Sunday, July 29, 2007

#48. The Road

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Pages: 287
Finished: July 28, 2007
Reason for Reading: yahoo pulitzer book group read for July
First Published: 2006
Awards: 2007 Pulitzer Prize
Rating: 2/5

First Sentence:

When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he'd reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him.


Recommend: Take it or leave it. It is not a bad book but I didn't really find it a good book either.

My main problem was I just didn't find it believable. McCarthy doesn't outright say what caused the end of the world and I didn't find his allusions to the cause to be believable. The cannabalism thing, I don't believe either. Maybe a few groups here and there, but practically everyone they meet? Finally, there were just too many times they were on the verge of starving to death and they were saved by a windfall of food and I thought the ending was just too much of a coincidence as well.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

#47. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. rowling
Number 7 in the Harry Potter series

Pages: 607
Finished: July 28, 2007
Reason for Reading: I'm a fan!
First Published: 2007
Rating: 5/5

First Sentence:

The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane.


Recommend: Yes! But only if you've read the others. This is not a stand-alone. Ahhh, the ending of Harry Potter is bittersweet. I'm so satisfied with the conclusion of this book and yet sad that this is the end. I was very happy that the major plot elements were reconciled in the way that I had hoped they would be. I found the first half of the book to be a slow read. Then in the middle, the pace picked up and the pages kept turning. I really enjoyed the book and think it is a very satisfying conclusion.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

#46. Night of the Ninjas

Night of the Ninjas by Mary Pope Osborne
Number 5 in the Magic Tree House series

Pages: 69
Finished: July 24, 2007
Reason for Reading: Read-aloud to my 7yo son
First Published: 1995
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

One summer day in Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, a mysterious tree house appeared in the woods.


Recommend: Yes. The reading of this book created a lot of ninja moves as my 7yo added visuals to the story. This book begins the story arc for the next 4 books where Jack and Annie must find the 4 things to help rescue Morgan Le Fay.

#45. A Great and Terrible Beauty

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Pages: 403
Finished: July 23, 2007
Reason for Reading: I'd read good reviews and it looked like something I'd enjoy
Rating: 5/5

First Sentence:

Please tell me that's not going to be part of my birthday dinner this evening.


Recommend: Highly recommened!! I could not put this book down. It is a historical fantasy set in a Victorian girl's boarding school. The fantasy world is compelling and unique. I was stunned by certain twists of the plot and at one point I actually gasped out loud! The main characters are believable in the Victorian setting and are ones the reader becomes emotionally involved with. I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

#44. Pure Dead Magic

Pure Dead Magic by Debi Gliori
First in the "Pure Dead" series

Pages: 182
Finished: July 22, 2007
Reason for Reading: happened upon it at the library, the cover art (2002 Edition) was amazing and after reading the blurb on the back decided to check it out.
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

From an upstairs window peered three pairs of eyes.


Recommend: Yes. I thoroughly enjoyed this! Very funny with tongue-in-cheek British humour (well, Scottish, actually), I found myself laughing out loud several times and chuckling quietly many times. This family is very unique but endearing, think of a Scottish Addams Family. For the first half of the book, the plot was a bit slow as each chapter seemed to be more of a vignette than part of the story-line, but by the middle of the book the action picked up. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the Unfortunate Events books but be warned that this book is a bit 'gross' at times (large mythical beasts do eat bad guys), so definitely not for the very young or sensitive. I'll certainly be reading the next in the series.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Garage Sale Saturday

Well, went book shopping again this Saturday, this time we went to a bunch of garage sales. I ended up with a nice stack of books:

The Great Ghost Rescue by Eva Ibbotson - I love this author and was thrilled to find this one which I've never read.

Magic by the Lake by Edward Eager
Half-Magic by Edward Eager
The Well-Wishers by Edward Eager - These are to read-aloud to my 7yo. Now I almost have all his books.

The Horse You Came in On by Martha Grimes - I love Richard Jury books!

The Hand of Robin Squires by Joan Clark - This is fabulous Canadian historical fiction for young adults about the mysterious Oak Island treasure. I read this along time ago and will read it again aloud to the 7yo once he's older.

Lost Race of Mars by Robert Silverberg - an old Scholastic paperback with a cheasy cover, I couldn't resist.

