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Subject: It's December - What are you Reading?
Date Posted: 12/1/2010 8:29 AM ET
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My December reading list:

Finished -

  1. "NEVER TOO LATE" by Robyn Carr (A+) Three seconds is all it takes to turn a whole life around. And if anybody knows about bouncing back after disaster, it's Clare Wilson. She's had it with being married to a serial cheater, and no way is he getting another chance. Even her own son thinks she should have kicked his dad to the curb ages ago. Now she's done it for good, and Clare is finally feeling the rush of unadulterated freedom. But when a freak car crash lands Clare in the hospital, her life takes another detour. She might be banged up and bruised, but suddenly men are coming out of the woodwork. Even her ex is pining for her. It seems being an independent single woman is a powerful aphrodisiac. But amidst all the lust, the last thing Clare expects to find is love.
  2. "SOUTHERN LIGHTS" by Danielle Steel (A++) Eleven years have passed since Alexa Hamilton left the South behind, fleeing the pain of her ex-husband's betrayal and the cruelty of his prominent Charleston family. Now an assistant D.A. in Manhattan, Alexa has finally put her demons to rest, making a name for herself as a top prosecutor, handling the city's toughest cases while juggling her role as devoted single mom to a teenage daughter. But everything changes when Alexa is handed her latest case: the trial of accused serial killer Luke Quentin. Sifting through mountains of forensic evidence, Alexa prepares for a highstakes trial...until threatening letters throw her private life into turmoil, The letters are addressed to her beautiful seventeen-year-old daughter, Savannah, whom Alexa has been raising alone since her divorce, Alexa is certain that Quentin is behind the letters and that they are too dangerous to ignore. Suddenly she must make the toughest choice of all and send her daughter back to the very place where her marriage ended in heartbreak...her ex-husband's world of southern tradition, memories of betrayal and the antebellum charm of Charleston. Now, while Alexa's trial builds to a climax in New York, her daughter is settling into southern life, discovering a part of her family history and a father she barely knows - from the ice-cold stepmother who stole him away to a fascinating ancestry and a half-sister and half-brothers she comes to love. As secrets are exposed and old wounds are healed, Alexa and Savannah, after a season in different worlds, will come together - strengthened by the challenges they have faced, changed by the mysteries they have unraveled and with Savannah now at home in the southern world her mother fled.
  3. "A WOMAN WITHOUT LIES" by Elizabeth Lowell (unabridged Audio CD) (A+) An artist in glass and light, Angel has loved with passion and fire and learned the true depths of sadness when what she loved was taken from her. When she first meets Miles Hawkins, a solitary, distant man, their mutual distrust seems insurmountable. Hawk has never known what Angel has freely enjoyed, having experienced only cruelty and betrayal from the women in his life. But Angel is willing to risk everything that proud, silent Hawk cannot, as she strives to bring truth and love to a tormented soul who believes in neither, Yet giving her heart again could be a gamble with stakes too high and too painful for her to endure, for she fears that, by loving Hawk, she will surely lose him.
  4. "INFAMOUS" by Susanne Brockmann (A) When history professor Alison Carter became a consultant to the film version of the Wild West legend she'd dedicated her career to researching, she couldn't possibly have known that she would not only get a front-row seat to a full-blown Hollywood circus but would innocently witness something that would put her life in peril. Nor did she expect that a tall stranger in a cowboy hat would turn the movie - and her world - completely upside down. A.J. Gallagher didn't crash the set in dusty in Arizona to rub elbows with Hollywood's elite. Unable to ignore ghosts from the past that refuse to stay buried, A.J. came to put an end to the false legend that has tarnished the reputation of his family. But when he confronts Alison, sparks fly. And when Alison is targeted by ruthless criminals, suddenly she and A.J. must face the intense attraction that threatens to consume them and survive the danger that threatens their very lives. 
  5. "RUMOR HAS IT" by Tami Hoag (unabridged Audio CD) (A+) Katie Quaid could never refuse a dare. It was the quality that had once made her a world-class equestrian, And it was the reason she'd been elected to introduce herself to Briarwood's intimidatingly gorgeous new resident. It had taken one week to make Nick Leone the focus of the Virginia town's rumor mill. So far he was a CIA agent, a male model, a fugitive - maybe all three. Whatever Nick was, Katie learned one thing right away: she liked him. And that made him the greatest danger she'd faced since the accident that ended her riding career. In the five years since, she'd buried herself in her business of restoring historic homes, afraid to share her scars with any man - scars that had destroyed more than one dream. Nick had disappointments of his own, but after meeting Katie, he sensed that fate had a better plan all along. And soon he would pose her with the greatest dare of all - to love again.
