Books and Reads on the Shelf of WITM

A summary of books read by WITM.

Currently reading "The Fourth Hand" John Irving

Monday, July 23, 2012

Books read May 2012 - Summer 2012

1. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane - Katherine Howe
2. Skylight Confessions - Alice Hoffman
3. Fragile - Lisa Unger
4. The Rapture of Canaan - Sheri Reynolds
5. The Soloist - Steve Lopez
6. The Girl Who Played With Fire - Stieg Larsson
7. Happy Accidents - Jane Lynch
8. The Abstinence Teacher - Tom Perrotta
9. Until the Real Thing Comes Along (Reread) - Elizabeth Berg

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Previous Reads

 Old Books Read - Most probably from 2010

1. Winter House - Carol O'Connell
2. Lust Killer - Ann Rule
3. Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood
4. Lipstick Jungle - Candace Bushnell
5. Patchwork Holiday - Wanda E. Brunstetter, Renee DeMarco, Diann Mills, Colleen L. Reece
6. Commitments - Barbara Delinsky
7. Family Tree - Barbara Delinsky
8. A Murderous Yarn - Monica Ferris
9. Unraveled Sleeve - Monica Ferris
10. Cutwork - Monica Ferris
11. 50 Harbor Street - Debbie Macomber
12. Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood
13. Once Upon a Day - Lisa Tucker
14. Diary of a Mad Bride - Laura Wolf
15. Thank You For All Things - Sandra King
16. Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
17. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
18. Say When - Elizabeth Berg
19. Best Friends Forever - Jennifer Weiner
20. Revenge of the middle-Aged Woman - Elizabeth Buchan
21. Certain Girls - Jennifer Weiner
22. March - Geraldine Brooks
23. The Doctor's Wife - Elizabeth Brundage
24. The Baker's Apprentice - Judith Ryan Hendircks
25. One Day at a Time - Danielle Steel
26. The Art of Mending - Elizabeth Berg
27. For Love - Sue Miller
28. 44 Cranberry Point - Debbie Macomber
29. The Senator's Wife - Sue Miller
30. Knit Two - Kate Jacobs
31. A Season in Purgatory - Dominick Dunne
32. Therapy - Jonathan Kellerman
33. Thunderstruck - Erik Larson
34. The Secret Life of Houdini - William Kalush and Larry Sloman
35. Anybody Out There? Marian Keyes
36. The Fourth Hand - John Irving
37. Comfort Food - Kate Jacobs
38. The Devil Wears Prada - Lauren Weisberger
39. Montmorency - Eleanor Updale
40. Man and Wife - Tony Parsons
41. Death by Cashmere - Sally Goldenbaum
42. The Shipping News - E. Annie Proulx
43. All My Friends Are Going to be Strangers - Larry McMurtry
44. Blessings - Anna Quindlen
45. Hanging by a Thread - Monica Ferris
46. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
47. I Leap Over the Wall - monica Baldwin
48. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
49. Snow Country - Yasunari Kawabata
50. Shelter Me - Juliette Fay
51. Big Stone Gap - Adriana Trigiani
52. The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
53. A Stitch in Time - Monica Ferris
54. The Kindness of Strangers - Katrina Kittle
55. Man and Wife - Tony Parsons
56. It's Not the End of the World - Joan Borsenko
57. The Secret Laws of Attraction - Talane Miedaner
58. The Nanny - Melissa Nathan
59. Losing It - Valerie Bertinelli

