Thursday, February 25, 2010

Book Five: I'm the Vampire, That's Why by Michelle Bardsley

So after the Twilight phenomenon I happened upon this paranormal romance series by Michele Bardsley. The premise of a small town in Oklahoma being overtaken by vampires and turning the parents into midnight PTA leaders was all too appealing.
Come to find out this series is fun, quirky, and sprinkled with romantic interludes.

In this book the main character is Jessica Matthews mother of two. After being made a "turnblood" she finds her guardian Patrick to be the one she is supposed to be bound to. This binding lasts for 100 years so you have to be careful in making this choice. This story also delves in to the war between the "turnbloods" and the "lycans". An enjoyable read for sure!

Book Four: Fuzzy Navel by J. A. Konrath

Wow! That is all I can say about this one. I have not read this author before and I am so glad I did. It was an awesome read and it flew by. The main character Jacqueline or "Jack" is my new hero. I am assuming there is a back story in the preceding books that gives us some insight in to Jack and Alex's past relationship. There are twists and turns and almost constant action. It was hard to put down.

The two plots are intertwined flawlessly and always leave you guessing what's going to happen next. I like the fact that the viewpoint changes from chapter to chapter. I also liked that the chapters were not numbered or named but rather go by time and they run sequentially. This twist combined with the fabulous plot make this a 5/5 book for me.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Talk about it Tuesday

So what are you reading right now? Let us know by giving us a paragraph from the current read you are on. Share the title, author and brief synopsis too if you want :-)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Are you a clubber?

Do you belong to a book club? With so many different types of ways to belong these days it is almost essential for those bookaholics. I belong to the traditional in person group that meets once a month and I also belong to a few online groups.

I have found that the in person group is a much more of a social getaway than an actual book discussion group. This is totally fine with me because I love meeting with these ladies. I only wish that we would adopt a semi-formal structure for those that do want to discuss the book.
My online group discusses the books and we also have a chatter side to socially connect. I like the structure of the online group better but the human connection is missing.

There are many resources to start or join a book club including Paperback Swap or Meetup You can also check with the local library or browse craiglist.

Do belong to a book club, what is your structure? Are you happy with it? What would you change if you could?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Why do you love to read?

For me reading has always been an activity that I have not minded doing on my own. I remember Summer vacations where I would read for hours without end while my parents were driving. I am sure I missed plenty of great sight of Mexico because of this. Reading has always been a great escape for me and when I have a bad day it is great to be able to pick up a murder mystery and realize that it isn't so bad after all because I am still around to play the crazy game called life.

So, tell me why you love to read and what your favorite genres are?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Book Three: Carrot Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Always a pleasure to visit with Hannah and the gang. I love the coziness of Lake Eden and all it offers. In this book we are privy to Lisa and Herb's family reunions. There are over 100 people gathered for the event including long lost cousin Gus. Just when he reappears in their lives he is gone. And in his wake he has left questions of who he really is and who would want to get revenge after all these years. 4/5

The yummy recipes are so mouthwatering that I can't wait for the compilation in October 2011. While I am excited for this book to come out I am also fearful that this will mean the end of the series. We will just have to wait and see!

Book Two: Fourplay by Jane Moore

This book was a refreshing chick lit read. With my 30th birthday just over a week away I found myself able to relate to the main character rather easily. Jo is a smart part-time interior decorator caught in the midst of a cheating husband and a wild single life (if she wants it) on the horizon. After kissing a few more frogs along the way she ends up happy. I look forward to seeing more from this author. 4/5