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message 1: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments My goal is to read at least 80 books this year. Titles to follow:)


message 2: by Megan, Challenges (last edited Dec 29, 2013 07:06PM) (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments 1. The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon - completed April 2013

2. Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson - completed January 2013

3. Fobbit by David Abrams - completed January 2013

4. Soulless by Gail Carriger - completed January 2013

5. Dead Until Dark - completed July 2013

6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - completed January 2013

7. Silent in the Grave by Deanne Raybourn - completed January 2013

8. Truly Madly By Heather Webber - completed January 2013

9. The Upright Piano Player by David Abbott - completed January 2013

10. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - completed January 2013

11. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane - completed January 2013

12. Wait for Me: Memoirs by Deborah Devonshire - completed March 2013

13. Eighteen Acres by Nicole Wallace - completed March 2013

14. A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee - completed March 2013

15. The Train of Small Mercies by David Rowell - completed January 2013

16. Waiting for Appa by Jennifer Kim - completed March 2013

17. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson - completed March 2013

18. Northern Lights by Nora Roberts - completed June 2013

19. The Girl in the Lighthouse by Roxanne Sanford - completed June 2013

20. Capital Girls by Elle Monroe - completed March 2013

21. Age of Desire by Jennie Fields - completed March 2013

22. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - re-read July 2013

23. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko - completed May 2013

24. Black Girl/White Girl by Joyce Carol Oates - completed February 2013

25. Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington by Tricia Goyer - completed March 2013

26. All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins - completed March 2013

27. 1984 by George Orwell - completed August 2013

28. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson - completed May 2013

29. Ape House by Sara Gruen - completed January 2013

30. The First Princess of Wales by Karen Harper - completed February 2013

31. Heartless by Gail Carriger - completed August 2013

32. The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George - completed May 2013

33. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris - completed August 2013

34. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - completed August 2013

35. Timeless by Gail Carriger - completed August 2013

36. Brida by Paulo Coelho - completed August 2013

37. Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama - completed February 2013

38. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris - completed August 2013

39. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris - completed August 2013

40. Mariana by Susanna Kearsley - completed July 2013

41. Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts - completed August 2013

42. Violets of March by Sarah Jio - completed August 2013

43. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris - completed August 2013

44. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris - completed September 2013

45. From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris - completed September 2013

46. The Art of Hearing Heartbreaks by Jan-Phillip Sendker - completed February 2013

47. Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik - completed April 2013

48. The Silver Boat by Luanne Rice - completed August 2013

49. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris - completed September 2013

50. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris - completed September 2013

51. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett - completed May 2013

52. Changeless by Gail Carriger - completed February 2013

53. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris - completed September 2013

54. Blameless by Gail Carriger - completed February 2013

55. The Secret Crown: The Secret Marriage that Forever Changed the Fate of England by Susan Higginbotham

56. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris - completed September 2013

57. What Happened to Sophie Wilder by Christopher Beha - completed August 2013

58. Iron House by John Hart - completed January 2013

59. Color Purple by Alice Walker - completed February 2013

60. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - completed June 2013

61. To Whisper Her Name by Tamera Alexander - completed September 2013

62. In a Treacherous Court by Michelle Diener - completed September 2013

63. Song of Renewal by Emily Sue Harvey - completed September 2013

64. A Secret River by Kate Grenville - completed September 2013

65. Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris - completed September 2013

66. Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris - completed August 2013

67. Matched by Ally Condie - completed April 2013

68. Not What She Seems by Victorine Lieske - completed March 2013

69. Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Cruisie - completed April 2013

70. Final Words from the Cross by Adam Hamilton - completed March 2013

71. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell - completed June 2013

72. Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant - completed August 2013

73. The Princess Bride by William Goldman - completed June 2013

74. Zoo by James Patterson - completed June 2013

75. Private by James Patterson - completed July 2013

76. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger - completed July 2013

77. Wife by Wednesday by Catherine Bybee - completed July 2013

78. Insurgent by Veronica Roth - completed July 2013

79. Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis - completed July 2013

80. Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews - completed July 2013

81. The Colonel's Lady by Laura Frantz - completed October 2013

82. Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card - completed October 2013

83. The Almond Tree by Michelle Corasanti - completed October 2013

84. Villette by Charlotte Bronte - completed October 2013

85. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater - completed October 2013

86. The Traitor's Wife by Susan Higginbotham - completed October 2013

87. Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippmann - completed October 2013

88. Gone by James Patterson - completed October 2013

89. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater - completed October 2013

90. Black Ice by Michael Connelly - completed October 2013

91. North and South by John Jakes - completed November 2013

92. Allegiant by Veronica Roth - completed November 2013

93. Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz - completed November 2013

