Friday, February 12, 2010

Catching up on my favorite series, Part 2

This was supposed to post while I was on vacation...apparently in my blogging hiatus, I forgot how to hit the 'publish' button! Dork!

Here's a couple more books from my favorite authors and series that I've read recently.

I had two books from the Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber that I was behind on! (Two! That made me realize just how much of a book reading/blogging 'vacation' I had taken. So glad I'm back!) The first one I read was Twenty Wishes. The second was Summer on Blossom Street. I just love this series. It's a great "women's friendship" series. You know, those friends that you always want to have and wish you were? Or maybe some of you are lucky enough to be a part of a great group of friends. I have good friends but these books always leave me longing to be a better friend, to have more joy with my friends and care deeper for them. I don't mean I feel bad about myself, but rather, I want to do and be more.

Each of these books takes a few of the folks who live or work on Blossom Street and tells their story. But it's not just their story, it's the story of those they interact with, who each have their own story. Their lives weave in and out of each other at different times of life. These two books are the fourth and fifth in the series. Check out my review of the second and the third. Each would be great as a stand-alone read but are wonderful to be read as a series. I highly recommend all of these books to you! I gave each of these books 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sue Grafton is one of the authors that got me hooked on the serial 'detective' mystery books. It amazes me how much I enjoy this series and cannot believe this is the 21st in the series! U is for Undertow, unfortunately, is not one of the best in the series. I still enjoyed catching up with Kinsey (she's still back in 1988 - before cell phones...gasp!). Although my 'swiss-cheese memory' makes it difficult to remember who all the old boyfriends are, her family drama, etc, I do love Kinsey and Henry and Rosie and William.

There didn't seem to be much of a mystery to this one. Yes, there was some but it wasn't up to par with the interesting cases (and crisis's) that Kinsey usually finds herself. The tragic fellow wasn't all that tragic and the mystery not all that believable.

Did I still read it and enjoy the story? Yes. Do I want you to start your alphabet journey with this one? No. This is one series you have to start at the beginning. Go through life with Kinsey. Watch her have fun, screw up, learn, mature, figure herself out and help a bunch of folks along the way, figuring out interesting mysteries. Lots of dead guys, car chases and such too. I gave this book 4 stars but probably at least half of one was for sentimental reasons.

What are some of your favorite series? What have I missed that you think I would enjoy?

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

I'm sorry to see that U is for Undertow doesn't live up to the rest of the series.