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Subject: It's December! What are you reading?
Date Posted: 12/1/2008 7:37 AM ET
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Well I've finished my first book for December!  Technically I started it in November, but it is December 1st and now I'm done...so yeah.

Finished in December :

  1. Broken (Women of the Otherworld Bk 6) - Kelley Armstrong
  2. Vampire Kisses (Vampire Kisses Bk 1) - Ellen Schreiber
  3. The Demon You Know (The Others Bk 3) - Christine Warren
  4. Possession (Blood Ties Bk 2) - Jennifer Armintrout 
  5. Embraced By Darkness (Riley Jenson Guardian Bk 5) - Keri Arthur
  6. Cooking Up Murder (Cooking Class Mystery Bk 1) - Miranda Bliss
  7. Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
  8. The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Bk 4) - Laurell K. Hamilton
  9. Dragon Wytch (Sisters of the Moon Bk 4) - Yasmine Galenorn

Reading :

I'm going for 10 this month, since I was so close to actually getting it for November :)

9/10 so far.   (A day and a half to go....I've got this!)

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Almost finished with "Where Serpents Sleep" by C.S. Harris - 4th in the Devlin series. I love them and hope she has more on the way!

Date Posted: 12/1/2008 9:36 AM ET
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I'm starting off by listening to The Snake Tattoo by Linda Barnes (#2 Carlotta Carlyle mystery) in audio download from the library. I also started Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth over the weekend--am about 200 pages in, and even though it's really good so far, it's a LONG book so will take me a while. I've tucked Still Life by Louise Penny (#1 Armand Gamache mystery) into my purse for reading on my breaks at work.


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I just started 'The Mane Event' by Shelly Laurenston. I didn't get too far before I got too sleepy but it's pretty good so far. I'm debating making a trip to Border's to see if they have Dead Men Don't Crochet and the next cooking class mysteries in yet - they're supposed to be out tomorrow but they're usually out early.

Date Posted: 12/1/2008 10:40 AM ET
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The 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time by Alison Gwen

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Date Posted: 12/1/2008 11:52 AM ET
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I'm currently reading the first book in a series called Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr. So far so good.

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Remember When by Judith McNaught

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Date Posted: 12/1/2008 12:59 PM ET
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I started Whiskey Sour by J A Konrath.  The protagnist is Jack Daniels.  Do you love it?  She's a police dective.  It's #1 in a series and it's definately got my attention. 

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Date Posted: 12/1/2008 1:49 PM ET
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December reading list


  1.  Araminta Station Jack Vance (Cadwal Chronicles #1)
  2. Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake #3)
  3. The Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (graphic novel)
  4. Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff (Keeper's Chronicles #1)
  5. The Heart of Valor by Tanya Huff (Confederation #3)

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Subject: December books
Date Posted: 12/1/2008 2:01 PM ET
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Recently finished Fraud by Anita Brookner. Also enjoying a bit of P.G. Wodehouse (Wodehouse is the Best Medicine)

Getting ready to start Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins.......

Date Posted: 12/1/2008 3:26 PM ET
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I'm currently reading Hard News by Jeffrey Deaver.  It's an older one of his, but I haven't read it yet.  I like all his books.  I'm waiting to get The Historian.  That looks really interesting, but it's about 900 pages!  EEK!

Subject: December books
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Ursula, Under by Ingrid Hill.  Very good so far!

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1. Sail  by James Patterson 

2. Against Medical Advice  by James Patterson and Hal Friedman 

3.Death Angel by Linda Howard

4. Smoke Screen by Sandra Brown

Currently  reading-  The Face of Death by Cody McFadyen

In the tbr pile and the list keeps growing:

The Face of Death by Cody McFadyen

The Darker Side by Cody McFadyen

The Assassin  by Andrew Britton

The American Andrew Britton

The Invisble by Andrew Britton

Killer Heels  by Sheryl J Anderson

Killer Cocktail  by  Sheryl J Anderson

Killer Riff  by Sheryl J Anderson

Killer Deal  by Sheryl J Anderson

The 7th Victim by Alan Jacobson

The Appeal by John Grisham

The Mighty Johns by David Baldacci,Lawrence Block,Dennis Lehane,Brad Meltzer and Anne Perry  ( Short story collection)

The Dangerous Days of  Daniel X   by James Patterson

A Field fo Darkness by Cornelia Read

The Crazy School by Cornelia Read

In the Woods  by Tana French

The Tenth Case by Joseph Teller

Sundays at  Tiffany's by James Patterson

Undertow by Sydney Bauer

Devil May Ride  by Wendy Roberts

Open and Shut  by David Rosenfelt

Seven Deadly Wonders by  Matthew Reilly

The 6 Sacred Stones by Matthew Reilly

Temple  by Matthew Reilly

Contest by Matthew Reilly

The Death Chamber by Sarah Rayne

The Accident Man by Tom Cain

Child 44 by by Tom Rob Smith

Ice Trap by Kitty Sewell

The Ezekiel Option by Joel C. Rosenberg

The Copper Scroll by Joel C Rosenberg

The Last Jihad by Joel C Rosenberg

The Last Days by Joel C Rosenberg

Dead Heat by Joel C Rosenberg

CheckMate by Karna Small Bodman

Gambit by Karna Small Bodman

Happy reading everyone



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I am reading Krakatoa.  It's non-fiction.  After that, I'm not sure what I will read.  I have 5 or 6 just waiting for me.  I guess it depends on if I want something familiar or new. 

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 1:14 AM ET
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Currently Reading:

1. Rose ~ Martin Cruz Smith

2. D. N. Angel volume 1 ~ Yukiru Sugisaki

3. Street Fighter volume 2 ~ Capcom


Plan to Read:

1. +Anima volumes 2 & 3 ~ Natsumi Mukai

2. Everything You Need to Know About Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Disorders ~ Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 1:54 AM ET
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Just finished The Seamstress of Hollywood Blvd by Erin McGraw.
Just starting Burn Out by Marcia Muller.

On hold - Dark Angels by Karleen Koen, Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber.

On deck:
Secrets - Jude Deveraux
Testimony - Anita Shreve
Where Are You Now - Mary Higgins Clark
The Sinner's Guide to Confession - Phyllis Schieber
Wrack and Ruin - Don Lee

Most are new hardbacks from the local library.

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.  Just finished Salvation in Death by J.D. Robb

Subject: My December Reading List
Date Posted: 12/2/2008 7:04 AM ET
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My December reading list:

