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2017 Reading Goal & 2016 Reading Recap

On January 1st, 2015, I set a Goodreads Reading Challenge to read 16 books in 2016. I surpassed my goal and ended up reading 23 (27 if you count DNF) books! Last year, I read 13 books so I’m happy I doubled my amount! You can see my 2015 list here.

New Year’s quests to diet and exercise usually crash and burn in about a month. Rather than making vague promises to eat right or work out, how about turning to books as a method of self-betterment instead?


Book Review: The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

Author: Paula Hawkins
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Friend
My rating: (3/5)

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

 


Documentary: Miss Representation

For an online course I am taking this summer, I was assigned to watch the documentary Miss Representation and write a 1-page analysis. I watched this motion picture and had some A+ feelings (literally, I got 100% haha!) I’m happy and it fits with my blog content, so I’ve shared it below. Read and get educated!


Book Review: A Spool of Blue Thread

The Girl on the Train

A Spool of Blue Thread

Author: Paula Hawkins
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Friend
My rating: (3/5)

The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. From Red’s father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red’s grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor.

Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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