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Thankfully Reading Weekend

Hosted by Beth Fish ReadsDevourer of Books & Jenn’s Bookshelf.

I’m posting a day late only because I spent yesterday shopping, taking a nap, and watching football, and only read about five pages out of a book.

I’m officially declaring Saturday a read-a-thon day, working through some books from the Fall Into Reading Challenge and maybe some Nancy Drew. I’m sure I’ll spend tomorrow reading a good chunk as well.

Here are the details:

There are no rules to the weekend, we’re simply hoping to devote a good amount of time to reading, and perhaps meeting some of our reading challenges and goals for 2010. We thought it’d be fun if we cheered each other on a bit. If you think you can join in, grab the button  and sign on to Mr. Linky. If you don’t have a blog, use the comments!

The snow is falling, I have the teapot full. I must start reading.

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What’s on Your Nightstand – December

I think I did pretty good this past month compared to some of the previous. I’m in the middle of reading Four Past Midnight, Mansfield Park, and The Mystery of the Moss Covered Mansion. I have decided to wait on reading The Apprentice until first of next year since I have so many others to get through.

November’s List

  1. Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
  2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  3. The Clue of the Tapping Heels by Carolyn Keene
  4. The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk by Carolyn Keene
  5. The Mystery of the Moss Covered Mansion by Carolyn Keene
  6. The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
  7. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  8. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
  9. Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich
  10. Finger Lickin Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
  11. I, Alex Cross by James Patteson
  12. Exploiting Chaos by Jeremy Gutsche
  13. The Time of My Life by Patrick Swayze

December’s list is extra long because I have so many books to finish before the end of the year. I’m planning quite a few read-a-thons, starting this Thanksgiving weekend, plus I have a handful of vacation days coming up so I’m hopeful to get through everything (I hope).

December’s List

  1. The Walk by Richard Paul Evans
  2. Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
  3. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  4. The Mystery of the Moss Covered Mansion by Carolyn Keene
  5. Smash Cut by Sandra Brown
  6. Spook by Mary Roach
  7. Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews
  8. The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver
  9. Secret Diary of a Call Girl
  10. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  11. Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore
  12. The Mystery of the Moss Covered Mansion
  13. The Quest of the Missing Map
  14. The Clue in the Jewel Box
  15. The Secret of the Old Attic
  16. The Clue in the Crumbling Wall
  17. The Mystery of the Tolling Bell
  18. The Clue in the Old Album
  19. The Ghost of Blackwood Hall
  20. The Clue of the Leaning Chimney

We’ll keep it at this list, but I have many more. Talk about high expectations for myself. :)

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3 Challenges Completed

Rather than post three separate posts on the challenges I just completed by finishing Finger Lickin Fifteen by Janet Evanovich, I thought I would do a joint post.

 

 
Finished 75 books
See my complete list here.

I loved this challenge. I haven’t decided about joining next year since I have joined the Off the Shelf Challenge, which is similar but with some different rules.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read 15 Stephanie Plum Books
See my complete list here.

This was another favorite challenge! I loved getting  caught up with my new favorite series and look forward to now reading them as they are released instead of playing catch up.

The Series IV Challenge (and the corresponding challenges) have always been a fan favorite. I love being able to catch up with some fun series. I’m starting to get caught up enough that I’m not sure if I will be joining the challenge again next year, but will be considering it. Haven’t heard yet if there will be another one. See my complete list here. I ended up reading 24 books for this one.

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REVIEW: Finger Lickin Fifteen

Title: Finger Lickin Fifteen
Author: Janet Evanovich
Finished: November 14, 2010
Pages: 308
Published: 2009
Format: First Edition

I’m almost finally caught up with the Stephanie Plum series, and I am very eager to take a break after reading have the series quickly over the past year.

In this latest book, Stephanie finds herself in the OFF position with Morelli, which hasn’t happened in a very long time. Some of their differences and the seriousness of their relationship starts to take a toll and they are at a crossroads.

This puts Steph in a very precarious position as Ranger knows she is suddenly available and doesn’t make it a secret how much she wants it to stay that way. In the meantime, Lula witnesses a murder that had her running for her life and moving in with Stephanie.

Many disasters follow as Lula tries to track down the murders by entering a BBQ contest. It wouldn’t be a Stephanie Plum book without some botched captures and steamy scenes with Ranger. After reading the ending of this one, I can only hope Stephanie is near adulthood and her future.

*challenges: fall into reading, series IV challenge, stephanie plum challenge, ryob challenge, november 12×12 challenge, countdown challenge

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REVIEW: Plum Spooky

Title: Plum Spooky
Author: Janet Evanovich
Finished: November 13, 2010
Pages: 309
Published: 2008
Format: First Edition

In the latest, and maybe last (since he has his own series now), Diesel book, Stephanie finds herself in the middle of a crazy mystery.

Diesel is searching for his own family, Wulf, and drags Stephanie into the chaos when one of her ATFs becomes Wulf’s partner in crime. It doesn’t take long for Stephanie to find out that what Wulf and Munch are up to could cause mass chaos for the entire world, not just their small town.

Captured on multiple occasions to serve as Munch’s reward for helping Wulf, Stephanie is constantly finding herself surrounded by three men who continue making her life very complicated.

This one was fun, but still waiting for Stephanie to grow up a little more.

*challenges: fall into reading, series IV challenge, stephanie plum challenge, ryob challenge, november 12×12 challenge, countdown challenge

Other Reviews:
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REVIEW: Fearless Fourteen

Title: Fearless Fourteen
Author: Janet Evanovich
Finished: November 7, 2010
Pages: 310
Published: 2008
Format: First Edition

Stephanie Plum, still ON with Joe Morelli but unsure about her relationship with Ranger, finds herself coaxing a woman from committing suicide instead of going back to jail.

In the meantime, Ranger finds himself guarding a famous singer and calls Stephanie in to help, which makes Morelli very unhappy that she’s spending full days and nights with Ranger instead of him.

When Loretta is taken back into custody and no one bails her out, Morelli finds himself the caregiver of her son and for the first time Stephanie and Joe are looking more like a happy family, seeing what it would be like if they have kids of their own.

This was  the first book that I found myself not fully enjoying and wishing that Stephanie would start getting her act together, make a final decision on who she wants to be with, and make the next step in her job and her relationship. After fourteen books, you would think she would be able to successfully pick up a FTA without the help of Ranger or even Lula.

Still funny, but I’m waiting for more.

*challenges: fall into reading, series IV challenge, stephanie plum challenge, 1010 challenge, ryob challenge, november 12×12 challenge, countdown challenge

Other Reviews:
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REVIEW: Catcher in the Rye

Title: Catcher in the Rye
Author: J.D. Salinger
Finished: November 7, 2010
Pages: 216
Published: 1945
Format: hardback

I’ve been wanting to read this book for quite some time and was glad I had a chance to finally experience what so many people talk about.

One of my favorite things about the book was that it took place partially in New York City (which is my new obsession). I was great reading about the city so long ago and how so many things haven’t even changed.

It’s a great story of turmoil, coming of age, angst and fear – a young man growing up, trying to find his calling and place in the world.

For a good part of the book I was wondering where it was going and what the point was, but yet I still enjoyed. Holden’s journey through discovery and different cities, was something all adolescents can relate to – the search for purpose and finding their way through new experiences and letdowns.

This book is definitely every one should read and experience, young or old. I’m glad I read it and wouldn’t be surprised if it turns into a book  I re-read in the future.

*challenges: fall into reading, 1010 category challenge, new author challenge, tbr challenge, ryob challenge, november 12×12, 1% challenge, project fill in the gaps

Other Reviews: Devourer of Books, Jules’ Book Reviews

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