I have been reading James Patterson since I stumbled upon one of his books called the Confessions of a Murder Suspect at the library a few years ago, and to be honest, I had to take the book back so I never got to finish it (*Cries uncontrollably*). I tried lots of other books but nothing compared to that book. One day I was in a charity shop and I saw a book by James Patterson (I think it may have been a book from his Stand Alone series) and I knew I had to buy it. I read it and I was so addicted I couldn’t put it down, when I did all I could think about was the book. Then I knew I’d found my author. So I went and made a list of all of his books (check out how organised I am) and then I would hunt high and low at the charity shops, which is how I built my collection of James Patterson books. I do have a few of his books on the Amazon Kindle app but most of them are in hardback. I think I have around 50 of his books (I lost count after 20!).
Once I’d built my collection I had to make the hard decision of which series to read first, so I went with the Women’s Murder Club. There are technically 15 books in the series as the 16th book doesn't come out until March.
About the series:
The Women’s Murder Club is about a group of four women who help solve cases ,each of them having their own unique part to play. You have Detective Lindsay Boxer who is at the centre as she investigates the cases. Then there’s Claire Washburn who is the Chief Medical Examiner of San Francisco. Then we have the newbie, Yuki Castellano, who is a district attorney and last but not least Cindy Thomas the news reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle. Together they solve crimes in their home city of San Francisco and they often meet up at their favourite spot, Susie’s, to talk about clues and their personal lives.
The series is written by the amazing James Patterson and If I have my facts correct most of series he co- writes with other author's, which I think is really nice idea. In 9th Judgement James teams up with the lovely Maxine Paetro.
About the book:
9th Judgement is probably the most exciting book to date with lots of twists and turns. Lindsay is on the hunt for a jewellery thief, a murderous movie star and a killer with a blood feud against women and children, so the Women's Murder Club must come together again to help solve these horrible crimes that have scared the City. In the 9th instalment you learn more about Lindsay’s personal life and she makes a very big decision.
My opinion on the book:
There was so much packed into every chapter, I couldn’t get enough of the book. I love how James takes you on a journey with the characters and I actually feel like I know the characters personally. I feel like I’m there with them which helps me to visualise better.
9th Judgement is a thrill ride with lots of twists and turns and nothing is as it seems. For example, there’s more than meets the eye to the jewellery thief - when I learnt something unexpected about the thief I was genuinely shocked, it was a real WOW moment.
The cases in this book weren't my favourite cases of the Women’s Murder Club but they were pretty juicy and I loved how the girls came together once again to solve them. They honestly give me squad goals.
I wish I could tell you all about my favourite highlight from the book but I think I’d spoil it big time. All I’m going to say is that it involves Lindsay and her boyfriend Joe, and you’ll learn about it In chapter 7. You’ll have to read it to find out.
I love James Patterson's writing style too. I never know what to expect from his books. They keep me on the edge of my seat and at the end of each chapter it leaves me gasping for more. Honestly I’m not kidding, every chapter is overflowing with thrills.
This book took me on a rollercoaster of emotions from happy when Lindsay makes a life changing decision, to sad when the women and child killer strikes and I found myself sympathizing with the characters. Near the end something heartbreaking nearly happens to one of my favourite character's partner and when I read it my heart was beating so fast, with a wave of sadness hitting me. Thankfully, everything was okay and I could breathe again.
The only bad thing I have to say is that I was hoping the end to have more of a cliff-hanger and I could have easily done with a few extra chapters, but overall it was a very enjoyable book and I would suggest it to anyone looking for a bit of excitement and thrill in their lives. I promise you once you pick it up you won’t want to put it down, its very addictive.
If you decide to read 9th Judgement I would advise you to read the other books before as it is crucial so that you know the background of the characters.
I hope this book review has inspired you to check out 9th Judgement as it is a really good book, I highly recommend it. I will leave a link below for where you can buy it from and a link to James's website.
Is there any books you would like me to read and review let me know, as I'd love to hear from you.
