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50 Book Challenge 2012



16 / 50 books. 32% done!

January

1. American Vampire (Vampire for Hire #3) - J.R. Rain
2. Moon Child (Vampire for Hire #4) - J.R. Rain
3. Christmas Moon (Vampire for Hire Novella) - J.R. Rain
4. The Auschwitz Violin - Maria Angels Anglada
5. Midwinter Sacrifice - Mons Kallentoft
6. Hidden - Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld Novella)
7. Me Before You - Jojo Moyes

February

8. Chaotic - Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld Novella)
9. Still Alice - Lisa Genova
10. The Somnambulist - Essie Fox
11. War Horse - Michael Morpurgo
12. Things I Couldn't Tell My Mother - Sue Johnston
13. Miracle on the 17th Green - James Patterson and Peter de Jonge
14. Naked in Death - J. D. Robb (In Death #1)

March

15. Hunting Kat - Kelley Armstrong (Novella)
16. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green (recommended by [personal profile] green_maia and [profile] shadowkat67)
17. Phantom - Jo Nesbo
18. The Cold Season - Alison Littlewood

April, May and June

19. The Redbreast - Jo Nesbo
20. Nemesis - Jo Nesbo
21. The Devil's Star - Jo Nesbo
22. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
23. Finding Lost: Season Six - Nikki Stafford
24. The Secrets Between Us - Louise Douglas
25. Voices From The Titanic - Geoff Tibballs
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Not had quite as much time for reading in March, so it's only a short list this time. The Fault in Our Stars and Phantom (though very different) were both outstanding reads. :)

Books Read in March:

15. Hunting Kat - Kelley Armstrong (Novella)
16. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green (recommended by [personal profile] green_maia and [profile] shadowkat67)
17. Phantom - Jo Nesbo (Harry Hole Series)
18. The Cold Season - Alison Littlewood
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Books read in February:


08. Chaotic - Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld Novella)
09. Still Alice - Lisa Genova
10. The Somnambulist - Essie Fox
11. War Horse - Michael Morpurgo
12. Things I Couldn't Tell My Mother - Sue Johnston
13. Miracle on the 17th Green - James Patterson and Peter de Jonge
14. Naked in Death - J. D. Robb (In Death #1)
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Off to a good start with the 50 book challenge this year. Let's see if I can keep this pace up for the rest of the year. :)

Books Read in January

1. American Vampire (Vampire for Hire #3) - J.R. Rain
2. Moon Child (Vampire for Hire #4) - J.R. Rain
3. Christmas Moon (Vampire for Hire Novella) - J.R. Rain
4. The Auschwitz Violin - Maria Angels Anglada
5. Midwinter Sacrifice - Mons Kallentoft
6. Hidden - Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld Novella)
7. Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
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So far I'm doing well with my 50 book challenge for 2012.

I've just started my seventh book of the year, so if I carry on like this, by the end of the year I should have exceeded my 50 book goal by quite a margin. Of course, as we all know, the likelihood that I'll continue at this pace is, well, highly unlikely. Every year I start off exceptionally well, but once the dark winter evenings are over, my monthly list of books read usually gets shorter and shorter! And this year, especially with a new grandchild due to arrive in July, I can see the same thing happening yet again. :D

I'll post a list of the books I've read so far at the end of January.
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I'm disappointed not to have made it to my 50 book goal in 2011, but considering the year I had I can't say I'm surprised. Let's hope I do better in 2012! :)

Books Read in 2011:

1. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins (second book in The Hunger Games trilogy)
2. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins (final book in The Hunger Games trilogy. Highly recommended series)
3. Room - Emma Donoghue
4. The Long Song - Andrea Levin
5. Angelic - Kelley Armstrong
6. Counterfeit Magic - Kelley Armstrong
7. The Leopard - Jo Nesbo
Read more... )

So, a grand total of 42 books read in 2011.

I don't think I can narrow it down to just one favourite read, but I do have several that stood out for me: "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay" from way back in January, and "11/22/63", the very first Stephen King novel I've ever read, which will now go on my list of favourite time-travel books. "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" also stood out for me (in spite of the out of the blue cliffhanger ending), as did "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks", which was a fascinating and moving read.

But the book that stood out for me the most (and therefore must be my favourite read of 2011, yes?) was "Grace Williams Says It Loud".

