Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge: April and May

April was a crazy busy month for me. Most of it was spent prepping for our vacation and getting the house in order and not really reading. I was trying to read ‘To Wake Again At A Decent Hour’ (a Booker shortlisted “funny” novel about a dentist) and it was awful. I find if I don’t read a book in 10 days I’ll never finish it. 

So I abandoned dentist woes and headed off on holiday. I use the term “holiday” loosely. I barely had the time or energy to floss at the end of the day let alone read. But when Alex joined me and he did the bedtime reading I could crack open my kindle and block out the umpteenth reading of ‘Hugless Douglass”. 

Neither of the books I read were on my Read Harder list but both were ones I wanted to jump start things in the reading department. Both were excellent and I’d highly recommend them: ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins and ‘Station Eleven’ by Emily St. John Mandela. 

The ‘Girl on the Train’ is a kitchen sink drama but instead of the window over the sink it’s on a train that the main character does her spying and wondering. ‘Station Eleven’ is just wow, and elevates Star Trek cultural importance to that of Shakespeare because doh! 

June is here and I’m trying to get back to my Read Harder Challenge. Hoping for sunny days sat outside reading. 


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