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Date Posted: 8/1/2011 3:54 PM ET
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My August 2011 Reading List:

Finished -

  1. "TO MOTHER WITH LOVE" "The Way Home" by Linda Howard (A+) For Anna Sharp, the choice was clear. Saxon Malone might not want their baby, but she did - even if that meant giving up the man she loved. But maybe, if she could show him the value of the past, he might be willing to share the future - as a family. "Backward Glance" by Robyn Carr (B) News of her "ailing" mother sent Leigh Brackon and her twin toddlers rushing home. But once there, she found her spry mom sipping medicinal wine and old flame John McElroy knee-deep in landscaping the backyard! Coincidence? Leigh suspected maternal meddling - and feared the truth John might discover in her sons' eyes. "So This is Love" by Cheryl Reavis (A) Little Huong Brenner knew all about the customs of her adopted country. On Groundhog Day you searched for a groundhog, so on Mother's Day...But to betroth her reticent father Jacob to attractive Jessica Markham, Huong had to rally her baffled new brother, invoke her Asian ancestors - in short, manufacture magic...and mayhem!
  2. "365 NIGHTS: A MEMOIR OF INTIMACY" by Charla Muller with Betsy Thorpe (B) The Mullers had a solid marriage and two wonderful children, but over the years sex had fallen to the bottom of their to-do list. The lack of intimacy wasn't causing them to drift apart, exactly, but their connection didn't seem as great as it could be. So Charla decided she wouldn't go on pretending that the physical relationship they once had wasn't important. The couple would embark on a year of scheduled sex, falling over Tonka trucks and ignoring piles of laundry, in an effort to make time for each other. There were obstacles along the way (work implosions, faking it) and questions that came to light. Will sex every day strengthen a marriage or reveal the cracks? Pull you together or drive you apart? Does good sex (even mediocre sex) make up for the things that aren't so good? And what happens when you reach Day 28 and then Day 228 and you'd just rather not? With humor, sincerity and grace, Charla presents a portrait of modern marriage and explores how intimacy can keep you together day to day - even if you have to work at it every night.
  3. "TOO HOT TO HANDLE" by Robin Kaye (A++) Dr. Mike Flynn sure would love to have a woman to take care of. For Dr. Mike, there's nothing like vacuuming or doing a few dishes to help a guy relax. Annabelle Renaldi would never cook if she could order takeout. When they meet at her sister's wedding, Mike is sure this is the woman he wants to take care of forever. While Mike sets to work wooing Annabelle, she becomes determined to sniff out the truth of the convoluted family secret that's going to turn both their lives upside down.
  4. "WICKED PLEASURE" by Lora Leigh (Bound Hearts #9) (A++) Jaci Wright has been running from the Falladay twins, Chase and Cam, for seven years now. Fears of the desires they arouse in her and the knowledge of the relationship they wanted with her, spurred her to run, to find a life that kept her traveling the globe and out of their reach. But now life has come full circle. A new job has placed Jaci in the Sinclair mansion with Chase and Cam. And they're tired of waiting. It's hard enough to face accepting a relationship with two men rather than just one, but gossip and the tattered tales of juicy secrets fill the society she now moves within. Can she face the world knowing she's a lover to both men, or will her hesitancy and her fears destroy her chance of happiness forever?
  5. "IN SHELTER COVE" by Barbara Freethy (Angel's Bay #3) (A) The theft of three priceless paintings sent Derek Kane to prison and destroyed the dreams of his wife, Brianna. When Derek unexpectedly dies just weeks before his release, Brianna returns to Angel's Bay with her young son, determined to prove her husband's innocence and find the missing paintings. Her efforts are stymied by Jason Marlow, the police officer who sent Derek to jail - betraying his former friend. And when unexpected passion flares between Brianna and Jason, she must choose between the past and the present, the guilty and the innocent, the truth and the lies. For nothing is what it seems.
  6. "CHASING SMOKE" by K.A. Mitchell (A+) In the best of times, Daniel Gardner hates visiting his family. With his boyfriend pressuring him for a mortgage-serious commitment, Christmas in Easton, PA, sounds, for once, like a welcome escape. His old house holds more than memories of a miserable adolescence, though. It has Trey Ericksson. At seventeen, Trey was taken in by the wealthy Gardner family after his father was jailed for his mother's murder. Until he left for the Army, he fought a double-edged battle - for proof of his father's innocence and against his attraction to Daniel. Fifteen years later, things haven't changed. Trey is still looking for the real killer. And Daniel has never forgotten how Trey used to sneak into his room at night. Now new clues to the murder are resurfacing - and so is Trey and Daniel's sexual chemistry. Except this time, Trey has come to terms with his orientation. But their connection may not be enough to overcome the mistakes of the past. Not while a murderer still walks free.
  7. "SATISFACTION GUARANTEED" by Lucy Monroe (Goddard Project #1) (A) Anytime, anyplace, Ethan Crane's your man. An agent's agent, he's tough, smart and fearless. Exactly the guy you want when the stuff hits the fan - and precisely the kind Beth Whitney avoids like the plague. It took a fiance (make that ex-fiance) in the business to teach her, but she's learned her lesson: Don't. Date. Agents. Ever. It's this little rule that's kept her gainfully employed at the agency, doing her part for world security from behind a desk. So when a case throws the two together, Beth's determined to keep it strictly professional. So far, so good - except for the steamy kisses, the red-hot phone sex, and...What was that rule again? To Ethan, Beth couldn't be less his type if her father ran the agency, which, oh yeah, her father does run the agency. Still, he can't help but be impressed by her inspired work in the field - a total turn on. Off the field it's even better. Seems the old adage that opposites attract happens to agents too. Even if Beth insists it's just a fantasy. But hot pursuit of a notorious information broker is what they should focus on - not each other. That can wait until they've accomplished a job well done. Or can it?
  8. "FAILURE TO APPEAR" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #11) (A) J.P. Beaumont's teenaged daughter Kelly has run off and her tracks have led the sober-but struggling sleuth to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. But in addition to one very headstrong offspring. There is something else waiting for Beau backstage: a case of cold-blooded murder. The victim is an acquaintance - a sleazy rival private investigator brutally butchered, supposedly by the Festival's current young Juliet...though Beau has his doubts. But the Second Act is about to open with a second corpse and a touch of kiddie porn - leaving Beau center stage in a heart-stopping tragedy of revenge, deception and death.
  9. "HOME TO HOLLY SPRINGS" by Jan Karon (Father Tim #1) (Mitford #10) (A) After more than thirty-eight years, Father Tim Kavanagh returns to his childhood home of Holly Springs, Mississippi, on a profoundly personal journey. Whatever became of Tommy Nole, his forbidden childhood friend and Peggy, the loving woman who was like a second mother? What were the facts behind the court trial that drove the Kavanagh family even further apart? He figures Thomas Wolfe was right: You can't go home again. Then he discovers the truth: A surprising number of old connections have miraculously survived time and neglect. Thirty-eight years have passed since Father Tim Kavanagh left his Mississippi hometown, determined not to return. Then he receives a handwritten note postmarked Holly Springs. Cryptic and unsigned, it says only "Come home". These two words compel him to make the most disturbing journey of his life. They also lead him to a truth that will change his life forever.
  10. "SWEET PERSUASION" by Maya Banks (Sweet #2) (A) For five years, Serena has run Fantasy Incorporated and has devoted her time to fulfilling her clients' fantasies - never her own. Until now. Her most secret desire is to give ownership of her body to a man. Someone who will command her, pleasure her and have complete authority over her. So she seeks out Damon Roche, owner of an exclusive sex club and a man strong enough to make her do anything he wants. Anything. Together they'll journey into a world she's only dreamed of. She will be given the opportunity to immerse herself in a different life while her normal one waits for her to return whenever she wishes. Damon has no desire to let her go, however. Serena is the woman he's long searched for and it's up to him to convince her to stay when the game is over. He wants their fantasy to become reality and wants Serena to remain his pampered, cherished submissive.
  11. "THE MISSING" by Shiloh Walker (A++) Love Lost - As a teenager, Taige Branch was able to do things with her psychic gift that others couldn't understand - except for Cullen Morgan, the boy who stole her heart. He did his best to accept her abilities, until his mother was brutally murdered - and he couldn't forgive Taige for not preventing her death. Passion Found - Now as a widowed father, Cullen Morgan has never forgotten Taige. But what brings her back into his life is another tragic event. His beloved little girl has been kidnapped and Taige is his only hope of finding her. A Love That Never Died - Working together against the clock, Cullen and Taige can't help but wonder whether - if they find his daughter in time - it isn't too late for the overpowering love that still burns between them.
  12. "STYX'S STORM" by Lora Leigh (Breeds #22) (A) When Storme Montague's father and brother are killed by the Breeds, her father's research is destroyed - except for a crucial data chip that both the Council and the Breeds would kill to possess. Betrayed to the Council, she is rescued by Styx, a Wolf Breed who is different from most other Breeds she has ever known. Storme has something he wants too - but it's not a data chip. There's never been a woman who bad boy Styx couldn't seduce. But can the charmer of the Wolf Breeds charm the enemy? Or has the enemy come up with a plan of her own? A plan that could destroy the tentative balance the Breeds have created in society and among their allies - an that may ultimately destroy them both.
  13. "HONOR THYSELF" by Danielle Steel (A) Carole Barber has come to Paris, with its rain-slicked slate roofs and winding streets, to work on her novel - and find herself after a lifetime in the spotlight. A legend of film and stage, Carole has set a standard of beauty and grace, devoting herself to her family and causes around the world. But on this cool November evening, as her taxi speeds into a tunnel just past the Louvre, a fiery instant of terror shatters hundreds of lives - and leaves Carole alone, unconscious and unidentified in a Paris emergency room. At the Ritz, they wonder where their famous, incognito guest has gone. From California to London, Carole's friends and family begin to make inquiries. Then comes a moment of shock as they realize that Carole is far from home and fighting for her life. A mysterious stranger, a man famous in his own realm, quietly visits the hospital to see the woman he once loved and never forgot. Carole's two grown children rush to her bedside, waiting and praying - until the miraculous begins to happen...But as a woman whom the whole world knows slowly awakens, she knows nothing of herself. For Carole, an extraordinary opportunity has arisen in a life-threatening crisis: a second chance to count her blessings, heal wounded hearts, recapture lost love...and to live a life that will truly honor others - beginning with herself.
  14. "THE MAVERICK" by Diana Palmer (Long Tall Texans #47) (C) Always in the middle of trouble, be it during roundup or at Jacobsville country dances, Harley Fowler emerges unscathed. Until he meets whirlwind, top-notch investigator Alice Jones, who is trying to solve a murder involving the one family Harley doesn't want to talk about - his own. Suddenly he's in the midst of mayhem - and all he can think about is protecting Alice. But the stubborn woman is unappreciative of his efforts. What's a confirmed maverick to do? Is seduction the solution?
  15. "NO CHANCE" by Christy Reece (Last Chance Rescue #4) (A++) Skylar James told a lie to the man she married and eight years later she still bitterly regrets the deception. Unknown to Skylar, her husband, Gabe Maddox, now lives in the dangerous shadows of elite operatives who rescue victims. When Skylar tries to save a naive young beauty, kidnappers come after her. For Gabe, Skylar had been his last shot at trust and love. But news of her disappearance battens down his anger and launches him into action. Saving Skylar is Gabe's only chance for peace and his last chance for happiness.
  16. "GOOD IN BED" by Jennifer Weiner (Cannie Shapiro #1) (A++) For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as pop culture reporter for the Philadelphia Examiner. She's even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body. But the day she opens up a national women's magazine and sees the words "Love a Larger Woman" above her ex-boyfriend's byline, Cannie is plunged into misery...and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past and figuring out who she is and she can become.
  17. "JEWELED" by Anya Bast (Court of Edaeii #1) (A+) In the Court of Edaeii, magick-imbued Evangeline is rewarded for her gift of manipulating emotion with a sapphire stone set into the perfect curve of her lower back. Her greatest rival in the royal court is the enigmatic Anatol, instilled with the power of illusion. He may best her in magick, but he is  her absolute equal in passion. They share something else - they are both targets of lowborn Revolutionaries bent on overthrowing the palace of the privileged few. Rescued from the mobs by Gregorio, the brilliant revolutionary mastermind, they are given sanctuary. But in this warm refuge, Evangeline soon finds herself torn between the magick of one man she has always desired and the exciting new and radical moves of another. For her, there is only one choice. Evangeline, Antol and Gregorio come together as one to explore the possibilities of love beyond reason and to indulge in pleasure without limits.
  18. "ALREADY HOME" by Susan Mallery (A+++) After nearly a decade as a sous-chef in a trendy eatery, Jenna is desperate for a change. She's supported her ex-husband's dreams for so long that she can't even remember her own. Until she sees a for-lease sign near her parents' home and envisions her very own cooking store. Her crash course in business is aided by a streetwise store manager and Jenna's adoptive mother. But just as she's gaining a foothold in her new life, in walk her birth parents - aging hippies on a quest to reconnect with their firstborn.Now Jenna must figure out how to reconcile the free-spirited Serenity and Tom with her traditional parents, deal with her feelings for a new love interest and decide what to do about her ex's latest outrageous request. In the end, Jenna will find that there is no perfect family, only the people we love.
  19. "FLAT-OUT SEXY" by Erin McCarthy (Fast Track #1) (A) She met him at the racetrack...which was the last place Tamara Briggs wanted to find a man. Even a deeply intriguing, seductively sexy man like Elec Monroe. Tamara's a single mother now after losing her daredevil husband in an accident - and she's not about to get involved with another driver and put her kids, or herself, through that again. Beside's Elec's young enough to be her...younger brother. Now things are moving a little too fast...But he sure does get her heart racing. And after she's tricked into a blind date with him, Tamara gives in to her passion. Things screech to a halt, though, when he asks to meet her children. Whatever happened to sham-bam-thank-you-ma'am? Suddenly Tamara has to decide how big a risk she's willing to take to experience the thrilling, terrifying power of true love.
  20. "HOT AS SIN" by Bella Andre (Hot Shots #2) (A) Only total desperation could reunite Dianna Kelley with Sam MacKenzie, the irresistible bad boy she walked out on ten years ago. But the fearless firefighter with the awesome wilderness skills is the only one who can take her where she needs to go. It's a gamble - tracking down her endangered sister while keeping Sam and their undeniable attraction at arm's length. Not easy when they're trekking into a remote corner of the Rockies, where she's got to trust her former lover with her life. Despite their past, Sam never could refuse a damsel in distress, especially one who has haunted his dreams for years. He'll help find her sister and get Dianna out of his system once and for all. But soon it's hard to tell whether the greatest threat is from the rushing rapids, the deadly enemy on their trail, or the passion that's sending them straight into the line of fire.