From Amazon: This isn't an ordinary love story. But then Grace isn't an ordinary girl. 'Disgusting,' said the nurse. And when no more could be done, the Doctors advised her parents to put her away, aged eleven. On her first day at the Briar Mental Institute, Grace meets Daniel. He sees a different Grace: someone to share secrets and canoodle with, someone to fight for. Debonair Daniel, who can type with his feet, fills Grace's head with tales from Paris and the world beyond. This is Grace's story: her life, its betrayals and triumphs, disappointment and loss, the taste of freedom; roses, music and tiny scraps of paper. Most of all, it is about the love of a lifetime.

Praise for Grace Williams Says It Loud by Emma Henderson )

This book moved me like no other. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it even made me shout out in anger at times, but most of all it gave me hope. It's a difficult subject, set in a time when people with disabilities were treated appallingly (and to be honest, although times have improved, we still have a long, long way to go), but is told in such a way that you can't help but feel uplifted by it.

Read more... )

So yes, in the end there is no doubt that my favourite book of 2011 is "Grace Williams Says It Loud", a book that continues to stay with me several months after reading it, and one that is likely to stay with me for a long time to come.
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50 Book Challenge 2011



22 / 50 books. 44% done!

January

1. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins (second book in The Hunger Games trilogy) (rating: *****)
2. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins (final book in The Hunger Games trilogy. Highly recommended series) (rating: *****)
3. Room - Emma Donoghue (rating: *****)
4. The Long Song - Andrea Levin (rating: ***)
5. Angelic - Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld Novella)(rating: *****) +
6. Counterfeit Magic - Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld Novella) (rating: *****) +
7. The Leopard - Jo Nesbo (rating: *****)





+ Please note: If you haven't read the Women of the Otherworld series, this novella will make little or no sense to you.

February

8. The Postmistress - Sarah Blake (rating: ***)
9. The News Where You Are - Catherine O'Flynn (rating: ****)
10. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot (rating: *****)
11. Bleed For Me - Michael Robotham (rating: *****)


March

12. Started Early, Took My Dog - Kate Atkinson (rating: ****)
13. River Marked (Mercy Thompson Book 6) - Patricia Briggs (rating: *****)
14. The Fiery Cross (Outlander Book 5) - Diana Gabaldon (rating: ***)

April

15. Stay With Me - Brenna Lyons (A quick read - not much substance to it at all) (rating: *)
16. The Secret Holocaust Diaries - Nonna Bannister (rating: ****)
17. Pastworld - Ian Beck (rating: ****)

May

18. Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist (rating: *****)
19. 13 Little Blue Envelopes - Maureen Johnson (rating: ****)
20. Trespass - Rose Tremain (rating: ***)
21. When God Was a Rabbit - Sarah Winman (rating: ****)
22. The Confession of Katherine Howard - Suzannah Dunn (rating: ***)



Rating system:

* = Poor
** = Okay
*** = Good
**** = Very Good
***** = Excellent



Posted via LiveJournal app for iPad.

caliente_uk: (River)
Only two this month. RL decided to take over for a while, as it does from time to time. Hopefully, October will be better. :)

33. Florence and Giles - John Harding
34. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

And so far for October:

35. Before I Go To Sleep - S J Watson
36. Bellwether - Connie Willis

All very different books, but all equally as enjoyable. "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" was particularly wonderful read on my iPad, as the included photographs really helped bring the story alive.

My Kindle (which I adore) would usually be my e-reader of choice, but in this case the iPad was a no-brainer. A book like this deserves to be read on a device capable of showing it off to its full advantage. :)
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My reading slowed down considerably in June, July and August, which it always does every year. Going on holiday and being out and about more definitely curtails my reading time, but with the autumn and winter fast approaching, I have every faith that it will soon pick up speed again. :)

June

23. My Psychic Life - Sally Morgan
24. Restless Spirits - Jean Marie Bauhaus
25. The Lantern - Deborah Lawrenson
26. Afterwards - Rosamund Lupton

July and August

27. Healing Spirits - Sally Morgan
28. Life After Death - Sally Morgan
29. Ghost Story - Jim Butcher
30. Spell Bound - Kelley Armstrong
31. Grace Williams Says It Loud - Emma Henderson (This book is not an easy read by any means, but one that I highly recommend.)
32. Tear in Time - Christopher David Peterson
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Books Read in May

18. Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist
19. 13 Little Blue Envelopes - Maureen Johnson
20. Trespass - Rose Tremain
21. When God Was a Rabbit - Sarah Winman
22. The Confession of Katherine Howard - Suzannah Dunn
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50 Book Challenge 2011

April

15. Stay With Me - Brenna Lyons (A quick read - and not a very good one)
16. The Secret Holocaust Diaries - Nonna Bannister
17. Pastworld - Ian Beck

Not a very long list this month due to the beautiful April weather we've been having. I've been out and about far too much to have time to read - plus I've had a shiny new iPad to play with in my spare time. *g*

Hopefully, I'll have a longer list next month. :)

Book Review

Apr. 2nd, 2011 06:31 pm
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Posted to my other LJ, [livejournal.com profile] livingbooks:

My Hunger Games Trilogy review

Warning: contains spoilers
caliente_uk: (calturner book)
Not had much time for reading this month. :(

March

12. Started Early, Took My Dog - Kate Atkinson
13. River Marked (Mercy Thompson Book 6) - Patricia Briggs
14. The Fiery Cross (Outlander Book 5) - Diana Gabaldon
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February

8. The Postmistress - Sarah Blake
9. The News Where You Are - Catherine O'Flynn
10. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
11. Bleed For Me - Michael Robotham
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1. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins (second book in The Hunger Games trilogy)
2. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins (final book in The Hunger Games trilogy. Highly recommended series)
3. Room - Emma Donoghue
4. The Long Song - Andrea Levin
5. Angelic - Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld Novella)
6. Counterfeit Magic - Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld Novella)
7. The Leopard - Jo Nesbo

Book Meme

Jan. 19th, 2011 12:56 am
caliente_uk: (love to read)
Interesting book meme, snagged from next_to_normal over on DW. :)

1. Favorite childhood book?

I'm not sure I have just one favourite childhood book. I was an avid reader as a child, so I have a long and varied list to choose from. The What Katy Did series of books were huge favourites that were read time and time again, so they would definitely be up there.

Read more... )
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Finished the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy at 3.30am this morning. I literally could not put it down! Staying up late made me all bleary eyed this morning, but it was so worth it.

I don't know what it is about these books that drew me in so fast, but I haven't read a series of books as quickly as this in a long time. I completed all three in less than a week, which is unusual for me these days. But it was powerful storytelling that kept me enthralled from the first page until the last, and I wouldn't have missed reading these books for the world.

Brief spoilers for the trilogy - don't click if you haven't read all three books )

I'm planning to write a longer review at some stage, which I'll be posting over on my much negelcted book journal [livejournal.com profile] livingbooks. I'll try to remember to post a link here when I post it. :)
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I've just started Part III: The Enemy, and all I can say is wow. I'm devouring these books like there's no tomorrow, they're that good. Exciting, heartbreaking and incredibly powerful storytelling.

I'm so glad there were so many of you on my flist who loved these books and recommended them. I've bookmarked some of your reviews to read after I've finished the complete trilogy.

Back to reading...
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50 Book Challenge 2010



50 / 50 books. 100% done!

Finished my 50th book of the year this afternoon, so I just scraped through at the last minute. :)

Books Read in 2010 )

A mixed bag this year. Some great, some not so great, some fluffy and light and some dark and angsty. But all were good in their own way, and suited my mood at the time. I wouldn't recommend them all, and even those I would recommend wouldn't be to everyone's taste.

My favourite books of the year have been: Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis, The Passage by Justin Cronin, Changes by Jim Butcher, The Snowman by Jo Nesbo and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Upcoming reads for 2011:

Books two and three of The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
The Leopard by Jo Nesbo
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
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Well, I've read 42/50 books so far this year. A few of them were 800 plus pages, so it feels as though I've read more books than I actually have. *g*

Do you think I'll make it to my 50 book goal? Or have I left it too late? 8 books in a month. Hmm, I'll give it a go, but it's going to be close! :)

So today is comicwank day. Oh dear. And that's all I have to say about that. Thank goodness S8 is almost over!

It's still freezing cold outside, but the snow seems to have stopped (thank goodness). K's college (which is based at her old school) was open, but she decided not to go in anyway, as the roads were treacherous this morning and it takes her a good hour on the school bus to get there. She's also got a severe muscle strain in her shoulder that she should be resting, which is easier said than done when you're a wheelchair user and rely on your arms to get around! And in this weather getting around is a nightmare. *sigh*

Hope it's not too cold where you are! :)
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