Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Dishing It!!

I found a new blog today and in turn a new party!!  Who doesn't like parties?!?!?

Amanda at Serenity Now is hosting her Dishing It! - Summer Reading party.  You should go check out what everyone else is reading too.

My top 5 books.
1. Anything by Fannie Flagg.  I love the humor in her books.  They can be a little emotional, but they always end up being a good read.  She is one of those authors that I can re-read her books and still be totally captivated by what is going to happen next.

2.  Meg Cabot's Queen of Babble series.  I picked up the first book of the series mainly because I thought the cover art was cute.  I loved the book and had to go get the other two books immediately after reading.  This series is about a young woman who has had some bad relationship picks and over comes all to end up with Mr. Wright...all while designing dresses. 

3.  The Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke.  This is a mystery series.  I love mysteries...I love trying to figure out who done it.  This series is right up my alley...the main character owns a cookie store and she is constantly creating new cookies...and the book includes recipes.  Even if you don't like mysteries these books are worth reading for the dessert recipes!!

4.  Recently I have gotten into the Vampire books.  I read the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris and couldn't put them down.  If you haven't heard of this series it is a mystery series that involves vampires, werewolves, witches, and many more supernatural beings.  I loved reading about the adventures that Sookie has in each book...and keeping track of her love interests.  I enjoyed these books, but I think they are a little racy for younger adults...lots of descriptive sex scenes.

5.  Another mystery series I love is the Flower Shop Mysteries by Kate Collins.  This is about a small town girl who drops out of law school and buys the local flower shop.  Abby, the main character, has a hard time keeping her nose out of other peoples business and so she ends up trying to solve a lot of mysteries.  Very fun, easy reads.

What is my favorite genre?
My favorite type of book to read is a mystery.  I have really gotten into the supernatural books lately, but I am trying to take a break from them. 

What is your favorite place to get books?
I try to get the books I read from my local library.  My husband says I would have read us out of house and home with the way I have been reading the last couple of years.  I own the books that I truly love so that I can read them again and again...but I try to buy used to save a little money.  I am a sucker for finding cute books at the check out stand in our grocery store.  I will find out the name and see if I can check it out at the library.  I do judge a book by its cover.  I have several books that I have gotten from garage sales.  I have to read books in a series in order...I just have too.  Sometimes this is hard b/c I will find a book that I want to read, but I don't want to start a story halfway through a series.  I feel like you don't know the characters as well b/c you are missing out on all that back history from previous books.

What are your favorite magazines?
I guess I would say Martha Stewart.  I haven't been so thrilled with them lately thought.

If I were stuck on a dessert island I would want to be stuck with Marco Salvare from the Flower Shop Mysteries.  He is a former ranger, complete hunk, and a very protective man. 

How do you make time to read?
Well, lately I have been reading text books and journal articles...for my two summer classes.  I try to read during nap time, but most of the time I read after the kiddos go to bed. I try to limit myself to 1 1/2 to 2 hrs of reading at night, but sometimes I just can't stop at the end of a chapter and I have to keep going.

What is next on your to read list?
I have a couple of books left in the Hannah Swensen series so I will definitely be reading those.  From there I will be catching up on a couple of new releases to some past series I have read.  After that I have some other series that friends have suggested...I guess I'll wait and see what I am in the mood for. 

Well, I have enjoyed sharing a little bit about me and my reading habits with you today.  I hope you will check out Amanda's blog and maybe join in the party!!

P.S.  Does anyone have a good book suggestion?  I would love to hear about some of your favorite books!!

Happy Reading!


  1. I used to read Patricia Cornwell. She is a good murder mystery writer. I used to have a hard time putting down her books. I like a good mystery every once in a while.

  2. Hello! Stopping over from the party. I like how all your books have the brightest covers! I can see how they would draw you in. They all sound very interesting. I think Charlaine is from my state (Arkansas) and that is what the True Blood series on HBO is based upon. I think - does that sound right?

  3. I'm here from Amanda's party. I love a mystery, too, and your post made me realize that I've missed reading them. Have you read Diana Mott Davidson's series? The main character is a caterer and always manages to get herself involved in a murder. Recipes are included and I've even made a few. I'll have to check out some of the mystery series that you recommend.

  4. Oh, I love mysteries too. If you visit my post you can see I'm all about the kids and home these days. But I'm so enjoying reading about some good books for Mom aka me!

  5. Those recommendations all sound good (except that I probably wouldn't read the vampire one). I've heard of some of these, but not all of them, so thanks!

  6. Okay, I think you and I are totally on the same page! ;) I almost put Queen of Babble on my list b/c I LOVED the first one, but thought the other two were a teeny bit of a let down.

    I've read all of the Sookie Stackhouse books, and I love those too. Oddly enough, I can't stand the TV show. I think it's b/c they changed a lot of stuff, and the characters are way better looking in my head!!

    The Hannah Swensen books sound right up my alley. :) Can't wait to find the first one.

    Thanks for linking up! :) Have fun "partying" this week. ;)

  7. Great recommendations! A second one for Meg Cabot... I am definitely going to have to check her work out!

    And I can't believe I haven't read the Sookie Stackhouse books yet! I love the show and all things vampire, so thanks for the reminder! :)

  8. Hi I'm visitng from Amanda's party. I have so many friends that are into murder/mystery novels & LOVE them but I have yet to pick one up. I'll have to check some out now :-) Take care!

  9. My request list at the library is getting longer and longer! Thanks for the recommendations...I'm definitely going to look for Fannie Flagg.

  10. I have never ready Meg Cabot, but I think I'm gonna have to get one. I've seen several who recommended her.

    Didn't Fannie Flagg write Fried green Tomatoes? I love that movie. I'll have to read some of hers.

    I feel a trip to the library coming on. thanks for the info.

  11. Your recommendations look amazing! I pick books because of the cover a lot of the time too! I am going to have to make to read a few books!

  12. Do you read James Patterson or Jonathan Kellerman at all? I don't know if they'd necessarily be classified as mystery, because thhey're crime novels. But they're exciting to read.

  13. Nice Pun on my blog! I like how these supernatural books twist the "stereo-types" on the supes. Marien Keyes writes some pretty funny stories while dealing with serious issues. Of course, one of my favs is Douglas Adams.

  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the Queen of Babble series. It did not end the way I thought it would, which I love. I like to be surprised by twists. I like pretty much anything by Meg Cabot. The period books I listed on my blog are all mysteries. You should check them out.

  15. Stopping by from the Dishing it party...I LOVE the Sookie Stackhouse books too! They are on my list as well! I missed Amanda's deadline, but I still did my post...you can check it out if you like...http://thesimpler-life.blogspot.com/2010/07/books-books-books.html

  16. Love your list! I'm a big fan of novels that have recipes in them! I love mystery too but don't let myself read it because once I've picked up a mystery I can't put it down. The next thing I know it's 1 am but at least I know who dunnit! So clearly if I let myself read mysteries I would never sleep... But I'll definitely keep your recommendations in mind if I decide to start reading during the day! :)

  17. I enjoyed the list and glad to make a connection from SITS 31 DBBB Challenge


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