books

Jan. 1st, 2012 08:04 pm
Trying to get this updated and finalized for the year since I had ignored it for months.

24. The Advent Conspiracy by by Rick McKinley, Chris Seay and Greg Holder

23. The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman

22. The Red Thread by Ann Hood

21. The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth

20. Gregor the Overlander and the Code of the Claw by Suzanne Collins -

19. Gregor the Overlander and the Marks of the Secret by Suzanne Collins -

18. Gregor the Overlander and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins -

17.5 The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck - book on tape, so I don't really count it, but I wanted to note it. - The perfect book for me to try out on tape. I have never read any of her stuff before, and I would probably not wade through this book in print at this point in my life. The reading was excellent and the story is wonderful.
17. 13 1/2 by Nevada Barr - This is not part of her mystery series, it's a stand alone. It's good, but not really as strong in my opinion. I had figured a twist out fairly early and I just do not think she writes this dark gritty stuff as well as so many others I enjoy.
16. Gregor the Overlander: The Prophesy of Bane by Suzanne Collins - The second in the series, I think as strong as the first. I whiz through these, bt really enjoy them.
15. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins - This is a children's series she wrote well before The Hunger Games. Not as dark, but still darkish and really fun to read.
14. Holes by Louis Sachar - reread for me, read for mac. Loved it. A bit hard for mac in places and several things I had to connect for him and explain multiple times.
13. Fire Star by Chris D'Lacey - read for mac. Third in the series, I think. It is getting very confusing, this series. I liked the first one so much, but each one less and less.
12. The Burglar in the Library by Lawrence Block - I love Lawrence Block and this series is always a good read. This one was fun for me because I knew a lot of the references.
11. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom - This would be considered schmaltzy, right? Don't care, loved it. I thought it was charming and lovely and a TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, ok, not really, but really nice read.
10. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh - read for mac. I never read this as a child, so it was all new to me. My big take away was, I still don't like the East Side and I am pretty sure Harriet has Aspergers. Don't think that that means I didn't like it, I did and hope to read the follow up.
9. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See - This was a recommendation and borrow from a friend. Set in 19th Century China, a woman's story of women's life. I really enjoyed it.
8. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer - Another read to mac, the third in this series. I think I need a break from this series, it is all starting to mush together in my head. Enjoyable.
7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Hadden - Off the TBR shelf, which makes me very happy. I really liked it, and oddly related to the narrator quite a bit. It was a very fast read and hard to put down once I got going.
6. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink - I never saw the movie, but knew the basic premise. It's a very good read, quick and not hard at all. I could not remember who played the male part in the film, but thought while reading that Kate was really too young to play the female.
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - I had never read it. Totally prompted to read it by seeing the preview of the new movie. I was all "wha??!! That looks crazy exciting, I had no idea." I loved it. Not much more to say. It has made me decide I need a female dog to name Darcy Rochester.
4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke - This took forever to get through. I read some of it aloud to mac and he read along while we listened to the rest on tape. It is a much larger book than he usually reads, but it was good to make him push through it and I did like the story. I think a few plot points were weak, and in such a long book I didn't like where they fell (on important areas). Not sure if we will read the follow-up book.
3. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer - Also second in a series, and also read to mac. I liked this one as well as the first, less explaining was needed and that left more room for story.
2. Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan - The second in the series. Read this to mac, built on the first, but I didn't like it as much. It did end on a better cliffhanger, though.
1. Let Them East Fruitcake by Melody Carlson - The second of the Holiday themed books I picked up on impulse from the library. This was just not good. I did not notice until I got home, but it is "Christian Literature" whatever that is. I guess this would have to be considered Christian Chic Lit.

books

Aug. 5th, 2011 09:13 pm
17.5 The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck - book on tape, so I don't really count it, but I wanted to note it. - The perfect book for me to try out on tape. I have never read any of her stuff before, and I would probably not wade through this book in print at this point in my life. The reading was excellent and the story is wonderful.

