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Subject: It's December - What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 12/1/2011 10:27 AM ET
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My December 2011 Reading List:

Finished -

  1. "AN O'BRIEN FAMILY CHRISTMAS" by Sherryl Woods (Chesapeake Shores #8) (A+) Dating Matthew O'Brien - a playboy and a younger man - cost Laila Riley her career and her parents' respect. A high price, even for love - and when Laila decides it was just a fling, she breaks it off, despite Matthew's objections. But the O'Brien family has other ideas and they conspire to get Laila to join them on a Dublin holiday. It's a great time to get away from it all, but Laila has reservations about the trip. Matthew's bound to be there and she's far from immune. What if she can't resist temptation? Meanwhile, the O'Briens are in an uproar over matriarch Nell's unexpected romance with an old flame. Will she follow her heart despite the risks? And will Laila discover that some risks are actually once-in-a-lifetime opportunities?
  2. "ONLY US" by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold #7) (A) (Kindle) Groomer Carina Fiore wants nothing more than to confess her feelings to the man she loves. She’s drawn to veterinarian Cameron McKenzie’s good looks, caring nature and especially his devotion to his young daughter. But he’s also her boss and a good friend. Putting her heart on the line could cost Rina both her job and their friendship forever. Since his divorce, Cameron hasn’t been willing to trust his heart - or his daughter - with anyone else. For months he’s pushed away all thoughts of taking Rina in his arms and kissing her, unwilling to risk their friendship for a single night of pleasure. But when a kiss under the mistletoe unlocks the simmering passion between them, Rina and Cameron may just find love for the holidays after all.
  3. "BEACH LANE" by Sherryl Woods (Chesapeake Shores #7) (A+) In the close-knit community of Chesapeake Shores, Maryland, Susie O'Brien and Mack Franklin's "not dating" claim befuddles everyone, especially since the two spend every spare minute together. Susie's thrilled when their friendship finally heats up. Then, just when happily-ever-after seems within reach, Mack loses the job he loves and Susie faces a devastating diagnosis. But O'Brien's always unite in a crisis. Even her cousin, Jess, Susie's rival for most of their lives, becomes her staunchest supporter - especially when Mack's former lover comes to town. The stakes are higher than ever before, but Susie's definitely up to the challenge...as long as Mack's right there by her side.
  4. "AMAZING GRACE" by Danielle Steel (A) On a warm May night in San Francisco a glittering, celebrity-studded crowd gathers for a charity event. Just minutes before midnight, the room begins to sway. Glass shatters, the lights go out and people start to scream. In the earthquake's aftermath, the lives of four strangers will converge: Sarah Sloane, the beautiful wife of a financial star, watches her perfect world fall to pieces. Melanie Free, award-winning singer, comes to a turning point in her career. Everett Carson, a former war correspondent whose personal demons have demoted him to covering society parties, finds new purpose amid the carnage. Sister Maggie Kent, a nun who does her best work in jeans and trainers, searches through the rubble and knows instantly that there is much work to be done. The city staggers back to life and a chain reaction will touch each of the survivors as they find the amazing grace of new beginnings.
  5. "BREAKING THE RULES" by Suzanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters #16) (A++++) Izzy Zanella wasn't looking for another reason to butt heads with his Navy SEAL teammate and nemesis, Danny Gillman. But then he met Danny's beautiful younger sister, Eden. When she needed it most, he offered her a place to stay, a shoulder to cry on - and more. And when she got pregnant with another man's child, he offered her marriage. But Eden's devastating miscarriage shattered their life together - and made the intense bad blood between Izzy and Danny even worse. Now Eden's back and she's on a mission to rescue her teen brother, Ben, from their abusive stepfather. Even if she and Izzy can prove that their broken marriage is still in one piece, winning legal custody of Ben is a long shot. But they're not alone: Danny and his girlfriend, Jenn, offer to help and he and Izzy agree to bury the past and fight for Ben's future. As they plan their strategy, Izzy and Eden grapple with the raw passion that still crackles between them - while Danny and Jenn confront new depths in their own rocky relationship. But events take a terrifying turn after Ben befriends a girl fleeing a child prostitution ring. When the young runaway seeks refuge with Eden and Izzy, her pursuers kidnap Ben - and a deadly standoff begins Now they must all pull together like never before and strike back, swift and hard, to protect their unconventional little family and everything they hold most precious.
  6. "WITH CAUTION" by J.L. Langley (With or Without #3) (A++) A brother's vow. A lover's promise. Both coiuld put them all at deadly risk. Remington Lassiter is trying his best to stay out of trouble while he learns the ropes of being a werewolf. When his little brother turns up covered in bruises, he is driven to finally bring their abusive father to justice. To do it, he must face a past he hides behind his cocky, trouble-making attitude. A past so dark it haunts him only in his dreams. Jake Romero, a crack private investigator with a bad-boy biker image, realizes he has his work cut out for him when Remi asks for his help. From the first moment he turned Remi into a werewolf in order to save his life, Jake has been fighting to keep his inner demons at bay. He's torn between the desire to tell Remi they are destined to be mates and the need to first let Remi get used to the werewolf life. Jake will do anything to protect Remi and help him break the cycle of abuse he has endured all his life, but his investigation is about to uncover something far more sinister and deadly than they ever imagined. A past that could put all their lives at risk.