  21. "HOME ON THE RANCH" by Allison Leigh (Home on the Ranch - Men of the Double-C Ranch #6) (A+) Six foot-plus of rugged, unsmiling male stood there...Cage Buchanan hated her. The proud rancher might have hired Belle Day out of sheer desperation, but she was determined to help heal his injured daughter. Now here she was, installed at the Lazy-B Ranch, trying not to respond to this ornery, overbearing, incredibly arousing man. Cage was at the end of his rope. What else explained inviting a Day to live under the same roof? His daughter, Lucy, was Cage's first priority but, with her sexy therapist around, it was hard to focus on daily chores. What would it take to turn passionate enemies into lovers for life...and together make a real home on the ranch?
  22. "PERFECT HARMONY" by Nora Roberts "Unfinished Business" (A+) Vanessa Sexton used to know what she wanted...glamour, fame and applause. At sixteen, answers were simple and dreams were cheap. But at twenty-eight nothing is easy. Not even going home. She misses her mother, but she can't even say the word mom. She wants peace and space to figure out the future, but rational thought is impossible when she's around Brady Tucker, her first love - her only love. Everyone wants a piece of her, but how can Vanessa give herself away when she's not even sure who she is anymore? "Local Hero" (A++) Hester Wallace is proud of her independence. She only needs one man in her life - her nine-year-old son, Radley. But when Rad starts idolizing their neighbor Mitch Dempsey, Hester begins to wonder if she's been cheating her son out of a male role model he desperately needs. Hester would do anything for Rad, but inviting Mitch into their lives is dangerous. Because she might start to rely on Mitch - on his comfort, on his humor, on his passion. Or worse, she might fall in love with him.
  23. "SOMETHING BORROWED" by Emily Giffin (Something #1) (A+) Meet Rachel White, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. Rachel has always been the consummate good girl - until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend Darcy throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy's fiance. Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. In her wildest dreams (or worst nightmare?) this is the last thing on earth Rachel could ever have imagined happening. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren't always neat and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness.
  24. "BLACKBERRY SUMMER" by RaeAnne Thayne (Hope's Crossing #2) (A++) What she didn't need was a tragic car accident. As a single mom and the owner of a successful bead shop. Claire leads a predictable life in Hope's Crossing, Colorado. So what if she has no time for romance? At least, that's what she tells herself, especially when her best friend's sexy younger brother comes back to town as the new chief of police. But when the accident forces Claire to slow down and lean on others - especially Riley McKnight - she realizes, for the first time, that things need to change. And not just in her own life. The accident - and the string of robberies committed by teenagers that led up to it - is a wake-up call to the people of Hope's Crossing. The sense of community and togetherness had been lost during those tough years. But with a mysterious "Angel of Hope" working to inspire the town, Riley and Claire will find themselves opening up to love and other possibilities by the end of an extraordinary summer.
  25. "MACKENZIE'S HEROES" by Linda Howard (Mackenzie's 3 & 4) "Mackenzie's Pleasure" (A++) Navy SEAL Zane Mackenzie was a pro. No mission had ever gotten the better of him - until now. Saving the ambassador's gorgeous daughter, Barrie Lovejoy, had been textbook - except for their desperate night of passion. And though his job as a soldier had ended with her freedom, his duties as a husband had only just begun. For he would sooner die than let the enemy harm the mother of his child. "Mackenzie's Magic" (A+) Talented trainer Maris Mackenzie was wanted for horse theft, but with no memory of that fateful day, she had little chance of proving her innocence or eluding the villains behind the prize stallion's disappearance. Her only hope for salvation? The stranger in her bed.
  26. "THE IRISH DEVIL" by Diane Whiteside (Devil #1) (A) He was her only choice for survival. Born to wealth and privilege, but now widowed and betrayed on the unforgiving Arizona frontier, Viola Ross must choose between starvation and marriage to her husband's killer. Or take a scandalous risk and turn her back on polite society by becoming the mistress of William Donovan. With his reputation for ruthlessness and a piercing stare that can stop any man - or melt any woman - Donovan seems fully capable of defending her with his bullwhip and Bowie knives. Not to mention what else he can do with those big, calloused hands. As desire flares between Donovan and Viola, a killer's lust for Viola turns to deadly vengeance. For his allies are the very men who once destroyed Donovan's family and this time, they'll let no Irish Devil stand in their way.
  27. "SUMMER AT SEASIDE COVE" by Jacquie D'Alessandro (Seaside Cove +1) (A++) Sisters are known to share many things - but not the same boyfriend. The most basic “girl code” states that you never date a friend’s ex - so wouldn’t it be obvious that a current boyfriend is really off limits - especially to your own sister? Apparently Jamie Newman’s half-sister Laurel didn’t get the memo. Leaving behind New York - and the humiliation - Jamie heads to the tiny barrier island of Seaside Cove, North Carolina, for a quiet summer of healing her broken heart and reassessing her sudden disaster of a life. But instead of solace in a cozy beach cottage, she finds a run-down bungalow complete with stray cats and a leaky roof - and of course it’s raining - and the repairman M.I.A. Strays and colorful neighbors are nothing compared to her next visitors. First her drama-prone mother barges in. Then her angst-ridden teenage niece arrives. And the grand finale of the crazy storm is the arrival of Laurel, who’s been dumped by Jamie’s ex. And of course there’s the repairman, who’s finally shown his face - and is way too good-looking for Jamie’s own good. It’s clear there’s more to him than meets the eye, and Jamie would like to know what, but with the family she tried to escape now crammed in her ramshackle cottage, she may never get the chance.
  28. "FAMILY TIES" by Danielle Steel (C) Annie Ferguson was a bright young Manhattan architect. Talented, beautiful, just starting out with her first job, new apartment and boyfriend, she had the world in the palm of her hand - until a single phone call altered the course of her life forever. Overnight, she became the mother to her sister's three orphaned children, keeping a promise she never regretted making, even if it meant putting her own life indefinitely on hold. Now, at forty-two, as independent as ever, with a satisfying career and a family that means everything to her. Annie is comfortable being single and staying that way. She appears to have no time for anything else. With her nephew and nieces now young adults and confronting major challenges of their own, Annie is navigating a parent's difficult passage between lending them a hand and letting go and suddenly facing an empty nest. The eldest, twenty-eight-year-old Liz, an overworked, struggling editor in a high-powered job at Vogue, has never allowed any man to come close enough to hurt her. Ted, at twenty-four a serious and hardworking law student, is captivated by a much older, much  more experienced woman with children, who is leading him much further than he wants to go. And the youngest, twenty-one-year-old Katie - impulsive, artistic, rebellious - is an art student about to make a choice that will lead her to an entirely different world she is in no way prepared for but determined to embrace.Then, just when least expected, a chance encounter changes Annie's life yet again in the most unexpected direction of all.
  29. "FAIR PLAY" by Deirdre Martin (New York Blades #2) (A) A little competition never hurt anybody. Theresa Falconetti has it all: brains, beauty, a quick wit and her own PR business. To the deep disappointment of her large family, she never dates Italians, men from her old Brooklyn neighborhood, or professional athletes Especially not athletes. Michael Dante, popular hometown hero and winger for the Stanley Cup champion New York Blades is all three - and he is head over heels for her. For Michael, Theresa's no hockey players rule is a check to the heart. Nothing he does seems to melt her resolve. His stubborn refusal to give up on this wisecracking brunette who - he knows - is hiding from her roots, is driving them both nuts. And when he hires her to publicize his family's restaurant, more than the kitchen heats up. Then Theresa finds herself an Upper East Side kind of guy and Michael is forced to take his game to the next level. It's face-off time!

