What I've Read in 2012

My goal is to read 55 books in 2012. Let's see how I do! (Succeeded in September!!)
UPDATE: On 10/5/12 I decided to try for 80. Let's see if I can make that!
UPDATE: On 12/6/12 I reached my goal of 80. Whoo hoo!!

1. "The Black Dagger Brotherhood, An Insider's Guide" by J.R. Ward (Loved going back over the stories. Can't wait for the next one to come out.)
2. "11/22/63" by Stephen King (Love it.)

3. "Covet" by J.R. Ward (I think I'm going to like this series. It was certainly different.)
4. "Crave" by J.R. Ward (I would have read this faster if I had the time. Good series.)
5. "Envy" by J.R. Ward (I stayed up until 1:00am reading because I had to know how this story ended. I really like this series.)
6. "Deeply, Desperately" by Heather Webber (Thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed it. A fun read!)
7. "Absolutely, Positively" by Heather Webber (I'm guessing there will be a 4th - and I'll be getting it when it comes out. I really like this series.)

8. "Shattered" by Tahereh Mafi (Very good story. I believe there will be others that follow and I look forward to reading them, too.)
9. "Succubus in Waiting" by Danica Avet (I enjoyed reading about Conner and Piper)
10. "Carpe Bead 'Em" by Tonya Kappes (Not the kind of book I will usually read, but I liked it)
11. "Sexy Beast II" 3 novellas by Kate Douglas, Noelle Mack, and Kathleen Dante (Bought the book for Kate Douglas's Chantu story, and I liked it, but the others were only so-so, so I won't bother getting the other Sexy Beast books and hope I don't miss anything important as I read the Wolf Tale series)
12. "Wolf Tales III" by Kate Douglas (Can there be too much sex? I'm beginning to think so, but I keep reading the series because I like her characters)
13. "Wolf Tales IV" by Kate Douglas (Yep, still like her books)

14. "Bonded by Blood" by Laurie London (Some strange POV characters, but other than that, I enjoyed the read)
15. "Under the Moon" by Natalie J. Damschroder (It was interesting and I enjoyed it. Would have preferred a little more romance, though, but that's just me!)
16. "Blood Hunt" by L.L. Raand (No comment)
17. "Wanted: Undead or Alive" by Kerrelyn Sparks (Dr. Pfang's story and I loved it. Ah, heck. I love all her books!)
18. "Taking a Shot" by Jaci Burton (I really liked this story. Hockey is fun!! The sex scenes weren't bad, either!!!)
19. "The Fall of Rain" by Renee Vincent (I enjoyed the series and this book more than made up for the unpleasant ending to the first. It was my favorite of the bunch!)

20. "Under a Vampire Moon" by Lynsay Sands (As with the other books in this series...I LOVED IT. I love the romance, conflicts, humor. So good. Now I have to wait until August for the next one.)
21. "One for the Money" by Janet Evanovich (Thoroughly enjoyed this book and laughed numerous times! And to think my husband started reading this series BEFORE me! I'm hooked.)
22. "Two for the Dough" by Janet Evanovich (Wow. Breezed through this one. I've got this fascination with Joe Morelli, now. Gotta read more.)
23. "Three to Get Deadly" by Janet Evanovich (Another fun one. But I'll take a break from her for now. I kind of miss my romances!)
24. "When You Dare" by Lori Foster (I loved this book! Romance? Yes! Suspense? Yes! Sexy men? Hell, yes!)
25. "Trace of Fever" by Lori Foster (Kept me rivited. Next book, please! Oh yes, I have it here...)
26. "Savor the Danger" by Lori Foster (Yep, I do like this series. Hope to buy the next one this weekend - at Lori Foster's event.)