  7. "44 CHARLES STREET" by Danielle Steel (unabridged Audio CD) (A++) The plumbing was prone to leaks, the furniture rescued from garage sales. And every square inch was being devotedly restored to its original slendor - even as a relationship fell to pieces. Now Francesca Thayer, newly separated from her lawyer boyfriend Todd, is desperate. The owner of a truggling art gallery and suddenly the sole mortgage payer on her Greenwich Village townhouse, Francesca does the math and then the unimaginable. She puts out an advertisement for boarders. Soon her house becomes a whole new world. First comes Eileen, a fresh, pretty L.A. transplant, now a New York City school-teacher. Then there's Chris, a young father struggling with a troubled ex-wife and the challenge of parenting a seven-year-old son who visits every other weekend. The final tenant is Marya, a celebrated cookbook author hoping to start a new chapter in her life after the death of her husband. As Francesca's art gallery begins to find its footing and Todd moves on to another woman, she discovers that her accidental tenants have become the most important people in her life. As the roommates bond and the house fills with the aroma of Marya's exquisite cuisine, there are shadows as well as light. Naive Eileen explores the precarious boundaries of online dating with a series of strangers. Chris's custody fight for his son escalates to devastating levels. Marya faces an unexpected choice that will take her into untested waters. And Francesca herself will contemplate what had seemed impossible: opening her heart once more.
  8. "THE TIN STAR" by J.L. Langley (Ranch #1) (A++) James Killian learned the hard way that smaller towns are full of bigots. When he came out to his father, he got kicked out of his home and off the Quadruple J where he'd worked as the ranch foreman. Now, with nowhere to go and little money, Jamie needs all the help he can get. His savior comes in the unlikely form of his older brother's best friend, the man he's had a crush on for over half his life. Successful rancher Ethan Whitehall is well-respected in his community. His family's ranch the Tin Star affords him both prestige and power in the small town he calls home. Yet Ethan knows without a doubt all of that will shatter if his sexual orientation becomes public. When he learns what's happened to his best friend's younger brother and why, he knows he shouldn't get involved. But he's always had a soft spot where Jamie Killian is concerned and it may very well be his downfall.
  9. "1105 YAKIMA STREET" by Debbie Macomber (Cedar Cove #11) (A+) Dear Reader, You've probably heard that my wife has left me. Rachel's pregnant and she says she can't handle the stress in our household anymore. My thirteen-year-old daughter, Jolene, is jealous of her. Maybe it's my fault. As a widower I spoiled her. Jolene was reading over my shoulder just now and says that's not true. She claims Rachel ruined everything. But that's not true. The real question is: How can I get my wife back? I don't even know where she is. She's not with Teri Polgar or any of her other friends from the salon. The other question is: when will Jolene grow up and stop acting like such a brat? Of course, I'm not the only one in town with problems. Linc Syse's father-in-law is trying to destroy his business. And you know Charlotte Rhodes? Seems she's becoming forgetful and the family's worried about her and Ben. Lots of other stuff going on but Rachel is better at keeping up with it than I am. If you have any idea where my wife is, give me a call. Please. Bruce Peyton
  10. "FLIRTING WITH DISASTER" by Sherryl Woods (Charleston Trilogy #3) (A+) There's a fine line between desire and disaster! — OPPOSITES ATTRACT, BUT THEY DON'T LAST - At least that's what IMPROPER Southern belle Maggie Forsythe thinks after being unceremoniously dumped two weeks before getting hitched to a man even her MOTHER approves of.  Maggie has never given two figs what anyone thinks, so why is she hiding away from her South Carolina Low Country home? That is until concerned - albeit scheming - friends arrive with three options: One: Sit and mope. Two: Go home to her gallery. Three: Help them build a house for a needy family and make a difference for once. But one look at Maggie, and project foreman Josh Parker knows what kind of sweet-tea-swilling debutante he's dealing with. Even if she does know her way around a circular saw. Sure, they have enough sparks to ignite a bonfire, but he's cornbread to her caviar. And if there's anything he's learned from growing up broke, it's better to aim low than risk everything and lose.
  11. "1225 CHRISTMAS TREE LANE" by Debbie Macomber (Cedar Cove #12) (A+) The people of Cedar Cove know how to celebrate Christmas. Like Grace and Olivia and everyone else. Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas-tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise. But...someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she's determined to place in good homes. That's complication number one. And number two is that her daughters Bailey and Sophie have invited their dad, Beth's ex-husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas. The girls have visions of a mom-and-dad reunion dancing in their heads. As always in life - and in Cedar Cove - there are surprises, too. More than one family's going to have a puppy under the tree. More than one scheme will go awry. And more than one romance will have a happy ending!
  12. "BECCA'S BABY" by Tara Taylor Quinn (Shelter Valley #1) (A++) Meet Will and Becca Parsons, who've lived in Shelter Valley, Arizona, all of their lives. Shelter Valley means everything to them. Home. Family. Security. Love. Everything that matters is right there in that town. Will and Becca have been married for twenty years. It's a good marriage - a contented marriage - marred only by one disappointment: their inability to have children. But their dream of a baby has gradually been replaced by other interests, other goals. In any case, Will and Becca are in their 40s now. It's too late for babies. Except it's not. Because Becca's pregnant. And that reality throws their carefully ordered lives into complete disarray. A baby - after all these years.
  13. "CARRIE" by Lori Wilde (Twilight, Texas #6) (The First Love Cookie Club #2) (The Christmas Cookie Chronicles #1) (Kindle) (A++) Come join a meeting of the First Love Cookie Club! "On Christmas Eve, if you sleep with kismet cookies under your pillow and dream of your own true love, he will be your destiny." - Carrie MacGregor doesn't believe this - not one bit. She might be a "paid up" member of the Cookie Club and the local Sweethearts Knitting Club, but she's not about to give in to the forced ho-ho-ho of the season. And why? Mark Leland. When he left town he broke Carrie's heart. Now the local-guy-made good is back, hosting the reality show "Fact or Fantasy."Fact: Mark broke her heart. Fantasy: her friends think they'll be getting back together. But could the magic of a Twilight, Texas Christmas make Carrie's secret dreams come true?
  14. "RAYLENE" by Lori Wilde (Twilight, Texas #7) (The First Love Cookie Club #3) (The Christmas Cookie Chronicles #2) (Kindle) (A++) It's Christmas time at the Horny Toad Tavern, located in the heart of Twilight, Texas. Elvis is on the jukebox, the lights twinkle outside...and inside, Raylene Pringle is wondering if it's going to be another "Blue Christmas" without her true love, Earl. But things are about to change - because 'tis the season for unexpected romance and a surprise mother/daughter reunion...reminding Raylene that you should never disbelieve the legend of the kismet cookies!
