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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?


Vacation = Reading for me!

20 Nov

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and hopefully a lot of us will have some time off work and time to relax. My favorite way to relax is to read! So here are some great books I have read lately.

One of the best books I have read in a long time is a book called Pure by Julianna Baggott. This book is about the end of the world. Yes I love end of the world type books! And it’s a love story but not an annoying one or an obvious one.

This book kept me guessing, reading late into the night and wanting more which thankfully I’ll get in February because it will be a trilogy.

Here is the synopsis:

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .

There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it’s his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

You have to give the book a chance – it sounds odd and weird but it’s sooooo good.

Follow me on Goodreads and enjoy this book!


Book IT! White Horse and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter

19 Sep

Do you remember book fairs? I LOVED when book fairs rolled into the small town where my elementary and middle schools existed.

I loved the way they smelled. Anyone else know what I’m talking about? There are not a lot of things that smell as good as a new book.

And although I have an eReader (I have a Nook) and I like it I miss a real book. I got the eReader because my house is small and I was running out of room to keep my beloved sweet-smelling books. So until I have my dream house with a dream library I will keep the eReader.

Another great memory about reading – does any remember BOOK IT!? Where you read for pizza! What a great idea. I loved the personal pan pizza you got and the reading passport!  We used to drive all the way to the “city” to get our pizza. And I really didn’t need the pizza to keep me reading – I just loved to eat and read!

Book It Pizza Hut

So I recently read a couple of books I couldn’t put down and I thought I would share.

The Husband suggested I read White Horse (book one in a trilogy – but great on it’s own)

I loved this book! I stayed up really late multiple nights reading this. I love end of the world stories and this does not disappoint. I didn’t know until I finished the book that two more were coming. So that was exciting. This story was beautiful, gives the reader hope and does something different with the setting. Most end of the world stories keep the main character at a home base – the heroin in this story goes out on an adventure and travels the world, or what’s left of it. It also flashes back to the time leading up to the disease that brings about the end of the world and her decision to leave her city.

Read this if you love adventure, end of the world and love stories.

Here is a little more about it –

Thirty-year-old Zoe leads an ordinary life until the end of the world arrives. She is cleaning cages and floors at Pope Pharmaceuticals when the President of the United States announces that human beings are no longer a viable species. When Zoe realizes that everyone she loves is disappearing, she starts running. Scared and alone in a shockingly changed world, she embarks on a remarkable journey of survival and redemption. Along the way, Zoe comes to see that humans are not defined by their genetic code, but rather by their actions and choices. White Horse offers hope for a broken world, where love can lead to the most unexpected places.

White Horse

My cousin suggested I read Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter and so I did.  It was exactly what the title said. Abe is a vampire hunter – and if that’s not enough for you, all the other little facts and tidbits you learn about him that are true are so interesting!  Like, did you know Edgar Allen Poe and Abe were friends? Me either until I read this book! I was looking up people left and right and leaning more about history with every page.

Read this book if you love Abraham Lincoln (duh) Vampires and history.

I have not seen the movie yet but it’s coming in the Netflix soon!

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

So please read and smell a book, maybe eat some pizza and remember how much fun it is to read!

But don’t take my word for it…

Throwback Thursday – Best Book Series From Yesteryear

16 Aug

Have I mentioned I love to read?

Have I mentioned I grew up in a super small town where there was no such thing as cable? I NEVER had Nickelodeon, Disney Channel or Cartoon Network. I also never had a clear reception on Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS or PBS – the only channels we got.

So I did a lot of reading,

And I miss some of those books that got me through long winter and summer breaks. I thought I would pay tribute to those book series that meant so much to me when I was little.

Side note – you will not find these books on summer reading lists. These are fun books. Books that are footloose and fancy free!

1.Sweet Valley Twins – Because of this book series I always wanted another name. My cousin and I would always pretend our names were something different. Especially since both of our names are very ethnic , which according to another book Freakonomics, is a bad thing. Well, now that we are both older and wiser we no longer want to change our names to Kelly or Jessica and we appreciate our totally ethnic original names.

But not in email addresses – Josephina.Montoya@blahblahblah.com really that’s a long email address. Which is something you have to consider these days!

Which brings me back to my original point – sorry for that weird childhood confession – I loved this book series. I loved Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield. They made me not only want to change my name but get my tonsils taken out. Seriously you get to eat ice cream all day!