  6. "HANNAH'S LIST" by Debbie Macomber (Cedar Cove) (abridged Audio CD) (A+) On the anniversary of his beloved wife's death, Dr. Michael Everett receives a letter Hannah had written him. In it she reminds him of her love and makes one final request. An impossible request - I want you to marry again, She tells him he shouldn't spend the years he has left grieving her. And to that end she's chosen three women she asks him to consider. First on Hannah's list is her cousin, Winter Adams, a trained chef who owns a cafe on Seattle's Blossom Street. Second is Leanne Lancaster, Hannah's oncology nurse. Michael knows them both. The the third name is one he's not familiar with - Macy Roth. Each of these three women has her own heartache, her own private grief. More than a year earlier, Winter broke off her relationship with another chef. Leanne is divorced from a man who defrauded the hospital for which she works. And Macy lacks family of her own, the family she craves, but she's a rescuer of strays, human and animal. Macy is energetic, artistic, eccentric and couldn't be more different from Michael. During the months that follow, he spends time with Winter, Leanne and Macy, learning more about each of them and about himself. Learning what Hannah already knew, He's a man who needs the completeness only love can offer, And Hannah's list leads him to the woman who can help him find it.
  7. "FINDING NOEL" by Richard Paul Evans (unabridged Audio CD) (A) The Christmas season is supposed to be full of joy, but not for Mark Smart. Life had dealt him one blow after another until one snowy November night, when he finds a beautiful young woman who will change his life forever. Macy Wood has little memory of her birth parents and memories she'd rather forget of her adopted home, A Christmas ornament inscribed with the word "Noel" is the only clue to the little sister she only vaguely remembers, a clue that will send her and Mark on a journey to reclaim her past and her family.
  8. "SLADE" by Lisa Jackson (The McCaffertys #3) (A) Slade McCafferty had thus far avoided being lassoed by a member of the opposite sex - the confirmed bachelor was too busy raising hell to settle down. Fifteen years ago daredevil Slade had taken wild child Jamie Parsons's innocence - and then broken her heart. But now Jamie was back in town, a lawyer, all confidence and polished professionalism. And seeing her again set off a tidal wave of emotions Slade thought he'd dammed up ages ago. What had happened between them was ancient history. Still, there was something about Jamie that made Slade ache for more. A hell of a lot more.
  9. "SWEET TEMPTATION" by Maya Banks (A) Micah Hudson has painful secrets he's tried hard to run from. He has new friends and a new life, but he's about to be confronted with the one person who reminds him of all he's tried to forget - Angelina, the sister of his oldest friend, David. She knows everything about Micah's past, including how he and David fell in love with the same woman and how they decided that the best way to prevent her from tearing them apart was to share her. But then a terrible accident left Micah alone. Micah lost the two people who meant the most to him. Angelina lost her only family. And she's kept her deepest secret close to her heart: her love for Micah. No longer willing to wait, she decides it's time to go after him and bring him to his knees. She knows his secrets, his desires, his kinks and fetishes and she'll use whatever it takes to reel him in. Beneath Micah's easygoing exterior lies a man with dark needs and passions. She can give him what he wants...but will he decide she's what he needs?
  10. "FROM THE HEART" by Nora Roberts "Tonight and Always" (A) A renowned anthropologist agrees to help a writer research his new novel and realizes that she wasn't prepared for the intense emotions their collaboration would inspire. "A Matter of Choice" (A) A beautiful antiques dealer and a New York City cop are ensnared in the dangerously seductive world of international smuggling. "Endings and Beginnings" (A) Two Washington television reporters trying to protect their love from their own professional rivalry and the hazards of their celebrity.
  11. "RIDE A PAINTED PONY" by Kathleen Eagle (A) The terrified eyes in the middle of the highway belonged to a woman - battered, bruised and barely conscious. Nick Red Shield swerved his pickup and empty horse trailer to avoid her, but neither he nor the mysterious Lauren David could avoid the collision of their lives. Though Nick's loner instinct kick into high gear, Lauren's vulnerability tugs at him in ways he thought long shut down. More comfortable with horses than people, he's drawn to the secretive runaway. But even in the safe haven of his South Dakota ranch, among the magnificent painted horses of Western legend, the danger shadowing Lauren's life will compel her to new acts of desperation to save her young son and force Nick to confront demons bent on destroying them both.
  12. "THE LAND OF MANGO SUNSETS" by Dorothea Benton Frank (a Lowcountry Tale) (abridged Audio CD) (A+) Meet Miriam Elizabeth Swanson, in a full-blown snit, buoyed by a fabulous cast who run the gamut from insufferable to wonderful. Miriam spins out from the revolving door of her postured life as a Manhattan quasi socialite while she thirsts, no, starves for recognition. How did she become what she hates the most and what does she endure to realize it? And where are the answers? It takes a few spins, dips and one spectacular fall until Miriam gets her head on straight. Then in a whoosh she's off to the enchanted and mysterious land of Sullivans Island, deep in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
  13. "BLUE MOON" by Jill Marie Landis (Louisiana #3) (A) An innocent girl of nineteen, Olivia Bond is on the run from an ugly and dangerous past. She finds herself lost deep in the frightening world of an Illinois swamp. Then, out of the mist, comes a man to save her. A reclusive loner, Noah LeCrois believes he has no need for the outside world, or for the things he gave up long ago. Home. Family. And rue love. At first, Olivia is frightened by Noah's mysterious, silent nature. Then slowly, he begins to touch her heart and soul. But just as these two strangers begin to find true happiness, the dangerious secrets of Olivia's past threaten to rip them apart. Now Olivia and Noah must overcome the sadness of their pasts, if they can dare to dream of the love that comes only once in a lifetime.

