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*Retired* 2008 Lists > Bookreadera's 50 in 2008

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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Well, that's a book completed per week, which will hopefully give me the push that I need to work through my Mt. TBR before I'm buried under a bookslide. I'll hopefully finish the first today.


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments I finished book #1 "Foul Play" by Tori Carrington.


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Last night I read book #2, "The Lost Duke of Wyndham" by Julia Quinn.


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments I've finally finished "Island of the Sequined Love Nun" by Christopher Moore. That's #3.


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments # 4 is "The Silver Needle Murder" by Laura Childs.


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #5 is "Magician: Apprentice" by Ray Feist. Normally, I wouldn't count a book that I re-read but as I haven't read this since it was first released in 1982, I think it qualifies.

Book #6 is "French Lessons: Adventures with a Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew" by Peter Mayle. I've come to Mayle only recently and I'm enjoying his non-fiction enough to add them to my person library. Next up from him will be "A Good Year" so I shall see if I enjoy his fiction as well.


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #7 is "Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur" by Halima Bashir. The most moving memoir I've ever read. It goes on sale 9/9/08. Pick up a copy.

Book #8 is "My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq" by Ariel Sabar. Good, solid family biography more than memoir.

Book #9 is "The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine" by Somaly Mam. She's a wonderful person doing admirable work. Her memoir isn't one of them. It would be a great story if it were better told.


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #10 is "Fearless Fourteen" by Janet Evanovich. It's good, not as good as some of the others but I still laughed out loud. It seems like Plum-lite, less Ranger, less Grandma Mazur, less romance, less action...


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #11 is "A Dog's Life" by Peter Mayle. Nice, light, entertaining read.


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #12 (which was really #9 but I loathed it so much I've blocked it from my memory) "Wolf at the Table" by Augusten Burroughs.


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #13 is "Magician: Master" by Ray Feist. An all-time favourite.
Book #14 is "Anything Considered" by Peter Mayle. I liked the story but the characters annoyed the crap out of me.


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #15 is "Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind" by Ann B. Ross. I'm still of mixed feelings with this book...maybe I'll read another and then hopefully I'll either like it or not...


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #16 is "Silverthorn" by Ray Feist.


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #17 is "First Among Sequels" by Jasper Fforde. Another great offering from this author (though I do prefer the Nursery Crimes series.)


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #18 is " Living in a Foreign Language: A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Love in Italy" by Michael Tucker. More about love for his wife than anything, a little about food and wine, not much about Italy.


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #19 is "Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg" by James M. McPherson. A very interesting book that discusses how the geography effected the battle.
Book #20 is "The Cloudspotter's Guide: The Science, History, and Folklore of Clouds" by Gavin Pretor-Pinney. The most fun I've had with a reference book in years.


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #21 is "Dead and Berried: A Gray Whale Inn Mystery" by Karen ...(must look up spelling)
Book #22 is "It Happened One Autumn" by Lisa Kleypas


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #22 is "Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways, Book #1)" by Lisa Kleypas
Book #23 is "Walking Meditation" by Thich Nhat Hanh
Book #24 is "Death on a Silver Tray (Beau Brummell Mysteries)" by Rosemary Stevens



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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #25 is "Devil in Winter" by Lisa Kleypas. Not as much fun as the first two in the series, but still good.


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments (Now to try and remember everything I've read in the past 12 days...)
Book #26 "The Edge of Desire" by Stephanie Laurens.
Book #27 "A Little Bit Wicked" by Lisa Kleypas.
Book #28 "The Sharper Your Knife the Less You Cry" by Kathleen Flinn.
Book #29 "The Cactus Eaters" by Dan White.
Book #30 "Fortune Cookie Chronicles" by Jennifer 8 Lee.
Book #31 "Her Last Death" by Susanna Sonnenberg.


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #32 "A Little Bit Wicked" by Victoria Alexander. I was a bit let down by this. I've read a few others by this author and really enjoyed them but this was difficult to finish. I almost quit reading it a number of times, but I kept hoping it would get better, it didn't.


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #33 "A Darkness at Sethanon" by Ray Feist.


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #34 "Jack in the Pulpit" by Cynthia Riggs
Book #35 "Lima Nights" by Marie Arana
Book #36 "The Sky Below" by Stacey D'Erasmo
Book #37 "Entertaining Disasters" by Nancy Spiller


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #38 "What a Lady Wants" by Victoria Alexander (the second in the series and I didn't care for it, maybe it's the series...)
Book #39 "Duchess in Love" by Eloisa James
Book #40 "Mike's Election Guide 2008" (a hoot)


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #41 "Santa Clawed" by Rita Mae Brown


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #42 "Snowball Oranges: One Mallorcan Winter" by Peter Kerr.


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #43 "Moving Targets and Other Stories of Valdemar" by Mercedes Lackey.


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #44 "Buried Bones" by Carolyn Haines


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Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #45 "Hyenas Laughed at Me and Now I Know Why: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure (Travelers' Tales Guides)" by Tim Cahill - not as funny as I expected, but still an interesting read. It was great for killing an hour waiting in the car.



message 30: by Meghan (last edited Dec 17, 2008 04:07PM) (new)

Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #46 "The Autobiography of Santa Claus" by Jeff Guinn - far better than I expected, cozy holiday read.
Book #47 "From A Colonial Garden: Ideas, Decorations, Recipes" by Susan Hight Rountree - interesting, some potential recipes but not much that would be 'new' to anyone familiar with Colonial Williamsburg.



message 31: by Meghan (new)

Meghan (bookreadera) | 32 comments Book #48 "Four to Score" Book #49 "High Five" Book #50 "Hot Six" all by Janet Evanovich and part of the anthology "More Plums in One."

Book #51 "Rest You Merry" by Charlotte MacLeod.


message 32: by Mary Todd (new)

Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments What a great way to get to 50! Hooray, huzzah and terrific job!


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