Monthly Archives: November 2010

REVIEW: I, Alex Cross

Title: I, Alex Cross
Author: James Patterson
Finished: November 7, 2010
Pages: 374
Published: 2009
Format: first edition

One of the most recent Alex Cross books introduces us to more of the Cross family as tragedy hits.

A beloved member of the family is brutally murdered and Alex finds himself on the quest to find who has disrupted their happy life and his birthday celebration.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Cross novel without some complications. Everything is wrong the situation and it doesn’t make Alex’s search for a brutal killer (or two) when the dearest member of the family falls ill.

A secret and hidden club, catering to the rich and famous and their kinky fantasies, run by a power player who feels he can’t be touched, becomes the prime focus and Alex finds himself looking for a faceless killer that no one can identify – except one girl that managed to escape and has been hiding ever since.

This was a great story, one of his best yet. The twists were unbelievable and I can’t wait to see what’s next after the brilliant cliffhanger.

*challenges: fall into reading, series IV, 1010 category challenge, RYOB challenge, november 12×12 challenge, countdown challenge, james patterson challenge III

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REVIEW: Time of My Life

Title: Time of My Life
Author: Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi
Finished: November 6, 2010
Pages: 256
Published: 2009
Format: audiobook

I had been wanting to read this since it came out and when I found the audiobook on sale, I couldn’t resist.

The Time of My Life is the story of Patrick Swayze’s journey through dance and acting, meeting his beautiful wife, the struggles and pain of repetitive injuries, and then the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

The journey through the life of Swayze, hearing about how he accomplished so much, persevered, set new goals and dreams despite the constant fear that his next injury could be the end.

The story was so personal and heartfelt, listening to husband and wife tell the story of their life, their own words and voice, reading letters from the past, traveling, working through fights and problems and coming out on the other side stronger than ever before. There was so much courage in their life that one can only hope to be as strong as they were and are.

*challenges: 1010 category challenge, new authors challenge, a-z challenge, ryob challenge, november 12×12, countdown challenge

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100+ Reading Challenge – COMPLETE

Hosted by: J. Kaye’s Book Blog
January 1 – December 31, 2010

I had fun participating in this challenge again this year. Unlike last year, I’m going to consider this challenge complete as 100 books even though I know I’m going over. It’s nice to have it off the list of challenges left to be finished and I can focus on all the others.

To see my original post with links to reviews, click HERE. Already starting to look forward to next year.


  1. What My Cat Has Taught Me About Life by Niki Anderson
  2. Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot
  3. Dear Jane Austen by Patrice Hannon
  4. Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
  5. Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
  6. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
  7. From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
  8. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
  9. A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris
  10. 1st to Die by James Patterson
  11. Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain
  12. The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper
  13. Queen of Babble in the Big City by Meg Cabot
  14. Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain
  15. Seven Up by Janet Evanovich
  16. Twitter Power by Joel Comm
  17. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  18. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  19. Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich
  20. You Suck by Christopher Moore
  21. Glory in Death by J.D. Robb
  22. Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason
  23. The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
  24. E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton
  25. Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich
  26. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien
  27. 2nd Chance by James Patterson
  28. Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives by Laura Schlessinger
  29. Angels Flight by Michael Connelly
  30. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  31. The Day I Shot Cupid by Jennifer Love Hewitt
  32. The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene
  33. The Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn Keene
  34. The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene
  35. Twilight: Graphic Novel Volume 1 by Stephenie Meyer
  36. Tarantula by Bob Dylan
  37. The Secret of Red Gate Farm by Carolyn Keene
  38. The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene
  39. 3rd Degree by James Patterson
  40. Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  41. 4th of July by James Patterson
  42. In Odd We Trust by Dean Koontz
  43. Linchpin by Seth Godin
  44. Fish! by Stephen Lundin
  45. 5th Horseman by James Patterson
  46. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
  47. Clue in the Diary by Carolyn Keene
  48. Nancy’s Mysterious Letters by Carolyn Keene
  49. Password to Larkspur Lane by Carolyn Keene
  50. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
  51. To the Nines by Janet Evanovich
  52. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  53. Rich Again by Anna Maxted
  54. Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb
  55. Sign of the Twisted Candles by Carolyn Keene
  56. Clue of the Broken Locket by Carolyn Keene
  57. Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson
  58. Sail by James Patterson
  59. F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton
  60. Thank You For Smoking by Christopher Buckley
  61. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  62. Everything Counts by Gary Ryan Blair
  63. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
  64. A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly
  65. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
  66. 6th Target by James Patterson
  67. Specials by Scott Westerfeld
  68. The Anah’jari File by Douglas Armentrout
  69. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  70. City of Bones by Michael Connelly
  71. Lost Light by Michael Connelly
  72. 7th Heaven by James Patterson
  73. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
  74. 8th Confession by James Patterson
  75. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler
  76. 9th Judgment by James Patterson
  77. Extras by Scott Westerfeld
  78. Heart Mender by Andy Andrews
  79. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
  80. The Girlfriend’s Guide to Understanding Men by Bo Sebastian
  81. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
  82. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  83. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
  84. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
  85. Precious by Sapphire
  86. Plum Lovin by Janet Evanovich
  87. The Narrows by Michael Connelly
  88. Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
  89. The Message in the Hollow Oak by Carolyn Keene
  90. The Mystery of the Ivory Charm by Carolyn Keene
  91. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  92. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  93. The Whispering Statue by Carolyn Keene
  94. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  95. Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich
  96. Late, Late at Night by Rick Springfield
  97. Sorry, Right Number and Other Stories by Stephen King
  98. Stationary Bike by Stephen King
  99. The Haunted Bridge by Carolyn Keene
  100. Exploiting Chaos by Jeremy Gutsche

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REVIEW: Exploiting Chaos

Title: Exploiting Chaos
Author: Jeremy Gutsche
Finished: November 2, 2010
Pages: 271
Published: 2009
Format: first edition

Our latest work book club choice. This amazing book defines 150 ways to be creative, innovate and have fun which keeping your business in the  game when times change or the market is tough.

It was so much fun reading and even more fun discussing all the different areas that are covered. Gutsche takes famous companies and compares them to their competitors during serious changes in the business.

He begins as early as the typewriter, when Smith Corona ruled the innovation and how inevitably their unwillingness to fully adapt to the world and the beginning of computers ended up sending them under.

Overall Gutsche covers five areas: Strategy, Culture, Trends, Innovation, and Marketing – all things that every company needs to take into consideration as times change and new ideas come into play.

There were so many great stories, comparisons and ideas that I look forward to going back through the entire book multiple times to inspire myself.

*challenges: monthly mixer mele, 1010 category challenge, new author challenge, ryob challenge, 100+ challenge, november 12×12 challenge, countdown challenge

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REVIEW: The Haunted Bridge

Title: Haunted Bridge
Author: Carolyn Keene
Finished: October 26, 2010
Pages: 180
Published: 1937
Format: hardback

This latest Nancy Drew was quite fun to read and try to figure out for myself. Nancy’s father is searching for some known jewel thieves and in the process enlists Nancy’s help at a local resort. This may be the first time Nancy is solving three mysteries in one book.

While look for evidence of missing jewelry, Nancy joins a golf tournament and attracts the attention of an admirer who is very strange, possibly posing as someone they are not. When one of her special and lucky golf balls is lost, Nancy learns about the haunted bridge and is determined to find out the truth behind it.

Without realizing it, Nancy begins solving all the mysteries at once, slowly piecing together the information with the help of her friends.

*challenges: fall into reading, 100+ challenge, nancy drew challenge, october 12×12 challenge

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REVIEW: Stationary Bike

Title: Stationary Bike
Author: Stephen King
Finished: October 26, 2010
Pages: n/a
Published: 2005
Format: audiobook

This might have been one of my least favorite King books so far.

The novella is about a man who finds out he needs to cut back on his cholesterol intake, eating fast foods, and becomes determined to loose weight and become healthier. He starts using a stationary bike obsessively. What starts off as simply a way to pass the time, Richard hangs a map on the wall to envision where he is riding, soon turns into something completely different.

The road he begins to envision isn’t imaginary, or at least not as long as his mind if concerned. Feeling that maybe he has overdone the workout, he decides to stop with his doctor’s permission, but something continues to pull him back.

*challenges: 1010 category challenge, ryob challenge, 100+ challenge, october 12×12 challenge, countdown challenge, stephen king challenge

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REVIEW: Sorry Right Number

Title: Sorry, Right Number and other stories
Author: Stephen King
Finished: October 23, 2010
Pages: n/a
Published: 2009
Format: audiobook

A set of short stories by Stephen King, read by some great actors. I believe this is a smaller compilation of one of his larger short story anthologies.

I think my favorite was the title story, Sorry, Right Number about a family who receives a terrifying phone call, changing the course of their lives. The catch at the end was amazing and nothing like I expected.

A few of the stories weren’t the trillers I was expecting, but still good non-the-less and great listing material on my way to and from work. Very entertaining.

*challenges: 1010 category challenge, ryob challenge, 100+ challenge, october 12×12 challenge, stephen king challenge, countdown challenge

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