Top Ten Tuesday: Quick Reads Under 250 Pages

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

March 21: Read In One Sitting Theme: ten of the shortest books I’ve read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc.

Back when I first got my Nook I was all hot and heavy into the free books offered on B&N.  Also, the first year blogging held a Novella November in a blatant effort to cheat at my reading goals for the year. Now I’m all about quality over quantity and have been reading fewer shorter books, but they are still over on my read shelf on Goodreads.  For the purpose of this week’s lists I am going to share with you 10 short stand-alone books I’ve read under 250 pages, perfect length for an afternoon read on a rainy spring day.

Ten short stand-alone reads under 250 pages.

  1. The Egg 4 Pages (go read it here): This is a very short story and I almost didn’t include it as it should only take you a few minutes to read.  The reason it is on this week’s list, however, is because it is so good.  I’ve included the link so you can go read it for yourself.  You won’t be disappointed.
  2. The Little Prince 83 Pages: This was a sweet little story that has definitely earned its place as a classic for a reason.  It is simply charming and everyone should take the time to read this at least once in their lives.
  3. The Diary of Adam and Eve 95 Pages: My first and only time ever reading Twain.  Absolutely loved it and this week’s list reminds me that I should try to fit in more of his work.
  4. The Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions from Around the World 112 Pages: This is more of a coffee table book than an actual story.  Still, it is interesting and beautifully illustrated.
  5. Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi 142 Pages: This was such fun!  A book of short stories by Scalzi is sure to brighten your day and maybe even open you up to a new perspective.
  6. Einstein's Dreams 144 Pages: I actually read this book after the last one on this list, also by this author.  While it didn’t hold up to the level of the later work for me, it still was a fascinating read.
  7. Genesis 150 Pages: Don’t want to give anything away on this one but there is a major twist at the end.  I read it in a couple hours and I bet you could too.  Perfect for a plane ride or car trip.
  8. Yesterday's Kin 192 Pages: I don’t remember much about this one except for it was intriguing and I quite enjoyed it.
  9. The Alchemist 197 Pages: This was only a three star for me, still I see the value in having read it.  My husband actually requested it from the library and enjoyed it so much that I read it quickly before returning it.
  10. Mr G: A Novel About The Creation 225 Pages: This was bloody brilliant in my opinion.  So much fun and I’m sure quite scandalous to those who are uptight in their religion.  Made you think though about just who God might actually be though.

 

Well, there you have my list of ten short reads.  What short stories or books do you recommend?

 

2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

Book Review

 


2 A.M. at The Cat's PajamasBook Genre: Contemporary Fiction, audiobook

Book Series: N/A

Released: 8/5/14 by Crown

Pages: 272 Price: $25.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Madeleine Altimari is a smart-mouthed, precocious nine-year-old and an aspiring jazz singer. As she mourns the recent death of her mother, she doesn’t realize that on Christmas Eve she is about to have the most extraordinary day—and night—of her life. After bravely facing down mean-spirited classmates and rejection at school, Madeleine doggedly searches for Philadelphia’s legendary jazz club The Cat’s Pajamas, where she’s determined to make her on-stage debut. On the same day, her fifth grade teacher Sarina Greene, who’s just moved back to Philly after a divorce, is nervously looking forward to a dinner party that will reunite her with an old high school crush, afraid to hope that sparks might fly again. And across town at The Cat’s Pajamas, club owner Lorca discovers that his beloved haunt may have to close forever, unless someone can find a way to quickly raise the $30,000 that would save it.

As these three lost souls search for love, music and hope on the snow-covered streets of Philadelphia, together they will discover life’s endless possibilities over the course of one magical night. A vivacious, charming and moving debut, 2 Am At The Cat’s Pajamas will capture your heart and have you laughing out loud.