Currently Reading -

  1. "A Little Trouble With the Facts" by Nina Siegal
  2. "Dark Desire" by Christine Feehan (Carpathians (Dark) #2)

Currently Listening To -

  1. "Smokin' Sixteen" by Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum #16) (unabridged Audio CD)

To Be Read - Alphabetically by Author not reading order

  1. "Hush" by Cherry Adair (Lodestone #1)
  2. "On Thin Ice" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #6)
  3. "Exposure" by Susan Andersen
  4. "Here to Stay" by Catherine Anderson (A Harrigan Family Novel #4)
  5. "Sun Kissed" by Catherine Anderson (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan #7)
  6. "Never Too Hot" by Bella Andre (Hot Shots #3)
  7. "The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances by Andy Andrews
  8. "Pieces of My Sister's Life" by Elizabeth Joy Arnold
  9. "Wish You Well" by David Baldacci (abridged Audio CD)
  10. "No Place to Run" by Maya Banks (KGI #2)
  11. "Witch Fire" by Anya Bast (Elemental Witches #1)
  12. "Whisper Falls" by Toni Blake (Destiny Ohio #3)
  13. "A Lion Called Christian:The True Story of the Remarkable Bond between Two Friends" by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall
  14. "Next Comes Love" by Helen Brenna (Mirabelle Island)
  15. "Breaking the Rules" by Suzanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters #16)
  16. "Force of Nature" by Susanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters #11)
  17. "Tough Customer" by Sandra Brown (unabridged Audio CD)
  18. "Where There's Smoke" by Sandra Brown (abridged Audio CD)
  19. "Heaven is for Real:A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back" by Todd Burpo
  20. "April & Oliver" by Tess Callahan
  21. "Comanche Trail" by Will Camp (Tony Hillerman's Frontier #7)
  22. "Wyoming Winter" by Judy Christenberry (The Randalls)
  23. "Mind Tryst" by Robyn Carr
  24. "The Wedding Party" by Robyn Carr
  25. "Sworn to Silence" by Linda Castillo (Kate Burkholder #1)
  26. "The Bay at Midnight" by Diane Chamberlain
  27. "61 Hours" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #14)
  28. "Echo Burning" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #5)
  29. "One Shot" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #9)
  30. "Worth Dying For" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #15)
  31. "An Officer and a Millionaire" by Maureen Child (Man of the Month - Mr. January)
  32. "Unlawful Contact" by Pamela Clare (I-Team #3)
  33. "Welcome to Temptation" by Jennifer Cruise (Temptation #1)
  34. "Trial by Fire" by Jo Davis (Firefighters of Station Five #1)
  35. "Give Him the Slip" by Geralyn Dawson (Holy Terrors #1)
  36. "Scarlet Nights" by Jude Deveraux (Edilean #3)
  37. "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens (unabridged Audible*)
  38. "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by Susan Donovan (San Francisco Dog-Walking Group #1)
  39. "The Stylist" by Cai Emmons
  40. "Brother's In Blood" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier #5)
  41. "The Christmas Box Collection: The Christmas Box/Timepiece/The Letter" by Richard Paul Evans
  42. "The Walk" by Richard Paul Evans (Walk #1)
  43. "Deadly Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #5)
  44. "Murder Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #7)
  45. "Predatory Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #6)
  46. "Ruthless Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #9)
  47. "Street Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #8)
  48. "Line of Scrimmage" by Marie Force
  49. "Causing Havoc" by Lori Foster (SBC Fighters #1)
  50. "When You Dare" by Lori Foster (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #1)
  51. "The Winston Brothers" by Lori Foster
  52. "Lowcountry Summer" by Dorothea Benton Frank (Lowcountry Tale) (unabridged Audible*)
  53. "At Hidden Falls" by Barbara Freethy (Angel's Bay #4)
  54. "The Outsider" by Ann H. Gabhart (Harmony Hill #3)
  55. "Hot Wheels and High Heels" by Jane Graves
  56. "Once in a Blue Moon" by Eileen Goudge
  57. "Sacred Evil" by Heather Graham (Krewe of Hunters #3)
  58. "The Summons" by John Grisham (unabridged Audio CD)
  59. "East of the Mountains" by David Guterson
  60. "Same Kind of Different as Me" by Ron Hall & Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent
  61. "Winter Garden" by Kristin Hannah (unnabridged Audio CD)
  62. "How to Knit a Love Song" by Rachael Herron (Cypress Hollow Yarn #1)
  63. "My One and Only" by Kristin Higgins
  64. "Black Silk" by Metsy Hingle
  65. "Keeping Company" by Tami Hoag (Rainbow Chasers #2)
  66. "Jubilee" by B.J. Hoff
  67. "Blood Ties" by Kay Hooper (unabridged Audio CD) (Bishop Special Crimes Unit #12) (Blood Trilogy #3)
  68. "Kill and Tell" by Linda Howard (John Medina #1)
  69. "Surrender Bay" by Denise Hunter (Nantucket Love Story #1)
  70. "Tall Dark...Westmoreland" by Brenda Jackson (The Westmorelands #15)
  71. "Lost Souls" by Lisa Jackson (New Orleans #6) (abridged Audio CD)
  72. "Knit Two" by Kate Jacobs (Friday Night Knitting Club #2)
  73. "Fatal Error" by J.A. Jance (Ali Reynolds #6) (unabridged Audible*)
  74. "Fire and Ice" by J.A. Jance (Joanna Brady #13 & J.P. Beaumont #19)
  75. "Lying in Wait" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #11)
  76. "Blood Game" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #10)
  77. "Chasing the Night" by Irish Johansen (Eve Duncan)
  78. "Eight Days to Live" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #9)
  79. "A Stranger's Game" by Joan Johnston (Bitter Creek) (unabridged Audio CD)
  80. "At Home in Mitford" by Jan Karon (Mitford #1)
  81. "Born to Be Bad: One Bad Night/Bad to the Bone/Captivated by You" by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  82. "One Tuesday Morning" by Karen Kingsbury (9/11 #1)
  83. "A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog" by Dean Koontz
  84. "In Too Deep" Jayne Anne Krentz (Arcane Society #10) (unabridged Audible*)
  85. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larrson (Millennium #1) (Audio MP3)
  86. "Midnight Sins" by Lora Leigh
  87. "Live Wire" by Lora Leigh (Elite Ops #6)
  88. "The Revelation" by Beverly Lewis (Abram's Daughters #5)
  89. "A Turn in the Road" by Debbie Macomber (Blossom Street)
  90. "Almost Perfect" by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold #2)
  91. "Falling for Gracie" by Susan Mallery (Los Lobos #2)
  92. "Finding Perfect" by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold #3)
  93. "The Sparkling One" by Susan Mallery (Marcelli Family #1)
  94. "Only Mine" by Susan Mallery (Fool's God #4)
  95. "Defender" by Catherine Mann (Dark Ops #1)
  96. "A Song for My Mother" by Kat Martin
  97. "Season of Strangers" by Kat Martin
  98. "Tin Angel" by Kat Martin
  99. "Tall, Dark and Lethal" by Dana Marton
  100. "Slow Kill" by Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney #9)
  101. "Creeds Honor" by Linda Lael Miller (Montana Creeds #6)
  102. "The Creed Legacy" by Linda Lael Miller (Montana Creeds #7)
  103. "Don't Look Now" by Linda Lael Miller (Look Book #1)
  104. "Princess Annie" by Linda Lael Miller (Quade #3)
  105. "Ragged Rainbows: Ragged Rainbows/Miracle Baby" by Linda Lael Miller/Janice Kay Johnson
  106. "A Wanted Man" by Linda Lael Miller (Stone Creek #2)
  107. "Last Light Over Carolina" by Mary Alice Monroe
  108. "Deception" by Selena Montgomery (Faraday Trilogy #2)
  109. "Remember Me" by Laura Moore (Redwood Trilogy #1)
  110. "Cold Ridge" by Carla Neggers
  111. "The Angel" by Carla Neggers (BPD-FBI #2)
  112. "The Whisper" by Carla Neggers (BPD-FBI #4)
  113. "Inside" by Brenda Novak (Bulletproof #1)
  114. "Long, Lean and Lethal) by Lorie O'Clare (FBI Sex Crimes #2)
  115. "Nelson's Brand/Lonetree Ranchers Colt" by Diana Palmer/Kathie DeNosky
  116. "The 9th Judgment" by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  117. "It Had to be You" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  118. "Sing Me Home" by Jodi Picoult
  119. "Midnight Cactus" by Bella Pollen
  120. "The Perfect Poison" by Amanda Quick (Arcane Society #6)
  121. "Becca's Baby" by Tara Taylor Quinn (Shelter Valley #1)
  122. "Welcome to Last Chance" by Hope Ramsey (Last Chance #1)
  123. "Second Chance" by Christy Reece (Last Chance Rescue #5)
  124. "Fox River" by Emilie Richards
  125. "Indulgence in Death) by J.D. Robb (In Death #30)
  126. "Treachery in Death" by J.D. Robb (In Death #31)
  127. "Automatic Proposal" by Kelsey Roberts (Miami Confidential #2)
  128. "Chasing Fire" by Nora Roberts
  129. "Mysterious: This Magic Moment/Search for Love/The Right Path" by Nora Roberts
  130. "The Homecoming" by JoAnn Ross (Shelter Bay #1)
  131. "Lone Star Legacy" by Roxanne Rustand
  132. "Deep in the Heart" by Sharon Sala
  133. "Nine Lives" by Sharon Sala (Cat Dupree #1)
  134. "Simply Irresistible" by Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor #1)
  135. "Superb and Sexy" by Jill Shalvis (Sky High Air #3)
  136. "Lover's Bite" by Maggie Shayne (Wings in the Night #2)
  137. "Xin Loi, Vietnam: Thirty-one Months of War: a Soldier's Memoir" by Al Sever
  138. "44 Scotland Street" by Alexander McCall Smith (44 Scotland Street #1)
  139. "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks (unabridged Audible*)
  140. "44 Charles Street" by Danielle Steele (unabridged Audio CD)
  141. "Amazing Grace" by Danielle Steel
  142. "Legacy" by Danielle Steel
  143. "Dead Wrong" by Mariah Stewart (Dead #1)
  144. "Blacker than a Thousand Midnights" by Susan Straight
  145. "Midnight Caller" by Leslie Tentler (Midnight #1)
  146. "The Hot Flash Club Chills Out" by Nancy Thayer (Hot Flash Club #4)
  147. "Rewriting Monday" by Jodi Thomas
  148. "Lie With Me" Stephanie Tyler (Shadow Force #1)
  149. "Certain Girls" by Jennifer Weiner (Cannie Shapiro #2)
  150. "The Beach Trees" by Karen White
  151. "Addicted to Love" by Lori Wilde (Wedding Veil Wishes #3)
  152. "All of Me" by Lori Wilde (Wedding Veil Wishes #4)
  153. "There Goes the Bride" by Lori Wilde (Wedding Veil Wishes #1)
  154. "Blood Orchid" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #3)
  155. "Orchid Beach" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #1)
  156. "Orchid Blues" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #2)
  157. "Beach Lane" by Sherryl Woods (Chesapeake Shores #7)
  158. "Destiny Unleashed" by Sherryl Woods
  159. "Flirting with Disaster" by Sherryl Woods (Charleston Trilogy #2)
  160. "Harbor Lights" by Sherryl Woods (Chesapeake Shores #3)
  161. "Honeysuckle Summer" by Sherryl Woods (Sweet Magnolias #7)
  162. "The Backup Plan" by Sherryl Woods (Charleton Trilogy #1)
  163. "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" by David Wroblewski

