Friday, January 3, 2014

2014 Reading List

This year's goal: not sure.  Maybe 50 books (other than childrens books)?
(Trying to update this on the phone is freaking impossible, too)

  1. The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star, by Susan Wittig Albert.  I like these, the author does a very good job of writing the "feel" of a place and time.  I've liked all of her series so far; the Dahlias and China Bayles are two of the very few series I buy in hardback as they come out. 
  2. Jane Austen's Guide to Thrift (1/6/14)
  3. Calvin Coconut: Rocket Ride - Juvie books that Son is reading, I've read the whole series and they're not bad.  Geared for boys, which are hard to find that don't focus on sports. 
  4. Calvin Coconut: Man Trip  - Juvie books that Son is reading, I've read the whole series and they're not bad.  Nice to find a boy-geared book that isn't all-sports-all-the-time.
  5. A Wilder Rose, by Susan Wittig Albert (1/10/14)  Novelization/biography of Rose Wilder and her work on the Little House books.  
  6. The Sherlock Files: Official Companion - Haven't seen the series yet, but I've got the DVDs from the library. 
  7. Wild Born, by Brandon Mull (1/27/14)
  8. The Dead and the Gone, by Susan Beth Pfeffer.  The last post-apocalyptic downer of a book that I plan to read for a while.  2nd in a trilogy, depressing as anything.
  9. Mr. Monk Helps Himself
  10. Together, Alone - Susan Wittig Albert
  11. Mr. Monk Gets On Board - the new writer takes over the book series
  12. One Hundred and Four Horses:  A Memoir of Farm and Family, Africa and Exile By Amanda Retzlaff.  (2/6/14)  Interesting and heartbreaking.
  13.  Captain Phil Harris: The Legendary Crab Fisherman, Our Hero, Our Dad, by Josh and Jake Harris, etc.  Phil Harris biography ((3/5/14)  Quick read, pretty interesting.
  14. Lousy book, erotica masquerading as "urban fiction" - very badly written.  Like, crappy fan-fic level of bad, and how a publisher can print something without spellchecking is beyond me.  I can see things slipping through that spell-check won't catch (homophones, etc), but "panickicked" voice instead of "panicked" is pathetic.  (3/6/14)
  15. Cherry Ames, Rest Home Nurse (3/8/14)  Yes, I have a thing for vintage ghost-written mysteries.  I've just gotten my hands on a stack of Cherry Ames & Dana Girls books, dating back to the 40s, and some original, un-revised Nancy Drew books.

  16. The Pregnancy project 
  17. Hark, A Vagrant - very funny 
  18. when my name was Keoko.
  19. Prince William: the Man Who Would Be King - Very interesting, lots of info about the British monarchy (5/15/14)
  21. Hunted, by Maggie Steifvater (5/17/14) - second in series, pretty good
  22. Bitter end Jennifer brown 
  23. Young House Love - (5/28/14) - Lots of ideas here
  24. Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All (5/30/14)
  25. The Dana Girls - Secret of the Study Lamp
  26. Dana Girls - Mystery of Lone Tree Cottage

  27.  Discover Magazine's Vital Signs (6/2/14) - Quick read, compilation of the articles from the magazine
  28. Backwoods Home Magazine, best of first two years
  29. Backwoods Home Magazine, best of third year
  30. Get on Out of Here, Philip Hall (6/11/14)
  31. Melissa Explains it All, by Melissa Joan Hart.  Interesting, although I missed out on Clarissa and didn't watch Sabrina a lot.
  32. Do You Believe in Magic? by Paul Offit
  33. Sew Smarter, Faster, and Better, the Thread Magazine sewing tips book (6/19/14)
  34. Warriors Don't Cry - story of the Brown v. Board of Ed school integration
  35. Junior Miss
  36. Poisonwood Bible
  37. Snail Mail No More
  38. Sister of the Bride, by Beverly Cleary (7/13/14)
  39. A Girl from Yamhill, by Beverly Cleary (7/14/14)
  41. The Boys in the Boat
  42. Death of a Perfect Wife
  43. The Wave

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