DI Hillary Greene

I haven’t said much about any books I have read over these three/four months. Since I have some time now, might as well get it written down. I picked up Faith Martin’s DI Hillary Greene books on Kindle Unlimited because it had a female detective and it was a series and you know how I love female based bad-ass characters and a good mystery and detective story. It was a lovely combination to not give it a go. Never did I think that I will be hooked on it once I start it. Whenever I had some time for myself, I had two options: to write something on my blog or to continue with my DI Hillary Greene books (and I had something to always write). There was no competition really. Hillary Greene always won. Here is the list of books of hers in that series I had completed. Only two of them are left but it is because they aren’t available as an e-book on Amazon’s Kindle yet. I am waiting sincerely for those to get published.faithmartin.png

I tried to break the series by picking up a couple of romance books in between but couldn’t be on a break for too long. The allure was too much to ignore.

DI Hillary Greene reminded me of Dr Frost (TV series) in many ways, the dry humour, the intelligence, the no-nonsense approach, issues with relationships, workaholic, placed in a small town (Kidlington in Hillary’s case and Denton in Frost’s case) you name it. It also had characters who stay with her throughout the series and many who come and go for a couple of books. There is a natural progression. It was a delightful read and I would love to see this as a TV series (hopefully well written). It also has a lot of English Slang which taught me a few choice words 😉

In retrospective (how cliché!)

I have already spoken about my journeys this year as part of the weekly photography challenge. So I thought, why not talk about other stuff.

WordPress: I wrote ~260 posts this year on this blog. Fewer posts since August but then I have tried and kept my weekly posts as much as possible.

Instagram: I posted ~215 photos on my Instagram. The number might have increased since last year, but that might be because I compensated my lack of blogging by photo blogging in Instagram 🙂

Goodreads: 108 books recorded (which is less than last year but given my current work conditions I do take a very long time to read one book especially during school days) I also moved my Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited account from US to the one in the UK because payment was becoming an issue and I couldn’t get hold of any local novels that I find in some of the shops around here.

TV/Movies: Didn’t watch many movies except for the odd ones here and there. We recently watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We did complete a couple of series which we miss so dearly. Inspector George Gently & New Tricks were our favourites. A Touch of Frost is coming very close to the end. We miss the old group in Are you being served? The ones from Season 8 is alright, but they do miss something from the earlier seasons.

Apart from those, well, I moved to this new country, got my residence card, quit my 13-year job and an 18+-year-old career, moved to my favourite career of Teaching, gave up my Zumba creds (can no longer teach Zumba), travelled to a new city (Padua), missed a friend’s wedding in India and she eventually moved to the US, enjoyed my snow for a couple of days and so on and so forth. Too many things crammed in a year. All exciting and leading the way to another hopeful year.

I am not going to talk about all the other news items that have happened over the year because those have been talked about everywhere. All I wish is that people be more sensible in terms of their own self and that of others, be more hopeful, be more truthful, be more supportive, be more considerate, and be healthier in the years to come.

Wishing you all a very Happy and a Healthy New Year.

 

WPC: Transformation

“What transforms this world is — knowledge. Do you see what I mean? Nothing else can change anything in this world. Knowledge alone is capable of transforming the world, while at the same time leaving it exactly as it is. When you look at the world with knowledge, you realize that things are unchangeable and at the same time are constantly being transformed.”
― Yukio MishimaThe Temple of the Golden Pavilion

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Peek a boo

Peeking through the kaleidoscopic tunnel in a story book.

Crosswhite & Naturalist

Time for some books. I finished one series (4 books in the series, to be precise) before the break and one new book this week.

Tracy Crosswhite Series:

As part of Kindle Unlimited, I started off with the 2nd book in the series, so I haven’t gone back to the first one because I know how it ends and what actually happened in that (to most extent). It was very interesting and very gripping. It made me go ahead and finish all the other books in the series until book 6, which is yet to be released. As it happens with any mystery, thriller, detective series, I end up forsaking my sleep (totally annoying Mr M in the process) to finish these books. It was a good series actually, building up slowly and steadily. As it usually happens in these series, over a few books you tend to get the pattern and you might even start to guess who the culprit is. But then something else gets thrown in the loop and your theory goes awry. It was fun. Kept me on my toes, or rather the fingertips (kindle!)

The Naturalist:

I love patterns, in everything. I try and see patterns in all things possible to make sense of it. That is one of my quirks or an unconscious habit, one of those. When I read the premise of this story on Kindle Unlimited list I was very intrigued. A Computational Biologist who loves the patterns and such…what is not to like. When I started the story, I didn’t expect it to complete it in a day and a half (yes, including my sleep time). It became a little dramatic towards the end, but then this fellow is no superhero or trained to fight like the cops. All he has are his data, his patterns, and his belief in them. It was very gripping and very intriguing. There is definitely some drama in it, which is OK for me. I was wondering if they would make a TV series from such books. It will be interesting. Or maybe they already do and I haven’t bothered to check. The ending was a little blunt when compared to the other series I read. Not that I am complaining. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.

Book updates

Our school started last week and the chaos has begun 🙂 Apart from computer science, I teach a little bit of maths this year but only for a small group. Have to see how that goes. I broke two brollies (umbrellas) yesterday. How did that happen? I have no clue. Mine was a souvenir from Singapore, so I removed the cloth and have saved it. I was trying to fold Mr M’s and ended up breaking that one too. I shouldn’t have tried that before I have had my coffee, you see. I should have followed the rules of procaffeination.

I realized that I haven’t told you about some of the books I read over the break (am yet to read one non-fiction, which was my goal for this year). So here they are.

a) Animal Farm – George Orwell – Mr M bought this book some time ago and kept it on my to-read list once he finished it. It took me more than 3-4 months to pick it up. I finished reading it in 2 days during my trip to Carmarthen. It is surprising how that story can be applied to any timeframe of humankind. Mind blowing isn’t it? Is there any point to even talk about it when everyone knows how great that story is? 5/5

b) The Woman on the Orient Express – Lindsay Jayne Ashford – A very interesting premise. A fictional story (with some true events woven in) about the woman who wrote the famous “The Murder on the Orient Express”, Agatha Christie. How her life adventures led her to write those amazing stories with Mr Poirot. A very interesting take and done well. The author also gives us the list of true events which she picked up from Agatha Christies biography. I enjoyed it a lot. 4/5

c) The Good Widow – Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke – A Kindle Unlimited book which starts all nice and sad about two people who are grieving for their spouses who were found dead in Maui whilst having an affair there. Slowly and steadily they retrace their steps to try to find out what made them cheat and why. I was totally into it until the very end. That final surprise came out of nowhere and kept me awake during the school night last week to complete the book. 4/5

d) Strike (TV Series) – I had read all the Strike series books but have forgotten the stories over time. We weren’t sure of how this was going to be and given that it is only a three series adaptation. Of course, the whole story is condensed and even though Tom Burke didn’t match the Strike of my imagination, he was OK. It was short and was done OK. Felt a bit rushed though. The personal touch to the involved characters was missing for some reason. Would give a 3/5 for sure.

 

 

Look who’s calling!

We were in a book shop (Foyle’s to be precise) when I saw this book saying ‘Now a major BBC drama’ in its cover and I was like ‘What the what???’ I googled it and lo behold, there is a BBC series coming up for the Cormoran Strike series. If you notice the comments in that trailer, one of them reads “That feeling when character’s appearance doesn’t correlate with an appearance that you have in your mind after reading the book.” that is exactly what I felt when I saw it. I thought Strike was a bit older. It has been a while since I read those books, so I have forgotten about the storylines but I remember what the character was like and it definitely doesn’t match this actor from what I can see from the trailer. Hopefully, it will be OK when we actually see it. I hope so. Looking forward to this. Mr George Gently is making an appearance in this series by the looks of this trailer. When are they going to show the 2nd episode of the latest series btw?

WPC: Satisfaction

I derive great satisfaction from being in a room full of books. I might not read all of them, but their mere existence brings me calm.

 

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Not my living room, sadly, but a living room of a Bishop at Fulham Palace 
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Wish my college library was as funky and cool (with a cafe) as this new Library at Oxford. We couldn’t visit the old Library because of the Graduation Ceremony.

 

 

Detective series in two weeks

It’s been a while since I wrote about the books. Last week, I finished the 4 book detective series called Callahan & McLane Series by Kendra Elliot. The first book gets you hooked into the story line especially the main characters and from there on, you don’t have any other choice other than to go complete them.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. I took the Kindle with me to the School and read them during the free hours and also in the Tube. Sometimes during the walk to the Tube too (only in those areas where there weren’t any traffic). Having said that, it was a pity that during the third book you tend to realise that there is a formula to those stories. A pattern to it. It is all based on psychopaths and they target one or the other protagonists. I am OK with patterns as long as the story is gripping and interesting. That is why I finished these so quickly.

After an exhausting week and a half of these books, now I am into some simple and light romance reads. Can’t give up my sleep every week, especially with all the hyperactive kids around me. I need energy to deal with them too 😉