Wednesday, July 06, 2005

What is it that I want to read?

I have started and stopped so many books lately that I either need to keep reading even when I don't want to or find a different type of book.

I did not finish "Dead Witch Walking". I got about half way through it and decided I didn't like it. The characters just didn't make me care what happened to them. So I picked up "The Girls' Guide to Vampires" by Katie MacAlister. I really wanted to like this book because the premise seemed so interesting. But I wanted to strangle the characters instead. They jumped to so many conclusions without even a little shred of proof that I was about to scream. I can't stand blatantly stupid protaganists!

I was saved by "Eleven on Top" by Janet Evanovich. I love her books and this one didn't disappoint. Well, I should qualify that. I read the whole thing and liked it but I think more could have happened. If you don't read her books, give them a try. Especially if you want to laugh out loud. And I did, in several places. After that I read "Ghost Riders" by Sharyn McCrumb. It was very good. It starts out in the present day but most of it takes place during the Civil War in North Carolina and Tennesee. Two of the main characters were actual people - Zebulon B. Vance who was governor of North Carolina for the Confederate government, and Malinda Blalock who was the wife of Union sympathizer and a mountain woman.

Since I finished "Ghost Riders", I've started and stopped a couple more books. "Flashpoint" by Suzanne Brockmann and "Mind Game" by Christine Feehan. The former is a spy thriller and the latter is a paranormal spy thriller. And I wasn't in the mood for spy thriller of any sort.

I went to the library last night and picked up 6 books that I had on order. (Why do they always come in at the same time?) I started "Blue Blood" by Susan McBride. It's a cozy and I don't know that it's grabbing me by the throat but I am going to try to finish it. It's about a society girl turned web designer who has an old friend accused of murdering her sleazy boss. The web designer goes undercover to clear her friend's name at the sleazy restaurant/bar where her friend worked. So far I like the characters and don't want to choke any of them for being total jerks so chances are, I'll finish it.

You will hear about the other 5 books when I get to them. Maybe.


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