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75 Books Challenge for 2011

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Edited: Jan 29, 2012, 8:10am Top

Fav reads of the year:
Church Folk by Bowen
March by Brooks
Sundays at Tiffany's by Patterson
Choosing to SEE by Chapman

The text (yes, there's text!) reads: You have released my imagination and set it free. By moving to Romania you removed me from the safety net of materials I was used to. And since I *had* to start scrapping to make gifts you’ve continued that unleashing process. First you bought me kits. Then you bought me photoshop, then a bamboo, then storage and then a faster computer and a big monitor. Thank you!!! xoxoxo

(All elements including font and papers from Impressions of Imagination by the Studio Collective at SBG. Template, altered, by JenJen @ PDW.)

More of my scrap layouts including this album can be seen here: http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/u11642-suslyn.html

255 Lord Monteith's Gift by Butler (msg 240)
254 The Apprentice* by Talemadge-Bickmore (msg 238)
253 Traitor's Daughter* by Overfield (msg 238)
252 Roses for Harriet* by Oliver (msg 238)
251 Married by Mistake* by McRae (msg 238)
250 Time's Tapestry* by Overfield (msg 238)
249 Lord Dragoner's Wife* by Kerstan (msg 236)
248 A Grand Design* by Jensen (msg 236)
247 With This Ring* by Kelly (msg 236)
246 An Inconvenient Wife* by Oliver (msg 236)
245 An Honorable Rogue* by Kihlstrom (msg 229)
244 Lucy in Disguise* by Kerstan (msg 229)
243 The Rake and the Heiress* by Kaye (msg 229)
242 Murder List* by Julie Garwood (msg 227)
241 Heartbreaker* by Julie Garwood (msg 227)
240 Miss Thornrose and the Rake* by Burrows (msg 227)
239 Reclaiming Lord Rockleigh* by Butler (msg 227)
238 The Bartered Heart* by Butler (msg 227)
237 The Discarded Duke* by Butler (msg 227)
236 Honor Besieged* by Buck (msg 227)
235 Love for Lucinda* by Buck (msg 227)
234 Cupid's Choice* by Buck (msg 227)
233 The Fleeing Heiress* by Buck (msg 227)
232 Mutual Consent by Buck (msg 221)
231 The Meddlesome Heiress by Cameron (msg 221)
230 The Bluestocking's Beau by Bell (msg 221)
229 The Ramshackle Suitor by Butler (msg 221)
228 Ashling by Carmody (msg 220)
227 The Undaunted Bride* by Cameron (msg 220)
226 My Lord Ghost* by Calvin (msg 220)
225 A Scandalous Bargain* by Cameron (msg 220)
224 The Straw Men* by Marshall (msg 220)
223 Quicksilver* by McCutcheon (msg 220)
222 Wizard Spawn* by Cherryh and Asire (msg 218)
221 Crystal Enchantment* by Dawson (msg 218)

220 Starrigger by DeChancie (msg 216)
219 Limbo System by Cook (msg 215)
218 The Queen of Ashes by Harris (msg 213)
217 FirstFlight* by Claremont (msg 213)
216 Star Sister by Coulson (msg 213)
215 Innocent Blood by PD James (msg 213)
214 King's Man and Thief* by Golden (msg 213)
213 The Paladin* by Cherryh (msg 213)
212 Veils of Shadow by Cooke (msg 213)
211 The Old Contemptibles by Grimes (msg 208)
210 The Rebel Prince* by Green (msg 208)
209 Nomad by Hawke (msg 208)
208 The Broken Blade by Hawke (msg 208)
207 Looking for Chet Baker by Bill Moody (msg 208)
206 The Bean Trees by Kingsolver (msg 208)
205 Sea Glass by Shreve (msg 207)
204 The Girl in the Gatehouse* by Klassen (msg 207)
203 Sea Without a Shore by Russell (msg 207)
202 Changer of Days by Alexander (msg 207)
201 Dog Wizard by Barbara Hambly (msg 207)
200 The Gentle Giants of Ganymede by Hogan (msg 206)
199 The Long Mynd by Hughes (msg 206)
198 Meet Me at the Morgue by Macdonald (msg 206)
197 Dead Crazy by Pickard (msg 206)
196 The Hidden Realms* by Green (msg 206)
195 The Silent Speaker by Stout (msg 206)
194 Close Her Eyes by Simpson (msg 206)
193 Digital Fortress by Brown (msg 206)

192 The Forging of the Dragon by Hughes (msg 201)
191 Eden Close by Shreve (msg 201)
190 The Pilot's Wife by Shreve (msg 201)
189 The Heart of Valor by Huff (msg 201)
188 Undue Influence by Brookner (msg 201)
187 A friend from England by Brookner (msg 201)
186 Pigs in Heaven by Kingsolver (msg 200)
185 A Ship Possessed by Gansky (msg 197)
184 Irresistible Impulse by Tannenbaum (msg 197)
183 The Warlock's Last Ride by Stasheff (msg 197)
182 Hidden Lives by Forster (msg 197)
181 Rival's Son* by Brown (msg 195)
180 Grave Concerns by Hunter (msg 195)
179 The Last Master* by Dickson (msg 195)
178 Star Web* by Cox (msg 195)
177 The Hidden Dragon by Radford (msg 195)
176 Slan by Van Vogt (msg 195)

175 Edwin of the Iron Shoes by Muller (msg 189)
174 Black Sun Rising* by Friedman (msg 189)
173 Outposter* by Dickson (msg 189)
172 The Red Room by French (msg 189)
171 World Without End by Russell (msg 189)
170 Hunter's Death by West aka Sagara (msg 189)
169 Arabella* by Heyer (msg 189)
168 Hot Money by Dick Francis (msg 189)
167 The Excalibur Alternative* by Weber (msg 187)
166 Heirs of Empire by Weber (msg 187)
165 The Hidden Queen by Alexander (msg 187)
164 Araminta Station by Vance (msg 187)
163 The Black Opal* by Holt (msg 187)
162 The Ghost of the Revelator* by Modesitt (msg 187)
161 Of Tangible Ghosts* by Modesitt (msg 187)
160 Regency Buck* by Heyer (msg 181)
159 Marrying the Major * by Maitland (msg 181)
158 Silence in Solitude by Scott (msg 181)
157 Fortune's Lady* by Richardson (msg 181)
156 Fever Season* by Hambly (msg 181)
155 The Bastard Princess* by Edwards (msg 181)
154 Escape Velocity* by Stasheef (msg 181)
153 Fatal Voyage by Reichs (msg 181)
152 The Truth Will Out by McPartlin (msg 181)
151 These Three Remain* by Aidan (msg 181)
150 The Toll Gate* by Heyer (msg 181)
149 The Initiate Brother* by Russell (msg 181)
148 Flash* by Modesitt (msg 181)
147 The Black King* by Rusch (msg 181)
146 The Black Queen* by Rusch (msg 181)

145 The One I Love aka So What if I'm Broken by Anna McPartlin (msg 174)
144 Dance Hall of the Dead by Hillerman (msg 174)
143 Legend* by Drake (msg 173)
142 The Foundling* by Heyer (msg 173)
141 The Hanged Man's Song by John Sandford (msg 173)
140 The Paid Companion by Quick (msg 173)
139 The Black Moth by Heyer (msg 170)
138 Princess of Flames* by Emerson (msg 170)
137 In the Caves of Exile* by Emerson (msg 170)
136 To the Haunted Mountains* by Emerson (msg 170)
135 Lady of Quality by Heyer (msg 165)
134 The Lady in Question by Westhaven (msg 165)
133 Sharp End by Drake (msg 165)
132 Doomsday Book by Willis (msg 165)
131 Sleeping Beauty* by Margolin (msg 159)
130 Are You Afraid of the Dark? by Sheldon (msg 159)
129 Edge of Evil* by Jance (msg 159)
128 Regency Christmas Wishes (msg 159)
127 The Shell Seekers* by Pilcher (msg 159)

126 Northern Lights by Roberts (msg 155)
125 Temptress by Jackson (msg 155)
124 Carolina Isle by Deveraux (msg 155)
123 The Big Bad Wolf by Patterson (msg 155)
122 Smoke in Mirrors by Krentz (msg 150)

121 Girl from the South by Trollope (msg 149)
120 Seducing an Angel by Balogh (msg 148)
119 First Comes Marriage by Balogh (msg 147)
118 A Matter of Class by Balogh (msg 147)
117 Your Wicked Ways by James (msg 145)
116 A Wild Pursuit by James (msg 145)
115 Fool for Love by James (msg 145)
114 Duchess in Love by James (msg 145)
113 Lie Down with Lions (msg 143)
112 The Tin Collectors by Cannell (msg 142)
111 Abduction by Cook (msg 139)
110 The First Victim by Pearson (msg 138)
109 Day of Reckoning by Higgins (msg 132 & 134)
108 People of Darkness by Hillerman (msg 132)
107 No Good-byes by Kagan (msg 128)
106 Angels AllbyTown by Rice (msg 127)
105 Exocet by Higgins (msg 127)
104 Buzz Cut by Hall (msg 127)
103 Volcano by Rice (msg 127)
102 The General by Davis (msg 127)
101 Surrender Sweet Stranger by Pace (msg 121)
100 The Fire Inside by Martin (msg 120)
99 Thornbeck by Trent (msg 118)
98 Land of Dreams by St John* (msg 118)
97 The Perfect Poison by Quick (msg 188)

96 Windmills of the Gods by Sheldon (msg 109)
95 Beach Music by Conroy (msg 108)
94 Burning Lamp by Quick (msg 95)
93 Thai Horse by Diehl (msg 95)
92 Love and Splendor by Hagan (msg 83)
91 Show of Evil by Diehl (msg 83)
90 Lady Rogue by Burke (msg 83)
89 Thunder on the Plains (msg 79)
88 Renegade by Hobb (msg 78)
87 Forest Mage by Hobb (msg 78)
86 Ten Things I Love About You by Quinn (msg 71)
85 Fired Up by Krentz (msg 71)
84 We Shall Not Sleep by Perry (msg 70)
83 The Third Circle by Quick (msg 70)
82 Quicksilver by Quick (msg 52)
81 At the Stroke of Madness by Kava (msg 52)
80 Shaman's Crossing by Hobb (msg 51)

79 We Shall Not Sleep by Perry (msg 70)
78 The Third Circle by Quick (msg 70)
77 Quicksilver by Quick (msg 52)
76 At the Stroke of Madness by Kava (msg 52)
75 Shaman's Crossing by Hobb (msg 51)
74 When Beauty Tamed the Beast by James (msg 48)
73 Promises in Death by Robb (msg 47)
72 The Carriage House by Neggers (msg 45)
71 All About Passion by Laurens (msg 44)
70 Big Jack by Robb (msg 44)
69 Bloodhound by Pierce (msg 44)
68 The Painted Drum by Erdich (msg 37)
67 Terrier by Pierce (msg 36)
66 Lady Knight by Pierce (Msg 32)
65 Squire by Pierce (msg 30)
64 Page by Pierce (msg 30)
63 First Test by Pierce (msg 23)
62 All About Love by Laurens (msg 17)
61 A Secret Love by Laurens (msg 17)
60 Borrower of the Night by Peters (msg 15)
50 Rogue's Proposal by Laurens (msg 11)
50 In Too Deep by Krentz (msg 11)
49 At Some Disputed Barricade by Perry (msg 2)

Edited: Apr 2, 2011, 10:14pm Top

At Some Disputed Barricade by Perry
genre fiction
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it 'cause I'm lovin this series
what I thought fabulous. poignant, difficult sometimes, but so good. Gotta get the next one!

