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Tsjmom's Book List 2011

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Tsjmom's Book List 2011

Post by tsjmom » Fri January 7th, 2011, 2:37 am

1. 'Hot Six' - J. Evanovich 4/5
2. 'Berried Alive' - K. Kingsbury 3/5
3. 'Some Girls' - J. Lauren 3.5/5
4. 'Revolution' - J. Donnelly 5/5
5. 'Seven Up' - J. Evanovich 3.5/5
6. 'The Splendour Falls' - S. Kearsely 3.5/5
7. 'Magic of Provence' - Y. Mayard 4.5/5
8. 'Written on Silk' - L. L. Chaiken 4/5
9. 'Threads of Silk' - L. L. Chaiken 4/5
10. 'The Rembrandt Affair' - D. Silva 5/5
11. "The Forbidden Rose' - J. Bourne 3.5/5
12. 'Juliet' - A. 5/5
13. 'The Rhetoric of Death' - J. Rock 3.5/5
14. 'The Distant Hours' - K. Morton 4.5/5
15. 'Dog On It' - 3/5
16. 'Three Cups of Tea' - G. Mortenson 3.5/5
17. 'The Spymaster's Lady' - J. Bourne 3/5
18. 'Dangerous to Know' - T. Alexander 4.5/5
19. 'Hard Eight' - J. Evanovich 3.5/5
20. 'The Valcourt Heiress' - C. Coulter 4/5
21. 'Kathryn in the Court of Six Queens' A. Merton - 5/5
22. 'Rena's Promise' - R. Gelissen 4/5
23. 'The Tea Rose' - J. Donnelly 4/5
24. 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' - B. Smith 3.5/5
25. 'The Devlin Diary' - 5/5
26. 'Silent in the Sanctuary' - D. Raybourn 2.5/5
27. 'No Angel' - P. Vincenzi 3/5
28. 'The Second Duchess' - 3/5
29. 'Unpredictable' - E. Cook 3/5
30. 'The King's Daughter' - S. Worth 5/5
31. 'The Last Time I Saw Paris' - L. Sheene 5/5
32. 'Itty Bitty Lies' - M. K. Andrews 3/5
33. 'Prisoner of Versailles' - G. K. Parsons 3.5/5
34. 'Murder in Passy' - C. Black 3/5
35. 'Lady in Waiting' - Meissner 5/5
36. 'Before Versailles' - K. Koen 4.5/5
37. 'To the Nines" - J. Evanovich 4/5
38. 'Miranda's Big Mistake' - 4/5
39. 'Dolci di Love' - 3.5/5
40. 'Dixie Divas' - V. Brown 2.5/5
41. 'The Ghost of Greenwich Village' - 5/5
42. 'The Katyn Order' - 4.5/5
43. 'The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted' - 2.5/5
44. 'Queen by Right' - A. Easter Smith 4/5
45. "Three Maids for a Crown' - 4.5/5
46. 'Beach Trip' - 4/5
47. 'Brightest Star in the Sky' - M. Keyes 3.5/5
48. 'Tout Sweet' - 4/5
49. 'Secret Bride' - D. Haeger 4/5
50. 'Garden Spells' - S.Addison 3.5/5
51. 'Lean Mean Thirteen' - J. Evanovich 3.5/5
52. 'The Icing on the Cupcake' - J. Ross 3.5/5
53. 'School of Essential Ingredients' - 4.5/5
54. 'The Kitchen House' - K. Grissom 5/5
55. 'Keys to the Castle' - 4/5
56. 'The Dark Vineyard' - 3.5/5
57. 'Grace Under Pressure' - 3/5
58. 'Chasing Harry Winston' - L. Weisberger 3.5/5
59. 'Eleanor of Acquitaine' - A. Weir
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Post by tsjmom » Fri January 7th, 2011, 2:42 am

I just love the Stephanie Plum series with the laugh out loud one liners and quirky but likable characters.

Read half of C. Trent's new novel 'A Royal Likeness in '10 and half in '11 but thought it was so bad that I'm not going to count it on either list :S This was a terrible follow up to 'The Queen's Dollmaker', which I loved.
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Post by tsjmom » Sun January 23rd, 2011, 12:05 am

Wow. A-maze-ing. Powerful. Just a few of the adjectives I can think of to describe Jennifer Donnelly's novel "Revolution." This is one of my all time favorites, right up there with 'Katherine', 'The Book Thief', 'Saving CeeCee Honeycutt', 'To Dance with Kings', etc

I didn't expect to get the current day teen, but I did, and I think most will, too, because we've all had similar emotions at one time or another. Reminded me of 'Catcher in the Rye', one of my faves from hs years.

Everything about this novel was intriquing and unique. Just incredible.

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Post by tsjmom » Wed February 2nd, 2011, 12:42 am

'The Splendour Falls' could have been a great book. Alas, I found it disappointing. The author seemed to focus on unimportant things, then remember she had a story to tell, put in an out of the blue but important part of the story, then go right back to disjointed writing.

There are lots of characters, but they and their relationships are never fully developed. The different story lines were intriguing, but their conclusions seemed very abrupt. Too bad :S

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Post by tsjmom » Mon March 21st, 2011, 9:52 pm

I like what Greg Mortenson does for the children of Pakistan and Afghanistan, but I also wonder what price his own children are paying for having a father who's rarely around. I guess I'm thinking as a mom here and for my own children.

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Post by tsjmom » Fri May 13th, 2011, 11:24 pm

'Silent in the Sanctuary' was painful. Can you say snooze fest?

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Post by tsjmom » Sat May 28th, 2011, 4:18 pm

I've gone thru 5 books that were so-so at best for me. I wasn't dying to pick up where I left off and was getting discouraged. Finally, I'm in the middle of a really good book, 'The King's Daughter', about Elizabeth Plantagenet, Richard III, Henry VII, Margaret Beaufort, Elizabeth Woodville, etc. I love this era. I often think how things could've been different if the Yorkists won. Intriguing............

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Post by tsjmom » Tue July 5th, 2011, 5:14 pm

I'm discovering I really like books that have dual time periods. Not sci-fi or fantasy, just current lives mixed with historical periods. "Lady in Waiting' was fabulous. I know very little about Jane Grey and couldn't believe the political machinations that occurred from her friends and family with little thought as to her well being.

Along this note, I can't wait for 'Three Maidens' to come out the beginning of August concerning her and her sisters :P

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Post by tsjmom » Sat July 30th, 2011, 10:57 pm

I loved 'The Ghost of Greenwich Village'! I got the rec from 'The Today Show'. A completely unique, multi-faceted story told in a very special voice. I really appreciate novels that add a new twist to traditional writing. 5/5!

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Post by tsjmom » Fri December 16th, 2011, 11:47 pm

I made my goal, and then some!!!! I just love reading :)

I'm also really excited b/c my MIL is getting me a $100 gc to B&N for Xmas - woohoo!

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