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Leah's Bookshelf

Likes: Horror, macabre, fairy tales, ghosts, hauntings, serial killers, zombies, werewolves, shapeshifters, vampires, time travel, orphans, clones, thrillers, classics, gothic


I like to read anything that tells a good story, duh ;) Genre doesn't really matter much but I tend to read dark fiction and fantasy the most. I skip chick lit and romance novels with a few exceptions for the extraordinary.


My ratings system:

5 stars - ADORED; plan to read over and over and over.

4 stars - ENJOYED; will likely read once or twice more.

3 stars - LIKED; may or may not read again ... someday.

2 stars - MEH; no plans to read again.

1 stars - I didn't enjoy the story and was lucky to finish.

0 stars - I couldn't or wouldn't finish for reasons that may or may not be listed in the review box.

Currently reading

The Oxford Book of American Short Stories
Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Washington Irving, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Ray Bradbury, Charlotte Gilman Perkins, Willa Carter, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Stephen Crane, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty, Nath
Progress: 225/768 pages

Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel

Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel - S. J. Watson Rating: 4.5 of 5Quite the page-turner. I read Before I Go to Sleep in two sittings because I *had* to know what really happened and why. While the concept is not a new one -- Christopher Nolan's 2000 film, Memento, being an excellent example of a similar premise -- the story engaged me from dang near page one. There did seem to be a rush to wrap everything up in the final act, so there were a couple somewhat too convenient coincidences and fast answers. But the story satisfied overall. If you enjoy the guessing game of a well-written mystery / thriller -- the quest to discover the "truth" before the main character -- then you'll likely enjoy this book.