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75 Books Challenge for 2012

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Edited: Dec 31, 2012, 3:41pm Top

Hi, 75+ers!! I saw this last year and took on a resolution of my own to tackle 75 books in 2011. I did well. I lurked and took some suggestions....but, I tend to read best sellers and chic lit fluff. I was soooooooooooooo happy to find out grown ups can read young adult fiction (YA) and I've discovered some good stuff. Yay!

I'm excited to join you guys officially and resolve myself to another 75 this year.

I don't know how to start a "thread" so I hope someone helps me out.

In 2011 I discovered Sookie Stackhouse and True Blood and read all those books. Hate sookie. Love everyone else. :)

I'm nearly finished Christopher Moore's bibliography and after running out of Tom Robbins..I was so pleased to find another genius lunatic!

What else did I read last year?? hummmmmmmm

A bunch of forgettable stuff unfortunately.

Oh! I did "read" The Help on audio. It was my first audio book and I loved it and I'm hooked!!! I got some shitty radio announcer narratives and then I discovered Sophia Kinsella and the humor and english accents really made it for me. ha ha ha

I'm very excited to share my reads with you folks without judgement or criticism and to be turned on to some things outside my "comfort zone"

My "comfort zone" is anything outside reality. I enjoy fiction. But, I do hope to read some non fiction biography type stuff this coming year. Also, some self help things I've normally shunned, including but not limited to..theology, abasement, wicca, forlornness and whatnot and stuff about food :)

Thanks for having me and I look forward to sharing my reads with youz guyz

As soon as I find out how to start a "thread"

#1 - To Fetch a Thief - Spencer Quinn
#2 - Hissy Fit: A Novel - Mary Kay Andrews
#3 - The Vampire Prince - Darren Shan
#4 - Fool - Christopher Moore
#5 - The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted - Elizabeth Berg
#6 - 77 Shadow Street - Dean Koontz
#7 - A Stolen Life - Jaycee Dugard
#8 - The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
#9 - My Cat, Spit McGee - Willie Morris
#10 - Fancy White Trash - Marjetta Geerling
#11 - Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man - Fannie Flagg
#12 - Summer and the City - Candace Bushnell
#13 - Hunters of the Dusk - Darren Shan
#14 - Damned - Chuck Palahniuk
#15 - While I'm Falling - Laura Moriarty
#16 - Little Earthquakes - Jennifer Weiner
#17 - The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Catherynne M. Valente
#18 - The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
#19 - Deenie - Judy Blume
#20 - Sugar and Spice: An L.A. Candy Novel Lauren Conrad
#21 - Little Bitty Lies: A Novel - Mary Kay Andrews
#22 - To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
#23 - Crank - Ellen Hopkins
#24 - Friendship Bread - Darien Gee
#25 - A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
#26 - Death by Pantyhose - Laura Levine
#27 - Getting Rid of Matthew - Jane Fallon
#28 - Night and Day -- Robert B. Parker
#29 - Stoner and Spaz - Ron Koertge
#30 - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
#31 - I Still Dream About You - Fannie Flagg
#32 - The Yoga Club - Cooper Lawrence
#33 - Red Glass - Laura Resau
#34 - Still Life - Louise Penny
#35 - The Memory of Running - Ron McLarty
#36 - The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen
#37 - The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating - Elisabeth Tova Bailey
#38 - The Girl in the Green Raincoat - Laura Lippman
#39 - A Drowned Maiden's Hair - Laura Amy Schlitz
#40 - Spooky Little Girl - Laurie Notaro
#41 - Saving Fish From Drowning - Amy Tan
#42 - Nature Girl - Carl Hiaasen
#43 - The Dovekeepers - Alice Hoffman
#44 - The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
#45 - Seriously...I'm Kidding - Ellen DeGeneres
#46 - A is for Alibi - Sue Grafton
#47 - Fifty Shades of Grey - E L James
#48 - Glass - Ellen Hopkins
#49 - The Bean Trees - Barbara Kingsolver
#50 - The Dog Who Knew too Much - Spencer Quinn
#51 - I'd Know You Anywhere - Laura Lippman
#52 - The Secret - Rhonda Byrne
#53 - Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo - Betty White
#54 - Murder with Peacocks - Donna Andrews
#55 - Nuclear Jellyfish: A Novel - Tim Dorsey
#56 - Still Missing - Chevy Stevens
#57 - I've Got Your Number - Sophia Kinsella
#58 - Thyme of Death - Susan Wittig Albert
#59 - Hannah's Dream - Diane Hammond
#60 - Pretty Woman- Fern Michaels
#61 - The Peach Keeper - Sarah Addison Allen
#62 - Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos
#63 - Deadlocked - Charlaine Harris
#64 - Curiosity Thrilled the Cat - Sofie Kelly
#65 - A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie - Matt Blackstone
#66 - Witches' Bane - Susan Wittig Albert
#67 - Skinnydipping: A Novel - Bethenny Frankel
#68 - The Beginner's Goodbye - Anne Tyler
#69 - Most Talkative - Andy Cohen
#70 - Sleight of Paw: A Magical Cats Mystery - Sofie Kelly
#71 - Hangman's Root - Susan Wittig Albert
#72 - Rosemary Remembered - Susan Wittig Albert
#73 - Rueful Death - Susan Wittig Albert
#74 - The Next Best Thing: A Novel - Jennifer Weiner
#75 - Wallflower in Bloom - Claire Cook
#76 - Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind - Ann B. Ross
#77 - Loves Lies Bleeding - Susan Wittig Albert
#78 - Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
#79 - Marked: A House of Night Novel - Kristin Cast
#80 - Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn
#81 - Where Things Come Back - John Corey
#82 - Summerland: A Novel - Elin Hilderbrand
#83 - A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray
#84 - Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
#85 - Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand
#86 - And When She Was Good - Laura Lippman
#87 - Dare Me - Megan Abbott
#88 - Sad Desk Salad - Jessica Grose
#89 - Life - Keith Richards
#90 - The Bartender's Tale - Ivan Doig
#91 - The Blue Bistro - Elin Hilderbrand
#92 - Intensity - Dean Koontz
#93 - Garbology - Edward Humes
#94 - Vanity Fare: A novel of lattes, literature, and love - Megan Caldwell

