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The Passage by Justin Cronin

Where Will You Be
When The Lights Go Out?

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.

I entered into this audio cautiously.  I was not really sure I had a full grasp on what The Passage was going to be about – or if I would like the direction it took.  Yet, it had such a  mysterious buzz about it when I was at BEA in New York and U knew whatever it was – I wanted to know more.

A futuristic read which is normally not a genre I would choose for myself, I started this audio and was introduced to Amy.  This little girl who’s mother tried – but made poor choices, and eventually – all there is… is Amy.  I quickly grew attached to this little girl and at times in the beginning when the audio stretched into so many different directions, and I was lost in the government testing, and the odd inhabitants of the facility…. I clung to the fact that eventually it would get back to Amy.

And while I waited…. the story began to mesh and an audio that first made me wonder how I felt about it, suddenly I couldn’t wait to hear more.  Soon as the story brought Amy into each scene, and I learned how she fit into this, I began to really enjoy this.  The audio started following me to the bathroom when I fixed my hair, to the kitchen while I cooked or cleaned…. to the lawn mower…. to the  reading room.

It is hard to put The Passage into words…. it is not so much a vampire story, but a story about a virus.  A virus that takes out the world as we know it and the few that survive, live solely for that purpose – survival.   Justin Cronin has woven such a detailed story here – so deep entwined in each person, in each event – that I listen in amazement in the world he has created from his mind to these words.

The “virals” as Cronin calls these blood thirsty creatures, are “spooktacular.”  They keep you on your toes and seriously even on the audio I think I actually got goosebumps a few times as I worried for our small group of non effected survivors…. and they really were survivors – minus Jeff Probst.

And you really do not know when your fire will be snuffed out.

Suddenly you realize – this ain’t your grandma’s version of vampire….

Over all – the hype surrounding the book was right on and I am so glad I gave this one a try.  I enjoyed this very much and highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good book adventure with qualities you found in books like Harry Potter, the originality of

With awesome words like flyers, virals, slims, jumps, smokes… and Cronin says himself , the vampire story will never go away, because it asks an essential question: “What part of your humanity would you be trading away if you got to live forever? It’s ultimately a fable to reassure us that it’s better to be mortal.”

This is the book of the summer for me. It blew me away!

My Amazon Rating


Book Journey’s 2010 Reading Map has been updated to include The Passage

While passing through Colorado (if you are not a viral) you may be hankering for a bit of coffee… I would recommend The Laughing Goat Coffee House for the name and the ambiance.  AND – as far as I know…. it’s a no “smoking” zone.  (A little Passage humor….)

Cover Story:  Oh it is fantastic!  And perfect because you must always, always watch the trees….  😉

I purchased my copy of this audio through

Morning Meanderings…. Books That Should Be Movies


Its Winter again.

Central Minnesota has a dusting of snow this morning.  That chill is in the air…. it feels like late October when the snow just starts. It is one of those days that I would like to stay home and bury my head in a book but that is not going to happen.

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The pups outside this morning.

This morning I received a notice in my email about a trilogy coming to a close.  Has anyone read The Passage by Justin Cronin?  This was the BIG title my first year I went to the book expo…. HUGE signs hanging from the ceiling….  I had never hear of Justin Cronin or The Passage but I knew I wanted to know more.

Books like The Passage are so vibrant in detail that you almost can envision what the movie would be like and often, who would play the leading roles.  It makes me think about other books that I have read that I wish would become movies.  Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking Series….. oh yes please.  Ready Player One – it IS going to be a movie and I am so excited!!!!  I love that our beloved books are becoming movies and it seems to be happening more and more often!  YAY to the authors who had no idea they were also writing movie scripts!


And how about the books that we have read and are becoming movies very soon?  I am personally a fan of movies from books. I like to see what they pull from the story.  I insist on reading the book first in most cases, but I do love a good book/movie.

Here are some of the BIG titles coming our way:

The Girl On The Train  (I did not love this book as much as others… not sure if I will go this one)

Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes (Oh heck yeah…. this one will be an all book club event I hope!)

Allegiant (out in theaters now and I have yet to see it…. but I also have yet to read the book.  GAH.  Behind.)

The Lost City Of Z (sounds good and have not read it)

The Light Between Oceans by ML Stein

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (I have not read this one yet….but now I must!)

Silence by Shusaku Endo (this book was recommended to me a long time ago….I bought and still have not read it.)

The Circle by Dave Eggers (bugga – another one I need to read!)

The Zookeepers Wife – YES!

Looking For Alaska (oh yes…… John Green.)

The 5th Wave (I have not read this… should I?)

Miss Peregrines Home For Particular Children (OOH looks good… I have the book, need to read it)

Inferno by Dan Brown (YES!!!!!! Excited about this one! I must say however as much as I adore Tom Hanks, he is not the right actor for the Dan Brown Langdon books)


So how about it?  What books have you read recently that you would love to see become a movie?  In your mind who is playing the protagonist?  AND what books that are becoming movies are you excited to see?

Morning Meanderings… Sue from Book by Book on Cronin

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Oh, hello! This is Sue from Book by Book.  Sheila asked me to help blog-sit while she is enjoying her vacation in Australia, so I just stopped by to water her plants and feed her cat errr…. dogs.

While I’m here, I might as well check out her books – don’t you just love looking at other people’s arg-book-flipping-pages-207x165-urlbookshelves? Oooh…Sheila has an amazing collection, with so much variety! Let’s see…read it, read it, read it, oh, want it!


Ah, here’s one that’s a favorite at our house: The Passage by Justin Cronin. My husband and I both read1a it a few years ago, but I just gave it to my father for Christmas and my 20-year old son finally took our advice and started reading it this week – I know they will both love it. Despite its big splash when first published, this is a book that stands up over time.

I just re-read Sheila’s review (one of many that made me want to read the book), and I agree with everything she’s said here.

If you are one of the few – like my son – who hasn’t read it yet, here’s a quick overview. The Passage is an epic post-apocalyptic thriller, covering over 100 years and several generations of people. You may have heard that it’s about vampires, but I’m not normally a fan of vampire books, and I loved it. The creatures in the novel are not traditional vampires of fictional lore but more a government experiment to create super-soldiers with a virus that went terribly wrong. Here’s my review, from 2011.


1aI see that Sheila also read and reviewed The Twelve, the sequel to The Passage. I agree with her review – that The Twelve is a good follow-up but is a lot more complicated and well, more everything. Here’s my review, too (no spoilers in any of our reviews).



