Category: 50 Book Challenge 2011

2011 Reading Recap

Not long ago, my friend, Nyla asked what my non-fiction to fiction ratio was. I really didn’t know, because I enjoy both, so she put me in the 50/50category.  Not this year: 24 non-fiction to 40 fiction My favorite fiction reads were The Help and The Book Thief,…

11 Days in December: Christmas at the Bulge, 1944, by Stanley Weintraub

Book 64 of 50 Book Challenge and Book 9 of Holiday Reading ChallengesClosing out the year with a quick audio book.  Weintraub wrote another Christmas book that I read awhile ago, about George Washington.  So when I saw this at the library’s holiday display…

The Autobiography of Santa Claus, as told to Jeff Guinn

Book 63 of 50 Book Challenge, Book 8 of the Holiday Reading Challenges I am pretty sure I found this at the Library’s Used Book Store, and it received an enthusiastic thumbs up from one of the Holiday Challenge Readers. Loved it.  In fact,…

Santa Clawed, by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown

Book 62 of 50 Book Challenge, Book 7 of Holiday Reading Challenges “Sneaky Pie Brown” being the author’s cat.  My mother used to read these novels – small town Virginia farm lady solves mysteries with the help of her dog and two cats.  The…

A Week in December, by Sebastian Faulks

Book 62 of 50 Book Challenge, Book 6 of the Holiday Reading Challenges I found this at the library in a display of holiday-themed audio books.  It sounded really good, so I picked it up. It is not a holiday book. It is one…

The Fat Man: A Tale of North Pole Noir, by Ken Harmon

Book 61 of 50 Book Challenge, Book 5 of the Holiday Book Challenges I found piles of this one at Half Price Books, all with remainder marks as thought it was the title that didn’t fly last season. It was awesome. Gumdrop the Elf…

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, by Lisa Kleypas

Book 60 of 50 Book Challenge, Book 4 of the Holiday Book Challenges I accidentally read a romance novel.  I don’t know how it happened.  I thought it was about a little girl that lost her mother and found her voice and her joy…

The Christmas Train, by David Baldacci

Book 59 of 50 Book Challenge, Book 3 of the Holiday Reading Challenges  I had never read Baldacci before, but understand he writes crime/thriller type books.  So I was interested to see what he did with a Christmas theme. Not a thriller. The concept…

The Book Thief, by Mark Zusak

Book 58 This has been on my shelf for awhile.  I think my book club read it back when I was in school and I interrupted the Holiday Reading challenges for it because I spotted an audio version at the library that I know…

Home for Christmas, by Andrew M. Greeley

Book 57 of 50 Book Challenge and Book 2 of the Holiday Reading Challenges   Greeley is a famous novelist/priest that I thought I might try to read someday.  Then I saw he had a Christmas book and it wasn’t too long and it…