ETA Currently reading an excellent rant by Whoopi Goldberg, Is It Just Me? Pithy, FAST moving, and of course makes you smile if not laugh out loud :)

Apr 3, 2011, 12:24am Top

Love your scrapbook page. You have so much talent! :)

Apr 3, 2011, 12:25am Top

#2: You remind me that I need to get back to Perry's WWI series. I wonder if I can unearth the books while I am organizing my library. . .

Apr 3, 2011, 12:42am Top

Hi, Susan! *waves* I just got back on LT. I can't wait to catch up with you and see all of your reading. Your scrapbook pages are always so beautiful! You are one smart and talented individual.

Apr 3, 2011, 3:06pm Top

I love your designs; they are so colorful and marvelous. Ready for the second quarter here.

Apr 3, 2011, 3:30pm Top


This is my first post to your threads, although I was reading your last one and saw that you were reading some Stephanie Laurens, which I have also been doing myself (I've just finished the Bastion Club series). And I love the idea of your shipment of books, with such a random selection. It's so easy to go for the same things over and over again if you choose yourself. Your scrapbooking page at the top of this thread is fantastic!

Apr 4, 2011, 12:40pm Top

Saying Hello on your new thread! :)

Apr 4, 2011, 1:13pm Top


Apr 5, 2011, 9:10am Top

Just popping in to say hello. Lovely scrapbook page.

Apr 5, 2011, 6:41pm Top

>7 susanj67: Susan! Thanks for surfacing :)
>8 BookAngel_a:-10 Hey, dear ones!

In Too Deep by Krentz
genre paranormal mystery
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it it was there
what I thought i knew this was the first of a trilogy. i didn't know the trilogy was attached to a larger series. Instead, in my ignorance, I thought the writer had a cool, chatty style, letting us think we'd been part of what went before and liked it. I thought it was a great technique LOL. well, i imagine this is labeled romance, and there is some, but IMO it's fits the bill for a mystery.

Rogue's Proposal by Laurens
genre romance
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it it was next in the series
what I thought There were two skipped sex scenes in this book, both after the couple was married. What I'd like to see but have little expectation: a woman who hasn't decided she wants to say yes, but can't/won't until she knows he loves her; a guy who says he loves her and then proposes; a gal who goes to the marriage bed a virgin. Ha!
On to the next one...

Apr 6, 2011, 1:33am Top

I enjoy Krentz's writing style too, Susan, and have several of her books. She also writes historical romances as Amanda Quick if you want to check those out. She writes futuristic romances as Jayne Castle. I do not care for the futuristic book nearly as much as I like the ones she writes under the other names.

Apr 6, 2011, 4:05am Top

#11: I think you're right to have little expectation of those things in a Laurens book! Does your library have the whole series of ebooks? I'm so jealous if it does - mine only ever has an odd one or two out of a series, never all of them ;-) Fortunately I can get the hard copies, but ebooks are so easy.

Apr 6, 2011, 11:17am Top

the library does not have all of most series available, often skipping book 1 and starting in at a much later # (like the J.D. Robb books, the first is #34).

However, Laurens seems to be an exception LOL

Apr 6, 2011, 9:25pm Top

Borrower of the Night by Peters
genre mystery
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it thought i'd give it a try
what I thought Years ago I got completely burned out on the Amelia books. Even so, I thought I'd give her Vicki Bliss series a try. Okay, I don't like Vicki at all. Maybe I'm not supposed to. My anitpathy for her, however, did not diminish my enjoyment of the story. Someday I'll probably try book 2. (It was really great to start a series with book 1!)

Apr 7, 2011, 7:32am Top

#15: I was introduced to the Vicki Bliss series on audiotape. I really like it, especially one of the later books, Night Train to Memphis. I hope you give it another shot.

Apr 10, 2011, 7:49am Top

A Secret Love* and All About Love by Laurens
genre romance
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it they were next
what I thought Turns out I'd read A Secret Love before. This one may be my fav of the series, but I'm not sure. And in All About Love I found one of my requests for the series fulfilled. He decided he loved her and told her before she told him. voila.
I had made up my mind to stop here even though the series goes on as The Bar Cynster is safely wed. However, the epilogue got me. I have to see what happens to Chillingsworth! hmph.

Apr 10, 2011, 8:37am Top

LOL at your last comment, Susan :)

Apr 10, 2011, 9:17am Top

Epilogues have got me in the past, too. I hope your library doesn't let you down and skip three or four. (I looked up the JD Robb ebooks at my library, btw, and the first one I saw was #37 ;-). Then I realised they were in alphabetical order, but even so, their first one is #8)

Apr 11, 2011, 3:00am Top

re: JD Robb, I've read the first 12 or so so that's okay. :) Enjoying Tamara Pierce atm. good stuff!

Apr 11, 2011, 3:22am Top

The latest JD Robb, Treachery in Death, is terrific, Susan. I hope you get a chance to read it some time.

Apr 11, 2011, 6:06am Top

thx for the heads up!

Apr 11, 2011, 7:46am Top

No problem. As you know, the series is a favorite of mine. Up until Treachery in Death, Conspiracy in Death was my favorite.

Edited: Apr 12, 2011, 7:23am Top

I can't remember the titles I've read, they all seem similar somehow ;->

First Test by Pierce
genre fantasy
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it it's by Tamora Pierce and I've really enjoyed most of what I've read by her.
what I thought This might be my fav Pierce so far! Hoping the library has the next book!!

Is it Just Me? by Goldberg
genre essays?
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it It's by Whoopi and I wanted to see what she had to say.
what I thought I'm just not a non-fiction kind of gal. That said, I'm abandoning it 1/3 the way through. Not because it isn't good. It is -- I really appreciate what she has to say. But it's due tomorrow.

I will say this for the book: It's a perfect bathroom book! If that makes no sense to you, then ignore it. If I had a hard copy, that's where I'd finish it :)

Apr 11, 2011, 2:45pm Top

#24 I read my first Pierce last month (and my second and third) - glad to hear the later books are even better!

Hope the library has some more of her books for you.

Apr 13, 2011, 12:39pm Top

Susan, I'm glad to see you liked the Chapman book. I bought it for the church library and the first day I put it out it was gone. I hope it gets returned; I'd really like to read it. I'm surprised you abandoned the George book. Even if I don't like a mystery I have to keep reading it just to see what happened, and especially hers since they are so well written. For the most part I don't pick hers up anymore though because her portrayal of people depresses me. Hope Stephane is recuperating well.

Apr 13, 2011, 2:54pm Top

Hey Sus - I just had a thought...remember when those Jasper Fforde books never reached you?? Well, maybe you can loan them from your library on the e-reader now. Maybe? That would be great...
The first one is The Eyre Affair. It might be worth checking.


Apr 14, 2011, 2:17am Top

I already have Whoopi Goldberg's book in the BlackHole. I am glad to see you were enjoying it :)

Apr 14, 2011, 8:04am Top

>26 thomasandmary: I hope Choosing to SEE comes back too! Until LT I finished any book I started. The folks here with the 50 page rule et al helped me give myself permission to leave a book unfinished. I'm so glad. There are plenty of other books to finish.

>27 BookAngel_a: They did have a Fforde and I checked it out. Couldn't get past page 10! I'll try again some time.

>28 alcottacre: Hope you enjoy!!

Apr 15, 2011, 6:45am Top

Page and Squire by Pierce
genre fantasy
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it they were next
what I thought really, seriously, enjoying this series! when I'm done I'll prob go back to the original series of which I've only read the last.

Apr 15, 2011, 10:20am Top

29- I think it was tough-going for me at first too. It was hard to get used to the world that Thursday Next lives in, at least for me. But after I understood more it got better.

Glad you are reading something you enjoy!

Apr 16, 2011, 1:12pm Top

Lady Knight by Pierce
genre fantasy
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it it was there
what I thought Fabulous. I really enjoyed it. I suspect it's the last in this set (although I do have another in the universe). If not I'll just be glad! I'm off to check when I'm finished here.

Apr 16, 2011, 1:23pm Top

I haven't read that series yet but I'm glad you are enjoying it. I've loved everything of her's that I've read. So far my favorites have been Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen, but they are all great!

Apr 16, 2011, 1:49pm Top

Susan!!!! Here you are!!! :) you were lost :P

Edited: Apr 17, 2011, 4:28am Top

Kath you crack me up!
Kittybee -- I havent read those. I can say that I got bored at the end of the 4 Qtr books, but still... :P

ETA to add that the husb just finished reading a book I gave him for Christmas a few years back, The Billionaire's Vinegar. His take? "not really satisfying. ... not exactly boring." LOL

Apr 19, 2011, 9:38am Top

Terrier by Pierce
genre fantasy
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it wanted to see how it was
what I thought really good. the style is different from her other Corus books, but it's set in the same universe. Once again, I'm thinking *this* might be my fav... at least until I read the sequel. LOL (Richard you don't want to read this one)

Reading The Painted Drum right now -- wow. It's due back at the library in 22 hours LOL-- then it will disappear from my ebook. If I'm not done, I'll just have to get on the waiting list - again.

Apr 20, 2011, 7:43am Top

The Painted Drum by Erdich
genre fiction
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it don't remember why I selected it.
what I thought I really enjoyed it right up until the end which left me blah. My mom pursued a degree in North American Indian culture. That may have increased my appreciation for the story, or maybe not :) Regardless it was a good read.

Apr 20, 2011, 8:06am Top

I love Erdich.. I have a couple more of hers on the shelf waiting patiently for me..

Apr 20, 2011, 10:35am Top

I should not be surprised that you knew her already! This was my first taste.

Apr 20, 2011, 10:59am Top

Aren't e-library books a gas?

Apr 20, 2011, 11:03am Top

LOL I'm lovin' em!! finding all sorts of goodies (and trashing the yuckies off my shelf!)

Apr 20, 2011, 3:27pm Top

My library has about 1,000 enovels, so it's a bit like an airport bookshop - it's probably not going to have exactly what I'm looking for, but there's usually something to borrow. It's made me try some new things, or at least move authors up my list if I meant to get to them some day but the things I really wanted aren't available. I keep reading about Tamora Pierce on people's threads - I'll have to see if my library has any.

Apr 20, 2011, 4:41pm Top

I'll be watching to see if you get to give her a try :)

Edited: Nov 28, 2011, 7:13pm Top

It just occurred to me that if I keep reading at this rate, I'll exceed not only my count from last year, but the one before that as well (not combined, Lord willing!). Bother. I really am trying to read less. pooh

Bloodhound by Pierce
genre fantasy
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it next in the series
what I thought good stuff. i enjoyed it. the first in this set was unusual enough to catch my attention and really hold it. this was good, but the surprise effect wasn't there. still it was a good read.

Big Jack by Robb
genre futuristic romance
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it get back into the 'verse
what I thought Not sure where this sits chronologically in the series, but it's fairly early on. I enjoyed it; hadn't read it before.

All About Passion by Laurens
genre romance
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it to find out what happened to Chillingsworth
what I thought After reading JD Robb with her still steamy but mercifully shorter and less explicit sex scenes, I was shocked when I read the first bit LOL. Then I remembered: This is Laurens. Lots and lots of skimming in this book. But, there was a first: she was a virgin when she married him! LOL But, he still couldn't say "I love you." weak weak weak if you have to use the same motif all the time IMO.

Apr 26, 2011, 2:51am Top

The Carriage House by Neggers
genre romantic suspense, I suppose
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it have no clue why I put it on hold it back when
what I thought My first book by Neggers, but probably not the last. Nice mystery, liked the characters.

Apr 26, 2011, 10:57am Top

uh oh... The Neggers sounds pretty good..
I think I read something else of hers sometime in the dim past..

Apr 28, 2011, 1:18am Top

Promises in Death by Robb
genre mystery
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it it was time
what I thought JD Robb. up to her usual standard. Entertaining, occassionally thought-provoking. :)

Apr 30, 2011, 4:00pm Top

When Beauty Tamed the Beast by James
genre hist romance
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it Don't remember now why I put a hold on it.
what I thought Really quite good ... quite a few pages to skim/skip but not as many as in a Laurens book. Nice char development. I'd read another by her.

