Posts Tagged ‘Bookaholics’

For details check in my new flip-books section – https://lifebookfolio.com/books/

If you like my story buy me a coffee by clicking on the below logo! 😀

Read Full Post »

Where should I start with the review? Let me explain my addiction to crime novels which have no barricading in place not that it should be, but sharing how important it is for the bigot like me. This is the fifth book in M.W. Craven’s Washington Poe series, After reading all the previous parts, I had a good idea of what to expect from this instalment without any preconceived notions. I would admirably say that it is definitely worth the time.

The story has two intermingled cases that warrant Poe’s investigation team to get involved. The first case is the death of pathologist Estelle’s father, who is shot twice in the head, with a missing weapon and no proof of any outsider’s connection. Circumstantial evidence points directly at Estelle, who gets arrested for no fault of her own. The second case involves a scientist killer who poisons high-profile celebrities, sends them poems and flowers before executing them. Isn’t it interesting? Well, that’s what made me want to figure out what had happened: how both cases are related and who this botanist is. To find out more, check out this page-turner for all the answers.

I wonder how Craven’s imagination is bridged and brought to ink. Was the plot articulated prior to writing the scenarios and character developments? These are some of the questions that crossed my mind while reading this unimpaired novel. His writing in this one is beautifully crafted and feels like solving a great puzzle. The plot is tightly woven with many humorous elements that assist the story’s progression. This gave me enough freedom to enjoy the whole reading process; I couldn’t find any lag or boredom anywhere.

To wind up, this book will be a treat for the crime fiction aficionado. A gripping tale that is hard to sideline, with a fascinating storyline followed by rightful suspense insertion, twists and turns, and an appropriate dose of humor, fills all the gaps of a reader’s expectations, thus quenching their thirst for good. My rating for this book is 5 out of 5 for the amazing plot, thrilling details, hilarious conversations, and equally smart antagonist.

Read Full Post »

Dead Ground is the fourth instalment of Washington Poe series by M W Craven. This is a crime fiction story investigated by Poe and his teammates with a mysterious case to resolve. I came across craven’s works while searching for a crime novel similar to Chris Carter and knocked on this book and got hooked to this entire series.

The story is about a murder that occurs in a secluded pimp house leaving a suspicious ornamental piece on the premise of the room where the victim is found dead. Here, the story travels from digging the property owner of the place, to the veteran’s possible involvement and towards the summit venue where the victim was picked up by the murderer. If this stirs your curiosity, there is more in the story basket such as characters wearing famous hollywood actors mask to protect their true identities in a bank heist and why one among them gets killed by the perpetrator will hold the readers attention intact. The relationship between the main investigator Poe and the geek partner Bradshaw displays an affinity with genuine bondage and cracking sarcastic jokes at intervals is lively. 

Craven’s narration is flawless in portrayal, execution and not to forget the simple tone to cater any audience. It is never easy to write if there are repeated characters that require rationale preceding and compelling arguments. The author is well versed in what he does and reflects on his writings. This tells us how to blindly believe in his future works without any second thoughts. His creativity is highly regarded by the fellow readers purely based on his efforts in building the right content to satisfy the needs of mystery lovers. 

To conclude, I think that crime fiction fanatics should read this book at any cost to glimpse into the suspenseful story background, damn sure will make you fall for the main characters like me. Now with this experience, I can say it’s a good thing to look for new author’s works now and then which can widen scope of exploration better. My ratings for this book is 4 out of 5 for the engaging storyline, unique suspense subjects and easy to read verbiage.

Read Full Post »

Atomic Habits is a self-help book written by James Clear that emphasizes the importance of small habits in achieving great results. The book is a comprehensive guide on how to build good habits and break bad ones.

The author’s style of writing is easy to follow and engaging. He uses stories, anecdotes, and research to illustrate his points. Clear writes with a persuasive tone and is convincing in his arguments. His approach is grounded in science and practical advice, making it accessible to a wide range of readers.

