Bookish Indecisions, #2: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Bookish IndecisionsThis is only my second Bookish Indecisions post where I ask you to help me decide if I should read a book or not. Michelle Hodkin’s The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was first published in 2011 and for whatever reason, I always avoided picking it up. Now, four years later and the entire series is now complete, and I’m on the fence about whether I should read the first book.

There are several different opinions on this book. Despite the fact that it has a 4.12 rating on Goodreads, I have come across several bloggers who were not very impressed by this book. I’ve recently been running out of books to put on hold for the library while I wait for certain books to become available and this is one I’ve been thinking about and have considered buying since it’s pretty cheap at the moment.

From Goodreads:

Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

I think my main concern about this book is the love story. I haven’t heard any specifics, but for some reason I associate instalove with this book. I have no idea if this is accurate, so I’d love to hear from you. Is this a book I should pick up? Is my fear of instalove unfounded? Is there good character development? How’s the writing? Tell me the good and the bad, but try not to spoil. Please feel free to add a link in the comments to your review if you have written one. Please, help me decide!

Bookish Indecisions, #1: The Girl on the Train

Bookish IndecisionsBookish Indecisions is a new feature on my blog where I showcase books I’ve come across around the blogosphere and elsewhere that I’m unsure about reading. This is going to be one of those every-once-in-a-while posts because as the feature’s title indicates, I’m very indecisive in general regarding the topic. This is an interactive feature where you, the reader/other bloggers, share your opinions on the books I list, share links to your reviews if you have written one, or share your own fickle feelings when it comes to these reads.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins has had a surge in popularity lately and it’s caught my own attention, but I haven’t read any reviews on it yet. I’m on the fence about whether or not to add it to my ever-growing TBR list, so I’d really like to hear what you think.

From Goodreads:

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone Girl, The Silent Wife, or Before I Go to Sleep, this is an electrifying debut embraced by readers across markets and categories.

Sounds interesting, right? I know a lot of people have been reading this one. Have you been contemplating picking this one up? Have you heard good things or bad things? Share your thoughts! If you’ve read The Girl on a Train, tell me what you thought (but please avoid spoilers). Include a link to your review if you’ve written one. Any kind of feedback is appreciated.