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Big Bad Wolf

big bad wolfTitle: Big Bad Wolf
Author: James Patterson
Finished: September 1, 2009
Pages: 390
Published: 2003

The next installment of the Alex Cross series, continues to develop and continuing with previous storylines, bringing Alex Cross more to life than ever before. This time around Alex is starting his new adventure in the workforce, facing corporate pressures and family struggles, while remembering that he may never be out of danger.

Alex is on the hunt for an unknown group of men who apparently selling and buying white women into sexual slavery. Meanwhile, a surprise visitor rocks Alex’s world like never before.

I’m starting to enjoy the series more and more, and look forward to the next edition, leading up to the latest release, Alex Cross’s Trial.

Challenges: 999 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, RYOB Challenge, Series Challenge Season 3, Summer Reading Challenge, What an Animal, Random Reading Challenge, JP Challenge

Other Reviews: Reading With Tequila

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Eat, Pray, Love

eat-pray-loveTitle: Eat, Pray, Love
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Finished: August 28, 2009
Pages: 334
Published: 2006

One woman’s adventure through Italy, Indonesia and India. Completely amazing and uplifting story of Elizabeth, as she travels to find herself and her dream. A biography of her journey, the people she meets, loves, helps, and leaves behind. I found the first two books (Italy and Indonesia) to be the most interesting, and India to be mildly so, but slower to develop.

The message and feeling throughout gives hope to anyone struggling in life – you can achieve anything your heart desires, you can do anything you want.

Soon to be made into a movie starring Julia Roberts, this was our most recent book club pick, and a very good summer read. Inspires to travel and delight in the little things, to dream, and to love. I highly recommend it to everyone.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, New Authors Challenge, RYOB Challenge, Project Fill in the Blanks, 999×2 Challenge, Christmas in July, August Reading Challege

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Memoirs of a Geisha

geisha1Title: Memoirs of a Geisha
Author: Arthur Golden
Finished: August 23, 2009
Pages: 434
Published: 1997

My first 1,001 book in quite awhile. What started out slow and unsure, slowly developed into a beautiful tale of survival and love.

The story brings the life of a young girl, sold from her family into servitude, the potential to become a geisha and have a somewhat of a life, not living in poverty. While reading it’s almost hard not to imagine that the book is true, the words are true, and everything about the lives of the characters truly happened.

I have had this book on my shelf since high school, many years, and anticipated reading it, which now more than ever I am glad I did. I look forward to watching the movie to see differences or even to more fully understand the story and the emotion behindĀ  forbidden love.

Highly recommend. A new classic.

Challenges: 999 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, New Author Challenge, RYOB Challenge, Romance Reading Challenge, Classics Challenge, Summer Reading Challenge, 1% Well Read Challenge, Fill in the Blanks, TBR Stack, Christmas in July, August Reading Challenge

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August 2009 – REVIEW

August is going down as the worst reading month. I started a new job which slowed me down considerably, but I’m more motivated for September as there will be less outdoor activities and more time to spend inside. I’m hopeful for September because I have a lot challenges to finish this month which means a lot of reading catchup. Hopefully I can surpass the past couple months worth of reading. I’m already off to a great start. Plus, the number of books bought compared to those read from my shelf are starting to even themselves out a bit.

Books Read:

  1. Four Blind Mice by James Patterson (TBR)
  2. Five Days in Paris by Danielle Steel (TBR)
  3. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
  4. Run For Your Life by James Patterson (TBR)
  5. Decked by Carol Higgins Clark
  6. Strengths Finder by Tom Rath (TBR)
  7. The Noticer by Andy Andrews (TBR)
  8. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (TBR)
  9. Sin City: Hell and Back (Vol. 7) by Frank Miller
  10. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (TBR)

Short Stories:

  1. Gift Wrapped by Charlaine Harris
  2. Dracula Night by Charlaine Harris

Books Added:

  1. Bonk by Mary Roach
  2. Glory in Death by J.D. Robb
  3. Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain
  4. A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
  5. Smash Cut by Sandra Brown
  6. Strengths Finder by Tom Rath
  7. The Noticer by Andy Andrews
  8. Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb
  9. Maximum Ride: School’s Out by James Patterson

Challenges Finished: 1st in Series, Summer Vacation Reading, Pub Challenge, August Reading Challenge, Christmas in July
Challenges Joined: Women’s Murder Club Challenge, James Patterson Challenge, Stephen King/Richard Bachman Challenge

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