September is coming to an end and it feels like it just started the other day. As much as I think it was short, I got a lot of reading done and am so excited to share my reading list. The books I read this month were all so interesting and even though three of them were from the same genre, I did not get bored or feel like I was reading the same thing. I hope that makes sense. The stories were all different and delivered in different yet enticing ways. I can even say that two of the authors are slowly becoming my favorite authors 🙂
September 2018 Reading List
1. When Breath Becomes Air
I do not even think I can master the right words to explain what I felt/feel about this book. It reminded me about The Fault in our Stars. I remember crying so much while reading the latter and this one was not any different. It was so sad and even more so that it was written while the author was battling cancer.
Paul writes about his journey through the disease and gives us his perspective as both a physician and a patient. I think it’s harder when you know exactly what is happening to you. When the symptoms start to show and you know just what the possibilities are because as a physician you have almost all the facts at your fingertips.
He had worked with cancer patients before so he knew what to expect at every stage and how to tell if the treatment was working or not.
Knowing you are not getting better and any day might be your last cannot be easy for anyone and yet his biggest worry was leaving his wife and his only daughter alone. He tried to be happy, spending the last couple of days with his loved ones even though he was in unbearable pain and was constantly sick from the cancer and the chemo.
As sad as Paul’s POV was, it is the epilogue however that really got to me. I remember reading it on my way home and had to stop because I almost begun crying in public. When I got home, I read the whole of it and I cried the whole time because reading the wife’s point of view was just heartbreaking.
She sat by his side and held his hand and she watched him breathe his last. I cannot even begin to imagine what she felt.
2. Imitation In Death
This one is about a copy cat serial killer who imitates some of the most famous serial killers we have had in the past like Jack the ripper who is known for the WhiteChapel murders committed between 1888 and 1891 in London.
He leaves a note after every murder some of which are gruesome. From the notes Eve deduces that he is after her as well. Dr. Mira confirms this to be true. Eve and Peabody work hand in hand to bring in the killer and prevent more murders.
The chase is as thrilling as the action and of course it is always a pleasure to meet Roarke whom if you’ve read my April 2018 reading list, you know is Eve’s husband and a breath of fresh air. He also happens to be extremely wealthy and handsome with an appeal that can lure in any woman.
3. Divided in Death by J. D. Robb
I love a good conspiracy just as much as the next person and Divided in Death was nothing short of that. It is about a Homeland Security Operation’s agent who goes rogue. He kills his lover and his brother and frames it on the wife after making it appear like he was the one who had died. So basically a secret agent fakes his own death and frames his wife who is heartbroken when she finds out that he not only cheated on her with her best friend but also their whole marriage was a lie.
He had married her so that he would get intel on Roarke’s latest project. Eve and Peabody uncover the whole thing even though Peabody misses most of the action as she is busy studying to become detective. Spoiler alert; she passes and Eve keeps her on as her partner.
In the process, they discover that another Homeland Security Operation’s agent was not only aiding the suspect but he was also the brains behind the whole thing. Blair Bissel, the agent who had gone rogue was just a tool to carry out the dirty work.
4. Invisible by James Patterson
I just finished reading this today and I couldn’t keep still. But that is the thing with James Patterson, he takes you through these twists and turns that leave your mouth wide open because you just don’t see them coming. The suspense is also another thing I like about his books; you can never tell how they are going to end.
Take this one for instance; an F.B.I data analyst is put on probation when she loses her sister over a fire that she thinks was arson. She cannot get anyone to believe her even though there are series of deaths across different states that have happened the same way. No one believes her because the deaths are set up to look accidental.
It is only after collecting loads of data and relentless calls and emails to the F.B.I head that she gets a case. Now this killer is so smart and so strategic that they miss him so many times. One time they even have him in witness protection without knowing because spoiler alert; it’s actually a she and not a he.
I would totally recommend reading all these books because they were all so good. The last three are of the same genre. I will try to get books from different genres for next month’s reading list. You can also check out last month’s reading list, you might find a book that tickles your fancy.
Until next time 🙂