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.

Book Haul: March Mayhem

Book Haul (1)Ah, March, you were a wonderful month for books. I purchased seven books total this month, received one book as a gift, and won a giveaway (yay for me!). I was tempted to buy a few more books, but was able to rein it in (self-control feels good). I really want to start buying more used books, so next month will probably look a little diferent than this month’s book haul. (all photos can be enlarged by clicking on them)

marchbook1New Books Added to My Library:

1. The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy, #2) by Marie Rutkoski. I loved this book. I’m still reeling from it! You can read my review of it here.

2. The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace. I haven’t picked this one up yet, but as soon as I finish the few books I have already lined up, I’m starting this one.

3. In the Time of Dragon Moon (Wilde Island Chronicles, #3) by Janet Lee Carey. I love the second book in this series and as far as I know this last one can also be read as a standalone.

4. The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician, #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg. Finally, I can put this next to the sequel. I loved this book so much. My review is here.

5. The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5) by Sarah J. Maas. The lovely Cristina @ Girl in the Pages recently hosted a giveaway in honor of her blogiversary and I was lucky enough to have won (thank you so much again!). I selected this title because I love this series and haven’t picked the novellas up yet.

6. Irish Fairy Tales. I received this as a little St. Patrick’s Day gift. Woohoo!

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7. Dragon’s Keep (Wilde Island Chronicles, #1) by Janet Lee Carey. Finally picked this one up. You can read my review here.

8. Fire Study (Study, #3) by Maria V. Snyder. I want to marathon all of the Maria V. Snyder books I own, so this was a must purchase.

9. Spy Glass (Glass, #3) by Maria V. Snyder. My Study and Glass series are now completely, now I must read them all!



March was just a great bookish month overall. How was your March book haul? Did you buy more used or new books? Have you read any of these titles yet? Am I tempting you to buy a few of these beauties? Let me know in the comments!


Book Haul: January Frosty Bites

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For the first time in quite a while my used book purchases outnumbered my new book buys. About midway through the month I had to give myself a stern talking to and haven’t been allowed to buy any books for the last couple of weeks (I almost went on a book buying/pre-ordering frenzy).

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1. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I love Anne and have a pretty ratty copy of this book, so when I saw this beautiful edition, I could not resist.

2. Good Omens by Terry Pretchett and Neil Gaiman. I’ve heard many good things about this book and enjoyed every Gaiman book I’ve picked up thus far.

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3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Loved this book so much and finally own a copy. Yay! You can read my glowing review here.

4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I also enjoyed this unconventional children’s book. My review can be found here.

5. This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers. This is a really great zombie novel that I hope to reread soon so I can post a review.

6. Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder. I read Poison Study a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. I think it’s about time I reread it and continue the series.

7. Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder. I purchased Storm Glass not too long ago and was looking for another book to purchase so I could get a discount, so decided to pick up the next book in the series. Snyder is an author I’ve really enjoyed in the past and who I am determined to read more from.


This month’s book haul wasn’t too big as I am gearing up for the onslaught of book releases later this winter and spring. There are so many books I want to buy and preorder, so I’m being pretty picky when it comes to book purchases.

How was your book haul for the month? Did all those Christmas gift cards come in handy?