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Book 11 in the 2013 Book list:Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landay

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Finished: March 27
Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landay
This book was a suggestion from RO , and have her thoughts on it too . If I recall properly, this book was tied for the number 1 spot on her end of the year top 10 books for 2012.
And it rightly deserved that spot. After reading this book all I could say was “Wow”. I hope I never have to be put in the situation this family had to be in. Murder genes, is your son a cold blooded killer, is it wrong if you think he could be? Just a million things in this story and the author wraps it up nicely! I really enjoyed this book, and I’m still not convinced of Jacob’s guilt or innocence. But the things this family goes through during the whole process and how they deal with things when the worst is over, I was just shocked! Yes, even Taylor started to enjoy this book as well on his passing trips through the living room while I listened! Now I’m on to some somewhat nonfiction which is another suggestion of Ro’s, so far she’s 2 for 2, let’s see if she makes it 3 for 3!
Amanda Ellen

Book 10 in the 2013 Book List: A Darkness More than Night:Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Finished: March 20
A Darkness More than Night:Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly
This book brings 2 of my favorite characters together!
Terry McCaleb and Harry Bosch!
This book was really good, and I never knew which way the book was going to go!
I am so happy that I decided to sandwich Bosch in between Dresden, because I can really enjoy the Bosch books better this way!
Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch is up to his neck in a case that has transfixed all of celebrity-mad Los Angeles. This is because an actress is murdered and a movie director is charged with her death.
McCaleb is asked by an old colleague to look over a murder book on a case that is going no where fast.
McCaleb’s first reading of the crime scene leads him to look for a methodical killer with a taste for rituals and revenge. As his quick look accelerates into a full-sprint investigation, the two crimes – his murdered loner and Bosch’s movie director – begin to overlap strangely. With one unsettling revelation after another, they merge, becoming one impossible, terrifying case, involving almost inconceivable calculation. McCaleb believes he has unmasked the most frightening killer ever to cross his sights. But his investigation tangles with Bosch’s lines, and the two men find themselves at odds in the most dangerous investigation of their lives.
This book was so, so, so good!
Now I’m back on Dresden, which I started last night!
Amanda Ellen

Book 9 in the 2013 book list: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Finished: March 11
A Tale of Two Cities & Great Expectations Audiobook by Charles Dickens
I have only read “A Tale of Two Cities” thus far, but this is the book I bought in an Audible sale a few months back.
I got in the mood for a classic, and no better classic than A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I have to admit, it is a bit slow going in the beginning, but towards the midddle and end, it really sucks you in.
I had my favorite characters, and my characters I loved to hate. I will say this book isn’t for just anyone, it actually takes some intellegence to follow the plot and keep interest.
Seeing as I’m a literature minor, it was right up my alley. I read this book once before when I was a freshman in high school I think. I loved the book then, and I still like it as an adult today. My next read won’t be “Great Expectations” because Dickens is someone I can only do in small doses. Because of that I will go after some “junk food” reading that doesn’t require all that much thought to follow. Still deciding what book will be next.
Thinking about either “Defending Jacob” or maybe one of my books on my reread list.
Stay tuned to find out!
Amanda Ellen

Book 8 in the 2013 Book List: Blood Rites (The Dresden Files series Book 6 ) by Jim Butcher

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Blood Rites (The Dresden Files series Book 6 ) by Jim Butcher
Finished: March 1
This is book 6 of 15, and it just keeps getting better. I can’t say much about this book without giving anything away that would ruin it for someone who hasn’t read it.
I will say this though, my favorite character is back, Thomas the vampire, and he plays a much bigger role in this book. We learn alot from and about Harry in this book, and I really can’t wait to get to book 7.
Something about playboy good looking vampires gets my interest everytime. There’s a puppy in this book and he just sounded so cute, it almost made me want a puppy! hahaha
Almost half way through this series and I have to say that it is one of the best series I’ve read yet. I would put this whole series in my “most likely to reread” list thus far for sure.
Speaking of rereading series, I’m considering rereading Fifty Shades, and if I do, I’ll make a note to make sure everyone knows I’ve read that series before, last year in fact. I also have a Dean Koontz book I really liked that I have on the reading list for some time in the very near future. But for now, I get to start a new Bosch book, and I think my new favorite guy Terry McCaleb is joining Bosch on this adventure. This I can’t wait to see how it meshes together. Spreading Bosch out between Dresden books has helped me to not get burned out on Bosch.
Reading the Bosch books like this is like meeting up with old friends in between meeting up with other old friends. I just love good characters!
go start the Dresden series, do it ASAP!

Amanda Ellen