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Subject: It's July What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 7/1/2011 9:31 AM ET
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My July 2011 Reading List:

Finished -

  1.  "THE THIRD CIRCLE" by Amanda Quick (Arcane Society (unabridged Audio Cassette) (A-) Leona Hewitt, disguised in men's formal evening clothes, has secretly made her way into Lord Delbridge's private museum to recover a relic stolen from her family years ago. But someone else is there in the dimly lit gallery, on the same errand, a tall, black-cloaked man whose very voice is enough to put her in a trance. Thaddeus Ware, a mesmerist with powerful psychic energy, is accustomed to fearful reactions from others - women in particular. After all, a man who can control the minds and actions of others could rob a lady of her virtue - without her ever knowing! But Leona shows no trace of hysteria in his presence. A force to be reckoned with as both a gifted crystal worker and a woman, she exerts a rather hypnotic power over the hypnotist himself. And she is determined to keep the crystal they recovered, by giving him the slip at a run-down London inn.Thaddeus, on assignment for the secretive Arcane Society, knows the menace Leona is courting by absconding with the crystal. It is a source of remarkable energy and it holds the potential for great destruction. Lord Delbridge has already killed two men to acquire it, for it is his key to membership in the elite, shadowy group known as the Third Circle. And with the help of a seductive hunter of preternatural skill, dubbed "The Midnight Monster" by the press, Delbridge intends to find her. With the stolen crystal in their possession, the danger is only beginning.
  2. "BATTLE CRY" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier - People of the Plains Saga #4) (B) The Cheyenne are on the attack, taking hostages, killing settlers and attracting the attention of Washington. Again, the Army is ordered into action. In the meantime, a train full of emigrants is heading further west, to Fort Laramie and beyond. Traveling in disguise is Benoit and Dobb's old enemy "Notch" Henderson, still in possession of the money he'd stolen earlier. As Benoit races madly to intercept the train and arrest Henderson, a group of Mormons in Southern Utah devise a plan to stop the train for good. Religious bigotry, revenge and the bitterness between the North and South heat up to a fever pitch. Now Benoit, Dobbs and the entire nation must face a struggle with age-old questions that pit loyalty to the past against the individualism of the future.
  3. "FULL SPEED" by Janet Evanovich & Charlotte Hughes (Max Holt #3) (A-) Jamie Swift and Max Holt have intense chemistry - even though they drive each other crazy. Max thinks Jamie is a magnet for trouble and Jamie thinks Max is the most annoyingly sexy, mysterious man she's ever met. She knows she should stay away from him. But boy, oh boy, do the sparks fly when they get together. Jamie is a newspaper owner from a small Southern town and she's after the story of a lifetime. Max Holt is right in the middle of that story and so Jamie tracks down the millionaire playboy, forcing him to take her on as partner. What follows is a story of a corrupt minister, a gang of mobsters on the loose, a hound dog called Fleas, a wise-cracking computer genius and lots of love in the fast lane. Not to mention plenty of steamy action between Jamie and Max.
  4. "MYSTIC HORSEMAN" by Kathleen Eagle (Mystic Warriors #2) (A+) Clinton Black has a dream. Mystic Warriors Horse Camp, where wayward Lakota youth can connect with the Lakota spirit. He has the land, the horses and the history. Now all he needs is the money and any help he can get. Dillon's ex-wife, Monica, thinks he could use an ounce of common sense before anything else. But deep down, she feels that Dillon's project might mend their shattered family. And they will need to be united when Monica confesses a painful secret. Ella Champion, television producer extraordinaire, works on a reality show where community projects get an inspiring makeover. Dillon's ranch could be her next show and she thinks he could be the perfect man for her. Suddenly Dillon has more help than he can handle.
  5. "DAYS OF GOLD" by Jude Deveraux (Edilean #2) (A++) Scotland, 1766: The laird of the clan, Angus McTern, has everything he wants in life. That is, until he is captivated by Edilean Talbot. Breathtakingly beautiful and born of privilege, Edilean represents everything Angus despises. Still, she dazzles him and when Angus can no longer hide his feelings, she rejects him, leaving him deeply wounded and humilated. But when Edilean needs his help to reclaim the gold she inherited from her father, her haunting beauty - and her tears - convince him to put aside his pride. However, when Angus tries to intervene, he is accused of kidnapping and theft. To avoid being prosecuted, he must escape with Edilean to America. There they will overcome almost insurmountable obstacles as the man who claims the gold for his own endlessly pursues them. Despite all that tries to keep them apart. Angus and Edilean also find a love as wild and free as the land itself.
  6. "HOME IN CAROLINA" by Sherryl Woods (Sweet Magnolias #5) (abridged Audio CD) (A+) There's no place like home, especially if it's Serenity, South Carolina. For Annie Sullivan, though, the homecoming is bittersweet. She'd always envisioned a life there with her childhood best friend, Tyler Townsend. But Ty's betrayal has cost her the family and the future they'd once planned. For Ty, losing Annie was heartbreaking. Still, he can't imagine life without the three-year-old son whose mother left him for Ty to raise. Ty wants it all - Annie, his child and the future he'd dreamed about - and he's back home in Serenity to fight for it. But getting Annie to forgive and forget may be the hardest challenge he's ever faced. With the stakes so high, this is one game he can't afford to lose.
  7. "GHOST NIGHT" by Heather Graham (Bone Island #2) (A) In darkened waters, evil bides its time. A slasher movie turns real when two young actors are brutally murdered on a remote island film set. Their severed heads and arms ae posed in macabre homage to a nineteenth-century pirate massacre. Two years later, survivor Vanessa Loren is drawn back to South Bimini by a documentary being made about the storied region. Filmmaker Sean O'Hara aches to see how the unsolved crime haunts her...and Sean knows more than a little about ghosts. Lured by visions of a spectral figurehead, Vanessa discovers authentic pirate treasures that only deepen the mystery. Are the murders the work of modern-day marauders, the Bermuda Triangle or a deadly paranormal echo of the island's violent history? As Vanessa and Sean grow closer, the killer prepares to resume the laughter...unless the dead can intervene.
  8. "NAUTI DREAMS" by Lora Leigh (Nauti Boys #3) (A) Years ago, Natches Mackay separated himself from his family, except for the two cousins who gave him the only family base he'd ever known. Now, he's being dragged back into his father's life in a way that could destroy him and the only woman he's ever felt a spark for. Government agent Chaya Dane has fought to put her past behind her - until a mission in Somerset, Kentucky, puts Natches back into her dreams. He makes her forget about a dark past that still haunts her. He makes her feel that she deserves something she has never known - happiness in the arms of a man who loves her. But Natches has his own dark shadows - those cast by his father, who has fallen under suspicion in the theft of government missiles - and they could cost Chaya more than she ever imagined.
  9. "LOVING FRANK" by Nancy Horan (A) "I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current." So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives.
  10. "ACCIDENTALLY YOURS" by Susan Mallery (A+) Wanted: Single mom seeks billionaire's pocketbook to fund dying son's cure. Will seduce if necessary. Blackmail is not out of the question. Miracles welcome. Cynical billionaire seeks working mom with a heart of gold for PR campaign to improve his standing in the community. Must be willing to attend social events. Anyone looking for love need not apply. It seemed like the perfect match...until the unthinkable happened.
  11. "AT HOME IN STONE CREEK" by Linda Lael Miller (Stone Creek) (A) Everyone in Ashley O'Ballivan's life is marrying and starting families - except her. But what date can compare to Jack McCall, the man who broke her heart years ago? And now he's mysteriously back. But he isn't who she thinks he is. After a dangerous mission working for the DEA, security expert Jack MaCall rents a room in Ashley's bed-and-breakfast. For her sake, he must keep his distance. But his feelings for her are so powerful that only his heart remains off-limits. To protect her - from his enemies and himself - he has to leave vowing to fight his way home to her and Stone Creek forever.
  12. "KISS THE MOON" by Carla Neggers (A+) Lost in the frozen woods of New Hampshire, Penelope Chestnut discovers the wreckage of a small plane. An aviator herself, she sees clues to a conspiracy in the rusted-out remains. Rumors of her discovery bring Wyatt Sinclair to Cold Spring, determined to put to rest a family scandal and learn what really happened to his legendary uncle, who had disappeared with his adventuress lover years earlier. As Wyatt and Penelope investigate, old motives are uncovered and new ones created, including a growing attraction between the pair. But when an unknown enemy emerges with a violence rooted in desperation, uncovering the truth will be far less problematic than surviving it.
