Monthly Archives: May 2009

Daniel X: Alien Hunter

41U7OfvYo2L._SL500_AA240_Title: Daniel X – Alient Hunter
Author: James Patterson
Finished: May 20, 2009
Pages: 127
Published: 2008

The only graphic novel by James Patterson, that introduces the character of Daniel X, an orphaned boy who receives a list of all the bad aliens and takes on the burden of eliminating them.

I haven’t read the book that goes along with this new series, but the graphic novel was interesting. It definitly pertains to the young adults and teens more than other graphic novels I had read.

A quick read, but after this graphic novel I’ll probably wait awhile to read the actual book since it didn’t grab onto me like some others.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, YA Challenge, 999×2 Challenge

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Step on a Crack by James Patterson

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Author: James Patterson
Finished: May 20, 2009
Pages: 383
Published: 2007

A new series by Patterson, following a NYPD detective, Michael Bennett, as he is thrust into a high stakes hostage situation during the holiday season, leaving his wife in the hospital and ten kids at home.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this new series, but I came out fully enjoying it. It started right off with mystery and intrigue and continued on the edge for the entire book. This was one mystery that was hard to predict, not only who the killers were but who was going to be killed next.

This is one series I will continue reading. The sequel Run For Your Life, is on my shelf just waiting to be read.

Challenges: 999 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, Countdown Challenge, RYOB Challenge, 1st in Series

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What’s on Your Nightstand? – May 2009

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It’s been a long month, but I’ve felt like I got some good quality reading in. I’ve finished a couple more challenges and my nighstand is aquiring more in depth books in addition to the fun ones of the summer. I didn’t read as much compared to last month, but it was still good.

I finished 13 books, most recently Fried Green Tomatoes at the Wistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg (review to come). I took two vacations in the past couple weeks which added to my reading. I anticipate maybe only being able to finish my current book, Atonement by Ian McEwan, before the months end.

Currently on my nightstand for June:

  • Four Blind Mice by James Patterson
  • D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton
  • Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (Spring Reading Thing)
  • Club Dead by Charlaine Harris (Love Bites Challenge)
  • Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris (Love Bites Challenge)
  • High Five by Janet Evanovich
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • The Shack by William P. Young

Of course, I probably won’t finish them all, and add in even more. Considering what I anticipated for May, I think my June goals and list will be better kept to plan considering the ending of a couple challenges.

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Size 12 is Not Fat

size-12-is-not-fatTitle: Size 12 is Not Fat
Author: Meg Cabot
Finished: May 17, 2009
Pages: 345
Published: 2006

A great new mystery series that is just as fun and humorous as intriguing and mysterious. I was actually a little shocked by who the killer was. It took some time to get into for me so I will probably wait a bit to check out the sequel.

This was a fun book that came highly recommended in the reading world for the summer. Heather Wells is a former teen pop singer but when she decides she wants to become more independent she’s kicked from the label and her mom runs away with all her money forcing Heather to get a real job.

Now girls are dying in her dorm and the only one who believes it’s murder is Heather.

It’s a different kind of mystery than I’m used to reading but I still had fun and look forward to the next couple editions.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, Countdown Challenge, New Authors Challenge, 1st in Series Challenge, 999×2 Challenge

Other Reviews: Reads for Pleasure

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Mommywood

tori-spelling-mommywood-book-coverTitle: Mommywood
Author: Tori Spelling
Finished: May 16, 2009
Pages: 243
Published: 2009

Tori Spelling’s second book in two years, that focuses on her life as a mother and not on her past growing up and her issues with her mom.

I think I enjoyed this book even more because it was about the real Tori and her life and not rumors and bad relationships, but the here and now. I’m also excited because it coincides with a couple seasons of Tori and Dean: Inn Love & Home Sweet Hollywood, so when I finally get around to watching those seasons it will be overlapping.

The great thing about Tori Spelling is she is one of few people who doesn’t seem embarrased at her hew motherhood experience and the situations she finds herself in. She makes fun of her self and laughs along instead of hiding it or feel ashamed that she faced difficult decisions with her kids. I’m sure that I’m going have a lot of these myself when I become a mom.

Challenges: Pub Challenge, 999 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, Countdown Challenge, 2nds Challenge, What’s in a Name Challenge, Non-Fiction Five Challenge

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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.

Finally another semi-productive reading week where I actually finish things on my list.

Read Last Week:

Reading This Week:

  • The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum (eventually I’ll finish this)
  • Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges (starting soon)
  • Step on a Crack by James Patterson
  • Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore
  • Sin City: Family Values by Frank Miller
  • Daniel X: Alien Hunter by James Patterson

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The Dirty Secrets Club

dirty_secretsTitle: The Dirty Secrets Club
Author: Meg Gardiner
Finished: May 12, 2009
Pages: 355
Published: 2008

Stephen King calls her the “next suspense superstar” and Meg Gardiner is amazing with this novel about a secret society known as The Dirty Secrets Club, the question is, what really is the DSC.

Jo Beckett has faced trauma and heartache in her life, which led her to leave medicine and start analyzing death to determine the means – suicide, murder, accident. When she is requested to figure out whether an attorney killed herself or was murdered, things start to spin out of control. It appears no one is really safe when it comes to secrets.

While a slow start, a little confusing as to what was going on, I soon found myself trapped in reading this book for so long that I’m glad it took me a long time to finish. Great book. I can’t wait to read more Gardiner.

Challenges: 999 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, New Author Challenge, RYOB Challenge, TBR Challenge, Spring Reading Thing

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