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02 February 2009 @ 07:55 pm
Stole this from cynthiamary because it amused me so.

Answer the following questions.

Q: Type in "[your name] needs" in the Google search.
Q: Type in "[your name] looks like" in Google search.
Q: Type in "[your name] said" in Google search.
  1. Kimmy needs: Kimmy needs to but it was a little x rated!
  2. Kimmy looks like: Kimmy looks like a typical Lao guy to me.
  3. Kimmy says: Kimmy said, shaking her head. "I wish to God they weren't
    , but they are." 
I think Cynthia's answers were a lot more fun!
01 February 2009 @ 10:49 pm

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27 January 2009 @ 08:39 pm
learningtoread tagged me double time!

First up is the Kreative Blogger meme that's been going around! For it, I have to list seven things that I love. I then have to tag seven Kreative Bloggers.

Here goes nothing!

  1. Traveling. I absolutely love the excitement of packing my bags to go away on an adventure somewhere. I don't even need to go far, I just love going away. I really love nice hotels, exploring new places and the actual process of travel, whether by car, train or (hopefully very soon, plane!)
  2. Staying up late into the night reading a good book and then sleeping in in the morning;-)
  3. My church. It has been such a blessing to me and I love all of the wonderful friends I have met there.
  4. Cooking. I love creating new meals and perfecting them. I love baking things and sharing them with others.
  5. Blogging!
  6. All the amazing writers out there who write all the good books just for me!
  7. Prison Break, cause we are at the end of season three and it has kept me on the edge of my seat for weeks now. I love good television!

Now...part two!

1. Be civilized enough to mention the person who tagged you.
2. Write down six things that make you happy.
3. Post the rules.
4. Tag six others and let them know you did it.
5. Then tell the person when your entry is complete.

Six more things!
  1. Ordering in dinner, especially pizza!
  2. Beating Kevin in Wii Bowling;-)
  3. Getting my hair cut.
  4. Beautiful Macs.
  5. A rainy day, thunderstorms in the summer and snow at Christmas.
  6. Playing ball with my puppy, and having him snuggled up to me.

Now I get to double tag some other people!

Um..that's it for Livejournal friends. I'm a little short in that department!
06 January 2009 @ 12:51 pm

Aside from my goal to read *at least* 75 books this year, I have also decided to enter into a couple other challenges along the way.

The first one being the Chick Lit Challenge


From January 1 through December 31, 2009, read at least 10 chick lit books. Books can overlap with other challenges and you can change your list at any time.

My picks for this challenge:

  1. Austenland by Shannon Hale
  2. The Stepmother by Carrie Adams
  3. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  4. The Measure of a Lady by Deeanne Gist
  5. The Convenient Groom: A Nantucket Love Story by Denise Hunter
  6. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  7. Baby Proof by Emily Giffin
  8. Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson
  9. Miss Match by Erynn Mangum
  10. Rematch by Erynn Mangum

I found this to be a somewhat hard list to compile. I don’t really read a lot of chick-lit, so I had to do some research and revamp my list a little bit.

The second challenge I’ve joined is the What’s in a Name Challenge.


*Dates: January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009

*The Challenge: Choose one book from each of the following categories:

A book with a “profession” in its title. Examples might include: The Book Thief, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Historian

My pick: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

A book with a “time of day” in its title. Examples might include: Twilight, Four Past Midnight, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

My pick: The House at Midnight by Lucie Whitehouse

A book with a “relative” in its title. Examples might include: Eight Cousins, My Father’s Dragon, The Daughter of Time

My pick: Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall

A book with a “body part” in its title. Examples might include: The Bluest Eye, Bag of Bones, The Heart of Darkness

My pick: Blink of an Eye by Ted Dekker

A book with a “building” in its title. Examples might include: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Little House on the Prairie, The Looming Tower

My pick: Castle Dor by Daphne Du Maurier

A book with a “medical condition” in its title. Examples might include: Insomnia, Coma, The Plague

My pick: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

*You may overlap books with other challenges, but please don’t use the same book for more than one category.

02 January 2009 @ 09:56 am

1. Daphne: A Novel by Justine Picardie
2. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
3. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
4. In the Woods by Tana French
5. The Likeness by Tana French
6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
7. You Suck by Christopher Moore
8. The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
9. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
10. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
11. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
12. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
13. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
14. In a Gilded Cage by Rhys Bowen
15. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
16. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
17. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
18. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
19. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
20. Baby Proof by Emily Giffin
21. The Friends We Keep by Sarah Zacharias Davis
22. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
23. Murder on Waverly Place by Victoria Thompson
24. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
25. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
26. Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult
27. Paper Towns by John Green
28. Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz
29. Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen
30. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
31. Rumors by Anna Godbersen
32. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
33. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
34. Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen
35. The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
36. The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall
37. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
38. The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam
39. Splendor by Anna Godbersen
40. Envy by Anna Godbersen
41. The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson
42. Healing Waters by Nancy Rue and Stephen Arterburn
43. Something Missing by Matthew Dicks
44. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
45. BoneMan’s Daughters by Ted Dekker
46. The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn
47. Shadows of Lancaster County by Mindy Starns Clark
48. Only Nuns Change Habits Overnight by Karen Scalf Linamen
49. Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson
50. The Preacher by Darren Dillman
51. Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
52. Finding God in the Shack by Roger E. Olson
53. The Real Enemy by Kathy Herman
54. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
55. Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz
56. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
57. Before I Wake by Eric Bowman
58. The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn by Liz Johnson
59. Thwonk by Joan Bauer

04 December 2008 @ 11:25 pm
In 2008, manderley23 resolves to...
Backup my church regularly.
Connect with my inner lost.
Overcome my secret fear of desperate housewives.
Learn to play the ireland.
Take learningtoread traveling.
Keep my nyc clean.
Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

I think the "Take learningtoread traveling" part is a sign of things to come in 2009!
12 November 2008 @ 09:27 pm
I love the idea of Christmas themed novels, but I am not loving the selection that is out there. Every year, I attempt to find at least one good holiday read, but I have found it to not be an easy task. The difficulty is that most Christmas novels are either ridiculously cheesy or rather depressing. The rest, which might actually be good reads, are almost always a part of a series.

I cannot read a series book outside of the series. It does not matter if it is deemed readable on it's own. If it belongs in a series of books, with the same characters, I cannot read it alone.

You see my dilemma? Finding good, interesting Christmas reads that are stand-alone is nearly impossible.  I've spent some time researching tonight and found several possibilities. I'd love some feedback if anyone has read any of these, or has any suggestions of other titles I could check out.
  • Finding Noel by Richard Paul Evans
  • Christmas Train by David Baldacci
  • The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
12 November 2008 @ 04:07 pm

Since my yearly TBR list is getting so long and the books are literally stacking up on my dressers, bookshelves and nightstands…

Here is a list of additional books I intend to read-sometime.

  • Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt
  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  • The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
  • The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
  • The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
  • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
  • Blink of an Eye by Ted Dekker
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • In a Gilded Cage by Rhys Bowen
  • Evans Above by Rhys Bowen
  • Jimmy Stewart: Bomber Pilot by Starr Smith & Walter Cronkite
  • A New Dawn by Ellen Hopkins
  • Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
  • Frankenstein series by Dean Koontz
  • Castle Dor by Daphne Du Maurier
  • Paradise Series by Ted Dekker
  • Skin by Ted Dekker
  • Adam by Ted Dekker
  • Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
  • 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  • Devilish by Maureen Johnson
  • The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
  • The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
  • The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson
  • Still Life With Murder by P.B Ryan
  • As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway
  • A Deadly Game of Magic by Joan Lowery Nixon
  • The Cry of the Owl by Patricia Highsmith
  • This Sweet Sickness by Patricia Highsmith
  • Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith
  • The Glass Cell by Patricia Highsmith
  • Everybody Kills Somebody Sometime (A Rat Pack Mystery) by Robert J. Randisi
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • I’ll Never Be Young Again by Daphne Du Maurier
  • Julius by Daphne Du Maurier
  • The Rendezvous and Other Stories by Daphne Du Maurier
  • Margaret’s Story by Eugenia Price
  • Don Juan McQueen by Eugenia Price
  • Maria by Eugenia Price
  • Glass Blowers by Daphne Du Maurier
  • Gideon by Russell Andrews
  • The Measure of a Lady be Deeanne Gist
  • Deep in the Heart of Trouble by Deeanne Gist
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
  • The September Society by Charles Finch
  • Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn
  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
  • Bliss by Lauren Myracle
  • Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez
  • The Devouring by Simon Holt
  • The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  • Must Love Black by Kelly McClymer
  • Poison Ink by Christopher Golden
  • Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley
  • The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  • Wake by Lisa McMann
  • Alive and Well in Prague, New York by Daphne Grab
  • Girl, Hero by Carrie Jones
  • In Ecstasy by Kate McCaffrey
  • Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
  • The Opposite of Invisible by Liz Gallagher
  • Madapple by Christina Meldrum
  • Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall
  • Undone by Brooke Taylor
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Brooklyn Bridge by Karen Hesse
  • The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
  • Marked by PC Cast & Kristin Cast
  • Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz
  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
  • Crank by Ellen Hopkins
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
  • I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
  • The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
  • The Likeness: A Novel by Tana French
  • Dreaming in Black and White by Laura Jensen Walker
  • The Convenient Groom: A Nantucket Love Story by Denise Hunter
  • Baby Proof by Emily Giffin
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
  • Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  • Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
  • How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
  • Aftermath of Delaune Michel
  • The Safety of Secrets by Delaune Michel
  • Shot Girl by Karen E. Olson
  • The Meaning of Night: A Confession by Michael Cox
  • The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
  • Never Change by Elizabeth Berg
  • The Killing Hour by Lisa Gardner
  • Thwonk by Joan Bauer
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Mrs. deWinter by Susan Hill
  • The Trimmed Lamp by O. Henry
  • The Last Disciple by Sigmund Brouwer and Hank Hanegraaff
  • The Last Sacrifice by Sigmund Brouwer and Hank Hanegraaff
  • The House at Midnight by Lucie Whitehouse
  • Drood by Dan Simmons
  • The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  • Julia's Hope by Leisha Kelly
  • Emma's Gift by Leisha Kelly
  • Kate's Dream by Leisha Kelly
  • Till Morning is Nigh by Leisha Kelly
  • What Happened to Anna K.: A Novel by Irina Reyn

