One Infinite Life
August 27, 2015

Here are some of the awesome books I've read recently and really enjoyed... http://oneinfinitelife.com/awesome-books/

As you are reading this I will be on holiday at Magnetic Island, and there is about a 99% chance that I’m reading (probably on the beach). If you want to follow along on the adventure you can do that over on Instagram.

Anyway, while I’m away I thought I would share with you some of the awesome books I’ve read recently and really enjoyed…

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Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

“To everyone else in this carriage I must look normal; I’m doing exactly what they do: commuting to work, marking appointments, ticking things off lists.

Just goes to show.”

This book is a haunting psychological thriller that I devoured in two sittings.

I would describe this book as a cross between Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and We Were Liars by E.Lockhart.

Like Gone Girl, it’s a messed up mystery about (let’s be honest) messed up characters. And like We Were Liars, it deals with the inability to remember something awful.

It dives into the dark side of humanity, with raw and flawed characters, unreliable narrators and terrible acts.

It’s gritty, and even sometimes uncomfortable and unpleasant to read.

Despite all this, it was completely addicting and really enjoyed it.

 

In five words: Compelling. Suspenseful. Addictive. Weirdly fascinating.

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Paper Towns by John Green

I recently re-read this book (which is one of my all-time favourites) in preparation to see the movie, which I also loved.

Paper Towns is a brilliant coming-of-age story of Quentin, who has been infatuated with his neighbour Margo Roth Spiegelman forever. One night they share an epic adventure, and the next day Margo disappears leaving obscure clues behind. Q attempts to solve the clues — hoping that they will help him find Margo — which leads him on an epic adventure with his friends.

Paper Towns is a story is about love, friendship and what it’s like to be young. It also is about connection and how we relate to others, which I’ve written about more here.

What I love about this book is that it really gets what it’s like to be a teenager. The characters are imperfect, but real. And they story is heart-felt and enjoyable.

 

In five words: Witty. Fun. Thoughtful. Connection. Adventure.

 

You might also like: What We Can Learn From Paper Towns by John Green

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Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

Dystopian fiction is one of my favourite genres to read and this is how I came across this series. It was one of those books that was recommended to me on Amazon because I had read The Hunger Games series.

I honestly hadn’t heard anything about this series before, but I gave it a go anyway, and I was pleasantly surprised.

After reading the first book Shatter Me, I devoured the next two, Unravel Me and Ignite Me, in days. And when I finished them, I then read the accompany novellas Destroy Me and Fracture Me. So as you can tell.. I really enjoyed this series.

I had a hard time putting the books down, because I so desperately wanted to find out what was going to happen next.

Tahereh’s writing is beautiful, strange, evocative and unique.

For example…

“The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.”
― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

If you enjoy dystopian or paranormal fiction, you might also enjoy this series.

 

In five words: Addictive. Power. Riveting. Gripping. Mesmerising.

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Get Rich, Lucky Bitch by Denise Duffield-Thomas

Don’t be put off by the title, this book is awesome and so is Denise.

This book will help you “release your money blocks and live a first class life.”

It is the first book I’ve ever read about money that I actually enjoyed, found useful and actually implemented things from it.

If you are a female entrepreneur, wannabe-entrepreneur or suspect you have some money blocks stopping you from living the life you want, I highly recommend reading this book and checking out Denise’s awesome site.

Oh and watch her Periscopes I’m obsessed!

 

In five words: Useful. Abundance. Real. Funny. Practical.

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Any book that begins like this — “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” — is most likely going to be a great and captivating read.

I was enthralled by this first sentence and then throughly enjoyed the whole book.

It’s a thoughtful story that is sensitively and elegantly written.

It’s told using the past and present and through different character’s point of view, which can be hard to follow sometimes, but I found that the character’s voices were so distinct that I had no problem keeping track of who’s point of view it was from.

On the surface this book is about uncovering the mystery of Lydia, but underneath it’s about so much more than that… It’s deals with family, expectations, pressure, race, stereotypes, secrets, gender, identity, and more.

It’s about the way we struggle to feel understood. And about how we struggle to understand each other.

It’s written in such a way that you can empathsize with each and every character.

This book has really stayed with me ever since I read it.

 

In five words: Complex. Thoughtful. Struggles. Complicated. Belonging.

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Now I would love to hear from you in the comments below: What are the best books you’ve read recently? I’m always looking for new books to read, so I look forward to hearing your recommendations.

Love & Gratitude,

One Infinite Life

PS. You might also dig: 5 more awesome books I’ve read recently + 5 books that changed my life + how to read more.

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  • Sarah Bown

    Definitely putting #1 and #4 on my list – and “Get Rich Lucky Bitch” actually pulls me in rather than puts me off in our increasingly PC society it is nice to see someone giving the proverbial bird! Thanks for the recommendations

    • Great choices Sarah! If the title pulls you in, you will probably love how Denise writes (and talks) she is so unapologetically herself and does what she wants — I love it! I hope you enjoy the books as much as I did.

  • Thanks so much Sue. I hope you enjoy! 🙂

  • Loved “Get Rich Lucky Bitch” too Chloe and “Girl On The Train” is on my list!!! So many good books, not enough time!! xx

    • That’s awesome to hear Carla, everything Denise does is awesome and I love how her advice is always super practical. I hope you enjoy Girl On The Train! 🙂

  • Love this Chloe! It’s great to get reviews by others before you go out and purchase new books.
    I loved Gone Girl so going to grab Girl on the Train.
    At the moment I’m reading The Maze Runner and before that was Holly Madison autobiography Down the Rabbit Hole.

    • Thank you Kate. I love reading and I love sharing the books I’ve enjoyed too, so I’m thrilled you enjoyed it.

      I’ve heard that Holly Maddison’s book is quite interesting. And I love The Maze Runner, are you enjoying it? I’ve read the series a couple of times now, and right now I’m actually rereading The Scorch Trails before I go see the movie.

      I hope you enjoy Girl on the Train as much as I did! 🙂

      • Just finished The Maze Runner on the weekend, I loved it! There were quite a few differences from the movie (I preferred the changes in the movie some parts were a bit slow moving for me). Can’t wait to read The Scorch Trails a bit later.
        I’ve started Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard (which was filmed as Jackie Brown by Quentin Tarantino) which has been a bit different…
        Keeping my eye out for Girl on the Train (or hoping to trade for it thru a few FB pages 🙂 ).

        • Kate, so glad to hear that you enjoyed The Maze Runner. I have to agree, even though the movie was different to the book I thought it made for a really awesome (and captivating) movie. I also thought The Scorch Trials made for a really great movie as well, even though it was very different to the book.

          That sounds like an interesting read, it’s always good to read something different.

          Sounds great! Something you might want to consider is putting in a reservation with your local library. Sometimes it can take awhile to get to your turn, but when books become popular they often get heaps of copies and because of this I got to read it very quickly.

    • Natalie

      Kate, how was or is Holly Madison’s Down the rabbit hole ??

      • It was really good 🙂 I love her in The Girls Next Door and Holly’s World so couldn’t go past reading it. Not as many photo’s as other autobiographies but you definitely get her side of the story and an insight into mansion life.

        • Natalie

          Awesome! Thank you, I look forward to reading it! 😉 🙂