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Jenn's 2018 ROOT Challenge


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Edited: Jul 9, 6:36pm Top

Hello Everyone,

Last year I pulled a disappearing act due to too much everything. So this year I am only taking on one challenge and since I am out of shelve space (AGAIN). Tah Dah here I am.

Best of luck to everyone.

Starting Stats:

Books on your library shelves: 1127
TBR: Still caraloging- thought I was done- I was wrong LOL
E-Book: Still cataloging
E-Book TBR: cataloging

75 Books from my shelves (either bookshelves or Kindle) purchased prior to 2018

5 Need to predate LibraryThing (2008 entry date) *
2 from Science/ Nature genre #
1 Biography @
1 Self Help =
3 Cookbooks ^
2 Gardening &
10 Kindle ~

Edited: Aug 27, 12:44pm Top

The List:


~1. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs 1/1/2018
2. The Loch by Steve Alten 1/10/2018
~3. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton 1/31/2018
4. Blood Memory by Greg Isles 1/24/2018


5. Have a little Faith by Mitch Albom 2/12/2018
* 6. Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught 2/26/2018
7. A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow2/28/2018

8. Mate Claimed by Jennifer Ashley3/4
9. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine 3/5
10. Spirited Away by Cindy Miles 3/9
~11. Dragon Rose by Christine Pope 3/11
12. Texas Secrets by Jean Brashear 3/18
13. Curls 2 by Hunter Hammersen 3/20
14. Ice by Linda Howard3/21
15. Into the Wild by John Krakauer 3/26
16. Murder List by Julie Garwood3/31

17. The Letters by Luanne Rice 4/10
18 Lighting the Straits by Terry Pepper 4/14
~19. With This Curse by Amanda Dewees 4/20
20. Luke's Ride by Helen DePrima4/22
* 21. A light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein4/22
* 22. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein4/23
^ 23. Fabulous Food the Costco Way4/25
^ 24. In the Kitchen the Costco Way4/26
~25. Let me be the one by Lily Foster 4/28
= 26. Pay it Down by Jean Chatzy4/29

27. Malevolent by jana deleon 5/2
* 28. Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson 5/3
29. Refuge Cove by Janet Daily 5/6
* 30. The Mummy by Anne Rice5/18
31. After you by Jojo Moyes5/24
@ 32. Annie's Ghost by Steve Luxenberg 5/30

* 33. Her Highland Rogue by Leanne Burroughs 6/3
34. Knight of Darkness by Sherrilyn Kenyon 6/6
~35. The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth by Juliet gauvin 6/18
^36. Meatless by Martha Stewart 6/19

~37. His Road Home by Anna Richland 7/5
~38. Hart Broken by Annie Arcane 7/6
~39. Hart of His by Annie Arcane7/7
~40. Hart of Hers by Annie Arcane7/7
^41. Everyday Detox by Megan Gilmore 7/8
#42. Discover Nature Close to Home by Elizabeth Lawlor7/10
~43. The Best Man by Annabelle Costa 7/21
~44.The Secret of Greystone Hall by Elizabeth Wilde 7/28

45.The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro 8/6
46. If Angels Burn by Lynn Viehl 8/8
47. Private Demon by Lynn Viehl8/23
48. The Lilac Bouquet by Carolyn Brown 8/27

Currently Reading:
Visions of the Universe by Raman Prinja
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Vostok by Steve Alten

Dec 26, 2017, 5:23pm Top

Welcome back and good luck!

Dec 26, 2017, 5:25pm Top

Good luck rooting!

Dec 26, 2017, 6:38pm Top

Glad you're with us again!
Would you please copy your ticker to the ticker thread?

Dec 26, 2017, 9:37pm Top

Good luck with your ROOTing in 2018!

Dec 27, 2017, 3:36am Top

Hi Jenn, Welcome back and Happy ROOTing. I hope live will be better and less of everything happening.

Dec 27, 2017, 1:46pm Top

Good luck with ROOTing in 2018!

Dec 30, 2017, 7:22pm Top

Nice to meet you, Jenn, happy ROOTing in 2018!

Jan 1, 3:24am Top

Happy New Year, Jenn.

Jan 1, 3:07pm Top

Happy reading in 2018, Jenn!

Edited: Jan 2, 9:15am Top

Thank you everyone for all the new years wishes!

I am trying to finish up organizing and entering my library so that this year I can have an accurate catalog.

Jan 4, 10:08am Top

Welcome back and enjoy your ROOTing!

Jan 4, 2:22pm Top

>12 deep220: I love having my books catalogued - it really has released the inner book geek in me! ;)

Edited: Jan 10, 2:23pm Top

Book 2

The Loch by Steven Alten
4 of 5 stars

I actually prurchased Vostok by Steve Alten and discovered it was the second book in the series. So I had to go get this one first. Great book. I like plausible stories of cryptozoology. Tell who wouldn't like to think that Nessie is real?

Amazon Description:
Marine biologist Zachary Wallace once suffered a near-drowning experience in legendary Loch Ness, and now, long-forgotten memories of that experience have begun haunting him. The truth surrounding these memories lies with Zachary's estranged father, Angus Wallace, a wily Highlander on trial for murder. Together the two plunge into a world where the legend of Loch Ness shows its true face.

Feb 5, 4:58pm Top

Book 3

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
4 of 5 stars

My family has it's share of skeleton's in the closet. So of course I love reading about others family secrets. The only thing that kept this from being 5 stars is that it was a little predictable towards the end. The author drew the story out just a bit to long.

Other than that it was great multiple generational, interesting characters and landscape.

