Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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52 {Books} in 52: Dead Reckoning

I actually started reading the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris before I even saw the show True Blood. In general, the books have a more light-hearted feel to them than the show. Light-hearted isn't exactly the right word, but the books just don't seem to take themselves as seriously as the show does. With the books, you enjoy reading about all the supernatural things and it grips you in a way that only books can. The show, on the other hand, makes you all kinds of jittery. Or at least it does for me. The show kind of follows along with the books, but since it's something adapted for TV, the show takes a few detours to create something that is more drama-filled and suspenseful.

The latest entry in the Sookie Stackhouse series is Dead Reckoning. I read this book before True Blood even started so it goes to show you how behind I am on these book posts. The book was exactly what I expected from Charlaine Harris; something light and easy to read. The story picks up where Dead in the Family left off and continues to explore the world of vampire hierarchy and faery relations. For all the critique Charlaine Harris has gotten over this book, you have to give the woman credit for coming up with all the things she does and for keeping the story going and giving you enough twists to stop you from being complacent. And honestly, maybe I'm not as thorough as a reader as others, but I didn't even pick up on some of the things others have complained about. I find the books entertaining and I don't expect my brain to be sent into a tailspin after reading the books.

Here's what I've read for my 52 {Books} in 52 challenge:

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
4. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
5. Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace by Ayelet Waldman
6. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
7. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
8.  Misery Loves Cabernet by Kim Gruenenfelder
9.  The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
10. Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
11. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
12. Best Day of Someone Else's Life by Kerry Reichs
13. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
14. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson
15. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
16. The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
17. Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson
18. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler
19.  The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
20.  Bossypants by Tina Fey
21. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

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