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Subject: It's October - What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 9/30/2009 11:58 PM ET
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My October reading list:  

Finished -  

  1. "RECKLESS LOVE" by Elizabeth Lowell (Audible book) (A) Janna Wayland has survived in treacherous Utah Territory by using her wits, her grit and her knife. She is as bold and free as Lucifer, the wild stallion she vows to protect from men who would stop at nothing to possess him. Men like Ty McKenzie, whose will to survive is as strong as her own. Nursing Ty back from death's grasp, she realizes that neither Lucifer nor her heart are safe from this man's fierce determination. Now Janna must follow Ty on a perilous trek through the badlands, battling renegade warriors, the elements and her own reckless heart with a fury that can be tamed only by love itself.
  2. "BUILDING DREAMS" by Ginna Gray (A) Still burning from a painful divorce, contractor Ryan McCall is finished with women. That is until his thirteen-year-old son befriends their new neighbor - widowed high-school teacher Tess Benson. But she is seven months pregnant. Tess finds Ryan rude, and his assuming and egocentric behavior is starting to grate on her nerves. Unfortunately, she needs a new Lamaze coach and he is the only person available. Worse still, she's even starting to like him - a lot. Is is possible to have a relationship with someone who doesn't even like you...or any woman for that matter?
  3. "FIRE AND RAIN" by Elizabeth Lowell (A) (Audio CD book) Luke MacKenzie, owner of the wildest, loneliest ranch this side of the Rockies, hadn't laid eyes on Carla McQueen for three years. Not since the day he'd sent his best friend's kid sister storming from the Rocking M Ranch and out of his life - for what he thought was forever. But now Carla was back, lovelier and even more desirable than in his burning memories. But Luke knew he could never give in to the raging need to make her his woman. For he'd made a vow long ago - one he was determined to keep - that he would never fall in love with an innocent beauty. No matter how badly his body and soul ached for her.
  4. "RUN FOR YOUR LIFE" by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge (A) (Audible book) A calculating killer who calls himself The Teacher is taking on New York City, killing the powerful and the arrogant. His message is clear: remember your manners or suffer the consequences! For some, it seems the rich are finally getting what they deserve. For New York's elite, it is a call to terror. Only one man can tackle such a high-profile case: Detective Mike Bennett. The pressure is enough for anyone, but Mike also has to care for his ten children - all of whom have come down with virulent flu at once! Discovering a secret pattern in The Teacher's lessons, Detective Bennett realizes he has just hours to save New York from the greatest disaster in its history.
  5. "SUITE 606" - Ritual in Death by J.D. Robb (A++) (even better since I listened to an audio book of this story a couple of months ago and could put how their voices sounded to the dialog in the book) Plunges Eve Dallas into the violent aftermath of a ritualistic murder - and into the mind of an alleged witness who can't remember a thing to save his life. Love Endures by Mary Blayney (C) Investigates the connection between a ghost, a magic coin and a deliberate deception that has kept two lovers apart for years. Cold Case by Ruth Ryan Langan (C) Brings a lost man out of a pounding storm and into the arms of a welcoming woman for a breathtaking twist of fate. Wayward Wizard by Mary Kay McComas
    (A-) Follows a mother and a son in the threads of history and an impaired wizard who must return them to their own world to fulfill his own destiny - in time. 
  6. "SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS" by Debbie Macomber - Return to Promise (C) Promise, Texas, is a good place to live with the person you love. When rancher Cal Patterson and his wife, Jane - better known as Dr. Texas - face a threat to their marriage, she leaves Promise, the town that's become her home as much as his. Will Jane be back by Christmas? Because, for both of them, the greatest gift of all would be her return to Promise. Mail-Order Bride (A) Gold River, Alaska, isn't your average town. After being jilted by her fiance, Caroline Myers ends up there - thanks to her matchmaking aunts, who send her on what appears to be an autumn vacation. Not surprisingly, they have something different in mind. Something that involves spending a snowy Christmas in handsome Paul Trevor's home - as his mail-order bride.
  7. "HOT PURSUIT" by Suzanne Brockmann (A-) Troubleshooter Alyssa Locke and her husband, former Navy SEAL Sam Starrett, were brought to center stage in Gone Too Far, the sixth book in Suzanne Brockmann's sexy, suspenseful New York Times bestselling series. Now these fan favorites are back to continue their story! Alyssa takes on the extremely public assignment of providing personal protection for Savannah von Hopf, an old friend who is running for office. While high-profile, the bodyguard job seems simple and easy enough - except Alyssa is juggling her stressful leadership position with a new baby and a husband who is her subordinate. When Alyssa receives several disturbing messages from “the Dentist,” a serial killer she has relentlessly pursued for years, Alyssa must take action to protect those closest to her. No one is safe, even after the FBI - including Sam and Alyssa’'s good friend Jules Cassidy - gets involved. But Alyssa knows that as the Dentist's true target she must use herself as bait to catch the devious killer - before he strikes again.
  8. "THE EXPECTANT PRINCESS" by Stella Bagwell (Royally Wed - The Stanbury Crown) (B) Princess Dominique Stanbury's father was missing, presumed dead, and she had to be strong for the sake of her family. Theonly one she could turn to was Marcus Kent, her father's devastatingly handsome High Counsel - and the older man who could sstill make her heart race. Then, in the midst of turmoil, Dominique revealed her closely guarded secret - the baby growing within her - and the ever-honorable Marcus proposed marriage. But was Marcus's proposal made out of devotion for his king...or love for the beautiful princess? 
  9. "THE OTHER TWIN" by Katherine Stone (A++) Thirty-one years ago, after an accident on a California highway, a woman goes into early labor. Her baby survives. But her husband dies. Today Paige Forrester is a doctor, like the father she never knew. But Paige herself has medical problems, which she's been keeping a secret. Her life becomes even more complicated when she meets Gwen St. James, a woman with secrets of her own. Gwen is an accomplished makeup artist, a vocation she chose because of the birthmark that disfigures her own face. Gwen, whose past is filled with questions, has never learned the identity of her parents. She's completely alone, a woman hiding behind a skillfully applied mask. Paige and Gwen become friends, confide in each other, grow close. As close as sisters.
  10. "HEAVEN'S PRICE" by Sandra Brown (A+) Blair Simpson embraced a life most people merely dreamed about. Devoting her nights as well as her days to dancing - in the chorus line of Broadway musicals and in occasional TV commercials - she had never considered another career. Now an injury has sent her to a small town for six long months of recuperation. All around her are couples who are raising families and building dreams together. And there she meets a man who forces her to come to terms with a part of herself she has long denied. From her first encounter with her new landlord, Sean Garrett, the powerful sexual attraction between them catches her off guard. For the first time she's unable to lose herself in her dancing, as Sean's passion and tenderness urge her to open her life to him. More than anything, Sean wants to buiold a future with fiery, raven-haired Blair. But Blair's own passion for dance has ruled her for so long, she may not be able to break its hold - even if it costs her the love she had thought she'd never find.
  11. "TWO ALONE" by Sandra Brown (A+) Rusty Carlson was hurt, terrified and alone with a man she didn't trust. But one thing was certain - after the plane crash that stranded them in the remote reaches of the north, she would die without him. Cooper Landry had a deep-rooted grudge against beautiful women like Rusty Carlson. Past experience had taught him they were takers. But he'd survived far worse dangers and this time he'd be damned if he'd let her risk his chance for survival. There were predators in the dense woods - both animal and human - and the odds were against them. They could handle that - but they weren't prepared for the discovery that a man and a woman needed more than just the skills to survive. They needed each other.
  12. "NIGHT SHADOWS" by Cherry Adair (Audible book) (B) In many ways, wizard Alex Stone's top-secret job in the antiterrorist organization T-FLAC had been so much simpler before he was partnered up with the gorgeous new rookie operative, Lexi. Lexi's world was black and white, and she did everything strictly by the book. But when Lexi is thrown into the shadowy, ever-perilous realm inhabited by Alex, everything she thinks she knows is called into question. As T-FLAC faces the ominous threat of rogue wizards, Alex must summon every last bit of his flickering paranormal powers to the the world in his deadliest battle yet. And Lexie must open her eyes - and her heart - to love before it's too late.
  13. "DREAM COUNTRY" by Luane Rice (A+) (Audio Casette book) Daisy had gone to the Wyoming wilderness in search of inspiration for her jewelry making. She found rancher James Tucker, a man with the wilderness inside him. Their life together was close to paradise - until their three-year-old son Jake disappeared and was never found. Her marriage in tatters, Daisy returned home to Connecticut, taking with her from Wyoming two things: her daughter, Jake's twin, and her livelihood, the jewelry she etches with symbols of Indian legends. Wyoming had taken everything else. Thirteen years later, Wyoming wants more, Sage, now sixteen, has run away, and Daisy fears that Sage's thirst to see the land and the father of her dreams is driving her westward on freight trains and farm roads. Terrified, her mother flies out to where James Tucker rides the range with a heart turned to stone, still scouring the canyons for Jake. Wary of each other, Daisy and James wait and pray for the safe arrival of their one remaining child. And they'll need all the strength and wisdom they can find, to learn that you cannot close the door on the past. In fact, if you're willing to step through it, that door to the past can lead you home.
