I quit writing this list in October. I only started including romance novels around the fifteenth of September and I didn’t keep a careful listing. For example, I read three in the bookstore today and so don’t have them at hand to list the names.
18 children’s books
46 science fiction
48 romance that I wrote down the names of
3 inspirational fiction
I guess I wasn’t reading as much this year. I only have 185 books, not including the romance books. Which I still insist I read 300+ of. I need to try next year to ONLY write down the romance. Maybe that would help.
Ordinary Heroes: A Novel by Scott Turow
Irish Magic II- story by Susan Wiggs was good, the rest not so much
The Man from Stone Creek by Linda Lael Miller, very well written Western
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Princess Bride by Wm Goldman, warning, the last two pages of the story should not be read. Just skip them. They weren’t in the screen play and the movie, thus, is better than the book.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Journal by K. Atkinson, depressing but quick read about life and murder in the suburbs 11
The Visitant by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear- icky Anasazi stories of murder and incest mixed with interesting archaeology characters being developed–Don’t know if I’ll read the others.
The Price of Murder by Bruce Alexander
Jack, Knave, and Fool by Bruce Alexander
Shakespeare’s Landlord by Charlaine Harris, a great book, I enjoyed it.
Death of a Duchess by Elizabeth Eyre. I liked it well enough to get another of her books to read.
Shoes to Die For by Laura Levine. My short review is here.
Hasty Death by Marion Chesney- good, fun, fairly light reading
Sick of Shadows by Marion Chesney
Our Lady of Pain by Marion Chesney
The Grilling Season by Diane Mott Davis- didn’t like it, too depressing
Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs
Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier- I really liked this one, even though she didn’t know who it was till the end.
Turkey Day Murder by Leslie Meier- This is much later in the series and I didn’t like it as much. She looks like an idiot at the end and everyone is patronizing. I’m still going to look for other books, though.
Christmas Cookie Murder by Leslie Meier
Tippy Toe Murder by Leslie Meier
Bimbos and Zombies by Sharyn McCrumb
Shakespeare’s Trollop by Charlaine Harris
Shakespeare’s Christmas by Charlaine Harris
Shakespeare’s Champion by Charlaine Harris
Shakespeare’s Counselor by Charlaine Harris
Real Murders by Charlaine Harris
The Julius House by Charlaine Harris
Dead Over Heels by Charlaine Harris
A Fool and His Honey by Charlaine Harris
A Bone to Pick by Charlaine Harris
A Really Cute Corpse by Joan Hess, fun light read- Claire Malloy mystery
Misery Loves Maggody by Joan Hess- Arly Hanks mystery, not as good
Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs, better than Cross Bones but very painful in places
Death at Dartmoor by Robin Paige- very good, weaves together several returning characters
A Trust Betrayed by Candace Robb- not as good as I was hoping. Think I’ll give up on the author.
Don’t Look Now by Linda Lael Miller- This is an author I like in romance. I wasn’t as impressed with the mystery, but that may be because I kept expecting the romance to get stronger and it never did.
Death at Glamis Castle by Robin Paige- a good series, still good after several books
Death in Hype Park by Robin Paige
Murder at the Monks’ Table by Sister Carol Anne O’Marie
Once Upon a Crime by M.D. Lake- didn’t like this one
The Falcon at the Portal by Elizabeth Peters- good book, lookng forward to reading more of hers 36
(I like to read these and I don’t usually put them on the list, but maybe I should.)
Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots
Santa Clause Doesn’t Mop Floors
Leprechauns Don’t Play Basketball
Ghosts Don’t Eat Potato Chips (Except that it is obvious they do.)
Zombies Don’t Play Soccer (This one was strange. It was clearly not a zombie at the end.)
Aliens Don’t Wear Braces
Gargoyles Don’t Drive School Buses (I liked this one. In it a library is saved.)
Frankenstein Doesn’t Plant Flowers
Martians Don’t Take Temperatures
Skeletons Don’t Play Tubas
A Weave of Words, beautifully illustrated
The Year Without Rain, beautiful illustrations, tells a historical tale of sharing and keeping people alive
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf
The Truth of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, by Otifnoski
The Popcorn Machine (read this one about ten times)15
Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia
the Amelia Bedelia with the jelly roll (My student wanted to know what one was, so I made it for her. She didn’t care much for it, but I did a good job.)
Accidental Goddess by Linnae Sinclair– I very much enjoyed this one.
Gabriel’s Ghost by Linnae Sinclair. My review.
Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber
Alien Taste by Wen Spencer– Fascinating. First Ukiah Oregon book. As of January 2007 there are four.