Apr 30, 2011, 11:45pm Top

Suse ma petite ange...Carla Neggers...Night's Landing is really, really, really good.

Do you know, I can't make myself care about the "In Death" series...something makes me just about go comatose. No idea why.

Much love, many hugs, lots of contented sighs because you're part of my LT universe, which makes it a brighter and richer place.

May 1, 2011, 11:44am Top

Hi Susan, it's great that you can borrow ebooks! It seems so strange, though, that they have to be returned.

>37 suslyn:: Louise Erdrich is one of my favorite authors. She has created a fictional community of Chippewas whose characters interact throughout her works - much like Faulkner, although her books are not as difficult to read.

Hope all is going well for you these days. When is your next trip back to the states?

May 2, 2011, 1:07am Top

Another page from my husband's ABC book

well Donna, I get the prob! if i don't 'return' them they will expire eventually but they also take up space in my reader and on my computer in the adobe digital editions library. THx for the tip on Erdich.

Stateside? no clue. Looks like our move will be to France. But still nothing certain. End of June is coming fast!!!!

Shaman's Crossing by Hobb
genre fantasy
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it wanted to see if it was any good (i really hated the mad ship books)
what I thought fabulous. I'd say this is her best work yet. I'm really impressed. If you like memoirs, military stuff or native legends you might like this too. While this book is first in a trilogy it comes to a clear end, no cliffhangers.

May 4, 2011, 4:19am Top

At the Stroke of Madness by Kava
genre mystery/crime fic
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it don't remember why I checked it out
what I thought ah, 4th in the series. okay that fits. It is, however, the first I've read. Thought the ending was too quick, but overall not a bad read. Especially recommended for folks who like crime mysteries.

Quicksilver by Quick
genre for me? fantasy (or maybe alt hist). What others would say "paranormal romance"
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it I like the first in the trilogy
what I thought Good. fun. I was surprised that this book went back a century. I thought it well done and enjoyed it, even if I did have to skip over some passages :)

May 4, 2011, 8:47am Top

Okay, I take this as a good sign (or 'the sign of a good book'?). Even though I'm reading another book now which is good and has my interest, I found myself wanting to pick up the Quicksilver story only to remember I finished it! oh well. :)

May 4, 2011, 9:14am Top

Any more fantasy recommendations?

May 4, 2011, 9:26am Top

I'm seriously enjoying Hobb's Soldier Son trilogy but have only finished book 1 so far. Just finished and really enjoyed two add on series in Pierce's Song of Lion universe. good stuff imo. Also really, seriously, enjoyed Tarr's Avaryan Rising trilogy which I read earlier this year. haven't made it far into the 2nd trilogy but I have it. Was a bit dismayed to see how much time had passed (and thence that I would not get to stay current with my fav characters! LOL)

I need to get to your thread to see what you've been reading... I'm woefully behind on threads (and the rest of life!!)

thx for the visit!

May 4, 2011, 9:30am Top

I like the sound of Shaman's Crossing! I just picked up the first book in her dragon series, so I'm hoping that's a good read as well.

May 4, 2011, 9:36am Top

Hobb as in Robin Hobb? I really liked her Farseer trilogy, so may give this one a try as well. Haven't read anything by Tamora Pierce or Tarr, but I remember reading something good about Song of Lion series in one of the threads here (could have been yours for all I know).

May 4, 2011, 9:44am Top

yes Robin Hobb. I really enjoyed her Tawny Man series too (follow up to Farseer).

I have only book 2 of the second set of the dragon series available to me, Faith, so I'm gonna give that a pass for now :)

May 4, 2011, 10:11am Top

checking in ... I think I would like those books.. :)

May 4, 2011, 10:34am Top

I'll be happy to read your opinion. :) Hope you all enjoy these.

May 4, 2011, 5:45pm Top

#58 Think I will stock up on some Hobb books and here I naively believed I was done shopping for books for the month, well, whom am I kidding *sigh*

May 5, 2011, 12:15am Top


May 5, 2011, 12:26pm Top

I have never been able to walk past a book sale or a book store. It's a worse addiction than chocolate! (At least it's not fattening.)

May 5, 2011, 1:45pm Top

#63 But chocolates don't take up your living space, specially when you live in a studio apartment!

May 5, 2011, 2:25pm Top

LOL :) I wish I had pics of some of the innovative book storage ideas we came up with. Stephane and I were in a 34 square meters studio for 5 years :)

May 6, 2011, 2:06am Top

My apartment is nearly the same size and I won't mind a few storage tips myself. As things stand now, my books have started encroaching my bed too! Makes me think of a Toy Story-ish version of books where all the books come to life as soon as I leave the room and make fun at my expense, lol.

May 6, 2011, 6:23am Top

Checking in, Susan! You remind me that I need to get back to the Tamora Pierce books I borrowed from Catey - last year! :)

May 6, 2011, 8:30am Top

So no pics of innovative storage? But you have words! What are some things you did to store books.. c'mon.. be a good enabler and share :)

Edited: May 6, 2011, 8:33am Top

Kait, Susan left a comment on my profile that she will share her secrets after Sunday, think they will be a life changer!

Edited: May 6, 2011, 5:02pm Top

Motion to Supress by O'Shaughnessy
genre legal thriller
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it don't remember what caught my eye
what I thought I was bored and quit reading at page 78

The Third Circle by Quick
genre fantasy (better known as paranormal romance/thriller)
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it I'd read an add on trilogy in the same 'universe' and enjoyed it
what I thought Good stuff. A little too focused on sex and perversity for my taste, but it was a good read. My library has all the books except book 1, which is no biggee for me. I'll probably read them all this year.

We Shall Not Sleep by Perry
genre fiction (WWI)
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it final book in the series
what I thought Absolutely fabulous finish to an excellent series. Exciting, surprising and very good.

ETA Piyush is right... I'll get back to you on the book storage next week.

May 9, 2011, 5:05pm Top

Fired Up by Krentz
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it part of the Arcane cycle
what I thought it cracks me up that these authors with multiple pseudonyms write books 'together' -- guess they're trying to increase readership? anyway, it was like the other arcane books. a little less S&M tone in this volume which I really appreciated. As I read the following book, I kept reflecting back to these characters and wanting to know the next part of the story! And that despite the fact that I was really enjoying Quinn's 10 Things...

I've also decided I think Krentz/Quick is a master of the art of weaving enough of the old stories in to the new volume without a) making you feel you shoulda' read the book and now she's catching you up or b) seeming awkward -- really seamlessly tied in IMO.

Ten Things I Love About You by Quinn
genre regency
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it the genre
what I thought really enjoyed it. for a change, the guy wasn't arrogant and the gal wasn't stupid! I'm going to be watching for other titles by her.

May 10, 2011, 1:24am Top

I enjoy Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series, Susan, so you might give those books a try. The first book in the series is The Duke and I.

I still have not read Perry's We Shall Not Sleep. I must remedy that!

May 10, 2011, 4:10am Top

I second Stasia's recommendation for the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn.

I read Ten Things I Love About You a couple of weeks ago and also really enjoyed it. And I finally worked out which of the Quick/Krentz novels is the first in the Arcane Society series the other day, and added it to my library wish list. I don't understand why the same series is written under different names - I thought the whole point of pseudonyms was so that one "author" could write e.g. Regency romances while the other persona writes horror novels and neither set of fans would be appalled ;-)

May 10, 2011, 6:07am Top

Krentz writes under at least 4 pseudonyms of which I am aware: her real name for her contemporary romances, Amanda Quick for her historicals, Jayne Castle for her futuristic romances, and back when she began, Stephanie James for her serial romances.

May 10, 2011, 7:49am Top

I think that Susan Wittig Albert is good also, as you describe Krentz...at not making you feel like you are missing something if you don't read all of her books. She brings you painlessly up to date, just a few sentences, in each book.

I am hooked, I tell you.. hooked!

May 10, 2011, 11:23am Top

unfortunately I've read all the Quinn books available to me through my library. Thanks ladies for the other suggestions! I'll be back soon with the book storage ideas.

May 10, 2011, 4:01pm Top


May 16, 2011, 7:06am Top

I have no idea if I've recorded everything!

Forest Mage by Hobb
genre fantasy
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it it's next in the trilogy
what I thought Good stuff. I was surprised several times in this book and it made me wanna get the next book in a hurry!

So I did:
genre fantasy
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it for closure!
what I thought And for a while I wondered if I'd get it. There were several places I thought she could have ended the story satisfactorily before she did. I'm so glad she didn't listen to me! LOL Really enjoyed this series and wouldn't mind having them in paper form on my shelves.

Read the prologue section to Detective by Hailey -- it was 60some pages. Trying to sort through books and get rid of stuff. I'll hang on to this one and the others of his that I have.

We're moving back to France and our barely habitable home in July. Had the first moving estimate guys here this morning and the next fella shows up in an hour or so. busy bees here!!

May 16, 2011, 6:23pm Top

Thunder on the Plains by Bittner
genre hist romance
where I got it that big shipment
why I read it to see if I wanted to keep it
what I thought 'not necessary' LOL -- not bad for what it is. If I weren't moving, I might even hold on to it.

May 16, 2011, 7:40pm Top

I do enjoy fantasy :)

May 17, 2011, 2:16am Top

I really need to read some of Hobb's books. I think I even own a few. . .

May 17, 2011, 7:21pm Top

Wow, reading, packing, weeding through the big shipment of books. And I know you are scrap booking too. Stay sane and enjoy the reading!

May 21, 2011, 9:07am Top

LOL Laura thanks you for the bendiction/admonition. I'm doing my best!

Lady Rogue by Burke
genre SF/romance
where I got it the shipment
why I read it to see if it was a keepr
what I thought Yes. LOL I enjoyed this 'futuristic romance' but really for me it was more SF with a bit of romance thrown in. Nice battles, fun plot. Hope I find more of her stuff and that if I do it's as good or better (I'm not saying this was a great book, i.e. a must read. It was a lot of fun for me.)

Show of Evil by Diehl
genre crime fic/legal thriller
where I got it the shipment
why I read it checkin it out
what I thought It's the kind of book I won't read again because I don't think I'd forget the details. Self-contained, I had no idea it was a sequel until I picked up Primal Fear later and recognized the cast of characters! Pretty good, esp if you love the genre. it can also be pretty gruesome. My complaint? the predictable last sentence! LOL This one and its prequel --> to Liliana.

Love and Splendor by Hagan
genre hist romance
where I got it the shipment
why I read it same ole
what I thought the lady did her research. sometimes that was a bit annoying as she made sure you read her finds (as she described the meal or the layout of the gardens...). Set mostly in France in the 1890s. Decent romance. Felt like a reread, but I'm not sure it was. Liliana will enjoy it.

also read 164, 116 etc. pages of several other books. when I got exasperated with the characters or bored I just moved it to the Liliana pile! :)

May 21, 2011, 10:39am Top

Best wishes for your upcoming move...

May 21, 2011, 12:14pm Top

Thx sweetie -- I'm on new medication that leaves me with serious headaches everyday. Doc and I are scheduled to discuss alternatives soon. Hard to get much done like this but I am still moving forward. Hallelujah :)

May 21, 2011, 1:24pm Top

I flat out refuse to take any med that makes me feel worse than I did before taking it. Non-compliant is me, with no regrets. Feel better soon, Sus..

May 21, 2011, 11:50pm Top

Sorry to hear about the physical headaches on top of the headache of move-planning, Susan. Prayers going up for both! ((Hugs))

May 22, 2011, 1:17pm Top

Just dropping by to say hallo. Sorry about the headaches Susan - I hope you and your doctor manage to find a better alternative. Good luck with the move!

