Saturday, November 27, 2010

75 books in 2010? DONE!!! Yay me!

#72-G is For Gumshoe
#73-The Winding Ways Quilt
#74-The Silver Needle Murder
#75-Visions of Sugar Plums

I did it!!! I made it to 75, and I have a month left to spare, so now my goals are:

Finish War and Peace before years end (I have about 800 pages left!)
Get to 80 books read for the year

We'll see how I do!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Book stash

So, my birthday was about 2 weeks ago, and I got a bit of money from my parents and aunt, so decided to use some of it on....books!!! BIG surprise, huh?

what'd I get?

1. The boxset of the Millenium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire and the Girl who Kicked the Hornets Nest)

2. Dead to the World (the 4th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris)

So, I guess I did ok, I didn't go overboard, and yet I managed to pick up a few new things. Hey! I think I've done pretty well this year with not buying TOO many books, I don't have them recorded or anything, but I am pretty sure it's been under 20 this year!

It's helped that I have been using the library quite a bit more this year than I usually do.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Library Haul for November

1. Every Last One By: Anna Quindlen
2. G is for Gumshoe By: Sue Grafton
3. H is for Homicide
4. The winding ways Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts Series)By: Jennifer Chiaverini
5. The Lost Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts series)
6. The Aloha Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts Series)
7. The Silver Needle Murder By: Laura Childs
8. High Five By:Janet Evanovich
9 Visions of Sugar Plums By: Janet Evanovich

These should keep me busy for awhile. I have been working my way through the grafton series, but have decided they aren't good enough to actually purchase, so I will just borrow them, the same goes for the Evanovich series, fun, but not worth the cash! I have read one of the Elm Creek Quilts series and was wanting to read a few more. And I have never read anything by Laura Childs. She is the author of the Tea Shop mystery series, this is not the first in the series, but it was the only one I saw on the shelves so thought What the heck! If I like it I may go back and start the series from the beginning.

Every Last One has been on many reading lists since it's coming out, and I wanted to see what all the hype was about...I only gave it 4 stars out of 5. It was good, but seemed somewhat unrealistic in some aspects....guess that's why it's fiction, right? Although I must say the Author DOES have a writing style that sucks her audience in quickly, so that was a plus!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I'm still pushing ahead!

Just a quick update on my latest reads...

#68-The Scarlet Letter ****
#69-The Swan Theives *****
#70- Every Last One ****
#71-Victorine ****

Only 4 more books to go to reach that 75 books read for the year goal!!! I am SOOO close!!! But I think it is do-able!!

My one regret for the year is that I don't think I will get War and Peace completed. I'm on page 475 of 1455....and If I concentrate on it I don't think I will finish my 75 book schallenge, but I may try anyway!! We shall see...I think at this point I only need to read 20 pages a day of W&P to actually finish it by the end of the year, which seems easy, but it's just pickin' that sucker up!!! And Once I DO pick it up I enjoy it most the time...However, I DID just get a huge library haul the other day (9 books) and am eager to get to them too! Ohhhh too many books, not enough time!!!

Saturday, November 6, 2010


I have not been keeping up with this blog, since I do all my reading posting at, however, here is the run down for the year so far!

1. Dracula By: Bram Stoker 5/5
2. The Other Queen By: Philippa Gregory 5/5
3. Then Came Heaven By: Lavyrle Spencer 4/5
4. The Inheritance By: Louisa May Alcott 4/5
5. Foul play By: Janet Evanovich 4/5
6. Gracelin O'Malley By: Ann Moore 5/5
7. My Sunshine By: Catherine Anderson 5/5
8. Catch-22 By: Joseph Heller 4/5
9. A Girl's Best friend By: Kristin Billerbeck 4/5
10.The Little Giant of Aberdeen County By: Tiffany Baker 5/5
11.Moral Disorder By: Margaret Atwood 5/5
12.The Restoration By: Douglas Liversidge 3/5
13.A modest Proposal By: Jonathan Swift 5/5
14.Little Women By: Louisa May Alcott 5/5
15. The Historian By: Elizabeth Kostova 4/5
16. Dead Until Dark By: Charlaine Harris 4/5
17. Water Dancers By: Terry Gambler 4/5
18. Captivated By: Nora Roberts 3/5
19. Anna Karenina By: Leo Tolstoy 5/5
20. Cutting For Stone By: Abraham Verghese 5/5
21. The Portrait of a Lady By: Henry James 4/5
22. Two For the Dough By:Janet Evanovich 3/5
23. People of the Wolf By:W. Michael & Kathleen Gear 5/5
24.Weep No More, My Lady By: Mary Higgins Clark 5/5
25.Leaving Ireland By:Ann Moore 5/5
26.Living Dead in Dallas By: Charlaine Harris 5/5
27.Stillwatch By: Mary Higgins Clark 4/5
28.The Magnificent Ambersons By: Booth Tarkington 5/5
29.The Kite Runner By:Khaled Hosseini 5/5
30. A Cry in the Night By:Mary Higgins Clark 3/5
31. Jane Eyre By: Charlotte Bronte' 5/5
32. Wicketts Remedy By: Myla Goldberg 4/5
33. Three To Get Deadly By: JAnet Evanovich 4/5
34.Firefly Beach By: Luanne Rice 4/5
35. The worlds Most Haunted Places By: Jeff Belanger 5/5
36.Wizards First Rule By: Terry Goodkind 5/5
37.Gilead By: Marilynne Robinson 4/5
38. Vanishing Acts By Jodi Picoult 5/5
39.Mother of Pearl By: Melinda Haynes 2.5/5
40. C is for Corpse By Sue Grafton 4/5
41. Great Expectations By: Charles Dickens 5/5
42. Outer Banks By: Anne Rivers Siddons 5/5
43. Keeping the Moon By: Sarah Dessen 4/5
44. The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank By: Anne Frank 5/5
45.Moment to Moment by: Barbara Delinsky 4/5
46. Little house in the Big Woods By: Laura Wilder Ingalls 5/5
47.Little House on the Prairie By: Laura Wilder Ingalls 5/5
48. Farmer Boy By: Laura Ingalls Wilder 5/5
49. Haunted Theaters By: Barbara Smith 5/5
50. On the Banks of Plum Creek By Laura Ingalls Wilder 5/5
51. Talking to Depression By: Claudia Strauss 4/5
52. Miss Julia Throws a wedding By: Ann B. Ross 5/5
53. Miss Julia Hits the Road By: Ann B. Ross 5/5
54. Miss Julia's school of Beauty By Ann B. Ross 4/5
55. Montana Sky By: Nora Roberts 5/5
56. Savannah Blues By: Mary Kay Andrews 5/5
57. Downtown By: Anne Rivers Siddons 5/5
58. Haunted Hotels By:Jo-Anne Christensen 5/5
59. Ramona the Pest By: Beverly Cleary 5/5
60.The Mystery at Lilac Inn 5/5
61.Harriet the Spy By: Louise Fitzhugh 5/5
62.D is for Deadbeat By: Sue Grafton 4/5
63.E is for Evidence By: Sue Grafton 4/5
64.The Bungalow Mystery By: Carolyn Keene 4/5
65.F is for Fugitive by: Sue Grafton 4/5
66. Haunted Houses By: Edrick Thay 5/5
67. Four to score By: Janet Evanovich 4/5

I am part of a group at goodreads called the 75 book challenge, where we try to read 75 books for the year. I am SOOOO close...only 8 more books to go!! I probably would have already met the challenge, except that I had to take 1 or 2 months off from serious reading for a bout of morning sickness, so that slowed me down a bit. Lately I have been slow in my reading, for some reason. It seems the closer I get to the end of the challenge, the further away the end gets!!! But I am sure I can meet the challenge, just need to focus a bit more on reading, instead of SIMS 3, or Facebook games.

Also, I have been really focusing more on my cross stitching, than reading it seems, since the baby will be here in about 4 months, I have been trying to get some things stitched up for her!