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NeverWithoutABook's 12 in 12 Challenge

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1Neverwithoutabook
dec 10, 2011, 2:58pm

This is going to be quite the challenge for me since I haven't managed more than 7-8 books in any one month this past year, but I'm up for it! I'm signed up for the Orange January Challenge as well, so will start my 1st 12 off with books on the Orange List.

2mamzel
dec 16, 2011, 3:57pm

I read over 100 books this year. I'm using this challenge to limit myself to 12 books per category so that I am more varied.

3Neverwithoutabook
dec 16, 2011, 5:05pm

Hi Mamzel!
I've only managed 59 books this year which is far less than I usually read, but I was quite sick for a couple of months at the beginning of the year and struggling just to get through a day. Reading wasn't something I did much of. I'm hoping to make up for it in 2012 so am challenging myself to "12 in 12" plus the "OJ" challenges. That will definitely cover me for the year and I'll feel I've really accomplished something if I manage 144 books this year!

4Neverwithoutabook
dec 21, 2011, 10:16pm

January

I'm jumping into the Orange January Challenge with both feet and will make the majority of the books I read from the Orange Prize list. Doesn't mean I won't read anything else, just going to try and fit in lots of orange! I just can't make up my mind yet what I want to start with. Several options are calling my name. We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Inheritance of Loss, Wolf Hall, Room, Beyond Black, The Idea of Perfection, Horse Heaven, Amy and Isabelle, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, The Poisonwood Bible, Paradise, The Leper's Companions, Visible Worlds, Larry's Party, Fugitive Pieces, Accordian Crimes, Spell of Winter, The Hundred Secret Senses. Hmmm....and that's just from the winners and short-listed books. I'm not going to make it through all of them, so any recommendations gratefully accepted! :)

5letterpress
dec 22, 2011, 5:00am

Fugitive Pieces is one of my absolute favourites, just brilliant. I loved Beyond Black (but then I've yet to read anything by Mantel that I haven't loved) and I've just finished The Idea of Perfection and would definitely recommend it as well. Hope this makes choosing a bit easier!

6SassyLassy
dec 22, 2011, 10:50am

Hello Never
Wolf Hall is a terrific book for those long reading stretches winter brings. Fugitive Pieces was a wonderful book that lingers long after it is finished and gives you a start on a CanLit category if you see yourself going that way. I am a huge Hilary Mantel fan but Beyond Black would be my least favourite; I liked Wolf Hall is much better.

Are these books in your TBR pile already?

7Neverwithoutabook
dec 22, 2011, 11:59am

Thanks Letterpress & SassyLassy! So, Fugitive Pieces gets two votes already! and Hilary Mantel gets two as well. LOL

SassyLassy, I own a used bookstore, so yes, you could say these are on my TBR pile already. These are the 'Oranges' I have in stock...although that can change with the next customer! :) I went through the Orange Winners and Short-listed and found these in my inventory. Anything in inventory is fair game....and I return it once I'm done. Gotta love it! :)

8mamzel
dec 22, 2011, 1:10pm

I work in a high school library and I know what you mean. If we get a new hot book, I always let kids check them out, no matter how much I want to read it. I have checked out books that I had started, asking the student to leave the sticky note marking my page. They've always been very good at returning it as soon as they were finished knowing that I was waiting for it. When I choose a classic to read it's usually from these shelves, something that I have reminded myself to read every time I notice it on the shelf. This year's goals are Don Quixote (already started) and Middlemarch.

9cyderry
dec 22, 2011, 2:19pm

FYI Wolf Hall is schedule for a group read in June

10Neverwithoutabook
dec 22, 2011, 4:59pm

I know the feeling Mamzel! Sometimes it's hard to watch a book go out the door that I would love to read, but I know that at some point it will come back...maybe not from the same person, but it will be back. I just have to bide my time. The good thing is that there are so many others that I want to read as well!

Hmmm....Thanks Cyderry....I might hold off on that one until June, then. I want to try and read twelve books per month, and at least 6 oranges in January and July, plus one each other month. That's the penciled in plan anyway! :) I need to leave room for spontaneous reads, as well as ER books that may happen to come my way.

11Neverwithoutabook
Redigerat: aug 8, 2012, 1:24pm

JANUARY

My choices for January...

Orange Prize Winners:
1) Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels

Finished 1/9/2012
Pages: 294
*3 stars
This is definitely a book you need to be in the right mindset to read. By that I mean you can't come off of a thriller and expect to enjoy this one. I tried. Then I took a breather and came back to it in a different frame of mind. I have to agree that the author writes beautifully! I had no trouble placing myself in the characters locales. I even enjoyed the story until I somehow lost the thread of what was going on about 3/4's of the way through the book. I spent the last 100 pages or so, wondering who was talking and where did I lose it. I even backtracked but couldn't pick up what was going on. It wasn't until close to the end that I realized we were somehow further along. I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it, but I expect this is the type of book that the reader would gain more from by reading again.

2) A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore

Finished 1/13/2012
Pages: 313
*3 stars
I found A Spell of Winter very readable. The story draws you along with it in a quiet, unobtrusive manner. Always, we are seeing things from Cathy's perspective which at times seems very clouded and often childish. Her actions are those of an adult, however, and we can maybe forgive her for the world in which she has had to live. Ultimately, I'm not sure if I'll ever recommend this book, but I'm not at all sure I'll forget it, either.

3) Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel

Finished 1/4/12
Pages: 451 + 18 exclusive extras
*3 stars
Although I started out enjoying this peek into the life of a medium and found the beginning quite entertaining and quirky, I became somewhat disappointed towards the ending. In the beginning, I liked Collette and thought it was great that she paired up with Alison. Collette's growth through the story quite turned me off of her, however. She's the type of person I wouldn't want to spend time with generally. The other supporting cast of characters were just that. Some good, some bad, some particularly rude. Alison on the other hand had my sympathies more and more as her story unfolded and although the ending was somewhat disappointing, I did think it the perfect ending for Alison. :)

4) The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

5) We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Finished 1/30/2012
Pages 400 + 16 Insights, Interviews, Etc.
*5 stars
I can certainly understand why We Need To Talk About Kevin was a winner. The manner in which the author chose to present the story was different and a little like peeking into the private lives of the characters, especially Kevin's mother. I wasn't quite sure how to take her. If you have children and have read this book, I think you'll understand what I mean. I found myself constantly considering how I would feel in her situation. Like a child, the story grows to it's ultimate conclusion and I can only say that although I suspected, I could not have imagined the ending. Don't want to give any spoilers for those who haven't read it, but will definitely recommend this book. Definitely.

6) Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Finished 2/12/2012 - Comments in February post
Pages: 7

Others:
7) Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

8) Saving Faith by David Baldacci

9) Whoopi Goldberg Book by Whoopi Goldberg

Finished 1/6/2012
Pages: 240
*5 stars
Whoopi Goldberg is a character. And I mean that in the most interesting sense. She is funny, bold, gutsy, blunt, realistic, no-nonsense, independent, caring, inquisitive...and did I mention....REAL. We all need a friend like her. Someone who calls it like it is. I loved this book. It is a series of commentaries on a variety of topics. She touches on her growing up years and her life in general. She also touches on a wide variety of topics and the book is full of quotable quotes. This one is a keeper for me.

10) The Sign by Raymond Khoury

Finished 1/25/2012
Pages: 547 + 6 for Author's Note and Acknowledgements
*5 stars
Raymond Khoury knows how to write and keep you on the edge of your seat! If you haven't read any of his books, try one. The Sign didn't really have me guessing about what it was since I'm to much of a skeptic, but that has no bearing on my enjoyment of the story. I did notice that the suspense and action built and built, and then the chapter ended and we switched scenes. Must be that screen-writing experience of his! This book is challenging in a couple of ways. First the challenge that discusses what we are doing to the earth, and then the challenge concerning our religious/political beliefs. The story combines these in a realistic conflict that takes off at high speed but brings the reader back to a very satisfying conclusion. In his Author's Note at the end, Raymond Khoury gets about as real as anyone I've seen take on these issues, and I can't say that I disagree with his viewpoint. If a great story like this comes out of thoughts like that....I'll be reading everything he writes. One thing I need to add, is that this is not my first experience with Khoury's writing. I first saw the movie "The Last Templar" a few years ago and again recently. Loved the movie and that is what inspired me to read one of his books.

11) Betrayal by Michele Kallio

Finished 1/21/12
481 Pages
*4.5 stars
A wonderful story similar to those of Barbara Erskine, but with a different twist. The historical segments flowed well and appeared extremely well researched. I had a little trouble with the "present day" segments in that although they carried and were the basis for the story, the characters seemed weak and lacking somehow. Still, I would recommend this book to those with an interest in a historical novel with a twist! I really enjoyed it!

12) Shadows on the Gulf by Rowan Jacobsen
Finished 2/3/2012 - Comments in February post
Pages: 75 so far

Those are the ones planned so far. Gotta leave some room for ones that pop up on the radar unexpectedly! :)

And so it begins....

12Neverwithoutabook
Redigerat: mar 10, 2012, 1:07pm

FEBRUARY

I cannot believe it's already February! What a beautiful day we're having here! Sunshine...blue skies....a few wispy clouds! Temp is -3C but it doesn't feel like it, and to make it even better, it's supposed to get nicer as the week goes on.

I have hangover from my January reading. I didn't manage to get everything finished, so will carry on. Doesn't make sense to abandon those books now.

Currently I'm reading.....

1) Shadows on the Gulf by Rowan Jacobsen

Finished 2/3/2012
75 pages last month - 131 +16 for Acknowledgements and Sources
*5 stars
Thought-provoking and informative. Those are words that come to mind as I consider Shadows on the Gulf. This is about more than an oil spill in the Gulf. Rowan Jacobsen takes us on a journey as the subtitle says, "A Journey Through Our Last Great Wetland". A journey that explores the oil spill and it's causes, it's subsequent effects as far as is known to the time of writing, and the why of how it happened in the first place. I found myself agreeing and nodding my head on occasion while reading this book. Rowan Jacobsen tells us in very clear and understandable language about the issues surrounding the Gulf and the Mississippi delta in particular, and why we should care. For such a small book, 206 pages, he manages to bring home to us very clearly the road taken and the devastation that has happened that brings the Mississippi delta area and northern Gulf coastline to the brink of distruction. He shows us the connections, the delicate ecosystem that depends on conditions that have developed over centuries, and man's dependence on that ecosystem. Not only in that small area, but in a wider sense, this disaster affects us all....all the way up the food chain. The world is losing a valuable natural resource, a habitat for life that may never be reclaimed, a beautiful, wild natural resource that we may never be able to fix. The few pictures included manage to be very graphic when studied along with the writing. The problems that date back to WWII have major consequences today and even the simple fact of man settling in the delta region and attempting to make nature conform to his needs have exacted a terrible toll. I could go on as this is a subject that I feel strongly about, but I'll simply say. Read this book. If you have the opportunity...visit this area. Then you will understand.

