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Subject: It's October! What are you reading?
Date Posted: 10/1/2008 7:08 AM ET
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My October reading list:

Finished - 

  1. "Hoof Prints (more stories from Proud Spirit)" by Melanie Sue Bowles (A+) In Hoof Prints we say goodbye to Cody just as the sanctuary is about to relocate. The move involves forty horses in three 53-foot semitrailers on a journey of over a thousand miles from southwest Florida to the hills of west Arkansas. In the new location, the Proud Spirit horses run free on 320 acres of rolling hills, living the lives every horse deserves. In this book you will meet some cruel people who have no idea how to treat horses and some wonderful, kindhearted people who open their lives to the beauty of these creatures with so much to teach us. You will meet Cosmina, a Romanian orphan who finds a kinship with these horses, who have also been abandoned. You will, of course, meet the horses - and two donkeys, one of whom can fly! - each one bearing a different scar, recovering at Proud Spirit in the warmth of the care offered there. Meet Sammy, the big beautiful bay Standardbred gelding, who comes and goes and comes again to his final sanctuary at Proud Spirit. Meet Jesse and her baby, Riley, the first of a whole barnful of babies! Learn how one dedicated trainer has found an alternative to the cruel practice of "soring" for Tennessee Walking Horses. Learn the ways of horse friendships: Meet big old Ranger, who eases Rosie from her mourning for Cracker, though it is finally Rebel and Gambler who invite Rosie to make a threesome of their twosome. Then there's Indigo, a very wild Mustang, who finally decides he can trust Melanie enough to greet her in the laundry room. Over 150 abused, neglected, elderly, and unwanted horses have come to Proud Spirit to live out their lives in peace and safety. 
  2. "Jesus Land: A Memoir" by Julia Scheeres (A-) Julia and her adopted brother, David, are sixteen years old. Julia is white. David is black. It is the mid-1980s and their family has just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees, trailer parks, and an all-encompassing racism. At home are a distant mother - more involved with her church's missionaries than her own children - and a violent father. In this riveting and heartrending memoir Julia Scheeres takes us from the Midwest to a place beyond imagining: surrounded by natural beauty, the Escuela Caribe - a religious reform school in the Dominican Republic - is characterized by a disciplinary regime that extracts repentance from its students by any means necessary. Julia and David strive to make it through these ordeals and their tale is relayed here with startling immediacy, extreme candor, and wry humor.
  3. "The Paper Marriage" by Susan Kay Law (A) Ann McCrary has a ring on her finger, a wedding album on the shelf, and a marriage certificate in a drawer, but for twelve years she has not had a kiss from her husband or heard him say, "I love you." He has been in a coma since a tragic car accident, and now Ann is approaching forty, childless in the dream house they bought together, and wondering what the future can possibly hold for her. When she took her vows "in sickness and in health," she never imagined this. Tom Nash has just moved in next door with his teenaged daughter. Tom knows how to pitch a no-hitter - or at least he did in his glory days, before a blown shoulder took him out of the game permanently - but he's never been good with women. His purple-haired daughter, Mer, baffles him more than anyone. He's not sure how to handle her. She needs some maternal guidance, and she's not getting it from her self-absorbed mother. As Ann is drawn to Tom and his daughter, she steps out of the narrow space she's occupied for so long. There may be hope for a new life with her new neighbor, if Ann can reconcile the dividing lines between love and loyalty.
  4. "Remember Me?" by Sophie Kinsella (A-) When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she's in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect, her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident - in a Mercedes no less - Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she's about to find out just how much things have changed. Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband - who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she...well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all. Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen? Will she ever remember? And what will happen when she does? 
  5. "Go Down to Silence" by G.K. Belliveau (A) Jacob Horowitz is a man with an untold story - the tale of his former life of terror and persecution at the hands of the Nazis. It's a story that may never be known, because Jacob is dying. But when the Jewish business tycoon receives an invitation to visit Pierre, a friend and former member of the Belgian underground, Jacob decides he must return once again to the land of his nightmares - and take Isaac, his estranged son with him. In this powerful, vivid, and fast-paced narrative set alternately in the trauma of his youth and his complex present, an aging and embittered Jacob must choose whether or not he will reconcile with his son, his past, his God and himself.
  6. "Change of Heart" by Jodi Picoult (A+) Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it means saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it means granting your enemy's dying wish? One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen. For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything. Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June's eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child. Father Michael's decisions as a young man led him to devote the rest of his life to God. But when he comes face-to-face with Shay, he is forced to question everything he's been taught to believe about religion, about good and evil, about forgiveness. About himself. Can we save ourselves, or do we rely on others to do it? Is what we believe always the truth?

Currently Reading - 

  1. "Blackwood Farm" Anne Rice  (Vampire Chronicles #9)
  2. "Almost Like Being In Love" by Steve Kluger
  3. "Guilty" by Karen Robards
  4. "Whispering Rock" by Robyn Carr (Virgin River #3)

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. "The Mercenary" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #1)
  6. "Out of Sight" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #5)
  7. "Twilight Child" by Warren Adler 
  8. "What We Keep" by Elizabeth Berg
  9. "Into The Fire" by Suzanne Brockmann
  10. "Not Without Risk" by Suzanne Brockmann
  11. "Shelter Mountain" by Robyn Carr (Virgin River Series #2)
  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. "Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham
  22. "Cry No More" by Linda Howard
  23. "A Royal Masquerade"  by Arlene James (Royally Wed #6)
  24. "Damage Control" by J.A. Jance (Joanna Brady Series #13)
  25. "Dead Wrong" by J.A. Jance (Joanna Brady Series #12) 
  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. "The Betrayal" by Beverly Lewis (Abrahams Daughters #2)
  33. "The Covenant" by Beverly Lewis (Abrahams Daughters #1)
  34. "Step On A Crack" by Michael Ledwidge & James Patterson
  35. "Dead Irish" by John Lescroart
  36. "Christmas Letters" by Debbie Macomber
  37. "8 Sandpiper Way"  by Debbie Macomber (Cedar Cove Series)
  38. "Twenty Wishes" by Debbie Macomber (Blossom Street) 
  39. "Chasing Stanley"  by Deirdre Martin
  40. "Dancing in the Dark" by Sandra Marton (Cooper's Corner) 
  41. "Dreamcatcher" by Dinah McCall & Sharon Sala
  42. "The Survivors" by Dinah McCall
  43. "Tularosa" by Michael McGarrity
  44. "Perfect" by Judith McNaught
  45. "Springwater"  by Linda Lael Miller
  46. "Springwater Seasons" by Linda Lael Miller
  47. "Springwater Wedding" by Linda Lael Miller
  48. "The Last Chance Cafe" by Linda Lael Miller
  49. "The Widow" by Carla Neggers
  50. "You've Been Warned" by James Patterson & Howard Roughan
  51. "A Man Named Dave" by David Pelzer
  52. "A Teenager's Journey" by Richard B. Petzer
  53. "Thunderhead" by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
  54. "Blood Canticle" Anne Rice  (Vampire Chronicles #10)
  55. "Blue Moon" by Luanne Rice
  56. "Firefly Beach" by Luanne Rice
  57. "Follow the Stars Home" by Luanne Rice
  58. "Last Kiss" by Luanne Rice
  59. "Light Of The Moon" by Luanne Rice
  60. "Stone Heart" by Luanne Rice
  61. "Summer Light"  by Luanne Rice
  62. "Every Day" by Elizabeth Richards
  63. "Falling For Rachel & Convincing Alex" Nora Roberts (Stanislaski Series)
  64. "First Impressions" by Nora Roberts
  65. "From The Heart" Nora Roberts
  66. "Homeport" by Nora Roberts 
  67. "Taming Natasha & Luring A Lady"  Nora Roberts (Stanislaski Series)
  68. "The Stanislaski Brothers" by Nora Roberts (Mikhail and Alex)
  69. "Treasures: Secret Star/Treasures Lost, Treasures Found" by Nora Roberts
  70. "Winner Takes All" by Nora Roberts
  71. "Afterlove" by Robert Rosenblum
  72. "Icy Sparks" by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
  73. "Trade Secrets" by Jill Shalvis & C.J. Carmichael (Coopers Corners)
  74. "Homeplace" by Anne Rivers Siddons
  75. "Sweet Memories" by LaVyrle Spencer
  76. "A Cold-Blooded Business" by Dana Stabenow (Kate Shugak Mystery)
  77. "The Kiss" by Danielle Steel
  78. "The Long Road Home" by Danielle Steel
  79. "Special Delivery" by Danielle Steel
  80. "Black Ice" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #1)
  81. "Cold As Ice " by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #2)
  82. "Ice Blue" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #3)
  83. "Ice Storm" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #4)
  84. "Silent Snow" by Steve Thayer
  85. "Sleeping at the Starlite Motel" by Bailey White
  86. "The Horsemaster's Daughter" by Susan Wiggs
  87. "Lakeside Cottage" by Susan Wiggs
  88. "Snowfall at Willow Lake" by Susan Wiggs (Lakeshore Chronicles #4)
  89. "Summer by the Sea" by Susan Wiggs
  90. "A Summer Affair" by Susan Wiggs

