Winter Reading List 2006-7

Winter Reading List 2006-7

For my previous reading – check out the 25 books I read during my Fall Reading List 2006, my Spring Reading List 2007 and also our Book Reviews, which has longer reviews and also includes children’s books.

I will also be adding books to this list that I am reading and reviewing for the Reading Moms group blog.

I am carrying over many of the unread books from my Fall ‘06 list, mostly to remind me of the books I still want to read!

My Winter Reading list… (Starting 12/22/06, finishing 3/20/07)


  1. Unleashed: A Melanie Travis Mystery), by Laurien Berenson. I love her books, they have gotten past the “I’m saddled with a kid” part of the first book i disliked. This book had very interesting interpersonal dramas, with very well-created characters. The underlying drama about a Poodle about to have puppies was also wonderful. The mystery was well-written, and there was plenty of surprise and suspense.
  2. Murder Plays House (Mommy-Track Mysteries) by Ayelet Waldman. This book was another lovely read in the series, but the topic of eating disorders was quite disturbing to me as a mom of 3 girls. It was handled very well, and the story was well written with great characters, but eating disorders disturb me. I will write a longer review of this one.
  3. FIRST BOOK FINISHED IN 2007!Thanksgiving, by Janet Evanovich. This is one of her funny romances, written before she wrote the Stephanie Plum series of mysteries. It’s a completely silly, light book that is perfect after reading a book that was more deep or upsetting.
  4. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig. This is a historical romance/mystery/adventure that was recommended by several different people. I ended up being very disappointed with it – I don’t care much about the historical time period (Napolean), there weren’t many romance scenes, I figured out the mystery very early, and the adventure wasn’t very adventurous. I finished it, but I’m returning the rest of the series to the library unread.
  5. Size 14 Is Not Fat Either (Heather Wells Mysteries), by Meg Cabot. I LOVE Meg Cabot. I’ve loved all her books. It was a great story, with a fun mystery. Great reading. I wish she wouldn’t mention the character’s weight so much, though. I remember reading an interview with her – she also had Lyme disease, and when she had it she gained a lot of weight, and then worked hard to lose it.
  6. Confessions of Super Mom by Melanie Lynne Hauser. I LOVED this book. It was a great mix of romance, superheroes, motherhood, and good versus evil. All with a twist that meant I never wanted to put it down. This was the best book I’ve read in a while – it was fabulous. I am looking forward to reading the sequel!
  7. Tart Noir, edited by Stella Duffy & Lauren Henderson. This is a collection of short mysteries, all written by women, and with women as the main charactors. I love the idea of dames vs damsels in distress. But this collection is a seriously mixed bag – from fabulous to horrifying. I was very disappointed in the book.
  8. The Emperor’s Children, by Claire Messud. This one appears to be one I requested a while ago. It has a long wait list at the library, and I waited so long I don’t remember why I requested it. I tried to read it, but it was a very slow read, and I couldn’t get past about 1/3 of the way in. It started to get a bit more interesting, but I returned it as none of the characters truly grabbed me. I hate returning books unfinished, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to trudge through it before the library time was up.
  9. Sugar and Spice (a collection of romance short stories, with one story by Joanne Fluke) After my earlier experience with a mixed bag of short stories, I only read the one by Joanne Fluke. It was a fun read – great to laugh while reading again! The story is the 12 desserts of Christmas, and there are 12 recipes to go along with the story. It’s a cute little romance, very sweet. I love Joanne Fluke’s baking mysteries with Hannah Swenson, and Hannah is in this story, too.
  10. Labyrinth, by Kate Mosse. Amazing. Simply fabulous. Go buy it or get it from the library. Period. My review is here.
  11. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. This was an amazing book – it completely sucked me in, and I have had to shake my head a few times to remember that our world is not the world of the book. The story is set in 2027 in California, and the climate change and economy change have led to massive societal change. The story is told as the journal of an 18 year old who lives through these massive cultural shifts, and how she works to improve her life. It’s incredibly absorbing, and very well written.
  12. 21 Steps To Happiness by F. G. Gerson. A light, cute chick lit book set in the fashion industry in Paris. I enjoyed it as a fun, quick read. I definitely suggest it to anyone who needs a break from some of the darker or denser books.
  13. Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam, Jr. This is the true story behind the movie October Sky – the story of boys in a West Virginia mining town who are inspired by Sputnik to build rockets, and they succeed. It’s a fascinating, exciting, moving memoir, so hard to put down! It was fabulous – and I’m not a big non-fiction person. I’m planning to write a review soon. But go pick up the book and the movie – they are both amazing.
  14. The Princess Diaries, Volume VIII: Princess on the Brink by Meg Cabot. Another fun & funny Princess Diaries book – I love these, and they are perfect reading for when you aren’t feeling well or need a laugh – or any other time!
  15. Tart by Jody Gehrman. This is another one of the fun Chick Lit novels published by Red Dress Ink. It’s a very funny, tart, engaging, and entertaining read. I loved the storyline about a woman whose life keeps turning upside down, and how she comes to terms with her Tart-ness while turning 30 and living a more adult life.
  16. Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer. This is a Young Adult novel that is about a teenager who moves into a small town to live with her dad, then falls in love with a vampire. It was fantastic – loved it. Can’t wait to read the sequel, New Moon.
  17. Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler. This is the sequel to Parable of the Sower, and it is very good, but it didn’t suck me in as quickly as the first book. The view of the future as an economic/climate changed world is disturbing, but fascinating. I am most disturbed by how possible it all seems.
  18. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. I had been meaning to read this book for ages, but never got around to it. It was finally on the shelf in the library, and I finished it in under an hour. A wonderful book about the spectacular Danish people and how they protected their Jewish neighbors.
  19. The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Useable Trim, Scraps, and Bones by Anthony Bourdain. I received this book as a freebie from his publisher, and I loved it! So many great foodie articles about things you aren’t expecting a foodie to write about. Can’t wait to read more of his stuff. If you get offended by the f-word, I’d skip this book, though.
  20. Make Him Look Good by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. I read this for an online chick lit book group. I love this author – she has great characters and though the story follows the chick lit format (everyone ends up happy and partnered), there are lots of surprises, and it is well written. I’ve got her latest book (Haters) on hold at the library!
  21. You’re Not The Boss Of Me: Adventures Of A Modern Mom by Erika Schickel. This is a really cool “momoir” that I read for a MotherTalk tour – stay tuned for more about it on Thursday 3/15!
  22. What the Dead Know: A Novel by Laura Lippman. This is part of a BlogHer book tour, and it pulled me in instantly. It is a fabulous mystery, and if you like mysteries you should go buy or borrow this book right away. Seriously, it is that good! A full review is here.
  23. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer, sequel to the fabulous Twilight. This is just as amazing as the first book, and it kept me awake reading half the book despite taking 3 different meds that are supposed to put me to sleep! It’s a YA book, but a great read for anyone. Truly amazingly wonderful, and I am very impatient to read the next book when it comes out in August! Review coming soon Hmmm… Maybe I can get a preview copy?
  24. Haters, by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. All her other books have been fabulous, so I requested this from the library. It’s a YA title, and it is wonderful! A fun story about a girl who moves from Taos to LA, and struggles with boys, clique-ish girls, and her psychic powers.

Please email me any other book suggestions. If you are so inclined, you can always use our Amazon wish lists to buy more reading material for the girls or even for me.

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