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Subject: It's April - What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 4/1/2009 8:37 AM ET
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My April reading list:

Finished - 

  1. "CREATION IN DEATH" by J.D. Robb (In Death Series #28) (A+)  (Audio Book) Amaryllis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she's been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she's taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn't just "one of us." Dallas's friend Chief Medical Examiner Morris had started a serious relationship with Coltraine, and from all accounts the two were headed for a happy future together. But someone has put an end to all that. After breaking the news to Morris, Eve starts questioning everyone, including Coltraine's squad, informants, and neighbors, while Eve's husband, Roarke, digs into computer data on the dead woman's life back in Atlanta. To their shock, they discover a connection between this case and their own painful, shadowy pasts.The truth will need to be uncovered one layer at a time, starting with the box that arrives at  Cop Central addressed to Eve, containing Coltraine's gun, badge, and a note from her killer: "You can have them back. Maybe someday soon, I'll be sending yours to somebody else." But Eve Dallas doesn't take too kindly to personal threats, and she is going to break this case, whatever it takes. That's a promise.
  2. "OUT OF SIGHT" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #5) (A) Though her confidence is badly shaken by a training accident, A.J. Cooper vows to become an excellent T-FLAC operative. She is everything the antiterrorist agency looks for - she's smart, resourceful, and a crack shot. Eager to prove herself to her instructor, the highly regarded Kane Wright. A.J. takes on a difficult and potentially deadly assignment. A success in the field could be just the thing she needs to make her career with the agency - and working so closely with the extraordinary and irresistibly sexy Kane is a fantasy come to life. Kane Wright is a master of disguise, hiding his powerful attraction for A.J. in the name of professionalism. But when she doesn't bounce back quickly after her accident, Kane's desire becomes concern. In the field, even a moment's hesitation can turn a routine operation into a deadly one. With A.J. taking a lead position in this mission, Kane knows he won't be able to take his eyes off his gorgeous tomboy trainee. Under the hot desert sun, even as they struggle to unravel a madman's devious plot, their long-denied passion will finally boil over. 
  3. "A STONE CREEK CHRISTMAS" by Linda Lael Miller (A) Stone Creek veterinarian Olivia O'Ballivan communicates easily with animals, but men are another story. Especially rugged architect-turned-rancher Tanner Quinn. Olivia's uncanny bond with his daughter Sophie's pony, Butterpie, has him questioning her sanity, while she wonders if he's not just a drugstore cowboy. Then twelve-year-old Sophie conspires with Olivia to get Tanner into the spirit of Christmas with all the trimmings, including a tree-lighting ceremony and a man named Kris Kringle in a sleigh driven by seven reindeer...and a donkey. But will a holiday miracle transform the globe-trotting Tanner into a rancher - and a family man - for all seasons?
  4. "A VIRGIN RIVER CHRISTMAS" by Robyn Carr (Virgin River Series #4) (A+) Last Christmas Marcie Sullivan said a final goodbye to her husband, Bobby. This Christmas she's come to Virgin River to find the man who saved his life and gave her three more years to love him - Fellow marine Ian Buchanan dragged Bobby's already shattered body onto a medical transport in Fallujah four years ago, then disappeared as soon as their unit arrived stateside. Since then, Marcie's letters to Ian have gone unanswered. Marcie tracks Ian to the tiny mountain town of Virgin River and finds a man as wounded emotionally as Bobby was physically. But she is not easily scared off. As Marcie pushes her way into his rugged and reclusive life, she discoveres a sweet but damaged soul beneath a rough exterior. Ian doesn't know what to make of the determined young widow who forces him to look into the painful past and, what's worse, the uncertain future. But it is, after all, a season of miracles and maybe, just maybe it's time to banish the ghosts and open his heart.
  5. "SECOND CHANCE PASS" by Robyn Carr (Virgin River #5) (A) In the space of a few months Vanessa buried her husband, Matt, and gave birth to their son - breaking her heart while filling it with a whole new kind of love. But the one man she longs to share this love with now acts as if she doesn't exist. Paul Haggerty lives by the marine motto - Semper Fi. Ever faithful to his best friend, he's done right by Matt's widow as best he can...considering he's been secretly in love with her for years. Now, just as he's about to make his move, another woman has staked her claim on him - a claim that will be tough to escape. With courage, humility and not a little meddling from the good folks of Virgin River, Vannie and Paul might just get a second chance to have the love they both desire and deserve.
  6. "JUST BREATHE" by Susan Wiggs (A) (Audio Book) Unexpected change can be life a breath of fresh air - a little brisk at first, but magic for the body and soul...Chicago cartoonist Sarah Moon tackles life's real issues with a healthy dose of sharp wit in her syndicated comic strip "Just Breathe." As Sarah's cartoon alter ego, Shirl, undergoes artificial insemination, her situation begins to mirror Sarah's own difficult attempts to conceive. However, Sarah's dreams of the future did not include her husband's infidelity - snag number 2 in Sarah's so-called perfect life. With Chicago - and her marriage - in the rearview mirror, she flees to the small Northern California coastal town where she grew up, a place she couldn't wait to leave. Now she finds herself revisiting the past - an emotionally distant father and the unanswered questions left by her mother's death. As she comes to terms with her lost marriage, Sarah encounters a man she never expected to meet again - Will Bonner, the high school heartthrob she'd skewered mercilessly in her old comics. Now a local firefighter, he's been through some changes himself. But just as her heart is about to reawaken, Sarah discovers she is pregnant - with her ex's twins. It's hardly the most traditional of new beginnings, but who says life and love are preductable...or perfect? The winds of change have led Sarah here. Now all she can do is just close her eyes...and breathe.
  7. "UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont Series #1) (A) (Audio Book) The little girl was only five, much too young to die - a lost treasure who should have been cherished, not murdered. She could have been J.P. Beaumont's kid, and the determined Seattle homicide detective won't rest until her killer pays dearly. But the hunt is leading Beaumont into a murky world of religious fanaticism, and toward a beautiful, perilous obsession all his own. And suddenly Beau himself is a target - because faith can be dangerous...and love can kill. 
  8. "LAKESIDE COTTAGE" by Susan Wiggs (A) If you trust your heart, you'll always know who you are. Each summer, Kate Livingston returns to her family's lakeside cottage, a place of simple living and happy times - a place where she now hopes her shy little boy can blossom. But her quiet life gets a bit more interesting with the arrival of an intriguing new neighbor, JD Harris. Although she is a confirmed single mother and knows little of JD's past, Kate is soon drawn into the sweetness of a summer romance and discovers the passion of a lifetime. JD has good reason for being secretive. In a moment of sheer bravery the Washington D.C. paramedic prevented a terrible tragedy. Overnight the intensely private man became a national hero. He's hardly able to remember who he was before the media frenzy...until he escapes to this lovely, remote part of the Northwest. Now Kate Livingston and her son have rekindled the joy of small pleasures and peace, something he thought he'd never have again. But how long will his blissful anonymity last before reality comes banging at his door? 
  9. "SUMMER'S CHILD" by Diane Chamberlain (A+) (Audio Book) Early one morning, on the beach beside her North Carolina home, eleven-year-old Daria receives an unbelievable gift from the sea - an abandoned newborn baby. When the infant's identity cannot be uncovered, she is adopted by Daria's loving family. But her silent secrets continue to haunt Daria. Now, twenty years later, Shelly has grown into an unusual, ethereal woman whom Daria continues to protect. But when Rory Taylor, a friend from Daria's past and now a television producer, returns to do a story on the mystery of Shelly's birth, something precarious shifts in the small town of Kill Devil Hills. The more questions Rory asks, the more unsettled the tiny community becomes, as dark sins and closely guarded secrets begin to surface. Piece by piece, the mystery of summer's child is being exposed, a mystery that no one involved - not Shelly, Daria, her family, not even Rory  - is prepared to solve.
