Week 10 – 2018

It is a really hot day here in Boston. It’s only appropriate that I write a blog post about what I was reading during the dead of winter (March was especially awful this year.). Just kidding. I really wish I was caught up enough to be writing a post about what I read last week. Week 10 covers March 5 – 11. As always, your feedback is encouraged.

Munich by Robert Harris – I borrowed this as an e-book from the Boston Public Library. I think this was one of my recommendations. This is one of my favorite authors. This is about the meeting between Chamberlain and Hitler in the hopes that they can avoid another world war. Chamberlain was a pacifist of sorts and was desperately trying to avoid the coming conflict. Ultimately, his failure lead to his replacement by Winston Churchill who was decidedly more aggressive. The book is also centered around the secretaries from both sides who knew each other as teens. One will struggle with the conflict of betraying ones country over doing what they believe to be right. It was really interesting and I really enjoyed it. I felt like I learned something. I’m giving it 4 stars.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. One of my friends loved this. Another hated it. This is one of those creepy books that makes me want to stay out of the woods. But it turns out that nothing is creepier than going to a hen party for someone you haven’t seen in ten years. This character makes some really weird choices and then we have to all pretend to be surprised when something awful happens. But who is orchestrating all of this? Is it the bride? The bride’s creepy clone? Some equally creepy stranger that is breaking into the cabin? This will keep you on the end of your seat until you actually figure out what’s going on. This is a really well plotted psychological thriller. I’m giving it 4 stars.

The Crypt Thief by Mark Pryor – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. This is Hugo Marston #2. My mom introduced me to this series. She also pointed out the this one is set in Père Lachaise Cemetery which was on my planned list of places to visit with my aunt in Paris. So obviously that is why I picked this one up. And I definitely recommend this to anyone that is going to visit, or anyone that has already been. It really helps to visualize the action. In this, someone is digging up craves and stealing body parts. Gross, right? Wait until you find out what they are being used for. During the first theft, an American and another tourist with suspected ties to a terrorist, which prompts the ambassador to send Hugo to find out what is really going on. I’m giving it 4 stars.

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer – I actually bought this as an actual book. It’s wires and Nerve #1 and it’s part of the Lunar Chronicles. This is a graphic novel. It’s about Iko and her quest to round up all of the rogue wolf hybrid soldiers on Earth and return them to Luna. Cinder fears for her safety and pairs her up with one of her guards despite the fact that Iko is not happy about it. There is a really aggressive soldier on the loose who is rounding up an army to take on Cinder and all of her pals. This sounds really kooky, but I really like these characters and the graphic novel format really works in this case. This is probably considered young adult. But I really enjoyed it and I’m giving it 4 stars.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. This was also recommended to me. One friend loved it and another friend hated it. The same friends who had strong opinions about this author’s other book except opposite. The one that loved this hated the other and vice versa. Lo is given the opportunity to write a travel article about a high end cruise liner. Then she sees someone murdered next door. Except there is no one in that cabin. And no one appears to be missing. Did she have too much to drink and imagine the entire thing or is there something else going on here? I enjoyed this. And I didn’t figure it out right away, which is good. I’m also giving this one 4 stars. I’m beginning to question my rating system.

And that is it for Week 10. Let me know what you think or if you have suggestions for what I should try next.

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