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The Book of Lost Things
Midwife of the Blue Ridge
The Nanny Diaries
Murder With Puffins
The Subtle Knife
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
The Ghost Orchid
The Other Queen
Murder at a Vineyard Mansion
Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt
Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
Farewell, My Subaru by Doug Fine
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
A Wrinkle in Time
The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay
Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant by Jenni Ferrari-Adler
In a Dark Wood by Amanda Craig
Watcher in the Woods by Florence Engel Randall
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
Identity Crisis by Debbi Mack
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
High Country by Nevada Barr
City of Beasts by Isabel Allende
Crusader's Cross by James Lee Burke
I've Got a Domain Name, So Now What? by Jean Bedord
Colesville: The development of a community, its people and its natural resources, over a period of four centuries by Ned Bayley
Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Dead Silence by Randy Wayne White
The Lost Quilter by Jennifer Chiaverini
Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier
The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris
William Shakespeare: His Life and Work by Richard Hampton
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Effective Networking by David Nour
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Life Before Her Eyes by Laura Kasischke
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (in progress)
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
We'll Meet Again by Mary Higgins Clark
You Belong to Me by Mary Higgins Clark
The Secret Language by Ursula Nordstrom
All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
Popped by Carol Higgins Clark
And thanks for the welcomes alcottacre and drneutron!
Reading: Breaking Dawn, The Book of Lost Things, Professional Genealogy and Genealogy as Pastime and Profession
TBR (not necessarily in this order):
The Secret of Lost Things
Murder with Puffins
Midwife of the Blue Ridge
The Ghost Orchid
Numbering Your Genealogy
An audiobook (TBD -- I see what catches my eye at the library every couple of weekends and listen to these during my 140 mile daily round-trip commute)
I'm also pursuing certification in genealogy, so you'll see a number of books on that subject on my list this year.
I don't have any particular goals about reading more in a specific genre. I'm willing to try anything, but have particularly enjoyed historical fiction and mysteries of late.
Happy New Year to you.
BTW, just finished Breaking Dawn!
Here is my review of the book:
Built on a foundation of Grimm Brothers and other traditional fairy tales, this book follows the Wonderland/Oz-like journey of David as he tries to find his way out of a fantastical, nightmarish world. David starts out as a child in WWII era England before becoming trapped in another world based on the books he once figuratively lost himself in. He faces wolf-man mutants, witches, vampires, and other obstacles on his quest to find his way home. While the story parallels those meant for younger audiences, this is most definitely an adult fairy tale. I found this to be an enthralling read.
I gave it 5 stars!
Orphaned on the fields of Culloden, Maggie treks to America to try and make a living as a midwife. Sold as a bondswoman to a frontier family in Virginia, she falls in love with a hunter, Tom. Their story is one of constant upheaval due to warring Indian tribes and interfering British bureaucracy.
I borrowed this book from a friend and while I didn't set out looking for a book comparable to the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, I couldn't help making comparisons due the the Scottish language woven into the story, which is set at approximately the same time. Gabaldon fans will find that this story doesn't hold a candle. I found the characters hard to sympathize with and the text is thick with analogies that weigh it down too much at times. The various climactic points wrapped up a bit too neatly for my tastes. I give this historical fiction novel a 2.5 out of 5.
I couldn't help comparing this to The Devil Wears Prada because of the tell-all quality. I found the narrator of The Devil Wears Prada to be easier to empathize with than the narrator in The Nanny Diaries even though the way both are used by their respective employers is quite similar.
For those who enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada, I would suggest this book. I would like to see the movie now, to see how it compares.
A light and light-hearted mystery that takes place on an island off the coast of Maine. A reclusive artist who rubs everyone the wrong way on the island turns up dead in the middle of a hurricane. Everyone is a suspect, including the narrator's father. Along with her boyfriend, she investigates the crime in order to clear her family's involvement. This is part of a series of books by the author, each of which features a type of bird as a central part of each story.
I enjoyed this because it was believable, funny and didn't take itself too seriously. While some of the characters were a bit cliched, it was still a fun read.
Review of the audiobook version: This was a very enjoyable "read." The narrator did a wonderful job with the various voices. This mystery follows a freelance journalist as she studies the town of Buckford, England, in preparation for a series of articles to coincide with the town's 800th anniversary. While there, she becomes embroiled in the case of a murder in which the perpetrator is behind bars but proclaims his innocence. The story gets off to a bit of a slow start, but this is more than made up for by the rich characters, dialogue and descriptions provided by the author. The reader is left guessing until the very end regarding the identity of the real murderer.
I'm giving this book 3.5 stars.
In this work of fiction, the father of a murdered young girl returns to the spot where her body was found seeking answers to the crime itself and how to move on. Once there, he encounters three spirits who try to bring a resolution to his pain through faith. Whether or not you agree with the author's conceptions, this book is a thought-provoking read. I did find some passages went off on unnecessary tangents.
I love the title of Murder with Puffins! Just brings up all these images... ;)
Also loved The Book of Lost Things, being a bit of a fairy tale fan. Can I recommend In a Dark Wood by Amanda Craig if you like stories within stories? It's a lot darker, but I enjoyed it even more.
Have fun with The Subtle Knife!
I received The Tales of Beedle the Bard in the mail today, so that will probably be my next read, in addition to listening to The Other Queen in the car this week.
Now, I'm moving on to The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman. This is the third book of hers I have read. I really enjoyed the other two (The Seduction of Water and The Lake of Dead Languages), which I listened to in audiobook format. I received this latest one in book form for my birthday, so it will be my first read of hers on paper.
ETA: reached 10 books! and also to fix a typo.
No more. I just perused the Perceval Press web site (www.percevalpress.com) and now I'm adding approximately half of the books on their "We Recommend" list (http://www.percevalpress.com/recommend.html) to my wishlist, many of them reads I feel I must undertake right now.
This is the parallel telling of two intertwined stories separated in time by more than a century. Both tales take place at a reclusive mansion in upstate New York. Italian fountains and Native American lore along the Hudson River set the backdrop for the lives of a broken mother in the 1800s, her surviving daughter, and the ripple effect their story has on a group of artists who inhabit the same mansion many years later.
Mediums, magicians, love affairs and mythology all have huge roles in this novel that is half mystery and half ghost story. If you've read others of Goodman's books, the same allusions to greater works are there, as are rich descriptions of the setting. This tale takes more of a supernatural spin than some of her other novels. The same touches of conflict and romance are present, but do not overwhelm the narrative.
The resolution of this story is not clear until the very end, which should leave mystery lovers satisfied, even if they are a bit put off by the supernatural turn of events.
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I'm still working on The Other Queen -- hope to finish it tomorrow. I've not really hit a good pace with A Prayer for Owen Meany. Part of that has been because I've only had small blocks of time here and there in which to read it.
Looks like February won't be as well-read a month as January was for me, at this rate. Ah well.
I'm not giving up on A Prayer for Owen Meany, but I'm going to give another novel a go in the meantime, to see if I can read in larger chunks. I'm not sure if it's a time factor or if Owen Meany simply isn't grabbing me. I don't think it's the latter. I often find myself laughing out loud at some of the passages, so that's a good sign.
I am going to be reading A Prayer for Owen Meany this month some time. I will be interesting to compare notes.
Don't regret not reading earlier in life, just enjoy you read it now!
And there are more Tillerman books ;-)
This book picks up after the first novel in the Tillerman series Homecoming, in which Dicey and her 3 younger siblings arrive at their maternal grandmother's house on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, seeking shelter and family due to the mental illness of their mother, now hospitalized in New England.
Dicey, who has gotten used to watching out for her siblings, must learn to trust her grandmother enough so that she can start living her 11/12-year-old life. She makes few friends in town though, preferring to clam up and live within her own thoughts. She worries for her sister, who apparently has a learning disability, but a gift for music; her youngest brother, who is an angel at school, but acting out at home; and her other brother, a genius who is pretending not to be.
This story is now dear to my heart for its connection to the region where I now live and because I found I could relate, perhaps a little too much, to Dicey. Anyone who had family troubles to worry about as a teenager will be able to find a kindred spirit in the main character.
As I said in a previous post, I'm kind of sorry that I didn't read this during my adolescent years, but it may not have been as powerful to me then. Now, I can really appreciate Dicey's situation and how her family comes together to work through their troubles.