They also taught me the importance of not giving into peer pressure, eating healthy and keeping secrets.

I followed these girls from elementary school to high school – they have a new book out I need to read about their adult years.

2. The Baby-sitters Club – I love those bitches! I totally became a babysitter because of them! I also wanted to be just like Claudia – she was my favorite!

And although I only ever got one babysitting job (small town not a lot of kids – thanks Mary for letting me take care of Robin!) I loved those books. I even got the movie when I was well over the acceptable age to still love those books. But I don’t care! When I have girls or boys who like that genre I will totally give them my Babysitter Club books!

3. Basically anything from Christopher Pike– He had a lot of good books I really loved when I was younger (actually most of his books are probably a little more adult and I should have been reading them when I was a little older) but my favorites are the following:

  • The Final Friends Trilogy – I loved this series! The main thing I remember from these books is the two of the 45 main characters buying contraceptives! They were going to give it up on graduation night. That’s a no no girls! Bitches who give it in scary/thriller type books/movies always die.
  • Whisper of Death – This book appealed to me because it was close to an end of the world type book. It also had this disturbing story in the book about a guy who walks down a wall and it keeps getting thinner and thinner until it’s razor thin and he falls and splits him in two! Scared me a little.
  • Witch – I always wanted powers and so I am drawn to books, tv shows and movies about people with special powers. This is why I loved this book.

I realize now that a lot of Pike’s books had common themes. He was anti-abortion and had an odd sense of what healthy was. Lots of main characters were fat and therefore not as likeable. But whatever I loved his books!

However, I stayed up into the wee hours of the night this week (big mistake, huge hah) and read a summary of the Final Friends Trilogy at this wonderful site and realized how maybe not so great it was! But back in the day I loved this shit!

Christopher Pike Final Friends

4. Anything by R.L. Stine– I love this man! ALL his books got me through elementary and middle school! I read a couple Goosebumps books but latched onto the Fear Street books. Some of my favorites were of course the series.

  • The Fear Street Cheerleaders – I loved those sisters Corky and Bobbi Corcoran! And I loved all the shenanigans that took place at Shadyside High. Each book it was so fun to try and figure out who was possessed by that pesky evil spirit!
  • The Fear Street Saga Trilogy – Awww the beginning of all the craziness that happens for year on Fear Street.
  • And 99 Fear Street: The House of Evil – Totally loved these books.

Basically I read ALL Fear Street books. And some of the others and I loved every single one of them. I still have all these books. Maybe someday I will read them again.

Thanks R.L. Stine for providing me with hours and hours of entertainment and instilling the love of reading in my bones.

Fear Street Cheerleaders – First Evil

Fear Street Cheerleaders – Second Evil

I wanted to be this ghost lady for Halloween for years! My mom and I searched high and low for this red cape but we never found it 😦

And thanks mom who always told me she would buy me a book. ALWAYS! I thought that was so cool! She would not buy me toys or clothes or makeup but she said she would always buy me a book if I asked. And I totally took advantage of that but look at me now – reading is not just a hobby for me but and addiction – a healthy addiction. And I love it!

What are some of your favorite childhood books?

My Most Favorite Hobby! Reading!!

23 Jul

The one hobby I know I can stick with is reading!

I love reading. And I just read a couple really good books! The kind of books you can’t put down and you stay up really late to read “one more chapter” – before you know it it’s 4:30 Wednesday morning and you know you have to drink a quadruple latte so you make it through the morning and a then grab a Red Bull for lunch so you can make it through the afternoon and come home and keep reading!

I love that feeling.

I had lost it after I read 50 Shades of Crap. I thought I found it with Game of Thrones but the book is soooo much like the first season of the show that I got a little board. Don’t get me wrong – if you have not seen the show read the book. They show did such a great job I am just going to skip the first book (I only got half way through) and start reading the second book.

So here are a couple books I couldn’t put down:

Savages – by Don Winslow

I have not seen the movie but the book was amazing! But isn’t the book always more amazing than the movie? Yes but this book was exceptional because the writing was so different than what I am used to. It really made you think about what you were reading. And not in an annoying way that makes you feel dumb.

This book was fast paced, fun, sexy, crazy, violent and had twists and turns. I fell in love with all the characters and feel like I learned a lot about the Mexican drug cartels.