One of the key points of the book is the idea that small habits, when repeated consistently, can lead to significant changes over time. Clear argues that “habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.” He also insists the importance of tracking your progress and making small adjustments along the way. “You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems,” he writes.

Another important concept in Atomic Habits is the idea of identity-based habits. Clear argues that by focusing on who you want to become rather than what you want to achieve, you are more likely to make lasting changes. “The ultimate form of intrinsic motivation is when a habit becomes part of your identity,” he writes.

Clear also provides practical advice on how to make good habits stick and break bad ones. He outlines the four laws of behavior change: make it obvious, make it attractive, make it easy, and make it satisfying. He also provides strategies for overcoming common obstacles, such as procrastination and lack of motivation.

Hence, Atomic Habits is an excellent book for anyone who wants to make positive changes in their life. It is easy to read and provides practical advice that is grounded in science. Whether you want to improve your health, productivity, or relationships, this book has something to offer. As the author himself puts it, “You do not need to be a different person to make a difference. You just need to start.” I would rate this book 5 out of 5 for simple suggestions, positive rain of thoughts and self awareness mentor.

Available on amazon – https://a.co/d/jilNQIl

Read Full Post »

Where to start this book review or should I blabber whatever crosses my mind? Well, let me share the fascination behind Robert Galbraith aka J K Rowling books, since the time of ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ the concepts never cease to amaze me. Each has its own core theme, characters and setup that carries a unique audacity to serve the hardcore fans.

This story is no different. A co-creator of a famous cartoon gets killed by a puzzling online figure namely Anomie. Who is this Anomie and what about the online characters whose identification is blanketed with hidden motives, hatred and regrets. How detective Coromoran Strike and his partner Robin solves this case is the crux of the story. I find the exchange of chats among the moderators in the story painstaking because there is a trouble in remembering the characters and the related back story but this is how I feel. As the story unfolds, the reader is pulled deeper and deeper into the twisted world of online personalities and vulnerabilities.

From the reader’s point of view, the characters in this book are incredibly well-drawn and complex. Strike, in particular, is a fascinating protagonist with a troubled past and a sharp mind. His dynamic with his assistant, Robin, is also a highlight of the book, as the two of them work together to solve the case despite their personal struggles.

Galbraith’s writing style is impressive, as he is able to create a truly immersive and atmospheric world that draws the reader in from the first page. The pacing of the story is spot-on, with just the right amount of tension and suspense to keep the reader engaged throughout.The Ink Black Heart by Robert Galbraith is a gripping and dark mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Galbraith’s attention to detail and his ability to create a sense of dread and unease is truly impressive, and there are several moments throughout the book that will leave you predicting the culprit.

So if you fancy crime and mystery novels then ‘The Ink Black Heart’ is a must-read. It is a brilliantly crafted story with complex characters and a plot that will keep you guessing until the very end. I would give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars, as it is a fantastic addition to the Cormoran Strike series and a testament to Robert Galbraith’s skill as a writer.

Read Full Post »

Investing for Beginners by David Cohne is an excellent guide for anyone who wants to start investing but is unsure of where to begin. This book offers a comprehensive overview of the world of investing, from the basics of stocks and bonds to more advanced concepts like passive funds and debt-free living. One of the standout features of this book is Cohne’s emphasis on passive funds. He explains how these types of investments work and why they can be a great option for beginners. He also provides practical advice on how to choose the right passive funds and how to create a diversified portfolio that will help minimize risk and maximize returns over the long term.

Cohne also places a strong emphasis on the importance of being an investor rather than a speculator. He encourages readers to take a long-term approach to investing, focusing on building a solid portfolio rather than trying to make quick profits. This is an important message, as many people who are new to investing can be tempted by the promise of fast returns and end up making poor investment decisions as a result.

Another key theme in Investing for Beginners is the idea of debt-free living. Cohne argues that reducing or eliminating debt is a crucial step in achieving financial independence and creating a stable financial future. He provides practical tips for paying off debt and avoiding common traps that can lead to financial hardship.

Overall, Investing for Beginners is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to start investing but is unsure of where to begin. Cohne’s writing is clear and accessible, and his advice is practical and actionable. Whether you’re a complete novice or have some experience with investing, this book is sure to provide valuable insights and guidance as you embark on your investment journey. I highly recommend it! And my ratings for this book will be 5 out of 5 for providing easy to apply suggestions.

Read Full Post »

I am guilty of not reading such toddler’s books in the past but do not regret to read them now even though technically I’m middle aged. While scouting for free books on iBooks app landed on this one which hasn’t disappointed me. As the title suggests, this book is for toddlers sectioned by four parts namely animal names, numbers, words and colors.

This story follows the journey of a caterpillar from its birth to its transformation into a beautiful butterfly. Isn’t this intriguing enough to sneak into the world of hungry caterpillar? Indeed, that’s how it is envisioned by Eric and made all the efforts to articulate to reach as many as possible. The context is enhanced by illustrations with voice over to support easy learning skills. Although the attempt is to convey the intended message, but certain words within the details such as slimy, flappy, flutter and scuttle may be hard for the children to comprehend. While having a voice over had overshadowed this verbiage which has taken a backstage. But it is hard to miss the striking representation of the core elements across the storyline that is what scores in here.

Eric tried to present a book with pleasing graphics, adorable voice over and limited number of pages. His simple style of storytelling is refreshing and provocative to write such books with refined themes. The structure remains equated throughout perhaps the most beloved feature by all. He made sure that the book be filled with sufficient pictures to contribute in terms of visual appeasing information. No wonder that it has become a classic of children’s literature which is evident and deserves all the glory.

Therefore, grab this book to experience fun readings, brainstorming ideas and character development in writer’s block or even to spend leisure time with children. I would highly recommend this book and give 4 out of 5 as ratings for the execution alone.

Read Full Post »

Let me break it to you that I am a hardcore fan of Keigo’s books since ‘The devotion of suspect x’ and the ladder of fascination seems to never cease. The plot is a routine murder mystery filled with line of suspects that requires a deduction ability to configure but it is the elements of investigation that keep you on the edge. And there is a resemblance of the later part of the story involving the swimming pool accident to Kanea Minato’s ‘Confessions’ even though the core tale differs on this. What I missed was the physicist Yukawa’s character from the previous works of the author who had an impressive digging skill that was lacking in here. Apart from it everything else scores in my opinion and overall had a nice time with this book.

Read Full Post »

In the list of several classics reads this too joins as rightly deserved for its suspense imbibed storytelling and gothic style infrastructure. It is unheard to present the mysterious character at the start and building the story thereafter shows the development of thrilling effects while focus is retained on the tensions around them. It must be daunting to articulate such expectations which are unique in those times and wonder how this was drafted to accommodate the ideas of the author. If this wasn’t enough the love was briefed with at most care without any lengthy pretence dialogues. This proves how much research would have been gone to arrive on the scene and the plight of reader satisfaction. I am thankful to have read this book and gives me an opportunity to share my lingering thoughts and views with the fellow readers. I hope this was insightful and informative.

Read Full Post »

This will be the first Russian literature book I’ve read and find it lucky to have fallen in love with the narration by the author. The subject of death is a taboo and abhor for many people who rubs off its occurrence as a negative effect. And to have someone talk about it gives a sense of bravery that is appreciable. If combined with a sickness alarms the faint heart thus pushing away from a happenstance that is bleak to even consider. But with Tolstoy character Ivan, the actual moments of suffering, sadness and rejection are conveyed with at most precision. It screams of agony, oppression and despair that anybody could relate to however, I find that Ivan’s acceptance of death to be less potent and feel sorry for the wife character. Never is it easy to be with a sick person when the demands are persistently and emotionally drained. While it is hard to witness such things, remaining characters play their part as promised. Hence, a tale that will make you think, feel and act vividly.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »