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1beeg
Ene 1, 2013, 1:22pm

Here I am again, hopefully I'll do better this year

2drachenbraut23
Ene 1, 2013, 1:28pm

Happy New Year :)!

3drneutron
Ene 1, 2013, 2:52pm

Welcome back!

4cameling
Ene 1, 2013, 2:54pm

Happy new year, Brenda

5beeg
Ene 1, 2013, 9:57pm

hey you guys, got ya starred!

6ronincats
Ene 3, 2013, 12:30am

Found you!

7Whisper1
Ene 3, 2013, 8:53pm

Hi Brenda

Happy New Year to you my dear!

8beeg
Ene 4, 2013, 1:37pm

Thank you Linda, so good to see your name :)

9beeg
Ene 5, 2013, 5:50pm

My top 10 books for 2012:

1 The Alloy of Law Brandon Sanderson

A late-era Mistborn novel that has no plans to be part of another trilogy. I think he's lying too many loose ends, but I'm excited to see him back on the planet Scadrial.

2 11/22/63 Stephen King

I can't believe it took two weeks to read this. I was able to put it down with no remorse, most of Kings work sucks me in and I don't come up for air until the last page. A page turner this was not. I'm not talking trash about Uncle Stevie, I totally enjoyed this book. I realized (after counting on my fingers) I was 6 when Kennedy was shot. I remember coming home from school and my mother in front of the TV crying and telling me "the president was shot" I started crying as well but mostly because my mother was, at 6 I don't think I was too impressed with presidents as a whole. I also thought about if I could change history where would I go and what would I do. I got nothing. The book was lovely, from a time element, I can remember a lot of those times. I liked the way he snuck Pennywise and Derry in, all bad things start in Derry, I've decided it's a portal for evil. The book was just too long, even though I enjoyed the details, I found keeping track of all the characters had me wishing for a people index page I could refer back to. I wanted to see a happy ending but Uncle Stevie rarely gives us those, mostly they escape with their lives. Mostly.

3 Feast of Souls (Magister Trilogy, Book 1) C.S. Friedman

This was wonderful, big fan of Miss Friedman and how the hell did I miss this series? I've started the second book and need to order the third. The story is riveting and hard to put down, too bad I had plans to get things done in my house.

4 The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern

Magically Delicious

5 The Child Thief Brom

Whew, this is not your childhood story of Peter Pan, after thinking about it I never did read the book, just the Disney version with large color pictures. This book has beautiful illustrations do yourself a favor and do not put it on a Kindle. This is Lord of the flies in Never Never Land only it's Avalon complete with mist and no star on the left, Brom brilliantly weaves the two worlds together. There is no happy endings, this book belongs in the horror section as its full of gore, violence and monsters. I'm anxious to read the original book by J. M. Barrie just see how much Disney bastardized the story.

6 The Wind Through the Keyhole Stephen King

Uncle Stevie for what ever reason you like to scare us by saying you will never write again, I'm so pleased when I realize it's just a joke, you can't stop writing any more than I can stop reading. This is a story in a story in a story. Once upon a bye. The words are clever, the story is wonderful and I could have read non stop. You don't have to read the Dark Tower series for this, it stands alone just fine all by its self. Uncle Stevie rarely gives the warm and fuzzies but I have a smile and a contented feeling after finishing this book. A constant reader am I.

7 Blackout newsflesh trilogy Mira Grant

Ok, I spend the day reading, no TV no work just reading till it was time to go to bed and then I patted myself on the back for not staying up late to finish it. I reasoned with myself that it would still be there in the morning. Boy howdy do I like these books. I can't wait to read them again without the breaks in between. I love the humor, the snark, the story, the premiss, the conspiracies and best of all the zombies.

8 Bury your Dead Louise Penny

I love these books, this time we have three murders solved and the night is a strawberry.

9 Blood Oath Christopher Farnsworth

Well this was just plain fun, a vampire who's a black ops agent with a nerdy sidekick. Doesn't bog down and all the bad guys get away, the better to make sequels with my dears.

10 Legion Brandon Sanderson

I love the way this man writes, this novella features a sherlock holmes type guy that's way over crazy with invisible multiples running around as his Watsons.

10gennyt
Ene 18, 2013, 3:17am

How's it going so far this year?

11ronincats
Ene 18, 2013, 3:21pm

Wow, you've been busy reading for sure!

12Whisper1
Ene 18, 2013, 3:24pm

Your top reads of 2012 look great!

I hope all is well with you. Did I read on one of the threads that you are building a house?

Good Luck!

