2 Books I'd Recommend

I've read two spectacular books since Christmas. They were Christmas gifts... but only one was actually gifted to me. Chris was given The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes for Christmas from his parents. I picked it up to read the back cover and realized it was a story about a TIME TRAVELING SERIAL KILLER and was completely sold. How cool of a concept is that?

Chris let me read it first since he was already in the middle of another book. I took him up on his offer and devoured it. Chris said I kept gasping and making cute troubled expressions while reading it. It was a challenge not to tell him (or you guys!) about some really cool parts of the book, but I'll keep my mouth shut because it drives me crazy when someone spoils a story!

Any book or movie involving time travel will pique my interest. That being said, stories involving time travel always leave me a little unsatisfied no matter how good the ending because... well, how do you fully explain time travel? I think we have to give writers a little leeway there.

After finishing The Shining Girls, I placed it on Chris's night stand and nagged him to start reading it so I could talk to him about it! Meanwhile, I started reading What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman. (A book that was actually given to ME for Christmas by my mom.) 

What She Left Behind alternates between story lines of two characters. Clara's story takes place in the 1930s in a state mental hospital. Alternate chapters take place in the 1990s from the point of view of Izzy who while helping her foster mother catalog the contents of suitcases from the attic of the abandoned asylum comes across Clara's belongings, including her diary. The two stories intertwine beautifully. 

The synopsis on amazon I feel gives a little too much away, so if you're like me and don't like knowing too much about where a story is going, then just trust me and read it! It has some great twists and turns. 

While I read What She Left Behind, Chris read The Shining Girls.

It was fun to both be in the middle of such riveting books at the same time. We actually finished our books at the same moment! He shouted "done!" as I was reading the final sentence of my book. 

So what's next for February? Well I just started The Girl on the Train, which has been getting a lot of buzz lately. I'm a few chapters in and I am already hooked!

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?