  13. "THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE SEXY" by Emily Carmichael (A+) The spotlight doesn't get any hotter than this...Rachel Marsh doesn't have time to think about the pampered lives of the Holywood stars. She's too busy running her family's Lazy M Ranch in Arizona. But even Rachel has heard of Jackson Stone, the green-eyed movie megahunk known for his sexual prowess both on- and offscreen. Jackson is the last person Rachel would expect to show up looking for work as a cowboy. But that's exaqctly what happens...and now Rachel has her hands full keeping her mind on the Lazy M - and off Jackson! After a nasty tabloid scandal, Jackson has decided it would be best to spend a little time out of the public eye. When he stumbles across the Lazy M Ranch, he hatches a brilliant plan: to convince its pretty owner to let him go undercover as a cowboy until things blow over. Jackson sees nothing wrong with spending a little time incognito - especially with a woman like Rachel, who looks as good roping cattle as she does by the light of an intimate campfire. Now, far from inquiring eyes, these two slightly cynical lovers are going to discover just how good they are at being bad...and the outcome may be more than downright sexy. It may be true love.
  14. "PRIVATE DICKS" by Katie Allen (A) Ex-cop Isaac Rhodes is a tough and intimidating private investigator with a talent for kicking in doors and knocking bail jumpers' heads together. His only soft spot is for his partner, Nate Washington - though Wash makes him anything but soft. He's silently lusted after Wash for a year, until his desire drives him to finally come out to his partner. This confession leads to Wash admitting a few secrets of his own, unleashing needs that result in hot, sweaty, sexy, man-on-man intimacy. Rhodes is elated...until Wash admits he's unsure if he's willing to endure the often prejudice-filled life of an outed gay man. Crushed, Rhodes backs off. But one missing child case - and a gun to Wash's head - convinces Rhodes to do whatever it takes to get his man.
  15. "THIS HEART OF MINE" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Chicago Stars #5) (A++) Molly Sommerville loves her career as the creator of the Daphne the Bunny children's book series, but the rest of her life could use some improvement. She has a reputation for trouble that started even before she gave away her fifteen-million-dollar inheritance. Then there's her long-term crush on the quarterback for the Chicago Stars football team her sister owns - that awful, gorgeous Kevin Tucker, a man who can't even remember Molly's name! One night Kevin barges into Molly's not-quite-perfect life and turns it upside down. Unfortunately, the Ferrari-driving, poodle-hating jock isn't as shallow as she wishes he were and she soon finds herself at a place called Wind Lake. Surrounded by paintbox cottages and a charming old bed-and-breakfast, Molly and Kevin battle their attraction and each other as they face one of life's most imprtant lessons. Sometimes love hurts, sometimes it makes you mad as hell and sometimes - if you're luky - it can heal in a most unexpected way.
  16. "ABSOLUTE FEAR" by Lisa Jackson (New Orleans #5 - Our Lady of Virtues) (unabridged Audio CD) (A+) For the past three months, Eve Renner has struggled to remember the night she was nearly killed and her lover was tried for murder. She remembers getting the anxious call from a friend from her past. She remembers seeing that friend lying in a pool of blood. And she remembers a horrifying glimpse of her lover Cole Dennis's face as a gunshot plunged her into darkness. Eve's shattered memory has helped Cole walk on murder charges just as a new series of killings begins. The latest murders are bizxarre and baffling. There is no connection to the victims except one: Our Lady of Virtues Hospital the crumbling old asylum that was once the scene of unspeakable madness. For Eve, it was a second home as a child. Her father was a doctor there and she spent hours exploring its forbidden passageways. Somewhere in its decaying rooms lies the key to a terrible crime. And the only man she can trust with the search is Cole, her former lover and, just possibly, a cold-blooded killer. Now, as memories begin to surface, someone is watching, planning...For the sins of the past must be revealed, the crimes brought to justice and the price paid - in blood.

