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Subject: It's January. What are you reading?
Date Posted: 1/1/2009 5:20 AM ET
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My January reading list:

Finished - 

  1. "Silent Snow" by Steve Thayer (B) Rick Beanblossom is the Twin Cities' top investigative reporter. He has it all. A beautiful wife. A brand-new son. But on the March first anniversary of the 1932 Lindbergh kidnapping, all that will change. At the height of a savage Minnesota blizzard, Beanblossom's son is stole from his nursery - a terrifying re-creation of the Lindbergh crime. To get his son back alive, Beanblossom must bury his pain and rely on his reporter's instincts to follow the kidnapper's footsteps from the present to the past.
  2. "Homeplace" by Anne Rivers Siddons (C+) Micah (Mike) Winship is going home after twenty years - time enough to become a successful New York City journalist, marry, divorce, and raise a daughter. In 1963, her father forced her to leave her southern Georgia home and she's never looked back...but now he's dying and asking for her. And Mike, approaching forty, trapped in a sophisticated, urban life that's falling apart, says yes. Confronting a past that includes an older lover, an overindulged sister, and a plot to seize her family's land. Mike begins to learn - and understand - love and loss, family and forgiveness, and the inexplicable pull of a place called home. 
  3. "Step On A Crack" by Michael Ledwidge & James Patterson (B) The nation has fallen into mourning after the death of a beloved former first lady. The most powerful people in the world gather in New York for her funeral - then the inconceivable occurs. Billionaires, politicians, and superstars of every kind are suddenly trapped within one man's brilliant and cold-blooded scenario. Detective Michael Bennett - father of ten - is pulled into the fray. As the danger escalates, Michael experiences a devastating loss: after fighting it for many years, his wife has succumbed to a terrible disease. As New York descends into chaos, he faces raising his ten heartbroken children alone - and rescuing thirty-four hostages. Day after day, Bennett confronts the most ruthless man he has ever encountered. As the entire world watches and the tension builds to a searing heat. Bennett has to find a way out - or face responsibility for a deadly debacle.
  4. "Firestorm"  by Iris Johansen (B) For Kerry Murphy, the inferno is never far away. The flames of that long-ago night still burn in her nightmares: the heat, the choking smoke, the helplessness. She can never run fast enough. Now Kerry works as an arson investigator with her evidence-sniffing dog, Sam. Together they're a great team, but only Kerry knows the real reason that they're so good at what they do - only Kerry and someone from a past she thought she'd put far behind her. But all that is about to change in the time it takes to strike a match. Suddenly the flames are back, sweeping through her life, and this time Kerry may not be able to put them out. And now, from out of the ashes of another tragedy, a stranger appears. Who is Silver? And why does this mysterious man need her help? Even more disturbing, how does he already know so much about her? All Kerry is certain of is that he's come to enlist her in the hunt for a psychopath who has left a trail of gruesome, fiery deaths in his charred wake - a human monster determined to bring his own private vision of hell to earth. But the killer Kerry is supposed to find has already found her - and in his twisted thoughts and burning obsessions, the nightmare of her own past threatens to ignite, and destroy her. When tragedy strikes, Kerry's one hope is Silver: a man who seems to have no alliance to anyone and no authority to answer to - a dangerous man who seems to know Kerry's mind almost as well as she does herself. But even together, Kerry and Silver may have met their match in a killer as coldhearted as his method is red-hot. And to save themselves, and the innocents whose lives are at stake, Kerry may have to reach deep into the very past that once already nearly destroyed her - to do what she hoped she'd never have to do: fight fire with fire.
  5. "Snowfall at Willow Lake" by Susan Wiggs (Lakeshore Chronicles #4) (A-) Can a single moment change your entire life? International lawyer Sophie Bellamy has dedicated her life to helping people in war-torn countries. But when she survives a hostage situation, she remembers what matters most - the children she loves back home. Haunted by regrets, she returns to the idyllic Catskill village of Avalon on the shores of Willow Lake, determined to repair the bonds with her family. There Sophie discovers the surprising rewards of small-town life - including an unexpected passion for Noah Shepherd, the local veterinarian. Noah has a healing touch for anything with four legs, but he's never had any luck with women - until Sophie.
  6. "Kiss and Tell" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #2) (A) A sassy, shameless romantic adventure about a man betrayed and the woman who rocks his untamed world...Marnie Wright has seen more than her fair share of tetosterone, having grown up with four over-protective brothers. But now a longhaired mountain man namd Jake Dolan has invaded a peaceful day of soul-searching at her grandmother's old cabin. Sure, she was trespassing on his private property, but did he have to pull a gun on her? After being stashed in his secret underground lair - complete with security monitors and a huge arsenal - Marinie realizes the guy is military, top secret military. Yet he also has the most beautiful mouth she has ever seen. The last thing Jake wants in his dangerous life is a woman. Doesn't like them. Doesn't need them. But a man would have to be dead not to fall for the sexy-as-sin Marnie Wright. But how could he have feelings for someone who may be killed just for being close to him His days, after all, are numbered.

