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I think I’m not supposed to comment about the challenges on the sticky thread, so I’m commenting here.

Kelly: Just starting the Outlander series? You’re going to love it!! As you can see from my list I am on the 6th book. Maybe we can read some of the books we both chose at the same time (The Da Vinci Code, Pillars of the Earth, Water for Elephants) so we can talk about them, since we are both on here a fair bit.

Laura: Very interesting list. I’m going to look up a lot of your books. I haven’t heard of a lot of them, which I like because it gives me lots of ideas!!

CarrieJo78: We have a couple of crossovers too. I have heard that Dan Brown’s newest is supposed to be his best yet! But I’m going to hold off on reading it until it is cheaper, so it’s not on my current list. Definitely want to read it, though. I see you have some Shopaholic books. I loved them. I own the first three. Great light books! I loved Second Glance as well. You’ll have to let me know what you think.

I'm looking forward to some great reading this year!!

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Glad you started this thread!

I haven't quite started any of my challenge books yet, besides Pillars, and I haven't picked it up in about a month. :oops:

I'm actually reading the 4th Sookie book right now because my SIL is on 3 and will need it back.

Would love to discuss them (the books we chose in common) with you!

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I want to read the Sookie books too but I have enough books of my own so I don't want to buy any new ones right now. My friend just got books 1-6 but she's a slow reader so maybe next year I can start putting them on my TBR list when I can borrow them from her.

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They are pretty good, but my reading motivation is next to none lately. Even listening in audio hasn't been appealing to me. Just one of those slumps. Soon I'll be out of it and not be able to have enough time to read.

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Laura,

Love how you added a *Read* category on your space. Great idea, I snagged it!

Great lists so far everyone!

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I agree, that's a great idea Laura! I added it too. I like the idea of both list and non-list books being included as well, so I took that idea from Kelly as well. So far from my list I've started "Not Wanted on the Voyage", and am working on "A Breath of Snow and Ashes," which I read while I do my son's last nursing session of the night (it's usually a long one). Off-list I'm on the third Mortal Instruments book.

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Thanks! I needed to have a way to remember what I had read. LOL

Stephanie - I LOVE the Outlander series! I know she can get a bit wordy, but I love Jamie and Claire. Its going to be a long wait until the next book comes out. How is Mortal Instruments? I've looked at it several times, but haven't picked it up yet.

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I agree with PP about your idea! Awesome! Once I actually have one finished I'm going to steal it too.

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"LauraT" wrote:

Thanks! I needed to have a way to remember what I had read. LOL

Stephanie - I LOVE the Outlander series! I know she can get a bit wordy, but I love Jamie and Claire. Its going to be a long wait until the next book comes out. How is Mortal Instruments? I've looked at it several times, but haven't picked it up yet.

My DD read it pretty quickly.

Stephanie, do you think the series is appropriate for a 13 yo? I bought her the first one for Christmas, because it had a statement about the book from S. Meyer on the cover. I figured I couldn't go wrong there, since we both loved the Twilight series. Then when I really looked at the back of the book (she was more than halfway through) I saw two statements, from other authors, saying it was "sexy." I asked DD if it was too sexy, and she said it wasn't, so ... your thoughts on a 13 yo reading the series are welcome, especially as you've finished 1 & 2.

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Pianoman: Just saw your list. Very interesting, I haven't heard of a lot of those series. I will have to check them out. I got the first 6 House of Night books for Christmas, so I will look forward to reading those.

Re: Mortal Instruments - Kelly - As far as being for a 13-year-old, I think it's just fine. I haven't been reading it with that in mind, but I can't think of anything inappropriate off the top of my head, even if I think conservatively. In fact, I'd say Twilight had more borderline stuff than this one. So far, Twilight was definitely way more 'sexy'. Twilight is more of a romance told in a fantasy-vampire style story, whereas this is more of a fantasy book with a bit of romance in it. There is a little bit of violence in it, but definitely no worse than Twilight. So yup, I think you were safe in assuming that Stephenie's comment was a good indication. I will keep a 13-year-old in mind when as I read the rest, though, and let you know if I have any comments for you about it.

Laura - I am enjoying the series. I definitely got more into the story in the second book. I enjoyed the first, but I found it really picked up in the second and got me a lot more interested. I am about 1/4 of the way through the 3rd (last) book, so I'll let you know how I feel about it as a whole when I finish. Overall I'd say it's a worthwhile read. As far as the Outlander series - yeah, definitely gets pretty wordy, eh? But yeah, I HAVE to know what happens to the characters. The first book really hooks you, and the series just grabs you.

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Thanks so much!

I actually wasn't planning to let her read the Twilight series until after she turned 13, mainly because of Breaking Dawn, but she borrowed Twilight from a friend. She was 1/2 way through it before we even realized she was reading it. Dh and I let her go ahead and read books 1-3, and then she had to wait until over the summer to read BD.

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I finished the Mortal Instruments book. The last one is more violent, but that is expected with the plot. Don't want to give too much away, though, since you'll be reading it. But I still think a 13-year-old could handle it. It is different than Twilight, but I would say on par with the violence/sexiness. As for my opinion, I enjoyed the series. The last book was action packed and never felt slow to me at all. I think you'll enjoy the series.