Currently Reading -

  1. "To Mother With Love: The Way Home/Backward Glance/So This is Love" by Linda Howard/Robyn Carr/ Cheryl Reavis
  2. "365 Nights: A Memoir of Intimacyby Charla Muller with Betsy Thorpe

Currently Listening To -

  1. "Honor Thyself" by Danielle Steel (unabridged Audio CD)

To Be Read - Alphabetically by Author not reading order

  1. "Hush" by Cherry Adair (Lodestone #1)
  2. "Exposure" by Susan Andersen
  3. "Here to Stay" by Catherine Anderson (A Harrigan Family Novel #4)
  4. "Hot as Sin" by Bella Andre (Hot Shots #2)
  5. "The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances by Andy Andrews
  6. "Pieces of My Sister's Life" by Elizabeth Joy Arnold
  7. "Wish You Well" by David Baldacci (abridged Audio CD)
  8. "Sweet Persuasion" by Maya Banks (Sweet #2)
  9. "Witch Fire" by Anya Bast (Elemental Witches #1)
  10. "A Lion Called Christian:The True Story of the Remarkable Bond between Two Friends" by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall
  11. "Next Comes Love" by Helen Brenna (Mirabelle Island)
  12. "Breaking the Rules" by Suzanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters #16)
  13. "Force of Nature" by Susanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters #11)
  14. "Tough Customer" by Sandra Brown (unabridged Audio CD)
  15. "Where There's Smoke" by Sandra Brown (abridged Audio CD)
  16. "Heaven is for Real:A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back" by Todd Burpo
  17. "Queen of Babble" by Meg Cabot
  18. "Comanche Trail" by Will Camp (Tony Hillerman's Frontier #7)
  19. "Wyoming Winter" by Judy Christenberry (The Randalls)
  20. "Mind Tryst" by Robyn Carr
  21. "The Wedding Party" by Robyn Carr
  22. "Sworn to Silence" by Linda Castillo (Kate Burkholder #1)
  23. "The Bay at Midnight" by Diane Chamberlain
  24. "61 Hours" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #14)
  25. "Echo Burning" Lee Child (Jack Reacher #5)
  26. "An Officer and a Millionaire" by Maureen Child (Man of the Month - Mr. January)
  27. "Unlawful Contact" by Pamela Clare (I-Team #3)
  28. "Welcome to Temptation" by Jennifer Cruise (Temptation #1)
  29. "Summer at Seaside Cove" by Jacquie D'Alessandro
  30. "Trial by Fire" by Jo Davis (Firefighters of Station Five #1)
  31. "Give Him the Slip" by Geralyn Dawson (Holy Terrors #1)
  32. "Scarlet Nights" by Jude Deveraux (Edilean #3)
  33. "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens (unabridged Audible*)
  34. "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by Susan Donovan (San Francisco Dog-Walking Group #1)
  35. "The Stylist" by Cai Emmons
  36. "Brother's In Blood" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier #5)
  37. "Smokin' Sixteen" by Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum #16) (unabridged Audible*)
  38. "The Christmas Box Collection: The Christmas Box/Timepiece/The Letter" by Richard Paul Evans
  39. "The Walk" by Richard Paul Evans (Walk #1)
  40. "Dark Desire" by Christine Feehan (Carpathians (Dark) #2)
  41. "Deadly Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #5)
  42. "Line of Scrimmage" by Marie Force
  43. "Causing Havoc" by Lori Foster (SBC Fighters #1)
  44. "When You Dare" by Lori Foster (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #1)
  45. "The Winston Brothers" by Lori Foster
  46. "Lowcountry Summer" by Dorothea Benton Frank (Lowcountry Tale) (unabridged Audible*)
  47. "In Shelter Cove" by Barbara Freethy (Angel's Bay #3)
  48. "The Outsider" by Ann H. Gabhart (Harmony Hill #3)
  49. "Something Borrowed" by Emily Giffin (Something #1)
  50. "Once in a Blue Moon" by Eileen Goudge
  51. "The Summons" by John Grisham (unabridged Audio CD)
  52. "East of the Mountains" by David Guterson
  53. "My One and Only" by Kristin Higgins
  54. "Black Silk" by Metsy Hingle
  55. "Keeping Company" by Tami Hoag (Rainbow Chasers #2)
  56. "Jubilee" by B.J. Hoff
  57. "Blood Ties" by Kay Hooper (unabridged Audio CD) (Bishop Special Crimes Unit #12) (Blood Trilogy #3)
  58. "Kill and Tell" by Linda Howard (John Medina #1)
  59. "MacKenzie's Heroes: MacKenzie's Pleasure/MacKenzie's Magic by Linda Howard
  60. "Surrender Bay" by Denise Hunter (Nantucket Love Story #1)
  61. "Tall Dark...Westmoreland" by Brenda Jackson (The Westmorelands #15)
  62. "Fatal Error" by J.A. Jance (Ali Reynolds #6) (unabridged Audible*)
  63. "Failure to Appear" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #11)
  64. "Fire and Ice" by J.A. Jance (Joanna Brady #13 & J.P. Beaumont #19)
  65. "Blood Game" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #10)
  66. "Chasing the Night" by Irish Johansen (Eve Duncan)
  67. "Eight Days to Live" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #9)
  68. "A Stranger's Game" by Joan Johnston (Bitter Creek) (unabridged Audio CD)
