Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Books to keep you up at night


I can be a bit of a book worm. I am a fairly quick reader but the problem I have is that when I read, I like to stay in the bookiverse for hours. I can sit down and read a book cover to cover and not bother coming up to the perils of reality. I can stay up all night to find out what happens next. This can be problematic when it comes to the crossover with weekdays and real life and grown up responsibilities. However, I also think it is a wonderful thing to be engulfed so completely by words. I’ve recently got back into reading and started flying through books so I thought I would share what I have been loving from my bookshelf.


I really enjoy books like this that take you through different time zones. You will follow Nora through the present, a few days before the current timeline, and parts of her teenage years. They all piece together to create a gripping story that will have you turning pages all night. The whole book starts simply with an invitation to a hen party and escalates dramatically from there. I don’t want to say too much more than that, it gets fairly creepy and dark at points but makes a brilliant story that keeps you guessing.

Read if: You’re travelling


This was big hit last year and you’ve probably seen it everywhere. I personally love a mystery, you can tell from this list that it’s my favourite genre. This book follows a problematic woman who watches a couple from her commute each day and makes up stories about them. It’s all very innocent until the woman she has been watching goes missing and she becomes tangled up in the investigation. Girl on the Train is a slow burn in terms of storyline and I’m not convinced it lives up to the hype but it’s still definitely worth reading. The characters are hard to feel for, especially Rachel whose perspective you read from. However, the story is what kept me going with this book. It’s unpredictable and follows an interesting set of patterns that don’t let you jump to conclusions like other books in this genre often do.

Read if: You’re looking for a before bed kind of book


This book is intense. I’m giving away zero spoilers but I read this entire book whilst on holiday over two plane flights and nights where everyone else was asleep. Nineteen minutes is a really dark read about the events occurring before and after a school shooting. This a powerful story that has real application to past events, it is almost painful in parts but completely gripping. You read this from multiple perspectives and it’s a great example of perception not always aligning with the truth. This is another book that skips through time lines and gives you an interesting back story that feeds into the events of the book.

Read if: You’re looking for something that will stay in your mind

Let me know if you have any book recommendations, especially dark mysterious ones! 
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  1. I read The Girl on the Train last year and really enjoyed it. I really liked the twist at the end, I definitely didn't see it coming #basic lol. If you like that dark, twisted style of writing, I'm sure you'd like anything by Gillian Flynn. I also really enjoyed The Miniaturist, very mysterious and pulls you in. I wish I had some more recommendations but I definitely need to start reading a bit more!

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  2. I read The Girl on the Train last year and really enjoyed it. I really liked the twist at the end, I definitely didn't see it coming #basic lol. If you like that dark, twisted style of writing, I'm sure you'd like anything by Gillian Flynn. I also really enjoyed The Miniaturist, very mysterious and pulls you in. I wish I had some more recommendations but I definitely need to start reading a bit more!

    http://sashacharmainexo.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I've started reading a lot more fiction since I left Uni. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  3. These books all sound great. I love reading but hardly ever get chance :(, I'm trying to make more of an effort though lately. I've bought Girl On A Train but haven't got round to reading it yet. I'm going to add the other 2 to my reading list - it's rather long now!

    Kayleigh
    http://hazelnutmusings.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Me too, I've been thinking of joining a book cub to branch out and read more.

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  4. I really want to read Girl On A Train, I've heard such good things! x
    britishmermaid.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. I really like the sound of nineteen minutes.
    Alicia x
    http://bambidreaming.blogspot.co.uk

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