Reading with the DTeam

The weather has been pretty nice lately. Sure we’ve had some rainy days and some unbearably hot days here in New Jersey, but we’ve also had some nice sunny days with the perfect amount of breeze. The latter makes me want to spend the entire day outside (slathered in sunscreen, of course) with a good book. One of my fellow team members has some great suggestions, so read on!
Designing Impressions recommends The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher saying it is at the top of her list. She describes it as, “He’s a professional wizard in Chicago with a yellow page ad. He fights a good fight against people doing bad ju-ju in the first couple of books. By book 4 the Fae are heavily involved and by book 11 there’s an all out war between the wizards of the world and the Red Court of Vampire. Book 14 is coming out this summer.”
She also says she loves the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs which is “About a woman who shapeshifts into a Coyote. Her boyfriend is a werewolf and a good friend is a vampire. She’s always out solving mysteries that fall into her lap or avoiding the bullets that come her way.”

Sunshine by Robin McKinley is another one of her suggestions. She says,  “I had to steal this summary otherwise I’d tell you the whole story:
Rae Seddon, nicknamed Sunshine, lives a quiet life working at her stepfather’s bakery. One night, she goes out to the lake for some peace and quiet. Big mistake. She is set upon by vampires, who take her to an old mansion. They chain her to the wall and leave her with another vampire, who is also chained. But the vampire, Constantine, doesn’t try to eat her. Instead, he implores her to tell him stories to keep them both sane. Realizing she will have to save herself, Sunshine calls on the long-forgotten powers her grandmother began to cultivate in her when she was a child. She transforms her pocketknife into a key and unchains herself and Constantine. Surprised, he agrees to flee with her when she offers to protect him from the sun with magic. They escape back to town, but Constantine knows his enemies won’t be far behind, which means that he and Sunshine will have to face them together. Fans of this book have been waiting for the 2nd book for 20 years now and for good reason. It leaves you wanting another chapter and another etc.”

Designing Impressions has the cutest chroceted accessories in her shop. The two pictured can be used as keychains or zipper pulls but I am wondering if she could somehow alter them to be used as bookmarks. Seeing those cute faces peeking out of my book would surely make me smile!

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