Books …

Reading has always been my guilty pleasure…I could easily curl up in a chair or under a warm blanket in bed and let the world go by while I engrossed myself in a book.

This year I joined two groups – Read Your Own Books and 52 Books in 52 Weeks.

So, how did I do you ask?

80 Books – of which 33 were my own – and I have donated those (with an exception of a few) that were my own that were read.

Bold denotes books I own…others borrowed from library.


1) The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook – Ina Garten
2) Estefan Kitchen – Emilio and Gloria Estefan
3) Remember My Touch (Harlequin Intrigue 469) – Gayle Wilson
4) Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s Promise – Obama for America
5) Michelle Obama: Meet The First Lady by David Bergen Brophy


1) Judas Kiss by J. T. Ellison
2) Portsmouth: Photographs by Nancy Grace Horton; Text by Laura Pope
3) Chance of A Lifetime by Barbara Kaye (Harlequin Superromance 449)
4) Flashback by Justine Davis (Silhouette Bombshell 86)


1) The Mommy Bride by Shelley Galloway (Harlequin American Romance 1212)
2) The Jim and Dan Stories: A Journey of Grief and Faith by Colleen Redman
3) Muses Like Moonlight: A Closet Poet Comes Out by Colleen Redman
4) Casting Spells by Barbara Bretton
5) Double Minds by Terri Blackstock
6) Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched The World by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter


1) Today’s Kitchen Cookbook by the Today Show Cast
2) Tempest in Eden by Sandra Brown
3) All The Pretty Girls by J. T. Ellison
4) The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
5) Pint Size Traditions II by Lynette Jensen
6) Knit Two by Kate Jacobs
7) 1st to Die by James Patterson
8) 2nd Chance by James Patterson w/Andrew Gross
9) 3rd Degree by James Patterson w/Andrew Gross


1) 4th of July by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
2) 5th Horseman by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
3) The Sixth Target by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
4) 7th Heaven by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
5) Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox
6) The 8th Confession by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
7) Why Cats Do That: A Collection of Curious Kitty Quirks by Karen Anderson
8) Winter Games by John Cacombe
9) A Doctor’s Secret by Marie Ferrarella


1) 14 by J. T. Ellison
2) Mortal Remains by Henry Scammell
3) Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
4) Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life’s Adversities by Elizabeth Edwards
5) The Thomas Berryman Number by James Patterson
6) Season of the Machette by James Patterson


1) See How They Run by James Patterson
2) Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Micheal J. Fox
3) Hush Little Darlings by Judith Kelman
4) The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
5) Black Friday by James Patterson
6) The Midnight Club by James Patterson
7) Hide and Seek by James Patterson
8) When the Wind Blows by James Patterson


1) Cradle and All by James Patterson
2) Might As Well Laugh About it Now by Marie Osmond with Marcia Wilkie
3) A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall
4) Miracle on the 17th Green by James Patterson and Peter deJonge
5) The Beach House by James Patterson and Peter deJonge
6) Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
7) The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
8) Too Late to Say Goodbye by Ann Rule


1) The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver
2) The Lake House by James Patterson
3) Sam’s Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson
4) 13 Bullets by David Wellington


1) The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
2) 99 Coffins by David Wellington
3) Vampire Zero by David Wellington
4) 23 Hours by David Wellington
5) Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
6) The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
7) Diner’s Drive-Ins, and Dives: An All-American Road Trip by Guy Fieri with Ann Volkwein


1) The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
2) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3) Bad Blood: Freedon and Death in the White Mountains by Casey Sherman
4) Laced with Magic by Barbara Bretton


1) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
2) Honeymoon by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
3) Knit the Season: A Friday Night Knitting Club Novel by Kate Jacobs
4) Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
5) Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris
6) Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris
7) An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris

I plan on doing the same thing next year!!!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sheila
    Dec 30, 2009 @ 04:27:23

    Do you like mysteries? I love Peter Robinson. He is a very good writer with good characters.

  2. Vicki
    Dec 30, 2009 @ 10:23:36

    I’ve read most of the James Patterson books. Loved the 8 books in that series! I’ll have to check some of the others out.

  3. Pat Wys
    Dec 30, 2009 @ 10:54:01

    Wowzer I’m impressed. I have added some of your books to my future reading list!

  4. Janet
    Dec 30, 2009 @ 12:20:26

    Boy, that James Patterson is a busy man!

  5. Stacy
    Dec 30, 2009 @ 21:48:06

    Thanks for your comment on my blog! I hope you enjoy the knitting pattern. How fortunate you have some Bonsai!

    I just started listening to James Patterson books on audio and they are really good. I’ve read those three Charlaine Harris mysteries you have listed in December– she is great. I really enjoyed her Sookie Stackhouse novels.

  6. Pat
    Dec 30, 2009 @ 22:59:26

    Question: Do the smiley faces indicate books that were your favorites during the year? I admire how well you keep track of what you read, too!

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