* Book marked (unabridged Audible) come from Audible.com

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  1. Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore (1995, 290 pages)
  2. A Special Place by Peter Straub (2010, 136 pages)
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (1998, 251 pages)
  4. The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis (2010, 366 pages)
  5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2011, 372 pages)
  6. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (1990, 246 pages)
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (1999, 317 pages)
  8. Harlot's Ghost by Norman Mailer (1991, 1289 pages)
  9. The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin (2011, 308 pages)
  10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (2000, 636 pages)


  1. Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk
  2. Starpirate's Brain by Ron Goulart
  3. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  4. The Castle in the Forest by Norman Mailer
  5. The Varieties of Scientific Experience by Carl Sagan

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Currently Reading

Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter ( Bob Lee Swagger # 1)


 The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell ( Kay Scrapetta # 5)

Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn ( Mitch Rapp # 1)



The Wrong Kind of Blood by Declan Huges (Ed Loy # 1)

Stalking Angel by Robert Crais ( Elvis Cole # 2)

The Black Echo by Michael Connelly ( Harry Bosch # 1)

The Beach House by James Patterson

The Devil's Light by Richard North Patterson

The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver ( Lincoln Rhyme # 1)

The Informationist by Taylor Stevens

Rain Fall by Barry Eisler  ( John Rain # 1)

Mounting Fears by Stuart Woods ( Will Lee # 7)

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly ( Jack McEvoy # 2)

The Poet by Michael Connelly ( Jack McEvoy # 1)

Spartan Gold by Clive Cussler

In Big Trouble by Laura Lippman ( Tess Monaghan # 4)

The Worst Thing by Aaron Elkins

The perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner Quincy/Rainie # 1

Absolute Power by David Baldacci 

Killing Floor  by Lee Child  ( Jack Reacher # 1)

The Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor ( Scott Harvath # 1)

A Game of Thrones by George R Martin

Rules of Prey by John Sandford ( Prey # 1)

From's Potter's Field by Patricia Cornwell ( Kay Scarpetta   # 6)

One for the Money by  Janet Evanovich

The Third Option by Vince Flynn ( Mitch Rapp # 2)

Deeper Than the Dead by Tami Hoag ( Oak Knoll # 1)




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Hot, hot days and a good time to relax with a big glass of something cold and a fan to cool things off!! I'm going to try a few new authors this month, but mainly going back to some of my favorites.

A Cat by Any Other Name by Lydia Adamson --- A fun "cozy" in the Alice Nestleton series about an out-of-work actress/cat-sitter who always manages to solve the crime, even when the police don't think one has been committed.

4th of July by James Patterson

Mercy Street by Mariah Stewart

Whisper of Evil by Kay Hooper --- waiting in the wings

The Return by Dinah McCall

Proof Positive by Phillip Margolin

Oral History by Lee Smith--- An interesting look at rural Appalachia prior to and during the Depression.  Very authentic in the way people spoke [and still do, especially the older generation], and interesting in how the author brings in a lot of the old-timey superstitions  and folk lore.

Shore Lights by Barbara Bretton --- A wonderful, feel-good novel about forgiveness and learning to love those who have hurt us. Mother and daughter find strength and hope when they forgive years of hurt.  A hanky handy at the end helps.

See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson --- up next

Deep Freeze by Lisa Jackson --- in reserve

Courting Trouble by Lisa Scottoline

Almost Paradise by Susan Isaac --- reading, too

Death at Glamis Castle by Robin Paige

Welcome to the Great Mysterious by Lorna Landvik

Free Fall by Fern Michaels --- A continuation of the Sisterhood series, Yoko's revenge.  Always a fun read.

Taking Chances by Janelle Taylor

The Whole Truth by Nancy Pickard

McNally's Luck by Lawrence Sanders --- reading now

Murder at the Library of Congress by Margaret Truman

Savannah Blues by Mary Kay Andrews -- after that

Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs

Shiny Water by Anna Salter--- This book could only be written by someone who had first hand knowledge of the people written about. Child abuse and child abusers are two of the things that make most people mad enough to do something about. Anna Salter writes with authority because she has personally dealt with these issues as a forensic psychologist. This is a book of fiction, but it could have come from any daily paper. It's disturbing, but well written and everyone needs to be aware of what child abusers are really like. I'm going to look for her next novel, Fault Lines.

Bleachers by John Grisham --- What a treat!! A quick read, I read it in one afternoon.  For anyone who loves high school football [my grandson plays] and looks forward to Friday nights in the fall, this is a must read. I'm sure there are a lot of guys out there who have had a coach like Coach Rake and have never forgotten him, for good or bad.

Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

 Kill the Messenger by Tami Hoag --- As usual, Tami Hoag writes a taut, well-plotted mystery, this one has a surprise ending that I didn't see coming.  

When the Wind Blows by James Patterson

Deadly Grace by Taylor Smith

Murder List by Julie Garwood --- I really enjoyed this book, a good mystery with just enough romance thrown in. The relationship between the main male and female characters was believable and fun. I'm hoping there might be some sequels to this, to see what happens to some of the other characters.  I'll have to check it out.

Sweet Everlasting by Patricia Gaffney

The Inn at Eagle Point by Sherryl Woods --- reading, too

Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner

 Capital Secrets by Maureen Dean --- While this is fiction it's written by a Washington insider who certainly knows about scandal in politics. Maureen Dean is John Dean's [counselor to Richard Nixon] wife. I had a little trouble keeping all the characters straight until about 1/2 way through, then they began to fall into place.  The good, the bad, the honest and not-so-honest politicians and advisors.  Washington hasn't changed since this book was written in 1992 , other than we have actually seen a woman elected as Speaker of the House.

New Authors This Month:    Anna Salter,   Rachel Gibson,     Lee Smith,     Maureen Dean ,     Nancy Pickard,   Mary Kay Andrews 


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Currently Reading:

* The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor by Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga (First novel for Walking Dead; ARC)

* The Shakespeare Thefts: Stealing the World's Most Famous Book by Eric Rasmussen (ARC)

* America the Edible by Adam Richman (picking at)

* Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
* Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters (autographed)
* Midnight Movie by Tobe Hooper (autographed at San Diego Comic Con)
* Role Models by John Waters (library)
* The Mystery Science theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide (I know, I'm so geeky it *hurts*)(library)
* Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski

* Among the Gently Mad by Nicholas A. Basbanes (library)
* A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury (re-read)
* A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
* The Drive-In: A B-Movie with Blood & Popcorn by Joe R. Lansdale
* The Drive-In: Not Just Another One of Them Sequels by Joe R. Lansdale
* The Drive-In: The Bus Tour by Joe R. Lansdale
* Hell & Gone by Duane Swierczynski (ARC)

 * Hungry by Crystal Renn

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I needed something non-taxing, so I picked up Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie.  It's a Hercule Poirot mystery, the first I've ever read, and so far it's exactly the light, easy and enjoyable read I was (am!) in the mood for right now.    

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Still reading A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly. This entry in the series is a rare disappointment for me, but i plan to finish it.

Listening to Plainsong by Kent Haruf in the car. I'm on the 3rd disc and only half listening, but I had nothing else lined up.

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I finished Mrs. Tuesday Departure by Suzanne Anderson (a smashwords.com ebook).  It's a WWII story set in Hungary about 2 sisters and their niece left behind by another family member as the Nazi's are taking over Budapest.  It was excellent!

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A River Town by Thomas Keneally    - I have been collecting his books in hardback and large print and this one flew into my hand last night.  This author gets you in the first 3 pages and you have to read the whole book.  I find his writing challenging and I like that inbetween the Westerns I have been devouring which are never challenging.

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  •  A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • Wrecker by Summer Wood

Currently Reading

  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  • Lydia by Tim Sandlin

Listening To

  • Supreme Courtship by Chistopher Buckley

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Date Posted: 8/4/2011 5:28 PM ET
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I thought I started one of these but I don't see it now. Strange.



The Prehistory of the Far Side - Really interesting, kind of a behind the scenes look at a great but eccentric cartoonist. It explained some of his more out there toons and his process behind how he draws them.

Star Trek Memories by William Shatner - Very informative, I had no idea how screwed the production staff of this show was. The network execs did pretty much everything in their power to kill the show. I bet they're sorry now.

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby - Love Hornby. You would think a book about attempted suicide would be a bummer but it's not.

Slam by Nick Hornby - I needed somethign I knew I would like after that body book. Every Hornby book I have read has been completely different, this one is about teenage pregnancy. I like how he writes from the male character's point of view and gives him - gasp! - feelings.

