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Here are all the books I’ve read from September to the end of the year. I’m still working on a presentation format. I don’t know if 2015’s will be split like it was in 2014.

  1. Killed by Clutter by Leslie Caine; A Domestic Bliss Mystery
  2. Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; #11 of the Pendergast series
  3. Two Graves by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; #12 of the Pendergast series
  4. The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
  5. White Fire by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; #13 of the Pendergast series
  6. Dancing on the Head of a Pen by Robert Benson
  7. Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs
  8. Knit 1, Kill 2 by Maggie Sefton; #1 in Knitting Mysteries
  9. Needled to Death by Maggie Sefton; #2 in Knitting Mysteries
  10. A Deadly Yarn by Maggie Sefton; #3 in Knitting Mysteries
  11. A Killer Stitch by Maggie Sefton; #4 in Knitting Mysteries; Eh. Moves the storyline along, but doesn’t do much else.
  12. Fleece Navidad by Maggie Sefton; #6 in Knitting Mysteries
  13. Dyer Consequences by Maggie Sefton; #5 in Knitting Mysteries
  14. Dropped Dead Stitch by Maggie Sefton; #7 in Knitting Mysteries
  15. Skein of the Crime by Maggie Sefton; #8 in Knitting Mysteries
  16. Unraveled by Maggie Sefton; #9 in Knitting Mysteries

Unless marked otherwise, all titles are recommended.

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Writer Robert Benson says it beautifully, “But listening to someone else describe the tricks she uses to keep herself digging every day reminds us of what works for us, and what does not, and helps us remember to be attentive to the things we already know to do” (pg. 9). And he is so right. I love reading books by writers about how they write, and this book, Dancing on the Head of a Pen, is one of those books.

Benson takes you through his process, never shying away from the negatives, and is completely honest about it all. I’ve bookmarked a lot of good quotes to use. This book will definitely be one of my books in my office that I turn to when I’m stuck.

If you like reading about how writers write, I recommend this book!

© Cori Large 10/30/2014

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I was mistaken. With these five reviews, I’m not completely up to date.

Please excuse the numbering. Copy and Paste is messing up. 

  1. If Life is a Bowl of Cherries-what am I doing in the Pits?
  • Author: Erma Bombeck
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 203 pages / 7/27/2014
  • Brief Review: Funny commentary on life in the 1970s.
  • Recommend: Neutral
  1. Aunt Erma’s Cope Book: How to Get from Monday to Friday in 12 days
  • Author: Erma Bombeck
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: Didn’t finish / 7/29/2014
  • Brief Review: Lost Interest.
  • Recommend:
  1. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
  • Author: Chris Grabenstein
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 291 pages / 8/11/2014
  • Brief Review: Children’s Lit; 12 year old characters; 7th graders; contest in the new library that was designed by a man who is the combination of Willy Wonka, Milton Bradley, and a bookworm.
  • Recommend: Absolutely!
  1. The Wheel of Darkness
  • Author: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: #8 in the Pendergast series / 388 pages / 8/20/2014
  • Brief Review: You learn more about Constance Green in this book.
  • Recommend: Recommended.
  1. Cemetery Dance
  • Author: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: #9 in the Pendergast series / 578 pages / 9-1-2014
  • Brief Review: Voodoo, zombiis, animal rights groups, and an inheritance worth killing for.
  • Recommend: Took a little bit to get into, but then I couldn’t put it down!—Recommended!

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Yes, the title should speak for itself. I’ve got so much other stuff I want to post on here, but because of my undiagnosed OCD, I feel like I can’t until I get all the book reviews posted. Well, I found a way around that!

I’ve also changed up the way I do book reviews again. I don’t have the energy any more to write up a summary. I’d much rather give you the basic information and let you check the book out on Amazon or Good Reads for yourself.

