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When I started this place it was primarily for book reviews and thoughts on all things literary. Well the book reviews are still here, but somehow it's grown into a place for me and others to practice short fictional writing and of course a place where I can give my thoughts and opinions on virtually any subject that might take my fancy.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

2008 Book List

Almost at the year's end so I thought I'd do a little housecleaning. These are my books read in 2008, clearing the way for a new selection on January 1st. Some were reviewed but sadly most were not. I'll do better next year.

A Blunt Instrument by Georgette Heyer
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris
Atlantis by David Gibbins
Bear Island by Alistair MacLean
Behold Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer
Beneath the Bleeding by Val McDermid
Black Order by James Rollins
Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs
Breakheart Pass by Alistair MacLean
Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
Confessor by Terry Goodkind
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Death in the Stocks by Georgette Heyer
Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
Detection Unlimited by Georgette Heyer
Duplicate Death by Georgette Heyer
Envious Casca by Georgette Heyer
Flyte by Angie Sage
Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer
Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris
Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris
Greywalker by Kat Richardson
Guilty as Sin by Tami Hoag
Lily by Adele Geras
Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews
Magyk by Angie Sage
Malarkey by Keith Gray
Map of Bones by James Rollins
No Wind of Blame by Georgette Heyer
Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding
Pandora in the Congo by Albert Sánchez Piñol
Penhallow by Georgette Heyer
Phantom by Terry Goodkind
Physik by Angie Sage
Puppet on a Chain by Alistair MacLean
Ratcatcher by James McGee
Resurrectionist by James McGee
Sacred Stone by Clive Cussler
San Andreas by Alistair MacLean
Sandstorm by James Rollins
Still Waters by Tami Hoag
The Alexander Cipher by Will Adams
The Bone Collector by Jefferey Deaver
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Coffin Dancer by Jefferey Deaver
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
The Distant Echo by Val McDermid
The Echo by Minette Walters
The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean
The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld
The Ladykiller by Martina Cole
The Magic Cottage by James Herbert
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
The Runaway Jury by John Grisham
The Shakespeare Secret by J L Carrell
The Shape of Snakes by Minette Walters
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Throwback by Tom Sharpe
The Unfinished Clue by Georgette Heyer
They Found Him Dead by Georgette Heyer
Trojan Odyssey by Clive Cussler
Veil of Darkness by Gillian White
Where Eagles Dare by Alistair MacLean
Why Shoot A Butler by Georgette Heyer
Wit'ch Fire by James Clemens
Wit'ch Gate by James Clemens
Wit'ch Star by James Clemens
Wit'ch Storm by James Clemens
Wit'ch War by James Clemens


  1. hi jacquie
    Your list bit heavy on the pulp fiction mate
    heyer, shute , maclean.
    I've just finished
    alan bennett's " the uncommon reader"
    give it a whirl girl it may change your life, certainly your reading habits.
    I love all the bells and whistles on your blog where did you find them

  2. Yeah I know this year was an indulgence and trying to work through a pile of books that is neverending.

    Which bells and whistles? Map from Feedjit, I think most everything else has been made by me or are links to other places. Let me know and then I'll let you know.

  3. the map and the little links at the side of the page

    be gentle I am nerdish but only
    up to a point

  4. Ok the map first. On the bottom you'll see a link that says something like click to get feedjit. Just click on it and it will take you to the page where you can customize your own map.

    The links are gadgets. If you click customize on your page then add gadget you should find all kinds of different things you can add into your blogger page. Think I used Blog List, Link and Link List for most of mine.

    Is that what you wanted?

  5. oh anything of mine that has pictures I had to use HTML gadgets, some sites like LT or Twitter give you the code others you have to write yourself.

  6. thanks jacquie
    I'd never noticed the add gadget box before!!!!!
    will try and use it on my blog
    is blogging addictive?


  7. HAHAHA Ok if you're asking me that question I guess you're pretty new to this. Believe me blogging is definitely addictive. I'm looking for a 12 step programme :)

  8. i've been blogging for about a year
    I'm just trying to generste interest in my work,
    I dont think I want to signpost people to other sites. what is your opinion. some blogs seem to be full of links and if i follow them I rarely go back to the starting point

  9. Ok I've thought about this and my opinion is that people on the internet seem to get bored easily. Simplistic but true. I know I do, I'm always hopping from one site to another.

    There is a school of thought though that links work, they generate interest on a page and visitors will normally return as long as your page is interesting enough and updated regularly.

    "People come back to places that send them away" is a quote from someone I follow on Twitter and I couldn't really put it better than that.

    I think maybe if you include links to sites much like yours, art, painting, Dylan, even Birmingham then you might generate more interest in what you have to offer.

    I'll be interested to see if it works like its supposed to. But what it comes down to really is your own decision and opinion.

    Sorry for going on!

  10. Just to add.

    My site is jam packed with links... You came back and even decided to follow me... ummm kind of worked in this instance?

    The "people come back" quote came from digiphile who got it from jayrosen_nyu. Just so the right people get the credit :)

  11. i came back again!!!!!.
    probably because you responded to my commnents?
    im writing 500 words on the cat also.
    part of the problem is the whole url/links thing gets too complicated for me
    please dont explain it'll probably go over my head

  12. LOL ok then, I'll look forward to reading your cat story.


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My name is Jac, Jacquie, Jacquelynn, TheBookImp or just Imp. I live in the UK. I love to read as is probably obvious. I also like to write. Anything else you would like to know just ask.

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