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Monica (Crazy4reading) goes Crazy in 2012!!

75 Books Challenge for 2012

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1crazy4reading
Edited: Jan 4, 2012, 8:25pm Top

Hi everyone!! This is just to start my thread. I will post more later and add my ticker and everything.

Just a little late in getting this ticker up.




Now here is a little bit about me. I am a mother of two grown children and I work full time in a local school district. I work in the special education department. I used to work in the classroom (9 years), now I work in the offices of special education. I am not a teacher. I always wanted to be a special ed teacher but realized at a young age that I could not handle working with the special needs children and still be able to raise a family. Now I am just thrilled to be able to work in the department and learn the behind the scenes.

I wish I had more time to read but I have learned to make time to read. It is something I enjoy and making time for myself is one of my priorities this year.

My daughter is going to Spain for 5 months and leaves January. She is studying to be a Spanish Teacher. Now I may need to read some Spanish authors this year. She mentioned two that she needs to read books written by them or books about them. The authors are: Miguel de unamuno and Federico Garcia Lorca. I don't know when I will get to read them but at least I know some to look for. Any suggestions are welcome.

Well I guess that is all for now. Happy New Year!!

2crazy4reading
Edited: Dec 30, 2012, 1:06pm Top

Updating!!

January
1. Stardust by Neil Gaiman (finished 1/4/12)
2. Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult (finished 1/11/12)
3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (finished 1/14/12)
4. Coraline by Neil Gaiman (finished 1/16/12)
5. In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer Fleming (finished 1/21/12)
6. Christmas in Sugarcreek by Shelley Shepard Gray (finished 1/22/12)

February
7. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (finished 2/2/12)
8. Extremely loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (finished 2/19/12)
9. Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (finished 2/29/12)

March
10. Noah's compass by Anne Tyler (Finished 3/3/12)
11. The Lilac House by Anita Nair (finished 3/21/12)

April
12. A Woman's Guide to Muscle and Strength by Irene Lewis-McCormick (finished 4/13/12)
13. The Kommandant's Girl (finished 4/30/12)

May
14. Cutting for Stone (finished 5/30/12)

June
15. Rescue: A Novel by Anita Shreve (finished 6/3/12)
16. Inescapable by Nancy Mehl (finished 6/10/12)
17. The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins (finished 6/29/12)

July
18. Getting Over Mr. Right by Chrissie Manby (finished 7/6/12)
19. Puppy Dog Tales by Alice V (finished 7/6/12)
20. Desire Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee (finished 7/22/12)
21. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (finished 7/30/12)

August
22. Fifty Shades of Gray by E.L. James (finished 8/11/12)
23. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (finished 8/19/12)
24. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (finished 8/26/12)

September ??
NONE

October
25. The Immortal Life if Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (finished 10/14/12)
26. Room by Emma Donoghue (finished 10/14/12)
27.The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller (finished 10/31/12)

November
28. Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert (finished 11/5/12)
29. Black Fridays by Michael Sears (finished 11/23/12)

December
30. Dewey by Vicki Myron (finished 12/19/12)
31. The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory (finished 12/27/12)
32. Breaking News by Fern Michaels (finished 12/30/12)

3mstrust
Dec 27, 2011, 1:35pm Top

Hi, Monica! Ready to go!

4drneutron
Dec 27, 2011, 1:37pm Top

Welcome back!

5crazy4reading
Dec 27, 2011, 2:35pm Top

Hi Jennifer!! I am ready to go. I just hope to finish up 3 books by the 31st and start fresh on January 1, 2012.

Hi Jim!! It is great to be back. Love this group and all the books I find to add to my TBR mountains.

6MonicaLynn
Dec 27, 2011, 6:09pm Top

Hi Monica, Glad to see your back :) Got you starred

7crazy4reading
Dec 29, 2011, 11:13am Top

Hi Monica! Glad to be back. I believe I have you starred?? I will have to go and hunt you down if not. ;)

8alcottacre
Dec 29, 2011, 8:06pm Top

Glad to see you rejoining us in 2012, Monica!

9crazy4reading
Jan 1, 2012, 9:32am Top

Happy New Year All!! I am starting the year off reading Stardust by Neil Gaiman. I just started reading it late last night just before falling asleep. I am thrilled to say that I did reach 75 for 2011. I hope 2012 is just as productive.

10Carmenere
Jan 1, 2012, 9:43am Top

Happy New Year, Monica! Wishing you all the best in 2012!

11alcottacre
Jan 1, 2012, 10:25am Top

Happy New Year, Monica!

12saraslibrary
Jan 1, 2012, 4:48pm Top

Found ya! :) Another Neil Gaiman book. Perfect! Best of luck this year!

P.S. Forgot to mention it on last year's thread, but congrats on reaching 75! :) It's hard to do.

13dk_phoenix
Jan 1, 2012, 7:08pm Top

I haven't read Stardust but I loved the film... I heard the book is quite different, so I hope to get to it one of these days...!

14drneutron
Jan 1, 2012, 9:06pm Top

It is different, but also good. I have to confess, though, that I'm a big fan of the movie. Robert De Niro just made it for me! :)

15cal8769
Jan 2, 2012, 3:10am Top

Happy New Year!

16crazy4reading
Jan 2, 2012, 1:44pm Top

Happy New Year All! I did not know that Stardust was made into a movie. Now I will have to look for it after I finish reading it to compare and see which one I like better.

Thanks Sara! I really pushed myself to make that 75 last year.

Thanks for stopping by.

17saraslibrary
Jan 2, 2012, 5:08pm Top

No problem. I'll try to stop by more often! :)

Yeah, I heard Stardust (the movie) was pretty good (I never saw it, though). Hope you like it!

18scaifea
Jan 2, 2012, 8:32pm Top

Oh, I hope you like Stardust - it's just lovely in my book (and I agree that the movie is good too!).

19Morphidae
Jan 3, 2012, 6:59am Top

Stardust is my favorite Gaiman.

20alcottacre
Jan 3, 2012, 10:25pm Top

I need to dig out my copy of Stardust which I have owned for years and never read. Now if only I can figure out where it is!

21crazy4reading
Jan 4, 2012, 7:43am Top

Stasia, you sound like me. I have Coraline and I cannot find my copy. I really want to read it since I seem to be on a Neil Gaiman marathon right now. I hope you find you copy of Stardust. I am quite enjoying this book and hope to finish the book sometime today/tonight.

22alcottacre
Jan 4, 2012, 8:50am Top

I enjoyed Coraline - I checked that one out of the library. If all else fails, I will check Stardust out of the library too!

23crazy4reading
Jan 4, 2012, 8:31pm Top

I hope to go upstairs after updating my threads and looking for my Coraline book. I have a lot of books out of the library right now so I don't want to take anymore out. I finished my first book for 2012!! Here is my review:

#1. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

My second Neil Gaiman book and my first for this year. I now have to wonder why I waited so long to read Mr. Gaiman's work.

Stardust was a very interesting read. I can't decide if this is one of my favorites just yet since I have only read two books my Neil Gaiman. I did enjoy the story and I am now interested in seeing the movie. The ending was surprising and not quite what I expected which made the story more interesting.

5 stars

Now I will be starting my book club read for January which is Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult. This will be my first book by her. I hope it doesn't disappoint me either.

I also have The Graveyard book and Coraline to read this month.

Time to go and look for Coraline!!

Happy Reading!!

Monica

24alcottacre
Jan 4, 2012, 10:03pm Top

I loved The Graveyard Book, Monica! I hope you do too.

25tututhefirst
Jan 5, 2012, 5:46pm Top

Hi Monica .....lurking and starring for now, but look forward to seeing what's popping up on your reading list.

26tjblue
Jan 7, 2012, 2:21pm Top

Stopping by to say hi, so I can find you agan!!

27crazy4reading
Jan 7, 2012, 2:25pm Top

HI Tammy and thanks for stopping by!!

28cal8769
Jan 9, 2012, 4:06pm Top

I haveStardust here somewhere. I really need to find it!

29crazy4reading
Jan 11, 2012, 4:12pm Top

HI Carrie. I hope you find your copy of Stardust.

I am hoping to finish my current book Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult. Once I am done with that I can then concentrate on Graveyard and Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

I am home today with a sick puppy so I will hopefully be able to read a lot today.

30crazy4reading
Jan 11, 2012, 4:33pm Top

I finished my book and here is my review.

#2. Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

I was expecting to be in tears throughout this whole book. That didn't happen. Everyone that has read Jodi Picoult's books have told me that her books will leaving you crying. I teared up a few times but no full blown crying.

Handle with Care is the story about a child born with this rare disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which is a condition causing extremely fragile bones. The story centers around a family of four, Charlotte, Sean, Amelia and Willow. Willow is the child that is born with OI. She is a very strong character and you will fall in love with her. Charlotte and Sean are two that I loved and hated at the same time. Amelia, my heart went out to her just as much as to Willow.

Charlotte decides to sue her OB for wrongful Birth and the turmoil that it causes. Charlotte is best friends with her OB and this ruins a wonderful relationship. The lawsuit puts a strain on the marriage and the family. Amelia starts acting out and also looses her best friend.

The ending was somewhat surprising. That is all I will say so I don't spoil the book for anyone that has not read this one.

4 1/2 stars

I started reading the Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman. I don't know how far I will get tonight. I have some house work to do first then I will read a little before going to bed tonight.

31saraslibrary
Jan 11, 2012, 7:32pm Top

#29: Aawww, hope your puppy gets to feeling better! :)

32MonicaLynn
Jan 12, 2012, 4:13pm Top

Monica, you hit me with a BB (Book Bullet) on the Jodi Picoult. I have the graveyard book but I haven't read it yet... Maybe I will see your review and see if I should pick it up sooner rather than later.

Monica...

33crazy4reading
Jan 13, 2012, 7:37am Top

Sara, My puppy is feeling better. It is so nice to see her happy and playful again.

Monica, is the BB a good thing or bad thing... I am enjoying the graveyard book so far. It is a very nice story.

34MonicaLynn
Jan 13, 2012, 10:03am Top

Oh the BB are both good and Bad.. Bad because my wishlist gets higher.. LOL and Good because more interesting stuff to read.. LOL :)

35cal8769
Jan 13, 2012, 10:42am Top

I'm not sure if it's still available but on Gaimen's website http://mousecircus.com/ he reads The Graveyard Book. He has a fantastic voice!

36crazy4reading
Jan 13, 2012, 2:57pm Top

I will have to check that out tonight at home cal8769. Thanks. Still working my way through the Graveyard Book.

Okay, glad to know that Monica. I understand. I think I get hit with many BB all the time.

37crazy4reading
Jan 15, 2012, 2:27pm Top

I finished The Graveyard book last night. I am posting my review. I will then be starting Coraline

#3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I absolutely loved The Graveyard Book!! The characters were all one of a kind. I also loved the name for the boy, Nobody Owens, Bod for short.

The Graveyard Book is the story of an infant whose family is murdered and he escapes with his life. The infant is Bod and is raised by the residents of the Graveyard. He learns things that living people would never learn.

Bod's guardian, Silas is not dead nor is he alive. He is what he is and I love the fact that they never really tell you what he is. All you can do is speculate and come up with your own ideas. ( I do believe I figured out what he was but I am not going to state it here.)

The man that killed Bod's family is still after him and just the waiting to see when and if they will find him makes the story interesting. I know I will be reading more of Neil Gaiman's books.

5 stars

38mstrust
Jan 16, 2012, 1:14pm Top

Glad you liked it. I enjoyed it just as much on my recent re-read as I did the first time. And it seemed like the ending was left open enough for a sequel.
Hope you like Coraline. I think it's a good one too.

39crazy4reading
Jan 16, 2012, 1:31pm Top

I thought the same things about The Graveyard book. I did enjoy Coraline and my review is below:

#4. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

I finally got around to reading this book. I don't know why I kept putting it off. It was a nice short easy read. I had seen some of the movie and usually when I see the movie first I am afraid to read the book because 1. I usually know what is going to happen and then the book just isn't as good. 2. I start comparing the book and the movie and don't pay attention to the book.

Coraline is a cute story of a girl who moves to a new house and is bored. Her parents don't really pay attention to her. She doesn't like her life. And she learns just exactly how precious her true family really is to her.

5 stars

Now I am starting my two ER books In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming and A Sugarcreek Christmas by Shelley Shepard Gray.

I love long weekends because I get so much reading done.

40susiesharp
Jan 16, 2012, 5:36pm Top

Glad you're enjoying all the Gaiman I just love those two books too!

41ChelleBearss
Jan 17, 2012, 6:29pm Top

Hi Monica. You are on quite the Gaiman roll eh! I have The Graveyard Book on my wishlist, maybe I should bump it up sooner!

42jadebird
Jan 17, 2012, 6:35pm Top

I'm glad your pup is better.

43crazy4reading
Jan 18, 2012, 2:30pm Top

Hi Chelle. Yes I am on the Gaiman roll. I don't know why I waited so long to to read any of his books. I will be going back to him again at some point. If you can move The Graveyard Book up on your list I suggest that you do it.

Thanks jadebird. I didn't like her being sick. It was like my children being sick.

44crazy4reading
Jan 21, 2012, 11:36pm Top

I finished one of my ER books.

#5. In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer Fleming

In the Bleak Midwinter is a mystery involving an abandoned infant, the murder of the mother, the murder of the infant's maternal grandfather. This is the first book in the Russ Van Alstyne and Clare Fergusson series.

Reverend Clare Fergusson is leaving St. Alban's church when she finds an infant at the back door. She does what any good citizen would do take the infant to the hospital and notify the police. This is how the story begins In the Bleak Midwinter.

Clare is a very interesting character and you can feel the chemistry between her and the Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne. Clare is the one that jumps in feet first and doesn't always think of the outcomes of what she does.

Russ and her are both retired from military and that gives them a special bond. They are able to read each other because they have been through similar situations while in the military. That is one aspect that makes their chemistry so good.

I was on pins and needle wanting to find out who the father was of the abandoned infant, named Cody. Who murdered Katie McWhorter and Katie's father. The climax at the end was well worth the read.

5 stars

I am now reading A Christmas at Sugarcreek and A woman in Black. I am still reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

45MonicaLynn
Jan 22, 2012, 8:25am Top

Morning Monica, You hit me with a Book Bullet on that one In Bleak Midwinter. Nice review. Hope all is going well. I am going to add this my my wishlist now.. Happy Day to you.

46crazy4reading
Jan 22, 2012, 9:41pm Top

Glad to hit you with a Book Bullet, Monica. It was a great book. Everything is going well. Hope all is well with you.

I finished another book:

#6. Christmas in Sugarcreek by Shelley Shepard Gray

I received this book as a win in the Early Reviewers program on LT. This is my first book written by Shelley Shepard Gray.

I enjoy reading books about the Amish even fiction books. This story didn't disappoint me either. This is part of a series which I did not know at the time. I was still able to follow the story since this was mainly about Judith Graber.

The story was fast moving and easy to follow. I enjoyed reading about how the Amish were celebrating Christmas. It was a nice easy read for a snowy weekend.

5 stars

I am now going to start The Woman in Black by Susan Hill and The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. I also need to read more of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Happy reading all!!

47crazy4reading
Feb 3, 2012, 2:53pm Top

#7. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

Wow! Is all I will say about this book. I started this book since I saw that it was coming out on film and one of my favorite actors was starring in it. Now I can't wait to see the movie.

The Woman in Black is a ghost story. This is probably my first gost story that I have read. The writing just kept me into the book. How would you react if you saw this woman in black that looked like death?

Now I just can't wait to see the movie.

5 stars

I am now reading the following books:

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Incredibly loud and Extremely Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

48jadebird
Feb 3, 2012, 2:56pm Top

Wow, The Woman in Black is getting some good reviews!

49crazy4reading
Feb 3, 2012, 2:57pm Top

Glad to hear that. I hope to see the movie this weekend. I am going to see One for the Money tonight.

50PersephonesLibrary
Feb 4, 2012, 1:22pm Top

#47:Monica, is that the adaptation with Daniel Radcliffe? I've heard of it.

I read The Lost Symbol when it was just published. I liked Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code very much, but in the third Langdon novel Brown just wears out his recipe for success and he gets repetitive.

Oh my, I have to admit that I own Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close - but it's still in the original packing... Shame on me!

51cal8769
Feb 4, 2012, 7:42pm Top

I didn't like Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close at all. I'm interested to see what you think of it.

52crazy4reading
Feb 7, 2012, 2:15pm Top

The one thing I like about Incredibly Loud and Extremely close is when there was only a few words on the page. I said to myself if all the pages are like this I will finish this book in no time.

53SugarCreekRanch
Feb 7, 2012, 4:21pm Top

I'm new to the group and catching up. I liked your review of In The Bleak Midwinter and added it to my wishlist. Another book bullet hit a target!

54susiesharp
Feb 7, 2012, 6:47pm Top

I've got In The Bleak Midwinter on my radar ..glad to see you loved Woman in Black our local theater did the play last fall and I loved the book now can't wait to see the movie.

We are reading Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close for our RL bookclub next month so will be interested to see what you think of it!

55saraslibrary
Feb 8, 2012, 12:10am Top

#52: Hmm, I may have to give that one a go then if some of the pages are so sparse. Thanks for mentioning that! :)

56crazy4reading
Feb 8, 2012, 7:43am Top

The first time I saw that I thought maybe something was wrong when it was printed then I realized it was part of the story. There are even some blank pages too. :)

57saraslibrary
Feb 8, 2012, 2:17pm Top

Even better! :)

58crazy4reading
Feb 9, 2012, 8:53am Top

I know. The first time I am happy to see blank pages in the middle of a book. :)

59cal8769
Feb 13, 2012, 8:15am Top


LOL!!!!

60PersephonesLibrary
Feb 14, 2012, 2:37am Top

#58: Blank pages in a book? At least it will be a quick read. :) I guess that Incredibly Loud will be one of my next reads and I'm looking forward to it.

61cal8769
Feb 14, 2012, 12:15pm Top

Don't look forward to it. It wasn't very good. At least IMHO.

62crazy4reading
Feb 19, 2012, 11:21am Top

Here is my review for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close:

#8. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked it but I didn't love it. It was an okay read. I did get confused quite often while reading the book.

The book goes from Oskar speaking to either him reading a letter or just some one else speaking. I couldn't always tell if he was reading a letter or if some one else was now telling the story.

This book is about a boy whose father has died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and how he is handling it now. He has found a key in an envelope with the name Black on it. Oskar needs to find out what this key opens to learn more about his father. It starts out like he thinks it is a game like they used to play.

There are parts that are written by his grandmother in the form of letters. There are letters from his grandfather to his father and even blank pages when the grandfather didn't know what to write.

The ending of the story left me with an empty feeling. It wasn't a sad feeling just an empty feeling. You have to just read the book to make your own opinion about the story.

4 stars

I am now trying to finish The Lost Symbol I already met with the book club about the book but didn't finish it before hand. I am enjoying it but the size is just so daunting. There are 133 chapters. Some are very short and I can continue reading but others I just feel that they drag on and I don't want to read it until the end of the chapter and then it leaves me hanging.

I have my newest book for book club to start and I also have an ER book to read. I am still reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire from I believe September. I would like to finish one of these books this month but I really don't know if that is possible.

Happy Reading all!!

63Dejah_Thoris
Edited: Feb 26, 2012, 4:58pm Top

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close isn't calling to me at all - and I think, based on your review and that of others, I'm not going to make an effort to read it. I've been avoiding all thinks 9/11 anyway....

Your other two books are great, though! I hope you enjoy them.

Whoops -- the rest of this post was intended for another LTer. I'm reading threads too quickly! Sorry!

64crazy4reading
Mar 2, 2012, 5:38pm Top

I understand that it isn't calling to you. I am glad I read it but not one that I will recommend very often. I was wondering about your post but I figured it was in error. Or maybe you knew something I didn't ;)

I finished a book this week (thanks to doing a read-a-thon this week and weekend) Here is my review:

9. Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

This was my book clubs February read. It was a good book but I just felt like it dragged in parts. Sometimes I wanted to keep reading and other times I just felt bored.

I did like all the Christian references and learning more about the Masons. I have probably heard some of it before but never really listened or paid attention to it. As I get older I realize I am more interested in history then I used to be.

Robert Langdon is a very interesting character and I have enjoyed the stories. I do need to read the 2nd book in this series once i find my copy.

4 stars

I am now reading Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler for my March book club. I will be starting my January ER book and continue with my reading of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

65crazy4reading
Mar 3, 2012, 4:36pm Top

I am participating in a read-a-thon this weekend so I was able to finish another book. Here is my review:

10. Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler

Noah's Compass is the story of a man Liam who is forced out of his job do to downsizing. He moves into his new place and is attacked. He doesn't remember anything about the attack. He goes to sleep and wakes up in the hospital and the last thing he remembered was going to sleep the night before.

