Sunday, March 20, 2011

My Grown-Up Reading

I was told recently that I need to read more "good" grown-up literature. This was from a non-murder-mystery fancier. Well, I think I've read a few...but I love my kid's, ya's, and murder mysteries. I'm never going to enjoy nonfiction...including memoir....but I'm planning to try some that have FANTASTIC reviews.

Well, here's what I've read in the non-murder-mystery "grown-up" genre since I started this blog. I'll keep it alphabetical. I love order. (And after making this list, I'm a little surprised....I thought I'd read more, to tell you the truth.)

I found some cool paintings of women reading. Gotta love the Botero!
NOTE:  A separate list of the Amish fiction I've been reading is at the bottom.
A
Allende, Isabel - Maya's Notebook (4)
Antani, Jay - The Leaving of Things (4) I consider this ya, however...
B
Barnes, Kim - In the Kingdom of Men (3.5)
Bartels, Erin - We Hope for Better Things (5)
Barry, Brunonia - The Lace Reader (4.5)
............................The Map of True Places (4)
Bedani, Sejal - Trail of Broken Wings (4)
Berg, Elizabeth - The Art of Mending (3.5)
..........Tapestry of Fortunes (4)
..........Open House (4)
Binchy, Maeve - Week in Winter (5)
Bivald, Katarina - Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (3)
Blackwell, Elizabeth - In the Shadow of Lakecrest  (1)
Bohjalian, Chris - Trans-Sister Radio
Boyle, T. C. - When the Killing's Done (DNF)
Brooks, Geraldine - People of the Book (5)
..........Caleb's Crossing (3)
Brown, Amy Belding - Flight of the Sparrow (4)
Brown, Eleanor - The Weird Sisters (4)
Brown, Shayla - Wicked Ties (2)
Burke, Jan - The Messenger (5)
Butland, Stephanie - The Lost for Words Bookshop (4.5)
C

Cameron, Barbara - A Road Unknown, (3.5)
Carmack, Cora - Losing It (2)
Chamberlain, Diane - Big Lies in a Small Town (5)
Chambers, Becky - The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, (5)
Chast, Roz - Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York (4)
Chevalier, Tracy - Girl with a Pearl Earring (3)
Christiansen, Betty - Knitting for Peace (I only include these books if I've read every word, and I did) NONFICTION
Cleave, Chris - Little
 Bee (4)
Cline, Ernest - Ready Player One (3.5)
Colgan, Jenny - The Bookshop on the Corner (4)
Cook, Claire - Wildwater Walking Club (2.5)
Cornick, Nicola - The Phantom Tree (4)
Crouch, Blake = Dark Matter (5)
...............Recursion (4.5)
D
Dallas, Sandra - Prayers for Sale (4.5)
Davies, Drew - Dear Lily  (2)
DeLuca, Jen - Well Met (4)
deRosnay, Tatiana - Sarah's Key (3)
Diffenbaugh, Vanessa - The Language of Flowers (5)
Donovan, Jessie - Sacrificed to the Dragon  (2.5)
Doyle, Hannah - The Year of Saying Yes, The (2)
E
Edwards, Kim - The Lake of Dreams (4)
Eggers, Dave - The Circle (2)
F

Farrington, Tim - The Monk Downstairs (3.5)
Flynn, Gillian - Gone Girl (3)
Fortier, Anne - The Lost Sisterhood (5)
G
Glass, Julia - The Widower's Tale (5)
..........And the Dark, Sacred Night (3)
Goldsmith, Olivia - Bad Boy (3.5/4)
Goolrick, Robert - A Reliable Wife, (4)
Graves, Tracy Garvis - On the Island (4)
.................Heart-Shaped Hack (4)
Green, Jane - The  Beach House (4)
Grisham, John - Skipping Christmas
Gruber, Michael -
Book of Air and Shadows (3)

Guillory, Jasmine - The Wedding Date (2.5)
H
Hale, Shannon - Austenland (2)
Harkness, Deborah -
A Discovery of Witches (All Soul's Trilogy #1) (5)

.......... - Shadow of Night (All Soul's Trilogy #2) (2.5)
.......... - Time's Convert (All Soul's Trilogy #4) (4.5)
Harms, Kelly - Overdue Life of Amy Byler (3)
Hashimi, Nadia - The Pearl That Broke Its Shell (4.5)
Hilderbrand, Elin - The Island (2)
Hoang, Helen - The Kiss Quotient (5)
.............. - The Bride Test (5)
Hoffman, Alice - 
Museum of Extraordinary Things, The (5)
.......... - Skylight Confessions (3.5)
.......... - The Third Angel (5)
.......... -
The Ice Queen (4)

