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Cate's Bookshelf

Updated 01/01/12

2012 update: I will no longer be keeping track of the books I read here. I'm just keeping this page up for reference.

My goal for 2011 was to read a minimum of 30 books. No requirements on kind of book or length. (Goal achieved 09/01/11)

Completed Reading in 2011:
  1. 01/11 - The Beach Road - James Patterson (Rating: Two Punches in the Face)
  2. 01/14 - Oleander House: Bay City Paranormal Investigations - Ally Blue (Rating: Worth Every Penny I Paid)
  3. 01/23 - The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield (Rating: Even Better The Second Time Around)
  4. 02/01 - A is for Alibi - Sue Grafton (reread)
  5. 02/08 - B is for Burglar - Sue Grafton (reread)
  6. 02/15 - C is for Corpse - Sue Grafton (reread)
  7. 02/22 - D is for Deadbeat - Sue Grafton (reread)
  8. 03/01 - E is for Evidence - Sue Grafton (reread)
  9. 03/08 - F is for Fugitive - Sue Grafton (reread)
  10. 03/15 - G is for Gumshoe - Sue Grafton (reread)
  11. 03/22 - H is for Homicide - Sue Grafton (reread)
  12. 04/09 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (#jhbc)
  13. 04/27 - I is for Innocent - Sue Grafton (reread)
  14. 05/06 - The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin (reread)
  15. 05/07 - J is for Judgment - Sue Grafton (reread)
  16. 05/08 - Zen and the Art of Happiness - Chris Prentiss (reread)
  17. 05/15 - K is for Killer - Sue Grafton (reread)
  18. 05/23 - The Middle Place - Kelly Corrigan (Rating: good, interesting read and not as depressing as the subject matter dictates)
  19. 06/15 - L is for Lawless - Sue Grafton (reread)
  20. 06/23 - M is for Malice - Sue Grafton (reread)
  21. 06/28 - Wait Till Helen Comes - Mary Downing Hahn (reread - YA)
  22. 07/09 - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs (4 stars, good book!)
  23. 07/01 - N is for Noose - Sue Grafton (reread)
  24. 08/02 - Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us - Seth Godin
  25. 08/04 - The Help - Kathryn Stocket (#jhbc)
  26. 08/14 - Rules of Civility - Amor Towles (my review for BlogHer Book Club, #bhbc)
  27. 08/30 - Kick-Ass Creativity: An Energy Makeover for Artists, Explorers, and Creative Professionals - Mary Beth Maziarz
  28. 08/31 - The Night of the Gun - David Carr
  29. 08/31 - The War of Art - Steven Pressfield
  30. 09/01 - Poke the Box - Seth Godin
  31. 09/05 - Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas, and Found Happiness - Dominique Browning (BlogHer Book Club, #bhbc)
  32. 09/21 - Kane and Abel - Jeffrey Archer (#jhbc)
  33. 10/07 - O is for Outlaw - Sue Grafton (reread)
  34. 10/14 - My Happy Life - Lydia Millet
  35. 11/01 - Bird By Bird - Anne Lamott
  36. 11/27 - On Writing - Stephen King
  37. 12/01 - A Lover's Dictionary - David Levithan
  38. 12/19 - A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (#jhbc)
  39. 12/28 - The Magic Room - Jeffrey Zaslow (#bhbc)
  40. 12/31 - How to Be Happy, Dammit: A Cynic's Guide to Spiritual Happiness - Karen Salmansohn

Completed Reading in 2010 (goal = 25 books, did not count textbooks):
  1. 01/07 - Anne of Ingleside - L.M. Montgomery (re-read)
  2. 01/11 - Rainbow Valley - L.M. Montgomery (re-read)
  3. 02/03 - Rilla of Ingleside - L.M. Montgomery (re-read)
  4. 02/24 - Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs (The New Rules of Social Media) - Brian Halligan
  5. 2/28 - T is for Trespass - Sue Grafton
  6. 03/21 - The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin
  7. 04/01 - U is for Undertow - Sue Grafton
  8. 04/01 - The 8th Confession - James Patterson
  9. 04/03 - Favorite - Karen McQuestion
  10. 04/09 - Run - Ann Patchett
  11. 05/03 - Candles Burning - Tabitha King
  12. 06/02 - Inspiration Sandwich: Stories to Inspire Our Creative Freedom - Sark
  13. 07/25 - The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story - Diane Ackerman
  14. 09/01 - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
  15. 09/15 - The Girl Who Played With Fire - Stieg Larsson
  16. 09/30 - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larsson
  17. 10/15 - The House at Riverton - Kate Morton
  18. 11/01 - Buddhism for Beginners - Thubten Chodron
  19. 11/16 - Zen and the Art of Happiness - Chris Prentiss
  20. 11/29 - The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
  21. 12/12 - Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook - Shel Silverstein
  22. 12/20 - In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction - Lee Gutkind
  23. 12/24 - Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
  24. 12/25 - The House At Pooh Corner - A.A. Milne
  25. 12/25 - When We Were Very Young - A.A. Milne
  26. 12/25 - Now We Are Six - A.A. Milne
  27. 12/28 - The 9th Judgment - James Patterson
  28. 12/30 - Life Guard - James Patterson
Finished in 2009:
  • 12/31/09 - The Adoration of Jenna Fox - Mary E. Pearson
  • 12/29/09 - Anne's House of Dreams - L.M. Montgomery (re-read)
  • Anne of Windy Poplars - L.M. Montgomery (re-read)
  • Anne of The Island - L.M. Montgomery (re-read)
  • Anne of Avonlea - L.M. Montgomery (re-read)
  • Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery (re-read)
  • 06/25/09 - 7th Heaven - James Patterson (Women's Murder Club)
  • The 6th Target - James Patterson (Women's Murder Club)
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
  • The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
  • Devil in the White City - Erik Larson
  • Atonement - Ian McEwan

Six Word Saturdays

Often, my posts feel very long. Sorry about that, it's just that I'm so prolific fascinating lonely rambly, I often have trouble stopping. Which is why I introduced a new category: Six Word Saturdays.

The idea came from a book Joe bought me for Christmas. The book is: Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure and it was edited by Smith Magazine. The book is based on Ernest Hemingway's short story, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." The idea is to tell a story or describe your life in six words and the book is a collection of these. A few examples from the book jacket: "Found true love, married someone else." "After Harvard had baby with crackhead." It's interesting reading and has set me thinking in many directions so it might be worth checking out if that's your kind of thing.

The first book was so popular that they followed up with a second release. It's called Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak: by Writers Famous and Obscure. And a third is now in the works.

I don't promise my Saturday posts will actually be just six words, but I'm do base them off this concept. I usually feel it's necessary to give at least a short explanation.

Participation is encouraged. In fact, I insist! Since I love reading the fabulous six words from everyone else (entries are so creative, sometimes silly, sometimes serious, occasionally including photos or art), I've started including a Mr. Linky on these Saturday posts. All that's necessary to participate is to post your own six words. If you do so in your blog, please add a link to the week's Mr. Linky. I appreciate a link back but I'm not going to delete your entry or punch you in the face if you don't. Otherwise, you're welcome to leave your six words in the post as a comment.

Someone requested a button and since I have absolutely nothing else to do all day continually strive to bring happiness to others, here you go, complete with the linky code!


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