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Subject: Getting Ready for July. What's on Your Reading List?
Date Posted: 6/30/2010 7:38 PM ET
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Currently Reading

  1. March by Geraldine Brooks

Tempting Tales for July:

  1. So Big
  2. Caramelo
  3. Death Comes to the Archbishop
  4. Out Stealing Horses
  5. Blue Latitudes
  6. The Thief Taker



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  4. Kingston by Startlight    indecision
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  6. The Judas Field smiley



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Date Posted: 7/1/2010 5:11 AM ET
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  1. The Passage by Justin Cronin
  2. The First War of Physics by Jim Baggott
  3. The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell
  4. Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross
  5. Breathless by Dean Koontz
  6. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
  7. In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker
  8. Narcissus in Chains by Laurell K. Hamilton



  1. Demon Seed by Dean Koontz
  2. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  3. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  4. So Cold the River by Michael Koryta
  5. Truman by David McCullough
  6. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
  7. Desperation by Stephen King
  8. The Butcher by Philip Carlo
  9. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss


Up Soon

  1. Deathkiller by Spider Robinson
  2. Moonheart by Charles de Lint
  3. 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
  4. From a Buick 8 by Stephen King
  5. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
  6. Relentless by Dean Koontz
  7. Throy by Jack Vance
  8. IT by Stephen King
  9. Anthem by Ayn Rand

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Subject: My July Reading List
Date Posted: 7/1/2010 6:42 AM ET
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My July reading list: 