17. 13 1/2 by Nevada Barr - This is not part of her mystery series, it's a stand alone. It's good, but not really as strong in my opinion. I had figured a twist out fairly early and I just do not think she writes this dark gritty stuff as well as so many others I enjoy.

16. Gregor the Overlander: The Prophesy of Bane by Suzanne Collins - The second in the series, I think as strong as the first. I whiz through these, bt really enjoy them.

15. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins - This is a children's series she wrote well before The Hunger Games. Not as dark, but still darkish and really fun to read.

14. Holes by Louis Sachar - reread for me, read for mac. Loved it. A bit hard for mac in places and several things I had to connect for him and explain multiple times.

13. Fire Star by Chris D'Lacey - read for mac. Third in the series, I think. It is getting very confusing, this series. I liked the first one so much, but each one less and less.

12. The Burglar in the Library by Lawrence Block - I love Lawrence Block and this series is always a good read. This one was fun for me because I knew a lot of the references.
11. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom - This would be considered schmaltzy, right? Don't care, loved it. I thought it was charming and lovely and a TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, ok, not really, but really nice read.
10. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh - read for mac. I never read this as a child, so it was all new to me. My big take away was, I still don't like the East Side and I am pretty sure Harriet has Aspergers. Don't think that that means I didn't like it, I did and hope to read the follow up.
9. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See - This was a recommendation and borrow from a friend. Set in 19th Century China, a woman's story of women's life. I really enjoyed it.
8. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer - Another read to mac, the third in this series. I think I need a break from this series, it is all starting to mush together in my head. Enjoyable.
7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Hadden - Off the TBR shelf, which makes me very happy. I really liked it, and oddly related to the narrator quite a bit. It was a very fast read and hard to put down once I got going.
6. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink - I never saw the movie, but knew the basic premise. It's a very good read, quick and not hard at all. I could not remember who played the male part in the film, but thought while reading that Kate was really too young to play the female.
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - I had never read it. Totally prompted to read it by seeing the preview of the new movie. I was all "wha??!! That looks crazy exciting, I had no idea." I loved it. Not much more to say. It has made me decide I need a female dog to name Darcy Rochester.
4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke - This took forever to get through. I read some of it aloud to mac and he read along while we listened to the rest on tape. It is a much larger book than he usually reads, but it was good to make him push through it and I did like the story. I think a few plot points were weak, and in such a long book I didn't like where they fell (on important areas). Not sure if we will read the follow-up book.
3. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer - Also second in a series, and also read to mac. I liked this one as well as the first, less explaining was needed and that left more room for story.
2. Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan - The second in the series. Read this to mac, built on the first, but I didn't like it as much. It did end on a better cliffhanger, though.
1. Let Them East Fruitcake by Melody Carlson - The second of the Holiday themed books I picked up on impulse from the library. This was just not good. I did not notice until I got home, but it is "Christian Literature" whatever that is. I guess this would have to be considered Christian Chic Lit.

books 2011

May. 1st, 2011 06:39 pm
12. The Burglar in the Library by Lawrence Block - I love Lawrence Block and this series is always a good read. This one was fun for me because I knew a lot of the references.

11. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom - This would be considered schmaltzy, right? Don't care, loved it. I thought it was charming and lovely and a TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, ok, not really, but really nice read.

10. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh - read for mac. I never read this as a child, so it was all new to me. My big take away was, I still don't like the East Side and I am pretty sure Harriet has Aspergers. Don't think that that means I didn't like it, I did and hope to read the follow up.

9. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See - This was a recommendation and borrow from a friend. Set in 19th Century China, a woman's story of women's life. I really enjoyed it.

8. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer - Another read to mac, the third in this series. I think I need a break from this series, it is all starting to mush together in my head. Enjoyable.

