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Reading progress update: I've read 210 out of 488 pages.

The Search - Nora Roberts

The dogs are such characters in this one, y'all. Such a big presence. And thanks to a question asked and answered at GR, I know that nothing happens to any of them.

Romance Essentials

I decided against going with "Romance Addendum to the Addendum to the Addendum of My List of Essentials" as a title, because I thought that would have been a bit too on the nose. ;)


From my previous three lists, I included 8 romances. I'm now listing 10 more to heed the call for more romances on the Crowdsourced list.


MR & TA, depending on what others list, there's no need to include all of these if it looks like there's going to be too many.


These are not the classics of the genre, just personal favorites of mine.


Winterblaze - Kristen Callihan Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan


The Suffragette Scandal - Courtney Milan The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan


The Proposal - Mary Balogh The Proposal by Mary Balogh


The Arrangement - Mary Balogh The Arrangement by Mary Balogh


Slightly Shady - Amanda Quick Slightly Shady by Amanda Quick (1st in a trilogy featuring the same main couple)


Tis the Season to Be Sinful - Adrienne Basso Tis the Season to Be Sinful by Adrienne Basso


Stars of Fortune: Book One of the Guardians Trilogy - Nora Roberts Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts


'Til Death Do Us Part - Amanda Quick Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick


Secret Sisters - Jayne Ann Krentz Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz


Chasing Fire - Nora Roberts Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts




Addendum to the addendum of my List of Essentials



I've come up with 10 more books I'd like to add to the list to help us get to 1001 books.


The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson,Richard Armitage The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson


Kill Creek - Scott Thomas,Bernard Setaro Clark Kill Creek by Scott Thomas.


The Invisible Man (Signet Classics) - Scott Westerfeld,W. Warren Wagar,H.G. Wells The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells


The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (I know this is a play, but it still counts, yes?)


The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde  The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


Cotillion - Georgette Heyer Cotillion by Georgette Heyer (This book features probably my most favorite romantic hero ever. Top five at the very least.)


The Mischief of the Mistletoe - Lauren Willig The Mischief of the Mistletoe (The 7th book in the Pink Carnation series. It features a hero not unlike Freddy in Cotillion, plus his name is Turnip Fitzhugh.)


Perdition - Ann Aguirre Perdition by Ann Aguirre


The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan


And Only to Deceive - Tasha Alexander And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander



Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 488 pages.

The Search - Nora Roberts

Addendum to my List of Essentials

As per Moonlight Reader's request.


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving,Tom Mison  The audiobook as read by Tom Mison in particular.


Written in Red - Anne Bishop  When I first started this book, I was sure I was going to be one of the few who didn't like this series. I was wrong.


Lessons From a Scarlet Lady - Emma Wildes A historical romance I've reread many, many times.


The Martian - Andy Weir I read the audiobook version and loved it. I laughed out loud so much.


Ravished - Amanda Quick An absolutely charming historical romance. Amanda Quick at her very best.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré My favorite of the HP books.


Black Rose - Nora Roberts A romance in which the main couple are both older (as in late 40's/upper 50's), and in which the hero is an absentminded professor of sorts? Sign me up!


Cut to the Quick  - Kate Ross A fabulous historical mystery series featuring a dandy as the amateur sleuth. Sadly, this series is limited to only four books ( plus one short story) due to the author's death from breast cancer.


What Angels Fear - C.S. Harris This is probably my favorite historical mystery series at the moment. I've not read a bad one yet.


Chocolate Fever - Robert Kimmel Smith,Gioia Fiammenghi This is another of my childhood favorites.

Reading on the Terrace (Date unknown) by Johann Hamza (1850-1927) [x]

My List of Essentials

I've been working on this for a few days now, and it's ended up that some of these are also on others' lists. I also have more than one work by some authors.There are also several kids books. It's these particular books that I feel sparked my love of reading and therefore must be on my list.


In no particular order:


Venetia by Georgette Heyer - I loved the heroine, I loved the dialogue.


The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer - I absolutely adored everything about this one.


The Fourth Friend by Joy Ellis - My favorite of the Jackman/Evans books so far. This one had a heart wrenching ending that made me cry.


Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie - It would be so easy to pad this list with Christie books, but I've limited myself to two.  I love the way this book was structured.


The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie - A fantastic book with an exceptional ending.


Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco - This book really creeped me out. And that's not always an easy thing to do for me.


Be Buried in the Rain by Barbara Michaels - I haven't read many Barbara Michaels books, but this one is my favorite so far.


Ammie, Come Home by Barbara Michaels - The first Michaels book I read, and my second favorite after the one above.


We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson - This is one of those books that you wish you could read it again for the first time. If that makes sense.


Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - This one is probably well known enough that it doesn't necessarily need to be on the list (as I think the goal was to try to curate a list of lesser known novels?), but I have to include it.


Naked in Death by J.D. Robb - This book came out nearly 25 years ago, and in my opinion holds up quite well. The series is still going strong all these years later, and that staying power alone earns it a place on my list. I also adore the characters and world Ms. Robb set up.


Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey - An excellent introductory book to a wonderful series. Also, the basis for the tv show, The Expanse.


The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton - When I was in junior high, I was allowed to go over and check out books from the coveted high school section of the school library. The was the first book I chose. It's the first time I remember a book making me cry so hard I was sobbing.


Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary - I remember buying this from the book fair when I was in second grade. I felt so grown up, because it was (what I now know to be) mass market paperback size, and therefore the same size as the books my parents read. I also really related to Ramona.


Say Hello, Vanessa by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat - The summer between kindergarten and first grade, my family moved to a new town, which meant I'd be starting a new school. My parents bought me this book sometime during my 1st grade school year, and the story of a painfully shy little mouse wanting to make friends really spoke to me as I'm quite shy myself (and was even more so back then).


The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone - Grover was--and is--my favorite muppet. I read this book so much as a child that my copy literally fell apart.


Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss - Another one that's definitely not a lesser know book, but I'm including it because, it's just a fun, fun book to read.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss - Not lesser known, either, but definitely an essential to me.

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 488 pages.

The Search - Nora Roberts

Booklikes-opoly - Post #5


Bank account: $37.00


Read - The Lost Night $3.00 (5/27/19)

Read - Til Death Do Us Part $3.00 (6/8/19)

Passed GO - Roll #3 $5.00  (6/8/19)

Read - Five Little Pigs $3.00 (6/11/19)

Read - Where the Dead Lie $3.00 (6/17/19)


Here's the result of roll #5:



I was on space #11, so moving forward seven more spaces put me on space #18:



I've already chosen my book for that space:


The Search - Nora Roberts 


It's set in the Pacific Northwest.


I also have the following card in my pocket:



Reading progress update: I've read 338 out of 338 pages.

Where the Dead Lie (Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery) - C.S. Harris

Reading progress update: I've read 173 out of 338 pages.

Where the Dead Lie (Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery) - C.S. Harris

Reading progress update: I've read 103 out of 338 pages.

Where the Dead Lie (Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery) - C.S. Harris

Girl Reading (1904) by Frederick Carl Frieseke [x]

The normal site I use to find my weekly art post paintings has been down all day. I finally remembered the name of the other site I used as backup*, so I'm looking there now.


*I lost all my bookmarks when my computer died.

Reading progress update: I've read 73 out of 338 pages.

Where the Dead Lie (Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery) - C.S. Harris

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 338 pages.

Where the Dead Lie (Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery) - C.S. Harris