Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This novel is definitely on the lighter side for me. It doesn’t have any death or psychological thrills. I’ve noticed that I mostly go for books with a thrill factor and haven’t really explored my realistic fiction side. Growing up, I used to love teen realistic fiction about “real” problems. This novel seemed quite relevant to my life at this point so I decided to give it a shot!

Hannah Martin has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in multiple cities and has done various random jobs since graduating from college with a degree that she considers pretty much meaningless. When a romance goes awry, Hannah is convinced by her best friend, Gabby, to come back to her hometown of Los Angeles. To celebrate her move home, Gabby takes Hannah out for a night on the town to meet up all of their friends – and Hannah’s old flame, Ethan (who she has never really forgotten about). Things hit off and the party goes up until midnight. Gabby asks Hannah if she wants to go back home and Ethan asks her to stay out for a little while longer. Hannah must now make a decision. What she doesn’t realize is that this one choice will change her life forever.

If you’ve ever read one of those novels where to make a choice you have to flip to another page in the book and keep making choices until you reach the end – well, this is that kind of novel. At midnight, the story diverges and tells you what happens in both scenarios. I love the whole concept and it was executed really well. It was so much fun to flip between the two storylines. At the end of the novel, I really don’t know which is the best option – and that’s the best part (in my opinion)! This novel definitely highlights the problem that we all have – being indecisive and worried about what the future holds for us. I can honestly say that this is one of my biggest problems; I obsess over every decision that I make, constantly wondering if it was the “right” one or not. I definitely relate to the character of Hannah and reading this witty and heartfelt novel filled me with a lot of hope for my own future. After all, if Hannah can do it, SO CAN I! If you’re looking for a cool realistic fiction that will make you feel happy inside, please do check this out!

Happy reading ~

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Another Neil Gaiman novel! I’m sure you’re all sick and tired of hearing me gush about him but I really must say that his work is fantastic and definitely worth checking out. Every time I read a book by him, I get something unexpected out of it!

Shadow is a quiet man who is on his last stretch at prison. It’s been three years and now that he is about to be released, all he wants is to be reunited with his wife, Laura. But just days before his release, he discovers that she and his best friend have died in a car accident. Now, he is out in the world with nowhere to go and no one whom he can call his family. So when he meets a stranger with an interesting job offer, he agrees to take it. This decision will take him on a journey that he could never have imagined.

This was definitely a different book than the other novels I’ve read by him. For one, it’s much longer. Also, it is decidedly more adult than his other books. It goes on a much deeper level and really makes you think about the way society is today versus the past. This wasn’t my favourite book by him but it was definitely a good read. At times, the story would wind along and I would wonder where it was going. However, the plot was strong and everything that happened in the story was  important. All in all, it was a really good read and I recommend this to anyone looking for something deep!

Happy reading ~

Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo

I waited almost a whole two months to read this book. During that time, I heard lots of raving reviews about this novel and this author, making me even more anxious to read it. I was so eager to read it that I started reading it while I was working (I’m so lucky that no one caught me doing that)!

Olav is a fixer. He was terrible at robberies and drug cartel work but people soon found out that he had a penchant for killing people. But it is a lonely life and for a man as simple as Olav, it can make him quite sad. Until the day he meets the woman of his dreams. Who is actually his boss’s wife – and his next target to kill.

This book moved along very quickly but it took me by surprise because of the way it was written. The language was as simple as the main character and this simplicity was what really made this book irresistible for me. I loved the main character; I found it impossible not to love him. The story was so good that I was sad to finish it (it was rather a short read, to be honest). I would recommend this to anyone looking for something unique, refreshing, and short!

Happy reading ~