2018-reading challenge-march

Another month down, and I’m still on track with this reading challenge… almost. I have to admit I struggled to get all my reading done in time for this post. Not to point fingers, but come on, February, why are you such a short month!?

I enjoyed my reading list though. I really was in a “thriller” mood, so 2/3 books were in that category. Here are my reviews:

Reading Challenge: March Book List

2018-reading challenge-march
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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

This was by far my favourite book to read from my monthly selection. It was my first time reading a book by this author, and I am in love with her writing style. Besides beautifully written, Life After Life is a thought-provoking tale centred around a character who keeps dying and coming back to her life but with a lingering sense of déjà vu which allows her to make a different decision, and thus creates a completely different parallel life. It’s set in the time period of both World Wars which makes every life path an interesting and exciting read. After reading this book, I’ve come to appreciate how life may throw you all these obstacles, but in reality, it is your reaction to them that results in your overall experience and outcome.

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Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

If anyone loves a good psychological thriller, this book is for you. I ended up reading this one in a day because I couldn’t put it down – always a good sign. Without giving too much away, Behind Closed Doors is about a woman who, on the outside, is living a wonderfully perfect life. However, you soon find out it is anything but. The man she marries is psychotic and abusive, and the story focuses on how having a mentally and physically abusive relationship can take its toll as well as her journey in trying to escape her married life.

While this may seem like your typical “psychotic relationship” book, I found it to have enough surprising elements that kept me engaged and excited throughout. A definite page-turner.

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The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

The perfect word to describe this book is – creepy! Focusing on a newlywed couple who gets unwittingly drawn into a cult-like organization. The Marriage Pact explores the problems and triumphs a marriage goes through, as well as a truthful look into human nature. Beyond the relationship aspects of this book, it also sheds a light on the cult mentality. I found it particularly fascinating how a cult can be both logical and appealing, especially with a charismatic leader at the helm. At the same time, the main problem I have with this life is how it removes an important human right – choice. All-in-all, it’s a very interesting read!

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If you want to check out last month reading challenge report click here. Let me know what you think about these books in the comments below!

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