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This entry will be for my reference. I'll be adding to it throughout the year.


January:
1. Kitty's House of Horrors by Carrie Vaughn
2. Not Another New Year's by Christie Ridgway
3. Ancient Shores by Jack McDevitt
4. What I Did For Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
5. Moonfall by Jack McDevitt
6. He Could Be the One by Elizabeth Bevarly
7. Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock

February:
8. Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
9. Eternity Road by Jack McDevitt
10. My Zombie Valentine by Katie MacAlister, Angie Fox, Marianne Mancusi and Lisa Cach
11. Inked by Karen Chance, Marjorie M Liu, Yasmine Galenorn, and Eileen Wilks
12. Cream Puff Murder by Joanne Fluke
13. The Perfect Kiss by Christie Ridgway
14. Divorced, Desperate and Dating by Christie Craig
15. Second Skin by Caitlin Kittredge
16. Crazy in Love by Lani Diane Rich
17. Steamed by Katie MacAlister
18. The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
19. Truly, Madly by Heather Webber
20. Mean Streets by Jim Butcher, Simon R Green, Kat Richardson, Thomas E Sniegoski

March:
21. Be My Baby by Susan Andersen
22. The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Cruise
23. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
24. Blood Magic by Eileen Wilks
25. Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
26. Mad, Bad and Blonde by Cathie Linz
27. Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
28. Heiress for Hire by Erin McCarthy
29. Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
30. Traitors' Gate by Kate Elliott
31. Unknown by Rachel Caine
32. Hero at Large by Janet Evanovich

April:
33. Chill by Elizabeth Bear
34. The Kitchen Witch by Annette Blair
35. Changeless by Gail Carriger
36. Mind Games by Carolyn Crane
37. Odyssey by Jack McDevitt
38. Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger
39. Imager by L E Modesitt, Jr.
40. Irresistible by Susan Mallery
41. Good Luck by Whitney Gaskell
42. Divorced, Desperate and Deceived by Christie Craig
43. The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes by Jennifer Crusie, Eileen Dreyer and Anne Stuart
44. The Devil Inside by Jenna Black
45. My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding ed. by PN Elrod
46. Heat Wave by Jennifer Archer, Katie MacAlister, Sheridon Smythe
47. Delicious by Susan Mallery
48. Tempting by Susan Mallery
49. My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon ed. by PN Elrod

May:
50. Omega by Jack McDevitt
51. Nothing But Trouble by Rachel Gibson
52. Love in the Time of Dragons by Katie MacAlister
53. The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams
54. Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner
55. Magic on the Storm by Devon Monk
56. The Year My Life Went Down the Loo by Katie Maxwell
57. Bewitched and Betrayed by Lisa Shearin
58. The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff
59. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
60. Sweet Trouble by Susan Mallery
61. The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M Liu
62. Haze by LE Modesitt, Jr.

June:
63. First Truth by Dawn Cook
64. The Prodigal Mage by Karen Miller
65. Crush on You by Christie Ridgway
66. www: wake by Robert Sawyer
67. Hidden Truth by Dawn Cook
68. Forgotten Truth by Dawn Cook
69. Lost Truth by Dawn Cook
70. Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins
71. Cheat the Grave by Vicki Pettersson
72. Fire Raiser by Melanie Rawn
73. The Sparkling One by Susan Mallery
74. Skintight by Susan Andersen
75. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
76. Hard Day's Knight by Katie MacAlister (RR)
77. Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery
78. Sizzling by Susan Mallery
79. Dune Road by Jane Green
80. The Sassy One by Susan Mallery
81. The Seductive One by Susan Mallery
82. Gone With the Witch by Annette Blair
83. Wizard Squared by KE Mills

July:
84. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
85. Never Been Witched by Annette Blair
86. The Night She Got Lucky by Susan Donovan
87. Kitty Goes to War by Carrie Vaughn
88. Shut Up and Kiss Me by Christie Craig
89. My Favorite Witch by Annette Blair
90. Almost Perfect by Susan Mallery
91. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
92. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
93. Straight Up by Deirdre Martin
94. Lois Lane Tells All by Karen Hawkins
95. Red Hot Fury by Kasey Mackenzie
96. Death by Diamonds by Annette Blair
97. Cupid Cats by Katie MacAlister, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Connie Brockway
98. Fluke by Christopher Moore (RR)
99. Tainted by Julie Kenner

