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Friday, December 31, 2010

ARC Reading Challenge 2011

2011 ARC Reading Challenge

Yet another challenge for 2011 and one that I know I can complete, since I always read and review my ARC's (after all, that's why they're sent to us).  This one is being hosted by So Many Precious Books, So Little Time (isn't THAT true?).  Here are some guidelines (click the host link for more):


The Levels

Level Bronze: .a. All of us who have or will have less than 12 ARCS must read all of the ARCS we have. Note, that if you have 11 ARC's and then receive a 12th one you will be bumped up to catagory b.

b. All of us who have or will have 12 or more than 12 ARCS  must read and review at least 12.

Level Silver: Read 24 ARCS

Level Gold: Read 25 ARCS

Level Platinum: Read 30 or more ARCS


Rules:

  • To sign up, leave a direct link to your blog post about this challengePlease leave a comment as well.
  • You don't have to make a list of which ARC's you plan to read, but you can if you want.
  • If you choose a lower level, you can always change it to a higher level if you like.  However, you cannot go from a higher level back down to a lower level.
Crossovers with other challenges are allowed and Audio-books and ebooks are allowed as long as they are ARC's.

Note:  I use the term "ARC" loosely,any book a publisher or author gives you with the expectation that you review it, counts for this challenge.

I take the note to mean that any book supplied by a publisher or author for review counts as an ARC; however, for myself, I will only choose actual ARC's and eGalleys.  You don't have to list them ahead of time, but I will at least list those that are currently waiting for me (with GoodReads links):