Number one lesson – don’t get involved in any way with the Mexican drug cartels! Don’t get involved with the selling, distributing or production of drugs and be surprised when you or someone you love get your knee caps shot up!

So, if you need something different, fast paced and crazy to read – I suggest this book.

I am looking forward to reading the prequel – The Kings of Cool.

Gone Girl – by Gillian Flynn

I love anything by Gillian Flynn!

This book however was so good but so frustrating at the same time! I have never hated the main characters in a book so much but still loved the book until I read this.

Both characters are such awful people! I couldn’t decide which I felt sorry for and which I wanted to “win” – I also didn’t know who to believe!

I would say 99% of the time in a book, movie, TV show, competition of any kind – I am rooting for the girl. Call me a feminist I always want the woman to win.

But in this book – it’s the first time I was not automatically rooting for the woman. I really tried to be on her side but she really made it hard.

This book kept me on my toes and made me sad Gillian Flynn only has two other books which I have already read. Write more lady, I love your books!!!

And so will you so please read this book and her other two! You won’t be sorry!

50 Shades of something. . . .

6 Jun

So like I have said before, I LOVE READING!! It will always be my #1 Hobby!!

That being said, I don’t always love what I read. For example I tried to read Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game. Which is right up my alley and I am fond of Stephen King (mostly his short stories) but I could not get through this book. I was not excited to read it and I didn’t want to go to bed early just so I could read.

For me, this is a bad sign. This was the first book I stopped reading mid-way through. And after that I realized (although it’s hard for me) that I can stop reading a book if I don’t like it.

Unfortunately I didn’t follow that rule when I read 50 Shades of Grey.

I think I wanted to like it so bad I powered through it! And to be fair it was not soo bad. Ahhh who am I kidding it was trash!

But – I read trash and often like it.. This was just a different kind of trash and it’s my own fault. I like murder, gory, mystery, zombie, crazy, disturbing books. I personally would classify 50 Shades as a cheesy, romantic VERY soft core porn novel.

And I am not a crazy religious, old school thinking person when it comes to sex in a book. I actually think it’s ridiculous all press this book is getting for the “sex” in it. Yes the two main characters have sex a lot. So much so it gets a little old after the first few times. I hope that does not make me sound like a (insert whatever noun you like here) I just didn’t think it was anything to freak out about!

I also think it’s ridiculous that this book is being compared to porn – it’s not porn. And if this is what mommy porn is – than I feel a little bad for the mommies, they should look into renting some hard core porn and then compare.

However, I did finish the first book and bought the second book – but I am stuck in the middle of the second book and can’t get myself to read anymore! If a zombie, murder or some kind of plot does not pop up in the next few pages I think I am done. I will be fine reading what happens in Wikipedia.

Don’t get me wrong – people obviously LOVE this book – it’s just not for me. It’s not my typical genre and I should have known that before I bought it. So for all you 50 Shades and Christian Grey lovers don’t hate me:(

What are your thoughts on 50 Shades of Grey? Should I finish the second book?


30 May

That’s me! I am a slacker! And I am slacking at my blogging duties! I apologize profusely! Let me tell you what happened. I got LAZY! That’s it – I suck!

Actually I feel like since May started I have been so busy. Every weekend has been booked and that threw off my blogging groove.

See, I am creature of habit. I need a routine. So my normal routine was get up early on Saturday and go running in the Bosque – then come home and feel really good about myself because I just ran and exercised and was active. Then sit on the couch (which was ok because I just ran) and crank out some blogs!

This was my favorite part of the weekend! Is that sad? Does this mean I have no life? Oh well – I really looked forward to this routine. Then all of a sudden May hit and BAM routine went out the window! There were graduation parties, garage sales, weddings and other events. June is shaping up to be the same.

So I need a new routine and need to fit blogging in because I really enjoy it! And not only did I become a slacker in my blogging reports, but also in my pursuit of hobbies! I have not been running as much or cooking or doing the other things I said I would. Aside from reading, I have lost track of my other hobbies!!!

BUT I am back! I am making time again for my hobbies come hell or high water!

I did manage to read a few books that I will report on at a later date.

So again, sorry for being a slacker – it probably won’t be the last time – but for now I am at it again!

Stay Tuned . . . .