So, if you are looking for some high-octane post-apocalyptic action, check out this unique and thrilling trilogy. Book 3, The City of Mirrors, is due out sometime this year – can’t wait! And word is that there is a movie adaptation of The Passage in the works – wow, that will be something to see.

I just know that my son and father will both love this book. Thanks to Sheila for reigniting my interest in it!


Well, I better let myself out now and lock up. See you soon!



Morning Meanderings… Judith from Leswammes’ Blog – The Books Worth Looking At Again


Hello!  Judith from Leswammes’ Blog here, sitting in at Book Journey. Well, let’s have a look…snoop…snoop… Sheila’s got SO many posts on her blog; how many books has she read? And it’s not just about books; she seems to live the life of two people, always so busy!

Although I’ve never met her, through her posts I’ve got the feeling I know Sheila a bit. And I’m happy to look after her books blog, while she is away (did you know she has a room full of books, a personal library? Wow indeed!).

Ah here, look: The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux. This is one of Sheila’s favorite books and her post about it made me want to read it, too.  It’s a great book about what-ifs: what if you could change your past? What would your current life be like? I loved the stories of the three friends who all go back to their pasts. A great idea for a story. Here is my review.


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Oh, and look at this: The Passage by Justin Cronin. I loved that book (my review), and so did Sheila. Yes, I’m not really one for vampires, but this was such a great, epic read! We both didn’t love the sequel, The Twelve, quite so much (in fact, I didn’t even finish it while Sheila still enjoyed it).
Yeah, Sheila’s got good taste! We ‘met’ through her “It’s Monday” meme, more than four years ago (closer to five!!). Through this meme, I got to know a large part of the blogging universe. It’s a great meme for a starting blogger to meet up with new bloggers, but also for established bloggers to see what their blogging friends are up to.

But I really lve Book Journey because of the Morning Meanderings. I’m amazed how Sheila can find time to post about her life almost every morning (and have a life interesting enough to write about every day!).

Could you fill a blog post every day about your life? I could, but only if I copied the same post on most days.  What about you: Are your days groundhog days or Sheila days?




Review Archives


This is an alphabetical archive of all the books I have reviewed on Book Journey.  I have coded a few of them as:

♦ Great Gift book

♥ Personal favorites

Ω Audio Book

Banned Book



A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray Ω

A Grown Up Kind Of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson Ω

  A Hundred Summers by Beatriz WilliamsΩ

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Absolute True Diary Of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Accidental Adult by Colin Sokolowski

The Accidental Book Club by Jennifer Scott

Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers

The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore Ω

After by Amy Efaw Ω

After I Do by Tailor Jenkins Reid Ω

After You by Jo Jo Moyes Ω

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Alice’s Teacup by Haley Fox and Lauren Fox

The All Girls Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flag Ω

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All The Single Ladies by Dorthea Benton Frank

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All You Could Ask For by Mike Greenberg

Almost Home by Mariah Stewart

Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along The Infinate Sea by Beatriz Williams Ω

Alvor by Laura Bingham

Always My Brother by Jean Reagan

American Rust by Phillip Meyer

American Snyper by Chris Kyle Ω

An Abundance of Katherine’s by John Green Ω

An Appetite For Violets by Martine Bailey

An Uncommon Education by Elizabeth Percer

And We stay by Jenny Hubbard

Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish

The Anti Prom by Andy McDonald

Any Minute by Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford Ω

Anything That Moves by Dana Goodyear

Are You There God It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume

Arranged by Catherine McKenzie

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

The Art Of Mending by Elizabeth Berg Ω

The Art of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein Ω

The Art Of Secrets by James Klise

Ashes by Ilsa Black Ω

The Ask and the Answers by Patrick Ness

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

At Witt’s End by Beth Solheim

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell Ω

The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers Ω

Auf Wiedersehen by Christa Holder Ocker




Back To Life by Kristin Billerbeck

Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson Ω

Balancing Acts by Zoe Fishman

The Banks of Certain Rivers by Jon Harrison

Beach Girls by Luanne Rice

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Beautiful Dead by Eden Maguire

Becca By The Book by Laura Jensen Walker

Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli Ω

Bedbugs by Ben Winters Ω

The Beekeepers Lament by Hannah Nordhaus

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver  (2)

Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson

Beguiled by Deeanne Gist and J Lark Betrand

Behold The Dawn by KM Weiland

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer Ω

Benny’s Angel by Laura Allen Nonemaker

Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner

The Best Of Us by Sarah Pekkanen

A Better View Of Paradise by Randy Sue Coburn

Between by Jessica Warman

Between Sisters by Kristin Hannah

Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

Between The Tides by Patti Callahan Henry

Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Big Driver by Stephen KingΩ

Big Girl Panties by Janet Evanovich

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty Ω

Bitter Mellon by Cara Chow

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick Ω

A Black Tie Affair by Sherill Bodine

The Black Shard by Victoria Simcox

Bloody Jack by L A Meyer Ω

Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber Ω

A Blue and Gray Christmas by Joan Medlicott

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller Ω

The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

Boneman’s Daughter by Ted Decker Ω

Bo’s Cafe by John Lynch

Boo by Rene Gutteridge

The Book Of Names by Jill Gregory and Karen Tintori

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell

Born Round by Frank Bruni

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin Ω

Born This Way by Paul Vitaglanio

Born Under A Million Stars by Andrea Busfield

Bossypants by Tine Fey Ω

The Boticelli Secret by Marina Fiorato

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Boy Who Loved Rain by Gerald Kelly

Bran Hambric by Kaleb Nation

Brava Valentine by Adriana Trigiani

breaking dawn by Stephanie Meyer

Bride Collector by Ted Dekker Ω

The Broken Path by Cami Checketts

Brother Odd by Dean Koontz

Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican

The Buddha In The Attic by Julie Otsuka

Buried Memories by Irene Pence

Burn by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge Ω

Butternut Summer by Mary McNear

Buying Time by Pamela Samuels Young




Cake Boss by Buddy Valastro

The Cake Therapist by Judith Fertig

California by Edan Lepucki

Candyfreak by Steve Almond Ω

The Carpet Boys Gift by Pegi Deitz Shea

Carry On By Rainbow Rowell Ω

Carry The One by Carol Anshaw Ω

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming Ω

Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale Ω

♠♥Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Caught by Harlan Coben

Cemetery John by Robert Zorn Ω

Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner

Certain Women by Madelaine L’Engle

A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty Ω

Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace

Charlotte’s Web by E B White

Cheese Deluxe by Greg Palmer Ω

Cherry Cola Book Club by Ashton Lee Ω

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith Ω

The Chocolate Wars by Robert Cormier Ω

The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris Ω

Chosen by PC Cast and Kristin Cast Ω

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman

The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans

The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck

The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson and Richard Dilallo

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy

A Circle Of Souls by Preetham Grandi

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City Of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City Of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Clementine, Friend Of The Week by Sara Pennypacker

Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran

Cloaked by Alex Flinn

Coffee and Fate by R J Erbacher

Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag

Cold Streak by Lewis Aleman

The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black Ω

Collision Of Evil by John Le Beau

The Color Of Water by Alice Walker

Columbine by Dave Cullen

Come Home by Lisa Scottoline

The Condition by Jennifer Haigh

The Confession by John Grisham

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Allison Arngrim

Confessions:  The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro Ω

The Contractor by Charles Holdefer

Cook Yourself Thin Faster by Lauren Deen

Coreyography by Corey Feldman Ω

The Cradle by Patrick Somerville

Creativity INC by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace Ω

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Crooked Letter Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

The Crying Tree by Naseem Rahka

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night by Mark Haddon

Curse Of The Blue Tattoo by L A Meyer

Curse Of The Tahiera by Wendy Gillissen

Cut by Patricia McCormick

Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese




Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan Ω

Damas Dramas and Ana Ruiz by Belinda Acosta

Dance Upon The Air by Nora Roberts

A Darcy Christmas by Amanda Grange, Sharon Lathan, Carolyn Eberhart

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

The Dark Road To Mercy by Wiley Cash

The Darkest Evening Of The Year by Dean Koontz

Daughter Of Mine by Laura Fabiani

The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Dead End Gene Pool by Wendy Burden

Dead Running by Cami Checketts

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Deadly Deals by Fern Michaels

Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks (2)

The Death of A Pope by Piers Paul Read

Defending Jacob by William Landay Ω

Delancey by Molly Wizenberg

Delicious by Ruth Reichl Ω

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Departure by A G Riddle Ω

Descent by Tim Johnston

Devastation On The Delaware by Mary A Shafer

The Devil In The White City by Eric Larson

Diary Of A Mad Diva by Joan Rivers Ω

Diary Of A Teenage Girl by Melody Carlson

The Dinner by Herman Koch

Dirty Chick by Anotnia Murphy Ω

A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin

Distant Shores by Kristin Hannah

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger Ω

The Dogs of Winter by Bobbie Pyron

Don’t Blink by James Patterson and Howard Roughan Ω

Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski Ω

Don’t Sing At The Table by Adriana Trigiani

The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker Ω

Dovey Coe by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Dracula by Bram Stoker Ω

Dragon House by John Shors

DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier

Dream House by Valerie Laken

Dream When You Are Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg

Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble

Dreaming Of Dior by Charlotte Smith

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris Ω

The Duff by Kody Keplinger




Early Decision by Lacy Crawford

Eat and Run by Scott Jurek Ω

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat The Cookies, Buy The Shoes by Joyce Meyer Ω

Eat This Not That by David Zinczenko Ω

Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

11-22-63 by Stephen King Ω

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

Enjoy Every Sandwich by Lee Lipsenthal

Escape by Barbara Delinsky

Escape From Zobadak by Brad Gallagher

Essentialism by Greg Mckeown Ω

Every Day by David Levithan Ω

Every Last One by Anna Quindlin Ω

The Evolution of Shadows by Jason Quinn Malott

The EX by Alafair Burke

Extraordinary by John Bevere

Eyes Of Darkness by Dean Koontz

The Eyes Of The Heart by Frederick Buechner




Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

The Face on The Milk Carton by Caroline B Cooney

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Ω

Fairy Hunters Inc by Sheila A Dane

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Family Plots by MP Kavanaugh

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Ω

Fascinomas by Clifton K Meador

The Fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green Ω

Fearless by Max Lucado

Feddie Girl by Nona David

The Fiddler’s Gun by AS Peterson

The Fifth Servant by Kenneth Wishnia

52 Small Changes by Brett Blumenthal

File Under 13 Suspicious Incidents by Lemony Snicket Ω

The Financial Lives Of Poets by Jess Walter

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella Ω

Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon

Finding Ultra by Rich Roll Ω

A Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant

Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich

Fire Monks by Colleen Morton Busch

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost Ω

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen Ω

The First Timers Cook Book by Chef Shawn Bucher

1st To Die by James Patterson Ω

The First Warm Evening of The Year by Jamie M Saul

The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews Ω

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margo Livesey

Flowers In The Attic by VC Andrews

Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner

Fog Island Mountains by Michelle-Bailat-Jones

Folly Beach by Dorthea Benton Frank  Ω

FOOD by Jim Gaffigan Ω

Footprints of a Pilgrim by Ruth Bell Graham

For Women Only by Shauti Feldhahn

Forbidden by Ted Decker and Tosca Lee

Forbidden Fruit by Pearce J Carefoote

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Forever Intereupted by Tailor Jenkins Reid

Forever Odd by Dean Koontz

Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Forgotten Road by Randall Arthur

Four Friends by Robin Carr

14 by Peter Clines Ω

Freedom Writers Diary by Zlata Flipovnic

Friendship Test by Elizabeth Noble

From Pain To Peace by Pat Bluth

The Fruit Of My Lipstick by Shelley Adina

The Future Of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler




Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl  (2)

The Game On Diet by Krista Vernoff and AZ Ferguson

The Games Bible by Leigh Anderson

The Ghost, The Eggheads, and Babe Ruths Piano by Larry Sweltzer

Giants In The Earth by Ole Edvart Rolvaag

Gifted To Lead by Nancy Beach

The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker

The Girl She used To Be by David Cristofano

The Girl Who Was On Fire by your Favorite Authors

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Girlfriends (from campfires to crows feet) by Monica Sheehan