Jul 1, 2012, 1:13pm Top

Only a few more to go...............

Jul 1, 2012, 1:40pm Top

Hi Ellen! Just wanted to let you know I was stalking your last thread, and I finally popped out of the woodwork to say hello to you now. 71 books - that is extremely impressive! :D

I'll go back to my little hole now...

Jul 1, 2012, 2:34pm Top

Ellen - congrats on your new thread. Eris is right - your reading is prodigious.

Jul 1, 2012, 7:37pm Top

You are off to a good start on your reading. Welcome to the challenge!

Edited: Jul 4, 2012, 1:11pm Top

Thanks! I know I read mostly crap....I enjoy it! LOL!

I wanted to give all of you an update on my mother. She is doing wonderful!!! Yesterday was her last day for chemo and radiation. At this point she should be feeling pretty awful, with the cumulative effects of her treatments, but she's feeling very strong!

Now we have to wait 6 weeks before any additional test can be done. Her tumor markers have been measured in her blood counts and they started at over 4,000 and are down to 380. I think this number going down was so encouraging for her and made all the difference in her attitude.

Next week she is going back east for a visit with friends and family. I know she'll be surrounded with love and I think she'll come back even stronger!

I wanted to thank all of you for your prayers and well wishes! It has helped :) I'm amazed at how well she has done!

Happy 4th of July, everyone!!

Jul 4, 2012, 11:34pm Top

That's great news about your mother, I really think having a positive attitude helps and it seems like your mom has that in spades. I'm sure it is a relief to you to see her both stronger and ready to go on a trip. Will keep fingers crossed that she just keeps on improving.

Jul 5, 2012, 2:30am Top

Thank you!! **fingers crossed**

The positive attitude was zero for a bit. I'm glad she's found her grove. Not only is it a relief.....I am again inspired by my mother. I knew she had it in her.....it's just such a hard diagnosis. But, things are better. That's all I can ask for and I give thanks. I am so grateful. So grateful.

Jul 6, 2012, 12:59am Top

I'm so glad your mom is feeling strong and able to travel. And a big YAY!!!! for her tumor markers going down. Wonderful news. It means the hard work of chemo/radiation is paying off.

Jul 8, 2012, 5:23am Top

Hi Ellen!! I'm so glad to here that your mom is feeling better. Hope she has a great trip and you get some R+R!!!

Jul 8, 2012, 9:56am Top

What uplifting news about your mom!

Jul 11, 2012, 8:54pm Top

It's unbelievable. Hey...none of us are getting out of here alive. It's the quality of life that matters and I'm just so glad she's happy again....and hungry! Yay!

I always enjoy her books. I always like that they take place in Philly.

This one is set in LA and it was fun. It had points that I loved and some more gimmicky phases, but for me.....a fun beach read.

Jul 20, 2012, 6:43pm Top

Ok....I hit my goal early! Yay. But, I'm in a bit of a book slump. I'm hung up on those China Bayles mysteries and and a bunch of fluffy BS

I'm about to get started on Divergent

I hope I love it.

Jul 20, 2012, 9:52pm Top

Hi Ellen! Just found this thread. You're quite a prolific reader, congrats on hitting 75 already! :) And I'm not familiar with your mother's health struggles, but it's always good to hear that someone is beating cancer.

As for your reading slump: Since you like Christopher Moore, I think you may like Jasper Fforde. And maybe take a look at the Flavia de Luce books by Alan Bradley too.

Divergent is a good one, and it's being made into a movie (what isn't these days?!) Isn't YA lit fun? I read a lot of it myself.

Aug 1, 2012, 3:24pm Top

I couldn't get into Christopher Moore's latest...I'm giving it another try on audio.

Divergent did nothing for me...so that's been abandoned, but it's still on my TBR list. I don't think I'm into dystopian lit and it's all the rage these days

I'm reading Gone Girl now and so far I'm enjoying it

Aug 5, 2012, 6:33pm Top

#78 - Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

One of my favorite reads so far this year. Very clever suspense/thriller. I'll probably read another one of her books.

Aug 6, 2012, 6:04pm Top

I have a question about Gone Girl if anyone stops by who has read it, please let me know. It's been driving me a little nuts

Aug 12, 2012, 6:20pm Top

Ellen - I haven't read Gone Girl, but Ilana started a spoiler thread for people who had read the book, so you could ask your question there.

Spoiler Thread for Gone Girl

Aug 12, 2012, 8:01pm Top

Thank you so much, Mamie!!

Aug 12, 2012, 8:04pm Top

You are so welcome!

Aug 13, 2012, 8:36pm Top

#79 - Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn

After reading Gone Girl I was very excited to read another of Gillian Flynn's novels.

Sharp Objects was very very dark and disturbing. I loved it! It almost made Gone Girl seem like a cozy. LOL! I can see how Gone Girl will appeal to the masses, where Sharp Objects would attract more of a limited audience.

It was a great listen on audio. I even went back and replayed the last CD. I'm looking forward to reading Dark Places. In the meantime I'll read something a bit lighter.

That Gillian Flynn is one twisted chic!!

Aug 19, 2012, 1:29pm Top

Hi Ellen! I was away from LT for a while, and missed your question about Gone Girl. But I looked at the spoiler thread, and it looks like the question was covered there. My answer would've been "I don't remember", so not so helpful anyway. My memory is horrible. I can really only remember the overall impression of all but the most recently read book. I do remember that I liked both Sharp Objects and Dark Places, but Gone Girl left the strongest impression of the three. Happy (dark) reading!

Aug 19, 2012, 2:20pm Top

Maybe you could ask Donna828 your question about Gone Girl, Ellen. She just finished the book in her 75 thread over here (it's right at the bottom): http://www.librarything.com/talktopic.php?topic=140379 , so I thought she might be able to help you. ^_^

Aug 19, 2012, 8:25pm Top

Hi, Eris & Sugar! I'm satisfied with the answer I've been given. Thanks for checking up on me! Hope you are enjoying the summer!

#82 - Summerland - Elin Hilderbrand

humm....I know I've read Elin Hilderbrand before but I couldn't tell you what or any plots. Her latest is also forgettable and a tad depressing.

Aug 22, 2012, 1:08pm Top

#83 - A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray

I really enjoyed the book off the bat....but I did get a little bored as it went on. I wish the whole trilogy would have been combined into one book. A bit juvenile, it is a YA so I'll let it slide. I would have loved this book when I was a tween. I doubt I'll read the rest of the them

Edited: Aug 27, 2012, 3:08pm Top

#84 - Dark Places - Gillian Flynn

I love Gillian Flynn! I wonder how long we'll have to wait for book 4? Out of the 3 she's written this one would be my least favorite. Although I did enjoy it. I should have saved it to read at a later date.

Sharp Objects was my favorite of the Gillian Flynn novels

Sep 6, 2012, 12:24pm Top

# 85 Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand

I LOVED THIS BOOK!! Excellent read! I have to admit I was rather ignorant about what went on over the Pacific Ocean and in Japan during WW2. This amazing story of survival was a real eye-opener for me. Highly recommended.

Sep 7, 2012, 1:08pm Top

Hi Ellen, boy, everyone who reads Unbroken seems to love it. It's been on my radar for some time, one of these days I hope to actually get to it!

Sep 8, 2012, 11:37am Top

Hey, Judy! I listened to Unbroken on audio. The narrator did a great job! I hope you get to it sooner than later!

