Reading for Me

The Books I Have Read…..Just for Me

#23: 1st to Die (James Patterson)

Flying home for Thanksgiving was the perfect opportunity to finish my latest book. 1st to Die is the first installment of Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series and was a very enjoyable read.

The book opens with the gruesome death of a newlywed couple in their honeymoon suite. The couple were found in their formal wedding attire. What first appeared as a business deal gone wrong quickly transforms into a serial killer case as other couples die around the country. The case is “unofficially” handled by a quartet of women who share the information they have — the lead investigator, a gossip columnist, medical examiner, and the assistant D.A. The plot continues to twist as each woman deals with her own issues away from the case.

Patterson’s writing is fast-paced and intelligent. The short chapters lend themselves to a casual read, but the enthralling story keeps the audience coming back until the last page of this thrilling who-done-it.

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#22: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The fourth year tale of our boy hero, Harry Potter, is significantly longer than the novels that have preceded it and takes on a decidedly darker tone. As Harry, Ron, and Hermione grow on the pages of the novel, the reader is treated to more mature discussions of relevant topics raised by the plot. The Goblet of Fire centers around an international competition that Harry has been entered in against his wishes. With each passing task, Harry discovers the importance of honor and honesty in his pursuit for victory. Additionally, the novel addresses topics of racism, deception, and death in a manner that is appropriate for the young reader.

What I found most intriguing in this year at Hogwarts’ was the return of Voldemort. It is interesting to see how the horrific memories of past events have faded in the minds of many of the HP world while others valiantly strive to keep Voldemort from regaining power. As the novel comes to its conclusion, a clear line is drawn between those who choose to ignore the changing scenario and those who are preparing for battle against the forces of evil. It is very clear how Christian overtones and themes can be applied to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Quite simply, the novel speaks powerfully of the necessity of man to choose either good or evil.

Without a doubt, Rowling has prepared the reader for a powerfully charged read as we approach year 5 with Harry and the gang. I’m already looking forward to diving in!

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