Monica's 'crazy4reading' 12 in 12 (hopefully) Challenge

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Monica's 'crazy4reading' 12 in 12 (hopefully) Challenge

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Redigerat: jan 4, 2012, 8:42pm

I feel like this is early for me to start but I know if I wait I will be stuck trying to figure out my categories at the last minute. I thought about these categories all day during work. I also looked at others and got some different ideas. I am using some from my 11 in 11 challenge again.

Sorry if any of them sound familiar, I tried not to take anyone's on purpose. These categories may change if I think of any new ones or decide to make changes.

Oh and any one that has ideas for better category titles please just suggest them.

My goal is to read at least 6 in each category. I also plan to have an extra category for any that don't fit into one.

So drum roll please........ Here are the categories:

1. Book Club Books
2. Save the trees or Killing the bookstore??
3. Tearing down the mountain
4. Johanna Lindsey
5. My Winnings
6. Screen or Book which is better???
7. TIOLI Reads
8. What have I been missing?
9. 1001 List
10. Recommendations
11. Am I too old for these?
12.Let the Truth be told...

13. Potluck

My goal is to read at least 5 books in each category.

Redigerat: dec 29, 2012, 1:54pm

1. Book Club Books
1. Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult (finished 1/11/12)
2. Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (finished 2/29/12)
3. Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler (finished 3/3/12) (TIOLI March)
4. The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff (finished 4/30/12)
5. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (finished 5/30/12)
6. Room by Elizabeth Donoghue (finished 10/14/12)
7. Committed: Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert (finished 11/5/12)
8. The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory (finished 12/27/12)

Redigerat: okt 16, 2012, 9:05pm

2. Save the Trees? (E-Books, audio books)
1. Puppy Dog Tales by Alice V (finished 7/6/12)
2. Fifty Shades of Gray by E.L. James (finished 8/11/12)
3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (finished 10/14/12)

Redigerat: aug 26, 2012, 6:17pm

3. Tearing Down the Mountain (TBR Mountain)
1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (finished 8/19/12)
2. MockingJay by Suzanne Collins (finished 8/26/12)

sep 6, 2011, 6:53pm

4. Johanna Lindsey (my favorite Romance author)

Redigerat: nov 23, 2012, 2:39pm

5. My Winnings (ER Books)
1. In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer Fleming (finished 1/21/12)
2. Christmas in Sugarcreek by Shelley Shepard Gray (finshed 1/22/12)
3. The Lilac House by Anita Nair (finished 3/21/12)
4. A Woman's Guide to Muscle and Strength by Irene Lewis-McCormick (finished 4/13/12)
5. Inescapable by Nancy Mehl (finished 6/10/12)
6. The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins (finished 6/29/12)
7. Desire Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee (finished 7/22/12)
8. Black Fridays by Michael Sears (finished 11/23/12)

Redigerat: jul 31, 2012, 8:04am

6. Movie or Book which is better? (books made into a movie)
1. Stardust by Neil Gaiman (finished 1/4/12)
2. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (finished 2/19/12) (TIOLI February)
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (finished 7/30/12)

Redigerat: nov 1, 2012, 7:15pm

7. TIOLI Reads (Take it or leave it challenge in 75 books group)

1. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (finished 2/2/12) TIOLI Feb. Challenge 1.
2. Rescue: A Novel by Anita Shreve (finished 6/3/12) TIOLI June Challenge 4
3. The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller (finished 10/31/12) TIOLI October Challenge 1

Redigerat: dec 30, 2012, 1:07pm

8. What have I been missing (authors new to me)

1. Getting Over Mr. Right: A Novel by Chrissie Manby
2. Breaking News by Fern Michaels

sep 6, 2011, 6:56pm

9. 1001 List

sep 6, 2011, 6:58pm

10. Recommendations

Redigerat: jan 16, 2012, 1:32pm

11. Am I too old for these? (YA/Juvenile books)

#1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (finished 1/14/12)
#2. Coraline by Neil Gaiman (finished 1/16/12)

sep 6, 2011, 7:00pm

12. Let the truth be told... (Non-fiction books/real facts)

sep 6, 2011, 7:00pm

13. Potluck (any books that don't fit a category.)

sep 6, 2011, 10:25pm

Hi Monica, you have a nice mix of categories. Love the 'Save the Trees' and Tear Down the Mountain' category titles!

sep 7, 2011, 9:03am

Lots to keep an eye on here. Good luck with your challenge.

sep 7, 2011, 9:42am

Hi Lori! Thanks for stopping by. I usually stress out about my categories every year. I don't own an e-reader but have the apps for my phone and computer and keep adding books so I figure I need to start reading them.

Hi Dave! Thanks for the good wishes and for stopping by.

sep 7, 2011, 12:10pm

Your categories are great and I wanted to have a TIOLI category as well but I just ran out of room. Who would have thought that 12 categories wouldn't be enough. Looking forward to following your reading next year.

sep 7, 2011, 12:23pm

Nice to see you here. I haven't put up my categories yet, but I've been dwelling on them since Mar ( I think that's when the first book that didn't fit in an 11 in 11 category arrived. You've got some great titles too! See you around!

sep 7, 2011, 12:43pm

Hi Judy! Thanks for stopping by. I was making sure to have a TIOLI category this year so that I actually participate more in them. I thought I wasn't going to be able to fit it in at first and then I realized I skipped a number while making my list on paper. Then I struggled to fill my number 12 slot.

Hi Betty! Thanks for stopping by too. Wow you sure have been thinking about it for a long time. I hate when I can't find a slot for a book I decide to read. I then struggle with not reading it until I find a spot for it.

Going to check out everyone elses threads again.

sep 13, 2011, 3:38pm

Just wanted to let everyone know that we are planning another read-a-thing for November. Please visit this link to cast your vote as to when this read-a-thing should be.