Finished - 

  1. "Blackwood Farm" by Anne Rice  (Vampire Chronicles #9) (B) Welcome to Blackwood Farm: soaring white columns, spacious dining rooms, sun-drenched gardens, and a dark strip of the Sugar Devil Swamp. This is the world of Quinn Blackwood, a brilliant young man haunted since birth by a mysterious doppelganger, a spirit known as Goblin. When Quinn is made a vampire, losing all that is rightfully his and gaining immortality. Goblin becomes even more vampiric and terrifying than Quinn himself. Desperate, Quinn seeks out the legendary vampire Lestat in the hope of freeing himself from the specter that draws him inexorably back to Sugar Devil Swamp - and to the secrets it holds.
  2. "Icy Sparks" by Gwyn Hyman Rubio (C) Rural Kentucky in the 1950s is not an easy place to grow up, and it's especially hard for ten-year-old Icy Sparks, an orphan who lives with her grandparents. Life becomes even more difficult for Icy when violent tics and uncontrollable cursing begin - symptoms brought on by a troubling affliction that goes undiagnosed until her adulthood. Icy's adolescence is marred by the humiliation of her illness, and it's all-too-visible signs are the source of endless mystery and hilarity as everyone around her offers an opinion about what's troubling the girl. Eventually, Icy finds solace in the company of Miss Emily, an obese woman who knows what it's like to be an outcast in this tightly knit community.
  3. "The Survivors" by Dinah McCall (A) When a passenger plane goes down in the Appalachians, rescue teams start looking for survivors and discover that a five-year-old boy and a woman are missing. Twenty miles from the crash site, Deborah Sanborn has a vision of two survivors, cold, hurting and scared. Over the years she has learned to trust her gift, and she senses these strangers are in terrible danger. She sees a hunter, moving in for the kill. Four generations of O'Ryan men have gathered at the crash site, ready to search for the missing boy, Johnny O'Ryan. His forty-five-year-old grandfather, Mike O'Ryan isn't sure what to make of Deborah, but with the snow coming down, she's all they've got to lead them through the mountains. Because not only are they racing against time and the elements...they're up against a killer desperate to silence his only living witnesses to murder.
  4. "A Cold-Blooded Business" by Dana Stabenow (Kate Shugak Mystery) (A-) An oil company's rig north of the Arctic Circle is doing a brisk trade - in illicit drugs. Hired to break a deadly cycle of drug-induced accidents, Kate goes undercover to find a cocaine connection along the TransAlaska Pipeline. But these dealers know when they're being snowed - and they leave Kate to fight for survival against the harshest enemy of all: the great outdoors.
  5. "Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham (B) Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won't be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren't even going to have a tree. They won't need one, because come December 25 they're setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences - and isn't half as easy as they imagined.
  6. "Treasures" by Nora Roberts - "Secret Star" (A) He was standing face-to-face with a dead woman...and she was holding a gun. Lieutenant Seth Buchanan's homicide investigation was thrown into turmoil when Grace Fontaine turned up very much alive - and in possession of one of the huge blue diamonds known as the Stars of Mithra. Seth never let his feelings get in the way of his job...but it was becoming increasingly difficult with no mystery more compelling than that of Grace herself. "Treasures Lost, Treasures Found" (A) Kate Hardesty had inherited a dream: a pile of mysterious charts and notebooks, mapping the way to sunken treasure. Determined to complete her late father's exploration, she returned to the island where she grew up and hired deep-sea diver Ky Silver - the man she'd left behind four years ago. But working with Ky meant more than searching for gold...it meant finding a priceless treasure Kate hadn't been looking for.