13beeg
Ene 20, 2013, 1:49pm

Hi ladies, I'm sorry to say I started a book and stalled out on it. Yes Linda I'm building a house and can I just go on record saying it's not a fun process. I spend most of my reading time watching HGTV and wigging over house plans, so thank you I need all the luck I can get :)

14karenmarie
Feb 3, 2013, 5:43pm

Thanks for the tip, beeg! As you can see, I found you.

We have built 2 houses in our almost-22 year marriage and gone crazy both times. Plans, paint, flooring, switch plates, move this to that, move that back, we forgot to budget this, we want to go over budget on that..... and then realizing that we forgot something or made a decision we'd like to change.

Good luck.

No wonder you're not reading much.

I love the idea of your top 10 for last year in your this years' thread. I'm going to go back to my 2012 reads and pick my top 10 too.

How're the beta fish doing?

15beeg
Feb 3, 2013, 6:20pm

Hi Karen! I've done a top ten each year I've joined the challenge, mostly to help me remember which books I've read and which ones to recommend to others that ask "what have you read that's good". Library thing pretty much keeps track of my books for me. It's amazing how many books I almost bought or re-read not remembering I had already done so.

16Whisper1
Feb 3, 2013, 6:48pm

Hi Brenda. I hope you are well today.

17beeg
Feb 3, 2013, 8:29pm

Hi Linda, today is great. The weather is wonderful, too pretty to stay inside but I did mostly. I'm on a Betta kick and spent the morning shopping for the fish's new homes and arranging plants. It's a mini house build I can control :)

18beeg
Feb 20, 2013, 3:42pm

1 Beautiful Creatures Kami Garcia

Yay, finally finished a book for the new year. It was ok, much better written than the Twilight crap, might not be as popular but it held my interest. Not sure if I'll read the next installment.

19karenmarie
Feb 24, 2013, 11:35am

The ice is broken! Congrats on the first book read.

Hope the betas are doing well....

20beeg
Feb 24, 2013, 4:28pm

Karen! The betas are doing well, I'm trying to figure out a space for the next tank, I really want one in every room - got the fevah! Kidlet wants one too.

21karenmarie
Feb 25, 2013, 3:47pm

I just adore watching Zephyr every single morning when I feed him (admittedly I only take a few minutes while I'm getting ready for work) and much more casual time in the evenings when I sit in the living room for up to several hours, right by his tank!

Should I buy stock in beta importing/breeding and habitat companies? :)

22beeg
Editado: Feb 26, 2013, 3:15pm

I think we should start "The save a Betta foundation" life in those little cups is just wrong.

Started another book today, but my mind is on the house plans. Waiting to hear back on the house plans because when I was there last week he didn't seem to catch any of the words I was using.

23beeg
Feb 27, 2013, 1:31pm

2 Apocalypse Z Manel Loureiro

Not a bad book, sometimes when books are translated they get a little cheesy in the dialog, I blame the translator. It read fast, kept me reading which is good and I'm trying to decide if it's worth checking out the next installment or not.

24beeg
Mar 7, 2013, 1:53pm

3 Odd Thomas Dean Koontz

a re-read, and I had forgotten most of it so it felt new. there is a new odd book out and I didn't care for the last one but wanted to see if I liked the first one as well as I remembered. I did. I also ordered it on Kindle only to realize I already owned it. This is another reason I have LJ, to catalogue my books. too bad I didn't check my bookshelf before I bought the new Brandon Sanderson book - again.

25karenmarie
Mar 7, 2013, 3:58pm

I still do that, even with my books on LT! I'll go to the thrift store or Habitat store and see a book and buy it. Very rarely I'll remember to take my cellphone in and get online to check - doing that has actually saved me buying several books recently. I just need to remember to do it all the time!

Never read any Dean Koontz....

26beeg
Mar 8, 2013, 9:31am

ugh, Dean Koontz is hit and miss, the Odd Thomas books are pretty good and Fear Nothing are the only books I would recommend. His earlier stuff is better, but again he has sone real stinkers in the mix.

27karenmarie
Mar 8, 2013, 8:26pm

I think once an author gets more than a few books under her/his belt there's bound to be a few stinkers. Some of my favorite authors are starting to disappoint - Susan Hill, Janet Evanovich, even Lee Child's most recent Jack Reacher was derivative..... it's always a challenge to keep finding good stuff to read.

28beeg
Mar 10, 2013, 11:15am

I feel your pain, I stopped reading most of those you listed because they became too formulaic and got bored. If you like Fantasy Brandon Sanderson has been pretty consistent with new ideas and great world building.

29cal8769
Mar 10, 2013, 8:45pm

Hi Brenda!! I found you! I have so many of the books that you read on my wishlist. I'm glad you are enjoyed them.

30karenmarie
Editado: Mar 11, 2013, 10:04am

I like some fantasy, I don't like stuff I call "Ewok-ish" - Star Wars 6 had the furry little irritants - but there's a lot of fantasy I do like.

