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Old 10-12-2011, 04:45 PM   #1921
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I enjoyed "Forgotten Garden" too, heard about it here. Also right now I am reading "Shanghi Girls" someone here recommended it too and I have been meaning to pick it up and finally did. I'm about halfway through and really enjoying it!!
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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson, and The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton have all been recommended to me by various friends, but have not yet got hold of any of them.

Finished the last couple weeks:

What's a Ghoul to Do? by Victoria Laurie (Ghost Hunters, Book 1)
Don of the Dead by Casey Daniels (Book 1 of series)
Sex and the Psychic Witch by Annette Blair (Triplet Witches, Book 1)
Gone With the Witch by Annette Blair (Triplet Witches, Book 2)
Never Been Witched by Annette Blair (Triplet Witches, Book 3)
The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse by Leann Sweeney (Cats in Trouble, Book 1)

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Just gave in and bought myself a Kindle, so I need to get that thing loaded up! And even though I have bought all of the Outlander series, I have them on my Kindle wishlist at Amazon. What a treat to be able to carry the ENTIRE series around with me.

Just finished "Unbroken" - whoever recommended it on here, THANK YOU! Loved it. The first book I ordered for my Kindle was "The Hunger Games". I was really enjoying it until I went to Amazon to order the other 2 in the series - should never have read the reviews because they have basically spoiled the next 2 for me.
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Just gave in and bought myself a Kindle, so I need to get that thing loaded up! And even though I have bought all of the Outlander series, I have them on my Kindle wishlist at Amazon. What a treat to be able to carry the ENTIRE series around with me.

Just finished "Unbroken" - whoever recommended it on here, THANK YOU! Loved it. The first book I ordered for my Kindle was "The Hunger Games". I was really enjoying it until I went to Amazon to order the other 2 in the series - should never have read the reviews because they have basically spoiled the next 2 for me.
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Linda: Ugh! There's a reason I tend not to read reviews -- or if I do, read them at GoodReads where people are required to post "spoiler" alerts. I'm sorry the Amazon reviews ruined the rest of The Hunger Games series for you, but hope you will give them a try anyway. It is a really good series.

Finished reading The Cat, the Professor and the Poison and The Cat, the Lady and the Liar by Leann Sweeney, books two and three in her "Cats in Trouble" mystery series. Now I can't wait for book four, not out until next April.

Up next: The Chick and the Dead, book two in the "Pepper Martin" series by Casey Daniels.

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Hey Ladies.... i havent been reading much the last few weeks. I am reading 10th Anniversary by James Patterson and the Union Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini but cant get into it, so started JP's book. Hope everyone has a great week.
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Finishedsince Oct 18:
The Chick and the Dead by Casey Daniels (Pepper Martin, book 2)
The Last Battle by CS Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia, book 7)
Wicked by Gregory Maguire (Started slow, but was pretty good)
Skirting the Grave by Annette Blair (Vintage Magic, book 4)

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Just finished Juliet by Anne Fortier. Loved it!!
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currently reading "Heaven is for Real" by Todd Burpo. true story- short great "must read."
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Heather,

Just finished reading four of the Witch series by Annette Blair. Thanks for the recommendation!! Read the new Kathy Reichs, Flash and Bones, yesterday, and started Girls in White dresses. A reading marathon this weekend!! LOve it!!

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Joanne: JULIET has been on my wish list a while now. Glad to hear it was good!

JenniK: Glad to hear you are enjoying Blair's "Witch" series. Did you read GONE WITH THE WITCH yet? Just wondering what you think of what/where Aidan's tattoo is. *WEG*

Still reading the most recent Jeaniene Frost. Only about a third of the way through as I have been working on Thanksgiving cards this week.

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JenniK: Glad to hear you are enjoying Blair's "Witch" series. Did you read GONE WITH THE WITCH yet? Just wondering what you think of what/where Aidan's tattoo is. *WEG*

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Yep, read that one this weekend, too. So what does *WEG* mean? But otherwise..........OMG!!! Can you imagine doing that???!!!! Needle phobe that I am...... NO WAY!!!! But still...... There is not enough alcolhol in the world to make that good.


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Jenni: I know what you mean! I can't imagine getting a tattoo on so much as an ankle, let alone...there. (Don't want to give it away for those who might like to read the book.)And, knowing the author had to get her inspiration somewhere, I confess to doing a google image search. *snicker*

Sorry, about the acronym. I'm so used to using it after all these years, I thought it was one of those basic ones everyone knew.

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I haven't been reading much here... giving my eyes a break lol.
What I have read Recently:

The Darkest Surrender- Gena Showalter

To read:
Dead Reckoning- Charlaine Harris (newest Sooke Stackhouse book)
Dark Taste of Rapture- Gena Showalter
Lord of the Vampires- Gena Showalter

Re- reading- The Darkest Lie by Gena Showalter for a group I am a member of, I play Scarlet from the book so need to re-read it lol.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!!!
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Sorry, about the acronym. I'm so used to using it after all these years, I thought it was one of those basic ones everyone knew.

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I'm working my way through the Wheel of Time series. I'm on The Fires of Heaven right now. I believe it's book 5.

