Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Should I crochet or read today?

Okay...I'll read a book about crocheting!

I'm about 30 pages into A Stitch in Crime (A Crochet Mystery) by Betty Hechtman, and I'm already back into the storyline of Molly Pink and the Tarzana Hookers.

When I read the Crochet Mysteries, I get the sudden urge to crochet anything and everything, but it's a little difficult to read while trying to keep your hook and yarn in place.  I have on occasion listened to a book on my Kindle while crocheting which is quite a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.  I also remember once that I read a Harry Potter book while crocheting.  My husband made fun of me for days!

I'm going to do my best to finish this book by the weekend, but I'm sure I won't make any headway tonight.  Lost is on and I won't miss it!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Time for another crochet murder mystery!

I am an avid crocheter who comes from a long line of crocheters (my mother excluded oddly enough).  I've been crocheting for 10 years now, and was so excited when I saw that Betty Hechtman started a crochet murder mystery series!

A Stitch in Crime (A Crochet Mystery)Book #4 in her series just came out a couple weeks ago: A Stitch in Crime (A Crochet Mystery).  This quirky mystery series follows the life of Molly Pink who just so happens to get herself entangled in murder investigations much to the dismay of her detective boyfriend.

I discovered this series when I began to notice how many different series of niche hobby murder mysteries there were.  I figured if there was one for scrapbooking, knitting, decoupage, and domestic divas, there had to be one for crochet.

I found the first  book in Betty Hechtman's series named Hooked on Murder (A Crochet Mystery).  I enjoyed it so much that I bought and read the next two in the series: Dead Men Don't Crochet (A Crochet Mystery) and By Hook or by Crook (A Crochet Mystery)

Ms. Hechtman's books are the type you want to curl up in a blanket with a nice cup of tea to enjoy.  They're a lighter read which I appreciate especially after reading a heavier subject book.  It's like taking a little vacation without leaving your chair. 

What's funny for me is that Betty Hechtman's series and Neta Jackson's Yada Yada series both have a character in them named Adele.  The two Adeles are nothing like each other, and for a while I have to remember which one is the one I'm reading about!  I know it's silly, but when a name sticks in your mind with a certain character, it's difficult to get that image to change.

So far, I'm keeping on track with my reading schedule.  I'm hoping to have this book finished before I get Jodi Picoult's new book next month.  If I have some time in between the two books, I may pick a small book off my shelf to read between the two.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

What I've been up to with my books

I've been reading them of course!

Since my last post almost 2 weeks ago (sorry about that!), I've finished 3 more books!


The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Caught (The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 5) (With Celebrations and Recipes)The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Caught (The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 5) (With Celebrations and Recipes) by Neta Jackson

This is #5 in the Yada Yada series by Neta Jackson, and the Yada Yadas are in deeper than they ever imagined!  They use their friendships and the power of prayer to get through each new obstacle.  I don't want to say too much about what predicaments come up because it will give away too much, but let's say that they all find that they need each other more than ever.

Neta Jackson also includes recipes for some of the foods she talks about in the book.  I made Jodi Baxter's Lemon Thyme Chicken a few nights ago, and I have to say it was wonderful!


The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Rolling (The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 6) (With Celebrations and Recipes)The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Rolling (The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 6) (With Celebrations and Recipes) by Neta Jackson

The sixth Yada Yada installment begins to wrap up many of the story lines of the series, as well as opening the door to other things to come in the future.  Also includes more yummy recipes that I'm looking forward to trying.




The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out (The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 7)The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out (The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 7)  by Neta Jackson

The final Yada Yada book in the series, and also among the shortest (only 215 pages).  I finished this one in a day and a half.  It's a nice conclusion to a nice book series that not only touches on some "touchy" subjects like race, tolerance, and acceptance, but intertwines the power of prayer, friendship, and fellowship to overcome all obstacles without being preachy.  I will miss Jodi Baxter's dialogue with her friends, but I'm glad to have some of her recipes!

Overall, I would recommend this book series to anyone.  You don't need to follow any faith in particular to enjoy the stories about the friendship that surfaces from what was intended to be a brief encounter at a prayer conference.  I think my favorite book in the series is probably #3 - The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real (The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 3)

Neta Jackson started another book series called the Yada Yada House of Hope.  According to the descriptions, some of the Yada Yadas make appearances throughout the series, although I don't think I'm going to read them at this time.  Maybe next year!

Here are the list of the Yada Yada House of Hope Books:

Where Do I Go?: A Yada Yada House of Hope Novel by Neta Jackson

Who Do I Talk To? (Yada Yada Series)  by Neta Jackson

Who Do I Lean On? (A Yada Yada House of Hope Novel) by Neta Jackson (due out in June 2010)

Monday, February 1, 2010

A Review of January's Books

I finished reading three books in the month of January.  I think my little endeavor is off to a good start!

Here's a recap of the books I read, the ones I'm still reading, and the books I hope to finish in February.


The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real (The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 3) 
The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real (The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 3) by Neta Jackson

The third book of the Yada Yada series.  I read the first two books last year, and am working my way through the rest of the series.


The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Tough (The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 4) (With Celebrations and Recipes)The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Tough (The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 4) (With Celebrations and Recipes) by Neta Jackson

The Yada Yadas get tough with their prayers to help fight the evil that seems to be going on around them.



I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From SchoolI Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School by Caroline Taggart

This is the book I intended to finish before our Trivia Night, but finished it a week late.  It's a great refresher about just those things that get lost in your brain from when you were in school.  You won't get through school by just reading this book, but it's a good resource for the graduate of any age.



I am currently reading the following two books:

The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Caught (The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 5) (With Celebrations and Recipes)The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Caught (The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 5) (With Celebrations and Recipes) by Neta Jackson

I don't know what they're going to get caught doing yet, but I'm almost halfway through the book and I'm sure I will find out soon.




Chicago: A Biography
 Chicago: A Biography by Dominic A. Pacyga

Written by my former History of Chicago professor, I'm taking in this book slowly and enjoying it page by page. 





In February, I hope to finish the Yada Yada book #5, and hopefully these titles as well:

The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Rolling (The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 6) (With Celebrations and Recipes) by Neta Jackson

The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out (The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 7) by Neta Jackson

A Stitch in Crime (A Crochet Mystery) by Betty Hechtman (This title comes out on February 2nd and is on its way to me from Amazon!)

February is a short month, so this means I need to finish a book every week.  This may end up being a little too ambitious for my schedule, but it's worth a shot!