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Books read in 2012

Literary Fiction/Mystery/Thriller:
1. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon * * * *
2. The Bee Season by Myla Goldberg * * * *
3. Never Knowing by Chevy Sevens * * *
4. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff * * * * * (AWESOME!)
5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson * * * * * (Graphic but a great read)
6. The Girl who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson * * * * *
7. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson * * * * *(great series)
8. Cold by John Smolens * * *
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins * * * * (not my normal genre but it was really good!)
10. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins * * * * (can't wait to read the next one!)
11. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn * * * (thriller)
12. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult * * (not one of her best)
13. Mokingjay by Suzanne Collins * * * * (Great series!)
14. Life Sentences by Laura Lippman * *
15. House Rules by Jodi Picoult * * *
16. Book Doctor by Esther Cohen * * (Meh)
17. The Magicians by Lev Goodman * * * (Fantasy)
18. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson * * * * * (Thriller. EXCELLENT!)
19. The Magician King by Lev Goodman * * * (Fantasy)
20. The Human Stain by Phillip Roth * *
21. The Wife's Story by Lori Larsens * *
22. Hush by Kate White * * *(thriller)
23. A Turn of Mind by Alice La Plante * * * * (Very Good-unusual narrative)
24. The Beginner's Good-bye by Anne Tyler * * * * (I love Anne Tyler's books!)
25. Family History by Dani Shapiro * * *
26. The Slow Moon by Elizabeth Cox * * *
27. What You Have Left by Will Allison * * *
28. Emma & Me by Elizabeth Flock * * * * (I totally did not see the ending coming!)
29. The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan (great concept, so-so execution) * *
30. Parts Unknown by SP Davidson * * * (chick lit)
31. Summer Child by Diane Chamberlain * * *
32. In One Person by John Irving (Not his best work, but I still love anything he writes) * * *
33. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Great! didn't see the end coming)
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34. The Juror by George Dawes Green (thriller) * * *
35. Lethal by Sandra Brown (thriller, I really liked this one) * * * *
36. The Good Lawyer by Thomas Benigno (mystery, entertaining) * * * *
38. The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain * * *
39. Anything by Michael Baron (would make a great chick-flick) * * *
40. The Odds: A Love Story * * * (interesting concept)
41. The End of the Road by Grant Jerkins * * * * (Thriller, Well written)
42. Somewhere like Here by Melissa Dereberry * * (ok...but too much angst)
43. Secret Lives by Diane Chamberlain * * * * (a very good book from a favorite author!)
44. Night Corridor by Joan Hall Hovey * * (Mystery, just OK)
45. Into the Darkest Corner * * * * * (Suspense, EXCELLENT!)
46. Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Hyde Ryan * * * * * (EXCELLENT would make a great movie)
47.The Escape Artist by Diane Chamberlain * * *
48. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn * * * * * (Mystery/suspense, I liked this one a lot!)
49. Gone by Cathi Hanauer * * *
50. The Marriage Pact by MJ Pullen * * * (Total chick lit)
51. Regrets Only by MJ Pullen * * * * (Sequel that was better than the first book, total chick lit)
52. Driving in Reverse by EC Richard * * (sci fi, great concept poor ending)
53. Faking it by Elisa Arello * * * (Chick lit with a twist ending)
54. The Pastor’s Wife by Jennifer AlLee (Christian fiction, predictable) * * *
55. The Brimstone Wedding by Ruth Rendell (very good) * * * *
56. Dysfunctional Romance by Derick Hudson (Chick lit, Irish author) * *
57. Promise Not to Tell by Elizabeth McHanon (thriller, * * *)
58. What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman (thriller) * * * *
59. The Husband by Dean Koonz (thriller) * * *
60. Me again by Keith Cronin * * *
61. Everyday by David Levithan * * * * * (YA, EXCELLENT)
62. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult * * * *

Non Fiction:
1. Good Night Dear: The Unsentimental Diary of a Bereaved Husband by Darren Humphries (memoir)
2. What's the Difference? by Fritz Ridenhour (comparative religion book)
3. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir, very well written. Poignant)
4. Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science

Romance:
1. Lies and Contracts by Jennifer Probst * (AWFUL, AWFUL, AWFUL! The only reedeeming quality is it was very short--which is probably why I finished it)
2. The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst * * *
3. Liberating Lacey by Anne Calhoun * * * * * (LOVED IT!)
4. Easy by Tammara Webber * * * (YA romance)
5. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire * * (YA romance, good idea, so-so execution)
6. A Time to Love by Barbara Cameron (Amish romance, first in a series)* * *
7. A Time to Heal by Barbara Cameron (Amish romance, second in series) * * *
8. A Time for Peace by Barbara Cameron (Amish Romance, third in series) * * *
9. Her Restless Heart by Barbara Cameron * * (Amish romance, first in a series)
10. A Whole New Light by Sandra Brown * * (meh)
11. A Kiss Remembered by Sandra Brown * ( bad. I finished it only because it was short)
12. Love Slave by Nikita Black * * *
13. On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves (entertaining if unbelievable)
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14. Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James * * * (trashy)
15. Fifty Shade Darker by EL James * * * (trashier)
16. Fifty Shades Freed by EL James * * * (tashiest!)
17. Date with the Devil by Mallory Rush * *
18. Holding the Cards by Joey Hill * *
19. Natural Law by Joey Hill * * * * *
20. Ice Queen by Joey Hill * * * *
21. Mirror of my Soul by Joey Hill * * * *
22. Branded Sanctuary by Joey Hill * * * * (Love this author)
23. Rough Canvas by Joey Hill * * * *
24. Mistress of Redemption by Joey Hill * *
25. Master of the Mountain by Cherise Sinclair' * * *
26. Master of the Abyss by Cherise Sinclair * * *
27-31.Masters of the Shadowlands Books #1-5 by Cherise Sinclair * * * * *
32. David's Angel by Stephanie Beck * * * *
33. The Dom's Dungeon by Cherise Sinclair * * *
34. Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard * * * * * (Lots of angst and Dante references)
35. Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard * * * * * (more angst and Dante)
36. Deep in the Woods by Annabelle Joseph * *
37. Submission by Ella Ardent * *
38. Master and Slave a Covert Love Story by JT Newcomb * * *
39. The Narrow Path by Gail Sattler (Amish romance) * * *
40. Love Letters by Geraldine Solon * (pretty awful)
41. Peppermint Creek Inn by Jan Sprininger * * * * (erotic thriller)
42. Emergency Wife: Lost and Found by Carol Marinelli * * *
43. Kate’s Song by Jennifer Beckstrand (Amish Fiction) * * *
44. Annabelle Lee by NJ Walters * * * (sweet)
45. My Liege of Dark Haven by Cherise Sinclair * * * *
46. Dishabille by Arden Aoide * * *
47. The Plume * *
48. Slave: Finding Anna by Sherri Hayes * * * *
50. Need by Sherri Hayes * * * *
51. On Dublin Street by Sandra Young * * * * *
52. Bared to You by Sylvia Day * * *
53. Contingency (Covenant of Trust) by Paula Wiseman * * * *
54. A Simple Amish Christmas by Vannetta Chapman (Amish Fiction) * * *
55. Letting Go by Michelle Zurlo * * *
56. Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell series) by RL Mathewson * * *
57. Perfection (Neighbor from Hell Series) by RL Mathewson * * * * (funny!)
58. Breaking the Silence by Katie Allen * * *
59. At Peace (The ‘Burg Series) by Kristin Ashley * * * * *( crime/romance, LOVED IT!)
60. The Golden Trail (The “Burg Series) by Kristin Ashley * * *
61. Game of Hearts (The ‘Burg Series) by Kristin Ashley * * * * ( Loved it!)
62. For You (The ‘Burg Series) by Kristin Ashley * * *
63. The Gamble by Kristin Ashley * * * *
64. Sweet Dreams by Kristin Ashley * * * * (Love the hero in this one!)
65. Lady Luck by Kristin Ashley * * * * (LOVED IT!)
66. Breath by Kristin Ashley * * * *
67. Play it Safe by Kristin Ashley * * * *
68. The Reluctant Dom * * *
69. Love Me By Bella Andre * * (Needed more plot and character development)
70. Knight by Kristin Ashley * * *
71. Creed by Kristin Ashley * * * *
72. Heaven and Hell by Kristin Ashley * * *
73. The Golden Dynasty by Kristin Ashley (Fantasy/romance) * * * *
74. Mystery Man by Kristin Ashley * * *
75. Wild Man by Kristin Ashley * * *
76. Law Man by Kristin Ashley * * *
77. Motorcycle Man by Kristin Ashley * * *
78. The edge of Never by JA Redmerski * * * * (very good)
79. When we collide by AL Jackson * * *
80. All I want foe Christmas is you by Lisa Mondello (meh) * *
81. Lucky Stars by Kristin Ashley * * (meh)
82. Pulled by AL Jackson * * *
83. Rock me by Cherrie Lynn * * * *
84. A Needful Heart by JM Madden * * *
85. Wrong Bed, Right Guy by Katee Robert * *
86. Love by Accident by Michelle Beattie * * (meh)
87. Waking Up Married by Mira Kelly * * *
88. Blind her with Bliss by Nina Pierce * *

TOTAL BOOKS READ IN 2012=154


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Book I’ve read in 2012

50 books total!--I made it!

Fiction:

1. No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith
2. Tears of the Giraffe, Alexander McCall Smith
3. Morality for Beautiful Girls, Alexander McCall Smith
4. The Kalahari Typing School, Alexander McCall Smith
5. The Full Cupboard of Life, Alexander McCall Smith
6. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies, Alexander McCall Smith
7. Blue Shoes and Happiness, Alexander McCall Smith
8. The Silence of God, Gale Sears
9. The Good Husband at Zebra Drive
10. The Miracle at Speedy Motors
11, Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
12. The Double-Comfort Safari Club
13. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #12)
by Alexander McCall Smith

Young Adult and Children’s:

1. Pillage, Obert Skye
2. Choke, Obert Skye
3. Ambush, Obert Skye
4. Fablehaven, Brandon Mull
5. Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven), Brandon Mull
6. Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven), Brandon Mull
7. Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Fablehaven), Brandon Mull
8. Keys to the Demon Prison (Fablehaven), Brandon Mull
9. Moon over Manifest, Clare Vanderpool
10. Onion John, Joseph Krumgold
11. Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
12. The Fairy Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm) Michael Buckley
13. Crispin, The Cross of Lead, Avi
14. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life, Rachel Renee Russell
15. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney
16. Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Jeff Kinney
17. The Graveyard Book, Niel Gayman
18. Joyful Noise: Poems for two voices. Paul Fleischman
19. All Cats Have Asperger's, Kathy Hoodman
20. The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, some Soup and a Spool of Thread, Kate DiCamillo
21. The Mid-wife's Apprentice, Karen Cushman
22. My Brother Charlie, Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete, Ill. by Shane W. Evans

Non-Fiction:

1. Words I Wish I’d Written, Robert Fulghum
2. True Love, Robert Fulghum
3. The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown
4. Mama Makes Up Her Mind, Bailey White
5. Three and a Half Husbands, Dorothy Fuldheim
6. Behind Every Good Man: Helping your Husband take the Spiritual Lead at Home, John Bytheway
7. Faith Rewarded: A Personal Account of Prophetic Promises to the East German Saints, Thomas S. Monson
8. Choosing Civility: Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct, P.M. Forni
9. Mountain Meadows Massacre, Juanita Brooks
10. Delivered from Distraction, Edward Hallowell, MD and John Ratey, MD
11. The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, Translated by Joseph Smith
12. Deliverance from Depression: Finding Hope and Healing through the Atonement of Christ, GG, Greg, and David Vandagriff
13. Overcoming the Darkness of Depression through Gopel Light: A Guid to Hope and healing through Application of Principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. LDS Family Services
14. All I Really Needed to Know about Life I Learned in Kindergarten, 15th Anniversary Edition, Robert Fulghum
15. Old Songs in a New Cafe, Robert James Waller



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'50 Books in 2012': (Rating 1-5 stars: 1 star-'Why did I read this?'; 2 stars-Below average; 3 stars-Average to marginal; 4-stars-Recommended; 5 stars-Excellent

51. Close Your Eyes by Amanda Eyre Ward ****(Daughter finds the truth behind her mother's murder)
50. Finding Casey by Jo-Ann Mapson****(Continuation of characters in 'Solomon's Oak)
49. Matchless by Gregory Maguire ***(Re-telling of 'The Little Match Girl')
48. Christmas, Present by Jacquelyn Mitchard****(Last day for a mother of three)
47. The Cutting Season by Attica Locke **** (Historic planation mngr. finds dead body in sugar cane field, good suspense writer)
46. The Bible by Various Writers *****(Finally read it through, still have my favorite parts I will stick with!)
45. Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly ***(Just the facts...good history refresher)
44. Before and After by Roselyn Brown ****(Pitch perfect, such an excellent writer!)
43. These High, Green Hills by Jan Karon ****(Third Father Tim/Mitford book)
42. A Light in the Window by Jan Karon ****(Second in the Mitford series)
41. Slammed by Colleen Hoover ****(Tragedy comes in threes for a young girl...daughter recommended...great mother/daughter survivor story)
40. At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon ****(Small town seen thru a rector's eyes...charming!)
39. A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh *** (Regency tale of arranged marriage)
38. Say When by Elizabeth Berg ****(Couple lives together though going through divorce)
37. Then Came Heaven by LaVyrle Spencer *** (Teacher/Nun leaves convent & calling)
36. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (What happens when earth's rotation slows...Awesome sci fi, coming of age!!)*****
35. The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans (Last in Walk series)***
34. Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans (Walk series continues)***
33. The Walk by Richard Paul Evans (Widow walks to find his purpose)***
32. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith (Always witty, charming and wise...another winner)****
31. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Quotable prose, lovable character)*****
30. Clean Break by V. L. McDermid (Female PI series)***
29. Intervention by Richard Russo (Realtor decides if he wants to fight illness)***** Note: This is a four volume, separately bound set of novellas...crackling with wit and brilliance.
28. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult (End of life ruling faces siblings, engrossing wolf pack parallels)****
27. What Happened in Granite Creek by Robyn Bradley (Small town suspense, ok)***
26. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear (Another very British Masie Dobbs, PI story)****
25. Wild-Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Author did the PCT alone, telling all she gained and lost...a very wild ride...a fantastic read)*****
24. Falling Bodies by Andrew Mark (Grieving physics prof. abandons his life in order to heal)****
23. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (Incredible retelling of Hosea in post Gold Rush days)*****
22. Threading the Needle by Bostwick (Last one of the series)****
21. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Suspenseful journey of Lithuania deportees to Siberia through the eye's of a teen)*****
20. The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler (Widow deals with wife's death as she assists with his grieving)****
19. These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf (Mysterious death of baby brings young mother's family dysfucntions to light)****
18. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (Old diary in Bainbridge Is., Wa. reveals family's secrets) ***
17. A Thread of Truth by Bostwick (More from the Cobbled Court series...enjoying these characters)****
16. Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron (Thriller, hacking plan against health insurance co.)****
15. Ties That Bind by Marie Bostick (Next in this comfy series) ****
14. A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick (Light read, w/ solid characters...Quilt shop, second chances at life, first in series)****
13. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir about grandparents moving in to assist their daughter's. Family after her death)***
12. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Tightly plotted, legal/psychological thriller...Landay is good! Never saw the end coming...)*****
11. Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan (Betrayed wife proves 'living is the best revenge'...well written) ****
10. The Underside of Joy by Sere' Prince Halverson (Step mother fights to keep her family together after losing her husband) ***
9. Riding the bus with my sister by Rachel Simon (To strengthen their relationship, Rachel agrees to ride the city bus for a year with her mentally challenged sister)****
8. Perfection: Memoir of Betrayal by Julie Metz (Young artistic widow discovers husbands other life)***
7. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (Historic fiction, the first Native American to receive a Harvard degree in the 1600's....a passionate & vivid story) *****
6. End in Tears by Ruth Rendell (Det. Wexford & team scope out murderers behind a surrogacy plot) ***
5. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Smart, wise and fun read. Single girlfriends take on NYC society in the early 30's. Geo. Washington 's 'rules' at the end, an aside & a bonus) ****
4. The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Racial issues & marital conflict divides a Southern family, think 'The Help') ****
3. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Mataxas (Incredible! My first Kindle Fire Book)*****
2. A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Booker Prize Winner, interesting timeline)***1/2
1. A Long and Happy Life by Reynolds Price (His prose radiates...pure brilliance. Price's first novel...a classic)*****+

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Book List for 2012:

1. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
2. Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
3. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe
4. Dangerous Games by Michael Prescott
5. The Beautiful and Damned by F.Scott Fitzgerald
6. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
7. Paradise Regained by John Milton
8. The Detachment (A John Rain Thriller) by Barry Eisler
9. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy: Gentleman by Lawrence Sterne
10 Townie: A Memoir by Andre Dubus111
11. Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt" by David McCullough
12. Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe
13. The Virginian by Owen Wister
14. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
15, The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Alexander Pope)
16. The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper
17. American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Martin Sherwin and Kai Bird
18. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
19. The Notebooks of Leonardo by Leonardo da Vinci (didn't finish the kindle edition-no diagrams)
20. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
21. Nana by Emile Zola
22. The Aeneid by Vergil Translated by John Dryden
23. Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
24. The Wasteland and Other Poems by T. S. Elliot
25. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (translated by Jay Rubin and Phillip Gabriel)
26. Drift by Rachel Maddow
27. The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson
28. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
29. Last of The Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
30. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
31. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
32. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
33. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
34. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
35. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
36. The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
37. The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy
38. A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
39. Middlemarch by George Eliot
40. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
41. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
42. The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass
43. Blindness by Jose Saramago
44. Emma by Jane Austen
45. The Twelve (2nd part of Passage trilogy) by Justin Cronin
46. The Human Strain by Philip Roth
47. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
48. Super Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
49. The Lower River by Paul Theroux

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1. Feast of Crows by George R.R. Martin
2. The Edge by Catherine Coulter
3. Riptide by Catherine Coulter
4. The Calligrapher's Daughter
5. The Spark
6. Parenting with Love and Logic
7. Lost Empire by Clive Cussler
8. Thank You for Arguing - skip this one. It has good info, but it's very academic.
9. Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore
10. Jane Eyre
11. A Dance With Dragons
12. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant Based Nutrition
13. Uncle Tom's Cabin
14. Homeschooling Our Children, Unschooling Ourselves
15. Volumetrics Weight Control
16. Dusted To Death
17. Fiber and Brimstone
18. Water Ghosts
19. You: On A Diet
20. Keepsake Crimes
21. How Children Fail by John Holt
22. Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts
23. Copper Beach
24. Treasure - Clive Cussler
25. Homicide in Hardcover
26. Before I Say Goodbye
27. How to Give Him What He Wants
28. Once Upon a Secret
29. Take the Stairs
30. Hunger Games
31. Catching Fire
32. Mrs. Kennedy and Me
33. Dead Level
34. Connections
35. One Naughty Girl
36. Pole Star
37. Tragic Magic
38. Wicked Business
39. The Stand
40. Wicked Appetite
41. Mockingjay
42. Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme
43. Hidden Talents
44. Crystal Gardens
45. The Key to Rondo
46. Die In Plain Sight
47. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
48. Angels Fall
49. Coverup PTSD; Operation Sunrise
50. Hunger Games (reread)
51. Catching Fire (reread)
52. Mockingjay (reread)
53. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
54. Whiplash
55. Best Kept Secrets
56. When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops
57. Inheritance
58. Blindside
59. Best Kept Secrets
60. Blowout
61. Stardust
62. Plum Spooky
63. The Sirens of Titan
64. The Trojan Odyssey
65. Visions of Sugar Plums
66. Plum Lovin'
67. How Do You Tuck In a Superhero?


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'50 Books in 2012': (Rating 1-5 stars: 1 star-'Why did I read this?'; 2 stars-Below average; 3 stars-Average to marginal; 4-stars-Recommended; 5 stars-Excellent

50. Finding Casey by Jo-Ann Mapson****(continuation of 'Solomon's Oak)
49. Matchless by Gregory Maguire ***(Re-telling of 'The Little Match Girl')
48. Christmas, Present by Jacquelyn Mitchard****(Last day for a mother of three)
47. The Cutting Season by Attica Locke **** (Historic planation mngr. finds dead body in sugar cane field, good suspense writer)
46. The Bible by Various Writers *****(Finally read it through, still have my favorite parts I will stick with!)
45. Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly ***(Just the facts...good history refresher)
44. Before and After by Roselyn Brown ****(Pitch perfect, such an excellent writer!)
43. These High, Green Hills by Jan Karon ****(Third Father Tim/Mitford book)
42. A Light in the Window by Jan Karon ****(Second in the Mitford series)
41. Slammed by Colleen Hoover ****(Tragedy comes in threes for a young girl...daughter recommended...great mother/daughter survivor story)
40. At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon ****(Small town seen thru a rector's eyes...charming!)
39. A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh *** (Regency tale of arranged marriage)
38. Say When by Elizabeth Berg ****(Couple lives together though going through divorce)
37. Then Came Heaven by LaVyrle Spencer *** (Teacher/Nun leaves convent & calling)
36. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (What happens when earth's rotation slows...Awesome sci fi, coming of age!!)*****
35. The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans (Last in Walk series)***
34. Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans (Walk series continues)***
33. The Walk by Richard Paul Evans (Widow walks to find his purpose)***
32. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith (Always witty, charming and wise...another winner)****
31. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Quotable prose, lovable character)*****
30. Clean Break by V. L. McDermid (Female PI series)***
29. Intervention by Richard Russo (Realtor decides if he wants to fight illness)***** Note: This is a four volume, separately bound set of novellas...crackling with wit and brilliance.
28. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult (End of life ruling faces siblings, engrossing wolf pack parallels)****
27. What Happened in Granite Creek by Robyn Bradley (Small town suspense, ok)***
26. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear (Another very British Masie Dobbs, PI story)****
25. Wild-Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Author did the PCT alone, telling all she gained and lost...a very wild ride...a fantastic read)*****
24. Falling Bodies by Andrew Mark (Grieving physics prof. abandons his life in order to heal)****
23. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (Incredible retelling of Hosea in post Gold Rush days)*****
22. Threading the Needle by Bostwick (Last one of the series)****
21. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Suspenseful journey of Lithuania deportees to Siberia through the eye's of a teen)*****
20. The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler (Widow deals with wife's death as she assists with his grieving)****
19. These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf (Mysterious death of baby brings young mother's family dysfucntions to light)****
18. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (Old diary in Bainbridge Is., Wa. reveals family's secrets) ***
17. A Thread of Truth by Bostwick (More from the Cobbled Court series...enjoying these characters)****
16. Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron (Thriller, hacking plan against health insurance co.)****
15. Ties That Bind by Marie Bostick (Next in this comfy series) ****
14. A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick (Light read, w/ solid characters...Quilt shop, second chances at life, first in series)****
13. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir about grandparents moving in to assist their daughter's. Family after her death)***
12. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Tightly plotted, legal/psychological thriller...Landay is good! Never saw the end coming...)*****
11. Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan (Betrayed wife proves 'living is the best revenge'...well written) ****
10. The Underside of Joy by Sere' Prince Halverson (Step mother fights to keep her family together after losing her husband) ***
9. Riding the bus with my sister by Rachel Simon (To strengthen their relationship, Rachel agrees to ride the city bus for a year with her mentally challenged sister)****
8. Perfection: Memoir of Betrayal by Julie Metz (Young artistic widow discovers husbands other life)***
7. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (Historic fiction, the first Native American to receive a Harvard degree in the 1600's....a passionate & vivid story) *****
6. End in Tears by Ruth Rendell (Det. Wexford & team scope out murderers behind a surrogacy plot) ***
5. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Smart, wise and fun read. Single girlfriends take on NYC society in the early 30's. Geo. Washington 's 'rules' at the end, an aside & a bonus) ****
4. The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Racial issues & marital conflict divides a Southern family, think 'The Help') ****
3. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Mataxas (Incredible! My first Kindle Fire Book)*****
2. A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Booker Prize Winner, interesting timeline)***1/2
1. A Long and Happy Life by Reynolds Price (His prose radiates...pure brilliance. Price's first novel...a classic)*****+

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Book List for 2012:

1. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
2. Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
3. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe
4. Dangerous Games by Michael Prescott
5. The Beautiful and Damned by F.Scott Fitzgerald
6. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
7. Paradise Regained by John Milton
8. The Detachment (A John Rain Thriller) by Barry Eisler
9. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy: Gentleman by Lawrence Sterne
10 Townie: A Memoir by Andre Dubus111
11. Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt" by David McCullough
12. Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe
13. The Virginian by Owen Wister
14. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
15, The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Alexander Pope)
16. The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper
17. American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Martin Sherwin and Kai Bird
18. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
19. The Notebooks of Leonardo by Leonardo da Vinci (didn't finish the kindle edition-no diagrams)
20. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
21. Nana by Emile Zola
22. The Aeneid by Vergil Translated by John Dryden
23. Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
24. The Wasteland and Other Poems by T. S. Elliot
25. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (translated by Jay Rubin and Phillip Gabriel)
26. Drift by Rachel Maddow
27. The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson
28. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
29. Last of The Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
30. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
31. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
32. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
33. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
34. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
35. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
36. The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
37. The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy
38. A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
39. Middlemarch by George Eliot
40. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
41. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
42. The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass
43. Blindness by Jose Saramago
44. Emma by Jane Austen
45. The Twelve (2nd part of Passage trilogy) by Justin Cronin
46. The Human Strain by Philip Roth
47. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
48. Super Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner


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FICTION:
1. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke. Very well written.
2. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Great little WWI story written from horse's perspective.
3. Burn by Nevada Barr. Anna Pidgeon mystery. Unnecessarily & disgustingly graphic.
4. Need You Now by James Grippando. Somewhat convoluted, not his best.
5. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan. Good. Reading his first now.
6. The Affair by Lee Child.. A Jack Reacher story.
7. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Quick read. Amusing.
8. All I Did Was Kill My Man by Walter Mosley. Best Leonid McGill novel yet.
9. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. Good. Wish I read it before Very Bad Men.
10. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Fascinating.
11. Plugged by Eoin Colfer. Good noir. If you like Ken Bruen, read this.
12. D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods. Subpar Stone Barrington novel.
13. Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. Good thriller.
14. The Infernals by John Connolly. Quirky but funny, especially the footnotes.
15. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. Thriller about woman who loses her memory overnight.
16. At The End of The Road by Grant Jerkins. Hard to put down excellent thriller.
17. A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins. Excellent mystery.
18. Dark Justice by Jack Higgins. Quick read, disappointing.
19. Stay Close by Harlan Coben. Good, but far from his best.
20. Wild Thing by Josh Bazell. Crazy but compelling. Read Beat The Reaper first.
21. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman. Good Alex Delaware novel.
22. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. Strange. Can't believe it was a national bestseller.
23. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington novel MUCH better than the last one.
24. The Sixth Man by David Baldacci. Entertaining thriller. Enjoyable read.
25. The Innocent by David Baldacci. Uneven but exciting thriller. A real page turner.
26. Shock Wave by John Sandford. A good Virgil Flowers novel.
27. Lethal by Sandra Brown. Very good mystery.
28. Defending Jacob by William Landay. Very good, more than a mystery.
29. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Quick read. Not bad.
30. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Historical, suspenseful, excellent.
31. The Midnight Club by James Patterson. Early work. Needed editing. Good ending. Blogging.
32. Gone by Mo Hayder. One of the best I've read this year. Mystery. Thriller.
33. Ritual by Mo Hayder. Grisly thriller. Pretty good.
34. Raylan by Elmore Leonard. Better than I expected.
35. Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. Award winning graphic novel. Like a real one.
36. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Chilling novel about a victim of abuse.
37. The Hidden Man by David Ellis. Good. Ending surprised me.
38. Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor. Noir set in Hungary in 1936. Good.
39. Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Freedman. Original, funny, interesting mystery.
40. What It Was by George Pelecanos. Good, tough mystery.
41. Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman. Enjoyable. A bit far fetched.
42. April in Paris by Michael Wallner. Very good love/suspense story set in WW2 Paris.
43. Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder. Excellent crime story. And a first novel.
44. The Resistance by Peter Steiner. Good story set in France.
45. The Whol Lie by Steve Ulfelder. Another good Conway Sax novel.
46. As The Crow Flies by Craig Johnson. Decent Walt Longmire story.
47. Never Send Flowers by John Gardiner. James Bond. Good but lacked proofreading.
48. Last Call for the Living by Peter Farris. Aryan Brotherhood, rural South, crime.
49. A Wanted Man by Lee Child. An above-average Jack Reacher novel.
50. Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain. Not bad but I should have read Heartsick first.
51. Roadside Crosses by Jeffrey Deaver. Average.
52. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Very good.
53. One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper. Funny, tragic. A novel about men.
54. Mystery by Jonathan Kellerman. An Alex Delaware novel.
55. The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper. Excellent.
56. The Lock Artisit by Steve Hamilton. Very interesting.

