December 30th, 2011

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Book 20 - 2011

Book 20: Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs – 300 pages

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Tempe Brennan has come to Montreal from Charlotte in early December to testify as an expert witness at a trial. As Forensic Anthropologist for the province of Quebec, that's part of her job. She should be going over her notes, but she's freezing her behind off instead, digging in the basement of a pizza parlour. Not fun. Not with all the rats. And the cold. And, now, the skeletonised earthly remains of three people, three young women. When did they die? How did they get there? Homicide detective Luc Claudel, never Tempe's greatest fan, believes the bones are historic. Not his case, not his concern. The pizza parlour owner, the Prince of Pizza as Claudel calls him, found some 19th century buttons with the skeletons, another indicator of the bones' probable age. But Tempe has her doubts. Something doesn't make sense. She'll look at the bones in her lab and do Carbon 14 testing to establish approximate age. And she can analyse the tooth enamel to tell approximately where the women were born. If she's right, Claudel has three recent murders on his hands. Definitely his case. Detective Andrew Ryan, meanwhile, is acting mysterious. What are those private phone calls he takes in the other room, and why does he suddenly disappear just when Tempe is beginning to trust him and to hope he might be part of her life? Looks like more nights at home for Tempe with a good book and Birdie, the cat. As Tempe searches for answers in both her personal and professional lives, she finds herself drawn deeper into a web of evil from which there may be no escape. Women have disappeared, never to return...Tempe may be next.

These books all start to blend into each other after awhile, which is funny really, because there’s only 14 or 15 books and over a 130 episodes (of the TV show based on the books) and I can remember nearly every episode’s plot (and key Bones/Booth moment) within the first five minutes. If I remember correctly, this one featured the bones of three women found in a pizza parlour basement that Tempe spent half the book trying to prove were modern (which in a way seems strange for a forensic anthropologist specializing in ‘ancient’ remains). It also saw a bit of backwards and forwards with Tempe’s relationship with Ryan, and of course, a perfectly reasonable explanation for any such issues though only after Tempe had spent half the book making up a hundred ridiculous reasons for why the relationship was doomed (somehow Bones’ reluctance to hook up with Booth because she didn’t want to hurt him (episode 100) seemed far more endearing). An enjoyable though pedestrian read.

20 / 50 books. 40% done!

7633 / 15000 pages. 51% done!

I'm trying to get through the 11 reviews I have to do before the ticking over of the clock on Saturday (which is made equally more pressing by the fact that I have a flight to catch at 12pm on Sunday morning (I'm going to Tasmania!)).

Currently reading:
- The Iliad
by Homer – 408 pages
- Great Big Beautiful Doll: The Anna Nicole Story
by Eric & D’eva Redding – 239 pages
- The Pilot’s Wife
by Anita Shreve – 293 pages

And coming up:
- The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 3: White Gold Wielder
by Stephen Donaldson – 500 pages
- The Other Queen
by Philippa Gregory – 437 pages
- The Odyssey
by Homer – 324 pages
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I've been following this page for a couple of years now, but I've never been able to get close to the challenge. But this year I've pulled it off. All 50 with a couple of days to spare.

1. The Cavalier in the Yellow Doublet by Arturo Perez-Reverte
2. Flashman and the Mountain of Light by George MacDonald Fraser
3. Flash for Freedom! by George MacDonald Fraser
4. A Brief History of the Crimean War by Alexis Troubetzkoy
5. The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder by Daniel Stashower
6. Flashman at the Charge by George MacDonald Fraser
7. Flashman in the Great Game by George MacDonald Fraser
8. Flashman and the Angel of the Lord by George MacDonald Fraser
9. Flashman and the Dragon by George MacDonald Fraser
10. Flashman on the March by George McDonald Fraser
11. Flashman and the Redskins by George McDonald Fraser
12. Flashman and the Tiger by George McDonald Fraser
13. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
14. The Club of Queer Trades by G.K. Chesterton
15. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
16. Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
17. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
18. The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett
19. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
20. The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett
21. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
22. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
23. Woman in the Dark by Dashiell Hammett
24. The Continental Op by Dashiell Hammett
25. Greenmantle by John Buchan
26. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan
27. the Three Hostages by John Buchan
28. the Runagates Club by John Buchan
29. Who Hates Whom by Bob Harris
30. No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach by Anthony Bourdain
31. the Steampunk Bible by Jeff VanderMeer
32. John MacNab by John Buchan
33. the Three Imposters by Arthur Machen
34. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G.K. Chesterton
35. The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton
36. The Wisdom of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton
37. The Incredulity of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton
38. The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes
39. A Cook's Tour by Anthony Bourdain
40. The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain
41. Some Danger Involved by Will Thomas
42. To Kingdom Come by Will Thomas
43. The Limehouse Text by Will Thomas
44. The Hellfire Conspiracy by Will Thomas
45. The Black Hand by Will Thomas
46. Kick Ass graphic novel by Mark Millar
47. The Strange Affair of the Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder
48. The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder
49. Pirates of the Levant by Arturo Perez-Reverte
50. Derby Girl by Shauna Cross