  15. "COVER ME" by Catherine Mann (Elite Forces #1) (A) It should have been a simple mission...pararescueman Wade Rocha fast ropes from the back of a helicopter into a blizzard to save a climber stranded on an Aleutian Island, but Sunny Foster insists she can take care of herself just fine. But when it comes to passion, nothing is ever simple...with the snowstorm kicking into overdrive, Sunny and Wade hunker down in a cave and barely resist the urge to keep each other warm...until they discover the frozen remains of a horrific crime. Unable to trust the local police force, Sunny and Wade investigate, while their irresistible passion for each other gets them more and more dangerously entangled.
  16. "HOT ZONE" by Catherine Mann (Elite Forces #2) (A+++) He'll take any mission, the riskier the better...the haunted eyes of pararescueman Hugh Franco should have been her first clue that deep pain roiled beneath the surface. But if Amelia couldn't see the damage, how could she be expected to know he'd break her heart? She'll prove to be his biggest risk yet...Amelia Bailey's not the kind of girl who usually needs rescuing...but these are anything but usual circumstances.
  17. "THE BRIDGE" by Lisa Tawn Bergren (A) The Sacrifice - In the early 60s, Anna Conway and her infant son are thrown into a cold mountain river after their car plunges from an unstable wooden bridge. In the terrible moments that follow, Anna and a stranger lose their lives - but the child is miraculously spared. The Legacy - Nearly forty years later, unexpected events bring New Yorker Jared Conway back to that river in Montana with his own son in tow. Crushed by life's disappointments, Jared finds himself yearning for something he cannot define. But at that river, Jared encounters three things that will change his life forever: unexpected love, the forces that have been driving him toward empty success and the bridge that will finally lead him home.
  18. "LYNX" by Joely Skye (Shifters #3) (A) In order to protect his shifter kin, FBI agent Trey Walters hides his ability from his employers. For him, a vacation means a whole midwinter month in the Canadian wilderness, free to live in his wolf skin. When he happens upon a rare lynx shifter, he's fascinated. And his protective instincts kick into overdrive. The young man needs to be shielded from werewolves and humans alike, whether he likes it or not. Jonah can hardly wrap his head around the fact that other shifters exist, much less endure the presence of a stranger in his lonely sanctuary. Blaming himself for his brother's death, he lives in self-imposed isolation. Trust? Forget it. Yet Trey's patience penetrates Jonah's fear and it doesn't take long for him to fall like a rock for the wolf. Trey hadn't planned to embark on an intense, passionate affair, but he finds himself vowing to return after his next undercover mission is over. As months stretch into years, however, Jonah fears that Trey has broken faith with him - or is dead. There's one way to find out. Leave the safety of his lair and venture into a dangerous, deadly world.
  19. "STRONG AND SEXY" by Jill Shalvis (Sky High Air #1) (A) In a family of serious over-achievers, Shayne Mahoney has always been the laid-back, easy-going rebel. But running Sky High Air - a charter airline catering to the rich and famous - is a dream come true, in-flight specials included. Like kissing his client's beautiful, brainy daughter in a coat closet. But before Shayne can say "Fasten Your Seatbelts," Dani claims to witness a murder, gets stalked in her own apartment and as an added bonus, gets them both shot at by a mystery sniper. Normally Shayne would be running from the obviously crazy woman and yet he finds himself trying to help her, leaving him to doubt his own sanity. There's a reason Dani never attends her mother's high society parties. The fake people, the shallow conversation - and the fact that she doesn't fit in. She's a zoologist, not a starlet and, happy about it, even if she wishes men like ruggedly handsome Shane Mahoney would spare her a second glance. Of course, dodging bullets isn't exactly what she'd call the perfect follow-up to their heated kiss, but Shayne makes it clear she can depend on him. All she has to do is hold on tight to his delicious hard body until the ride is over.
  20. "ONLY PLEASURE" by Lora Leigh (Bound Hearts #10) (A++) Since Chase Falladay came to her rescue two years ago, Kia Rutherford Stanton has never been able to forget the powerful man or the kind of life he leads. Two years later, when she runs into Chase and his friend Khalid and leaves the bar with them that night, she knows exactly where it is all heading. However, little prepares her for what it is like to be in Chase's bed. After years of holding back, Kia is finally able to be the woman she's always dreams of being - in his arms. Kia is a dream Chase has not allowed himself to entertain. Now that he has her body, it's her heart he's after and he's determined to win it, no matter the cost. And even though they both agreed that it would only be for pleasure, somewhere along the way it becomes an all-consuming love.
  21. "CHRISTINE" by Lori Wilde (Twilight, Texas #8) (The First Love Cookie Club #4) (The Christmas Cookie Chronicles #3) (A) (Kindle) Everyone in Twilight, Texas know that Christine Noble can mix up the most delectable concoctions and turn them into amazing Christmas cookies. And the whole town also knows she's can't seem to find the ingredients for finding true love. Then through the door of her shop strides Eli Borden - man she still thinks of as "the best kisser ever." To her surprise, Eli asks her on a date...and to her surprise she accepts. Maybe it's the mistletoe, or the season, or even the cookies...but suddenly something magical happens. But the dreams that Christine thought she'd given up on are suddenly coming true - and it all begins with another kiss from Eli.
  22. "HIDDEN SUMMIT" by Robyn Carr (Virgin River #17) (A+++) When Connor Danson becomes an unwitting witness to a violent crime, he is forced to leave Sacramento and keep a low profile until the trial is over. He arrives in the tiny mountain town of Virgin River with a chip on his shoulder and an ache in his heart. Leslie Petruso didn't want to leave her hometown either. But she can't stand another minute of listening to her ex-husband tell everyone that his new wife and impending fatherhood are the best things that ever happened to him. Virgin River may not be home, but it's a place where she can be anonymous. Neither Connor nor Leslie is remotely interested in starting a new relationship...until they meet one another. Even they can't deny they have a lot in common - broken hearts notwithstanding. And in Virgin River, no one can stay hidden away from life and love for very long.