.......... - Blue Diary (4)
Holmes, Linda - Evvie Drake Starts Over (3)
Honeyman, Gail - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (5)
Horn, Dara - A Guide For the Perplexed (1)
Howard, Linda - Cry No More (3) [looks like a mystery, but it's a romance]
.......... - Open Season (4) again, is a mystery but more a romance.
Howe, Katherine - The House of Velvet and Glass (DNF)

.......... - Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (4)
I
J

Jackson, Joshilyn - Gods in Alabama (4.5)
.............Between, Georgia (5)
.............The Opposite of Everyone  (4.5)
.............A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty (5)
.............Girl Who Stopped Swimming, The (3.5)
............The Almost Sisters (5)
............Someone Else's Love Story (4)
James, E. L. -  Fifty Shades of Grey (3)
.............Fifty Shades Darker (2)
Jaswal, Balli Kaur - Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows (4.5)
K
Kearsley, Susanna - The Winter Sea (DNF)
Kingsolver, Barbara -  Flight Behavior (4.5)
..........Prodigal Summer (5)
..........The Poisonwood Bible (4)
..........The Bean Trees (5)
Kline, Christina Baker
..........Orphan Train (4.5)
Krueger, William Kent - Ordinary Grace (4.5)
L
Lee, Tosca - The Line Between (5)
Lightbourne, Alesa - The Kurdish Bike (3)
Lovett, Charlie - The Bookman's Tale - Charlie Lovett (5)
M
Malerman, Josh - Bird Box  (4.5)
Mandel, Emily St. John - Station Eleven  (3)
Mapson, JoAnn - Solomon's Oak (4)
Marie, Annette - Three Mages and a Margarita (3.5)
Marr, Melissa - The Arrivals (3)
Marrs, John - The One (5)
Martin, Steve - Shopgirl (1)
Maynard, Frances - The Seven Rules of Elvira Carr (5)
Miller, Derek B. - The Girl in Green (5)
Miller, Sue - Lakeshore Limited (1)
Moore, Mandy & Leanne Prain - Yarn Bombing (loved it-read every word!) NONFICTION
Morton, Kate -
The Forgotten Garden (5)
Mullins, Meg - The Rug Merchant

Myerson, Amy - The Bookshop of Yesterdays  (4)

N
Netzer, Lydia - Shine Shine Shine (4)
O

O'Dell, Tawni - Sister Mine (4)
O'Farrell, Maggie - The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (5)
Otsuka, Julie - The Buddha in the Attic (2)
P

Patchett, Ann - State of Wonder (5)
Patillo, Beth -
Jane Austen Ruined My Life (2)
Perotta, Tom -
The Abstinence Teacher (3.5)

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth - Heroes Are My Weakness (5)
Pickard, Nancy -
The Scent of Rain and Lightning (5
)
Picoult - Picture Perfect (2)
..........Lone Wolf (3)
Price, Sarah - Fields of Corn (2.5) Amish Fiction
Prior, Hazel - Ellie and the Harpmaker (4.5) Autistic Adult
Proulx, Annie - The Shipping News (3.5)
QR
Quick, Matthew - The Good Luck of Right Now (3.5)
Ragen, Naomi - Sotah (4) Hasidic Judaism
Roanhorse, Rebecca - Trail of Lightning  (3)
Robinson, Jeremy - The Others (3)
Romer, Anna - Lyrebird Hill  (4.5)
Roth, Sally - Attracting Birds to Your Backyard NONFICTION
Roth, Veronica - Ark (Novella) (3)
Rous, EmmaThe Au Pair, (4.5)
S
Salak, Kira - The White Mary
Schulman, Audrey - Theory of Bastards (4)
Semple, Maria - Where'd You Go Bernadette (5)
Shaffer, Mary Ann & Annie Barrows - Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (5)
Shapiro, B. A. - The Art Forger (4)
Shepherd, Peng - The Book of M (3)
Simsion, Graeme - The Rosie Project (5)
Sittenfeld, Curtis - Eligible  (4.5)
Sloan, Robin - Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (4)
Smith, Deborah - Sweet Hush (4)
Spielman, Lori Nelson - The Life List (4)
Strout, Elizabeth - The Burgess Boys (3.5)