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Books Read April 2012

1. Earthquake Terror - Peg Kehret
2. Who Ran My Underwear Up the Flagpole? - Jerry Spinelli
3. Hardy Boys No. 73 Casefiles Bad Rap - Franklin W. Dixon
4. Summer School! What Genius Thought Taht Up? - Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
5. Danny The Champion of the World - Roald Dahl
6. The Kid Who ran For Principal - Judy K. Morris
7. My America Freedom's Wings Corey's Diary Kentucky to Ohio, 1857 - Sharon Dennis Wyeth
8. Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man - Donald J. Sobol
9. Deer in the Darkness - Ben m. Baglio
10. The Summer of Riley - Eve Bunting
11. The Library Card - Jerry Spinelli
12. The Dead Game - A. Bates
13. Canyons - Gary Paulsen
14. Stone Fox - John Reynolds Gardiner
15. Among the Hidden - Margaret Peterson Haddix
16. Magic Tree House #8 Midnight on the Moon - Mary Pope Osborne
17. Magic Tree House #12 Polar Bears Past Bedtime
18. Magic Tree House #11 Lions at Lunchtime
19. magic Tree House #7 Sunset of the Sabertooth
20. Magic Tree House #13 Vacation Under the volcano
21. Magic Tree House #16 Hour of the Olympics
22. Magic Tree House #14 Day of the Dragon King
23. Magic Tree House #9 Dolphins at Daybreak
24. Magic Tree House #6 Afternoon on the Amazon
25. Magic Tree House #4 Pirates Past Noon
26. Magic Tree House #23 Twister on Tuesday
27. My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George
28. For Girls Only - Edited by Sylvie Schuman
29. Scooby-Doo's Super Case Book - Vicki Berger Erwin and Suzanne Weyn
30. The Little's and the Trash Tinnies - John Peterson
31. Magic Tree House #3 Mummies in the Morning
32. The Littles and the Big Storm - John Peterson
33. The Adventures of the Baily School Kids Frankenstein Doesn't Plant Petunias - Debbie Dadey & Marcia Thornton Jones
34. Nine Lives - Ben M. Baglio
35. Great Stories From Real Life (From Guideposts Magazine)
36. The Silent Boy - Lois Lowry
37. Daisy, Buttercup, and Weed - Ben M. Baglio
38. Magic Tree House #5 Night of the Ninjas
39. Magic Tree House #15 Viking Ships at Sunrise
40. Magic Tree House #21 Civil War on Sunday
41. Jigsaw Jones Mystery The Case of the Secret Valentine - James Preller
42. Baily School Kids Ghouls Don't Scoop Ice Cream - Debbie Dadey, Marcia Thornton Jones
43. The Best Christmas Ever - Sylvia Green
44. The Nutcracker - Retold from E.T.A. Hoffman
45. Why Me? - Rebecca Gomez
46. Teen Why Me - Edited by Apryl Lundsten
47. Cosmo's Best Confessions Ever
48. On the Threshold - Adapted bu Frances T. Humphreville and Charlotte B. Diamant

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Books Read March 2012

1. "The Boxcar Children - Schoolhouse Mystery #10," Gertrude Chandler Warner

2. "The Boxcar Children - Houseboat Mystery #12," Gertrude Chandler Warner

3. "The Boxcar Children - Caboose Mystery #11"

4. "The Boxcar Children - Benny Uncovers A Mystery #19"

5. "The Boxcar Children - Snowbound Mystery #13"

6. "The Boxcar Children - Mike's Mystery #5"

7. "The Boxcar Children - Mountain Top Mystery #9"

8. "The Boxcar Children - The Woodshed Mystery #7"

9. "Henry and the Clubhouse" Beverly Cleary

10. "Henry and Ribsy" Beverly Cleary

11. "Ramona Quimby, Age *" Beverly Cleary

12. "Socks" Beverly Cleary

13. "Emily's Runaway Imagination" Beverly Cleary

14. "Henry Huggins" Beverly Cleary

15. "The Littles Go to School" John Peterson

16. "Fantastic Mr. Fox" Ronald Dahl

17. "Nighty-Nightmare" James Howe (Bunnicula pals)

18. "The Kid in the Red Jacket" Barbara Park

19. "The Chalk Kid" Clyde Robert Bulla

20. "It's a Weird, Weird School" Stephen Mooser

21. "Hedgehogs in the Closet" Joan Carris

22. "The Hopeless Romantic's Handbook" Gemma Townley

23. "Lost and Found" Carolyn Parkhurst

Books Read Feb. 2012

1. "Madeleine's Ghost" Robert Girardi

2. "Perfect Match" Jodi Picoult

3. "Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind" Ann B. Ross

4. "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" Stieg Larsson

5. "Compulsion - An Alex Delaware Novel" Jonathan Kellerman

Books Read Jan. 2012

1. "Knit the Season - A Friday Night Knitting Club novel" Kate Jacobs

2. "The Whole World Over" Julia Glass

3. "Fortune's Hand" Belva Plain

4. "Needles and Pearls" Gil McNeil

5. "Grand Avenue" Joy Fielding

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Books Read Summer - December 2011

Not in exact order

1. "The Dogs of Babel" Carolyn Parkhurst
Really interesting novel about a college professor who tries to teach his dog to talk as a way to find out how his wife died. The dog witnessed her death. Interesting observations about grief/death.

2. "Loving Frank" Nancy Horan
Another interesting read -picked up for a buck at Half-Price Books. Fictionalized account of Frank Lloyd Wright's life.

3. "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" Sidney Sheldon
Good suspenseful tale of a murder conspiracy. Two scientist guys get killed and their young widows join forces to figure out what is going on.

4. "The Last Chance Saloon" Marian Keyes
Another good one by this Irish author. Age 30ish group of friends figuring it out together in London.

