Sunday, May 16, 2010

I love books!

Hey yall. It's been a busy weekend and I'm worn out. I wouldn't trade any bit of it though. Well, maybe all the driving. And forgetting my dress for the rehearsal dinner and having to give a toast in jeans, a t-shirt, and flip flops. But other than that, it was a great weekend. I'll share more details and pictures later. I just wanted to share a few great books I've read recently.

I'll start with Ted Dekker's Circle trilogy. This is a sci-fi thriller series, which normally doesn't appeal to me, but I have really enjoyed the first 2 books, Black & Red, and can hardly wait until White gets delivered sometime next week. Ted Dekker is a Christian author and while these books are fast paced and full of action, they also point to Christ by presenting a parallel figure in "Other Earth." I don't want to give anything away so I'm going to stop with the details here, but I strongly recommend this series to anyone looking for something new to read. I will warn that these books are hard to put down. I know I called it a trilogy, but there's actually been a 4th book released, Green, which completes the circle. Again, without giving too much away, from what I've read online the 4th book finishes up the series, but also leads into the 1st book. I know it sounds confusing, but once you read the first book or 2 you'll see what I mean.

This past weekend I read the newest Sookie Stackhouse book, Dead in the Family. Definitely the other end of the spectrum from Ted Dekker since Charlaine Harris is far from a Christian author, but I have enjoyed this series too. Now don't get me wrong--I'm not saying the author is not a Christian, I just know this series is not Christian fiction. Reading this most current book in the series, which just came out a week or two ago, really left me wanting to keep reading. I'm always in awe of how authors can take a story and go with it for so many books without it seeming overdone. Sookie has been a long way, but she still has a ways to go in her character and plot development. The stage has been set for at least one more book.

This weekend I also read Some Like It Hot-Buttered in Jeff Cohen's double feature series, which consists of 3 books. Jeff is quite the humorist, and also my facebook friend. He spins a good mystery while including lots of humor. I don't really know how to describe the type of funny he is, but it's definitely not your average comedy/mystery. I've got the other 2 books in this series, so I'm interested to see how his main character, Elliott Freed, develops. I'm pretty sure I've spelled the name wrong, but I can't remember if it's Eliot, Elliot, Eliott, or Elliott. In the first book, Mr. Freed buys an old movie house and turns it into a one of a kind all comedy theatre. They have one movie screen and each week they have a two for one special--an old comedy along with a new release. The movie theatre, called Comedy Tonight, sounds like a wonderful place.

Okay, it's back to reality now. Jason's home with the groceries and I need to finish getting ready before we go to the boys' AWANA awards presentation at church tonight. I hope to be back soon with some other book suggestions since I've got a pile of them ready to read. Have a good evening!

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