Jul 192016
 

honeymoon

_Second Honeymoon_ by James Patterson

In light of yesterday’s adventure, I took along a ‘holiday’ reading for the plane ride. Also, it seems that lately I have been preferring to read paper books for some reason. Since I had bought this one in the last week of work for a discount, I thought it was appropriate as I had planned to read it whilst on holiday and we were jokingly saying that we were going on our “honeymoon”. πŸ˜›

It was a one-day start to finish read.

When I first started it, I thought I had read it before, but nothing from my LibraryThing or previous posts or GoodReads was showing up as me having read this book before. So, I continued on anyway realizing that this is a second of a ‘newish’ series for Patterson (duh from the title) and figured I must have read the first one before.

In any case, the intertwining of two serial killer cases and two major characters was a bit new. It was predictable that things would overlap eventually, but otherwise, it was a very easy and entertaining read. There was just enough suspense to keep me going and since the reader was not left to guess who did it I could just engage myself in the characters, which was fairly easy to do.

So, a very nice holiday read overall. πŸ˜€

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Day 24:  What challenge are you grateful for?

Oh yes, who is grateful for challenges? The good thing is that I have accepted that challenges and challenging times are opportunities for growth and expanding of who I am as a person. While I do not like the challenges at the time they are happening, I do reflect back on them to see what I can learn. In truth, I am actually always grateful for the challenges that require me to build my patience level. Current period included. I am not the most patient person in the world. Some people might not believe it, but in general I have a short temper when it comes to trying my patience. It is fully connected to my ego and a sense of deservedness (is that a word?). However, every time a challenge occurs that questions my patience or requires more of my patience I am aware that I am lengthening my limits. Patience is definitely a virtue and the key to controlling situations, responses, emotions and life. When we take the time to see other perspectives or to absorb rather than react, the results often change. So, rather than increasing rage or strife, I want to be an agent for peace and calm, which only comes from patience. Thus, I am grateful for the challenge of being more and more patient! πŸ™‚

~T πŸ˜€

Jul 082016
 

murder

_The Murder House_ by James Patterson

In my quest to keep distracting myself and still enjoy the long Eid weekend, I decided to give myself a little reprieve from my four other books I am reading and have some ‘holiday’ pleasure.

This title popped up on my Goodreads recommended list and I put it on m wishlist to save for later. I think it came up again for a discounted rate, so I went ahead and bought it. Boy, am I glad that I did.

Despite Patterson’s tendencies to write formulaic stories, I must say this one kept me going straight to the very end. I was left guessing and changing my mind page to page on who was the killer. The story worked well and I ploughed through it in just over a 24-hr period. Not bad! πŸ˜€ Of course, it helps that I keep waking up most nights and cannot go back to sleep… πŸ˜›

Definitely recommend this one and am glad to be entertained again by a Patterson quick read.

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Day 13:  What abilities are you grateful for?

Hm…I think I am most grateful for the ability to love. I can come across as fairly harsh with my black & white way of thinking. I tend to have a harsh manner and may be perceived as rough around the edges at times. However, once this tough exterior is penetrated, I do love deeply, fiercely and for forever. I am grateful that I do not love at whim, but that I am given the freedom to be a bit picky about my loving and then am able to let love flow! Yes, I am grateful for the ability to love. I think we need much more of this in the world especially in our current times. 😐

~T πŸ˜€

Jun 162016
 

nypd2

_NYPD Red 2_ by James Patterson

I am not sure if I have written about the first NYPD Red book in the series, but I have now read the second one in the series. πŸ˜›

This new series is entertaining enough, though not meant to be overly enthralling I am sure. It was a good way to pass the time and I got through the pages quickly. So, that is really all one can ask for in a ‘holiday’ reading book, right?

Do I recommend it? Sure, why not? Patterson writes well in this one and so I will likely look forward to reading number 3. πŸ˜€

~T πŸ˜€

Aug 042013
 

12th of Never (Women's Murder Club) by…

_12th of Never_ by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

Continuing the Women’s Murder Club series, Patterson and Paetro did another decent, but not fantastic job of creating both suspense and progression of the characters’ lives.

While the suspenseful parts were good, I felt as if most of the storylines were disjointed, which I know I have mentioned before in this series. In some of the books, certain characters are the main focus while the others are brought in marginally. This works much better than trying to hit the events of each characters’ lives at that point. With so many ‘sub-main’ characters, it is basically impossible to fully develop all of them together especially if they are in different jobs and different points in life – marriage, children, single, etc.

So, although I continue to enjoy the series, I read this one very quickly and it wasn’t from a matter of being super-engaged as a page-turner. Rather, it was an easy read and just enjoyable enough to keep me going. I hope that the next ones will be a bit better, though….

-T πŸ˜€

Aug 012013
 

Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson

_Alex Cross, Run_ by James Patterson

What is a vacation without some James Patterson novels? I have been waiting to read some of his latest releases until the summer break because I knew that I would enjoy them more.

This is another of the Alex Cross stories, continuing from previous storylines. There’s a bad guy, there’s death and sadness with victory in the end. Did I give too much away? πŸ˜‰

There’s not much more to say with this book really. It’s a typical story, but it was entertaining.

More books to come as I’ve been a reading machine the past month….

-T πŸ˜€

Jul 042012
 

_Cross Fire (Alex Cross)_ by James Patterson

Well, I downloaded this book a while ago and wasn’t sure if I had already read it or not. Then, I did a search of my posts (comes in handy!) and found that I HAD already read it….

So, no need to rewrite about the synopsis. Since I hadn’t recalled reading it the first time, I guess I didn’t like it that much the first round. However, when on vacation and it is raining outside, it reads well enough. πŸ˜€

On to other books now….

-T πŸ˜€

Jul 012012
 

_11th Hour_ by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

So, it’s possible that I may have to return my attentions back to work or something as I’m plowing through books like there is no tomorrow. Or, I should read more challenging books… πŸ™‚

In any case, this was one of the better books in the Women’s Murder Club series. All the relationships are mostly settled with a bit of drama here and there. Patterson seems to have gotten down the art of running two crime stories at the same time and making them intertwine nicely. I won’t give a summary as it’s not really worth it. However, I will say it was a good read. πŸ˜€

Now, what will I read next…?

-T πŸ˜€

Jun 302012
 

_Kill Alex Cross_ by James Patterson

When on holiday, there’s nothing better to read than a James Patterson novel. It’s quick, mindless and entertaining. I have been disappointed with some of his novels, but I do like the Alex Cross series.

This one centered around two stories that ran parallel and periodically seemed to have connection to keep interest alive. The main storyline was the kidnapping of the president’s two children. Alex Cross is called in to work on the kidnapping case due to his experience in previous similar cases. It was good to not have so much of the story focused on the president’s side and more about the solving of the case. The second story related to jihad cells and terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and the survival of one of the successful jihadis. Although both stories were still about Cross’s role and ability to solve cases, they still had life of their own.

Again, Patterson has developed a formula that he has mastered. Almost all of his stories now are pattern-based, but the lack of complexity is good when reading for that purpose. πŸ˜‰

-T πŸ˜€

Aug 252011
 

_Now You See Her_ by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

While I was hesitant to read another Patterson book so soon after my last one, I was looking for a quick read for the plane rides on my way back home. This one was a quick read, which I finished in one day due to a sleepless night before my second day of traveling.

The main character runs from her past in Florida and creates a new life for herself in New York City. The story explains her past and then the present brings her back to having to face the past she had tried to ignore. In general it was a pretty cookie-cutter storyline, but the twists and turns were interesting enough to keep me quite engaged.

I was glad I did read another Patterson book as they are definitely quite good for traveling! πŸ˜€

More later,

-T

Jul 102011
 

10th Anniversary by James Patterson

 

_10th Anniversary_ by James Patterson

Vacation traveling means that I read easy-no-brainer books so that I can fall asleep or at least make the time pass quickly while waiting at an airport or on the plane (if I am not asleep by the time the plane takes off!).

So, as I embarked on my summer adventures, I also started the most recent of the Women’s Murder Club series books by Patterson. I had nearly forgotten what was going on with the characters in the 9th Judgement since it has been nearly a year between readings. However, I quickly got caught up again and found that I was more engaged in all of their lives than I had been before. There seems to be a sense of finality in this novel with everyone settling down with someone and having that happily-ever-after family is love fairy tale mushy ending. It is possible that there could be more coming, but I sense that perhaps this storyline is or will-be put to rest shortly.

As always, I do not want to ruin the ending for people by telling what happens in the story. So, I will simply say that if this is indeed the last one of the series, it ends appropriately and entertains as it should for a quick and easy read.

More to come…,

-T