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1cal8769
Edited: Oct 23, 2008, 3:53pm Top

This is an awesome idea. I generally read more than 75 a year but when I checked my journal I only read 73 in 2007. So this is my list for 2008:

1.My Favorite Horror Story Edited by Bauer and Greenberg

2.The Amber Room by Steve Berry

3.A Complaint Free World by Will Bowen

4.A Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

5.Tunnels of Terror by Patricia Edwards Clyne

6.Echo Park by Michael Connelly

7.Tenderness by Dorothy Garlock

8.The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway

9.Skin Tight by Carl Hiiasen

10.The Beloved Scoundrel by Iris Johnson

11.White Satin by Iris Johanson

12.Hell House by Alison Rattle and Allison Vale

13.Valley of Silence by Nora Roberts

14.Once Upon a Dream by Nora Roberts

15.Immortal in Death by Nora Roberts

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Feb 11, 2008, 11:32am Top

16.Train From Marietta by Dorothy Garlock

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Feb 14, 2008, 5:34pm Top

17. A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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Feb 23, 2008, 11:23am Top

18.Seperate Beds by LaVyrle Spencer

5cal8769
Feb 27, 2008, 9:58pm Top

19.Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts

6cal8769
Edited: Jul 2, 2008, 1:35am Top

20.The Dark Tide by Andrew Goss (Touchstone isn't working )
An ER Book.

7cal8769
Mar 5, 2008, 11:56am Top

21. Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

8cal8769
Mar 8, 2008, 4:44pm Top

22.Some of Tim's Stories by S.E. Hinton

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Mar 9, 2008, 9:23pm Top

23.The Last White Knight by Tami Hoag

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Mar 10, 2008, 10:00am Top

24.The Sheriff Takes a Wife by Debbie Macomber
25.The Cowboy's Lady by Debbie Macomber (Touchstone's not working)
Together inThe Manning Sisters

11cal8769
Mar 11, 2008, 1:42pm Top

26.Summer of Roses by Luanne Rice

12cal8769
Mar 18, 2008, 10:54pm Top

27.20th Century ghosts by Joe Hill

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Edited: May 9, 2008, 8:43am Top

28. The Somnambulist by Johnathan Barnes
An ER book from the library

14cal8769
Edited: Apr 7, 2008, 12:30pm Top

29. You've Been Warned by James Patterson
An ER book.

15cal8769
Mar 24, 2008, 11:00pm Top

30. Iron Orchid by Stuart Woods

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Apr 1, 2008, 10:25pm Top

31. I'm Looking Through You: Growing Up Haunted: A Memoir by Jennifer Finney Boylan

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Apr 5, 2008, 2:43am Top

18cal8769
Apr 7, 2008, 12:29pm Top

19cal8769
Apr 15, 2008, 10:19pm Top

34. Blaze by Richard Bachman

20blackdogbooks
Apr 16, 2008, 12:54pm Top

Been recommending Blaze to everyone I see interested in it. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Are you a King fan?

21cal8769
Apr 17, 2008, 9:58am Top

22cal8769
Apr 21, 2008, 8:07am Top

36. Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs

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Edited: May 28, 2008, 4:25pm Top

37.Small World by Tabitha King (Touchstone isn't working)

38.Four Dark Nights by Bentley Little (Didn't finish, Really didn't like it)

24cal8769
May 3, 2008, 10:27pm Top

39.Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

25cal8769
Edited: May 7, 2008, 10:55pm Top

40. Pushing Up Daisies by Rosemary Harris
An ER book from another LTer.

26tloeffler
May 8, 2008, 12:47pm Top

#21 Okay, this is a very intriguing title. Any good?

27cal8769
May 9, 2008, 8:42am Top

No not really. It had 9 short stories dealing with vampires, etc.... Some of the stories were pretty good but overall not that great.

28cal8769
May 10, 2008, 8:01pm Top

41. Devil's Cape by Rob Rogers
An ER book

29cal8769
May 19, 2008, 8:54am Top

AAAAHHHH I'm in a reading slump. Too much nice weather, work and LT!

