February 2009 Wrap-Up

February 2009 Wrap-Up

Here’s my end of the month wrap-up:

  1. James Patterson, Jack & Jill
  2. Harlan Coben, Deal Breaker
  3. Sue Grafton, C is for Corpse
  4. Janet Evanovich, Three to Get Deadly
  5. Laura Lippman, To the Power of Three
  6. Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem

Here are some statistics in regards to my reading:

  • Books read: 6
  • Pages read: 2,082
  • New Authors: 0
  • Fiction: 6
  • Nonfiction: 0
  • Read for Challenges: 6

Books Read Prior to 2007

  1. Ablow, Keith – Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson
  2. Bernhardt, William – Hate Crime
  3. Brown, Dan – The DaVinci Code
  4. Clark, Mary Higgins – Daddy’s Little Girl
  5. Clark, Mary Higgins – Nighttime is My Time
  6. Clark, Mary Higgins – On the Street Where You Live
  7. Clark, Mary Higgins – Stillwatch
  8. Clark, Mary Higgins – Two Little Girls in Blue
  9. Connelly, Michael – The Black Echo
  10. Connelly, Michael – The Black Ice
  11. Connelly, Michael – The Last Coyote
  12. Connelly, Michael – The Poet
  13. Connolly, John – The Killing Kind
  14. Cornwell, Patricia – All that Remains
  15. Cornwell, Patricia – Blow Fly
  16. Cornwell, Patricia – Postmortem
  17. Cornwell, Patricia – Unnatural Exposure
  18. Coughlin, William – Proof of Intent
  19. Crichton, Michael – Timeline
  20. Deaver, Jeffery – Hard News
  21. French, Nicci – The Red Room
  22. Grisham, John – Bleachers
  23. Grisham, John – The Client
  24. Hall, James W. – Blackwater Sound
  25. Hall, James W. – Rough Draft
  26. Howard, Linda – Open Season
  27. Iles, Greg – 24 Hours
  28. Iles, Greg – Mortal Fear
  29. King, Stephen – Dreamcatcher
  30. King, Stephen – It
  31. King, Stephen – Lisey’s Story
  32. King, Stephen – Pet Sematary
  33. King, Stephen – The Shining
  34. King, Stephen – Thinner
  35. Koontz, Dean – Eyes of Darkness
  36. Koontz, Dean – Intensity
  37. Koontz, Dean – Odd Thomas
  38. Koontz, Dean – Soul Survivor
  39. Koontz, Dean – Whispers
  40. Laymon, Richard – Blood Games
  41. Martini, Steve – The Attorney
  42. Mooney, Chris – Deviant Ways
  43. O’Shaughnessy, Perri – Invasion of Privacy
  44. Rule, Ann – Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer – America’s Deadliest Serial Murderer
  45. Savage, Tom – Scavenger
  46. Scottoline, Lisa – Everywhere that Mary Went

2009 What’s in a Name 2

whats-in-a-name-1Annie is once again hosting the What’s in a Name challenge! I’m very excited about this one! I absolutely loved 2008’s What’s in a Name! So I was extremely excited when I saw she had announced this one! I have a very rough list so far, so it is definitely subject to change. The only one that I am really struggling with is Medical Condition because I really dislike reading medical thrillers/mysteries. So we’ll see.

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Rules: Read 6 books between January 1st and December 31st, 2009, that fit the categories set out by Annie.

  1. Time of Day: The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard REVIEW
  2. Building: No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark REVIEW
  3. Body Part: Sweetheart, Chelsesa Cain REVIEW
  4. Relative: BoneMan’s Daughter, Ted Dekker REVIEW
  5. Profession: The Chemist, Janson Mancheski REVIEW
  6. Medical Condition: ‘D’ is for Deadbeat, Sue Grafton REVIEW


2009 100+ Reading Challenge


J.Kaye is hosting the 100+ Reading Challenge.  In 2008 I may or may not make it to 100. I will be close, in the high 90s, if I do not make it. I’ve been in sort of a reading slump and could struggle to get the last 6 books needed to hit 100 this year. Either way, I am signing up to try and make it in 2009! I will be keeping track of my list on this post.

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Rules: Read 100 books between January 1st and December 31st in 2009. Every book can count, whether it be fiction, non-fiction, how-to’s, children’s or young adults.

My list will be kept here:

  1. The Chemist by Janson Mancheski (Finished: 1/7/09) REVIEW
  2. Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain (Finished: 1/13/09) REVIEW
  3. The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard (Finished: 1/15/09) REVIEW
  4. Final Jeopardy by Linda Fairstein (Finished: 1/23/09) REVIEW
  5. Over Your Dead Body by David L. (Finished: 1/25/09) REVIEW
  6. Perfect by Harry Kraus, MD (Finished: 1/28/09) REVIEW
  7. All We Know of Heaven by Jacquelyn Mitchard (Finished: 1/30/09) REVIEW
  8. Jack & Jill by James Patterson (Finished: 2/2/09) REVIEW
  9. Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben (Finished: 2/5/09) REVIEW
  10. C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton (Finished: 2/9/09) REVIEW
  11. Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich (Finished: 2/12/09) REVIEW
  12. To the Power of Three by Laura Lippman (Finished: 2/17/09) REVIEW
  13. Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell (Finished: 2/26/09) REVIEW
  14. The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinksy (Finished: 3/6/09) REVIEW
  15. The 6th Target by James Patterson (Finished: 3/15/09) REVIEW
  16. Heartstopper by Joy Fielding (Finished: 3/22/09) REVIEW
  17. The Reader by Bernard Schlink (Finished: 4/5/09) REVIEW
  18. The Broken Parachute Man by Robert B. Bolin (Finished: 4/10/09) REVIEW
  19. Heart of Ice by Gregg Olsen (Finished: 4/15/09) REVIEW
  20. Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris (Finished: 4/21/09) REVIEW
  21. Capital Offense by Kathleen Antrim (Finished: 4/30/09 ) REVIEW
  22. The Osiris Alliance by Jack Ford (Finished: 5/11/09) REVIEW
  23. 7th Heaven by James Patterson (Finished: 5/19/09) REVIEW
  24. Whispers by Lisa Jackson (Finished: 5/23/09) REVIEW
  25. Rape: A Love Story by Joyce Carol Oats (Finished: 5/24/09) REVIEW
  26. The 8th Confession by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro (Finished: 5/31/09) REVIEW
  27. The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry (Finished: 6/7/09) REVIEW
  28. A Tisket, a Tasket, a Fancy Stolen Casket by Fran Rizer (Finished: 6/10/09) REVIEW
  29. Snagged by Carol Higgins Clark (Finished: 6/14/09) REVIEW
  30. In a Dark Time by Larry Watson (Finished: 6/19/09) REVIEW
  31. If I Did It by The Goldman Family (Finished: 6/22/09) REVIEW
  32. Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris (Finished: 6/24/09) REVIEW
  33. The Cove by Catherine Coulter (Finished: 7/4/09) REVIEW
  34. The Maze by Catherine Coulter (Finished: 7/11/09) REVIEW
  35. Sail by James Patterson (Finished: 7/19/09) REVIEW
  36. BoneMan’s Daughter by Ted Dekker (Finished: 7/23/09) REVIEW
  37. The Dyodyne Experiment by James Doulgeris & V. Michael Santoro (Finished: 7/25/09) REVIEW
  38. Cat & Mouse by James Patterson (Finished: 7/31/09) REVIEW
  39. Dancing with Ana by Nicole Barker (Finished: 8/3/09) REVIEW
  40. The Piper’s Sons by Bruce Chandler Fergusson (Finished: 8/8/09) REVIEW
  41. Swimsuit by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro (Finished: 8/11/09) REVIEW
  42. Executive Privilege by Phillip Margolin (Finished: 8/19/09) REVIEW
  43. An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris (Finished: 8/23/09) REVIEW
  44. She Loves Me Not by Wendy Corsi Stuab (Finished: 8/30/09) REVIEW
  45. sTORItelling by Tori Spelling (Finished: 9/1/09) REVIEW
  46. Real Murders by Charlaine Harris (Finished: 9/6/09) REVIEW
  47. When the Bough Breaks by Jonathan Kellerman (Finished: 9/17/09) REVIEW
  48. Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain (Finished: 9/22/09) REVIEW
  49. Michelangelo’s Notebook by Paul Christopher (Finished: 9/27/09) REVIEW
  50. The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker (Finished: 9/29/09) REVIEW
  51. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen (Finished: 10/5/09) REVIEW
  52. ‘D’ is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton (Finished: 10/10/09) REVIEW
  53. A Bone to Pick by Charlaine Harris (Finished: 10/13/09) REVIEW
  54. Pop Goes the Weasel by James Patterson (Finished: 10/18/09) REVIEW
  55. The Murder of Laci Peterson by Cliff Linedecker (Finished: 10/19/09) REVIEW
  56. Wait Until Twilight by Sang Pak (Finished: 10/21/09) REVIEW
  57. The Double Eagle by James Twining (Finished: 10/25/09) REVIEW
  58. Silent Witness by Richard North Patterson (Finished: 11/6/09) REVIEW
  59. The Eleventh Victim by Nancy Grace (Finished: 11/13/09) REVIEW
  60. The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson & Martin Dugard (Finished: 11/15/09) REVIEW
  61. Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris (Finished: 11/24/09) REVIEW
  62. Denial by Keith Ablow (Finished: 11/28/09) REVIEW
  63. Children of Dust by Ali Eteraz (Finished: 12/3/09) REVIEW
  64. The Aztec Heresy by Paul Christopher (Finished: 12/11/09) REVIEW
  65. Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Finished: 12/13/09) REVIEW
  66. No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark (Finished: 12/19/09) REVIEW
  67. Roses are Red by James Patterson (finished: 12/22/09) REVIEW
  68. The Sorority: Eve by Tamara Thorne (Finished: 12/23/09) REVIEW
  69. Decoding the Lost Symbol by Simon Cox (Finished: 12/23/09) REVIEW
  70. The Sorority: Merilynn by Tamara Thorne (Finished: 12/24/09) REVIEW
  71. The Sorority: Samantha by Tamara Thorne (Finished: 12/26/09) REVIEW
  72. Violets are Blue by James Patterson (Finished: 12/27/09) REVIEW
  73. Conflicts with Interest by Michael Ruddy (Finished: 12/30/09) REVIEW
  74. The Book of Names by Jill Gregory & Karen Tintori (Finished: 12/31/09) REVIEW


