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Why? Because I'm INSANE, that's why! I already have 800+ unread book to finish!! 

50bookchallenge  or 100ormorebooks (or both). ETA July/09:  Or the other book review communities I now belong to... {my bad...}  August 3/09 - Adding to the list...  September 12/09 - Updating...  October 24/09 - Updating...

  1. Ghost of a Chance - Yasmine Galenorn
  2. All Seated on the Ground - Connie Willis
  3. Mean Streets - anthology
  4. Dresden Files - Jim Butcher
  5. Day of the Barbarians, The - Alessandro Barbero
  6. God In the White House - Randall Balmer 
  7. Summoning, The - Kelley Armstrong
  8. Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neil 
  9. Mairelon the Magician - Patricia C. Wrede
  10. Geek Chic:  Smart Women in Popular Culture - Sherrie A. Innes
  11. Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging - Louise Rennison
  12. Who was the Man in the Iron Mask? - Hugo Ross Williamson
  13. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith  (bought May 7/09 - The title alone was worth the price of admission.  LOL)   DONE.  July 12/09 - I really enjoyed this.  Not only was it funny on the surface (Jane Austen comedy of manners...with zombies!!), it was a well-crafted universe of its own.  I was very impressed with this book, and there were a couple of places where I literally laughed out loud.  On the bus.  :)
  14. Come Hell or High Water - Michael Eric Dyson
  15. Don of the Dead - Casey Daniels
  16. Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  17. Brown Girl in the Ring - Nalo Hopkinson
  18. Nathaniel's Nutmeg, or The True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History by Giles Milton
  19. Q&A by Vikas Swarup
  20. PatternMaster - Octavia Butler
  21. Picture of Dorian Grey, The - Oscar Wilde
  22. Capital Code trilogy (Forty Days of Rain; Fifty Degrees Below; Sixty Days and Counting) - Kim Stanley Robinson  Sept. 12/09 - Picked these up in mid-August; haven't read them yet, though.
  23. Tranquility Alternative, The - Allen Steele
  24. Book Thief, The - Markus Zusak
  25. Expendable - James Alan Gardner 
  26. Natural History of the Senses, A - Diane Ackerman
  27. Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith
  28. Ghost Song - Sarah Rayne
  29. Hopeless Romantic's Handbook, The - Gemma Townley
  30. Yiddish Policemen's Union, The - Michael Chabon
  31. Just One of the Guys - Kristan Higgans
  32. Practical Magic - Alice Hoffman
  33. Zen and the Art of Vampires - Katie MacAlister
  34. Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang - Katie MacAlister
  35. One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night - Christopher Brookmyre
  36. Boy Did It and Ran Away, A - Christopher Brookmyre
  37. Secret Heart of Stealing, The - Christopher Brookmyre
  38. Sluts, The - Dennis Cooper
  39. Field Guide for Female Interrogators, A - Coco Fusco
  40. Rape:  A Love Story - Joyce Carol Oates
  41. Lamb:  The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal - Christopher Moore
  42. My Man Michael - Lori Foster
  43. Dogs and Goddesses - three authors
  44. Divine by Mistake - PC Cast
  45. Divine by Choice - PC Cast
  46. Gift of Stones, The - Jim Grace
  47. Deviant Ways - Chris Mooney
  48. Pirates! Series, The - Gideon Defoe
  49. 1632 Series - Eric Flint and David Weber
  50. Rings of the Master Series - Jack L. Chalker
  51. Woman in Black, The - Susan Hill
  52. Short History of Nearly Everything, A - Bill Bryson
  53. Burnt House, The - Faye Kellerman
  54. Twentieth Century Eightball - Daniel Clowes
  55. Tripping the Prom Queen - Susan Shapiro Barash
  56. Uses of Enchantment, The - Heidi Julavits
  57. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers - Mary Roach
  58. Intent to Kill - James Grippando
  59. Road, The by C. McCarthy 
  60. Gertruda's Oath: A Child, A Promise, and a Heroic Escape During World War II - Ram Oren
  61. Shattering Glass by Gail Giles
  62. Satan Burger - Carlton Mellick III
  63. Only Begotten Daughter - James Morrow 
  64. Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006, The - Edited by Dave Eggers
  65. On the Beach - Nevil Shute 
  66. War of the Soulites - Natasha Bennett
  67. Nova - Samuel R. Delaney
  68. Song for Nero, A - Thomas Holt
  69. Bonk:  The Curious Coupling of Sex and Science - Mary Roach 
  70. Havemercy - Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett 
  71. Wasp Factory, The - Iain Banks
  72. Bad to the Bone, by Jeri Smith-Ready
  73. Great Influenza, The: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M. Barry  (ummmm, well, except for the Black Death, of course...  ;) Although I suppose the title would work if it was the Deadliest Plague in American History... {ponders}.)  (Although maybe there's something about the Great Influenza I don't understand which DOES make it the deadlies plague in history.  I suppose I shouldn't be so quick to judge, hmm?)
