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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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