Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Bookfool's First 100

The reason I'm able to post a third time in one day? Kiddo had a daytime swim meet and we haven't had to tackle the afternoon/evening routine, just yet. Should be interesting as it's nearly 9:00 PM and he is not yet home. 9 weeks tests begin tomorrow. Favorites are highlighted in purple because it's one of my favorite colors; top 10 in bold. Books worth skipping are in orange because it's my least favorite color.

First 100 Books I've read in 2006:

1. Idyll Banter - Chris Bohjalian
2. Getting Through the Tough Stuff - Charles Swindoll
3. The Egypt Game - Zilpha Keatly Snyder
4. Night Train to Rigel - Timothy Zahn
5. The Nymphos of Rocky Flats - Mario Acevedo
6. Dying to Call You - Elaine Viets
7. Maybe Baby - Ed. by Lori Leibovich
8. Hoot - Carl Hiassen
9. Talk to the Hand - Lynne Truss
10. Disappearing Nightly - Laura Resnick
11. Our Lives Are the Rivers - Jaime Manrique
12. Manhunt - Janet Evanovich
13. Running in the Family - Michael Ondaatje
14. The Dating Game - Shirley Jump
15. Vanishing Act - Thomas Perry
16. Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
17. Abraham - Bruce Feiler
18. Brave Dames & Wimpettes - Susan Isaacs
19. The Cat Who Went to Paris - Peter Gethers
20. No Angel - Penny Vincenzi (this was a whopper at 836 pages)
21. Dearly Depotted - Kate Collins
22. We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson
23. Driving Me Crazy - Peggy Webb
24. Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye - Victoria Laurie
25. The Gates of the Forest - Elie Wiesel
26. Killing Helen - Sarah Challis
27. The Shunning - Beverly Lewis
28. The Madonnas of Leningrad - Debra Dean
29. My Father's House - Corrie ten Boom
30. Head Over Heels - Jill Mansell
31. Under the Bonnet - Cathy Woodman
32. Out of the Dust - Karen Hesse
33. Summer Lightning - P. G. Wodehouse
34. Queen of the Big Time - Adriana Trigiani
35. Tread Softly - Kate Pennington
36. The Incredible Shrinking Man and other stories - Richard Matheson
37. Lost Lake - Phillip Margolin
38. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning - Lemony Snicket
39. Travels with Charley - John Steinbeck
40. Mixed Signals - Liz Curtis Higgs
41. Details of a Sunset and other stories - Vladimir Nabokov
42. Nursery Crimes - Ayelet Waldman
43. Olive's Ocean - Kevin Henkes
44. Eating Heaven - Jennie Shortridge
45. The Carriage House - Carla Neggers
46. With or Without You - Carole Matthews
47. Size 12 is Not Fat - Meg Cabot
48. Better Read than Dead - Victoria Laurie
49. A Quiet Knowing - Gigi Graham
50. Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned - Kinky Friedman
51. The Single Life - Liz Wood
52. Hope Lives Here - Janet Chester Bly
53. The Polysyllabic Spree - Nick Hornby
54. The Man Who Fell in Love With His Wife - Paul Burke
55. Alaska Bear Tales - Larry Kaniut
56. Cordelia Underwood or the Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath League - Van Reid
57. What to Do if a Bird Flies in the House - Nix and Hurchalla
58. The Tenth Circle - Jodi Picoult
59. Cry Havoc - Clive Egleton
60. The Runner - Peter May
61. Bed Rest - Sarah Bilston
62. Jump at the Sun - Kim McLarin
63. Luscious Lemon - Heather Swain
64. Father Joe - Tony Hendra
65. The Gun Seller - Hugh Laurie (yes, that Hugh Laurie)
66. Silent Waters - Jan Coffey
67. London Transports - Maeve Binchy
68. Shopportunity! - Kate Newlin
69. Brief Encounters with Che Guevera - Ben Fountain
70. Two Old Women - Velma Wallis
71. Remember Me - Lisa Takeuchi Cullen
72. Urban Shaman - C. E. Murphy
73. Consider the Lily - Elizabeth Buchan
74. The School Run - Sophie King
75. Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom
76. Suite Francaise - Irene Nemirovsky
77. Looking for Alaska - Peter Jenkins
78. The Cruelest Miles - Gay and Laney Salisbury
79. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak - still my #1 of 2006
80. The Sunday Tertulia - Lori Marie Carlson
81. Savannah Blues - Mary Kay Andrews
82. Turtle Moon - Alice Hoffman
83. Promise Me - Harlan Coben
84. Down Came the Rain - Brooke Shields
85. The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs - Alexander McCall Smith
86. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation - Lauren Willig
87. How I Lost 5 Pounds in 6 Years - Tom Arnold
88. Letters from Yellowstone - Diane Smith
89. The Essential Lewis and Clark - Landon Y. Jones
90. The Cardinal Rule - Cate Dermody
91. Pay it Forward - Catherine Ryan Hyde
92. Rainbow's End - John M. Floyd
93. Girlfriend in a Coma - Douglas Coupland
94. My Cousin Rachel - Daphne du Maurier
95. Haunted - Heather Graham
96. 36 Views of Mt. Fuji - Cathy N. Davidson
97. Coraline - Neil Gaiman
98. An Obsession with Butterflies - Sharman Apt Russell
99. Something Upstairs - Avi
100. Lying with Strangers - James Grippando

Well, whatcha think?


