Checked Out: Week 5

little-black-book-of-murder“Well, that sure was fast,” I said after finishing Divergent in a matter of three days (and it would have been faster if I didn’t have all this other stuff to do with my life). The speed at which I read that book brought back memories of high school when I was reading a book a day. You can read my review of it here. What I really loved about it was its pace. I need to read more books that move swiftly from start to finish instead of wasting a few hundred pages here and there.

Here’s what I have Checked Out this week:

  • Little Black Book of Murder, by Nancy Martin
  • Senlin Ascends, by Josiah Bancroft
  • Reave, by C. Miller
  • The Tyrant’s Law, by Daniel Abraham

The book that I’m deep into at the moment is Little Black Book of  Murder. It’s the 9th book in the series that focuses on Nora Blackbird, who comes from an “old money” family that has gone poor but still has those genteel ways. Except of course she takes up with a mobster’s son and has an intriguing run of murders drop into her lap. Sure, the premise is a bit hokey, but Martin’s writing makes it work. I’m not saying the books are genius, but they move quickly and have a sense of intrigue.

I decided during the course of this week to continue to put off Sycamore Row, by John Grisham, for two big reasons. Number one is that I want to review Reave soon, so I should read it next, and the second reason is because it keeps building the anticipation. Reave is one of those books that seems like it’s right up my alley because it deals with a completely different world. I like to get into those books to see how I can reconcile them with the real world.

And unfortunately I had to Check Back In:

  • Teardrop, by Lauren Kate

The book was a relatively slow starter, and I just had so many other books that were capturing my attention instead, so I’ve added it back to the queue and will get to it at a later time.

What are you reading this week?


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