Read and Reviewed:
  1. Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran - releases February 15, 2011 - Review Link
  2. Moondogs by Alexander Yates - releases March 15, 2011 - Review Link 
  3. The Radleys by Matt Haig - releases December 28, 2011 -  Review Link 
  4. The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens - releases April 5, 2011 - Review link
  5. The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor - releases January 25, 2011 - Review link
  6. A Widow's Story by Joyce Carol Oates - releases February 1, 2011 - Review link
  7. Kick by Walter Dean Myers - releases February 1, 2011 - Review link
  8. Blind Your Ponies by Stanley West - releases January 18, 2011 - Review link
  9.  Endgame by Frank Brady - releases February 1, 2011 - Review link
  10.  Wither by Lauren DeStefano - releases March 22, 2011 - Review link
  11.  The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashano - releases February 1, 2011- Review link
  12. The Altar of Bones by Philip Carter - releases March 8, 2011 - Review link 
  13. The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse - Paperback releases February, 2011 - Review Link
  14.  The Book of Tomorrow by Cecilia Ahern - releases January 25, 2011 - Review link
  15.  The Other Life by Ellen Meister - releases February 17, 2011 - Review link
  16.  Delirium by Lauren Oliver (eGalley) - releases February 1, 2011 - Review link
  17.  Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann (eGalley) - releases February 8, 2011 - Review link
  18.  Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton (eGalley) - releases February 22, 2011 - Review link
  19.  Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell (eGalley) - releases March 22, 2011 - Review Link
  20.  Tom Thumb by George Sullivan (eGalley) - releases April 11, 2011 - Review Link
  21. Rodin's Debutante by Ward Just (eGalley) - releases March 1, 2011 - Review Link
  22.  Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest by Amos Oz (eGalley) - releases March 21, 2011 - Review Link
  23.  You Believers by Jane Bradley (eGalley) - releases June 7, 2011 - Review Link
  24. The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa (eGalley) - releases February 1, 2011- Review Link
  25. The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger (eGalley) - releases January 4, 2011 - Review Link
  26.  LEFT Neglected by Lisa Genova (eGalley) - releases January 4, 2011 - Review Link
  27.  The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok (eGalley) - releases January 11, 2011 - Review Link
  28.  The Poison Eaters:  And Other Stories by Holly Black - Releases February 9th - Review link
  29.  Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult - Releases March 1, 2011 - Review link
  30.  These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf (eGalley)- Releases March 1, 2011 - Review Link
  31.  When the Thrill is Gone by Walter Mosley - Releases March 8, 2011 - Review link
  32.  Galore by Michael Crummey (eGalley) - The Book Depository / Amazon   - Releases March 29, 2011 - Review Link
  33.  Now You See Her by Joy Fielding (eGalley) - Releases February 22, 2011 - Review Link
  34.  Caribou Island by David Vann - Releases January 17, 2011 - Review Link
  35.  Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child - Releases February 22, 2011 - Review Link
  36.  Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys - Releases March 22, 2011 - Review Link
  37. Song of the Silk Road by Mingmei Yip - Releases April 1, 2011 - Review Link
  38. Night Road by Kristin Hannah - Releases March 22, 2011 - Review Link
  39. The Sins of Brother Curtis by Lisa Davis (eGalley) - Releases March, 15, 2011 - Review Link
  40.  So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman (eGalley) - Releases March 15, 2011 - Review Link
  41.  Amaryllis in Blueberry by Christina Meldrum -  Releases February 8, 2011 - Review Link
  42.  Red Glove by Holly Black (eGalley) - Releases April 5, 2011 - Review Link
  43.  Three Stages of Amazement by Carol Edgarian (eGalley) - Releases March 8, 2011 - Review Link
  44.  The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry (eGalley) - Review Link
  45.  Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis - Releases April 5, 2011 - Review Link
  46. Finding Emilie by Laurel Corona (eGalley) - Releases April 12, 2011 - Review Link
  47. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell - Releases April 14, 2011 - Review Link
  48. The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas - Releases February 8, 2011 - Review Link  
  49. The Black (Morpheus Road #1) by D. J. McHale (eGalley) - Releases April 19, 2011- Review Link
  50. Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Grace Whelan (eGalley) - Releases February 19, 2011 - Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
  51. The Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain - Releases May, 2011 - The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
  52. Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz (eGalley)- Releases April 19, 2011 - Review Link
  53. Stay by Deb Caletti (eGalley) - Releases April 19, 2011 - Review Link
  54. The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark - Releases April 5, 2011 - Review Link
  55.  Chime by Franny Billingsley - Releases March 17, 2011 - Review Link
  56. The White Devil by Justin Evans -  Releases May 1, 2011 - Review Link
  57. The Dragon's Path (The Dagger and Coin #1) by Daniel Abraham (eGalley) -  Releases April 7, 2011 - Review Link
  58. Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders by Gyles Brandreth (eGalley) - Releases May 3, 2011 -  Review Link
  59. The Mermaid Garden by Santa Montefiore (eGalley) - Releases May 3, 2011 -  Review Link
  60. The Dark City (Relic Master Series) by Catherine Fisher -  Releases May 17, 2011 - Review Link
  61. The Paperbark Shoe by Goldie Goldbloom - Releases March 29, 2011- Review Link
  62.  The Long Goodbye: A Memoir by Meghan O'Rourke - Releases April 14, 2011 - Review Link
  63. Dead of Wynter by Spencer Seidel -  Releases May 1, 2011  - Review Link
  64. The Descent of Man by Kevin Desinger (eGalley) - releases May 3, 2011 - Review Link
  65.  The Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin - Releases May 10, 2011 - Review Link
  66.  Long Drive Home by Will Allison - Releases May 17, 2011 - Review Link 
  67. The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane - Releases June 1, 2011 - Review Link
  68. Solace by Belinda Mckeon (eGalley) - Releases May 17, 2011 - Review Link
  69. Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury (eGalley) - Releases May 24, 2011 - Review Link
  70. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier - Releases May 10, 2011  - Review Link
  71. Children and Fire by Ursula Hegi (eGalley) - Releases May 24, 2011 - Review Link
  72. The Restorer by Amanda Stephens - Releases April 19, 2011 - Review Link
  73. The Tender Mercy of Roses by Anna Michaels - Releases May 17, 2011 - Review Link 
  74.  Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott (eGalley) - Releases May 24, 2011 - Review Link
  75. Shine by Lauren Myracle - Releases May 1, 2011 - Review Link
  76.  Dominance by Will Lavender - Releases July 5, 2011 - Review Link
  77.  Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) by James S. A. Corey (eGalley) - Releases June 15, 2011 - Review Link
  78. Blood Red Road by Moira Young - Releases June 7, 2011 - Review Link
  79. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma - Releases June 28, 2011 - Review Link 
  80.  Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma - Releases June 28, 2011 - Review Link
  81. Bumped by Meghan McCafferty - Releases April 26, 2011 - Review Link
  82. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter - Releases April 19, 2011 - Review Link
  83. Iron House by John Hart -  Releases July 12, 2011 - Review Link
  84. In Front of God and Everybody by K. D. McCrite - Releases May 10, 2011 - Review Link
  85. Angel Burn by L. A. Weatherly - Releases May 24, 2011 - Review Link
  86. The Secret History of Costaguana by Juan Gabriel Vasquez - Releases June 9, 2011 - Review Link 
  87. Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne - Releases May 10, 2011 - Review Link
  88. The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy - Releases June 28, 2011 - Review Link
  89.  Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt - Releases July 12, 2011 - Review Link
  90. Dreams of the Dead by Perri O'Shaunnessy - Releases July 12, 2011 - Review Link
  91. The Sentimentalists by Johanna Shively Skibsrud - Releases May 2, 2011 - Review Link 
  92. Wildefire by Karsten Knight - Releases July 26, 2011 - Review Link
  93. The Summer We Came to Life by Deborah Cloyed - Releases May 31, 2011 - Review Link
  94. Mercy by Rebecca Lim - Releases May 17, 2011 - Review Link
  95. The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross - Releases May 24, 2011 - Review Link
  96. Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson - Releases June 14, 2011 - Review Link
  97. Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill - Releases July 19, 2011 - Review Link 
  98. Half a Life by Darin Strauss - Releases May 3, 2011 - Review Link 
  99. The Butterfly Cabinet by Bernie McGill - Releases July 26, 2011 - Review Link 
  100. Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens - Releases July 5, 2011 - Review Link 
  101. The Killing Song by P. J. Parrish - Releases July 26, 2011 - Review Link 
  102.  Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch -  Releases June 14, 2011  - Review Link
  103. A Young Wife by Pam Lewis - Releases June 14, 2011  - Review Link 
  104. The Very Thought of You  by Rosie Allison - Releases June 21, 2011 - Review Link 
  105. In the Garden of the Beasts by Erik Larson - Releases May 10, 2011 - Review Link
  106. Paradise Rules by Jimmy Gleacher - Releases July 12, 2011 - Review Link 
  107. Pompeii: City on Fire by T. L. Higley - Releases June 1, 2011 - Review Link
  108. This Burns My Heart by Samuel Park - Releases July 12, 2011 - Review Link
  109. The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts - Releases August 23, 2011 -  Review Link  
  110. The Sweetness of Tears by Nafisa Haji - Releases June 21, 2011  - Review Link
  111.  The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach - Releases September 7, 2011 - Review Link
  112. Adrenaline by Jeff Abbott - Releases July 1, 2011 - Review Link
Read but not reviewed:

113.  Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman - Releases August 23, 2011
114. The Blow-Off  by Jim Knipfel - Releases July 12, 2011 -
115.  Clean by Amy Reed (eGalley)- Releases August 9, 2011 -
116. Die for Me by Amy Plum - Releases May 10, 2011
117. The Orphan Sister by Gwendolyn Gross - Releases July 19, 2011
118. The Inverted Forest by John Dalton - Releases July 19, 2011
119. Bright and Distant Shores by Dominic Smith - Releases September 13, 2011
120. Collecting Cooper by Paul Cleave - Releases July 26, 2011
121. In a Treacherous Court by Michelle Diener - Releases August 2, 2011
122. Vanished by Sheela Chari - Releases August 9, 2011
123. Also Known as Rowan Pohl by Ralph Fletcher - Releases November 14, 2011
124. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab - Releases August 2, 2011 
125. To Die For:  A Novel of Anne Boleyn by Sandra Byrd - Releases August 9, 2011 
126. Sins of the Mother by Tara Hyland - Releases August 9, 2011
127. Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger - Releases August 30, 2011
128. Grave Expectations by Charles Dickens, Sherri Browning Erwin - Releases August 30, 2011
129. The Winters in Bloom by Lisa Tucker - Releases September 13, 2011
130.  Child Wonder by Roy Jacobsen - Amazon / The Book Depository - Releases September 27, 2011
131. The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann - Releases August 30, 2011 
132. Only Time Will Tell by Jeffery Archer -  Releases August 30, 2011 - (The Book Depository / Amazon) 


To be read (Hard Copies):


133.  American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar - Releases January 9, 2012
134.  Thread Reckoning by Amanda Lee - Releases September 6, 2011 - (Amazon / The Book Depository)
135. In the Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton - Releases November 29, 2011 -  (Amazon / The Book Depository)
136. A Grown-up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson - Releases January 25, 2012 -  (The Book Depository / Amazon)
137. A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres - Releases October, 2011 - (Amazon / The Book Depository)
138. Ten Rules for Living with my Sister by Ann M. Martin - Releases September, 2011 - (Amazon / The Book Depository)
139. Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie - Releases November 8, 2011