Review of the audiobook version: It is the beginning of the summer tourist season on Martha's Vineyard and the locals have two unsolved murders on their hands. One happened at the under-construction colossal home of a company executive with island ties; the other at the home of a long-time resident. A retired cop offers his aid to the mother of one of the victims, who seeks to clear his name in the first murder. He becomes entangled in a web of island love, money and hatred.
I originally picked up this mystery because I have friends on the Martha's Vineyard and I enjoy reading books about places I have visited. I don't think residents of the Vineyard would appreciate the sweeping generalizations of the island's denizens (all the potential stereotypes are there -- the rich, the hermits, the hapless tourists, etc.).
From the standpoint of a mystery, I was a bit disappointed because the clues rather blatantly pointed to whodunnit without any red herrings to keep you guessing. It was just a matter of when and how the murderer would be revealed, which is only half of what I look for in a mystery.
I did enjoy the narration of this book. The voice of the narrator reminded me of Tom Bosley (the dad from Happy Days) and he did a good job of distinguishing between the characters.
In sum, this was not a gritty murder-mystery. It was a light and entertaining read, keeping me occupied on the way to work. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.
I have never read this in English, so I think I may borrow it from the library so I can look for any tidbits I may have missed for not understanding certain nuances. I'm so glad I picked this book back up again though (I first read it in high school, and in French at that time as well). A lot of memories came flooding back by reading it again now. I think my French teacher would have cringed to hear my pronunciations though.
Since I didn't understand all of what I read this time, I can't write a true review, but from what I did "get," it was thoroughly enjoyable and I can recommend either the French or English versions to those who may be curious or, like me, interested in visiting this strange little world again.
Now, I'm starting The Eyre Affair for a group read elsewhere here on LT. I read The Well of Lost Plots this summer, so I know what a treat I'm in for.
This book follows two families in England at the beginning of the 20th century. Two little girls' lives intersect when they meet at their families' adjacent burial plots in a London cemetery. As they grow up together, death and the symbolism surrounding it are prominent themes in their lives. The novel takes place during England's suffrage movement. One of the mothers becomes involved with these activities, leading to turmoil that costs each family dearly.
I found this to be a beautiful novel that is quite different from other of Chevalier's works due to the time frame in which it takes place. The book is told from the point of view of several of its characters and I found each to be quite engaging. I listened to the audiobook version and the narrator did a pretty good job although her accents were a bit inconsistent.
ETA star rating
I'm rather excited about finding the Fforde audiobook and I saw they have the next in this series as well. I'm suspicious of the Austen audiobook -- it's awfully short (only 3 CDs), which leads me to suspect that it's an abridged version. Grrrr... I try to avoid those. Especially where I haven't read the book before.
Oh, and that leads me to confess that I've never read anything by Austen before. I'm excited to finally tackle something by her.
This is a wonderful book and it's the perfect time of year to read it, as the weather turns warmer and spring is around the corner. It actually inspired me to get out for a long walk today, after reading about Colin going out of doors and taking deep gulps of air off of the moor to make him stronger.
The particular edition I picked up for this reread has an introduction by Lois Lowry. Her thoughts on the book were an interesting addition. One of the aspects of The Secret Garden that she took issue with was the character of Dickon (not Dickon!). But her point is valid -- while the rest of the main characters go through dramatic changes as the story progresses, Dickon remains the same. For that matter, the same could probably be said for his sister, Martha, although she is featured less prominently at the end of the book. Well, Dickon is still my favorite character, lack of personal growth aside.
I'm giving this book 4 stars. I love the story, but reading it again after all of these years, my own critical eye does recognize the passages that could have used the further attention of an editor. Still, this was a wonderful addition to my 75 this year!
**SPOILER** (for anyone left who has not read this or seen the movie) I was a bit disappointed in how forgiving Eleanor was toward Edward at the very end. For that matter, she was also way too forgiving of Willowby (sp?) as well.
I'm leaving on a jet-plane tomorrow and will take my two current reads with me. Hope to make a bigger dent in Anna Karenina and hopefully have finished Atonement by the time I return next week.
I picked up a signed copy of Farewell, My Subaru at the conference last week, so I'm going to start on that soon. I'm going to wait until tomorrow though, so I don't further mess up my all-things-British month of March :o)
It's my favorite in the series -- I read the rest, but none of the following books really measured up, in my opinion. Neither did the movie.