Now that I'm on a roll, next year should be really great. I'm gonna start off with a ton of Sherlock Holmes.
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first challenge

I'm a medium reader...LOVE reading and would ADORE this challenge greatly!!
QUESTION": can we link out list on here to add others and give/get ideas on books?AND so we know what we have already read?
It's cool if not..I'm excited im starting my first book new years even night/the 1st <3 <3

BTW I'm Kim from Seattle
Feel free to add me if you need encouragement to keep reading and to give me some too..hehehe
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Book List 2011

Originally posted by hrhqod1at Book List 2011

  1.           The Sword of Avalon;                                Diana Paxton       416
  2.           The Wolves of Andover:;                                     Kathleen Kent      304
  3.           Passionista;                                                 Dr. Ian Kenrner:            224
  4.           The Fairies and the Quest for Neverland;   Gail Carson  Levine       224
  5.           The Amber Spyglass;                                 Philip Pullman               518
  6.           Alice I have Been;                                        Melanie Benjamin           368
  7.           The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teaching of Buddhist Psychology;              Jack Kornfield      448
  8.           The Great Oom; The Improbable Birth of Yoga In America:         Robert Love 402
  9.           Daughters of Rome;                                    Kate Quinn           370
  10. The Secret Affair;                                        Mary Balogh        400
  11. The Fat Flush Diet;                                     Mary Louise Gettleman           288
  12. Fahrenheit 451;                                          Ray Bradbury      179
  13. The Seer of Sevenwaters;                                     Juliet Marillier               432
  14. Middlesex;                                                 Geofrey Eugenides                  544
  15. Pillars of the Earth;                                    Ken Follett            816
  16. Zipporah, Wife of Moses;                          Marek Halter        288
  17. Kushiel’s Dart;                                          Jacqueline Carey  701
  18. Madam Tousaud: A Novel of the Frensh Revolution;   Michelle Moran    446
  19. Wolves Among Us: Chronicles of the Scribe                 Ginger Garrett                304
  20. Playing for Pizza;                                        John Grisham                272
  21. The Silver Cup;                                         Constance Leeds  240
  22. The Good Earth;                                        Pearl S. Buck                 385
  23. Basic Math in 15 Minutes a Day;              Learning Express           240
  24. Vegan Virgin Valentine;                             Carolyn Mackler            228
  25. The Four Feathers;                                               A.E.W. Mason               406
  26. I Heard the Owl Call my Name;                           Margaret Craven            159
  27. Shadow in the North;                                 Philip Pullman               288
  28. I Claudius;                                                  Robert Graves               468

  1. An Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan’s Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle

for the Americas, and the Catastrophe that Ended the Outlaws’ Bloody Reign;               Stephan Talty 352

  1. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim;                 David Sedaris                 272
  2. A Good Year;                                                      David Mayle                  304
  3. Grammar Snobs are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to language for Fun and Spite;                    June Casagrande           224
  4. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan;                        Lisa See                288
  5. Murder of King Tut: the Plot to Kill the Child King- A Nonfiction Thriller;                           James Patterson             332
  6. Lady Audley’s Secret;                                Mary Elizabeth Braddon                   355
  7. On the Road;                                              Jack Kerouac                 320
  8. Whitethorn Woods;                                    Maeve Binchy                352
  9. The Dante Club;                                         Matthew Pearl               372
  10. The Valcourt Heiress;                                 Catherine Coulter           368
  11. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch           Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman                288
  12. Winesburg, Ohio;                                        Sherwood Anderson      240
  13. Stardust;                                                    Neil Gaiman                   256
  14. The Turn of the Screw;                               Henry James        310
  15. The handmaid and the Carpenter;              Elizabeth Berg      192
  16. Oh Pioneers;                                               Willa Cather                  312
  17. Stealing Buddha’s Dinner;                          Bich Minh Nguyen                  272
  18. The Maltese Falcon;                                    Dashiell Hammett          224
  19. Handfasting and Wedding Rituals: Welcoming Hera’s Blessing;               

Tannin Schwartzstein and Raven Kaldera 336

  1. I am America (And So Can You!)              Shouted by Stephen Colbert   250
  2. The Bards of the Bone Plain;                      Patricia McKillip            336   


Total Pages = 16897

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I didn't make it to 50 this year.

1. Jim Powel - The Braking of Eggs (book club)
2. Stefano Benni - Margerita Dolce Vita
3. Emile Zola - Nana
4. Greg Ames - Buffalo Lockjaw
5. Lisa Genova - Still Alice (book club)
6. Jamie Ford - Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (book club)
7. Monica Wood - Any Bitter Thing
8. Kathryn Stockett - The Help
9. Doris Lessing - The Golden Notebook
10. Stieg Larsson - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
11. David Mitchell - Black Swan Green
12. E. L. Doctorow - City of God
13. Jane Isay - Walking on Eggshells (n/f)
14. Banana Yoshimoto - Lizard (short stories)
15. Diane Setterfield - The Thirteenth Tale (book club)
16. Marlo Thomas - Growing up laughing (n/f) (book club)
17. Maggie Stiefvater - Shiver (YA)
18. Sarah Addison Allen - The Sugar Queen
19. Alexandra Fuller - Don't Let's Go To the Dogs Tonigh (n/f)
20. Maggie Stiefvater - Linger (YA)
21. Kristina Riggle - Real Life & Liars
22. Roberto Bolano - 2666
23. Maggie Stiefvater - Forever (YA)
24. Piper Kerman - Orange is the New Black (n/f) (book club)
25. Linda Schlossberg - Life in Miniature
26. Wilkie Collins - The Women in White
27. Haruki Murakami - Kafka on the Shore

and I listen to Tree Grows in Brooklyn for book club, but I don't count that as read.
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Books 21 & 22 - 2011

Book 21: Goddess of Love by P.C. Cast – 292 pages

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Pea Chamberlain needs help. Her shoes, hair, clothes, make-up are all disasters and she really needs a makeover - especially if she wants to attract sexy fireman Griffin DeAngelo at the firemen's masked ball. And who better to coax Pea out of her pod than the Goddess of Love, whom she invokes when she gets her hands on a book of enchantments. Sure enough, Venus works her magic on Pea, which is what she has been doing for eons - helping others find love. But who will help the Goddess of Love when she finds herself falling head over heels for the same sexy fireman she is trying to land for Pea? Could it be that Venus needs a love makeover herself?

Boy this book had some cringe-worthy embarrassing moments! Another Goddess Summoning book and though it features the eternally beautiful goddess of love (and sex and beauty, as the book makes abundantly clear), it spent much more time on the sex and beauty side of matters rather than the love. I don’t necessarily have a problem with that, it just seemed a little unnecessary at times. I did however, really like the two male characters who were both written as genuinely nice blokes but masculine enough to be realistic. The ending was a lot like that of Goddess of Light, and like that book, a bit too deus ex machine for my tastes, though I guess it worked in the end – it just didn’t feel right to me though somehow Cast made it work for the characters. A decent addition to the series.

21 / 50 books. 42% done!

7925 / 15000 pages. 53% done!

Book 22: Beastly by Alex Flinn – 304 pages

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Love is never ugly
Now a major motion picture starring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer
I am a beast. A beast! Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. I am a monster.
You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll,stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

I decided after reading Goddess of the Rose that I should try another Beauty and the Beast retelling and I happened to pick this book up cheap a few years back. I also got myself a copy of the movie and whilst the two are different – and obviously different from my conception of the story based on Disney’s Classic – they were both enjoyable (I think I preferred the book’s description of Kyle’s physical appearance – seemed more beastly!). It’s a good, quick read (I read over half of it on a two and a half hour plane flight from Brisbane to Melbourne) and a solid engaging story. I enjoyed the evolution of Kyle’s character, but also the growth of Lindy, the love interest. Kyle’s support network adds much to the story (Neil Patrick Harris does a great turn as the blind tutor in the film) and the tumultuous relationship he has with his father provides just enough angst. A good read, and I’ll seek out more by Flinn.

22 / 50 books. 44% done!

8229 / 15000 pages. 55% done!

9 reviews to go - and just over 24 hours till 2012 - eek!

Currently reading:
- The Iliad
by Homer – 408 pages
- Great Big Beautiful Doll: The Anna Nicole Story
by Eric & D’eva Redding – 239 pages
- The Pilot’s Wife
by Anita Shreve – 293 pages

And coming up:
- The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 3: White Gold Wielder
by Stephen Donaldson – 500 pages
- The Other Queen
by Philippa Gregory – 437 pages
- The Odyssey
by Homer – 324 pages