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At the beginning of the month I made a list of the books I had set up for June. I was planning on reading the following books

For Fiction Fanatics on Goodreads I will read

For Coffee & Books I will read

Coffee & Books is also organizing a Read ‘a thon for June. Which means no specific book challenge but timing my reading time. I have entered for the highest level which means I have to read at least 48 hours in June. People who know me well will realize this will not be very difficult.

If those are done and I still got some time left I got

I am currently reading The Lantern - Deborah Lawrenson and will finish it soon. This means I did not get around My Heart Remembers - Kim Vogel Sawyer yet but will keep it on the list for July.

I did not finish Lord of the Flies - William Golding I spend two days reading it and did not manage to get past page 50 cause I kept falling asleep after reading a couple of pages.

Besides these books I read Fifty Shades Darker , Fifty Shades Freed and Shadow of Time. Making my total for June 11 books.

For the Read-a-Thon I clocked 84 hours and 5151 pages.

What books will you read in July?

What Alice Forgot
Author: Liane Moriarty
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publication date: 02/06/2011(first published 01/01/2009)
Pages: 432 
Genre: Contemporary

Remember the woman you used to be …

Alice is twenty-nine. She is whimsical, optimistic and adores sleep, chocolate, her ramshackle new house and her wonderful husband Nick. What’s more, she’s looking forward to the birth of the ‘Sultana’ - her first baby.
But now Alice has slipped and hit her head in her step-aerobics class and everyone’s telling her she’s misplaced the last ten years of her life.

In fact, it would seem that Alice is actually thirty-nine and now she loves schedules, expensive lingerie, caffeine and manicures. She has three children and the honeymoon is well and truly over for her and Nick. In fact, he looks at her like she’s his worst enemy. What’s more, her beloved sister Elisabeth isn’t speaking to her either. And who is this ‘Gina’everyone is so carefully trying not to mention?

Alice isn’t sure that she likes life ten years on. Every photo is another memory she doesn’t have and nothing makes sense. Just how much can happen in a decade? Has she really lost her lovely husband for ever? (Source: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6469165-what-alice-forgot)

The author
Liane Moriarty was born in 1966 in Sydney, Australia. She has always been surrounded by books and stories and has been writing stories since she was a child. Her first publishing deal was with her father. She had a career in advertising and marketing but dreamed of being an author instead. When her sister managed to get a successful book published she decided to give it a more serious try and after her first story being rejected by every publisher in Australia she enrolled in a Masters degree at Macquarie University. Her she wrote her firs novel which was accepted by a publisher and got published around the world. She currently lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.  For more information visit http://lianemoriarty.com.au

The review
This book is a difficult one to review. It was on my shelf for a while already waiting to be read and got put into a Goodreads challenge for the month of June by  someone who told me I should read it cause it was good. Still I felt a bit reluctant to start it and I am not sure why.
Though it is a low level story and the author keeps everything light and accessible I had a difficult time getting a grip on the story. At some point I even wondered if I should just put the book down but there was one thing I did want to know and that was how Alice would react on her husband. As this does not happen until halfway the book I had to keep on reading. After that the story actually picked up nice and it became easier to get involved.
The story is told mostly from Alices perspective and she cannot really remember what people are like now. You get some more background with the letters both her sister and Frannie (the surrogate grandmother) are writing but for most of the characters you are guessing along with Alice and while this gives the book a nice touch it made it difficult for me to really connect with the characters.
Though I can understand why this book can be enjoyed it was not the right book for me. I am not sure if it was that I was just not in the mood for it or it was just not a story for me in the end. As I said I already felt a bit reluctant to pick it up while I can still remember adding it to my shelf without hesitation so don’t let my rant stop you from picking it up.

I have been reading a lot of books in March and most of my groups had some interesting reads up for June too so my list is long again.

For Fiction Fanatics on Goodreads I will read

For Coffee & Books I will read

Coffee & Books is also organizing a Read ‘a thon for June. Which means no specific book challenge but timing my reading time. I have entered for the highest level which means I have to read at least 48 hours in June. People who know me well will realize this will not be very difficult.

If those are done and I still got some time left I got

waiting in line, but small change I will get to them all as I have to finish my final essay for my study too.

Next thing to do is up my goal for my reading challenge 2012. I had it set to 75 books at the beginning of the year which looked like an awful lot at that point. Now I am at 50 books already and this is the half year month. I am still not sure whether to up it too 100 now or when I reach 75. And is 100 challenge enough or should I set my challenge even higher.