Saturday, March 31, 2012

March Reading List

Books Read in March

037 - 01 Laced With Magic, by Barbara Bretton (3/2)
038 - 02 Explosive Eighteen, by Janet Evanovich (3/3)
039 - 03 Foundation, by Mercedes Lackey (3/3)
040 - 04 Intrigues, by Mercedes Lackey (3/6)
041 - 05 Changes, by Mercedes Lackey (3/7)
042 - 06 Spells & Stitches, by Barbara Bretton (3/8)
043 - 07 Love In A Nutshell, by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly (3/10)
044 - 08 Mastiff, by Tamora Pierce (3/19)
045 - 09 The Sinner, by Tess Gerritsen (3/22)
046 - 10 Chasing Fireflies, by Charles Martin (3/23)
047 - 11 Smoke in Mirrors, by Jayne Ann Krentz (3/25) 
048 - 12 The Doctor's Secret Baby, by Teresa Southwick (3/25) 
049 - 13 Canyons of the Night, by Jayne Ann Krentz (3/26)
050 - 14 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs (3/26)
051 - 15 I Shot You Babe, by Leslie Langtry (3/28)

I think Chasing Fireflies was one of my favorite books this month. Okay, Mastiff was definitely my favorite, mostly because I'm such a long-time fan of Tamora Pierce and I had waited so long for this third book in the series. (I'm just sad that it's the final book in that particular series. She did a great job tying it into the other series, though!) But Chasing Fireflies surprised me. I borrowed it from the library on a whim. For the first three or four pages, I was trying to figure out why I insist on being so impulsive when borrowing book instead of taking my time to find what I really want. After that, I was too engrossed in the story to wonder why. By the end, I found myself wondering what else Charles Martin has written. There are a lot of really serious topics, and yet this it doesn't read as a "serious" book. I definitely recommend it as a Must-Read.

Another Must-Read is Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. I had seen it at the bookstore and debated buying it, but decided against  it. Instead, I got a copy of it from the library. I may need to go back to the bookstore so that I can keep a copy forever. The story starts out fairly innocently, and lures you into thinking it's going to be a sweet, but cheesy, novel based on a clever gimmick (a series of strange photographs provide "proof" for the unusual characters in the story). Before you realize it, you've been sucked into the story -- which has become a much deeper with social nuances and heavy themes tucked in among the cheesiness. It's totally wonderful. I've also been inspired to go through my collection of old, unidentified family photos so that I can make up wild tales about the people in them. (This can be taken as a warning of future post material.)

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