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#Blogtober14: Books for Day 25

Oh dear Lord this could be a lengthy post!  I love books and love to read.  I've mentioned before that I especially likes series, because I get attached to the characters.  I also think it's a little bit due to the fact that I like to "collect" things.

By far my favorite book/series is Harry Potter.  I started reading them when I was 12-13, but I have read them probably 20 times since then.  They are literally the on series I can and will read over. And over. And over.  My absolute favorite out of the series is book 3: The Prisoner of Azkaban.  I am thankful that I got to read each book prior to the movie for that particular book coming out.  My husband is not, because I spend the entire time saying things like "that's not how this happened" and explaining things to him that... he really has no interest in!

The books that I currently am reading, my father-in-law got me hooked on.  I think he likes it that I read, since his kid doesn't read anything longer than a magazine.  And some survival books.

The Gabriel Allon series is by Daniel Silva.  There are currently 14 books in the series and they kind of remind me of NCIS or Person of Interest in book form.  Gabriel Allon, an art restorer by trade, works for the Israeli secret service and is totally bad ass.  Silva incorporates a lot of dry/ sarcastic humor into otherwise serious subject matter, which I love.  He also bases all of the books on historical facts and his own research, and goes through them at the end of the book, so you also winding up learning stuff.   This is also a treat if you read on a Kindle, if you look up the Hebrew terms they use, you wind up learning more about the real Israeli secret service.

In my head, Gabriel Allon is John (Jim Caviezel) from Person of Interest.  The looks, the sarcasm, the (again) bad ass-ness. 
I believe you need a frame of reference in order to encourage you to read these books.
I think I was reading Moscow Rules, which is about half way through the series.  One of Gabriel's team was referred to in some form as a "Ukrainian Jew," I've since tried to go back and find the exact passage, but can't do it.  Anyway, shortly after reading that, I was Instagram-stalking researching Val Chmerkovskiy from Dancing with the Stars.  In this Instragram, he referred to himself as a "Ukrainian Jew."  So now in my little head, pretty much all of the supporting characters looks like this (in my head- it's a scary place to be):
Go check out his Instagram as well!

So!  Go read these.  Think of Val and Jim.  Thank me.  Happy Saturday!

Helene in Between Blogtober


  1. jennapea11:25:00 AM

    I love that you got your love of reading from G and me! I remember in grammar school, we had to keep track of how many books you read, and you more than doubled any of the others in your class. I too, like a series and get attached to the characters. The thicker the book, the better. Money spent on books is not wasted money. I never would deny buying a child a book ~ My motto: If you have a book, you have a friend. xxoo

  2. I love love love Harry Potter!!! Prisoner of Azkaban is probably one of my faves out of the whole series; I love Sirius!!!

  3. It's at the perfect part of the series where things are kind of crappy, but happy things are taking place as well. Harry still gets to be a kid kind of:)

  4. great post, I also love Harry Potter! I need to watch NCIS

    (Still catching up with previous posts)

  5. Harry Potter really is the best! I can't wait for those new movies to come out!


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