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Subject: 2007--Six Month Review--What were your 6 favorite books?
Date Posted: 7/1/2007 9:46 PM ET
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I thought it'd be fun for everyone to share their 6 favorite books (one for each month) that you've read so far this year.  You can list 6 books over all or pick one from each month if you keep track of your books that way.

Here's my list:

January: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Seijie

February: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

March: The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland

April: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

May:  Rival Queens by Fidelis Morgan

June: Mr. Darcy's Daughters by Elizabeth Aston

What were your six faves?

 

Date Posted: 7/1/2007 10:18 PM ET
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I can't remember which months I read them, but these are the top 6 of the last 6 months:

The Reluctant Queen - Jean Plaidy

But Enough About Me... - Jancee Dunn

The Lost King of France - Deborah Cadbury

The King's Daughters - Molly Costain Haycraft

To The Scaffold, The Life of Marie Antoinette - Carolly Erickson

Innocent Traitor - Alison Weir

 

Date Posted: 7/2/2007 12:09 AM ET
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I can't remember when I read them but here are my 6 top picks:

  • Water for Elephants
  • The Red Tent
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • A Respectable Trade
  • A Parchment of Leaves

I probably would not have read any of these if it wasn't for the great people on PBS recommending them!

Opppppps that's 5 not 6  lol



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Date Posted: 7/2/2007 12:15 AM ET
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in no particular order, here goes:

1. The Way the Crow Flies

2. Water for Elephants (wish I hadn't given up my copy now, so back on my WL again)

3. The Girls

4. Fall on Your Knees (same author as #1)

5. The Other Boleyn Sister

6. An Egg on Three Sticks

I have Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan on my bookshelf waiting for me to read them. Can't wait! Then I can pass them on to you guys.

Date Posted: 7/2/2007 2:48 AM ET
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Cozette, I agree.  So many times I see a book here that sounds interesting.  It isn't normally something I would select and then I've found I've got a new favorite.

Date Posted: 7/2/2007 3:13 AM ET
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January:  Assassination Vacation (Sarah Vowell)

February:  The Diving Bell & the Butterfly (Jean-Dominique Bauby)

March:  A Mind to Murder (P.D. James)

April:  The Black Mountain (Rex Stout)

May:  Strapless:  The Rise and Fall of John Singer Sargent and Madam X (Deborah Davis)

June:  The Red House Mystery (A.A. Milne)

Three of these are "vintage" mysteries and the other three fall in the bio, autobio & travel memoir genre.  Interesting!

Date Posted: 7/2/2007 8:51 AM ET
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Looking back at the past six months, I've come up with these six, in no particular order:

  • Black by Ted Dekker
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • The Devil in the White City:  Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  • March by Geraldine Brooks
  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
  • The Preservationist by David Maine

 

Date Posted: 7/2/2007 9:26 AM ET
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My books are:

Key Lime Pie Murder by Jo Anne Fluke

What's a Ghoul to do by Victoria Laurie

101 ways to talk to God by Sherry Morris

101 ways to find God's Purpose for your life by Natalie Gillespie

Better off Wed by Laura Durham

All books by Maddie Hunter.

i read so much it was hard to decide and now I still think of others I could have put down.

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 7/2/2007 10:49 AM ET
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   I've read a lot of new authors and re-read a ton of old favorites so far this year:

  January - Codex by Douglas Preston

 February - Wicked - The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

 March - Candy Apple Dead by Sammi Carter

 April - The Assassin King by Elizabeth Haydon

 May - Abby Cooper - Pyschic Eye by Victoria Laurie

 June - Aunt Dimity's Death - by Nancy Atherton  (this is a new keeper series for me! Love it!)

Date Posted: 7/2/2007 10:51 AM ET
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cheating here a bit, cause some are parts of series that I've read this year. I devour them, so I have to hold off and try and only read one or two a months so they can sustain for me for the year.  All of these are new to me authors.

Ferris, Monica: Unraveled Sleeve,  A Stitch in Time,  A Murderous Yarn, Crewel World
Hunter, MAddy:  Alpine for You, TOp O' the Mourning , Pasta Imperfect , Hula Done It? 
Lindsey, Johanna:  Marriage Most Scandalous
Palmer, Linda: love her to death ,  Love you madly,  Kiss of Death
Sands, Lynsay: Love is Blind
Durham, Laura: Better Off Wed

Date Posted: 7/2/2007 11:46 AM ET
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Not listed by month, but my 2007 faves to-date:

  • Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
  • The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman
  • Derailed by James Siegel
  • Little Children by Tom Perrotta
  • Give Me a Break by John Stossel
  • A Painted House by John Grisham (currently reading, and I like it a lot so far!)
Date Posted: 7/2/2007 11:51 AM ET
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In My Hands – Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer – Irina Gut Opdyke

The Worst Hard Time-Timothy Egan

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khalid Hosseini

 

 

The Family That Couldn’t Sleep by D. T. Max

Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories – Jean Shepherd

The Diary of Mattie Spenser – Sandra Dallas

Date Posted: 7/2/2007 1:42 PM ET
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It was hard to pick only six. If pressed I could add another 6! I've read some really great books this year, including Perfume, the story of a murderer by Patrick Suskind, which was one of the creepiest books I ever read but was fantastic none the less.

Date Posted: 7/2/2007 1:49 PM ET
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January: The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant and Julie and Julia by Julie Powell (since didn't read anything that great in Feb!)

March: Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen

April: Blind Dates Can Be Murder by Mindy Starns Clark

May: The Monk's Son by W.R. Wilkerson, III

June: Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson



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Date Posted: 7/2/2007 2:03 PM ET
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Click on the links to see my reviews.

I've only finished 24 books so far this year. Here's to much more reading in the next six months!

Date Posted: 7/2/2007 5:14 PM ET
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1. Roots of Evil by Sarah Rayne

2. Tower of Silence by Sarah Rayne

3. Dark Dividing by Sarah Rayne

4. Spider Light by Sarah Rayne

5. Toxin by Robin Cook

6. Deep Storm by Lincoln Child

Date Posted: 7/2/2007 5:41 PM ET
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In no particular order:

Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer

Sphere by Michael Crichton

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich

Graham.

Date Posted: 7/2/2007 7:51 PM ET
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The Greatest White Trash Love Story Ever Told

Freakonomics

The Mercy of Thin Air

All We Know of Love

Odd Thomas

Forever Odd

Date Posted: 7/2/2007 8:43 PM ET
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Doomsday Book – Connie Willis

The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks – Susan Casey

The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer – Neal Stephenson

The Burn Journals – Brent Runyon

The Looking Glass Wars – Frank Beddor

Luna – Julie Anne Peters

 

Date Posted: 7/2/2007 9:23 PM ET
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  • The Lovely Bones -Alice Seabold
  • My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
  • Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
  • Little Earthquakes - Jennifer Weiner
  • Mum's the Word - Kate Collins


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Date Posted: 7/2/2007 9:57 PM ET
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Hmm...

  • January - Murder on Marble Row (Gaslight Mysteries) - Victoria Thompson
  • February - Haunted (Women of the Otherworld) - Kelley Armstrong
  • March - The Devil in the White City - Erik Larsen
  • April - Jennifer Government - Max Barry
  • May - Heresy (Catherine Levendeur Mysteries) - Sharan Newman
  • June - His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire) - Naomi Novik
Date Posted: 7/2/2007 10:59 PM ET
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Great topic!

In no particular order, my six would be:

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

The Divide by Nicholas Evans

Hotel Babylon by Anonymous and Imogen Edwards-Jones

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Little Children by Tom Perrotta

A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation by Catherine Crier

I'm about to finish "Something Borrowed" by Emily Giffin which is great as well!

Date Posted: 7/3/2007 12:40 AM ET
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In order by  favorite, not by month:

1.  A Thousand Splendid Suns

2.  The Glass Castle

3.  Nineteen Minutes

4.  The Book Thief

5.  When Crickets Cry

6.  The Book That Changed My Life: 71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate the Books That Matter Most to Them

Date Posted: 7/3/2007 1:31 PM ET
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This was tough.  I went back to see what I had read and there were lots of great books!

In no particular order (LOL)

  • The Time Traveler's Wife - I could not put this down, I think I read it in 2 day, great great story!
  • Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L. Weiss - True story about a woman finding out about past lives.
  • 3 Weeks with my Brother by Nicholas Sparks - Fantastic Autobiography of Nicholas Sparks
  • Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella - One of my favorite authors
  • Teeth in a Pickle Jar by H.B. Milligan - Didn't think I would like this as much as I did
  • Cyber Cinderella - Just a good book  :o)

Michelle

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