7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Hadden - Off the TBR shelf, which makes me very happy. I really liked it, and oddly related to the narrator quite a bit. It was a very fast read and hard to put down once I got going.
6. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink - I never saw the movie, but knew the basic premise. It's a very good read, quick and not hard at all. I could not remember who played the male part in the film, but thought while reading that Kate was really too young to play the female.
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - I had never read it. Totally prompted to read it by seeing the preview of the new movie. I was all "wha??!! That looks crazy exciting, I had no idea." I loved it. Not much more to say. It has made me decide I need a female dog to name Darcy Rochester.
4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke - This took forever to get through. I read some of it aloud to mac and he read along while we listened to the rest on tape. It is a much larger book than he usually reads, but it was good to make him push through it and I did like the story. I think a few plot points were weak, and in such a long book I didn't like where they fell (on important areas). Not sure if we will read the follow-up book.
3. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer - Also second in a series, and also read to mac. I liked this one as well as the first, less explaining was needed and that left more room for story.
2. Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan - The second in the series. Read this to mac, built on the first, but I didn't like it as much. It did end on a better cliffhanger, though.
1. Let Them East Fruitcake by Melody Carlson - The second of the Holiday themed books I picked up on impulse from the library. This was just not good. I did not notice until I got home, but it is "Christian Literature" whatever that is. I guess this would have to be considered Christian Chic Lit.

books 2011

Apr. 18th, 2011 10:40 am
11. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom - This would be considered schmaltzy, right? Don't care, loved it. I thought it was charming and lovely and a TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, ok, not really, but really nice read.

10. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh - read for mac. I never read this as a child, so it was all new to me. My big take away was, I still don't like the East Side and I am pretty sure Harriet has Aspergers. Don't think that that means I didn't like it, I did and hope to read the follow up.

9. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See - This was a recommendation and borrow from a friend. Set in 19th Century China, a woman's story of women's life. I really enjoyed it.

8. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer - Another read to mac, the third in this series. I think I need a break from this series, it is all starting to mush together in my head. Enjoyable.

7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Hadden - Off the TBR shelf, which makes me very happy. I really liked it, and oddly related to the narrator quite a bit. It was a very fast read and hard to put down once I got going.
6. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink - I never saw the movie, but knew the basic premise. It's a very good read, quick and not hard at all. I could not remember who played the male part in the film, but thought while reading that Kate was really too young to play the female.
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - I had never read it. Totally prompted to read it by seeing the preview of the new movie. I was all "wha??!! That looks crazy exciting, I had no idea." I loved it. Not much more to say. It has made me decide I need a female dog to name Darcy Rochester.
4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke - This took forever to get through. I read some of it aloud to mac and he read along while we listened to the rest on tape. It is a much larger book than he usually reads, but it was good to make him push through it and I did like the story. I think a few plot points were weak, and in such a long book I didn't like where they fell (on important areas). Not sure if we will read the follow-up book.
3. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer - Also second in a series, and also read to mac. I liked this one as well as the first, less explaining was needed and that left more room for story.
2. Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan - The second in the series. Read this to mac, built on the first, but I didn't like it as much. It did end on a better cliffhanger, though.
1. Let Them East Fruitcake by Melody Carlson - The second of the Holiday themed books I picked up on impulse from the library. This was just not good. I did not notice until I got home, but it is "Christian Literature" whatever that is. I guess this would have to be considered Christian Chic Lit.

books 2011

Mar. 12th, 2011 11:50 am
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - I had never read it. Totally prompted to read it by seeing the preview of the new movie. I was all "wha??!! That looks crazy exciting, I had no idea." I loved it. Not much more to say. It has made me decide I need a female dog to name Darcy Rochester.


4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke - This took forever to get through. I read some of it aloud to mac and he read along while we listened to the rest on tape. It is a much larger book than he usually reads, but it was good to make him push through it and I did like the story. I think a few plot points were weak, and in such a long book I didn't like where they fell (on important areas). Not sure if we will read the follow-up book.
3. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer - Also second in a series, and also read to mac. I liked this one as well as the first, less explaining was needed and that left more room for story.
2. Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monstersby Rick Riordan - The second in the series. Read this to mac, built on the first, but I didn't like it as much. It did end on a better cliffhanger, though.
1. Let Them East Fruitcake by Melody Carlson - The second of the Holiday themed books I picked up on impulse from the library. This was just not good. I did not notice until I got home, but it is "Christian Literature" whatever that is. I guess this would have to be considered Christian Chic Lit.

books 2011

Mar. 8th, 2011 04:49 pm
4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke - This took forever to get through. I read some of it aloud to mac and he read along while we listened to the rest on tape. It is a much larger book than he usually reads, but it was good to make him push through it and I did like the story. I think a few plot points were weak, and in such a long book I didn't like where they fell (on important areas). Not sure if we will read the follow-up book.


3. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer - Also second in a series, and also read to mac. I liked this one as well as the first, less explaining was needed and that left more room for story.
2. Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monstersby Rick Riordan - The second in the series. Read this to mac, built on the first, but I didn't like it as much. It did end on a better cliffhanger, though.
1. Let Them East Fruitcake by Melody Carlson - The second of the Holiday themed books I picked up on impulse from the library. This was just not good. I did not notice until I got home, but it is "Christian Literature" whatever that is. I guess this would have to be considered Christian Chic Lit.

books

Nov. 4th, 2010 08:50 am
31 - Adios to My Old Life by Caridad Ferrer - Support the authors you know feature! Really charming, well written coming of age story. Some family drama, some romance - a good fun read. I picked this up at my local library, I need to get other books from authors I know on their shelves.


30 - Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief by Rick Riorden
29 - Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
28 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
27 - Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
26 - Whisper to the Blood by Dana Stabenow
25 - Champ by Marcia Thornton Jones
24 - IceFire by Chris D'Lacey
23 - By The Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
22 - The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep by Lawrence Block
21 - A Deeper Sleep by Dana Stabenow
20 - How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
19 - Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
18 - The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey
17 - Pink Slip by Rita Ciresi
16 - Shutter Island by Dennis LeHane
15 - Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
14 - On The Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls WIlder
13 - Mayday by Nelson DeMille and Thomas Block
12 - The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
11 - The Adventures of Vin Fiz by Clive Cussler
10 - Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary
9 - No Good Deeds by Laura Lippman
8 - The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
7 - Flashback by Nevada Barr
6 - Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5 - Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen
4 - Wildfire by Nelson DeMille
3 - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
2 - The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
1 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

books

Oct. 29th, 2010 10:24 am
I am really thrilled that I have managed this many books this year. I know things will slow down as the Holidays near, but increasing my reading has really made the year so much better in so many ways. I am currently reading one book myself and another to Mac and we both have our next ones lined up, so maybe 4 more books by year end.

30 - Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief by Rick Rioden - Yes, another book for Mac. He had seen the movie and then a friend down here was very into the series, so it was an easy sell. I liked it and we will be reading more of the series. Mac has gotten interested in the Greek Gods and is reading about them on his own.


29 - Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
28 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
27 - Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
26 - Whisper to the Blood by Dana Stabenow
25 - Champ by Marcia Thornton Jones
24 - IceFire by Chris D'Lacey
23 - By The Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
22 - The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep by Lawrence Block
21 - A Deeper Sleep by Dana Stabenow
20 - How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
19 - Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
18 - The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey
17 - Pink Slip by Rita Ciresi
16 - Shutter Island by Dennis LeHane
15 - Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
14 - On The Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls WIlder
13 - Mayday by Nelson DeMille and Thomas Block
12 - The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
11 - The Adventures of Vin Fiz by Clive Cussler
10 - Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary
9 - No Good Deeds by Laura Lippman
8 - The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
7 - Flashback by Nevada Barr
6 - Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5 - Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen
4 - Wildfire by Nelson DeMille
3 - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
2 - The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
1 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

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Oct. 26th, 2010 11:37 am
29 - Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - A little slower to grab me than The Hunger Games, but still very good. I expect a good long wait before a copy of Mockingjay is available at the library, but maybe before the year is over.