Amazon description:

A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book—a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, "Nell" sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell’s death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. A spellbinding tale of mystery and self-discovery, The Forgotten Garden will take hold of your imagination and never let go

Edited: Feb 5, 5:45pm Top

Book 4

Blood Memory by Greg Isles
5 of 5 stars

So I was really feeling the family secret genre. The main character Cat is an absolute mess. I loved her. The book moves very fast. I was impressed with how well Greg Iles was able to write a woman's point on view. No spoilers here but the novel does involve some delicate issues.

Amazon Description:

Some memories live deep in the soul, indelible and dangerous, waiting to be resurrected....Forensic expert "Cat" Ferry is suspended from an FBI task force when the world-class odontologist is inexplicably stricken with panic attacks and blackouts while investigating a chain of brutal murders. Returning to her Mississippi hometown, Cat finds herself battling with alcohol, plagued by nightmares, and entangled with a married detective. Then, in her childhood bedroom, some spilled chemicals reveal two bloody footprints...and the trauma of her father's murder years earlier comes flooding back. Facing the secrets of her past, Cat races to connect them to a killer's present-day violence. But what emerges is the frightening possibility that Cat herself has blood on her hands...

SLOW START TO THE YEAR. I will need to pick the pace.

Edited: Mar 21, 6:49pm Top

Book 5

Have a little faith by Mitch Albom

A beautiful story!

Amazon Description

When an eighty-two-year-old rabbi from Albom's old hometown asks him to deliver his eulogy, Albom goes back to his nonfiction roots and becomes involved with a Detroit pastor--a reformed drug dealer and convict--who preaches to the poor and homeless in a decaying church with a hole in its roof. A timely, moving, and inspiring look at faith: not just who believes, but why.

Feb 17, 9:43pm Top

>16 deep220: Great review of The Forgotten Garden. It sounds like something I would like and I already have it on my shelves.

Edited: Mar 6, 8:44am Top

Book 6

Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught

I love this book. I had read it a number of years before (10+) and I can say that it has stood the test of time with me. Boy do I love a feisty heroine. Some of the miscommunication between whitney and clayton can seem a little extreme but I just let it go and enjoyed.

amazon description:

Under the dark, languorous eyes of Clayton Westmoreland, the Duke of Claymore, Whitney Stone grew from a saucy hoyden into a ravishingly sensual woman. Fresh from her triumphs in Paris society, she returned to England to win the heart of Paul, her childhood love...only to be bargained away by her bankrupt father to the handsome, arrogant Duke. Outraged, she defies her new lord. But even as his smoldering passion seduces her into a gathering storm of desire, Whitney cannot -- will not -- relinquish her dream of perfect love.
Rich with emotion, brimming with laughter and tears, Whitney, My Love confirms once more why "Judith McNaught is truly one of the spellbinding storytellers of our times" (Affaire de Coeur)

Mar 2, 1:51am Top

>20 deep220: You forgot the brackets around the stars, Jenn. at the end > and the other one at the beginning

Edited: Mar 7, 6:59pm Top

Book 7

A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow

Not the best read. However I do enjoy a strong female lead and any story taking place in Alaska.


Kate Shugak returns to her roots in the far Alaskan north, after leaving the Anchorage D.A.'s office. Her deductive powers are definitely needed when a ranger disappears. Looking for clues among the Aleutian pipeliners, she begins to realize the fine line between lies and loyalties--between justice served and cold murder.

Edited: Mar 9, 8:55am Top

Book 8

Mate Claimed by Jennifer Ashley

Pretty much lost interested in this series a couple years ago and I thought I would pick it up and try again. Nope. Not a bad read but too much of a cookie cutter series. I think it may be the last one unread on my shelves. So moving on :)

amazon description:

Eric Warden knows that half-Shifter wildcat Iona is passing for human, living without a Collar in the human world. He also knows that if she does not acknowledge her Shifter nature and her mating hunger, it could kill her.

Iona finds the mysterious and dangerous Eric, a wildcat and leader of his Shiftertown, haunting her dreams, but she vows never to take the Collar, fearing backlash against her mother and sister for hiding the fact that she's Shifter. But Eric is a compelling Shifter male, and Iona's hunger calls to him.

Edited: Mar 12, 11:13am Top

Book 9

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Great read!!!

I changed my mind so many times on who I thought was the killer. Great read. Had to finish before I went to bed but then couldn't sleep because of the adrenaline rush.

Amazon description:

Gina Royal is the definition of average--a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband's secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor--the ultimate warrior mom.With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband's crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.But just when she's starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake--and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed--or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she's learned how to fight evil. And she'll never stop.

Mar 6, 6:06pm Top

>22 deep220: I wasn't crazy about this one myself, but I agree with you that the strong female lead was a point in its favour.

Mar 9, 9:37am Top

Book 10

Spirited Away by Cindy Miles

Definitely liked the haunted castle and archaeology plot line but the romance portion was very unbelievable.

Amazon Description:

Cursed to haunt his castle with his men for all eternity, Tristan de Barre spends his ghostly existence as best he can. But when a storm uproots an ancient tree, and exposes skeletal remains from his own time, he knows this could be a clue to breaking the curse. But he needs the help of the living, the best archaeologist in the land, Dr. Andi Monroe. He expects an old man, but the doctor is very young and female. Despite his best efforts, Tristan is quickly besotted with her wit and determination. But how do a mortal and a cursed soul stand a ghost of a chance? Miles' debut is a charming tale that mixes best what readers enjoy in medieval fantasy and contemporary romance. The less-common ghostly theme will appeal to paranormal fans looking for variety, and the quirky, lovable characters will leave readers wanting to revisit the knights of Dreadmore Castle. Nina Davis

Mar 9, 11:39am Top

I need 9 more books by the end of this month to catch up. hmmmm

Mar 11, 4:38am Top

>27 deep220: A lot of books to read, Jenn! Go, go, go!

