Monthly Archives: July 2009

Create a Colorful Summer – COMPLETE

Photo Courtesy of: Boise Public Library

I finished this local challenge with my library. I read 20 books and was able to enter them all into the contest. I don’t know how many other people locally participated an how many of them are avid readers, but I think 20 is a big number to be submitting, which makes me hopeful. They have a lot of fun prizes for winners. Overall, I had a great time reading with my community.

My List:

  1. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
  2. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
  3. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  4. Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
  5. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
  6. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
  7. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
  8. Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges
  9. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
  10. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
  11. Swimsuit by James Patterson
  12. Take Your Shirt Off and Cry by Nancy Balbirer
  13. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
  14. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  15. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
  16. A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean
  17. Sin City: Booze, Broads and Bullets (Vol. 6) by Frank Miller
  18. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
  19. Marley and Me by John Grogan
  20. Batman: Year One by Frank Miller

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What’s on Your Nightstand? – July 2009


What a long unproductive month of reading. I’m not impressed with myself that for the past two months I haven’t really taken a whole lot off my nightstand, but pick up books from other places. August is going to be a critical month in my reading because I have a few challenges that will be finishing. That said, a lot on my nightstand will probably continue to go unread for another month.

However, I did finish up the entire Chronicles of Narnia, and started Gone With the Wind, so some books have been removed, but the rest remain.

To Read in August:

  1. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (Summer Vacation Reading)
  2. Five Days in Paris by Danielle Steel (Summer Vacation Reading)
  3. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (999 Challenge)
  4. Smash Cut by Sandra Brown (999 Challenge/Countdown Challenge)
  5. Run For Your Life by  Sandra Brown (999 Challenge/Countdown Challenge)
  6. Four Blind Mice by James Patterson (999 Challenge)
  7. Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson (999 Challenge)
  8. London Bridges by James Patterson (999 Challenge)
  9. Mary Mary by James Patterson (999 Challenge)
  10. Cross by James Patterson (999 Challenge)
  11. Double Cross by James Patterson (999 Challenge)

Here’s to hoping I can finish these all in a timely fashion.


Filed under What's On Your Nightstand?

It’s Monday. What are you reading?


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, a productive week. All I needed was a little motivation and a road trip to make it work. Hopefully this coming week will be equally good in reading, but I have a bachelorette party and some other family things I’m helping out at, so those odds are down considerably.

Read Last Week:

  1. A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean
  2. Sin City: Booze, Broads and Bullets (Vol. 6) by Frank Miller
  3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
  4. Marley and Me by John Grogan
  5. Batman: Year One by Frank Miller

Reading This Week:

  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • Five Days in Paris by Danielle Steel
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden


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Marley and Me

marley-and-me-bookTitle: Marley and Me
Author: John Grogan
Finished: July 25, 2009
Pages: 307
Published: 2005

Recently turned into a major motion picture, Marley and Me, is the autobiographical story of a family who comes to own the world’s worst dog.

John and his wife, Jenny, decide to get a puppy before having children in the hopes it will help prepare them. What they don’t realize until much later, is that Marley is no ordinary dog, and they missed some crucial steps. But despite all that, the Grogan family continues to grow, love and nuture their dog through good times and bad.

John Grogan, the author, entertains his audience with many funny stories and adventures he has with Marley as man’s best friend, including but not limited to thunder storms, house sitters, Dog Beach, new babies, and car rides. What Grogan impresses the most is that no matter how bad the dog, how crazy and neurotic, he teaches you more about life than you can ever imagine, and you love your pet regardless.

*Challenges – 100+ Challenge, Countdown Challenge, New Authors Challenge, RYOB Challenge, Book vs. Movie Challenge, Non-Fiction Five Challenge, Project Fill in the Gaps, 999×2 Challenge, Create a Colorful Summer, Christmas in July, What an Animal Challenge, TBR Stack


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Sin City: Booze, Broads & Bullets (Vol. 6)

10554Title: Sin City – Booze, Broads & Bullets (Volume 6)
Author: Frank Miller
Finished: July 21, 2009
Pages: 159
Published: 1998

The sixth installment starts bringing the Sin City series closer to its end. This volume is full of shorter stories about the characters and while a little off the beaten path, I found it enjoyable to read little bits and pieces instead of a long continuous journey.

Not sure where it’s all heading but I should be able to read the final volume sometime soon and see how it all compares to the movie in its entirety.

*Challenges – A-Z- Challenge, 100+ Challenge, 999×2 Challenge, Create a Colorful Summer, Christmas in July


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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

pride-prejudice-zombiesTitle: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Author: Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Finished: July 24, 2009
Pages: 319
Published: 2009

Already named one of the New York Times best selling novels, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is slowly becoming a cult classic in the book world.

Author Seth Grahame-Smith took Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice, and created a new world in the English village where zombies are hiding behind every carriage ride and walk in the country.

The premise of the story is the same – the Bennett sisters are not only attending balls and meeting eligible men, but trained in sword fighting so as to protect her town from the undead.

In essence, I loved this book.  Want to read more – Click HERE. This is the first book I reviewed for my page, so please go check out the rest there.

*Challenges – Pub Challenge, 999 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, Countdown Challenge, New Authors Challenge, Create a Colorful Summer, Everything Austen, Christmas in July, A-Z Challenge

other reviews: Reading with Tequila, The Book Worm


Filed under author: jane austen, Fiction

Stephanie Plum Reading Challenge


J. Kaye’s Book Blog has created this new challenge, Stephanie Plum Reading Challenge, that runs from July 23, 2009 – December 31, 2010, with the goal to finish out the series. Books already read or in progress cannot be counted, and have to be started on today’s date. Being that I was already thinking of trying to finish out the series next year, this is even more incentive.

Books 1-4 have previously been read and reviewed, so I will be starting with book 5 and as of right now, only reading through book 15.


  1. High Five9.18.09
  2. Hot Six10.02.09
  3. Seven Up2.14.10
  4. Hard Eight2.21.10
  5. Visions of Sugar Plums3.6.10
  6. To the Nines4.26.10
  7. Ten Big Ones7.3.10
  8. Eleven on Top8.25.10
  9. Twelve Sharp8.27.10
  10. Plum Lovin’9.5.10
  11. Lean Mean Thirteen8.29.10
  12. Plum Lucky10.11.10
  13. Fearless Fourteen11.7.10
  14. Plum Spooky11.13.10
  15. Finger Lickin’ Fifteen11.14.10


Filed under author: janet evanovich, challenges