27. "Deadlocked" by Charlaine Harris (This book was better than the last, but still not up to par with the earlier ones. Only one left, and I am curious as to who Sookie will be with - if anyone!)
28. "A Perfect Storm" by Lori Foster (I really enjoyed this series and found the books hard to put down - as was evident since I stayed up past midnight to finish this one!)
29. "The Wind Through the Keyhole" by Stephen King (It was nice to return to Roland and his ka-tet, but the title is actually a story within a story within a story, so you really didn't see too much of the old gang!)
30. "Love Bites" 5 story anthology by Lori Foster, Brenda Jackson, Virna DePaul, Catherine Mann, and Julie Bennett (Cute stories.)
31. "Vampire Academy" by Richelle Mead (My daughter has introduced me to another series that hooked me.)
32. "Lover Reborn" by J.R. Ward (I think I read it too fast, I can't believe it's finished. The next one won't come out soon enough, either. Man, I love this series!)
33. "Frostbite" by Richelle Mead (Okay, I'm hooked on this series now. Wish I had brought the others on my vacation.)
34. "Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman" by JB Lynn (This book was in the same vein as the Stephanie Plum books, and it was humorous, but it didn't end. And for that - I don't like it. I had no idea this was a series. It left me hanging as to who certain characters are. Unforgivable. I won't read another book by her.)

35. "Can't Buy Me Love" by Molly O'Keefe (I don't care for romances where the couple despises each other in the beginning, which this couple does. Once I got past that, it was an okay story, but I won't go out of my way to buy the next book in the series - because it's already been set up that they despise each other!)
36. "Time's Fugitive" by Jennette Marie Powell (I liked Tony & Charlotte/Violet's story, even though Tony got a liiiitle on my nerves, but by the end I couldn't put the book down.)
37. "Ransom River" by Meg Gardiner (Wow! I loved this. Couldn't put it down, either. If you want a rollercoaster ride without the actual ride, read this book!)
38. "Hit List" by Laurell K. Hamilton (Wow - an actual Anita Blake story with only one sex scene? Doesn't matter, though. I love the stories with Edward in them.)
39. "City of Bones" by Cassandra Clare (It was okay, but not a series I will continue to read. I didn't much care about the outcome of the characters and would have preferred it to go another way, so I'm not interested in reading more about them. But hey, it's not my story.)
40. "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen (I had never read the story before and I wanted to read "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" so I only thought it fair I read the original first. While the story started out slow and was hard to interpret at times, I did come to enjoy it. We'll see if I read any of her other books, though, although I do own them.)
41. "The Chameleon Goggles" by Maureen O. Betita (2nd in a series. I enjoyed it and will probably read the third. Pirates, vampires, zombies, and kraken!)

42. "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Jane Austin and Seth Grahame-Smith (After reading this, I understood the original a bit better, even if this was a bit whacked! I enjoyed it, though.)
43. "Shadow Kiss" by Richelle Mead (Arrgh! I wish I had brought Book 3 with me on this trip. I want to know what's going to happen next. Usually I hate these kinds of cliff hangers, but maybe that's because the next one is readily available. Otherwise, I would be screaming at the author!)
44. "The Lady is a Vamp" by Lynsay Sands (Zipped right through this book. LOVED IT!)
45. "Blood Promise" by Richelle Mead (I really like this series, but each book just makes me yearn for the next, so I'm dedicated to finishing this series - no more breaks - just because I want to know what happens!!!)
46. "Spirit Bound" by Richelle Mead (Book 6, here I come! Talk about leaving me in suspense. Ugh! But I love them, don't get me wrong.)
47. "Last Sacrifice" by Richelle Mead (Great series! I will eventually read the next series by her, but I think I need a break - and the series isn't done, yet, either. I don't quite trust her not to drive me crazy!)
48. "Out of Xibalba" by Liz Coley (The author came to one of my writers groups meetings and I bought the book to support her. Didn't expect to enjoy is to so much. See what happens on the last day of forever.)
49. "Long Hard Ride" by Lorelei James (Not much into cowboy stories, but this book was so hot and the story captured me that I just breezed through it. Wow! Wow! Wow!)
50. "Werewolves in Love" by Kate Early, Azura Ice, & Trinity Blacio (Three novellas in one book. I won this at a conference and was in the mood to read something dirty. The first story didn't do it for me. Now, if I was in the mood for a parnormal romance, it would have fit the bill. The other two stories were a little better, erotically speaking, but I've read way better stuff.)
51. "Naked Heat" by Richard Castle (I love the show "Castle" and enjoying these books. This one was better than the first. I just hope the next is the same way,  'cause I'm reading it next).
52. "Heat Rises" by Richard Castle (Yep. Hooked on this series.)
53. "Behind the Red Door" by Jackie Barbosa (Hot and steamy! Romantic, too.)
54. "The Brat" by Lynsay Sands (Made the drive from Dayton to Atlanta enjoyable. Light, fun, romance.)