It turns out that I have Elantris on my shelves. Apparently Sanderson has several series.

Is this one good? The ratings are good - 4.02 for 109 reviews.

31beeg
Mar 11, 2013, 10:44am

Hi Carrie! I'm sure I have you starred, but prolly lost you - glad you found me!

32beeg
Mar 11, 2013, 10:47am

Karen, Elantris is the first book I read and loved it. It's a bit lighter reads fast, and the concept is pretty cool, left me wanting more from this world. (I have a feeling he might go back). And even better no Ewoks

33karenmarie
Mar 11, 2013, 9:14pm

Well, as long as there are no Ewoks! I'm in the middle of a mystery and then must read my bookclub book for the April meeting (The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes), but perhaps after that.....

34beeg
Abr 17, 2013, 6:09pm

4 Lord of Darkness Robert Silverberg

I got this as an early reviewer and was thrilled to see something "new" by Robert Silverberg. First off it's not new, second it's nothing like Lord Valentine which I loved. This is based on a real life character while filling in and fleshing out his life and adventures in a full length memoir. To say it was a long journey would be an understatement, I felt like I was right along there with him wondering over and over again would we ever reach the end. It was long and tedious reading but just when I was ready to toss the book, it would draw me back in again. Sex, yes indeed, gore, you betcha. Not the usual things I think of when reading something by Silverberg.

35beeg
Abr 17, 2013, 6:10pm

yoiks, I'm only at number 4? and it's April?! I blame the house and the unsettledness that goes along with too many things going on.

36beeg
Editado: Abr 18, 2013, 3:50pm

Este mensaje fue borrado por su autor.

37ronincats
Abr 19, 2013, 9:40pm

Sounds like a Silverberg I'll pass on, but I loved the Lord Valentine books as well.

Sounds like RL is getting in the way of your reading bigtime!

38beeg
Abr 21, 2013, 12:33pm

I know right! LOL short attention span for sure. I'll start reading then drift off wondering where I'll put the new couch I haven't bought for the house I haven't built, and then move on to paint schemes.

39karenmarie
Abr 21, 2013, 3:39pm

You just cost me $4! I went to Amazon and found a used hardcover for $.01 plus $3.99 shipping. It's on its way, sounded terribly intriguing.

Yoiks indeed. Quality, not quantity. And house stuff is total death to relaxing and reading.

Hang in there.

40beeg
Abr 22, 2013, 3:39pm

5 Better off Dead in Deadwood Ann Charles

Book #4 in the deadwood series, still silly, cheesy and raunchy. Still a fan as well, so I'll keep up with the series until she goes all Stephanie Plum on me.

41beeg
Abr 23, 2013, 6:16pm

5 Dominion C.S. Friedman

I'm huge fan of Ms Friedman, totally loved the ColdFire trilogy reading them over and over when the mood struck me. I couldn't wait to revisit this world with promises of a prequel (I thought) to give more back ground on Tarrent (I thought) This read like a few chapters that ended up on the cutting room floor. If you wanted to know how the albino came about then you're in luck. I would have read this for free and been pleased, paying $1.99 left me feeling ripped off.

I'm still counting it because I'm waaaay behind

42beeg
Editado: Abr 24, 2013, 4:36pm

pssst I'm on fire

6 Timeless Gail Carriger

And still more silliness with loads of flash backs to my Barbara Cartland and Georgette Heyer days only with Vampires, Were-wolfs and mad scientist don't you know.

43karenmarie
Abr 25, 2013, 11:39am

Ooooh! I read Barbara Cartland in high school. My girlfriend Lori and I used to love them. We'd always look for the place where she wrote something like "And he drew her soul from between her lips....."

Still Love Georgette Heyer. Favorites include: These Old Shades, Devil's Cub, Faro's Daughter, The Quiet Gentleman, etc. etc.

Do you read the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris (for the record I watched 20 minutes of the first episode of True Blood and HATED IT, but I love the books.)

44beeg
Abr 27, 2013, 6:11pm

whoa, your Barbara Cartland impersonation is impressive! I read the first four books in the Sookie Stackhouse series and fell off the wagon, don't remember why? I do watch the series but I'm bored by it, I think I watch it for "Lafayette" - he is just so fabulous.

45beeg
Abr 29, 2013, 4:27pm

7 Steel's Edge Ilona Andrews

Fluff for the brain almost too much bodice ripper for me, but sex sells. I'm not sure why now that I think about it. I always associate bodice rippers with frustrated housewives or maybe I'm just thinking about my mother.

