Sunday Book Club: Books, Books, Books

Happy Easter 🐣

This shan’t be too much of a long post. I’ve eaten so much easter dinner I may enter a food coma.  

This week I went charity shop shopping, something I’ve mentioned before that I enjoy doing – see here. I usually attempt to limit myself to one book in order to stop my bookshelf over flowing ( spoiler: that never works, my bookshelf is already over flowing). However, I went to purchase one book but a singular book was 50p or I could get three for a £1. I’m sure you can guess what choice I made.

I made the choice of 3 for £1: The Colour of Law, The Mothman Prophecies and The Kill Order.

The Color of Law, written by Mark Gimenz, was the book I originally wanted to purchase. The cover art speaks, mostly, for itself. It’s a story about a business man. A man with a briefcase and a goal. Add in the title and we have a lawyer.

Let’s flips to the blurb and see what more information we can find.

‘ A. Scott Fenney is a Dallas corporate lawyer in the prime of his life. Taking in $750,000 a year, with a beautiful house, a beautiful wife and an adored daughter, life could not be better. But when a rich senator’s son dies in mysterious circumstances. Fenney is asked by the federal judge to put his air-conditioned lifestyle on hold to defend the accused: a black, heroin-addicted prostitute.

Scott believes in justice – but is his belief strong enough to withstand the loss of everything he holds dear – his salary, his life style, his wife, his child?’

This book sounds intense. I feel as though the plot may be somewhat see through already and that the accused is falsely accused based on prejudice. Does The Colour of Law mean to address racism within the legal world or does it mean that the law is not truly black and white as depicted . I do not know yet but I plan to find out and return with a review for you guys.

The Colour of Law is compared to Grisham and To Kill a Mockingbird. Any book that is compared to such a classic is one that I need to read. The Colour of Law averages at 4.02 stars on GoodReads based on 3,271 ratings.

The second book I chose was The Kill Order by James Dashner. This book is one of The Maze Runner Series but is a prequel novel. I have read the original 3 books that made up The Maze Runner Series a few years ago before the movie was released. I enjoyed the series, well the three books I read, but once I’d finished Death Cure I forgot about the series. I did always wonder if James Dashner would continue the series and I now have my answer; yes, yes he did.

The cover art follows in the same style as the others in the series and it, thankfully, states that it is a prequel. 

I love the confusion that book 4 is technically the first chronologically.


‘Sun flares have unleashed devastation on the Earth. Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and against the odds they survived. 

But now a violent and highly contagious disease is spreading like wildfire. Worse still, it’s mutating, and people are going crazy. Mark and Trina will do anything to save their friends – if only they can avoid madness and stay alive …”

GoodReads gives this an average of 3.69 out of 5 based on a whopping 105,476 ratings! I am interested in a continuation of this fictional universe but I’m also apprehensive as expansions on an already outstanding series can often result in a fail.

Thirdly, and finally, is the book I picked up on a whim to complete my 3 for £1 offer.

The Mothman Prophecies by well I’m not entirely sure who as there are 3 names present on the cover.

According to the cover, which is visually interesting, this story is also a compelling new film based on true events.

Let me go double check this with google.


Okay I got side tracked but yes! This is based on real life accountings documented by John A Keel. Suddenly the book is much more interesting.

As mentioned above, the cover art is interesting. I forget the name of the ink print but it’s a psychological test. 

Rorschach test! That’s it. The name of the character from The Watchmen. But then, on the other hand it does look something like a man with wings and eyes on the wings – symbolising the Mothman whom the book is about.

Seeing isn’t always believing 

Is the quote printed underneath the focus image of the cover art. Hinting at the accuracy of eye witness testimonies, I’m guessing.

‘ A WARNING

A MESSENGER 

AN OMEN

For thirteen months the entire town of point Pleasant, West Virgina was gripped by a dark terror that culminated in a tragedy that made headlines throughout the world.

Homes throughout the little town were plagued with unearthly noises and ghostly manifestations. Winged monsters and frightening apparitions terrified the population.

The Mothman still remains an enigmatic figure, a fascinating and compelling mystery – sometimes determined to save lives, sometimes standing by to watch the death of thousands.’

In addition: 

The story reads like a novel – but every single word is true and fully documented by John A Keel, who spent a year in Point Pleasant where he saw and experienced many of the strange manifestations personally.

Despite this book being the last of my choices I believe this may be the book that captures my attention the most. The mystery created intrigue and a curiosity to delve further into the story for answers. Plus, who doesn’t love stories with a basis in reality? 

The Mothman Prophecies has an average of 3.55 out of 5 on GoodReads based on 2,145 ratings. Which makes me slightly sad as so far it seems so promising. 

I know you’re reading this thinking I’m adding far too many books on my “To-Read”  list without doing any actual reading yet. But reading is happening behind the scenes and reviews will be on their way.

I hope you’re all enjoying Easter Sunday and if you don’t celebrate Easter then I hope your Sunday has been relaxed and productive, if you need it to be productive.

I’ll be back again for Movie Monday tomorrow.

Bye!

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