Ahhhh, Books!

I almost forgot what it feels like to finish a book; that heady, amazing feeling of getting to the last page and closing the cover on all those words. Maybe the bad guy was caught and killed. Maybe boy and girl finally realized they loved each other after all. Maybe the bad guy gets away and the protagonist is left to deal with the aftermath. Whatever the case may be, there is something satisfying about finishing.

There is also a feeling of loss, though, because you are at an end and you won’t get to spend anymore moments with those characters. Perhaps that’s why authors started making series. I’m thinking it is just as difficult for them to say goodbye to their characters, probably even more so. Why not make more books and follow the characters through even more amazing adventures?

I’m reading a series, which is probably why I’m not going through the aftermath of saying goodbye for the last time. The series is decent, but as with most anything, it also has its downsides. I picked up the books because I fell in love with the made-for-TV movies they did. I’m thinking, though, that I was actually in love with the actor who plays the main character and that’s why I loved the movies so much. (If you grew up in the eighties and didn’t have a crush on Tom Selleck, I’m not sure I can ever understand you…)

It’s been interesting to get a little deeper into the character’s mind and see him in more depth, but in doing so, I actually like him a bit less. I already knew he was an alcoholic so that wasn’t a shocker but I realized he’s definitely more of a womanizer than they portrayed in the movies. And I seriously don’t get his feelings for his ex-wife who is way more in the picture in the books than she was in the movies.

Still a likable character – bad-ass cop in a small town who bends the rules just enough to make him lovable but with problems that make him not so high on a pedestal. If you like a good crime series set in a small town, I recommend the Jesse Stone series written by Robert B Parker.

I’m looking forward to the continuation of the series. I just put the third one in my bag to start tomorrow. They are light, fun reading and I’m enjoying it. I’m still feeling a bit lack-luster about my choices, though. I haven’t picked up a book since summer of last year that I couldn’t even think about putting down until it was complete (I’m looking at you, Chuck Wendig and Miriam Black). I love books like that.

So, any suggestions? I’m pretty open to reading anything, in fact, this crime series is pretty far outside what I used to consider my kind of book. So comment away fellow readers. I would love to hear about the books you read that you just couldn’t put down.

This post is brought to you as part of Just Jot It January hosted by Linda G Hill. Feel free to jump on in!

JJJ 2015

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15 thoughts on “Ahhhh, Books!

  1. Have you tried any of Kathy Reichs , or Tessa Garrison , or for a change Maeve Binchy or even Bernard Cornwell. I love reading ! OH! what about Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang or A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini who also wrote the Kite Runner….. I could go on!

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  2. Preston & Childs has a great series about a strange FBI Agent named Pendergast. These are crime novels with a touch of the supernatural thrown in. Pendergast is a very engaging character. I’d start with ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ and then move on from there. Some books in the series are better than others, of course.

    Also, read a book by a new author last month. It was titled ‘I Am Pilgrim’ (by Terry Hayes). Terrific book. Sequel due out soon.

    I concur with poster above re ‘Kite Runner’ and ‘A Thousand Splended Suns’ – magnificent books. Very moving and will hold you captive.

    For a great crime series, check out Dennis LeHane’s series about a cop named Patrick Kenzie and his girlfriend/colleage, Angie. LeHane is terrific.

    If you like unusual urban crime fighters, check out the ‘Repairman Jack’ series. Different and very good. Paul Wilson is the author of those.

    Can you tell I love to discuss books? If you’re on Goodreads, look me up! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Well if you like drama you should read my books ;-). lol.

    Have you read Gillian Flynn yet? Gone Girl is the best; the other two are decent but not spectacular, IMO. I am reading Hollow City, part 2 of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children; also excellent books. My favorite book of all time is White Oleander. Sister by Rosamund Lupton is good. Michael Connelly is really good if you’re liking the crime scene. My favorite classics are Jane Eyre and To Kill A Mockingbird. That’s all I got off the top of my head :-). I love to talk good books!

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  4. As you know I find books that have no swearing or sex. I have found some awesome ones, but i am not sure you would like them. For me reading is far more exciting then TV or some movies.

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