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It's August! 

 

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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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)

July

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

21. One Breath Away - Heather Gudenkauf (library)

22. Swallow The Ocean- Laura Flynn (library)

23. Dead Reckoning - Linda Castillo (library)

24 Corpse on the Cob - Sue Jaffarian (library)

August

25. Come Home- Lisa Scottoline (library)

26. Save Me- Lisa Scottoline (my copy) second hand shoppe


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40) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I am not sure what I think of the ending. Just finished last night. Certainly not what I expected, but I guess that is good. 

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January

1. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

2. The Help - Kathryn Stockett

3. The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World - Jacqueline Novogratz

4. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

 

February

5. Sugar Street - Naguib Mahfouz

6. My Life in France - Julia Child

7. The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick

8.One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

 

March

9. The China Study - Colin Campbell

10. The Paris Wife - Paula McLain

11. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins

12. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

 

April

13. A Year in the Merde - Stephen Clarke

14. Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay

 

May

15. Germinal - Emile Zola

 

June

16. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

17. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer

18. The 19th Wife - David Ebershoff

 

July

19. Cooking in the Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes - Andrea Reusing

20. The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

21. Train Dreams: A Novella - Denis Johnson

22. Coming Home to Eat - Gary Paul Nabhan

 

August

23.Chronical of a Death Foretold - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

24. Abarat - Clive Barker (re-read)

25. Days of Magic, Nights of War - Clive Barker

 

Currently reading Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker. I also have the first 3 books in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series from the library on my nightstand. I can't wait to start those, and I am taking some time for myself over the next few weeks to catch up on my reading!

 


 

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41) "Chomp" by Carl Hiaasen. A read aloud with my kids. I think this is my favorite Hiaasen book so far. 

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Holy Moly, it's almost the end of August.  I have a ton of books to post.  But I gotta do a quickie, b/c I'm slammed at the office.

 

#29 The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

Really fun western about two hired killers in the wild west of Oregon and California

 

#30 Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

More of the same, kind of like reading a tabloid magazine.  Not very well written, but kind of fun just the same.

 

#31 The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Very sobering and enraging research and examination of how the War on Crime and the War on Drugs are the new Jim Crow. 

 

#32 Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Fun urban fantasy (would you call his stuff that? he's sort of beyond genres...?) about a whole world under London.

 

#33 The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Memoir about an adverse and neglectful childhood.  She's a great writer, so despite the horrible neglect she and her siblings were subjected to, it was quite a good read. 

 

#34 The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Fabulous book.  I would recommend this to everyone.  It's sort of about baseball, but mostly about life.

 

#35 By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder

We're slowing down on this series.  Dd was super into it, but she's onto Harry Potter now.  We'll see if we get to the rest of the stories.

 

#36 A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King

Love these books.  Mystery with Sherlock Holmes and his young friend Mary Russell.

 

#37 In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard

Enh.  Was okay coming of age novel about a middle school girl in the midwest.

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HI!  I just got a few books from the library today. We are right back where we started 4 months ago but my library card is working again!  I can't wait to start reading.  Kiddo is elated as well.  He has an entire stack of DVD's waiting for him as well as books!

 

I know it sounds strange to most people but I think you ladies will understand - the library is our sense of community. For kiddo and me, even when we moved across country for the summer, getting registered with the new library system was one of the very first things we did.  Having that certain 'tie' to the city was very important. Being able to access materials, being able to read, watch DVD's,  attend programs is the core of what my little family is about.  Even in this age of electronic resources - E Readers, I Pads, Laptops etc, the library is still the place we both turn to first.

 

To be able to wander the shelves, to just left myself 'go' in the library is so freeing at times.  I can't get that sense of freedom or passion anywhere else, not at the bookstore, not online browsing,  strange huh?


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37. The Witch of Hebron by James Howard Kunstler 


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HI!  I just got a few books from the library today. We are right back where we started 4 months ago but my library card is working again!  I can't wait to start reading.  Kiddo is elated as well.  He has an entire stack of DVD's waiting for him as well as books!

 

I know it sounds strange to most people but I think you ladies will understand - the library is our sense of community. For kiddo and me, even when we moved across country for the summer, getting registered with the new library system was one of the very first things we did.  Having that certain 'tie' to the city was very important. Being able to access materials, being able to read, watch DVD's,  attend programs is the core of what my little family is about.  Even in this age of electronic resources - E Readers, I Pads, Laptops etc, the library is still the place we both turn to first.

 

To be able to wander the shelves, to just left myself 'go' in the library is so freeing at times.  I can't get that sense of freedom or passion anywhere else, not at the bookstore, not online browsing,  strange huh?

 

 

I can relate to that for sure!  We LOVE the library!  Unfort. our library is on their annual furlough right now, due to budget cuts.  But, the library levy passed during the last vote, and no furloughs next year!

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38. The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2012

39. The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World

40. Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President by Eli Saslow


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Oops I missed August! whistling.gif

 

26) Towers of Midnight by Brandon Sanderson/ Robert Jordan

         I'm so sad I have to wait until January for the next book, and then its the last one!

27) Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

          Great read!

28) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

29) Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

30) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

 

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#33 The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Memoir about an adverse and neglectful childhood.  She's a great writer, so despite the horrible neglect she and her siblings were subjected to, it was quite a good read. 

 

Have you read Half Broke Horses also by Jeannette Walls? It's the story of her grandmother, Lily Casey. I loved both books and would like to see more from her. 


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Have you read Half Broke Horses also by Jeannette Walls? It's the story of her grandmother, Lily Casey. I loved both books and would like to see more from her. 

 

 

I actually read that one first!  Both really good books. I would love to read more by her too.  Hope she keeps writing!

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