Liam's family, his grown children, ex-wife and sister all worry about him living in his new place. Liam is a very quiet person who likes being alone.

I found that I could relate to him since I am going through a divorce and will be downsizing my living accommodations. Plus I also like to be alone at times. The nice quiet times are just very relaxing and a chance to just reflect on life in general.

4 stars

Now I will be starting Lilac House by Anita Nair

Happy Reading all

66crazy4reading
Mar 19, 2012, 5:51pm Top

I am still working on Lilac House. It is good so far. It took me awhile to really get into the story. Now I am enjoying it. I would like to finish it this week so that I can start my next ER book.

Today I went through my emails and I had a couple of book review requests. I accepted them and now have some e-books to read and am waiting for a hard copy of one.

I haven't been able to read as much as I used to because I have started to exercise everyday and that takes precedent over reading.

Now I am going to do some house work and try to sit down and read while cooking dinner and eating my salad.

67ffortsa
Mar 20, 2012, 9:28am Top

Ah, the discipline of time. I haven't managed it yet. Good for you on your exercise plan.

68crazy4reading
Mar 22, 2012, 8:38am Top

I wish I really had discipline of time too. If I did I would be able to walk the dog, exercise, go to work, and read a book everyday. But I can't. It took me more then a month to read my latest book.

#11. The Lilac House by Anita Nair

My ER win from Librarything. This is my first book by Anita Nair. I was surprised that I won this book.

It started out slow for me at first. I was a little torn about how I felt about it. The main female character Meera is married and her husband just leaves her while they are at a party. Their son is also at the party and he is the one who informs his mother that dad is gone. That part touched close to home with me. And I was able to relate to the many emotions that go through your mind at that time. I almost thought about putting the book down and not finishing it and then I decided to continue. I am glad that I did.

Meera and I are similar in the essence of being in a marriage and having your husband leave you because they are unhappy. The husband blames the woman for the unhappiness. I didn't care for the husband in this book either. Nor did I care for the daughter at first. She took her father's side and I felt like slapping her across the face for the way she talked to her mother.

The Lilac House is about Meera and the challenges she faces after being married and now being single. The emotions a woman goes through in the days, weeks, and months following the separation. I have some of those same emotions. Do I want to be in a new relationship with a man? Am I just doing this to make myself feel better? Is this really what I want? Etc...

There are references to Greek Mythology throughout the book. That at first confused me. I used to know a lot about Greek Mythology but have forgotten most of it. This book did spark my interest in reading up on my Mythology and trying to get an understanding for it.

I don't want to reveal to much more about the book except for the other male character, Jak. He is not Meera's husband but a man who takes her home from the party that her husband abandons her at and also the man that she winds up working for. He was a very interesting character.

4 stars

I just started my February ER book A Woman's Guide to Muscle and Strength by Irene Lewis-McCormick. I also have a bunch of books that I have received from authors that I need to start reading. I just need to get them together and also download a few to my Kindle Fire.

I went to my library book club meeting last night and I bought to new books. I bought Wicked by Gregory Maguire and The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare. They are having a book sale on Sunday during a pancake breakfast so I hope to stop by and maybe purchase some more books. (not that I need any).

69MonicaLynn
Mar 22, 2012, 11:03am Top

Monica, Nice review of The Lilac House, sounds interesting might have to add that to my wish list.

Hope all is going well.

Monica...

70crazy4reading
Apr 14, 2012, 8:10pm Top

I am really lagging behind in my reading. Thanks for stopping by Monica!

I finally finished my current ER book. My review is below:

#12. A Woman's Guide to Muscle and Strength by Irene Lewis-McCormick

I loved this book. I learned so much about exercising and the pains you feel and why you feel them. A Woman's Guide to Muscle and Strength is great for any type of woman. If you are a beginner you will learn how to start a new exercise program. See the beginner exercises in the book. There is a section for all levels of athletes. You can start out as a beginner and move on up.

There are stretching exercises for muscles that you may not have known you use. I have tried some of the stretches and I can see and feel the improvement in those muscles when I do them on a regular basis. Since I have started a new healthy lifestyle change this book is one that I will be using on a regular basis for new exercises and stretches to add to my workout routine.

5 stars

I am now reading The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff. This is for my book club meeting on Wed. I just started it so we will see how far I get over this weekend

I am behind on my reading because I have been busy with taking care of myself and creating a new healthy lifestyle. I now take more time to exercise and less time reading. I have only been reading for about 15 minutes a night. I am going to finish updating my threads and get some reading in before falling asleep.

71crazy4reading
May 3, 2012, 11:37am Top

I am falling so far behind. I don't have the time to read since I have started this new lifestyle of mine. Here is my review of The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff

#13. The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff

It took me awhile to get into this book. I really enjoyed the other book I read by Pam Jenoff. The Kommandant's Girl just didn't catch me like her other book.

I found the main female character annoying at times. I felt she was a little to self absorbed. I understand it was during the time of war and she was not safe being a Jew but I just felt she was so worried about everything all the time. When ever someone would call her and it sounded demanding she assumed that her cover was blown and she would be sent off to one of the camps.

Emma/Anne is the main female character. Her husband fights for the resistance even though he is not Jewish. She spends some time in a camp but then her husband has the resistance get her out and giver her a new identity. Once she has this new identity she is always on pins and needles. The resistance has her getting passes and keeping an eye out for stuff crossing the Kommandant's desk.

The Kommandant is smitten with Anne. Anne is asked by the resistance to get close to him. She doesn't realize what they are asking at first but she agrees without thinking it through. I just felt she was very nieve in life.

4 stars

I am now reading Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese for my book club. I also have to start reading my March ER book (I believe it is for March.) I will be receiving another one for April. I also have some books that I received from author's and publishers that I owe reviews for.

Just some information as to why I am not having the time to read. For the past 2 years or so I have been trying to loose weight. I re-started my weight loss journey again. I had injured my back and wasn't able to exercise as much as I was before. Now that I have started exercising again I don't have the time to read. I am staying active everyday so that my reading time has been cut from 5 hours a day to about 15 minutes to maybe 30 minutes a day. I am working out ways to fit in my reading without giving up my activities.

Hopefully you will see more reviews in the future.

72Dejah_Thoris
May 3, 2012, 12:09pm Top

It's good to know you're doing well, Monica! I understand how you feel about being behind on reading / reviews / threads - sometimes other things are just more important!

Congratulations on being able to exercise again - I hope all goes well with the weight loss!

73crazy4reading
May 3, 2012, 5:23pm Top

Thanks Dejah! Tonight I am planning to take some time to read before my tv show at 8 pm.

74tjblue
May 8, 2012, 12:44pm Top

Stopping to say Hi!! Good for you starting an exercise and weight loss program!!! You'll find a way to enjoy your books too!!!

75saraslibrary
May 14, 2012, 12:38am Top

Hey Monica! :) I can totally understand the falling behind on reading thing. From what I can tell, though, you're doing pretty darn good. Better than me, in fact. :) Anyway, hope your next reads are enjoyable. Cutting for Stone's been pretty popular at my worksite, but I haven't read it yet. And good luck with your exercise routine! It'll more than likely strenthen your back muscles, so it won't give you as much trouble.

76Morphidae
May 14, 2012, 6:47am Top

I really liked Cutting for Stone but LT opinions seem to be mixed. I think you'll either really like it or really not.

77crazy4reading
May 15, 2012, 8:15pm Top

Hi all. I am still reading Cutting for Stone and I have to say I am not enjoying that much. I don't know why. I may not finish it. I just haven't loved the characters that much. I am about half way done and may just do a quick read the next couple of days. I meet with the book club tomorrow and will see what everyone else says about it.

Thanks for stopping by.

78crazy4reading
Jun 1, 2012, 8:18am Top

I finally finished Cutting for Stone. Here is my review:

#14. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

I didn't finish this book. I read up to about Chapter 47 and since the book was due back at the library and I didn't want to renew it again I just returned. I didn't love the book nor did I hate the book.

I felt that this book was just overly descriptive. I found myself getting lost in the description of the land and the people at times. I also felt loss trying to figure the characters after awhile.

I was interested in finding out some things but not so much as to read the last chapters just to read some things that had already been stated before.

I may try this book again and that is a big MAY.

3 stars

I just started reading Rescue by Anita Shreve. So far so good. I also started reading Fifty Shades of Grey. I need to start my ER books. I have 3 of them to read and review.

79crazy4reading
Jun 3, 2012, 9:45am Top

I finished another book!! It only took me 2 days to read it. It felt wonderful.

#15. Rescue: A Novel by Anita Shreve

Rescue is a book about a man named Webster and his life as an EMT. The beginning is in the present with him and his 17 year old daughter. The second part is 18 year earlier. This is when you learn all about how Webster became a father.

Webster is an EMT and him and his partner get a call. The call is for a single automobile accident. The woman involved in the accident is drunk and Webster is drawn to her. He thinks about her and follows up on how she is after the incident. The woman is named Sheila. She is an alcoholic but Webster is blinded by love.

I found the story interesting but at the same time parts of it bothered me. After Webster and Sheila are married and their daughter Rowan is born, Sheila starts drinking again. Webster gets Sheila to go to AA and thinks things will be fine. One day Webster and his partner get a call and when they arrive the accident involves Sheila, drunk and with Rowan in the car. Sheila will go to jail because this is her second DUI. I didn't like the fact that the cops, and his friends let him know and that they let her leave before they are going to pick her up. I know that it was that way so that the story would be the way it was. I just felt that if that happened in real life the husband would be accused of letting the criminal escape and would be sent to jail too.

That was the only thing I didn't like. I recommend reading the book and forming your own views of the story.

5 stars

Now I have to find another book to start reading. It felt so good to be able to read a book and actually sink my teeth into it and enjoy it.

80crazy4reading
Jun 10, 2012, 5:27pm Top

Finished this one in about 3 days. I love that feeling. Here is my review:

#16. Inescapable by Nancy Mehl

This is a Christian Fiction book. I do like reading them but sometimes it is annoying to have the little snippets of God.

The story is about a woman named Elizabeth and her daughter Charity. She was originally from a Mennonite town and left after she became pregnant.

She has lost God since her trouble in Kingdom. She was living in Kansas City when she is accused of stealing money. She is afraid of losing her daughter Charity. So she runs back to Kingdom. Charity's father shows up when Elizabeth and Charity arrive in Kingdom.

Elizabeth is confused as to her faith in God, her feelings for her father, her feelings for Charity's father Clay and an old friend Noah. Lizzie finally turns to God for answers and begins opening up her heart and mind to him again.

I knew right away who was her true love and who she needed to stay away from. It was still an good story.

4 stars

I just started reading my next ER book The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins. I am also reading Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. I just hope my Kindle Fire starts working again. Today it decided to turn off. I haven't been able to turn it back on. I have it charging but the charging light didn't go on. I will just have to wait and see what happens.

I hope everyone is having a great June. Today our weather was great but did get warm.

81MonicaLynn
Jun 18, 2012, 9:54am Top

Monica, I like the review of Rescue, I added this because it sounds good from your review. I also have on my wish list Fifty Shades of Grey series. I have been hearing a lot about them from friends and relatives that have read them. Hope all is going well with you.

Monica...

82crazy4reading
Jun 21, 2012, 7:19pm Top

Hi Monica, Last night we had our book club meeting about the book Rescue. Most of us liked it. Now we won't meet again until September. We will go sometime in August to pick up the book we will be reading. We don't even know what we will be reading. I am excited and nervous about the book. We also had a little celebration at this meeting. The woman that has been the president of the book club is stepping down and so we had some cheese cake. The woman taking over the presidency gave the woman a plaque and a plant. It was such a nice night.

I have only been a member of the group for about 4 years. The woman Ginny has been the president for 12. I wish I had discovered my love of books sooner.

I am still reading The Lost ones by Ace Atkins. It is getting interesting. I would like to finish it this weekend if possible.

83MonicaLynn
Jun 22, 2012, 9:51am Top

HI Monica, How nice to have a nice book club. I wish I could find one around here that I liked and enjoyed going to with nice people. I guess I just haven't found the right one and honestly don't know if there is one around where I live. Your book club sounds wonderful and it is nice that you meet once in a while instead of meeting frequently gives people time to read, time to spend with family and so on, but still enjoy your club. :)

I have always enjoyed books throughout. I have just gone through spurts of reading diligently throughout my life. I am becoming more diligent and trying harder as of the last couple of years and becoming a member of LT. Although Real Life gets in the way as we all know. LOL

I have so many on my wish list I want to read I hope I can get through most of them someday. :)

Good luck on finishing The Lost Ones :) Have a wonderful weekend. ioam reading Winter Garden right now and hoping to finish it this weekend as well while working.. heheh.. :) One of my co workers is briging in Fifty Shades of Grey for me to borrow by the end of the weekend I hope she said she should be finished..

84crazy4reading
Jun 29, 2012, 6:16pm Top

#17. The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins

This is my first time reading Ace Atkins and I will be checking out some more books by him. This was an uncorrected proof and I did find some mistakes but I was able to look past that as I read.

The Lost Ones is a Quinn Colson Novel. Quinn is an ex Ranger and he is now Sheriff of the small town he grew up in. I found Quinn very likable. The supporting characters such as his female deputy were wonderful additions to the cast of characters.

If you like mystery, action, suspense etc then give Ace Atkin's The Lost Ones a try.

4 1/2 stars

Monica I need to find your thread again. It took me longer then I expected to finish the book. I will be really reading Fifty Shades of Grey now. I keep hearing that once you start you won't want to stop. We will see if that is true.

I hope your friend brought in the book for you to read.

85Morphidae
Jun 30, 2012, 6:37am Top

>I keep hearing that once you start you won't want to stop.

I just read it and it certainly was like that for me. It certainly has its faults but it's a good yarn.

