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Apr. 5th, 2012

kool kat

Bluzkat's Bounty of Books in 2012

Back for another year to browse the bounty of books before me. It's going to be a good year.

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April
36.   The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles), Patrick Rothfuss
37.   TheWise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles), Patrick Rothfuss
38.   The Eye of the World, Book One of the Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan
39.   The Great Hunt, Book Two of the Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan
40.   The Dragon Reborn, Book Three of the Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan


New Authors
1.   Magic Bites, Ilona Andrews
2.   One for the Money in Magic Graves, Jeaniene Frost
3.   Jemima J, Jane Green
4.   Tempest Rising, Nicole Peeler
5.   Red-Headed Stepchild, Jaye Wells
6.   Hard Magic - Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles, Larry Correia
7.   Fair Game, Alpha and Omega, Patricia Briggs
8.   The Name of the Wind, Kingkiller, Patrick Rothfuss
9.   The Dragon Reborn, Book Three of the Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan

Jan. 10th, 2012

kool kat

2011 -- 52 Books in 52 Weeks

Back for another year.

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New Authors
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ETA: Added books for November and December. Closed out the year with a grand total of 115 books. This was the year of the urban fantasy for me. It appears that 2012 will be more of the same. What have you been reading?

Book descriptions and my thoughts in the comments.

Dec. 6th, 2011

kool kat

Calling all chocolate aficionados

What is the best chocolate you've ever eaten? I want to send a gift to a friend in The Netherlands. I was going to send Green & Black's, but I can't find the gift collection in stock. I have no idea. The standards bearers for quality chocolate in the U.S. are Godiva and Ghirardelli. Not sure how they stand up to a to a true connoisseur's standards.

Aug. 14th, 2011

kool kat

Happy Birthday, dickgloucester!

Happy birthday, dickgloucester !! Hope you had a great day and this year is your best yet.

Aug. 10th, 2011

kool kat

Why I'll never be an adult

This just cracked me up.

hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/06/this-is-why-ill-never-be-adult.html

Apr. 25th, 2011

kool kat

Glasgow's Got Talent

Come on. I defy anyone to watch this and not smile.

Mar. 23rd, 2011

kool kat

Self-publishing

I read a great article on self-publishing that I wanted to share with you.

Dec. 31st, 2010

kool kat

2010 - 52 Week Book Challenge

Back for the third year -- read a book per week. Last year, I read 84. Not bad, I think. So, let's see how I do in 2010. Here's where I am so far.

1.    No Such Thing As a Secret, Shelly Fredman
2.    No Such Thing As a Good Blind Date, Shelly Fredman
3.    No Such Thing As a Free Lunch, Shelly Fredman
4.    Fairest, Gail Carson Levine
5.    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson (reread)
6.    Jamaica Inn, Daphe duMaurier
7.    Predator, Patricia Cornwell
8.    Power Play, Joseph Finder
9.    U is for Undertow, Susan Grafton
10.  Fault Line, Barry Eisler
11.  Plague Ship, Clive Cussler & Jack duBrul
12.  The First Rule, Robert Crais
13.  The Girl Who Played with Fire, Stieg Larsson (reread)
14.  Unzipped, Lois Greiman
15.  Unplugged, Lois Greiman
16.  Unscrewed, Lois Greiman
17.  Unmanned, Lois Greiman
18.  One Hot Mess, Lois Greiman
19.  The Little Sleep, Paul Tremblay
20.  Three Men and a Body, Stephanie Bond
21.  2 Bodies for the Price of 1, Stephanie Bond
22.  4 Bodies and a Funeral, Stephanie Bond
23.  5 Bodies to Die For, Stephanie Bond
24.  6 Killer Bodies, Stephanie Bond
25.  No Such Thing As A Free Ride, Shelly Fredman
26.  The Hunger Games (reread)
27.  Nineteen Minutes, Jodi Picoult
28.  Charmed and Dangerous, Toni McGee Causey
29.  Girls Just Wanna Have Guns, Toni McGee Causey
30.  When a Man Loves a Weapon, Toni McGee Causey
31.  Dating is Murder, Harley Jane Kozak
32.  A Prisoner of Birth,  Jeffrey Archer
33.  Body Movers, Stephanie Bond
34.  Corpse Pose, Diana Killian
35.  Dial Om for Murder, Diana Killian
36.  Murder on the Eightfold Path, Diana Killian
37.  The Diva Paints the Town, Krista Davis
38.  The Diva Runs Out of Thyme, Krista Davis
39.  The Diva Takes the Cake, Krista Davis
40.  How to Host a Killer Party, Penny Warner
41.  This Pen for Hire, Laura Levine
42.  The PMS Murder, Laura Levine
43.  Shoes to Die for, Laura Levine
44.  Death by Pantyhose, Laura Levine
45.  Killer Blonde, Laura Levine
46.  Killer Cruise, Laura Levine
47.  Killing Bridezilla, Laura Levine
48.  Death of a Trophy Wife, Laura Levine
49.  Sex, Murder and Double Latte, Kyra Davis
50.  Passion, Betrayal and Killer Highlights, Kyra Davis
51.  Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss, Kyra Davis
52.  Obsession, Deceit and Really Dark Chocolate, Kyra Davis
53.  Crazy Fool Kills Five, Gwen Greeman
54.  Murder...Suicide...Whatever..., Gwen Greeman
55.  A is for Apple, Kate Johnson
56.  Ugley Business,, Kate Johnson
57.  I Spy, Kate Johnson
58.  A Date You Can't Refuse, Harley Jane Kozak
59.  The Spellman Files, Lisa Lutz
60.  The Spellmans Strike Again, Lisa Lutz
61.  The Curse of the Spellmans, Lisa Lutz
62.  Revenge of the Spellmans, Lisa Lutz
63.  Not One Clue, Lois Greiman
64.   The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Steig Larsson (reread)
65.   One Bad Apple, Sheila Connolly
66.   Rotten to the Core, Sheila Connolly
67.   Red Delicious Death, Sheila Connolly
68.   Vows, Vendettas & A Little Black Dress, Kyra Davis
69.   Murder 101, Maggie Barbieri
70.   Extracurricular Activities, Maggie Barbieri
71.   Quick Study, Maggie Barbieri
72.   Final Exam, Maggie Barbieri
73.   Still Waters, Kate Johnson
74.   Sizzlin’ Sixteen, Janet Evanovich
75.   Killer Deal, Sheryl J. Anderson
76.   Killer Riff, Sheryl J. Anderson
77.   Killer Heels, Sheryl J. Anderson
78.   Killer Cocktail, Sheryl J. Anderson
79.   Stuck on Murder, Lucy Lawrence
80.   Cut to the Corpse, Lucy Lawrence
81.   Killer Mousse, Melinda Wells
82.   Death Takes the Cake, Melinda Wells
83.   The Proof is in the Pudding, Melinda Wells
84.   Sprinkle with Murder, Jenn McKinlay
85.   I Scream, You Scream, Wendy Lyn Watson
86.   Stork Raving Mad, Donna Andrews
87.   How to Murder a Millionaire, Nancy Martin
88.   Dead Girls Don't Wear Diamonds, Nancy Martin
89.   Some Like It Lethal, Nancy Martin
90.   A Crazy Little Thing Called Death, Nancy Martin
100. Have Your Cake and Kill Him Too, Nancy Martin
101. Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die, Nancy Martin
102. Murder Melts in Your Mouth, Nancy Martin
103. Town in Blueberry Jam, B. B. Haywood
104. Candy Apple Red, Nancy Bush
105. How to Crash a Killer Bash, Penny Warner
106. Closet Confidential, Mary Jane Muffini
107. Death Loves a Messy Desk, Mary Jane Muffini
108. The Cluttered Corpse, Mary Jane Muffini
109. Organize Your Corpse, Mary Jane Muffini
110. Delicious and Suspicious, Riley Adams
111. Slay It with Flowers, Kate Collins
112. Mum's the Word, Kate Collins
113. Islandbridge, John Brady
114. Under the Dome, Stephen King
115. Inside Out, Barry Eisler
116. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

