My Books This Week

What I’m Reading

Lately, my attention span has been pretty short, but that doesn’t mean I stop reading. It simply means I jump from book to book, depending on the mood. A sign of a good book, in my opinion, is one that I must finish before going back to the others. Or one that keeps jumping to the top of the pile.

Here are my books for this week, loosely ordered as if you were looking at the eclectic stack on my desk:

The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life by Edith Eger

The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder #6) by Linda Castillo

A House Divided (Rowland Sinclair #1) by Sulari Gentill

You Are Never Alone by Max Lucado

Napoleon Hill’s a Year of Growing Rich: 52 Steps to Achieving Life’s Rewards by Napoleon Hill

The Cancer Code: A Revolutionary New Understanding of a Medical Mystery by Jason Fung

A few comments about the books:

The Gift is a “how to” pragmatic follow up to Dr. Eger’s book The Choice, which I thoroughly enjoyed (as much as one can enjoy a memoir about the Holocaust and personal experience). Actually Dr. Eger conveys so much practical advice and inspiration, I can’t recommend The Choice more exuberantly.

Just started The Dead Will Tell. It’s compelling and maybe nightmare-inducing, as many of Linda Castillo’s books are. Looking forward to finding out what happens to Kate Burkholder next.

Napoleon Hill’s book establishes a reading schedule for one year, including it over and over again each week, and taking a year to work through the book. I doubt I will read it that slowly, but there are lots of interesting tips. I probably will read through it earlier and faster. I’m such a rebel. Sometimes.

I haven’t read Max Lucado before, but the book You Are Never Alone looked interesting. It’s different from my usual palette of books, but so far it is a positive read.

I’ll let you know how the books were, after I finish.

What are you reading this week?

Her Last Breath – Book Review

This week, I finished another installment in author Linda Castillo’s gripping Amish murder mystery series starring Kate Burkholder. Her Last Breath is book #5 in the series.

I enjoyed it thoroughly. Here’s my Goodreads review:

Another gripping installment in a compelling series. I don’t know how she does it, but the author was able to make me cry at the beginning of the book. Some scenes toward the end were slightly improbable, but I was effortlessly carried along by the force of the main character’s response to a deadly situation. This was hands down one of the better books I have read in the last several years. Of course, I can say that about the entire series. Masterful. 

There are lots of interesting bits in the books. Book #5 discusses some of the genetic challenges the Amish experience. I know a bit about the culture, but I didn’t know the extent of the genetic issues. It was another interesting factor that added layers to the story.

I’m already looking for a copy of The Dead Will Tell, which is book #6. Looking forward to what happens next with Chief Burkholder.

Three Books Reviewed

This last week I have been suffering from what I like to call the Dragon Flu. It’s where your derriere is draggin’. But more particularly this was a seasonal flu, and it knocked me out. I was in bed most of the time.

What’s the best thing to do if you need to rest and don’t have much energy? Why, read through a few books in between naps.

As I’ve said before, I love a good mystery. And I follow quite a few mystery series (I keep wanting to pluralize the word series! What’s the right way to say it?).

All of the books were pretty darn engaging. This isn’t always the case when it comes to a multi-book series. In fact, each of the authors who I am going to list have had good and not so good installments.

I finished three different tomes. Just in case you were wondering, I’ve listed them below.

Shadows in Death by J.D. Robb

Shadows in Death, #51 of In Death Series

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My review: Definitely a strong entry in this long running series. Lots of energy and intrigue. Interpol gets involved. We see Roarke in more pensive moments. We have a rousing ending, where we see a whole lot of cops do what cops do. Generally a good read, more engaging than most.

Gone Missing by Linda Castillo

Gone Missing, Kate Burkholder #4

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My review: this is another compelling read in an intense, disturbing, and interesting series. Kate Burkholder grew up Amish, but is now the Chief of Police in a small town. The book revolves around missing Amish teens and the investigation. Fast paced. The author does not pull any punches in this series when it comes to graphic and the gross. This is not a series for the faint-hearted. I learn something every time. And so far I like Kate and her state agent counterpart, John Tomasetti. I am always rooting for them to solve the horrible crime(s).

Fortune and Glory by Janet Evanovich

Fortune and Glory, Stephanie Plum #27

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My review: An easy read in this long running series. A new character is introduced, and there are some shifts in plot type, which I enjoyed.

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