Sunday, July 15, 2007

Complete Challenge List TBR

Ok, so here it is, the full list of challenge books. Put this way, it's a lot of books and WHAT WAS I THINKING???

  • The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (bookawards group book for April)
  • The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (bookawards group for May)
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry (1994 Newberry Winner and on my Dystopian Challenge list.)
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1990 Newberry Winner)
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (1979 Newberry Winner)
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (1977 Newberry Winner, Book Awards)
  • Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt (1967 Newberry Winner, Book Awards, Decades)
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (1963 Newberry Winner, Saturday Review, Book Awards)
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (1959 Newberry Winner, Book Awards, Decades)
  • Brave New World by Huxley (Dystopian Challenge, Decades)
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Dystopian Challenge, Saturday Review, Book Awards, Decades)
  • Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhem (Dystopian Challenge)
  • Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro (Dystopian Challenge, Saturday Review, Decades)
  • 1984 by Orwell (Dystopian Challenge)
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire (TBR Challenge, Saturday Review)
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (TBR Challenge, Book Awards)
  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson (TBR Challenge)
  • The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke (TBR Challenge)
  • Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery (TBR Challenge, Decades)
  • A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf (TBR Challenge)
  • The Eight by Katherine Neville (TBR Challenge)
  • Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner (TBR Challenge)
  • The Second Coming of Lucy Hatch by Marsha Moyer (TBR Challenge)
  • Sense and Sensability by Jane Austin (Saturday Review)
  • The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty (Book Awards, Southern)
  • Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt (Book Awards)
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Book Awards)
  • The Road by McCarthy (Book Awards)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (Book Awards)
  • gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson (Southern)
  • Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns (Southern)
  • The Little Prince by Antoine St. Exupery (Decades)

Alternates for Challenges:

  • Ella Minnow Pea by Dunn (TBR)
  • Lean Mean Thirteen by Evanovich (Saturday Review)
  • Shakespeare's Landlord by Harris (Saturday Review)
  • My Sister's Keeper by Picoult (Saturday Review)
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by See (Saturday Review)

Not on any challenge list, but on my original TBR list.

  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
  • Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine
  • Shakespeare's Counseler by Charlaine Harris
  • Shakespeare's Champion by Charlaine Harris
  • The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Books Read in 1999

In 1999 we moved to Huntsville, AL. I took a job at Burritt on the Mountain. I was working full time. In August, we would start to play EverQuest and from August until December I don't think I read a single book. Hard to read when you're online from the minute you get home until 2 or 3 in the morning! Regardless, I think that in the first 8 months of 1999 I read more books than I have in any year since.

Books are in alphabetical order, not order read.

