Review: Running Around (and such)

Running Around (and Such) (Lizzie Searces for Love Series #1) by Linda Byler: Book Cover

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: May 2010
  • Publisher: Good Books
  • Format: Paperback , 324pp
  • Sales Rank: 98,990
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis

A romance novel by an Amish writer, based on true experiences! It isn’t that Lizzie doesn’t want to stay Amish. There is just so much to figure out. What will become of LIzzie? Is she too spirited, too innocent and almost too uninhibited to be a young Amish woman?

My Review:

I was lucky enough to win this book and really did not know what to expect of it.  I was drawn to the idea that I might learn more about the Amish way of life and the challenges that it holds.  I was pleased that I was left wanting to know more about this culture. 

Lizzie Glick is the 2nd oldest of a family of 5 children who are moving to a new Amish community a great distance from their current home in Jefferson County to a farm because her father is looking for a new challenge.  We are walked through Lizzie as she learns about herself, God, and the ways of the Amish.  She is challenged with who she is and how she feels about the different boys in her life.  She is also challenged with how she fits into her family and working outside the home.  What drew me the most to this story was Lizzie trouble with her weight and self-esteem.  This was very real to me, something that has always been a struggle for me and it made me feel connected to Lizzie even though we come from very different backgrounds.  The book left me wanting to know what decision Lizzie will make for her future. I will look to read the following books in the future.

I rate this book 4 of 5 stars.

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Review: Side Jobs by Jim Butcher

Side Jobs by Jim Butcher: Book Cover

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: October 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: Hardcover , 418pp
  • Sales Rank: 907

Synopsis

The first short story collection in the #1 New York Times bestselling series-including a brand-new Harry Dresden novella!
Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher-a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious. Also included is a new, never-before-published novella that takes place after the cliff-hanger ending of the new April 2010 hardcover, Changes. This is a must-have collection for every devoted Harry Dresden fan as well as a perfect introduction for readers ready to meet Chicago’s only professional wizard.

My Review:

I would highly recommend that one have read all of the books in this series before taking this one on.  I love the wit and humor in the Dresden Files and this book continues though it while filling in some of the blanks that I had while reading thought them.  Butcher does a nice job of explaining each short story, as well as, where it falls in the series.  I was pleased to see stories from Thomas, Dresden’s brother, and Murphy, cop he works with and has always had feeling for.  I enjoyed seeing the different styles that Butcher can write from outside of what I have seen him write in the past.  I was a little disappointed when this came out as the next book in the series because it felt like it was just a filler book and that the series might die off but after reading Aftermath I think there will be more to come for Harry Dresden.  It really does not give us any idea what is too come but leaves the door wide open for more.  4.5 stars for this book – mostly due to the fact that it is a collection rather than a continuation of the story.  

Please be sure to check out review of Ghost Story the book that follows Side Jobs.

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Out With A Bang Update

Good Morning Everyone! 
Just a quick update here for the Out With A Bang Read-a-thon.  I was very impressed with myself that even though I worked 6 hours yesterday I completed 2 books and posted reviews for both.
Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo by Heather Wardell: NOOKbook Cover
and
The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman: Book Cover
I am working today until at least noon so we will see what I get though today.  I am about 90 pages into
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher: Book Cover
I am so glad that I decided to do this even though I am working.  I really enjoyed just sitting down and reading yesterday. 

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