Challenge Wrap-Up, READING CHALLENGES 2011

Completed Challenge: Mystery & Suspense Challenge

Well, here it is only March and I have finished my first reading challenge. Of course this is the easiest challenge I have signed up for, seeing how it is that I primarily read mystery/thrillers/suspense books. Overall, I’m really pleased with what I read for this challenge. I might have stretched one of the books, classifying it as a mystery/thriller book, when it might not have been. But I considered it to fit that category, so it works 🙂 Here’s what I read:

  1. Double Cross by James Patterson
  2. Judas Kiss by J.T. Ellison
  3. Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark
  4. Cross Country by James Patterson
  5. Divine Justice by David Baldacci
  6. Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson
  7. Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson
  8. The Cereal Murders by Diane Mott Davidson
  9. The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer
  10. Blood of My Brother by James LePore
  11. I, Alex Cross by James Patterson
  12. Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin

In years past with this challenge I have tried to read books that are from different sub-genres within the mystery/thriller genre. This year I elected not to do that, hence the reason I was able to complete the challenge so quickly. I always like to pick a favorite and least favorite book from the challenges that I finish, so my FAVORITE would have to be: Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin and my LEAST FAVORITE would probably be: Cross Country by James Patterson. I’m definitely glad that I participated in this challenge, and it really helps me to know that I’m 1/6th of the way finished with the challenges that I signed up for this year!! I would like to say a BIG THANKS to Book Chick City for hosting this great challenge again!

5/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, M, RATING, Read in 2011, READING CHALLENGES 2011

2011.15 REVIEW – Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin

Supreme Justice
by Phillip Margolin

Copyright: 2010
Pages: 385
Rating: 5/5
Read: March 25 – 27 , 2011
Challenge: Mystery & Suspense Challenge; TBR Dare
Yearly Count: 15
Format: Print

First Line: John Finley’s eyes snapped open.

Blurb: Policewoman Sara Woodruff, on death row for murdering her lover, John Finley, is appealing her case to the United States Supreme Court. But the unexpected resignation of a prominent justice could sink her appeal. Then a second justice is attacked for no apparent reason. Called in to quietly investigate, P.I. Dana Cutler finds disturbing links between the Woodruff appeal, the ominous incidents in the justices’ chambers … and a shootout that occurred years before on a small freighter docked upriver in Shelby, Oregon, with only one survivor: John Finley. Joining forces with former colleagues Brad Miller and FBI Agent Keith Evans, who helped bring down a president in Executive Privilege, it’s not long before Dana discovers a deadly secret in the heart of the U.S. intelligence community.

Review: WOW! That’s all I can say about this book. My only wish is that I could have remembered more about Executive Privilege, in which the main characters (Brad, Ginny & Dana) were featured in. And although some details of the previous escapades they found themselves in were mentioned, it really didn’t take away from the storyline in this book. This book featured so many twists and turns that I just absolutely devoured it! I read most of it yesterday and woke up first thing this morning determined to finish it before I did anything else. This particular story went back and forth between the storyline of Sarah Woodruff’s murder trial and Brad Miller’s time as a Supreme Court clerk until the storylines finally intersect. And as soon as the storylines merge, the story really took off in my opinion. The way that Margolin connected the storylines was really impressive, I thought. I might be a little biased, seeing as how Phillip Margolin is definitely one of my favorite authors. However, I can’t say enough good things about this book, if you’re a fan of fast-paced thrillers, then definitely give this book a try!

Sunday Wrap-Up

Sunday Wrap-Up, March 27, 2011

Another week. Where do these weeks keep going? I really wish I knew! It’s like I blink and it’s almost April! Oh well. It was an eventful week for me. I had to go to the dentist (I hate dentists, sorry!) and it was my first time going to a new one here in Paducah – everyone was really nice, so I’m glad I found a good one! That was on Monday. On Tuesday, I had to wait for the guys to come and fix our leak and hardwood floors that buckled from the leak. That was fun. Oh and then I also had to wait for the air conditioning guy to come and fix our A/C, we had a defrost board go bad. That was a lot of fun. So all in all, it was a VERY expensive week. And although I only worked 3 of the 5 days this week, they were very long days at work. I work in a concrete company and rain is not good for pouring concrete. Oh and let’s not talk about the fact that it’s Spring and yet it is absolutely FREEZING out there! We even had snow flurries yesterday! But, I live in western Kentucky, so it could be 70 tomorrow, you never know what the weather will do around here. Although I don’t think 70s is happening yet, maybe by the middle of the week…. *wishful thinking, at least!*

I think I had a good week here on the blog:

  • I actually did NOT have a Mailbox Monday – I know, right? Couldn’t believe it either!!
  • I did talk about my bookish pet peeves on Top Ten Tuesday
  • I admitted my addiction to owning books
  • I finally spilled the beans about wanting to take a break from accepting review books.

I posted one review: Blood of My Brother by James LePore

So there you have it – that’s my weekend update. Oh one more thing!!! I FINALLY GOT AN iPHONE!!! YAY! I am so happy! My husband got his back in February when Verizon announced and I have been (not so) patiently waiting to get one! It is only a gazillion times better than my old Blackberry was. LOVE IT! Well, I think that’s it. Have a great week! And GOOOO BUTLER (that’s who I got in the office pool) – but I’m really rooting for Kentucky!