Mar 11, 8:21am Top

How about a few short ones?

Edited: Mar 21, 6:28pm Top


Dragon Rose by Christine Pope

If you like fairy tale romances this was a good quick read at 276 pages.

Amazon Description:
The shadow of the cursed Dragon Lord has hung over the town of Lirinsholme for centuries, and no one ever knows when the Dragon will claim his next doomed Bride. Rhianne Menyon has dreams of being a painter, but her world changes forever when a single moment of sacrifice brings her to Black's Keep as the Dragon's latest Bride. As she attempts to adjust to her new life -- and to know something of the monster who is now her husband -- she begins to see that the curse is far crueler than she first believed. Unraveling the mystery of what happened to the Dragon's Brides is only the beginning....

Mar 12, 11:38am Top

>>28 connie53: and >>29 MissWatson:

Thanks everyone! I can do it... Have a couple long ones that I am more than half done with so I will finish those and then see if I have any under 300 hundred to knock out.

Mar 15, 3:11pm Top

>31 deep220: that's the spirit!

Edited: Mar 21, 6:29pm Top

Book 12

Texas Secrets by Jean Brashear

This was one steamy romance. You really wanted these too to figure it out, loved the characters.

Book Description:

Up-and-coming chef Maddie Collins finds out that her father’s life was a lie when she is bequeathed a family homeplace she never knew existed—by the husband of the only woman her father ever loved.

Rugged horseman Boone Gallagher arrives back in Texas to discover that the father who drove him away has struck one last blow. The only placed he’s ever thought of as home now belongs to a woman who doesn’t want it, and he must keep her there for thirty days—or it will be lost to them both.

Edited: Apr 23, 9:52am Top

Book 13

Curls 2 by Hunter Hammersen

Absolutely beautiful. Great practice for charts because each shawl has a number of repeats.

Book Description:
Do you love shawls but find them hard to wear? Struggle to get gauge? Have a stash full of special, single skeins? Then Curls are just what you've been looking for!

Each of these 14 new patterns by designer Hunter Hammersen creates a delightfully curved shape that drapes beautifully around your neck and shoulders. They're easy to wear in lots of different ways, work at any gauge and can be knit to any size. Let your favorite skein of yarn determine your gauge and the size of your project. Make a cowl, a scarf or a shawl. You're in charge and you're going to love the results.

One small note, the structure of these pieces lends itself much better to charted instructions than to written out instructions. So please be aware that all the patterns use charts. If you're new to charts, never fear. There is a lovely introduction to using charts at the front of the book. Read through it, and you'll be ready to go in no time!

Mar 21, 7:10pm Top

>34 deep220: That sounds like a lovely book!

Edited: Apr 10, 11:54am Top

Book 14

Ice by Linda Howard

Maybe this would have been better if it wasn’t such a short book (~200). It takes place over the course of one day and I just don't feel like anything we well developed.

Book details:
On holiday leave from the service, Gabriel McQueen is sent into a brewing ice storm to make sure that his father’s distant neighbor, Lolly Helton, who has fallen out of contact, is safe and sound. It’s a trip that Gabriel would rather not make, given the bitter winter weather—and the icy conditions that have always existed between him and Lolly. Arriving at Lolly’s home, Gabriel spots strangers through the windows—one of them packing a weapon—and kicks into combat mode. But once Lolly is rescued, the heat—and the hunt—are on. Snowbound, unarmed, and literally under the gun, Gabriel and Lolly must depend on each other to endure the merciless forces of nature and evade the ruthless enemy out in the blackness of the silent night—and out for their blood.

Edited: Apr 10, 11:54am Top

Book 15

Into the Wild by John Krakauer

I love a non fiction that isn't dry. Christopher McCandless came across rather hauntingly from the pages. The people he met and impacted his story draws you in. Great Read.

Amazon Description:

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild.

Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless. Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.

When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris. He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity , and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page.

Mar 26, 8:43pm Top

>27 deep220: You are catching up and there is still time left in March! :-)

Mar 31, 2:38am Top

>33 deep220: That book sounds real nice.

Edited: Apr 10, 11:55am Top

Book 16

Murder List by Julie Garwood

So I love the historical romances that Julie Garwood write. As a modern thriller romance this isn't up to the standards that I would normally set for her. Still a good read.

Amazon Description:

When Chicago detective Alec Buchanan is offered a prime position with the FBI, it is the perfect opportunity to leave the Windy City and follow in his brothers’ footsteps to the top echelons of law enforcement. But first he must complete one last assignment (and one that he is not too happy about): acting as a glorified bodyguard to hotel heiress Regan Hamilton Madison. The gorgeous exec has become entangled in some potentially deadly business. Someone has e-mailed her a graphic crime-scene photo–and the victim is no stranger.

Regan suspects that the trouble started when she agreed to help a journalist friend expose a shady self-help guru who preys on lonely, vulnerable women. In fact, the smooth-as-an-oil-slick Dr. Lawrence Shields may be responsible for the death of one of his devotees, which was ruled a suicide. Hoping to find some damning evidence, Regan attends a Shields seminar.

At the gathering, the doctor persuades his guests to partake in an innocent little “cleansing” exercise. He asks them to make a list of the people who have hurt or deceived them over the years, posing the question: Would your world be a better place if these people ceased to exist? Treating the exercise as a game, Regan plays along. After ten minutes, Shields instructs the participants to bring their sheets of paper to the fireplace and throw them into the flames. But Regan misses this part of the program when she exits the room to take a call–and barely escapes a menacing individual in the parking lot.

