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My Bookshelf last updated: October 1, 2016

AS OF APRIL 2012 I WON'T BE VERY ACTIVE ON THIS SITE. BUSY TIMES AHEAD. I'LL LIKELY BE BACK AT IT IN LATE FALL. SEE YOU THEN!...Much later=October 1, 2016 I'm dipping my toes back into the BC waters. Its been a long time!

My profile picture is wonderful Chipmunk we encountered on a family camping trip in the mountains of Colorado. One of my all time of my sons is feeding him Cheezits by hand.

In finding this book you not only have caught yourself a book to read, but a whole community of book lovers to share your love of books with! I hope that you will take the time and make a journal entry on the book (you can remain completely anonymous if you like) which lets me know how the book is doing and how you found it. Feel free to keep the book, give it to a friend, or "Wild Release" it again for someone else to find. In any case, I hope you enjoy your book *and* BookCrossing! Scroll up to the "All Books" tab just below my picture to have a look at my bookshelf! Be sure to read the "FAQ's" at the bottom of any page in this site to help answer some questions on how it works here. It is a blast!

I am a 55yo woman that was never much into reading throughout life but many attempts have been made to become a reader. I've always read very slowly and have a wandering mind, requiring me to read and re-read paragraph after paragraph...not very enjoyable. Yet, I've pushed myself over the years and now have started my own book club in another attempt to read more and I'm having success this time. I'm coming along slowly but there is hope. Having the book club really encourages me to read and finish books. And it has sparked much interest in books for me, as has being a member of BookCrossing! So even if I don't read a book, I've purchased, traded, recycled and now BC'd books. That puts them on my shelf and all over my house for any of my family members to grab and I'm happy about that.

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My *TRUE* Wild Catch number is: 146 Additional number includes JE's from trades/RABCK's/controlled releases and (1) BookRing.
[Of this Wild Catch number, 67 have become members of BookCrossing! Others have remained anonymous.]

Cold Blooded by Amanda Carlson

My niece, Author Amanda Carlson, is published by Orbit! Check it out. Not an Urban Fantasy Fan??? Well Neither was I....this is truly a well written page turner. Her eNovella, Blooded is available on and Book One of her Jessica McClain series, Full Blooded and Cold Blooded have also been released and there are more on the way in The Jessica McClain Series!!!!

1.) Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins
2.) Random Acts of Kindness: 365 Ways to Make the World a Nicer Place by Danny Wallace
February--->3.) Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
April--->4.) The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
5.) Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
6.) Blooded by Amanda Carlson
May--->7.) The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
June--->8.) Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson
9.) Misery by Stephen King
10.) Defending Jacob by William Landley
11.) Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L.
12.) Fifty Shades Darker
13.) Fifty Shades Freed
14.) Support Troops by Brian Nicol
15.) Bared to You by Sylvia Day
16.) Rules of Civility by I don't care - it was a shitty read
Here's where I fell off the reading job and family obligations have kept me from reading much. My bookclub has also gone under. It was good while it lasted but hey...we must move on, right?

1.) The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
February---->2.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
3.) Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
March------>4.) Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
5.) Ghost Stories of Washington by Barbara Smith
6.) Murder of a Bookstore Babe by Denise Swanson
7.) Little Bunny Foo Foo by Robin Frederick
April-----> 8.)Zip.....:-(
May----->8.) My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
June---->9.) Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
10.) Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
July---->11.) Bumfuzzle by Patrick Schulte
12.) Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
August---->13.) Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
14.) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
15.) Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
September--->16.) Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
17.) Schooled by Gordon Korman
18.) A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer
October--->19.) The Long-Shining Waters by Danielle Sosin
20.) Time for Outrage by Stephane Hessel
21.) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
November--->22.) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
23.) The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
24.) Push by Sapphire
25.) The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang
December--->26.) Innocent Traitor by Allison Weir
27.) The Locket by Richard Paul Evans
A year lacking in reading time. I plan to strive for more in 2012!

1.) The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
2.) Soiled Doves by Anne Seagraves
3.) The Granny by Brendan O'Carroll
4.) The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
5.) Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier
February---->6.) Sunrise on Kusatsu Harbor by Dan Maloney
7.) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
8.) For One More Day by Mitch Albom
March---->9.) The Young Wan by Brendan O'Carroll
10.) The Liar's Club by Mary Karr
11.) Storm Catchers by Tim Bowler
April------->12.)Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland
May---->13.)The Posioner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in the Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum
July----->***STALL OUT CONTINUES....Life getting in the way of reading :-)
14.) Still Alice by Lisa Genova
15.) The Book of Bright Ideas by Sandra Kring
August--->16.) Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
17.) Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger
18.) The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
19.)Fortunate Son by Walter Mosley
20.) The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle
21.) My Lobotomy by Howard Dully and Charles Fleming
September---->22.) Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
22.) Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
23.) 39 Uses for a Friend by Harriet Ziefert
24.) Unsettled by Graham Walker
25.) Minneapolis and St. Paul in Vintage Postcards by Christopher S. Clay
October--->26.) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
27.) Q's Legacy by Helene Hanff
28.) Little Bee by Chris Cleave
November--->29.) The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
December--->30.) Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier
31.) The Christmas Child by Max Lucado


