Monthly Archives: April 2009

8th Confession

51k7l2imttl_sl500_Title: 8th Confession
Author: James Patterson
Finished: April 29, 2009
Pages: 361
Published: 2009

The next installment of the Women’s Murder Club. This episode focuses more on the women as individuals and not so much working as a team like before.

Lindsay and Rich are still battling out their emotions as they face a portable meth bus that explodes in the middle of the city, followed by the brutal killing of a homeless man who is found by Cindy, and then to add even more to their case load, someone is killing off rich people and no one knows how.

It was a great book, it was interesting how the storylines came together and how some of them connected, and even the development of the personal relationships and how it starts to complicate their lives.

The sad thing about reading this book the second it was released is now I have to wait a whole year for the next one. Eagerly awaiting I am.

Challenges: 2009 Pub Challenge, 999 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, Countdown Challenge, RYOB Challenge, Book Binge

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What’s on Your Nightstand? – April

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Another month gone by, and it was my most productive one by far. April was the month for the Read-a-Thon which means my numbers are up a lot more than normal and while I predicted a very large amount of reading with a long list, I managed to get through most of my reading.

March List:

  • Step on a Crack by James Patterson (1st in Series)
  • Roses are Red by James Patterson (Spring Reading Thing)
  • Fool by Christopher Moore (Spring Reading Thing)
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (Spring Reading Thing)
  • The Dirty Secrets Club by Meg Gardiner (Spring Reading Thing)
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (What’s in a Name)
  • the Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (Banned Book)
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (Spring Reading Thing)
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (Spring Reading Thing)
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Banned Book)
  • D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton (999 Challenge)
  • Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (Spring Reading Thing)
  • The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (Spring Reading Thing)
  • Four to Score by Janet Evanovich (Spring Reading Thing)
  • Knit Two by Kate Jacobs (Spring Reading Thing)

Fahrenheit 451 and Catcher in the Rye have been postponed as I was planning on reading them for the Banned Book Challenge, which I completed with other books. As for the others still on the list, they are still on my nightstand. Uglies is for my book club which has been postponed until May so I may not get to it this coming month either, but everything else is still on the list.

I read a total of 23 books since the last Nightstand, almost double what I read in March.

Other books for May:

  • High Five by Janet Evanovich (999 Challenge)
  • Four Blind Mice by James Patterson (Series Challenge)
  • Run For Your Life (Pub Challenge)
  • Living Dead in Dallas (Love Bites Challenge)

And I want to add in some non-fiction since I only have until September to read for the Non-Fiction Five Challenge, so I’m thinking A Mighty Heart, Spook, or Walt Disney. Maybe all will make it.

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Northanger Abbey

13896517Title: Northanger Abbey
Author: Jane Austen
Finished: April 27, 2009
Pages: 260
Published: 1818

My third Austen book, and with high hopes I expected to enjoy it, but it wasn’t my favorite. It is such a different style than her older works.

Northanger Abbey was Austen’s first major book, but her last to be published, which explains a lot in the difference between this work and those published before. The great thing about the edition I bought was that it went into detail explaining the history behind Austen and also the book itself, including where she may have gotten many of her ideas.

Last year I watched The Jane Austen Book Club and learned a lot about the story through their converstation. In preparation of reading Northanger Abbey, I read The Mysteries of Udolpho last year and I think that may have helped me some in understanding and enjoying the book even more.

It was most interesting reading as Austen questioned writers and styles throughout the book, as she herself is trying to find her own way as a writer. I think I enjoyed that more, her practice of various different styles and ideas, finding her footing, than reading about the characters and their lives.

Challenges: Decades Challenge, 999 Challenge, 100+ Challnge, RYOB Challenge, What’s in a Name?, Classics Challenge, 1% Well Read Challenge, Spring Reading Thing, Book Binge, Fill in the Gaps

Other Reviews: In the Shadow of Mt. TBR, Alaine: Queen of Happy Endings

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It’s Monday. What are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What are you reading this week? is a weekly event to list the books completed last week, the books currently being reading, and the books to be finish this week.

Hosted by J. Kaye’s Book Blog

Read Last Week:

Reading This Week:

  • The Dirty Secrets Club by Meg Gardiner
  • 8th Confession by James Patterson
  • The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
  • Step on a Crack by James Patterson

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Four to Score

240-8Title: Four to Score
Author: Janet Evanovich
Finished: April 23, 2009
Pages: 338
Published: 1998

One of my favorite Stephanie Plum’s so far. I keep saying that and I have a feeling that it’s only going to keep getting better. I keep hearing High Five is pretty awesome. At this rate maybe I’ll just be all caught up by the end of the year.

This time Stephanie is in search of a woman, Maxine, who stole her ex-boyfriends car and didn’t show up for her court date. Seems easy, except all the people around Maxine start losing limbs and blood and no one can figure out why. Meanwhile, Stephanie has new compatition as Vinny hires a new bounty hunter, Joyce, who is Stephanie’s worst enemy.

Things definitely have their ups and downs quite often in this adventure as Stephanie spends time living between three homes, using multiple cars, and almost dying a couple as well. It’s all in a days work.

Loved it. Can’t wait to pick up the next.

Challenges: 999 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, RYOB Chalenge, Spring Reading Thing, Book Binge

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

It’s the second spring book sale I’ve been and this one was more successful. I think at the one a couple weeks ago I came out with four or five books. Today I came out with 18, for the price of $9, which means that each book only cost me $.50. Pretty awesome.

I have a running list of all the books I’m missing from authors I collect, series I read, and other things I know I want to own. I got a lot checked off again today.

  1. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
  2. G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton
  3. I is for Innocent by Sue Grafton
  4. L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton
  5. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  6. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
  7. The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks
  8. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  9. The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks
  10. The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
  11. Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King
  12. Best Kept Secrets by Sandra Brown
  13. Loyalty in Death by J.D. Robb
  14. Purity in Death by J.D. Robb
  15. Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb
  16. Survivor in Death by J.D. Robb
  17. Origin in Death by J.D. Robb
  18. Hot Stuff by Janet Evanovich

Now I can’t wait to start reading. I’m having a hard time finding early J.D. Robb books, but I guess by the time I get halfway through I’ll own most of them.

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Violets are Blue

patterson-james-violets-are-blueTitle: Violets are Blue
Author: James Patterson
Finished: April 20, 2009
Pages: 393
Published: 2001

Alex Cross books just keep getting better and better. Last time we saw Alex his partner was killed and the mystery of the Mastermind was revealed, but only to the reader.

Now Alex is thrust into a new, very interesting case involving and outbreak of vampires all of the country. It takes a long time, and being bitten, for a Alex and his collegues to really believe that this is the killer they’re up against. Not only is Alex trying to solve these strange murders, but the Mastermind is still playing tricks, threatening every single person he knows.

It’s not very often that a killer spans two books, so it was very interesting watching Alex as he tried to figure out the clues to the Mastermind while solving other murders. I hope in the future they continue to do crossover killers and drag them out longer, it makes it more believable that Alex is human and can’t catch everyone within a couple days.

And given the ending of this book, I’m very interested in finding out what happens next in the lives of the Cross Family.

Hopefully I’ll get to this next one soon.

Challenges: A-Z Challenge, 999 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, RYOB Challenge, Series Challenge 3, Book Binge

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