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Friday, October 30, 2015

Five Short thoughts on books I recently read.

You know how sometimes you read a book but either a) don't finish it or b) it's deep in a series or c) you forgot to write a review until you mostly forgot the details or d) you feel pretty "meh" about it, but you still want to mention it? Yeah, that.

1. My Southern Journey by Rick Bragg.  I got this one from NetGalley because I'm from the South! I read All Over But the Shoutin'! I feel obligated to read Southern stuff. But "meh".  I should have known better, I'm not a huge fan of short stories, and tend to get bored with long description. I recognize that there's a lot of humor in here that I can appreciate, but it didn't make me want to keep picking it up. There are going to be a lot of people who really love this, and I really wanted to, but wrong time for me. 

2. Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb. When it's book 40 in a series it's really hard to write a review. Either you know the series, in which case you know what to expect, or you don't, in which case you don't need any spoilers. This one hit the spot and pulled me out of my slump.

3. The Liar by Nora Roberts.  I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Roberts' standalone titles are rarely my favorite of hers, and when I actually break this one down into "is this story plausible?" I run into all kinds of trouble, but I really enjoyed Griff  and Shelby and don't regret picking this up at all.

4. & 5.  First Grave on the Right and Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones. I heard Jones in a DBSA Podcast this summer and couldn't resist giving these books a shot. I gobbled these two up like candy in a span of only a few days. Charley is fun and smart and seems to be able to operate on zero sleep. She's the shining bright grim reaper, so the book is populated with ghosts and other paranormal creatures, and her love interest is none other than the son of satan himself (but he's really a good guy!) These books are a ton of fun and just writing this paragraph about them makes me want to pick up book three.


  1. I loved All Over But the Shoutin' and met Rick Bragg when he came to Auburn so I was hoping to get My Southern Journey. Sorry to see you didn't love it.

  2. I really want to read Rick Bragg, but will start with All Over But the Shoutin'.

  3. Wheee! The Bragg sounds like it might actually be my jam! I love a short story. <3

  4. Totally get it about the J.D. Robb books. I've read almost all of them. They are fun and just the thing - at the right time. I think I've got maybe 2 or 3 to catch up. And I'll get to them. I also like Nora Roberts, but like you, her standalones are not my favorites. I like her trilogies or quartets. She has a new one coming out soon - first of a trilogy I mean.


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