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Jan. 11, 2009, 10:56pm

Well, I've started off with some easy reads as I just finished a 1000pg book.

1) The 6th Victim by James Patterson
entertaining but definitely not literary genius... As the Women's Murder Club books this was one of the better ones.

2) Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
I got into watching True Blood and ended up buying the Sookie Stackhouse boxed set. I quite enjoyed the fact that the series stayed pretty true to the book. They added a few things to the series but I suppose you kind of have to.

3) Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris
This book isnt bad. I have to say though that this series is very easy to read. It doesn't take a lot of thought to read these books. That being said I'm enjoying them.

4) Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
Much of the same thing. There are 7 books in the series and I'm not sure if I'll be able to read them all in a row. I think I might enjoy them more if I read them between other books. I'm pretty set on finishing them though.

5) Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
This one is interesting because Bill is absent for most of it. It's interesting to see Sookie interact with other characters when she isn't in a relationship with Bill the vampire.

Jan. 15, 2009, 11:06am

6) The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
I really enjoyed this book. I had read mixed reviews. I found the juxtaposition of fanatic religion and anti-religion to be interesting. While I tended to relate more to Ruth, a sex education teacher who is forced to adhere to a strict abstinence focused program, I at times was frustrated with how close minded she was. I just found it funny that both sides were evenly close minded. Overall, this book is easy to read because the characters draw you in. I give is 4 out of 5 stars.

Bearbeitet: Jan. 19, 2009, 10:18am

7) Blindness by Jose Saramago
This book excellent. It takes a little while to get used to the writing style. The paragraphs don't seem to make sense and jump from one person to the other but overall a well written book. The book is about a blindness epidemic and those inflicted with the blindness are incarcerated in an abandoned asylum. It is thought provoking and it really shows how people act when they think no one can see them. I give it 5 stars

Jan. 17, 2009, 10:05pm

I think that Blindness will have to be pushed up to the top of the list. It sounds very interesting.

Jan. 18, 2009, 10:47am

definitely.. i had pushed it to the top of my list too and I'm glad I did

Jan. 19, 2009, 1:02am

8) 3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows by Ann Brashares
This book took me back to the beginning of high school and how awkward things get with friends. It centers on the lives of 3 girls who were best friends but who have grown apart. While most of the novel is about their separate stories in the end they reconnect. I really enjoyed reading this book and I would even go as far as to say I like it better than the Travelling Pants books.

Jan. 19, 2009, 4:31am

*adds The Abstinence Teacher and 3 Willows to Mount TBR*

Thanks for the recommendation and reviews.

Jan. 29, 2009, 10:56pm

9) Size 12 is not Fat by Meg Cabot
This book was easy to read and entertaining for a couple days. I found Heather Mills character endearing; however at times I found her frustrating. She is desperately in love with her roommate but unwilling to ever tell him. While being terrified of telling a boy she loves him she's not afraid at all of a potential murderer. She dives head first into the murder mystery in the dorm- or, as we are never meant to forget as the term is annoyingly repeated throughout the book, residence hall. The book is typical of chick lit and the plot line is predictable. That being said, overall I did enjoy it. I was not expecting it to be literary genious and as a result I could enjoy the book. I do believe the Heather's character could have been developed more but I believe there are 2 other books in the series and I have a suspicion that over time the character development will occur. I give this book 3 stars.

Feb. 1, 2009, 2:59pm

10) As The Crow Flies by Jeffrey Archer
I have to admit I started out really enjoying this book but couldn't finish it. It was dragging on and on and I totally lost interest in it. This is unusual because usually I finish a book no matter what. I also really really enjoyed Prisoner of Birth and The Eleventh Commandment by Archer. To me there was too much repetition in this book that could have been left out. It jumped from character to character but these sections often overlapped. I would give this book one star.

On a totally non-related note I can't resist to let you know I got engaged over the weekend. I'm totally ecstatic and couldn't wish for a better man.

Feb. 1, 2009, 4:05pm

Congratulations on your engagement meags. I hope you have many happy reading moments with your man.

Feb. 1, 2009, 9:43pm

Congratulations meags.

