Reading List 2011

July was a busy month for books.  I know it doesn’t look like I read too much, but all those George R. R. Martin books are pretty formidable in both length and content – they aren’t exactly a day of light reading.  After I was finished with them all, that’s exactly what I was in the mood for, though.  I still am, actually.  I don’t want more books that will hurt my brain and my eyes (I may need a new prescription for my reading glasses after last month) and will be moving back into lighter novels for a bit.  My brain needs some down time.

There were two newly released books on my list this month.  Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin, which precipitated the re-reading of his series in the first place, and Heartless by Gail Carringer.  By far the better of the two (in my opinion, granted) was Heartless.  Ms. Carringer’s books combine such a wonderful mix of humor, attitude, wit, and plot.  The best way I can describe her is Janet Evanovich meets Nancy Drew meets Jules Verne.  I dare anyone to read the first 50 pages of the first book and not enjoy themselves.

58. A Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin
59. A Feast for Crows, George R. R. Martin
60. A Dance with Dragons, George R. R. Martin
61. Heartless, Gail Carringer – highly recommended
62. and 63. Cordina’s Royal Family: Gabriella & Alexander, Nora Roberts
64. and 65. Cordina’s Royal Family: Bennett & Camilla, Nora Roberts

49. Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief, Rick Riordan (audiobook)
50. Believe in Me, Laura Moore
51. Lean, Mean Thirteen, Janet Evanovich – recommended
52. Fearless Fourteen, Janet Evanovich – recommended
53. Finger Lickin’ Fifteen, Janet Evanovich – recommended
54. Sizzling Sixteen, Janet Evanovich – recommended
55. Smokin’ Seventeen, Janet Evanovich – recommended
56. A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin
57. A Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin

38. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling (audiobook)
39. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling (audiobook)
40. The Face on the Milk Carton, Caroline B. Cooney
41. Whatever Happened to Janie?, Caroline B. Cooney
42. The Voice on the Radio, Caroline B. Cooney
43. What Janie Found, Caroline B. Cooney
44. Chance Meeting, Laura Moore
45. Remember Me, Laura Moore
46. Married by Morning, Lisa Kleypas
47. Baby Bargains, Denise & Alan Fields (recommended if you’re interested in purchasing baby things)
48. Around My French Table, Dorie Greenspan (cookbook) – I don’t usually include cookbooks in my reading list, but I have read this one cover to cover in the past two days and it is FABULOUS!  Expect recipes on the blog from this book in the future.

31. Seduce Me at Sunrise, Lisa Kleypas (audiobook)
32. Tempt Me at Twilight, Lisa Kleypas (audiobook)
33. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling (audiobook)
34. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling (audiobook)
35. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling (audiobook)
36. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling (audiobook)
37. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling (audiobook)

25.  The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss – highly recommended
26.  Shanna, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
27.  To Ride A Dark Horse, Laura Moore
28.  Mine Til Midnight, Lisa Kleypas (audiobook)
29.  No Choice but Seduction, Johanna Lindsey
30.  Pegasus, Robin McKinley

20. Lean, Mean Thirteen, Janet Evanovich (audiobook)
21. The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss – strongly recommended
22. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey (audiobook)
23. Dragonquest, Anne McCaffrey (audiobook)
24. Dragonsong, Anne McCaffrey (audiobook)

1. What to Expect when You’re Expecting, Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
(for the record, I’m not expecting.  A friend gave me this and it’s interesting.)
2. Eragon, Christopher Paolini (audio book)
3.  Soulless, Gail Carrington – strongly recommended
4. Changeless, Gail Carrington – strongly recommended
5. Blameless, Gail Carrington – strongly recommended
6. Twin: A Memoir, Allen Shawn
7. Green Rider, Kristen Britain -strongly recommended
8. First Rider’s Call, Kristen Britain – strongly recommended
9. The High King’s Tomb, Kristen Britain – strongly recommended
10. Eldest, Christopher Paolini (audiobook)
11. Alanna, Tamora Pierce
12. In the Hands of the Goddess, Tamora Pierce
13. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, Tamora Pierce
14. Lioness Rampant, Tamora Pierce
15. Brisingr, Christopher Paolini (audiobook)
16. Sea Swept, Nora Roberts (audiobook) – recommended
17. Rising Tides, Nora Roberts (audiobook) – recommended
18. Inner Harbor, Nora Roberts (audiobook) – recommended
19. Chesapeake Blue, Nora Roberts (audiobook) – recommended

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