55. "HellFire" by Kate Douglas (Some bit of repeating from the first book of the series, but once I got past that, I enjoyed the story. Nice romance. By the way, this book completed my goal of reading 55 books this year. Let's see how far I can go!!!)
56. "Starfire" by Kate Douglas (Okay, so I didn't get my wish that the series ended with this book. Now I have to get the fourth book to find out how it all ends. Ms. Douglas is EVIL.)
57. "77 Shadow Street" by Dean Koontz (I used to devour his books. Something happened. Either his writing changed, or my expectations did. Has romance ruined me for other genres? I didn't think so, but now maybe not so sure. I liked the story, but could easily put it down.)
58. "Chances Are" by Shelli Stevens (Three hot, sexy novellas. Fun read!)
59. "Last to Die" by Tess Gerritsen (I still love her books. Twists and turns abound.)
60. "Second Grave on the Left" by Darynda Jones (I have no idea why I waited so long to read this second book of the series. I loved the first one so much and this one is no different. Charley Davidson is funny! I love her. So glad I have book 3 on hand. Reading it next.)
61. "Third Grave Dead Ahead" by Darynda Jones (I really, really love this series! And my most favorite line from any book is in this one - "Never trust a man with a penis." Cracked me up!!! Checked to see if there is a book 4. There is, but not out yet. Boo hoo!)

62. "Perfect Chemistry" by Simone Elkeles (What a great book! I had a hard time putting it down, the characters were stuck in my head. While it is in first person, I love that there are two POVs, so I know what he's thinking/doing as well as she. I'll definitely check out her other work.)
63. "John Doe: A Rizzoli & Isles Short Story" by Tess Gerritsen (The story was okay, felt a little rushed, though. I think I would have liked it better if it were longer. I also would have liked it better if I could have read a paper version of it. Instead, I read it on my husband's Nook Tablet. Will never do that again. My eyes hurt!)
64. "Redemption" by Susannah Sandlin (The blurb intrigued me and the book did not let me down! I really enjoyed this and look forward to the next in the series.)
65. "Sultry With a Twist" by Macy Beckett (Contemporary romance isn't always my thing, but I know this author and her story sounded like fun. And it was fun. I'm glad I read it.)
66. "Sex and the Single Therapist" by Marcia James (Funny and sexy and lots of romance. I really enjoyed it.)
67. "Charmed and Dangerous" by Toni McGee Causey (I read the original version, "Bobbie Faye's Very (very, very, very) Bad Day" back in 2008 or 2009 and loved it. I had gotten the book from the library, so when it was re-released under the new title - preceding the release of the third book in the series which I had not read - I bought it thinking I would read it soon. Well, three years later I'm finally getting around to it. I still love the story. It's fast-paced and so, so funny! I look forward to reading that third one. But next, #2.)
68. "Girls Just Wanna Have Guns" by Toni McGee Causey (I read the original version, "Bobbie Faye's (kinda, sorta, not exactly) Family Jewels" back in 2008 or 2009. I love this series and Bobbie Faye is a hoot. If you want humor, action, and some romance, this is your book.)
69. "When a Man Loves a Weapon" by Toni McGee Cauey (I had a problem putting htis book down! I love this series - and will get the e-book to read #3.5, and you KNOW how much I hate reading on those things! - see #63.)
70. "Seducing the Vampire" by Michele Hauf (The story goes back and forth between 1785 and present day, and kind of confused me at first, but then I saw the genius at work here. One man with two goals in two different times. I had a hard time putting the book down.)
71. "Forever Vampire" by Michele Hauf (I enjoyed this story. Not as much as the previous book, but it was still fun - and I did zip through it rather quickly!)
72. "Iced Chiffon" by Duffy Brown (This is a straight (cozy?) mystery, not my usual genre. But I enjoyed it. I didn't figure out "who done it" until it was revealed. Either I'm a lousy detective (which is probably true), or the story was thought out very well.)

