Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Monthly Mixer Mele Reading Plan

Monthly Mixer Mele
hosted at Jen's Book Talk
Challenge dates are Nov 1, 2009 to Nov 2, 2010.

N - Nibble & Kuhn
O - Only in New York, Darling!
V - The Vanishing Sculptor - read Nov 29
E - On the Edge
M - A Magical Christmas Present - finished Dec 8
B - Blaze of Memory - finished Dec 9
E - Across the Endless River
R - The Recipe Club

D - The Dragon in the Sock Drawer - finished Nov 4
E - Ender in Exile
C - The Cat Who Saw Stars - finished Nov 4
E - Earth by David Brin
M - Moonstone
B - Begger's Banquet - finished Nov 24
E - Ender's Game
R - Raising Dragons

J - Janeology
A - Dirty Little Angels
N -
U -
A - The Hunt for Atlantis
R - Where the Red Fern Grows
Y - Yellow Moon

F - Falling into the Sun - finished Dec 1 & reviewed
E - Elantis
B - The Black Stallion and the Shape-shifter - finished Nov 14
R -
U - Unity
A - The Art of Meaningful Living
R -
Y - Your Legacy of Love

M - The Masonic Myth
A - Life After 187
R - Rainbow in the Night
C - The Cost of Dreams
H - A Highlander Christmas - finished Nov 28

A - The Alphabet Challenge
P - Possible Futures
R - The Lace Reader
I - The Manufactured Identity
L - the Lie

M - Miracle in Sumatra
A - Agony Hill
Y - New Year's Quilt

J - Just Breathe - may change
U - Always Looking Up
N - It Happened One Night
E - Nineteen Eighty-four

J -
U -
L - Lavender Morning
Y - A Good Yarn

A - But Then Again I Could Be Wrong
U - The Cat Who went Underground - finished Nov 3
G - The Gathering Storm
U -
S - A Snowflake in My Hand - finished Nov 13
T - Thirsty

S - A Sportscaster's Guide to Watching Football - finished Nov 3
E - Empire
P - Playing House
T - That Holiday Feeling - finished Dec 6
E - Life, the Universe & Everything
M - The Male Factor
B - The Brimstone Murders
E -
R - Rogue Warrior

O - The Last Olympian
C - The Christmas List - finished Nov 26
T - The Tallest of smalls - finished Nov 17
O - Out of the Pumpkin Shell
B - Black Beauty
E - The Real Enemy
R -

All the books list are either review/tour books or titles that I own. I'm hoping the blank spaces can be filled out with library books. I do know that one "U" book must be purchased (The Gardner Heist) but I want to read that for another challenge.

In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak (banned/challenged)
Ubik by Philip K. Dirk (60's, Mind Voyages)
The Quantum Rose (A-Z(Q), Mind Voyages)
Riders of the Purple Sage (Colorful)
Yesterday's Lies by Lisa Jackson (LJ)
Just Over the Mountain
Unspoken (LJ)
The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's largest unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser
A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle
6 Rainer Drive

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Reading Plan

This was going to be for 2010 but there are still a couple of weeks left of 2009.... Now, I've signed up for 11 Book Tours. Two are on the list but I don't know when the others will arrive so they'll need to squeeze in.

edited 1-6: sigh, already a month behind. Challenges have been joined, categories changed...waiting to hear about more review books, have not received Flying Free.

~December 2009~
Moonstone - read & review
The Masonic Myth - read & review
The Male Factor - read & review (if it ever gets here)

Read but need reviews (may need to reread!)
Right Side of the Tracks
True North
Red in the Flower Bed
Nine Things Nathan Noticed at Night
Second Chance
The Tallest of smalls
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
Benny & Shrimp
A Circle of Souls
A Sportscaster's Guide to Watching Football

~January 2010~
Across the Endless River - read & review
Nibble and Kuhn - read & review
Children of Dust - read & review
the Lie - read & review
Only in New York, Darling! - read & review
Health Beyond Medicine - read & review

Wicked Games - twitter read-along with J.Kaye

~February 2010~
Dirty Little Angels - read & review
Prince Harming Syndrome - read & review
Solace - read & review
Whiskey Gulf - read & review
The Recipe Club - read & review
The Hunt for Atlantis - read & review
Stepmonster- read & review

~March 2010~
But Then Again I Could Be Wrong - read & review
Thirsty - read & review
The Manufactured Identity - read & review
Life After 187 - read & review
Possible Futures - read & review
Defenders of the Scroll - read & review
The Art of Meaningful Living- read & review

~April 2010~
Agony Hill - read & review
The Silent Gift - read & review
The Cost of Dreams - read & review
Yellow Moon - read & review
The Gathering Storm - read & review
Playing House - read & review
Your Legacy of Love- read & review

~May 2010~
The Alphabet Challenge - read & review
Miracle in Sumatra - read & review
Janeology - read & review
Conflicts with Interest - read & review
A Songbird in My Heart - read & review
Raising Dragons - read & review
The Brimstone Murders- read & review

~June 2010~
Rainbow in the Night - read & review (in the mail)
"I" title for Rainbow Connection - Invisible Man?
"V" title for Rainbow Connection - Vision in White (also Colorful)
A Cat Sleuth challenge book

~July 2010~
Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart - read & review? awaiting replay
On the Edge - read & review
Flying Free - read & review (in the mail, still)
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak (banned)
Where the Red Fern Grows (Colorful)
Life in the Pits (What's in a Name?)
Out of the Pocket (GBLT)
A Clockwork Orange (Colorful, 100Best)
Samantha's Cowboy (Harlequin)

~August 2010~
Earth (Mind Voyages)
Storm Glass (Harlequin)
a Lisa Jackson book (Lisa Jackson)
Black Beauty (Colorful)
Magic trilogy by Mercedes Lackey (GBLT)
a Reading through the Seasons book
Lavender Morning (Colorful)

~September 2010~
The Cat Who Walks through Walls (Mind Voyages)
a Nora Roberts book (Harlequin)
a Lisa Jackson book (Lisa Jackson)
Riders of the Purple Sage (Colorful)
a Reading through the Seasons book
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Colorful)

~October 2010~
That Hideous Strength (Mind Voyages, 10*10-10/dusty)
Her Baby out of the Blue (Harlequin, Colorful)
a Lisa Jackson book (Lisa Jackson)
The Quantum Rose (Mind Voyages)
a Reading through the Seasons book
Moreta (Mind Voyages)

~November 2010~
To Kill a Mockingbird (banned)
Moon Over Water (Harlequin)
a Lisa Jackson book (Lisa Jackson)
a Lisa Jackson book (Lisa Jackson)
a Reading through the Seasons book
a Disney Literature book
Ubik (Voyages, 10*10*10/60's)
1984 (banned, 100Best)

~December 2010~
A Wrinkle in Time (banned)
Slaughterhouse-Five (Voyages, 100Best)
Ender's Game (Voyages)
a Lisa Jackson book (Lisa Jackson)
How to Tempt a Duke (Harlequin)

And.... On Top of All That......

GBLT challenge books (8+)
Toss Me a Frosty One - I'm hosting! Summer
Fall in Love - I'm hosting! Fall
Spring into Action - I'm hosting! Spring
Chill Baby, Chill - I'm hosting! Winter
Monthly Mixer Mele - 2-J's, ...

~Tour Books:
When the Whistle Blows
Shadowed Summer
Dark Divine
Princess For Hire
Out of the Pumpkin Shell
By the Time You Read This I'll Be Dead

~For 10*10*10 (some of these are taken care of in the list above but I've still got to figure out which books go where)
young adult
Christian Fiction
Perpetual Challenge books
dusty or forgotten from my shelves

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Richelle Mead

I had heard about or seen several books I thought looked good but they were not the first of the series or I already had too big of a stack and put them aside. It was Vampire Adademy that sent me to the web to find out more. If I hadn't just gone on a bit of a spending spree, I'd be at the book store right now picking up Frostbite.

Immortal: Love Stories With Bite - Blue Moon

Eternal Lover - City of Demons
A Georgina story, takes place between books 2 and 3.

Dreams and Desires - Brushstrokes
This is a Georgina story also. Dreams and Desires was a small-release charity anthology, the proceeds of which benefit a shelter for abused women. It doesn't show up in most stores, but it can be ordered at Barnes and Noble online.

Kisses From Hell - as of yet untitled short about Lissa's parents (Vampire Academy) to be released in 2010.

Dark Swan - adult series
Eugenie Markham didn't want any of this. Until now, she's been content with her job as a freelance shaman, battling and banishing Otherworldly creatures. When a prophecy makes her the Otherworld's most popular bachelorette, Eugenie finds herself fighting off supernatural suitors, as well as the evils that begin emerging from her past...