Stars: 4.5 out of 5.
All my love
James Patterson's website http://www.jamespatterson.com/
9th judgement is available at Amazon and all online retailers and book shops. https://www.amazon.co.uk/9th-Judgement-Womens-Murder-Club/dp/0099525380
I love a good TV show and I’m a real sucker for a crime or period drama. I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you my top 5 TV shows that I have been watching recently. I must confess I watch quite a few crime based programmes with murder in it but none the less let’s get started.....
Silent Witness has to be one of my all time favourite shows. I know when January comes it’s Silent Witness time and that makes me very happy. I have been watching this show since I can remember. I think the cast are just fabulous and they make it so enjoyable to watch. I love whole set up of the show and how over 20 years it’s grown into something truly amazing and has never become boring.
I love the whole cast so much they are what makes the show so incredible.
Some episodes I do cringe a bit at the gory bits but I think it’s amazing how they make the prosthetics so realistic but overall I think it’s a very fab show and I can't stop raving about it.
One of the things that drew me to watch this was because Emilia Fox who is in Silent Witness was in it and I have never watched anything else with her in it. I wanted to see what she’d be like in something that wasn’t like Silent Witness and from looking at the trailer it looked right up my street and had the look about it that nothing is as it seems and I knew I had to watch it. I can’t wait to see how the final plays out tonight. I kinda hoped there would have been more though but it has been nice to watch something a bit different.
I love a good crime drama and I liked the way Endeavour takes it all the back to the swinging 60s. It’s nice to see how they would have investigated cases before technology. I know that it isn’t real but I just like the old style feel to it. This is only the second series that I have seen of Endeavour even though there has been three series prior to the latest one but I really enjoyed the last season and I quickly became addicted to it. I love the whole dynamic of the show and I just love the chemistry between Morse and Thursday there a good duo, one of my favourites. One of the things that made me want to watch it even more is that I’m hoping that Joan Thursday and Morse would get together even though she left in the series three finale which broke my heart. I’m hoping that they will reunite this series. Fingers crossed. I do love a good TV romance.
I have been watching midsomer murders for as long as I can remember and I loved it when John Nettles who played the old Barnaby was in it and I was sad when he left six series’s ago but I think it was nice that they put Barnaby's nephew John as the new Barnaby and I think he is a perfect fit, it was a very good decision. I always enjoy every series and the latest series has been no exception it has been JAM packed with some pretty weird murders. Barnaby’s new sidekick Winters is pretty dashing and I was a bit apprehensive of the new sidekick but I think he has fitted in very well and I can’t wait to learn more about him. All I can say is that midsomer is a dangerous place to live. It is a classic Tv show for me, I love it .
If you’ve never watched Hawaii 5-0 then you are seriously missing out on some eye candy and a fast paced police drama. Each series it takes you on a rollercoaster and they’ll usually be a few sub storylines which are JAM packed. Another of my favourite things about Hawaii 5-0 is the characters, I love finding out new things about each one of them I find it very intriguing plus I like being nosey. They are all so bad ass and most of the time I wish I was in the five o task force. The action or car chases are so well put together and give you a real adrenaline rush. Steve Mcgarrett played by the amazing Alex O'Loughlin is my favourite character, he is pretty buff which makes watching it even the more enjoyable. The cast are incredible.
I would highly recommend checking out these TV shows, if you do check any of them out please let me know what you thought of them as I'd love to hear from you.
Please feel free to comment below and suggest some TV shows for me to binge watch.
All my love
For this week’s blog I thought I would do something a little different, so I thought I would share with you my favourite blogger of the month along with a Q&A with them. I will be picking someone who has inspired me with there blog post and has given me a real WOW moment. Enough of my babbling lets get started.
For my January blogger of the month is the ever so lovely Maria J....
Let me tell you a bit more about why I picked Maria as my blogger of the month.
