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January 2024: Books I Read Last Month

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Written by Graeme

Hi everyone,

December was a bit of a busy month for me – as per usual. I’m so excited about Book Notification but wow is it ever a big undertaking.

It’s getting more and more popular which is great, but then it results in much more work!

I did read quite a few books though. I had some illnesses in December plus a lot of time with family so that impacted the reading somewhat.

The Secret by Lee & Andrew Child: This one I felt Andrew’s influence a lot more, and I wasn’t as big a fan of it. I still enjoyed the book, but it reminded me of his David Trevellyan series where it is a bit over the top. I mean Reacher is always ridiculous of course, but in this one he just felt a little bit more ridiculous than normal.

The Locked Door by Freida McFadden: Superb book. Fantastic psychological thriller. I read it on the train home from a trip, and when I came home although I was tired, I made a cuppa and finished the rest of it.

The Import by J.T. Baier: This features Matthew Riker, and is similar to the Jack Reacher series. I DNF’d this one, unfortunately. It just felt like one of those books with non-stop action but no real substance to it, and it can be hard to pull that off. On top of that, the spelling errors were brutal. When there is a car chase that involves the word “BWM” about 30 times – yeah, that was where I tapped out.

In Lieu Of You By Keith A. Pearson: I love books by Keith. The ones I have read are all based on time travel and this was another exceptional book. I really enjoyed where it went too as I was expecting it to be similar to his previous books then he threw in a curveball. Highly recommended.

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam: I read about 100 words of this book, and that was enough for me. Just not a fan of that writing style at all.

The Puzzle Master by Danielle Trussoni: This started off really well featuring complex puzzles and a man who has a rare brain condition that can solve any puzzle. It soon became just another version of the Da Vinci Code I felt, and the more I read, the lower my rating for it got. At about the 40% mark I’d say I was ready to give it an 8/10. By the end, it was 3/10. If you are a fan of the Da Vinci Code I’d say give it a try for sure.

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One Response to “January 2024: Books I Read Last Month”

  1. David: 5 months ago

    Totally agree with your comment re. The latest Reacher books, not enough substance and too much violence, a series ruined


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