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan - I hate to admit this but I've never read any of her books, this should get me started.

The Seventh Princess by Nick Sullivan - a children's fantasy, looks good.

The Dog Crusoe and His Master by R.M. Ballantyne - very old copy with illustrations, no copyright but has to be early 1900s

Lives of the Saints by Nino Ricci - a Governor General's award winner which I've wanted to read for a while, may read this for the book awards challenge.

A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick - I have looooved every movie based on his work but I've never read him. No excuse now.

Mr. X by Peter Straub - Love Straub, haven't read this one.

The Boggart by Susan Cooper - another favourite author, will re-read this one later to the 7yo when he's older

Bunnicula Strikes Again by James Howe
Howliday Inn by James Howe - these 2 are for the 7yo.

The Capture (The Guardians of Ga'Hoole) by Kathryn Lasky - I'll be reading this soon, it looks really good!

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards - a childhood favourite which I can't wait to read again!

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald - another favourite to read-aloud to the 7yo.

Friday, July 20, 2007

#43. At the Crossing-Places

At the Crossing-Places by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Number 2 in the Arthur Trilogy

Pages: 367
Finished: July 20, 2007
Reason for Reading: Second in the trilogy
Rating: 5/5

First Sentence:

The first day of my new life began with ice and ended with flames.


Recommend: Yes. Arthurian tales are one of my favourite sub-genres whether they be fantasy or historical and this trilogy is no exception. This book continues the story from The Seeing Stone and while maybe not quite as good as the first is pretty close. A mixture of historical fiction with a bit of fantasy this is a satisfying read. The ending leaves me anxious to read the final book.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

#42. Pirates Past Noon

Pirates Past Noon by Mary Pope Osborne
Number 4 in the Magic Tree House series

Pages: 67
Finished: July 19, 2007
Reason for Reading: Read-aloud to my 7yo son
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

Jack stared out his bedroom window


Recommend: Yes. This is actually a well written series of fantasy books for very young children. With a limited vocabulary they succeed very well with keeping children rivetted. My 7yo (who is not quite reading on his own yet) finds these books very exciting and I will continue to read these aloud to him over the next few months. Pirates Past Noon concludes the running story-line of the first 4 books and the 7yo is quite concerned how Jack and Annie will ever manage to get back to the tree house again. He's anxiously awaiting the start of the next book.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

#41. Twilight

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Pages: 498
Finished: July 17, 2007
Reason for Reading: read a lot of good reviews and just had to read it myself
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

I'd never given much thought to how I would die -- though I'd had reason enough in the last few months -- but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this.


Recommend: Yes. I loved it! Riveting, page-turning, long-into-the-night reading. The Cullen family vampires are unique and intriguing, I hope we get to know them better in the next one. I did have a problem with this book, though. I couldn't stand Bella. I don't think I've ever had a main character annoy me so much. She was self-centered, had the lowest self-esteem imaginable and managed to "glare" at people approximately five times every page. But, I did enjoy it and will be looking for the sequel next trip to the library.

Monday, July 16, 2007

#40. Socks

Socks by Beverly Cleary

Pages: 156
Finished: July 16, 2007
Reason for Reading: Read-Aloud to my 7yob
Rating: 3/5

First Sentence:

The tabby kitten hooked his white paws over the edge of the box marked, Kittens 25 cents or Best Offer.



Recommend: I'm wishy-washy on this one. I'm a big fan of Beverly Cleary. I love and recommend many of her books but this one was just rather ho-hum. My son enjoyed parts of it but wasn't really drawn into the story. He (and I) did enjoy the last chapter, though, it was very funny and we wished the rest of the book had been also. If you want to read Cleary, I would suggest the Ramona, Ralph or Henry books over this one.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Saving Fish From Drowning

Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan

Pages: 474
Finished: July 15, 2007
Reason for Reading: Working on reading all of Amy Tan's books.
Rating: 5/5

First Sentence:

It was not my fault


Recommend: Highly, Yes! This book is a departure for Tan from the mother/daughter relationships explored in her previous novels. In Saving Fish from Drowning we are swept away into the jungles of Burma with a group of 12 American tourists whose characteristics range from the eccentric to the timid and everything in between. This novel has everything: travel, mystery, adventure and humour. To cap it all off there is a sense of the supernatural that is explored as the narrator of the story is in the mystifying position of having found herself recently killed at the beginning of our story. This book is definitely in my top five reads of the year.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Thrifting Books

I can't stop shopping for books. You know I can't enter a thrift store and not come out with books. Yesterday I bought a couple and today I bought a few more. Here are the books that just had to come home with me this weekend:

Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad #1) by David Eddings - I've wanted to read this series since forever.

