The other day I mentioned I wanted to talk about books soon, and soon is NOW. Have you thought about what books you've read recently that you'd recommend? If so, please leave a comment about your recent favorite(s) and why it was good.
I've been using my Kindle more and more, and I just bought one for Hubby for Father's Day so we'll both be able to read while we're on vacation--he's really enjoying it too. If you don't yet have a Kindle but have been thinking about getting one, Amazon recently reduced the price of the Kindle Fire HD--with the Fire you can access the internet, watch movies and TV shows, listen to books on tape, etc. I'm not pushing the Kindle by any means--I still enjoy holding a "real" book in my hands occasionally--but since we're talking about books, I thought I'd mention it.
Anyway, since getting the Kindle, I've also subscribed to Amazon Prime, and one of the benefits is that I can "check out" a book each month from the Amazon lending library. For July, I checked out a book called Opal Fire by Barbra Annino. It had some pretty good reader reviews and some of the reviewers said it reminded them of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books--that sounded pretty perfect to me!
Having now read Opal Fire--and I think I read it in a day--I'd agree. There were parts that had me laughing aloud and thinking about how the quirky characters in this book were every bit as quirky as the characters in Stephanie Plum's family.
The main character, Stacy Justice, is a newspaper reporter in a small town. Her grandmother and her two great aunts own a bed and breakfast and are practicing witches; they think Stacy should take her heritage more seriously and join them. Stacy has a cousin/best friend named Cinnamon and a Great Dane named Thor. Besides that, it appears--in this book at least--that she also has two attractive men hanging around. Oh, there are also some dead bodies--because essentially, the book is a mystery of the cozy type. So no, Opal Fire isn't deep and thoughtful reading, but it is entertaining, and sometimes that's just what I'm looking for.
Opal Fire is the first of what are four books in the series so far. It's available as a Kindle book as well as a paperback. If you want to read the reviews and sample the first few pages, click HERE. I've downloaded the second book to my Kindle and hope to read it soon.
So, what have you enjoyed recently?