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#1 of 32 Old 06-05-2012, 09:25 AM - Thread Starter
 
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So, just by way of clarification (for comers both new and old), guidelines for the Book Challenge Thread are as follows:


1) Post the books you read ... or not
2) Post a recommendation ... or not
3) Number your book ... or not
4) Make a goal for how many books you want to read in 2012 ... or not
5) Have fun with books (This one, unfortunately, is MANDATORY

 

Happy reading everyone!

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I am a newcomer! I don't have a specific quantity goal, just keep using the library and keep reading books this summer as my freelance work permits.

 

So far I have read:

 

* American Splendor: Another Day and American Splendor: Another Dollar by Harvey Pekar

* Quitter by Harvey Pekar (these go quickly!)

 

I am really enjoying Harvey Pekar's books - I love the everyday/slice-of-life aspect and the art (some artists more than others). Ego and Hubris was also very good.

 

* 8 Men and a Duck: An Improbable Voyage by Reed Boat to Easter Island by Nick Thorpe

 

A few years ago, I read Kon-Tiki and Aku-Aku by Thor Heyerdahl. This is a similar story following on Heyerdahl's work. Very interesting if you like travel/adventure writing. Great descriptions of all the interpersonal stuff involved in an expedition like this. It's not important whether you believe the premise about Easter Island being settled from South America - that's not really the point of this one.


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Welcome Ragana!  tiphat.gif

 

 

Okay, finally posting a little update on my finished books;

 

#18 Belong to Me by Maris de los Santos

Picked it up b/c I liked the cover.  Thought at first I wouldn't like it, being a story about suburban mean mommies at first.  But it ended up being a really fascinating story with good character analysis.  I liked it.

 

#19 Life of Pi by Yann Martel

I started this one a few years back when everyone was reading it, and for some reason, couldn't get into it.  Reading it now for one of my book clubs, and I'm glad I picked it back up.  It's a good one.  A very unexpected plot.

 

#20 Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Enh. Read it for my other book club. Disney-fied, idealized story porn for adult women.  It was hot.  But, overly cliche and "perfect" and read a little like an extended Penthouse letter.  It would have helped if they had hired a decent editor to suggest to the author to use other words besides murmur, mutter, and gasp.  But, suspend your critical thinking, and it's a decent candy book.

 

#21 The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure

A memoir from a woman who decides to revisit her childhood enthusiasm for the Laura Ingalls Wilder books.  She re-reads them all and also decides to visit most of the historical sites in the US for the family and read the non-fiction about the family as well.  Pretty interesting stuff if you like the Little House books, and she's a fun writer, so it was a good time.

 

#22 Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

The author The Glass Castle tells the story of her gramma, an incredibly strong and gritty young woman coming of age in the southwest in the early 1900s.  Fascinating to read about her never-ending pluck in the face of adversity.  I haven't read The Glass Castle yet, looking forward to it.

 

#23 Rose: Love in Violent Times by Inga Muscio

Inga Muscio always writes a good book.  I wish she had more books.  She writes non-fiction social commentary. This one was hard to read in some parts, but I like that she ended with suggestions on how we could make the world a better place.

 

#24 Peony in Love by Lisa See

Story about a Chinese opera in the 1600's (maybe it was 1700's--it's about 6 books back, I'm foggy on the details already) that was about a young woman who loved a young man so much, but they weren't getting married, so she wasted away. (I think, now I think I might be getting the plot mixed up) The opera/poetry is performed/read all over the country and inspires other young woman to do the same thing, become so lovesick they die.  A young woman experiences this after watching the opera at her home and the book follows her throughout her afterlife as she navigates her new world as a ghost.  Pretty fascinating actually and somewhat based in truth apparently.

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I spent most of April packing and getting ready to move.  Most of May was spent on a cross country trip and coping with my new location.   Its June and I finally have a library card.

 

I've missed this group!!

