So I was checking out the updates from my fellow bloggers this morning and I came across a really cool idea that Vyki @ On The Shelf is participating with (which she got from For Those Who Live to Read), which is 30 Days of Books. Each day there is a different book-related topic or question to post about (ie. best/worst/favorite-type deals), the list of which I’m linking back to On The Shelf since she’s got them posted all nice and neat like! I know I already posted today for my Freaky Friday edition #2, but I was so excited that I wanted to start today! And since I’m going to be gone this weekend, I’ll start with days 1 & 2 and resume on Sunday.
30 Days of Books: Day #1
A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just end already
I know it says “OR” but I’m going to respond to both 🙂
A series I wish had gone on longer:
Harry Potter of course! We all wish this never had to end. I know there are a few fan-written stories that take on the adventure’s of Harry’s son James AND you can read them for free on GoodReads: James Potter and the Hall of Elders’ Crossing. Has anyone read these? I’ve peeked around the reviews on GoodReads and most of them look pretty decent. Maybe it’s a way to keep the magic alive even after J.K. stops with Harry.
I was going to say the Heather Wells series by Meg Cabot – Those books were so much fun! I picked them up from my sister and they kind of brought me out of my “reading slump” in which I hadn’t been reading for a while. I had always wished there were more books to this series, but to my pleasant surprise, I found out that Size 12 and Ready to Rock is due out this July! Can’t wait!!
A series I wish would just end already: The Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke.
Okay, let me explain. This is actually one of my favorite cozy mystery series… In the beginning. I loved Hannah’s little town in Minnesota where it’s always cold but the citizens are always warm. I loved Hannah always corrected her sister’s grammar (because I’m a grammar stickler as well!), and sometimes the mysteries were easy, but mostly they were real puzzlers! The reason I couldn’t take the series any more is because of the “love story” (yes, in quotes) that runs througout the novel. In the first book Hannah meets two men: Norman the dentist and Mike the dreamy cop. Hannah’s in her 30s and still single so when she starts getting the attention of these two guys, her whole family goes ga-ga for her to settle down. But in the first book (and every book thereafter), she’s constantly being pushed to pick one of those guys and marry him – But she just met both of these guys! And througout the series (I’ve finished through book 8), she continues to date both of them. And by date, I mean gets a quick kiss and occasionally hangs out. We’ve been through 8 books, both of these suckers are still hanging around for a 6th grader’s relationship, and the topic of marriage is still constantly pushed and pushed and pushed. I really liked the mysteries in these books and it all started out really fun so I do continue to recommend them. Maybe other people aren’t bothered by this like I am – Who knows. But all I know is, I’ve had enough! Until Hannah makes a commitment, I’m taking a break from the series. And as a last clarification, I guess I shouldn’t say I wish it would end – I just wish the “love triangle” aspect would end already and give the readers something to cheer about (or gripe about) as she chooses a guy!
30 Days of Books: Day #2
A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about
Okay, I’m gonna go old school on this. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech was – no wait, IS – my all-time favorite children’s/middle grade book. I guess it’s kind of a toss up between that and The Giver by Lois Lowry, but I know I read Walk Two Moons several times as a kid and maybe I should get my hands on a copy because I’m pretty sure I’d still really enjoy it! It follows the story of Salamanca Tree Hiddle (Sal for short) as she embarks upon a road trip with her family to reunite with her mother in Idaho. Along the way, she tells the her account of Phoebe Winterbottom to entertain her grandmother. It’s a heartwarming, enlightening, and bittersweet story and it’s stuck with me ever since I was a kid. Man, I need to read this again… Here’s the link to GoodReads if you want to know more: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech and don’t read the spoilers if you going to read the book!! Which I highly recommend that you do read it, regardless of age 🙂