  10. "HEART OF THE FAMILY" by Margaret Daley (Fostered by Love #2) (A-) Women, Dr. Jacob Hartman knew, were a mystery. Take the first time he met social worker Hannah Smith at the Stone Refuge home for foster children. The woman stared him down as if he'd come at her with castor oil. Why? His past was full of heavy-duty heartache, but he was positive they'd never met. And as a former foster child himself, Jacob was deeply touched by how much she cared about the kids at the home, how loving she was - to everyone but him. Which was where, he figured, the mistletoe came in.
  11. "SLEEPING AT THE STARLITE MOTEL AND OTHER ADVENTURES ON THE WAY BACK HOME" by Bailey White (C) "It is still a comfort to come back from traveling," writes Bailey White, "with my random memories like a display in some Victorian museum of miscellany, to a home full of people whose lives I know so well I can tell the story of every missing finger and call every old lady's cat by name." She explores how places affect our lives, from her humid hometown in Georgia to a one-room school in Vermont. Fans old and new will delight in Bailey White's tour of mansions with ferocious gardens and leaky roofs, the sinkhole some say was the Garden of Eden, and "the kind of dreams you dream at the Starlite Motel." She takes us on adventures as mild as crawling through a limestone cave and as risky as deciding to teach first grade. She introduces us to her cousin Mandon, who wants to reunite the family's far-flung Chippendale chairs, and she tries to explain how, when she was assigned to computer class, she ended up at the dog track.
  12. "ON THE RUN" by Iris Johansen (A+) (Audio Book) The picture was a warning: they'd found her. For eight years Grace Archer hoped this day wouldn't come - and knew in her heart that it would. She'd taken her daughter, Frankie, to a rural Alabama horse farm that might just as well have been at the end of the earth. But the man out to kill them would gladly follow them that far. And now, it seems, he had. A woman with a highly classified past, Grace had never run from anything in her life. But as a mother, she'd do anything to keep eight-year-old Frankie safe. Now that safe world has been shattered, and a ferocious hunter has been unleashed. Suddenly the agency that owed Grace its gratitude and protection has abandoned her and only one ally remains: a man even more dangerous than her worst enemy.
  13. "LIGHT OF THE MOON" by Luanne Rice (A+) Spurred by her mother's dying wish, Susannah Connolly has traveled from her lifelong home on the Connecticut shoreline to the fabled French Camargue, to see its famous white horses and find a mysterious saint linked to her family's history. An accomplished anthropologist, Susannah has always been confident of her ability to navigate anywhere on the globe. But in the wake of a failed love affair and grieving the loss of her mother, she is adrift and uncertain, seeking only time alone to dig deeply into the personal archaeology of her own life. American born Grey Dempsey had come to the Camargue as a journalist, fell in love with a celebrated Romany rider, and suffered a devastating loss of his own. Now he operates a ranch as he struggles to raise his spirited but troubled young daughter, who, after a terrible night years ago, fears the horses she once loved. Within their bittersweet private orbit, in the midst of the endless silvered marshlands, Susannah Connolly will find a part of herself she hadn't known she had lost. And here she will find herself embraced by a circle of strong and passionate women bound together by their abiding faith in the legendary slave-saint Susannah seeks and in the miracles she is said to still perform for those who believe. Yet old secrets swirl within the fog-shrouded landscape, betrayals that may be beyond the power of any saint, or supplicant, to repair.
  14. "TURN MY WORLD UPSIDE DOWN - JO'S STORY" by Maureen Child (A) Jo Marconi has her hands full working hard at the family business and struggling to get her belated college degree. The last thing she needs is a ten-year-old boy to look after. But that's exactly what she gets when her stepbrother comes to live with her. It's clear Jack needs a father figure. But why must he seek out Cash Hunter - the one man Jo can't stop thinking about! Cash has a reputation for being the sexiest man in town, and Jo refuses to become another notch in his bet. At least that's what she tells herself. Cash Hunter has risked his heart in the past, and he's not about to make the same mistake again. He vows to keep the irresistible Jo at arm's length - until the attraction between them gets too hot to handle. And when Jo reveals a secret from her past, Cash knows it's time to step up to the plate. Jo is the woman he wants, and he'll find a way to show her once and for all - even if it means losing her forever.
