It is the end of the month so that means it is time to look back at the books I read. I managed to read 5 books this month. That surprised me a little. It felt like I barely read at all. I also gave up on two books before really getting started.
I read one memoir, one YA, and three mystery/thrillers. One of those was also sci-fi.
Here are the books in order read:
Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins
Lux and her boyfriend Nico are hired to sail two women to Meroe Island, a remote island in the South Pacific. Lux bonds quickly with one of the women and they all bond with the couple they find already on the island. It’s a party until another boater arrives, someone turns up dead, and secrets are revealed.
This was a nice, quick read with short chapters. It bounces between now and the past. The glimpse of the past slowly reveals the secret that leads to death. I figured it out all early, but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book. I still enjoyed seeing how the author pieced it all together. I thought the ending was satisfying.
Going There by Katie Couric
I don’t read many non-fiction books, but when I do many times it is the autobiography of a celebrity. I prefer audio because I love to hear them read their story to me. Since I don’t have a commute, I did not do audio for this one.
It took me a bit to get into it. I think that’s because I generally listen to my bios. Once I buckled down and forced myself to read it I started to enjoy it.
Being a long-time viewer of The Today Show, I especially loved that section. She was very open about her friendship with Matt Lauer and how hard it was for her to come to terms with why he was fired.
The chapters dealing with her husband dying of cancer were tough to read, but it is an important part of her life story.
I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
This is the sequel to The Inheritance Games. Tobias Hawthorne has left his entire fortune to virtual stranger Avery instead of his daughters or grandsons. He left behind clues to a game that would explain the mystery. Thanks to a DNA test, Avery knows she is not related to the Hawthornes, but as secrets are revealed she begins to find the connection she has to the family.
I liked the first book in the series a lot. It took me a little longer to get into this one, but once the new slurs started to emerge I was hooked. There are some twists and turns I didn’t see coming. That is impressive for a book written for teens. I like the characters. There is romance for those looking for that with their adventure. I would recommend the series to everyone.
The 22 Murders of Madison May by Max Barry
Young real estate agent Madison May is murdered by a client at a showing. Reporter Felicity Barnes is assigned to cover the story. Felicity’s world changes when she spots the killer on the subway, he hands her something and vanishes. She soon discovers her world has shifted. No one remembers the murder of Madison May, her office is different, and she only has one cat instead of two. She soon discovers that she has traveled to an alternate world with the man who is on the trail of a killer who is murdering Madison May in every world.
The was one of the best books I’ve read this year. It might be why I have struggled to move on to a new book. It was that good. I loved that the traveling from world to world was messy and messed up worlds each time they did it It wasn’t a nice, easy trip over and back. You gave up your life as soon as you jumped. There was not going to be a totally happy ending for anyone. The story keeps you turning the pages. A very good book I highly recommend.
Fear No Evil by James Patterson
Alex and Sampson are on the case of the murder of a CIA agent who leaves behind a confession of being on the payroll of a cartel. More law enforcement agents are murdered by a shadowy organization targeting those who are secretly working with the cartel. The cartel retaliates against the families in hopes of keeping others quiet. Alex and Sampson are caught in the middle of the war. It all comes to a head in the wilderness of Montana when they are attacked by both sides while on vacation.
I used to read most of what James Patterson wrote. After he became a brand. I decided to only read the Alex Cross series. Many times I read the Cross books and am so annoyed by the entire family being practically superheroes that I think I should stop reading them. Fortunately, this one mostly kept away from the family(besides a subplot that was really an ad for his YA books about Alex’s son) and focused n Alex, Sampson, and longtime nemesis M.
As always, it was a nice, quick read. There isn’t much filler. No one seems like they are superhuman. M’s identity is finally revealed. Overall, a satisfying read.