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Sarah's Key
to name a few!!
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Jeanne: I have DEAD RECKONING on my TBR shelf. Really need to get to that this month!

[b]JenniK:[b] Yup, there was defiitely some *research* and, like you, I could not imagine sitting through something like that, no matter how (ahem) impressive the end result might be. LOL

Laurie: SARAH'S KEY has been in my TBR pile a while now. I keep meaning to get to it, but...so many books, not enough time, and stuff has a way of getting shuffled around regularly. Must make more of an attempt at reading it in 2012!

Finished:
ONE GRAVE AT A TIME by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress #6, paranormal romance, vampires)
SILENT IN THE GRAVE by Deanna Raybourn (Lady Julia Grey #1, cozy historical mystery)

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SILENT IN THE SANCTUARY by Deanna Raybourn (Lady Julia Grey #2)

The "Lady Julia Grey" series was recommended to me by a friend, and so far I have not been disappointed. Book one pulled me in with the opening paragraph: "To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor." Is that a great opening or what?
I look forward to finding the next four books in this series!

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Just started "Cutting for Stone". It's a bit slow so I hope it picks up.
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Jeanne: I have DEAD RECKONING on my TBR shelf. Really need to get to that this month!

[b]JenniK:[b] Yup, there was defiitely some *research* and, like you, I could not imagine sitting through something like that, no matter how (ahem) impressive the end result might be. LOL

Laurie: SARAH'S KEY has been in my TBR pile a while now. I keep meaning to get to it, but...so many books, not enough time, and stuff has a way of getting shuffled around regularly. Must make more of an attempt at reading it in 2012!

Finished:
ONE GRAVE AT A TIME by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress #6, paranormal romance, vampires)
SILENT IN THE GRAVE by Deanna Raybourn (Lady Julia Grey #1, cozy historical mystery)

Currently reading:
SILENT IN THE SANCTUARY by Deanna Raybourn (Lady Julia Grey #2)

The "Lady Julia Grey" series was recommended to me by a friend, and so far I have not been disappointed. Book one pulled me in with the opening paragraph: "To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor." Is that a great opening or what?
I look forward to finding the next four books in this series!

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That would get my attention lol... great opening sentence...
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Read the Back of Beyond, CJ Box, Kill Me if You Can, J Patterson, and the new Nora Roberts, The Next Always (loved it!! but then I do like me a good romance novel } this past weekend. Nice to spend some quality time on the couch reading!!

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Heather thank you for mentioning Lady Julia Gray series!! I picked up the first one yesterday at the library and just can't put it down. I need to check on book #2.
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Jeanne: Thank you, I thought it a great opening. *g*

Jenni K: Wow, three books in one weekend? You rock!

Patricia E: Glad you are enjoying the first of the Lady Julia Grey series, and hope you like the next as well!


I didn't get much reading done this past weekend as I was not home most of it. I finished SILENT IN THE SANCTUARY Saturday morning. I really wanted to stay up Friday night until it was done, but was too tired. Followed that up with a few short stories in the Dorothy L Sayers anthology I started August 2010. I've been trying to read a few short stories in between other stuff, and now have only twelve more shorts to go. Just might finish this year!

Currently reading: WHISPER FALLS by Toni Blake (Destiny #3, romance). Book four, HOLLY LANE, just came out and is on my Christmas list, so figured I'd better catch up on this one.


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Heather, you are amazing. How many books do you read in a week? I want to be able to do that You're an inspiration.
I just started The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest and am finishing up The Sixth Man by David Baldacci. Am shooting for two books a week to catch up some.
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if you are a Project Runway fan, you will like it too.
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Aw, shucks...

I have been averaging about two books a week this year, though there have been a couple that took a week or more to get through (like DRACULA--good book, but it seemed to take forever to get through it). I read whenever I can, particularly while riding the bus, waiting in long lines, and before bed or if I am unable to sleep.

I joined the Good Reads 2011 Reading Challenge this year, with a goal of 100 books, and am currently on book 98. Last year I read 104, which was 20 more than the year before that. It helps that a) I have not had cable for two years and b) some of my favorite TV shows were cancelled and I have not replaced them. That freed up A LOT of time for reading and other activities during the summer.

With cable, there is almost always something on to distract you. How often do you find yourself pulled into a channel you hardly ever watch while channel surfing? With regular programming only, I have a measly twelve channels, and there is hardly ever anything on before 12 or 1 pm. There is a lot of "paid programming" (read: really lame infomercials) on before noon on weekends. So, not only am I saving money by not having cable, I also save my time, LOL.

I've kept track of my reading since HS and looking back over the list earlier this year, I was surprised that there was one year soon after college when I read more than 200 books in one year. I really want to know how I did that! Of course, that was before I got my own computer and, while I was doing some scrapbooking, it was also before I got into stamping. Amazing how those electronic devices especially (TV, DVD/VCR, computer, ipod, cell phone, etc.) eat up one's time!


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I just started Kathy Reisch's new book "Flash and Bones." Apparently, I missed one last year "Spider Bones." I guess I'll have to go back and read it. I also just discovered another Young Adult series that I'm enjoying -- Daughters of the Moon.
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We have decided to cut tv out almost altogether too. I only watch like two shows on a regular basis and I am ready to bail on one of them. It's amazing how we get like 100 channels and there is never anything to watch. We have been reading as a family each night and it is so nice!
My next goal is to wean myself from the computer. It's like a tractor beam that keeps pulling me back in and sucking up way too much of my time.

I've been on Goodreads since February and totally love it. It really has motivated me to read a lot more than I used to. I set a goal of 65 books and am up to 54 read so that is about right on track.
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I just finished I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (The Book Thief) and highly recommend it. This author is awesome!
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Joanne: I'm glad you are enjoying Good Reads. I read THE BOOK THIEF earlier this year and loved it. THE MESSENGER is already on my wishlist, though it may take me a while to get to it, considering how many years TBT sat on my shelf before I got to it. Way too many literary choices...

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I'll have to see what you are all reading and load up my Kindle. I haven't been reading much as I was working on some craft projects. It is also a crazy busy time at work for me.

I'm currently working on Mentor - a coworker told me to read it. Not really my type of book but I'll finish it.

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Just picked up "Silent in the Sanctuary" but right now I am reading Nicolas Sparks new "Best of Me" and really enjoying it. I started "Clash of Kings" but wanted to squeeze this one in first.
Thanks for the heads up on Lady Julia Grey series...glad to see there are several!!
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Just finished The Hunger Games and can't wait to start the next book.
A big stack just arrived from my holds at the library, I wasn't expecting them all to come at once. So after my two historical novels (Washington:A Life and Killing Lincoln) that are up next on my list I need to sort that all out.
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The Hunger Games trilogy was really good; however, I was a little disappointed in the ending. But still a great read.
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Samantha: Have fun shopping for ebooks! I wish I could afford to go on a real book-buying spree but, alas, must stick to my over-flowing TBR shelves for the time being. I'm trying to think of it as making room for more new ones.

Joanne: Glad you enjoyed THE HUNGER GAMES, and hope you like the rest of the series. I would like to go to the movie when it comes out in March, but can't get any of my friends interested in it. I think one friend would enjoy it if she gave it a chance, but she refuses on basis of the premise. Of course, this is the same friend who claimed not to like vampires until I turned her onto a few series, too, and now buys new books in a couple of series before I can.

Doesn't it seem like books on hold always come in at the same time, and usually during a period you don't seem to have enough time to get to all of them?

Karen: I was a little torn with the way MOCKINGJAY ended, too, but did enjoy the books overall.

Patricia: Sorry the one book isn't to your liking, but glad you are enjoying the other. There are three more Lady Julia books after "Sanctuary," but... Okay, this is one of my biggest publishing peeves. The first two books are mass market paparbacks, the last three trade size paperbacks (a lot larger and twice the price). So...I am torn about seeking them out, as it appears they are only in trade size.

I absolutely hate when publishers switch format in mid-series. I keep most of my books. I like being able to go back and look something up from an earlier book in a series, or randomly picking one up and rereading a section or two. I like all books in a series to be of a uniform size so that they can all be shelved together. Publishers, however, don't seem to get this quirk of bibliophiles. I know it's a big deal for an author to be printed in trade or hardcover (more money and prestige) but, in my opinion, it is not fair to the reader to switch format mid-series. (End of rant)

Ahem. Sorry about that.

I finally finished WHISPER FALLS today. I can't believe this one took me an entire week. It's a good book, but I seemed to have less time for reading than usual. I spent most of the previous weekend with friends, was trying to complete craft and other projects during the week, and then this weekend spent more time doing other stuff (like going to a movie) than what I really wanted to be doing, which was read.

Am now getting ready to start ONE FOR THE MONEY by Janet Evanovich, which has been languishing in the TBR pile for almost a decade now. Hopefully this will make a couple friends of mine happy and stop pestering me (especially the one who sent me the book).

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Old 11-22-2011, 07:06 AM   #1955
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Got my iPad download of the new Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum) book at 10:50 last night! I was so happy!
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Hello ladies... Sorry I have been MIA. I have been reading a little bit. I am reading the following:

Dark taste of Rapture- Gena Showalter
Mistletoe Murder A Lucy Stone Mystery- Leslie Meier
More Than Words- Judith Miller (it is a Daughters of Amana book and based in the Amanda Colonies in Amana Iowa, which is one of my favorite places to go.)

Thats what I am reading at the moment.

Hope all is well with everyone!!
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Heather Hope you enjoy the Plum series!! I have laughed out loud on quite a few occassions!! I also try to read about 2 books a week. Sometimes more, sometimes less, so it all works out in the end. KWIM??

I started The Scot, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, as part of your suggestion.

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Old 11-22-2011, 06:36 PM   #1958
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Got my iPad download of the new Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum) book at 10:50 last night! I was so happy!

On the wait list at the library (58 out of gazilion). Hope it is as good as I expect!!

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I don't like that publishing change either. ICK!! I have so far not bought any of the trade books. I am with you, Heather, that just annoys.

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Just saw previews for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo???? I didnt realize they were making those into movies... looks interesting.
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