73. "Claimed" by Rebecca Zanetti (This is book 2 in a series. Even though I think the alpha males in these books are on the mean side, I'll still go get book 3 and continue reading. I do like the stories and would like to know how it all wraps up - and I hope it does eventually!)
74. "Killing Johnny Fry: A Sexistential Novel" by Walter Mosley (What a bizarre and intriguing story. Kept me curious until the end. If you're not into erotic noir, you might want to stay away.)
75. "The Paradise Prophecy" by Robert Browne (I like the supernatural he adds to his stories, even if I don't get all of the references - and I'm sure I didn't. It was a suspenseful story, and I enjoyed it.)
76. "Blood Deep" by Sharon Page (I read the first book in the series and asked the author if I needed the second to read the third - since she only had the third for autographs. She said I didn't, but I think she was wrong. I got a bit confused at the beginning. The story was okay, but I never really connected with the characters. I liked the first book better.)
77. "666 Park Avenue" by Gabriella Pierce (This is a paranormal book (witches), but not a romance. Not a horror, either, but might be considered light horror, if there is such a thing. I enjoyed the story, just didn't care for the end. I guess this is a series. I haven't decided whether I'll continue reading, though.)
78. "Ghost Walk" by Heather Graham (Believe it or not, this is the first book of hers I've read and I really, really, liked it. I think I'll check out the rest of the books in this series, which is the kind of series I like. I didn't have to read Book 1. In fact, I didn't even realize it was a series until I researched after I read it. Lots of good romance and some wonderful New Orleans stories.)

79. "Virtually His" by Gennita Low (Ugh! This is marked as a romantic suspense. Not so. No romance at all. But even that didn't cause me to only give this 2 stars on Goodreads. The fact this is a series, but not indicated on the cover, and then leaves EVERTHING hanging, really pissed me off! I'm still not sure who the main male character is, as his name is never really revealed, even in his POV.)
80. "Deliver Me From Darkness" by Tes Hilaire (Yay! A freebee book paid off. I found a new author to follow. I really liked this book - and the characters - and look forward to reading more. I just don't know if they're published, yet.)
81. "Abandon the Night" by Joss Ware (I was given this book free and didn't realize it was the third in the series when I started reading it. But I liked the couple, so I stuck with it. However, I'm not fond of the world - it's damn depressing - and do not wish to visit again.)
82. "Wild About You" by Kerrelyn Sparks (Howard's book - loved, loved, loved it! I'm surprised how the author can keep the series fresh and still wildly entertaining. Read it quickly. Next one won't be out soon enough, I'm sure.)
83. "Stalking Susan" by Julie Kramer (I got this book free at the 2010 RT Con. Met the author and she signed it. Finally got around to reading it. Groaned when I saw it was in first person - not a huge fan - but it certainly captured my attention quick enough. Yeah, it's the first in a series, but the story ended - thank GOD - and I'm not adverse to reading the next, if I ever get it. At least I don't feel forced to read it! Good story, good suspense, good read.)
84. "Naughty Bits 2" by various authors (Nine erotic short stories. Some good, some not so good. My favorites were by Alison Paige, Megan Hart, and Saskia Walker. I'm discovering I'm not a great fan of short stories, though. I prefer meat in my stories, and not the kind of "meat" featured in this book, if you get my drift - ha ha!)
85. "Carnal Sin" by Allison Brennan (I really like this series, but wonder if the rest of the books will be written. Didn't see anything on her website indicating they were forthcoming. We'll see if I hear back from her, since I asked directly. But if these characters (and I really love Moira and Rafe) are working at capturing the seven deadly sins, and only two have been captured so far, I'm expecting five more books!!)
86. "Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet" by Darynda Jones (I love this series. Charley Davidson is a hoot and Reyes Farrow is damn sexy! Give me more! Oh wait, they aren't out yet. Damn!)

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