Feb. 5, 2009, 10:24pm

11) Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain
This book is the 2nd book following the lives of a detective and an imprisoned psychopath. The detective was once the victim of the psychopath and now she has escaped from jail. I enjoyed the first book and this book was quite interesting as well. It took me a little while to get into it. The detective in the book is addicted to drugs and self-destructive. I found the dynamic of the relationships in this novel so bizarre. I wouldn't say this is a classic that will be around forever and I don't think it will win any awards. This being said, it was a good read to keep you in suspence.

Feb. 14, 2009, 8:40pm

12) Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Wow, this book was so good. I was hooked from the first page. I found the main character so endearing. I found the dynamics of the relationships quite interested as well. There is always a class struggle in this book. Even in the circus with a bunch of people travelling across the country, people were so divided. The main character in the book, also tells part of his story in the perspective of an old man. I have always found it important to know people's stories. When I look at the elderly I see rich life with so many stories. When Jacob is in the nursing home I found it endearing to read. I find that today people forget that the elderly are not just people to take care of and placate while in the final years of their life. We have so much to learn and hear from them. We need to be able to really listen to what they have to say. There is also the issue of domestic abuse in this book. I found it so important that someone took a stand against what was happening. All too often people sit back and don't get involved. Anyhow, I'm off on a tangent now. I would say if you haven't read the story go out and pick up the book now. I give the book 5 stars.

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13) Wicked Game by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush
This book is definitely forgettable. Half the book is about high school friends reuniting to rehash whether their friend Jessie left town or whether she really did die. Another 40% of the book is spent with a series of pointless deaths. The remaining pages of the book attempt to tie the story together but fails miserably. It kind of tells a story of incest and some man who is trying to kill two women who he thinks are the devil spawn but it doesn't really go into too much detail. The book is written by two authors and you can definitely tell when one person is dominating the writing more than the other person. I really disliked this book but felt the need to finish it. I would rate it at most a one out of five.

Mrz. 3, 2009, 11:11pm

Drood by Dan Simmons
I quite enjoyed this book. It was a little long but if you're able to keep reading you get hooked. I found it amazing how Simmons was able to incorporate so many facts about Charles Dickens' life into the novel. The narrator, Wilkie Collins, is unreliable at best. As a reader you have to try to figure out what is really happening and what is a part of Wilkie's laudenum induced hallucinations. Even at the end of the novel you are never quite sure if Drood ever really existed. The book was macabre but it drew me in from the beginning to the end. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Bearbeitet: Mrz. 7, 2009, 2:36pm

15) The Chocolate Lovers' Club by Carole Matthews and 16) The Chocolate Lovers' Diet by Carole Matthews

I decided to review both books together as I read them one after another and I also believe them to just be one continuing story. They were at best okay. I found the main character Lucy to be quite irritating. A woman who never really finds herself and relies on her happiness and success to derive from men. That being said, none of the women in this book are that inspiring. The closest would be Autumn but for most of the books she spends her time being a doormat for her drug addicted brother. Chantal decides she is not getting enough sex from her husband so of course decides to hire a gigolo. Who does this??? Nadia I find to be a strong character. She is forced to pick up and leave when her husband racks up their debt again with a gambling addiction. I won't say I completely hated the books. They were funny and entertaining and after reading the first book I did want to read more. I just think that some of the messages in the book may not be that good. I give these books 2 and half stars out of five.

Bearbeitet: Mrz. 11, 2009, 11:10pm

17) Hold Tight by Harlan Coben
I have to admit I read this book in one day. The story just drew me in. It also dealt with the issue of the right of privacy vs the role of a parent to keep their child safe. Mike and Tia install spyware on their son's computer because he was acting weird after the suicide of his best friend. I am not sure where I stand on the issue. On one hand, I think of course he is acting weird, his best friend just killed himself. I think it is a little much to install spyware on his computer and monitor his every move. If he ever found out, all the trust that has taken years to build is so easily broken. On the other hand, in the novel it turns out their son is in some serious trouble and his parents were able to help him out of it. One may say, if this is at the cost of losing some trust then so be it. I think you need to find a balance. No one said parenting was easy.
Other than that, the storyline sucks you in and you really can't put the book down. There are a few side stories and in the end they are all brought together brilliantly. I give this book 4.5 out 5

Mrz. 15, 2009, 5:02pm

18) Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult
This book was quite compelling. It revolves around a young girl with Brittle Bone Syndrome. This girl breaks bones quite easily. Her parents are in the middle of a wrongful birth lawsuit. Essentially, they should have been informed beforehand that their daughter could potentially have this disease and if this was told to them they could have made the decision to abort their special needs child. As someone who has worked with children and adults with disabilities I found it very hard to agree with this kind of case. I found myself yelling at the mother wanting her to end her lawsuit. It becomes a fine line when you start questioning who has the right to live. It can be extremely difficult to raise a child with any kind of disability but they can bring so much joy to your life. I enjoyed reading this book but like I say it was at times really difficult and frustrating to read. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to hate or sympathize with the mother. The father also got so wrapped up in the trial that he forgets all about his other daughter. Overall I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

Mrz. 17, 2009, 8:32pm

19. Cat and Mouse by James Patterson
This book was entertaining but as far as Patterson books go I wasn't super impressed. It is almost like reading two different short novels in one; like he ran out of things to say for the first plot line and began a whole different one half way through. I enjoyed reading the second half more than the first though. In the end I give this 2.5 stars out of 5.

Mrz. 18, 2009, 7:06pm


Mrz. 22, 2009, 7:50pm

Thanks nannybebette!

20. Pop Goes the Weasel by James Patterson
really enjoyed this Alex Cross book. I hadn't really enjoyed the last 2 books as much but this book just flowed really well. The book kept me interested from beginning to end and it didn't feel like two separate plot lines were going on like the last novel did. I couldn't put this book down and I can't wait to read the next one. I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5

21. Roses are Red by James Patterson
This was pretty good. It focused on bank robberies and it seemed like there were many layers to the criminal masterminds in this novel. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Mai 5, 2009, 1:44pm

22. The Moment Between by Nicole Baart
I got this book from Library Thing as part of the Early Reviewers program. Overall, I enjoyed this book but there were some things in it I found a little unbelievable. I found the images of Hailey's suicide to be quite vivid and heartbreaking and I also found that Hailey's struggle with her mental health also to be quite compelling. The relationship between the two sisters was quite remarkable. On one hand Abigail loves Hailey like a mother would while on the other hand she resents her at times for not being able to have her own life apart from taking care of her sister. I found this dynamic to be believable and for this part I really enjoyed Abilgail's character.
On the other hand, there were some parts that I struggled believing. While I was raised Roman Catholic and can appreciate the religion, I found that at the end of the book the whole aspect of communion didn't fit with the rest of the book. Yes, there were religious undertones throughout but I found this part of the book to be a little too over the top. I also found that Abigail's obsession with Tyler to be a little too dramatic. While it fuels the whole book and her reason for going to Canada I think that trying to kill Tyler was again over the top. It would have suffised if she went there for self- discovery or to try to come to terms with what Hailey did by trying to place blame on Tyler. I just think that once Abigail gets to Canada and meets Tyler, the act of actually trying to kill would likely not have been there.
Overall, like I said, I quite enjoyed the book, there are just parts that I could have done without. I give this book a 3.5 out of 5

23. Are You There God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Bloom

24. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

25. Gravesavers by Sheree Fitch

26. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
After all the Oprah hype I never bothered reading this book. There was just too much publicity regarding the book for me to be able to read it at the time without it tainting the experience for me. That being said, a few weeks ago a friend recommended it to me. I have to say I was quite impressed with the book. While it may not all be a completely accurate portrayal of Frey's life it didn't need to be to make an impact on someone's life. The writing is amazing and from the first moment you are sucked into Frey's addiction and recovery process. Having dealt with people who have addictions in my personal life, I can relate to this book. I have to admit I have never seen someone in as rough shape as Frey seemed to be but addiction is addiction and as shown in the book it doesn't matter who you are, whether it be a criminal, a judge, a mobster, or a father, addiction can affect your life and can alter the way you view the world. I was impressed that someone had the courage to not only admit they have a problem and try to conquer them but that they decided to do it on their terms and their way. While this may not work for everyone, Frey seemed to have a good idea of his self and his recovery. I also admire his courage for writing the memoir regardless of if parts were altered or not. I give this book 4 out of 5.