2) Gilead by Marilynne Robinson *Orange listed

Finished 2/12/2012
7 pages last month...barely started - 240 more this month
*5 stars
I found I really enjoyed this rambling story of a life well-lived. I loved the first person perspective and the manner in which it was written. It made me think how interesting it would be to have this kind of story be handed down through the family. I enjoyed the way the Reverend John Ames considered his life and what he felt would be important to pass on to his young son, knowing he wasn't going to be around to have little conversations with him. I also liked the manner in which he came to terms with his inner conflict regarding his godson. At no time did the story ever become morbid, although I'm not sure I'd say there was a lot of suspense as one of the quotes on the back mentions. I do agree it is "serenely beautiful". A lovely, heart-warming story.

And....I have these that I didn't get to in January.......

3)The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai *Orange listed

4) Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

5) Saving Faith by David Baldacci

And LOTS of space for more in February..........possibles are....

1) Wish You Well by David Baldacci

2) A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly

Finished 2/24/2012
Pages = 412
*5 stars
I enjoyed this first Benjamin January mystery and have plans to continue the series. Part of my enjoyment came from the setting of New Orleans and quite often found myself picturing locations and thinking from the descriptions how very much has changed over the years. For instance, in the story they mention being at the Place des Armes and seeing the funnels of the steamboats passing on the Mississippi, but that's no longer possible with the building up of the levee, let alone all the other changes. The story itself was a bit slow-moving but I understand this book does a lot of laying the groundwork for succeeding works. I encountered many words that I didn't know the meaning of and that are quite likely no longer in use, but definitely added to the feel of being in another century. I have to add a disclaimer as I'm biased in favour of books set in or around New Orleans, but I'd recommend this book.

3) The Naked Marquis by Sally MacKenzie

Finished 2/4/2012
Pages = 332
*5 stars
Very much a fun, humorous, light-hearted romance with a small mystery back-story. A quick and easy read. I found myself highly amused at the various antics many times. This was just the kind of light reading I needed as a change of pace from more thought-provoking works. If you are looking for something entertaining and romantic and don't mind spicing it up a bit, this is a great book! I didn't realize at first that this is the second in the series. I do have another one waiting in the wings but not sure if it comes before or after. I don't think the order you read them in matters a lot, although the characters of the other books do make an appearance. Definitely one I'd recommend!

4) The Naked Gentleman by Sally MacKenzie

Finished 2/12/2012
Pages = 359
*5 stars
After reading The Naked Marquis, I just had to go on to this one as well. I understand there are a few more in this fun, campy historical romance. The writing is light, somewhat simplistic, and totally fun! Warning to those who don't enjoy sexual scenes, there is some descriptive stuff here! I love this kind of light-hearted romantic romp. You may always know they're going to be together in the end, but finding out how they get together is more than half the fun! This one is actually the 4th in the series. There are 7 in all. Hmmm...lots more romping, rollicking fun! :)

5) Ted and Friends by Phil Roxbee Cox

Finished 2/15/2012
Pages = 64
*5 stars
A cute book of four simple stories for young children just starting to read. I like this one because it's big on phonics....something I don't feel is taught enough in the school system these days. Reserving this one for my Granddaughter. Won't be long before we'll be reading it I'm sure! :)

6) Brainy Baby My Right Brain Book by Edith Reynolds

Finished 2/15/2012
Pages = 14
*4 stars
A little bit of introduction to imagination for youngsters.

7) Miss Marbles's Marvelous Makeover by Sheila Walsh

Finished 2/15/2012
Pages = 32
*4 stars
Very cute story, but #4 in the series. Looks like I'm going to be searching for the first 3 before I give these to my Granddaughter.

8) Curious George Takes A Job by H. A. Rey

Finished 2/15/2012
Pages = 47
*5 stars
The usual Curious George story. Fascinating and well-loved by children everywhere. My son enjoyed these stories and the cartoons when he was young, so I'm hoping his daughter will as well.

9) Franklin's Friendship Treasury by Paulette Bourgeois

Finished 2/15/2012
Pages = 128
*5 stars
A treasury of four Franklin stories. Another character well-loved by young children. Colourful pictures and cute stories with a lesson in each.

10) The Last War: Detective Ferrets and the Case of the Golden Deed (The Ferret Chronicles) by Richard Bach

Finished 2/26/2012
Pages = 136
*5 stars
A wonderful story involving a civilization of ferrets who live by the laws of courtesies set out for them as the ideal way to live. Behind this story is an example, and a moral that courtesy towards others is best for all. I was pleased to find that although this is the fifth book in this series, the order read doesn't matter. I'm looking forward to collecting the rest and will be passing them on to my Granddaughter.

11) The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Finished 2/27/2012
Pages 373
*4 stars
The only Fforde I managed for the Fforde February challenge. It took two attempts to start this book, but in the end I found it quite enjoyable. I'm certain I missed some of the British humour references, but still a good read. I'll be carrying on with this series. I'm sure it's not for everyone, but if you can suspend disbelief and just enjoy the ride, it's worth it.

12) Animal Instincts by Gena Showalter

Finished 2/29/2012
Pages = 324
*5 stars
Bold, witty, sexy, provocative says Carly Phillips. Red-hot, fun, promising and exciting says the back cover. Add humorous and charming to that list and you've got Animal Instincts. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It could have gotten tedious with all of Naomi's angst, but it didn't, and I'm convinced that's because of the strength and humor that infuses every page. This was no weak romance and for anyone looking for fun escapism, I would definitely recommend this book!

Yes, I'm optimistic! ;)

Running total for this month - 13

13Neverwithoutabook
Redigerat: mar 27, 2012, 7:03pm

MARCH

Lots of books read in February! The total helped out quite a bit by a bunch of children's books I chose for my granddaughter. Hopefully I can maintain that pace for this month as well. Might be easier with a few extra days, too! ;)

I was planning on participating in the group read for Foundation, but we don't seem to have a copy in inventory right now. I'll keep it on the list and see if I can't locate a copy during the month.

1) Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Still have some carry-overs from the past two months and hoping to complete them this month.

1) The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai CURRENTLY READING

2) Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult CURRENTLY READING

3) Saving Faith by David Baldacci

Finished 3/11/2012
Pages = 451
*5 stars
David Baldacci does it again! I can't say enough good things about his writing. It is consistently high quality and suspenseful. His stories are strong on action and I can't fault his attention to details. His characters are well-crafted and believable. If you enjoy a thriller of a ride and you haven't tried him yet...please do.

4) Wish You Well by David Baldacci

And for the rest of February...

2) Dead Ringer by Jasmine Cresswell

Finished 3/9/2012
Pages = 394
*5 stars
I found this book quite well written. Although I had suspicions about how things would play out, there was enough going on that I was never completely sure. There was just enough romance but not overwhelming and enough adventure and suspense. The main action of the story takes place over about 48 hours and I kept thinking "Really? Surely it's been longer than that." The quality of the writing is right up there with other thriller writers. Jasmine Cresswell is someone I will read again.

3) The Skylark of Space by E. E. "Doc" Smith

Finished 3/15/2012
Pages = 159
*4 stars
This first book written by E. E. "Doc" Smith is quite interesting considering it was written between 1916-1920. It's very dated technilogically speaking, as you can imagine, but as unbelievable as the story is, I found myself drawn in and enjoying the adventure. Looking back from our much more knowledgable time, the story is quite 'out there' in more ways than that it takes place far out in space, but still quite fun. I've been a fan of Smith for many years and had given up hope of finding a copy of everything he's written. However, with the internet, it's not impossible. I actually came across this copy in a small second-hand bookstore. If the older science fiction stories are enjoyable for you, keep your eyes peeled for anything by E. E. "Doc" Smith, AKA E. E. Smith, AKA "Doc" Smith. The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is that the ending kind of drops you off the edge. I know there are two more books in this series, so I'm hoping they pick up where this one left off.

4) Beauties of Iran by S. Mahmoudi Aznaveh CURRENTLY READING

5) Joanna's Husband and David's Wife by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey CURRENTLY READING

6) The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

Finished 3/26/2012
Pages = 276 + 5 bonus pages in back including cut scenes
*5 stars
What can I say beyond deliciously delightful! I didn't want to stop reading and when I was done, I didn't want it to end. Definitely looking for more by this author!

7) Prize of My Heart by Lisa Norato CURRENTLY READING

8) The Cove by Ron Rash CURRENTLY READING

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Yup! Still optimistic! Did good last month so hoping to do so again this month.

Running Total for this month - 4

14Neverwithoutabook
Redigerat: maj 5, 2012, 8:08pm

APRIL

I thought I read 5 books in March, but it turns out it was only 4. :( Sad, sad showing. Now the pressure is really on to catch up. I should have a total of 36 books read by now to meet my goals for the challenge. I have finished one book so far this month and hoping things will settle down so I can have a reading binge or two! :)

On the list for April...

1) The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

2) Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

3) Wish You Well by David Baldacci

4) Beauties of Iran by Sa'id Mahmudi Aznavah

5) Joanna's Husband and David's Wife by Elizabeth Forsyth Hailey

6) Prize of My Heart by Lisa Norato

Finished 4/4/2012
Pages = 190
An enjoyable Christian romance with a touch of mystery to bring our two romantic prospects together. I found the story to be a bit short and would have liked more interaction, but it was a quick read and quite lovely.

7) The Cove by Ron Rash

8) The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry

Finished 4/11/2012
Pages = 482 + 5 for Writer's Note
Although The Templar Legacy was very enjoyable and the plot interesting, it didn't have that "gotta read just one more page" feel to it. I liked the Author's Note at the end as I'm not familiar enough with the topic to know what is fact and what is fiction. On the whole, it was interesting and informative and I will continue with the series just to see where it's going. If you're a seeker and have an interest in the Templars, this is quite an interesting book. If you're easily offended when Christianity is debated and questioned, maybe it's not for you. I found the position taken in the novel to be a new and interesting perspective...for me at least.

9) Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Finished 4/15/2012
Pages = 286 + 4 pages From the Waverly Kitchen Journal
For a first novel, this was great! Having read The Sugar Queen previously, this one was not quite up to that standard, but still it was a wonderful sweet story. I particularly loved the character of Evanelle and her "need" to give people things. Quite quirky! I will definitely be recommending anything by Sarah Addison Allen! She is an author I will read anything by.

10) The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

Finished 4/19/2012
Pages = 273
Sarah Addison Allen hits it out of the ballpark again! I truly found this novel to be heartwarming with just a hint of the mystical and a touch of mystery. I liked that she tied in a couple of characters from her book Garden Spells as well. If you haven't tried anything by Sarah Addison Allen yet, please do. She's an author to watch!

11) The Survivors by Dinah McCall

Finished 4/24/2012
Pages = 376
This was an intense, quick read for me. I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the story although there were questions in my mind at times. The story builds quickly and keeps you drawn in. I also liked the occasional perspectives from the viewpoints of various characters. It added a lot more to the story and more than made up for some of the more unrealistic details, or lack thereof. I'd definitely recommend The Survivors to anyone wanting a good, quick read.

