5 May 2015

BOOKS: What I Read In April

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Better late than never, right?

I thought that April would be a pretty slow month for me reading wise but it ended up with me maintaining a fairly reasonable pace. I read four books in total this month bringing my total for the year to 18. This means I've completed 51% of my Goodreads challenge and am a fantastic 7 books ahead of schedule! I'm starting to think that I should have been a bit more optimistic with my number....

HOW TO BE A KNOWLEDGE NINJA BY GRAHAM ALLCOTT

I've already posted a full review of this book, but to summarise it's a great read about figuring out how your brain works and developing better study techniques. I've implemented a few of the suggestions in to my studying routine and I've found it really helps! A great read if you've got exams coming up or just want to hone down your concentration. I've ordered Graham Allcott's "How To Be A Productivity Ninja" too and can't wait to read it! You can read my full review of "How To Be A Knowledge Ninja" here.
5/5

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN BY PAULA HAWKINS

Every day Rachel takes the same train in to London, passing by the same house and watching the same couple. She thinks they have the perfect life until one day everything changes. At first I really enjoyed this book, but looking back on it it wasn't as great as I first thought. Whilst I enjoyed the bulk of the plot, I don't think I've ever really hated a character in a book more and found the ending to be a bit rushed. I think it'd make a decent enough film but it didn't blow me away!
3/5

INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE BY MAGGIE O'FARRELL

London, July 1976. Slap bang in the middle of a devastating drought Robert Riordan tells his wife he's going to pick up a paper from the local shop and doesn't return. An interesting read, this tells the story from the perspective of various family members in their hunt for their father/husband. It's quite a slow and leisurely read but gripping all the same. Whilst the plot was intriguing the ending left me pretty annoyed... but I guess I enjoyed it all the same!
3/5

A MONSTER CALLS BY PATRICK NESS
Last summer I visited Edinburgh Book Festival with Hayley to see Patrick Ness speak and had been meaning to read A Monster Calls ever since. When it popped up in my recommendations on Amazon I snapped it up and delved straight in. The idea for this book came from Siobhan Dowd however she sadly passed away before she could see it through. Patrick Ness is a brilliant writer and he really did her justice with his interpretation of Conor and the mysterious monster that visits him in the night. I really enjoyed this book - much like all of Patrick Ness's work - however my only issue is that it was so short. I finished it in an hour and was desperate for more!

4/5

All in all a pretty good month, reading wise! You can keep up with what I'm reading in real time on Goodreads here. Have you read anything good recently?
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