We are looking to do 100 hours or something along those lines. Check it out and vote and then mark your calendars!!

sep 23, 2011, 1:59pm

I received a list of all the books we are supposed to read for my library book club. I will post the list later because I don't have the list in front of me. Plus I think the list didn't have the author's name on it. One of the books I believe is The Lost Symbol.

dec 18, 2011, 5:25pm

Hi, Monica.
I'm jumping into this challenge for 2012 and I'm visiting everyone's threads. I can tell I will learn about some new reads here. Looking forward to starting.

dec 19, 2011, 9:41am

Hi Mamzel!
Thanks for stopping by. You will love doing this challenge. I love doing it each year even though I don't come close to reading my total amount. I will be checking out your thread. I can't wait to start either. Happy holidays!

dec 19, 2011, 12:22pm

What is Take It Or Leave It challenge?

dec 19, 2011, 1:14pm

The Take It or Leave It Challenge is a challenge set up with in the 75 book group. Every month members make up challenges and you can choose to do them or not. You can even start and then decide not to finish a book or challenge for that month. Here is a link to some more information:

dec 19, 2011, 2:54pm


dec 19, 2011, 3:26pm

No problem CynWetzel.

dec 23, 2011, 10:02am

I'm really looking forward to watching you fill in your categories this year! Your library has always been of interest to me. Good luck!

dec 23, 2011, 9:52pm

Thanks InfectiousOptimist. I hope I am able to read more in 2012 then I have this year.

jan 4, 2012, 8:36pm

I am here to post my first review of 2012. I finished Stardust by Neil Gaiman. I didn't even know it was made into a movie until I posted about reading it on here and people were talking about the movie. Now I have to see if I can find the movie so that I can watch it and make a comparison.

#1. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

My second Neil Gaiman book and my first for this year. I now have to wonder why I waited so long to read Mr. Gaiman's work.

Stardust was a very interesting read. I can't decide if this is one of my favorites just yet since I have only read two books my Neil Gaiman. I did enjoy the story and I am now interested in seeing the movie. The ending was surprising and not quite what I expected which made the story more interesting.

5 stars

I will be starting Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult tonight. I also have The Graveyard Book and Coraline lined up to read this month too. I hope to finish all of them this month.

Happy reading!!


jan 4, 2012, 10:23pm

You'll have to let us know what you think of the movie, "Stardust" when you get around to watching it.

I think you are in for a big treat with The Graveyard Book!

jan 5, 2012, 2:47pm

The cover looks interesting for The Graveyard book. So far I haven't been disappointed in Neil Gaiman's books.

I will see if Stardust is available either on Amazon Prime or on my Cable company on demand. I may have to see if the library even has a copy of the movie.

jan 5, 2012, 2:57pm

Hi! I'm new to this group and am checking out people's lists. I'll be interested in watching yours over the year. :)

jan 5, 2012, 3:06pm

#34. Hi Rachel and welcome to the group. Hope you enjoy the group and I look forward to seeing you around the threads.

jan 8, 2012, 5:27pm

You'll definitely enjoy The Graveyard Book. An award-winner that definitely deserved the prize.

jan 11, 2012, 4:39pm

#36> Just started reading The Graveyard book and it is interesting.

I finished my second book today. This one could fit into a few categories. Right now I am keeping it in the book club list.

#2. Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult

I was expecting to be in tears throughout this whole book. That didn't happen. Everyone that has read Jodi Picoult's books have told me that her books will leaving you crying. I teared up a few times but no full blown crying.

Handle with Care is the story about a child born with this rare disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which is a condition causing extremely fragile bones. The story centers around a family of four, Charlotte, Sean, Amelia and Willow. Willow is the child that is born with OI. She is a very strong character and you will fall in love with her. Charlotte and Sean are two that I loved and hated at the same time. Amelia, my heart went out to her just as much as to Willow.

Charlotte decides to sue her OB for wrongful Birth and the turmoil that it causes. Charlotte is best friends with her OB and this ruins a wonderful relationship. The lawsuit puts a strain on the marriage and the family. Amelia starts acting out and also looses her best friend.

The ending was somewhat surprising. That is all I will say so I don't spoil the book for anyone that has not read this one.

4 1/2 stars

jan 15, 2012, 2:35pm

Well Mandy, I loved The Graveyard book! Here is my review:

#3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I absolutely loved The Graveyard Book!! The characters were all one of a kind. I also loved the name for the boy, Nobody Owens, Bod for short.

The Graveyard Book is the story of an infant whose family is murdered and he escapes with his life. The infant is Bod and is raised by the residents of the Graveyard. He learns things that living people would never learn.

Bod's guardian, Silas is not dead nor is he alive. He is what he is and I love the fact that they never really tell you what he is. All you can do is speculate and come up with your own ideas. ( I do believe I figured out what he was but I am not going to state it here.)

The man that killed Bod's family is still after him and just the waiting to see when and if they will find him makes the story interesting. I know I will be reading more of Neil Gaiman's books.

5 stars

I am starting Coraline and hope to finish that quickly. Than I have 2 ER books to read Christmas in Sugar Creek - A Seasons of Sugracreek Christmas Novel by Shelley Shepard Gray and In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming. I am still making my way through HP's Goblet of Fire. I would like to finish it this month. That may require me having to read for the next 24 hours or more.

jan 16, 2012, 1:33pm

Another one down. Here is my review:

#4. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

I finally got around to reading this book. I don't know why I kept putting it off. It was a nice short easy read. I had seen some of the movie and usually when I see the movie first I am afraid to read the book because 1. I usually know what is going to happen and then the book just isn't as good. 2. I start comparing the book and the movie and don't pay attention to the book.

Coraline is a cute story of a girl who moves to a new house and is bored. Her parents don't really pay attention to her. She doesn't like her life. And she learns just exactly how precious her true family really is to her.

5 stars

Now I am starting my two ER books In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming and A Sugarcreek Christmas by Shelley Shepard Gray.

I love long weekends because I get so much reading done.

jan 17, 2012, 12:44pm

I love long weekends because I get so much reading done.
...and I don't feel guilty about it!

jan 17, 2012, 10:24pm

Glad to see someone else who loved The Graveyard Book. That was one of my favorite books for all of last year.

jan 18, 2012, 2:33pm

Mamzel, I will not feel guilty about taking time out for myself.

I thought the book was fantastic and as someone mentioned in another thread that the ending seemed to be left open enough for a sequel.

jan 21, 2012, 11:22pm

I finished one of my books:

#5. In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming

In the Bleak Midwinter is a mystery involving an abandoned infant, the murder of the mother, the murder of the infant's maternal grandfather. This is the first book in the Russ Van Alstyne and Clare Fergusson series.

Reverend Clare Fergusson is leaving St. Alban's church when she finds an infant at the back door. She does what any good citizen would do take the infant to the hospital and notify the police. This is how the story begins In the Bleak Midwinter.

Clare is a very interesting character and you can feel the chemistry between her and the Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne. Clare is the one that jumps in feet first and doesn't always think of the outcomes of what she does.

Russ and her are both retired from military and that gives them a special bond. They are able to read each other because they have been through similar situations while in the military. That is one aspect that makes their chemistry so good.

I was on pins and needle wanting to find out who the father was of the abandoned infant, named Cody. Who murdered Katie McWhorter and Katie's father. The climax at the end was well worth the read.

5 stars

I am continuing reading Christmas at Sugarcreek and I will be starting A woman in Black by Susan Hill.

jan 22, 2012, 9:24am

I read In the Bleak Midwinter on my nook while I was on the treadmill and I almost wanted to keep walking so I could read more of the book each time. I have the second one on my radar for vacation at the end of Feb.

jan 22, 2012, 1:45pm

I fell in love with Clare and Russ last year. Enjoy the series while you can because when you've burned through them all then you'll be playing the waiting game like me. But then at least we can wait on the next one together!

jan 22, 2012, 9:33pm

How many are in the series so far? I will have to see if I can get the rest of them. I really did enjoy the book. And it only took me winning the book in the ER program to actually read it.

I finished another book this weekend. Thanks for lazy snow weekends!

#6. Christmas in Sugarcreek by Shelley Shepard Gray

I received this book as a win in the Early Reviewers program on LT. This is my first book written by Shelley Shepard Gray.

I enjoy reading books about the Amish even fiction books. This story didn't disappoint me either. This is part of a series which I did not know at the time. I was still able to follow the story since this was mainly about Judith Graber.

The story was fast moving and easy to follow. I enjoyed reading about how the Amish were celebrating Christmas. It was a nice easy read for a snowy weekend.

5 stars

Now I will be starting A Woman in Black by Susan Hill and the Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. I also need to continue reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling.

jan 23, 2012, 8:01am

I believe there are 7 currently in the series.

jan 23, 2012, 8:31am

Thanks Victoria. I will look for them.

feb 3, 2012, 2:49pm

Yes another book done.

#7. The Woman in black by Susan Hill

Wow! Is all I will say about this book. I started this book since I saw that it was coming out on film and one of my favorite actors was starring in it. Now I can't wait to see the movie.

The Woman in Black is a ghost story. This is probably my first gost story that I have read. The writing just kept me into the book. How would you react if you saw this woman in black that looked like death?

Now I just can't wait to see the movie.

5 stars

I am now reading Incredibly loud and extremely close by Jonathan Safran Foer and The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. I am still reading Harry potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

feb 3, 2012, 4:42pm

How interesting I was just hearing about this movie for the first time yesterday... One of the phrases that caught my attention was that it reads as though it was actually written in Victorian times despite being more modern. Did you find that was the case for you?

feb 3, 2012, 9:24pm

I would say towards the later part of Victorian times and that is why it feels more modern. I am thrilled that I was able to read the book prior to the movie being released. Now I can go see the movie. This book has holds on it at the library so I was afraid that I wouldn't get a copy soon enough.

feb 19, 2012, 11:21am

Here is my review for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close:

#8. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked it but I didn't love it. It was an okay read. I did get confused quite often while reading the book.

The book goes from Oskar speaking to either him reading a letter or just some one else speaking. I couldn't always tell if he was reading a letter or if some one else was now telling the story.

This book is about a boy whose father has died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and how he is handling it now. He has found a key in an envelope with the name Black on it. Oskar needs to find out what this key opens to learn more about his father. It starts out like he thinks it is a game like they used to play.

There are parts that are written by his grandmother in the form of letters. There are letters from his grandfather to his father and even blank pages when the grandfather didn't know what to write.

The ending of the story left me with an empty feeling. It wasn't a sad feeling just an empty feeling. You have to just read the book to make your own opinion about the story.

4 stars

I am now trying to finish The Lost Symbol I already met with the book club about the book but didn't finish it before hand. I am enjoying it but the size is just so daunting. There are 133 chapters. Some are very short and I can continue reading but others I just feel that they drag on and I don't want to read it until the end of the chapter and then it leaves me hanging.

I have my newest book for book club to start and I also have an ER book to read. I am still reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire from I believe September. I would like to finish one of these books this month but I really don't know if that is possible.

Happy Reading all!!

mar 2, 2012, 5:41pm

#9. Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

This was my book clubs February read. It was a good book but I just felt like it dragged in parts. Sometimes I wanted to keep reading and other times I just felt bored.

I did like all the Christian references and learning more about the Masons. I have probably heard some of it before but never really listened or paid attention to it. As I get older I realize I am more interested in history then I used to be.

Robert Langdon is a very interesting character and I have enjoyed the stories. I do need to read the 2nd book in this series once i find my copy.

4 stars

Now I am reading Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler for my March book club and I will be starting The Lilac House by Anita Nair. I am still reading the HP book. I keep picking up these other books because they are required reading.

mar 3, 2012, 4:34pm

I am participating in a read-a-thon this weekend so I have been able to finish another book. Here is my review:

10. Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler

Noah's Compass is the story of a man Liam who is forced out of his job do to downsizing. He moves into his new place and is attacked. He doesn't remember anything about the attack. He goes to sleep and wakes up in the hospital and the last thing he remembered was going to sleep the night before.

Liam's family, his grown children, ex-wife and sister all worry about him living in his new place. Liam is a very quiet person who likes being alone.

I found that I could relate to him since I am going through a divorce and will be downsizing my living accommodations. Plus I also like to be alone at times. The nice quiet times are just very relaxing and a chance to just reflect on life in general.

4 stars

Happy Reading all!

mar 22, 2012, 8:38am

#11. The Lilac House by Anita Nair

My ER win from Librarything. This is my first book by Anita Nair. I was surprised that I won this book.

It started out slow for me at first. I was a little torn about how I felt about it. The main female character Meera is married and her husband just leaves her while they are at a party. Their son is also at the party and he is the one who informs his mother that dad is gone. That part touched close to home with me. And I was able to relate to the many emotions that go through your mind at that time. I almost thought about putting the book down and not finishing it and then I decided to continue. I am glad that I did.

Meera and I are similar in the essence of being in a marriage and having your husband leave you because they are unhappy. The husband blames the woman for the unhappiness. I didn't care for the husband in this book either. Nor did I care for the daughter at first. She took her father's side and I felt like slapping her across the face for the way she talked to her mother.

The Lilac House is about Meera and the challenges she faces after being married and now being single. The emotions a woman goes through in the days, weeks, and months following the separation. I have some of those same emotions. Do I want to be in a new relationship with a man? Am I just doing this to make myself feel better? Is this really what I want? Etc...

There are references to Greek Mythology throughout the book. That at first confused me. I used to know a lot about Greek Mythology but have forgotten most of it. This book did spark my interest in reading up on my Mythology and trying to get an understanding for it.

I don't want to reveal to much more about the book except for the other male character, Jak. He is not Meera's husband but a man who takes her home from the party that her husband abandons her at and also the man that she winds up working for. He was a very interesting character.

4 stars

I just started my February ER book A Woman's Guide to Muscle and Strength by Irene Lewis-McCormick. I also have a bunch of books that I have received from authors that I need to start reading. I just need to get them together and also download a few to my Kindle Fire.

I went to my library book club meeting last night and I bought to new books. I bought Wicked by Gregory Maguire and The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare. They are having a book sale on Sunday during a pancake breakfast so I hope to stop by and maybe purchase some more books. (not that I need any).

apr 14, 2012, 8:18pm

I finally finished my current ER book. My review is below:

#12. A Woman's Guide to Muscle and Strength by Irene Lewis-McCormick

I loved this book. I learned so much about exercising and the pains you feel and why you feel them. A Woman's Guide to Muscle and Strength is great for any type of woman. If you are a beginner you will learn how to start a new exercise program. See the beginner exercises in the book. There is a section for all levels of athletes. You can start out as a beginner and move on up.

There are stretching exercises for muscles that you may not have known you use. I have tried some of the stretches and I can see and feel the improvement in those muscles when I do them on a regular basis. Since I have started a new healthy lifestyle change this book is one that I will be using on a regular basis for new exercises and stretches to add to my workout routine.

5 stars

I am now reading The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff. This is for my book club meeting on Wed. I just started it so we will see how far I get over this weekend

I am behind on my reading because I have been busy with taking care of myself and creating a new healthy lifestyle. I now take more time to exercise and less time reading. I have only been reading for about 15 minutes a night. I am going to finish updating my threads and get some reading in before falling asleep.

maj 3, 2012, 11:36am

I am falling so far behind. I don't have the time to read since I have started this new lifestyle of mine. Here is my review of The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff

#13. The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff

It took me awhile to get into this book. I really enjoyed the other book I read by Pam Jenoff. The Kommandant's Girl just didn't catch me like her other book.

I found the main female character annoying at times. I felt she was a little to self absorbed. I understand it was during the time of war and she was not safe being a Jew but I just felt she was so worried about everything all the time. When ever someone would call her and it sounded demanding she assumed that her cover was blown and she would be sent off to one of the camps.

Emma/Anne is the main female character. Her husband fights for the resistance even though he is not Jewish. She spends some time in a camp but then her husband has the resistance get her out and giver her a new identity. Once she has this new identity she is always on pins and needles. The resistance has her getting passes and keeping an eye out for stuff crossing the Kommandant's desk.

The Kommandant is smitten with Anne. Anne is asked by the resistance to get close to him. She doesn't realize what they are asking at first but she agrees without thinking it through. I just felt she was very nieve in life.

4 stars

I am now reading Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese for my book club. I also have to start reading my March ER book (I believe it is for March.) I will be receiving another one for April. I also have some books that I received from author's and publishers that I owe reviews for.

Just some information as to why I am not having the time to read. For the past 2 years or so I have been trying to loose weight. I re-started my weight loss journey again. I had injured my back and wasn't able to exercise as much as I was before. Now that I have started exercising again I don't have the time to read. I am staying active everyday so that my reading time has been cut from 5 hours a day to about 15 minutes to maybe 30 minutes a day. I am working out ways to fit in my reading without giving up my activities.

Hopefully you will see more reviews in the future.

maj 3, 2012, 2:56pm

Hint - audiobooks. Get one of those iPods with a strap for your arm, load some books on it and listen while you exercise!

maj 3, 2012, 5:22pm

I have the iPod and I only have 2 books on there and I listened to both of them. I tried but I don't want to spend money on audio books if I already own the book. I have borrowed a few audio books from the library. I did notice that if I am not familiar with the story I have trouble comprehending the book when I listen to it. I have brought books with me and if I can get certain machines I can read while I exercise. I can't read on the treadmill though. Plus I have been doing a lot of dvd and classes so I can't read while doing them or listen to a book because I have to listen to the instructor.

I do have a Kindle Fire and I find that very easy to read with while exercising. It is just that the books that I need to read aren't on there. I have been reading Sherlock Holmes on it.

Any suggestions on the sites to find audio books for either really cheap prices or free. (Yes I am very cheap right now.)

maj 3, 2012, 10:59pm

Does your local library have downloadable audiobooks? I get the audiobooks I listen to on my ipod from my local library. For me, it involves a little extra free software loaded on my computer (Overdrive software) to download the files and then transfer them to my ipod. I haven't been listening to audiobooks enough to know of any other sources.

Redigerat: maj 4, 2012, 3:57am

You could always try this charity

That way you get to listen to books and help out people who otherwise wouldn't be able to read it's £20 for a year and you can download as many books as you like onto an ipod

maj 4, 2012, 12:16pm
Free audiobooks for summer reading - pairs one YA title with a classic each week. Runs from June 14 to Aug. 22.

also -

maj 4, 2012, 3:14pm

Thanks for all the suggestions. I will have to work on my computer savvy to figure out some of this. I don't know if my local library does that with audio books. I know I can do it with some books on my Kindle Fire.

My son found my iPod so now I will be able to have music to listen to at the Y now which will also help me with my reading. I am going to take some time now to read my library book.

maj 8, 2012, 6:39pm

I found it difficult to just jump into listening to books as well. What works best for me right now is listening to YA books or books with a lot of action. I did read somewhere that you have to train different senses to adapt to listening to books rather than reading and that it takes time. My next audio that I want to try is Keith Richards bio, Life, I'm hoping that the narrator, Johnny Depp, will hold my interest.

jun 1, 2012, 8:23am

I finally finished reading Cutting for Stone. Here is my review:

#14. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

I didn't finish this book. I read up to about Chapter 47 and since the book was due back at the library and I didn't want to renew it again I just returned. I didn't love the book nor did I hate the book.

I felt that this book was just overly descriptive. I found myself getting lost in the description of the land and the people at times. I also felt loss trying to figure the characters after awhile.

I was interested in finding out some things but not so much as to read the last chapters just to read some things that had already been stated before.

I may try this book again and that is a big MAY.

3 stars

I am now reading Rescue: A Novel by Anita Shreve. I am enjoying it. I also started reading Fifty Shades of Grey. That is interesting. I also need to start reading my ER books. I have 3 books to read and review.

jun 3, 2012, 9:51am

I finished one of my books. Here is my review:

#15. Rescue: A Novel by Anita Shreve

Rescue is a book about a man named Webster and his life as an EMT. The beginning is in the present with him and his 17 year old daughter. The second part is 18 year earlier. This is when you learn all about how Webster became a father.

Webster is an EMT and him and his partner get a call. The call is for a single automobile accident. The woman involved in the accident is drunk and Webster is drawn to her. He thinks about her and follows up on how she is after the incident. The woman is named Sheila. She is an alcoholic but Webster is blinded by love.

I found the story interesting but at the same time parts of it bothered me. After Webster and Sheila are married and their daughter Rowan is born, Sheila starts drinking again. Webster gets Sheila to go to AA and thinks things will be fine. One day Webster and his partner get a call and when they arrive the accident involves Sheila, drunk and with Rowan in the car. Sheila will go to jail because this is her second DUI. I didn't like the fact that the cops, and his friends let him know and that they let her leave before they are going to pick her up. I know that it was that way so that the story would be the way it was. I just felt that if that happened in real life the husband would be accused of letting the criminal escape and would be sent to jail too.

That was the only thing I didn't like. I recommend reading the book and forming your own views of the story.

5 stars

I am still reading Fifty Shades of Grey and I will be picking up my ER book. Maybe I can finish one of the books in a short amount of time again.

jun 10, 2012, 5:22pm

Finished another one. It sure is nice to finish a book so quickly.

#16. Inescapable by Nancy Mehl

This is a Christian Fiction book. I do like reading them but sometimes it is annoying to have the little snippets of God.

The story is about a woman named Elizabeth and her daughter Charity. She was originally from a Mennonite town and left after she became pregnant.

She has lost God since her trouble in Kingdom. She was living in Kansas City when she is accused of stealing money. She is afraid of losing her daughter Charity. So she runs back to Kingdom. Charity's father shows up when Elizabeth and Charity arrive in Kingdom.

Elizabeth is confused as to her faith in God, her feelings for her father, her feelings for Charity's father Clay and an old friend Noah. Lizzie finally turns to God for answers and begins opening up her heart and mind to him again.

I knew right away who was her true love and who she needed to stay away from. It was still an good story.

4 stars

I started my next ER book The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins. I am also reading Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. I just need my Kindle Fire to work. It decided to die on me or something. Hopefully if I let it sit for awhile it will reboot itself.

I hope everyone is have a great June. Our weather has been nice. Today it is warm.

jun 11, 2012, 10:53pm

I haven't attempted Cutting for Stone.... still waffling about that one. Happy to learn some areas are experiencing nice weather. We are having another slow start to summer with temps below seasonal averages but that happened last year and I seen to remember that we had an amazing fall so I really can't complain. ;-)

jun 29, 2012, 6:22pm

I can understand about waffling with Cutting for Stone. I had trouble really getting into it. Hope your weather improves.

#17. The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins

This is my first time reading Ace Atkins and I will be checking out some more books by him. This was an uncorrected proof and I did find some mistakes but I was able to look past that as I read.

The Lost Ones is a Quinn Colson Novel. Quinn is an ex Ranger and he is now Sheriff of the small town he grew up in. I found Quinn very likable. The supporting characters such as his female deputy were wonderful additions to the cast of characters.

If you like mystery, action, suspense etc then give Ace Atkin's The Lost Ones a try.

4 1/2 stars

I am now reading Fifty Shades of Gray. Hopefully I will finish this book quickly. I keep hearing that once you start you don't want to stop.

jul 6, 2012, 4:24pm

Finally finished another book. Happy Dance.

#18. Getting Over Mr. Right: A Novel by Chrissie Manby

Getting Over Mr. Right: A Novel is a humorous look at one woman's bout of going through a break up. Almost every woman has been through some sort of break up. Some of us take it in stride and hop right back into the dating pool. Others may sulk or be depressed and want people to feel sorry for them. And maybe just maybe some people react just like Ashleigh.

Seeing how Ashleigh reacts really does put it in perspective as to how much women sometimes over think relationships. The way she was dumped was just awful. She didn't receive a text, voicemail, phone call or even an email. She learns that her boyfriend of 2 years dumped her by way of Facebook. Personally I think most men would dump women that way because they are cowards and afraid of actually seeing how much they hurt the woman.

The book goes through a lot of the stalking, attempts and shinanegans Ashleigh tries to win her boyfriend back. I am glad to say that she finally does start getting over Michael when out of the blue over the Christmas Holiday he text her to wish her a Merry Christmas. This time around she is better prepared and more mature then she was when they first dated.

I loved how she finally got even with the scumbag in the end. How I love to think exactly what his new girlfriend will think when she sees that message on him. I really enjoyed the book and was able to see how my breaking up after 20 years hurt me and how much I have grown since than.

5 stars

I am still reading Desire Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee and Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.

jul 6, 2012, 7:50pm

Well I picked up a new book and finished it already. It is an e-book that I have on the Nook app on my Kindle Fire.

#19 Puppy Dog Tales by Alice V.

This was a nice easy read. I love animals and to read stories about any kind just brings tears to my eyes.

There are 3 stories in this book. Stray dogs that become best friends, a dog's birthday wish, and just a dog that joins a new family.

I enjoyed the book and just seeing life through the eyes of dogs.

5 stars

I gave it 5 stars because it was easy and cute stories. Even though the stories maybe geared towards those who are younger I still enjoyed them. Now I am going to read some of my other books.

jul 8, 2012, 4:00pm

If you also like mysteries, you may enjoy the Chet and Bernie series by Spencer Quinn. The first is called Dog On It. Chet is an almost police dog adopted by private detective Bernie. The stories are told from Chet's point of view.

jul 22, 2012, 10:46am

Thanks Mamzel. I will check them out when I dwindle my TBR stack down. I am trying to avoid adding any books to my collections anymore.

#20. Desire Becomes her by Shirlee Busbee

I won this book through Library Thing's Early Reviewers program. I have never read Shirlee Busbee before. I found Shirlee's writing style easy to follow and read.

Desire Becomes Her is a historical romance. The main characters are the Joslyn family and Gillian Dashwood and her relatives. Gillian is a widow and is thought to be a murderess. Luc Joslyn is a gambler that meets Gillian and is smitten right from the start. Gillian worries about what the ton think of her and doesn't trust Luc because he is just like her first husband Charles (a Gambler).

Gillian is just as attracted to Luc as he is to her. The awkwardness and side glances they do when they think no one is looking makes for a few smiles on the readers part. Luc questions his feelings at times as does Gillian. Neither wants to admit the love and attraction they have towards each other.

I loved the book for the twist and turns the story took along with the different plots in the story line. I did not get confused or lost in the different story lines. Looking for a new Romance Author then give Shrilee Busbee a try.

5 stars

I am going to be reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Fifty Shades of Grey, Hunger Games and possibly a few others. Not sure of the titles.

I know next week is the LT Read a Thing I don't know if I will be able to participate that much but I hope to get some reading done this coming week.

Happy Reading!!


jul 31, 2012, 8:03am

I finished a book in 8 days! I am thrilled with that. Here is my review, which was thrown together last night as I was falling asleep. I may try to touch it up if I get a chance. Starting the second book soon, hopefully today.

#21. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I saw the movie before reading this book and I am not disappointed in either the movie or the book. I loved this book as much as the movie. Katness and Peeta are awesome characters that you just fall in love with.

Suzanne Collins does a fantastic job of writing this story. The character development is perfect. The plot is explained and keeps you in suspense and rooting for all the tributes. I can't wait to start the second book now.

5 stars

I am really glad I read this book. I am still reading Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. I will be starting Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I also am reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

jul 31, 2012, 8:48pm

One of these days I will give in and read Collins trilogy... probably after I read Stieg Larrson's trilogy - that one with the Girl - that is still sitting unread on my TBR bookcase. :-)

Hope you are having a great summer Monica!

jul 31, 2012, 9:56pm

Lori I still haven't read Stieg Larrson's trilogy either. My goal is to finish Collins Trilogy and then to start Stieg's books. My summer is going very fast. Hope you are having a cooler summer then I am!

aug 11, 2012, 6:38pm

Well here is my review of my current read.

#22. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Okay so I finally read the first book in this Fifty Shades series and personally I don't get all the hype about it. It was just a romance book. Even though I have never read a book with a dominant and submissive I wasn't shocked by what I read.

Everyone that I know that has read the book told me it was porn for women. I just felt like it was a romance book but with a different spin on it. I don't know anything about the dominant/submissive lifestyle so I can't say if was accurate or not.

Now the characters I got annoyed with Ana. She was just so in your head whining girl. Who would even guess she was graduating college. So she is an Innocent and knows nothing about sex. She is wildly attracted to Christian (who wouldn't be with the descriptions). Now Christian I liked. He kept me interested and I want to learn more about him. Now Ana's friend Kate was a joy. She reminds me of most young girls.

I do plan to read the rest of the series but I am not buying the books. I hope to be able to borrow them from the library or I will just go to B&N and read the book while sitting in the cafe. You need to read the books yourself to decide if you like the book or not.

3 stars

I have mixed feelings about the book. I do want to read the rest just to see what else happens.

Now to finish reading Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Hopefully with my 10 hour days over I will have more time to read while exercising and stuff. This year the 10 hours killed me. I spent most of the weekends just relaxing and trying to recuperate from the week.

Today my daughter, her boyfriend and their new dog visited me. I currently have their first dog. I told them that she is mine and I will not give her back. She is now mine. Well today was the first day that the two met and it didn't go to well.

I have a beagle/basset mix and she is 2 years old. They have a pitbull/lab mix who is only 8 months. Well my dog, Samantha was okay at first until their dog, Thursday, was sniffing her ears. Samantha just got over an ear infection so I don't know if that bothered her or if it is because Thursday is in heat. I would like to see them get along so that they can play together.

The funny thing is my one cat, Blokus who gets along well with Samantha was scared of Thursday. Thursday wanted to play with him but he didn't want anything to do with her. His hair was standing on end from his head to his tail and he looked like he was ready to pounce. We had to chase him upstairs to prevent a fight. Okay I just had to share!

Happy Reading All!

aug 19, 2012, 8:41am

#23. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I couldn't put this book down! From the moment I started this book I didn't want to stop reading it.

Katniss and Peeta are now scheduled for the victory tour. They will be going around and visiting the other districts. Katniss has feelings for both Gale and Peeta.

President Snow comes to visit Katniss at her house to warn her that she must prove to the districts that she did this out of undying love for Peeta to prevent a rebellion. This adds to Katniss' concerns for her family and friends. She feels that if she doesn't do this that her family and friends will pay the ultimate price of their lives.

Katniss wants to leave District 12 and take everyone with her. This decision begins the trouble in District 12, new peacekeepers, the fence being electrified, the hob being destroyed and more.

This book also has the Quarter Quell!! There is rebellion happening in some of the districts and with the quarter quell it somewhat intensifies the rebels. This year the Quarter Quell is announced and it is to prove that even the strongest cannot over throw the capital. Each district will choose a past victor one boy and one girl to go into the games. This means that Katniss will definitely be in the games again.

I don't want to reveal to much of what happens but this book is the beginning of the end of the capital or at least that is what it seems like. I cannot wait to start the third book in this series.

5 stars

I hope to start the 3rd book this week. I have a few advanced reader books to read and my ER book to read. I will be reading Black Fridays by Michael Sears. I also have to pick up my book club book if they have any left. I need to take a week off just to read.

Happy Reading!!

aug 26, 2012, 6:18pm

Hi everyone!! I finished the 3rd book in the Hunger Game Series!! I loved this series!! It is my second favorite series next too Harry Potter!!

Here is my review:

#24. MockingJay by Suzanne Collins

Wow!!! What a fantastic series!! I loved all the books. Some of the reviews I read made me wonder if this book was going to be as good as the other books. It wasn't action packed like the first 2 books but it was just as good. There is action going on in the book even if Katniss Everdeen isn't the one involved in all the action.

I couldn't put this book down! I had to force myself to stop reading at the end of some chapters to get sleep. Once I reached the part when the rebels were finally getting closer to the Capital City I just kept reading. This is when Katniss, Gale, and Peeta get the most action.

I shed a lot of tears at the end of this book. They were tears of sadness and joy. I just can't believe who died in the end. I also loved how Suzanne wrote the characters and the way humans are. She really touched on how we as humans seem to think, act, react, and feel. Suzanne also touched on how we repeat the same mistakes over and over again.

If you haven't read this series I highly recommend you pick it up and READ!!!

5 stars

Now I will be starting my ER book by Michael Sears Black Fridays. I am still reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Still waiting for the library to have the Fifty Shades second book available.

Happy Reading all!!

okt 16, 2012, 9:03pm

#25. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

This was my library book club read for the month of October. I got lucky and took the audio book. I am glad I did because it was a long book and I think if I had tried to read the book I would have given up or would still be reading it.

This book is about a woman Henrietta Lacks whose cells were removed and became a wonderful benefit for scientific research. Henrietta was a black woman who went to John Hopkins for some pain she was having. It turned out that she had cancer.

Rebecca Skloot was fascinated while studying science in school when she learned about Henrietta Lacks. Rebecca does a great job in finding out about Henrietta Lacks and her family. The laws that were created because of the treatment of Henrietta cells.

The cells are called HeLa. They are known as the cells that have been alive since the 1950's. I enjoyed listening to the book and hearing about Henrietta's children.

4 1/2 stars.

I am still reading last month's book club read. Tomorrow I get my new book.

Happy Reading!!

okt 17, 2012, 1:28pm

They never start coming, do they? Glad you liked HL. I still have to read that one.

okt 18, 2012, 8:19pm

That is very true. I have more books to read then I have time to. When you get a chance to read HL read it. I got to listen to the audio book which I enjoyed. Our book for this month is Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert. I got the audio book again. This one is only 7 1/2 hours long. HL was 12 hours long. It took me 4 weeks to listen to it.

nov 1, 2012, 7:15pm

Now another review.

#26. The Bridges of Madison County By Robert James Waller

I read this book for a TIOLI challenge. One of my categories for the 12 in 12 challenge is to read some books for TIOLI. I did this one because it was short and I knew I could read it in about 5 days. I did just that.

This is the story of a woman and a man that she met one day. Francesca and Robert. Francesca is a farm wife and mother. While her husband and children are at a state fair showing their prize cow Francesca meets Robert Kincaid and photographer. When she sees him for the first time she feels drawn to him.

As I read the story I felt the attraction between the two of them. I was feeling her loneliness and lack of love from her marriage. She loved her husband but was still missing something and Robert Kincaid brought that yearning to the front.

The ending was very heartwarming. It brought tears to my eyes. I am glad that I took the time to read this book.

4 stars

I am listening to Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert. The author is the narrator for the book. I only have 1 more CD to listen to. I hope to finish it this or next week. It is for my library book club. I am also reading Black Fridays by Michael Sears.

Happy Reading!!

nov 1, 2012, 7:53pm

Well I happened to find a book that I finished but never posted my review for it.

#27. Room by Emma Donoghue

This was a book I read for book club. I didn't finish it in time for my group meeting.

I had trouble getting into the book at first. The writing was bothersome at first until I realized that the narrator was a 5 year old boy. Room is the story of Ma and Jack.

Ma and Jack live in room not because they want to but because they cannot escape. Ma wants to escape Room once Jack turns five. Jack doesn't want to leave room.

Once they do escape the book follows them on their recovery from being in Room. I found the story interesting and the way it was written in the boys voice made my emotions come alive during the book.

4 stars

nov 2, 2012, 1:50am

Room took time to grow on me as well, until I had manged to piece together the story and what the circumstances were.

nov 2, 2012, 3:21pm

A few days ago, my daughter asked me why I still hadn't read Room, which she recommended and loaned to me... a year ago, maybe? I've been really uncertain about whether I'll like it... but your review, Monica, and you comment, Lori, encourage me.

nov 3, 2012, 9:08pm

Yes Room is very different but it is worth the read. I finished another book today but won't be posting my review until tomorrow. (hopefully) It was an audio book of Committed: A Skeptic makes peace with marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert.

nov 5, 2012, 8:51pm

#28. Committed: A Skeptic makes peace with marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert

I never read Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love. Committed was an alright book. I did find myself laughing to myself while listening to the book in the car.

The book follows Liz and her new love through how they finally got married. It was interesting and yet boring at times. I felt that Elizabeth was over analyzing everything. Checking to see how and if their marriage had a chance of surviving. The information was interesting yet tiresome of hearing after awhile.

I still want to read her first book just not sure when I will get the time to.

4 stars

nov 23, 2012, 2:38pm

#29. Black Fridays by Michael Sears

Black Friday's is the story of Jason Stafford. He worked on Wall Street and was caught embezzling money from his employer. He spent time in jail.

His marriage was ruined, lost all the money, had a child that he doesn't know when he is released. Once he starts on his new life out of prison he retrieves his son from his ex mother in law. His son is Autistic and he has a lot to learn.

He takes his son back to New York and enrolls him in a special school. Jason calls his son Kid because that is what he responds to. Jason is hired to investigate a company by an old friend. Once he starts the investigation is when things start to pick up.

I found the book slow moving at first. Once the investigation gets going is when all the interesting things start happening. I am not very familiar with Wall Street but this book was not hard to follow in the financial end.

The ending was one that I did not expect but was not surprised. So who is the one that is the mastermind behind this big scam that Jason is hired to investigate? If you like thrillers and finance then give this book a try.

4 stars

dec 27, 2012, 9:32pm

I finally finished another book. Here is my review:

#30. The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

The Other Queen is a fictional account of the Bloody Queen Mary and her imprisonment. I am not that familiar with England history but have grown a fascination over the past few years. My son tells me to watch the show the Tudors.

Queen Elizabeth is Queen Mary's cousin and has imprisoned Mary. Talbot and his wife Bess are in charge of keeping the Queen Mary safe so that she can be placed back as the Queen of Scotland. The story goes on from different points of view. One minute you are reading from the view of Queen Mary, then George Talbot and onto Bess. At first this was confusing but let you see what the other characters were thinking and doing at the same time.

4 stars

Now I will be starting my next book club book The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent. I will also be starting my ER book Breaking News by Fern Michaels. It would be nice to be able to finish one of these books before the new year.

dec 28, 2012, 2:21am

I will be curious to see what you think of The Heretic's Daughter, Monica. I read it back in 2009 and seem to remember having some mixed thoughts about the story.

dec 29, 2012, 2:01pm

I just realized I never posted my review for Dewey.

#31. Dewey by Vicki Myron

Well I finally finished this book. I was not overly impressed with this book. I thought I would be reading more about Dewey than life in Spencer Iowa.

I did enjoy the beginning and how Dewey came to live in the library. The rest with the personal life was not all that interesting.

Learning about how Dewey touched people was interesting but that was all I enjoyed.

3 stars

dec 30, 2012, 1:06pm

I finished another book this weekend. I am so glad to take the time this weekend to get some reading in. I won't be reaching my goal but it is just nice to finally be able to get caught up on some reading.

#32. Breaking News by Fern Michaels

This is the first book that I have read by Fern Michaels. I have seen her books and have thought about reading them. Since I had one this one in LT Earlyreviewers program I was finally getting a chance to read one of her books.

Breaking News in number 5 in the Godmothers series. I have never read any of the previous ones and I was still able to follow along with the characters, and story. The beginning of the book was slow because you are introduced to the main characters and start to get a feel for the relationship between all of them.

The main characters are all 'Seasoned' adults. You have Toots, Bernice, Mavis, Ida and Sophia. You also have Abby who is Toots daughter and Chris who is Toots stepson and a friend of Abby's and becomes more as the story progresses.

Abby is editor in chief of a tabloid magazine that is owned by her mother. Her mother bought the magazine for a steal and also because it is her daughter's dream job.

Breaking News has a bit of everything. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the comments the characters made. Toots is a multimillionaire, Ida is an entrepreneur of cosmetics, Mavis makes dead people look good, Sophie is a smart ass. Bernice is the housekeeper who is loved by all.

This is a very fast and entertaining read and will be looking for the previous ones to play catch up. So if you are looking for a fast, light read then grab Breaking News and sit back and enjoy!

5 stars

I will be starting some of my ER books Vanity Fare by Megan Caldwell and Postcards from Cedar Key by Terri Dulong. I will also continue reading my book club book The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent.

I am so glad to have the RAT and the year end read-a-thon going on right now to help me get some reading done.