  1. I am VERY impressed that you've read 100 books in 2006. I've probably only done half of that, though reading is a great passion of mine. However, purple is one of my favorite colors, and I really dislike orange. Does that qualify for connection? (You do know that purple is for royalty: princesses like us.)

  2. Anonymous11:27 PM

    I'm impressed! I see some familiar authors and titles - many of which we agree on.

    I also see a few that I need to look into adding to "The List" ;-)

  3. Wow, I'm impressed.. and looks like we have very similar taste in books.
    And I'm excited to see The Book Thief as your #1, as I just ordered that from Zooba. Looks great!

  4. Thanks, ladies. I think "rabid" is probably a better word than "impressive" (Reader Rabid - hahaha). Something definitely bit me, this past couple of years. LOL

    Princess Bellezza,

    Purple is royal and creative. I'm pleased to have that in common with you. And, don't knock your own numbers - you're doing fabulous.


    I noticed we seem to have similar taste. In fact, a title you reviewed recently has just walked in my door - One Foot in Eden. I need to dig into your archives in order to get myself into further trouble. :)


    The Book Thief is just amazing. Not everyone is carried away by page one, as I was (it was one of those rare books that I bought in hardback on impulse; I flipped through it and couldn't put it down) but I haven't read a single negative review, not one. It's heartrending and beautiful. I'll look forward to reading your thoughts. I noticed we do seem to have a lot of the same interests - in TV, as well. Richard Dean Anderson is everywhere in this house. ;)

  5. I'm very impressed, too. And, I can't believe how many of these books I've never heard of. I have The Book Thief with me today. I'm super tired, though, so I may wait to read it later this afternoon, after a nap! Off to see what Hugh Laurie wrote! :)

  6. WOO HOO!!! That's quite a list. I'm in with the purple...favorite color for me! However, I haven't read many of your book choices. That's actually a good thing, because now I have many more books to look into that I might not have known about. Thanks!

    Also, I responded to you on my blog regarding the book, but I'll say the same thing here: You are too kind! I'll be in touch. :)

  7. Les,

    Hope you grab enough shut-eye to focus; I'm sure you'll love The Book Thief. I'm still catching up, here; the cat and I have slept most of the day and poor William is a wreck. He needs a day or two off!

    The Hugh Laurie book is a hoot. I read it in June, but as I'd just begun to blog it doesn't look like I reviewed it. Unfortunately, I can't tell; I got the blog message of doom whilst trying to load the June archives: "Document contains no data." Boy, do I hate that message.


    Always happy to enable a book addict. I'll look forward to hearing from you. :)

  8. bookfool, maybe you should abandon your photographer's rear view and slap a crown on your head! We could be Princess Bookfool and Princess Bellezza. What a riot.

  9. Bellezza,

    You crack me up! I'll have to look for princess images, just for fun. Although, I admit I'm rather fond of that photographer's butt at my other site - it's just soooo me. I'm all rear end.

  10. I started The Book Thief this afternoon (after an hour-long nap!) and in spite of it's odd beginning, I think I'm hooked. Oh, and thanks for the reminder. I REALLY need to back-up my blogs!!

  11. Oh, boy! I can't wait to hear what you think of The Book Thief, Les! Several people have noted that the beginning was a little too odd for them, but then things improved. For me, the odd beginning was probably what grabbed me and hung on. :)

    I'm reading a really good book: My Brilliant Career. I've seen the movie with Sam Neill and Judy David - loved it. So far the book is different, as always, but just as enjoyable.

  12. Anonymous10:25 AM

    Bookfool, first off, congratulations on this wonderful reading achievement, also, this is a wonderfully helpful list, thank you!

    I am so pleased to note you rated "Running in the Family" so highly for I have the book sitting right here (unread) on my bookshelf.

    "Book Thief" is definitely one I intend picking up - I like that the young adults in my home will be able to read it, too.

    I remember reading "In My Father's House" many years ago - it is a very touching read, isn't it?

    Now here's to the next 100! :)

  13. Lotus,

    Thanks for the kind words. Running in the Family surprised me - it's quite funny. Ondaatje occasionally goes off on poetic tangents, but in that I think he can't help himself; he's a poet down to his bones.

    I hope you love that and The Book Thief as much as I did. Oh, yes, In My Father's House is touching and actually rather fascinating; I felt like I came away with a better understanding of where the ten Boom family's strength and resolve during WWII came from. It's definitely a book to pass around, reread and absorb.


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