Monthly Archives: January 2011

REVIEW: Nancy Drew Books 20-23

Title: Clue in the Jewel Box
Author: Carolyn Keene
Finished: January 4, 2011
Pages: 181
Published: 1943
Format: hardback

This was a fun adventure as Nancy not only tries to solve the mystery of a missing grandson for a nice old woman who turns out to be secret royalty who escaped during troubling times in her home country.

While searching for this missing man, Nancy finds her suspicious of many characters and the secret to the true identity lies in a jewel box with hidden compartments.

*challenges: 11 in 11, off the shelf, 100+, a-z challenge, nancy drew challenge


Title: Secret in the Old Attic
Author: Carolyn Keene
Finished: January 11, 2011
Pages: 177
Published: 1944
Format: hardback

Another fun mystery has Nancy searching for some old music left behind by the deceased grandson of a very nice man taking care of the young girl left behind. Nancy finds herself doing everything in her power to help the family succeed and find the riches rightly owed to them by someone stealing the music from an old mysterious attic.

I especially enjoyed this one.

*challenges: 100+ challenge, a-z challenge, nancy drew challenge, 11 in 11 challenge

Title: Clue in the Crumbling Wall
Author: Carolyn Keene
Finished: January 7, 2011
Pages: 181
Published: 1945
Format: hardback

Nancy has her hands full in this next mystery as she searches for a missing dancer who could be the only one to save a troubled young girl and her mother from poverty and despair. In her efforts, Nancy comes across some bad men who try to do everything in their power to keep her from finding the woman and claiming what is rightfully hers.

*challenges: 100+, nancy drew, 11 in 11


Title: Mystery of the Tolling Bell
Author: Carolyn Keene
Finished: January 18, 2011
Pages: 181
Published: 1946
Format: hardback

When Nancy meets a mysterious man in a restaurant while helping out a friend, and finds herself searching not only for a special jeweled bell worth a fortune, all the while searching for another person who seems to be swindling people into buying shares of a company that doesn’t really exist, taking their whole life savings.

*challenges: 100+, a-z challenge, nancy drew challenge, 11 in 11

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11 in 11 Challenge (2011)

This has been my favorite challenge for the past few years an I’m excited to have a start in the 11 in 11 Challenge (hosted on LibraryThing). I almost didn’t complete the 2010 challenge so my goal is to stay more focused on this challenge first since it requires 121 books to complete and last year I barely had that. Pretty much every book I read should end up on this list (or I’m in trouble).

I. Published in 2011 – COMPLETE

  1. 10th Anniversary by James Patterson
  2. ThxThxThx: Thanks for Everything by Leah Dieterich
  3. Toys by James Patterson
  4. Winning With Money by Aaron Coleman
  5. Onward by Howard Schultz
  6. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
  7. Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki
  8. The Seed by Jon Gordon
  9. All Together Now: Volume 1 by Alan Ball
  10. The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris
  11. Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans

II. New Authors – COMPLETE

  1. Drive by Daniel Pink
  2. Cougar Club by Susan McBride
  3. Life by Keith Richards
  4. Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters by Jane Austen & Ben Winters
  5. The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
  6. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
  7. Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
  8. When God Winks on Love by Squire Rushnell
  9. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  10. The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau
  11. Unmarketing by Scott Stratten

III. 1,001 Books

  1. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
  2. The Curious Incident of Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
  3. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  4. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  6. 2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
  7. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  8. Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

IV. Children/Young Adult – COMPLETE

  1. The Clue in the Jewel Box by Carolyn Keene
  2. The Secret in the Old Attic by Carolyn Keene
  3. The Clue in the Crumbling Wall by Carolyn Keene
  4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  5. The Clue in the Old Album by Carolyn Keene
  6. Adventures of Harold & the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  7. The Ghost of Blackwood Hall by Carolyn Keene
  8. The Clue in the Leaning Chimney by Carolyn Keene
  9. The Clue of the Black Keys by Carolyn Keene
  10. The Ringmaster’s Secret by Carolyn Keene
  11. Maximum Ride: School’s Out Forever by James Patterson

V. Cozy Mysteries

  1. Naked Heat by Richard Castle
  2. Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner
  3. Worst Case by James Patterson
  4. Cross Fire by James Patterson
  5. Postcard Killers by James Patterson
  6. Don’t Blink by James Patterson
  7. The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen

VI. Favorite Authors

  1. Rainwater by Sandra Brown
  2. The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
  3. Trouble Maker Vol. 2 by Janet Evanovich
  4. The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews
  5. Maximum Ride: The Final Warning by James Patterson
  6. At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks
  7. Matchless by Gregory Maguire
  8. Troublemaker Book 1 by Janet Evanovich

VII. Non-fiction – COMPLETE

  1. 365 Thank Yous by John Kralik
  2. Badass by Shannen Doherty
  3. Me by Ricky Martin
  4. Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi
  5. Creative Inc by Meg Mateo Ilasco
  6. Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
  7. Love, Lust & Faking It by Jenny McCarthy
  8. When God Winks on Love by Squire Rushnell
  9. The Present by Spencer Johnson
  10. The Go-Giver by Bob Burg
  11. How Full is Your Bucket by Tom Rath

VIII. Made Into Moves/TV Shows

  1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  2. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collings
  4. Twilight Graphic Novel Vol 2 by Stephenie Meyer
  5. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

IX. In Death Series

  1. Rapture in Death by J.D. Robb
  2. Ceremony in Death by J.D. Robb
  3. Vengeance in Death by J.D. Robb
  4. Holiday in Death by J.D. Robb
  5. Midnight in Death by J.D. Robb
  6. Conspiracy in Death by J.D. Robb
  7. Loyalty in Death by J.D. Robb

X. Library Books

  1. The Mystery of the Tolling Bell by Carolyn Keene
  2. From a Buick 8 by Stephen King
  3. Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: The Graphic Novel adapted by Tony Lee
  4. Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman
  5. The Secret of the Wooden Lady by Carolyn Keene
  6. The Mystery at the Ski Jump by Carolyn Keene
  7. The Clue of the Velvet Mask by Carolyn Keene
  8. The Scarlet Slipper Mystery by Carolyn Keene
  9. The Walking Dead: Volume 2 by Robert Kirkman
  10. The Walking Dead: Volume 3 by Robert Kirkman

XI. TBR Stack

  1. Heat Wave by Richard Castle
  2. Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
  3. Midnight Club by James Patterson
  4. Maximum Ride: Saving the World by James Patterson
  5. Spook by Mary Roach
  6. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
  7. The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
  8. You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader by Mark Sanborn
  9. Truly, Madly, Deadly by Becca Wilcott

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Series Challenge Season 5

January 1 – December 31, 2011
Kathrin of Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic is hosting.
This is still one of my very, very favorite challenges. I finished up a lot of challenges last year so my list this year is quite smaller, but if I can get a lot read in some other series then I may feel able to take them on next year.
The rules:
1) The challenge starts January 1, 2011 and ends December 31, 2011.
2) You must read 3 or more books for this challenge.
3) With these books, you should finish the series or at least be up to date with it.
4) Crossovers with other challenges are perfectly alright.
5) Post a review on your blog and leave a link at the post I will set up on January 1, so I can keep track and others might find new series to enjoy.
6) Have fun!

MY LIST:

Alex Cross

Rizzoli and Isles

  • The Apprenticefinished 4.21.11
  • The Sinnerfinished 11.10.11
  • Body Double
  • Vanish
  • Mephisto Club
  • Keepsake
  • Ice Cold

Maximum Ride

Michael Bennett

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2011 Shakespeare Challenge

January 1 – December 31, 2011
Elena is hosting the Shakespeare Reading Challenge.
I’ve participated in a Shakespeare Challenge in the past and still have so many plays to finish reading. I’ve decided to do level 2 (Desdemona) and read 6 plays, most likely in addition to seeing 2 or 3 performances at our local Shakespeare theatre.

The Rules:

1. All plays must be read between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. Anything begun before that cannot be included.
2. Audio versions are also acceptable but all plays must be unabridged.
3. You don’t need to list your plays ahead of time but you may, if you’d like.
4. Review pages for each month will be created but are optional.

My List:

  1. Two Gentlemen of Verona (play)
  2. Taming of the Shrew (play)
  3. TBD
  4. TBD
  5. TBD
  6. TBD

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2011 TBR Challenge

Hosted by: Mizbooks
January 1 – December 31, 2011
As always, here are the rules:
  • ** Pick 12 books – one for each month of the year – that you’ve been wanting to read (that have been on your “To Be Read” list) for 6 months or longer, but haven’t gotten around to.
  • ** OPTIONAL: Create a list of 12 “Alternates” (books you could substitute for your challenge books, given that a particular one doesn’t grab you at the time)
  • By the end of the year you should’ve knocked 12 books off of your TBR list!

You can read additional rules on the challenge post.

I just finalized my list using books from last years challenge and a few others that I didn’t get around to. I also made my alternatives books I know I will be reading regardless but have the extra challenge of making sure those 12 are not my entire challenge. This year my goal is to read all 24!

Original List:

  1. Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates
  2. Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
  3. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  4. Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  5. A Mighty Heart by Mariane Pearl
  6. Rhett Butler’s People
  7. Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
  8. Spook by Mary Roach
  9. Bonk by Mary Roach
  10. Crime and Punishment
  11. It by Stephen King
  12. House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Alternatives:

  1. G is for Gumshore by Sue Grafton
  2. The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
  3. Undead and Unwed
  4. Rainwater by Sandra Brown
  5. Tough Customer by Sandra Brown
  6. Rapture in Death by J.D. Robb
  7. Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner
  8. Cougar Club by Susan McBride
  9. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
  10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  11. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
  12. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen

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2010 TBR Challenge – COMPLETE

2010tbr_21Loved this challenge again in 2010 and just finished my list for 2011 that I need to post ASAP. I didn’t do as well as I hoped, and had a hard time getting the mood for these books. I just barely made it but enjoyed it none-the less. 5 books of the original list and 7 off the alternative list. Whew!

My List:

  1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – finished May 27, 2010
  2. Blonde
  3. Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver – finished December 31, 2010
  4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote – finished Oct 10, 2010
  5. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – finished Nov 7, 2010
  6. Crime and Punishment
  7. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens – finished NOV 21, 10
  8. Four Past Midnight
  9. It
  10. House of Mirth
  11. Interview With the Vampire
  12. Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Alternatives:

  1. Godfather by Mario Puzo – finished Sept 30, 2010
  2. Grapes of Wrath
  3. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – finished Oct 8, 2010
  4. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen – finished Dec 20, 2010
  5. A Mighty Heart
  6. One Hundred Years of Solitude
  7. Pretty Little Mistakes
  8. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates – finished Feb 20, 2010
  9. Sail by James Patterson – finished June 12, 2010
  10. Secret Diary of a Call Girl by Anonymous – finished Nov 30, 2010
  11. Son of a Witch
  12. Thank You for Smoking by Christopher Buckley – finished June 20, 2010

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Nancy Drew Reading Challenge – Continued

In 2010, Deborah at Books, Movies and Chinese Food hosted The Nancy Drew Challenge where participants are encouraged to read all 56 original Nancy Drew Mystery stories. I barely made a dent but really want to finish the series, so I’m carrying it over into 2011 as a personal reading challenge.

Here are the books read prior to 2011:

I’ve already started book 20 and have about six from the library plus most of the rest in my own collection that I’ve been storing up. Looking forward to getting this one finished!

  • 20 The Clue in the Jewel Box
  • 21 The Secret in the Old Attic
  • 22 The Clue in the Crumbling Wall
  • 23 The Mystery of the Tolling Bell
  • 24 The Clue in the Old Album
  • 25 The Ghost of Blackwood Hall
  • 26 The Clue of the Leaning Chimney
  • 27 The Secret of the Wooden lady
  • 28 The Clue of the Black Keys
  • 29 The Mystery at the Ski Jump
  • 30 The Clue of the Velvet Mask
  • 31 The Ringmaster’s Secret
  • 32 The Scarlet Slipper Mystery
  • 33 The Witch Tree Symbol
  • 34 The Hidden Window Mystery
  • 35 The Haunted Showboat
  • 36 The Secret of the Golden Pavilion
  • 37 The Clue in the Old Stagecoach
  • 38 The Mystery of the Fire Dragon
  • 39 The Clue of the Dancing Puppet
  • 40 The Moonstone Castle Mystery
  • 41 The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes
  • 42 The Phantom of Pine Hill
  • 43 The Mystery of the 99 Steps
  • 44 The Clue in the Crossword Cipher
  • 45 The Spider Sapphire Mystery
  • 46 The Invisible Intruder
  • 47 The Mysterious Mannequin
  • 48 The Crooked Banister
  • 49 The Secret of Mirror Bay
  • 50 The Double Jinx Mystery
  • 51 Mystery of the Glowing Eye
  • 52 The Secret of the Forgotten City
  • 53 The Sky Phantom
  • 54 The Strange Message in the Parchment
  • 55 Mystery of Crocodile Island
  • 56 The Thirteenth Pearl

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