May 22, 2011, 1:33pm Top

*soft brow-smooch*

May 23, 2011, 12:32am Top

You can always take more pills for headaches, and a few more for whatever side effects the headache pill has, eventually, you should be able to land up with a side effect you can live with. Hope I was helpful.

May 23, 2011, 11:08am Top

TY all. :) The doc took me back down in mg to the previous dose. Works for me!

May 23, 2011, 4:19pm Top

Hope all goes smoothly with your move back to France.

May 23, 2011, 10:53pm Top

#91: Good! I hope it continues to work for you, Susan!

May 24, 2011, 12:03am Top

Glad you are feeling better. I hate moving, so empathize with you!

May 25, 2011, 11:43am Top

Thai Horse by Diehl
genre thriller
where I got it the shipment
why I read it to move it off my shelves
what I thought enjoyed it a lot. quite a few twists that took me by surprise including the end. Don't need to re-read it while I am glad I read it once. --> Liliana

Burning Lamp by Quick
genre hist fantasy
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it it was next in the series and I wanted something lighter after the last few which while not heavy were dark.
what I thought it's a bit preposterous using the same families generations apart, but the story was fine. of course, my library only has the audio book of the 3rd and I can't play those. No big loss.

May 25, 2011, 8:46pm Top

Hey, Susan! *waving* I hope your headaches have cleared up.

May 26, 2011, 6:31am Top

well we'll see... turns out I was still on the previous dose til today. Forgot which one I was supposed to be taking! duh.

5 weeks til France. I'm not looking forward to going back -- uninvited lectures from all sorts of people, seeing people (men AND women) urinating in public... Trying to think of something I'll be glad to go back for. Oh -- Andrea. that's good. I'll get to visit with Andrea :)

May 26, 2011, 7:11am Top

Visiting Andrea sounds like a very good reason to return to France. Perhaps the only one, from the sounds of it!

May 26, 2011, 7:43am Top

Hope the medication problems clear up soon and your preparations for your move go smoothly.

Whereabouts in France are you moving to?

I still remember when I was in France at age 14 as part of my school's exchange programme asking to use the toilet in a cafe and discovering it was a long drop. And not a clean long drop either.

French food is good?

May 26, 2011, 7:36pm Top

thought of two more good things while I was out: I'll get to putter in my garden (I'm ignoring that it's wayyyyyy to huge and impossible to control) and I'll get to see Giverny again :)

Yes the food is good -- and the presentation is usually perfect! :)

Our home is in the southern suburbs of Rouen in Normandy.

May 27, 2011, 2:50am Top

If you have problems with seeing people urinating in public, India is definitely not the place for you :)

Ah, and same with the uninvited comments and pearls of wisdom :P

May 27, 2011, 7:18am Top

LOL I'll remember that -- thanks Piyush. Uninvited comments and pearls of wisdom sound a lot better than lectures. I had one guy refuse to sell me meat because I wasn't going to cook it the way he wanted me to!

I am seriously enjoying one of my 'shipment' books, Beach Music. I'll be taking it to France and sharing it there with Andrea. :)

May 27, 2011, 7:26am Top

#102: Another one of Conroy's books that I need to get to one of these centuries! Glad to see you are enjoying it, Susan.

Is the move back to France a permanent one? You may have mentioned it and I just missed it.

May 27, 2011, 3:07pm Top

I hope not! But the move may very well be permanent. Steph says he's going to look for a job in North America, but I haven't seen any signs of that happening and have my doubts

May 27, 2011, 6:34pm Top

>105 Donna828:: Beach Music wasn't my favorite book by Conroy, but even so, it's still a good read from a good ol' southern boy. If you stay in France permanently, we'll have to save our pennies and have an LT meetup over there. We'll let you get settled in first. ;-)

May 27, 2011, 7:39pm Top

LOL That would be very fun :) Any time... and I mean ANY time! Sign up for Travelocity KC to Paris -- the fares are sometimes stupidly cheap, usually in January... but hey, France is nice anytime for a visit IMO

May 28, 2011, 3:08am Top

#104: I would love for you guys to be on this side of the pond since my chances of ever getting to France are non-existent :)

May 28, 2011, 9:33am Top

Well Stasia, I'll be in Amarillo, Lord willing, in October to celebrate my 50th ...

I really enjoyed Beach Music up until the very end, maybe the very last page. I didn't care for that part. The wierd thing is that Conroy made me wanna revisit SC -- I lived there 3 years. Those were three miserable years. In addition to really loathing the false "so nice to see -- we'll have to do luuuuunch" type phrases which seem to pour out of the mouths of most inhabitants of the reiong, I am allergic to almost everything there!! My asthma was in full force.

So, to create that kind of desire in me, I figured the guy wrote really well, convincingly conveying his love for the place and the things which make it special.

May 28, 2011, 10:28am Top

#108: Well then, maybe we can meet up if you pass through the Dallas area on your way to Amarillo :)

May 29, 2011, 8:48pm Top

I absolutely love it when a sentence on its own makes an impact. I've often said that I collect sentences, but given that I've never written them down or anything like that it's not really true! Anyway, here are two from my current read Cold Case by Stephen White, a first from this author for me.

"Monday morning came around just when it was supposed to."
LOL I love that!

"God might have a better view than we did but I wouldn't believe it unless He sent a postcard to prove it." :)

May 30, 2011, 5:06am Top

I especially like that second one, Susan!

May 31, 2011, 7:25pm Top

Me too :)

Just finished Windmills of the Gods which turns out to have been a re-read. I liked it before, and I liked it again this time. Keeps you guessing til the end. But I'm pretty sure that won't happen on the third time around, so I'm giving it to Liliana.

Okay, it's official. I'm way behind on thread reading and with the move and everything else, I'm giving myself the summer off. I'll try to start up again this fall.

BFF Kim is coming over in July when we'll drive with Steph back to France taking a bit of time for some sites on the way :)

Big party this weekend. out of town next weekend. the huge joint farewell party last weekend of June. movers here to pick up stuff the 4th...

2nd female cat to the vet for spaying tomorrow. Blood work for me (endocrinologist workup) tomorrow too. The insurance coverage is better here for this type of thing. have to get the european passports for all the cats and take on other boyo in for shots. 5 cats is wayyyy to many!

father's day present in process as well as graduation present for the nephew. neice and aunt have bdays in June as well as the folks' 52nd anniversary (present ordered with delivery scheduled for that date).

and there's more!

Piyush, I've started work on explanations on our space-saving techniques and hope to have something soon!

ciao for now

May 31, 2011, 7:34pm Top

Susan, we shall miss you, but it certainly sounds like you have your hands full right now. Hope everything goes smoothly!

May 31, 2011, 7:54pm Top

Thx Roni -- I'll be posting as I read, but beyond that... dunno what will be possible.

Jun 1, 2011, 1:34pm Top

Good luck with your moving and I will look forward to your super space saver techniques unearthed in all their gory details!

Jun 2, 2011, 12:11pm Top

What Roni said, just post when you can to let us know how you are doing.

Jun 2, 2011, 7:50pm Top

Good luck with the move and I hope your health issues are resolved soon, Susan.

Edited: Jun 4, 2011, 6:13am Top

not in any particular order:

Thornbeck by Trent
genre hist romance
where I got it the shipment
why I read it cleaning out
what I thought Really quite good. rec for fans of the genre. On another note it made me think about syncretism a lot, a topic for thought for many years now. Maybe a scrap layout will come out of it. dunno. --> Liliana

Land of Dreams by St. John *
genre hist rom
where I got it the shipment
why I read it ditto
what I thought turns out it was a re-read. Liked it before, liked it this time and expect I'll like it the next as well. --> France :)

The Perfect Poison by Quick
genre romance
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it tired of my books
what I thought may be my fav of the series. it's the last one my library has available, but doesn't feel like the end of the series.

TY for all your well-wishes and prayers. big bbq here today 20+ folks. fish is the main deal today (trying to unload some of our white wine rather than bring it back to France). Have a cold, but feel somewhat better today.


Jun 4, 2011, 3:39am Top

Have a good time at the BBQ, Susan! Glad to hear you are feeling somewhat better.

Jun 6, 2011, 8:35am Top

The Fire Inside by Martin
genre regency
where I got it the shipment
why I read it getting rid of books
what I thought Well from the cover I thought it was set in modern-day high society, Imagine my delight when I found it was a good regency. :)

Turns out I had another Stephen White, Manner of Death, which is a prequel to the other one I read. Had no idea it was a series. If you're into crime fic/mysteries you might wanna give this guy a try. Found some priceless quotes in this one too. As I have a nasty flu and can barely think, I'm stopping reading this for now at p.86. I'll read it in France.

Jun 7, 2011, 8:50am Top

Surrender Sweet Stranger by Pace
genre hist romance
where I got it the shipment
why I read it cleaning out
what I thought i was pleasantly surprised. set in AZ territory during the civil war, it was really pretty good. a keeper.

Jun 12, 2011, 5:44am Top

#120: I just had to look at the cover to see what you were talking about :)

Jun 13, 2011, 2:18am Top

#122 Look what you did, you made me look at the cover too!

Jun 13, 2011, 10:49am Top

LOL -- back from a 3-day trip to the mtns (saying goodbye to the gorgeous Romanian countryside). Read a lot, had our camera stolen. Even so it was a good weekend.

Jun 13, 2011, 10:56am Top

Too bad about the camera, but envy you the scenery!

Jun 13, 2011, 10:55pm Top

Sorry to hear about the camera, but like Roni, I envy you the mountains!

Jun 15, 2011, 9:30am Top

Angels All Over Town by Rice
Exocet by Higgins
Buzz Cut by Hall
Volcano by Rice
The General by Davis

I liked all of these enough to finish them -- I've gotten very picky!! LOL I got rid of 10 others too, some of which I read half-way through before calling it 'enough' :)

I'm keeping the first for my friend Andrea to read. The others are all going to Liliana. I was surprised by Exocet and really enjoyed it. I also found The General to be quite good. It was a first book, and a pretty good one. I'd read more by him. I loved it all except the last sentence! LOL Turns out I read it in 2009 too, but I had no recall. That's an unusual thing for me, but I figured twice is enough.

Oh, and if you're into thriller romance, Rice's Volcano was a pretty good read.

Jun 15, 2011, 6:51pm Top

No Good-byes was interesting. People called it "irresistible." Sorry I can't agree. Definitely a chick book, but not chick lit :)

--> Liliana. Not bad, just once was enough.

Jun 15, 2011, 10:55pm Top

I have not read any Jack Higgins. I will give Exocet a gander.

Jun 15, 2011, 11:05pm Top

I wish I had more :) Hope you enjoy it. solid 3 in my boook...

Jun 16, 2011, 12:38am Top

I know Higgins has written a lot of books. I hope you can get hold of more some time.

Jun 17, 2011, 11:59am Top

Really enjoyed Hillerman's People of Darkness, part of a series about a Navaho cop. Seems I have several others too, and that's a good thing.

Currently enjoying another Higgins :). Day of Reckoning appears to be a lot harder (as in gruesome details) than the other I read., This cross-atlantic vigilante story has me thoroughly hooked at page 59.

Jun 17, 2011, 9:49pm Top

#132: My local library has Day of Reckoning so I await your final verdict :)

Jun 18, 2011, 11:23am Top

Well Stasia, it read like part of a series -- and it is! If you're going to give this a whirl, I'd start earlier on. But if this book is like the others in the series, I'd skip it. Lots of action, little to no char development. However, that could be because ALL of the players in this book were from earlier books in the series. It was like a vigilante reunion. So the others might be better.

Jun 18, 2011, 11:29pm Top

OK, Susan, I will keep that in mind and see if I can track down the others in the series first.