  15. "BIRDS OF PREY" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont Series #15)  (B) (Audio Book) A survivor of childhood trauma, two marriages, twenty hard years with the Seattle P.D. and the bottle, Jonas Piedmont Beaumont has spent far too much time trolling the darker waters of human nature. In the wake of a devastating professional tragedy, he has decided, at long last, to pull the pin. But there is no safety in semi-retirement for a man who, long ago, chose to make a violent world his home. Temporarily at leisure, Beau has agreed to chaperone his newlywed grandmother on her honeymoon cruise to the Gulf of Alaska. But Beau's brief idyll is abruptly shaken when a security videotape shows a passenger taking a fatal fall overboard. Like it or not, the burden of investigating a heinous crime is once again on his shoulders. Adrift a thousand miles from home, J.P. Beaumont has suddenly found himself submerged in a terrifying conspiracy that, if allowed to proceed unchecked, could have disastrous consequences, not only for Beau and his shipmates, but for the future of the world they all hope to return to.
  16. "BODY OF LIES" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller #3) (C) A past she thought buried...a murder she was driven to solve...Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan has been summoned to Baton Rouge by a high-ranking government official to identify the remains of an unknown murder victim. Eve wants nothing to do with the project. She has finally found peace from her own tragic past, living a quiet life with Atlanta detective Joe Quinn and her adopted daughter, Jane. Then a series of seemingly unrelated events turns Eve's new world upside down. A killer so deceptive, he leaves nothing behind but his victims...Now, in a special government facility, she takes on the project of identifying the victim's skeleton. But she hasn't even begun when the first death occurs. Someone totally ruthless, someone who can strike anywhere at any time and with seeming immunity, is determined to put a halt to her work, her life, and the lives of those she loves. Eve has stumbled onto a chilling conspiracy. There is only one person who can give her the devastating truth...and he is already dead.
  17. "LONG TIME GONE" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont Series #17) (Audio Book) (A) After more than twenty years of distinguished service with the Seattle Police Department, Jonas Piedmont Beaumont is now working for the Washington State Attorney's Special Homicide Investigation Team or, as it's more commonly referred, the SHIT squad. But the more things change the more they stay the same. And eyewitness to a fifty-year-old murder has just come forward, and Beau has been hand-picked to lead the investigation. While undergoing hypnotherapy, a middle-aged nun unexpectedly recalls the grisly details of a cold--blooded killing she witnessed when she was five years old. Though fear has kept these memories repressed for half a century, they've now risen to the surface to cast a harsh light on a deadly plot that spans two generations. And Beau's caught in the glare, facing a ruthless band of coconspirators willing to go to any lengths to keep their secrets hidden.
  18. "THE KISSING GAME" by Suzanne Brockmann (A) Sunrise Key native and aspiring private investigator Frankie Paresky has her first bona fide case - a client has hired her to find the missing heir to a priceless property. But there's one complication: Simon Hunt, her best friend's brother and notorious heartbreaker, insists on being Frankie's assistant. For Frankie, even Simon's street-smart know-how isn't worth the cost of dealing with his distracting good looks and overactive libido. But Simon's on a mission to prove he's not the man Frankie thinks he is. The truth is, he's been dreaming about Frankie since they were teenagers, and not one woman on his endless list of conquests has managed to stop him. But he needs to work fast. Because the real Frankie - every gorgeous inch of her - isn't under wraps anymore, and a stranger is already moving in.