  74. Devil, The: Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity by Jeffery Burton Russell (and the other volumes:  Medieval, Renaissance, Modern Times)
  75. Novels by Raymond Feist.
  76. Language of Goldfish, The by Zibby O’Neal
  77. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr 
  78. Murder at Waverly Place by Victoria Thompson
  79. Wicked Game - Jeri Smith-Ready
  80. Holy Disorders - Edmund Crispin
  81. Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The by Junot Díaz
  82. Sundays at Tiffanys - James Patterson  July 7/09 - Just picked this one up today.  July 12/09 - meh.  Pleasant enough way to spend an afternoon, but nothing really "wow!" about it.  This will go in my "give to my sisters" box.  :) 
  83. Dune Road - Jane Green 
  84. Celia Garth - Gwen Bristow  
  85. Flesh and Spirit - Carol Berg 
  86. Dogsbody by Dian Wynne Jones 
  87. Gospel According to Judas, The by Benjamin Iscariot 
  88. World War Z - Max Brooks 
  89. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro 
  90. Unwind - Neal Shusterman 
  91. Greenstone Grail, The by Amanda Hemmingway 
  92. Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones
  93. Abundance of Katherines, An  - John Green
  94. Rise and Fall of Alexandria, The: Birthplace of the Modern World -  Justin Pollard and Howard Reid 
  95. Last Night at the Lobster - Stewart O'Nan
  96. Name of the Wind, The - Patrick Rothfuss
  97. Interred with Their Bones - Jennifer Lee Carrell
  98. Every Secret Thing - Laura Lippman
  99. Beach House - Jane Green
  100. Inkheart series - Cornelia Funk
  101. Ghost, Interrupted - Sonia Singh
  102. Rule of Four, The - Ian Caldwel and Dustin Thomason
  103. Eyes Like Stars - Lisa Mentchev
  104. Hunger Games, The - Suzanne Collins
  105. Devil You Know, The - Mike Carey
  106. Ghost Writer, The - John Harwood
  107. Watchmen - Alan Moore
  108. Super in the City - Daphne Uviller
  109. Wordy Shipmates, The - Sarah Vowell
  110. Holy Disorders - Edmund Crispin
  111. Marriage Bureau for Rich People, The - Farahad Zama
  112. Rosemary and Rue - Seanan McGuire
  113. Crooked Little Vein - Warren Ellis
  114. Sailing the Wine Dark Sea:  Why the Greeks Matter - Thomas Cahill
  115. What Angels Fear - C.S. Harris
  116. Flatland - Edwin Abbott
  117. On the Prowl - Patricia Briggs
  118. Cry Wolf - Patricia Briggs
  119. Catching Fire:  How Cooking Made Us Human - Richard Wrangham
  120. Purity Myth, The:  How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women - Jessica Valenti
  121. World Without Us, The - Alan Weisman
  122. New Ceres Nights - Anthology
  123. Gods Behaving Badly - Marie Phillips
  124. Music of the Spheres, The - Elizabeth Redfern
  125. In the Heart of the Sea - Nathaniel Philbrick
  126. Charlemagne Pursuit, The - Steve Berry - August 3/09 - I  found this book in the bookstore on Friday and was tempted to buy it - or another, earlier one.  But this book was in hardcover, and the others were in odd-sized paperbacks.  Honest to God, publishers!  I have no room left for hard covers and odd-sized paperbacks just screw up the book shelves...grrrrr....okay, I was just starting my period, so I may have been a little cranky (not to mention in pain and nauseous), so my patience wasn't the greatest. *looks sheepish*
  127. Orpheus Trail,  The - Maureen Duffy 
  128. Books by Orbitowski and Urbaniuk (if translated from the Polish).
  129. Sherlock Holmes Books - Laurie R. King (e.g., The Language of Bees)
  130. Vanished Arizona - Martha Summerhayes
  131. Postman, The - David Brin
  132. Barcode Tattoo, The - Suzanne Weyn
  133. Stepsister Scheme, The - Jim C. Hines
  134. Heart of Stone - C.E. Murphy
  135. Prophecy of the Sisters - Michelle Zink
  136. Fluffy - Simone Lia
  137. Bloody Jack Adventure Series - L.A. Meyer
  138. Polysyllabic Spree, The - Nick Hornby
  139. Shakespeare Wrote for Money - Nick Hornby
  140. Redbreast - Jo Nesbo
  141. Triptych - Karin Slaughter
  142. Hungry Cities series - Philip Reeve
  143. Miles Vorkosigan Series - Lois McMaster Bujold
  144. Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteris - C.S. Harris
  145. Raven Prince, The - Elizabeth Hoyt
  146. Lobster Chronicles:  Life on a Very Small Island - Linda Greenlaw
  147. Grave Sight - Charlaine Harris
  148. Conspiracy of Paper, A - David Liss
  149. 5th Horseman - James Patterson
  150. Fate of Mice, The - Susan Palwick
  151. War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts, The - Louis de Bernieres
  152. Case of the Missing Books, The - Ian Sansom
  153. Saturn's Children - Charles Stross
  154. Restoration:  Awakenings - Faith King/Laura Josephsen
