2010 Reading From My Shelves Project

I know, I know. I said you should stop me if I try to sign up for any more challenges. But this one is really the point of no more challenges – I’m reading my own books! This will be a great way to keep track of the books as they leave my shelves because I’ll give most of them away.

I’m joining Diane’s challenge at Bibliophile By The Sea. Here are the specifics:

  • grab the button
  • decide how many books you want to read from your shelves (minimum of 20 – no maximum)
  • find a new home for the books once you read them
  • post the titles and the authors of books you’ve read and passed on
  • project runs from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010
  • crossover challenge books are allowed

I’ll keep track of my books here:
1. Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson (donated: Library used book sale)
2. East Hope by Katharine Davis (donated: Library used book sale)
3. Angel’s Peak by Robyn Carr (donated: Library used book sale)
4. Time Of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch (gave to my sis)
5. A Matter Of Class by Mary Balogh (donated:  Library used book sale)
6. Marked By Passion by Kate Perry (gave to a friend)
7. Can’t Stand The Heat by Louisa Edwards (gave to a friend)
8. Rewriting Monday by Jodi Thomas (gave to a friend)
9. Kill Me Twice by Roxanne St. Claire (gave to a friend)
10. Marriage and Other Acts of Charity by Kate Braestrup (gave to a friend)
11. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (gave to a friend)
12. Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery (gave to a friend)
13. Girl In Translation by Jean Kwok (blog giveaway)
14. Roses by Leila Meacham (donated: library used book sale)
15. For The Love Of Pete by Julia Harper (donated: library used book sale)
16. Hannah’s List by Debbie Macomber (blog giveaway)
17. First Comes Marriage by Mary Balogh (donated: library sale)
18. Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley (gave to a friend)
19. Where The River Runs by Patti Callahan Henry (gave to a friend)
20. Italian For Beginners by Kristin Harmel (gave to a friend)
21. Real Life and Liars by Kristina Riggle (gave to a friend)
22. Your Roots Are Showing by Elise Chidley (gave to a friend)
23. Sleeping With Ward Cleaver by Jenny Gardiner (gave to a friend)
24. The Wife’s Tale by Lori Lansens (gave to a friend)

When She Flew by Jennie Shortridge

When She Flew

Jennie Shortridge is one of those authors who is an automatic buy for me. Her writing is beautiful and absorbing. I lose myself in her books. I love that.

When She Flew is the story of a police officer who is part of a team who search for and find a father and daughter living in the Oregon forest. The father is an Iraq War vet, unable to find work due to a war injury, keeping his thirteen year old daughter safe the best way he can. The police officer knows that the legal system’s way of helping the girl is not really in her best interest so she takes matters into her own hands.

I liked several characters in the book, especially Lindy – the young girl, Jess – the police officer, and Chris – another officer. It seems that almost everyone in the book has good intentions and yet a different way to do the “right thing”. Their perspectives are believable. I thought each character was interesting and I wonder if the author had a tough time editing stories of the various police officers. There was enough information about them that I actually was interested in knowing more about them.

I don’t want to say more about the novel except that it is one that will stay with me for a long time. When She Flew would be a great book club selection.

Review copy from Joan Schulhafer Publishing & Media Consulting

Sunday Summary – Nov. 29


I reviewed one book last week – Bed and Breakfast by Lois Battle. It is one of my picks for the Holiday Reading Challenge. I thought it was a bit different from the usual holiday books but I liked it. You can read my thoughts here.
We’ve had company for the long holiday weekend so I haven’t had time for reading. It’s been nice to have everyone home. A few of us saw New Moon and we were split with our reviews. I didn’t enjoy it as much as my niece and one of my daughters. I didn’t hate it. I just want to know why they talk. so. slowly.
I bought a few books for Christmas gifts – that’s all the shopping I did on Friday (after the movie). I’m not an early bird shopper – are any of you?

Thanks to Justine at A Bookful of Thoughts for the One Lovely Blog Award

Bed & Breakfast by Lois Battle

Bed  &  Breakfast: A Novel

Library Journal:

In this well-crafted story by the author of Storyville (Viking, 1993), Josie Tatternall, a military widow in her seventies, is inspired by a friend’s nearly fatal illness to call together her own three daughters in particular, her estranged daughter, Cam, who has not been home since the death of her father years ago. What starts out as a family gathering for the twilight of Josie’s life actually marks the beginning of her understanding of her achievements and, quite unexpectedly, her second chance at love. The story introduces a cast of memorable characters, primarily Josie herself, who fully reminds us that life, love, and growth are not limited to any particular age. Somewhat light reading, but a good story nonetheless. (Susan C. Colegrove, Athens Regional Lib. System, Ga.)

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My thoughts:
Holidays bring families together – for better or worse. Lois Battle has family dynamics down pat – whether you’re from the North or the South. Ms. Battle writes the truth – especially about sisters, mothers and friends. I didn’t think this novel was as light as Susan C. Colegrove (see Library Journal synopsis above) but I enjoyed the drama and recommend it to fans of Women’s Fiction.

“No one got through life without regrets. The best you could hope for was that they’d be the right regrets, that no matter what you’d suffered, you had taken a chance on love or whatever else you’d most wanted.” p.369

I read Bed & Breakfast for the Holiday Reading Challenge but it would also be a good book to read for Maggie’s Southern Reading Challenge in 2010.

Happy Thanksgiving


We’re feeding a crowd at our house today –
I’m so thankful to have each one of them in my life.
I’m also thankful for all the people who visit my blog.
Thank you for the great book suggestions
and for your friendship.
Happy Thanksgiving