My Lobotomy by Howard Dully - Pretty interesting but not very colorful. The guy did have a lobotomy you know, lol. I don't even think the lobotomy was the worst thing about his childhood, man what a mess.

Why We Suck: A Field Guide To Staying Fat Loud Lazy and Stupid by Denis Leary - If you like Denis' stand up you'll love it, you can totally hear his voice when you're reading it.

A Right To Die by Rex Stout - I loved Nero Wolfe mysteries as a tween in the 70's but haven't read any since. I was a little surprised at how old fashioned it was until I realized it was published in 1964, the year I was born. It's about a black man accused of murdering a white woman and the language is definitely out of date, They even used colored and negro. I don't remember them being that way but it was a long time ago. I probably wouldn't have known the difference at that age anyway. It was still good and I look forward to a couple other books of his I've gotten.

Inside Out by Terry Trueman - A short story really but an unusual subject and well told.

A Cooks Tour by Anthony Bourdain - Much more a travelogue, a companion to the tv series where he traveled the world and ate. Pretty much nothing about cooking or the food, just the places. Not really what I expected but he is great at describing some of the most dangerous places in the world - Cambodia, Viet Nam, Russia.

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris - Always funny, sometimes introspective. Looking forward to some of his other books.

The Book Of General Ignorance - A bunch of things that you think you know but you're wrong, erroneous general knowledge mostly.

Push by Sapphire - I was surprised it was such a small and simple book after the movie was so big. Read in one day.

Echoes From the Dead by Johan Theorin - Scandanavian thriller - loved it. Not a scary book which is a good thing for me but it keeps you guessing. They let out enough information that you know what's going on but not the details.


Gave up, book sucked

Body Of Work by Christine Montross - Boring as hell. I never give up on a book I've started but I just couldn't do it, I quit about half way and that was after a lot of skimming. It wasn't what I expected, I didn't notice it being described as philosophical so I may be a little slanted because I'm not into that kind of thing but it was just a bunch of facts, history and information with no personality in it. She would talk about whether she felt something was "right" or not but not so much about the experience.





















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Read:  Autobiography of a Fat Bride (L. Notaro)

             Reading:  The Island (Elin Hilderbrand)

To Read:  My Sister's Keeper (J. Piccoult)

                   I Love Everybody (L. Notaro)

Also, have "The Thirteenth Tale" (D. Setterfield) arriving in the mail soon, so looking forward to reading that one later this month, too.  Update: Read The Thirteenth Tale -- loved it!

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I'm reading

  • The Friend Request by Alex Ford
  • Fallen by Lauren Kate (audio)
  • Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery (audio)
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Date Posted: 8/6/2011 11:31 AM ET
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THE CONFESSION  is neither hidden nor a gem. I forced myself to listen to the audio and fast forwarded through the last 2 CDs. Too long, weak storyline, poor narrator, etc. The mystery was solved in the first 2 or 3 CDs. From that point, it was just football games and long conversations and car rides. I give it a D+ and I am being generous. JOHN GRISHAM was one of my "have to read" authors for years after THE FIRM. IMO, he now just churns out books for the $$$$.

Good Bye John,


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@Mary(mepom) I had exactly the same reaction when I read it in print a few weeks ago, I doubt that I'll pick up his next book.

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Date Posted: 8/6/2011 12:48 PM ET
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Just finishing THE HYPNOTIST, by  Lars Kepler. It is a Scandinavian thriller. I had a slow start because I tried to begin late at night and the chapters are dated and I was too tired to understand. Started over and it is very good, I will not say excellent, but VG.
Next up
THE DEVIL'S EDGE by Stephen Booth
I AM GOD by Giorgio Faletti


Date Posted: 8/7/2011 11:36 AM ET
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Just finished Ken Bruen's Priest and have started on Cross, his next book in the Jack Taylor series.

Still listening to Plainsong by Kent Haruf in the car. The story and characters are slowly growing on me.

I started but DNF Snowdrops by A.D. Miller. Snowdrops is Moscow slang for a corpse that lies hidden or buried in the winter snows, emerging only in the thaw. It has been longlisted for the 2011 Man Booker prize but I couldn't get past the first 50 pages.

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Just finished reading Fallen by Lauren Kate and thought it was a real stinker. 

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So far this month, I've finished:


  1. Teach Us to Sit Still by Tim Parks
  2. My Lobotomy by Howard Dully and Charles Fleming
  3. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  4. Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips

I'm working on The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. It's okay so far. I've also got the sequel sitting around here, so I'll be reading that next.

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  1. A Bitter Feast by S.J. Rozan
  2. Matty Groves by Deborah Grabien
  3. English Lessons by J.M. Hayes
  4. The Black Cat by Martha Grimes (audio)
  5. Cross by Ken Bruen
  6. The Eagles' Brood by Jack Whyte
  7. Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield

Currently reading:

  • Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill
  • New Tricks by David Rosenfelt (audio)
  • The Manor of Death by Bernard Knight
  • A Piece of Justice by Jill Paton Walsh


Date Posted: 8/9/2011 11:13 AM ET
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Just started Blind Your Ponies.   After 50 pages I am sucked in.  I wish I could take the day to read this book!  I love when a book does that....

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Just finished Ken Bruen's Cross which was terrific, and started Kate Mosse's The Winter Ghosts. Reviews on this one have been tepid, so I'll give it the usual 50 pages or so before deciding whether or not to continue.

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Just finished Above Suspicion by Lynda La Plante and started the second in the series, Red Dahlia. As good as her British TV seriies, Prime Suspect and Trial and Retribution.

Finished Plainsong by Kent Haruf on audio,  Slow moving but really lovely. i enjoyed it.

Just started Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens on audio. I'm having a hard time with it because I don't like the narrator's voice.

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I didn't get into The Friday Night Knitting Club, so I put it back on my bookshelf, along with its sequel. I just finished reading They Call Me Baba Booey by Gary Dell'Abate, and now I'm reading Stuck by Anneli Rufus. 

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For one reason or another, the following were DNFs for me: The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse, Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens and The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler. These were all on audio.

I started the third entry in the DI Anna Travis series, Clean Cut, last night. So far, I'm really enjoying this series.

I started Dragon House by John Shors, on audio, based on a recommendation here or on another PBS thread.