Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This World We Live In

Life As We Knew It #3: This World We Live In
Susan Beth Pfeffer, Unabridged audio, 6 CDs

One of the most disappointing third book of a series I've ever read. The last 2 or 3 CDs were painful to listen to. The characters were doing all this stuff so out of the character that you knew from the first two books, that it was painful. Miranda goes crazy, Alex turns into a closed minded idiot, and Matt is a jerk. If there are other books in this series, I doubt I'll bother.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My Best of 2011

This was a year of 55 books and 56 audiobooks. I took some time this year to revisit old favorites and to try new authors. It was also a frustrating year because so many were free e-books that tried to give me a hint at what a good book the next one would be, but failed to draw me in.

Audiobooks this year, were amazing. I listened to so many good books. Wonderful year for audios.

For good or bad, these were my favorites in no particular order. Well, sort of the order I read them in. (Extra stars given to extra good books!)

**Chalice by Robin McKinley
How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks
A Pour Way to Dye by Tim Myers
Goddess of Fried Okra by Jean Brashear
Poisoned House by Michael Ford
13 Little Blue Envelopes and The Last Little Blue Envelope, both by Maureen Johnson
Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
Misfit by Jon Skovron

Blasphemy & Impact, both by Douglas Preston
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Earth Abides by George R. Stewart (an old favorite)
*Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Myer
Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laura Viera Rigler
Lighthouse by PD James
**Mistress of the Art of Death & Serpent's Tale, both by Ariana Franklin
**Match Me if You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
**13th Hour by Richard Doetsch
Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
***The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
The Gardener by SA Bodeen
All the Blue Blood series by Melissa de la Cruz (old & new favorites)
***People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Chime by Fanny Billingsley

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Speaking of Reading Challenges.....

Within my Mt. TBR challenge, I have made some mini challenges of my own.

I will try to read at least 6 of my "Classic" TBR books.

I will try to get caught up on 6 of my "series" TBR books. Outside the challenge, I hope to get any new books in the series I do not have and read those as well.

ARCs are not permitted in the challenge, but I have a large number that are TBRs, so I would like to read around 10 of those.

Actually, I just decided to make a whole new blog hoping that will help with the challenge:

Mt. TBR Challenge

I've never done online book challenges. Lots of my online book reading friends do, so I thought I would give this one a try. My TBR mountain includes print books, audiobooks, and e-books. There are way more than I can read in a year, so I thought I would try reading or listening to at least 50 this year. I usually do a total of around 100 books a year, so I will reserve the right to read new things as well as TBR things.

Therefore, I am joining the Mt. TBR at the Mt. Kilimanjaro level of 50 books from my TBR pile.

The Mt. TBR Challenge can be found at: