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A Bookworm's Staycation

By Jean Teller, Sr. Assoc. Editor


Tags: Jim Butcher, Jonathon King, Sandra Brown, Kathy Reichs, Janet Evanovich, Caleb Carr,

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What did I do on my summer vacation? A bit of traveling, spending time with family and friends, a few movies, more than a few TV shows and lots of books. It was the perfect staycation!

My goal for my vacation was strictly rest and relaxation. I did drive a bit – first to the home place to visit with Mom, my sister, nephews and niece, and then two day trips to Kansas City to visit friends and see movies – so I probably missed out on the R&R by a little since driving wears me out these days. But when I was home, most of what I did was read. A perfect vacation in my opinion.

I finished White Night, the latest paperback in The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (more on that in a future blog). Then it was onto a new series for me, as I finished the first two titles in Jonathon King’s Max Freeman series (The Blue Edge of Midnight and A Visible Darkness) – oh, and it’s time to track down the other four in the series! I quickly found myself enthralled with Max’s new life in the Florida Everglades, and his move from burned-out cop to private investigator. The series features a more-than-interesting cast of characters, intriguing plots and believable action and resolutions. 

Next, I picked up Sandra Brown’s Play Dirty, which I finished Wednesday morning at 4! The thriller has more than a bit of romance thrown in for good measure, and it kept me on the edge of my seat - who's the good guy and who's the villain?

After a few hours of sleep, I moved to Janet Evanovich’s Twelve Sharp, as I wanted to re-read it before moving to her Lean Mean Thirteen, the latest paperback in the Stephanie Plum series. Even after 13+ novels in this series, Evanovich can still make me laugh. I can clearly remember opening One for the Money and laughing loud and long within five pages.    

Another re-read was next – Kathy Reichs’ Break No Bones – before I opened her latest paperback, Bones to Ashes. Dr. Tempe Brennan is not only the hero of the authentic, spine-tingling mystery novels, she’s the star of Fox’s TV series, Bones, where she’s portrayed by actress Emily Deschanel. Reichs’ novels are fascinating, sometimes a bit gruesome and always engrossing. I can’t put one down once I start it.  

Since I’m back at work, my reading’s slowed down a bit, although I have breezed through six or seven books in the last couple of weeks, including Caleb Carr's The Alienist (which has been on my to-read shelf for quite some time!). And if I don’t stop listing the books I’ve read, we’ll never move on to the next topic! What are you reading at the moment? What’s on your to-read shelf?

Happy Reading!

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cindy murphy
9/12/2008 10:42:28 PM

Hi, Jean and Taylor, and those of you pondering reading The Twilight series - this just in from a friend who read all four of the books in the series back-to-back, seeming to disappear from the face of the earth until she was done... "I lost sleep, I let my tummy growl for hours before finally forcing myself to put anything in there....and YES! they were that good." They might just make it to the top of my long list of must-read-if-I-ever-find-the-time books.


jean teller
9/9/2008 8:43:15 AM

Thanks, Lori, for the suggestion - I've heard about the Cave Bear series, just haven't added it to the to-read list. It is now! There are always books calling my name, and everything else just doesn't seem to matter! Hi, Taylor! I haven't read many of Grisham's books - not sure why. I've enjoyed the movie versions of his novels, tho. I too am contemplating reading the Twilight series, particularly since the movie is on the way. I like having the source material in mind when watching a movie. And the author's story intrigues me. Of course, it doesn't hurt that I enjoy/adore/love books (and TV and movies) with paranormal and preternatural plots and characters! So if I find the first book in the series on my to-read shelf, don't be surprised!


taylor miller
9/8/2008 11:36:25 AM

I really want to be a bigger reader, I do. But I'm not. I did manage a Grisham book this summer while cat-sitting. It was great fun. I'm thinking about reading this "Twilight" series that I can't help hearing about. Thoughts?


lori
9/3/2008 2:39:11 PM

Jean, Wow, you have been busy relaxing!!! I love to get into a good book. I don't dare pick one up right now though, cause I can't put a good one down. I fear all my other work would fall by the wayside! I will reserve them for those long (long to me) winter days! I have a suggestion for you, if you haven't already read them. I really enjoyed "The Clan Of The Cave Bear" series by "Jean M. Auel". Excellent reads that I couldn't put down!