Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Bloody Mary Book Review

Bloody Mary is the second book in the Jackie Daniels Mysteries by J.A. Konrath. I read this book on my Kindle for free because it was part of the leanding library on Amazon for Prime Members.

Synopsis: Jackie's life as a Chicago Detective is once again in trouble as she is the target of a murdered and her personal life is a wreck. 

Review: This book isn't the best detective book out there but it was a nice easy read to get some reading in. I finished the first book in the series not sure I would read any other books from this series unless I was desperate to get some reading in that was quick.

Overall, this book is not bad. It's an interesting story that half way through you know it's not over, but you have no way of figuring out how it's going to keep going. I felt like the story was believable and most of it was not predictable like a lot of mystery books seem to be lately. The drama that was added is was not forces and it was interesting.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Why I Don't Read Fantasy Novels

After so much hype I decided to pick up Game of Thrones first book to read. Seems like I was missing out in something. I've also been playing World of Warcraft too so I seem to be in this fantasy mood lately. In getting into both more WoW than Game of Thrones I realized there's a reason why I don't get into fantasy much. 

The main reason is the unusual names and places. I have a huge tendency to read over names and words I don't recognize even worse that I have no way to know how it's pronounced so I just read over it. I'm not sure what others do but this is what I do. Funny thing some of them have elements of Latin which I took two years of and I still can't figure out what the name is.

In Fantasy a lot of names and places seem to be different than what I'm use to seeing and it usually I don't want to say scares me off but doesn't make me want to jump in and start reading. I'm not sure if there's a way to fix this. How do others get over this hurdle when reading fantasy or sci fi with a lot if names that are hard to pronounce? 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Re-Reading Hunger Games Trilogy

I wanted to re-read The Hunger Game Trilogy for a few reasons.

1) I felt like I miss or forgot things that everyone kept talking about after the movie and the trailers came out.
2) I actually planned on reading it after I watched The Hunger Games, but never got around to it. Can you believe I've only seen the movie once.
3) I wanted to see after a second reading if my opinions about certain characters or events would change.

The Hunger Games:
I finish the book just as quickly as I did the first book. It was nice to see what they left out of the movie and see how it made sense for the most part. There was minor things I forgot, but I found myself in love the the book all over again and even liked Peeta more, but could be due to knowing what happens to him in the other books.

Catching Fire: As I have mentioned Catchinf Fire didn't really catch me on my first time reading it. This time around I enjoyed it much better and I'm really looking forward to the movie. I was able to see how important this book is to the series after rereading it.

Mocking Jay: I cannot remember if this book made me cry when I first read it. If it did then this time around I knew the ending I wasn't crying or feeling as sad and helpless like I was the first time. I will say that the epilogue of this book always puts a lump in my throat and makes me fight the tears.

Checking In

I hope everyone has a wonderful summer. For the first time I am not back at college. I graduated in the Spring and happen to just land a full-time job as a park ranger. I haven't started yet, but I am excited for the job. I haven't gotten in much reading and I feel horrible. I just opened up GoodReads and saw that for my goal of 50 books by December 31, I have 6 book behind. Eek that's no good.

I decided to re-read the Hunger Games series, but as I have now finish the first two books I am afraid to start MockingJay. I guess because I know what happens and since I do I don't want to deal with the emotional roller coaster of one of the main plot lines. This was the book where I finally got Peeta's role and why he was so important. Now that I already know I don't want to end the story. So I might not get to the last book. Anyone else get like this when they re-read a series or book? I've never re-read a series or book before so I've never had to deal with this.

I am hoping to start reading Game of Thrones and Under the Dome. I also have a free kindle library book that's the second book in the Jackie Daniel's series. The first book was okay, but I wanted something to read that was quick. Well I haven't gotten around to reading anything other than Hunger Games and Catching Fire. I need to start because I feel like I have the time to read I might as well start reading more. I also keep finding new books, but never had the money or the time to find them.

I haven't kept up with other book bloggers of the TBP Challenge that I always start, but never finish. Bad Fallen. I also not sure if I am going to try to do NANOWRIMO since I really have no idea what I would even wright about. Ideas maybe!!!

Hopefully I will have a review up once I finished a book and when I decide to read MockingJay I started a post on how I feel about the books the second time around.
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