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Every month on my Laura Teagan website, I recap both my reading and my writing. While those aren’t my main focus here on Ginger & Co., reading and writing are two big things in my life so I want to talk about them.
Just like I do a quarterly recap of my books that I write, I want to start doing some I’ve read because I read a lot. In fact, over the last three months, I read twenty-four books. A few weeks ago, I talked about how I manage to read so much and now I want to share all those books I read with some quick reviews of each book.
My Reading Recap – Quarter One
January started with a few books from my new favorite series, In Death by J.D. Robb (the pen name for Nora Roberts).
Rapture in Death – 4/5 This is the fourth book in the series and the two main characters (Eve Dallas and Roarke) are married. Considering there are forty plus books, I really love the idea that you can have a long book series where two characters are committed and in love. None of this on and off nonsense that’s so popular for the twenty-first century.
This book deals a little bit with the idea of brainwashing. For those of you unfamiliar with the In Death series, this series takes place in 2058, so there is a bit of a futuristic aspect to it. Nothing outrageous, but the brainwashing does tie in a little bit to that futuristic part. Each book I’ve read in this series has been absolutely outstanding and Roarke is officially my new book boyfriend.
Ceremony in Death – 3.5/5 Out of all the In Death books I’ve read, this was one of the weaker ones. That being said, it was still pretty awesome. This book specifically deals with a witch coven and a murder of a cop’s granddaughter.
Because I’m a romantic at heart (a very single romantic, but a romantic nonetheless) so I loved this book as the first real testimony of Eve and Roarke being married and balancing work and love at the same time.
Vengeance in Death – 4.5/5 One of the themes that I’ve noticed in this book series is that the murders Eve investigates usually tie back to Roarke, her husband (he’s one of the richest men on the planet in the series). Some tie into him more than others and this one has a direct connection as some of his friends from his past.
Also, bonus points because part of this book takes place in Ireland and that is by far the number one place I want to visit outside of the United States. I mean, I had to get my red hair from somewhere.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware – 2.5/5 I’ve noticed this year that I’ve developed a taste for books that start out as a slow burn and the never actually combust. The first one I read that met this requirement was The Woman in Cabin 10. Without something big happening, I feel deflated after reading it. You’ll see this theory in a few other books I’ve read, too.
Also, Lo is not a nickname for a woman named Laura. You cannot convince me otherwise!
January recap: Four books, three great reads.
Y’all hold on for this one because I read NINE books in February. Because I am crazy.
Holiday in Death – 4/5 Another In Death book. I liked the premise of this one – where a man went and murdered people with references to the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Now as someone who hates riddles and puzzles, I totally felt the frustration from the main character, Eve Dallas, as she couldn’t figure out the riddles.
Also, who doesn’t love a nice murder story set to the tune of the holidays?
Conspiracy in Death – 4/5 This was definitely a book that took its toll on Eve because she temporarily lost her badge. This was the first time where it felt like the stakes really mattered to Eve because losing her badge felt like losing her identity.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn – 4/5 This was my first book to read from Book of the Month, a subscription box that sends you books. And what a fantastic introduction to BOTM. I read the second half of this book in about two hours, if that tells you anything. I like to think I can catch twists in these books pretty well but there were a few twists I didn’t see coming that were pretty awesome.
I also think reading half of it in two hours made it hard to actually process everything and think it through. Had I taken longer, I think I would have figured it out.
Loyalty in Death – 4/5 Another fantastic addition to the In Death series, this one features a shady group using Roarke’s wealth and properties to set up demonstrations, so of course Eve is involved in the investigation because of a murder tied into the group.
Bonfire – 1/5 I got this book as a part of my first Book of the Month box, along with The Woman in the Window. While I love TWINTW, I didn’t like this one at all. The plot didn’t quite feel as fleshed out as it could have been and by the end of the book, I couldn’t tell you the names of any of the characters right after I finished it.
The Heather Well Series by Meg Cabot – 3.5/5 This whole series was a reread for me. After reading so many dark books, I found myself getting ready to write something light and not so dark so I reread this cozy mystery series to get into a lighter mindset.
There are five books in this series bringing it up to a total of nine books in February.
Eight were books I’d definitely recommend to someone, so I call that a win.
I read seven books in the month of March. Not as many as November but I still got a lot of reading done.
Witness in Death – 4/5 Another fantastic book in this series, this one saw Eve stretching and stepping out of her comfort zone in her marriage which was fun.
Judgment in Death – 4/5 I think this one is book number eleven in the series and each book is still engaging. The murders are interesting (This one was an undercover cop) and as I said before, I love that we get to explore Eve and Roarke as a married couple when neither one of them had anyone to rely on before. “Two lost souls” is what Roarke calls them in one book.
Betrayal in Death – 4/5 I’ll admit the back copy on each of these books gives little away about the actual story in the pages, so it’s kind of fun to guess what’s going on before you get to the ending.
This time, we got to see Roarke in distress and Eve having to comfort him. It was a nice role reversal for the couple.
Seduction in Death – 3.5/4 The murderer in this one wasn’t as interesting as other ones, but it was still a fun book. J.D. Robb definitely knows how to make characters interesting over and over again.
The Wife Between Us – 3/5 So this book marketed itself as a book where you shouldn’t make assumptions, and that is so true. I feel like the book played its cards a tad bit too early and the ending left me feeling deflated a little bit because nothing. freaking. happened.
At least it was a quick read.
Duty and the Beast by Chelsea Field – 3/5 This is another one book in a series I continue reading. These books, the Eat Pray Die mysteries are cozy mysteries, but I felt like this one wasn’t as good as the other ones.
The main couple breaks up and part of the story is told through the male’s point of view. It felt a little wooden and stiff, which is in his character, but man, it was a bit much.
I’ll still be reading the next one when it comes out, though.
The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian – 3.5/5 Oh man y’all. The premise of this book was interesting. Alcoholic flight attendant has a one night stand and wakes up to finder her temporary lover dead.
The book focuses on the aftermath of the murder, the flight attendant’s lies and how it all comes back to haunt her. I’d say there are two big plot twists in this book and I called one of them first.
The second one totally got me though, and I think it was that plot twist that left me stunned that totally revived this book for me because I thought it was pretty clever.
WOOOHHH. If you’ve made it this far, congrats, you managed to read almost as much as I did this last quarter.
If I keep this up, I’m going to be at 100 books by the end of the year which is mind-boggling. The main goal I have is to finish reading the In Death series. I have all the books on my bookshelf so I’ll be able to read as much as I need when I need it.
In January, I bought a bookshelf from Ikea and it’s already full. #ilikebooks
What books did you read this last quarter?