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Best of 2017

I’m still not really reviewing books, but I’m still reading.

My top books of 2017 can either be books that I thought were very good, or that I really enjoyed, or that spoke to me in some way.  Often, 2 of these will apply, and occasionally all three.


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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in summary


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April/May Reading Recap

Again, I’m combining two months of reading summaries in one post…

Print Books

  1. MayAll the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue
  2. A Complicated Marriage: My Life With Clement Greenberg by Janice Van Horne
  3. The Cottage At Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri
  4. Something About Sophie by Mary Kay McComas

Nook Books

  1. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
  2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  3. The Cat, the Wife and the Weapon (A Cats in Trouble Mystery #4) by Leann Sweeney
  4. The Girl Who Fell to Earth by Sophia Al-Maria

Audio Books

  1. Bad Blood (Kate Shugak #20) by Dana Stabenow
  2. Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
  3. Angel’s Peak (Virgin River #10) by Robyn Carr
  4. The Girl Who Disappeared Twice (Forensic Instincts #1) by Andrea Kane
  5. Forbidden Falls (Virgin River #9) by Robyn Carr
  6. Temptation Ridge (Virgin River #6) by Robyn Carr
  7. Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10) by Charlaine Harris
  8. Girl Missing by Tess Gerritsen
  9. Coming Back (Sharon McCone #28) by Marcia Muller
  10. The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid
  11. The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1-4) by T.H. White
  12. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  13. Paradise Valley (Virgin River #7) by Robyn Carr
  14. Second Chance Pass (Virgin River #5) by Robyn Carr,
  15. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  16. Shelter Mountain (Virgin River #2) by Robyn Carr
  17. Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
  18. City of Whispers (Sharon McCone #29) by Marcia Muller
  19. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
  20. Wicked Business (Lizzy & Diesel #2) by Janet Evanovich
  21. The History of Us by Leah Stewart

The best books I read were Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore and All the Summer GirlsAs you can see, I’ve been tearing through Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series– those are always feel good reads, and I’ve been craving that.

My books read for the year are up to 14 Nook Books, 7 paper books and 46 audio books, for total of 67 books read.  I’m on pace to make it to 150 books read for the year.

Thank you again to Venice Tretiak.for the darling kitty monthly graphics

Have a great June, and enjoy your summer reading!

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Posted by on May 5, 2013 in books, summary


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February/March Reading Results

Yes, I fell behind in posting my summaries, as well as my reviews!  I’m not behind in my reading, however :-).

FebruaryNook Books

  1. The Girl Who Fell to Earth by Sophia Al-Maria
  2. Minefields of the Heart: A Mother’s Stories of a Son at War by Sue Diaz
  3. Blameless (Parasol Protectorate #3) by Gail Carriger
  4. Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2) by Gail Carriger
  5. Just One Day (Just One Day #1) by Gayle Forman
  6. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (reread)
  7. The Long Way Home (Chesapeake Diaries #6) by Mariah Stewart

Print Books

  1. The Wanderer (Thunder Point #1) by Robyn Carr
  2. The Missing File by D.A. Mishani

MarchAudio Books

  1. The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #8) by Louise Penny
  2. Last to Die (Rizzoli & Isles #10) by Tess Gerritsen
  3. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
  4. Beautiful Sacrifice by Elizabeth Lowell
  5. The Rope (Anna Pigeon 0) by Nevada Barr
  6. Lady Fortescue Steps Out: Being the First Vol. of the Poor Relation (The Poor Relation #1) by Marion Chesney
  7. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1) by Kim Harrison
  8. Missing (The Secrets of Crittenden County #1) by Shelley Shepard Gray
  9. Hidden Summit (Virgin River #17) by Robyn Carr
  10. The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows by Brian Castner
  11. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
  12. Redshirts by John Scalzi (reread)
  13. Naughty in Nice (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries #5) by Rhys Bowen
  14. The Last Boyfriend (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #2) by Nora Roberts
  15. The Diamond Throne (The Elenium #1) by David Eddings
  16. Four Day Planet (Federation) by H. Beam Piper
  17. What’s a Ghoul to Do? (Ghost Hunter Mystery #1) by Victoria Laurie

The best book I read during this time was Tell the Wolves I’m Home. Although I got through a lot of books in February (and I started and abandoned quite a few more)  nothing I read during that time (other than rereads) qualified as a best read, although quite a few were enjoyable.

My totals for the year are now at 38 books read: 10 Nook books, 3 print books, and 25 audio books.

Thank you again to Venice Tretiak.for the darling kitten monthly graphics :-).

Have a great April, everyone!


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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in books, summary


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2012 in review

20132012 was a good reading year for me, particularly the first half of the year.

Depending on how you count it, I read 156 or 160 books in 2012.  I read 156 distinct books, but I reread some of them, putting my total count at 160.  (That’s not counting books I didn’t finish for whatever reason– there are at least 3 where I made it to the halfway point before abandoning them.)

I went through to pick my top books I read during the year. I came up with a 16 of them I wanted to recognize– a top 10 list and 5 more I didn’t want to leave off :-).

The list is:

  1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  2. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
  3. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
  4. Bury Your Dead/A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
  5. Wonders of the Invisible World by Patricia McKillip
  6. Spy Mom by Beth McMullen
  7. Wallflower in Bloom by Claire Cook
  8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  9. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  10. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  11. Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King
  12. The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel
  13. How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue
  14. The Garden Intrigue by Lauren Willig
  15. How it all Began by Penelope Lively

The books on the list are fairly recently published– 11 from 2012, 4 from 2011, and 1 that I snuck in combined with another book, from 2010.  Only 45 of the books I read were published in 2012, so that’s pretty impressive.  I also read 40 books from 2011, 10 from 2010 and 47 from 2000-20009.  8 were from the 1990s, 3 from the 1980s, and then I had books from 1961, 1953, 1929 and 1595 (Romeo and Juliet).

