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This last year was a very slow reading year- academically challenging but not conducive to leisure time.

So I am shooting for 5 books in each category again - but maybe this year I will complete the challenge.
Total 70 books

1. Dusty Tomes- Books on the shelves prior to 2010
2. History- American or World
3. 1001 Books to read before you die-
4. Science- Not related to textbooks
5. Mystery- Elementary my Dear Watson
6. Adventure- Or just the Clive Cussler- since he dominates this category.
7. Self-Suffiency/ Hobby Farming- An Education for my Hermitage
8. Werewolves- Furry Noctural Beast
9. Other mythical creatures- Beast of the non furred or fanged persausion.
10. Historical Fiction- The Good Old Times of Yore
11. Time Travel -
12. Science Fiction-
13. Fiction-
14. Shiny Baubles- Anything else that catches the eye.

The following categories have my proposed books.

Modificato: Ago 25, 2014, 10:40 am

1. Dusty Tomes- Books owed prior to 2010

1. Fallen Idols by J.F. Freedman 8/25/2014
2. At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks 4/29/2014
3. Before I Die by Jenny Downham 2/25/2008
4. The City of Ladies by Christine De Pizan 1/2/2014
5. Vigil by Robert Masello 2/4/2014

Modificato: Dic 3, 2014, 9:36 am

3. 1001 Books to Read Before You Die

1. Poisonwood Bible by Barbara kingsover
2. The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
3. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
4. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides 4/27
5. The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Modificato: Dic 15, 2014, 9:05 am

4. Science

1. Brain Rules by John Medina
2. Subliminal by Leonard Mlodinow
3. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
4. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
5. Wicked Plants:The Weed that killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart

Modificato: Ott 27, 2014, 8:59 am

Modificato: Nov 24, 2014, 9:14 am

9. Other Mythical Creatures

1. Ethan's Mate by J. S. Scott
2. Captured by Erica Stevens
3. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
4. The Forest Lord by Susan Krinard 4/30
5. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Modificato: Dic 30, 2014, 7:52 am

Dic 27, 2013, 5:08 pm

Nice categories, we have several in common :)

Dic 27, 2013, 9:28 pm

Welcome back!

Dic 27, 2013, 9:34 pm

Looking forward to seeing what fills your mystery category! Enjoy your challenge :)

Dic 27, 2013, 11:48 pm

Those shiny ones derail my intentions all the time. Have a great reading year.

Gen 2, 2014, 12:39 pm

Thanks for the Welcome everyone! Can't wait to see what you will all be reading this year.

Book 1

The City of Ladies by Christine De Pizan
4 of 5 stars

Amazing.. Christine De Pizan was one of the first woman to take up writing in defense of her sex against the false accusations made by men. Even more amazing considering she did this in the last 13 hundreds. Very well written.

Gen 20, 2014, 11:17 am

book 2

Bones in her pocket by Kathy Reiches
4 of 5 stars
On Shelve since 12/17/2013
Rooted 1/17/2014

great little kindle read. I am always happy to get an exam bones book!

book 3

Trojan Odyssey by Clive Cussler
4 of 5 stars
On Shelve since 5/7/2012
Rooted 1/20/2014

Modificato: Gen 23, 2014, 12:53 am

Nice set-up - have a great challenge and reading year!

Modificato: Feb 4, 2014, 9:16 am

Book 4

Vigil by Robert Masello
3.5 of 5 stars
On selve since 2/25/2008
Rooted 2/4/2014

Not a bad read... Not really as spooky as I was hoping for but interesting enough to make it a very quick read.

Feb 6, 2014, 4:57 pm

Book 5

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
5 of 5 stars

Really loved the incorporation of the vintage photos into the story line. Don't want to create any type of spoiler but love the concept of the peculiar children.

Will be getting book 2 :)

Feb 19, 2014, 9:37 am

Book 6

The Carousel by Richard Paul Evans
3.5 of 5 stars
Planted 7/30/2013
Uprooted 2/19/2014

Not a bad read... not as moving as I thought it was going to be. But a very quick read so didn't take much time and was a good little story

Modificato: Feb 19, 2014, 9:41 am

Book 7

The Navigator by Clive Cussler
4 of 5 stars
Planted 9/29/2009
Uprooted 2/11/2014

Feb 25, 2014, 8:42 pm

Book 8

Before I Die by Jenny Downham
4 of 5 stars
Planted 5/3/2008
Uprooted 2/25/2014

Great Read.