 Currently Reading - 

  1. "Dark of Night" by Suzanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters #14)
  2. "Hot Ice" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #7)
  3. "The Widow" by Carla Neggers

Currently Listening To -

  1. "Injustice For All" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont Series #2) (Audible Book)

 To Be Read - In alphabetical order by author not reading order

  1. "White Heat" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #11)
  2. "Twilight Child" by Warren Adler 
  3. "A Royal MIssion" by Elizabeth August (Royally Wed)
  4. The Expectant Princess" by Stella Bagwell (Royally Wed
  5. "What We Keep" by Elizabeth Berg
  6. "Embraced by Love" by Suzanne Brockmann
  7. "Scenes of Passion" by Suzanne Brockmann
  8. "Two Alone" by Sandra Brown
  9. "The Legend"  by C.J. Carmichael (Cooper's Corners)
  10. "Deep In the Valley" by Robyn Carr (Grace Valley #1)
  11. "Down by the River" by Robyn Carr (Grace Valley #3)
  12. "Temptation Ridge" by Robyn Carr (Virgin River #6)
  13. "Just Over the Mountain" by Robyn Carr (Grace Valley #2)
  14. "Her Mother's Shadow" by Diane Chamberlain
  15. "A Crazy Kind of Love - Mike's Storm"  by Maureen Child
  16. "A Royal Marriage" by Cara Colter (Royally Wed )
  17. "Family Ever After" by Margaret Daley (Fostered by Love #3)
  18. "SEALed with a Kiss" by Mary Margaret Daughtridge
  19. "Prodigal Daughter" by Patricia Davids
  20. "People of the Plains" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier)
  21. "Show No Mercy" by Cindy Gerard (Black Ops Inc. #1)
  22. "Building Dreams" by Ginna Gray
  23. "Hannah's Dream: A Novel"  by Diane Hammond
  24. "Comfort & Joy" Kristine Hannah
  25. "The Dark Wind" by Tony Hillerman
  26. "House Calls and Hitching Posts" as told to Dorcas Sharp Hoover
  27. "Trial by Fury" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont Series #5)
  28. "Blind Alley" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller #5)
  29. "Countdown" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller #6)
  30. "Final Target" by Iris Johansen
  31. "Quicksand" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller #7)
  32. "The Official Nora Roberts Companion" by Denise Little and Laura Hayden
  33. "Double Homicide - Santa Fe/Boston" by Jonathan & Faye Kellerman
  34. "Dead Irish" by John Lescroart
  35. "The Betrayal" by Beverly Lewis (Abrahams Daughters #2)
  36. "The Covenant" by Beverly Lewis (Abrahams Daughters #1)
  37. "A Cedar Cove Christmas" by Debbie Macomber  (Cedar Cove #9)
  38. "8 Sandpiper Way"  by Debbie Macomber (Cedar Cove #8))
  39. "Small Town Christmas" by Debbie Macomber
  40. "Chasing Stanley"  by Deirdre Martin
  41. "Mexican Hat" by Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney #2)
  42. "Tularosa" by Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney #1)
  43. "Perfect" by Judith McNaught
  44. "A McKettrick Christmas" by Linda Lael Miller (McKettrick #10)
  45. "Dylan" by Linda Lael Miller (Montana Creeds #2)
  46. "Logan" by Linda Lael Miller (Montana Creeds #1)
  47. "Tyler"  by Linda Lael Miller (Montana Creeds #3)
  48. "Springwater"  by Linda Lael Miller (Springwater #1)
  49. "Springwater Seasons - Rachel" by Linda Lael Miller (Springwater #2)
  50. "The Last Chance Cafe" by Linda Lael Miller
  51. "Code Name: Prince: by Valerie Parv
  52. "Cross Country" by James Patterson
  53. "You've Been Warned" by James Patterson & Howard Roughan
  54. "A Man Named Dave" by David Pelzer
  55. "A Teenager's Journey" by Richard B. Petzer
  56. "Blood Canticle" Anne Rice  (Vampire Chronicles #10)
  57. "Merrick" by Anne Rice (Vampire Chronicles #7)
  58. "Blue Moon" by Luanne Rice
  59. "Firefly Beach" by Luanne Rice
  60. "Stone Heart" by Luanne Rice
  61. "Summer Light"  by Luanne Rice
  62. "Sister's Choice" by Emilie Richards
  63. "His Winter Rose" Lois Richter
  64. "Suite 606" by J.D. Robb (In Death Series #27)
  65. "First Impressions" by Nora Roberts
  66. "From The Heart" Nora Roberts
  67. "Reflections and Dreams" by Nora Roberts (Stanislaski series #7 & 8)
  68. "The Stanislaskis" (Waiting for Nick & Considering Kate) by Nora Roberts (Stanislaski series #5 & 6)
  69. "Tribute" by Nora Roberts
  70. "Winner Takes All" by Nora Roberts
  71. "A Wedding at Cooper's Corner" by Kristine Rolofson, Muriel Jensen, Bobby Hutchinson (Cooper's Corners)
  72. "The Lucky One" by Nicholas Sparks
  73. "For Her Son's Love" by Kathryn Springer
  74. "The Kiss" by Danielle Steel
  75. "The Long Road Home" by Danielle Steel
  76. "The Other Twin" by Katherine Stone
  77. "Black Ice" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #1)
  78. "Cold As Ice " by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #2)
  79. "Ice Blue" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #3)
  80. "Ice Storm" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #4)
  81. "Drifter" by Susan Wiggs
  82. "Enchanted Afternoon" by Susan Wiggs
  83. "Fireside" by Susan Wiggs (Lakeshore Chronicles #5)
  84. "Passing Through Paradise" by Susan Wiggs
  85. "Summer by the Sea" by Susan Wiggs