Of the books on my list, I read 11 of them  before July 2012.  I liked most of the books I read during the year, but not many got past that level in the second half. This indicates that I need to start thinking harder about how I’m picking my books again.   I’ll set that as my first goal going forward to 2013.  I don’t know what form that will take, but I want to read more books I’m going to love, not just like.

My other goal is to get back to writing one review per week.  That won’t be everything– I’m planning to read around 150 books again this year, with an increasing number of them as audiobooks, but it is a number I think I can sustain.

Happy New Year everyone!  May 2013 bring you many books that you love.


Posted by on January 7, 2013 in blogging, books, summary


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December summary

Calendar-decemberI’m working on my look back at 2012, but I wanted to get a quick glance at December.  I really wanted to get in a Christmas mood, so I tried all the holiday related audiobooks I could download from my local library, the sappier the better!  In the reading I did, Robyn Carr wins as master of the genre, with A Virgin River Christmas having the best characters, the best romance, and a darn good sappy story.

Audio Books

  1. Heartsick (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #1) by Chelsea Cain
  2. The Look of Love: A Piper Donovan Mystery (Wedding Cake Mystery #2) by Mary Jane Clark
  3. Let It Be Love (Effingtons #11) by Victoria Alexander
  4. Mrs. Miracle (Angelic Intervention #1) by Debbie Macomber
  5. A Cedar Cove Christmas (Cedar Cove #8.5) by Debbie Macomber
  6. A Christmas Journey (Christmas Stories #1) by Anne Perry
  7. A Virgin River Christmas (Virgin River #4) by Robyn Carr
  8. Blood Rites (The Dresden Files #6) by Jim Butcher
  9. Notorious Nineteen (Stephanie Plum #19) by Janet Evanovich
  10. The Proposal (The Survivors’ Club #1) by Mary Balogh
  11. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Print Books

  1. Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara
  2. Love is Not Constantly Wondering if You Are Making the Biggest Mistake of Your Life by Anonymous

Nook Books

  1. Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie
  2. The Retribution (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #7) by Val McDermid
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Posted by on January 1, 2013 in books, summary


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November update


November is a month for being thankful, and I have a lot to be thankful for– my family, health that may not be perfect, but could  be much worse, a stable life, and lots of time to read. I’m also thankful for on-line friends and kittens I can watch over the Internet.

I did get quite a bit of reading done in November, although perhaps not quite as much as the book count suggests– there are some very short books in there!

I realized one of the reasons that I haven’t been reading as many print books is that I’m getting older, and my eyes are having trouble at times with the print in books.  Getting a second pair of reading glasses, so that one stays in my purse and one stays by my bed, has helped a lot with that.

So, on to the books read:

Paper books

  1. Double-Booked for Death (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery #1) by Ali Brandon
  2. Elegy for Eddie (Maisie Dobbs #9) by Jacqueline Winspear
  3. What the Zhang Boys Know by Clifford Garstang

Nook books

  1. A Novel Way to Die (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery #2) by Ali Brandon
  2. Among the Mad (Maisie Dobbs #6) by Jacqueline Winspear

Audio books

  1. How It All Began by Penelope Lively
  2. The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University by Kevin Roose
  3. Tonight I Said Goodbye (Lincoln Perry #1) by Michael Koryta
  4. Shadow Puppets (Shadow Saga #3) by Orson Scott Card
  5. Black River by Dean Koontz
  6. Son (The Giver Quartet #4) by Lois Lowry
  7. Messenger (The Giver Quartet #3) by Lois Lowry
  8. Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet #2) by Lois Lowry
  9. The Giver (The Giver Quartet #1) by Lois Lowry
  10. Redwood Bend (Virgin River #18) by Robyn Carr
  11. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

This brings my yearly totals to 145 books read: 38 paper books, 23 Nook books, and 84 audio books.  There shouldn’t be a problem reaching to 150 for the year :-).

The best books of the month were Between Shades of Gray and How It All Began, followed by Elegy for Eddie.


Posted by on December 2, 2012 in books, summary


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October Reading

I’m on track for my 150 book goal this year!  My reviews are running a bit behind, but I’m still getting a few out each month.

Print Books

  1. Wonders of the Invisible World by Patricia A. McKillip (review coming soon)
  2. Something Missing by Matthew Dicks
  3. Murder Most Austen (An Elizabeth Parker Mystery #4) by Tracy Kiely

Nook Books

  1. Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio
    (review coming soon)

Audio Books

  1. Heat Rises (Nikki Heat #3) by Richard Castle
  2. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs
  3. Dodger by Terry Pratchett
  4. MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche
  5. Devil’s Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #14) by Joanne Fluke
  6. Murder in the Sentier (Aimee Leduc Investigations #3) by Cara Black
  7. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
  8. Royal Blood (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries #4) by Rhys Bowen
  9. Death Masks (The Dresden Files #5) by Jim Butcher
  10. The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) by Kelley Armstrong

My favorite books of the month were Wonders of the Invisible World and Something Missing.

My total for books read for the year stands at 128 books34 print books, 21 Nook books and 73 Audio books.  I seem to be moving more and more to audio books, as I’m accepting less review books.  I think I enjoy playing computer games and watching the Kitten Cam while reading :-).



Posted by on November 6, 2012 in books, summary


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