My Review:

This was an interesting little story.  Not quite sure what I thought of it.  It was an audiobook selection for me and those tend to be books I wouldn’t normally read due to limited selection through the library system. So I’m sitting here wondering how to review this story…

It was sweet and clever and sad and funny all at different parts.  It had me laughing at one moment and feeling awkward the next.  The story was difficult to follow at times thanks to flashbacks into the character’s past.  We follow Madeleine through much of the story but also delve into the history of supporting characters.

I like the idea of following a set of character’s over the span of a day and watch how their lives cross and intertwine but at times this one got to be a bit confusing as we would move back and forth in time throughout the day depending on who we were dealing with at the moment.  I think it might have been less confusing if I had been reading it instead of listening because I sometimes lose focus on the story as I concentrate on whatever chore I am working on.

Basically, it is a sweet story that I don’t regret listening to but never got terribly excited about. But then it isn’t a typical read for me.  If you are big into contemporary fiction revolving around music then this one will probably be one you enjoy.  If you like smart-ass characters then you might also enjoy this story.  That was the part that I enjoyed the most.

My Rating:3 Stars

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Book Review

 


The Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendBook Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance

Book Series: N/A

Released: 1/19/16 by Sourcebooks Landmark

Pages:394  Price:$16.99 by Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy from the publisher for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen…

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy’s funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist—even if they don’t understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that’s almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend’s memory.

All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town. Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this is a warm, witty book about friendship, stories, and love.

My Review:

This was such a charming little read.  I wish life had not gotten in the way and I could have read it without interruption.  I picked this book up at BEA last May although it was already on my radar.  We had it at the library where I work and I was already planning on reading it.  When I had the opportunity to meet the author and get a personalized copy I simply could not pass it up.  I’m so glad I did because this book has earned a permanent spot on my shelves.

This book is set in Iowa, and if a blog post I read about it is correct the town that the town it is based upon is two towns over from where I live!  I have to say for someone who had never been to Iowa before writing this book she captured small town Iowa pretty damn accurately.  I could totally picture this story playing out upon the streets of that small town.  Ms. Bivald also did an excellent job of recreating characters you might find in a small Iowa town.  Oh sure, there were some missing, but overall well done.

Much of this story is a fun fluffy tale about a woman from afar coming to a strange town and falling in love.  Another side, however, is a peek into the reality of a small dying Iowa town.  I am sorry to say that she also portrayed this side of Iowa pretty accurately as well.  The author also delved into topics like homosexuality and racism which should challenge some readers like it challenged the citizens of Broken Wheel, and I for one think that’s a good thing.

Then there are the books.  It was such a delight to see the literary world become almost a supporting character in this story.  And to be portrayed so accurately.  After all is not the truest purpose of a book none other than to bring people together like it did for the people of Broken Wheel?

Great read that I look forward to recommending to many of my patrons.

My Rating:5 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

March 14: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

I don’t really put much planning into what I want to read next.  I have reverted back to my mood reading ways.  Lately, I seem to be in a science fiction mood but there are a couple of my favorite paranormal authors that I would like to get caught up on as well as a couple of books I picked up at BEA that I have been meaning to read.  So for my list, you probably won’t find any new or upcoming releases but a list of books I hope to read soon.

Ten books that I hope to read this spring (or soon…)