94. We Band of Angels by Elizabeth Norman - completed November 2013

95. After Dead by Charlaine Harris - completed November 2013

96. Bluebeard's Egg by Margaret Atwood - completed November 2013

97. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg - completed December 2013

98. Summer Desserts by Nora Roberts - completed December 2013

99. The Golem and the Jinni - completed December 2013

100. A Break With Charity by Ann Rinaldi - completed December 2013

101. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver - completed December 2013

102. Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen - completed December 2013

103. Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews - completed December 2013

104. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt - completed December 2013

105. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman - completed December 2013

106. The Innocent by David Baldacci - completed December 2013

106/80 - I HAVE MET MY GOAL!!!!


message 3: by Carrie (new)

Carrie Bivens | 29 comments Pleasantly surprised by Patrick Rothfuss. Not my usual genre but I like his books quite a bit.


message 4: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Carrie wrote: "Pleasantly surprised by Patrick Rothfuss. Not my usual genre but I like his books quite a bit."

Thanks for the info! I'm trying to work through my TBR list and that book has been on there for awhile. Good to know there's some positive feedback.


message 5: by Megan, Challenges (last edited Jan 01, 2013 07:44AM) (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Just finished my first book in 2013 - "The Upright Piano Player" by David Abbott. While I appreciated the writing style, the book was so disjointed that it left me unsatisfied. I have no problem with books that jump back and forth in chronology as long as there is some clue to the reader as to where the pieces fit together. I don't want to have to read two paragraphs to figure out where the section fits in the overall story. I would not mind reading something else by Abbott but would hope that he has worked out his chronological/plot issues. This one I would not recommend. Only two stars


message 6: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Second Book in 2013 - "Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" by Robin Sloan. Quirky, optimistic, and a great blend of the old books and the new digital age! And there's also a great bit of nerd thrown in as well. Definitely worth reading! 4.5 stars


message 7: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Third book in 2013 - "Train of Small Mercies" by David Rowell. Good writing and I enjoyed how the different stories were woven together with the common theme of Kennedy's funeral train. However, there was no real ending, just an end. My review would be 3.5 stars. Worth reading


message 8: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Fourth book in 2013 - "Soulless" by Gail Carriger. While the beginning was very bumpy, the players were not introduced very well, and the writing wasn't the best, the book grew on me. It was an interesting blend of Victorian era, supernatural, and modernism. I liked the characters and the overall story. Worth reading. Four stars


message 9: by Megan, Challenges (last edited Jan 10, 2013 08:09PM) (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Fifth book in 2013 - "Ape House" by Sara Gruen. I really enjoyed this book. Before getting into the many reasons why, let me first say that the book synopsis was awful and didn't do the story any justice! Now, the writing was fantastic, the little twist that is so Sara Gruen was masterfully done, the characters were sympathetic and flawed but nice people, and the apes were adorable. Definitely worth reading! 4 stars


message 10: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Sixth book in 2013 - "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss. This book was entertaining. It felt like a mixture of Eragon and Harry Potter, just a tad darker. While I appreciated the world the author created, the book was long, and I truly hated the dusk-jacket description. Worth reading and good enough that I will read the 2nd book, I'm just not going to rush out and read it now. 4 stars


message 11: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Seventh book in 2013 - "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn. While I appreciate the writing and some of the careful planning and imagination of the author, my overall rating would be 3.5 stars. I didn't find the characters compelling, or even really likeable. I did figure out the twists before they happened, though I give the author props for originality. I feel like the ending was the continuation of a horror story. Overall, worth reading but not my favorite book thus far.


message 12: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Eighth book in 2013 - "Truly Madly" by Heather Webber. Sweet book with a unique storyline. Quick, fun read. Worth reading. 3 stars.


message 13: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Ninth book in 2013 - "Fobbit" by David Abrams. I enjoyed the snark throughout this book, which was the vehicle for relaying not only the mismanagement of the Iraqi War but also the inherent vulnerability of the supposed commanders of the Army. The only reason I gave the book three stars instead of 3.5 is that the ending seemed disjointed for the rest of the book. Worth reading. 3 stars.


message 14: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Tenth book in 2013 - "The Countess Below Stairs" by Eva Ibbotson. Sweet, simple love story. Historically not very accurate and the characters were very simply constructed, but the book was entertaining. Good beach/vacation read. 3 stars.


message 15: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Eleventh book in 2013 - "Iron House" by John Hart. Not a great read. Overally complicated and boring in parts. Not worth reading. 2 stars


message 16: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Twelfth book in 2013 - "Silent in the Grave" by Deanna Raybourn. Really well-written and entertaining novel! I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the story read, but the prose wasn't dumbed down. Overall, quite enjoyable and definitely worth reading! Can't wait to read the 2nd book! 4.5 stars


message 17: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Thirteenth book in 2013 - "Women of the Silk" by Gail Tzukiyama. My rating is actually 3.5 stars. The book was well-done and simply written with good descriptions, however I felt like there was little in the way of character development. There seemed to be a very stoic approach to the story. Well-done but not fabulous.