46beeg
Mayo 1, 2013, 12:03pm

7 Mrs God Peter Straub

Again, I already own this. It's in a collection of short stories from Houses without doors which has been fleshed out and turned into a novel. It's a strange book, its part haunted house, part crazy guy goes crazier and personally I think there are some vampires in there somewhere along with the ghosts. I think it's a good book to talk about with others and see what their take is, as it has a lot of layers I'm too lazy to peel back all on my own.

47karenmarie
Mayo 4, 2013, 10:22am

Hi beeg! Thanks re Barbara Cartland. We hooted and laughed our way through high school. I must admit that I read some of them in my 20s and quite possibly 30s.

You associate bodice rippers with your mother? Do tell.

I go through periods of loving "bodice rippers" but have gotten to the point where I want a good story too, with not TOO much improbability. Old Mary Balogh works, others too - too lazy to wander into the library to see the "sex" shelf as my daughter calls it.

I've added Mrs. God to my Bookmooch wishlist - maybe it'll pop up one of these days. So if I read it we can discuss it.

I'm having a reading drought - I've fallen back on the tried and true Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. Reading Nothing to Lose and listening to Killing Floor.

How're the bettas? Zephyr is fat and happy. I went through the effort of trying to introduce snails into his habitat, but both died. Don't know if he attacked them or they just died. I won't make any more attempts.

48beeg
Mayo 7, 2013, 2:50pm

Hi Karen!! I grew up watching my mother read "bodice rippers", didn't know they were called "bodice rippers" until later. I called them "Horny Romance novels" and found I leaned more toward monster stories and fantasy. You can only read so much "throbbing member" and "rosebud tipped breasts" before realizing there are other avenues of escape. Sorry about your reading drought, been battling that myself.

I have a new fish! He's simply gorgeous - a Crown-tail Betta and now have to unplug the toaster to make room. He's very dragon looking with his spiky ends and I was inspired by the last book I read, so his name is Drake.

49beeg
Mayo 7, 2013, 2:55pm

8 Blood of Dragons Robin Hobb

Still a faithful fan but these are not my favorite books, although this one is a bit better. I'm sure at some point I'll go back and read them over again without the break waiting for the next book. While looking at another Betta to save from the pet shop, I chose one that reminded me of the art work from the book, and the color descriptions of the dragons.

50beeg
Mayo 8, 2013, 9:31pm

9 NOS4A2 Joe Hill

I'm so pleased Uncle Stevie passed his writing genes on to his son. I don't compare them as they're different just talented with ability to write books you can't put down. My eyes are bleary and begging for mercy but I was hooked and couldn't stop until the last page and even that one was sneaky.

51alcottacre
Mayo 8, 2013, 9:33pm

#50: My eyes are bleary and begging for mercy but I was hooked and couldn't stop until the last page

I both love and hate when books do that to me!

52beeg
Mayo 9, 2013, 9:23am

Stasia! how nice to see your name, I've completely lost your thread er threads. I hope things are well at your end.

53cal8769
Mayo 10, 2013, 9:22pm

Ooooo that makes me want to read it even more!

54karenmarie
Mayo 10, 2013, 9:32pm

I just read the blurb on NOS4A2 and got the shivers. There will be a time I'll want to read it, just not right now.

Sad news, beeg - Zephyr went to betta heaven. Don't know why. He seemed off his feed last night and this morning and tonight he was dead. I'm very sad.

55beeg
Mayo 13, 2013, 6:37pm

:( poor Zephyr I always sing "Zephyr in the sky yi yi" when I see his name.

I had a great mothers day with the kidlet, we spent the night in the French Quarter and saw Wicked - so good. But there's no place like home.

56beeg
Mayo 17, 2013, 7:49pm

10 Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

This woman is brilliant, no other way to describe her. You read along thinking you have it figured out and the sucker punch nails you, you switch sides, then switch again. There is no redemption in her books.

57cal8769
Mayo 19, 2013, 9:31pm

I loved it and I'm glad you did too!

58beeg
Mayo 19, 2013, 11:21pm

big fan :)

59beeg
Editado: Mayo 22, 2013, 12:33pm

11 The Diviner Melanie Rawn

Sigh, why can't she finish the Mageborn books? LOL This was good, a bit boggy, I forgot most of The Golden Key and had it confused with another book waiting for the tie in. Silly me. Another set of books to re-read when they are complete.

Closing on my house tomorrow, most excited, most scattered. Not seeing too much reading in my future.

60karenmarie
Mayo 26, 2013, 12:44pm

Hi beeg - I loved Gone Girl. Roller coaster ride for sure. I also just read Sharp Objects, also by Gillian Flynn, which also takes no prisoners.

I hope that when you read this your house has closed successfully. All good wishes for you.