Finished -

  1.  "TURNING ANGEL" by Greg Iles (Natchez #3) (abridged Audio CD) (A++) Turning Angel marks the long-awaited return of Penn Cage, the lawyer hero of The Quiet Game, and introduces Drew Elliott, the highly respected doctor who saved Penn's life in a hiking accident when they were boys. Drew and Penn sit on the school board of their alma mater, St. Stephen's Prep. When the nude body of a young female student is found, the entire community is shocked - but no one more than Penn, who discovers that his best friend was entangled in a passionate relationship with the girl and may be accused of her murder. When Drew begs Penn to defend him, Penn allows his sense of obligation to override his instinct and agrees. Yet before he can begin, both men are drawn into a web of blackmail and violence. More dangerous yet is Shad Johnson, the black district attorney whose dream is to send a rich white man to death row in Mississippi. It is Penn's journey into the heart of his alma mater that gives Turning Angel its hypnotic power, for on that journey he finds that the intersection of the adult and nearly adult worlds is a dangerous place indeed. By the time Penn arrives at the shattering truth behind Kate Townsend's death, his quiet Southern town will never be the same.
  2. "HARBOR LIGHTS" by Sherryl Woods (Chesapeake Shores #3) (A) Struggling in his role as a newly single father, former army medic Kevin O'Brien moves home to Chesapeake Shores. He wants a haven for himself and his toddler son, surrounded by the family he knows he can count on, and a future that's nothing like his past. But Kevin is suddenly facing a risk he hadn't anticipated, in the form of Main Street bookseller Shanna Carlyle. Shanna immediately recognizes Kevin as a wounded soul - she's had way to much experience with the type. Still, this charming O'Brien man and his son are almost impossible to resist. Then, just when the barriers are toppling, someone from Shanna's past appears. Confronted with a threat to their hard-won serenity, Kevin and Shanna face their toughest challenge - learning to trust again.
  3. "ALMOST A BRIDE" by Jane Feather (Almost #1) (A) Jack Fortescu gambles to win, and this time his prize is not only his rival's lavish mansion but everything in it - including the man's beautiful sister! But when it comes to games, Jack has met his match. Left homeless by her brother's escapade, Arabella Lacey has two appalling choices: pack her bags - or agree to marry the lunatic who's taken over her house. Why would such a handsome - and outrageously wealthy - man want such an unromantic arrangement? Arabella intends to find out, and have a little fun in the process at Jack's expense...literally. As Jack discovers that his reluctant bride is no ordinary beauty, he feels a stir of admiration, among other emotions, that wasn't part of the bargain. Now he's the one with everything to lose.
  4. "MINOR IN POSSESSION" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #8) (A+) An extended stay at an Arizona alcohol rehab ranch is not J.P. Beaumont's idea of a carefree vacation, especially with a teenage drug dealer as a roommate. It only gets worse when the punk is shot dead with Beaumont's own .38. Someone is trying to frame him for the murder of Joey Rothman, but that's not the end of Beau's problems. Because if he doesn't find the killer before the killer finds him, the recovering Seattle detective faces a fate far more unpleasant than cold turkey: either a long stretch in the State cooler...or an even longer one beneath the cold, cold ground.
  5. "JADE ISLAND" by Elizabeth Lowell (Donovan's #2) (abridged Audio CD) (A) Wild, rugged, and restless, Kyle Donovan has freed himself from the constraints of his father's high-powered global gem-trading empire to become a treasure hunter for his own business. Donovan Minerals and Gems. Now his older brother Archer, President of Donovan International, has asked Kyle to get to the bottom of the disappearance of cultural treasures from the Tang vaults. Lianne Blakely, the illegitimate daughter of a powerful Hong Kong trader and his American mistress, has been accused of the theft. At first suspicious of the bright, ambitious family outcast, Kyle finds himself reluctantly believing her fierce claim of innocence and irresistibly drawn to her exotic beauty. Soon they have joined forces to find the real thief - a venture that draws them into the perils of spiraling international power plays, and the discovery that their mutual love for an equisite gem stone has linked them in an alliance as enduring as the beauty of the ancient jade.
  6. 'WILD ORCHIDS" by Jude Deveraux (abridged Audio CD) (A) Since the death of his wife, author Ford Newcombe has lived a life of solitude, barely able to put pen to paper. If there's one thing that Ford needs it's inspiration, and it finally comes in the guise of Jackie Maxwell - a smart, sassy university researcher with just enough attitude to match Ford's sharp intellect. As Ford and Jackie grow closer, they discover a connection between their lives and the past, a connection that not only helps them solve a long0ago crime but offers the promise of new love.