The experience is all but forgotten–until the first person on Regan’s list turns up dead. Shock turns to horror when other bodies from the list start to surface, as a harrowing tango of desire and death is set into motion. Now brutal murders seem to stalk her every move–and a growing attraction to Alec may compromise her safety, while stirring up tender emotions she thought she could no longer feel. Yet as the danger intensifies and a serial killer circles ever closer, Regan must discover who has turned her private revenge fantasies into grisly reality.

Apr 2, 3:13pm Top

Didn't catch up but narrowed the gap significantly. This month I will pull ahead.

Apr 10, 2:18am Top

>41 deep220: Cheering you on, Jenn.

Edited: Apr 16, 9:10am Top

Book 17.
The Letters by Luanne Rice
2.5 of 5 stars

Story just didn't work but I finished it just in time to donate to my local library book sale.


Sam and Hadley West are both trying to survive a shared, unthinkable loss. For Sam, a sports journalist, acceptance means an arduous trek by dogsled across the Alaskan wilderness. For Hadley, it means renting a benignly haunted, salt-soaked cottage off the Maine coast, where she begins to paint again. Waiting for their divorce to be finalized, they begin to exchange letters, filled with longing and truths they’ve never before voiced, as they recall their marriage—its magic moments and its challenges—and rediscover the reason they fell in love in the first place.

In this remarkable collaboration, acclaimed writers Luanne Rice and Joseph Monninger combine their unique talents to create, through a series of searching, intimate letters, a powerful novel of an estranged husband and wife—and the moment that changed the course of their lives forever.

Edited: Apr 17, 11:37am Top

book 18

Lighting the Straits by Terry Pepper
4 of 5 stars

Love reading about local history. I also took the lighthouse tour last summer and got to get some great photographs. Nice memento.

Edited: Apr 23, 9:55am Top

Book 19

With this Curse by Amanda DeWees

Loved this read. The mystery doesn't stay a mystery for long you can pretty much call it early on but that didn't detract from the novel as a whole.

Amazon Description:
Can a curse strike twice? In 1854, Clara Crofton was dismissed from her chambermaid position at Gravesend Hall for falling in love with the younger son of the house. When he died soon after in the Crimean War, she blamed the Gravesend Curse.

Now, however, she has the chance to return to the sinister manor in triumph through a marriage of convenience to Atticus Blackwood, the twin brother of her dead sweetheart. But as gentle as her new husband appears, Clara knows that he has hidden motives for marrying her. And when another death occurs, she fears that the curse has struck again...and that this time she will not escape

Apr 23, 10:13am Top

Book 20

Luke's Ride by Helen DePrima

Amazon Descriptoin:

The time has come for him to cowboy up…

He's spent fifteen years at the rodeo, protecting riders when they hit the dirt. But what exactly is a bullfighter after a bull takes him down in the arena and lands him in a wheelchair? That's what Luke Cameron's still struggling to figure out. And if Katie Garrison, in the middle of a controversial divorce, can help him find a new kind of life…well…he's not one to turn her down! But she's still a married woman and her husband isn't going to let her go without a fight. Besides, Luke may never walk again. What kind of life can he give a woman like Katie?

Edited: Apr 27, 9:03am Top

Had a nice time babysitting. Got to re-read some books from my childhood. Those ones you can never get rid of you love them so much. Book 21 and 22

A light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
5 of 5 stars

Where the sidewalk ends by Shel Silverstein
5 of 5 stars

Surprised myself to see how many of the poems I still had memorized.

I also attacked my cooking book stash- many never used cookbooks.

Book 23
Fabulous Food the Costco Way
2 of 5 stars

Book 24
In the Kitchen the Costco way
2 of 5 stars

Not really a fan- received as gifts- cleared from my shelves :)

Apr 28, 6:46pm Top

Good work, Jennifer, I like your pragmatic approach! :)

Edited: Jun 6, 3:02pm Top

Reviews to come on

Book 25
let me be the one by lily foster
2 of 5 stars

Not my favorite read. The main characters where in college but it still seamed rather juvenile.

Amazon Description:
Running away can be a good thing…
From the outside, Darcy Donovan’s life seems perfect. She’s beautiful, intelligent, popular and dating a guy who is every girl’s dream.
But nothing that seems perfect ever really is...
A year abroad is her escape—a chance to loosen his hold on her and a chance to leave behind the shaken, insecure girl she's become.
Tom Farrell has been waiting in the wings, watching as his friend screws up a relationship with the one girl Tom considers out of his reach.
An entire year passes with Tom making changes in his life, changes he hopes will make Darcy see that he’s the one worthy of her heart...
That he should be the one.

Book 26
pay it down by jean chatkzy

3 of 5 stars

I will admit I didn't pay very close attention to how much and what I spent money on.

Jean Chatzky has been working with viewers of NBC’s Today show for a series on how to get out of debt once and for all. Her method, both on TV and in this book, is simple yet powerful: the key is saving just $10 a day that you currently waste. It doesn’t sound like much—a movie ticket or lunch for two at McDonald’s— but $10 really can take you from debt to wealth in just a few years. And because it doesn’t feel like an impossible goal, people are more likely to stick with Chatzky’s plan than an extreme regimen of spending cutbacks. Chatzky is focusing on debt because it’s the single biggest threat to our financial health. The average American family has sixteen credit cards and high-rate debt of more than $8000, not even counting car loans and mortgages. They pay more than $1000 a year in interest alone. Debt makes people feel depressed and overwhelmed, leaving them without enough money for the truly important things in life—education, retirement, owning a home, feeling secure. Chatzky, one of America’s most popular personal finance experts, writes in down- to- earth, woman-next-door language about how to get started right away, without giving up the things that truly give you pleasure. She offers practical, accessible strategies to help readers find the money to pay off their bills, lower their interest rates, and improve their credit scores. Featuring real-life examples of people featured on her Today show series, Pay It Down can transform debtors into future millionaires

Edited: May 3, 11:04am Top

Book 27

Malevolent by Jana DeLeon
4 of 5 stars

Couldn't put the book down. Often I may have an idea of the plot twist but this one I didn't see. Will have to look into additional books in this series. Now I have to know what Shaye Archer's history is.

Amazon Description:

Everyone wondered about Shaye Archer’s past. Including Shaye.

Shaye Archer’s life effectively began the night police found her in an alley, beaten and abused and with no memory of the previous fifteen years, not even her name. Nine years later, she’s a licensed private investigator, with a single goal—to get answers for her clients when there aren’t supposed to be any.

And maybe someday, answers for herself.

Emma Frederick thought her nightmare was over when she killed her abusive husband, but someone is stalking her and tormenting her with mementos from her past. With no evidence to support her claims, the police dismiss her claims as post-traumatic stress, but Shaye is convinced that someone is deliberately terrorizing Emma…playing a cat and mouse game with only one goal in mind.

To kill Emma

Edited: May 3, 1:02pm Top

book 28

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
5 of 5 stars

First read this book about 15 years ago. It has been sitting on my shelves since then.. dusted it off and it was still fantastic..
The book does require some prep work... a box of tissues and a couple aspirin. LOL why do I love novels where I cry?

Katie Wilkinson has finally found the perfect man - but one day he suddenly disappears, leaving behind only a diary written by a new mother named Suzanne for her baby, Nicholas. In it she intimately reveals the romance between herself and the child's father, her hopes for their marriage, and her unparalleled joy in motherhood. As Katie reads on, she realizes that the man she loves is Suzanne's husband. Now, filled with terror and hope, Katie must struggle to understand what has happened - and find out if her new love has a prayer of surviving.

Edited: Jun 6, 3:00pm Top

Book 29

Refuge Cove by Janet Daily
3.5 of 5 stars

Not a bad little read. Love the location, Alaska. Writing style was a little mediocre. I don't think I will read anything more from Janet Daily.

Amazon Description:

Refuge Cove, Alaska, stays true to its name when a woman who has lost hope and a man in need of healing come to each other’s rescue . . .

She came to Alaska on the promise of marriage, only to find herself on the run from her would-be husband. Lost and alone in the wilderness, Emma Hunter nearly weeps with relief at the sight of a small plane in the distance—until the rugged bush pilot makes his way through the brush to help her. Can she trust this stranger any more than the menacing predator on her trail? But there’s something in John Wolf’s dark eyes that wills her to believe in him, something about his gentle nature that allows her to accept his offer of protection . . .

He’d let her into his life because he knew she was in trouble. The last thing John Wolf expects is to feel so much so quickly for the vulnerable woman in his care. For sharing his lonely wilderness home with Emma means allowing her to see his sorrow—the son he longs to reconnect with, the loss of the family he once dreamed possible. Sharing his heart with Emma means being willing to risk everything to keep her safe . . .

May 11, 2:27am Top

>50 deep220: Wow, that book sounds real good.

Edited: May 18, 10:17am Top

book 30

The Mummy by Anne Rice
4 of 5 stars

Not typically a great fan of Anne Rice but this book I loved. What would our world look like to someone how has been asleep for 2 thousand years?


Ramses the Great has awakened in Edwardian London. Having drunk the elixir of life, he is now Ramses the Damned, doomed forever to wander the earth, desperate to quell hungers that can never be satisfied. Although he pursues voluptuous aristocrat Julie Stratford, the woman for whom he desperately longs is Cleopatra. And his intense longing for her, undiminished over the centuries, will force him to commit an act that will place everyone around him in the gravest danger....

Edited: May 30, 10:44am Top

Book 31

after you by jojo moyes
3.5 of 5 stars

Not quite up to par with the first book but still a good read. Pulled a tear but didn't wake up the boyfriend at 2 in the morning crying my eyes out like the first book did. LOL Reading is so relaxing right.

Amazon Description:
How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

May 26, 9:31pm Top

>54 deep220: Hi Jenn! This is far and away my favorite Anne Rice book and I'm so glad to see you liked it!

May 30, 10:39am Top

>56 Miss_Moneypenny: I have a request in at the library for the next book in the series The Passion of Cleopatra by Anne Rice. Looking forward to see where the story leads.

Edited: Jun 6, 2:29pm Top

book 32

Annie's Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg
3.5 of 5 stars

Would be rated higher but some points just where the write drags on. Writing about the 5-6 conversations he had to find the person he needed to talk to really took away from the overall story. Otherwise great read. I live in Michigan and had no idea the large population of people that were forgotten or lost in the psychiatric process. Also that Michigan was one of the top 4 states participating is the eugenics program- sterilizing patients with mental illness or developmental delays.

Amazon description:

Beth Luxenberg was an only child. Or so everyone thought. Six months after Beth's death, her secret emerged. It had a name: Annie.

Steve Luxenberg's mother always told people she was an only child. It was a fact that he'd grown up with, along with the information that some of his relatives were Holocaust survivors. However, when his mother was dying, she casually mentioned that she had had a sister she'd barely known, who early in life had been put into a mental institution. Luxenberg began his researches after his mother's death, discovering the startling fact that his mother had grown up in the same house with this sister, Annie, until her parents sent Annie away to the local psychiatric hospital at the age of 23.

