I downloaded I am Pilgrim with my Audible subscription on the recommendation of Jessica Turner. She suggested it to people who like Homeland or Alias and I love Alias. If you’ve never seen it go watch it, it used to be on Netflix. I also love intricate plots. This one has lots of characters and story lines and they all come together at the end, which I love. It is a very long audiobook but I’ve officially come around to the 1.25x speed so it goes by faster. I have no idea how much time that actually shaves off, but it makes me feel better. The actual plot about the small pox disease is terrifying. I hope to God none of that could really happen, but I’m sure it could and we all just go on blissfully living our lives *shiver*. Goodreads summary below.
“A breakneck race against time…and an implacable enemy. An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity. One path links them all, and only one man can make the journey.”
My only complaint is that it takes awhile to connect the stories together. Which could be annoying to some if they don’t want to keep going until everything makes sense. I am usually one of those people. Push on, friends!
This book is a gem. It may be my last summer reading tagged book and I wanted a fluffy one. It was published last year in the UK, it had a fair amount of idiocentric phrases that we Americans don’t use. Julian is a new dad to a tiny baby when the book starts out and he uses all his savings to open a bookshop. Fast foward 25ish years and his daughter Emilia is all grown up and now taking car of the bookshop herself after Julian’s death. There’s some flash backs and lots of characters, so be aware that you’ll have to keep track of multiple stories. However, I loved all of the characters and how they all came together. At first I kept getting them confused because each chapter would start with a new person, but once I got them all straight I loved learning about how their lives intersected in the small town of Peasebrook and the influence an adorable bookshop.
Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017 : read a book about books
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : read a book about books or reading
This author amazes me. Still Life is the first book in a Canadian mystery series. It was published in 2005 and she now has 13 in the series. That means she basically pumps out a book a year. Which is awesome. She’s like a female James Patterson but without as much notoriety.
I found this to be a great mystery. Not quite a cozy, but definitely not as edgy as the Tana French series (review of book one in that series here). I like the characters. I definitely won’t read all 13 of them. The only thing I don’t like is that Three Pines is supposedly such a small town it wasn’t on the map and yet there’s 13 books about murders there. How many people can really be murderers in a small town? Quick summary below. Also, I watched the movie and it wasn’t half bad. Worth the view if you liked the book.
“Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.”
Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book set around a holiday other than Christmas (the murder was set the day before Thanksgiving)
And so it ends. I received the last book in the Winter series as a digital advanced reader copy from Netgalley. I adore this series (reviews for book 1-3 are below). I heard this is the last one, and she all but confirmed it in an author’s note at the end, which makes me sad. Kelly does die (I was worried he would in my review for book 3) but the family soldiers on, the characters continue and everything is moving forward. They’re all fleshed out and wonderful. There are resolutions but also loose ends. The story could easily continue and I hope it does. Yay for Christmas in August! This book will be released on October 3.
Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : a book with one of the four seasons in the title
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet (I love this series!)
Winter Street (book one)
Winter Stroll (book two)
Winter Storms (book three)
I haven’t read anything by Joshilynn Jackson, but she’s very popular. I don’t know why I picked up Almost Sisters instead of any of her others but I liked it. I thought it was going to be a fluffy beach read like Elin Hilderbrand or Jane Green and it sort of was but it also had twists I wasn’t expecting. There are some references to race in this one, I think she was trying to make it timely to what’s happening in the news and peoples lives. I think she did a good job with expressing the south – the two kinds of south. I also really liked Leia as a character, she seemed very real. There was a bit too much repetition for my liking in the plot but otherwise it sped right along. Quick summary
Leia gets impregnated during a one night stand with Batman at a ComiCon. Her grandmother starts losing her marbles. Instead of telling any of her family members about her pregnancy she goes down to Alabama to help her grandmother and hides her secret for as long as she can. Secrets come out eventually, and not just the one about the baby. All the characters in this book have secrets. Some expected and some not.
Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : a book with a family member term in the title
I picked up The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. because it was a sponsor of a Book Riot podcast and it sounded interesting. When they were talking about it they kept saying D.O.D.O. as if it was an acronym but in reality the audio book says dodo, like the bird. So you say it as the word not the letters. Not that it matters..
If you don’t already know, I love the Discovery of Witches, All Souls Trilogy and this had some of those buzz words. Witches. Magic. Time travel. I was down. Am still down. I picked this book with my first month’s Audible credit and it’s going very well! It’s a 24 hours 29 mins audiobook. If you’re not an audiobook lover you may not know, most adult fiction books are on average only 10-12 hours. So this one was a doozy.
I’m going to go on a tangent here but it’s going to make sense. You know those action movies that have multiple bad guys? This is like that. There are multiple story lines. The story it begins with goes off into another story, which continues into another story. At the end it’s basically an unrecognizable story about a character you weren’t even introduced to until page 300 something. I’m making it sound bad, but it’s not. I found it interesting the whole way through. I skim, so it’s good that I listened to most of it because there are some parts where I was like, what on Earth is going on. Lots of scientific terms and what not. It is open for a sequel, although with a book that long you shouldn’t need one (753 pages).
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a book about a topic or subject you already love (history, witches, magic – take your pick!)
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore. Sounds like a cozy bookstore mystery, right? Don’t be deceived, it is not a cozy bookstore mystery. It is creepy psychological thriller – ish. Although not super creepy.. because I typically don’t like super creepy / scary books. There was a lot of build up and I liked the way it tied together in the end but it seemed like a whole lot of pages in order to get to the conclusion. And then the conclusion was like oh ok, that makes sense. But not like WHOAH I wasn’t expecting that. So it was worth the read but not something I’ll be running around telling everyone about.
“When a bookshop patron commits suicide, it’s his favorite store clerk who must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer... As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left.”
Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : a book from a genre / subgenre that you’ve never heard of (apparently these Gone Girl psychological thriller books are called “grip lit” – who knew)