At the beginning of the year, I signed on to do the annual book challenge on Goodreads. Last year I did 100 books, this year I decided to double it, and I think I just might accomplish my goal. To date, I have already read 175 books, a wide variety of genres.

200 Book Challenge in 2016 on Goodreads

  1. Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline by Ellis Nassour. New Read.Gave in depth background on Patsy Cline’s life, her rise to fame, and personal relationships. Friends, fellow celebrities, and family members share their memories of the late star.
  2. Reign: The Prophecy by Lily Blake. New Read. I really enjoyed this book. Love the show and getting a chance to read more about the adventures of King Francis, Queen Mary, Bash, Kenna, and the other Reign characters.
  3. Reign: Hysteria by Lily Blake. New Read. Another book I enjoyed.Loved reading about the continuing adventures of King Francis, Queen Mary, Bash, Kenna, Lola, and the other Reign characters I love from the CW show.
  4. Malice by Lisa Jackson. New Read. Another thriller filled with lots of twists and turns. Det. Rick Bentz is seeing things…his supposedly dead ex-wife, and receiving anonymous photos, and mysterious phone calls from someone claiming to be Jennifer. He flies back to Los Angeles to investigate, and find out once and for all who is messing with him.
  5. Most Likely to Die by Lisa Jackson, Beverly Barton, and Wendi Corsi Staub. New Read. This book had me hooked from start to finish. It had all the usual elements of a good thriller, but with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing all the way through it.
  6. Dark Storm by Christine Feehan. New Read. This is Dax and Riley’s story. This was another wonderful addition to the Dark/Carpathian series. I love that the author writes such strong female characters…such strong male characters too. I enjoyed seeing Gary Jansen and Jubal Sanders as secondary characters.
  7. Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. New Read. New Author. New Series. I am in love with this series. I had seen the movie, and liked it, but decided I wanted to read the books too. I’m glad I did.
  8. Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Another intriguing and entertaining addition to this new series. I’m really enjoying reading it, and am hoping that it turns out that Jace and Clary really aren’t siblings so they can be a couple.
  9. When Darkness Comes by Alexandra Ivy. New Read. New author. New Series. A little slow at first getting into it, but once there, I found myself enjoying what I was reading. And I definitely like Dante….
  10. The Celts: Life, Myth, and Art by Juliette Wood. New Read. Fascinating and informative read that gives you the history of the Celts, their social structure, religious beliefs, and their skill has warriors.  Their are wonderful illustrations and photography throughout that shows readers how masterful the Celts were not only at being warriors, but as artists and scholars as well.
  11. Mortal Instruments: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. New Read. I can’t get enough of this series. In this third book in the series, Clary, Jace, Luke, Simon, and the Lightwoods travel to the ancestral home of all Shadowhunters. Clary, in the hopes of finding a warlock who is suppose to have the key to bringing her mom out of her coma-like state, the others are there on official Shadowhunter business. Things go awry, as Valentine proceeds with his plans to take over the world, and everyone as to fight for their lives, among other things. Jocelyn is revived and shares an earth shattering revelation with her daughter that changes Clary and Jace’s lives forever.
  12. The Book of Kells:An Illustrated Introduction to the Manuscript in Trinity College, Dublin by Bernard Meehan. New read. This was a fascinating book to read. The Book of Kells is an amazing book of manuscripts created in Ireland.It is a masterpiece of medieval art that beautifully depicts the Four Gospels in full-page of illustrations of Christ, the Virgin, the Child, and Evangelists.
  13. Shaun Cassidy Scrapbook by Connie Berman. New Read. I’ve been a fan of Shaun’s ever since I first saw him on ‘The Hardy Boys”. I collected his records, books, had his posters on my walls as a teenager. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and learning things about him I never knew way back when.
  14. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Wow…another action and angst packed book in this series. I am absolutely hooked on it and am definitely a Jace/Clary girl.
  15. The City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Another action packed addition to the Mortal Instruments series. The stakes are even higher as Clary, Alex, Simon, Isabelle, and the others do everything they can to find Jace and rescue him from Sebastian’s evil clutches. From start to finish, I was hooked on every word, waiting breathlessly until Clary and Jace were finally back together again.
  16. The Celts: Prehistory to Present Day by John Davies. New read. This was a thoroughly fascinating read from cover to cover. In depth details of how the Celts first came into being, how their culture was formed, along with their beliefs, battle strategies, etc.
  17. When you Dare by Lori Foster. New Read. This is the first book I’ve read from Lori Foster, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Lots of action and enticing bits to keep me hooked as I read it from start to finish.
  18. Harry Potter and the Bible: The Menace Behind the Magick by Richard Abanes.New Read. This has been an interesting book to read. While the author does make some valid points about there being a lot of occultism written within the Harry Potter book series, I think that he takes a far too serious attitude about it. JK Rowling’s Harry Potter world is geared toward encouraging readers to expand their imaginations and wonder what it would be like to be able to have magical powers, go to Hogwart’s, fly on brooms, etc, and not geared toward enticing innocent children into delving into witchcraft at all.
