Checked Out: Week 27

the-silkwormWouldn’t you know it? Two days after I got Top Secret Twenty-One, the other book I’ve been dying to read (Galbraith’s The Silkworm) arrived at the library for me. That of course should have created a dilemma for me, but amazingly enough it didn’t because both are so interesting I’ve been alternating back and forth for the past four days. I’m more than halfway through both of them too, and don’t worry. I’m keeping them straight.

My problem is that those are not the only two books I have Checked Out right now. Here are the others that are staring me in the face, begging me to read them as well…

  • Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham. I’m just hoping that the magic of the series will take this leap to novel form better than it did to the movie. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the movie. I just expect more from my books, and this new series at least has a guiding hand in Rob Thomas, who helped to write and produce the TV series. Plus, look at the title!
  • Four: A Divergent Collection, by Veronica Roth. I have mixed feelings about this one. Since I wasn’t too keen on her ending of the Divergent series, and one huge part of my displeasure came from her perspective that came from Four narrating alternate chapters, did I really want to read a whole book from his perspective? I’m still thinking about it, but I do have the book here, and I might give it a shot at some point.
  • The Hard Way, by Lee Child. This is yet another Jack Reacher book, and I think it’s number 9 in the series. The formula is familiar enough by now to make him seem like a friend of mine whom I’ve known for a while, similar to a heroine who is also a good friend of mine — Stephanie Plum. You know, I think those two would be good together.
  • City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare. As much as I love this book I got stuck because the other two books came in for me and they’re physical, not in digital form, meaning they also have firm due dates. So I didn’t want to put it down for a while, but that’s just what I’m doing while I get through these other two. Please forgive me, Ms. Clare.

Speaking of those two books, they couldn’t be more different. Stephanie Plum is as clueless but lucky as ever, while Cormoran Strike (the detective protagonist in The Silkworm) is methodical and competitive. Plum does the same series of things over and over to try and catch whoever has skipped bail this time, while Strike recognizes the efficacy of different methods to suit different people he’s trying to track and expose. Plum is often funny, while Strike is serious, but both are interesting in their own way, enough to make them intriguing reads, especially at the same time.

I’m getting back to City of Heavenly Fire next, while probably reading the next Reacher book at the same time. Maybe I’ll fit the Veronica Mars book in there as the bedtime book. We’ll see which one interests me the most once I start reading, but for now I’m going to enjoy these two novels that suit my fancy.

Sam

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