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O is for One for the Money

I am participating in the A-to-Z Challenge again this year. My theme is My Favorite Books. Most of the books I will be posting about, I have read more than once. After all, they are my favorites.

O is for One for the Money by Janet Evanovich.

One for the Money is the first book of the hilarious Stephanie Plum series. This was published in 1994; the latest book in this 21 book series will be out in June.

Stephanie is a charming but inept apprehension agent, better known as a bounty hunter. The characters throughout the series are funny, sexy, weird, and lovable.

I have read all the books in the series, but the first handful are the best. There are some laugh out-loud moments that to this day make me chuckle.

I shot that sucker right in the gumpy.

I must admit that the series (for me) is getting old. I want some resolution in Stephanie’s love life. Be it Ranger or Morelli, just make a commitment.

But if you want several quick reads that leave you laughing and drooling (for Ranger), take some time and indulge in Stephanie Plum’s discombobulated life.


R is for Reading

This post is part of the A-to-Z Challenge.

Every night I read before going to bed. And on weekends, I often just sit around and also read, especially if there is a good book at hand.

Murder mysteries and biographies are my favorite genres. I used to read nothing but murder and true crime books. After jumping at any little sound, I decided I was getting too involved in true crime. Now I temper my fanaticism with little doses of comedy and non-crime books, especially biographies.

Robert B Parker is the author of the Spencer series, the Jesse Stone series, and the less known Sunny Randall series.


A few years ago, I and a friend went on a Spenser readfest where we read every Spenser book- 38 of them – in order! And then went into the Jesse Stone series.


Be still my heart – Tom Selleck plays Jesse in the made-for-TV movies. And the latest one will premier on May 20th!

As for biographies, David McCullough is a favorite for his Truman and John Adams biographies. I also quite enjoyed Mornings on Horseback (about Theodore Roosevelt’s early years).

Recently I read Broken by Lauren Hilldebrand. An incredible book; read it if you can. Currently I am reading The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson. True story of a boy with autism and his family’s quest to connect with him.

For lighter laugh-a-minute reading, I highly recommend Janet Evanovich, Diane Mott Davidson, or David Sedaris.

Peter Hessler has written several books about his experiences in China; they are priceless.

I could go on and on, but will stop so you can provide your recommendations.

The Final Drive to Clean

Severe case of TB (tired butt) brought on by 6.5 hours behind the wheel. Dropped Daughter off at college for her summer school stint.  It will be about six weeks before she comes back home.  But I left her with fresh strawberries and whip cream so she’ll survive berry well (bad pun).

Now I’m back home and creating this weekend’s chore list. I have a friend coming on Sunday to visit for a few days so need to finish the declutter process and clean, clean, clean.

Daughter did a pretty good job on her room. But now I have tons of yard sale stuff to temporarily pack away until August. I’m so excited to get that done and then vacuum everything. I’ll show before/after pictures soon.

Here’s the list for this weekend.

  • Pack the yard sale stuff.
  • Finish boxing up Daughter’s future housewares stuff.
  • Wash downstairs bedroom bedding.
  • Clean downstairs bathroom.
  • Vacuum everywhere!
  • Take a nap mid-day (my personal fav).
  • Make angel food cake (perfect for strawberries and whip cream).

I am very excited to be getting this close to having a cleaner house. And I think the TV commercial breaks for short tasks seem to work well for me.

Wish me luck on my Saturday chores!

DISCLAIMER: Last night I started Janet Evanovich’s latest book, Smokin’ Seventeen. So I may end up reading late into the night and get a late start. That’s OK with me, because Stephanie, Joe, and Ranger (be still my heart) need my immediate attention.

Favorite Book Challenge

This Favorite Book Challenge is being organised by A Writer’s Journey.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to:

  1. Pick your top five favorite books.
  2. Between June 20 and 22, write one line of what each book is about and then write one line of why you liked it. Think of it like a twitter pitch for other people’s work. Semi-colons are cheating, but you can use them anyway.
  3. Go to other blogs and discuss the books.
  4. If you do not keep a blog, put your challenge in the comments on the day of the event.

Here are my favs:

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

  • Stephanie Plum works (sort of) as a bail bond enforcer, but with a good heart, wacky friends, and hot men, she always gets in and out of trouble faster than you can flip the pages in the book.
  • This is the first of a series of 17 chuckle out loud books, with a can do attitude that I wish I had.

I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb

  • A riveting story of twin brothers and how their lives affect each other; one is schizophrenic and the other one works hard to deal with it, past, present, and future.
  • I loved the details about the brotherly relationship and how the illness of one forces the other brother to grow and learn about himself.

Eleanor and Franklin by Joseph Lash

  • A suberb telling of the background, marriage, and strength of Eleanor Roosevelt, and how she inspired a nation and women across the world.
  • I loved reading about Eleanor growing up and how her life shaped her to be a strong role model for all women.

Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

  • A journey of good vs. evil in the land of Middle Earth, where some things/people are familiar, but others are beyond your wildest thoughts of fantasy.
  • For over 25 years, the trilogy was at the top of my summer reading list; a chance to live in another world and cheer for good to triumph again.

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

  • The true story of Ted Bundy, his evil life, and how he fooled the world; told though the eyes of a perceptive woman who tries to understand the makings of evil.
  • The first true crime book I ever read, which started me on a deep love/hate for the genre.

Read ‘Em and Weep, Laugh, or Think

Reading is a huge part of my life. I have noticed in other blogs that many people provide Summer Reading Lists. Hmm… I tried but I just can’t do that; I read on a whim and always stay caught up with my favorite authors.

Genre’s of choice are mystery, true crime, and biographies. And I tend to read by author until I suck the life out of them. So here’s my list:


  • Robert B. Parker!!!  Must admit that I think the Spencer series is my fav; 39 books and luv every one. His last, SixKill, is my next read (when I finish what I am currently reading).  I also enjoy his Sunny Randall series and Jesse Stone series (which has resulted in successful made for TV movies, starring Tom Selleck. What could be better!). The characters grow through each series and characters in each series often appear in the other series. And I know them!
  • Sue Grafton.  Kinsey Millhone is my hero and such a loveable one. Starting with A is for Alibi, and waiting until November for V is for Vengeance; all weave sleuthing with interesting characters. Again, I know Kinsey and  Henry and am always waiting for what’s next.
  • Diane Mott Davidson.  Author of the Goldy Schulz culinary whodunit series (14 tasty books). Not only are the main characters hilarious, but the books contain marvelous recipes; Goldy is a caterer ya know. I just finished her latest, Crunch Time, and can’t wait to try her Crunch Time Cookie recipe.
  • Janet Evanovich.  Creator of the irreverent Stephanie Plum series, from One for the Money, to the upcoming Smokin’ Seventeen–is on my list for actual laugh-out-loud laughs. If I am ever down, I just open an Evanovich book and am immediately uplifted! Besides, I have the hots for Ranger; who doesn’t — if you know what I mean.

True Crime

  • Ann Rule. Is there anyone better than Ann Rule? I have read most everything she has written, starting with the frightening The Stranger Beside Be (about Ted Bundy) and even her only novel, Possession. I guess Stranger was too close to home; one of Bundy’s victims was a high school friend. And I then lived in Florida when he was executed and that brought a sense of relief or safety or something.
  • Dominick Dunne.  His books range from true crime to fiction, though sometimes they are intertwined, such as his novel A Season in Purgatory inspired by the 1975 murder of Martha Moxely by a Kennedy clan member. Dunne’s daughter was murdered and he brings that emotion to his books, fiction or not. Unfortunately, Dunne died in 2009 so no more of his gifted writing.


  • David McCullough.  Wow, can that man bring you into the life of his biographical subject. Who has not enjoyed John AdamsMornings on Horseback, 17 years with Theodore Roosevelt is one of my favs, along with the Harry S Truman biography,  Truman.  And a must-read (especially for Sarah Palin who can’t get her history correct) is 1776.
  • Robert MassieNicholas and Alexandria opened a great chapter of Russian history for me. And it continued with Peter the Great, His Life and World. Massie brings just life to his books, I felt as if I was there (in Russia). Massie’s son, Bob Massie, was born with hemophilia. Massie and his wife, Suzanne Massie, wrote Journey, a heartfelt book about their journey with hemophilia and health care. It was Journey that got me into Massie’s other books. Interesting enough, Bob Massie is campaigning for US Senator from Massachusetts.

So that’s my list of authors for now.  Enjoy their books; I have and still do!