#1 Storm Born
#2 Thorn Queen
#3 Iron Crowned - 2010
#4 planned

Georgina Kincaid - her first series, written for adults
As if love wasn't hard enough! Imagine not being able to touch your boyfriend without sucking away his soul. Welcome to the world of Georgina Kincaid, a reluctant succubus who always seems to find herself in the middle of supernatural intrigue...

#1 Succubus Blues
#2 Succubus on Top
#3 Succubus Dreams
#4 Succubus Heat
#5 Succubus Shadows - March 30, 2010
#6 planned for 2011

Vampire Academy - young adult
Two races of vampires walk our world. The Moroi are alive and wield elemental magical, while the Strigoi are undead and evil--feeding on the innocent to survive. Rose Hathaway--a half-vampire with poor impulse control--is training to be a bodyguard for a Moroi princess. Learning to decapitate and stake is hard enough, but Rose's real danger may lie in an illicit romance with one of her instructors...

#1 Vampire Academy
#2 Frostbite
#3 Shadow Kiss
#4 Blood Promise
#5 Spirit Bound - May 2010
#6 planned for late 2010

Monday, August 24, 2009

Garrison Allen

As near as I can tell, Garrison Allen wrote six books in the "Big Mike" mystery series. I have all six.

Penelope Warren calls her bookstore Mycroft & Co., in honor of the cat who presides there. Tough and macho, Big Mike is ready to match wit and claw with the most cunning critter. For when it comes to catching a killer, this lethal weapon is always up to scratch.

Desert Cat, 300 pages

Meddlesome, mean-spirited Louise Fletcher was high on everyone's least-liked list. An expert ta backstabbing, she is found with a knife between her shoulder blades and a death grip on a bright new penny. Everyone in Empty Creek has a motive, but the police are stymied. so it's up to Penelope and her felicitous feline partner to sniff out Louise's secrets, paw through her past-and pounce on a deadly killer who seems to have nine lives.

Royal Cat. 287 pages

The annual Elizabethan Spring Faire has transformed Empty Creek, Arizona into Merry Olde England. Anyone who misbehaves may be sent summarily to the stocks.

But more than mischief is afoot when Carolyn Lewis, the less-than-popular retired teacher playing The Virgin Queen, is executed in the dark of night. Her crown passes to Penelope, then the murderer takes an encore, and it's up to her and Big Mike to take their sleuthing behind the scenes...were death treads the boards and a cunning killer refuses to be upstaged.

Stable Cat, 292 pages

The Great Arabiain Horse Show is in town but high riding and good times is not to be. First a prize stallion disappears then his trainer is found outside the empty stall, shot through the heart.

Penelope and Big Mike unearth a string of puzzling leads. In pursuit of answers, a game detective and sly puss race down a rocky trail of shifting identities and secret scandals, through an obstacle course of cunning schemes and private peccadilloes...and into a deadly phot finish against a vengful killer who might just call all the shots.

Baseball Cat, 320 pages

Barely out of the dugout, trying to break a hot losing streak, the Coyotes are hoping to star in the minor leagues. But before the first not of the National Anthem is sung, someone uses the owner's head for a baseball and scores a deadly hit.

Management squabbles, money troubles, marital mayhem and an ex-major leaguer struggling to make a comeback don't make it any easier to understand why the murder weapon bears a very small set of fingerprints; what the strange file found in the team office means; or whether the victim has been concealing a secret lover. With a team of suspects, Penelope and Mycroft soon find themselves threatened by a clever killer ready to risk the whole game to get away with murder and steal home.

Dinosaur Cat, 318 pages

When the discovery of a baby Seismosaurus fossil attracts a horde of media vultures to the town of Empty Creek, Arizona, the incredible find is shadowed by an even bigger sensation. A young scientist has been murdered at the site-her body found with a bullet in the back, sending sometime sleuth Penelope Warren out to the scene. But before Penelope arrives, a mysterious explosion removes any evidence.

When penelope digs up clues buried deep in Empty Creek's history, she soon realizes that she has just scratched the surface of a very deadly mystery-one that will pit her against forces that could precipitate anything form an Empty Creek wet t-shirt rematch to more blood on the sand.

Movie Cat, 298 pages

A Hollywood film crew has descended on Empty Creek to shoot a big-budget western. But the sleey Arizona town soon becomes the backlot for a shocking murder, leaving the locals asking, who in his right mind would murdr flamboyant director C.D. Masterly, the one man destined to put Empty Creek on the big screen? Enter Penelope Warren. She's been cast as the next victim! Unless she can determine who the killer is...before the final fade out.