The story about your daughter reminds me a bit of myself, although I was a bit more willfully disobedient. At 15 my parents felt that Stephen King's IT was too scary for me, and told me not to read it. So I snuck it anyway and read it on the bus to and from school, lol. I'm not such a fan of the horror books anymore, though.

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"OntarioGal" wrote:

I finished the Mortal Instruments book. The last one is more violent, but that is expected with the plot. Don't want to give too much away, though, since you'll be reading it. But I still think a 13-year-old could handle it. It is different than Twilight, but I would say on par with the violence/sexiness. As for my opinion, I enjoyed the series. The last book was action packed and never felt slow to me at all. I think you'll enjoy the series.

The story about your daughter reminds me a bit of myself, although I was a bit more willfully disobedient. At 15 my parents felt that Stephen King's IT was too scary for me, and told me not to read it. So I snuck it anyway and read it on the bus to and from school, lol. I'm not such a fan of the horror books anymore, though.

I went ahead and downloaded both of them last night for her, so she'll listen to those on audio. Hopefully she likes that format. I had 5 credits at Audible and wasn't sure what to use them on. Since I'm getting ready to cancel my subscription (to save money) I wanted to go ahead and use them, since you lose them if you don't. The violence I'm not terribly concerned about, it was more the sex stuff. Sounds like she'll really like it, she loves a quick moving, action packed book!

She's a very willful child, and sneaky too. It ends up getting her in way more trouble than necessary. I was kind of one of those "d*mn the consequences" types too, so she gets it honest. Lol

I also downloaded: The Innocent Traitor, Anne of Green Gables, and The Hunger Games. Saw several of you rave about that series, figured she could listen to that one too, as well as AoGG.

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Kelly - - congrats on the new baby! She's a cutie for sure. I love the name Cora too. I hope she's the type of baby to give you lots of reading time! Hee hee. Well, at least I can say, if you plan to nurse it can be a great time to read. I am on maternity leave now (we get a full year in Canada) and am nursing, so I am getting lots of reading done while I feed my 4-month-old. Maybe the first while is not the easiest for reading though, so I will understand if we don't see you much for the next little while. All the best to you!!

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Thanks Stephanie! So far I've not had a lot of time for reading. We are back at the hospital for her to have phototherapy though, so I did bring the Weiner book and my MP3 with audio books on it. Since I only get to hold her when she's being fed, I figured it might be a decent time to read. So far though I'm having to watch to make sure she keeps her little glasses on. She's very fidgety and keeps pushing them to the side.

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Finished two more of my list books. Finally got through A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and although it was a long (and often SLOW) haul, it was worth it in the end. Also finished Life of Pi. I knew nothing of the book other than it was popular and well-respected. It was gruesome in parts, but I really really liked it. I recommend it for sure.

Starting on Water for Elephants now. Will probably start something else too, as I tend to read two books at once.

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I fele like I'm stalling on my main list, which always happens. There are so many on it that I'm waiting to get from the library, but I'm the 3rd or 4th in line for them. And of course then they all come at once! And my AL is primarily books that are still unreleased so I can't do much there. I did read the Morganville Vampire series because a friend asked me to read it (screen it) before she let her daughter read it. And I just finished the first two Percy Jackson and the Olympian books. Not sure what to read next while I wait.

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I've just noticed that most of what I'm reading is actually on my alternate list. Smile

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I thought I'd revisit this thread since I'm having a similar dilemma. When I created my TBR list - I was just getting back into reading and I've since created an alternate list that I just posted today . Now all the books I *really* want to read are on my alternate list and I almost feel a little guilty for abandoning my TBR list.

On another note - I did end up purchasing a Kindle earlier than I expected. I got an unexpected bonus from work and I got myself the Kindle and the rest will go towards new sod for the front yard and a shed for out back. I needed to get something exciting with that money, right Wink It will be delivered tomorrow and I'm trying to decide what should be the first thing I read on it. Any ideas?

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Enjoy your kindle! Warning - its very addictive.

I've loved everything I've read by Maria Rachel Hooley. All her books are $.99 or $1.00 on kindle.
Books on The Knob is a pretty good site to find free books. Karen updates her site daily.

If you are interested in Wicked Lovely, there's a free edition being released on kindle on 4/6. Its currently listed as a pre-order for $.99, but it should change to free some time soon.

here's another blog listing free books Online Novels
(I LOVE finding free books, can you tell? LOL)

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Free books are the best so thanks for the links!! Smile Kindle watch is "out for delivery" and UPS usually gets here around 4-4:30 CST which is VERY soon! DH said I"m acting giddy - I suppose I am.

I got The Dark Tide by Andrew Gross for free on Amazon already downloaded (just waiting) and I think it might be my first read - he's worked with James Patterson in the past who is one of my favorites.

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I finished my list yesterday!! My main list, anyway. I am going to try to get through my alt-list before the year is through too. But yay for finishing the challenge!!
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