Tainted Trail by Wen Spencer
Bitter Waters by Wen Spencer
Dog Warrior by Wen Spencer
Games of Chance by Linnae Sinclair: I have read this one about seven times in one week. It is excellent.
Freehold by Michael Z. Williamson
The Weapon by Michael Z. Williamson
Here Be Monsters by Christopher Stasheff
Matadora by Steve Perry
Black Steel by Steve Perry
Albino Knife by Steve Perry
Brother Death by Steve Perry
The Omega Cage by Steve Perry
The Machiavelli Interface by Steve Perry
The Man Who Never Missed by Steve Perry
The Musashi Flex by Steve Perry
Dinosaur Planet by Anne McCaffrey- start of five books, pretty good
Dinosaur Planet Survivors by Anne McCaffrey
Sassinak by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon- works off earlier book
The Death of Sleep by Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lyn Nye- develops character from earlier book
Generation Warrior by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon- pulls all the characters together. Don’t think they really did a good job of Lunzie throughout, but okay.
Get Off the Unicorn by Anne McCaffrey- short stories, some of which are parts of books, some of which were new to me
I’ve been re-reading the Honor Harrington series by David Weber:
On Basilisk Station
The Honor of the Queen
The Short Victorious War
Field of Dishonor
Flag in Exile
Honor Among Enemies
In Enemy Hands
Echoes of Honor
Ashes of Victory
War of Honor
At All Costs
The Shadow of Saganami
Crown of Slaves
More than Honor
Worlds of Honor
Changer of Worlds
The Service of the Sword
The Excalibur Alternative by David Weber. First time I read this, even though I’ve owned it for a while.
The Apocalypse Troll by David Weber. 44
Soon I Will be Invincible
Endless Blue by Wen Spencer (It isn’t out yet. I read it on Baen.)
A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer– good book I enjoyed it. The boys said it sounded like a romance, but really its a milieu story.
Tinker by Wen Spencer– R recommended the book and I read it. I enjoyed it so much I had to order the sequel.
Wolf Who Rules by Wen Spencer
Divine by Choice by P.C. Cast– I didn’t love this one as much as the first, but it is good. I didn’t like it because I don’t like the fact that she has sex with someone other than her husband. It kind of ruined the true love aspect of the book.
The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
To Light a Candle by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
A Walk in Wolf Wood by Mary Stewart- fun, fairly light reading
The Witching Hour by Nora Roberts
Winter Rose by Nora Roberts
A World Apart by Nora Roberts
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine- Came to me highly recommended and I liked it.
The Wizard of London by Mercedes Lackey– My brother said not to buy it in hard back. That was a good call. It has great character development, but the plot is a little… flimsy.
Another Day, Another Dungeon by Greg Costikyan– light read, a little slow in the middle, but good.
Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris. About a woman who can feel where and how the dead died.
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
A Wizard’s Dozen edited by Michael Stearns: There were a few good stories, but overall, not that good.
Saint Vidicon To the Rescue by Christopher Stasheff.
When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory (Book 3 of the Obsidian Trilogy)
White Night by Jim Butcher, very good, reminded me why I bought them all
The Crafters by Christopher Stasheff
Goddess of Love by PC Cast
Oath of Swords by David Weber
War God’s Own by David Weber
Windrider’s Oath by David Weber
Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
Academen’s Fury by Jim Butcher
Cursor’s Fury by Jim Butcher, an amazing book, third in a series, I’ve read it three times in two days.
One Good Knight by Mercedes Lackey- good, enjoyable book
Fortune’s Fool by Mercedes Lackey- very light weight, definitely don’t buy it in hardback
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik. I read it twice in a row.
Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik (Do not read it until the fifth is out.)
Phoenix and Ashes by Mercedes Lackey– some obvious anti-war propaganda that doesn’t belong to the war it is purported to match, but a good book despite that
Serpent’s Shadow by Mercedes Lackey
Exile’s Honor by Mercedes Lackey38
It takes a Thief
Arrows of the Queen
Winds of Change
Winds of Fate
Winds of Fury
Princess of Wands by John Ringo- a light fun book
Goddess of Love by PC Cast
Divine by Mistake by PC Cast
Goddess of the Rose by PC Cast
Divine by Choice by PC Cast (don’t like this one, too much pain, S&M, child abuse)
The Down Home Zombie Blues by Linnae Sinclair
Captain’s Fury by Jim Butcher (the fourth in his series)
Reserved for the Cat by Mercedes Lackey
World War Z by Max Brooks (interesting but depressing, haven’t finished it, don’t know if I will)
The Dragon Hoard by Tanith Lee 56
The Faiths of Our Fathers by Alf J. Mapp, Jr.
