Book Review: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

career of evilLast year I wrote a post about books I love and some I haven’t read yet. Well for my book club, we just finished reading Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith. Who’s Robert Galbraith, you may ask… J.K. Rowling of course! Love her. I’ve read the Harry Potter series eight times, going on my ninth at some point this year. My opinion as to why she created this pseudonym is because her first adult novel after the Harry Potter series (The Casual Vacancy) didn’t receive the best reviews. Side note: I didn’t even get 100 pages into The Casual Vacancy.

Career of Evil is the third installment of the Cormoran Strike novels. Genre: action-mystery, in my opinion. Cormoran Strike is a detective in London who, essentially, solves cases faster than the police can with the help of his assistant Robin. While I’m not going to spoil anything, my advice is to read the first of the series (The Cuckoo’s Calling) before picking up the third. Skip the second if you want. I did and didn’t feel like I missed any vital information. The first book, however, introduces you to the main characters so if you do end up skipping the second book, you’re not left wondering who’s who.

On to my review. I really enjoyed this book. While it did take me a little over a month to read (a month and three days, actually), the book captures your attention in the first four pages. From then on you’re hooked. The nice thing about the Cormoran Strike series is that it’s always action packed and you end up reading more chapters than you thought you would right before you go to sleep. This book flip flops between two sets of characters in every chapter and it’s interesting to see how both sets of stories intertwine throughout the book. That’s all I’ll tell you about the plot because I don’t want to ruin the book for you, but my only real critique of the book is the ending. I was thoroughly disappointed and you might be too after you read it.

All in all, the writing is captivating (I mean, it is J.K. Rowling after all) and the plot is well thought out and intriguing. If you end up picking it up to read it – or have already read it and loved it, hated it, or was meh  about it – let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

Leigh

Rainy Day Activity: Watch Harry Potter

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El niño is here. It is pouring in Marin County today and instead of staying at home on the couch cuddling with my cats, I am at work. But if you’re lucky enough to be at home today because your office decided to close due to weather or you just have the day off, it’s time to catch up on Harry Potter.

Yes, you can easily say that I am a Hogwarts fanatic and love Harry Potter. It’s true, all of it. But one of the main reasons I am writing this post today is because last week we lost Alan Rickman who played Professor Snape in all the Harry Potter films (you might also remember him from Galaxy Quest or Dogma). He was definitely a talented actor and will be missed.

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So as an homage to Mr. Rickman, and to get through the cold, gloomy day, I challenge you: get through as many Harry Potter movies as you can today. My husband surprised me last weekend with the blu ray box set of all the movies, purchased for only $80 at Best Buy (great deal, right??). We ended up getting through Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. 

We will for sure be watching more this weekend if the weather is still like this. Stay dry out there!

Do you have a favorite Harry Potter movie?

xoxo,

Leigh

Winter Reads

Anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with my Kindle e-reader (Note to self: charge your Kindle!). You can usually find me during the winter months with a hot cider (or glass of wine) and my Kindle on my lap. Since it’s raining in San Francisco and Marin County tonight, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite winter reads – and some that I’ve been wanting to read. If you want to amp up your book collection and spend more time reading, look to see if there’s a book club you could join. I just joined one a few months ago and have read way more than I ever have.

Here are my top picks:

* = haven’t read yet

1. Harry Potter Series

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2. The Cuckoo’s Calling, Book 1 in the Cormoran Strike Series

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3. The Girl on the Train

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4. The All Souls Trilogy

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5. All The Lights We Cannot See *

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6. Ready Player One * (started but haven’t finished)

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7. The Rosie Project

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8. Game of Thrones*

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9. The Nightingale*

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10. Everything I Never Told You*

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Have you read any of these books? Do you have some suggestions for good winter reads? Let me know in the comments or follow me on Goodreads!

xoxo,

Leigh