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07 June 2008 @ 06:20 pm
the booklist  
Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled "This could change your life."
~Helen Exley

In 2007 I read a grand total of 1 book. I used to love reading and I hated not having the time or interest anymore, so I made it my news years resolution to read at least 20 books in 2008. At first I thought that was stretching it, but when I started reading Twilight I was bitten by the reading bug and am now going through a book a day. My new goal is 50 75. I was keeping a handwritten list in my file-o-fax but I thought it was about time I typed it up.

I have always managed to get lost in my stories and enjoy every one of them but the occasional book stands out as being brilliant and these are ones I definitely recommend to others. If its marked with a $$ then it is well worth buying and you should all head off to amazon and order a copy of it right now.

t h e b o o k l i s t

oo1. Stargate SG1: Roswell by Sonny Whitelaw and Jennifer Fallon $$
I'm a big fan of the whole Roswell conspiracy and I've always loved time travel stories so I really enjoyed this book. The story was well planned out and it was awesome how everything came together in the end. If you are a Stargate fan you really should read this book.

oo2. Stargate Atlantis: Blood Ties by Sonny Whitelaw and Elizabeth Christensen

oo3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Doomsday Deck by Dianna Gallagher

oo4. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer x2 $$
It's Twilight guys! You all know this book is amazing, and if you don't where the hell have you been?? I will never forget the feeling I had when I was reading this book for the first time and I will never really be able to describe it either. I was hooked instantly and it was such a joy to discover this world for the first time. Everyone should get to experience that, so go buy the book!

oo5. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer x2

oo6. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

oo7. Gallows View by Peter Robinson

oo8. The Host by Stephenie Meyer $$
Another Stephenie Meyer production. I loved this book. I've read some reviews saying she focused too much on the characters and left so much of the Sci-fi plot unexplored, but the characters make the story as far as I'm concerned. I fell in love with the people and I really enjoyed reading this book.

oo9. Every Boys Got One by Meg Cabot

o10. Red Lily by Nora Roberts

o11. A Girls Guide to Vampires by Katie McAlister $$
I always seem to love the books that most other people don't. This is the first in Katie McAlisters Dark Ones series and it was definitely my favorite. I guess people weren't happy with the fact that (spoiler......) she didn't actually end up with the vampire, but I loved Raphael from the beginning so I wanted Joy to stay with him anyway. The other books in the series are great too though. The first one didn't have much of a supernatural element but the others do get pretty heavily in to magic which is really interesting.

o12. Sex and the Single Vampire by Katie McAlister

o13. Sex, Lies and Vampires by Katie McAlister

o14. Even Vampires Get the Blues by Katie McAlister

o15. The Last of the Red Hot Vampires by Katie McAlister

o16. The Switch by Lynsay Sands $$
This book is brilliant! Read it! Its not going to take you on some great philosophical journey of self discovery, but this book will entertain the crap out of you for hours. The story is fun and interesting and hot and sweet and funny. Its well worth your time and money - trust me!

o17. All I Want by Lynsay Sands

o18. Always by Lynsay Sands

o19. Bliss by Lynsay Sands

o20. Perfect Wife by Lynsay Sands

o21. Sweet Revenge by Lynsay Sands

o22. The Chase by Lynsay Sands $$
Another of Lynsay Sands particularly brilliant period romances. I love them all but this, and The Switch, are definitely the two stand outs. Buy, borrow, steal, do whatever you have to to get your hands on this book.

o23. Single White Vampire by Lynsay Sands

o24. Love Bites by Lynsay Sands

o25. Tall, Dark and Hungry by Lynsay Sands

o26. sTORI Telling by Tori Spelling $$
I've never been a major Tori Spelling fan. I knew who she was, I'd watched her on 90210 and I'd seen her in Scary Movie 2, but I never knew much about her. I always liked her though so when I heard about how interesting her autobiography was I decided to buy it and I'm really glad I did. Hearing about her life was fascinating. I was so addicted I was up until 4:30 in the morning reading it. I've gotta admit it was a little sad hearing about what it was like working with Shannen Doherty 'cos I've always been a fan of hers and I was determined not to believe all those rumors about how mean she was on set. But hearing it described from Tori's point of view kind of burst my bubble :P But aside from that it is a great book and you should all read it.

o27. The Deed by Lynsay Sands

o28. The Highland Bride by Lynsay Sands

o29. The Key by Lynsay Sands

o30. The Reluctant Reformer by Lynsay Sands

o31. What She Wants by Lynsay Sands

o32. Exit to Eden by Anne Rice $$
It's a good read if you have an open mind. If you offend easily you should probably steer clear of this one.

o33. Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands

o34. Stranded by Lori Foster

o35. The Pirate Next Door by Jennifer Ashley

o36. Simon Says by Lori Foster

o37. Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

o38. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice

o39. The Arrangement by Joan Wolf

o40. Bite Me If You Can by Lynsay Sands

o41. CHERUB: The Recruit by Robert Muchamore $$
My brother collects these books and I decided to read them when I had nothing else to do. I was surprised to find that they are actually pretty good. If you have a younger sibling in the 8-15 age bracket you should definitely buy this book for them.

o42. CHERUB: Class A by Robert Muchamore

o43. CHERUB: Maximum Security by Robert Muchamore

o44. CHERUB: The Killing by Robert Muchamore

o45. Love is Blind by Lynsay Sands

o46. CHERUB: Divine Madness by Robert Muchamore

o47. CHERUB: Man vs Beast by Robert Muchamore

o48. CHERUB: The Fall by Robert Muchamore

o49. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
You can find my thoughts on Breaking Dawn here.

o50. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

o51. Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Old Clock by Caroline Keene

o52. Nancy Drew: The Hidden Staircase by Caroline Keene

o53. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella

o54. Nancy Drew: The Bungalow Mystery by Caroline Keene

o55. CHERUB: Mad Dogs by Robert Muchamore

o56. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

o57. Nancy Drew: The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Caroline Keene

o58. CHERUB: Sleepwalker by Robert Muchamore

o59. Nancy Drew: The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Caroline Keene

o60. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Unnatural Selection by Mel Odom

o61. Nancy Drew: The Secret of Red Gate Farm by Caroline Keene

o62. Shopaholic Ties The Knot by Sophie Kinsella

o63. Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson

o64. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

o65. Image by Mel Odom

o66. A Bite To Remember by Lynsay Sands

o67. Vampire Interrupted by Lynsay Sands

o68. The Devil Who Tamed Her by Johanna Lindsey $$
This story had me constantly smiling throughout. It's such a sweet romance. I definitely recommend it.

o69. Prisoner of My Desire by Johanna Lindsey

o70. The Accidental Vampire by Lynsay Sands

o71. Vampires Are Forever by Lynsay Sands

o72. The Traveller by John Twelve Hawks

o73. The Dark River by John Twelve Hawks

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
~P.J. O'Rourke

Feeling: pensivepensive
getyourwingss on June 8th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
sTORI Telling is the only one that I've read, aside from the Twilight series. I'm not a fan of the novels, but there are tons of others who are. How've you been, lately? I'm going through a major layout block for my blog on your site ><

Love the new layout!
Steph: bones; angela and jackharbourlight on June 12th, 2008 05:45 am (UTC)
I've been good. Busy :) I hate layout blocks. Its so hard to get back into working on your site when you can't make a decent layout.

Thanks :D
Izzie: Celebrity:Alexis.Blue.Eyesdreamer_86 on July 31st, 2008 08:16 am (UTC)
A former fellow intern at the animal clinic where I'm doing an internship was addicted to these Twilight books, but the vampire thing sort of put me off. I get that it's not a typical vampire book but so far I'm not really tempted to read any of the books. I got like three favorite authors I'm sticking to and my latest book Shopaholic & Baby (english version) is just the type of book I go for. ^^
Steph: kristen; pink sunniesharbourlight on July 31st, 2008 08:20 am (UTC)
I've always been a bit of a vampire nut since watching Buffy :) I get that its not for everyone though.

Oh I've seen those Shopaholic ones around. I thought they looked interesting. Worth checking out?
Izzie: Misc:I-Heart-Valadreamer_86 on July 31st, 2008 08:37 am (UTC)
Well I've done my fair share of Buffy watching in my younger days. ;) (Okay that makes me sound ooold!) And I might check the first book out this summer, which is my main book season of the year. I otherwise stick to television but since I hardly got any shows to watch I'm sticking to the internet. XD

And in my opinion, the Shopaholic books are to die for! They're hilarious and wonderfully written! People adore Bridget Jones; well I think Becky Bloomwood owns! If you need some cheering up, the books are a must read! :D
Shane: [ac] | mh | white noiseelses on August 2nd, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)
STEPH! Hello. Well, this is Shane, I'm not sure if you would even remember who I am, cause we haven't spoken in so many years. But um, I used to be seenred? I don't remember how we drifted out of contact (I really hope I'm not forgetting about some epic fight :/), but I just found your journal after lots of mindless clicking.

Would it be alright to add you?
Steph: supernatural; sam holyshitharbourlight on August 2nd, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
HEY! Of course I remember! You gave me your Angel dvds :P

And nope there wasn't a fight. I disappeared for a while and then you disappeared for a while and we drifted I guess.

I'm adding you back :D
Shane: [tv] | sk | no answerselses on August 2nd, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
Yeees! Haha, I'd forgotten all about that (they've since been replaced by slim sets).

I'm definitely glad that lj was here then to reunite us! How have you been for the past, well, however-long?
Steph: gossip girl; blair red hairbandharbourlight on August 2nd, 2008 09:25 am (UTC)
I've been good. I went to Uni for a while but I hated it so I'm taking a year off now. I had a job for a while too but I quit so I'm looking for another job now.

Nothing major has really happened. New laptop, new phone, a lot of new dvds. That's pretty much it :)

How about you? Anything interesting?
Shane: [tv] | sk | was introducedelses on August 2nd, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
That's a lot! Jobs are absolutely ridiculous, and no one should have to keep one for more than a week. Become attached to any new shows?

Nothing terribly interesting with me, but I also got a new laptop and phone :)
Steph: stargate; teal'charbourlight on August 3rd, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
Uh new shows... I'm hooked on Burn Notice, In Plain Sight, Secret Life of the American Teenager and Big Brother right now.

I can't wait for Supernatural, Smallville, One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, Dollhouse and Fringe to start.

And this year I've become a bit of a SciFi nut with my Stargate and Farscape addictions.

How about you?
bl1tzkrieg on October 5th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
Twilight = love. But I prefer werewolves. Although my corporal temperature is cooler than usual. Still, I am a werewolf at heart!
Aand... I definetely need some new books. Which ones do you recommend me?
Steph: paramore; haleyharbourlight on October 6th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
Well I loved everything on the list but I really don't know what kind of books you are into. You should go to amazon.com and read through some of their recommendations. They usually pick really awesome stuff.
bl1tzkrieg on October 6th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)
But well I like almost every kind of books, but I'm not really into self-help and psichology books. I love mystery and crime ones, specially.
Stephharbourlight on October 10th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Oh well you should definitely check out Peter Robinson then. He writes really great crime novels.
bl1tzkrieg on October 10th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
Really? I never heard of him! Well. Really, I've never heard of him because I'm Spanish. But I'll check it out, if you say so, he must be worthy :)