The holiday season has me behind on pretty much everything – including several blogs. A side effect from my cold was a lovely bout of insomnia, which allowed me to finally finish the Dan Brown book, the new Janet Evonavich, and start another. Not exactly mind-blowing – but at the rate I’m reading lately, it seemed like a lot. So here’s the wrap-up, plus a Birdie edition…
The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown
A sequel to The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, The Lost Symbol follows Robert Langdon on an intense mission to save the life of his friend. Set in Washington D.C., the book is filled with intrigue, suspense, and of course, symbolism.
I don’t know that there is much to say about the book except that if you liked the first two of the series, you’ll thoroughly enjoy the latest installment. I’ve never been much of a history buff, but Dan Brown just has that talent – that way of making almost anything intriguing. I’m a total sucker for a good mystery/suspense, and the book doesn’t disappoint. There was a certain scene (I’m already think of this in movie form – it will be fantastic) where I actually jumped a little, heart racing. Intense, fun – go read it if you haven’t already.
(And just as a side note – if you like suspense novels, but haven’t joined the Dan Brown craze – you don’t have to read them in order.)
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen, by Janet Evanovich
Another series that I absolutely love, but for completely different reasons. I don’t re-read many books, so I don’t usually have the desire to own them – the library works just fine – but Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series is one collection I’m happy to place on my book shelves. Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter in Trenton, New Jersey. She relies more on luck than talent at catching her skips. The cast of characters that surround her are equally hilarious – I’m guaranteed several out-loud-laughs in each book – something else I don’t do very often.
I’ve wondered if the author could keep the series going, and still be as funny and endearing over time – so far, she’s keeping it up. Loved it, and can’t wait for the next one.
Next up: The Kosher Sutra, by Shmuley Boteach
Momma: Ella, what is the ladybug doing in this book?
Ella: He’s trying to eat those aphids.
Momma: Is he nice?
Ella: No. He’s screaming and he wants to fight animals.
Momma: Which animal did you like best?
Ella: The whale. He slaps the ladybug. And then he [the ladybug] shares [the aphids].
Momma: Is it good to share?
Momma: Why is it good?
Ella: I don’t know.
Ella: That’s Skippyjon Jones!
Momma: It is. What does he do in this book?
Ella: He walks in the bedroom and sees the doggy. He sings and has a party, and the bee eats his beans.
Momma: Did he help his friends get away from the bad bee?
Ella: Yeah. He popped him!
Momma: What was your favorite part?
Ella: He thinks he’s a Chihuahua.
(Incidentally – Momma loves this book too – I think we’ll have to add it to our permanent collection – if you couldn’t tell from her review, it’s about a Siamese cat and his imaginative adventures.)