May. 4th, 2010

kool kat

2010 Book Challenge - Books 34-63

Books 34 - 63

There's nothing like some brain candy to get you through RL. I recommend each of these books for fun, escapist reading.

34.  Corpse Pose, Diana Killian
35.  Dial Om for Murder, Diana Killian
36.  Murder on the Eightfold Path, Diana Killian
37.  The Diva Paints the Town, Krista Davis
38.  The Diva Runs Out of Thyme, Krista Davis
39.  The Diva Takes the Cake, Krista Davis
40.  How to Host a Killer Party, Penny Warner
41.  This Pen for Hire, Laura Levine
42.  The PMS Murder, Laura Levine
43.  Shoes to Die for, Laura Levine
44.  Death by Pantyhose, Laura Levine
45.  Killer Blonde, Laura Levine
46.  Killer Cruise, Laura Levine
47.  Killing Bridezilla, Laura Levine
48.  Death of a Trophy Wife, Laura Levine
49.  Sex, Murder and Double Latte, Kyra Davis
50.  Passion, Betrayal and Killer Highlights, Kyra Davis
51.  Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss, Kyra Davis
52.  Obsession, Deceit and Really Dark Chocolate, Kyra Davis
53.  Crazy Fool Kills Five, Gwen Greeman
54.  Murder...Suicide...Whatever..., Gwen Greeman
55.  A is for Apple, Kate Johnson
56.  Ugley Business,, Kate Johnson
57.  I Spy, Kate Johnson
58.  A Date You Can't Refuse, Harley Jane Kozak
59.  The Spellman Files, Lisa Lutz
60.  The Spellmans Strike Again, Lisa Lutz
61.  The Curse of the Spellmans, Lisa Lutz
62.  Revenge of the Spellmans, Lisa Lutz
63.  Not One Clue, Lois Greiman

Mar. 20th, 2010

kool kat

Book 26-33 in 2010

26.  The Hunger Games (reread for book discussion group)
The Hunger Games was just as enjoyable on reread. Will be rereading the second book in April for book discussion group. Looking forward to the release of the 3rd book in August.

27.  Nineteen Minutes, Jodi Picoult
Excellent fiction on school shootings and bullying. Heart wrenching though. It was very difficult to read at times, not for the writing which was superb, but for the subject matter.

28.  Charmed and Dangerous, Toni McGee Causey
29.  Girls Just Wanna Have Guns, Toni McGee Causey
30.  When a Man Loves a Weapon, Toni McGee Causey
31.  Dating is Murder, Harley Jane Kozak
32.  A Prisoner of Birth,  Jeffrey Archer
33.  Body Movers, Stephanie Bond


Lots of excellent brain candy to soothe my heart after Nineteen Minutes. Loved the Bobbie Faye series by Causey. Definitely recommend those for any former or current Plum fans. Bobby Faye gets into more trouble, is far crazier, and the writing is tight. No monkeys or farting. Adult humor. Kozak and Bond were fun and funny, as well. I read the last 2 out of order of the series. They didn't suffer for it.

Oh...and the Archer book. A variation on the Count of Monte Cristo. It didn't get great reviews, but I thought it was entertaining. I liked the main characters and the bad guys got their comeuppance. Listened to the audio book and the reader was good. So, I'd recommend it for a listen. Also, the brief biography on the author led me to read about his life. What a character! He could be a character in one of his own books. Whoever wrote the Wikipedia article didn't seem to like him. He definitely painted him in a gray, if not dark, light. 

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