27. Violets are Blue by James Patterson

28. Rising Sun by Michael Crichton
I really enjoyed the cultural research that Crichton puts into this novel. While I don't know much about Japanese culture there seems to be a lot of research done into how culture would play a part in a murder investigation. I also enjoyed how Crichton makes a point about Japanese investment and business practices in the United States. As stated before I do not know much about such things but it has made me question a few things. Perhaps, I will do some research of my own. I really enjoyed the characters in this novel and found the plot line to be exciting. The plot kept me on my toes; however there were times when I thought it was a little predictable and I didn't necessarily like how much of a know it all the main character's partner was. Overall, I give this book a 3.5 out of 5

29. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

30. Charley's Web by Joy Fielding

31. The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

Bearbeitet: Mai 24, 2009, 4:13pm

For most of the books above you can read my reviews here:

32. 7th Heaven by James Patterson

33. The Manny by Holly Peterson

34. A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam

35. Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

Man, I have to read 5 more books this month and 10 next month to be halfway there.... so I can keep on track and be at 100 by the end of December.

Mai 18, 2009, 2:00pm

You are very young my dear and I am very old. But I am so impressed with the material you have chosen to read this year. You really have a well balanced variety of interests in books.
Enjoy your day,

Mai 19, 2009, 11:10am

Thank you... I've always read a lot and my problem is I buy books way faster than I can actually read them. :)

Mai 19, 2009, 1:43pm

re Message 25 - isn`t that perfectly normal behaviour!!!

Mai 19, 2009, 3:12pm

Perfectly normal if you ask me. Hee, hee, she should check out our TBR piles, shouldn't she? Well, then again, perhaps not. They might frighten her.

Mai 24, 2009, 4:10pm

HaHa.. Everytime I enter the apartment with more books my fiancee always mentions the fact that when we buy a house I'm going to have to carry all the boxes of books :)

Mai 24, 2009, 4:11pm

Mai 29, 2009, 1:58pm

37. Green Grass Running Water by Thomas King
This book was interesting. It was hard to understand what was going on at first. The book is filled with magic realism but it showcases the clash btw native culture and today's western culture in Canada. It demonstrates how difficult it is to retain a sense of native identity when being off the reserve and in a big city. I liked it but at times got confused about what was going on. I give this book 3.5 out of 5

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38. The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer
This book was fast paced and I read it quickly. I found parts of it ot be predictable but on the whole I enjoyed it.

39. Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me on my toes. While it is a murder mystery I found I liked her description. I would recommend reading it.

40. The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
This book was really good. Del Toro is the guy who directed Pans Labrynth. The 2 authors take the vampire story a step further. This is the first part of a trilogy and I can't wait for the next part to come out. The writing is amazing and it makes you feel like you're right in the midst of the action

Jun. 7, 2009, 2:18pm

41. A Wild Affair by Gemma Townley
This book was a typical chick lit book. It is a sequel to The Importance of Being Married and was fun easy read. The book was a bit predictable but it was decent.

Jun. 10, 2009, 11:30pm

42. Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen
I really enjoyed this book. This is by the same author as Water for Elephants. I have to say it I didn't like it as much as Water but I did like this book. The main character can be a little irritable just because it's like watching a train wreck. That being said, there's something endearing about her. I finished this book quite quickly and give it 3 and half out of 5 stars.

Jul. 1, 2009, 10:35am

I used to be so on top of these posts. I have been slacking in my reading and in my posts. So here goes:

43. Postcards from Last Summer by Roz Bailey
I couldn't finish this book. The characters were not well developped and there were many gratuitous sex scenes which is fine every once in a while but every chapter is too much. So I got about half way through and decided that this is enough. Not sure if I should even count it in my 100.

44. The Other Daughter by Lisa Gardner
I really liked this book but I then again I really like this author. I love her writing style. It flows really well. That being said you can tell that this is one of the first books she wrote. It doesn't have all the twists and turns and multiple plot lines that her most recent work does. I give this a 4 out of 5.

Jul. 5, 2009, 9:40pm

45. The Calling by Ingrid Ash Wolf
This book is about a fanatic religious man who is killing terminally ill people across Canada. It centers around a detective in a small town. It took me a while to get into this book but overall I enjoyed it. It is a bit gruesome in parts but I tend to enjoy books like that. I give this book 3.4 stars out of 5.