  155. Invisible Monsters - Chuck Palahniuk
  156. Beach House, The - Jane Green
  157. Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, The - Sherman Alexie
  158. On Beauty - Zadie Smith
  159. After Dachau - Daniel Quinn
  160. Children of Men, The - P.D. James
  161. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
  162. Uglies - Scott Westerfield
  163. Quiet Belief in Angels, A - R.J. Ellory
  164. Taken - Kathleen George
  165. Secret Under My Skin, The  - Janet McNaughton
  166. Raintree Rebellion, The - Janet McNaughton
  167. Death Takes the Cake - Melinda Wells
  168. Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick
  169. Fallen - David Maine
  170. Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs - Chuck Klosterman
  171. Melissa/Honey trilogy - Hester Browne
  172. Rainbow Opera - Elizabeth Knox
  173. Gone - Michael Grant
  174. Retribution Falls - Chris Wooding
  175. Best Friends Forever - Jennifer Weiner
  176. Short History of Nearly Everything, A - Bill Bryson
  177. Other Routes - edited by Tabish Khair, Martin Leer, Justin D. Edwards, and Hanna Ziadeh
  178. Third Pig Detective Agency, The - Bob Burke
  179. Green Grass, Running Water - Thomas King
  180. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke
  181. Silent in the Grave - Deanna Raybourn
  182. Satanic Verses, The - Salman Rushdie
  183. After the Ice:  A Global Human History 20,000 - 50,000 BC - Steven Mithen
  184. Henry VIII:  The King and His Court - Allison Weir
  185. Graveyard Book, The - Neil Gaiman
  186. Lies My Teacher Told Me:  Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong - James W. Loewen
  187. Crucifix Killer - Chris Carter
  188. Flashman Series - George MacDonald Fraser
  189. Making of a Marchioness, The - Frances Hodgson Burnett
  190. Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid
  191. Un Lun Dun - China Mieville
  192. Alienist, The - Caleb Carr
  193. Elantris - Brandon Sanderson
  194. Index, The:  Mages - Katherine Gilraine
  195. Faking It - Jennifer Crusie
  196. Lamentation - Ken Scholes
  197. High Crusade, The - Poul Anderson
  198. Tapas on the Ramblas - Anthony Bidulka
  199. Year of the Hare, The - Arto Paasilinna
  200. Monster - A. Lee Martinez
  201. Harry Potter and Philosophy - David Baggett and Shawn E. Klein
  202. Goose Girl, The - Shannon Hale
  203. Beyond Black - Hilary Mantel
  204. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The - Stieg Larsson
  205. Boneshaker - Cherie Priest
  206. Crystal Skull, The - Manda Scott
  207. Mayan Equinox - Keith Jones
  208. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men - David Foster Wallace
  209. Eyes Like Stars - Lisa Mantchev
  210. Evan and Elle - Rhys Bowen
  211. Liar - Justine Larbalestier
  212. Archivist's Story, The - Travis Holland
  213. Wiloughbys, The - Lois Lowry
  214. It's All About You - Tony Murphy
  215. Space Captain Smith - Toby Frost
  216. Impossible - Nancy Werlin
  217. Ghost/Aliens - Trey Hamburger
  218. Stupidest Angel, The - Christopher Moore
  219. Windup Girl, The - Paolo Bacigalupi
  220. Books by Dorothy L. Sayers
  221. Winter Queen, The - Boris Akunin
  222. Turkish Gambit, The - Boris Akunin
  223. Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood
  224. Death in Kashmir - M.M. Kaye
  225. Technicolor Time Machine - Harry Harrison
  226. Goblin Tower, The - L. Sprague de Camp
  227. About a Boy - Nick Hornby
  228. Alchemist, The - Paulo Coelho
  229. Making of the English Working Class, The - E.P. Thompson
  230. Intelligencer, The - Leslie Silbert
  231. Intertwined - Gena Showalter
  232. Graceling - Kristin Cashore
  233. Santa Olivia - Jacqueline Carey
  234. Forgotten Garden, The - Kate Morton
  235. Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld
  236. Restoration London:  Everyday Life in London 1660-1670 - Liza Picard
  237. Maze Runner, The - James Dashner
  238. By the Waters of Babylon - Stephen Vincent Benet
  239. Goblin Quest - Jim C. Hines
  240. Goblin Hero - Jim C. Hines
  241. Goblin War - Jim C. Hines
  242. Glass Books of the Dream Eaters - Gordon Dahlquist
  243. White Tiger, The - Aravind Adiga
  244. Forty Words for Sorrow - Giles Blunt
  245. What Price Liberty?  How Freedom was Won and Is Being Lost - Ben Wilson
  246. Bone Collector, The - Jeffery Deavers
  247. Saugus to the Sea - Brad Yung
  248. Book of a Thousand Days - Shannon Hale
  249. Her Royal Spyness - Rhys Bowen
  250. Smoke and Mirrors - Neil Gaiman
  251. Holy, The - David Quinn
  252. History of God, A:  The 4000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam - Karen Armstrong
  253. Icarus Girl, The - Helen Oyeyemi
  254. When the Elephants Dance - Tess Uriza Holthe
  255. Little Brother - Cory Doctorow 



