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Subject: It's September - What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 9/1/2011 8:20 AM ET
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My September 2011 Reading List:

Finished -

  1. "HUSH" by Cherry Adair (Lodestone #1) (A+++) A reckless adventure in a deadly paradise. Thrill seekers Zakary and Gideon Stark travel the globe in search of extreme adventure, but a trip to Venezuela to jump off the world's highest falls catapults them into a perilous game of life or death - where they don't know the rules. A one-night stand that will change his life forever. Kidnapped with a woman Zak knows nothing about, the brothers are held prisoner deep in the jungle. A  risky, death-defying escape separates them and nearly  claims Zak's life...until his recovery reveals a baffling new sixth sense. An unexpected diversion with lethal consequences. Now, to find his missing brother, Zak and the mysterious Acadia Gray will have to out-smart, out-gun and out-maneuver not just the brutal kidnappers but also a new player who joins the adrenaline game: a ruthless opponent who wants the Stark brothers dead - at any cost.
  2. "SMOKIN' SEVENTEEN" by Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum #17) (unabridged Audio CD) (A+) Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction site of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie's name is on the killer's list. Short on time to find evidence proving the killer's identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it's time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend, Trenton cop Joe Morelli and the bad boy in her life, security expert, Ranger. Stephanie's mom is encouraging her to dump them both and choose a former high school football star who's just returned to town. Stephanie's sidekick, Lula, is encouraging Stephanie to have a red-hot boudoir "bake-off." And Grandma Bella, Morelli's old-world grandmother, is encouraging Stephanie to move to a new state when she puts "the eye" on Stephanie. With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie's life looks like it's about to go up in smoke.
  3. "WHISPER FALLS" by Toni Blake (Destiny, Ohio #3) (A++) Tessa Sheridan came crawling back to her quaint hometown of Destiny after her big-city interior design career crumbled. Now not only must she struggle to make ends meet, but she has to contend with a biker next door and the roar of Harleys shattering the serenity of her cabin in the woods by Whisper Falls. Worse still, her sexy, bad boy neighbor makes her feel breathless and weak - and shy, petite Tessa knows what a major mistake it would be to get involved with someone so...dangerous. They say that former teen rebel Lucky Romo has a dark, secret past - that he's trouble with a capital "T." Still, Tessa feels all tingly when she sees how well he fills out a pair of tight jeans. And when Lucky invites her into his world, she knows the intense heat sparking between them could lead her somewhere wild and wonderful...and, yes, dangerous!
  4. "SUPERB AND SEXY" by Jill Shalvis (Sky High Air #3) (A+) Buckle up, it's going to be quite a ride. Despite his brooding bad-boy attitude, Brody knows life has treated him pretty well. His luxury charter airline, Sky High, has given him financial security and the means to take to the skies whenever things on the ground get complicated. And lately, things have become very complicated, thanks to the insanely passionate, or perhaps just insane, kiss he shared with Sky High's gorgeous, wise-cracking concierge, Maddie. He's tried to keep his distance, but now Maddie desperately needs help and it's triggering protective alpha-male urges Brody didn't even know he had. For months, Maddie hid her crush on sexy, exasperating Brody behind a cool, kick-ass exterior...and then blew that to smithereens by jumping him in the lobby. Yeah, real smooth. She's tried to break her ties with Sky High, but Brody won't let her walk away - especially now that he knows that Maddie and her twin sister Leena are in big-time trouble. To save Leena, Maddie and Brody must pose as husband and wife and Maddie is amazed that the man she thought was oblivious to her existence knows her very well indeed. But that's nothing compared to the way she's about to get to know him - intimately, in depth and over and over again.
  5. "CORRALLED" by Lorelei James (Blacktop Cowboys #1) (A) Linda Capshaw has been servicing injured cowboys long enough to know that a charming Western drawl combined with a fine physical form doesn't mean you should fall for a man. As a sports therapist, she travels the rodeo circuits patching up riders - and fending off their sweet-talking, swaggering advances.So no one is more surprised than Lainie when she finds herself involved with not one, but two different men on different circuits. Hank Lawson, a bullfighter and Kyle Gilchrist, a bull rider trying to stage a comeback. Laine feels guilty about her two-timing, but it doesn't keep her from doubling her fun - until Hank catches her with Kyle. She's shocked that Hank isn't mad. She's more shocked to learn Hank and Kyle are hometown buddies. But when the men offer to share her - in every way - she knows that both of them are going to try to win her, body and soul. Now it's up to Lainie to choose the one man who can give her the ride of her life.
  6. "DARK DESIRE" by Christine Feehan (Carpathians (Dark) #2) (A++) They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light...The stranger silently summoned her from across the areas, whispering of eternal torment, of endless hunger...of dark, dangerous desires. And somehow, American surgeon Shea O'Halloran could feel his anguish, sense his haunting aloneness. Drawn to the far Carpathian Mountains, she found a ravaged, raging man, a being like no other. And she trembled. For in his burning eyes she recognized the beloved stranger who'd already become a part of her. But was she to be his healer...or his prey?
  7. "LIE WITH ME" by Stephanie Tyler (Shadow Force #1) (A++) Framed for a double murder, Delta Force operative Cameron Moore is given a new lease on life by the CIA - provided he pays them back by doing their black ops dirty work. But now Cam is ready to renegotiate the deal and he thinks he's found the perfect bargaining chip: Skylar Slavin, bestselling author of espionage thrillers and the daughter of the CIA man who saved Cam from a prison sentence. Skylar has been living in anonymity, never suspecting that someone so dangerous - and so desirable - would plunge her into a world as treacherous as one of her spy novels. But how can Cam go through with his plan to kidnap Skylar when just the sight of her sets off an explosive attraction he's never experienced before? And when Skylar falls prey to an even more perilous threat, this special ops soldier must call upon all his combat skills to protect the one person who can help him win his freedom - and the only woman he's ever loved.
  8. "PROMISES IN THE DARK" by Stephanie Tyler (Shadow Force #2) (A++) A rugged Navy SEAL, Zane Scott was part of a failed mission to rescue Dr. Olivia Strohm from abduction by the terrorist group Dead Man's Hand - and her anguished screams have haunted him ever since. So when he gets word that the beautiful physician has escaped from her captors in Africa, he's got personal reasons to storm the continent and save her. Like her would-be liberator, Olivia carries the burden of a dark secret from her past. Ruthless and relentless, the DMH has threatened to hunt her down - and to systematically hurt anyone she's close to. The last thing she wants is to be rescued - even by someone as shockingly handsome as Zane. Yet the hotheaded special ops hero has come for her and together she and Zane just might have a shot at not only stopping DMH's reign of terror, but also savings what's left of their souls.
  9. "TIN ANGEL" by Kat Martin with L.J. Martin (A) Jessica Taggart had come West seeking adventure and no hard-drinking, easy-living rogue like Jake Weston was going to stop her from finding it - even if it meant being his partner in the Tin Angel, the most notorious brothel on the Barbary Coast. Even if she had to resist his sensual seduction when all she really wanted was to melt in his arms. Jake had no intention of sharing the Tin Angel with a know-it-all female from Boston. But Jessica's spirited independence...and lush, responsive beauty...made him swear off other women forever. And when Jessie proceeded to get shipwrecked, kidnapped and almost killed, Jack swore to do whatever was necessary to keep her safe - whether she wanted his help or not!
  10. "KEEPING COMPANY" by Tami Hoag (Rainbow Chasers #2) (A+) Sensible corporate lawyer Alaina Montgomery has been frustrating her matchmaking friends for years. But this time they've really tried to set her up with the wrong guy: Dylan Harrison, a free-spirited single dad who runs a ramshackle bar and bait shop. Appropriately enough, she meets him on the way to a science-fiction-themed masquerade party. When cops mistake the costumed pair for a lady of the evening and her client, Alaina and Dylan end up in jail together. And soon they hatch a plan to foil the matchmakers once and for all by pretending to be a couple. What begins as a good-natured ruse quickly blossoms into a real romance, as these two polar opposites discover that desire can't be so easily disguised.