Jun 19, 2011, 7:39am Top

Started and rejected a book by Scott Turow. Started and set aside for later a Phyllis Whitney (too gothic for right now). Currently enjoying The First Victim, a book about containers of illegal immigrants into the NW.

Jun 19, 2011, 7:55am Top

Sigh. Why do people take things that don't belong to them??
Sorry about that. Glad you had a little get away though :)

Jun 20, 2011, 6:40pm Top

The First Victim by Pearson
genre crime fic
where I got it the shipment
why I read it seeing if it was a keeper
what I thought It is. Seriously recommended. Turns out this is 6th in the series. Had no clue. Thought there might have been one book before this one. So reads nicely as a stand alone if needed. Can't wait to get my hands on the others and see if they're up to this standard. My guess is they must be if Pearson got to book 6 :)

Jun 21, 2011, 11:34am Top

Abduction by Cook
genre thriller
where I got itthe shipment
why I read it cleaning out
what I thought okay -- kind of a modern Journey to the Center of the Earth with a good surprise ending. That said, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it just for the ending.

Edited: Jun 22, 2011, 12:35pm Top

turns out I've reduced my inventory by about 100 books. prob should be more, but I've kept any that look remotely interesting! LOL

big party tomorrow sponsored by Dacia/Renault for the 4 expats leaving. Big party Sat sponsored by the 4 expats leaving hosted by us... about 100 folks so far. Pool party, lamb on a spit, Lebanese catering, live band (by some of the expats leaving and friends, pretty good one too), dancing et al.

I'm pooped.

Jun 22, 2011, 2:20pm Top

I was going to say that you have really been moving through the books at a great pace--reducing the number to move has to have been an inspiration not to mention a goad--but I know you have had loads other stuff to do to get ready as well! Enjoy the party tomorrow, and I love your scrap page here!

Jun 22, 2011, 7:14pm Top

The Tin Collectors by Cannell
genre crime fic
where I got it the shipment
why I read it to see if it was a keeper
what I thought and early on I decided it probably was. So I kept putting it down in my 'read in France' pile, to check out another book, and kept picking it up again. I thought this book was just fantastic. Good pacing, very exciting -- really a great read IMO. :)

Jun 24, 2011, 9:14pm Top

Lie Down with Lions by Follett
genre thriller
where I got it the shipment
why I read it keeper?
what I thought For me Follett is usually hit or miss. This was 'meh'. Not a horrible read, nor would I urge to read it. However, if you're interested in Afghanistan, especially during their war for independence from Russia you might find it worth your time.

Jun 27, 2011, 8:57pm Top

I love the scrap page too. :)

Jun 28, 2011, 5:51pm Top

TY :)

The Duchess Quartet: Duchess in Love, Fool for Love, A Wild Pursuit. and Your Wicked Ways by Eloisa James. Read them because I was tired of blood and murders, gore and suspense. They were fine. Not amazing, not terrible. I did enjoy that you got to stay with the same characters through the stories, with additions and subtractions of course :)

Tried a Robin Cook thriller (too sad), a piece of modern fiction (awful family stories, depressing), a crime book (lust for blood), and a classic (the language was beautiful but required more of my brain that is available atm!).

So I've downloaded some more fluff, this time by Balough and it's working so far.

Steph's in France to return Fri. Tickets out with the cats and our cat sitter are still not firm due to a possible hiccough in getting the cats on board! grrr. Couldn't find the packing boxes today, but Steph told me where they're hidden so that should resume tomorrow. And I still have doc appts I need to make. I just keep remembering before and after the switchboard is open...

Hope you and yours are well.

Jun 28, 2011, 8:42pm Top

drive-by smooch

Jun 29, 2011, 2:24pm Top

A Matter of Class by Balogh
genre regency
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it for light reading
what I thought kind of a romeo and juliet without the tragic ending. light fun and well done although a bit predictable. she did use a nice and effective flashback technique.

First Comes Marriage by Balogh
genre fiction / regency
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it for more light stuff
what I thought Not really light but very good. While set in the regency period I think this fits the 'hist fic' category better. Addresses serious stuff and is very winsome. 1st in a series, unfotunately my library is missing volumes 2, 3 & 5.

off start book 4 :) (PS that last one is highly recommended at least for ladies)

Jun 30, 2011, 2:16pm Top

I do believe I liked the Huxtables book 4, Seducing an Angel, even more than the first one. Of course, the story I really want to read is the 5th and unavailable to me atm :)

Jul 1, 2011, 12:57pm Top

>148 suslyn: I think my preferment of book 4 to book 1 might be that book 4 is a typical but still good regency.

Girl from the South by Trollope
genre fiction
where I got it Richland County Public Library ebook
why I read it because with one exception I've really enjoyed her books
what I thought It may the best I've read by her so far. She's obviously done some thinking about relationships, and there's some wisdom here. She also does a super job at contrasting cultures and explaining the difficulties in crossing those boundaries/adapting.

Think I'll look for this one in hardcopy

Jul 3, 2011, 1:22am Top

Smoke and Mirrors by Krentz
genre romantic suspense
where I got it the shipment
why I read it tired of ebooks
what I thought meh. a few surprises which was nice. a little too pat for my taste --> Liliana

Jul 10, 2011, 8:12pm Top

I really like Mary Balogh's Huxtable family series. I hope you get a chance to read the rest of them! The 5th one is really good.

Jul 10, 2011, 8:27pm Top

wow... a lot going on in your world!

Jul 10, 2011, 8:35pm Top

That's great news Kitty! I'm on the list :) (have the book on hold)

Jul 11, 2011, 7:30am Top

I have not read Balogh's Huxtable series yet. Sounds like I need to get going on them!

Aug 1, 2011, 8:45am Top

okay here's a short list of books I've read while offline. No cute form as I'm at the internet cafe and working on a French keyboard (e"verything's in the wrong place!)

The Big Bad Wolf by Patterson.
A somewhat satisfying read with a cliffhanger ending. Found I had a continuation of the story in another book, but tossed it. gory, grueso,e;;; just dont need that now, and don't think I'll regret not having read it.

Carolina Isle by Deveraux.
Thought this was just going to be a yada yada makeover of The Prince and the Pauper. Happy to report that it was a lot more and fun; kind of a bach-read (super light but interesting).

Temptress by Jackson.
Good stuff. 12th century hist romance/mystery. Richard - you'd like it!

Northern Lights by Roberts.
This was very good. Except that it was set in present day, I was reminded of JD Robb. I think I'd like to add thjis one to my collection for a reread.

Aug 1, 2011, 11:11am Top

Does this mean you have now landed in France? Are you moved in? How are things?

Aug 7, 2011, 5:12pm Top

Yes, we're in France now :) But we're not settled, and we won't have internet for several more weeks!! Gack! In ROmania we had one of the world's fastest connections. I'm on dial-up right now! But in Romania, we didn't always have power... Comme si, comme ca :)


Aug 8, 2011, 12:32am Top

Hope you get settled soon and get in order one of the modern necessities of life, internet.

Aug 8, 2011, 7:38pm Top

The Shell Seekers* by Pilcher
genre fiction
where I got it out of storage!
why I read it It was lying out on top of some boxes
what I thought I love Pilcher. At first, it seemed gloomy to me (not my usual response to her writing), but by the end I was enthralled. Nice revisiting this old friend.

Regency Christmas Wishes
genre guess!
where I got it out of storage!
why I read it Needed something light after all the rest
what I thought I had to wonder if it's just that I've read this before and so remembered a few of the short stories or, and I suspect this is the right answer, that once again they've sold a collection of short stories with some repeated pieces. Won't know that until I unpack the stuff from Romania. And since we're redoing floors, wall insulation, etc. that will be no time soon. We decided to leave the bookshelves Steph made unassembled and the books in boxes for now at least til we know more about our renovating plans.

Edge of Evil* by Jance
genre mystery
where I got it out of storage!
what I thought I really enjoyed this book, again. I believe this is a standalone even though it's mostly set in the same region (AZ) as her series.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? by Sheldon
genre 'thriller' but not so much so LOL
where I got it out of storage!
why I read it it was there
what I thought Sort of meh, seriously unbelievable, but still an enjoyable enough read.

Sleeping Beauty* by Margolin
genre suspense
where I got it out of storage!
what I thought This was really good. I need to check out some more of his stuff and see if it's a fluke or the standard :)

There's more to add, but I'll save that for tomorrow. Gee, I'll be glad when we're no longer on outrageously expensive dial-up! :) xox

Aug 8, 2011, 8:13pm Top

Sorry about the dial-up connection but glad you are getting some reading done!

Aug 8, 2011, 11:22pm Top

Good to see you posting back here. Margolin's Sleeping Beauty was my first by him too and I read all his books for a while, though you do need a break as they can get a bit gory.

Aug 9, 2011, 5:12am Top

Hey, Susan! Glad to see you checking in, even if just momentarily :)

Aug 11, 2011, 10:35pm Top

Yes, good to "see" you! :)

Aug 12, 2011, 11:36am Top

drive-by hug to Miss Susan

Aug 15, 2011, 3:45pm Top

Thanks all for the visits and comments! Once we have our regular internet connection (next month?) I'll be back onto the threads -- and I'm glad. I've missed you guys and seeing what you're reading!

Some reads from July and August in no particular order:

Doomsday Book by Willis
genre sci-fi
where I got it French storage
why I read it I was jealous of all those who got to read it on LT while mine was in storage.
what I thought Still a keeper :)

Sharp End by Drake
genre military scifi
where I got it French storage
why I read it Didn't remember having read it before
what I thought I really enjoy this series, not least of which because while part of a series they stand alone fairly well.

The Lady in Question by Westhaven
genre regency
where I got it French storage
why I read it
what I thought worked well for a reread

Lady of Quality by Heyer
genre regency
where I got it French storage
why I read it It's Heyer :)
what I thought It's been a while since I've read this one. And even though the plot was immediately in my memory upon beginning it again, I enjoyed it very much.

Aug 15, 2011, 4:02pm Top

Hurray, you've gotten your books out of storage!

Aug 15, 2011, 6:03pm Top

Indeed! I'm pretty darn happy about that!! xoxo

Aug 16, 2011, 7:30am Top

Hooray for getting books out of storage! Hope your internet connection gets sorted soon and you can slowly settle in to your new home.

Aug 16, 2011, 8:12am Top

So you are getting settled in?

Aug 16, 2011, 11:26am Top

To the Haunted Mountains* and In the Caves of Exile* by Emerson
genre fantasy
where I got it French storage
why I read it I was in the mood for fantasy
what I thought I have three books by Ru Emerson and thought I had a trilogy. After books one and two I found that book three wasn't book three at all, but rather the first of another series. Guess I'll have to find the other books in The Tales of Nedao soonest! While each of the two books ended satisfactorily the whole story hasn't been brought to a conclusion.

Princess of Flames* by Emerson
genre fantasy
where I got it French storage
why I read it in the mood
what I thought I really love this story. Lovely story. I have often confused this book in my head with Claudia ?'s Bastard Princess book. Now I have to find it to see why LOL

The Black Moth by Heyer
genre hist fic
where I got it French storage
why I read it it was there
what I thought Not a regency, but set in the 1600s. Turns out I hadn't read this one. Glad I've corrected that oversight.

Yes we are getting settled in, thx. But it's slow work. Part of that is due to much needed and some just plain old wanted (but not necessary) renovations. In this process, we pulled up the laminate flooring in the bedroom. After removing a few more layers, we discovered wide, old oak flooring. Can't wait til it's refurbished! It's the perfect thing for this old farmhouse :)

We have a guest staying with us. She was pulling some ivy off our lilac tree out front and told me while she was there a rat walked up our steps, looked at her, ran back down, and then came back off to dash past her. Wonderful.

Aug 16, 2011, 6:04pm Top

Huzzah for books out of storage!!

The oak flooring sounds wonderful! I bet it will be terrific once it is refurbished. Best of luck with that, Susan.

