I had 5 days off work. You know what that means.
I read books! And I’m going to share them with you!!!
I tried to read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I gave it quite a few chapters. And then I quit. I just couldn’t get into it! I’m sorry to all of you who said it was good. Maybe I’ll try again someday. I think I’m just not meant for the classics.
I re-read The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Man, that’s one good book. I read it two summers ago and loved it; I had to read it again after seeing the movie. (Movie was really well done.) Have you read that one? I think everyone’s read that one by now. I just love Skeeter and Abelene.
I read Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson. It was good. I love James Patterson but this wasn’t one of the best Alex Cross books. But I liked it!! I think I’ve just read so many of his that it would take something phenomenal from him to excite me at this point. I’m a loyal fan though so I read them all.
I then happened to read (this was a few weeks ago) Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter. I loved it. I couldn’t put it down. At the end, it directed you to her website (because the ending was so good and you weren’t sure if it was real or not…) and I discovered that I had just read the last book in a series!! I get so excited to find a new author, that I like and that has a whole series! The only bad part was that I had read the last one first; I’m a little obsessive-compulsive about reading things in order. Stupid me didn’t look to see the order they went in and just found every Slaughter book I could get my hands on. Can you believe I read them all backwards? I just finished the very first book in the Grant County series. I loved them all. I am telling you, if you like murder mysteries, these are for you. I. could. not. put. them. down. All of them! The second to last one was really disturbing; at one point I thought I might throw up from what she was describing. It was a very intense story and, after that one part, I really enjoyed it.
Here are the Grant County series books…in order:
Beyond Reach 2007
A Faint Cold Fear 2003
I rather enjoyed them backwards, but I would recommend reading them in order if you can. Especially if you’re obsessive-compulsive like me. They all have the same characters which is also something I enjoy in a book. Now that I’ve read them all, I understand why the last book directed you to a website to debrief. You definitely become invested in the characters. The series is set in a small town in the south and features the chief of police, Jeffrey Tolliver, his ex-wife (or is she??) Sara Linton (who is also the town pediatrician and coroner….yes, you read that right) and Lena Adams, a fellow police officer. They are so very good! What are you waiting for….go get them!
She also has other books not in this series. I just downloaded them to my Kindle today. I’ll be sure to share my thoughts when I’m through.
I love to read too! And, I love James Patterson, but you are right it gets to the point where it takes a lot to impress, but I still read them, too! Thanks for the suggestion, I just got the Kindle app for my android phone, and I am LOVING it!!
I’ll have to check them out! I need to read a good book (or series!)
I used to love the James Patterson books…but he actually stopped writing them a while back which is what made me stop liking them. So the first book is the one that says 2007? and the last says 2001? I can see why you would read them backwards LOL.
Truly ashamed to admit that I’m about the only person left on the planet who hasn’t read “The Help”!! Your new books look awesome! We got ourselves a Kindle Fire for Christmas this year. I can’t wait to download your newest suggestions!
Brotherly Love, you are NOT the last person because I have yet to read The Help. Frowny face.
In other news, I am not a big fan of Jane Austen either. Her books are wordy and just not my thing–she is a brilliant writer in the satire she creates between the pages, but not my favorite.
Hooray for 5 days off with a wonderful cache of books!