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2. YA 11/12
3. Dystopias 5/12
4. Historical Romance 12/12
5. Vampire Urban Fantasy 12/12
6. Vampire Romance 12/12
7. Urban Fantasy (Non-Vampire) 11/12
8. Paranormal Romance (Non-Vampire) 12/12
9. New-to-Me Authors 12/12
10. Graphic Novels/Manga 12/12
11 Mysteries 12/12
12 Miscellaneous 12/12
1. Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst
2. Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown ***1/2
3. Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George *****
4. Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster ****
5. The Emperor of Nihon-Ja by John Flanagan ****1/2
6. The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron **** (****1/2 for book itself, but deducted 1/2 for audiobook)
7. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot; drawings by Edward Gorey ****1/2
8. Lost Stories by John Flanagan ****1/2
9. No-Dogs-Allowed Rule by Kashmira Sheth ****
10. Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay ****
11. Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot by Anna Branford ****
12. Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney ****
1. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood ****1/2
2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor ****1/2
3. Stefan's Diaries: The Ripper by L. J. Smith ***1/2
4. Fate by Amanda Hocking ***
5. Flutter by Amanda Hocking ***1/2
6. Stefan's Diaries: The Asylum by L. J. Smith **1/2
7. Wisdom by Amanda Hocking ***1/2
8. Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross ****
9. Until I Die by Amy Plum ***1/2
10. False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen ****1/2
11. Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride ****1/22
1. All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin ****
2. Insurgent by Veronica Roth ****1/2
3. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi ****1/2
4. Reached by Ally Condie ****1/2
5. Outpost by Ann Aguirre ****1/2
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Because It is My Blood - 9/18
Rebel Heart - 10/30
Ready Player One
1. On the Way to the Wedding - Julia Quinn ****
2. A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah Maclean ****1/2
3. A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant ***1/2
4. A Night Like This by Julia Quinn ****
5. Let Love Find You by Johanna Lindsey ****
6. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas ****
7. Someone to Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas ****
8. Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas ****
9. Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas ****
10. Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas ***1/2
11. Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas ****
12. Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas ****
1. Silver-Tongued Devil by Jaye Wells ****1/2
2. Blood Lines by Tanya Huff ****
3. Blood Pact by Tanya Huff ****
4. Blood Books Volume 3 ****
5. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris ****
6. Jabril by D. B. Reynolds ***1/2
7. Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton ****1/2
8. Blue-Blooded Vamp by Jaye Wells ****1/2
9. Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost *****
10. Vampire Moon by J. R. Rain ***1/2
11. American Vampire by J. R. Rain ***
12. Moon Child by J. P. Rain ***1/2
1. Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****1/2
2. Sins of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****1/2
3. Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon *****
4. Lover Reborn by J. R. Ward *****
5. Under a Vampire Moon by Lynsay Sands ****1/2
6. Wanted: Undead or Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks ****1/2
7. The Lady is a Vamp by Lynsay Sands ****
8. Dark Storm by Christine Feehan ***1/2
9. One Silent Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****1/2
10. Dark Needs at Night's Edge by Kresley Cole ****
11. Night Reigns by Dianne Duvall ****1/2
12 .Phantom Shadows by Dianne Duvall *****
1. Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones ****1/2
2. Timeless by Gail Carriger ****1/2
3. Fair Game by Patricia Briggs ****1/2
4. Blood Fever by Karen Marie Moning ****
5. Faefever by Karen Marie Moning ****
6. Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning ****
7. Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning ****
8. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones ****1/2
9. Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione ****1/2
10. Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione ****
11. Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione ****1/2
1. Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****
2. Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****
3. Dream-Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon ***1/2
4. Devil May Cry by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****1/2
5. Upon the Midnight Clear by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****
6. Dream Chaser by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****1/2
7. Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning ****1/2
8. To Tame a Highland Warrior by Karen Marie Moning ****1/2
9. Highlander's Touch by Karen Marie Moning ****
10. Rapture: A Novel of the Fallen Angels by J. R. Ward ****
11. Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning ****1/2
12. Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning ****
1. Unclaimed by Courtney Milan ****
2. My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking ***
3. Raphael by D. B. Reynolds ****
4. Dearly Departed by Lia Habel ****
5. Dark Fever by Karen Marie Moning ***1/2
6. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James ***1/2
7. Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin ****
8. Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson ***1/2
9. In Search of Cleo by Gina Gershon **
10. Moon Dance by J. R. Rain ***1/2
11. Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian ****
12. Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall ****1/2
Devoured by Darkness
1. Serenity: Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon ****
2. Serenity: Better Days by Joss Whedon ***1/2
3. Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale by Zack Whedon****
4. Simon's Cat: Beyond the Fence by Simon Tofield
5. Vampire Academy: A Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead ****
6. Dark Hunters Volume 1 by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****
7. Dark-Hunters Volume 2 by Sherrilyn Kenyon
8. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Circus of the Damned Book 3: The Scoundrel by Laurell K. Hamilton ****
9. Dark-Hunters Volume 3 by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****
10. Dark-Hunters Volume 4 by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****
11. Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson Moon Called by Patricia Briggs ****
12. True Blood Volume One: All Together Now by Alan Ball ***1/2
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich ****
2. Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich ****
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich ****1/2
4. High Five by Janet Evanovich ****
5. Hot Six by Janet Evanovich ****
6. Seven Up by Janet Evanovich ****
7. Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich ****
8. To the Nines by Janet Evanovich ****
9. Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich ***1/2
10. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich *****
11. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich ****1/2
12. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich *****
1. The Dark-Hunter Companion by Sherrilyn Kenyon ****
2. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg ***1/2
3. Cleveland Clinic Guide to Fibromyalgia by William Wilke ****
4. Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James ***
5. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James ***1/25.
6. Where's My Hero? by Lisa Kleypas et al ****
7. Fever Moon by Karen Marie Moning ****
8. It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas ****
9. Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas ****
10. Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas ****
11. A Historical Present by Lisa Kleypas ****
12. A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas ****
I was pleasantly surprised by Born Wicked. It's an alternative history YA novel set at the turn of the 20th century. The main character and her 2 sisters are witches, but they must keep their power a secret from everyone because witchery is a crime.
Silver-tongued Devil is the 4th book in the Sabina Kane series. Loved it as well. The demon cat is such a laugh!
Unclaimed was really good - different, but good - and it had its funny moments. I was going to list it under Historical Romance, but Milan is a new-to-me author, so I'll put it there.
Not sure if I should count audiobooks or not. I might. After all, it's not like I don't know how to read . . . I just can't read and drive to work at the same time.
It's amazing how much reading you can get done when you're home sick from work (and so congested, you can't sleep). I'm working my way through Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series - trying to get to Acheron. I'll probably take a break from her after that one.
Read My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking. I had to request it through interlibrary loan since it wasn't in either of my library systems. They don't usually get self-published books, and I don't usually read self-published books. It could have really used some editing and I can see why it wouldn't have been picked up by a regular publisher. The first 3/4 of the book are pretty unoriginal and the narrator is TSTL, but at the end it takes an unexpected turn and shows some promise. I have requested the next book in the series, just to see if it lives up to the promise.
I had a TSTDM moment today. (Too Stupid To Do Math.) It's the start of a new month and I wanted to figure out how many books I need to read each month to reach my goal. I used a calculator. *sigh* I suppose I could blame it on my cold or the cold medication, but I think I should forget the math and just stick with reading . . . like the name of this group.
My experience with self-published books is that mostly they're pretty average; some are horrible--I read one that was so riddled with grammatical and spelling errors that I wondered about the IQ of the person who wrote it. Not intelligent enough to press the spell-check button, at the very least? And he substituted the word "venerable" instead of "vulnerable" THREE times! Every once in a while I find a real gem, though. I decided to avoid them for the most part unless it looks dashingly good.
About the self-published book - if he used the wrong word three times, at least he was consistent! LOL. Have you noticed how many "real" books seem to have typos these days? I think they're using spell-check and not proof reading at all.
So now I can take a break from Sherrilyn Kenyon and maybe read a few books from some of my other categories.
Also read Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I can see why it got so many honors. Really fascinating plot that sucked me in, although towards the end, it got a little "meh" for a few chapters.
I read most of Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown while waiting for take-out pizza. It's a beginner chapter book that my nephew in second grade just read. His class is doing a project based on the book, so he mailed me a "Flat Stanley" version of himself that I'm supposed to bring places and take pictures with and then send everything back to him with a letter telling about our adventures.
I included Simon's Cat: Beyond the Fence in my graphic novel category even though some could argue that it's a comic. It's not a comic strip, and it has an overarching storyline that shows why he leaves home and what happens, so I'm including it. I'd recommend it to any cat lovers.
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George is a wonderful story. On the surface, there's nothing original about a castle that can move hallways and add rooms, but the story is really about a young princess and her siblings who live in the enchanted castle. When their royal parents are attacked by bandits and presumed dead, the siblings must navigate the dangerous political waters filled with scheming council members and foreign dignitaries.
Just finished All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin. Good dystopian, YA novel. No real love triangles or anything paranormal - just futuristic, star-crossed lovers. I enjoyed it.
Timeless was a satisfying conclusion to the Parasol Protectorate series. Fair Game was good, although I like Briggs' Mercy Thompson series better. Not sure what to read next.
Read Fifty Shades of Grey to see what all the fuss is about. It ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so I had to go get the next 2 to see how it all plays out. I'm withholding my final judgment until I finish the trilogy.
Read a few graphic novels. Still behind for the year and I don't have a single thing in my literature category. *sigh*
Kiss the Dead by Laurel K. Hamilton was a good addition to the series. It's like the author has finally heard the criticism of all the sex and decided to go back to writing stories. So the first half or more was story, then about a third was sex, then it finishes up with the ending of the story. After the pages and pages of sex, the ending seems a bit rushed, but the whole book takes place in 2 or 3 days (or nights), so it isn't really rushed.
I really enjoyed Insurgent despite a few flaws. Tris does some incredibly stupid things, and Four is stupid for forgiving her repeatedly, but overall, the book was satisfying.
I know I've read most of the poems from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats before, but I'm not sure if I read all of them, so I counted it as a read instead of a re-read.
Currently reading A Night Like This by Julia Quinn. I love funny romance novels, so I'm enjoying this one.
Read two enjoyable historical romances: A Night Like This by Julia Quinn & Let Love Find You by Johanna Lindsey.
I just tried to listen to Seven Up on audiobook, but the narrator was different and it just ruined it for me. So now I have the actual book checked out from the library. I'll have to read it on a weekend when I don't have to get up for work the next day.
41> That must have been REALLY scary!
I'm eyeballing the "Literature" category which is empty. I was thinking of changing it to "Bestsellers" but that does feel like a cop-out.
Edited so it doesn't look like I'm talking to myself!
I finished 2 more books and one category is now complete - Graphic Novels/Manga. Even though those are the "easiest" to read, I didn't expect to finish this category first, just because I don't usually read many of them. (OK, I would have finished my vampire category first if I hadn't decided to cheat and change my categories.)
The only category I think I might still have trouble with is Best Sellers. I know, I know, I changed "Literature" to "Best Sellers" because my literature category was empty and those are the hardest to read and I had the Shades of Grey trilogy just sitting there in my "other" category . . . but there are a bunch of books that I WANT to read in the Literature category. I can't think of anything else I'd want to read from the best seller lists, and they're almost impossible to get from the library anyway. LOL. Maybe I'll wait until after I actually READ some literature before I go changing categories again.
So I think I can finish 3 more books this month (where have I heard that before?), then I'll only be 5 books behind schedule, so that's only 13 books a month - one extra. I can do this!
Finished another category. Might have to rename "Other" to "Misc." so I can have some overflow from other categories.
I read Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione and listened to Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich on audiobook. I'm bummed out because this is the last book in the series narrated by C. J. Critt. I tried listening to one with the other narrator, but it was awful. Now I'll have to actually read the rest in the series. Not a hardship, but finding something I like on audiobook can be challenging.
Ticker Factory still not working for me.
There's still time though - only 24 books to go. I need to see if I can find some more titles on audiobook.