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I've been lurking for some time now and love this group. Like most on this site, I'm an avid reader. Last year I hit 115 books read and I'd like to at least beat that in 2009.
Here is my list so far:
1. Your Heart Belongs to Me - Dean Koontz
2. Guilty - Karen Robards
3. Every Secret Thing - Lila Shaara
4. Bitter is the New Black - Jen Lancaster
5. Barefoot - Elin Hilderbrandt
6. Motherless Brooklyn - Jonathan Lethem
7. Going Down - Jennifer Belle
8. Delusion - Peter Abrahams
9. Here's the Story - Maureen McCormick
10. Teaser - Jan Brogan
11. Time of My Life - Allison Winn Scotch
12. This One is Mine - Maria Semple
13. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
14. Testimony - Anita Shreve
15. Rescue Me - Gigi Levangi Grazer
16. The Associate - John Grisham
17. Amnesia - GH Ephron
18. Beat the Reaper - Josh Bazell
19. While My Sister Sleeps - Barbara Delinsky
20. Water Cooler Diaries - Joni Cole and BK Rakhra
21. Addiction - GH Ephron
22. The Second Opinion - Michael Palmer
23. Handle with Care - Jodi Picoult
24. Delusion - GH Ephron
25. True Colors - Kristin Hannah
26. Very Valentine - Adriana Trigiani
27. Sunday's at Tiffany's - James Patterson
28. Obsessed - GH Ephron
29. Wesley the Owl - Stacey O'Brien
30. Open House - Elizabeth Berg
31. Irreplaceable - Stephen Lovely
32. Somebody Else's Daughter - Elizabeth Brundage
33. Still Alice - Lisa Genova
34. Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher
35. Guilt - GH Ephron
36. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
37. The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz
38. The Geometry of Sisters - Luanne Rice
39. Tell No One - Harlan Coben
40. Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris
41. The Woods - Harlan Coben
42. Pretty in Plaid - Jen Lancaster
43. Sandcastles - Luanne Rice
44. Just One Look - Harlan Coben
45. The Pilot's Wife - Anita Shreve
46. Gerald's Game - Stephen King
47. Look at Me - Jennifer Egan
48. Life Sentences - Laura Lippman
49. Living Dead in Dallas - Charlaine Harris
50. American Rust - Phillipp Meyer
51. Club Dead - Charlaine Harris
52. What the Dead Know - Laura Lippman
53. Sleeping Arrangements - Madeleine Wickam
54. Practically Perfect - Katie Fforde
55. Dead to the World - Charlaine Harris
56. The Girl She Used to Be - David Cristofano
57. Home Safe - Elizabeth Berg
58. Still Life - Joy Fielding
59. Dead As A Doornail - Charlaine Harris
60. Definitely Dead - Charlaine Harris
61. Hedge Fund Wives - Tatiana Boncompagni
62. Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea - Chelsea Handler
63. Snowed In - Christina Bartolomeo
64. Hope in a Jar - Beth Harbison
65. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben
66. Say Goodbye - Lisa Gardner
67. I'm Down - Mishna Wolff
68. One For the Money - Janet Evanovich
69. Two For the Dough - Janet Evanovich
70. Three to Get Deadly - Janet Evanovich
71. The Last Child - John Hart
72. Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay
73. Relentless - Dean Koontz
74. All Together Dead - Charlaine Harris
75. The Last Bridge - Teri Coyne
76. The Castaways - Elin Hilderbrand
77. Intervention - Robin Cook
78. Best Friends Forever- Jennifer Weiner
79. Hide - Lisa Gardner
80. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers
81. Evil at Heart - Chelsea Cain
82. Four to Score - Janet Evanovich
A few of my favorites so far this year are The Help, Beat the Reaper, The Last Child. New author discoveries are Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner.
Have a great day!
Here are the books for the last week or so:
83. Hell’s Gate Stephen Frey
Rating: 3 out of 5
The story revolves around mysterious forest fires in Montana and in particular one character, Paul, who is a Fire Jumper who is called to jump into the fires and fight them. I don't really know a lot about this profession so that is interesting, the main plot is pretty basic but an easy read. I’ve preferred Frey’s earlier work as it doesn’t seem he spent a lot of time in developing the plot in this book.
