2016 Reading Challenge Update: January

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Four books in one month! Am I slow? 😀

1st – A book with a blue cover – We Are Called to Rise: A Novel by Laura McBride

We Are Called to Rise

What is it about: An immigrant boy whose family is struggling to assimilate. A middle-aged housewife coping with an imploding marriage and a troubled son. A social worker at home in the darker corners of Las Vegas. A wounded soldier recovering from an injury he can’t remember getting. By the time we realize how these voices will connect, the impossible and perhaps the unbearable has already happened. We Are Called to Rise is a boomtown tale, in which the lives of people from different backgrounds and experiences collide in a stunning coincidence. When presented the opportunity to sink into despair, these characters rise. Through acts of remarkable charity and bravery, they rescue themselves. Emotionally powerful yet tender and intimate, We Are Called to Rise is a novel of redemption and unexpected love. 

What I Love: The last few chapters where the lives were all connected. It was done flawlessly.

The strange set of characters/lives are interesting to read. They have their own stand-alone stories and it is impressive how they lives were interweaved.

What I Don’t Love Much: The length, I think, can be dimished. There are some parts that bored me a bit.

Wise Words: 

“We fail even though things matter very much; it’s the possibility of failure that makes them matter more.”

“What is most beautiful is least acknowledged.”

“So little matters so much, and so much matters so little.”

Terror

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 (Good read, definitely!)

2nd – A book you can finish in a day – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

What is it about: Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

What I Love: Rainbow Rowell’s heartwarming storytelling skills is a delight to read. I love the innocence, the softness and the fragility of her characters.

It took me 10pm until maybe 2am to finish this book. Yep. I wasn’t able to stop!

What I Don’t Love Much: The Simon Snow parts…

Wise Words:

“Words are very powerful.. And the take on more power the more that they’re spoken.”

“There’s nothing more profound than creating something out of nothing.” 

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 (Good read, definitely!)

3rd – A murder mystery  – Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3) by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

What is it about: When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

Career of Evil is the third in the series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A mystery and also a story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.

What I Love: It’s creepiness at its best! It will leave you haunted ’cause it is insanely gross!

The red herrings are all well-written and I surely never saw what was coming! So greatly written!

What I Don’t Love Much: Uhm. Nothing! 😀

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT read!)

4th – A book recommended by someone you just met – Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

What is it about: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

What I Love: The lightness, the thrilling anticipation, the KILIG-inducing scenes, the rawness. I love how the story unfolds. I love how the twists lead to the heartwarming ending.

What I Don’t Love Much: I expected too much. Maybe I expected more of something that I cannot honestly figure out.

Wise/Witty Words:

“People are shameless when it comes to cake. It’s a beautiful piece to see.”

“People are really like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows.”

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 (Good read)

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Photo credit: Pop Sugar and Goodreads

Story Summary: Goodreads

 

Best Read Books of 2015

Out of 48 books read last year, only eleven (11) were given five stars. And they are…

Mystery/Thrillers

The Pelican Brief  by John Grisham

The Pelican Brief

With twists and turns I have never predicted, this book made me an automatic fan of John Grisham.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

A book I have written a full-length review is surely a special one. I just love the melancholic and creepy story told by a unique storyteller.

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Defending Jacob

Insanely creepy yet touches realistic emotions of a family. The ending will surely give you goosies!

1st to Die (Women’s Murder Club, #1)  by James Patterson

1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1)

I’ve been a Patterson fan and this book surely did not disappoint. With red herrings all over the place, he’ll surprise you with a twist you didn’t see coming.

Contemporary Fiction

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice

I am not actually a  fan of medical drama novels but this one really moved me. Lisa Genova was able to tell the horrors of Alzheimer’s disease with candor, braveness and emotional softness. It’s just exquisitely done, definitely moving.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret

If you think this is a typical infidelity/love affair novel, think again. Liane Moriarty’s well-told story about a broken marriage without the usual cheating issues will make you a fan.

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time

The ending of this Jodi Picoult masterpiece still lingers on me a year after I finished it. As my 100th read book and with its special story about motherhood and elephants, this is indeed one of the best novels that I have read last year.

Young Adult

Every Day (Every Day, #1) by David Levithan

Every Day (Every Day, #1)

The unique premise and the subtle complexity of the characters will really grip you and make you read this mysterious yet heartwarming novel in one seating. David Levithan is surely an author worth reading.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

Its cover will pique your interest but it is the rawness of the story inside that will give you a major book hangover. It took me two days to brush off the roller coaster of emotions that Jennifer Niven has given me. P.S. Get tissues once you reach the last chapters.

