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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

♥ Here By My Side, An Angel

My husband and I are catching up on ALIAS. We're on Season 2 when we heard this song. We really like this series because it's like watching a movie each time we watch an episode.

Matthew Good

Here by my side, an angel
Here by my side, the devil
Never turn your back on me
Never turn your back on me, again
Here by my side, it's Heaven

Here by my side, you are destruction
Here by my side, a new colour to paint the world
Never turn your back on it
Never turn your back on it, again
Here by my side, it's Heaven

Careful, be careful
Careful, be careful
This is where the world drops off
Where the world drops off
Careful, be careful
You breathe in and you breathe out
For it ain't so weird
How it makes you a weapon
And you give in
And you give out
For it ain't so weird
How it makes you a weapon
Never turn your back on it
Never turn your back on it again

Careful, be careful

Here by my side, it's Heaven
From Lyrics Mania

Stop With the Accent Already!

Charming Grace (Smith, Deborah)
William Dufris (Reader), Moira Driscoll (Reader)
Audio CD
List Price: $39.95
Published in 2004

I am listening to the audio version of Deborah Smith's Charming Grace. I picked this book because I feel in love with her writing on A Place To Call Home. I cried buckets on tears on this book. My heart broke and was put back together again. It's my type of book. In fact, when I find it, I'm going to post it here so you can share the joy of reading this one too.

I am finding more about myself when I deal with books. Lately, I find that I absolutely detest overdone Southern accent. I am sure there's a great story inside Charming Grace. That author who'd written A Place To Call Home couldn't have written a boring book. Sixty-eight readers from amazon gave this book a 5-star!

I am not quitting yet. I put the book in my iPod. I am going to take a deep breath and listen to it once more. I am going to try and not scream in frustration every time Moira Driscoll mangled the Southern talk. I adore William Dufris. On the other hand, it might not be the reader's fault. Amazon 7 amazon reader gave this a 5-star. I might move on after all. We'll see. I'm rating this two right now, but will ammend if it gets better.

Okay...deep breath, deep breath!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich

Metro Girl (Alex Barnaby Series, No. 1)
by Janet Evanovich
Audio CD
List Price: $14.95
Published in 2006
ISBN-10: 0-06-112652-7
Buy it Here

I like Stephanie Plum series by this author. I read it and then listen to it on audio. It makes me laugh, and there's enough suspense in the book to get into it. I like her antics. She blows up cars and it's funny. It's not really her that she blows them up, but the bad guys blows it up for her. There's her grandma and all that. But this is not about Stephanie Plum.

This Metro Girl is like Plum, but a watered-down version of her. I couldn't quite get into it because I keep waiting for Ranger or Morelli or Granda Mazur to show up. Of course they couldn't because this book is about another character named Alex.

Here's what amazon said in case you're not familiar with the story:
Buckle your seat belts. Number-one New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich is moving into the fast lane with Metro Girl, a thrilling, high-octane misadventure with high stakes, hot nights, cold-blooded murder, sunken treasure, a woman with a chassis built for speed, and one very good, very sexy NASCAR driver who's along for the ride.

"Wild" Bill Barnaby's dropped off the face of the earth and big sister Alex heads for Miami, Bill's last known sighting, on a harrowing hunt to save her brother...and maybe the world. Alex blasts through the bars of South Beach and points her search south to Key West and Cuba, laying waste to Miami hit men, dodging Palmetto bugs big enough to eat her alive, and putting the pedal to the metal with NASCAR driver Sam Hooker. Engaged in a deadly race, Wild Bill's "borrowed" Hooker's sixty-five-foot Hatteras and sailed off into the sunset...just when Hooker has plans for the boat. Hooker figures he'll attach himself to Alex and maybe run into scumbag Bill. The race to the finish is hot and hard.

Performed by C. J. Critt


The Crush by Sandra Brown

The Crush
by Sandra Brown
Audio CD
Published in 2002
ISBN-10: 0-7435-0521-2
Buy it Here

I used to read a lot of Sandra Brown. She had this LUCKY series which I like. Three siblings who owned a ranch. I haven't read Sandra Brown in ages. I think it's been about 5 years. I picked this audio book at the library. I thought I'd park it in my iPod and listen to it. My husband got me and iPod for my birthday.

It's a story about a doctor named Rennie Newton. She served a jury and acquited a criminal. The criminal formed a crush on her. Now he's playing her hero, albeit a macabre one. He plays with her psyche, and kills every one he thinks got in her way.

I give it a 3 because I couldn't grab hold on one character to symphatized. The story is well done, but I probably just didn't have enough laundry to have uninterrupted listening time.

