Tuesday, July 26, 2011

On My Nightstand

I know it's been awhile, but it's time for another issue of "On My Nightstand!"  Here lately I have really been into following a book series.  Not necessarily a series where you have to read one before you go to the next, but my favorites are where the character(s) are the same in each book, but each book's story is independent of the other.  Am I making any sense?! 

For example, have you seen the movie The Lincoln Lawyer?  Well, that movie was actually based on a book by Michael Connelly.  The main character in that movie, Mickey Haller (played by Matthew McConaughey), is actually the main character in 4 other books.  While each book is independent of the others, I like the fact that you feel like you really know the characters and you learn more about them in each book.  I try to read the series in order and, while it's not necessary to understand the stories, I feel like it helps when something is happening with the character's personal life to have some background information.

Anywho....on to the real point of this post.  The series I want to introduce you guys to today is written by Janet Evanovich, and it is referred to as the Stephanie Plum Series.  There are 17 main books and  4 "Between-the-Numbers" books.  The titles of the main books are all number related (One for the Money, Two for the Dough, Three to Get Deadly, etc.) and the titles of the other books are not number related (thus, they are referred to as "Between-the-Numbers").  These 4 books are also shorter books--kind of like mini stories.

The main character of these books is Stephanie Plum.  She's a 30-something, single woman who lives in New Jersey.  Stephanie has a bit of bad luck when it comes to holding down a job and, in a fit of desperation, decides to try her hand at bounty hunting.  All of these books center around her job as a bounty hunter and the shenanigans she gets herself into.

These books are action-packed, and extremely hilarious at the same time.  Stephanie has a meddling mother, a crazy grandmother, and smoking hot boyfriend that all seem to work their way into the craziness that is her professional life.  Each book has a mystery tied into it so they are definitely page turners, but in the midst of all this you will likely find yourself laughing hysterically throughout the book.

You definitely don't have to read them in order, but I recommend it because it will help you follow the small side stories about her personal life a little better. Below is a list of the books in chronological order. Keep in mind that the first several books were written awhile ago so don't be surprised when Stephanie has to pull over to use a pay phone because cell phones are something that only the super-rich have!

One for the Money
Two for the Dough
Three to Get Deadly
Four to Score
High Five
Hot Six
Seven Up
Hard Eight
Visions of Sugar Plums
To the Nines
Ten Big Ones
Eleven on Top
Twelve Sharp
Plum Lovin'
Lean Mean Thirteen
Plum Lucky
Fearless Fourteen
Plum Spooky
Finger Lickin' Fifteen
Sizzling Sixteen
Smokin' Seventeen

Hope you guys try some of these books out--I think you'll become as addicted as I am!  Number 18 is coming out this fall, and I'm already thinking about pre-ordering it on my Kindle because I'm so excited......yes, I'm that much of a nerd!

Talk to you soon!


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