February 2012


Another month into 2012! February bring it on!

Here is the list of books completed in the 352 challenge for this month!

February:

  1. Plum Lucky* by Janet Evanovich
  2. Everyday, Average Jones* Suzanne Brockmann
  3. Mother Teresa’s Prescription:Finding Happiness and Peace in Service* Paul A. Wright, M.D.
  4. Tremor* by Craig Dirgo (if you like Clive Cussler, you will like this!)
  5. Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal****** by Conor Grennan. (You all need to read this book. Seriously. Go get it. Now.)
  6. I am Nujood. Age 10 and Divorced.* by Nujood Ali (This book made me cry.)
  7. The Tristan Betrayal* by Robert Ludlam (I stayed up all night to finish it! I was hooked!)
  8. la linea* by Ann Jaramillo (very interesting fictional book about the children that cross the border from Mexico, based on real stories. Really, really fast read
  9. The Hunt for Atlantis* by Andy McDermott
  10. Kabul Beauty School* by Deborah Rodriguez
  11. The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine* by Somaly Mam
  12. The Sex Lives of Cannibals* by J. Maarten Troost (HILARIOUS. Strongly recommend!)
  13. Jesus Land: A Memoir** by Julia Scheeres (this is hardcore and unfortunately true.)
  14. Sold* by Patricia McCormick (The prose takes some getting used to but the story is very engaging and it’s a pretty short book.)
  15. Between Two Worlds, Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up Under Saddam* by Zainab Salbi and Lauren Becklund (This memoir was, in a word, inspirational. Zaniab Salbi brought the emotional turmoil of growing up in fear and her quest to empower other women who are survivors of war. Amazing.)
  16. A Thousand Sisters: My Journey Into the Worst Place on Earth to be a Woman*by Lisa J. Shannon (Foreward by Zaniab Salbi) (One woman CAN make a difference. Because of this book, I am now a sponsor with Women for Women International. It will make you laugh, cry and inspire you to run that extra mile because it DOES matter.)
  17. Hope in Hell: Inside the World of Doctor’s Without Borders* by Dan Bortolotti (fascinating!)
  18. Silver Angel by Johanna Lindsey (Ok, I needed some lighter reading for a while and this just made me mad because I have spent the last few days reading about human trafficking and this is a love story about a woman who is kidnapped and sold as a slave to the imperious English lord masquerading as a Near Eastern ruler and who, of course, in his manly and exotic seductiveness, gets what he wants and makes said miss fall madly in love with him despite the fact that choice is, of course, taken away from her because she is a slave. I love some of Johanna Lindsey’s books but man, this was not one that I was happy about.)
  19. Where Soldiers Fear To Tread: A Relief Worker’s Tale of Survival* by John S. Burnett (I liked this memoir however it made me very, very upset with the way the UN operates missions. People are not expendable resources and the experience of this relief worker was quite shocking.)
  20. Forgotten Girls: Stories of Hope and Courage* by Kay Marshall Strom and Michele Rickett (a little Sunday School-esque but a fast read. Not my favorite style of writing at all.)
  21. All Through The Night* by Suzanne Brockmann (Fun and Fluffy!)
  22. Valhalla Rising* by Clive Cussler (A personal fave from the Dirk Pitt novels!)
  23. Trojan Odyssey* by Clive Cussler (another great Dirk Pitt novel!)
  24. Abyss by David Hagberg (it was quasi-entertaining but not really something I would follow the author for.)
  25. The Janson Directive by Robert Ludlum (Action-packed, violent, good writing but not what I had hoped it would be.)
  26. I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story* by Michael Hastings (Raw, emotional and also beautiful. Part memoir, part goodbye letter, all real-life. Very much recommended!)
  27. Trash* by Andy Mulligan (Fictional, easy-read and brilliant in it’s simplicity. Younger readers will respond to the characters while adults will see the underlying social justice themes presented.)
  28. To The Edge by Cindy Gerard (super fast read but not my favorite from Ms. Gerard.)
  29. Last Man Standing* by Cindy Gerard (best described as: alpha male hero, action-packed romance)
  30. With No Remorse* by Cindy Gerard (see above!)
  31. Breaking the Rules* by Suzanne Brockmann (I love the Troubleshooters series. Finally, Izzy gets his story!)
  32. The Return by Diane Haeger (ehh, it was ok. Not great, not terrible.)
Book Goal: 352

Total Books Read For January: 25

Total Books Read For February: 32

Books Remaining For Initial Goal: 295

Goal for March: 35

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6 Responses to “February 2012”
  1. I think I missed where you spelled out what the “challenge” is. You haven’t actually read all these have you?

  2. Jenn Snively says:

    And here I thought I was doing well to average about 60 books a year! Alas, I do read (& savor!) every word in order. I’m impressed with your facility with writing, given your reading style. I’ve had (genius) friends with very speedy reading styles suffer with writing grammar & picturesque prose because their brain is taking shortcuts when they read, so their examples aren’t… standard? Anyway – glad to hear you’ve joined Women for Women. I’ve been a sponsor about 10 years, and it’s one of the finest experiences I’ve had. Fantastic organization. 🙂

    • simply.bekah says:

      I am excited to be involved with Women for Women, I think it will be an awesome experience! I do savor my books too, I just do it differently. It can be a blessing and a curse to be able to “see” the story but I get super involved with characters and they start to become personalities inside my imagination too. 🙂 I get very attached!

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