i've read

For some reason when my son was born, I started a log of the books I read.  Perhaps I was amazed that somehow, amidst all the chaos of being a new mom, I was finding pockets of time to read.  This little task of jotting down the title of the book, and making a note or 2 about my thoughts, has evolved into a 12yr (and counting!)endeavor and, most amazingly, this blog.  Some of these books I thoroughly enjoyed.  A few I dispised.  All I learned from.  One common theme is that if I started it, I finished it (well, there is one exception, tho... a David Balducci about a lottery winner...  I just could. not. get. thru. it.  So I didn't.).  This little game I stared with myself for no particular reason at all except maybe to help me feel like I accomplished something - or maybe to remind me that I didn't lose all of me when I born a child - is still a passion of mine.  It brings a smile to my face - and the memories it jogs as I skim the titles... yes, truly, reading makes me a happy girl!  This project, the only one I've ever stuck with it seems, has grown from "just another list" to something I hope I'll document for the rest of my days.  I'm proud of this list!  I'm prouder still that it continues to grow.
  • Bolded titles are deemed favorites. 
  • "Textbook" notation means I'm keeping it for writing inspiration or future reference.
May 27, 1998 - December 31, 2001
Kiss the Girls (James Patterson)
Jacob Have I Loved (Katherine Paterson)
Unnatural Exposure (Patricia Cornwell)
Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood (Rebecca Wells)
The Runaway Jury (John Grisham)
Message in a Bottle (Nicholas Sparks)
Indemnity Only (Sara Paretsky)
Burn Marks (Sara Paretsky)
Blind Descent (Nevada Barr)
The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
The Street Lawyer (John Grisham)
Tarzan (Edgar Rice Burroughs)
Remember Me (Mary Higgins Clark)
Secret Prey (John Sandford)
Certain Prey (John Sandford)
The Plan (Stephen J. Cannell)
Final Jeopardy (Linda Fairstein)
Left Behind (Tim LeHaye & Jerry Jenkins)
A Killing on Wall Street (Derrick Nieder)
Tribulation Force (Tim LeHaye & Jerry Jenkins)
Nicolae (Tim LeHaye & Jerry Jenkins)
Soul Harvest (Tim LeHaye & Jerry Jenkins)
Easy Prey (John Sandford)
Night Sins (Tami Hoag)
Guilty as Sin (Tami Hoag)
Seven Secrets of Successful Selling (Traci Bild)

The Partner (John Grisham)
The Testament (John Grisham)
The Brethren (John Grisham)
Apollyon (Tim LeHaye & Jerry Jenkins)
Assassins (Tim LeHaye & Jerry Jenkins)
Indwelling (Tim LeHaye & Jerry Jenkins)
Chosen Prey (John Sandford)
Sometimes I Wake Up Grumpy & Sometimes I Let Him Sleep (Karen Scalf Linamen)
Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind (Ann B. Ross)
Killing Me Softly (Nicci French) textbook
The Red Room (Nicci French)
The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone (JK Rowling)

A Civil Action textbook
Tell No One (Harlan Corben)
Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (JK Rowling)
Mrs. Kimble (Jennifer Haigh) textbook
Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban
Sutter's Cross (W. Dale Kramer)
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire (JK Rowling)
The Mark (Tim LeHaye & Jerry Jenkins)
Mortal Prey (John Sandford)
The Memory Book (Penelope J. Stokes)
Coraline (Neil Gaiman)
The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
'Twas the Night Before (Jerry Jenkins)

Goosebumps: Ghost Beach (RL Stine)
Skipping Christmas (John Grisham)
Danger on Vampire Trail (Franklin Dixon)
The Christmas Train (David Baldacci)
Mystic River (Dennis LeHane)
Naked Prey (John Sandford)
Mistaken Identity (Lisa Scottoline)
My Fake Wedding (Mina Ford) textbook
Shutter Island (Dennis LeHane)
Bakers Towers (Jennifer Haigh)
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix (JK Rowling)
Bleachers (John Grisham)

Desecration (Tim LeHaye & Jerry Jenkins)
A Painted House (John Grisham)
Hearts in Atlantis (Stephen King)
A Drink Before the War (Dennis LeHane)
The Magic of Ordinary Days (Anne Howard Creel) textbook
Death of an Ordinary Man
Hidden Prey (John Sandford)
Evenings at Five (Gail Godwin)
The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp
Ghosts I Have Been
Shoot the Moon (Billie Letts)
Darkness Take My Hand (Dennis LeHane)
Sam's Letters to Jennifer (James Patterson)

End of Story (Peter Abrahams) textbook
Empire Falls (Richard Russo)
Love at First Sight (Nicholas Sparks)
Beach Girls (Luanne Rice)
Faithless (Karin Slaughter)
Blindsighted (Karin Slaughter)
Kisscut (Karin Slaughter)
Gone, Baby, Gone (Dennis LeHane)
Sacred (Dennis LeHane)

The Case of the Missing Books
The True & Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters (Elisabeth Robinson)
Nerve Damage (Peter Abrahams)
Prayers for Rain (Dennis LeHane)
A Faint Cold Fear (Karin Slaughter)
Summer at Tiffany (Marjorie Hart)
The Dogs of Babel (Carolyn Parkhurst)
How to be Lost (Amanda Eyre Ward)
The Doctor's Wife (Elizabeth Brundage)
We Need to Talk about Kevin (Lionel Shriver)
The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)
The Other Daughter (Lisa Gardner)
Indelible (Karin Slaughter)
Save Karyn (Karyn Bosnak)
Quality of Care (Elizabeth Letts)
Looking for Alaska (John Green)
Little Indescretions (Carmen Posadas) textbook
Broken Prey (John Sandford)
Lucky (Alice Sebold) textbook
For One More Day (Mitch Albom) textbook
Deadwatch (John Sandford)
Down a Dark Hall (Lois Duncan)
Stone Fox (John Reynolds Gardner)
Marley & Me (John Grogan) textbook

Case Histories (Kate Atkinson) textbook
Tryptych (Karin Slaughter)
The Box
Something Blue (Jenna Jameson)
The case of the Gilded Lily (Erle Stanley Gardner)
The Case of the Daring Decoy (Erle Stanley Gardner)
The Case of the Fiery Fingers (Erle Stanley Gardner)
The Case of the Lucky Loser (Erle Stanley Gardner)
Twisted (Laurie Halse Anderson)
Faithless (Joyce Carol Oates)
Invisible Prey (John Sandford)
The Double Bind (Chris Bohjalian) textbook
Deception Point (Dan Brown)
The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (Michael Morpurgo)
Caleb's Story (Patricia MacLachlan)
The Time Traveler
Angels & Demons (Dan Brown)

The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Dark of the Moon (John Sandford)
Beyond Reach (Karin Slaughter)
Evening (Susan Minot) textbook
Michelangelo's Notebook
They Did It With Love (Kate Morgenroth) textbook
Keepsake Crimes (Laura Childs)
Photo Finished (Laura Childs)
Bound for Murder (Laura Childs)
Phantom Prey (John Sandford)
Lost (Gregory Maguire)
Starting Out in the Evening (Brian Morton) textbook
Sundays at Tiffany's (James Patterson)
A Page out of Life (Kathleen Reid)
A is for Alibi (Sue Grafton)
B is for Burglar (Sue Grafton)
Motion to Suppress (Perri O'Shaunessy)
Invasion of Privacy (Perri O'Shaunessy)
The Dirt (Motley Crue)
The Secret of the Old Mill (Franklin Dixon)

C is for Corpse (Sue Grafton)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) textbook
D is for Deadbeat (Sue Grafton)
Reading Like a Writer (Francine Prose) textbook
Obstruction of Justice (Perri O'Shaunessy)
Undone (Karin Slaughter)
Whispers and Lies (Joy Fielding) textbook
Don't I Know You? (Karen Shepard) textbook
The Beach House (James Patterson)
the Myth of You & Me (Leah Stewart) textbook
Out of Time (Pat Martinac)
Death Unexpected (Bruce L. Jordan)
E is for Evidence (Sue Grafton)
Songs in Ordinary Time (Mary McGarry Morris)

Screwball (David Ferrell)
Hollywood Tough (Stephen J. Cannell)
Drowning Ruth (Christina Schwartz)
Bedding Down
The Dante Club (Matthew Pearl)