84. From Dead to Worse Charlaine Harris
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
85. Dead and Gone Charlaine Harris
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
I've enjoyed reading the Sookie Stackhouse series. I’ve found that as I learn more about the characters that I’m enjoying the books even more. This isn’t “literature” but they are a fun way to pass the time. I’m also watching the series on DVD.
86. Life as We Knew It Susan Beth Pfeffer
Rating: 4 out of 5
I picked this up after reading several LibraryThingers raving about it. It is a YA novel written in diary form about a teenaged girl’s experience in a post apocalyptic world in a small town. It's really excellent. There really isn’t a lot to the story but the character development is really very good. I highly recommend it to anyone that hasn’t read it. I liked it so much I picked up another of Pfeffer’s. Same experience but with a teenage boy in NYC called Dead and the Gone. So far so good but I’m not drawn in so much as the previous one.
Have you read Dead and the Gone yet? I liked it but not as much as Life As We Knew It. I'm not sure if its because its a teenage boy or that its in the city (or maybe a combo of both).
Also, I'm looking to read more YA novels - do you have any suggestions? I'm really not big into scifi. Obviously I've done the Harry Potter and Twilight scene but its really not my thing. Any ideas would be appreciated.
As far as young adult books go, there are a lot of people here in the group who read them. We also have a thread entitled 'What I Am Reading - Young Adult' that you might go through.
I really never read all of that much young adult material until midway through last year, but I can tell you some of the authors who are highly thought of here in the group: J.K. Rowling, Cornelia Funke, Scott Westerfeld, John Green, Patricia C. Wrede. Those are some good authors to begin.
Hope this helps!
Since you mention Harry Potter and Twilight as examples, I'm assuming you include fantasy in with scifi. So, leaving those genres out, some YA you might try:
The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling - not at all like the Disney movie
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer - a distopic look at socioeconomic issues and cloning
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson - a young girl caught up in the yellow fever epidemic of that year
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen - typical Hiaasen humor, like his books for older readers without the sex
Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith - a Civil War story set out Missouri way, interesting for not really taking sides
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain - very enjoyable classic
Sorry I haven't been around much. A friend and coworker passed away this week from a motorcycle accident. There hasn't been much reading - too much sadness.
All good wishes to you,
Thanks for the YA recommendations. I got Fever 1793 and Speak out of the library this week. I'm enjoying Speak now.
I have some updating to do....
This YA novel is written about the same catastrophe as Life as We Knew It but takes place in NYC. The story revolves around a teenage boy who is trying to take care of his younger sisters. I did enjoy this book but not as much as LAWKI. I’m not sure if its because I could better relate to the character (teenage girl vs boy) or the setting (rural vs city). Definitely recommended if you enjoy YA novels.
88. Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
This was a recommendation from a daily book email I get from my local library. It is the story of a teenage boy and his summer antics. I have to say I really enjoyed the first half and was laughing out loud. The second half seemed to lose steam (or maybe I lost patience for teenage boy antics!). I did enjoy it. Wouldn’t read it again but it was worth finishing.
89. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Everyone is raving about this book but I just didn’t love it. I tend to prefer plot driven novels as opposed to character driven novels. I knew that it was a collection of short stories about Olive so that wasn’t the issue. I was reading it during a very sad time so maybe that contributed to my feelings. I’m glad I read it but was really hoping that it would be one of my favorites for the year.
90. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
I really loved this book. It is about a semi-dysfunctional family who are grieving about the death of their father. It was a quick read and I liked some of the twists and turns that the characters took.
91. How I Write by Janet Evanovich and Ina Yalof
A quick how-to by Janet Evanovich et al. on how to write a novel. I enjoy her Stephanie Plum series but they are very mechanical. Its interesting to hear how she sits down to write.
92. High Five by Janet Evanovich
I’m liking this series. I started reading it this summer for some light reading. It's a little out there but enjoyable.
93. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
This was an LT recommendation for a YA novel. I enjoyed this read a lot. I really felt for the main character and was brought back to high school for a bit.
