Saturday, October 30, 2010

Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich

Another fun read from Janet Evanovich and now I'm liking this series more. Although I found the first book humorous, I found myself laughing out loud during this one. If you haven't read any of the Stephanie Plum books, give it a try. Light, fun, a little mystery, a little romance, and just a great quick read! I'm planning to take a break before getting into the next one though. Got a lot of books on the go, so will be alternating series.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich's series has received a lot of attention in the past few years and if you're wanting a light but interesting thriller, check out her series about an out-of-work 30-something female who turns to her cousin for a job as a Bounty Hunter! I enjoyed the first in the series, "One for the Money". Bold, well-paced, and a little bit of everything! Humour, mystery, crime, thriller, romance....these books have it all. I've already started the second in this series and plan on working my way through all. Not quite Chic-lit...not quite thriller, but something in between and definitely worth the time.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town by Warren St. John

I read this book awhile ago and found it very interesting. A peek into the issues that refugees have to deal with in coming to America. Not only are they often coming from traumatic situations, they often don't speak english and the whole way of life of American people is foreign to them. Much like if we were to transport ourselves to a third world country with no prior knowledge of what to expect and not be able to speak their language. I think we'd all feel a little lost and alone.

This book is about a group of refugees who are pulled together in the spirit of sportsmanship and love of soccer. It's also about a coach who cared. I recommend this book to anyone concerned with the refugees of our world. It is inspiring and uplifting.

No Country for Old Men

I can see how this book would make a much better movie. I found the format difficult to follow. Sorry, but I like my punctuation marks. This book has minimal. I found it difficult to know who was talking. The story may be a good one...but I lost it along the way. I can't say I'd recommend the book, but there are some big names in the movie! Maybe I'll watch it.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dewey's 24-hr Read-a-thon Update!

Hi All!
Hope you found lots of time for reading on Oct. 9th! I did, although I wasn't near a computer to update my blog. I also attended a friend's Celebration of Life for a part of my day. Still, I managed to finish one book, and read all of another. That's cause I even carried my reading over to the next day and immersed myself in just reading and Canadian Thanksgiving turkey dinner! Am I spoiled or what?! :)


Linda Castillo is a new author for me, but one I'm planning to read more of. Sworn to Silence is the first in her series about an Amish raised female cop who returns to the community she was raised in and becomes their Chief of Police. She must solve a series of murders reminiscent of a serial killer that tortured the community when she was growing up. The story grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let go until the end. The characters are believable in all their faults and there is enough description of the Amish culture to give the reader an understanding without feeling overwhelmed with it. There's a little bit of everything here from heart-pounding suspense, to a little touch of romance. The story moves quickly and you may think you know who-dunit....but I'd bet you'd be wrong! I was. I highly recommend that fans of police procedurals and good thrillers in general find this book, read it and let me know what you think! I personally couldn't wait to get started on the next in the series, and am going to be anxiously awaiting the third!

The next book I read during the read-a-thon, and which I carried over to the next day because I just couldn't put it down, was the second in Linda Castillo's series, PRAY FOR SILENCE.

This book was every bit as good as the first one. Once again we visit the small town near an Amish community with Chief of Police Kate Burkholder. Again, a murder to solve. this time it's an Amish family and it appears senseless. It's late at night and I've been reading for quite awhile in quiet and my phone rings. I literally jumped! I was that caught up in the story. Linda Castillo has done it again. Always there is a little twist and you might think you know who-dunit...but I'd guess you'd be wrong. I love that about her books. In this book we also learn a little more about our Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and what makes her tick. We also learn a little more about the Amish. If you loved her first book, Sworn to Silence, then definitely pick this one up as well. All I can say is that I'm so looking forward to the next one in the series!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dewey's 24-hr Read-a-thon

Oct. 9. 2010 is the day set for Dewey's 24-hr read-a-thon! It’s sort of a reading challenge, only everyone participates at the same time. For 24 hours, we read books, post in our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. I'm planning to participate as much as I can. Who wouldn't enjoy a day set aside for reading! I have a lot of books to catch up on, so finding enough to keep me busy won't be a problem. Come and join me! Follow my updates here, or on Twitter, although I'm planning to be very busy reading for most of the day and night!