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Michael Connelly
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September Reading Wrap up

Total of 14 books read. A lot of them are not my usual genre as it is Halloween Bingo month. 


5 stars read 


Zero Day - David Baldacci 


John Puller was sent on a mission alone, to investigate a death. It turns out to me more complex and complicated. Reinforcement is not coming as the case is of a sensitive nature.  They got whole family killed and then more body was found. 


Good detective story with a conspiracy involving government secret. 


Robert is still in jail but manged to help John to solve this case. 


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Harry Potter) - J.K. Rowling,Newt Scamander 


Second time to read this. A bit not surprising as it is more like a textbook for beasts instead of story. Still fun reading it. 


4.5 stars read 


The Woods - Harlan Coben 



Paul is the prosecutor in a rape trail. Some rich kid has raped a teenager who is in the sex trade. 


The father of the rich kid is being really forceful and asked Paul to back off. He didn't. And now more threat comes his way. More body turned up. 


It is more like to his current case than his sister. Really good setup for a mystery. 


Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz 


An editor reading a book. So this is a book within a book kind of book. 


The book stopped in the middle. The writer is dead. The last chapter might be linked to his murder. 


Good one. Although I don't care for the insider book story, it is pretty good after the editor story start going again. 


South By Southeast - Anthony Horowitz 


Same writer. Different audience. Pretty awesome to show the range of the writer. 


Diamond brothers are detective that has no clue. Their client seems to be walk-in mostly and by mistake as well. It is fun read for kid who like adventure but not too much danger or darkness in a story. 


Saving Faith - David Baldacci 


Faith is a lobbyist sidekick who is going to the FBI and try to do the right thing. Lee Adams is hired to tail Faith and only run into chance to save her life. 


Good one. Especially on trying to guess who want to kill Faith. 




Day of Doom - David Baldacci 


Day of Doom. Same writer, different audience again. A group of teenagers trying to save the world. More like a afternoon Nickelodeon show. 


Two families at war with each other. One good, one bad. The bad family wants to destroy the world and the good one want to save it. 


Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill 


Joe Hill is getting really good in setting up creepy scene. An aging rock star like to spend money on morbid stuff. He bought a suit that comes with a ghost. The ghost haunted him. It turned out that lead to him seeing more ghosts. 


Then it takes a turn for him to find the original story of the suit. And found out how a woman was killed. Then the story really picks up. 


The Pinhoe Egg - Diana Wynne Jones   


Cat found an egg. And it hatched. Griffin baby now being taken care of by Cat. 


Aunt owe the house and she was nuts. When the aunt was taken away, the house was abandoned. 


This reveal how magic was first found, then concealed. Then found again. 


Goodnight World - Debi Gliori,Debi Gliori 


Totally out of the blue. Just because Chris Evans is reading it. 


3.5 Read 


Meg - Steve Alten 



Read it just because the moving is coming out and it fits a square. As a sucker for shark movie, this read like one. 


A big shark was found in the deep, and now coming to surface and caused some damage. 


The Devotion of Suspect X: A Detective Galileo Novel - Keigo Higashino,Alexander O. Smith 


One of the popular writer in Japan. As a detective story, not so good as the killer is too smart for his own good. Also, beside the key players, the rest of the world is like chess pieces that could be moved or discarded. 


3 stars read 



MaddAddam (MaddAddam Trilogy #3) - Margaret Atwood 



What is the point of this book? Few humans survived after the extinction event and they just hang around like the morning after a party. Dizzied and confused. 


2.5 read 


Thirteen Days to Midnight - Patrick Carman 


I bought this to fit a square. Wrong move. I got other books that fit this square too. 


It sucks so bad. The book is about teenager finding power of invulnerability. The premise is fine but with added logic from Catholic, that there is a balance of life and death, this is so wrong-headed. 


If this is the case, then paramedic or doctors need to pair up with serial killers because they have saved so much lives that there should be a balance. 


Wrong. It sucks to have this set at a Catholic school with teenagers being brainwashed illogical and wrong values from the catechism. 



Overall, is it good. 12 books over 3.5 stars out of 14 books is not a bad month. Really enjoyable and reading really fast as the squares  I read at first didn't get call at all.