61beeg
Mayo 26, 2013, 4:34pm

Hi Karen, I have closed on my house and maybe just maybe they will start the ground breaking before my birthday at the end of this week coming. Gillian Flynn is batting 100, so far all her books are killer.

12 How to talk to girls at parties Neil Gaiman

Again I already own this. I'm getting a bit annoyed by this ploy of calling something new just because it's not in the same book it started out in. Most of it is a preview of his new book which I've already ordered.

62beeg
Mayo 26, 2013, 6:47pm

13 A is for Alibi Sue Grafton

Karen sent this to me a while back and I'm just now getting around to it - nice read! Super fast, interesting and tightly written. I'll be checking out the rest of the alphabet I'm sure.

63Whisper1
Mayo 26, 2013, 8:40pm

Hi. I'm way behind on posts. I've added the book y Joe Hill to the tbr pile.

I send all good wishes!

64cal8769
Mayo 27, 2013, 4:58pm

I liked the Sue Grafton series. It gets better for awhile and then.....it just fizzled out for me. I think I made it to Q.

65cal8769
Mayo 27, 2013, 5:00pm

Oops I actually made it to T. I'm not as far behind as I thought.

66beeg
Mayo 27, 2013, 6:32pm

indeed, you should wipe out the rest on principle ;)

67karenmarie
Mayo 27, 2013, 8:01pm

I read the first 7 Sue Grafton books when they came out, then quit. A friend gave me J-T in hardcover4 years ago, so I thought I should re-read them. Acquired A-I, U, and V, and read them all in order 2 years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed them this time around. Didn't get bored either.

I hope they DO start groundbreaking before your b-day.

Congratulations again.

68beeg
Mayo 28, 2013, 1:05pm

Thanks Karen, I've spend the day sitting around waiting for the contractor to call, I'm sure he's not worried about how I spend my day.

69beeg
Editado: Mayo 28, 2013, 1:14pm

14 Etiquette & Espionage Gail Carriger

Such fun, I'm a big fan of Ms Carriger such silliness in her books. This is sort of a prequel to her series The Parasol Protectorate two of the characters showing up younger and some light background. A fun new series I'm sure.

70beeg
Jun 2, 2013, 10:12pm

15 Black Angel John Connolly

This was very good, hard to put down and get anything done. I wish I could remember the earlier books but have to rely on the current one to keep me caught up. I'm loath to pick up another book, but it helps pass the time waiting for the next phone call from the Contractor.

71karenmarie
Jun 3, 2013, 7:42pm

Hurry up and wait, right?

Have fun reading.

72beeg
Jun 5, 2013, 1:15pm

Hi Karen :) Hurry up and wait indeed, I try not to dwell on it too much. Yeah I know bad pun.

73beeg
Jun 5, 2013, 1:20pm

16 The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince Robin Hobb

A quick read before I dive into something bigger. This is provides a bit of history in the Six Duchies dealing with the Wit born and how the prejudice started. The book read more like a ballad, pictures were pretty. I think it could have been fleshed out into a better book rather than fill.

74beeg
Jun 11, 2013, 3:46pm

17 Pale Demon Kim Harrison

Trying to catch up on all the series I've gotten into. This was pretty ok, I'm a bit lost as it's been an on going series and I forget most of the threads, I tell myself I'll re-read them when she finishes.

Maybe.

Still no progress on the house, I have four stakes on the lot, I tell myself this is proof of existence as I can now see where the house will live someday...

Maybe.

75beeg
Jun 13, 2013, 2:27pm

18 Joyland Stephen King

I get an extra day off this week and have plans to clean up the house, I read this instead. I couldn't put it down. The big Ta-da was a little flat but the story just flowed.

76beeg
Jun 16, 2013, 12:03pm

19 Cold Vengeance Preston & Child

much better, less of that sherlock and holmes thing they had going on. ends with a huge cliff hanger that makes me pick up the next book rather than waiting.

77alcottacre
Jun 17, 2013, 7:48pm

#76: I have only read the first book in that series. I really need to get back to it one of these days.

78beeg
Jun 19, 2013, 9:18am

Stasia, I think the earlier books are my favorites. Now they seem to be more shoot outs and fighting and running. Less suspense. I'm bogging down in the latest right now.

79beeg
Jun 19, 2013, 9:38pm

20 Two Graves Preston & Child

Maybe it was because the new book by Neil Gaiman came in that made this one sloggy to get through, I almost bailed to read it. It wouldn't surprise me to find out years later a ghost writer wrote this. I didn't find it to be as well written almost amateurish at times with cliche dialogs that annoyed me. Also running through the plot were two side plots that while didn't bug me as much, they didn't really add to the story only to drag it out. I'm sure I'll read the next book but I've lost my enthusiasm for them.

80beeg
Jun 22, 2013, 1:02pm

21 The ocean at the end of the lane Neil Gaiman

Mystical, magical, wonderful.

