2018 Weekly Updates · contemporary · crime · fiction · March 2018 · mystery · thriller

Weekly Update: March 19-24, 2018

Week 2 of my weekly updates! I’ve accomplished a lot, reading-wise, this March. Thanks to all the Goodreads challenges I’ve joined. I hope to be able to keep this up. 

Have Read

03/21Goodbye, Vitamin

Author: Rachel Khong
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary

Summary from Goodreads:

Goodbye, Vitamin is the wry, beautifully observed story of a woman at a crossroads, as Ruth and her friends attempt to shore up her father’s career; she and her mother obsess over the ambiguous health benefits – in the absence of a cure – of dried jellyfish supplements and vitamin pills; and they all try to forge a new relationship with the brilliant, childlike, irascible man her father has become.

My Rating:   

03/23 6th Target

Author: James Patterson
Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Crime

Summary from Goodreads:

When a horrifying attack leaves one of the four members of the Women’s Murder Club struggling for her life, the others fight to keep a madman behind bars before anyone else is hurt.

And Lindsay Boxer and her new partner in the San Francisco police department run flat-out to stop a series of kidnappings that has electrified the city: children are being plucked off the streets together with their nannies–but the kidnappers aren’t demanding ransom. Amid uncertainty and rising panic, Lindsay juggles the possibility of a new love with an unsolvable investigation, and the knowledge that one member of the club could be on the brink of death.

And just when everything appears momentarily under control, the case takes a terrifying turn, putting an entire city in lethal danger. Lindsay must make a choice she never dreamed she’d face–with no certainty that either outcome has more than a prayer of success.

My Rating: 

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03/25 All the Missing Girls

Author: Megan Miranda
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime

Summary from Goodreads:

Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

My Rating: Image result for 2 stars
Currently Reading

 Joyland by Stephen King – Wow, after another week, I’m still reading this one. I’m not even halfway through! 

 7th Heaven by James Patterson – I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this book would be as brilliant as the one before.

 Next Book to Read: This World We Live In (Last Survivors #3) by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Book Suggestions

  • The Fixer (The Fixer #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (re-read)
  • Queen of the Dead (The Ghost and the Goth #2) by Stacey Kade
  • Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger

I have a task in one of my challenges that I’m still having a hard time deciding.

Read a book with a backside on the cover (butt, bum, ass… You get the picture. May include other body parts, may be clad) OR a book with a five-letter title.

Any thoughts?
crime · tv series

TV Series

Being a bum does have its perks! Aside from having all the time in the world to read books, I’m also lucky to have time for watching tv series. Special thanks for the EBRP Libraries for having all the DVDs on lend, seriously one of the few things I love here in the US.

Fangirling (is that even a word?) on these:

CASTLE

Castle

CRIMINAL MINDS — Still rooting for Dr. Spencer Reid and JJ even though that’s totally not happening

Dr. Reid

SHERLOCK

Sherlock

And yes, I noticed the trends! Why is that mystery, suspense, thriller, crime drama are the underlying themes of all these? Just because! 🙂

crime · mystery · thriller

Now You See Me (2013)

Where: the plane to Atlanta, Georgia
With: just by myself, while seatmates are sleeping
Date of Viewing: well, that depends which timezone…

Genre: crime, mystery, thriller
Personal Blahs:
I am a totally unimaginative person so I am amazed on magic tricks and sleight of hand. I’m not really drawn to such amusement but my dad believes magic is an art. I feel that movies that run on themes such as this plays a risk because they would either come up with a very plot with twists and turns or make something really unique. Movies with magic tend to get boring because sometimes it could be repetitive. I find the movie okay, because of the unique tricks up on their sleeve, such as the bank robbery. However, it is true that all magic tricks have their solutions. But I think knowing all the solutions just take away from the wonder it can bring. I was wondering the whole time who the perpetrator was but it did not really give me the wow factor when everything was revealed. Enjoyable, though.

J. Daniel Atlas: The more you look, the less you see.

My Rating: ★★★★

adventure · Book · crime · thriller · Uncategorized

Theodore Boone : The Accused

Author: John Grisham
Date finished reading: December 20, 2013

Comments:
This book kinda made me happy because apparently, Theo was not the hero of the day. Rather, he is the prime suspect for the stolen goods of a computer store. I feel that Theo owe it a lot to his brilliant uncle, Ike Boone, who did a lot better for finding the culprit/s than his parents. Theo sometimes put me on the edge because he brags about knowing the law when he thinks he can get away with the small things just because his parents are lawyers. I often remind myself though that he is just an eight-grade kid. About to read the next installment, The Activist.

My Rating: ★★★★

Book · crime · mystery

Theodore Boone: The Abduction

Author: John Grisham
Date finished reading: February 10, 2012

Comments:
I love John Grisham books and the first installment of the Theodore Boone series was well received in our home. I am rather disappointed with this book because I could have hoped for a better plot. There also was no definite ending – seems like a third book is coming! I’ll surely read the next installment but I just saying that this particular book isn’t so John Grisham-y, if you know what I mean.

My Rating: ★★★

action · crime · Movie · mystery

Salt (2010)

Where: at home
With: by myself
Date of Viewing: February 02, 2012

Genre: action, crime, mystery
Two Cents:
As expected of action spy movies, this flick is unrealistic. Being “trained” young, Jolie who is supposedly a CIA turns about to be a Russian spy as well. There were a lot of stunts and action scenes, which I found entertaining, though it obviously would show that Jolie would handle them all. I just had to comment on the disguise she made. C’mon, she’s a trained agent all she did was dyed her hair black? The plot was okay, a bit predictable maybe, but it was enough to keep me going. This is one of ’em, “the-good-guys-turn-out-to-be-the-bad-guys type of movie. I badly want to speak Russian! The language is cool, and so are their names. There were a lot of errors noted, but I must say I enjoyed watching.

My Rating: ★★★★