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TGIF – July 6, 2012

It’s time for TGIF again, thanks to Ginger at GReads!

So this week’s TGIF topic is:
Comfort Reads: Which books do you go to for comfort & familiarity? Is there a type of book you seek out when you’re needing that extra bit  of comfort in your life?

Comfort reads to me mean either books that I go back to time-after-time always satisfied with a re-read, a series that I love that’s easy to read, or books that I’ve always loved and have some fond memories attached to them, a lot of them related to childhood.

Regular comfort reads:
Harry Potter & The Stephanie Plum series are two comfort reads: HP in the fact that I’ve re-read it several times and know it inside and out. Stephanie Plum in that they’re always easy to come back to, they’re light, super quick, and a lot of fun.

 

 

 

 

 

Memory comfort reads:
Books that remind me of my childhood and ones I have fond memories of – Some I’ve even re-read as an adult!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, I had to add The Monster at the End of This Book because I remember my mom reading that to us in Grover’s voice! The others are mostly just books that remind me of my childhood 🙂 Oldies, but goodies.

30 Days of Books: Day 16 & 17

Okay, bloggers. I was just going to do three days in one tomorrow, but let’s face it… I can’t NOT blog all weekend! So I’m smacking days 16 and 17 together tonight and more goodies to follow tomorrow.

30 Days of Books: Day #16

Your “comfort” book.

I guess I’d consider a comfort book a book that I can go back to and read over and over again, still getting all those warm fuzzies and getting a nice feeling of contentment during and after reading. So in that case, the only things I can come up with are the usual suspects: Good old Harry Potter and Stephanie Plum.

I’d actually say HP even more so because I’ve actually lost track of how many times I read the series and now that there are movies, it’s even easier to enjoy. In fact, for part of Father’s Day today, we watched HP & the Chamber of Secrets from the HP box set that we bought my dad for this past Christmas. How much more comforting can you get!?

30 Days of Books: Day #17

The most hilarious book you’ve read.

Oooh that’s a tricky one. Of course we’ve got good old stand-by Stephanie Plum for this one too, but I’ll throw two more out there that I literally laughed out loud for:

1. The Spellman Series by Lisa Lutz: First book being The Spellman Files – A family business of private investigators that can’t even quit the habit long enough to stop spying on each other. Throw in a sarcastic and former-delinquent (well, mostly former) narrator and an usual style of writing and I was laughing the whole way.

2. The Princess Bride by William Goldman – This really was every bit as good as the movie, and maybe even better. When I finished my review for this book not too long ago, I mentioned how I was so glad that Goldman is actually credited for the screen play on IMDb.com, so I can only assume that meant he actually wrote it. There were direct lines from the book into the movie which are actually some of my favorite quotes so I was glad they were so similar! I loved all the humor from both.


Top Ten Tuesday – June 12, 2012: Top Ten Beach Reads

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten Beach Reads. Seems like a lot of people are excited for this topic!!

Ahh, being a Chicago suburbanite, I don’t often get to see the gorgeous beach. The closest I usually get is Lake Michigan unless I take some real vacations. But nonetheless, beach reads are always fun!

Top Ten Beach Reads

1. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella: I just went to this one first because this is the book I took with me when we went to Gulf Shores, Alabama for spring break in college. This was truly a beach read for me!

2. One Moment by Kristina McBride: So it’s not a happy summer story, but I liked it all the same! Liked it quite a bit actually. It starts on Memorial Day and wraps up at the end of summer, so it’s fitting for the time!

3. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich: Stephanie’s a good read anytime, anywhere. Seems especially good for fun in the sun!

4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: Okay, so it’s not really a beachy kind of book. But I brought it with to the beach in North Carolina so it makes my list on the fact that it actually saw the beach!

5. What Looks Like Crazy by Charlotte Hughes: This was a super cute and easy to read chick book. I had a lot of fun reading it and perfect for a day of relaxing at the beach!

6. Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen: A much hyped book, but one I really enjoyed.

7. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris: Sookie’s always fun to read, and while there’s a lot of paranormal going on in these books, still light and quick reads!

8. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares: Super cute series and just seems beach appropriate.

9. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella: While it’s not my favorite series of all time, still very enjoyable. And it was way better than the movie, by the way.

10. Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot: I love Meg, and I especially love this series! Chick lit, romance, and mystery all tied in one!

30 Days of Books: Day 7

Day number 7 of the “30 Days of Books” challenge… You know what it is already.. Let’s go!

30 Days of Books: Day #7

Favorite female character in a book and why…

Okay, so this isn’t going to be nearly as thoughtful as my favorite male character. I already know who it’s gonna be and it’s hands down Stephanie Plum.

