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Book 26 in the 2013 Booklist: Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Finished: September 4

This is a book of short stories that the author did that involved Dresden. Many of the different short stories were written for different occasions, but this book proves to be very important information when it comes to book 13 and the rest of the series, because circumstances from these shorts tories are mentioned and play a part in later books.

new Harry Dresden short stories!
This is a collection of cases that Harry and his group of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious. Also included is a new, never-before-published novella that takes place after the cliff-hanger ending of Changes. This is a must-have collection for every devoted Harry Dresden fan, as well as a perfect introduction for readers ready to meet Chicago’s only professional wizard.
Good collection, and glad it was published!

Amanda Ellen

Book 25 in the 2013 Booklist: Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12 by Jim Butcher

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12 by Jim Butcher
Finished: August 5

Another Dresden book, once again I loved it! Of course! 

Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden’s lover – until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.
Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it – against Harry. To prevail this time, he may have no choice but to embrace the raging fury of his own untapped dark power. Because Harry’s not fighting to save the world…He’s fighting to save his child.
This book was action packed, and a little sad. I really think this building up a climax to later books. Although, the point can be made that this book in itself is a roller coaster! Very fun to read, enjoyed it a lot!

Amanda Ellen

Book23 in the 2013 booklist: Turn Coat: The Dresden Files, Book 11 by Jim Butcher

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Turn Coat: The Dresden Files, Book 11 By Jim Butcher
Finished: July 2

So, I am obviously behind, because I finished this book long ago. Anyways, this is book 11 of the Dresden Files series that I have raved about for what seems like forever now. This book was a really good one, but as the final stretch goes, the books just keep getting better and better! Morgan, Harry’s nemesis on the White Council is in trouble, and can you guess who he turns to for help?
Yep, good ol’ Harry Dresden!
So, yeah, this book was a bit different, and certainly entertaining. I loved it, even the ending!
Now, Harry must uncover a traitor within the Council, keep a less-than-agreeable Morgan under wraps, and avoid coming under scrutiny himself. And a single mistake may cost someone his head – someone like Harry!

I just really love these books, the characters, the manner in which it is written, and most especially the narrator! He’s so good; he embodies all that I think of as Harry Dresden!

Guess that’s it for this one, prepare for a bombardment of book posts!
Amanda Ellen

Book 19 in the 2013 Booklist: Small Favor: The Dresden Files, Book 10 by Jim Butcher

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Small Favor: The Dresden Files, Book 10 by Jim Butcher
Finished: June 4
See, now we really are almost caught up, too bad I have 1 more posting left, and no ability to get it out! 🙁
This is yet another Dresden book, and I will be totally sad when this series is over! This book has to do with a “small favor” that Dresden owes to Mab, the Queen of the Winter Fae. It starts with Dresden teaching his apprentice how to make shields in her backyard while her sibilings throw snowballs at her. They are quickly interuppted by none other than the Billy Goat Gruffs! There is more than three of them in Dresden, but I still had to laugh a bit. In Dresden, the gruffs are enforcers of the Summer Fae court and they are after Dresden. The Gruffs are Servants of Summer and the origin of the Three Billy Goats Gruff story, with the heads, fur, and legs of goats but the torso and arms of a man (albeit a large man). They increase in size, much as the storybook version, as they become older, until apparently the Eldest Gruff. This is apparently also reflective of their temperament, growing larger and angrier until the Eldest Gruff, who appears to be extremely level headed, and even reluctant to finish his task. The Eldest Gruff is of the size of a wizened human, but with incredible magical power . Queen Mab offers the winter knightship to Dresden once again, and again he refuses. Dresden is charged by Mab to protect our good friend, and local crime lord, Johnny Marcone. The Fallen Angel things are back from the book Death Masks. The Archive, or “Ivy” is back too with Kincaid as well. A really good book and like other Dresden books before it, I can’t wait to get to the next one! Almost there too, and it’s going to be great!
Amanda Ellen

Book 15 in the 2013 Booklist: White Night: The Dresden Files, Book 9 by Jim Butcher

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

White Night: The Dresden Files, Book 9 by Jim Butcher
Finished: April 30

I should have prefaced the last post with this, but forgot. I am really behind on book postings, and will likely be flooding the blog with the posts I’m behind on. If I don’t get them all done today, I’ll certainly be working on getting caught up soon, because I’m out of school for the summer! I’ll write a seperate post about that when I’ve got the energy to do the posting some justice. Anyways, back to the book posts now!
This isn’t something I do often, read back to back Dresden books, but I really wanted to get to the next one after the prior one, Proven Guilty . I was not disappointed with this book either! Jim Butcher has to be like a master genius or something with how good these books are. This book involves a lot of different people and characters. I am really liking that Thomas has become sort of a main character now, helping Harry out where needed. In this book though, Harry’s first love, and sort of partner in crime from his messed up childhood, Elaine, is back. I have to say that I really have started to like her. In this book she plays the role of private investigator, the same thing that Dresden does. She is in charge of helping an order of witches protect themselves from the recent rash of magic practitioners that have been murdered. This brings the vampires back in to center focus, because the vampires are behind the murders. Except, instead of the Red Court, this time it is some of the White Court vampires. Marcone is back with a health club/ brothel that he gives Dresden an exclusive membership to. One of the ladies from the order goes missing just for Dresden to find out that she is working for Marcone at this new health club of his. With her help of supplying information, Dresden figures out who the bad guy is, and how they have inside information. Dresden and a new warden, Ramirez take out the bad guy without Elaine’s help. The battle is very long, and much is revealed and some of it to do with Thomas’ sister, Lara. Since Marcone helped Dresden in the battle, he agrees to help Marcone become a signatory of “The Unseelie Accords”. Dresden is most interested in what Thomas’ new job has been that he refuses to divulge any information about. Dresden then follows him to a trendy boutique-coffee shop. Thomas explains he put himself through cosmetology school and opened this hair salon; nothing illegal or immoral is involved. Dresden is relieved that Thomas’ job is nothing horrible, and the two reconcile their differences over coffee.
Amanda Ellen

Book 14 in the 2013 Booklist: Proven Guilty: The Dresden Files, Book 8 by Jim Butcher

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Proven Guilty: The Dresden Files, Book 8 by Jim Butcher
Finished: April 21

This was the 8th book in the Dresden series, and a very different one in my opinion.
This one had little to do with vampires, which have been center staged pretty much for the last few books. This one introduced some new points that changed the series from here on out. Someone Harry knows is revealed to be a wizard themselves, and more is revealed about a sort of side character. There is more and more involvement of the faerie courts, Lilly and Vix from the book Summer Knight are back. This book takes us in to Winter’s realm of Faerie, and I found it kind of interesting.This book deals with some horror movie villans, and I found it entertaining to try and match the book’s movie villans with the movie villans of reality. A character that was not very important up to this book, now becomes a staple character in the books that follow. I really enjoyed this book, although it probably wasn’t exactly my favorite book this far. I still highly suggest to anyone that they read the Dresden series, it is a lot of fun to read, and I get sucked in to every new book I start!
That’s all for now,
Amanda Ellen

Book 12 in the 2013 Book List: Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7 by Jim Butcher

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7 by Jim Butcher
Finished: April 8
With the conclusion of this book, I am officially half way through the Dresden Files series. Man, am I ever glad I decided to give this series a try. I really enjoy it, and I love the narrator, James Marsters. According to Audible, he is famous, but I’m not sure from where.
I will say that he embodies Harry Dresden, and I couldn’t imagine anyone else “being” Dresden. He does good voices for different characters, and makes the already funny wording, even more funny. I’ll say it again, if you haven’t tried to give this series a run, you must! It’s funny, magical, suspenseful, and has action too! In fact, Taylor is so wrapped up in the series that he has put aside Bosch in favor of continuing the Dresden series. Bosch now will become part of my “listen by myself” series. Man, now that I think of it, I got a few of those books piling up over in my library. I think that the author tries to touch on as many magical things as possible, throughout the series. I always have fun guessing from the title, what that book will be about. I think my favorite character has to be Bob though, and you have to read the series to find out who Bob is. 🙂
Well, I’m already in the next book of the Dresden Files series, and still finishing up my on my own book suggested by RO…
And of course, I was behind with this book posting, but that’s been partial laziness and partial health issues.
Anyways, go grab Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1 and dive into 1 of my most favorite series I’ve ever read!
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

Book 4 in the 2013 Book List: Death Masks (The Dresden Files series book 5) by Jim Butcher

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Finished: February 5
Death Masks (The Dresden Files series book 5) by Jim Butcher

Yeah, so I have started the new habit of reading 2 books simultaneously. I find I have the chance to read more that way.
This is book 5 in the Dresden series, and certainly 1 of the most entertaining by far.
This has a religious touch to it since it deals with “the shroud” the one Jesus was wrapped in for burial.
Taylor and I both really enjoyed this book. I love the narrator, I love the way the author writes the books… there’s always something funny, serious, and a little of everything in each book!
Plus, Taylor enjoyed it since a certain character wasn’t around much in this one. *rolls eyes*
I really enjoyed it because a new favorite character of mine that showed up in book 3 came back in this one.
He’s a playboy vampire, and he is just hillarious! Thomas showed up in book 3 and has been a “friend” to Dresden ever since.
This book has a lot of action to it, but it just left me wanting book 6!
Damn having to wait for more Audible credits!
Look out for one of the next couple of posts, I am currently reading a suggested book! 🙂
Anyways, I am close to brain fried, and don’t want to ruin this post anymore than I already have!
Go read the Dresden series, I highly suggest it!

Starting the 2013 book list with Harry Dresden “Summer Knight” by Jim Butcher!!!!

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Well, I didn’t forget about this thing after all!
Thanks to RO I will do my best to do a 2013 book list.
If for nothing else than to help you fine folks find some new reading material! I also really want to know how many books I find time to read in a whole year, and this is the best way to do it!
I will do my best to remember to link each books title back to Audible or something similar when I can, that way you have quick access. 🙂
*Writers Note*
The numbering of these books does not reflect how I would rank these books, it merely states in what order I finished them.
Also, this will serve as a warning that I have a completely random tastein books and there is no telling what book genre the next title will be.
You’ve been warned. 🙂
*writers note end*
So, I’ll kick it off with my first finished book of 2013:
1. Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4 by Jim Butcher
finished: January 14
This is book 4 in “The Dresden Files” series by Jim Butcher. I think I got into this series by finding the first book in an Audible sale.
After the first book was better than expected, I was drawn in!
Harry Dresden is a wizard, but he’s also a private eye of sorts and a consultant for the Chicago PD.
He consults with Murphy (a female cop) on the “weird” crimes that happen in Chicago.
I really enjoy the magical twist Jim Butcher has put on routine cop stuff.
If you like cop and murder mysteries, and you don’t mind or even like a little bit of magic, then check this series out.
I don’t know how to emphasize enough how much I like this series and cast of characters more.
“My name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Conjure by it at your own risk.
I’m a wizard. I work out of an office in midtown Chicago.
As far as I know, I’m the only openly practicing professional wizard in the country.
You can find me in the yellow pages, under Wizards.
Believe it or not, I’m the only one there.”
That’s a piece of the publisher’s summary that caught my interest in the first book.
Right now, I think there is 14 books or so in this series, and I like to interchange them with Harry Bosch… but that’s a series I’ll get to later.

Anyways, that’s it… my first completed book of 2013!
Hope you enjoy and find a new good book to read here. 🙂

Amanda Ellen