Saturday, April 14, 2012

This Book Room: a week of books I love that are also in a series

Things are finally going Holly Denham's way: she's in love, she's getting the recognition she deserves at work, and her friends and family have graciously opted to avoid disaster for the moment. Just when Holly is starting to settle into her new life, scandal erupts and Holly finds herself-and her in box-at the center of a gossip whirlwind that threatens everything she's worked so hard for. Written entirely in emails, this follow-up to the UK smash hit "Holly's Inbox "will keep you glued to its pages as the scandal running rampant in the city threatens to ruin Holly's hard-earned and long-awaited happiness.

Additional notes: This is the sequel to Holly's Inbox. You can read my review of that book here.

My thoughts: This is a perfect beach read or cold winter's night read. It's just a fun, sweet book. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a bit of chick lit.

In 2036 New Jersey, when teens are expected to become fanatically religious wives and mothers or high-priced Surrogettes for couples made infertile by a widespread virus, 16-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony find in one another the courage to believe they have choices.

Additional notes: This is the first book in the Bumped series. The second book is coming out this year.

My thoughts: This book was really easy to read and very captive of my attention. The story line really drew me in right away. Melody and Harmony surprised me, and the supporting characters in this book are awesome. Highly recommend this one!

Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children-two boys and two girls-succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. But what they'll find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than your average school supplies. So, if you're gifted, creative, or happen to know Morse Code, they could probably use your help.

Additional notes: This is the first book in the Mysterious Benedict Society series. There are four books in this series and all have been released. I do not know, as of this time, if this series is continuing.

My thoughts: I cannot say enough about this book. I have told so many people about this, and Jason's working his way through the series with him. Trenton's writing reminds us both a lot of Roald Dahl, so if you liked his books, you'll thoroughly enjoy this series.

In her quest to discover the truth about her family, Addie finds danger and quite possibly the love of her life. If Addie realizes her dream, she'll deprive the man she loves of his right to the wealth and power of the Eaton name. She must come to realize that God is sufficient even in the hard times, and no familial approval is worth her integrity.

Additional notes: This is the first book in the Mercy Falls series. There are three books in this series, and all have been released.

My thoughts: I first was introduced to Colleen's writing through a publicity group I review for, and I liked that book so much, I wanted to read other books by her. If you like historical fiction, you will really enjoy this book. I loved the mysterious elements to it.

When the world’s most famous feline hits the three-decade milestone it’s time to celebrate! 30 Years of Laughs & Lasagna is a tribute to this tremendous achievement. Organized by decade, each with an introduction by Jim Davis, this lavishly illustrated volume features more than four hundred strips, including thirty of Jim Davis’s all-time favorites–with informative remarks from Jim on why they made the grade. Packed with early sketches, enlightening quotes, and fun facts (did you know that the Garfield comic was originally titled Jon?), this book shows how Garfield evolved from a witty kitty to a world-renowned fat cat.

Of Jim Davis’s “little hobby,” Blondie cartoonist Dean Young writes: “Every one of [these] little treasures is an exquisite menagerie of comic timing, writing, and cartoon art. It’s easy to see why his strip is continually voted one of the best on our planet by readers everywhere.”

So if you appreciate the unparalleled splendors of layered pasta, need something to ward off those nap attacks, or have a healthy appetite for humor, 30 Years of Laughs & Lasagna is just the ticket. Perhaps Jim Davis puts it best: “This whole line of work is to make people happy and smile.” Garfield’s millions of fans couldn’t agree more.

Additional notes: This is a companion book to the Garfield series. You can read about my take on the entire series and the first 50 books here, the 51st book here, the 52nd book here, the 53rd book here, the Christmas companion book here, and Odie's companion book here. There are several other companion books released with more coming. The 54th comic strip book will be released later this year.

My thoughts: If you want to own any of the Garfield books, this is one to own. There are four sections to this book. The first one is dedicated to the best comics published in the first decade, the second one to the best comics of the second decade, and the third section is for the best from the third decade. The last section is Jim Davis' most favorite 30 comics he wrote and drew.

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