Annie would spend the rest of her life shut away in a mental institution, while the family erased any hints that she had ever existed. Through interviews and investigative journalism, Luxenberg teases out her story from the web of shame and half-truths that had hidden it. He also explores the social history of institutions such as Eloise in Detroit, where Annie lived, and the fact that in this era (the 40s and 50s), locking up a troubled relative who suffered from depression or other treatable problems was much more common than anyone realizes today.

Jun 4, 9:30am Top

book 33

Her Highland Rogue by Leanne Burroughs
3.5 of 5 stars

Amazon description:

In 1304, amidst Scotland's continuing war for independence, two wounded souls are forced on a journey neither wants, resulting in tragedy and disaster. Battle-hardened, untrusting and son of a Scottish Chieftain, Duncan MacThomas wants only to see his country free from English rule. Honor-bound to ensure his clan's financial future, Duncan reluctantly travels to England to wed a woman he doesn't want. Wealthy and pampered, Catherine Gillingham anticipates a marriage to a Duke's son and is dismayed when her king decrees she must wed a Scotsman, the sort of man all of London despises. Can these two opposites find love amidst war and lower their barriers to find the peace they seek within their countries and themselves?

Edited: Jun 6, 2:22pm Top

Book 34

Knight of darkness by Sherrilyn Kenyon
5 of 5 books.

Okay I own both Sword of Darkness and Knight of Darkness, and I still managed to read them out of order. With that being said I loved this book. I can't to read the first book in the series. Bad news I have no been able to find the third book. Come on Amazon!

For countless centuries, I've been the assassin for the infamous Merlin, even though the woman who birthed me sits at the right hand of our enemy, Morgen le Fey. Now both my mother and Morgen have decided that it's time I take my place on their side of this conflict.

Normally, telling them no wouldn't be a problem, except for the fact that the good guys I protect think that I'm an even worse demon than the ones we fight. Hmm, maybe they're right. I have to say that I do enjoy maiming anyone who gets in my way.

At least until my mother gives me a simple choice: join Morgen's Circle of the Damned or see an innocent woman die. I'm all for saving the innocent, but Merewyn isn't as innocent as she seems. And she's none too fond of the fact that her fate is in my dubious hands. Personally I'm all for taking the easy way out, but leaving her to Morgen is rough, even for me. Now the only way to save both our lives is to face the evilest forces ever known—my mother and Morgen. And two people who know nothing of trust must learn to rely on each other or die: provided we don't kill each other first

Jun 19, 10:15am Top

Book 35

The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth by Juliet Gauvin
5 of 5 stars

Could not put down this book! Great romance. Loved the characters, setting and humor. Already downloaded the next book in the series. Will have to read fast to make my numbers this month. Too many beautiful days on the water. Kayaks and books don't mix :(

Amazon Description:

A story about losing your way and finding your life. Book 1 of 3.

Elizabeth Lara built a perfect life as San Francisco’s top divorce attorney, but when she loses her great-aunt Mags, the woman who raised her, she boards a plane and leaves it all behind.

The Irish shores welcome her as she learns a shocking truth, kept secret for thirty-five years. Devastated and now alone in the world, Beth tries to find peace in a beautiful cottage by Lough Rhiannon, but peace isn’t what fate had in mind. Almost as soon as she arrives, Beth’s solitary retreat into the magic wilds of Ireland is interrupted by Connor Bannon. A man with light brown hair, ice blue eyes and a secret of his own. He’s gorgeous, grieving, and completely unexpected.

With the help of Mags’ letters, the colorful townspeople of Dingle, and Connor, Elizabeth might just find a way back to the girl she lost long ago and become the woman she always wanted to be

Jun 19, 11:46am Top

Book 36

Meatless by Martha Stewart
4 of 5 stars

Now that my boyfriends daughter has decided to go Vegetarian I have dusted off some long neglected cookbooks. She is 13 and just starting to establish she own ideals. It is so cute.

Amazon Description:

For anyone new to a vegetarian diet--flexitarians who adopt plans like Meatless Mondays--as well as committed vegetarians and fans of Power Foods, here is a comprehensive collection of easy, meat-free mains for everyday.

As inspiring as it is practical, Meatless features 200 recipes—each accompanied by a gorgeous photograph—for full-fledged vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. You’ll find recipes for classics and new favorites, plus plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free options, too.

More than just a cookbook, Meatless is also a roadmap to embracing a vegetable-based lifestyle. Here are dozens of versatile recipes that can be easily adapted, such as pizza with a variety of toppings, salads made from different whole grains, and pestos with unexpected flavors and ingredients. You’ll also find advice on stocking your pantry with vegetarian essentials (dried beans, pasta, herbs and spices), a collection of basic recipes and techniques (vegetable stock, tomato sauce, polenta), and make-ahead flavor-boosters (caramelized onions, roasted peppers, and quick pickles).

Comprehensive and indispensable, Meatless makes it easy to prepare flavor-packed dinners for any day, any occasion. And no one will miss the meat. Selections include:

• Small Plates to Mix and Match: Smashed Chickpea, Basil, and Radish Dip with Pita Chips; Roasted Baby Potatoes with Romesco Sauce; Stuffed Marinated Hot Red Chili Peppers; Grilled Polenta with Balsamic Mushrooms
• Stovetop Suppers: Frittata with Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Herbs; Spring Vegetable Ragout; Farro Risotto with Wild Mushrooms; Southwestern Hash
• Soups, Stews, and Chili: Tomato Soup with Poached Eggs; Bean Chili; White Cheddar Corn Chowder; Chickpea Curry with Roasted Cauliflower and Tomatoes
• Casseroles and other Baked Dishes: Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Shells; Italian Baked Eggplant with Seitan; Black-Bean Tortilla Casserole; Apple, Leek, and Squash Gratin
• Substantial Salads: Raw Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Toasted Walnuts; Avocado, Beet, and Orange Salad; Arugula, Potato, and Green Bean Salad with Creamy Walnut Dressing; Roasted-Tomato Tabbouleh
• Sandwiches, Burgers, and Pizzas: Quinoa Veggie Burgers; Grilled Asparagus and Ricotta Pizza; Chipotle Avocado Sandwich; Portobello and Zucchini Tacos
• Pasta and Other Noodles: Fettuccine with Parsley-Walnut Pesto; Roasted Cauliflower with Pasta and Lemon Zest; Soba and Tofu in Ginger Broth; No-Bake Lasagna with Ricotta and Tomatoes
• Simple Side Dishes: Mexican Creamed Corn; Cabbage and Green Apple Slaw; Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Mustard Seeds; Baked Polenta “Fries”

