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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: January -What are you reading for the New Year??
Date Posted: 1/1/2013 9:21 AM ET
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New Year, new books what is everyone reading???

 

Alice



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 1/1/2013 9:29 AM ET
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Alice you beat me by five minutes!

Happy New Year everyone!

I'm reading a challenge book. Deadly Descent by Charlotte Hinger and What a Ghoul Wants by Vidtoria Laurie.  I almost stopped reading it cause normally I like this series and this one had me hiding under the covers! 

So far, just started, I like Deadly Descent.

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 10:10 AM ET
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Finishing up "Masters of the House" by Robert Barnard today, and then choosing a challenge book!

 

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 10:30 AM ET
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Happy New year every one!

Last night I grabbed this one from the bottom of my TBR The Camel Club by David Baldacci . 

This one is off to bit of slow start but I think it will pick up soon.

Up next will be a challenge book.

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 12:00 PM ET
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Tammy --- I have read all of the "Camel Club" books and enjoyed every one of them --- so I hope it picks up for you.



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 1/1/2013 12:59 PM ET
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The Camel Club is on my challenge pile.  I've had it sitting here for while myself.

Becky I'm not sure if it will fit but if you're looking for an exotic location I received Murder Casts a Shadow by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl.  It takes place in pre WWII Hawaii ao it's certinly before it was a state.  It sounds like it would be exotic.  I also have Devil-Devil which is my exotic location challenge book.

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 1:16 PM ET
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Geri --- Those do sound "exotic".  I need to check my TBR --- I surely have something around here that will fit the category --- with the few hundred books I have !!!

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 1:21 PM ET
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Well, I'm 80 pages into State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.   So far, it's all been "set-up", but I've found that's frequently the case with more literary books.   My goal is at least another 100 pages today because I have to have it read by Thursday night.    Should be easily doable since I also have it on audio and can switch back and forth.

Today is  Organization Day for me.   And I'm starting with organizing the piles of books that I have laying around and catching up on my postings on my book websites (PBS and Shelfari).

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 1:27 PM ET
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Started a Challenge book last night about 11 pm (well, it was midnight somewhere!)...Mr. Churchill's Secretrary.  Didn't get too far, but I'm loving it!!!  Going to go throw some black-eyed pea chili in the slow cooker and get back to it!!

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Date Posted: 1/1/2013 1:49 PM ET
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Marla, it was midnight in England a 6 pm here (ET).  And, right now it's Wednesday in Australia.  devil

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 2:20 PM ET
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Happy New Year everybody...I am finishing up "Treacherous Toys"....started "Death at  Wentwater Court" for the challenge....Gnu to me category......And "Clue is in the Pudding" for published in the last year category (I think)...maybe...oh , who knows

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 2:55 PM ET
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Happy New Year!!

I finished "Elizabeth the Queen" and now have started one of my challenge books, "The Bloody Tower" by Carola Dunn.  Just love Daisy Dalrymple! 

If you are a fan of the Queen and like history, I would recommend the book for you.  It is written by Sally Beddall Smith.  I know it isn't in the mystery category, but it is really good and I enjoyed it.

I almost met my personal goal of reading 125 books this year, made it to 122.  Pretty good.  I think I'll up it a bit to 127 for 2013.  Does anyone else have personal goals for reading over the year?

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 3:03 PM ET
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Oh, I am so glad to hear that  "Daisy Dalrymple"  is good! I just started the first in the series......:)

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 1/1/2013 3:47 PM ET
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I usually have a personal reading goal for the year.  2012 was to get my TBR down to 350.  Missed it by this much - 365.  Just got some new books and they upped the TBR.  2013 maybe I'll shoot for 250!  Now that will be a major accomplishment!  I'm doing well because when I joined PBS in 2008 I had 1000 books in the house to read!  I'd just like a reasonable amount of books to read in the house.

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 3:49 PM ET
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Happy New Year everyone!

Right now, I'm reading "Playmates" by Robert B. Parker--the 16th in his Spenser series. 

I'm looking forward to starting some challenge books.  I think I'll spend some time today picking out books for the challenge entries.