The Girls From Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow

The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons Ω

The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

Girl Through Glass by Sari Wilson

The Giver by Lois Lowry Ω

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Goat Mountain by David Vann

Gods In Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson Ω

GONE by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge Ω

GONE by Randy Wayne White

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell Ω

The Good Bye Quilt by Susan Wiggs Ω

The Goodbye Summer by Patricia Gaffney

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

The Good House by Ann Leary Ω

Good In Bed by Jennifer Weiner

The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle

A Good Marriage by Stephen King Ω

Good Night June by Sarah Jio Ω

Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery

The Guernsey Literacy and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Ω

Green Like God by Jonathan Merritt

Gretal and The Case Of The Missing Frog Prints by PJ Brackston Ω

Gringos In Paradise by Malana Ashlie

The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer

Guest House by Barbara Richardson

The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne




Hand To Mouth by Linda Tirado Ω

Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult

The Handmaid and the Carpenter by Elizabeth Berg

Hannah’s List by Debbie Macomber

Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch Ω

Harry a History by Melissa Anelli

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling  (2) Ω

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling Ω

Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire by JK Rowling Ω

Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling Ω

Harry Potter and The Order Of The Pheonix Ω

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2) Ω

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling  (2(3) (4) Ω and 5th and most important reading

Hasta La Vista Lola by Misa Ramirez

Hatching Twitter by Nick Bolton Ω

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Heading Out To Wonderful by Robert Goolrich Ω

Hear No Evil by Matthew Paul Turner

Heart of Deception by M L Malcolm

Heartbreakers by Pamela Wells Ω

Heartburn by Nora Ephron Ω

Hearts On A String by Kris Radish

Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo

Hello Goodbye by Emily Chenoweth

The Help by Kathryn Stockett  (2)

Henry’s Sisters by Cathy Lamb

Her by Christa Parrovani Ω

Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs

Here’s The Story by Maureen McCormick Ω

The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent

He’s Gone by Deb Caletti Ω

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

HIDDEN by Catherine McKenzie

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes Ω

Hiking Through by Paul Stutzman

The Hobbit by J R Tolkien Ω

hold still by Nina LaCour Ω

Hold Tight by Harlan Coben

Home For The Holidays by Rebecca Kelley

Home Front by Kristin Hannah

Home Is Where The Wine Is by Laurie Perry

Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg

Hometown Girl by Mariah Stewart

The Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall

Horrid Henry’s Christmas by Francesca Simon

The Horse and His Boy by CS Lewis

The Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

However Long The Night by Aimee Molloy

How We Get To Now by Steven Johnson

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Hunger Pains by Cynthia Moe

The Hunt by Andrew Fukoda

The Hurricane Sisters by Dorthea Benton Frank

The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty Ω

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick Ω

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty Ω




I, Alex Cross by James Patterson Ω

I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali Ω

I Hadn’t Meant To Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

ICE by Linda Howard Ω

I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

I Don’t Know What You Know My From by Judy Greer

The I Hate To Cook Book by Peg Bracken

I Michael Bennett by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge Ω

If God Is Good by Randy Alcorn

If I Can’t Have You by Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Illuminated by Matt Bronleewe

Immanuel’s Veins by Ted Decker

The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot  Ω

In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In Search of Eden by Linda Nichols

The In Between Hours by Barbara Claypole White

In The Bag by Kate Klise

In The Belly Of Jonah by Sandra Brannan

In The Presence Of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham

In The Woods by Tana French Ω

The Inconvenient Adventures of Uncle Chestnut by Paul Nowak

Inferno by Dan Brown Ω

Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer Ω

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer Ω

The Infinity Ring by James Dashner

The Innocent Man by John Grisham

The Innovators by Walter Isaacson Ω

Inside The O’Brien’s by Lisa Genova Ω

Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

Irish Eyes by Mary Kay Andrew

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare Ω

Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt

The Island by Elin Hilderbrand  Ω

The Island of Lost Girls by Jennifer McMahon

It Happened In Italy by Elizabeth Bettina

Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella




Jantsen’s Gift by Pam Cope

Jerusalem Maiden by Talia Carner

Jimmy by Robert Whitlow




Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly

The Kill Order by James Dashner

Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly Ω

The Killing of Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly Ω

The King Of Torts by John Grisham

The Kindness of Strangers by Mike McIntyre

The Kingdom Assignment by Denny and Leesa Bellesi

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain Ω

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom Ω

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Ω

The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood Ω




Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

Ladies Night by Mary Kay Andrews

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty Ω

The Last Battle by CS Lewis

The Last Christian by David Gregory

The Last Day by James Landis

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch Ω

The Last Time I Saw You by Elizabeth Berg

The Last Time We Say Good Bye by Cynthia Hand

Late Late at Night by Rick Springfield Ω

Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova Ω

Left To Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza Ω

Lethal by Sandra Brown

Lets Explore Diabetes by David Sedaris Ω

Lets Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawrence Ω

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Life In Spite Of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson and Tricia Goyer

Life Is A Trip by Judie Fein

Life Lessons From A Horse Whisperer by Dr. Lew Sterrett

Life On The Mississippi by Mark Twain

Life Sentences by Laura Lippman

The Life We bury by Allen Eskens Ω

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan Ω

The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

The Light, The Dark, The Embers In Between by JW Nicklaus

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordin

Little Lies by Heather Gudenkauf

Limelight by Melody Carlson

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly Ω

Linger by Maggie Steifvater

The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

Listen by Rene Gutteridge

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf

Little Princes by Conor Grennan

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Lock In by John Scalzi Ω

Longbourn by Jo Baker  Ω

long Gone by Alafair Burke

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline

The Look of Love by Sara Jio

Looking For Alaska by John Green Ω

Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman

Lorax by Dr. Suess (2)

Lord Of The Flies by William Golding

LOST Encyclopedia

The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett, Amanda Pressner

The Lost Recipe For Happiness by Barbara O’Neal

The Lost Summer of Louise May Alcott by Kelly O Conner McNees

Lots Of Cake, Plenty of Candles y Anna Quindlen Ω

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli

Love and War by John and Stasi Eldredge

Love Has A Face by Michele Perry

Love In A Nutshell by Janet Evanovich

Love In Mid Air by Kim Wright

Love Is The Cure by Elton John

Love Letters by Debbie Macomber Ω

Love Life by Rob Lowe Ω

Love You More by Lisa Gardner

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold Ω

Lucky Me by Saba Kapur




Mad River by John Sanford Ω

The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox

The Magicians by Lev Grossman Ω

The Magicians Nephew by CS Lewis

Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolfe

The Male Factor by Shaunti Feldhahn

The Maltese Falcon Ω

Maman’s Homesick Pie by Donia Bijan

The Martian by Andy Weir Ω

Masters Of Doom by David Kushner Ω

Masquerade by Nancy Moser

Mass Casualties by Michael Anthony

The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand Ω

Maze Runner by James Dashner

Meatless All Day by Taunton Press

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris Ω

Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain Ω

The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert

Men and Dogs by Katie Crouch Ω

Mental Floss

The Mercy Seller by Brenda Rickmann Vantrease

Meritropolis by Joel Ohman

Merlin’s Harp by Anne Eliot Crompton

The Midwifes Confession by Diane Chamberlain Ω

The Midwifes Tale by Sam Thomas

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli

A Million Miles In A Thousand Years by Donald Miller

A Million Ways To Die In The West by Seth Macfarlane Ω

Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing by Kathy-Cano-Murillo

Miss Timmin’s School For Girls by Nayana Currimbhoy

The Missing Element by John Betcher

Missing You by Harlan Coben

Missoula by John Kakauer Ω

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Molokai by Alan Brennert

Monique and the Mango Rains by Kris Holloway

Monsters Of Men by Patrick Ness

Moonlight At Butternut Lake by Mary McNear

Moonlight Falls by Vincent Zandri

More Than A Skeleton by Paul Maier

The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman

The Mother Daughter Book Club by Shireen Dodson

Moving The Needle by Joe Sweeney

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King Ω

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan Ω

Mrs. Claus Explains It all by Elsbeth Claus

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Mrs. Hemmingway by Naomi Woods

Murder At The Book Group by Maggie King

The Murder Of King Tut by James Patterson Ω

The Murder of The Century by Paul Collins Ω

Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie Ω

My Fathers Wives by Mike Greenberg

My Lost Daughter by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg

My Shoes and I by Rene Colato Lainez

My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Mystery Writer’s of America Cookbook by Kate White

Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah




Naked by David Sedaris Ω

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain Ω

The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis

Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

New Uses For Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick

News To Me by Laurie Hertzel

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner

The Next Thing On My List by Jill Smolinski

Nice Things Noticed At Night by Christy Baldwin

Night by Eli Wiesel

Nights In Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Ω

Night Gardener by George Pelecanos

The Night Mobile by Audrey Niffenegger

The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon Ω

The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian Ω

A Night To Remember by Walter Lord Ω

Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski Ω

nightlight by Harvard Lampoon

Nightmares! by Jason Segel  Ω

9 Dragons by Michael Connelly

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

The Nineteenth Element by John Betcher

The Nineteenth Wife by David Ebershoff

No Land’s Man by Aasif Mandi

Noah’s Castle by John Rowe Townsend

North Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson

Not Lost Forever by Carmina Salcido and Steve Jackson

Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky

Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cummings Ω

Not Without Hope by Nick Schuyler

A Note From An Old Acquaintance by Bill Walker

Novel Destinations by Shannon McKenna

Nothing But Ghosts by Beth Kephart




Ocean Beach by Wendy Wax

October Mourning by Leslea Newman

Off Season by Anne Rivers Siddons

Off The Beaten Page by Terri Peterson Smith

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Once Upon A Time There Was You by Elizabeth Berg

The One and Only by Emily Giffin

One False Move by Harlan Coben

One Good Dog by Susan Wilson

100 Cupboards by ND Wilson

121 Hours by Aron Ralston

One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling

One Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury

The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth

The Opposite Of Me by Sarah Pekkanen

One Second After by William Forstchen

One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

Open House by Elizabeth Berg

The Opposite Of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson

The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lucas

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Cline

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

The Other Story by Tatiana De Rosnay

Out of Orange by Cleary Wolters Ω

Out Of The Pumpkin Shell by Nancy Werking Poling

Outside The Lines by Amy Hatvany

Over The Holidays by Sandra Harper





Pain, Parties, Work, Sylvia Plath by Elizabeth Winder Ω

The Painted Veil by W Somerset Maugham

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Panic by Lauren Oliver

Paper Towns by John Green Ω

Parkland by Vincent Bugliosi

The Passage by Justin Cronin Ω

The Pastors Wife by Jennifer Ailee

Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson Ω

Peaches For Father Francis by Joanne Harris Ω

Penguin Luck by Kay Mupetson

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Ω

Permission Slips by Sherri Shepherd

Pie Girls by Lauren Clark Ω

Pike Point by Greg Suhonen

A Place At The Table by Susan Rebecca White

A Plague of Bogles by Catherine Jinks Ω

Platform 21 by T R Patrick

The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford Ω

Pope Joan by Donna Woolf

The Postcard Killers by James Patterson Ω

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake Ω

The Power Of A Praying Wife by Stormie O Martian

The Power of Half by Kevin Salwen and Hannah Salwen

A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving

The Precious One by Marissa de los Santos

Prep by Curtis Sentenfield

Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain Ω

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

The Priest’s Graveyard by Ted Dekker

Primal by Mark Batterson

Prince Caspian by CS Lewis

Promise Not To Tell by Jennifer McMahon

The Prophecy Sisters by Michelle Zinks Ω

Provence 1970 by Luke Barr




Quarantined by Joe McKinney Ω

QUIET The Power Of Introverts by Susan Cain

The Quilters Homecoming by Jennifer Chiaverini Ω




The Ramblers by Aidan Donnelly Rowley

The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

Ravens by George Dawes Green Ω

Read, Remember, Recommend by Rachel Rogers Knight

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Ω

Receiving Me Falling by Erika Robuck

Reclaiming Lily by Patti Lacy

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

Relentless by Dean Koontz

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

The Residence by Kate Andersen Brower Ω

Return To Sullivan Island by Dorthea Benton Frank Ω

Return To Summerhouse by Jude Deveroux

The Returned by Jason Mott Ω

The Road by Cormac McCarthy Ω

Robin Hood by David Coe Ω

Rococo by Adriana Trigiani Ω

ROOM by Emma Donoghue (2)

Rose House by Tina Ann Forkner

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Ω

Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman

Run For Your Life by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge Ω

Runners World Cookbook




Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Safely Home by Randy Alcorn

The Same Sweet Girls by Cassandra King

Sand In My Bra by Funny Women from the road

The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay

Save The Date by Mary Kay Andrews

Saving Ceecee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Saving Sammy by Beth Alison Maloney

Saving Max by Antoinette Van Heugten

Say Your One Of Them by Uwem Akpan

Searching For Tina Turner by Jacqueline E Luckett

Season To Taste by Molly Birnbaum

Second Chance Friends by Jennifer Scott

Seconds Away by Harlan Coben

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Life of Alice in Wonderland by Barbara Silkstone

