Sunday, December 11, 2011

What should I read next?

The year is almost over and I have 2 challenges to complete, each only needing one book.  I have decided for the future, December will not be for my challenges, they need to be complete by then.  It is holiday season and my choice of genre is a little dark for Christmas :-)

Here are the 2 choices, what would you choose for me to read?

Good Grief by Lolly Winston

The cover of Good Grief.

When Sophie Stanton is widowed at thirty-six, instead of cycling through the typical five stages of grief, she careens through fifteen: Denial, Oreos, Anger, Depression, Escrow, Ashes, Lust, Bargaining, Waitressing, Mentoring, Dating, Baking, Acceptance, Goodwill, and Thanksgiving.

In a high-achiever age when women are expected to be good at everything, Sophie wants desperately to be a good widow. A graceful, composed, Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. But Sophie is more the Jack Daniels type. Self medicating with cartons of ice cream for breakfast, and showing up at work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers, soon she's lost not only her husband, but also her job, her house, and her waistline. In Sophie's words: “The Funny thing about rock bottom is there's stuff underneath. You think, This is it: It's all uphill from here! Then you discover the escalator goes down one more floor to another level of bargain basement junk.” With a darkly comic edge Sophie manages to start over, and ultimately she discovers her own happily-ever-after.

Good Grief was a New York Times best seller, and a #1 Booksense pick for March/April, 2004. It was also the #1 Booksense pick for paperbacks in the summer of 2005. The film rights have been optioned by Marc Platt, at Universal Studios.

24 Hours by Greg Iles

24 Hours begins with the perfect family. On the perfect night. About to be trapped in the perfect crime.

Will and Karen Jennings are a successful young couple with every reason to celebrate. From modest beginnings they have built the life of their dreams. Will has a thriving medical practice, and stands at the threshold of a great fortune. Karen has designed a magnificent house to shelter them and the five-year-old daughter they love beyond measure. But they are about to be tested in a way they could never imagine.

They have been targeted by John Hickey, a genius who has found the key to one of the oldest crimes in the world - Kidnapping. Hickey has turned the crime inside out, creating an unbreakable knot of technology and terror that no man can unravel. In twenty-four hours of hellish precision, he squeezes a family's pressure points, extracts the ransom, and vanishes into thin air, leaving the hostage alive but the family too shattered even to call the police. Five times he has executed his plan, and not once has he been caught. He is unstoppable. Untouchable.

But this time Hickey wants more than money. This time he is driven by the pain of his own family tragedy, one he lays at the door of Will and Karen Jennings. He means to avenge it in his own terrible way and disappear forever. He has reckoned every factor but one: Will, Karen, and Abby Jennings share a love that only the closest families know, and from that love grows a formidable strength.

Though miles apart, the brilliant physician, the protective mother, and the resourceful child struggle against the clock to thwart the madman who threatens their family, and to reunite at last.

They have twenty-four hours to succeed where others have failed. Twenty-four hours to cut the unbreakable knot. Twenty-four hours to live or die.

Thanks for helping, you can vote on my side bar.  Have you read them?


  1. I have heard really good things about Lolly Winston's Good Grief but haven't had the chance to read it yet. That is the one I would pick.

  2. I voted for Greg Iles but only because I really like his books and I've never heard of Good Grief. With time running out I think I'd be choosing the one with the least pages. :-)

  3. I agree with Cat, read the one with the least amount of pages.

  4. Too funny, so we do the same thing. This is my dilemma, GG is 464 pages and 24 is 454 :-0 hahahaha

    GG is rated 4 1/2 and 24 is 4 so both good sigh. Oh the pain........

  5. hahahaha Michelle, and of course you already know that is for your Challenge :-)

  6. I say 'Good Grief' just because those bunny slippers are too darn cute! :)

  7. Well, I read Good Grief and loved it. I couldn't put it down. It rang as very believable and I'm a big fan of the starting-anew factor. Also, there is one particular girl in the book I just loved. And there's baking. So I would definitely pick that one.

    : }

  8. I probably would've chosen 24 hours, only because you know me and women fiction! :) But you seem to like that genre better than I do... hey you could probably finish both before the end of the year!

  9. I see you are reading 24 Hours (it's on my shelf and I love Iles) but I would have chosen Good Grief if I'd gotten here faster :) It's one of my favorite books this year.


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