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Old 03-06-2013, 05:35 AM   #2241
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Just finished Silver Linings Playbook... it was EXCELLENT! It's a relatable story.... to anyone who has ever felt "not so normal" and refused to give up on a dream.... just trying to the big world out....

Haven't seen the movie, but I want to now!!
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Heather, did you enjoy Crocodile on the Sandbank? I read that many years ago and have followed Amelia all the way through -- saw her get married, her son grow up and also get married. I thoroughly enjoyed them. She's my kind of woman!!!
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Just finished Silver Linings Playbook... it was EXCELLENT! It's a relatable story.... to anyone who has ever felt "not so normal" and refused to give up on a dream.... just trying to the big world out....

Haven't seen the movie, but I want to now!!
You will definitely enjoy the movie!!!
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Did you read the book? I am hoping the movie gets to the cheap theatre soon, because I don't think you can buy it for about 6 weeks!
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No, I haven't read the book. I didn't know it was a book prior to seeing the movie. I think I'll put it on my list.
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No, I haven't read the book. I didn't know it was a book prior to seeing the movie. I think I'll put it on my list.
You definitely should.... they really let you get inside of Pat's mind, I loved that!!! One criticism I have read about the book was that Tiffany's character was not "deep" but I did not agree.... maybe because I didn't see the movie first? My thought, though, was that the story is focusing on Pat's demons, maybe they wrote Tiffany's character down a bit to not have two similar characters competing? It was well written... really kept me guessing...
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Reading Lincoln haven't seen the movie.
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JenniK: I am trying to decide which titles on my wishlist I want most. Definitely To Catch a Leaf by Kate Collins (Flower Shop #12) and probably the last Jennie Bentley I am missing, too. From what my sister said when she called the other night, it sounds like I may have a second GC coming in the mail, so will wait to see if it is B&N or Amazon.

Lois: Yes, I did enjoy Crocodile on the Sandbank. I recently found Amelia #2 at the library used book sale, so hope to work that into the queue sometime soon. The only problem with coming so late to a series like this is that it will take forever to read them all. I really need to catch up on some of the books borrowed from a friend and my sister, too. So many books, far from enough time!

Cynamom: Glad to hear you enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook. I have not read it, or even seen the movie yet, though both sound good. I hardly get to the movies at all anymore. Of course, it can be so expensive, and they seem to come out on DVD almost as soon as they hit the theater these days.

Finished Kansas City Cop and have started a 3-in-1 anthology, Three Cowboys, by Julie Miller, Dana Marton and Paula Graves. Read most of the first novella last night and finished it this morning. I hope to get through the second one tonight. Shouldn't be a problem, seeing as Elementary is a repeat and nothing else looks good.


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Recently finished:

14. Kansas City Cowboy by Julie Miller (Rom-suspense)
15. Three Cowboys by Julie Miller/Dana Marton/Paula Graves (3-in-1 anth., rom-sus)
16. The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart (Vintage mystery)*

* I really liked this classic mystery by Rinehart. Though fourteen years older than her contemporary, she is often called the "American Agatha Christie." I look forward to reading more of hers in the future. Many are available for free download through Project Gutenberg and Amazon Kindle.

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I am more than halfway through Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (Mercy #7). I could have easily stayed up all night finishing it, but at 2am I reminded myself I had to work in the morning and forced myself to set it down and turn off the light. Darn day job!

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I so feel your pain!!! I did this last week trying to finish the Husband List, by Janet Evanovich. I was kind of a wreck.
I have also been on a Laurie King bender lately. Reading a lot of her Mary Russel (wife of Sherlock Holmes) stories. The Garment of Shadow, The Pirate King, and The Game are all books that I have read in the last couple of weeks.

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I was up until 3am finishing Frost Burned. At least today is Saturday and I can take a nap later, lol.

Am not familiar with Laurie King. Suppose I will have to look her up at GoodReads.

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I'm currently reading The Sixth Man, the last of the King & Maxwell series by David Baldacci. I just downloaded Shadow of Night, the second in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. I had read A Discovery of Witches (the first of the series) last year. I saw a piece on the Deborah Harkness' website that they are going to be making a movie from A Discovery of Witches.
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Lois: Discovery of Witches has been on my wishlist for quite some time now. I did not know it was being made into a movie, yet somehow feel I shouldn't be surprised.


Last week I was four books behind in my goal towards 100. Today...only one book behind. I owe that and a couple of late nights to Lois Lowry. I read the first two books in her "Giver" quartet over two days. Good, fast reads deserving of the many accolades they have received. Finished since last posting:

17. Frost Burned by Jeaniene Frost (Paranormal/urban fantasy, Mercy #7)
18. Kit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton (cozy mystery, knitting #1)
19. The Giver by Lois Lowry (Young Adult, The Giver Quartet #1)
20. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (Young Adult, The Giver Quartet #2)
21. Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil by Nancy Atherton (Cozy mystery, Aunt Dimity #6)

Currently reading: Aunt Dimity: Detective by Nancy Atherton (AD #7)

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Have had a few days at home this week. Read The Underside of Joy and Lethal yesterday and today. Started on The Forgotten tonight.jennik
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Alex Cross, Run - James Patterson just keeps cranking them out.
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I'm planning on finishing A Wanted Man by Lee Child (a Jack Reacher novel). It's been good.
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JenniK: Don't you love it when you get a few hours -- or days -- to do nothing but read? It was actually warm enough this past weekend that I spent several hours reading on a friend's patio. Too bad I didn't think about applying sunscreen to my face first (yeah, slight sunburn).

HW and SS: I really need to give Patterson and Lee Child a try. One of these days... *g*

I've somehow managed to catch up and get back on track for this year's reading goal. Read since March 25:

22. Aunt Dimity: Detective by Nancy Atherton (Cozy mystery, Aunt Dimity #7)
23. State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy (Cozy mystery, White House Chef #1)
24. I'd Tell You That I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter (YA, Gallagher Girls #1 -- and yes, that is the actual title. This is a fun series.)
25. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter (YA, GG#2)
26. Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost (Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance, Night Prince #2)
27. Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews (Cozy mystery, Meg Langslow #1)

Just starting: Murder With Puffins by Donna Andrews (ML #2)

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I saw on David Baldacci's website that TNT is going to have a new series based on the King & Maxwell series. It starts in June.
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Anyone read "Me Before You"? Heard lots of great things about it, but I've hesitated because of the Kindle price: $14.99.
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I just read The Orlando File , an e-book by Ian G.P. Irvine, which I borrowed from Amazon.com. It actually comes in two parts. I've only read Part One, have to wait a couple of days to download Part 2. It's a medical conspiracy thriller. So in the meantime, I'm reading The Forgotten by David Baldacci.
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I started this post last week, but was interrupted, so saved it in Word until I could finish it later...which ended up being a few days. Oops!

Hi Lois! I don't have cable, but now you have me curious about that series. Will have to look it up at Goodreads!

Hi Linda. I have heard of that book, and it sounds good, but I would hesitate to buy the ebook at that price, too. IMO, ebooks should be much cheaper than the actual print book. If an ebook is the same as the print book, I'd rather own the actual physical book.

I've somehow managed to stay on track with my reading goal through the month of April. I also seem to be reading A LOT of YA lately. My preferred genres are mystery and romance, and while it's not unusual for me to pick up a classic or YA on occasion, eight or nine in a matter of weeks is not the norm.

Finished off April with:
28. Murder With Puffins by Donna Andrews (Mystery, Meg Langslow #2)
29. Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter (YA, Gallagher Girls #3)
30. Disney in Shadow by Ridley Pearson (YA, Kingdom Keepers #3)
31. In Bed With the Boss's Daughter by Bronwyn Jameson (Romance, this one was moldering in Mount TBR since 2001)
32. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg (YA/middle grade)
33. Power Play by Ridley Pearson (YA, Kingdom Keepers #4)
34. Tactical Advantage by Julie Miller (Rom suspense, The Precinct: Task Force #3)
35. Wall-to-Wall Dead by Jennie Bentley (Mystery, DIY Mystery #6)
36. Shell Game by Ridley Pearson (YA, Kingdom Keepers #5)


"Mixed-up Files" was a reread -- I couldn't help pulling it off my shelf a few weeks ago, after hearing the author had passed. I first read it back in 6th grade, and it was one that stuck with me. I'm especially enjoying Ally Carter's "Gallagher Girl" series, about a private school for teenage girls learning to become spies. Fun, humorous books with a little bit of romance.