Currently Reading -

  1. "Xin Loi, Vietnam: Thirty-one Months of War: a Soldier's Memoir" by Al Sever

Currently Listening To -

  1. "Burn" by Linda Howard (unabridged Audio CD)

To Be Read - Alphabetically by Author not reading order

  1. "On Thin Ice" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #6)
  2. "Dangerous Race" Dee J. Adams (Kindle)
  3. "Kiss of Midnight" by Lara Adrian
  4. "Two Little Miracles" by Caroline Anderson
  5. "Exposure" by Susan Andersen
  6. "Here to Stay" by Catherine Anderson (A Harrigan Family Novel #4)
  7. "Sun Kissed" by Catherine Anderson (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan #7)
  8. "The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances by Andy Andrews
  9. "Pieces of My Sister's Life" by Elizabeth Joy Arnold
  10. "Wish You Well" by David Baldacci (abridged Audio CD)
  11. "Track of the Cat" by Nevada Barr (Anna Pigeon #1)
  12. "Witch Fire" by Anya Bast (Elemental Witches #1)
  13. "A Lion Called Christian:The True Story of the Remarkable Bond between Two Friends" by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall
  14. "Doc Holliday" by Matt Braun (The Gunfighter Chronicles) (abridged Audio CD)
  15. "Then Comes Baby" by Helen Brenna (Mirabelle Island)
  16. "A Man to Die For" by Suzanne Brockmann (unabridged Audible*)
  17. "Future Perfect" by Suzanne Brockmann
  18. "Love's Encore" by Sandra Brown (abridged Audio CD)
  19. "April & Oliver" by Tess Callahan
  20. "Key West" by Stella Cameron (New Orleans PD #1)
  21. "Comanche Trail" by Will Camp (Tony Hillerman's Frontier #7)
  22. "Mind Tryst" by Robyn Carr
  23. "Sworn to Silence" by Linda Castillo (Kate Burkholder #1)
  24. "The Bay at Midnight" by Diane Chamberlain
  25. "61 Hours" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #14)
  26. "Echo Burning" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #5)
  27. "One Shot" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #9)
  28. "The Affair" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #16) (unabridged Audible*)
  29. "Worth Dying For" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #15)
  30. "Wyoming Winter" by Judy Christenberry (The Randalls)
  31. "Lonestar Sanctuary" by Colleen Coble (Lonestar #1)
  32. "Unlawful Contact" by Pamela Clare (I-Team #3)
  33. "Welcome to Temptation" by Jennifer Cruise (Temptation #1)
  34. "Double Play: Ambushed!/High-Caliber Cowboy" by B.J. Daniels
  35. "Dark Deceptions" by Dee Davis (A-TAC #1)
  36. "Desperate Deeds" by Dee Davis (A-TAC #3)
  37. "Under Fire" by Jo Davis (Firefighters of Station Five #2)
  38. "Give Him the Slip" by Geralyn Dawson (Holy Terrors #1)
  39. "Scarlet Nights" by Jude Deveraux (Edilean #3)
  40. "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens (unabridged Audible*)
  41. "Secrets of Bella Terra" by Christina Dodd (Scarlet Deception #1)
  42. "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by Susan Donovan (San Francisco Dog-Walking Group #1)
  43. "Some Like it Hot" by Louisa Edwards (Hot #2)
  44. "The Stylist" by Cai Emmons
  45. "Brother's In Blood" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier #5)
  46. "Explosive Eighteen" by Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum #18) (unabridged Audio CD)
  47. "The Christmas Box Collection: The Christmas Box/Timepiece/The Letter" by Richard Paul Evans
  48. "The Walk" by Richard Paul Evans (Walk #1)
  49. "Dark Celebration" by Christine Feehan (Carpathians (Dark) #11)
  50. "Dark Gold" by Christine Feehan (Carpathians #3)
  51. "Murder Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #7)
  52. "Ruthless Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #9)
  53. "Street Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #8)
  54. "Can't Wait to Get to Heaven" by Fannie Flagg
  55. "Line of Scrimmage" by Marie Force
  56. "Simon Says" by Lori Foster (SBC Fighters #2)
  57. "Buckhorn Beginnings: Sawyer/Morgan" by Lori Foster
  58. "The Secret Life of Bryan" by Lori Foster (Visitation #1)
  59. "The Winston Brothers" by Lori Foster
  60. "Lowcountry Summer" by Dorothea Benton Frank (Lowcountry Tale) (unabridged Audible*)
  61. "Jacob" by Jacquelyn Frank (The Nightwalkers #1)
  62. "Daniel's Gift" by Barbara Freethy
  63. "Garden of Secrets" by Barbara Freethy (Angel's Bay #5)
  64. "The Outsider" by Ann H. Gabhart (Harmony Hill #3)
  65. "Hot Wheels and High Heels" by Jane Graves
  66. "Once in a Blue Moon" by Eileen Goudge
  67. "Sacred Evil" by Heather Graham (Krewe of Hunters #3)
  68. "Black Ties and Lullabies" by Jane Graves
  69. "Ape House" by Sara Gruen
  70. "East of the Mountains" by David Guterson
  71. "Same Kind of Different as Me" by Ron Hall & Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent
  72. "Winter Garden" by Kristin Hannah (unnabridged Audio CD)
  73. "One Child" by Torey L. Hayden
  74. "How to Knit a Love Song" by Rachael Herron (Cypress Hollow Yarn #1)
  75. "Until There Was You" by Kristan Higgins
  76. "Wet & Wild" by Sandra Hill (Viking #2)
  77. "Black Silk" by Metsy Hingle
  78. "Still Waters" by Tami Hoag (abridged Audio CD)
  79. "Magic" by Tami Hoag
  80. "Jubilee" by B.J. Hoff
  81. "A Game of Chance" by Linda Howard (Mackenzies #5)
  82. "Kill and Tell" by Linda Howard (John Medina #1)
  83. "Surrender Bay" by Denise Hunter (Nantucket Love Story #1)
  84. "Dead Sleep" by Greg Iles (unabridged Audible*)
  85. "Third Degree" by Greg Iles (unabridged Audio CD)
  86. "Tall Dark...Westmoreland" by Brenda Jackson (The Westmorelands #15)
  87. "Devious" by Lisa Jackson (New Orleans/Rick Bentz/Reuben Montoya) (unabridged Audio CD)
  88. "Lost Souls" by Lisa Jackson (New Orleans #6) (abridged Audio CD)
  89. "Knit Two" by Kate Jacobs (Friday Night Knitting Club #2)
  90. "Fatal Error" by J.A. Jance (Ali Reynolds #6) (unabridged Audible*)
  91. "Fire and Ice" by J.A. Jance (Joanna Brady #13 & J.P. Beaumont #19)
  92. "Lying in Wait" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #11)
  93. "Blood Game" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #10)
  94. "Chasing the Night" by Irish Johansen (Eve Duncan)
  95. "Eight Days to Live" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #9)
  96. "The Storm that is Sterling" by Lisa Renee Jones
  97. "The Cowboy" by Joan Johnston (Bitter Creek #1)
  98. "At Home in Mitford" by Jan Karon (Mitford #1)
  99. "Wild Thing" by Robin Kaye
  100. "Born to Be Bad: One Bad Night/Bad to the Bone/Captivated by You" by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  101. "One Tuesday Morning" by Karen Kingsbury (9/11 #1)
  102. "A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog" by Dean Koontz
  103. "Fired Up" by Jayne Ann Krentz (Arcane Society #7) (Dreamlight #1)
  104. "In Too Deep" Jayne Anne Krentz (Arcane Society #10) (unabridged Audible*)
  105. "Going Cowboy Crazy" by Katie Lane (Deep in the Heart of Texas #1)
  106. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larrson (Millennium #1) (Audio MP3)
  107. "Mr. Strictly Business" by Day Leclaire (Man of the Month - Mr. February)
  108. "Suddenly Sexy" by Linda Francis Lee
  109. "Mr. Paradise" by Elmore Leonard
  110. "The Revelation" by Beverly Lewis (Abram's Daughters #5)
  111. "The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship and the Redemptive Power of Music" by Steve Lopez
  112. "Stone Creek" by Victoria Lustbader
  113. "A Turn in the Road" by Debbie Macomber (Blossom Street)
  114. "Call Me Mrs. Miracle" by Debbie Macomber
  115. "Completely Smitten" by Susan Mallery (unabridged Audible*)
  116. "Falling for Gracie" by Susan Mallery (Los Lobos #2)
  117. "High-Powered, Hot-Blooded" by Susan Mallery (Man of the Month)
  118. "Someone Like You" by Susan Mallery (Los Lobos #1)
  119. "Sunset Bay" by Susan Mallery (unabridged Audio CD)
  120. "Sweet Success" by Susan Mallery
  121. "The Sassy One" by Susan Mallery (The Marcelli Sisters of Passion Road #2)
  122. "Code of Honor" by Catherine Mann (Special Operations #1)
  123. "Lover's Leap" by Emily March (Eternity Springs #4)
  124. "Defender" by Catherine Mann (Dark Ops #1)
  125. "Total Rush" by Deirdre Martin (Blades #8)
  126. "A Song for My Mother" by Kat Martin
  127. "Hot Rain" by Kat Martin
  128. "Scent of Roses" by Kat Martin
  129. "The Summit" by Kat Martin (Paranormal #2)
  130. "Tall, Dark and Lethal" by Dana Marton
  131. "Slow Kill" by Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney #9)
  132. "We Bought A Zoo" by Benjamin Mee
  133. "A Creed Country Christmas" by Linda Lael Miller (Montana Creeds #4)
  134. "A Creed in Stone Creek" by Linda Lael Miller (Montana Creeds #5)
  135. "Don't Look Now" by Linda Lael Miller (Look Book #1)
  136. "Princess Annie" by Linda Lael Miller (Quade #3)
  137. "Ragged Rainbows: Ragged Rainbows/Miracle Baby" by Linda Lael Miller/Janice Kay Johnson
  138. "A Wanted Man" by Linda Lael Miller (Stone Creek #2)
  139. "Holiday in Stone Creek" by Linda Lael Miller (Stone Creek #4)
  140. "Spell of the Highlander" by Karen Marie Moning (Highlander #7)
  141. "Last Light Over Carolina" by Mary Alice Monroe
  142. "Believe in Me" by Laura Moore (Rosewood Trilogy #2)
  143. "Cold Ridge" by Carla Neggers
  144. "The Angel" by Carla Neggers (BPD-FBI #2)
  145. "The Whisper" by Carla Neggers (BPD-FBI #4)
  146. "Inside" by Brenda Novak (Bulletproof #1)
  147. "Long, Lean and Lethal) by Lorie O'Clare (FBI Sex Crimes #2)
  148. "Heart Search" by Robin D. Owens (Heart #10)
  149. "It Happens Every Spring" by Catherine Palmer & Gary Chapman (Four Seasons #1)
  150. "Nelson's Brand/Lonetree Ranchers Colt" by Diana Palmer/Kathie DeNosky
  151. "The 9th Judgment" by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  152. "Vanish in Plain Sight" by Marta Perry (Amish Suspense #1)
  153. "Serendipity" by Carly Phillips (Serendipity #1)
  154. "It Had to be You" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  155. "The Perfect Poison" by Amanda Quick (Arcane Society #6)
  156. "Home at Last Chance" by Hope Ramsay (Last Chance #2)
  157. "Until There Was You" by Francis Ray (Grayson Family #1)
  158. "Last Chance" by Christy Reece (Last Chance Rescue #6)
  159. "Driftless" by David Rhodes
  160. "Into the Crossfire" by Lisa Marie Rice (A Protectors Novel: Navy Seal)
  161. "Fox River" by Emilie Richards
  162. "Chaos in Death" by J.D. Robb (In Death) (unabridged Audible*)
  163. "Automatic Proposal" by Kelsey Roberts (Miami Confidential #2)
  164. "Chasing Fire" by Nora Roberts
  165. "One Summer" by JoAnn Ross (Shelter Bay #2)
  166. "Gastion Part 2: From Dream to Destiny" by Caddy Rowland (Gastion #2) (Kindle)
  167. "Gastion Part 1: The Cost of the Dream" by Caddy Rowland (Gastion #1)
  168. "Lone Star Legacy" by Roxanne Rustand
  169. "Deep in the Heart" by Sharon Sala
  170. "Nine Lives" by Sharon Sala (Cat Dupree #1)
  171. "Head Over Heels" by Sill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor #3)
  172. "Superb and Sexy" by Jill Shalvis (Sky High Air #3)
  173. "44 Scotland Street" by Alexander McCall Smith (44 Scotland Street #1)
  174. "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks (unabridged Audible*)
  175. "Legacy" by Danielle Steel
  176. "The House" by Danielle Steel (abridged Audio CD)
  177. "Dead Wrong" by Mariah Stewart (Dead #1)
  178. "Blacker than a Thousand Midnights" by Susan Straight
  179. "Angel in Blue" by Mary Suzanne (unabridged Audible*)
  180. "Midnight Caller" by Leslie Tentler (Midnight #1)
  181. "The Hot Flash Club Chills Out" by Nancy Thayer (Hot Flash Club #4)
  182. "The Comforts of Home" by Jodi Thomas (Harmony, Texas #3)
  183. "In the Air Tonight" by Stephanie Tyler (Shadow Force #3)
  184. "Another Life" by Andrew Vachss (Burke #18) (unabridged Audio CD)
  185. "Chasing the Sun" by Kaki Warner
  186. "Open Country" by Kaki Warner
  187. "Certain Girls" by Jennifer Weiner (Cannie Shapiro #2)
  188. "The Beach Trees" by Karen White
  189. "The River Devil" by Diane Whiteside (Devil #2)
  190. "Addicted to Love" by Lori Wilde (Wedding Veil Wishes #3)
  191. "All of Me" by Lori Wilde (Wedding Veil Wishes #4)
  192. "There Goes the Bride" by Lori Wilde (Wedding Veil Wishes #1)
  193. "Blood Orchid" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #3)
  194. "Hothouse Orchid" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #6)
  195. "Orchid Beach" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #1)
  196. "Orchid Blues" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #2)
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Listening to
Still Alice
Lisa Genova 
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RAG AND BONE by Peter Mansea.  The author traces the trail of religious relics.

