Saturday, June 25, 2011

This Book Room

I don't think I've ever been one to deny my love for books, characters, plots and feel-good endings. This love, this crazy, undeniable, unconditional love, has really made me not want to do anything other than read. I have a master list of books of I want to read, and it is long. Well, when a friend sent a link about how to build an awesome summer reading list, it inspired me to really take to heart the notion that life is just too short. So I cleaned out my book reading list and left only the titles that made me feel excited about reading! This was my first full week of re-dedicating myself to my true love - books.

Here's what I read this week:

I don't think I really need to say it again, but I will anyway - it's hard to find a good Christian author who doesn't write Amish Christian fiction (although I have to say that even as much as I point this out, I really adore Amish Christian fiction and plan to explore books by the most popular authors). Enter Kim Cash Tate, who joins the ranks with Kimberla Lawson Roby and Denise Hunter, as one of my most favorite Christian authors ever. Faithful, her first novel, is ah-mazing. The plot is believable, the characters are real, and love for God is woven into every page. I'm really looking forward to her next book, Cherished, which will be out later this year.

Not that the world necessarily needs one more cat series (I do love me some Lillian Jackson Braun and Clea Simon), but Leann Sweeney's Cats in Trouble series is unpredictable and, without sounding weird I hope, special. The main character, Jillian, is not someone I've ever met in a book before and Charlotte, a police officer who's shown up in books 1, 2 and I assume 3, is just as odd and lovable. That is my favorite part of these books. The first book, The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse, was interesting, but the second book, which I read this week, The Cat, the Professor and the Poison was even better. So I can only with bated breath now for MelCat to be ready to release the third book, The Cat, the Lady, and the Liar, to other library patrons.

Jason always complains/observes that there are too many series in the world to read. He may be true - there are a lot of series in existence but none more than usual, I think - but series really allow a reader to delve into characters and their minds. And as I mentioned earlier, Kimberla Lawson Roby is a fantastic author. Her Reverend Curtis Black series is, at times, predictable and when it's not, it's shocking. The first book is Casting the First Stone, and this week, I read the second book, Too Much of a Good Thing. I think 10 books in total have been released for this series so I'm a bit behind, but I implore all of you to just try this series. Curtis is a bit unbelievable, but really, I think that's because we (or maybe just I, who knows) just want to believe that people are generally decent, and you're more likely to be generally decent if you're a man of God, and even more decent if you're a man of God working for God. Curtis Black is the opposite of decent. But he sure is entertaining...

Thelma Adams has an amazing resume - she's worked for Oprah and a bevy of other magazines. So my hopes were high for her first novel, Playdate. The book started out decently enough. Belle, an 11-year-old girl, is adorable, witty, and observant. Her father, Lance, is lovable but unfaithful and kind of not all there upstairs in my own opinion. But the book falls flat. At times, I felt Thelma wanted to write an article about "househusbands" and chose to write a book instead. I don't think that sort of writing is appropriate for a book labeled as fiction. I would not recommend this book.

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