To Go: 70
21. Water For Elephants — Sara Gruen
22. The Borrowers — Mary Norton
23. Very Valentine — Adriana Trigiani
24. Eat, Pray, Love — Elizabeth Gilbert
25. Something Borrowed — Emily Giffin
26. Divine Evil — Nora Roberts
27. It’s Kind of A Funny Story — Ned Vizzini
28. Red Riding Hood — Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
29. Son Of A Witch — Gregory Maguire
30. The Lincoln Lawyer — Michael Connelly
Defence lawyer Mickey Haller, known for his four town car-offices, two ex-wives, and killer winning streak, sees a franchise case when he encounters Louis Roulet, a young man accused of attempted murder and sexual assault. But when he encounters much more — true innocence, for the first time, and pure evil — he’s put in a position that no defence lawyer wants to be in.
With just this one book, Michael Connelly may have been elevated from unknown author to new favourite in my mind. Though I started off a little skeptical at first — the book’s first chapters didn’t really grab me — soon enough the story pulled me in, and I was hooked. (And then I stopped listening to the people around me by the midpoint. By the end, I was positively deaf to everything and everyone, because that book had my full attention.)
It was gripping, it was thrilling, and it had me on the edge of my seat at all times. And though one would assume that defence lawyers would make poor protagonists, Mick was a dynamic and compassionate character (though he did, of course, have a mean streak) that even the most anti-lawyer reader could get behind.
Suffice it to say that I loved it, and that it’s probably on my top ten list of favourites from the challenge so far. And you can bet I’ll be going to see the movie!
Next book: Currently unsure; it’ll be a surprise!