81drneutron
Jun 22, 2013, 4:45pm

That's two great reviews I've seen today. Must. Read. Now.

82karenmarie
Jun 23, 2013, 11:25am

I read American Gods by Gaiman and loved it - need to find more.

#75 - cleaning house is never as much fun as reading. You made the right choice. :)

83beeg
Jun 23, 2013, 12:09pm

Neil Gaiman is my man, huge fan girl here.

84beeg
Jun 25, 2013, 9:05am

22 The Rithmatist Brandon Sanderson

Loved this! Gearpunk and math how cool is that. I'm always blown away by this mans imagination and world building. His concepts have never been done before and are so well thought out you believe in them. YA for sure but not silly or predictable, I wish I had kids to push this off on.

85beeg
Jun 26, 2013, 11:27am

23 The Emperor's Soul Brandon Sanderson

Not my favorite, it felt rushed, weak, and thrown together. I didn't bond as well with this concept as the others, maybe because it wasn't as fleshed out.

86beeg
Jul 6, 2013, 1:13pm

24 The City & The City China Mieville

It was hard to wrap my brain around the geography which made it a bit distracting. Overall concept was cool, and the writing is brilliant. The pace was off and on with that annoying explaining thing that sums everything up at the end. I still enjoyed it but it was easy to put down.

87karenmarie
Jul 6, 2013, 5:55pm

Hey beeg! I agree with your assessment of The City & The City. I enjoyed it but it was almost a relief when I had finished it.

88beeg
Jul 7, 2013, 6:44pm

Hi Karen! yup, it didn't hurt my feelings when it was over either.

89beeg
Jul 8, 2013, 10:20am

25 San Diego 2014 Mira Grant

Loved this, more zombies! I will probably read anything she churns out.

90beeg
Editado: Jul 11, 2013, 7:17pm

26 Firstborn Brandon Sanderson

wrong touchstone. I didn't love this, it was whiny and ...stupid. Sorry Brandon.

91beeg
Editado: Jul 11, 2013, 7:17pm

27 Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box Mira Grant

bit of a tease really, but that's ok maybe more will come of it.

92beeg
Jul 18, 2013, 6:43pm

28 A perfect blood Kim Harrison

I was starting to wonder if I had skipped a book, but realized I forgot huge chunks of the previous book. Not much in the way of retention, but I'm reading. Still light fluffy fun.

House is moving along, almost all blacked in. It rains every day, I have no idea how they get anything done, but it's moving at a snails pace in the mud.

93beeg
Jul 22, 2013, 10:34am

29 How Green this land, how blue this Sea Mira Grant

Another nice Mira Grant fix until the next book comes out. I did have a hard time getting past the zombie kangaroos.

94karenmarie
Jul 23, 2013, 6:59am

Zombie kangaroos. The mind boggles.

I know they've made a movie of it, but quite a while back I read World War Z and really, really liked it. Have you read it?

95beeg
Jul 23, 2013, 7:22pm

Who knew after the apocalypse there would be animal preserves even if they are zombiefied but on the endangered list?

I did read World War Z it was in my top ten list a couple of years ago - loved it! I'm not too impressed with the movie though, it looks like it borrowed the title and that was it.

96beeg
Jul 24, 2013, 11:31am

30 Exit Kingdom Alden Bell

So good, I hated to see it end. To me this man writes brilliantly, you see this warrior, you feel his emotions, you wish he had your back.

97beeg
Ago 5, 2013, 6:38pm

31 Magic Rises Ilona Andrews

Big fun, I made a deal with myself after every chapter I would clean house for 15 minutes. That almost happened. Fast ride, totally held my attention until it was over.

House is moving along, waiting on bricks and a roof inspection. Ordered bathroom fixtures and painted poster boards future wall colours. Still stalking those.

98beeg
Ago 7, 2013, 6:50pm

32 Jumper Steven Gould

this has been in my tbr pile for a couple of years and it was great timing for it, held my interest, moved fast and the story was pretty good.

99beeg
Ago 17, 2013, 7:50pm

33 The List of Seven Mark Frost

I enjoyed this, fast pace, witty, I laughed out loud a couple of times. Great premiss - the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes based on Doyle's personal adventures. Something happened 3/4s of the way in, dunno, lost some momentum and the ending was a bit trite, but still worth reading.

100karenmarie
Ago 18, 2013, 7:53am

Hi beeg - I bookmooched this book and it's in my tbr stack. I'm reading The Last Policeman on Kindle now, a good premise and I'm enjoying it.

Happy Sunday!