  1. Into the Fire (Night Prince, #4) I have actually ordered this book but to get free shipping I ordered it with the next book that doesn’t come out until May… So I should get this one after May 6th.  That’s alright as I have lots of other titles I can read while I wait.
  2. Deadmen Walking (Deadman's Cross, #1) This book I’m pretty excited about as it is a brand new series by my favorite author.  I look forward to reading it once it shows up in my mailbox!
  3. Immortal Unchained (Argeneau, #25) Even though I didn’t care that much for the last book in this series I still plan on reading the next release that comes out later this month!
  4. Born of Vengeance (The League, #10) I bought this book the week it released then I had to read the mammoth one before it and decided I needed a break.  I might read this one yet this spring or I might wait until the next book is released.  Who knows with a mood reader.
  5. Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy, #2) I had hoped to read this one while I recovered from surgery but it just didn’t happen.  Now that the next book in the BDB is going to release soon I need to make time for this one or put them both off…
  6. IQ This book has such a pretty cover.  I picked it up at BEA last May and I’ve been seeing it around the inter-webs and thought it might be a good book to read when I need something different.
  7. Dragonmark (Dark-Hunter, #26; Dragons Rising, #1; Lords of Avalon, #5) I know, I know, Ms. Kenyon is one this list three times!  What can I say I love her books but also putting off reading them too.
  8. Yesterday's Son (Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #1) & Time for Yesterday (Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #2) I have been in a Star Trek kick lately, looking for collectables, watching the old shows, etc.  I have also been picking up the books whenever they cross my path.  The first one is actually my very first Star Trek book ever read.  When I saw that the second book is considered its sequel I ordered Yesterday’s Son off Ebay and decided to read them both together.  This is the next book I plan to read.
  9. Q-Squared (Star Trek) My two favorite characters from Star Trek are Spock and Q so if I am in the mood to give my Trek book collection a go I am going to start with my favorites!
  10. Q-Space (Star Trek: The Next Generation #47; The Q Continuum, #1) & Q-Zone (Star Trek: The Next Generation #48; The Q Continuum, #2)  & Q-Strike (Star Trek: The Next Generation #49; The Q Continuum, #3) I have been looking at this trilogy sitting on my shelves for some time now and always thought I should read those.  This spring I might actually make that happen!

There you have my upcoming reads for Spring 2017,  what books are you planning to pick up next?

The Flicker Men by Ted Kosmatka

Book Review

 


The Flicker MenBook Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Audio

Book Series: N/A

Released: 7/21/15 by Henry Holt and Co

Pages:352  Price:$25.66 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Eric Argus is a washout. His prodigious early work clouded his reputation and strained his sanity. But an old friend gives him another chance, an opportunity to step back into the light.

With three months to produce new research, Eric replicates the paradoxical double-slit experiment to see for himself the mysterious dual nature of light and matter. A simple but unprecedented inference blooms into a staggering discovery about human consciousness and the structure of the universe.

His findings are celebrated and condemned in equal measure. But no one can predict where the truth will lead. And as Eric seeks to understand the unfolding revelations, he must evade shadowy pursuers who believe he knows entirely too much already.

My Review:

I’m not exactly sure why I stuck this book out.  I’m also not exactly sure what the book was about in all actuality…  Some of it might be that I wasn’t paying close enough attention, some might be the book was plotted well, some might be the science going over my head.  I didn’t hate the book, I finished it after all but this book left me feeling eh.

There were parts I found intriguing and other simply annoying.  I did like the science and found the experiment the story revolves around interesting.  The delving into politics a little less so…  I almost turned it off when it started venturing down a religious path but being in the middle of an exercise session and nothing else to listen to decided to press on for at least the rest of the hour.  I eventually decided the author wasn’t trying to convert me into any sort of thinking and chose to stick the book out to the end.

The book has a vastly different feel at the end than it did in the beginning and I think that is what hurt it for me.  I didn’t really care for the shift.  I’m still not entirely sure how the book ended as by the last hour or two it was simply background noise and I was only half listening. I appreciated some of the questions the author brought up in the plot but I struggled to find a character to connect with.

It wasn’t a bad book just not a terribly good one in my opinion.  I probably should have stopped listening after the first part.  The middle I did enjoy and probably the reason for the second star I am giving it.  I’m not quite sure what type of reader this book is meant for just that it most likely isn’t me.

My Rating:2 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Rules

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

March 7: On hiatus so I made my own again.

Top Ten Tuesday continues to be on hiatus this week so I have decided to think up my own again this week.

