Saturday, July 23, 2011

This Book Room: a week of books in a series

When Marcy Singer opens an embroidery specialty shop in quaint Tallulah Falls, Oregon, she throws a soiree and a Stitch-In. Soon, Marcy's sign- up sheet for embroidery classes fills up and everyone in town seems willing to raise a glass-or a needle-to support the newly-opened Seven Year Stitch.

Then Marcy finds the shop's previous tenant dead in the store-room, a message scratched with a tapestry needle on the wall beside him. Now Marcy's shop has become a crime scene, and she's the prime suspect. She'll have to find the killer before someone puts a final stitch in her.

Additional notes: This is the first book in the series. The second book has already been released, and a third book will be released later this year. This series is ongoing.

My thoughts: Oh, how I love a good mystery. This book was cute, funny, and somewhat surprising. Marcy has an old soul which suits me just fine. The characters were odd and unique.

The fate of humankind hangs in the balance, as the beleaguered Tribulation Force prepares to defend itself against the Antichrist in Jerry Jenkins and Tim Lahaye's thrilling tenth installment of their bestselling Left Behind series.

Additional notes: This is the tenth book in the Left Behind series. The series consists of 13 books, with prequels not included. There is a series for kids as well. This is the no. 1 most popular Christian series.

My thoughts: This book picked up a little in terms of storyline, and I was glad to see that. Books 1 - 5 are the best so far and had the most impact. All the books are worth a read, especially if you do not proclaim God to be your Savior.

EMT Anne Lundstrom is running from her past. But it's about to catch up. She thought she'd escaped it when she moved out of the city and into the quiet town of Deep Haven. She certainly never expected to get roped into helping Noah Standing Bear run his summer camp for inner-city kids. Yet Noah has a charisma she can't ignore, and romance is in the air. But when the very danger she was trying to escape threatens her peaceful haven, and her life, Anne must find the courage to face her fears and embrace the one man who can help her understand her past.

Additional notes: This is the second book in the Deep Haven series. You can read my review of the first book in the series here. There were two more books in the series, currently. This series is ongoing.

My thoughts: The storyline was a bit more predictable than the storyline in the first book. I still liked it, overall, and will keep reading the series, but this book could be skipped. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. The characters were too angsty for me.

Nothing comes between Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) and her bargains. Neither act of God nor budget crunch can shatter her dreams of wall-to-wall Prada. Every milestone in her well-shopped life (travel, long-lost sister, marriage, pregnancy) inspires new vistas to explore in the name of retail therapy. But now she faces her greatest little challenge yet: Becky’s two-year-old daughter, Minnie.

While motherhood has been everything Becky dreamed it would be—Baby Dior, Little Marc Jacobs, and Dolce & Gabbana for toddlers—adorable Minnie is wreaking havoc everywhere she goes, from Harrods to her own christening. Her favorite word is “MINE!” and her penchant for Balenciaga bags, Chanel sunglasses, and online purchases has no rival under age five.

Becky is at her wits end. On top of this, she and her husband Luke are still living with her parents. Thankfully it appears house buying attempt number four is a go! Until a huge financial crisis causes panic everywhere, and nobody wants to shop—not Becky’s personal shopping clientele, not her friends, nobody. And with Luke in the doldrums, it’s time for Becky to step in—with a party: A surprise birthday party for Luke (on a budget) is the perfect antidote to everyone’s woes. At first.

Will Becky manage to keep the party of the year a surprise? Can she hire jugglers, fire-eaters, and acrobats at a discount? Will enlisting the help of Luke’s unflappable assistant to convince him to have another baby realize her dream of matching pom-poms? Will Minnie find a new outlet for her energetic and spirited nature (perhaps one with sixty percent markdowns)? She is, after all, a chip off the old shopping block. And everyone knows a committed shopper always finds a way.

Additional notes: This is the sixth book, and the newest book, in the Shopaholic series. This series is ongoing.

My thoughts:  It's nice to escape into Becky's delusional and crazy world for a day or two. She's so lovable, but insane! This book would be perfect for a day at the beach, during a crazy work week or when the kids are driving you up the wall.

Qwilleran and Koko, the beautiful Siamese cat, are back on the mystery beat. When a mysterious fall ends the life of one of Junktown's leading citizens, Qwilleran is convinced it was no accident. And Koko is about to prove him right.

Additional notes: This is the third book in the Cat Who... series. Sadly, the author, Lilian Jackson Braun, died just over a month ago at the age of 97. There are 29 books in this series, and the series is finished.

My thoughts: I love reading any books that involve cats or dogs, but cats are my favorite (obviously). It's rather refreshing that a male is the main character in a series like this. This series is gender friendly - man or woman would enjoy reading about Qwilleran and his crazy feline friends.

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