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Track Records for my READING!

I thought that this is a better way for me to keep track of the books I read till now and also save a copy in my google drive & dropbox so I won’t be buying the same book TWICE (yup, it happened to me once)! Well, it isn’t my full list as I didn’t keep track of those which I’ve already donate, but nevertheless, my list:

  1. The Other Side of Nowhere by Danniella Westbrook
  2. Icebound by Dean Koontz
  3. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  4. Tuesdays with Morries by Mitch Albom
  5. Ugly by Constane Briscoe
  6. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  7. Velocity by Dean Koontz
  8. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  9. Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
  10. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  11. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  12. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  13. The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martinez
  14. Sleeping Around by Catherine Townsend
  15. Shoot to Thrill by P.J Tracy
  16. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  17. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
  18. The Last Empress by Anchee Min
  19. Blast From the Past by Ben Elton
  20. Snow Blind by P.J Tracy
  21. Two Evils by P.J Tracy

to be continued..

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Book Review: A Raymond Masters Mystery

3rd blog book review: The Case of the Cryptogram Murders by Garrison Flint

It’s my third book after my examination in May 2016 and I hope I’ll keep this momentum going by reading as many books from my current collection so I could buy more books!

I bought this book years back, during my Secondary school days (if I’m not wrong), else early poly days (which is almost 10 years back) and to be honest, the quality of the paper is so good that it look as though I’ve just recently bought it.

SYNOPSIS (taken from the book):

Adam Williams, wealthy furrier and despicable human being, is killed while Detective Masters and the half dozen possible suspects from family and staff are with him in his study – each the perfect alibi for the others. Motives and gadgetry abound. Along the way four other murders are solved as Masters enlists the help of a fascinating group of characters – all of them suspects.

I was captivated initially (maybe the first 1/3 of the book) due to the cryptogram used where I’ll start to solve the cryptograms in the story. This somehow get my hopes a little higher as I started to get into the character. However, somewhere about 2/3 of the book, it turns out to be a little draggy where out of the sudden, there’s this though of a rockwool insulation and a dark spot on a wall – which will in turn helps in solving a murder (maybe I got a little lost and I wasn’t really following through the story). I admit I was lost in between and I do not know how the detective pieces the murder together and in the end know who “orchestral” the murder of Adam Williams.

Especially the last cryptogram, like out of no where, the detective suddenly managed to break the cryptogram code (miracle happened)..

In between the story, it seems like everyone and no one is the murder (if you understand what I mean). I would say that the writer has a unique way of writing and I might want to get another of his series of Raymond Masters Mysteries to get a hand of his writing style.

Try this: 2-2 11-3 2-2 3-3 5-3 10-3 3-5 4-4 1-3 8-3 4-4 9-1 1-3 10-1 10-3 3-5 4-4 1-3 8-3

Book completed: September 2016

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Book Review: For One More Day

2nd blog book review: For One More Day by Mitch Albom

It’s my 2nd time re-reading this book. Usually I don’t re-read books, but I found this book somewhat familiar and distant at the same time and I can’t confirm for sure I’ve read this hence I pick up this book and started reading.. It was till about chapter 3 that I realised I’ve read this book before.

I’m quite slow in book reading and I try my very best to at least finish one book per month, which means I’ll read about 12 books per year! Wow! Not bad right?

I always find it hard to read Mitch Albom as it’s emotion stirring and it usually leads to lots of reflection on my side and I’ll then fall into this pit hole and I find it really hard to climb up of it! (Not say I can’t but it’s just a little harder, that’s why I tend to move away from biography as I tend to fall into the pit hole and get all depressed about it)

I do like how the way the story starts (source: For One More Day by Mitch Albom):

THIS IS A STORY ABOUT A FAMILY and, as there isa ghost involved, you might call it a ghost story. But every family is a ghost story. The dead sit at our tables long after they have gone..

and how the story ends with the epilogue:

My married name is Maria Lang.

But before that I was Maria Benetoo.

Chick Benetto was my father.

And if my father said it, I believe it.

Well, my maternal grandma and paternal grandpa came to my mind. If I were given one more chance to go back and fixed what I did wrong before, will I take that chance? What happened if my parents passed away, will I regret for saying things I shouldn’t or for not saying things I should have? Will I regret not standing up for them when something happens to them even though I know they stood up for me countless of time especially during my lowest point in life?

From that book, I learned the power of a mother’s love. However, I do reflect on my relationship with my dad and even my brothers too.. Sometimes, we shouldn’t see things on the surface, in our perspective, but theirs too (I know it’s damn hard and even till now, I’m trying, but I really don’t want to regret in future of not standing up for them or doing anything for them when I still could)

Would definitely recommend this book and ALL others Mitch Albom books! I started his first book, Five People You Met in Heaven and till now, I still believe that whoever I met till now, even stranger, they will have a little impact or something to do in my life. 😀

Book completed: August 2016

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Book Review: The Last Juror

Have decided to keep track on the books I read as I have this tendency to forget if I have read this book or not till I read the 1st chapter.. I used to keep track via this application on my phone but my Samsung phone was pronounced dead last year, so I lost most (of should I say ALL my records).

FIRST blog book review: The Last Juror by John Grisham

I can’t remember when I bought this book but it’s been lying there in my cupboard for such a long time that I’ve decided to read it after my EXAM in MAY!

Well, it’s a good book that have captivating summary at the back of the book and also engaging story line (in the beginning) till the moment Danny Padgitt (you have to read the book to know who he is) got caught.. The way the author describe the courtroom is great however, I felt that the ending falls short and was quite disappointed with how the story ends, well, I was expecting more of author like John Grisham from how he actually got me “addicted” to the book in the beginning (although this is the first book I read by him).

The following is just the abstract summary from the back of the book:

In 1970, one of Mississippi’s more colourful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23-year-old college drop-out, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper…

The murderer, Danny Padgitt, was tried before a packed courtroom in Clanton, Mississippi. The trial came to a startling and dramatic end when the defendant threatened revenge against the jurors if they convicted him. Nevertheless, they found him guility and he was sentenced to life in prison.

But in Mississippi in 1970, ‘life’ didn’t necessarily mean ‘life’, and nine years later Danny Padgitt managed to get himseld paroled.He returned to Ford County, and the retribution began..

It’s more of a crime, less of thriller for my liking, however, I do admire how John Grishman managed to engage you to the story like you’re there reading The Ford County Times and also in the courtroom listening to the trials of Danny Padgitt murders (something new to me).. I would like to read 1 more John Grishman book.. 😀

Book completed: June 2016