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Three more ‘In Death’ books by J. D. robb – narrated by Susan Ericksen

I need to find a table dancer with a big dick and a tattoo.” – Eve Dallas from “Immortal in Death”

I was laying in bed listening to that book and when Eve Dallas said that I cracked up so hard that I emailed the quote to myself and decided I’d try and pull notable quotes for my book posts. I’ve been surprised how rare it’s been that a sentence stands out to me like that. I jotted down a quote from a book yesterday but that’s been it.

The quote above is just one of the reasons I love the In Death books. Eve Dallas is a kickass cop in the future, somewhat stereotypical, the beauty with the seriously messed up past who has turned her anger into a talent for solving crimes and protecting the innocent. But her character is just plain well written and well narrated. In my mind, Susan Ericksen is Eve Dallas and Peabody and Mavis and even the sexy Irish Roarke.

This series has become my fall back on books. Now that I’m all caught up with Harry Bosch, when I want a good detective novel I turn to Eve Dallas and her intriguing host of friends. Sometimes I just wish all the sex scenes were dialed back some hahaha! I’ve actually skipped through some of the romance between Dallas and Roarke, wanting to get back to the current crime or the relationships with the other characters who are all incredibly entertaining. I especially love Peabody, Eve’s protégé.

I didn’t give each of these books a rating as I jotted them down in my list but they all get at least an ‘entertaining’.

2. “Glory in Death” Audible ~ Amazon

3. “Immortal in Death” Audible ~ Amazon

4. “Rapture in Death” Audible ~ Amazon

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Inaugural Center of the Roof Top Ten Book List

*I’ve been working on this post for about a week or so now. I can’t believe it’s finally finished! The following books weren’t all published this year but I read them all for the first time this year. It’s a monster post; it kinda morphed on me. I hope you enjoy!*

It was incredibly hard to narrow down a list of ten books out of all the books I’ve read this year (fifty-nine, whoa!). After deciding to make this list, I began going through all the books and jotting down titles that I thought might make it. It has been difficult to remove books and juggle titles as I read more and more books this year! It has also been incredibly fun and I know several people who have been anxiously awaiting this post. I’ll include a link to my original post about the book and the chronological number with the date finished in parentheses. So, without further adieu, I give you the first CenterRoof.com Top Ten Booklist!

10. “Fifty Shades Darker” (Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy) – E.L. James (#31, August 16)

This book’s post is what sparked the idea for the top ten list and I kept worrying this book wouldn’t even make the list as I read more and more books this year. however, it made it to the very end, I think starting off in the seventh position. Excerpt from post:

Darker” takes us to knew and frankly terrifying places with this couple. I don’t think I’ve wept so much to a book since “Gone with the Wind’. Did she just compare a “Fifty Shades” book and “Gone with the Wind”? Yes, yes I did.

I have to wonder if I would have reacted the same way to this book if I had been on Lexapro like I am now since I am much less emotional but if not, the idea to do a top ten list might not have been born so I’m glad I reacted the way I did, regardless of why.

9. “The Concrete blonde” (Book three in the Harry Bosch Series) – Michael Connelly (#2, January 9)

This was the first Harry Bosch book I read even though it is the third in the series. A friend of mine bought it for me on Audible after I had read “Void Moon” by Michael Connelly and really liked it. ‘concrete’ was my friend’s favorite of the Bosch books
and it is still one of mine as well. I ended up starting the series from the beginning and counted this book twice in my list, something I haven’t done with later books I’ve read twice this year. I’m so grateful for Harry bosch! I’m nearly caught up with the series and then I will be very sad. Excerpt from post:

The book was published in 1994 and it was really funny to read about communication that couldn’t happen because the car had no rover. They didn’t have cell phones haha! They also used pagers. Wow. Definitely a very good book. The psychology was very interesting and the relationship between Harry and Sylvia was very real, so real in fact, that I related a little too much haha!

Wow, it’s fun to remember this book and think about how far Harry Bosch has come since then and how much has happened. Not only are these books brilliant cop dramas, the character development is superb. Connelly quickly became my favorite mystery writer this year. Love him!

8. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King (#3, January 22)

I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I remember being thoroughly creeped out and there were several times B would come into the room at night and make me jump. He also wanted to talk about it as I was reading it and sometimes He would stop and listen to the audio book, remembering parts he had forgotten. He loved the book and I quickly understood why. Excerpt from post:

It was incredibly disturbing, but not just because a mysterious and impenetrable dome falls around a small town in Maine. No, what as most disturbing was the human element in this town. Of course there were plenty of good people but the bad were baaaaaad. So bad in fact that I questioned my own morality when I wanted to see bad things happen to these people. They were so bad that B had me scared of our own town car dealer mogul and his commercials.

We have a car mogul in town named Jim, same first name as the creepy car mogul in this book. I hadn’t even thought of it until one night a commercial with our Jim came on and B mimicked the Jim from the book. I broke out in gooseflesh and screamed. It was quite the hilarious moment haha! You know a book is good when it effects you that much even while you aren’t reading it.

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe (#7, February 6)

The seventh spot on this list was creating a problem for me. I couldn’t seem to narrow it down but then I noticed that this book was the seventh of the year and this is the seventh spot and January seventh is an anniversary so it just seemed right that Rob Lowe’s book should make the list in this spot. I haven’t read too many memoirs in my life but I thoroughly enjoyed this one and related a ton since both of us have been on our own journeys in recovery. Excerpt from post:

The book follows his journey into acting, from a kid in Ohio to a teen in Southern California, meeting Liza Minnelli and adventures with the Sheen clan. He writes openly about his experiences and the names he drops brought back my own memories of movies I had seen starring different actors from when I was a kid. Although Rob Lowe was before my time, that era of teen movies still had its influence on me. While he wasn’t in The Breakfast Club, that movie introduced me to that famous group of young actors, The Brat Pack, of which he was a huge part.

I follow Rob Lowe on twitter and while he doesn’t tweet often, I’m glad I’m able to follow him. I also took a music recommendation from him, check out Tony Ferrari. When a song from the album plays, I remember it was Lowe’s recommendation and it makes me smile. I like to have reminders of sobriety throughout my day and anything associated with Rob Lowe gives me that. This was such a good book!

6. “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” – W. Bruce Cameron (#27, July11)

I absolutely adored this book! I have Audible to thank for my discovering this. Their sales lead me to books I probably never would have read otherwise and this is one of those. I remember the title grabbing me and the description intriguing me but I was on the fence about it as I shopped a sale. I’m so incredibly grateful I got it! This book was not only entertaining, it taught me even more about how to communicate with Jayden. Our bond got even stronger after I read this book, I kid you not. Excerpt from post:

We get to follow the spirit of one canine through several lives. I call it the spirit of a canine because the spirit is reincarnated into different dogs, but the spirit remains the same, growing and maturing with every experience and bringing those experiences into the next life of the next dog. I went into it knowing that the dog’s spirit takes several forms, and the tension that builds as you follow each life, wondering how this one will end, is incredible. I laughed, I cried, I cried some more, I laughed while I cried, I got on the floor and cried on Jayden while he slept.

I’ve juggled the position of this book on my list so many times I can’t count. It’s been so hard to assign numbers to these books! I love every single one of them but the closer we get to number one, the stronger my feelings grow.

5. “Nine Dragons” (Book fifteen in the Harry Bosch Series) – Michael Connelly (#56, December 15)

I was pretty sure about halfway through this book that it would make the top ten list. It was such an intense roller coaster ride throughout the entire book and those kinds of stories are my favorite. This book took bosch to several places we have never been with him before and it was one of those stories you immediately wanted more of. Excerpt from post:

At one point I was listening while soaking in the tub and I sat bolt upright and stared towards my iPod with my mouth hanging open. Bravo, Connelly! I am going to be so incredibly sad when this series is over! Did you possibly introduce us to your next series character?

I have to give Carol a lot of credit here because she said nothing while I was reading this book and after I finished it and began telling her my predictions for future books she cut me off so as not to give anything away. I don’t know if I’ll ever find another series of books I love as much as the Harry Bosch series!

4. “The Hunger Games” (Book One of The Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins (#49, November 9)

It’s impossible to include this book in the top ten list without mentioning “Catching Fire” and “Mocking Jay”. The books blend seamlessly into one another and you really can’t have one without the other. I never thought I would enjoy this trilogy as much as I did, mostly because of my loyalty to Scott Westerfeld. I think he would forgive me though. Excerpt from post:

I think what makes this book good is that this futuristic world is believable. Maybe it’s my fear of my own future and my deepening mistrust of “the system” that makes me able to believe it. There is also the element of reality TV which you’d have to be blind to not see how this country is getting obsessed with. Is it not conceivable that one day people will hunger to watch contestants kill each other in an arena? Last person standing wins.

I think the second book was actually my favorite of the three. Excerpt from “Catching Fire” post:

While this world is well into the future and hopefully will never happen, it’s believable which makes it really scary. This book takes the characters we grew to love in the first book and plunges them into events unimaginable. I did not want to put it down! The movie is going to be amazing I think.

Excerpt from “Mocking Jay” post:

One of the things that really stood out to me was when {they} are in the capitol and the citizens actually drink something that makes them purge so they can eat more of the delicious food. The rest of the country is starving and these people are vomiting to eat more. I couldn’t help but think about the attitude of so many during this campaign year, those who aren’t hungry who refuse to share, deciding instead to blame the hungry for their own lot in life, as if every hungry person is at fault.

It’s amazing how much a futuristic series was so relevant to today. It’s scary to consider that we are very close to heading towards this made up future.

At the end of “Mocking Jay” there was an interview with Suzanne Collins. She talks about how the idea for these books came from her channel surfing one night. She was tired and the lines blurred as she flipped between a reality show where young people were competing for money and another channel covering the war where young people were fighting and dying. In the interview she lists questions she hopes young people will ask themselves when they read these books and I can’t remember what all the questions were but as she asked them, I had asked them myself.

I loved these books and can’t wait for the next two movies!

3. “The Given Day” – Dennis Lehane (#23 June 17)

It’s getting harder to write more about these books as I go along because when I feel strongly about something, I tend to fall over my words because my brain is moving too fast for my hands. This is one of those books I’m looking forward to reading again but when I finished it, I knew I would need a long break before going back to it. I know there is a sequel to this book coming out at some point so I’ll probably reread it again before that. I love a book that hits me in the gut and this one most certainly did, several times. Excerpt from post:

I loved this book. Ever since reading Scott Westerfeld’s “Leviathan” series, I’ve wanted to read more historical fiction. ‘Given’ is definitely that. I learned so much about post WWI Boston that I never knew. I learned things about early baseball. I unfortunately learned how awful racism was then and how evil men could be. While the story line is fictional, the mood of the time isn’t.

The historical fiction element is what added to those aforementioned gut punches. The present has its own set of problems but reading about the past can be terribly hard to stomach. It’s a good reminder that we don’t have it as bad as we might think we do.

2. “The Potato Factory” (Book One of the Australian Trilogy) – Bryce Courtenay (#28, July 25)

Here we have more historical fiction, this time centering around the history of Australia. This book had it all, incredible writing, fantastic characters, page turning plot, the historical element and best of all, a fabulous narrator. Humphrey Bower gets my best narrator of 2012 without question. A Roofie award? This book and the one before it could easily have been number one, that’s for sure. Excerpt from post:

The main female character, Mary Abacus, goes through things I could never imagine. This is one of those books that sucks you in so deeply that you have a physical reaction to things the characters must endure. This book is definitely not for the weak of heart. It made me extremely grateful to be living in this age and not that one. I used to romanticize living in the 1800′s but I don’t think I would have survived unless I had been one of the privileged.

Yet another example of a book that makes me grateful I live in the time I do, even with its own difficulties. If I had been a blind woman in Mary Abacus’ time, I probably would have died in a gutter.

1. “Gone Girl” – Gillian Flynn (#45, October 25)

Oh, “gone Girl”, I can’t hear the title without shuddering and wishing I had someone to talk to about it. This book was just perfect! I honestly don’t know what to say here. I think I said it all in the review. Listen to me ok? Don’t go reading anything about this book, nothing detailed, ok? Ok. I feel better knowing you’ll heed my advice. No spoilers here or in the original post. Excerpt from post:

It’s a typical story, wife goes missing, husband the prime suspect, but there is nothing even remotely typical about this book. I could not put it down and it was just lucky for me that I was laid up in bed sick so I didn’t have to pause this book for long periods at all. In fact I’m always going to associate a liquid diet with “Gone Girl”. There were several times I was glad I had no food on my stomach while listening to this. I am not going to go into any kind of details lest I ruin this book for you. Please, heed my advice and do not read anything about this book before you finish it. Did you get that? Do NOT read anything about this book until you finish it. No really, are you listening? Don’t ok? Just don’t.

You know that noise you make when you take a bite of something incredibly delicious? Or rather, when you are telling your friends about that food? Yeah, that’s the noise I’m making in my head right now. “gone Girl”, you amazing book you!

1. “Defending Jacob” – William Landay (#41, October 7)

I can’t say anything more about this book than I did in the original review. I’ve already read it again and it was even better the second time, being able to pick out the little hints Landay dropped. I knew back when I finished the book that it would get the number one spot and then the author himself solidified that. You’ll see if you go check out the post. Excerpt from post:

How would your family survive if a member was accused of murder? This novel takes us inside a family that must deal with just that. The father is an assistant district attorney and the member accused of murder is his fourteen year old son. Can a marriage survive that? Will the family make it through the media scrutiny of a trial? If you have children, how do you think you would get through something like this? Would you find yourself doubting your child’s innocence even though in your heart you know he can’t be guilty? He can’t be, right? Right?

I have been considering doing a top ten book list at the end of the year but was undecided, until this book. I am so in love with this book, I would marry it if it asked me. In fact I’m having a difficult time trying to write about it. It’s like when I try and talk about gratitude; I get completely flustered and can’t form a thought.

I just sighed, feeling all my feelings about this book in the span of about fifteen seconds after reading that quote I took from the original post days ago. Quiet reflection, that is the best way I can describe what this book makes me do. I had to lay in bed for a good twenty minutes in the silence after I finished it the first time. Perfect, just a perfect book!

*It’s my blog and I’ll pick two number ones if I want to!*

We aren’t done yet! From the cutting room floor:

Honorable Mentions

“Angels Flight” (Harry Bosch #6) – Michael Connelly

Oh, “Angels Flight”, I keep thinking about you. So good, just so so good! So dark, oh so dark, and nauseous making. So good.

*It’s not every day that “nauseous making” is a compliment.

“The Art of Fielding” – Chad Harbach

It’s really close to a top ten nod but I just don’t know. I might need to create an honorable mentions category…

*This book *almost* made the list. Always a bridesmaid.

“The Brain That Changes Itself: Personal Triumphs from the Frontiers of Brain Science” – Norman Doidge

I was in nerd heaven while I read this. And I found myself more tired during the day after reading this book at night.

*This book will always be known as “that brain book”.

“The Last Coyote” (Harry bosch #4) – Michael Connelly

This book was soooooo good! It’s my favorite of the Harry Bosch books so far, even though it’s only the fourth one.

*Did I catch myself in a lie?

“Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” – Jenny Lawson

When I started it that first night I laughed so hard I was afraid I’d pee the bed.

*I don’t recommend playing this audio book while driving unless constant laughter doesn’t impede your vision.

The Narrows (Harry Bosch #10) – Michael Connelly

…another beloved character is back in a way, the character who got me back into drinking orange juice.

*Thanks to McCaleb and Jayden, my potassium number is good.

“The Scarecrow” (Jack McEvoy #2) – Michael Connelly

This book was scary to me because with our technology today the scenario was pretty easy to imagine.

*Just call me Sandra Bullock. Carol, that’s for you.

“Solomon’s Song” (Book three of The Australian Trilogy) – Bryce Courtenay

His writing is so descriptive and beautiful you can’t help but feel you’re there, running on that beach with the men you’ve come to know.

*That beach was most definitely not a vacation spot.

They never made it within a mile of the cutting room:

Dishonorable Mentions

“77 Shadow Street” – dean Koontz

It just went on and on and on and then had a really awesome ending.

*That’s what she said.

“1q84” – Haruki Murakami

The book started out pretty cool but it went on and on in several places, so much so that I thought, how did this get passed the editors?

*Editors? We don’t need no stinking editors.

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith

I do know that several times I felt like Lincoln’s memory was sort of, oh what’s the word…insulted?

I won’t be seeing the movie.

“The Next Right Thing” – Dan Barden

I probably didn’t hear the next few sentences over the noise of the crickets in my head.

*I really think the narration is what killed this book though.

“Zero Day” – David Baldacci

Ok, I liked MacGyver, a lot, but this was too extreme.

*They don’t make TV shows like they used to. Oh yeah, forgot we were talking about books.

Those books might have been bad but at least I finished them. There was only one book I didn’t finish this year and that was “Nano” by Robin Cook. I was very disappointed since I loved him when I was a lot younger but I couldn’t even get into the second half of the audio book. The narration might be to blame on this one but Cook has to take some of the blame as well. I’m sorry, but two smart doctors wouldn’t sit in a break room discussing secretive stuff in front of the guy in the corner no matter how absorbed he looked in his work. Add the adults acting like jealous teenagers and the overly troubled past of the damsel in distress and there was just no way to focus on what was going on, the actual cool part, nano technology. Thanks a lot for wasting over two nights of good reading time, man! I wonder what was up with those poor test subjects? Maybe I’ll look it up on Wikipedia. Thanks Audible, for letting me return this and get my credit back!

That does it for the inaugural year end book post! I hope you enjoyed it, got some recommendations, found some books you’ve read here on the list or just killed some time. This post took days to write and format and I learned a lot for next year’s post, for sure. I can’t wait to see what I read next year! I really enjoyed keeping such close track of every book I listened to. I wonder if I’ll read more or less next year? Thank god for audio books and Audible.com!

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Book fifty-nine in 2012 – “Void Moon” – Michael Connelly

Last book in 2012! I read “Void Moon” the first time a little over a year ago when a friend sent me some books on CD. It was my first Michael Connelly book and I remember being sucked in right away. I also remember thinking it was too predictable but then there would be something I wasn’t expecting. That is one of the things I’ve come to love about Michael Connelly – your inner detective gets to be engaged but then there’s nearly always something you still didn’t see coming.

In “Void Moon”, Cassie Black is an ex-con who stays on the straight and narrow when she gets out of prison after her lover Max is killed during one of their casino heists the pair have become famous for. The old life still calls to her but it’s not the thrill of the caper that brings her back in, it’s the large sum of money she needs in order to make a big move. Another casino heist is just the thing but it goes wrong and before she knows it, Black is being sought after by Jack Karch, the casino’s go-to security man. Need someone dropped off in the desert? Karch is your man.

I decided to get this book from Audible since I had given the CD away and since I’m a collector of books, it was driving me nuts that I didn’t have “Void Moon”. In reading it this time after having read so many Harry Bosch books, I realized that Jack Karch is the anti-Bosch. I don’t know if Connelly did this on purpose or if he even noticed it, but it was rather fascinating to me. Karch is the antithesis to Bosch, yet the similarities are undeniable.

both are great detectives, both lost parents at early ages, both have a sarcastic streak, both are on a mission. While Bosch is a good guy, Karch is not. While bosch always seems to have obstacles in his path, Karch seems to trace Cassie Black with uninterrupted ease. I really wonder if Connelly just had to get this character out of his system, kind of the way Stephen King writes short stories after a big novel to purge the leftover ideas.

This book is one of my favorites by Connelly. I hope one day he writes more female characters; he’s good at it. If I had read it for the first time this year, “Void Moon” might just have made my top ten list, which will be going up this weekend. The post turned fairly epic haha! I’m finally feeling close to recovered from what feels like months of being sick. I’m hoping to finally get to the rest of the San Diego recap soon. I can’t believe it’s the end of 2012 already!

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Harry Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Harry Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Harry Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

12.** “Uglies” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/9/12

13.** “Pretties” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/15/12

14. “The Last Coyote” (Harry Bosch #4) – Michael Connelly – Finished 4/20/12

15. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith – Finished 4/25/12

16. “Zero Day” – David Baldacci – Finished 5/1/12

17** “Specials” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/7/12

18.** “Extras” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/13/12

19. “77 Shadow Street” – Dean Koontz – Finished 5/21/12

20. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” – Jenny Lawson – Finished 5/25/12

21. “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars” – Paul Ingrassia Finished 6/1/12

22. “The Glory of Their Times: The Story Of The Early Days Of Baseball Told By The Men Who Played It” – Lawrence Ritter – Finished 6/3/12

23. “The Given Day” – Dennis Lehane – Finished 6/17/12

24. “Trunk Music” (Harry Bosch #5) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/22/12

25. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (Mickey Haller #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/29/12

26. “The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science” – Norman Doidge – Finished 7/6/12

27. “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” – W. Bruce Cameron – Finished 7/11/12

28. “The Potato Factory” (The Australian Trilogy Part One) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 7/25/12

29. “Tommo and Hawk” (The Australian Trilogy Part Two) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/8/12

30.* “Fifty Shades of Grey” (Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy) – E. L. James – Finished 8/11/12

31. “Fifty Shades Darker” (Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy) – E.L. James – Finished 8/16/12

32. “Solomon’s Song” (The Australian Trilogy Part Three) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/22/12

33. “Fifty Shades Freed” (Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy) – E.L. James – Finished 8/25/12

34. “The Poet” (Jack McEvoy #1) – Michael Connelly Finished – 829/12

35. “13 Things That Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time” – Michael Brooks – Finished 9/4/12

36. “Angels Flight” (Harry Bosch #6) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/8/12

37. “The Scarecrow” (Jack McEvoy #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/13/12

38. “Blood Work” (Terry McCaleb #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/20/12

39. “A Darkness More Than Night” (Terry McCaleb #2, Harry Bosch #7) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/25/12

40. “City of Bones” (Harry Bosch #8) – Michael Connelly – Finished 101/12

41.* “Defending Jacob” – William Landay – Finished 10/7/12

42. “The Next Right Thing” – Dan Barden – Finished 10/13/12

43. “Lost Light” (Harry Bosch #9) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/17/12

44. “The Narrows” (Harry Bosch #10) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/21/12

45. “Gone Girl” – Gillian Flynn – finished 10/25/12

46. “The Closers” (Harry Bosch #11) – Michael Connelly – Finished 10/27/12

47. “Echo Park: (Harry Bosch #12) -Finished – 10/31/12

48. “The Overlook” (Harry Bosch #13) – Michael Connelly – Finished 11/4/12

49. “The Hunger Games” (Book One of the Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/9/12

50. “The Handmaid’s Tale” – Margaret Atwood – Finished 11/13/12

51. “Catching Fire” (Book Two of The Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/18/12

52. “Mocking Jay” (Book Three of the Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/23/12

53. “The Brass Verdict” (Harry Bosch #14, Mickey Haller #2) – Michael Connelly – finished 11/28/12

54. “The Art of Fielding” – Chad Harbach – Finished 12/2/12

55. “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base” – Annie Jacobsen – Finished 12/11/12

56. “Nine Dragons” (Harry Bosch #15) – Michael Connelly – finished 12/15/12

{First audio book I’ve ever not finished, half of “Nano” – Robin Cook – Gave up on 12/18/12}

57. “The Reversal” (Mickey Haller #3, Harry Bosch #16) – Michael Connelly – Finished 12/23/12

58.* “11-22-63” – Stephen King – finished 12/24/12

59.* “Void Moon” – Michael Connelly – Finished 12/27/12

*Audio book previously listened to.

** Audio book previously listened to multiple times.

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Book fifty-eight in 2012 – “11-22-63” – Stephen King

I often times have a book going on iTunes that I’ve read before. I’ll play it when I’m eating mostly, so in places on my list that have an asterisk next to the number, I’ve probably had the book going for weeks at a time, listening in short bursts. I can’t remember exactly when I started “11-22-63” again but I read through it a lot faster than I expected since I’m under doctor’s orders to rest while trying to kick this stupid virus.

I first read this book last year. It was my first Audible purchase and I knew at the time that I would read it again one day. This is by far my all-time favorite Stephen King book. If I had read it for the first time this year it would be on my top ten list, no question, but alas, it’s disqualified. Silly self imposed rules!

In “11-22-63” Jake Epping, a thirty-five year-old teacher in 2011 has the misfortune of knowing a man who discovers a “rabbit hole” into the past. The man has decided he can go back and stop the assassination of John f. Kennedy, since the rabbit hole leads to 1958. Unfortunately, the man has become sick and looks to Jake to take his place. Will Jake go through the rabbit hole and wait five years in the past to stop the assassination and change history?

I think Stephen King outdid himself with this book, I really do. The first time I read it I couldn’t put it down. I wish I had kept a record last year so I would know how fast I flew through it. Reading it this time through, I had this very strange sense. I knew what was going to happen, just like you would if you went back in time. I kept expecting things to change, just ever so slightly. There were things I couldn’t quite remember so at several points, it was like reading the book again for the first time.

The research King had to do to write this book must have been exhaustive, as King himself admits at the end in his afterward. I learned a lot about that time that I never learned in school, in fact it was reading the Area 51 book that made me want to read this one again. It worked out perfect since I’ve had to rest the last few days, so pretty much all I’ve done is crochet and listen to this book.

If you read nothing else next year, do yourself a favor and read this! After you do, ask yourself what about your future might change if you went back and changed something, even something subtle. This book gets you thinking, that’s for sure. Long time readers of King will also notice nods to past characters and places.

I love this book! I wonder if I’ll be reading it at some point this time next year. Maybe just writing that sentence influenced my future…

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Harry Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Harry Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Harry Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

12.** “Uglies” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/9/12

13.** “Pretties” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/15/12

14. “The Last Coyote” (Harry Bosch #4) – Michael Connelly – Finished 4/20/12

15. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith – Finished 4/25/12

16. “Zero Day” – David Baldacci – Finished 5/1/12

17** “Specials” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/7/12

18.** “Extras” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/13/12

19. “77 Shadow Street” – Dean Koontz – Finished 5/21/12

20. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” – Jenny Lawson – Finished 5/25/12

21. “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars” – Paul Ingrassia Finished 6/1/12

22. “The Glory of Their Times: The Story Of The Early Days Of Baseball Told By The Men Who Played It” – Lawrence Ritter – Finished 6/3/12

23. “The Given Day” – Dennis Lehane – Finished 6/17/12

24. “Trunk Music” (Harry Bosch #5) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/22/12

25. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (Mickey Haller #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/29/12

26. “The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science” – Norman Doidge – Finished 7/6/12

27. “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” – W. Bruce Cameron – Finished 7/11/12

28. “The Potato Factory” (The Australian Trilogy Part One) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 7/25/12

29. “Tommo and Hawk” (The Australian Trilogy Part Two) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/8/12

30.* “Fifty Shades of Grey” (Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy) – E. L. James – Finished 8/11/12

31. “Fifty Shades Darker” (Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy) – E.L. James – Finished 8/16/12

32. “Solomon’s Song” (The Australian Trilogy Part Three) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/22/12

33. “Fifty Shades Freed” (Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy) – E.L. James – Finished 8/25/12

34. “The Poet” (Jack McEvoy #1) – Michael Connelly Finished – 829/12

35. “13 Things That Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time” – Michael Brooks – Finished 9/4/12

36. “Angels Flight” (Harry Bosch #6) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/8/12

37. “The Scarecrow” (Jack McEvoy #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/13/12

38. “Blood Work” (Terry McCaleb #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/20/12

39. “A Darkness More Than Night” (Terry McCaleb #2, Harry Bosch #7) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/25/12

40. “City of Bones” (Harry Bosch #8) – Michael Connelly – Finished 101/12

41.* “Defending Jacob” – William Landay – Finished 10/7/12

42. “The Next Right Thing” – Dan Barden – Finished 10/13/12

43. “Lost Light” (Harry Bosch #9) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/17/12

44. “The Narrows” (Harry Bosch #10) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/21/12

45. “Gone Girl” – Gillian Flynn – finished 10/25/12

46. “The Closers” (Harry Bosch #11) – Michael Connelly – Finished 10/27/12

47. “Echo Park: (Harry Bosch #12) -Finished – 10/31/12

48. “The Overlook” (Harry Bosch #13) – Michael Connelly – Finished 11/4/12

49. “The Hunger Games” (Book One of the Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/9/12

50. “The Handmaid’s Tale” – Margaret Atwood – Finished 11/13/12

51. “Catching Fire” (Book Two of The Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/18/12

52. “Mocking Jay” (Book Three of the Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/23/12

53. “The Brass Verdict” (Harry Bosch #14, Mickey Haller #2) – Michael Connelly – finished 11/28/12

54. “The Art of Fielding” – Chad Harbach – Finished 12/2/12

55. “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base” – Annie Jacobsen – Finished 12/11/12

56. “Nine Dragons” (Harry Bosch #15) – Michael Connelly – finished 12/15/12

{First audio book I’ve ever not finished, half of “Nano” – Robin Cook – Gave up on 12/18/12}

57. “The Reversal” (Mickey Haller #3, Harry Bosch #16) – Michael Connelly – Finished 12/23/12

58.* “11-22-63” – Stephen King – finished 12/24/12

*Audio book previously listened to.

** Audio book previously listened to multiple times.

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Book fifty-seven in 2012 – “The Reversal” (Mickey Haller #3, Harry Bosch #16) – Michael Connelly

If you forced me to name a Michael Connelly book I didn’t like very much or else I’d stay as sick as I’ve been permanently, it wouldn’t bother me to name this one. I’m noticing a trend here: books combining Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch have so far been just kinda eh. Although I thought the ending of “The Brass Verdict” was great, so that one was pretty good. “The Reversal” was frankly kind of boring. This really shocks me since it’s Michael Connelly! I think for me, maybe I want just a cop drama or just a courtroom drama, I’m not sure. I think maybe part of it was coming off of “Nine Dragons” after we went so far into Harry’s personal life, this book was just void of that aspect and left me wanting. It was good, the way pizza is good even when it’s not great.

I had planned on spacing out the remaining Bosch books and I tried to read a book after “Nine Dragons” but it was awful, so awful in fact that I couldn’t finish it, a first since I began listening to audio books. It was “Nano” by Robin Cook. I was so disappointed since I remember reading “Coma” when I was a lot younger and loving it. I think the narrator played a part in my not liking “Nano” but adults acting like immature children and doctors discussing private matters in a break room in front of a guy “absorbed in his work so he won’t here” just took away from the story too much and I couldn’t finish it. Maybe I’ll look it up on Wikipedia to see if I can find out what was ailing the poor experiment subjects.

I started another Connelly book last night, not a Bosch book, one I read last year back before I had Audible. It had been on CD and I gave it away, so I used a credit to get the Audible version. I have a lot of other books I could start, but I think Connelly is just comforting to me right now. the holidays are hard. Being sick so much this year has not helped. Is it 2013 yet?

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Harry Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Harry Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Harry Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

12.** “Uglies” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/9/12

13.** “Pretties” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/15/12

14. “The Last Coyote” (Harry Bosch #4) – Michael Connelly – Finished 4/20/12

15. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith – Finished 4/25/12

16. “Zero Day” – David Baldacci – Finished 5/1/12

17** “Specials” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/7/12

18.** “Extras” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/13/12

19. “77 Shadow Street” – Dean Koontz – Finished 5/21/12

20. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” – Jenny Lawson – Finished 5/25/12

21. “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars” – Paul Ingrassia Finished 6/1/12

22. “The Glory of Their Times: The Story Of The Early Days Of Baseball Told By The Men Who Played It” – Lawrence Ritter – Finished 6/3/12

23. “The Given Day” – Dennis Lehane – Finished 6/17/12

24. “Trunk Music” (Harry Bosch #5) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/22/12

25. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (Mickey Haller #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/29/12

26. “The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science” – Norman Doidge – Finished 7/6/12

27. “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” – W. Bruce Cameron – Finished 7/11/12

28. “The Potato Factory” (The Australian Trilogy Part One) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 7/25/12

29. “Tommo and Hawk” (The Australian Trilogy Part Two) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/8/12

30.* “Fifty Shades of Grey” (Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy) – E. L. James – Finished 8/11/12

31. “Fifty Shades Darker” (Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy) – E.L. James – Finished 8/16/12

32. “Solomon’s Song” (The Australian Trilogy Part Three) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/22/12

33. “Fifty Shades Freed” (Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy) – E.L. James – Finished 8/25/12

34. “The Poet” (Jack McEvoy #1) – Michael Connelly Finished – 829/12

35. “13 Things That Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time” – Michael Brooks – Finished 9/4/12

36. “Angels Flight” (Harry Bosch #6) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/8/12

37. “The Scarecrow” (Jack McEvoy #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/13/12

38. “Blood Work” (Terry McCaleb #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/20/12

39. “A Darkness More Than Night” (Terry McCaleb #2, Harry Bosch #7) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/25/12

40. “City of Bones” (Harry Bosch #8) – Michael Connelly – Finished 101/12

41.* “Defending Jacob” – William Landay – Finished 10/7/12

42. “The Next Right Thing” – Dan Barden – Finished 10/13/12

43. “Lost Light” (Harry Bosch #9) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/17/12

44. “The Narrows” (Harry Bosch #10) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/21/12

45. “Gone Girl” – Gillian Flynn – finished 10/25/12

46. “The Closers” (Harry Bosch #11) – Michael Connelly – Finished 10/27/12

47. “Echo Park: (Harry Bosch #12) -Finished – 10/31/12

48. “The Overlook” (Harry Bosch #13) – Michael Connelly – Finished 11/4/12

49. “The Hunger Games” (Book One of the Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/9/12

50. “The Handmaid’s Tale” – Margaret Atwood – Finished 11/13/12

51. “Catching Fire” (Book Two of The Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/18/12

52. “Mocking Jay” (Book Three of the Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/23/12

53. “The Brass Verdict” (Harry Bosch #14, Mickey Haller #2) – Michael Connelly – finished 11/28/12

54. “The Art of Fielding” – Chad Harbach – Finished 12/2/12

55. “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base” – Annie Jacobsen – Finished 12/11/12

56. “Nine Dragons” (Harry Bosch #15) – Michael Connelly – finished 12/15/12

{First audio book I’ve ever not finished, half of “Nano” – Robin Cook – Gave up on 12/18/12}

57. “The Reversal” (Mickey Haller #3, Harry Bosch #16) – Michael Connelly – Finished 12/23/12

*Audio book previously listened to.

** Audio book previously listened to multiple times.

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Book fifty-five in 2012 – “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base” – Annie Jacobsen

This book was one included in one of Audible’s recent sales so I snatched it up. I remember my friend Ricardo reading it last year before I was on Audible and I couldn’t find it on iTunes at the time so I was happy to rediscover it at Audible. I enjoyed this book a lot. Being a huge fan of The X-Files , learning about Area 51 was incredibly interesting and the book also delves into history, most of which I had heard about but didn’t know much about since history was not a strong subject at my high school.

As I read this I kept wondering who the heck this Annie Jacobsen person was. I should have looked her up but I didn’t until I was done with the book. Here is how a New York Times article explains where Jacobsen’s info came from:

What is it about Ms. Jacobsen that has made her privy to such inflammatory material? It’s best to know her answer to this question before delving into her book. And her answer is strange and byzantine in the way that all things about Area 51 seem to be. Ms. Jacobsen, a national security reporter and contributing editor to The Los Angeles Times Magazine, happened to be at a 2007 family dinner with her husband’s uncle’s wife’s sister’s 88-year-old husband, the physicist Edward Lovick, when Mr. Lovick leaned over and said, “Have I got a good story for you.”

This book had me until the end when Jacobsen inserts her own theory that I just can’t begin to believe, sorry Annie. I almost wish I didn’t know what I know now about nuclear testing, I can tell you that much. There’s no debate about the truthfulness of that history unfortunately.

Jacobsen narrates this book herself and while I usually don’t like when authors narrate their books, I think her voice is well suited to the narration of this type of book. It was well written and very well researched. I only wish I could insert the book into a word cloud machine so I could find out how often she uses the word, “clandestine”. At least it pushed me to understand the full meaning of the word. She also pronounced it funny, at least to my ear, with the end syllable as “stine” and not “stin”. Potato potahto.

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Harry Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Harry Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Harry Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

12.** “Uglies” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/9/12

13.** “Pretties” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/15/12

14. “The Last Coyote” (Harry Bosch #4) – Michael Connelly – Finished 4/20/12

15. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith – Finished 4/25/12

16. “Zero Day” – David Baldacci – Finished 5/1/12

17** “Specials” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/7/12

18.** “Extras” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/13/12

19. “77 Shadow Street” – Dean Koontz – Finished 5/21/12

20. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” – Jenny Lawson – Finished 5/25/12

21. “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars” – Paul Ingrassia Finished 6/1/12

22. “The Glory of Their Times: The Story Of The Early Days Of Baseball Told By The Men Who Played It” – Lawrence Ritter – Finished 6/3/12

23. “The Given Day – Dennis Lehane – Finished 6/17/12

24. “Trunk Music” (Harry Bosch #5) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/22/12

25. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (Mickey Haller #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/29/12

26. “The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science” – Norman Doidge – Finished 7/6/12

27. “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” – W. Bruce Cameron – Finished 7/11/12

28. “The Potato Factory” (The Australian Trilogy Part One) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 7/25/12

29. “Tommo and Hawk” (The Australian Trilogy Part Two) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/8/12

30.* “Fifty Shades of Grey” – E. L. James – Finished 8/11/12

31. “Fifty Shades Darker” – E. L. James – Finished 8/16/12

32. “Solomon’s Song” (The Australian Trilogy Part Three) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/22/12

33. “Fifty Shades Freed” – E.L. James – Finished 8/25/12

34. “The Poet” (Jack McEvoy #1) – Michael Connelly Finished – 829/12

35. “13 Things That Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time” – Michael Brooks – Finished 9/4/12

36. “Angels Flight” (Harry Bosch #6) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/8/12

37. “The Scarecrow” (Jack McEvoy #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/13/12

38. “Blood Work” (Terry McCaleb #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/20/12

39. “A Darkness More Than Night” (Terry McCaleb #2, Harry Bosch #7) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/25/12

40. “City of Bones” (Harry Bosch #8) – Michael Connelly – Finished 101/12

41.* “Defending Jacob” – William Landay – Finished 10/7/12

42. “The Next Right Thing” – Dan Barden – Finished 10/13/12

43. “Lost Light” (Harry Bosch #9) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/17/12

44. “The Narrows” (Harry Bosch #10) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/21/12

45. “Gone Girl” – Gillian Flynn – finished 10/25/12

46. “The Closers” (Harry Bosch #11) – Michael Connelly – Finished 10/27/12

47. “Echo Park: (Harry Bosch #12) -Finished – 10/31/12

48. “The Overlook” (Harry Bosch #13) – Michael Connelly – Finished 11/4/12

49. “The Hunger Games” (Book One of the Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/9/12

50. “The Handmaid’s Tale” – Margaret Atwood – Finished 11/13/12

51. “Catching Fire” (Book Two of The Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/18/12

52. “Mocking Jay” (Book Three of the Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/23/12

53. “The Brass Verdict” (Harry Bosch #14, Mickey Haller #2) – Michael Connelly – finished 11/28/12

54. “The Art of Fielding” – Chad Harbach – Finished 12/2/12

55. “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base” – Annie Jacobsen – Finished 12/11/12

*Audio book previously listened to.

** Audio book previously listened to multiple times.

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Book fifty-four in 2012 – “The Art of Fielding” – Chad Harbach

Every so often Audible will have a sale where you can browse a list of one hundred books that each cost only $4.95. It is because of these sales that I try books I never even knew about. “The Art of Fielding” was one of these books. Naturally the title caught my attention as I was browsing the book list and sure enough the book was about baseball, or more accurately, about the people in and around the baseball team of a small midwesternish college.

An amazingly talented high school short stop just happens to be seen by a talented catcher turned scout who convinces the young athlete and the college to form a partnership. The kid had never in a million years thought he would continue playing his beloved baseball let alone go to college. He is paired with a gay roommate and they become close friends as the short stop trains with the catcher to bulk up. the roommate gets him to wear better clothes so he’ll fit in a little better but he’s never completely comfortable unless he’s on the baseball diamond.

The school president finds himself attracted to a young student who reciprocates even though this relationship is very much against school policy. They try to hide it but the president’s daughter who has left her husband and shows up on campus, figures it out and becomes terrified for her father’s future, knowing how much he loves the school. Naturally the daughter becomes involved with one of the baseball players but I won’t tell you who.

This was a very good book. It was incredibly well written and reminded me of “A separate Peace” by John Knowles even though the two books are vastly different. I am agonizing over whether “The Art of Fielding” will get a place on my top ten list for this year. I just don’t know! It was so good, but was it top ten good? It didn’t really give me “that feeling”, that gut punch. I just don’t know. It’s really close to a top ten nod but I just don’t know. I might need to create an honorable mentions category…

Oh, I very much enjoyed yelling at the book during the fictional baseball games haha! It was like listening to a real game!

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Harry Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Harry Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Harry Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

12.** “Uglies” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/9/12

13.** “Pretties” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/15/12

14. “The Last Coyote” (Harry Bosch #4) – Michael Connelly – Finished 4/20/12

15. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith – Finished 4/25/12

16. “Zero Day” – David Baldacci – Finished 5/1/12

17** “Specials” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/7/12

18.** “Extras” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/13/12

19. “77 Shadow Street” – Dean Koontz – Finished 5/21/12

20. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” – Jenny Lawson – Finished 5/25/12

21. “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars” – Paul Ingrassia Finished 6/1/12

22. “The Glory of Their Times: The Story Of The Early Days Of Baseball Told By The Men Who Played It” – Lawrence Ritter – Finished 6/3/12

23. “The Given Day – Dennis Lehane – Finished 6/17/12

24. “Trunk Music” (Harry Bosch #5) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/22/12

25. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (Mickey Haller #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/29/12

26. “The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science” – Norman Doidge – Finished 7/6/12

27. “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” – W. Bruce Cameron – Finished 7/11/12

28. “The Potato Factory” (The Australian Trilogy Part One) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 7/25/12

29. “Tommo and Hawk” (The Australian Trilogy Part Two) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/8/12

30.* “Fifty Shades of Grey” – E. L. James – Finished 8/11/12

31. “Fifty Shades Darker” – E. L. James – Finished 8/16=12

32. “Solomon’s Song” (The Australian Trilogy Part Three) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/22/12

33. “Fifty Shades Freed” – E.L. James – Finished 8/25/12

34. “The Poet” (Jack McEvoy #1) – Michael Connelly Finished – 829/12

35. “13 Things That Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time” – Michael Brooks – Finished 9/4/12

36. “Angels Flight” (Harry Bosch #6) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/8/12

37. “The Scarecrow” (Jack McEvoy #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/13/12

38. “Blood Work” (Terry McCaleb #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/20/12

39. “A Darkness More Than Night” (Terry McCaleb #2, Harry Bosch #7) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/25/12

40. “City of Bones” (Harry Bosch #8) – Michael Connelly – Finished 101/12

41.* “Defending Jacob” – William Landay – Finished 10/7/12

42. “The Next Right Thing” – Dan Barden – Finished 10/13/12

43. “Lost Light” (Harry Bosch #9) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/17/12

44. “The Narrows” (Harry Bosch #10) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/21/12

45. “Gone Girl” – Gillian Flynn – finished 10/25/12

46. “The Closers” (Harry Bosch #11) – Michael Connelly – Finished 10/27/12

47. “Echo Park: (Harry Bosch #12) -Finished – 10/31/12

48. “The Overlook” (Harry Bosch #13) – Michael Connelly – Finished 11/4/12

49. “The Hunger Games” (Book One of the Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/9/12

50. “The Handmaid’s Tale” – Margaret Atwood – Finished 11/13/12

51. “Catching Fire” (Book Two of The Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/18/12

52. “Mocking Jay” (Book Three of the Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/23/12

53. “The Brass Verdict” (Harry Bosch #14, Mickey Haller #2) – Michael Connelly – finished 11/28/12

54. “The Art of Fielding” – Chad Harbach – Finished 12/2/12

*Audio book previously listened to.

** Audio book previously listened to multiple times.

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Book fifty-three in 2012 – “The Brass Verdict” (Harry Bosch #14, Mickey Haller #2) – Michael Connelly

I’m behind on the blog, as evident by the fact that I finished this book last month. Granted it’s still early December but yeah haha. I mostly read this book while on the road trip to San Diego and back, which I’m also behind writing about.

The beginning of this book was somewhat slow to me which is rare for Michael Connelly books. It seemed like there were a lot of details discussed about cases not relating to the main plot point. I could almost, almost just a little bit, understand abridged books haha! However the second half of the book made up for it. It took off and the twists came flying. On the way back home from Sand diego there were several times I sat bolt upright and gasped.

This book brings Bosch and Haller together for the first time. Mickey Haller was introduced to us in “The Lincoln Lawyer” and I had noticed something in that book that I was curious to see when this would be revealed. Would it be revealed in this book? I was certainly not disappointed by the time the book was done. Things didn’t go the way I thought they would of course, but I was satisfied when the book ended.

I’m rationing the remaining Michael Connelly books since I’m close to being caught up with them and don’t want the seemingly endless supply of books to end! Oh yeah, I’m typing this on my new computer. New computer? Hahaha! Yep!

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Harry Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Harry Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Harry Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

12.** “Uglies” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/9/12

13.** “Pretties” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/15/12

14. “The Last Coyote” (Harry Bosch #4) – Michael Connelly – Finished 4/20/12

15. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith – Finished 4/25/12

16. “Zero Day” – David Baldacci – Finished 5/1/12

17** “Specials” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/7/12

18.** “Extras” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/13/12

19. “77 Shadow Street” – Dean Koontz – Finished 5/21/12

20. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” – Jenny Lawson – Finished 5/25/12

21. “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars” – Paul Ingrassia Finished 6/1/12

22. “The Glory of Their Times: The Story Of The Early Days Of Baseball Told By The Men Who Played It” – Lawrence Ritter – Finished 6/3/12

23. “The Given Day – Dennis Lehane – Finished 6/17/12

24. “Trunk Music” (Harry Bosch #5) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/22/12

25. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (Mickey Haller #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/29/12

26. “The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science” – Norman Doidge – Finished 7/6/12

27. “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” – W. Bruce Cameron – Finished 7/11/12

28. “The Potato Factory” (The Australian Trilogy Part One) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 7/25/12

29. “Tommo and Hawk” (The Australian Trilogy Part Two) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/8/12

30.* “Fifty Shades of Grey” – E. L. James – Finished 8/11/12

31. “Fifty Shades Darker” – E. L. James – Finished 8/16=12

32. “Solomon’s Song” (The Australian Trilogy Part Three) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/22/12

33. “Fifty Shades Freed” – E.L. James – Finished 8/25/12

34. “The Poet” (Jack McEvoy #1) – Michael Connelly Finished – 829/12

35. “13 Things That Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time” – Michael Brooks – Finished 9/4/12

36. “Angels Flight” (Harry Bosch #6) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/8/12

37. “The Scarecrow” (Jack McEvoy #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/13/12

38. “Blood Work” (Terry McCaleb #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/20/12

39. “A Darkness More Than Night” (Terry McCaleb #2, Harry Bosch #7) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/25/12

40. “City of Bones” (Harry Bosch #8) – Michael Connelly – Finished 101/12

41.* “Defending Jacob” – William Landay – Finished 10/7/12

42. “The Next Right Thing” – Dan Barden – Finished 10/13/12

43. “Lost Light” (Harry Bosch #9) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/17/12

44. “The Narrows” (Harry Bosch #10) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/21/12

45. “Gone Girl” – Gillian Flynn – finished 10/25/12

46. “The Closers” (Harry Bosch #11) – Michael Connelly – Finished 10/27/12

47. “Echo Park: (Harry Bosch #12) -Finished – 10/31/12

48. “The Overlook” (Harry Bosch #13) – Michael Connelly – Finished 11/4/12

49. “The Hunger Games” (Book One of the Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/9/12

50. “The Handmaid’s Tale” – Margaret Atwood – Finished 11/13/12

51. “Catching Fire” (Book Two of The Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/18/12

52. “Mocking Jay” (Book Three of the Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/23/12

53. “The Brass Verdict” (Harry Bosch #14, Mickey Haller #2) – Michael Connelly – finished 11/28/12

*Audio book previously listened to.

** Audio book previously listened to multiple times.

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Book fifty-two in 2012 – “Mocking Jay” (Book Three in the Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins

When I added “Catching Fire” to the book list, I was so stunned and confused that it was difficult to write it up. I remember thinking the post about it was totally lame.

I don’t think this post about “Mocking Jay” is going to be any better. These books were absolutely incredible! And to think I had originally had no interest in reading them because of my loyalty to Scott Westerfeld. How silly was that? Last night after I finished the trilogy I thought about how awesome it would be if Katniss Everdeen and Tally Youngblood got together for lunch. I then started thinking how cool it is that young women get characters like Katniss and Tally when they’re growing up when I had girls like Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield who taught me nothing except how to like boys and make me wonder why I couldn’t ride my bike to the mall too.

At the end of “Mocking Jay” there was an interview with Suzanne Collins. She talks about how the idea for these books came from her channel surfing one night. She was tired and the lines blurred as she flipped between a reality show where young people were competing for money and another channel covering the war where young people were fighting and dying. In the interview she lists questions she hopes young people will ask themselves when they read these books and I can’t remember what all the questions were but as she asked them, I had asked them myself.

One of the things that really stood out to me was when {they} are in the capitol and the citizens actually drink something that makes them purge so they can eat more of the delicious food. The rest of the country is starving and these people are vomiting to eat more. I couldn’t help but think about the attitude of so many during this campaign year, those who aren’t hungry who refuse to share, deciding instead to blame the hungry for their own lot in life, as if every hungry person is at fault.

There is a lot about this trilogy that is completely relevant, though I’m sure there are many who refuse to see it.

B came into the room last night as I was nearing the end. He found me breathing heavily, near tears. I clutched his hand and said, “no roses for like six months. No roses. I can’t smell roses.” He came in later just after I had finished the book and I said, “I just finished it.”

“You survived!”

“But not all of them did…” he couldn’t hear me, my voice was so low and trembling. I had to repeat myself.

“It’s just a book,” he said, laughing.

“But it’s going to be a movie.” That was all I could get out. There was no way I could launch into what felt so real about these books despite the totally different future they are set in.

Ok, so perhaps this post is better than the last one. I’m still reeling. I woke up this morning thinking about the books and all the characters. I will need to run to Michael Connelly tonight I think. I need my cops and bad guys. Normal. Harry isn’t hungry or killing his peers to survive.

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Harry Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Harry Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Harry Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

12.** “Uglies” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/9/12

13.** “Pretties” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/15/12

14. “The Last Coyote” (Harry Bosch #4) – Michael Connelly – Finished 4/20/12

15. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith – Finished 4/25/12

16. “Zero Day” – David Baldacci – Finished 5/1/12

17** “Specials” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/7/12

18.** “Extras” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/13/12

19. “77 Shadow Street” – Dean Koontz – Finished 5/21/12

20. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” – Jenny Lawson – Finished 5/25/12

21. “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars” – Paul Ingrassia Finished 6/1/12

22. “The Glory of Their Times: The Story Of The Early Days Of Baseball Told By The Men Who Played It” – Lawrence Ritter – Finished 6/3/12

23. “The Given Day – Dennis Lehane – Finished 6/17/12

24. “Trunk Music” (Harry Bosch #5) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/22/12

25. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (Mickey Haller #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/29/12

26. “The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science” – Norman Doidge – Finished 7/6/12

27. “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” – W. Bruce Cameron – Finished 7/11/12

28. “The Potato Factory” (The Australian Trilogy Part One) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 7/25/12

29. “Tommo and Hawk” (The Australian Trilogy Part Two) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/8/12

30.* “Fifty Shades of Grey” – E. L. James – Finished 8/11/12

31. “Fifty Shades Darker” – E. L. James – Finished 8/16=12

32. “Solomon’s Song” (The Australian Trilogy Part Three) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/22/12

33. “Fifty Shades Freed” – E.L. James – Finished 8/25/12

34. “The Poet” (Jack McEvoy #1) – Michael Connelly Finished – 829/12

35. “13 Things That Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time” – Michael Brooks – Finished 9/4/12

36. “Angels Flight” (Harry Bosch #6) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/8/12

37. “The Scarecrow” (Jack McEvoy #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/13/12

38. “Blood Work” (Terry McCaleb #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/20/12

39. “A Darkness More Than Night” (Terry McCaleb #2, Harry Bosch #7) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/25/12

40. “City of Bones” (Harry Bosch #8) – Michael Connelly – Finished 101/12

41. “Defending Jacob” – William Landay – Finished 10/7/12

42. “The Next Right Thing” – Dan Barden – Finished 10/13/12

43. “Lost Light” (Harry Bosch #9) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/17/12

44. “The Narrows” (Harry Bosch #10) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/21/12

45. “Gone Girl” – Gillian Flynn – finished 10/25/12

46. “The Closers” (Harry Bosch #11) – Michael Connelly – Finished 10/27/12

47. “Echo Park: (Harry Bosch #12) -Finished – 10/31/12

48. “The Overlook” (Harry Bosch #13) – Michael Connelly – Finished 11/4/12

49. “The Hunger Games” (Book One of the Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/9/12

50. “The Handmaid’s Tale” – Margaret Atwood – Finished 11/13/12

51. “Catching Fire” (Book Two of The Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/18/12

52. “Mocking Jay” (Book Three of the Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/23/12

*Audio book previously listened to.

** Audio book previously listened to multiple times.

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Book fifty-one in 2012 – “Catching Fire” (Book Two in the Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins

This book was soooo good! I liked “The Hunger Games” but “Catching Fire” outdid it, in my opinion. Suzanne Collins is so good at character development that you really believe they are real. The way the characters grow because of their awful experiences couldn’t have been easy to do. I admire Collins’ ability to know her characters and get inside their head.

I can totally understand why some parents have issues with their young adult children reading these books. On one hand I don’t think teenagers should be treated with kid gloves and should be allowed to read what they want, but I’m also not a parent. When I think about a twelve year old reading these books, I shudder. Some of the scenes are gruesome even for me.

While this world is well into the future and hopefully will never happen, it’s believable which makes it really scary. This book takes the characters we grew to love in the first book and plunges them into events unimaginable. I did not want to put it down! The movie is going to be amazing I think.

I already started the third book, immediately after finishing the second. I am so glad I decided to read these! I highly recommend.

Oh, yesterday I played a clip from some reality show to hear this girl sing and I couldn’t help but get goosebumps and frown as I listened to the crowd, thinking about the revolting way the people watch the Hunger Games and make the killing they’re favorite TV show. It isn’t too much of a stretch to think that some day this reality TV hungry crazy world will create something similar.

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Harry Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Harry Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Harry Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

12.** “Uglies” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/9/12

13.** “Pretties” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/15/12

14. “The Last Coyote” (Harry Bosch #4) – Michael Connelly – Finished 4/20/12

15. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith – Finished 4/25/12

16. “Zero Day” – David Baldacci – Finished 5/1/12

17** “Specials” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/7/12

18.** “Extras” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/13/12

19. “77 Shadow Street” – Dean Koontz – Finished 5/21/12

20. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” – Jenny Lawson – Finished 5/25/12

21. “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars” – Paul Ingrassia Finished 6/1/12

22. “The Glory of Their Times: The Story Of The Early Days Of Baseball Told By The Men Who Played It” – Lawrence Ritter – Finished 6/3/12

23. “The Given Day – Dennis Lehane – Finished 6/17/12

24. “Trunk Music” (Harry Bosch #5) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/22/12

25. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (Mickey Haller #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/29/12

26. “The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science” – Norman Doidge – Finished 7/6/12

27. “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” – W. Bruce Cameron – Finished 7/11/12

28. “The Potato Factory” (The Australian Trilogy Part One) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 7/25/12

29. “Tommo and Hawk” (The Australian Trilogy Part Two) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/8/12

30.* “Fifty Shades of Grey” – E. L. James – Finished 8/11/12

31. “Fifty Shades Darker” – E. L. James – Finished 8/16=12

32. “Solomon’s Song” (The Australian Trilogy Part Three) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/22/12

33. “Fifty Shades Freed” – E.L. James – Finished 8/25/12

34. “The Poet” (Jack McEvoy #1) – Michael Connelly Finished – 829/12

35. “13 Things That Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time” – Michael Brooks – Finished 9/4/12

36. “Angels Flight” (Harry Bosch #6) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/8/12

37. “The Scarecrow” (Jack McEvoy #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/13/12

38. “Blood Work” (Terry McCaleb #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/20/12

39. “A Darkness More Than Night” (Terry McCaleb #2, Harry Bosch #7) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/25/12

40. “City of Bones” (Harry Bosch #8) – Michael Connelly – Finished 101/12

41. “Defending Jacob” – William Landay – Finished 10/7/12

42. “The Next Right Thing” – Dan Barden – Finished 10/13/12

43. “Lost Light” (Harry Bosch #9) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/17/12

44. “The Narrows” (Harry Bosch #10) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/21/12

45. “Gone Girl” – Gillian Flynn – finished 10/25/12

46. “The Closers” (Harry Bosch #11) – Michael Connelly – Finished 10/27/12

47. “Echo Park: (Harry Bosch #12) -Finished – 10/31/12

48. “The Overlook” (Harry Bosch #13) – Michael Connelly – Finished 11/4/12

49. “The Hunger Games” – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/9/12

50. “The Handmaid’s Tale” – Margaret Atwood – Finished 11/13/12

51. “Catching Fire” (Book Two of The Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/18/12

*Audio book previously listened to.

** Audio book previously listened to multiple times.

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