iwillrejoice's 2014 ABC Books Read

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iwillrejoice's 2014 ABC Books Read

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Redigerat: dec 24, 2014, 1:07am

1. The Importance of Being Earnest
2. War Horse
3. The Gun Seller
4. Murder on the Iditarod Trail
5. How to Wash A Cat: A Mystery
6. Mules and Men
7. The Portrait
8. London Bridges
9. Fuzzy Sapiens
10. How to Be Cool
11. TekWar
12. Kindred
13. Basket Case
14. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
15. Mostly Harmless
16. Pocket Posh Word Roundup: 100 Puzzles
17. Bubbles Unbound
18. Mary, Mary
19. Retirement Can Be Murder
20. Deep Storm
21. I Am the Messenger
22. Coyote
23. Absolute Rage
24. Joyride
25. Designer Knockoff: A Crime of Fashion
26. Far From Home
27. Far From Home
28. Doctor Who: The One Doctor
29. Stargirl
30. Jephte's Daughter
31. The Son
32. And You Know You Should Be Glad
33. The Horse Whisperer
34. Homer's Odyssey
35. The Case has Altered
36. Cows of Our Planet
37. The Poet
38. Stargirl
39. Life, the Universe, & Everything
40. In Case of Emergency
41. Moonlight Becomes You

1. The Big, Bad Wolf
2. Good Family
3. Her Surprise Sister
4. The Good Terrorist
5. The Holland Suggestions
6. Mirror Image Bride
7. Homeland and Other Stories
8. Carbon Copy Cowboy
9. Hotel du Lac
10. Basket Case
11. Fox's Earth
12. Lifespan Development
13. Mistletoe Brides
14. Bad Company
15. The Country Kitchen Cook Book
16. Look-Alike Lawman
17. The Soldier's Newfound Family
18. Heart and Soul
19. The Innocent
20. Iron House
21. The Season of Second Chances
22. Absolute Rage
23. True Sisters
24. Minding Frankie
25. The Hit
26. Hide
27. The Joy Luck Club
28. 11th Hour
29. Jephte's Daughter
30. Hide
31. Reunited for the Holidays
32. The James Deans
33. Just As I Am

Redigerat: dec 29, 2013, 2:53pm

This thread will simply be a count of the ABC (Already Been Crossed) books I read in 2014. I don't know that 25 is my goal. I just had to choose a number for the counter. :-)

dec 29, 2013, 2:01pm

I wish you a lot of fun reading, and 'on the go' success reaching your goal of 25.

jan 5, 2014, 2:16am

This group got me wondering how I've done in past years, reading &/or passing on books registered by other BookCrossers. So, I decided to make some tickers for my profile page on BC. I'm not finished going thru my bookshelf yet, but the number for each year is quite a bit higher than I had thought!

I like these tickers! They're a good graphical representation of how you're doing, & a good motivator to press on!

Redigerat: jan 8, 2014, 4:23pm

Hmm... Not doing so well with this challenge so far. My first read of the year was a book for my B-Books book ring, The Big, Bad Wolf by James Patterson, & now I'm reading Good Family by Terry Gamble, both of which are my own books (as opposed to books registered by other BC'ers.)

Maybe I need a naughty ticker...

Redigerat: jan 7, 2014, 8:24pm

Maybe I need a naughty ticker...

Heh! One of the things that most makes me not want to read a book is...to put it on a list of books for me to read. I'll be following your thread with a smile!

jan 11, 2014, 11:58pm

Finished Good Family by Terry Gamble. Now reading Her Surprise Sister by Marta Perry (Yes, I read these. A guilty pleasure.) Another non-ABC book...

Well, not so good for this challenge. But at least it's reducing my TBR.

jan 12, 2014, 1:34am

Well, the wind is carrying the balloon along, but the ladybug is stuck in the grass! :D

jan 12, 2014, 1:47am

Heh. I think she's having a snooze. I'll have to wake her up!

jan 12, 2014, 1:54am


Redigerat: jan 23, 2014, 5:59am

Next up: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, which was registered by jax987654321 in the UK & I received from Moody-Blue in TN.

See? I did one! ;-)

jan 12, 2014, 10:09pm

Now that's interesting. The other day, when I put the brackets inside the html, the link took me to the BC journal entry, but the touchstone here worked. Tonight, doing the same thing, the link takes me to the books' listings here (for the 2 BC-registered books). Weird.

So, I have to choose between touchstones & BC links?

jan 12, 2014, 10:44pm

See? I did one!

I noticed. Hurray!

jan 12, 2014, 10:47pm

>12 iwillrejoice:
For the touchstones, use the book title surrounded by square brackets.
For the BC journal entry, use the HTNL link to that page.

