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message 1: by Valerie (new)

Valerie My goal is to read 100 books this year. I don't know if I'll make it but I love trying!

Here are my books to date:

1. The Almost Moon - Alice Sebold
2. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
3. Lonely Werewolf Girl - Martin Millar
4. Can You Keep a Secret? - Sophie Kinsella
5. Dragonfly in Amber- Diana Gabaldon
6. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
7. The Shack - William P Young
8. Gilead A Novel - Marilynne Robinson
9. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
10. Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
11. Voyager - Diana Gabaldon
12. The City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau
13. The Undomestic Goddess - Sophie Kinsella
14. Change of Heart - Jodi Picoult
15. City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
16. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben
17. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan - Sophie Kinsella
18. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
19. City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare
20. Nefertiti A Novel - Michelle Moran
21. Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
22. City of Glass - Cassandra Clare
23. Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2) - Richelle Mead
24. Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3) - Richelle Mead
25. The Summoning - Kelley Armstrong


message 2: by Valerie (last edited Aug 18, 2009 08:42PM) (new)

Valerie 26. The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan
27. The Awakening - Kelley Armstrong
28. Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris
29. Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates
30. Evermore - Alyson Noel
31. Living Dead in Dallas - Charlaine Harris
32. The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
33. Wake - Lisa McMann
34. Good in Bed - Jennifer Weiner
35. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Grahame Smith
36. Love Is a Mix Tape Life and Loss, One Song at a Time - Rob Sheffield
37. Club Dead - Charlaine Harris
38. I Capture the Castle - Doddie Smith
39. One for the Money - Janet Evanovich
40. A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray
41. Blue Moon - Alyson Noel
42. Dead to the World - Charlaine Harris
43. The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson
44. Dead as a Doornail - Charlaine Harris
45. The Surrogate A Novel - Judith Henry Wall
46. Rebel Angels - Libba Bray
47. Married In Seattle First Comes Marriage\Wanted Perfect Partner - Debbie Macomber
48. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
49. Homer's Odyssey a Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat - Gwen Cooper
50. Definitely Dead - Charlaine Harris


message 3: by Valerie (new)

Valerie 51. Blue Bloods - Melissa de la Cruz
52. The Opposite of Love - Julie Buxbaum
53. Something Borrowed - Emily Giffin
54. Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr
55. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
56. Evernight - Claudia Gray
57. This Lullaby - Sarah Dessen
58. Two-way Street - Lauren Barnholdt
59. The Sweet Far Thing - Libba Bray
60. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
61. Valeria's Last Stand - Marc Fitten
62. All Together Dead - Charlaine Harris


message 4: by Cindy (new)

Cindy (cyndil62) | 1774 comments What a great list of books Valerie! Good luck with your goal of 100!


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Valerie your list is awesome!


message 6: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Thanks, Cindy and Shelby! I've had a fun summer of reading and I just hope I can keep it up!


message 7: by Rachelle (new)

Rachelle Great books! Are you going to finish the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon?


message 8: by Valerie (new)

Valerie I will definitely finish the Outlander series- Jamie and Claire are too addictive not to! I heard the 4th is one of the best so I'm looking forward to it.


message 9: by Valerie (new)

Valerie 63. From Dead to Worse - Charlaine Harris
64. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Steig Larsson


message 10: by Katie (new)

Katie (katieisallbooked) | 319 comments Wow! You're doing really well!


message 11: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 654 comments Woot Valerie! Are you going to read the sequel to Dragon Tattoo?


message 12: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Tanja wrote: "Woot Valerie! Are you going to read the sequel to Dragon Tattoo?"

Yes! I really liked Lisbeth's character and I can't wait to see what happens next. I've heard good things about it so I think I'll get my hands on this one sooner rather than later.


message 13: by Valerie (new)

Valerie 65. The Shining - Stephen King

Very spooky! I would not recommend reading this alone at night, or even the day for that matter.

66. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane - Katherine Howe

67. Dead and Gone - Charlaine Harris

I can't wait for the next one in the series.


message 14: by Valerie (new)

Valerie 68. The Angel's Game - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

I really liked this one although not as much as The Shadow of the Wind.


message 15: by Cindy (new)

Cindy (cyndil62) | 1774 comments What did you think of The Opposite of Love?? I just added it to my PBS list not too long ago!


message 16: by Carrie (new)

Carrie (missfryer) | 532 comments You are doing great, Valerie!!


message 17: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Cindy wrote: "What did you think of The Opposite of Love?? I just added it to my PBS list not too long ago!"

I really enjoyed it. It started a little slow but by the end I was in love. I'd highly recommend it!


message 18: by Valerie (new)

Valerie 69. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Really loved this one!

70. Something Blue - Emily Giffin

71. Tara Road - Maeve Binchy
It took me a while to get through it but at the end, I was glad I read it.


message 19: by Jennifer W (new)

Jennifer W | 2175 comments I just put Catching Fire on hold at the library. :) I'm 9th in line for it, though. :(

You're almost to your goal! I'm sure you'll make it.


message 20: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Jennifer W wrote: "I just put Catching Fire on hold at the library. :) I'm 9th in line for it, though. :(

You're almost to your goal! I'm sure you'll make it."


It's a quick read, so hopefully you get it soon!


message 21: by Valerie (new)

Valerie 72. Firefly Lane - Kristin Hannah
This one took me by surprise; I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. Nor did I expect to cry at the end. Loved it!

73. The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
Another one that I really loved. Thought it was beautiful and moving.


message 22: by Mandy Sue (new)

Mandy Sue (mettakaruna) | 811 comments Firefly Lane is one of my favorite books!


message 23: by Debbie (new)

Debbie | 415 comments Firefly Lane is one of my favorite books, too!


message 24: by Holli (new)

Holli I loved Firefly Lane too!!


message 25: by Valerie (new)

Valerie I am finally getting back to normal after moving recently to Virginia near DC and I am excited to be able to have some more time for reading again. Here's what I was able to read right before and during our move:

74.Bloodsucking Fiends - Christopher Moore
Funny but i wanted it to be funnier.

75.The Bright Forever A Novel - Lee Martin

76.Wizard's First Rule - Terry Goodkind
I don't usually read fantasy books but gave this a try and ended up pleasantly surprised.

77.Twenties Girl A Novel - Sophie Kinsella
I think Kinsella's book are always great for a quick, fun read and this didn't disappoint.

78.The Thief - Megan Whalen Turner
I really loved the main character in this book.

79.The Divorce Party A Novel - Laura Dave

80.Daughter of the Forest - Juliet Marillier
An easy 5 star read- loved it!

Now I'm off to read some more while the hubby is watching sports!


message 26: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 654 comments Daughter of the Forest is GOOD :) Have it on my bookshelf :)


message 27: by Cindy (new)

Cindy (cyndil62) | 1774 comments I've had that one on my TBR list for too long! Will have to move it up on my list!


message 28: by Valerie (new)

Valerie You won't regret it! It was sooooo good!


message 29: by Valerie (new)

Valerie 81. Masquerade - Melissa de la Cruz

82. Revelations - Melissa de la Cruz

What can I say, I'm a sucker for vampire books. These aren't the greatest in the world but at least they're quick reads.

83. Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer

This book made me want to get an emergency plan together for my family in case a natural disaster ever affected us.

84. Intertwined - Gena Showalter

85. The Queen of Attolia - Megan Whalen Turner


message 30: by Valerie (new)

Valerie 86. Drums of Autumn - Diana Gabaldon

There's just something about this series that gets me hook, line and sinker. Wishing my husband had a Scottish accent now. :)


message 31: by Valerie (new)

Valerie 87. The Girl Who Played with Fire - Steig Larsson
This one was hard to put down! A really good follow-up to the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

88. Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld
I really liked the illustrations in the this book. And the story was excellent as well. :)


message 32: by Cindy (new)

Cindy (cyndil62) | 1774 comments Glad to see you enjoyed The Girl Who Played With Fire! I still have to read the first one!


message 33: by Valerie (new)

Valerie 89. Graceling - Kristin Cashore
This was a fun read and I enjoyed it a lot.

90. The Van Alen Legacy - Melissa de la Cruz
This was a waste of time, in my opinion.

91. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer
I really loved this one from the moment I started it. It was such an enchanting story!



message 34: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 654 comments Almost there Valerie!! 9 more to go!! Are you going to make it for the year?

I'm glad you enjoyed Guernsey! I was surprised at how much I liked the book. I do like how it was structured in letter format.

I have Graceling on my TBR. Been hearing good things about it!


message 35: by Valerie (new)

Valerie 92. If I Stay - Gayle Forman
I got quite weepy through this one. I'd definitely recommend it.

93. A Touch of Dead - Charlaine Harris
Fun but I'm glad I didn't shell out money for this book.

94. The Lace Makers of Glenmara - Heather Barbieri

95. Ice- Sarah Beth Durst
Slightly odd and I didn't connect with this one.

96. Moonlight - Rachel Hawthorne
Meh. This was a waste of time.

97. Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick
I've seen a lot of hype around this book and I liked it but it didn't blow my socks off.

98. Fade - Lisa McMann
A really fresh YA series- no vampires, werewolves or fairies involved!

99. Shadowland - Alyson Noel

100. Son of the Shadows- Juliet Marillier
A great follow-up to Daughter of the Forest! Really enjoyed it.

I just barely made my goal of 100 with about a day to spare! Phew! Now I'm ready to begin the new year and find some great new books.


message 36: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Tanja wrote: "Almost there Valerie!! 9 more to go!! Are you going to make it for the year?

I'm glad you enjoyed Guernsey! I was surprised at how much I liked the book. I do like how it was structured in lette..."


I really fell in love with the characters in Guernsey- I wish they were real!

Graceling was really interesting and I plan on picking up her other book, Fire, soon.

Here's the hoping that the New Year brings you lots of great reads!


message 37: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 654 comments And you, too! I like snooping off your 100 book reads. It gives me ideas for future reads!

And I concur about Guernsey. I wish I could find such a community :)


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