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My Reading List - June 2013
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Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim by David Sedaris - Another funny installment from David Sedaris. Stories about his and his family's lives with a humorous twist.
A Feast For Crows by George R R Martin - 4th book in A Song of Ice And Fire series. Quite a bit about a country on the other side of the world which was mostly boring. Picked up in the last half where it went back to Westeros but wasn't my favorite book in the series, and there was nothing about a bunch of the story lines. At the end there was a note about how he decided to split the stories among 2 books and the stories missed in this book would be going on concurrently in the next book. Kinda weird.
The Krusty Book by Matt Groening- Shortish book all about Krusty the Clown, from the Simpsons. KInda funny, just ok. There were a couple characters referenced that I have never heard of and I've been a pretty loyal viewer so not sure where they came from.
A Dance With Dragons by George R R Martin - Last book in the series so far. I hope he doesn't take too long for the next book! I'm going to forget where everyone is. They're all so spread out now and a couple of them are in serious peril. Hope they hang on!
The Hedge Knight by George R R Martin - A prequel to GOT set 100 years in the past. It (along with it's sequel) tells the story of how some of the great houses and great knights came into power.
The Sworn Sword by George R R Martin - Continuation of The Hedge Knight, set 1 year after.
The Mystery Knight by George R R Martin - Part 3 of the above series. So far this is the last one and this was the most detailed. There is something going down at a Lord's wedding, lots of espionage and intrigue. And danger. There's some killing.
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks - Weird book about a disturbed family told from the perspective of a son in the family, a messed up teen. Not sure how to describe this book, the kid killed 3 young relatives and got away with it and now kills small animals and mounts their heads on poles around the island their house is on and no one seems to notice. The other brother is in a mental ward for setting dogs on fire and trying to make kids eat worms. It's just a weird book. No real point, just a bit of their lives.
Phantom by Jo Nesbo - The 9th and last so far Harry Hole book and this one is back to form. Harry is at his best in this one, a very full story. About a drugs ring in Norway that has some seriously hidden and quite powerful people in charge. They messed up when they let Oleg be involved. Now it's personal for Harry, which is never in your best interest.
Trust Me, I'm Dr Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne - Collection of columns from Rolling Stone where people write in asking Ozzy for Advice. It's funny but more often than not he has something rational to say. He's quite funny, and not nearly as messed up as he was on the tv show, when he was still downing fistfuls of drugs. There are quizes and trivia, mostly medical. I thought it was pretty good but the reviews are terrible for some reason.
The Red Box by Nero Wolfe - A typical Nero Wolfe story, cagey and unpredictable. It's an early book in the series, #4, and Archie must still be forming because he's a little squirrely in this one.
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The Hungry Ocean Linda Greenlaw
Falling Together Marisa de los Santos
Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale Lynda Rutledge
Seven Year Switch Claire Cook
Made For You and Me Caitlin Shetterly
One Breath Away Heather Gudenkauf
A Cup of Tea Amy Ephron
Fairy Tale Interrupted Rosemarie Terenzio
Cat's Meow Melissa De la Cruz
Little Night Luanne Rice
A Big Little Life Dean Koontz
Wives of Bath Wendy Holden
The Blue Cotton Gown Patricia Harman
Borrowed Finery Paula Fox
Compound S A Bodeen
Calico Joe John Grisham
The Frugalista Files Natalie McNeal
Queen Hereafter Susan Frazer King
Parents Behaving Badly Scott Gummer
Love Times Three Darger
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Finished: Patterns of Murder by Monica Ferris --- This is the first three of the Needlecraft Mysteries in one book and I really enjoyed all three books. Betsy Devonshire inherites her murdered sister's needlewoork shop and solves her sister's murder in the first book, the following two have her involved in 2 other cases. The characters were engaging and believable. I learned a lot about Minnesota, needlework and enjoyed a fun cozy series, looking forward to more of the same.
Last Look by Mariah Stewart --- A continuation of the "Last..."series. FBI agents hunt for the murderer of a woman believed to have been killed 20+ years earlier and for which a young man was executed. I always enjoy Stewarts' books, a very good mystery writer.