  7. "Trade Secrets" by Jill Shalvis & C.J. Carmichael (Coopers Corners) - A group of MBA students at Harvard made a pact - each to become a CEO of a Fortune 500 company before reaching age forty. Now their friendships, their loves and even their lives were at stake..."Dealing With Annie" (B) Annie Hughes had become the Martha Stewart of cosmetics. But when DEA agent Ian McCall warned Annie that her company was the target of sabotage - and that she was in danger - she wouldn't listen. Then Annie disappeared. And only Ian could rescue her. "Deal of a Lifetime" (B) Quinn Huntington founded his corporation on loyalty and trust. Yet he agreed to meet Meredith Hayden when she approached him with insider information on his competitor. He told himself he was just playing along until he figured out her angle. But if he was honest, he knew his true motive was his passion for Meredith.
  8. "A Summer Affair" by Susan Wiggs (C) A gifted but troubled physician, Blue Calhoun runs a thriving medical practice from his Nob Hill mansion in San Francisco while raising his son alone after an unthinkable tragedy. Then one day a female fugitive with a gunshot wound appears in Blue's surgery. Even though she holds a pistol aimed at his heart, the desperation in her eyes awakens Blue's compassion. Reluctantly he is drawn to her fragile beauty, her nerves of steel and the mystery surrounding her circumstances. Isabel Fish-Wooten has spent most of her life on the run, but everything changes when she forces a stranger to save her life. Yet her rescue comes with an unexpected price. As Isabel recovers from her wounds, she finds herself touched by this remarkable man and yearns to reach out to him and his rebellious son. From danger-filled back alleys to the glittering ballrooms of high society, Isabel and Blue confront the violence and corruption that threatens their newfound passion. Theirs is an unforgettable quest to discover a rare and special love, and the precious gift of a second chance at happiness.
  9. "The Actor's Guide to Murder" by Rick Copp (A) "Baby, don't even go there!" That was Jarrod Jarvis's catch phrase as the adorable, girl-crazy moppet on the eighties sitcom, Go To Your Room! It was a great ride until the tabloids caught the popular teen idol kissing another guy at the L.A. gay rodeo. "Gay" and "teen heartthrob" not exactly being career-making words at the time, Jarrod's star crashed harder than a Kathie Lee Gifford CD. Flash forward: Now happily living with his cop boyfriend, Charlie, and their dog, Snickers, in the Hollywood Hills, Jarrod's ready to hit the comeback trail...but he never imagines how fame will strike this time. At a reading with his psychic, Jarrod is disturbed to hear that someone close to him will be murdered and even more shocked when it turns out to be his best friend, Willard Ray Hornsby, also a former child star. When Willard is found face down in his own lap pool, the cops call it an accident, but Jarrod's far from convinced - and he's ready to play the Sherlock Holmes of West Hollywood to prove his conspiracy theory right. But what starts in curiosity soon becomes deadly serious. Willard was keeping some very weighty secrets and even more dangerous company. From a tattooed "body-work" specialist to Willard's formidable mother and her nefarious lover, everyone seems to have had a reason to want him out of the picture permanently. And when another body turns up, it's clear that in a town full of actors, somebody's playing the very convincing part of a killer. Now, among the hustlers and the wannabes, the boy toys, sadistic acting coaches, and the tabloid press, Jarrod's high-profile sleuthing is making him once more into a household name. Except this kind of publicity is a very bad thing - because Jarrod's newest fan is someone who doesn't want an autograph...he wants him dead.