Joy--my goal last year was 120 books--I made it to 115.  This year, I'm lowering my number a little--I've got quite a few longer non-fiction books on my TBR pile that I want to tackle, so I'm going to shoot for between 80 and 100 books.

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 6:18 PM ET
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The Anatomist's Apprentice.

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 7:03 PM ET
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I'm still reading What's A Ghoul to Do? (Ghost Hunter, Bk 1) :: Victoria Laurie and going to start Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, Bk 1) :: Kim Harrison

I don't read as much as the rest of you so my goal this year is 40 books which was the same as last year.  I fell short by 5.  I'm gonna knock it out this year though.

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 8:33 PM ET
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Wow--how do you guys find the time to read SO many books? I generally read about 70 per year, but in 2012, work and other matters seemed to overtake my life, so I was able to finish only 49.

I just started "The Art Forger" by B. A. Shapiro. It was highly recommended.

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Date Posted: 1/2/2013 3:42 AM ET
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Anna, I'm a speedy reader.  I also suffer from insomnia on occasion.  Today is a fine example.  I just finished What a Ghoul Wants by Victoria Laurie.  Six hours of reading this book!  I could not put it down and it the darn thing was just scary enough to keep me awake!  Seventh in the series and I truly think it was the scariest.  Even though MJ and Heath have faced ghosts, and demons in the others this was a really evil ghost who drew power from the demon.  Phew!!!

I have to find something to sooth me.  Maybe something a bit on the boring side to put me to sleep and no dreams like last night.  Mercy. 

Date Posted: 1/2/2013 8:16 AM ET
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The first book I started in 2013 is Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett, which is #17 of his humorous fantasy Discworld series, the title coming from an old curse, "May you live in interesting times." So far so good...a Discworld book never fails to cheer me up!

In audio, I've started Reflecting the Sky by S.J. Rozan, #7 in the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith mystery series and on the Kindle, still reading Writ in Stone by Cora Harrison, #4 in the Burren historical series. That's the book I read at work, and I've not been to work for several days what with the holidays and being sick with a bad chest/cold/flu thingy, so I've been working on that one for awhile now.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 1/2/2013 10:50 AM ET
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Just made it to the top of the library reserve list for J. D. Robb's "Delusion in Death," so I'll be starting that one today and using it for the challenge, published in the past year category.  Woo hoo!

Date Posted: 1/2/2013 11:37 AM ET
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Was way too tired yesterday to start reading for the challenge. Being all wide awake today, am going to start reading "The Other Woman" by Hank Phillippi Ryan for the 400+ pages category.  Yay! So looking forward to getting started!

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Date Posted: 1/2/2013 12:51 PM ET
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I've got a couple more days with Game Of Thrones before I can get going fully but my first one is going to be Nemesis by Jo Nesbo. Can't wait!

Date Posted: 1/2/2013 4:26 PM ET
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Happy New Year all! I have been reading quite a bit, but alas no mysteries, been stuck on historical romances and didn't feel like reading anything else. I do have Brad Thor's Black List, as well as P & C's Two Graves coming up...I have been dying to find out what is going on with Pendergast's wife, but I know this will end in a cliffhanger as this is the 2nd book in a trilogy...oh well. Still looking forward to it.

Date Posted: 1/2/2013 7:01 PM ET
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Finished Mr. Churchill's Secretary/Susan Elia MacNeal.  Absolutely loved it!  Can't wait to read the next one.

Then picked up a small book (250 pgs), The Grove/John Rector.  Got it because we share a last name!  It was evidently self-published originally.  It was an interesting read.  After finishing and thinking about it, there were a few flaws...some bits that were never really explained.  MC (male) has few mental problems, has been in a psych hospital, stops taking his medication and starts drinking heavily; finds the body of a high school girl on his property and figures he will be accused of the murder (he had a black out the previous night and doesn't know what might have happened); decides he has to solve the murder himself; starts hearing and seeing the murdered girl.  It is a bit different, but I did enjoy it as a change from what I normally read.

And, can count both of them for the challenge.  Good start to the New Year!cheeky ... Shift+R improves the quality of this image. CTRL+F5 reloads the whole page.

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