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Title: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Hell Toupee on December 31, 2009, 02:13:59 PM
Pretend the ninja is prepping for the new year...  :ninja:
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 01, 2010, 09:44:40 AM
1 • Lou Manfredo - Rizzo's War
Look if David Simon, one of the writers of the finest TV drama EVAH (The Wire), is going to recommend a police investigation novel by a new author, then I am going to read it. Manfredo has a good way with words and paints a very realistic picture of New York cops doing battle with thugs, corrupt politicians and their own definition of the law. Nice debut.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Rafe on January 01, 2010, 10:21:14 PM
R.J. Ellroy - A Simple Act of Violence

Very good indeed.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: MissKitty on January 02, 2010, 10:38:28 PM
1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich

Currently reading:
2. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on January 02, 2010, 10:41:59 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Rafe on January 08, 2010, 12:19:32 PM
1. R.J. Ellory - A Simple Act of Violence

2. James Lee Burke - Rain Gods

I will be extremely sad when the time comes that this guy won't pen any more novels. Fantastic book, as ever.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on January 08, 2010, 01:10:53 PM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on January 08, 2010, 08:57:41 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson  (this was interesting because it's about a ship called the Titan, the largest luxury ship at it's time that hits an iceberg and sinks...but it was written in 1898)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on January 11, 2010, 02:49:36 PM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 11, 2010, 04:49:37 PM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn

God save me if I ever have to ask that question.  Ha!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on January 12, 2010, 10:14:14 AM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn

God save me if I ever have to ask that question.  Ha!
Exactly! But, she handles it well.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Rafe on January 12, 2010, 07:14:04 PM
1. R.J. Ellory - A Simple Act of Violence
2. James Lee Burke - Rain Gods

3. Michael Harvey - The Chicago Way

He's no Dashiel Hammett, but it was pretty decent train-fodder. Some nice attitude and a few decent one-liners. The perfect kind of book, cerebrally, to be reading at 6:20 in the morning on the trip to work.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 15, 2010, 10:01:12 AM
1 • Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
I think Brown must've written this book in association with the Washington DC tourist board as there's much you read that makes you go "Hmmmn... I'd like to see that" in this tale of evil-doing spread across the nation's capital. I was 'on board' for most of this roller-coaster ride, at least until such time as he derailed it with a plot-twist so ludicrous almost everybody fell off. Then it limped to a conclusion - with help from one of Brown's signature 'helicopter denouments' - and I realised I had been 'duped' again.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Rafe on January 15, 2010, 03:11:32 PM
1. R.J. Ellory - A Simple Act of Violence
2. James Lee Burke - Rain Gods
3. Michael Harvey - The Chicago Way

4. Alison Rattle & Allison Vale - Remember The Alamo?

Blurb on the back: "...covers every major event in America's history,...without the boring bits". Decent commode-reading fare.

5. Jo Nesbø - The Redbreast

A cracking read. Extremely classy crime thriller set in both modern day Oslo and the Eastern Front of the early 40's.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on January 16, 2010, 04:22:20 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on January 17, 2010, 09:41:38 AM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2010, 10:59:12 PM
1. John Updike - rabbit, run
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Rafe on January 20, 2010, 04:04:09 PM
1. R.J. Ellory - A Simple Act of Violence
2. James Lee Burke - Rain Gods
3. Michael Harvey - The Chicago Way
4. Alison Rattle & Allison Vale - Remember The Alamo?
5. Jo Nesbø - The Redbreast

6. Kahlil Gibran - The Prophet

A re-read of an old favourite.

7. Jo Nesbø - The Redeemer

Like the one I read of his a few days ago, another intelligently written, top notch crime thriller-type book.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on January 23, 2010, 12:42:15 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on January 25, 2010, 01:45:29 PM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on January 25, 2010, 01:48:01 PM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 25, 2010, 02:26:32 PM
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1 • Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
adding
2 • Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
Dave Thompson has here penned a VERY honest account of what 'punk' was really like during its formative years. Two years when the UK was going through vast social upheaval and where a 'destructive' new style of music almost seemed destined to happen. Thompson paints himself  as a relatively naive teenager who often bunked off school to see concerts, becoming more and more fascinated with music. His life changes when he sees Patti Smith on The Old Grey Whistle Test TV Show. What then follows represents a unique 'punk primer' written in a style that fails to be as po-faced and boringly 'intense' as other books on the same subject. Thompson talks in a memoir style and even manages to acknowledge the influence of Jamaican reggae on punk, discussing seeing Bob Marley as much as he does The Ramones. As someone who was a teenager myself at the time - albeit one who was working for Virgin Records - I could totally identify with almost everything he is talking about here... the musical excitement, the social fear, the anticipation, the long hot summer of '76 and the whole Queen's Silver Jubilee fuss and nonsense. Maybe I am biaised in that respect but this was a GREAT read and I really can't recommend it enough.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: kcneon on January 27, 2010, 11:50:14 AM
Sounds like an awesome read, CR!

1. Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail - Christopher Dawes (just had to re-read to kick off 2010!)
2. We'll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives - Paul Shaffer (audio book)

Was a little frustrating in parts due to the way he bounces from decade to decade sometimes, but he usually made his point by the end of a chapter.  I grew up watching Second City and SNL from the start so it was fun to learn how Paul got in with all those whacky characters.  Nice insight into music and pop culture from the inside as told by someone who witnessed it like a fan.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on January 28, 2010, 10:20:30 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 28, 2010, 10:46:08 PM
Let's see if I can actually do this in 2010.

1. Let Sleeping Rogues Lie - Sabrina Jeffires
2. Don't Bargain with the Devil - Sabrina Jeffries
3. Wed Him Before You Bed Him - Sabrina Jeffries
4. Eleanor, Ellatony, Ellencake, and me - C.M. Rubin
5. Bones of Betrayal - Jefferson Bass
6. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
7. 206 Bones - Kathy Reichs
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on January 29, 2010, 01:55:43 PM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: MissKitty on January 29, 2010, 06:26:18 PM
1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
STILL reading:
3. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: scuba on January 30, 2010, 01:13:57 PM
1. Beautiful Boy - David Sheff
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: MissKitty on January 31, 2010, 09:37:02 AM
1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3. Thank You for Not Smoking - Arlo Flinn
STILL reading:
4. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on February 02, 2010, 06:17:31 PM
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1 • Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
2 • Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
adding
3 • David Gilmour - The Film Club - A Memoir
Broadcaster David Gilmour offers up a short memoir of how he 'educated' his drop-out son via the medium of classic movies. What starts off as a three times a week film treat soon transforms into much heavier father/son subjects like girlfriends, drugs and the meaning of life. A nice read but almost instantly forgettable.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on February 03, 2010, 12:30:03 AM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: MissKitty on February 03, 2010, 09:06:17 AM
1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3. Thank You for Not Smoking - Arlo Flinn
Finally finished:
4. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
Currently reading:
5. London's Burning: The Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk 1976-1977 - Dave Thompson
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: scuba on February 04, 2010, 10:53:06 AM
1) Beautiful Boy - David Sheff
2) Proust was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: MissKitty on February 04, 2010, 11:12:05 AM
1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3. Thank You for Not Smoking - Arlo Flinn
4. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
Adding:
5. London's Burning: The Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk 1976-1977 - Dave Thompson

Currently reading:
6. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on February 04, 2010, 12:52:45 PM

1. John Updike - rabbit, run
2. Sadia Shepard - The Girl From Foreign


My mom gave me this b/c she'd just finished it and I was going to India, but she sort of laughed and assumed I wouldn't like it. I picked it up after I got back, right after I'd finished that Updike book, and I CRUISED through the beginning just b/c her writing style was so much more pleasant than Updikes. Then, I realized I kinda liked it and finished it pretty quickly. It was about a girl finding herself as she searched for clues about Judaism in India, considering she was raised as part Christian, part Muslim, and barely part Jewish. An odd mix. I wished there was some more resolution at the end, and maybe an epilogue, but otherwise it was pretty good non-fiction.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on February 05, 2010, 10:47:50 AM
Quote
1 • Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
2 • Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
3 • David Gilmour - The Film Club - A Memoir
adding
4 • Arlo Flinn - Thank You for not Smoking
Writing under a pseudonym, an old school friend of mine finally gets published! It's a tale about a father's dying request to his son that he should quit smoking. A request which somehow turns into a drug & alcohol-fuelled orgy of vast - and violent - proportions. A quick read, and entertaining enough, but I personally felt 'Flinn' wrote it with one eye on a screenplay adaptation or a TV drama's script, rather than a stand-alone novel. But as first publications go, it's a bloody good start!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Hell Toupee on February 05, 2010, 05:59:38 PM
1. The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
2. Superfreakonomics - Levitt and Dubner

Just got a Kindle and hopefully I can start picking stuff up as I go, and this time, finish them.  ::) :P
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on February 06, 2010, 11:58:44 PM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on February 08, 2010, 08:23:33 AM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on February 09, 2010, 09:19:36 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on February 09, 2010, 10:22:55 PM
Let's see if I can actually do this in 2010.

1. Let Sleeping Rogues Lie by Sabrina Jeffires
2. Don't Bargain with the Devil by Sabrina Jeffries
3. Wed Him Before You Bed Him by Sabrina Jeffries
4. Eleanor, Ellatony, Ellencake, and me by C.M. Rubin
5. Bones of Betrayal by Jefferson Bass
6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
7. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
8. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown - I think he watched National Treasure (I & II) while writing this book.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: scuba on February 11, 2010, 05:17:44 PM
1) Beautiful Boy - David Sheff
2) Proust was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer
3) The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on February 11, 2010, 08:52:29 PM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on February 13, 2010, 11:12:56 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on February 16, 2010, 08:29:42 AM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on February 18, 2010, 09:19:30 PM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
8. Devil's Claw- J.A. Jance. I liked this one.  Nicely paced.  I think it's from the middle of a series of books about this particular sheriff, and I think I've read another in the series. 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: kcneon on February 19, 2010, 12:21:13 PM
Sounds like an awesome read, CR!

1. Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail - Christopher Dawes (just had to re-read to kick off 2010!)
2. We'll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives - Paul Shaffer (audio book)
3. State of the Union - Brad Thor
4. The Last Jihad - Joel Rosenberg
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Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on February 19, 2010, 04:40:55 PM
Quote
1 • Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
2 • Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
3 • David Gilmour - The Film Club - A Memoir
4 • Arlo Flinn - Thank You for not Smoking
adding
5 • John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
choose your review.....
I was gifted this book for my birthday by a close friend. I thought I had read it before but, once I started it, I soon came to realise I had not. Its subject matter is grim - a family trying desperately to survive the Great Depression - but the images and narrative Steinbeck offers us are often - and obliquely - positive. On the surface it's about how people manage to overcome adversity to survive. It's underlying tale though is one of neglect, greed and corruption by US government and big business (long before the word 'corporate' was invented) and how the financial institutions we came to rely on cannot be trusted one little bit. It's astonishing to consider that, 80 years later, nothing has really changed... only the levels of expectation. The 'little man' (represented in the novel by the Joad family) remains persecuted and down-trodden (and still without basic rights like healthcare and social support) whilst the wealthy take advantage wherever and whenever they can, everything continuing to highlight the failure of the U.S. capitalist system. I now realise that this book is a classic in every sense of the word. I plan to watch the John Ford-directed movie adaptation (starring Henry Fonda) - which I have seen before, but years and years ago - to see how it shapes up against this literary epic.
...OR...
Culminates in a lucky bloke getting offered some titty milk
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Rafe on February 23, 2010, 05:04:19 PM
1. R.J. Ellory - A Simple Act of Violence
2. James Lee Burke - Rain Gods
3. Michael Harvey - The Chicago Way
4. Alison Rattle & Allison Vale - Remember The Alamo?
5. Jo Nesbø - The Redbreast
6. Kahlil Gibran - The Prophet
7. Jo Nesbø - The Redeemer

8. China Mieville - The City and the City

Odd. A little bit Aldous Huxley, a little bit George Orwell, a little bit Simenon. Very clever idea that I really enjoyed.

9. Jo Nesbø - The Devil's Star

Fucking Brilliant

10. Stieg Larsson - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Finally getting around to reading this trilogy due to the suggestions made by a couple of my mates in Germany. I'm glad I listen to those buggers once in awhile, because this and the next one are absolutely top class.

11. Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Played with Fire

Same
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on February 24, 2010, 12:39:14 AM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on February 24, 2010, 08:47:01 PM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
8. Devil's Claw- J.A. Jance. I liked this one.  Nicely paced.  I think it's from the middle of a series of books about this particular sheriff, and I think I've read another in the series. 
The Dandelion Killer- Wanda Luttrell.  Thought from the title and the creepy dandelion dripping blood on the cover that this would be a really cool thriller book.  Yeah, I missed the tiny phrase "Fiction for the mind AND soul" on the back cover.  It was a churchy thriller.  Like the bad guys **spoiler alert** were these new age people.  No, seriously.  AAAAAAAHHHHHH, Transcendential Meditation!!!!!  Crystals!!!!  Holistic health!!!! 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on March 04, 2010, 02:47:58 PM
Quote
1 • Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
2 • Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
3 • David Gilmour - The Film Club - A Memoir
4 • Arlo Flinn - Thank You for not Smoking
5 • John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
adding
6 • John Heilemann & Mark Halperin - Game Change
Inside skinny on the build-up to the 2008 Presidential election from two of the country's leading political reporters. Fascinating read from start to finish. Obama comes across as quietly confident, almost arrogantly cocky, and McCain displays himself as a grumpy old man... which is pretty much what he was. Hillary seems drawn as an uncertain - but genuinely patriotic - woman whose simply unlucky to be married to an ex-President, whilst Palin is shown to be a somewhat self-centered, mentally unstable and uneducated diva far better suited to lording it over the local PTA rather than helping to - in any way - govern the USA. This book was as enjoyable as I imagined it might be and is recommended reading.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on March 04, 2010, 05:26:59 PM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
8. Devil's Claw- J.A. Jance. I liked this one.  Nicely paced.  I think it's from the middle of a series of books about this particular sheriff, and I think I've read another in the series. 
The Dandelion Killer- Wanda Luttrell.  Thought from the title and the creepy dandelion dripping blood on the cover that this would be a really cool thriller book.  Yeah, I missed the tiny phrase "Fiction for the mind AND soul" on the back cover.  It was a churchy thriller.  Like the bad guys **spoiler alert** were these new age people.  No, seriously.  AAAAAAAHHHHHH, Transcendential Meditation!!!!!  Crystals!!!!  Holistic health!!!! 
9. Heartbreaker- Julie Garwood.  Really good thriller.  Really fast paced, quick read.  I finished it early, so now I don't have a book to read for today.  I'm stuck reading Better Homes & Gardens. 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on March 05, 2010, 11:13:17 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
36.  Last Song--Nicholas Sparks
37.  Making Rounds with Oscar:  the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat--David Dosa
38.  Tangled--Carolyn Mackler
39.  Sweet, Hereafter--Angela Johnson
40.  Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: MissKitty on March 06, 2010, 11:02:44 PM
1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3. Thank You for Not Smoking - Arlo Flinn
4. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
5. London's Burning: The Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk 1976-1977 - Dave Thompson

Adding:
6. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor

Currently reading:
7. Operation Overlord - Max Hastings
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on March 12, 2010, 11:43:11 AM
Quote
1 • Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
2 • Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
3 • David Gilmour - The Film Club - A Memoir
4 • Arlo Flinn - Thank You for not Smoking
5 • John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
6 • John Heilemann & Mark Halperin - Game Change
adding
7 • David Dosa M.D.- Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
A lovely little true tale about a special cat who lives in an old people's home and who has a knack for seeking out and comforting the residents about to die, as well as their relatives. It gives a physicians viewpoint on the elderly who suffer from dimentia and how Oscar, a little black and white cat, altered his perception of what 'caring' should entail. A nice heartwarming read.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: scuba on March 13, 2010, 02:31:45 PM
1) Beautiful Boy - David Sheff
2) Proust was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer
3) The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle

4) How We Decide - Jonah Lehrer
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on March 13, 2010, 03:00:57 PM
1. Let Sleeping Rogues Lie by Sabrina Jeffires
2. Don't Bargain with the Devil by Sabrina Jeffries
3. Wed Him Before You Bed Him by Sabrina Jeffries
4. Eleanor, Ellatony, Ellencake, and me by C.M. Rubin
5. Bones of Betrayal by Jefferson Bass
6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
7. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
8. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
9. Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery by Stephanie Barron
10. Death at Bishop's Keep: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
11. Ellie: The Perfect Dress for Me by C.M. Rubin
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on March 13, 2010, 04:39:59 PM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
8. Devil's Claw- J.A. Jance. I liked this one.  Nicely paced.  I think it's from the middle of a series of books about this particular sheriff, and I think I've read another in the series. 
The Dandelion Killer- Wanda Luttrell.  Thought from the title and the creepy dandelion dripping blood on the cover that this would be a really cool thriller book.  Yeah, I missed the tiny phrase "Fiction for the mind AND soul" on the back cover.  It was a churchy thriller.  Like the bad guys **spoiler alert** were these new age people.  No, seriously.  AAAAAAAHHHHHH, Transcendential Meditation!!!!!  Crystals!!!!  Holistic health!!!! 
9. Heartbreaker- Julie Garwood.  Really good thriller.  Really fast paced, quick read.  I finished it early, so now I don't have a book to read for today.  I'm stuck reading Better Homes & Gardens. 
10. Sacred- Dennis LaHane.  REALLY engaging.  Liked this one a lot. 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: scuba on March 17, 2010, 09:09:18 AM
1) Beautiful Boy - David Sheff
2) Proust was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer
3) The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
4) How We Decide - Jonah Lehrer

5) World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: kcneon on March 17, 2010, 05:55:51 PM

5) World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
How did you like this?  I've been tempted to buy it.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: scuba on March 17, 2010, 08:15:28 PM

5) World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
How did you like this?  I've been tempted to buy it.

Absolutely loved it...I was at a Barnes & Noble to pick up something else and saw it laying on a table and it intrigued me.  I remember reading a brief review or some blurb about it but couldn't remember any specifics so I made an impulse buy.  I don't read a lot of fiction but once I started I got hooked and bombed through it in three days.  It's written as a bunch of first person accounts as told to UN investigator and has an attention to detail that makes it come across like top rate historical non-fiction.  Think In Cold Blood except in reverse, it takes a fictional premise and through it's structure, it has a weight and impact as though the events it described really happen.  The "Zombie War" is a global event so it moves through a lot of different places and introduces numerous characters but you never feel lost, everything stays tied together.  Like I said I don't read a lot of fiction, but this instantly became one of my favorites, definitely worth your time...interesting piece of trivia, Max Brooks is the son of Mel Brooks.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: kcneon on March 18, 2010, 03:15:47 PM
That seals the deal for me, scuba.  Looking forward to getting it.  And I had no idea about the author's connection!


1. Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail - Christopher Dawes
2. We'll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives - Paul Shaffer (audio book)
3. State of the Union - Brad Thor
4. The Last Jihad - Joel Rosenberg
5. Breakthrough - Suzanne Somers (I recommend this for the gals...good info!)
6. Timequake - Kurt Vonnegut
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on March 18, 2010, 09:00:08 PM
Quote
1 • Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
2 • Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
3 • David Gilmour - The Film Club - A Memoir
4 • Arlo Flinn - Thank You for not Smoking
5 • John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
6 • John Heilemann & Mark Halperin - Game Change
7 • David Dosa M.D.- Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
adding
8 • Frankie Boyle - My Shit Life So Far
Like most everyone else I first witnessed Frankie Boyle as a team member on the BBC comedy news programme "Mock the Week". He quickly became my favourite comedian on there, an offensive and acerbic wit who had apparently abandoned all regard for political correctness. He consequently made me laugh like a proverbial drain. The inevitable sell-out tour followed, itself recorded to DVD for a pre-Xmas release. I got hold of the latter and.... well, was sorely disappointed. It seems that in Frankie's case, less is most definitely more. Somehow I didn't feel his humour fits an extended performance. Offensive is great, too much offensive appears somehow purile. Sadly, the book fits into the latter category. It's a vague recollection of his life to date, interspersed with a huge number of gags, some which hit the mark, but many which fail miserably. I'm sure he cares not a jot at how he has 'duped' the public into buying this, and I can't really blame him (many comedian's flames burn briefly) but it's a shame he didn't leave a more substantial legacy before he enters his forthcoming 'celebrity rehab' years.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on March 18, 2010, 10:40:31 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
36.  Last Song--Nicholas Sparks
37.  Making Rounds with Oscar:  the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat--David Dosa
38.  Tangled--Carolyn Mackler
39.  Sweet, Hereafter--Angela Johnson
40.  Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins
41.  Girl with the Mermaid Hair--Delia Ephron
42.  Some Girls Are--Courtney Summers
43.  You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: the brat pack, John Hughes and their impact on a generation--Susannah Gora
44.  A Kiss in Time--Alex Flinn
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: MissKitty on March 19, 2010, 11:45:21 AM
1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3. Thank You for Not Smoking - Arlo Flinn
4. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
5. London's Burning: The Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk 1976-1977 - Dave Thompson
6. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor

Adding:
7. Making Rounds with Oscar - David Dosa, MD

Still reading:
8. Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy - Max Hastings
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on March 22, 2010, 08:18:59 AM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on March 24, 2010, 07:37:48 PM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
8. Devil's Claw- J.A. Jance. I liked this one.  Nicely paced.  I think it's from the middle of a series of books about this particular sheriff, and I think I've read another in the series. 
The Dandelion Killer- Wanda Luttrell.  Thought from the title and the creepy dandelion dripping blood on the cover that this would be a really cool thriller book.  Yeah, I missed the tiny phrase "Fiction for the mind AND soul" on the back cover.  It was a churchy thriller.  Like the bad guys **spoiler alert** were these new age people.  No, seriously.  AAAAAAAHHHHHH, Transcendential Meditation!!!!!  Crystals!!!!  Holistic health!!!! 
9. Heartbreaker- Julie Garwood.  Really good thriller.  Really fast paced, quick read.  I finished it early, so now I don't have a book to read for today.  I'm stuck reading Better Homes & Gardens. 
10. Sacred- Dennis LaHane.  REALLY engaging.  Liked this one a lot. 
11. The Charlemagne Pursuit- Steve Barry.  Good.  Less Dan-Browny than his other stuff.  Kind of a slow start, but it picked up nicely
12. The Rule of Four- Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason.  I liked this one too.  Interesting story of 4 men at Princeton about to graduate.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: scuba on March 26, 2010, 09:41:23 AM
1) Beautiful Boy - David Sheff
2) Proust was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer
3) The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
4) How We Decide - Jonah Lehrer
5) World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks

6) Point Omega - Don Delillo
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on March 26, 2010, 11:55:07 AM
1. John Updike - rabbit, run
2. Sadia Shepard - The Girl From Foreign
3. Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on April 01, 2010, 09:09:46 PM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
8. Devil's Claw- J.A. Jance. I liked this one.  Nicely paced.  I think it's from the middle of a series of books about this particular sheriff, and I think I've read another in the series. 
The Dandelion Killer- Wanda Luttrell.  Thought from the title and the creepy dandelion dripping blood on the cover that this would be a really cool thriller book.  Yeah, I missed the tiny phrase "Fiction for the mind AND soul" on the back cover.  It was a churchy thriller.  Like the bad guys **spoiler alert** were these new age people.  No, seriously.  AAAAAAAHHHHHH, Transcendential Meditation!!!!!  Crystals!!!!  Holistic health!!!! 
9. Heartbreaker- Julie Garwood.  Really good thriller.  Really fast paced, quick read.  I finished it early, so now I don't have a book to read for today.  I'm stuck reading Better Homes & Gardens. 
10. Sacred- Dennis LaHane.  REALLY engaging.  Liked this one a lot. 
11. The Charlemagne Pursuit- Steve Barry.  Good.  Less Dan-Browny than his other stuff.  Kind of a slow start, but it picked up nicely
12. The Rule of Four- Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason.  I liked this one too.  Interesting story of 4 men at Princeton about to graduate.
13. Crusader Gold- David Gibbins.  Like Indiana Jones and Dan Brown went scuba diving together.  Did the Nazis really think that they could trace their Aryan roots to the polar ice caps?  This book had that and so did my #11 up there.
14. Liar's Market- Taylor Smith.  Interesting take on a spy story.  SUPER quick read.  Started it yesterday, finished it up today. 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on April 01, 2010, 11:58:41 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
36.  Last Song--Nicholas Sparks
37.  Making Rounds with Oscar:  the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat--David Dosa
38.  Tangled--Carolyn Mackler
39.  Sweet, Hereafter--Angela Johnson
40.  Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins
41.  Girl with the Mermaid Hair--Delia Ephron
42.  Some Girls Are--Courtney Summers
43.  You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: the brat pack, John Hughes and their impact on a generation--Susannah Gora
44.  A Kiss in Time--Alex Flinn
45.  Green Witch--Alice Hoffman
46.  Something, Maybe--Elizabeth Scott
47.  Pieces of Happily Ever After--Irene Zutell
48.  Splendor--Anna Godbersen
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: MissKitty on April 02, 2010, 10:26:01 AM
1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3. Thank You for Not Smoking - Arlo Flinn
4. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
5. London's Burning: The Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk 1976-1977 - Dave Thompson
6. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor
7. Making Rounds with Oscar - David Dosa, MD

Adding:
8. Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More - Dianne Jacob

Still reading:
9. Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy - Max Hastings
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on April 03, 2010, 09:27:03 PM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
6. Dune Road - Jane Green
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on April 04, 2010, 07:28:20 PM
Quote
1 • Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
2 • Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
3 • David Gilmour - The Film Club - A Memoir
4 • Arlo Flinn - Thank You for not Smoking
5 • John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
6 • John Heilemann & Mark Halperin - Game Change
7 • David Dosa M.D.- Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
8 • Frankie Boyle - My Shit Life So Far
adding
9 • Michael de Koningh & Laurence Cane-Honeysett - Young, Gifted & Black - The Story of Trojan Records
I was expecting so much more from this book. It is without a doubt the most comprehensive tome about Trojan Records you could wish for - hell the whole second half of the book is entirely devoted to little more than a discography - but it is ENTIRELY about the label. I was disappointed that only a handful of paragraphs are given over to the actual artists who made the groundbreaking reggae records that helped shape British and Jamaican teenage society in the late 60's/early 70's. Instead we get intimate and insider info over how deals were brokered - or not - and some unnecessary nitty gritty about contracts. Maybe the authors figured that readers could get their 'artist' info from one of the many other reggae books on the market? This short changes it in my opinion. I believe the book would have proved far more satisfying with more than a cursory nod to the artists whose music the label was releasing. It's not a long read - that discography swallows up 150 pages after all - and I did, admittedly, learn a few facts I hadn't known before so it nevertheless becomes a useful addition to our music book library... however, I suspect I will get FAR more enjoyment out of the free 12-track CD (of rare-ish Trojan cuts) that came with it than the content inside the covers.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on April 11, 2010, 04:14:52 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
36.  Last Song--Nicholas Sparks
37.  Making Rounds with Oscar:  the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat--David Dosa
38.  Tangled--Carolyn Mackler
39.  Sweet, Hereafter--Angela Johnson
40.  Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins
41.  Girl with the Mermaid Hair--Delia Ephron
42.  Some Girls Are--Courtney Summers
43.  You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: the brat pack, John Hughes and their impact on a generation--Susannah Gora
44.  A Kiss in Time--Alex Flinn
45.  Green Witch--Alice Hoffman
46.  Something, Maybe--Elizabeth Scott
47.  Pieces of Happily Ever After--Irene Zutell
48.  Splendor--Anna Godbersen
49.  Scarlett Fever--Maureen Johnson
50.  All Unquiet Things--Anna Jarzab
51.  Forget-Her-Nots--Amy Brecount White
52.  Dawn--Kevin Brooks
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on April 19, 2010, 08:22:07 AM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
6. Dune Road - Jane Green
7. South of Broad - Pat Conroy
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: vizzah on April 19, 2010, 10:15:02 AM
I've been reading a lot since they turned our cable off, so I might as well start a list. 

1. Bright Lights, Big Ass - Jen Lancaster
2. Such a Pretty Fat - Jen Lancaster
3. Bless Your Heart, Tramp - Celia Rivenbark

Do graphic novels count here, too? 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on April 19, 2010, 11:53:03 AM

Do graphic novels count here, too? 

I've included them before!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: MissKitty on April 23, 2010, 08:21:49 AM
1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3. Thank You for Not Smoking - Arlo Flinn
4. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
5. London's Burning: The Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk 1976-1977 - Dave Thompson
6. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor
7. Making Rounds with Oscar - David Dosa, MD
8. Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More - Dianne Jacob

Adding:
9. Guided by Voices: 21 Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock - Jim Greer

Currently reading:
10. The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting - Jim Walsh

Putting aside until I can get a copy with larger print:
11. Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy - Max Hastings
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: scuba on April 23, 2010, 03:49:44 PM
1) Beautiful Boy - David Sheff
2) Proust was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer
3) The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
4) How We Decide - Jonah Lehrer
5) World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
6) Point Omega - Don Delillo

7) Falling Man - Don Delillo
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: vizzah on April 28, 2010, 01:11:34 PM
1. Bright Lights, Big Ass - Jen Lancaster
2. Such a Pretty Fat - Jen Lancaster
3. Bless Your Heart, Tramp - Celia Rivenbark

4. Spooky Little Girl - Laurie Notaro
I was pretty apprehensive about this, because LN's fiction is never as entertaining to me as her non-fiction/Idiot Girls stuff. 
I read the sneak preview of the first two chapters online in February and was pretty hooked even then.  It arrived yesterday afternoon from Amazon and I've already finished it.  I could NOT put it down.  Not true Notaro form, but still some chuckles and an absolutely fantastic story.  I'd say it's her best yet.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: scuba on May 03, 2010, 12:29:50 AM
1. Beautiful Boy - David Sheff
2. Proust was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer
3. The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
4. How We Decide - Jonah Lehrer
5. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
6. Point Omega - Don Delillo
7. Falling Man - Don Delillo

8. NurtureShock - Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on May 04, 2010, 10:07:10 AM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
6. Dune Road - Jane Green
7. South of Broad - Pat Conroy
8. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman (audio book)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on May 04, 2010, 10:50:38 AM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
8. Devil's Claw- J.A. Jance. I liked this one.  Nicely paced.  I think it's from the middle of a series of books about this particular sheriff, and I think I've read another in the series. 
The Dandelion Killer- Wanda Luttrell.  Thought from the title and the creepy dandelion dripping blood on the cover that this would be a really cool thriller book.  Yeah, I missed the tiny phrase "Fiction for the mind AND soul" on the back cover.  It was a churchy thriller.  Like the bad guys **spoiler alert** were these new age people.  No, seriously.  AAAAAAAHHHHHH, Transcendential Meditation!!!!!  Crystals!!!!  Holistic health!!!! 
9. Heartbreaker- Julie Garwood.  Really good thriller.  Really fast paced, quick read.  I finished it early, so now I don't have a book to read for today.  I'm stuck reading Better Homes & Gardens. 
10. Sacred- Dennis LaHane.  REALLY engaging.  Liked this one a lot. 
11. The Charlemagne Pursuit- Steve Barry.  Good.  Less Dan-Browny than his other stuff.  Kind of a slow start, but it picked up nicely
12. The Rule of Four- Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason.  I liked this one too.  Interesting story of 4 men at Princeton about to graduate.
13. Crusader Gold- David Gibbins.  Like Indiana Jones and Dan Brown went scuba diving together.  Did the Nazis really think that they could trace their Aryan roots to the polar ice caps?  This book had that and so did my #11 up there.
14. Liar's Market- Taylor Smith.  Interesting take on a spy story.  SUPER quick read.  Started it yesterday, finished it up today. 
15. Richochet- Sandra Brown.  Meh. 
16. Blindsighted- Karin Slaughter. Liked this one okay. 
17. Bandits- Elmore Leonard.  AWESOME.  Really interesting, fast paced, well fleshed out story and characters.  I can see why people really dig EL.  Can't believe I didn't get into his stuff sooner.

I think I've forgotten to put some in here, but I can't find them, so oh well.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on May 12, 2010, 01:10:38 PM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
8. Devil's Claw- J.A. Jance. I liked this one.  Nicely paced.  I think it's from the middle of a series of books about this particular sheriff, and I think I've read another in the series. 
The Dandelion Killer- Wanda Luttrell.  Thought from the title and the creepy dandelion dripping blood on the cover that this would be a really cool thriller book.  Yeah, I missed the tiny phrase "Fiction for the mind AND soul" on the back cover.  It was a churchy thriller.  Like the bad guys **spoiler alert** were these new age people.  No, seriously.  AAAAAAAHHHHHH, Transcendential Meditation!!!!!  Crystals!!!!  Holistic health!!!! 
9. Heartbreaker- Julie Garwood.  Really good thriller.  Really fast paced, quick read.  I finished it early, so now I don't have a book to read for today.  I'm stuck reading Better Homes & Gardens. 
10. Sacred- Dennis LaHane.  REALLY engaging.  Liked this one a lot. 
11. The Charlemagne Pursuit- Steve Barry.  Good.  Less Dan-Browny than his other stuff.  Kind of a slow start, but it picked up nicely
12. The Rule of Four- Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason.  I liked this one too.  Interesting story of 4 men at Princeton about to graduate.
13. Crusader Gold- David Gibbins.  Like Indiana Jones and Dan Brown went scuba diving together.  Did the Nazis really think that they could trace their Aryan roots to the polar ice caps?  This book had that and so did my #11 up there.
14. Liar's Market- Taylor Smith.  Interesting take on a spy story.  SUPER quick read.  Started it yesterday, finished it up today. 
15. Richochet- Sandra Brown.  Meh. 
16. Blindsighted- Karin Slaughter. Liked this one okay. 
17. Bandits- Elmore Leonard.  AWESOME.  Really interesting, fast paced, well fleshed out story and characters.  I can see why people really dig EL.  Can't believe I didn't get into his stuff sooner.
20. Cruel Intent- JA Jance.  Eh.  Her series about the reporter is less interesting than the series about the sheriff
21. Creepers- David Morrell.  Interesting thriller about an abandoned hotel and some urban explorers
22. The Geographer's Librar- Jon Fasman.  Really good mystery/thriller type book.  Hapless journalist stumbles into something crazy.  Good Times.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on May 12, 2010, 07:08:22 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
36.  Last Song--Nicholas Sparks
37.  Making Rounds with Oscar:  the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat--David Dosa
38.  Tangled--Carolyn Mackler
39.  Sweet, Hereafter--Angela Johnson
40.  Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins
41.  Girl with the Mermaid Hair--Delia Ephron
42.  Some Girls Are--Courtney Summers
43.  You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: the brat pack, John Hughes and their impact on a generation--Susannah Gora
44.  A Kiss in Time--Alex Flinn
45.  Green Witch--Alice Hoffman
46.  Something, Maybe--Elizabeth Scott
47.  Pieces of Happily Ever After--Irene Zutell
48.  Splendor--Anna Godbersen
49.  Scarlett Fever--Maureen Johnson
50.  All Unquiet Things--Anna Jarzab
51.  Forget-Her-Nots--Amy Brecount White
52.  Dawn--Kevin Brooks
53.  Going Bovine--Libba Bray
54.  The Gift--Cecelia Ahern
55.  Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?--Louise Rennison
56.  Forgotten Survivors: Polish Christians remember the Nazi occupation
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: scuba on May 15, 2010, 01:00:26 PM
1. Beautiful Boy - David Sheff
2. Proust was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer
3. The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
4. How We Decide - Jonah Lehrer
5. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
6. Point Omega - Don Delillo
7. Falling Man - Don Delillo
8. NurtureShock - Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman

9. Saturday - Ian McEwan
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on May 17, 2010, 12:36:15 AM
1. John Updike - rabbit, run
2. Sadia Shepard - The Girl From Foreign
3. Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4. Richard Preston - The Hot Zone

Book about Ebola and it's mysteries and histories. Fascinating information, average read, and kinda scary. It was written in 1995, tho, so I wonder how much more information we have now?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on May 17, 2010, 10:07:11 AM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
6. Dune Road - Jane Green
7. South of Broad - Pat Conroy
8. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman (audio book)
9. Eleven on Top - Janet Evanovich (audio book) - Stephanie Plum may be the most annoying character EVER.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on June 01, 2010, 08:47:21 AM
1. John Updike - rabbit, run
2. Sadia Shepard - The Girl From Foreign
3. Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4. Richard Preston - The Hot Zone
5. Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
6. Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire

Two "Young Adult Fiction" books that I thought were fantastic. Book three apparently comes out this summer? Not challenging at all, but hey I don't care. I'm simultaneously reading something extremely challenging so I'm allowed the dichotomy.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: MissKitty on June 01, 2010, 09:24:51 AM
1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3. Thank You for Not Smoking - Arlo Flinn
4. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
5. London's Burning: The Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk 1976-1977 - Dave Thompson
6. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor
7. Making Rounds with Oscar - David Dosa, MD
8. Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More - Dianne Jacob
9. Guided by Voices: 21 Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock - Jim Greer
Adding:
10. Luba - Gilbert Hernandez

I absolutely loved the Hernandez Brothers' graphic novels (Love & Rockets series) as a college student, Beto's Luba character being one of my favorites. It's pretty obvious that he's not that interested in her development anymore (she's aged, after all) because 3/4 of this book focused on Luba's younger, sexier half-sister Fritz instead. What a pity that the book's namesake would find herself elbowed out by less interesting (but sluttier) individuals. Whereas his stories used to have fascinating and unique story lines, Gilbert Hernandez's more recent work (post-Palomar) seems focused on busty, naked and vacuous women rather than plot or character development.

Still reading:
11. The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting - Jim Walsh
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on June 04, 2010, 03:47:47 PM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
8. Devil's Claw- J.A. Jance. I liked this one.  Nicely paced.  I think it's from the middle of a series of books about this particular sheriff, and I think I've read another in the series.  
The Dandelion Killer- Wanda Luttrell.  Thought from the title and the creepy dandelion dripping blood on the cover that this would be a really cool thriller book.  Yeah, I missed the tiny phrase "Fiction for the mind AND soul" on the back cover.  It was a churchy thriller.  Like the bad guys **spoiler alert** were these new age people.  No, seriously.  AAAAAAAHHHHHH, Transcendential Meditation!!!!!  Crystals!!!!  Holistic health!!!!  
9. Heartbreaker- Julie Garwood.  Really good thriller.  Really fast paced, quick read.  I finished it early, so now I don't have a book to read for today.  I'm stuck reading Better Homes & Gardens.  
10. Sacred- Dennis LaHane.  REALLY engaging.  Liked this one a lot.  
11. The Charlemagne Pursuit- Steve Barry.  Good.  Less Dan-Browny than his other stuff.  Kind of a slow start, but it picked up nicely
12. The Rule of Four- Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason.  I liked this one too.  Interesting story of 4 men at Princeton about to graduate.
13. Crusader Gold- David Gibbins.  Like Indiana Jones and Dan Brown went scuba diving together.  Did the Nazis really think that they could trace their Aryan roots to the polar ice caps?  This book had that and so did my #11 up there.
14. Liar's Market- Taylor Smith.  Interesting take on a spy story.  SUPER quick read.  Started it yesterday, finished it up today.  
15. Richochet- Sandra Brown.  Meh.  
16. Blindsighted- Karin Slaughter. Liked this one okay.  
17. Bandits- Elmore Leonard.  AWESOME.  Really interesting, fast paced, well fleshed out story and characters.  I can see why people really dig EL.  Can't believe I didn't get into his stuff sooner.
20. Cruel Intent- JA Jance.  Eh.  Her series about the reporter is less interesting than the series about the sheriff
21. Creepers- David Morrell.  Interesting thriller about an abandoned hotel and some urban explorers
22. The Geographer's Library- Jon Fasman.  Really good mystery/thriller type book.  Hapless journalist stumbles into something crazy.  Good Times.
23. Fire Storm- Iris Johansen
24. Show No Fear- Peri O’Shaughnessy.
25. Cold Truth- Mariah Stewart
26. Beautiful Lies- Lisa Unger.  
27. Black Out- Lisa Unger.
26. Fractured- Karin Slaughter
27. Always Time To Die- Elizabeth Lowell

Liked all of these.  Good stuff for reading at work.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Hell Toupee on June 04, 2010, 07:34:54 PM
1. The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
2. Superfreakonomics - Levitt and Dubner

3. The Checklist Manifesto - Atul Gawande
4. The Big Short - Michael Lewis
5. Tokyo Vice - Jake Adelstein
6. Blockade Billy - Stephen King
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on June 05, 2010, 12:06:43 AM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
6. Dune Road - Jane Green
7. South of Broad - Pat Conroy
8. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman (audio book)
9. Eleven on Top - Janet Evanovich (audio book) - Stephanie Plum may be the most annoying character EVER
10. The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on June 08, 2010, 11:48:14 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
36.  Last Song--Nicholas Sparks
37.  Making Rounds with Oscar:  the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat--David Dosa
38.  Tangled--Carolyn Mackler
39.  Sweet, Hereafter--Angela Johnson
40.  Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins
41.  Girl with the Mermaid Hair--Delia Ephron
42.  Some Girls Are--Courtney Summers
43.  You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: the brat pack, John Hughes and their impact on a generation--Susannah Gora
44.  A Kiss in Time--Alex Flinn
45.  Green Witch--Alice Hoffman
46.  Something, Maybe--Elizabeth Scott
47.  Pieces of Happily Ever After--Irene Zutell
48.  Splendor--Anna Godbersen
49.  Scarlett Fever--Maureen Johnson
50.  All Unquiet Things--Anna Jarzab
51.  Forget-Her-Nots--Amy Brecount White
52.  Dawn--Kevin Brooks
53.  Going Bovine--Libba Bray
54.  The Gift--Cecelia Ahern
55.  Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?--Louise Rennison
56.  Forgotten Survivors: Polish Christians remember the Nazi occupation
57.  Tales of the Madman Underground--John Barnes
58.  Unwritten Rule--Elizabeth Scott
59.  Shadow of Your Smile--Mary Higgins Clark
60.  9th Judgment--James Patterson
61.  Madness of the XX Century: a testimony--Zbigniew Marian Haszlakiewicz
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: MissKitty on June 11, 2010, 08:47:14 AM
1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3. Thank You for Not Smoking - Arlo Flinn
4. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
5. London's Burning: The Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk 1976-1977 - Dave Thompson
6. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor
7. Making Rounds with Oscar - David Dosa, MD
8. Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More - Dianne Jacob
9. Guided by Voices: 21 Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock - Jim Greer
10. Luba - Gilbert Hernandez
Adding:
11. The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting: An Oral History - Jim Walsh

I'm not much of a fan of oral histories, and when I began reading this book I wasn't sure I'd enjoy it - even though it's about one of my most favorite bands ever. The style works well here, however, as it is nearly as ramshackle as the band themselves. I'd love for this to be released as a book on tape/CD with each interviewee's own voice being used.

