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2011.10 REVIEW – The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer

The Tenth Justice
by Brad Meltzer

Copyright: 1997
Pages: 483
Rating: 5/5
Read: Feb. 23 – 28, 2011
Challenge: Mystery & Suspense Challenge 2011 ; TBR Dare; What’s in a Name 4 Challenge
Yearly Count: 10
Format: Print

First Line: Ben Addison was sweating. Like a pig.

Blurb: Ben Addison, fresh from Yale Law, is a new clerk for one of the Supreme Court’s most respected justices. But when he accidentally reveals the secret outcome of an upcoming decision, a blackmailer makes millions and Ben starts to sweat. Big time. He turns to his co-clerk, Lisa, and his housemates, Nathan, Eric, and Ober, for help. Washington’s best and brightest, they offer coveted insider access to the State Department, a major Washington newspaper, and the Senate. But before they know it, their careers – and their lives – are on the line.

Review: Since reading The Inner Circle (via NetGalley) late last year, I have been wanting to read more Brad Meltzer. This is the first book that Meltzer wrote and I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, I did have one slight problem – about 100 pages could have been cut out. It’s not like it was really a drawn out book, but I felt like some of it could have been cut. There were numerous twists and turns throughout this book. In the end, I was still surprised at what unfolded. While reading I continuously went back and forth trying to figure out what was really going on. And just when I thought it was the end, there was another twist. It was a really good storyline. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good legal thriller.

Monthly Wrap Up

February 2011 Monthly Wrap-Up

February has been a good month. I started a new series and read the first three books! Overall, I’ve had a good reading month.


I had my first DNF of the year:


  • Books Read: 5
  • Pages Read: 1,971
  • Rating Breakdown:
    • 5/5 – 2
    • 4/5 – 3
  • New Authors: 1
  • Fiction: 5
  • Non-Fiction: 0
  • Favorite For the Month: The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer
  • Least Favorite For the Month: A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick (DNF)
  • Number of Books I Acquired This Month: 17
  • Number of Books I Sent to New Homes This Month: 22
Meme, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Top Ten Books I Just HAD to Buy…But Are Still Sitting on My Bookshelf (You know you have those..:P )

Oh yes, I do have those! I even have 10 of them! When I originally saw this topic, I doubted that I even had 10. I got up to 8 and then realized that there were two others on a different shelf 🙂 So without further ado, here’s my list:

In alphabetical order by author:

  1. Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989 by Michael R. Beschloss
         ~I was a history major in college and when I saw this book on sale at my local Borders (which has been gone from my location for two years now….) I snatched it up. Still unread two years later…..
  2. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi
         ~I am a true crime junkie. I have seen a lot of TV shows about the Manson murders. As I would consider this a “classic” in the true crime genre, I had to have it.
  3. Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo
         ~I heard about this book EVERYWHERE in the book blogosphere. I HAD to have it. I bought it. And it’s still unread.
  4. Killing Floor by Lee Child
         ~About a year ago I went nuts finding books that were part of new series that I was interested in trying. This one was actually really appealed to me and I had to have it. Well, I have it. Unread.
  5. Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power by Robert Dallek 
         ~History Major. Love anything in American History between 1950 and 1975. Had to have this book. Still unread.
  6. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
         ~The description of this book intrigued me so I tracked it down at the local used book store. Then I started seeing some slightly negative reviews on it in the blogosphere, so I never got to it. Now, it still is on my shelf, unread, a couple of years later.
  7. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
         ~I searched high and low for a good used copy everywhere I went for a long time (I didn’t want to order this book of PBS and get stuck with a possible tattered copy). I finally got fed up and bought it brand new (a rarity for me) – and I have yet to read it…..
  8. All the Pretty Dead Girls by John Manning
         ~Bought this one new at the bookstore that I mentioned going out of business up above. The description still intrigues me, I really need to read this book. It appealed to me enough to buy it new, I need to read it.
  9. Thicker Than Water by P.J. Parrish
         ~In 2007 I discovered P.J. Parrish and read the first three in the Lucas Kincaid. I had to have this book, and well, it’s been on my shelf since December of 2007. (I remember that because I actually bought the book on vacation in Florida!)
  10. The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
         ~A few years ago I went crazy trying to find this book everywhere. I finally ordered it off of Powells’ website because I just HAD TO HAVE IT! And yet, it’s still unread….