message 18: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Fourteenth book in 2013 - "Changeless" by Gail Carriger. Light and frothy and fun - exactly the kind of book that I needed to read right now. Little better than the first book and I will definitely continue with the series. Worth reading. 4 stars


message 19: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Fifteenth book in 2013 - "Blameless" by Gail Carriger. Another good book in the series. Again, very light and fun and worth reading! 4 stars.


message 20: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Sixteenth book in 2013 - "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker. Amazing book that challenged me morally and mentally. The book is written in the oral style of it's main character, Celie, so it was a bit difficult to adapt to at first. However, I think Walker was smart in writing in this linguistic style, as it leant authenticity to the narrative. I was shocked at the terrible occurrences that were seemingly commonplace in the novel but was continuously reminded that, unfortunately, these events still occur today in our modern society. Definitely worth reading. 4.5 stars.


message 21: by Jack (new)

Jack (jack_) Yes, you're doing great!


message 22: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Seventeenth book in 2013 - "Black Girl White Girl" by Joyce Carol Oates. While the author raised some interesting issues and had an interesting twist, it was buried under pretention. The characters were not likeable, and the author's overwhelming message was pushed so forcefully as to curb the reader's enthusiasm for the stated purpose of the book - to determine how Minette died. My rating is 2.5 stars and I do not recommend.


message 23: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Eighteenth book in 2013 - "The art of Hearing Heartbeats" by Jan-Philipp Sendker. I appreciated this book for the concepts it contained and it's different view of the world. The writing was good and discussed a part of the world with which I am unfamiliar. However, I did feel like it dragged in certain parts. I have a feeling I will be thinking about this book for several days. Overall, well done and recommend. 4 stars.


message 24: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Nineteenth book in 2013 - "The First Princess of Wales" by Karen Harper. I enjoyed the book and was tugged into the revolving court and intrigues. I did feel like editing would have helped, particularly at the end, to streamline the narrative. Overall, entertaining and worth reading! 4 stars.


message 25: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Twentieth book in 2013 - The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields. My rating for this book would actually be 3.5 stars. I had an almost visceral reaction to the book, which surprised me. I got about halfway through and didn't want to pick it up again for several days. The story revolves around Edith Wharton, trapped in a loveless marriage and conformity to society, she is faced with the choice of taking a lover and opening herself up to heartache pain and passion or of remaining in the dark but in control of her faculties. I think my objection to the book was maybe what contained it's power, showing a powerful, independent woman losing it over love. Writing is good but not great. Worth reading


message 26: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Twenty-first book in 2013 - Wait for Me!: Memoirs by Deborah Mitford, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire. While I appreciate the Dowager Duchess' efforts to present the details of her life without pomp or circumstance, the memoir was presented in a rather haphazard fashion that made it difficult to keep times, places, and events in order. The best passages of the book involved the war and her accounts of traveling with her husband on state business. Made me want to watch Downton Abbey all over again. Worth reading for anglophiles. 3 stars


message 27: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Twenty-second book in 2013 - Eighteen Acres: A Novel by Nicolle Wallace. I was really surprised and impressed by this book. As a West wing junkie and die-hard Dem, I did not expect to appreciate the book of Bush's former press secretary, but it's well-written, well-thought out, and while focused on politics, does not delve much into the partisan side of the political realm. Very entertaining and worth reading! 4 stars


message 28: by Kara (new)

Kara (karaayako) | 3978 comments I might need to check out Eighteen Acres.


message 29: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Twenty-third book in 2013 - A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee. Well-written, very quick read. Entertaining concept and definitely worth reading! 4 stars


message 30: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Twenty-fourth book in 2013 - Waiting for Appa by Jennifer Kim. This book had the basis of a good read. Different culture, girl growing up without a beloved parent, trying to live out her parents' dreams, and twist at the end. However, I felt like I couldn't delve beyond the surface of the story to actually feel and care about the characters. Not sure if that was the writing or just my interactions with the book. Worth reading. 3.5 stars


message 31: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Twenty-fifth book in 2013 - In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson. Great read!!! I typically have difficulty with the rather dry writing in most non-fiction, but not in this book. Larson does an admirable job of weaving stories with facts to produce a very readable book. The subject matter was chilling but fascinating! 4.5 stars. Definitely worth reading!


message 32: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Twenty-sixth book in 2013 - Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington by Tricia Goyer. Not my favorite read. The concept was good, but the writing was awful and peppered with so much 40's slang as to be laughable. I've watched movies from that time period - people didn't talk like that! Good message but lost in a sea of confusion. Not worth reading. 2 stars


message 33: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Twenty-seventh book in 2013 - Not What She Seems by Victorine Lieske. Surprisingly good! I got this book on sale at Amazon and didn't expect a whole lot but was very satisfied with this read. Decent writing (not great) but good plot, story, and character development. Good twists and turns. Definitely worth reading! 4 stars.


message 34: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Twenty-eighth book in 2013 - Capital Girls by Ella Monroe. Not my favorite read and honestly, thought about stopping halfway through (something I haven't done in years!). Just couldn't see the point of continuing to read about a bunch of pampered, spoiled rich girls. Didn't even like any of the four main characters. Not worth reading and I will not continue the series! 1 star


message 35: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Twenty-ninth book in 2013 - All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins. Sweet, simple, brain candy with surprisingly good writing, good characters, and good plot development! Definitely worth reading! 4 stars


message 36: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Thirtieth book in 2013 - Matched by Ally Condie. While I enjoyed the book for entertainment value, the story seemed to be a cobled mish-mash of better-written dystopian novels. Some editing of the pervasive teenage angst would have been beneficial. I will still read the next book the series, and the book is worth reading for entertainment. 3.5 stars


message 37: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Thirty-first book in 2013 - The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Cruisie. Sweet little bit of brain candy - exactly what I needed in an impulse borrow from the library. Great for the beach! 3.5 stars


message 38: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Thirty-second book in 2013 - Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik. Really great read! Reminds me of hanging out with my best friends, and I just hope that I remain friends with them as long as the characters in the book. Definitely worth reading! 4.5 stars


message 39: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Thirty-third book in 2013 - Final Words: From the Cross by Adam Hamilton. Had to read this book for my online bible study. Overly simplistic with glaring historical errors in the fictionalized accounts. Not my favorite Christian devotional book. 2 stars


message 40: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Thirty-fourth book in 2013 - The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon. Good addition to the series! While the author can sometimes be too descriptive, she can also skip over some important bits. Overall, worth reading! 4 stars


message 41: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Thirty-fifth book in 2013 - Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. Really interesting - focuses on the life of a female slave during the revolutionary war. Overall, well done but the ending was disappointing. It just ended without wrapping up. Worth reading! 3.5 stars


message 42: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Thirty-sixth book in 2013 - The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers by Margaret George. This book is well-written and planned. The notes by his fool are necessary editorial notes that help to enlighten and authenticate the "autobiography". It's so well-done that it could really have been written by Henry. Definitely worth reading! 4 stars


message 43: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Thirty-seventh book in 2013 - The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Really well-done and while long, the story kept me engaged throughout the majority of the book. Took me about 10% to really get into the story and there was a bit of repetition at the end, but overall, really well done. 4.5 stars and definitely worth reading!


message 44: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Thirty-eighth book in 2013 - Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko. I enjoyed this book and it's good for ages 12 and up. 3.5 stars. Quick read but not dumbed down for kids. References the history of growing up on Alcatraz in 1935 but not so mired down in the history that it might lose kids. I'm going to read the next one in the series. Worth reading!


message 45: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Thirty-ninth book in 2013 - Northern Lights by Nora Roberts. Entertaining, romance suspense read with good information about the bush in Alaska. Worth reading and really liked the narrator on the audiobook. 4 stars


message 46: by Adriana (new)

Adriana | 3888 comments Megan wrote: "Thirty-ninth book in 2013 - Northern Lights by Nora Roberts. Entertaining, romance suspense read with good information about the bush in Alaska. Worth reading and really liked the narrator on the..."

Ooh! My mother might like this one. Happy you enjoyed it (:


message 47: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Fortieth book in 2013 (and 20 days ahead of schedule!) - Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. I did not expect much from this book and was truly impressed after I figured out how the book was formatted and the concept. I am so glad that I read this as part of a book group - reading others' interactions with the material helped encourage me along. One of the most impressive aspects of the book is how Mitchell was able to write in the style of each time period he was highlighting - that was truly impressive. Definitely worth reading! 4 stars


message 48: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Forty-first book in 2013 - Zoo by James Patterson. I think this book would have been a different experience if I had read it over listening to it. I really liked the audiobook - the narrator gave a great performance! The ending was kind of a dud; almost like the authors couldn't fathom the future, so they went for option 2. Worth listening to - great car read! 3.5 stars


message 49: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Forty-second book in 2013 - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. 3.5 stars. I think I was reading this book in the wrong mindset, too much was going on in my real life, at least I hope that was the problem. I found the language superfluous but the story was interesting.


message 50: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6685 comments Forty-third book in 2013 - The Princess Bride by William Goldman. This book surprised me, mostly because I didn't expect the author to pretend it was based on a history and that he was abridging a classic novel. After I figured that out, the humor of the entire book was great. I did not particularly care for all of the information regarding the author's family, mostly because if they were real, I feel bad for them. Definitely worth reading. 4 out of 5 stars


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