I don't think any 'Mats fan could read this and not be moved to tears by the beautiful eulogy Walsh penned for Bobby Stinson's funeral.

Currently reading:
12. Young, Gifted and Black: The Story of Trojan Records - Michael De Koningh and Laurence Cane-Honeysett
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: scuba on June 18, 2010, 08:20:55 PM
1. Beautiful Boy - David Sheff
2. Proust was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer
3. The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
4. How We Decide - Jonah Lehrer
5. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
6. Point Omega - Don Delillo
7. Falling Man - Don Delillo
8. NurtureShock - Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
9. Saturday - Ian McEwan

10. White Noise - Don Delillo
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: scuba on June 27, 2010, 11:33:43 PM
1. Beautiful Boy - David Sheff
2. Proust was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer
3. The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
4. How We Decide - Jonah Lehrer
5. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
6. Point Omega - Don Delillo
7. Falling Man - Don Delillo
8. NurtureShock - Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
9. Saturday - Ian McEwan
10. White Noise - Don Delillo

11. Sleepless - Charlie Huston
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: scuba on June 27, 2010, 11:50:47 PM
That seals the deal for me, scuba.  Looking forward to getting it.  And I had no idea about the author's connection!


1. Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail - Christopher Dawes
2. We'll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives - Paul Shaffer (audio book)
3. State of the Union - Brad Thor
4. The Last Jihad - Joel Rosenberg
5. Breakthrough - Suzanne Somers (I recommend this for the gals...good info!)
6. Timequake - Kurt Vonnegut

Since you shared my interest in World War Z, I thought I'd recommend another book I just finished that I think you'd might enjoy, Sleeples by Charlie Huston (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Sleepless/Charlie-Huston/e/9780345501134/?itm=2&USRI=sleepless).  Bought it several weeks ago and let it sit, this week it started calling my name, so I finally read it and just...wow, through the first 50 pages I wasn't sure it was worth my time but once things started to open up, again wow...references a lot of different notes (pulp crime fiction, corporate power and abuse, governmental impotence, the war on drugs, Mad Max, zombie movies, and a slew of others) but written with such style that it's seems not beyond the realm of possibility for the near future in the real world.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on June 28, 2010, 02:18:51 PM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
6. Dune Road - Jane Green
7. South of Broad - Pat Conroy
8. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman (audio book)
9. Eleven on Top - Janet Evanovich (audio book) - Stephanie Plum may be the most annoying character EVER
10. The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz
11. Curse of The Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
12. You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation - Susannah Gora - Meh. VERY light on substance. I learned a few things but not much. I wish she would have focused on the Brat Pack OR John Hughes and not BOTH. Also, SAY ANYTHING has nothing to do with Hughes OR the Brat Pack. Duh.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on June 29, 2010, 01:18:55 PM
1. John Updike - rabbit, run
2. Sadia Shepard - The Girl From Foreign
3. Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4. Richard Preston - The Hot Zone
5. Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
6. Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire
7. Neil Gaiman - Stardust

Good stuff - but different from the movie on a surprisingly large scale.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on July 05, 2010, 10:50:46 AM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
36.  Last Song--Nicholas Sparks
37.  Making Rounds with Oscar:  the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat--David Dosa
38.  Tangled--Carolyn Mackler
39.  Sweet, Hereafter--Angela Johnson
40.  Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins
41.  Girl with the Mermaid Hair--Delia Ephron
42.  Some Girls Are--Courtney Summers
43.  You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: the brat pack, John Hughes and their impact on a generation--Susannah Gora
44.  A Kiss in Time--Alex Flinn
45.  Green Witch--Alice Hoffman
46.  Something, Maybe--Elizabeth Scott
47.  Pieces of Happily Ever After--Irene Zutell
48.  Splendor--Anna Godbersen
49.  Scarlett Fever--Maureen Johnson
50.  All Unquiet Things--Anna Jarzab
51.  Forget-Her-Nots--Amy Brecount White
52.  Dawn--Kevin Brooks
53.  Going Bovine--Libba Bray
54.  The Gift--Cecelia Ahern
55.  Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?--Louise Rennison
56.  Forgotten Survivors: Polish Christians remember the Nazi occupation
57.  Tales of the Madman Underground--John Barnes
58.  Unwritten Rule--Elizabeth Scott
59.  Shadow of Your Smile--Mary Higgins Clark
60.  9th Judgment--James Patterson
61.  Madness of the XX Century: a testimony--Zbigniew Marian Haszlakiewicz
62.  Buckley's Story--Ingrid King
63.  Never to Be Forgotten: a young girl's Holocaust memoir--Beatrice Muchman
64.  Carrie Diaries--Candace Bushnell
65.  Open--Andre Agassi
66.  The Girl Who Chased the Moon--Sarah Addison Allen
67.  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner--Stephenie Meyer
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on July 06, 2010, 01:58:46 PM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
8. Devil's Claw- J.A. Jance. I liked this one.  Nicely paced.  I think it's from the middle of a series of books about this particular sheriff, and I think I've read another in the series.  
The Dandelion Killer- Wanda Luttrell.  Thought from the title and the creepy dandelion dripping blood on the cover that this would be a really cool thriller book.  Yeah, I missed the tiny phrase "Fiction for the mind AND soul" on the back cover.  It was a churchy thriller.  Like the bad guys **spoiler alert** were these new age people.  No, seriously.  AAAAAAAHHHHHH, Transcendential Meditation!!!!!  Crystals!!!!  Holistic health!!!!  
9. Heartbreaker- Julie Garwood.  Really good thriller.  Really fast paced, quick read.  I finished it early, so now I don't have a book to read for today.  I'm stuck reading Better Homes & Gardens.  
10. Sacred- Dennis LaHane.  REALLY engaging.  Liked this one a lot.  
11. The Charlemagne Pursuit- Steve Barry.  Good.  Less Dan-Browny than his other stuff.  Kind of a slow start, but it picked up nicely
12. The Rule of Four- Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason.  I liked this one too.  Interesting story of 4 men at Princeton about to graduate.
13. Crusader Gold- David Gibbins.  Like Indiana Jones and Dan Brown went scuba diving together.  Did the Nazis really think that they could trace their Aryan roots to the polar ice caps?  This book had that and so did my #11 up there.
14. Liar's Market- Taylor Smith.  Interesting take on a spy story.  SUPER quick read.  Started it yesterday, finished it up today.  
15. Richochet- Sandra Brown.  Meh.  
16. Blindsighted- Karin Slaughter. Liked this one okay.  
17. Bandits- Elmore Leonard.  AWESOME.  Really interesting, fast paced, well fleshed out story and characters.  I can see why people really dig EL.  Can't believe I didn't get into his stuff sooner.
20. Cruel Intent- JA Jance.  Eh.  Her series about the reporter is less interesting than the series about the sheriff
21. Creepers- David Morrell.  Interesting thriller about an abandoned hotel and some urban explorers
22. The Geographer's Library- Jon Fasman.  Really good mystery/thriller type book.  Hapless journalist stumbles into something crazy.  Good Times.
23. Fire Storm- Iris Johansen
24. Show No Fear- Peri O’Shaughnessy.
25. Cold Truth- Mariah Stewart
26. Beautiful Lies- Lisa Unger.  
27. Black Out- Lisa Unger.
26. Fractured- Karin Slaughter
27. Always Time To Die- Elizabeth Lowell
28. Thank You For Smoking- Christopher Buckley
29. Blue City- Ross MacDonald
30. Out of Sight- Elmore Leonard


Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2010, 10:06:18 AM
1. John Updike - rabbit, run
2. Sadia Shepard - The Girl From Foreign
3. Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4. Richard Preston - The Hot Zone
5. Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
6. Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire
7. Neil Gaiman - Stardust
8. Neil Gaiman - Smoke and Mirrors

I didn't intend to purchase a collection of short stories when I bought that... I was in a hurry so I didn't look closely. It turned out to be pretty cool of course. His imagination is fascinating and very entertaining.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: MissKitty on July 10, 2010, 08:33:54 PM
1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3. Thank You for Not Smoking - Arlo Flinn
4. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
5. London's Burning: The Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk 1976-1977 - Dave Thompson
6. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor
7. Making Rounds with Oscar - David Dosa, MD
8. Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More - Dianne Jacob
9. Guided by Voices: 21 Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock - Jim Greer
10. Luba - Gilbert Hernandez
11. The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting: An Oral History - Jim Walsh
Adding:
12. American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement's Spaces of Hate -  Pete Simi and Robert Futrell
13. Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured Allied Victory - Ben Macintyre

Still working on:
14. Young, Gifted and Black: The Story of Trojan Records - Michael De Koningh and Laurence Cane-Honeysett
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on July 12, 2010, 08:04:49 AM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
6. Dune Road - Jane Green
7. South of Broad - Pat Conroy
8. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman (audio book)
9. Eleven on Top - Janet Evanovich (audio book) - Stephanie Plum may be the most annoying character EVER
10. The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz
11. Curse of The Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
12. You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation - Susannah Gora - Meh. VERY light on substance. I learned a few things but not much. I wish she would have focused on the Brat Pack OR John Hughes and not BOTH. Also, SAY ANYTHING has nothing to do with Hughes OR the Brat Pack. Duh.
13. Promise Me - Harlan Coben (audio book)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on July 14, 2010, 01:51:06 PM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
6. Dune Road - Jane Green
7. South of Broad - Pat Conroy
8. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman (audio book)
9. Eleven on Top - Janet Evanovich (audio book) - Stephanie Plum may be the most annoying character EVER
10. The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz
11. Curse of The Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
12. You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation - Susannah Gora
13. Promise Me - Harlan Coben (audio book)
14. The Killing Dance - Laurell K. Hamilton
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on July 16, 2010, 10:31:09 AM
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1 • Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
2 • Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
3 • David Gilmour - The Film Club - A Memoir
4 • Arlo Flinn - Thank You for not Smoking
5 • John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
6 • John Heilemann & Mark Halperin - Game Change
7 • David Dosa M.D.- Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
8 • Frankie Boyle - My Shit Life So Far
9 • Michael de Koningh & Laurence Cane-Honeysett - Young, Gifted & Black - The Story of Trojan Records
adding
10 • Thomas Jerome Seabrook - Bowie in Berlin - A New Career in a New Town
A very detailed - if often cribbed from other biogs - description of David Bowie's time in divided 70's Berlin, during which he recorded 2 of the most influential albums of his career - "Low" & "Heroes" - and one of the most disappointing ("Lodger"), whilst also finding time to resurrect Iggy Pop's career and detox from a destructive environment in L.A. Nicely constructed and a worthy addition to the Bowie bookshelf.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on July 18, 2010, 09:11:15 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
36.  Last Song--Nicholas Sparks
37.  Making Rounds with Oscar:  the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat--David Dosa
38.  Tangled--Carolyn Mackler
39.  Sweet, Hereafter--Angela Johnson
40.  Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins
41.  Girl with the Mermaid Hair--Delia Ephron
42.  Some Girls Are--Courtney Summers
43.  You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: the brat pack, John Hughes and their impact on a generation--Susannah Gora
44.  A Kiss in Time--Alex Flinn
45.  Green Witch--Alice Hoffman
46.  Something, Maybe--Elizabeth Scott
47.  Pieces of Happily Ever After--Irene Zutell
48.  Splendor--Anna Godbersen
49.  Scarlett Fever--Maureen Johnson
50.  All Unquiet Things--Anna Jarzab
51.  Forget-Her-Nots--Amy Brecount White
52.  Dawn--Kevin Brooks
53.  Going Bovine--Libba Bray
54.  The Gift--Cecelia Ahern
55.  Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?--Louise Rennison
56.  Forgotten Survivors: Polish Christians remember the Nazi occupation
57.  Tales of the Madman Underground--John Barnes
58.  Unwritten Rule--Elizabeth Scott
59.  Shadow of Your Smile--Mary Higgins Clark
60.  9th Judgment--James Patterson
61.  Madness of the XX Century: a testimony--Zbigniew Marian Haszlakiewicz
62.  Buckley's Story--Ingrid King
63.  Never to Be Forgotten: a young girl's Holocaust memoir--Beatrice Muchman
64.  Carrie Diaries--Candace Bushnell
65.  Open--Andre Agassi
66.  The Girl Who Chased the Moon--Sarah Addison Allen
67.  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner--Stephenie Meyer
68.  Alchemy and Meggy Swann--Karen Cushman
69.  Tattoo Machine: tall tales, true stories, and my life in ink--Jeff Johnson
70.  Heart of the Matter--Emily Giffin
71.  Fly Away Home--Jennifer Weiner
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: rva on July 18, 2010, 11:06:20 PM
1 Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey--and Even Iraq--Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport--Simon Kuper, Stefan Szymanski
2 Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao-- Junot Díaz Quite excellent.  
3 The Road--Cormac McCarthy  Reliably manly travel reading
4 Downtown Owl: A Novel-- Chuck Klosterman  Way better than I anticipated.  And I didn't realize it how good it was until weeks after reading.
5 The Advanced Genius Theory: Are They Out of Their Minds or Ahead of Their Time?--Jason Hartley  
6 Brilliant Orange The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer --David Winner
7 The Wettest County in the World-- Matt Bondurant  I loved it, but probably not as interesting if you haven't been to Franklin County.
8 Little Bee: A Novel--Chris Cleave  Excellent book but it leaves you wanting to punch almost every character in it.
9 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks--Rebecca Skloot  So sad :(
10 Kraken-- China  Miéville  Way crappier than I thought it'd be
11 Lucy--Laurence Gonzales  Pretty damn good.  
12 Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure--Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan Informative!
13 Imperial Bedrooms-- Bret Easton Ellis  I hate Bret Easton Ellis, so why do I keep reading his books?
14 A Visit from the Goon Squad-- Jennifer Eagan  meh.
15 Mr. Peanut-- Adam Ross Double meh.
16 Go, Mutants!: A Novel-- Larry Doyle Funny!
17 Film Form: Essays in Film Theory--Sergei Eisenstein  Reread this.  Haven't seen a movie since.
18 The Death of Truth: What's Wrong With Multiculturalism, the Rejection of Reason and the New Postmodern Diversity--Dennis McCallum   What's wrong is you're a fucking idiot.
19 Garrincha: The Triumph & Tragedy of Brazil's Forgotten Footballing Hero-- Ruy Castro
20 Just Kids-- Patti Smith
21 Esquire The Handbook of Style: A Man's Guide to Looking Good--The Editors of Esquire Magazine Basic, but really good, concise info.
22 Tinkersby--Paul Harding  Say huh?  Pulitizer Prize for this crap?  Daniyal Mueenuddin got screwed.
23 The Glades--Clifton Campbell  Free Nook download.  Boy did it suck.
24 Northfield: A Western Story-- Johnny D. Boggs  Free Nook download.  Crap.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on July 18, 2010, 11:57:40 PM
1. Let Sleeping Rogues Lie by Sabrina Jeffires
2. Don't Bargain with the Devil by Sabrina Jeffries
3. Wed Him Before You Bed Him by Sabrina Jeffries
4. Eleanor, Ellatony, Ellencake, and me by C.M. Rubin
5. Bones of Betrayal by Jefferson Bass
6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
7. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
8. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
9. Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery by Stephanie Barron
10. Death at Bishop's Keep: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
11. Ellie: The Perfect Dress for Me by C.M. Rubin
Eek - need to catch up on 5 months of books! The Robin Paige books are a mystery series set in late Victorian England. In each book, the main characters encounter historical figures as part of the plot.

12. The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham - I was surprised it was published in 1944; it didn't feel like it was 66 years old! It must have been very cutting edge at the time (no pun intended).
13. Death at Gallows Green: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige - It's Beatrix Potter.
14. Death at Daisy's Folly: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige - It's the Prince of Wales and the Countess of Warwick.
15. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde - A new setting separate from the Thursday Next/Nursery Crimes world. Lots of color related details to pick up on.
16. Death at Devil's Bridge: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige - It's Rolls & Royce.
17. The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks - Great YA non-traditional vampire book set in Australia.
18. My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok - I wasn't familiar with this until it was my bookclub's pick. I enjoyed it.
19. Death at Rottingdean: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige - It's Rudyard Kipling.
20. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver - I hadn't read Kingsolver, although I've been meaning to for years. I really enjoyed this one, which was only partially due to the Appalachian setting.
21. The Council of Dads : My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me by Bruce Feiler - Interesting memoir of the influences on Feiler as he goes through cancer treatment.
22. Death at Whitechapel: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige - It's Jennie and Winston Churchill.
23. Stealing with Style by Emyl Jenkins - This antiques mystery set in Virginia and NYC was a fun read.
24. Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo - Ronald Cotton was convicted of raping Jennifer Thompson in the mid 1980s. After 11 years in prison, he was the second NC prisoner exonerated by DNA. This recounts the crime, the trials, his time in prison, and their eventual friendship. It actually gave me hope that there can be improvements in our justice system.
25. Death at Epsom Downs: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige - It's Lillie Langtry (who I don't know).

I might just do this - thanks to mysteries being easy to read on the elliptical at the gym. Plus I'm not having to read 800 page testing documents or training manuals for work this year.

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: scuba on July 19, 2010, 12:01:29 AM
1. Beautiful Boy - David Sheff
2. Proust was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer
3. The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
4. How We Decide - Jonah Lehrer
5. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
6. Point Omega - Don Delillo
7. Falling Man - Don Delillo
8. NurtureShock - Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
9. Saturday - Ian McEwan
10. White Noise - Don Delillo
11. Sleepless - Charlie Huston

12. The Passage - Justin Cronin
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: rva on July 19, 2010, 01:20:03 AM
Shit.  I was thinking about maybe reading The Passage, but that would break the streak we have going where amazingly, none of us have managed to read the same book.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: foolsgold on July 19, 2010, 09:12:04 AM
I've got Delillo's White Noise on my reading list this year, so don't worry about screwing that pooch.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: scuba on July 19, 2010, 11:20:58 AM
Shit.  I was thinking about maybe reading The Passage, but that would break the streak we have going where amazingly, none of us have managed to read the same book.

Sorry, at 700+ pages I had to get it done before the start of the soccer season, if I didn't it would have probably sat unfinished about two-thirds of the way through until at least mid-October.  Don't avoid in on my account though, I personally think it's well worth the effort.  I tend to avoid books of such length, it's kind of why I've never really read a lot of Stephen King, regardless of how good the work may be I'm always worried that reading them inevitably turns into a chore.  However, I thought The Passage was 750 pages of awesome.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: MissKitty on July 19, 2010, 01:50:24 PM
1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3. Thank You for Not Smoking - Arlo Flinn
4. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
5. London's Burning: The Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk 1976-1977 - Dave Thompson
6. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor
7. Making Rounds with Oscar - David Dosa, MD
8. Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More - Dianne Jacob
9. Guided by Voices: 21 Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock - Jim Greer
10. Luba - Gilbert Hernandez
11. The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting: An Oral History - Jim Walsh
12. American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement's Spaces of Hate -  Pete Simi and Robert Futrell
13. Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured Allied Victory - Ben Macintyre
Adding:
14. Young, Gifted and Black: The Story of Trojan Records - Michael De Koningh and Laurence Cane-Honeysett
Currently reading:
15. An Echo in the Bone - Diana Gabaldon
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on July 20, 2010, 07:44:45 PM
Quote
1 • Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
2 • Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
3 • David Gilmour - The Film Club - A Memoir
4 • Arlo Flinn - Thank You for not Smoking
5 • John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
6 • John Heilemann & Mark Halperin - Game Change
7 • David Dosa M.D.- Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
8 • Frankie Boyle - My Shit Life So Far
9 • Michael de Koningh & Laurence Cane-Honeysett - Young, Gifted & Black - The Story of Trojan Records
10 • Thomas Jerome Seabrook - Bowie in Berlin - A New Career in a New Town
adding
11 • Tony Hsieh - Delivering Happiness - A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose
It's been a very long time since I have properly read a business or 'personal-growth' book from cover to cover. I've attempted several, but quickly abandoned all of  them for either being too arrogant or for their terribly patronising tone. That's not the case here though at all. Hsieh (pronounced "Shay" apparently) has written a fabulously entertaining and captivating story about how online shoe retailer Zappos has grown from nothing to a company valued at $1.2 billion in just one - albeit rollercoaster - decade. Not only is he totally transparent in explaining how he snatched victory from several defeats but he explains in depth how he created a work environment which rewards and empowers employees to help create a perfect customer experience. Much of America's corporate world pays little more than lip-service to customer service - employees burdened by managers and middle-managers too fearful of losing their jobs to give staff any real freedom of expression - but Hsieh made it THE core value, "delivering happiness to the world" his statement of intent. This book reinforces everything he stands for and makes for a very infectious read from start to finish. It should be required reading for anyone involved in customer service and could become something of a 'bible' to entrepreneurs thinking of starting or growing their own business. The sooner that bosses start treating their employees as more than a 'necessary inconvenience', the quicker America and other countries can drag their rear-ends out of this recession. A massively recommended book!!
12 • Kendra Wilkinson - Sliding into Home - A Memoir
Every so often you have to read a trashy biography. They don't come much trashier than this offering from Hugh Hefner's ex-girl next door. There's sex, there's drugs, there's scant little rock'n'roll in her tale of how she pulled herself up by her DD bra-straps to become something akin to an American 'national treasure'. To be honest it's an engaging enough read - even if the hand of her ghost writer (Jon Warech) is all over it (the longer words are the giveaway) - and the details of her time at the Playboy Mansion quite eye opening. However, I think the world could've done without the intimate details of 80-year-old Hef's bedroom proclivities, many of which appear to defy the laws of gravity.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on August 04, 2010, 02:00:42 PM
12 • Kendra Wilkinson - Sliding into Home - A Memoir
Every so often you have to read a trashy biography. They don't come much trashier than this offering from Hugh Hefner's ex-girl next door. There's sex, there's drugs, there's scant little rock'n'roll in her tale of how she pulled herself up by her DD bra-straps to become something akin to an American 'national treasure'. To be honest it's an engaging enough read - even if the hand of her ghost writer (Jon Warech) is all over it (the longer words are the giveaway) - and the details of her time at the Playboy Mansion quite eye opening. However, I think the world could've done without the intimate details of 80-year-old Hef's bedroom proclivities, many of which appear to defy the laws of gravity.
I love that you actually read this. THANK YOU!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on August 04, 2010, 02:04:03 PM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
6. Dune Road - Jane Green
7. South of Broad - Pat Conroy
8. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman (audio book)
9. Eleven on Top - Janet Evanovich (audio book) - Stephanie Plum may be the most annoying character EVER
10. The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz
11. Curse of The Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
12. You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation - Susannah Gora
13. Promise Me - Harlan Coben (audio book)
14. The Killing Dance - Laurell K. Hamilton
15. Revenge of the Spellmans - Lisa Lutz - another fun book in this silly series
16. The Man of My Dreams - Curtis Sittenfeld - This book almost broke my heart. So much of it hit VERY close to home. Wow. It sounds chick-lit but it's closer to She's Come Undone than something in the pink and green covered chick-lit section.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on August 04, 2010, 02:20:18 PM
12 • Kendra Wilkinson - Sliding into Home - A Memoir
Every so often you have to read a trashy biography. They don't come much trashier than this offering from Hugh Hefner's ex-girl next door. There's sex, there's drugs, there's scant little rock'n'roll in her tale of how she pulled herself up by her DD bra-straps to become something akin to an American 'national treasure'. To be honest it's an engaging enough read - even if the hand of her ghost writer (Jon Warech) is all over it (the longer words are the giveaway) - and the details of her time at the Playboy Mansion quite eye opening. However, I think the world could've done without the intimate details of 80-year-old Hef's bedroom proclivities, many of which appear to defy the laws of gravity.
At my (now former) local grocery store during the week days the cashiers were all old, hefty, and withered women. Except one. The first time I saw her I went to her line to at least check her out. I noticed that under her work bib or whatever it was, she was wearing a Philadelphia Eagles jersey. Wondering how someone who lives in Giants country can get away with an Eagles jersey, I asked her about it.

She said, "It's not an Eagles jersey exactly, but a Hank Baskett jersey."
Me: "Oh? Are you a big Hank Baskett fan? Is he your favorite player?"
Her: "No, but he's Kendra's husband, and I am a huge fan of Kendra."


Oh.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on August 06, 2010, 06:21:29 PM
Quote
1 • Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
2 • Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
3 • David Gilmour - The Film Club - A Memoir
4 • Arlo Flinn - Thank You for not Smoking
5 • John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
6 • John Heilemann & Mark Halperin - Game Change
7 • David Dosa M.D.- Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
8 • Frankie Boyle - My Shit Life So Far
9 • Michael de Koningh & Laurence Cane-Honeysett - Young, Gifted & Black - The Story of Trojan Records
10 • Thomas Jerome Seabrook - Bowie in Berlin - A New Career in a New Town
11 • Tony Hsieh - Delivering Happiness - A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose
12 • Kendra Wilkinson - Sliding into Home - A Memoir
adding
13 • Brian Viner - Nice to See It, To See It Nice - The 1970's in Front of the Telly
An OK, if somewhat scattershot, account of British TV during what many considered was its 'golden years'. I suffered pang after pang of nostalgia whilst reading it - I am about the same age as the author - but as someone who has dabbled in several of the ubiquitous DVD boxsets concentrating on this era the reality is often scarier than the memories. The truth is that broadcasting was a different beast back then, and that with only 3 channels to choose from TV viewers would watch just anything that was served up to them. Programmes we considered good were therefore an emotion based on 'availability' rather than any kind of quality. Yes, it was a gentler TV age but I'm not convinced - nor did this book convince me - that the 70's were a halcyon time in British broadcasting.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on August 06, 2010, 06:24:37 PM
Her: "No, but he's Kendra's husband, and I am a huge fan of Kendra."

She's certainly a character people either love or hate - this, however, does seem somewhat extreme?!

I'm just a fan of Hef and will doubtless also read Holly & Bridget's biogs when they come out too... as long as the library gets them
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on August 07, 2010, 12:45:30 AM
1. Let Sleeping Rogues Lie by Sabrina Jeffires
2. Don't Bargain with the Devil by Sabrina Jeffries
3. Wed Him Before You Bed Him by Sabrina Jeffries
4. Eleanor, Ellatony, Ellencake, and me by C.M. Rubin
5. Bones of Betrayal by Jefferson Bass
6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
7. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
8. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
9. Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery by Stephanie Barron
10. Death at Bishop's Keep: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
11. Ellie: The Perfect Dress for Me by C.M. Rubin
12. The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
13. Death at Gallows Green: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
14. Death at Daisy's Folly: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
15. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
16. Death at Devil's Bridge: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
17. The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
18. My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
19. Death at Rottingdean: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
20. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
21. The Council of Dads : My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me by Bruce Feiler
22. Death at Whitechapel: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
23. Stealing with Style by Emyl Jenkins
24. Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo
25. Death at Epsom Downs: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
26. The Big Steal by Emyl Jenkins - sequal to Stealing with Style
27. The Heights by Peter Hedges - new novel from the author of Who's Eating Gilbert Grape and author/director of Pieces of April about a young family who lives in Brooklyn Heights
28. Death at Glamis Castle: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige - It's Prince Albert Victor (Prince Eddy)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on August 12, 2010, 05:20:49 PM
Quote
1 • Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
2 • Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
3 • David Gilmour - The Film Club - A Memoir
4 • Arlo Flinn - Thank You for not Smoking
5 • John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
6 • John Heilemann & Mark Halperin - Game Change
7 • David Dosa M.D.- Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
8 • Frankie Boyle - My Shit Life So Far
9 • Michael de Koningh & Laurence Cane-Honeysett - Young, Gifted & Black - The Story of Trojan Records
10 • Thomas Jerome Seabrook - Bowie in Berlin - A New Career in a New Town
11 • Tony Hsieh - Delivering Happiness - A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose
12 • Kendra Wilkinson - Sliding into Home - A Memoir
13 • Brian Viner - Nice to See It, To See It Nice - The 1970's in Front of the Telly
adding
14 • Rick Wakeman - Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star
This falls into a category of the "law of diminishing returns". Whereas Wakeman's first collection of personal stories covered his time as a rock & roll star, this follow-up revolves more around him in the role of TV/media 'celebrity'. Don't get me wrong there are still some hysterical laugh-out-loud moments (many of them involving bodily functions) but more of this sequel feels a little too embellished for the sake of the reader's amusement rather than natural story telling. Still worth the attention of anyone into the entertainment business though and a lovely use of a few hours sat on the beach or a toilet.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on August 19, 2010, 04:14:55 PM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
8. Devil's Claw- J.A. Jance. I liked this one.  Nicely paced.  I think it's from the middle of a series of books about this particular sheriff, and I think I've read another in the series.  
The Dandelion Killer- Wanda Luttrell.  Thought from the title and the creepy dandelion dripping blood on the cover that this would be a really cool thriller book.  Yeah, I missed the tiny phrase "Fiction for the mind AND soul" on the back cover.  It was a churchy thriller.  Like the bad guys **spoiler alert** were these new age people.  No, seriously.  AAAAAAAHHHHHH, Transcendential Meditation!!!!!  Crystals!!!!  Holistic health!!!!  
9. Heartbreaker- Julie Garwood.  Really good thriller.  Really fast paced, quick read.  I finished it early, so now I don't have a book to read for today.  I'm stuck reading Better Homes & Gardens.  
10. Sacred- Dennis LaHane.  REALLY engaging.  Liked this one a lot.  
11. The Charlemagne Pursuit- Steve Barry.  Good.  Less Dan-Browny than his other stuff.  Kind of a slow start, but it picked up nicely
12. The Rule of Four- Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason.  I liked this one too.  Interesting story of 4 men at Princeton about to graduate.
13. Crusader Gold- David Gibbins.  Like Indiana Jones and Dan Brown went scuba diving together.  Did the Nazis really think that they could trace their Aryan roots to the polar ice caps?  This book had that and so did my #11 up there.
14. Liar's Market- Taylor Smith.  Interesting take on a spy story.  SUPER quick read.  Started it yesterday, finished it up today.  
15. Richochet- Sandra Brown.  Meh.  
16. Blindsighted- Karin Slaughter. Liked this one okay.  
17. Bandits- Elmore Leonard.  AWESOME.  Really interesting, fast paced, well fleshed out story and characters.  I can see why people really dig EL.  Can't believe I didn't get into his stuff sooner.
20. Cruel Intent- JA Jance.  Eh.  Her series about the reporter is less interesting than the series about the sheriff
21. Creepers- David Morrell.  Interesting thriller about an abandoned hotel and some urban explorers
22. The Geographer's Library- Jon Fasman.  Really good mystery/thriller type book.  Hapless journalist stumbles into something crazy.  Good Times.
23. Fire Storm- Iris Johansen
24. Show No Fear- Peri O’Shaughnessy.
25. Cold Truth- Mariah Stewart
26. Beautiful Lies- Lisa Unger.  
27. Black Out- Lisa Unger.
26. Fractured- Karin Slaughter
27. Always Time To Die- Elizabeth Lowell
28. Thank You For Smoking- Christopher Buckley
29. Blue City- Ross MacDonald
30. Out of Sight- Elmore Leonard
31. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less- Terry Ryan.  LOVED this.  Highly recommend this.  I’ll also throw in for the movie.  Starred Woody Harrelson and Julianne Moore. 
32. The Broken Window- Jeffery Deaver.  One of the Lincoln Rhyme books.  Really dig this series.  This one was especially freaky.  A huge part of it was identity theft.  Very Big Brother.  Makes me want to throw out all my shopper cards and stuff.   Except they have other ways to get your info.  Don’t read this if you’re paranoid about this kind of thing.
33. The Bodies Left Behind- Jeffery Deaver. 
34. The Camel Club- David Baldacci.  Interesting political thriller.  I had read this before, but didn’t realize it until I started reading.  Still read it though.
35. The Collectors- David Baldacci.  Sequel to The Camel Club.  Liked this one even better than the first.
36. The Abstinence Teacher- Tom Perrotta
37. Indelible- Karin Slaughter.
38. Deception Point- Dan Brown.  I think this is my favorite Dan Brown.  I know he’s got a bad rep, but he actually writes a pretty engaging story.  I read it in a little over a day between calls at work.
39. The Egg and I- Betty MacDonald.  SOOOOO different than the movie.  I still enjoyed the book though.  Apparently she’s the same lady who wrote the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books. 
40. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies- Alexander McCall Smith.  One of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books. 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on August 23, 2010, 08:21:19 AM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
6. Dune Road - Jane Green
7. South of Broad - Pat Conroy
8. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman (audio book)
9. Eleven on Top - Janet Evanovich (audio book) - Stephanie Plum may be the most annoying character EVER
10. The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz
11. Curse of The Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
12. You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation - Susannah Gora
13. Promise Me - Harlan Coben (audio book)
14. The Killing Dance - Laurell K. Hamilton
15. Revenge of the Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
16. The Man of My Dreams - Curtis Sittenfeld
17. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran - Rob Sheffield - sw00n.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on August 23, 2010, 01:43:13 PM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
8. Devil's Claw- J.A. Jance. I liked this one.  Nicely paced.  I think it's from the middle of a series of books about this particular sheriff, and I think I've read another in the series.  
The Dandelion Killer- Wanda Luttrell.  Thought from the title and the creepy dandelion dripping blood on the cover that this would be a really cool thriller book.  Yeah, I missed the tiny phrase "Fiction for the mind AND soul" on the back cover.  It was a churchy thriller.  Like the bad guys **spoiler alert** were these new age people.  No, seriously.  AAAAAAAHHHHHH, Transcendential Meditation!!!!!  Crystals!!!!  Holistic health!!!!  
9. Heartbreaker- Julie Garwood.  Really good thriller.  Really fast paced, quick read.  I finished it early, so now I don't have a book to read for today.  I'm stuck reading Better Homes & Gardens.  
10. Sacred- Dennis LaHane.  REALLY engaging.  Liked this one a lot.  
11. The Charlemagne Pursuit- Steve Barry.  Good.  Less Dan-Browny than his other stuff.  Kind of a slow start, but it picked up nicely
12. The Rule of Four- Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason.  I liked this one too.  Interesting story of 4 men at Princeton about to graduate.
13. Crusader Gold- David Gibbins.  Like Indiana Jones and Dan Brown went scuba diving together.  Did the Nazis really think that they could trace their Aryan roots to the polar ice caps?  This book had that and so did my #11 up there.
14. Liar's Market- Taylor Smith.  Interesting take on a spy story.  SUPER quick read.  Started it yesterday, finished it up today.  
15. Richochet- Sandra Brown.  Meh.  
16. Blindsighted- Karin Slaughter. Liked this one okay.  
17. Bandits- Elmore Leonard.  AWESOME.  Really interesting, fast paced, well fleshed out story and characters.  I can see why people really dig EL.  Can't believe I didn't get into his stuff sooner.
20. Cruel Intent- JA Jance.  Eh.  Her series about the reporter is less interesting than the series about the sheriff
21. Creepers- David Morrell.  Interesting thriller about an abandoned hotel and some urban explorers
22. The Geographer's Library- Jon Fasman.  Really good mystery/thriller type book.  Hapless journalist stumbles into something crazy.  Good Times.
23. Fire Storm- Iris Johansen
24. Show No Fear- Peri O’Shaughnessy.
25. Cold Truth- Mariah Stewart
26. Beautiful Lies- Lisa Unger.  
27. Black Out- Lisa Unger.
26. Fractured- Karin Slaughter
27. Always Time To Die- Elizabeth Lowell
28. Thank You For Smoking- Christopher Buckley
29. Blue City- Ross MacDonald
30. Out of Sight- Elmore Leonard
31. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less- Terry Ryan.  LOVED this.  Highly recommend this.  I’ll also throw in for the movie.  Starred Woody Harrelson and Julianne Moore. 
32. The Broken Window- Jeffery Deaver.  One of the Lincoln Rhyme books.  Really dig this series.  This one was especially freaky.  A huge part of it was identity theft.  Very Big Brother.  Makes me want to throw out all my shopper cards and stuff.   Except they have other ways to get your info.  Don’t read this if you’re paranoid about this kind of thing.
33. The Bodies Left Behind- Jeffery Deaver. 
34. The Camel Club- David Baldacci.  Interesting political thriller.  I had read this before, but didn’t realize it until I started reading.  Still read it though.
35. The Collectors- David Baldacci.  Sequel to The Camel Club.  Liked this one even better than the first.
36. The Abstinence Teacher- Tom Perrotta
37. Indelible- Karin Slaughter.
38. Deception Point- Dan Brown.  I think this is my favorite Dan Brown.  I know he’s got a bad rep, but he actually writes a pretty engaging story.  I read it in a little over a day between calls at work.
39. The Egg and I- Betty MacDonald.  SOOOOO different than the movie.  I still enjoyed the book though.  Apparently she’s the same lady who wrote the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books. 
40. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies- Alexander McCall Smith.  One of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books. 
41. Jaws- Peter Benchley.  The book was awesome.  Different than the movie (and a lot dirtier), but awesome.
It's funny, I saw a lot of Jaws related stuff this summer.  Some big 2 hour special on History or Discovery about the movie itself, and something on the AV Club too.  LOVED reading the AV Club about the reactions people had to the movie when it came out when they were kids.  Stuff about people being too afraid to even swim in swimming pools. 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on August 26, 2010, 08:11:19 AM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
6. Dune Road - Jane Green
7. South of Broad - Pat Conroy
8. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman (audio book)
9. Eleven on Top - Janet Evanovich (audio book) - Stephanie Plum may be the most annoying character EVER
10. The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz
11. Curse of The Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
12. You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation - Susannah Gora
13. Promise Me - Harlan Coben (audio book)
14. The Killing Dance - Laurell K. Hamilton
15. Revenge of the Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
16. The Man of My Dreams - Curtis Sittenfeld
17. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran - Rob Sheffield
18. Caught - Harlan Coben - I've read some reviews that stated that there were too many twists and characters in this one. But, they must have been reading 4 books at one time. I thought there were just enough characters and twists. JUUUUUUUUUST RIGHT!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on August 26, 2010, 11:39:26 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
36.  Last Song--Nicholas Sparks
37.  Making Rounds with Oscar:  the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat--David Dosa
38.  Tangled--Carolyn Mackler
39.  Sweet, Hereafter--Angela Johnson
40.  Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins
41.  Girl with the Mermaid Hair--Delia Ephron
42.  Some Girls Are--Courtney Summers
43.  You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: the brat pack, John Hughes and their impact on a generation--Susannah Gora
44.  A Kiss in Time--Alex Flinn
45.  Green Witch--Alice Hoffman
46.  Something, Maybe--Elizabeth Scott
47.  Pieces of Happily Ever After--Irene Zutell
48.  Splendor--Anna Godbersen
49.  Scarlett Fever--Maureen Johnson
50.  All Unquiet Things--Anna Jarzab
51.  Forget-Her-Nots--Amy Brecount White
52.  Dawn--Kevin Brooks
53.  Going Bovine--Libba Bray
54.  The Gift--Cecelia Ahern
55.  Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?--Louise Rennison
56.  Forgotten Survivors: Polish Christians remember the Nazi occupation
57.  Tales of the Madman Underground--John Barnes
58.  Unwritten Rule--Elizabeth Scott
59.  Shadow of Your Smile--Mary Higgins Clark
60.  9th Judgment--James Patterson
61.  Madness of the XX Century: a testimony--Zbigniew Marian Haszlakiewicz
62.  Buckley's Story--Ingrid King
63.  Never to Be Forgotten: a young girl's Holocaust memoir--Beatrice Muchman
64.  Carrie Diaries--Candace Bushnell
65.  Open--Andre Agassi
66.  The Girl Who Chased the Moon--Sarah Addison Allen
67.  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner--Stephenie Meyer
68.  Alchemy and Meggy Swann--Karen Cushman
69.  Tattoo Machine: tall tales, true stories, and my life in ink--Jeff Johnson
70.  Heart of the Matter--Emily Giffin
71.  Fly Away Home--Jennifer Weiner
72.  Something Like Fate--Susane Colasanti
73.  Revolver--Marcus Sedgwick
74.  Somebody Everybody Listens To--Suzanne Supplee
75.  Promises to Keep--Jane Green
76.  Classic--Cecily Von Zeigesar
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: MissKitty on August 27, 2010, 12:18:00 PM
1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3. Thank You for Not Smoking - Arlo Flinn
4. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
5. London's Burning: The Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk 1976-1977 - Dave Thompson
6. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor
7. Making Rounds with Oscar - David Dosa, MD
8. Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More - Dianne Jacob
9. Guided by Voices: 21 Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock - Jim Greer
10. Luba - Gilbert Hernandez
11. The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting: An Oral History - Jim Walsh
12. American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement's Spaces of Hate -  Pete Simi and Robert Futrell
13. Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured Allied Victory - Ben Macintyre
14. Young, Gifted and Black: The Story of Trojan Records - Michael De Koningh and Laurence Cane-Honeysett
Adding:
15. An Echo in the Bone - Diana Gabaldon
I do believe I'm done with Diana Gabaldon after this dreadful mishap of a book. It almost seemed more like a plot outline that was turned in as the finished product when it wasn't. God, how it just plodded along for 3/4 of the book. And I do mean plodded. And then all of the sudden the last quarter of the book speeds up to craziness levels with the twists and turns and then leaves us with a cliffhanger. Well thanks but no thanks. If Diana Gabaldon really did write this (and I have my doubts) she's lost me as a fan. What a load of dreck.