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Anyhow, here is my (albeit short) review for Farewell, My Subaru:
A very entertaining book about a guy, a dog and two goats trying to live without fossil fuels in the New Mexican desert. Worth the read if you are interested in living green (or trying to) or if you just want a good laugh.
Just finished listening to The Kite Runner in audiobook format this morning on the way to work. This was a brutal "read," but it was well worth sticking it out. I've posted a review.
I'm going to take a break from audiobooks for the next few days -- I tend to want to listen to music more as the weather warms up and I drive with the windows down.
I found most of the characters in this book to be very unsympathetic. This made it very hard to relate to the main character especially, however, I was sucked into the fairy tales and the mystery surrounding their long-dead author.
I am giving this book 3 stars.
the bit i enjoyed the best was the fairy tale aspect too... sorry you didn't enjoy the book more.
All of the essays revolve around dining solo -- whether cooking for yourself, dining out alone, dreaming of cooking for yourself, despising it, willing yourself to cook a square meal or dreaming up funky dishes you wouldn't dare admit to. Some of the essays feature recipes (I marked the page for Grill-Curried Shrimp Quesarito with Avocado Raita). Others are just stream-of-consciousness ramblings. All are enjoyable.
Whether you are single or not, love to cook or not, you should read this book!
This morning, I also started Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson. Very good so far.
I picked up First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde in audiobook format at the library today, which means I'll be starting it in the car on Monday morning.
How was the book, by the way?
The book was a fast read and since it seemed different from the movie, an interesting one for me as well. The main character is rather angsty (15yo girl, so go fig) and some of the language coming from her was a bit trite and over the top. I'm trying to give the author some leeway as it's a YA book, but I think it could have used some better editing...
I started The Jungle Book by Kipling yesterday afternoon and began First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde in audiobook form in the car this morning. Trying to make up for some lost time the past few months and get back on track by the end of June! I need to finish 8 more books by the end of the month to reach my midway goal...
i like the sound of alone in the kitchen...!
Boo -- couldn't get into a groove for the Bleak House group read. Will save it for next year.
Still trudging along in Anna Karenina -- not enjoying the current section of the book so much, but I hope it gets better.
Think I'll start Animal, Vegetable, Miracle next.
Now reading What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman, a local author. It's a crime novel and a good summer read so far. Lots of twists and turns.
#123 -- In Defense of Food is on my wishlist/TBR -- looking forward to reading that one as well. Thanks for stopping by!
Also, I've become completely addicted to True Blood -- just finished the first season via Netflix and as I don't have cable, need to tide myself over until Season 2 is out on DVD. Hence, I've ordered the first book in the series that inspired the show -- Dead Until Dawn. Tried to request it from my library, but every single copy in the state is checked out right now!
Also started Dead Until Dark -- was surprised how closely Chapter 1 followed Episode 1 of "True Blood" -- I knew the series was based on the books, but I'd heard that the show didn't follow the books to the letter. Guess they started mixing things up more later in the season...
A fast read that may satisfy those who loved the Twilight series. I found many similarities between the book and the show True Blood, of course. However, I think the scriptwriters finessed a few sub-plots and character details better than they are presented in the book. Sookie's character, in particular, seems very inconsistent to me. That said, I will probably continue to read the next in the series -- I enjoy the show and comparing it to the book.
I couldn't access the book I wanted to read next (long story), but decided to pick up A Prayer for Owen Meany to take to a doctor's appointment this evening. We'll see if I have more luck with it after having set it aside for a while.
What a clever idea for a book! The denizens of an independent island off the coast of the U.S. are forbidden to use letters from the alphabet as the drop from a statue honoring their nation's founding citizen. As the letters fall, they also drop from the book. This was a very quick read and the format (letters between the citizens of the island) was a refreshing twist on fiction.
I had hoped to find the next in the Sookie Stackhouse series, but the airport bookshops came up short. I bought and started Julie and Julia on the plane ride home last night. It's very good so far as well.
Not sure if I'll see the movie -- I'll probably wait for the DVD.
I ordered a few books on Amazon this weekend and will probably start up the next section of Anna Karenina while I wait for those to arrive.