30Whisper1
May 20, 2008, 2:06pm Top

#29. I find that I read in spurts. There are slumps followed by a succession of reading many books.
Hang in there!

31cal8769
May 20, 2008, 4:29pm Top

Thanks Whisper. I am trying.

32cal8769
May 26, 2008, 5:54pm Top

42.Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
43.Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll
Together in More Annotated Alice by Lewis Carroll edited by Martin Gardner

33cal8769
May 31, 2008, 10:09pm Top

44.Daylight and Nightmare by G.K. Chesterton

34blackdogbooks
May 31, 2008, 11:03pm Top

Msg 33. Ok that title sounds cool....more info, please.

35cal8769
Jun 1, 2008, 5:46pm Top

So far, it's pretty interesting. It's a collection of G.K. Chesterton's early stories before he was published. I'm not too far into the book and I have never read this author before but his stories are off the beaten path, a little strange, a little fantasy.... You can tell they are written by a 'not so polished' author. I'll let you know when I'm finished how it turns out.

36blackdogbooks
Jun 2, 2008, 2:24pm Top

BTW, how did 20th Century Ghosts compare to Heart Shaped Box. I have read the novel but not the collection of shorts and wondered if they were as good as the novel.

37cal8769
Jun 2, 2008, 2:34pm Top

The shorts were a wide variety, some truly disturbing, others strange but moving. I actually had tears in my eyes at the end of 'Pop Art'. I enjoyed the shorts because it showed many styles of writing. The creepy, disturbing stories were just as good as HsB. Try it. I don't think you will be disappointed.

38cal8769
Jun 17, 2008, 9:18am Top

42cal8769
Jul 2, 2008, 1:34am Top

50. The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson
51. The Richest Season by Maryann McFadden an ER book.

43Whisper1
Jul 3, 2008, 11:06pm Top

Message #41
How did you like Wife for Hire I've been a bit disappointed in recent Evanovich books.

44cal8769
Jul 4, 2008, 2:08am Top

It was OK. Nothing like the Stephanie Plum books. Wife For Hire is part of nine books that she wrote early in her career that were rereleased. No thought required just an attempt at slapstick comedy/romance. Other than the first several Stephanie Plum books her writing isn't that great. Very predictable. I like to try and read everything an author writes but if I would have read this book first, I probably wouldn't have tried another.

45cal8769
Jul 14, 2008, 9:20am Top

52. The Extra Large Medium by Helen Slavin
53. Signing for Dummies by Alan Penilla, II and Angela Lee Taylor
54. Hot Stuff by Janet Evanovich (wrong touchstone)
55. Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish

46alcottacre
Jul 15, 2008, 3:32am Top

I would read the last one (#55) just because of the title alone!

47cal8769
Jul 15, 2008, 3:33am Top

Me too. I saw it in the library and had to laugh!

48cal8769
Jul 26, 2008, 9:37pm Top

49Whisper1
Jul 26, 2008, 10:56pm Top

Hi cal8769
What did you think of Fearless Fourteen

50cal8769
Jul 28, 2008, 3:16pm Top

Hi, I just started it. I'll let you know toward the end of the week or early next week. Everyone I talked to about it said it was very funny, more like her early Plum books. I hope so because I was starting to get bored but I want to see where Stephanie ends up.

51Whisper1
Jul 28, 2008, 8:46pm Top

Hi Cal8769
I've been very disappointed in the latest Evanovich books. Previously, the Stepahnie Plum books made me laugh right out loud. Recently, I find I'm bored with them and think Evanovich has stretched the story line way too thin.

52drneutron
Jul 29, 2008, 8:56am Top

I'm of much the same opinion. The last few have been fairly humdrum. But there were a few scenes in 14 that made me laugh out loud again - once loud enough to thoroughly tick off the wife because I woke her up.

But yeah, I think Evanovich should consider wrapping the series up soon.

