Daily Archives: January 11, 2010

Chill Baby Chill – COMPLETE

The Chill Baby, Chill Challenge runs from 12/21/09 through 3/19/10 and is being hosted by Book Dragon at Book Dragon’s Lair.

This challenge was the most relaxing for far this year, and one of my first to complete in 2010. Now I feel very productive, especially since I started late and didn’t count books read between 12/21 and 12/31.

My List:

  1. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  2. The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
  3. What My Cat Has Taught Me About Life by Niki Anderson
  4. Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot
  5. Dear Jane Austen by Patrice Hannon
  6. Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
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REVIEW: Sex and the City

Title: Sex and the City
Author: Candace Bushnell
Finished: January 11, 2010
Pages: 304
Published: 1997
Format: audiobook

Bushnell’s first book, Sex and the City, is the story of women in New York City, their friends and foes, partners and exes. One word of warning – don’t read this book hoping to relive Carrie and friends. While the book incorporates Carrie, Miranda and Samantha (the TV version of Charlotte appears to be missing) the book does not focus primarily on their relationship but on many characters.

Listening to this on audiobook made it speed by, and I enjoyed it very much, despite it being so different from the TV show. There is a lot of focus on Carrie’s character and her growing relationship with Big. The book jumps around between different settings, dates, stories, and characters – the only constant is the location – New York. Most characters we are probably familiar with, some are unmentionable.

I believe if you read this book as a stand alone piece of work and not necessarily connected to the TV show you will come out enjoying it more. I was glad I had a heads up before reading.

*challenges: four month challenge, chill baby chill, 1010 category challenge, a-z challenge, ryob challenge, 100+ challenge, 2nds reading challenge

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2009 in Review – Part 2 – The Stats

2009 In Review: THE STATS

Total Books Read: 140
Total Authors: 81
New Authors: 60

  • Female – 32
  • Male – 49

Best Reading Month: March – 18
Worse Reading Month: November – 5

Reading Challenges Participated in – 58
Carrying Over- 13
Perpetual Challenges – 5

Longest Book – Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Shortest Book – Free Stallion by Amber Tamblyn
Best New Series – Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris
Favorite New Author – Charlaine Harris
Favorite Old Author – Jams Patterson
Favorite Series – Stephanie Plum & Sookie Stackhouse (tie)

GENRE BREAKDOWN:

  • Fiction – 56
  • Children – 22
  • Non-fiction – 22
  • Graphic Novels – 16
  • Young Adult – 12
  • Classics – 11
  • Plays – 6
  • Short Stories – 3
  • Poetry – 2

Most Read Authors:

  • James Patterson – 19
  • Dr. Seuss – 11
  • Charlaine Harris – 10
  • Frank Miller – 10
  • C.S. Lewis – 7
  • William Shakespeare – 6
  • L. Frank Baum  – 6
  • Holly Black – 5
  • Louise Rennison – 5
  • Janet Evanovich – 4
  • Jane Austen – 3

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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.

Well, I feel like my second week of the year was left eventful with my reading, but I still enjoyed what little I could read and can’t wait to get started on even more books on my large stack.

Read Last Week:

  1. Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell (audiobook)

Reading This Week:

  • Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
  • The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper
  • Audacity of Hope by Barak Obama

Coming Soon:

  • 1st to Die by James Patterson
  • From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
  • Seven Up by Janet Evanovich

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2009 in Review – Part 1 – The TBR

I’m borrowing this idea from Crazy Cozy Murders Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic – writing down all the books I added to my shelves over the course of the year, crossing off the ones I actually read, and then the total number added. Maybe this will help me keep the number down this following year.

Books added in 2009

  1. Manhunt by Janet Evanovich
  2. Full House by Janet Evanovich
  3. Black Beauty by Sewell
  4. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
  5. Heath by Janet Fife-Yeomans
  6. Love Letters of Great Men by John C. Kirkland
  7. The Associate by John Grisham
  8. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  9. Run for Your Life by James Patterson
  10. Fool by Christopher Moore
  11. Secret Diary of a Call Girl by Anonymous
  12. Cinema Therapy for Lovers
  13. Blonde by Joyce Carol Oats
  14. Life with My Sister Madonna by Christopher Ciccone
  15. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
  16. Pretty Little Mistakes by Heather McElnatton
  17. Letters to a Young Poet by Ranier Maria Rilke
  18. High Five by Janet Evanovich
  19. Tempest in Eden by Sandra Brown
  20. Unspeakable by Sandra Brown
  21. The Outsiders of S.E. Hinton
  22. A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
  23. O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton
  24. Shakespeare’s MacBeth
  25. Hawk O’Toole’s Hostage by Sandra Brown
  26. The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
  27. The Twilight Director’s Notebook by Catherine Hardwicke
  28. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
  29. Thursday’s Child by Sandra Brown
  30. Three in Death by J.D.Robb
  31. Divided in Death by J.D. Robb
  32. Betrayal in Death by J.D. Robb
  33. Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center
  34. Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
  35. G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton
  36. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  37. Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb
  38. L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton
  39. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
  40. Purity in Death by J.D. Robb
  41. The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks
  42. Survivor in Death by J.D. Robb
  43. Hot Stuff by Janet Evanovich
  44. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  45. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  46. Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges
  47. Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss
  48. Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
  49. Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult
  50. The Reader by Bernhard Schlick
  51. Seven Up by Janet Evanovich
  52. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
  53. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
  54. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
  55. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  56. The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
  57. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
  58. Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich
  59. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
  60. Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
  61. Take Your Shirt Off and Cry by Nancy Balbirer
  62. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
  63. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
  64. From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
  65. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
  66. Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  67. Crime Beat by Michael Connelly
  68. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  69. To the Nines by Janet Evanovich
  70. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
  71. Smitten by Janet Evanovich
  72. Iced by Carol Higgins Clark
  73. Swimsuit by James Patterson
  74. Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  75. Cheri by Colette
  76. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
  77. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
  78. Tarantula by Bob Dylan
  79. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  80. Laced by Carol Higgins Clark
  81. Th Perfect Husband & The Other Daughter by Lisa Gardner
  82. Boxcar Children: Yellow House Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  83. Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich
  84. Rhett Butler’s People by Donald McCaig
  85. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  86. Burton on Burton edited by Mark Salisbury
  87. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
  88. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
  89. Bonk by Mary Roach
  90. Glory in Death by J.D. Robb
  91. Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain (paperback)
  92. A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
  93. Smash Cut by Sandra Brown
  94. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
  95. The Noticer by Andy Andrews
  96. Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb
  97. Maximum Ride: School’s Out by James Patterson
  98. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Ben H. Winters
  99. Smile and Move by Sam Parker
  100. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  101. Boxcar Children: Surprise Island By Gertrude Chandler Warner
  102. Boxcar Children: Snowflake Inn by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  103. Misery by Stephen King
  104. Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
  105. Mystery at Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene
  106. Haunted Showboat by Carolyn Keene
  107. Secret of Mirror Bay by Carolyn Keene
  108. Popped by Carol Higgins Clark
  109. Visions in Death by J.D. Robb
  110. Hitched by Carol Higgins Clark
  111. Boxcar Children: Pizza Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  112. Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn Keene
  113. Boxcar Children: Mystery in the Snow by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  114. Boxcar Children: Bus Station Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  115. Boxcar Children: Lighthouse Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  116. Boxcar Children: Mystery Ranch by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  117. Pirates of the Caribbean: Junior Novelization
  118. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame
  119. Rainwater by Sandra Brown
  120. A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris
  121. The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper
  122. The First Assistant by Clare Naylor
  123. Rhett Butler’s People by Donald McCaig (duplicate)
  124. 90210: Tis the Season by Mel Gilden
  125. Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
  126. Rich Again by Anna Maxted
  127. Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain (hardback/duplicate)
  128. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
  129. Sign of the Twisted Candles by Carolyn Keene

I added 129 books to shelves, not including a large number that came from my dad and grandmother (probably totally another 50-100). I currently have 301 books on the TBR pile. Yikes.

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DECEMBER 2009 – REVIEW

The good news is that I read more this month than I have in awhile, plus I got most of my challenges completed, AND I didn’t buy quite so many books. I don’t think I’ll be able to say the same about January but at least I ended with a bang.

Books Read:

  1. Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson (TBR)
  2. Tik Tok of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  3. Scarecrow of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  4. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  5. Power Ambition Glory by Steve Forbes
  6. The Shack by William P. Young (TBR)
  7. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (TBR)
  8. Daniel X: Watch the Skies by James Patterson
  9. Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? by Louise Rennison
  10. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (TBR)
  11. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (TBR)
  12. The Angel Experiment by James Patterson (TBR)

Books Added:

  1. 90210: Tis the Season by Mel Gilden
  2. Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell (audiobook)
  3. Rich Again by Anna Maxted
  4. Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain (hardback)
  5. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
  6. Sign of the Twisted Candles by Carolyn Keene

Challenges Finished: What’s in a Name 2 Challenge, Fall into Reading, Book vs. Movie Challenge, A Visit to Oz Challenge, James Patterson Challenge, 100+ Challenge, 2009 YA Reading Challenge, 2009 TBR Challenge, 1% Well Read Challenge
Challenges DNF: A-Z Challenge, 999×2 Challenge
Challenges Joined: 2010 Genre Challenge, Flashback Reading Challenge, Chill Baby Chill Challenge, Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge, In Death Challenge, Chunkster Challenge, Vampire Series Challenge, What’s in a Name 3, Series IV Challenge, Romance Reading Challenge, 2nds Reading Challenge, 1st in Series, 30 Books to Movies Challenge, 1010 Category Challenge

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