Synopsis : It’s four days before Christmas and things are not looking merry for
fugitive apprehension agent Stephanie Plum. She hasn’t got a tree. She
hasn’t bought any presents. The malls are jam-packed with staggering
shoppers. There’s not a twinkle light anywhere to be seen in her
apartment. And there’s a strange man in her kitchen.
Sure, this has happened to Stephanie Plum before. Strangers, weirdos,
felons, creeps, and lunatics are always finding their way to her front
door. But this guy is different. This guy is mysterious, sexy–and he has
his own agenda. His name is Diesel and he is a man on a mission. Diesel
is unlike anyone Stephanie has ever met before in her life. The
question is, What does he want with her? Can he help her find a little
old toy maker who has skipped out on his bail right before Christmas?
Can he survive the Plum family holiday dinner? Can he get Stephanie a
tree that doesn’t look like it was grown next to a nuclear power plant?
These questions and more are keeping Stephanie awake at night. Not to
mention the fact that she needs to find a bunch of nasty elves, her
sister Valerie has a Christmas “surprise” for the Plums, her niece Mary
Alice doesn’t believe in Santa anymore, and Grandma Mazur has a new stud
muffin. So bring out the plastic reindeer, strap on your jingle bells,
and get ready to celebrate the holidays–Jersey style. Visions of Sugar
Plums–the world of Plum has never been merrier!
You can't really hate this book if you are a fan of Stephanie Plum. I almost came close to but at the end decided that it should be taken lightly (after all, it's Christmas!) and with that mindset, it was a fun read. Grandma Mazur never fails to get a chuckle out of me.
Ranger did not make any appearance at all and Diesel seems to hog Stephanie's time. Even boyfriend Joe seems to take a back seat.
This is the first Holiday Novella and to be read between book eight
and nine, if not mistaken but I wasn't really following the sequence
because I read Hard Eight andTo The Ninesmuch earlier.
Synopsis : EVERY DAY THE SAME Rachel
takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she
rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes,
and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple
breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows
them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is
perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
UNTIL TODAY And
then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train
moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it
to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable
as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation
but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
The Girl On The Trainis a psychological thrillerby Paula Hawkins who has a few chic lite titles under her belt (under a pseudo name). According to an interview that I read, this book was basically her last attempt as a writer and if it flops, she will not pursue her writing career any longer. Lucky for her, and for us readers too, the book was a major success. I received this book in lieu of payment for a transaction towards the end of last year. I heard quite a lot about this title and I have seen the title in the bookstores as well but I wasn't really willing to pay retail for it (as I wasn't sure if I would like it) so when an opportunity arises for me to get hold of a copy, I just go for it. I love it. It's very entertaining and exciting and thrilling and reading it while on holiday is the best as I don't have other commitments other than to just relax and chill :) So, when the family's enjoying their own interest during the holidays, I spend quality time with The Girl On The Train :) and it left me feeling happy and relax to have such a good read while away as it's always my phobia that I end up with an unreadable book while on hols and having no other book on hand as back up.
For now I have decided that it's a keeper for I might want to read it again in the future.
There's a movie adaptation as well. I might catch that too if I have a chance.
Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Haji Adenan Satem (third from left). Image from his FB page
can tell you that the worst thing in life is being stupid. And
stupidity comes because you are ignorant. And ignorance comes because
you never read any books in your life.
When I read a book, I am
transported into another world. When I read War and Peace, I think of
Russia and the Napoleonic Wars. When I read about the civil war in
America, I'm a soldier. When I read Shakespeare, I'm back in the
Thank you to the efforts of Asia Foundation,
University of Malaya, Pustaka Sarawak & Sarawak Foundation for the
joint efforts to provide books for the people in Sarawak to read."
The above is a quote from Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Haji Adenan Satem in February 2016 during a launching event.
In another separate event I attended in 2015, his wife who was the Guest of Honour for that event said that Datuk Patinggi was a great reader and loved to buy books and read. Datuk Patinggi was the Chief Minister of my state. He was much loved and respected by my people. I can't think of another local leader who was as loved and adored by the people as he was. He passed away on 11 January 2017. My heart grieved. Condolences to his family. He will be missed.
upon a time, Tracy Whitney made the people who destroyed her family
account for their sins. Now someone is looking for payback . . .
Whitney never thought she wanted to settle down. With her suave and
handsome partner, Jeff Stevens, she'd been responsible for some of the
world's most astounding heists, relishing the danger and intensity of
life on the wild side. At first, "going straight" feels like a new
adventure. Tracy makes plans for a family, while Jeff indulges his
passion for antiquities working at the British Museum. When a mysterious and
beautiful stranger enters their lives, Tracy and Jeff's once
unbreakable partnership is suddenly blown wide open. Jeff wakes one
morning to find Tracy gone, vanished without a trace.
than a decade, a broken Jeff struggles to carry on knowing Tracy is out
there somewhere. But the rest of the world believes Tracy Whitney is
dead . . . until a series of murders leads a tenacious French detective
to her doorstep. Eleven victims, in ten different cities, over nine
years—all bearing the hallmarks of the same killer. Madrid, Lima,
London, Chicago, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, New York, Mumbai . . . all the
cities where Tracy pulled off some of her most brilliant capers.
Someone is targeting her, manipulating a series of disturbing events and
raising terrifying ghosts she thought were dead and buried. Once again,
this clever woman finds herself out on the edge, playing the odds in a
desperate game of roulette. But this time she's got everything to
lose—including the man she cannot forget.
Tomorrow has come at last. But it isn't the future Tracy bargained for. . .
I feel that the synopsis above is a bit too dramatic but it pretty much sums up the story.
Tracy Whitney was my favourite character for a long time and I can't remember then number of times I read If Tomorrow Comes.
Chasing Tomorrow continues on the flight immediately where it ended in If Tomorrow Comes. However, we must remember that it's being written by a different author. Such, if you want to truly enjoy this book, it would be better not to expect it the way Sidney Sheldon would write it.
So, without any expectations, I can say it's quite a good book. Pretty unbeliever storyline and acceptable. I mean, there's many persona Tracy can evolved into and I guess this is one of them. The break of one decade in the story feels too long for me but I guess anything can happy in the hands of the author.
There's a third book in this series, Reckless. I won't be in a hurry to get a copy of the book but when I have the opportunity, I will.
I hope it's not too late to wish everyone here a veryHappy New Year 2017!
We have been away on a Christmas and New Year family vacation and even though we didn't really travel far (we just went to a rather historical town :), it was a very good time spent together and for the first time in quite a while, we had a good view of the countdown fireworks without leaving the comfort of our hotel room!
With three days into the new year and today being the first day to work and school, we still have three hundred and sixty two days to go before we have to say good bye to this year, there's plenty to look forward to and plenty to do. One of my resolution this year would be to clear as many of my TBR books as possible and yes, I did managed to complete two books during the vacation especially during flight time and that's about 1% of the total TBR but hey, I have three hundred and sixty two days to do so! *confident & fingers crossed*
Another resolution would be to be more consistent with my posts as hopefully it supports my attempt to have consistency in my reading habits. Unless I managed to clear what I have, I do not foresee myself making any major purchases this year. This is also to support one of my resolution of 'less is more' and to declutter my home and to get rid of what I do not need.