August 2, 2012

What's Next?

What’s Next is a weekly meme hosted by Icey Books.
Here’s how it works:
  • Every Thursday select three-five books (not too many, not too little!) that you want to read but can’t decide which one to read first.
  • Post the cover, and if you want, the synopsis or even a random line from the book, for each of your selections.
  • At the end of your post, ask readers to vote on which one you should read next!

This week's picks from my toppling TBR pile: 

1. One for the Money (Stephanie Plum #1) by Janet Evonovich

I have heard from both my mom and my younger sister that these books are hilarious and fun quick reads.  I'd say the long number of books in the series is a good indication they are not the only fans. :)

2. Halflings (Halflings #1)  by Heather Burch

After being inexplicably targeted by an evil intent on harming her at any cost, seventeen-year-old Nikki finds herself under the watchful guardianship of three mysterious young men who call themselves halflings. Sworn to defend her, misfits Mace, Raven, and Vine battle to keep Nikki safe while hiding their deepest secret—and the wings that come with.

A growing attraction between Nikki and two of her protectors presents a whole other danger. While she risks a broken heart, Mace and Raven could lose everything, including their souls. As the mysteries behind the boys’ powers, as well as her role in a scientist’s dark plan, unfold, Nikki is faced with choices that will affect the future of an entire race of heavenly beings, as well as the precarious equilibrium of the earthly world.

3.  The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Biographer Margaret Lea returns one night to her apartment above her father's antiquarian bookshop. On her steps she finds a letter. It is a hand-written request from one of Britain’s most prolific and well-loved novelists. Vida Winter, gravely ill, wants to recount her life story before it is too late, and she wants Margaret to be the one to capture her history. The request takes Margaret by surprise–she doesn’t know the author, nor has she read any of Miss Winter’s dozens of novels.

Late one night while pondering whether to accept the task of recording Miss Winter’s personal story, Margaret begins to read her father’s rare copy of Miss Winter’s Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation. She is spellbound by the stories and confused when she realizes the book only contains twelve stories. Where is the thirteenth tale? Intrigued, Margaret agrees to meet Miss Winter and act as her biographer.

As Vida Winter unfolds her story, she shares with Margaret the dark family secrets that she has long kept hidden as she remembers her days at Angelfield, the now burnt-out estate that was her childhood home. Margaret carefully records Miss Winter’s account and finds herself more and more deeply immersed in the strange and troubling story. In the end, both women have to confront their pasts and the weight of family secrets. As well as the ghosts that haunt them still. 


  1. I'd go with One For the Money.

  2. I vote for The Thirteenth Tale, it's one of my favorites!

  3. bermudaonion (Kathy)August 3, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    One for the Money for sure, if you haven't read it yet.

  4. The Thirteenth Tale is a great book to read during the fall and winter.  I would go for One for the Money. Happy reading.

  5. The Thirteenth Tale is the only one I've read of the 3, and I really liked it!

  6. I agree ... save The Thirteenth Tale for a dark, stormy day. You'll appreciate it that much more. :)

  7. One for the money is hilarious. I have read it over and over. The movie was awful. Ranger and Morelli so much more sexier in the books ;p 


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