Posted by: vmlay | October 1, 2009

Books Read the Last Few Months

It’s been a stressful day so I’m going to escape by thinking about books.  I’ve only recently started keeping a list of books that I’ve read so I thought I’d include that list here to catch up to when I started doing the What Are You Reading? meme.

January/February 2009 (I was in the hospital from mid-January to mid-February and too sick to do much reading, so it was a slow couple of months):

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron — I enjoyed the parts about Dewey the most.
The Duchess by Amanda Foreman — a re-read in anticipation of seeing the movie.  Fascinating character!
Hounded to Death: A Novel (Foxhunting, Bk 7) by Rita Mae Brown — I love this series by Rita Mae Brown, almost as much as I love her series co-written with Sneaky Pie 🙂
A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander — a good read.
President Lincoln’s Spy by Stephen Wilson — this was all right.

March 2009

Merchant of Death (Pendragon) by D. J. McHale — I wasn’t sure if I liked this book or not but it eventually caught my interest and I decided to continue the series.
At Grave’s End (Night Huntress, Bk 3) by Jeaniene Frost — I typically don’t start a series in the middle which might be why this book didn’t hold me at all and I skimmed to the end.
Signora Da Vinci by Robin Maxwell — an ok read.
What’s A Ghoul to Do? (Ghost Hunter, Bk 1) by Victoria Laurie — I enjoyed this one, it was fun!
Demons Are a Ghoul’s Best Friend (Ghost Hunter, Bk 2) by Victoria Laurie — The second book was just as much fun as the first one!
Pointe and Shoot: A Jenny T. Partridge Dance Mystery by Natalie M. Roberts — I like the entire Jenny T. Partridge series.

April 2009

Defending Angels (Beaufort & Company Mystery, Bk 1) by Mary Stanton — new series that I really enjoyed.
Faking Grace by Tamara Leigh — this one made me laugh out loud at times, it was quite good.
The Clockwork Teddy by John Lamb — a series about a retired detective and his wife who now make teddy bears, it’s a cute series with some serious mystery.
I So Don’t Do Mysteries by Barrie Summy — this one was cute.  I’m looking forward to the authors next book.
Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon by Nancy Atherton — I generally enjoy the Aunt Dimity books even when I find the main character annoying 🙂
Ghouls Just Haunt to Have Fun  (Ghost Hunter, Bk 3) by Victoria Laurie — the third in the series which I enjoyed as much as the others.
Where Serpents Sleep by C.S. Harris — I love C.S. Harris books — he is one of the few more “intense” authors that I still read, partly due to the well done historical setting.
Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper — I ended up skimming this one half way through, it just didn’t hold my interest well.
Magnolias, Moonlight and Murder by Sara Rosett — a good read.
Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson — I used to really like Davidson’s series and although this one was fine I just don’t seem to enjoy them as much as I did.
Casting Spells by Barbara Bretton — an ok read.

May 2009

Betrayed (A House of Night novel) by P.C. Cast — this actually intriqued me although I find the writing to be annoyingly cliched.
Every Demon Has His Day by Cara Lockwood — I thought this looked really good but it was rather mediocre actually.
Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris — excellent as always!
Everyone Is Beautiful by Katherine Center — this was a surprise for me, I really liked this book and it became one that I recommended to a lot of people.  It just really hooked me into the story and the characters.
Momzillas by Jill Kargman — an ok read.
An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris — a good read, I don’t like this series as much but I find the characters intriquing.
The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse by Leann Sweeney — this was cute and I enjoyed it.
The Bright Side of Disaster by Katherine Center — I thought since I liked Everybody is Beautiful so much I would try this one as well, it wasn’t as good but it was worth reading.

June 2009

Home Repair by Liz Rosenberg — I liked this book, the main character and her family were compelling.
Turning Japanese by Cathy Yardley — another book that I picked up on a whim and ended up really enjoying — and I learned quite a bit about Japanese culture in the process.
Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo — I liked this one although I find the main character not particularly likeable in some ways.
Murder on Waverly Place by Victoria Thompson — I always enjoy Thompson’s series — she writes a wonderful historical mystery.
Martyr by Rory Clements — this was an ok read.
Angel’s Advocate (Beaufort & Company Mystery, Bk 2) by Mary Stanton — I really like this series, the characters are fun and the premise is interesting, not to mention rather unique.
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins — I finally gave in and read it after being told by many people that I should — I didn’t think I’d like it and ended up rushing through it anxious to see what would happen — the characters are so well drawn and the book is compelling!
Chosen (A House of Night Novel) by P.C.Cast — wondering why I’m still reading this series when it just doesn’t seem that well written, but I’m curious to see what happens.
The Expected One by Kathleen McGowan — a recommendation but I didn’t enjoy it much, skimmed to the end.
Tails of Love by Lori Foster — cute stories about animals, hard to go wrong there 🙂
Killer Cruise by Laura Levine  — cute mystery, nice and light.

