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Series Worth Your Time

21 Nov

So more books for you and your reading pleasure.

I love love love reading series of books because I get so invested in the book and the characters and their stories. Here are a couple series I am really enjoying.

Both are mysteries and about cops. And they both take place in Europe. I don’t know why I love to read about cops solving crimes in the UK and Ireland. I also LOVE Sophie Hannah’s books which are along the same lines – but she is my favorite.

Tana French

The first book in this series is In The Woods. It has won a lot of awards including the Edgar Award for best first book. This book is not scary but a mystery and there are a couple different mysteries in this book. I liked this book – it’s great and a fast read.

What Tana French does is introduce us to the main character for her next book. So in her next book The Likeness – the main character is introduced in the first book and so on. The second book in my opinion was A LOT better than the first book. And the third book, Faithful Place, is better than the second. I have not read the fourth book, Broken Harbor, but it’s on my Christmas list and I can’t wait.

These are such great mysteries and the characters are easy to like and hate. Tana French also makes you feel like you are in Dublin and part of the culture there. She paints such a realistic vision of the good and bad of the cities I feel like I need to start saying Shyte, Eejit and Feck.

Tana French

Jane Casey

The first book in this series is The Burning. I really enjoyed this book! It’s told from multiple people’s points of view and has multiple murders and mysteries. Again it’s fast paced and a great mystery.

I have not read the second book, The Reckoning, but I bought it and will relax with that this Thanksgiving break.

This book will keep you guessing and keep you intrigued.

Jane Casey

What are some of your favorite book series?


RIP Maurice Sendak

8 May

Packages in the Mail!

8 May

I love getting surprises in the mail!

Even though they are not really surprises, but things I bought – nevertheless I LOVE getting packages in the mail!

What I got in the mail

What I got in the mail

So today when I got home and I had not one, not two but three packages in the mail I literally squealed like a pig and jumped up and down and did the happy jig!!

This is the happy jig! If you see "orbs" in the back ground those are ghosts (so says Paula and Arantha) we just got back from a ghost and voodoo tour in the wonderful New Orleans!

This is the happy jig! If you see “orbs” in the back ground those are ghosts (so says Paula and Arantha) we just got back from a ghost and voodoo tour in the wonderful New Orleans!

Today I got;

The first four books of the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. I will admit that I got these books because the husband and I watched the first season of Game of Thrones in two days, and we LOVED IT. Since we don’t have HBO we have to wait for the second season to come out on Netflix. But this is the very reason I started reading the The Sookie Stackhouse series, which I also LOVE. And in fact, I only rented Game of Thrones because the next season of True Blood (and Dexter) was not available to rent. The Sookie Stackhouse books are so different than the True Blood series I don’t feel like it’s cheating reading ahead.

If you love fantasy or adventure or king and queen type stuff – then Game of Throes is a show for you. And I will let you know about the books later! Also if you love vampires – read the Sookie Stackhouse series! They are fantastic!

The second thing I got in the mail was a book called White Horse which the husband told me about. He said it was like a love story mixed with the end of the world like The Road by Cormac McCarthy which I LOVE!! I LOVE Cormac McCarthy and I love him even more because he lives in Santa Fe, NM. Every time I am in Santa Fe I hope to see him! Even though I would probably not have the guts to approach himJ

So I got White Horse in the mail today and I can’t wait to read it – because I truly love end of the world survival stories (even if there are no zombies in them) – I’ll let you know what I think.

The third thing I got in the mail was a prescription – not as cool as the book (unless your me and you get the prescription at a super deal because you are doing a mail order) but still it’s technically a package in the mail!

So folks that’s it! I will let you know about the books I got and since this is a prescription I normally take there will be no updates!

Books and Authors I adore! First up Sophie Hannah

25 Apr

I love anything by Sophie Hannah –her books are criminal mysteries that have so many twists and turns I can never predict or guess how each book will play out. These books are a series, they have a new mystery and main character for each book but the detectives are the same in each book.

Sophie Hannah is from the UK so she has a UK and US version of each book. This really confused me at first, and so you don’t make the same mistake as me and buy the same book twice I have listed both the UK and US titles below – also in order of when they came out.


Little Face Little Face

The Truth Tellers Lie Hurting Distance

The Wrong Mother The Point of Rescue

The Dead Lie Down The Other Half Lives

Cradle in the Grave A Room Swept White

The Other Woman’s House Lasting Damage

(No US title yet) Kind of Cruel

The books are not scary – even though the titles would suggest otherwise. If you love a good mystery these books are for you!