I have to choose between touchstones & BC links?
Yes...or you could do both.

jan 12, 2014, 10:54pm

"'I have to choose between touchstones & BC links?'
Yes...or you could do both."

OK. But they both worked the other day. Simultaneously. The touchstone was listed here, but the link brought me to BC.

jan 13, 2014, 11:07am

Weird! :)

The touchstones are supposed to be for a link to a book's LT page.

jan 13, 2014, 12:52pm

>15 iwillrejoice: That's weird indeed.
I use them simultaneously, and the touchstone brings me to the book's page here on LT, where the link leads me to the books page on BC. (Just added two more read books, where it works correctly...)

Redigerat: jan 23, 2014, 6:01am

Next up: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, registered by grubsneerg in PA.

jan 15, 2014, 9:38am

Well, that was good.

Next up: The Good Terrorist by Doris Lessing.

jan 16, 2014, 10:17am

Wow, you are doing good work!
I'm still reading Our Lady of the Assassins and despite it is a thin book, I can't seem to make any progress. It has been 3 or 4 days already... :-(

jan 17, 2014, 4:42pm

Love the naughty ticker, too scared to have one myself!

Redigerat: jan 23, 2014, 6:04am

Finished The Good Terrorist. Interesting, dense, character-driven... Altho everyone in it seemed damaged & neurotic (or worse.)

Next up: The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie. Registered by trekwoman in CA. His first novel. This should be interesting.

jan 20, 2014, 2:18pm

The Gun Seller sounds interesting. I've added it to my wishlist at BC :-)

jan 20, 2014, 3:45pm

The Gun Seller sounds interesting. I've added it to my wishlist at BC :-)

I'm enjoying it so far. It's a spoof, so it's funny. Altho, I have to say that I think the humor tries too hard. That may be a cultural differences thing, tho. I've noticed the same thing about his TV show, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, which doesn't seem funny to me at all.

Redigerat: jan 23, 2014, 6:05am

Next: Murder on the Iditarod Trail by Sue Henry. A RABCK from bookstogive in TN.

jan 26, 2014, 10:52am

Next up is one of my own: The Holland Suggestions by John Dunning.

jan 26, 2014, 4:28pm

Wow, I'm impressed you've gotten through 5 already!

jan 27, 2014, 5:09pm

Another one of my own: Mirror Image Bride by Barbara McMahon. This is actually the sequel to Her Surprise Sister by Marta Perry. There's a whole series of about 6 of them, all by different authors. They're going to mess up my shelving system!

jan 30, 2014, 2:12pm

Next up: Homeland and Other Stories by Barbara Kingsolver. Another one of my own.

Redigerat: feb 9, 2014, 12:53pm

Forgot to report in! Now reading How to Wash a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale. Registered by solittletime in ME, received from T02S03B11D20 in MI.

feb 5, 2014, 12:09pm

> 30

Heh! Love the name of that book!

Redigerat: feb 9, 2014, 12:56pm

Me, too! The title is actually How to Wash a Cat: A Mystery, which is how it got on my wish list.

And the one up next after it is How to Be Cool by Johanna Edwards, which to me is another fun title. I'm reading H-books right now, in advance of my H-book book ring (alphabet game / relay). And I like to read my oldest books first - oldest as in registered the longest time ago. These are my 2 oldest H-books.

Redigerat: feb 9, 2014, 1:02pm

Slipping Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston in next before How to Be Cool (it got picked in a VBB). Registered by imawinn2 in WI.

How to Wash a Cat turned out to be an interesting little cozy written by a terrible writer! Too bad, really. Where was her editor?

feb 9, 2014, 1:01pm

Also reading Carbon Copy Cowboy by Arlene James, another one of mine. My copy of Mules and Men is an audio book, so I needed a paper book also.

Does anyone else find that audio books put you to sleep? I guess being read a story relaxes me!

Redigerat: feb 9, 2014, 1:31pm

Does anyone else find that audio books put you to sleep?

I hope not because I listen to them in the car! If I find they do make me sleepy, I try to find a different book. :)

feb 11, 2014, 12:40am

I do fall asleep with audio books. I' m a much more attentive reader than listener!

feb 11, 2014, 2:28am

I'm wondering if it's the recliner. If I'm driving, or sitting up straight, I do much better.

