Reading List May 2019

Okay, so may be this is the month I shall finally do more than 3 books. Fingers crossed. So, as it turns out before the end of the month I have reached a new personal best of 4 books.

But as you can see from the trend my focus is usually with crime and detective fiction. I am trying really hard to move away from only crime, thrillers and the similar genres but it is a tough addiction to quit.

  1. Annotation 2019-05-27 173336A good murder mystery with a little bit of red herring thrown in. Good writing but procedural details of police not so in depth. Not much focus on character development, perhaps because it is a series. Unnecessary hark back to past incidents of main characters, that may alienate new readers but might also connect well with the old readers of the series. Overall Rating 3 /5.

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A surprisingly well written thriller, found it engrossing, couple of red herrings, but closer to about 3/4 th of the way the ending became obvious. But very enjoyable nonetheless. Overall Rating 4/5.

3. Annotation 2019-05-28 161128.jpg This is a surprisingly well written cozy mystery, which is apparently a new genre, in the lines of Agatha Christie’s Mrs. Marple series. The protagonist Aunt Bessie is the 90’s Mrs. Marple and does a fairly good job of solving murders. But the writer tries too hard to bring too many happy endings for the reader and ends up forcing the climax and the epilogue with revelations after revelations. The end result is the last 20 odd pages are a drag. Overall rating 3.5/5

4. Annotation 2019-05-29 104724 This is a prequel to the Blake Pierce series with Riley Paige as protagonist. It traces Railey’s discovery of her special abilities as an Empath which brings her to BAU. The character development for Riley’s friends, Father , even love interest is left off half-heartedly. There is the flash and bang ending. A red herring or two. The final unveiling comes a surprise but the explanation falls flat. Overall Rating 3.5/5.

 

Reading List April 2019

I keep my tradition of 2 books each month. I have been very lazy at finishing books. These books are usually 250-300 pages only so, I think I can push up my reading a bit more.

  1. Annotation 2019-05-27 172125.jpgA good thriller, based in the Gambling heaven of America, with enough details of the professional Gamblers life including the shady underbelly of crime associated with it. But the unraveling of mystery felt slightly forced, the explanation for the deed and the final unveiling of the killer felt all too melodramatic. Overall rating 3/5
  2. Annotation 2019-05-27 173108 Enjoyed this thriller linking World War 2 incidents with present day scenes, but characters are not very clearly defined, a lot of action that happens seems to be going on in the background. The final unveiling of the murderer is a long stretch of imagination, where logic takes a backseat. Overall rating 3/5.

Reading List March 2019

Third month turned out to be better, my reading list has now gone upto two books. I think I can keep this pace up. I find myself gravitating towards crime thrillers and crime fiction. May be next month will try to read up something else.

 

  1. Annotation 2019-05-27 170614 A cute murder mystery , at least that’s what this pretends to be. Again the attempted red herrings and pushing the reader’s mind towards possible killers, never really bothering to solidify the suspicion, and a surprise ending, where the murder turns out to be the least expected and least seen character. Felt a bit contrived. The language is difficult to comprehend, as there is some form of local dialect in it, or perhaps an attempt to give the first person narrative an eccentricity in syntax. Overall Rating 3 /5
  2. Annotation 2019-05-27 173316 An attempted mystery in a historical set up. Too many details which do not really make any visible impact to the story. The ending unnaturally melodramatic. Perhaps to set up the series. Decent one time read. Overall Rating 3/5.

Reading List February 2019

This has been slow month like the last one. So, only one book read, several downloaded, though, so pretty excited for the next few months.

  1. Annotation 2019-05-27 170358 A well written mystery, being the book 1 of a series, feels like the series may have potential. The female protagonist goes from a laid back lady living by the beach to a ninja warrior in a few chapters. The ending is a bit contrived, the hero dies, but doesn’t really die. And all of a sudden a new Male interest crops up and becomes the paramour of the lead lady. All very rushed and contrived. But nonetheless the intensity of the action is fairly captured. Does keep the reader on the edge. Overall Rating 3.5/5.

Reading List Jan 2019

I had been doing a monthly reading list, which stopped abruptly. On my Birthday, I was gifted an AMAZON Kindle and I couldn’t have been happier. This was going to be my tool to ensure I read enough. At least 12 books in a year, yes that was the Goal, but in the past 2 year’s I haven’t been able to reach it. But with this thoughtful gift from my spouse I feel I can achieve it. Apart from the Kindle Unlimited Membership and Amazon Prime membership allowing me to download free ebooks, the Kindle device also support any pdf document downloaded from the internet.

Luckily a friend who is am avid Kindle fan had invited me to become a member of a free ebook site a few years ago. Turns out this was a great way to get fiction, non fiction and other genre of books for free. The name of the site is bookbub.com. They send a daily newsletter with free book bargains. It is absolutely awesome. So now that I am back to reading like a bookworm that I am, here are the latest books I have read.

  1. Annotation 2019-05-27 165731

An interesting read which takes us on a roller coaster ride, it starts off by creating a an interesting situation where there is a reluctant hero thrown together with the female victim who doesn’t want his help. The chemistry or development between the two main characters is at best forced. But generally a well written book, sometimes the reader may have to suspend their disbelief at how lucky some people can get when they are victims of a falsified crime. Overall Rating 3.5/5.