Jul. 5, 2009, 10:53pm

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Jul. 5, 2009, 11:00pm

I have to agree with message 25, I'm always buying new books before I finish the last lot, plus I work in a library - go figure. There are quite a few that you've read that are on my list too & congrats!!


Jul. 9, 2009, 1:31am

I ended up going onto your blog and saw the del Toro book review on there, that's one on my list to read. I'm really looking forward to it. There's two others by John Ajvide Lindqvist that I'd love to read that are in the same genre: Let the Right One In (vampire) & Handling the Dead (zombies), both which look fantastic. Let the Right One In has also been made into a movie, which I'd like to see. I was thinking of teaching, but decided to go with Libraries instead, I really enjoy it, perhaps you could become a library teacher - best of both worlds?

Jul. 9, 2009, 1:44am

Hi There Meags!

I saw that you have read Bright Shiny Morning & was wondering what you thought of it? I really enjoyed A Million Little Pieces but really didnt like the sequel My Friend Leonard.


Jul. 10, 2009, 9:34pm

#39- Cat- I'll take thoe recommendations under consideration. I have waaayyyy too many books that I have bought and not read yet and I think my fiancee will be upset if I bring anymore home. I saw the movie of Let the Right One In. It's a bit of the strange side but it was alright. It's true library teacher would be the best of both worlds but there are limited jobs to begin with so I guess I'll take what I can get.

#40- Z, I liked A Million Little Pieces better than Bright Shiny Morning. BSM is a bunch of different character sketches. I have a review of it on my blog if you want to take a look.

46. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
This book started off slow but I kept plugging through. I have to say that this book lived up to the hype. The was provided more than just a one dimensional plot line revolving around a murder mystery. I really enjoyed the way the author portrays both the lives of Blomkvist and Salander. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Jul. 11, 2009, 8:19am

Thanks Meags! Your blogs pretty amazing & ive added it to my favourites ;)

Jul. 14, 2009, 8:11am

Hi Meags, I know what you mean by having a huge list of stuff to read, I've already added to it since joining this group. Good luck on the job front, I know it's hard finding work in libraries, where I work the majority of staff are 'lifers', it took me about 5 years before I was fulltime.

Jul. 23, 2009, 10:31am

#43- Thanks for the luck. Its summer so there's not much going on rightnow in terms of the job front. But hopefully soon.

#42- Thanks ZJF I have been slacking a little lately.... Sorry :)

47. Phantom Prey by John Sandford
I enjoyed this book but it didn't really captivate me. It wasn't a book that I coudn't put down. I found the plot to be interesting but at times a little too predictable. I give this book a 2.5 out of 5

48. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
I know this is chick lit ani therefore not a great literary masterpiece but I couldn't put this book down. I really enjoyed the characters in the book. This book was a little different from Kinsella's other books in the fact that it is a ghost story. It focuses on family heritage which I have always found interesting. I have always been the one in my family who wanted to know my relatives as more than just their title (grandmother, great aunt, aunt, etc) I have always wanted to know what it was like for them growing up and what kind of trouble they got into. This book reminds me of how important these kinds of conversations are with your relatives while you still have the change. I give this book our of 5 stars.

Jul. 24, 2009, 11:16am

49. Flying Changes by Sara Gruen
This is the second book of a two book series. I really enjoyed this one a lot better than the first one. The main character in the first book was really annoying and it was difficult to sympathize with her. In this book, though she still does some frustrating things, she is a much more believable character. I stayed up all night last night finishing this one; I couldn't put it down. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Jul. 24, 2009, 5:14pm

50. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Well it was my day off today and I had big plans of cleaning my house and doing laundry and my apartment building decided it was a great day to shut the water off for 7 hrs. Needless to say I didn't get anything accomplished except reading an entire book. I have to say that I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would have. I did like the main character but I thought that the book didn't give as much character development as I would have liked. There are a lot of mini stories going on throughout the entire novel. I did enjoy reading the descriptions of Africa and I suppose that the character development may come in future books in the series but I have to say that overall I was a little disappointed. There is so much hype about this series and I felt it fell a little flat. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Jul. 27, 2009, 11:01pm

51. Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
I really enjoyed this Sookie Stackhouse novel. I like seeing her without Bill. In the first few novels their lives seemed to intertwine but in this novel it was nice to see her as an independent single girl. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Aug. 2, 2009, 11:27am

52. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
I enjoyed this book but there were parts of it where I felt like I was forgetting something from a previous book. I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5

Aug. 5, 2009, 11:03pm

53. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
I liked this book as well and I found it to be a little different from the previous books. There was a whole new cast of characters with a bunch of familiar characters from previous books. It also had a lot of suspense. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Aug. 8, 2009, 5:46pm

54. From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
So this is the last of the Sookie Stackhouse collection that I own. I was getting a bit tired near the end of all the same characters. This book didn't center around one central conflict that the other books did. It just kind of followed Sookie around in her chaotic life that has been complicated by weres, vampires, fairies and her own brother. I like the way the book ended but I won't give it away for those of you who are waiting to read it. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Aug. 9, 2009, 12:04am

I've been trying to read Effigy by Alyssa York but I have been having a difficult time getting through it. I have put it down twice and said I'm not reading it anymore then I feel guilty and go back to it. I just can't decide if I want to keep reading it. I think I'll leave it for the night and get back to it tomorrow and make my final decision. I just thought I'd vent on here :)

Aug. 23, 2009, 9:13pm

So, I gave up on Effigy and went on to read:

56. The Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs
This book is absolutely hilarious. I couldn't believe half the rules that Jacobs tries to follow. He actually goes out and throws pebbles at adulterers and refuses to touch women who have their period. He dedicated a whole year of his life to follow this and in the end made some pretty good points about religion and spirituality. I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5.

57. The Next Accident by Lisa Gardiner
This was a pretty good mystery novel. I had read her more recent novels and this is one of her first novels. It has familiar characters that had always been secondary characters in the books I'd previously read by Gardiner. I really liked reading these characters in a different light. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

58. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
This was a very touching story about the Holocaust told in the perspective of a German boy whose father was the commander in charge of Auschwitz. It is an easy read as it is youth fiction but I loved the way the author kept in the mindset of a nine year old boy. I highly recommend this novel to anyone. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Aug. 30, 2009, 5:14pm

59. Paths of Glory by Jeffrey Archer
This book is based on a real life man named George Mallory. It is uncertain whether Mallory was the first man to reach the peak of Mnt Everest. They found his body many years later and Archer attempts to piece together his life in a novel. I enjoyed reading this book but at times I found the novel dragged on a bit too much. I have found that either I really love Archer's books or they drag on a bit too much. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

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60. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
This book was even better than the first. I really liked the subject matter of the sex trade/slavery industry. I couldn't put this book down once I picked it up. They developed Salander's character and explained a bit of her background. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

61. Black Out by Lisa Unger
This book was a quick read. It draws the reader in because the main character doesn't even know her past. The reader gets to find out the characters past as she does. The thing that bothered me about this book is the ending. At the very end of the novel you don't really know if the character has hallucinated a lot the plot or if it's real. I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Sept. 17, 2009, 2:00pm

62. Fractured by Karin Slaughter
I enjoyed this book. It is a murder/kidnapping mystery that has many twists and turns. I like that the book is not totally plot driven. Slaughter gives a lot of character development and I am wondering if this book might be part of a series with the same detective. I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5

63. Four Blind Mice by James Patterson
I liked this book. It focused on war time crimes perpetuated by soldiers. The only thing I find with Patterson is that he is very plot driven and doesn't go in depth on the way the character is feeling or what they're thinking. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

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64. Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson
This book was better than the last one I read. It deals with the sex slave industry. I also liked the development in the Alex Cross character in this book. I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sept. 21, 2009, 10:25am

65. Sail by James Patterson
I really enjoyed this book. I've been on a bit of a Patterson kick the last wk and a bit but this one was not part of the Alex Cross series. I enjoyed this book a lot better than the Cross series. I don't know if it was the co-author or not but the writing was much more intriguing. I couldn't put this book down and read it in one day. I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sept. 22, 2009, 1:10pm

66. London Bridges by James Patterson
Again, another Alex Cross book. Lots of twists but still not the best I've read. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Sept. 25, 2009, 5:17pm