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I'm not reading as much lately because we're in the process of house hunting & applying for mortgages. 

Currently I'm reading The Freedom Writers Diary, not sure what else I'll pick up when I go to work tomorrow.

Here's my list for this month:


1.  A literary journal called Buffalo Carp, I have 3 editions to read.

2.  The Best American Travel Writing 2003, edited by Ian Frazier

3.  Stop Dressing Your Six Year Old Like a Skank - Celia Rivenbark

4.  Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer

5.  Across the Nightingale Floor - Lian Hearn

6.  Bitter is the New Black - Jen Lancaster

7.  Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury

8.  Sorcery & Cecilia - Patricia C Wrede & Caroline Stevermer

9.  An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life - The Dalai Lama

10.  Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter - Barbara Robinette Moss

11.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

12.  Expecting Adam - Martha Beck

13.  Transform Your Life - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

14.  Tinsel - William Goldman

15.  Let Their Spirits Dance - Stella Pope Duarte

16.  As Meat Loves Salt - Maria McCann

17.  The Stolen - Jason Pinter

18.  Loving Frank - Nancy Horan

19.  Elsewhere - Gabrielle Zevin

20.  Entranced - Nora Roberts

21.  Beneath a Marble Sky - John Shors

22.  I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! - Bob Newhart

23.  Feast of Fear: Conversations with Stephen King - ed. by Tim Underwood & Chuck Miller

24.  The Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark - Ridley Pearson

25.  The Silent Gondoliers - William Goldman

26.  The Best American Short Stories - ed. by Stephen King 

27.  What on Earth Have I Done? - Robert Fulghum

28.  The Best Women's Travel Writing 2006

29.  The Best Travel Writing 2005 - True Stories from Around the World

30.  The Poker Club - Ed Gorman

31.  Ain't She Sweet? - Susan Elizabeth Phillips


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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

