Saturday, August 4, 2012

This Book Room

Clark and Marty's daughter, ready to start her own life, must rely on faith in the face of homesickness and mounting hardships.

Additional notes: This is the third book in the Love Comes Softly series. You can read my review of the first book here and the second book here. There are eight books in this series, and all have been released.

My thoughts: This is absolutely my favorite book in this series so far. The first half of the book is laid out very cool - if you've ever played Oregon Trail, you would love to read this book! I was so enjoying it and told Jason all about it as I read it. It was seriously so much fun. Even if you read no other in the series, you should definitely check this book out.

Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he’s innocent. Or at least sort of. The authorities are closing in, but when a surprise blizzard hits, the Heffley family is trapped indoors. Greg knows that when the snow melts he’s going to have to face the music, but could any punishment be worse than being stuck inside with your family for the holidays?

Additional notes: This is the sixth and latest book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. You can read my review of the first book here, the second book here, the third book here, the fourth book here and the fifth book here. The seventh book will be released later this year.

My thoughts: This was my most favorite Diary of a Wimpy Kid book out of the entire series. The humor and situations were spot on. I was giggling while reading it!

There's a new shop on Seattle's Blossom Street--a flower store called Susannah's Garden, right next door to A Good Yarn. Susannah Nelson, the owner, has just hired a young widow named Colette Blake. A couple of months earlier, Colette had abruptly quit her previous job--after a brief affair with her boss. To her dismay, he's suddenly begun placing weekly orders for flower arrangements. Susannah and Colette both join Lydia Goetz's new knitting class. Lydia's previous classes have forged lasting friendships, and this one is no exception. But Lydia and her sister, Margaret, have worries of their own. Margaret's daughter, Julia, has been the victim of a random carjacking, and the entire family is thrown into emotional chaos. Then there's Alix Townsend. Her wedding to Jordan Turner is only months away--but she's not sure she can go through with it. Her love for Jordan isn't in question; what she can't handle is the whole wedding extravaganza engineered by her mentor, Jacqueline, with the enthusiastic cooperation of her future mother-in-law. A reception at the country club and hundreds of guests she's never even met--it's just not Alix. Like everyone else in Lydia's knitting class, Alix knows there's a solution to every problem...and that another woman can usually help you find it.

Additional notes: Including the Christmas book released under this series, this book is the fifth book in the Blossom Street series. You can read my review of the first book here, the second book here, the third book here and the Christmas book here. There are currently nine books in this series, and I recently discovered the tenth will be released next April.

My thoughts: This wasn't the best book in the series, but it was an easy read. Alix bothered me in this book a lot, and so did Colette and her former boss. Margaret and her family's story line was what kept this story moving for me.

Working for her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie, Stephanie is hot on the trail of revenge-seeking waitress Maxine Nowicki, whose crimes include bail jumping, theft, and extortion. Someone is terrifying Maxine's friends, and those who have seen her are turning up dead. Also on the hunt for Maxine is Joyce Barnhardt, Stephanie's archenemy and rival bounty hunter. Stephanie's attitude never wavers - even when aided by Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker and wannabe bounty hunter Lula, and transvestite rock musician Sally Sweet - and even when Stephanie makes an enemy whose deadly tactics escalate from threatening messages to firebombs. All of this pales in comparison, though, with an even greater danger Stephanie faces, when, homeless and broke, she and her hamster Rex move in with vice cop Joe Morelli.

Additional notes: This is the fourth book in the Stephanie Plum series. There are currently 18 books in this series along with a few between-the-numbers books. The nineteenth book will be released later this year. You can read my review of the first book here, the second book here and the third book here.

My thoughts: This book was especially entertaining. The different plot lines and characters were hilarious and intriguing. I am loving this series!

Recently orphaned, eleven-year-old Cathy Benson moves to the small town of Kersey in the Texas Panhandle, a community that lives and dies by its Friday night football games. She is quickly befriended by classmates John Caldwell and Trey Don Hall, up-and-coming gridiron stars with whom she forges a bond that will determine the course of their lives. Set initially against the delirium of Texas high school. football, teenage love, and a tragic event that shadows the boys into adulthood, the novel expands to follow the careers and lives of the three friends, uprooted from one another since graduation, until they reunite in Kersey at forty years of age. With all of Meacham's signature drama, unforgettable characters, and plot twists, readers will be turning the pages, desperate to learn how it all plays out.

My thoughts: I love Leila Meacham's writing. She is just magical at how she tells a story. I deeply implore all of you to read this book and to read her first novel, Roses {which is even better than Tumbleweeds}.

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