  69. "Home to Holly Springs" by Jan Karon (Father Tim #1)
  70. "Too Hot to Handle" by Robin Kaye
  71. "One Tuesday Morning" by Karen Kingsbury (9/11 #1)
  72. "A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog" by Dean Koontz
  73. "In Too Deep" Jayne Anne Krentz (Arcane Society #10) (unabridged Audible*)
  74. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larrson (Millennium #1) (Audio MP3)
  75. "Home on the Ranch" by Allison Leigh (Home on the Ranch - Men of the Double-C Ranch #6)
  76. "Live Wire" by Lora Leigh (Elite Ops #6)
  77. "The Revelation" by Beverly Lewis (Abram's Daughters #5)
  78. "A Turn in the Road" by Debbie Macomber (Blossom Street)
  79. "Almost Perfect" by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold #2)
  80. "Already Home" by Susan Mallery
  81. "Falling for Gracie" by Susan Mallery (Los Lobos #2)
  82. "The Sparkling One" by Susan Mallery (Marcelli Family #1)
  83. "Defender" by Catherine Mann (Dark Ops #1)
  84. "Fair Play" by Deirdre Martin (New York Blades #2)
  85. "Season of Strangers" by Kat Martin
  86. "Tin Angel" by Kat Martin
  87. "Tall, Dark and Lethal" by Dana Marton
  88. "Flat-Out Sexy" by Erin McCarthy (Fast Track #1)
  89. "Slow Kill" by Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney #9)
  90. "Creeds Honor" by Linda Lael Miller (Montana Creeds #6)
  91. "The Creed Legacy" by Linda Lael Miller (Montana Creeds #7)
  92. "Don't Look Now" by Linda Lael Miller (Look Book #1)
  93. "Princess Annie" by Linda Lael Miller (Quade #3)
  94. "Ragged Rainbows: Ragged Rainbows/Miracle Baby" by Linda Lael Miller/Janice Kay Johnson
  95. "A Wanted Man" by Linda Lael Miller (Stone Creek #2)
  96. "Satisfaction Guaranteed" by Lucy Monroe (Goddard Project #1)
  97. "Last Light Over Carolina" by Mary Alice Monroe
  98. "Deception" by Selena Montgomery (Faraday Trilogy #2)
  99. "Remember Me" by Laura Moore (Redwood Trilogy #1)
  100. "Cold Ridge" by Carla Neggers
  101. "The Angel" by Carla Neggers (BPD-FBI #2)
  102. "The Whisper" by Carla Neggers (BPD-FBI #4)
  103. "Long, Lean and Lethal) by Lorie O'Clare (FBI Sex Crimes #2)
  104. "The Maverick" by Diana Palmer
  105. "Sing Me Home" by Jodi Picoult
  106. "Midnight Cactus" by Bella Pollen
  107. "The Perfect Poison" by Amanda Quick (Arcane Society #6)
  108. "Becca's Baby" by Tara Taylor Quinn (Shelter Valley #1)
  109. "No Chance" by Christy Reece (Last Chance Rescue #4)
  110. "Fox River" by Emilie Richards
  111. "Indulgence in Death) by J.D. Robb (In Death #30)
  112. "Treachery in Death" by J.D. Robb (In Death #31)
  113. "Automatic Proposal" by Kelsey Roberts (Miami Confidential #2)
  114. "Chasing Fire" by Nora Roberts
  115. "Mysterious: This Magic Moment/Search for Love/The Right Path" by Nora Roberts
  116. "Perfect Harmony: Unfinished Business/Local Hero" by Nora Roberts
  117. "The Homecoming" by JoAnn Ross (Shelter Bay #1)
  118. "Lone Star Legacy" by Roxanne Rustand
  119. "Deep in the Heart" by Sharon Sala
  120. "Nine Lives" by Sharon Sala (Cat Dupree #1)
  121. "Simply Irresistible" by Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor #1)
  122. "Lover's Bite" by Maggie Shayne (Wings in the Night #2)
  123. "Xin Loi, Vietnam: Thirty-one Months of War: a Soldier's Memoir" by Al Sever
  124. "A Little Trouble With the Facts" by Nina Siegal
  125. "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks (unabridged Audible*)
  126. "Amazing Grace" by Danielle Steel
  127. "Family Ties" by Danielle Steel
  128. "Legacy" by Danielle Steel
  129. "Dead Wrong" by Mariah Stewart (Dead #1)
  130. "Blacker than a Thousand Midnights" by Susan Straight
  131. "The Hot Flash Club Chills Out" by Nancy Thayer (Hot Flash Club #4)
  132. "Blackberry Summer" by RaeAnne Thayne
  133. "Rewriting Monday" by Jodi Thomas
  134. "Lie With Me" Stephanie Tyler (Shadow Force #1)
  135. "The Missing" by Shiloh Walker
  136. "Good In Bed" by Jennifer Weiner (Cannie Shapiro #1)
  137. "The Beach Trees" by Karen White
  138. "The Irish Devil" by Diane Whiteside (Devil #1)
  139. "Addicted to Love" by Lori Wilde (Wedding Veil Wishes #3)
  140. "All of Me" by Lori Wilde (Wedding Veil Wishes #4)
  141. "There Goes the Bride" by Lori Wilde (Wedding Veil Wishes #1)
  142. "Blood Orchid" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #3)
  143. "Orchid Beach" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #1)
  144. "Orchid Blues" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #2)
  145. "Beach Lane" by Sherryl Woods (Chesapeake Shores #7)
  146. "Destiny Unleashed" by Sherryl Woods
  147. "Flirting with Disaster" by Sherryl Woods (Charleton Trilogy #2)
  148. "Harbor Lights" by Sherryl Woods (Chesapeake Shores #3)
  149. "Honeysuckle Summer" by Sherryl Woods (Sweet Magnolias #7)
  150. "The Backup Plan" by Sherryl Woods (Charleton Trilogy #1)

