2015 Reading Challenge: Part 7

I’ve decided to take on this Popsugar Reading Challenge i found on Pinterest (follow me!), as one of my 2015 New Years resolutions. This is the seventh round of books i’ve read. Missed the last posts? Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Part 5 – Part 6.

  • A book by a female author – The Girl on the Train by: Paula Hawkins
  • A book a friend recommended – Orphan Train by: Christina Baker Kline
  • A book by someone under 30 – Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by: Kimberly Karalius

The Girl on the Train is a thriller-like story, that anyone and everyone is reading. Rachel’s daily routine includes taking the same commuter train and every time the train stops in the same spot. This stop gives her a chance to watch a “perfect” couple eating breakfast on their deck. One day she sees something shocking and offers to help the police. All of a sudden she has inserted herself into the investigation, as well as the lives of everyone involved. This book will suck you in instantly and you will not want to turn away!!

Orphan Train follows the unexpected friendship of two women, one a 91-year old with a hidden past as an orphan train rider and the other a troubled teen in the foster system. One last chance of doing community service is keeping Molly out of being kicked out of her foster home and being sent to juvie. She is sent to help clean out an elderly woman’s attic, where her rough past is all boxed up. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions, Molly discovers that they aren’t as different as they seem to be. Vivian, a young Irish immigrant orphaned in NYC is put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other kids in the hopes of getting “adopted”. This was such a great story and I whole heartedly recommend you to add this one to your to-read list.

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters was a great little YA read. It took me a while to figure out what was going on, but the book tells the story of Fallon, a obsessively clean girl thanks to her Health Inspector parents. She starts High School in Grimbaud, a town where love is the center of everything. Before school starts everyone lines up at Zita’s Love Charms Shop to get a peek into their (future) love life. Fallon’s fortune states that she will NEVER find love and she isn’t the only one who received a bad fortune from Zita. The kids realize that she has mysterious taken over the whole town and together they decide to take back control of their own fate by getting rid of her.

22/50 books read !!

Q: Have any book recommendations? Comment below! 🙂

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Hi! I'm Laura, the girl behind Little Island Takara. I am a military wife and American expat living in Okinawa, Japan! Most days you will find me reading books, wondering what cafe to go to next or daydreaming of my next adventure.

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  • Rachael Brennan

    Wow! You’ve read so much this year! I’m going to go home and download the Girl on the Train. Sounds good!

    • I stopped reading for a while and i really wanted to get back into it. So the challenge has really helped 😀 I bought a kindle at the beginning of the year and it has been a life saver!! 🙂 Get ready to get super sucked into the book! Enjoy!

  • Kara – RofaMW

    I really liked The Orphan Train! It wasn’t quite what I expected, but somehow better. I’ve got The Girl on the Train sitting in my to read pile.

    • Oh, it has been one of my favorite reads so far!! The Girl on the Train was insanely good and you will totally enjoy it! <3

  • I loved The Orphan Train! Such a sad but sweet story. I’ve had “Girl on the Train” on my list for months, I just need to make it happen!

    • Yes to The Orphan Train, it has been one of my favorite reads so far!! You should totally read Girl on the Train soon because it’s such an addictive read! 🙂 I love books like that!!

  • emi

    i need these new suggestions after just finishing lots of summer books!
    thanks!!

    xo welltraveledwife.com

  • The Girl on The Train was SO addictive!

  • I have the first two on my to read list but I haven’t heard of the third, sounds like fun