The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

My third book (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot) this year has been on my reading wish list for a long time. I wasn’t sure on buying it, so I had to wait my turn to borrow it at the library.

So, after a couple of weeks reading this biographical novel on the origin of HeLa cells, made me look and think differently about cell culture. If you’re a biologist or not, doing cancer research or not, this is a novel that gives you a whole new perspective on the development of medicine in the 20th century. What’s more, it’s written in a popular language easily understandanle also to people outside cell culture labs. Definitely something I’d recommend to put on your wish list.

First book of the year

It’s been less than three weeks and I already finished reading the first book in 2017. Although I’m sure I won’t be able to keep up this pace, I’m happy I found some time to sit down and relax.

James Patterson is one of my favourite writers and his books are always page-turners. Private No. 1 Suspect was no exception. It took me more than a week to go from the first to the last page, however I wasn’t able to read every night. If you’re wondering about the book, it follows his recipe – a male PI, two or three different plots to follow, a pretty female for a dash of romance (less than usually which is a plus for me) and a happy end. An easy book to get your mind off your every day stress

A visit to Amsterdam

As I’m getting ready for my next business trip, I realized I haven’t finished my post on the last trip. I spent 5 days in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in early September.  I didn’t have much time for sightseeing, but since this was my second time there, I simply enjoyed the scenery and warm weather. I discovered some interesting bookshops, and brought home lots of new books to read in the near future.

Before I go to sleep

Since I can remember my going-to-bed habbit was reading a book. Lately I’ve been either too busy or too tired to even open a book, so the feeling of holding a book in my hands after approximately 2 months was great. Even more so, as I finished the book in three evenings. James Patterson’s NYPD Red might have around 350 pages, but being a true page-turner it’s a perfect book to take your mind off your busy everyday. Not to mention the cup of tea and home-made chocolate cookies with the book.

Shroud for a Nightingale

The last book I read was P. D. James’ Shroud for a Nightingale. It’s a novel from the Adam Dalgliesh mistery series. It was my forth P. D. James’ novel (I also read The Lighthouse, Cover Her Face, and The Private Patient), and clearly, she’s becoming one of my favourite authors.

The story takes place in the Nightingale House, where young women are learning the nursing skills. The plot complicates with sudden deaths of two of the students, and that calls for Dalgliesh’ expertise to identify the killer. One of my first association about this novel were that it actually had a similar feel to Agatha Christie’s settings (situated somewhere in the English country side, in a partially isolated community with medical skills and intriguing past of the characters). As a non-native reader, I was excited to read proper English. Lately, most of the English literature was writen in American English, and the difference here was outstanding. Considering the language, there were plenty of unknown expressions, and this was for me an important part of reading experience. It brought me back about twenty years to my first books read in English (A. Christie’s), and the ultimate joy of great misteries. To conclude, P. D. James is now officially on my favourites list, and I’m looking forward reading more of her novels.

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Caribbean Murder Series

I stumbled upon the Caribbean Murder Series by Jaden Skye by chance. I got an email from BookBub offering one of her books for free. I admit I was caught by the title and book cover art. The first book in the series is Death by Honeymoon where the leading female character, Cindy is introduced.

Caribbean Murder Series #1 - Death by Honeymoon
Caribbean Murder Series #1 – Death by Honeymoon

I admit I wasn’t too keen to read the rest of the books in the series based on the first book. Namely, the story seemed a bit to short for my liking. While all the suspense was building up, it unwind way too quickly. Luckily, her other books were offered as bargains on BookBub, so I took a chance and added #4, #5, #6, #7, and #9 of the Caribbean Murder Series to my collection. So far, I’ve read Death by Desire, Death by Deceit, and Death by Proposal in addition to the first book in the series. While the plots got better, and the story telling improved in my opinion, I was strongly appalled by the grammatical and spelling errors. I know I’m not a native English speaker, and I’m pretty sure there are mistakes in this post, reading a book with too many typos, takes away a lot of fun in reading. This is something I often found in books translated to my language (once I actually read in a translated book that the USA president lives in ”a white-coloured house” instead of using the name for the house, as in ”The White House”). Ok, that was off topic. Anyway, I’m sure I’ll read more of her books, but I’m really sceptic about the mistakes I found in her books. It really takes away some of the pleasure reading.

Death by Desire
Death by Desire – #4 in the series
Death by Deceit
Death by Deceit – #5 in the series
Death by Proposal – #7 in the series