Meg Gardiner’s Jo Beckett Series

After reading Gardiner’s latest novel for her Jo Beckett series she immediately became one of my favorite authors and I looked for the previous Beckett series.

The first of the Beckett series. Since I started with The Memory Thief, I thought I would get to see Daniel and Jo in the first book but the series already started with Daniel’s death with a few flashbacks. It made me a little sad but Gabe was so sweet I didn’t really mind. Plus Gardiner really knows how to write a book you can’t put down. Everyone has their dark and dirty secrets and they tell other members of the club. Problem is, members start dying one by one and it is up to Beckett to stop the other members from losing their lives.

In this book, Beckett is called to help a patient with anterograde amnesia – basically it means the part of your brain where you store long term memories cant be accessed. And it is not cute and funny like Walt Disyney’s Finding Nemo, where a fish named Dory forgets everything after a few minutes. Imagine that happening to you or a friend or family, where you forget what happened every five minutes. People with anterograde amnesia will retain the memories before they got the amnesia, like if they were married or had kids.

This book reminds me of Alan Lightman’s Einstein’s Dreams. A part of his book says if time was not continuous and people would not remember what happened yesterday and has no concept of tomorrow, every word said, every act done would be honest. Wouldn’t that be nice? I started to doubt that after reading this book.

I couldn’t decide which Beckett book is my favorite after reading three books in the series. Haha.

A known singer dies in the middle of her concert and Beckett is called in to help to determine the cause of death – suicide or murder. Turns out, the singer was also the ex-wife of the president and felt threatened enough to leave a message in her song just in case she dies. Surprisingly, it took me a lot longer time to actually finish the book. Unlike the other Beckett novels I read before, this didn’t really make it to the top of the list. Maybe it’s because I figured out how to solve the case way faster than Beckett did (okay, so maybe the people I love were not in danger while working on the case, but still…) Gardiner has better works than this one in my opinion. It was not a terrible book. It just didn’t do it for me.

While waiting for another Beckett novel, there are other books lined up and waiting to be picked up in my bookshelf. So… bye for now! ^__^

Meg Gardiner – The Nightmare Thief

A week ago, I started reading the first chapters of Janet Evanovich’s Wicked Appetite but when a received a text message from my brother saying he’ll buy me dinner I abandoned reading and rushed to the mall. Haha. Since I was a few minutes early, I went straight to Powerbooks and stumbled on this book while waiting for my brother. One of the reviews at the back of the book caught my eye. It goes something like “If you read (insert several authors here) and Janet Evanovich, you’ll think Gardiner is a gift from heaven.”

Hmmm. Interesting. I grabbed the book, sat on the corner and started reading…

I finished three chapters before my brother finally arrived. He needed to remind me that I was hungry before I got up and started to think about dinner. Haha.

I was able to finish reading the book last night. The book was so intense that I stayed up until 1AM just so that I could finish it. There were parts where I find myself holding my breath. The end of every chapter is a cliff hanger, making it really hard to put it down.

The Nightmare Thief spelled adventure from the first page to the last. Autumn Reiniger’s 21st birthday is coming and rich daddy decided to buy her a game at Edge Adventures. A simulation game wherein she gets to be whoever she wants to be and she chose to experience a life of crime. Edge Adventures alerts the police that a simulation game is underway so that the screams and car chase or whatever will be ignored. Unfortunately, the actual bad guys used this to kidnap Autumn and her friends to take them to an adventure where their lives are at stake.

Gardiner sure know how to keep you engaged in the scene. If you are looking for an adventure, grab Gardiner. Her style is very different from Evanovich. Evanovich works show a lot of humor while Gardiner focuses on the action and survival.

I think Wicked Appetite needs to be returned to the bookshelf for now. I’m still pumped up for action and plan to go read more of Gardiner’s work once I get some work done. (I needed to put of my chores yesterday to finish the book ^___^?)

 

Book collection

Nakakaloka. Kakaayos ko lang ng bookshelf ko nung weekend ngayon inakyat ko nanaman sila just in case… Sunod sunod kasi ang bagyo.

Ang tagal ko na hindi bumibili ng libro kasi hindi na sila kasya sa bookshelf ko. Kaya nagulat ako nung weekend dahil nung naglinis ako, biglang nagkaroon ng space para sa bagong books. Yey! Yun nga lang may isang book ako na nawawala. T__T One for the money, asan ka?

Sa ngayon, ito ang itsura ng bookshelf ko:

Top shelf

Siguro hindi dapat bookshelf ang itawag ko dito kasi puno din sha ng anek anek. Pero majority naman ng nakalagay ay libro kaya bookshelf pa din ang tawag ko. hahaha. Mga maliliit na stuff toys, pictures, figurines at kung ano ano pa sa top shelf.

Second shelf

Eto. Ayan. Puro mas madami na ang libro kesa sa anek anek. Extra plastic cover, at yung maliit na tao na lang na nakatayo ang buhok at Petroleum Jelly na lang yung naligaw. Hahaha. Booksale ang peg ng second shelf para lang magkasya sila, yung tipong hindi mo na makikita yung mga libro sa likod. Kaya ang ginawa ko, yung mga favorite ko yung nilagay ko sa unahan. Si Jenny Crusie at Janet Evanovich. Para madali kunin pag gusto ko magre-read ng mga favorite ko.

Bottom shelf

Yung mga books na andito yung mga hindi ko mashado feel, mga bigay lang sakin na hindi ko natatandaan kung nabasa ko na or hindi, at yung series na pinagsisihan kong binili ko. Dito din nakalagay ang mga DVD at kung ano pang anek anek na bihira kong gamitin. Yung Tarot deck ko lang yung nasa ibabaw para madali pa din kuhanin.

Sa ngayon, dahil kinakabahan ako sa walang humpay na pagbuhos ng ulan, na-evacuate ko na ung mga nakalagay sa second at bottom shelf… Lahat sila nakatambak sa kwarto ng kapatid ko. Wahahaha.

At dahil sa usapang libro, naalala ko tuloy yung isa sa mga notepad posts ko:

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When things go wrong, some people shop, some people eat, some people read. We all have our own ways of coping up with not-so-good things that come our way. During those times, usually, I eat or stay up and do a marathon or bake – which gives another excuse to eat. But once in a while, I clean up my stuff. At least once a year I clean my bookshelf which holds more than just books. It has pictures and little stuff toys in it and DVDs as well.

And I did just that this weekend and it took me less time than usual. Wiped the dust bunnies off. Rearranged my books to free up some space. Arranging them in a way that would make it easier for me to understand and look for stuff. Placing the books I am not very fond of at the bottom shelf, tucked behind my DVDs. Suddenly, it occurred to me that it was as if I was trying to hide those books.

I hoped that it was that easy to put your life back in order. Clearing up your memories, rearranging them to make way for new ones that will come. Pushing the not so good ones in the darkest corner of your heart trying to forget them. But those books I try my hardest to hide, I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away. No matter how much I dislike them, they still occupy some space in my shelf. Wouldn’t it be easier to throw them away and free up more space? Well, easier said than done. Especially when it comes to the matters of the heart.

I always put off cleaning the lower shelf. it was like a reminder of the books I didn’t want to remember I have. A few of those books I bought on my own, but majority were given to me. looking at those books, I couldn’t even remember what they were about, and I have no intention reading them again.