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Mailbox Monday, June 15, 2009

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Wednesday, June 10
Blood Test by Jonathan Kellerman Blood Test by Jonathan Kellerman

A sick child was missing – in an even sicker world. Five-year-old Woody Swope was desperately ill – and his one hope for cure was the clinic. But someone had a different idea. Woody had been kidnapped, and with every passing day, his chances of survival plummeted hideously. That was why child psychologist Alex Delaware and his ally, homicide detective Milo Sturgis, had no time to waste, and bent all the rules as they hunted through a human jungle of California health cults, sex-for-sale haunts, and dreams-turned-into-nightmares to find a child who was the only innocent in a world of guilt….

I got this book in my mailbox today from FrugalReader. I have the first book in the Alex Delaware series (haven’t read it yet though) and wanted to have the second one handy because I intend to get to When the Bough Breaks here pretty soon. Plus it’s a book that I have had my eye on for a while since I enjoy this series.

Saturday, June 13
Pacific Vortex! by Clive Cussler Pacific Vortex! by Clive Cussler

Dirk Pitt, death-defying adventurer and deep-sea expert, is put to the ultimate test as he plunges into the perilous waters of the Pacific Vortex – a fog-shrouded sea zone where dozesn of ships have vanished without a trace. The latest victim is the awesome super-sub Starbuck, America’s deep-diving nuclear arsenal. Its loss poses an unthinkable threat to national defense. Pitt’s job is to find it, salvage it, before the sea explodes. In a furious race against time, Pitt’s mission swirls him into a battle with underwater assassins – and traps him in the arms of Summer Moran, the most stunningly exotic and dangerous woman ever to enter Pitt’s life. As the countdown heads toward disaster, Clive Cussler plummets his hero onto an ancient sunken island – the astonishing setting for the explosive climax of Pacific Vortex!

I got this book from FrugalReader. I have read Raise the Titanic last year and wanted to check this series out from the beginning (I’m kind of obsessive about series and reading them in order). I like adventure type books for some reason – I think it’s the pace that they seem to take. So I’m definitely looking forward to getting around to this one.

Every Dead Thing by John Connolly Every Dead Thing by John Connolly

Hailed internationally as a pge-turner in a league with the fiction of Thomas Harris, this lyrical and terrifying bestseller is the stunning achievement of an “extravagantly gifted” (Kirkus Reviews) new novelist John Connolly superbly taps into the tortured mind and gritty world of former NYPD detective Charlie “Bird” Parker, tormented by the brutal, unsolved murders of his wife and young daughter. Driven by visions of the dead, Parker tracks a serial killer from New York City to the American South, and finds his buried instincts – for love, survival, and ultimately, for killing – awakening as he confronts a monster beyond imagining …

I got this book as part of my first trade at the Yahoo group MysteryBookSwap. I have read two books in this series and wanted to read the first one. I enjoyed Parker as a character and I’m definitely looking foroward to this one!!

Reading Challenge Update

2009 Mid-Year Reading & Challenge Update

Well, it’s that time again!!! I’m once again doing my mid-year reading and challenge update. I have to admit, I went back to my 2008 version and I was doing much better this time last year than I am this year. However, this year has been a roller coaster ride for me. My husband, Nathan, and I bought a house and spent a lot of January/February getting it ready to move in. Then we got a puppy, Buster and we’ve been busy with him a lot. So my reading has really suffered. I’ve also had trouble doing my reading for challenges; I’ve been reading what I whatever I pick up, not really anything for any challenges other than the 100+ Reading Challenge, the Countdown Challenge, and the Read Your Own Books challenge. Challenges that I re-joined this year that I enjoyed last year (Celebrate the Author & What’s in a Name) haven’t been appealing to me for some reason. I don’t know. But I do know that I’m going to press myself for the rest of the year to get those challenges that I’m really far behind on worked out so that hopefully I can complete all my challenges this year đŸ™‚ Anyways – on to the update:

FINISHED CHALLENGES:

  1. Suspense & Thriller Challenge (12/12) Finished: 6/10/09

ON-GOING CHALLENGES (ENDING IN 2009):

  1. 1st in a Series Challenge  (7/12) Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2009
  2. 100+ Reading Challenge (29/100) Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2009
  3. Celebrate the Author Challenge (3/12) Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2009
  4. Countdown Challenge (33/45) Aug. 8, 2008 – Sept. 9, 2009
  5. Presidential Reading Challenge (0/5) July 4, 2008 – July 4, 2009
  6. Read Your Own Booksk Challenge (19/50) Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2009
  7. What’s in a Name 2 Challenge (3/6) Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2009

PERSONAL CHALLENGES:

  1. Read 40,000 pages. Currently sitting at 9,824, which is 24.56%

Okay, so I’m probably not even going to read one book for the Presidential Reading Challenge, which bums me out because I have numerous books laying around the house that would fulfill the requirements, but I have no drive to read any of them. I’m bummed that I’m going to end that one with such poor results. I’m also way behind on my 100+ challenge, but that one I’m not as concerned about. I’m not really upset with the number of books that I’ve read this year; I’m really pleased with the overall quality of books that I have read so far rather than the quantity.

READING UPDATE:

  • Finished: 29
  • Abandoned: 2
  • Fiction: 29
  • Non-Fiction: 0
  • New-to-Me Author: 14
  • Female Authors: 15
  • Male Authors: 10

Well, overall I guess I’m not doing so badly considering all that is going on in my life right now. I guess it’s just slightly disappointing because I had such a prolific year last year. But the year isn’t over yet and like I stated up above, my quality of reading this year has been really pleasing so I really shouldn’t complain that I’ve only read 28 books rather than 50 at this time last year.

Well, there’s my update. How about everyone else?! Where are you at?