Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Summer Reading Week 8


Welcome to the results of Week 8 of Summer Reading 2012.  We have 365 people signed up.  This week 45 people read 169 books (4 submitted entries for the first time this week.)  So far, 151 people have read 1040 books!



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Black Coffee
Black Coffee
By Christie, Agatha
Adapted by Osborne, Charles
Author Osborne, Charles
1999-09 - St. Martin's Press
9780312970079 Check Our Catalog

Fans of Christie are treated to this 1930 stage play adapted to novel by Charles Osborne. Beloved detective Hercule Poirot is summoned by a physicist to prevent the theft of a secret formula destined for the Ministry of Defense. By the time he arrives, the formula is missing and the physicist has been poisoned. Now he must find the formula and the killer. Martin's Press. …More


Miss Marple-Carribean Mystery
Miss Marple-Carribean Mystery
By Agatha Christie's Miss Marple
1994-06 - A & E Home Video
0733961113013 Check Our Catalog

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Murder in Mesopotamia
Murder in Mesopotamia
By Christie, Agatha
2011-09 - Harper Paperbacks
9780062073907 Check Our Catalog

The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense--creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters--brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. Suspicious events at a Middle Eastern archaeological excavation site intrigue the great Poirot as he investigates Murder in Mesopotamia.
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They Came to Baghdad
They Came to Baghdad
By Christie, Agatha
2002-06 - Minotaur Books
9780312981648 Check Our Catalog

Victoria Jones has an adventurous streak, and connects with Edward, a handsome and mysterious traveler. However, no whirlwind affair can prepare Victoria for what happens in Baghdad. She witnesses the murder of a secret agent in her hotel room. And when she discovers a rival for Edward's affection arranged for her kidnapping, Victoria fears her impetuous nature could be the death of her. (June) …More


Nightschool, Volume 4: The Weirn Books
Nightschool, Volume 4: The Weirn Books
By Chmakova, Svetlana
Illustrator Chmakova, Svetlana
2010-10 - Yen Press
9780316091268 Check Our Catalog

At the Nightschool, werewolves, vampires, and witches gather to learn everything from spellcasting to calculus. Alex, a young weirn (a particular kind of witch) has always been homeschooled, but dark forces seem to be drawing her closer to the Nightschool. …More


A Gangster's Girl Saga
A Gangster's Girl Saga
By Chunichi
2007-11 - Urban Books
9781601620248 Check Our Catalog


Essence"] bestselling author Chunichis first three sizzling novels come together in one blockbuster urban saga of sex, money, murder, and mayhem.
Really good book.  I love Chunichi.
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Little Bee
Little Bee
By Cleave, Chris
2009-02 - Simon & Schuster
9781416589631 Check Our Catalog

From the author of the international bestseller "Incendiary" comes a haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers--one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London. …More


The Vampire's Promise: Deadly Offer/Evil Returns/Fatal Bargain
The Vampire's Promise: Deadly Offer/Evil Returns/Fatal Bargain
By Cooney, Caroline B.
2011-02 - Point
9780545289764 Check Our Catalog

A vampire lives in the tower of the creepy old house in town--a vampire who makes promises and grants wishes. When Althea, Devnee, and Lacey meet the vampire, he offers them the things they want most--popularity, beauty, freedom. But his bargains come at a price. …More


The Vampire's Promise: Deadly Offer/Evil Returns/Fatal Bargain
The Vampire's Promise: Deadly Offer/Evil Returns/Fatal Bargain
By Cooney, Caroline B.
2011-02 - Point
9780545289764 Check Our Catalog

A vampire lives in the tower of the creepy old house in town--a vampire who makes promises and grants wishes. When Althea, Devnee, and Lacey meet the vampire, he offers them the things they want most--popularity, beauty, freedom. But his bargains come at a price. …More


Taken by Fire
Taken by Fire
By Croft, Sydney
2011-06 - Bantam
9780385342292 Check Our Catalog

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At the Crossing Places
At the Crossing Places
By Crossley-Holland, Kevin
2002-10 - Arthur A. Levine Books
9780439265980 Check Our Catalog

In the much-anticipated sequel to "The Seeing Stone, " the author weaves Arthurian legend with everyday medieval life in the unforgettable story of one hero's coming of age. …More


Master and God
Master and God
By Davis, Lindsey
2012-06 - St. Martin's Press
9780312606640 Check Our Catalog

From "New York Times"-bestselling novelist Davis comes an epic novel of first-century Rome and the Emperor Domitian, told from the perspective of two courtiers and unlikely friends who together are the witnesses to history. …More


The Deathless
The Deathless
By DeCandido, Keith R. A.
2007-04 - Simon Spotlight Entertainment
9781416936305 Check Our Catalog

The stars are properly aligned for an attempt to resurrect a long-dead evil sorcerer. A little investigating leads Buffy and the gang to the necromancer who originally killed the sorcerer, an immortal Russian sorceress who happens to live in Sunnydale. Original. …More


Sarah's Key
Sarah's Key
By De Rosnay, Tatiana
2008-09 - St. Martin's Griffin
9780312370848 Check Our Catalog An Indie Next Selection

Haunting and suspenseful, life-affirming and beautiful, "Sarah's Key" offers a compelling portrait of occupied Paris and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this little-known episode in French history. …More


Riddle of the Third Mile
Riddle of the Third Mile
By Dexter, Colin
1997-08 - Ivy Books
9780804114882 Check Our Catalog