28 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
27 - Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
26 - Whisper to the Blood by Dana Stabenow
25 - Champ by Marcia Thornton Jones
24 - IceFire by Chris D'Lacey
23 - By The Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
22 - The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep by Lawrence Block
21 - A Deeper Sleep by Dana Stabenow
20 - How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
19 - Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
18 - The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey
17 - Pink Slip by Rita Ciresi
16 - Shutter Island by Dennis LeHane
15 - Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
14 - On The Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls WIlder
13 - Mayday by Nelson DeMille and Thomas Block
12 - The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
11 - The Adventures of Vin Fiz by Clive Cussler
10 - Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary
9 - No Good Deeds by Laura Lippman
8 - The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
7 - Flashback by Nevada Barr
6 - Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5 - Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen
4 - Wildfire by Nelson DeMille
3 - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
2 - The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
1 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Read a wee little wisp of a book to mac also, but not counting it. Are 8 more books this year doable? That would be 3 a month. I start a new one with mac tonight and have already started my next one. Might be doable.

28 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - so much talk about this triology over the summer, that when I saw the book at the Library, face out on a display shelf I grabbed it. REALLY enjoyed. Memories of The Lottery and Logan's Run and something else that now I can't remember.

27 - Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
26 - Whisper to the Blood by Dana Stabenow
25 - Champ by Marcia Thornton Jones
24 - IceFire by Chris D'Lacey
23 - By The Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
22 - The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep by Lawrence Block
21 - A Deeper Sleep by Dana Stabenow
20 - How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
19 - Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
18 - The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey
17 - Pink Slip by Rita Ciresi
16 - Shutter Island by Dennis LeHane
15 - Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
14 - On The Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls WIlder
13 - Mayday by Nelson DeMille and Thomas Block
12 - The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
11 - The Adventures of Vin Fiz by Clive Cussler
10 - Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary
9 - No Good Deeds by Laura Lippman
8 - The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
7 - Flashback by Nevada Barr
6 - Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5 - Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen
4 - Wildfire by Nelson DeMille
3 - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
2 - The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
1 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Well I managed more than 2 a month for the year thus far which honestly is nothing more than a miracle, so GO ME! I would like to managed at least 1 adult book for every 2 mac books, but not sure that will be possible since I no longer have a subway commute during which to read. Stay tuned.


27 - Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer - Read to mac. I have had these for years. Started reading this one, the first long ago and it didn't take. I am trying to get mac to get in the habit of looking for reading material already in the house, so this is what he chose. Good stuff. I think a bit of it is going right on over his head, but that is fine. I also think some of it would fall apart if I thought about it too long, but that is fine too.

26 - Whisper to the Blood by Dana Stabenow - The first library book I checked out from my NEW LIBRARY! Yet another Kate Shugak book. Loved. She has hit a new stride with this series and character.

25 - Champ by Marcia Thornton Jones - Read to mac. Not sure if we got this at a Book Fair or I got it at a garage sale. Scholastic book with a dog on the cover. Messages of not giving up, loyalty, self-worth - all in all, a good book for us.

24 - IceFire by Chris D'Lacey - Second in the series and reading it to mac. This had a few more scary bits in it than the first and also a bit more out-there stuff. Still enjoyable to both mac and myself.

23 - By The Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder - Read to mac. SPOILER - They move AGAIN. Totally misleading that they called the TV series Little House on the Prarie when they were practically gypsies. Ok, not really, but they did move a lot. In this book, Pa is working for the railroad and not even farming. They are trying to get established in the territory and grab a Homestead.

22 - The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep by Lawrence Block
21 - A Deeper Sleep by Dana Stabenow
20 - How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
19 - Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
18 - The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey
17 - Pink Slip by Rita Ciresi
16 - Shutter Island by Dennis LeHane
15 - Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
14 - On The Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls WIlder
13 - Mayday by Nelson DeMille and Thomas Block
12 - The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
11 - The Adventures of Vin Fiz by Clive Cussler
10 - Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary
9 - No Good Deeds by Laura Lippman
8 - The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
7 - Flashback by Nevada Barr
6 - Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5 - Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen
4 - Wildfire by Nelson DeMille
3 - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
2 - The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
1 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

books

Jun. 27th, 2010 09:11 pm
22 - The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep by Lawrence Block - The first of the Evan Tanner series. I've liked pretty much everything I have read from Block, so I was excited when I saw this in the library and it did not disappoint. Evan is a hoot. Different from Bernie, as it should be, but really enjoyable and totally out there.


21 - A Deeper Sleep by Dana Stabenow - Another Kate Shugak Book. Enjoyed it as always. This one lays the groundwork for what looks like interesting stuff for the next few books.

20 - How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
19 - Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
18 - The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey
17 - Pink Slip by Rita Ciresi
16 - Shutter Island by Dennis LeHane
15 - Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
14 - On The Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls WIlder
13 - Mayday by Nelson DeMille and Thomas Block
12 - The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
11 - The Adventures of Vin Fiz by Clive Cussler
10 - Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary
9 - No Good Deeds by Laura Lippman
8 - The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
7 - Flashback by Nevada Barr
6 - Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5 - Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen
4 - Wildfire by Nelson DeMille
3 - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
2 - The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
1 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
20 - How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell - For mac again. Got from the library based on liking the movie so much. NOT AT ALL LIKE THE MOVIE. Characters with same names, vikings, and dragons - that is where the similarities end. Dragons are different. Journey is different. Family is different. Good, but way different.


19 - Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson - Book for mac. I bought this blind in a small binge at B&N. Older and award winning are a weak spot for me. Cute and not too long. A good book for doing voices and some of the animal dialogue is written in slight dialect.


18 - The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey
17 - Pink Slip by Rita Ciresi
16 - Shutter Island by Dennis LeHane
15 - Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
14 - On The Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls WIlder
13 - Mayday by Nelson DeMille and Thomas Block
12 - The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
11 - The Adventures of Vin Fiz by Clive Cussler
10 - Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary
9 - No Good Deeds by Laura Lippman
8 - The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
7 - Flashback by Nevada Barr
6 - Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5 - Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen
4 - Wildfire by Nelson DeMille
3 - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
2 - The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
1 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

books

May. 24th, 2010 11:05 pm
18 - The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey: A Young Adult book for mac. Longish though so it took a while with just nighttime reading. It is the first in a series and it has dragons, so we will be reading more. I knew nothing about the book, and mac chose it on the most recent trip to B&N. Good Enough stuff. Not super fluff, not too hard to follow for him, but he has to pay attention and there are enough characters that he sometimes gets mixed up.

17 - Pink Slip by Rita Ciresi
16 - Shutter Island by Dennis LeHane
15 - Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
14 - On The Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls WIlder
13 - Mayday by Nelson DeMille and Thomas Block
12 - The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
11 - The Adventures of Vin Fiz by Clive Cussler
10 - Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary
9 - No Good Deeds by Laura Lippman
8 - The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
7 - Flashback by Nevada Barr
6 - Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5 - Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen
4 - Wildfire by Nelson DeMille
3 - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
2 - The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
1 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

books

May. 7th, 2010 09:41 am
17 - Pink Slip by Rita Ciresi: A little chic lit a little rom com. Light but not stupid. Heavy on the characters and relationship stuff and light on the sex scenes which I find the reverse of much in this area of fiction. I'd recommend it and I'd read more of her stuff should I find it around. I got this off the bookshelf in my building's laundry room.

**note - before I got into this book, I started and then gave up on 3 different books. For many years I considered it a failure to not finish a book and would hang on to them in the hopes of someday getting through them. Now I think my time is too valuable to read something I am not enjoying and those books get donated to the library.


16 - Shutter Island by Dennis LeHane
15 - Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
14 - On The Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls WIlder
13 - Mayday by Nelson DeMille and Thomas Block
12 - The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
11 - The Adventures of Vin Fiz by Clive Cussler
10 - Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary
9 - No Good Deeds by Laura Lippman
8 - The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
7 - Flashback by Nevada Barr
6 - Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5 - Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen
4 - Wildfire by Nelson DeMille
3 - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
2 - The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
1 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

books

Apr. 24th, 2010 11:32 pm
Why yes it has only been 2 days since my last post. That's what happens when I decide to read LeHane.

16 - Shutter Island by Dennis LeHane: He's just awesome. I mean really, he needs to write more and faster. So I've had this a long time and I am not sure why I did not read it earlier. Then the movie was coming out and I really wanted to read it, but it had been packed away in a box and I couldn't find it. A week or so back, I did find it, and I still made myself read 2 books before it. I knew this would be a book I'd keep, so I wanted to make myself get through a couple that I probably wouldn't keep. It was a treat, a reward. I really like LeHane.


15 - Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
14 - On The Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls WIlder
13 - Mayday by Nelson DeMille and Thomas Block
12 - The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
11 - The Adventures of Vin Fiz by Clive Cussler
10 - Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary
9 - No Good Deeds by Laura Lippman
8 - The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
7 - Flashback by Nevada Barr
6 - Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5 - Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen
4 - Wildfire by Nelson DeMille
3 - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
2 - The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
1 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

books

Apr. 22nd, 2010 10:59 pm
15 - Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky - I got this on the free for all bookshelf in the laundry room of my building. I don't tend to read a ton of non-fiction, but this looked interesting and not super heavy. It was exactly that, very interesting, not super duper heavy. I felt informed, but not overwhelmed. I think it is a book my dad would like, as would most of the people I know who just like learning new stuff. It's only 230 pages long, so maybe you should give it a whirl.


14 - On The Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls WIlder
13 - Mayday by Nelson DeMille and Thomas Block
12 - The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
11 - The Adventures of Vin Fiz by Clive Cussler
10 - Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary
9 - No Good Deeds by Laura Lippman
8 - The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
7 - Flashback by Nevada Barr
6 - Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5 - Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen
4 - Wildfire by Nelson DeMille
3 - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
2 - The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
1 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

books

Apr. 19th, 2010 11:26 pm
14 - On The Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls WIlder - We just keep plugging away through this series. Mac really enjoys them, although they also freak him out a bit, what with the harsh environment (grasshopper plague, blizzards) and the really strict guidelines on behavior (the girls are NOT allowed to cry and Laura often reprimands herself for wicked or selfish thoughts). This one I remember reading as a kid. The DUGOUT!


13 - Mayday by Nelson DeMille and Thomas Block
12 - The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
11 - The Adventures of Vin Fiz by Clive Cussler
10 - Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary
9 - No Good Deeds by Laura Lippman
8 - The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
7 - Flashback by Nevada Barr
6 - Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5 - Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen
4 - Wildfire by Nelson DeMille
3 - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
2 - The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
1 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

books

Apr. 15th, 2010 08:44 pm
13 - Mayday by Nelson DeMille and Thomas Block - Another book my dad left at my place. Not the normal thing I'd pick up to read, but a quick read and thrillery without the standard good vs. bad team set-up. It was written quite a while ago and then updated so it wouldn't read so dated. I was a little shocked that an airline catastrophe book didn't set me off (dad was a commercial pilot_, but it didn't. I guess maybe I am finally getting over that knee-jerk emotional response now that he's been retired 8 years.

12 - The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
11 - The Adventures of Vin Fiz by Clive Cussler
10 - Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary
9 - No Good Deeds by Laura Lippman
8 - The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
7 - Flashback by Nevada Barr
6 - Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5 - Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen
4 - Wildfire by Nelson DeMille
3 - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
2 - The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
1 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

I am really just thrilled that I have managed more than a book a month. I am now taking on things I have in hard cover that I am pretty sure I will not want to keep on my shelves after reading. Trying to lighten to load.

books

Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:52 pm
12 - The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston - Listed as both a nonfiction memoir and literature. Not a straight narrative, not from one voice, not the easiest read. I didn't love it, but I think parts of it will stay with me. I love all the ghosts as descriptors, I called myself a ghost lady today, in fact. It's one of those things that the entire time I was reading it I felt like I just wasn't really getting it. I feel the same way with a lot of magical realism. Also Japanese anime films. Also Kafka. Could be that I am just too long between reading things that stretch the brain muscles.

11 - The Adventures of Vin Fiz by Clive Cussler
10 - Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary
9 - No Good Deeds by Laura Lippman
8 - The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
7 - Flashback by Nevada Barr
6 - Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5 - Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen
4 - Wildfire by Nelson DeMille
3 - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
2 - The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
1 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

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