The "Kingdom Keepers" series was on loan from my sister and BIL, and are set in Disney World theme parks and cruise ship. I'm hoping they'll bring book six next time they visit, especially considering the cliffhanger at end of book five.

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I love to read so I thought I would join in!!! I haven't been reading a lot lately, especially over the past year. I am now taking time for me and reading is part of my self care regime.

I'm currently reading James Patterson's 12th of Never - Part of the Women's Murder Club Series. It's the latest one out and I'm really enjoying it.

I just finished Debbie Macomber's newest novel in the Blossom Street Series called Starting Now.

I have a lot on my pile of must readings, just sitting here waiting for me to get at them.
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I am reading the Snow Child or rather Audible is reading it to me. It is my way of reading while driving and I just love that choice!
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I just downloaded Dan Brown's new book Inferno to my Kindle. I haven't gotten too far into it yet, but I think I'm going to enjoy it.
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Read James Patterson's Private London and Berlin last weekend. Started on Donna Leon's The Golden Egg. Got a couple of days at home this week, so I am going to try and whittle down the TBR pile!!


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Simvan: Welcome to the discussion! It's always good to hear of people rediscovering a love of reading. While I have read some Debbie Macomber (though not the Blossom Street series), I have yet to read anything by James Patterson. I recently borrowed a few from my sister and BIL to try out, but have not yet got to them.

Dell: I'm in awe of anyone who can actually listen to audiobooks. Much like talk radio, they either put me to sleep, or I tend to zone out and miss half of what was said.

Lois: How did you like Inferno? It's on my wishlist, though I still need to read The Lost Symbol (another one borrowed from sis and bil).

JenniK: Isn't it nice to get a few days all to yourself where you can just curl up and read? Of course, it would take more than a few days to whittle down my TBR pile.

Still on track with my reading goal. Finished since May 12:


37. Rafferty's Wife by Kay Hooper (Rom-suspense, Hagen #3)
38. Funeral Food by Kathleen Taylor (Mystery, Tori Bauer #1)
39. Thread Reckoning by Amanda Lee (Cozy, Embroidery mystery #3)
40. The Long Stitch Good Night by Amanda Lee (Cozy, Embroidery mystery #4)
41. The Azalea Assault by Alyse Carlson (Cozy, Garden Society #1)
42. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (Childrens, Oz #1)

The last was actually a reread for me, though it's been quite a while since my sisters and I read several of the books in that series. It was the May group read for a classics group at Goodreads.

Currently reading: Messenger by Lois Lowry (YA, Giver #3). I'm a little peeved that the last book in the series is currently only in hardcover. Looks like I'll be waiting a while for that one.

Hope everyone has a good weekend (of reading)!



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Heather,
Audible books are really great. I too was not sure if I could deal with someone reading to me. However, Audible.com has some great narrators and sometimes multiple ones for one book. I have found it actually helps me with my listening skills.

I finished Snow Child and now reading Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler. Prior to Snow Child, I read Zelda. All of these I am doing through Audible. I have a few books on my nightstand that I read manually.
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I should also add the biggest thing for me is that I probably wouldn't read much at all if I didn't use Audible. I feel I a huge sense of accomplishment when I read this way.

I still love to read manually when I have the time though. Nothing beats a book to read on the beach or around the pool.
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What kind of reading goals are you gals setting here?

Also, has anyone read The Aviator's Wife? If so, what do you think?
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I should also add the biggest thing for me is that I probably wouldn't read much at all if I didn't use Audible. I feel I a huge sense of accomplishment when I read this way.

I still love to read manually when I have the time though. Nothing beats a book to read on the beach or around the pool.

I listen to audio books when I drive to and from work, too. And I love a good book by the pool!!