Feb 25, 2014, 8:48 pm

Book 9

The Joy of Hobby Farming by Michael Levatino
5 of 5 stars

Yes my own obsession... someday to my own personal hobby farm. Vegetable gardens, little orchard, bees and goats.. heaven. LOL

Mar 24, 2014, 2:09 pm

book 10

Lost and Found by Jayne Ann Krentz
3 of 5 stars

Will probably donate the book , little interest in re-reading.

Modificato: Mar 24, 2014, 2:54 pm

Book 11

Raising Milk Goats Successfully by Gail Luttmann
5 of 5 stars

what can I say - I want my own farm (I miss the farm). Goats are great.

Mar 31, 2014, 3:04 pm

Book 12

Dragon's Moon by Lucy Monroe
3 0f 5 stars

loved this series but I think I may have out grown it. This one was hard to get threw just couldn't being myself to get interested in it.

Book 13

Plague Ship by Clive Cussler
4 of 5 stars

still love this series!!

Apr 6, 2014, 5:37 pm

It's strange how we can and do outgrow a well-loved series, but I know I have a number of series that I keep telling myself are only the back burner, but deep inside I know I won't get back to them.

Apr 21, 2014, 10:00 am

Book 14

Strange & Unusual Shipwrecks on the Great Lakes by Wayne Louis Kadar

Growing up on the Great Lakes- I love reading about shipwrecks - ghost ships etc. Not my first book by Wayne Louis Kadar. Won't be my last. These waters are fasinating.

Apr 23, 2014, 11:08 am

Book 15

The Broken Mirror by Kirk Douglas
4 of 5 stars

Very cute quick little read.

Modificato: Apr 28, 2014, 11:22 am

Book 16

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
5 of 5 stars
planted 01/11/2009
Uprooted 4/27/2014

Great Read!! Can't believe I had it hiding on my shelve for so long.

Apr 29, 2014, 9:15 pm

I have Middlesex hiding on my shelves. I hope to get around to reading it at some point. Glad to see it was a 5 star read for you!

Apr 30, 2014, 8:40 am

Book 17

At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks
4 of 5 stars
Planted 5/3/2008
Uprooted 4/30/2014

First of all I didn't realize this is the second book in a series. I hate when that happens. Particularly because I think I own the first book. With that being sad it was a great book. You don't need to have read the first book to understand this book but it will of course ruin the first book.

Loved the characters, well written and hooked me from the beginning. I don't always love Nicholas Sparks book but this one was great.

Book 18

The Forest Lord by Susan Krinard
4 of 5 stars
Planted 1/11/2009
Uprooted 4/30/2014

Mag 12, 2014, 8:22 am

Book 19

The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman
5 of 5 stars
Planted 5/2009
Uprooted 5/11/2014

Mag 15, 2014, 10:02 am

Book 20

Home by Toni Morrison
4 of 5 stars

Not my favorite Toni Morrison - but still a good book.

When Frank Money joined the army to escape his too-small world, he left behind his cherished and fragile little sister, Cee. After the war, his shattered life has no purpose until he hears that Cee is in danger.

Frank is a modern Odysseus returning to a 1950s America mined with lethal pitfalls for an unwary black man. As he journeys to his native Georgia in search of Cee, it becomes clear that their troubles began well before their wartime separation. Together, they return to their rural hometown of Lotus, where buried secrets are unearthed and where Frank learns at last what it means to be a man, what it takes to heal, and--above all--what it means to come home-

Mag 16, 2014, 12:20 pm

Book 21

Hood by Stephen Lawhead
2 of 5 stars

I really really wanted to like this series. A friend had gotten me the trilogy. Unfortunately I really didn't like the characters so I just couldn't become interested. But that is 3 books off my shelf :) Room for the masses recently acquired that lord knows I didn't need.

Mag 16, 2014, 1:35 pm

>40 deep220: I remember being disappointed with Hood as well. I even wrote down one particularly awkward sentence: "Greetings, mes amis!" bellowed the baron with bluff bonhomie.

Mag 16, 2014, 2:44 pm

>41 christina_reads: Thank You! I figured for such a extensively written arthor the books would be fairly good. I am glad it wasn't just me. I so wanted to like this series. How can you ruin Robin Hood?

Mag 17, 2014, 11:47 am

>40 deep220: and >41 christina_reads: - if you were both disappointed in the Lawhead book, that is pretty much all I need to know to steer clear of that series.

How can you ruin Robin Hood?

