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Monday, December 31, 2012

Books from 2012

★ ★ ★ Private Eyes -Jonathan Kellerman
Could have sworn I had already read this one when I started it but turned out, I hadn't, or if I did, I didn't remember it. Was a decent story but seemed to drag quite a bit for a while.

★ ★ ★ ★ Victims -Jonathan Kellerman
Really liked the plot on this one...nice twists and pulling it all together at the end.

★ ★ ★ ★ V Is For Vengeance -Sue Grafton
Enjoyed this one even though the style was different than what I am normally used to in this series! Too bad it is the last one for now...back to earlier books in the series until she writes a new one.

★ ★ ★ ★ F Is For Fugitive -Sue Grafton
Really enjoyed this one too....the early books are quite good. Have to get the next one reserved at the library...

★ ★ ★ ★ Let's Pretend This Never Happened -Jenny Lawson
Am a fan of her blog and really loved this book and its quirky stories. Can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

★ ★ ★ ★ D Is For Deadbeat -Sue Grafton
This one was pretty good....back to the first books again. I figured it out before she told me but was still sad to realize I was right.

★ ★ ★ E Is For Evidence -Sue Grafton
It was fun to go back to the beginning again...and some of the later stuff makes more sense. Great fast read!

★ ★ ★ ★ Time Bomb -Jonathan Kellerman
Somehow finished this one on the Nook even though the "rental period" was over...just didn't close the book and it seemed to work okay. Which is good because I would have been really pissed to have to wait when I only had 100 pages to go. Anyhow, another of the beginning of the series books and I really enjoyed it. It is great to see how the characters developed over time.

★ ★ ★ Mystery -Jonathan Kellerman
I thought it was pretty good...lots of freaky people to make up a good mystery...LOL.

★ ★ ★ U Is For Undertow -Sue Grafton
Not as happy with this one as some of the others. It felt like she left things untidy. She never cleared up the timing issue with what Michael saw and what really happened.

★ ★ ★ ★ T Is For Trespass -Sue Grafton
Absolutely my favorite so far...had me on the edge of my toes the whole time. I didn't think I would like the switch in point of view but it really did work and the antagonist was just perfectly evil! Well done, and would highly recommend!

★ ★ ★ P Is For Peril -Sue Grafton
Enjoyed the story line on this one...scary people Kinsey had to deal with, but the ending was a bit abrupt.

★ ★ ★ Silent Partner -Jonathan Kellerman
First Kellerman I have read in a while and this was one of the first ones he wrote. The story line was a bit more convoluted than what I am used to but I still enjoyed it for the most part. I am now reading one of his more recent ones and I like the evolution of his writing style better I think.

★ ★ ★ Q Is For Quarry -Sue Grafton
Really enjoy this series, even if I am not able to read them in order. I have three more on my Nook from the library.

★ ★ ★ R Is For Ricochet -Sue Grafton
This is a really fun series for me...love the characters and the mysteries.

★ ★ ★ C Is For Corpse -Sue Grafton
Enjoy this series very much...am trying to read in order but it is kind of hard when some are not available on the Nook.

★ ★ ★ S Is For Silence -Sue Grafton
Having fun reading this series...only have a couple more I can get electronically then will have to hit up the library for paperbacks.

★ ★ ★ N Is For Noose -Sue Grafton
Another good read in the series...this one had me guessing to the end.

★ ★ ★ B Is For Burglar -Sue Grafton
Another great Kinsey book...quick read, fun characters and interesting mystery.

★ ★ ★ M Is For Malice -Sue Grafton
Enjoyed yet another in this series...didn't know what was going on until close to the end. Nicely done by the author.

★ ★ ★ ★ The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel -Stephen King
Loved this late addition to the Gunslinger series. What a great little story!! I think I see the makings of some follow up stories following some of the characters introduced in this book...

★ ★ ★ L Is For Lawless -Sue Grafton
I am enjoying this series and this character. I am not reading them in order but in cheapness for the Nook.

★ ★ ★ Jailbird -Heather Huffman
This one was better than the last one I read by this author...but once again, it felt like she had to rush to finish the story in the last few pages...seems like I have hit quite a few books like this lately.

★ ★ ★ ★ Red Mist -Patricia Cornwell
I always enjoy the Scarpetta stories....I was worried that it would be hard to get into this one because it has been a while since I have read one but after a few pages, I was back in the thick of things. I have forgotten all that they have been through, and probably should reread some of the first books again.

★ ★ ★ ★ How I Write: Secrets Of A Bestselling Author -Janet Evanovich
I am going to buy this one from Powells.com so I can highlight it and add post-its. I thought it was very interesting and had some great information for making a step towards getting published someday!

★ ★ ★ Don't Close Your Eyes -Lawrence Kelter
Reading this one explained a lot of stuff that didn't make sense in the second book...now I am skimming the second book just to refresh my brain. The mystery is pretty decently written but in both books in this series, he feels like he rushes the ending and just tries to explain everything and tidy it up.

★ ★ ★ The Brain Vault -Lawrence Kelter
This one was longer than the others so the plot was a bit more flushed out. It was still an enjoyable quick read although the author totally turned me off in his continued use of the word Oriental when writing about people of Asian origin.

★ ★ Throwaway -Heather Huffman
This unfortunately ended up being mostly a romance novel. I would say it was only barely a notch above a Harlequin...sadly I seem to have the inability to abandon a book once I have started it...

★ ★ ★ Ransom Beach -Lawrence Kelter
This one was okay....I liked the character and the twists in the plot but the writing wasn't super engaging. I am reading the first book now to see if perhaps it was better than this one.

★ ★ ★ ★ Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close -Jonathon Safran Foer
Other than technical difficulties I had with the ebook version I read on my Nook Color, I really enjoyed this book. The author has an amazing imagination and poured it all into these quirky unique characters. I too had moments where I could really feel the boy's pain at the loss of his father. I am excited to watch the movie now and see if they pulled it off.

★ ★ Last Writes -Laura Levine
Another in the series, enjoyed the quick read. Somewhat funny, character development is lacking and the plot is kind of thin...

★ ★ ★Killer Blonde -Laura Levine
Another quick read. Not deep or very unpredictable but still amusing.

★ ★ ★ The Elephant's Child -Rudyard Kipling
Fun to see what you can do with a children's book on an ereader...you have the option to have the book read itself. Not sure how much I enjoyed the story itself though...

★ ★ ★ Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo -Heather Wardell
Decent quick read...nothing too deep but good chick lit for the tub...

★ ★ Suddenly A Spy -Heather Huffman
This was a free eread...there were lots of spelling and grammar errors that were kind of irritiating. The characters weren't developed enough and neither was the storyline. I felt like I could have written the book myself with no research.

★ ★ ★ The Mill River Recluse -Darcy Chan
I kind of liked this book. It was pretty short, started it last night and finished this morning. Main character was easy to get into...plot could probably use more work. Nice little story.

★ ★ ★ A Is For Alibi -Sue Grafton
Pretty good little story...I can see why this author is popular. I will probably continue to read her stuff, especially if I can get it for my Nook at a decent price.

★ ★ ★ My Sister's Keeper -Bill Benners
Decent read...once again though, editors didn't feel it necessary to finish out the book properly so I found the font changes very distracting. The characters were nicely developed and followed through true to character. The plot was good, and surprisedly not what I was expected.

★ ★ ★ ★ For One More Day -Mitch Albom
It was pretty good...really got into the story and character, even without knowing exactly what was going on.

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