12 November 2008 @ 04:06 pm

The following is a tentative list of the books I intend to read for the year 2008. This list is subject to change and most definitely will as the year goes on. This list is in no particular order. Suggestions welcome!

  1. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  2. For the Love of Mike by Rhys Bowen
  3. In Like Flynn by Rhys Bowen
  4. Oh Danny Boy by Rhys Bowen
  5. Death of Riley by Rhys Bowen
  6. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  7. A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen
  8. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  9. Murder on Bank Street by Victoria Thompson
  10. Our Lady of Pain by Marion Chesney
  11. A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander
  12. Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
  13. Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn
  14. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
  15. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
  16. Fatal Deduction by Gayle Roper
  17. Courting Trouble by Deeanne Gist
  18. Tell Me, Pretty Maiden by Rhys Bowen
  19. A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist
  20. Dope by Sara Gran
  21. Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
  22. A Simple Plan by Scott Smith
  23. The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
  24. A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch
  25. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  26. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  27. All Things Hidden by Kathy Herman
  28. Eye of the Beholder by Kathy Herman
  29. Murder on Nob Hill by Shirley Tallman
  30. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  31. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
  32. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  33. Love as a Way of Life by Gary Chapman
  34. When the Morning Comes by Cindy Woodsmall
  35. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  36. The Shack by William P. Young
  37. Christmas Train by David Baldacci
  38. The Two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith
  39. The Best Place to Be by Lesley Dormen
  40. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  41. Local Girls by Alice Hoffman
  42. When the Soul Mends by Cindy Woodsmall
  43. Frostbite by Richelle Mead
  44. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
  45. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  46. House by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti
  47. The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner
  48. The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
  49. A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
  50. Beyond Motherhood by Jeanne Safer
  51. In Dublin’s Fair City by Rhys Bowen
  52. A Shred of Evidence by Kathy Herman
  53. Not by Chance by Kathy Herman
  54. A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
  55. The Shape of Mercy: A Novel by Susan Meissner
  56. The Darknesses by Eliza Osborn
  57. The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg
  58. My Mother’s Wish by Jerry Camery-Hoggatt

*indicates completed reading.

12 November 2008 @ 04:04 pm

The following is a list of the 50 books I read during the year 2007.

1. Murder in Chinatown by Victoria Thompson
2. Hasty Death by Marion Chesney
3. The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
4. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
5. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
6. Murder on Gramercy Park by Victoria Thompson
7. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
8. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
10.The Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier
11.The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
12.Trouble by Jesse Kellerman
13. Murder in Little Italy by Victoria Thompson
14. Murder on Mulberry Bend by Victoria Thompson
15. The Godmother by Carrie Adams
16. Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
17. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
18. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
19. Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen
20. Snobbery with Violence by Marion Chesney
21. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
22. Murder on Washington Square by Victoria Thompson
23. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
24. Hide in Plain Sight by Marta Perry
25. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
26. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
27. Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson
28. Murder on St. Mark’s Place by Victoria Thompson
29. The Upstairs Girl by Eliza Tucker
30. Murder on Lenox Hill by Victoria Thompson
31. The Husband by Dean Koontz
32. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
33. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
34. Belhaven Bride by Helen Dickson
35. My Double Life by Mary Sullivan
36. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
37. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
38. Black by Ted Dekker
39. A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
40. Sick of Shadows by Marion Chesney
41. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
42. A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander
43. A Suspension of Mercy by Patricia Highsmith
44. Murder on Marble Row by Victoria Thompson
45. And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander
46. 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
47. Alfred Hitchcock & the 3 Investigators in The Secret of Skeleton Island
48. Red by Ted Dekker
49. White by Ted Dekker
50. My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse