Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2020 Reading Challenges

Published in the Current Year - 2020
1.  Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain (5)
2.  From the Desk of Zoe Washington (4)

Written before 2010 (Over ten years old)
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One-word titles
1.  Freefall
2.  Steadfast
3.  Conviction
4.  Collision
5.  Ark
6.  Rabid

Shorts/Novellas
1.   Everything My Mother Taught Me
2.   Ark
3.   Rabid

YA
1.  Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
2.  There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
3.  Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron
4.  10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
5.  Heartwood Box by Ann Aguire
6.  Collision by Victor Dixen
7.  The Beginning of Everything, The by Robyn Schneider
8.  Dulci's Legacy by Margaret Pinard

Middle Grades
1.  To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

2.  From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

Historical Fiction
1.  The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (Richardson) 1936 eastern Kentucky

2.  Big Lies in a Small Town (Chamberlain) now & 1940 & contemp rural NC
3.  We Hope for Better Things (Bartels) 1861 & 1963 & contemp Detroit
4.  Flight of the Sparrow (Brown) 1670 Mass. Bay Colony
3.  Everything My Mother Taught Me (Hoffman) 1908 Coastal Massachusetts
6.  Dulci's Legacy 1755 Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, but only for brief time travel

CRF (except Steamy Romances)
1.  Well Met (DeLuca) 4
2.  The Bookish Life of Nina Hill (Waxman) 5
3.  The Bookshop on the Corner, (Colgan) 4
4.  There's Something About Sweetie (Menon) 2.5

5.  To Night Owl From Dogfish (Sloan & Wolitzer) 5
6.  The Wish (Davids) 4
7.  Overdue Life of Amy Byler (Harms) 3
8.  The Year of Saying Yes (Doyle) 2
9.  The Beginning of Everything, The  4.5
10.  Rabid (Doiron) 4
11.  Heart-Shaped Hack (Graves) 4

Romances of the Steam Variety
Throttle Me - Chelle Bliss (2.5)
2.  Steadfast - Shirlee Davis (2)
3.  My Favorite Half-Night Stand (very little "steam," but some...) (3)
4.  Worked Up by Tessa Bailey 
5.  Hot as Puck by Lili Valente (4)
6.  Sacrificed to the Dragon  by Jessie Donovan (2.5)
7.  Assigned a Mate by Grace Goodwin (2)
8.  Stepbrother Inked by Violet Blaze (tell me that isn't a pseudonym!) (2.5)
9.  Unexpectedly Mated by Milly Taiden (1.5)

Non-Fiction (hahahahahaha) Maybe a memoir or two?
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Mystery/Thriller
1.  Name of the Devil by Andrew Mayne (#2 Jessica Blackwood)
2.  Once Gone by Blake Pierce (#1 Riley Paige)
3.  Truth and Lies by Caroline Mitchell (#1 DI Amy Winters)
4.  House at Sea's End by Elly Griffiths (#3 Ruth Galloway)
5.  Angels Burning by Tawni O'Dell (standalone)
6.  Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier (Standalone)

7.  Murder Board by Brian Christopher Shea (#1 Michael Kelly)
8.  Freefall by Jessica Barry (standalone)
9.  The Night Fire by Michael Connolly (#3 Renee Ballard/Harry Bosch)
10.  Dark Pattern (#4 Dr. Theo Cray) by Andrew Mayne
11.  Nine Elms (#1 Kate Marshall) by Robert Bryndza
12.  V is for Vengeance (#22 Kinsey Milhone) Sue Grafton
13.  A Fatal Obsession (#6 McCabe & Savage) James Hayman
14.  Conviction (#3 Rebekah Roberts) Julia Dahl
15.  Blood Relations Jonathan Moore
16.  Good Girl, Bad Girl  (#1 Cyrus Haven) Michael Robotham

Dystopian/Fantasy/SciFi/Paranormal (I'm not including Steamies)
1.  Last Bus to Everland (Cameron)

2.  Heartwood Box  (Aguire)
3.  Collision (Dixen)\
4.  Ark (Roth)

REAL Book Books
1.  To Night Owl From Dogfish (Sloan & Wolitzer)

2.  Heartwood Box (Aguire)
3.  Collision (Dixen)

eBooks

1.  Murder Board (Shea)
2.  Nine Elms  (Bryndza)
3.  A Fatal Obsession (Hayman)
4.  The Beginning of Everything (Schneider)
5.  Dulci's Legacy (Pinard)

Audio Books
1.  Name of the Devil (Audible) narrated by Jennifer O'Donnell
DNF - Echoes Among the Stones (Audible - ret'd) narrated by Pilar Witherspoon (not so crazy about her)
2.  Once Gone (Chirp) narrated by Elaine Wise
3.  Well Met (Bosler) narrated by Brittany Pressley - and she's great!
4.  The Bookish Life of Nina Hill (Bosler) narrated by Emily Rankin, beautifully
5.  The Bookshop on the Corner (Chirp) narrated by Lucy Price-Lewis (gorgeous British and Scottish accents)
6.  Truth and Lies (Audible) read by Elizbeth Knowelden
7.  Places No One Knows 
(Chirp) read by Karissa Vacker and Jesse Bernstein
8.  House at Sea's End (Audible) read by Jane McDowell
9.  Angels Burning (Chirp) read by Susan Bennett
10.  Jar of Hearts (Bosler) read by January LaVoy (who's great with voices)
11.  The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (Bosler) read by Katie Schorr
12.  There's Something About Sweetie (Chirp) read by Vikas Adam & Soneela Nankani

13.  Throttle Me (Chirp) read by Lance Greenfield and Kirsten Leigh
14.  The Wish (Chirp) read by Christina Traister
15.  Freefall (Audible) read by Hilary Huber, Karissa Vacker, MacLeod Andrews
16.  The Night Fire (Audible) read by Titus Welliver and Christina Laken
17.  Dark Pattern (Audible) read by Will Damron
18.  Last Bus to Everland  (Bosler) read by Joshua Manning in a thick (easy-to-follow) Scottish brogue
19.  Steadfast (Chirp) read by Markham Anderson
20.  My Favorite Half-Night Stand (Bosler)  narrated by Shayna Thibodeaux and Deacon Lee
21.  V is for Vengeance (Bosler) Kaye
22.  
Big Lies in a Small Town (Bosler) narrated by Susan Bennett
23.  We Hope for Better Things (TPPL/RBDigital) narrated by Stina Nielsen
24.  Conviction (Audible) narrated by Andi Arndt
25.  10 Blind Dates (TPPLAud) narrated by Sophie Amoss
26.  Blood Relations (Audible) narrated by David Colacci
27.  Flight of the Sparrow  (Audible) narrated by Heather Henderson
28.  Overdue Life of Amy Byler (Audible Prime) read by Amy McFadden
29.  Worked Up by Tessa Bailey (Chirp) read by Emma Wilder
30.  The Year of Saying Yes (Chirp) read by Zara Ramm
31.  Hot as Puck (Chirp) read by Tyler Donne and Summer Roberts
32.  Ark (Audible Prime) read by Evan Rachel Wood
33.  Rabid (Audible)  narrated by Henry Leyva
34.  Sacrificed to the Dragon  (Chirp) read by Matthew Lloyd Davies
35.  Good Girl, Bad Girl (Bosler) read by Joe Jameson
36.  Assigned a Mate (Audio Escape) read by B. J. Pottsworth and Audrey Conway
37.  Stepbrother Inked (Audible Escape) read by Angelise Rosewood
38.  From the Desk of Zoe Washington read by
39.  Unexpectedly Mated read by Lauren Sweet
40.  Heart-Shaped Hack narrated by Kristin Condon

First in a Series
1.  Once Gone (Riley Paige, FBI agent)
2.  Truth and Lies (DI Amy Winters, daughter of a serial killer)

3.  Throttle Me (Men of Inked) Don't think I'll be reading any more
4.  Murder Board (Michael Kelly/Dorchester Detective) pretty decent
5.   Nine Elms  (Kate Marshall/British coastal PI) okay
6.  Good Girl, Bad Girl (Cyrus Haven, police psychologist, England)
7.  Heart-Shaped Hack (Kate & Ian)

Continuing in a Series
#2 Jessica Blackwood - Name of the Devil (Mayne)
#3 Ruth Galloway - House at Sea's End (Griffiths)

#3 Renee Ballard - The Night Fire (Connelly)
#4 Dr. Theo Cray - Dark Pattern (Mayne)
#22 Kinsey Milhone - V is for Vengeance (Grafton)
#6 McCabe & Savage - A Fatal Obsession (Hayman)
#3 Rebekah Roberts - Conviction (Dahl)
#3 Phobos -  Collision (Dixen)
#8.5 Mike Bowditch - Rabid (Doiron)

AZ? (0)   MA? (3)  ME? (2)   PA? (1)
1.  Angels Burning (west-central PA)

2.  Murder Board (Boston/Dorchester)
3.  Freefall (half of book takes place in Midcoast Maine)
4.  Flight of the Sparrow  (Massachusetts Bay Colony)
5.  Everything My Mother Taught Me (Coastal Mass.)
6.  Rabid (northern Maine)
7.  From the Desk of Zoe Washington (Boston area: Cambridge, Somerville, Davis Square)

Where in the World?
1.  The Bookshop on the Corner (England and Scotland)
2.  Truth and Lies (England)
3.  House at Sea's End (England)

4.   Nine Elms  (England)
5.  Last Bus to Everland (Scotland)
6.  The Year of Saying Yes (England)
7.  Sacrificed to the Dragon  (UK)
8.  Good Girl, Bad Girl (England)
9.  Dulci's Legacy (Cape Breton, NS, Canada)

Books I started but didn't finish
1.  Echoes Among the Stones - Jaime Jo Wright, 2019 slow and boring plust\ not-so-great narrator

2.  Lady in the Lake - Laura Lippman
3.  The Poison Garden - Alex Marwood
4.  The Shoemaker's Wife - Adrianna Trigiani
5.  The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
6.  Juliet: A Novel - Anne Frasier

Fairly Solid 4 Rating

1.  Name of the Devil
2.  Well Met
3.  The Bookshop on the Corner-
4.  House at Sea's End
5.  The Wish
6.  Freefall
7.  V is for Vengeance
8.  A Fatal Obsession
9.  Blood Relations
10   Flight of the Sparrow 
11.  Heartwood Box
12.  Hot as Puck (it's steamy AND good!)
13.  Collision
14.  Rabid
15.  From the Desk of Zoe Washington
16.  Heart-Shaped Hack

4.5 or 5 Stars
1.  The Bookish Life of Nina Hill (5)
2.  Angels Burning (5)
3.  Jar of Hearts (4.5)
4.  The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (5)

5.  To Night Owl From Dogfish (5)
6.  The Night Fire (5)
7.  Dark Pattern (4.5)
8.  Last Bus to Everland (4.5)
9.  Everything My Mother Taught Me (4.5) Novella
9.  Big Lies in a Small Town (5)
10.  We Hope for Better Things (5)
11.  The Beginning of Everything (4.5)
12.  Good Girl, Bad Girl (4.5)



I Love Picture Books
1. Saturday by Oge Mora, 2019
2.  How to Read a Book by Kwame Alexander, illust. Melissa Sweet, 2019
3.  Around the Passover Table by Tracy Newman, illust. Adriana Santos, 2019
4.  Crow Not Crow by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple, illust. Elizabeth Dulemba, 2018
5.  Two Brothers, Four Hands: The Artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti by Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan, illust. by Hadley Hooper, 2019
6.  The Universe is a Tree by Laura Filippucci, 2018

Novels Read in 2020
January (21) 7299 pgs.
1.  Name of the Devil (#2 Jessica Blackwood) - Andrew Mayne, 2015 eAud (4) 432 pgs.
DNF-  Echoes Among the Stones - Jaime Jo Wright - 2019 eAud (DNF) read 1/3 of it, 100 pgs (532)
2.  Once Gone (#1 Riley Paige, FBI) - Blake Pierce, 2015 eAud (2) 304 pgs. (836 pgs.)
3.  Well Met - Jen DeLuca, 2019 eAud (4) 336 pgs. (1172 pgs.)
4.  The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, - Abbi Waxman, 2019 eAud (5) 352 pgs. (1524 pgs.)
5.  The Bookshop on the Corner- Jenny Colgan, 2016 eAud (4) 384 pgs. (1908 pgs.)
6.  Truth and Lies (#1 DI Amy Winter) Caroline Mitchell, 2018 eAud (3.5) 344 pgs. (2252)
7.  Places No One Knows - Brenna Yovanoff, 2016 eAud (3.5) 373 pgs. (2625 pgs.)
8.  House at Sea's End (#3 Ruth Galloway) - Elly Griffiths, 2011 eAud (4) 352 pgs. (2977)
9.  Angels Burning - Tawni O'Dell, 2016 eAud (5) 288 pgs. (3265 pgs.)
10.  Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier, 2018 eAud (4.5) 311 pgs. (3576 pgs.)
11.  The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek - Michele Richardson, 2019 eAud (5) 308 pgs. (3884 pgs.)
12.  There's Something About Sweetie - Sandhya Menon - 2019 eAud (2.5) 378 pgs. (4262)
13. To Night Owl From Dogfish - Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer, 2019 Bk (5) 295 pgs. (4557 pgs.)
14.  Throttle Me (#1 Men of Inked) - Chelle Bliss, 2014 eAud (2.5) 278 pgs. (4835 pgs.)
15.  The Wish- Patricia Davids, 2019, eAud (4) 384 pgs. (5219 pgs.)
16.  Murder Board #1 Michael Kelly/Boston Cop) Brian Christopher Shea - 2019 eBook?Kindle, (3) 321 pgs. (5540 pgs.)
17.  Freefall- Jessica Barry, 2019 eAud (4) 368 pgs. (5908 pgs.)
18.  The Night Fire (#3 Renee Ballard & Harry Bosch) Michael Connelly, 2019 eAud (5) 405 pgs. (6313 pgs.)
19.  Dark Pattern (#4 Dr.Theo Cray) Andrew Mayne, 2019 eAud (4.5) 316 pgs. (6,629 pgs.)
20.   Nine Elms  (#1 Kate Marshall) Robert Bryndza, 2019 eBook/Kindle (3.5) 392 pgs. (7011 pgs.)
21.  Last Bus to Everland - Sophie Cameron, 2019 eAud (4.5) 288 pgs. (7299 pgs.)
February (18) 6578 pgs.
22.  Steadfast - Shirleen Davies, 2019 eAud (2) 180 pgs. (7479 pgs.)
23.  My Favorite Half-Night Stand  -  Christina Lauren  2018 eAudio (3) 384 pgs. (7863 pgs.)
24.  V is for Vengeance (#22 Kinsey Millhone) Sue Grafton, 2011 eAudio (4) 437 pgs. (8300)
25.  Big Lies in a Small Town- Diane Chamberlain, 2020 eAud (5) 400 pgs. (8700 pgs.)
26.  A Fatal Obsession(#6 McCabe & Savage) James Hayman, 2018 eBk/Kindle (4+) 368 pgs. (9086 pgs.)
27.  We Hope for Better Things - Erin Bartells, 2019 eAudio/TPPL (5) 393 pgs. (9480 pgs.)
28.  Conviction (#3 Rebekah Roberts) Julia Dahl, 2017 Audible (3.5) 312 pgs. (9792 pgs.)
DNFLady in the Lake - Laura Lippman
29.  10 Blind Dates - Ashley Elston, 2019 eAudio/TPPL (3) 336 pgs. (10,128 pgs.)
DNF The Poison Garden - Alex Marwood, Alex Marwood, 2020 DNF at 40% of 391 pgs.=156 pgs. (10,284 pgs.)
30.  Blood Relations - Jonathan Moore, 2019 Audible (4.5) 357 pgs. (10,614 pgs.)
31.  Flight of the Sparrow  - Amy Belding Brown, 2014 Audible (4) 368 pgs. (11,009 pgs.)
32.  Overdue Life of Amy Byler - Kelly Harms, 2019 AudiblePrime (3) 328 pgs. (11,337)
33.  Everything My Mother Taught Me- Alice Hoffman, 2019 Audible (4) 28 pgs. (11, 365)
34.  Heartwood Box - Ann Aguirre, 2019 Book (3.5) 334 pgs. (11,699 pgs.)
DNF - The Shoemaker's Wife - Adriana Trigiani WILL FINISH AT ANOTHER TIME eAudio/TPPL 100 pgs. (11,799 pgs.)
DNF - The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown - eAudio/Bosler -WILL FIN one day 23% of 509 pgs= 117 pgs. (11,916 pgs.)
35.  Worked Up - Tessa Bailey- 2016 Chirp (2) 186 pgs. (12,102 pgs.)
36.  The Year of Saying Yes - Hannah Doyle, 2017 eAudio/Chirp (2) 363 pgs. (12,465 pgs.)
37.  Hot as Puck - Lili Valente, 2017 eAudio/Chirp (4) 330 pgs. (12,795 pgs.
38.  Collision (#3 Phobos) Victor Dixen - Book (4) 725 pgs.  (13,520 pgs.)
39.  The Beginning of Everything - Robyn Schneider - eBk/Prime (4.5) 357 pgs. 13,877 pgs.
March (19) 
40.  Ark - Veronica Roth, 2019 eAudio/Prime (3) 39 pgs. (13,916 pgs.)
41.  Rabid (#8.5 Mike Bowditch) Paul Doiron, 2018 eAudio/Audible (4) 50 pgs. (13,966 pgs.)
42.  Sacrificed to the Dragon  (#1 Stonefire Dragons) Jessie Donovan,  2014 eAudio/Chirp () 258 pgs. (14,224 pgs.) 3/2
DNF- Juliet: A Novel - Anne Fortier Made it through the 60% point, just didn't like it - eBk/Kindle 60% of 447 pgs. = 268 pgs. (14,492 pgs.)
43.  Good Girl, Bad Girll (#1 Cyrus Haven) Michael Robotham, 2019 eAudio/Bosler (4.5) 353 pgs.(14,845 pgs) 3/3
44.  Assigned a Mate (#1 Interstellar Bride Progrqam) Grace Goodwin, 2016 AudioEscape 156 pgs. (15,001 pgs.)
DNF - Secrets of Paper and Ink - Lindsay Harrel, 2019 eAudio/Audible 60% of 326 pgs. = 196 pgs. (15,197 pgs.)
45.  Dulci's Legacy - Margaret Pinard, 2014 eBk/Kindle (3) 192 pgs. (15,389 pgs.)
46.  Stepbrother Inked - Violet Blaze, 2015 eAudio/Audible (2.5) 346 pgs. (15,735 pgs.)
47.  From the Desk of Zoe Washington- Janae Marks, 2020  eAudio/Bos (4) 304 pgs. (16,039 pgs.)
48.  Unexpectedly Mated - Milly Taiden, 2014 AudibleEscape (1.5) 216 pgs. (16,255 pgs.)
49.  Heart-Shaped Hack - Tracey Garvis Graves, 2015 Audible Escape (4) 340 pgs. (16,595 pgs.)
52.  Cathian (Vorge Crew Series) Audible Escape 3/9
51.  The Substitution Order Chrip 3/11 (5)
52.  1001 Dark Nights: Hidden Ink 3/16 (1)
53.  Pleasure in the Stars 3/19 (1)
54.  Last True Poets of the Sea - Julia Drake Audible Escape (4) 3/19
55.  Tweet Cute - Emma Lord eAudio/Bosler(4) 3/20
56.  Indentured Bride Audible Escape(2) 3/21
57.  Marriage of Inconvenience Penny Reid Audible Escape 3.5 3/26
58.  Alone in the Wild - Kelly Armstrong (5) Bosler  3/28
April
59.  Lost Girls: The Maine Murders - (3) Audible  4/6
60.  The Flatshare - (5) Bosler Audio  4/7

The Huntress
The Library of Lost and Found - Phaedra Patrick, Chirp
A Perfect Evil - Alex Kava AudEsc
Reached (#3 Matched) Allie Condie -eAudio/Audible
Lost Hills (#1 Eve Ronin) eBk/Kindle
The Consultant - TJ O'Connor eAudio/Audible
Sovereign - Audible

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