 Currently Reading - 

  1. "Every Day" by Elizabeth Richards
  2. "Thunderhead" by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
  3. "Not Without Risk" by Suzanne Brockmann

To Be Read - In alphabetical order by author not reading order

  1. "Hide and Seek" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #3)
  2. "Hot Ice" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #7)
  3. "In Too Deep" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #4)
  4. "Out of Sight" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #5)
  5. "White Heat" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #11)
  6. "Twilight Child" by Warren Adler 
  7. "What We Keep" by Elizabeth Berg
  8. "Dark of Night" by Suzanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters #14)
  9. "Into The Fire" by Suzanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters #13)
  10. "Just Over the Mountain" by Robyn Carr
  11. "Shelter Mountain" by Robyn Carr (Virgin River Series #2)
  12. "Virgin River" by Robyn Carr (Virgin River Series #1)
  13. "A Virgin River Christmas" by Robyn Carr (Virgin River Series #4)
  14. "Her Mother's Shadow" by Diane Chamberlain
  15. "Turn My World Upside Down - Jo's Story" by Maureen Child
  16. "Owl Island" by Randy Sue Coburn
  17. "The Third Wife" by Jasmine Cresswell
  18. "Heart of the Family" by Margaret Daley (Fostered by Love #2)
  19. "Family Ever After" by Margaret Daley (Fostered by Love #3)
  20. "Prodigal Daughter" by Patricia Davids
  21. "People of the Plains" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier)
  22. "Show No Mercy" by Cindy Gerard
  23. "House Calls and Hitching Posts" as told to Dorcas Sharp Hoover
  24. "Cry No More" by Linda Howard
  25. "A Royal Masquerade"  by Arlene James (Royally Wed #6)
  26. "Damage Control" by J.A. Jance (Joanna Brady Series #13)
  27. "Until Proven Guilty" by J.A. Jance ( J.P. Beaumont Series #1)
  28. "Body of Lies" by Iris Johansen (An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller #3)
  29. "Blind Alley" by Iris Johansen (An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller #5)
  30. "Countdown" by Iris Johansen (An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller #6)
  31. "Final Target" by Iris Johanen
  32. "Quicksand" by Iris Johansen (An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller #7)
  33. "The Official Nora Roberts Companion" by Denise Little and Laura Hayden
  34. "Double Homicide - Santa Fe/Boston" by Jonathan & Faye Kellerman
  35. "The Betrayal" by Beverly Lewis (Abrahams Daughters #2)
  36. "The Covenant" by Beverly Lewis (Abrahams Daughters #1)
  37. "Dead Irish" by John Lescroart
  38. "A Cedar Cove Christmas" by Debbie Macomber 
  39. "Christmas Letters" by Debbie Macomber
  40. "8 Sandpiper Way"  by Debbie Macomber (Cedar Cove Series)
  41. "Small Town Christmas" by Debbie Macomber
  42. "Chasing Stanley"  by Deirdre Martin
  43. "Dancing in the Dark" by Sandra Marton (Cooper's Corner) 
  44. "Tularosa" by Michael McGarrity
  45. "Perfect" by Judith McNaught
  46. "A McKettrick Christmas" by Linda Lael Miller
  47. "Springwater"  by Linda Lael Miller
  48. "Springwater Seasons" by Linda Lael Miller
  49. "The Last Chance Cafe" by Linda Lael Miller
  50. "The Widow" by Carla Neggers
  51. "You've Been Warned" by James Patterson & Howard Roughan
  52. "A Man Named Dave" by David Pelzer
  53. "A Teenager's Journey" by Richard B. Petzer
  54. "Blood Canticle" Anne Rice  (Vampire Chronicles #10)
  55. "Merrick" by Anne Rice (Vampire Chronicles #7)
  56. "Blue Moon" by Luanne Rice
  57. "Firefly Beach" by Luanne Rice
  58. "Last Kiss" by Luanne Rice
  59. "Light Of The Moon" by Luanne Rice
  60. "Stone Heart" by Luanne Rice
  61. "Summer Light"  by Luanne Rice
  62. "His Winter Rose" Lois Richter
  63. "Salvation In Death" by J.D. Robb
  64. "Suite 606" by J.D. Robb
  65. "Falling For Rachel & Convincing Alex" Nora Roberts (Stanislaski Series)
  66. "First Impressions" by Nora Roberts
  67. "From The Heart" Nora Roberts
  68. "The Pagan Stone" Nora Roberts
  69. "Taming Natasha & Luring A Lady"  Nora Roberts (Stanislaski Series)
  70. "The Stanislaski Brothers" by Nora Roberts (Mikhail and Alex)
  71. "Winner Takes All" by Nora Roberts
  72. "Afterlove" by Robert Rosenblum
  73. "For Her Son's Love" by Kathryn Springer
  74. "The Kiss" by Danielle Steel
  75. "The Long Road Home" by Danielle Steel
  76. "The Other Twin" by Katherine Stone
  77. "The Lucky One" by Nicholas Sparks
  78. "Black Ice" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #1)
  79. "Cold As Ice " by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #2)
  80. "Ice Blue" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #3)
  81. "Ice Storm" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #4)
  82. "Sleeping at the Starlite Motel" by Bailey White
  83. "The Horsemaster's Daughter" by Susan Wiggs
  84. "Lakeside Cottage" by Susan Wiggs
  85. "Summer by the Sea" by Susan Wiggs


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Touching Stars by Emily Richards   I loved her other books and this one is wonderful too.

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I am reading Mother by Linda Ann Rentschler.  I saw it recommended here by several PBSers in other threads, and ordered it based on their suggestions.  I am enjoying it!!

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I am reading Rococo by Adriana Trigiani.

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Currently reading "The Water Clock" a Philip Dryden mystery by Jim Kelly. This is the first of his books that I've read and it is quite good. Takes place in England (The Fens); has suspense and humor. Definitely has me convinced to read more of his stuff!

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January Reading List


  1. Stardoc by S.L. Viehl (Stardoc #1)
  2. Neuromancer by William Gibson (Sprawl #1)
  3. The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake #4)
  4. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires #1)
  5. Ill WInd by Rachel Caine (Weather Warden #1)
  6. Beyond Varallan by S.L. Viehl (Stardoc #2)
  7. Zanna's Gift by Scott Richards
  8. Endurance by S.L. Viehl (Stardoc #3) 


  1. Ecce and Old Earth by Jack Vance (Cadwal Chronicles #2) 
  2. The Man-Kzin Wars by Larry Niven, Poul Anderson, and Dean Ing
  3. Count Zero by William Gibson (Sprawl #2)
  4. Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake #5)  
  5. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  6. Valor's Trial by Tanya Huff (Confederation #4)
  7. Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine (Weather Warden #2) 

Up Soon...

  1. The Second Summoning by Tanya Huff (Keepers Chronicles #2) 
  2. On Writing by Stephen King 
  3. The Third Lynx by Timothy Zahn (Frank Compton #2) 
  4. Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle 
  5. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld #1)
  6. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (Twilight #1)
  7. Smoke and Ashes by Tanya Huff (Smoke #3)
  8. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files #2)
  9. The Door into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein 
  10. The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake #6)
  11. Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson 


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January 2009:

ORYX AND CRAKE by Margaret Atwood.  Started in December.

Next up--a big challenge for me:  ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand. My copy is over 1000 pages and very small print.

Date Posted: 1/1/2009 10:37 AM ET
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Do you stick to your list? :-)

I'm way too scattered and fickle to plan out that many books. I also participate in a lot of challenges so they shape my reading selections more.

I got sick, busy, in a funk so I have two titles to finish from December: Elijah's Angel by Michael Rosen and What Happened to Lani Garver? by Carol Plum-Ucci.

Then I'm moving on to a reading challenge for January. The tag is music. I'm playing to read Yolanda's Genius by Carol Fenner and I'm hoping to get I Put A Spell On You by Nina Simone. If I can find it, there is a book on Prince.

I forgot I also need to read a Neil Gaiman title for a forum challenge.


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Got some 24 reading material on my nightstand now - specifically 24: The Official Companion - Seasons 1 & 2 - and I'm half-way through Covenant (Hellgate: London) by Mel Odom (excellent author!). The Hellgate: London three-book series is brilliant, by the way. :)

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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cat Breeds by Angela Rixon

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I'm currently reading An Experiment in Treason by Bruce Alexander and Underground by Kat Richardson. I need to figure out my next audio download so I have something to listen to while doing my post-holiday cleaning.