Julie
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Coffee and Fate by R. J. Erbacher - BOOK REVIEW

Coffee and Fate by R. J. Erbacher

Title:  Coffee and Fate
Author:  R. J. Erbacher
Publisher:  Infinity Publishing
Paperback, 134 pages
ISBN 10:   0741459051
ISBN 13:  9780741459053

Description:

Val is just a regular college student, with a unique ability to save people's lives, having a drink in a coffee shop.  Bud is an elderly gentleman who knows certain things that will happen to certain people and he knows something about Val's future.  When he sits down next to her and holds her hands, it will start a friendship that both of them are desperate for.  It will also set of a chain of events that will dramatically change both their lives, from the gunshot that's just seconds away to a heroic battle with fate and death.

My Take: 

There is a LOT packed into this small book. Val is a young college student, just hanging out for a bit at the Cup of Joe coffee shop, when a would-be robber comes in.  Before she has time to really adjust to what is happening, her hand is stilled by Henry Stanfield (Bud), 73 years old.  An unlikely friendship develops between the two, who each have their own powers, and there are some adventures as they go off to change the course of fate, and an unexpected occurrence that might throw you off, but keep reading .. and the power to change the course of the world ends up in their hands.

That's all I'm going to say about the plot.  This is a decidedly clever and absorbing read.  It could stand a bit of polishing here and there, but this novella-sized book packs a wonderfully satisfying punch .. and a totally unexpected ending.  Well worth the read.

QUOTES

"Watching other people's children is one thing; they go home at the end of the day.  But when they're your own and you're up all night when they have a fever and are sick as a dog and you're worrying your head off if they're going to be all right and you hold and pamper them all night with no regard for your sleep and the next day when they feel better and want to go outside to play and you tell them no and they say 'I hate you' that's when you know what it's like to have kids."

OK ... so that is the longest run-on sentence ever, and is not illustrative of how the book is written, but I had to use it because as a parent, I can definitely relate!

BOOK RATING: 4.0 out of 5 stars

BUY IT:  At Amazon, through the publisher's website, and through other on-and-off-line booksellers.

Disclosure:   This is a review of my own personal copy.
Julie
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Thursday, December 30, 2010

More 2011 Challenges

I'm going to make this ONE post, so I can get them in before the end of 2010!  Both of these challenges are special, as they each recognize other book bloggers in some fashion. 

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Hosted by:  So Many Books, So Little Time.  If you're like me, you enter book giveaways and sometimes you win.  A lot of those books end up in the TBR pile, just calling out to be read.  This challenge is to help you get those down.  Details:

Honorable Mention: Read 1-3 book you won.
Bronze: Read 4-6 books you won.
Silver: Read 7-9 Books you won.
Gold: Read 10 or more books you won.

The Rules:
     1. You must write a review for each book that you read for it to count.  If you do not have a blog you can write your reviews on a place like Amazon, Powell's, Chapters, etc.

     2.Crossovers with other challenges are okay.


     3. Audiobooks and ebooks count, as long as you won them. 

     4. You can change up levels but cannot go back down a level.  

     5. You don't have to make a list ahead of time for this challenge but you can if you want to.

I'm participating at the Gold Level!  Here are the books I'm picking from (all won this year) with Amazon links:

1.  Glorious by Bernice McFadden - The Book Depository / Amazon - won from Bookin' with Bingo - Review Link
2.   Still the One by Robin Wells - won from Books with Coffee
3.   The Deputy by Victor Gischler - won from Bookhounds
4.  Hannah's List by Debbie Macomber - won from Knit Purl Gurl
5.  Whiter Than Snow by Sandra Dallas - won from Minding Spot
6.  Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson with Richard DiLallo - won from My Book Views
7.  In Free Fall by Juli Zeh - Amazon / The Book Depository - won from Books R Us Review Link
8.  Last to Die by Kate Brady - The Book Depository / Amazon - won from The Thrifty Things - Review Link
9.  Beat by Stephen Jay Schwartz - won from Coffee and a Book Chick
10 Somewhere Along the Way by Jodi Thomas - won from Book Fan
11At Home by Bill Bryson - won from Books R Us
12.  Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin - The Book Depository / Amazon - won from Sharon's Garden of Reviews - Review Link
13.  Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde - The Book Depository / Amazon - won from There's a Book - Review Link
14.  The Imperial Cruise by James Bradley - won from Minding Spot
15.  Caribou Island by David Vann - Won from Book Fan - Review Link
16. Save Me by Lisa Scottoline -  Won from Kathy at Book DiaryReview Link
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THE THREE R'S

The Three R's is a collaboration of the minds of Cheryl from CMash Loves to Read, Julie from Reading with Restraint, and Gina from Hott Books.

