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Subject: It's November! What are you reading?
Date Posted: 11/1/2008 8:11 AM ET
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Looks like I get to start it this month :)

Read :

Reading :


9/8 so far this month.   - OH I BEAT MY RECORD!!!  Hopefully I can make 10 for the month :)


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I am reading Susan Wiggs "Summer at Willow Lake" series

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Since we're at the beginning of a thread here I'll pop in and say this again--please say something about the book you're reading--what it's about or what you like/dislike about it.  It helps others decide if they want to read the book too!

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I'm reading Oxygen by Carol Cassella.  It's a novel about an anesthesiologist whose patient (a young girl) dies on  the operating table, and how she deals with the aftermath.  So far it's great, but then, I usually do like novels with a medical theme.

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I'm reading 'Be Still My Vampire Heart' by Kerrelyn Sparks.  It's the 3rd in a series and I'm enjoying this series a lot and have the 4th book and the 5th book is on the way! It's a fairly light, funny-ish, paranormal romance about vampires and mortals. The endings end HEA for the couple featured but there's on ongoing storyline between the 'good' vampires who drink synthetic blood and don't feed on mortals and the malcontents who are killing/raping mortals. The the CIA gets involved with vampire slayers who don't care there's a difference - they're all evil non-humans and must die. A lot of inventions and the endings haven't been exactly what I expected in this type of romance.

I've also been reading Passion for the Game by Sylvia Day this is a borderline erotic historical romance. The writing is good but I haven't been as into this one since there's a lot of blackmail and characters are referred to by either their first or last names at different times in the book so it's like twice the characters to keep up with and I've already lost track of who's blackmailing who for what! Of course I've been pretty tired lately...

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I'm readiing :A Rustle of Angels by Marylynn Carlson Webber  william D. Webber


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As recommended by debstoiber (Deborah S.) over in the Mystery/Thrillers forum, I am reading Quieter Than Sleep: A Modern Mystery of Emily Dickinson (1997) by Joanne Dobson. This is the first of five books Dobson has written concerning Karen Pelletier, an English professor at Enfield College, a small, elite institution in Massachusetts.  Pelletier is a feisty single mother who fought her way through college after enduring a disastrous first marriage. Pelletier, an Emily Dickinson expert, loves her work as an Enfield College faculty member.  I am enjoying this book immensely and already have two more of Dobson's books in the mail to me.

Dobson's Website: http://www.joannedobson.com/index.htm

 ETA: I finished the second in the series, The Northbury Papers, on Nov. 2, 12:30 a.m. Excellent!

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My November reading list:

Finished - 

  1. "Guilty" by Karen Robards (A) One cold November night when Kat Kominski was fifteen years old, she and some friends held up a convenience store. In the heat of the moment, one of the others shot and killed an off-duty cop moonlighting as a security guard. Kat and her pals fled the scene in a panic, and no one was caught. Thirteen years later, Kat - now Kate White - has built a new life for herself. Now a single mom with a nine-year-old son, she works as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia DA's office. But her dark past returns to haunt her when she walks into court one day and has a devastating encounter with a prisoner, Mario Castellanos, one of her companions from that terrible night. Hardcore criminal Mario is facing a possible sentence of twenty years. He lets Kate know that he is counting on her, his old friend turned prosecutor, to make sure he goes free instead. If Kate doesn't do what he wants, he'll claim she was the one who killed the off-duty cop. Kate is in a bind: If the truth about her past gets out, she stands to lose everything, including her son. But she can't do what Mario wants, either. As Mario ups his demands, blackmailing and terrorizing her, she is forced to turn for protection to a sexy homicide detective, Tom Braga, who suspects her of...something. The two clash repeatedly as Tom keeps digging into her past, trying to learn the truth. Then another, far more menacing, threat rears its head, and Kate realizes that her life - and her son's - are in terrible danger. Frantic, she sees that she has nowhere to turn. Except, maybe, to Tom.
  2. "Whispering Rock" by Robyn Carr (Virgin River #3) (A) A decorated U.S. Marine reservist, LAPD officer Mike Valenzuela was badly wounded in the line of duty, but has found hope and healing in Virgin River. When he agrees to become the town's first cop, he does so knowing it's time he settled down. Twice divorced and the lover of too many women, he secretly longs for the kind of commitment and happiness his marine buddies have found - a woman who can tie up his heart forever. He finds that woman in Brie Sheridan, a Sacramento prosecutor who understands his drive to protect and serve. Virgin River becomes a safe haven for Brie after nearly losing her life at the hands of a crazed criminal. Though tough and courageous, she's got some fears she can't escape - but now she has someone who will show her just what it means to trust again. Mike will do anything to help Brie free herself from painful memories. Passionate, strong and gentle, he vows to give back to her what she's so selflessly given him - her heart, and with it, a new beginning.
  3. "Twenty Wishes" by Debbie Macomber (Blossom Street) (A+) What do you want most in the world? Anne Marie Roche wants to find happiness again. At thirty-eight, her life's not what she'd expected - she's childless, a recent widow, alone. She owns a successful bookstore on Seattle's Blossom Street, but despite her accomplishments, there's a feeling of emptiness. On Valentine's Day, Ann Marie and several other widows get together to celebrate...what? Hope, possibility, the future. They each begin a list of twenty wishes, things they always wanted to do but never did. Anne Marie's list starts with: Find one good thing about life. It includes learning to knit, doing good for someone else, falling in love again. She begins to act on her wishes, and when she volunteers at a local school, an eight-year-old girl named Ellen enters her life. It's a relationship that becomes far more involving than Anne Marie intended. It also becomes far more important than she ever imagined. As Ellen helps Anne Marie complete her list of twenty wishes, they both learn that wishes can come true - but not necessarily in the way you expect.
  4. "Almost Like Being In Love" by Steve Kluger (B) A high school jock and nerd fall in love senior year, only to part after an amazing summer of discovery to attend their respective colleges. They keep in touch at first, but then slowly drift apart. Flash forward twenty years. Travis and Craig both have great lives, careers, and loves. But something is missing...Travis is the first to figure it out. He's still in love with Craig, and come what may, he's going after the boy who captured his heart, even it if means forsaking his job, making a fool of himself, and entering the great unknown.
  5. "The Mercenary" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #1) (A) Victoria Jones was a lousy liar. Not that the sensible bookkeeper was accustomed to lying - or anything else that would have disrupted her safe, dull existence. But her world took a terrifying turn when her twin brother, Alex an agent for T-FLAC, the elite antiterrorist task force, went missing. Now she'll do anything to find him...lie, cheat, even subject herself to the predatory advances of Alex's T-FLAC partner, Marc Savin, if it will help get her brother home safe. But trusting the sexy, brooding operative might just be the risk of a lifetime.