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Dell: Thanks for the plug for Audible, but I don't think that would make a difference. When I get engrossed in something, either at work or a craft project at home, I miss half of what's going on around me, including whatever's playing on the radio or CD player. There are times I'll be listening to the radio and suddenly hear them recap the last few songs they played and wonder when they played one or more of them as I did not recall "hearing" them (as in, they just didn't register at all, LOL). I also have a few recorded lectures from conferences I attended a few years back, and anytime I've listened to them, I've had to rewind and relisten to whole chucks as I missed what was said. Guess I'm more of a visual person.

As for reading goals... For a fourth consecutive year, I signed up for the annual reading challenge at Goodreads. You set your own goal, and log each book you read. My goal is one hundred books, as it has been the previous three years. Each year I seem to go a few over. Last year I read 106, the year before 105. It basically boils down to reading at least two books a week. At the end of February I was four books behind, but have managed to catch up and stay "on track" since then. Would love to get a few books ahead, though.

And if you think 100 books in a year is a lot, there are people on GR who read between 200 and 400 a year. I have no idea how they do it, other than one or more books a day and no job. The most I have read in a single year was 217 in 1995. That was after college and before I had a computer, and even with a job somehow found time to read a book a day (or two days, in some cases). Looking at my reading list from that year, I can tell by the titles that while most were around 200 pages, some were double that, or more. I do not expect to meet or exceed that goal anytime in the near future, LOL.

I also read across different genres. I especially like romance, rom-suspense and mystery/thriller, but also read the occasional classic, YA, mainstream fiction or lit fic. I rarely (as in almost never) read nonfiction. Least favorite genres include science fiction, horror and biograpahy/memoir. Mount TBR is overflowing and continues to multiply on an almost weekly basis. You can never have too many books, and it can be quite dangerous to one's budget when you have a used book store, a monthly library used book sale, and a Dollar Tree all where you shop and bank.

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Old 06-04-2013, 09:07 AM   #2272
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Oh, I also set mini-goals for myself within that 100 each year. For example, I have a goal of 8 to 10 classics (have read five so far this year). I have goals of catching up on books borrowed from a friend and my sister, and I have been trying to catch up on a few favorite series/authors.

I have a goal to finish, or attempt to finish, a Read-the-USA mystery challenge -- read a mystery book set in all 50 states, plus DC. I have eleven to go in that one. Some states are more difficult to find than others. For example, Delaware. The only book I have ever read set in Delaware was West of Rehoboth by Alexs D. Pate. Good book, but not a mystery. Most people in the challenge read an auto racing book that does not appeal to me in the least. I hate auto racing, I'm sure as heck not interested in reading a book about it, LOL.

South Dakota was a hard one--apparently not too many mystery series are set there, so I was over the moon when I found Funeral Food. Utah and Oklahoma have also proven difficult to find. Sometimes I come across a book that appeals to me and set in a state I still need -- only to find that the book is an older one and either long out of print or just plain hard to find (and not available in ebook, either).

I also participate in some of the monthly mini challenges in the Cozy Mysteries group at Goodreads, and will try to read the Featured Author of the Month if I have that author in Mount TBR, or can find the first book in a series at the used book store or library book sale. It's even better if a book fits two challenges. For example, Funeral Food not only fit the USA challenge, but a mini-challenge to read a book with food in the title or on the cover.

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I had a quite different goal: alternate reading a novel with a book of non-fiction. I kept to it for over a year and enjoyed the variety. Non-fiction doesn't have to be a tome of facts; biographies can be wonderful. What convinced me to end it was looking at my dwindling supply of non-fiction versus the stuffed shelves of fiction.

My reading time is in bed just before sleep...look forward to it and miss it terribly if events disrupt the normal schedule (and find it harder to fall asleep). Even preferred that quiet reading time in bed to the evening's entertainment on a cruise ship!
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Dell: Thanks for the plug for Audible, but I don't think that would make a difference. When I get engrossed in something, either at work or a craft project at home, I miss half of what's going on around me, including whatever's playing on the radio or CD player. There are times I'll be listening to the radio and suddenly hear them recap the last few songs they played and wonder when they played one or more of them as I did not recall "hearing" them (as in, they just didn't register at all, LOL). I also have a few recorded lectures from conferences I attended a few years back, and anytime I've listened to them, I've had to rewind and relisten to whole chucks as I missed what was said. Guess I'm more of a visual person.