NONFICTION:
1. Run Less, Run Faster by Pierce, Murr and Moss. The FIRST training program.
2. The Case For Israel by Alan Dershowitz. Eye opening and persuasive.
3. I Didn't Ask To Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby. Amusing little book with some clever insights.
4. Cosbyology by Bill Cosby. Disappointing.
5. Vietnamerica by GB Tran. Interesting graphic nonfiction.
6. Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi. Fabulous! Blogging.
7. I'm Here To Win by Chris McCormack. Super triathlete gives super advice. Will blog.
8. I am the Greatest. The best quotations from Muhammad Ali. by Karl Evanzz.
9. The Soul of a Butterfly by Muhammad Ali. Excellent!
10. Power Yoga by Ulrica Norberg.

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1. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
2. Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
3. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe
4. Dangerous Games by Michael Prescott
5. The Beautiful and Damned by F.Scott Fitzgerald
6. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
7. Paradise Regained by John Milton
8. The Detachment (A John Rain Thriller) by Barry Eisler
9. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy: Gentleman by Lawrence Sterne
10 Townie: A Memoir by Andre Dubus111
11. Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt" by David McCullough
12. Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe
13. The Virginian by Owen Wister
14. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
15, The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Alexander Pope)
16. The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper
17. American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Martin Sherwin and Kai Bird
18. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
19. The Notebooks of Leonardo by Leonardo da Vinci (didn't finish the kindle edition-no diagrams)
20. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
21. Nana by Emile Zola
22. The Aeneid by Vergil Translated by John Dryden
23. Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
24. The Wasteland and Other Poems by T. S. Elliot
25. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (translated by Jay Rubin and Phillip Gabriel)
26. Drift by Rachel Maddow
27. The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson
28. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
29. Last of The Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
30. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
31. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
32. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
33. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
34. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
35. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
36. The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
37. The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy
38. A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
39. Middlemarch by George Eliot
40. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
41. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
42. The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass
43. Blindness by Jose Saramago
44. Emma by Jane Austen
45. The Twelve (2nd part of Passage trilogy) by Justin Cronin
46. The Human Strain by Philip Roth

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Book I’ve read in 2012

Fiction:

1. No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith
2. Tears of the Giraffe, Alexander McCall Smith
3. Morality for Beautiful Girls, Alexander McCall Smith
4. The Kalahari Typing School, Alexander McCall Smith
5. The Full Cupboard of Life, Alexander McCall Smith
6. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies, Alexander McCall Smith
7. Blue Shoes and Happiness, Alexander McCall Smith
8. The Silence of God, Gale Sears
9. The Good Husband at Zebra Drive
10. The Miracle at Speedy Motors
11, Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
12. The Double-Comfort Safari Club

Young Adult and Children’s:

1. Pillage, Obert Skye
2. Choke, Obert Skye
3. Ambush, Obert Skye
4. Fablehaven, Brandon Mull
5. Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven), Brandon Mull
6. Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven), Brandon Mull
7. Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Fablehaven), Brandon Mull
8. Keys to the Demon Prison (Fablehaven), Brandon Mull
9. Moon over Manifest, Clare Vanderpool
10. Onion John, Joseph Krumgold
11. Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
12. The Fairy Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm) Michael Buckley
13. Crispin, The Cross of Lead, Avi
14. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life, Rachel Renee Russell
15. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney
16. Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Jeff Kinney
17. The Graveyard Book, Niel Gayman
18. Joyful Noise: Poems for two voices. Paul Fleischman
19. All Cats Have Asperger's, Kathy Hoodman
20. The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, some Soup and a Spool of Thread, Kate DiCamillo
21. The Mid-wife's Apprentice, Karen Cushman
22. My Brother Charlie, Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete, Ill. by Shane W. Evans

Non-Fiction:

1. Words I Wish I’d Written, Robert Fulghum
2. True Love, Robert Fulghum
3. The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown
4. Mama Makes Up Her Mind, Bailey White
5. Three and a Half Husbands, Dorothy Fuldheim
6. Behind Every Good Man: Helping your Husband take the Spiritual Lead at Home, John Bytheway
7. Faith Rewarded: A Personal Account of Prophetic Promises to the East German Saints, Thomas S. Monson
8. Choosing Civility: Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct, P.M. Forni
9. Mountain Meadows Massacre, Juanita Brooks
10. Delivered from Distraction, Edward Hallowell, MD and John Ratey, MD
11. The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, Translated by Joseph Smith
12. Deliverance from Depression: Finding Hope and Healing through the Atonement of Christ, GG, Greg, and David Vandagriff
13. Overcoming the Darkness of Depression through Gopel Light: A Guid to Hope and healing through Application of Principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. LDS Family Services


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'50 Books in 2012': (Rating 1-5 stars: 1 star-'Why did I read this?'; 2 stars-Below average; 3 stars-Average to marginal; 4-stars-Recommended; 5 stars-Excellent

47. The Cutting Season by Attica Locke **** (Historic planation mngr. finds dead body in sugar cane field, good suspense writer)
46. The Bible by Various Writers *****(Finally read it through, still have my favorite parts I will stick with!)
45. Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly ***(Just the facts...good history refresher)
44. Before and After by Roselyn Brown ****(Pitch perfect, such an excellent writer!)
43. These High, Green Hills by Jan Karon ****(Third Father Tim/Mitford book)
42. A Light in the Window by Jan Karon ****(Second in the Mitford series)
41. Slammed by Colleen Hoover ****(Tragedy comes in threes for a young girl...daughter recommended...great mother/daughter survivor story)
40. At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon ****(Small town seen thru a rector's eyes...charming!)
39. A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh *** (Regency tale of arranged marriage)
38. Say When by Elizabeth Berg ****(Couple lives together though going through divorce)
37. Then Came Heaven by LaVyrle Spencer *** (Teacher/Nun leaves convent & calling)
36. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (What happens when earth's rotation slows...Awesome sci fi, coming of age!!)*****
35. The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans (Last in Walk series)***
34. Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans (Walk series continues)***
33. The Walk by Richard Paul Evans (Widow walks to find his purpose)***
32. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith (Always witty, charming and wise...another winner)****
31. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Quotable prose, lovable character)*****
30. Clean Break by V. L. McDermid (Female PI series)***
29. Intervention by Richard Russo (Realtor decides if he wants to fight illness)***** Note: This is a four volume, separately bound set of novellas...crackling with wit and brilliance.
28. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult (End of life ruling faces siblings, engrossing wolf pack parallels)****
27. What Happened in Granite Creek by Robyn Bradley (Small town suspense, ok)***
26. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear (Another very British Masie Dobbs, PI story)****
25. Wild-Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Author did the PCT alone, telling all she gained and lost...a very wild ride...a fantastic read)*****
24. Falling Bodies by Andrew Mark (Grieving physics prof. abandons his life in order to heal)****
23. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (Incredible retelling of Hosea in post Gold Rush days)*****
22. Threading the Needle by Bostwick (Last one of the series)****
21. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Suspenseful journey of Lithuania deportees to Siberia through the eye's of a teen)*****
20. The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler (Widow deals with wife's death as she assists with his grieving)****
19. These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf (Mysterious death of baby brings young mother's family dysfucntions to light)****
18. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (Old diary in Bainbridge Is., Wa. reveals family's secrets) ***
17. A Thread of Truth by Bostwick (More from the Cobbled Court series...enjoying these characters)****
16. Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron (Thriller, hacking plan against health insurance co.)****
15. Ties That Bind by Marie Bostick (Next in this comfy series) ****
14. A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick (Light read, w/ solid characters...Quilt shop, second chances at life, first in series)****
13. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir about grandparents moving in to assist their daughter's. Family after her death)***
12. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Tightly plotted, legal/psychological thriller...Landay is good! Never saw the end coming...)*****
11. Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan (Betrayed wife proves 'living is the best revenge'...well written) ****
10. The Underside of Joy by Sere' Prince Halverson (Step mother fights to keep her family together after losing her husband) ***
9. Riding the bus with my sister by Rachel Simon (To strengthen their relationship, Rachel agrees to ride the city bus for a year with her mentally challenged sister)****
8. Perfection: Memoir of Betrayal by Julie Metz (Young artistic widow discovers husbands other life)***
7. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (Historic fiction, the first Native American to receive a Harvard degree in the 1600's....a passionate & vivid story) *****
6. End in Tears by Ruth Rendell (Det. Wexford & team scope out murderers behind a surrogacy plot) ***
5. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Smart, wise and fun read. Single girlfriends take on NYC society in the early 30's. Geo. Washington 's 'rules' at the end, an aside & a bonus) ****
4. The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Racial issues & marital conflict divides a Southern family, think 'The Help') ****
3. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Mataxas (Incredible! My first Kindle Fire Book)*****
2. A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Booker Prize Winner, interesting timeline)***1/2
1. A Long and Happy Life by Reynolds Price (His prose radiates...pure brilliance. Price's first novel...a classic)*****+

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books read in 2012
1.How To Be An Adult by,David Richo
2.Peter's People by Dr. Laurence j. peter
3.Common Courtesy by Judith Martin
4.The Power of Less by Leo Babauta
5.World Without Sun by Jacques-Yves Cousteau
6.Body Clutter by Marla Cilley and Leanne Ely
7.From Quarks To The Cosmos by Leon M. Lederman and David N. Shramm
8.Points of Light by Linda Grey Sexton
9.The Lost Empire of Atlantis by Gavin Menzies
10.Making Choices by Alexandra Stoddard
11.The Intellectual Devotional.American History by David S. Kidden&Noah D. Oppenheim
12.The Wisdom of Leonardo da Vinci Translated by Wade Baskins
13.A Kick In The Seat Of The Pants by Roger von Oeck
14.Total Forgiveness by R.T. Kendall
15.Parisian Chic by ines de la Fressange
16.Me:Five Years From Now by Sheree Bykopsky
17.Newstart Lifestyle Cookbook by the Weimer Institute
18.Healthy Wealthy and Wise by Derrick R. Sweet
19.Savvy Chic by Anna Johnson
20.Vanishing by the editors of Time Life Books.
21.The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy PH.D
22.The Solomon Secret by Bruce Fleet.
23.Healthy Living by Joan Lunder
24.The Ultra Mind by Mark Hyman
25.Reporting Vietnam Volume 1 by the Library of America.
26.Buddah Brain by Rick Hansan,PH.D
27.Reporting Vietnam Volume2(part2) by the Library of America
28.One Month To Live by Kerry&Chris Shool



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FICTION:
1. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke. Very well written.
2. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Great little WWI story written from horse's perspective.
3. Burn by Nevada Barr. Anna Pidgeon mystery. Unnecessarily & disgustingly graphic.
4. Need You Now by James Grippando. Somewhat convoluted, not his best.
5. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan. Good. Reading his first now.
6. The Affair by Lee Child.. A Jack Reacher story.
7. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Quick read. Amusing.
8. All I Did Was Kill My Man by Walter Mosley. Best Leonid McGill novel yet.
9. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. Good. Wish I read it before Very Bad Men.
10. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Fascinating.
11. Plugged by Eoin Colfer. Good noir. If you like Ken Bruen, read this.
12. D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods. Subpar Stone Barrington novel.
13. Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. Good thriller.
14. The Infernals by John Connolly. Quirky but funny, especially the footnotes.
15. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. Thriller about woman who loses her memory overnight.
16. At The End of The Road by Grant Jerkins. Hard to put down excellent thriller.
17. A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins. Excellent mystery.
18. Dark Justice by Jack Higgins. Quick read, disappointing.
19. Stay Close by Harlan Coben. Good, but far from his best.
20. Wild Thing by Josh Bazell. Crazy but compelling. Read Beat The Reaper first.
21. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman. Good Alex Delaware novel.
22. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. Strange. Can't believe it was a national bestseller.
23. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington novel MUCH better than the last one.
24. The Sixth Man by David Baldacci. Entertaining thriller. Enjoyable read.
25. The Innocent by David Baldacci. Uneven but exciting thriller. A real page turner.
26. Shock Wave by John Sandford. A good Virgil Flowers novel.
27. Lethal by Sandra Brown. Very good mystery.
28. Defending Jacob by William Landay. Very good, more than a mystery.
29. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Quick read. Not bad.
30. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Historical, suspenseful, excellent.
31. The Midnight Club by James Patterson. Early work. Needed editing. Good ending. Blogging.
32. Gone by Mo Hayder. One of the best I've read this year. Mystery. Thriller.
33. Ritual by Mo Hayder. Grisly thriller. Pretty good.
34. Raylan by Elmore Leonard. Better than I expected.
35. Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. Award winning graphic novel. Like a real one.
36. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Chilling novel about a victim of abuse.
37. The Hidden Man by David Ellis. Good. Ending surprised me.
38. Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor. Noir set in Hungary in 1936. Good.
39. Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Freedman. Original, funny, interesting mystery.
40. What It Was by George Pelecanos. Good, tough mystery.
41. Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman. Enjoyable. A bit far fetched.
42. April in Paris by Michael Wallner. Very good love/suspense story set in WW2 Paris.
43. Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder. Excellent crime story. And a first novel.
44. The Resistance by Peter Steiner. Good story set in France.
45. The Whol Lie by Steve Ulfelder. Another good Conway Sax novel.
46. As The Crow Flies by Craig Johnson. Decent Walt Longmire story.
47. Never Send Flowers by John Gardiner. James Bond. Good but lacked proofreading.
48. Last Call for the Living by Peter Farris. Aryan Brotherhood, rural South, crime.
49. A Wanted Man by Lee Child. An above-average Jack Reacher novel.
50. Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain. Not bad but I should have read Heartsick first.
51. Roadside Crosses by Jeffrey Deaver. Average.
52. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Very good.
53. One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper. Funny, tragic. A novel about men.
54. Mystery by Jonathan Kellerman. An Alex Delaware novel.

NONFICTION:
1. Run Less, Run Faster by Pierce, Murr and Moss. The FIRST training program.
2. The Case For Israel by Alan Dershowitz. Eye opening and persuasive.
3. I Didn't Ask To Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby. Amusing little book with some clever insights.
4. Cosbyology by Bill Cosby. Disappointing.
5. Vietnamerica by GB Tran. Interesting graphic nonfiction.
6. Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi. Fabulous! Blogging.
7. I'm Here To Win by Chris McCormack. Super triathlete gives super advice. Will blog.
8. I am the Greatest. The best quotations from Muhammad Ali. by Karl Evanzz.
9. The Soul of a Butterfly by Muhammad Ali. Excellent!

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'50 Books in 2012': (Rating 1-5 stars: 1 star-'Why did I read this?'; 2 stars-Below average; 3 stars-Average to marginal; 4-stars-Recommended; 5 stars-Excellent

44. Before and After by Roselyn Brown ****(Pitch perfect, such an excellent writer!)
43. These High, Green Hills by Jan Karon ****(Third Father Tim/Mitford book)
42. A Light in the Window by Jan Karon ****(Second in the Mitford series)
41. Slammed by Colleen Hoover ****(Tragedy comes in threes for a young girl...daughter recommended...great mother/daughter survivor story)
40. At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon ****(Small town seen thru a rector's eyes...charming!)
39. A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh *** (Regency tale of arranged marriage)
38. Say When by Elizabeth Berg ****(Couple lives together though going through divorce)
37. Then Came Heaven by LaVyrle Spencer *** (Teacher/Nun leaves convent & calling)
36. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (What happens when earth's rotation slows...Awesome sci fi, coming of age!!)*****
35. The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans (Last in Walk series)***
34. Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans (Walk series continues)***
33. The Walk by Richard Paul Evans (Widow walks to find his purpose)***
32. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith (Always witty, charming and wise...another winner)****
31. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Quotable prose, lovable character)*****
30. Clean Break by V. L. McDermid (Female PI series)***
29. Intervention by Richard Russo (Realtor decides if he wants to fight illness)***** Note: This is a four volume, separately bound set of novellas...crackling with wit and brilliance.
28. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult (End of life ruling faces siblings, engrossing wolf pack parallels)****
27. What Happened in Granite Creek by Robyn Bradley (Small town suspense, ok)***
26. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear (Another very British Masie Dobbs, PI story)****
25. Wild-Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Author did the PCT alone, telling all she gained and lost...a very wild ride...a fantastic read)*****
24. Falling Bodies by Andrew Mark (Grieving physics prof. abandons his life in order to heal)****
23. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (Incredible retelling of Hosea in post Gold Rush days)*****
22. Threading the Needle by Bostwick (Last one of the series)****
21. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Suspenseful journey of Lithuania deportees to Siberia through the eye's of a teen)*****
20. The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler (Widow deals with wife's death as she assists with his grieving)****
19. These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf (Mysterious death of baby brings young mother's family dysfucntions to light)****
18. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (Old diary in Bainbridge Is., Wa. reveals family's secrets) ***
17. A Thread of Truth by Bostwick (More from the Cobbled Court series...enjoying these characters)****
16. Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron (Thriller, hacking plan against health insurance co.)****
15. Ties That Bind by Marie Bostick (Next in this comfy series) ****
14. A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick (Light read, w/ solid characters...Quilt shop, second chances at life, first in series)****
13. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir about grandparents moving in to assist their daughter's. Family after her death)***
12. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Tightly plotted, legal/psychological thriller...Landay is good! Never saw the end coming...)*****
11. Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan (Betrayed wife proves 'living is the best revenge'...well written) ****
10. The Underside of Joy by Sere' Prince Halverson (Step mother fights to keep her family together after losing her husband) ***
9. Riding the bus with my sister by Rachel Simon (To strengthen their relationship, Rachel agrees to ride the city bus for a year with her mentally challenged sister)****
8. Perfection: Memoir of Betrayal by Julie Metz (Young artistic widow discovers husbands other life)***
7. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (Historic fiction, the first Native American to receive a Harvard degree in the 1600's....a passionate & vivid story) *****
6. End in Tears by Ruth Rendell (Det. Wexford & team scope out murderers behind a surrogacy plot) ***
5. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Smart, wise and fun read. Single girlfriends take on NYC society in the early 30's. Geo. Washington 's 'rules' at the end, an aside & a bonus) ****
4. The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Racial issues & marital conflict divides a Southern family, think 'The Help') ****
3. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Mataxas (Incredible! My first Kindle Fire Book)*****
2. A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Booker Prize Winner, interesting timeline)***1/2
1. A Long and Happy Life by Reynolds Price (His prose radiates...pure brilliance. Price's first novel...a classic)*****+

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FICTION:
1. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke. Very well written.
2. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Great little WWI story written from horse's perspective.
3. Burn by Nevada Barr. Anna Pidgeon mystery. Unnecessarily & disgustingly graphic.
4. Need You Now by James Grippando. Somewhat convoluted, not his best.
5. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan. Good. Reading his first now.
6. The Affair by Lee Child.. A Jack Reacher story.
7. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Quick read. Amusing.
8. All I Did Was Kill My Man by Walter Mosley. Best Leonid McGill novel yet.
9. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. Good. Wish I read it before Very Bad Men.
10. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Fascinating.
11. Plugged by Eoin Colfer. Good noir. If you like Ken Bruen, read this.
12. D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods. Subpar Stone Barrington novel.
13. Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. Good thriller.
14. The Infernals by John Connolly. Quirky but funny, especially the footnotes.
15. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. Thriller about woman who loses her memory overnight.
16. At The End of The Road by Grant Jerkins. Hard to put down excellent thriller.
17. A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins. Excellent mystery.
18. Dark Justice by Jack Higgins. Quick read, disappointing.
19. Stay Close by Harlan Coben. Good, but far from his best.
20. Wild Thing by Josh Bazell. Crazy but compelling. Read Beat The Reaper first.
21. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman. Good Alex Delaware novel.
22. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. Strange. Can't believe it was a national bestseller.
23. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington novel MUCH better than the last one.
24. The Sixth Man by David Baldacci. Entertaining thriller. Enjoyable read.
25. The Innocent by David Baldacci. Uneven but exciting thriller. A real page turner.
26. Shock Wave by John Sandford. A good Virgil Flowers novel.
27. Lethal by Sandra Brown. Very good mystery.
28. Defending Jacob by William Landay. Very good, more than a mystery.
29. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Quick read. Not bad.
30. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Historical, suspenseful, excellent.
31. The Midnight Club by James Patterson. Early work. Needed editing. Good ending. Blogging.
32. Gone by Mo Hayder. One of the best I've read this year. Mystery. Thriller.
33. Ritual by Mo Hayder. Grisly thriller. Pretty good.
34. Raylan by Elmore Leonard. Better than I expected.
35. Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. Award winning graphic novel. Like a real one.
36. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Chilling novel about a victim of abuse.
37. The Hidden Man by David Ellis. Good. Ending surprised me.
38. Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor. Noir set in Hungary in 1936. Good.
39. Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Freedman. Original, funny, interesting mystery.
40. What It Was by George Pelecanos. Good, tough mystery.
41. Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman. Enjoyable. A bit far fetched.
42. April in Paris by Michael Wallner. Very good love/suspense story set in WW2 Paris.
43. Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder. Excellent crime story. And a first novel.
44. The Resistance by Peter Steiner. Good story set in France.
45. The Whol Lie by Steve Ulfelder. Another good Conway Sax novel.
46. As The Crow Flies by Craig Johnson. Decent Walt Longmire story.
47. Never Send Flowers by John Gardiner. James Bond. Good but lacked proofreading.
48. Last Call for the Living by Peter Farris. Aryan Brotherhood, rural South, crime.
49. A Wanted Man by Lee Child. An above-average Jack Reacher novel.
50. Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain. Not bad but I should have read Heartsick first.
51. Roadside Crosses by Jeffrey Deaver. Average.
52. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Very good.
53. One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper. Funny, tragic. A novel about men.

NONFICTION:
1. Run Less, Run Faster by Pierce, Murr and Moss. The FIRST training program.
2. The Case For Israel by Alan Dershowitz. Eye opening and persuasive.
3. I Didn't Ask To Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby. Amusing little book with some clever insights.
4. Cosbyology by Bill Cosby. Disappointing.
5. Vietnamerica by GB Tran. Interesting graphic nonfiction.
6. Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi. Fabulous! Blogging.
7. I'm Here To Win by Chris McCormack. Super triathlete gives super advice. Will blog.
8. I am the Greatest. The best quotations from Muhammad Ali. by Karl Evanzz.
9. The Soul of a Butterfly by Muhammad Ali. Excellent!