  6. "Dead Wrong" by J.A. Jance (Joanna Brady Series #12)  (A+) Juggling a family and a career has never been easy for Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady. Now the impending birth of her second child only adds to her burden, especially when two brutal crimes fall under her jurisiction. A corpse is discovered in the Arizona desert with the fingers severed from both hands - the body of an ex-con who served twenty years for a murder he claimed not to remember. Soon after, one of Joanna's female officers is savagely assaulted and left for dead while on an unauthorized stakeout. Since the victim is one of their own, the department directs the bulk of its rescources toward finding her attacker. But the desert slaying haunts Joanna as well, and neither her pregnancy nor family concerns will keep her from doing her duty, no matter how perilous. Because justice must be served. And enforcing the law has become more than what Joanna Brady does - it's what she is.
  7. "Homeport" by Nora Roberts (A+) After an assault at her family home in Maine, Dr. Miranda Jones is determined to put the experience behind her. Distraction comes when she is summoned to Italy - to verity the authenticity of a Renaisance bronze of a Medici courtesan known as The Dark Lady. But instead of cementing Miranda's reputation as a leading expert in the field, the job nearly destroys it when her professional judgment is called into question. Emotionally estranged from her mother, and with a brother immersed in his own troubles, Miranda has no one to turn to...except Ryan Boldari, a seductive art thief whose own agenda forces them into a reluctant alliance. Now it becomes clear that the incident in Maine was not a simple mugging - and that The Dark Lady may possess as many secrets as its beautiful namesake once did. For Miranda, forced to rely on herself - and a partner who offers her both unnerving suspicion and intoxicating passion - the only way home is filled with deception, treachery, and a danger that threatens them all.
  8. "Springwater Wedding" by Linda Lael Miller (A-) Maggic McCafrey came home determined to restore the dilapidated Springwater Station. But she didn't count on running into deputy marshal J.T. Wainwright, the hometown boy who broke her heart years before. No sooner does J.T. lay eyes on Maggie - and realize that she's always been the only woman for him - than the peaceful town erupts with a wave of deadly attacks on neighboring ranchers. Now, one homegrown cowboy lawman must face down some very sophisticated outlaws. Because if he can just get Maggie to say "yes," he'sgot a wedding to attend.
  9. "Follow the Stars Home" by Luanne Rice (A) Abandoned by her husband, Tim McIntosh, before their daughter was born, Dianne Robbins has spent eleven years caring for her exceptional child's every need - almost alone. It was Tim's brother, Alan, the town pediatrician, who stood by Dianne and her daughter, Julia. Throughout years of waiting, watching, and caring, Alan hid his love for his brother's wife. But Dianne has closed her heart toward men - especially men named McIntosh. It will take a very special twelve-year-old to remind them that love comes in many forms, and can be received with as much grace as it is given.
  10. "Dreamcatcher" by Dinah McCall & Sharon Sala (A) Amanda Potter's beauty and wealth can do nothing to free her from her husband's obsession. Not even handsome Detective Dupree, whose amber-eyed gaze stirs something deep within her soul, can overcome David Potter's influence and money. Amanda finds refuge only in the arms of an elusive dream that draws her through a shadow of time and into a loving and protected embrace. While Amanda is afraid to leave the safety of her dream lover, Jefferson Dupree is desperately searching for the woman he knows is his destiny.As they yearn for their all-time loves, the fate of this man and this woman will ultimately depend on catching the dreams they have shared forever.
  11. "Sweet Memories" by LaVyrle Spencer (A) As innocent as she was unsure, Theresa Brubaker had lived much of her twenty-five years trapped in a body she loathed. Her precious beauty was treasured by everyone but herself - until a very special man showed her a very special love. Proud, sensitive, caring, Brian Scanlon sought to unleash the butterfly wrapped in Theresa's cocoon of inhibitions. But trust for Theresa came haltingly...and a bold, courageous decision she makes alone nearly destroys the promise of their love. 

