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It’s Monday! What are you reading? 2012/04/30

This is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila from Book Journey.

The books that I read this week are below.

For the next week I have a few ARC’s and I will get to them. So I am going to go with the flow..


Clover by Dori Sanders

The Book:

How does a ten-year old African-American girl react when she has a new white step-mother? Does it get worse that even before she gets to understand and like (?) this new mother of hers, her father passes away, leaving the two unlikely relatives to live together and face the challenges that come with it.

The View:

‘Clover’ is a short book and while I won’t say it was well-written, I have to admit that it conveyed the message of prejudice and racial differences nicely. The forced relationship between the sudden-mother and her daughter grows into you. The beginning of the book is kind of sad but it slowly builds into an anticipation where the reader is eager to know how the two lead characters bond.

I have noticed that books that are short in length generally lack depth and while it was not true for ‘Clover’ there were certain elements that I would have liked to have been focussed on with greater intent. The character descriptions fell flat and appeared as if many of them jumped right into the plot with no proper introductions. The writing was simple, elegant and to the point. The story-telling sequence kept going back and forth with flashbacks giving us a good insight into the past right when it was needed.

The story is unique and has a different perspective and for that I am rating this a 3 on 5.


The Friday 56 – Week 72

Friday 56 This is another fun meme.

Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s voice.

My Friday 56 is from “Private: #1 Suspect” by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

“I need you to shut down the cameras on the murder floor for about an hour so we can get in and out. Can you do that?”


Theme Thursdays [Yes!!] – 26Apr12

Theme Thursdays

Theme Thursdays is a fun weekly event that will be open from one thursday to the next. Anyone can participate in it. The rules are simple:

  • A theme will be posted each week (on Thursday’s)
  • Select a conversation/snippet/sentence from the current book you are reading
  • Mention the author and the title of the book along with your post
  • It is important that the theme is conveyed in the sentence (you don’t necessarily need to have the word)
    Ex: If the theme is KISS; your sentence can have “They kissed so gently” or “Their lips touched each other” or “The smooch was so passionate”

This will give us a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand different writing styles and descriptive approaches adopted by authors.

YES!!! Okay, sure, etc

My THURSDAY THEME for YES is here.

Yes,” Erene replied. “The backyard will have that reality show feeling.”

[Another one]

“Dad, what’s going on? Is Regina Okay?”

Taken from “Popped” By Carol Higgins Clark

Leave a comment here with a link to your post. Do make sure to visit and comment on other Theme Thursdays.


Zero Day by David Baldacci

The Book:

Source for ‘The Book’ section : From Goodreads
In this heart-racing thriller by bestselling writer David Baldacci, the author of Hell’s Corner, military investigator John Puller is called to a remote, rural area where an entire family have been murdered in their home.

John Puller is a former war hero who has become the best military investigator in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigative Division. He is a loner who has an unstoppable determination for finding the truth.

As he investigates the murder case, John learns that the dead husband was in the army and the wife worked for a Pentagon contractor. John makes plenty of enemies whilst working this case, including a local homicide detective, a woman who has personal problems of her own.

The View:

David Baldacci is a local author (He was born in Richmond, VA, how more local can it get) and I enjoy reading books by local authors because I feel that they look at the same things as I do everyday and were inspired enough to write about it. I also connect more with the characters and events with such writing just because I feel more personal about it. That would explain why I like reading books by Asian authors as well. I missed a wonderful chance to meet Baldacci when he was visiting our local library last year to promote his book ‘Wish You Well’. If you have not read the book, I highly recommend you too.. Check out my review for ‘Wish You Well’. Ok, I guess that was enough of chatting :) Now moving on to the most recent read..

‘Zero Day’ introduces a new character John Puller and as you would expect, he is a combat veteran and an investigator. Even better, he comes from a family with a strong military background. The case he is currently assigned to leads him to West Virginia. He is required to investigate the murder of an entire family and he has no clue as to why this case needs special attention … untill he and police sergeant Samantha Cole delve deeper into the investigation.

Jack Puller is an exciting character and has a lot of similarities to lead characters from other books by other authors (If I had to put it simply, I would just say there was nothing unique about him). He is excellent at his job, is soft at heart, has a ‘love-hate-more love’ relationship with his family and may even create some personal relationships at work. But you have to agree that we have seen it all. Samantha Cole however was a different character, unique in all senses of the word. She is smart, witty, independent, strangely very quiet about her family and with strong connections to the community she lives in. I liked her from the very beginning and hated (absolutely hated) the end (No spoilers!)

David Baldacci is a great author and he brings a lot of life into his characters and plots. His writing is simple yet passionate and this book is all of that. For the interesting facts about coal-mining, the sincerity in the characters and the awesome nail-biting plot I would rate it a 4 on 5. I would have given it a 5, if Jack Puller was much much more impressive but I do believe we are going to see more of him.



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