  19. Thy Brother’s Blood by Larry Ward. New Read. This was a sweet story of two brothers fighting on different sides during the Civil War, and how it affected them both when it ended. Both were changed irreversibly by all that they had been through, but when reunited, they were grateful to just be brothers again, instead of enemies.
  20. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Sigh. Hated to come to the last book in this wonderful series. I fell in love with the characters, especially Clary and Jace, from the moment I picked up City of Bones. It’s been an action and angst packed series from start to finish, and will forever remain one of my favorites of all time.
  21. Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Simon wants to become a Shadowhunter, so he enrolls in the Shadowhunter Academy. Except for a brief bit at the beginning of the story, and a little at the end, Clary, Jace, Alec, Magnus, and Isabelle aren’t in it.
  22. Men of Danger by Lora Leigh, Red Garnier, Alexis Grant, and Lorie O’Clare. New read. These collection of four stories were very good. They were a little too short for my liking, but otherwise I found them very entertaining. “Hannah’s Luck” and “Reckless” were my favorites out of the stories..
  23. The Lost Herondale by Cassandra Clare. New read. Another interesting tale involving Simon Lewis as he deals with learning to become a Shadowhunter. Cameo appearances by both Isabelle and Clary made the story even better.
  24. Nothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare. New Reader. Simon is attending the new Shadowhunter Academy and finding it difficult to find common ground with the other pupils.
  25. Dolly’s Hero Shares Mighty Mountain Voices by Dorothy Jo Owens Parton, Javetta Saunders, and Jerry Horner. New read. Dolly Parton’s favorite aunt shares wonderful stories about the singer and many other of her family members in this heartwarming, spiritual enriching book.
  26. Gray Wolf by Zona Crabtree. New Read. This was a very good tale about a young Indian boy’s passage from boy into man and the adventures he has along the way.
  27. Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz. New read. I found it interesting to follow the author’s path as he relived his passion for the Civil War, by joining some reenactors, touring historical Civil War Battlefields, etc. Some of the things he witnesses first hand along the way, are very surprising, horrifying, and even a little dangerous.
  28. The Evil We Love by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Another Shadowhunter Academy story. Simon is finding it difficult being at the Academy…When Isabelle appears with her father, things get a bit more interesting as he starts to remember a little bit about how he used to feel about her. I enjoyed reading as it also gives the reader more back story on Valentine, Jocelyn, Luke, and the others who formed the ‘Circle’.
  29. The Runaway Racehorse by Ron Roy. New Read. It was cute.
  30. From the Mist by Kiki Thorpe. New Read. It was entertaining.
  31. Twister on Tuesday by Mary Pope Osborne. New Read. I liked that this book was not only entertaining, but educational too.
  32. The Zoo Crew by Carolyn Keene. New read. It was interesting to read a story about Nancy Drew and her best friends Bess Marvin and George Fayne at such a young age.
  33. A Collection for Kate by Barbara DeRubertis. New Read. It was a cute read.
  34. Just Lost by Gina Meyer. New Read. A book that teaches kids what to do when they are lost.
  35. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Paraish. New Read. This was a cute book.
  36. Clifford the Small Puppy by Norman Bridwell. New Read. I just love Clifford. A book that explains how he went from being a small puppy to being bigger than most houses.
  37. Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs. New Read. Another Temperance Brennan book. Very intense. Lots of action, along with some surprises I didn’t forsee.
  38. Pale Kings and Princes by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Simon’s back at Shadowhunter Academy after a summer break. A visit from Isabelle Lightwood lightens the somber mood of his classes, and brings the two of them closer than they’ve been since his memories were magically stripped away the year before.
  39. Bitter Tongue by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Simon and the rest of his class at Shadowhunter Academy are given a mission to complete, but when things go awry, Simon finds himself in a cage in Faerie. Mark Blackburn, along with Isabelle Lightwood, comes to his rescue. His meeting with the disowned Shadowhunter, turned member of the Wild Hunt, makes Simon thankful that although he hasn’t fully regained all the memories that were stripped from him, that he has people that not only love him, but remember him as well.
  40. Running Scared by Lisa Jackson. New Read. Jackson is a star at writing complex, intriguing, and thoroughly entertaining plots that keep her readers hooked from start to finish.
  41. Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader by Cassandra Clare(various other writers). New Read.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection of essays. I loved reading the imaginative and interesting insights of the  various authors had about the characters, plots, etc of the Mortal Instruments.
  42. Independence Day by Stephen Molstad. New Read. It was interesting reading this novelization of the hit movie by the same name. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  43. Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare. New Read. This book is an informative, as it is entertaining. Gives readers the inner works of what being a Shadowhunter is all about, from their history to their training to Downworlders, etc. Everything a lover of the Mortal Instruments books/movie/show would expect to find in it…and much, much more.