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Listening to the Burning Girl by Mark Billingham in the car.

Reading Our Lady of Pain by Elena Forbes on my Kindle.

Both are very good reads, so far. I love British police procedurals.

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Still reading Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende and will be reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.

Date Posted: 7/1/2011 7:02 PM ET
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Currently Reading

  • Lydia by Tim Sandlin
  • Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan -- for book group

Listening To

  • Visits from the Drowned Girl by Steven Sherrill

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  1. No One Left To Lie To by Christopher Hitchens (1999, 150 pages)
  2. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb (2008, 723 pages)
  3. God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens (2007, 296 pages)
  4. Short by Cortright McMeel (2010, 287 pages)
  5. Rape: A Love Story by Joyce Carol Oates (2003, 154 pages)
  6. While Mortals Sleep by Kurt Vonnegut (2011, 253 pages)
  7. A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin (2011, 1,016 pages)
  8. Toys by James Patterson and Neil McMahon (2011, 364 pages)
  9. Fool by Christopher Moore (2009, 311 pages)
  10. The Tragedy of King Lear by William Shakespeare (c. 1605, 158 pages in Yale edition)
  11. Hail Hibbler by Ron Goulart (1980, 157 pages)


  1. Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk
  2. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  3. Harlot's Ghost by Norman Mailer
  4. Fluke by Christopher Moore
  5. Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore
  6. The Last Werewolf by Glenn Duncan
  7. Starpirate's Brain by Ron Goulart

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I'm currently reading:

"Strangewood" by Christopher Golden............so far, so good!


I just tried to read:

"I'm Perfect, You're Doomed: Tales from a Jehovah's Witness Upbringing"  by Kyria Abrahams............got to the second chapter and couldn't take it anymore!  It was kinda boring....


Read before that:

"Just After Sunset"  by Stephen King......I honestly thought this was ONE story but I flip through and notice there's several short stories! haha!  Some were fascinating.....some were boring.


Next to read:  (One of these)


"Lost Boy, Lost Girl"  by Peter Straub

"The Graveyard Position"  by Robert Barnard

"Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich

"100 Malicious Little Mysteries" by Various Authors

"Too Close to Home" by Linwood Barclay

"Echoes from the Dead" by Johan Theorin

"Dark Forces: New Stories of Suspense and Supernatural Horror" by Various Authors

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Phew, scrolling down a 100+ TBR list on a mobile is rough!


* Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
* Some Time In the Sun by Tom Dardis (This book is cool, my friend picked it up for me at the Faulkner House in New Orleans; it's about Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Huxley, Agee & Nathanael West in the years that they wrote in Hollywood for movie studios.)

July Read Books
* Fables Vol. 15: Rose Red (graphic novel)
* The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno
* Werewolf by Night: In the Blood (graphic novel)
* Locas in Love by Jaime Hernandez (graphic novel)(library book)
* Unwritten Vol. 1 by Mike Carey (graphic novel)(library)

* Unwritten Vol. 2: Inside Man by Mike Carey (graphic novel)
* Unwritten Vol. 3: Dead Man's Kn by Mike Carey (graphic novel)
* Wild Hairs by David J. Schow
* Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin
* The Secret Miracle: The Novelist's Handbook.
* Kraken by China Mieville (amazing)
* The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartler (non fiction; library book) Awesome book about book thieves & how it ties into book lovers & collectors. ;)
* iZombie Vol. 1 by Chris Roberson & Mike Allred (graphic novel)
* Assasssination Vacation by Sarah Vowell (love her, she mixes narrative history & humor SO well.)

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Reading Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin and the 2nd in the Millenium series (the name escapes me).

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Circumstances are trying to thwart me from finishing books the past week.