53cal8769
Jul 29, 2008, 9:01am Top

IMO, the best moment was when Grandma shot the turkey off of the table and her poor dad just talked to himself. I was in tears.

54alcottacre
Jul 29, 2008, 9:23am Top

I completely agree that Evanovich needs to retire Stephanie soon. I have not yet read Fearless Fourteen yet (actually I am several books behind because the series was losing steam), but have heard good things about the latest one, so I will probably try and catch up again. Maybe we could petition Evanovich for a Plum retirement party - with grandma as the headliner, of course!

55cal8769
Jul 29, 2008, 10:53am Top

LOL, she would steal the show for sure!

56cal8769
Aug 9, 2008, 6:03am Top

I finally finished Fearless Fourteen. It didn't seem as cookie cutter as the previous books but it wasn't as good as I had heard. I smiled at a few things but overall Evanovich is beating a soon to be dead horse. I don't regret reading it but I'm getting disappointed.

57cal8769
Aug 9, 2008, 6:06am Top

58. The 13th Reality by our very own, James Dashner
A Early Reviewer book kindly sent to me from a fellow LTer.

59cal8769
Aug 21, 2008, 10:03pm Top

60Whisper1
Aug 22, 2008, 8:45am Top

Hi Cal8769

I read Plum Lucky a few months ago and liked it. Unlikedsome of her most recent works, Evanovich made me laugh out loud while reading this one.

Did you enjoy the book?

61cal8769
Aug 23, 2008, 1:12am Top

Just started it. I am a bad girl and put the books on my list as I start to read them rather than when I am finished. I am just getting done with jury duty so my reading has suffered but we finished up tonight. Yeah!

62cal8769
Aug 28, 2008, 8:41pm Top

I enjoyed Plum Lucky a lot. I was surprised but I found myself laughing out loud. It reminded me of the early Plum books.

63Whisper1
Aug 28, 2008, 8:47pm Top

I agree with you. I laughed out loud many times.
Evanovich has a formula and cast of characters that you grow to know (predictibly so.) However, her later books are not as witty and funny...perhaps it is time for her to find a new group of loonies we can love.

64cal8769
Edited: Aug 28, 2008, 8:53pm Top

I was hoping with the Metro Gal or the Full Spin, House, etc.... books that would happen. So far, no dice. I love the Plum family.

65alcottacre
Sep 1, 2008, 1:34am Top

I want to be Grandma Mazur when I grow up! (if I ever do, although I am not sure she has)

66Whisper1
Sep 1, 2008, 11:38am Top

Hi alcottacre...
I laughed right out loud re. your comment of Grandma Mazur.

67cal8769
Sep 1, 2008, 12:33pm Top

Very funny!

68cal8769
Sep 15, 2008, 9:18am Top

63. Married at Midnight by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and others

69Whisper1
Sep 15, 2008, 9:48am Top

Hi
I haven't heard of the book Married at Midnight please tell me about it. Did you like it?

70cal8769
Sep 16, 2008, 5:08pm Top

It's OK. It's 4 short stories from different authors. It's your typical woman in trouble, man saves her, they fall deeply in love, have a misunderstanding, split apart, very unhappy, finally get back together for a fulfilling life. I enjoy Kathleen E. Woodiwiss' writing with Shanna and Ashes in the Wind being my favorites. She writes a good love story even if they are 'typical'

71cal8769
Edited: Sep 17, 2008, 9:55pm Top

64. Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter
65. Last Breath by Michael Prescott
66. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss a GD group read
67. Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock

72alcottacre
Sep 17, 2008, 9:47pm Top

#71 cal8769: I am a big fan of Karin Slaughter's Grant County series, so if you like Blindsighted you may want to check out the rest of the series.

73cal8769
Sep 17, 2008, 9:54pm Top

I read Faithless and enjoyed it. I didn't realize it was a series until you mentioned it. I grabbed Blindsighted by luck. It was eye level on a shelf on the way to the check out counter at the library. More books for the TBR mountain.