As for reading goals... For a fourth consecutive year, I signed up for the annual reading challenge at Goodreads. You set your own goal, and log each book you read. My goal is one hundred books, as it has been the previous three years. Each year I seem to go a few over. Last year I read 106, the year before 105. It basically boils down to reading at least two books a week. At the end of February I was four books behind, but have managed to catch up and stay "on track" since then. Would love to get a few books ahead, though.

And if you think 100 books in a year is a lot, there are people on GR who read between 200 and 400 a year. I have no idea how they do it, other than one or more books a day and no job. The most I have read in a single year was 217 in 1995. That was after college and before I had a computer, and even with a job somehow found time to read a book a day (or two days, in some cases). Looking at my reading list from that year, I can tell by the titles that while most were around 200 pages, some were double that, or more. I do not expect to meet or exceed that goal anytime in the near future, LOL.

I also read across different genres. I especially like romance, rom-suspense and mystery/thriller, but also read the occasional classic, YA, mainstream fiction or lit fic. I rarely (as in almost never) read nonfiction. Least favorite genres include science fiction, horror and biograpahy/memoir. Mount TBR is overflowing and continues to multiply on an almost weekly basis. You can never have too many books, and it can be quite dangerous to one's budget when you have a used book store, a monthly library used book sale, and a Dollar Tree all where you shop and bank.

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I totally understand the wandering mind thing and I too am visual for the most part. I think though working as a marketer in assisted living has taught me listen. I listen to people's stories everyday and it can prove to be quite interesting. I think the Audible thing helps improve my listening skills too.

Anyway, I love the fact that you have reading goals that you set. I don't think I could accomplish as much as you do in one year. That is awesome! I will be lucky to get 15 or 20 books read in a year. Maybe I should try to log the ones I read. I might surprise myself. I think I will check out those sites you mentioned.

I too read diff genres. My fav is historical fiction. I like bios of famous people. Mostly like turn of the century reads. I also read motivational books from time to time. I suppose I really like these because I have been in management for a long time and you can pick up some wonderful tips from that type of read. I also like humorous genres but I find those very hard to find.
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Oh, I also set mini-goals for myself within that 100 each year. For example, I have a goal of 8 to 10 classics (have read five so far this year). I have goals of catching up on books borrowed from a friend and my sister, and I have been trying to catch up on a few favorite series/authors.

I have a goal to finish, or attempt to finish, a Read-the-USA mystery challenge -- read a mystery book set in all 50 states, plus DC. I have eleven to go in that one. Some states are more difficult to find than others. For example, Delaware. The only book I have ever read set in Delaware was West of Rehoboth by Alexs D. Pate. Good book, but not a mystery. Most people in the challenge read an auto racing book that does not appeal to me in the least. I hate auto racing, I'm sure as heck not interested in reading a book about it, LOL.

South Dakota was a hard one--apparently not too many mystery series are set there, so I was over the moon when I found Funeral Food. Utah and Oklahoma have also proven difficult to find. Sometimes I come across a book that appeals to me and set in a state I still need -- only to find that the book is an older one and either long out of print or just plain hard to find (and not available in ebook, either).

I also participate in some of the monthly mini challenges in the Cozy Mysteries group at Goodreads, and will try to read the Featured Author of the Month if I have that author in Mount TBR, or can find the first book in a series at the used book store or library book sale. It's even better if a book fits two challenges. For example, Funeral Food not only fit the USA challenge, but a mini-challenge to read a book with food in the title or on the cover.

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Wow! Never heard of the USA Mystery challenge. I am learning a lot thanks to this thread. Thanks for enlightening us.

Totally agree with you about the auto racing thing. I am only an hour from Daytona speedway and folks flock to it. I just don't get the fascination with it. But that is what makes the world go round. Some folks don't understand my fascination with crafting! LOL
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I had a quite different goal: alternate reading a novel with a book of non-fiction. I kept to it for over a year and enjoyed the variety. Non-fiction doesn't have to be a tome of facts; biographies can be wonderful. What convinced me to end it was looking at my dwindling supply of non-fiction versus the stuffed shelves of fiction.

