The Good Ones Never Get Old!

I didn’t post one of these last month, because I didn’t read anything new.  Not a new author, not a new book by an old favorite . . . nothing new.  Which, at the time, seemed to mean nothing to write about, but oh, I was sooo wrong.  You see, I’m a repeat reader.  I love re-reading books when the mood strikes.  And boy, do my moods ever play a strong role in what I read.
Lately, with all the changes, I’ve been feeling really stressed, a little down in the dumps adjusting to Travis being away, and just in need of something to take me out of myself, and preferably something that will make me laugh.  Good thing I have my go to author for just such times.  Her books are witty and full of laugh out loud humor.  Her characters are believable, likable, hate-able, lovable, they’ve grown and changed as the series has progressed.  Story lines are good, there a few things you can depend on, like the alarming rate at which the main character’s cars are destroyed, there will be doughnuts, Tastykakes, and Cluck-in-a-Bucket fried chicken..(Don’t read if you have sweet tooth).. if you’ve read the books, you’ve probably already guessed that I’m talking about Janet Evanovich, specifically the Plum Series, starring Stephanie Plum.
Newest Book in The Plum Series
They never fail to make me laugh, or at the very least smile.  The main character is bounty hunter who’s not so great at her job, but not so bad.  The stories are told through her point of view, and they’re told in such a realistic way that you can easily see yourself in Stephanie’s shoes.  The cast of characters includes her sometimes partner, ex-prostitute Lula, who cracks me right up.  Her slightly zany grandmother who is a hoot.  Then there are the two men in her life, bad boy bounty hunter, and Stephanie’s mentor, Ranger, and cop Joseph Morelli.  Each character is well developed, and they get better and better as the series progressed.  There are other recurring characters too, who add depth and richness to Stephanie’s story.  The strength of the characters is one of things that makes this series so great.  Picking up one of the books, is liking visiting with friends.
I swear I’ve read the whole series, ALL 18 numbers books, and the 4 “between the numbers” novellas so many times I know most of them off by heart.  It’s gotten to the point where I pick which one to read based on what kind of story I’m looking for, because the tone of each one is slightly different.  If you haven’t had a chance yet to check out Janet Evanovich’s books, you really should.  If you’re looking for a light hearted, humorous, mystery to read, this series is the one for you!  I haven’t had a chance to check out any of Janet’s other books yet, but if they are anything like this series, I can’t wait!
I hope this post finds you all having a wonderful day!  Have you read any good books lately?  Do you have a go to book or author?
P.S.  The first book, “One for the Money” was just released on DVD, staring Kathrine Heigl as Stephanie Plum.  I haven’t seen the movie yet.  The reviews I’ve read were mixed.  The book was great, so if you’ve seen the movie and thought it was a dud, try the book!
***Please Note:  This is just a personal opinion.  I’m just sharing because I enjoy the books, not because I was asked too. ***

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