67. Mary Mary by James Patterson

68. Double Cross by James Patterson

Almost done the Alex Cross Series and then I'll move onto something different. :)

Sept. 30, 2009, 9:31am

69. Guilty Pleasure by Laurell K. Hamilton
I really liked the imagination in this book. I found I was really drawn in at the beginning but I found the end of the book to be a bit flat. I'm not sure if I'll read anymore of this series. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Okt. 7, 2009, 10:53pm

70. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Atwood is my favorite author and I didn't expect anything less. I really enjoyed Atwood's perspective on what could happen to our world if we keep moving forward the way we do. The theme of science being let to get out of control is very pertinent to today's society. I am thankful for technological/scientific advancements but I am also thankful that there are rules and regulations for some things. I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5

71. The Know-It-All by A. J Jacobs
I really enjoy Jacobs' writing style. He is quite humorous and I really enjoyed the way he blended his stories with some of the information he has learned while reading the encyclopedia. I give this book 4 stars out of 5

Okt. 18, 2009, 11:14am

72. The Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz
This book was an interesting murder mystery/horror book. It was centered on Frankenstein and his monster who are both still alive and well in modern day society. I found it to be an interesting concept but I wouldn't say the book is brilliant. It is the first in a series and the book doesn't have a clear ending. I guess I will have to go out and buy the next two. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Okt. 19, 2009, 10:52pm

73. The Concubine's Daughter by Pai Kit Fai
This book took a few chapters for me to get into it but once I got into it I was hooked. It is a tremendous tale of how a mother and her daughter both exert their agency to overcome extreme discrimination. I was really interesting in reading about life in China at the beginning of the 20th century. I had known a little bit but Fai does an amazing job of describing not only the social history of China but also the physical country of China. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Okt. 24, 2009, 11:08am

74. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
I have to say that there was so much hype about this book and I'm not sure it lived up to the hype. I enjoyed Brown's other books much better but that being said this book wasn't too bad. At some points I got really into and couldn't put the book down whereas at other parts I found myself wanting to skim through it. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Okt. 27, 2009, 2:06pm

75. Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter
I wouldn't say this was a great book. It was about a woman who has given up on guys and has gone on a Jane Austen book tour in England over the Christmas holidays. The book is essentially Pride and Prejudice written in today's society with a cameo by Mr. Darcy himself. As I said I wasn't blown away by the originality of the book but at the same time it was chick lit and I can usually predict how the book will turn out with this genre of book. I give this book 2 out of 5 stars.

Okt. 28, 2009, 10:12am

76. The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
I have to say I was expecting something a little different but that being said I really enjoyed this book. It was like a series of short stories about Jane's life. I was a little confused by one story that seemed to have nothing to do with Jane but other than that it was well written. I give this book 4 stars out of 5.

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77. Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
This book was very good. It's about a girl who starts seeing God and performing miracles after her parents divorce. It really makes you question faith and those who don't practice any kind of faith. The book really explores the extremes of being too religious and of lacking any kind of religion. I really enjoyed this book and give it 4 out of 5 stars

78. The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and 79. The Vampire Diaries: The Struggle by L. J. Smith
These books were not my favourites. I read them because of the new TV series that is out but I have to say I like the TV series way more. The books tend to drag things out. I give these books 2 out of 5

Nov. 8, 2009, 10:54am

80. Seeking the Dead by Kate Ellis
I really liked this book. It is set in York but they name is Eborby and it has all the elements of a good mystery. It involved a schitzophrenic murdering people because he thought they were cursed by the devil. It also involved some ghosts and a little satanic ritual. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Nov. 17, 2009, 2:48pm

81. The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes
This is my favorite author and while I enjoyed reading this book it was not my favorite. It is about a condo complex and it's inhabitants. It mostly focuses on their failed relationships and in the midst of all this there is a ghost like presence. I thought that compared to her other novels, this book was very surface and there wasn't a lot of deep thought involved in reading this. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Nov. 24, 2009, 12:20am

82. The Book With No Name by Anonymous
I'm not sure what I think of this book. It is centered around an eclipse and a blue stone that criminals are all trying to possess. There is a lot of mystery but a lot of excessive killing and then some characters turn out to be vampires. I think that it could have been better executed in the ending but overall it was ok. I give this book 2.5 stars out of 5.

