March 2012

Ohhh the Ides of March! Here we go! 🙂

Book Goal: 352

Total Books Read For January: 25

Total Books Read For February: 32

Total Books Read for 2012: 57

Books Remaining For Initial Goal: 295

Goal for March: 35


  1. The Bookseller of Kabul* by Asne Seierstad
  2. Kill Shot* by Vince Flynn (I love Vince Flynn books but bewarned, they do make you think that these things could actually happen!)
  3. The Mistress of Nothing* by Kate Pullinger (An interesting novel set in Egypt in the 1800’s but it took a while to get into.)
  4. Private Games* by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (Ohhhh Lordy. Suspenseful and creepy. Takes place at the London Olympics so that adds some extra scare-factor too.)
  5. The Kitchen House* by Kathleen Grissom (AMAZING book. I will blog a review about it soon. It is tense, emotional, heartwrenching and monumental. If you read The Help, you need to read this too.)
  6. A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas (Fairly predictable regency romance novel. Short, fluffy, lots of “hearts stammering” and “heated kisses in the conservatory” *eye roll* VERY short read.)
  7. Bless Your Heart, Tramp, and other Southern Endearments** by Celia Rivenbark (in a word: HILARIOUS)
  8. Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper* by Diablo Cody (I have read so much about sexual trafficking that I wanted to read some about the women who have chosen to work in the sex industry, or that enjoy it. This was an interesting read. I would recommend it.)
  9. Some Girls: My Life in a Harem* by Jillian Lauren (Really interesting story, mediocre writing, I would still recommend it!)
  10. A Stripper’s Tail: Confessions of a Las Vegas Stripper by Diamond (Her story is intriguing but the writing is so unfortunate. There were multiple misspellings, grammatical issues, random capitalization, and sentences with no purpose. I looked into it…this was a self-published book. Sigh. The editor in me wants to totally transform it. Oh the things I could do with this very rough draft!)
  11. Paths of Glory* by Jeffrey Archer (HIGHLY recommended. I loved this book about Everest, family, dreams and “what-if?”.)
  12. The Price: My Rise and Fall as Natalia, New York’s #1 Escort by Natalie “Natalia” McLennan (I don’t necessarily recommend this. It was interesting, sure. And crude, but so is the subject matter. I was struck by the overwhelmingly continuous series of terrible decisions that this young woman made with and without the influence of her substantial drug habit. I thought it was,at times, frivolous and whiny. Other times it seemed to draw on and on. I had difficulty retaining interest. Solidly mediocre. )
  13. Risk No Secrets* by Cindy Gerard (adventures + alpha male romance!)
  14. Act of Treason* by Vince Flynn (Awesome, thought-provoking, and slightly scary. Always a good read!)
  15. Getting Stoned With Savages: A Trip Through The Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu** by J. Maarten Troost (Just as awesome as his first one, The Sex Lives of Cannibals HIGHLY recommended for some light but awesome real-life adventure reading!)
  16. Pacific Vortex! by Clive Cussler (Dirk Pitt’s First Adventure!)
  17. Kill Me If You Can** by James Patterson and Marshall Karp (Keeps you enthralled to the last page! Although there are some creepy sub-plots, it is seriously awesome and high octane!)
  18. Sold* by Zana Muhsen (Similar to Not Without My Daughter and just as riveting and horrifying that things like this still happen regularly.)
  19. Lost On Planet China: One Man’s Attempt To Understand The World’s Most Mystifying Nation*** by J. Maarten Troost (Ok, the third book by Troost is even more awesome than the first two. I officially have a travel-writer crush on his writing. It is hilarious, thought-provoking and unabashedly in-your-face. READ IT!)
  20. Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’Easter* by Lisa Patton (One of my favorite stories. I find it charming and funny at the same time. A very good read about the resilience and humor of a transplanted Southern Belle!)
  21. A Promise to Nadia* by Zana Muhsen (a continuation of the story in Sold)
  22. A Time To Betray** by Reza Kahilili (An amazing true story about a man who was both a spy for the CIA and a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.)
  23. The Boleyn Inheritance* by Philippa Gregory (A truly awesome piece of historical research that was really, really well researched and well-written. Very engaging.)
  24. Kremlin Kapers: Adventures Behind the Iron Curtain During the Cold War* by John A. Fahey (Funny adventures in Russia!)
  25. A Goal Digger’s Guide by Baje Fletcher (This was given to me by a friend. I love my friend, I hate this book. It is a Machiavellian self-help book for women who want Chanel but don’t want to buy it themselves. Hey, to each their own but it’s not my style. Now, if this book was about how to coax donors into making contributions to your causes…that would be different. This is a sort-of “how to meet a sugar daddy” experiment. I don’t recommend it.)
  26. The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester At America’s Holiest University*** by Kevin Roose. (Brilliant, insightful, freaking hilarious. This is on my ‘must recommend’ list for everyone!
  27. Shadow of the Silk Road by Colin Thubron (Kind of hard to get into, but still kinda interesting!)
  28. Sweet Revenge* by Nora Roberts (adventurous, sultry and altogether fluffy! The perfect ‘wind down the end of a long day with something that doesn’t make you think’ book)
  29. Consent to Kill* by Vince Flynn, (Violent and, at times, extremely intolerant but still an interesting read.)
  30. Licensed to Spy** by John A. Fahey (Awesome!)
  31. The Devil Colony  by James Rollins (In a word: whoa!)
  32. Dakota Divided* by Josh Clark (I worked at summer camp with the author, good book! Go support him and buy it on Amazon!)
  33. Woman to Woman Wisdom: Inspiration for Real Life* by Bettie Youngs
  34. Stolen Innocence* by Elissa Wall with Lisa Pulitzer (A story of hope in and amongst the polygamous sect of Warren Jeffs)
  35. Term Limits* by Vince Flynn (Not a Mitch Rapp book but equally interesting, and a little disturbing because I am almost positive there are people out there that wish to go this route of enforcing reform in Washington.)
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