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Book List for 2012:

1. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
2. Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
3. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe
4. Dangerous Games by Michael Prescott
5. The Beautiful and Damned by F.Scott Fitzgerald
6. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
7. Paradise Regained by John Milton
8. The Detachment (A John Rain Thriller) by Barry Eisler
9. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy: Gentleman by Lawrence Sterne
10 Townie: A Memoir by Andre Dubus111
11. Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt" by David McCullough
12. Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe
13. The Virginian by Owen Wister
14. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
15, The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Alexander Pope)
16. The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper
17. American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Martin Sherwin and Kai Bird
18. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
19. The Notebooks of Leonardo by Leonardo da Vinci (didn't finish the kindle edition-no diagrams)
20. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
21. Nana by Emile Zola
22. The Aeneid by Vergil Translated by John Dryden
23. Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
24. The Wasteland and Other Poems by T. S. Elliot
25. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (translated by Jay Rubin and Phillip Gabriel)
26. Drift by Rachel Maddow
27. The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson
28. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
29. Last of The Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
30. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
31. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
32. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
33. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
34. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
35. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
36. The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
37. The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy
38. A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
39. Middlemarch by George Eliot
40. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
41. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
42. The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass
43. Blindness by Jose Saramago
44. Emma by Jane Austen
45. The Twelve (2nd part of Passage trilogy) by Justin Cronin


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1. Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander
2. England, England by Julian Barnes
3. Ashes and Bones (An Emma Fielding Mystery) by Dana Cameron
4. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
5. Book of Ebenezer Le Page by G.B. Edwards
6. Organizing for Life: Declutter Your Mind to Declutter Your World by Sandra Felton
7. A Grave Disturbance by D.M.Greenwood
8. The Tao of Time by Karen Hunt
9. Foolish Ways by D.M.Greenwood
10. The Old Gods Waken by Manley Wade Wellman
11. They Rang Up the Police by Joanna Cannan
12. Miss Peabody's Inheritance by Elizabeth Jolley
13. Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America by Molly Ivins
14. Dogs of Windcutter Down by David Kennard
15. Hula Done It? by Maddy Hunter
16. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
17. The Landscaping Ideas of Jays by Judith Larner Lowry
18. Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men by Donald McCaig
19. Death in Fashion by Marian Babson
20. Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations by Alexander McCall Smith
21. The Hangman's Row Enquiry by Ann Purser
22. The Bolter by Frances Osborne
23. Scar Across the Heart by Bob Prouty
24. The Creaky Traveler in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland by Warren Rovetch
25. The Perfect Summer: England Just Before the Storm by Julie Nicholson
26. Tottering in My Garden by Midge Ellis Keeble
27. The Uninvited Corpse by Michael Underwood
28. Spence and the Holiday Murders by Michael Allen
29. A Hobby of Murder by E.X. Ferrars
30. 1066 and All of That by R.J. Yeatman & W.C. Sellar
31. Hag's Nook by John Dickson Carr
32. Father Water, Mother Earth by Gary Paulsen
33. The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom
34. A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark
35. Sweeping Changes: Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks by Gary Thorp
36. Ladies Paradise by Emile Zola
37. Sick of Shadows by Sharyn McCrumb
38. Lovely in her Bones by Sharyn McCrumb
39. Highland Laddie Gone by Sharyn McCrumb
40. Paying the Piper by Sharyn McCrumb
41. The Windsor Knot by Sharyn McCrumb
42. Missing Susan by Sharyn McCrumb
43. MacPherson's Lament by Sharyn McCrumb
44. If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him by Sharyn McCrumb
45. The PMS Outlaws by Sharyn McCrumb (originally read in 2010 but saved & read again as part of the series)
46. Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott
47. Plan B by Anne Lamott
48. Ghost Dance by Carole Maso
49. Striding Folly by Dorothy Sayers (audio book)
50. An American River Journal by Jo Classon Smith & Peter J. Hayes
51. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
52. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
53. Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben
54. Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh
55. Step in the Dark by Elizabeth Lemachand
56. The Enlightened Heart by Stephen Mitchell
57. A Glass of Blessings by Barbara Pym
58. A Killing Kindness by Reginald Hill
59. Little Chapel on the River by Gwendolyn Bounds
60. The Journal of Beatrix Potter
61. Death Cap by June Thomson
62. Case Closed by June Thomson
63. Scotland, An Intimate Portrait by Geddes MacGregor
64. Rumpole & the Penge Bungalow Murders by John Mortimer
65. Zuleika Dobson: or An Oxford Love Story by Max Beerbohm
66. Abducted Heiress by Amanda Scott
67. Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr
68. Superior Death by Nevada Barr
69. Ill Wind by Nevada Barr
70. Fire Storm by Nevada Barr
71. Endangered Species by Nevada Barr
72. Blind Descent by Nevada Barr
73. Deep South by Nevada Barr
74. Blood Lure by Nevada Barr
75. Hunting Season by Nevada Barr
76. Visions of Caliban by Dale Peterson & Jane Goodall
77. Flashback by Nevada Barr
78. High Country by Nevada Barr
79. Hard Truth by Nevada Barr
80. Winter Study by Nevada Barr
81. Paradise Postponed by John Mortimer
82. Titmuss Regained by John Mortimer
83. A Year in the Maine Woods by Bernd Heinrich
84. Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
85. Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard
86. The Sierra Mountains by John Muir
87. Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon
88. In the Company of Others by Jan Karon
89. Four Ways to Forgiveness by Ursula LeGuin

Currently reading:
Smoke Screen by Marianne MacDonald

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The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year.
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FICTION:
1. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke. Very well written.
2. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Great little WWI story written from horse's perspective.
3. Burn by Nevada Barr. Anna Pidgeon mystery. Unnecessarily & disgustingly graphic.
4. Need You Now by James Grippando. Somewhat convoluted, not his best.
5. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan. Good. Reading his first now.
6. The Affair by Lee Child.. A Jack Reacher story.
7. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Quick read. Amusing.
8. All I Did Was Kill My Man by Walter Mosley. Best Leonid McGill novel yet.
9. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. Good. Wish I read it before Very Bad Men.
10. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Fascinating.
11. Plugged by Eoin Colfer. Good noir. If you like Ken Bruen, read this.
12. D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods. Subpar Stone Barrington novel.
13. Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. Good thriller.
14. The Infernals by John Connolly. Quirky but funny, especially the footnotes.
15. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. Thriller about woman who loses her memory overnight.
16. At The End of The Road by Grant Jerkins. Hard to put down excellent thriller.
17. A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins. Excellent mystery.
18. Dark Justice by Jack Higgins. Quick read, disappointing.
19. Stay Close by Harlan Coben. Good, but far from his best.
20. Wild Thing by Josh Bazell. Crazy but compelling. Read Beat The Reaper first.
21. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman. Good Alex Delaware novel.
22. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. Strange. Can't believe it was a national bestseller.
23. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington novel MUCH better than the last one.
24. The Sixth Man by David Baldacci. Entertaining thriller. Enjoyable read.
25. The Innocent by David Baldacci. Uneven but exciting thriller. A real page turner.
26. Shock Wave by John Sandford. A good Virgil Flowers novel.
27. Lethal by Sandra Brown. Very good mystery.
28. Defending Jacob by William Landay. Very good, more than a mystery.
29. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Quick read. Not bad.
30. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Historical, suspenseful, excellent.
31. The Midnight Club by James Patterson. Early work. Needed editing. Good ending. Blogging.
32. Gone by Mo Hayder. One of the best I've read this year. Mystery. Thriller.
33. Ritual by Mo Hayder. Grisly thriller. Pretty good.
34. Raylan by Elmore Leonard. Better than I expected.
35. Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. Award winning graphic novel. Like a real one.
36. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Chilling novel about a victim of abuse.
37. The Hidden Man by David Ellis. Good. Ending surprised me.
38. Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor. Noir set in Hungary in 1936. Good.
39. Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Freedman. Original, funny, interesting mystery.
40. What It Was by George Pelecanos. Good, tough mystery.
41. Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman. Enjoyable. A bit far fetched.
42. April in Paris by Michael Wallner. Very good love/suspense story set in WW2 Paris.
43. Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder. Excellent crime story. And a first novel.
44. The Resistance by Peter Steiner. Good story set in France.
45. The Whol Lie by Steve Ulfelder. Another good Conway Sax novel.
46. As The Crow Flies by Craig Johnson. Decent Walt Longmire story.
47. Never Send Flowers by John Gardiner. James Bond. Good but lacked proofreading.
48. Last Call for the Living by Peter Farris. Aryan Brotherhood, rural South, crime.
49. A Wanted Man by Lee Child. An above-average Jack Reacher novel.
50. Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain. Not bad but I should have read Heartsick first.
51. Roadside crosses by Jeffrey Deaver. Average.

NONFICTION:
1. Run Less, Run Faster by Pierce, Murr and Moss. The FIRST training program.
2. The Case For Israel by Alan Dershowitz. Eye opening and persuasive.
3. I Didn't Ask To Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby. Amusing little book with some clever insights.
4. Cosbyology by Bill Cosby. Disappointing.
5. Vietnamerica by GB Tran. Interesting graphic nonfiction.
6. Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi. Fabulous! Blogging.
7. I'm Here To Win by Chris McCormack. Super triathlete gives super advice. Will blog.
8. I am the Greatest. The best quotations from Muhammad Ali. by Karl Evanzz.
9. The Soul of a Butterfly by Muhammad Ali. Excellent!

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'50 Books in 2012': (Rating 1-5 stars: 1 star-'Why did I read this?'; 2 stars-Below average; 3 stars-Average to marginal; 4-stars-Recommended; 5 stars-Excellent

42. A Light in the Window by Jan Karon ****(Second in the Mitford series)
41. Slammed by Colleen Hoover ****(Tragedy comes in threes for a young girl...daughter recommended...great mother/daughter survivor story)
40. At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon ****(Small town seen thru a rector's eyes...charming!)
39. A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh *** (Regency tale of arranged marriage)
38. Say When by Elizabeth Berg ****(Couple lives together though going through divorce)
37. Then Came Heaven by LaVyrle Spencer *** (Teacher/Nun leaves convent & calling)
36. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (What happens when earth's rotation slows...Awesome sci fi, coming of age!!)*****
35. The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans (Last in Walk series)***
34. Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans (Walk series continues)***
33. The Walk by Richard Paul Evans (Widow walks to find his purpose)***
32. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith (Always witty, charming and wise...another winner)****
31. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Quotable prose, lovable character)*****
30. Clean Break by V. L. McDermid (Female PI series)***
29. Intervention by Richard Russo (Realtor decides if he wants to fight illness)***** Note: This is a four volume, separately bound set of novellas...crackling with wit and brilliance.
28. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult (End of life ruling faces siblings, engrossing wolf pack parallels)****
27. What Happened in Granite Creek by Robyn Bradley (Small town suspense, ok)***
26. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear (Another very British Masie Dobbs, PI story)****
25. Wild-Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Author did the PCT alone, telling all she gained and lost...a very wild ride...a fantastic read)*****
24. Falling Bodies by Andrew Mark (Grieving physics prof. abandons his life in order to heal)****
23. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (Incredible retelling of Hosea in post Gold Rush days)*****
22. Threading the Needle by Bostwick (Last one of the series)****
21. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Suspenseful journey of Lithuania deportees to Siberia through the eye's of a teen)*****
20. The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler (Widow deals with wife's death as she assists with his grieving)****
19. These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf (Mysterious death of baby brings young mother's family dysfucntions to light)****
18. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (Old diary in Bainbridge Is., Wa. reveals family's secrets) ***
17. A Thread of Truth by Bostwick (More from the Cobbled Court series...enjoying these characters)****
16. Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron (Thriller, hacking plan against health insurance co.)****
15. Ties That Bind by Marie Bostick (Next in this comfy series) ****
14. A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick (Light read, w/ solid characters...Quilt shop, second chances at life, first in series)****
13. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir about grandparents moving in to assist their daughter's. Family after her death)***
12. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Tightly plotted, legal/psychological thriller...Landay is good! Never saw the end coming...)*****
11. Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan (Betrayed wife proves 'living is the best revenge'...well written) ****
10. The Underside of Joy by Sere' Prince Halverson (Step mother fights to keep her family together after losing her husband) ***
9. Riding the bus with my sister by Rachel Simon (To strengthen their relationship, Rachel agrees to ride the city bus for a year with her mentally challenged sister)****
8. Perfection: Memoir of Betrayal by Julie Metz (Young artistic widow discovers husbands other life)***
7. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (Historic fiction, the first Native American to receive a Harvard degree in the 1600's....a passionate & vivid story) *****
6. End in Tears by Ruth Rendell (Det. Wexford & team scope out murderers behind a surrogacy plot) ***
5. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Smart, wise and fun read. Single girlfriends take on NYC society in the early 30's. Geo. Washington 's 'rules' at the end, an aside & a bonus) ****
4. The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Racial issues & marital conflict divides a Southern family, think 'The Help') ****
3. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Mataxas (Incredible! My first Kindle Fire Book)*****
2. A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Booker Prize Winner, interesting timeline)***1/2
1. A Long and Happy Life by Reynolds Price (His prose radiates...pure brilliance. Price's first novel...a classic)*****+

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Book List for 2012:

1. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
2. Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
3. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe
4. Dangerous Games by Michael Prescott
5. The Beautiful and Damned by F.Scott Fitzgerald
6. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
7. Paradise Regained by John Milton
8. The Detachment (A John Rain Thriller) by Barry Eisler
9. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy: Gentleman by Lawrence Sterne
10 Townie: A Memoir by Andre Dubus111
11. Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt" by David McCullough
12. Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe
13. The Virginian by Owen Wister
14. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
15, The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Alexander Pope)
16. The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper
17. American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Martin Sherwin and Kai Bird
18. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
19. The Notebooks of Leonardo by Leonardo da Vinci (didn't finish the kindle edition-no diagrams)
20. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
21. Nana by Emile Zola
22. The Aeneid by Vergil Translated by John Dryden
23. Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
24. The Wasteland and Other Poems by T. S. Elliot
25. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (translated by Jay Rubin and Phillip Gabriel)
26. Drift by Rachel Maddow
27. The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson
28. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
29. Last of The Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
30. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
31. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
32. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
33. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
34. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
35. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
36. The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
37. The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy
38. A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
39. Middlemarch by George Eliot
40. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
41. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens


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1. Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander
2. England, England by Julian Barnes
3. Ashes and Bones (An Emma Fielding Mystery) by Dana Cameron
4. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
5. Book of Ebenezer Le Page by G.B. Edwards
6. Organizing for Life: Declutter Your Mind to Declutter Your World by Sandra Felton
7. A Grave Disturbance by D.M.Greenwood
8. The Tao of Time by Karen Hunt
9. Foolish Ways by D.M.Greenwood
10. The Old Gods Waken by Manley Wade Wellman
11. They Rang Up the Police by Joanna Cannan
12. Miss Peabody's Inheritance by Elizabeth Jolley
13. Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America by Molly Ivins
14. Dogs of Windcutter Down by David Kennard
15. Hula Done It? by Maddy Hunter
16. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
17. The Landscaping Ideas of Jays by Judith Larner Lowry
18. Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men by Donald McCaig
19. Death in Fashion by Marian Babson
20. Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations by Alexander McCall Smith
21. The Hangman's Row Enquiry by Ann Purser
22. The Bolter by Frances Osborne
23. Scar Across the Heart by Bob Prouty
24. The Creaky Traveler in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland by Warren Rovetch
25. The Perfect Summer: England Just Before the Storm by Julie Nicholson
26. Tottering in My Garden by Midge Ellis Keeble
27. The Uninvited Corpse by Michael Underwood
28. Spence and the Holiday Murders by Michael Allen
29. A Hobby of Murder by E.X. Ferrars
30. 1066 and All of That by R.J. Yeatman & W.C. Sellar
31. Hag's Nook by John Dickson Carr
32. Father Water, Mother Earth by Gary Paulsen
33. The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom
34. A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark
35. Sweeping Changes: Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks by Gary Thorp
36. Ladies Paradise by Emile Zola
37. Sick of Shadows by Sharyn McCrumb
38. Lovely in her Bones by Sharyn McCrumb
39. Highland Laddie Gone by Sharyn McCrumb
40. Paying the Piper by Sharyn McCrumb
41. The Windsor Knot by Sharyn McCrumb
42. Missing Susan by Sharyn McCrumb
43. MacPherson's Lament by Sharyn McCrumb
44. If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him by Sharyn McCrumb
45. The PMS Outlaws by Sharyn McCrumb (originally read in 2010 but saved & read again as part of the series)
46. Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott
47. Plan B by Anne Lamott
48. Ghost Dance by Carole Maso
49. Striding Folly by Dorothy Sayers (audio book)
50. An American River Journal by Jo Classon Smith & Peter J. Hayes
51. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
52. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
53. Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben
54. Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh
55. Step in the Dark by Elizabeth Lemachand
56. The Enlightened Heart by Stephen Mitchell
57. A Glass of Blessings by Barbara Pym
58. A Killing Kindness by Reginald Hill
59. Little Chapel on the River by Gwendolyn Bounds
60. The Journal of Beatrix Potter
61. Death Cap by June Thomson
62. Case Closed by June Thomson
63. Scotland, An Intimate Portrait by Geddes MacGregor
64. Rumpole & the Penge Bungalow Murders by John Mortimer
65. Zuleika Dobson: or An Oxford Love Story by Max Beerbohm
66. Abducted Heiress by Amanda Scott
67. Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr
68. Superior Death by Nevada Barr
69. Ill Wind by Nevada Barr
70. Fire Storm by Nevada Barr
71. Endangered Species by Nevada Barr
72. Blind Descent by Nevada Barr
73. Deep South by Nevada Barr
74. Blood Lure by Nevada Barr
75. Hunting Season by Nevada Barr
76. Visions of Caliban by Dale Peterson & Jane Goodall
77. Flashback by Nevada Barr
78. High Country by Nevada Barr
79. Hard Truth by Nevada Barr
80. Winter Study by Nevada Barr
81. Paradise Postponed by John Mortimer
82. Titmuss Regained by John Mortimer
83. A Year in the Maine Woods by Bernd Heinrich
84. Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
85. Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard

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FICTION:
1. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke. Very well written.
2. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Great little WWI story written from horse's perspective.
3. Burn by Nevada Barr. Anna Pidgeon mystery. Unnecessarily & disgustingly graphic.
4. Need You Now by James Grippando. Somewhat convoluted, not his best.
5. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan. Good. Reading his first now.
6. The Affair by Lee Child.. A Jack Reacher story.
7. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Quick read. Amusing.
8. All I Did Was Kill My Man by Walter Mosley. Best Leonid McGill novel yet.
9. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. Good. Wish I read it before Very Bad Men.
10. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Fascinating.
11. Plugged by Eoin Colfer. Good noir. If you like Ken Bruen, read this.
12. D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods. Subpar Stone Barrington novel.
13. Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. Good thriller.
14. The Infernals by John Connolly. Quirky but funny, especially the footnotes.
15. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. Thriller about woman who loses her memory overnight.
16. At The End of The Road by Grant Jerkins. Hard to put down excellent thriller.
17. A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins. Excellent mystery.
18. Dark Justice by Jack Higgins. Quick read, disappointing.
19. Stay Close by Harlan Coben. Good, but far from his best.
20. Wild Thing by Josh Bazell. Crazy but compelling. Read Beat The Reaper first.
21. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman. Good Alex Delaware novel.
22. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. Strange. Can't believe it was a national bestseller.
23. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington novel MUCH better than the last one.
24. The Sixth Man by David Baldacci. Entertaining thriller. Enjoyable read.
25. The Innocent by David Baldacci. Uneven but exciting thriller. A real page turner.
26. Shock Wave by John Sandford. A good Virgil Flowers novel.
27. Lethal by Sandra Brown. Very good mystery.
28. Defending Jacob by William Landay. Very good, more than a mystery.
29. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Quick read. Not bad.
30. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Historical, suspenseful, excellent.
31. The Midnight Club by James Patterson. Early work. Needed editing. Good ending. Blogging.
32. Gone by Mo Hayder. One of the best I've read this year. Mystery. Thriller.
33. Ritual by Mo Hayder. Grisly thriller. Pretty good.
34. Raylan by Elmore Leonard. Better than I expected.
35. Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. Award winning graphic novel. Like a real one.
36. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Chilling novel about a victim of abuse.
37. The Hidden Man by David Ellis. Good. Ending surprised me.
38. Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor. Noir set in Hungary in 1936. Good.
39. Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Freedman. Original, funny, interesting mystery.
40. What It Was by George Pelecanos. Good, tough mystery.
41. Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman. Enjoyable. A bit far fetched.
42. April in Paris by Michael Wallner. Very good love/suspense story set in WW2 Paris.
43. Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder. Excellent crime story. And a first novel.
44. The Resistance by Peter Steiner. Good story set in France.
45. The Whol Lie by Steve Ulfelder. Another good Conway Sax novel.
46. As The Crow Flies by Craig Johnson. Decent Walt Longmire story.
47. Never Send Flowers by John Gardiner. James Bond. Good but lacked proofreading.
48. Last Call for the Living by Peter Farris. Aryan Brotherhood, rural South, crime.
49. A Wanted Man by Lee Child. An above-average Jack Reacher novel.

NONFICTION:
1. Run Less, Run Faster by Pierce, Murr and Moss. The FIRST training program.
2. The Case For Israel by Alan Dershowitz. Eye opening and persuasive.
3. I Didn't Ask To Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby. Amusing little book with some clever insights.
4. Cosbyology by Bill Cosby. Disappointing.
5. Vietnamerica by GB Tran. Interesting graphic nonfiction.
6. Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi. Fabulous! Blogging.
7. I'm Here To Win by Chris McCormack. Super triathlete gives super advice. Will blog.
8. I am the Greatest. The best quotations from Muhammad Ali. by Karl Evanzz.
9. The Soul of a Butterfly by Muhammad Ali. Excellent!

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Book I’ve read in 2012

Fiction:

1. No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith
2. Tears of the Giraffe, Alexander McCall Smith
3. Morality for Beautiful Girls, Alexander McCall Smith
4. The Kalahari Typing School, Alexander McCall Smith
5. The Full Cupboard of Life, Alexander McCall Smith
6. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies, Alexander McCall Smith
7. Blue Shoes and Happiness, Alexander McCall Smith
8. The Silence of God, Gale Sears

Young Adult and Children’s:

1. Pillage, Obert Skye
2. Choke, Obert Skye
3. Ambush, Obert Skye
4. Fablehaven, Brandon Mull
5. Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven), Brandon Mull
6. Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven), Brandon Mull
7. Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Fablehaven), Brandon Mull
8. Keys to the Demon Prison (Fablehaven), Brandon Mull
9. Moon over Manifest, Clare Vanderpool
10. Onion John, Joseph Krumgold
11. Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
12. The Fairy Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm) Michael Buckley
13. Crispin, The Cross of Lead, Avi
14. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life, Rachel Renee Russell
15. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney
16. Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Jeff Kinney
17. The Graveyard Book, Niel Gayman
18. Joyful Noise: Poems for two voices. Paul Fleischman
19. All Cats Have Asperger's, Kathy Hoodman
20. The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, some Soup and a Spool of Thread, Kate DiCamillo
21. The Mid-wife's Apprentice, Karen Cushman

Non-Fiction:

1. Words I Wish I’d Written, Robert Fulghum
2. True Love, Robert Fulghum
3. The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown
4. Mama Makes Up Her Mind, Bailey White
5. Three and a Half Husbands, Dorothy Fuldheim
6. Behind Every Good Man: Helping your Husband take the Spiritual Lead at Home, John Bytheway
7. Faith Rewarded: A Personal Account of Prophetic Promises to the East German Saints, Thomas S. Monson
8. Choosing Civility: Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct, P.M. Forni
9. Mountain Meadows Massacre, Juanita Brooks
10. Delivered from Distraction, Edward Hallowell, MD and John Ratey, MD
11. The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, Translated by Joseph Smith

40 Current total

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FICTION:
1. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke. Very well written.
2. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Great little WWI story written from horse's perspective.
3. Burn by Nevada Barr. Anna Pidgeon mystery. Unnecessarily & disgustingly graphic.
4. Need You Now by James Grippando. Somewhat convoluted, not his best.
5. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan. Good. Reading his first now.
6. The Affair by Lee Child.. A Jack Reacher story.
7. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Quick read. Amusing.
8. All I Did Was Kill My Man by Walter Mosley. Best Leonid McGill novel yet.
9. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. Good. Wish I read it before Very Bad Men.
10. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Fascinating.
11. Plugged by Eoin Colfer. Good noir. If you like Ken Bruen, read this.
12. D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods. Subpar Stone Barrington novel.
13. Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. Good thriller.
14. The Infernals by John Connolly. Quirky but funny, especially the footnotes.
15. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. Thriller about woman who loses her memory overnight.
16. At The End of The Road by Grant Jerkins. Hard to put down excellent thriller.
17. A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins. Excellent mystery.
18. Dark Justice by Jack Higgins. Quick read, disappointing.
19. Stay Close by Harlan Coben. Good, but far from his best.
20. Wild Thing by Josh Bazell. Crazy but compelling. Read Beat The Reaper first.
21. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman. Good Alex Delaware novel.
22. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. Strange. Can't believe it was a national bestseller.
23. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington novel MUCH better than the last one.
24. The Sixth Man by David Baldacci. Entertaining thriller. Enjoyable read.
25. The Innocent by David Baldacci. Uneven but exciting thriller. A real page turner.
26. Shock Wave by John Sandford. A good Virgil Flowers novel.
27. Lethal by Sandra Brown. Very good mystery.
28. Defending Jacob by William Landay. Very good, more than a mystery.
29. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Quick read. Not bad.
30. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Historical, suspenseful, excellent.
31. The Midnight Club by James Patterson. Early work. Needed editing. Good ending. Blogging.
32. Gone by Mo Hayder. One of the best I've read this year. Mystery. Thriller.
33. Ritual by Mo Hayder. Grisly thriller. Pretty good.
34. Raylan by Elmore Leonard. Better than I expected.
35. Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. Award winning graphic novel. Like a real one.
36. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Chilling novel about a victim of abuse.
37. The Hidden Man by David Ellis. Good. Ending surprised me.
38. Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor. Noir set in Hungary in 1936. Good.
39. Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Freedman. Original, funny, interesting mystery.
40. What It Was by George Pelecanos. Good, tough mystery.
41. Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman. Enjoyable. A bit far fetched.
42. April in Paris by Michael Wallner. Very good love/suspense story set in WW2 Paris.
43. Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder. Excellent crime story. And a first novel.
44. The Resistance by Peter Steiner. Good story set in France.
45. The Whol Lie by Steve Ulfelder. Another good Conway Sax novel.
46. As The Crow Flies by Craig Johnson. Decent Walt Longmire story.
47. Never Send Flowers by John Gardiner. James Bond. Good but lacked proofreading.
48. Last Call for the Living by Peter Farris. Aryan Brotherhood, rural South, crime.
49. A Wanted Man by Lee Child. An above-average Jack Reacher novel.

NONFICTION:
1. Run Less, Run Faster by Pierce, Murr and Moss. The FIRST training program.
2. The Case For Israel by Alan Dershowitz. Eye opening and persuasive.
3. I Didn't Ask To Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby. Amusing little book with some clever insights.
4. Cosbyology by Bill Cosby. Disappointing.
5. Vietnamerica by GB Tran. Interesting graphic nonfiction.
6. Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi. Fabulous! Blogging.
7. I'm Here To Win by Chris McCormack. Super triathlete gives super advice. Will blog.
8. I am the Greatest. The best quotations from Muhammad Ali. by Karl Evanzz.

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1. Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander
2. England, England by Julian Barnes
3. Ashes and Bones (An Emma Fielding Mystery) by Dana Cameron
4. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
5. Book of Ebenezer Le Page by G.B. Edwards
6. Organizing for Life: Declutter Your Mind to Declutter Your World by Sandra Felton
7. A Grave Disturbance by D.M.Greenwood
8. The Tao of Time by Karen Hunt
9. Foolish Ways by D.M.Greenwood
10. The Old Gods Waken by Manley Wade Wellman
11. They Rang Up the Police by Joanna Cannan
12. Miss Peabody's Inheritance by Elizabeth Jolley
13. Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America by Molly Ivins
14. Dogs of Windcutter Down by David Kennard
15. Hula Done It? by Maddy Hunter
16. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
17. The Landscaping Ideas of Jays by Judith Larner Lowry
18. Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men by Donald McCaig
19. Death in Fashion by Marian Babson
20. Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations by Alexander McCall Smith
21. The Hangman's Row Enquiry by Ann Purser
22. The Bolter by Frances Osborne
23. Scar Across the Heart by Bob Prouty
24. The Creaky Traveler in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland by Warren Rovetch
25. The Perfect Summer: England Just Before the Storm by Julie Nicholson
26. Tottering in My Garden by Midge Ellis Keeble
27. The Uninvited Corpse by Michael Underwood
28. Spence and the Holiday Murders by Michael Allen
29. A Hobby of Murder by E.X. Ferrars
30. 1066 and All of That by R.J. Yeatman & W.C. Sellar
31. Hag's Nook by John Dickson Carr
32. Father Water, Mother Earth by Gary Paulsen
33. The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom
34. A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark
35. Sweeping Changes: Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks by Gary Thorp
36. Ladies Paradise by Emile Zola
37. Sick of Shadows by Sharyn McCrumb
38. Lovely in her Bones by Sharyn McCrumb
39. Highland Laddie Gone by Sharyn McCrumb
40. Paying the Piper by Sharyn McCrumb
41. The Windsor Knot by Sharyn McCrumb
42. Missing Susan by Sharyn McCrumb
43. MacPherson's Lament by Sharyn McCrumb
44. If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him by Sharyn McCrumb
45. The PMS Outlaws by Sharyn McCrumb (originally read in 2010 but saved & read again as part of the series)
46. Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott
47. Plan B by Anne Lamott
48. Ghost Dance by Carole Maso
49. Striding Folly by Dorothy Sayers (audio book)
50. An American River Journal by Jo Classon Smith & Peter J. Hayes
51. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
52. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
53. Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben
54. Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh
55. Step in the Dark by Elizabeth Lemachand
56. The Enlightened Heart by Stephen Mitchell
57. A Glass of Blessings by Barbara Pym
58. A Killing Kindness by Reginald Hill
59. Nature Noir by Jordan Fisher Smith
60. Quiet Murder by Nancy Livingston
61. The Journal of Beatrix Potter
62. Death Cap by June Thomson
63. Case Closed by June Thomson
64. Where There's a Will by John Mortimer
65. Scotland: An Intimate Portrait by Geddes MacGregor
66. Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders by John Mortimer
67. Zuleika Dobson: or An Oxford Love Story by Max Beerbohm
68. Abducted Heiress by Amanda Scot
69. Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr
70. A Superior Death by Nevada Barr
71. Firestorm by Nevada Barr
72. Ill Wind by Nevada Barr
73. Endangered Species by Nevada Barr
74. Liberty Falling by Nevada Barr
75. Blind Descent by Nevada Barr
76. Deep South by Nevada Barr
77. Blood Lure by Nevada Barr
78. Hunting Season by Nevada Bara
79. Visions of Caliban by Dale Peterson & Jane Goodall
80. Flashback by Nevada Barr
81. A Year In The Maine Woods by Bernd Heinrich
82. High Country by Nevada Barr
83. Winter Study by Nevada Barr
84. Paradise Postponed by John Mortimer

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1. Feast of Crows by George R.R. Martin
2. The Edge by Catherine Coulter
3. Riptide by Catherine Coulter
4. The Calligrapher's Daughter
5. The Spark
6. Parenting with Love and Logic
7. Lost Empire by Clive Cussler
8. Thank You for Arguing - skip this one. It has good info, but it's very academic.
9. Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore
10. Jane Eyre
11. A Dance With Dragons
12. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant Based Nutrition
13. Uncle Tom's Cabin
14. Homeschooling Our Children, Unschooling Ourselves
15. Volumetrics Weight Control
16. Dusted To Death
17. Fiber and Brimstone
18. Water Ghosts
19. You: On A Diet
20. Keepsake Crimes
21. How Children Fail by John Holt
22. Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts
23. Copper Beach
24. Treasure - Clive Cussler
25. Homicide in Hardcover
26. Before I Say Goodbye
27. How to Give Him What He Wants
28. Once Upon a Secret
29. Take the Stairs
30. Hunger Games
31. Catching Fire
32. Mrs. Kennedy and Me
33. Dead Level
34. Connections
35. One Naughty Girl
36. Pole Star
37. Tragic Magic
38. Wicked Business
39. The Stand
40. Wicked Appetite
41. Mockingjay
42. Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme
43. Hidden Talents
44. Crystal Gardens
45. The Key to Rondo
46. Die In Plain Sight
47. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
48. Angels Fall
49. Coverup PTSD; Operation Sunrise
50. Hunger Games (reread)
51. Catching Fire (reread)
52. Mockingjay (reread)
53. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
54. Whiplash
55. Best Kept Secrets
56. When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops

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FICTION:
1. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke. Very well written.
2. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Great little WWI story written from horse's perspective.
3. Burn by Nevada Barr. Anna Pidgeon mystery. Unnecessarily & disgustingly graphic.
4. Need You Now by James Grippando. Somewhat convoluted, not his best.
5. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan. Good. Reading his first now.
6. The Affair by Lee Child.. A Jack Reacher story.
7. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Quick read. Amusing.
8. All I Did Was Kill My Man by Walter Mosley. Best Leonid McGill novel yet.
9. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. Good. Wish I read it before Very Bad Men.
10. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Fascinating.
11. Plugged by Eoin Colfer. Good noir. If you like Ken Bruen, read this.
12. D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods. Subpar Stone Barrington novel.
13. Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. Good thriller.
14. The Infernals by John Connolly. Quirky but funny, especially the footnotes.
15. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. Thriller about woman who loses her memory overnight.
16. At The End of The Road by Grant Jerkins. Hard to put down excellent thriller.
17. A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins. Excellent mystery.
18. Dark Justice by Jack Higgins. Quick read, disappointing.
19. Stay Close by Harlan Coben. Good, but far from his best.
20. Wild Thing by Josh Bazell. Crazy but compelling. Read Beat The Reaper first.
21. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman. Good Alex Delaware novel.
22. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. Strange. Can't believe it was a national bestseller.
23. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington novel MUCH better than the last one.
24. The Sixth Man by David Baldacci. Entertaining thriller. Enjoyable read.
25. The Innocent by David Baldacci. Uneven but exciting thriller. A real page turner.
26. Shock Wave by John Sandford. A good Virgil Flowers novel.
27. Lethal by Sandra Brown. Very good mystery.
28. Defending Jacob by William Landay. Very good, more than a mystery.
29. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Quick read. Not bad.
30. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Historical, suspenseful, excellent.
31. The Midnight Club by James Patterson. Early work. Needed editing. Good ending. Blogging.
32. Gone by Mo Hayder. One of the best I've read this year. Mystery. Thriller.
33. Ritual by Mo Hayder. Grisly thriller. Pretty good.
34. Raylan by Elmore Leonard. Better than I expected.
35. Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. Award winning graphic novel. Like a real one.
36. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Chilling novel about a victim of abuse.
37. The Hidden Man by David Ellis. Good. Ending surprised me.
38. Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor. Noir set in Hungary in 1936. Good.
39. Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Freedman. Original, funny, interesting mystery.
40. What It Was by George Pelecanos. Good, tough mystery.
41. Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman. Enjoyable. A bit far fetched.
42. April in Paris by Michael Wallner. Very good love/suspense story set in WW2 Paris.
43. Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder. Excellent crime story. And a first novel.
44. The Resistance by Peter Steiner. Good story set in France.
45. The Whol Lie by Steve Ulfelder. Another good Conway Sax novel.
46. As The Crow Flies by Craig Johnson. Decent Walt Longmire story.
47. Never Send Flowers by John Gardiner. James Bond. Good but lacked proofreading.
48. Last Call for the Living by Peter Farris. Aryan Brotherhood, rural South, crime.

NONFICTION:
1. Run Less, Run Faster by Pierce, Murr and Moss. The FIRST training program.
2. The Case For Israel by Alan Dershowitz. Eye opening and persuasive.
3. I Didn't Ask To Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby. Amusing little book with some clever insights.
4. Cosbyology by Bill Cosby. Disappointing.
5. Vietnamerica by GB Tran. Interesting graphic nonfiction.
6. Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi. Fabulous! Blogging.
7. I'm Here To Win by Chris McCormack. Super triathlete gives super advice. Will blog.
8. I am the Greatest. The best quotations from Muhammad Ali. by Karl Evanzz.

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1. Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander
2. England, England by Julian Barnes
3. Ashes and Bones (An Emma Fielding Mystery) by Dana Cameron
4. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
5. Book of Ebenezer Le Page by G.B. Edwards
6. Organizing for Life: Declutter Your Mind to Declutter Your World by Sandra Felton
7. A Grave Disturbance by D.M.Greenwood
8. The Tao of Time by Karen Hunt
9. Foolish Ways by D.M.Greenwood
10. The Old Gods Waken by Manley Wade Wellman
11. They Rang Up the Police by Joanna Cannan
12. Miss Peabody's Inheritance by Elizabeth Jolley
13. Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America by Molly Ivins
14. Dogs of Windcutter Down by David Kennard
15. Hula Done It? by Maddy Hunter
16. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
17. The Landscaping Ideas of Jays by Judith Larner Lowry
18. Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men by Donald McCaig
19. Death in Fashion by Marian Babson
20. Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations by Alexander McCall Smith
21. The Hangman's Row Enquiry by Ann Purser
22. The Bolter by Frances Osborne
23. Scar Across the Heart by Bob Prouty
24. The Creaky Traveler in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland by Warren Rovetch
25. The Perfect Summer: England Just Before the Storm by Julie Nicholson
26. Tottering in My Garden by Midge Ellis Keeble
27. The Uninvited Corpse by Michael Underwood
28. Spence and the Holiday Murders by Michael Allen
29. A Hobby of Murder by E.X. Ferrars
30. 1066 and All of That by R.J. Yeatman & W.C. Sellar
31. Hag's Nook by John Dickson Carr
32. Father Water, Mother Earth by Gary Paulsen
33. The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom
34. A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark
35. Sweeping Changes: Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks by Gary Thorp
36. Ladies Paradise by Emile Zola
37. Sick of Shadows by Sharyn McCrumb
38. Lovely in her Bones by Sharyn McCrumb
39. Highland Laddie Gone by Sharyn McCrumb
40. Paying the Piper by Sharyn McCrumb
41. The Windsor Knot by Sharyn McCrumb
42. Missing Susan by Sharyn McCrumb
43. MacPherson's Lament by Sharyn McCrumb
44. If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him by Sharyn McCrumb
45. The PMS Outlaws by Sharyn McCrumb (originally read in 2010 but saved & read again as part of the series)
46. Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott
47. Plan B by Anne Lamott
48. Ghost Dance by Carole Maso
49. Striding Folly by Dorothy Sayers (audio book)
50. An American River Journal by Jo Classon Smith & Peter J. Hayes
51. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
52. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
53. Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben
54. Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh
55. Step in the Dark by Elizabeth Lemachand
56. The Enlightened Heart by Stephen Mitchell
57. A Glass of Blessings by Barbara Pym
58. A Killing Kindness by Reginald Hill
59. Nature Noir by Jordan Fisher Smith
60. Quiet Murder by Nancy Livingston
61. The Journal of Beatrix Potter
62. Death Cap by June Thomson
63. Case Closed by June Thomson
64. Where There's a Will by John Mortimer
65. Scotland: An Intimate Portrait by Geddes MacGregor
66. Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders by John Mortimer
67. Zuleika Dobson: or An Oxford Love Story by Max Beerbohm
68. Abducted Heiress by Amanda Scot
69. Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr
70. A Superior Death by Nevada Barr
71. Firestorm by Nevada Barr
72. Ill Wind by Nevada Barr
73. Endangered Species by Nevada Barr
74. Liberty Falling by Nevada Barr
75. Blind Descent by Nevada Barr
76. Deep South by Nevada Barr
77. Blood Lure by Nevada Barr
78. Hunting Season by Nevada Bara
79. Visions of Caliban by Dale Peterson & Jane Goodall
80. Flashback by Nevada Barr
81. A Year In The Maine Woods by Bernd Heinrich
82. High Country by Nevada Barr
83. Winter Study by Nevada Barr

Currently reading:
Paradise Lost by John Mortimer
Permission to Proceed: The Keys to Creating a Life of Passion, Purpose and Possibility for Adults with ADHD by David Giwerc

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The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year.
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FICTION:
1. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke. Very well written.
2. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Great little WWI story written from horse's perspective.
3. Burn by Nevada Barr. Anna Pidgeon mystery. Unnecessarily & disgustingly graphic.
4. Need You Now by James Grippando. Somewhat convoluted, not his best.
5. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan. Good. Reading his first now.
6. The Affair by Lee Child.. A Jack Reacher story.
7. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Quick read. Amusing.
8. All I Did Was Kill My Man by Walter Mosley. Best Leonid McGill novel yet.
9. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. Good. Wish I read it before Very Bad Men.
10. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Fascinating.
11. Plugged by Eoin Colfer. Good noir. If you like Ken Bruen, read this.
12. D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods. Subpar Stone Barrington novel.
13. Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. Good thriller.
14. The Infernals by John Connolly. Quirky but funny, especially the footnotes.
15. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. Thriller about woman who loses her memory overnight.
16. At The End of The Road by Grant Jerkins. Hard to put down excellent thriller.
17. A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins. Excellent mystery.
18. Dark Justice by Jack Higgins. Quick read, disappointing.
19. Stay Close by Harlan Coben. Good, but far from his best.
20. Wild Thing by Josh Bazell. Crazy but compelling. Read Beat The Reaper first.
21. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman. Good Alex Delaware novel.
22. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. Strange. Can't believe it was a national bestseller.
23. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington novel MUCH better than the last one.
24. The Sixth Man by David Baldacci. Entertaining thriller. Enjoyable read.
25. The Innocent by David Baldacci. Uneven but exciting thriller. A real page turner.
26. Shock Wave by John Sandford. A good Virgil Flowers novel.
27. Lethal by Sandra Brown. Very good mystery.
28. Defending Jacob by William Landay. Very good, more than a mystery.
29. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Quick read. Not bad.
30. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Historical, suspenseful, excellent.
31. The Midnight Club by James Patterson. Early work. Needed editing. Good ending. Blogging.
32. Gone by Mo Hayder. One of the best I've read this year. Mystery. Thriller.
33. Ritual by Mo Hayder. Grisly thriller. Pretty good.
34. Raylan by Elmore Leonard. Better than I expected.
35. Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. Award winning graphic novel. Like a real one.
36. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Chilling novel about a victim of abuse.
37. The Hidden Man by David Ellis. Good. Ending surprised me.
38. Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor. Noir set in Hungary in 1936. Good.
39. Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Freedman. Original, funny, interesting mystery.
40. What It Was by George Pelecanos. Good, tough mystery.
41. Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman. Enjoyable. A bit far fetched.
42. April in Paris by Michael Wallner. Very good love/suspense story set in WW2 Paris.
43. Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder. Excellent crime story. And a first novel.
44. The Resistance by Peter Steiner. Good story set in France.
45. The Whol Lie by Steve Ulfelder. Another good Conway Sax novel.
46. As The Crow Flies by Craig Johnson. Decent Walt Longmire story.
47. Never Send Flowers by John Gardiner. James Bond. Good but lacked proofreading.
48. Last Call for the Living by Peter Farris. Aryan Brotherhood, rural South, crime.

NONFICTION:
1. Run Less, Run Faster by Pierce, Murr and Moss. The FIRST training program.
2. The Case For Israel by Alan Dershowitz. Eye opening and persuasive.
3. I Didn't Ask To Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby. Amusing little book with some clever insights.
4. Cosbyology by Bill Cosby. Disappointing.
5. Vietnamerica by GB Tran. Interesting graphic nonfiction.
6. Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi. Fabulous! Blogging.
7. I'm Here To Win by Chris McCormack. Super triathlete gives super advice. Will blog.

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1. Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander
2. England, England by Julian Barnes
3. Ashes and Bones (An Emma Fielding Mystery) by Dana Cameron
4. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
5. Book of Ebenezer Le Page by G.B. Edwards
6. Organizing for Life: Declutter Your Mind to Declutter Your World by Sandra Felton
7. A Grave Disturbance by D.M.Greenwood
8. The Tao of Time by Karen Hunt
9. Foolish Ways by D.M.Greenwood
10. The Old Gods Waken by Manley Wade Wellman
11. They Rang Up the Police by Joanna Cannan
12. Miss Peabody's Inheritance by Elizabeth Jolley
13. Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America by Molly Ivins
14. Dogs of Windcutter Down by David Kennard
15. Hula Done It? by Maddy Hunter
16. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
17. The Landscaping Ideas of Jays by Judith Larner Lowry
18. Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men by Donald McCaig
19. Death in Fashion by Marian Babson
20. Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations by Alexander McCall Smith
21. The Hangman's Row Enquiry by Ann Purser
22. The Bolter by Frances Osborne
23. Scar Across the Heart by Bob Prouty
24. The Creaky Traveler in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland by Warren Rovetch
25. The Perfect Summer: England Just Before the Storm by Julie Nicholson
26. Tottering in My Garden by Midge Ellis Keeble
27. The Uninvited Corpse by Michael Underwood
28. Spence and the Holiday Murders by Michael Allen
29. A Hobby of Murder by E.X. Ferrars
30. 1066 and All of That by R.J. Yeatman & W.C. Sellar
31. Hag's Nook by John Dickson Carr
32. Father Water, Mother Earth by Gary Paulsen
33. The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom
34. A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark
35. Sweeping Changes: Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks by Gary Thorp
36. Ladies Paradise by Emile Zola
37. Sick of Shadows by Sharyn McCrumb
38. Lovely in her Bones by Sharyn McCrumb
39. Highland Laddie Gone by Sharyn McCrumb
40. Paying the Piper by Sharyn McCrumb
41. The Windsor Knot by Sharyn McCrumb
42. Missing Susan by Sharyn McCrumb
43. MacPherson's Lament by Sharyn McCrumb
44. If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him by Sharyn McCrumb
45. The PMS Outlaws by Sharyn McCrumb (originally read in 2010 but saved & read again as part of the series)
46. Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott
47. Plan B by Anne Lamott
48. Ghost Dance by Carole Maso
49. Striding Folly by Dorothy Sayers (audio book)
50. An American River Journal by Jo Classon Smith & Peter J. Hayes
51. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
52. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
53. Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben
54. Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh
55. Step in the Dark by Elizabeth Lemachand
56. The Enlightened Heart by Stephen Mitchell
57. A Glass of Blessings by Barbara Pym
58. A Killing Kindness by Reginald Hill
59. Nature Noir by Jordan Fisher Smith
60. Quiet Murder by Nancy Livingston
61. The Journal of Beatrix Potter
62. Death Cap by June Thomson
63. Case Closed by June Thomson
64. Where There's a Will by John Mortimer
65. Scotland: An Intimate Portrait by Geddes MacGregor
66. Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders by John Mortimer
67. Zuleika Dobson: or An Oxford Love Story by Max Beerbohm
68. Abducted Heiress by Amanda Scot
69. Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr
70. A Superior Death by Nevada Barr
71. Firestorm by Nevada Barr
72. Ill Wind by Nevada Barr
73. Endangered Species by Nevada Barr
74. Liberty Falling by Nevada Barr
75. Blind Descent by Nevada Barr
76. Deep South by Nevada Barr
77. Blood Lure by Nevada Barr
78. Hunting Season by Nevada Bara
79. Visions of Caliban by Dale Peterson & Jane Goodall
80. Flashback by Nevada Barr

Currently reading:
A Year In The Maine Woods by Bernd Heinrich
High Country by Nevada Barr
Permission to Proceed: The Keys to Creating a Life of Passion, Purpose and Possibility for Adults with ADHD by David Giwerc


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If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Lao Tse

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year.
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Book I’ve read in 2012

Fiction:

1. No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith
2. Tears of the Giraffe, Alexander McCall Smith
3. Morality for Beautiful Girls, Alexander McCall Smith
4. The Kalahari Typing School, Alexander McCall Smith
5. The Full Cupboard of Life, Alexander McCall Smith
6. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies, Alexander McCall Smith
7. Blue Shoes and Happiness, Alexander McCall Smith
8. The Silence of God, Gale Sears

Young Adult and Children’s:

1. Pillage, Obert Skye
2. Choke, Obert Skye
3. Ambush, Obert Skye
4. Fablehaven, Brandon Mull
5. Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven), Brandon Mull
6. Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven), Brandon Mull
7. Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Fablehaven), Brandon Mull
8. Keys to the Demon Prison (Fablehaven), Brandon Mull
9. Moon over Manifest, Clare Vanderpool
10. Onion John, Joseph Krumgold
11. Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
12. The Fairy Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm) Michael Buckley
13. Crispin, The Cross of Lead, Avi
14. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life, Rachel Renee Russell
15. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney
16. Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Jeff Kinney
17. The Graveyard Book, Niel Gayman
18. Joyful Noise: Poems for two voices. Paul Fleischman
19. All Cats Have Asperger's, Kathy Hoodman
20. The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, some Soup and a Spool of Thread, Kate DiCamillo

Non-Fiction:

1. Words I Wish I’d Written, Robert Fulghum
2. True Love, Robert Fulghum
3. The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown
4. Mama Makes Up Her Mind, Bailey White
5. Three and a Half Husbands, Dorothy Fuldheim
6. Behind Every Good Man: Helping your Husband take the Spiritual Lead at Home, John Bytheway
7. Faith Rewarded: A Personal Account of Prophetic Promises to the East German Saints, Thomas S. Monson
8. Choosing Civility: Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct, P.M. Forni
9. Mountain Meadows Massacre, Juanita Brooks
10. Delivered from Distraction, Edward Hallowell, MD and John Ratey, MD

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FICTION:
1. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke. Very well written.
2. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Great little WWI story written from horse's perspective.
3. Burn by Nevada Barr. Anna Pidgeon mystery. Unnecessarily & disgustingly graphic.
4. Need You Now by James Grippando. Somewhat convoluted, not his best.
5. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan. Good. Reading his first now.
6. The Affair by Lee Child.. A Jack Reacher story.
7. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Quick read. Amusing.
8. All I Did Was Kill My Man by Walter Mosley. Best Leonid McGill novel yet.
9. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. Good. Wish I read it before Very Bad Men.
10. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Fascinating.
11. Plugged by Eoin Colfer. Good noir. If you like Ken Bruen, read this.
12. D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods. Subpar Stone Barrington novel.
13. Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. Good thriller.
14. The Infernals by John Connolly. Quirky but funny, especially the footnotes.
15. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. Thriller about woman who loses her memory overnight.
16. At The End of The Road by Grant Jerkins. Hard to put down excellent thriller.
17. A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins. Excellent mystery.
18. Dark Justice by Jack Higgins. Quick read, disappointing.
19. Stay Close by Harlan Coben. Good, but far from his best.
20. Wild Thing by Josh Bazell. Crazy but compelling. Read Beat The Reaper first.
21. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman. Good Alex Delaware novel.
22. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. Strange. Can't believe it was a national bestseller.
23. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington novel MUCH better than the last one.
24. The Sixth Man by David Baldacci. Entertaining thriller. Enjoyable read.
25. The Innocent by David Baldacci. Uneven but exciting thriller. A real page turner.
26. Shock Wave by John Sandford. A good Virgil Flowers novel.
27. Lethal by Sandra Brown. Very good mystery.
28. Defending Jacob by William Landay. Very good, more than a mystery.
29. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Quick read. Not bad.
30. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Historical, suspenseful, excellent.
31. The Midnight Club by James Patterson. Early work. Needed editing. Good ending. Blogging.
32. Gone by Mo Hayder. One of the best I've read this year. Mystery. Thriller.
33. Ritual by Mo Hayder. Grisly thriller. Pretty good.
34. Raylan by Elmore Leonard. Better than I expected.
35. Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. Award winning graphic novel. Like a real one.
36. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Chilling novel about a victim of abuse.
37. The Hidden Man by David Ellis. Good. Ending surprised me.
38. Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor. Noir set in Hungary in 1936. Good.
39. Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Freedman. Original, funny, interesting mystery.
40. What It Was by George Pelecanos. Good, tough mystery.
41. Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman. Enjoyable. A bit far fetched.
42. April in Paris by Michael Wallner. Very good love/suspense story set in WW2 Paris.
43. Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder. Excellent crime story. And a first novel.
44. The Resistance by Peter Steiner. Good story set in France.
45. The Whol Lie by Steve Ulfelder. Another good Conway Sax novel.
46. As The Crow Flies by Craig Johnson. Decent Walt Longmire story.
47. Never Send Flowers by John Gardiner. James Bond. Good but lacked proofreading.

NONFICTION:
1. Run Less, Run Faster by Pierce, Murr and Moss. The FIRST training program.
2. The Case For Israel by Alan Dershowitz. Eye opening and persuasive.
3. I Didn't Ask To Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby. Amusing little book with some clever insights.
4. Cosbyology by Bill Cosby. Disappointing.
5. Vietnamerica by GB Tran. Interesting graphic nonfiction.
6. Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi. Fabulous! Blogging.
7. I'm Here To Win by Chris McCormack. Super triathlete gives super advice. Will blog.

