Friday, December 31, 2010

2011 book challenges and January book reads

Happy new year everyone! Instead of listing all of my book reads for the year, I'm going to do it monthly, at the end of the month, like today. I'll also be adding my 2010-2011 crossover reads that's left over on the list. First, I'll list the challenges for the year. All of them are small this year.

TBR Top 12 picks:
1. Bad Blood by Linda Fairstein
2. Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian
3. Red Lily by Nora Roberts
4. White Doves at Morning by James Lee Burke
5. Cooking Up Murder by Miranda Bliss
6. Pandora's Clock by John Nance
7. Still Life by Louise Penny
8. The Boneyard by Michelle Gagnon
9. Bait by Karen Robards
10. Whale Song by Cheryl Kaye Tardif
11. Payment in Blood by Elizabeth George
12. Silent Scream by Karen Rose

Top 12 Alternates:
1. Speak No Evil by Allison Brennan
2. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
3. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
4. Secrets of the Grave by Tami Hoag
5. The Mark by Jason Pinter
6. Final Approach by Rachel Brady
7. The Ark by Boyd Morrison
8. Without Mercy by Lisa Jackson
9. Assassin's Honor by Monica Burns
10. Love Lessons by Cheryl Holt
11. Deadly Night by Heather Graham
12. The Screaming Room by Thomas O'Callaghan

TBR Lite 6 picks:
1. Chasing the Night by Iris Johansen
2. Boiling Point by Karen Dionne
3. Kill Zone by Vicki Hinze
4. Full Pursuit by Jasmine Cresswell
5. The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
6. The Perfect Couple by Brenda Novak

Mystery Reader Cafe Challenge:
1. Mystery author's last name with "M": Coming Back by Marcia Muller
2. Mystery set in your state or where you're originally from: Tombs of Endearment by Casey Daniels (Ohio).
3. Mystery title using your initials: Kitty Hitter by Andy Straka (leftover from this year's challenge for KH).
4. Amateur Sleuth: Steamed by Jessica Conant-Park
5. Young Adult: Marked by PC Cast (though it's paranormal)

On The Porch Swing challenge:
1. Dark/Black: Touch the Dark by Karen Chance
2. Number in title: 311 Pelican Court by Debbie Macomber
3. One word title: Mutation by Robin Cook
4. Mystery author last name with "K": Gone by Jonathan Kellerman
5. Orange/pink: Blood Orange by Drusilla Campbell
6. YA Sci Fi: The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle

@Bethfishreads's Challenge:
1. Verb in title: You Can Run by Carlene Thompson
2. Size: Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur
3. Number in title: 44 Charles Street by Danielle Steele
4. Jewel/Gem: The Jewel of St. Petersburg by Kate Furnivall
5. Evil in title: Fear No Evil by Allison Brennan
6. Life stage: The Wild Child by Mary Jo Putney

Romance Book Club:
1. Romance author first name with "J": Guarded Heart by Jennifer Blake
2. "Kiss" in title: Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian
3. Travel/movement: Stop Me by Brenda Novak
4. Historical/Contemporary romance set in Western USA: Summer Secrets by Barbara Freethy (WA)

Here's my list of 2010-2011 crossover books on my TBR pile:
Sketching Evil by Donna Anders
Death Takes a Honeymoon by Deborah Donnelly
Dark Challenge by Christine Feehan
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Dante's Numbers by David Hewson
The Program by Greg Hurwitz
Parallel Attraction by Deidre Knight
Some Like It Wicked by Teresa Medeiros
Handyman by Linda Nichols
Northern Lights by Nora Roberts
Count to Ten by Karen Rose
Die For You by Lisa Unger

Here's my list of non-challenge January TBR reads:
Summer Breeze by Catherine Anderson
Murder With Puffins by Donna Andrews
Jingle Bell Bark by Laurien Berenson
A Stab in the Dark by Lawrence Block
Water Inc. by Varda Burstyn
The Shadow Of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark
Animal Appetite by Susan Conant
Dragon by Clive Cussler
Just Desserts by Mary Daheim
My Scandalous Bride by Christina Dodd, etc.
Isle of Palms by Dorothea Frank
To the Brink by Cindy Gerard
The Man with the Load of Mischief by Martha Grimes
Asking for Murder by Roberta Isleib
Past Perfect by Susan Isaacs
Stalemate by Iris Johansen
Justice by Faye Kellerman
Hunger by Jackie Kessler
Dirty Martini by JA Konrath
The Dangers of Deceiving a Viscount by Julia London
Every Breath You Take by Judith McNaught
Exclusive by Fern Michaels
At the Scent of Water by Linda Nichols
Don't Blink by James Patterson
Too Many Cooks by Joanne Pence
My Lost Daughter by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg
Sisters by Danielle Steele
Dirt by Stuart Woods
Brothers in Arms by Marcus Wynne

Starting next month, I'll be reading lots of paranormal romance. But I do have two this month, which is left over from this fall. See you in 1/31/2011 for February's. I'll be back here, once I cross off a title on my list. Happy new year!


  1. Happy New Year, Kristen! Sounds like you have some great reading in store for you in 2011!

  2. I am so honored, Kristen, that Whale Song is in your top 12. Happy reading! :-)

    Your reading lists look fabulous. You have picked so many of my favorite authors. You'll really enjoy Die for You by Lisa Unger. She's awesome!

    Cheryl Kaye Tardif


Please feel free to drop on by and leave me a note.