Monthly Archives: October 2009

What’s on Your Nightstand? – October

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I felt again more productive this month. I read a chunk of the books on my list for the month, added in a few others, and continue to have plenty to roll over. This may go down as the smallest amount of books read in one month for me this year. I finally made it through all the old library books, but still have a couple left to catch up on.

The last book I finished was The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, which was amazing. I’m currently working on House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier, and probably will start Double Cross by James Patterson before the week is out.

October’s List

  • Double Cross (999 Challenge)
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Decades Challenge)
  • Roxana (Daniel Defoe Challenge)
  • The English Patient (Summer Reading Challenge)
  • Spook (Summer Reading Challenge)
  • The Shack (Summer Reading Challenge)
  • Secrets of the Morning (Summer Reading Challenge)
  • Hot Six (Stephanie Plum Challenge)

Reading in November

  • Double Cross (999 Challenge)
  • Spook (Fall Into Reading)
  • The Shack (Fall Into Reading)
  • Secrets of the Morning (Fall Into Reading)
  • Gone With the Wind (Chunkster)
  • Cross Country (Series Challenge)
  • House on the Stand (book club)
  • Dangerous Days of Daniel X (Fall Into Reading)
  • Pretties (Fall into Reading)
  • either Emma or Poisonwood Bible (Fall Into Reading/Chunkster)

It’s a lot to take on, but I think things in life are winding down and I should have a little bit more time to get some good reading in, plus these are all great books and I think I will cruise through. I really, really would like to finish Gone With the Wind before too long, and my other chunkster book, considering the challenge ends November 15th.

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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.

I’m still totally bummed I was out of town for the read-a-thon this weekend. I was really looking forward to it. However, I was traveling and got some reading done, just not the stack I could have had I had 24 hours straight.

Read Last Week (reviews to come):

  1. Roxana by Daniel Defoe
  2. Bang Ditto by Amber Tamblyn
  3. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Reading This Week:

  • House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
  • Double Cross by James Patterson
  • Secrets of the Morning by V.C. Andrews

Coming Soon:

  • Spook by Mary Roach
  • The Shack by William P. Young
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • Cross Country by James Patterson

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Books to Read Before I Die Challenge – 2010

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Hosted by: Bibilophile by the Sea
January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2010

Yet another challenge, but this one should be more fun. I’m going to try and keep my list within a reasonable amount and a list I know I can finish.

Guidelines:

  1. Between now and December 31, 2009, make a list of between 10 and 20 Books to Read Before You Die. (depending on interest, this may be an annual event challenge).
  2. The books on your list can come from your stacks or the library, and be in print or audio format.
  3. Once you’ve created your post with tentative titles, THEN sign up using Mr. Linky, by pasting the link to your post, along with your name/blog name. This is how you will be registered. Finalize your list by 12/31/09 (no changes to the list after 12/31/09).
  4. NOTE: If you don’t have a blog, you can still sign up and join in the fun.
  5. All bloggers who complete the challenge will be entered in giveaway to win an Amazon Gift Card.
  6. Questions/comments, please feel free to comment or email me.

I’ll start finalizing my list and post when the time gets closer.

MY LIST:

  1. Blonde by Joyce Carol Oats
  2. The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver – finished December 31, 2010
  3. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens – finished November 21, 2010
  4. Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
  5. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews – finished December 5, 2010
  6. Heartsick by Chelsea Cain – finished January 12, 2010
  7. Interview with the Vampire by Ann Rice
  8. Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  9. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen – finished December 20, 2010
  10. A Mighty Heart by Mariane Pearl
  11. Rhett Butler’s People by Donald McCaig
  12. Secret Diary of a Call Girl by Belle de Jour – finished November 30, 2010
  13. Smash Cut by Sandra Brown – finished November 27, 2010
  14. Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
  15. Spook by Mary Roach
  16. Bonk by Mary Roach
  17. Seven Up by Janet Evanovich – finished February 14, 2010
  18. Glory in Death by J.D. Robb – finished February 27, 2010
  19. Witches of Eastwick by John Updike – finished December 21, 2010
  20. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – finished December 31, 2010

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The Four Month Challenge

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Hosted by: Virginie Says
November 1, 2009 – February 28, 2010

I’m trying to cut back on challenges and complete some before starting more, but this one I passed on last year, but this year seems fun. It’s more about points than anything else. I won’t feel like a failure if I can’t finish all the categories, which I’m sure I won’t.

Here are the categories. When I finish a book I will post it next to the corresponding category with review.

5 Point Challenges

Read a book with a proper name in the title – Emma by Jane Austen

Read a book about a queen or king – Queen of Babble in the Big City by Meg Cabot

Read a book by a Bronte

Read a book about Vampires – From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris

Read a book by V.C. Andrews

10 Point Challenges

Read a book by Canadian author

Read a book by Charles Dickens

Read a book set in France

Read a book by Georgette Heyer

Read an ‘art’ themed book.

15 Point Challenges

Read a book with a Civil War theme (any country)

Read a book with characters inspired by King Arthur or about King Arthur/Camelot

Read a biography/autobiography

Read a book related to or something by Shakespeare

Read a book by an author born in December – Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell

20 Point Challenges

Read a book with a wintery theme (Christmas, snow, ice, freezing etc.)

Read a book that was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Read a book that begins with A – The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

Read a book that that begins with Z

Read a book from The Modern Library Top 100

Read a book and then write a review – Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

TOTAL POINTS: 70

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REVIEW: Murder of King Tut

james_pattersonTitle: Murder of King Tut
Author: James Patterson
Finished: October 17, 2009
Pages: 332
Published: 2009

This is the first nonfiction book I’ve read by James Patterson, and for the most part it hardly even felt like it. Patterson does such an amazing job telling the story, you almost feel like you’re reading another Alex Cross novel, and not a true story.

The Murder if King Tut tells the story and history of King Tut, the man who found him, and Patterson’s quest for writing the story and proving Tut was murdered.

The time span is amazing, covering thousands of years through turmoil, life and discovery. I never had a huge interested in mummy’s and kings and tombs, but after reading this it makes me want to travel the world and see the amazing artifacts that were found, not to mention the mummy itself.

I hope to see Patterson writing similar types of nonfiction in the future as they keep the audience captivated telling all different angles of the story in a quick and easy, unboring way.

*challenges: 100+ challenge, 999×2 challenge, james paterson challenge, countdown challenge

other reviews: Reading With Tequila

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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.

While I feel like it was an eventful reading week, I only got one book finished. I’m finally getting close to finishing Roxana which has taken me forever and 3 renewals at the library. I’m getting ready to travel which usually means good reading time. I’m hoping to take some of the quick and easy books off my Fall Into Reading list so they are light.

Read Last Week:

  1. The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson

Reading This Week:

  • Roxana by Daniel Defoe
  • Double Cross by James Patterson
  • Bang Ditto by Amber Tamblyn
  • Secrets of the Morning by V.C. Andrews
  • English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  • House on the Stand by Daphne du Maurier

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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.

Another slow week. Hopefully it will pick up again as I have a lot of library books checked out and due soon.

Read Last Week

  1. Generation Kill by Evan Wright

Reading This Week

  • Roxana by Daniel Defoe
  • Double Cross by James Patterson
  • Murder of King Tut by James Patterson

Still on Deck

  • Bang Ditto by Amber Tamblyn
  • Secrets of the Morning by V.C. Andrews
  • English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

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