July 2009

How Do I Love Thee?  By Nancy Moser — this was all right, it didn’t really stand out for me though.
Love in Bloom by Sheila Roberts — this was a very sweet book about women’s relationships, I enjoyed it.
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hall — excellent young adult novel!
Swords and Sorceress XXIII by Elisabeth Waters — not all the stories appealed to me so I only read a couple of them, but those were quite good.
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr — this was all right but Id idn’t find myself drawn in as much as I would have expected given the reviews.
The Devlin Diary Christi Phillips — very good historical mystery.
The Summoning (Book 1) by Kelley Armstrong — Unlike Wicked Lovely, this young adult book caught my attention and held onto it right to the end — it was very good!
Greedy Bones by Carolyn Haines — one of my favorite mystery series — I love this series!
Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede — now this was an interesting book, is there going to be another one?  I can’t tell, would love to see where it ends up going.  It wasn’t an easy read but it was intriquing.
Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey — this was a fun young adult novel, wish there was going to be another one but it appears to be a stand alone.
Gone to the Dogs by Mary Guterson — a cute read.
Do-Over by Robin Hemley — this was quite funny in parts and rather introspective in other parts, I enjoyed it — wish I could have some do-overs in life!!
Untamed (House of Night Novel) by P.C. Cast — well, I finished this but I’m not continuing with the series, the writing has finally driven me nuts 🙂

August 2009

The Awakening (Book 2) by Kelley Armstrong — just as good as the first book, I’m really anxious to see what happens in the third!
The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley — a good read.
Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief  (Book 1) by Rick Riordan — this series is geared towards pre-teen and teenage boys I suspect but I had a great time with it and can’t wait to read the rest of the series.  There is even going to be a movie coming out soon.
Swan for the Money by Donna Andrews — another series that I just love — these are always funny, upbeat and just a blast to read!
A Slice of Murder by Chris Cavender — new series, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have hoped though, it was ok.
Pendragon: The Lost City of Faar (Book Two) by D.J. MacHale — continuing the adventures of Pendragon after a lull — I have become more intriuqed by the series as I read more.
Sew Deadly by Elizabeth Lynn Casey — a good read.
Emma  (Book 1) by Kaoru Mori — graphic novel set in Victorian England, very good.
Emma (Book 2) by Kaoru Mori — more of the graphic novel series.
Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters (Book 2) by Rick Riordan — such fun to read!
The Glass Maker’s Daughter by V. Briceland — this was pretty good, I was interested in the characters and how things would end.
The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L. J. Smith — thought I would try this since everyone has been talking about them — it was ok.
The Vampire Diaries: The Struggle by L.J. Smith — not sure if I want to continue on or not, they’re decent reads but I just don’t find them that exciting.
Out of the Dawn Light by Alys Clare — new series by Alys Clare, I didn’t care for it much.
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella — cute read, although it seemed to drag on forever.
Emma (Book 3) by Kaoru Mori — continuation of the graphic novel series, I love the drawings, they are so detailed.

September 2009

New Tricks by David Rosenfelt — I have enjoyed all of Rosenfelt’s other books which combine mystery with a love of dogs usually, this one was very good as well.
Emma (Book Four) by Kaoru Mori — last of the graphic novel series that the library has available, I guess I won’t find out what happened with Emma for a while.
Wesley the Owl — this was so sweet and I learned quite a few neat things about owls as well.
Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires Book One) by Rachel Caine — now this vampire series I enjoyed! 🙂
The Titian’s Curse (Percy Jackson, Book Three) by Rick Riordan — more fun with Percy, the series get better with each book.
Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard — this has become my most recent favorite — it’s cute, it’s fun and I enjoyed reading it — perfect!
Tearls of Pearl by Tasha Alexander — another excellent historical mystery in Alexander’s series, these are always good.
Dogged Pursuit by Robert Rodi — this book, about a man and his unlikely agility dog, made me laugh out loud and learned some neat things about agility dogs and shows.
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins — this was a harder read, the violence made me cringe in some places, but it was still very good and the characters are just so well done!
Shades of Grey by Clea Simon — this seemed to take me forever, it’s a new series, and while I like idea of a ghost kitty that was the only part I really found interesting.
Ghost a la Mode (A Granny Apples Mystery) by Sue Ann Jaffarian — this was fun, I really liked this start to a new series.
Her Deadly Mischief by Beverle Graves Myers — another historical mystery series that is always well written and interesting.

That’s everything I’ve read for the last few months 🙂



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