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106. Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman. Picked this up at the Salvation Army because it was half price day and the journal format is something the boy particularly enjoys. I read it "first" because we weren't sure if it was a kid book or an adult book. Turns out it's too scary for him now, but I know he'll enjoy it in a few years. Also, it's part of a series.

107. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Again, half price, and I was curious. Surprisingly, I did not hate it the way I'd expected to. Brilliant? No. Strangely compelling despite its flaws? Yes.

108. The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin. I'm not even sure what to say about this one. (Super massively about abuse within a family, so read more about it in advance if you're worried about triggers.)
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103. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Really good.

104. The Uglies by Scott Westerfield. Young adult book about a society in which teenagers have surgery to be made "pretty" when they turn 16. Really interesting, I liked it a lot.

105. Vintage: A Ghost Story by Steve Berman. I didn't like this as much as I expected to, but it was a good story and I'd definitely recommend it to people who like gay lit + ghosts.
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100. Will the Vampire People Please Leave the Lobby? (True Adventures in Cult Fandom) by Allyson Beatrice. It pleases me that this book was #100, since I'm here on LJ because of fandom.

101. The Body Sacred by Dianne Sylvan. Great book by a Pagan about learning to love your body and treat it well without being so focused on society's perceptions and the numbers on the scale.

102. Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence - Edited by Marion Dane Bauer. Awesome short stories about young people who are gay. All of the stories were good and some were great.
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96. The Wine Club: A Month-by-Month Guide to Learning About Wine with Friends by Maureen Christian Petrosky. I will probably never start a wine club, but this was an interesting book to read.

97. Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats by Bakerella. SO CUTE, these cake pops. I very much doubt that I have the patience for such detailed work, LOL.

98. The School Lunchbox Cookbook by MIriam Jacobs. Not nearly as inspiring as I'd hoped it would be - I'm glad I borrowed it from the library instead of buying it.

99. Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother's Compulsive Hoarding by Jessie Sholl. I really liked a lot of things about this book, including the title - I've always appreciated a clever title. I've read several more academic books about hoarding so I liked that this one was more personal.
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92. 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston. I've known that I will never, ever see this movie. Figured I could handle the book, and I did and even liked it. I did skim over the amputation sections, though. *Shudders*

93. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. I saw the movie after my mother insisted I'd like it. She was actually wrong, but I did like the book.

94. Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy. I think I've read every one of Maeve Binchy's books and it is starting, at this point, to feel like I'm reading almost the same one repeatedly because the format is soooo similar. I still like them, though.

95. Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters by Joan Ryan. I saw reference to this book in a thread that was, I think, discussing the tv show Toddlers and Tiaras, and it sounded so interesting to me. I was a skater as a child (but never more than moderately good at it) and still hadn't ever spent time thinking about what it would be like to trainer professionally. Super triggery for people with an abused history or eating disorders.

In the past weeks I've ordered books secondhand online, went to the library book sale, went to some yard sales, and taken books out from the library. I have a stack of 14 books waiting to be read. :-)
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87. The Color Purple by Alice Walker. I hadn't read this book for many, many years, but I've loved re-reading it. It's amazing.

88. The Secret Lives of Hoarders by Matt Paxton. I have to say that most of this was stuff I'd already heard on the tv show in one form or another, but I have watched the tv show a LOT, LOL. It's a good book.

89. Mom's Best One Dish Suppers by Andrea Chesman. I want to make a lot of the recipes in this book, so I think that's a sign in its favor.

90. Odd Girl Speaks Out by Rachel Simmons (with many contributions by teenaged girls). Very good.

91. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. This is a re-read, I actually read the first few books in the series years ago before True Blood made its appearance. Figured I'd read this one again. I still like it. It's not brilliant, but it's kind of fun.


Sep. 7th, 2011 07:38 am
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84. She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb. I find this book fascinating in a lot of ways, and I think the main character is at the top of the list. The ending is really emotionally uplifting.

85. I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb. I think a lot of people are interested in twins and the relationship they have with each other. So interesting, such a complicated story. Amazing.

86. Star Trek Memories by William Shatner and Chris Kreski. I've been a Star Trek fan since I was about 12. :-)
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81. Portrait of a Marriage - Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson by Nigel Nicolson. Amazing and fascinating. Loved it.

82. Hobgoblin by John Coyne. In my memory this is a much better book than it actually is. Also, the cover of the copy I have is much less lame.

83. Jemima J. by Jane Greer. I loved this book the first time I read it but now I think I've re-read it for the last time. It annoys me more and more.
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76. Otherwise Engaged by Sherry Ashworth. Loved this one!

77. The Perfect Mother by Sherry Ashworth. This might be my least favorite of Ashworth's books, but it was still good, just not great.

78. Let's Get Physical by Sherry Ashworth.

79. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella. This was a decent story and I loved the descriptions of the main character learning to cook, but overall I far prefer Kinsella's Shopaholic series.

80. The Lady by Anne McCaffrey. This has been a favorite book of mine for a couple of decades (yes, I'm old.) Jane Davitt pointed out that her copy has a different title, The Carradyne Touch, which is a much better title and I'd replace my copy except apparently the cover pic isn't any better, LOL, so I won't bother.
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72. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. Beautifully written and really interesting and educational.