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April Reading List


  1. Undone by Rachel Caine (Outcast Season #1)
  2. Arrow's Flight by Mercedes Lackey (Valdemar #2)
  3. What I Talk About When I Talk Abut Running by Haruki Murakami
  4. Personal Record by Rachel Toor
  5. The Doomsday Brunette by John Zakour and Lawrence Ganem (Zach #2)


  1. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami 
  2. Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake #7)
  3. The Skewed Throne by Joshua Palmatier (Amenkor #1)
  4. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (graphic novel)
  5. Eternity Row by S.L. Viehl (Stardoc #5)
  6. Marsbound by Joe Haldeman
  7. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (Discworld #1)
  8. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris (Southern Vampire #4)
  9. A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton (Merry Gentry #1)
  10. Arrow's Fall by Mercedes Lackey (Valdemar #3) 

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Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell and 1665 A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel DeFoe. I'm enjoying both so far.

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Currently Reading

  1. Stripped by Brian Freeman
  2. The Darker Side by Cody McFadyen


  1.   A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer (ipod book)
  2.   The Associate by John Grisham ( Ipod book)
  3. The Face of Death by Cody McFadyen 
  4. Pipeline by Peter Schechter (library Book) 
  5.  By Order of The President by  W.E.B. Griffin (ipod book)  



  1.  Cat Nap by Carole Nelson Douglas
  2. Anything Goes by Jill Churchill
  3. The American by Andrew Britton
  4. Murder on A Girls Night Out by Anne George
  5. Do Unto Others by Jeff Abbott
  6.  Edwin of the Iron Shoes My Marcia Muller
  7. Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews
  8. Killer Heels by Sheryl J Anderson
  9. 7 Deadly Wonders by Matthew Reilly
  10. The Villia of Mysteries by  David Hewson
  11.  One for the Money  by  Janet Evanoich
  12. First Avenue by Lowen Clausen
  13. Sun Storm by Asa Larsson
  14. The Butterfly Garden by Chip St. Clair (non Fiction)
  15. Who Killed Marilyn Monroe? by Liz Evans
  16. Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall with Lisa Pulitzer
  17. Skin River by Steven Sidor
  18. Scent To Her Grave  by India Ink
  19. Suspect by Michael Robotham
  20. The Descent by Jeff Long
  21. Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
  22. Privileged Information by Stephen White
  23. The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva
  24. Trace Evidence by Elizabeth Becka
  25. Missing Witness by Gordan Campbell
  26. Devil May Ride by Wendy Roberts
  27. The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly (ipod book)
  28. The Last Jihad by Joel C Rosenberg( ipod book)
  29. Stalked by Brian Freeman
  30. Death At La Fenice by Donna Leon
  31. Plea of Insanity by Jilliane Hoffman
  32. Keepsake Crimes by Laura Childs
  33. Cold Granite by Sturart MacBride
  34. The OxfordMurders by Guillermo Martinez
  35. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
  36. Biting the Moon by Martha Grimes
  37. Dakota by Martha Grimes

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1.  The Silent Gondoliers - William Goldman : Read it today while getting my car fixed.  Short but sweet, a great tale.  Has what I think is destined to become one of my top 10 favorite sentences of all time: "When someone special happens, he rubs off on everybody."  I just love that line.

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Chris B - I always smile when I see your cute little kitty....what on earth is that on its head?

I am reading Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult.  At first I didn't think I would like it because there are a ton of different characters in it but I think I have now become familiar with all the characters now.  I am really liking it. 

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 8:37 PM ET
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  1. Desire Unchained - Larissa Ione - 5/5
Date Posted: 4/2/2009 2:57 AM ET
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Truman by David McCullough, Population: 485, and Firefly Lane. 

Listening to Twilight.

Date Posted: 4/3/2009 9:47 AM ET
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Leaving Jack- Gareth Crocker, almost finished and Im enjoying this one

Tiger Cruise- Douglas Morgan, just started and it is a very slow read. (not looking good for finishing.)

