2017 Reading Challenge: 4 down, 26 to go

Books Read in January 2017: 4 total (2 fiction, 2 nonfiction, 1 memoir, 1 thriller)

  1. What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
  2. Breaking Night by Liz Murray
  3. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  4. The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy and The Shocking Inside Story by Ann Rule


What She Knew. I scooped this up on a cheap Kindle deal. I think its “similar books” on Goodreads were Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train, so I knew it couldn’t pass it up. I’m a sucker for a good thriller. This novel is set in England, where a mother and her son are walking along a trail at a park. The boy wanders ahead, and then… dun dun dun…. vanishes! I actually wasn’t for sure how the author would wrap this up, and it wasn’t what I was expecting at all. Definitely worth the read if you like thrillers.

Breaking Night. Again, this was a Kindle deal. I had seen it on Goodreads or somewhere where I creep on books, and I had to snag it for $0.99. It’s a memoir from a girl who grew up with drug-addicted parents in the Bronx in the 80s. Pretty serious stuff. She ends up going from literally being homeless to graduating from Harvard. She’s amazing and makes me look like a real chump.

This Is Where It Ends. This was a recommendation on the “What Should I Read Next” podcast with Anne Bogel. It’s a YA “thriller” and was ready for pick up when I reserved it from the library. Hence why I read it! It is not thick at all and has large print, so I finished it in a weekend. Overall, I would say that it was just ok, and disclaimer: it involves a school shooting. The writing was mediocre-ish at best, and I didn’t love what the author did with the twins’ plot line.

The Stranger Beside Me. Holy smokes this book y’all. Laura Tremaine recommended it on the “Best of Books and Reading 2016” episode of the Sorta Awesome podcast. It was written by a Seattle based crime writer who was friends with Ted Bundy without realizing HE was the suspect she was writing about. You literally can’t make this up. I suggest not starting to read this book when your husband goes out of town for the weekend, and it’s your first time sleeping by yourself in your new(ish) house. I think I had nightmares, but thankfully they went away. It did compel me to triple check that all of my windows are LOCKED.

Currently reading: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. The decision to read this is three-fold: was recommended by Laura Tremaine on the same podcast, was ready for pick up right when I requested it at the library, and was not the Ted Bundy book. That book is going to stick with me I’m afraid. And now I can never unread it.

On deck: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson (ready at the library) and then maybe Rich And Pretty by Rumaan Alam (cheap Kindle deal) [do you see a pattern here?]

I’m 4/30 done with my 2017 reading challenge! 4 in one month is pretty darn good for me. What are you reading right now? And do you have a reading goal this year?


  1. I have What She Knew on my list, and I’m intrigued if you like Black Matter. That’s on my list, too. Did I already recommend A Man Called Ove? I can’t remember, but it was really good and kept me thinking after I finished the book for weeks. I’m reading The Mischling now, and so far I’m afraid to read more because I’m pretty sure I’ll be reading through tears soon (it’s a WWII historical fiction). Thanks for the update!!

    1. What She Knew is a good thriller for sure. I do like Dark Matter so far, it’s not pulling me in as strongly as I thought. But i’m not super far into it yet. And yes I think you did recommend A Man Called Ove – I heard it was really good on audiobook. Which I’ve never tried before?!

      I love WWII and historical fiction and WWII historical fiction, so adding The Mischling to my to be read list.

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