Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter. Ummm...a Bail Enforcement Agent. And she works for her cousin Vinnie bringing in people that skip out on bail. Trouble is, business is a little slow and the rent is due. Enter Ranger, the Superman of Bounty Hunters. He handles all the really big, dangerous criminals and when he's not out catching bad guys, he's doing other odd jobs, mostly legal and sometimes moral. He lets Steph join the group, which includes guys with names like Tank. The jobs range from "interior decorating" (security) to chauferring a shiek. And Ranger even gives her a snazzy Porsche to use as a "company" car.
Then Steph's Uncle Fred disappears and her family wants her to look into the case. But when she starts digging into Fred's things, she finds pictures of a dead body....or at least the body parts. And what does all this have to do with the problems Fred has had with the garbage company....the errand he was running when he suddenly went missing??
What can I say?? After reading A Fine Balance, my brain needed something way lighter and a lot more fun. And this was certainly all that. There is just no getting around laughing at the things Stephanie gets herself mixed up in. With a cast of characters that grows longer with each book, Evanovich weaves a good mystery with lots of fun. And sexual tension. The ever-present debate over who Stephanie should end up with is big talk among Plum fans. Should it be Morelli, the sexy cop with the smoldering looks that Stephanie has know all her life? Or should it be Ranger, the dark, dangerous bounty hunter that is gorgeous and built for speed?? For the first four books, I've been solidly in the Morelli camp. But Book 5, stepped up Ranger's interest....and I have to say I may be wavering a little!!
If you are looking for some fun, light reading, this is definitely the series for you. Now that I've finished High Five, I may have Plum Fever again. I definitely can't wait to see what trouble Stephanie can get into next!! 4/5
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Well....since I seem to live my life in perpetual lateness, it seems rather fitting that I'm just now posting this. I've been literally waiting months for Carl's Once Upon a Time II Challenge. When he FINALLY posts that the time has come, I'm late getting to it!! So is my life.....
But better late than never, I always say. And I'm very excited about it!! I love Fantasy, especially the way the whole genre can be broken into numerous sub-genres. It rather fascinates me. But more about that later. For now, let's get to the Challenge at hand:
from Carl's post:
This is really as simple as the name implies and is to Once Upon a Time as the experience was to The Sci~Fi Experience. It means you are participating but not committing yourself to any specific number of books. All reading is a journey, perhaps none more so than reading fantastical fiction. By signing up for The Journey you are agreeing to at least read one book within the four categories during March 21st to June 20th period. Just one book. It has always been of utmost importance to me that the challenges that I host be all about experiencing enjoyable literature and sharing it with others. I want you to participate. Hence, The Journey.
Quest the First
Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time II criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.
Quest the Second
Read at least one book from each of the four categories. In this quest you will be reading 4 books total: one fantasy, one folklore, one fairy tale, and one mythology. This proved to be one of the more difficult quests last year merely because of the need to classify each read and determine which books fit into which category. I am not a stickler, fear not, but I was fascinated watching how folks worked to find books for each category.
Quest the Third
Fulfill the requirements for Quest the First or Quest the Second AND top it off with a June reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Love the story, love the films, love the idea of that magical night of the year and so this is my chance to promote the reading of this farcical love story.
Three is a magical number, a number of portent in fantastical tales, and so three quests seems about right.
Since I already stated how much I love the idea of the sub-genres within fantasy, I'm opting for Quest the Third (this year I actually want to read A Midsummer Night's Dream!) Mind you, I'm kind of flying by the seat of my pants with this. I always tend to choose far more books that I can actually hope to read in the time frame given. But to me, choosing the reading list itself is almost as much fun as actually READING the books!
Here is my list. I am definitely reading at least one for each category, and hope to finish more than that:
Fairy Tale Fantasy:
- Enchantment by Orson Scott Card
- White as Snow by Tanith Lee
- The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey
- The Wood Wife by Terri Windling
- Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint
- Trader by Charles de Lint
- 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill (ok....so this is kind of a loose interpretation of folklore. But I'm throwing down that Ghosts Stories are a type of folklore!)
Fantasy (of any sub-genre):
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (didn't think I'd let a fantasy challenge go without a little Gaiman, did you??)
- Fool Moon: The Dresden Files Book 2 by Jim Butcher
- Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
- A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
The Challenge has already started. It is to run from March 21st until June 21st (Midsummer Night's Eve. And as always, Carl has created a review site, so you can read about all the wonderful books the many participants have read.
Carl is a wonderful host. So.....many thanks, Carl. I'm super excited to get started!!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Yeah, I know. It's crazy to think of joining more challenges. But last year's Non-Fiction 5 Challenge hosted by Joy from Thought's of Joy was one of my favorites. It was a chance for me to break out of the norm, and really CHALLENGE myself. Non-fiction literature has always been difficult for me to read. But I found some incredible books last year, one's that I would have missed if it hadn't been for the challenge.
This year, Joy is hosting again! All you have to do is read 5 non-fiction books between May and September. At least 1 book has to be a different from the other choices. Visit Joy's blog to sign up! As with last year, I had a horrible time trying to narrow down my list. So I've included the 5 I would like to read and some alternates. Without further adieu, here is my list:
- A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
- The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star by Nikki Sixx (this has a FANTASTIC soundtrack that goes with the book!)
- The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed the World by Erik Larson
- Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich
- Hope's Boy: A Memoir by Andrew Bridge
- Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
- Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
- Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez
- Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
- Bush At War by Bob Woodward (Book 1 of a Three Part Series)
- Infidel by Ayaan Hirisi Ali
- Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through his Son's Meth Addiction by David Sheff
- A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Sheesh. I just couldn't decide!! We'll see how many I get through!!
Katrina from Callapidder Days is hosting a Spring Reading Thing 2008. Sign-ups begin on March 20th. I had so much fun with this one last year, that I can't resist trying it again!! The challenge runs from March 20 - June 19th. No set amount of books. Read as many or as few as you want!! This is a chance for me to get some books off the pile!!
- The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
- Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
- Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
- School's Out by Christophe Dufosse
- Psyche in a Dress by Francesca Lia Block
- Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
- Better Than Running at Night by Hillary Frank
- Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
- The Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari
- Divorcing Dwayne by J. L. Miles
These books have been sitting around for months!! I need to make a dent in my piles somehow!!
Any other challenges I'm missing?? I'm still waiting not-so-patiently for Carl's Once Upon a Time Challenge II.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Suggested by John :
How about a chance to play editor-in-chief? Fill in the blanks:
__________ would have been a much better book if ______________________.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Man. I have a headache to beat all headaches today and I can't sleep. (I'm working the noon to 8 shift today.) So here I am sitting at my computer trying to figure out how I'm going to make not one, but 2 pies before tomorrow. Chad's teacher emailed me a couple of weeks ago to ask if I could make pies for Pi Day (get it....3.14, March 14?? I must be slipping because it took me a bit to get it.) Pi Day this year is the 13th, since there is no school on Friday. So of course, I said "Sure, I'll do it". Then I completely put it out of my mind. Until last night. When Chad came home and reminded me that I have to bring pies. Sheesh. What I should do is buy a couple of Mrs. Smith's pies, pop them in the oven, and be done with it.
But no. I said I'd make homemade pies....and I will. Apple Crumb Pie and Cherry Pie. Now I just need to figure out how I'm going to shop, work an 8 hour day, and make 2 pies before tomorrow morning. What was I thinking??
OK. I do know what I was thinking. I was thinking that I could be as good as those Stay-At-Home, PTA Mom's I see on the rare occasion I am able to pick the kids of from school. You know the ones. The mom's with the time to bake homemade snacks for the kids. The ones that all know each other and have "play dates" together. The ones that have time to make wonderful meals each night for their families.
Please, please, PLEASE don't take offense to this if you are a stay-at-home mom because it's not meant that way. I ENVY you. I do wish I could have stayed home with the kiddies instead of daycare, preschool and grandparents. But that just wasn't in the cards for me. We NEED 2 incomes in our household. Period. It wasn't a matter of giving up weekly Starbucks. It was a matter of paying the mortgage.
So....for now, my shot at being the good mom means I'd better get my butt to the store so I don't have to stay up ALL night to make a couple of pies!!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
I apologize for my lack of blogging etiquette, but really....I haven't had the time!! Both Amy from The Sleepy Reader and Naida from The Bookworm tagged me for a meme. Isn't that sweet of them?? Well here it is....Finally:
1. Write your own six word memoir
2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like
3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to this original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere
4 .Tag five more blogs with links
5. And don’t forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!
Saturday, March 1, 2008
It's a clean break, and should heal just fine. But she has to spend the next 3 - 6 weeks in a pink cast. Poor little thing. And of course, I HAD to go to the Riverman game. We even got her cast signed by Lilly!! She was very nice, even though we had to stand in line for close to 2 hours to see her!! The girls were star struck, and I had to talk her. They just grinned like little dorks!! But they were happy. Again....another case of doing something for the kids. They'd better remember this when I'm old, and they have to take care of me!!
Making friends while standing in line!!