Currently reading:
16. Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star - by Rick Wakeman
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on August 31, 2010, 08:32:16 AM
Quote
1 • Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
2 • Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
3 • David Gilmour - The Film Club - A Memoir
4 • Arlo Flinn - Thank You for not Smoking
5 • John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
6 • John Heilemann & Mark Halperin - Game Change
7 • David Dosa M.D.- Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
8 • Frankie Boyle - My Shit Life So Far
9 • Michael de Koningh & Laurence Cane-Honeysett - Young, Gifted & Black - The Story of Trojan Records
10 • Thomas Jerome Seabrook - Bowie in Berlin - A New Career in a New Town
11 • Tony Hsieh - Delivering Happiness - A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose
12 • Kendra Wilkinson - Sliding into Home - A Memoir
13 • Brian Viner - Nice to See It, To See It Nice - The 1970's in Front of the Telly
14 • Rick Wakeman - Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star[/i
adding
15 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Many people have described this first in the Larsson 'trilogy' a "rollercoaster of a thriller". To me it felt more like one of those rides that ever-so-slowly cranks you several hundred feet up in the air then drops you over the edge to smoothly plummet back to earth. Halfway into this whodunnit set in Sweden I was all ready to give up on it, despite everyone's protestations that it would prove to be "one of the best books I'd ever read". It felt slow and ponderous to me. Then, suddenly, there were a couple of sex scenes and we were careening to the (to me, predictable) finale with the merest of plot twists along the way. Not as good as I was expecting given all the hype but a decent enough page turner once you got past the excessive character development stage.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on September 02, 2010, 08:24:24 AM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
6. Dune Road - Jane Green
7. South of Broad - Pat Conroy
8. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman (audio book)
9. Eleven on Top - Janet Evanovich (audio book) - Stephanie Plum may be the most annoying character EVER
10. The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz
11. Curse of The Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
12. You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation - Susannah Gora
13. Promise Me - Harlan Coben (audio book)
14. The Killing Dance - Laurell K. Hamilton
15. Revenge of the Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
16. The Man of My Dreams - Curtis Sittenfeld
17. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran - Rob Sheffield
18. Caught - Harlan Coben
19. The Spellmans Strike Again - Lisa Lutz - I just love this series. I'm sad that I'm finally caught up. Now I have to wait for her to write another one. Hopefully she keeps cranking out one book a year.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2010, 11:20:32 PM
1. John Updike - rabbit, run
2. Sadia Shepard - The Girl From Foreign
3. Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4. Richard Preston - The Hot Zone
5. Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
6. Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire
7. Neil Gaiman - Stardust
8. Neil Gaiman - Smoke and Mirrors
9. Suzanne Collins - Mockingjay

I teared up at the end. I'll admit it. And I'm not even sure what I was tearing up at. I think the series veered in a direction I wouldn't have taken it, but that's why I'm not an author. I was curious as to what Collins' 'purpose' was going to be with the series and she very much answered that - it was written in her bio in the first book: the horrors of war. Still - I quite liked the whole series.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on September 06, 2010, 10:13:34 PM
1. Let Sleeping Rogues Lie by Sabrina Jeffires
2. Don't Bargain with the Devil by Sabrina Jeffries
3. Wed Him Before You Bed Him by Sabrina Jeffries
4. Eleanor, Ellatony, Ellencake, and me by C.M. Rubin
5. Bones of Betrayal by Jefferson Bass
6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
7. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
8. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
9. Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery by Stephanie Barron
10. Death at Bishop's Keep: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
11. Ellie: The Perfect Dress for Me by C.M. Rubin
12. The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
13. Death at Gallows Green: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
14. Death at Daisy's Folly: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
15. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
16. Death at Devil's Bridge: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
17. The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
18. My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
19. Death at Rottingdean: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
20. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
21. The Council of Dads : My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me by Bruce Feiler
22. Death at Whitechapel: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
23. Stealing with Style by Emyl Jenkins
24. Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo
25. Death at Epsom Downs: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
26. The Big Steal by Emyl Jenkins
28. The Heights by Peter Hedges
29. Death at Glamis Castle: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
27. Death at Dartmoor: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige - It's Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
30. Death in Hyde Park: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige - It's Jack London.
31. Death at Blenheim Palace: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige - It's Winston Churchill, again, and the future Lawrence of Arabia.
32. The Swan Thieves: a novel by Elizabeth Kostova - For a book this long, I wish I had enjoyed it more. I liked her debut, The Historian, better.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on September 08, 2010, 11:08:22 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
36.  Last Song--Nicholas Sparks
37.  Making Rounds with Oscar:  the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat--David Dosa
38.  Tangled--Carolyn Mackler
39.  Sweet, Hereafter--Angela Johnson
40.  Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins
41.  Girl with the Mermaid Hair--Delia Ephron
42.  Some Girls Are--Courtney Summers
43.  You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: the brat pack, John Hughes and their impact on a generation--Susannah Gora
44.  A Kiss in Time--Alex Flinn
45.  Green Witch--Alice Hoffman
46.  Something, Maybe--Elizabeth Scott
47.  Pieces of Happily Ever After--Irene Zutell
48.  Splendor--Anna Godbersen
49.  Scarlett Fever--Maureen Johnson
50.  All Unquiet Things--Anna Jarzab
51.  Forget-Her-Nots--Amy Brecount White
52.  Dawn--Kevin Brooks
53.  Going Bovine--Libba Bray
54.  The Gift--Cecelia Ahern
55.  Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?--Louise Rennison
56.  Forgotten Survivors: Polish Christians remember the Nazi occupation
57.  Tales of the Madman Underground--John Barnes
58.  Unwritten Rule--Elizabeth Scott
59.  Shadow of Your Smile--Mary Higgins Clark
60.  9th Judgment--James Patterson
61.  Madness of the XX Century: a testimony--Zbigniew Marian Haszlakiewicz
62.  Buckley's Story--Ingrid King
63.  Never to Be Forgotten: a young girl's Holocaust memoir--Beatrice Muchman
64.  Carrie Diaries--Candace Bushnell
65.  Open--Andre Agassi
66.  The Girl Who Chased the Moon--Sarah Addison Allen
67.  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner--Stephenie Meyer
68.  Alchemy and Meggy Swann--Karen Cushman
69.  Tattoo Machine: tall tales, true stories, and my life in ink--Jeff Johnson
70.  Heart of the Matter--Emily Giffin
71.  Fly Away Home--Jennifer Weiner
72.  Something Like Fate--Susane Colasanti
73.  Revolver--Marcus Sedgwick
74.  Somebody Everybody Listens To--Suzanne Supplee
75.  Promises to Keep--Jane Green
76.  Classic--Cecily Von Zeigesar
77. Postcard Killers--James Patterson
78.  My Name is Chloe--Melody Carlson
79.  Fat Cat--Robin Brande
80.  Mockingjay--Suzanne Collins
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on September 09, 2010, 09:24:46 AM
80.  Mockingjay--Suzanne Collins
Gasp! Someone else read the same book as me? I'm so.. confused.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on September 09, 2010, 09:33:00 AM
80.  Mockingjay--Suzanne Collins
Gasp! Someone else read the same book as me? I'm so.. confused.
She also read "Catching Fire". :)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on September 09, 2010, 11:50:04 AM
80.  Mockingjay--Suzanne Collins
Gasp! Someone else read the same book as me? I'm so.. confused.
She also read "Catching Fire". :)

And the Hunger Games, now that I look closer. I am not used to this at all!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on September 09, 2010, 12:31:53 PM
80.  Mockingjay--Suzanne Collins
Gasp! Someone else read the same book as me? I'm so.. confused.
She also read "Catching Fire". :)

And the Hunger Games, now that I look closer. I am not used to this at all!
So, it's fair to say she's a fan of Suzanne Collins. Not of you. ;)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on September 09, 2010, 05:53:05 PM
So what'd you think ?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on September 13, 2010, 08:47:34 AM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
6. Dune Road - Jane Green
7. South of Broad - Pat Conroy
8. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman (audio book)
9. Eleven on Top - Janet Evanovich (audio book) - Stephanie Plum may be the most annoying character EVER
10. The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz
11. Curse of The Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
12. You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation - Susannah Gora
13. Promise Me - Harlan Coben (audio book)
14. The Killing Dance - Laurell K. Hamilton
15. Revenge of the Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
16. The Man of My Dreams - Curtis Sittenfeld
17. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran - Rob Sheffield
18. Caught - Harlan Coben
19. The Spellmans Strike Again - Lisa Lutz
20. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on September 13, 2010, 11:46:39 AM
So what'd you think ?

I liked it, of course. You? I enjoyed the horrors of war concept, but was a little disappointed that she had to make it so gloomy. I did appreciate that President Coin was almost as rotten as President Snow, making one wonder what are they fighting for? And the commentary that someone else pointed out about how USA has no idea what's going on in the countries that support our way of life... well, that was a little jarring. I thought Katniss's character was fantastic. She got a little boring and repetitive toward the end, but overall she was tremendous.

I didn't understand the need to kill off some of the characters. Or at least, so simply. Like Finnick - he became one of my favorites and a key component of her life. So then Collins has to kill him? Really? Okay, fine... if you must then you must. But his death was so ... nonexistent. I was just like "wait, where'd he go? Is he dead?" It seemed a little anti-climatic.

But that's me picking at it. Fun read - very fast, very good.

You?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on September 13, 2010, 11:47:14 AM
80.  Mockingjay--Suzanne Collins
Gasp! Someone else read the same book as me? I'm so.. confused.
She also read "Catching Fire". :)

And the Hunger Games, now that I look closer. I am not used to this at all!
So, it's fair to say she's a fan of Suzanne Collins. Not of you. ;)

Bologna. You are all a fan of me. Stalkers.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on September 13, 2010, 12:05:39 PM
80.  Mockingjay--Suzanne Collins
Gasp! Someone else read the same book as me? I'm so.. confused.
She also read "Catching Fire". :)

And the Hunger Games, now that I look closer. I am not used to this at all!
So, it's fair to say she's a fan of Suzanne Collins. Not of you. ;)

Bologna. You are all a fan of me. Stalkers.
Thanks to the two of you, I understood what EW was talking about this week in their discussion of casting for these movies. I had never heard of this series or author until I decided to butt into your discussion here. :)

BTW: It all makes sense now, Dan.
http://shelf-life.ew.com/2010/08/26/kristen-bell-professes-her-love-of-the-hunger-games-trilogy-on-twitter/
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on September 13, 2010, 03:52:25 PM
HAAAAA. I didn't know that, but it does add to the mystique of how and why we are destined to be together.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Butter on September 13, 2010, 04:13:19 PM
80.  Mockingjay--Suzanne Collins
Gasp! Someone else read the same book as me? I'm so.. confused.
She also read "Catching Fire". :)

And the Hunger Games, now that I look closer. I am not used to this at all!
So, it's fair to say she's a fan of Suzanne Collins. Not of you. ;)

Bologna. You are all a fan of me. Stalkers.
Thanks to the two of you, I understood what EW was talking about this week in their discussion of casting for these movies. I had never heard of this series or author until I decided to butt into your discussion here. :)

BTW: It all makes sense now, Dan.
http://shelf-life.ew.com/2010/08/26/kristen-bell-professes-her-love-of-the-hunger-games-trilogy-on-twitter/

Nested quote #7.  BAM.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Rafe on September 13, 2010, 05:54:48 PM
I've read about 70-75 books so far this year. Fucked if I can remember all the titles, though. Wish I'd have kept updating here to record them all, but haven't had the chance. I did just finish a good Don Winslow book. "The Power of the Dog". Koestler's "Darkness at Noon" was also a decent read of a couple of months ago.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: MissKitty on September 20, 2010, 08:29:32 AM
1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3. Thank You for Not Smoking - Arlo Flinn
4. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
5. London's Burning: The Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk 1976-1977 - Dave Thompson
6. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor
7. Making Rounds with Oscar - David Dosa, MD
8. Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More - Dianne Jacob
9. Guided by Voices: 21 Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock - Jim Greer
10. Luba - Gilbert Hernandez
11. The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting: An Oral History - Jim Walsh
12. American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement's Spaces of Hate -  Pete Simi and Robert Futrell
13. Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured Allied Victory - Ben Macintyre
14. Young, Gifted and Black: The Story of Trojan Records - Michael De Koningh and Laurence Cane-Honeysett
15. An Echo in the Bone - Diana Gabaldon
adding:
16. Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star - by Rick Wakeman
17. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - by Steig Larsson

currently reading:
18. The Maiden Family of Virginia and Allied Families - by Sarah Finch Maiden Rollins

As big as this book is, it'll probably take me the rest of the year to finish.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on September 26, 2010, 08:57:46 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
36.  Last Song--Nicholas Sparks
37.  Making Rounds with Oscar:  the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat--David Dosa
38.  Tangled--Carolyn Mackler
39.  Sweet, Hereafter--Angela Johnson
40.  Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins
41.  Girl with the Mermaid Hair--Delia Ephron
42.  Some Girls Are--Courtney Summers
43.  You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: the brat pack, John Hughes and their impact on a generation--Susannah Gora
44.  A Kiss in Time--Alex Flinn
45.  Green Witch--Alice Hoffman
46.  Something, Maybe--Elizabeth Scott
47.  Pieces of Happily Ever After--Irene Zutell
48.  Splendor--Anna Godbersen
49.  Scarlett Fever--Maureen Johnson
50.  All Unquiet Things--Anna Jarzab
51.  Forget-Her-Nots--Amy Brecount White
52.  Dawn--Kevin Brooks
53.  Going Bovine--Libba Bray
54.  The Gift--Cecelia Ahern
55.  Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?--Louise Rennison
56.  Forgotten Survivors: Polish Christians remember the Nazi occupation
57.  Tales of the Madman Underground--John Barnes
58.  Unwritten Rule--Elizabeth Scott
59.  Shadow of Your Smile--Mary Higgins Clark
60.  9th Judgment--James Patterson
61.  Madness of the XX Century: a testimony--Zbigniew Marian Haszlakiewicz
62.  Buckley's Story--Ingrid King
63.  Never to Be Forgotten: a young girl's Holocaust memoir--Beatrice Muchman
64.  Carrie Diaries--Candace Bushnell
65.  Open--Andre Agassi
66.  The Girl Who Chased the Moon--Sarah Addison Allen
67.  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner--Stephenie Meyer
68.  Alchemy and Meggy Swann--Karen Cushman
69.  Tattoo Machine: tall tales, true stories, and my life in ink--Jeff Johnson
70.  Heart of the Matter--Emily Giffin
71.  Fly Away Home--Jennifer Weiner
72.  Something Like Fate--Susane Colasanti
73.  Revolver--Marcus Sedgwick
74.  Somebody Everybody Listens To--Suzanne Supplee
75.  Promises to Keep--Jane Green
76.  Classic--Cecily Von Zeigesar
77. Postcard Killers--James Patterson
78.  My Name is Chloe--Melody Carlson
79.  Fat Cat--Robin Brande
80.  Mockingjay--Suzanne Collins

81.  From Day to Day--Odd Nansen
82.  Talking to Girls about Duran Duran--Rob Sheffield
83.  The Summer of Skinny Dipping--Amanda Howells
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: scuba on September 26, 2010, 09:04:08 PM
1. Beautiful Boy - David Sheff
2. Proust was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer
3. The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
4. How We Decide - Jonah Lehrer
5. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
6. Point Omega - Don Delillo
7. Falling Man - Don Delillo
8. NurtureShock - Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
9. Saturday - Ian McEwan
10. White Noise - Don Delillo
11. Sleepless - Charlie Huston
12. The Passage - Justin Cronin

13. Mentor: A Memoir - Tom Grimes
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on October 05, 2010, 07:15:42 PM
Quote
1 • Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
2 • Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
3 • David Gilmour - The Film Club - A Memoir
4 • Arlo Flinn - Thank You for not Smoking
5 • John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
6 • John Heilemann & Mark Halperin - Game Change
7 • David Dosa M.D.- Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
8 • Frankie Boyle - My Shit Life So Far
9 • Michael de Koningh & Laurence Cane-Honeysett - Young, Gifted & Black - The Story of Trojan Records
10 • Thomas Jerome Seabrook - Bowie in Berlin - A New Career in a New Town
11 • Tony Hsieh - Delivering Happiness - A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose
12 • Kendra Wilkinson - Sliding into Home - A Memoir
13 • Brian Viner - Nice to See It, To See It Nice - The 1970's in Front of the Telly
14 • Rick Wakeman - Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star
15 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
adding
16 • Rob Sheffield - Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut
I really wanted to like this book. Every review was positive and every review said it was written for admirers of 80's music. Seeing as 80's music gave me a damned good living I thought nothing could go wrong and I would revel in the contents. I was a little wary, admittedly... Sheffield's previous book - "Love is a Mix Tape" - was similarly revered but I didn't care for it at all, not even making it to the end. I found it a little too 'knowing', as if he was writing what he expected people to hear, rather than what he actually felt or thought. "Talking to Girls..." wasn't - for me - as bad as his debut, but I still found it wanting. He seems to write in an ADHD fashion, themes and ideas jumping here, there and everywhere; the basis of each chapter (a varied collection of 80's songs) lost in a plethera of unconnected subjects and thoughts. I did finish it and got the overall drift - that certain bands are perhaps only for girls - but feel that I need to talk to Rob Sheffield about girls talking about Duran Duran to learn more?!
17 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Played with Fire
The second in Stieg Larsson's famed trilogy benefits greatly from not having to introduce the primary players - as the debut did - and as such is allowed to easily freefall through a thrilling game of cat and mouse from the first page to the last. The ending's somewhat open to question - and perhaps could be considered an anti-climax - but the build-up to it is exciting stuff indeed.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: MissKitty on October 10, 2010, 06:09:42 PM
1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3. Thank You for Not Smoking - Arlo Flinn
4. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
5. London's Burning: The Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk 1976-1977 - Dave Thompson
6. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor
7. Making Rounds with Oscar - David Dosa, MD
8. Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More - Dianne Jacob
9. Guided by Voices: 21 Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock - Jim Greer
10. Luba - Gilbert Hernandez
11. The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting: An Oral History - Jim Walsh
12. American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement's Spaces of Hate -  Pete Simi and Robert Futrell
13. Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured Allied Victory - Ben Macintyre
14. Young, Gifted and Black: The Story of Trojan Records - Michael De Koningh and Laurence Cane-Honeysett
15. An Echo in the Bone - Diana Gabaldon
adding:
16. Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star - by Rick Wakeman
17. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - by Steig Larsson
Adding:
18. The Girl Who Played With Fire - by Steig Larsson
currently reading:
19. The Maiden Family of Virginia and Allied Families - by Sarah Finch Maiden Rollins

As big as this book is, it'll probably take me the rest of the year to finish.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on October 11, 2010, 08:20:32 AM
Add one to my abandoned books list. "The Somnambulist" by Jonathan Barnes. I've been trying to finish it for a month and just can't do it. So, finally, I'm saying eff it and switching to "Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America" by Peter Biskind.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: scuba on October 11, 2010, 02:23:02 PM
1. Beautiful Boy - David Sheff
2. Proust was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer
3. The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
4. How We Decide - Jonah Lehrer
5. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
6. Point Omega - Don Delillo
7. Falling Man - Don Delillo
8. NurtureShock - Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
9. Saturday - Ian McEwan
10. White Noise - Don Delillo
11. Sleepless - Charlie Huston
12. The Passage - Justin Cronin
13. Mentor: A Memoir - Tom Grimes

14. Descartes' Bones - Russell Shorto
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on October 19, 2010, 10:13:04 AM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
6. Dune Road - Jane Green
7. South of Broad - Pat Conroy
8. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman (audio book)
9. Eleven on Top - Janet Evanovich (audio book) - Stephanie Plum may be the most annoying character EVER
10. The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz
11. Curse of The Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
12. You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation - Susannah Gora
13. Promise Me - Harlan Coben (audio book)
14. The Killing Dance - Laurell K. Hamilton
15. Revenge of the Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
16. The Man of My Dreams - Curtis Sittenfeld
17. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran - Rob Sheffield
18. Caught - Harlan Coben
19. The Spellmans Strike Again - Lisa Lutz
20. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender
21. The Somnambulist -Jonathan Barnes
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: MissKitty on October 20, 2010, 12:29:05 PM
1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3. Thank You for Not Smoking - Arlo Flinn
4. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
5. London's Burning: The Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk 1976-1977 - Dave Thompson
6. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor
7. Making Rounds with Oscar - David Dosa, MD
8. Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More - Dianne Jacob
9. Guided by Voices: 21 Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock - Jim Greer
10. Luba - Gilbert Hernandez
11. The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting: An Oral History - Jim Walsh
12. American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement's Spaces of Hate -  Pete Simi and Robert Futrell
13. Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured Allied Victory - Ben Macintyre
14. Young, Gifted and Black: The Story of Trojan Records - Michael De Koningh and Laurence Cane-Honeysett
15. An Echo in the Bone - Diana Gabaldon
16. Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star - by Rick Wakeman
17. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - by Steig Larsson
18. The Girl Who Played With Fire - by Steig Larsson
Adding:
19. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut - by Rob Sheffield

Still reading:
20. The Maiden Family of Virginia and Allied Families - by Sarah Finch Maiden Rollins

As big as this book is, it'll probably take me the rest of the year to finish. And as if I don't have enough to read with this one, I've also started reading:

21. Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis - by Ian Kershaw

It only has 1210 pages and ought to be fine bedtime reading. LOL
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on October 28, 2010, 11:26:52 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
36.  Last Song--Nicholas Sparks
37.  Making Rounds with Oscar:  the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat--David Dosa
38.  Tangled--Carolyn Mackler
39.  Sweet, Hereafter--Angela Johnson
40.  Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins
41.  Girl with the Mermaid Hair--Delia Ephron
42.  Some Girls Are--Courtney Summers
43.  You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: the brat pack, John Hughes and their impact on a generation--Susannah Gora
44.  A Kiss in Time--Alex Flinn
45.  Green Witch--Alice Hoffman
46.  Something, Maybe--Elizabeth Scott
47.  Pieces of Happily Ever After--Irene Zutell
48.  Splendor--Anna Godbersen
49.  Scarlett Fever--Maureen Johnson
50.  All Unquiet Things--Anna Jarzab
51.  Forget-Her-Nots--Amy Brecount White
52.  Dawn--Kevin Brooks
53.  Going Bovine--Libba Bray
54.  The Gift--Cecelia Ahern
55.  Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?--Louise Rennison
56.  Forgotten Survivors: Polish Christians remember the Nazi occupation
57.  Tales of the Madman Underground--John Barnes
58.  Unwritten Rule--Elizabeth Scott
59.  Shadow of Your Smile--Mary Higgins Clark
60.  9th Judgment--James Patterson
61.  Madness of the XX Century: a testimony--Zbigniew Marian Haszlakiewicz
62.  Buckley's Story--Ingrid King
63.  Never to Be Forgotten: a young girl's Holocaust memoir--Beatrice Muchman
64.  Carrie Diaries--Candace Bushnell
65.  Open--Andre Agassi
66.  The Girl Who Chased the Moon--Sarah Addison Allen
67.  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner--Stephenie Meyer
68.  Alchemy and Meggy Swann--Karen Cushman
69.  Tattoo Machine: tall tales, true stories, and my life in ink--Jeff Johnson
70.  Heart of the Matter--Emily Giffin
71.  Fly Away Home--Jennifer Weiner
72.  Something Like Fate--Susane Colasanti
73.  Revolver--Marcus Sedgwick
74.  Somebody Everybody Listens To--Suzanne Supplee
75.  Promises to Keep--Jane Green
76.  Classic--Cecily Von Zeigesar
77. Postcard Killers--James Patterson
78.  My Name is Chloe--Melody Carlson
79.  Fat Cat--Robin Brande
80.  Mockingjay--Suzanne Collins
81.  From Day to Day--Odd Nansen
82.  Talking to Girls about Duran Duran--Rob Sheffield
83.  The Summer of Skinny Dipping--Amanda Howells
84.  Runaway--Meg Cabot
85.  Veil of Night--Linda Howard
86.  Hardcourt Confidential:  Tales from twenty years in the pro tennis trenches--Patrick McEnroe
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on November 03, 2010, 03:54:53 AM
Quote
1 • Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
2 • Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
3 • David Gilmour - The Film Club - A Memoir
4 • Arlo Flinn - Thank You for not Smoking
5 • John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
6 • John Heilemann & Mark Halperin - Game Change
7 • David Dosa M.D.- Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
8 • Frankie Boyle - My Shit Life So Far
9 • Michael de Koningh & Laurence Cane-Honeysett - Young, Gifted & Black - The Story of Trojan Records
10 • Thomas Jerome Seabrook - Bowie in Berlin - A New Career in a New Town
11 • Tony Hsieh - Delivering Happiness - A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose
12 • Kendra Wilkinson - Sliding into Home - A Memoir
13 • Brian Viner - Nice to See It, To See It Nice - The 1970's in Front of the Telly
14 • Rick Wakeman - Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star
15 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
16 • Rob Sheffield - Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut
17 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Played with Fire
adding
18 • George Pelecanos - The Night Gardener
A very worthy crime thriller, perfect for 'vacation' reading
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on November 03, 2010, 10:06:27 PM
1. John Updike - rabbit, run
2. Sadia Shepard - The Girl From Foreign
3. Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4. Richard Preston - The Hot Zone
5. Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
6. Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire
7. Neil Gaiman - Stardust
8. Neil Gaiman - Smoke and Mirrors
9. Suzanne Collins - Mockingjay
10. Robert A Caro - The Power Broker
11. Robert A Caro - The Power Broker
12. Robert A Caro - The Power Broker
13. Robert A Caro - The Power Broker

Hah. Okay not really, but a book that LONG and that THICK and that PITHY should count as like 4 books.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on November 03, 2010, 11:36:03 PM
1. Let Sleeping Rogues Lie by Sabrina Jeffires
2. Don't Bargain with the Devil by Sabrina Jeffries
3. Wed Him Before You Bed Him by Sabrina Jeffries
4. Eleanor, Ellatony, Ellencake, and me by C.M. Rubin
5. Bones of Betrayal by Jefferson Bass
6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
7. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
8. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
9. Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery by Stephanie Barron
10. Death at Bishop's Keep: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
11. Ellie: The Perfect Dress for Me by C.M. Rubin
12. The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
13. Death at Gallows Green: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
14. Death at Daisy's Folly: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
15. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
16. Death at Devil's Bridge: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
17. The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
18. My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
19. Death at Rottingdean: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
20. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
21. The Council of Dads : My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me by Bruce Feiler
22. Death at Whitechapel: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
23. Stealing with Style by Emyl Jenkins
24. Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo
25. Death at Epsom Downs: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
26. The Big Steal by Emyl Jenkins
27. Death at Dartmoor: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige - It's Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
28. The Heights by Peter Hedges
29. Death at Glamis Castle: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
30. Death in Hyde Park: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige - It's Jack London.
31. Death at Blenheim Palace: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige - It's Winston Churchill, again, and the future Lawrence of Arabia.
32. The Swan Thieves: a novel by Elizabeth Kostova
33. Bliss, Remembered by Frank Deford
34. One Day by David Nicholls
35. The Magicians: a novel by Lev Grossman
36. Love is a Mix Tape: life and loss, one song at a time by Rob Sheffield

Ack - only 2 months to read 14 more books!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on November 08, 2010, 06:15:39 AM
Quote
1 • Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
2 • Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
3 • David Gilmour - The Film Club - A Memoir
4 • Arlo Flinn - Thank You for not Smoking
5 • John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
6 • John Heilemann & Mark Halperin - Game Change
7 • David Dosa M.D.- Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
8 • Frankie Boyle - My Shit Life So Far
9 • Michael de Koningh & Laurence Cane-Honeysett - Young, Gifted & Black - The Story of Trojan Records
10 • Thomas Jerome Seabrook - Bowie in Berlin - A New Career in a New Town
11 • Tony Hsieh - Delivering Happiness - A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose
12 • Kendra Wilkinson - Sliding into Home - A Memoir
13 • Brian Viner - Nice to See It, To See It Nice - The 1970's in Front of the Telly
14 • Rick Wakeman - Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star
15 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
16 • Rob Sheffield - Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut
17 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Played with Fire
18 • George Pelecanos - The Night Gardener
adding
19 • Humphrey Lyttleton - It Just Occurred to Me...: The Reminiscences and Thoughts of Chairman Humph
A nice little biographical tome from one of Britain's great broadcasters and jazz musicians. RIP Humph.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on November 09, 2010, 03:37:08 PM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
6. Dune Road - Jane Green
7. South of Broad - Pat Conroy
8. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman (audio book)
9. Eleven on Top - Janet Evanovich (audio book) - Stephanie Plum may be the most annoying character EVER
10. The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz
11. Curse of The Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
12. You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation - Susannah Gora
13. Promise Me - Harlan Coben (audio book)
14. The Killing Dance - Laurell K. Hamilton
15. Revenge of the Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
16. The Man of My Dreams - Curtis Sittenfeld
17. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran - Rob Sheffield
18. Caught - Harlan Coben
19. The Spellmans Strike Again - Lisa Lutz
20. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender
21. The Somnambulist -Jonathan Barnes
22. Into the Beautiful North - Luis Alberto Urrea - Wonderful book. I've been talking about it to people the entire time that I've been reading it. Probably my #1 of the year.

From Publishers Weekly
Nayeli, the Taqueria worker of Urrea's fine new novel (after The Hummingbird's Daughter), is a young woman in the poor but tight-knit coastal Mexican town of Tres Camarones who spends her days serving tacos and helping her feisty aunt Irma get elected as the town's first female mayor. Abandoned by her father who headed north for work years before, Nayeli is hit with the realization that her hometown is all but abandoned by men, leaving it at the mercy of drug gangsters. So Nayeli hatches an elaborate scheme inspired by The Magnificent Seven: with three friends, she heads north to find seven Mexican men and smuggle them back into Mexico to protect the town. What she discovers along the way, of course, surprises her. Urrea's poetic sensibility and journalistic eye for detail in painting the Mexican landscape and sociological complexities create vivid, memorable scenes. Though the Spanglish can be tough for the uninitiated to detangle, the colorful characters, strong narrative and humor carry this surprisingly uplifting and very human story. (May)

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on November 16, 2010, 10:12:32 AM
Quote
1 • Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
2 • Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
3 • David Gilmour - The Film Club - A Memoir
4 • Arlo Flinn - Thank You for not Smoking
5 • John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
6 • John Heilemann & Mark Halperin - Game Change
7 • David Dosa M.D.- Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
8 • Frankie Boyle - My Shit Life So Far
9 • Michael de Koningh & Laurence Cane-Honeysett - Young, Gifted & Black - The Story of Trojan Records
10 • Thomas Jerome Seabrook - Bowie in Berlin - A New Career in a New Town
11 • Tony Hsieh - Delivering Happiness - A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose
12 • Kendra Wilkinson - Sliding into Home - A Memoir
13 • Brian Viner - Nice to See It, To See It Nice - The 1970's in Front of the Telly
14 • Rick Wakeman - Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star
15 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
16 • Rob Sheffield - Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut
17 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Played with Fire
18 • George Pelecanos - The Night Gardener
19 • Humphrey Lyttleton - It Just Occurred to Me...: The Reminiscences and Thoughts of Chairman Humph
adding
20 • Jimmy Carr & Lucy Greeves - The Naked Jape - Uncovering the Hidden World of Jokes
I like Jimmy Carr. I love Jimmy Carr's jokes. This book however left me a little cold. A collection of short dissertations on the history of comedy, interspersed with gags that, sadly, had the slight smell of 'cash-in' about it. Stick to the stand-up Jimmy!
21 • Jo Brand - Look Back in Hunger
As a big fan of stand-up comedy I feel almost insanely drawn to auto-biogs by comedians. They usually fall into one of two categories - fun'n'fascinating or dull'n'drab. This one falls into the second category. Brand's on stage persona is that of a dry acerbic wit, but sadly this book carries nothing but 'dry', it being little more than a collection of somewhat boring vignettes that, if they were written by anyone else, you'd wonder why the author bothered commiting them to print. Maybe Brand is just having a laugh at our expense by sharing such mundane nonsense but this book has done nothing to warm me to spending even more money on her oeuvre.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: scuba on November 26, 2010, 08:35:54 PM
1. Beautiful Boy - David Sheff
2. Proust was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer
3. The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
4. How We Decide - Jonah Lehrer
5. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
6. Point Omega - Don Delillo
7. Falling Man - Don Delillo
8. NurtureShock - Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
9. Saturday - Ian McEwan
10. White Noise - Don Delillo
11. Sleepless - Charlie Huston
12. The Passage - Justin Cronin
13. Mentor: A Memoir - Tom Grimes
14. Descartes' Bones - Russell Shorto

15. Choke - Sian Beilock
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on November 26, 2010, 11:39:09 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
36.  Last Song--Nicholas Sparks
37.  Making Rounds with Oscar:  the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat--David Dosa
38.  Tangled--Carolyn Mackler
39.  Sweet, Hereafter--Angela Johnson
40.  Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins
41.  Girl with the Mermaid Hair--Delia Ephron
42.  Some Girls Are--Courtney Summers
43.  You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: the brat pack, John Hughes and their impact on a generation--Susannah Gora
44.  A Kiss in Time--Alex Flinn
45.  Green Witch--Alice Hoffman
46.  Something, Maybe--Elizabeth Scott
47.  Pieces of Happily Ever After--Irene Zutell
48.  Splendor--Anna Godbersen
49.  Scarlett Fever--Maureen Johnson
50.  All Unquiet Things--Anna Jarzab
51.  Forget-Her-Nots--Amy Brecount White
52.  Dawn--Kevin Brooks
53.  Going Bovine--Libba Bray
54.  The Gift--Cecelia Ahern
55.  Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?--Louise Rennison
56.  Forgotten Survivors: Polish Christians remember the Nazi occupation
57.  Tales of the Madman Underground--John Barnes
58.  Unwritten Rule--Elizabeth Scott
59.  Shadow of Your Smile--Mary Higgins Clark
60.  9th Judgment--James Patterson
61.  Madness of the XX Century: a testimony--Zbigniew Marian Haszlakiewicz
62.  Buckley's Story--Ingrid King
63.  Never to Be Forgotten: a young girl's Holocaust memoir--Beatrice Muchman
64.  Carrie Diaries--Candace Bushnell
65.  Open--Andre Agassi
66.  The Girl Who Chased the Moon--Sarah Addison Allen
67.  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner--Stephenie Meyer
68.  Alchemy and Meggy Swann--Karen Cushman
69.  Tattoo Machine: tall tales, true stories, and my life in ink--Jeff Johnson
70.  Heart of the Matter--Emily Giffin
71.  Fly Away Home--Jennifer Weiner
72.  Something Like Fate--Susane Colasanti
73.  Revolver--Marcus Sedgwick
74.  Somebody Everybody Listens To--Suzanne Supplee
75.  Promises to Keep--Jane Green
76.  Classic--Cecily Von Zeigesar
77. Postcard Killers--James Patterson
78.  My Name is Chloe--Melody Carlson
79.  Fat Cat--Robin Brande
80.  Mockingjay--Suzanne Collins
81.  From Day to Day--Odd Nansen
82.  Talking to Girls about Duran Duran--Rob Sheffield
83.  The Summer of Skinny Dipping--Amanda Howells
84.  Runaway--Meg Cabot
85.  Veil of Night--Linda Howard
86.  Hardcourt Confidential:  Tales from twenty years in the pro tennis trenches--Patrick McEnroe

87.  Amy and Roger's Epic Detour--Morgan Matson
88.  Late, Late at Night--Rick Springfield
89.  Insatiable--Meg Cabot
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on December 01, 2010, 04:03:38 PM
1. John Updike - rabbit, run
2. Sadia Shepard - The Girl From Foreign
3. Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4. Richard Preston - The Hot Zone
5. Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
6. Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire
7. Neil Gaiman - Stardust
8. Neil Gaiman - Smoke and Mirrors
9. Suzanne Collins - Mockingjay
10. Robert A Caro - The Power Broker
11. Robert A Heinlein - The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

Fantastic. Amazing at the foresight he had for some developments in the computer and technology worlds that still hold true today. And also amazing at how many stories that have come after this completely borrow his ideas. I wonder what he would have done if he'd known about the possibility of cell-phone technologies.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on December 01, 2010, 05:23:49 PM
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1 • Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
2 • Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
3 • David Gilmour - The Film Club - A Memoir
4 • Arlo Flinn - Thank You for not Smoking
5 • John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
6 • John Heilemann & Mark Halperin - Game Change
7 • David Dosa M.D.- Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
8 • Frankie Boyle - My Shit Life So Far
9 • Michael de Koningh & Laurence Cane-Honeysett - Young, Gifted & Black - The Story of Trojan Records
10 • Thomas Jerome Seabrook - Bowie in Berlin - A New Career in a New Town
11 • Tony Hsieh - Delivering Happiness - A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose
12 • Kendra Wilkinson - Sliding into Home - A Memoir
13 • Brian Viner - Nice to See It, To See It Nice - The 1970's in Front of the Telly
14 • Rick Wakeman - Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star
15 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
16 • Rob Sheffield - Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut
17 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Played with Fire
18 • George Pelecanos - The Night Gardener
19 • Humphrey Lyttleton - It Just Occurred to Me...: The Reminiscences and Thoughts of Chairman Humph
20 • Jimmy Carr & Lucy Greeves - The Naked Jape - Uncovering the Hidden World of Jokes
21 • Jo Brand - Look Back in Hunger
adding
22 • Jack Dee - Thanks for Nothing
In complete contrast with the Jo Brand book I read before it, Jack Dee's description of his rise to stardom was a page turning riot of fun brimming over with brilliant anecdotes and laughs in almost every paragraph. He is perhaps at his funniest when he goes 'off-subject', complaining - in his laconic style - about modern-day stuff that gets on his tits. From plumbing disasters to satnavs you can't help but nod and agree with his remarks whilst simultaneously learning what spurred him onto success, and stand-up comedy in particular. One of the things I laughed at most - and I hope this isn't a spoiler - is the Index at the back of the book, which says, simply "Dee, Jack 1-377"

Now Reading: Keith Richards - Life
I have wanted to read this ever since it was announced and our library finally came up trumps today. Yeah man!!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: MissKitty on December 13, 2010, 08:31:55 AM
1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3. Thank You for Not Smoking - Arlo Flinn
4. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
5. London's Burning: The Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk 1976-1977 - Dave Thompson
6. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor
7. Making Rounds with Oscar - David Dosa, MD
8. Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More - Dianne Jacob
9. Guided by Voices: 21 Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock - Jim Greer
10. Luba - Gilbert Hernandez
11. The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting: An Oral History - Jim Walsh
12. American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement's Spaces of Hate -  Pete Simi and Robert Futrell
13. Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured Allied Victory - Ben Macintyre
14. Young, Gifted and Black: The Story of Trojan Records - Michael De Koningh and Laurence Cane-Honeysett
15. An Echo in the Bone - Diana Gabaldon
16. Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star - by Rick Wakeman
17. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - by Steig Larsson
18. The Girl Who Played With Fire - by Steig Larsson
19. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut - by Rob Sheffield
Adding:
20. The Maiden Family of Virginia and Allied Families - by Sarah Finch Maiden Rollins

Currently reading:
21. Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis - by Ian Kershaw

It only has 1210 pages and ought to be fine bedtime reading. LOL
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on December 14, 2010, 01:54:07 PM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
8. Devil's Claw- J.A. Jance. I liked this one.  Nicely paced.  I think it's from the middle of a series of books about this particular sheriff, and I think I've read another in the series.  
The Dandelion Killer- Wanda Luttrell.  Thought from the title and the creepy dandelion dripping blood on the cover that this would be a really cool thriller book.  Yeah, I missed the tiny phrase "Fiction for the mind AND soul" on the back cover.  It was a churchy thriller.  Like the bad guys **spoiler alert** were these new age people.  No, seriously.  AAAAAAAHHHHHH, Transcendential Meditation!!!!!  Crystals!!!!  Holistic health!!!!  
9. Heartbreaker- Julie Garwood.  Really good thriller.  Really fast paced, quick read.  I finished it early, so now I don't have a book to read for today.  I'm stuck reading Better Homes & Gardens.  
10. Sacred- Dennis LaHane.  REALLY engaging.  Liked this one a lot.  
11. The Charlemagne Pursuit- Steve Barry.  Good.  Less Dan-Browny than his other stuff.  Kind of a slow start, but it picked up nicely
12. The Rule of Four- Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason.  I liked this one too.  Interesting story of 4 men at Princeton about to graduate.
13. Crusader Gold- David Gibbins.  Like Indiana Jones and Dan Brown went scuba diving together.  Did the Nazis really think that they could trace their Aryan roots to the polar ice caps?  This book had that and so did my #11 up there.
14. Liar's Market- Taylor Smith.  Interesting take on a spy story.  SUPER quick read.  Started it yesterday, finished it up today.  
15. Richochet- Sandra Brown.  Meh.  
16. Blindsighted- Karin Slaughter. Liked this one okay.  
17. Bandits- Elmore Leonard.  AWESOME.  Really interesting, fast paced, well fleshed out story and characters.  I can see why people really dig EL.  Can't believe I didn't get into his stuff sooner.
20. Cruel Intent- JA Jance.  Eh.  Her series about the reporter is less interesting than the series about the sheriff
21. Creepers- David Morrell.  Interesting thriller about an abandoned hotel and some urban explorers
22. The Geographer's Library- Jon Fasman.  Really good mystery/thriller type book.  Hapless journalist stumbles into something crazy.  Good Times.
23. Fire Storm- Iris Johansen
24. Show No Fear- Peri O’Shaughnessy.
25. Cold Truth- Mariah Stewart
26. Beautiful Lies- Lisa Unger.  
27. Black Out- Lisa Unger.
26. Fractured- Karin Slaughter
27. Always Time To Die- Elizabeth Lowell
28. Thank You For Smoking- Christopher Buckley
29. Blue City- Ross MacDonald
30. Out of Sight- Elmore Leonard
31. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less- Terry Ryan.  LOVED this.  Highly recommend this.  I’ll also throw in for the movie.  Starred Woody Harrelson and Julianne Moore. 
32. The Broken Window- Jeffery Deaver.  One of the Lincoln Rhyme books.  Really dig this series.  This one was especially freaky.  A huge part of it was identity theft.  Very Big Brother.  Makes me want to throw out all my shopper cards and stuff.   Except they have other ways to get your info.  Don’t read this if you’re paranoid about this kind of thing.
33. The Bodies Left Behind- Jeffery Deaver. 
34. The Camel Club- David Baldacci.  Interesting political thriller.  I had read this before, but didn’t realize it until I started reading.  Still read it though.
35. The Collectors- David Baldacci.  Sequel to The Camel Club.  Liked this one even better than the first.
36. The Abstinence Teacher- Tom Perrotta
37. Indelible- Karin Slaughter.
38. Deception Point- Dan Brown.  I think this is my favorite Dan Brown.  I know he’s got a bad rep, but he actually writes a pretty engaging story.  I read it in a little over a day between calls at work.
39. The Egg and I- Betty MacDonald.  SOOOOO different than the movie.  I still enjoyed the book though.  Apparently she’s the same lady who wrote the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books. 
40. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies- Alexander McCall Smith.  One of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books. 
41. Jaws- Peter Benchley.  The book was awesome.  Different than the movie (and a lot dirtier), but awesome.
It's funny, I saw a lot of Jaws related stuff this summer.  Some big 2 hour special on History or Discovery about the movie itself, and something on the AV Club too.  LOVED reading the AV Club about the reactions people had to the movie when it came out when they were kids.  Stuff about people being too afraid to even swim in swimming pools. 
42. Moo- Jane Smiley
43. The Charlemagne Pursuit- Steve Berry
44. Hand of Evil- JA Jance
45. Dead Docket- Mitchell Graham
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Cockney Rebel on December 16, 2010, 11:23:27 AM
Quote
1 • Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
2 • Dave Thompson - London's Burning - True Adventues on the Front Lines of Punk 1976-1977
3 • David Gilmour - The Film Club - A Memoir
4 • Arlo Flinn - Thank You for not Smoking
5 • John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
6 • John Heilemann & Mark Halperin - Game Change
7 • David Dosa M.D.- Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
8 • Frankie Boyle - My Shit Life So Far
9 • Michael de Koningh & Laurence Cane-Honeysett - Young, Gifted & Black - The Story of Trojan Records
10 • Thomas Jerome Seabrook - Bowie in Berlin - A New Career in a New Town
11 • Tony Hsieh - Delivering Happiness - A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose
12 • Kendra Wilkinson - Sliding into Home - A Memoir
13 • Brian Viner - Nice to See It, To See It Nice - The 1970's in Front of the Telly
14 • Rick Wakeman - Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star
15 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
16 • Rob Sheffield - Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut
17 • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Played with Fire
18 • George Pelecanos - The Night Gardener
19 • Humphrey Lyttleton - It Just Occurred to Me...: The Reminiscences and Thoughts of Chairman Humph
20 • Jimmy Carr & Lucy Greeves - The Naked Jape - Uncovering the Hidden World of Jokes
21 • Jo Brand - Look Back in Hunger
22 • Jack Dee - Thanks for Nothing
adding
23 • Keith Richards - Life
Awesome. 100% awesome with an order of awesome on the side. All washed down with Jack Daniels and a snort of coke.

