Reading Recap – Quarter Two 2018

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Every month, on my Laura Teagan website (which is down at the moment cause I’m cleaning it up), I recap my reading and writing for the month before.Reading Recap 2

Given that I’m too lazy to actually publish the same post on both sites all the time, but I love sharing my favorite reads, I love to share my reads over the past few months. Quarter two saw less books than quarter one, and looking back at what I read in April, I’m surprised by how long ago that seems. “Like, did I really just read that three months ago?”

If you want to see what I read in the first quarter, click here

So what did I actually read in the second quarter of the year?

My Reading Recap for Q2

April 2018

Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff – Yep, I read that book. The one that had all the “juicy” secrets about Donald Trump and his administration. Having worked in the 2016 election, I was curious to read about it. As far as politics come, I’m pretty moderate and I have friends and family who both love and hate him. I went in with an open mind on this book, but honestly? It was super underwhelming.

Maybe because all the “good stuff” came out before I read the book, but there was never a moment I read this book and thought “I had no idea.” Every crazy claim this book made seemed totally normal for this administration and I finished the book with an “Eh” at the end.

Honestly, if you want to read it, I’d pick it up at your local library.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – 4/5: Before I picked this up, I had never actually read it. Gone Girl was one of those books on my list that I never quite got to, and after a conversation with a coworker about it, I finally sat down and read it. The first part took me a long time to read, almost two weeks. But after the switch, where colors and secrets really came out, I flew through the last half in just a couple days.

After finishing the book, I found the movie on FX and watched it. I have to say, out of any book-t0-movie adaptation, this may be the closest thing I’ve ever seen. It still wasn’t my favorite movie, but props to it for staying true to the book.

Reunion in Death by J.D. Robb – 4/5: This is book 14 out of 46 right now and the goal is still to finish every book this year. I’m behind right now, but I’m reading like a speed demon lately so I’m hoping to close the bridge on that one soon. I love this book as I love them all, but this one had a detour to Dallas, TX, so of course, it’s a little better (I’m a DFW girl).

That’s actually all I read in April because work picked up again and was super busy.

April Recap: Three books, two of which are currently on my bookshelf (or in a box waiting to move).

May Recap

Purity in Death by J.D. Robb – 4/5: Now that it’s been two months since I read this book, I’m a little fuzzy on the details but the premise is a man who is infected by a computer virus in his head. Now these books take place around 2060 so some of the technology is a little different, but it’s kind of scary to think how that might actually be a possibility.

The Girl Before by JP Delany – 3/5: This book was kind of a mess. It’s a split narrative, one woman in the present and one a year before in the past. Both women live in this state of the art home and the lease on this home has some crazy rules. Both women end up getting involved with the owner of the home, some moody rich dude that is an Edward Cullen/Christan Grey combo (if I remember correctly, I think his name is actually Edward).

I will say, bonus points for the twist at the end. I’m usually good at picking those out, and I remember thinking the twist about halfway through, dismissing myself as I kept reading, and then finding out I was right. It takes skills to get me to walk back my twist prediction and then tell me I was right.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara – 3.5/5 – It’s a damn shame Michelle never lived long enough to see the arrest of the Golden State Killer, which happened just two months after her book was published. This book is part true-crime thriller part biography of Michelle as she becomes obsessed. There will probably never be another true crime book like it and she did some incredible research on it. I loved her style of writing too, twisting the narratives together.

May Recap: A few killers and a crazy rich dude.

June Recap

Portrait in Death by J.D. Robb – 3/5: I’ll admit, out of all the books I’ve read from her so far, this might be the one I remember the least about. There was a murder, some dude had an obsession with photographs of his victims and there was some ass-kicking by the main character, Eve Dallas. A fun one, but not as memorable as the others.

Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb – 3.5/5: I remember this one because the first murder is a copycat of Jack the Ripper. The murderer holds up all these different killers from the past to emulate them and it’s a crazy ride.

Big Jack by J.D. Robb – 3.5/5: Originally dubbed as a short story from J.D. Robb and Nora Roberts (Robb is Roberts’ pen name), I skipped the first part by Roberts which is partly a romance story. I went in for Robb and she delivered. Eve Dallas is a true badass and this story featured stolen jewels that had been missing for half a century.

June Recap: Not a lot of reading, but a lot of Eve Dallas and her husband, Roarke (don’t even get me started on him).