Date Posted: 4/3/2009 10:34 AM ET
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Finished in April:

1. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

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Date Posted: 4/3/2009 11:11 AM ET
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Pulled the bookmark- Transform Your Life - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

I actually got this as a Christmas gift, asked for it because it was recommended by the same person who recommended Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh which I liked a lot.  This one is so boring I  stopped mid-chapter.  Also, I think because English is not his first language it's really hard to read.
The way he chooses to word things was difficult for me to understand.  Sometimes I'd read a sentence 3 times before I thought I got what he was trying to say.


Date Posted: 4/3/2009 2:16 PM ET
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I'm about to finish THE GOD OF ANIMALS by Aryn Kyle, which I started in March. March was not a good reading month for me. Hoping April will be better.

So, here's the plan for April--it has certainly changed over the course of a few weeks!!

  • THE GOD OF ANIMALS---finish 4/7
  • CAT ON THE EDGE by Shirley Rousseau Murphy   began 4/8 stopped 4/9 after only 52 pages. No story line, uninteresting. Waste of time!
  • THE #1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY by Alexander McCall Smith finished 4/17
  • THE SOUND OF US by Sarah Willis  4/22      5+ stars.  Excellent!!!!!!!
  •  PASSIN' by Karen E. Quinones Miller   4/27      4.5 stars   Very Good
  • LIGHT ON SNOW  by Anita Shreve 

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Date Posted: 4/4/2009 10:34 AM ET
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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon By Stephen King

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Date Posted: 4/4/2009 7:45 PM ET
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Just started Anita Shreve's A Wedding in December.  Slowly listening to Twilight on my Zune.

Date Posted: 4/4/2009 8:38 PM ET
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Just finished Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult.  An excellent book but in my opinion not her best book.  I had picked this book up at a library book sale and while I was reading it saw that a few of the pages were ripped.  I have added it to my unpostable list (on my profile).  It is still completely readable but I don't feel comfortable listing it right out so it will go as unpostable. 

Yipee....I get to start a new book tonight.  Now, the question is.....which one?????????

Date Posted: 4/5/2009 9:25 AM ET
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  1. Desire Unchained - Larissa Ione - 5/5
  2. Hostage to Pleasure - Nalini Singh - 4/5
Date Posted: 4/5/2009 9:57 AM ET
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I am reading A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands. Only a fourth of the way through but so far I like it.

I just finished Dead Unitl Dark by Charlaine Harris. I hate to say this because I know these books are so popular but I don't think I'll be reading anymore in the series. I just felt like the characters and plot were way to underdeveloped. I like to be inside the heads of the characters and I didn't feel like I was. I was really disappointed. Am I the only one that feels this way?

Date Posted: 4/5/2009 10:00 AM ET
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No you are not Tanya. I couldn't even finish it. I thought it was so boring.


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2.  The Freedom Writer's Diary : This was really good, although I do keep wondering how all the kids turned out.  The cynic in me wonders if they've been able to keep their idealism in the face of the "real world".  I hope so.

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Date Posted: 4/6/2009 8:45 AM ET
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The Crafty Teddy by John J. Lamb.   Hope it turns out to be as good as the other ones in this series...I am only about 5 pages into it so am not sure at this point...

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 9:42 AM ET
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The Hearts of Horses

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 11:49 AM ET
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  1. Desire Unchained - Larissa Ione - 5/5
  2. Hostage to Pleasure - Nalini Singh - 4/5
  3. Cops and Cowboys - Lora Leigh/Shiloh Walker - 2.5/5
Date Posted: 4/6/2009 12:32 PM ET
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finished in April:

  1. Moon Over Tokyo by Siri Mitchell
  2. The Wednesday Letters by Jason Wright
  3. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

I just started the Savannah trilogy by Denise Hildreth and intend to read all 3 books straight through before starting anything else

I am also slowly reading In Search of King Solomon's Mines by Tahir Shah which is really good but slow.