Ten Reading Rules I Follow

  1. Challenges: At first challenges sounded like fun.  I found a couple that I wanted to participate in and discovered that for me they suck the fun right out of reading as I am a mood reader and need to be in the mood for what I am reading.
  2. DNF: My standard rule for did not finishing a book is 50 pages. If I am not into a story by page 50 I move on.  I have recently decided that I need a DNF rule for audio books and for that format I will give it an hour to catch me.
  3. Audio: I have decided that I will use audio books to explore books outside my usual reading taste.  I have also decided to listen to audio books when I exercise and do chores instead of music.
  4. Shelving: There is only one way to properly shelve books.  Pay attention.  Left to right, top to bottom, alphabetized by author’s last name keeping series in reading order.  Don’t make me come and reorganize your stacks.
  5. Environment: I am easily distracted so I need silence when reading.  I have banished ticking clocks, noisy animals, and have been known to wear ear plugs when my husband is home to shut the world out so I can read.
  6. Buying: If a book is under a dollar then I will pick it up guilt free, most of the books on my to-read case at home are cheap books I picked up while thrifting or at library book sales.  I do make the effort to buy the latest releases from my favorite authors, however, even if I don’t always read them until the next year’s release…
  7. Rereading: In effort to justify my full price book purchases I make and keep I have the rule to reread a book or series each year.
  8. Weeding: Every once in a while we need to reevaluate the books in our home libraries.  Sometimes a series finishes or our taste change or we simply move on.  When that happens we need to weed those books from our shelves to make room for new titles we love.
  9. ARCS: When I started this blog I went a little ARC crazy over at Net Galley and requested way more than I should have.  I have a feeling this is something every new blogger does.  After a while, like point one with challenges, it sucked all the fun out of reading and I decided to make some rules.  I try to keep my ARC requests to authors I already read or those few titles that are simply too hard to resist.
  10. Current Read: Some people can read multiple books at once.  I am not one of those people.  I don’t like to start a new story when I am reading another.  The only exception I make is for audio books or NF titles.  Otherwise I stick to one book at a time.

There you have some of my reading rules.  What rules or habits do you have when it comes to reading?

Bottomland by Michelle Hoover

Book Review

 


BottomlandBook Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery

Book Series: N/A

Released: 3/1/16 by Grove Press

Pages: 336  Price:$16.oo paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this book from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

At once intimate and sweeping, Bottomland—the anticipated second novel from Michelle Hoover—follows the Hess family in the years after World War I as they attempt to rid themselves of the Anti-German sentiment that left a stain on their name. But when the youngest two daughters vanish in the middle of the night, the family must piece together what happened while struggling to maintain their life on the unforgiving Iowa plains.

In the weeks after Esther and Myrle’s disappearance, their siblings desperately search for the sisters, combing the stark farmlands, their neighbors’ houses, and the unfamiliar world of far-off Chicago. Have the girls run away to another farm? Have they gone to the city to seek a new life? Or were they abducted? Ostracized, misunderstood, and increasingly isolated in their tightly-knit small town in the wake of the war, the Hesses fear the worst. Told in the voices of the family patriarch and his children, this is a haunting literary mystery that spans decades before its resolution. Hoover deftly examines the intrepid ways a person can forge a life of their own despite the dangerous obstacles of prejudice and oppression.

My Review:

Alright, confession time.  I’m breaking my rules by reviewing this book.  I swore after a psycho author harassed me at work I would never review an All Iowa Reads book again.  Ever.  I would read them of course so I could participate in the book discussion held at my library but my thoughts of that year’s title would not leave that room and never be posted on my blog again.

So, why am I reviewing this year’s selection?  Well, mainly because I really liked it.  This is by far the best All Iowa Read’s selection that I have read in my years working in a small town Iowa library.  I am totally shocked!  I have to give props to the panel this year’s title was a good call.

There was so much I could relate to in this book.  Being from Iowa I knew this family, or rather one just like it.  In fact, my best friend growing up was a first generation German and I remember spending so much of my youth at their farm.  I felt like I knew these people and could identify with them even though I am only part German.  I have a feeling that most people are going to be able to either see themselves or someone they know in these characters.

