Back in January I signed up the 50 Book Pledge and I had the best intention of sharing the books I had read with you all.
Life’s been busy but I’ve still found some time to read, though I must admit that not as many I would have liked to.
I definitely have a theme going when I get a chance to read that you’ll see below!
So, at the end of April, here is where my reading stands and some books that I’d recommend.
Cherry Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke — These novels are completely fluffy but a lot of fun! The novels encompass 3 things: the key character (who is charming and engaging); a murder (the victim and circumstances always change but there’s always a murder to be had); and an amazing number of recipes (generally baking-related and ones which tie into the storyline and always make my mouth water).
Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine and Leslie Meier — This trilogy of short stories all surround a Christmas theme. Truly fluffy — a great read when you just want to escape and try to figure out whodunnit!
My interest in suspense novels/murder mysteries tends to lend itself to reading entire series of books. One of my favourites has always been JD Robb’s novels. With a strong female protagonist (Eve Dallas), her gorgeous millionaire husband (Roarke) and a futuristic setting (New York in 2060), these books are incredibly engagin page-turners! So far this year I’ve read
Memory in Death by JD Robb — Eve spent many years in care and she’s risen above it….until her past comes back to haunt her. One of her former caregivers (to use the term loosely!) named Trudy Lombard comes back to see Eve and attempt to blackmail her. Then…when Trudy turns up death, Eve has to figure out who has murdered her and why.
Visions in Death by JD Robb –The combination of dead girls who are posed and a possible serial killer leads Eve to seek the aid of a psychic and try to understand the mind of a twisted killer.
Origin in Death by JD Robb — When a father and son, both prominent doctors, are murdered, Eve has to figure out why these seemingly squeaky clean men have been targeted.
New York to Dallas by JD Robb — A deranged pedophile who kidnapped and abused young girls, and was arrested by a young Eve Dallas, escapes and wrecks havoc to seek his revenge on Eve and the girls who got away.
Portrait in Death by JD Robb — After a tip from a reporter, Eve Dallas finds the body of a young woman in a Delancey street dumpster. Just hours before, the news station had mysteriously received a portfolio of professional portraits of the woman. The photos seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary for any pretty young woman starting a modeling career. Except that she wasn’t a model. And that these photos were taken after she had been murdered. Now Dallas is on the trail of a killer who’s a perfectionist and an artist. He carefully observes and records his victim’s every move. And he has a mission: to own every beautiful young woman’s innocence, to capture her youth and vitality—in one fateful shot (from Goodreads)
Loyalty in Death by JD Robb — Now, New York cop Eve Dallas returns to face her most ingenious foe — a “secret admirer” who taunts her with letters…and kills without mercy. (from Goodreads)
You Don’t Want to Know by Lisa Jackson — Quite honestly, don’t waste your time! This “suspense” novel was incredibly long-winded with the most ridiculous plot twists. I don’t get bored easily but by the end of the story, I truly didn’t care about any of the characters.
Every Day by David Levithan — A very cool book if you are willing and able to suspend disbelief! A teen soul that changes body each and every day. This has happened for 17 years with few known issues….until the soul falls in love with a girl and another teen whose body acted as a host starts to raise awareness in the media. As bizarre as this book sounds, it is absolutely AMAZING!
7 Souls by Barnabas Miller — An intriguing and complex book, though it has a slow start that makes the first half of the book drag. That being said, when 7 Souls gains momentum, there is no stopping it! The book surrounds a spoiled teen who finds herself truly baffled on her birthday. What starts in confusion turns into a great party and ends with seems to be her impending death. As she sees death approaching, she finds herself traveling back through the day and inhabiting the body and mind of one of the people who seems involved in her demise. It is a truly unique book and, despite its slow start, I found it incredibly interesting as it was unlike any other book I’d ever read.
Accidental Love by Gary Soto — A sweet teen romance where a Hispanic girl with a tough reputation finds herself falling for a self-defined “geek” and she aspires for a better life. A very poignant book and I enjoyed it (even as someone who despises romance novels!).
So I’d better pick up the pace! I’ve read 12 books so far but I need to read 38 more this year if I’m going to reach my target!