101beeg
Ago 18, 2013, 10:46am

Happy Sunday to you too! I'm kinda laying low right now, death in the family had the world in turmoil, maybe why the last book fizzled? Things are brighter today even if the sun hasn't come out, they are finally bricking my house, in the same hit and miss fashion that seems to plague the building process. Your The Last Policeman looks pretty good, I might skip the books I have and jump on that one.

102karenmarie
Ago 18, 2013, 4:19pm

It was recommended by RichardDerus, drat him - he's always finding good books that I Must Have.

Sorry about the death in the family and the turmoil. Sometimes reading helps, and sometimes there's too much going on to fully enjoy reading. I hope things settle down.

And, there's always so much to stress about building. I still look at the floorboards in my bathroom, after 15 years, and wish I'd been insistent that they paint them again since the first time wasn't the best. Sigh.

103ronincats
Ago 19, 2013, 1:06am

Just a general {{{{hug}}}} regarding life and its vicissitudes, beeg.

104beeg
Ago 19, 2013, 6:55pm

thank you! the hug is much needed and much appreciated (and I had to look up vicissitudes, handy word that)

105beeg
Ago 24, 2013, 6:15pm

34 Green Jay Lake

This has been in my TBR pile for a while, I ended up buying it and might read again, dunno. I liked it, it moved fast - sorta all over the place. The writing is well done, but sometimes the pacing was off. I'm not sure how I feel about the ending, but noticed there is another book, not sure when I'll get around to it.

106beeg
Sep 5, 2013, 12:10pm

35 How The Light Gets In Louise Penny

After the cliff hanger I couldn't wait for this next book. I put the early reviewer book to the side and didn't come up for air. Contractor calls needs me to make a decision on the siding, nope, too busy I tell him. Flooring guy calls wants to know if I've decided on flooring - contractor needs to know, nope too busy right now. Appointments are knocking on my door wanting to come in, ok fine - I'll work, but then it's back to the book. The ending is bittersweet as I'm afraid this is the last one and I love Three Pines, I'm so grateful to KarenMarie for turning me on to this series.

107beeg
Sep 12, 2013, 6:23pm

36 The Telling Room Michael Paterniti

When starting this book I was captivated, the writing is brilliant the story was catchy and I was ready for the ride. Then it stalled out, fizzled and it was a chore to finish. The footnotes are annoying in that you have to keep reading at the bottom then back up to the top, find your place only to reach another footnote. The history was great, but between the history, the story, the authors tendency to muse about himself not even the cheese could save the day. In fact I got pretty bored with the cheese, and the book.

108karenmarie
Editado: Sep 12, 2013, 7:07pm

You're very welcome, beeg about Louise Penny. RichardDerus turned ME onto the series. What else is LT for but to talk about good books and series? You're reminding me that I haven't bought How the Light Gets In yet. I was going to buy it at the local bookstore because Louie Penny spoke there last Friday night, but never made it. Off to Amazon I go.....

Do you feel obligated to finish every book you start?

109beeg
Sep 13, 2013, 11:05am

Karen! I can't wait for you read How the light gets in just get your take on the ending. I don't feel obligated to finish every book, I have a 50 page rule that I've gotten pretty good at enforcing. This last book was an early review book and there were parts that made it worthwhile but the book as a whole was a hot mess.

110karenmarie
Sep 13, 2013, 2:15pm

A hot mess! You make me laugh. Early Review books are another matter and one does feel obligated to give them a run for their money. I've stopped doing ER books because I don't like feeling pressured to read. Makes it feel too much like homework.

How the Light Gets In is due on Monday. In the meantime..... I just got Mrs. God by Peter Straub via Bookmooch and may settle in on the couch with kitties, diet soda, some mixed nuts, and the book.

111beeg
Sep 23, 2013, 7:04pm

37 Fools War Sarah Zettel

This was not a favorite, the first part was awkward, then it sorted itself out and got better, then it got tangled back up. I didn't hate it, but if AI is so smart then shouldn't it be less human?

112beeg
Oct 2, 2013, 2:41pm

38 Doctor Sleep Stephen King

I love hanging out with Uncle Stevie, nothing gets done while I'm with him - mostly. This book was easy to put down, not to say it wasn't good, it just didn't have the same hook. Maybe it was all the references to The Shinning, like as if you hadn't already read the Shining? I didn't bond with any of the characters either, they weren't as fleshed out as usual and the story was just good, not great. I will always be a constant reader but this won't be on my favorite list.

113drneutron
Oct 2, 2013, 6:35pm

Hmmmm. Not good news!

114cal8769
Oct 2, 2013, 8:04pm

Oh no! I was looking forward to it!

115karenmarie
Oct 3, 2013, 6:36pm

I still have to acquire and read The Shining.....

