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I’m Alexandra. An American girl living in Dublin, Ireland. I honestly document my adventures in travel, food, beauty, and expat life on a budget.

What I Read: July 2019

What I Read: July 2019

If you read my first post in my What I Read series, then you will know I have been on a reading kick. If you haven’t read it, then what is wrong with you?? Read it here! But seriously, this doesn’t need much of an introduction as this is a pretty self-explanatory post. So, without further ado, here are the books I read in July 2019.

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THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR by Shari Lapena – This was by far one of the worst books I have ever read. I fell under the influence of a few influencers who had this in their Instagram stories saying loads of people had recommended it. The premise of the story is Ann and Marco are new parents to baby Cora. They’re invited to a dinner party next door and decide to leave Cora at home but bring the baby monitor with them. Cora is kidnapped and from here the story spirals from crazy to insane to downright unbelievable. I love a bit of drama, but this was trying so hard. I can’t say it didn’t keep me interested though because I read it in a day to see how it would end.

BRAVING THE WILDERNESS: THE QUEST FOR TRUE BELONGING AND THE COURAGE TO STAND ALONE by Brené Brown - I have never read a self-help book before and to be honest, I don’t think I want to again for a long time. I trusted this would be a good read as it had made its way onto Reese Witherspoon’s book club reading list, but I struggled to get through this. The book is short, but it took me nearly a week to finish it. If you have absolutely no spine or you truly care what others think of you, I think this would be a positive read.

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THE KILLER ACROSS THE TABLE by John E. Douglas & Mark Olshaker – My co-worker heard about this on the radio and came into the office and told me I had to read it. Not sure what that says about me but whatever. If you watched Mindhunter on Netflix or love true crime this needs to be on your list to read. This book isn’t just about serial killers or murders but more about the psychology of the killers and why they kill. Douglas explains his conversations with the killers, and contrasts conversations with other criminals to show what he learns from each. The approach is so interesting! It can get slightly graphic at times so be aware before reading. This was by far the best book I read in July.

THE FLATSHARE by Beth O’Leary – This is a light, easy read. I have discovered the chick-lit genre and am not ashamed to say I like it! While this wasn’t my favourite book I have read in the genre, it was a welcome break after the heavy subject-matter of The Killer Across the Table. It did have a few twists that weren’t stereotypical of the genre but overall it was completely unbelievable. The sex scenes were so cringe that I wanted to die when reading them. This is good for a break and to just tune out so do not be expecting a literary masterpiece.

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