Here's what amazon said about this book:
When Dr. Rennie Newton's jury duty on a case involving a contract killer ends in an acquittal for Ricky Lozada, her carefully composed and very private life begins to unravel. First, someone breaks into her house to leave her an anonymous dozen red roses. Then her colleague and one-time rival for the chief of surgery job is murdered in the parking lot of her hospital, which makes her a prime suspect, especially when the police learn that she's killed a man once before. None of that stops Detective Wick Threadgill from falling in love with her; unlike his partner, he's sure that Lozada, not Rennie, is behind Howell's murder. And it soon becomes clear that the killer is so obsessed with Rennie that he'll do anything to have her--including killing again. Brown, master of the romantic mystery, goes into darker territory here, but she handles it with her usual deftness and turns in a well-paced if not particularly heart-stopping thriller with the requisite happy ending for Rennie and Wick. --Jane Adams


Friday, February 22, 2008

Books Finished in 2007

I used to be able to read more than twice as much as these listed below. But for a busy Mom of five, this number is not so bad.

There are 86 books I finished in 2007.

December 2007
86. Suzanne Brockmann - Flashpoint*

85. Jessica Bird - A Man in A Million
84. Jessica Bird - From The First
83. Jessica Bird - His Comfort and Joy
82. Jessica Bird - Beauty and the Black Sheep
81. Jennifer Donnelly - The Winter Rose

80. Jessica Bird - The Billionaire Next Door
November 2007
79. Susan Wiggs - A Summer Affair
78. J.R. Ward - Dark Lover
77. Jean M. Auel - The Plains of Passage*
76. Patrick Carman - The Dark Hills Divide*

75. Diane Mott Davidson - Double Shot*
74. Jonathan Kellerman - Therapy*
73. Linda Howard - Up Close and Dangerous
72. Sherrilyn Kenyon - Devil May Cry (A Dark-Hunter Novel, Book 11)
71. Jodi Picoult - THE TENTH CIRCLE*

October 2007
70. Cecelia Ahern - PS I Love You
69. Jennifer Crusie - Fast Women*
68. Stephenie Meyer - Eclipse
67. Michael Connelly - The Lincoln Lawyer*
66. Sherrilyn Kenyon - The Dream-Hunter

65. Carson McCullers - The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter*
64. Christine Monson - Stormfire|
63. Alexander Mccall Smith - Tears of the Giraffe
62. Nora Roberts - Face the Fire*
61. Sabrina Jeffries - Beware a Scot’s Revenge

60. Jodi Picoult - Nineteen Minutes*
59. Lorraine Heath - Texas Splendor
September 2007
58. Eragon - Christopher Paolini*
57. Alexander Mccall Smith - The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
56. Sophie Kinsella - Shopaholic and Baby

55. Meggin Cabot - The Queen of Babble in the Big City
54. Paullina Simons - The Summer Garden
53. Nora Roberts - Heaven and Earth*
52. Jodi Picoult - Vanishing Acts
51. Lorraine Heath - Texas Destiny

August 2007
50. Louisa May Alcott - Little Women*
49. Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre*
48. Anne Bronte - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall*
47. Jennifer Donnelly - The Tea Rose
July 2007
46. JK Rowlings - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows*

45. Jane Hamilton - When Madeline Was Young
44. Dani Shapiro - Black and White
43. Kaui Hart Hemmings - The Descendants
42. Vendela Vida - Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name
42. Black and White - Dani Shapiro
June 2007
41. Salley Vickers - The Other Side of You

40. Haven Kimmel - The Used World
39. Lorraine Heath - To Marry an Heiress
38. Karen Joy Folwer - The Jane Austin Book Club
37. Ann Packer - Songs Without Words
36. Laura Moriarty - The Rest of Her Life

35. Jane Austen - Persuasion
34. Lorraine Heath - A Rogue in Texas
33. Jennifer Donnelly - A Northern Light*
32. Joan Criddle - To Destroy You in No Loss|*
31. Steve Martin - The Pleasure of My Company|*

30. Betty Smith - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn*
29. Kim Edwards - Memory Keeper’s Daughter*
28. Jean Webster - Dear Enemy
27. Lorraine Heath - An Invitation to Seduction
26. Ann River Siddons - Islands*|

25. Jennifer Weiner - Goodnight Nobody*
24. Lorraine Heath - A Duke of Her Own
23. Diane Mott Davidson - Cereal Murders|
22. Susan Elizabeth Phillips - Natural Born Charmer
21. Emily Giffen - Baby Proof

20. A Family Christmas - Carrie Alexander|
19. Scott Westerfeld - Midnighters: The Secret Hour|
18. Janice Kay Johnson - Taking A Chance|
17. Dennis Smith - The Miracles of Santo Fico*
16. Audrey Niffeneger - Time Traveler’s Wife*

15. Diane Setterfield - The Thirteenth Tale
14. Ian Caldwell - The Rule of Four
13. L.M. Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables*
12. Khaled Hosseini - The Kite Runner*
11. Stephenie Meyer - New Moon

10. Kathy Reichs - Cross Bones*
9. Stephenie Meyer - Twilight
8. Nora Roberts - Hot Ice*
7. Anne Rivers Siddons - Sweetwater Creek*
6. Teresa Madeiros - The Vampire Who Loves Me

5. Alice Sebold - Lucky
4. Brenda Joyce - Deadly Love
3. Eloisa James - Pleasure for Pleasure
2. Meggin Cabot - The Boy Next Door
1. Erica Spindler - Bone Cold

* Audiobook
| speed-read

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Wedding in December by Anita Shreve

A Wedding in December
by Anita Shreve
Audio CD
Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (October 10, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 159483086X
ISBN-13: 978-1594830860
Rating: 3

There are a lot of wonderful characters in this book. But the story doesn't strike me as a book with these many great characters usually would.

