Friday, August 15, 2014

Grocery store book finds.....or judging a book by it's cover

I find grocery shopping to be so freaking boring that I often have to take a break and look through their tiny book section.
This is where the book cover and the blurb on the back matters.  I don't know anything about these books, I'm not seeking out a particular book or author, it's truly what grabs my attention and makes me feel like the extra 10 bucks on the grocery bill is worth it ('s always worth it).
Some are misses but I've had a few great hits, where the grocery store paperback has led me to a new author that I love.

Here are four of my grocery store finds....

1.)  Janet Evanovich's "Four to Score".  This was the fourth book in the Stephanie Plum series but I had never heard of her before.  This book is still one that I recommend to people as a great airplane or beach read.  One of the few books that can still make me laugh out loud each time I read it.  Rock on, Sally Sweet!  Eff you, Janet Evanovich for selling out.  The series needs to change or end.  The last five books have been a truly pathetic example of an author phoning it in so a dump truck of money backs up to her driveway.  Gross.

2.)  Jennifer McMahon's, "Promise Not To Tell".  This is the best example of a cover selling a book.  Just look at it.  You want to know that little girl's secret, even before you flip it over to read the description on the back.  I couldn't put this book down, and I kept thinking about the Potato Girl long after I was done.  I immediately tracked down everything else she has written.  Also amazing by this author were "Don't Breathe a Word", and "Island of Lost Girls".  I have nothing to eff Jennifer McMahon about, unless it's that I wish she wrote faster.

3.)  Charlaine Harris, "Dead Until Dark".  This was the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series.  I was desperate for something to read during my travels to Arizona for job interviews, and this was the only thing that I saw that was even slightly interesting, although at the time True Blood was out and really popular, although I wasn't watching it at the time.  I really had no interest in vampire books, so it was a bit of a stretch.  Surprise!  I loved it.  Read them all, even though she ended the series in the suckiest way ever. Eff you, Charlaine Harris.  Quitter.

4.  Dennis Lehane, "Prayers For Rain".  Hands down, one of the best books I have ever read.  Love, love, love Dennis Lehane.  I would read his books if they were written on napkins with felt pen.  He's magical and monsterous at the same time.  He rocks my world every time.  "Prayers For Rain" was a visceral read, it grabbed you and didn't let go, it is a tie for first place with "Gone, Baby, Gone" for my favorite Lehane book.  Eff you, Ben Affleck for  jacking it up as a movie.  You are not my favorite anything.


  1. I love Janet Evanovich! I left off around Ten and need to catch up. Happy reading :)

    1. You might not be missing much - they all seem to be stuck on repeat - but I keep going back! LOL


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