Reading Challenge: 14 down, 16 to go

June was a bit better reading month for me, I knocked out three books. That means I am only ONE book behind in my 30 book quest!

12. Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

13. Good As Gone by Amy Gentry

14. The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn


Into The Water. This is the newest novel from the author who wrote The Girl On The Train. I added it to my May BOTM Club box for only $9.99, which is a steal for a new release hard cover IMO. Like TGOTT, the beginning was a little confusing, with the narrator switching every chapter. It took me a bit to keep everyone straight, and I may or may not have had to read the first five chapters twice. Once I got into it, I really liked it! I think more than I did with TGOTT. If you are in the mood for a thriller that you can’t put down, look no further.

Good As Gone. This is another unputdownable thriller. I first saw it on this list from Modern Mrs. Darcy and snatched it up when it was way on sale on a Kindle daily deal. The description of this book sucked me in right away: “thirteen year old Julie was kidnapped from her bed in the middle of the night. Eight years later, she shows up on her family’s door step… but is she REALLY Julie?” I mean come on, buying it had to happen. It was really good, and no I could not put it down. I am, however, not positive I understand how it ended?!?! So that means I need one (or some) of you to read it and then get back to me. Because I need to discuss it with someone ASAP. This is not a drill, someone please read it.

The Arrangement. I reserved this at the library a little bit ago and picked it up when it was ready. I’m trying to remember where I heard about it, but alas I cannot. It is about a suburban couple who agree to an open marriage for six months. It’s not necessarily the kind of novel I go for (exhibits A and B above: psychological thrillers), but I started reading it and kind of couldn’t put it down. It’s definitely a good beach read. And Reese Witherspoon also had it in the running for her latest book club pick (@rwbookclub on Instagram). I think I’ve just spontaneously decided that having a #CKbookclub on Instagram is a new life goal. Thanks, Reese.

Current 2017 Reading Challenge stats:

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Currently Reading: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. I chose to read this book next because I am going to see Brene Brown speak at a conference in a few weeks! Stella & Dot’s annual sales female empowerment conference is gonna be GOOD this year. Brene is one of our keynote speakers. #swoon I do need to watch her TED Talk beforehand though, adding to my To Do list.

On Deck: Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Since We Fell was my BOTM Club pick in May (really starting to love BOTM); it’s another good psychological thriller. And The Nightingale has been on my To-Read list for a long time, and I snagged it for free in my July BOTM Club box. A Skimm’bassador friend also recommended it as one of her favorite books, and that sealed the deal!

Lastly, check out my other 2017 reading challenge posts HERE, HERE, and HERE.

What have you been reading lately? If you’re having trouble picking your next read, let me pick it for you. Good As Gone by Amy Gentry.

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