12 Love in Disguise by Carol Cox

Finished 4/29/2012
Pages = 234 including Author's note and About the Author
I've just finished this ER book and it was really quite good! I enjoyed the story of a recently become unemployed, about to be destitute young woman who takes on a job with the Pinkertons to solve the mystery of multiple thefts of silver from miners in a small mining town in the old west! The story had a few hiccups, being an uncorrected proof, but was still very worth my time. It kept me drawn in and wondering who of the many characters was the culprit and that was a surprise til the end. The ending wasn't much as it was a romance, but that wasn't a bad thing.

And those are ones I need to catch up on...If I manage to finish them, I'll start on my official April list! ;)

Running Total for this month - 6

15thornton37814
dec 22, 2011, 5:09pm

Most of the time I go ahead and put the book on the shelf first, but once in awhile I'll check a book out first. If I do so, I usually try to include my review on the library's blog to try to generate additional interest in it. Many times we've already got requests for books before they arrive so we try to honor those. I've occasionally discovered that the person who requested it has purchased the book before our copy arrives so that frees it up for someone else to read first.

16Neverwithoutabook
Redigerat: jun 10, 2012, 2:10pm

MAY

1) There's No Such Place As Far Away by Richard Bach

Finished 5/3/2012
Pages = 44
An excellent and thoughtful book for young and old alike. The watercolour art is done by H. Lee Shapiro and gives the story a dreamlike feel, like being imersed in thoughts and feelings. It's a story about how we can be in each other's hearts even though we may be far away. That just thinking of someone keeps them close in spirit and close in our hearts and then distance doesn't matter.

2) Syrian Folktales by Muna Imady

Finished 5/6/2012
Pages = 108
I found Syrian Folktales to be and interesting look at the folktales of another country and culture. Some were recognizable for their message, some were not. Included in the book were little riddles and some hadiths that I found interesting. The recipes were also interesting but somewhat repetitive seeming to use many of the same ingredients and made me wonder if that is all that the people of Syria eat or if that is their main food products. I would have been interested to see some other types of dishes although it is a bit difficult to visualize the finished product from a recipe. The little descriptions of the various provinces of Syria were interesting as well. For a small book, there was a lot packed into it. Maybe a little more depth and a bit larger book would have been more appropriate to the subject. Some illustrations or photos would have been nice as well. All in all, I enjoyed this book despite it being in need of some grammatical corrections. It is a bit difficult, if English is not your first language, to get everything right, though.

3) Naked In Death by J. D. Robb

Finished 5/6/2012
Pages = 306
I've read a few of the "In Death" series out of order and a few years ago. Not even sure which ones I've read for sure. This is my opportunity to start over and from the beginning. I loved getting in on the ground floor with our characters Eve Dallas and Roarke. I always wondered how they met. The story was a slow start for me, but gradually picked up a rythm and speed that I remembered from previous works in this series. I thoroughly enjoyed Naked In Death and am looking forward to carrying on. In fact, I'm on to #2 in the series now, Glory in Death

4) Glory In Death by J. D. Robb

Finished 5/12/2012
Pages = 296
This second book in the "In Death" series didn't disappoint. I did figure out 'who dunit' just before the Lieutenant did, but until then I didn't have a clue. Looking forward to the next in the series, but first going to try something a little different.

5) Life With Billy by Brian Vallee

Finished 5/19/2012
Pages =
This true story, true crime wouldn't be for everyone. I don't particularly have a taste for true crime novels, and can't actually say I enjoyed it. It's about an abused woman who kills her common-law husband and from what I can see, he deserved it. That's not to say that I condone it but he was just mean and evil. There is also a follow-up story which I'm about halfway through called Life After Billy also by Brian Vallee. I'll definitely need something lighter after these two.

6) Pooh's Little Instruction Book by Joan Powers

Finished 5/19/2012
Pages =
A cute and beautiful little book with some very important comments by the loveable Winnie the Pooh and friends!

7) Life After Billy by Brian Vallee

Finished 5/27/2012
Pages = 305
A followup to the true story of Life With Billy, this book picks up the story of what happened after Jane shot Billy. How she dealt with life after having taken a life and after all the abuse she had suffered. A sad and thought-provoking story.

8) Follow the River by James Alexander Thom

Finished 5/30/2012
Pages = 397 + 8 pages Author's Note
An engaging, dramatic, inspiring story based on the true ordeal of Mary Ingles who happily married with two young children and a third on the way, was kidnapped along with her children and sister-in-law and a man from their settlement by the Shawnee Indians and held captive, and of her escape along with another captive and their ordeals travelling 1000 miles along the Ohio River to get back to civilization. Now, if that isn't interesting enough to pick up the book, I don't know what is. Read it and be impressed.

9) My Chunky Friend Storybook - Elephant by Sheryl Bone

Finished 5/15/2012
Pages = 10
Another cute addition to my Granddaughter's Library. I loved the sturdy plastic of the pages. Perfect for little hands and less descructable than board books.

10) My Chunky Friend Storybook - Butterfly Ball by Sheryl Bone
Finished 5/15/2012
Pages = 10
Pretty pictures and cute story, again for my Granddaughter's Library. This is a great set of books and very sturdy.

11)My Chunky Friend Storybook - Dolphins by Sheryl Bone

Finished 5/15/2012
Pages = 10
This one should please her parents as well. Both are lovers of sea creatures.

12) How Do I Love You by Marion Dane Bauer

Finished 5/15/2012
Pages = 18
Everyone loves to read a story to a child telling them how much they are loved. This shows some of the many ways you can love someone.

13) Sleep, Baby, Sleep by Jennifer Fitchwell
Finished 5/15/2012
Pages = 16
A tiny book of some old bedtime rhymes. A nice nightime read.

14) Happy Healthy Songs by Caleb Burroughs
Finished 5/15/2012
Pages = 18
Another tiny book of some little songs to sing-along with your little one.

15) Tails by Matthew Van Fleet

Finished 5/15/2012
Pages = 18
A fun sensory book about different tails that animals have. Each "tail" is a differnt texture according to that animal. Nice for exposing children to touch experiences.

16) I've Seen Santa by David Bedford

Finished 5/15/2012
Pages = 24
Everyone wants to see Santa on that magical night! Here's what can happen!

17) Silly Sally by Audrey Wood

Finished 5/15/2012
Pages = 30
A larger board book that is cute and follows Sally's silly adventures.

18) Charlie Monkey by Jo Rigg

Finished 5/15/2012
Pages = 10
A larger board book of animals with wiggly eyes, textures to feel and a surprise sound at the end.

Running Total for May - 18

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JUNE

1) Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Group Read)

2) A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern

Finished 6/5/2012
Pages = 484
I read this on the recommendation of a friend and quite enjoyed it. A unique story that follows where missing things and people go when they're missing. I won't say anymore for fear of ruining the story, but I must say I enjoyed it. I think I need to pick up more by this author who writes from a unique viewpoint.

3) The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

Finished 6/10/2012
Pages = 264 + 3 + 4
Another deliciously delightful book by Sarah Addison Allen who has quickly become a favorite author of mine. I just can't put her books down. I loved that she included recipes in this one for the cakes she mentioned, and also that she included information on the 12 different names for the full moon. Little tidbits like that truly make a story unique. My only regret is that I've now read everything SAA has written. What AM I going to do? If that isn't enough to make you curious...I don't know what would.

4) Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Finished 6/11/2012
Pages = 514
It's hard to know what to say about this book. I can see why all the hype, but well-written, not necessarily. In a way, it felt like this was somewhat of a rush job and could have benefited from a little more time spent tidying up the story. There were times when I felt the conversations were stilted, and other times I wondered at the choice of words. I found the events moved very quickly...much more so than I believe would have been natural if this truly happened. Otherwise, as erotica, it certainly holds it's own in terms of the sexual relationship between Anastasia and Christian. I'm going to recommend this book if you enjoy erotica, but with a proviso that even with todays' very knowledgable teens, I'd put an age limit on this series and would NOT recommend it to anyone under the age of majority or 18. That being said, I'm on to the next in the series.

5) Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James

Finished 6/16/2012
Pages = 532
I think I enjoyed this second book in the Fifty Shades trilogy more than the first one. I liked the exploration of the characters, the development of their relationship, and the explanations of Christian's past. Still, I would not recommend this to anyone under 18. I look forward to the third installment.

6) Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James

Finished 6/21/2012
Pages = 578
I felt this installment in the Fifty Shades trilogy to be somewhat lacking. The story of Christian's childhood was revealed, but we were only privy to it in the third person...kind of like Anastasia. I liked the spunk that Anastasia showed in rescuing Mia, and I liked the resolution to the unexpected pregnancy, but then all of a sudden we're two to three years down the road and I found that too much of a leap. At the very end, Ms. James tacks on a bit of Christian's viewpoint which made me wonder if we will be seeing additional stories for this couple. Hmmm...

7) Amazing Grace by Danielle Steel

Finished 6/28/2012
Pages = 399
I'm not a frequent reader of Danielle Steel books, but I picked this one up randomly and was caught up in the story quite quickly. I enjoyed the many characters and can only say I would have liked a better ending to Melanie and Tom's relationship. I felt it was left incomplete. Otherwise it is a good story and Danielle Steel fans will love it!

8) Marked by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Finished 6/30/2012
Pages = 306
I've loved the covers of this series from the beginning, but never had picked one up until the day before yesterday. This is a quick and easy read and written for the young adult audience. It is not just for young adults, tho. The writing is very good and complex enough to keep anyone interested. I enjoyed the story immensely and plan to continue with the series. I definitely would recommend this series. Very readable and beautiful covers!

Running Total for June - 7

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JULY

1) Betrayed by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Finished 7/3/2012
Pages = 310
I enjoyed the beginning of this book, but then it started to drag through the middle. Near the very end, things finally heated up again. I can't wait now to get into the third in this series and see what happens next. The stories aren't earth-shattering, but they are pretty good. There is just enough revealed in each story to entice you into the next one.

2) Chosen by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Finished 7/4/2012
Pages = 307
A continuation of the House of Night series. Part of this are really good, but the repetition of previous information is getting a bit tiring. Even tho this is written for young adults, I don't feel the author is giving their memory the credit it deserves. By this point we don't really need a rehash of the reasons why, we just want to continue and be involved in the story. I feel like the story is somewhat dumbed down and hoping the repetitive parts soon get dropped. After all, if people have stuck with the series this long, they know this stuff already. 'Nough said.

3) Untamed by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Finished 7/5/2012
Pages = 338
Finally we have less repetitive information from previous novels, and what was repeated, either was understandable in context or at least less annoying. I enjoyed this book much more. It hung together better and there were more incidents to carry the story. I can definitely see why the series is so popular, despite some of the earlier books faults. It is well written and very appealing to the current lovers of paranormal stories.

4) Swept Away by Candace Camp

Finished 7/7/2012
Pages = 410
A quick light historical romance with a twist. Very enjoyable when you don't want to think to much about what is going on and just enjoy the story.

5) Hunted by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Finished 7/10/2012
Pages = 323
I think I enjoyed this book the most so far in the series. Far less repetition of previous events and the action was fairly well-paced although I felt the ending kind of rushed up on me and then was done to quickly. I think I expected more of a "battle". This ending felt more like a giving up by the immortal Kalon. I'm hoping the reason for this becomes apparent in future volumes.

