Friday, January 23, 2009

Bored...So Very Bored...

There must have been a reason that this book didn't make the final cut. And then I had to go and screw things up by wanting to read it so badly. I should have left it alone, because now I am truly bored.

Friday, January 9, 2009

"Friday Night Knitting Club"

Normally I wouldn't write a review until I've finished a book, but I'm going to be a little different and write one halfway through. There isn't much I don't like about this book. A few word choices here and there that irk me, a character doing a dumb thing (but I admit, it's important to her individual story), the looming fact that something "bad" and irreversible is going to happen to one of these characters that I have come to love in the past few days. I only just started this book 2 or maybe 3 days ago, and I am whipping right through it, saddened at the thought that once it's over, I'll be moving on to some other book, and tragically not the sequel, because it's in hardcover and I'm on a book ban.

I had really hoped to read this for one of my book clubs, but the book fates had other plans in mind. I'm even a bit ashamed to admit I didn't vote for this book myself, though I had suggested it to the group. Too many other books caught my eye, and besides, I owned this one already and could read it any time I wanted. I'm even a bit tempted to start it over from the beginning, just to make it last longer. I know I won't; I'm on a mission to read as many books as I can handle in this one life. I know I'll read this book again someday. I have to. 

Eternally yours,

Monday, January 5, 2009

If Heaven Were a Library...

My afterlife would be set. But since there's a good chance it won't be, how does one choose what to read in one's short stay here?

I don't know, really. Some books are read because others tell us to read them, some because we've heard about them from others, and some we just pick up on a whim. 

And then there's those "series" books. You know the ones. They are three inches deep, filled with sword fights and political disputes, espionage and romance. I'm currently sucked into one. But I'm taking my time. I don't force myself to spend time reading it; there's too many other things out there not worth missing. That might mean you'll see "Stone of Tears" on this list for a very long time. I'm not worried. I've been reading it a few months already, so what are a few more?

Eternally yours,

Thursday, January 1, 2009

A Few Words About the Book List

At the top of the page it says "Currently Reading." That will change as I start to finish books and start new ones. The date will also change as I begin new books. When I finish a book, I will remove it from "Currently Reading" and start a list lower on the page. Along with the title and author of the book, I will record the date the book was finished. It's not so much about how long the book takes me to read, but that I finish it at all.

Eternally yours,

The Book List

Currently Reading
The Space Between Us

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova 01/01/09
Wicked by Gregory Maguire 01/03/09
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan 01/05/09
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge 01/07/09
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman 01/09/09
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs 01/10/09
The Shack by Wm. Paul Young 01/12/09
An Abundance of Katherines 01/16/09
Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind 01/21/09
The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman 01/24/09
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin 01/24/09
Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult 01/26/09
Plainsong by Kent Haruf 01/27/09
Minion by L.A. Bank 01/30/09
The Graduate by Charles Webb 1/30/09

January: 15

Chocolat by Joanne Harris 02/01/09
Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman 02/05/09
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett 02/06/09
Gatsby's Girl by Caroline Preston 02/07/09
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 02/10/09
Mademoiselle Boleyn by Robin Maxwell 02/12/09
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri 02/13/09
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink 02/15/09
The Abortionist's Daughter by Elisabeth Hyde 2/17/09
The Shack by Wm. Paul Young 2/22/09
Pandora by Anne Rice 2/23/09
What Shamu Taught Me about Life Love and Marriage by Amy Sutherland 2/25/09

February: 12

Eragon by Christopher Paolini 3/05/09
Envy by Anna Godbersen 3/05/09
Watchers in the Night by Jenna Black 3/10/09
Don of the Dead by Casey Daniels 3/11/09
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead 3/14/09
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach 3/22/09
Midnight's Daughter by Karen Chance 3/23/09
Sweep: Book of Shadows (bk. 1) by Cate Tiernan 3/23/09
Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult 3/27/09
Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande 3/29/09
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell 3/31/09

March: 11

Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman 4/02/09
Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot 4/03/09
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, bk. 1) by Ilona Andrews 4/06/09
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser 4/08/09
Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris 4/11/09
Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn 4/13/09
Stargazer by Claudia Gray 4/15/09
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler 4/19/09
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 4/24/09
Forever Princess by Meg Cabot 4/26/09
The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd 4/30/09

April: 11

The Sleeping Beauty Proposal by Sarah Strohmeyer 5/04/09
Dhampir by Barb and J.C. Hendee 5/05/09
Frostbite (Vampire Academy, bk. 2) by Richelle Mead 5/09/09
The Bondwoman's Narrative by Hannah Crafts and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 5/09/09
Sleeping with the Fishes by MaryJanice Davidson 5/11/09
Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, bk. 1) by Jeaniene Frost 5/13/09
The Gathering by Anne Enright 5/16/09
North from Calcutta by Duane Evans 5/24/09
Nightwalker by Jocelynn Drake 5/25/09
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning 5/28/09
Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber 5/29/09
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway 5/31/09

May: 12 Total 09: 61

Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult 6/04/09
Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier 6/09/09
The Veil by Diane Noble 6/12/09
The Autumn Castle by Kim Wilkins 6/16/09
Mina: The Dracula Story Continues by Marie Kiraly 6/21/09
Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn 6/23/09
Sweep: The Coven (bk. 2) by Cate Tiernan 6/23/09
Sweep: Blood Witch (bk. 3) by Cate Tiernan 6/24/09
Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith 6/25/09
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich 6/29/09

June: 10 Total 09: 71

A Deadly Habit by Andrea Sisco 7/01/09
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr 7/02/09
Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips 7/07/09
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult 7/12/09
Go Ask Malice: A Slayer's Diary by Robert Joseph Levy 7/13/09
Italian for Beginners by Kristin Harmel 7/16/09
White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison 7/18/09
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell 7/26/09
Pride by Rachel Vincent 7/??/09
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 7/30/09
Dreaming in French by Megan McAndrew 7/31/09

July: 11 Total 09: 82

Evermore by Alyson Noel 8/01/09
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 8/01/09
Always Watching by Brandilyn and Amberly Collins 8/03/09
The Secret History of Vampires edited by Darrell Schweitzer 8/06/09
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin 8/07/09
The Queen's Bastard by Robin Maxwell 8/11/09
The Rapture by Liz Jensen 8/13/09
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett 8/14/09
Twinkie, Deconstructed by Steve Ettlinger 8/18/09
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs 8/20/09
Beastly by Alex Flinn 8/21/09
The Nazi Officer's Wife by Edith Hahn Beer 8/27/09
The Cinderella Pact by Sarah Strohmeyer 8/28/09
Dubliners by James Joyce 8/29/09
If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer 8/30/09

August: 15 Total: 97

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls 9/01/09
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 9/02/09
Meridian by Amber Kizer 9/03/09
Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem 9/06/09
City of Souls by Vicki Pettersson 9/08/09
Soulless by Christopher Golden 9/08/09
To the Tower Born by Robin Maxwell 9/09/09
The Stolen Child by Keith Donahue 9/11/09
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent 9/14/09
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe 9/16/09
The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl 9/22/09
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert 9/24/09
One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus 9/28/09
Sweep: Dark Magick (bk. 4) by Cate Tiernan 9/30/09

September: 14 Total: 111

Notting Hell by Rachel Johnson 10/01/09
On Call: A Doctor's Days and Nights in Residency 10/05/09
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton 10/??/09
Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay 10/10/09
The Poison Apples by Lily Archer 10/12/09
Lies My Mother Never Told Me by Kaylie Jones 10/13/09
I Heard That Song Before by Mary Higgins Clark 10/14/09
Decked by Carol Higgins Clark 10/15/09
Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler 10/16/09
Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks 10/20/09
The Slow Moon by Elizabeth Cox 10/24/09
Vampire Close by Susanne Saville 10/27/09
The Birth House by Ami McKay 10/27/09
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong 10/28/09
The Sugarless Plum by Zippora Karz 10/29/09

October: 15 Total: 126

Vigil: A Novel by Cecilia Samartin 11/04/09
Through Violet Eyes by Stephen Woodworth 11/06/09
How to Catch and Keep a Vampire by Diane Laurence 11/09/09
Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead 11/12/09
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 11/13/09
Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk 11/16/09
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok 11/20/09
Fallen by Lauren Kate 11/20/09
Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel 11/23/09
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev 11/24/09
Hannah (Daughters of the Sea) by Kathryn Lasky 11/26/09
One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost 11/29/09
How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls by Zoey Dean 11/30/09

November: 13 Total: 139

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr 12/05/09
Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving 12/08/09
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore 12/09/09
The Atlantis Code by Charles Brokaw 12/14/09
Master of Murder by Christopher Pike 12/16/09
The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey 12/16/09
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks 12/18/09
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 12/20/09
Julie and Julia by Julie Powell 12/23/09
A Separate Country by Robert Hicks 12/24/09
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare 12/25/09
Succubus on Top by Richelle Mead 12/27/09
Queen of Babble in the Big City by Meg Cabot 12/28/09
The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist 12/28/09
Double Take: A Memoir by Kevin Michael Connolly 12/30/09
The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg 12/30/09