Agreed. ;-)

Modificato: Mag 28, 2014, 2:27 pm

Book 23

Esau by Philip Kerr
4 of 5 stars

I've had this on my shelves for sometime. Not a bad little read as long as you don't expect too much from it. I mean it's a mystery thriller involving abdominable snowmen.

Mag 28, 2014, 4:19 pm

Book 24

Bones of the lost by Kathy Reiches
Planted 12/27/2013
Uprooted 5/28/2014

Giu 2, 2014, 8:59 am

Book 25

Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart

What a great read. I can't believe how many plants I have that are poisonious. Loved the history of human encounters with each plant. Very enjoyable and informative

Modificato: Giu 2, 2014, 9:20 am

Book 26

The Serpent on the Crown by Elizabeth Peters
Planted 9/2011
Uprooted 5/31/2014

Giu 4, 2014, 9:06 am

Book 27

Banished Daughters of the Gods Book 1 by Tamara Gill
Planted 6/1/2013
Uprooted 6/4/2014

3.5 of 4 stars

Not a bad little read especially for a free Kindle download. Althought I don't think I have any interest in the next books in the series.

Giu 16, 2014, 8:16 am

Book 28

Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson
3 of 5 stars

Not as good as Sam's letters to Jennifer or Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas. Didn't really like the spin on the imaginary friend.

Giu 25, 2014, 2:00 pm

Book 29

Raspuntin's Duaghter by Robert Alexander
4 of 5 stars

Nice find. Of course Raspuntin is a great source of mystery and intrigue. Loved the angle of his daughter.

Giu 26, 2014, 8:13 am

Book 30

The Mating Chase by Bonnie Vanak
4 of 5 stars

Planted 6/2/2013
Uprooted 6/26/2014

Quick free Kindle download. Pretty good considering it's hard to develop characters in such a short novella.

Lug 7, 2014, 4:51 pm

Book 31

Captured by Erica Stevens
Planted 6/1/2013
Uprooted 7/7/2014

I really like the post vampire apocalypse plot line. A first for me. Not sure if I will read any more in the series but it was a very cheap kindle download

Book 32

Darcy's Story by Janet Aylmer
Planted 1/11/2009
Uprooted 7/7/2013

1 of 5 stars
I don't know what I was expecting. But really was just a lot of quoting Austen with no developments. I guess no one should do Austen but Austen. Lessson learned.

Lug 10, 2014, 8:21 am

Book 33

The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse
4 of 5 stars

Planted 2012
Up rooted 7/10/2014

Lug 11, 2014, 11:20 am

Book 34

Witch Child by Celia Rees
Planted 1/11/2009
Uprooted 7/11/2014

5 of 5 stars

Love it! Great little young adult read. I might have to see if the library has the second book in the series. The book is set in 1659 and begins " I am Mary. I am a witch". The book opens with Mary losing her only known relative, her grandmother, to the hangman for witch craft. To escape the English Witch hunts Mary is dressed as a Puritan and flees to the new American Colony. Oh Mary.

Lug 11, 2014, 10:33 pm

Book 35

Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly
5 of 5 stars

Nellie Bly took an undercover journalist assignment to pretend to be insane to investigate reports of brutality and neglect in mental asylums. Her experience was able to being to light the living conditions for the insane. Because of her testimony funds were released for the care of the insane. Her actions also changed investigative journalism. Not sure if I would have been so quick to participate as she was.

Lug 29, 2014, 3:22 pm

book 36

The looking glass wars by frank beddor
5 of 5 stars

Great spin on alice in Wonderland. I will have to look into getting the rest of the series. Highly recommended.

Lug 31, 2014, 4:48 pm

>57 deep220: That's such a fun series. I've read the first two so far, and you've reminded me that I need to get around to the third one soon.

Modificato: Ago 6, 2014, 10:10 am

Book 37

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
Planted 1/11/2009
Uprooted 8/6/2014

5 of 5 stars

LOVED this book! My first by this author but it will not be the last. What a great way to spin folk lore, fairy tales and mythology into a new story.

Ago 6, 2014, 9:40 pm

>59 deep220:
I loved that one too! I have a couple of other books of his on Mt. TBR, but haven't read them yet.

Ago 7, 2014, 6:14 am

>59 deep220: I have the starter book, Every Dead Thing, sat on the tbr shelves so it's good to hear positive things about an author I've yet to experience.

