Thursday, July 8, 2010


87. Rocky Road by Rose Kent

88. The Cinderella Pact by Sarah Strohmeyer

89. It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

90. The Sleeping Beauty Proposal by Sarah Strohmeyer

91. The Sweetheart of Prosper County by by Jill Alexander

92. The Penny Pincher's Club by Sarah Strohmeyer

93. Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George

94. Seven Sons and Seven Daughters by Barbara Cohen

95. Mistwood by Leah Cyprus

96. The Clearing by Heather Davis

97. Cheating at Solitaire by Ally Carter

98. Learning to Play Gin by Ally Carter

99. The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore

100. If We Kiss by Rachel Vail

Monday, July 5, 2010

More books

75. Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti

76. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella (i'm going to list each of her books--I think I've read all she has out under her name. Loved them--until I list another author's name they were by her)

77. Remember Me

78. The Undomestic Goddess

79. Can You Keep a Secret? (my favorite)

80. Confessions of a Shopaholic

81. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan

82. Shopaholic Ties the Knot

83. Shopaholic and Sister

84. Shopaholic and Baby

85. Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter Although I enjoyed the series, I thought book three a bit disappointing. Book four (this one) more than made up for it. Awesome book!

86. 13 to Life by Shannon Delaney--werewolf story--can't wait for the next in the series.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Nearly 3/4 of the Way There!

62. Oliva Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding

63. Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding

64. Bridget Jones The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding

65. Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson

66. Hold Still by Nina LaCour This book was fabulous. A look at how a suicide affects the best friend that was left behind. I really, really liked this book.

67. Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson This is a book about friendship

68. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4 by Greg Heffley

69. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han --really liked this, waiting for the sequel to come in at the library

70. The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson

71. Violet Eyes by Debbie Viguia (Adaption of Princess and the Pea)

72. Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn

73. Suite Scarlet by Maureen Johnson

74. Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Shanghi Girls and 3 other down.

Sanghi Girls has been my favorite boook that I have read this year. It takes place in Shanghi China in 1937 and ends in the USA in 1957. I love historical novels and this was a very good novel and pretty easy read. I challenge Mim and Sarah and all that read this blog to read it.
I have also read I am a Stranger Here too. by Bill Bryson. It is about Bill Bryson mooving back to the USA after living in England for 20 years. The book took place in the late 1990's. It would be intresting for him to write a book now since 9/11.
Fablehaven book 3 the 3rd book in the Fablehaven Series. It was good but not my favorite of the three I have read. These books are suppose to be for 4th to 5th graders and I felt he had a little too much going on. I do like the series though and will his next 2 books to finish the series.
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, fun fast pace. I have read read The Davinci Code a few years ago. I haven't read Angel and Demons, I think I will.
Yes I am only a eight of the way to 100 books. I am still in for the challenge. I love to read but I admit I do not read as fast as Mim. We will see how I do the next couple of months.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

More Books

51. Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce

52. The Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce

53. The Realms of the Gods by Tamora Pierce

54. Alana the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

55. In the Hands of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce

56. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce

57. The Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce

58. Finnikan of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

59. Iron King by Julie Kagawa

60. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta--- loved this story and book. Just loved it.

61. Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern. I adored this book. Awesome in so many ways, plus a great message

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Half Way There

41. Queen of Everything by Deb Caletti This book was really powerful, but pretty dark as well. It's about a girl whose father kills someone. You watch the journey of the father slowly changing. Anyway it really pulled me in, and was well-written but the subject matter was dark.

42. Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott. I got this with my birthday gift card since my library does not have most of her books. I really, really liked it. Keep thinking about it. It's a love story, but deeper than fluff stuff.

43. Bloom by Elizabeth Scott. She has a different way of looking at things in her love story. It's a different perspective and in some ways similar to her book The Unwritten Rule. Worth reading.

44. Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott. I enjoyed this, though I didn't think I would at first. Good story about the power of choice and the ability to change.

45. Pure by Terra Elan McVoy---Interesting about purity rings, choosing to keep your virginity and the affects of sex in high school. It was heavy handed in some points, but overall a fresh take on the whole choosing to stay a virgin issue. Something I'm all for.

46. Living Hell by Catherine Jinx YA sci fi--interesting

47. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen I must say that I've enjoyed all of her books that I've read. She has a total of three out. And I've read them all this year, so just check out my other posts. This is by far the best. I'm currently rereading it. The writing is superb. When I read this for enjoyment it pops and it's wonderful. When I read it as a writer, I'm just swept away. It's a book that you must read. Truly must. I'd love to write as well as she does. I'm going to buy it and all of her others, and they will have a place on my bookshelves.

48. Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce--I enjoyed it and have got her other books on hold for me at the library. YA fantasy, similar feel to Robin McKinley--so Sarah you may like her a lot. She has several quartets so be sure to look her op before you check out a book

49. Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles Totally good. So I really like her books, and you should check it out. Quick read about a boy who is trying to leave his past behind and a girl who loves despite the fact that he is dangerous and believes that he can change.

50. The Reckoning by Kelly Armstrong This is the third book in the trilogy. I enjoyed--the love triangle totally went the way I wanted it to, but I don't think I said what way I thought was, so I'm sure I'm not spoiling it for everyone. While things were semi-resolved they weren't totally in the series, and I was a bit disappointed in the ending. But overall I love the world that ARmstrong has created, since her adult books overlap the YA books in the fact that they both take place in the same world. In the book it mentions that she is doing a new YA trilogy, so that's exciting!

6. Just Listen
7. Going Too Far
8. Along for the Ride
9. Fire--I so love this book

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Some More Books

33. Hard to Get by Emma Carlson Berne fun ro-com by Simon Pulse--very escapist
34. 12 Dates of Christmas--Catherine Hapka fun ro-com by Simon Pulse very escapist
35. The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott--I had been anxious to read this book, and I enjoyed it. It was a quick and easy read, fun and a different take on things.
36. Art Geeks and Prom Queens by Alyson Noel I got this because I enjoyed Evermore (the immortals series, and I'm waiting for book two from the library) and it was okay. The story was okay, but I got put off by how wishy washy the main character was and the extent of drinking and drugs in the book--especially since the M.C. supposedly didn't do any of that stuff before she moved. It was too big of a change for me.
37. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules-- very fun. Caleb loves this, and we are reading the next. He says will you read me Wimp? What about Wimp? The kids really enjoyed the movie as well. Although it was difficult to have a main character that is difficult to like the entire time.
38. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins--totally fun story of a boarding school with paranormal elements. I kept thinking about this story, and I still am, so it's interesting.
39. The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti--I've really enjoyed all of her books. The books are contemporary Young Adult books, most are set in the Seattle area, but they talk about real issues, and real concerns. They really make you think.
40. Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott--I enjoyed it. It made me think about things--all of her books do, but this one also had happiness in it, while some of her books don't.

Rereads (just to track how many books I really read)
3. Heist Society
4. Little Lady Agency
5. The Truth About Forever

Monday, March 29, 2010

Starting Books that I end up not liking

I figured out one of the reasons I am so far behind Mim and Sarah is that that I pick up books that are recommended by various book clubs etc. No I am not currently in a book club. The book turns out to be too graphic for my taste either sexual or violent. I do read classics and good books and last Dec. finsihed War and Peace which is a difficult book to read. Maybe I just need to read the classics but no I want to try all geners.
Also I think I am behind the schedule because the books I have read are more difficult then Mim and Sarah's; they are only currently reading Young Adult Fiction. I would like to challenge them both to read a classic and something like I just read which is "Three Cups of Tea". This book is about a man name Greg Mortensen who is currently building schools in The Middle East. It is an interesting and informant book. I do think Greg Mortensen is a little off but you just have to read the book to understand.
With all that said I am going to read a coupe of easy reads. Good luck Mim and Sarah and please post more.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I just finished reading Catching Fire by Susan Collins. I know that her books are the talk of the young adult reading genre. I honestly thing they are depressing. Both books took me over 30 pages to to get into them. I know we all fear dystopia. It did hold my attention more than Hunger Games but I feel they are very depressing. Also she writes in first person which is the easiest way to write. I will read her last book but I honestly hope with another series she can do much better. Sorry Mim and Sarah/

Sunday, March 7, 2010

2 more books and counting

Yes I have not read 30 books like Mim. I must admit the challenge is much harder than I realised. I am behind but I am still in the fight and will read 100 books before Dec. 31, 2010. I have started a new fantasy series, Falblehaven by Brandon Mull. I asked Mim if she had read the books. and she said she had read the first 2 but didn't like his writing style. That is intresting since I really like his writing style feeling entertained till the end of the book. Unlike Hunger Games where I could guess the end from the beginning and felt like the last part draged out way too long. So the 2 books I have just read our Fablehaven and then the 2nd in the series. Fablehaven Rise Of The Evening Star. These books I would recommend to 5th graders on up. Fun books!

Friday, February 26, 2010

The books I've read so far this year!