73. The Nice Girl Syndrome: Stop Being Manipulated and Abused - and Start Standing Up for Yourself by Beverly Engel. A friend was talking about this book and I got curious. It's interesting.

74. A Matter of Fat by Sherry Ashworth. Hooray for secondhand books from across the sea courtesy of Amazon's Marketplace. I liked this one just as much as the other books of Ashworth's I've read, and have now ordered a few more that will hopefully turn up in the mailbox next week.

75. Room by Emma Donoghue. I liked this so much that I had to buy myself a copy after reading the library's, and then because I'd bought it I had to read it again. It's shockingly good. Also triggery, so if you have triggers you'd want to check out a review to see if it's something you'd be better off avoiding.
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69. Money Talks by Sherry Ashworth. I think this might be my favorite of the Sherry Ashworth books I've read.

70. Christine by Stephen King. Love this book, it's definitely one of my very favorites.

71. The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie by Wendy McClure. Super huge fan of the Little House on the Prairie books goes to see all the actual sites etc. I found it entertaining.
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65. No Fear by Sherry Ashworth. I think this is my least favorite of the three of her books I've read, but I still like it well enough to re-read it every year or so, LOL.

66. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King. Again, not really a favorite when compared to some of his other books that I simply adore, but I'd only read it once or twice before so I thought I'd give it another go.

67. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding. I love the first book and am only mildly enthused about this one. I guess this was my week of reading just-okay books.

68. The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha. I only read this one because my son left it lying around and I picked it up. Sometimes funny.
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61. Wicca Covens by Judy Harrow.

62. The Western Guide to Feng Shui by Terah Kathryn Collins.

63. Tell Me Lies by Jennifer Crusie. Love Jennifer Crusie's books.

64. Just Good Friends by Sherry Ashworth. When we were in the U.K. more than ten years ago, we spent a lot of time in secondhand book shops and I picked up three of Sherry Ashworth's books. I've read all of them a dozen times at least, they're great. They remind me a little bit of Jennifer Crusie, a little bit of Maeve Binchy, and I wish they weren't so freaking difficult to get my hands on in the U.S., LOL! I did break down and order one off of Ebay last night but it's coming from the U.K. so it might be a while...


Jul. 4th, 2011 09:45 am
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All of these are re-reads. :-)

56. Save Karyn by Karyn Bosnak. This is like the real-life story of a shopaholic. Well-written and entertaining.

57. Other People's Dirt: A Housecleaner's Curious Adventures by Louise Rafkin. Interesting!!

58. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich. I've read this many times, it's great.

59. Inside a Witches' Coven by Edain McCoy.

60. Covencraft by Amber K.
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52. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella.

53. Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella.

54. Shopaholic and Sister by Sophie Kinsella.

55. Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella.

I love this series and definitely need to get my hands on the newest addition. :-)
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48. How Come I'm Always Luigi? by Bill Amend. Funny. Foxtrot is high on my list of good comic strips.

49. If: Questions for the Game of Life by Evelyn McFarlane. Definitely made me think!

50. Feeling Good by David Burns. Really insightful.

51. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. These books are so light and such quick reads, I love them.
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45. Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard and Daniel Goleman. I don't remember how this book ended up on my radar, but it was good.

46. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist and Ebba Segerberg. This is the translated version because the original is in Swedish. Very good story (better than the movie version, honestly) and it's well told. If you like vampire stuff, don't skip this one.

47. Dave Barry is Not Making This Up by Dave Barry. Wow, some of Dave Barry's stuff is dated, but some of it is still funny.


Jun. 11th, 2011 03:45 pm
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41. Cut by Patricia McCormick. Young adult book, the title represents the subject, about a teenager at a mental health facility.

42. Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Unsettling, Witty Answers to Questions You Never Thought You Wanted to Ask by New Scientist. Interesting Q&A.

43. OffBeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides by Ariel Meadow Stallings. How much do I love wedding stuff? A LOT.

44. Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation by Simon LeVay. Really interesting, so packed full of info I'd have to read it a dozen times for any of the statistics to really sink in.


Jun. 7th, 2011 09:03 am
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37. Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger. Young adult book about the trans boy and what it's like for his family to accept him. Pretty good.

38. The Empowered Patient by Elizabeth Cohen. Didn't really contain a lot of info I wasn't already aware of, but I think it would be good for plenty of people.

39. The Passage by Justin Cronin. Post-apoc sort of zombie-ish book. It's really, really long. It was good but I didn't love it.

40. Earth: The Book (A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race) by Jon Stewart. I actually got this for my son, who liked it. It's sort of entertaining.
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34. Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim. Actress describing what it was like to grow up in Hollywood on a popular show and what happened afterward. Includes non-graphic description of physical and sexual abuse by a sibling, so could be triggery, though the issue is handled responsibly.

35. Step by Step Origami by Paul Jackson. I don't know if something like this really qualifies as "reading" but I'm hoping to figure out how to make some basic origami shapes and it seemed like a fairly basic place to start.

36. The Perfect Family by Kathryn Shay. Decent story about how a family deals with a teenaged son coming out. Not brilliant, but there are definitely families and parents who would benefit from reading this one.


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