August:
100. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
101. Wanderlust by Ann Aguirre
102. Finger Lickin' 15 by Janet Evanovich
103. The Wedding Girl by Madeleine Wickham
104. All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins
105. A Wild Light by Marjorie M Liu
106. FrostBitten by Kelley Armstrong
107. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
108. A Princess of Landover by Terry Brooks
109. Kiss Me If You Can by Carly Phillips
110. Total Eclipse by Rachel Caine
111. Gotcha! by Christie Craig

September:
112. Finding Perfect by Susan Mallery
113. The Phoenix Transformed by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
114. Burning Up by Susan Andersen
115. Naked in Death by JD Robb
116. Love Me If You Dare by Carly Phillips
117. Blameless by Gail Carriger
118. Something About You by Julie James
119. There's Always Plan B by Susan Mallery
Short Novel (Ebook) Dragon's Tooth by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
120. The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins
121. Fools Rush In by Kristan Higgins
122. Sweet Talk by Susan Mallery
123. Sweet Spot by Susan Mallery
124. Urban Shaman by CE Murphy
125. Big Girls Don't Cry by Cathie Linz
126. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
127. Unravel Me by Christie Ridgway
128. Lip Service by Susal Mallery
129. Good Girls Do by Cathie Linz
130. Straight From the Hip by Susan Mallery
131. Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens
132. Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl
133. How to Knit a Wild Bikini by Christie Ridgway
134. Under Her Skin by Susan Mallery

October
135. Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins
136. Start Me Up by Victoria Dahl
137. On Second Thought by Wray Herbert
138. Masques by Patricia Briggs
139. The Best of Friends by Susan Mallery
140. Hot On Her Heels by Susan Mallery
141. Crazy For Love by Victoria Dahl
142. The Hollow Crown by Diana Pharaoh Francis
143. A Taste of Magic by Tracy Madison
144. A Breath of Magic by Tracy Madison
145. Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
146. The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, MD
147. Devlin's Luck by Patricia Bray
148. Devlin's Honor by Patricia Bray
149. Imager's Challenge by L E Modesitt, Jr.
150. Trust Me on This by Jennifer Crusie
151. Harvest Moon by Mercedes Lackey, Michelle Sagara, and Cameron Haley
152. Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis

November:
153. Someone Like You by Susan Mallery
154. The Trouble With Paradise by Jill Shalvis
155. Luck Be a Lady by Cathie Linz
156. What the Lady Wants by Jennifer Crusie
157. Devlin's Justice by Patricia Bray
158. The Backup Plan by Sherryl Woods
159. Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl
160. Flirting With Disaster by Sherryl Woods
161. Wolfsbane by Patricia Briggs
162. Smart Girls Think Twice by Cathie Linz
163. Total Rush by Deirdre Martine
164. Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James
165. About That Man by Sherryl Woods
166. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
167. The Matchmakers by Jennifer Colgan
168. Sister of the Bride by Susan Mallery

December:
169. Not That Kind of Girl by Susan Donovan
170. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
171. Emma by Jane Austen (RR)
172. Can't Stand the Heat by Louisa Edwards
173. Indigo Springs by A M Dellamonica
174. By Magic Alone by Tracy Madison
175. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (RR)
176. Home at Rose Cottage by Sherryl Woods
177. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austern (RR)
178. Confessions of a Demon by SL Wright
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The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see. (I've read 46 but whoever said bookcrossers were average?)

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

The List )
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Thank, [livejournal.com profile] enigmacat, for pointing out the problem with the buttons on the last list. This should work now. ::sheepish grin::

Any errors or misspellings are all mine. These are all the authors from the books I read in 2007. Some I really love. Some I will walk through muck and mire to avoid ever reading again. Well, ok, there is only one of those and I've marked her.

You don't need to have read them last year for them to count. You don't even need to have enjoyed them to vote. If you have a strong opinion about a listed author, positive or negative, feel free to mention it in comments to the post.

[Poll #1114216]
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Today started out as a long day. You know the type. It didn't start too badly, though I'm not thrilled with having to step out into the cold to get to the storage room so I can turn on the hot water. (I will be so happy when our house is re-piped and we can have hot water whenever we want. We've decided who will get our business and now we need to sign the agreement and put down our deposit. Hooray!)