Surprising that isn’t what hooked me, though, it was the mystery of what happen to those girls that held my interest.  This was a well-crafted puzzle that I didn’t quite figure out and was pleased to see how everything turned out.  I also thought this book was very timely for the current immigrant drama going on in our country.  So many forget that their family too came from elsewhere and that they probably weren’t welcome here either.  It seems that after a few generations we forget to have any compassion to those just arriving and how much new blood contributes to our society.  The book delves into to sexism and should remind us just how far woman’s rights have come and just how far they have yet to go.

This was a surprisingly good listen.  I find myself still reflecting on it and remembering my childhood.  I’ve lost connection to that childhood friend and her family, it often happens.  I wish them well, though, and thank them for letting me experience their culture for a time.

My Rating:4 Stars

Month in Review: February 2017

Month in Review

Read this month: 7 Books, 2,691 Pages 

Read this year: 14  Books, 4,957 Pages 

The Turn (The Hollows #0.1) Death Blows (The Bloodhound Files, #2) Killing Rocks (The Bloodhound Files, #3) Agents of Dreamland

 Born of Legend (The League, #9) Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires, #13)

Two of the books shown above do not have links to their review because they have not been released yet.

Looking Back:

Seven books, not as many as I had hoped to read during my recovery but still, not too shabby as all of them were print and not audio.  Also, two of them were quite long so page wise I have practically a whole other book length that I managed to read in February.  So basically I went for substance over quaintly.  Have to say I did enjoy most everything I did read last month.  The novella read for review was a bit strange but still worthy of a 3-star review.  Over all I don’t feel ashamed over this month of reading one bit.

Looking Ahead:

I hope to be released to return to work today so March will return to normal reading time wise.  I am going to stick with reading what catches my fancy and work on catching up on some of my series.  I might mix in a few science fiction books as well.  I have recently picked up some Star Trek books and it might be time to start diving into them.  I keep bringing them home I should read one or two already.  After all, most of them aren’t actually that long.  One of my recently acquisitions was the very first Star Trek book I ever read.  Read during my early teen or pre-teen years and was based upon the plot from the original series.  I also happen to pick up that episode at a Flea Market recently and it made me nostalgic for that book so I ordered it.  March might be the perfect time to read that one.

Happy Reading ~Amy

Top Ten Tuesday: Why I’m Not Reading…

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

February 28: On hiatus (so I made up my own).

The good people over at The Broke and The Bookish have decided to take a much-earned break from creating Top Ten Tuesday topics for the next two weeks so I have decided to create my own to share with you each week.  My first topic came about from the fact that I have been recovering from surgery for the past five weeks and have not read nearly as books in that time as I had hoped to.  So this week I am going to give you ten reasons why I’m not reading…  Piss poor as they might be.