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain

The Secret Life Of Emily Dickinson by Jerome Charyn

The Secret Lives of the Four Wives by Lola Shoneyin

Secret Of The Christmas Box by Steven Hornby

The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green

Secrets of Longevity by Dr. Moa Shing Ni

Seriously, I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres

7- An Experimental Mutiny Against Access by Jen Hatmaker

Seven Stones by Julia Lee

Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

The Shack by William Young

Shadows In The Vineyard by Maximilian Potter

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

She Still Calls Me Daddy by Robert Wolgemuth

Shiver by Maggie Steifvater

The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Shopaholic To The Rescue by Sophie Kinsella Ω

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer

Shoulder Bags and Shootings by Dorothy Howell

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

The Sign For Drowning by Rachel Stolzman

The Silver Chair by CS Lewis

Sir Dalton and The Shadow Heart by Chuck Black

The Sister Pact by Cami Checketts

A Skeleton In God’s Closet by Paul Maier

Skipping A Beat by Sarah Pekkanen

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

The Sinking of The Eastland by Jay Bonansinga

Six Years by Harlan Coben

Slip Of The Knife by Denise Mina

Skinny Meals by Bob Harper

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Sleep Donation by Karen Russell Ω

Sleepers Run by Henry Mosquera Ω

Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker

The Smart One and the Pretty One by Clare Lazbinek

Snitch by Rene Gutteridge

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey Ω

Snow Flower and The Secret Fan by Lisa See

The Snow Globe by Sheila Roberts

The Snow Queen by Michael Cummingham

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo Ω

So That Happened by John Cryer Ω

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Someone Elses Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson Ω

Something Blue by Emily Giffin

Songbird Under A German Moon by Tricia Goyer

Songs For The Missing by Stewart Onan

The Sorcery Code by Dima Zales

The Sound Of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall

SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson

SPIN by Catherine McKenzie

SPUN by Catherine McKenzie

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandell

The Status Of All Things by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke Ω

Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott

Step On A Crack by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge Ω

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson Ω

STILL by Greg Budig

Still Alice by Lisa Genova Ω

Still Foolin Them by Billy Crystal Ω

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens Ω

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

The Storied Life of A J Fikrey by Gabrielle Zevin Ω

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe Ω

The Story of Edgar Sawtell by David Wroblewski

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Straight Flush by Ben Mezrich Ω

The Stranger by Camilla Lackberg

Stray Affections by Charlene Ann Baumbich

Strengths Finder 2.0

Such A Pretty Fat by Jen Lancaster

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson Ω

Summer At Tiffany by Marjorie Hart

Summerhouse by Jude Deveroux

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner

The Summer Of Two Wishes by Julia London

Summer Secrets by Jane Green

Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson Ω

Surrender Bay by Denise Hunter

Suzanne’s Diary For Nicholas by James Patterson

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova Ω

The SweetGum Ladies Knit For Love by Beth Pattillo

The Sweetness at the Bottom Of The Pie by Alan Bradley

Swimsuit by James Patterson Ω

Swoon At Your Own Risk by Sydney Salter




Table of Contents by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp

Take Your Best Shot by Austin Gutwein

Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger

Tea With Hezbollah by Ted Decker and Carl Medearis Ω

Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt Ω

Thanksgiving At The Inn by Tim Whitney

That Part Was True by Deborah McKinley

The Taker by Alma Katsu Ω

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Testimony by Anita Shreve Ω

That Night by Chevy Stevens Ω

The Third Plate by Dan Barber

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Then Again by Diane Keaton Ω

Then and Always by Dani Atkins

There And Back Again by Sean Astin

These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen

Think No Evil by Jonas Beiler

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch

39 Clues by Rick Riordin

31 Hours by Masha Hamilton

This Book Is Overdue by Marilyn Johnson

This Is Where I Leave You by Johnathon Trapper

This One Is Mine by Maria Semple

This World We Live In by Susan Beth  Pfeffer

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini Ω

The Three by Sarah Lotz Ω

The Three Weissmann’s Of Westport by Cathleen Schine

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson  (and now I am so angry with this author)

365 Thank You’s by John Kralik

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty Ω

Thumbing Through Thoreau by Kenny Luck

Tick Tock by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge Ω

A Tiger In The Kitchen by Cheryl Lu Lein Tan

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Timeless Toys by Tim Walsh

Tirissa and The Necklace of Nulidor by Willow

Titanic 2012 by Bill Walker

Titanic’s Last Secrets by Brad Matsen

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich

The Total Memory Makeover by Marilou Henner

The Total Package by Stephanie Evanovich

Treasured by Leigh McLeroy

Troop by Nick Cutter Ω

True To Form by Elizabeth Berg

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

The Twelve by Justin Cronin Ω

2108 Eyes Wide Open by K L Glanville

12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup Ω

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer  (yes I admit it… I liked Twilight!)

Twisted fate by Norah Olson

Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt




The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher

Undress Me In The Temple Of Heaven by Susan Jane Gillman

The Unfinished Garden Barbara Claypole White

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel

Unspeakable Journey by Rinda Hahn

Up At Butternut Lake by Mary McNear




The Vanishing by Wendy Webb

Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani (2)

The Vineyard by Michael Hurley

Vintage by Susan Gloss

Viola In Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani

Viola In The Spotlight by Adriana Triginani

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader CS Lewis




Waking Up In The Land Of Glitter by Kathy Cano-Murillo

Walking In Circles Before Lying Down by Merrill Markoe

Walking On Broken Glass by Christa Allan

War Child by Emmanuel Jal

WASH by Margaret Wrinkle

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg

We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

We Were Liars by E Lockhart

We The Animals by Justin Torres

The Wednesday Letters by Jason Wright

The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton (2)