  7. "A TEENAGER'S JOURNEY (A Memoir)" by Richard B. Pelzer (A+) In his New York Times bestseller, A Brother's Journey, Richard B. Pelzer told the horrific story of his childhood: how, after his abused brother Dave left the family, Richard became the target of his mother's vicious anger. In this book he chronicles an equally heartbreaking period of his life. As Richard turned sixteen, the six-foot, muscular adolescent knew his mother would never physically overpower him again. But her mental and emotional abuse only intensified. Tormented by his hatred of her and an unrelenting need for her love, he sought refuge in heady cocktails of alcohol and cocaine - and succumbed to heroin and attempts at suicide. Then, a ray of hope: neighbors who reached out to him. Yet Richard's struggle - and his redemption - would be his alone. 
  8. "MEMORIES OF MEGAN" by Rita Herron (B) Cole Hunter had no memory of who he was or where he came from. Why did nothing or no one seem familiar - except Megan Wells? And why did memories of passionate nights in her arms flash through his mind at the sight of her? Grieving widow Megan Wells didn't believe Cole could be her husband, yet he seemed to know everything about their life together. Soon she couldn't deny the passion she felt in the stranger's arms...or the safety. Could this mystery man possibly be the man she'd loved and lost and hoped to love again?
  9. "SHADOW GAME" by Christine Feehan (GhostWalkers #1) (A+) The classified experiment is the brainchild of renowned scientist Peter Whitney and his brilliant daughter, Lily. Created to enhance the psychic abilities of an elite squadron, it can transform their natural mental powers into a unique military weapon. But something has gone wrong. In the isolated underground labs, the men have been dying, the victims of bizarre accidents. Captain Ryland Miller knows he's next. When Dr. Whitney himself is murdered. Ryland has only one person left to trust: the beautiful Lily. Possessed of an uncanny sixth sense herself, Lily shares Ryland's every new fear, every betrayal, every growing suspicion and every passionate beat of the heart. Together they will be drawn deeper into the labyrinth of her father's past and closer to a secret that someone would kill to keep hidden.
  10. "CHRISTMAS ON SNOWBIRD MOUNTAIN" by Fay Robinson (A) Savannah Pelton is a woman alone, a woman who's lost everyone she loves and has become wary of entanglements. Ryan Whitepath is a Cherokee, member of a close family and a vibrant community, a man who cares about his little girl, Nia, above all else. Because of her mother's death, Nia is emotionally ill, but Ryan's grandmother tells him a redbird with a broken wing will heal his daughter. Ryan dismisses her vision until redheaded Susannah shows up on their North Carolina mountain with her wrist is a cast. Nia seems to connect with Susannah, who agrees to stay until Christmas. But Ryan wants to change that to forever - for his own reasons as well as Nia's!
  11. "THE SECRET SISTER" by Elizabeth Lowell (A+) "Call Jo-Jo, Urgent." The message greeting fashion writer Christy McKenna fills her with apprehension. Twelve years have passed since she last heard from her estranged sister, the celebrated supermodel known to an admiring world as "Jo."  It had been bad news then; it would be bad news now. A desperate plea from the one person she cannot refuse is drawing Christy from Manhattan to the mysterious red-rock canyons of Four Corners country - but too late for Jo, who has vanished without a trace. Suddenly trapped in a world of perilous secrets, in a West she thought she'd escaped forever, Christy's only ally is the outlaw archaelogist Aaron Cain - who could ultimately be a friend, a lover, or a threat - as they chase a fortune in ancient Native American artifacts...and the answers to a strange disappearance that could be the death of them all.
  12. "EVENTIDE" by Cindy Martinusen (B) It was one of those magical seasons that lives forever in memory. An Italian seaside village. Days of adventure and romantic exploration. Moonlight swims in a sparkling sea. A once-in-a-lifetime love. And though it ended in heartbreak, though she moved on to marry happily and have a son, Carrie never quite put that summer behind her. Now she's dying young and still haunted by thoughts of her long-ago love. As the mysteries of twenty years unravel, as husband and son, and friend and even a long-lost love converge to say goodbye, something unexpected unfolds. Another seaside adventure. Another moonlight swim. And somehow, even at eventide, the miracle of enduring grace.
  13. "SAVANNAH BLUES" by Mary Kay Andrews (unabridged Audio Cassette) (A+) Eloise Foley, known to her friends as Weezie, has been through the divorce from hell. Her ex-husband Tal (aka Talmadge Evans III) was awarded their house in Savannah's historic district. The house that Weezie had spent years painstakingly restoring to its original splendor. Weezie was awarded the two-bedroom carriage house on the same property. Each was sure the other would sell. But Tal has taken up residence in the main house with his new girlfriend Caroline DeSantos (who never seems to perspire or have a hair out of place during the wilting Savannah summer). Weezie is running her antiques business out back, and neither will budge. She's also got a few loony relatives and a hunky former boyfriend to contend with, and if that's not enough, dirty deals aplenty wherever she turns. In this town, where everybody knows everybody's business, something's got to give, and something does.
  14. "AFTER TEX" by Sherryl Woods (A) Alive, Tex O'Rourke was a sneaky old coot. Now that he's dead he's even worse. Megan O'Rourke's beloved grandfather had always been determined to lure her out of New York and back to the ranch in Whispering Wind, Wyoming, where he had raised her. And when Megan returns for Tex's funeral, she realizes his will is going to make it impossible for her to refuse. Her "inheritance" is Tex's daughter, Tess, an eight-year-old bundle of trouble Megan had never even known existed. Jake Landers has also come home to Whispering Wind. After leaving town years before under a cloud of suspicion, he's returned to put down roots. And when he comes face-to-face with the woman who shared his troubled past, he hardly recognizes Megan. She's become a driven, stressed-out powerhouse who runs a successful entertainment empire, but who's forgotten what's really important. He knows Megan is going to have to make some big decisions - about life and love, about where home really is. And he's only too happy to help. Because he's letting go of old grudges and beginning to recall some old dreams. And the best one begins with Megan.
  15. "HOT ROCKS" by Nora Roberts (A+) Laine Tavish surrounds herself with antiques in her store. As for her own past, she'd rather avoid it. And when that doesn't work, she has to rely on an enigmatic stranger to figure out who is chasing her and why. The answer lies in a hidden fortune that will change her life forever.
  16. "THE HOMECOMING" by Maggie Shayne (Texas Brand #9) (A) After witnessing a brutal crime, Jasmine Jones left town with nothing but her seven-year-old son and the building blocks of a whole new identity. And although she hadn't meant to deceive the close-knit Texas Brands, claiming to be their new neighbor, Jenny Lee, was her only chance at survival. Jasmine thought her secret was safe - until one Brand started to ask questions. Luke Brand recognized fear, and this woman was practically shaking in her stilettos. But the woman's blinding beauty and her desperate pleas for protection soon obscured Luke's quest for the truth. Luke knew protecting her was only asking for trouble, but sometimes a Brand's gotta do what a Brand's gotta do.
  17. "FAMILY HONOR" by Robert B. Parker (Sunny Randall #1) (unabridged Audio CD) (A-) In Family Honor, Robert B. Parker creates an entirely new character - young, smart, and, for the first time, female. Her name is Sunny Randall, a former cop turned Boston P.I. Hired by a wealthy family to locate their teenage daughter, Sunny soon finds herself the bodyguard for a difficult teenager who refuses to return to her family. But before long, Sunny is facing greater problems than she ever imagined - including criminal conspiracy that reaches to the top of the state government.
  18. "BIG JACK" by J.D. Robb (A+) In New York City in 2059, someone is pursuing missing gems from a decades old heist...someone who's willing to kill for them. Sharp-witted and sexy, NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is used to traveling in the shadowy corners outside the law. And in a future where crime meets cutting edge technology, she will attempt to track down the diamonds once and for all - and stop the danger and death that have surrounded the jewels for years.
  19. "MISSIONARY DADDY" by Linda Goodnight (Love Inspired - A Tiny Blessings Tale) (A) To: Ashley - From: Samantha - Re: Sis, I've seen him again! Remember the handsome missionary I met during the modeling shoot? Well, his name's Eric Pellegrino - he's the new assistant director for the adoption agency here in Chestnut Grove! He's trying to find homes for the world's orphans, including two he's crazy about. International adoption isn't easy, especially with Tiny Blessings rocked by scandal - something we Harcourts unfortunately know all about. Eric wants a house full of kids, only I'm afraid my secret will keep us apart. Maybe with faith and a couple of matchmaking teens, the four of us can become a family!
  20. "SUMMER HIDEAWAY" by Susan Wiggs (Lakeshore Chronicles #7) (A+) Never get attached - Private nurse and protected witness Clair Turner lives by this motto. Fleeing a treacherous past, she knows no other way. Never give up - In the twilight of his life, George Bellamy makes it his final wish to reconcile with an estranged brother. He and Claire journey to Willow Lake - where it all went wrong for him fifty years ago. Never let go - George's grandson Ross is ruled by a fierce devotion to family and a deep mistrust of the mysterious Clair, yet sparks fly whenever she's near. In the face of a wrenching loss, amid the enchantment of Willow Lake, Ross and Claire dare to risk everything for love.
