2012 in Review

Yes, I do remember that I posted at the beginning of 2012 that I would try to review all the books that I read.  But it obviously didn’t happen because I read a whole lot more than those few library marketing books that I reviewed.  But at least I did review those!  But why the focus on library marketing books?  It is because I started a new job last year as the Marketing Specialist for Eisenhower Public Library District, which is located in Harwood Heights and serves the communities of Norridge and Harwood Heights.  I am the Manager of the Marketing Department and got to interview and hire my first employee shortly after I started.

I also read a lot of mysteries last year for my Mystery Fiends Book Discussion Group at the Park Ridge Public Library where I also work.  Some of the mystery genres we have covered so far are police procedurals, amateur detectives, historical mysteries, biblio-mysteries, and just this past month, nordic noir.  Of course I read so much more than mysteries last year, including those most talked about books of 2012 – The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy!  Plus I now also review romance manuscripts for a publisher, but I can’t talk about those reviews until they decide to publish the books.

So here you will find a list, sometimes with a brief commentary, of most of what I read last year:

  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides – hated it!
  • Desert Heat (Joanna Brady series) by J. A. Jance – like this series and plan to read more of it
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan – another book I just couldn’t stand
  • Alone (D. D. Warren series) by Lisa Gardner – another series that I have recently discovered and plan to read more of it
  • Milk and Honey (Decker/Lazarus series) by Faye Kellerman – I have read some in this series and also enjoy them
  • Until Proven Guilty (J. P. Beaumont series) by J. A. Jance – another series I will continue reading
  • Tombstone Courage (Joanna Brady series) by J. A. Jance
  • Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia Grey series) by Deanna Raybourn – a historical mystery series that I really like
  • T is for Trespass (Kinsey Milhone series) by Sue Grafton – I was a little behind on this series that I have been reading since the beginning
  • Celebrity in Death (In Death series) by J. D. Robb – I love, love, love this series and have read them all – the new one comes out later this month and I can’t wait!
  • Blindsighted (Grant County series) by Karin Slaughter
  • Injustice for All (J. P. Beaumont series) by J. A. Jance
  • Shoot Don’t Shoot (Joanna Brady series) by J. A. Jance
  • Darkness Bound (Chimney Rock series) by Stella Cameron – one of my favorite authors and facebook pages
  • Charming the Shrew by Laurin Wittig
  • The Blessing Way (Joe Leaphorn series) by Tony Hillerman – not one of my favorites
  • Lover Reborn: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward – another of my all-time favorite series that I read the moment they come out
  • Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James – I actually read these shortly after they were published, before all the hoopla hit the fan – while not the best written books I have ever read, I definitely enjoyed them and so did many people who kept asking me for read-a-like suggestions
  • Headhunters by Jo Nesbo – nordic noir is not my favorite mystery genre
  • Three Fates by Nora Roberts – one of my favorite romance writers
  • A Little Magic by Nora Roberts
  • Brazen Virtue by Nora Roberts
  • Black Hills by Nora Roberts
  • Angels Fall by Nora Roberts
  • Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts – yes I was on a Nora Roberts kick!
  • Divine Evil by Nora Roberts
  • Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts
  • Tribute by Nora Roberts
  • Birthright by Nora Roberts
  • Public Secrets by Nora Roberts
  • High Noon by Nora Roberts
  • Ghost at Work (Bailey Ruth series) by Carolyn Hart
  • The Custom of the Army: An Outlander Novella by Diana Gabaldon – one of my favorite authors and series
  • Under a Vampire Moon: An Argeneau Novel by Lynsay Sands – love this humorous paranormal romance series!
  • U is for Undertow (Kinsey Milhone series) by Sue Grafton
  • Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Darkest Facts: A Lords of the Underworld Companion by Gena Showalter
  • The Darkest Prison by Gena Showalter
  • The Darkest Fire by Gena Showalter
  • Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon
  • The UnTied Kingdom by Kate Johnson – a unique tale published by Choc Lit Publishers, who only publish romances
  • On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves – a librarian told me that this book might just be the next book that everyone would be talking about (after Fifty Shades) but I never heard a peep about it – it was okay, a good read but nothing spectacular or that scandalous to me
  • Lord John and the Hand of Devils by Diana Gabaldon
  • A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness – I actually reread the last couple chapters of this to get ready for the second book
  • Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness – I really loved the first book – this one not so much – though I did enjoy it and am looking forward to the third one
  • The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon – this book fills in some of the time “off screen” in the Outlander series
  • The Lady is a Vamp: An Argeneau Novel by Lynsay Sands – just as enjoyable as the rest of the series
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel by Sylvia Day – here is a much better written series for those Fifty Shades fans
  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Pink Carnation series) by Lauren Willig
  • Because You Are Mine Parts I through VIII by Beth Kery – another better written series for Fifty Shades fans
  • The Masque of the Black Tulip (Pink Carnation series) by Lauren Willig
  • The Deception of the Emerald Ring (Pink Carnation series) by Lauren Willig
  • Delusion in Death (In Death series) by J. D. Robb
  • Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel by Sylvia Day
  • The Bite Before Christmas by Lynsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost – what says Christmastimes better than a vampire romance!
  • Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery by Charlaine Harris – I had always intended to read these mysteries where the main character is a librarian and I enjoyed them
  • A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden series) by Charlaine Harris
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Mystery by Janet Evanovich – these always make me laugh!
  • The Julius House (Aurora Teagarden series) by Charlaine Harris
  • Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (Aurora Teagarden series) by Charlaine Harris
  • Snowy Night with a Highlander by Julia London
  • A Very Vampy Christmas: From Sugarplums and Scandal by Kerrelyn Sparks
  • Merry, Merry by Fern Michaels
  • Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish by Grace Burrows
  • No Exchanges, No Returns by Laurie Kellogg
  • Winter Interlude by Sandy Loyd
  • The Gift by Tiffany Reisz
  • The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
  • Home for the Holiday by Christine Lynxwiler
  • Retribution (Dark Hunters series) by Sherrilyn Kenyon – reread in preparation to read Time Untime which I haven’t gotten to yet but had planned to read at the end of 2012



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