Ago 14, 2014, 9:27 am

Book 38

Cemetary Dance by Douglas Preston
4 of 5 stars

Planted 7/26/2010
Uprooted 8/14/2014

Of course I would love a mystery centered on voodoo and zombies. :) Generally I don't like Douglas Prestons or Lincoln Child books but something great happens when these two write together.

Ago 15, 2014, 10:32 am

book 39

Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
4 of 5 stars

Modificato: Ago 25, 2014, 10:55 am

Book 40

Fallen Idols by J.F. Freedman
4 of 5 stars
Planted 5/3/2008
Uprooted 8/25/2014

great read. I whipped threw this one in just a couple days. Couldn't put it down.

From Back of Book

Our Parents are the Reason We Exist. From the New York Times bestselling author J. F. Freedman comes a roaring suspense thriller about one family's deadly encounter and the disturbing betrayals uncovered by three brothers. But What if Everything We Thought We Knew About Them...was Wrong? Walt Gaines is a prominent archaeologist, husband of thirty years, and father of three. But after his wife is murdered near an ancient Mayan ruin, he cuts off nearly all contact with his family. Now Walt's sons decide to perform an excavation of their own. Beyond their father's sudden change of lifestyle-his new million-dollar home and young girlfriend-the secrets the sons are about to unearth are more complex, and more devastating, than anything they could have imagined

Ago 26, 2014, 10:02 am

book 41

America's Hidden History by Kenneth C. Davis
4 of 5 stars
Planted 5/3/2008 - my mass entry day for librarything
Uprooted 8/26/2014

Very quick interesting read. Great selection of interesting tales from america's past.

From Back of book
Kenneth Davis presents a collection of extraordinary stories, each detailing an overlooked episode that shaped the nation's destiny and character. Davis's dramatic narratives set the record straight, busting myths and bringing to light little-known but fascinating facts from a time when the nation's fate hung in the balance.

Spanning a period from the Spanish arrival in America to George Washington's inauguration in 1789, America's Hidden History is an iconoclastic look at America's past, connecting some of the dots between history and today's headlines, and proving why Davis is truly America's teacher.

Find out:

Which Pilgrims arrived in Florida fifty years before the Mayflower sailed.
What Supreme Court Justice went to prison.
What traitor is honored with a statue for his bravery.
Which fighting woman in colonial New England scalped her Indian captors.

Set 4, 2014, 9:49 am

Book 42

Soulless by Gail Carriger
5 of 5 stars
Planted 10/22/2014
Uprooted 9/4/2014

What a great little gem that I have had stashed away! I am glad I also horded away the next two in the series :)

From Amazon:
Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

SOULLESS is the first book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

Set 4, 2014, 10:26 am

>66 deep220: Such a fun series! It's good that you have both Changeless and Blameless ready, because Changeless ends on a great big cliffhanger!

Set 4, 2014, 11:50 am

ohhhhh thanks for the heads up!! I hate cliffhangers when you can't get your hands on the next novel. That is a bit of perk to starting a series late. :)

Set 4, 2014, 3:54 pm

Thanks for the reminder that I left Parasol Protectorate series in mid-stream. I finished the first three books and found them to be the perfect brain candy after a hectic work week!

Set 5, 2014, 5:52 am

>66 deep220: You'll have fun with the next two, I think :)

>69 lkernagh: That, it is !

Set 5, 2014, 11:26 pm

Blameless is next up for me. It is a very nice brain candy series indeed.

Modificato: Set 15, 2014, 2:03 pm

book 43

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
2 of 5 stars

Really tired to get into this book but gave up half way. One it moved extremely slow. Second you almost need to have a pretty good foundation of English history. I was continously getting lost in who married who, who was aligned with who. So more room on the shelves. :)

Ott 1, 2014, 5:34 pm

book 44

Guns Germs and Steel by Jared M. Diamond
5 of 5 stars
Planted 3/12/2008
Uprooted 9/30/2014

yes I am jonesing for my bio classes.

Ott 8, 2014, 6:33 pm

book 45

In the blood by Steve Robinson
4 of 5 stars

A genealgical mystery series. yes i loved it! ordered 4 more of his books. My tbr pile is so far out of controll I am throwing my hands up in defeat. One day when I am retired and on a fixed budget I will already own a library. :) always looking on the positive side.

Ott 8, 2014, 9:41 pm

I am not a big fan of the various food themed cozy mystery series but a genealogy one, that sounds like something more up my alley!

Modificato: Ott 19, 2014, 1:33 pm

Book 46

Highland song by Tanya Ann Crosby
2 of 5 stars

Free kindle download so I didn't expect much and got what I expected. Novella's in my opinion are too short to really develop you characters so I never get that interested in them.

