Daily Archives: July 12, 2010

REVIEW: 6th Target

Title: 6th Target
Author: James Patterson
Finished: July 4, 2010
Pages: 390
Published: 2007
Format: first edition

The Women’s Murder Club is haunted once again and looking after a killer close to home, when one of their own is injured with off duty.

Lindsay and crew begin searching for a killer who is as crazy as they come, especially when he open fires on an innocent group of people, injuring one of their own, then running away. It seems like a near impossible mystery of how to find someone who sleeps on the streets, until he takes crazy to a new level and approaches Lindsay.

Thinking one case is solved, Boxer and partner are thrust into a kidnapping case that begins to span over state lines, slowing solving the question as to how they are connected.

To make matters worse, the relationship between Lindsay and Joe becomes even more complicated, fearing the end for good, Lindsay thrust herself into work and the possibility of life and relationships outside of Joe – in the even more complicated of places.

I loved this book. I think sometimes it’s my favorite so far. Lindsay is such a diverse character and it definitely shows as she struggles to maintain her personal and professional lives while everything seems to be crumbling.

*challenges: women’s murder club challenge, countdown challenge, ryob challenge, twentyten challenge, 100+ challenge, july 12×12 challenge

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REVIEW: Ten Big Ones

Title: Ten Big Ones
Author: Janet Evanovich
Finished: July 3, 2010
Pages: 340
Published: 2004
Format: paperback

The tenth book of the Stephanie Plum series has Stephanie witnessing a robbery while trying to apprehend another client, only to end up on a hit list from one of the major crime families in the city – only this time they hired an outside guy and no one can find him.

Stephanie, unaware of how dangerous the situation is, finds herself fighting between survival and being held captive by Morelli, neither she really likes. After a major fight, Stephanie walks out and goes into her own form of hiding – breaking into the least likely of places. She begins to struggle once again over her mixed feelings between Ranger and Morelli, which is only inflamed more when she finds herself taking Ranger’s help over Joe’s.

It’s hard to say which way Stephanie will go, and who she’ll choose, but I’m looking forward to the continuation of the series to find out more. It’s hard to imagine I’m closer to getting caught up than I ever imagined.

*challenges: 345 reading challenge, countdown challenge, monthly mixer mele, series iv challenge, stephanie plum challenge, ryob challenge, twenty ten challenge, 100+  challenge, july 12×12 challenge

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July 12×12 Reading Challenge

Hosted By: Good Books & Wine
July 1 – 31, 2010

Another fun month of reading. I’m uping my challenge number to 10 books for this month, especially since I seem to be meeting the 7 or exceeding it the past few months. Let’s see how I do during this busy summer month.

MY LIST:

  1. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
  2. 6th Target by James Patterson
  3. Specials by Scott Westerfeld
  4. The Anah’jari File by Douglas Armentrout
  5. Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  6. City of Bones by Michael Connelly
  7. Lost Light by Michael Connelly

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June 12×12 – COMPLETE

Hosted By: Misfit Salon
June 1 – June 30, 2010

Another successful reading month. Eleven books might be my most recent record but I’m hoping to surpass that in July and continue to increase my reading every month. At least I’m consistent.

My List:
  1. Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb
  2. Sign of the Twisted Candles by Carolyn Keene
  3. Clue of the Broken Locket by Carolyn Keene
  4. Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson
  5. Sail by James Patterson
  6. F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton
  7. Thank You For Smoking by Christopher Buckley
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  9. Everything Counts by Gary Ryan Blair
  10. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
  11. A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly

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Spring Reading Thing – Wrap Up


Hosted By: Callapider Days
March 20 – June 20, 2010

I had a lot of books on my list for the challenge this year, and I’m actually shocked at how well I did considering I didn’t really start reading any of them until almost a month after the challenge began. With only three books unread (but currently in progress), I did manage to read 15 other books that weren’t on this list during that time period.

Can’t wait for the Fall Challenge.

MY LIST:

  1. The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene – 4.10.10
  2. The Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn Keene – 4.10.10
  3. The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene – 4.10.10
  4. The Secret at Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene – 4.10.10
  5. The Secret at Red Gate Farm by Carolyn Keene – 4.10.10
  6. The Clue in the Diary by Carolyn Keene – 4.20.10
  7. Nancy’s Mysterious Letter by Carolyn Keene – 4.23.10
  8. The Sign of the Twisted Candles by Carolyn Keene – 6.5.10
  9. The Password to Larkspur Lane by Carolyn Keene – 4.24.10
  10. The Clue of the Broken Locket by Carolyn Keene – 6.6.10
  11. 3rd Degree by James Patterson – 4.11.10
  12. Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb – 6.4.10
  13. Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson – 6.8.10
  14. A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly – 6.27.10
  15. To the Nines by Janet Evanovich – 4.26.10
  16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – 6.22.10
  17. F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton – 6.19.10
  18. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien – 4.21.10
  19. Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
  20. Sail by James Patterson
  21. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  22. Thank You for Smoking by Christopher Buckley – 6.20.10
  23. Rich Again by Anna Maxted – 5.31.10
  24. Cougar Club by Susan McBride
  25. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – 4.27.10

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REVIEW: A Darkness More Than Night

Title: A Darkness More Than Night
Author: Michael Connelly
Finished: June 27, 2010
Pages: 470
Published: 2001
Format: paperback

It’s been awhile since I picked up a Harry Bosch book and this was a very unexpected surprise reading the first book that combines two of Connelly’s loved characters as they pool their resources to solve a mystery.

Terry McCaleb is called in to help a colleague after they find some mysterious items around a murder scene, and the only connection McCaleb find while researching is Harry Bosch. As the evidence pointing to Bosch continues to grow, Harry is awaiting his testimony in a very high profile case.

Everything continues to add stress to Harry’s life with reports, FBI, and McCaleb breathing down his neck, along with his attorney and the defendant in the case.

This book was different from the other Harry Bosch books I’ve read in the past, mainly because he’s not as prevalent as in the others, and he is made out to be the criminal instead of searching for one. However, as the book continued I really started to enjoy the story and getting acquainted with a new side of Bosch that we’re not used to seeing in the other books.

*challenges: 345 reading challenge, ryob challenge, 100+ challenge, june 12×12 challenge, spring reading thing

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REVIEW: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Title: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
Author: Stephen King
Finished: June 26, 2010
Pages: 264
Published: 1999
Format: audiobook & paperback

This quick book, possibly one of King’s shortest, tells the story of a young girl, obsessed with baseball player Tom Gordon, who finds herself lost in the woods while on a hike with her brother and mother.

It was very interesting and not what I expected of a Stephen King story, but possibly listening to it on audio during the day when it would be less suspenseful.

I did find it very interesting, the twists and  turns of the stories and how she finds herself following the wrong direction until happenstance she manages to change her course and in her delirium figures out the correct turn. Even at the end, I wasn’t sure whether her delusions were real or a cause of illness and nature.

I very much enjoyed reading this story and look forward to picking my way through King books until I have no more left to read.

*challenges: 1010 category challenge, ryob challenge, support your local library challenge, 100+ challenge, genre challenge, stephen king perpetual challenge, june 12×12 reading challenge

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