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If reading were an Olympic sport, I would finally be sporty.

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The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern
Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature
Linda Lear
Shades of Grey: A Novel
Jasper Fforde

Death of a Cozy Writer

Death of a Cozy Writer - G.M. Malliet Boring. Couldn't get into any of the characters or the story.

Cocaine Blues

Cocaine Blues - Kerry Greenwood I absolutely love the characters and the setting for this mystery. I hope the series lives up to continuing storyline of the TV series.

The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School

The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School - Kathleen Flinn Skip it - read Julia Child's My Life In France. This was lacking something....salt?

A Redbird Christmas

A Redbird Christmas - Fannie Flagg I wonder if people in the South have a love of books set in the North....I sorta doubt it. I love Fannie Flagg's characters and this little book did not disappoint.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) - Mindy Kaling Reading Mindy's book so makes me wish we could be best friends. She is hilarious and unique and not afraid of being her own woman.

A Fatal Grace

A Fatal Grace - Louise Penny Loving this series. The characters are great and the story was gripping.

Still Life

Still Life - Louise Penny Recommended to me by a sweet elderly lady at the laundromat. So far, it's moving a bit slow....keeping an open mind, though. 3 Aug 2013

It did have a very, very sloooooow start. But the little old lady from the laundromat did warn me that it started slow, but was worth it. About half way through, I was just about ready to give up. Then, everything started to come together. I stayed in bed for most of the day reading, because I just couldn't put it down. There are a lot of interesting characters. Louise Penny does a fabulous job of painting a picture - of the town, the people, the season. The writing was excellent. All in all, it is definitely worth reading and I've already ordered book 2 in the series.

"He wondered whether he balled up his anger at Nichol and pitched it into Mrs. Croft's face."

Trick or Treachery

Trick or Treachery - Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain My deep dark secret - I'm obsessed with watching Murder, She Wrote. In fact, I can't fall asleep without watching an episode on Netflix. You know those bracelets that say WWJD - I think they really stand for What Would Jessica Do. Thought I'd try one of the books just to see if it is as soothing....
Well, it's not horrible but does lose something in the translation from TV show to book.

Don't Murder Your Mystery: 24 Fiction-Writing Techniques to Save Your Manuscript from Turning Up D.O.A.

Don't Murder Your Mystery: 24 Fiction-Writing Techniques to Save Your Manuscript from Turning Up D.O.A. - Chris Roerden This is a very well put together guide for writing mysteries. It has a lot of good information that would be applicable to any fiction writing. I found the quotes and literary references from other mystery writers to be very helpful - plus it gave me a bunch of new authors to explore.

Grandmother Spider

Grandmother Spider - James D. Doss Great story, great characters, and great writing! Why the heck are his books so difficult to find in bookstores?

Ape House

Ape House - Sara Gruen Well written, clever story. And heart wrenching. And who doesn't love reading about apes communicating with humana? It's a gripping read - I read it in one sitting (stayed up until 2 am).

Hounded To Death

Hounded To Death - Laurien Berenson "Just about anything would sound proper compared to what we'd discussed thus far: murder and naked babes."
A cute cozy mystery involving the dog show world. There was a crazy number of suspects, but it was still an enjoyable read.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir - Jenny Lawson Sort of the girl version of David Sedaris. This is a funny, touching, raw and oddly relatable read. Who doesn't love taxidermied mice dressed like a Shakespeare character?

MEGA '99: Adventures of an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker

MEGA '99: Adventures of an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker - Jared Manninen "Mouse number two for Numbnut. This time it was a clean kill."

I know, right? Ew! This was a fun read and my first graphic novel. It's basically a guy's journaled impressions/ thoughts/ meanderings while hiking the Applalachian Trail. I loved the part where he went and saw Blair Witch during the hike, and freaked himself out. I'm completely impressed with people who can take personal hard core journies like this, diging deep to find their inner strengeth and meaning for their life. I wish I were this brave. Except for - the mice crawling into sleeping bags - EEEEEEKKK!

The Cat, The Professor and the Poison

The Cat, The Professor and the Poison - Leann Sweeney Argh! I hate it when I forget that I've already tried a book in a series and didn't like it! I love me some cats, crafts, and murder - but the series is too much even for me. Plus the kitty in peril theme makes me anxious. I'll try again in 30 years..

Hiss of Death

Hiss of Death - Rita Mae Brown Call me a crochety old lady, but I expect my animal-talkin' cozy mysteries to be light and fluffhy. I don't expect them to be a lesson on cancer treatment and the current bleak state of affairs in America and assorted other depressing topics. Seriously? I read these sorts of books to escape all that REALITY! Deeply disappointing.