I wasn't getting the whole story, it's like peeling onions. You get the story in stages. You might think that books are like that, but what I mean is, I can't grab hold of anyone in the story. I'm not invested in the story. The whole time, I am very conscious that I am listening to a story being read to me. Does that make sense? It doesn't make the story bad, I just wasn't into it.

I was getting impressions. Agnes is a little frumpy, a little quiet and frustrated about her life. She's a novelist in the making. There's a brilliant pianist and his partner. There's Jerry, the rich guy who's got abrassive personality.

Nora, the inn owner was a widow. She's even-tempered and sucessful. Then there's Harrison, who might be a little disillusioned with his wife. I can tell that he is still attracted to Nora. If you're marriage is a little off-kilter, spending time with someone you have feelings for is not going to fix it. I wanted to dive into the book and tell him to go back home.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward

Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5)
Mass Market Paperback
528 pages
Published in 2007
ISBN-10: 0-451-22235-0
My rating: 4
Buy it Here

I like this series because each stories is unique enough not to sound too familiar after the second book. What I like about this book? Vishous finally found someone to love. What I didn't like about this book? towards the ending. I though the Virgin Scribe is "The Man", and it turns out that there's someone else above her. There's a mention of a twin, and it looks like another human might be a "Brother". Not that I mind, but I thought you couldn't turn a vampire? You have to be born one. In the beginning of the book, Jane's sister Hannah died, and she was supposed to come up...but her appearance in the 'neither here nor there' was so brief, it was hardly satisfying. It's almost like on the verge of an orgasm, one hair and you're over the edge, but it didn't happen. See how disappointing that was? The whole book however was fantastic as usual for this author.

Here's what amazon said about the book:
The ruthless and brilliant brother Vishous possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when a mortal injury puts him in the care of a human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb compels him to reveal his inner pain and taste true pleasure for the first time-until a destiny he didn't choose takes him into a future that does not include her...

Note: pardon spelling errors, my spell checker is not working.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Janet Evanovich - To The Nines

To the Nines (Stephanie Plum Novels)
Audio CD
Buy It Here
List Price: $37.95
Published in 2003
ISBN-10: 1-55927-777-7
Rating: 4

I love Stephanie Plum. I cannot read any book in this series without breaking out into uncontrollable laugh. She's that fun. The story is 5-hearts ratings, but I gave it a four because I didn't like the way Ranger sounded in this audio version. I still that Lorelai King does the best Ranger. This audio CD I listened to was narrated by CJ Critt. I love every thing else.

I started listening to this series again during carpool time and my 9 year old boy fell in love with the funny series. Lucky for me, there's very few bedroom/sex scenes in there, so I am not too worried.

Friday, February 8, 2008

♥ I Can't Wait To See You Again

I really like the upbeat tune of this song. It makes me want to go running when I hear it. I can't jog right now though because it's too cold!

See You Again Lyrics
by Miley Cyrus

I got my sight set on you
And I'm ready to aim
I have a heart that will
Never be tamed

I knew you were somethin' special
When you spoke my name
Now I can't wait
To see you again

I've got a way of knowin'
When somethin' is right
I feel like I must have known you
In another life

'Cause I felt this deep connection
When you looked in my eyes(I can't wait)
Now I can't wait
To see you again

The last time I freaked out
I just kept lookin' down
I st-st-stuttered when
You asked me what I'm thinkin' 'bout

Felt like I couldn't breathe
You asked what's wrong with me
My best friend Leslie said
"Oh, She's just bein' Miley"

The next time we hang out
I will redeem myself
My heart can't rest 'til then
Whoa, whoa, I
I can't wait
To see you again

I got this crazy feelin'
Deep inside
When you called and asked to see me
Tomorrow night

I'm not a mind reader
But I'm readin' the signs(bet you can't wait)
[See You Again lyrics on]

Bet you can't wait
To see me again

The last time I freaked out
I just kept lookin' down
I st-st-stuttered when
You asked me what I'm thinkin' 'bout

Felt like I couldn't breathe
You asked what's wrong with me
My best friend Leslie said
"Oh, She's just bein' Miley"

The next time we hang out
I will redeem myself
My heart can't rest 'til then
Whoa, whoa, I
I can't wait
To see you again

I got my sight set on you
And I'm ready to aim

The last time I freaked out
I just kept lookin' down
I st-st-stuttered when
You asked me what I'm thinkin' 'bout

Felt like I couldn't breathe
You asked what's wrong with me
My best friend Leslie said
"Oh, She's just bein' Miley"

The next time we hang out
I will redeem myself
My heart can't rest 'til then
Whoa, whoa, I
I can't wait
To see you again

Whoa, whoa, I
I can't wait
To see you again

by Metro Lyrics