The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Book Review

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Book Review The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins has been one of the most recommended books over the past six months. I bought my copy a few months ago and just got around to reading it. When I saw the name of the book, Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith came to mind, although the stories are very different. I think Highsmith’s book is a bit darker than this one. The Girl on the Train is well-written, I enjoyed and I recommend it, but I didn’t love it the way that so many people do. Any book that tells a story from multiple points of view, I … [Read more...]

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, Book Review

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, Book Review Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) by Agatha Christie is a book that I have been wanting to read for a while now, and I just got around to reading it. I love mysteries because the well-written ones enable you to hone your problem solving skills, as you use the clues to figure out who committed the crime. Oftentimes, as with life, you do not have all the information, then you have to make assumptions. Additionally, all information is not created equal, so how much weight do you … [Read more...]

Celebrating Children’s Book Week – Children’s Books You’ll Fall in Love with Again

Celebrating Children’s Book Week – Children’s Books You’ll Fall in Love with Again May 4-10, 2015 is Children’s Book Week, how are you celebrating it? Celebrate the joy of reading! I love reading children’s books because they help me tap into my inner child, but many of them teach very important lessons that are appropriate for adults. There are many must-read children’s books that I haven’t yet read because they were not available when I was a child. Whenever I come across lists of must-read children’s books, I clip them to Evernote. I went through my Evernote Clippings and below is … [Read more...]

Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell Are you striving to become a better problem solver? I love detective stories, and I have mentioned here that reading these kinds of books enable you to become a better problem solver. This year I am reading globally, so I chose Faceless Killers: The First Kurt Wallander Mystery by Henning Mankell because it is set in Ystad, Sweden. This book is ideal for learning how to problem solve because the case takes a long time to solve, which is probably more representative that in detective stories set in the West. The pace of the story is a lot slower, and the … [Read more...]

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, Book Review

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, Book Review Fairies and technology intersect in Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, and if you love both, you will love the story, which is filled with gadgetry and fairies. Twelve year old multimillionaire genius, Artemis Fowl, is from a family who acquires their wealth through nefarious means. At one point the Fowl’s decide to legitimize their conglomerate, but soon realize that going legal isn’t for them. Artemis is also the last of his infamous Fowl family, who have been thriving from their illegal activities since the middle ages. His father is missing, … [Read more...]