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

What Can I Bring by Anne Byrn

What Good Is God by Philip Yancey

What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

What The Yuck

What To Do When The Roof Caves In by Merliyn Meberg

What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross Ω

Whats So Amazing About Grace by Phillip Yancey

WHEN by Victoria Laurie

When I Practice To Deceive by Ann Rule

When Life Throws You Lemons by Shari Bookstaff

When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson

Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

White Ghost Girls by Alice Greenway

White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner

The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

Whole Latte Life by Joanne Demaio

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling Ω

Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon

The Wifes Tale by Laurie Lansens

Wig Begone by Charles Courtney

The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless

A Wilderness Of Error by Errol Morris

Wildflowers of Terezin by Robert Elmer

The Wildwater Walking Club by Claire Cook

Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green

Will To A Murder by Gail Feichtinger

Will To Love by Kim Smith

Wine To Water by Doc Hendley

The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

Winter Girls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

Winters Bone by Daniel Woodrell

Wisdom by Randall Arthur

Witch and Wizard by James Patterson

Witches Of East End by Melissa De La Cruz

Witches Of Echo Park by Amber Benson

The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter

The Wizard Of Oz by Frank Baum

Wonder by RJ Palacio

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

Working It Out by Abby Rike

Worst Case by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan




Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out by Neta Jackson

The Year Of Fog by Michelle Richmond

The Year Of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg

The Year Of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller

Yes Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

Yes Please! by Amy Poehler

You By Caroline Kepnes Ω

You Were Born For This by Bruce Wilkinson

The Young World by Chris Weitz

You’ve Been Warned by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

YUMMY The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G Neri and Randy Duburke




The Zookeepers Wife by Diane Ackerman

The Twelve by Justin Cronin


Continuing on from The Passage, the virus continues to spread and endanger all those in its path. Lila is a pregnant doctor who hopes the best for her child, Kitteridge has been forced out of his comfort zone and is now on the run… alone.  April is running with her little brother trying to show him a calm that does not exist beyond her face.  As they run – they towards each other and with connection comes hope.

In the future – Amy alongside the others fight in hopes of saving mankind.  The virals are stronger somehow… they have evolved to even more of a force to reckon with and for the Twelve, the future and the past – is at hand.



Flyers.  The Passage was a book that blew me away – unique in context (man I had a lot of fun writing that review), I hung on it line after line.  Once completed it left me at such a place I wondered what would happen next.  When The Twelve arrived I was thrilled to reenter this world of Amy and Virals and trying to make a new world that had passed away…

Flyers.  Did I say that already?  The Twelve is like The Passage on steroids.  It is bigger. Stronger.  More powerful. More political.   And in that sense, I think I liked it a little less than The Passage, mainly because The Passage was a crisper read – more of an earth gone wrong feel to it, where The Twelve is way deep into a world that is no more.   I hope that makes sense.

Still- this series is one I would recommend.  In fact if you are looking for good books to hunker down with and go deep this winter, let me recommend these.  Word is that The Passage will be a movie, possibly in 2015.  I sure hope so. 

Morning Meanderings… The Comprehensive Plan For Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse

Good morning!  I like this picture because it really captures most mornings for me…. coffee coffee coffee, like fuel to a car. 😛

Those of you who have blogged for any amount of time have probably had offers made for people to guest post on your blog.  The truly funny ones are ones that have nothing to do with what you blog about, they could be offering to share with your readers about tires for your car, UGG Boots, vitamins and vacation destinations… all of which have been plugged to me…. and no they did not offer anything in return or I may have caved on the vacation one and Book Journey would have become “Traveling With Book Journey” or something like that…. and I would go to fascinating places like Hawaii and Aruba and telling you what I was reading while sipping some delicious fruity drink and sporting some amazing tan…


a girl can dream.

I digress..

SO, a couple of days ago I receive the email says that they noticed I talk about zombies from time to time.  😯

I do?


This is a stretch but their may have been zombie like creatures in the Passage that I read a couple of years ago… Flyers or Virals I believe they were called…  hmmmm….. well anyway, it was the next line that caught my attention…


we thought your readers may like detailed information on how to prepare a barn or garage for the zombie apocalypse.

Well… what sort of person would I be if I did not pass this vital information on to you?  And seriously, what if this post…. saved a life?  😛


And honestly, we are still five days out from Halloween… plenty of time to grab a couple of buddies and put up a pole barn.  😉  AND as the article says, since money will soon be useless, why not opt for the concrete floor?  This will lead to avoiding zombies tunneling under your building.

The article goes from how to design your pole barn, to how to stock it, the weapons you need… a team.  One of my favorite parts of the article is choosing your team…

Choosing Your Survival Team

As with everything in life, it’s all about the people you know. The last thing you want to do it be holed up with a useless, hysterical mob.

Stay away from:

  • People in the entertainment industry* (actors, singers, models, etc.)

  • People in useless white collar trades like SEOs, marketing professionals, accountants, and salesmen

  • People who are overly bubbly or overly depressing (you’d wind up throwing them to the zombies eventually)

*The exception to this rule might be comedians…everyone needs a good laugh!

Your ideal team of Zombie Apocalypse survivors will include:

  • Someone with military and/or police experience, preferably an expert marksman

  • Someone with hunting/foraging experience

  • A nurse, doctor, or veterinarian (honestly, a vet might be your best bet if you also have livestock)

  • Someone with farming/gardening experience

  • A handyman who has mechanical experience

  • A genius who dabbles in everything from computers to mechanical engineering

  • A few “blue collar” folk not afraid to get their hands dirty, learn new things, and do some grunt work



Isn’t that awesome?  That’s my funny for the day.  I am still in the cities at the library/literacy Leadership Training.  Day one was good and in about an hour we will kick off day two.  I will be heading back home tonight after 5.   Hope your day is wonderful.  I am listening to I, Michael Bennett this morning on my IPOD,  love that series.  🙂


Oh… and if you want to read the rest of the article on Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, ummm…. you know, just for ummmm…. research.  Feel free to do so here.

Morning Meanderings… When A Passion Catches FIRE

Good morning!  Happy Tuesday!  It is drizzly here in Minnesota this morning.  I am up early serving for IHN and now sitting down to write a quick post before I go to work. 

Yesterday I spoke in a nearby town to a group of 40 retired teachers about Banned Books.  I know right?  SO how did that happen?

A woman who is on the Friends Of The Library board “witnessed” my passion for banned books a few weeks ago and asked me if I would speak to this group.  I said yes and it sounded like a really good idea at the time…

until when I was driving their yesterday and thought, I wonder if some of these teachers will be teachers I had as a student?  AND…. I wondered if they would think that grown up Sheila is kind of a “rebel with a cause”talking about banned books....


When I arrived I was thrilled to see 4 of the teachers were teachers I once had.  And they remembered me which always amazes me because throughout my life time I probably had about 40 teachers and they have about 1,000 students throughout their career….  