116beeg
Oct 23, 2013, 10:31am

39 Inferno Dan Brown

Running and looking at art, then more running and looking at art, and more running. I enjoy the history bits, truly but all the running and chasing he has going on is boring to me now - not to mention suspending my belief can only go so far.

117beeg
Oct 28, 2013, 1:30pm

40 The Wolves of MidWinter Anne Rice

First I wondered if I've outgrown Anne Rice, it happens books I loved when I was younger don't hold the same appeal. I just don't love the last three books by Mrs Rice and I have to say as one of her fans I'm dissapointed she's no longer doing it for me. I found this book full of whiney dialogue, while the pictures she painted were beautiful and normally I love this about her, but it's all food and pretty decorations - where's the story? I can't tell if this is to be an on going series or if we're done. Either way I don't find I care.

118beeg
Nov 3, 2013, 10:50am

41 Dawn Octavia E. Butler

This title came up on a best horror list, but I would call it Sci-Fi. Not a bad story, not what I was in the mood for Halloween read wise. I doubt I'll bother with the rest of the series.

119beeg
Dic 10, 2013, 1:47pm

42 The Peacock fan Victoria Holt

This popped up in my kindle list, I don't remember reading it but probably did. I was a huge fan. Read in one day, nice fluffy fun.

120karenmarie
Dic 11, 2013, 6:28am

I used to love reading Victoria Holt - haven't ready any of her books in years and years.

Nice fluffy fun has its moments.

Back to an earlier post - I read How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny a while back and thought it her best yet. I was very unhappy with The Beautiful Mystery and was leery that there might be two duds in a row, but nope! Fantastic book.

Been busy with the house?

121alcottacre
Editado: Dic 11, 2013, 6:34am

Man, I remember reading Victoria Holt books when I was a teen. My mother was a huge fan - of her as well as her other incarnations, Philippa Carr and Jean Plaidy.

122cal8769
Dic 11, 2013, 6:44pm

I loved Victoria Holt books! When I discovered them in our high school library, I quickly read all they had. I'm afraid to read them now, I don't want the memories to be tarnished. Lol

123beeg
Dic 17, 2013, 5:55pm

Hi ladies, I'm sorta MIA these days but I am reading when not unpacking. I have four plastic totes that I fill up bring to the new house, empty and go back to the old house. At this rate it will be next year before I'm moved out but I feel less overwhelmed by the process.

124beeg
Dic 17, 2013, 5:56pm

Karen, do you think that's the last of the series? sure sounded like things were all wrapped up in a tidy bow.

125cal8769
Dic 18, 2013, 7:22pm

Moving, yuck. I don't envy you at all! It's amazing how much stuff you gather in your life.

126cal8769
Dic 24, 2013, 8:32pm

A very Merry Christmas!

127ronincats
Dic 25, 2013, 11:31pm

Merry Christmas!

128karenmarie
Dic 26, 2013, 8:26am

Hi beeg! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

To answer your question I hope not but don't know. Louise Penny's website doesn't say anything about it being the last book even though Penny does say its the culmination of many issues. I'm hoping it's not the last because except for The Beautiful Mystery I loved them all. I could have mostly done without The Beautiful Mystery except for the continuing development of the relationship between Armand and Jean-Guy.

Happy New Year!

How's the move going? Gone?

129beeg
Ene 2, 2014, 6:52pm

43 Howard's End E.M. Forster I don't love the third person narrative mode so much, it annoys me I find myself telling the book to shut up and let the other people talk. Other than that the story was good, I'm a fan of the movie and didn't feel like it let the book down.

130beeg
Ene 2, 2014, 7:00pm

44 The Unseen Alexandra Sokoloff I liked this for the most part, it borrowed pretty heavy from Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and I wish she would have done more with the with the characters fleshed them out better but over all it was a good read. I want to check out her other books.

131beeg
Ene 2, 2014, 7:11pm

45 Play Dead Anne Frasier This is pretty good, I'm sorry she's not going to continue this as a series I would be happy to read more about these characters.

132beeg
Ene 2, 2014, 7:13pm

46 The Farm Emily McKay this wasn't too bad for the most part - The Passage for YA. I hated the nickname "Ticks" and was amused by the current vampire tie ends.

133beeg
Ene 2, 2014, 7:15pm

46 The Lair Emily McKay the first book ended with a nice cliff hanger, I'm looking for books that don't hook me so bad I can't finish unpacking. I wish I had of invoked the 50 page rule, this time I stayed annoyed by the book really don't care about it's cliff hanger this time.

134cal8769
Ene 2, 2014, 9:33pm

Don't you wish for a magic wand, just for an hour, so you can finish unpacking?

135beeg
Ene 3, 2014, 8:18am

Carrie, I keep waiting for those cleaning elves but I wouldn't turn down a magic wand :)