Books Read 2012-2016

Books Read  2012-2016


Forbidden Falls

The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd - Historical novel set in Charleston, SC from1803-1840. Story opens with Sarah's 11th birthday when she is given ownership of 10 yr. old Handful (Hattie) a slave girl who is to be her handmaid. 

Rena's Promise - Rena Kornreich Gelissen with Heather Dune Maadam - True story told by Rena Kornreich about how she and her sister survived the concentration camps during WWII. A very moving and memorable book that is unbelievable to what a human can endure at the hands of the Nazi Germans. 

Wide-Open World - John Marshall - A very enjoyable and enlightening view of many fascinating places in the world.  Parents traveling and teaching their children about places by actually experiencing the sites and people.

The Heist - Janet Evanovich; Lee Goldberg
Takedown Twenty - Janet Evanovich
The Chase - Janet Evanovich
Scrapped - Mollie Cox Bryan

11. Secrets on the Wind- Stephanie Grace Whitson
10. W is for Wasted - Sue Grafton most recent release.
9. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larsson
8. The Girl Who Played with Fire - Stieg Larsson
7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

6. A Most Unsuitable Match - Stephanie Grace Whitson - A young girl departs on a steamboat from a Missouri River town on her way to Montana in 1869 and meets an unlikely young man aboard the boat going in search of his sister. I really enjoyed this book and plan to read more of this author.

5. Love Gone to the Dogs - Margaret Daley - a delightful funny story of the everyday life of a young divorced mother of 2 boys (one a little genius), a very clever dog named Arnold and a grandfather who is a bit zany.  Other characters include the good looking neighbor who just happens to live across the street from them and is a doctor, the mayor and single; a busy body neighbor who has nothing to do but spy on people and cause trouble and the woman doctor who happens to be mom to the good looking mayor.  This story will have you crying tears of laughter.

4. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - Jamie Ford.  This is a story about an American born Chinese boy and an American born Japanese girl who find themselves in the same American school in Seattle in the early 1940s during WWII.  Their struggles to overcome the bitter feelings of a Chinese father toward all things Japanese and how these two young kids still manage to share a bond with each other will keep your attention. 

3. Promise Me This - Cathy Gohlke - This was one of the best books I've read this year. It starts with the preparations and the sailing of the Titanic followed by the beginnings of WWI.  It is a love story like no other, on many levels. This author is a Christian writer with a strong faith in God.

2. The Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn - was not one of my favorite reads. Rather disturbing characters.
1. The Giving Quilt - Jennifer Chiaverini

1. January - Eleven on Top - by Janet Evanovich
2. February - U is for Undertow - by Sue Grafton
3. March - Explosive Eighteen - by Janet Evanovich - Light hearted and fun reading
4. March - The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown - Enjoyed this although it was quite lengthy.
5. April - Sizzling Sixteen - Janet Evanovich - Lulu was so funny in this one. Always makes me laugh.
6. April - The Hunger Games -Suzanne Collins - I really liked this book even though I thought I wouldn't.  It is well written and I'm anxious to read her next 2 novels.
7. June - Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins, Book 2 of the Hunger Games series 
8. July - Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins, Book 3 of the Hunger Games
9. September - The Basement Quilt - Ann Hazelwood - local author from St. Charles
10.October - "V" is for Vengeance - Sue Grafton - a Kinsey Millhone mystery
11.October - Wicked Appetite - Janet Evanovich
12. November - Plum Lucky - Janet Evanovich
13. November - Wedding Ring - Emilie Richards
14. November - 1984 - George Orville


  1. Great books so far! I just finished Fearless 14 and it's been pretty random in the Grafton series so far. Have you ever used to track your books? I use it all the time and, actually, need to go add the book I started this morning..Tailspin by Catherine Coulter (Book 12 in the FBI Suspense Thriller series). Happy Reading!

  2. I just finished The Girl With The Pearl Earring. It was wonderful.

  3. I see you are a Kinsey Milhone fan also! Her books are the greatest! Can't wait for the next one and am also sad that the series is nearly over. Maybe she'll continue into numbers, ala Janet Evanovich!