Sep 8, 2012, 11:51am Top

#86 - And When She Was Good - Laura Lippman

I guess I got this book because of the title poem excerpt. Or it came up on Amazon that I would like it? Either way I had put myself on a wait list at the library prior to it's release.

I haven't read Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan series. But, I had read I'd Know You Anywhere and it was ok. I'd say this book was also ok. The protagonist was well developed and it's a story/thriller? about her life as a prositute. 3 stars

Sep 9, 2012, 8:32pm Top

Thanks for the review on And When She Was Good. I've read a few of Laura Lippman's stand-alone novels... some I love, some are just meh. You helped me keep this one off the Ever Growing List.

Sep 11, 2012, 6:28pm Top

Hi, Sugar!! Thanks for dropping by.....

Have you read any of the Tess Monaghan series? I just realized I have read a novella The Girl in the Green Raincoat which ones of Laura Lippman's books did you love?

Sep 11, 2012, 9:40pm Top

I haven't read any of the Tess Monaghan series... except The Girl in the Green Raincoat. I usually prefer stand-alones to series, unless it's a really, really good series.

My favorite Lippman books were Hardly Knew Her and What The Dead Know.
I also liked I'd Know You Anywhere (which you thought was just okay), Every Secret Thing, and To The Power Of Three.
Not impressed with The Girl in the Green Raincoat, Life Sentences, or The Most Dangerous Thing.

Sep 12, 2012, 11:32am Top

Thanks for the feed back!

Sep 12, 2012, 11:42am Top

#87 Dare Me by Megan Abbott

Not impressed by this book. The characters were weak, the story was weak........I'm surprised I even finished it

This wasn't in the YA section of my library, but I'd classify it as YA.

Sep 13, 2012, 10:48pm Top

#88 - Sad Desk Salad - Jessica Grose

My 1st book received from LT Early Reviewers. Yay!

It was a treat to win it and to read it! I gobbled it up in just a day. It's a fun book about a whirlwind week in the life of a professional blogger. I could definitely relate and sympathize with the main character. Anyone who likes modern themed chic lit would enjoy this book.

Sep 30, 2012, 2:11am Top

Hi, Ellen! Just stopped by to see what you've been up to lately. I guess you gave up on Anna Dressed in Blood, because I didn't see anything about it. I finished it and enjoyed it, but it wasn't my favorite YA by any stretch of the imagination, and there were a few plot oddities that had me going, "Huh? Seriously?" so probably no great loss if you dropped it.

Based on your reviews, I'm going to give Gillian Flynn a try. Her books sound like my kind of novels.

How is your mom doing? I saw that she was feeling strong the beginning of July. Hope she is still doing well.

Oct 1, 2012, 1:34pm Top

Hi, Mary. :)

Yes...I abandoned Anna Dressed in Blood. I read a few chapters and then decided I wasn't into the whole hunting killer ghost premise.

My mother is doing very well. Thanks for asking. After she had the radiation and chemotherapy she was reevaluated as a candidate for Whipple. It's the major surgery they do to remove the cancerous tumor from the pancreas. Although she still needs to gain weight, it looks like she will be having this procedure in the near future. It's the only chance she really has to prevent the cancer from growing or spreading although it is not a 100% effective as a cure. There's about a 30% chance that the surgery could result in remission. And of course no promise that cancer will not resurface in another area. In most pancreatic cases it moves to the liver.........

She's been so active and nearly back to her normal self...so I dread the surgery because it is very grueling and the recovery is hard and long. But, she seems to have made up her mind so I can only pray for the best possible outcome.

Oct 1, 2012, 4:13pm Top

Oh, my ~ I'll be praying for her with you, Ellen. And for you. So hard to watch someone you love suffer.

Oct 1, 2012, 5:00pm Top

Thank you very much!!

Edited: Oct 3, 2012, 1:48pm Top

#89 - Life - Keith Richards

I listened on audio. It was read mostly by Johnny Depp and Keith started and finished. But, Johnny does such a good job, you feel like you are listening to Keith the whole time. I think any Stones fan would like it. He takes some low blows at Mick and pretty much the only nice thing he says about him is that he's a good songwriter. He says Mick has the smallest penis he's ever seen! LOL!! Is that a common rumor? He obviously loves him though, they're like family.

Anyway...Keith's had a crazy life. I'll miss listening to him share his wacky adventures. The book was over 22 hrs. There were times I laughed out loud and I was even moved to tears when he discussed some of his buddies passing and his infant son. All in all.....it was a fun and entertaining story of the life of Keith Richards...living legend!