I also started City of Beasts by Isabel Allende. I'm so excited for this one. I picked it for my book club this month (our theme is Young Adult novels) and I love Allende's books. Didn't know she had written anything in the YA genre. Only a chapter in, but it looks promising -- a teenage boy must go stay with his grandmother when his mother, who is dying of cancer, must go to another part of the country for treatment. The boy's grandmother, who is known for telling creepy ghost stories, plans to take him on a trip to the Amazon. Sounds like it's in true Allende fashion to me!
Also still reading Anna Karenina, the history book on Colesville, Md., not yet given up (again) on A Prayer for Owen Meany and there's a business book to finish as well. Not to mention that I start re-reading Professional Genealogy this month for an online class I'm in. That's 18 months tho -- no way I'll finish it in 2009. Ah well.
(review of the audiobook version) This is my kind of mystery. Not gimicky. Just a straightforward story with believable characters. Anna is a forest ranger who goes undercover as a waitress at a Yosemite National Forest resort to try and divine clues as to the disappearances of four young hikers in the park. As she uncovers information, she becomes embroiled in a mystery involving drugs, kidnapping and probable murder. She is surrounded by potential suspects and, potentially, further victims. The narrator did a decent job with the different character voices. 3.5 stars
I also started another mystery yesterday: Crusader's Cross by James Lee Burke. It takes place in bayou country and the narrator's accent is amazing. If you are a fan of creative character names -- this one is a doozy.
(review of audiobook) I loved the narration of this book and will reiterate as well that the names of the characters deserve mention -- so lyrical! As mysteries go, this is one of those gritty stories involving an impulsive cop who is trying to solve the disappearance of a prostitute decades ago and a string of modern-day murders. The bad guy is obvious, but is he the perpetrator? Set in the Louisiana bayou, this book is rich in its dialogue and narrative. I would recommend it to mystery/crime story lovers. 3.5 stars.
ETA: audiobook details
My review: Alex's mother is fighting cancer and when she must travel away with his father to receive treatment, he finds himself accompanying his grandmother, a journalist, on a trip to the Amazon to find a mysterious beast, akin to Bigfoot, sighted in the area. Along the way, he befriends Nadia, who was born and raised along the Amazon by her adventurer father. Together, they try to stay alive as their expedition is beset by wild animals, Indians, corrupt thieves and the mysterious beast.
While written for a young adult audience, this novel still reflects many of the qualities for which Allende's writing is known -- she doesn't shy away from focusing on the politics of the region and her magical signature is present throughout the book. I highly recommend this novel to adult and young adult readers alike. 4 stars.
The funny thing is that it sounds like the same narrator who read High Country, which I listened to only a little bit ago. I was afraid I'd get confused, but luckily the books are different enough that I'm not lapsing into the other narrative mentally.
Edited to fix a garbled sentence. Need more caffeine.
I started Club Dead by Charlaine Harris a couple of nights ago. Thought it fit with the Halloweenish October theme.
Club Dead was just like the first two -- a fast read, not too taxing on the brain. Keeping me interested to see how closely True Blood will follow the plot in the books (I've only seen Season 1).
Dead Silence was quite graphic at times (it involved torture), but the story about the kidnapping of a teenager and the former spy trying to save his life kept me interested. It was a little unbelievable toward the end. The narrator had a crackly "old man" voice, but he was able to manage most of the character voices well.
Some parts of the narrative seemed awfully familiar to me. I wondered at first if I might have read this book a while back, but I'm pretty sure it's a new book. It may simply be because the story closely follows real events, like the burning of Charleston, S.C. I'm sure I've read other novels that take place there at the same time.
Now, onto the next in the Charlaine Harris series I've become addicted to (what is it about vampires and werewolves that is so romantical?): Dead to the World.
Also, in the home stretch on Anna Karenina -- about 150 pages left. I'm reading it in 10-page chunks each night.
Mini-reviews about my previous two reads:
I didn't really care for The Alchemist. Jeremy Irons' narration was the best part, though even his voice couldn't really hold my interest. Ah well.