  1. Daddy-Long-Legs
  2. Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruise
  3. A Bride for John by Trisha Alexander
  4. Bit of a Gypsy by Shannon Anderson
  5. Dance With the Devil by Leanne Banks
  6. For the Love of Sin by Leanne Banks
  7. More Than a Mistress by Leanne Banks
  8. Fairest of the All by Leanne Banks
  9. Date with Dr. Frankenstein by Leanne Banks
  10. Expectant Father by Leanne Banks
  11. Wife for a Day by Patti Berg
  12. Lawless Man by Beverly
  13. Kiss and Tell by Suzanne Brockmann
  14. Forever Blue by Suzanne Brockmann
  15. Prince Joe by Suzanne Brockmann
  16. Harvard's Education by Suzanne Brockmann
  17. Otherwise Engaged by Suzanne Brockmann
  18. The Kissing Game by Suzanne Brockmann
  19. Everyday, Average Jones by Suzanne Brockmann
  20. Adam's Fall by Sandra Brown
  21. Zoe and the Best Man by Carole Buck
  22. Rings on her Fingers by Susan Connell
  23. One Good Man by Kathleen Creighton
  24. The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie
  25. Sign Me, Speechless in Seattle by Dalton
  26. First Impression by Margot Dalton
  27. Perfect Partners by Karen Drogin
  28. Back to the Bedroom by Janet Evanovich
  29. Smitten by Janet Evanovich
  30. Myth and the Magic by Christine Flynn
  31. Jake's Mountain by Christine Flynn
  32. Anything You Can Do by Roz Denny Fox
  33. Talk to Me by Jan Freed
  34. Guardian Angel by Julie Garwood
  35. Ransom by Julie Garwood
  36. The Secret by Julie Garwood
  37. With All My Heart by Jo Goodman
  38. My Reckless Heart by Jo Goodman
  39. Send Me No Flowers by Trish Graves
  40. For a Good Time Call... by Trish Graves
  41. Slow Dance by Greene
  42. Bachelor Mom by Greene
  43. Unwilling Bride by Greene
  44. Baby in his In-Box by Jennifer Greene
  45. It Had to be You by Jennifer Greene
  46. Dear Reader by Jennifer Greene
  47. Body and Soul by Jennifer Greene
  48. Breathless by Laura Lee Guhrke
  49. Lucky's Lady by Tami Hoag
  50. In Our Dreams by Tami Hoag
  51. Mackenzies by Linda Howard
  52. Now You See Her by Linda Howard
  53. Reforming of Matthew Dunn by Virginia Kantra
  54. Passion of Patrick MacNeill by Virginia Kantra
  55. Night Whispers by Leslie kelly
  56. Four Men and a Lady by Alison Kent
  57. Badge and the Baby by Alison Kent
  58. The Heartbreak Kid by Alison Kent
  59. Call Me by Alison Kent
  60. Phoenix Rising by Mary Kirk
  61. Miracles by Mary Kirk
  62. The Mad, the Bad and the Innocent by Barbara Kirwin
  63. Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas
  64. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
  65. A Rose for Maggie by Kathleen Korbel
  66. Stormy Challenge by Stephanie James
  67. Pirate by Jayne Ann Krentz
  68. Trust Me by Jayne Ann Krentz
  69. Absolutely, Positively by Jayne Ann Krentz
  70. Full Bloom by Jayne Ann Krentz
  71. The Nine Dollar Daddy by Day LeClaire
  72. Yours and Mine by Macomber
  73. My Hero by Debbie Macomber
  74. Dead Men Do Tell Tales by William Maples
  75. If Wishes Were Horses by Curtiss Ann Matlock
  76. Charming the Prince by Teresa Medeiros
  77. Dragonbound by Carl Miller
  78. Sizzle by Foster & Minger
  79. Most Wanted Woman by Maggie Price
  80. Desire by Amanda Quick
  81. To Catch an Heiress by Julie Quinn
  82. Daddy by Accident by Riggs
  83. Conspiracy in Death by JD Robb
  84. Silent Night by JD Robb
  85. Holiday in Death by JD Robb
  86. Vengenance in Death by JD Robb
  87. Ceremony in Death by JD Robb
  88. Rapture in Death by JD Robb
  89. Immortal in Death by JD Robb
  90. Glory in Death by JD Robb
  91. Man for Amanda by Nora Roberts
  92. Inner Harbor by Nora Roberts
  93. Rising Tides by Nora Roberts
  94. Sea Swept by Nora Roberts
  95. Mackenzie's Woman by JoAnn Ross
  96. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling
  97. Summer Heat by Burford & Ryan
  98. Burning Touch by Patricia Ryan
  99. For the Thrill of it by Patricia Ryan
  100. Man for Megan by Darlene Scalera
  101. One Hot Summer by Suzanne Scott
  102. Family for Carter Jones by Ana Seymour
  103. Talk About Love by Deborah Shelley
  104. Dear Miss Jones by Catherine Spencer
  105. Isn't It Romantic by Rhonda Thompson
  106. Operation Gigolo by Vicki Lewis Thompson
  107. Pure Temptation by Vicki Lewis Thompson
  108. The Clairvoyant by Marian Thurm
  109. Some Kind of Magic by Theresa Weir
  110. Long Night Moon by Theresa Weir
  111. American Dreamer by Theresa Weir
  112. Last Summer by Theresa Weir
  113. Breaking the Rules by Ruth Wind
  114. Jezebel's Blues by Ruth Wind
  115. Miss Liz's Passion by Sherryl Woods
  116. Natural Born Lawman by Sherryl Woods

Books Read in 1998

I graduated from college in June 1998. I still had about 6 months to go in Auburn before my husband graduated, and I spent that time working full time at the bookstore.

Books are listed in alphabetical order, not order read.