 

 

January

1. Skipped Parts - Tim Sandlin  (Nook)

2. The Mill River Recluse - Darcie Chan (Nook)

3. I Used to Know That - Caroline Taggart (Nook)

4. Mom Still Likes You Best (audio book) - Jane Isay (Library)

5. The Snow Angel - Glenn Beck  (Library)

6. Hurricanes in Paradise - Denise Hildreth (Nook)

February

7. I Didn't Ask to Be Born - Bill Cosby (Library)

8. From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler (DS Copy)

9. House Rules - Rachel Sontag (Library)

10. On a Dollar a Day - Christopher Greenslate (Library)

11. Ella Enchanted - Gail Levine (Library)

12. House of Secrets - Tracie Peterson (Library) 

April

13. Victims - Jonathan Kellerman (Library)

June (no May, not much in April)

14. These Things Hidden - Heather Gudenkauf (library)


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Welcome back Zebra! flowersforyou.gif  How are you settling in at your new place?  You found the library, that's a good start! winky.gif

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I spent most of April packing and getting ready to move.  Most of May was spent on a cross country trip and coping with my new location.   Its June and I finally have a library card.

 

I've missed this group!!

 

 

January

1. Skipped Parts - Tim Sandlin  (Nook)

2. The Mill River Recluse - Darcie Chan (Nook)

3. I Used to Know That - Caroline Taggart (Nook)

4. Mom Still Likes You Best (audio book) - Jane Isay (Library)

5. The Snow Angel - Glenn Beck  (Library)

6. Hurricanes in Paradise - Denise Hildreth (Nook)

February

7. I Didn't Ask to Be Born - Bill Cosby (Library)

8. From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler (DS Copy)

9. House Rules - Rachel Sontag (Library)

10. On a Dollar a Day - Christopher Greenslate (Library)

11. Ella Enchanted - Gail Levine (Library)

12. House of Secrets - Tracie Peterson (Library) 

April

13. Victims - Jonathan Kellerman (Library)

June (no May, not much in April)

14. These Things Hidden - Heather Gudenkauf (library)

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Welcome back Zebra! flowersforyou.gif  How are you settling in at your new place?  You found the library, that's a good start! winky.gif

I'm ok... slower to adjust than I had hoped.  Hoping to be employed soon.  (living with mom is taking a toll on everyone).. but now I can go hide at the library!!  We are submerging into the homeschool groups too.


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Subbing ... I'm in the middle of a book right now, I actually had to put another one down--Kraken by China Miéville--I got about a third of the way into it and it started veering off in odd directions and got really WOO for me (wasn't what I was expecting). I had been led to believe it was an H.P. Lovecraft homage, but it was really more of a Neil Gaiman magical-London kind of story, and while it wasn't bad, it wasn't what I was looking for at the moment. So, I shelved it for the moment and moved on to something a little more horrific (its what I'm in the mood for right now) and will probably try Kraken again at a later date. Like I said, it's not bad, just not what I was looking for at the moment in my reading material.


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I'm ok... slower to adjust than I had hoped.  Hoping to be employed soon.  (living with mom is taking a toll on everyone).. but now I can go hide at the library!!  We are submerging into the homeschool groups too.

 

Good luck with the job search!  :)

 

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Subbing ... I'm in the middle of a book right now, I actually had to put another one down--Kraken by China Miéville--I got about a third of the way into it and it started veering off in odd directions and got really WOO for me (wasn't what I was expecting). I had been led to believe it was an H.P. Lovecraft homage, but it was really more of a Neil Gaiman magical-London kind of story, and while it wasn't bad, it wasn't what I was looking for at the moment. So, I shelved it for the moment and moved on to something a little more horrific (its what I'm in the mood for right now) and will probably try Kraken again at a later date. Like I said, it's not bad, just not what I was looking for at the moment in my reading material.

 

Sounds kind of fun :)  What are you reading that's horrific instead?

And thanks for offering on the kindle book.  I think I have to hold off for now, just because I have 4 books from the library to finish.  Soon though!

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Sounds kind of fun :)  What are you reading that's horrific instead?
 

 

 

17World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

by Max Brooks

 

--What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said? I love this book. The world Brooks has created is absolutely fascinating and engrossing and is one of the most terrifying and "realistic" depictions of the zombie apocalypse that I have come across in fiction.