  21. "SUMMER ISLAND" by Kristin Hannah (unabridged Audio Cassette) (A+) Years ago, Nora Bridge walked out on her marriage and left her two daughters behind. Now she is a radio talkshow host and nationally syndicated newspaper columnist famous for her straightforward, moral advice. Her daughter, Ruby, is a struggling comedienne who uses her famous mother as fuel for her bitter, cynical humor. The two haven't spoken in more than a decade. When the tabloids unearth a scandalous secret from Nora's past, everything changes. When the tabloids unearth a scandalous secret from Nora's past, everything changes. A magazine offers Ruby a fortune to write a tell-all about her mother, but first Ruby needs to know her well enough to write it. So Ruby returns to Summer Island, the small Washington State island where she grew up. There she is reunited with her first love, a man who once broke her heart, who she has never forgiven, or forgotten. But coming home is never simple. Nora is not the woman Ruby has imagined all these years. She is a wonderful, vulnerable, wise and funny woman who is desperate to reconcile with the daughter she once abandoned, a woman who has harbored terrible family secrets that will change forever Ruby's view of herself and her world.
  22. "TATE" by Linda Lael Miller (McKettricks of Texas #1) (A) There are barely enough hours for divorced dad Tate McKettrick to run the Silver Spur ranch, do the suit-and-tie thing for his business and run herd on his beloved six-year-old twin daughters. But time stands still at the sight of Libby Remington. When they were high school sweethearts, the wealthy McKettrick couldn't convince Libby he loved her. But now they're both back in Blue River, Texas. And cattle rustlers, a manipulative ex-wife and a killer stallion can't keep him from trying again. Libby has her hands full taking care of her mother and running the Perk Up Coffee Shop. Caffeine, she needs. Tate McKettrick, with his blazing blue eyes and black hair? No. Oh, heck - yes. But can they really hope for a second chance?
  23. "SIZZLE AND BURN" by Jayne Ann Krentz (Arcane Society #3) (abridged Audio CD) (B) Being called creepy can be hard on your self-esteem, even for an attractive, independent woman like Raine Tallentyre. That's what happened when she made the mistake of revealing her paranormal abilities, bringing her most recent romantic relationship to a hasty end. But when she journeys to Shelbyville, Washington, to clear out her aunt's house, Raine's highly developed sensitivity leads her to a horrifying discovery: a young woman, bound and terrified, in a basement storage locker. The victim has survived and the culprit is on the loose. Without warning, a new man enters Raine's life - investigator Zack Jones. Surprisingly, Zack isn't repelled by her powers: in fact, he has his own. While Raine hears voices, Zack sees visions, and within hours of their meeting, Raine experiences an intense, thrilling intimacy - mental, emotional, and physical - that she never dared to expect. There's just one complication, however: Zack Jones is working for the Arcane Society. The secret organization, dedicated to the study of paranormal phenomena, shattered Raine's family with an act of betrayal long ago, and she's not about to trust them now. As a killer makes her his target, and a cabal of physic criminals known as Nighthshade operates in the shadows surrounding them, Raine and Zack, must rely not only on their powerful abilities but on each other as well.
  24. "HOUR OF THE HUNTER" by J.A. Jance (Brandon Walker #1) (A) The hunter is free to kill again and hour by hour, he draws closer. The brilliant psychopath Andrew Carlisle spent only six years in prison for the brutal torture-murder of a young girl of the Tohono O'otham tribe. The testimony of Diana Ladd, a teacher on the reservation, put Carlisle behind bars, and now she can't ignore the dark, mystical signs that say a predator has returned to prowl the Arizona desert. Because no matter where Diana and her young son hide...he will find them.
  25. "XANTHE'S PYRAMID" by Ishbel Moore (C) When Xanthe is infatuated with the wrong kind of boy, her parents go ballistic. Grounded so she can think things over, Xanthe is shocked to discover that Colton is controlling and capable of jealous rages when he doesn't get his own way. Is that the sort of boyfriend she wants?
  26. "HEART OF GOLD" by Tami Hoag (Rainbow Chasers #1) (A) In the charming seaside town of Anastasia, California, Faith Kincaid is looking to start over after her bruising divorce from powerful, corrupt senator William Gerard. But the past still haunts her. As she prepares to testify against her ex at his high-profile bribery trial, the federal government is watching her every move. They've even sent a special agent, Shane Callan, to protect her. Faith doesn't think she needs a bodyguard - especially one as physically formidable as Shane. But he refuses to take no for an answer. Soon the two are sharing secrets and the simmering attraction between them shows signs of sizzling out of control. But as Faith learns, Shane's not a forever kind of guy - unless she can convince him to undergo a major change of heart.
  27. "IRRESISTIBLE" by Susan Mallery (Buchanan's #2) (A+) When former Marine Walker Buchanan stops to help Elissa Towers change a tire, he tells himself it's just the neighborly thing to do. And when Elissa finds herself baking him a thank-you pie, she's just returning the favor...right? Both of them have sworn off dating - Elissa's determined to protect her little girl, and that means ditching her taste for dangerous men, especially former Marines with dark secrets. Walker knows that he's not cut out for hearth and home - his own crazy family made sure of that. But the sparks won't stop flying between them. Now the two are struggling to keep their relationship "just friends," but with every kiss, their rules fly out the window.

