10 points: Read a book someone else has already used for the challenge – When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare (376 pages, paperback edition, 4 stars)
This one was a cute, easy read. Definitely a romance, but a relatively sedate one which was actually a nice change of pace. This story concept was a bit different as well, so it was a nice change up from the usual. I won’t give it away here but do recommend it for a little light reading. (smile)
15 points: Read a book published under a pseudonym – Naked in Death by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) (320 pages, paperback edition, 2.5 stars)
This one is definitely a little different than the usual Nora Roberts story, but there were also similarities (mostly in the romance sections). The plot is based around a female detective living some time in the future and her efforts to solve crimes. It appears to be a series but I’m not at all sure I’ll be reading any of the others, so there’s that.
15 points: Read a book with “boy,” “girl,” “man,” or “woman” in the title – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (316 pages, paperback edition, 3 stars)
It’s difficult to say exactly what I was expecting with this one, but it definitely wasn’t what I got. The story is set around a woman who witnesses strange events out of the window of her train that happen (conveniently enough) to a woman who then goes missing. The story then takes you through all the twists and turns of her life and exactly how she’s connected to the whole ordeal. I appreciated the effort to be original, but something about the overall story just didn’t work for me. It’s very reminiscent of Gone Girl and seeing as I wasn’t a huge fan of that one, perhaps this just isn’t my genre.
30 points: Read a non-fiction book and a fiction book about the same subject – The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor (NF) (349 pages, paperback edition, 4 stars); The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes (F) (544 pages, paperback edition, 3.5 stars)
I’ve always found the idea of lost portraits fascinating, particularly those lost and recovered by families down the road. The Lady in Gold was difficult to read in parts, but overall I really enjoyed the story and the history. The Girl You Left Behind has a split story – the historical and the present. I really enjoyed the historical portion and thought it was very well done; the modern story was just okay.
Previous Points: 130
Points this month: 70
TOTAL: 200 points
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