2017 Reading Challenge {Week One}

 I did a terrible job reading last year. As much as I love books, my life is crazy, and I don’t read if I don’t make it a priority. Last year {sad face} it wasn’t a priority. But, it’s a new year and Popsugar put out a new reading challenge, so I’m feeling pretty positive. 

I kicked off 2017 with a book by an author who uses a pseudonym: Blood Vow by JR Ward.

When a brooding vampire warrior-in-training teams up with a quick-witted aristocrat to solve a deadly mystery, the only thing more dangerous than their mission is their undeniable attraction.

I have loved JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series for many years and really enjoyed the second installment in her spinoff series. While I enjoy the new characters and the new love stories, I especially enjoy delving back into the original Brothers’ lives. 4.5 stars.

 My second book of the year was a book involving travel: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware.

In this tightly wound story, 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. 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 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…

With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.

Wow. Seriously. Wow. I knew from the jacket that I would like this book. However, I didn’t except to not be able to put it down. In fact, I read The Woman in Cabin 10 in under 24 hours.

At first, this book had a A Girl on the Train vibe to me. Could we trust Lo as a narrator? Was she her own worst enemy? The further I got into the book, the more I questioned Lo’s sanity. And then… BAM!

If you’re looking for a quick, fun read that will keep you guessing , I highly recommend The Woman in Cabin 10. Heck, if you read it already, I would to talk about it with you. 🙂 4 stars.

That wraps me up for Week 1. I’ll be back next week to talk about my next read that will cover “a book you bought on a trip”. Until then…. Happy Reading!

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