Dove and Sword: A Novel of Joan of Arc by Nancy Garden - a YA historical fiction which looks very good.

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry - another I've wanted to read for a very long time. I love westerns but don't seem to read many and this is a Pullitzer winner so I could read this for the book award challenge.

The Guardians by John Christopher - I've read most of Christopher's books and usually never see one at the thrift stores that I haven't read, so was tickled to find this one and it sounds very good, a dystopia type of story.

The Secret Life of Laszlo, Count Dracula by Roderick Anscombe - never heard of it but I'm willing to try any Vampire book that looks good.

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Once I started reading the inside flap on this one I knew I had to get it. A historical fiction take on a true Canadian murder during Victorian times.

The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux - I read Riding the Iron Rooster when I was a teenager and was captivated with it and thought I'd give another of his a whirl.

Daughter of Witches by Patricia C. Wrede - another fantasy author I've never read but always wanted to.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Lady Friday

Lady Friday by Garth Nix
Number 5 in The Keys to the Kingdom Series

Pages: 304
Finished: July 11, 2007
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

Leaf woke with a start and sat up in bed.



Recommend: Yes. This is the next book in the series and would not make sense if you hadn't read the first four but if you are reading the series don't miss out on this one. Action packed from beginning to end, Arthur continues his quest for the Keys and the next part of the Will, this time he's after the Fifth Key and must face Lady Friday. My only problem with this book was that my favourite character, Suzy Turquoise Blue, didn't show up until about the halfway point. I love the complex world in this fantasy series and I also love the play on words, such as the new character we meet, Peter Perkin Paper Pusher.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Book Sale Booty

These are the books I brought home yesterday when I walked into the Sally Ann and they had a 3 for 1 sale on paperbacks. Lots of fluff, nothing deep and profound, just fun:

The Ruby Knight - David Eddings
Belgarath the Sorcerer - David Eddings
Doom of the Darksword - Margaret Weis
Magic Kingdom For Sale - Sold - Terry Brooks
The Black Unicorn - Terry Brooks
Silverwing - Kenneth Oppel (I have wanted to read Oppel's books for-e-ver)
Enchanter - Sara Douglass
Starman - Sara Douglass
7 original Buffy the Vampire Slayer books & 2 Angel books (these are one of my guilty little pleasures ;-)
The Fledgling - Jane Langton (Newbery Honor)
Dragon Slayer's Academy #4 - K.H. McMullan (for my 7yob)
Boxcar Children #2 & #3 - Gertrude Warner (these will be a read-alouds)
The World of Little House - Carolyn Strom Collins (I'm a sucker for all things Little House)
Merlin's Harp - Anne Eliot Crompton
The Last Castle by Jack Vance & Nightwings by Robert Silverberg (A double book)
The Hunter's Moon - O.R. Melling
Haden of Ancient Opar - Philip Jose Farmer (Farmer is one of my fav. authors)
Dragon, Dragon and Other Tales by John Gardner (I had this when I was a kid and couldn't resist)
Deltora Shadowlands #2 - Emily Rodda (collecting these for my son)
The Mummy or Ramses the Dead - Anne Rice
Adventures with Arnold Lobel (a nice hardcover bind-up of three I Can Read Books for my ds)

Saturday, July 7, 2007

The New Reading Pile

I went to the library this morning and replenished my reading pile.

I have been on a self-imposed fantasy ban this year. I'm a big fantasy fan and for the last couple of years I've read almost nothing but fantasy, sci-fi, and other derivitives but I found myself at a point where I needed a break. But this last month I have been yearning for my fantasy and especially YA. Sooo, I had fun in the children's library this morning and brought these home:

Lady Friday by Garth Nix
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Twilight by Stephenie Myer
Pure Dead Magic by Debi Gliori
At the Crossing-Places by Kevin Crossley-Holland

Then back over the Adult section for the next Kathy Reichs and a graphic novel Rex Mundi.