Currently Reading -

  1. "Zeke and Ned" by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana
  2. "1022 Evergreen Place"  by Debbie Macomber (Cedar Cove #10)

Currently Listening To -

  1. "Sons of Fortune" by Jeffrey Archer (abridged Audio CD)

To Be Read - Alphabetically by Author not reading order 

  1. "Little Bitty Lies" by Mary Kay Andrews (abridged Audio CD)
  2. "Kiss and Tell" by Suzanne Brockmann (Sunrise Key #1)
  3. "Nowhere to Run Not Without Risk/A Man to Die For" by Suzanne Brockmann
  4. "Otherwise Engaged" by Suzanne Brockmann (Sunrise Key #3)
  5. "The Kissing Game" by Suzanne Brockmann (Sunrise Key #2)
  6. "Comanche Trail" by Will Camp (Tony Hillerman's Frontier #7)
  7. "Sarah - Women of Genesis" by Orson Scott Card
  8. "Midnight Kiss" by Robyn Carr, Jean Brashear, Victoria Dahl
  9. "Promise Canyon" by Robyn Carr (Virgin River #11)
  10. "A Summer in Sonoma" by Robyn Carr
  11. "Blue Skies" by Robin Carr
  12. "Running Blind" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #4)
  13. "Tripwire" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #3)
  14. "Forever" by Jude Deveraux (Forever Trilogy #1)
  15. "Lavender Morning" by Jude Deveraux (Edilean #1)
  16. "Mystic Horseman" by Kathleen Eagle
  17. "Battle Cry" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier - People of the Plains saga #4)
  18. "Full Speed" by Janet Evanovich & Charlotte Hughes (Max Holt #3)
  19. "Wicked Appetite" by Janet Evanovich (Diesel) (abridged Audio CD)
  20. "Dark Prince" by Christeen Feehan (Carpathians (Dark) #1)
  21. "Mind Game" by Christine Feehan (GhostWalkers #2)
  22. "The Christmas Pearl" by Dorothea Benton Frank (A Lowcountry Tale) (unabridged Audio CD)
  23. "Lowcountry Summer" by Dorothea Benton Frank (A Lowcountry Tale) (unabridged Audible)
  24. "A Week From Sunday" by Dorothy Garlock
  25. "Over the Line" by Cindy Gerard (Bodyguards #4)
  26. "Risk No Secrets" by Cindy Gerard (Black Ops #5)
  27. "The Seance" by Heather Graham
  28. "The Summons" by John Grisham (unabridged Audio CD)
  29. "Sarah" by Marek Halter (The Cannan Trilogy #1) (abridged Audio CD)
  30. "Between Sisters" by Kristin Hannah
  31. "Heart of Gold" by Tami Hoag (Rainbow Chasers #1)
  32. "Loving Frank" Nancy Horan
  33. "The Devil's Punchbowl" by Greg Iles (abridged Audio CD)
  34. "Until I Find You" by John Irving
  35. "Shiver" by Lisa Jackson (unabridged Audio CD)
  36. "Randi" by Lisa Jackson (McCaffertys #4)
  37. "Fire and Ice" by J.A. Jance (Joanna Brady #13 & J.P. Beaumont #19)
  38. "Kiss of the Bees" by J.A. Jance (Brandon Walker #2)
  39. "Without Due Process" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #10)
  40. "A Stranger's Game" by Joan Johnston (unabridged Audio CD)
  41. "A Thousand Tomorrows" by Karen Kingsbury
  42. "White Lies" by Jayne Ann Krentz (Arcane Society #2) (Audio CD)
  43. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"  by Stieg Larrson (Millennium #1) (Audio MP3)
  44. "The Official Nora Roberts Companion" by Denise Little and Laura Hayden
  45. "The Prodigal" by Beverly Lewis (Abram's daughters #4)
  46. "The Sacrifice" by Beverly Lewis (Abram's daughters #3)
  47. "Granite Man" by Elizabeth Lowell (MacKenzie-Blackthorn #4)
  48. "Only You" by Elizabeth Lowell (Only #3)
  49. "Christmas in Cedar Cove" by Debbie Macomber (Cedar Cove #11)
  50. "Sweet Spot" by Susan Mallery (Keyes Sisters #2)
  51. "Under Her Skin" by Susan Mallery (Lone Star Sisters #1)
  52. "Body Check" by Deirdre Martin
  53. "Mother Warriors: Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds" by Jenny McCarthy