  1. The Romance Reader by Pearl Abraham
  2. Marry Me Christmas by Jo Ann Algermissen
  3. A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh
  4. Thirty- Day Fiance by Leanne Banks
  5. Wonderful by Jill Barnett
  6. The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker
  7. The Surprise Baby by Nikki Benjamin
  8. Fifty Ways to be Your Lover by Connie Bennett
  9. Something Wicked by Jo Beverly
  10. Baby Love by Toni Blair
  11. A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt
  12. Manhunting in Mississippi by Stephanie Bond
  13. Littlest Marine by Maureen Child
  14. Nine-Month Bride by Christenberry
  15. Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie
  16. Count Your Blessings by Kathy Clark
  17. Willfully Wed by Judy Collins
  18. How to Succeed at Love by Connell
  19. Rebel's Spirit by Connell
  20. Tall, Dark and Temporary by Susan Connell
  21. Point of Origin by Patricia Cornwell
  22. Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson
  23. First Class Father by Douglas
  24. Dear Mr. Right by Jennifer Drew
  25. Private Lives: Men and Women of the Fifties by Benita Eisler
  26. Her Child's Father by Christine Flynn
  27. From House Calls to Husband by Christine Flynn
  28. Hannah and the Hellion by Christine Flynn
  29. Tantalizing by Lori Foster
  30. Outrageous by Lori Foster
  31. Fantasy by Lori Foster
  32. This Old Heart by Holly Fuhrmann
  33. Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
  34. Q's Legacy by Helene Hanff
  35. The Duchess of Bloomsbury Stree by Helene Hanff
  36. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
  37. How Much is that Couple in the Window? by Lori Herter
  38. Falling for a Father of Four by Arlene James
  39. Daddy by Destiny by Muriel Jensen
  40. Daddy by Design by Muriel Jensen
  41. Daddy by Default by Muriel Jensen
  42. Headstrong Bride by Joan Johnston
  43. The Disobedient Bride by Joan Johnston
  44. Blue Christmas by Linda Jones
  45. Knight of a Trillion Stars by Dara Joy
  46. Love You Forever by Kaiser
  47. At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
  48. Tuesday's Knight by Kistler
  49. Simple Gifts by Kathleen Korbel
  50. Hidden Talents by Jayne Ann Krentz
  51. Perfect Partners by Jayne Ann Krentz
  52. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  53. Two-week Wife by Miranda Lee
  54. Cinderella and the Texas Prince by Lewis
  55. adventurous Bride by Liholm
  56. Brave the Wild Wind by Johanna Lindsey
  57. Untamed by Elizabeth Lowell
  58. Mr. December by Macallister
  59. Dr. Texas by Debbie Macomber
  60. Smoochin' Santa by Jule McBride
  61. Crash Diet: Stories by Jill MCCorkle
  62. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
  63. Cowboy Dad by Nicholas
  64. The Promise of Jenny Jones by Maggie Osborne
  65. The Cowboy's Ideal Wife by Victoria Pade
  66. Baby Wishes and Bachelor Kisses by Valerie Parv
  67. Regarding Rita by Pemberton
  68. The Silent Cry by Anne Perry
  69. Bibioholism by Tom Raabe
  70. Naked in Death by JD Robb
  71. Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts
  72. Cowboys, Babies and Shotgun Vows by Goodyear Rogers
  73. There Goes the Bride by Roszel
  74. In Hot Pursuit by Patricia Ryan
  75. Ruined by Reading by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
  76. The Struggle for Black Equality by Harvard Sitkoff
  77. Not Looking for a Texas Man by Lass Small
  78. Death Turns a Trick by Julie Smith
  79. Rafe's Revenge by Stuart
  80. Baby Boom by Peg Sutherland
  81. It's Only Temporary by Cathy Gillen Thacker
  82. Dad on the Job by Linda Varner
  83. Crazy Ladies: A Novel by Michael Lee West
  84. Quite a Year for Plums by Bailey White
  85. Male for Sale by Steve White
  86. Six Foot One Inch Grinch by Tiffany White
  87. The Santa Suit by Whittenburg
  88. Night by Elie Wiesel
  89. She's Having His Baby by Wisdom
  90. Cowgirl and the Unexpected Wedding by Sherryl Woods
  91. Lizard by Banana Yoshimoto

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Saturday Review of Books Challenge

Well. I just said, not even a week ago, that I wasn't going to join any other challenges until I finished one. I clearly remember myself saying that. But what's a goal for if not to be broken?

Semicolon is hosting a challenge for her Saturday Review of Books blog. The goal is to read 6 books that have been reviewed for the Saturday Review by the end of 2007. As you review each book you should go back and link it at the Review. Sounds easy enough? I went and reviewed the list to choose from, and wouldn't you know it, there are tons of books on there that are already on my TBR list! In fact, enough of them are on my other challenge lists that I'm really not adding many books at all to my challenges. How can I not sign up?

Here's my six:

  1. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Also on my Dystopian list)
  2. Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro (ditto)
  3. Wicked by Maguire (Also on my TBR Challenge list)
  4. A Wrinkle in Time by L'Engle (on my Newbery list)
  5. Sense and Sensibility by Austen (not on any list, but coming to my Inbox daily courtesy of
  6. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Hosseni (also not on any list, but a recent gift)


  1. Ella Minnow Pea by Dunn (TBR challenge alternative)
  2. Lean Mean Thirteen by Evanovich (I already have this one, I can't imagine I won't get it read before the end of the year. It's the one series I'm actually current on.)
  3. Shakespeare's Landlord by Harris (in the TBR)
  4. My Sister's Keeper by Picoult (Not on any list, but my best friend Gina recently sent it to me with glowing reviews)
  5. The Road by McCarthy (on my Book Awards Challenge list)
  6. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by See (in the TBR)