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Subject: It's May! What are you reading?
Date Posted: 5/1/2008 5:22 AM ET
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My May reading list:

Finished - 

  1. "The Princess's White Knight" by Carla Cassidy (book #3 Royally Wed Series) (B-) He was older, jaded and far from the regal suitor his young charge deserved, but to protect rebellious Princess Serena Wyndham's virtue, royal bodyguard Gabriel Morgan made her his bride...Only, Gabe hadn't realized the impulsive, charming Serena envisioned his dark features on their brood of royal babies. It was hard knowing that once the search for her missing brother concluded, so would their marriage. It was harder still to be the princess's white knight when all he wanted was to brand her his on their wedding night...and every night thereafter!
  2. "The Day the World Came to Town - 9/11 in Gander Newfoundland" by Jim Defede (A++) When thirty-eight jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, due to the closing of United States airspace, the citizens of this small community and surrounding towns were called upon to care for the thousands of distraught travelers. Their response to this challenge was truly extraordinary. Oz Fudge, the town constable, searched all over Gander for a flight-crew member so that he could give her a hug as a favor to her sister, who managed to reach him by phone. Eithne Smith, an elementary-school teacher, helped the passengers sheltered at her school fax letters to loved ones all over the world. And members of a local animal protection agency crawled into the cargo holds of the jets to feed and care for all of the animals on the flights. These stories and hundreds more are beautifully rendered in "The Day the World Came to Town", the true account of a community that exemplifies love, kindness and generosity.
  3. "Safe Harbor" by Luanne Rice (a sequel to Firefly Beach) (A) Dana Underhill's artistic gift has led her all over the world in search of new oceanscapes. Her breathtaking underwater canvases evoke all the beauty and romance of the seas she and her beloved sister, Lily, have sailed since childhood. But when a shattering event takes Lily from her forever, Dana must leave her nomadic artist's life for the salt marshes and tidal creeks of her chidhood home at Hubbard's Point, Connecticut, to become a mother to Lily's two young daughters, Quinn and Allie. Twelve-year-old Quinn may be Dana's toughest challenge. With a mass of wiry braids as uncontrollable as she is, Quinn hides her secret diary in a remote cove and clings fiercely to private mementos of her parents. Already an expert sailor herself, Quinn is convinced their deaths at sea were no accident. Dana, too, is troubled by the puzzle of what could have gone so terribly wrong on that clear, moonlit night. Support comes to Dana with the unexpected reappearance of an old friend, marine biologist Sam Trevor. When Sam was eight years old, Dana taught him to sail and unlocked his dreams of the undersea. Now he's a tall, laughing-eyed pro, researching dolphins. And he's been in love with Dana for all the years that have passed between them. Dana cannot begin to contemplate opening her heart again, especially now, especially to a man she can only allow herself to see as a young student. But together, she and Sam begin to discover that Hubbard's Point is the center of endless mysteries, and that many of the answers lie in the blue-purple depths that surge through Dana's paintings and into all of their lives, revealing the transcendence of love even in the face of grief and death.
  4. "Tell No One" by Harlan Coben (A-) For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. Any every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive. Everyone tells him it's time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible - that somewhere, somehow, his wife is alive...and he's been warned to tell no one. 
  5. "A Royal Baby on the Way" by Susan Mallery (A-) (book #2 Royally Wed Series) All-pomp-no-play Princess Alexandra Wyndham got a royal wake-up call when a letter, alleging the rightful crown prince was alive, arrived at the palace, compelling her to travel to the ranch of the most majestic man she'd ever encountered...to find the brother she'd never known. Cowboy Mitch Colton was tight-lipped when it came to the whereabouts of his elusive stepbrother - the suspected long-lost heir! - though he rather grudgingly opened his home to Alexandra. Then very passionately opened his arms and his heart. But would their romance survive their abiding differences...and the revelation of a royal baby on the way?
  6. "The Choice" by Nicholas Sparks (A) Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life - boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his close buddies - he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the attractive redhead seems to have a grudge against him...and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn't help. Still, Travis can't stop trying to ingratiate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have forseen.
  7.  "Dancing in the Dark" by Sandra Marton (another Cooper's Corners book) (A) When Wendy Monroe had left Cooper's Corner she'd been an Olympic hopeful in skiing...and madly in love with Seth Castleman. But an accident on the slopes had shattered her dreams - and her heart. She'd fled from Seth rather than tell him the painful secret behind her injuries. Now Wendy had returned home with just one desire. She wanted to be whole again. A renowned surgeon staying at the Twin Oaks B and B could mend her leg. But only facing Seth again - and the truth - could mend her broken heart. Now, more than ever, she needed Seth's strength and passion...and the healing power of his love.
  8. "The Brethren" by Beverly Lewis (A) (book #3) Annie Zook, The Amish preacher's daughter, is caught between two worlds. Living with shunned friend Esther, Annie longs to return to her forbidden art and the idyllic days spent with Englisher Ben Martin, before her father ordered her never to see him again. Stunned when family secrets come to light, Ben determines to solve the mystery of his past. Will his future include Annie - or will the Brethren always stand between them?
  9. "The Hostage" by Susan Wiggs (A) (book #1 The Chicago Fire trilogy) October 8, 1871 - One small spark ignites the entire city of Chicago, sending it's residents into panic. But amid the chaos, a chance encounter leads to an unexpected new love. Unaware of the fire sweeping toward them, Deborah Sinclair confronts her wealthy, powerful father, determined to refuse the society marriage he has arranged for her. Suddenly, out of the smoke and flames, a stranger appears - gun in hand, intent on avenging an unforgivable crime. As the fire consumes the elegant mansion, the ruthless man takes the fragile, sheltered heiress hostage. Swept off to mist-shrouded Isle Royale, Deborah finds herself the pawn in Tom Silver's dangerous game of revenge. Despite her horror at being kidnapped, she is drawn to the people of the close-knit community and to the startling beauty of the island. As she engages in a battle of wits with her brooding captor, Deborah begins to understand the injustice that fuels his anger, an injustice wrought by her own family. And as winter imprisons the isolated land, she finds herself a hostage of her own heart.
  10. "A Walk to Remember" by Nicholas Sparks (A) Every April when the wind blows in from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he'd fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town's Baptist minister. A quiet girl who always carried a Bible with her schoolbooks, Jamie seemed content living in a world apart from the other teens. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals, and helped out at the local orphanage. No boy had ever asked her out. Landon would never have dreamed of it. Then a twist of fate made Jamie his partner for the homecoming dance, and Landon Carter's life would never be the same. Being with Jamie would show him the depths of the human heart and lead him to a decision so stunning it would send him irrevocably on the road to manhood.

Currently Reading - 

  1. "The Fiery Cross"  by Diana Gabaldon (book #5 of the Outlander Series)
  2. "Born on a Blue Day" by Daniel Tammet
  3. "The Mistress" by Susan Wiggs (book #2 Chicago Fire Trilogy)

Currently Listening to - 

  1. "The Magician's Nephew" by C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia book #1) 

To Be Read - 

  1. "The Mercenary" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #1)
  2. "Kiss and Tell" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #2)
  3. "Hide and Seek" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #3)
  4. "In Too Deep" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #4)
  5. "A Long Walk Home" by Diane Amos
  6. "Go Down to Silence" by G.K. Belliveau
  7. "Kate Remembered" by A. Scott Berg
  8. "The Horses of Proud Spirit" by Melanie Sue Bowles
  9. "Hoof Prints" by Melanie Sue Bowles
  10. "Freedom's Price" by Suzanne Brockmann
  11. "Future Perfect" by Suzanne Brockmann
  12. "Hero Under Cover" by Suzanne Brockmann
  13. "Kiss and Tell" Suzanne Brockmann
  14. "Otherwise Engaged" by Suzanne Brockmann
  15. "The Actor's Guide to Murder" by Rick Copp
  16. "Once Upon A Family" by Margaret Daley
  17. "Don't Tempt Me" by Sylvia Day
  18. "The Carousel" by Richard Paul Evans
  19. "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" by Diana Gabaldon (book #6)
  20. "Prodigal Daughter" by Ginna Gray
  21. "The Witness" by Ginna Gray
  22. "On Mystic Lake" by Kristin Hannah
  23. "The Shape Shifter" by Tony Hillerman
  24. "Angel Creek" by Linda Howard 
  25. "Devil's Claw" by J.A. Jance (book #8 Joanna Brady Series)
  26. "Paradise Lost" by J.A. Jance (book #9 Joanna Brady Series)
  27. "Exit Wounds" by J.A. Jance (book #10 Joanna Brady Series)
  28. "Partner in Crime" by J.A. Jance (book #11 Joanna Brady Series)
  29. "Dead Wrong" by J.A. Jance (book #12 Joanna Brady Series)
  30. "The Search" by Iris Johansen
  31. "Remember Me?" by Sophie Kinsella
  32. "Almost Like Being in Love" by Steve Kluger
  33. "The Paper Marriage" by Susan Kay Law
  34. "The Honk and Holler Opening Soon" by Billie Letts
  35. "The Manning Sisters" by Debbie Macomber
  36. "Twenty Wishes" by Debbie Macomber (Blossom Street Series)
  37. "Dreamcatcher" by Dinah McCall
  38. "The Survivors" by Dinah McCall
  39. "Springwater Wedding" by Linda Lael Miller
  40. "3 Brides for 3 Bad Boys" by Lucy Monroe
  41. "Breakwater" by Carla Neggers
  42. "Mary, Mary" by James Patterson (book #11 Alex Cross Series)
  43. "7th Heaven" by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (book #7 Women's Murder Club)
  44. "The Quickie" by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
  45. "The Privilege of Youth - A Teenager's Story" by Dave Pelzer
  46. "A Brother's Journey - Surviving a Childhood of Abuse" by Richard B. Pelzer
  47. "Man...Mercenary...Monarch" by Joan Elliott Pickart (book #5 Royally Wed Series)
  48. "Change of Heart" by Jodi Picoult
  49. "Mercy" by Jodi Picoult
  50. "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult
  51. "Thunderhead" by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
  52. "For Better or for Worse" by Debbi Rawlins (another Cooper's Corners book)
  53. "Blackwood Farm" by Anne Rice (Vampire Chronicles #9)
  54. "Blood Canticle" by Anne Rice (Vampire Chronicles #10)
  55. "Follow The Stars Home" by Luanne Rice
  56. "Guilty" by Karen Robards
  57. "Strangers in Death" by J.D. Robb (book #26 In Death Series)
  58. The Stanislaski Brothers - Mikhail and Alex" by Nora Roberts
  59. "Treasures" by Nora Roberts
  60. "The Hollow" by Nora Roberts (book #2 Sign of Seven Trilogy)
  61. "The Baby and The Bachelor" by Kristine Rolofson (another Cooper's Corners book)
  62. "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See
  63. "Jesus Land" by Julia Scheeres
  64. "For the Love of Nick" by Jill Shalvis (another Cooper's Corners book)
  65. "Trade Secrets" by Jill Shalvis & C.J. Carmichael (another Cooper's Corners book)
  66. "Homeplace" by Anne Rivers Siddons
  67. "Dear John" by Nicholas Sparks
  68. "Sweet Memories" by LaVyrle Spencer
  69. "Blood Will Tell" by Dana Stabenow
  70. "A Cold Blooded Business" by Dana Stabenow (A Kate Shugak Mystery)
  71. "Special Delivery" by Danielle Steel
  72. "Moon Dance"  by Mariah Stewart
  73. "Silent Snow" by Steve Thayer
  74. "Twisted Creek" by Jodi Thomas
  75. "Double Exposure" by Vicki Lewis Thompson (another Cooper's Corners book)
  76. "First They Killed My Father" by Loung Ung
  77. "Snowfall at Willow Lake" by Susan Wiggs (book #4 The Lakeside Chronicles)
  78. "The Firebrand" by Susan Wiggs (book #3 Chicago Fire Trilogy)
  79. "A Summer Affair" by Susan Wiggs
  80. "The Pregnant Princess" by Anne Marie Winston (book #4 Royally Wed Series)
  81. "Everlasting" by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

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Right now Im reading  Just A  Taste  by Deirdre Martin   this is cute read  it has a little bit of romance and humor.

Up next  will be  Kiss of  Fire  by Deborah Cooke


Happy reading


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100 of the World's Greatest Mysteries by E. Randall Floys

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 11:54 AM ET
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Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and some other guy.  Sorry other guy. 

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 12:41 PM ET
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I've picked up the Dresden series by Jim Butcher.  (yeah, I know, I'm behind the times, but I didn't like his picture on the book jackets so I ignored the books...)  I was desperate at the doctor's office and someone had left White Night, so I picked it up and loved it.  Have gotten the rest from the local library and have started with book one. 

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 1:25 PM ET
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I am currently reading:

The Children of First ManThe Children of First Man
Author: James Alexander Thom

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Just finished Roselynde by Roberta Gellis and thinking about starting Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides....I liked Roselynde but can't decide if I liked it enough to commit to the whole series, otherwise I'd be starting Alinor next....huge historical fiction buff here :)

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 3:58 PM ET
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I'm reading The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.  So far so good.

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 5:16 PM ET
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I'am reading The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde.

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 7:50 PM ET
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Right now, Erica Spindler's In Silence

Next:  The Healer by Sharon Sala

waiting on the Memory Keeper's Daughter and the Kite Runner to come from PBS :)

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I am finishing up Isolation Ward by Joshua Spanogle.  Its a pretty good medical thriler/mystery.

The Devil's Footprints by Amanda Stevens - not a favorite


Homebody - great scary novel

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I just finished Home to Big Stone Gap.  I've just begun Middlesex.

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 8:30 PM ET
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Since we're at the beginning of a new month, I thought I would suggest that people say a few words about the book you're reading (without spoilers, of course!) along with the title and author.  Hearing a bit about the book really helps others to decide whether or not to try it!

I just finished Don't Make A Scene by Valerie Block.  Very enjoyable, humorous story about a woman who manages a movie theater in New York, with interesting characters and many film references that pertain to the plot.  I liked it so much I'm going to look for her other books.

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I'm about a third of the way into The Virgin's Lover by Phillippa Gregory. I loved The Other Boleyn Girl so I wanted to read some of her other works. So far I like it. Its a kind of slow read, not as enthrawling at TOBG, but its a good book.

Next, I plan on reading Pillars of the Earth. I'm about ready for a book I can't put down.

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 9:21 PM ET
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Well, I started Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama a couple days ago, but haven't gotton very far.  Then tonight I went to a book sale and now I want to start "Year of Fog" because it was on my WL.  If it's any good I'll let you know.

Also picked up some cheap copies of titles I've heard good things about, but didn't want them badly enough to spend a credit.  They are...A Bell for Adano, West with the Night by Beryl Markham, Case Histories and When Rabbits Howl.  I already had too many books on my TBR pile and I promised Hub I'd only spend $20.  And I kept my word!

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The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

I'm about halfway done with it. I've had it on my shelf for awhile and finally decided to pick it up. It is pretty entertaining so far.

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 10:20 PM ET
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The Grass Harp Including A Tree of Night and Other Stories by Truman Capote. It's great so far!

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 1:22 AM ET
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earlier today, i read Touch a Dark Wolf by Jennifer St. Giles.  it's a paranormal romance.  the author is new to me, and it was ok, but i don't think i'd recommend it and i probably won't get the next one unless it shows up on the local FOL shelf.

next up is: Grimspace by Ann Aguirre it's sci-fi by an author new to me.  it looked interesting when i read the first chapter in the bookstore a while ago.

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 1:31 AM ET
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I just finished The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney. Didn't care for it, but I finished it! And immediately posted it! It takes place in the 1860s in Canada and involves the murder of a French trapper in a small town. The author did a great job with the wintry atmosphere and the sense of life on the edge of civilization, but the story really dragged and ultimately fell flat.

Now I'm reading Civil Blood, which is a Civil War mystery by Ann McMillan, and then I think I'm going to try Frankenstein.


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Currently reading:  Dreaming in Cuban by Christina Garcia and Up the Amazon without a Paddle by Doug Lansky.  (This one is taking me awhile.  I read in bits and pieces.)

Jan, I really enjoyed the Samurai's Garden.  Give it a little time.  It's a really good story.

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I just started Compulsion by Jonathan Kellerman. Can't really say too much about it right now since I'm only about 20 pages in lol.

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Thanks for the info on SGarden, Melody.  I've heard great things about the story and writing, but I'm not really in the mood to concentrate.  I will probably come back to it during the summer, or make it a book club recommendation. Right now I just need something faster-paced.

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I just finished Love's Unfolding Dream by Janette Oke. It is the 6th book in the series about a family that lived in the west. So far it is a really good series.

I am starting to read Love Takes a Wing by Janette Oke and Rogue Angel Solomon's Jar by Alex Archer

I have over 1,000 books still on my tbr pile and it seems to keep growing.


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Remember Me by Mary Higgins Clark then The Cat Who Blew The Whistle by Lilian Jackson Brown

Subject: "The Year of Fog"
Date Posted: 5/2/2008 1:07 PM ET
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I finished "The Year of Fog" last night and it is good, not great.  It is thought provoking but, I wanted a better ending. It was on a wish list so it went out in the mail today.

Today I read "When in Rome..." by Gemma Townley

I will start "Dirty Blonde" by Lisa Scottoline today. 

I have lots of romantic suspense books on my shelf if you like Linda Howard, Cindy Gerard, Laura Lippman, Andrea Kane, Tami Hoag, etc....Also straight romance books too.  If you don't have any credits and want something from me maybe we can trade something..