T

Thomason, Dustin - 12.21: A Novel (4.5) Not a MURDER mystery, but a mystery just the same....
Trasi, Amita - The Color of Our Sky (4)
Tucker, K. A.- The Simple Wild (4.5)
Tucker, Lisa - Once Upon a Day (4)
Tyler, Anne - Digging to America (4)
U
V
Vanderah, Glendy - Where the Forest Meets the Stars (4.5) CRF
W
Wallace, Michael - Crow Hollow (4) HistFict
Walls, Jeannette - The Silver Star (Liked it/3 - though I would consider it YA)
Waxman, Abbi - The Bookish Life of Nina Hill (5)
Webb, Wendy - The Tale of Halcyon Crane (It was okay/2)
Weiner, Jennifer - Good in Bed (If I remember correctly, I totally enjoyed this/4)
Weir, Meghan MacLean - The Book of Essie (4)
White, Karen - The Time Between (It was okay/2)
Wiggs, Susan - Family Tree (3 Easy reading romance...)
Wingate, Lisa - The Prayer Box (DNF, bleh...)
Winger, Diane - Ellie Dwyer's Great Escape (3)
X
Y
Z

Zevin, Gabrielle - The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry (5)

(Steamy & Steamy-ish) Romance Fiction
Albright, Jami - Running From a Rock Star, 2017 (3)
Andre, Bella - Take Me, 2013 (1.5) Sizzle 4/4
Banks, R. R. - My Fake Fiance, 2018 (1) Sizzle Factor probably 4/4
Blakely, Lauren - Lucky Suit, 2019 (3) Sizzle 1.5/4
Blakely, Lauren - Mister O, 2016 (3.5)
Blakely, Lauren - Part-Time Lover , 2018 (3.5)
Blaze, Violet - Stepbrother Inked, 2015 (2.5)
Bliss, Chelle - Maneuver, 2015 (1) Sizzle Factor high
.........................Throttle Me, 2014 (2/5) Sizzle Factor HIGH, plus he's a chauvinist with a stereotypical biker biker mentally...
Burton, Jaci - Paradise Awakening, 2003 (this was her first, and it was horrible!)
Carmack, Cora - Losing It, 2012 (2)
Carmine, Cat - The Rule Breaker, 2018 (3.5) Sizzle Factor 4/4 I'm pretty sure...
Davies, Sharleen - Steadfast, 2019 (2.5) biker/SEALS talk & action
Dixon, Ruby - Ice Planet Barbarian series (4) Sizzle Factor 4/4 for sure....whew!
Dixon, Ruby - The Alien's Mail-Order Bride, (2) near the end a lot
Foster, Lori - Driven to Distraction CRAP!
G., Whitney - Reasonable Doubt , 2014 sizzle 4/4
Goodwin, Grace - Assigned a Mate pretty high sizzle
Guillory, Jasmine - The Wedding Date, 2018 (2.5) SIzzle Factor 3/4 (That's trying to remember)
Hoang, Helen - The Kiss Quotient, 2018 (5) Sizzle Factor (4/4)
Hunter, Elizabeth - INK: A Love Story on 7th and Main. 2018 (3.5) Sizzle Factor 2/4
Lauren, Christina - Beautiful Stranger, 2013 (2.75) Lots of smut...
Lauren, Christina - Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, 2018 (2.5/4)
Lauren, Christina - My Favorite Half-Night Stand, 2018 (2/4)
Lauren, Christina - Roomies, 2017 (4) Sizzle Factor:  Can't remember!
Lauren, Christina - The Unhoneymooners, 2019 (3) Plenty!
Moreland, Melanie - The Contract, 2016 (4)
Rayne, Piper - Lessons from a One-Night Stand 2019 (2/4)
Snow, Nicole - Accidental Romeo, 2019 (3) Sizzle Factor 4/4
Strych, Nina - Fiance for Hire, 10 (2.5) Sizzle Factor 3/4
Taiden, Milly - Unexpectedly Mated (1.5)
Thorne, Sally - 99 Percent Mine 2019 (3) Sizzle 1.5/4
Valente, Lili - Hot as Puck 2017 (very)
Ware & Gleason - Beyond the Night, 2000 (1.5) not much, cover's so misleading!

AMISH FICTION
Cameron - A Road Unknown, 2014 (3.5)
Davids - The Wish, 2019 (4)
Doss, Rose - Amish Renegade, 2018 (3)
Lewis, Beverly - The Secret, 2009 (2.5)
Newport, Olivia - Accidentally Amish, 2012 (3)
Price - Fields of Corn, 2010 (2)

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