  14. 'WINTER FIRE" by Elizabeth Lowell (Audio Cassette book) (A) Orphaned at thirteen, a mail order bride at fourteen, widowed at sixteen, Sarah Kennedy learned to depend only on herself. At 20, Sarah is determined to never again need a man to survive. She gives all of her love to her younger brother and all of her time to the ranch that supports them. Her spare time is spent searching for the fabled Spanish treasure lost in the Utah wilderness that surrounds her home. When the lethal Culpepper clan settles within miles of her home, Sarah realizes that she will not be able to protect her brother and her land and search for the treasure alone. The Civil War and the Culpeppers have taught Case Maxwell three things: how to be a patient deadly fighter; to love nothing that can die; and that justice is blind. He has sworn revenge on the Culpeppers, who destroyed all that he held dear. When a fight with them leaves him near-dead, Sarah Kennedy takes it upon herself to nurse him back to health. Sarah and Case realize that as a team they have the courage to face the risks and violent peril that await them in this wild, magnificent land. Together they discover a passion that is like a fire that burns in the very heart of winter.
  15. "CODE NAME: PRINCE" by Valerie Parv (Royally Wed - The Stanbury Crown) (B) Innocent Meagan Moore had never intended to get caught up in her brother's plot to overthrow the Edenbourg throne, or fall for the man thought to be the enigmatic Prince Nicholas. But involved she was - in the plot and with gorgeous Benjamin Lockhart. Meagan admired the courageous lieutenant for going undercover to protect his family, but with the truth revealed, danger lurked wherever the pair went. Now, faced with the consequences of following her heart, Meagan was torn between devotion to her family and love for her very own Prince Charming.
  16. "THE LUCKY ONE" by Nicholas Sparks (A++) When U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman half-buried in the dirt during his third tour of duty in Iraq, his first instinct is to toss it aside. Instead, he brings it back to the base for someone to claim, but when no one does, he finds himself always carrying the photo in his pocket. Soon Thibault experiences a sudden streak of luck, winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat that kills two of his closest buddies. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph - his lucky charm. Back home in Colorado, Thibault can't seem to get the photo - and the woman in it - out of his mind. Believing that she somehow holds the key to his destiny, he sets out on a journey across the country to find her, never expecting the strong but vulnerable woman he encounters in Hampton, North Carolina - Elizabeth, a divorced mother with a young son - to be the girl he's been waiting his whole life to meet. Caught off guard by the attraction he feels, Thibault keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate and all-comsuming love affair, the secret he is keeping will soon threaten to tear them apart - destroying not only their love, but also their lives.
  17. "AUTUMN LOVER" by Elizabeth Lowell (Audible book) (A) Returning to her Wyoming ranch at the Civil War's end, Elyssa Sutton finds it picked bare by scavangers and coveted by determined men. Yet the proud young woman vows never again to abandon her Ruby Mountain home - though it means enlisting the aid of a dark and dangerous stranger who lives for revenge alone. Hunter Maxwell has suffered from the savagery of outlaws and the faithlessness of a woman. And he will trust no female - nor will he rest until the raiders who destroyed his family pay for their crimes. A woman in need, a man in pain, in fury and fire they must now stand as one - to fight for something cherished, something lost...and for a passion neither dreamed could live.
  18. "TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY" by Sandra Brown (Audio Cassette book) (A+) Rita Lavender is the last woman to be swept away by a smooth line and a seductive smile. And she's just beginning to savor the fruits of her success when she meets a man who will change everything. Mayor-Elect Taylor MacKensie is handsome, charming and charismatic. Still, Rita never imagines that she'll leave a Christmas party with him, or that, caught up in the magic of a snowfall and a bottle of champagne, she'll give in to desires. Eight weeks later, Rita knows she's carrying Taylor Mackensie's child. Desperate to spare her baby the pain and stigma of illegitimacy, Rita makes the only decision she can. Suddenly Rita is sharing Taylor's house, his name, and something infinitely more dangerous to her heart...a tenderness she never expected, a passion she can't seem to control.
  19. "SISTER'S CHOICE" by Emilie Richards (A++) With nine years and a turbulent childhood between them, Kendra and Jamie have never been storybook sisters. After a long estrangement, they've finally begun to heal their hurts and forge a new bond. Now Jamie is offering a gift Kendra has long since given up hoping for, the fondest wish of her heart - a baby. Already raising two young girls on her own, Jamie wants to become a gestational surrogate for Kendra and her husband, Isaac, giving birth to a child the husband and wife have created together. Despite some lingering misgivings about her once-wayward younger sister's commitment, Kendra agrees and soon Jamie is pregnant. In addition to this amazing gift of life, Jamie has designed a new house for Kendra and Isaac and is overseeing its construction on Isaac's ancestral property along the Shenandoah River, with the help of Cash Rosslyn, one of the most attractive men Jamie has known. By giving her sister both a home and a family, Jamie hopes to prove to Kendra that she deserves absolution for her past mistakes. But when a medical crisis threatens her health and her promising new relationship with Cash, Jamie learns that the most difficult choice in her life is yet to come - and its cost may be beyond calculation.