I think that's 'my lot' as far as books in 2010 goes?! I can't see me delving into another book this side of next year.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on December 16, 2010, 12:21:50 PM
23 • Keith Richards - Life
Awesome. 100% awesome with an order of awesome on the side. All washed down with Jack Daniels and a snort of coke.
YAY! I can't wait to get it back and finish it.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on December 16, 2010, 09:38:28 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
36.  Last Song--Nicholas Sparks
37.  Making Rounds with Oscar:  the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat--David Dosa
38.  Tangled--Carolyn Mackler
39.  Sweet, Hereafter--Angela Johnson
40.  Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins
41.  Girl with the Mermaid Hair--Delia Ephron
42.  Some Girls Are--Courtney Summers
43.  You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: the brat pack, John Hughes and their impact on a generation--Susannah Gora
44.  A Kiss in Time--Alex Flinn
45.  Green Witch--Alice Hoffman
46.  Something, Maybe--Elizabeth Scott
47.  Pieces of Happily Ever After--Irene Zutell
48.  Splendor--Anna Godbersen
49.  Scarlett Fever--Maureen Johnson
50.  All Unquiet Things--Anna Jarzab
51.  Forget-Her-Nots--Amy Brecount White
52.  Dawn--Kevin Brooks
53.  Going Bovine--Libba Bray
54.  The Gift--Cecelia Ahern
55.  Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?--Louise Rennison
56.  Forgotten Survivors: Polish Christians remember the Nazi occupation
57.  Tales of the Madman Underground--John Barnes
58.  Unwritten Rule--Elizabeth Scott
59.  Shadow of Your Smile--Mary Higgins Clark
60.  9th Judgment--James Patterson
61.  Madness of the XX Century: a testimony--Zbigniew Marian Haszlakiewicz
62.  Buckley's Story--Ingrid King
63.  Never to Be Forgotten: a young girl's Holocaust memoir--Beatrice Muchman
64.  Carrie Diaries--Candace Bushnell
65.  Open--Andre Agassi
66.  The Girl Who Chased the Moon--Sarah Addison Allen
67.  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner--Stephenie Meyer
68.  Alchemy and Meggy Swann--Karen Cushman
69.  Tattoo Machine: tall tales, true stories, and my life in ink--Jeff Johnson
70.  Heart of the Matter--Emily Giffin
71.  Fly Away Home--Jennifer Weiner
72.  Something Like Fate--Susane Colasanti
73.  Revolver--Marcus Sedgwick
74.  Somebody Everybody Listens To--Suzanne Supplee
75.  Promises to Keep--Jane Green
76.  Classic--Cecily Von Zeigesar
77. Postcard Killers--James Patterson
78.  My Name is Chloe--Melody Carlson
79.  Fat Cat--Robin Brande
80.  Mockingjay--Suzanne Collins
81.  From Day to Day--Odd Nansen
82.  Talking to Girls about Duran Duran--Rob Sheffield
83.  The Summer of Skinny Dipping--Amanda Howells
84.  Runaway--Meg Cabot
85.  Veil of Night--Linda Howard
86.  Hardcourt Confidential:  Tales from twenty years in the pro tennis trenches--Patrick McEnroe
87.  Amy and Roger's Epic Detour--Morgan Matson
88.  Late, Late at Night--Rick Springfield
89.  Insatiable--Meg Cabot
90.  Don't Blink--James Patterson
91.  The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things--Carolyn Mackler
92.  The Confession--John Grisham
93.  Thirteen Days to Midnight--Patrick Carman
94.  Cross Fire--James Patterson
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: rva on December 17, 2010, 09:01:51 PM
1 Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey--and Even Iraq--Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport--Simon Kuper, Stefan Szymanski
2 Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao-- Junot Díaz
3 The Road--Cormac McCarthy  
4 Downtown Owl: A Novel-- Chuck Klosterman
5 The Advanced Genius Theory: Are They Out of Their Minds or Ahead of Their Time?--Jason Hartley  
6 Brilliant Orange The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer --David Winner
7 The Wettest County in the World-- Matt Bondurant  
8 Little Bee: A Novel--Chris Cleave
9 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks--Rebecca Skloot  
10 Kraken-- China  Miéville  
11 Lucy--Laurence Gonzales  .  
12 Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure--Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan
13 Imperial Bedrooms-- Bret Easton Ellis
14 A Visit from the Goon Squad-- Jennifer Eagan  
15 Mr. Peanut-- Adam Ross
16 Go, Mutants!: A Novel-- Larry Doyle
17 Film Form: Essays in Film Theory--Sergei Eisenstein  
18 The Death of Truth: What's Wrong With Multiculturalism, the Rejection of Reason and the New Postmodern Diversity--Dennis McCallum  
19 Garrincha: The Triumph & Tragedy of Brazil's Forgotten Footballing Hero-- Ruy Castro
20 Just Kids-- Patti Smith
21 Esquire The Handbook of Style: A Man's Guide to Looking Good--The Editors of Esquire Magazine
22 Tinkersby--Paul Harding  
23 The Glades--Clifton Campbell  
24 Northfield: A Western Story-- Johnny D. Boggs  

25 Portnoy's Complaint-- Phillip Roth
26 Nileism:  The Strange course of the Blue Nile--  Allan Brown
27 Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter-- Tom Franklin
28 Freedom-- Jonathan Franzen
29 Super Sad True Love Story-- Gary Shteyngart
30 Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory-- Ben MacIntire
31 How Eqaul Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care)-- Ross W. Duffin
32 The Wake of Forgiveness-- Bruce Machart
33 The Ask-- Sam Lipsyte
34 The Imperfectionists-- Tom Rachmann

Favorite book of the year was probably The Ask.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on December 26, 2010, 10:33:25 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
36.  Last Song--Nicholas Sparks
37.  Making Rounds with Oscar:  the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat--David Dosa
38.  Tangled--Carolyn Mackler
39.  Sweet, Hereafter--Angela Johnson
40.  Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins
41.  Girl with the Mermaid Hair--Delia Ephron
42.  Some Girls Are--Courtney Summers
43.  You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: the brat pack, John Hughes and their impact on a generation--Susannah Gora
44.  A Kiss in Time--Alex Flinn
45.  Green Witch--Alice Hoffman
46.  Something, Maybe--Elizabeth Scott
47.  Pieces of Happily Ever After--Irene Zutell
48.  Splendor--Anna Godbersen
49.  Scarlett Fever--Maureen Johnson
50.  All Unquiet Things--Anna Jarzab
51.  Forget-Her-Nots--Amy Brecount White
52.  Dawn--Kevin Brooks
53.  Going Bovine--Libba Bray
54.  The Gift--Cecelia Ahern
55.  Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?--Louise Rennison
56.  Forgotten Survivors: Polish Christians remember the Nazi occupation
57.  Tales of the Madman Underground--John Barnes
58.  Unwritten Rule--Elizabeth Scott
59.  Shadow of Your Smile--Mary Higgins Clark
60.  9th Judgment--James Patterson
61.  Madness of the XX Century: a testimony--Zbigniew Marian Haszlakiewicz
62.  Buckley's Story--Ingrid King
63.  Never to Be Forgotten: a young girl's Holocaust memoir--Beatrice Muchman
64.  Carrie Diaries--Candace Bushnell
65.  Open--Andre Agassi
66.  The Girl Who Chased the Moon--Sarah Addison Allen
67.  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner--Stephenie Meyer
68.  Alchemy and Meggy Swann--Karen Cushman
69.  Tattoo Machine: tall tales, true stories, and my life in ink--Jeff Johnson
70.  Heart of the Matter--Emily Giffin
71.  Fly Away Home--Jennifer Weiner
72.  Something Like Fate--Susane Colasanti
73.  Revolver--Marcus Sedgwick
74.  Somebody Everybody Listens To--Suzanne Supplee
75.  Promises to Keep--Jane Green
76.  Classic--Cecily Von Zeigesar
77. Postcard Killers--James Patterson
78.  My Name is Chloe--Melody Carlson
79.  Fat Cat--Robin Brande
80.  Mockingjay--Suzanne Collins
81.  From Day to Day--Odd Nansen
82.  Talking to Girls about Duran Duran--Rob Sheffield
83.  The Summer of Skinny Dipping--Amanda Howells
84.  Runaway--Meg Cabot
85.  Veil of Night--Linda Howard
86.  Hardcourt Confidential:  Tales from twenty years in the pro tennis trenches--Patrick McEnroe
87.  Amy and Roger's Epic Detour--Morgan Matson
88.  Late, Late at Night--Rick Springfield
89.  Insatiable--Meg Cabot
90.  Don't Blink--James Patterson
91.  The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things--Carolyn Mackler
92.  The Confession--John Grisham
93.  Thirteen Days to Midnight--Patrick Carman
94.  Cross Fire--James Patterson
95.  Afghan Whigs' Gentleman (33 1/3 series)--Bob Gendron
96.  Food, Girls and Other Things I Can't Have--Allen Zadoff
97.  Stiltsville--Susanna Daniel
98.  Three Quarters Dead--Richard Peck
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on December 26, 2010, 10:38:04 PM
1. John Updike - rabbit, run
2. Sadia Shepard - The Girl From Foreign
3. Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4. Richard Preston - The Hot Zone
5. Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
6. Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire
7. Neil Gaiman - Stardust
8. Neil Gaiman - Smoke and Mirrors
9. Suzanne Collins - Mockingjay
10. Robert A Caro - The Power Broker
11. Robert A Heinlein - The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
12. Lee Child - Gone Tomorrow

Crappy dime-store novel about some dude who stops a lot of bad stuff happening in NYC. My mom wanted me to read it because of it's location and I admit it was somewhat fun to do so as I could actually place his locations. Simplistic reading and nothing notable otherwise.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Kwyjibo on December 27, 2010, 08:04:01 AM
Lee Child?  Crappy?  Seriously?  Those Jack Reacher books are awesome.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: rva on December 27, 2010, 11:30:05 AM
Yes.  They are awesome.  Especially if you are a big fan of periods.  Periods that end sentences.  Periods that let you know one thought has ended, and another one is about to begin.  End. Pause. Begin again.  Death and renewal.  Act I, Act II and Act III.  Until the curtain falls on the last sentence, ending a paragraph.

Lee Child remembered the first time he used a period.  How it created in him a fever.  A fervor.  A fury.  A frenzy.  He would never go back.  It's how he writes.  It's how he survives from one book to another.  The period has served him well.  He would give his life to protect it, and he'd be damned if he let anyone cheat him out of using one. 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Kwyjibo on December 27, 2010, 11:33:02 AM
I didn't say it was War and Peace...
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: rva on December 27, 2010, 12:07:43 PM
Reacher shrugged.  Said nothing.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on December 27, 2010, 01:45:23 PM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
8. Devil's Claw- J.A. Jance. I liked this one.  Nicely paced.  I think it's from the middle of a series of books about this particular sheriff, and I think I've read another in the series.  
The Dandelion Killer- Wanda Luttrell.  Thought from the title and the creepy dandelion dripping blood on the cover that this would be a really cool thriller book.  Yeah, I missed the tiny phrase "Fiction for the mind AND soul" on the back cover.  It was a churchy thriller.  Like the bad guys **spoiler alert** were these new age people.  No, seriously.  AAAAAAAHHHHHH, Transcendential Meditation!!!!!  Crystals!!!!  Holistic health!!!!  
9. Heartbreaker- Julie Garwood.  Really good thriller.  Really fast paced, quick read.  I finished it early, so now I don't have a book to read for today.  I'm stuck reading Better Homes & Gardens.  
10. Sacred- Dennis LaHane.  REALLY engaging.  Liked this one a lot.  
11. The Charlemagne Pursuit- Steve Barry.  Good.  Less Dan-Browny than his other stuff.  Kind of a slow start, but it picked up nicely
12. The Rule of Four- Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason.  I liked this one too.  Interesting story of 4 men at Princeton about to graduate.
13. Crusader Gold- David Gibbins.  Like Indiana Jones and Dan Brown went scuba diving together.  Did the Nazis really think that they could trace their Aryan roots to the polar ice caps?  This book had that and so did my #11 up there.
14. Liar's Market- Taylor Smith.  Interesting take on a spy story.  SUPER quick read.  Started it yesterday, finished it up today.  
15. Richochet- Sandra Brown.  Meh.  
16. Blindsighted- Karin Slaughter. Liked this one okay.  
17. Bandits- Elmore Leonard.  AWESOME.  Really interesting, fast paced, well fleshed out story and characters.  I can see why people really dig EL.  Can't believe I didn't get into his stuff sooner.
20. Cruel Intent- JA Jance.  Eh.  Her series about the reporter is less interesting than the series about the sheriff
21. Creepers- David Morrell.  Interesting thriller about an abandoned hotel and some urban explorers
22. The Geographer's Library- Jon Fasman.  Really good mystery/thriller type book.  Hapless journalist stumbles into something crazy.  Good Times.
23. Fire Storm- Iris Johansen
24. Show No Fear- Peri O’Shaughnessy.
25. Cold Truth- Mariah Stewart
26. Beautiful Lies- Lisa Unger.  
27. Black Out- Lisa Unger.
26. Fractured- Karin Slaughter
27. Always Time To Die- Elizabeth Lowell
28. Thank You For Smoking- Christopher Buckley
29. Blue City- Ross MacDonald
30. Out of Sight- Elmore Leonard
31. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less- Terry Ryan.  LOVED this.  Highly recommend this.  I’ll also throw in for the movie.  Starred Woody Harrelson and Julianne Moore. 
32. The Broken Window- Jeffery Deaver.  One of the Lincoln Rhyme books.  Really dig this series.  This one was especially freaky.  A huge part of it was identity theft.  Very Big Brother.  Makes me want to throw out all my shopper cards and stuff.   Except they have other ways to get your info.  Don’t read this if you’re paranoid about this kind of thing.
33. The Bodies Left Behind- Jeffery Deaver. 
34. The Camel Club- David Baldacci.  Interesting political thriller.  I had read this before, but didn’t realize it until I started reading.  Still read it though.
35. The Collectors- David Baldacci.  Sequel to The Camel Club.  Liked this one even better than the first.
36. The Abstinence Teacher- Tom Perrotta
37. Indelible- Karin Slaughter.
38. Deception Point- Dan Brown.  I think this is my favorite Dan Brown.  I know he’s got a bad rep, but he actually writes a pretty engaging story.  I read it in a little over a day between calls at work.
39. The Egg and I- Betty MacDonald.  SOOOOO different than the movie.  I still enjoyed the book though.  Apparently she’s the same lady who wrote the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books. 
40. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies- Alexander McCall Smith.  One of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books. 
41. Jaws- Peter Benchley.  The book was awesome.  Different than the movie (and a lot dirtier), but awesome.
It's funny, I saw a lot of Jaws related stuff this summer.  Some big 2 hour special on History or Discovery about the movie itself, and something on the AV Club too.  LOVED reading the AV Club about the reactions people had to the movie when it came out when they were kids.  Stuff about people being too afraid to even swim in swimming pools. 
42. Moo- Jane Smiley
43. The Charlemagne Pursuit- Steve Berry
44. Hand of Evil- JA Jance
45. Dead Docket- Mitchell Graham
46. The Sleeping Doll- Jeffery Deaver.  One of the non-Lincoln Rhyme books.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again, JD really is a decent writer.  This was engaging, kept my attention for the few days it took me to knock it out.
47. Al Capone Does My Shirts- Gennifer Choldenko   Really good Young Adult (I assume) novel.  Story of a boy who moves to Alcatraz because his dad gets a job as a guard there.  Very interesting.  Just found out there's a sequel, so I'll be checking into that too.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on December 29, 2010, 02:23:50 PM
Yes.  They are awesome.  Especially if you are a big fan of periods.  Periods that end sentences.  Periods that let you know one thought has ended, and another one is about to begin.  End. Pause. Begin again.  Death and renewal.  Act I, Act II and Act III.  Until the curtain falls on the last sentence, ending a paragraph.

Lee Child remembered the first time he used a period.  How it created in him a fever.  A fervor.  A fury.  A frenzy.  He would never go back.  It's how he writes.  It's how he survives from one book to another.  The period has served him well.  He would give his life to protect it, and he'd be damned if he let anyone cheat him out of using one. 

Haha. Yeah, that's pretty much what my issue was. That and his cliffhangers were awfully obvious and annoying. I blame Dan Brown for those, though, so they aren't completely Lee Child's fault. To give credit where credit is due, Reacher is a pretty cool hero and the books are well researched. I sometimes felt that Child was a little toooo descriptive because he wanted to show the world that he actually did go to that place and did do his research.