So…

The Princess Bride

  • Author: by Morgenstern; abridged by William Goldman
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 512 pgs / 1-31-2014
  • Brief Review: Movie was adapted from the book and consisted of all the “good parts,” unless you’re a diehard fan, skip the book.
  • Recommend: Eh, preferred the movie
  1. Dear Abby
  • Author: Abigail Van Buren
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 201 pgs / 2-28-2014
  • Brief Review: Printed letters dating from the 1950s and 1960s, however, based on content, nothing seems to have changed.
  • Recommend: Neutral.
  1. Relic
  • Author: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: #1 of Pendergast Series / 455 pgs / 3-4-2014
  • Brief Review: Hooked from the beginning! Couldn’t put it down! Caution-very gory!
  • Recommend: Absolutely!
  1. Reliquary
  • Author: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: #2 of Pendergast Series / 461 pgs / 3-9-2014
  • Brief Review: Sequel to Relic. Who dunnit isn’t so much the question as how and why.
  • Recommend: Yes.
  1. The Cabinet of Curiosities
  • Author: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: #3 of Pendergast series / 629 pgs / 3-16-2014
  • Brief Review: Hard to get into. Very disturbing.
  • Recommend: Can be skipped.
  1. Still Life with Crows
  • Author: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: #4 of the Pendergast series / 458 pgs / 4-7-2014
  • Brief Review: Very interesting, but got extremely creepy towards the end.
  • Recommend: Yes.
  1. The Sword in the Stone
  • Author: T.H. White
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: #1 in trilogy / 287 pgs / 5-1-2014
  • Brief Review: King Arthur’s childhood and schooling by Merlin. Had to compare to Disney movie by the same name.
  • Recommend: Interesting for an Arthurian scholar.
  1. Brimstone
  • Author: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: #5 in the Pendergast series / 752 pgs / 5-11-2014
  • Brief Review: Loved it! Fire & Brimstone, the devil, Stradivarius violins!
  • Recommend: Absolutely!
  1. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: #4 in the Sherlock Holmes Casebook / 240 pgs / 5-11-2014
  • Brief Review: Starting to have a difficult time reconciling literary Holmes, who will look into a case no matter how trivial, with movie and TV Holmes, who learn towards arrogant @$$es.
  • Recommend: Yes.
  1. Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
  • Author: Julie Powell
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 325 pgs / 5-16-2014
  • Brief Review: Disappointed. Thought it would be the blog in book form. NOPE! Just the highlights.
  • Recommend: Neutral.
  1. My Life in France
  • Author: Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 333 pgs / 5-25-2014
  • Brief Review: Interesting and insightful.
  • Recommend: Neutral, but I liked it better than Julie Powell’s book.
  1. Stitch’n’Bitch: the Knitter’s Handbook
  • Author: Debbie Stoller
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 237 pgs / 6-10-2014
  • Brief Review: Very interesting. Loved the family history. Going to try out some of the patterns in the back of the book.
  • Recommend: Yes.
  1. A Good Yarn
  • Author: Debbie Macomber
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 384 pgs / 6-13-2014
  • Brief Review: Shows the positive side and the relaxation aspects of knitting.
  • Recommend: Yes.
  1. Dixie Ghosts: Haunting, spine-chilling stories from the American South
  • Author: edited by Frank D. McSherry, Charles G. Waugh, and Martin H. Greenburg
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 6-18-2014
  • Brief Review: An anthology of stories. I didn’t read them all. The couple I did read were suspenseful, not spine-chilling.
  • Recommend: Neutral.
  1. Sisters, School Girls and Sleuths: Girls’ Series Books in America
  • Author: Carolyn Carpan
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 147 pgs / 6-24-2014
  • Brief Review: Great source for a research paper.
  • Recommend: Yes.
  1. My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop
  • Author: edited by Ronald Rice and Booksellers Across America
  • Series/Pages/Date Read:
  • Brief Review: Couldn’t get into it.
  • Recommend:
  1. The Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All!
  • Author: Marilyn Johnson
  • Series/Pages/Date Read:
  • Brief Review: Couldn’t get into it.
  • Recommend:
  1. The Book of the Dead
  • Author: Douglas Pendergast and Lincoln Child
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: #6 of the Pendergast series / 451 pgs / 6-27-2014
  • Brief Review: Couldn’t put it down!
  • Recommend: Absolutely!
  1. Year of No Sugar
  • Author: Eve O. Schaub
  • Series/Pages/Date Read: 305 pgs / 7-13-2014
  • Brief Review: A writer conducts an experiment on/with her family to see if they can go without eating any added sugar for an entire year. Very interesting. Recipes are included.
  • Recommend: Yes.

I apologize for the numbering. I tried to fix it, but it made everything worse.

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carl warner's food landscapes a world of food

Both of these books would make great coffee table books. There is information in how the scenes are constructed and what food products were used. Absolutely beautiful books!

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Diary of Ellen...

Summary:

This is the prequel written for Stephen King’s made-for-TV-movie Rose Red. It follows Ellen’s journey from her courtship with John Rimbauer to their year-long honeymoon to their life at Rose Red.

Opinion:

I watched the movie Rose Red about ten years ago, and it has stayed with me. When I eventually bought the DVD, the DVD version of The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer came with it.

So I watched the prequel before reading it. When I found the book, I wanted to see how it compared to the movie. As usual, the book was better and a lot more detailed than the movie.

For those that may be apprehensive about the Stephen King connection, please give the book a chance. The genre I’d classify it under is Thriller, not Horror.

© Cori Large Dec 2013

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Deadly Heat

Summary:

Part of the plot from the last book is carried on in Deadly Heat. Nikki is still searching for the man responsible for her mother’s murder and trying to figure out if the big event that had been alluded to was a con just to distract her. Also enter in Rainbow, the latest serial killer to hit NYC, and he’s set his sights on Nikki.

Opinion:

There were a lot a twists and turns in this book. Definitely kept me guessing, but the carried on plot did get tiresome at times.

© Cori Large December 2013

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