2009 1st in a Series Challenge


J. Kaye is hosting this year’s 1st in a series challenge. I am excited to be a part of this one, having missed last years. Here is a rough draft of my list. Since the rules state that we can update our lists as we go, mine is subject to change. Also this is allowing me to try out 7 new series! (Like I need that!)

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Rules: Read 12 books that are the first in a series January 1-December 31, 2009.

  1. Deal Breaker, Harlan Coben (Myron Bolitar) REVIEW
  2. Final Jeopardy, Linda Fairstein (Alex Cooper) REVIEW
  3. Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris (Harper Connelly) REVIEW
  4. Real Murders by Charlaine Harris (Aurora Teagarden) REVIEW
  5. When the Bough Breaks, Jonathan Kellerman (Alex Delaware) REVIEW
  6. Michelangelo’s Notebook, Paul Christopher (Finn Ryan) REVIEW
  7. The Chemist, Janson Mancheski (Vale Van Waring) REVIEW
  8. The Godwulf Manuscript, Robert B. Parker (Spenser) REVIEW
  9. Postmortem, Patricia Cornwell (Kay Scarpetta) REVIEW
  10. The Templar Legacy, Steve Berry (Cotton Malone) REVIEW
  11. The Cove, Catherine Coulter (FBI Thriller) REVIEW
  12. A Tisket, a Tasket, a Fancy Stolen Casket, Fran Rizer (Calamine Parrish) REVIEW


Happy New Year!

Well here it is, January 1, 2008. And I can finally start the books on my reading challenges. It was so difficult not to pick one of them up on the 30th because I had finished what I considered my last book of 2007. So instead I began a book that I got in the mail from PBS yesterday: Objection!: How High-Priced Defense Attorneys, Celebrity Defendants, and a 24/7 Media Have Hijacked Our Criminal Justice System by Nancy Grace. Boy, oh boy, does it sound exactly like Nancy! I got 90 pages into it yesterday and will continue to read it at night while I read my challenge books during the day at work … which I will definitely need, because it’s going to be cold, cold, cold … and that is not good for pouring concrete! Well I’m going to head off of here and pick out my first challenge book for 2008. Happy New Year!!