52-in-52 wrap up!

So for 2009, I joined in the 52-in-52 challenge, to read 52 books in 52 weeks. How did I do? Well consulting my reading list I see that I read 49 novels. Not bad at all!!!! I’m declaring this effort a total success!!!! That’s because I know a few boring grown-up books that didn’t make the list, like:

Home Buying for Dummies

This Old House Guide to Renovation and Remodel

That’s 51…..and there’s another book on Home Organization I read whose title escapes me at the moment (it’s on my bookshelf, I bet you’ll hear about it in future blogs). That makes 52!! Not bad at all for having bought a house, moved, gotten 2 puppies, etc. YIPPEE, goal accomplished!

For 2010 I will be keep up my reading list but will not challenge myself for the 52-in-52 again. I’m hoping to to spend a lot more time knitting, crocheting and turning my house into a ‘home.’ Stay tuned for the adventures!

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Three’s Company

I read three books this week!

Kissing Sin – Keri Arthur

Numero Dos in the Riley Jensen series. This one picks up right where number one left off and is just as action packed as the first! Our little half-vamp/half-werewolf hottie chic is still having man trouble and kicking booty. ‘Nuff said.

Something Borrowed and Something Blue – Emily Giffin

FAB-U-LOUS!!!! I totally loved these books!! There are two best-friends since forever, Rachel and Darcy. I can really relate to Rachel, the main character of Something Borrowed, who is the ‘smart’ one of our dynamic duo. She is brainy, responsible, a bit average and not quite popular, although the popular kids know who she is and tolerate her thanks to her uber-popular best friend, Darcy. Darcy is the protagonist of Something Blue.  She is the friend we all loved to hate, but were friends with anyway. The popular, cheerleader, prom queen, gorgeus, competitive, shallow one……THAT girl. The boys drooled over her while the girls rolled their eyes behind her back. This book is about her transformation into a REAL person!! I think everyone needs to read these books!!! Especially Adele, because part of the first and most of the second book take place in jolly ole London!!

Happy Reading everyone! The weather is perfect for a hot chocolate and curling up with a good book!

Full Moon Rising

A fitting title for Halloween week!!

I finished this book on Monday. It was a super quick read and reminds me very much in style and content of the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. In this case the main character is a half-werewolf, half-vampire mix and she works as a guardian liason….guardians being a ‘police’ force that keeps the non-humans in check. The books are set  in Australia, which was a new one for me so that made it a bit interesting. This is the first book of a series, so I’m now reading #2 and have ordered through #6 on one of my fave websites, paperbackswap.com

 

Another one bites the dust

And another book down!! This was another book from the Blossom Street books by Debbie Macomber:

There is a lot to love about this book. For instance:

Do you see the cutie on the cover?! That’s Baxter!! Remind you of anyone??

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It’s a typical Debbie Macomber heartwarmer. But what I love is the theme of the book, a bunch of friends who happen to be widows decide to reclaim their lives and happiness by making a list of twenty wishes. The wishes can be anything….from buying a pair of wild red cowgirl boots to taking a trip to Paris. The point of the exercise is to identify things that inspire you and in still happiness and then, go after them!!! Throughout the whole book I was thinking of what would be on my list of twenty wishes. A year ago, owning a house and having a dog would have definitely been on my list!!!!!! But now, I have those two slots free to put two other wishes in!! I’m totally working on my list and will post it when I’m done! I think this will be fun!

Reading Update

I haven’t posted about any books I’ve read in quite some time. I have been reading just as much as normal, but just have had a lull in tracking. I updated my “52 Books in 52 Weeks” challenge list, but I think there is at least a book or two I’ve forgotten. Oh well, so my list is conservative!

I just finished Kushiel’s Justice by Jacqueline Carey last week. Another hefty 900+ page book, this one took me two weeks to read. I must say, it may not be as compelling as Phedre’s story, but I still love it! I love Imriel in all his angsty glory!! I love that he battles with who he is. I love that by the end of this book he is more battle-scarred than ever and attracts inquiring stares when his scars show. I love that Phedre and Joscelin (be still, my heart!) are still part of the story. I love that he learns to love Dorelei. I don’t want these books to end, but alas they will. I have one more left in this trilogy and the stinking book store doesn’t have it in stock. GRR!