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I'm about to start 11/22/63 by Stephen King on my Nook and The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides on audio.

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I'm having a hard time getting into the last 3 books on my list.  Protect and Defend looks like it will be pretty interesting, can't get into The Other Boleyn Girl [not my favorite genre] and The Rule of Four [too slow moving, at least as far as I've gotten]. Maybe after Christmas I'll get in the mood to finish them...if not they'll join the DNF pile.  Merry Christmas to everyone!!

I'm still trying to finish up the list of authors new to me.

Protect and Defend by Eric L. Harry --- also reading

The Treasures of Venice by Loucinda McGary ---A good book, interesting plot with engaging main characters. This may have been the author's first book, if so, it's worth finding more.

Evening Hours by Mary Lynn Baxter --- A good book...involved plot with several sub-plots that inter-connected all the characters. But it all tied together in the end.

The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillippa Gregory --- reading, too

The Snowbirds by Annie Jones --- A wonderful book about redemption, love and faith in Jesus Christ. I'll be looking for more books by Annie Jones.

The Rule of Four by Jan Caldwell & Dustin Thomason --- reading, too

All That Matters by Stef Ann Holm ---A delightful book, a quick, easy read that will bring a tear to your eye and laughter to your day. Characters you'd like to know  in real life and good winning in the end, a very uplifting story.

Third Degree by Greg Iles --- A really good book!! It's one of those books that you don't want to put down, a real page-turner. I've got several more of Iles' books and I can't wait to read them.

Indefensible by Pamela Callow --- I wish I'd known this was the 2nd in a series, I don't like to read a book that keeps refering back to a previous book and the reader is out of the loop. Be that as it may, I had a hard time staying interested in this book until about 2/3 of the way through and then I couldn't put it down. The ending was tense and worth the wait.

Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie --- There really isn't a better mystery writer than Agatha Christie. She keeps you guessing right up to the very end.  Herrcule Poirot is, as always, amazing in his deductions.

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Just finished The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill  in print.

Started The Pure in Heart by Susan Hill in print last night.

Listening to Ann Granger's A Fine Place for Death in the car.