Aug 17, 2011, 2:45am Top

Best of luck with the rat, maybe you will be able to teach him some tricks, like the one in The Green Mile?

Edited: Aug 17, 2011, 10:08am Top

Ha! :)

More catch-up posting:

The Paid Companion by Quick
genre Regency
where I got it French storage
why I read it why not? :)
what I thought Surprisingly good. A few steamy scenes. I wish she wrote more in the genre.

The Hanged Man's Song by John Sandford
genre thriller
where I got it French storage
what I thought My first Sandford, but not my last if I run across more by him. Fast-paced, interesting, and one in a series. I liked the chars a lot.

The Foundling* by Heyer
genre regency
where I got it French storage
why I read it it was time
what I thought Lots of fun. Enjoyed it as much as I did the last time I read it.

Legend* by Drake
genre fantasy
where I got it French storage
what I thought
Apparently this is a re-read because I remembered the end when I got to it (I am not one of those who reads the end before I read the pages preceding it). Makes me want to read all the books in the series. If seiges and warfare are boring for you, don't read it. If you like winning against impossible odds, this is for you :)

Aug 17, 2011, 12:53pm Top

Dance Hall of the Dead by Hillerman
genre mystery
where I got it the shipment
why I read it I love Hillerman
what I thought And this book did not disappoint. I'm really thrilled because I just found two more!

The One I Love aka So What if I'm Broken by Anna McPartlin
genre fiction
where I got it WH Smith, London
why I read it I was out of reading material and found this “buy two for the price of one”
what I thought I'd never heard of McPartlin. It was good and when I finished I was really glad I had another book by her.

? by Anna McPartlin
genre fiction
where I got it WH Smith, London
what I thought It was nice to see that she doesn't use the same devices in this book. Good strong characters and an interesting plot were the commonalites. I'll supply the title when I come across the book again. I didn't recognize it from her listed works.

Aug 17, 2011, 9:37pm Top

I have never heard of Anna McPartlin. Obviously I am going to need to try some of her books.

Aug 17, 2011, 9:40pm Top

I have all of Emerson's books, read them back in the day but it's been a while. I am so tempted to pick up a Heyer. YOu know that they are all on sale as ebooks for $1.99 this week in honor of her birthday, don't you?

Aug 18, 2011, 3:13am Top

Know, Roni, I didn't! Stasia -- I don't think you'll be sorry.

Aug 18, 2011, 3:42am Top

#177: Unfortunately none of McPartlin's books is carried by my local library.

Aug 18, 2011, 9:20am Top

rats have to be somewhere I guess.. better outdoors than in?

Aug 18, 2011, 10:36am Top

I hope you're settled in soon - and get your internet connection up and running. Next to unpacking the books, that's a priority. It looks like you're doing well on the book front. Let us know how life in France is going for you, Susan. You missed a terribly hot summer in the midpart of the U.S.!

Sep 4, 2011, 7:27am Top

We're moving! LOL

busy busy busy

Hopefully the next place will have better internet access!!

The Black Queen* and The Black King* by Rusch;fantasy; good. (Piyush, thought of you)
Flash* by Modesitt; SF; typical Modesitt SF
The Initiate Brother* by Russell; fantasy; good (I want the rest of the series)
The Toll Gate* by Heyer; regency; one of my favorites
These Three Remain* by Aidan; regency (Austen's P&P from Darcy's point of view - excellent)
The Truth Will Out by McPartlin; fiction (earlier mentioned unnamed book)
Fatal Voyage by Reichs; mystery (new-to-me Tempe Brennan book, gory but good)
Escape Velocity* by Stasheef; fantasy (rolicking fun set up for The Warlock series -- I know I missed some of the jokes)
The Bastard Princess* by Edwards; fantasy (1st in a series, cliffhanger; I understand she died and so it remains unfinished.
Fever Season* by Hambly; hist fic/mystery (read it)
Fortune's Lady* by Richardson; regency (like it a lot)
Silence in Solitude by Scott; sf (neither the first nor last in the series; good)
Marrying the Major * by Maitland; regency (good)
Regency Buck* by Heyer; regency

Sep 4, 2011, 8:13am Top

*waving* at Susan - good luck with the move (and the better internet access!!)

Sep 4, 2011, 2:10pm Top

Hope the move goes ok and there is better internet access.

Sep 4, 2011, 9:18pm Top

Good luck with the move and I'm adding the Sean Russell book to my tbr list, it looks v. good.

Sep 4, 2011, 10:08pm Top

The Toll-Gate is one of my favorites as well. May your move go smoothly!

Sep 5, 2011, 8:51am Top

>184 avatiakh: it really is good.

So is Fever Season -- I thought of it often during my 4 years in Romania and found it to be just as compelling this time around. Hambly has thoroughly researched a crime in 1830s New Orleans and fictionalized it. Good stuff.

Thanks guys for all the well-wishing. the amount of stuff to do is crazy. My lungs will be really glad to get away from this mildew!

Edited: Sep 19, 2011, 1:35pm Top

Of Tangible Ghosts* and The Ghost of the Revelator* by Modesitt; SF. I'd really like to get the next installment(s) in this series.
The Black Opal* by Holt. Hist fic set at the end of the 19th century in England and Australia. Decent read.
Araminta Station by Vance; SF. Need the next books in the series. Ends with a cliffhanger AND closure LOL
The Hidden Queen by Alexander; Fantasy. Absolutely excellent, IMO. In searching for the sequel I learned I can't buy the ebook via Sony because to use the software you've gotta live Stateside. wonderful. Guess I'll have to search for it in hardcopy because the other e-formats were reader-specific, but not for Sony.
Heirs of Empire by Weber; SF. Thought this was a re-read but I was wrong. I liked this pretty well and would be up for the sequel. Not in the Honorverse.
The Excalibur Alternative* by Weber; SF. Enjoyed this one as usual. Compared to most of his works this minors in politics.

should have regular internet sometime this week! :)

Sep 29, 2011, 5:10am Top

Boy howdy am I behind!

We're not moving. That was decided last week. Steph gets a car from work to drive, gas and tolls included, for $200/month. That's cheaper than moving and easier too. It doesn't negate the long commute, but it's the best option for now at least.

So work on the house moves forward. We bought our kitchen (they're usually empty here in France and everyone brings their last one to the new house...). Installation will be November and I'm hoping and praying that all will be done in time for me to prepare Thxgiving dinner!

I'll be 50 next week (ack!). So on the 8th friends are coming over to help celebrate. That means all the unpacking that was on hold is furiously being done.

The house? Still somewhat of a nightmare. I've lost count of the number of slugs I've removed from the house (I stopped counting at 7 and the number's been climbing steadily). I have learned not to touch them with my bare hands. THeir slime just doesn't come off! Pretty gross. We've had 3 dead mice so far. One long dead found under the "kitchen" cabinets and 2 killed by the cats. Happily no more rats have been seen. The spiders are prolific, as are the lizards... must have been a bumper year for lizards. THey're pretty cute... the big ones are only about 5 inches long (if that) and 3/4" thick. The little guys are about 2 inches long and 1/4" thick. I'm still puzzled by the dissolving slug I found in the kitchen the same day I found a lizard's tail. Do those two species tangle? If so, I'm calling the lizard the winner. (and how do slugs get in the house?)

We're getting a new cat, born in September, who will arrive around Christmas. This is a "G" year -- the kittens have to be named with that as the first letter. The owner of the mom dubbed him Greenwich. We'll see if that's how it will stand.

I'm going to post this and list books in the next just in case my internet goes wonky.

Sep 29, 2011, 5:26am Top

Hot Money by Dick Francis (mystery). My first Francis in several years. Perhaps my fav so far.

Arabella* by Heyer (regency). I waited long enough for a re-read to enjoy this very much. So much so in fact that I wanted more (think I dreamt part 2 of the story LOL).

Hunter's Death by West aka Sagara (fantasy). This is book 2 in a duology which while reading like a sequel, held together well despite the missing part 1. I really enjoyed it.

World Without End by Russell (fantasy). Another book 1 from a duology by Russell. As unlike the other Russell book 1 from a duology Initiate Brother as a book in the same genre can be with the exception that it is also quite, quite good.

The Red Room by French (mystery). My first Nicci French. The blurb says "Gripping, chilling, but also moving." I'd say that about sums it up. Wouldn't mind reading more by her.

Outposter* by Dickson (SF). Wonder if this type of book isn't Modesitt's inspiration for SF. And while Modesitt's are all predictably similar (they drink grey tea, wear green, use point darts and slingshots as weapons of choice...), I may prefer his works to this particular Dickson.

Black Sun Rising* by Friedman (fantasy). This excellent series was a pleasure to return to. Once I finished this volume, I hunted and hunted for book 2. Finally decided I don't have it and wishlisted it, and began reading book 3. Of course, half-way through I found book 2. But I'll skip it this time around! LOL

Edwin of the Iron Shoes by Muller (Mystery). My first Marcia Muller. I do believe this might be what Stasia calls a "cozy mystery." Good, fast-paced and an easy read, it's perfect for a rainy afternoon. I enjoyed it. Oh, just read that this is a first novel. Really good for that. The jacket predicts more. I'd be up for another!

C'est tout for now.

Note: Space-saving ideas coming soon for Kath and Piyush. I haven't forgotten you or your requests. Of course, by the time I get them done, you may no longer need it!

Sep 29, 2011, 9:15am Top

Sounds like you have an excess of wildlife, Susan. Early Happy Birthday!

Sep 29, 2011, 9:25am Top

Susan! It's good to see you posting. Wow, I had no idea about all the critters in France. I thought Missouri was bad. We're in cobweb season here - just in time for Halloween!

I remember turning 50. Those were the good ol' days for sure.

Take care... and don't run around your house in bare feet. ;-)

Sep 29, 2011, 10:21am Top

:-( for all the slugs, mice, spiders and lizards. Hope you enjoy your birthday celebrations next week.

Sep 29, 2011, 11:49am Top

Slugs in the house! horrible! I had those once; they came in at night and liked to congregate around the dog's food bowl. I think there were some very small holes they could squeeze through from outside. Don't know about lizards and slugs - but salt tends to dissolve slugs so maybe lizards have salty skin, or maybe the slug found salt somewhere else.

I hope you get unpacked enough to find all the party things for a good birthday celebration!

Sep 29, 2011, 2:20pm Top

#189 Lol, take your time, and with the real estate prices here, space saving ideas will never be "not needed".

Oct 5, 2011, 9:52am Top

Stephane gave me a magnificent present for my bday -- upgrades or new stuff for all my scrapping. A new wacom device, a step up from the bamboo I've been using; a large rotating monitor; something to really increase the speed and a lot more virtual memory; and, the killer piece: he scrapped a cover for my computer case. It's really marvelous. I'll add a pic once I get it online.

tooooo much to do, way to much before the party sat/sun so this will be brief!

Slan by Van Vogt; SF; okay not requiring a re-read --> Liliana
The Hidden Dragon by Radford; SF; excellent. I want the rest of the series.
Star Web* by Cox; SF; reallyl enjoyed this. Great conclusion. Wish there were a sequel.
The Last Master* by Dickson; SF; good stuff.
Grave Concerns by Hunter; mystery; my first Rhea Lynch novel and I hope it's not my last.
Rival's Son* by Brown; fantasy. I've got and have read book 1; now I just need the sequel to this one :)

All of these were in storage.

Oct 6, 2011, 11:33am Top

Go Stephane! I'm impressed by such a well thought out gift. Hope you have a great birthday.

Oct 13, 2011, 8:00pm Top

Once again into hurried list-mode. sorry!

Bday was great btw. Had a ton of fun and so did our guests -- always a plus.

Hidden Lives by Forster; memoir. I seriously disliked this book. A) I may not like her style. B) I don't think I much like her and it's her story. Sad because I really love biographies in general.