Then we popped into the Sally Ann this afternoon and they had a 3 for 1 sale on paperbacks sooo I came home with 2 bags of books. I'll make a list of what I came home with in my next post.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Bare Bones

Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs

Pages: 306
Finished: July 6, 2007
Reason for Reading: I'm reading my way through Reichs' books.
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

As I was packaging what remained of the dead baby, the man I would kill was burning pavement north toward Charlotte.


Recommend: Yes! This was a particularly good entry in the Temperance Brennan series. With a first sentence like that I was hooked and read the first half of the book in one setting. This one will not disappoint fans. More of what you expect from Reichs and there are some interesting developments in Brennan's personal life, too. I was annoyed with the political proselytizing of the last two pages which were totally unnecessary and the reason for my rating of 4.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Wide Sargasso Sea

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Pages: 249
Finished: July 4, 2007
Reason for Reading: this was a previous read in the classic lit yahoo group before I joined and it sounded very interesting to me.
Rating: 3/5

First sentences:

They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did. But we were not in their ranks. The Jamaican ladies had never approved of my mother ...


Recommend: Not really. If you are a big Jane Eyre fan (like I am) and this book intrigues you, you may feel compelled to read it (like I did). I'm rather ambivalent about the book. Part One was very good, the story of Antoinette's life before she meets Rochester. The rest of the book seemed rushed and the plot was lost. After Part One, I found the characters lost appeal also and I started to not really care what happened to them. Overall, it is a short book and a quick read, and enjoyable to a point.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Gilead

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

pages: 247
finished: July 2, 2007
Awards: 2005 Pulitzer Prize, 2005 Melcher Award
Reason for Reading: July selection for the Pulitzer Yahoo Reading group
Rating: 4/5

first sentence:

I told you last night that I might be gone sometime, and you said, Where, and I said, To be with the Good Lord, and you said, Why, and I said, Because I'm old, and you said, I don't think you're old.


Recommend: Yes. This is book that satisfies your soul. It is a story with very little plot and not much really happens but it leaves you with a sense of fulfillment, a sense of contentment. Reading the book reminded me of sitting at the lake with feet dangling into the water and simply being.

Series I'm Reading

I just saw that Crazy Cozy Murders had a list of series she was reading. Then I followed the links to the others who have done this too and I was inspired to get my series all listed in one place too. This is an eclectic mix of YA fantasy, fantasy, mysteries, horror and a bit of everything else! So, here we go. This is a list of series that I have started (read at least 1 book) and want to continue reading. Series in red, I have either completed or am waiting for the next volume to be published.

This list is no longer being updated. Pleast visit my new blog Addicted to Series to see what series I am currently reading.

I've also placed an * next to the titles I own to help me not buy any more duplicates.

Lewis Barnavelt books by John Bellairs
The House With a Clock in It's Walls
The Figure in the Shadows
The Letter, the Witch and the Ring
The Ghost in the Mirror (with Brad Strickland)
The Vengeance of the Witch-finder
The Doom of the Haunted Opera
The Specter from the Magician's Museum (by Brad Strickland)
The Beast Under the Wizard's Bridge
The Tower at the End of the World
The Whitsle, the Grave, and the Ghost
The House Where Nobody Lived

Anthony Monday books by John Bellairs
The Treasures of Alpheus Winterborn
The Dark Secret of Weatherend
The Lamp From the Warlock's Tomb
The Mansion in the Mist

Johnny Dixon books by John Bellairs
The Curse of the Blue Figurine
The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt
The Spell of the Sorceror's Skull
The Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost*
The Eyes of the Killer Robot
The Trolley to Yesterday
The Chessmen of Doom
The Secret of the Underground Room
The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie (with Brad Strickland)
The Hand of the Necromancer (by Brad Strickland)
The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder
The Wrath of the Grinning Ghost

Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey
After a lot of googling, everything I've read says it's best to read the books in the order they were published. So I've come up with this list that is chronological by publishing date but keeps trilogies together. If you are a fan and think I've made a grave error in order here somewhere please let me know.

