Monthly Archives: September 2010

What’s on Your Nightstand? – October

I’ve been a slacker lately and have been too busy to update with the group. I think I’ve missed the past few months, but I’m happy to have a designated list this time.

The Fall Into Reading Challenge started last week so most of my books come from that list, which also falls into pretty much all the other challenges I am working to complete.

My List:

  1. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  2. Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
  3. Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich
  4. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  5. The Whispering Statue by Carolyn Keene
  6. The Haunted Bridge by Carolyn Keene
  7. The Clue of the Tapping Heels by Carolyn Keene
  8. The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk by Carolyn Keene
  9. The Mystery of the Moss Covered Mansion by Carolyn Keene
  10. The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen

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Fall Into Reading 2010 Challenge

Hosted by Callapidder Days
September 22 – December 20, 2010

This has always been one of my ultimate favorite challenges. I’ve participated the past two years and haven’t officially been able to finish my original list. This year I’m a little more hopeful except my list is exceptionally long with all the challenges I hope to finish by the end of the year.

You can read all the rules and guidelines on the official challenge post. It’s pretty loose and I know that I am creating my own challenge so if I don’t finish the list I will be okay. Without further ado…


  1. I, Alex Cross by James Patterson
  2. Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich
  3. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
  4. Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich
  5. Finger Lickin Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
  6. Smash Cut by Sandra Brown
  7. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
  8. Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
  9. The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver
  10. Secret Diary of a Call Girl by Anonymous

1,001 List

  1. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  2. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  3. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  4. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  5. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  7. Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore

Nancy Drew (Carolyn Keene)

  1. The Mystery of the Ivory Charm
  2. The Whispering Statue
  3. The Haunted Bridge
  4. The Clue of the Tapping Heels
  5. The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk
  6. The Mystery of the Moss Covered Mansion
  7. The Quest of the Missing Map
  8. The Clue in the Jewel Box
  9. The Secret of the Old Attic
  10. The Clue in the Crumbling Wall
  11. The Mystery of the Tolling Bell
  12. The Clue in the Old Album
  13. The Ghost of Blackwood Hall
  14. The Clue of the Leaning Chimney

Other Books Not Originally Included:

  1. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

There are so many other books I would love to read and to help finish challenges out before the end of the year so this is a pretty scary list for me in addition to those, but I’m hoping with the cooling weather I will get some good long reading periods in.

Good luck to everyone!


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You tell us the answers to 3 questions:

What are you currently reading? The Godfather by Mario Puzo, The Message in the Hollow Oak by Carolyn Keene, Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, and Four Past Midnight by Stephen King

What did you recently finish? Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

What do you think you’ll read next? Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote, Catcher in the Rye by JD Sallinger, Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich and I, Alex Cross by James Patterson

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REVIEW: Plum Lovin

Title: Plum Lovin
Author: Janet Evanovich
Finished: September 5, 2010
Pages: 164
Published: 2007
Format: First Edition

The second In Between the Numbers books for Stephanie Plum. In this fun adventure, Stephanie is once again visited by Diesel and asked to help him out with a slight problem.

Someone from his “world” has gone haywire and targeting a wanted fugitive that Stephanie is searching for. In order to resolve the conflict, Diesel has stowed her FTA in a hiding spot and Stephanie must take on the role of cupid before she will be returned.

It was a very cute story and I’m enjoying Diesel even more. I love how Stephanie is forced to be a match maker despite how dysfunctional she is in her own relationships, juggling three men in this one book. I read the past couple out of order, so now the next one up is another in between book and I can’t wait for what’s in store.

*challenges: tbr stack, monthly mixer mele, series IV, stephanie plum challenge, ryob challenge, 100+ challenge, september 12×12

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REVIEW: Precious

Title: Precious
Author: Sapphire
Finished: September 1, 2010
Pages: 184
Published: 1996
Format: Audiobook

Based on the novel Push and adapted to film, Precious tells the story of a young girl who finds herself burdened by a second pregnancy by her own father, and kicked out of school. With no money, no education, no escape from her abusive mother, Clarice “Precious” Jones finds herself without hope.

This was such an emotional book, very brutal and verbally shocking. I kept an open mind, and having seen the movie, I was more prepared for what was in store but this tragic but hopeful story could be motivating for anyone wanting a change, or proof that someone always has it worse.

It’s hard to prepare for this story and maybe listening is a little bit more shocking than actually reading it for yourself. Be prepared for heavy language, sexual situations, abuse, and expect pretty much anything bad to happen. Despite all that, the story was amazing and truly heart rendering and leaves you more positive than when you began.

*challenges: 1010 category challenge, new author challenge, support your local library challenge, 100+ challenge, 30 books to movies challenge, september 12×12

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Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books 2000-2009

I ran across this list on twitter and thought it would be fun to add it to my perpetual challenges. To see the list and article by the ALA click here.

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books 2000-2009

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
9. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Myracle, Lauren
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
11. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
12. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
13. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
15. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
16. Forever, by Judy Blume
17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
18. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
19. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
20. King and King, by Linda de Haan
21. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
22. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
23. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
24. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
25. Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan
26. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
27. My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
28. Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
29. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
30. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
32. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
33. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
34. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
35. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
37. It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris
38. Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles
39. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
40. Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
41. Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
42. The Fighting Ground, by Avi
43. Blubber, by Judy Blume
44. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
45. Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly
46. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, by George Beard
48. Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
50. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
51. Daughters of Eve, by Lois Duncan
52. The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
53. You Hear Me?, by Betsy Franco
54. The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole
55. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green
56. When Dad Killed Mom, by Julius Lester
57. Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause
58. Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
59. Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
60. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
61. Draw Me A Star, by Eric Carle
62. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
63. The Terrorist, by Caroline B. Cooney
64. Mick Harte Was Here, by Barbara Park
65. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
66. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor
67. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
68. Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
69. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
70. Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen
71. Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park
72. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
73. What’s Happening to My Body Book, by Lynda Madaras
74. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
75. Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry
76. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
77. Crazy:  A Novel, by Benjamin Lebert
78. The Joy of Gay Sex, by Dr. Charles Silverstein
79. The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss
80. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
81. Black Boy, by Richard Wright
82. Deal With It!, by Esther Drill
83. Detour for Emmy, by Marilyn Reynolds
84. So Far From the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Watkins
85. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
86. Cut, by Patricia McCormick
87. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
88. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
89. Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissenger
90. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
91. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Graighead George
92. The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
93. Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
94. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
95. Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix
96. Grendel, by John Gardner
97. The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
98. I Saw Esau, by Iona Opte
99. Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
100. America: A Novel, by Frank, E.R.

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September 12×12 Reading Challenge

Hosted By: Bibliofreakblog
September 1 – 30, 2010

We’re getting closer to the end of the year and this challenge continues to be fun. I always feel like I’m accomplishing something each month. I’m sticking with my 10 book requirement, but I already feel like I will exceed that goal and go beyond what I read in August.


  1. Precious by Sapphire
  2. Plum Lovin by Janet Evanovich
  3. The Narrows by Michael Connelly
  4. Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. The Message in the Hollow Oak by Carolyn Keene
  6. The Mystery of the Ivory Charm by Carolyn Keene
  7. The Godfather by Mario Puzo

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