A newish month is upon us. We’re almost done with the first quarter of the year. My mind wanders from time to time marveling at how fast time flies by when you’re having such a good time. Have you ever started a week that you knew would be great?
That’s how I feel.
There’s a rush of emotions and jumbled, exciting tasks that need to be straightened out. One of them is regular blog posts. Shall we?
First, let me catch you up on what I’m currently reading: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and Talk Like TED: The Nine Public Speaking Secrets of The World’s Top Minds by Carmine Gallo. I am late to both parties but there’s no end to learning new things, right? I’ll tell you if they’re worth your time.
Now, these two books I’m reviewing were easy, fiction reads which I enjoyed.
Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson.
He is the main protagonist in a series of books that Patterson writes. Alex Cross has made an impressive career investigating crime scenes. This gets him in the cross hairs of people who feel aggrieved by his assessments. Two plot lines run alongside each other setting a good pace for this book. A pair of killers is on the loose and is not afraid of getting caught, Cross is called in to put them behind bars. Meanwhile, a journalist called Ron Guidice sits by the sidelines waiting for his turn to swing at Cross.
The duo becomes bolder in their escapades trying to quench a thirst that cannot be satisfied. Just when Cross has built solid evidence to make arrests he is suspended from active duty to deal with the mess that has become his family. This is where the story peaks as he races to clear his name and find a vengeful journalist.
Thumbs Up 🙂 🙂
The story has an entirely new plot line so you don’t feel like you missed out on the start of the series. Patterson continues to build the characters in the book even when their involvement in the story spans over a long period of time.
Thumbs Down 🙁 🙁
It’s a really easy read which would wear you out if you’re into serious literature.
The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks.
Dawson Cole is a loner and broody type working his misery away on an oil rig. You immediately grasp a sense of darkness hounding him daily in the initial chapters of the book. The author goes about justifying the darkness but it doesn’t go away even with some occasional light moments. So later on, we are introduced to Amanda Collier, the one that got away. The circumstances of their split are explained and they gingerly try to define their relationship once again which is where the story grips you.
Thumbs Up 🙂 🙂
A good read. The story is layered (let me use that) with great development of characters so you either like, hate or sympathize with them. The author took time to embody what each character would be like and how they would fit into the story.
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It gets really sappy in some places.
Bits and Pieces.
I took me about three days to read. My pace is getting abit better (yaay)
I started reading the books at one go (in turns) then I figured I should read them one at a time. I feel that different days bring on different moods hence the switching back and forth. I’d love to hear what you do, leave a comment to let me know.
p/s: It feels good to be back. Lets catch upon what you have been up to in the comments section.