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Subject: It's July! What are you reading?
Date Posted: 7/1/2008 9:44 AM ET
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Since no one had started this yet I thought I would.  I'm reading Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand.  I'm only a few pages into it so far because I just started it late last night but so far so good!

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To The Nines by Janet Evanovich

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Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

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The Green Mile by Stephen King

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My July reading list:

Finished - 

  1. "The Privilege of Youth - A Teenager's Story" by Dave Pelzer (A+) From "A Child Called It", from "A Man Named Dave" to "Help Yourself", Dave Pelzer's inspirational books have helped countless others triumph over hardship and misfortune. In "The Privilege of Youth", he supplies the missing chapter of his life: as a boy on the threshold of adulthood. With sensitivity and insight, he recounts the relentless taunting he endured from bullies; but he also describes the thrill of making his first real friends - some of whom he still shares close relationships with today. He writes about simple pleasures of exploring his neighborhood, while trying to forget the hell waiting for him at home. "The Privilege of Youth" bravely and compassionately charts this crucial turning point in Dave Pelzer's life and will inspire a whole new generation of readers.
  2. "For Better or for Worse" by Debbi Rawlins (Cooper's Corners) (A-) Veterinarian Alex McAlester is the man to go to in Cooper's Corner for sound advice and a shoulder to lean on. But don't ask him to get emotionally involved. Since his wife's death eight years ago, his closest relationship has been with his dog, Bagel - until he insists on "helping out" Jenny Taylor...by marrying her! Jenny has been diagnosed with a rare illness, and if she were Alex's spouse, his insurance would cover her mounting medical costs. But Jenny doesn't want a marriage based on gratitude. She wants those strong shoulders! And she wants Alex's love.
  3. "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult (A++) Can a parent love too much? Or is too much never enough? Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate - a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister - and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. A provocative novel that raises some important ethical issues, My Sister's Keeper is the story of one family's struggle for survival at all human costs and a stunning moral parable for all time.
  4. "Dear John" by Nicholas Sparks (A++) "Dear John," the letter read. And with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives changed forever. When Savannah Lynn Curtis comes into his life, John Tyree knows he is ready to turn over a new leaf. An angry rebel, he had enlisted in the army after high school, not knowing what else to do. Then, during a furlough, he meets Savannah, the girl of his dreams. The attraction is mutual and quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah vowing to wait for John while he finished his tour of duty. But neither can foresee 9/11 is about to change the world. Like so many proud men and women, John must choose between love and his country. Now, when he finally returns to North Carolina, John will discover that loving Savannah will force him to make the hardest decision of his life.
  5. "The Horse and His Boy" by C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia #3) (A++) Back in the days when Peter was high king in Narnia and his brother and sisters were king and queens under him, Shasta, a young boy with a mysterious past, overheard a plot to sell him into a life of slavery. Deciding he must escape from his cruel master, Shasta never expects to find an ally in Bree - a war horse that talks. But together, they have an adventure that unites them with a runaway princess and her talking horse, pits them against a treacherous young prince, puts them on a dangerous journey across the desert and brings them face to face with a terrifying lion.
  6. "Fire and Ice" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #6) (A) In the wake of a failed love affair, brainy beauty Jilly Lovitz takes off for Tokyo. She's expecting to cry on her sister Summer's shoulder, then spend a couple months blowing off steam in Japan. Instead, she's snatched away on the back of a motorcycle, narrowly avoiding a grisly execution attempt meant for her sister and brother-in-law. Her rescuer is Reno, the Committee's most unpredictable agent. They'd met once before and the attraction was odd - tattooed Yakuza punk meets leggy California egghead - but electric. Now Reno and Jilly are pawns in a deadly tangle of assassination attempts, kidnappings and prisoner swaps that could put their steamy partnership on ice.
  7. "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See (A+) In  nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, or "old same,"  in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she has written a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men. As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on the fan and compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. They both endure the agony of footbinding and together reflect upon their arranged marriages, shared loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart.