 

 

 

Books for 2012: 1. Batman: No Man's Land, 2. Doctor Who: The Day of the Troll, An Exclusive Audio Adventure, 3. The Shimmer, 4. Let the Right One In, 5. Doctor Who: The Pirate Loop, 6. Those Across the River, 7. The Hunger Games, 8. Catching Fire, 9. Mockingjay, 10. Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel, 11. Doctor Who: The Nightmare of Black Island, 12. The Alienist, 13. One Second After, 14. Shadows Over Baker Street: New Tales of Terror!, 15. The Haunted Vagina, 16. The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks of the Apocalypse, 17. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War


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18Star Wars: Death Troopers

by Joe Schreiber

 

--Now, I'm as geeky as the next but I'm not much of a Star Wars fan, however through some zombies in the mix and I'm there. Death Troopers is a very scary (read: claustrophobic, a zombies in space story is a surprisingly frightening prospect given that you're confined to the same location as the ghouls) and gruesome story, something you might not expect from a Star Wars story (things like climbing a mountain of body parts and viscera to escape reanimated stormtroopers ... for example), but given that this is a zombie story ... and despite not being much of a Star Wars fan, I think that this is a pretty kickass story.

 

 

 

Books for 2012: 1. Batman: No Man's Land, 2. Doctor Who: The Day of the Troll, An Exclusive Audio Adventure, 3. The Shimmer, 4. Let the Right One In, 5. Doctor Who: The Pirate Loop, 6. Those Across the River, 7. The Hunger Games, 8. Catching Fire, 9. Mockingjay, 10. Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel, 11. Doctor Who: The Nightmare of Black Island, 12. The Alienist, 13. One Second After, 14. Shadows Over Baker Street: New Tales of Terror!, 15. The Haunted Vagina, 16. The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks of the Apocalypse, 17. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, 18. Star Wars: Death Troopers


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17World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

by Max Brooks

 

--What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said? I love this book. The world Brooks has created is absolutely fascinating and engrossing and is one of the most terrifying and "realistic" depictions of the zombie apocalypse that I have come across in fiction.

 

 

 

Books for 2012: 1. Batman: No Man's Land, 2. Doctor Who: The Day of the Troll, An Exclusive Audio Adventure, 3. The Shimmer, 4. Let the Right One In, 5. Doctor Who: The Pirate Loop, 6. Those Across the River, 7. The Hunger Games, 8. Catching Fire, 9. Mockingjay, 10. Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel, 11. Doctor Who: The Nightmare of Black Island, 12. The Alienist, 13. One Second After, 14. Shadows Over Baker Street: New Tales of Terror!, 15. The Haunted Vagina, 16. The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks of the Apocalypse, 17. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

 

That does sound horrifying!!

 

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18Star Wars: Death Troopers

by Joe Schreiber

 

--Now, I'm as geeky as the next but I'm not much of a Star Wars fan, however through some zombies in the mix and I'm there. Death Troopers is a very scary (read: claustrophobic, a zombies in space story is a surprisingly frightening prospect given that you're confined to the same location as the ghouls) and gruesome story, something you might not expect from a Star Wars story (things like climbing a mountain of body parts and viscera to escape reanimated stormtroopers ... for example), but given that this is a zombie story ... and despite not being much of a Star Wars fan, I think that this is a pretty kickass story.

 

 

 

Books for 2012: 1. Batman: No Man's Land, 2. Doctor Who: The Day of the Troll, An Exclusive Audio Adventure, 3. The Shimmer, 4. Let the Right One In, 5. Doctor Who: The Pirate Loop, 6. Those Across the River, 7. The Hunger Games, 8. Catching Fire, 9. Mockingjay, 10. Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel, 11. Doctor Who: The Nightmare of Black Island, 12. The Alienist, 13. One Second After, 14. Shadows Over Baker Street: New Tales of Terror!, 15. The Haunted Vagina, 16. The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks of the Apocalypse, 17. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, 18. Star Wars: Death Troopers

 

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Welcome Butterflymom!

 

So, who has read The Life of Pi?  My friend just told me her book club's interpretation of it, and I'm feeling kinda weird about it.  Anyone?

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Viginia Euwer Wolff's groundbreaking novel, written in free verse, tells the story of fourteen-year-old LaVaughn, who is determined to go to college--she just needs the money to get there. When she answers a babysitting ad, LaVaughn meets Jolly, a seventeen-year-old single mother with two kids by different fathers. As she helps Jolly make lemonade out of the lemons her life has given her, LaVaughn learns some lessons outside the classroom.
 

 

I listened to this in audio, so I don't know if I got the full "free verse" experience with this book -- but I did find LaVaughn's voice to be so authentic and real; and her descriptions of her surroundings so authentic.

