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I grew up in a family of readers and reading seems to be the only real interest that has stuck with me through the years. I seem to like a little bit of everything, other than sci-fi and the older I get the more I seem to enjoy nonfiction.
Last year I made my goal of 75 books. This year I hope to make 75 again, but still would like to make more selections from both of the 1001 lists. Last year I only read 1 from each list.
I don't normally do reviews, but sometimes make note if a book has a big enough impact on me.
I welcome visitors and recommendations!! Happy Reading!!!
1.The Casual Vacancy--Rowling
2.Sarah's Key--de Rosnay
3.The Big Rock Candy Mountain--Stegner!!!!
4.The Widower's Tale--Glass!!!
5.The End of The Point--Graver!!!
6.A Step Of Faith--Evans!!!!
11.Whistling Past The Graveyard--Crandall
2.The Best American Short Stories 2012--T.Perrota
1.The Cutting Season--Locke!!!!
2.I Am Half-Sick of Shadows--Bradley!!!!!
3.Heart of Ice--Parrish!!!
5.Snow White Must Die--Neuhaus
6.Speaking From Among The Bones--Bradley!!!
8.The Bookman's Tale--Lovett!!
9.R.B.P.'s Damned If You Do--Brandman!!!!
10.R.B.P's Fool Me Twice--Brandman
11.The Bones of Paris--King!
2.Garden of Stones--Littlefield
4.Crossing On The Paris--Gynther
6.Girl With a Pearl Earring--Chevalier!!!!
7.Songs of Willow Frost--Ford!
1.Ten Thousand Heavens--Rosenthal
3.The Trial of Dr. Kate--Glasscock
4.My Mother's Secret--Witterick!!
1.The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating--Bailey!!!!
2.The End of Your Life Book Club--Schwalbe!!!!!
3.Life After Death--Echols!!!
4.I'd Like To Apologize To Every Teacher I've Ever Had--Danza!!!
6.Short Nights of The Shadow Catcher--Egan!!!!!
7.Small-Space Container Gardens--Richardson!
8.Tiny World Terrariums--Inciarrano & Maslow!!!!
9.The New Terrarium--Martin!!!
10.Expert Companions Household Skill and Tips--Baker!!!!
11.Women of The Frontier--Miller!!!
12.The Supper Club Book--Hoekstra!!!!!
13.Wisconsin Supper Clubs--Faiola!!!!
16.Salt, Sugar, Fat-- Moss!!!
17.Pilgrim's Wilderness-- Kizzia!!!
19.Ultimate Recycled Style Guide--Mead!
20.What's So Funny:My Hilarious Life--Conway!!
22.Son of a Gun--St. Germain!!
23.Heads In Beds--Tomsky!!
24.Bottoms Up--Draeger & Spetz
25.Still Foolin' 'Em--Crystal!!!!!
26.Flea Market Decorating--BH & G
27.Country Living Seasons at Seven Gates Farm
28.Tiny Beautiful Things--Strayed
29.Junk Beautiful Outdoor Edition--Whitney!!!!!
30.The Unexpected Houseplant--Martin!!!
1.The Gourmet Vegetarian Slow Cooker--Alley
2.Betty Crocker More Slow Cooker Recipes!!!
3.The Pillsbury Dough Boy Slow cooker Recipes!!!
4.The Comfort Diner Cookbook--Freehof!!!
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up--
1.Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm-- Wiggins!!!
2.Anne Of Green Gables--Montgomery!!!
I was looking forward to sleeping in this morning. I don't think 5am counts as sleeping in. :-( I did finally finish a book.
1.Unaccustomed Earth Jhumpa Lahiri 4 stars Short stories really aren't my thing, but every once in a while I find a book of short stories
My daughter has a book by Lahiri, so I am glad to see that you liked the one you read.
When it's this cold I don't like to push my luck to much and get stranded somewhere. I'm glad your not out in this today. I guess tomorrow is supposed to be the coldest day. I hope the sun is shining on you all week!!!
4.The Gourmet Vegetarian Slow Cooker Simple and Sophisticated Meals From Around The World by Lynn Alley
Not sure about sophisticated, but the recipes are simple. There are a few I think I will try. We use the slow cooker at work a lot, so maybe my ladies will be the guinea pigs.
I've been pretty good at sticking to my plant based diet over the last several months and it has paid off. I've kept off 20 of the 25 lbs I lost and at my last visit to the doctor my cholestrol reading dropped from 400 to 234. I have new general practioners and so far they are more open to me trying to lower it more with diet than insisting I take medication, which makes me happy.
Hope everyone is having a good weekend!!
I can't seem to concentrate on more than 1 book right now, so I set Anna Karenina aside. I finished--
6.Freeman A Novel by Leonard Pitts, Jr.
9.I Am Half-sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley 4 stars
It looks like our foster doggy will be going back to his family soon. I've been helping them with their latest move and they found a place that accepts dogs. I'm happy my friend can have her dog again, I know she missed him. I will miss him, but I will be glad to be back to having just 2.
I'm slowing finishing Anna Karenina in between other books. I can't seem to read it straight through, but I will finish it.
Hope everyone is having a relaxing Sunday!
10.Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay 4 stars
I enjoyed this one, just enough twists and turns. Reading Grisham is like visiting an old friend.
I read one of the Kincaid mysteries and remember enjoying it, but haven't gone back to the series. I'll have to put it on my list for reading in the near future.