I talk to my boyfriend’s mom about the series a lot because she pretty much grew up in almost exactly this neighborhood – I think she was maybe a town or two away – and her family is pretty Italian as well (as is mine, but not to that extent) so it’s just funny with all the similarities.

That and I want Stephanie to be my friend and/or partner in crime. Oh, Stephanie. You and your crazy bounty hunting antics. She’s brave, but I think most of it is stubborn… And she’s flat out hilarious along with the rest of her wacky crew and family. And she’s got two smokin’ hot guys competing for her affections. What more could you ask for? I always get a kick out of every story, every mystery, every anecdote – It’s always an enjoyable read!

Top Ten Tuesday – June 5, 2012: Top Ten Most Unfortunate Character Names

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish, is a TTT rewind. Yessss!! Since I’m a newcomer to TTT I am very excited about being able to pick any category from the past to revisit (or in my case, free for all for a new list – What is it about making lists that is so cathartic?) sooo…

This one is back from Tuesday November 9, 2010:
Top Ten Most Unfortunate Character Names

1. The Cast of Town in a Blueberry Jam by B.B. Haywood: I think cozy mysteries are the worst offenders (maybe neck and neck with dystopia/sci-fi) of abusing silly names. I mean, come on. Candy Holliday (she was born on Halloween *eye roll*), her father “Doc” Holliday, Sapphire Vine, and “Jock” Larson. Really? Really guys?

2. Renesme Cullen from the Twilight Saga: Okay, so we were all on board with the whole vampire pregnancy up until a certain pointand Bella’s stubbornness about it, but then she wants to name her kid Renesme? I think she’s lost it. Vampire babies make you crazy. It was a nice tribute to the moms by combining Renee and Esme, but Renesme just does not work. Even the characters in the book made fun of it! That’s gotta count for something.

3. Various characters from the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke: So Hannah’s first love interest in this book is the dentist Norman Rhodes. Norman Rhodes? Granted he’s supposed to be on the “uncool” side, but for some reason I keep thinking “Norman Bates” or just a pudgy middle-aged man with a bad come over. Then there’s other randomly odd names like Rhonda Scharf, Shawna Lee Quinn, Lynne Larchmont, and Willa Sunquist. Not terrible, but I think overdoing it a little.

4. Various characters from series by V.C. Andrews: Yes, I definitely read V.C. Andrews as a kid/teen. As as kid? Aren’t these romance novels for the most part? Yep, and my mom didn’t like that one bit, but everyone in my class was reading them and so did I. But what’s up with these names? Butterfly? Cinnamon? Rain? Ice? Honey? I don’t get it.

5. The cast of The Hunger Games series: I guess this is set in a dystopian future world where real names are out of style. It’s creative, and I actually do like a lot of the names, but they’re just off the wall: Katniss, Peeta (why not just Peter or something?), Primrose, Gale (Gail/Gayle is a girl’s name?), Cinna, Venia, Cato, Thresh, Rue, Clove, Finnick, Marvel, Glimmer… Glimmer!? Even Katniss makes fun of that one… So why use it?

6. Characters from Murder of a Small Town Honey by Denise Swanson: Three of the main characters are Skye Denison (my cousin’s dog’s name is Skye so that didn’t help), Honey Adair (why do people like the name Honey so much? It bothers me), and Mrs. Gumtree. I think I found the book less favorable because I didn’t like the names. In all honesty, it does matter!

7. Bubbles Yablonsky: There was a series featuring main character Bubbles Yablonsky (the first of which is Bubbles Unbound). I actually heard it was rather enjoyable, but I didn’t like her name so I didn’t even try to read it.

8. Zaphod Beebleprox from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Okay, I know this one is supposed to be silly, but still!

9. Dickie Orr from the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich: He’s a weasel and his name sounds like it too!

10. Jack Daniels from the Jack Daniels series by J.A. Konrath: Cute, but kind of annoying. Lots of liquor jokes and always confusion that Jack is a lady – short for Jacqueline.

Top Ten Tuesday – May 29, 2012: Top Ten Books Written in the Past 10 Years That I Hope Are Still Being Read in 30 Years

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish, is “Top Ten Books Written in the past 10 Years That I Hope Are Still Being Read in 30 Years”. This should be an easy one! So many good books that I’ve read in the past ten years. Hard to believe how long ago that actually extends! I was 15! So here we go, in chronological order from oldest to most recent… My favorite books from 2002-2012.

10.  To The Nines (Stephanie Plum #9) by Janet Evanovich (2003) – Had to get my favorite series on here, and this was one of my favorite Stephanie Plum installments. Janet always keeps me laughing!

9. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Milennium #1) by Steig Larsson (2005) – I didn’t even finish the movie. The book was excellent and to be honest, the movie was just boring and lacked the suspense I was captured in by the book. Sometimes the book is just plain better than a movie, and I think this was one of them. The book just had me turning page after page and I didn’t want to put it down!

8. Size 12 is Not Fat (Heather Wells #1) by Meg Cabot (2005) – The Heather Wells series made me a Meg Cabot fan. Former pop-singer turned college dorm worker with an unofficial detective act on the side. Add in a splash of lusty crush and a whole lot of comedy!

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7. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling (2005) – Even after all this time, I am forever a Harry Potter fan! The Half Blood Prince was my favorite book of the series, and I’m sure everyone will still be reading this in 30 years. I think this is a series that will be timeless.

6. Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen (2006) – I actually read this book in anticipation of the movie. I always like to read the book before a movie comes out… And then I never saw the movie. Oops. Even still, the book really got a hold on me and it was a great story. Since it was already set in the past, it shouldn’t really show age or get dated as the years roll by.

5. The Spellman Files (The Spellmans #1) by Lisa Lutz (2007) – This is another one of my favorite series because it’s just so wacky. I love Isabel as the rebellious daughter throughout the series, even when she’s in her 30s. Her family of private investigators leaves nothing private as far as family goes, even to the extent of constantly spying on each other. It’s even written in a quirky way with part narrative as well as making lists, keeping logs, recorded transcripts, and footnotes directed straight at the reader.

4. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins (2008) – I’m still in love with this book. I think I finished it in a day the first time I read it and this is what really got me into the YA dystopia genre. Idid see the movie for this book and it was extremely exciting… But the book is still way better. The descriptions and Katniss’s inner monologue make things that much more exciting and suspenseful.

3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (2009) – Another book I read before the movie came out and I have to say, both were great! Of course the movie isn’t exactly the same, but the message and the characters really come out in both and I loved it!

2. If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman (2009) –  I just recently finished this book (review here) and I looooved it. It was so touching, so mature, and so real. It was such a well put together account of Mia’s life as well as life that continued after the family’s car accident and it was really moving.

1. Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver (2011) – This quickly became another one of my favorite series. A great YA & dystopia story and reading the second installment, Pandemonium, made me that much more anxious for the third book!

Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum #13) – Janet Evanovich

Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum #13) – Janet EvanovichTitle: Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum #13) by Janet Evanovich
Publishing Info: June 19, 2007 by Macmillan
Genres: Adult, Cozy Mystery, Mystery/Thriller
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: May 15, 2012
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MISTAKE #1
Dickie Orr. Stephanie was married to him for about fifteen minutes before she caught him cheating on her with her arch-nemesis Joyce Barnhardt. Another fifteen minutes after that Stephanie filed for divorce, hoping to never see either one of them again.

MISTAKE #2
Doing favors for super bounty hunter Carlos Manoso (a.k.a. Ranger). Ranger needs her to meet with Dickie and find out if he's doing something shady. Turns out, he is. Turns out, he's also back to doing Joyce Barnhardt. And it turns out Ranger's favors always come with a price...

MISTAKE #3
Going completely nutso while doing the favor for Ranger, and trying to apply bodily injury to Dickie in front of the entire office. Now Dickie has disappeared and Stephanie is the natural suspect in his disappearance. Is Dickie dead? Can he be found? And can Stephanie Plum stay one step ahead in this new, dangerous game? Joe Morelli, the hottest cop in Trenton, NJ is also keeping Stephanie on her toes-and he may know more than he's saying about many things in Stephanie's life. It's a cat-and-mouse game for Stephanie Plum, where the ultimate prize might be her life.

Breaking It Down Further: To help Ranger on a mission, Stephanie agrees to plant a bug on her slime of an ex-husband Dickie Orr down at his law office. To no one’s surprise, Dickie gets under her skin and Steph goes postal on him. When Dickie turns up missing, apparently dragged from his now blood-stained home, guess who’s suspect #1 on everyone’s list… To clear her name, Stephanie begins investigating Dickie’s disappearance and as usual, gets herself into a little too much trouble when the henchmen see her as a threat to their secrecy. Prominently working with Ranger, Steph has to keep her hormones under control as well as keeping her cool through it all so she can finish the job and go back home to Morelli.

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Review: Oh Stephanie, Stephanie, Stephanie. I love your hijinks. It’s pretty much the same story as every other Plum-tale, but it never gets old and the more I read Stephanie Plum, the more I wish she were real. What a kick life would be with Stephanie Plum as a gal pal! Anyway, as usual, it was a nice mystery to unravel with some nice twists in the case of the MIA Dickie Orr. As usual, loved the Stephanie-Morelli-Ranger love triangle (or triangle-ish). And as usual, full of laughs!

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Hard to go wrong with these, so I really hope they stay strong! I’ve been a fan since the first book so I just hope they don’t get monotonous!