Currently Reading - 

  1. "Blackwood Farm" by Anne Rice  (Vampire Chronicles #9)
  2. "Icy Sparks" by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
  3. "A Cold-Blooded Business" by Dana Stabenow (Kate Shugak Mystery)

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. "Kiss and Tell" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #2)
  5. "Out of Sight" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #5)
  6. "Twilight Child" by Warren Adler 
  7. "What We Keep" by Elizabeth Berg
  8. "Into The Fire" by Suzanne Brockmann
  9. "Not Without Risk" by Suzanne Brockmann
  10. "Shelter Mountain" by Robyn Carr (Virgin River Series #2)
  11. "Virgin River" by Robyn Carr (Virgin River Series #1)
  12. "A Virgin River Christmas" by Robyn Carr (Virgin River Series #4)
  13. "Her Mother's Shadow" by Diane Chamberlain
  14. "Turn My World Upside Down - Jo's Story" by Maureen Child
  15. "Owl Island" by Randy Sue Coburn
  16. "The Actor's Guide to Murder" by Rick Copp
  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. "People of the Plains" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier)
  21. "House Calls and Hitching Posts" as told to Dorcas Sharp Hoover
  22. "Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham
  23. "Cry No More" by Linda Howard
  24. "A Royal Masquerade"  by Arlene James (Royally Wed #6)
  25. "Damage Control" by J.A. Jance (Joanna Brady Series #13)
  26. "Until Proven Guilty" by J.A. Jance ( J.P. Beaumont Series #1)
  27. "Body of Lies" by Iris Johansen
  28. "Blind Alley" by Iris Johansen (An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller)
  29. "Final Target" by Iris Johanen
  30. "Firestorm"  by Iris Johansen
  31. "The Official Nora Roberts Companion" by Denise Little and Laura Hayden
  32. "Double Homicide - Santa Fe/Boston" by Jonathan & Faye Kellerman
  33. "The Betrayal" by Beverly Lewis (Abrahams Daughters #2)
  34. "The Covenant" by Beverly Lewis (Abrahams Daughters #1)
  35. "Step On A Crack" by Michael Ledwidge & James Patterson
  36. "Dead Irish" by John Lescroart
  37. "Christmas Letters" by Debbie Macomber
  38. "8 Sandpiper Way"  by Debbie Macomber (Cedar Cove Series)
  39. "Chasing Stanley"  by Deirdre Martin
  40. "Dancing in the Dark" by Sandra Marton (Cooper's Corner) 
  41. "The Survivors" by Dinah McCall
  42. "Tularosa" by Michael McGarrity
  43. "Perfect" by Judith McNaught
  44. "Springwater"  by Linda Lael Miller
  45. "Springwater Seasons" by Linda Lael Miller
  46. "The Last Chance Cafe" by Linda Lael Miller
  47. "The Widow" by Carla Neggers
  48. "You've Been Warned" by James Patterson & Howard Roughan
  49. "A Man Named Dave" by David Pelzer
  50. "A Teenager's Journey" by Richard B. Petzer
  51. "Thunderhead" by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
  52. "Blood Canticle" Anne Rice  (Vampire Chronicles #10)
  53. "Blue Moon" by Luanne Rice
  54. "Firefly Beach" by Luanne Rice
  55. "Last Kiss" by Luanne Rice
  56. "Light Of The Moon" by Luanne Rice
  57. "Stone Heart" by Luanne Rice
  58. "Summer Light"  by Luanne Rice
  59. "Every Day" by Elizabeth Richards
  60. "Salvation In Death" by J.D. Robb
  61. "Suite 606" by J.D. Robb
  62. "Falling For Rachel & Convincing Alex" Nora Roberts (Stanislaski Series)
  63. "First Impressions" by Nora Roberts
  64. "From The Heart" Nora Roberts
  65. "The Pagan Stone" Nora Roberts
  66. "Taming Natasha & Luring A Lady"  Nora Roberts (Stanislaski Series)
  67. "The Stanislaski Brothers" by Nora Roberts (Mikhail and Alex)
  68. "Treasures: Secret Star/Treasures Lost, Treasures Found" by Nora Roberts
  69. "Winner Takes All" by Nora Roberts
  70. "Afterlove" by Robert Rosenblum
  71. "Trade Secrets" by Jill Shalvis & C.J. Carmichael (Coopers Corners)
  72. "Homeplace" by Anne Rivers Siddons
  73. "The Kiss" by Danielle Steel
  74. "The Long Road Home" by Danielle Steel
  75. "Black Ice" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #1)
  76. "Cold As Ice " by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #2)
  77. "Ice Blue" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #3)
  78. "Ice Storm" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #4)
  79. "Silent Snow" by Steve Thayer
  80. "Sleeping at the Starlite Motel" by Bailey White
  81. "The Horsemaster's Daughter" by Susan Wiggs
  82. "Lakeside Cottage" by Susan Wiggs
  83. "Snowfall at Willow Lake" by Susan Wiggs (Lakeshore Chronicles #4)
  84. "Summer by the Sea" by Susan Wiggs
  85. "A Summer Affair" by Susan Wiggs

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I am still reading The Autobio of Henry VIII by M. George.  I've put it down three times to read something, but I'm deteremined to finish it this.  It's really good; it's just long and I'm tired of the Tudors.  This is the 6th Tudor book since I joined PBS in June; I'm reading to move on.