My favourite blog of Maria’s was the a day in Paris blog. The headline pretty much excited me from the get go as it is one of the places I would love to visit someday. I loved reading what Paris is like and seeing all the landmarks. It has made me even more excited to visit there. Check out Maria’s a day in Paris blog here www.mariaj.co.uk/2016/12/a-day-in-paris.html
I caught up with Maria and asked her a few questions........
Hello Maria can you tell my readers a little bit about you?
Hi! I'm Maria a 19 year old blogger from London, my blog is my baby and I've got a slight photography obsession.
Favourite blog you've written?
My favourite blog post has to be my what I got for Christmas 2016; its quite recent and doesn't involve a huge amount of writing but I just love the photos I took!
If you could visit 3 places anywhere where would it be and Why?
Does it count if I say New York even if I’ve already been?? hahaha, i want to go back to New York because I feel like you'd learn something new there every time you visit. I'd also love to stay in Beverly hills even just for a short amount of time, just to see what its like. Also South Africa or somewhere with a massive mountain, because think of the photographs.
Quote you live by?
"She believed she could so she did", I think it perfectly describes my unusual levels of hope and unwillingness to give up on something I've actually put my mind to. If i haven't put my mind to something though, its likely I will give up - its all about actually knowing you want to pursue something.
Three blogger tips for novice bloggers?
I've actually done a whole blog post kinda around this but I’d say, blogging shouldn't feel like a chore or something that you're forcing yourself to do - if its right for you you'll have the motivation. Promote your blog posts! There’s only one way to get people to read your blog in the beginning when nobody knows it exists and that’s through social media. Finally, go on your blog yourself and see through the eyes of someone who has just gone on your site. Check that all your links are working, whether your fonts are clear and in general that everything is user friendly. For example if someone wants to follow you on Instagram, the link should be really obvious to them, if they can't find it immediately its likely they'll just click off!
Favourite thing to blog about?
That’s a hard one! I don't think I can pick!! Although I love photographing products, people also seem to like my informative posts as well but I also love photographing different cities and events... Its so difficult to pick because I love every aspect of blogging!
Have you ever had bloggers block and if so how did you get rid of it?
I've had bloggers block once in the past, I think I'm pretty lucky that I’ve only had it once. Now that I’m a lot busier with blogging there’s always something for me to work on so I don't tend to get it anymore but when I did I actually just wrote a post about it! I did a post all about post ideas for when you've got bloggers block and wrote about how others might be feeling if they were reading it, because that’s how I was feeling at the time! Writing it brought back my motivation. I also remember scrolling through Instagram to get some inspiration for colours and things like that!
If you could give any tips to your younger self what would they be and why?
Value yourself more, but if I was actually talking to my younger self I wouldn't try to change anything. I am who I am today because of the things that have happened in the past and what I’ve learnt from them.
How do you come up with new blog content?
It sort of just comes to me if that makes sense? I plan a lot in advance so if there’s a few days where nothing comes into my head its alright because I’ve already got things to work on in the mean time. A lot of the time I just pay attention to my surroundings and listen to what people want, some of my most popular posts have either come from suggestions or noticing things on the internet and writing my thoughts about them. Although a shopping spree is good too, reviews reviews reviews!
Where would you like to see your blog in 2 years?
I honestly haven't got a clue, I recently did a tweet and blog post about my progress in one year of blogging and it even shocked me! I'm really proud of how far I’ve come but there’s always room to progress, grow and learn more!
Who inspires you?
I could list a whole load of huge bloggers who do inspire me but its mainly my blogger friends around me. Its a great community and being part of it and talking to other bloggers makes you even more obsessed with it than you are already!
Check out Maria’s blog here www.mariaj.co.uk/
I would like to thank Maria very much for taking part in my Q&A. I had so much fun doing it.
If you enjoyed this blog and would like to see me do another blogger of the month tweet me or drop a comment below, I would love to hear from you.
Do you have a favourite blog of the month or is there someone you would like me to check out?
All my love
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I have wanted to write this blog for so long and it was one of the main reasons I set up this blog because I wanted to share my struggle with anxiety and worrying, how it affected me and my coping methods.
Worrying is something that has affected me most of my teen years, when I was younger I worried about small things like running out of favourite cereal and silly things like that. My mum gave me a little book to write my worries in and then I’d put it on her pillow and it helped, but once I got to about 16 the worries got worse and I can’t quite remember what they were but at the time they felt pretty bad and at that point I didn’t have any coping strategies so I would email my mum my worries and for me it helped telling someone. I felt so ashamed because my worries to me felt stupid and I worried how people would react so subsequently I sent my worries via email to my mum because I couldn’t bring myself to tell her face to face.
What I’m about to tell you now is something I have never shared before only with my family and very close friends. It started in the year of 2013 and I remember the day very clearly, it started off good I was cleaning my room (I know most people hate tidying up but I don’t mind it is that normal?) and my family were going out and I just remember the thought popping into my head what if there’s not a toilet??? And I couldn’t stop thinking about it and subsequently I had to go and I remember not being sure where it is and I started to panic because I was so desperate and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to hold it till I got home but thankfully I found it. That’s where it started and wherever I would go I’d worry about it and that made me not want to go out but I manage to find a couple of methods to help and what I would do is try and think of the things I love like my dog or going on holiday and that help to take my mind off it, after a few situations going well I felt okay going out. And one day it somehow disappeared and I was fine.
It’s something I have struggled on and off from 2013 to present and it would last a few months and it would go but as I’ve got older it got in the way and I would feel so ashamed for having this issue and I had to find a better solution so when it came back in the middle of 2016 I had to take action so first I went to the doctors to check there wasn’t an underlying problem and I had to go for a ultra sound of my bladder so I had to drink quite alot of liquid which was such a big deal for me but I did it and thankfully it was okay but it left me feeling confused and lost, what do I do next? So, I searched on the Internet and found a few helpful suggestions and one was to write a journal so that’s what I have been doing since the 25th October 2016 and it helps writing all my feelings and worries down, I write in it religiously every night. I also had a talk with my mum face to face and she said I need to think positive and good things will happen and every day I try to think positive about the things that worry me.
My methods that have helped me are writing my worries down in my journal as it helps me to let it all out and to keep a record of my worries so if I want I can reflect back on it, as hard as it sounds thinking positive helps me and every negative worry I have I think of the positives in each one. When I over analyse a situations I think about what parts are making me feel worried and anxious and I think of a solutions for each one as I then know there’s always a solution. Depending on the worry depends who I’ll because sometimes I feel more comfortable telling a certain person.
I never cast myself with having anxiety until I got older and certain situations would made me feel so on edge and reading peoples stories of how anxiety made them feel I found myself thinking I feel like that sometimes too so I decided to look up the symptoms I'd been having which includes.
I don’t feel like that all the time but when I feel extremely worried and anxious about something I will get usually one or all of those symptoms and I hate feeling like that and that’s another worry in itself.
My coping mechanism for my anxiety were the same as my worrying but when I’d feel so overwhelmed I will close my eyes try to think of the positive and tell myself to inhale all the positives and exhale the worries and they help.
For me personally I have a few regular worries like new situations scare me because I don’t know what to expect and the unknown scares me because I don’t know how prepared I should be. If I want something to be perfect I usually feel pretty anxious because I don’t want to ruin it by not feeling well. Usually my worries come from either not wanting to feel unwell I.e. any of the symptom’s above, having an upset stomach and needing a wee a lot in situations, these things are what most of my worries come from.
When I’m out in public I often think people look at people and know I have these problems or I’ll look at them and think do they suffer from worrying and anxiety because sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who worries about the toilet or not feeling well and it makes me feel like I’m crazy.
My family have been a huge support and help to me and I can't thank them enough.
I don’t know if I’ll ever be worry free but all I can do is try to manage each of my worries and for them to not affect my life I try every day to face my worries head on and for my worrying and anxiety not to dictate my lifestyle .
I hope that someone can to relate to this and for it to help someone who is suffering from either worrying, anxiety or both.
All my love