5. "Crossroads" Belva Plain
Great read centered on a wealthy glass-making family in New England. The story centers on the adopted daughter of the family and a woman who obsesses about her and her life.

6. "Firefly Summer" Maeve Binchy
My main summer saga read. 662 pages about a group of rural Irish townspeople in the 1960s.

7. "Unpredictable" Eileen Cook
Cute chick lit read about a 30ish career gal and her antics at impersonating a physic to win her live-in boyfriend back. Happy ending with a new guy predicted.

7. "Wish You Were Here" Stewart O'Nan
Liked this novel involving family relationships and the death of the father. Everyone spends a last vacation at the family lake house before it is to be sold.

8. "The Almost Moon" Alice Sebold
By the author of "The Lovely Bones." Interesting plot about a middle-aged woman who kills her elderly mother.

9. "Mystery" Jonathan Kellerman
n Alex Delaware novel, but as is per usual with me, once read, I don't recall much of the plot. Always enjoy the read though.

10. "Big Girl" Danielle Steel
Love her books, quick and enjoyable reads - and do remember her plots. This one interestingly about a larger-sized young woman. Appreciate Steel incorporating a size-14 wearing woman as her main character.

11. "The Kiss" Danielle Steel
Very dramatic tale set in Paris about a woman in a love-less marriage and her relationship with a male "friend." Aren't all Steel novels dramatic?

12. "The Way Men Act" Elinor Lipman
Just got introduced to this author from some books I picked up at the Library book sale. Love her quirky sense of humor - reminds me of Anne Tyler's style. This plot was about young, single adults returning home and their efforts at finding love and moving responsibly onward.

13. "The Widows of Eastwick" John Updike
30 years have passed in the Witches of Eastwick's lives and they have become widowed after remarrying so long ago. Great read - I loved "The Witches of Eastwick" too.

14. "Run" Ann Patchett
Good, interesting plot about the lives of two families who connect at the site of an accident and how they are really connected to each other as relatives, unknown to them before the event.

15. "The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club" Gil McNeil
I enjoy any book about knitting. Here is another English tale about a young widow who inherits her elderly relative's yarn shop and is able to move to a quaint seaside town and rebuild her life. Wish I had an elderly relative with a yarn shop to inherit. Still, good for the words about knitting and project inspiration.

16. "After the leaves Fall" Nicole Baart
Very good read about a young woman growing up in a small Iowa town and her life after losing both her parents. Five stars.

17. "6 Rainier Drive" Debbie Macomber
6th in the series about a small community in Washington state. There are about 6 more to go. Macomber has been writing these every year and I enjoy them because some of the characters knit and some of the characters are middle-aged and living active, love-filled lives. It gives me hope that I'll get remarried again too and have a rewarding career.

18. "Heart Full of Lies" Ann Rule
I like reading these true crime sagas - this one about an evil, conniving woman who murders her husband. Makes me wonder how these crazy people out there think they will get away with their evil actions.

19. "Skinny Dip" Carl Hiaasen
Just found this author at the library book sale. Very humorous and funny. Lighthearted to take your mind off the crappy stuff. Quirky characters like Seinfeld.

20. "Nature Girl" Carl Hiaasen
Ditto above.

21. "The Neighbor" Lisa Gardner
Mystery writer who comes up with some good tales. This one keeps you guessing til the end. About a young wife who disappears and the search for her while her husband is suspected.

22. "When Day Breaks" Mary Jane Clark
Good suspense novel about a murder in the community of a t.v. news program.

23. "House Rules" Jodi Picoult
Really good novel about a teen boy with Autism and the murder charges against him. Excellent, absolutely excellent insight into Autism - very realistic and curernt.

24. "The Inn at Lake Devine" Elinor Lipman
I'm loving this author. Period piece set in 1960s at an inn in Vermont and prejudice against Jews.

25. "The Ladies Man" Elinor Lipman
Enjoyable read about three unwed sisters and their brother and what happens when an old flame of one of the sisters who jilted her prior to marriage returns 30 years later.

26. "Ramona and Her Father" Beverly Cleary
Actually a very good vintage read because it involves how and 8-year-old feels when her dad looses his job and the family has to pinch pennies before Christmas.

27. "Seven Year Switch" Claire Cook
Love this author too. Her books include advice for mid-life women reclaiming their energy, love and relationships with themselves and significant others.

28. "Rebecca" Saphne DuMaurier
Have wanted to read this classic forever but always had a hard time getting into it. This time I stayed with it and it was worth it. Interesting to read a suspense novel from the 1938.

29. "The Right Thing" Judy Astley
Good read about a middle-aged "mum" in England near the Cornish surf who wonders about the daughter she gave up at birth.