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  1. The Secret History of Vampires (Short Story Collection) 
  2. Smoke and Shadows by Tanya Huff (Smoke #1)
  3. Triple Detente by Piers Anthony
  4. Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake #1)
  5. Now Wait for Last Year by Philip K. Dick
  6. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick 
  7. Smoke and Mirrors  by Tanya Huff (Smoke #2)
  8. Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff (Convederation #1)
  9. The Better Part of Valor by Tanya Huff (Confederation #2)
  10. The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake #2) 

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I'm reading Choke by Chuck Palahniuk.  Next up is the third book in the Twilight Series - Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer. 

Date Posted: 11/1/2008 4:28 PM ET
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Currently reading: Snow Falling On Cedars ~ David Guterson

Plan to read:

1. Aishiteruze Baby vol. 4 ~ Yoko Maki

2. You're Under Arrest vol. 2 ~ Kosuke Fujishima

3. +Anima vol. 2 ~ Mukai Natsumi

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I am just begining Once Upon A Town by Bob Greene.  This is the story of North Platte, Nebraska, population 12,000 back in 1941.  This town transformed its train station into a "canteen" that welcomed over six million U.S. soliders as they passed through it on their way to war in Europe and the Paciific.   It is just what I need to read right now, because I find I am depressed and world weary, and I need to read something uplifting to remind me that man's humanity towards man still exists--or did once.  

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I'm finishing up Dark Truth by Mariah Stewart. Next up will be Final Truth to close out the series. After that I think I'm going to read Scream for Me by Karen Rose but not sure yet. :)

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Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie society--excellent book--history, mystery, romance, humor/sadness.  Written in letter format.

Loved it!


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Date Posted: 11/1/2008 10:40 PM ET
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Hi Everyone,

I am new to paperbackswap. My name is Kat and I am an avid reader.

I am halfway done with an Agatha Christie book called Halloween Party (I will be done tomorrow). Then I am going to be reading Patriot Games by Tom Clancy.

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Just finished this book by Andre Dubus III at about 9:30 this morning and can't stop thinking about it.  Probably my next book will be Lucky by Alice Sebold, but I need to get this one digested in my mind first - Yikes!  Was hoping to find some discussion on this site about it because I just can't get past the way it all ended. 

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I'm working on finishing Howards End by E.M. Forster. It's about two families, one very "cultured" the other more "business", and it takes place at the turn of the 20th century in England (mainly London).  So far it's really good. Very timeless. If it weren't for the occassional referrence to a carriage or some article of clothing I would forget that it's not present day.  Watching the two families interact as their lives weave in and out is very interesting!

Next I will most likely read Body of Lies - the book that the DiCaprio/Crowe movie was based on. It was a good movie so I hope it's a good book :)

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  1. Broken - Megan Hart - 4.5/5
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I'm reading New England White by Stephen L. Carter.  It's an interesting mystery about a college economics professor being killed. 

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I'm about done with 1776 by David McCullough. I'm enjoying it because I don't have to memorize or know all the facts. It's history as story. The tidbits and side stories are interesting, ie, the story of the guns of Ticondaroga

I'm going on to some easy and fun books, before diving into ATLAS SHRUGGED on January 1.

In no particular order:

DIAMOND CAT by Marian Bobson


ONE FOR THE MONEY by Janet Evanovich

THE TENTMAKER by Michelle Black

CRADLE AND ALL by James Patterson

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I finished Be Still My Vampire Heart by Kerrelyn Sparks and started The Undead Next Door by Kerrelyn Sparks and then plan to read Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr.

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The Tea Rose

Subject: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
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I'm really, really enjoying this one! It's about Count Vlad (Dracula) and the possiblity that he really was a vampire in more modern times and is out there doing his thing. Clues are left for certain people in different decades, and people seem to disappear or come to harm.  The story moves all over Eastern Europe even to Istanbul as clues to the truth about Count Vlad are followed by historians, history students and others. 

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Right now I am reading Everybody Loves Evie by Beth Ciotta. It is her follow-up to All About Evie. It is a fun series about a 40-something performer in Atlantic City who is struggling with the fact that she isn't the in-demand 20-something anymore. Under the guise of landing a cruise ship gig, she becomes entangled in a secret government agency that busts up scams. In this book, she has joined the agency. It has been great so far, and I can't wait for the 3rd book to come out!