Edited: Jul 9, 10:40am Top

Book 37

His Road Home by Anna Richland
5 of 5 stars

LOVED THIS BOOK. The base plot is not the most plausible but I just overlooked that and went with it.

Amazon Description:

Special Forces medic Rey Cruz needs to find a fiancée, fast, or he'll end up in a marriage orchestrated by an Afghan warlord. Finding a picture online of a girl he barely knew back home, he fakes an engagement photo, thinking no one else will see it. But when Rey loses both legs and the ability to speak while rescuing a local boy, the image goes viral.

Seattle marine biologist Grace Kim is shocked to find out she's engaged. When she's offered a plane ticket to visit her "fiancé," she takes it, looking for the answer to one question: Why did he lie? Touched by Rey's funny texts and the determination she sees in him, Grace offers her friendship—a big step for someone who prefers whales to most company.

And when Rey is finally sent home, Grace agrees to help him drive his classic car cross-country over Thanksgiving—a once-in-a-lifetime road trip that leads to what feels like real love. In front of his friends and family, she plays the caring fianc‚e, but what place will Grace have in Rey's new life once he's ready to be on his own again?

Jul 9, 10:59am Top

Book 38

Hart Broken by Annie Arcane
4 of 5 stars

GREAT BOOK! Loved the characters. The twist in Mickey story at the end definitely caught me off guard. Can't wait to read the next.

Amazon Description:

Mickey Hart doesn't do one-night stands, long-term relationships, or much in between. Even if he's gorgeous and rich and witty and charming and sweet and...

In a wheelchair?

Meet Cale Windermere. Quite possibly the sexiest man dead or alive. Walking or not.

Jul 9, 11:05am Top

book 39

Hart of His by Annie Arcane
2 of 5 stars

Doesn't even seem like it was written by the same author. This novella is so disjointed. I wanted to love this but it was just horrible. I have the third book in the series. Hope it's better.

Amazon Description

A paraplegic love story continues

Moving in with Mickey Hart has taught me a few lessons.

523 square feet is really f*cking small. Sharing a bathroom is the worst idea ever when you’re a damn paraplegic. Never lie, no matter what. And one more thing...

I'm madly in love with this girl.

Jul 9, 11:08am Top

book 40

Hart of Hers by Annie Arcane
2 of 5 stars

Another horrible novella. Don't know what happened. I don't think I will go any further in this series. Very sad becaused I loved the first book.

Amazon Description:
A paraplegic love story continues

I said yes.

To the most hard-headed workaholic on Earth. Sometimes it's tempting to strangle the stubborn idiot. Instead, I'll just marry him. Because I'm in love with the world's sexiest stubborn idiot.

And if Jerkface thinks he can threaten my man? He's got another thing coming.

Edited: Jul 9, 2:56pm Top

Book 41

Everyday Detox by Megan Gilmore
2.5 of 5 stars


Donating this one.


A healthy guide to detoxing naturally, all year round--no dieting, juice fasting, or calorie counting required--to lose weight, improve digestion, sleep better, and feel great, featuring 100 properly combined recipes for every meal of the day. This no-nonsense approach to healthy detoxing by certified holistic health coach and blogger Megan Gilmore presents 100 delicious and properly combined recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including smoothies, snacks, and desserts. Most diets and detoxes require all-or-nothing approaches that encourage unhealthy cycles of intense restriction followed by bingeing. With Everyday Detox, crowd-pleasing recipes like Coconut Banana Muffins, Better Broccoli Cheddar, Cauliflower Fried Rice, Baked Spaghetti, and Double Chocolate Brownies are packed with all-natural, whole-foods ingredients that promote good health and stave off feelings of deprivation. Since each recipe has been developed with digestion principles in mind, detoxers won't feel bloated or uncomfortable after eating, and information on stocking a detox-friendly kitchen and a handy food combination cheat sheet make it easy to start cooking this way today.

Jul 10, 8:42am Top

Book 42

Discover Nature Close to Home by Elizabeth Lawlor
4 of 5 stars

Had so much fun with this book. We still have some activities to look at in the winter. Great for things to do with your kids, grand-kids, nieces or nephews. Great basic ecology with outdoor activities, some things I had forgotten over time like galls. But how fun to go hunting for them and to cut them open to look for the parasitic larva. We were both entertained.

Amazon Description:

Combines dozens of simple, non-intrusive activities with detailed illustrations and informative text to provide a friendly introduction to hands-on study of nature in your own backyard. Perfect for adults and children.

Jul 23, 1:06pm Top

book 43

The Best Man by Annabelle Costa
5 of 5 stars

I love Annabelle Costa. Her characters are just the best.

Amazon Description:

Kirby Matthews is sick of being single.

She’s sick of being the only single girl in a group of married couples. She’s sick of people patting her hand at weddings and assuring her that “you’ll be next.” She’s sick of having to stand up and catch that stupid bouquet. So when Kirby’s long distance boyfriend Ted pops the question, her answer is an eager “YES.”