January----->1.) Mary by Janis Cooke Newman
2.) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
3.) World Without End by Ken Follett
4.) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
February--->5.) The Red Scarf by Kate Furnivall
6.) Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
7.) Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
8.) Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
March---->9.) People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
10.) Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
11.) The Mammy by Brendan O'Carroll
12.) The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
April---->13.) The Red Leather Diary by Lily Koppel
14.) The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman (Ring)
15.) Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
16.) Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
May----->17.) The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
18.) New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
19.) The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
20.) The Ballad of Gussie and Clyde by Aaron Latham
21.) The Chisellers by Brendan O'Carroll
June----->22.) The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman
23.) Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
July----->24.) The Call of the Wild by Jack London
25.) Letters From Yellowstone by Diane Smith
26.) A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen
27.) The Help by Kathryn Stockett
28.) The Quiet Little Woman: A Christmas Story by Louisa May Alcott
29.) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
30.) Famous Crimes: Stories of Law and Order in Minnesota by Sheri O'Meara and Merle Minda
31.) Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati
32.) Ghostly Tales of the Black Hills and Badlands by Ruth Hein
August------>33.) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
34.) Dawn on a Distant Shore by Sara Donati
September---->35.) Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer
36.) Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
37.) The Leptin Diet by Byron J. Richards
October---->38.) The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain
39.) Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore (Ring)
40.) Indian Creek Chronicles by Pete Fromm
November------>41.) The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein
42.) The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
43.) The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
44.) The Shack by Wm Paul Young
45.) A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
46.) A Minnesota Christmas Anthology by Various Minnesota Authors
47.) Molly's Short Story Collection by Valerie Tripp
December--->48.) Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson (Ring)
49.) First Impressions by Nora Roberts
50.) Water Tales by Alice Hoffman
51.) The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn
52.) Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
53.) It's a Wonderful Life by Marie Cahill
54.) Miracle on 34th Street by Sarah Parker Danielson

[My personal goal {bold leap for me} was 52 books in 52 weeks!]

Jan---->1.) Paper Wings by Marly Swick
2.) Flight by Alexie Sherman
3.) Atonement by Ian McEwan
4.) A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Feb----------->5.) Lost Innocents by Patricia McDonald
6.) A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
7.) Light on Snow by Anita Shreve
8.) Breaking My Silence: Confessions of a Rat Pack Party Girl and Sex Trade Survivor,
by Jane McCormick with Patti Wicklund
9.) The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
10.) Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
March------->11.) Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
12.) The Pearl by John Steinbeck
13.) The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
14.) A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas
15.) Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
April---->16.) Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks
17.) The BFG by Roald Dahl
18.) The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
May----->19.) In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
20.) Grand Opening by Jon Hassler
21.) The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
22.) The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
June---->23.) 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
24.) The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
25.) An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P. D. James
26.) The Man with the Dancing Eyes by Sophie Dahl
27.) The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
28.) Buffalo for the Broken Heart by Dan O'Brien
July---->29.) The Tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
30.) Hundred in the Hand by Joseph M. Marshall III
31.) Sweetwater Creek by Anne Rivers Siddons
August--->32.) Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane
33.) I Saw Esau by Iona and Peter Opie
September-->34.)The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
35.) World's Most Baffling Unsolved Mysteries by Nigel Blundell
36.) Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel
37.) Tamburlaine Must Die by Louise Welsh
38.) Love Lies North by Glenna Finley
39.) One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
40.) Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
41.) Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
42.) Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
43.) Letters to Barbara by Leo Meter
October----->44.) Kindred by Octavia Butler
November----->45.) Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
46.) The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell
47.) The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
48.) The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
49.) Tales of the Road: Highway 61 by Cathy Wurzer
50.) Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
December---->51.) The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
52.) Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
I DID IT!!!!!!! 52 books in 52 weeks!!!!!!
53.) On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
54.) The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
55.) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

My Beloved Steinbeck

MY FAVORITES:(no particular order)

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (Although, this *IS* my number one)
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Cane River by Lalita Tademy
The Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger
Two Old Women by Velma Wallace
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
In Harms Way by Doug Stanton
Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Thidwick the Big Hearted Moose by Dr. Seuss
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt
The Tortilla Curtain by T. C. Boyle


My Prayer for the Day

Dear God, So
Far today, I've
Done Alright. I
have not gossiped or lost my temper. I have
not been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish or
over-indulgent. I'm very thankful for that.
But, in a few
minutes God,
I'm getting
out of bed,
and then I'll
probably need
a lot more
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