  44. Into the Darkness by V.C. Andrews. New Read.It has been years since I’ve read anything by this author. Her books just didn’t have the same draw for me as they did when she was still alive. This book was good, but it wasn’t as edgy or intense as I remember the Flowers in the Attic series being.
  45. Janie’s Freedom: African Americans in Aftermath of Civil War by Callie Smith Grant. New Read. I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and the characters likable. It is about a young girl named Janie, who along with four other children, flee from the plantation where they were once slaves, and travel to Chicago to find work as free people. Along the way, they meet and are helped by some kind Quaker people who show them that they need not be fearful of all white people.
  46. Jennie’s War:The Home Front in World War 2 by Bonnie Hinman. New Read. This was another enjoyable read. Likeable characters written against the backdrop of World War 2.
  47. Maria Takes A Stand by NormaJean Lutz. New Read. This is a very good series for young girls/women to read. Each book has values to be learned for readers. The plot of this story was about a young girl named Maria who believes she can be or do anything a boy can do, and is encouraged along the way to participate in the Woman’s Suffrage Movement.
  48. Rachel and the Riot:The Labor Movement Divides a Family. New Read. Another entertaining story which teaches valuable lessons about acceptance of others, how to make compromises, etc.
  49. Maggie’s Dare by NormaJean Lutz. New Read. Another good read. Young Maggie realizes that your station in life isn’t what really matters, but how you treat others does. This series really is written well and is a good one for young girls to read as it teaches them about kindness, compassion, God, that they are capable of doing anything they set their minds too, etc.
  50. Stealing South: A Story of the Underground Railroad by Katharine Ayres. New Read. This was a very good book. Geared toward young adults, it is a tale of a young  man full of convictions, whose made it a point to assist slaves in reaching freedom.
  51. The Vow by Kim and Krickett Carpenter. New Read. This was an inspiring book to read. Kim and Krickett’s love story is a wonderful testament to not only their love for one another, but their deep and abiding love for God.
  52. Allegiance by Timothy Zahn. New Read. Everything I expected a Timothy Zahn SW book to have: Action, excitement, well written plot, interesting new characters mixing with canon favorites. Loved seeing Han, Luke. Leia, and Chewbacca back in a new adventure.
  53. Mortal Instruments City of Bones Shadowhunter’s Guide by Mimi O’Connor. New Read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this short  book about the Mortal Instruments World of Shadowhunters, Downworlders, and Mundanes.
  54. Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells. New Read. So great to read another great Star Wars adventure with Leia, Han, Luke, and Chewie at the center of it. This book had great details, a well thought out plot, filled with lots of action and excitement.
  55. Star Wars The Wookie Storybook by Eleanor Ehrbardt. New Read. This  was a cute story about Chewbacca and his family.
  56. Star Wars Episode 1 Journal: Anakin Skywalker by Todd Strasser. New Read. This is a cute storybook geared toward younger readers, told in young Anakin Skywalker’s own words, as he experienced those first several days of meeting Jedis Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi Wan Kenobi, as well as the Naboo Queen, Padme Amidala. I enjoyed it.
  57. Star Wars Rebels: Ezra’s Gamble by Ryder Windham. New read. This was an entertaining story with action and adventure to delight readers.
  58. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger. New Read. This was a very weird book to read.
  59. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. New Read. I found this book to be an entertaining read, with some interesting characters. My favorites were Ethan, Lena and Macon. There were parts of the book that seemed to drag for me, especially when it involved some of the secondary characters, especially those of the bullying kids of the high school that Lena and Ethan attended. I detest bullies and these ones were pretty bad, especially since they seemed to have their parents approval to continue with it.
  60. Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Official Ilustrated Companion to the Movie. New Read. Love, love, love this book. Great pics. Lots of info on the characters, actors, author Cassandra Clare, etc.
  61. Days of Our Lives: A Tour Through Salem by Lorraine Zenka. New Read. I really enjoyed reading this book with all its behind-the-scenes info on the DOOL characters, their love lives, locations of their homes, and other important places in Salem.
  62. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. New Read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. A new cast of characters, but Shadowhunters and Downworlders too. Tessa, Will, and Jem are my favorite characters.
  63. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. New Read. This was another entertaining read. I liked the further development of the characters and the fact that despite all the obstacles that were presented to him, Ethan was determined to help Lena, even if it meant finding out that she really didn’t want to be with him anymore.
  64. Sleepy Hollow: The Show Companion:Companion to the Hit TV Show by Tara Bennett. New Read. Absolutely loved this book. Lots of great pictures of the cast and assorted characters throughout the first two seasons of the show, along with entertaining and informative interviews from all the cast, the director, costume designer, etc. A must have for any Sleepy Hollow fan.
  65. Eight Tales of Terror by Edgar Allan Poe. New Read. These stories were a little bizarre/creepy than they were scary….but then that’s Poe for you.
