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Tsjmom's Book List

What have you read in 2009? Post your list here and update it as you go along! (One thread per member, please.)
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Post by tsjmom » Sun January 4th, 2009, 12:28 am

1. 'The Sparks Fly Upward' - D. Norman
2. 'And Only to Deceive' - T. Alexander
3. 'The House on Tradd Street' - K. White
4. 'Toujours Provence' - P. Mayle
5. 'The Serpent Garden' - J. Merkle Riley
6. "The Insiders" - C. Hickman
7. 'The Reader'
8. 'The Tender Bar' - JR Moehringer
9. 'Outlander' - D. Gabaldon
10. 'To Dance with Kings' - R. Laker
11. 'The House at Riverton' - K. Morton
12. 'Snowflower and the Secret Fan' -L. See
13. 'Dragonfly in Amber' - D. Gabaldon
14. 'Foreign Tongue' - V. Marsot
15. 'Madame Bovary' - G. Flaubert
15. 'The Secret Life of Bees' - S. Monk
16. 'The Seduction of the Crimson Rose' - L. Willig
17. 'Night' - E. Wiesel
18. 'Mistress of the Sun' - S. Gulland
19. 'A Poisoned Season' - T. Alexander
20. 'Game of Patience' - S. Alleyn
21. 'Emilie's Voice' - S. Dunlap
22. 'A Game of Spies' - J. Altman
23. 'Into a Paris Quartier' - D. Johnson
24. 'In a Dark Wood Wandering' - H. Hasse
25. 'The Wednesday Sisters' - M. Waite Clayton
26. 'The Rose Grower' - M/ de Kretser
27. 'The Linz Testament' - L. Perdue
28. 'Silent in the Grave' - D. Raybourn
29. 'Charlotte Gray' - S. Faulks
30. 'The Temptation of the Night Jasmine' - L. Willig
31. 'A Far Better Rest' - S. Alleyn
32. 'Sarah's Key' - T. de Rosnay
33. 'Cavalier of the Apocalypse' - S. Alleyn
34. 'Queen from Provence' - J. Plaidy
35. '27' - W. Diehaus
36. 'The Help' - K. Stockett
37. 'Figures in Silk'
38. 'By Honor Bound' - H. Rosburg
39. 'The Dead of Winter' - R. Airth
40. 'The Big Steal' - E. Jenkins
41. 'Gardener to the King'
42. 'A Gathering of Spies' - J. Altman
43. 'The Devil's Queen' - J. Kalogridis
44. 'Blame It On Paris' - L. Florand
45. 'Where Eagles Dare' - A. MacLean
46. 'Death in the Garden' - E. Ironside
47. 'Bluebird, or The Invention of Happiness' - S. Kohler
48. 'Green Darkness' - A. Seton
49. 'Sobs of Autumn's Violins' - A.R. Homer
50. 'Daughters of Silk' - L. L. Chaiken
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Post by LoisAnn » Tue January 13th, 2009, 3:42 am

And so ... ??? What did you think of Sparks Fly Upward ... ???
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Post by tsjmom » Tue January 27th, 2009, 1:38 am

Sorry LoisAnn getting back to you so late. I hadn't added a book to my list. I actually read 3 books halfway thru but just couldn't get in to any of them.

I really liked SFU. I'd give it a 4/5. I like that there were strong female characters, the suspense of the Terror. I know I'm in the minority here, but reading stories about English gentility and their parties (ie Jane Austen :O ) is quite boring to me.

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Post by Leyland » Thu January 29th, 2009, 5:57 pm

What did you think about Tradd Street? I really enjoyed Karen White's The Color of Light, especially since I grew up around Pawleys Island. I couldn't get all the way through her Pieces of the Heart though. I have The Memory of Water and have hesitated to start it. Tradd Street looks good -maybe as good as Color of Light.
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Post by tsjmom » Tue February 3rd, 2009, 2:02 am

I have to say I really liked Tradd Street. There's a follow up with the two main characters due summer 2009. I liked the history and the eeriness of the ghosts. It was something different for me from my MIL. It was a fast read, and I enjoying trying to figure out the ending in suspense novels. 4/5.

I'll check out COL, thanks for the rec.

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Post by tsjmom » Wed February 25th, 2009, 1:15 am

I made myself finish The Serpent Garden (2/5) just b/c I've started a couple of books recently, got half way thru, was disappointed/no into it, and didn't finish them.

All I have to say is TSG is WEEEEEIRD :X What the heck was she on when she wrote this?

Now I need a really great book to redeem this one.

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Post by tsjmom » Fri April 3rd, 2009, 12:13 am

So I reread 'To Dance with Kings'. It'd be 17 yrs so I figured that was an acceptable length of time between reads ;) I had a gc to Borders and decided that since I loved this book so much I should have it in my permanent collection.

It was great to read again b/c I completely forgot the first third of the book (the part that centers around Margeurite). Highly recommend :)

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Post by tsjmom » Fri April 3rd, 2009, 12:15 am

Didn't think I would based on the time in history, but have to say I really liked 'Outlander'. My DH would probably like the fighting and clan scenes, but I think what really drew me into it was the very real and deep love between Jamie and Claire. I'm a hopeless romantic!

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Post by diamondlil » Fri April 3rd, 2009, 10:54 pm

It is such a great book!
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Post by tsjmom » Thu April 16th, 2009, 5:43 pm

I'd give 'The House at Riverton' 4.5/5!! Taking a little off because it was a little drawn out, especially the first half. I was relieved that it wasn't as eery as some other novels I've read based on this time period (late Victorian to WW2) like The 13th Tale.

It was an easy read with suspense thrown in. Highly recommend!


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