Friday, January 13, 2006

On The Bookshelf


Shirley Rousseau Murphy: Cat on the Edge

Jeffrey Cohen: For Whom the Minivan Rolls, As Dog is My Witness, A Farwell to Legs

Sally Spencer: The Salton Killings

Lorna Landvik: Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons

Alexander McCall Smith: Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

Nora Roberts: Time and Again. Three Fates. Heaven and Earth. Dance Upon the Air. Face the Fire

J.P. Martin: Private Yankee Doodle

Daphne DuMaurier: Rebecca

Susan Hill: Mrs. deWinter

Currently involved with....

2006 Reading List

The Cat Who Sniffed Glue, by Lillian Jackson Braun
Another fun, light read from The Cat Who... series. These are not great literature by any means, but are a great way to pass the time with a few chuckles and meet some very interesting characters. Good for times and places you can't fully concentrate on just the book. January 3

The Cat Who Brought Down the House by Lillian Jackson Braun
See Review above :) January 10

Lost Child by Marianne White
A relatively good time travel book involving England and Scotland. Although it doesn't measure up to the standards set by Diana Gabaldon's books, :) it was good enough to keep my interest and to finish. It lacks research or at least the benefits of research and is somewhat predictable. Yet, I'd recommend it for anyone interested in historic England and Scotland and some fun family escapades. January 12

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

On Reserve at the Library

Masaru Emoto: The Secret Life of Water, The True Power of Water: Healing and Discovering Ourselves

Patricia Cornwall: Predator

Roberts, Nora: Red Lily

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Books I Want to Read

Charlene Harris: Grave Sight

Series I've Enjoyed

* denote books I've read

Diana Gabaldon's Jamie and Clare books:
*Dragonfly in Amber
*The Voyager
*Drums of Autumn
*Firey Cross
*A Breath of Snow and Ashes

James Patterson's Alex Cross books:
*Along Came a Spider
*Kiss the Girls
*Jack & Jill
*Cat & Mouse
*Pop Goes the Weasel
*Roses are Red
*Violets are Blue
*Four Blind Mice
*The Big Bad Wolf
*London Bridges
*Mary, Mary

Lilian Jackson Braun's The Cat Who.... books
*The Cat Who Could Read Backwords
*The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern
*The Cat Who Turned On and Off
*The Cat Who Saw Red
*The Cat Who Played Brahms
*The Cat Who Played Post Office
*The Cat Who Knew Shakespear
*The Cat Who Sniffed Glue
The Cat Who Went Underground
The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts
The Cat Who Lived High
*The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal
*The Cat Who Moved a Mountain
The Cat Who Wasn't There
The Cat Who Went Into the Closet
The Cat Who Came to Breakfast
*The Cat Who Blew The Whistle
The Cat Who Said Cheese
The Cat Who Tailed a Thief
*The Cat Who Sang for the Birds
*The Cat Who Saw Stars
The Cat Who Robbed a Bank
*The Cat Who Smelled a Rat
The Cat Who Went Up the Creek
*The Cat Who Brought Down the House
The Cat Who Talked Turkey

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Books:
*Sorcerer's Stone
*Chamber of Secrets
*Prisoner of Azkaban
*Goblet of Fire
*Order of the Phoenix
*Half Blood Prince

Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta books:
*Post Mortem
*Body of Evidence
*All That Remains
*Cruel and Unusual
*The Body Farm
*From Potter's Field
*Cause of Death
*Unnatural Exposure
*Point of Origin
*Black Notice
*The Last Precinct (If you liked these so far, don't bother reading the next two.)
*Blow Fly


Reading has always been one of my passions. However, I have some kind of a OCD, and when I persue one hobby or creative outlet, I drop all the others. Over the past year, I've been trying to incorporate reading back into my life. It doesn't work all the time, but I'm much better about spending some time each day with a book. I've started carrying a book with me much of the time, so when I'm waiting to pick up my grandson at school, or in a theater before the movie starts, I can read a bit. When life is rough for me, as it has been the last several months, I choose light, non-challenging reading. Things like cozy mysteries, young adult books, etc., to keep my mind occupied. When life calms down and I can spend larger blocks of quiet time I tend to gravitate towards books with a bit more substance.

This blog, in it's third reincarnation is an attempt to keep track of books I've read, with some reviews, as well as list books that have caught my interest for one reason or another.

2005 Reading List

June to December 2005
Four Blind Mice by James Patterson
The Cat Who Played Brahms by Lilian Jackson Braun
Trace by Patricia Cornwell
Murder, With Peacocks by Donna Andrews
The Cat Who Played Post Office by Lilian Jackson Braun
The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson
A Son Called Gabriel by Damian McNichol
Final Jeopardy by Linda Fairstein
London Bridges by James Patterson
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton
The Hanged Man by T.J. MacGregor
The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare by Lilian Jackson Braun
Likely to Die by Linda Fairstein
Map of Bones by James Rollins
A Stir of Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Bad Faith by Aimée Thurlo and David Thurlo
The Prayer of the Bone by Paul Bryers
Past the Size of Dreaming by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
A Red Heart of Memories by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Seventh Sense by T.J. MacGregor
Wedding Ring by Emilie Richards
Scarlett: the sequel to Gone With the Wind by Alexandra Ripley
Divine Evil by Nora Roberts
Birthright by Nora Roberts
Advent of Dying by Carol Anne O'Marie
Pirates! by Celia Rees
Mary, Mary by James Patterson
Ghost of a Chance by Yasmine Galenorn
Murder Under a Mystic Moon by Yasmine Galenorn
Legend of the Jade Dragon by Yasmine Galenorn
A Harvest of Bones by Yasmine Galenorn

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