Currently reading

  • Sweet and Deadly by Charlaine Harris (borrowed this e-book from the library and didn't quite get it finished before the due date...now on the waiting list again to check it out again.
  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory - This is the audio that I'm listening to in my car - however my car has been sick for the past week so I haven't been able to listen - and now I won't be able to finish before this one is due back at the library as well.
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (MP3 audio)
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I am Reading James Patterson's Sam's Letters to Jennifer right now.  I just finished reading Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo.  I have to say I LOVED LOVED that book and I am excited because they are coming to our small town of 1200 in South Dakota to speak and there is a concert by the band Go Fish. I might get to meet Todd and Colton and the family firsthand! Certainly I will see them there! I am so excited. :D Read that one if you can!

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I got through part of the list last month, working on the rest for July..... and added a few more!!

Shem Creek by Dorothea Benton Frank--- Another wonderful, feel-good novel by Dorothea Benton Frank. She has a definite way of writing about the South Carolina Lowcountry that makes you feel the sea breeze on your face and the people come alive and become good friends. I love her books.

A Week From Sunday by Dorothy Garlock--- A sweet story as only Garlock can write them. She brings the era of the 30s to life with a look at the Depression and hard times people went through. There's always a hero and heroine, at least one or two "bad guys" and good always overcomes evil. Predictable but enjoyable for a quick read.

Live at 10:00, Dead at 10:15 by Elsa Klensch --- Not my favorite book, I kept reading to find out "who-done-it" [and the ending was pretty good], but there were so many people involved it was hard to keep them all straight. I probably won't read any more of Klensch's books.

Oral History by Lee Smith--- waiting in the wings

The Third Option by Vince Flynn ---Well, this was a very tense novel. Apparently it would have helped to have read one before this one as it's a continuation of a previous book. Also I don't like to read "To be continued...." books, I want to have a finish to the books I take time to read. At some point I'll have to read the next installment to see if the corrupt politicans get their come'uppance.  It certainly does not paint our elected officals in a good light, but considering the present situation in Washington there's probably a lot more truth to this book then we'd like to believe.

Shore Lights by Barbara Bretton --- reading now

See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson

Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb --- This one is different from McCrumb's Elizabeth McPherson novels, which I like better. I think the reader of this book needs to be into Sci-Fi, D&D and fantasy playing to really enjoy it. But, McCrumb is definitely an author that holds the reader's attention. I've got the sequel to this one, Zombies of the Gene Pool, and I will read it at some point.

Welcome to Serenity by Sherryl Woods ---A continuation of the Sweet Magnolias series. A fun, easy read about a small town in South Carolina and a group of women friends who love, meddle, and in every way are a part of each other's lives.

Welcome to the Great Mysterious by Lorna Landvik

Free Fall by Fern Michaels --- reading, too

Cold Blood by Theresa Monsour --- Great book, terrific author.  Second in the Paris Murphy series, very well written. I'm looking forward to the 3rd installment,  Dark House.

Taking Chances by Janelle Taylor

Shiny Water by Anna Salter--- after that

Killing Critics by Carol O'Connell --- Kathy Mallory, "It's just Mallory" , is such a complex character, the reader doesn't know whether to love her or hate her, but it's for sure no one can forget her. A great series, O'Connell is a terrific author.

Bleachers by John Grisham --- reading, too

Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman --- Dorothy Gilman writes as engrossing a mystery as any current author. Mrs. Pollifax makes being older something to be proud of. She's as gutsy as any woman half her age and sharp as a tack. I love her!!

The Alexander Cipher by Will Adams --- A true Indiana Jones type adventure, interesting Egyptian history, some archaeology thrown in along with a tense plot, lots of interesting character...a great first novel by Will Adams. I look forward to reading more in the Daniel Knox series.

For the Sake of Elena by Elizabeth George --- Another really good book in the Lynley/Havers series about Scotland Yard Inspector Lynley & Sergeant Barbara Havers. While it's s a well-plotted murder mystery it's also an intense psychological study of the relationships between men and women, parents and children [of all ages] and how people work through their problems. It helps to start with the 1st in the series, "A Great Deliverance" so you know the background of the main characters.   I highly recommend this series.

Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts --- First of the Sign of Seven Trilogy and I can't wait to read the other 2!  Really good book, interesting characters and premise, scary....not Stephen King scary.

Kat's Cradle by Karen Kijewski ---3rd in the Kat Colorado series. A quick read, I guess most readers would consider it a cozy, but it's a little more than that. Anyway I enjoyed it and look forward to the others in the series. 

Kill the Messenger by Tami Hoag --- up next

 Bahamarama by Bob Morris --- My first book by Morris and I really enjoyed it. His writing style is witty and fast-paced. Zack Chasteen is the kind of protagnist you like to root for. I'll be looking for more of his books.

