The Book List #39

The Book List #39

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
year: 2014 | pages: 323 | rating: 4/5

Rachel takes the same commuter train every day, passing the house she used to live in and the house of a couple who she watches through the window each morning. Rachel grows fond of this couple and creates an imaginary life for them where everything is perfect. One day she sees something shocking, so shocking she has to tell the police and Rachel is unable to keep herself from changing the lives of everyone around her. The Girl on the Train is the much hyped book in the same vein as Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I actually preferred reading The Girl on the Train, the narrative has a steady pace that is highly entertaining and keeps you constantly guessing. Paula Hawkins' writing is so clever that even when you think you know what's going to happen.. you're never quite certain and so you're kept hanging on until the very end.

Year Walk Bedtime Stories for Awful Children by Simon Flesser and Magnus Gardebäck
year: 2015 | pages: 16 | rating: 4/5

This illustrated ebook by Simogo (Simon Flesser and Magnus Gardebäck) brings grim tales and terrifying creatures from the dark woods and sinister folk tales of Sweden. Being someone who adores folklore and nasty things that lurk in the dark, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. If you're interested in reading it yourself, it's available to download on the Simogo website.

Wreck of the Medusa: The Tragic Story of the Death Raft by Alexander McKee
year: 1975 | pages: 294 | rating: 4/5

In 1816, the Medusa - a French frigate - ran aground off the coast of Africa where at least 147 men and women were forced to abandon ship and climb aboard an overloaded raft where they endured starvation, dehydration, mutiny, murder, and cannibalism. This harrowing event became an international scandal due to the incompetences of the Medusa's French captain. Poor leadership and utter stupidity in some cases, caused such a distressing tragedy, made even more tortuous when you discover that all could have been prevented; no one aboard the Medusa need ever to have died. Wreck of the Medusa is a very interesting book about such an incredible historical event and one I would definitely recommend others to read.

The Book List #39

Victorian Fairy Tales by Michael Patrick Hearn
year: 1988 | pages: 416 | rating: 4/5

Sometimes, when you're not feeling so great, reading yourself a bedtime story is the only answer and I always reach for a book of traditional fairy stories. This book contains famous stories from "the golden age of English fairy tales," I enjoyed every moment of reading them and think there's nothing quite so lovely as picking up a classic book full of familiar adventures.

The Twits by Roald Dahl
year: 1980 | pages: 96 | rating: 4/5

Roald Dahl wrote some of the most wonderful children's stories and even as an adult I love to revisit them. While The Witches and James and the Giant Peach remain my all time favourites, The Twits is such a wonderful read just because of how utterly silly it is. This short story never fails to make me laugh and of course, it's the book that contains the famous quote that everyone loves so dearly: "if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."