Anyway, I felt pretty good on the way to work, and was even able to sing along with my CD a little, but almost as soon as I entered the building at work I was slammed by a headache - the kind that saps my energy and slows down my thought processes. It had been just long enough since breakfast that I didn't feel safe taking Excedrin. I thought I might be able to slip out of the office at break to grab something, but there simply wasn't time this morning.

I was feeling kind of grumpy about it, and had all but resigned myself to a dreary morning, when my day was made brighter by one of my clients. I had seen him a couple of weeks ago and had chatted with him about reading habits, writing, books - you know, things that make life good. He mentioned that he wrote a weekly column that appeared online and in several papers, mostly about his experiences as a chaplain at the hospital. It sounded interesting and we had a lovely conversation.

Today he stopped by and left me a copy of his book: No Small Miracles. I thought that was the sweetest thing! I can't tell you how happy that made me. He came while I was in the middle of an appointment, so I didn't get to tell him "thank you" in person. I'll have to settle for sending him a card.

You can read some of his essays at his website.

My headache didn't go away, but it wasn't as important after that. Funny how that works, huh?
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Nothing to see here - move along )

Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] n8an for sharing this huge list of recommended reading with us.

501 Must-Read Books as set by Cathy Lowne (Children's Fiction and Science Fiction), Dr. Vybarr Cregan-Reid (Classic Fiction), Dr. Raphael Hallett (with contributions from Dr. Patricia McManus, Dr. Timothy Black, Dr. Cathy Bergin, and Tom Strawson) (History), Denise Imwold (Memoirs), Gabrielle Mander and Carola Campbell (Modern Fiction and Travel Writing), and Dr. Therie Hendrey-Seabrook (Thrillers).
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I didn't track the books I read last year and felt a little disappointed when I couldn't look back on the list at the end of the year. I think I'll track them again this year, but I'm not setting a reading goal.

1. Hot Dish by Connie Brockway
2. The Little Country by Charles de Lint
3. Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey
4. Fledgling by Octavia Butler
5. The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint
6. The Same Sweet Girls by Cassandra King
7. Paloma by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
8. Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger
9. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
10. Shaman's Crossing by Robin Hobb
11. The Outcasts of Heaven Belt by Joan Vinge

February:
12. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
13. Plum Lovin' by Janet Evanovich
14. You Suck by Christopher Moore
15. Fifty Degrees Below by Kim Stanley Robinson
16. See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson
17. Voice of the Gods by Trudi Canavan
18. You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister
19. Fire Me Up by Katie MacAlister
20. Light My Fire by Katie MacAlister
21. Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb
22. Golden Fool by Robin Hobb
23. Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb
24. Sex and the Single Vampire by Katie MacAlister
25. The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket
26. Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong

March:
27. Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong
28. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (re-read)
29. Even Vampires Get the Blues by Katie MacAlister
30. The Peshawar Lancers by SM Stirling
31. The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
32. Broken by Kelley Armstrong
33. Haunted by Kelley Armstrong
34. The Corset Diaries by Katie MacAlister
35. Bellwether by Connie Willis
36. The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson

April:
37. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Persig
38. Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruise
39. The True Game by Sheri S Tepper
40. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
41. A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

May:
42. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
43. Rainbows End by Verner Vinge
44. Sex, Lies, and Vampires by Katie MacAlister
45. The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint
46. The Last Mortal Man by Syne Mitchell
47. A Girl's Guide to Vampires by Katie MacAlister
48. The Last of the Red Hot Vampires by Katie MacAlister
49. Jack of Kinrowan by Charles de Lint
50. Trader by Charles de Lint

June
51. All About Evie by Beth Ciotta
52. Drakon by SM Stirling
53. Spirits In the Wires by Charles de Lint
54. A Deepness In the Sky by Vernor Vinge
55. When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
56. The End by Lemony Snickett
57. Widdershins by Charles de Lint
58. Born on a Blue day by Daniel Tammet

July
59. Cross My Heart by Carly Phillips
60. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J K Rowling
61. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling
62. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J K Rowling
63. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling
64. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J K Rowling
65. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J K Rowling
66. Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella
67. Dead on Arrival by Lori Avocato
68. Hard Day's Knight by Katie MacAlister
69. The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson
70. The Boy Who Would Live Forever by Frederick Pohl
71. The Trouble With Harry by Katie MacAlister
72. Fool Me Once by Fern Michaels
73. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling
74. Don't Look Down by Jennifer Cruise and Bob Mayer
75. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling (yes, an immediate re-read.)
76. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

August:
77. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
78. The Experts' Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do by Samantha Ettus
79. The Nanny Diaries: A Novel by Emma Mclaughlin
80. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1) by Jim Butcher
81. Thursday Next: First Among Sequels: A Thursday Next Novel by Jasper Fforde
82. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
83. Blow Me Down by Katie MacAlister
84. Cast In Shadow by Michelle Sagara
85. The Taste of Night by Vicki Petterson
86. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
87. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
88. Men in Kilts by Katie MacAlister
89. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
90. Thin Air by Rachel Caine
91. Improper English by Katie MacAlister

September:
92. Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
93. Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
94. Dragon Blood by Patricia Briggs
95. Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
96. Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
97. Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
98. A Meeting at Corvallis by S M Stirling
99. The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee
100. Singer From the Sea by Sheri S Tepper
101. 1984 by George Orwell

October:
102. Recovery Man by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
103. Ain't Myth-Behaving by Katie MacAllister
104. Spellbinder by Melanie Rawn
105. Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
106. Spirit Gate by Kate Elliott
107. Aerie by Mercedes Lackey
108. Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink, PhD
109. The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
110. Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise
111. It's Never Too Late to Get a Life by Heather Estay

November/December
112. The Hammer of Darkness by LE Modesitt, Jr.
113. The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
114. Path of Fate by Diana Pharaoh Francis
115. Path of Honor by Diana Pharaoh Francis
116. Path of Blood by Diana Pharaoh Francis
117. Death Masks by Jim Butcher
118. Sixty Days and Counting by Kim Stanley Robinson
119. Cursor's Fury by Jim Butcher
120. Holy Smokes by Katie MacAlister
121. Making Money by Terry Pratchett
122. Raven's Shadow by Patricia Briggs
123. Raven's Strike by Patricia Briggs
124. Manhunting by Jennifer Cruise
125. The Dragon of Despair by Jane Lindskold
126. The Peace War by Vernor Vinge
127. Complications by Atul Gawande
128. What the Dickens by Gregory Maguire
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Nabbed from [livejournal.com profile] n8an, I'm listing them here so I'll know where to look when I need a good book to read. :-)

cut to spare your friends page )
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I forgot to include this in my general update. Yesterday I read A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. This was a very sweet, if predictable, story. Hubby read it yesterday too (we took turns driving) and now he wants to rent the movie. :-)

ETA:

I'll list my books here as I go. (Last updated 12/24/05)

1. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
2. Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler
3. In the King's Service by Katherine Kurtz
4. The Man Who Risked His Partner by Stephen R Donaldson
5. Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card
6. The Gunslinger by Stephen King
7. The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
8. The Waste Lands by Stephen King
9. Wizard and Glass by Stephen King
10. Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King
11. Song of Susannah by Stephen King
12. The Dark Tower by Stephen King
13. The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble
14. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
15. Heartburn by Nora Ephron
16. The Disappeared by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
17. Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny
18. The Guns of Amber by Roger Zelazny
19. Sign of the Unicorn by Roger Zelazny
20. The Hand of Oberon by Roger Zelazny
21. The Courts of Chaos by Roger Zelazny
22. Trumps of Doom by Roger Zelazny
23. Ill Wind by Rachel Caine
24. Heat Stroke Rachel Caine
25. 1632 by Eric Flint
26. The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes
27. Blood of Amber by Roger Zelazny
28. Sign of Chaos by Roger Zelazny
29. Knight of Shadows by Roger Zelazny
30. Prince of Chaos by Roger Zelazny
31. Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz
32. Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
33. Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
34. A Brief History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
35. Joust by Mercedes Lackey
36. Alta by Mercedes Lackey
37. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
38. Consequences by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
39. Buried Deep by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
40. The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving
41. Chill Factor by Rachel Caine
42. Wellspring of Chaos by LE Modesitt, Jr.
43. The Enchantress by Han Suyin
44. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
45. Magic's Pawn by Mercedes Lackey
46. Magic's Promise by Mercedes Lackey
47. Magic's Price by Mercedes Lackey
48. Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey
49. Arrow's Flight by Mercedes Lackey
50. Arrow's Fall by Mercedes Lackey
51. Stormy Weather by Carl Hiassen
52. The Dim Sum of All Things by Kim Wong Keltner
53. Winds of Fate by Mercedes Lackey
54. Winds of Change by Mercedes Lackey
55. Winds of Fury by Mercedes Lackey
56. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
57. 1633 by Eric Flint and David Weber
58. Good Faith by Jane Smiley
59. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
60. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
61. Extremes by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
62. Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
63. The Magicians' Guild by Trudi Canavan
64. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
65. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
66. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling
67. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
68. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
69. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
70. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
71. Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey
72. The Novice by Trudi Canavan
73. The High Lord by Trudi Canavan
74. Charlie All Night by Jennifer Cruise
75. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
76. The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
77. The Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams
78. To Green Angel Tower Part One by Tad Williams
79. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling
80. To Green Angel Tower Part Two by Tad Williams
81. Under the Boardwalk by Carly Phillips
82. Debt of Bones by Terry Goodkind (Actually read much earlier, but I forgot to include it.)
83. Eleven On Top by Janet Evanovich (Also read earlier and not listed.)
84. The Last Time They Met by Anita Shreve
85. Bookends by Jane Green
86. The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
87. Flash by LE Modesitt
88. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
89. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
90. A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
91. Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
92. The Parafaith War by LE Modesitt
93. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
94. Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
95. The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
96. Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
97. From a Buick 8 by Stephen King
98. Hot Number by Carly Phillips
99. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
100. The Nerd Who Loved Me by Vicki Lewis Thompson
101. Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson
102. Flash by LE Modesitt, Jr.
103. Scepters by LE Modesitt, Jr.
104. White as Snow by Tanith Lee
105. Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
106. Sisters of the Raven by Barbara Hambly
107. Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman
108. Rescuing the Bible From Fundamentalism by John Shelby Spong
109. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
110. Thud! by Terry Pratchett
111. Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos
112. Almost Perfect by Julie Ortolon
113. Just Perfect by Julie Ortolon
114. Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
115. Eldest by Christopher Paolini
116. Phoenix and Ashes by Mercedes Lackey
117. Windfall by Rachel Caine
118. The Ghatti's Tale by Gayle Greeno
119. Mind-Speaker's Call by Gayle Greeno
120. Exile's Return by Gayle Greeno
121. Sunderlies Seeking by Gayle Greeno
122. The Farthest Seeking by Gayle Greeno
123. Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
124. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
125. Buddha Baby by Kim Wong Keltner
126. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
127. Apocalipstick by Sue Margolis
128. Our Endangered Values by Jimmy Carter
129. Too Perfect by Julie Ortolon
130. Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
131. Brazen by Carly Philips
132. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
133. Mindscan by Robert Sawyer
134. Ordermaster by LE Modesitt, Jr.
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The List )

Started but not finished:
Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Children by Michael Newton. I am interested in the subject, but the author spends so much time discussing the people who have researched the topic, that little room was left for the subject. I won't be finishing this one.

The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls In English translated by Geza Vermes. This one will take a long time for me to finish, but I expect to dip in an out of it over the next few years.

A History of God by Karen Armstrong. This is another one that will take a while to get through. I've found it very interesting so far, but I can only read so much of it before needing a break. :-)

There may have been one or two others, but I can't remember them if there were. I ended up two books short of my goal, but I'm very happy with the variety of books I read this past year. I am especially glad to note that there were 20 non-fiction books on this year's list. I haven't read many NF in the past, and tried to expand my choices this year. I'm not going to set a specific goal for 2005, but I think I'll still keep track of them.

I'll update with snippets of our trip soon, but I'm heading off to sleep (in my own bed!) for now. :-D
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#75 The Experiment by John Darnton
#76 Fluke: or I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore
#77 Glasswright's Master by Mindy Klasky
#78 Fastforward by Robert Sawyer
#79 Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan

I've had such a wonderful time visiting here with my family. It's going to be so hard to say good-bye tomorrow morning. We spent most of the morning sitting out on the back patio talking and observing all the nature around us.