Anyway, maybe I should have read the first Reacher book or something. I dunno. It was simple and entertaining reading and almost nothing more.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on December 29, 2010, 02:39:03 PM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
8. Devil's Claw- J.A. Jance. I liked this one.  Nicely paced.  I think it's from the middle of a series of books about this particular sheriff, and I think I've read another in the series.  
The Dandelion Killer- Wanda Luttrell.  Thought from the title and the creepy dandelion dripping blood on the cover that this would be a really cool thriller book.  Yeah, I missed the tiny phrase "Fiction for the mind AND soul" on the back cover.  It was a churchy thriller.  Like the bad guys **spoiler alert** were these new age people.  No, seriously.  AAAAAAAHHHHHH, Transcendential Meditation!!!!!  Crystals!!!!  Holistic health!!!!  
9. Heartbreaker- Julie Garwood.  Really good thriller.  Really fast paced, quick read.  I finished it early, so now I don't have a book to read for today.  I'm stuck reading Better Homes & Gardens.  
10. Sacred- Dennis LaHane.  REALLY engaging.  Liked this one a lot.  
11. The Charlemagne Pursuit- Steve Barry.  Good.  Less Dan-Browny than his other stuff.  Kind of a slow start, but it picked up nicely
12. The Rule of Four- Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason.  I liked this one too.  Interesting story of 4 men at Princeton about to graduate.
13. Crusader Gold- David Gibbins.  Like Indiana Jones and Dan Brown went scuba diving together.  Did the Nazis really think that they could trace their Aryan roots to the polar ice caps?  This book had that and so did my #11 up there.
14. Liar's Market- Taylor Smith.  Interesting take on a spy story.  SUPER quick read.  Started it yesterday, finished it up today.  
15. Richochet- Sandra Brown.  Meh.  
16. Blindsighted- Karin Slaughter. Liked this one okay.  
17. Bandits- Elmore Leonard.  AWESOME.  Really interesting, fast paced, well fleshed out story and characters.  I can see why people really dig EL.  Can't believe I didn't get into his stuff sooner.
20. Cruel Intent- JA Jance.  Eh.  Her series about the reporter is less interesting than the series about the sheriff
21. Creepers- David Morrell.  Interesting thriller about an abandoned hotel and some urban explorers
22. The Geographer's Library- Jon Fasman.  Really good mystery/thriller type book.  Hapless journalist stumbles into something crazy.  Good Times.
23. Fire Storm- Iris Johansen
24. Show No Fear- Peri O’Shaughnessy.
25. Cold Truth- Mariah Stewart
26. Beautiful Lies- Lisa Unger.  
27. Black Out- Lisa Unger.
26. Fractured- Karin Slaughter
27. Always Time To Die- Elizabeth Lowell
28. Thank You For Smoking- Christopher Buckley
29. Blue City- Ross MacDonald
30. Out of Sight- Elmore Leonard
31. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less- Terry Ryan.  LOVED this.  Highly recommend this.  I’ll also throw in for the movie.  Starred Woody Harrelson and Julianne Moore. 
32. The Broken Window- Jeffery Deaver.  One of the Lincoln Rhyme books.  Really dig this series.  This one was especially freaky.  A huge part of it was identity theft.  Very Big Brother.  Makes me want to throw out all my shopper cards and stuff.   Except they have other ways to get your info.  Don’t read this if you’re paranoid about this kind of thing.
33. The Bodies Left Behind- Jeffery Deaver. 
34. The Camel Club- David Baldacci.  Interesting political thriller.  I had read this before, but didn’t realize it until I started reading.  Still read it though.
35. The Collectors- David Baldacci.  Sequel to The Camel Club.  Liked this one even better than the first.
36. The Abstinence Teacher- Tom Perrotta
37. Indelible- Karin Slaughter.
38. Deception Point- Dan Brown.  I think this is my favorite Dan Brown.  I know he’s got a bad rep, but he actually writes a pretty engaging story.  I read it in a little over a day between calls at work.
39. The Egg and I- Betty MacDonald.  SOOOOO different than the movie.  I still enjoyed the book though.  Apparently she’s the same lady who wrote the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books. 
40. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies- Alexander McCall Smith.  One of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books. 
41. Jaws- Peter Benchley.  The book was awesome.  Different than the movie (and a lot dirtier), but awesome.
It's funny, I saw a lot of Jaws related stuff this summer.  Some big 2 hour special on History or Discovery about the movie itself, and something on the AV Club too.  LOVED reading the AV Club about the reactions people had to the movie when it came out when they were kids.  Stuff about people being too afraid to even swim in swimming pools. 
42. Moo- Jane Smiley
43. The Charlemagne Pursuit- Steve Berry
44. Hand of Evil- JA Jance
45. Dead Docket- Mitchell Graham
46. The Sleeping Doll- Jeffery Deaver.  One of the non-Lincoln Rhyme books.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again, JD really is a decent writer.  This was engaging, kept my attention for the few days it took me to knock it out.
47. Al Capone Does My Shirts- Gennifer Choldenko   Really good Young Adult (I assume) novel.  Story of a boy who moves to Alcatraz because his dad gets a job as a guard there.  Very interesting.  Just found out there's a sequel, so I'll be checking into that too.
Haven't gone through the pile of books next to the bed yet, but I did see this one on top
48.  When the Women Come Out to Dance- Elmore Leonard  Short stories.  Liked it quite a bit
49.  Fantasy in Death- JD Robb.  Hadn't read one of her books.  How many does Nora Roberts put out a year, between the JD Robb and her own Nora Roberts books?  This one was interesting. Engaging.  Like the "future" angle.  I picked up a couple more at Valley Thrift to read.  I've taken to reading while I'm giving Nora (the baby Nora that is) a bath, and this was one of the books I read while I was doing that.  Great parenting, I know, but I'm sitting right there on the floor next to the tub while she's splashing away getting the pages wet and everything.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on December 29, 2010, 11:31:12 PM
1. Let Sleeping Rogues Lie by Sabrina Jeffires
2. Don't Bargain with the Devil by Sabrina Jeffries
3. Wed Him Before You Bed Him by Sabrina Jeffries
4. Eleanor, Ellatony, Ellencake, and me by C.M. Rubin
5. Bones of Betrayal by Jefferson Bass
6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
7. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
8. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
9. Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery by Stephanie Barron
10. Death at Bishop's Keep: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
11. Ellie: The Perfect Dress for Me by C.M. Rubin
12. The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
13. Death at Gallows Green: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
14. Death at Daisy's Folly: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
15. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
16. Death at Devil's Bridge: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
17. The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
18. My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
19. Death at Rottingdean: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
20. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
21. The Council of Dads : My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me by Bruce Feiler
22. Death at Whitechapel: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
23. Stealing with Style by Emyl Jenkins
24. Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo
25. Death at Epsom Downs: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
26. The Big Steal by Emyl Jenkins
27. Death at Dartmoor: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
28. The Heights by Peter Hedges
29. Death at Glamis Castle: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
30. Death in Hyde Park: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
31. Death at Blenheim Palace: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
32. The Swan Thieves: a novel by Elizabeth Kostova
33. Bliss, Remembered by Frank Deford
34. One Day by David Nicholls
35. The Magicians: a novel by Lev Grossman
36. Love is a Mix Tape: life and loss, one song at a time by Rob Sheffield
37. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
38. On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God: Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
39. Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas: Further, Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
40. Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants: Even Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
41. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
42. Death on the Lizard: An Edwardian Mystery by Robin Paige - It's Guglielmo Marconi.
43. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson - Love the mixes and the restaurant descriptions!
44. Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
45. Away Laughing on a Fast Camel: Even More Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
46. Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers: More Mad, Marvy Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on December 30, 2010, 08:32:31 AM
OK, I'm laughing at the title of all of these Louise Rennison novels. Tell me more, please!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on December 30, 2010, 04:13:51 PM
1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
8. Devil's Claw- J.A. Jance. I liked this one.  Nicely paced.  I think it's from the middle of a series of books about this particular sheriff, and I think I've read another in the series.  
The Dandelion Killer- Wanda Luttrell.  Thought from the title and the creepy dandelion dripping blood on the cover that this would be a really cool thriller book.  Yeah, I missed the tiny phrase "Fiction for the mind AND soul" on the back cover.  It was a churchy thriller.  Like the bad guys **spoiler alert** were these new age people.  No, seriously.  AAAAAAAHHHHHH, Transcendential Meditation!!!!!  Crystals!!!!  Holistic health!!!!  
9. Heartbreaker- Julie Garwood.  Really good thriller.  Really fast paced, quick read.  I finished it early, so now I don't have a book to read for today.  I'm stuck reading Better Homes & Gardens.  
10. Sacred- Dennis LaHane.  REALLY engaging.  Liked this one a lot.  
11. The Charlemagne Pursuit- Steve Barry.  Good.  Less Dan-Browny than his other stuff.  Kind of a slow start, but it picked up nicely
12. The Rule of Four- Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason.  I liked this one too.  Interesting story of 4 men at Princeton about to graduate.
13. Crusader Gold- David Gibbins.  Like Indiana Jones and Dan Brown went scuba diving together.  Did the Nazis really think that they could trace their Aryan roots to the polar ice caps?  This book had that and so did my #11 up there.
14. Liar's Market- Taylor Smith.  Interesting take on a spy story.  SUPER quick read.  Started it yesterday, finished it up today.  
15. Richochet- Sandra Brown.  Meh.  
16. Blindsighted- Karin Slaughter. Liked this one okay.  
17. Bandits- Elmore Leonard.  AWESOME.  Really interesting, fast paced, well fleshed out story and characters.  I can see why people really dig EL.  Can't believe I didn't get into his stuff sooner.
20. Cruel Intent- JA Jance.  Eh.  Her series about the reporter is less interesting than the series about the sheriff
21. Creepers- David Morrell.  Interesting thriller about an abandoned hotel and some urban explorers
22. The Geographer's Library- Jon Fasman.  Really good mystery/thriller type book.  Hapless journalist stumbles into something crazy.  Good Times.
23. Fire Storm- Iris Johansen
24. Show No Fear- Peri O’Shaughnessy.
25. Cold Truth- Mariah Stewart
26. Beautiful Lies- Lisa Unger.  
27. Black Out- Lisa Unger.
26. Fractured- Karin Slaughter
27. Always Time To Die- Elizabeth Lowell
28. Thank You For Smoking- Christopher Buckley
29. Blue City- Ross MacDonald
30. Out of Sight- Elmore Leonard
31. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less- Terry Ryan.  LOVED this.  Highly recommend this.  I’ll also throw in for the movie.  Starred Woody Harrelson and Julianne Moore. 
32. The Broken Window- Jeffery Deaver.  One of the Lincoln Rhyme books.  Really dig this series.  This one was especially freaky.  A huge part of it was identity theft.  Very Big Brother.  Makes me want to throw out all my shopper cards and stuff.   Except they have other ways to get your info.  Don’t read this if you’re paranoid about this kind of thing.
33. The Bodies Left Behind- Jeffery Deaver. 
34. The Camel Club- David Baldacci.  Interesting political thriller.  I had read this before, but didn’t realize it until I started reading.  Still read it though.
35. The Collectors- David Baldacci.  Sequel to The Camel Club.  Liked this one even better than the first.
36. The Abstinence Teacher- Tom Perrotta
37. Indelible- Karin Slaughter.
38. Deception Point- Dan Brown.  I think this is my favorite Dan Brown.  I know he’s got a bad rep, but he actually writes a pretty engaging story.  I read it in a little over a day between calls at work.
39. The Egg and I- Betty MacDonald.  SOOOOO different than the movie.  I still enjoyed the book though.  Apparently she’s the same lady who wrote the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books. 
40. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies- Alexander McCall Smith.  One of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books. 
41. Jaws- Peter Benchley.  The book was awesome.  Different than the movie (and a lot dirtier), but awesome.
It's funny, I saw a lot of Jaws related stuff this summer.  Some big 2 hour special on History or Discovery about the movie itself, and something on the AV Club too.  LOVED reading the AV Club about the reactions people had to the movie when it came out when they were kids.  Stuff about people being too afraid to even swim in swimming pools. 
42. Moo- Jane Smiley
43. The Charlemagne Pursuit- Steve Berry
44. Hand of Evil- JA Jance
45. Dead Docket- Mitchell Graham
46. The Sleeping Doll- Jeffery Deaver.  One of the non-Lincoln Rhyme books.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again, JD really is a decent writer.  This was engaging, kept my attention for the few days it took me to knock it out.
47. Al Capone Does My Shirts- Gennifer Choldenko   Really good Young Adult (I assume) novel.  Story of a boy who moves to Alcatraz because his dad gets a job as a guard there.  Very interesting.  Just found out there's a sequel, so I'll be checking into that too.
48.  When the Women Come Out to Dance- Elmore Leonard  Short stories.  Liked it quite a bit
49.  Fantasy in Death- JD Robb.  Hadn't read one of her books.  How many does Nora Roberts put out a year, between the JD Robb and her own Nora Roberts books?  This one was interesting. Engaging.  Like the "future" angle.  I picked up a couple more at Valley Thrift to read.  I've taken to reading while I'm giving Nora (the baby Nora that is) a bath, and this was one of the books I read while I was doing that.  Great parenting, I know, but I'm sitting right there on the floor next to the tub while she's splashing away getting the pages wet and everything.
50. The Hot Kid- Elmore Leonard
51-53 The first 3 of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.  Read these a few months ago.  Fun reads.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: rva on December 30, 2010, 06:55:37 PM
Elmore Leonard is pretty awesome, isn't he?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on December 30, 2010, 07:15:43 PM
1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
36.  Last Song--Nicholas Sparks
37.  Making Rounds with Oscar:  the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat--David Dosa
38.  Tangled--Carolyn Mackler
39.  Sweet, Hereafter--Angela Johnson
40.  Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins
41.  Girl with the Mermaid Hair--Delia Ephron
42.  Some Girls Are--Courtney Summers
43.  You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: the brat pack, John Hughes and their impact on a generation--Susannah Gora
44.  A Kiss in Time--Alex Flinn
45.  Green Witch--Alice Hoffman
46.  Something, Maybe--Elizabeth Scott
47.  Pieces of Happily Ever After--Irene Zutell
48.  Splendor--Anna Godbersen
49.  Scarlett Fever--Maureen Johnson
50.  All Unquiet Things--Anna Jarzab
51.  Forget-Her-Nots--Amy Brecount White
52.  Dawn--Kevin Brooks
53.  Going Bovine--Libba Bray
54.  The Gift--Cecelia Ahern
55.  Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?--Louise Rennison
56.  Forgotten Survivors: Polish Christians remember the Nazi occupation
57.  Tales of the Madman Underground--John Barnes
58.  Unwritten Rule--Elizabeth Scott
59.  Shadow of Your Smile--Mary Higgins Clark
60.  9th Judgment--James Patterson
61.  Madness of the XX Century: a testimony--Zbigniew Marian Haszlakiewicz
62.  Buckley's Story--Ingrid King
63.  Never to Be Forgotten: a young girl's Holocaust memoir--Beatrice Muchman
64.  Carrie Diaries--Candace Bushnell
65.  Open--Andre Agassi
66.  The Girl Who Chased the Moon--Sarah Addison Allen
67.  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner--Stephenie Meyer
68.  Alchemy and Meggy Swann--Karen Cushman
69.  Tattoo Machine: tall tales, true stories, and my life in ink--Jeff Johnson
70.  Heart of the Matter--Emily Giffin
71.  Fly Away Home--Jennifer Weiner
72.  Something Like Fate--Susane Colasanti
73.  Revolver--Marcus Sedgwick
74.  Somebody Everybody Listens To--Suzanne Supplee
75.  Promises to Keep--Jane Green
76.  Classic--Cecily Von Zeigesar
77. Postcard Killers--James Patterson
78.  My Name is Chloe--Melody Carlson
79.  Fat Cat--Robin Brande
80.  Mockingjay--Suzanne Collins
81.  From Day to Day--Odd Nansen
82.  Talking to Girls about Duran Duran--Rob Sheffield
83.  The Summer of Skinny Dipping--Amanda Howells
84.  Runaway--Meg Cabot
85.  Veil of Night--Linda Howard
86.  Hardcourt Confidential:  Tales from twenty years in the pro tennis trenches--Patrick McEnroe
87.  Amy and Roger's Epic Detour--Morgan Matson
88.  Late, Late at Night--Rick Springfield
89.  Insatiable--Meg Cabot
90.  Don't Blink--James Patterson
91.  The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things--Carolyn Mackler
92.  The Confession--John Grisham
93.  Thirteen Days to Midnight--Patrick Carman
94.  Cross Fire--James Patterson
95.  Afghan Whigs' Gentleman (33 1/3 series)--Bob Gendron
96.  Food, Girls and Other Things I Can't Have--Allen Zadoff
97.  Stiltsville--Susanna Daniel
98.  Three Quarters Dead--Richard Peck
99.  Girl, Stolen--April Henry
100.  Contagion--Joanne Dahme
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: trixi on December 30, 2010, 07:16:23 PM
OK, I'm laughing at the title of all of these Louise Rennison novels. Tell me more, please!

How'd you like Angus Ella?  I'm sad the series is over. 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on December 30, 2010, 07:38:05 PM
OK, I'm laughing at the title of all of these Louise Rennison novels. Tell me more, please!
It's a young adult series about Georgia Nicolson, a 14-year old English girl. She's a bit self-centered and immature, but they're a quick read. Apparently they are somewhat based on Louise's teenage years, as the characters are based on people she knew.

They actually had to change the name for a couple of them for the US releases. The original titles in the UK for books 2 and 4 were It's OK, I'm wearing really big knickers! and ... and that's when it fell off in my hand.

How'd you like Angus Ella?  I'm sad the series is over. 
Angus (Georgia's cat) is quite entertaining. He reminds me of some cats I knew.

They've been great to read on the elliptical. I'm trying Carolyn Hennesy's Pandora serires next.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on December 30, 2010, 10:47:04 PM
Elmore Leonard is pretty awesome, isn't he?
YES
Also picked up a few of his books at the thrift store, so I have more to take me into 2011.

I could barely put Hot Kid down.  Luckily we weren't busy at work the last 2 days. 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 03, 2011, 10:37:24 PM
1. Let Sleeping Rogues Lie by Sabrina Jeffires
2. Don't Bargain with the Devil by Sabrina Jeffries
3. Wed Him Before You Bed Him by Sabrina Jeffries
4. Eleanor, Ellatony, Ellencake, and me by C.M. Rubin
5. Bones of Betrayal by Jefferson Bass
6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
7. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
8. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
9. Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery by Stephanie Barron
10. Death at Bishop's Keep: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
11. Ellie: The Perfect Dress for Me by C.M. Rubin
12. The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
13. Death at Gallows Green: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
14. Death at Daisy's Folly: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
15. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
16. Death at Devil's Bridge: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
17. The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
18. My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
19. Death at Rottingdean: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
20. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
21. The Council of Dads : My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me by Bruce Feiler
22. Death at Whitechapel: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
23. Stealing with Style by Emyl Jenkins
24. Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo
25. Death at Epsom Downs: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
26. The Big Steal by Emyl Jenkins
27. Death at Dartmoor: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
28. The Heights by Peter Hedges
29. Death at Glamis Castle: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
30. Death in Hyde Park: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
31. Death at Blenheim Palace: A Victorian Mystery by Robin Paige
32. The Swan Thieves: a novel by Elizabeth Kostova
33. Bliss, Remembered by Frank Deford
34. One Day by David Nicholls
35. The Magicians: a novel by Lev Grossman
36. Love is a Mix Tape: life and loss, one song at a time by Rob Sheffield
37. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
38. On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God: Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
39. Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas: Further, Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
40. Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants: Even Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
41. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
42. Death on the Lizard: An Edwardian Mystery by Robin Paige - It's Guglielmo Marconi.
43. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson - Love the mixes and the restaurant descriptions!
44. Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
45. Away Laughing on a Fast Camel: Even More Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
46. Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers: More Mad, Marvy Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
47. ...startled by his furry shorts! by Louise Rennison
48. Luuurve Is a Many Trousered Thing... by Louise Rennison
49. Stop in the name of pants! by Louise Rennison

And to make it 50, I also read Moose Tracks! by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jack E. Davis on Christmas to my niece.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: va-vacious on January 04, 2011, 09:53:12 PM

And to make it 50, I also read Moose Tracks! by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jack E. Davis on Christmas to my niece.

I'm afraid that doesn't count.  I, however, get to count the train book I read 6 times to her in one sitting!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on January 05, 2011, 10:08:28 AM

And to make it 50, I also read Moose Tracks! by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jack E. Davis on Christmas to my niece.

I'm afraid that doesn't count.  I, however, get to count the train book I read 6 times to her in one sitting!

I think we should settle this dispute the old fashioned way: bare-knuckled boxing in the streets of Boston.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on January 05, 2011, 10:42:49 AM
1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
6. Dune Road - Jane Green
7. South of Broad - Pat Conroy
8. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman (audio book)
9. Eleven on Top - Janet Evanovich (audio book) - Stephanie Plum may be the most annoying character EVER
10. The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz
11. Curse of The Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
12. You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation - Susannah Gora
13. Promise Me - Harlan Coben (audio book)
14. The Killing Dance - Laurell K. Hamilton
15. Revenge of the Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
16. The Man of My Dreams - Curtis Sittenfeld
17. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran - Rob Sheffield
18. Caught - Harlan Coben
19. The Spellmans Strike Again - Lisa Lutz
20. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender
21. The Somnambulist -Jonathan Barnes
22. Into the Beautiful North - Luis Alberto Urrea - Wonderful book. I've been talking about it to people the entire time that I've been reading it. Probably my #1 of the year.
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23. When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man - Jerry Weintraub with Rich Cohen - this was a lot of fun. Great stories from a man who has lived at least 3 lifetimes.

Man, I didn't realize how close I was to hitting my goal. GAAAAAAAAH!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Juliana on January 05, 2011, 10:51:59 AM
9. Eleven on Top - Janet Evanovich (audio book) - Stephanie Plum may be the most annoying character EVER

just saw that you said this.  I'll agree.  Still liked the 3 books I read though.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: va-vacious on January 05, 2011, 06:32:29 PM

I think we should settle this dispute the old fashioned way: bare-knuckled boxing in the streets of Boston.



I would so win, you know.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 05, 2011, 09:18:22 PM

I think we should settle this dispute the old fashioned way: bare-knuckled boxing in the streets of Boston.



I would so win, you know.
Only if you can catch me. :D
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on January 06, 2011, 09:57:58 AM

I think we should settle this dispute the old fashioned way: bare-knuckled boxing in the streets of Boston.



I would so win, you know.
Only if you can catch me. :D

I think she just called you fat. Are you going to take that?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 06, 2011, 09:59:10 AM
FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: c-lando on January 06, 2011, 12:00:48 PM

I think we should settle this dispute the old fashioned way: bare-knuckled boxing in the streets of Boston.



I would so win, you know.
Only if you can catch me. :D

I think she just called you fat. Are you going to take that?
GSPoTD!!!!!
It's about to be a girl fight!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: va-vacious on January 06, 2011, 06:23:45 PM

I think we should settle this dispute the old fashioned way: bare-knuckled boxing in the streets of Boston.



I would so win, you know.
Only if you can catch me. :D
I'll even give you a head start! :P
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2010
Post by: Dan on September 27, 2011, 04:14:03 PM
Yes.  They are awesome.  Especially if you are a big fan of periods.  Periods that end sentences.  Periods that let you know one thought has ended, and another one is about to begin.  End. Pause. Begin again.  Death and renewal.  Act I, Act II and Act III.  Until the curtain falls on the last sentence, ending a paragraph.

Lee Child remembered the first time he used a period.  How it created in him a fever.  A fervor.  A fury.  A frenzy.  He would never go back.  It's how he writes.  It's how he survives from one book to another.  The period has served him well.  He would give his life to protect it, and he'd be damned if he let anyone cheat him out of using one. 

Hah. I kept on thinking of this as I was reading this article about the Yankees.

http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/4996/the-stone-killer-of-the-new-york-yankees