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My December reading list:
Currently Reading -
Currently Listening To -
To Be Read - Alphabetically by Author not reading order
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I don't plan ahead because 9 times out of 10, I'll start a book and just not be in the mood, but when I return to the book later, I love it.
The first book for December is Charity Girl by Michael Lowenthal
Still listening to The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry. I'm really enjoying the story but have to force myself through it because I really hate the narrator's voice.
One third of the way into Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin I'm sort of ambivalent about it and I'm not sure that I'll finish it.
I'll be making a new TBR list in a couple of days.
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen -- after that... I've been putting this one off, but it's time to make an attempt to read it.
Dead Certain by Mariah Stewart --- will begin reading this one in January
Moonlight Becomes You by Mary Higgins Clark
Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag
Time Bomb by Jonathan Kellerman
Gravity by Tess Gerritsen
Gone for Good by Harlan Coban --- waiting in the wings
The PerfectSummer by Luanne Rice
Red, White and Blue by Susan Isaacs
Together Alone by Barbara Delinsky --- up next
New authors this month:
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Just finished "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein -- amazing, amazing book! I will definitely be re-reading this book throughout the years to come!
Now reading "Under An English Heaven" by Robert Radcliffe
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DECEMBER'S READING--FINISHED SO FAR:
So far this month I have finished:
Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky - A book about saving Yiddish books. I strongly recommended this to family at Thanksgiving and thought that I should re-read it again. None of us are Jewish at all but we all love books and the stories of the people that Mr. Lansky runs into are just too interesting. I have bought a copy for my sister-in-law for Christmas. Highly recommended.
Monday Morning Mentoring by David Cottrell - A business leadership book that is easy to read and understand. A quick and thoughtful read.
Unprotected by Anonymous - A scary but also hopeful read from a college campus psychiatrist. Fascinating reading.
I am being read to by my 3rd grade daughter:
We haven't started anything yet. My husband has suggested Mimosa the brunch fairy (not a real book)
We are reading aloud as a family:
Another Fine Myth by Robert Asprin - Reads aloud very well. Funny adventure story that kept my kids, age 13 to 6, interested. The kids wanted to continue the series but the last Alcatraz book was coming out.
Alcatraz vs the Shattered Lens by Brandon Sanderson
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How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks
Death of a Six Foot Teddy Bear by Sharon Dunn
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
I'm reading The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens and The White Priory Murders by John Dickson Carr (published under the name of Carter Dickson). This is such a busy month, I don't think I'll get a lot of reading in. Ooh, also reading Macbeth.
Just finished: The Scenic Route~Binnie Kirshenbaum: Loved it!!! Wit and lots of wisdom about taking and biding time on the road and otherwise. She is a new fave for me,Absolutely!!! A Crime in the Nieghborhood~Suzanne Berne:Loved it too! Lot of great observations and charming & engaging writing, I'll read more of her too. G is for Gumshoe~Sue Grafton: my best book for this month,funnier and more dangerous than some of the other ones I've read of Graftons alphabet series!
Started : The Lacuna~Barbara Kingsolver: So far so good.probably will buy a copy with my B & N giftcards,since mine is being recalled from the library.
By the Bed: The Foreigner~Francie Lin: Entertaining,a little sad,getting better, Up in the Air~Walter Kirn :funnier than the movie,like this alot,didn't get to finish it before(downside of library borrowing) but I am now! Still Alice; still reading this.
Restroom: still reading East of Eden but making headway.oops too heavy for suitcase,have to finish it at home.
Totebag: New Yorker Fiction issue, The Help~Stockett~started, relishing it for a time I can just mainline it! Blue Shoe~Anne Lamont: swept right into this one one day before the due date.
Between Commercials: We need to talk about Kevin~Shriver,been wanting to get to this sooner rather than later. White Tiger~Aravind Adiga:enjoying the cultural descriptions but it has taken me a while to connect~for a new bookgroup.
Next up: Rebecca ~Daphne DuMaurier, Rolling Stone Interviews (getting back to this) World WarZ...and...more Binnie! and more Sue G: not sure if I have read I for Innocent yet.
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So far I've finished
Although, in my opinion and that of several on Amazon, it is filled with ridiculous flowerly comparisons, etc. and confusing chronlogy, it is a very interesting non-fiction read about the Vidocq Society, made up of detectives, profilers, forensic artist and psychologists (so not actually SH heirs)
Love and Summer by William Trevor--I didn't like this one so much but it was short (172 pages) so I kept reading.
On deck - First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria
Started reading - will finish in December:
57. Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
58. The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
I have so many on my TBR list - I am so excited for Christmas break!
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I just finished:
I am almost done with listening to Voyager, I think I will listen to Art of Racing in the Rain next, I need a break from Diana Gabaldon.
I need to finsh The Kitchen Boy, where did I leave it..................
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Missed everyone last month!
I already finished one book that I started in November, Bel Canto by Ann Pratchett. It was kind of a slow read, but I think it's that way on purpose to show the slow passage of time for the characters. I know some people don't like the ending, but I think it's pretty plausible.
Ok, so here's my list for this month:
2. Guide to Florida Fruit & Vegetable Gardening - Robert Bowden
4. Miss Invisible - Laura Jensen Walker
5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Steig Larson
6. Rabbit, Run & Rabbit Redux - John Updike
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Currently listening to Secret Keepers by Mindy Friddle. IMO, not as good as her last book.
Currently reading Sister Mine by Tawni O'Dell. I really enjoy her books and this one is developing nicely.
2. House & Home - Kathleen McCleary : This was pretty good. The heroine made some pretty boneheaded moves at times, but people do that in real life too during separations and divorces, so it works.
3. Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List - Rachel Cohn and David Levithan : Not as good as Nick and Norah's infinite Playlist. Naomi has this thing where she sometimes uses symbols instead of words - extremely annoying. Other than that it wasn't bad, but every chapter of hers bugged me.