A Touch of Dead is a compilation of short stories about Sookie Stackhouse, the heroine of the True Blood TV series, based on Harris' books. I enjoyed most of the stories well enough -- they take place well after the reading of the series I've done thus far, so there were some spoilers, but I don't mind that so much. The short stories held no real surprises -- same plot line as usual. Sookie finds herself under threat from a band of rogue man-beasts of some kind and is helped out by sexy man-beasts of another. All good fun. :o) The narrator did a nice job.
Moving on to A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table.
Twenty books to go!
In the book, an 18th-century chairmaker's family from Dorcester, England, moves to London to start over after the death of their young son. The remaining brother and sister befriend Maggie, a precocious 15yo who shows them around the Lambeth section, where a circus has come to town. The children become fast friends and come to know their new neighbor, a Mr. Blake. Their lives revolve around the circus for much of the year, but things begin to fall apart when the circus leaves town for the winter season. The revolution in France has London on edge and a riot breaks out in Lambeth. The chairmaker and his family are labeled revolutionaries and must flee, leaving Maggie behind (or so it seems). William Blake's work features prominently.
I've loved all of Chevalier's books so far. This one is akin to Falling Angels in that the story primarily revolves around the lives of the children, but it is set in a much earlier time period, and based on the work of an artist, like other of her novels.
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I've received tons of Gaiman recommendations after posting about Coraline on Facebook. Not sure if I'll get to any more this year, but the TBR list for 2010 grows. I'm considering joining the 1010 challenge -- maybe I can have a Gaiman category...
#172: I enjoyed The Memory Keeper's Daughter, but I know there are a lot of people who did not.
Interesting to know about The Memory Keeper's Daughter. I'm enthralled so far, but can see how the topic and the actions of the characters wouldn't appeal to many.
I really liked The Memory Keeper's Daughter. Although the initial scenario might have seemed rather unbelievable (both in terms of human actions and feasability), I think that the way the characters handled the emotional issues seemed very true to life. I would give it 4 stars.
BTW - audiobooks were the way I found the series. I checked Outlander out from the library and renewed it again and again to be able to re-listen to it, finally broke down and bought the audiobook and the print version, and have done the same with all of the books since.
If you look for Gabaldon's books on EBay, be sure and look for unabridged ones. The books are also released (horribly) abridged, so you have to pay extra attention.
Disc 16 still worked and disc 19 also worked. I jumped ahead to disc 19, thoroughly lost.
Luckily, I tweeted about this when I got to work, specifically addressing a fellow twitterer who had the book. She was kind enough to send me some 140-character chapter summaries to tide me over until I can get my hands on a print copy.
I had forgotten that she also now has another series going as well - the Harper Connelly series - so you have several series from which to choose.
Game plan for the rest of the month includes a Twilight reread, another Charlaine Harris (Definitely Dead) and a short local history book I acquired recently. I'm also going to unearth a box of books I read when I was younger. I'm NOT going to read picture books for the sake of reaching 75, but I'm not ruling out young adult novels. ;o)
In the interest of helping myself reach 75 for the year, I amended my list of January reads. I originally hadn't counted a book that I finished on January 1 because I had only read a few pages that day in order to finish it -- so the bulk was read in 2008. I decided to count it for this year though. I need every book to count! :o)
Started my reread of Twilight last night. Judge me if you must.
For anyone curious, I *loved* this installment in the series and it left on a couple of cliffhangers. How many years until the next one? Gah!
ETA: missing punctuation; pesky parentheses
It does not even bear thinking about!
But yay for finishing book #70!! I just may make it through this challenge after all!
Just finished Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris. Another addictively good story in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I'm so glad that I have more books to read in that series and I have high hopes for her other series(es?) too. I'm giving her books their own category in my 1010 challenge!
Just started All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris. Picked up that one today and the next in the Sookie Stackhouse series and then Shakespeare's Landlord -- Harris' books make up one of my 1010 categories.
If you are reading the Lily Bard/Shakespeare series by Harris, I highly recommend reading them in order if you were not planning to already. Shakespeare's Landlord is the first.
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (non-fiction)
Atonement by Ian McEwan
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Out Stealing Horses by Per Pettersen
Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant by Jenni Ferrari-Adler (food essays)
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
City of Beasts by Isabel Allende (YA)
Coraline by Neil Gaiman (YA)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (YA)
Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon