Books: A small town in Georgia; a girl named Sara
I discovered Karin Slaughter's "Grant County" series a few years ago but it wasn't until this year that I started reading them. Obviously, it was the Southern town in Georgia connection that caught my attention, but once I started reading the series, I loved it! I love the characters, I love the setting, and solving murders aside, I love that I can relate to so much of it. If you're looking for a good murder mystery that is more about the human side of things than the technical side, that also has the quaintness of a small Southern town, without being cheesy or too cliche, I definitely recommend this series! I actually just finished the third book, A Faint Cold Fear, and am anxiously awaiting the fourth one to arrive in the mail. I couldn't put it down. I don't know if it was just that good or if it's just been so long since I read a book. And by "so long," I mean "four months. With all that was going on this summer, reading was just not on the menu.
Movies: There have been several movies I've started out watching over the last month and to be quite honest, I either didn't finish them or got bored about half-way through and started doing other stuff. However, I did see two that I thought were pretty good. The first one is "Defiance," starring Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber. I'm not going to comment on how freaking hot Schreiber is, but I will say he's a damn good actor. I'd never really paid him that much attention before. It's a World War II movie that is based on a true story. Four Jewish brothers are running away after their parents are killed and they end up starting a refuge camp of sorts for other Jews. It's definitely got some violence and blood in it, but not too much. It's really just a good story with great acting and even though it's over two hours, it definitely kept my attention. It's the best movie I've seen in a while.
You may laugh at my other choice, but it's "Confessions of a Shopaholic." Hear me out! First of all, yes, I liked the goofy books, but I'd heard such bad reviews of the movie that I really had no desire to see it when it was in theaters. However, it's been on Netflix Instant Watch and I needed something light, so I gave it a shot. I figured I'd get bored with it but I actually enjoyed it. Isla Fisher is adorable and I thought she played the part pretty well. As with anything, the books are way better, but it just wasn't as bad as everyone had told me. Oh, and the best part of all? Ed Helms, himself, has a very small non-credited role in the film! Coincidence? I think not!