  54. "Everyone Dies" by Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney #8)
  55. "Next to Die" by Marliss Melton (Navy SEAL's #4)
  56. "Taming Charlotte" by Linda Lael Miller (Quade #2)
  57. "A Man Named Dave" by David Pelzer
  58. "Second Glance" Jodi Picoult
  59. "Dog On It" by Spencer Quinn (A Chet and Bernie Mystery)
  60. "Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana" by Anne Rice (Christ the Lord #2)
  61. "Merrick" by Anne Rice (Vampire Chronicles #7)
  62. "Pandora"  by Anne Rice  (the new Vampire Chronicles)
  63. "Happy Every After" by Nora Roberts (The Bride Quartet #4)
  64. "Night Tales: Night Shift/Night Shadow" by Nora Roberts (Night Tales #1)
  65. "Seeing Red" by Jill Shalvis
  66. "Lover's Bite" by Maggie Shayne (Wings in the Night #14)
  67. "The Outlaw Bride" by Maggie Shayne (Texas Brand #8)
  68. "Beautiful Boy" by David Sheff
  69. "Sweetwater Creek" by Anne Rivers Siddon (unabridged Audio CD)
  70. "The Long Road Home" by Danielle Steel
  71. "Home Again" by Mariah Stewart (The Chesapeake Diaries #2)
  72. "Home Again" by Mariah Stewart (Chesapeake Diaries #2)
  73. "Hot Flash Club Holidays" by Nancy Thayer (Hot Flash Club #3)
  74. "Hot Flash Club Strikes Again" by Nancy Thayer (Hot Flash Club #2)
  75. "Hold on Tight" by Stephanie Tyler (Hard to Hold Trilogy #3)
  76. "Too Hot to Hold" by Stephanie Tyler (Hard to Hold Trilogy #2)
  77. "The Brother Returns" by Jeannie Watt (Home on the Ranch)
  78. "Stealing Home" by Sherryl Woods (Sweet Magnolias #1)

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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

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Planning to start Jeff in Venice, Dealth in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer today.

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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.

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I'll be making a new TBR list in a couple of days.

Cold Ridge by Carla Neggers --- The 1st in the U.S. Marshall series, great plot, Neggers can really keep the reader's attention. Couldn't put this book down!

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

The Devil Knows You're Dead by Lawrence Block --- This book was OK, seemed to kind of drag in spots. My first book by Block and I did like his style of writing.

The Princess of Burundi by Kjell Eriksson  --- I really enjoyed this book, a look at how a murder investigation in conducted in Sweden. While a work of fiction, it was a compelling insight into the lives of Swedish policemen/women and also average Swedish people. I definitely will be looking for more books by Kjell Eriksson.

Trouble by Jesse Kellerman --- Did I like this book or not? The story line was intense, I didn't have much empathy for the main character, Jonah Stem, he really was whimpy. Eve Gones [the main female] was the strongest character, but I sure didn't like her either. All the background into becoming a doctor makes the reader wonder why anyone would want to pursue that career.  Kellerman's writing style was frenetic, but it had to be because that's the way Jonah was. All in all I'd rate this book a 5 on a 1 - 10 scale. But the ending was a surprise!! 

The Honk and Holler Opening Soon by Billie Letts --- For those who have read Where the Heart Is by Letts, you know what a superb story-teller she is. This one is a heart-warming, beautifully told story about some people who make a difference in both other people's lives and their own.

 Captive of My Desires by Johanna Lindsey --- Typical Johanna Lindsey, a fun read.

Moonlight Becomes You by Mary Higgins Clark

The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare by Lilian Jackson Braun ---Quill, KoKo and Yum Yum in another fun, cozy mystery.

Patty Jane's House of Curl by Lorna Landvik --- You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll feel like the people in this book are your best friends and you'll cheer when they succeed and cry with them when they hurt.  This is a must read!!

Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag

Irish Chain by Earlene Fowler --- Benni Harper gets involved in solving another murder, a continuation of the series. Always a quick, fun read.

Cold Blooded by Lisa Jackson --- This is one of those books you don't want to start reading if you have anything that has to be done right away, because you will not want to put it down. Gripping plot, well-defined characters...a sequel to Hot Blooded.

Time Bomb by Jonathan Kellerman

A Cat Under the Mistletoe by Lydia Adamson --- A little cozy mystery for cat lovers, or even for those who just enjoy a quick read. Adamson's books are always fun.

Sick of Shadows by Sharyn McCrumb --- McCrumb's first Elizabeth MacPherson novel, a fun, quick read with enough mystery to keep the reader guessing until the end.

Gravity by Tess Gerritsen

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie --- You can't beat Agatha Christie for a good mystery! This is an oldie, but goodie.

Gone for Good by Harlan Coban --- waiting in the wings

Wildcard by Rachel Lee --- My first book by Rachel Lee and it was a real page-turner! Great dual plots that tied together and made for a gripping ending.

Body of Lies by Iris Johansen --- Last book read in December. This is a continuation of the Eve Duncan series and a real page turner. I read it in one day!

The PerfectSummer by Luanne Rice

Heartbreaker by Julie Garwood --- My first book by Garwood and I REALLY enjoyed it. The plot was intense and all the characters were well developed. Especially liked the relationship that develops between the 2 main protaganists.

The Senator's Wife by Karen Robards --- My first book by Robards and it took me awhile to get into it. I didn't like the main female character at first, it took me several chapters until I began to feel some empathy for her. But the ending was worth it so I'm glad I kept reading. 

Red, White and Blue by Susan Isaacs

Together Alone by Barbara Delinsky --- up next

Sleeping with Fear by Kay Hooper ---I love Kay Hooper's books, this is the series about Noah Bishop's SCU [Special Crimes Unit] of the FBI and  Riley Crane dealing with the paranormal .... well, you just have to read the whole series!

New authors this month:  Rachel Lee       Karen Robards      Julie Garwood      Jesse Kellerman     Kjell Eriksson     Lawrence Block     Sara Gruen

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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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  1. What's Become of Screwloose? And Other Inquiries by Ron Goulart
  2. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
  3. 1939: Countdown to War by Richard Overy
  4. Gerald's Game by Stephen King
  5. The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins
  6. The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens
  7. Thomas Jefferson: Author of America by Christopher Hitchens


  1. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  2. Truman by David McCullough
  3. The Wrong End of Time by John Brunner
  4. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
  5. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  6. Breaking the Spell by Daniel C. Dennett
  7. The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

Up Soon

  1. From a Buick 8 by Stephen King
  2. A Graveyard of my Own by Ron Goulart
  3. The Husband by Dean Koontz
  4. Crash by J.G. Ballard
  5. The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff
  6. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  7. On Alien Wings by Ron Goulart
  8. Odd Girl Out by Timothy Zahn

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Currently Reading 

  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Listening to

  • Serena by Ron Rash

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The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs

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I am reading Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver.

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  1. ROSEMARY AND RUE by Seanan McGuire


  • An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd (audio)
  • Thief in Retreat by Aimee and David Thurlo
  • The Old Wine Shades by Martha Grimes


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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


Listening to:

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

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I just finished Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter.   I don't know what's up next.  I have way to many books to choose from.

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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.

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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

The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World's Most Perplexing Cold Cases

Michael Capuzzo


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.

Date Posted: 12/4/2010 11:38 AM ET
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I'm reading The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening & The Struggle by L. J. Smith. I'm surprised in how different it is from the show.

Subject: December reads
Date Posted: 12/4/2010 12:54 PM ET
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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:

Island of Lost Girls:: Jennifer Mcmahon

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:

1.  Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List - Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

2.  Guide to Florida Fruit & Vegetable Gardening - Robert Bowden

3.  House & Home - Kathleen McCleary

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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I just started Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison.  I'm hoping that I can get this read by the end of the month.  This is such a busy month.

Date Posted: 12/7/2010 4:03 PM ET
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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.

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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.