Then Kirby meets Ted’s best man, John.

John is obnoxious, he’s opinionated, and he uses his disability as an excuse to keep everyone at arm’s length. But as the wedding planning proceeds, Kirby gets to know John better and realizes she’s never met any guy she’s connected with more—not in her entire life.

What do you do about your wedding when you’re falling in love with the best man?

Jul 31, 1:48pm Top

Book 44

The Secret of Greystone Hall by Elizabeth Wilde
2 of 5 stars

Amazon Description:

After the sudden tragic death of her parents, Abby Sanders is invited to travel to the Green Mountains of Vermont to stay with William Drake, the brooding old master of Greystone Hall. Then suddenly the man vanished. All too soon she finds that the corridors of the gloomy mansion are filled with sinister secrets. To her sheer horror she begins to question whether the old man could be behind terrifying events that shrouded the ancient walls and stalked her into the very shadows of death and madness.

Edited: Aug 6, 12:07pm Top

book 45

The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro
4 of 5 stars

amazon description

It is 1962, and Elisa Esposito—mute her whole life, orphaned as a child—is struggling with her humdrum existence as a janitor working the graveyard shift at Baltimore’s Occam Aerospace Research Center. Were it not for Zelda, a protective coworker, and Giles, her loving neighbor, she doesn’t know how she’d make it through the day.

Then, one fateful night, she sees something she was never meant to see, the Center’s most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man, captured in the Amazon, to be studied for Cold War advancements. The creature is terrifying but also magnificent, capable of language and of understanding emotions…and Elisa can’t keep away. Using sign language, the two learn to communicate. Soon, affection turns into love, and the creature becomes Elisa’s sole reason to live.

But outside forces are pressing in. Richard Strickland, the obsessed soldier who tracked the asset through the Amazon, wants nothing more than to dissect it before the Russians get a chance to steal it. Elisa has no choice but to risk everything to save her beloved. With the help of Zelda and Giles, Elisa hatches a plan to break out the creature. But Strickland is on to them. And the Russians are, indeed, coming.

Aug 8, 11:52am Top

Book 46

If Angels Burn by Lynn Viehl
4 of 5 stars

Old series off my shelves haven't read since published in 2005. Re-reading to make sure they still deserve shelf space. So far still love this series. Don't even remember much of the plot line. It's like reading a new book!

Dr. Alexandra Keller is Chicago's most brilliant reconstructive surgeon.

Michael Cyprien is New Orleans's most reclusive millionaire--and in desperate need of Dr. Keller's skills.

Beneath the foundation of a mansion in the heart of the Garden District, Alexandra will perform an illegal surgery. Her patient's disfigurement is beyond medical repair. But his body's ability to recuperate from his wounds borders on the miraculous.

Alexandra knows Michael Cyprien is no ordinary patient. Intrigued by how his remarkable physiology might benefit medical science, she is even more compelled by his presence--and the mystery surrounding him and his associates, a cadre of immortals who call themselves the Darkyn

Aug 9, 2:40pm Top

You are moving fast towards your goal, Jenn!

Aug 9, 11:08pm Top

Thanks Connie finally caught up from my February reading lull. Hoping to get ahead this month we will see.

Edited: Aug 23, 12:58pm Top

I am slipping behind again. Need to knock out 3 books before the end of the month. (moving really takes up too much reading time).

book 47
Private Demon by Lynn Viehl
4 of 5 stars

You would think now after reading two books out of series I would remember it better. But I still only remember one character from his series and he hasn't really played a part in these novel yet.

Looking forward to the next.

Amazon Description:

Night after night, Jema Shaw's dreams have become a haven for Thierry Durand. But his nocturnal visits have placed her in danger and brought her between two ancient enemies: the Brethren and the Darkyn.

Aug 27, 11:56am Top

Book 48

The Lilac Bouquet by Carolyn Brown
5 of 5 stars

I forgot how much I liked the last Carolyn Brown book. I need more- doesn't really help with my shelving situation.

Great characters! Colorful story line.

Amazon Description:

Come hell or high water, Emmy Jo Massey will have a wedding. After three generations of Massey women with children out of wedlock, she wants the whole town of Hickory, Texas, to witness the legitimacy of her union with Logan Grady. But dream weddings aren’t cheap. So she accepts a highly lucrative stint as a home health assistant to retired realtor, and town recluse, Seth Thomas—a decision her great-grandmother Tandy is dead-set against.

Seth isn’t happy about it, either. The eighty-two-year-old doesn’t want a “babysitter”—much less a Massey—something he makes clear when Emmy arrives at his house, an empty mansion built for the woman who broke his heart. But as Emmy stays and the two eventually open up to each other, she learns the reason behind a feud between Seth, Tandy, and Logan’s grandfather Jesse Grady that goes back six decades. She also uncovers a secret that forever changes how she sees her past and her future…

Edited: Sep 14, 12:31pm Top

Book 49

Sinister Shaye Archer by Jana Deleon
5 of 5 stars

LOVED IT. I need to know what happened to Shaye. Already cracked book 3.

Amazon Description:
Street kids are disappearing, but how do you report that to the police when, from their standpoint, the missing people didn’t exist to begin with? Hustle is certain that something bad has happened to his friend Jinx, and the only person he can turn to for help is private investigator Shaye Archer.

Because Hustle helped the young PI while she was investigating her first case, Shaye has already formed an opinion as to his character and believes he’s telling the truth. As she digs deeper into Jinx’s disappearance, she discovers that Hustle’s friend isn’t the only one missing. As a frightening pattern emerges, Shaye wonders if she can find the missing kids…before it’s too late.


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