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50 books in 2012-- rating *-not worth reading **read if it's the only book in the room ***okay book ****good book *****great book (everyone should read)

1. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about epidemics)
2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about geniuses)
3. Becoming the Woman of His Dreams by Sharon Jaynes **** (non-fiction, marriage advice)
4. Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge **** (fiction-romance, Amish, but w/character devel.)
5. Simply Sara by Hillary Manton Lodge **** (fiction-romance)
6. Book of Dreams by Davis Bunn *** (adventure. . .not his best one)
7. Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin **** (funny improbable historical adventure)
8. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about "gut instincts")
9. The Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn **** (fiction-adventure)
10. Code of Honor by Sandy Dengler **** (cool romance. . .girl rejects guy at the end)
11. The Power or Pinjara by Sandy Dengler *** (Australian romance series)
12. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo ***** (read-aloud for children. . .good conversations!!)
13. The Last Day by James Landis **** (fiction-war tribute)
14. Beyond the Shadows by Robin Lee Hatcher **** (fiction--exploring alcoholism's effects)
15. What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell *** (short vignettes)
16. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . .riveting)
17. The Wishing Pearl by Nicole O'Dell **** (teen fiction. . .fine plot, a little pedantic style)
18. The Staticstical Probability of Love at First Sight *** (teen fiction. . .explores divorce)
19. Prophet by R. J. Larson ***** (fantasy. . .humorous, thought-provoking, fun)
20.Princess Academy by Shannon Hale ***** (children's fiction. . .well written, engaging fairy-tale style)
21. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . . just as riveting as book one)
22. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . .satisfying conclusion!)
23. Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith *** (biography. . .only interesting if you're interested, and a bit on the long side, even then)
24. Lost Melody by Smith and Copeland **** (fiction. . .what would you do if you had visions?)
25. Grounds for Appeal by Bernard Knight **** (mystery. . .gently paced)
26. Chalice by Robin McKinley **** (fiction. . .a good fairy tale)
27. Hunchback by Randall Wright *** (fiction. . . coming of age adventure)
28.The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley **** (fiction. . .good character development)
29. Never After by Rebecca Lickiss *** (fiction. . .is this book the basis for Shrek?)
30. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson **** (fiction. . .I enjoyed her voice, character development)
31. Hidden in Dreams by Davis Bunn **** (fiction. . .surprise ending made up for dull beginning)
32. The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer**** (non-fiction. . .very relevant to my profession)
33. A Knot in the Grain by Robin McKinley *** (fiction. . . enjoyable short stories)
34. Five Miles South of Peculiar by Angela Hunt**** (fiction. . .great character development)
35. Court Duel by Shervood Smith **** (teen fiction. . . like the voice!)
36. Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris **** (fiction. . . interesting mystery with great insights into Islamic culture
37. Never Say Never by Lisa Wingate *** (fiction. . .romance)
38. Chasing the Sun by Tracie Peterson *** (fiction. . .romance)
39. Heart of Glass by Jill Marie Landis *** (fiction. . .romance)
40. My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade **** (fiction. . . romance)
41. Toilet Training in Less than a Day, Azrin and Foxx**** (non-fiction. . . professional boost)
42. The Stars Shine Bright by Sibella Giorello ***** (fiction mystery. . . love this author!)
43. Not My Will by Francena Arnold **** (fiction. . .old book I think my Grandma had)
44. The Rescue by Lori Wick **** (fiction. . . fun fluffy book for passing treadmill time)
45. Julia's Child by Sarah Pinneo *** (fiction. . .working mom juggles responsibilities in NY)
46. Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke **** (fiction. . .historical romance in Titanic/WWI times)
47. The Princess Bride by William Goldman ***** (fiction. . . much better than the movie!!)
48. Plain Paradise by Beth Wiseman *** (Amish fiction)
49. Plain Pursuit by Beth Wiseman *** (Amish fiction)
50. Plain Promise by Beth Wiseman *** (Amish fiction)

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'50 Books in 2012': (Rating 1-5 stars: 1 star-'Why did I read this?'; 2 stars-Below average; 3 stars-Average to marginal; 4-stars-Recommended; 5 stars-Excellent

40. At Home in Mitford by Jan Marin ****(Small town seen thru a rector's eyes...charming!)
39. A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh *** (Regency tale of arranged marriage)
38. Say When by Elizabeth Berg ****(Couple lives together though going through divorce)
37. Then Came Heaven by LaVyrle Spencer *** (Teacher/Nun leaves convent & calling)
36. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (What happens when earth's rotation slows...Awesome sci fi, coming of age!!)*****
35. The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans (Last in Walk series)***
34. Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans (Walk series continues)***
33. The Walk by Richard Paul Evans (Widow walks to find his purpose)***
32. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith (Always witty, charming and wise...another winner)****
31. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Quotable prose, lovable character)*****
30. Clean Break by V. L. McDermid (Female PI series)***
29. Intervention by Richard Russo (Realtor decides if he wants to fight illness)***** Note: This is a four volume, separately bound set of novellas...crackling with wit and brilliance.
28. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult (End of life ruling faces siblings, engrossing wolf pack parallels)****
27. What Happened in Granite Creek by Robyn Bradley (Small town suspense, ok)***
26. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear (Another very British Masie Dobbs, PI story)****
25. Wild-Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Author did the PCT alone, telling all she gained and lost...a very wild ride...a fantastic read)*****
24. Falling Bodies by Andrew Mark (Grieving physics prof. abandons his life in order to heal)****
23. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (Incredible retelling of Hosea in post Gold Rush days)*****
22. Threading the Needle by Bostwick (Last one of the series)****
21. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Suspenseful journey of Lithuania deportees to Siberia through the eye's of a teen)*****
20. The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler (Widow deals with wife's death as she assists with his grieving)****
19. These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf (Mysterious death of baby brings young mother's family dysfucntions to light)****
18. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (Old diary in Bainbridge Is., Wa. reveals family's secrets) ***
17. A Thread of Truth by Bostwick (More from the Cobbled Court series...enjoying these characters)****
16. Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron (Thriller, hacking plan against health insurance co.)****
15. Ties That Bind by Marie Bostick (Next in this comfy series) ****
14. A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick (Light read, w/ solid characters...Quilt shop, second chances at life, first in series)****
13. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir about grandparents moving in to assist their daughter's. Family after her death)***
12. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Tightly plotted, legal/psychological thriller...Landay is good! Never saw the end coming...)*****
11. Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan (Betrayed wife proves 'living is the best revenge'...well written) ****
10. The Underside of Joy by Sere' Prince Halverson (Step mother fights to keep her family together after losing her husband) ***
9. Riding the bus with my sister by Rachel Simon (To strengthen their relationship, Rachel agrees to ride the city bus for a year with her mentally challenged sister)****
8. Perfection: Memoir of Betrayal by Julie Metz (Young artistic widow discovers husbands other life)***
7. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (Historic fiction, the first Native American to receive a Harvard degree in the 1600's....a passionate & vivid story) *****
6. End in Tears by Ruth Rendell (Det. Wexford & team scope out murderers behind a surrogacy plot) ***
5. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Smart, wise and fun read. Single girlfriends take on NYC society in the early 30's. Geo. Washington 's 'rules' at the end, an aside & a bonus) ****
4. The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Racial issues & marital conflict divides a Southern family, think 'The Help') ****
3. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Mataxas (Incredible! My first Kindle Fire Book)*****
2. A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Booker Prize Winner, interesting timeline)***1/2
1. A Long and Happy Life by Reynolds Price (His prose radiates...pure brilliance. Price's first novel...a classic)*****+

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Literary Fiction/Mystery?Thriller:
1. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon * * * *
2. The Bee Season by Myla Goldberg * * * *
3. Never Knowing by Chevy Sevens * * *
4. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff * * * * * (AWESOME!)
5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson * * * * * (Graphic but a great read)
6. The Girl who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson * * * * *
7. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson * * * * *(great series)
8. Cold by John Smolens * * *
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins * * * * (not my normal genre but it was really good!)
10. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins * * * * (can't wait to read the next one!)
11. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn * * * (thriller)
12. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult * * (not one of her best)
13. Mokingjay by Suzanne Collins * * * * (Great series!)
14. Life Sentences by Laura Lippman * *
15. House Rules by Jodi Picoult * * *
16. Book Doctor by Esther Cohen * * (Meh)
17. The Magicians by Lev Goodman * * * (Fantasy)
18. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson * * * * * (Thriller. EXCELLENT!)
19. The Magician King by Lev Goodman * * * (Fantasy)
20. The Human Stain by Phillip Roth * *
21. The Wife's Story by Lori Larsens * *
22. Hush by Kate White * * *(thriller)
23. A Turn of Mind by Alice La Plante * * * * (Very Good-unusual narrative)
24. The Beginner's Good-bye by Anne Tyler * * * * (I love Anne Tyler's books!)
25. Family History by Dani Shapiro * * *
26. The Slow Moon by Elizabeth Cox * * *
27. What You Have Left by Will Allison * * *
28. Emma & Me by Elizabeth Flock * * * * (I totally did not see the ending coming!)
29. The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan (great concept, so-so execution) * *
30. Parts Unknown by SP Davidson * * * (chick lit)
31. Summer Child by Diane Chamberlain * * *
32. In One Person by John Irving (Not his best work, but I still love anything he writes) * * *
33. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Great! didn't see the end coming)
* * * * *
34. The Juror by George Dawes Green (thriller) * * *
35. Lethal by Sandra Brown (thriller, I really liked this one) * * * *
36. The Good Lawyer by Thomas Benigno (mystery, entertaining) * * * *
38. The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain * * *

39. Anything by Michael Baron (would make a great chick-flick or lifetime movie!)
* * *
40. The Odds: A Love Story * * * (interesting concept)
41. The End of the Road by Grant Jerkins * * * * (Thriller, Well written)
42. Somewhere like Here by Melissa Dereberry * * (ok...but too much angst)
43. Secret Lives by Diane Chamberlain * * * * (a very good book from a favorite author!)
44. Night Corridor by Joan Hall Hovey * * (Mystery, just OK)
45. Into the Darkest Corner * * * * * (Suspense, EXCELLENT!)
46. Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Hyde Ryan * * * * * (EXCELLENT)
47.The Escape Artist by Diane Chamberlain * * *
48. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn * * * * * (Mystery/suspense, I liked this one a lot!)
49. Gone by Cathi Hanauer * * *
50. The Marriage Pact by MJ Pullen * * * (Total chick lit)
51. Regrets Only by MJ Pullen * * * * (Sequel that was better than the first book, total chick lit)
52. Driving in Reverse by EC Richard * * (sci fi, great concept poor ending)
53. Faking it by Elisa Arello * * * (Chick lit with a twist ending)
54. The Pastor’s Wife by Jennifer AlLee (Christian fiction, predictable but sweet)
* * *
55. The Brimstone Wedding by Ruth Rendell (very good) * * * *
56. Dysfunctional Romance by Derick Hudson (Chick lit by an Irish author)
* *
57. Promise Not to Tell by Elizabeth McHanon (thriller, * * *)
58. What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman (thriller) * * * *
59. The Husband by Dean Koonz (thriller) * * *

Non Fiction:
1. Good Night Dear: The Unsentimental Diary of a Bereaved Husband by Darren Humphries (memoir)
2. What's the Difference? by Fritz Ridenhour (comparative religion book)
3. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir, very well written. Poignant)
4. Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science

I won't bore you with my romance novel names.....total number romance novels read in 2012........52


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1. Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander
2. England, England by Julian Barnes
3. Ashes and Bones (An Emma Fielding Mystery) by Dana Cameron
4. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
5. Book of Ebenezer Le Page by G.B. Edwards
6. Organizing for Life: Declutter Your Mind to Declutter Your World by Sandra Felton
7. A Grave Disturbance by D.M.Greenwood
8. The Tao of Time by Karen Hunt
9. Foolish Ways by D.M.Greenwood
10. The Old Gods Waken by Manley Wade Wellman
11. They Rang Up the Police by Joanna Cannan
12. Miss Peabody's Inheritance by Elizabeth Jolley
13. Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America by Molly Ivins
14. Dogs of Windcutter Down by David Kennard
15. Hula Done It? by Maddy Hunter
16. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
17. The Landscaping Ideas of Jays by Judith Larner Lowry
18. Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men by Donald McCaig
19. Death in Fashion by Marian Babson
20. Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations by Alexander McCall Smith
21. The Hangman's Row Enquiry by Ann Purser
22. The Bolter by Frances Osborne
23. Scar Across the Heart by Bob Prouty
24. The Creaky Traveler in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland by Warren Rovetch
25. The Perfect Summer: England Just Before the Storm by Julie Nicholson
26. Tottering in My Garden by Midge Ellis Keeble
27. The Uninvited Corpse by Michael Underwood
28. Spence and the Holiday Murders by Michael Allen
29. A Hobby of Murder by E.X. Ferrars
30. 1066 and All of That by R.J. Yeatman & W.C. Sellar
31. Hag's Nook by John Dickson Carr
32. Father Water, Mother Earth by Gary Paulsen
33. The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom
34. A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark
35. Sweeping Changes: Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks by Gary Thorp
36. Ladies Paradise by Emile Zola
37. Sick of Shadows by Sharyn McCrumb
38. Lovely in her Bones by Sharyn McCrumb
39. Highland Laddie Gone by Sharyn McCrumb
40. Paying the Piper by Sharyn McCrumb
41. The Windsor Knot by Sharyn McCrumb
42. Missing Susan by Sharyn McCrumb
43. MacPherson's Lament by Sharyn McCrumb
44. If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him by Sharyn McCrumb
45. The PMS Outlaws by Sharyn McCrumb (originally read in 2010 but saved & read again as part of the series)
46. Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott
47. Plan B by Anne Lamott
48. Ghost Dance by Carole Maso
49. Striding Folly by Dorothy Sayers (audio book)
50. An American River Journal by Jo Classon Smith & Peter J. Hayes
51. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
52. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
53. Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben
54. Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh
55. Step in the Dark by Elizabeth Lemachand
56. The Enlightened Heart by Stephen Mitchell
57. A Glass of Blessings by Barbara Pym
58. A Killing Kindness by Reginald Hill
59. Nature Noir by Jordan Fisher Smith
60. Quiet Murder by Nancy Livingston
61. The Journal of Beatrix Potter
62. Death Cap by June Thomson
63. Case Closed by June Thomson
64. Where There's a Will by John Mortimer
65. Scotland: An Intimate Portrait by Geddes MacGregor
66. Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders by John Mortimer
67. Zuleika Dobson: or An Oxford Love Story by Max Beerbohm
68. Abducted Heiress by Amanda Scot
69. Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr
70. A Superior Death by Nevada Barr
71. Firestorm by Nevada Barr
72. Ill Wind by Nevada Barr
73. Endangered Species by Nevada Barr
74. Liberty Falling by Nevada Barr
75. Blind Descent by Nevada Barr

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A Year In The Maine Woods by Bernd Heinrich
Visions of Caliban by Dale Peterson
Permission to Proceed: The Keys to Creating a Life of Passion, Purpose and Possibility for Adults with ADHD by David Giwerc



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If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
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The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year.
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Book List for 2012:

1. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
2. Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
3. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe
4. Dangerous Games by Michael Prescott
5. The Beautiful and Damned by F.Scott Fitzgerald
6. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
7. Paradise Regained by John Milton
8. The Detachment (A John Rain Thriller) by Barry Eisler
9. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy: Gentleman by Lawrence Sterne
10 Townie: A Memoir by Andre Dubus111
11. Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt" by David McCullough
12. Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe
13. The Virginian by Owen Wister
14. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
15, The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Alexander Pope)
16. The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper
17. American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Martin Sherwin and Kai Bird
18. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
19. The Notebooks of Leonardo by Leonardo da Vinci (didn't finish the kindle edition-no diagrams)
20. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
21. Nana by Emile Zola
22. The Aeneid by Vergil Translated by John Dryden
23. Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
24. The Wasteland and Other Poems by T. S. Elliot
25. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (translated by Jay Rubin and Phillip Gabriel)
26. Drift by Rachel Maddow
27. The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson
28. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
29. Last of The Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
30. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
31. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
32. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
33. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
34. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
35. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
36. The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
37. The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy
38. A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
39. Middlemarch by George Eliot
40. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern



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Literary Fiction/Mystery?Thriller:
1. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon * * * *
2. The Bee Season by Myla Goldberg * * * *
3. Never Knowing by Chevy Sevens * * *
4. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff * * * * * (AWESOME!)
5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson * * * * * (Graphic but a great read)
6. The Girl who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson * * * * *
7. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson * * * * *(great series)
8. Cold by John Smolens * * *
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins * * * * (not my normal genre but it was really good!)
10. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins * * * * (can't wait to read the next one!)
11. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn * * * (thriller)
12. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult * * (not one of her best)
13. Mokingjay by Suzanne Collins * * * * (Great series!)
14. Life Sentences by Laura Lippman * *
15. House Rules by Jodi Picoult * * *
16. Book Doctor by Esther Cohen * * (Meh)
17. The Magicians by Lev Goodman * * * (Fantasy)
18. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson * * * * * (Thriller. EXCELLENT!)
19. The Magician King by Lev Goodman * * * (Fantasy)
20. The Human Stain by Phillip Roth * *
21. The Wife's Story by Lori Larsens * *
22. Hush by Kate White * * *(thriller)
23. A Turn of Mind by Alice La Plante * * * * (Very Good-unusual narrative)
24. The Beginner's Good-bye by Anne Tyler * * * * (I love Anne Tyler's books!)
25. Family History by Dani Shapiro * * *
26. The Slow Moon by Elizabeth Cox * * *
27. What You Have Left by Will Allison * * *
28. Emma & Me by Elizabeth Flock * * * * (I totally did not see the ending coming!)
29. The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan (great concept, so-so execution) * *
30. Parts Unknown by SP Davidson * * * (chick lit)
31. Summer Child by Diane Chamberlain * * *
32. In One Person by John Irving (Not his best work, but I still love anything he writes) * * *
33. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Great! didn't see the end coming)
* * * * *
34. The Juror by George Dawes Green (thriller) * * *
35. Lethal by Sandra Brown (thriller, I really liked this one) * * * *
36. The Good Lawyer by Thomas Benigno (mystery, entertaining) * * * *
38. The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain * * *

39. Anything by Michael Baron (would make a great chick-flick or lifetime movie!)
* * *
40. The Odds: A Love Story * * * (interesting concept)
41. The End of the Road by Grant Jerkins * * * * (Thriller, Well written)
42. Somewhere like Here by Melissa Dereberry * * (ok...but too much angst)
43. Secret Lives by Diane Chamberlain * * * * (a very good book from a favorite author!)
44. Night Corridor by Joan Hall Hovey * * (Mystery, just OK)
45. Into the Darkest Corner * * * * * (Suspense, EXCELLENT!)
46. Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Hyde Ryan * * * * * (EXCELLENT)
47.The Escape Artist by Diane Chamberlain * * *
48. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn * * * * * (Mystery/suspense, I liked this one a lot!)
49. Gone by Cathi Hanauer * * *
50. The Marriage Pact by MJ Pullen * * * (Total chick lit)
51. Regrets Only by MJ Pullen * * * * (Sequel that was better than the first book, total chick lit)
52. Driving in Reverse by EC Richard * * (sci fi, great concept poor ending)
53. Faking it by Elisa Arello * * * (Chick lit with a twist ending)
54. The Pastor’s Wife by Jennifer AlLee (Christian fiction, predictable but sweet)
* * *
55. The Brimstone Wedding by Ruth Rendell (very good) * * * *
56. Dysfunctional Romance by Derick Hudson (Chick lit by an Irish author)
* *
57. Promise Not to Tell by Elizabeth McHanon (thriller, * * *)

Non Fiction:
1. Good Night Dear: The Unsentimental Diary of a Bereaved Husband by Darren Humphries (memoir)
2. What's the Difference? by Fritz Ridenhour (comparative religion book)
3. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir, very well written. Poignant)

Romance:
I won't bore you with my embarrassing romance novel addiction....I will just record the number I have read this year for statistics sake........52


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'50 Books in 2012': (Rating 1-5 stars: 1 star-'Why did I read this?'; 2 stars-Below average; 3 stars-Average to marginal; 4-stars-Recommended; 5 stars-Excellent)

36. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (Awesome sci fi, coming of age!!)*****
35. The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans (Last in Walk series)***
34. Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans (Walk series continues)***
33. The Walk by Richard Paul Evans (Widow walks to find his purpose)***
32. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith (Always witty, charming and wise...another winner)****
31. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Quotable prose, lovable character)*****
30. Clean Break by V. L. McDermid (Female PI series)***
29. Intervention by Richard Russo (Realtor decides if he wants to fight illness)***** Note: This is a four volume, separately bound set of novellas...crackling with wit and brilliance.
28. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult (End of life ruling faces siblings, engrossing wolf pack parallels)****
27. What Happened in Granite Creek by Robyn Bradley (Small town suspense, ok)***
26. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear (Another very British Masie Dobbs, PI story)****
25. Wild-Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Author did the PCT alone, telling all she gained and lost...a very wild ride...a fantastic read)*****
24. Falling Bodies by Andrew Mark (Grieving physics prof. abandons his life in order to heal)****
23. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (Incredible retelling of Hosea in post Gold Rush days)*****
22. Threading the Needle by Bostwick (Last one of the series)****
21. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Suspenseful journey of Lithuania deportees to Siberia through the eye's of a teen)*****
20. The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler (Widow deals with wife's death as she assists with his grieving)****
19. These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf (Mysterious death of baby brings young mother's family dysfucntions to light)****
18. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (Old diary in Bainbridge Is., Wa. reveals family's secrets) ***
17. A Thread of Truth by Bostwick (More from the Cobbled Court series...enjoying these characters)****
16. Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron (Thriller, hacking plan against health insurance co.)****
15. Ties That Bind by Marie Bostick (Next in this comfy series) ****
14. A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick (Light read, w/ solid characters...Quilt shop, second chances at life, first in series)****
13. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir about grandparents moving in to assist their daughter's. Family after her death)***
12. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Tightly plotted, legal/psychological thriller...Landay is good! Never saw the end coming...)*****
11. Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan (Betrayed wife proves 'living is the best revenge'...well written) ****
10. The Underside of Joy by Sere' Prince Halverson (Step mother fights to keep her family together after losing her husband) ***
9. Riding the bus with my sister by Rachel Simon (To strengthen their relationship, Rachel agrees to ride the city bus for a year with her mentally challenged sister)****
8. Perfection: Memoir of Betrayal by Julie Metz (Young artistic widow discovers husbands other life)***
7. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (Historic fiction, the first Native American to receive a Harvard degree in the 1600's....a passionate & vivid story) *****
6. End in Tears by Ruth Rendell (Det. Wexford & team scope out murderers behind a surrogacy plot) ***
5. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Smart, wise and fun read. Single girlfriends take on NYC society in the early 30's. Geo. Washington 's 'rules' at the end, an aside & a bonus) ****
4. The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Racial issues & marital conflict divides a Southern family, think 'The Help') ****
3. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Mataxas (Incredible! My first Kindle Fire Book)*****
2. A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Booker Prize Winner, interesting timeline)***1/2
1. A Long and Happy Life by Reynolds Price (His prose radiates...pure brilliance. Price's first novel...a classic)*****+

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50 books in 2012-- rating *-not worth reading **read if it's the only book in the room ***okay book ****good book *****great book (everyone should read)

1. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about epidemics)
2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about geniuses)
3. Becoming the Woman of His Dreams by Sharon Jaynes **** (non-fiction, marriage advice)
4. Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge **** (fiction-romance, Amish, but w/character devel.)
5. Simply Sara by Hillary Manton Lodge **** (fiction-romance)
6. Book of Dreams by Davis Bunn *** (adventure. . .not his best one)
7. Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin **** (funny improbable historical adventure)
8. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about "gut instincts")
9. The Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn **** (fiction-adventure)
10. Code of Honor by Sandy Dengler **** (cool romance. . .girl rejects guy at the end)
11. The Power or Pinjara by Sandy Dengler *** (Australian romance series)
12. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo ***** (read-aloud for children. . .good conversations!!)
13. The Last Day by James Landis **** (fiction-war tribute)
14. Beyond the Shadows by Robin Lee Hatcher **** (fiction--exploring alcoholism's effects)
15. What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell *** (short vignettes)
16. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . .riveting)
17. The Wishing Pearl by Nicole O'Dell **** (teen fiction. . .fine plot, a little pedantic style)
18. The Staticstical Probability of Love at First Sight *** (teen fiction. . .explores divorce)
19. Prophet by R. J. Larson ***** (fantasy. . .humorous, thought-provoking, fun)
20.Princess Academy by Shannon Hale ***** (children's fiction. . .well written, engaging fairy-tale style)
21. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . . just as riveting as book one)
22. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . .satisfying conclusion!)
23. Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith *** (biography. . .only interesting if you're interested, and a bit on the long side, even then)
24. Lost Melody by Smith and Copeland **** (fiction. . .what would you do if you had visions?)
25. Grounds for Appeal by Bernard Knight **** (mystery. . .gently paced)
26. Chalice by Robin McKinley **** (fiction. . .a good fairy tale)
27. Hunchback by Randall Wright *** (fiction. . . coming of age adventure)
28.The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley **** (fiction. . .good character development)
29. Never After by Rebecca Lickiss *** (fiction. . .is this book the basis for Shrek?)
30. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson **** (fiction. . .I enjoyed her voice, character development)
31. Hidden in Dreams by Davis Bunn **** (fiction. . .surprise ending made up for dull beginning)
32. The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer**** (non-fiction. . .very relevant to my profession)
33. A Knot in the Grain by Robin McKinley *** (fiction. . . enjoyable short stories)
34. Five Miles South of Peculiar by Angela Hunt**** (fiction. . .great character development)
35. Court Duel by Shervood Smith **** (teen fiction. . . like the voice!)
36. Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris **** (fiction. . . interesting mystery with great insights into Islamic culture
37. Never Say Never by Lisa Wingate *** (fiction. . .romance)
38. Chasing the Sun by Tracie Peterson *** (fiction. . .romance)
39. Heart of Glass by Jill Marie Landis *** (fiction. . .romance)
40. My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade **** (fiction. . . romance)
41. Toilet Training in Less than a Day, Azrin and Foxx**** (non-fiction. . . professional boost)
42. The Stars Shine Bright by Sibella Giorello ***** (fiction mystery. . . love this author!)
43. Not My Will by Francena Arnold **** (fiction. . .old book I think my Grandma had)
44. The Rescue by Lori Wick **** (fiction. . . fun fluffy book for passing treadmill time)

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FICTION:
1. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke. Very well written.
2. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Great little WWI story written from horse's perspective.
3. Burn by Nevada Barr. Anna Pidgeon mystery. Unnecessarily & disgustingly graphic.
4. Need You Now by James Grippando. Somewhat convoluted, not his best.
5. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan. Good. Reading his first now.
6. The Affair by Lee Child.. A Jack Reacher story.
7. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Quick read. Amusing.
8. All I Did Was Kill My Man by Walter Mosley. Best Leonid McGill novel yet.
9. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. Good. Wish I read it before Very Bad Men.
10. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Fascinating.
11. Plugged by Eoin Colfer. Good noir. If you like Ken Bruen, read this.
12. D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods. Subpar Stone Barrington novel.
13. Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. Good thriller.
14. The Infernals by John Connolly. Quirky but funny, especially the footnotes.
15. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. Thriller about woman who loses her memory overnight.
16. At The End of The Road by Grant Jerkins. Hard to put down excellent thriller.
17. A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins. Excellent mystery.
18. Dark Justice by Jack Higgins. Quick read, disappointing.
19. Stay Close by Harlan Coben. Good, but far from his best.
20. Wild Thing by Josh Bazell. Crazy but compelling. Read Beat The Reaper first.
21. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman. Good Alex Delaware novel.
22. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. Strange. Can't believe it was a national bestseller.
23. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington novel MUCH better than the last one.
24. The Sixth Man by David Baldacci. Entertaining thriller. Enjoyable read.
25. The Innocent by David Baldacci. Uneven but exciting thriller. A real page turner.
26. Shock Wave by John Sandford. A good Virgil Flowers novel.
27. Lethal by Sandra Brown. Very good mystery.
28. Defending Jacob by William Landay. Very good, more than a mystery.
29. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Quick read. Not bad.
30. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Historical, suspenseful, excellent.
31. The Midnight Club by James Patterson. Early work. Needed editing. Good ending. Blogging.
32. Gone by Mo Hayder. One of the best I've read this year. Mystery. Thriller.
33. Ritual by Mo Hayder. Grisly thriller. Pretty good.
34. Raylan by Elmore Leonard. Better than I expected.
35. Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. Award winning graphic novel. Like a real one.
36. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Chilling novel about a victim of abuse.
37. The Hidden Man by David Ellis. Good. Ending surprised me.
38. Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor. Noir set in Hungary in 1936. Good.
39. Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Freedman. Original, funny, interesting mystery.
40. What It Was by George Pelecanos. Good, tough mystery.
41. Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman. Enjoyable. A bit far fetched.
42. April in Paris by Michael Wallner. Very good love/suspense story set in WW2 Paris.
43. Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder. Excellent crime story. And a first novel.
44. I'll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark. Okay at times. Not good more often.

NONFICTION:
1. Run Less, Run Faster by Pierce, Murr and Moss. The FIRST training program.
2. The Case For Israel by Alan Dershowitz. Eye opening and persuasive.
3. I Didn't Ask To Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby. Amusing little book with some clever insights.
4. Cosbyology by Bill Cosby. Disappointing.
5. Vietnamerica by GB Tran. Interesting graphic nonfiction.
6. Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi. Fabulous! Blogging.

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'50 Books in 2012': (Rating 1-5 stars: 1 star-'Why did I read this?'; 2 stars-Below average; 3 stars-Average to marginal; 4-stars-Recommended; 5 stars-Excellent)

32. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith (Always witty, charming and wise...another winner)****
31. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Quotable prose, lovable character)*****
30. Clean Break by V. L. McDermid (Female PI series)***
29. Intervention by Richard Russo (Realtor decides if he wants to fight illness)***** Note: This is a four volume, separately bound set of novellas...crackling with wit and brilliance.
28. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult (End of life ruling faces siblings, engrossing wolf pack parallels)****
27. What Happened in Granite Creek by Robyn Bradley (Small town suspense, ok)***
26. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear (Another very British Masie Dobbs, PI story)****
25. Wild-Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Author did the PCT alone, telling all she gained and lost...a very wild ride...a fantastic read)*****
24. Falling Bodies by Andrew Mark (Grieving physics prof. abandons his life in order to heal)****
23. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (Incredible retelling of Hosea in post Gold Rush days)*****
22. Threading the Needle by Bostwick (Last one of the series)****
21. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Suspenseful journey of Lithuania deportees to Siberia through the eye's of a teen)*****
20. The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler (Widow deals with wife's death as she assists with his grieving)****
19. These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf (Mysterious death of baby brings young mother's family dysfucntions to light)****
18. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (Old diary in Bainbridge Is., Wa. reveals family's secrets) ***
17. A Thread of Truth by Bostwick (More from the Cobbled Court series...enjoying these characters)****
16. Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron (Thriller, hacking plan against health insurance co.)****
15. Ties That Bind by Marie Bostick (Next in this comfy series) ****
14. A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick (Light read, w/ solid characters...Quilt shop, second chances at life, first in series)****
13. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir about grandparents moving in to assist their daughter's. Family after her death)***
12. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Tightly plotted, legal/psychological thriller...Landay is good! Never saw the end coming...)*****
11. Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan (Betrayed wife proves 'living is the best revenge'...well written) ****
10. The Underside of Joy by Sere' Prince Halverson (Step mother fights to keep her family together after losing her husband) ***
9. Riding the bus with my sister by Rachel Simon (To strengthen their relationship, Rachel agrees to ride the city bus for a year with her mentally challenged sister)****
8. Perfection: Memoir of Betrayal by Julie Metz (Young artistic widow discovers husbands other life)***
7. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (Historic fiction, the first Native American to receive a Harvard degree in the 1600's....a passionate & vivid story) *****
6. End in Tears by Ruth Rendell (Det. Wexford & team scope out murderers behind a surrogacy plot) ***
5. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Smart, wise and fun read. Single girlfriends take on NYC society in the early 30's. Geo. Washington 's 'rules' at the end, an aside & a bonus) ****
4. The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Racial issues & marital conflict divides a Southern family, think 'The Help') ****
3. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Mataxas (Incredible! My first Kindle Fire Book)*****
2. A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Booker Prize Winner, interesting timeline)***1/2
1. A Long and Happy Life by Reynolds Price (His prose radiates...pure brilliance. Price's first novel...a classic)*****+

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Books read in 2012


Literary Fiction/Mystery?Thriller:
1. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon * * * *
2. The Bee Season by Myla Goldberg * * * *
3. Never Knowing by Chevy Sevens * * *
4. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff * * * * * (AWESOME!)
5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson * * * * * (Graphic but a great read)
6. The Girl who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson * * * * *
7. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson * * * * *(great series)
8. Cold by John Smolens * * *
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins * * * * (not my normal genre but it was really good!)
10. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins * * * * (can't wait to read the next one!)
11. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn * * * (thriller)
12. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult * * (not one of her best)
13. Mokingjay by Suzanne Collins * * * * (Great series!)
14. Life Sentences by Laura Lippman * *
15. House Rules by Jodi Picoult * * *
16. Book Doctor by Esther Cohen * * (Meh)
17. The Magicians by Lev Goodman * * * (Fantasy)
18. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson * * * * * (Thriller. EXCELLENT!)
19. The Magician King by Lev Goodman * * * (Fantasy)
20. The Human Stain by Phillip Roth * *
21. The Wife's Story by Lori Larsens * *
22. Hush by Kate White * * *(thriller)
23. A Turn of Mind by Alice La Plante * * * * (Very Good-unusual narrative)
24. The Beginner's Good-bye by Anne Tyler * * * * (I love Anne Tyler's books!)
25. Family History by Dani Shapiro * * *
26. The Slow Moon by Elizabeth Cox * * *
27. What You Have Left by Will Allison * * *
28. Emma & Me by Elizabeth Flock * * * * (I totally did not see the ending coming!)
29. The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan (great concept, so-so execution) * *
30. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir, very well written. Poignant) * * * *
31. Summer Child by Diane Chamberlain * * *
32. In One Person by John Irving (Not his best work, but I still love anything he writes) * * *
33. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Great! didn't see the end coming)
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34. The Juror by George Dawes Green (thriller) * * *
35. Lethal by Sandra Brown (thriller, I really liked this one) * * * *
36. The Good Lawyer by Thomas Benigno (mystery, entertaining) * * * *
38. The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain * * *
39. Anything by Michael Baron (would make a great chick-flick or lifetime movie!) * * *
40. The Odds: A Love Story * * * (interesting concept)
41. The End of the Road by Grant Jerkins * * * * (Thriller, Well written)
42. Somewhere like Here by Melissa Dereberry * * (ok...but too much angst)
43. Secret Lives by Diane Chamberlain * * * * (a very good book from a favorite author!)
44. Night Corridor by Joan Hall Hovey * * (Mystery, just OK)
45. Into the Darkest Corner * * * * * (Suspense, EXCELLENT!)
46. Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Hyde Ryan * * * * * (EXCELLENT)
47.The Escape Artist by Diane Chamberlain * * *
48. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn * * * * * (Mystery/suspense, I liked this one a lot!)
49. Gone by Cathi Hanauer * * *
50. The Marriage Pact by MJ Pullen * * * (Total chick lit)
51. Regrets Only by MJ Pullen * * * * (Sequel that was better than the first book, total chick lit)
52. Driving in Reverse by EC Richard * * (sci fi, great concept poor ending)
53. Faking it by Elisa Arello * * * (Chick lit with a twist ending)
54. The Pastor’s Wife by Jennifer Allee (Christian fiction, predictable) * * *
55. The Brimstone Wedding by Ruth Rendell (very good) * * * *
56. Dysfunctional Romance by Derick Hudson (Chick lit by an Irish author) * *

Non Fiction:
1. Good Night Dear: The Unsentimental Diary of a Bereaved Husband by Darren Humphries
2. What's the Difference? by Fritz Ridenhour


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FICTION:
1. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke. Very well written.
2. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Great little WWI story written from horse's perspective.
3. Burn by Nevada Barr. Anna Pidgeon mystery. Unnecessarily & disgustingly graphic.
4. Need You Now by James Grippando. Somewhat convoluted, not his best.
5. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan. Good. Reading his first now.
6. The Affair by Lee Child.. A Jack Reacher story.
7. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Quick read. Amusing.
8. All I Did Was Kill My Man by Walter Mosley. Best Leonid McGill novel yet.
9. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. Good. Wish I read it before Very Bad Men.
10. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Fascinating.
11. Plugged by Eoin Colfer. Good noir. If you like Ken Bruen, read this.
12. D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods. Subpar Stone Barrington novel.
13. Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. Good thriller.
14. The Infernals by John Connolly. Quirky but funny, especially the footnotes.
15. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. Thriller about woman who loses her memory overnight.
16. At The End of The Road by Grant Jerkins. Hard to put down excellent thriller.
17. A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins. Excellent mystery.
18. Dark Justice by Jack Higgins. Quick read, disappointing.
19. Stay Close by Harlan Coben. Good, but far from his best.
20. Wild Thing by Josh Bazell. Crazy but compelling. Read Beat The Reaper first.
21. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman. Good Alex Delaware novel.
22. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. Strange. Can't believe it was a national bestseller.
23. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington novel MUCH better than the last one.
24. The Sixth Man by David Baldacci. Entertaining thriller. Enjoyable read.
25. The Innocent by David Baldacci. Uneven but exciting thriller. A real page turner.
26. Shock Wave by John Sandford. A good Virgil Flowers novel.
27. Lethal by Sandra Brown. Very good mystery.
28. Defending Jacob by William Landay. Very good, more than a mystery.
29. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Quick read. Not bad.
30. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Historical, suspenseful, excellent.
31. The Midnight Club by James Patterson. Early work. Needed editing. Good ending. Blogging.
32. Gone by Mo Hayder. One of the best I've read this year. Mystery. Thriller.
33. Ritual by Mo Hayder. Grisly thriller. Pretty good.
34. Raylan by Elmore Leonard. Better than I expected.
35. Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. Award winning graphic novel. Like a real one.
36. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Chilling novel about a victim of abuse.
37. The Hidden Man by David Ellis. Good. Ending surprised me.
38. Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor. Noir set in Hungary in 1936. Good.
39. Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Freedman. Original, funny, interesting mystery.
40. What It Was by George Pelecanos. Good, tough mystery.
41. Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman. Enjoyable. A bit far fetched.
42. April in Paris by Michael Wallner. Very good love/suspense story set in WW2 Paris.
43. Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder. Excellent crime story. And a first novel.

NONFICTION:
1. Run Less, Run Faster by Pierce, Murr and Moss. The FIRST training program.
2. The Case For Israel by Alan Dershowitz. Eye opening and persuasive.
3. I Didn't Ask To Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby. Amusing little book with some clever insights.
4. Cosbyology by Bill Cosby. Disappointing.
5. Vietnamerica by GB Tran. Interesting graphic nonfiction.
6. Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi. Fabulous! Blogging.

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50 books in 2012-- rating *-not worth reading **read if it's the only book in the room ***okay book ****good book *****great book (everyone should read)

1. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about epidemics)
2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about geniuses)
3. Becoming the Woman of His Dreams by Sharon Jaynes **** (non-fiction, marriage advice)
4. Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge **** (fiction-romance, Amish, but w/character devel.)
5. Simply Sara by Hillary Manton Lodge **** (fiction-romance)
6. Book of Dreams by Davis Bunn *** (adventure. . .not his best one)
7. Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin **** (funny improbable historical adventure)
8. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about "gut instincts")
9. The Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn **** (fiction-adventure)
10. Code of Honor by Sandy Dengler **** (cool romance. . .girl rejects guy at the end)
11. The Power or Pinjara by Sandy Dengler *** (Australian romance series)
12. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo ***** (read-aloud for children. . .good conversations!!)
13. The Last Day by James Landis **** (fiction-war tribute)
14. Beyond the Shadows by Robin Lee Hatcher **** (fiction--exploring alcoholism's effects)
15. What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell *** (short vignettes)
16. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . .riveting)
17. The Wishing Pearl by Nicole O'Dell **** (teen fiction. . .fine plot, a little pedantic style)
18. The Staticstical Probability of Love at First Sight *** (teen fiction. . .explores divorce)
19. Prophet by R. J. Larson ***** (fantasy. . .humorous, thought-provoking, fun)
20.Princess Academy by Shannon Hale ***** (children's fiction. . .well written, engaging fairy-tale style)
21. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . . just as riveting as book one)
22. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . .satisfying conclusion!)
23. Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith *** (biography. . .only interesting if you're interested, and a bit on the long side, even then)
24. Lost Melody by Smith and Copeland **** (fiction. . .what would you do if you had visions?)
25. Grounds for Appeal by Bernard Knight **** (mystery. . .gently paced)
26. Chalice by Robin McKinley **** (fiction. . .a good fairy tale)
27. Hunchback by Randall Wright *** (fiction. . . coming of age adventure)
28.The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley **** (fiction. . .good character development)
29. Never After by Rebecca Lickiss *** (fiction. . .is this book the basis for Shrek?)
30. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson **** (fiction. . .I enjoyed her voice, character development)
31. Hidden in Dreams by Davis Bunn **** (fiction. . .surprise ending made up for dull beginning)
32. The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer**** (non-fiction. . .very relevant to my profession)
33. A Knot in the Grain by Robin McKinley *** (fiction. . . enjoyable short stories)
34. Five Miles South of Peculiar by Angela Hunt**** (fiction. . .great character development)
35. Court Duel by Shervood Smith **** (teen fiction. . . like the voice!)
36. Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris **** (fiction. . . interesting mystery with great insights into Islamic culture
37. Never Say Never by Lisa Wingate *** (fiction. . .romance)
38. Chasing the Sun by Tracie Peterson *** (fiction. . .romance)
39. Heart of Glass by Jill Marie Landis *** (fiction. . .romance)
40. My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade **** (fiction. . . romance)

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'50 Books in 2012': (Rating 1-5 stars: 1 star-'Why did I read this?'; 2 stars-Below average; 3 stars-Average to marginal; 4-stars-Recommended; 5 stars-Excellent)

30. Clean Break by V. L. McDermid (Female PI series)***
29. Intervention by Richard Russo (Realtor decides if he wants to fight illness)***** Note: This is a four volume, separately bound set of novellas...crackling with wit and brilliance.
28. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult (End of life ruling faces siblings, engrossing wolf pack parallels)****
27. What Happened in Granite Creek by Robyn Bradley (Small town suspense, ok)***
26. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear (Another very British Masie Dobbs, PI story)****
25. Wild-Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Author did the PCT alone, telling all she gained and lost...a very wild ride...a fantastic read)*****
24. Falling Bodies by Andrew Mark (Grieving physics prof. abandons his life in order to heal)****
23. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (Incredible retelling of Hosea in post Gold Rush days)*****
22. Threading the Needle by Bostwick (Last one of the series)****
21. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Suspenseful journey of Lithuania deportees to Siberia through the eye's of a teen)*****
20. The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler (Widow deals with wife's death as she assists with his grieving)****
19. These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf (Mysterious death of baby brings young mother's family dysfucntions to light)****
18. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (Old diary in Bainbridge Is., Wa. reveals family's secrets) ***
17. A Thread of Truth by Bostwick (More from the Cobbled Court series...enjoying these characters)****
16. Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron (Thriller, hacking plan against health insurance co.)****
15. Ties That Bind by Marie Bostick (Next in this comfy series) ****
14. A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick (Light read, w/ solid characters...Quilt shop, second chances at life, first in series)****
13. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir about grandparents moving in to assist their daughter's. Family after her death)***
12. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Tightly plotted, legal/psychological thriller...Landay is good! Never saw the end coming...)*****
11. Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan (Betrayed wife proves 'living is the best revenge'...well written) ****
10. The Underside of Joy by Sere' Prince Halverson (Step mother fights to keep her family together after losing her husband) ***
9. Riding the bus with my sister by Rachel Simon (To strengthen their relationship, Rachel agrees to ride the city bus for a year with her mentally challenged sister)****
8. Perfection: Memoir of Betrayal by Julie Metz (Young artistic widow discovers husbands other life)***
7. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (Historic fiction, the first Native American to receive a Harvard degree in the 1600's....a passionate & vivid story) *****
6. End in Tears by Ruth Rendell (Det. Wexford & team scope out murderers behind a surrogacy plot) ***
5. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Smart, wise and fun read. Single girlfriends take on NYC society in the early 30's. Geo. Washington 's 'rules' at the end, an aside & a bonus) ****
4. The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Racial issues & marital conflict divides a Southern family, think 'The Help') ****
3. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Mataxas (Incredible! My first Kindle Fire Book)*****
2. A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Booker Prize Winner, interesting timeline)***1/2
1. A Long and Happy Life by Reynolds Price (His prose radiates...pure brilliance. Price's first novel...a classic)*****+

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50 books in 2012-- rating *-not worth reading **read if it's the only book in the room ***okay book ****good book *****great book (everyone should read)

1. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about epidemics)
2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about geniuses)
3. Becoming the Woman of His Dreams by Sharon Jaynes **** (non-fiction, marriage advice)
4. Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge **** (fiction-romance, Amish, but w/character devel.)
5. Simply Sara by Hillary Manton Lodge **** (fiction-romance)
6. Book of Dreams by Davis Bunn *** (adventure. . .not his best one)
7. Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin **** (funny improbable historical adventure)
8. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about "gut instincts")
9. The Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn **** (fiction-adventure)
10. Code of Honor by Sandy Dengler **** (cool romance. . .girl rejects guy at the end)
11. The Power or Pinjara by Sandy Dengler *** (Australian romance series)
12. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo ***** (read-aloud for children. . .good conversations!!)
13. The Last Day by James Landis **** (fiction-war tribute)
14. Beyond the Shadows by Robin Lee Hatcher **** (fiction--exploring alcoholism's effects)
15. What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell *** (short vignettes)
16. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . .riveting)
17. The Wishing Pearl by Nicole O'Dell **** (teen fiction. . .fine plot, a little pedantic style)
18. The Staticstical Probability of Love at First Sight *** (teen fiction. . .explores divorce)
19. Prophet by R. J. Larson ***** (fantasy. . .humorous, thought-provoking, fun)
20.Princess Academy by Shannon Hale ***** (children's fiction. . .well written, engaging fairy-tale style)
21. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . . just as riveting as book one)
22. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . .satisfying conclusion!)
23. Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith *** (biography. . .only interesting if you're interested, and a bit on the long side, even then)
24. Lost Melody by Smith and Copeland **** (fiction. . .what would you do if you had visions?)
25. Grounds for Appeal by Bernard Knight **** (mystery. . .gently paced)
26. Chalice by Robin McKinley **** (fiction. . .a good fairy tale)
27. Hunchback by Randall Wright *** (fiction. . . coming of age adventure)
28.The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley **** (fiction. . .good character development)
29. Never After by Rebecca Lickiss *** (fiction. . .is this book the basis for Shrek?)
30. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson **** (fiction. . .I enjoyed her voice, character development)
31. Hidden in Dreams by Davis Bunn **** (fiction. . .surprise ending made up for dull beginning)
32. The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer**** (non-fiction. . .very relevant to my profession)
33. A Knot in the Grain by Robin McKinley *** (fiction. . . enjoyable short stories)
34. Five Miles South of Peculiar by Angela Hunt**** (fiction. . .great character development)
35. Court Duel by Shervood Smith **** (teen fiction. . . like the voice!)
36. Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris **** (fiction. . . interesting mystery with great insights into Islamic culture
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Books read in 2012


Literary Fiction/Mystery?Thriller:
1. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon * * * *
2. The Bee Season by Myla Goldberg * * * *
3. Never Knowing by Chevy Sevens * * *
4. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff * * * * * (AWESOME!)
5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson * * * * * (Graphic but a great read)
6. The Girl who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson * * * * *
7. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson * * * * *(great series)
8. Cold by John Smolens * * *
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins * * * * (not my normal genre but it was really good!)
10. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins * * * * (can't wait to read the next one!)
11. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn * * * (thriller)
12. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult * * (not one of her best)
13. Mokingjay by Suzanne Collins * * * * (Great series!)
14. Life Sentences by Laura Lippman * *
15. House Rules by Jodi Picoult * * *
16. Book Doctor by Esther Cohen * * (Meh)
17. The Magicians by Lev Goodman * * * (Fantasy)
18. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson * * * * * (Thriller. EXCELLENT!)
19. The Magician King by Lev Goodman * * * (Fantasy)
20. The Human Stain by Phillip Roth * *
21. The Wife's Story by Lori Larsens * *
22. Hush by Kate White * * *(thriller)
23. A Turn of Mind by Alice La Plante * * * * (Very Good-unusual narrative)
24. The Beginner's Good-bye by Anne Tyler * * * * (I love Anne Tyler's books!)
25. Family History by Dani Shapiro * * *
26. The Slow Moon by Elizabeth Cox * * *
27. What You Have Left by Will Allison * * *
28. Emma & Me by Elizabeth Flock * * * * (I totally did not see the ending coming!)
29. The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan (great concept, so-so execution) * *
30. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir, very well written. Poignant) * * * *
31. Summer Child by Diane Chamberlain * * *
32. In One Person by John Irving (Not his best work, but I still love anything he writes) * * *
33. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Great! didn't see the end coming)
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34. The Juror by George Dawes Green (thriller) * * *
35. Lethal by Sandra Brown (thriller, I really liked this one) * * * *
36. The Good Lawyer by Thomas Benigno (mystery, entertaining) * * * *
38. The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain * * *
39. Anything by Michael Baron (would make a great chick-flick or lifetime movie!) * * *
40. The Odds: A Love Story * * * (interesting concept)
41. The End of the Road by Grant Jerkins * * * * (Thriller, Well written)
42. Somewhere like Here by Melissa Dereberry * * (ok...but too much angst)
43. Secret Lives by Diane Chamberlain * * * * (a very good book from a favorite author!)
44. Night Corridor by Joan Hall Hovey * * (Mystery, just OK)
45. Into the Darkest Corner * * * * * (Suspense, EXCELLENT!)
46. Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Hyde Ryan * * * * * (EXCELLENT)
47.The Escape Artist by Diane Chamberlain * * *
48. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn * * * * * (Mystery/suspense, I liked this one a lot!)
49. Gone by Cathi Hanauer * * *
50. The Marriage Pact by MJ Pullen * * * (Total chick lit)
51. Regrets Only by MJ Pullen * * * * (Sequel that was better than the first book, total chick lit)
52. Driving in Reverse by EC Richard * * (sci fi, great concept poor ending)
53. Faking it by Elisa Arello * * * (Chick lit with a twist ending)
54. The Pastor’s Wife by Jennifer AlLee (Christian fiction, predictable) * * *
55. The Brimstone Wedding by Ruth Rendell (very good) * * * *

Non Fiction:
1. Good Night Dear: The Unsentimental Diary of a Bereaved Husband by Darren Humphries
2. What's the Difference? by Fritz Ridenhour

******I also have an embarrassing habit of reading romance novels....I won't bore you with all of these, however, if you need a romance novel recommendation let me know! Total Romance novels read in 2012 thus far = 43******

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Finished another one this morning
30. You Are The Treasure I Seek- Greg Dutcher

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I'm back on track with Spark People and am still trying for 50 books this year. I have read 29 so far and have 2 that I will probably finish this weekend.
1. The Collectibles- James Kaufman
2.A Death in China- Carl Hiaasen & Bill Montalbano
3.The Swan House- Elizabeth Musser
4.The Lantern- abandoned
5.Flush- Carl Hiaasen- Junior Novel
6.The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins
7.Fragile Beasts- Tawni O’Dell-
8.The Storm Killer- Mike Jastrzebski
9.Lethal- Sandra Brown
10.The Phantom Tollbooth- Norton Juster- Junior Novel
11.Desperate Housedogs- Sparkle Abbey
12.Greyhound- Steffan Piper
13.Key West Story- Rick Skwiot
14.Split Second- David Baldacci
15.Spring Fever- Mary Kay Andrews
16.Animal Farm- George Orwell
17.Heaven is for Real- Todd Burpo
18.The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes- Diane Chamberlain
19.A Death in Key Largo- Fred Zackel
20.The Sun Also Rises- Ernest Hemingway
21.Velva Jean Learns to Drive- Jennifer Niven
22.I’m Gonna Live My Life Like a Jimmy Buffett Song- Anthony Bjorkland
23.They’re Watching- Gregg Hurwitz
24.The Art and Science of Teaching- Robert Marzano- Professional
25.Cure for the Common Life- Max Lucado- Inspirational
26.The Titan’s Curse- Rick Riordan- Junior Novel
27.Porch Lights- Dorothea Benton Frank
28.Summer Blowout- Claire Cook
29.Tortugas Rising- Benjamin Wallace




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1. Feast of Crows by George R.R. Martin
2. The Edge by Catherine Coulter
3. Riptide by Catherine Coulter
4. The Calligrapher's Daughter
5. The Spark
6. Parenting with Love and Logic
7. Lost Empire by Clive Cussler
8. Thank You for Arguing - skip this one. It has good info, but it's very academic.
9. Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore
10. Jane Eyre
11. A Dance With Dragons
12. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant Based Nutrition
13. Uncle Tom's Cabin
14. Homeschooling Our Children, Unschooling Ourselves
15. Volumetrics Weight Control
16. Dusted To Death
17. Fiber and Brimstone
18. Water Ghosts
19. You: On A Diet
20. Keepsake Crimes
21. How Children Fail by John Holt
22. Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts
23. Copper Beach
24. Treasure - Clive Cussler
25. Homicide in Hardcover
26. Before I Say Goodbye
27. How to Give Him What He Wants
28. Once Upon a Secret
29. Take the Stairs
30. Hunger Games
31. Catching Fire
32. Mrs. Kennedy and Me
33. Dead Level
34. Connections
35. One Naughty Girl
36. Pole Star
37. Tragic Magic
38. Wicked Business
39. The Stand
40. Wicked Appetite
41. Mockingjay
42. Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme
43. Hidden Talents
44. Crystal Gardens
45. The Key to Rondo
46. Die In Plain Sight
47. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
48. Angels Fall
49. Coverup PTSD; Operation Sunrise
50. Hunger Games (reread)

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FICTION:
1. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke. Very well written.
2. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Great little WWI story written from horse's perspective.
3. Burn by Nevada Barr. Anna Pidgeon mystery. Unnecessarily & disgustingly graphic.
4. Need You Now by James Grippando. Somewhat convoluted, not his best.
5. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan. Good. Reading his first now.
6. The Affair by Lee Child.. A Jack Reacher story.
7. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Quick read. Amusing.
8. All I Did Was Kill My Man by Walter Mosley. Best Leonid McGill novel yet.
9. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. Good. Wish I read it before Very Bad Men.
10. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Fascinating.
11. Plugged by Eoin Colfer. Good noir. If you like Ken Bruen, read this.
12. D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods. Subpar Stone Barrington novel.
13. Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. Good thriller.
14. The Infernals by John Connolly. Quirky but funny, especially the footnotes.
15. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. Thriller about woman who loses her memory overnight.
16. At The End of The Road by Grant Jerkins. Hard to put down excellent thriller.
17. A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins. Excellent mystery.
18. Dark Justice by Jack Higgins. Quick read, disappointing.
19. Stay Close by Harlan Coben. Good, but far from his best.
20. Wild Thing by Josh Bazell. Crazy but compelling. Read Beat The Reaper first.
21. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman. Good Alex Delaware novel.
22. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. Strange. Can't believe it was a national bestseller.
23. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington novel MUCH better than the last one.
24. The Sixth Man by David Baldacci. Entertaining thriller. Enjoyable read.
25. The Innocent by David Baldacci. Uneven but exciting thriller. A real page turner.
26. Shock Wave by John Sandford. A good Virgil Flowers novel.
27. Lethal by Sandra Brown. Very good mystery.
28. Defending Jacob by William Landay. Very good, more than a mystery.
29. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Quick read. Not bad.
30. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Historical, suspenseful, excellent.
31. The Midnight Club by James Patterson. Early work. Needed editing. Good ending. Blogging.
32. Gone by Mo Hayder. One of the best I've read this year. Mystery. Thriller.
33. Ritual by Mo Hayder. Grisly thriller. Pretty good.
34. Raylan by Elmore Leonard. Better than I expected.
35. Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. Award winning graphic novel. Like a real one.
36. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Chilling novel about a victim of abuse.
37. The Hidden Man by David Ellis. Good. Ending surprised me.
38. Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor. Noir set in Hungary in 1936. Good.
39. Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Freedman. Original, funny, interesting mystery.

NONFICTION:
1. Run Less, Run Faster by Pierce, Murr and Moss. The FIRST training program.
2. The Case For Israel by Alan Dershowitz. Eye opening and persuasive.
3. I Didn't Ask To Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby. Amusing little book with some clever insights.
4. Cosbyology by Bill Cosby. Disappointing.
5. Vietnamerica by GB Tran. Interesting graphic nonfiction.
6. Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi. Fabulous! Blogging.

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50 books in 2012-- rating *-not worth reading **read if it's the only book in the room ***okay book ****good book *****great book (everyone should read)

1. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about epidemics)
2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about geniuses)
3. Becoming the Woman of His Dreams by Sharon Jaynes **** (non-fiction, marriage advice)
4. Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge **** (fiction-romance, Amish, but w/character devel.)
5. Simply Sara by Hillary Manton Lodge **** (fiction-romance)
6. Book of Dreams by Davis Bunn *** (adventure. . .not his best one)
7. Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin **** (funny improbable historical adventure)
8. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about "gut instincts")
9. The Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn **** (fiction-adventure)
10. Code of Honor by Sandy Dengler **** (cool romance. . .girl rejects guy at the end)
11. The Power or Pinjara by Sandy Dengler *** (Australian romance series)
12. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo ***** (read-aloud for children. . .good conversations!!)
13. The Last Day by James Landis **** (fiction-war tribute)
14. Beyond the Shadows by Robin Lee Hatcher **** (fiction--exploring alcoholism's effects)
15. What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell *** (short vignettes)
16. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . .riveting)
17. The Wishing Pearl by Nicole O'Dell **** (teen fiction. . .fine plot, a little pedantic style)
18. The Staticstical Probability of Love at First Sight *** (teen fiction. . .explores divorce)
19. Prophet by R. J. Larson ***** (fantasy. . .humorous, thought-provoking, fun)
20.Princess Academy by Shannon Hale ***** (children's fiction. . .well written, engaging fairy-tale style)
21. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . . just as riveting as book one)
22. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . .satisfying conclusion!)
23. Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith *** (biography. . .only interesting if you're interested, and a bit on the long side, even then)
24. Lost Melody by Smith and Copeland **** (fiction. . .what would you do if you had visions?)
25. Grounds for Appeal by Bernard Knight **** (mystery. . .gently paced)
26. Chalice by Robin McKinley **** (fiction. . .a good fairy tale)
27. Hunchback by Randall Wright *** (fiction. . . coming of age adventure)
28.The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley **** (fiction. . .good character development)
29. Never After by Rebecca Lickiss *** (fiction. . .is this book the basis for Shrek?)
30. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson **** (fiction. . .I enjoyed her voice, character development)
31. Hidden in Dreams by Davis Bunn **** (fiction. . .surprise ending made up for dull beginning)
32. The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer**** (non-fiction. . .very relevant to my profession)
33. A Knot in the Grain by Robin McKinley *** (non-fiction. . . enjoyable short stories)

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'50 Books in 2012': (Rating 1-5 stars: 1 star-'Why did I read this?'; 2 stars-Below average; 3 stars-Average to marginal; 4-stars-Recommended; 5 stars-Excellent)

29. Intervention by Richard Russo (Realtor decides if he wants to fight illness)***** Note: This is a four volume, separately bound set of novellas...crackling with wit and brilliance.

28. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult (End of life ruling faces siblings, engrossing wolf pack parallels)****
27. What Happened in Granite Creek by Robyn Bradley (Small town suspense, ok)***
26. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear (Another very British Masie Dobbs, PI story)****
25. Wild-Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Author did the PCT alone, telling all she gained and lost...a very wild ride...a fantastic read)*****
24. Falling Bodies by Andrew Mark (Grieving physics prof. abandons his life in order to heal)****
23. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (Incredible retelling of Hosea in post Gold Rush days)*****
22. Threading the Needle by Bostwick (Last one of the series)****
21. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Suspenseful journey of Lithuania deportees to Siberia through the eye's of a teen)*****
20. The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler (Widow deals with wife's death as she assists with his grieving)****
19. These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf (Mysterious death of baby brings young mother's family dysfucntions to light)****
18. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (Old diary in Bainbridge Is., Wa. reveals family's secrets) ***
17. A Thread of Truth by Bostwick (More from the Cobbled Court series...enjoying these characters)****
16. Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron (Thriller, hacking plan against health insurance co.)****
15. Ties That Bind by Marie Bostick (Next in this comfy series) ****
14. A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick (Light read, w/ solid characters...Quilt shop, second chances at life, first in series)****
13. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir about grandparents moving in to assist their daughter's. Family after her death)***
12. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Tightly plotted, legal/psychological thriller...Landay is good! Never saw the end coming...)*****
11. Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan (Betrayed wife proves 'living is the best revenge'...well written) ****
10. The Underside of Joy by Sere' Prince Halverson (Step mother fights to keep her family together after losing her husband) ***
9. Riding the bus with my sister by Rachel Simon (To strengthen their relationship, Rachel agrees to ride the city bus for a year with her mentally challenged sister)****
8. Perfection: Memoir of Betrayal by Julie Metz (Young artistic widow discovers husbands other life)***
7. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (Historic fiction, the first Native American to receive a Harvard degree in the 1600's....a passionate & vivid story) *****
6. End in Tears by Ruth Rendell (Det. Wexford & team scope out murderers behind a surrogacy plot) ***
5. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Smart, wise and fun read. Single girlfriends take on NYC society in the early 30's. Geo. Washington 's 'rules' at the end, an aside & a bonus) ****
4. The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Racial issues & marital conflict divides a Southern family, think 'The Help') ****
3. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Mataxas (Incredible! My first Kindle Fire Book)*****
2. A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Booker Prize Winner, interesting timeline)***1/2
1. A Long and Happy Life by Reynolds Price (His prose radiates...pure brilliance. Price's first novel...a classic)*****+

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FICTION:
1. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke. Very well written.
2. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Great little WWI story written from horse's perspective.
3. Burn by Nevada Barr. Anna Pidgeon mystery. Unnecessarily & disgustingly graphic.
4. Need You Now by James Grippando. Somewhat convoluted, not his best.
5. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan. Good. Reading his first now.
6. The Affair by Lee Child.. A Jack Reacher story.
7. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Quick read. Amusing.
8. All I Did Was Kill My Man by Walter Mosley. Best Leonid McGill novel yet.
9. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. Good. Wish I read it before Very Bad Men.
10. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Fascinating.
11. Plugged by Eoin Colfer. Good noir. If you like Ken Bruen, read this.
12. D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods. Subpar Stone Barrington novel.
13. Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. Good thriller.
14. The Infernals by John Connolly. Quirky but funny, especially the footnotes.
15. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. Thriller about woman who loses her memory overnight.
16. At The End of The Road by Grant Jerkins. Hard to put down excellent thriller.
17. A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins. Excellent mystery.
18. Dark Justice by Jack Higgins. Quick read, disappointing.
19. Stay Close by Harlan Coben. Good, but far from his best.
20. Wild Thing by Josh Bazell. Crazy but compelling. Read Beat The Reaper first.
21. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman. Good Alex Delaware novel.
22. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. Strange. Can't believe it was a national bestseller.
23. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington novel MUCH better than the last one.
24. The Sixth Man by David Baldacci. Entertaining thriller. Enjoyable read.
25. The Innocent by David Baldacci. Uneven but exciting thriller. A real page turner.
26. Shock Wave by John Sandford. A good Virgil Flowers novel.
27. Lethal by Sandra Brown. Very good mystery.
28. Defending Jacob by William Landay. Very good, more than a mystery.
29. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Quick read. Not bad.
30. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Historical, suspenseful, excellent.
31. The Midnight Club by James Patterson. Early work. Needed editing. Good ending. Blogging.
32. Gone by Mo Hayder. One of the best I've read this year. Mystery. Thriller.
33. Ritual by Mo Hayder. Grisly thriller. Pretty good.
34. Raylan by Elmore Leonard. Better than I expected.
35. Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. Award winning graphic novel. Like a real one.
36. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Chilling novel about a victim of abuse.
37. The Hidden Man by David Ellis. Good. Ending surprised me.
38. Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor. Noir set in Hungary in 1936. Good.
39. Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Freedman. Original, funny, interesting mystery.

NONFICTION:
1. Run Less, Run Faster by Pierce, Murr and Moss. The FIRST training program.
2. The Case For Israel by Alan Dershowitz. Eye opening and persuasive.
3. I Didn't Ask To Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby. Amusing little book with some clever insights.
4. Cosbyology by Bill Cosby. Disappointing.
5. Vietnamerica by GB Tran. Interesting graphic nonfiction.

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'50 Books in 2012': (Rating 1-5 stars: 1 star-'Why did I read this?'; 2 stars-Below average; 3 stars-Average to marginal; 4-stars-Recommended; 5 stars-Excellent)

28. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult (End of life ruling faces siblings, engrossing wolf pack parallels)****
27. What Happened in Granite Creek by Robyn Bradley (Small town suspense, ok)***
26. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear (Another very British Masie Dobbs, PI story)****
25. Wild-Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Author did the PCT alone, telling all she gained and lost...a very wild ride...a fantastic read)*****
24. Falling Bodies by Andrew Mark (Grieving physics prof. abandons his life in order to heal)****
23. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (Incredible retelling of Hosea in post Gold Rush days)*****
22. Threading the Needle by Bostwick (Last one of the series)****
21. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Suspenseful journey of Lithuania deportees to Siberia through the eye's of a teen)*****
20. The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler (Widow deals with wife's death as she assists with his grieving)****
19. These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf (Mysterious death of baby brings young mother's family dysfucntions to light)****
18. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (Old diary in Bainbridge Is., Wa. reveals family's secrets) ***
17. A Thread of Truth by Bostwick (More from the Cobbled Court series...enjoying these characters)****
16. Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron (Thriller, hacking plan against health insurance co.)****
15. Ties That Bind by Marie Bostick (Next in this comfy series) ****
14. A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick (Light read, w/ solid characters...Quilt shop, second chances at life, first in series)****
13. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir about grandparents moving in to assist their daughter's. Family after her death)***
12. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Tightly plotted, legal/psychological thriller...Landay is good! Never saw the end coming...)*****
11. Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan (Betrayed wife proves 'living is the best revenge'...well written) ****
10. The Underside of Joy by Sere' Prince Halverson (Step mother fights to keep her family together after losing her husband) ***
9. Riding the bus with my sister by Rachel Simon (To strengthen their relationship, Rachel agrees to ride the city bus for a year with her mentally challenged sister)****
8. Perfection: Memoir of Betrayal by Julie Metz (Young artistic widow discovers husbands other life)***
7. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (Historic fiction, the first Native American to receive a Harvard degree in the 1600's....a passionate & vivid story) *****
6. End in Tears by Ruth Rendell (Det. Wexford & team scope out murderers behind a surrogacy plot) ***
5. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Smart, wise and fun read. Single girlfriends take on NYC society in the early 30's. Geo. Washington 's 'rules' at the end, an aside & a bonus) ****
4. The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Racial issues & marital conflict divides a Southern family, think 'The Help') ****
3. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Mataxas (Incredible! My first Kindle Fire Book)*****
2. A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Booker Prize Winner, interesting timeline)***1/2
1. A Long and Happy Life by Reynolds Price (His prose radiates...pure brilliance. Price's first novel...a classic)*****+

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FICTION:
1. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke. Very well written.
2. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Great little WWI story written from horse's perspective.
3. Burn by Nevada Barr. Anna Pidgeon mystery. Unnecessarily & disgustingly graphic.
4. Need You Now by James Grippando. Somewhat convoluted, not his best.
5. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan. Good. Reading his first now.
6. The Affair by Lee Child.. A Jack Reacher story.
7. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Quick read. Amusing.
8. All I Did Was Kill My Man by Walter Mosley. Best Leonid McGill novel yet.
9. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. Good. Wish I read it before Very Bad Men.
10. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Fascinating.
11. Plugged by Eoin Colfer. Good noir. If you like Ken Bruen, read this.
12. D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods. Subpar Stone Barrington novel.
13. Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. Good thriller.
14. The Infernals by John Connolly. Quirky but funny, especially the footnotes.
15. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. Thriller about woman who loses her memory overnight.
16. At The End of The Road by Grant Jerkins. Hard to put down excellent thriller.
17. A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins. Excellent mystery.
18. Dark Justice by Jack Higgins. Quick read, disappointing.
19. Stay Close by Harlan Coben. Good, but far from his best.
20. Wild Thing by Josh Bazell. Crazy but compelling. Read Beat The Reaper first.
21. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman. Good Alex Delaware novel.
22. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. Strange. Can't believe it was a national bestseller.
23. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington novel MUCH better than the last one.
24. The Sixth Man by David Baldacci. Entertaining thriller. Enjoyable read.
25. The Innocent by David Baldacci. Uneven but exciting thriller. A real page turner.
26. Shock Wave by John Sandford. A good Virgil Flowers novel.
27. Lethal by Sandra Brown. Very good mystery.
28. Defending Jacob by William Landay. Very good, more than a mystery.
29. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Quick read. Not bad.
30. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Historical, suspenseful, excellent.
31. The Midnight Club by James Patterson. Early work. Needed editing. Good ending. Blogging.
32. Gone by Mo Hayder. One of the best I've read this year. Mystery. Thriller.
33. Ritual by Mo Hayder. Grisly thriller. Pretty good.
34. Raylan by Elmore Leonard. Better than I expected.
35. Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. Award winning graphic novel. Like a real one.
36. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Chilling novel about a victim of abuse.
37. The Hidden Man by David Ellis. Good. Ending surprised me.
38. Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor. Noir set in Hungary in 1936. Good.

NONFICTION:
1. Run Less, Run Faster by Pierce, Murr and Moss. The FIRST training program.
2. The Case For Israel by Alan Dershowitz. Eye opening and persuasive.
3. I Didn't Ask To Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby. Amusing little book with some clever insights.
4. Cosbyology by Bill Cosby. Disappointing.
5. Vietnamerica by GB Tran. Interesting graphic nonfiction.

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50 books in 2012-- rating *-not worth reading **read if it's the only book in the room ***okay book ****good book *****great book (everyone should read)

1. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about epidemics)
2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about geniuses)
3. Becoming the Woman of His Dreams by Sharon Jaynes **** (non-fiction, marriage advice)
4. Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge **** (fiction-romance, Amish, but w/character devel.)
5. Simply Sara by Hillary Manton Lodge **** (fiction-romance)
6. Book of Dreams by Davis Bunn *** (adventure. . .not his best one)
7. Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin **** (funny improbable historical adventure)
8. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about "gut instincts")
9. The Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn **** (fiction-adventure)
10. Code of Honor by Sandy Dengler **** (cool romance. . .girl rejects guy at the end)
11. The Power or Pinjara by Sandy Dengler *** (Australian romance series)
12. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo ***** (read-aloud for children. . .good conversations!!)
13. The Last Day by James Landis **** (fiction-war tribute)
14. Beyond the Shadows by Robin Lee Hatcher **** (fiction--exploring alcoholism's effects)
15. What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell *** (short vignettes)
16. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . .riveting)
17. The Wishing Pearl by Nicole O'Dell **** (teen fiction. . .fine plot, a little pedantic style)
18. The Staticstical Probability of Love at First Sight *** (teen fiction. . .explores divorce)
19. Prophet by R. J. Larson ***** (fantasy. . .humorous, thought-provoking, fun)
20.Princess Academy by Shannon Hale ***** (children's fiction. . .well written, engaging fairy-tale style)
21. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . . just as riveting as book one)
22. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . .satisfying conclusion!)
23. Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith *** (biography. . .only interesting if you're interested, and a bit on the long side, even then)
24. Lost Melody by Smith and Copeland **** (fiction. . .what would you do if you had visions?)
25. Grounds for Appeal by Bernard Knight **** (mystery. . .gently paced)
26. Chalice by Robin McKinley **** (fiction. . .a good fairy tale)
27. Hunchback by Randall Wright *** (fiction. . . coming of age adventure)
28.The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley **** (fiction. . .good character development)
29. Never After by Rebecca Lickiss *** (fiction. . .is this book the basis for Shrek?)

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Book List for 2012:

1. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
2. Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
3. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe
4. Dangerous Games by Michael Prescott
5. The Beautiful and Damned by F.Scott Fitzgerald
6. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
7. Paradise Regained by John Milton
8. The Detachment (A John Rain Thriller) by Barry Eisler
9. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy: Gentleman by Lawrence Sterne
10 Townie: A Memoir by Andre Dubus111
11. Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt" by David McCullough
12. Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe
13. The Virginian by Owen Wister
14. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
15, The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Alexander Pope)
16. The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper
17. American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Martin Sherwin and Kai Bird
18. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
19. The Notebooks of Leonardo by Leonardo da Vinci (didn't finish the kindle edition-no diagrams)
20. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
21. Nana by Emile Zola
22. The Aeneid by Vergil Translated by John Dryden
23. Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
24. The Wasteland and Other Poems by T. S. Elliot
25. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (translated by Jay Rubin and Phillip Gabriel)
26. Drift by Rachel Maddow
27. The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson
28. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
29. Last of The Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
30. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
31. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
32. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
33. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
34. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
35. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
36. The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante

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'50 Books in 2012': (Rating 1-5 stars: 1 star-'Why did I read this?'; 2 stars-Below average; 3 stars-Average to marginal; 4-stars-Recommended; 5 stars-Excellent)

27. What Happened in Granite Creek by Robyn Bradley (Small town suspense, ok)***
26. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear (Another very British Masie Dobbs, PI story)****
25. Wild-Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Author did the PCT alone, telling all she gained and lost...a very wild ride...a fantastic read)*****
24. Falling Bodies by Andrew Mark (Grieving physics prof. abandons his life in order to heal)****
23. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (Incredible retelling of Hosea in post Gold Rush days)*****
22. Threading the Needle by Bostwick (Last one of the series)****
21. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Suspenseful journey of Lithuania deportees to Siberia through the eye's of a teen)*****
20. The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler (Widow deals with wife's death as she assists with his grieving)****
19. These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf (Mysterious death of baby brings young mother's family dysfucntions to light)****
18. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (Old diary in Bainbridge Is., Wa. reveals family's secrets) ***
17. A Thread of Truth by Bostwick (More from the Cobbled Court series...enjoying these characters)****
16. Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron (Thriller, hacking plan against health insurance co.)****
15. Ties That Bind by Marie Bostick (Next in this comfy series) ****
14. A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick (Light read, w/ solid characters...Quilt shop, second chances at life, first in series)****
13. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir about grandparents moving in to assist their daughter's. Family after her death)***
12. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Tightly plotted, legal/psychological thriller...Landay is good! Never saw the end coming...)*****
11. Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan (Betrayed wife proves 'living is the best revenge'...well written) ****
10. The Underside of Joy by Sere' Prince Halverson (Step mother fights to keep her family together after losing her husband) ***
9. Riding the bus with my sister by Rachel Simon (To strengthen their relationship, Rachel agrees to ride the city bus for a year with her mentally challenged sister)****
8. Perfection: Memoir of Betrayal by Julie Metz (Young artistic widow discovers husbands other life)***
7. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (Historic fiction, the first Native American to receive a Harvard degree in the 1600's....a passionate & vivid story) *****
6. End in Tears by Ruth Rendell (Det. Wexford & team scope out murderers behind a surrogacy plot) ***
5. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Smart, wise and fun read. Single girlfriends take on NYC society in the early 30's. Geo. Washington 's 'rules' at the end, an aside & a bonus) ****
4. The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Racial issues & marital conflict divides a Southern family, think 'The Help') ****
3. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Mataxas (Incredible! My first Kindle Fire Book)*****
2. A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Booker Prize Winner, interesting timeline)***1/2
1. A Long and Happy Life by Reynolds Price (His prose radiates...pure brilliance. Price's first novel...a classic)*****+

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Books read in 2012

Literary Fiction/Mystery/Thriller
1. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon * * * *
2. The Bee Season by Myla Goldberg * * * *
3. Never Knowing by Chevy Sevens * * *
4. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff * * * * * (AWESOME!)
5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson * * * * * (Graphic but a great read)
6. The Girl who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson * * * * *
7. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson * * * * *(great series)
8. Cold by John Smolens * * *
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins * * * * (not my normal genre but it was really good!)
10. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins * * * * (can't wait to read the next one!)
11. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn * * * (thriller)
12. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult * * (not one of her best)
13. Mokingjay by Suzanne Collins * * * * (Great series!)
14. Life Sentences by Laura Lippman * *
15. House Rules by Jodi Picoult * * *
16. Book Doctor by Esther Cohen * * (Meh)
17. The Magicians by Lev Goodman * * * (Fantasy)
18. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson * * * * * (Thriller. EXCELLENT!)
19. The Magician King by Lev Goodman * * * (Fantasy)
20. The Human Stain by Phillip Roth * *
21. The Wife's Story by Lori Larsens * *
22. Hush by Kate White * * *(thriller)
23. A Turn of Mind by Alice La Plante * * * * (Very Good-unusual narrative)
24. The Beginner's Good-bye by Anne Tyler * * * * (I love Anne Tyler's books!)
25. Family History by Dani Shapiro * * *
26. The Slow Moon by Elizabeth Cox * * *
27. What You Have Left by Will Allison * * *
28. Emma & Me by Elizabeth Flock * * * * (I totally did not see the ending coming!)
29. The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan (great concept, so-so execution) * *
30. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir, very well written. Poignant) * * * *
31. Summer Child by Diane Chamberlain * * *
32. In One Person by John Irving (Not his best work, but I still love anything he writes) * * *
33. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Great! didn't see the end coming)
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34. The Juror by George Dawes Green (thriller) * * *
35. Lethal by Sandra Brown (thriller, I really liked this one) * * * *
36. The Good Lawyer by Thomas Benigno (mystery, entertaining) * * * *
38. The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain * * *
39. Anything by Michael Baron (would make a great chick-flick or lifetime movie!) * * *
40. The Odds: A Love Story * * * (interesting concept)
41. The End of the Road by Grant Jerkins * * * * (Thriller, Well written)
42. Somewhere like Here by Melissa Dereberry * * (ok...but too much angst)
43. Secret Lives by Diane Chamberlain * * * * (a very good book from a favorite author!)
44. Night Corridor by Joan Hall Hovey * * (Mystery, just OK)
45. Into the Darkest Corner * * * * * (Suspense, EXCELLENT!)
46. Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Hyde Ryan * * * * * (EXCELLENT)
47.The Escape Artist by Diane Chamberlain * * *
48. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn * * * * * (Mystery/suspense, I liked this one a lot!)
49. Gone by Cathi Hanauer * * *
50. The Marriage Pact by MJ Pullen * * * (Total chick lit)
51. Regrets Only by MJ Pullen * * * * (Sequel that was better than the first book, total chick lit)
52. Driving in Reverse by EC Richard * * (sci fi, great concept-- very poor ending)
53. Faking it by Elisa Arello * * * (Chick lit with a twist ending)

Non Fiction:
1. Good Night Dear: The Unsentimental Diary of a Bereaved Husband by Darren Humphries
2. What's the Difference? by Fritz Ridenhour

******I also have an embarrassing habit of reading romance novels....I won't bore you with all of these, however, if you need a romance novel recommendation let me know!
Total Romance novels read in 2012 thus far = 39

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FICTION:
1. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke. Very well written.
2. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Great little WWI story written from horse's perspective.
3. Burn by Nevada Barr. Anna Pidgeon mystery. Unnecessarily & disgustingly graphic.
4. Need You Now by James Grippando. Somewhat convoluted, not his best.
5. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan. Good. Reading his first now.
6. The Affair by Lee Child.. A Jack Reacher story.
7. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Quick read. Amusing.
8. All I Did Was Kill My Man by Walter Mosley. Best Leonid McGill novel yet.
9. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. Good. Wish I read it before Very Bad Men.
10. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Fascinating.
11. Plugged by Eoin Colfer. Good noir. If you like Ken Bruen, read this.
12. D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods. Subpar Stone Barrington novel.
13. Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. Good thriller.
14. The Infernals by John Connolly. Quirky but funny, especially the footnotes.
15. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. Thriller about woman who loses her memory overnight.
16. At The End of The Road by Grant Jerkins. Hard to put down excellent thriller.
17. A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins. Excellent mystery.
18. Dark Justice by Jack Higgins. Quick read, disappointing.
19. Stay Close by Harlan Coben. Good, but far from his best.
20. Wild Thing by Josh Bazell. Crazy but compelling. Read Beat The Reaper first.
21. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman. Good Alex Delaware novel.
22. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. Strange. Can't believe it was a national bestseller.
23. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington novel MUCH better than the last one.
24. The Sixth Man by David Baldacci. Entertaining thriller. Enjoyable read.
25. The Innocent by David Baldacci. Uneven but exciting thriller. A real page turner.
26. Shock Wave by John Sandford. A good Virgil Flowers novel.
27. Lethal by Sandra Brown. Very good mystery.
28. Defending Jacob by William Landay. Very good, more than a mystery.
29. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Quick read. Not bad.
30. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Historical, suspenseful, excellent.
31. The Midnight Club by James Patterson. Early work. Needed editing. Good ending. Blogging.
32. Gone by Mo Hayder. One of the best I've read this year. Mystery. Thriller.
33. Ritual by Mo Hayder. Grisly thriller. Pretty good.
34. Raylan by Elmore Leonard. Better than I expected.
35. Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. Award winning graphic novel. Like a real one.
36. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Chilling novel about a victim of abuse.
37. The Hidden Man by David Ellis. Good. Ending surprised me.

NONFICTION:
1. Run Less, Run Faster by Pierce, Murr and Moss. The FIRST training program.
2. The Case For Israel by Alan Dershowitz. Eye opening and persuasive.
3. I Didn't Ask To Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby. Amusing little book with some clever insights.
4. Cosbyology by Bill Cosby. Disappointing.

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1. Feast of Crows by George R.R. Martin
2. The Edge by Catherine Coulter
3. Riptide by Catherine Coulter
4. The Calligrapher's Daughter
5. The Spark
6. Parenting with Love and Logic
7. Lost Empire by Clive Cussler
8. Thank You for Arguing - skip this one. It has good info, but it's very academic.
9. Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore
10. Jane Eyre
11. A Dance With Dragons
12. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant Based Nutrition
13. Uncle Tom's Cabin
14. Homeschooling Our Children, Unschooling Ourselves
15. Volumetrics Weight Control
16. Dusted To Death
17. Fiber and Brimstone
18. Water Ghosts
19. You: On A Diet
20. Keepsake Crimes
21. How Children Fail by John Holt
22. Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts
23. Copper Beach
24. Treasure - Clive Cussler
25. Homicide in Hardcover
26. Before I Say Goodbye
27. How to Give Him What He Wants
28. Once Upon a Secret
29. Take the Stairs
30. Hunger Games
31. Catching Fire
32. Mrs. Kennedy and Me
33. Dead Level
34. Connections
35. One Naughty Girl
36. Pole Star
37. Tragic Magic

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"Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done. Now, if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But


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'50 Books in 2012': (Rating 1-5 stars: 1 star-'Why did I read this?'; 2 stars-Below average; 3 stars-Average to marginal; 4-stars-Recommended; 5 stars-Excellent)

26. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear (Another very British Masie Dobbs, PI story)****
25. Wild-Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Author did the PCT alone, telling all she gained and lost...a very wild ride...a fantastic read)*****
24. Falling Bodies by Andrew Mark (Grieving physics prof. abandons his life in order to heal)****
23. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (Incredible retelling of Hosea in post Gold Rush days)*****
22. Threading the Needle by Bostwick (Last one of the series)****
21. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Suspenseful journey of Lithuania deportees to Siberia through the eye's of a teen)*****
20. The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler (Widow deals with wife's death as she assists with his grieving)****
19. These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf (Mysterious death of baby brings young mother's family dysfucntions to light)****
18. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (Old diary in Bainbridge Is., Wa. reveals family's secrets) ***
17. A Thread of Truth by Bostwick (More from the Cobbled Court series...enjoying these characters)****
16. Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron (Thriller, hacking plan against health insurance co.)****
15. Ties That Bind by Marie Bostick (Next in this comfy series) ****
14. A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick (Light read, w/ solid characters...Quilt shop, second chances at life, first in series)****
13. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir about grandparents moving in to assist their daughter's. Family after her death)***
12. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Tightly plotted, legal/psychological thriller...Landay is good! Never saw the end coming...)*****
11. Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan (Betrayed wife proves 'living is the best revenge'...well written) ****
10. The Underside of Joy by Sere' Prince Halverson (Step mother fights to keep her family together after losing her husband) ***
9. Riding the bus with my sister by Rachel Simon (To strengthen their relationship, Rachel agrees to ride the city bus for a year with her mentally challenged sister)****
8. Perfection: Memoir of Betrayal by Julie Metz (Young artistic widow discovers husbands other life)***
7. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (Historic fiction, the first Native American to receive a Harvard degree in the 1600's....a passionate & vivid story) *****
6. End in Tears by Ruth Rendell (Det. Wexford & team scope out murderers behind a surrogacy plot) ***
5. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Smart, wise and fun read. Single girlfriends take on NYC society in the early 30's. Geo. Washington 's 'rules' at the end, an aside & a bonus) ****
4. The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Racial issues & marital conflict divides a Southern family, think 'The Help') ****
3. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Mataxas (Incredible! My first Kindle Fire Book)*****
2. A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Booker Prize Winner, interesting timeline)***1/2
1. A Long and Happy Life by Reynolds Price (His prose radiates...pure brilliance. Price's first novel...a classic)*****+

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50 books in 2012-- rating *-not worth reading **read if it's the only book in the room ***okay book ****good book *****great book (everyone should read)

1. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about epidemics)
2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about geniuses)
3. Becoming the Woman of His Dreams by Sharon Jaynes **** (non-fiction, marriage advice)
4. Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge **** (fiction-romance, Amish, but w/character devel.)
5. Simply Sara by Hillary Manton Lodge **** (fiction-romance)
6. Book of Dreams by Davis Bunn *** (adventure. . .not his best one)
7. Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin **** (funny improbable historical adventure)
8. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about "gut instincts")
9. The Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn **** (fiction-adventure)
10. Code of Honor by Sandy Dengler **** (cool romance. . .girl rejects guy at the end)
11. The Power or Pinjara by Sandy Dengler *** (Australian romance series)
12. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo ***** (read-aloud for children. . .good conversations!!)
13. The Last Day by James Landis **** (fiction-war tribute)
14. Beyond the Shadows by Robin Lee Hatcher **** (fiction--exploring alcoholism's effects)
15. What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell *** (short vignettes)
16. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . .riveting)
17. The Wishing Pearl by Nicole O'Dell **** (teen fiction. . .fine plot, a little pedantic style)
18. The Staticstical Probability of Love at First Sight *** (teen fiction. . .explores divorce)
19. Prophet by R. J. Larson ***** (fantasy. . .humorous, thought-provoking, fun)
20.Princess Academy by Shannon Hale ***** (children's fiction. . .well written, engaging fairy-tale style)
21. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . . just as riveting as book one)
22. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . .satisfying conclusion!)
23. Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith *** (biography. . .only interesting if you're interested, and a bit on the long side, even then)
24. Lost Melody by Smith and Copeland **** (fiction. . .what would you do if you had visions?)
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I am almost to 50. I have finished 49. I will add my books on Monday when I get back to work.

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50 Books in 2012: Rating 1-5 stars: 1 star-'Why did I read this??', 2 stars- OK 3 stars-Good
4-stars-Recommended, 5 stars-Excellent/Read this now!

Literary Fiction/Mystery?Thriller:
1. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon * * * *
2. The Bee Season by Myla Goldberg * * * *
3. Never Knowing by Chevy Sevens * * *
4. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff * * * * * (AWESOME!)
5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson * * * * * (Graphic but a great read)
6. The Girl who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson * * * * *
7. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson * * * * *(great series)
8. Cold by John Smolens * * *
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins * * * * (not my normal genre but it was really good!)
10. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins * * * * (can't wait to read the next one!)
11. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn * * * (thriller)
12. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult * * (not one of her best)
13. Mokingjay by Suzanne Collins * * * * (Great series!)
14. Life Sentences by Laura Lippman * *
15. House Rules by Jodi Picoult * * *
16. Book Doctor by Esther Cohen * * (Meh)
17. The Magicians by Lev Goodman * * * (Fantasy)
18. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson * * * * * (Thriller. EXCELLENT!)
19. The Magician King by Lev Goodman * * * (Fantasy)
20. The Human Stain by Phillip Roth * *
21. The Wife's Story by Lori Larsens * *
22. Hush by Kate White * * *(thriller)
23. A Turn of Mind by Alice La Plante * * * * (Very Good-unusual narrative)
24. The Beginner's Good-bye by Anne Tyler * * * * (I love Anne Tyler's books!)
25. Family History by Dani Shapiro * * *
26. The Slow Moon by Elizabeth Cox * * *
27. What You Have Left by Will Allison * * *
28. Emma & Me by Elizabeth Flock * * * * (I totally did not see the ending coming!)
29. The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan (great concept, so-so execution) * *
30. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir, very well written. Poignant) * * * *
31. Summer Child by Diane Chamberlain * * *
32. In One Person by John Irving (Not his best work, but I still love anything he writes) * * *
33. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Great! didn't see the end coming)
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34. The Juror by George Dawes Green (thriller) * * *
35. Lethal by Sandra Brown (thriller, I really liked this one) * * * *
36. The Good Lawyer by Thomas Benigno (mystery, entertaining) * * * *
38. The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain * * *
39. Anything by Michael Baron (would make a great chick-flick or lifetime movie!) * * *
40. The Odds: A Love Story * * * (interesting concept)
41. The End of the Road by Grant Jerkins * * * * (Thriller, Well written)
42. Somewhere like Here by Melissa Dereberry * * (ok...but too much angst)
43. Secret Lives by Diane Chamberlain * * * * (a very good book from a favorite author!)
44. Night Corridor by Joan Hall Hovey * * (Mystery, just OK)
45. Into the Darkest Corner * * * * * (Suspense, EXCELLENT!)
46. Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Hyde Ryan * * * * * (EXCELLENT)
47.The Escape Artist by Diane Chamberlain * * *
48. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn * * * * * (Mystery/suspense, I liked this one a lot!)
49. Gone by Cathi Hanauer * * *
50. The Marriage Pact by MJ Pullen * * * (Total chick lit)
51. Regrets Only by MJ Pullen * * * * (Sequel that was better than the first book, total chick lit)
52. Slave by Sherri Hayes * * * *
52. Need by Sherri Hayes * * * *
53. Driving in Reverse by EC Richard * * (sic-fi, great concept, the ending was lacking and felt rushed)

Non Fiction:
1. Good Night Dear: The Unsentimental Diary of a Bereaved Husband by Darren Humphries
2. What's the Difference? by Fritz Ridenhour

******I also have an embarrassing habit of reading romance novels....I won't bore you with all of these, however, if you need a romance novel recommendation let me know! ****
Total Romance novels read in 2012 thus far = 35

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50 books in 2012-- rating *-not worth reading **read if it's the only book in the room ***okay book ****good book *****great book (everyone should read)

1. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about epidemics)
2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about geniuses)
3. Becoming the Woman of His Dreams by Sharon Jaynes **** (non-fiction, marriage advice)
4. Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge **** (fiction-romance, Amish, but w/character devel.)
5. Simply Sara by Hillary Manton Lodge **** (fiction-romance)
6. Book of Dreams by Davis Bunn *** (adventure. . .not his best one)
7. Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin **** (funny improbable historical adventure)
8. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about "gut instincts")
9. The Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn **** (fiction-adventure)
10. Code of Honor by Sandy Dengler **** (cool romance. . .girl rejects guy at the end)
11. The Power or Pinjara by Sandy Dengler *** (Australian romance series)
12. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo ***** (read-aloud for children. . .good conversations!!)
13. The Last Day by James Landis **** (fiction-war tribute)
14. Beyond the Shadows by Robin Lee Hatcher **** (fiction--exploring alcoholism's effects)
15. What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell *** (short vignettes)
16. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ***** (teen fiction. . .riveting)
17. The Wishing Pearl by Nicole O'Dell **** (teen fiction. . .fine plot, a little pedantic style)
18. The Staticstical Probability of Love at First Sight *** (teen fiction. . .explores divorce)
19. Prophet by R. J. Larson ***** (fantasy. . .humorous, thought-provoking, fun)
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FICTION:
1. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke. Very well written.
2. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Great little WWI story written from horse's perspective.
3. Burn by Nevada Barr. Anna Pidgeon mystery. Unnecessarily & disgustingly graphic.
4. Need You Now by James Grippando. Somewhat convoluted, not his best.
5. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan. Good. Reading his first now.
6. The Affair by Lee Child.. A Jack Reacher story.
7. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Quick read. Amusing.
8. All I Did Was Kill My Man by Walter Mosley. Best Leonid McGill novel yet.
9. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. Good. Wish I read it before Very Bad Men.
10. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Fascinating.
11. Plugged by Eoin Colfer. Good noir. If you like Ken Bruen, read this.
12. D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods. Subpar Stone Barrington novel.
13. Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. Good thriller.
14. The Infernals by John Connolly. Quirky but funny, especially the footnotes.
15. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. Thriller about woman who loses her memory overnight.
16. At The End of The Road by Grant Jerkins. Hard to put down excellent thriller.
17. A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins. Excellent mystery.
18. Dark Justice by Jack Higgins. Quick read, disappointing.
19. Stay Close by Harlan Coben. Good, but far from his best.
20. Wild Thing by Josh Bazell. Crazy but compelling. Read Beat The Reaper first.
21. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman. Good Alex Delaware novel.
22. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. Strange. Can't believe it was a national bestseller.
23. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington novel MUCH better than the last one.
24. The Sixth Man by David Baldacci. Entertaining thriller. Enjoyable read.
25. The Innocent by David Baldacci. Uneven but exciting thriller. A real page turner.
26. Shock Wave by John Sandford. A good Virgil Flowers novel.
27. Lethal by Sandra Brown. Very good mystery.
28. Defending Jacob by William Landay. Very good, more than a mystery.
29. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Quick read. Not bad.
30. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Historical, suspenseful, excellent.
31. The Midnight Club by James Patterson. Early work. Needed editing. Good ending. Blogging.
32. Gone by Mo Hayder. One of the best I've read this year. Mystery. Thriller.
33. Ritual by Mo Hayder. Grisly thriller. Pretty good.
34. Raylan by Elmore Leonard. Better than I expected.
35. Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. Award winning graphic novel. Like a real one.
36. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Chilling novel about a victim of abuse.

NONFICTION:
1. Run Less, Run Faster by Pierce, Murr and Moss. The FIRST training program.
2. The Case For Israel by Alan Dershowitz. Eye opening and persuasive.
3. I Didn't Ask To Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby. Amusing little book with some clever insights.
4. Cosbyology by Bill Cosby. Disappointing.

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1. Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander
2. England, England by Julian Barnes
3. Ashes and Bones (An Emma Fielding Mystery) by Dana Cameron
4. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
5. Book of Ebenezer Le Page by G.B. Edwards
6. Organizing for Life: Declutter Your Mind to Declutter Your World by Sandra Felton
7. A Grave Disturbance by D.M.Greenwood
8. The Tao of Time by Karen Hunt
9. Foolish Ways by D.M.Greenwood
10. The Old Gods Waken by Manley Wade Wellman
11. They Rang Up the Police by Joanna Cannan
12. Miss Peabody's Inheritance by Elizabeth Jolley
13. Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America by Molly Ivins
14. Dogs of Windcutter Down by David Kennard
15. Hula Done It? by Maddy Hunter
16. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
17. The Landscaping Ideas of Jays by Judith Larner Lowry
18. Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men by Donald McCaig
19. Death in Fashion by Marian Babson
20. Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations by Alexander McCall Smith
21. The Hangman's Row Enquiry by Ann Purser
22. The Bolter by Frances Osborne
23. Scar Across the Heart by Bob Prouty
24. The Creaky Traveler in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland by Warren Rovetch
25. The Perfect Summer: England Just Before the Storm by Julie Nicholson
26. Tottering in My Garden by Midge Ellis Keeble
27. The Uninvited Corpse by Michael Underwood
28. Spence and the Holiday Murders by Michael Allen
29. A Hobby of Murder by E.X. Ferrars
30. 1066 and All of That by R.J. Yeatman & W.C. Sellar
31. Hag's Nook by John Dickson Carr
32. Father Water, Mother Earth by Gary Paulsen
33. The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom
34. A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark
35. Sweeping Changes: Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks by Gary Thorp
36. Ladies Paradise by Emile Zola
37. Sick of Shadows by Sharyn McCrumb
38. Lovely in her Bones by Sharyn McCrumb
39. Highland Laddie Gone by Sharyn McCrumb
40. Paying the Piper by Sharyn McCrumb
41. The Windsor Knot by Sharyn McCrumb
42. Missing Susan by Sharyn McCrumb
43. MacPherson's Lament by Sharyn McCrumb
44. If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him by Sharyn McCrumb
45. The PMS Outlaws by Sharyn McCrumb (originally read in 2010 but saved & read again as part of the series)
46. Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott
47. Plan B by Anne Lamott
48. Ghost Dance by Carole Maso
49. Striding Folly by Dorothy Sayers (audio book)
50. An American River Journal by Jo Classon Smith & Peter J. Hayes
51. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
52. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
53. Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben
54. Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh
55. Step in the Dark by Elizabeth Lemachand
56. The Enlightened Heart by Stephen Mitchell
57. A Glass of Blessings by Barbara Pym
58. A Killing Kindness by Reginald Hill
59. Nature Noir by Jordan Fisher Smith
60. Quiet Murder by Nancy Livingston
61. The Journal of Beatrix Potter
62. Death Cap by June Thomson
63. Case Closed by June Thomson

Currently reading:

Where There's a Will by John Mortimer
Scotland: An Intimate Portrait by Geddes MacGregor
Permission to Proceed by David Giwerc


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The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year.
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Books Read in 2012:

Fiction:
1. Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian
2. An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
3. The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
4. Our First 22 Days in Heaven by Dr. David Orlowski
5. I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
6. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
7. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
9. Defending Jacob by William Landay
10. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
11. Room by Emma Donoghue (reread for book club)
12. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
13. Save Me by Lisa Scottoline
14. Calico Joe by John Grisham
15. Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon by Donna Andrews
16. Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin
17. The Innocent by David Baldacci
18. The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obrecht
19. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
20. The Likeness by Tara French
21. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
22. We'll Always Have Parrots by Donna Andrews
23. The Kairos by Paul E. Hartman
24. A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
25. B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton
26. 2nd Chance by James Patterson
27. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Non-fiction:
1. The Irmmortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
2. Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef
3. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
4. Coffee is Bad/Good for You by Robert J. Davis
5. The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith


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'50 Books in 2012': (Rating 1-5 stars: 1 star-'Why did I read this?'; 2 stars-Below average; 3 stars-Average to marginal; 4-stars-Recommended; 5 stars-Excellent)

25. Wild-Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Author did the PCT alone, telling all she gained and lost...a very wild ride...a fantastic read)*****
24. Falling Bodies by Andrew Mark (Grieving physics prof. abandons life in order to heal)****
23. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (Incredible retelling of Hosea in post Gold Rush days)*****
22. Threading the Needle by Bostwick (Last one of the series)****
21. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Suspenseful journey of Lithuania deportees to Siberia through the eye's of a teen)*****
20. The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler (Widow deals with wife's death as she assists with his grieving)****
19. These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf (Mysterious death of baby brings young mother's family dysfucntions to light)****
18. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (Old diary in Bainbridge Is., Wa. reveals family's secrets) ***
17. A Thread of Truth by Bostwick (More from the Cobbled Court series...enjoying these characters)****
16. Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron (Thriller, hacking plan against health insurance co.)****
15. Ties That Bind by Marie Bostick (Next in this comfy series) ****
14. A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick (Light read, w/ solid characters...Quilt shop, second chances at life, first in series)****
13. Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Memoir about grandparents moving in to assist their daughter's. Family after her death)***
12. Defending Jacob by William Landay (Tightly plotted, legal/psychological thriller...Landay is good! Never saw the end coming...)*****
11. Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan (Betrayed wife proves 'living is the best revenge'...well written) ****
10. The Underside of Joy by Sere' Prince Halverson (Step mother fights to keep her family together after losing her husband) ***
9. Riding the bus with my sister by Rachel Simon (To strengthen their relationship, Rachel agrees to ride the city bus for a year with her mentally challenged sister)****
8. Perfection: Memoir of Betrayal by Julie Metz (Young artistic widow discovers husbands other life)***
7. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (Historic fiction, the first Native American to receive a Harvard degree in the 1600's....a passionate & vivid story) *****
6. End in Tears by Ruth Rendell (Det. Wexford & team scope out murderers behind a surrogacy plot) ***
5. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Smart, wise and fun read. Single girlfriends take on NYC society in the early 30's. Geo. Washington 's 'rules' at the end, an aside & a bonus) ****
4. The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Racial issues & marital conflict divides a Southern family, think 'The Help') ****
3. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Mataxas (Incredible! My first Kindle Fire Book)*****
2. A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Booker Prize Winner, interesting timeline)***1/2
1. A Long and Happy Life by Reynolds Price (His prose radiates...pure brilliance. Price's first novel...a classic)*****+

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50 books in 2012-- rating *-not worth reading **read if it's the only book in the room ***okay book ****good book *****great book (everyone should read)

1. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about epidemics)
2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about geniuses)
3. Becoming the Woman of His Dreams by Sharon Jaynes **** (non-fiction, marriage advice)
4. Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge **** (fiction-romance, Amish, but w/character devel.)
5. Simply Sara by Hillary Manton Lodge **** (fiction-romance)
6. Book of Dreams by Davis Bunn *** (adventure. . .not his best one)
7. Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin **** (funny improbable historical adventure)
8. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell ***** (non-fiction. . .about "gut instincts")
9. The Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn **** (fiction-adventure)
10. Code of Honor by Sandy Dengler **** (cool romance. . .girl rejects guy at the end)
11. The Power or Pinjara by Sandy Dengler *** (Australian romance series)
12. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo ***** (read-aloud for children. . .good conversations!!)
13. The Last Day by James Landis **** (fiction-war tribute)
14. Beyond the Shadows by Robin Lee Hatcher **** (fiction--exploring alcoholism's effects)
15. What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell *** (short vignettes)


And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. Col. 3:23


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1) City of Masks by Daniel Hecht
2) Across the Nightingale Floor - Lian Hearn
3) Brilliance of the Moon - Lian Hearn
4) Grass for His Pillow - Lian Hearn
5) Heaven's Net is Wide - Lian Hearn
6) The Pilots Wife by Anita Shreve
7) Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer

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I'm in a challenge on GoodReads to read 100 books this year. So far, so good!

1. Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander
2. England, England by Julian Barnes
3. Ashes and Bones (An Emma Fielding Mystery) by Dana Cameron
4. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
5. Book of Ebenezer Le Page by G.B. Edwards
6. Organizing for Life: Declutter Your Mind to Declutter Your World by Sandra Felton
7. A Grave Disturbance by D.M.Greenwood
8. The Tao of Time by Karen Hunt
9. Foolish Ways by D.M.Greenwood
10. The Old Gods Waken by Manley Wade Wellman
11. They Rang Up the Police by Joanna Cannan
12. Miss Peabody's Inheritance by Elizabeth Jolley
13. Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America by Molly Ivins
14. Dogs of Windcutter Down by David Kennard
15. Hula Done It? by Maddy Hunter
16. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
17. The Landscaping Ideas of Jays by Judith Larner Lowry
18. Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men by Donald McCaig
19. Death in Fashion by Marian Babson
20. Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations by Alexander McCall Smith
21. The Hangman's Row Enquiry by Ann Purser
22. The Bolter by Frances Osborne
23. Scar Across the Heart by Bob Prouty
24. The Creaky Traveler in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland by Warren Rovetch
25. The Perfect Summer: England Just Before the Storm by Julie Nicholson
26. Tottering in My Garden by Midge Ellis Keeble
27. The Uninvited Corpse by Michael Underwood
28. Spence and the Holiday Murders by Michael Allen
29. A Hobby of Murder by E.X. Ferrars
30. 1066 and All of That by R.J. Yeatman & W.C. Sellar
31. Hag's Nook by John Dickson Carr
32. Father Water, Mother Earth by Gary Paulsen
33. The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom
34. A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark
35. Sweeping Changes: Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks by Gary Thorp
36. Ladies Paradise by Emile Zola
37. Sick of Shadows by Sharyn McCrumb
38. Lovely in her Bones by Sharyn McCrumb
39. Highland Laddie Gone by Sharyn McCrumb
40. Paying the Piper by Sharyn McCrumb
41. The Windsor Knot by Sharyn McCrumb
42. Missing Susan by Sharyn McCrumb
43. MacPherson's Lament by Sharyn McCrumb
44. If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him by Sharyn McCrumb
45. The PMS Outlaws by Sharyn McCrumb (originally read in 2010 but saved & read again as part of the series)
46. Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott
47. Plan B by Anne Lamott
48. Ghost Dance by Carole Maso
49. Striding Folly by Dorothy Sayers (audio book)
50. An American River Journal by Jo Classon Smith & Peter J. Hayes
51. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
52. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
53. Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben
54. Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh
55. Step in the Dark by Elizabeth Lemachand
56. The Enlightened Heart by Stephen Mitchell
57. A Glass of Blessings by Barbara Pym

Currently reading:

The Journal of Beatrix Potter
A Killing Kindness by Reginald Hill
Permission to Proceed by David Giwerc

Kate, in Citrus Heights California

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Lao Tse

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year.
~ John Foster Dulles

To ignore the facts does not change the facts
~ Andy Rooney

Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made. ~ Wayne Dyer



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FICTION:
1. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke. Very well written.
2. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Great little WWI story written from horse's perspective.
3. Burn by Nevada Barr. Anna Pidgeon mystery. Unnecessarily & disgustingly graphic.
4. Need You Now by James Grippando. Somewhat convoluted, not his best.
5. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan. Good. Reading his first now.
6. The Affair by Lee Child.. A Jack Reacher story.
7. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Quick read. Amusing.
8. All I Did Was Kill My Man by Walter Mosley. Best Leonid McGill novel yet.
9. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. Good. Wish I read it before Very Bad Men.
10. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Fascinating.
11. Plugged by Eoin Colfer. Good noir. If you like Ken Bruen, read this.
12. D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods. Subpar Stone Barrington novel.
13. Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. Good thriller.
14. The Infernals by John Connolly. Quirky but funny, especially the footnotes.
15. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. Thriller about woman who loses her memory overnight.
16. At The End of The Road by Grant Jerkins. Hard to put down excellent thriller.
17. A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins. Excellent mystery.
18. Dark Justice by Jack Higgins. Quick read, disappointing.
19. Stay Close by Harlan Coben. Good, but far from his best.
20. Wild Thing by Josh Bazell. Crazy but compelling. Read Beat The Reaper first.
21. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman. Good Alex Delaware novel.
22. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. Strange. Can't believe it was a national bestseller.
23. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington novel MUCH better than the last one.
24. The Sixth Man by David Baldacci. Entertaining thriller. Enjoyable read.
25. The Innocent by David Baldacci. Uneven but exciting thriller. A real page turner.
26. Shock Wave by John Sandford. A good Virgil Flowers novel.
27. Lethal by Sandra Brown. Very good mystery.
28. Defending Jacob by William Landay. Very good, more than a mystery.
29. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Quick read. Not bad.
30. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Historical, suspenseful, excellent.
31. The Midnight Club by James Patterson. Early work. Needed editing. Good ending. Blogging.
32. Gone by Mo Hayder. One of the best I've read this year. Mystery. Thriller.
33. Ritual by Mo Hayder. Grisly thriller. Pretty good.
34. Raylan by Elmore Leonard. Better than I expected.
35. Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. Award winning graphic novel. Like a real one.

NONFICTION:
1. Run Less, Run Faster by Pierce, Murr and Moss. The FIRST training program.
2. The Case For Israel by Alan Dershowitz. Eye opening and persuasive.
3. I Didn't Ask To Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby. Amusing little book with some clever insights.
4. Cosbyology by Bill Cosby. Disappointing.

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1) City of Masks by Daniel Hecht
2) Across the Nightingale Floor - Lian Hearn
3) Brilliance of the Moon - Lian Hearn
4) Grass for His Pillow - Lian Hearn
5) Heaven's Net is Wide - Lian Hearn
6) The Pilots Wife by Anita Shreve



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FICTION:
1. Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke. Very well written.
2. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Great little WWI story written from horse's perspective.
3. Burn by Nevada Barr. Anna Pidgeon mystery. Unnecessarily & disgustingly graphic.
4. Need You Now by James Grippando. Somewhat convoluted, not his best.
5. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan. Good. Reading his first now.
6. The Affair by Lee Child.. A Jack Reacher story.
7. Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Quick read. Amusing.
8. All I Did Was Kill My Man by Walter Mosley. Best Leonid McGill novel yet.
9. Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. Good. Wish I read it before Very Bad Men.
10. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Fascinating.
11. Plugged by Eoin Colfer. Good noir. If you like Ken Bruen, read this.
12. D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods. Subpar Stone Barrington novel.
13. Soft Target by Stephen Hunter. Good thriller.
14. The Infernals by John Connolly. Quirky but funny, especially the footnotes.
15. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. Thriller about woman who loses her memory overnight.
16. At The End of The Road by Grant Jerkins. Hard to put down excellent thriller.
17. A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins. Excellent mystery.
18. Dark Justice by Jack Higgins. Quick read, disappointing.
19. Stay Close by Harlan Coben. Good, but far from his best.
20. Wild Thing by Josh Bazell. Crazy but compelling. Read Beat The Reaper first.
21. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman. Good Alex Delaware novel.
22. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. Strange. Can't believe it was a national bestseller.
23. Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington novel MUCH better than the last one.
24. The Sixth Man by David Baldacci. Entertaining thriller. Enjoyable read.
25. The Innocent by David Baldacci. Uneven but exciting thriller. A real page turner.
26. Shock Wave by John Sandford. A good Virgil Flowers novel.
27. Lethal by Sandra Brown. Very good mystery.
28. Defending Jacob by William Landay. Very good, more than a mystery.
29. Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Quick read. Not bad.
30. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Historical, suspenseful, excellent.
31. The Midnight Club by james Patterson. Early work. Needed editing. Good ending. Blogging.
32. Gone by Mo Hayder. One of the best I've read this year. Mystery. Thriller.
33. Ritual by Mo Hayder. Grisly thriller. Pretty good.

NONFICTION:
1. Run Less, Run Faster by Pierce, Murr and Moss. The FIRST training program.
2. The Case For Israel by Alan Dershowitz. Eye opening and persuasive.
3. I Didn't Ask To Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby. Amusing little book with some clever insights.
4. Cosbyology by Bill Cosby. Disappointing.

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