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Month in Review - January

So I've been posting more this month. I don't know if twice a week is going to keep up, but I'll be happy if I can put together a post at least once a week.

So far I've finished 11 books this month on my goal to 100.

Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
The Full Moon Bride by Shobian Bantwal (book club pick)
Night Moves by Stephanie Tyler
Switched by Amanda Hocking
Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas
Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas (color coded reading challenge)
Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
Covet by J.R. Ward
Crave by J.R. Ward
Envy by J.R. Ward
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

Book Quote - Prozac Nation

I was going through files on my computer and found a word doc with this quote. I don't know why I kept it, but I really like it.

…some things are just meant to be:
Sid will always find Nancy, Tom will always hook up with Roseanne and Ted (truly a reprobate case) will manage to be involved, in tandem, with both Sylvia and another woman who died with her head in the oven, F. Scott will always recognize his Zelda, Samson will always fall for Delilah, and Jason would wed Medea all over again, even if he were fully apprised of their marriage’s macabre denouement.
Do I detect a pattern?

--Prozac Nation
--Good Morning Heartache/245

20 Books to Read Before They're Adapted into 2012 Movies

I had no idea what to write about and I didn't want to not post anything since I'm challenging myself to come up with something at least twice a week.  Then I saw this article over on
20 Books to Read Before They're Adapted into 2012 Movies

Here is the list of 20 books:
One for the Money by Janet Evonovhch I've read the books up to like number 13 and then gave up, I'm probably not going to see the movie.
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill I'm not into horror movies so I'll be passing on this one
The Vow by Kim and Krickett Carpenter I'm seeing this!
The Lorax by Dr. Suess I'm seeing this!
John Carter on Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs I'm not seeing this
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins I'm seeing this! I just started the book...I know I'm a little late in starting, I've had the audiobook for awhile now just haven't listened to it.
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks I'm not seeing this
The Wettest County in the World by Matt …

Books in the Mail!

I love coming home to find a box of books waiting for me. I got quite a random collection of them today.

The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton  - The first book in her Play-by-Play series.

Jane Austen Made Me Do It - Original stories inspired by literature's most astute observer of the human heart.

Broetry by Brian McGackin  - Poems changed to speak to the everyday guy.

The Death of James Dean by Warren Newton Beath  - This one's been sitting on my wish list for awhile now and I finally broke down and ordered it.

Blue Title - Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas

Blue-Eyed Devil (Travises #2)
by Lisa Kleypas

MEET THE BLUE-EYED DEVIL - His name is Hardy Cates. He's a self-made millionaire who comes from the wrong side of the tracks. He's made enemies in the rough-and-tumble ride to the top of Houston's oil industry. He's got hot blood in his veins. And vengeance on his mind.
 MEET THE HEIRESS - She's Haven Travis. Despite her family's money, she refuses to set out on the path they've chosen for her. But when Haven marries a man her family disapproves of, her life is set on a new and dangerous course. Two years later, Haven comes home, determined to guard her heart. And Hardy Cates, a family enemy, is the last person she needs darkening her door or setting her soul on fire.
 WATCH THE SPARKS FLY....Filled with Lisa Kleypas's trademark sensuality, filled with characters you love to hate and men you love to love, Blue-Eyed Devil will hold you captive in its storytelling power as the destiny of two people…

January Book Club - The Full Moon Bride

The Full Moon Bride
by Shobhan Bantwal

What makes a marriage—love or compatibility? Passion or pragmatism? Shobhan Bantwal's compelling new novel explores the fascinating subject of arranged marriage, as a young Indian-American woman navigates the gulf between desire and tradition. . .
 To Soorya Giri, arranged marriages have always seemed absurd. But while her career as an environmental lawyer has flourished, Soorya is still a virgin, living with her parents in suburban New Jersey. She wants to be married. And she is finally ready to do the unthinkable. . .
 Soorya's first bridal viewings are as awkward as she anticipated. But then she's introduced to Roger Vadepalli. Self-possessed, intelligent, and charming, Roger is clearly interested in marriage and seems eager to clinch the deal. Attracted to him in spite of her mistrust, Soorya is also drawn into a flirtation with Lou, a widowed colleague who is far from her family's idea of an acceptable husband. I…

2012 Color Coded Reading Challenge

I had said I wasn't going to do any reading challenges in 2012, but then I saw this one and thought that it sounded fun! So I'm going to participate in just this one challenge.

Here are the rules:
*Read nine books in the following categories.
1. A book with "Blue" in the title.
2. A book with "Red" in the title.
3. A book with "Yellow" in the title.
4. A book with "Green" in the title.
5. A book with "Brown" in the title.
6. A book with "Black" in the title.
7. A book with "White" in the title.
8. A book with any other color in the title (Purple, Orange, Turquoise, Pink, Magneta, etc.).
9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.).

Amanda Hocking Book Signing

On Tuesday (1/3) I went to a local Barnes & Noble for Amanda Hocking book singing and release for her book Switch the first book in her Trylle Trilogy.

She talked about writing, self-publishing, and making the change to sign with a publisher. It was all very interesting. Then she read the prologue from Switched and snagged me! The book had sounded intriguing which is why I went, (I like getting books signed) I figured that the book would end up in my TBR pile. I'm starting Switched right after I finish writing this blog post!

After her reading we got our books signed. A friend had come with me and after hearing the prologue decided she wanted to get the book too.

I'm going to go start this now!

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

I posted this over on the CNJ-JASNA blog and felt I should share it too since I used this quote all over on Saturday. Happy New Year!

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: On Saturday I posted this quote:
Bringing in a New Year is all about second chances. This year, we vow, we will do it right. We have a second chance to take better care of ourselves. We have a second chance to be kinder, wiser, and better human beings.

For the life of me I couldn't figure out where I had found this post at and was getting mad at myself for not being about to find the source. I posted it any way and also commented that I couldn't find where I had found it, well I am sad to admit that on the last day of 2011 the Librarian Force (very similar to the Jedi Force but geared towards Librarian-esque powers) was not strong with me. A friend found the information and only after I saw her reply to me did I realize that I had the source information in my grasp the whole time and just didn't realize it f…

2011 Year in Review - Men in Uniform Challenge

I had assumed I would be reading at the Captain level reading between 11-15 books. I read 31, again I underestimated myself. Even if I take off audio books and the one book that brought a small debate about what a uniform is I still beat my estimate.

Men in Uniform Challenge

January Say it Again, Sam by Mary McBride (former member of Delta Force now the town Constable)The Admiral's Bride by Suzanne BrockmannPrince Joe by Suzanne Brockmann Forever Blue by Suzanne BrockmannFebruary SEALed with a Kiss by Mary Margret DaughtridgeSEALed with a Promise by Mary Margret DaughtridgeSEALed with a Ring by Mary Margret DaughtridgeFrisco's Kid by Suzanne Brockmann Everyday Average Jones by Suzanne BrockmannMarch Harvard's Education by Suzanne BrockmannHawken's Heart by Suzanne BrockmannCritical Care by Candace Calvert (may or may not be a man in uniform getting mixed opinions from people that a Dr. that wears scrubs every day is or isn't considered a uniform)Disaster Status by Can…

2011 Year in Review - Support your Local Library Challenge

I have library cards to 3 different libraries. 1 is my local public library, 2 is the library system/branch I work for and the 3 is a library that allows all librarians to have a card. I checked at least one book out from each of them, but of course more from the library system/branch I work at.

I put myself down for checking out 30 books. I would like to know in what world, I thought I would only be checking out 30 books. I checked out 87 books, even if I take off the audio books I still completely beat my goal of 30!

I think this is an easy one for me, it just means taking books home from work with me.

I'm going to aim for:
The Mini – Check out and read 30 library books.

The Admiral's Bride by Suzanne BrockmannThe Gift by Nora Roberts Suite 606 by J.D. RobbClaude & Camille by Stephanie Cowell Tall, Dark, and Dangerous by Suzanne BrockmannFebruary  Fannie's last supper : re-creating one amazing meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 cookbook by Christopher KimballA…