6) Tempted by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Finished 7/12/2012
Pages = 319
So, the story is getting better. I'm suspending belief for the number of events and times people are saved here in favour of enjoying the story. I enjoyed this volume and am very interested to see where the author takes it from here.

7) Burned by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Finished 7/17/2012
Pages = 323
Best one so far in this series. I really enjoyed this volume and am looking forward to the next.

8) Awakened by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Finished 7/20/2012
Pages = 290
Now I can actually say I feel these books are getting better as we go. I'm honestly interested in reading the next one, but will have to find a copy, first. I've enjoyed this one for it's more spirit-realm events and it also seems more pulled together, or has better direction. It's like the story is starting to coalesce for me. Good one!

9) Lucky's Lady by Tami Hoag

Finished 7/23/2012
Pages = 368 + 2 for Author's Note
I loved this book! Not only was it set in Louisiana which is special to my heart, but it was a perfect blend of romance, angst and suspense. It was reminiscent of a Harlequin, but as Tami says in her Author's Note, she started in romances and the first in this series is actually a Loveswept romance, although I haven't read it. I'm thinking it wouldn't be all that easy to find. I loved the descriptions of the bayou area and the tiny bit of history that provided background for the story. I also loved that the author stayed true to the language of the area. Cajun is definitely different, but I found it captivating to hear. I'll definitely read more by this author!

10) Cry Wolf by Tami Hoag

Finished 7/28/2012
Pages = 528 + 2 for Cajun phrase translations
I have to say this book was even better than Lucky's Lady. The growth of Ms. Hoag's thriller writing ability was obvious and she had moved further away from the romance, although that was there and good quality again as well. I'm probably going to have to get myself permanent copies of these books and will definitely be reading more of her work.

11) Cookin' Country Cajun by Bobby Potts

Finished 7/30/2012
Pages = 64
I've always loved Jambalaya and so it made sense that I would try other Cajun and Creole favorites while visiting New Orleans. I loved almost every dish I tried there. The food is wonderful and to have a cookbook so that I can attempt some of those delicious dishes is beyond heaven! Can't wait to make beignets, boudin balls, and of course...Jambalaya! Do you like Cajun food? Give this one a try!

12) A Thin Dark Line by Tami Hoag

Finished 7/31/2012
Another enjoyable thriller set in Louisiana Bayou country. I particularly love the descriptions of the wildlife and lifestyles and of course the bits of Cajun language thrown in help a lot! It all sets up the flavour of the bayou and the world the characters live in. I'm almost sad to come to the end of this series. Oh well....I'm on the lookout for more books set in Louisiana! Laissez le bon temps rouler!

13) Venice Noir by Maxim Jakubowski

Finished 7/31/2012
Aside from the fact that this books is a collection of short stories, I liked the stories. The problem for me was that they were too short. I discovered I don't really care for short stories. I like series much more. Otherwise, the individual stories were well written and often interesting.

Running Total for July - 13

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AUGUST

1) Depression: Practical Ways To Restore Health Using Complementary Medicine by Edzard Ernst

Finished 8/7/2012
Pages = 92
This book was informative in a basic sense about what depression is and what may be causes although there doesn't appear to be any singular cause. There is also no singular cure. The book talks about various medications and alternative methods, but since it was written over 25 years ago, the information is somewhat outdated. Still not a bad read for those who want to learn a little bit about depression.

2) Scandal Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee

Finished 8/14/2012
Pages = 376
An enjoyable bodice-ripper with intrigue, romance and mystery and of course a cast of characters that provide fuel for several more books in the series! I enjoyed this one and am looking forward to reading the next. Unfortunately these are not easy books to find as I'm having difficulty locating #3 & 5 and am buying #4 new. Definitely a fun read for those who enjoy a good historical romance!

3) Seduction Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee

Finished 8/19/2012
Pages = 359
Another enjoyable bodice-ripper and I think I enjoyed this one as much if not more than the previous one. I loved the way the characters connected and loved the supernatural events and how they were presented. Hoping to find the next in the series now.

4) Hypnotizing Maria by Richard Bach

Finished 8/21/2012
Pages =
Sometimes I wonder what it is about Richard Bach's writing that makes it so captivating. The stories are good, and 'Hypnotizing Maria' is good. It's also rather simple in a story-telling way. I guess that's part of the charm, though. The other part would be the lesson that sneaks in while you're enjoying the story. I am always left with an aura of satisfaction and deep in thought whenever I finish one of Mr. Bach's books. This one is added to my collection. Go get your own.

5) Someone To Love by Jude Deveraux

Finished 8/24/2012
Pages = 343
Another enjoyable story in the Montgomery family saga. I must say that this one was not quite up to my expectations and felt a bit simplistic although I did enjoy it. I kept waiting for the connection and wasn't finding it. I think had it tied more into the Montgomery history better, or if the connection between Ann and Nigh had been explored, or even if the note on the picture been explained more. I just can't help feeling something was missed here. Otherwise the writing is as good as ever!

6) Passion Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee

Finished 8/28/2012
Pages = 376
Having to skip #3 in this series, I continued on with #4, Passion Becomes Her. I found this volume quite enjoyable, although I had figured out what was going on quite early in the story. Knowing didn't spoil the story for me however. The one thing I found missing was the previous book. The references were few, but still left me feeling I had missed something. Although the stories can stand alone, I feel they are much more enjoyable read in sequence.

7) Desire Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee

Finished 9/1/2012
Pages = 376
I was thrilled to receive Desire Becomes Her} through the LT ER program. I've read Shirlee Busbee in the past but not recently. When I found this was the 6th in a series, I attempted to locate the previous 5 books so I could get started and read in order. I managed to find the first two in used bookstores and bought the 4th new. I was unable to find the 3rd and 5th so proceeded without them. I've since ordered them online. One of the reasons I mention all this is that although the stories can stand on their own, I found that secondary characters in each book follow through to the next, providing at least the primary romantic interest or having a cameo appearance with update later on. This was especially true between the first and second books. This is why I chose to order 3 & 5. I felt in reading 4 that I had missed something and ditto on 6. I believe the stories will follow-thru much better once I receive and read the missing two.

That being said, I found the pace of this particular story to be somewhat sedate. The reader isn't rushed through the story from one love scene to fight scene to investigative scene and has time to absorb the atmosphere and character development. I enjoyed the descriptions of the surroundings and settings.

If you have read Shirlee Busbee before, I'm sure you would enjoy this series. If you haven't, but enjoy the historical romance genre, give it a try...but do start with the first one if at all possible.

Running Total for August - 7

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SEPTEMBER

1) A Different Kind of Normal by Cathy Lamb

Pages = 376
I LOVED this book! It was...charming, funny, romantic, thoughtful, beautiful, happy, sad, bewitching...I can't think of enough words to describe it. The family dynamics were wonderfully portrayed. I'm now looking for more by this author! In a way, her writing reminded me of Sarah Addison Allen's writing. Not in your face, but wrapping around you like a comfortable soft blanket. Lovely. Try it.

2) Almost Home by Debbie Macomber Cathy Lamb

Pages =
I picked up this book because of it's story by Cathy Lamb. I've recently discovered her and am totally in love with her manner of writing. Can't wait to get her other books which I have on order.

3) Comfort and Joy by Fern Michaels Cathy Lamb

Pages = 142 Suzanna's Stockings
Again...a book read for one story by Cathy Lamb. and even more delightful than previous stories. I kind of feel her writing is a bit like Sarah Addison Allen with the quirkyness and touches of humor.

4) The 100 Thing Challenge

Pages = 208
An interesting book and interesting challenge. Lots of good points to consider. I don't think I would be able to eliminate the majority of my belongings down to 100, tho. I'm to much of a pack rat. The book provides good incentive to do some purging, tho.

5) The Egyptology Handbook: A Course in the Wonders of Egypt by Emily Sands

Pages = 90
A wonderfully designed little book packed with amazing tidbits of Egypt and it's history. Set up in a teaching manner as between the author and her niece and nephew. I quite enjoyed it and that it also pointed the reader to further investigation. Great for the child who has an interest in Egyptology and a neat companion for the other books in the -ology series.

6) Every Dead Thing by John Connolly

Pages =
I picked this book up because it mentioned New Orleans in the blurb on the back. I was disappointed that it seemed to take place primarily in New York. I understood why in the end and how all that tied in to the pursuit and extremely climactic ending! Believe me....this is a sleeper that ends with a bang! I'm glad I read it.

7) All Things New by Lynn Austin

Finished 9/23/2012
Pages =
This was an ER Book that I quite enjoyed. The only part that tripped me up, and I didn't actually notice it until near the end, was the manner of speaking of the former slaves. It was too refined to my way of thinking and for the times and setting. Other than that, the characters were believable and I enjoyed the story. The romance wasn't the high point but added a nice touch. I've passed it on to a friend I think will also enjoy it.

8) Surrender Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee

Finished 9/26/2012
Pages =
Book 3 of the "Becomes Her" Series. I'd definitely recommend reading these in order. I read them out of order due to not having them in time, but found that although you can follow the story well enough, I was confused by parts that happen in the next book but had referred back to this one. Aside from that, a great Historical Romance and if you love that genre, or if you've read Shirlee Busbee before, give this series a try. I quite enjoyed it!

9) Rapture Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee

Finished 9/29/2012
Pages =
Book 5 of the "Becomes Her" Series. As I mentioned above, best to read these in order. This is truly a great series of historical romances and I'm looking forward to more. I like that the author carries through with characters she introduces in one book and then gives them their own romance in the next book.

Running Total = 9

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OCTOBER

1) Wish You Well by David Baldacci

Finished 10/3/2012
Pages = 368
An interesting departure from his usual books, this was still an extremely well-written story of people who live in the backwoods of Virginia and are completely happy with their lives. It was recommended to me by a customer who gives copies to friends and family because he believes in the message of this book so much. I can't say I disagree. Beautifuly written and realized. I loved it!

2) Curses and Blessings for All Occasions by Bradley Trevor Greive

Can't say I was impressed at all.

3) Elvis and The Blue Christmas Corpse by Peggy Webb

Thoroughly entertaining, especially for the Elvis fan with so many references to "The King" and the bassett hound Elvis channeling "The King". Loved it! Can't wait to read the next of these fun, cozy mysteries.

Running Total - 3

Lost track of my reading this month with business getting in the way. Next month hoping to be more focused.

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NOVEMBER

1) Last Man Standing by David Baldacci

Finished 11/04/2012
Pages = 638
I started this book last month and pretty much had to force my way through it. I don't know if I was just not in the mood to read it, or if it was really that draggy but it did seem to take quite awhile to make it's point. Not really sure.

2) Wake by Lisa McMann

Finished 11/5/2012
Pages = 210 + 3 of Fade
This was a quick read. At first I wasn't sure what the point was but then it caught my attention and it was entertaining although a little light. That's ok, tho, as it is written for youn adults. A good read and recommended for the teens.

