Monthly Archives: May 2011
A book that makes you happy.
Wow, so somehow I’m supposed to come up with a particular book that makes me happy? Well, how about I focus this post on what elements within a book will make me happy. I read to escape, so I really like non-stop action of some sort. Throw in a psychotic killer. Got to have a hero/heroine. Nail-biting suspense. Definitely has to have a plot twist in there. And the ending needs to wrap up without the cookie-cutter feel to it – leave a door open, I would prefer that to everything wrapped up with a bow on top. Put all that into a book, preferably 300-500 pages (short chapters are welcome) with NO grammatical errors and you will make me a happy girl.
Favorite book of your favorite series
Roses are Red. To me this was the absolute best in the Alex Cross series. This is the one where The Mastermind is revealed – and it was definitely quite a shock to me. I went back and read my review on it and I can actually still remember how I felt when The Mastermind was finally out in the open, it was definitely a twist that I never would have imagined. And after reading the following books, well The Mastermind is definitely the best villain that James Patterson could have ever come up with, in my opinion.
Your favorite series.
No brainer: Alex Cross. Remember how I said that I didn’t like to re-read books? Well, I think I could re-read this entire series and love them just as much the second time around. Mr. Patterson has really developed a character in Alex Cross, the supporting characters are enjoyable, and the villains are unbelievably psycho! They are quick and easy reads, they are escapism at its best. I do believe that I will shed a tear when this series comes to an end.
A book that you’ve read more than 3 times.
Honestly – I have never read any book more than 3 times. In fact, I can only think of one book that I have read twice: the first Harry Potter book. No wait, I have to take that back; I re-read a Harlan Coben book once by accident, I realized about 100 pages into it that I had read it before, but by then I had to know what happened since I could not remember. But generally I am not a re-reader. I just don’t like to do it. I know some people re-read books all the time, I just can’t seem to bring myself to doing it. There are too many books on my TBR … between the ones that I own and the ones that are on my virtual wishlist/reminder list, I don’t have the time to re-read.
Best book you read last year
Wowzers, that is a toughie to answer! I’m simply going to answer based on the first book that came to my mind: 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan. For whatever reason, this book really stood out to me. I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, sometimes I find myself struggling to follow along, especially if it is set in an era that I’m not familiar with. However this book took two of my favorite things: crime fiction and history and blended them together so perfectly that I had an absolute blast reading it. As someone who reads a lot of books (like most of the other book bloggers out there) to have a book stick out in your mind 8 months after you read it, well then it must have been one heck of a book! I highly recommend this book if you haven’t read it (or even heard about it).
I haven’t participated in this meme in two months, thought it would be a great opportunity to jump back in, here goes:
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
* What are you currently reading?
- Sandstorm by James Rollins – REALLY GOOD so far! I’m hooked and I’m not even that far into it!
- The Eighth Scroll by Laurence B. Brown - a review e-book (I know I said I was on a self-imposed review ban, but I couldn’t resist) look for my review sometime next week.
* What did you recently finish reading?
- The Last Suppers by Diane Mott Davidson - I needed something quick and easy as I could feel a slump coming on. This book fit that bill
*What do you think you’ll read next?
- I’m not really sure. I’m getting ready to go on vacation so I need to start thinking about what I’m going to take (Books or Nook? I’m thinking books because my Nook’s battery doesn’t stay charged long enough for the long plane rides I’m facing).