Currently Reading -

  1. "The Sweethearts' Knitting Club" by Lori Wilde
  2. "Stone Heart" by Luanne Rice

  Currently Listening To - 

  1. "Return to Sullivan's Island" by Dorothea Benton Frank (unabridged Audible)
  2. "Cape Perdido" by Marcia Muller (abridged Audio Cassette)

To Be Read - Alphabetically by Author not reading order

  1. "Garden Spells" by Sarah Addison Allen (unabridged Audio CD)
  2. "Hissy Fit" by Mary Kay Andrews (abridged Audio CD)
  3. "Savannah Breeze" by Mary Kay Andrews (Savannah #2) (abridged Audio CD)
  4. "Hero Under Cover" by Susanne Brockmann
  5. "Infamous" by Susanne Brockmann
  6. "Nowhere to Run" by Susanne Brockmann
  7. "Breath of Scandal" by Sandra Brown
  8. "False Impressions" by Jeffery Archer (unabridged Audible)
  9. "The Crush" by Sandra Brown (abridged Audio CD)
  10. "Sarah - Women of Genesis" by Orson Scott Card
  11. "An Officer and a Princess" by Carla Cassidy (Royally Wed - The Stanbury Crown)
  12. "Die Trying" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #2)
  13. "Running Blind" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #4)
  14. "Little Miss Matchmaker" by Dana Corbit (Love Inspired - Tiny Blessings Tale #4)
  15. "While My Sister Sleeps" by Barbara Delinsky (abridged Audio CD)
  16. "Holly" by Jude Deveraux
  17. "Ride a Painted Pony" by Kathleen Eagle
  18. "The Soldiers" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier - People of the Plains #3)
  19. "Sizzling Sixteen" by Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum #16) (unabridged Audio CD)
  20. "Finding Noel" by Richard Paul Evans (unabridged Audio CD)
  21. "The Sunflower" by Richard Paul Evans (Audio CD)
  22. "Almost a Lady" by Jane Feather (Almost #2)
  23. "Mind Games" by Christine Feehan (GhostWalkers #2)
  24. "Bull's Island" by Dorothea  Benton Frank (A Lowcountry Tale) (unabridged Audio CD)
  25. "A Week From Sunday" by Dorothy Garlock
  26. "Blood of the Prodigal" by P.L. Gaus (An Ohio Amish Mystery)
  27. "To the Brink" by Cindy Gerard (The Bodyguards #3)
  28. "Take No Risks" by Cindy Gerard (Black Ops #5)
  29. "Multiple Blessings: Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets" by Kate Irene Gosselin, Beth Ann Carson
  30. "The Dead Room" by Heather Graham
  31. "The Summons" by John Grisham (unabridged Audio CD)
  32. "Don't Look Back" Celeste Hamilton (Sonny's Girls #2)
  33. "Hannah's Dream" by Diane Hammond
  34. "Black Orchid" by Karen Harper
  35. "Chill of Fear" by Kay Hooper ( A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit (Fear))  (abridged Audio CD)
  36. "Blood Memory" by Greg Iles (abridged Audio CD)
  37. "The Quiet Game" by Greg Iles (abridged Audio Cassette)
  38. "True Evil" by Greg Iles (abridged Audio CD)
  39. "Until I Find You" by John Irving
  40. "The Friday Night Knitting Club"  by Kate Jacobs (Knitting Club #1)
  41. "A Mommy in Mind" by Arlene James (Love Inspired - A Tiny Blessings Tale)
  42. "Edge of Evil" by J.A. Jance (Alison Reynolds #1)
  43. "Fire and Ice"  by J.A. Jance (Joanna Brady #13 & J.P. Beaumont #19)
  44. "Payment in Kind" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #8)
  45. "Web of Evil" by J.A. Jance (Alison Reynolds #2) (abridged Audio CD)
  46. "The McCaffertys: Matt" by Lisa Jackson (The McCaffertys #2)
  47. "Pandora's Daughter" by Iris Johansen (abridged Audio CD)
  48. "More Than Words" by Joan Johnston, Robyn Carr, Christina Skye, Rochelle Alers, Maureen Child (Volume #6) 
  49. "Just Beyond the Clouds" by Karen Kingsbury
  50. "Running Hot" by Jayne Ann Krentz (Arcane Society #1) (unabridged Audio CD)
  51. "A Shared Dream" by Jayne Ann Krentz
  52. "The Official Nora Roberts Companion" by Denise Little and Laura Hayden
  53. "The Prodigal" by Beverly Lewis (Abram's daughters #4)
  54. "The Sacrifice" by Beverly Lewis (Abram's daughters #3)
  55. "Only Mine" by Elizabeth Lowell (Only #2)
  56. "Warrior" by Elizabeth Lowell (Mackenie/Blackthorn #5)
  57. "The Perfect Christmas" by Debbie Macomber
  58. "Sizzling" by Susan Mallery (Buchanans #3)
  59. "Sweet Talk" by Susan Mallery (Keyes Sisters #1)
  60. "Tempting" by Susan Mallery (Buchanans #4)
  61. "The Penalty Box"  by Deirdre Martin
  62. "Mother Warriors: Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds" by Jenny McCarthy
  63. "The Big Gamble" by Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney #7) (abridged Audio Cassette)
  64. "Time to Run" by Marliss Melton (Navy SEALS #3)
  65. "A Creed Country Christmas" by Linda Lael Miller
  66. "Austin" by Linda Lael Miller (McKettricks of Texas #3)
  67. "Garrett" by Linda Lael Miller (McKettricks of Texas #2)
  68. "The McKettrick Way" by Linda Lael Miller (McKettrick Women #2)
  69. "Yankee Wife" by Linda Lael Miller (Quade #1)
  70. "Desperado" by Diane Palmer
  71. "Cross Country" by James Patterson (Alex Cross #14)
  72. "A Man Named Dave" by David Pelzer
  73. "Cross My Heart" Carly Phillips (Ty and Hunter #1)
  74. "Picture Perfect" by Jodi Picoult (unabridged Audio CD)
  75. "Second Glance" Jodi Picoult
  76. "Dog On It" by Spencer Quinn (A Chet and Bernie Mystery)
  77. "Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana" by Anne Rice
  78. "Merrick" by Anne Rice (Vampire Chronicles #7)
  79. "Obsesssion" by Karen Robards (unabridged Audio CD)
  80. "From the Heart: Tonight and Always/A Matter of Choice/Endings and Beginnings" by Nora Roberts
  81. "Night Tales: Nightshade & Night Smoke" by Nora Roberts
  82. "Night Tales: Night Shield & Night Moves" by Nora Roberts
  83. "Savor the Moment" by Nora Roberts (Bride Quartet #3)
  84. "The Search" by Nora Roberts
  85. "Western Skies: Song of the West/BoundaryLines" Nora Roberts
  86. "One Day at a Time" by Danielle Steel (abridged Audio CD)
  87. "The Long Road Home" by Danielle Steel
  88. "Special Delivery" by Danielle Steel
  89. "Coming Home" by Mary Stewart (The Chesapeake Diaries #1)
  90. "The Hot Flash Club" by Nancy Thayer (Hot Flash Club #1)
  91. "Welcome to Harmony" by Jodi Thomas (Harmony #1)
  92. "Beneath the Texas Sky" by Jodi Thomas
  93. "Hard to Hold" by Stephanie Tyler
  94. "Flowers on Main" by Sherryl Woods (Chesapeake Shores #2)
  95. "Christmas Homecoming" by Lenora Worth (Love Inspired - Davis Landing #6)

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  4. Caught by Harlan Coben
  5. Swimsuit by James Patterson




  1. The Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor (Scot Harvath #1)
  2. Rules of Prey by John Sandford ( Prey #1) (Audio Book)
  3. Run Before the Wind by Stuart Woods ( Will Lee # 2)
  4. The Bone Collector Jeffery Deaver ( Lincoln Rhyme #1)
  5. All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell ( Kay Scarpetta #3)
  6. The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver (Lincoln Rhyme # 2) (Audio Book)
  7. The Monkey's Rain Coat by Robert Crais ( Elvis Cole # 1) (Audio Book)





