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2008 Reading Goals Update

Saturday, February 9, 2008

I thought I would take a quick moment to update my Reading Goals one month into 2008. I actually have three that I’ve completed (all ABA) and written reviews for on Good Reads.

CBA Fiction
1. Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen—Purchased 2/9/08
2. Sisters, Ink (Scrapbooker’s Series #1) by Rebeca Seitz—Purchased 2/9/08
3. Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck
4. My Name Is Russell Fink by Michael Snyder
5. Faking Grace by Tamara Leigh
6. For Better or For Worse by Diann Hunt—Began reading 2/9/08
I also purchased Linda Windsor’s Wedding Bell Blues on 2/9/08

ABA Fiction
1. Finish reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Finished FOTR before Christmas. Finished TTT in Jan. ’08. Currently reading ROTK. 
2. The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean KoontzRead my review here 
3. Fire Study (Study, Book 3) by Maria V. Snyder (book releases March 1; I preordered in Oct.)
4. To Catch A Pirate by Jade Parker (YA)
5. Last One In by Nicholas Kulish Shadow Music by Julie Garwood—Finished reading it 2/7/08. Read my review here.
6. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

Non-Fiction—have not started on any of these yet.
1. Stealing Fire from the Gods: The Complete Guide to Story for Writers and Filmmakers by James Bonnet
2. Emotional Structure: Creating the Story Beneath the Plot by Peter Dunne
3. Jane Austen on Film and Television: A Critical Study of the Adaptations by Sue Parrill
4. Teaching Creative Writing, Graeme Harper (Ed.)
5. Jane Austen and the Interplay of Character by Ivor Morris
6. The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block, and the Creative Brain by Alice Weaver Flaherty

7 Comments
  1. Sunday, February 10, 2008 2:39 pm

    You’ve got a wide variety here. I wonder if my TBR list would be as diverse. I wish I had better balance in the way I spend my time. So much I want to do, but very little I seem to get done.

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  2. Sunday, February 10, 2008 9:03 pm

    WOW, you have quite a goal for the year. It’s definitely set up for wide-spread exposure.

    Some I’ve never heard of so I’ll be glad to read your review.

    Blessings!

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  3. Sunday, February 10, 2008 10:16 pm

    Kaye,

    I read your review of Dean Koontz’s book. I’ve only read three or four of his books, and I agree that often his baddies are so over the top it makes the book unreadable. Try his older title, LIGHTNING. It’s one of my (and my husband’s) all time favorite books. No other Koontz title has come close to it for me (though like I said, only read 3 or 4 of them). I’d love to know what you think of it. My husband and I want it made into a movie.

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  4. Sunday, February 10, 2008 10:18 pm

    PS: also would love to know what you think of LADY OF MILKWEED MANOR (sans spoilers 🙂 ). I plan to purchase a copy soon, after reading the prologue on the author’s website. I was impressed with her use of language, and the mood she set.

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  5. Monday, February 11, 2008 11:58 am

    You’re making good progress! Noticed you haven’t begun any of your craft books. Do you need to be in the mood for these or do you turn to them when you face a particular writing challenge? I’d be afraid to save them for last because they’d be the hardest to read.

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  6. Monday, February 11, 2008 12:29 pm

    The only reason I haven’t gotten around to the craft books is because I just haven’t gotten around to them. But it’s only February! I did go ahead and order Emotional Structure from Amazon this weekend.

    What I don’t have listed on here are the books I’m reading for research right now—about opening a restaurant—for Menu for Romance, the follow-up book to Stand-In Groom. So those are sort of taking the place of the craft-books for the moment. I guess I should add a fourth category and just list research books as I read them!

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  7. Monday, February 11, 2008 2:23 pm

    Dang it…return Sisters, Ink if you want…I have an extra copy sitting on my desk here at work. 😛

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