Pingwing’s Birthday!

Today is my birthday, and Mr. Pingwing, my fiance, got me a gift card for Chapters!! Yay more new books!!

I’ve already purchased Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris, Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith, and The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I started The Maze Runner last night and am really liking it, so far.

I’m trying to save the rest of my gift card for the other books  I want that are coming out later this summer, but it’s so tough to wait when there are so many other books out now that I want!!!

3 Responses to Pingwing’s Birthday!

  1. Joanna says:

    Alright, I promised you a list of books that you should read, and here it is (don’t forget, you have to pick one of them!):

    1. “One for the Money” by Janet Evanovich: In Stephanie Plum’s opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in New Jersey. Out of work and out of money, with her Miata repossessed and her refrigerator empty, Stephanie blackmails her bail bondsman cousin into giving her a try as an apprehension agent. Stephanie knows zilch about the job requirements, but figures she can learn what it takes to catch a crook. Her first assignment: nail a former vice cop on the run from a charge of murder one – who also happens to be the irresistible macho pig who took Stephanie’s virginity at age 16.

    2. “Abby Cooper: Psychic Eye” by Victoria Laurie: Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn’t foresee the death of one of her clients-or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby’s future looks more uncertain than ever.

    3. “What’s a Ghoul to Do?” by Victoria Laurie: M.J., her partner Gilley, and their client, the wealthy, de-lish Dr. Steven Sable, are at his family’s lodge, where his grandfather allegedly jumped to his death from the roof-although Sable says it was foul play. But the patriarch’s isn’t the only ghost around. The place is lousy with souls, all with something to get off their ghoulish chests. Now M.J. will have to to quell the clamor-and listen for a voice with the answers…

    4. “Dragonfilght” by Anne McCaffrey: To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise—and take back her stolen birthright.

    But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share will be deep and last forever. It will protect them when, for the first time in centuries, Lessa’s world is threatened by Thread, an evil substance that falls like rain and destroys everything it touches. Dragons and their Riders once protected the planet from Thread, but there are very few of them left these days. Now brave Lessa must risk her life, and the life of her beloved dragon, to save her beautiful world. . . .

    All four of these books are part of larger series, so if you end up liking them you can read many, many more. The Evanovich books are pretty fun and a little trashy, but I like that sometimes. The Ghoul series by Laurie is a little scary, but it always works out in the end and the Psychic series is just fun and has some good mysteries to it. I really am enjoying the Dragonriders series. I don’t think the description really does it justice. It’s a Sci Fi book with some cool characters and I just think dragons are cool.

    Either way let me know which one you pick!!!

  2. Joanna says:

    Also, I should recommend anything by Jennifer Crusie. My favourite books by her include:

    1. Welcome to Temptation: Sophie and Amy Dempsey are just two wedding filmers trying to hop to the next level of their careers when they agree to produce a documentary of aging film star Clea Whipple’s return to her hometown of Temptation, Ohio. And when the local mayor, Phin Tucker, and the police chief, Wes Mazur, proffer themselves as willing subjects for quick flings, Sophie and Amy aren’t the type to object. But things are never easy in rural Ohio, and what starts off as an esoteric art film project soon evolves into potential porn–and that’s just the relationships, let alone the documentary. Clea’s husband Zane turns belly-up, the race for mayor turns dirty, and Sophie and Phin turn on the heat full steam.

    2. Bet Me: Minerva Dobbs’s mother named her daughter after the Greek goddess. Yet Min, who’s grown up to be a curvy woman who adores carbs, isn’t quite a knockout beauty and, at 33, she shows no signs of getting married anytime soon. So when the dashingly handsome (god-like, in fact) Calvin Morrissey enters Min’s life and starts pouring on the charm, she’s skeptical. As well she should be-it appears Cal has a $10,000 bet with some of his drinking buddies that he can get Min into bed within a month. Statistics-loving Min knows about the bet and figures she can play Cal for a month, use him as a date for her sister’s upcoming wedding and then dump him right before the month is up. Alas, destiny has different plans. As Min and Cal fall for each other, Crusie pulls out the pranks, repeatedly pushing the two together and then tearing them apart. A bubbly cast of characters alternately helps and hinders romance, including Cal’s ex-girlfriend, a psychologist who studies relationships for a living; a matchmaking Italian chef; and Min’s friend Liza, who’ll stop at nothing to make sure Min doesn’t wind up with the conniving Cal. It’s all cutesy, corny, romantic fun, and Crusie (Fast Women; Faking It; etc.) has created a loveable character in Min. Although some readers will be sucked into Crusie’s deliberate plot, others may cringe at its predictability. With multiple references to Chicken Marsala, Krispy Kreme donuts and Midwestern brats (a fine contrast to Min’s compulsively thin-thinking mother), Crusie’s latest should delight romance readers with a penchant for sinful foods.

    3. Faking It: Mural artist Tilda Goodnight is struggling to pay off the mortgage on the family business and keep the Goodnight secrets safely hidden. Juggling her life gets even more complicated when she hides in Clea Lewis’s closet and collides with sexy Davy Dempsey. Tilda is in Clea’s bedroom to steal back a forged painting; Davy’s there to steal Clea’s account codes and retrieve the $3 million the larcenous blonde stole from him. Somehow, Tilda finds herself exchanging a mind-blowing kiss with her fellow burglar, and when Davy follows her home and rents a room from her mother, she’s forced to deal with the charming con man. Everyone in Tilda’s world is pretending to be someone else, including her daydreaming mother, her split-personality sister, and her cross-dressing ex-brother-in-law. All of them, including Tilda and Davy, are Faking It. What will happen when all the secrets are out and everyone knows the truth about everyone else? Will Davy recover his 3 million? Will Tilda recover all the forged paintings and find her true artistic calling? Will Tilda’s mother run off to Aruba with a hit man named Ford? And exactly what is the difference between a man labeled a “doughnut” and one who deserves the title “muffin”?

    Crusie has written a lot more than this, but these are probably a good start. I first read “Faking It” and I would say it’s probably her best. These are definitely romancey novels (though they are found in the fiction section), but I just love them. She always makes such quirky female characters, and every story has a pet, and the guys always sound so dreamy. So I thought I should at least recommend something by Jennifer Crusie, even though it might not be totally up your alley.

    • Pingwing says:

      The Ghoul series and Dragonrider series sound intriguing. I’m not sure about the other ones. I don’t typically like anything too romancy and sexy. If you had to pick one of your books listed to ease someone into that genre, which would you suggest?

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