Currently Reading - 

  1. "Blood Canticle" Anne Rice  (Vampire Chronicles #10)
  2. "Improbable Cause" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #5)
  3. "The Betrayal" by Beverly Lewis (Abrams Daughters #2)

Currently Listening To - 

  1. "Rusty Nail" by J.A. Konrath (Jack Daniels #3) (Audible book)
  2. "To the Ends of the Earth" by Elizabeth Lowell (Audio CD book)

Book to be Read - In alphabetical order not reading order 

  1. "Brought Together by Baby" by Carolyne Aarsen (Tiny Blessings, Love Inspired)
  2. "Rescue Me" by Cherry Adair, Lora Leigh & Cindy Gerard
  3. "Scenes of Passion" by Suzanne Brockmann
  4. "Hidden Fires" by Sandra Brown
  5. "The House On Olive Street" by Robyn Carr
  6. "An Officer and a Princess" by Carla Cassidy (Royally Wed - The Stanbury Crown) 
  7. "Keeper of the Light" by Diane Chamberlain (Keeper of the Light trilogy #1)
  8. "Kiss River" by Diane Chamberlain (Keeper of the Light trilogy #2)
  9. "Finding You/Knowing You" by Maureen Child
  10. "Loving You" by Maureen Child 
  11. "Some Kind of Wonderful" by Maureen Child
  12. "Scarpetta" by Patricia Cornwell
  13. "SEALed with a Kiss" by Mary Margret Daughtridge (#1)
  14. "SEALed with a Promise" by Margret Daughtridge (#2)
  15. "Just Breathe" by Dee Davis
  16. "Eternity" by Jude Deveraux
  17. "A Lady Decides" by Dorothea Donley
  18. "An Echo in the Bone" by Diana Gabaldon (Audible book)
  19. "Multiple Blessings" by Jon & Kate Gosselin & Beth Carson
  20. "The Tribes" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier #2)
  21. "A Week From Sunday" Dorothy Garlock
  22. "Blood of the Prodigal" by P.L. Gaus (An Ohio Amish Mystery)
  23. "Whisper No Lies" by Cindy Gerard (Black Ops Inc. #3)
  24. "To the Limit" by Cindy Gerard (The Bodyguards #2)
  25. "Unhallowed Ground" by Heather Graham
  26. "Pale Moon Rising" by Ginna Gray
  27. "Multiple Blessings: Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets"  by Kate Irene Gosselin, Beth Ann Carson
  28. "Hannah's Dream: A Novel"  by Diane Hammond
  29. "Comfort & Joy" Kristine Hannah
  30. "For the Twins' Sake" by Jillian Hart (Love Inspired - Tiny Blessings)
  31. "The Dark Wind" by Tony Hillerman
  32. "Larger Than Life" by Kay Hooper
  33. "Mackenzie's Legacy" by Linda Howard (Mackenzie's Mountain/Mackenzie's Mission)
  34. "Until I Find You" by John Irving
  35. "The McCaffertys: Thorn" by Lisa Jackson
  36. "The Friday Night Knitting Club"  by Kate Jacobs
  37. "Butterfly Summer" by Arlene James (Love Inspired - Hamilton Family)
  38. "Dismissed With Prejudice" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #7)
  39. ""Fire and Ice" by J.A. Jance (Joanna Brady #13 & J.P. Beaumont #19)
  40. "A More Perfect Union" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #6)
  41. "Countdown" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller #6)
  42. "Quicksand" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller #7)
  43. "The Official Nora Roberts Companion" by Denise Little and Laura Hayden
  44. "Dawn In Eclipse Bay" by Jayne Ann Krentz (Eclipse Bay Trilogy #2)
  45. "Eclipse Bay" by Jayne Ann Krentz (Eclipse Bay Trilogy #1)
  46. "Summer in Eclipse Bay" by Jayne Ann Krentz (Ecliple Bay Trilogy #3)
  47. "An Accidental Hero" by Loree Lough (Love Inspired)
  48. "92 Pacific Boulevard" by Debbie Macomber
  49. "A Gift to Last" by Debbie Macomber
  50. "That Holiday Feeling: "Silver Bells" by Debbie Macomber/The Perfect Holiday" by Sherryl Woods/"Under the Christmas Tree" by Robyn Carr 
  51. "The Perfect Christmas" by Debbie Macomber
  52. "Delicious" by Susan Mallery (The Buchanans #1)
  53. "Too Far Gone" by Marliss Melton
  54. "Forget Me Not" by Marliss Melton
  55. "Convictions" by Maureen McKade
  56. "Mexican Hat" by Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney #2)
  57. "One Last Look" by Linda Lael Miller
  58. "There and Now" by Linda Lael Miller
  59. "Chance Meeting" by Laura Moore
  60. "Outsider" by Diana Palmer
  61. "Cross Country" by James Patterson
  62. "A Man Named Dave" by David Pelzer
  63. "A Teenager's Journey" by Richard B. Peltzer
  64. "Dog On It" by Spencer Quinn (A Chet and Bernie Mystery)
  65. "Merrick" by Anne Rice (Vampire Chronicles #7)
  66. "Blue Moon" by Luanne Rice
  67. "Stone Heart" by Luanne Rice
  68. "Ghost Moon" by Karen Robards
  69. "Out of This World" by J.D. Robb, Laurell K. Hamilton, Susan Krinard, Maggie Shayne
  70. "Bed of Roses" by Nora Roberts (Wedding Quartet #2)
  71. "From the Heart: Tonight and Always/A Matter of Choice/Endings and Beginnings" by Nora Roberts
  72. "Moon Shadows" by Nora Roberts, Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan and Marianne Willman
  73. "Reflections and Dreams" by Nora Roberts (Stanislaski series #7 & 8)
  74. "The Stanislaskis" (Waiting for Nick & Considering Kate) by Nora Roberts (Stanislaski series #5 & 6)
  75. "Windfall" by Nora Roberts
  76. "Blue Bayou" by JoAnn Ross (Callahan Brothers trilogy #1)
  77. "Magnolia Moon"  by JoAnn Ross (Callahan Brothers trilogy #3)
  78. "River Road" by JoAnn Ross (Callahan Brothers trilogy #2)
  79. "Sweet Baby" by Sharon Sala
  80. "The Blacksheep Prince's Bride" by Martha Shields (Royally Wed)
  81. "A Memory of Love" by Bertrice Small
  82. "Blind Curve" by Annie Solomon
  83. "By Her Side" by Kathryn Springer
  84. "The Kiss" by Danielle Steel
  85. "The Long Road Home" by Danielle Steel
  86. "Another Man's Son" by Katherine Stone
  87. "The Hot Flash Club" by Nancy Thayer
  88. "Drifter" by Susan Wiggs
  89. "Enchanted Afternoon" by Susan Wiggs
  90. "Lakeshore Christmas" by Susan Wiggs (The Lakeshore Chronicles)
  91. "Passing Through Paradise" by Susan Wiggs
  92. "The You I Never Knew" by Susan Wiggs
  93. "Wednesday's Child" by Gayle Wilson
  94. "The Inn at Eagle Point" by Sherryl Woods

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I'm opening October with Dead Center by David Rosenfelt and Sovereign by C.J. Sansom. Listening to Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, read by Lynn Redgrave. Enjoying them all very much!


