Thursday, June 5, 2014

Time to Play Catch-Up

It has been a very busy past few weeks and since I do not have internet at home and have not yet figured out how to post from my phone, I have to wait until I can get to work to update my "read that" posts. 

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.
First off I have to say that at night when I would go to bed, the book would go upside down!  The cover isn't scary...unless you wake up in the middle of the night and turn over and see it staring at you ;)  The story behind this series, the idea of unwinding, is so different that I am mesmerized.  I like seeing how the story and characters have progressed.  In most cases I forget that they are only 14-17 years old.  They seem older at times.  I guess any kid that escaped unwinding would do the same. I also liked the development of Cam, the first ever person to be made from unwound parts.  Makes me think of Frankenstein's monster.  As I have said in previous posts about this series, the topic scares me a bit because there are extremists out there and something like this could happen!  What I liked best about the first two books was the way the author switched from character to character.  Each character was like a mini chapter.  It made reading quick.  I'm weird and do not like to stop reading unless I am at the end of a chapter or section in a book.  Having the short character views made it easy for me to do that.  Then I started UnWholly.  The first section took some time getting through.  The author did not follow the normal pattern or short character views.  Part of that was because he introduced some new characters that played some big parts.  So of course we had to get all the back story on those characters.  After that was done and section two came along, it went back to the short character chapters and I felt like I breezed through.  I'm looking forward to my friend getting the next book so I can read it ;)

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.
Usually I do not like murder mystery books.  I try to stay away from story lines that could be happening in my back yard!  In this case, I am glad I gave this book a try.  Nothing happens in this story.  But in a good way.  Some mystery books have action and the person trying to solve the murder running for their life.  This book was not like that.  This book focused more on the thought process of solving the crime.  We get a peak inside Hannah's mind as she tries to help her brother-in-law solve the murder that happened right outside of her bakery.  What makes this book even better?  All the baked goods!  Whenever Hannah talks about a new recipe she created or a favorite recipe she has been making for years, she includes the recipe!  For example, you will be reading about her Chocolate Covered Cherry Delights.  You get to the end of the chapter and there will be the recipe for Chocolate Covered Cherry Delights!  The friend that introduced me to this series has made a bunch of the recipes.  And those delights came back with me on my last trip to visit her in Albuquerque.  I am actually motivated to try some of the recipes myself.  I love to bake and some look super simple. 

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.
Can you see the black marks in the lower corner?  Yep, that's where my poor nook (that I haven't even had for a year!) must have rubbed against my wallet.  Oh well, lesson learned.

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!