A Perfect Match by Jill McGown --- I know this is an older series, but it's taken me this long to find the first book and start the Lloyd & Hill series. It was well worth the wait... and excellent read, lots of twists and turns, Lloyd & Hill are a likable duo, working together to solve the murder of a woman. Nothing is what is seems at first glance, which makes for an interesting plot.
Pearl by Lauraine Snelling --- 2nd in the Dakotah Treasures series... This one deals with a young woman, Pearl, who leaves her privileged life in Chicago to teach in Little Missouri, Dakotah Territories in the 1880s. What she learns about herself and her new life makes for interesting reading, especially if the reader likes some history thrown into the story.
Mortal Fear by Greg Iles --- This is one of the most intense, chilling books I've ever read. It's very graphic and at times I had a hard time reading parts of it, but it was necessary to portray the characters involved. The search for a man killing women [and a couple men] in order to find "the fountain of youth". The final couple chapters has the reader sitting on the edge of her seat!! Iles nails it!!
Home Fires by Margaret Maron --- [ I snuck this one in when the Michaels book wasn't keeping my interest]. I always enjoy the Deborah Knott books since they take place in North Carolina [my home] and I can really relate to them and the people. In this one Deborah's nephew is accused of damaging a cemetery with a couple of his friends, who are later accused of burning down Negro churches. An interesting climax!
Currently reading: A Ruling Passion by Judith Michaels
Up next: ???
Books read this year: Jan. --- 13, Feb. --- 11, March --- 9, April --- 5 May ...7
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I have three going:
The Postcard by Beverly Lewis I actually was crying as I read this book this morning.
Lucifers Hammer by Larry Niven Trying to slog thru enough of this book for it to get interesting.
The Jester by James Patterson. Ho Hum so far.
I'm currently reading Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Everneath by Brodi Ashton, and I will be reading either Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins or Phantom by Susan Kay later this month. I haven't decided which one I want to read first yet of the last two. I'm currently in the middle of Seraphina, and like what I've read so far. What I don't like is that nothing really seems to happen. Seraphina does some performance, she talks to someone for a brief period of time, there's another performance, and so on and so forth. I think the book has great potential, and the subject, writing style, and genre are what I like in a book. But right now, it's very disappointing. :(.
I'm really looking forward to starting Everneath. I love retellings of the Persephone myth, and this one looks like it's going to be the myth done right. And as for the other books, I've wanted to read both of them for awhile now, so it'll be hard choosing between them.
I'm reading Joe Hill's new book: NOS4A2 (like the license plate abbreviation of Nosferatu). I've loved both of Hill's previous books and this one is even better so far. I read half of this 700 page book last night.
Finished: Rez Life~David Treuer: great book about Native Americans life on the rez, lots of history, ttreaty rights, struggles, (see my review in the thread Best Book of the Month/Hidden Gems)
Started: The Art of Racing in the Rain~Garth Stein: I am actually a cat person but I am loving this dog, interested in where it is going to go!
Lee Krasner~Gail Levin: Very intriguing bio of the strong wife of Jackson Pollack, she was actually a successful artist before
Pollack but she was not acknowledged as an artist because of her "personality" had to return this as
it was on a waiting list at the library but will definetly pick it up again, So relevant!
Midnights Children~Salman Rushdie: I can't believe I have not read this writer before, so florid in style & very funny!
The Paris Wife~ Paula McLain
Cutting for Stone~Abraham Verghese
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I finally got around to reading The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe. It was an interesting book. It turned into a book that I loved and hated at the same time. Interesting topic (Salem Which Trials), great mystery, little bit of fantasy/magic thrown in, and an ok love story. However, the main character was contradictive. The author spent the first couple of chapters convincing you of how intelligent and organized and driven the girl was, only to have her be anything but for most of the rest of the book. It got a little frustrating at times, but not enough that I lost interest in the story. The ending was very disapointing, had a great climax, then kinda skipped to the end. The author actually did this in several spots. She leads you into an interesting part of the story, then stops dead and picks up later on and briefly explains what conclusion the characters came to with whatever they were investigating. Finally, the author jumped back and forth between 1991 and the late 1600's early 1700s (not consecutively), and as the reader, you were finding out the mystery before, rather than with the main character, which once again added to the frustration. I found myself impatient for the main character to catch up.
