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Book Binge 2008

book binge

Welcome to The 2nd Annual Book Binge hosted by the lovely MaryP.


This Book Binge came at just the right time for me.  I needed something to take my mind off the assorted crap going on and this was the perfect remedy!  Thanks for having another binge, Mary!


What did I read?  As I was sitting down to write this post I realized I didn’t have my list with me.  I look in my purse.  Not there.  I look in my bill drawer.  Not there.  I then look every where else in the house.  Not there.  Great.  Can’t find the damn list!  They were library books for the most part, I can check the library’s site.  Nope, once they are returned there is no record.  Here I thought the FBI or CIA was monitoring people’s library borrowings.  (FBI, If you are reading this, did I remember all of my books?)

  1. The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen  I liked this book.  Modern day woman finds skeleton in her yard.  Story flashes back to the 1830’s and back again.  Not as good as some of her other books but a nice read.
  2. Hour Game by David Baldacci  I have read and loved Baldacci’s Camel Club books but for some reason never read the Sean King/ Michelle Maxwell books.  This book and the next on the list are both King/Maxwell books.  They were…ok.  I read them but they were also easy to put down.  No “can’t wait to get back to it” feeling.
  3. Simple Genius by David Baldacci  See above.
  4. A Friar’s Blood Feud by Michael Jecks A Knights Templar Book     I love these books.  Sir Baldwin de Furnshill is a Keeper of the Peace in the 14th century.  He is also a former Knight Templar.  Great settings and a plot that kept me engaged.
  5. Women’s Letters:  America from the Revolutionary War to the Present  edited by Lisa Grunwald and Stephen J. Adler  I am on page 397 of 761.  (I am reading it between other books.)  I love this book!  It is filled with letters from women (you think?).  I love history, especially American history, and it is fascinating to get first hand accounts of things that happened so many years ago.  Where possible the editors added biographical info on the writer and receiver.
  6. The American Resting Place by Marilyn Yalom   Photographs by Reid S. Yalom  You may think I’m morbid but I love cemeteries.  I have found so much interesting information in cemeteries while researching my family tree.  This book follows the burying history of America for the last 400 years.  A fascinating book not at all creepy.
  7. Death Row by Jon Katz  A Suburban Detective Book.  This is what I call “an easy read”.  Engaging but not consuming.  Interesting but not can’t put down.
  8. Obsession by Jonathan Kellerman  An Alex Delaware novel.  Do I really need to say more?  They sort of bleed together after a while.
  9. Rockabye:  From Wild To Child by Rebecca Woolf   She blogs at Girls Gone Child.  I loved this book and talked about it so much, my mother is reading it now.
  10. 7th Heaven by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  11. Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber
  12. The Front by Patricia Cornwell

For some reason my wordpress link thing isn’t working so I couldn’t link to the last few books.  Sorry.


 I have 8 or 10 more books to add but I am going to set this to automatically publish on Sunday.  I am not sure if I will get back to it tomorrow as two of my kids (the smallest and whiniest) have strep throat.  If this message is still here- I did not get back to it.  If you like, check back on Tuesday for the full list, it should be up by then.


***Edited Monday June 2***

Since I lost my list I can’t remember the other books so they probably weren’t that good!  Kids are a bit better, thanks for asking!




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Mama’s Book Binge

Mary P is hosting this Book Binge.  Go over to her place to check out the other participants.

What did I read in April?  Lots of good stuff.

In March I started The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon.  The obsession began.  In April I read:

  1. Dragonfly In Amber
  2. Voyager
  3. Drums of Autumn
  4. The Fiery Cross
  5. A Breath of Snow and Ashes

I loved these books.  The story was fascinating.  So often I read a book and really want more.  These books had more.  And more.  And more. 

  1. Night by Elie Wiesel     My daughter had to read this for school.  Of course I had to check it out.  It is a sharp punch in the gut.  Elie Wiesel tells of his life in concentration camps as a teen in World War II.  I can’t say the book was good.  It was compelling and horrifying.  Everyone should read this book.
  2. Tripping the Prom Queen:  The Truth About Women and Rivalry by Susan Shapiro Barash       I read this for The Cerebral Venus Book Club.  Today is discussion day and I have yet to go over and discuss.
  3. Kingdom Come:  The Final Victory by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins   This is the final book in the Left Behind Series.  I have to say I was disappointed.  It seemed like the author was tired of writing this story and gave it a half hearted effort.  It was not as engaging as the other books in the series.  It took fifteen books to cover seven years (and the back story) but the final book covered the one thousand years of peace and the final battle.  I feel gypped.
  4. Spymistress:  The Life of Vera Atkins, the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II by William Stevenson    Again, thanks to my daughter!  She chose this book for her biography paper.  I got so into it I had to buy a copy for myself so she could use the library copy for her book report!  Vera Atkins spied, recruited spies and fought for England during WWII. 

I read nine books in April which is actually light for me.  Well those Outlander mass market paperbacks were well over a thousand pages each so I guess that’s about right.

I wish I had time to do a better review of each book but right now that’s just not possible.  Maybe when I update my Good Reads account (want to be on my friend list?) I can do a better job of it.

Don’t forget to check out Mary P’s place for other participants.


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Book Binge

I’m behind on my blog reading since my Outlander obsession began.  Tonight I was catching up and found this.  How cool is that? 