83. Dead Perfect by Amanda Ashley
I really did not enjoy this. I have been reading far too many vampire books recently and as a result someone from my work lent this book and told me to read it because it was super good. I read about half of the book before I put it down. Its about a girl who is dying who befriends a vampire (she is unaware of this) who in turn feeds her blood while she is sleeping to help her feel better. The writing is amateur and I didn't enjoy it at all. I give this book 1 star out of 5.

Nov. 25, 2009, 11:16pm

84. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
This book was phenomenal. The main character Flavia is a riot. She is an 11 year old who is trying to solve a murder mystery at the same time as getting even with her older sisters. Bradley does a good job of depicting England in the 1950s. I have never been into postage stamps but I became engrossed in books description of a great stamp debacle. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Nov. 27, 2009, 10:16am

85. Knit Two by Kate Jacobs
I wasn't sure about this one in the beginning because it is a sequel and the first one was quite good. That being said, I really enjoyed this book. Nothing as dramatic as the first book happened but it was just so nice to read about the different characters again. The book ends on a hopeful note and now I can't wait to read the next one. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Nov. 29, 2009, 3:39pm

86. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
I really enjoyed this book. I grew up with an alcoholic so in many ways I could relate. That being said, we were never in the same kind of poverty as the author was in. While some may find the way the author is so frank and non-chalant about things I found it to be a bit comforting. Oftentimes when I explain certain life experiences people have a hard time believing them because I talk about it like it is normal. If this is the only life the author has known it is normal for her and I like that she doesn't try to make us feel bad for her or make her experiences seem like atrocities. She just writes of the way things were. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Dez. 1, 2009, 10:51pm

87. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
At first I wondered if I could enjoy a book made up entirely of letters. I had read a book like that by Cecelia Ahern but I didn't enjoy it as much. That being said, this book is incredible. I really enjoyed reading about Guernsey during the Occupation and I found most of the characters to be quite endearing. I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5

Dez. 9, 2009, 11:13am

88. Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell
This book was very confusing in the beginning. It is part of a series and I had never read any of her other stuff before. After I got through the hump of the beginning part it began to get interesting. It was a mystery centered around a dead little person and her boyfriend who has also a little person. In the end it was decent. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

89. High Five by Linda Evanovich
These books are about a woman who works as a bounty hunter and her crazy family is usually involved in most cases. I find there books entertaining but I don't find there is much depth to the characters. There were many laughs though. I give this book 2.5 out of 5

90. Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham
This book is about a group of 3 friends who all work for the same magazine. It is typical chick lit and I would have to say not one of the author's best books. That being said, if you go into it knowing it is chick lit it's a decent book. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Dez. 13, 2009, 10:41pm

91. The Deep End by Joy Fielding
This was a quick easy read but very enjoyable. It's about a woman whose husband wants a trial separation and who keeps getting harrassing phone calls. It really is about a woman who is finding herself again and not living in the shadow of either her husband, her children or her best friend. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Dez. 17, 2009, 11:14pm

92. The Perfectly True Tales of the Perfect Size 12 by Robin Gold
This book was decent but definitely nothing too in depth. I give this book 2.5 stars out of 5

93. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
This book is really well written. I marvel at the way the author comes up with different ways to describe things. I really enjoyed this book.

Dez. 18, 2009, 5:06am

I've been meaning to post that I'd read The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. I really enjoyed it, while the thought of vampires existing in reality is silly, the way the virus spreads makes it a lot more believable. I'm looking forward to the next in the trilogy and the way it reads, I wouldn't be suprised if theres a movie at the end of it.

Dez. 27, 2009, 12:30am

94. Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs
I quite enjoyed this book. I think I like the Knitting Club series better but this one was pretty good as well.

Dez. 29, 2009, 10:50pm

95. World War Z by Max Brooks
I started out really liking this book. The concept is that the author is writing a book about a zombie war in a way that is intended to mimic non fiction writing. It's a series of interviews and for a while I was really into it but after a while I found it to be a bit long. I give this book 2.5 stars out of 5

Dez. 30, 2009, 11:57pm

96. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
This book is an excellent read. I couldn't put it down
5 out of 5 stars

97. Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden

Well I guess I didn't quite make it. Oh well there's always next year