I am really enjoying reading and I recomend all the books I've read especially the first few.
The Maze Runner :by John Dashner
Sun and Moon Ice and Snow :By Jessica Day George
Princess at the Midnight Ball :By Jessica Day George
Just Listen :By Sarah Dessen
This Lullaby :By Sarah Dessen
The Truth About Forever :By Sarah Dessen
The Summoning :By Kelley Armstrong
Need :By Carrie Jones
Captivate :By Carrie Jones
The Dark Divine :By Bree Despain
Ice :By Sarah Beth Durst
Academy 7 :By Anne Osterlund
Wings :By Aprilynne Pike
Hush Hush :By Becca Fitzpatrick
Cheating At Solitaire :By Ally Carter
Learning to Play Gin :By Ally Carter

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Recent Titles for me

23. Accidental Goddess by Linea Sinclair--fun she manages to tie her fantasy book Wintertide into her Sci Fi world of her other books

24. Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

25. Deadly Little Lies by Lauries Stolarz This is the second in the series, and was interesting--quick read mystery with a little paranormal element

26. Gone by Lisa McMann 3rd in the trilogy, written in present tense. I enjoyed the entire trilogy

27. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

28. The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman

29. Stray by Rachel Vincent

30. Queen of Babble in the Big City by Meg Cabot

31. Queen of Babble Gets Hitched by Meg Cabot I very much enjoyed this series. There is one adult scene in the first book at the very end, but the other two books are clean. I really liked the main character Lizzie

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Two very diffrent books

Just finsihed reading Emma but Jane Austin. I relly enjoyed the book. It is my favorite Jane Austen book. such a fun read.
The other book is called Lighland. A fun si fi fantasy it makes you look at your belives and how you feel about waht happens after death. It is kind of hard to get inot the book but after the first 20 pages you can't put it down.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Ten more down!

12. Evermore by Allyson Noel -interesting twist on immortality and true love and life cycles. This book had a little bit of all of the paranormal aspects. Parts of it reminded me too strongly of Twilight, and I wished the relationship was more developed. Overall I really enjoyed the book though. It's an intriguing story.

13. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen--this is an adult novel. I enjoyed it a lot. It's got romance, a hint of paranormal stuff and the importance of finding yourself and doing the right thing. I'd highly recommend this book.

14. She Went All the Way by Meggin Cabot Fun total fluff book--needed something like this, and I'd read most of her YA stuff. This was an adult book and it did have adult scenes.

15. Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair Fun adult Sci Fi book with a touch of romance (and adult scenes) I really liked the story and the interplay of characters.

16. Wintertide by Linnea Sinclair Fun adult fantasy book--I enjoyed it very much.

17. The Boy Next Door by Meggin Cabot --totally fun format of romance told through emails. Plus it's clean, clean, clean! And it's an adult book. (Meg Cabot has oodles of fun YA stuff--she's most famous for her Princess Diary books. Love them--must read)

18. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen --very fun and interesting book.

19. Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot --continuation of the The Boy Next Door series, even though each book stands alone, there are recurring characters.

20. Every Boy Has One by Meg Cabot--third book in The Boy Next Door series

21. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (book one)--totally fun book I read out lout to Caleb. We need to get the next one from the series. Fun, Fun, Fun!

22. Heist Society by Ally Carter Fun book, I didn't connect as much with Kat the main character as I did with Cammie in the Spy Girl books. but it is a totally fun concept and I'm still a huge Ally Carter fan!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Reading The best Books

I just finished Reading The Book of Mormon. I have never read it in a form of novel. I must say that I got more out of it then I have ever have. The Book of Morn does testify of Christ. For all you that visit this site or will. Please read The Bible and The Book of Mormon in your lifetime. I don't want to turn you away from reading but just want to say we need to read the Best Books. Pres. Abraham learn to read form The Bible.
Now I am reading Emma by Jane Austen. I really love English classics.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

One Book This Week

11. Captivate by Carrie Jones. this is the second in a trilogy. The third isn't out yet. It's a pixie/shifter/other mystical creature book. So i read it yesterday and this morning. Great book, totally enthralling. I liked it more than the first. Personally I'd like to see the relationships develop a bit more, but the action is at a great pace and overall this book is great. A must read.

Sarah I know you're reading it. You told me about it last time we talked.

As for my reading. I reread two books this week. Fire by Kristin Cashore and Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund. And I'm cutting back on how much I read for a short while. Moving will do that to a person.

Happy reading everyone!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Nine, Ten Start Again!

7. 13 Little Blue Envelopes-- a fun story about self discovery and traveling Europe

8. The Finishing Touches by Hester Browne--sweet and fun and happy.

9. The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong--fun book. I love her adult stuff, but it's just a bit too racy for my taste. Her young adult stuff is good. Witches, werewolves, and all that good stuff. The first book in the trilogy is The Summoning. The last book The Reckoning comes out in May.

10. The Little Lady and the Prince by Hester Browne -- I think this is the final in the Little Lady books. Adorably fun and good and happy.

Have a great week! Happy reading

A New Week: Grown Up Books

Having taken offense I ventured off into the other side of the library.

4. The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne Totally fun, and funny chick lit. The key is that it is very, very, very clean. It's the first in the series

5. The Little Lady and the Big Apple by Hester Browne. Again quite enjoyable and fun read. I adore Mel. Great character.

6. Snow in April by Rosamunde Pilcher. I picked her up while I was in the grown up section of the library because Aunt Mary gave me a wonderful book Winter's Solstice written by her. It was an all right book. I was a little disappointed in the character development and how everything tied up a bit too neatly without any of the characters really getting to know each other.