This was on my library pile for weeks before I got to it. I did really like it but felt that the end dragged a bit.
95. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
I loved this book. This was an LT recommendation (alcottacre among others) and I am so glad that I read it. I have the sequel on request at the library and can't wait to read it.
I'm moving a bit slow through books these days. Last week both I and "the boy" were sick. Usually that means lots of reading but I was so exhausted I only had energy for tv. :( I did do a Breaking Bad Season 1 marathon which was fun.
Glad to see that you loved The Hunger Games as I did. I am putting off reading the sequel until the 3rd book comes out next year, since I hate cliffhangers!
96. The Way Home - George Pelecanos.
The author is one of the writers for The Wire which I've never seen but hear is fantastic. This book was very well written and I was instantly involved in the story. The story is about a young man who has made a few mistakes in his youth and been placed in a juvenile prison. The story unfolds when he is released and is trying to do the right things. There is also a wonderful father/son aspect of this story.
I really thought this was the next in the Sookie series but instead it was a collection of short stories. I didn't think I would like it but I did. I'm not sure if I would have liked it without knowing the characters but it was enjoyable.
I did enjoy the sequel to Hunger Games but not nearly as much as the first book. I felt that the author didn't spend any time reminding you why you loved the characters but assumed you would remember from the first book. Definitely worth reading and I'm looking forward to the third book. Off to Google when that will be released.
99. The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
This was a recommendation from several LTers. I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. I've been on a YA kick but maybe this was a bit young for my taste. Definitely worth reading but wasn't a favorite.
I loved The Wednesday Wars, but then again, I have a lover of YA books.
I didn't love this book but liked it. It took me a bit to have a feel for the characters of the story. I almost gave up before the 50 page mark but the title kept popping up everywhere as a fantastic book so I kept on.
101. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
This was a YA recommendation from Whisper1. Thanks so much! I really enjoyed this read as the Alcatraz history was very interesting and the story line was very cute. This was one of those stories that I had to relate to my non-reading husband.
102. Smash Cut by Sandra Brown
This was your typical Sandra Brown whodunit. It was good but I wasn't blown away like some of her earlier novels.
We leave for Disney on Sunday so I've been reading lots of guide books to prepare. I did buy a bunch of used paperbacks (5 for a $1) to bring with me so I don't have to lug tons of library books to FL.
Edited because my grammar was horrible. :)
You could look at the Printz Award & Honour Books or the ALA Teen Book List for some ideas.
Enjoy your holiday
34. Thanks for the suggestions. I've written them down for my next trip to the library.
Thanks again for the recommendation.
103. Peace Like a River – Leif Enger
104. Land of the Living – Nicci French
105. The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
106. Fever 1793 – Laurie Halse Anderson
107. The Innocent – Harlan Coben
108. Alone – Lisa Gardner
109. Breathless – Dean Koontz
110. The Perfect Husband – Lisa Gardner
Hang in there, you're almost there! :)
I agree with the reviews that mention a lack of character emotion/development (which is why its not getting a 4) but I did love this book. It is the story of a missing teen girl and what happens to her family and friends afterwards. I couldn't put it down.
112. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
I almost didn't pick up this novel as it is written as a series of poems. I told myself to read at least 10 pages and just got sucked in. I finished the 500pp in less than an afternoon. I loved this story of a "perfect" teen gone astray.
113. Mathilda Savitch by Victor Lodato
114. After You by Julie Buxbaum
115. A Friend of the Family by Lauren Grodstein
116. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
117. Glass by Ellen Hopkins
Love her work. Definitely one my favorite YA authors discovered this year.
118. No Second Chance by Harlan Coben
119. Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
120. The Turnaround by George Pelecanos
121. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
This was as great as everyone has mentioned. Very quick read!
122. The Third Victim by Lisa Gardner
123. A Lifetime of Secrets by Frank Warren
I always loved to read the blog until it got blocked at work. Ooops! Anyway the library had this book and it was fun to read.
124. Identical by Ellen Hopkins
So, 124 for the year is pretty great for me. Last year was 115 so I beat my number which is always my goal.
My newfound love of YA is really because of the great recommendations of other LibraryThingers so a big thank-you!!!!