Most of the books on my TBR pile are there because a fellow book blogger reviewed them highly and/or recommended them.  I haven't really been keeping track of who recommended/reviewed what, BUT when I saw this challenge recently, I started to put in my Goodreads notes where the recommendation came from when I added a book to my to-buy and/or wishlist shelf.  Obviously, all of the books won above are going to be on this list, plus others throughout the year.  I will add Three R's badge and a mention back to the blogger who hooked me up in my reviews through the year!  Details and signup:

We'd like to link our reviews that mention the blogger that suggested the book we've read and are now reviewing.

How thankful are you?
  • 1-6 Books (~1 review every 2 months)
  • 7-12 Books (~1 reviews every month)
  • 13-24 Books (~ 2 reviews every month)
I am going to be thankful to the highest level!

READ:

1.  Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin - The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
2. Last to Die by Kate Brady - The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
3. In Free Fall by Juli Zeh - Amazon / The Book Depository - Review Link
4. Glorious by Bernice McFadden -The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
5.  Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde - The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
6.  Somewhere Along the Way by Jodi Thomas
7. Beat by Stephen Jay Schwartz
8.  Caribou Island by David Vann - The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
9. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma - The Book Depository / Amazon  - Review Link
10.   Still the One by Robin Wells -  Books with Coffee
11.  Hannah's List by Debbie Macomber -  Knit Purl Gurl
12.  The Bells by Richard Harvell - Book Fan Mary - Review Link
13.   Whiter Than Snow by Sandra Dallas -  Minding Spot
14.  Save Me by Lisa Scottoline -  Won from Kathy at Book DiaryReview Link 

Those are the last two to get me set up for the new year!  Don't these both look like fun?  Join in!


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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Outdo Yourself 2011 Reading Challenge

Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

WHAT is up with all of these reading challenges?  Actually, most of them are to help me prioritize my reading and get my shelves down to a manageable size.

THIS challenge, however, is just something for fun - a self-challenge, if you will.  It's being hosted by The Book Vixen and it goes a little somethin' like this:

Details:
  • Runs January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011 (books read prior to 1/1/11 do not count towards the challenge). You can join at anytime. You can sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more books in 2011 than you did in 2010. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. Nothing is set in stone; you can change levels at any time during the challenge.
  • Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are fine.
  • You can list your books in advance or list them as you read them. It is not required that you review the books you read for this challenge but feel free to do so.
  • Post this reading challenge on your blog so you can keep a list of the books you’ve read for this challenge. Please include a link back to this post so readers can join the challenge too.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate. You can keep tabs on books you’ve read for this challenge on Goodreads or LibraryThing if you’d like (maybe make a shelf for “Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge”). If you are not on either of those sites then you can list the books you read for this challenge in the comments on my wrap-up post, which will be up at the end of 2011.
Levels:

   Getting my heart rate up – Read 1–5 more books   
   Out of breath – Read 6–10 more books   
   Breaking a sweat – Read 11–15 more books
   I’m on fire! – Read 16+ more books


So ... I've been book blogging since April.  Before that I was extremely lax about posting my reads, etc. on Goodreads, but since then, I've been pretty good at keeping track there of what I read and when I read it, even if I don't review it.  Right now, I'm at 99 books for 2010 since April.  So I am going to participate at the I'm on fire! level with a goal of 150 books for 2011 (not counting childrens picture books, which I read a lot of to the grandbebes).  I'll follow the above suggestion of adding a new Goodreads shelf for the challenge and simply add the books to that shelf as I read them, as my goal on the blog for this year is to be MUCH more organized than before!  I'll simply add books to this post as I read them as well, so I have them all listed and ready for the wrap-up post at the end of next year.

If you're a reader or a blogger just looking for a personal challenge that's super easy (you'll just do a wrap-up post at the end of the year), join me on this one!

UPDATES (Bold red number=review written):

Books read in January:

1.  Stranger Here Below by Joyce Hinnefeld - Review Link
2Left Neglected by Lisa Genova - Review Link
3.  The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger - Review Link
4The Radleys by Matt Haig - Review Link
5The Road by Cormac McCarthy - Review Link
6.  Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt - Review Link
7The Iron King by Julie Kagawa - Review Link
8.  A Girl Named Mister by Nikki Grimes
9.  Thr3e by Ted Dekker - Review Link
10Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin - Review Link
11.  Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa - Review Link
12.  The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok - Review Link
13Blind Your Ponies by Stanley Gordon West - Review Link
14.  The Giver by Lois Lowry
15.  Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
16.  Human Blend by Lori Pescatore - Review Link
17.  The Bird House by Kelly Simmons - Review Link
18.  The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor - Review Link
19.  Delirium by Lauren Oliver - Review Link
20.  The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Aherne - The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
21.  The Keening by A. LaFaye - Review Link
22.  Last To Die by Kate Brady
23A Widow's Story by Joyce Carol Oates - Review Link
24.  A Woman and Her Workplace by Rosemary Flaaten - Review Link
25.  The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa - Review Link
26.  Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman -  Review Link
27.  A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer
28Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann - Review Link
29.  Endgame:  Bobby Fishcher's Remarkable Rise and Fall by Frank Brady - Review Link
30. The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa - Review Link
32.  The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn - Review Link
33.  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


Books Read in February:

34Flowers from Cannibals: Book 1 of the Colleen Colgan Chronicles by Richard Phelan - Review Link
35.  Anyone Can Die by James LePore - Review Link
36.  The Poison Eaters: And Other Stories by Holly Black - Review Link
37.  The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashano - Review Link
38.  The Charlatan's Boy by Jonathan Rogers - Review Link
39. Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry - The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
40. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
41. Now You See Her by Joy Fielding - Review Link
42. The Other Life by Ellen Meister - Review Link
43Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest by Amos Oz - The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
44. Unthinkable by Shirley Duke - Review Link
45. Gated Grief by Leila Levinson - Review Link
46The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008  edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, Gavin J. Grant - Review link
47. In Free Fall by Juli Zeh - Review Link
48. The Brotherhood by Jerry B. Jenkins - Review Link
49.  The Light of the Falling Stars by J. Robert Lennon
50. Madame Tussaud:  A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran - Review Link
51. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
52. The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse - Review Link
53. The Secret of Ka by Christopher Pike - Review Link
54. Tom Thumb: The Remarkable True Story of a Man in Miniature by George Sullivan - Review Link
55. Wither by  Lauren DeStefano - Review Link
56. Possession by A. S. Byatt
57.  Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child -The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link

Books Read in March:


58. Three Stages of Amazement by Carol Edgarian -The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link  
59. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult - The Book Depository / Amazon - Review link
60.  Emily and Einstein by Linda Frances Lee - The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
61. Rodin's Debutante by Ward Just - The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
62. The End of Alice by A. M. Homes -The Book Depository / Amazon
63. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - Amazon / The Book Depository
64. The Altar of Bones by Philip Carter - The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
65. Glorious by Bernice McFadden -The Book Depository / Amazon  - Review Link
66. The Sins of Brother Curtis by Lisa Davis -The Book Depository / Amazon
 - Review Link
67. So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman -The Book Depository / Amazon
 - Review Link
68. When the Thrill is Gone by Walter Mosley -The Book Depository / Amazon  - Review Link
69. As I Die Lying by Scott Nicholson - Amazon 
70. No Contact:  Ending a Destructive Relationship by Penny L. Haider - The Book Depository / Amazon - Review link
71. The Hole in the Wall by Lisa Rowe Fraustino - Amazon / The Book Depository  - Review Link
72. Moondogs by Alexander Yates - The Book Depository / Amazon - Review link
73. Caribou Island by David Vann - The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
74.  Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell -The Book Depository / Amazon  -  Review Link
75.  Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys - Amazon / The Book Depository - Review link
76.  Flavors by Emily Sue Harvey - Amazon / The Book Depository - Review Link
77. These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf -The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
78.  Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King -The Book Depository / Amazon
79. A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull - The Book Depository / Amazon
80. Wicked by Gregory Maguire - The Book Depository / Amazon
81. Semper Cool by Barry Fixler - The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
82. Amaryllis in Blueberry by Christina Meldrum - Book Depository /Amazon - Review Link
83. Murder Takes the Cake by Gayle Trent -  Amazon / The Book Depository - Review Link
84.  Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble - Amazon / The Book Depository
85. The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens - The Book Depository /Amazon - Review Link
86.  The Song of the Silk Road by Mingmei Yip -  The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
87.  Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis -The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
88. Red Glove by Holly Black - The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
89. The Murderer's Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers -  The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
90. Miss Hildreth Wore Brown by Olivia deBelle Byrd - The Book Depository / Amazon  - Review Link
91.  Night Road by Kristin Hannah - The Book Depository / Amazon  - Review Link

