J. Kaye of J. Kaye's Book Blog is hosting the 100+ Books Reading Challenge. Here are the rules:

1. You can join anytime as long as you don’t start reading your books prior to 2009.

2. This challenge is for 2009 only. The last day to have all your books read is December 31, 2009.

3. You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2009.

4. All books count: children’s, YA, adults, fiction, non-fiction, how-tos, etc.

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Books I've Read

I started late in the Challenge so I'm just going to list the books I have read since the beginning of the year. I've posted links to some of the reviews I've done since I've only started blogging this April.

January, 2009
1. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
2. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
3. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

February, 2009
4. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Lean Mean Thirteen by Jane Evanovich
7. The Secret Life of the Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
8. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

March, 2009
9. To the Nines by Janet Evanovich
10. A History Buff's Guide to World War II by Thomas R. Flagel

April, 2009
11. A Dark History: The Kings and Queens of Europe by Brenda Ralph Lewis
12. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
13. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
14. A Lion in the White House by Aida D.Donald
15. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
16. Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
17.The Rose of Sebastopol by Katherine McMahon
18.World War I by H. P. Willmott

May, 2009
19. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
20. Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas
21. Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
22. 36 Hour Day by Nancy L. Mace, M.A. and Peter V. Rabins, M.D., M.P.H.
23. The Help by Kathyrn Stockett
24. The Novel Writer's Toolkit by Bob Mayer
25. Writing the Short Story by Jack M. Bickham
26. Your First Novel by Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb
27. How to Write a Short Story by John Vorwald and Ethan Wolff

June, 2009
28. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (audio CD version)
29. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
30. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
31. City of Thieves by David Benioff
32. April and Oliver by Tess Callahan
33. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky, translated by Sandra Smith
34. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

July, 2009
35. A Circle of Souls by Preetham Grandhi
36. Get into Graduate School from Kaplan Publishing
37. A Dark History: The Popes by Brenda Ralph Lewis
38. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

August, 2009
39. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
40. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
41. After Dark by Haruki Murakami

September, 2009
42. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
43. Fire in the Blood by Irene Nemirovsky
44. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
45 World War II by H.P. Wilmott and et al.
46. Fiction Gallery from Gotham Writer's Workshop
48. Something Blue by Emily Giffin
49. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
50.Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich

October, 2009
51. First Snow on Fuji by Yasunari Kawabata
52. Time to Write by Kelly L. Stone
53. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
54. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
55. Dracula by Bram Stoker

November, 2009
56. Fatal by Michael Palmer

December, 2009
57. Sisters by Hulton Getty

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Circle of Souls by Preetham Grandhi

Publisher: Cedar Fort
Publishing Date: June 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1599552354
Pages: 352
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary: In Newbury, Connecticut, ten year old Janet Troy is murdered. Leia Bines, an FBI agent, is called in to help the local detectives to solve the case. In the same town, Dr. Peter Gram, a child psychiatrist, admits Naya into the hospital after a near fatal incident. Naya is also having some disturbing nightmares that involves Janet. Leia and Peter are forced to work together. Will they find the murderer before he claims his next victim?

Review: A Circle of Souls is Dr. Preetham Grandi's debut novel, and it's such a priviledge to read it. The book is a real page turner that has kept me at the edge of my seat. If I didn't have any commitments that afternoon, I think I would have finished the book in one day. The pacing is fast as if the author isn't likely to waste time. The book takes the reader for a thrilling ride.

The book also explores the subject of the paranormal. Naya is a gifted child who is able to talk to the dead. Through her drawings she is able to express the dreams she has about Janet. Her drawings also become the only clues to what really happened to Janet. Having very little leads, Leia has no choice but to go with Naya's drawings.

The character I liked best aside from Naya, who I thought was interesting, was Peter. He was a workaholic doctor who genuinely cared for the well-being of his young patients. His ability to be culturally sensitive of Naya, who's from India, made me like him even more.

I think that the only issue I had about this book was that how quickly I suspected who the murderer was...and even though the author tried to lead me on to different direction, I still wasn't surprised who the killer was.

Still, I thought it was a very good debut novel. Great read and awesome plot.

Recommendation: Wonderful book! If you like psychological, mystery thrillers and some mysticism, then this book is for you.

Additional note: I want to thank Dr. Preetham Grandhi for sending me the advanced reader copy so that I had the chance to enjoy this fascinating story. I look forward for more of his work.

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