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Melynna Okay -- my goal for 2009 is to read 100 books. Last year I read 79, so I think this is doable. We'll find out!

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Melynna 1) Sojourn by R. A. Salvatore

I'm totally getting on a Drizzt kick over here.

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Aprile (aprileb) Woo! Good luck!

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Melynna Thanks! Since it's halfway through January and I just finished my second book, so it looks like I might need it. Speaking of the second book --

2) The Crystal Shard by R. A. Salvatore

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Melynna 3) Streams of Silver by R. A. Salvatore

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erin buchanan | 188 comments If I were to read a R.A. Salvatore book, which should I pick up first? I tried to read the first in one of the orc series (The Thousand Orcs (Forgotten Realms: The Hunter's Blades Trilogy, Book 1)) and I couldn't get into it. Everyone seems to love him, so I feel like I'm missing something.

message 7: by Melynna (new)

Melynna erin wrote: "If I were to read a R.A. Salvatore book, which should I pick up first? I tried to read the first in one of the orc series (The Thousand Orcs (Forgotten Realms: The Hunter's Blades Trilogy, Book 1)..."

Well, I started with Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn, which are just about Drizzt starting with his childhood growing up in Menzoberranzan (don't even ask if I spelled that right) and how he comes to be an adventurer on the surface. I really liked them and they made me want to read more, so I picked up The Silver Shard and Streams of Silver. Now I'm on The Halfling's Gem.

As to how I think they should be read: I kinda wished, once I was reading The Silver Shard, that I had started there. That trilogy was written before the ones specifically about Drizzt, and I think it would have worked better that way. It was fine how I did it, too, but I think it was meant to be like, "I like this character and want to know more about him, so now I'll go on to those books about his past." It's like how they're releasing the Wolverine movie now -- it's cooler once you've already met the character. But again, the way I read them didn't ruin anything for me.

And be warned -- while these books have great character development and stories, they can sometimes be too long. For instance, Exile could have easily been half as long. It kinda drove me nuts, but I wanted to know what happened enough to keep reading. It's a weird dichotomy.

I can't say a thing about the orc series, since I haven't read them. All I've read are these 5 1/2.

I hope that's helpful. Let me know what you decide to do and if it works for you!

message 8: by Melynna (last edited Feb 25, 2009 03:52AM) (new)

Melynna Boy, am I behind in posting. Here's what I've read since I last posted:

4) Rumors of War by Dean Hughes
5) Since You Went Away by Dean Hughes
6) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Melynna 7) Far From Home by Dean Hughes

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Melynna Does anyone know why the title of The Hunger Games that I posted turned into a link while it hasn't done that for any others?

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Melynna 8) When We Meet Again by Dean Hughes
9) As Long As I Have You by Dean Hughes
10) Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

I feel hopelessly behind. I'm just crossing my fingers that once I graduate in April I can blow through A LOT of books to make up for lost time.

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Melynna 11) Making Money by Terry Pratchett

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Melynna 12) Thud! by Terry Pratchett
13) The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett

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Melynna 14) The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald
15) The Princess and The Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison

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Melynna 16) Exercising Through Your Pregnancy by James F. Clapp
17) Primetime Pregnancy: The Proven Program for Staying in Shape Before and After Your Baby Is Born by Kathy Kaehler

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Melynna 18) Daughter of The Forest by Juliet Marillier

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Melynna 19) The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery
20) The Lilies Of The Field by William E. Barrett

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Melynna 21) Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

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Melynna 22) Persuasion by Jane Austen
23) Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
24) The Big Book of Crafts by Various
25) The Complete Book of Massage by Clare Maxwell-Hudson
26) Wringer by Jerry Spinelli

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Melynna 27) Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

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Melynna 28) The Pregnancy Book by Dr. Sears
29) The Birth Book by Dr. Sears
30) The Baby Book by Dr. Sears
31) The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson

message 22: by Aprile (new)

Aprile (aprileb) Are you pregnant? :D

message 23: by Melynna (new)

Melynna Yep! I'm due in October with my second. I'm brushing up on things I read the first time and trying to be more informed so I have the birth I want this time around.

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Aprile (aprileb) That's fantastic! Congrats! :D

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Melynna 32) Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
33) Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

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Melynna 34) How to Photograph Your Life by Nick Kelsh
35) How To Photograph Your Baby by Nick Kelsh

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Melynna 36) Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

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Melynna 37) Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
38) All Things Bright And Beautiful by James Herriott
39) Dave Barry Is From Mars And Venus by Dave Barry
40) Harry Potter And The Order of The Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
41) Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
42) Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

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Melynna 43) Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall

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Melynna 44) The Face On The Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

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Melynna 45) Graceling by Kristin Cashore

message 32: by Melynna (last edited Aug 23, 2009 11:04PM) (new)

Melynna Ive decided to just read to whatever I read to. I've really picked up in the last couple of weeks, so it might still be possible, but probably not. I'm certainly not going to blow through books just to read a certain number. I think I'll still keep that as my "goal" and see what happens. Thanks for the interest! I'm due in about 6 weeks!

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Melynna 46) Changing Fate by Elizabeth Waters

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Melynna 47) Born In The USA by Mardsen Wagner
48) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anne Schaffer

(I don't care about spelling today, so these might be wrong.)

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Melynna 49) Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

It looks like I'll make half my goal this year plus a little. Oh, well. I'm just not finding things gripping enough to keep me reading. And I'm pretty busy, but I usually don't let that get in my way.

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Melynna 50) One For The Money by Janet Evanovich

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Melynna 51) How To Photograph Your Family by Nick Kelsh
52) Hypnobirthing by Marie Mongan

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Melynna 53) Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich

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Melynna 54) Three To Get Deadly by Evanovich, Janet
55) Four to Score by Evanovich, Janet
56) Warbreaker by Sanderson, Brandon
57) Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Sanderson, Brandon
58) Mistborn by Sanderson, Brandon

message 40: by Melynna (new)

Melynna Stephanie Plum 5-7. That brings me up to 61. Looks like I'll fall a little short of my goal. :)

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