  66. The Battle of Milroy Station: A Novel of the Nature of True Courage by Robert H. Fowler. New Read. This was a very entertaining story to read. Told from the main character’s POV or through his letters back home to his family, during the Civil War, he shares the details of his involvement via working as a clerk in the War Department, and also afterwards when he is actually on the battlefield.
  67. Black Cats and Four Leaf Clovers by Harry Oliver. New Read. This was a fascinating book about the origins of superstitions. Some of the superstitions I have heard before, but many of them I have not.
  68. Star Wars Head to Head Tag Teams by Pablo Hidalgo. New Read. A fun read about different possible set ups between the many different characters throughout the films, and books..
  69. Star Wars The Clone Wars Head to Head by Pablo Hidalgo. New Read. Another fun read. I’m not as familiar with the characters of the Animated Clone Wars series, so it was interesting to find out about the many different ones that were brought to life in it, along with a mix of all the other SW characters I’ve known.
  70. Star Wars Head to Head by Pablo Hidalgo. New Read. I enjoyed this book. It matched up Master Yoda in a dual with Darth Vader, among other interesting fights.
  71. Star Wars: Where’s The Wookie: A Search and Find Activity Book. New Read. It was entertaining. I enjoyed it.
  72. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Am thoroughly enjoying this series. I am enchanted with the world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders. My favorite characters are Tessa, Will, Jem, and Charlotte…but I like some of the others as well. And love having Magnus Bane in this series too.
  73. A Christine Feehan Holiday Treasury by Christine Feehan. New Read. This is the first time that I’ve read any stories from Christine Feehan that weren’t Carpathian or Ghost Walker related, but I thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. Each of the three stories had strong plots, strong characters, and were filled with angst, romance, action, and excitement to make them thoroughly entertaining.
  74. Street Game by Christine Feehan. New Read. It has been a while since I dived into the Ghostwalker world, and I had forgotten just how much I loved it. Strong, heroic men and women who use their enhanced abilities to fight against the evils of the worlds. This was Mack and Jaimie’s story.
  75. Predatory Game by Christine Feehan. New Read. This book starts off different than the others do. It is also a lot less action packed, something I’ve come to expect with this series. I do like Jess and Saber….and another thing, they are both Ghostwalkers, but neither of them ever picked up on the other’s special ‘abilities’..it just seems a little off to me…love this series though…
  76. Ruthless Game by Christine Feehan. New Read. This is Kane and Rose’s story. From start to finish, this book was filled with action, angst, romance, and familial bonds. I loved it!. Kane and Rose are now one of my favorite Ghostwalker couples.
  77. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Wow…just wow…this book ties things up rather nicely…we get to experience the love between Tessa and Jem, Will and Tessa, and the amazing love one can hold for his/her parabatai. There was lots of action, some plot twists I didn’t see happening, and I thoroughly enjoyed all of it.
  78. Samurai Game by Christine Feehan. New Read. This book had it all, action, excitement, humor, and sizzling romance. It is Sam and Azami’s (Thorn) story. I enjoyed reading it.
  79. Titanic:unsinkable Book 1 by Gordon Korman. New read.This was a cute book, geared more toward children than adults.
  80. Farscape the Illustrated Companion by Paul Simpson and David Hughes. New Read. I really enjoyed going behind the scenes of Farscape, and reading about how the show came together, interviews with the cast and crew, and summaries of all the season one episodes.
  81. Farscape The Illustrated Season 2 Companion by Paul Simpson and David Hughes. New read. Another in-depth behind the scenes of the making of Farscape Season 2. Loved it.
  82. What Really Happened in Peru by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Magnus Bane is such a fun character to read about. He’s so flamboyant and full of life that even when he is danger, he’s at his best.
  83. The Runaway Queen by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Another fantastic tale of trouble only Magnus can get himself into and out of.
  84. Farscape The Illustrated Season 3 Companion by Paul Simpson. New Read. I really enjoyed reading this book, and getting all the ‘behind the scenes’ info from the cast and crew about how they put the third season together and what went into it.
  85. Scones, and Edmund Herondale. New Read. I am really enjoying going back in time and meeting some of the parents of our favorite Shadowhunters as children or young adults. In this story, we learn about Will’s father and how he came to make the decision to no longer be a Shadowhunter because he fell in love.
  86. Farscape the Illustrated Season 4 Companion by Paul Simpson. New Read. I was sad to come to the end of this book, as I was when the series was canceled. Another interesting read of episode summaries, cast and crew interviews, and all the behind-the-scenes making of the fourth season.
  87. Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn From Them by Liz Curtis Higgs. New Read. The author gives readers a lot to think about while reading this book. Her fictional stories gives us a modern spin to each woman’s story from the Bible- (Eve, Delilah, Lot’s Wife, Potiphar’s Wife, The Woman at the Well, etc), and follows up with Biblical questions and quotations that gets the reader thinking about how the lessons apply to their own lives.