  1. Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
  2. 9th Judgement by James Patterson ( Women's Murder Club # 9)
  3. Split Second by David Baldacci ( Sean King & Michelle Maxwell # 1)
  4. Stress Fracture by D.P Lyle
  5. Ask the Cards  A Question by Marcia Muller ( Sharon McCone # 2)
  6. The Chase by Clive Cussler ( Isaac Bell # 1)
  7. Fury by G.M. Ford ( Frank Corso # 1)
  8. Deep Lie by  Stuart Woods ( Will Lee # 3)
  9. The Alto Wore Tweed by Mark Schweizer
  10. Rising Phoenix by Kyle Mills ( Mark Beamon # 1)
  11. L.A. Outlaws by T Jefferson Parker ( Charlie Hood # 1)
  12. Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter ( Grant County #1)
  13. The Third Option by Vince Flynn ( Mitch Rapp # 2)
  14. The Black Echo by Michael Connelly ( Harry Bosch # 1)
  15. The Boneman's Daugthers by Ted Dekker
  16. Faces of the Gone by Brad Parks
  17. Path of The Assassin  by Brad Thor ( Scott Harvath # 2)
  18. Lonely Hearts by John Harvery ( Resnick # 1)
  19. The Lasko Tangent by Richard North Patterson ( Christopher Paget # 1)
  20. The Empty Chair by Jeffery Deaver ( Lincoln Rhyme # 3)
  21. Shadow Prey by John Sandford( Lucas Davenport # 2)
  22. The Mark by Jason Pinter ( Henry Parker # 1)
  23. Rules of Deception by Christopher Reich ( Jonathan Ransom # 1)
  24. Point Of Impact by Stephen Hunter ( Bob Lee Swagger # 1)
  25. Bellfield Hall by Anna Dean
  26. The Killing Floor by Lee Child  (Jack Reacher # 1)
  27. Dirty Little Lies by John Macken ( Ruben Maitland # 1)

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Hmm.  I get to pick twelve?


LOL, no Matt your list can go on for 12 miles if you want.

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I just finished:  "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" by Stieg Larsson.  The series was so good that it has spoiled me for other books.  But "Shutter Island" is keeping my interest. 

I am reading "Shutter Island" by Dennis LeHane.  It is so good.

Next up: 

"Nine Months at Ground Zero".

"How Starbucks Saved My Life"

"A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius"

"Julia's Chocolates"

"The Kindness of Strangers"


"The Doctor's Wife"

"Benny & Shrimp"

"Catching Genius"

"Shanghai Girls"

"The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane"

"Harriet and Isabella"

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Tome, I listed 12 because you did...but it's very unlikely I'll actually get through that many in a month.

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Currently Reading:

Songs in Ordinary Time by Mary McGarry Morris


In July:

Two for the Dough

Great Exceptations

The Executioner's Song

Dead Witch Walking


Don't know if I'll be able to get all this read or not but will get it a try.

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Currently reading In Defense of Food.


After that...


1.Wild Thing - Ian Copeland

2.  The Turn of the Screw - Henry James

3.  Knighfall - Dennis O'Neill

4.  Wishful Drinking - Carrie Fisher

5.  Eclipse- Stephanie Meyer

6.  Ticket to Ride - Ed Gorman

7.  The Hole We're In - Gabrielle Zevin


Plus a couple more I haven't picked out yet...


8.  A Disgraceful Affair - Dostoyevsky

9.  Love, Lust and Pixie Dust - LuAnn McLane

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Looks like I'll actually get through the list this month.  I've already got my TBR pile ready and waiting for August!!  So many books, so little time........

July reading list.......not necessarily in this order!!  I didn't get this list finished in June so I'll continue with it and I'll be adding more later as time allows. 

Lakeside Cottage by Susan Wiggs --- Like all of Susan Wiggs' stories, this one is a story about two people searching for love, finding it  unexpectedly, and how it affects their lives and those closest to them. A heartwarming story with a feel good ending.

Under the Knife by Tess Gerritsen --- This is a small book so it's a quick read, but very suspenseful. It certainly lives up to Tess Gerritsen's longer books. I enjoyed it.

The Dead Room by Heather Graham--- Heather Graham at her very best, you don't want to put this book down and the ending will leave you totaly surprised!!

Low Country by Anne Rivers Siddons --- It always takes me a while to get into Siddons stories, but they never fail to pull me in. This one took a little longer than some, but it was worth it in the end.

Dead Wrong by Mariah Stewart --- Stewart never fails to keep you turning the pages. This is one that will keep you up till the early morning hours finishing it [3:30 am for me!!] Don't start it if you have anything else pressing to do!!

Invasion of Privacy by Perri O'Shaughnessy ---Loved this book!! The sisters O'Shaughnessy know how to write a novel that holds the reader's interest and always has an ending that you don't expect.

Unspoken by Lisa Jackson--- This book was good, but not as good as some of her other ones.

Sullivan's Island by Dorothea Benton Frank --- A delightful book. Heart-warming, and so true to life.

Hello Darkness by Sandra Brown --- One of Sandra Brown's better suspense novels. It really kept my interest till the very last page, didn't guess the villian until the end.

That Summer by Joan Wolf --- My first book by Wolf. She has a unique writing style, very homey, almost as if the reader were right there participating in the conversations. It was a little disconcerting, but when I got used to it, it was kind of interesting. I certainly learned a lot about Thoroughbred horse racing.

 Home Again by Kristin Hannah --- A really great story about love in all it's forms. The story line between the mother and her 16-year-old daughter is so true to life. Loved the book.