74alcottacre
Sep 17, 2008, 9:59pm Top

#73: The books in the series, in order are: Blindsighted, Kisscut, A Faint Cold Fear, Indelible, Faithless, and Beyond Reach. She also has a couple of non-series books as well , Triptych and Fractured, but I have not read either of those.

75cal8769
Sep 17, 2008, 10:06pm Top

alcottacre, Thanks for the order of the Grant County series. I have Triptych on my TBR pile. If you want to read it I will send it to you once I read it. PM me your address. It might be several weeks as I am currently in a group read of The Name of the Wind with the Green Dragon crew and have 4 other books to read first.

76alcottacre
Sep 17, 2008, 10:09pm Top

#75: Thanks for the offer, cal. I will send you the mailing info on your LT page. Do not worry about the time frame - believe me, I have enough other books to keep me busy!

77cal8769
Sep 21, 2008, 1:21am Top

78cal8769
Sep 22, 2008, 9:32pm Top

69. Triptych by Karin Slaughter

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Sep 24, 2008, 2:07am Top

70. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Edited: Oct 4, 2008, 11:31am Top

71. Sticklers, Sideburns and Bikinis by Graeme Donald
An August ER book from a fellow LTer

81Whisper1
Oct 4, 2008, 1:58pm Top

You are close, very close to reaching the 75 book challenge. Hang in there!

82cal8769
Oct 4, 2008, 2:11pm Top

72. For One More Day by Mitch Albom

Thanks, Whisper, I'm trying. I have a few books that I am still reading on the list but am tying them up. I am reading Oliver Twist from dailylit.com and they send me 3 installments a week so I probably won't finish it by the end of the year. I am currently reading three more but that's not unusual for me. I tend to read multiple books at once. 1 book I am waiting for from the library. I started it but only got halfway through and had to return it. Now I'm 3rd in line to get it but it's a short one and will have no problem finishing it when I finally get it. If I can't finish a book by the end of the year, I will mark it as such.

I like to put the books on this list when I start them that way I keep on track. I have so many TBR books that sometimes I feel like I have no direction. This list lets me choose a few books and makes sure that I read them.

84Whisper1
Oct 7, 2008, 9:00pm Top

Hi. How was book #73. It sounds interesting.

85cal8769
Oct 7, 2008, 9:19pm Top

It's a collection of shorts about different locations around the world. It's pretty good, kind of typical but the stories are interesting.

86cal8769
Edited: Oct 7, 2008, 10:21pm Top

74. Famous Modern Ghost Stories by Various Authors
(wrong touchstone)

87cal8769
Oct 10, 2008, 8:37pm Top

Don't congratulate me just yet. I have to finish some books before I truly have my 75 done but I am close. I'll let you know when I got them finished.

75. The Hollow by Nora Roberts (wrong touchstone)
76. Stiff by Mary Roach
77. Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits and Haunted Places by Brad Steiger

88alcottacre
Oct 12, 2008, 1:33pm Top

#87: What did you think of Stiff? I currently have it on Continent TBR.

89drneutron
Oct 12, 2008, 2:50pm Top

Don't know about cal, but I liked it. Fascinating, but a bit gruesome in spots. I mean, after all, she's talking about what happens to dead bodies.

Spook was also good. I've got Boink on the TBR pile somewhere and have heard good things.

90cal8769
Edited: Nov 8, 2008, 4:11pm Top

I have to agree with drneutron. It is fascinating. I work in the medical field and it is interesting to see what happens to some of the bodies after they leave us. I knew about seeking permission to practice procedures on the deceased and I was glad to know of the respect shown to cadavers. I know with organ donations it is a very respectful and moving experience. To know that someone can share their loved ones at the most terrible times in their life is inspiring.

91Whisper1
Oct 12, 2008, 7:25pm Top

I've added books #73 and #75 to my list. Thanks for the recommendations.