  11. "AN OFFICER AND A MILLIONAIRE" by Maureen Child (Man of the Month - Mr. January) (A++) The broad-shouldered military man had no patience with games. Margie - Cabot? - had to go. She'd been masquerading as his spouse for nearly a year, living in his house while he'd been overseas. Now all his skills were focused on payback: it would be sweet, swift and sexy. But first he'd have that "wedding night!"
  12. "WHERE THERE'S SMOKE" by Sandra Brown (abridged Audio CD) (A++) No one knows why Lara Mallory opens up her medical practice in the rowdy Texas town where Tackett Oil owns everything. But everyone remembers her role in the well-publicized scandal that caused the downfall of White House hopeful Senator Clark Tackett. Now the ironfisted matriarch of Tackett Oil intends to use her money and power to drive Lara out of town...especially when Lara meets Key, the hell-raising, youngest Tackett son. Before long, this determined woman doctor and brash, daring flyer find themselves hurtling on a soul-searing quest for the one secret that can destroy the Tackett empire.
  13. "INDULGENCE IN DEATH" by J.D. Robb (In Death #30) (A++++) Attention, she thought. Her killers enjoyed it. Considered it their due? Possibly. A different matter from the killer who sought attention because on some level he wanted to be caught, wanted to be stopped, even punished. If it was, as her line of theory followed, some sort of contest or competition, getting caught wasn't an issue. Winning was - or if not winning, the competition itself. However, competitions had rules, she concluded. Had to have some sort of structure and in order to win, someone else had to lose. How many more rounds of play? she wondered. Was there an endgame?
  14. "REWRITING MONDAY" by Jodi Thomas (A+++) Mike McCulloch took over for is brother as editor of the Bailee Bugle out of familial obligation. When Pepper bursts into his office and demands a job, her enthusiasm and energy hit him like a breath of fresh air. What's brought this passionate reporter to his sleepy little town - and into his world? A long time ago, Mike learned not to expect much out of life, but Pepper has awakened something in him that he thought he had lost - something that feels a lot like hope. When the paper comes under attach, Mike and Pepper must start to rely on each other, to trust what is in their own hearts and most importantly, to believe in themselves.
  15. "MIDNIGHT SINS" by Lora Leigh (Callahan's #1) (A++) He always wanted her. His name is Rafer Callahan. He was a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who fought through life the only way he knew how: with his fists. But Rafer never meant to bring any harm to Cambria Flannigan, the girl - the lover - whose sister he'd been unable to save. She lives in fear of him. Cami lost her sister in the brutal murders that rocked her home town so many years ago. Some still believe that Rafe, along with his cousins Logan and Crowe, were involved. But how could Rafe - who haunted her girlish dreams, then her adult fantasies - be a killer? That is the question that keeps her up at night. Soon their hearts will come together. Now a prosperous ranch owner, Rafe is trying to build a new legacy for himself. It's finally time to settle the score with Cami - and make her his. But old wounds open up with a series of new murders...and each of the victims has a connection to Rafe, Logan and Crowe. With suspicion, fear and loyalty tearing her apart, Cami is once again at risk of losing her heart - or her life.
  16. "MY ONE AND ONLY" by Kristin Higgins (A+++) Just when she thought she had life and love all figured out...Divorce attorney Harper James can't catch a break. Bad enough that she runs into her ex-hubby, Nick, at her sister's destination wedding, but now, by a cruel twist of fate, she's being forced to make a cross-country road trip with him. And her almost-fiance back at home is not likely to be sympathetic. Harper can't help that Nick has come blazing back into her life in all of his frustratingly appealing, gorgeous architect glory. But in Nick's eyes, Harper's always been the one. If they can only get it right this time, forever might be waiting - just around the bend.
  17. "MYSTERIOUS" by Nora Roberts "This Magic Moment" (A) For Ryan Swan, who'd learned never to give her trust, master illusionist Pierce Atkins was the last man to whom she should give her heart. Especially since he was planning a death defying stunt he might not escape from. But in Pierce's enthralling presence all Ryan's defenses seemed to vanish...like magic. "Search for Love" (A+) Arriving at her long lost relatives' Brittany estate Serenity Smith was greeted with cold politeness by the Comtesse de Kergallen and her darkly handsome grandson Christophe. Refusing to believe their scandalous stories about her late parents, Serenity set out to prove they were false...but getting the enigmatic Christophe to change his mind about her would prove an equally worthy challenge. "The Right Path" (A) After a frightening encounter with a knife-wielding stranger, Morgan James was bewildered when her "attacker" turned out to be the sexy wealthy Nicholas Gregoras. But could Morgan's suspicions about the mysterious Greek tycoon withstand the all consuming desire ignited by his touch?
  18. "ERRANDS" by Judith Guest (abridged Audio Cassette) (B) Keith, Annie's husband of 17 years, is dying of cancer. It is a fate he has accepted. Annie however cannot, will not accept it. And, after Keith's death, she finds her entire world turned upside down. Consumed with grief, mounting bills, everyday tasks that seem insurmountable and three kids that have become nagging sources of frustration, Annie fails to see that the family is beginning to come apart. It takes a second threatening event to transform both the children and Annie, teaching them that, even with the loss of Keith, they are still a family - a different family, but one that is no less loving, real and enduring than they had been with a father and husband in the house.
  19. "TYLER" by C.H. Admirand (The Secret Lives of Cowboys #1) (A) Desperate times call for desperate measures...When Tyler Garahan said he'd do anything to save his family's ranch, he never thought that would including taking a job as a stripper at a local ladies' club. But the club's fiery redheaded bookkeeper captures Tyler's attention and for her, he'll swallow his pride. And one good turn deserves another...Emily Langley feels for the gorgeous cowboy. It's obvious that he's the real deal and wouldn't be caught dead in a ladies' revue if he wasn't in big trouble. And when he looks at her like that, she'll do anything to help. Working days on the ranch and nights at the ladies' club, Tyler is plumb exhausted. But could it be that his beautiful boss needs him just as much as he needs her?
  20. "THE WEDDING PARTY" by Robyn Carr (A+) Charlene Dugan started her day as usual - single. Then, all in the space of a few hours: Her daughter announced she doesn't want to end up like her. - Her absentminded mother got lost in a parking lot. - Her ex-husband accused her of being afraid of commitment. Now her decision to utter those three little words - let's get married - has everyone around her in a tailspin. The maid of honor is in a tempest over a man fifteen years her junior. Her daughter, the official bridesmaid, has decided to reinvent herself. The groom is spending all of his free time with the wedding consultant. And her ex-husband, a man who still drives her crazy, is making some pretty convincing arguments for a second chance. The wedding party is out of control, they're calling for rain and the bride has cold feet. This isn't exactly what Charlene had in mind.
  21. "SEASONS OF STRANGERS" by Kat Martin (Paranormal #3) (A) Dedicated, driven real estate agent Julie Ferris is enjoying a day at the beach with her sister Laura when a strange, almost undetectable charge fills the air. Then, under the hot Malibu sun, time stops altogether. Neither sister can explain their "lost day" - nor the blinding headaches and horrific nightmares that follow - but Julie chalks it up to the stress she's been under since her boss's son took over Donovan Real Estate. Patrick Donovan would be a real catch if not for his notorious playboy lifestyle and matching lifestyle and matching attitude. But when a cocaine-fueled heart attack nearly kills him, Patrick makes an astonishingly fast - and peculiar - recovery,. Julie barely recognizes the newly sober Patrick as the same man she once struggled to resist. Maybe it's the strange beach experience fueling her paranoia, but she can't help sensing something just isn't....right. As Julie's feelings for Patrick intensify, she's about to discover how that day at the beach links her newfound happiness with her wildest suspicions.
  22. "NAUTI INTENTIONS" by Lora Leigh (Nauti Boys #4 (A+) Ever since he saw her taking a dip in her bikini, Major Alex Jansen has had to quell the fire Janey Mackay ignites in him. Even touching her would mean death by the Mackay men, especially her overprotective big brother, Natches. Until now, the girl of his dreams - and his red-hot fantasies - has lived in a world with no affection, shying away from the danger she thinks men represent thanks to her painful past. Alex sets out to prove her wrong, with lingering - sometimes torturously slow - caresses. Everyone thinks Janey's safe now, with her abusers six feet under. But when someone starts leaving Janey spine-chilling notes, Alex won't rest until she's completely safe. And completely his - body and soul.
  23. "BLACK MAGIC" by Cherry Adair (Magic #1) (A+) She hates using magic...Ever since the death of her parents, Sara Temple has rejected her magical gifts. Then, in a moment of extreme danger, she unknowingly sends out a telepathic cry for help - to the one man she is convinced she never wants to see again. He's a powerful wizard...Jackson Slater thought he was done forever with his ex-fiancee, but when he hears her desperate plea, he teleports halfway around the world to aid her in a situation where magic has gone suddenly, brutally wrong. They've been chosen to save the world...But while Sara and Jack remain convinced they are completely mismatched, the Wizard Council feels otherwise. A dark force is killing some of the world's most influential wizards and the ex-lovers have just proved their abilities are mysteriously amplified when they work together. But with the fate of the world at stake, will the violent emotions still simmering between them drive them further apart...or bring them back into each other's arms?
  24. "ONLY MINE" by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold #4) (A++) You can't win if you don't play...Her town's lack of men may make headlines, but it isn't news to Dakota Hendrix. The beautiful blonde has bigger problems to deal with, such as overseeing the romance reality competition filming in Fool's Gold. Screening eligible bachelors is a difficult enough task, but Dakota hits an unexpected snag when a sexy stranger comes to town. Finn Anderssen will do anything to keep his twin brothers - the perfect contestants - off the show. Despite Dakota's better judgment, she finds herself drawn to the mysterious outsider. Like her, Finn knows about heartbreak and how a family can fall apart, so she doesn't dare to hope for anything more than a fling. After all, even in the Land of Happy Endings, finding true love is never as easy as it looks on TV.
  25. "HARBOR LIGHTS" by Sherryl Woods (Chesapeake Shores #3) (A++) Struggling in his role as a newly single father, former army medic Kevin O'Brien moves home to Chesapeake Shores. He wants a haven for himself and his toddler son, surrounded by the family he knows he can count on and a future that's nothing like his past. But Kevin is suddenly facing a risk he hadn't anticipated, in the form of Main Street bookseller Shanna Carlyle. Shanna immediately recognizes Kevin as a wounded soul - she's had way too much experience with the type. Still, this charming O'Brien man and his son are almost impossible to resist. Then, just when the barriers are toppling, someone from Shanna's past appears. Confronted with a threat to their hard-won serenity, Kevin and Shanna face their toughest challenge - learning to trust again.
  26. "ALMOST PERFECT" by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold #2) (A+++) Could a secret romance really lead to a perfect love? Back in high school, Liz Sutton was the girl from the wrong side of the tracks,. Then she'd stolen the heart of the most popular boy in town and their secret romance helped her through the worst of times. Until Ethan Hendrix betrayed her and everything they'd ever meant to each other. Devastated and pregnant, Liz left Fool's Gold, California - forever she thought. Now Liz must return to town and face the man who doesn't know of their son's existence. And this time she won't have the option of making a quick getaway. Ethan and Liz can't deny their passionate attraction, even after all these years. But will their desire be enough to spark a second chance at love?
  27. "FINDING PERFECT" by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold #3) (A++) When Pia O'Brian's best friend dies, Pia expects to inherit her cherished cat. Instead, the woman leaves Pia three frozen embryos. With a disastrous track record in the romance department and the parenting skills of a hamster, Pia doesn't think she's meant for motherhood. But determined to do the right thing, Pia decides to become a single mother. Only to meet a gorgeous, sexy hunk the very same day. A former foster-kid now rich beyond his wildest dreams, Raoul Moreno runs a camp for needy children in Fool's Gold, California. After his last relationship, Raoul thought he was done with women and commitment. Still, he can't get sweet, sexy Pia out of his mind - and proposes a crazy plan. But can such an unconventional beginning really result in the perfect ending?
  28. "TOO HOT TO TOUCH" by Louisa Edwards (A+++) He's got the sizzle. When it comes to competitive cooking, Max Lunden is no stranger to winning...though he's never been great at working with a team. A master chef - and major hunk - he's traveled the world, picking up new cooking techniques as well as beautiful women. But when the prodigal chef returns home to his family's Greenwich Village restaurant, he discovers one too many cooks in the kitchen - and she's every bit as passionate as he is. She's got the fire. Juliet Cavanaugh used to have a crush on Max when she was just a teenager, hanging out at Lunden & Sons Tavern, hoping to catch a glimpse of the owner's oldest and hottest son. Now a chef herself - competing in the biggest culinary contest in the country - Juliet will be cooking side by side with the one man she's always admired...and desires. But despite their simmering attraction, Juliet is determined to keep her cool - no matter how hot it gets.
  29. "FORCE OF NATURE" by Suzanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters #11) (A+++) Florida private investigator and ex-cop Ric Alvarado is deep undercover with his beautiful new girl Friday, Annie Dugan, working for notorious crime boss Gordon Burns. FBI agent Jules Cassidy has long been trying to prove Gordon's ties to terrorist activity. Now, thanks to Ric and Annie, Jules has found a way into the lion's den. But in the course of his investigation he comes face-to-face with Robin Chadwick, the charismatic, closeted movie star for whom Jules feels a powerful attraction. Robin's in town promoting his latest film and Gordon is a star-struck movie buff - as well as a sociopath who may have already executed an FBI infiltrator. As the heat between Ric and Annie and Jules and Robin, reaches dangerous levels, so do the risks they're willing to take - in the line of duty, for the sake of loyalty and in the name of something that runs even deeper.
  30. "ST. NACHO'S" by Z.A. Maxwell (St. Nacho's #1) (A+++) Cooper has spent the last three years running from a painful past: moving from town to town, working in restaurant kitchens and playing his violin for tips. As soon as he starts to feel comfortable anywhere - with anyone - he moves on. He's aware that music may be the only human language he still knows. Ironically, the one man he's wanted to communicate with in all that time is deaf. Shawn is part of a deaf theater group at the college nearby Cooper's restaurant du jour. He wants Cooper as soon as they meet and begins a determined flirtation. To which Cooper readily succumbs; Cooper's plenty comfortable with down and dirty sex, just not people. As far as Shawn is concerned, dirty sex is win-win, but he wants Cooper to let him into the rest of his life as well. Cooper needs time to heal and put his past away for good. Shawn needs to help Cooper forgive himself and accept that he can be loved. Both men find out that when it comes to the kind of healing love can bring, the sleepy beachside town of Santo Ignacio, "St. Nacho's" as the locals call it, may just be the very best place to start.
  31. "LIVE WIRE" by Lora Leigh (Elite Ops #6) (A+) He is larger than life. A born leader. Bound by duty, seduced by danger - and driven to distraction by the wone woman who is too powerful to resist. A hero among men. Meet Captain Jordan Malone. For years he has been a silent warrior and guardian, operating independent of government protocol or oversight, leading his team of Elite Ops agents to fight against terror at all costs. A legend in the field, Jordan's true identity has remained a mystery even to his own men...until now. A magnet for one woman. Tehya Talamosi, codename Enigma, is a force to be reckoned with. A woman this striking spells nothing but trouble for Jordan. Armed with killer secrets - and a body to die for - she'll bring Jordan to his knees as they both take on the most deadly mission they have ever faced. Because this time...it's personal.
  32. "WITHOUT RESERVATIONS" by J.L. Langley (With or Without #1) (A+++) Sometimes love just catches you by the tail...Chayton Winston is a veterinarian. He is also a werewolf. Much to his Native American parents chagrin, he has always dreamed of a fair-haired, Caucasian mate. However, he never imagined his mate would be male. As a heterosexual man, he's not quite sure what to do with a male mate, but more than willing to find out. Keaton Reynolds wakes up, in wolf form and finds himself with a mate. He's instantly attracted, but not so thrilled to find out the man is straight. Having been in a relationship once before where his partner professed to be "not gay" left a bad taste in his mouth. Keaton wants to make a break for it and pretend he never set eyes on Chay - but Chay is not ready to let him go. Together the two work to solidify their shaky relationship and battle the prejudices against homosexuals. Chay must deal with not only his mother's prejudices against gay men but also her hatred of white people. When a power struggle in Keaton's pack threatens Keaton's life, the two men learn to depend on one another and their relationship to get them through it.

Currently Reading -

  1. "A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog" by Dean Koontz
  2. "Only Yours" by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold #5)

Currently Listening To -

  1. "Tough Customer" by Sandra Brown (unabridged Audio CD)

To Be Read - Alphabetically by Author not reading order

  1. "Riptide" by Cherry Adair (Cutter Cay #2)
  2. "On Thin Ice" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #6)
  3. "Kiss of Midnight" by Lara Adrian
  4. "Two Little Miracles" by Caroline Anderson
  5. "Exposure" by Susan Andersen
  6. "Here to Stay" by Catherine Anderson (A Harrigan Family Novel #4)
  7. "Sun Kissed" by Catherine Anderson (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan #7)
  8. "Never Too Hot" by Bella Andre (Hot Shots #3)
  9. "The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances by Andy Andrews
  10. "Pieces of My Sister's Life" by Elizabeth Joy Arnold
  11. "Wish You Well" by David Baldacci (abridged Audio CD)
  12. "No Place to Run" by Maya Banks (KGI #2)
  13. "Witch Fire" by Anya Bast (Elemental Witches #1)
  14. "The Bridge" by Lisa Tawn Bergren
  15. "A Lion Called Christian:The True Story of the Remarkable Bond between Two Friends" by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall
  16. "Next Comes Love" by Helen Brenna (Mirabelle Island)
  17. "Breaking the Rules" by Suzanne Brockman (Troubleshooters #16)
  18. "Night Watch" by Suzanne Brockman (Tall, Dark & Dangerous #11)
  19. "Heaven is for Real:A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back" by Todd Burpo
  20. "April & Oliver" by Tess Callahan
  21. "Comanche Trail" by Will Camp (Tony Hillerman's Frontier #7)
  22. "Mind Tryst" by Robyn Carr
  23. "Sworn to Silence" by Linda Castillo (Kate Burkholder #1)
  24. "The Bay at Midnight" by Diane Chamberlain
  25. "61 Hours" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #14)
  26. "Echo Burning" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #5)
  27. "One Shot" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #9)
  28. "Worth Dying For" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #15)
  29. "Wyoming Winter" by Judy Christenberry (The Randalls)
  30. "Unlawful Contact" by Pamela Clare (I-Team #3)
  31. "Welcome to Temptation" by Jennifer Cruise (Temptation #1)
  32. "Double Play: Ambushed!/High-Caliber Cowboy" by B.J. Daniels
  33. "A Fostered Love" by Cameron Dane
  34. "Trial by Fire" by Jo Davis (Firefighters of Station Five #1)
  35. "Give Him the Slip" by Geralyn Dawson (Holy Terrors #1)
  36. "Scarlet Nights" by Jude Deveraux (Edilean #3)
  37. "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens (unabridged Audible*)
  38. "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by Susan Donovan (San Francisco Dog-Walking Group #1)
  39. "The Stylist" by Cai Emmons
  40. "Brother's In Blood" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier #5)
  41. "The Christmas Box Collection: The Christmas Box/Timepiece/The Letter" by Richard Paul Evans
  42. "The Walk" by Richard Paul Evans (Walk #1)
  43. "Dark Celebration" by Christine Feehan (Carpathians (Dark) #11)
  44. "Dark Gold" by Christine Feehan (Carpathians #3)
  45. "Deadly Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #5)
  46. "Murder Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #7)
  47. "Predatory Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #6)
  48. "Ruthless Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #9)
  49. "Street Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #8)
  50. "Can't Wait to Get to Heaven" by Fannie Flagg
  51. "Line of Scrimmage" by Marie Force
  52. "Causing Havoc" by Lori Foster (SBC Fighters #1)
  53. "When You Dare" by Lori Foster (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #1)
  54. "The Winston Brothers" by Lori Foster
  55. "Lowcountry Summer" by Dorothea Benton Frank (Lowcountry Tale) (unabridged Audible*)
  56. "At Hidden Falls" by Barbara Freethy (Angel's Bay #4)
  57. "The Outsider" by Ann H. Gabhart (Harmony Hill #3)
  58. "Something Blue" by Emily Giffin (Something #2)
  59. "Hot Wheels and High Heels" by Jane Graves
  60. "Once in a Blue Moon" by Eileen Goudge
  61. "Sacred Evil" by Heather Graham (Krewe of Hunters #3)
  62. "The Summons" by John Grisham (unabridged Audio CD)
  63. "Ape House" by Sara Gruen
  64. "East of the Mountains" by David Guterson
  65. "Same Kind of Different as Me" by Ron Hall & Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent
  66. "Winter Garden" by Kristin Hannah (unnabridged Audio CD)
  67. "How to Knit a Love Song" by Rachael Herron (Cypress Hollow Yarn #1)
  68. "Black Silk" by Metsy Hingle
  69. "Still Waters" by Tami Hoag (abridged Audio CD)
  70. "Magic" by Tami Hoag
  71. "Jubilee" by B.J. Hoff
  72. "Blood Ties" by Kay Hooper (unabridged Audio CD) (Bishop Special Crimes Unit #12) (Blood Trilogy #3)
  73. "A Game of Chance" by Linda Howard (Mackenzies #5)
  74. "Kill and Tell" by Linda Howard (John Medina #1)
  75. "Surrender Bay" by Denise Hunter (Nantucket Love Story #1)
  76. "Sleep No More" by Greg Iles (Natchez) (unabridged Audio Cassette)
  77. "Tall Dark...Westmoreland" by Brenda Jackson (The Westmorelands #15)
  78. "Lost Souls" by Lisa Jackson (New Orleans #6) (abridged Audio CD)
  79. "Knit Two" by Kate Jacobs (Friday Night Knitting Club #2)
  80. "Fatal Error" by J.A. Jance (Ali Reynolds #6) (unabridged Audible*)
  81. "Fire and Ice" by J.A. Jance (Joanna Brady #13 & J.P. Beaumont #19)
  82. "Lying in Wait" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #11)
  83. "Blood Game" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #10)
  84. "Chasing the Night" by Irish Johansen (Eve Duncan)
  85. "Eight Days to Live" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #9)
  86. "A Stranger's Game" by Joan Johnston (Bitter Creek) (unabridged Audio CD)
  87. "At Home in Mitford" by Jan Karon (Mitford #1)
  88. "Born to Be Bad: One Bad Night/Bad to the Bone/Captivated by You" by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  89. "One Tuesday Morning" by Karen Kingsbury (9/11 #1)
  90. "Fired Up" by Jayne Ann Krentz (Arcane Society #7) (Dreamlight #1)
  91. "In Too Deep" Jayne Anne Krentz (Arcane Society #10) (unabridged Audible*)
  92. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larrson (Millennium #1) (Audio MP3)
  93. "Mr. Strictly Business" by Day Leclaire (Man of the Month - Mr. February)
  94. "The Revelation" by Beverly Lewis (Abram's Daughters #5)
  95. "The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship and the Redemptive Power of Music" by Steve Lopez
  96. "Stone Creek" by Victoria Lustbader
  97. "1105 Yakima Street" by Debbie Macomber (Cedar Cove)
  98. "A Turn in the Road" by Debbie Macomber (Blossom Street)
  99. "Falling for Gracie" by Susan Mallery (Los Lobos #2)
  100. "Only His" by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold #6)
  101. "The Sparkling One" by Susan Mallery (Marcelli Family #1)
  102. "Code of Honor" by Catherine Mann (Special Operations #1)
  103. "Defender" by Catherine Mann (Dark Ops #1)
  104. "Total Rush" by Deirdre Martin (Blades #8)
  105. "A Song for My Mother" by Kat Martin
  106. "Scent of Roses" by Kat Martin
  107. "The Summit" by Kat Martin (Paranormal #2)
  108. "Tall, Dark and Lethal" by Dana Marton
  109. "Slow Kill" by Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney #9)
  110. "Creeds Honor" by Linda Lael Miller (Montana Creeds #6)
  111. "The Creed Legacy" by Linda Lael Miller (Montana Creeds #7)
  112. "Don't Look Now" by Linda Lael Miller (Look Book #1)
  113. "Princess Annie" by Linda Lael Miller (Quade #3)
  114. "Ragged Rainbows: Ragged Rainbows/Miracle Baby" by Linda Lael Miller/Janice Kay Johnson
  115. "A Wanted Man" by Linda Lael Miller (Stone Creek #2)
  116. "Last Light Over Carolina" by Mary Alice Monroe
  117. "Deception" by Selena Montgomery (Faraday Trilogy #2)
  118. "Remember Me" by Laura Moore (Redwood Trilogy #1)
  119. "Cold Ridge" by Carla Neggers
  120. "The Angel" by Carla Neggers (BPD-FBI #2)
  121. "The Whisper" by Carla Neggers (BPD-FBI #4)
  122. "Inside" by Brenda Novak (Bulletproof #1)
  123. "Long, Lean and Lethal) by Lorie O'Clare (FBI Sex Crimes #2)
  124. "Heart Search" by Robin D. Owens (Heart #10)
  125. "Nelson's Brand/Lonetree Ranchers Colt" by Diana Palmer/Kathie DeNosky
  126. "The 9th Judgment" by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  127. "It Had to be You" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  128. "Sing Me Home" by Jodi Picoult
  129. "Midnight Cactus" by Bella Pollen
  130. "The Perfect Poison" by Amanda Quick (Arcane Society #6)
  131. "Becca's Baby" by Tara Taylor Quinn (Shelter Valley #1)
  132. "Welcome to Last Chance" by Hope Ramsey (Last Chance #1)
  133. "Second Chance" by Christy Reece (Last Chance Rescue #5)
  134. "Fox River" by Emilie Richards
  135. "Home Sweet Home" by Bella Riley (Emerald Lake #1)
  136. "New York to Dallas" by J.D. Robb (In Death #33) (abridged Audio CD)
  137. "Treachery in Death" by J.D. Robb (In Death #31)
  138. "Automatic Proposal" by Kelsey Roberts (Miami Confidential #2)
  139. "Chasing Fire" by Nora Roberts
  140. "The Homecoming" by JoAnn Ross (Shelter Bay #1)
  141. "Lone Star Legacy" by Roxanne Rustand
  142. "Deep in the Heart" by Sharon Sala
  143. "Nine Lives" by Sharon Sala (Cat Dupree #1)
  144. "Simply Irresistible" by Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor #1)
  145. "Superb and Sexy" by Jill Shalvis (Sky High Air #3)
  146. "Lover's Bite" by Maggie Shayne (Wings in the Night #2)
  147. "Xin Loi, Vietnam: Thirty-one Months of War: a Soldier's Memoir" by Al Sever
  148. "44 Scotland Street" by Alexander McCall Smith (44 Scotland Street #1)
  149. "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks (unabridged Audible*)
  150. "44 Charles Street" by Danielle Steele (unabridged Audio CD)
  151. "Amazing Grace" by Danielle Steel
  152. "Legacy" by Danielle Steel
  153. "Dead Wrong" by Mariah Stewart (Dead #1)
  154. "Hometown Girl" by Mariah Stewart (Chesapeake Diaries #4)
  155. "Blacker than a Thousand Midnights" by Susan Straight
  156. "Midnight Caller" by Leslie Tentler (Midnight #1)
  157. "The Hot Flash Club Chills Out" by Nancy Thayer (Hot Flash Club #4)
  158. "Chasing the Sun" by Kaki Warner
  159. "Open Country" by Kaki Warner
  160. "Certain Girls" by Jennifer Weiner (Cannie Shapiro #2)
  161. "The Beach Trees" by Karen White
  162. "The River Devil" by Diane Whiteside (Devil #2)
  163. "Addicted to Love" by Lori Wilde (Wedding Veil Wishes #3)
  164. "All of Me" by Lori Wilde (Wedding Veil Wishes #4)
  165. "There Goes the Bride" by Lori Wilde (Wedding Veil Wishes #1)
  166. "Blood Orchid" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #3)
  167. "Orchid Beach" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #1)
  168. "Orchid Blues" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #2)
  169. "Beach Lane" by Sherryl Woods (Chesapeake Shores #7)
  170. "Destiny Unleashed" by Sherryl Woods
  171. "Flirting with Disaster" by Sherryl Woods (Charleston Trilogy #2)
  172. "Honeysuckle Summer" by Sherryl Woods (Sweet Magnolias #7)
  173. "The Backup Plan" by Sherryl Woods (Charleton Trilogy #1)
  174. "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" by David Wroblewski

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Currently reading:

  • Resolution by Denise Mina (#3 Garnethill mystery trilogy)
  • Hexes and Hemlines by Juliet Blackwell (#3 Witchcraft mystery)
  • The Enchanter's Forest by Alys Clare (#10 Hawkenlye Abbey historical mystery)
  • Tonight I Said Goodbye by Michael Koryta (AUDIO) (#1 Lincoln Perry/Joe Pritchard mystery)


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Currently Reading

 The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer


 Undercurrents by Ridley Person  ( Bolt/ Matthews # 1)



Kill me if you Can by James Patterson

Stalking Angel by Robert Crais ( Elvis Cole # 2)

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Fall is in the air.  Now's the time to stock up on books for winter reading.  You'll find some good suggestions here.

4th of July by James Patterson --- I really like Patterson's Women's Murder Club series, this is the 4th one.  They're quick reads with a good plot and the women, Lindsey [a cop], Claire [an ME] & Cindy [a reporter], are not just best friends but when they put their heads together, great crime-solvers. Start with the first one-- 1st to Die, so you'll know what's going on.

Mercy Street by Mariah Stewart

Whisper of Evil by Kay hooper --- A very taut, well-developed plot, as usual, by Kay Hooper. She does paranormal as well as anyone in this genre. This is part of the Noah Bishop SCU series. I had to post this book as an unpostable due to some minor water damage on the last few pages.  Unfortunately, this is the way I received it from another member.

The Return by Dinah McCall --- in reserve

Proof Positive by Phillip Margolin --- now reading

See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson --- A fun book by an author new to me. Engaging characters and an interesting plot involving hockey, which I knew nothing about, but now at least understand what some of the terms mean!

Deep Freeze by Lisa Jackson ---Wow!!  What a thriller!! Jackson always writes a terrific novel, but this one is exceptional. The first in the Northwest series. It will be an interesting series to follow.

Courting Trouble by Lisa Scottoline

Almost Paradise by Susan Isaac --- I finally finished this book.  I don't really know why it took me so long to read it, but I just couldn't get into it. I usually like Isaac's books. This one had too much background material to hold my interest, great-grandparents, grandparents, siblings, etc. I had a hard time keeping them straight.  I wanted the story to get to the 2 main characters and while it all tied in, it was taking too long.  And then, after getting through all that, the ending was a big disappintment.

Death at Glamis Castle by Robin Paige --- after that

Welcome to the Great Mysterious by Lorna Landvik --- reading, too

Taking Chances by Janelle Taylor

The Whole Truth by Nancy Pickard ---up next

McNally's Luck by Lawrence Sanders --- Another fun read about the "discreet inquiries" investigator, Arch McNally. His search for cat-napped, Peaches, leads him to murder and more.  Always enjoyable.

Murder at the Library of Congress by Margaret Truman --- waiting in the wings

Savannah Blues by Mary Kay Andrews -- I loved this book!! Engaging characters, especially the 2 main protagonists, Weezie and Daniel. I could really relate to Weezie since I'm an antique dealer, too, and I've felt the "thrill of the hunt" like she does. Such fun, I didn't want it to end!!  I'll be looking for more of Mary Kay Andrews books. A friend wants to read this book, when she's done I'll post it.

Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs

Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters --- The first in the Amelia Peabody series, it's a delightful read, keeping in mind it's written in the way people talked and thought in the late 1800s.  It's still enjoyable and contains a lot of interesting facts about Egyptian archeology.  

When the Wind Blows by James Patterson --- Probably one of Patterson's weirdest plots, but certainly intriguing.  Could it ever happen [I hope not], but is it possible [maybe]? It does keep the reader's interest, however. 

Deadly Grace by Taylor Smith

Sweet Everlasting by Patricia Gaffney --- reading, too

The Inn at Eagle Point by Sherryl Woods ---The first in the Chesapeake Shores series, a fun, quick read with engaging characters.  I'll be reading the rest of the series.

Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner

 New authors this month:  Rachel Gibson,  Nancy Pickard,   Mary Kay Andrews 


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  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  • Lydia by Tim Sandlin
  • In Search of Rose Notes by Emily Arsenault
  • Flight by Sherman Alexie
  • The Sisters Brothers by Patrick Dewitt
  • Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

Currently Reading

  • The Speed of Light by Elizabeth Rosner

Listening To

  • The Story of Forgetting by Stefan Merrill Block

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Happy September!


  1. Starpirate's Brain by Ron Goulart (1987, 184 pages)
  2. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (1929, 314 pages)
  3. Debunking 9/11 Myths edited by David Dunbar and Brad Reagan (2006, 137 pages)
  4. Forged by Bart D. Ehrman (2011, 265 pages)
  5. Fathermothergod by Lucia Greenhouse (2011, 300 pages)
  6. Success by Martin Amis (1978, 224 pages)
  7. Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code by Bart D. Ehrman (2004, 190 pages)
  8. God, No! by Penn Jillette (2011, 229 pages)
  9. Einstein's Monsters by Martin Amis (1987, 149 pages)


  1. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  2. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  3. Julius Caeser by William Shakespeare
  4. Arguably by Christopher Hitchens
  5. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  7. The Information by Martin Amis
  8. Love, Poverty and War by Christopher Hitchens
  9. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  10. Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk
  11. The Quotable Hitchens
  12. The Winds of War by Herman Wouk
  13. The Computer Connection by Alfred Bester
  14. Shattered innocence, Shattered Dreams by Susan Hightower
  15. Reamde by Neal Stephenson

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Just finished reading:

The Unborn-- David Shobin  ( creepy medical drama! ) yes


Reading now:

The Town-- Bentley Little ( so far, so good! )


Next ones in line:

The Return-- Bentley Little

Houses Without Doors-- Peter Straub

Punish the Sinners-- John Saul

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Just Finished:

  • The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly - My second Connelly in as many weeks.  I really enjoyed this one and I'm glad I found this author.  It kept me on the edge of my seat.

Currently Reading:

  • The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell - this one is going slowly for me.  Enjoyable, but not a can't put down.

Up Next:

  • The Black Ice by Michael Connelly
  • Poppy Done to Death by Charlaine Harris
  • Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

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* Under the Dome by Stephen King

* Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (ARC)

On Hold
* The Life & Opinions of Mag the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe by Andrew O'Hagan

* The Shakespeare Thefts by Eric Rasmussen (non-fiction)(ARC)
* The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor (novel ARC) by Robert Kirman & Jay Bonansinga
* Hardboiled America: Lurid Paperbacks and the Masters of Noir by Geoffrey O'Brien
* Vox by Nicholas Baker
* The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennet (re-read)
* Ignorance by Milan Kundera
* On Writing by Stephen King (re-read)
* What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz
* Everyone Loves You When You're Dead by Neil Strauss
* A Hell of A Woman- noir anthology edited by Megan Abbott (it's awesome!)
* The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

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A Monk Swimming by Malachy McCourt - He's no Frank. He did a lot more stuff, gold smuggling, acting, drinking with celebrities, but he's not much of a writer. I also didn't like him. He's a braggart and a name dropper and a bit of a jerk.

Kicking The Habit by Rina Piccolo - Just a little joke book. I didn't get them all, it was pretty Catholic specific.

A Child Called It by David Pelzer - Holy crap. It makes you hope he's lying. It's a small book, read it in about 2 hours, but geez what a life.

Love Is Hell by Matt Groening - Another small book. Love Matt Groening though, I used to read Life In Hell back in the 80's in a local magazine, before Simpsons came about. You can see Marge especially in the bunny people that populated the strip. Love Akbar and Jeff too but they don't appear much in this book.

Bad Boys in Kilts by Donna Kauffman  - I was disappointed, it was just a romance. I thought it was going to be a bit more novel-y than it was. 

The Woman and the Ape by Peter Hoeg - Kind of strange, it goes from being a blast from the past in the beginning to futuristic at the end. Original story though. 

The Forgotten War by William Forstchen - a ST: TNG book, I hadn't read one in some time. A nice bit of nostalgia to revisit beloved old characters. I've read so many of these it's hard to find ones I haven't read yet. 

Dubliners by James Joyce - I found this very difficult to read, I guess just the formal language. The stories weren't terribly interesting either. You can see the quality of the writing but the subject matter wasn't much, I can see why he had a hard time getting it published. 

The Face On The Milk Carton by Catherine Cooney - I didn't realize this wa YA when I bought it. The writing is definitely for a younger reader but the story was good so I enjoyed it anyway. I then found out there were 3 sequels so I had to buy them too, lol. 







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I'm reading Shady Lady by the late, great actress Ruth Gordon---it's a novel, not her autobiography!  Not too far along, but the pages are turning themselves.

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1. The Flames of Rome (can't remember the author at the moment) - Good book mainly about Christianity and the roman upper class during the reigns of emperors Claudius and Nero. Very well written, incredibly well researched, but a bit graphic in places. Probably the best historical fiction I've ever read. 5/5 stars.

2. Star Wars: Republic Commando: Triple Zero by Karen Traviss - The series follows the lives of two squads of Republic Commandos, the rather unstable Null ARCs, the two sergeants who trained them and a couple of Jedi generals. In this second book, rivals Delta and Omega squads must work together on a black ops mission to stop a terrorist group threatening the republic. This book was well written and has a very different feel from the rest of the star wars books, less like traditional science fiction, more like a military novel. 4.5/5 stars.

3. Star Wars: Republic Commando: True Colors by Karen Traviss - The sequel to the book above, the book continues the story of Delta and Omega Squads, the Nulls, and Skirata and Vau as they search for a way to undo the clone's accelerated aging by hunting for the Kaminon scientist Ko Sai. 4/5 stars

4. Jesus Freaks: Martyrs by DC Talk - This is a modern version of Foxe's Book of Martyrs, with the emphasis on recent examples. In light of the subject matter, I don't want to say it was an easy read, but it wasn't difficult to get into. The stories are short, ranging from half a page to five or six, making this an good coffee or side table book, great to pick up and read just a bit. Another good use would be in a bible study as a conversation starter. 4/5 stars.

5.  Augustine: The Farmer's Boy of Tagaste by P. De Zeeuw - Presents a biography of Augustine of Hippo, who grew up during the decay and fall of the Roman Empire and whose writings had particular significance to Christians at that time. While the information in this book was interesting, the writing was less so, and while I realize that it was written for kids, the writing was far too simplistic even for children of the ages this information would likely be relevant to. Also, more than half of the book is spend in Augustine's young adulthood and only two or three chapters in the time where he actually did any of the things he is famous for. 2/5 stars.

6. Excerpts from Confessions by St Augustine - written by Augustine of Hippo mentioned above, Confessions have beautyful, very poetic thoughts about the author's relationship with God, but some of the writings are very hard to understand. 3.5/5 stars.

7. Star Wars: Republic Commando: Order 66 by Karen Traviss - The fourth book in the republic commando series continues to follow the growing Clan Skirata as Order 66 is enacted, resulting in danger, heartbreak, and painful choices. Like the rest of the series, this book is well written, with flashes of humor in all the action and some very good insights into a mainly unexplored Star Wars culture. 3.5/5 stars

8. Among the Imposters by Margeret Peterson Haddix - In a world where transgressors of the Population Law are cruelly and unhesitatingly dealt with, Luke, a third child has spent all of his life in hiding. Enrolling in Hendricks School for Boys under a false identity should be his first taste of freedom, maybe even a chance to help his fellow hidden children. But Hendricks is far from what Luke expects, and he soon realises he doesn't know whom he can trust. This book was reasonably well written, though a little short, and held my interest. I found it rather hard to sympathize with Luke as he tries to adujust to socity, as the author doesn't handle this as well as she could have. 3/5 stars.

9. Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-Li Jang - In 1966, twelve-year-old Ji-li Jiang had everything: brains, the admiration of her classmates, and a bright future in Communist China. But that year China's leader, Mao Ze-dong, launched the Cultural Revolution, and Ji-li's world began to fall apart. Over the next few years, her family was humiliated by former friends and neighbors. They lived in constant terror of arrest, and when her father was finally detained, Ji-li faced the most difficult dilemma of her life. I found this book heartwrenching, yet at the same time, beautiful. Though the ending is bittersweet, I came away hopeful, rather than depressed. Jiang is a wonderful writer. 4/5 stars.

10. The Story of King Arther and his Knights by Howard Pyle - The legendary adventures of King Arthur, his Knights of the Round Table, and the court of Camelot. Bad, just bad. The story reads very flat and passive, their is no empathy with the King or his knights as all of them were irrational idiots and the pacing was annoying becuase the author kept telling what was going to happen before it did. On the plus side, it was interesting to read a real King Arthur story, as opposed to modern versions, and I did find the character of Viven intesting.

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I'm reading historical fiction "The White Oak" series.  It spans 1855 thru 1890 and includes the Oregon Trail, the Civil War from numerous viewpoints,  the Lakota and the Indian Wars and culminates with the massacre at Wounded Knee.  Written by D.L Rogers, an up and coming author.  The only way to purchase her books is through her website www.dlrogersbooks.com.

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I just finished "The Charlemagne Pursuit" by Steve Berrry and now I am reading the first in Deborah Crombie's series about Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, "A Share in Death".

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I'm still reading Killing Floor by Lee Child.  Children back in school so my reading is going to slow down some.

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Currently reading:

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (audio) - I'm loving this book right now - the narrator is wonderful.
  • The Bride by Julie Garwood (audio) - just started this one
  • Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward - guilty pleasure at its best

Up Next:

  • The Concrete Blond by Michael Connelly
  • Poppy Done to Death by Charlaine Harris
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Silent Scream by Lynda La Plante

City of Bones by Michael Connelly

Currently reading:

Blind Fury by Lynda La Plante

Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss

Currently listening to:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith


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Just finished Killing Floor by Lee Child

Currently reading The Lasko Tangent by Richard North Patterson

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Currently reading:

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books is a book by Iranian author and professor Azar Nafisi.


Next up:  

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption  by Laura Hillenbrand


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I'm finishing up "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon and eager to read the rest of the series.

Next I'm going to read the books people are wishing for: 

"These is My Words" by Nancy Turner

"Tipping the Velvet" by Sarah Waters

"The Worst Hard Time..." about the Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan

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Currently reading:

Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World by Lisa Bloom

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

Up Next: The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth by Alexandra Robbins

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

Books by Richard Peck

Date Posted: 9/16/2011 6:34 PM ET
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Currently reading City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare


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Acceptable Loss by Anne Perry

The White Devil by Justin Evans

Date Posted: 9/17/2011 11:40 AM ET
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Finished reading:

Blind Fury by Lynda La Plante

Bloodline by Mark Billingham

Currently reading:

The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill, a new to me author. Very impressed, so far.

Currently listening to:

Cutting Edge by John Harvey, another new to me author. I don't think it's the first book in the series.

I gave up on A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I didn't care that it won a Pulitzer.

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Date Posted: 9/18/2011 2:34 PM ET
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I have read most of Lynda LaPlante's books. Is  BLIND FURY  new? A repeat character?  I am guessing that you are aware that her book is being re-made into a TV series----PRIME SUSPECT.


Date Posted: 9/18/2011 6:13 PM ET
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The Man Who Loved Books too Much. And I don't like it!!! Has anyone else read this? I'm disappointed.