Women in Anglo-Saxon England and the Impact of 1066 by Christine Fell
Art & Love: An Illustrated Anthology of Love Poetry from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Reading in Bed
The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands by Dr. Laura
How to Write Love Letters
Book Lovers Quotations
The Oxford Book of Nursery Rhymes. I’ve been wanting this book since I read it in the American Library in Geneva, Switzerland, which, by the way, was run by Brits. It had way too many biographies, but I found some great books there. I indented this even though it has been 20+ years since I read it.
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Paradise Lost by Milton
Moving West Songbook with historical commentary by Keith and Rusty McNeil- neither of the songs I was particularly interested in had anything about their roots written down. Instead it was a social commentary on black-face in minstrel work. 11
Duty First by Ed Ruggero- I didn’t get to finish it because someone stole my book out of my teacher locker. Ouch.
The Language of God by Francis S. Collins
Hearing God by Dallas Willard
The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
Wit and Wisdom from Poor Richard’s Almanac by Benjamin Franklin
Reading in Bed
Study Skills for College Writers by Laurie Walker
Dead Men Do Tell Tales by William R. Maples, PhD and Michael Browning, good book by a forensic anthropologist
The Feejee Mermaid and Other Essays in Natural and Unnatural History by Jan Bondeson, chock full of info but very dry… Talks about literary authors and their comments on the different things.
Amelia Peabody’s Egypt: A Compendium edited by Elizabeth Peters
Oy! The World of Jewish Humor- funny and I read some jokes I haven’t heard before
The Best Life Diet 23
The Faces of Jesus: A Life Story by Friedrich Buechner
I Sold My Soul on EBay by Mehta
Thomas Merton: A Book of Hours by Kathleen Deignan and John Giuliani
Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey
Being Prepared: Protecting your family from hurricanes, earthquakes, and other disasters by Katharine C. Rathbun, MD
How to Read a Book by Adler and Van Doren (I’m not finished yet.)
Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose
The Case for the Real Jesus by Lee Strobel 31
The Annotated Mother Goose (I got it for Christmas. It’s a great book.)
Taking Our Cities for God by John Dawson
Romance: (List only started in September.)
Forever Blue by Suzanne Brockman
Everyday, Average Jones
The Admiral’s Bride
Over the Edge
Into the Night
Gone Too Far
Force of Nature by Suzanne Brockmann- I did not like this one as well. It’s a romance novel with gay guys as the main characters. That’s not the worst. They fall in love at first sight, spend maybe two hours together, and they’re “in love forever.” That’s stupid. Guys or girls.
Red Wolf’s Return by Mary J. Forbes
The Daddy Makeover by Raeanne Thayne
The Baby Gamble by Tara Taylor Quinn- a depressing book where you get the idea that the main characters are going to die in two years.
The New Girl in Town by Brenda Harlen
Temporary Nanny by Carrie Weaver– a bit depressing
Taming the Playboy by Marie Ferrarella
Her Best Man by Crystal Green
Twin Surprise by Jacqueline Diamond
The Sheriff of Heartbreak County
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Their Christmas Wish Come True by Cara Colter- sweet, positive, fun- started off a little sad, but rushes to a good finish
All Through the Night by Suzanne Brockmann (This one may have broken me of my liking for her books. She accuses the US of torture because someone got tortured by drug lords in China [relevance?]. She definitely has an agenda with this book. All the proceeds from this book go to support the redefinition of marriage. And I’m totally sick of people falling in love with the person the first second they see them and that being their soul mate.)
Looking for Sophie by Roz Denny Fox
With This Ring by Lee McKenzie (published in Dec. but written about August)
Texan for the Holidays by Victoria Chancellor (didn’t think the character development explained the whole Scarlett persona and change of the main character)
The McKettrick Way by Linda Lael Miller
The Christmas Date by Michele Dunaway
Angels of the Big Sky by Roz Denny Fox
The Ladies’ Man by Susan Mallery
The Rancher’s Christmas Baby by Cathy Gillen Thacker
The Older Woman by Cheryl Reavis
Her Hand-Picked Family by Jennifer Mikels (a keeper)
Royal Protocol by Christine Flynn (a keeper)
Familiar Stranger by Sharon Sala (I went and read some of her other books because I adored this one. But they were all depressing.)
To Be a Mother by Rebecca Winters 48
One Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury
Beyond Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury
When Joy Came to Stay by Karen Kingsbury
I’ve read a lot of books this year. Even if I didn’t read as many as I thought I did. At least, not including the romance novels, I read a book every two days.