  8. "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander Series #6) (A+) It is 1772, the eve of the American Revolution, and the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit: In Boston, men lie dead in the street, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the darkness of the forest. And over the house on Fraser's Ridge, where Jamie Fraser and his family reside, a shadow lengthens...The Colony is in ferment, and Governor Josiah Martin sends an envoy to Jamie Fraser, asking for help. With unpardoned Regulators, agitating Whigs, and the vigilantes of the Committees of Safety at large, the Governor needs someone to unite the backcountry, pacify the seething resentments of settlers and Indians, and keep the mountains safe for King and Crown. Jamie Fraser, everyone agrees, is the man for the job. But there is one problem: Jamie Fraser's wife, Claire, is a time-traveler, as are his daughter and son-in-law. And Jamie knows that three years hence, the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the end of it all will be independence - with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. Beyond everything else, though, looms the threat of a tiny clipping from the Wilmington Gazette dated 1776, which reports the destruction of the house on Fraser's Ridge and the death by fire of James Fraser and all his family. For once, Jamie Fraser hopes the time-travelers in his family are wrong about the future - but only time will tell.
  9. "Moon Dance" by Mariah Stewart (sequel to A Wonderful You and Devlin's Light) (A+) Georgia Enright has dedicated her life to dance. But at age twenty-six, her hopes of becoming a lead dancer are dashed. So she ventures to Pumpkin Hill, an old farm owned by her newly found half sister, Laura Bishop, to contemplate her future. There, discovering an affinity for country life - and a barn just perfect for giving dance lessons - Georgia enjoys an oasis of peace...until Matthew Bishop arrives. An abandoned child taken in by the same parents who adopted Laura, Matt has plans of his own for that barn - plans that include a veterinary clinic, not a ballet studio! The only thing the rugged doctor resents more than Laura's interest in her birth family is his having to share the premises with one of them. Yet he can't deny there's something about Georgia that has brightened his world - and if he's not careful, she just may dance into his heart.
  10. "Hero Under Cover" by Suzanne Brockmann (A) Protector or deceiver? When Pete Taylor first offered his services, Annie Morgan wanted nothing to do with him. She didn't want a bodyguard. She couldn't believe the threats against her were serious - until Pete saved her life! Tall, dark and dangerous, Pete Taylor was far too disturbing for Annie to want him with her all day and all night! He was an irresistible enigma, a man with secrets...
  11. "The Prodigal Daughter" by Ginna Gray (A) Seven years ago, Maggie Malone left Ruby Falls, Texas, in disgrace. The wild child went on to become a million-dollar face...a supermodel who still hides her father's rejection behind an outrageous, glamorous lifestyle. Now, Maggie Malone has come home. Her father is dying and so is their proud family business. Her mother insists Maggie is the family's last chance. Once, Maggie had a dream of running the empire. Then she lost everything one hellish night when her world came crashing down. But old dreams die hard. To claim them, she'll have to confront the father who denies her, the family who resents her, the secrets that surround her, the man who wants her...and the treachery closing in on them all.
  12. "The Witness" by Ginna Gray (A-) In the blink of an eye, Lauren Brownly's life changed forever. Late one night the concert pianist witnessed a grisly murder, and with it came the devastating truth: Her career had been financed by crime lord Carlo Giovessi. Now Lauren's testimony against him could finally bring him down. Terrifed and utterly alone, Lauren must trust in one man - Sam Grey Wolf Rawlins. She is powerfully drawn to the rugged FBI agent who took her into protective custody, but Wolf cannot dismiss the shocking allegations about Lauren's personal involvement with the mobster. Their traitorous emotions - and their survival skills - are put to the ultimate test when their plane crashes during a blizzard. Now they are stranded in the mountains with hit men hot on their trail, and danger is closing in on Lauren and Wolf. There's a traitr in the ranks of the FBI and Wolf knows there is nowhere safe to hide - except in a world he left behind long ago.
  13. "Prince Caspian" by C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia #4) (A) Narnia...the land between the lamp-post and the Castle of Cair Paravel, where animals talk, where magical things happen...and where the adventure begins. Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are returning to boarding school when they are summoned from the dreary train station (by Susan's own magic horn) to return to the land of Narnia - the land where they had ruled as kings and queens and where their help is desperately needed.

Currently Reading - 

  1. "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers" by Loung Ung
  2. "Everlasting" by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
  3. "Breakwater" by Carla Neggers 

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

  1. "Hide and Seek" (Men of T-FLAC #3) by Cherry Adair
  2. "Hot Ice" by Cherry Adair
  3. "In Too Deep" (Men of T-FLAC #4 by Cherry Adair
  4. "Kiss and Tell" (Men of T-FLAC #2) by Cherry Adair
  5. "The Mercenary" (Men of T-FLAC #1) by Cherry Adair
  6. "Out of Sight" (Men of T-FLAC #5) by Cherry Adair
  7. "A Long Walk Home" by Diane Amos
  8. "Go Down to Silence" by G.K. Belliveau
  9. "Kate Remembered" by A. Scott Berg
  10. "The Horses of Proud Spirit" by Melanie Sue Bowles
  11. "Hoof Prints (More Stories From Proud Spirit)" by Melanie Sue Bowles
  12. "Body Language" by Suzanne Brockmann
  13. "Freedom's Price" (Bartlett Family #2) by Suzanne Brockmann
  14. "Kiss and Tell" (Sunrise Key #1) by Suzanne Brockmann
  15. "Not Without Risk" by Suzanne Brockmann
  16. "Otherwise Engaged" (Sunrise Key #3) by Suzanne Brockmann
  17. "Turn My World Upside Down - Jo's Story" by Maureen Child
  18. "Owl Island" by Randy Sue Coburn
  19. "The Actor's Guide to Murder" by Rick Copp
  20. "The Third Wife" by Jasmine Cresswell
  21. "Once Upon A Family" (Fostered by Love Series #1) by Margaret Daley
  22. "Don't Tempt Me" by Sylvia Day
  23. "The Carousel" by Richard Paul Evans
  24. "Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham
  25. "Cry No More" by Linda Howard
  26. "A Royal Masquerade"  by Arlene James (Royally Wed #6)
  27. "Dead Wrong" (Joanna Brady Series #12)  by J.A. Jance
  28. "Exit Wounds" (Joanna Brady Series #11) by J.A. Jance
  29. "Partner in Crime" (Joanna Brady Series #10) by J.A. Jance
  30. "Body of Lies" by Iris Johansen
  31. "Firestorm"  by Iris Johansen
  32. "The Paper Marriage" by Susan Kay Law
  33. "The Official Nora Roberts Companion" by Denise Little and Laura Hayden
  34. "Remember Me?" by Sophie Kinsella
  35. "Almost Like Being In Love" by Steve Kluger
  36. "The Quickie" by Michael Ledwidge & James Patterson
  37. "Step On A Crack" by Michael Ledwidge & James Patterson
  38. "Dead Irish" by John Lescroart
  39. "Christmas Letters" by Debbie Macomber
  40. "Twenty Wishes" (Blossom Street) by Debbie Macomber
  41. "Dancing in the Dark" (Cooper's Corner) by Sandra Marton
  42. "Dreamcatcher" by Dinah McCall & Sharon Sala
  43. "The Survivors" by Dinah McCall
  44. "Springwater Wedding" by Linda Lael Miller
  45. "3 Brides For 3 Bad Boys" by Lucy Monroe
  46. "The Widow" by Carla Neggers
  47. "7th Heaven" (Women's Murder Club #7) by Maxine Paetro & James Patterson
  48. "A Man Named Dave" by David Pelzer
  49. "A Brother's Journey: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse" by Richard B. Pelzer
  50. "A Teenager's Journey" by Richard B. Petzer
  51. "Change of Heart" by Jodi Picoult
  52. "Mercy" by Jodi Picoult
  53. "Thunderhead" by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
  54. "Blackwood Farm" (Vampire Chronicles #9) Anne Rice
  55. "Blood Canticle" (Vampire Chronicles #10) Anne Rice
  56. "Firefly Beach" by Luanne Rice
  57. "Follow the Stars Home" by Luanne Rice
  58. "Last Kiss" by Luanne Rice
  59. "Every Day" by Elizabeth Richards
  60. "Guilty" by Karen Robards
  61. "Strangers in Death" (In Death Series #26) by J.D. Robb
  62. "Homeport" by Nora Roberts 
  63. "The Hollow" (Sign of Seven Trilogy #2) by Nora Roberts
  64. "The Stanislaski Brothers" (Mikhail and Alex) by Nora Roberts
  65. "The Stanislaskis: "Waiting for Nick" "Considering Kate" by Nora Roberts
  66. "Treasures: Secret Star/Treasures Lost, Treasures Found" by Nora Roberts
  67. "The Baby and the Bachelor" (Cooper's Corner) by Kristine Rolofson
  68. "Afterlove" by Robert Rosenblum
  69. "Icy Sparks" by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
  70. "Jesus Land: A Memoir" by Julia Scheeres
  71. "For the Love of Nick" (Cooper's Corners) by Jill Shalvis
  72. "Trade Secrets" (Coopers Corners) by Jill Shalvis & C.J. Carmichael
  73. "Homeplace" by Anne Rivers Siddons
  74. "Sweet Memories" by LaVyrle Spencer
  75. "Blood Will Tell" (Kate Shugak Mystery) by Dana Stabenow
  76. "A Cold-Blooded Business" (Kate Shugak Mystery) by Dana Stabenow
  77. "The Kiss" by Danielle Steel
  78. "Special Delivery" by Danielle Steel
  79. "Black Ice" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #1)
  80. "Cold As Ice " by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #2)
  81. "Ice Blue" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #3)
  82. "Ice Storm" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #4)
  83. "Silent Snow" by Steve Thayer
  84. "Twisted Creek" by Jodi Thomas
  85. "Double Exposure" (Cooper's Corners) by Vicki Lewis Thompson
  86. "The Horsemaster's Daughter" by Susan Wiggs
  87. "Snowfall at Willow Lake" (Lakeshore Chronicles #4) by Susan Wiggs
  88. "A Summer Affair" by Susan Wiggs