86crazy4reading
Jun 30, 2012, 1:25pm Top

I am about 20% through the book and it is okay but I am not falling head over heels for the book like I thought I would. I am getting the feeling that the Ana is just a very young girl with no experience. I didn't care for the part where she is given a contract and she just signs it without reading any of it. I guess college didn't teach her anything.

87PersephonesLibrary
Jul 1, 2012, 9:28am Top

I'm looking forward what you finally think about Fifty Shades... I have heard so much about it and it starts getting hyped here. But until so far it wasn't enough to convince me buying it...

88MonicaLynn
Jul 3, 2012, 9:26am Top

#84 Monica. My thread is here http://www.librarything.com/talktopic.php?topic=129201 I just finished Fifty Shades of Grey and am started ont he 2nd book in the trilogy. I have had difficulty putting the book down. I hope you enjoy it.. I look forward to hearing what you think..

89crazy4reading
Jul 6, 2012, 4:20pm Top

#18. Getting Over Mr. Right by Chrissie Manby

Getting Over Mr. Right: A Novel is a humorous look at one woman's bout of going through a break up. Almost every woman has been through some sort of break up. Some of us take it in stride and hop right back into the dating pool. Others may sulk or be depressed and want people to feel sorry for them. And maybe just maybe some people react just like Ashleigh.

Seeing how Ashleigh reacts really does put it in perspective as to how much women sometimes over think relationships. The way she was dumped was just awful. She didn't receive a text, voicemail, phone call or even an email. She learns that her boyfriend of 2 years dumped her by way of Facebook. Personally I think most men would dump women that way because they are cowards and afraid of actually seeing how much they hurt the woman.

The book goes through a lot of the stalking, attempts and shinanegans Ashleigh tries to win her boyfriend back. I am glad to say that she finally does start getting over Michael when out of the blue over the Christmas Holiday he text her to wish her a Merry Christmas. This time around she is better prepared and more mature then she was when they first dated.

I loved how she finally got even with the scumbag in the end. How I love to think exactly what his new girlfriend will think when she sees that message on him. I really enjoyed the book and was able to see how my breaking up after 20 years hurt me and how much I have grown since than.

5 stars

Still reading my other ER book Desire Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee and Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

90crazy4reading
Jul 6, 2012, 7:51pm Top

Well I picked up a new book and finished it already. It is an e-book that I have on the Nook app on my Kindle Fire.

#19 Puppy Dog Tales by Alice V.

This was a nice easy read. I love animals and to read stories about any kind just brings tears to my eyes.

There are 3 stories in this book. Stray dogs that become best friends, a dog's birthday wish, and just a dog that joins a new family.

I enjoyed the book and just seeing life through the eyes of dogs.

5 stars

I gave it 5 stars because it was easy and cute stories. Even though the stories maybe geared towards those who are younger I still enjoyed them. Now I am going to read some of my other books.

91crazy4reading
Jul 22, 2012, 10:50am Top

#20. Desire Becomes her by Shirlee Busbee

I won this book through Library Thing's Early Reviewers program. I have never read Shirlee Busbee before. I found Shirlee's writing style easy to follow and read.

Desire Becomes Her is a historical romance. The main characters are the Joslyn family and Gillian Dashwood and her relatives. Gillian is a widow and is thought to be a murderess. Luc Joslyn is a gambler that meets Gillian and is smitten right from the start. Gillian worries about what the ton think of her and doesn't trust Luc because he is just like her first husband Charles (a Gambler).

Gillian is just as attracted to Luc as he is to her. The awkwardness and side glances they do when they think no one is looking makes for a few smiles on the readers part. Luc questions his feelings at times as does Gillian. Neither wants to admit the love and attraction they have towards each other.

I loved the book for the twist and turns the story took along with the different plots in the story line. I did not get confused or lost in the different story lines. Looking for a new Romance Author then give Shrilee Busbee a try.

5 stars

I am going to be reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Fifty Shades of Grey, Hunger Games and possibly a few others. Not sure of the titles.

I know next week is the LT Read a Thing I don't know if I will be able to participate that much but I hope to get some reading done this coming week.

Happy Reading!!

Monica

92crazy4reading
Jul 31, 2012, 8:01am Top

I finished a book in 8 days! I am thrilled with that. Here is my review, which was thrown together last night as I was falling asleep. I may try to touch it up if I get a chance. Starting the second book soon, hopefully today.

#21. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I saw the movie before reading this book and I am not disappointed in either the movie or the book. I loved this book as much as the movie. Katness and Peeta are awesome characters that you just fall in love with.

Suzanne Collins does a fantastic job of writing this story. The character development is perfect. The plot is explained and keeps you in suspense and rooting for all the tributes. I can't wait to start the second book now.

5 stars

I am really glad I read this book. I am still reading Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. I will be starting Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I also am reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

93MonicaLynn
Jul 31, 2012, 8:32am Top

Yeah Monica, I am so glad you enjoyed the Hunger Games :) I too loved the entire trilogy. I am so glad you still enjoyed it after watching the movie first. Sometimes it is difficult to get into the book after watching the movie. I truly hope you enjoy the other two in the trilogy.

I am curious as to how you are enjoying Fifty Shades though. :) I really enjoyed all 3 in the trilogy, as I hope you will as well.

Other than reading I hope all is well with you and you are enjoying your summer.

Monica...

94mstrust
Jul 31, 2012, 12:37pm Top

I sometimes think I must be the slowest reader out there, so don't feel bad! I just know I'd read a lot faster if things like work and family didn't conspire to slow me down.

95crazy4reading
Jul 31, 2012, 4:04pm Top

I know what you mean mstrust. I see some people finish books in days but then I have to realize that I still work, have animals and real life gets in the way sometimes.

Monica I really am enjoying the Hunger Games trilogy! It was nice that most of the book was in the movie. I have had trouble before after I watch a movie but I am glad I didn't have that trouble this time.

I am still trying to read Fifty Shades of Grey. I just looked to see if my library has the books available and there are 139 holds on the second book and 84 on the 3rd book. I think I will have to go there and add my hold to them. I also put a hold on the ebook at the library so now I will have to keep checking my email to see if that becomes available first.

Monica

96crazy4reading
Aug 11, 2012, 6:41pm Top

Well here is my review of my current read.

#22. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Okay so I finally read the first book in this Fifty Shades series and personally I don't get all the hype about it. It was just a romance book. Even though I have never read a book with a dominant and submissive I wasn't shocked by what I read.

Everyone that I know that has read the book told me it was porn for women. I just felt like it was a romance book but with a different spin on it. I don't know anything about the dominant/submissive lifestyle so I can't say if was accurate or not.

Now the characters I got annoyed with Ana. She was just so in your head whining girl. Who would even guess she was graduating college. So she is an Innocent and knows nothing about sex. She is wildly attracted to Christian (who wouldn't be with the descriptions). Now Christian I liked. He kept me interested and I want to learn more about him. Now Ana's friend Kate was a joy. She reminds me of most young girls.

I do plan to read the rest of the series but I am not buying the books. I hope to be able to borrow them from the library or I will just go to B&N and read the book while sitting in the cafe. You need to read the books yourself to decide if you like the book or not.

3 stars

I have mixed feelings about the book. I do want to read the rest just to see what else happens.

Now to finish reading Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Hopefully with my 10 hour days over I will have more time to read while exercising and stuff. This year the 10 hours killed me. I spent most of the weekends just relaxing and trying to recuperate from the week.

Today my daughter, her boyfriend and their new dog visited me. I currently have their first dog. I told them that she is mine and I will not give her back. She is now mine. Well today was the first day that the two met and it didn't go to well.

I have a beagle/basset mix and she is 2 years old. They have a pitbull/lab mix who is only 8 months. Well my dog, Samantha was okay at first until their dog, Thursday, was sniffing her ears. Samantha just got over an ear infection so I don't know if that bothered her or if it is because Thursday is in heat. I would like to see them get along so that they can play together.

The funny thing is my one cat, Blokus who gets along well with Samantha was scared of Thursday. Thursday wanted to play with him but he didn't want anything to do with her. His hair was standing on end from his head to his tail and he looked like he was ready to pounce. We had to chase him upstairs to prevent a fight. Okay I just had to share!

Happy Reading All!

97alcottacre
Aug 12, 2012, 1:37am Top

#96 Fifty Shades of Grey is a book that has never appealed to me. I am going to continue to give it a miss!

98crazy4reading
Aug 12, 2012, 9:14am Top

I don't blame you. I am only interested to see if I learn anything more about Christian Grey.

99crazy4reading
Edited: Aug 19, 2012, 8:39am Top

#23. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I couldn't put this book down! From the moment I started this book I didn't want to stop reading it.

Katniss and Peeta are now scheduled for the victory tour. They will be going around and visiting the other districts. Katniss has feelings for both Gale and Peeta.

President Snow comes to visit Katniss at her house to warn her that she must prove to the districts that she did this out of undying love for Peeta to prevent a rebellion. This adds to Katniss' concerns for her family and friends. She feels that if she doesn't do this that her family and friends will pay the ultimate price of their lives.

Katniss wants to leave District 12 and take everyone with her. This decision begins the trouble in District 12, new peacekeepers, the fence being electrified, the hob being destroyed and more.

This book also has the Quarter Quell!! There is rebellion happening in some of the districts and with the quarter quell it somewhat intensifies the rebels. This year the Quarter Quell is announced and it is to prove that even the strongest cannot over throw the capital. Each district will choose a past victor one boy and one girl to go into the games. This means that Katniss will definitely be in the games again.

I don't want to reveal to much of what happens but this book is the beginning of the end of the capital or at least that is what it seems like. I cannot wait to start the third book in this series.

5 stars

I hope to start the 3rd book this week. I have a few advanced reader books to read and my ER book to read. I will be reading Black Fridays by Michael Sears. I also have to pick up my book club book if they have any left. I need to take a week off just to read.

Happy Reading!!

100MonicaLynn
Aug 20, 2012, 2:42pm Top

Monica, I am so glad you enjoyed the 2nd book in the trilogy. :) I think you will enjoy the third book as well. Happy reading. :)

101crazy4reading
Aug 26, 2012, 6:11pm Top

Hi everyone!! I finished the 3rd book in the Hunger Game Series!! I loved this series!! It is my second favorite series next too Harry Potter!!

Here is my review:

#24. MockingJay by Suzanne Collins

Wow!!! What a fantastic series!! I loved all the books. Some of the reviews I read made me wonder if this book was going to be as good as the other books. It wasn't action packed like the first 2 books but it was just as good. There is action going on in the book even if Katniss Everdeen isn't the one involved in all the action.

I couldn't put this book down! I had to force myself to stop reading at the end of some chapters to get sleep. Once I reached the part when the rebels were finally getting closer to the Capital City I just kept reading. This is when Katniss, Gale, and Peeta get the most action.

I shed a lot of tears at the end of this book. They were tears of sadness and joy. I just can't believe who died in the end. I also loved how Suzanne wrote the characters and the way humans are. She really touched on how we as humans seem to think, act, react, and feel. Suzanne also touched on how we repeat the same mistakes over and over again.

If you haven't read this series I highly recommend you pick it up and READ!!!

5 stars

Now I will be starting my ER book by Michael Sears Black Fridays. I am still reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Still waiting for the library to have the Fifty Shades second book available.

Happy Reading all!!

102MonicaLynn
Aug 27, 2012, 10:07am Top

Monica, I am so glad you enjoyed the Hunger Games trilogy. I know exactly what you mean about not wanting to put the book down. :) I hope your next read is as exciting and interesting.

Happy Reading!
Monica...

103ChelleBearss
Sep 4, 2012, 10:09am Top

Glad to see you enjoyed the Hunger Games trilogy! I really loved it as well. I still need to see the movie though.

104crazy4reading
Oct 16, 2012, 9:02pm Top

I finished another book. Actually an audio book I finished.

#25. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

This was my library book club read for the month of October. I got lucky and took the audio book. I am glad I did because it was a long book and I think if I had tried to read the book I would have given up or would still be reading it.

This book is about a woman Henrietta Lacks whose cells were removed and became a wonderful benefit for scientific research. Henrietta was a black woman who went to John Hopkins for some pain she was having. It turned out that she had cancer.

Rebecca Skloot was fascinated while studying science in school when she learned about Henrietta Lacks. Rebecca does a great job in finding out about Henrietta Lacks and her family. The laws that were created because of the treatment of Henrietta cells.

The cells are called HeLa. They are known as the cells that have been alive since the 1950's. I enjoyed listening to the book and hearing about Henrietta's children.

4 1/2 stars.

I am still reading last month's book club read. Tomorrow I get my new book.

Happy Reading!!

105drneutron
Oct 16, 2012, 10:25pm Top

Definitely a good one!

106crazy4reading
Nov 1, 2012, 7:13pm Top

drneutron I agree. It was well worth the read.

Now another review.

#26. The Bridges of Madison County By Robert James Waller

I read this book for a TIOLI challenge. One of my categories for the 12 in 12 challenge is to read some books for TIOLI. I did this one because it was short and I knew I could read it in about 5 days. I did just that.

This is the story of a woman and a man that she met one day. Francesca and Robert. Francesca is a farm wife and mother. While her husband and children are at a state fair showing their prize cow Francesca meets Robert Kincaid and photographer. When she sees him for the first time she feels drawn to him.

As I read the story I felt the attraction between the two of them. I was feeling her loneliness and lack of love from her marriage. She loved her husband but was still missing something and Robert Kincaid brought that yearning to the front.

The ending was very heartwarming. It brought tears to my eyes. I am glad that I took the time to read this book.

4 stars

I am listening to Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert. The author is the narrator for the book. I only have 1 more CD to listen to. I hope to finish it this or next week. It is for my library book club. I am also reading Black Fridays by Michael Sears.

Happy Reading!!

107crazy4reading
Nov 1, 2012, 8:03pm Top

#27. Room by Emma Donoghue

This was a book I read for book club. I didn't finish it in time for my group meeting.

I had trouble getting into the book at first. The writing was bothersome at first until I realized that the narrator was a 5 year old boy. Room is the story of Ma and Jack.

