Monthly Archives: September 2011

Fall Into Reading 2011


Hosted By: Callapider Days
September 23 – December 21, 2011

This is always one of my favorite challenges, even though I don’t always follow my own list and often go crazy on what I read. I need to start focusing on my reading for the rest of the year if I’m going to complete a lot of my challenges.

I think I’m already a couple days behind but that’s what this Sunday is all about – reading reading reading.

Books to Finish

TBR Challenge

  • Blonde by Joyce Carol Oats
  • Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • A Mighty Heart by Mariane Pearl
  • Rhett Butler’s People
  • Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
  • Spook by Mary Roach
  • Bonk by Mary Roach
  • Crime & Punishment
  • It by Stephen King
  • House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • G is for Gumshoe
  • Undead and Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson
  • Tough Customer by Sandra Brown
  • Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
  • Three Cups of Tea

In Death Challenge

Nicholas Sparks Challenge

Series 5 Challenge

  • Sinner by Tess Gerritsen
  • Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
  • Vanish by Tess Gerritsen
  • Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
  • Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen
  • Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen
  • Final Warning by James Patterson
  • Max by James Patterson
  • Fang by James Patterson
  • Angel by James Patterson
  • Tick Tock by James Patterson

Let’s get this party started!

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REVIEW: Deja Dead

Title: Deja Dead
Author: Kathy Reichs
Finished: July 3, 2011
Pages: 532
Published: 1997
Format: paperback

My first Kathy Reichs book, but being a huge Bones fan I just had to check it out.

In the premiere novel about Dr. Temperance Brennan, the body of a woman is found in an abandonded building and it doesn’t take Brennan long to alienate her new partner when the idea of a serial killer comes into play.

Loving the show the books are based on, it was hard jumping into the book series with some many differences between the two. I’m looking forward to picking up the next book and delving more into the original story behind Bones.

*challenges: 1st in series, new author challenge, 100+ reading challenge, 11 in 11 reading challenge

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REVIEW: Enchantment

Title: Enchantment
Author: Guy Kawasaki
Finished: June 30, 2011
Pages: 211
Published: 2011
Format: first edition

Amazing book! Guy Kawasaki did an amazing job creating the world where you can “change hearts, minds and actions” but not through manipulation but through transformation.

While reading the book, I had the opportunity to sit in on a keynote speach in San Francisco by Guy Kawasaki where he discussed the steps and actions you can take to create great personal and professional interactions.

From Amazon: ” By enlisting their own goals and desires, by being likable and trustworthy, and by framing a cause that others can embrace, you can change hearts, minds, and actions.”

I highly recommend this book to everyone. It’s fun and quick and very informative.

*challenges: countdown challenge, new authors challenge, 100+ reading challenge, a-z challenge, 11 in 11 reading challenge, pub challenge, monthly mixup

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REVIEW: Dead Reckoning

Title: Dead Reckoning
Author: Charlaine Harris
Finished: June 29, 2011
Pages: 325
Published: 2011
Format: first edition

In the latest Sookie Stackhouse story, Sookie is a witness to a firebomb at Merlotte’s that has everyone on the search for who is targeting shifters, or Sam himself.

Not only is Sookie fearing for Sam, but she begins to witness irregular behavior between Eric and Pam, leading her to believe someone is keeping some big secrets. If it’s one thing Sookie hates, it’s being kept in the dark when her safety and future are at risk.

This wasn’t my favorite of the series. There were too many smaller stories and it jumped around, versus focusing on one major issue. I’m definitely curious how the series is going to pan out in the final books.

*challenges: countdown challenge, 100+ reading challenge, 11 in 11 reading challenge, pub challenge

Other Reviews: Confessions of a Bibliophile, Reading With Tequila, Musing of a Bookish Kitty

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Cozy Mystery Challenge – COMPLETE

Hosted By: Not Enough Books
April 1- September 30, 2011

While I’m posting this quite late after finishing, I had so much fun with the cozy mystery challenge. I know this is an easy one for me because most of my reading comes from mystery authors. I could have kept on going longer than 7 books but it felt right to stop and move forward with other challenges and feeling a sense of accomplishment.

Here’s how my final list turned out. Hope everyone else had a fun time and I look forward to next year.
MY LIST:
  1. Don’t Blink by James Patterson
  2. The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
  3. Ceremony in Death by J.D. Robb
  4. 10th Anniversary by James Patterson
  5. Toys by James Patterson
  6. The Clue of the Black Keys by Carolyn Keene
  7. Ringmaster’s Secret by Carolyn Keene

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REVIEW: Onward

Title: Onward
Author: Howard Schultz
Finished: June 21, 2011
Pages: 350
Published: 2011
Format: audiobook

One of my most favorite Early Reviewer books yet and I had to share with everyone once I finished. I’d been eyeing Onward every time I walked into Starbucks and heard so much about it that when it showed up in my mailbox I was so excited!

Onward is the story of how Starbucks struggled up and down with change (in almost every way) and pulled out on top through perseverance and strength. In the end, the one thing Starbucks refused to give us was the core of the company, the culture and soul that the community had come to love and trust.

Delving into many factors, including the economic downturn, product testing, new/old stores, Schultz digs deep into how he kept the company he loves from succumbing to hard times and giving up.

I highly recommend this book to everyone, no matter where you work or the stage of your life. The lessons Schultz touches on work for any time and place!

*challenges: countdown challenge, new authors challenge, 100+ reading challenge, a-z reading challenge, 11 in 11 reading challenge, pub challenge, monthly mix up

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