My reading time is in bed just before sleep...look forward to it and miss it terribly if events disrupt the normal schedule (and find it harder to fall asleep). Even preferred that quiet reading time in bed to the evening's entertainment on a cruise ship!
What a fantastic goal and alternate way to read! Love this idea.

I sometimes read before bed too. It can be very calming and makes for a good nights sleep. My DH sometimes reads to me. We have been reading a book about a fellow who walked the Appalachian Trail.
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Appalachian Trail? No jokes. Sounds like Bill Bryson. Book was recently discussed on NPR (Diane Rehm ((Sp?)) Show).
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Heather, I really like E.L. Koningsburg's YA books. I discovered them in Jr. High and tried to read all I could get my hands on in the library! Glad to hear someone else liked these books!
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Lois: How did you like Inferno? It's on my wishlist, though I still need to read The Lost Symbol (another one borrowed from sis and bil).


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I enjoyed Inferno, Heather. It was typical Dan Brown but kept my interest all the way through.


I just discovered Jack Reacher. I just finished two books(one was actually a short story -- Second Son) and am finishing up another one. I understand now what all the brouhaha was when Tom Cruise played the part in the movie. Jack Reacher is 6'5" and weighs around 250 pounds -- definitely does NOT look like Tom Cruise.
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Wow! Never heard of the USA Mystery challenge. I am learning a lot thanks to this thread. Thanks for enlightening us.
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Totally agree with you about the auto racing thing. I am only an hour from Daytona speedway and folks flock to it. I just don't get the fascination with it. But that is what makes the world go round. Some folks don't understand my fascination with crafting! LOL
Hi Dell! I'm glad I'm not alone in my dislike for autoracing. In addition to being bored by watching cars go round and round and round, there's the fact that it's not exactly environmentally friendly. Talk about a waste of fuel! Now football I don't mind watching. I get a lot of counted cross-stitch done while watching our local college and pro football teams play.


The USA Mystery challenge is for one of the groups in which I participate at Goodreads,
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1357.Cozy_Mysteries
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, but I have seen similar challenges for blogs and other groups. We always have a variety of challenges going on there, as do many other GR groups. The USA Mystery challenge is "perpetual" -- meaning you can join and finish at any time. There were similar challenges based on the boardgame "Clue" and on "Sherlock Holmes."

I've also seen one for Canadian provinces, and there are "read around the world" challenges, too, where you find books for each continent. Another popular one is a "Read the Alphabet" challenge, which can be done two ways: 1) by Author name or 2) by book title. I attempted the author challenge one year, figuring it would expand my reading to authors not previously read. Some letters can be quite challenging -- I think I managed 23/26.


We also have a "season" challenge and monthly mini-challenges. We are just finishing up the "SPRING" challenge -- read a book for each letter of the word spring, or you can use authors' names that spell out the word. Some people mix it up, but I prefer doing it by title. I still need to read an "N" book before June 20. I have one in mind, just haven't gotten to it yet. People are already making lists from their TBR shelves for the "SUMMER" challenge.


For the mini-challanges, the group moderator picks five each month, pertaining to holidays or other monthly events, and the books read can be across different genres. For example, June challenges include reading a book with a blue cover for Paul Bunyon Day (June 28, he had a blue ox named Babe), reading a book that involves needlecrafts for Sewing Machine Day (June 13) -- this one works well with cozy mysteries, since there are a ton that involve sewing or some sort of needlework -- and then there is this one:


"June is Aquarium Month, the first week of June is Fishing Week, and the 18th is Go Fishing Day: Read a book with a fishy title, someone goes fishing in the story, visits a zoo/aquarium, owns a pet fish/fish tank, or there is a fishable body of water on the cover (no swimming pools!)."


That will be the most difficult for me. I've already read a cozy/chicklit trilogy by MaryJanice Davidson that had a fishy theme, and I am NOT giving Moby Dick another try. Three chapters of that was more than enough. *Shudders* So, I've been trying to skim some of the books in Mount TBR to see what might fit.

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