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Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch

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  1. Cross Country by James Patterson
  2. Number 1 Dective Ladies Agency by Alexander Mcall Smith ( ipod book)
  3. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay (ipod book)
  4. Dying to be Thin By Kathryn Lilley
  5. A Killer Workout by Kathryn Lilley
  6. Precious Blood by Jonathan Hayes 
  7. Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay  (ipod book)
  8. Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay( ipod book) 
  9. The Girl With The Dragaon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (ipod book) 


Currently Reading

  1. A Season for the Dead by David Hewson
  2. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris(ipod book)


  1. Plea of Insanity  by Jillane Hoffman
  2.  Heart Sick by Chelsea Cain
  3. Cat Nap by Carole Nelson Douglas
  4. Anything Goes by Jill Churchill
  5. The American by Andrew Britton
  6. Murder on A Girls Night Out by Anne George
  7. Do Unto Others by Jeff Abbott
  8.  Edwin of the Iron Shoes My Marcia Muller
  9. Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews
  10. The Black Echo by Michael Connelly (ipod book)
  11. Crocdile in Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters(Ipod book)
  12. Killing Floor by  Lee Child(ipod book)
  13. The Monkeys Rain Coat by Robert Crais (ipod book)
  14. Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child( ipod book)
  15. The Ritual Bath by Faye Kellerman(ipod book)
  16. Killer Hair by Ellen Byerrum
  17. Killer Heels by Sheryl J Anderson
  18. Death  at La Fenice  by Donna Leon
  19. 7 Deadly Wonders by Matthew Reilly
  20. The Villia of Mysteries by  David Hewson

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1. On Chesil Beach  Ian McEwan

2. Flower Children  Maxine Swann

3. Searching for Paradise in Parker, Pa.  Kris Radish

4. Still Life with Chickens  Catherine Goldhammer

5. The Cure for Modern Life  Lisa Tucker

6. The Shack Wm Paul Young

7. The Friday Night Knitting Club Kate Jacobs

8. Raising Blaze  Debra Ginsberg

9. Fast Track  Fern Michaels

10.  Rescuing Sprite Mark Levine

11. My Lovers Lover Maggie O"farrell

12. Killing Orders Sara Petresky

 13. Steal Away Katherine Clark

Currently Reading

Knit Two Kate Jacobs

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 I'm reading the 3rd book in Nora Robert's Circle of Seven trilogy, " The Pagan Stone".  Very good so far.

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I'm currently reading The Trouble With Magic by Madelyn Alt (will finish it tonight) and then will start The Wishing Chalice by Sandra Landry.

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I'm working my way through Cornwell's Scarpetta novels.  Today I'm starting "Black Notice" which is the 10th in the series. 

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To Trust A Wolf by Kate Steele

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1. Binge: Campus Life in an Age of Disconnection and Excess by Barrett Seaman

2. The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

3. The Wal-Mart Effect by Charles Fishman

4. Patriot Hearts: A Novel of the Founding Mothers by Barbara Hambly

5. So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson

Currently reading

1.  Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir

 Up next

Who knows??  I have been jumping around my TBR list a lot.


1. The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of Their Virtues by Susan Griffin

2. 1968 by Mark Kurlansky--I will probably come back to this one.

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I am currently reading A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith.

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I hope to at least finished these four this month sure hopefully a few more.

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
2. Heir to Sevenwater by Juliet Marillier
3. Beauty by Robin McKinely
4. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.

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Right now I am reading "A Corpse in the Koryo" by James Church and "A Beautiful Blue Death" by Charles Finch. I should be done with both of them by Sunday evening and then I'll start in on the first Sebastian St. Cyr book by C.S. Harris. I also have "...Friday", "...Saturday" and "...Sunday" of the Lois Meade series by Ann Purser staring at me from my pile.
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WEll, I started the book yesterday but I finished it today, so I gues it counts for January. My first finished book of January (and 2009) is the Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry. It was an excellent book and I couldnt put it down. 

I am reading Einstien His life and Universe by Walter Isaacson.

My TBR list for January is:

THe Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfiels

Alexandria Link by Steve Berry

E is Evidence by Sue Grafton

A New Leash on Death by Sue Connant

and of course to finish Einstein.  Along with whatever else I pick up.

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  1. Critical Conditions - Stephen White - 3.5/5
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Finished "It Came From Berkeley".  That was one of the most entertaining history books I've read in a long time.