Currently Reading - 

  1. "Homeplace" by Anne Rivers Siddons
  2. "Silent Snow" by Steve Thayer
  3. "Step On A Crack" by Michael Ledwidge & James Patterson

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

  1. "Hide and Seek" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #3)
  2. "Hot Ice" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #7)
  3. "In Too Deep" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #4)
  4. "Kiss and Tell" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #2)
  5. "Out of Sight" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #5)
  6. "Twilight Child" by Warren Adler 
  7. "What We Keep" by Elizabeth Berg
  8. "Into The Fire" by Suzanne Brockmann
  9. "Not Without Risk" by Suzanne Brockmann
  10. "Just Over the Mountain" by Robyn Carr
  11. "Shelter Mountain" by Robyn Carr (Virgin River Series #2)
  12. "Virgin River" by Robyn Carr (Virgin River Series #1)
  13. "A Virgin River Christmas" by Robyn Carr (Virgin River Series #4)
  14. "Her Mother's Shadow" by Diane Chamberlain
  15. "Turn My World Upside Down - Jo's Story" by Maureen Child
  16. "Owl Island" by Randy Sue Coburn
  17. "The Third Wife" by Jasmine Cresswell
  18. "Heart of the Family" by Margaret Daley (Fostered by Love #2)
  19. "Family Ever After" by Margaret Daley (Fostered by Love #3)
  20. "Prodigal Daughter" by Patricia Davids
  21. "People of the Plains" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier)
  22. "House Calls and Hitching Posts" as told to Dorcas Sharp Hoover
  23. "Cry No More" by Linda Howard
  24. "A Royal Masquerade"  by Arlene James (Royally Wed #6)
  25. "Damage Control" by J.A. Jance (Joanna Brady Series #13)
  26. "Until Proven Guilty" by J.A. Jance ( J.P. Beaumont Series #1)
  27. "Body of Lies" by Iris Johansen
  28. "Blind Alley" by Iris Johansen (An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller)
  29. "Final Target" by Iris Johanen
  30. "Firestorm"  by Iris Johansen
  31. "The Official Nora Roberts Companion" by Denise Little and Laura Hayden
  32. "Double Homicide - Santa Fe/Boston" by Jonathan & Faye Kellerman
  33. "The Betrayal" by Beverly Lewis (Abrahams Daughters #2)
  34. "The Covenant" by Beverly Lewis (Abrahams Daughters #1)
  35. "Dead Irish" by John Lescroart
  36. "A Cedar Cove Christmas" by Debbie Macomber 
  37. "Christmas Letters" by Debbie Macomber
  38. "8 Sandpiper Way"  by Debbie Macomber (Cedar Cove Series)
  39. "Small Town Christmas" by Debbie Macomber
  40. "Chasing Stanley"  by Deirdre Martin
  41. "Dancing in the Dark" by Sandra Marton (Cooper's Corner) 
  42. "Tularosa" by Michael McGarrity
  43. "Perfect" by Judith McNaught
  44. "A McKettrick Christmas" by Linda Lael Miller
  45. "Springwater"  by Linda Lael Miller
  46. "Springwater Seasons" by Linda Lael Miller
  47. "The Last Chance Cafe" by Linda Lael Miller
  48. "The Widow" by Carla Neggers
  49. "You've Been Warned" by James Patterson & Howard Roughan
  50. "A Man Named Dave" by David Pelzer
  51. "A Teenager's Journey" by Richard B. Petzer
  52. "Thunderhead" by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
  53. "Blood Canticle" Anne Rice  (Vampire Chronicles #10)
  54. "Blue Moon" by Luanne Rice
  55. "Firefly Beach" by Luanne Rice
  56. "Last Kiss" by Luanne Rice
  57. "Light Of The Moon" by Luanne Rice
  58. "Stone Heart" by Luanne Rice
  59. "Summer Light"  by Luanne Rice
  60. "His Winter Rose" Lois Richter
  61. "Every Day" by Elizabeth Richards
  62. "Salvation In Death" by J.D. Robb
  63. "Suite 606" by J.D. Robb
  64. "Falling For Rachel & Convincing Alex" Nora Roberts (Stanislaski Series)
  65. "First Impressions" by Nora Roberts
  66. "From The Heart" Nora Roberts
  67. "The Pagan Stone" Nora Roberts
  68. "Taming Natasha & Luring A Lady"  Nora Roberts (Stanislaski Series)
  69. "The Stanislaski Brothers" by Nora Roberts (Mikhail and Alex)
  70. "Winner Takes All" by Nora Roberts
  71. "Afterlove" by Robert Rosenblum
  72. "The Kiss" by Danielle Steel
  73. "The Long Road Home" by Danielle Steel
  74. "The Lucky One" by Nicholas Sparks
  75. "Black Ice" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #1)
  76. "Cold As Ice " by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #2)
  77. "Ice Blue" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #3)
  78. "Ice Storm" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #4)
  79. "Sleeping at the Starlite Motel" by Bailey White
  80. "The Horsemaster's Daughter" by Susan Wiggs
  81. "Lakeside Cottage" by Susan Wiggs
  82. "Snowfall at Willow Lake" by Susan Wiggs (Lakeshore Chronicles #4)
  83. "Summer by the Sea" by Susan Wiggs

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Finishedin December The 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time by Alison Gwin

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Date Posted: 12/2/2008 9:53 PM ET
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I finished my first book of the month: Araminta Station by Jack Vance.  It was the first book I've read by Jack Vance, and I really enjoyed it...a mix of science fiction and a mystery.  Very complex and fascinating.

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 12:19 AM ET
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  1. Harmony's Way - Lora Leigh - 3.5/5
Subject: It's December! What are you reading?
Date Posted: 12/3/2008 4:21 AM ET
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Just finished Mary Wesley's Second Fiddle yesterday. Today I read Amy Bloom's collection of short stories "Come to Me". I didn't like the Mary Wesley (the first that I didn't like of hers). The characters were very poorly  developed and far too numerous for less than 200 pages.  The Amy Bloom was pretty good. The stories all ended abruptly but they drew the reader in quickly and skillfully.

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Currently reading:

The Raw Shark Texts, by Steven Hall.

I hope to finish it this week, and start Out by Natsuo Kirino.


Kimberly B.

Waterford, MI

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 9:17 AM ET
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Currently reading:  Wicked Fantasy by Nina Bangs

**My favorite character out of this whole series is actually Sparkle; she is a very determined cosmic trouble maker**


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I'm still working on Little Women.  Hopefully, I can finish it this weekend because I have 3 holiday-themed books to read and a book to read for my online book club.  Whew....I'm glad I love to read.