Not sure what to read next.
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green - I've never read anything by Green before, but I picked this one up on the recommendation of several friends. It's not really my genere, and I don't agree with a lot of the opinions that the characters hold, but it's very well written and I love how the author consciously avoids all the popular cancer tropes while still making a good story. Though I could see where it was heading by a few chapters from the end, I still wanted to keep reading. One sentence summery: A sweet story of two teenagers discovering love for the first time- except that both these teens are cancer patents.
The Edge of Recall, by Kristen Heitzmann - This was an impulse grab from my church's library; I thought it looked interesting and decided to take it home and read it. Wow! I don't usually care for Christian fiction (though that's a topic for another thread), but this one was really good. Even though I was pretty sure how the mystery would be resolved, I was still waiting in anticipation to find out if I was right. Also, while I'm no psychiatrist, I thought that Tess was believably traumatized considering all she's gone through, though at times I wanted to shout at her "Just shut up and trust people already!" I guess it would probably be shelved under romantic suspense, or something like that. One sentence summery: A landscape architect with "a psychiatrist on speed dial" is called by her ex-boyfriend to work on a super secret project for a multi-billionaire client- one that draws on her mysterious fascination for labyrinths.
Next up: Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dumphry, by Margaret Peterson Haddix -
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Just put down:
I'm reading Graceling by Kristin Cashore and it's really good so far.
Next up - which I'm soooooo excited about - is an ARC of Let Me Go by Chelsea Cain. LOVE this series and can't wait to read it.
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
So this will keep me busy for a while!
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Am reading "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory. I'm enjoying it (especially since we're watching the series "Tudor" on Netflix which is about Henry VIII and the characters in this book), but being a 660 page book, seems to drag on a bit.
Also reading "Dominic" from the Lords of Satyr series by Elizabeth Amber (not liking it as much as the previous 3 books in the series).
Middlesex By Jeffery Eugnides - I picked this up after a few recommendations from some friends. Then I put this down after about 80 pages. And I really struggled to make it that far.
I passed it on to the next
I started Anathem by Neal Stephenson. My youngest brother told me I had to read it because it is the best book he has read in 20 years. Half of the words are made-up. He also listened to it on audio. I might do that just to see how all these unique words are pronounced. It is a little tough going but I am determined to get through all 1000+ plages. I'll let you all know how it is going. At the same time I have a couple of romances going to breakup the intensity.
Pamela, I have Anathem too, and have been wondering about tackling it. It's a big-un! I can't wait to hear what you think about it.
I am currently listening to Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese. It's a good story. I'm reading Blood Music by Greg Bear. He's a great sci fi author imo.
Darcy, Yesterday after writing about Anathem, I ordered the unabridged set of CDs. I found it for under 20 bucks, so felt that it was worth it. I will let you know how it goes. I have four Greg Bear books on my TBR but haven't opened any of them yet.
I really want to read Joe Hill’s new book! Funny that a few of you recently read Art of Racing in the Rain, I do love that book!
Seems like so many people are reading Steven King these days. He does seem good for summer so I just put 3 of his on my iPod, Gingerbread Girl, The Cell and Duma Key. I just finished listening to The Alexander Cipher, it was okay.
So far I have finished “Then Came You”, very entertaining, and “Sold” very thoughtful. I am now reading “Beautiful Disaster”, not great but I want to see where it is going, I am on a roll with YA books, reading some before I recommend to my 15yo. [ETA - she won't be reading "BD" too much sex] Next I will be moving on to non WL books so that I can read in the pool without worrying about the bookJ, I am going to try to work from the oldest books on my TBR.
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Finished: The Color of Distance - loved it! Ordered all of her other books.
Lack 20 pages: The Hobbit
Still stuck on Marcher.
Midway through: Dead to Worse - my first Sookie book - enjoying it a lot
Next up: The Black Rose (an oldie I read in high school)
Judye / maysied
I am listening to an unabridged audio of Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett. OMG, I can't wait to get into the car and drive so that I can listen to her read this fascinating book. I rarely read non-fiction, but I was interested in this author because I have read all of her books to date, and liked every one of them but Run.