Arrows of the Queen, 1987
Arrow's Flight, 1987
Arrow's Fall, 1988

Magic's Pawn, 1989
Magic's Promise, 1989
Magic's Price, 1990

The Oathbound 1989
Oathbreakers 1989
Oathblood 1989

By the Sword 1991

Winds of Fate, 1991
Winds of Change, 1992
Winds of Fury, 1993

Storm Warning, 1994
Storm Rising, 1995
Storm Breaking, 1996

The Black Gryphon 1994
The White Gryphon 1995
The Silver Gryphon 1996

Sword of Ice And Other Tales of Valdemar, 1997

Owlflight, 1997
Owlsight, 1998
Owlknight, 1999


Brightly Burning 2000

Exile's Honor, 2002
Exile's Valor, 2003
Take a Thief, 2004

Sun in Glory And Other Tales of Valdemar 2003

Crossroads And Other Tales of Valdemar, 2005

Hall Family Chronicles by Jane Langton
The Diamond in the Window
The Swing in the Summerhouse
The Astonishing Stereoscope
The Fledgling*
The Fragile Flag
The Time Bike
The Mysterious Circus
The Dragon Tree (2008)

Homer Kelly Mysteries by Jane Langton
The Transcendental Murder
Dark Nantucket Noon*
The Memorial Hall Murder
Natural Enemy
Emily Dickinson Is Dead
Good and Dead
Murder at the Gardner
The Dante Game
God in Concord
Divine Inspiration
The Shortest Day: Murder at the Revels
Dead as a Dodo
The Face on the Wall
The Thief of Venice
Murder at Monticello
The Escher Twist
The Deserter: Murder at Gettysburg
Steeplechase

Temperance Brennan by Kathy Reichs - 10 books, completed, Oct. 1 2007

Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda
read #1 & #2

Dragonlance by Weis & Hickman
Dragons of Autumn Twilight*
Dragons of Winter Night*
Dragons of Spring Dawning*
Time of the Twins
War of the Twins
Test of the Twins
The Soulforge
Brothers in Arms

Dragons of the Dwarven Depths
Dragons of the Highlord Skies
Volume 3 - not yet published
The Second Generation
Dragons of Summer Flame
Dragons of a Fallen Sun
Dragons of a Lost Star
Dragons of a Vanished Moon
Amber and Ashes
Amber and Iron
Volume 3 - not yet published

Sovereign Stone Trilogy by Weis & Hickman
Well of Darkness
Guardians of the Lost

Journey into the Void

Norby Chronicles by Janet & Isaac Asimov
Norby, the Mixed-up Robot*
Norby's Other Secret
*
Norby and the Invaders
Norby and the Lost Princess
Norby and the Queen's Necklace
Norby Finds a Villain
Norby Through Time and Space
Robot for Hire
Norby and Yobo's Great Adventure
Norby Down to Earth
Norby and the Oldest Dragon
Norby and the Court Jester
Norby and the Terrified Taxi

Chronicles of Deryni by Katherine Kurtz
Deryni Rising
Deryni Checkmate
High Deryni

Austin Family (Chronos) by Madeleine L'Engle
Meet the Austins*
The Moon by Night
*
The Young Unicorns
A Ring of Endless Light*
Troubling a Star
A Severed Wasp

Murry & O'Keefe Family (Kairos) by Madeline L'Engle
A Wrinkle in Time*
A Wind in the Door
*
Many Waters*
A Swiftly Tilting Planet*
The Arm of the Starfish
Dragons in the Waters

A House Like a Lotus
An Acceptable Time

Inspector Adam Dalgliesh by P.D. James
Cover Her Face*
A Mind to Murder*
Unnatural Causes*
Shroud for a Nightingale*
The Black Tower *
Death of an Expert Witness
A Taste for Death
Devices and Desires
Original Sin
A Certain Justice
Death in Holy Orders
The Murder Room
The Lighthouse

Ender Universe by Orson Scott Card
Ender's Game*
Speaker for the Dead*
Xenocide
Children of the Mind

First Meetings*
Ender's Shadow
Shadow of the Hegemon*
Shadow Puppets
Shadow of the Giant

Alvin Maker by Orson Scott Card
Seventh Son
Red Prophet
Prentice Alvin
Alvin Journeyman
Heartfire
The Crystal City

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl
The Arctic Incident
The Eternity Code
The Opal Deception
The Lost Colony

Unicorns by Vicki Blum
Wish Upon a Unicorn
The Shadow Unicorn

The Land Without Unicorns
The Promise of the Unicorn
A Gathering of Unicorns

Arthur Trilogy by Kevin Crossley-Holland 3 books, completed, August 19, 2007
Gatty's Tale ( I just found out about this book set in the same world!)