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The Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg.  It's the last in his memoir trilogy.

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The Host by Stephanie Meyer
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I just finished "The Queen's Man" by Sharon Kay Penman. I'm about halfway through "Tularosa" by Michael McGarrity and I'm about 80 pages into "The Skull Mantra" by Eliot Pattison. I have peeked at the first two chapters of "The Innocent" by Posie Graeme-Evans and I have about 120 pages left of "The Jasmine Trade" by Denise Hamilton. Once I finish those I have about 80 books in my TBR pile. Make that 180 books! :)
Date Posted: 7/1/2008 5:53 PM ET
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Taft by Ann Patchett

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I'm reading Rasero by Francisco Rebolledo.  This is one book everyone should add to their TBR lists!

Subject: Lotz and lotz of reading!
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Finished : E is for Evidence ~ Sue Grafton~ Love her stuff! This one is funny and gripping.

Started.~ Middlesex for a live group , loving it! goal is to finish it by the 1st of August ~Emperor of Ocean Park ~Good, Real Good!   I'm about 1/3 into it and have to return to library so I bought it , he is going to be a new mystery author on my list, very engaging and so much extra background and content.~ Lazarus Project by Alexander Hemon, ~ Very good story about class struggle and immigration from a Balkan pt of view, Good writer~ Lost City Radio~Daniel Alarcon~ very interesting and touching story about people who disappear in an un-named S. American country~just ordered it from PBS because I want to finish it!  ( I just check them out from the library to sample, if I like it, I'll buy or trade it)

Next : Lolita by Nabakov for a live local group in August~ just found out that they are reading this and I have wanted to read it for a long time. Devil in the White City ~for live group in August~ On Writing~Steven King for yet another creative group in August. Then The Red Tent in Sept.

