Challenge Wrap-Up, READING CHALLENGES 2010

Unfinished Challenge – Countdown Challenge 2010

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So, I didn’t finish this challenge. I had really hoped that I would be able to get this one done, but I just couldn’t. And I’m not sure why I didn’t finish it, it’s not like I didn’t have enough books to read that would fulfill this challenge. Oh well, here’s what I did read for this challenge:

2010 (complete)

  1. The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello
  2. Burn by Ted Dekker & Erin Healy
  3. Victim Six by Gregg Olsen
  4. The 9th Judgment by James Patterson
  5. Never Let You Go by Erin Healy
  6. The Alexandria Letter by George R. Honig
  7. Damaged by Alex Kava
  8. Death on the D-List by Nancy Grace
  9. 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan
  10. The Postcard Killers by James Patterson and Liza Marklund

2009 (completed)

  1. Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain
  2. Wait Until Twilight by Sang Pak
  3. The Eleventh Victim by Nancy Grace
  4. The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson & Martin Dugard
  5. Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris
  6. Children of Dust by Ali Eteraz
  7. Decoding the Lost Symbol by Simon Cox
  8. Conflicts with Interest by Michael Ruddy
  9. 18 Billion by Jack Gresham

2008

  1. The Aztec Heresy by Paul Christopher
  2. Hold Tight by Harlan Coben
  3. Exposed by Alex Kava
  4. Final Breath by Kevin O’Brien
  5. The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen

2007

  1. The Book of Names by Jill Gregory & Karen Tintori
  2. The Dying Game by Beverly Barton
  3. The Next Killing by Rebecca Drake
  4. Step on a Crack by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

2006

  • Carved in Bone by Jefferson Bass
  • The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
  • The Black Sun by James Twining
  • The Collectors by David Baldacci
    1. 2005 (completed)

      1. Michelangelo’s Notebook by Paul Christopher
      2. The Double Eagle by James Twining
      3. No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark
      4. The Camel Club by David Baldacci
      5. The President’s Assassin by Brian Haig

      2004

      1. London Bridges by James Patterson
      2. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen

      2003 (completed)

      1. The Murder of Laci Peterson by Cliff Linedecker
      2. The Sorority: Eve by Tamara Thorne
      3. The Sorority: Merilynn by Tamara Thorne

      2002 (completed)

      1. Four Blind Mice by James Patterson
      2. The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen

      2001 (completed)

      1. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
      4.5/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, G, Jane Rizzoli, RATING, Read in 2010, READING CHALLENGES 2010, SERIES

      REVIEW: Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen

      Ice Cold
      by Tess Gerritsen

      Copyright: 2010
      Pages: 322
      Rating: 4.5/5
      Read: Oct. 6-9, 2010
      Challenge: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge; Finish that Series Challenge
      Yearly Count: 53

      First Line: She was the chosen one.

      Maura Isles goes to Wyoming for a medical conference. There she meets a man that she went to college with and she makes a split second decision to go skiing with him, his daughter and two of his friends. That uncharacteristic decision will put her life at risk. Getting lost a snowstorm, they end up in a place called Kingdom Come. And Kingdom Come is not somewhere they want to be, it’s an abandoned village with some strange clues left behind. Several days later Jane Rizzoli, back in Boston, receives word that Maura’s charred body has been found in a mountain revine after a terrible car accident. Jane is determined to find out exactly what happened to her friend, but the investigation that she becomes involved in out in Wyoming will prove quite interesting. There are some people who will do anything in order to keep the truth about the people who used to reside in Kingdom Come, but Jane just can’t let things go.

      This is the most recent installment in the Rizzoli and Isles series and I have to say I really enjoyed it! I must say, though, that there were some spots in the book that were just unbelievable to me. And I’m very interested to see what the next book in this series will bring based on the ending of this book. I have really enjoyed catching up with this series, and I would highly recommend this series to anyone who loves a great read!

      4.5/5, AUTHOR, B, Book Review, Fiction, RATING, Read in 2010, READING CHALLENGES 2010, The Camel Club

      REVIEW: The Collectors by David Baldacci

      The Collectors
      by David Baldacci

      Copyright: 2006
      Pages: 511
      Rating: 4.5/5
      Read: Sept. 20-Oct. 5, 2010
      Challenge: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge; Countdown Challenge 2010; RYOB 2010
      Yearly Count: 52

      First Line: Roger Seagraves walked out of the U.S. Capitol after an interesting meeting that, surprisngly, had had little to do with politics.

      The assassination of the Speaker of the House of Representatives has rocked the nation. And the Camel Club has found a chillingly interesting connection between his death and the death of the director of the Library of Congress’s Rare Books and Special Collections Division. Oliver Stone, the Camel Club’s unofficial leader has found that someone is selling secrets to some of America’s worst enemies. When Annabelle Conroy, the greatest con artist of her generation breezes through town for the funeral of the Library of Congress’s director, her ex-husband, she intrigues Oliver Stone for many different reasons. But she will eventually join forces with the Camel Club in order to find out who is behind the murder. The Camel Club will need all the help they can get because the people that they are up against have no intentions of being caught or leaving any witnesses.

      I thoroughly enjoyed The Camel Club when I read it a few months back, and this book, the second in the series, was just as good in my opinion. I have really taken to the characters involved in the Camel Club, and I also really enjoy David Baldacci’s writing. I don’t really have any bad things to say about this book, I’m interested in continuing this series to see if we learn more about who Oliver truly is (or was, I should say). I highly recommend this series to anyone.

      Monthly Wrap Up

      August & September 2010 Wrap-Ups

      Here’s what I’ve been reading:

      August 

      1. Patricia Cornwell, Blow Fly
      2. Brian Haig, The President’s Assassin
      3. James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge, Step on a Crack
      4. Tess Gerritsen, Body Double
      5. Nancy Grace, Death on the D-List
      • Books read: 5
      • Pages read: 1,517
      • New Authors: 1
      • Fiction: 5
      • Nonfiction: 0
      • Read for Challenges: 5

      September

      1. Tess Gerritsen, The Mephisto Club
      2. Nellie Connally, From Love Field
      3. Tess Gerritsen, The Keepsake
      4. Ellen Horan, 31 Bond Street
      5. James Twining, The Black Sun
      6. James Patterson & Liza Marklund, The Postcard Killers
      7. James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge, Run For Your Life
      8. Meg O’Brien, Crimson Rain
      • Books read: 8
      • Pages read: 2,820
      • New Authors: 3
      • Fiction: 7
      • Nonfiction: 1
      • Read for Challenges: 8

      I hate to admit,  but six of these books were library books. However, I was able to almost catch up with one series (Tess Gerritsen’s Jane & Rizzoli series) and I read one really good historical fiction (31 Bond Street) which is a little out of my comfort zone. Overall, I’m quite pleased with how much I’ve read these past two months as well as what I read.