Summer Reading Program 2006 Early June

I found the SRP through Chris and signed up. My goal is to read 40 books by August 31. I’ve always been a voracious reader; Mom says I started reading when I was 3 years old. Then, I loved comic books (Archie and the gang, Uncle $crooge (my favorite) and the rest of the Disney characters). Next came Laura Ingalls (Wilder), Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, the Bobbsey Twins, Anne of Green Gables, and many more. High school and college were my Fantasy/Science Fiction years. Now, I tend to read mysteries or thrillers, but have started reading Sci-Fi/Fantasy again.

I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting books. I’ve already added quite a few to my To Read list from reading blogs and look forward to finding more through the SRP. My bonus goals are to get into the habit of knitting while reading (audio books aren’t an option for me, alas), and to clean/re-organize my bookshelves. Currently, I have 4 x 5-shelf bookcases. The middle shelf of each case is reinforced and hold much of my Depression-era and ’40s-’50s-’60s kitchen glassware collection (mostly fridge dishes). The rest (16 shelves) are books and magazines. I’ve cleaned one shelf already, so far so good. Since it’s already mid-June, I’ll list the books I know I read recently (within the past two weeks).
  • Splintered Icon by Bill Napier, 357 pages. It has a modern setting, but parts of the story are told through a cabin boy’s journal narrative, which “dates” from the 16th-century (the early European explorers and colonists in the Americas), These journal “excerpts” ended up being my favorite parts.
  • The Secret of Sarah Revere by Ann Rinaldi, 310 pages. Grandma loaned me this book last weekend. It’s an easy Young Adult read. This Sarah Revere is the daughter of the legendary Paul Revere. The author gives a good, if simple (remember, it’s YA), representation of the era (family life, current events, customs, etc), and I found that enjoyable. The ending was sudden and unhappy, though.
  • Dead Heat by Caroline Carver, 478 pages. Yay, a book that takes place in the jungles of Australia! Lots of running from the bad guys.
  • The Kill by Allison Brennan, 407 pages. I liked the heroine (FBI Quantico analyst) and hero (Seattle PD). Parts of the novel are also told from the perspectives of the mistakenly identified villain or the real villain.
  • 1st to Die by James Patterson, 471 pages. My first time reading Patterson. This is the first of the “Women’s Murder Club” series, now up to #5. An easy read, even if a bit violent/graphic at times.
  • Immaculate Reception by Jerrilyn Farmer, 242 pages. A quick read. I found this book when cleaning out the first shelf (see bonus goal above), so I re-read it before putting it in a pile of books to go to Half-Price. Madeline Bean owns a catering/event planning company in Los Angeles, and somehow gets involved with mysterious deaths. Oftentimes a celebrity is killed or might be on the fringes (eg: the Pope in this book).
Hmm, I think I’ll try to get the rest of the WMC series from the library. I know Mom already has #5 borrowed from her office.

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One Response to “Summer Reading Program 2006 Early June”

  1. Chris Says:
    June 18th, 2006 at 1:15 pm

    I enjoy the Madeline Bean mysteries! I tend to skip the graphic/violent ones, altho there are notable exceptions (Eve Dallas, etc).

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