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Book Blog Challenge – Day 3

What’s the last book you flung across the room?

I can’t recall ever flinging a book across a room. I respect books too much to throw them–even the poorly written ones. The last book I gave up on was “John Henry Days” by Colson Whitehead. I really wanted to like the story, I just didn’t. I didn’t care at all about the characters.

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Book Blog Challenge – Day 2

What’s your bedtime reading ritual?

I don’t really have a ritual. Yes, I generally read before bed, but I don’t really do anything. I don’t have to read so many pages or anything like that. I just read in bed until the chapter ends or until I’m too tired to keep my eyes open, whichever comes first. I did buy a lamp for my nightstand, specifically so that I could read in bed without having to get up to turn the overhead light off before I went to sleep. (Prior to the lamp, I was using the flashlight on my cellphone.)

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Book Blog Challenge – Day 1

What book are you currently reading?

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12 Day Book Challenge

I got this idea from Good Books, Good Wine. Here’s the challenge I’ll be starting after Christmas:

  1. What book are you currently reading?
  2. What’s your bedtime reading ritual?
  3. What’s the last book you flung across the room?
  4. Recommend a tear-jerker.
  5. Describe how you shop for books.
  6. How do you choose what book to read next?
  7. Describe one under-appreciated book everyone should read.
  8. What are your deal breakers?
  9. Name the worst book you read last year and the best.
  10. Make 10 book related confessions.
  11. A book you wish you could live in.
  12. What is the next book you’re going to read?

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Books Read in 2012

Jen’s 2012 book montage

The Ruins
Die Trying
The Black Dahlia
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within



Jen’s favorite books »

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Books Read in 2011

  1. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  2. The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
  3. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  4. Anne Hutchinson: Puritan Prophet by Timothy D. Hall
  5. The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave by Frederick Douglass
  6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  7. The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride: A Rediscovered African American Novel by Julia C. Collins
  8. Excavation by James Rollins
  9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  10. Quicksand by Nella Larsen
  11. The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
  12. The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss
  13. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
  14. Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen
  15. True Evil by Greg Isles
  16. The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver
  17. Zodiac by Robert Graysmith
  18. Michigan by Bruce Rubenstein
  19. Bath Massacre by Arnie Bernstein
  20. Bite Me by Christopher Moore
  21. Emergency Stopping and Other Stories by Jeff Vande Zande
  22. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  23. Folk Song by Li Xiao
  24. 29 and Counting : A Chick’s Guide to Turning 30 by Julie Tilsner
  25. Yeah, I Said It by Wanda Sykes
  26. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  27. Vulcan’s Forge by Jack Du Brul
  28. Under the Skin by Michel Faber
  29. One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde
  30. The Wild Things by Dave Eggers
  31. Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
  32. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  33. The Xibalba Murders by Lyn Hamilton
  34. Galveston by Paul Quarrington
  35. Write That Book Already! The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now by Kathi Kamen Goldmark and Sam Barry
  36. The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe
  37. The Killing Floor by Lee Child
  38. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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Tree Book Shelf

I love this tree bookshelf. It reminds me of the Giving Tree. Someday, I think I need this… when I’m rich and can afford to pay $850 for a bookshelf.

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Books Read in 2010 (4th Quarter)

42. Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
43. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
44. Crusader Nation by David Traxel
45. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
46. Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
47. Fool by Christopher Moore
48. Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen
49. Pop Goes the Weasel by James Patterson
50. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Ben H Winters
51. Black by Ted Dekker

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Bibliochaise

I need this chair! Unfortunately it is only sold in Europe.  Perhaps my brother can make one out of the old pool deck wood and it could match my bookshelves.

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Books Read in 2010 (3rd Quarter)

32. Jack and Jill by James Patterson
33. High Five by Janet Evanovich
34. Dexter by Design by Jeff Lindsay
35. Cadillac Beach by Tim Dorsey
36. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
37. Cat & Mouse by James Patterson
38. Bullies, Bastards And Bitches: How To Write The Bad Guys Of Fiction by Jessica Page Morrell
39. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith
40. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Steven Hockensmith
41. Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller

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