Ten Reasons I’m Not Reading…

  1.  YouTube: This is the main reason I am not reading.  We all do it log on and say I’m just going to watch one video while I eat and then get to work, or reading in my case.  Three hours later you have watched dozens of videos and wonder where the day went…  I need to learn to just avoid this website altogether.
  2. The Young Turks: This is the main channel I watch when I visiting excuse number one.  I admit it. My name is Amy and I am a political and news junkie.  I feel this obsessive need to be informed and actually pay attention to what is going on in this country.  I have also been known to call my Senators and yell at their staff.  (Maybe not yell so much as call them out on the bullshit (although I have almost broken down in tears as I pleaded with them to save ACA so patients like me with Cancer don’t lose health insurance))
  3. FaceBook: I also have spent way too many hours sharing videos from one and two and checking up on my feed on Facebook.  I think I need to just not turn on the computer until I have a few hours of reading done.
  4. The Sims 3: When I knew I was looking at possibly six weeks of recovery from my hysterectomy I decided to reinstall my favorite and only computer game.  Yep, maybe that was a mistake.
  5. Image may contain: cat and indoorKittens: So if I do manage to not turn on the laptop there are still these three cuties that distract me to no end.  Meet Sabi, Zoe, and Lulu aren’t they cute (when asleep).  It isn’t all fun and games, though, they are currently in the rebellious teen years of kittenhood and I spend half of my time pulling them off curtains and stopping them from poking holes in plastic…
  6. Bifocals: I still do not have these yet and it is just getting harder and harder to focus on the words on the page.  Time to buck up and make an appointment.  Maybe after I learn how much my surgery is going to cost.
  7. Image may contain: bedroom and indoorSleep: Isn’t my new bedding pretty.  I used to be able to read into the wee hours of the night, now I find myself falling asleep after about 20 minutes if I read in bed, or on the couch…
  8. Changing Taste: I still think my reading taste has changed.  I am losing a little of my love of romance and find myself drawn to sci-fi and urban fantasy more.  Time to stop fighting it.
  9. No automatic alt text available.Hot Flashes: Menopause sucks.  I am experiencing anywhere from 15-30 hot flashes a day.  As soon as I find myself settled down to read the heat hits me and I have to stop and adjust my layering.  A good part of my day revolves around taking off and putting on clothes.  It disrupts my reading flow and is highly annoying.
  10. : Lastly, I’m simply not making it a priority.  I am allowing everything above affect my reading.  Some are valid reasons some are simply me wasting time.  Basically, it all comes back to me.  I am the reason I am not reading more and I take complete responsibility.

 

So what stops you from reading?  Share in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday: Not a Fan

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

February 21: Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would (recently or all time)

First off sorry I didn’t get a post out yesterday.  We left for town to get the car alignment done early and I just didn’t get around to it in the afternoon.  This week I am going to not select single books but paranormal series/authors that I just didn’t click with.  I tried to stick to major names that have wide fan bases and not just obscure authors few have heard of.  So shall we see who I’m just not a fan of?

Ten Paranormal Series I Didn’t Like

  1. Dark Prince (Dark, #1)  Christine Feehan: Took me several books before I realized that this author’s writing style and I didn’t gel.  It has been a while so I can’t remember exactly why she didn’t work for me just that I didn’t care for her series and decided to pursue greener pastures.
  2. A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark #2) Kresley Cole: Another series where I read several books into the series before abandoning.  Also, another series that I attempted so long ago that I forgot why.  Thank goodness for Goodreads otherwise, I would be picking up work by these authors that I don’t care for all the time…
  3. The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1) Gena Showalter: I so wanted to enjoy this author’s work that I attempted two different series by her.  Neither one clicked for me so now I know better than to pick up a tempting book by Ms. Showalter.  Pretty covers, though.
  4. Bitten & Smitten (Immortality Bites, #1) Michelle Rowen: Read like three books in this series.  It was enough.
  5. I Burn for You (Primes, #1) Susan Sizemore: Ditto.
  6. Betrayed (House of Night, #2) P.C. Cast: Picked up this series shortly after my Twilight phase.  Just didn’t care for it.  Too much poetry and too imature.
  7. Undead and Unwed (Undead, #1) MaryJanice Davidson: I tried with this world.  The main character ended up doing me in and I just couldn’t continue after like five books.  Not a fan.
  8. Kiss of Pride (Deadly Angels, #1) Sandra Hill: Just couldn’t get into the second book in this series.  I do own the next two books however so this one is the only series on the list that I will be making another attempt at someday…
  9. Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1) Laurell K. Hamilton: This author and the next are so popular that I am almost ashamed to put them on the list.  I had to though because in the end I didn’t like either of these series one I managed to get like five books into before abandoning the other I dumped halfway through the second book.
  10. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) Jim Butcher: See above.  Dumped halfway through book two.  Sorry but I could not stand his characters.

 

Well, I hope that I have not offended too many of you this week’s selections.  Just remember that just because something didn’t work for me doesn’t mean you won’t love it so go give these a try to make up your own mind whether they are good or not.  What authors haven’t worked for you?