Latest Month

January 2015


"All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need...fantasies to make life bearable."


"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little --"


"So we can believe the big ones?"


-- Susan and Death in Hogfather by Terry Pratchett


"And no practical definition of freedom would be complete without the freedom to take the consequences. Indeed, it is the freedom upon which all the others are based."

-- Lord Vetinari in Going Postal by Terry Pratchett


They thought the Library was a dangerous place because of all the magical books, which was true enough, but what made it really one of the most dangerous places there could ever be was the simple fact that it was a library.

-- Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett


As a wizard, it was something that Ponder had only before encountered in acorns: a tiny soundless voice which said, yes, I am but a small, green, simple object - but I dream about forests.

-- Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett


In the 24th century, there will be no hunger. There will be no greed. And every child will know how to read.

-- Gene Roddenberry, as repeated by Jonathan Frakes in the documentary How William Shatner Changed the World


We've got two lives, one we're given and the other one we make
And the world won't stop, and actions speak louder
Listen to your heart, and what your heart might say
Everything we got, we got the hard way.

-- Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Hard Way from the album Come On, Come On


Cause when they own the information, oh
They can bend it all they want.

-- John Mayer, Waiting on the World to Change from the album Continuum


Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, "I'll try again tomorrow."

-- Mary Anne Radmacher, as seen in Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Tales to Inspire


I never loved the soldier
Until there was a war.
Or thought about tomorrow
'til my baby hit the floor.
I only talk to God
When somebody's about to die.
I never cherished freedom
Freedom never cries.

-- Five for Fighting, Freedom Never Cries from the album Two Lights


It may sound absurd: but don't be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed: but won't you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream

-- Five for Fighting, Superman (It's Not Easy) from the album American Town


Had a dream last night took a time travellin' ride
Back to my childhood where those monsters reside
They snack on innocence and dine on self-esteem
But I like to be in touch with what makes me scream
Vampires, mummies and the Holy Ghost
These are the things that terrify me the most.
No alien, psychopath or MTV host
Scares me like vampires,mummies and the Holy Ghost.

-- Jimmy Buffett, Vampires, Mummies and the Holy Ghost from the album Fruitcakes


"I want to believe that... the dead are not lost to us. That they speak to us... as part of something greater than us - greater than any alien force. And if you and I are powerless now, I want to believe that if we listen, to what's speaking, it can give us the power to save ourselves."

-- Fox Mulder, The X-Files from the episode The Truth, pt. 2
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