  88. The Midnight Heir by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Loved, loved, loved this story as it not only has Magnus in it, but also Will, Tessa, and Jem too.
  89. The Rise of the Hotel Dumort by Cassandra Clare. New Read. These short stories are such entertaining fun. Can’t help wanting to know what kind of mischief Magnus is going to get into next.
  90. Saving Raphael Santiago by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Aw this one was a little on the sweet side with Magnus mentoring a very, very young Raphael.
  91. The Fall of the Hotel Dumort by Cassandra Clare.New Read. Who knew Magnus would be opposed to drugs? Especially vampires amped up on drugged blood? Despite being a fun and adventure loving warlock, he also has deep feelings and is very loyal to the people he cares about.
  92. What to Buy The Shadowhunter Who Has Everything? By Cassandra Clare. New Read. Lovely story…sweet Malec love and an appearance by Isabelle too.

 

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth. New Read. This is a wonderful book. Well written, great plot, and characters that are not only believable, but lovable as well. Well, some of them are…others you might just want to shoot instead.
  2. Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination of Abraham Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly. New Read. This was a very good book. It reads like a story, but it is a bio. it details the events of the last ten days of Lincoln’s life, and gives us a blow by blow look into John Wilkes Booth’s mind as his plan came together.
  3. The Last Stand of the New York Institute by Cassandra Clare. Another wonderful story in the Bane Chronicles. This one tells of Valentine’s Circle and the horrible things they did in the name of the Nephilm. It also introduces to a baby Clary Fray.
  4. Great American Ghost Stories by Frank D. Sherry. New read. A number of the stories included in this book I did like, but there were some that were just plain bizarre or really boring…something I wasn’t expecting because the authors of the stories are some of the best known in the horror genre.
  5. Insurgent by Veronica Roth. New Read. Another action and angst packed story. Tris and Four  fight against insurmountable odds, and each other at times, to make sure that the world they were born into becomes a better one for future generations.
  6. The Course of True Love(And First Dates) by Cassandra Clare. New Read. This was such an interesting and entertaining read. Poor Alec. He just doesn’t know the first thing about first dates, or dating at all for that matter, and Magnus doesn’t help him out much.
  7. Communion:A True Story by Whitley Streiber. New read. This was a very fascinating read. Though it sometimes seemed clinical in its telling, I was drawn to the very vivid details of the author’s true life retelling of his personal experience with what he believes were extraterrestrials.
  8. Allegiant by Veronica Roth. New Read. Wow…what an amazing and heartbreaking end to this wonderful book series. Sigh. Tris and Four forever.
  9. Blood Lite 3:The Aftertaste by Kevin J. Anderson. New Read. This is anthology of short stories written by some of the best paranormal writers. I thought all were entertaining, some a bit gory, but overall enjoyable to read. My favorite stories were “V Plates” by Kelley Armstrong and “I Was A Teenage Bigfoot” by Jim Butcher.
  10. The Little House Cookbook:Frontier Foods From Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Classic Stories by Barbara M. Walker. New Read.. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the excerpts taken from the Little House books, combined with the history of pioneer cooking, how it differs from modern day cooking, and the many ways in which those pioneer recipes we first read about in the Little House stories were adapted so that they could be cooked in modern stoves, etc or explained so that modern day cooks could experience what it was like to make them like Ma Ingalls or Mother Wilder and other pioneer women did.
  11. Beauty and the Beast: Portrait of Love by Wendy Pini. New Read. Sigh. A wonderful story that shows the depth of love and commitment between Vincent and Catherine.
  12. Beauty and the Beast: Night of Beauty by Wendy Pini. New Read. This story was beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. Catherine and Vincent’s love has always been so strong and encompassing, and now, it is truly timeless as well.
  13. Bittersweet by Linda Cushman. New Read. The Civil War is in full swing, and as she faces poverty, hunger, the loss of loved ones, and other atrocities that would have made a less stronger woman give up, Anna Lee Pepper instead decides to trust God to see her and her children through. The story is set in and around the area of Missouri that I live in(also where the author lives as well), and made the many events that occur in it even more real to me.
  14. The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries #1: Origins by Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson, created by L.J.Smith. New read. Even though I already know some of this backstory for the Salvatore brothers, it was great reading the whole story of how they both were bewitched by Katherine and ended up becoming vampires. A book every fan of the tv show needs to have in their collection.
  15. CSI:Body of Evidence by Max Allan Collins. New Read. A very interesting and entertaining book. I enjoyed it very much.
  16. Hell House by Richard Matheson. New Read. A scientist, his wife, and two mediums go to this supposedly haunted house for a week. The scientist to prove that the house isn’t haunted.One of the mediums to prove that it is, and the other medium returns to the house where he had experienced some terrible things as a younger man. The events that follow are very bizarre and unnerving.
  17. The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries #2: Bloodlust by Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson, created by L.J. Smith. New Read. I am enjoying taking a walk down memory lane of Stefan’s past, learning interesting new tidbits that further flesh out how his life changed once he became a vampire.
  18. The Witch in the waiting Room by Robert S.Bobrow M.D. New Read. This was a fascinating book to read. The author includes details of actual scientific experiments on various individuals to see whether their symptoms were caused naturally or supernaturally. Other cases documented prayer as a form of healing, and I was surprised to learn that between the 1980s and 1990s, the US government funneled somewhere between eleven and twenty million dollars to support the efforts of three psychics working at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, whom they consulted with over two hundred times. This was revealed in an article from the Washington Post, “Pentagon HAs Spent Millions on Tips From a Trio of Psychics; CSI Wants to Shut Down Paranormal Study” which came out on November 29, 1995.
  19. Inside Divergent; The Initiate’s World by Cecilia Bernard. New Read. A great companion piece to the Divergent series of books, and movies too. A must have for Divergent fans.
  20. Four by Veronica Roth. New Read. This indepth look into the factions, characters etc, is another look into the minds of Four, Tris, and other vampires. I enjoyed it.
  21. Chase the Wind by Condy Holby. New Read. Wow. I read a lot of books, and only a small amount ever move me as much as this one did. So well written, the characters captivating, etc. This book had everything a historical/romance novel needed in it: Beautiful love stories, fast paced action sequences, heart-wrenching moments, and tender ones as well.
  22. Free Four by Veronica Roth. New Read. This is just a book complied of excerpts of the other books, but told from Four’s P.O.V instead of Tris’s. I enjoyed reading it.
  23. Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich. New Read. A wonderfully entertaining read. Filled with lots of action, humor, Morelli and Ranger.
  24. Dark Ghost by Christine Feehan. New Read. This is Andre and Teagan’s story. This book had everything you expect to have: hot romance, action, humor, tenderness, and the undying love between lifemates.
  25. This was an interesting look into the Duggars lives and how the teaching of their parents has given all the Duggar children the tools they need to navigate life in the world we live in.
  26. The Vampire Diaries:The Return: Nightfall #1 by L.J. Smith. New Read. Going back to the book world of VD is always interesting, and I found it quite different, but entertaining at the same time.
  27. Never Die Alone by Lisa Jackson. New Read. Another heart pounding, pulse racing, plot twisting tale featuring Bentz and Montoya. Two serial killers from the past make a reappearance, alerting Bentz and Montoya that their jobs are far from over.
  28. The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Shadow Souls #2 by L.J.Smith. New Read. Elena and friends are determined to break Stefan out of the prison in the Dark Dimension. They face many challenges, but together they are victorious and Stefan is finally free from his prison cell and reunited with Elena.
  29. The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight. New Read. This is the conclusion of the trilogy. It was an entertaining book to read. The characters, the relationships with one another, the plots, are so different than those of the tv series, that it’s almost as if I’m reading about totally new characters, instead of familiar ones.
  30. Christopher’s Diary:Secrets of Foxworth by V.C. Andrews. New Read. I was surprised to find that I enjoyed this book. As Kristin reads Christopher Dollanganger’s diary, she finds herself responding to what is written as if she is living the events herself…and I found myself feeling drawn along with her for the ride.
  31. Fifty Years in Polygamy:Big Secrets and Little White Lies by Kristyn Decker. New Read. This was a heartwrenching book to read. I feel so much for the years of cruelty the author went through at the hands of the men in her life, all in the name of the FLDS religion.
  32. Christopher’s Diary: Echoes of Dollangangers by V.C. Andrews. New read. Wow. As I did the first book in this series, I liked what I was reading. Against her father’s wishes, Kristin shares the rest of the reading of the diary with her boyfriend Kane, who suggests that they ‘pretend’ to be Christopher and Cathy so they could better understand and feel what the siblings were experiencing better. While doing this, their own relationship becomes more intimate. At the end of the book was a startling revelation that I hadn’t expected and what actually got the ‘wow’ comment from me.
  33. Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. New read. A lot of plot twisting and chaos going on in the Caster/Mortal world. Ethan and his lady love Lena are at the center of it all, and as the chaos and destruction builds in Gatlin, the death count rises, until one of them makes the ultimate choice to save the rest.
  34. Beautiful Redepmtion by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. New Read. This was a wonderful, yet heartbreaking end to this series. The best part of it was when Lena and Ethan were reunited.
  35. Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs. New Read. Another fantastic story. I was hooked from start to finish.
  36. The Duggars: 20 and Counting by Jim-Bob and Michelle Duggar. New read. I found this book to be enlightening and entertaining.
  37. Bones on Ice by Kathy Reichs. New Read. Another thoroughly fascinating and intriguing story. Love this series.
  38. Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs. New Read. A re-appearance of a serial killer from their past, reunites Temperance Brennan and Andrew Ryan. They put their on-again, off-again relationship on hold to catch the bad guys before more bodies fall.
  39. Hunger Games Tribute Guide by Emily Seife. New Read. An entertaining guide to all things Hunger Games.
  40. Swamp Bones by Kathy Reichs. New Read. Temperance heads to Florida for vacation, but ends up in a murder/mystery involving Pythons and Poachers.
  41. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. New Read. I cannot imagine living in a world like Katniss Everdeen, where kids/teens are pitted together to fight to the death all in the name of a government sanctioned/controlled game.
  42. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. New Read. Katniss and Peeta are back home and living in Victor Village…but everything is not hunky dory. They and everyone they love are threatened by President Snow and Capitol Peacekeepers. Nearly every decision they make is being controlled, but both find the strength and courage to resist nevertheless, buoying a growing resistance with each move they make.
  43. Darkest Before Dawn by Maya Banks. New Read. Have I mentioned before how much I love this series? This is Hancock and Honor’s story. Who would have thought that Hancock, out of all the Alpha Males in this series, could actually have a heart? Meeting Honor changes his whole outlook on life and makes him a better man.
  44. Beautiful Creatures: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Mark Cotta Vaz. New Read. This was a fun and entertaining book to read. It had everything a fan of the movie and the Caster Chronicles series of books would find in a movie companion book.
  45. Essence: This Girl Child Wants to Tell You Her Story by Glenn Woods. New Read. I usually love stories about Ghosts and the Civil War, but not this one. It was just really hard to stay interested in. I don’t know if it was the pacing or plot or even the way the writer wrote it. Maybe it was all three of those things…
  46. Words from a Fearless heart by Laura Ingalls Wilder.New Read. This was an enjoyable book to read. Filled with warm and witty wisdom from Laura Ingalls Wilder.
  47. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling. Re-read. A lovely story about a boy who lived in a cupboard, and found out that he had magical powers.
  48. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling. Re-read. Another plot twisting tale revolving around Harry and his two best friends, Ron and Hermoine.
  49. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K.Rowling. Re-read. Another wizarding tale with Harry and his friends.
  50. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. New Read. Harry, Ron, and Hermoine experience another plot twisting tale of adventure and the ever increasing awareness that evil is rising again.
  51. Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. New Read. Another action packed tale. Harry, Ron, Hermoine, and many other people face even more threats and danger as they continue to fight against the evil Lord Voldemort.
  52. Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling. New Read. Another hair raising tale of excitement and danger for Harry Potter, her best friends Hermoine Granger and Ron Weasley, and the rest of the characters. I really reading this book.
  53. Twang:The Ultimatum Book of Country Music Quotations by Raymond Obstfeld. New Read. A thoroughly entertaining read. A book every lover of Country Music should have on their bookshelves.
  54. Proclamation of Son Ahman, Even Jesus Christ, To All The Peoples of the Earth, Even My Holy Will To Warn All of My Judgment Upon All Peoples by Warren Jeffs. New Read. Twisted writings of an equally twisted mind.
  55. A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows by Diana Gabaldon. New Read. I loved learning more about Roger’s parents, especially his Dad, and finding out that Jerry had a very similar experience to Claire’s, although he returned to his time a lot more quickly than she did.
  56. The Space Between by Diana Gabaldon. New Read. I really enjoy reading these shorter stories about some of the lesser characters in the Outlander series, and seeing how their lives are intertwined with those of Jamie, Claire, and the rest. I think Joan will make Michael happy, and I loved reading of Claire and Jenny’s reunion.
  57. The Living Dead by John Joseph Adams(editor). New Read. To anyone who loves reading or watching movies about Zombies, this is the book for them. The stories went from the bizarre to eerily realistic. My favorite stories out of all of them were the ones written by Laurell K. Hamilton, Stephen King, and George R. R. Martin.
  58. Strange:True stories of the Mysterious and Bizarre by Colin Wilson. New Read. This was a fascinating book to read. Some of the interesting cases he included were Jack the Ripper, the Curse of King Tut’s Tomb, UFO Abductions and Sightings, Witchcraft, Vampires, Zombies, and Werewolves, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
  59. Vampires:Myths, Legends, and Lore by Aubrey Sherman. New Read. This was a fascinating and entertaining read. The author not only gives you in-depth  information about the varied legends revolving around vampires, but also about witches and werewolves too, and how they co-relate to one another. Also included are many pop references from some of the most known paranormal, horror, and suspense authors like Laurell K. Hamilton, Anne Rice, and Bram Stoker.  A must have reference book for anyone who loves vampires.
  60. We Need to Dream All This Again: An Account of Crazy Horse, Custer, and the battle for the Black Hills by Bernard Pomerance. New Read. This was a very interesting book. All written in the POV of Crazy Horse, Red Cloud, Sitting Bull and the other Native Americans who were involved with the Battle for the Black Hills.
  61. Dracula Night by Charlaine Harris. New Read. This was a fun story to read. Sookie attends a party at Fangtasia and things go so wrong when a wannabe Dracula, causes problems for her and Eric.
  62. One Word Answer by Charlaine Harris. New Read. Another fun story to read. Loved having Bill there as a friend, when Sookie receives unwelcome news from an uninvited guest.
  63. The Fiery Trial by Cassandra Clare. New Read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Along with Simon, Clary and Jace, Alec and Magnus, Emma and Julian, and more of the Shadowhunters characters come together to celebrate Emma and Julian becoming Parabatai.
  64. Born to Endless Night by Cassandra Clare. New read. Another lovely addition to the Shadowhunters saga. Malec and a baby, lots of yummy Jace and Clary, Isabelle and Simon…
  65. Angels Twice Descending by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Simon’s day of Ascension as arrived and he’s nervous. Not of becoming a Nephilim, but whether or not drinking from the Mortal Cup will change everything about him…fortunately, everything goes fine and he’s finally a Shadowhunter. But something goes terribly wrong when his friend George Lovelace drinks from the cup…and Simon’s joy at being a Shadowhunter is overshadowed by grief.
  66. The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill:Forts, Fights & Other Sites by Jeff Barnes. New Read. This was a fascinating and interesting book to read. I was thoroughly engaged in it from start to finish. A must have book for any collector of books about the Old West/Pony Express.
  67. Walks the Fire by Stephanie Grace Whitson. New Read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Jesse King is found injured on the prairie by Rides the Wind and taken back to his village. Over time, Jesse adapts to living in the village, and falls in love with Rides the Wind. They share a happy life together until tragedy strikes, and Jesse is kidnapped by another brave and sold off to a white man who returns her to live among her own people.
  68. Soaring Eagle by Stephanie Grace Whitson. New Read. This is the 2nd Book in the Prairie Winds Trilogy. Soaring Eagle is the son of Rides the Wind and Walks in Fire…his whole way of life as a Lakota Sioux is under attack. He has only two choices to continue to walk a bitter and angry path toward death or to accept God and find a way to live like a white man.
  69. Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder. New Read. This was a fascinating and interesting look. Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family have been an interest of mine ever since I first read the Little House books when I was a child. This version of her biography holds some never before seen material, along with different references to her work, and includes new tidbits about her family and assorted other familiar characters from her books and from her life.
  70. Red Bird by Stephanie Grace Whitson. New Read. This is the 3rdbook in the Prairie Winds Trilogy.This was a wonderful conclusion to the trilogy of books. Red Bird and Soaring Eagle have found their way to one another at last.
  71. Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon. New read. This was great fun to read. I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it as much as I did, because Jamie and Claire, Brianna and Roger aren’t in it…but I did.
  72. Lord John and the Hell Fire Club by Diana Gabaldon. New Read. Another fun read. Lord John is quite the character and so are some of his acquaintances.
  73. Lord John and the Succubus by Diana Gabaldon. New Read. This was another fun read about Lord John and his Exploits.
  74. Lord John and the Haunted Soldier by Diana Gabaldon. New Read. Another fun tale with Lord John.
  75. Lord John and the Hand of Devils by Diana Gabaldon. New Read. Another thoroughly entertaining book to read.
  76. The Outlandish Companion Vol 2. By Diana Gabaldon. New Read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this informative and entertaining companion book to the Outlander books series.
  77. Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon. New Read. I really enjoyed reading this book, learning more about Lord John, and especially liked the bits and pieces throughout where Jamie Fraser made an appearance.
  78. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen. New Read. Another nail biting murder mystery for our favorite detective/M.E. duo to solve. This was an intriguing case with many different twists and turns.…
  79. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. New Read. This is the last book in the Hunger Games series…it was filled with lots of action, but angst too as Katniss, Gale, and Peeta work through their own personal turmoil during a backdrop of chaos and confusion. Lots of lives have been lost, including someone close to Katniss.
  80. Paranormal State by Ryan Buell and Stefan Petrucha. New Read. Interesting behind the scenes look of how PRS(Pennsylvania Research Society) was founded, and how the A&E Tv show Paranormal State came to fruition. Book gives details about Ryan Buell’s life and other members of PRS,and why they became interested in being Ghost Hunters.
  81. Viper Game by Christine Feehan. New read. This is Wyatt and Pepper’s story. This is one of my favorite stories out of the whole Ghostwalker stories.Maybe its because of the babies. Maybe its because the story is steeped in family and home, something a good many of the Ghostwalkers don’t have, until they form ones with their teams.
  82. The Everything Ghost Hunting Book: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Exploring the Supernatural World by Melissa Martin Ellis. New Read. This was a very informative book geared to give the amateur ghost hunter the tools and training they need to explore the supernatural world.
  83. The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries #4 Craving By Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson. New read. I am really enjoying this series of books which gives the back story of vampire brothers Damon and Stefan Salvatore before they arrive back in their hometown of Mystic Falls and meet Elena and her friends.
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