None of them are compelling reads for me.

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I'm currently reading Dreams of Stardust by Lynn Kurland, after that who knows! I have a whole stack of books that need read :)

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Started The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas last night. Excellent, so far,

Five discs in, I'm finally enjoying A Fine Place to Die by Ann Granger.

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Mary, I loved "Still Alice"!  Heartbreaking.

Right now I am reading through the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.  Similar to Harry Potter, though the writing's not as good.  Still fun, quick reads.

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  •  The Call by Yannick Murphy
  • The Dirty Parts of the Bible by Sam Torode

Currently Reading

  • The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry
  • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  • The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

Listening To

  • Timothy, or Notes of an Abject Reptile by Verlyn Klinkenborg

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Just finished The Dramatist by Ken Bruen and The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas. Enjoyed both but Bruen's book was much better.

Starting The Mercy Seat by Martyn Waites, a new to me author.

Listening to The Informationist by Taylor Stevens in the car. I wasn't pulled into the story until the beginning of the second disc, but now I'll bring it inside to listen to while I'm on the PC.

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Just finished Halfway To The Grave by Jeaniene Frost and it was a very good beginning to a series.  Can't wait to read the rest.

Currently reading Cruel Sacrifice by Aphrodite Jones.

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I've been out of it for a couple of months, but so far in December I've finished:

  1. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. The Long Run by Matt Long and Charles Butler
  3. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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I'm just starting Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth.  So far, it's hilarious and very engaging.

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I've been very unorganized this month.


The Dragon With The Girl Tattoo by Adam Roberts - I can sum it up in one word - dumb. It was a good idea and it could have been a really good story but it just came out dumb. 

The Summer House by Jude Deveraux - For the book club, not my usual type of book but it was ok. It was kind of a romance with enough exterior plot that you can't call it a romance, the romance stories were held together by a more intricate non-romantic plot. It seemed to me to be a book in search of a genre. 

New Rules by Bill Maher - Just a collection of the new rules from his tv show. Real quick read but he's funny and usually right. 

The Far Side Gallery #3 by Gary Larson - Gotta love the Far Side. 

The Secret Diary of Lord Gnome aged 73 3/4 edit by Ian Hislop - a compilation from Private Eye, a satirical political magazine in Britain. 

More Holy Humor by Cal and Rose Samra - Seriously religious humor. I didn't get a lot of it because it was so bible-based. I ducked out a little early, it was a bit too preachy for this atheist. 

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I just started Day After Night, by Anita Diamant after giving up on The Madonnas of Leningrad, by Debra Dean.  I'm having one of those "can't get interested in anything I pick up" phases of reading.  It's probably because my mind is racing in too many directions during the holiday season.  Hoping to find a quiet day soon so I can delve into something ...

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Finished: The American Painter Emma Dial~Samantha Peale: Loved it for the most part!

Interesting when it was relevant to Art and women making art but there was some cheesy sex scenes toward the end that almost turned me off. And I am NOT a prude, I just think they they were dumb. I will say that I managed to get past them and finish the book which is a complement to the theme and writing skill of the author

Currently Reading: Snow Falling on Cedars~David Guterson: Finally getting to this!

                               Outlander~Diana Gabaldon: Almost afraid to start because I know I'll get hooked for sure! I can just tell.

                               Mercy of a Rude Stream~Henry Roth: A continuation of "Call it Sleep" which, in my humble opinion, is one of the greatest American Immigrant literature ever produced!

Still Reading: Zuckerman Unbound~Philip Roth: Almost there! He is so quotable and taking notes slows me down. He not only writes the truth, he illuminates it!

East of Eden~John Steinbeck: Another Great! This one I savor, not to be raced through!

Starting when I get home: Room~Emma Donahue(sp?) For a library book group.

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Finished in the last few days:

The Informationist by Taylor Stevens (audio)

Think of a Number by John Verdon

Shut Your Eyes Tight  by John Verdon

All top notch reads.

I think that I can squeeze another book or two in before year end.

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I've picked up my reading lately and finished:

4. The Ridge by Michael Koryta - a pretty good haunting/horror story
5. God's Problem by Bart Ehrman - a bit dry theological stuff, but worth the read
6. Bill Warrington's Last Chance by James King - An older man reconnecting with his family.  Not my thing, but I know the author's nephew.
7. Ed King by David Guterson - Excellent retelling of Oedipus Rex.  Probably my book of the year.  
8. Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer - Very good book from the publisher of Skeptic magazine, though seems a bit dated (from 1997...would like to see follow-ups on some of the issues he talks about).

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Reading Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Just finished Still Alice- very good!

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Listening to Killing the Blues by Michael Brandman in the car.

After about 200 pages, I gave up on Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson. I found it very tedious.

Reading Seeking Whom He May Devour by Fred Vargas in print.

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About 70% through 11/22/63, all other books go on standby when there's a new Stephen King! Going to start listening to "Einstein" that I got in the mail today. Next will probably be "City of Thieves". Happy New Year to all...