The Warlock's Last Ride by Stasheff; sf/fantasy. A satisfying end to the series.

Irresistible Impulse by Tannenbaum; crime fic. Pretty good and apparently part of a series. Certainly wouldn't mind reading more.

A Ship Possessed by Gansky; mystery. While I've read this before, I'd forgotten it. I thought I'd give it a try once more and then give it away. I was wrong. LOL There are more, apparently in the series and I'm interested. "Christian lit" but that's incidental (or coincidental?) with the story rather than the focus. If you like ghost stories or neo nazi intrigue you might enjoy this.

And, while I haven't read one cover to cover, I sure am enjoying using, reading and having available all my cookbooks which were supposed to have gone with us to Romania but went to storage instead.

Hope you're well. Hope I get back to your threads this year!! (renovation proceeds... tonight was final assignment of all the electrical outlets and discussions on lighting for each room)

Oct 17, 2011, 8:18am Top

Hope the party went well!!!

Oct 18, 2011, 12:26am Top

Susan, wish you a belated happy birthday, looks like you had a good one :)

Oct 18, 2011, 1:12pm Top

Thanks for the wishes and for leaving a note!

kitchen disassembly begins tonight. was supposed to have been today, but my asthma is not responding as I'd like to my meds. think I need something stronger. Breathing's a good thing :)

Going through a box of books from a friend so I can return them.

Two were by Anita Shreve. I found Strange Fits of Passion to be beautifully written. And though it deals with an abusive marriage, it does so discreetly. Even so, I didn't feel like reading more, so on page 139 I gave it up (although I'm still interested in the story).

I went on to Shreve's Fortune's Rocks which I recall but don't know if I finished it before. The writing style here is much more stilted, IMO. I was reminded of something she said in Strange Fits of Passion about folks altering their style when writing about a different period. That coupled with the fact that it is about adultery (whether perpetrated or not -- I can't remember), made me put aside (p 94). However, and Laughing at myself big time, if the story had had the magical writing of Strange Fits of Passion I would have continued reading!

Pigs in Heaven by Kingsolver. Immediately onto my wishlist. What a wonderful heartwarming, improbably, a bit predictable and engrossing story. I loved it.

Oct 27, 2011, 9:26am Top

A friend from England by Brookner (fiction). My second Brookner. Makes me wonder how I'd like her work if she had a likeable main character. :)

The Heart of Valor by Huff (SF). I want the sequel. (what else is new?)

In the Company of the Courtesan abandoned half-way through. Good story, interesting historically and with regard to style and readability. I loved the chars. But my earlier comments re: Shreve's works made me reconsider what I'm reading and my criteria. We're all, imo, hypocritical to one extent or another. I try to be consistent and honest with myself (accepting inconsistency where necessary!). Anyway, it bothered me that I would have continued reading Strange Fits if the writing style had been more pleasant.

Reminded me of when, years ago, a good friend recommended not watching Prince of Tides. Why? I can't remember his words now, but something like it makes you in favor of adultery. And that thought coupled with the others reminded me of Paul's caution: Bad company corrupts good morals. Boy howdy I've proven that one true often enough myself. And one other verse came to mind, "Guard your heart with all diligence for from it flow the springs of life."

So, I abandoned this really good and interesting book.

Undue Influence by Brookner. Absolutely hated, despised, loathed the ending.

The Pilot's Wife by Shreve. Finally read the one that's talked about (and learned why on the cover, Oprah recommends it). Very good.

Eden Close by Shreve. Predictable, but very good. I really enjoyed this despite knowing what was coming.

The Forging of the Dragon by Hughes (fantasy). This book reminded me of Wrede's work in tone. I'd not pass up the sequels if they were to come by my desk. As it is, however, the book had sufficient closure that I'm fine leaving it to chance.

Renovations in progress. Dust and fur flying :) Oh, we're getting a 6th cat. I know, we're nuts. Our littlest cat, a rescue, is also the oldest and not expected to be with us for very long (each vet said, "She'll have a nice retirement") -- so maybe we'll be back to 5 in not so many years.

I'm in pain and have been for days since I helped Steph dismantle our new kitchen at the store, load it in the truck, unload it here and hump it up the stairs to the house. He brought it all inside with a neighbor. My body says, "enough already -- you're 50!" My mind says 27...

Oct 27, 2011, 11:44am Top

Sorry about the pain. Why can't husbands learn that we simply aren't construction laborers--it just doesn't work? Hope the renovations end up in a satisfying result, though. How did you get up to 5 cats--what did I miss?

I like the Tanya Huff Valor series too. Looks like your reading is keeping up, at least.

Hope you feel better soon.

Oct 28, 2011, 7:49am Top

Adding my sympathies for the pains and hopes for well-getting soon. I've had back issues since (well, since high school, but more recently since) we packed to move last June - picked up a too-heavy box and ever since my lower back is very sore and stiff every morning. Finally got settled in enough here to get a doctor's appointment, and hoping for relief soon...

Edited: Nov 2, 2011, 12:52pm Top

Welcome ladies -- I so appreciate you guys (Piyush too!! xox) for commenting even tho I haven't been able to check threads -- it's like a Christmas gift. thx.

Took three to Romania with us (Gabriel, Buckaroux and Blackie). Friends were getting rid of a cat because she was pregnant and didn't want a cat in the house --> enter Sooty.

Then I guess Blackie thought it was too crowded. He took off, was seen after that and we hope he's alive and well in Romania.

Then Buckaroux died.

6 months later friends rescued a dying kitten, took her to the vet, cleaned her up and then called us. "We've just rescued a cat and we're going out of town. Will you take her?" --> enter Papanas ('sh' should at the end).

next month we found a dying kitty in our courtyard. We took her to the vet and got her cleaned up. Steph said, "No." I understood! But we did keep feeding her outside for a few months. Then she disappeared. After 4 days I found her completely ill, covered with gunk... really nasty. We took her to the vet again. They said it was touch and go, but they felt there was a good chance for her survival. So we went ahead. The end result is that she cannot survive outside (no teeth, hip dysplasia on both sides...). Told Steph we should kill her or keep her. --> enter Mitze.

Then 4 months later we were home for Christmas in the States and ran into a kitty display from the ASPCA at the local pet store. One really reminded us of Buckaroux. I gave him to Steph for Christmas. Nothing at all like Buckaroux! But Papanas is in character, so that's nice.

Huh. And I came here to enter my list of books :) LOL

Oh, I'm feeling much better, ty. Iworked hard in the yard and hurt like a big dog, but it was just one day. Then I worked hard again in the yard and didn't hurt at all. I think one lesson for me is keep doing serious work rather than just letting my fingers do it :)

Nov 2, 2011, 1:05pm Top

I'm so glad you are feeling better.

I remembered you were down to one cat after beautiful, glorious Buckaroux died, and then you got the first kitten. I missed the next three. You guys are as bad as we were--we had 10 cats for years, all "volunteers".

Nov 3, 2011, 12:49pm Top

Some of these I read a long time ago (this summer):

Digital Fortress by Brown -- so so.

Close Her Eyes by Simpson. My first Inspector Luke Thanet mystery, but I hope it's not my last!

The Silent Speaker by Stout. This is the first Nero Wolfe book I've read that I really liked. I found my first couple okay. Not great, not horrible. Then I read one I hated (don't ask me which one 'cause I don't remember). This one however, I found to be quite good. Guess I'm not banning him after all :)

The Hidden Realms* by Green. A fantasy re-read, I still quite like this one. Warning: Not all Sharon Green books are of the same caliber.

Dead Crazy by Pickard. This Jenny Cain mystery did not disappoint.

Meet Me at the Morgue by Macdonald. I really enjoyed this book. I see he's written a series (of which this is not one). Hope to get my hands on one some day and see how it strikes me.

The Long Mynd by Hughes. Post apocalyptic set the UK. It did not hold my attention --> recycle.

The Gentle Giants of Ganymede by Hogan. I really enjoyed this older-style SF. Lots of technical explanations, but somehow he made them interesting! LOL My eyes usually gloss over during those sections :)


Edited: Nov 11, 2011, 1:00pm Top

Dog Wizard by Barbara Hambly. Fantasy. 3rd in a series, and I haven't read the others. I really enjoyed this. Travel between our present day L.A. and the wizard's home world. fun.

Changer of Days by Alexander. Fantasy. One of my bday gifts from the folks, this is the conclusion to the series (a duology). I was surprised several times and then happy not to be surprised at the end :)

Sea Without a Shore by Russell. Fantasy. Another duology completer bday present. This volume had a lot of surprises and a satisfactory ending.

The Girl in the Gatehouse* by Klassen. Regency. Another bday present and a re-read. I enjoyed this again and hope to get my hands on more of her work (in hopes that they're similar in style).

Sea Glass by Shreve. Fiction. This is a sequel of sorts to Fortunes Rock -- none of the characters are the same. It takes place 25 years later in the same houses. I preferred this one to FR even though the voice of the narrator (which remained the same) still bugs me.

The other wishlist fulfilled bday presents are Church Folk by Bowen (one of my fav reads for the year) and Too Busy Not to Pray by Hybels, an excellent little book which actually leaves one eager to pray rather than feeling condemned for not doing it.

Renovation plans continue. The house is cold. I'm looking forward to when our heating is installed!!

Edited: Nov 18, 2011, 9:35pm Top

Book 206 The Bean Trees by Kingsolver
where I got it Andrea
why I read it Need to return her books
what I thought I'm glad I read the sequel first. Not sure I like it as much as Pigs in Heaven. However, I still thought it was great.

Book 207 Looking for Chet Baker by Bill Moody
where I got it The Shipment
why I read it Going through one of the boxes that came back with us from Romania -- it was next
what I thought Fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. As a musician I really enjoyed the theory references that he through in. A lot of fun. I want to read the others in the series.

Book 208 The Broken Blade by Hawke
where I got it The Shipment
why I read it same thing
what I thought I have two by Hawke. From the covers and book lists it wasn't clear that there was a book order. There was. Kinda wish I'd thought to check the copyright dates - LOL, but that didn't happen til I had finished both.

This was the later book. I don't know that there's a sequel, but I want it.

Book 209 Nomad by Hawke
where I got it Same
why I read it
what I thought It was good. More interesting than I expected as I had already gleaned the story from The Broken Blade. I find his writing style a bit odd -- can't really explain what it is that bugs me. However, his story line and characters make up for whatever deficit there may be (if any, it's probably just a matter of taste). The jacket says he's written a mess of books. Hope I find more.

Book 210 The Rebel Prince* by Green
where I got it same
why I read it
what I thought I enjoyed this a lot the first two times I read it. The third was okay... think it's time to pass this on one. --> recycled.

Book 211 The Old Contemptibles by Grimes
where I got it same
why I read it
what I thought Good. I'm really, really glad for the 50 page rule. Even at page 60 I was read to ditch it. Happily I hadn't noticed the page number :) By page 66 I was hooked. This gives me hope for the other Grimes I just haven't been able to get into. Her style is interesting. I think I've got the hang of it now and am eager for more.

PS Many, many thanks to Liliana who has been updating my book lists etc. Lili -- you're a peach!

Nov 18, 2011, 9:37pm Top

Hope you have some heat by now!

Nov 18, 2011, 10:02pm Top

THanks. Actually, not a whole lot of heat. But it's a bit warmer today and that helped. It actually hurt to be outside a few days last week. We got in a load of wood, so the fireplace is cranking out the heat. Our bedroom never got warmth from the chimney, so that hasn't changed. But we got a very good space heater for that room. Funny, the cats are either on the floor right in front of it or all piled on the bed with us. Could it be chilly? :)

Nov 22, 2011, 4:30am Top

#208 I really enjoyed The Bean Trees, glad to hear Pigs in Heaven is better although sorry you didn't enjoy Bean Trees more.