3) Sunny Side Up by BJ Appelgren

Finished 11/11/2012
Pages =
I really enjoyed this book and the experiences the author took part in. I found it interesting and felt like I am also on the same wavelength albeit many years later. I've come to this point much later in my life than she did. Throughout the memoir, I found myself wishing I could take part in the experience of exploring different philosophies. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking spirituality but my copy is going to stay in my library. Sorry folks! You'll have to find your own.

4) Listen to Your Heart by Fern Michaels

Finished 11/18/2012
Pages = 212
I enjoyed this light romance set in New Orleans. I loved the humour and touch of guidance from heaven. The interplay between the two dogs was priceless! I also love that recipes for some of the dishes mentioned in the story were included in the back of the book! Definitely a recommend in the light reading category.

5) The Christmas Train by David Baldacci


Finished 11/20/2012
Page = 288 + 5 pages for the short story included in the back, Waiting For Santa
As always, I enjoyed this story by David Baldacci. This was a real feel-good story including some mystery, romance, myth and information. Who wouldn't like to travel across country on a train? I found this a quick read and am looking forward to my next David Baldacci read. As always, I recommend any of his books.

6) The Million Death Quake by Roger Musson

Finished 11/25/2012
Pages = 244
Non-fiction is not always to everyone's taste, but subject to a person's desire to learn more. This was the reason I requested this book from the ER program and I'm not at all sorry. The subject was fascinating, the book very well-written and the author knows his stuff and was able to present it in a manner easily understood by the average person.

I learned much more than I expected regarding the development of man's understanding of earthquakes, what they are and what we can do about them. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in and concerned about this beautiful planet we live on. I know I'll read it again, so you'll have to get your own copy. I'm keeping mine! ;)

Running Total - 6

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DECEMBER

1) The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Finished 12/3/2012
Pages =
Although the pace of this book was moderate, I found it very captivating, often finding myself feeling I was involved in an episode of "Criminal Minds". I enjoyed the psychology of profiling as much as I do on the TV show, even tho in this story it is in it's babyhood. I was a tiny bit disappointed in the ending, but won't spoil it for you by saying why. All in all, this was a wonderful story and I've already got The Angel of Darkness lined up for my next read. Despite the length of this book, I'm not exhausted by the setting, story, or characters which says something in itself, and am ready to tackle another in the same vein. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone fascinated by crime solving and the science of profiling criminals.

2) Black Bird, Vol. 1 by Kanoko Sakurakoji

Finished 12/5/2012
Pages = 192
My first foray into the world of Manga and I quite enjoyed Blackbird Vol. 1. I found it easy to get the hang of reading "backwards" and thoroughly enjoyed the story. Recommended for older teens or any adults who enjoy manga.

3) The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr

Finished 12/17/2012
Pages =
Another great book by Caleb Carr. I find myself wishing there was a whole series with these characters that follows the development and use of forensic profiling. The book is well-written for the times it is set in which I gather we can thank the author and his research for. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves history, thrillers and mysteries, or the TV show "Criminal Minds". This book reminded me of that show quite a bit.

4) Black Bird, Vol. 2 by Kanoko Sakurakoji

Finished 12/17/2012
Pages =
The two main characters are beginning to realize their attraction to each other but also that Misao doesn't really remember their past. I'm enjoying this light read so will continue, besides, I find myself wanting to know what the ending will be.

5) Black Bird, Vol. 3 by Kanoko Sakurakoji

Finished 12/17/2012
Pages =
Things are heating up with the characters in this volume. Will they marry? Or? I find these Manga a quick and interesting read. Sometimes hard to tell who is talking, tho.

6) Black Bird, Vol. 4 by Kanoko Sakurakoji

Finished 12/18/2012
Pages = 191
These Manga are very easy to read and the story is presented in short bits. I'm following along easily and understanding why they are so popular with the young adults. This particular series is a bit edgy and so definitely deserves it's T+ - Senior Teens rating. I'm interested to see how Misao and Kyo handle their growing romance and all it's inherent problems.

7) Black Bird, Vol. 5 by Kanoko Sakurakoji

Finished 12/18/2012
Pages =
Once again, enjoying the story. I'm a little confused about the timeline, but I guess it's not imperative to the story. I like the subtle morality also.

8) Black Bird, Vol. 6 by Kanoko Sakurakoji

Finished 12/19/2012
Pages = 187
A little more action and some unexplained happenings that I'm sure will be explained as the story goes on. Unfortunately this is the last volume I have at the moment so will have to put off reading further until I can get more in this series.

9) My Lady's Choice by Lyn Stone

Finished 12/26/2012
Pages = 296
A light, fun, historical romance employing viewpoints of both main characters. I loved the interplay. If you love a good historical romance, give this one a try. It was just what I needed to help me through a bout of illness.

10) A Child called "It" by Dave Pelzer

Finished 12/28/2012
Pages = 184
This one has been on my TBR list for a long time so when I found a copy yesterday, I decided it was time to read it. My general feeling as the Mother of a Son I think the world of is...Why? How? The book is very well-written. I know I now need to read the next two that follow. This one will would definitely spark conversation between people who read it. My heart goes out to that young boy who survived and I give thanks for that. For what he's done with his life since...I salute him.

11) Elvis and the Dearly Departed by Peggy Webb

Finished 12/31/2012
Pages = 276
Another enjoyable cozy mystery starring the bassett hound that thinks he's the reincarnated Elvis and his human Mom, Callie. Elvis isn't quite as prominent in this first installment of the "Southern Cousins Mysteries" but there's still lots of fun and shenanigans. Altogether an enjoyable read!

12) Trust: A New Beginning by Cristiane Serruya

Finished 12/31/2012
Pages = 389
At times I found this book slightly reminiscent of the 50 Shades Trilogy although very different in it's own way. Here we have a strong woman with a certain naivete that isn't immediately visible. A couple of times I lost the reasoning of the story but have a feeling that more of the threads introduced here will be expanded and filled in when the next installment is published. I would definitely put this one in the Erotica genre and recommend it to those who enjoy this genre.

Running Total - 12

24Neverwithoutabook
dec 22, 2011, 5:57pm

Thornton37814 - I do the same. If a book is a request, the customer always gets it first. We're in a little different situation in that we sometimes have multiple copies so if I 'borrow' one, it doesn't matter. I have so many of my own, that I always have something to read, anyway. I love all the hints I get from LibraryThing members! It helps me with recommendations to my customers, as well as books I might want to read as well. I've got a blog as well, but I'm woefully behind on it! I try to keep up to date here on LT for the ER program and am hoping to update my blog sometime over the holidays. Knowing my inventory is invaluable in helping my customers find new and different books and authors. For that reason, the more I read, the better I can help my customers! :)

25mamzel
dec 22, 2011, 6:50pm

Luckily for me my patrons are a bit more focused in range. It's a bit easier to stay with them. I don't know how I could keep up with everyone in a public library!

26Neverwithoutabook
dec 22, 2011, 8:53pm

Mamzel, I thank the people on this site a lot for all the comments, reviews, suggestions, etc., that they share with everyone else. There's no way I could ever read enough to cover the ground necessary. When I see multiple comments that a book is really, really good, then I accept that it just might be so, even if I never get a chance to read it. I also look at what it's being compared to and the books recommended...if you like this...try this? Extremely helpful! Especially when it's in a genre I don't read much of, if any...like horror. I don't read horror much anymore. I have customers that do, of course, so I pay attention to LT members comments. I love LT! It's such a helpful and great site!

27-Eva-
jan 5, 2012, 12:35pm

Found your thread! :) Wishing us all a great reading year!!

28Neverwithoutabook
jan 5, 2012, 12:38pm

Hi -Eva-! Thanks for stopping by! I've got you starred as well. :)

29owltype
jan 5, 2012, 2:21pm

I'm so jealous of all of you that can read over 50 books a year. I have trouble just reading over 40!

Good luck with your challenge Neverwithoutabook. I've starred your thread so I can follow your progress. =)

30Neverwithoutabook
jan 5, 2012, 2:38pm

> owltype, I did the 11 in 11 challenge last year and only managed 75 books total. It's going to definitely be a challenge to read 144! I've got access to the books...I just need time to read now. :)

31The_Hibernator
jan 5, 2012, 3:07pm

Good luck on your goals this year!

32owltype
jan 5, 2012, 3:16pm

@ 30 -- I joined last year too but only read about half of the books I had planned to. And I was only planning on reading 22 for this challenge. Life got in the way too much.

33SassyLassy
jan 5, 2012, 3:28pm

I seem to have dropped out of this conversation over the holidays with many house guests around. How are you finding Beyond Black? I have Room on my list as well, so maybe January would be a good month to read along.

It would be wonderful to have a TBR pile like yours and all in the name of work too!. No guilt involved, unlike my pile, which provided my entire 12 in 12 and I could still come up with other categories. It will be interesting to see how far we all get.

34Neverwithoutabook
jan 5, 2012, 4:47pm

>31 The_Hibernator: Thanks Hibernator! Good luck to you as well!

>32 owltype: I always set myself high goals. I don't always meet them, but half the fun is in the trying. :)

>33 SassyLassy: I finished Beyond Black last night. I won't say it's the best book I've ever read, but it wasn't the worst, either. It started off quite interesting and quirky, and I enjoyed the insight into a medium's point of view. Then it started getting a little wierd and funky. I took a dislike to Colette for her attitude, and have mixed feelings about the ending. I was both disappointed and somewhat amused. The one thing it didn't do is make me want to drop it. That's gotta be a plus! LOL

35Neverwithoutabook
jan 6, 2012, 1:21pm

I've now finished two books, Beyond Black and Whoopi Goldberg Book and going back to Fugitive Pieces for another try. My comments are in my JANUARY post #10 above.

36_debbie_
jan 6, 2012, 8:26pm

I loved Whoopi Goldberg Book when I read it long ago. I have her newest one, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. We use the term "skunk monkey" later shortened to "monkey" in my family now the way she used "tree monkey". It is hilarious and I will never forget her book because of that one chapter alone.

37Neverwithoutabook
jan 7, 2012, 2:30pm

36 _debbie_ - Whoopi is a memorable character! I also have her book Is It Just Me?: Or Is It Nuts Out There? which I'm planning to try and fit into this months reading as well.

38Neverwithoutabook
Redigerat: jan 2, 2013, 3:40pm

Just realized that although I divided my books up into months, I've got no categories! Horrors! So....here's my category ideas.

1) ORANGE PRIZE (Winners, Short-Listed, Long-Listed)
Beyond Black ~ Finished 1/4/2012
Fugitive Pieces ~ Finished 1/9/2012
A Spell of Winter ~ Finished 1/13/2012
We Need To Talk About Kevin ~ Finished 1/30/2012
Gilead ~ Finished 2/12/2012

2) DAVID BALDACCI (Reading in the order he's written them)
Saving Faith ~ Finished 3/11/2012
Wish You Well ~ Finished 10/3/2012
Last Man Standing ~ Finished 11/4/2012
The Christmas Train ~ Finished 11/20/2012

3) CAUGHT MY ATTENTION DID YOU? (Biographies or Autobiographies of people who've caught my attention in some way)
Whoopi Goldberg Book ~ Finished 1/6/2012
Life With Billy ~ Finished 5/19/2012
Life After Billy ~ Finished 5/27/2012
A Child Called "It" ~ Finished 12/28/2012

4) FOR THE BETTERMENT OF... (Can include Self-Help, Educational, Some kind of learning involved)
Pooh's Little Instruction Book ~ Finished 5/19/2012
Depression: Practical Ways to Restore Health Using Complementary Medicine ~ 8/7/2012
Hypnotizing Maria ~ 8/21/2012
Sunny Side Up ~ 11/11/2012

5) BODICE-RIPPERS (A little romance anyone?)
The Naked Marquis ~ Finished 2/4/2012
The Naked Gentleman ~ Finished 2/12/2012
Swept Away ~ Finished 7/7/2012
Scandal Becomes Her ~ 8/14/2012
Seduction Becomes Her ~ Finished 8/19/2012
Someone to Love ~ Finished 8/24/2012
Passion Becomes Her ~ Finished 8/28/2012
Desire Becomes Her ~ Finished 9/1/2012
Surrender Becomes Her ~ Finished 9/26/2012
Rapture Becomes Her ~ 9/29/2012
My Lady's Choice ~ 12/26/2012

6) KEEPING UP WITH THE KIDS (Childrens and Young Adult)
Ted and Friends ~ Finished 2/15/2012
Miss Marbles's Marvelous Makeover ~ Finished 2/15/2012
Brainy Baby My Right Brain Book ~ Finished 2/15/2012
Curious George Takes A Job ~ Finished 2/15/2012
Franklin's Friendship Treasury ~ Finished 2/15/2012
My Chunky Friends - Elephant ~ Finished 5/15/2012
My Chunky Friends - Butterfly Ball ~ Finished 5/15/2012
My Chunky Friends - Dolphins ~ Finished 5/15/2012
How Do I Love You ~ Finished 5/15/2012
Sleep, Baby, Sleep ~ Finished 5/15/2012
Happy Healthy Songs ~ Finished 5/15/2012
Tails ~ Finished 5/15/2012
GOAL MET ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++EXTRAS IN THIS CATEGORY
I've Seen Santa ~ Finished 5/15/2012
Silly Sally ~ Finished 5/15/2012
Charlie Monkey ~ Finished 5/15/2012
Wake ~ Finished 11/5/2012

7) THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE...PLACES! (Places I'd like to know more about. Can be the setting in fiction, or can be non-fiction.)
Shadows on the Gulf ~ Finished 2/3/2012 ~ Louisiana & Gulf of Mexico
Lucky's Lady ~ Finished 7/23/2012 ~ Louisiana
Cry Wolf ~ Finished 7/28/2012 ~ Louisiana
Cookin' Country Cajun ~ Finished 7/30/2012 ~ Louisiana
A Thin Dark Line ~ Finished 7/31/2012 ~ Louisiana
Every Dead Thing ~ Finished 9/15/2012 ~ Louisiana
Listen to Your Heart ~ Finished 11/18/2012 ~ Louisiana

8) "SOMEWHERE....OUT THERE..." (Sci-Fi)
Skylark of Space ~ Finished 3/15/2012

9) FANTASMAGORICAL! (Fantasy)
The Last War: Detective Ferrets and The Case of the Golden Deed ~ Finished 2/26/2012
Black Bird, Vol. 1 ~ Finished 12/5/2012
Black Bird, Vol. 2 ~ Finished 12/17/2012
Black Bird, Vol. 3 ~ Finished 12/17/2012
Black Bird, Vol. 4 ~ Finished 12/18/2012
Black Bird, Vol. 5 ~ Finished 12/18/2012
Black Bird, Vol. 6 ~ Finished 12/19/2012

10) MYSTERIOUSLY THRILLING (Thrillers, Mysteries)
The Sign ~ Finished 1/25/2012
A Free Man of Color ~ Finished 2/24/2012
The Eyre Affair ~ Finished 2/27/2012
Dead Ringer ~ Finished 3/9/2012
The Templar Legacy ~ Finished 4/11/2012
The Survivors ~ Finished 4/24/2012
Naked In Death ~ Finished 5/6/2012
Glory In Death ~ Finished 5/12/2012
Elvis and the Blue Christmas Corpse ~ Finished 10/?/2012
Elvis and the Dearly Departed ~ Finished 12/31/2012

11) NIGHT AND DAY (Paranormal and Chic Lit)
Animal Instincts ~ Finished 2/29/2012
The Sugar Queen ~ Finished 3/26/2012
Garden Spells ~ Finished 4/15/2012
The Peach Keeper ~ Finished 4/19/2012
The Girl Who Chased the Moon ~ Finished 6/10/2012
Marked ~ Finished 6/30/2012
Betrayed ~ Finished 7/3/2012
Chosen ~ Finished 7/4/2012
Untamed ~ Finished 7/5/2012
Hunted ~ Finished 7/10/2012
Tempted ~ Finished 7/12/2012
Burned ~ Finished 1/17/2012
GOAL MET ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ EXTRAS IN THIS CATEGORY
Awakened ~ Finished 7/20/2012

12) THE KITCHEN SINK... (Anything that doesn't fit in any of the above categories)
Betrayal ~ Finished 1/21/2012
Prize of My Heart ~ Finished 4/4/2012
Love in Disguise ~ Finished 4/29/2012
There's No Such Place As Far Away ~ Finished 5/3/2012
Syrian Folktales ~ Finished 5/6/2012
Follow the River ~ Finished 5/30/2012
A Place Called Here ~ Finished 6/5/2012
Fifty Shades of Grey ~ Finished 6/11/2012
Fifty Shades Darker ~ Finished 6/15/2012
Fifty Shades Freed ~ Finished 6/21/2012
Amazing Grace ~ Finished 6/28/2012
Venice Noir ~ Finished 7/31/2012
GOAL MET ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ EXTRAS IN THIS CATEGORY
A Different Kind of Normal ~ Finished 9/5/2012
All Things New ~ Finished 9/13/2012
Curses and Blessings ~ 10/?/2012
The Alienist ~ 12/4/2012
The Angel of Darkness ~ 12/17/2012
Trust: A New Beginning ~ 12/31/2012

RUNNING TOTAL: 105

January - 7
February - 13
March - 4
April - 6
May - 18
June - 7
July - 13
August - 7
September - 9
October - 3
November - 6
December - 12

39Neverwithoutabook
jan 11, 2012, 1:04pm

Just received a MG book for review, Betrayal by LT member Michele Kallio. Bumping it up ahead of The Sign which will be on hold until I finish either A Spell of Winter, or Betrayal....whichever comes first! :)

40Neverwithoutabook
jan 14, 2012, 12:24pm

Finished A Spell of Winter last night. Still thinking about what I think about it. Proceeding with Betrayal now. Will post my thoughts in my JANUARY post later today, but have to get busy now. New bookcase arriving in less than an hour and no room for it yet! =)

41tymfos
jan 16, 2012, 7:01am

Hi! I found your thread and have you starred now.

I read Whoopi's Is it Just Me? last year (my first e-book loan from the library). I didn't like it a lot. I could relate to a lot of her complaints, but after a while it kind of got old. Who wants to sit and read a whole book full of gripes, even if the writer is funny? I think I'd probably like the one you just read a lot better.

42Neverwithoutabook
jan 16, 2012, 11:05am

I have Is It Just Me? waiting. I'm holding off til at least Feb. to read it as I have enough on my plate with trying to read 6 Oranges this month. So far so good with that, tho. I'm sad to hear Is It Just Me is more full of complaints. I might have to either split it up so it doesn't have a chance to get old, or read it all in one fell swoop! LOL Thanks for the heads up!

43tymfos
jan 16, 2012, 9:22pm

I was thinking that it might be a book better read a little at a time, to dilute the sense of constant complaint. I was reading straight through because it was a one-week e-book loan download from the library.

44Neverwithoutabook
jan 25, 2012, 3:52pm

Well, I've finished 5 so far this month, and very close to finishing the 6th. Going to take some serious reading time to get to 12 in the whole month! LOL It might happen, tho. Ya never know! The ones I have left look to be quick reads for the most part and now that I have heat in my apartment and the cleanup from the flooding is mostly taken care of, maybe I can get down to that serious reading!

45Neverwithoutabook
jan 26, 2012, 1:05pm

Finished #6 last night. Reviews/Comments in Post #10 above. I've now got two I'm reading at the same time, one at home, Gilead, and We Need To Talk About Kevin with me. That will almost fulfill my plans for OJ. Hoping to make it to 12....got my fingers crossed, but not a lot of time left....that last one might end up being a kids book! LOL Hey! I'm entitled....I've got to check out good books for my granddaughter! :)

46lkernagh
jan 26, 2012, 10:02pm

I look forward to reading your comments about both Gilead and We Need to Talk about Kevin. I loved Gilead and hope to try and get around to reading We Need to Talk about Kevin sometime this year.

47tymfos
jan 30, 2012, 12:09am

I, too, loved Gilead. From what I've heard about We Need to Talk About Kevin, you've got quite a contrast in books there!

48Neverwithoutabook
jan 31, 2012, 3:46pm

I didn't get Gilead finished for January, but will continue it for February. I did finish We Need To Talk About Kevin. I'll be updating my January Post # 11 today. I might have finished Gilead, but came across a misplaced ER book that my conscience is making me read first.....and I don't mind at all! It's extremely interesting and a topic near to my heart...Shadows on the Gulf.

49Neverwithoutabook
feb 1, 2012, 2:01pm

January Wrap-up - I managed 7 of the books I had hoped to read and starting February with 2 in progress. I've updated my January Post # 11 and moved on to my February Post # 11. Yes, you read that right. I apparently don't have a Post # 12! LOL C'est la vie. No big deal. Just weird is all. I've also updated my categories in Post # 38.

Total pages read: 2848 (baseline) It will be interesting to see how this goes from month to month.

50Neverwithoutabook
feb 5, 2012, 3:13pm

Just finished The Naked Marquis by Sally MacKenzie last night and it was just what I needed after this past weekend.

Outer pane of glass broken in one of our big front windows at the store made for a headache and also dealing with alarm company, guards, police, insurance, temporary repairs until we can get the glass replaced. Sheesh! Not even going to talk about what I think if this incident.

51SassyLassy
feb 5, 2012, 7:33pm

Is Edmonton in a deep freeze? Could be very nasty. I hope you get prompt replacement service with nothing damaged inside. "Not me" (not sure which one, they lived across the street) once put a hockey puck through the front leaded glass window in my living room but it was repaired beautifully.

52mamzel
feb 6, 2012, 11:32am

Not Me has done mischief around my house as well. Amazing how he/she gets around so well!. :-)

53Neverwithoutabook
feb 6, 2012, 3:08pm

Thanks for your concerns SassyLassy and Mamzel! Our temps are quite mild at the moment...for Edmonton, that is. The window is double-paned and they only broke the outside pane. They didn't get in, but I don't think that was the objective, either. Just vandalism, or possibly a couple of guys from the bar next door got out of hand. Our biggest concern if they were to break through both panes of glass would be that our store cats would get out. We don't keep a lot of cash onsite. I don't know just yet when it will be replaced, but meanwhile it's all boarded up.Stuff like this is a real downer. :(

54lkernagh
feb 11, 2012, 10:45am

Sorry to learn about the broken glass and the related hassles. Hope it is all fixed soon for you!

55Neverwithoutabook
feb 11, 2012, 5:33pm

Thanks ikernagh! It's boarded up for now. They say it should be fixed in a week or two. My biggest problem is how gloomy it is with that one window boarded up. :(

56-Eva-
feb 11, 2012, 8:42pm

What a shame about the window - good to hear the kittehs didn't get out, though!

57Neverwithoutabook
feb 12, 2012, 10:00am

Yes, that's a really good thing! The cats are faves with our customers, so the first thing some of them asked was "are the cats ok?" We came after. :) That's ok, tho, as we were worried about them also.

58Neverwithoutabook
feb 12, 2012, 4:16pm

Finished two books last night! Both great reads! Gilead was to be part of my January Orange challenge but I only barely started it. I found I quite enjoyed it. The Naked Gentleman was an "I just have to read this 4th in the series after reading the 2nd." Sometimes you just need a light, fun read and this certainly delivered. Now I'm on to A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly and lots more waiting in the wings!

59lkernagh
feb 12, 2012, 5:16pm

Gilead does tend to creep up on the reader so I am happy to see you enjoyed it. Sounds like you have been having a good round of reading this weekend!

60Neverwithoutabook
feb 12, 2012, 6:51pm

I did! :) That's what happens when you wake up to early and can't get back to sleep! Both books were nearing the end, so a couple of hours each and I was done! I'm hoping for more reading time like that in the future, too. Just not without losing sleep at the same time. LOL

61tymfos
Redigerat: feb 14, 2012, 6:51pm

I loved Gilead, too! I found that A Free Man of Color took some time to get into -- introducing the characters and the context of the time in which it's set -- but eventually it pulled me in and I enjoyed it very much.

62Neverwithoutabook
feb 14, 2012, 9:05pm

I read a book last year The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square that has helped me settle into the time frame a little, although I'm running across words I've had to look up! THAT doesn't happen very often! The World That Made New Orleans gave a lot of background that has come in handy and so I'm finding A Free Man of Color to be almost like putting flesh on the bones...so to speak. :)

63Neverwithoutabook
feb 17, 2012, 12:30pm

So excited!!! I just got The Last War: Detective Ferrets and the Case of the Golden Deed by Richard Bach in the mail! Yay!!! These books don't turn up often so when I found one, I just had to order it! It will be next up on my reading list bumping everything else. Just need to finish A Free Man of Color first.

64Neverwithoutabook
feb 24, 2012, 5:03pm

Just finished A Free Man of Color and posted my comments in #12 above, updated stats in #37 above. Now on to The Last War: Detective Ferrets and the Case of the Golden Deed.

65Neverwithoutabook
feb 28, 2012, 3:52pm

I've now finished 12 books this month and hoping to finish one more. Most recently was The Last War: Detective Ferrets and the Case of the Golden Deed, and The Eyre Affair, both of which were quite quick reads. I enjoyed both and will be continuuing the Fforde books, but have to search for more of the Ferrets stories by Richard Bach. They're not all that easy to find but well-written and something I want to pass down to my granddaughter. Comments are in posts #12 and #37 above.

66mamzel
feb 28, 2012, 6:43pm

When were the Ferret stories written? I'm glad you managed to finish and find enjoyable the Fforde book.

67lkernagh
feb 28, 2012, 9:22pm

Great job finishing 12 books this month!

68Neverwithoutabook
feb 29, 2012, 1:42pm

@ 66 - Mamzel - The Ferret Chronicles were written in 2002-3. I'm not sure if they're still in print, although mine was a 'new' copy I found through ABE Books and the others are available there as well. It will just take me a little time to collect them all. Apparently the audio versions are narrated by Richard Bach himself. Might be interesting to hear him tell the tales himself. I've been a fan of his for years and love his flying books, Biplane, Nothing by Chance and Stranger to the Ground. His book Illusions is kind of a spirituality/flying book and he has other spirituality books as well.

I did enjoy the Fforde book. I find it makes a difference what I've just finished reading when going into a new book. Sometimes the switch doesn't sit well.

67 - Ikernagh - Thanks! :) I'm hoping to make it 13 by the end of the day! :) Lots were kids books this month so that part was easy. I read them making sure I wanted them for my Granddaughter.

69Neverwithoutabook
feb 29, 2012, 11:35pm

Whew! I made it! 13 books this month! Now going to kick back in front of the TV for an hour or two and relax before I start my March reading with David Baldacci's Saving Faith.

70-Eva-
mar 1, 2012, 1:44pm

I'm "behind" on my reading this month, mainly because I did the opposite of what you did: I kicked back in front of the telly rather than read. :)

71Neverwithoutabook
mar 1, 2012, 3:00pm

70 - Eva....I do that sometimes, too! I love my TV to much not to watch all my faves, but I love my books, too. I'm still behind by about 4 books, tho. I didn't get 12 read in January and am carrying them over. Reading some children's books was a good way to get ahead and also find some interesting books for my granddaughter. :)

72-Eva-
mar 1, 2012, 4:08pm

It seems to go in waves for me - sometimes I want to do nothing but read and sometimes it feels like a chore to pick up a book. Getting a DVR was the smartest thing I've ever done! :)

73Neverwithoutabook
mar 1, 2012, 5:26pm

I agree! I loved mine. Now I don't even have TV at home, but I do watch online and can keep up with most of my favorites that way. Some shows aren't available, but I've got lots to enjoy anyway. Not having TV means I get more reading done at home, too.

74Neverwithoutabook
mar 10, 2012, 1:14pm

Finally finished my first book for March. Dead Ringer by Jasmine Cresswell. Not making a lot of progress this month, but I am just about finished Saving Faith by David Baldacci and will start Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult right away. Still a long way to go to catch up to my target.

75Neverwithoutabook
mar 13, 2012, 4:25pm

Yesterday I left my current book Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult at the store. Sort of on purpose as I planned to pick up a book I've been saving up for. Beauties of Iran by S. Mahmoudi Aznaveh. Gorgeous pictures of this amazing country. One of the things that amazes me most is the incredible work craftsmen were doing centuries ago in this country. I wanted to just savour the pictures for awhile before I started reading, so picked up The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai but it wasn't holding my interest, so I looked for something different and found The Skylark of Space by E. E. "Doc" Smith. I discovered this author when I was still in high school and although his books are quite difficult to find now, there are still some out there. This is the first in his Skylark series, so a good place to start. I'm quite enjoying it, although it is very dated, having been written between 1916-1920.

76Neverwithoutabook
mar 16, 2012, 5:10pm

I finished The Skylark of Space last night. A great example of "space opera". Although it's age is showing, it's still an enjoyable story. I'm looking forward to finding the other two in this series.

77Neverwithoutabook
mar 27, 2012, 7:01pm

I've got a lot of books started this month, but seem to keep skipping around. I did finish one last night that I enjoyed immensely! Deliciously delightful is all I have to say about The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen. If you haven't read it....do. It's quite enjoyable!

78christina_reads
mar 27, 2012, 9:17pm

Coincidentally, I just bought a copy of The Sugar Queen yesterday. Looking forward to reading it even more now!

79RidgewayGirl
mar 27, 2012, 9:43pm

I really liked The Sugar Queen too!

80Neverwithoutabook
mar 27, 2012, 11:40pm

@78-christina_reads - I loved it so much I'm looking for Sarah Addison Allen's other books now. I've passed the book along to a friend who said she thinks she'll love it just from the back and she is going to help in the search for the others. I've read the blurbs for them on Fantastic Fiction and they ALL sound great!

Ridgewaygirl - Wasn't it just wonderful! I can't wait to get my hands on some of her other books. It's funny, but when it was offered in the ER program, I didn't win it...I got The Richest Season instead and although I quite enjoyed it, I'd have to say that The Sugar Queen is much more enjoyable in a different way. I'm glad I finally got the chance to read it. :)

81christina_reads
mar 28, 2012, 1:58pm

The only Sarah Addison Allen book I've read is The Peach Keeper, but I really enjoyed it. I've heard a lot of glowing reviews of her work in general, so I'm eager to experience it for myself!

82Neverwithoutabook
mar 28, 2012, 3:40pm

The Peach Keeper is her latest, I believe. She's got about 5 or so now. I'll be spending part of my day off combing second hand places to try and find some of them. :)

83Neverwithoutabook
Redigerat: apr 1, 2012, 12:11pm

Despite my best efforts this month, I've only managed to finish 5 books. Sad. I know. I've started far more but haven't seemed to be able to find enough time when I'm not just exhausted. It's been a busy month at the store and that takes priority. No matter. I will continue with the ones I've already got going into April and strive to do better. Now if I could just manage to go without sleep occasionally.......

*edited to correct typo

84RidgewayGirl
apr 2, 2012, 3:26pm

The Sugar Queen is by far my favorite Sarah Addison Allen, but I liked the others, and I don't generally like that kind of book (which is not to insult romantic magic realism, but I prefer things darker and without the magic element, so it's a testament to how well Addison does it).

85-Eva-
apr 2, 2012, 7:00pm

I made it to 5 books this month too, which isn't enough. So, I've just canceled my Cable TV! I can definitely make do with Netflix and all the other online stuff and, hopefully, April's reading will pick up.

"Now if I could just manage to go without sleep occasionally"
Let me know if you figure this one out!

86lkernagh
apr 2, 2012, 10:58pm

March was a slow reading month for me as well.... good thing we are now in April!

87Neverwithoutabook
Redigerat: apr 3, 2012, 5:07pm

@#84 - I'm on a hunt for more Sarah Addison Allen. Glad to hear you also liked The Sugar Queen! I've passed mine on and it was loved again, so now it's been passed on yet again!

@#85 - I'm afraid I don't have the excuse of cable tv. I already watch my shows online and usually late at night. I've just been overwhelmed with incoming boxes of books at the store and being spring, I don't expect that to slow down alot for another month or so.

The going without sleep? I think the answer is to be younger. When I was younger, and single with no children, I often would stay up all night reading and still manage to make it through the next day. Once I had my son, all bets were off. I haven't been able to do that in years.

@#86 - Here's to a more successful April! Unfortunately it's already the 3rd and I've yet to finish a book. Not looking good. :(

88-Eva-
apr 3, 2012, 6:21pm

"I think the answer is to be younger"
LOL - let me know when you figure out how to arrange that. :)

89tymfos
Redigerat: apr 7, 2012, 8:12am

The going without sleep? I think the answer is to be younger. When I was younger, and single with no children, I often would stay up all night reading and still manage to make it through the next day.

LOL! Amen to that. All-night reading was no big deal for me years ago. These days, I tend to nod off to sleep when I'm reading, even at a reasonable hour! It's hopeless to try to read late at night, except when I get insomnia, then I'm useless the next day.

90Neverwithoutabook
apr 7, 2012, 1:58pm

@ tymfos - I hear you! Same here! I so wish for a few...or maybe just the occasional night of reading. I miss that. :(

91Neverwithoutabook
apr 20, 2012, 1:32pm

It seems the busier we get at the store, what with people doing spring cleaning and bringing in books by the boxes full, the less time I have for reading and the more tired my eyes are. I have managed a couple of Sarah Addison Allen's books lately and am just loving her story-telling! Trying to catch up on my ER books also. Just started Love in Disguise. Not doing so well for the challenge goal lately. :(

92VictoriaPL
apr 29, 2012, 9:50pm

Catching up on threads... Garden Spells is my favorite Addison Allen but The Sugar Queen is a close second. Glad you enjoyed it!

93Neverwithoutabook
apr 29, 2012, 11:31pm

I've enjoyed everything I've read by Sarah Addison Allen. Just have to find The Girl Who Chased the Moon and Firefly Dance (touchstone doesn't work) and then it will be a waiting game for the one she's in the process of writing now.

I've just finished an ER book, Love in Disguise by Carol Cox and it was really quite good! I enjoyed the story of a recently become unemployed about to be destitute young woman who takes on a job with the Pinkertons to solve the mystery of multiple thefts of silver from miners in a small mining town in the old west! The story had a few hiccups, being an uncorrected proof, but was still very worth my time. It kept me drawn in and wondering who of the many characters was the culprit and that was a surprise til the end. The ending wasn't much as it was a romance, but that wasn't a bad thing. I'll be rating it 4 stars based on it being an ARC.

94VictoriaPL
apr 30, 2012, 12:19pm

I'm also looking for Firefly Dance. Trying to ILL it.

95Neverwithoutabook
apr 30, 2012, 1:19pm

Good luck! I'll post here if I find it. Going book shopping today! :)

96Neverwithoutabook
maj 5, 2012, 8:20pm

I haven't found Firefly Dance yet, or The Girl Who Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen. I didn't do so well in meeting my goals for April, either. Ah well. Maybe this month! I've got a lot of books started but not making a lot of headway in getting them finished. I'm almost finished my latest ER book....well...not really latest since I won it in January, but it only recently arrived. Syrian Folktales. I've also started the "In Death" series by J. D. Robb and have quite a few of the books now so can read them in order! Love that!

I wonder if there's a support group for those of us who can't resist starting yet another book when we've already got several on the go!?!? LOL

97lkernagh
maj 6, 2012, 2:44pm

I wonder if there's a support group for those of us who can't resist starting yet another book when we've already got several on the go!?!?

If there is... please point me in that direction..... ;-)

98Neverwithoutabook
maj 7, 2012, 12:50am

I'll certainly do that Ikernagh! And if you find one...let me know! OK? LOL

I've plunged into J. D. Robb's "In Death' series and am loving it! I had read some previously, but out of order. Now I plan to read them in order. :) Finished the first, Naked In Death tonight and am starting Glory In Death right away!

To all those other books I haven't yet finished....I'll be baaack! ;) Just in need of a break at the moment.

99RidgewayGirl
maj 7, 2012, 7:42am

It's absolutely vital to have several books on the go at once. It takes time to adjust to a new book, especially when you've just finished a fantastic book. Having a few already begun makes the end of a good book endurable.

100Neverwithoutabook
maj 7, 2012, 2:31pm

You make a lot of sense RidgewayGirl! :)

101Neverwithoutabook
maj 13, 2012, 1:36pm

Two books down in the "In Death" series by J. D. Robb. Now time to read something different, so going with a recommendation from a friend....Zuma's Bastard: Encounters With A Desktop Terrorist.

102tymfos
maj 19, 2012, 7:21pm

It's absolutely vital to have several books on the go at once. It takes time to adjust to a new book, especially when you've just finished a fantastic book. Having a few already begun makes the end of a good book endurable.

Sounds like a plan! Maybe that explains my multiple-book reading habits.

Zuma's Bastard: Encounters With A Desktop Terrorist.

That's an intriguing title. . . :)

103Neverwithoutabook
jun 2, 2012, 10:25pm

@ tymfos....I barely got started on Zuma's Bastard and then had to switch to a couple of books borrowed from a friend who is moving. I'll update when I get back to it, tho.

For May....I managed to read about 18 books, but that's pretty easy to do when you're reading for a 2yr old! LOL I've now filled to overflowing my category for children and young adults and never even touched any young adults books! Just to many interesting and fun books for my Granddaughter. A total for that category is 15. Gotta get working more on some of my other categories too! I have a feeling I'm not done finding really cool books for my Granddaughter yet tho.

At the moment I've started A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel for the June Group Read, my latest ER book, Venice Noir by Maxim Jakubowski and Zuma's Bastard by Azad Essa waiting on deck. Many, many more on Mount TBR.

My updates and comments as always are in my post 16 and 38 above.

104Neverwithoutabook
jun 11, 2012, 10:41am

I started June off pretty well and to this point have 3 books finished. I'm reading Wolf Hall and following along with the group read and the tutuored thread. I finished A Place Called Here and The Girl Who Chased the Moon so can now return them to their owner, and also have finished Fifty Shades of Grey. Just had to see what all the hype was about. My reviews are in Post 16 above, and my updated list...(50 read so far this year)...is in Post 38 above. Not as far along as I'd like to be, but getting there!

105Neverwithoutabook
jun 27, 2012, 12:23am

So now done with the Fifty Shades trilogy and have moved on. I've been picking up books wherever I am lately. That makes for some odd and unplanned reading. I'm about 60 pages short of finishing Swept Away, but forgot it at home, along with my ER book, Venice Noir. That meant finding something else to read, so picked up a copy of Amazing Grace by Danielle Steel, then forgot to take it with me when I went to the laundromat, so ended up buying several books at the Goodwill near there. I started Rembrandt's Ghost but didn't get far. I'm also still working on Wolf Hall but have fallen behind the group read and tutored read threads. Ah well...eventually I'll catch up. I hope. LOL :)

106lkernagh
jun 27, 2012, 9:12pm

Like you, I am plugging along rather slowly with Wolf Hall. I am trying to motivate myself to finish it this month but I am only on page 236 and the end of the month is fast approaching!

107Neverwithoutabook
jun 28, 2012, 4:57pm

Ikernagh, I don't think I'll finish it this month at all. It's one that's going to stretch into next month. I've had a lot of stress this month and feeling tired alot, so am finding that I want lighter reads now. I kept up in the beginning but as I started to fall behind, resigned myself to not finishing it this month. Sometimes you just have to go with how you're feeling.

108lkernagh
jun 28, 2012, 10:14pm

Sorry to learn you have had a stressful month and I agree, there are times when a comfort read can be great medicine to get through the things! ;-)

109Neverwithoutabook
jun 28, 2012, 11:20pm

Thanks Ikernagh. :)

110tymfos
jul 3, 2012, 5:26pm

Sorry you've been stressed this month. I'm quite slow in my reading of Wolf Hall, too. It simply isn't one to read when tired or distracted -- requires too much concentration. Mantel's pronoun usage drives me crazy (I know that's a pretty common reaction).

111Neverwithoutabook
jul 4, 2012, 1:10am

Thanks tymfos. Things are getting better. Meanwhile I've been picking up lighter easier reads and have Wolf Hall on the back burner for a few more days. By then everything should be sorted out. I also get really frustrated when I have to wonder and figure out who is being referred to. For now I'm on to the third in the House of Night series, Chosen. Definitely lighter reading!

112Neverwithoutabook
aug 1, 2012, 6:05pm

Just found this great blog with beautiful pictures of people reading around the world! Lots of great quotes as well! Check it out here.... http://stevemccurry.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/to-fly/

113psutto
aug 4, 2012, 7:43am

Great pics and quotes thanks for the link

114Neverwithoutabook
aug 4, 2012, 12:38pm

You're welcome psutto!

115DeltaQueen50
aug 4, 2012, 1:17pm

Love both the pictures and the quotes.

"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."

This quote by Jorge Luis Borges is stenciled on the wall of my library and always makes me smile.

116Neverwithoutabook
aug 5, 2012, 6:34pm

I love that quote too DeltaQueen50! Glad you enjoyed the link.

117Neverwithoutabook
aug 28, 2012, 3:47pm

I'm pretty sure I'm not going to make my goal this year. Falling behind with work issues and being sick the past week hasn't helped. Still plugging along tho. I can't believe I've turned over many rocks and can't find two books in the "Becomes Her" series by Shirlee Busbee. I didn't think it would be a problem when I received my ER book by her, but have found that I can't find #3 & #5 in the series. I've had to order them! Now I'm reading out of sequence and it's obvious I've missed some details in the previous stories, but moving on to my ER book now anyway. Will catch up when the other two arrive.

Meanwhile I'm chugging along. Got a new ER book today also, so will read Desire Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee next and follow that up with A Different Kind of Normal by Cathy Lamb.

118lkernagh
aug 28, 2012, 10:37pm

The great thing about this challenge is you are allowed to 'tweak' your challenge. Life happens and the challenge is supposed to be fun so feel free to amend your challenge if you want to!

119Neverwithoutabook
aug 29, 2012, 12:44pm

Thanks for the support Ikernagh! I realize that and know it's supposed to be fun. I'm a bit OCD about sticking to and following through once I make a plan, so I'm really causing my own issues. I have pretty much resigned myself to not reading 144 books this year but will continue and see how far I do get.

120-Eva-
aug 29, 2012, 12:47pm

Seconding that - tweak away! Especially since most of us set up our challenged so far in advance we'll have no idea what we'll actually will want to read when the time comes. :)

121Neverwithoutabook
aug 30, 2012, 12:25pm

Thanks Eva! :)

122Neverwithoutabook
sep 2, 2012, 5:22pm

I'm now up to 75 books read for the year. A good place to be. Finished my latest ER book just past the months deadline but included it in August anyway as most of the reading took place in that month and had I not succumbed to the terrible flu/cold that's been going around, I'd have been finished it during August. Very glad to be feeling better now so I can pick up my reading speed. Still have 69 books to go to meet my goal....hopefully....going to give it a good try, tho! :)

123Neverwithoutabook
jan 2, 2013, 3:43pm

Wrapping up this challenge and putting it behind me. Not totally successful, but not a bad showing either considering the number of times this person who doesn't usually get sick has been sick this year! I'm ending the year with 105 books read...only 39 behind the goal. It was a great reading year with lots of new books and authors discovered!

124tymfos
jan 2, 2013, 3:47pm

105 books is certainly a most respectable total! And I know how getting sick can put a crimp into one's reading. Happy 2013!

125Neverwithoutabook
jan 2, 2013, 4:48pm

Thank you tymfos and Happy 2013 to you also! :)

126-Eva-
jan 3, 2013, 8:13pm

Congrats!! 105 is definitely nothing to scoff at - well done!

127Neverwithoutabook
jan 4, 2013, 2:41pm

Thanks Eva!