But I'm glad to know I'm not the only one!

feb 12, 2014, 10:06am

OK, next up is The Portrait by Iain Pears. Registered by mellion108, pulled from a bookbox.

feb 12, 2014, 2:21pm

Wow, you're going full speed ahead! I'm impressed!

feb 12, 2014, 11:06pm

Thanks. It doesn't seem that fast when I'm doing it, but when I see it written down, it's more than I thought. Of course, it's nowhere near as fast as one person who posted here. And I have a friend who reads 3 or 4 to my 1.

Anyway, it's not a race. I'm just enjoying my books!

feb 16, 2014, 3:07pm

Also reading London Bridges by James Patterson. This one is actually a re-read. I started this series with this book (#10) -- read it some years ago. Now I'm reading the series thru in order, so I decided to re-read this, mainly for the back story on the characters. Gotta find out what happens with Christine & little Alex!

Oops - I was going to say that this was one for the naughty ticker, but I just realized that this one was registered by Stephario. Yay! Another BC book read!

feb 16, 2014, 5:15pm

I was going to say that this was one for the naughty ticker

It's funny how those BC books keep popping up all over! :)

feb 21, 2014, 4:59pm

Next: Fuzzy Sapiens by H. Beam Piper. Registered by hyphen8, pulled from a bookbox.

feb 24, 2014, 5:03am

Next up: How to Be Cool by Johanna Edwards. Registered by Bkind2books.

feb 25, 2014, 7:23am

You're making great progress! I love the title, Fuzzy Sapiens.

mar 1, 2014, 11:46am

I love the title, Fuzzy Sapiens.

I know, right? Me, too!

mar 1, 2014, 11:47am

Next up is one for the naughty ticker: Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner.

mar 2, 2014, 11:10am

Started one for my Audio VBB: TekWar by William Shatner. Registered by hyphen8.

mar 8, 2014, 7:55am

Now reading: Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. Registered by hyphen8 & sent out as a book ray. This is a good one!

Redigerat: mar 15, 2014, 11:51am

Next up: Fox's Earth by Anne Rivers Siddons. A non-ABC book.

Edit to add: Well I didn't get Fox's Earth read yet. I have to slip Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen in before it (another non-BC book.)

mar 16, 2014, 2:25pm

I enjoyed Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler and have been meaning to read more. Kindred sounds like a good one.

mar 16, 2014, 3:03pm

Kindred sounds like a good one.

I really liked it! Am now looking for more from this author.

Redigerat: apr 9, 2014, 2:05am

Now reading: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach. Registered by WhiskeyJane. A nice, easy read.

Edit to add: I just realized that I also have an audio copy of Basket Case, registered by imawinn2. So this read's a 2fer!

Redigerat: apr 2, 2014, 2:59am

OK, back to Fox's Earth. And adding Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams for an audio book. This one's an ABC book, registered by hyphen8 (I think - not looking at it right now.)

Nope - it was registered by KateKintail. Oops!

Redigerat: apr 2, 2014, 2:19am

Well, I've got to say, I enjoyed Fox's Earth. Just my cup of tea! It just ticks so many boxes for me -- it's Southern (US) fiction, & it's a family saga. A 2fer! I plan to wild release this one soon.

Now starting Lifespan Development by Turner & Helms , which is a textbook on human development that looks interesting. There look to be some useful sections on aging, etc. that I'd like to read. This book came to me in a random box of books from a local FreeCycler, but I've hung on to it, thinking I'd like to read it. I guess now's the time! What I'll do with it after is yet To Be Determined. I may just keep it as a reference.

Still working on Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams for my audio book. And, just for fun, I'm counting Pocket Posh Word Roundup: 100 Puzzles, registered by Dove-i-libri, which came to me as a book ring.

apr 7, 2014, 12:22pm

Had to slip in Mistletoe Brides by Penny Jordan for a quick read. It was pretty bad.

Redigerat: apr 9, 2014, 1:22pm

Now listening to Bubbles Unbound by Sarah Strohmeyer in the car. Registered by Kyrissaean, received from SciFisstrs. I'm enjoying this one!

apr 12, 2014, 3:39pm

You're making great progress!

Redigerat: apr 12, 2014, 6:43pm


I've now started Bad Company by Jack Higgins, which I'm enjoying very much. This one is a non-ABC book.

Redigerat: apr 17, 2014, 1:38pm

Now reading The Country Kitchen Cook Book by Edward Harris Heth. Food essays & recipes from southern Wisconsin. This is one of my own & will stay in my permanent collection for-ev-ah.

apr 22, 2014, 11:24pm

Also reading Mary, Mary by James Patterson. Registered by Stephario.

apr 28, 2014, 5:34am

Now reading Look-Alike Lawman by Glynna Kaye & Retirement Can Be Murder by Phil Edwards. The first is one of my own books, the second is a BC book, registered by grubsneerg. So, one for each ticker.

maj 6, 2014, 8:02am

Just finished The Soldier's Newfound Family by Kathryn Springer (book 5 in the Texas Twins series). And now reading Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy. Both from my own collection.

maj 13, 2014, 9:37am

Next up: The Innocent by David Baldacci. One from my own collection.

maj 17, 2014, 12:15am

The Innocent was very good!

Now reading Iron House by John Hart. One of my own.

maj 24, 2014, 10:15am

Looking through your posts. How cool to put in the links. Never thought of that.

maj 24, 2014, 12:29pm

>65 iwillrejoice: Now reading Iron House by John Hart

We always vacation in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. The owner of Emerald Isle Books & Toys recommended John Hart to me as a recommended North Carolina author. I've read two books of his so far and still have Iron House on Mt. TBR.

Redigerat: maj 26, 2014, 1:32pm

>66 nancynova: Some here are linking to their BC journal entries. I'm afraid I'm taking the easy way out & just linking to the LT info.

>67 SqueakyChu: I really enjoyed Iron House. The King of Lies is now on its way to me!

BTW, I had to check out Emerald Isle. Pretty! I usually go for an ocean-front condo in Myrtle Beach. (or Daytona Beach, or Ft Lauderdale beach, etc., depending on the time of year)

maj 26, 2014, 1:35pm

I think my next selection will be The Season of Second Chances by Diane Meier. One of my own again.

Redigerat: jun 6, 2014, 4:52pm

I finished The Season of Second Chances. Good book!

Next up: Deep Storm by Lincoln Child. This is an ABC book, registered by T02S03B11D20.

jun 7, 2014, 12:03am

Deep Storm was good!

Next will be Absolute Rage by Robert K. Tanenbaum. Another of mine.

jun 18, 2014, 11:46pm

Now reading I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. Registered by creativeMGE, received as a RABCK from wordghost.

Redigerat: jun 19, 2014, 9:48am

Whatever happened to creativeMGE? I haven't seen her for years, and she was the BookCrosser that, together with crrcookie, got me started with doing the BookCrossing booths annually at the Kensington International Day of the Book street festival.

I see from your book's BC journal that creativeMGE had this book in her possession in 2009 (five years ago!).

P.S. I liked The Book Thief by Markus Zusak better. :)

jun 19, 2014, 11:57pm

I'm afraid I don't know her - I only joined BC in 2011, so she must have been before my time. Maybe she'll get the journal alert, tho, & drop back in for a visit.

I have The Book Thief on Planet TBR... I'll get to it one of these days!

jun 24, 2014, 1:34am

Wow - I loved I Am the Messenger!

I keep picking books up & putting them back down - having trouble deciding. But i *think* I've settled on Coyote by Linda Barnes. That or True Sisters by Sandra Dallas... Coyote is a BC book, registered by bookstogive, so maybe that will be next.

jun 28, 2014, 12:20pm

I enjoyed Coyote. I'll be looking for more by this author.

Now reading True Sisters by Sandra Dallas. One of my own.

jul 1, 2014, 7:05pm

True Sisters is a keeper! I really enjoy stories of pioneers, especially from a woman's perspective.

Next up: Designer Knockoff: A Crime of Fashion by Ellen Byerrum. Registered by wss4, received from bookstogive. A well-traveled book!

Redigerat: jul 11, 2014, 2:15am

Now reading Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy. One of my own.

jul 20, 2014, 1:08am

I always enjoy Maeve Binchy. Minding Frankie was a winner!

Now reading Far From Home by Lyn Andrews. An ABC book. Registered by Nakipa (I think).

jul 24, 2014, 3:41am

Far From Home ended up being a 2-fer, since I discovered I had a second ABC copy, registered by RubyBlueLady. Woohoo!

Next up: The Hit by David Baldacci. One of mine.

jul 27, 2014, 7:45am

Squeaky, I've had several creativeMGE books pass through my hands over the years, sorry to hear she's become AWOL.

aug 2, 2014, 8:46am

Just finishing up The Hit - very good! But in the meantime, I listened to Doctor Who: The One Doctor. Registered by freelunch, received from tostle. Doctor Who & identity theft! Who woulda thought? =D

aug 5, 2014, 1:42pm

Now reading Hide by Lisa Gardner (one of mine) & listening to Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (an ABC book, tho I don't recall right now who registered it).

aug 23, 2014, 7:16am

Forgot to check back in! I finished Hide -- good book! I'll have to look for more in this series. I'm now reading Jephte's Daughter by Naomi Ragen, & still listening to Stargirl -- both ABC books.

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