The Unicorn Chronicles by Bruce Coville
Into the Land of Unicorns - Song of the Wanderer - Dark Whispers (2008?)

Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix 5 books, completed, July 11, 2007
waiting for Saturday (2008?) , Sunday (2009?)

The Old Kingdom by Garth Nix
Sabriel*
Lirael*
Abhorsen*
Across the Wall

The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
Interview with the Vampire
The Vampire Lestat*
The Queen of the Damned
The Tale of the body Thief
Memnoch the Devil
The Vampire Armand
Merrick
Blood and Gold
Blackwood Farm
Blood Canticle

Cliff Janeway by John Dunning
Booked to Die
The Bookman's Wake

The Bookman's Promise
The Sign of the Book
The Bookwoman's Last Fling

Rabbi Small by Harry Kellerman
Friday the Rabbi Slept Late*
Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry*
Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home*

Monday the Rabbi Took Off
Tuesday the Rabbi Saw Red
Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet
Thursday the Rabbi Walked Out
Conversations with Rabbi Small
Someday the Rabbi Will Leave
One Fine Day the Rabbi Bought a Cross
The Day the Rabbi Resigned
That Day the Rabbi Left Town

Inspector Roderick Alleyn by Ngaio Marsh
A Man Lay Dead
Enter a Murderer
The Nursing Home Murder
Death in Ecstasy
Vintage Murder
Artists in Crime
Death in a White Tie
Overture to Death
Death at the Bar
Death of a Peer aka Surfeit of Lampreys*
Death and the Dancing Footman
Colour Scheme
Died in the Wool
Final Curtain
A Wreath for Rivera aka Swing, Brother, Swing
Night at the Vulcan aka Opening Night
Spinsters in Jeopardy aka The Bride of Death
Scales of Justice*
Death of a Fool aka Off with His Head
*
Singing in the Shrouds
False Scent
Hand in Glove
Dead Water
Killer Dolphin aka Death at the Dolphin
Clutch of Constables
When in Rome
Tied Up in Tinsel*
Black As He's Painted
Last Ditch
A Grave Mistake*
Photo Finish
*
Light Thickens

The Oz books by L. Frank Baum
read #1 & #2

Inspector Thanet by Dorothy Simpson
The Night She Died
Six Feet Under
Puppet for a Corpse
Close Her Eyes*
Last Seen Alive*
Dead On Arrival*

Element of Doubt
Suspicious Death
Dead By Morning
Doomed to Die
Wake the Dead
No Laughing Matter
A Day for Dying
Once Too Often
Dead and Gone

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling 7 books, completed, July 28, 2007!

The Mitford Series by Jan Karon
At Home in Mitford
A Light in the Window
These High Green Hills
Out to Canaan
A New Song

A Common Life
In This Mountain
Shepherds Abiding
Light From Heaven

The Dark Tower by Stephen King
The Gunslinger*
The Drawing of the Three*
The Waste Lands*

Wizard and Glass
Wolves of Calla
Song of Susannah
The Dark Tower

Xanth by Piers Anthonly
Spell for Chameleon, A
Source of Magic, The
Castle Roogna
Centaur Aisle
Ogre, Ogre
Night Mare
Dragon on a Pedestal
Crewel Lye
Golem in the Gears
Vale of the Vole
Heaven Cent
Man From Mundania
Isle of View
Question Quest
Color of Her Panties, The
Demons Don't Dream

Harpy Thyme
Geis of the Gargoyle
Roc and a Hard Place
Yon Ill Wind
Faun and Games
Zombie Lover
Xone of Contention
Dastard, The
Up in a Heaval
Swell Foop
Cube Route
Currant Events
Pet Peeve
Stork Naked
Air Apparent

