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August 2010 Review

I’m on time this month! August has been a very fun reading month for me, filled with lots of Women’s Murder Club and Stephanie Plum, so it doesn’t get much better than that. I imagine September will be a lot of the same, and I’m looking forward to the long holiday weekend so I can get some extra good reading in – maybe I’ll have my own mini read-a-thon.

Books Read:

  1. 7th Heaven by James Patterson (TBR)
  2. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh (TBR)
  3. 8th Confession by James Patterson (TBR)
  4. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler (TBR)
  5. 9th Judgment by James Patterson (TBR)
  6. Extras by Scott Westerfeld
  7. Heart Mender by Andy Andrews (TBR)
  8. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
  9. The Girlfriend’s Guide to Understanding Men by Bo Sebastian (TBR)
  10. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich (TBR)
  11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  12. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich (TBR)
  13. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich (TBR)

Books Arrived:

  1. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler
  2. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
  3. Conspiracy in Death by J.D. Robb
  4. Undead and Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson
  5. Tough Customer by Sandra Brown

I also received a large box of miscellaneous books from a good friend who is about to travel the country and did not want them anymore. I didn’t list them all here, but there were some good ones I’m looking forward to reading.Challenges Finished: 2nds Challenge, 2010 Pub Challenge, Women’s Murder Club Challenge, Awesome Author Challenge, Genre Challenge, August 12×12 Challenge
Challenges Joined: September 12×12 Challenge


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July 2010 Review

I’ve way late posting this, but I thought better now than never. July was a slow for reading, and I picked up a few new books that I read the same month or soon after I received them. I read a nice chunk from my TBR, making some improvements getting books off my shelf that have been there for some time.

Books Read:

  1. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich (TBR)
  2. 6th Target by James Patterson (TBR)
  3. Specials by Scott Westerfeld
  4. The Anah’jari File by Douglas Armentrout (TBR)
  5. Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  6. City of Bones by Michael Connelly (TBR)
  7. Lost Light by Michael Connelly (TBR)

Books Arrived:

  1. Heart Mender by Andy Andrews
  2. The Anah’jari File by Douglas Armentrout
  3. Cujo by Stephen King
  4. Pet Sematary by Stephen King
  5. Sizzlin Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

Challenges Finished: July 12×12, 345 Reading Challenge
Challenges Joined: August 12×12

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June 2010 – Review

June was a very fun reading month. I felt like I got a lot read, most of them quick and easy reads, but perfect for the beginning of summer. I’m sure July will shape up just the same way. I added a lot of books to start filling out collections, but I managed to read a lot off my TBR instead of library books or from other sources.

Books Read:

  1. Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb (TBR)
  2. Sign of the Twisted Candles by Carolyn Keene (TBR)
  3. Clue of the Broken Locket by Carolyn Keene
  4. Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson (TBR)
  5. Sail by James Patterson (TBR)
  6. F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton (TBR)
  7. Everything Counts by Gary Ryan Blair (TBR)
  8. Thank You For Smoking by Christopher Buckley (TBR)
  9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  10. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King (TBR)
  11. A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly (TBR)

Books Arrived:

  1. Sure Thing by Max Collier
  2. Sherri by Max Collier
  3. Born in Death by J.D. Robb
  4. Portrait in Death by J.D. Robb
  5. Strangers in Death by J.D. Robb
  6. Memory in Death by J.D. Robb
  7. Male Call by Max Collier
  8. B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton
  9. The Lost Temple by Tom Harper
  10. Truly, Madly, Deadly by Becca Wilcott
  11. Android Karenina by Ben Winters
  12. Everything Counts by Gary Ryan Blair
  13. Rapture in Death by J.D. Robb
  14. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
  15. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
  16. Promises in Death by J.D. Robb
  17. Fang by James Patterson
  18. Worst Case by James Patterson
  19. Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb

Challenges Finished: Spring Reading Thing, June 12×12, Cozy Mysteries Challenge, Four Month Challenge Part 3, Chunkster Challenge,
Challenges Joined: July 12×12

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May 2010 – REVIEW

May might not have been my most productive reading month, but I still have fun getting caught up in challenges and reading some good Summer kick off books. June appears to be shaping up much better, and I have hope that the rest of the year will only continue to increase.

Books Read:

  1. 5th Horseman by James Patterson (TBR)
  2. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris (TBR)
  3. Clue in the Diary by Carolyn Keene
  4. Nancy’s Mysterious Letter by Carolyn Keene
  5. Password to Larkspur Lane by Carolyn Keene
  6. Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson (TBR)
  7. To the Nines by Janet Evanovich (TBR)
  8. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (TBR)
  9. Rich Again by Anna Maxted (TBR)

Books Arrived:

  1. 9th Confession by James Patterson
  2. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
  3. Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon
  4. Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson
  5. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
  6. Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

Challenges Finished: Vampire Series Challenge, Sookie Stackhouse Challenge, Thriller/Suspense Challenge, April 12×12 Challenge, Lord of the Rings Read-a-long
Challenges Joined: May 12×12 Reading Challenge

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April 2010 – REVIEW

April was my biggest book buying month in quite awhile with two library book sales and lots of good deals. The read-a-thon helped bring my number up for April and I feel confident with summer starting my reading my start to improve as the fun quick reads are easy in summer.

Books Read:

  1. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. The Day I Shot Cupid by Jennifer Love Hewitt
  3. The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene
  4. Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn Keene (TBR)
  5. Mystery at the Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene (TBR)
  6. Twilight: Graphic Novel Volume 1 by Stephenie Meyer (TBR)
  7. Tarantula by Bob Dylan (TBR)
  8. The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene
  9. 3rd Degree by James Patterson (TBR)
  10. Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  11. 4th of July by James Patterson (TBR)
  12. In Odd We Trust by Dean Koontz
  13. Linchpin by Seth Godin (TBR)
  14. Fish by Stephen Lundin(TBR)

Books Added:

  1. Emily Dickinson
  2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  3. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  4. The Piano by Jane Champion
  5. Night Shift by Stephen King
  6. Personal Velocity by Rebecca Miller
  7. A Treasure Worth Seeking by Sandra Brown
  8. Eloquent Silence by Sandra Brown
  9. Temptation’s Kiss by Sandra Brown
  10. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
  11. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
  12. Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
  13. Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay
  14. Hide by Lisa Gardner
  15. Zapped by Carol Higgins Clark
  16. Darkness Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane
  17. Bourne Betrayal by Robert Ludlum
  18. Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
  19. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  20. Rocky Road to Romance by Janet Evanovich
  21. Motor Mouth by Janet Evanovich
  22. A Million Little Pieces by James Fery
  23. Under the Tuscan Sun

Challenges Finished: April 12×12, Thriller & Suspense Challenge, Lord of the Rings Read a long
Challenges Joined: 1% Well Read Challenge, April 12×12 Challenge

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First Quarter in Movies

I started loosing track of all the movies I was watching last year but decided it would be fun to try and pay better attention and see what number I end up with year after year.

Here’s the breakdown for my year so far.


  1. Shortbus
  2. Persuasion (1995)
  3. Avatar
  4. March of the Penguins
  5. Hideous Kinky
  6. Sherlock Holmes
  7. Leap Year
  8. Nine
  9. The Blind Side
  10. Julie and Julia
  11. The Final Destination
  12. Gamer
  13. Big Lebowski
  14. This is It
  15. Twister


  1. Music & Lyrics
  2. Twister (again)
  3. Zombieland
  4. Hangover
  5. Little Ashes
  6. Valentine’s Day
  7. Love Happens
  8. X-Files: Season 4
  9. Management
  10. Shutter Island
  11. Everybody’s Fine
  12. Sex Drive
  13. Temple Grandin


  1. District 9
  2. An Education
  3. Up in the Air
  4. Inglorious Basterds
  5. Alice in Wonderland
  6. The Hurt Locker
  7. Precious
  8. A Serious Man
  9. X-Files: Season 5
  10. Private Lives of Pippa Lee
  11. Art & Copy
  12. 2012
  13. Ally McBeal: Season 1
  14. The Blind Side

That’s a total of 42 movies for the first quarter of 2010.

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2009 in Review – Part 2 – The Stats

2009 In Review: THE STATS

Total Books Read: 140
Total Authors: 81
New Authors: 60

  • Female – 32
  • Male – 49

Best Reading Month: March – 18
Worse Reading Month: November – 5

Reading Challenges Participated in – 58
Carrying Over- 13
Perpetual Challenges – 5

Longest Book – Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Shortest Book – Free Stallion by Amber Tamblyn
Best New Series – Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris
Favorite New Author – Charlaine Harris
Favorite Old Author – Jams Patterson
Favorite Series – Stephanie Plum & Sookie Stackhouse (tie)


  • Fiction – 56
  • Children – 22
  • Non-fiction – 22
  • Graphic Novels – 16
  • Young Adult – 12
  • Classics – 11
  • Plays – 6
  • Short Stories – 3
  • Poetry – 2

Most Read Authors:

  • James Patterson – 19
  • Dr. Seuss – 11
  • Charlaine Harris – 10
  • Frank Miller – 10
  • C.S. Lewis – 7
  • William Shakespeare – 6
  • L. Frank BaumĀ  – 6
  • Holly Black – 5
  • Louise Rennison – 5
  • Janet Evanovich – 4
  • Jane Austen – 3

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