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Michele's Book Club - List 2

Updated on January 29, 2014


There is nothing like curling up with a good book. For those that are avid readers, sometimes we need suggestions on what is a good book to read. I rarely have a problem finding a book to read though sometimes I have a hard time making up my mind on which one to read.

Here is my latest list of books I have read and I hope it will help someone find a novel worth picking up.

The Amber Room

by Steven Berry

Steven Berry's writing is clever and his characters are fascinating. The subject of the Amber Room is well known in Europe and somewhat here in the state’s. It has been a mystery since WWII since it disappeared under the Nazi’s. This is a treasure that has been sought for decades and has intrigued many that search for lost treasure. Berry’s two main characters Atlanta judge Rachel Cutler and her ex-husband Paul are drawn into a deadly hunt for amber panels. This book is a fast and enjoyable

The Expected One

by Kathleen McGowan

The book challenges what we think we know of the life and times of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene, which combines the past and a modern setting. When it comes to reviews that I have read either people liked it or they didn’t. I for one liked it because it plays into the Cathar legends and Christian Gospels that were not included in the Bible. If you do not have an open mind about Christianity then don’t read it, or maybe you should. I know some won’t like what I am going to say – but who was in charge of what was or was not in the Bible as we know it. It was a man or a group of men. McGowan does do her research and the names, and places she talks about do exist. Southern France is steeped in Mary Magdalene lore and it makes you understand why the Catholic Church wiped the Cathars out during the Albigensian Crusade. They obviously knew something the church felt threatened by and this book gives you one idea of what it might have been. This is book 1 of the Magdalene Trilogy.

Michael Jackson Conspiracy

by Aphrodite Jones

As Michael Jackson got older and with his looks ever changing I wondered what was going on with him. When his trial started on the molestation charges I for one thought that he was guilty. It troubled me that I felt this way since I had grown up listening to Jackson. I got frustrated listening to the news because I figured their agenda was already set, to make money off of his demise. I was told I needed to read Aphrodite Jones’s book about the trial. I did a complete turnaround after reading it and believe he was greatly misunderstood. What his brother Marlon said at his memorial, “we will never know what it was like to walk in his shoes”. Now with the trial against Dr Conrad Murray, it further shows we just do not know what it was like to be him. His great longing to be just a regular kid, and going to extreme lengths to be a child.

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

What can one say about Jane Austen! I finally read one of my favorite Jane Austen’s when it comes to the countless times it has been done on film. The characters in this book are splendid and the details in developing these characters make it a joy to read. This is of course is not a modern day story which I find some just don’t get it! It is a period piece and a good example of life for women of middle-class society in the 1800’s. This is also a novel that gets better as you delve into the pages.

Alice I Have Been

by Melanie Benjamin

At first I wasn’t sure about this book and it took me awhile to get into it. This is a historical novel which follows the lives of the real Alice (as in Wonderland) and Lewis Carroll. The author did an amazing job in weaving a novel around the lives of these two people. The book is about the life of Alice and her family, friends, loves and especially her relationship with Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll). I would also caution that if you are a big fan of Lewis Carroll this may make you think differently about the man behind the book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Cat and Mouse

by James Patterson

This is another Alex Cross novel along with villain Gary Soneji (Along Came a Spider). Gary Soneji is back and he is coming for Alex Cross’s blood. He does not intend to kill him outright instead he wants to play a deadly game of cat and mouse. This is a quick read but at the end I started to lose interest. I will not tell why since it will give too much away. I always enjoy the character Alex Cross and this one does not disappoint.

Song of Kali

Song of Kali

by Dan Simmons

American poet Robert Luczak is joined by his Indian wife, Amrita, who hasn't been to India since her father moved his company to London when she was 7. Robert takes his wife and their baby Victoria Regina on his working trip to Calcutta. This novel shows the underbelly of Calcutta and you can almost feel the grit and grime. I didn’t think this novel was scary but was very dark and in the end depressing. It is a book you will read once, even though it is good, it is not one you would probably pick up and read again.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest

by Stieg Larsson

I loved both of the novels and can’t wait to read the third. One of the main characters Lisbeth Salander is rough around the edges but you will find yourself rooting for her success and survival. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has to do with a disappearance that happened a few decades earlier which brings in Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist. Blomkvist then meets up with Salander who is a researcher for a security company. Together they are in for one hell of a ride.

The Girl Who Played with Fire picks up almost where the first one leaves off. Salander heads off to travel as Blomkvist wonders what has happened to her. This one goes deep into Salander’s past and how it ties in with what Blomkvist and the staff at Millennium are working on. Intrigue, murder and corruption are rampant in both books.

The final book in the trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest does not disappoint the reader. Too bad there will be no more in this series since I believe there could have been the author could have done with these characters. Larsson was nearly finished with his fourth book when he passed away in 2004 at the age of 50.

What to Read Next

I hope that there is something off this list that inspires you to read. As always if you have something that you have read and want to share that, please do. I liked all these books but will be honest there are a few I would not read again.

Happy Reading!


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