Let's back up a few weeks. I began reading UnWholly. The next book in the Unwind series. It's a really good book and I like where the story is going, but it was the end of our semester and I was just too busy to read.
After that it was time to pack my bags for Orlando! I was flying there for a conference so that meant I needed books for the long flight. It's trips like that where I am so happy to have a nook! I finished one book on the flight there and another on the flight home.
First up, be nice to your nook! Mine does not have a case and in a hurry I threw it in my backpack. It's a touch screen and I guess it rested next to something heavy. It damaged the screen :( Luckily I can still read on it. You can see it in the left hand corner of the next few pictures. I think I really need to get a case for it before I damage it more!
On the flight to Orlando, I started reading the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke. My friend has been reading this series and loves it so I decided to give it a try.
Hannah is a smart girl and very observant. After years of people coming into her bakery, she knows what they like and dislike and what makes them tick. This helps her while trying to solve the investigation. And it does help that any time she talks to a suspect, she brings them free cookies from her bakery ;) She is also a fan of TV shows that have mysteries in them. I'm thinking shows like CSI or NCIS. I'm sure that helps her out ;)
I really liked this book and cannot wait to read the rest. Maybe when I go visit my friend in Albuquerque at the end of the summer she will let me read some of the books she already has ;)
And finally, we have the book I read home from Orlando. A good friend told me about this series and thought I would really like it.
The Dresden Files is about a wizard that is for hire for a fee (I won't say small fee because I would love to be able to charge $50 an hour like he does!). Oftentimes he is called in by the police department to help on a case. Which is how this story starts out. At first, when Dresden is being described, I picture Hugh Jackman in Van Helsing. As the story progresses, I pictured David Boreanaz as Angel, but with a little Spike mixed in there as well ;) I think it's time to bring out my old Buffy and Angel DVDs!
Quick overview, there's been a murder and it looks like something other-worldly so who you gonna call? Oops, wrong story line. Harry works with the police to try and figure out what happened, while at the same time trying to keep his butt out of trouble. Which, of course, means that he is always in trouble. I like that this story brings in the ideas of potions and alchemy. It's not just Harry Potter with a want, we need Snape and his potions. Oh, did I mention I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter while in Orlando? Dresden does not need a magic wand, but he does need something to focus the energy of his power. For example, a staff. I mean I guess you could also have a magic wand but Dresden doesn't roll that way. I heard there are a lot of books in this series so I need to crack down on my reading!