15.Pillsbury Dough Boy Slow Cooker Recipes: 140 new ways to have dinner ready and waiting
16.The Comfort Diner Cookbook by Ira Freehof
19.Short Nights of The Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan
5 stars. This is about the life of Edward Curtis; photographer, historian, anthropologist. This is a very interesting and enjoyable read. The only thing I was a bit disappointed about is there are only a few of his photos in the book. I don't remember learning about him in school. I will be looking for more books on Curtis.
I read a novel called The Shadow Catcher by Marianne Wiggins a few years ago that Edward Curtis figured in. Wiggins writes well, but I got frustrated with the novel because there were some things that happened in the novel that definitely did not happen in Curtis' life. He was definitely an interesting and driven character. I may have to check into that biography.
I noticed your intro at the top of the thread that you're working with CBRFs. (This was a new term to me and I had to look it up.) I have a good friend who is a TBI survivor, and continues to struggle with health issues. I don't know what, if anything, the state I live in (Georgia) offers in this category, but I'm definitely going to check it out. Thanks for introducing me to the possibility of group homes for people with brain injuries & mental health issues.
I hope you are able to find some support and assistance for your friend.
A murder mystery set in Germany. Really could have been set anywhere. The names of places and people was the only thing letting the reader know it was Germany. It was ok, but not great.
Two ladies that do crafting together decided to try making terrariums. The book is full of whimiscal ideas.
26.The End of The Point by Elizabeth Graver 3.75 stars I'll be back to comment on this one.
This is a story of a wealthy old money family. The main location is their vacation property on the coast in Massachusettes. By the ordinary description it could take place anywhere on the upper east coast. This is one I started off liking, then not liking, then liking. In the end I'm glad I stuck with it.
28.The New Terrarium by Tovah Martin 4 stars Another one with some good ideas and helpful info about plants that are good in terrariums.
Boy oh boy am I behind this year!! Anyway I told myself I'm not going to shy away from the longer books this year and I'm enjoying baseball season.
33.Expert Companions Household Skills and Tips by Sarah Baker 4 stars This is full of all the day to day general information that grandma and mom used to pass on. This would make a good gift for young people starting out on there own.
Chick Lit The story of 3 women from different social classes sailing on the maiden voyage of The Paris.
I loved Horns but I agree it's not for everyone. I have still not read Hayder.
42.Diners Drive-Ins, Dives by Guy Fieri 3.5 stars I didn't really like this one. I guess you havr to watch the show to appreciate it.
47.Little Joe Book one of The Round Rock Series by Michael E. Glasscock III 3.5 stars
I received this from the Early Reviewer's Giveaway. The publisher also sent me book 2, The Trial Of Dr. Kate. Little Joe is set in Round Rock, Tennessee during WWII. The story is about a boy, Little Joe Stout, and how he came to live with his grandparents. It's a nice, simple story. I think it could be considered a YA novel.
There are going to be a total of 4 books in the series. I'm starting the book 2 today and will probably seek out book 3 and 4.
49.American Rust by Phillip Meyer 3.75 stars
This is Meyer's first novel. Here on LT it got mixed reviews. I wanted to read it before reading his new 2nd novel even though they aren't series.
This one is set in Buell, a steel town in Pennsylvania. It is a fairly good story about tragedy, connectedness to family and community and the path one chooses in life.
It's stories like this when I wish the rating system was broader. I don't really think it is a 4 star book, but I don't want to rate it 3.5 stars either. I'm often pass by books that are rated 3.5 stars, but I think this one should not be passed up.
I liked The Son, because I like stories of family and history. I'm not sure if I liked the 2nd part better than the 1st, but I understood the 2nd half better. The 1st half confused me.
I'm always rooting for a good ending, sometimes a good ending makes up for all the things I don't like about a book.
I think Tracy Chevalier might be my new favorite author. I didn't realize that she has been writing since the 90's.
55.Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford 3.75 stars
58.Matthew Mead's Ultimate Recycled Style Guide 4 stars
63.Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky. 3.75 stars
64.The Best American Short Stories 2012 Tom Perrota editor. 2 stars. Didn't like even 1 story in this collection.
My sister and I went up to Frisco (in the mountains about 2 hours away) for dinner with her daughters and their significant others and the family of one of the guys and sundry other good friends of theirs. It was so much fun to be with so much family! (I also ate like a horse and hardly ate anything today.)
65.Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars & Breweries by Jim Draeger and Mark Speltz
66.Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? by Billy Crystal 4 stars
Hi Mark!! Goliath was pretty good. I'm not a really big fan of graphic novels, but sometimes I need something in between the long novels.
70.Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me: A graphic memoir by Ellen Forney. 3 stars
71.Flea Market Decorating: Creating Style with Vintage Finds Better Homes and Gardens. 3.5 stars
Only 2 more days and 2014 begins. Oh my!!!
74.Junk Beautiful Outdoor Edition by Sue Whitney 3.5 stars
This is my list of favorites for the year:
The Big Rock Candy Mountain--Stegner
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows--Bradley
Speaking From Among The Bones--Bradley
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating--Tova
The End of your Life Book Club--Schwalbe
Heart of Ice--Parrish
Girl with a Pearl Earring--Chevalier
I'd like to Apologize to Every Teacher I've Ever Had--Danza
Tiny World Terrariums--Inciarrano and Maslow
The SupperClub Book--Hoekstra
Wisconsin Supper Clubs--Fiaola
Salt, Sugar, Fat--Moss
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher--Egan
Heads In Beds--Tomsky
Son of Gun--St. Germain
The New Terrarium--Martin
The Unexpected Houseplant--Martin
So on to the New Year!!!
Happy New Year! Wheeee!
75.The Unexpected House Plant: 220 Extraordinary Choices For Every Spot In Your Home by Tovah Martin 5 stars