92cal8769
Oct 12, 2008, 7:30pm Top

Did you read Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts? It is the first book in the trilogy before The Hollow. (stupid touchstones!)

93cal8769
Edited: Oct 26, 2008, 5:24pm Top

I'm going to renumber my books. I currently have 1 reference and 2 e- books that won't be finished by the end of the year so I am currently at 74.

75. Chez Moi by Agnes Desarthe

Yeah I have officially reached my goal. YYYYAAAAAA

94Whisper1
Oct 26, 2008, 5:35pm Top

Congratulations to you!

95cal8769
Oct 26, 2008, 5:37pm Top

Thanks, Whisper!

96drneutron
Oct 26, 2008, 7:55pm Top

Congrats!

97FAMeulstee
Oct 26, 2008, 8:24pm Top

yet another reached 75, congratulations cal8769!

98alcottacre
Oct 27, 2008, 4:05am Top

Woo Hoo! Add my congratulations to the rest.

99cal8769
Oct 27, 2008, 8:36am Top

Thanks everyone!

100blackdogbooks
Oct 27, 2008, 11:21am Top

And congratulations from me, cal8769, you got the nubmers on this challenge!!!!

101cal8769
Edited: Oct 30, 2008, 9:59am Top

76. The Mercedes Coffin by Faye Kellerman
An ER book from the library
77. Carrie by Stephen King
A King's Dear Constant Readers group read
(A reread)

102alcottacre
Oct 30, 2008, 2:22pm Top

#101 cal8769: How is The Mercedes Coffin? I have slowly (actually imperceptibly slowly) working my way through the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series this year.

103cal8769
Nov 2, 2008, 7:52pm Top

Hi, alcottacre,

I'm not done with it yet but it seems OK. The story isn't very gripping so far. I haven't read Kellerman before and I keep hoping that this story doesn't sour me to trying her other books.
Did you enjoy her other books in the series? What was the first one?

104cal8769
Nov 5, 2008, 3:35pm Top

Finished The Mercedes Coffin and didn't care for it. I felt that the author wouldn't let the reader think for themselves. The author did a good job of building the characters because it is importantant to me to visualize the story but that was it. I don't think the mystery was very good and the dialogue was never ending. The characters just talked and talked. I probably will never read another Kellerman book. It's a shame because I was looking forward to reading this book ever simce I saw it on the ER list.

105alcottacre
Nov 7, 2008, 2:48am Top

Personally, even though I have stuck with the series, I feel the stronger books in the series are the early ones. I thought the first book in the series, The Ritual Bath, was very good.

106cal8769
Nov 7, 2008, 9:45pm Top

Thanks for the info, alcottacre. Maybe I will try an earlier one and see if I like her any better.

78. Spook by Mary Roach
79. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

107cal8769
Nov 8, 2008, 4:06pm Top

108Prop2gether
Nov 10, 2008, 7:17pm Top

I've read several in The Ritual Bath series and I agree with Alcottacre--I think the stronger books were the earlier ones. Some of her writing is so derivative, especially compared to her husband's, but I did enjoy the initial books in the series.

109cal8769
Nov 10, 2008, 11:11pm Top

Thanks, Prop2gether. I will need to give her early books a try.

110cal8769
Edited: Nov 17, 2008, 9:35am Top

81. Salem's Lot by Stephen King
A King's Dear Constant Reader's group read
(a reread)

111blackdogbooks
Nov 13, 2008, 7:11pm Top

Cool!!!!!

112cal8769
Nov 17, 2008, 9:37am Top

82. Pennsylvania Curiosities by Clark Deleon

113alcottacre
Nov 19, 2008, 3:10pm Top

#112 cal: I would have to read book 82 just because of the name alone. I was born in PA as were both of my parents, and I still have a ton of relatives living up there!

114cal8769
Nov 19, 2008, 3:38pm Top

It's good. I tend to look for PA books a lot. It has stories about the Rocky statue in Philly, Centralia, Gravity Hill, and the Railroaders Museum among others.

