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.

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 😉

A book and two movies – views

I picked up “All the Good Parts” by Loretta Nyhan because of its reviews and I wanted something for the journey and leisure read. Finally, after 3-4 days, finished it yesterday. It was surprisingly good. It was more realistic except for maybe the final chapters. It wasn’t the usual romance story that I get to read. The story line was different. I am not sure how people will like the religious parts of it. But I really enjoyed this good novel.

After a long time, I watched movies on the flight. One of them which I found so entertaining was ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel‘. It was on my list for a long time but never managed to pick it up. When I saw that on the list I decided to forgo my sleep and tick that off my list. What a lovely and very entertaining movie 🙂 I did not know that it had such an extensive list of known actors in it.

Me before You‘ – I almost didn’t watch it. When we saw the trailer earlier, it was too cheesy and my husband said that he wouldn’t watch it ever. So I decided to give it a try during my flight so as to not torture him. It was OK, not something I would enjoy much but realized that the trailer portrayed a totally different story line when compared to the actual one. And hey, there is Neville Longbottom in there. How grown up does he look in that 😯

A-Z Book List: Z for Zero

The final letter of the Alphabet series and I haven’t read any book that has a title that starts with this letter too. At least I have a book in the ‘to be read’ series in Goodreads that is related.

Name: Zero Day by David Baldacci

Genre: Mystery, Crime, Suspense, Thriller, Fiction, Action, Adventure

You have no idea how long this book has been there in the want-to-read list. I have no clue why I haven’t got any of his books yet. They belong to my favorite genre too. I am not sure if the books being war related stories that is stopping me. I have never been too fond of those. That is why I haven’t read Tom Clancy’s books (very political) except for one, I believe. I haven’t read much of John Girisham too. But yeah, hopefully one day I do hope to cover all these author’s and try and get a handle on these war based, political drama’s. But until then, it will be on my want-to-read list.

Do you have any suggestions for any other book that starts with this alphabet? Don’t forget to drop in the name of the book.

Finally, I have completed my A-Z Book series successfully and in time too, before the April’s A-Z challenge can start 😉 All the very best for the bloggers who are taking part in the challenge and I will definitely try and check out some of the posts from time to time. Good luck y’all.

PS: Check out the rest of the A-Z Book list here

A-Z Book List: Y for Yellow

Another of those alphabets where I haven’t read any book starting with that letter. So I am going to go again with the book that I would like to read.

Name: The Yellow Wall Paper by  Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Elaine Hedges

Genre: Horror, Psychology, Short Stories, Fiction, Classics

I remembered this because I saw a trailer for a movie with the same name or did I see it while I was browsing through the list of movies to pick and watch? I don’t remember now. But this name stuck with me. Found out that it was a 2012 movie which is based on this short story about a woman’s decline into mental illness. I haven’t read the story, just the synopsis, but that itself is enough to tell you that it can be very dreary and sad. These kind of stories always makes me sad. There are very mixed reviews for the movie. But the Goodreads has a very good rating for the book. I guess I should be in a particular mood to go through these kind of stories and not feel depressed at the end.

Let me see when I get the time to get around to it. If you have read this short story, do drop in your views or links to your views in the comments. Or if you have any other book starting with this alphabet that you have read and have enjoyed, please let me know of that too. Might come in handy next time 😉

PS: Check out the rest of the A-Z Book list here