AND talking about banned books was actually fun.  I brought some of my own, had pictures of the ones I did not own and went from the current champions of banned: Hunger Games, Harry Potter, SPEAK, to the surprises:  LORAX, The Dictionary, Lord Of The Rings, and of course the classics…  It was actually a lot of fun and there were questions afterwards – a great question was,

“Do you think an author may sometimes try to be a bit controversial to hit the banned books list, after all… ban a book the kids want to read it more…”


While I can not speak for the authors, I figured in most cases no…. but who knows really…. 😛


When I was done speaking I was given a gift, a banned book bracelet (SSSQQQUUUEEE!) I have always wanted one!  It really was a good time.

In other news, I noticed that The Twelve by Justin Cronin is now available for purchase.  Serious SSSQQQUUUEEEE worthy.  If you have not read The Passage (click for my review)– oh my… you MUST.  And when you are done, be sure and give The Twelve a try.  I have yet to read my copy of The Twelve and that is really insane since The Twelve was the one book I wanted most when I went to BEA in June and I have now had it on my shelf all these months. 


SO off to work.  I plan to be back later with a review.  Have an awesome day!!!!

Have you read The Passage or Justin Cronin?

Let’s Talk About Audio Baby! (W/ Giveaway!)

Leslie from Under my Apple Tree, and myself both enjoy audio books.  I love to look at her audio reviews and see what she is suggesting.  Yes, even us audio book lovers need go-to audio book lovers… much like us book people seek out other book people.  😀 

Through our chatting recently on audio books we though it would be fun to give you a little bit of our background with audio, and then open it up to you to ask questions on each of our blogs.  We will have a random drawing on each blog for those who do ask questions about audio books.  Feel free to ask the same question on each blog as we will probably answer it differently.  I have about  2 1/2 years of audio book experience but Leslie has about 4 years!

How long have you been listening to audiobooks and how long did it take you to be comfortable with the format?

For me, I didn’t start getting into audio book until after I had begun book blogging.  My opinion on audio books was something my aunt and uncle did when they drove their RV from California to Minnesota each spring.  In other words… old school.  Outdated.  I imagined them surrounded with a case of cassette tapes, choosing what to listen to next as they bounced along the highways…

Then, in late 2009 I was offered a few audio books through Hatchette audio for review.  I remember starting with James Patterson.  I liked some of Patterson’s books, so why not?  The series I started with was The Michael Bennett series and the first audio was Step On A Crack.  What I thought about audio books that day (monotone readers blah blah blah) went out the window. 

What I learned is that audio can be exciting!  The narrators show emotions, the different characters have voices you come to recognize, and in this audio books case and the others in this series that followed – they had sound effects!

So began my love of audio.  It was truly trial and error in the beginning.  I had no idea how to pick out good audio.  Many in the early listens were mediocre. But when I hit a good one – I knew they were out there.

Since audiobooks are an acquired skill, what should listeners look for when selecting a book? What should they avoid?

When selecting an audio book watch to see if the audio is abridged on unabridged.  I always go unabridged, I think most of us do.

If the narrator is new to you, many websites offer sample listening of the audio so you can see if it is too your liking.  I also like to watch from ratings on narrations and see what others are saying about the audio.

See how many hours the audio book you are thinking of is.  I personally prefer my audio books between 6 and 10 hours.  However, in the case of books that I really want to read, I will go longer.  11-22-63 was 30 hours and 40 minutes.  The Passage by Justin Cronin was 36 hours and 52 minutes.  Both were well worth it. 

Audio books can get pricey however many libraries have audio for rent as well as to download.  Sites like Amazon,,, Ebay all can have great deals on audio books.  I recently picked up 10 audio books of newer titles for $2.99 each at  I am also a HUGE fan of where you can get an audio a month for $7.99 your choice!  Your first audio book with is free, and there is no contract ever…. you can stop any time.  I have been using them for two years and just recently updated my account from one audio a month to two.  They also have awesome sales where many titles will be $5 or less.  See my link on the right sidebar for more information.

What audiobooks would you recommend to new listeners?

If you are dipping an ear into audio let me just say, YAY!!!  Now that first audio experience is important so here are a few I would suggest depending on your tastes…


  • Any of The Harry Potter books with either narrator Stephen Fry or Jim Dale.  Both are fantastic and you will sweat that is Hagrid in the room with you!
  • Ready Player One.  If you have reading the audio book week posts, then enough said.  We are all raving about this one.  🙂
  • The Immortal Life of Henriette Lacks – f you like historical non fiction this one is incredible!
  • The Magicians King – a grown up Harry Potter.  Picture Potter if they could have done the college years and tossed him into Narnia… ok, now you are with me 😀


Now we open the discussion to you.  Feel free to add to what was discussed here.  Please ask questions!  Any comment that contributes to the discussion or relevant question will count towards a chance to win an audio book of choice from Amazon up to a $20 value.  Winner will be chosen randomly at the end of the Audio Book Week. 

Also, be sure to stop by and see Leslie at Under My Apple Tree to ask her questions and comment on her post as well.  Thank you to Jen at Devourer of Books for hosting Audio Book Week!

Morning Meanderings… Probably A Once In A Lifetime Book Sale

Good morning and happy Tuesday!

Today is my first day back to work in 9 days.  I had all last week off for the Book Expo in New York (see my final post on that here) and then I took yesterday off to experience the Duluth Minnesota book sale – the coveted book sale for me of the past few years.

Why coveted?  Word on the street was the Duluth Library sale was the best in Minnesota.  Seems like I either missed the date each year, or had a conflict and could not go.  This year I made it.

The outside of the Duluth Library

I had some things I liked and some things not so much… here is my pro/con list for this sale:


When in line they give you numbers so once you have your number you can go do whatever (I went to Starbucks), come back before they open at 10 am and they let you in by number. 


Many of the books were older titles (as in many years).  I am usually looking for books I have heard about recently or a couple years old. 

The cost for the large paperback I love was $1.00 each.  At Brainerd sale, they are 25 cents each. 

The quantity to me felt less than Brainerd’s although Duluth’s sale is so much bigger.

To be a friend of the Duluth Library you have to pay $10, this gets you in the first day of the sale.  Brainerd’s is $5 for the membership.

Overall it was a fun experience, I talked to some fun people in the line while I waited, but for a two hour drive one way, I don’t think I found enough to make it an annual thing.  Here is what I left with:

My biggest thrill was the hard cover of The Passage.  I have a paper back copy but that one will now go to our cabin for guest reading and the hard cover goes on my top shelf all time favs.

Curious – do you have library sales in your area?  What do you look for?