Happy Reading!


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Im about half way into Ice Station by Matt Reilly  a must read if you like action/thriller adventures.

Im not sure what will be next  I have very large TBR pile.



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I am reading the Bookseller of Kabul and it's quite good.

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 Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 11:11 PM ET
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I am currently reading Light From Heaven by Jan Karon and It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life by Lance Armstrong.

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 11:18 PM ET
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I'm 1/3 of the way through come back:  a mother and daughter's journey through hell and back by claire fontaine and mia fontaine.  Mesmerizing and un-put-down-able (if there is such a word).  eta:  finished - a superb read

I'm also midway through The Shack.  It's enriching my spiritual side!

eta:  Also finished If I Am Missing or Dead by Janine Latus.  Okay, but not what I expected.

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I'm about a third of the way through The Next Thing on My List: A Novel :: Jill Smolinski.  Love it so far! 

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Right now I just started The Dirty Dozen by EM Nathanson & Psychotic Reactions and Carberator Dung by Lester Bangs.

My TBR pile for the month, in no particular order:

1.  Picasso at the Lapin Agile & other plays - Steve Martin

2. Girls Night In - various

3. To Cut a Long Story Short - Jeffery Archer

4. From a Buick 8 - Stephen King

5. Broken Music - Sting

6. Last Summer - Evan Hunter

7. The Blackboard Jungle - Evan Hunter

8. Best in Children's Books - various

9. The Creek Was Our Bathtub - John Grafton

10. The Year of Fog - Michelle Redmond

11. Love is a Mix Tape - Rob Sheffield

12. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson

13. A New Kind of Conservative - Joel Hunter

14. Right Wing, Wrong Bird - Joel Hunter

15. What a Writer Needs - Ralph Fletcher

16. The City of Ember - Jeanne Duprau

17. The Lost Continent - Bill Bryson

18.  The Invitation - Oriah Mountain Dreamer

19.  The Thief of Always - Clive Barker

20. Mr & Mrs. Bo Bo Jones - Ann Head

21.  The Birdman's Daughter - Cindi Meyers

22. Dangerous Angels - Francesca Lia Block

23. Time on Fire: My Comey of Terrors - Evan Handler

24. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

25. Conversations With the Fat Girl - Liza Palmer

26. The Falcon and the Snowman - Robert Lindsay

27. Slam - Lewis Shiner

28. The Orchid Thief - Susan Orlean

29. The Lost Constitution - William Martin

30. On Writing - Stephen King

31. The Green Mile - Stephen King


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I'm reading Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter.

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Just started The Zookeeper's Wife last night.  Seems like a very interesting premise

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Almost done with Violin by Anne Rice.....do not know what I will read next

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I'm reading In The Spirit of Crazy Horse by Peter Matthiessen

Kept off the shelves for eight years by legal battles, this is the comprehensive history of the desperate Indian efforts to maintain their traditions and preserve the sacredness of the earth. Matthiessen reveals the Lakota Indians' long struggle with the U.S. Government, from Red Cloud's War and Little Big Horn to the Indian wars of the 1970s.


Also reading Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly By Robert Dalby

It's okay but not as good as other southern fiction such as the Miss Julia series.


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I just started The Photograph as Contemporary Art by by Charlotte Cotton.

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I'm reading Rasero by Francisco Rebolledo.  This is one book everyone should add to their TBR lists!


Tell us why, please!

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So far in July I've finished:

  • The Con Man by Ed McBain

Currently reading: Black Powder War by Naomi Novik and Mad Mouse by Chris Grabenstein. Also have downloaded The Hound of Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to listen to in audiobook.