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I reas Life of Pi 9 years ago & remember practically nothing. Same summer read Sarah and Ahab's Wife and remember very much!

I think it's hard for me to retain a lot from fiction unless the main character is someone I can really relate to emotionally! Bah!
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Sorry all. I have been really busy with work the last month and a half. So finishing books has taken a lot longer than usual for me.

 

31) "Hoot" by Carl Hiaasen as a read aloud with the family. We enjoyed this one very much. The kids took out two more of Hiaasen's books so those will be appearing soon. Happy summer reading everyone!

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Igraine- my 11 yr old LOVES Hiassen.  There was a new release this year - if I am remembering correctly and he read that in about a day.  Yep I had a kiddo who does 1000 pages a week.

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January

1. Skipped Parts - Tim Sandlin  (Nook)

2. The Mill River Recluse - Darcie Chan (Nook)

3. I Used to Know That - Caroline Taggart (Nook)

4. Mom Still Likes You Best (audio book) - Jane Isay (Library)

5. The Snow Angel - Glenn Beck  (Library)

6. Hurricanes in Paradise - Denise Hildreth (Nook)

February

7. I Didn't Ask to Be Born - Bill Cosby (Library)

8. From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler (DS Copy)

9. House Rules - Rachel Sontag (Library)

10. On a Dollar a Day - Christopher Greenslate (Library)

11. Ella Enchanted - Gail Levine (Library)

12. House of Secrets - Tracie Peterson (Library) 

April

13. Victims - Jonathan Kellerman (Library)

June (no May, not much in April)

14. These Things Hidden - Heather Gudenkauf (library)

15. The Weight of Silence - Heather Gudenkauf (library)

16. The Help - Kathryn Stockett (library)

17. Live Wire - Harlan Coben (my copy) - this maybe titled something else as it's the canadian edition from a second hand shoppe

18. Sickened - Julie Gregory (library)

19. Maine -  J. Courtney Sullivan (library)

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* Game of Thrones - Just finished it!

 

Will probably not have time to read much in July since I got a freelance job in that involves translating quite a large document and will take most of July. Am noting some of these books/reviews for the future, though!
 


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Grave Mercy by Robin LeFever

 

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     Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
     Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

 

I really enjoyed this book.  Very fascinating with a strong teen female protagonist.  

 

The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon

 

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In 1991, fourteen-year-old Brent Runyon came home from school, doused his bathrobe in gasoline, put it on, and lit a match.  He suffered third-degree burns over 85% of his body and spent the next year recovering in hospitals and rehab facilities.  During that year of physical recovery, Runyon began to question what he’d done, undertaking the complicated journey from near-death back to high school, and from suicide back to the emotional mainstream of life.  In the tradition of Running with Scissors and Girl, Interrupted, The Burn Journals is a truly remarkable book about teenage despair and recovery.

 

A very honest look at an adolescent boy's battle with severe depression, suicidal ideation and the agonizing physical recovery of surviving severe burns.  

 

Body Finder by Kimberly Derting 

 

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Sixteen-year-old Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her unusual so-called gift. While her confusing feelings for her best friend are new, she has been able to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered—and the imprints that attach to their killers since she was a little girl. Violet has never considered her ability useful, but now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Fiercely protective of her, Jay agrees to help Violet search for the murderer. But even as she's falling in love, Violet is getting closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.

 

 

Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

 

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Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Her best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay, is the only one outside of her family who knows of her morbid ability. But when Violet discovers the body of a missing boy, she draws the attention of the FBI.

As Violet dodges their questions, she is pulled into an investigation that will endanger more than just her secret. For without even meaning to, Violet has stumbled upon a dark truth—and a desperate killer.

 

I really enjoyed the first book in this series.  The second one really disappointed me, but apparently not enough to not read the third one... as I just downloaded it.  bag.gif 

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24. The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord

25. Baby Buddhas: A Guide for Teaching Meditation to Children

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City of Fallen Angels, Clare

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The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her...But nothing comes without a price. Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. Not to mention that he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other one. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

 

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What did you think of it?  I've read all them, except for the one just released. 

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What did you think of it?  I've read all them, except for the one just released. 