Capital Secrets by Maureen Dean --- in reserve

New Authors This Month:  Bob Morris,   Anna Salter,   Rachel Gibson,   Elsa Klensch,   Will Adams,   Vince Flynn,   Lee Smith,  Maureen Dean 



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Reading Angels Flight by Michael Connelly in print

Reading Taroko Gorge by Jacob Ritari in Google ebooks on my PC.

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Currently reading At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon.  So enjoyable, gentle, moving and funny.  Perfect for some lazy summer daze.

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  1. Flesh House by Stuart MacBride
  2. The Indian Bride by Karin Fossum (AUDIO) also pub. as Calling Out For You
  3. The September Society by Charles Finch
  4. Madhouse by Rob Thurman
  5. Blood Hina by Naomi Hirahara
  6. Robber's Wine by Ellen Hart


Currently reading:

  • A Night of Long Knives by Rebecca Cantrell
  • Dexter is Delicious by Jeff Lindsay (audio)
  • A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King


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Currently Reading

The Poet by Michael Connelly ( Jack McEvoy # 1)


 Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth ( Miss Silver # 1)

Undercurrents by Ridley Pearson (Boldt/Matthews #1)

Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay

Capital Crimes by Stuart Woods ( Will Lee # 6)



TBR Pile

The Wrong Kind of Blood by Declan Huges (Ed Loy # 1)

The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell ( Kay Scrapetta # 5)

Stalking Angel by Robert Crais ( Elvis Cole # 2)

The Black Echo by Michael Connelly ( Harry Bosch # 1)

The Beach House by James Patterson

The Devil's Light by Richard North Patterson

Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn ( Mitch Rapp # 1)

The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver ( Lincoln Rhyme # 1)

The Informationist by Taylor Stevens

Rain Fall by Barry Eisler  ( John Rain # 1)

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Just finished Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank and loved it - Format different since every other chapter tells the story of Dorothy and DuBose Heyward who wrote the play Porgy which later became Porgy and Bess with music by Gershwin! Then there is a wonderful story told in the "odd chapters" about a lady who was raised on Folly Beach along with her sister by an older aunt. This book is one of the best by Dorothea Benton Frank especially since it brings in the actual love story of real writers, DuBose Heyward and his wife Dorothy, through Dorothy's ghost!
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Fiinally finished "The Case of the Missing Servant" a detective story set in New Delhi, India written by Tarquin Hall.  Very enjoyable.

Now reading "The Cold Dish" by Craig Johnson --- this is the first in the Walt Longmire series.

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I polished off Ken Bruen's Sanctuary in one sitting. Thought that it was terrifc.

Have just stated Three Seconds by Roslund and Hellstrom, winner of the Best Swedish Crime Novel and finalist for the 2011 Barry Award for Best British Crime novel.

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KEN BRUEN  is one of my favorites. It you like that book, you are in for a treat with others.

Hey, I need to check out Rosland and Hellstrom.




Jack Taylor, dismissed from the Garda Síochána (Irish police) for drinking, now finding things for people in Galway, Ireland, since “private eye” sounds too much like “informer” to the Irish:  

The Guards (2001) [review]
2004 Shamus Award for Best Novel
Finalist 2004 Barry Award for Best Novel
Finalist 2004 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel
Finalist 2004 Macavity Award for Best Novel
Finalist 2010 Barry Award for Best Novel of the Decade

The Killing of the Tinkers (2002)
2005 Macavity Award for Best Novel
Finalist 2005 Anthony Award for Best Mystery Novel

The Magdalen Martyrs (2003)

The Dramatist (2004)
2007 Shamus Award for Best Novel
Finalist 2005 Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel

Priest (2006)
2007 Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel
Finalist 2008 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel

Cross (2007)

Sanctuary (2008)

The Devil (2010)

Headstone (due October 4, 2011)



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Okay Mary --- Due to your post I now have a Ken Bruen on my list!!! 

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Ken Bruen is one that you might want to read in order. I have finished all of the published books and am waiting (not patiently) for the one coming out in Oct. Have you tried Stephen Booth? Black Dog is one of my all time favs. I rec these in order, too.


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I love Ken Bruen's books with Jason Starr for the Hard Case Crime series as well, awesome stuff. :)

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"Ken Bruen's books with Jason Starr for the Hard Case Crime series as well, awesome stuff. "


"Dumb ole me" never thought of looking at his other series. Thanks, I will not have to wait until Oct for more BRUEN.

This has encouraged me to look at additional favorite authors and their series other than the most popular.



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I have finished The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.  It was a good book but not quite as good as The Davinci Code. 

Currently Reading Club Dead by Charlaine Harris.

Up next I have no clue.  I'm going on vacation and I just put a lot of books in my bag and don't know what I'll pull out.