On my book shelf

I read a little bit of everything - romance, memoirs, fiction, non-fiction, young adult, etc.
Here is what I've read since January:

The Family Fang ~ Kevin Wilson
Heaven is for Real ~ Todd Burpo
Watch Me Die ~ Erica Spindler
Bone Cold ~ Erica Spindler
Blood Vines ~ Erica Spindler
Dead Run ~ Erica Spindler
Last Know Victim – Erica Spindler
Heat Wave – Nancy Thayer
How Starbucks Saved My Life ~ Michael Gates Gill
Ali in Wonderland and Other Tall Tales ~ Ali Wentworth
Caleb’s Crossing ~ Geraldine Brooks
The Snow Child ~ Eowyn Ivey
Defending Jacob ~ William Landay
Nantucket Nights – Elin Hilderbrand
Death Comes to Pemberley ~ P.D. James
The Sense of an Ending ~ Julian Barnes
Mockingbird ~ Kathryn Erskine
Heroes for my son ~ Brad Meltzer
The Witness ~ Nora Roberts
The Innocent ~ David Baldacci.

I know, I know - there is no rhyme nor reason to what I read. I get my titles from friends, Goodreads (www.goodreads.com), book club and random picks at the library.
My favorites: The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey, and Mockingbird, by Kathryn Erskine. (Reviews coming soon!)
Happy Reading!

End of Summer Reading List - August 22, 2013

Sure it's August and there are only a few weeks left of summer, but that doesn't mean we stop reading! I am squeezing out every minute of summer with a last hurrah at the beach, and I have a bag full of books I am determined to finish before Labor Day! Here's what's in my beach bag right now:

With or Without You ~ Domenica Ruta
Pretty in Plaid ~ Jen Lancaster
Life After Life ~ Kate Atkinson
Where'd You Go, Bernadette ~ Maria Semple
Bitter is the New Black ~ Jen Lancaster

Will I accomplish my goal? Feel free to follow me on Goodreads to find out! Now, I've got to get reading!

(By the way, here are the books I have read this summer, along with the star rating I gave them:)

Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline - 4 stars
Tattoos on the Heart: Gregory Boyle - 5 stars
The Rescue - Nicholas Sparks - 3 stars
All the Summer Girls - Meg Donahue - 3 stars
The Silver Star - Jeannette Walls - 3 stars
Beautiful Day - Elin Hilderbrand - 4 stars
Sisterland - Curtis Sittenfeld - 3 stars
The Execution of Noa P. Singleton - Elizabeth L. Silver - 3 stars
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls - Anton DiSclafani - 4 stars
The Shadow Tracer - Meg Gardiner - 3 stars
The American Heiress - Daisy Goodwin - 4 stars
On Folly Beach - Karen White - 3 stars
The Life List - Lori Nelson Spielman - 3 stars
The Tao of Martha - Jen Lancaster - 4 stars
Pray for Silence - Linda Castillo - 3 stars
Lucky - Alice Sebold - 3 stars
Me Before You - Jojo Moyes - 5 stars

Just a quick note on my star system: I enjoyed all the books. (I tend not to finish books I really dislike.) Three stars means I enjoyed the book, four stars means I really enjoyed the book and five stars means it hit a cord with me and I highly recommend it.

What are you reading right now?

My 2013 Reading Challenge - Successful

I did it! I participated in Goodreads Reading Challenge in 2013 with my goal being 65 books, and not only did I reach that goal, I exceeded it by 2 books! Hooray!

A few of my favorite books in 2013:

Me Before You - JoJo Moyes
Margot - Jillian Cantor
Life After Life - Kate Atkinson
Where'd You Go Bernadette - Maria Semple
American Heiress - Daisy Goodwin
Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline

Do you participate in any Reading Challenges? If so, let me know what they are. I love a good challenge - especially when it comes to books!