Monthly Archives: March 2010

REVIEW: Angels Flight

Title:  Angels Flight
Author: Michael Connelly
Finished: March 28, 2010
Pages: 393
Published: 1999
Format: First Edition

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a Harry Bosch story and I’m glad that I’m finally forcing myself to get back into them. They take a little more time to read than a Patterson, but I still love the character.

Angels Flight starts off instantly from the beginning with high tension, setting the stage for the entire feel of the book. A very well known attorney who spends his time suing cops is found dead with an unknown woman. Bosch and his team are brought in to investigate for more reasons than anyone is willing to admit. But underneath it all, Bosch finds himself trying to solve two mysteries or more from this one incident that has him risking his entire career. Meanwhile, his once happy married life is suddenly finding itself on the rocks and Bosch feels like he’s about to loose everything.

This was a very good reentry into the world of Michael Connelly. I very much enjoyed this story and look forward to seeing where the next one picks up.

*challenges: tbr stack, 345 reading, monthly mixer mele, cozy mysteries, ryob challenge, thriller & suspense challenge, 100+ challenge, genre book challenge, four month reading challenge, 12×12 reading challenge

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WWW Wednesday

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You tell us the answers to 3 questions:

What are you currently reading? Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien, Rich Again by Anna Maxted, and the Girlfriend’s Guide to Understanding Men by Bo Sebastian

What did you recently finish? Angels Flight by Michael Connelly

What do you think you’ll read next? The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene, The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien, and 3rd Degree by James Patterson

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REVIEW: Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives

Title:  Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives
Author: Dr. Laura Schlessinger
Finished: March 25, 2010
Pages: 232
Published: 1994
Format: Paperback

I try to avoid overly cheesy self help type books because really it always seems like the same thing over and over. This specific book was recommended by a friend who read it found herself about to follow in the footsteps of one of the women. I figure it couldn’t hurt and in the end realized I probably could have benefited from reading this book years ago.

Dr. Laura Schlessinger goes over 10 different areas that women continue to make mistakes without ever realizing it. She relates short stories, full conversations and her own personal opinion into so many areas I’m sure I will need to buy my own copy so I can refer back should I find myself dating a guy who falls into one of these categories. It’s hard to cover it all, but for women of all ages, this book could definitely been beneficial in seeing the truth. Sometimes it’s hard to hear and I have no idea if I would really listen to a book if I were in one of them currently, but it could also serve as a forewarning when starting to date again. Or just for pure entertainment.

I found myself shaking my head at so many of the stories hoping I don’t make some of these stupid mistakes, and laughing at how I already have. It was a  fun and quick read.

*challenges: monthly mixer mele, 1010 category challenge, new author challenge, a-z challenge, 100+ challenge, four month challenge, 12×12 challenge

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Dewey’s Spring Read-a-Thon – COMING SOON

Join the Read-a-Thon HERE!

The sign-ups have finally arrived and I very excited that I am completely available for the Spring Read-a-Thon taking place on April 10, 2010 – my start time is 6am.

I finally finished my Spring Reading Thing challenge list a few days ago and have so many fun and easy things on it. I will slowly start working on my list over the week, but I have a feeling it will consist majorly of Nancy Drew books and some other fun things along the way. Depending on my energy level I need to make a dent in Anna Karenina as well so hopefully I can do that as well.

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It’s Monday. What are you reading?

Bookjourney over at One Persons Journey through a world of books is now hosting this event.

Not the most productive reading week but I’m gearing up for the Spring Read-a-Thon and will hopefully be able to make a big dent in the list of books I want to read this spring.

Read Last Week:

  1. Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives by Laura Schlessinger
  2. Angels Flight by Michael Connelly

Reading This Week:

  • The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Rich Again by Anna Maxted
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • 3rd Degree by James Patterson
  • The Girlfriend’s Guide to Understanding Men by Bo Sebastian
  • The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene

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What’s on Your Nightstand – March

Well, March wasn’t as productive as I hoped. One of these months I will actually get through my list and follow the reading I plan. I did manage to get quite a few of the books read, but still working on others.

  • Rich Again by Anna Maxted (Early Reviewer)
  • The Girlfriend’s Guide to Understanding Men by Bo Sebastian (Early Reviewer)
  • Glory in Death by J.D. Robb
  • 2nd Chance by James Patterson
  • E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton
  • Angels Flight by Michael Connelly
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The last book I finished was Angels Flight by Michael Connelly. Two of the others are still in progress. One I need to start, ASAP. Maybe my progress was better than expected.

For April, I’m planning on reading:

  1. Rich Again by Anna Maxted (Early Reviewer) – IN PROGRESS
  2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy- IN PROGRESS (won’t be finishing this month)
  3. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien – IN PROGRESS
  4. The Girlfriend’s Guide to Understanding Men by Bo Sebastian (Early Reviewer)
  5. The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene
  6. Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn Keene
  7. Mystery at the Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene
  8. Linchpin by Seth Godin
  9. 3rd Degree by James Patterson
  10. Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb
  11. Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  12. A Darkness More than Night by Michael Connelly
  13. To the Nines by Janet Evanovich

Now that the Spring Reading Thing has started I will get a chance to get back to reading all my favorite authors. The Lord of The Rings Challenge will finish at the end of April, plus I have a couple books I need to read for our work book club. Should be a busy week. I hope to get through a lot of books with the help of the Spring Read-a-Thon coming up next weekend.

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REVIEW: 2nd Chance

Title:  2nd Chance
Author: James Patterson
Finished: March 16, 2010
Pages: 417
Published: 2002
Format: Paperback

The second book of James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club is just as exciting as the others. Lindsay has been on a leave of absence since her tragedy only months before. Unsure if she wants to return to work, or when, she finds herself agreeing earlier than anticipated when a new case arises.

When a church is shot up in broad daylight and a young girl is killed, many questions arise as to what and who caused such a crime. All signs point to race but they soon find looks can be deceiving when other cases and murders soon confirm suspicions that something is definitely wrong.

And amidst all the chaos of returning to work, Lindsay finds herself face to face with a past she wished to forget, and new dangers present themselves when she least expects it. Boxer has to rely on her friends and colleagues to keep her safe while trying to piece together a difficult case that keeps throwing her curve balls.

*challenges: women’s murder club challenge, 1010 challenge, ryob challenge, thriller & suspense challenge, 100+ challenge, 2nds challenge, flashback readingchallenge

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