115alcottacre
Nov 20, 2008, 2:47am Top

Cool beans! I will have to look for it (although I suspect I will have to order it over the internet, since I live in Texas now).

116grammyellen
Nov 28, 2008, 7:04am Top

you are right we do have similar tastes. you have read several that are still on my shelves waiting. guess i will have them for next year's challenge.

117cal8769
Nov 28, 2008, 8:12pm Top

118Whisper1
Nov 30, 2008, 4:09pm Top

message 112

Cal,

I'm curious about the book Pennsylvania Curiosities. Heck, I've lived in PA all my life and I thought the only curiosities were my family members....
I'll need to get a copy of this book and see if entire chapters are devoted to them...
For example, is there a mention of a crazy Uncle David who tried to blow up a picnic table during a family reunion Fourth of July party?
or, an Aunt who accused a family member of stealing precious art work? In truth the "art work" was a velvet painting purchased at a five and ten cent store thirty years ago...
Oh, I could go on, but I'll stop here.

119cal8769
Nov 30, 2008, 6:26pm Top

Whisper, Are you sure that you are not related to me?

120Whisper1
Nov 30, 2008, 8:49pm Top

cal
Thanks for making me smile

121alcottacre
Dec 1, 2008, 2:44am Top

I always thought that all Pennsylvanians were related to each other (even those of us who no longer live there!)

122Whisper1
Dec 1, 2008, 9:03am Top

Stasia
Perhaps you, Cal and I can start a group
called
The Sane Pennsylvanians...
However, the danger in doing so is that those we deem not as sane as us, we certainly disagree.

123TheTortoise
Dec 1, 2008, 9:17am Top

>118 Whisper1: Whisper, don't stop! Tell us some more about your crazy relatives - Uncle Dave sounds like a hoot!

- TT

124drneutron
Edited: Dec 1, 2008, 10:05am Top

My family's all from Louisiana - they're the dictionary definition of crazy relatives...And that's why I live in Maryland! 8^}

125cal8769
Dec 1, 2008, 11:23am Top

I'm not sure if I would be one of the sane ones!

126FAMeulstee
Dec 1, 2008, 2:43pm Top

I see, my dysfunctional family is no exception here ;-)

127cal8769
Dec 1, 2008, 2:46pm Top

I think that all families are normal, in a dysfunctional kind of way. ;)

128Whisper1
Dec 1, 2008, 3:28pm Top

Cal..
I agree with you...however in my family "normal" simply would never be a term used.

And while some of the tales may be funny, over all, many of the stories are sad, heart breaking..and
VERY frustrating. The exact kind of stuff Anne Tyler writes about. Dinner at the Homesick Restuarant was a book I could relate to.

129cal8769
Dec 1, 2008, 6:23pm Top

Sigh, another book to the wishlist.

My husband's family are famous, or infamous, whichever you prefer, for telling family stories. I have an odd Uncle Dave too. Maybe they should get together.

130alcottacre
Dec 2, 2008, 5:25am Top

#124: doc, I am really in trouble then . . .my family is from Pennsylvania, but my husband's are all from Louisiana!

132cal8769
Dec 2, 2008, 8:07am Top

*snort*
Isn't that the truth.

133drneutron
Dec 2, 2008, 8:41am Top

Heh. Great title!

134blackdogbooks
Dec 2, 2008, 7:18pm Top

At my family reunions, there was always a lot of spitting, and usually into used coffee cans.

135Whisper1
Dec 2, 2008, 10:50pm Top

blackdogbooks..
Please do welcome your family to join mine and then, at the joint reunion, my family can blow up things and yours can use their spitting techniques to put out the fire(s).

First, I warn you though, before the picnic tables fly through the air, there will be an intense conversation about the family claim to fame, ie that we have a cemetary plot where family members are buried, right in the same row as Jayne Mansfield.
In case you are not familiar with her, she was a contemporary of Marilyn Monroe.

