January 9th, 2012

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Books 1-5

Title: The Stupidest Angel
Author: Christopher Moore
Theme/Topics: Supernatural, Humor, Christmas

This is a reread, as it has become my annual holiday tradition. Every time I read it, I'm tickled and left smiling. Moore is truly a master of tongue-in-cheek humor.

Title: Dead Until Dark
Author: Charlaine Harris
Theme/Topics: Vampires, Supernatural, Adult Themes

I love vampires (not the sparkly kind) so it was only a matter of time until I came across this series. I'd love to watch the show, but I can't handle the bad LA accents. As a novel, it is entertaining, and a guilty pleasure, and I can't stop reading this series!

Title: Living Dead in Dallas
Author: Charlaine Harris
Theme/Topics: Vampires, Supernatural, Adult Themes

The second in the series was as good as the first. One thing I don't like as much is that Harris does a lot of recapping, which would be helpful if I wasn't read the books back to back. The writing style is simple, but the story is compelling.

Title: Club Dead
Author: Charlaine Harris
Theme/Topics: Vampires, Supernatural, Adult Themes

Again, don't care for the recapping, but I have to stop reading this for a while, or else I'll run out, and be devastated! What can I say: these novels are a bit of an addiction.

Title: The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag
Author: Alan Bradley
Theme/Topics: Mystery, Murder, Young Heroine

I fell in love with Flavia in the first book of his series: precocious, smart, witty, and a girl of science. What's not to love? This novel was as good as the first. In fact, I was sure that I had the whole story figured out, but I was dead wrong. If you like a good mystery, and want to cheer for an irreverent and cheeky heroine, this series is for you!
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Book #2 - "The Mom Factor"

My second book of the year, also written by Dr. John Townsend and Dr. Henry Cloud.

This one is about the relationships we all have with our mothers, and how they influence us in our development and relationships with others. It looks at different mother "types" and how mom's manifest certain characteristics, how it affects their children and how you can work on your relationship with your mother.

It is written from a Christian perspective, so there is Biblical quotations but it's still a good book for a psychology or self-help person.
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#2 - Pegasus and the Flame by Kate O'Hearn

I finished my second book of 2012 last night, and must say this was one I thoroughly enjoyed. Pegasus and the Flame is the first in a series of mythology-meets-modern-world stories, featuring the Roman gods of Olympus.

"When Pegasus, the majestic winged-stallion, crashes on to her roof in the middle of a storm that blacks-out New York City, 13-year-old Emily's life becomes that of legend: epic battles with gruesome monsters, desperate chases from a corrupt governmental agency, captivating flights astride the beautiful winged-stallion, and one heroic quest to save Olympus before the Olympic flame burns out..."

This was an interesting read and held my attention the whole way through. Pegasus was lovely, as were the other Olympians, and I found myself just wanting to give poor Joel a hug! I'll definitely be looking out for the next book in this series, and buying it if they can't get it in at my local library.

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#6

While the laundry was percolating, yesterday, I finished reading Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles. I found it to be a powerful book, though it bounced around from the author's youth, to his service pre-war, to life afterwards, and to Desert Storm. It's not a pretty tale of honor and glory at all.

Book #2: 50 Book Challenge 2012

Just After Sunset, stories - Stephen King

A nice assortment.  Some classic King, some weird King.  And he still manages to either scare me or gross me out.  Getting locked into a Port a Potty at gunpoint, then being trapped inside, then left there to die, after the crazed lunatic tips it over onto its door?  People who develop O.C.D. as a defense mechanism to ward off evil entities from beyond the world?  Neat! 

Honestly, not as great as what I'm used to from King, but it entertained me nonetheless.
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