Ma and Jack live in room not because they want to but because they cannot escape. Ma wants to escape Room once Jack turns five. Jack doesn't want to leave room.

Once they do escape the book follows them on their recovery from being in Room. I found the story interesting and the way it was written in the boys voice made my emotions come alive during the book.

4 stars

I realized I never posted this review in here.

108crazy4reading
Nov 5, 2012, 8:52pm Top

#28. Committed: A Skeptic makes peace with marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert

I never read Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love. Committed was an alright book. I did find myself laughing to myself while listening to the book in the car.

The book follows Liz and her new love through how they finally got married. It was interesting and yet boring at times. I felt that Elizabeth was over analyzing everything. Checking to see how and if their marriage had a chance of surviving. The information was interesting yet tiresome of hearing after awhile.

I still want to read her first book just not sure when I will get the time to.

4 stars

109crazy4reading
Nov 23, 2012, 2:36pm Top

#29. Black Fridays by Michael Sears

Black Fridays is the story of Jason Stafford. He worked on Wall Street and was caught embezzling money from his employer. He spent time in jail.

His marriage was ruined, lost all the money, had a child that he doesn't know when he is released. Once he starts on his new life out of prison he retrieves his son from his ex mother in law. His son is Autistic and he has a lot to learn.

He takes his son back to New York and enrolls him in a special school. Jason calls his son Kid because that is what he responds to. Jason is hired to investigate a company by an old friend. Once he starts the investigation is when things start to pick up.

I found the book slow moving at first. Once the investigation gets going is when all the interesting things start happening. I am not very familiar with Wall Street but this book was not hard to follow in the financial end.

The ending was one that I did not expect but was not surprised. So who is the one that is the mastermind behind this big scam that Jason is hired to investigate? If you like thrillers and finance then give this book a try.

4 stars

110MonicaLynn
Nov 24, 2012, 9:52am Top

Monica, that sounds like a good one, I added it to my wishlist :) Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

111crazy4reading
Dec 23, 2012, 4:47pm Top

I may just get to 30 books by the end of the year. I think I need to read smaller books in the coming year.

I am still reading The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory and hope to finish it this week, it would be even nice to finish it today.

Happy Reading all!!

112ChelleBearss
Dec 24, 2012, 12:28pm Top



Merry Christmas!!

113MonicaLynn
Dec 24, 2012, 3:54pm Top

Hi Monica, I wanted to stop by and wish you a Very Merry Christmas.

114saraslibrary
Dec 25, 2012, 11:34pm Top

#111: I know how that goes. It's hard to find smaller-sized books. Good luck with The Other Queen. I haven't read any of her books yet.

And I'll add to everyone else's posts--Happy Holidays! :)

115crazy4reading
Dec 26, 2012, 9:02am Top

Thanks for stopping by and wishing me Happy Holidays.

116crazy4reading
Dec 27, 2012, 9:32pm Top

I finally finished another book. Here is my review:

#30. The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

The Other Queen is a fictional account of the Bloody Queen Mary and her imprisonment. I am not that familiar with England history but have grown a fascination over the past few years. My son tells me to watch the show the Tudors.

Queen Elizabeth is Queen Mary's cousin and has imprisoned Mary. Talbot and his wife Bess are in charge of keeping the Queen Mary safe so that she can be placed back as the Queen of Scotland. The story goes on from different points of view. One minute you are reading from the view of Queen Mary, then George Talbot and onto Bess. At first this was confusing but let you see what the other characters were thinking and doing at the same time.

4 stars

Now I will be starting my next book club book The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent. I will also be starting my ER book Breaking News by Fern Michaels. It would be nice to be able to finish one of these books before the new year.

117crazy4reading
Dec 29, 2012, 2:08pm Top

I just realized I never posted my review for Dewey.

#31. Dewey by Vicki Myron

Well I finally finished this book. I was not overly impressed with this book. I thought I would be reading more about Dewey than life in Spencer Iowa.

I did enjoy the beginning and how Dewey came to live in the library. The rest with the personal life was not all that interesting.

Learning about how Dewey touched people was interesting but that was all I enjoyed.

3 stars

118SugarCreekRanch
Dec 29, 2012, 2:28pm Top

I agree with you about Dewey. I thought it was a sweet story that would make a great magazine article, but needed a lot of filler material to pad it out to book length. Best part of that book was the picture of Dewey on the cover.

119crazy4reading
Dec 29, 2012, 2:41pm Top

Yes the picture was fantastic. I loved the picture. The story would have been great as a short story or just in a magazine. I found myself skimming a lot of stuff in the book because I just didn't think it mattered to the story.

120crazy4reading
Dec 30, 2012, 1:05pm Top

I finished another book this weekend. I am so glad to take the time this weekend to get some reading in. I won't be reaching my goal but it is just nice to finally be able to get caught up on some reading.

#32. Breaking News by Fern Michaels

This is the first book that I have read by Fern Michaels. I have seen her books and have thought about reading them. Since I had one this one in LT Earlyreviewers program I was finally getting a chance to read one of her books.

Breaking News in number 5 in the Godmothers series. I have never read any of the previous ones and I was still able to follow along with the characters, and story. The beginning of the book was slow because you are introduced to the main characters and start to get a feel for the relationship between all of them.

The main characters are all 'Seasoned' adults. You have Toots, Bernice, Mavis, Ida and Sophia. You also have Abby who is Toots daughter and Chris who is Toots stepson and a friend of Abby's and becomes more as the story progresses.

Abby is editor in chief of a tabloid magazine that is owned by her mother. Her mother bought the magazine for a steal and also because it is her daughter's dream job.

Breaking News has a bit of everything. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the comments the characters made. Toots is a multimillionaire, Ida is an entrepreneur of cosmetics, Mavis makes dead people look good, Sophie is a smart ass. Bernice is the housekeeper who is loved by all.

This is a very fast and entertaining read and will be looking for the previous ones to play catch up. So if you are looking for a fast, light read then grab Breaking News and sit back and enjoy!

5 stars

I will be starting some of my ER books Vanity Fare by Megan Caldwell and Postcards from Cedar Key by Terri Dulong. I will also continue reading my book club book The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent.

I am so glad to have the RAT and the year end read-a-thon going on right now to help me get some reading done.

121PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 31, 2012, 6:23am Top

Monica - Just stopping by to wish you happy new year and I look forward to seeing more of you in 2013.

122PersephonesLibrary
Dec 31, 2012, 7:33pm Top

Hello Monica, finally delurking just to wish you all the best for 2013! Watching out for your new thread, too! :)

123crazy4reading
Dec 31, 2012, 10:34pm Top

Hi Kathy!! I wish you the best for 2013. I have set up my thread for the 2013 year. Here is the link

124crazy4reading
Dec 31, 2012, 11:52pm Top

Thanks to everyone that stopped by my thread! I want to wish you all a



I look forward to seeing you all in 2013!!

125saraslibrary
Jan 1, 2013, 4:28am Top

Happy 2013 to you, too, Monica! Pretty pic.

126tjblue
Jan 1, 2013, 7:12am Top

Happy New Year Monica!!

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