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Thursday, May 1, 2014

April Reading Wrap-Up

I am so proud of myself. I read 12 books in April. Yay! 

Here are a few comments I 
have about the books I read. 
Hardly a bad one in the bunch

Confessions of a Murder Suspect.
This book was just amazing. It centers around a character named Tandy and the locked door murder of her parents in their apartment in the elusive Dakota hotel. The police suspect the children and assistant of the mother of the crime and doggedly pursue each of them as suspects but Tandy, being the most focused of the bunch decides to take on the task of solving their murders. The parents are crazy strict and the kids realize they  have been taking "vitamins" that the father, head of Angel Pharm, a drug company, has cooked up on his own to enhance his children to their individual success. Its a bit cray cray in that department, but it is such a fast read. I think I read it in a day. Started it around 2pm on day one and finished before 2pm on day two. I just had to know whodunit. And dang it if I did not figure it out. Good for you, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro!

Best Kept Secrets
I listened to this on audio and I thought it was just great. I can't believe how quickly Sandra Brown gets you invested in the lives of her characters. This story is about a gal named Alex who is searching for the facts to her mother's murder when she was just a baby. So she goes back to her mother's hometown to solve said murder and finds lots of intrigue. I did figure out whodunit on this one. That made me happy. Loved this read. Listening to it on audio just made it "funner." (is that a word?) lol

Hex Hall
I have had this on my iBooks app on my iPod for a long time and just never got around to reading it. I knew nothing about the series when I bought it. I just had a hankering to read it. It sounded interesting and just up my alley. And it was definitely that. It is the first in a five book series, I believe. Sophie Mercer has powers and knows she is a witch but she has never really been exposed to the world of magic and just fiddles on her own. During one of her first encounters at the beginning of the book she does a mixed up love spell that angers the Elders of the Council and gets her set to Hecate Hall (or Hex Hall, for short). This book takes Sophie on a sort of roller coaster ride of sorts that is completely intriguing and I just couldn't put the book down. 

Billionaire Blend 
I read two Cleo Coyle books this month. I had first discovered this author by getting her book Murder by Mocha at Big Lots. Thank you Big Lots! I was introduced to a great author that I plan to keep reading. This book features Clare, a barista of sorts for her ex-mother-in-law's coffeehouse. This story centers around a billionaire named Eric who runs a company sort of like Google who is creating an app for the coffeehouses around NY  where you can get certain types of coffee. While this Eric character is in her shop, there is a car bombing right outside killing a person and greatly injuring Eric and many others in the shop. And so goes the start of this story. I have been taking these stories slowly since there is so much action packed into a single book and I don't want to miss one twist or turn. Just great.

The Mystery of the Yellow Room
This was one of the first locked door mysteries. It was originally written in French and translated into English. I have to admit this was a bit hard to wade through. The names were all in French and it was hard to remember who was who based on the names. And since I listened to it on audio, that made it doubly hard. I did not figure out whodunit because the author didn't play fair and left out a whole bunch of clues that weren't revealed until the end. Ugh! I really didn't need to listen to the last hour of the audio because the killer was revealed at that time. And it took over an hour to relate just how the crime was committed. It was told from the point of view of a journalist and so it was also written in the fashion of a journalist, just the facts ma'am.

Night of the Living Deed
Alison Kerby decides to buy an old victorian house in her New Jersey hometown. But funny thing about this house, two ghosts are living there and they want her to solve their murders. This was a pretty good book once I gave myself a change to read it. It had been stuck in my lunch pail for a very long time. I loved the old shows about Topper so this completely appealed to me. It takes a minute to get into it but once you do, you're off to the races.

Fired Up
This is one of those books that I had been trying to read for a very long time. It had been half read for a good amount of time, not because it wasn't good but life kept interfering. This book is about a gal named Chloe Harper who can read something called Dreamlight. Apparently, not many people can do this and so Jack Winters comes to her for help. He need to find a lamp sort of like Aladdin's Lamp that is supposed to cure him of the nightmares and blackouts he's been experiencing. This was a good book and definitely a great read. It is the beginning of the Arcane Society series.

Robinson Crusoe
I listened to this on audio and I am so glad I did. I think the reader with his British accent really made this book easy to understand. Boy, this man sure had a lot of adventures. I was nearly two thirds of the way through the book before his man Friday made an appearance. That really surprised me. It tells the tale of a man who tries to survive on and island by himself and how he does that day after day. He creates tools, grows his own crops and discovers that cannibals come to his island to have feasts. The story was good, but it is long and you really need to be invested to finish this one. And apparently it is not the end of the story because there is basically a to be continued tacked onto the end of the book.

The Archived
This story is about a place in the in between, not really heaven, but a sort of heavenly library where people's bodies are stored like human archives. These bodies are called Histories and they live in the Archive. Mackenzie works for the Archive, she is a keeper. She's basically on a sort of probation since her grandfather died and left his key to her but she was too young to start working in the Archive but they made an exception for her. Basically what she does is magically receive a name that is written on a slip of paper that appears on the paper in her pocket. She goes into the dark areas that lie just aside the Archive and searches for recently deceased people and lead them to the right door in the Archive so they can be "shelved." There is a bit of a deception going on in the Archive that is revealed during the course of the book that makes this book a must read. Just wonderful.

The last three books I read were self-help books that were all amazing and I suggest you go out and read them for yourself.

Earl Nightingale's The Strangest Secret.
It's short. There is no reason not to read this. Amazing. 

How to Instantly Connect With Anyone
Lots of great tips in this book. Just wonderful.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. 
This along with How to Win Friends and Influence People should be the type of stuff they teach in school. Really invaluable stuff packed in these two books.

Those are my twelve books for April. Currently I am reading Gone by Michael Grant, Diners, Dives and Dead Ends by Terri L. Austin, Hexed by Michelle Krys, Tune In by Sonia Choquette, The Collector by Nora Roberts and Night Shade by Andrea Cremer. And yes, I am reading all these at once. I read a few chapters of  one and read a few chapters of another one. Reading is just amazing and I suggest you get an account on and check out the wonderful world of books.

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