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Currently Reading


  1.  First Avenue by Lowen Clausen
  2. Stop me by Richard Jay Parker
  3. Who Killed Marilyn Monroe? by Liz Evans 
  4.  Skin River by Steven Sidor 
  5. Suspect by Michael Robotham



  1. Run for you Life by James Patterson
  2.  The 8th Confession by James Patterson
  3. Edwin of the Iron Shoes by Marcia Muller
  4. The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer



  1. The Descent by Jeff Long
  2. Privileged Information by Stephen White
  3. The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva
  4. Trace Evidence by Elizabeth Becka
  5.  The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
  6. Death At La Fenice by Donna Leon
  7. Plea of Insanity by Jilliane Hoffman
  8. Biting the Moon by Martha Grimes
  9. Dakota by Martha Grimes
  10. Tilt A Whirl by Chris Grabenstein
  11. By Order  of the President by W.E.B Griffin
  12. Deep Storm by Lincoln Child
  13. Sunset and Sawdust by Joe R. Lansdale
  14. Savage Art by Danielle Girard
  15. Forty Words for Sorrow by Giles Blunt
  16. Hard Landing by Stephen Leather
  17. The Devil's Redhead by David Corbett
  18. Ice Trap by Kitty Sewell
  19. The Moscow Club by Joseph Finder
  20. Third Person by Steve Mosby
  21. The Dying Hour by Rick Mofina
  22. Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler
  23. The Pardon by James Grippando
  24. Meg by  Steve Alten
  25. Pandemic by Daniel Kalla
  26.  The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen
  27. Black Dog by Stephen Booth
  28. Flight of the Intruder by Stephen Coonts
  29. The Lions Of Lucerne By Brad Thor
  30. ShoeDog by George P Pelecanos
  31. Missing Witness by Gordan Campbell
  32. Contagion  By Robin Cook
  33.  Against The Wind by J F Freedman
  34. Dead Irish by John Lescroart
  35. Rising Phoenix  by Kyle Mills 
  36. Chiefs by Stuart Woods
  37. The Godwulf Manuscript  by Robert B Paker
  38. Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn
  39. Rules of Deception by Christopher Reich
  40. The Guards by Ken Bruen
  41. Split Second by David Baldacci
  42. Final Jeopardy by Linda Fairstein
  43. Heart Sick by Chelsea Cain
  44. Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
  45. Until Proven Guilty  by J.A. Jance
  46. Blindsighted by  Karin Slaughter
  47. Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell
  48. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
  49. The Bone Factory by Steven Sidor
  50. Second Watch by Lowen Clausen
  51. Third & Forever by Lowen Clausen
  52. Ask The Cards a Question by  Marcia Muller
  53. The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer
  54. The Blue Hour by  T Jefferson Parker
  55. The Hundredth Man by Jack Kerley
  56. The Bourne Idenity by Robert Ludlum
  57. The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy 
  58. Circle of the Dead by David Lawrence 
  59. When the Bough Breaks by Jonathan Kellerman
  60. The Ritual Bath by Faye Kellerman 

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Currently reading War & Peace.

Here's the rest of my TBR's for October:

1.  The Borrowers - Mary Norton

2.  Which Lie Did I Tell? Adventures in the Screen Trade - William Goldman

3.  The Tomb - F. Paul Wilson

4.  Andy and Andie - Malle Vallick

5.  The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

6.  Fear and Trembling - Amelie Nothomb

7.  When My Name Was Keoko - Linda Sue Park

8.  Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac - Gabrielle Zevin

9.  Life of Pi - Yann Martel

10.  Diet for a New America - John Robbins

11.  Bearing the Cross - David J Garrow

12.  Fargo Rock City - Chuck Klosterman

13.  Not Another Bad Date - Rachel Gibson

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The Regime by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins

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October reading list:  


The Physician  by Noah Gordon (Better-than-average even-paced historical fiction of 11th century England and Persia.)

Aristocrats: The Illustrated Companion by Stella Tillyard (Beautifully illustrated life of four 18th c. aristocratic sisters)

The Road by Cormac McCarthy (One of the best books I read this year. The movie is scheduled to come out November 25.)

The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea (About a girl, Teresita, a legendary figure in 19th c. Mexico.  Urrea's poetic style of writing enhances the myth and magic and realism that surrounds Teresita's story, which is quintessentially Mexican.  A journey into the heart and soul of Mexico.)

Bunnicula by James Howe (My daughter insisted, and I had a few good belly laughs for my pains.  What a fun read for kids! and grown-ups!) 

The Master by Colm Toibin (Toibin's portrait of Henry James is sympathetic and and sensitively written. Starts slow then picks up.) 

Lions at Lamb House by Edwin M. Yoder, Jr.  (A fictional encounter between Freud and Henry James in 1908. Very clever.)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  by Stieg Larsson (Couldn't put it down.)

Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel by Edmund White (Good introduction on the    enfant terrible    of 19th c. French poetry.)

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (Zipped through this deliciously fun and sexy vampire tale.)

The Nature of the Universe/De Rerum Natura by Lucretius (Humphries translation) (Very interesting.  Blending science, philosophy, and psychology in an ancient epic poem, Lucretius (99 - 55 BCE) explores the science of atoms, what we now call physics; hints at the principles of "natural selection"; and promotes the enlightened view of reason over superstition!  He didn't get it   all   right, but there's enough here to astonish one as to how visionary he was - way ahead of his time.

The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot ( (This book can be read and understood on so many levels, but if you want to get an overall picture of men and women's lives in 19th century rural England through their relationships within the rigid structure of family and society, (in particular, the main character, Maggie, becomes its victim),  this is any excellent read.) )    

Currently Reading –     

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

To Be Read -   


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Just started Great Jones Street by Don DeLillo.  So far I like it, and I'm hoping it stays as good. 

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  1. Sabriel by Garth Nix (Abhorsen #1)
  2. Irresistible Impulse by Robert K. Tanenbaum (Karp/Ciampi #9)
  3. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  4. Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
  5. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
  6. Pet Sematary by Stephen King
  7. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  8. Misery by Stephen King
  9. Christine by Stephen King

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Currently Reading:

  1. Notting Hell by Rachel Johnson
  2. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

Up Next (No particular order):

  1. On Call by Emily R. Transue, M.D.
  2. Black and White by Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge
  3. Lies my Mother Never Told me by Kaylie Jones
  4. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
  5. Divorce Party by Laura Dave
  6. Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
  7. Mona Lisa Awakening by Sunny

ETA: I usually read about 10-15 books per month, so this is not even all the books I will read this month.

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Well, right now I'm focusing on Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell cause I have to have it read for a class soon, but I've also just started Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

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I'm listening to:


I'm reading:

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  1. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  2. Children of Men by P.D. James
  3. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
  4. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  5. Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

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Finished last month:

Altered Carbon, by Richard K. Morgan. Rated four stars.
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon, by Julie Phillips. Rated four stars.
Have His Carcase, by Dorothy L. Sayers. Rated four stars.
Children of the Night, by Mercedes Lackey. Rated three stars.
Burning Water, by Mercedes Lackey. Rated three stars.
Jinx High, by Mercedes Lackey. Rated two stars.
Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones. Re-read.
Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie. Re-read.
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?, by Agatha Christie. Re-read.
Three Act Tragedy, by Agatha Christie. Re-read.
Elemental Magic, by Sharon Shinn, Jean Johnson, Carol Berg, and Rebecca York. Rated four stars (if I throw out the novella by Rebecca York).
Ilario: The Stone Golem, by Mary Gentle. Rated three stars.
The Onion Girl, by Charles de Lint. Re-read (though I wasn't sure until 80 pages from the end).
Widdershins, by Charles de Lint. Rated four stars.


Currently on my TBR stack


Across the Nightingale Floor, by Lian Hearn

Auralia's Colors, by Jeffrey Overstreet

The Dragon King Trilogy, by Stephen R. Lawhead

The Fox Woman and Fudoki, by Kij Johnson

Ombria in Shadow, by Patricia McKillip

The Privilege of the Sword, by Ellen Kushner

The Ropemaker, by Peter Dickinson

Song for the Basilisk, by Patricia McKillip

Three Hearts and Three Lions, by Poul Anderson

Whiskey and Water, by Elizabeth Bear

Wild Seed, by Octavia E. Butler


Science Fiction

Bright of the Sky, by Kay Kenyon

Carnival and Dust, by Elizabeth Bear

Hyperion, by Dan Simmons

The Light Ages, by Ian R. MacLeod

Moon-Flash, by Patricia McKillip

The Prefect, by Alastair Reynolds

The Silver Metal Lover, by Tanith Lee

Six Moon Dance, by Sheri S. Tepper

Slow River, by Nicola Griffith

The Speed of Dark, by Elizabeth Moon

The Collected Short Fiction of C.J. Cherryh



Behold, Here's Poison!, by Georgette Heyer

Death in the Clouds, by Agatha Christie

The A.B.C. Murders, by Agatha Christie

Murder in Mesopotamia, by Agatha Christie

Cards on the Table, by Agatha Christie



The Americans: The Colonial Experience, by Daniel J. Boorstin

The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History, by John M. Barry

The Medieval Castle: Life in a Fortress in Peace and War, by Philip Warner (About halfway through, but stalled out.)

A People's History of the United States: From 1492 to the Present by Howard Zinn

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, by Mary Roach

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I'm reading Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn

I just finished:

Crashing Through:  A Man Who Dared to See by Robert Kurson and

Lily by Paullina Simons

Going to read next:

Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner

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Like most PBSers, I have a growing TBR pile.  After I read Girl in Hyacinth Blue (Susan Vreeland), I noticed these books in my pile:  Blue Water (A. Manette Ansay); Born on a Blue Day ( Daniel Tammet); True Blue: The Real Stories Behind NYPD Blue (David Milch and Bill Clark); and Yellow Raft in Blue Water ( Michael Dorris).  All were excellent reads!  I also listened to The Red Suit Diaries ( Ed Butchart) and plan to read Blackbird (Jennifer Lauck) next.

  Sometimes I just need a theme!

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Right now I'm reading Truth and Beauty, by Ann Patchett.  What an interesting book!  I'm loving it!  I want my daughter, who is a discouraged artist, to read it next. 

Truth & Beauty: A Friendship :: Ann Patchett

Last week I read and really  enjoyed:

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I just finished reading Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon.  I really liked it - at first it seemed like kind of a long shaggy dog story, but by the time I finished it I thought it hung together well.  It's really different from the (excellent) film.

I also read Watchmen, finally.  It actually felt really dated to me in a way I had trouble getting past.  I did enjoy it, but I think I may be getting a little tired of Alan Moore's particular obsessions.

I started reading the Steampunk anthology Jeff Vandermeer edited, but haven't read enough yet to have an opinion.

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Just finished The Midwife's Tale by Gretchen Moran Laskas.  Being told in the first person, we don't get to hear the whole story from the other characters' points of view... something I would have liked.  Still, I really enjoyed it.

Started Vagabond by Bernand Cornwell... (Read The Archer's Tale a few years ago and never got around to reading this, the sequel).


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Currently reading: The Zookeepers Wife~Diane Ackerman:Very intriguing,like the way she writes about animals life and humans at the same time.Wild Sheep Chase:Funny & Mysterious: / Then we came to the End~Joshua Ferris: A Office life story where they know they are going to lose their jobs,very up to the Minute

Started: Ordinary Love and Goodwill~Jane Smiley:One of her older ones but I like her so I think it will be a quick enjoyable read/,update: Read Ordinary Love and now onto Good Will/ Cloudsplitter~Russell Banks: Part of my Civil War Reading Challenge/ K is for Killer~Sue Grafton: This one is kind of slow for me,hmmm....Re-reading "the Reader" ~ Bernard Schlink to see how it compares to the movie, quite the experience re-reading this so far, almost done, it's one of those that you feel submerged and coming up for air. The Special Providence~Richard Yates: very fluid writing and on the nose expressions,I know I aam going to have to have preid from my cold dead fingers,it's that good!

Finishing: The Kitchen God's Wife ~Amy Tan

Next: Some TBR books on my list that have red and green W's ie: A.D. Pompeii, A Charlie Huston book, The Accidental~Ali Smith,Probably a Harlen Coben or Dennis LeHane.like them both as much as P.D. James & Sue Grafton

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Finished in October:

  1. Dead Center by David Rosenfelt
  2. The Way of Four: Create Elemental Balance in Your Life by Deborah Lipp

Current Reads:

  1. Sovereign by C.J. Sansom
  2. When Gods Die by C.S. Harris
  3. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (audio)

Up Next: I never know til I'm ready to start what I'll be in the mood for.


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I finally finished my first book of the month: Sabriel by Garth Nix.  I thought it might be too much of a kids' books, but I ended up liking it very much. 

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Just finished --  Coal Run - Tawni O'Dell and Mudbound - Hillary Jordan 

Reading now:    The Angel's Game, Carlos Ruiz Zafon    and listening to  "The Little Book" on audio by Selden Edwards

TBR:  Under this Unbroken Sky -  Shandi Mitchell

The Almond Picker - Simonetta Hornby

The Man Who Loved Books Too much - Allison Bartlett

Stone's Fall - Iain Pears

New England White - Stephen Carter

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

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Just started "Push Not The River" by James Conroyd Martin

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All else is on hold, while I read the new Diana Gabaldon book, An Echo in the Bone.

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Finished in October:

1. The Regime by Tim LaHaye & Jery B. Jenkins