2012: Rewind & Survive Monday, Dec 31 2012 

Hi Readers,

I think I am possibly the least consistent blogger on here. I think I will try to be better about that next year. It occurred to me earlier that I haven’t posted a book review since June of 2011. ūüė¶

That being said, here is¬†a rewind back to 2011 for any books I’ve read. Keep in mind, (Date, Title, Author, Rating):

6-13-11: The Laughing Corpse, Laurell K. Hamilton, 5/5

6-16-11: Circus of the Damned, Laurell K. Hamilton, 5/5

7-24-11: The Lunatic Cafe, Laurell K. Hamilton, 5/5

7-24-11: Bloody Bones, Laurell K. Hamilton, 5/5

7-25-11: The Killing Dance, Laurell K. Hamilton, 4/5

Then school began and I had a change of reading material:

Sept. 2011: The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan, 4/5

Oct. 2011: Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life, Alison Weir, 5/5

Oct. 2011: The Collected Poems, Sylvia Plath, 3/5

Winter break came and I didn’t read at all. At all. So sad. But I wrote and wrote like a mad person due to my senior thesis. Anyway…

2-15-12: Morrigan’s Cross, Nora Roberts, 3/5

Apr. 2012: Burnt Offerings, Laurell K. Hamilton, 4/5

And then I graduated. I’ve been reading like crazy to make up for lost time (except for the occasional gap where I was busy with one thing or another):

5-20-12: Dance of the Gods, Nora Roberts, 3/5

5-24-12: Valley of Silence, Nora Roberts, 3/5

5-28-12: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson, 5/5

Jul. 2012: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank, 4/5

8-31-12: Blue Moon, Laurell K. Hamilton, 4/5

9-8-12: Obsidian Butterfly, Laurell K. Hamilton, 4/5

9-14-12: Narcissus in Chains, Laurell K. Hamilton, 3/5

9-18-12: Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution, Michelle Moran, 4/5

9-22-12: Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen, 3/5

9-24-12: Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris, 3/5

10-2-12: Cerulean Sins, Laurell K. Hamilton, 4/5

10-15-12: Incubus Dreams, Laurell K. Hamilton, 3/5

10-17-12: Micah, Laurell K. Hamilton, 2/5

10-18-12: Danse Macabre, Laurell K. Hamilton, 3/5

11-17-12: The Harlequin, Laurell K. Hamilton, 4/5

11-22-12: Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James, 3/5

11-24-12: Fifty Shades Darker, E.L. James, 3/5

11-25-12: Fifty Shades Freed, E.L. James, 3/5

12-25-12: The Girl Who Played with Fire, Stieg Larsson, 5/5

12-31-12: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson, 5/5
(the final five chapters were AMAZING.)

I know there aren’t explanations and the usual chit-chat, but I thought I would share anyways. Oh! And some of the dates are spelled out or just in number formation–that’s because I didn’t write down when I finished it. ūüė¶

On a side note, I’ve been keeping track of what I read by going into Goodreads. It is really helpful and I’ve been able to document almost every book I’ve read since I was 9-years-old. In any case, perhaps you’re wondering if there’s a list for 2013–the answer is yes & no. I want to finish the lists from 2010 and 2011, but there aren’t any news lists–just perhaps some new books. Catch ya later–

Always,

Nolaleigh

December’s Late Top 10 Countdown Tuesday, Jan 4 2011 

Oops! I did it again! No, that is not meant to be a Britney Spears reference. Oh well. If you wish, you can see a complete list here. Without further ado, what should have been posted much earlier:

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Decision Points by George W. Bush
2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy with Grant Blackwood
2. The Confession by John Grisham

Paperback Trade Fiction:
1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
2. The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction:
1.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
2. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz
2. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

¬†Happy Reading! And–sorry for another late post… Enjoy. ūüôā

October’s Top 10 Sunday, Oct 31 2010 

Happy Halloween¬†Readers! As of¬†October 31, 2010, the following¬† are the Top 10 Bestselling Novels according to the New York Times Bestseller List. Five sections, top 2 books in each . ūüôā I’ve been reading when I can and have finally figured out the art of suspending library holds until you can handle them, haha. If all goes the way I’d like it to–meaning it won’t–then by the end of 2010, I will have read 33 books or so. Exciting. So, let’s see… something a bit different from now on–I am going to make your lif easy: Click on the titles to read synopses and other cool stuff like that. ūüôā

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Earth (The Book), by Jon Stewart and others
2. Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol 1, by Mark Twain

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Worth Dying For, by Lee Child
2. In the Company of Others, by Jan Karon

Paperback Trade Fiction:

1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
2. The Girl who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction:
1. The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
2. Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Hope your Halloween is amazing and safe. ‚̧

September’s Top 10 Thursday, Sep 30 2010 

Hi Readers! Something short, but relevant to the end of September. As of September 30, 2010, the following¬† are the Top 10 Bestselling Novels according to the New York Times Bestseller List. Five sections, top 2 books in each section. ūüôā Larsson’s novels are still at the top which means I should probably haul a** and get to reading them, haha. Anyway, I am finishing up a new novel and will have a special entry up tomorrow or this weekend.

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
2. Pinheads and Patriots by Bill O’Reilly

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
2. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Paperback Trade Fiction:
1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
2. The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction:
1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
2. The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
2. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Happy Reading!

Top 20 Countdown Tuesday, Aug 31 2010 

As of August 31, 2010,¬†the New York Times Bestseller List¬†includes some alluring titles–and even¬†shares some of the books on my reading list. Very nice, very nice. So, for my twentieth post, I think I am going to make a list. Anyone who knows me can tell you how much I love making lists–it wasn’t in my 5o Things About Me blog–but a definite now-you-know.

In fact,¬†I think I like this list idea so much, I might have to do it at the end of every month. Instead of it being a Top 20, maybe I’ll make it the Top 10 of “insert month here.” Categories include Hardcover Nonfiction, Hardcover Fiction, Paperback Nonfiction, Paperback Trade Fiction, and Paperback Mass-Market Fiction. I took the first¬†four of each section. Click here to view complete lists for each category. ¬†Anyway, lists, lists, lists.

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Shit My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
2. Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
3. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
4. Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne

Hardcover Fiction:
1. The Postcard Killers by James Patterson and Liza Marklund
2. The Girl who¬†Kicked¬†the Hornet’s Nest¬†by Stieg Larsson
3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
4. The Cobra by Frederick Forsyth

Paperback Trade Fiction:
1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
2. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
3. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
4. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction:
1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
2. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
3. Ford County by John Grisham
4. Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
2. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
3. Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer
4. My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler