Monthly Reads

Welcome to my monthly post where I let you know what I read in the last month, what I’m currently reading, and the next few books I plan to read.

January Reads

  • 10th Anniversary by James Patterson
  • Private Games by James Patterson
  • Private: No. 1 Suspect by James Patterson
  • Private Berlin by James Patterson
  • Private Oz by James Patterson
  • The House on Willow Street by Cathy Kelly
  • Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
  • Death by Water by Kerry Greenwood
  • The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
  • Somebody by Anita Anderson
  • The House of Memories by Monica McInerney
  • Is It Just Me? Confessions of an Over-Sharer by Chrissie Swan
  • Darkwater by Georgia Blain

Goodreads Challenge: 15/75

Chunkster Challenge: 1/10

TBR Challenge: 8/40

I had a busy month! Or… I didn’t. So I had lots of time to read! Plus I went home for Christmas and whenever I see my Mum I get a stack of James Patterson books to read. I need to get a little more discerning about which ones I choose to read I think, especially the ones that are co-written, as these seem to be very hit and miss.

Currently Reading

  • The Suspect by Michael Robotham
  • On The Steamy Side by Louisa Edwards
  • Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas

Coming Up Next

  • 15 Seconds by Andrew Gross
  • Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes
  • Misery by Stephen King
  • Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs

Check in at the end of the month to see how I went with my upcoming list!


August Wrap Up

This is a monthly post done at the beginning of each month to quickly recap what I’ve read through the previous month.


Aaaand, August is done. This year is absolutely flying. Work continues to keep me busy – shocker, I know. We’ve got our second yearly accreditation coming up, so everyone is worker-bee-ing to get everything officially official and skills and protocols all up to scratch. Because of that, I’ve spent more time power-napping on the train this month than intended! Oops. But I clearly need the extra sleep so we’ll let that one slide shall we?



  • Away With The Fairies by Kerry Greenwood
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
  • The Undercover Cook by Katie Fforde
  • The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
  • The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
  • Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
  • Zoo by James Patterson
  • Working Wonders by Jenny Colgan
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

Yikes, another 11 done. So currently I’m ahead in my Goodreads Challenge. Yay me!

Goodreads Challenge Update – 67/100



  • Tick Tock by James Patterson
  • A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
  • The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson



  • August/September – Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier


How was your August?

July Wrap Up

This is a monthly post done at the beginning of each month to quickly recap what I’ve read through the previous month.


July. Another month bites the dust! I had an awesome month, I took a couple of weeks off work and went on a holiday. I might do a post on it soon – coz why the hell not? I did the Ghan train from Darwin down to Adelaide, with a stop off in the middle to visit Uluru. Amazing. I got some gorgeous photos – with my brand new fancy-pants camera. Anyway, suffice to say (for the moment) the trip was just awesome. What with plane rides, train trips and lots and lots of hours on busses, I got LOTS of reading done.


Just FYI – I didn’t carry all these books with me in hard copy – that would be madness *cough*. I did take a couple though, but I read more e-books in a short space of time than I have… ever, I think.



  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • Just One Day by Gayle Forman
  • Naïve, Super by Erlend Loe
  • The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Gold by Chris Cleave
  • Cold Case by Faye Kellerman
  • Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes
  • The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman
  • Forgotten by Cat Patrick
  • From Notting Hill with Love… Actually by Ali McNamara
  • Revived by Cat Patrick

Goodreads Challenge Update – 56/100



  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
  • Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
  • Zoo by James Patterson
  • Away with the Fairies by Kerry Greenwood
  • Working Wonders by Jenny Colgan



  • July/August – The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman


How was your June?

February Wrap Up

This is a monthly post done at the beginning of each month to quickly recap what I’ve read through the previous month.

My February has been very busy, we get a lot of new staff at work so it’s been quite intense. Because of this, I’ve actually been sleeping more on the train so I’m really impressed that I still got through 9 books! And bucketloads of coffee. I also had one of my best friend’s baby’s first birthday, and two 30th birthdays. So lots of celebrating!


  • The Constant Gardener by John le Carre
  • Past The Shallows by Favel Parrett
  • NYPD Red by James Patterson
  • Ruddy Gore by Kerry Greenwood
  • Nine Uses for an Ex-Boyfriend by Sarra Manning
  • The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson
  • Textbook Romance by Zoe Foster
  • One True Love by Barbara Freethy
  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Goodreads Challenge Update – 16/100


  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


  • Feb/March – Past The Shallows by Favel Parrett


How was your February?


Source: Goodreads

Source: Goodreads


Title: NYPD Red

Author: James Patterson & Marshall Karp

Random House, 2012, Century


Back Cover


It’s the start of the Hollywood on Hudson film festival, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. There’s a red carpet premiere every night; the most exclusive restaurants are filled with wealthy producers and pre-eminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With so many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert – and it can’t afford to make a single mistake.


Then a world-renowned producer fatally collapses at his power breakfast, and top NYPD Red Detective Zach Jordan is the first one on the scene. Zach works with his beautiful new partner, Detective Kylie MacDonald – who also happens to be his ex-girlfriend – to discover who the killer might be. But this is only the beginning: the most brutal, public, and horrifyingly spectacular crimes they’ve ever encountered are about to send all of New York into chaos, putting NYPD Red on the ropes.


Zach and Kylie know there’s no way of telling what a killer this deranged will do next. With the whole world watching, they have to find a way to stop a psychopath who has scripted his finale down to the last explosive detail



The story is about the Chameleon. The eternal extra who decides to make everyone else pay for his lack of career, because clearly it’s their fault. Obviously. Duh. Couldn’t have anything to do with his lack of talent, or that it’s really hard to become a leading actor, or, I don’t know, the fact that he’s crazy. So he throws the cops off the scent by wearing costumes when he kills people (Yep. Chameleon.) There’s a girlfriend / try-hard-helper. There’s the explosives dude. There’s the cops always hot on the heels but just that split second behind. There’s ex-lovers. There’s the love triangle. There’s enough to keep it moving with a couple of different plot threads, but not so much that you get lost and can’t remember who’s doing what with whom.

I really enjoy James Patterson’s books. I love that they are easy reads – I usually fly through them in about 2 days, and they don’t require lots of concentration. I only have to concentrate for 2 minutes at a time. Love! Not great for my rep, but at the end of a long day sometimes that’s all I can manage… I can read them when I’m exhausted and have absolutely no attention span left.  They’re fast paced and there’s always something happening, so I’m kept engaged and entertained. Short chapters. I love short chapters! Makes me feel like I’m reading faster, so I read more at once. “Just one more chapter” I tell myself. “Just 15 more chapters” more like it. All of a sudden I’ve been reading for 2 hours, I’ve got 10 chapters left, and I may as well just finish it off, right? Right?? Right. Glad we agree.


Have you read NYPD Red? Are you a fan of James Patterson? Do you read crime fiction?