Books Read in April:

92.  Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides - Book Depository/ Amazon
93. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell - Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
94. Wicked by Gregory Maguire - Book Depository  / Amazon 
95. Galore by Michael Crummey - Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
96. You Believers by Jane Bradley - Book Depository / Amazon  - Review Link
97. Phoebe by Diane Noble - Book Depository / Amazon     
98. Soulless by Gail Carriger - Book Depository / Amazon   
99.  The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty - Book Depository / Amazon
100. Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde - Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
101. The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry - Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
102.  Finding Emilie by Laurel Corona - The Book Depository / Amazon  - Review Link
103.  Belly of the Whale by Linda Merlino - Book DepositoryAmazon 
104.  The Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain - Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
105.  Somewhere Along the Way by Jodi Thomas - Book Depository / Amazon  -
106.  The Black (Morpheus Road #1) by D. J. McHale - Book Depository / Amazon  - Review Link
107. Dead of Wynter by Spencer Seidel - Book Depository / Amazon -
108. Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan - Book Depository / Amazon  - Review Link
109. The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas - Book Depository / Amazon  - Review Link
110.  Stay by Deb Caletti - Book Depository / Amazon  - Review Link
111. Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz - Book Depository /Amazon  - Review Link
112.  Rooms by James L. Rubart - Book Depository / Amazon  - Review Link
113.  The Mysterious Lady Law by Robert Appleton - Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
114.  Drood by Dan Simmons - Amazon / The Book Depository  - Review Link
115. The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark -The Book Depository / Amazon  - Review Link
116. Changeless by Gail Carriger - The Book Depository / Amazon  -
117. Chime by Franny Billingsley - The Book Depository / Amazon  - Review Link
118. The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham - Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
119. Blameless by Gail Carriger - Book Depository / Amazon -
120. Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda - Book Depository / Amazon  - Review Link
121. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld - Book Depository / Amazon

Books Read in May:

122. Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders by Gyles Brandreth - Book Depository / Amazon  - Review Link
123. Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld - Book Depository / Amazon 
124. The Mermaid Garden by Santa Montefiore (eGalley) - Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
125. The Deputy by Victor Gischler - Book Depository / Amazon  -
126. The Manufactured Identity by Heath Sommer - Book Depository / Amazon   -
127. The Descent of Man by Kevin Desinger - Book Depository / Amazon  - Review Link
128.  The Paperbark Shoe by Goldie Goldbloom - Amazon / Book Depository  - Review Link
129. Home Outside by Julie Messery - Amazon / Book Depository -
130.  Black by Ted Dekker - Amazon / Book Depository-
131.  The Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin - Book Depository  - Review Link
132. The White Devil by Justin Evans -Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
133.  The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane - Amazon / Book Depository -
134. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - The Book Depository / Amazon
135. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma - The Book Depository / Amazon -
136. The Long Goodbye by Meghan O'Rourke -The Book Depository / Amazon  - Review Link
137. The Dark City (Relicmaster 1) by Catherine Fisher -The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
138. Remember Me by Christopher Pike - The Book Depository / Amazon
139. The Human Obsession by Heath Sommer - The Book Depository / Amazon 
140. Long Drive Home by Will Allison -  The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
141. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood -  The Book Depository / Amazon
142. Solace by Belinda McKeon -  The Book Depository / Amazon 
143. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier - The Book Depository / Amazon
144. Emma by Jane Austen - The Book Depository / Amazon 
145. Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury - The Book Depository / Amazon  
146.  My Antonia by Willa Cather - The Book Depository / Amazon  
147. Children and Fire by Ursula Hegi -  The Book Depository / Amazon
148.  Snowflake Obsidian by The Hippie - The Book Depository / Amazon - Review Link
149.  The King's Mistress by Emma Campion
150.  The Tender Mercy of Roses by Anna Michaels






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