Historical/Adult Fiction

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

A book worthy of its Pulitzer Prize award. A novel written in eloquent prose poetic paragraphs equipped with vivid imagery and breathtaking metaphors. Every readers should brave the more than 500-pages, because this is a novel truly worth reading.

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

I am definitely a Mitch Albom fan, but that is not the sole reason why this book gained five stars. It’s how the simple words were written in such a gorgeous way. It’s how every paragraph breathes the story. It’s how the end of each chapters that’ll make you gasp with surprise or melancholy. This book is great, really great.

©2016Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Favim and Goodreads

What are the best books that you’ve read last year?

What book in this list piqued your interest?

I would love to know!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

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It takes a lot of interest and patience to be able to finish a book series. – rosemawrites

I know a lot will agree with me on that. Unless you are really so engrossed with a book, you will not be able to finish a whole series.

Today’s The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Tuesday is related to these thoughts.

September 8:  Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish (topic first done in 2012)

I have some ‘abandoned’ book series and I also have some unfinished sequels because there are just a loooot of ’em. (I’m talking about James Patterson’s.)

I am not sure if I can supply 10 unfinished series, so I consulted my ever-reliable Goodreads account.

So here’s the result:

1. Triple Threat Series by Lis Wiehl and April Henry

Triple Threat

READ: Face of Betrayal (Triple Threat, #1)Hand of Fate (Triple Threat, #2) and Heart of Ice (Triple Threat, #3)

Eyes of Justice (Triple Threat, #4)

TO BE READ: Eyes of Justice (Triple Threat, #4)

I enjoyed this murder mystery series and the only reason I was not able to finish this yet, is because I am wrapping up my 2015 Reading Challenge. 🙂

2. East Salem Series by Lis Wiehl and Pete Nelson

East Salem

READ: Waking Hours (East Salem, #1) and Darkness Rising (East Salem, #2)

Fatal Tide (East Salem, #3)

TO BE READ: Fatal Tide (East Salem, #3)

This series is also engrossing. Well, Lis Wiehl is actually one of my favorite mystery writers.

3. Every Day series by David Levithan

Every Day (Every Day, #1)

READ: Every Day (Every Day, #1)

Another Day (Every Day, #2)

TO BE READ: Another Day (Every Day, #2)

I consider Every Day as one of the best books that I have read this year so I will definitely read its sequel! Soon!

4. Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies

READ: Uglies (Uglies, #1) and Pretties (Uglies, #2)

Uglies 2

NOT READ: Specials (Uglies, #3) and Extras (Uglies, #4)

I have nothing against Scott Westerfeld and those fans of this YA series but I have no plans of finishing this novel any more. I loved the premise, but Tally, the main character, is just annoying. This is just my opinion, though. 🙂

5. Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling

Cormoran Strike

READ: The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1) and The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

TO BE READ: Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3) (will be out on October 20, 2015!)

J. K. Rowling is indeed a genius writer. I cannot help but admire her. I haven’t read, or watch, any Harry Potter yet but this mystery and crime series is enough for me! 🙂 (I don’t mean any harm to those Potter fans. 🙂 )

6. Roy Grace series by Peter James

Dead Man's Time (Roy Grace, #9)

READ: Dead Man’s Time (Roy Grace, #9)

Roy Grace

TO BE READ: Dead Simple (Roy Grace, #1)Looking Good Dead (Roy Grace, #2)Not Dead Enough (Roy Grace, #3)Dead Man’s Footsteps (Roy Grace, #4)Dead Tomorrow (Roy Grace, #5), Dead Like You (Roy Grace, #6)Dead Man’s Grip (Roy Grace, #7)Not Dead Yet (Roy Grace, #8)Want You Dead (Roy Grace, #10) and You Are Dead (Roy Grace, #11)

Woah! I was not aware that the Dead Man’s Time is part of a series, big series I mean! It seems I have a lot of reading to do after the 2015 reading challenge… 😀

7. Fifty Shades series by E.L. James

50 shades

READ: Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) and Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3)

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)

NOT READ: Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)

Yep. I have read half of Fifty Shades of Grey and the entire Fifty Shades Freed. But that doesn’t mean I am a fan. It’s curiosity plus the teenage me that fantasizes a ‘rich-knight-in-shining-armor’ thing. But I am done with that and I will not read any book from this series. #NoJudgment 😀

Here comes the never-ending list of book series by the mystery/crime/thriller master, Mr. James Patterson.

8. Women’s Murder Club Series with Maxine Paetro

READ: 1st to Die (Women’s Murder Club, #1) and 12th of Never (Women’s Murder Club, #12)

TO BE READ: 2nd Chance (Women’s Murder Club, #2)3rd Degree (Women’s Murder Club, #3)4th of July (Women’s Murder Club, #4)The 5th Horseman (Women’s Murder Club, #5)The 6th Target (Women’s Murder Club, #6)7th Heaven (Women’s Murder Club, #7)The 8th Confession (Women’s Murder Club, #8)The 9th Judgment (Women’s Murder Club, #9)10th Anniversary (Women’s Murder Club, #10), and 11th Hour (Women’s Murder Club, #11)

9. Private series

Private L.A. (Private, #7)

READ: Private L.A. (Private, #7)

Private

TO BE READ: Private (Private, #1)Private London (Private, #2)Private Games (Private, #3)Private: #1 Suspect (Private, #4)Private Berlin (Private, #5)Private Oz (Private, #6)Private L.A. (Private, #7)Private India (Private, #8)Private Vegas (Private, #9)Private Sydney and Private Paris (Private, #11)

10. Alex Cross series

Cross My Heart (Alex Cross, #21)

READ: Cross My Heart (Alex Cross, #21)

TO BE READ: There’s a lot! Here’s the Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/40543. 🙂

I am a huge fan of James Patterson but I’m afraid it will take me a loooong time before I can say that I have read all his novels! Every piece is worth your time, though. 🙂

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Woah! I’m surprised that I was able to complete those 10 spots! Whew!

I am really enjoying this book meme!

How about you? 🙂

Till next time!

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TAGGED: The Book Cover Guessing Challenge

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Don’t judge the book by its cover. But, can you ‘know’ the book just by looking at its cover?

I will actually try to do that after the overly sweet Dimple of enthrallingdimple tagged me to do this cool challenge that I really really want to do! Please go check out her blog. She has written a lot of interesting thoughts that book bloggers, like me, should read. 🙂

Why am I excited to do this? It’s because I actually, sometimes, judge a book just by looking at its cover. (Yep. I’m guilty.)

So now, let me try my wit and luck in this Book Cover Guessing Challenge. Here’s how this challenge works:

  1. Pick a few books, typically well-known, that you know little or nothing about.
  2. Guess what they are about, based on the cover and title.
  3. Compare it with the actual blurb on Goodreads and see how you fare.

I picked five (05) books from Goodreads recommendations for me. 🙂

Let’s see how I’ll do this. I’m quite nervous actually. (laughs)

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Recommendation from my To Read shelf

The Nightingale

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

My guess:

I think this story is about a girl (I think it’s a girl because the author is a girl 😀 ) who lives in Paris (because that’s Eiffel Tower!). That girl dreams to become a famous singer (because from what I know, a nightingale is a small bird that sings beautifully). The main character faces challenges just to make her dream come true (because there should always be a struggle in every story! 😀 )

Goodreads says:

The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France–a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.

So…

I am so wrong! (facepalm) At least Paris is in France so I closely got that right! 😀

Recommendation from my Favorites shelf

The Summer Girls (Lowcountry Summer #1)

The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe

My guess:

Basing on the title and the cover, this book is set during summer (that was very obvious!). I also think that this book has female characters who have been friends from a long time. And then, one summer will somehow test their friendship.

Goodreads says:

In this enchanting trilogy set on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe captures the complex relationships between Dora, Carson, and Harper, three half-sisters scattered across the country—and a grandmother determined to help them rediscover their family bonds.

So…

There is indeed a summer aspect in this novel but that is the only thing that I got right! (Like, seriously! 😀 ) Those girls we’re not friends, they’re sisters!

Recommendation from my YA shelf

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)

The Knife of Never Letting Go  by Patrick Ness

My guess:

A young man will try to wage revenge against his enemies (because he cannot let go). There will be some brutal scenes and I think the main character is somehow Dauntless-like (remember Divergent?).

Goodreads says:

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

So…

I got it right, a bit. The main character is indeed a boy but the premise of this book is far from my guess. (Aww. I think I will not get anything right!)

Recommendation from my Romance shelf

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

Across the Universe bBeth Revis

My guess:

The two main characters are already a couple when they launched a space exploration across the universe. (I can’t say if they are humans or aliens, haha! ) As they travel away from the world, their relationship will be tested. They will also discover truths about their relationship and about themselves as they discover the universe inside a spaceship.

Goodreads says:

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

So…

Okay. Okay. I’m luckless. (facepalm again) I got the spaceship right, though! 😀

Recommendation from my Romance shelf Mystery and Thriller shelf

Shoofly Pie (Bug Man, #1)

Shoofly Pie (Bug Man, #1) by  Tim Downs

My guess: Maybe the name of the main character here is Shoofly Pie or Bug Man. 😀 He (I think the main character is a man) tries to uncover a mysterious murder than can either make or break his career. Little did he know that the secret towards solving the crime lies to the small details that he should see, (that’s my figurative interpretation of fly. Haha).

Goodreads says:

Forensic entomologist Nick Polchak (a.k.a. the Bug Man) is hired by thirty-year-old Kathryn Guilford, who is terrified of bugs, to solve her friend’s death. When Polchak stumbles into the mystery of how Kathryn’s husband was killed years earlier, the action kicks into high gear — and Polchak finds himself on the run with his client from someone who will do anything to keep a secret.

So…

Alright! I got the Bug Man right. But that was it. Haha

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Thank you again Dimple of enthrallingdimple for tagging me after I somehow asked to be tagged? 😀 I got no correct guess but I totally enjoy this challenge!

I am now sure that I cannot be a fortune teller someday! (final facepalm)

So guys, will you take this challenge?

Please say yes! 🙂

Spread the blog-love!

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2015 Reading Challenge Super Update Part 4 (26th to 28th)

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2015’s first half is now officially over so it is now time to give an update on my 2015 Reading Challenge.

Last month has been so busy but thankfully I was able to a few good books. Here are they:

A mystery (26th) –  The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid

The Vanishing Point

I never realized that I missed reading an awesome murder mystery novel until I read this book. I will definitely read another Val McDermid novel!

A book set somewhere you’ve wanted to visit (27th) – Tongue by  Kyung-ran Jo

Tongue

Ever since I was in elementary, it is my dream to visit South Korea. It is because my first celebrity crush is a Korean actor named Bae Yong Joon! (blushes)

Isn’t he handsome! 🙂

Because of his Koreanovela Endless Love Winter Sonata, I have fallen in love to South Korea’s culture and picturesque views. I specifically wanted to visit Nami Island where the TV drama was shot.

I haven’t been able to make this dream come true yet but I know someday I will.

A book from your childhood (28th) – The Heir by Kiera Cass

The Heir (The Selection, #4)

I am a proud product of public schools and because I studied in a public school, I cannot remember any book from my childhood because my school have no library back then.

So why did I picked The Heir? It is because fairytales are the stories that I constantly hear when I am growing up. 🙂

Now, what can I say about this book? I am disappointed.

This is not what I am expecting from Kiera Cass who has written a trilogy that left me awake until 5 in the morning because I finished it in just one night.

So there…

I’ll have more updates soon!

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2015 Reading Challenge SUPER UPDATE Part 3: 21st to 25th Book

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I am back! I’m almost halfway through my 2015 Reading Challenge and I am happy to share to you my 21st to 25th books!

A book of short stories (21st) – Tenth of December by George Saunders

Tenth of December

It’s deep. George Saunders is really a genius.

A funny book (22nd) – Scared Scriptless by Alison Sweeney

Scared Scriptless

Yes it’s funny, but it’s forgettable.

A book by a female author (23rd) – Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Mud Vein

I have never read a Tarryn Fisher novel until this one and I commend her way with words. Her characters are deep that you will keep guessing about the truth behind their actions. Her plot is also engrossing to read. Kuddos!

A book with one-word title (24th) – Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline

My mind can still vividly recall how I fell in love with Rainbow’s Eleanor and Park and I am still waiting for the revelation of that ‘three words’ in Eleanor’s post card for Park!

So here comes Landline. I will not say that this is better or even at par with Eleanor and Park story but that doesn’t mean that this book isn’t worth reading. Landline showed Rainbow’s ‘mature’ side. Her insights about love and lost is in-depth and realistic.

A book that scares you (25th) – A Deadly Business by  Lis Wiehl and  April Henry

A Deadly Business (Mia Quinn, #2)

Like what I’ve said to my review on this book in Goodreads, I actually missed reading Lis Wiehl’s mysteries. Aside from James Patterson, Wiehl is my favorite crime author. And in Deadly Business, she have yet again proven her expertise in writing a thrilling story.

The mere fact that I cannot stop reading it until I was done almost 3 in the morning goes to show how engrossing this book is!

Finally! My 2015 reading challenge list is now updated!

Happy reading everybody!

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2015 Reading Challenge Update: A BOOK WITH A NUMBER ON ITS TITLE (10/50)

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After reading a lot of YA novels, I took a break and started reading the book listed in my 2015 Reading Challenge’s a book with a number on its title. What’s funny is among the 50 categories in this challenge, this is the category that I easily filled up.

1st to Die (Women’s Murder Club, #1) has been in my TBR list since last year. In fact I have included up to the 11th book of this James Patterson‘s crime novel series. And finally, because of this challenge, I was able to start reading this awesome book collection!

1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1)

Genre: Crime Mystery

Published: March 2000

This book has all the reason why I become a fan of James Patterson. It is creepily gross and this is why the story is so engrossing and thrilling at the same time.

Three morbid murders of newlyweds in their honeymoon. Who would not find that creepy?

What I like best is how the story unfolds. Patterson was able to keep me guessing who the psychopath is and just when I thought I figure it all out, it appears that I am wrong yet right.

Confusing? Read it.

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BOOK READS: A Review of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

Genre: Mystery Published: 2003
Genre: Mystery
Published: 2003

A short but sweet read, that is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

My first encounter with Mark Haddon‘s storytelling is surprising. Just when I though that this book, with a very looong title, would be a crime mystery it appears it is not.

Christopher John Francis Boone is the exceptionally intelligent young man who have written the book, the novel used first person perspective. The Curious Incident started with a crime, the gross murder of an ill-fated dog in the night time. The superbly gifted fifteen-year old accidentally discovered the ‘crime’ and it has made him curious about the things that surrounds him.

On the other hand, it is not as if Boone is playing a wise detective here, though according to him he’s doing a Sherlock Holmes-ish task as he goes after the dog’s murderer. Because the little man is not cognitively and emotionally normal,takes all things literally and cannot understand human emotions.

This would make the whole story a witty yet matter-of-fact experience with words.As he tries to discover who committed the crime, Boone’s young mind will then uncover secrets and turmoil about his own parents.

THE BLURB: 

The fact that the content of the book is like a treasure that slowly unfolds while I continue digging makes this novel so special. I am used in predicting what would be the book’s content and even its ending. But with The Curious Incident, I was caught off guard, in a positive way.

I really thought that there is a bigger crime after the dog’s murder, but I am wrong. Because the rest of the book placed me in Boone’s place. A boy who is intellectually gifted by emotionally incapacitated. As I turn the pages, I have come to understand how he, as a boy with such condition, bravely face and make decisions on his own.

What I also love about this book is its wit. Boone, with his brain who knows every prime number up to 7,057, is indeed funny not because he meant to be hilarious but because he is just that. His dislike of yellow, his constant mind-boggling thoughts, and his insensitivity are witty and entertaining.

On the contrary, Mark Haddon was also able to give just the right amount of depth in this light-hearted story. The seriousness of the dilemma of a normal family was discussed with just the right amount. It is really impressive how Haddon balanced the light and humorous aspect of the book and its serious realistic premise. Surely, he is indeed a brilliant wordsmith.

PICKED UP WISE WORDS:

“Prime numbers are like life. They are very logical you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.”

“People do a lot of talking without using any words.”

“You could still want something that is very unlikely to happen.”

“Loving someone is helping them when they get into trouble, and looking after them, and telling them the truth.”

THE WRAP:

Haddon ended the novel in a conclusive manner. This is indeed a good read from beginning to end.

THE MODAL:

A MUST period.

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BOOK READS: Weekend List Update

I was not able to post a weekend book list last Friday due to heavy rains. But surprisingly, last weekend was my most productive weekend book reading so far.

Here are the awesome book reads that I had this weekend.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon – This book does surprise me in a very good way. It is cleverly written and the character is humorous in a foolish but realistic way.

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

2. The Selection by Kiera Cass – I reserve my book blurb about this series but I can’t help myself to say that this series is AWESOME! Really! The book covers are all gorgeous and the stories inside are equally stunning.

The Elite (The Selection, #2)

3. The Elite by Kiera Cass

The One (The Selection, #3)

4. The One by Kiera Cass

It seems that I’ve got a lot of reviews to do so there it is!

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DAY Eleven

It is day 11 of 30 Day Book Challenge. So here’s my answer to the question for the day:

       11.   Favorite classic book.

Because this is published on 1939, I think this one’s really a classic.

I just recently read And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and it is my favorite classic book, for now. (Because To Kill A Mockingbird is in my TBR list also and I’ve heard it is a very good read.)

She is the first author in my list of new writers to try and among her so many books, I have picked this novel. Surprisingly, the story’s great. The first time that I have I read Ten Little Indian, the re-hashed version, I had goosies! Bad goosies!

Agatha Christie is indeed a creepy, intelligent writer.

I would like to say more but I won’t. I’ll reserve my blurbs for my review. I hope I can write my review for this creepy book tonight or tomorrow.

That’s it!

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