 

I didn't find it as quick paced as the other ones -- but I was very interested in the historical/religious lines of the story, it had me doing searches on the Lilith myth among other things.  I also really like Simon's character/.  I bought the next one, will probably read it soon.

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32) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.  These books are like crack! I had to set Storm of Swords aside to finish it this weekend

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I reas Life of Pi 9 years ago & remember practically nothing. Same summer read Sarah and Ahab's Wife and remember very much!
I think it's hard for me to retain a lot from fiction unless the main character is someone I can really relate to emotionally! Bah!

 

Oh, I LOVED Ahab's Wife!  I was just thinking about Life of Pi, and my friend said her book club's interpretation was that Richard Parker was a vicious human and the narrator identifying him as a tiger was a metaphor. 

 

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Sorry all. I have been really busy with work the last month and a half. So finishing books has taken a lot longer than usual for me.

 

31) "Hoot" by Carl Hiaasen as a read aloud with the family. We enjoyed this one very much. The kids took out two more of Hiaasen's books so those will be appearing soon. Happy summer reading everyone!

 

Hoot is on my daughter's list of books she wants to read, when she finishes all the Little House books, all the American Girl books, and all the Harry Potter books. lol.gif

 

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* Game of Thrones - Just finished it!

 

Will probably not have time to read much in July since I got a freelance job in that involves translating quite a large document and will take most of July. Am noting some of these books/reviews for the future, though!
 

 

Can't WAIT to read those books!

 

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32) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.  These books are like crack! I had to set Storm of Swords aside to finish it this weekend

 

Definitely like crack.  I couldn't put those books down!

 

 

 

I'm reading a serious book right now, after finishing Jenny Lawson's book Let's Pretend This Ever Happened, which was funny.  Currently reading The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. 

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January

1. Skipped Parts - Tim Sandlin  (Nook)

2. The Mill River Recluse - Darcie Chan (Nook)

3. I Used to Know That - Caroline Taggart (Nook)

4. Mom Still Likes You Best (audio book) - Jane Isay (Library)

5. The Snow Angel - Glenn Beck  (Library)

6. Hurricanes in Paradise - Denise Hildreth (Nook)

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7. I Didn't Ask to Be Born - Bill Cosby (Library)

8. From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler (DS Copy)

9. House Rules - Rachel Sontag (Library)

10. On a Dollar a Day - Christopher Greenslate (Library)

11. Ella Enchanted - Gail Levine (Library)

12. House of Secrets - Tracie Peterson (Library) 

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13. Victims - Jonathan Kellerman (Library)

June (no May, not much in April)

14. These Things Hidden - Heather Gudenkauf (library)

15. The Weight of Silence - Heather Gudenkauf (library)

16. The Help - Kathryn Stockett (library)

17. Live Wire - Harlan Coben (my copy) - this maybe titled something else as it's the canadian edition from a second hand shoppe

18. Sickened - Julie Gregory (library)

19. Maine -  J. Courtney Sullivan (library)

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20. Who Do You Think You Are? - Alyse Myers (library) 

 
* couldn't finish #19 - 'Maine'. The first 120 pages just dragged on and on.  Honestly - I think there were too many characters and the switching between present and past with the main character was too confusing for the mind frame I was in.  Left it in the return bin at the library and am happily moving on to another selection!

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The Janus Stone, Griffiths

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It’s been only a few months since archaeologist Ruth Galloway found herself entangled in a missing persons case, barely escaping with her life. But when construction workers demolishing a large old house in Norwich uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway—minus its skull—Ruth is once again called upon to investigate. Is it a Roman-era ritual sacrifice, or is the killer closer at hand?

Ruth and Detective Harry Nelson would like to find out—and fast. When they realize the house was once a children’s home, they track down the Catholic priest who served as its operator. Father Hennessey reports that two children did go missing from the home forty years before—a boy and a girl. They were never found. When carbon dating proves that the child’s bones predate the home and relate to a time when the house was privately owned, Ruth is drawn ever more deeply into the case. But as spring turns into summer it becomes clear that someone is trying very hard to put her off the trail by frightening her, and her unborn child, half to death.

 

 

Okay, I listened to the first book in this series on audio and enjoyed it.  But I guess since it was audio, I didn't really get how oddly disjointed the writing is.  I like the story, but found the writing very distracting.  I think I will stick with audio if I read any more in this series.

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