The Girl and the Goal


So, my Summer Reading goal is to read more “adult” books. If you’ve read one of my previous posts, then you know that I mainly read young adult books. One question that the children’s and teen librarians are asking participants when they sign up for the Summer Reading program is: Why are you signing up for the Summer Reading program? One of the answers is “to challenge myself.” That option stuck out to me. I’d like to think that my goal is challenging myself because I’m broadening my horizons. I’m stepping outside of my reading comfort zone.

The book that helped me to get out of this reading comfort zone is The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. One day I was lucky enough to find a best-seller copy and decided to see what the hype was all about. The book is well worth all of the praise. It helped break down the stereotype that I had about adult books being boring. I realize now that I hadn’t come across the right book to crush this stereotype until now. This book was full of twists and turns. I was shocked when I found out who the killer was.

I won’t give away any spoilers. If you’re looking for a good book this is it. I know it’s hard to find an available copy in our system at the moment, so I would recommend looking on OverDrive for an audio or electronic version. Since it’s hard to get a copy in every medium I’m going to suggest some read alikes. They are The Secret Place by Tana French, The First Prophet by Kay Hooper, and Losing You by Nicci French.

Other titles that helped me towards my summer reading goal are God Help the Child by Toni Morrison and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns) by Mindy Kaling. (I can’t wait for her new book to come out in the fall!)

What are your summer reading goals? Let us know in the comments below!



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11 responses to “The Girl and the Goal

  1. Going to be reading this soon for my book group – really looking forward to it and it’s great to read such a glowing review!

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  3. I haven’t read girl on the train yet but I absolutely need to! I also need to read mindys book. Love her!

  4. gatergirl96

    I will have to add this to my reading list!!

  5. I am surprised that you would think that adult books are ‘boring’. Have you had the chance to read some of Michael Crichton’s work (Jurassic Park Series and Andromeda Strain)?

  6. Reblogged this on The Book Ends and commented:
    Loved this book.

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  8. Audrey Iacone

    Beechview Branch is now open and we have three copies!
    Check the website for our new hours.

  9. Girl on a Train is the current book at bedtime on Radio 4 and is probably available on iplayer. The trouble for me with book at Bedtime, is that I’m in bed and tend to fall asleep while listening to it.

  10. aspiringwriter102

    There is a new Mindy Kaling book coming this fall? wow..

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