Book 47

House by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker
4 of 5 stars

Very quick read. Great supernatural thriller. Getting into the Halloween season

Ott 19, 2014, 9:54 pm

Book 48

Darkfever by Karen Moning

Modificato: Nov 10, 2014, 8:26 am

Book 49

Tombs by Clive Cussler
4 of 5 stars
Planted 11/12/2013
uprooted 10/27/2014

Modificato: Nov 10, 2014, 8:25 am

Book 50
Sea of Glory by Nathaniel Philbrick
2 of 5 stars

Not the best book I have read by Nathaniel Philbrick. It was hard to keep interested in.

Nov 10, 2014, 8:19 am

Book 51
Bone River by Megan Chance
3 of 5 stars

A good read but very predictable. Half way in i had already realized the "twist" at the end. Would give another book by Megan a chance as long as it was a later publication date. She if she developes more in her writing.

Nov 10, 2014, 9:38 am

Nov 14, 2014, 8:39 am

Book 53

Ethan's Mate by J.S Scott
planted 6/2013
uprooted 11/2014

I have come to the conclusion I really don't like novellas. It doesn't leave enough time to develop the characters. I will try to finish these up this year and to pay better attention when I am downloading books for the kindle.

Book 54
The Poisonwood bible by Barbara Kingsover
planted 1/2009
uprooted 11/2014

Also not very impressed. Given the popularity I was expecting much more. Maybe if it would have jumped around so much between each character telling their story. Just felt disjointed. Slowed the pace of the book and my mind wandered too much.

Nov 18, 2014, 8:34 am

Book 55
Before the moon rises by Catherine Bybee
3 of 5 stars

Nov 18, 2014, 8:46 am

Book 56
East of Desolation by Jack Higgins
4 of 5 stars

Very quick read. Was interested from the start. Just what one needs to take ones mind off a cold without requiring much from that mind. :)

Nov 20, 2014, 8:13 am

Book 57

The Forgotten History of America by Cormac O'Brien
2 of 5 stars
Planted 5/2009
Uprooted 11/20/2014

Not the most interesting writing for history. I preferred Kenneth Daivs Hidden History much more. Will be donating to the library takes up to much space on shelve. Won't be a reread.

Nov 20, 2014, 10:14 am

Book 58

Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear
Planted sometime early 2013 (I didn't record ebooks in library at first)
Uprooted 11/20/2014

2 of 5 stars

Nov 24, 2014, 9:12 am

Book 59
Hush, Hush by Becca Ftizpatrick
3.5 of 5

Book 60
subliminal by Leonard Mlodinow
4 of 5 stars

So interesting!!!

Modificato: Dic 3, 2014, 9:39 am

Book 61

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Planted - Pre-dates Librarything Membership
Uprooted 12/3/2014
3 of 5 stars

Didn't really like the writing style. Had higher hopes for this one.

Dic 11, 2014, 6:54 pm

It's a Conrad! Never have high hopes for a Conrad :)

Dic 12, 2014, 8:39 am

LOL consider myself warned

Dic 15, 2014, 9:08 am

Book 62

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
5 of 5 stars

Amazing book. I would love to find a modern follow up. Must read for all!

Dic 15, 2014, 9:20 am

Book 63

The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks
4 of 5 stars

Typical nicholas sparks... and of course I loved it! It's the prefect quick little read when you looking for something to touch your heart strings.

Modificato: Dic 22, 2014, 11:46 am

Book 64

The Princess by Lori Wick
3.5 of 5 stars

Not a bad little read. With all the holiday rush I am not looking for anything deep.

Dic 22, 2014, 11:38 am

Book 65

The Men of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor
5 of 5 stars

Great read! How this gem was overlooked on my shelves for so long I don't know. If it is hiding on yours go dig it out!! very quick read and well worth it.

Dic 28, 2014, 12:48 pm

Book 66

The Sisterhood by Helen Bryan
5 of 5 stars

Couldn't put it down. Kindle download 12/26 finished this morning.

Dic 28, 2014, 12:51 pm

Book 66

The Sisterhood by Helen Bryan
5 of 5 stars

Downloaded on Kindle 12/26 couldn't put it down.

Dic 30, 2014, 7:54 am

Book 67

Long Lost by Linda Castillo
4 of 5 stars

Last read of the year.

Dic 31, 2014, 11:40 am

What a good string of books!