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Books I Read in 2008

I had been keeping track of these on bookcrossing, but want to clean up my profile over there and not lose the list, so I’m putting it here for safe keeping.  😉

Books Read in 2008:
41. Me vs Me – Sarah Mlynowski
40. Life Laughs – Jenny McCarthy
39. The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy
38. Running With Scissors – Augusten Burroughs
37. The Good Guy – Dean Koontz
36. BOOKRING: Vanishing Acts – Jodi Picoult
35. The Night Crew – John Sandford
34. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
33. Blood Test – Jonathan Kellerman
32. She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb
31. The Darkest Evening of the Year – Dean Koontz
30. The Dead Fathers Club – Matt Haig
29. The Innocent – Harlan Coben
28. The Copper Beech – Maeve Binchy
27. Sex With the Ex – Tyne O’Connell
26. The Husband – Dean Koontz
25. The Voice of the Night – Dean Koontz, AKA Brian Coffey
24. Mercy – Jodi Picoult
23. 2nd Chance – James Patterson
22. True Believer – Nicholas Sparks
21. The Mark – Jason Pinter
20. Talk Talk – T.C. Boyle
19. How to Be Good – Nick Hornby
18. BOOKRING: The Book Thief
17. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
16. The Brooklyn Follies – Paul Auster
15. BOOKRING: Burnt Toast – Teri Hatcher
14. Hidden Prey – John Sandford
13. The Mermaid Chair – Sue Monk Kidd
12. Void Moon – Michael Connelly
11. The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night Time – Mark Haddon
10. Here On Earth – Alice Hoffman
9. A Million Little Pieces – James Frey
8. M is for Malice – Sue Grafton
7. BOOKRING: The Pact – Jodi Picoult
6. Naked Prey – John Sandford
5. Echo Park – Michael Connelly
4. The Room-mating Season – Rona Jaffe
3. Brother Odd – Dean Koontz
2. Perfect Nightmare – John Saul
1. Christine – Stephen King

Books Read in 2007
Books Read in 2006 (starting in May)

Goodreads: The Night Crew by John Sandford

The Night Crew The Night Crew by John Sandford

My Review:  rating: 3 of 5 stars
Quick and suspenseful crime story. A video crew catches a kid falling to his death on film and then the crew boss, Anna, becomes the target of a serial killer. Anna teams up with an ex-cop now lawyer and together they go on a search to find the killer. An entertaining thriller, but I prefer Sandford’s Prey series.

The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig

The Dead Fathers Club The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig
rating: 3 of 5 stars
My review:  This book is told from the perspective of an 11-year old boy who has just lost his father. At the funeral, his father’s ghost appears with unsettling news about how he died and enlists his son’s help in seeking his revenge.

I liked the point of view from which this was told. Philip’s young voice and logic give a fresh look at this ghostly tale. His loyalty to his father and unquestioning belief in him shines through as he is asked to do the unthinkable.

View all my reviews.

Friday

My most anticipated day of the week has finally arrived.  It is sad, really, to look forward to the end of the work week so much.  Working for the weekend has real meaning to me now.

This evening I am going to relax, watch some movies, and maybe clean up around the house a little.  Or start reading something new.  I just finished reading How to Be Good by Nick Hornby and, while everyone raves about its sarcastic wit, it just left me feeling down.  So I think I’ll read something fluffier next.

Tomorrow night it’s dinner at PF Chang’s for a friend’s birthday.

Sunday, out to Fair Park for our employer-sponsored free weekend.  Mexigoalie and I went last year.  It was my first time to visit Fair Park for something other than the State Fair of Texas.  I enjoyed the flower gardens, the Hall of State, and the Musuem of Natural Science.  But not the walking around outdoors in the heat most of the day.  So this year, Mexigoalie, Nala, and V are coming with me and we’re planning to be there earlier in the day.  I’m just excited to have a chance to dust my cameras off again.  I haven’t been making nearly enough photographs lately.

That’s it for now.  Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

[x] Say cheese!

Books Read in 2007

I gave myself a goal of 60 books for 2007….and I just barely made it before the year ended!

Books I Read in 2007:

60. Bad Love – Jonathan Kellerman
59. Good Night, Nobody – Jennifer Weiner
58. J is for Judgment – Sue Grafton
57. Darkest Fear – Harlan Coben
56. All Around the Town – Mary Higgins Clark
55. Tart – Jody Gehrman
54. Cold Fire – Dean Koontz
53. A Long Way Down – Nick Hornby
52. 1st To Die – James Patterson
51. Secret Prey – John Sandford
50. The Nanny Diaries – McLaughlin and Kraus
49. At First Sight – Nicholas Sparks
48. Plain Truth – Jodi Picoult – One of my new favorite authors!
47. Love Overboard – Janet Evanovich
46. BOOKRING: Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood – Ann Brashares
45. Mind Prey – John Sandford
44. The Lincoln Lawyer – Michael Connelly
43. The Art of Undressing – Stephanie Lehmann
42. Night Prey – John Sandford
41. His Brother’s Fiance (Trueblood Texas) – Jasmine Cresswell
40. Winter Prey – John Sandford
39. The Knight in Rusty Armor – Robert Fisher
38. BOOKRING: Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood – Ann Brashares
37. BOOKRING: A Spot of Bother – Mark Haddon
36. BOOKRAY: My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult – LOVED IT!!!
35. Silent Prey – John Sandford
34. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan – Sophie Kinsella
33. Basket Case – Carl Hiaasen
32. The Wedding – Nicholas Sparks
31. BOOKRING: The Second Summer of the Sisterhood – Ann Brashares
30. INCOMPLETE: Straight Into Darkness – Faye Kellerman
29. Eyes of Prey – John Sandford
28. Prayers for the Dead – Faye Kellerman
27. Hannibal Rising – Thomas Harris
26. What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day – Pearl Cleage
25. False Prophet – Faye Kellerman
24. Night Shift – Stephen King
23. The Taking – Dean Koontz
22. Dating Without Novocaine – Lisa Cach
21. The Friendship Test – Elizabeth Noble
20. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
19. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro – Really unique, interesting story!
18. The Grief Recovery Handbook – John James & Russell Friedman – Everyone should read this!
17. The Cowboy Wants a Baby (Trueblood Texas) – Jo Leigh
16. BOOKRING: Marley & Me – John Grogran
15. Everyman – Philip Roth
14. Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination – Helen Fielding
13. Chosen Prey – John Sandford
12. The Collector – Cameron Cruise
11. BOOKRING: In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
10. Light Before Day – Christopher Rice
9. Pay It Down! From Debt to Wealth on $10 a Day – Jean Chatzky
8. The Total Money Makeover – Dave Ramsey
7. Forever Odd – Dean Koontz
6. Dead and Dateless: A Novel of Vampire Love – Kimberly Raye
5. Odd Thomas – Dean Koontz
4. BOOKRING: Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes – Can’t believe I waited so long to read this!! Made it to my all-time faves list!
3. Easy Prey – John Sandford
2. BOOKRING: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards
1. The Historian – Elizabeth Kostava

Your intuition…it will lead you in the right direction.

I finally finished Blink:  The Power of Thinking Without Thinking.  It was an interesting book and confirmed a lot of things that, subconsciously, I already knew (without thinking!).

“Insight is not a lightbulb that goes off inside our heads. 
It is a flickering candle that can easily be snuffed out.”

We often do ourselves more harm than good by overthinking things and end up confusing the issue.  The real trick is learning to acknowledge those flickering candles and when to follow your gut because, as this book illustrated time and again, it rarely leads you in the wrong direction.

How many times have you done something that you initally thought you shouldn’t?  But you talked yourself, or allowed yourself to be talked, into it because all logical thought indicated there was no reason not to.  And you end up wondering why you were ever hesitant to begin with.

I’ve done it throughout my life.  Quite a few times.  And every time, afterwards, I berated myself for not listening to my own intuitions.  It would’ve saved me, and often times others, a lot of agony and unneeded stress…

I knew, before I ever met Dr H, that I would not be attracted to him.  I knew he wasn’t my “type.”  I knew after spending 5 minutes with him that I didn’t like him like that.  And never would.  Alcohol and sex can’t change that.  I knew there was more to the story with Flirt.  I knew that camera stuff was odd.

I knew, almost every time that Asshole, aka Door #3,  told me he was “working late,” or had some elaborate story about something…even a seemingly innocent story.  I KNEW he was cheating.  But I made myself wait until I had proof.  Screw proof!  I KNEW!  That should’ve been enough.

I won’t bore you with more examples.  The point is…Sometimes, you just know things.  Don’t ignore that or second-guess it or try to explain it.  It happens.  And it’s a good thing.

 

Comments from the old blog:

gak – Jul 20, 06: Daisy!!!! i totally know what you mean. have you taken the myers-briggs- type deal at http://similarminds.com/jung.html

please please tell me that you have a very high “N” because i do too… and it couldn’t reinforce the meaning of this post any more strongly.

amen sistah– listen to your intuition.

xo-
gak, ENFP

Daisy- Jul 30, 06: We had to do the Myers-Briggs thing at work a few years back. I’ll have to go dig and find my result booklet, but I’m pretty sure I was INTJ.

Bookcrossing

I know this isn’t new, but I just recently found out about it and think it’s a fantastic idea!

You register your books on this site and are given a unique ID number to put inside each book (via your own labels or nifty ones you can order from them).  Then you “release” the book by leaving it in some random location, giving it to a friend, a stranger, whatever.  And you add a journal entry on the site for that book ID indicating when and where you released it.

The person who “catches” it is supposed to go to the site, enter the ID number, and create a journal entry indicating they have it.  Once they’ve read it, they should do the same thing and pass it on somehow.

I’m a nerd, I know.  But I love to read.  I don’t allow myself much time for it anymore, but like my photography, I’m trying to change that.  I buy books pretty often and now I won’t feel so bad about it, knowing that I have a good way to pass them on. 

You can also search on the site for books that have been released nearby.  And, if you’re so inclined, you can go searching for them.

I released my first 2 books on Monday.  One I left in the lobby at work, the other, I had Dr Honeydew leave at the airport.  I was sooo excited the next day to find that someone had already caught and journaled the book I left at work!  Very cool!  I know I shouldn’t expect that kind of result all the time, but it was a nice way to get my bookcrossing feet wet.  :)  Especially considering probably only about 10% of books are being journaled when caught it seems.  But maybe that will change as more and more people start doing it.  It’s like catch and release…..but for books. 

Click the banner on the top right of this page if you want to learn more about it.  And if you join, or are already a member, let me know!