21 February 2010

Book Review Sunday

As promised I am trying to make this the day I post some quick blurbs about what I have been reading for my 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge.

So far I have read

#1 Dying Bites by D.D. Barant
    This was a quick, totally trashy read and I loved it.  Being one who enjoys all the recent upswing in the supernatural "literature" this was a very fun read and I look forward to reading the others in the series as they come out.

#2 Coroner's Journal by Louis Cataldie
    Truly fascinating journal style book written by the man who was the coroner in New Orleans when Katrina hit.   While the books publishing date causes it to include only brief bits about dealing with that large scale catastrophe, the rest of the book deals with many cases from his general work and his work in looking for a few serial killers.  I realize I may be alone in my somewhat morbid interest in this stuff, but if you like The Scarpetta Series or The Temperance Brennan Series, you might like this one.

#3 ScreamFree Parenting by Hal Runkel.
   Noticed a friend on Facebook belonged to this group and since I have always admired how she handles her kids, I figured I would give it a read.  It was pretty interesting.  While it certainly did not say anything revolutionary, such books rarely do,  I liked how it well summarized the simple points that make communicating with kids so much easier.  As you can see from the link, it has become quite the little ScreamFree cult industry, but don't let that put you off reading this book.  I found it very helpful and well-suited to my style of parenting and even if its not your style, the book still has some good techniques to have in your "arsenal."

As you can see I am already quite behind in my reading goals, but oh well....at least my brain is not rotting completely out of my head from Nick Jr. exposure.


Heidi Maxwell said...

Love the Scarpetta Series. Jim is reading the most recent ones and he says that she is trying to hard nowadays.

More good quick reading: Harry Bosch novels - he's an LA Detective.

CJ Box Novels - quick and can't put them down once you start. (Set in WY)

Robert Jordan, Wheel of TIme Series. Not quick. And he's dead, so someone else is writing the last two books using his outlines and notes, but arguably the best fantasy series out there right now.

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