Shannara by Terry Brooks

The Sword of Shannara*
The Elfstones of Shannara*
The Wishsong of Shannara*


First King of Shannara

The Heritage of Shannara
· The Scions of Shannara
· The Druid of Shannara
· The Elf Queen of Shannara
· The Talismans of Shannara

The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara
· Ilse Witch
· Antrax
· Morgawr

High Druid of Shannara
· Jarka Ruus
· Tanequil
· Straken

Genesis of Shannara
Armageddon's Children
The Elves of Cintra

Richard Jury by Martha Grimes
The Man With A Load Of Mischief
The Old Fox Deceiv'd
The Anodyne Necklace
The Dirty Duck

Jerusalem Inn
Deer Leap
Help The Poor Struggler
I Am The Only Running Footman
The Five Bells and Bladebone
The Old Silent
The Old Contemptibles
The Case Has Altered
The Horse You Came In On
Rainbow's End
The Stargazey
The Lamorna Wink
The Blue Last
The Grave Maurice
The Winds of Change
The Old Wine Shades
Dust

Shadow Children Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Hidden*
Among the Impostors*
Among the Betrayed
Among the Barons
Among the Brave
Among the Enemy
Among the Free

Giver Series by Lois Lowry 3 books, completed Aug. 11 2007

Pure Dead by Debi Gliori
Pure Dead Magic
Pure Dead Wicked

Pure Dead Brilliant
Pure Dead Trouble
Pure Dead Batty
Pure Dead Frozen

Gemma Doyle by Libba Bray
Great and Terrible Beauty
Rebel Angels

The Sweet Far Thing - Dec 2007


The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton
The Secret Seven*
Secret Seven Adventure*

Well Done Secret Seven
Secret Seven On the Trail*
Go Ahead Secret Seven
Good Work Secret Seven
Secret Seven Win Through
Three Cheers Secret Seven
Secret Seven Mystery*
Puzzle for the Secret Seven
Secret Seven Fireworks
Good Old Secret Seven
Shock for the Secret Seven
Look Out Secret Seven
Fun for the Secret Seven*

Gardella Vampire Chronicles by Colleen Gleason
The Rest Falls Away - Rises the Night
The Bleeding Dusk (out in 2008)

Aunt Dimity by Nancy Atherton

Aunt Dimity's Death
Aunt Dimity and the Duke
Aunt Dimity's Good Deed
Aunt Dimity Digs In
Aunt Dimity's Christmas
Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil
Aunt Dimity Detective
Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday
Aunt Dimity Snowbound
Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin
Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea
Aunt Dimity Goes West
Aunt Dimity, Vampire Hunter

James Bond by Ian Fleming
Casino Royale
Live and Let Die
Moonraker
Diamonds Are Forever
From Russia with Love
Dr. No
Goldfinger
For Your Eyes Only (short-stories)

Thunderball
The Spy Who Loved Me
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
You Only Live Twice
The Man with the Golden Gun
Octopussy and The Living Daylights (short stories)

Lord Peter Whimsey by Dorothy L. Sayers
Whose Body?
Clouds of Witness
Unnatural Death
Lord Peter Views the Body
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club
Strong Poison
Five Red Herrings
Have His Carcase
Hangman's Holiday
Murder Must Advertise
The Nine Tailors
Gaudy Night
Busman's Honeymoon
In the Teeth of the Evidence
Striding Folly (short stories)
Thrones, Dominations (with Jill Paton Walsh)
A Presumption of Death (with Jill Paton Walsh)

Chester Cricket series by George Selden
The Cricket in Times Square
Tucker's Countryside
Harry Cat's Pet Puppy
Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride
Chester Cricket's New Home
Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse
The Old Meadow

Guardians of Ga'hoole by Kathryn Lasky
The Capture
The Journey
The Rescue
The Siege
The Shattering
The Burning
The Hatchling
The Outcast
The First Collier
The Coming of Hoole
To Be a King
Golden Tree
River of Wind
Exile

Warriors by Erin Hunter
Into the Wild
Fire and Ice
Forest of Secrets
Rising Storm
A Dangerous Path
The Darkest Hour

Tales From Dimwood Forest by Avi
Ragweed
Poppy
Poppy and Rye
Ereth's Birthday
Poppy's Return

I'll add some more as I remember them or start new ones.