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Despite a pretty busy fall semester I was able to get in some good books this season. I’m a little disappointed that I won’t be able to reach that 50 book goal by the end of the year, but 32 is still an accomplishment. I’d probably have a few more, but I’m still working my way through a handful of titles — The Stand goes on forever.
Anyway, here’s what I’ve read since my last check-in:
The Death Dealer by Heather Graham – This is another one of those easy reads that just happened to appear on my bookshelf. I’ve read a couple of other books written by this author and I didn’t hate them, so I figured I’d give this one a shot. Much like the others, I didn’t hate this one, but I didn’t love it either. It does have some fun facts about Edgar Allen Poe scattered among its pages though.
Curtains by Tom Jokinen – This is one of those books that has taken me longer than normal to complete. I picked it up while on my mortuary science kick. I had already read a few other industry-related books and Jokinen’s came highly recommended. It wasn’t as easy of a read as Down Among the Dead Men: A Year in the Life of a Mortuary Technician, but it did prove very informative. I can’t remember how many times I referenced in during conversations with my family. If you or anyone you know is considering a career in mortuary science, I definitely recommend picking up Jokinen’s book.
My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places by Mary Roach – Normally one to pique my interest with tales about human cadavers, the digestive system, and whether or not there’s a soul, this book tackled something a bit more interesting: life. This book is a collection of short articles written by the humorous science writer for Readers Digest. Roach covers everyday life with her husband in a hilarious yet poignant (at times) way — a balance not many can master. There’s a reason why this woman is still one of my favorite authors.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season 9): Welcome to the Team – What can I say about this, really? I love Buffy. Season 9 is much better than season 8 (in my opinion) and it’s interesting to see how the everyone reacts to a world without magic. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy the whole Buffy-Angel-marathon-love-making thing as a valid reason for abolishing magic, but then again, BTVS has never been one for realistic scenarios. Just go with it, Jenn. Go with it.
Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris – The last few books in this series felt really rushed, and the final one was a tad anti-climatic compared to Sookie’s previous novels. That said, the ending was pretty bittersweet and I’m not sure I’m ready for this ride to be over. [SPOILERS ahead: Read on at your own risk] I’m not 100 percent thrilled with Sookie and Sam, but I guess we saw it coming from the very early books. I don’t buy the arranged marriage between Eric and the Queen of Oklahoma — maybe it’s the hopeless romantic in me, but I really thought Eric would find a way out of it. But when I think about it more, Sam is the right choice. At least he’s alive, right? Although technically he’s kind of a zombie.
Lean Mean Thirteen and Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich – I’m still reading these books. The plot is almost always the same: Stephanie comes face to face with an unruly “skip,” makes out with Morelli and flirts incessantly with Ranger, finds herself in a precarious situation in which she is rescued from by Morelli and/or Ranger. Cue the next book. I will say that Fearless Fourteen was a pretty fun read. It was nice to see more of Morelli and watch how he dealt with his house being overrun by potato-gun carrying geeks. I’m currently reading the 15th book, but it’s too early to have an opinion.
I put a couple of books on my Christmas list so hopefully by this time next month I’ll be reading the third installment in Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, Allegiant. I also have another Richard Castle and Mary Roach book I’d like to pick up soon. What about you? Read any good books lately?