And I have more grown up books to read, but Mom I challenge you to read some more YA. Quite honestly a lot of what I read has more development and exploration and themes and purpose and point, than the books I just read. So don't knock my genre! But that said you must check out Hester Browne.

Cheers and Happy Reading!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

3 down and counting

I just finshied number 3 book. It is the sequel to The Lighting Thief Sea of Monsters. I really enjoyed the book. Probably because as a young girl I enjoyed books that had to do with Greek mythology. these books are written for middle school children and I really need a classic. I can only read some much of one genre and then I need to change or spice up my reading. So I think for name it will be Emma by Jane Austin a simple but fun classic. I may offer as my book for Sarah and Mim to read. Off to reading

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hunger Games and The Lighting Thief

I completed Hunger Games while I was visiting my daughter Mim. Both Sarah and Mim had already read it. So I decided to complete the quest. However I did not like the book nearly as much as they did. I know from looking up the most reccomended books for Young Adult it is at the top of the list. I did not like it. The book was too predictable I new what was going to happen from beginning to end. To me some parts just dragged out. Sarah compared it to Ender's Game. It was not nearly as good, for all you readers that like the book I will read her second book and let you know. It will be intresting to hear from Mim and Sarah.
I just completed reading Lighting Thief. I did like this book. It is for a middle school reader. It did keep you guessing what would happen in the end. I would reccomend this book to middle school readers and English teachers alike. I am currently reading the sequel.
I really need to go back to classics though I love the feel of classics and the challenge. I do like to switch to all kinds of reads. Have a good read

Sunday, January 10, 2010

This Week for Me

1. Fallen by Lauren Kate

This is an angel book with a love story twist. It was interesting different from Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. Both of them are equally good, but it's good to see there are so many possible takes on similar elements.

2. Perfect Shot by Debbie Rigaud

This is a Ro-Com book--which means it's totally escapist fluff.

3. How to Run My Boyfriend's Reputation by Simone Elckles

This is the third book in a series of How to Ruin . . . This is a look at a Jewish American girl as she learns more about her Jewish ancestry and Israel. The books have a fun voice. I really liked the Perfect Chemistry book that Simone Elckles wrote last year as well.

I'm off to finish Beautiful Creatures, and East, but I picked up Jean and Johnny by Beverly Cleary for old times sake. I flipped through it, but the story is awfully old fashioned and lots of adverbs.

Happy Reading!

Monday, January 4, 2010

100 books and counting

My daughters and I made a New Years Challenge. We are all going to read 100 books in a year or less. This started with my oldest daughter Mim who had set this goal for her a year ago, which isn't hard for her since she has been a big time reader since she was 7 years old. In fact I had to ground her from reading the summer after she finished second grade because she would just sit around the house reading while her friends would all come over and sit and patiently waiting for her to finished reading so they could all play (talk about devoted friends). Mim accomplished her goal last year. I decided to take her up on the challenge and invited her sister Sarah to do it also. We may include others in the family but we have to ask them first.

The rules are to read 100 books in a year. They have to be novel length but do not have to be novels. They can come from any genre or age group. The book has to be one you haven't read before and you can't repeat a book.

A little introduction of each of us.

I am Julie Lambert I am 53 years old a mother of 6 grown children. 4 daughters and 2 sons and 4 grandchildren. I have my bachelor degree in Nursing and work in Salt Lake City Utah Shriners' Hospital for Children. I learned to read at age 4 years. When I would have night mares even at the age of 18 my Dad would "What Book are you reading?" Of course I would never tell him but some were horror and I would realize this and stop reading the book. My favorite books are Classics and Historical novels. My favorite book of all time is Le Mes.

Mim (Miriam is her proper name).She is my oldest daughter. She has been reading since she was 5 years old and has never stopped. She graduated from BYU in English Education. She currently works as a freelance writer and an is writing a novel of her own. Her favorite genre is Young Adult. She is married, lives in North Carolina and has 3 adorable children. She is a busy wife, mother, writer and reader

Sarah is my 3rd oldest daughter. She found her love for reading from reading a Wrinkle In Time in middle school. She has her Associates degree. She lives in Ohio. Her husband is attending medical school at Ohio State University. She has one handsome little boy. Her favorite genre is young adult fantasy ans Si Fi. Her favorite Books to date are Ender's Game and most recently The Hunger Games.

This blog sit is open to all. We want to encourage you to read and will also tell you about books we are currently reading or have read.

Our first discussion will be Hunger Games since it is the first book I have read for the year and Mim and Sarah have already read it. But this is the start of the blog so we will save that for next time.