This is MaryP’s idea, she says:

Okay, all you booklovers out there, Bookmama and I have an activity for you. A fair number of you enjoyed the Literary Meme I did at the beginning of this week. But it was so arbitrary, and many of you who only had a fair-to-middlin’ showing on the list have probably read a TONNE of books that weren’t on it. Hardly right.

Clearly, we need a way to show our literary stuff in a truly personal way. So, here’s the idea: I’m proposing that, starting April 1, we start tracking everything we read for a month, and then, on May 1, we publish our lists. And yes, if you’re a student, assuming you’ll be doing any recreational blogging this month before exams, you can certainly include required readings and texts.

I love this, probably because I am totally nosy and want to know what other people are reading.  Hey, my next literary obsession could be on one of those lists! 

Go over to MaryP’s place and sign up! 


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Luxuries or Love

I did something this weekend that I have not done in a long time.  I bought books.  Yup, I shelled out real money for books.  I am an avid reader and before I was married I had hundreds of books.  Now we don’t have the room and I don’t have the time to dust the things.  My library card gets used more than the Amex does- that should tell you something.   I forgot how wonderful it is to just wander around Barnes and Noble.  So peaceful.  Yeah, I left the kids home.

What did I buy?  The Outlander Series of course.  It is funny how an obsession can take hold so quickly.  Now they are mine!  And can be yours too.  No you can’t borrow them- get your own!  I need them.  Yes, I am a freak.  Whatever.


I was thinking, would I go back in time and stay there if I had a mad, passionate love awaiting me?  Granted Claire did not intend to go back to 1743 but she had the chance to return to 1945 and didn’t.  (Keep in mind I am only on the second book and don’t know of her comings and  goings, don’t blow it for me.)

Would I give up the luxuries and technology of 2007 to go back 200 years?

I love my husband but not like Claire and Jamie.  I suspect that kind of love is for the fiction.  If I’m wrong please tell me and don’t leave out any details.  What would that kind of love be like?  What would an all consuming hunger and passion feel like?

What would I give up for that?  Have I given up anything for my husband?  Not really, a little privacy, doing what I want, when I want.  But he too has given up those things. 

What would I miss most about the time I live in?

The internet?


Modern medical care?

The freedom woman have today?


Would I do it?  I don’t know.  I’d like to think I would give up things for my husband.  But I don’t know that I would.  Would I give up blogging if he asked?  I don’t know.  (By the way, he doesn’t know I blog.  He saw me reading someone else’s blog one night, told me he thought they were stupid and why would anyone want to do that?  So I didn’t bother to tell him that I have one.)  Do I love him enough to give something up?  Or do I think, if he loves me, he would never ask me to give it up?

Would you go back in time?  What would you miss about today?  Would you give up something important for the person you love?  What wouldn’t you give up?


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More Crap

Why have my posts been so blah? 

And so few? 

Blame CPA Mom.  She recommended the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and I can’t stop reading.  How on earth did I not know these books existed?  I am so hooked.  I am going to the library tomorrow and getting all of them.  I don’t want to have to wait if I finish one.

Thanks for your dinner tips.  I’m so sick of my own cooking it’s not even funny.

A few months ago I took a hard look at what I was feeding my family.  I wasn’t thrilled with what I saw.  Mostly Hamburger Helper (cause it helps hamburger make a great meal).  Not the healthiest or the tastiest but pretty damn easy.  I decided no more Hamburger Helper.  I plan meals for the week, make a shopping list, shop on Saturday and cook three or four meals on Sunday.  On the days I work Sis just throws a pan in the oven so we can eat when I get home at six.  With all the excitement last weekend, I didn’t make a meal list or cook anything ahead of time.  I basically screwed myself up good.

Now I’m having food dilemmas.

  • The Big Guy.  He is not a picky eater but he likes a meal.  The girls and I are happy with salad and grilled chicken.  He wants meat, starch, vegatable.  I’ll throw scrambled egg sandwiches at him once in a while but he wants a real supper for the most part.  He very rarely says he doesn’t like something.  I can think of only twice in the time we have been together.  And he doesn’t say, “Damn, woman that was awful!”  He’ll say some thing like, “Do you think we could not have that again?”
  • Anything I make has to be nukeable.  The Big Guy doesn’t eat until around midnight. 
  • I need more recipes.  I’ll have to take some time and search the net.  After I finish these books.
  • The food I would make ahead is mostly casseroles.  I don’t want hearty casseroles in the summer.

Now that I have bored you with more crap, I’m going back to 1743 Scotland.  Thanks CPA Mom!


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Good Reading

I love history and I love to read. I especially like to read fiction with a historical background. I also love a fiction series with recurring characters. I like to see what happens next, ya know what I mean?

I have been reading a fiction series that has all of these qualities. Author Michael Jecks has a wonderful series featuring a former Knight Templar, Sir Baldwin Furnshill and his friend, Bailiff Simon Puttock. These novels are set in 1300’s England and feature Baldwin and Simon solving a crime (usually murder- maybe always murder, I haven’t read them all so I’m not sure). Mr. Jecks is a gifted writer. He really gives a sense of what life was like back then. He has a helpful glossary and cast of characters in the beginning of many of the books- great for keeping track of everyone and deciphering some medieval words! The mystery part of the books keeps you guessing. I hate a mystery that has a convenient ending- “so & so did it”- but the story just doesn’t support the conclusion. These books are not like that. Mr. Jecks is very skillful with his plotting.

If you like a good mystery, you should try these books.

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