Book Reviews 2020

Another year, another Goodreads Challenge! Last year, I challenged myself to finish 12 books. I was only able to finish 10 books. Somewhere along the way, I got tired of reading books. No matter, I will try again this year.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This is the first book I have chosen to reread. It’s aimed for younger readers so expect a very simple plot. I can’t really say I loved it but I did enjoy reading it. I was taken into another dimension where good always prevail over evil. It makes you wish things were as simple as this. Here’s a link to a website where Neil Gaiman (a very young Neil Gaiman) reads it.

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit

Rating: 4 out of 5.

After watching the first two seasons of Mindhunter on Netflix, I knew I needed to get my hands on the book version. To be honest, I am very intrigued by criminals and with the psychology it all. Can you imagine how these people do what they do? I can’t. Knowledge is power and I was hoping to get more info about their psyche through this book.

I wouldn’t say I met my expectations after reading this book. However, I still enjoyed reading it. I would recommend this book to people who want to understand or know how the Behavioral Unit of FBI came into fruition. The book also talked about certain cases whose influence was great to their study and development of strategies, etc. It’s an interesting read but it took me forever to finish. I do enjoy watching criminal shows and documentaries but reading about it is on a whole different level. My imagination was too wild and I couldn’t read it for too long a time.

Read it, but read with caution. I’ll end with a quote from the book.

But twenty-five years of observation has also told me that criminals are “made” than “born,” which means that somewhere along the line, someone who provided a profound negative influence could have provided a profound positive one instead. So what I truly believe is that along with more money and police and prisons, what we most need more of is love. This is not being simplistic; it’s at the very heart of the issue.

Mind Hunter by John Douglas

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I’ll start the review by saying it’s not my favorite Murakami book.

The story revolves around a newly separated painter. He decides to live in a famous painter’s house and discovers a painting that was kept from the world by the artist. As soon as he discovers the painting, a series of events start to unfold.

The plot, setting, and flow of the book is very Murakami. It’s a good book – but that’s all it ever will be. To be honest, it’s a 700 page book but I think Murakami can condense it to 400 or less. It felt like Murakami was trying to give the readers a good ride but it was painstakingly slow. The plot was also very confusing. I got to end but had to question myself how I got there.

I’m not a fan. I’m only giving it three stars because even if it was questionable, I still kept reading it. It’s not for me but I still enjoyed reading it.

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To keep it short and simple: I'm thirty+ years old. Still plenty young, but not as young as I used to be.


  1. I aimed to read 12 books last year too, and probably only got through about 4! With a lot more time on my hands at the moment I’m getting a lot more reading done though! I’ve never read any Murakami or Gaiman, amazingly! It sounds as if Gaiman is a good read for right now, something a little more optimistic! I definitely won’t be choosing ‘Killing Commendatore’ as my first Murakami though! Hope you’re staying safe!

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    1. I love Gaiman and highly recommend him. His stories are very well written and it takes you to another world. I think the right term is Science Fiction/Fantasy. If that’s your type of books, you should definitely try it. 🙂

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