Messge #131...TT...your first book should of course contain this marvelous phrase in the title!

136TheTortoise
Dec 3, 2008, 6:45am Top

>135 Whisper1: Whisper, did you click on the link? - that title is already taken!

Any other suggestions?

- TT

137FlossieT
Dec 3, 2008, 8:55am Top

Don't forget All Families Are Psychotic too....

138TheTortoise
Dec 3, 2008, 10:37am Top

>137 FlossieT: Flossie, everyone is psychotic except you and me and I think that even you may be a bit psychotic!

- TT

139Whisper1
Dec 3, 2008, 11:31am Top

http://www.librarything.com/work/book/38804884

TT.

Sorry, I didn't click on the link. I have major brain fog at the end of the semester.

140FlossieT
Dec 3, 2008, 2:03pm Top

>138 TheTortoise:, why, thank you TT.... I certainly feel I have borderline psychotic tendencies at certain times of the day (most frequently the 15 minutes in between when the children ought to have gone to bed and when they actually go to bed).

141cal8769
Dec 3, 2008, 2:16pm Top

What about me? I would like to think that I'm not psychotic. (and who am I kidding)

142FAMeulstee
Dec 3, 2008, 4:03pm Top

I am borderline with a lot of other issues, my sister is psychotic (and denies it) won't mention the flaws in the rest of my family, you could get depressed ;-)

143blackdogbooks
Dec 4, 2008, 7:37pm Top

Good thing none of of us have antisocial personalities!!!

144cal8769
Edited: Dec 21, 2008, 3:57pm Top

86. The Shining by Stephen King
A King's Dear Constant Reader's group read.
(reread)
87. Doublecross by James Patterson
88. T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton
89. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

edited for a substitution. I was going to read Cross County but set it aside for Hill House.

145cal8769
Dec 8, 2008, 8:12pm Top

90. Tender Grace by Jackina Stark, an ER book

146Whisper1
Dec 8, 2008, 11:56pm Top

cal
Can you tell me a bit about Sue Grafton's works. Do you recommend her books?

147cal8769
Dec 9, 2008, 8:24am Top

I have read all of the alphabet series and I would recommend her. It's neat to see how she grows with her writing as the series progress. Grafton has a nice sense of humor which comes out in her writing and the mysteries are good. She is a little more serious than Evanovich's Plum series and with any series, after a while it starts to get a little stale. She changed it up a little with 'Q' where she wrote her story around a real crime that was never solved. Her main character is a PI named Kinsey Milhone and she gets in her share of trouble.

148Prop2gether
Dec 9, 2008, 2:09pm Top

Add my recommendations for Sue Grafton. I haven't finished all the series, but I really like Kinsey and her cohorts.

149alcottacre
Dec 11, 2008, 3:23am Top

I may have to try the series again. I read the first one years ago, and did not care for it so I never tried any of the rest of the alphabet, lol.

150Whisper1
Dec 14, 2008, 7:08pm Top

Prop2gether and Cal...Thanks for your comments re. the Grafton books.
I'll give her a try in 2009.

151cal8769
Dec 15, 2008, 11:30am Top

91. Low Man by T.J. Vargo an ER book

152cal8769
Dec 26, 2008, 11:11am Top

92. Bone Collector by Jefferey Deaver

153cal8769
Dec 29, 2008, 7:11pm Top

93. Dockside by Susan Wiggs

154cal8769
Edited: Dec 31, 2008, 1:46am Top

Well, this is it. 93 is about 20 more than last year so goody for me. I'm glad all of you were here to help me out and I'm looking forward to an amazing '09. I'll see you here.......http://www.librarything.com/topic/51319 ..Keep the comments coming.

Thanks!

155Whisper1
Jan 4, 2009, 6:12pm Top

I'm looking forward to reading your posts in 2009!

93 books is quite an accomplishment!

156cal8769
Jan 4, 2009, 8:27pm Top

Thanks Whisper. I'm tickled with myself. Thanks for your support.

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