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Date Posted: 10/1/2008 8:55 AM ET
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My October reading list:

Finished - 

  1. Blood Lines by Tanya Huff (Vicki Nelson #3)
  2. Falsely Accused by Robert K. Tanenbaum (Karp/Ciampi #8)
  3. Blood Pact by Tanya Huff (Vicki Nelson #4)
  4. Who Goes Here? by Bob Shaw
  5. Blood Debt by Tanya Huff (Vicki Nelson #5)
  6. Storm Front by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files #1)
  7. Blood Bank by Tanya Huff (Vicki Nelson #6)

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The Republican Noise Machine by David Brock

On deck: The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 9:52 AM ET
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I am starting Wanderlust by Chris Dyer today. It should only take me a couple days, then I am going to start the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series. I hope to have the whole series done by the end of October.

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 10:25 AM ET
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I'm currently reading The Story of Edgar Sawtell. I'm also reading (with my husband) The Seven Principals for Making Marriage Work. I have lots on TBR that aren't even posted here. I might want to read a shorter, lighter book next. Just before this I finished Christ the Lord Out of Egypt and that took me a couple of weeks to get through. Before that I read Water for Elephants and LOVED IT but it's a fairly long book too. So, maybe after this I will read a Meg Cabot book, where I've left off in the Mediator series.

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 10:39 AM ET
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I'm reading Feast of Fear: Conversations with Stephen King by Tim Underwood and Chuck Miller, Editors

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Date Posted: 10/1/2008 11:32 AM ET
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I picked up 8 Sandpiper Way by Debbie Macomber this morning...hope to be able to read more books this month then in September (13 books)...If not then oh well but it is going to be fun trying...love this thread, I get a lot of ideas for future books to try here...

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 11:47 AM ET
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My reading list is too long for me to post it all right now.  Maybe if I have time I'll post some or all of it later. I like having it here because I feel a sense of accomplishment in crossing them off as I finish.

I am currently ready a collection of short stories by "chick lit" writers, called Girls Night In.  Pretty entertaining so far.

Today I'm also going to start Writing Magic, by Gail Carson Levine.

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 12:30 PM ET
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Read in October:

  • Falling Boy by Alison McGhee (4/5)
  • The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard (4.25/5) - I didn't expect much from the autobiographic essays. I don't know why, but I didn't. What I got was a lot! At times remniscent of Mary Karr's work (though published at least half a decade before), Jo Ann Beard brings humor and a sharp eye to the world she inhabited as she came of age. Really enjoyable. Going on my keeper shelf.


Now Reading: Do You Know the Monkey Man? by Dori Hillestad Butler (YA)

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I just started Dexer in the Dark by jeff Lindsey.

I just finished Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsey.  Very good.  :)

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 4:16 PM ET
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I am reading Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs...I am kind of having trouble getting into it..it seems a good story line but there seems to be way more history in this one then in the others either that or I just am not in the mood for it and its not all flowing..

Just finished... All Souls Night by Jennifer Armintrout

Next Up.... This Charming Man by Marian Keyes

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 4:32 PM ET
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Well lets see. Today I will be finishing Frankenstein (only a few pgs left). Then I will be starting the following for school: Jane Eyre (have already read it though), Spring Poems on the Rio Grande, Antigone, and The Last Days of Socrates. For personal reading I will be finishing Madame Bovary this week most likely, then it's on to Howards End, Women of the Silk, and hopefully I'll have time for Breach of Promise.
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October Finished:

  1. The Brief Wondrus Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz   
  2. The Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs
  3. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  4. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Mcguire
  5. Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan

October Currently Reading:

  1. Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure by Michael Chabon
  2. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

To be read:

To many to list.....                                                                                                                                                    

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I'm always amazed at the long lists people post about what they're going to read--I never know from one day to the next what I'll be in the mood for, which is why I don't list it until I'm done with it or at least reading it.

Anyway, I am currently reading 3 books--which is almost always the case. One at home--ICE HUNTER by  Joseph Heywood, the first "woods cop" mystery set in the UP of Michigan; one at work--THE GRIM REAPER by Bernard Knight, one of the Crowner John medieval mysteries set in 1190's Devon, UK; and one I'm listening to in audio download from the library--GRAVE SURPRISE by Charlaine Harris, the second Harper Connelly paranormal mystery. So far I'm enjoying them all.


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Currently reading CLUB DEAD by Charlaine Harris


DIME STORE MAGIC by Kelley Armstrong

SAHARA by Clive Cussler

HOUSE by Frank Peretti & Ted Dekker

WHITE OUT by James Vance Marshall

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I am 3/4 of the way through The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  I am also slowly reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 7:00 PM ET
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I'm starting Wolf at the Door by Christine Warren, first in her Others Series.

I'm not sure what I'll be reading next....eh.

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Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
Matt C. (mattc) - ,
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I'm always amazed at the long lists people post about what they're going to read--I never know from one day to the next what I'll be in the mood for

Ha!  Me either, but I like lists, I guess.  There are actually more than 500 books in my TBR pile, but the ones I listed are kind of more toward the forefront.

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 8:53 PM ET
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I love this thread although my TBR pile DOESN'T, it just keeps growing & growing!  I don't have a long list of what I will be reading next, I usually know just a few that I want to start in the near future.

Right now I'm reading :  Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth Addiction by David Sheff

Next Up:  Away by Amy Bloom  &    Faith Begins At Home by Mark Holmen

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 8:54 PM ET
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I am currently reading Dust To Dust by Tami Hoag.  I am just like a lot of others I never know what I'm going to read next.  I am currently trying to read some of my oldest books that I have had for awhile.  My TBR list right now is around 300.  I would love to see this list come down some but I just keep adding to it.

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 10:38 PM ET
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Currently read  Stolen  by Kelley Armstrong it's number 2  in the Women of the Otherworld series.

Up Next will be  Dime Store Magic  by Kelley Armstrong  its number 3 in the same series.

Happy reading everyone


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I just finished A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter about 20 mins ago. Next is Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn... after that I'm not sure, maybe Simple Genius by David Baldacci.

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 7:06 AM ET
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At one point this year I had 8 going at the same time.  I have managed to get that down to three. 

I am currently finishing up on Henry VIII: the King and his Court by Alison Weir and 1491 by Charles Mann and for school The Iron Heel by Jack London. 

Afterwards I want to read this month for fun Howards End by E.M. Forster, Emma by Jane Austen, Utopia by Thomas More and for school It can't happen here by Lewis Sinclair



Date Posted: 10/2/2008 9:39 AM ET
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Matt, my TBR pile is 500+ as well, which is why I have such a hard time choosing. What catches my eye one day might sound boring a week later when I thought I would get to it. And they all whisper (and some yell LOUDLY) 'read me next, read me...no, ME!" LOL

Finished in October:

  • The Grim Reaper by Bernard Knight