/sigh

73, 74/150

Jun. 29th, 2004 12:46 pm
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#73: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snickett. Another episode in the seemingly unending misfortunes of the Budelaire children. I liked the fact that Sunny had a noticably larger part in this book.

#74: The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins. I picked this book up after having read about it in Douglas Adams' The Salmon of Doubt. As you might deduce, this book deals with genes and how they benefit themselves. It was interesting, but a little dry. Parts of it were more repetitive than I like, but I suppose that was done to reinforce the ideas. When this book was first written, it may have been cutting egde, but since so many ideas from it are now more commonplace, it felt like a very long review of what I've learned in biology and genetics classes. The best part of the book to me was the chapter with introductory game theory (used to describe how cooperation between genes is mutually beneficial).

69-72/150

Jun. 20th, 2004 09:28 pm
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#69: The Sword of Maiden's Tears by Rosemary Edghill.
#70: The Cup of Morning Shadows by Rosemary Edghill.
#71: The Cloak of Night and Daggers by Rosemary Edghill.

As you might surmise, the set of books above form a trilogy. These were enjoyable even though they were fairly predictable. There were very few surprises, but they were entertaining.

#72: Naked Empire by Terry Goodkind. This is another book in the Sword of Truth series. It seems silly to suggest that the plot of a fantasy series is becoming more improbable with each new book, but I'm afraid that the author may be reaching too far to keep the series alive. This wasn't a horrible book but it wasn't terribly exciting either. At this point I am ready to see a little resolution for the main characters, but I fear there may be no end in sight. Will this stop me from buying the next book in the series to see if there is a conclusion in sight? Probably not.

67, 68/150

Jun. 12th, 2004 02:02 pm
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#67: Eats, Shoots & Leaves The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss. I'm not a true stickler, but I had fun reading this book. I think that this may be about as fun as grammar gets.

#68: The Pillars of Creation by Terry Goodkind. This has been awaiting its turn to be read for so long that the next book in the series is already out and in Mt. TBR. I enjoyed the book, but I wish I had read the earlier books a little more recently so I could remember the tie-ins better.

66/150

Jun. 5th, 2004 09:49 pm
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The Face by Dean Koontz. This was a supernatural thriller. The surface story is about the imminent disaster planned by a psychopath to inflict harm upon the household of a famous actor and thereby increase the magnitude of chaos in the world. The head of security for the actor must determine what the threat is and prevent it from happening while his world is shaken by inexplicable occurrences. The writing is surprisingly evocative at times, with phrases that I would go back and read several times just for the pleasure of how they felt in my mind. There is plenty of action, but the part I liked best about this book was the exploration of the relationships of the various characters and what drives them to be the people they are. I really enjoyed this - much more than I expected!

64, 65/150

Jun. 3rd, 2004 05:33 pm
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#64: The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith. This is the latest book in the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. I liked this one even better than the last one. The thing I like best about these books is not the plot, but the pacing and flow of the writing - it gives me a feeling of life slowing down to allow me to consider the small things that are so much a part of my larger happiness. A couple of favorite passages:

"She had never been able to tolerate dishonesty, which she thought threatened the very heart of relationships between people. If you could not count on other people to mean what they said, or to do what they said they would do, then life could become utterly unpredictable. The fact that we could trust one another made it possible to undertake the simple tasks of life. Everything was based on trust, even day-to-day things like crossing the road--which required trust that the drivers of cars would be paying attention--to buying the food from a roadside vendor, whom you trusted not to poison you. It was a lesson that we learned as children, when our parents threw us up into the sky and thrilled us by letting us drop into their waiting arms. We trusted those arms to be there, and they were." (p 82)

"We find what we are looking for in life, her father had once said to her; which was true--if you look for happiness, you will see it; if you look for distrust and envy and hatred--all those things--you will find those too." (p 121, 122)

I love the down-to-earth wisdom shown by the main characters of this book and this series.

#65: Darkness by LE Modesitt, Jr. This is the second book in the Corean Chronicles. Typical Modesitt - the main character just wants to go about his life, but circumstances, talent, amd a feeling of responsibility keep herding him into dangerous situations where he can only survive by learning some new facet of his talent. I like this formula, so I really enjoyed the book. There were a few strange editing choices (or lack thereof) that were occasionally distracting, but it was otherwise a smooth, enjoyable book.

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