Hope the space heater and fire help you and the cats to keep warm.

Nov 24, 2011, 7:18am Top

Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you stay warm!

Nov 28, 2011, 12:36pm Top

Book 212 Veils of Shadow by Cooke (touchstone not working)
where I got it the shipment, I was unpacking what appeared to be "c" sf/fantasy.
why I read it I hadn't before.
what I thought I liked it, and wish I had more. It seems like it would lend itself well to a sequel.

Book 213 The Paladin* by Cherryh
where I got it The "c" box
why I read itIt was time.
what I thought THis is one of my fav Cherryh's, a standalone to the best of my knowledge.

Book 214 King's Man and Thief* by Golden
where I got it the shipment, what seems to be "g-h" sf/fantasy and some mysteries.
why I read it See if I liked it the 2nd time around.
what I thought I did. And I want more.

Book 215 Innocent Blood by PD James
where I got it I think I bought this in Amsterdam
why I read it Thought I'd like it.
what I thought I was wrong. I felt physically ill when I was done. Excellent writing about a really messed up group of people. One good thing was that I got a decent scrap LO out of it (http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/art-journal-caravan-2011/p134266-stat...) --> recycled.

Book 216 Star Sister by Coulson
where I got it the "c" box
why I read it hadn't read it before
what I thought I was prepared to dislike this book, and at the beginning I did. But once she got off planet (p. 4), everything changed for the better. I can see this being the pilot for a TV series. It's very cinematic and enjoyable.

Book 217 FirstFlight* by Claremont
where I got it the "c" box
why I read itit was there
what I thought I really must get the sequal. Good stuff.

Book 218 The Queen of Ashes by Harris
where I got it the "h" box
why I read it thought I was going to want to recycle it -- need shelf space
what I thought Katherine Kurtz is the blurber on the front and back covers. I abandoned Kurtz after reading many of her books -- so stinkin' sad! So I really expected this one to be the same. And while you lost people you liked, you didn't lose every single one of the people you liked! LOL This is book 2 of the series, I believe. I would be happy to read the others, especially the sequels.

Nov 28, 2011, 12:37pm Top

Thank you Laura. It's sorta warm here. I live in my coat and the cats sleep on us -- that helps :)

Nov 29, 2011, 6:51am Top

Book 219 Limbo System by Cook
where I got it the 'c' box
why I read itI thought I'd make room on my shelves 'cause I was pretty sure once would be too many times
what I thought Fabulous! A keeper for sure. Interesting weave of cultures, attitudes, personalities and struggles. quite good!

Nov 30, 2011, 9:16am Top

Book 220 Starrigger by DeChancie
where I got it shipment
why I read it hadn't read it
what I thought Farcical, often laugh-out-loud funny. Truckers use an ancient highway/portal system to go from world to world. One has something the others want and the chase is on. Fun, but once was enough --> recycled.

Nov 30, 2011, 5:18pm Top

Sounds like you've had some good reads. Even some keepers!
Funny how a book we expect to really enjoy doesn't get us, but one we're sure is a throw-away becomes a good read or even a keeper.
I guess it's why we keep trying different books.

Hope repairs are continuing!

Dec 1, 2011, 11:58pm Top

Thx Laura. I've decided that if I get Steph's blessing, there will be no xmas decorations. The house is just so messy. I can't imagine enjoying seeing more clutter! Piano and couch supposedly come in today -- hopefully there won't be rain and no one will slip on mud or something else slick (bricks, grass...). I'd really like to get at least one room done SOON. And, if it's not the kitchen, I'd at least like the oven working. I've really wanted to bake.

Book 221 Crystal Enchantment* by Dawson
where I got it ?
why I read itit was in the box
what I thought I really, really liked it the first time around. This time I liked it. I'm afraid to keep it around for a 3rd read just in case the cycle continues downward! --> recycled.

Book 222 Wizard Spawn* by Cherryh and Asire
where I got it ?
why I read it it was also in the box
what I thought Turns out this was a reread too. Nice thing is I didn't realize til the end it's a book 2 where I haven't read book 1. It wasn't obvious. What is obvious is that I want book 3! :)

Hope your holiday season is shaping up nicely and that you have time to enjoy yourself and those you love.

Dec 2, 2011, 9:08am Top

I understand about the decorations. I'm a minimalist with decorations anyway, but with the mess you have I can see the preference to not add that to the mix.

Dec 8, 2011, 8:01pm Top

well no one's ever called me a minimalist :) I admire it, sometimes want it, rarely have it :)

223 Quicksilver* by McCutcheon. sf (they call it futuristic romance). A sequel and I'd like to read the first in the series

224 The Straw Men* by Marshall, suspense. I've read it before but had forgotten all but just a few tiny bits of scenes. Creepy, but really good!

225 A Scandalous Bargain* by Cameron, regency. (I found a box with regencies in it -- perfect accompaniment for the allergy trouble I've been having).

226 My Lord Ghost* by Calvin, regency.

227 The Undaunted Bride by Cameron, regency. I really enjoy her writing, this one more than #225

228 Ashling by Carmody, fantasy. One in a series. I'm not drawn to read the books I've missed, but I really want the sequel(s)!

My head's so fuzzy (allergies) that I've got about 6 books that I've put aside because they're just too much right now. So, I'm guessing there are more regencies in my immediate future. Sadly, I haven't come across my xmas sets. I love ROni's tradition and would like to do it again this year.

Dec 10, 2011, 7:03pm Top

More regencies:

229 The Ramshackle Suitor* by Butler. Remembered the plot from beginning to end and that did nothing to lessen my enjoyment of this imo little jewel.

230 The Bluestocking's Beau* by Bell. I remembered absolutely nothing about this one, but am marking it as a reread because it's inconceivable to me that I have one I hadn't read before!

231 The Meddlesome Heiress* by Cameron

232 Mutual Consent* by Buck. Interesting in that it gently investigates the scars left by familial physical abuse and their ramfications on establishing a satisfying relationship as an adult.

Dec 10, 2011, 9:55pm Top

I've just received the latest Carmody book, The Sending and it's going straight to the top of my tbr pile. It was meant to be the last in the series but there will be one more, it has been a long wait for this instalment.

Dec 11, 2011, 8:51am Top

*waving* at Susan and pretending to catch up :)

Dec 11, 2011, 10:48pm Top

*waving* at Susan AND Stasia while and pretending to catch up... ;)

Dec 12, 2011, 1:26pm Top

LOL I'm gonna wait for 2012! :)

222 I'm so envious! Guess I'm not the only one who was enthralled :) Must admit I don't like the sound of "it has been a long wait"! Been there, done that -- hate it! ;->

Dec 13, 2011, 10:11am Top

I don't think I will ever be able to bring myself to read your "Regency" books, one look at the titles and my mind shouts "Soft Porn, Soft Porn!" :D

Dec 23, 2011, 5:22am Top

LOL Nope -- I get rid of the soft porn ones :)

And more for your non-reading pleasure


233 The Fleeing Heiress* by Buck
234 Cupid's Choice* by Buck
235 Love for Lucinda* by Buck I really love this story!
236 Honor Besieged* by Buck
237 The Discarded Duke* by Butler
238 The Bartered Heart* by Butler
239 Reclaiming Lord Rockleigh* by Butler
240 Miss Thornrose and the Rake* by Burrows

hmmm... seems I've unearthed the "b" box :)

And two thrillers by Julie Garwood
241 Heartbreaker*
242 Murder List* needs an editor --> recyled

Edited: Dec 23, 2011, 5:25am Top

We're renovating. No kitchen really ... trying to find recipes so we can still have something special for xmas even without an oven or fridge! LOL

Hope you and yours have a special holiday season. xox

PS we got two new kitties -- Maine Coon and a Savannah. We were supposed to just pick up the Maine Coon, but fell in love with the Savannah who was still unclaimed. :)

Dec 23, 2011, 3:37pm Top

>226 PiyushC: Piyush, I don't know how this one didn't get culled last time through. It fits your description pretty well! Alors,

243 The Rake and the Heiress* Kaye --> recycled. :)
244 Lucy in Disguise* by Kerstan... hmmm wonder if this is the book I meant in msg 227 (love for lucinda)?
245 An Honorable Rogue* by Kihlstrom.

It appears I've found the K box, but still no regency Xmas stories :(

Dec 23, 2011, 5:50pm Top

Merry Christmas, Susan! The kitties sound great, can't wait for pictures.

Dec 23, 2011, 7:46pm Top

Merry Christmas Susan, I hope you get to eat something good. Kittie-cat pictures please.

Dec 24, 2011, 2:12pm Top

mistletoe smooches!

Dec 24, 2011, 4:25pm Top

Merry Christmas Susan!

Dec 24, 2011, 5:47pm Top

Merry Christmas Susan! Loved the kitty picture you posted on facebook - was that one of your new ones?

Hope you manage to have a good day tomorrow - even without your kitchen!

Dec 26, 2011, 4:49pm Top

hi Susan, finally catched up with your thread.
I hope you, hubby and kitties had a good Chrismas in France!

Dec 27, 2011, 8:43am Top

Oh thank you all. It never occurred to me to go to your threads and wish you a Merry Christmas. Pooh. I'm getting teary LOL

I appreciate your friendship and wish I'd recipricated more this year.

Yes that kitten on FB is one of our cats. I do need to get some pics off the camera so I can post!

Steph is mid-way through is 3 weeks vacation he took in order to get our kitchen established. I don't think it's going to be done.

The fridge door broke off when we were trying to move it. Repairman comes next week. No water in the kitchen but there's a sink full of dirty dishes! When we cook and need water I go upstairs to get some! LOL No stove but the microwave has an oven function that can do the job for certain things. We each managed to fix a good dinner for the other on Christmas Eve and Christmas. Yesterday was our 10th anniversary, we ate delivery pizza LOL. Today is Steph's bday and I have no clue what we'll do. But tomorrow we go in to Paris and will celebrate both anniversaries with some friends.

More regencies
246 An Inconvenient Wife* by Oliver -- really nice story
247 With This Ring* by Kelly -- another really good story
248 A Grand Design* by Jensen -- a lot of fun
249 Lord Dragoner's Wife* by Kerstan -- Funny, it was like I'd nver read it before. I remembered only two insignificant scenes and nothing else.

My bookshelves are still not up. Floors need to go down first. We have our DVDs in a deep cabinet. I've decided to put my regencies behind them. It uses wasted space; I don't need to see them; it brings the DVDs closer to the edge and makes them easier to see... And, I'm wondering if I can't get another row of books in there! LOL

Bless you all.

Dec 27, 2011, 9:27am Top

I envy your ability to go out and just pick up new kitties. My husband, while wonderful, would KILL ME. I'm currently trying to convince him to let me adopt a 7-year-old dachshund, but so far no dice. *sad face* I'll keep an eye out for those pictures on FB!

Jan 1, 2012, 8:48am Top

And the last of the books for 2011, regencies all.

250 Time's Tapestry* by Overfield. While Liliana doesn't care much for this genre, she does like time travel books. So, feeling like twice was enough --> recycled.

251 Married by Mistake* by McRae. I really enjoyed this story, again.

252 Roses for Harriet* by Oliver -- a bit over the top but highly enjoyable nonetheless.

253 Traitor's Daughter* by Overfield. Good story, nice bit of intrigue.

Oops, I lied. One fantasy was in the stack:

254 The Apprentice* by Talemadge-Bickmore. I must have liked this okay the first time I read it as I kept it, but I didn't care for it much this time. The protagonist spends the novel confused, and as it's her POV so does the reader. --> recycled.

Jan 1, 2012, 9:01am Top

Jan 2, 2012, 3:39pm Top

oops -- missed one

255 Lord Monteith's Gift by Butler. This is one of the better regencies IMO

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