Me Three Things fit into this for me in the YA genre though :)

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  3. I have Into the Water. Just waiting until after July 1 to read it (I'm using it for a category in Erin's next challenge.) Glad to hear that you liked it, for sometimes the follow up to a massive best seller like TGOTT is a little lackluster. I will certainly add the Taylor Jenkins Reid book to my list as well. I am very impressed with her. I haven't read anything of hers so far that I didn't like.

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  4. I'm a big fan of the genre so need to add these to my list for summer. I'm like you, sometimes I hate a book but really want to know the end so I read as fast as I can to get it over, ha.

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  5. I tore through The Woman in Cabin 10 but only because I disliked it and wanted to finish it. And I wanted to see if I was right. I also ended up tearing through the five books in the YA The Selection series. They read fast and the story line moved along well.

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  6. I felt the same way about The Girl Before (not sure if I liked it or hated it but I had to keep going) and I really enjoyed I Let You Go. I have the TJR book all preordered for next week on audible.
    I listened to The Good Widow in 24 hours this weekend and I'm sure it'd be just as good in print.

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  7. I know what you mean about The Girl Before, it was definitely one that I didn't want to put down because I was so anxious to see what happens. Dark Matter has been the one book I literally read in one (or maybe 2 sittings), which doesn't happen often for me.

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  8. I need to pull the trigger & get I Let you Go.. I keep hearing so much about it

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  9. I have not read any of these, I must get on my reading. Three weeks till vacay and I hope to read one per day, fingers crossed!

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  10. I read the end and go back and read leisurely to see if I missed any important details. #epitomeofimpatience.
    Love. Your. Momma.

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  11. I haven't heard of some of these so I will definitely be checking them out! Evelyn Hugo was so so great!

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  12. I tore through The Hate U Give. Unputdownable.

    Concur on Evelyn and Samuel

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  13. I cannot wait to read Into the Water!!! I couldn't put GOTT down so I'm anxious to read this one.

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  14. I love this idea! This post made me finally add The Seven Husbands and Into the Water to my to-read list :)

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  15. I have The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Into the Water on reserve at the library. Can't wait until they come in!

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  16. Thank you very much for sharing the list of books that you have torn through this year. I will have a look my own to check how interesting are these. Dissertation writing services

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  17. I was missing some of these from my to read list. I love a good series and it's been so long since I've started one. I've got Loyalty on my hold list at the library :) Also, I feel similar about The Girl Before. I couldn't put it down, but I don't know if I'd recommend it to anyone. I think they are making that one a movie and I'd be interested to see how it goes.

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  18. I thought the twist in I Let You Go was so well done! I did not see it coming at all, then had to go back and skim through the first couple chapters to see how she did it. The second half was more gripping than the first but I did not enjoy reading the chapters from the husband POV.
    Samuel Hawley and the new Paula Hawkins are on my library hold list - Hopefully will come in soon!

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  19. Thanks for including me on such a great list!

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  20. I have Into The Water but I still haven't picked it up since I have zero time to read these days. Glad you liked it, I will have to finally read it soon.

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  21. i'm highly anticipating Into the Water!!!

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