It’s Monday, What am I reading?….9 with review.

Monday rolls round again and it is time to check in with Sheila over at Book Journey for today’s meme.

So what am I reading ?

This week I’m still listening to The House at Riverton by Kate Morton on audio and I have to say this book is slower progressing than paint drying, oh my word. When you can get past that the story is good, not great but just good and I’m sure I will continue to press on with it.

I finished last weeks The Alexandria Link and have moved onto a library book called The Malice Box by Martin Langfield. I’m only a couple of pages in but it is interesting so far.

This last two weeks I’ve been watching a program called Endeavour, about a young Inspector Morse and I’m loving it. I’m not sure do I remember Morse being quite that interesting when I watched the program but it has sparked my interest in getting and reading some of the Colin Dexter books which as we all know created the character of Morse. Have you read any of them ? Are they worth taking a look at ?

Anyway moving on, last week I finished The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry. Here is my review and thoughts.

This is the second book in the Cotton Malone Series by Steve Berry.

I have to say I enjoyed this book as much as the first. It was lovely returning to read all about characters I’d read about in the first book. This is why I like series of books. I love to get to know the characters.
Cotton Malone is again one of my favourite in the book and I really liked the involvement of his son Gary more. I wasn’t so gone on the character of Pam Malone, Cotton’s ex-wife, but the dis-like of her was set for me in the first book but by the end of this second book I did like her. I think though books should have you liking or disliking characters, I think indifference towards a character is one of the worst feelings to evoke in the reader

I loved the fast pace of this story, there were no stopping and thinking moments and from opening to shutting the book it was all go go go. It kept me reading up late, not enough for an all night reading marathon but a little beyond bed time. I enjoyed how it hopped from the US to Britain, mainland Europe to Sinai and always at just the right moment that your appetite was wetted ready for you to return to the previous place and set of characters. The three different storylines were all easy to follow and did offer a twist or two that I hadn’t expected, nothing worse than having it all figured out before the end.

I thought the twist of the mistranslation of the Old Testament and the effects it could cause Christians, Muslims and Jews interesting. Yes you could compare this series so far to Dan Browns Da Vinci code and there are some similarities but I’m finding the Cotton Malone a better character than Robert Langford. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series.

But what I enjoyed most about the book was it was a piece of fiction set in real places and based on controversial and well argued material. Material that has no clear right or wrong, truth or fiction and this book just like the last leaves you with that question as you close the book….what if ?


My book count totals are looking like this.

Book Count totals:
Whats in a Name 6 challenge : 3/6
To Be Read Challenge : 1/12
Library Book Reading Challenge : 5/12
Total Books Read Personal Challenge 2013 : 13/30


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12 Responses to It’s Monday, What am I reading?….9 with review.

  1. readerbuzz says:

    I admire you for sticking to a book despite its pace. Hope it gets better!

    Here’s my It’s Monday. I hope you will stop by!

  2. mary says:

    Do you think it is because the book is in audio..sometimes the narration is so slow that I get aggravated and end up hating it…even though the story is good..I love Inspector Morse and Cotton Malone..I have not read anything of there’s lately, but remember enjoying the stories..

    • Ruth says:

      Good point on whether it is the audio, I suspect had I this in print I’d skip over the present day material in favour of the past as the past material is far more interesting.

  3. Book Blather says:

    My dad read the Kate Morton book and loved it, but I have yet to pick it up. I can’t be doing with books that won’t sweep me off my feet…

  4. Amy says:

    I hate it when a book just doesn’t grab you, especially if I’ve been looking forward to reading (or listening) to it. Hopefully it gets better as it goes on. I’ve never actually listened to an audio book, I only ever have the hard copies (I just love how they

  5. harvee says:

    The Malice Box and the Alexandria Link look great!

  6. Reese's says:

    Sorry about you not enjoying the book. 8(
    I hope you enjoy listening to and reading your books this week! Thank you so so much for stopping by my blog this week. I hope you have a great Monday and rest of your week! 8)

    Reese’s @Reese’s Reviews: MA2F

  7. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on The House at Riverton. I recently purchased this book but now I think I will stick it at the bottom of the pile if the book is as slow as the audio. 🙂 Thanks for visiting me @ The Key to the Gate. Have a great week!
    Happy Reading,

  8. I loved The House at Riverton but I can imagine your experience with it. The Alexandria Link and The Malice Box both look like great reads. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week!

  9. yvonne473 says:

    I’m sorry to hear about the Kate Morton book. It looks good but that sometimes happens with me with audio books. Sometimes I wonder if I’d like them better if they were print books.

  10. You have soon good reads here! Enjoy 🙂

  11. Charlotte says:

    Just finished reading knots and Crosses and started Haunded Grounds.

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