I hope they tour next year. I'd love to see them one more time!!

Oct 3, 2012, 2:52pm Top

Hi Ellen, I listened to Life earlier this year and loved it. It was like hanging out with Keith Richards and I really missed it when I was finished with the book. By far, Life is the best audio I have listened to yet.

Oct 3, 2012, 4:54pm Top

It was really great to listen to on audio. Sounds like you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Andy Cohen's book was great fun as well....if you watch any Bravo, you might enjoy it

Oct 21, 2012, 11:02pm Top

#91 - The Blue Bistro - Elin Hilderbrand

Wow! It's not often I lust over the lives of the characters I read. However, Adrienne and her awesome gig as hostess at the Blue Bistro on Nantucket Island had me insanely jealous. Great salary, about $700 in cash tips (for what??) per night, an incredible gourmet family style employee meal every night, sipping expensive pink champagne throughout her shift....and homemade crackers???

Yep....I was jealous.

The job sounded fantastic! And so did the menu and all the food! Overall the book itself was just ok

Oct 24, 2012, 12:30am Top

#92 - Intensity - Dean Koontz

I was looking for something spooky and a friend recommended this one. I was hoping to get in the Halloween spirit and for me that means ghost and paranormal type stuff.

Not serial killers.

This book was so in your face in the beginning with it's gore and massacre. And then.....well, I did not enjoy it.

Don't get me wrong, I loved Silence of the Lambs and I've read that probably a half dozen times. So, it's not that I don't enjoy the thriller type of book.

I think I'm just over Koontz. I know I haven't enjoyed his recent writings, but because Intensity is almost 20 yrs old and there was a time I enjoyed Koontz I gave it a shot.

No bueno

Oct 24, 2012, 1:53pm Top

Your review of The Blue Bistro made me laugh. :-)

I'm currently recently a Koontz, and I think I may be over him, too.

Nov 20, 2012, 10:47pm Top

With school and my mothers illness my pleasure reading has come to a stand still. But, if anyone drops by.....I want to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Give thanks, give love, give forgiveness, give acceptance and encourage others to share these gifts.

God bless!

Nov 21, 2012, 1:14am Top

Hi, Ellen ~ Happy Thanksgiving to you too. How is your mom doing? I hope you and she will be able to enjoy the day. Well, just wanted to say that I am thankful for your friendship here on LT.

Nov 21, 2012, 9:25am Top

Hello, Ellen! Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving, too!

Nov 21, 2012, 3:16pm Top

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Ellen.

Nov 21, 2012, 10:17pm Top

47: Those are some wonderful gifts, Ellen. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope your mother is still doing well.

Nov 21, 2012, 11:22pm Top

Stopping by to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving, Ellen!

Nov 22, 2012, 1:48pm Top

Happy Thanksgiving, Ellen! I hope that your mother is doing as well as she can, and I hope that today is a wonderful day, despite it all. ((hugs))

Nov 23, 2012, 9:51pm Top

Hello!! Thanks so much for checking in!

I hope y'all had a great Thanksgiving! My mom is doing well. She recently had a huge operation called Whipple and is recovering. Sadly, she is still in the hospital after undergoing surgery on her 71st birthday (Nov 6) So, we had much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving...even though she wasn't with us....at least she is still with us!! (((mom))))

Nov 26, 2012, 5:51pm Top

Stopping to say Hi. Glad to here your mom is doing well!!!

Dec 23, 2012, 4:51pm Top

Hi, Ellen ~ Just stopping by to say hi and see how you're doing. It's been awhile since you're been on LT and hope everything is well with you and your mom.

Dec 24, 2012, 2:44pm Top

I hope you have a lovely Christmas, Ellen.

Dec 24, 2012, 3:18pm Top

Hi, Mary and Judy!!! Merry Christmas!

Thank you so much for checking in! xoxo

I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas.

Mom has been in skilled nursing still...recovering from her surgery on Nov 6th. It's been a rough road. I have her home today though!! It's wonderful to have Mom here. She gets to stay out for 8 hrs tomorrow....so it'll be a very Merry Christmas for me and my family :)

Dec 25, 2012, 11:31am Top

Merry Christmas, Ellen. I'm sure your visit with your mom at home is just what you both needed. I hope she regains her strength soon and can come back home for real.

Dec 25, 2012, 3:49pm Top

Glad to hear your mom is able to be with you today. Merry Christmas to your and your family, Ellen, and may the Magic of the Season stay with you throughout the New Year!

Dec 26, 2012, 1:15pm Top

I am glad your mother was able to visit for Christmas Day. That is a wonderful gift!

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