New authors this month.... Joan Wolf,   

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I'm catching up on some YA books before school starts back up. Here's what I want to read:


Time of the Witches

Eragon (again)

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

Finish the Percy Jackson series

The Book Thief


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Tome, I listed 12 because you did...but it's very unlikely I'll actually get through that many in a month.


Same here. It's wishful thinking for me to even post more than 4 or 5.

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I started Whiplash, by Catherine Colter last night.  Should finish it tonight.  It's an ok book, as with a lot of authors recently they seem to be cranking out books in a hurry and the stories suffer.  This is an FBI mystery with Savich and Sherlock.  Next I'm starting James Patterson's book Private, hope it's good.

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  • The Well and the Mine by Gin Phillips
  • The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville
  • Homicide Survivors Picnic by Lorraine Lopez
  • Excellent stories about everyday people.  Short-listed for the 2010 Pen Faulkner award
  • Tell Me Something True by Leila Cobo
  • The Taken by Inger Ash Wolfe
  • The Signal by Ron Carlson

Currently Reading 

  • Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
  • Harpsong by Rilla Askew

Up Next

  • The Disappeared by KimEchlin

Listening to

  • The Love Wife by Gish Jen

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1.  In Defense of Food - MIchael Pollan : Very interesting and informative.  Sad to know I'm going to have to give up some of my favorites to be healthy, or at least cut way back, though his arguments make all too much sense.

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IN DEFENSE OF FOOD is on my list for this month too!  I love Pollan's motto........Eat food.  Not too much.  Mostly plants. (I'm going to try to follow it. wish me luck!)smiley

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I have it on my TBR, too.  Need to read it soon. 

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Currently reading Bad Boy by Peter Robinson which I won in a Bookbrowse giveaway. This is perhaps the 17th or 18th entry in the series, but is a new to me author and I'm  really enjoying it. I went to a used bookstore yesterday and managed to pick up several of his earlier books.

Currently listening to The Guernsey Literay and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Written in epistolary form, it took a litttle while to get used to the many characters and voices, but I'm really enjoying it now. Quite charming and informative about the WWII years and the German occupation of the Channel Islands during that time.

Up next could be anything since I have several hundred books in my TBR pile, but I'm thinking about picking up South of Broad by Pat Conroy next and then Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo. I also received recently  A Quiet Belief in Angels and City of Lies, both by R.J. Ellory, and Netherland by Joseph O'Neill.

Up next in audio:

The Lovers by John Connelly

The Mercy of Thin Air by Ronlyn Domingue

Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund

Snow Flower and the Secret Fanby Lisa See

Peony in Love by Lisa See

Snow Angels by Stewart O'Nan

Not Becoming My Mother by Ruth Reichl

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

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Some of my choices include:

The Passage by Cronin

The Great Influenza

City of the Dead by Keene

XRated Bloodsuckers by Mario Aceveda

Cop a True Story


Currently reading Casual Rex by Eric Garcia


So many choices, lol ...Denise

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Just finished David Benioff's City of Thieves, a coming-of-age tale that follows 2 Russian boys across Nazi-sieged Leningrad on their quest for a dozen eggs on a colonel's orders.  Really, really good.  I loved the old married couple interplay of the main characters, and the denouement is just about perfect.  Highly recommended, especially if you like black comedy, though I'd still recommend it if you don't.

Up at bat:

Netherland by Joseph O'Neill?? - I'm only 10 pages in and can't decide whether it'll be worth my time.  According to reviews on Amazon it could be one of the best books I'll ever read or a morass of overwrought prose. The opinions seem evenly spread out; of 158 reviews, about 50 are 5 star and roughly 25 each are 1, 2, 3, and 4 star. Maybe I'll give it 25 pages to warm up.  Anyone here read it yet?

Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Susan Vreeland

Mary and O'Neil, Justin Cronin

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I hope you enjoy Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I enjoyed it very much years ago.

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I finally finished The Passage by Justin Cronin.  Not bad, but not great either, and the length makes it hard for me to recommend something that's going to be such a big time investment. 

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Well I hope I enjoy The  Passage, cause I bought it and I WILL read i!!! . I'll let you know how I feel about it, lol.



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Renegade's Magic (Robin Hobb)

Ivanhoe (Sir Walter Scott)

Timeline (Michael Crichton)

Peter Pan (J.M. Barrie)



The Sword and the Flame (Stephen Lawhead)

Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters (Annie Dillard)


Next Up:

Daughter of the Forest (Juliet Marillier)

Son of the Shadows (Juliet Marillier)

Child of the Prophecy (Juliet Marillier)

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  1. Pretty in Ink by Karen E. Olson
  2. Bone Rattler by Eliot Pattison
  3. Heresy by SJ Parris (audio)
  4. Death of an Englishman by Magdalen Nabb

Currently Reading:

  • Stalked by Brian Freeman
  • Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin (audio)
  • Miss Zukas and the Stroke of Death by Jo Dereske
  • A Place of Safety by Caroline Graham