Inspector Morse isn't sure what to make of the truncated body found dumped in the Oxford Canal, but he suspects it may be all that's left of an elderly Oxford don last seen boarding the London train several days before. Whatever the truth, the inspector knows it won't be simple -- it never is. As he retraces Professor Browne-Smith's route through a London netherworld of topless bars and fancy bordellos, his forebodings are fulfilled. The evidence mounts; so do the bodies. So Morse downs another pint, unleashes his pit bull instincts, and solves a mystery that defies all logic. …More


Room
Room
By Donoghue, Emma
2010-09 - Little Brown and Company
9780316098335 Check Our Catalog 2011 Alex Award Winner


Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, "Room" is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.
Room  is touted as "a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances"-and it is.  I also found it to be a testament to the benefits of home schooling (first part of the book) and a quasi-treatise on the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (second half of the book).  Although images were well articulated, I felt the book became tedious to read from pages 75-95, the descriptions becoming repetitive and monotonous.  (Was the authortold to write a 300+ page novel, nothing less?)  I also found Ma's change in behavior (part 2) emotionally jolting and depressing Jack (the 5 year old son from whose perspective the book was written) was a source of distraction, insofar as his speech.  The author portrayed him as a precocious 5 year old with an impressively advanced vocabulary and superior reasoning.  When the author used dialogue, however, she had Jack speaking with incorrect grammar and word usage.  On the other hand, when the author used Zach's voice as the narrator, grammar and word usage were perfect.  I found this quite bothersome, and it make Jack less real to me.  Not recommended.  Too tedious and repetitive for the most part.  Incongruouse character development (Jack.)
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Burning Midnight
Burning Midnight
By Estleman, Loren D.
Author Estleman
2012-06 - Forge
9780765331205 Check Our Catalog

Amos Walker knows Detroit, from the highest to the lowest, and that includes the gangs of Mexicantown. When a friend asks Walker to get his son's brother-in-law out of one of two feuding gangs, Walker gets in trouble fast and is caught in the middle of a gang war. …More


Hot Stuff
Hot Stuff
By Evanovich, Janet
Author Banks, Leanne
2007-04 - St. Martin's Press
9780312941468 Check Our Catalog

Dear Reader,
Cate Madigan isn't asking for trouble. Her wacky Irish family is constantly playing matchmaker for her with men who leave much to be desired. All she wants is peace and quiet and a nice place to live while she saves her money from tending bar in a lively Boston pub. Okay, so what if her roommate is a cross-dressing lounge singer named Marty Longfellow? In exchange for cheap rent, all she has to do is take care of his plants and collect his mail when he's out of town. And then...Marty disappears. At the same time, a bullmastiff named Beast shows up with instructions from Marty to take care of him. Can Cate handle this 120-pound bundle of joy who wants to devour everything in sight? Ex-cop Kellen McBride has decided to make Cate's bar his nightly hang-out. But is he just there for the beer? Or does he have an ulterior motive for getting close to Cate? When Cate comes home to a ransacked apartment, she realizes Kellen knows more than he's saying. Problem is, he's turning up the heat in her life--in more ways than one. Soon Cate finds herself in deep trouble with mysterious stalkers, a lovesick would-be boyfriend named Patrick Pugg, two friends who are looking for love, and the very sexy, possibly dangerous Kellen McBride. The south side of Boston has never been wilder....
Happy Reading!
Janet and Leanne
"Evanovich serves up consistently craveable goodies."
--"People"
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"When everything goes wrong with your day, you need a dose of loving warmth from favorite author Leanne Banks!"
--"Romantic Times BOOKreviews"
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Bossypants
Bossypants
By Fey, Tina
2011-04 - Reagan Arthur Books
9780316056861 Check Our Catalog

On her way to becoming an award-winning superstar, Tina Fey struggled through some questionable haircuts, some after-school jobs, the rise of nachos as a cultural phenomenon, a normal childhood, a happy marriage and joyful motherhood. Now she can reflect on what she's learned: you're no one until someone calls you bossy. …More


My Life Next Door
My Life Next Door
By Fitzpatrick, Huntley
2012-06 - Dial Books
9780803736993 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title


When Samantha, the 17-year-old daughter of a wealthy, perfectionistic, Republican state senator, falls in love with the boy next door, whose family is large, boisterous, and just making ends meet, she discovers a different way to live. But after her mother is involved in a hit-and-run accident, Sam must make some difficult choices.
Story started out a bit slow, but was a good progression to final ending.  Good sentimental style read.  enjoyable characters.
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Gone Girl
Gone Girl
By Flynn, Gillian
2012-06 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9780307588364 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title

Flynn's toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds readers at every turn. When his wife disappears on their anniversary, Nick starts having cringe-worthy daydreams and becomes oddly evasive, eschewing his golden boy past. …More


The Maverick Returns
The Maverick Returns
By Fox, Roz Denny
2012-05 - Harlequin
9780373754083 Check Our Catalog

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Jeff Foxworthy's Redneck Dictionary: Words You Thought You Knew the Meaning of
Jeff Foxworthy's Redneck Dictionary: Words You Thought You Knew the Meaning of
By Foxworthy, Jeff
Illustrator DeJarnette, Layron
With Bahr, Fax
2006-09 - Fawcett Books
9780345493279 Check Our Catalog

Whether blue-collar or hoity-toity, swimming in cash or betting the bottom dollar, a little bit country or a lot of city slicker, this practical reference to redneck words and turns of phrases will provide hours of laughs. …More