Jul 23, 2012


I have been doing a lot of reading this year. The challenge this year, to read any and every book available to me even outside my usual genre i.e. meaning books I would not normally read or purchase. My goal, to read 100 books, so far I’ve read 49 books, so am a little behind of my goal. Thus far I have read:

1: Snaring The Huntress

2: The Keeping

3: The Finding By Nicky Charles

4: Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

5: Dating a Cougar

6: Bonded

7: Forever In Time

8: Eaten By The Wolf

9: Beauty Touched the Beast

10: Black Silk

11: TORN

12: Say You Love Me

13: What She Doesn't Know

14: ECHO - A Mirror Warrior

15: Bad to the Bone

16: A Curve of Claw

17: A Flash of Fang

18: Shadow Musique

19: The Keeper of the Wolf Clan

20: Fury

21: Tranquility

22: Snaring The Huntress

23: Beautiful

24: Endlessly

25: Inferno Of Life

26: A Faerie Fated Forever

27: Wizard's Daughter

28: Alpha Female

29: Peace from Broken Pieces

30: Simply Stunning Jewelry: A Treasury of Projects, Techniques, and Inspiration

31: Stringing Beaded Jewelry

32: Beading From Nature: Creating Jewelry with Stones from the Earth

33: Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making & Beading (Teach Yourself VISUALLY Consumer)

34: Bead Simple: Essential Techniques for Making Jewelry Just the Way You Want It

35: Simply Gemstones: Designs for Creating Beaded Gemstone Jewelry

36: A bounty of bead & wire earrings: 50 fun, fast jewelry projects

37: Shades of Gray: The Introduction of Walter Harrison

38: A Dark Kiss of Rapture

39: Jewelry Making: Tips & Tricks Of The Trade

40: A Wolf's Heart

41: Lone Wolf

42: Illusions

43: A Silken Thread

44: A Wife for a Westmoreland

45: Her Little Black Book

46: Perfect Fit

47: Bachelor Unleashed [BACHELOR UNLEASHED] by Jackson, Brenda (Author) Apr-15-11[ Hardcover ]

48: Heart Journey

49: Claimed for Destiny

As you can see my reading quests has become very diverse expanding my reading extensively broadening my genre, please feel free to keep the suggestions coming adding to the list below. A few criteria's though…

You book must be able to:
  • engage my brain
  • be thought provoking
  • make me think,
  • challenge my perspective
  • not insult my intelligence by attempting to make up my mind for me
  • leave me thinking
The subject matter can be almost anything from philosophy, history, spirituality, and romance, to inspiration, motivational or transformational. I look forward to your recommendations. Recommendations from friends & blog friends:

  • A Path with Heart: A Guide through the Perils and Promises of spiritual life, Jack Kornfield
  • The Road Less Travelled, M. Scott Peck
  • The Simple Living Guide, Janet Luhrs
  • Written on the Body, Jeanette Winterson.
  • Reads by the author Nora Roberts
  • "Do You Think I'm beautiful" by Angela Thomas
  • "The Farside Gallery" by Gary Larson
  • “The Sociopath Next Door" by Martha Stout
  • The other Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey.
  • "This Present Darkness"
  • The Far Side Gallery by Gary Larson
  • Nemesis by Isaac Asimov

    • Biographies by Jawaharlal Nehru, and Mahatma Gandhi
    • Shift Happens! By Robert Holden
    • The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner: A Powerful Plan to Finish Rich in Real Estate By David Bach
    • Happiness Now! By Robert Holden
    • Lessons in Becoming Myself By Ellen Burstyn
    • "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand
    • "Left Behind" books.
    • "Song of Solomon" in the Bible and try not to be stirred up in unexpected ways
    • A tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
    • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale
    • The One By Kathy Freston
    • Fearless Living: Live Without Excuses and Love Without Regret By Rhonda Britten
    i am tracking my reads @ my shelfari book shelf. If you have some time click here and have a look, join if you like would love to have you as a friend/follower, we can even talk about the books we’ve read in common, our likes and dislikes. Have a blessed week. Rhapsody


    1. HI, Thank you for your visit and your nice comment! I see you got a lot of great suggestions. I myself like to read true crime. My favortie author is Ann Rule. Some of her books are..

      * The Stranger Beside Me,
      * Small Sacrifices,
      * If You Really Loved me,

      these are all great books. She has written 28 so I can’t name them all here lol. Another great book is...

      * The Rapists Wife by Kathryn Casey.

      Can’t wait to see what you decide on.
      Wishing you a great day!

      1. Thank you Sherry those all sound really interesting, love the titles anyway. will give it a go and add to my list of library borrows

    2. Oh my goodness!!!! So many to choose from. What a great idea you had! Hope you don’t mind if I pick a few to read myself.

      Enjoy your reading!

      1. By all means please help yourself, knowledge is to be shared. I encourage anyone reading to do the same and note the names of anything that peeks their interest.

    3. Hi!

      Thanks for dropping by.

      I’d suggest the following:
      - "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom
      - "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker

      The list looks interesting!


      1. haven't read Tuesday with Morrie though i've seen the movie however i have read the color purple and seen the movie both were magnificent.

    4. I would like to recommend the book A tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I’ve read this book at least 4 times. If you don’t get to read it this time around I hope you do find time to read it sometime in your life time.

      Have a great week,

      1. hmmmmmm, an interesting title, I wonder if it is a literal meaning or a metaphor?

    5. My absolute favorite book – Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston – a MUST read for lovers of poetry and just plain lovers. I guarantee you will read it over and over again…

      Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

    6. Looks like some interesting reading. There is nothing better than a good book to help relax you and it’s always nice to broaden your mind.

    7. OMG!! I hope you don’t have to quit your job to sit and just read all those books!! Wow…..you’ve gathered quite a list!

      Have fun!

      1. haha, just using the challenge as part of stress management, to take the mind away to other things and open up possibilities.

    8. I noticed you put "Nemesis" on your list.Just thought I had mention it is science fiction (spaceships, hyperspace, alien intelligences, all that junk). Seeing as I have no clue as to your reading preferences. In case you do like fiction novels based on factual science then you should also read Prey, Timeline, and State of Fear, all by Michael Crichton.The last one especially. That’s a real eye opener.

      1. It is a recommendation, alright, I will certainly give your list a try.

    9. Seems like you got a good reading list out here. When I’m totally at peace with the world and have nothing to do, it’s fiction (thrillers, action/adventure, detective, etc) alongwith interesting biographies (Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, etc), accounts of wildlife and man-eating rogue animals (by Jim Corbett, Gerald Durell, etc), and not the least of all, simple comics like the Archies, Tintin, Asterix, etc which form my reading list.

      1. hmmmmmm, am not much of a biographies girl but my challenge is to step out my usual genre so I might just take that challenge.

    10. What an excellent idea to have a reading quest.

      There are some very interesting titles suggestions.

      "This Present Darkness" was a fictional book that changed my life.

      Have a splendid Sunday, Greg

      1. Alright, am putting it on hold at the library first thing tomorrow.

    11. I have to say I really admire your ambition with your “Reading Quest.”
      You have inspired me to finish up the six books I just received in the mail.
      Wait a minute…My daughter never gave back one of my books. She took it off to college.
      Oh well…I will get that back around

      1. Why thank you mister G......am taking it one book at a time, 49 and counting, 51 to go.

    12. WOW!! Goodluck on your reading quest…visiting via Fay’s . I see that you are a Trini as well COOL!!

      Have a good read!

      1. Yep, Trini through and through....too dee bone

    13. Hmmmm, sounds rather interesting! I finally ordered two EJD (Eric Jerome Dickeyt) books from my book club to get back into the "reading habit". So we’ll be reading together.

      Girl you too silly with that comment you left on "the big burn"….lol! Girl, all I was thinking was burn fat burn, by any means necessary! Well the weather this weeks seems as though it is going to cooperate, so trust me, I’m going back!

      Have a great week….happy reading!

      1. Well alright then.

        hehe, you know there is more than a few ways to get that burn girl. Have a good one

    14. Just blog-hopping, have a great Sunday! God bless!!

    15. Yikes! I’m back spreading more of my words of wisdom onto the realm of cyberspace. Today’s wisdom is as follows: A wet bird never flies at night. And that is the truth-I think! (((((((((((((( Doug ))))))))))))))

      1. thanks doug, whatever would we do without your wisdom?

    16. Hi there’ sneaking over here to say hello’ I had taken a peak at the book list you have’ @ shelfari And I recall hearing about him dave, that is and seeing him on t.v telling his story’ Totally shocking indeed and more so amazed by his ability to over come so much trauma’ What an amazing man he is’ Hope life is treating you well’ loads of happiness to you…



      1. Yes, his first book, A Child Called It was heartbreakingly horrifying, it shows the depth of human depravity and the heights of human capacity to overcome and triumph over.

    17. The Beauty Myth, Noami Wolf
      The Simple Living Guide, Janet Luhrs
      The Road Less Travelled, M. Scott Peck
      A Path with Heart: A Guide through the Perils and Promises of spiritual life, Jack Kornfield
      Written on the Body, Jeanette Winterson. (Simply beautiful and raw use of descriptive language)

      1. Thanks for the list, i have read the beauty myth, nice read.

    18. Hmmm … am back, well I don’t read anything that deep. Mostly Nora Roberts kind of stuff and here lately The Harry Potter Collection.
      Sorry, I couldn’t be of any help. Have a great rest of the week and Good Luck with your quest!


      1. I've read some of Nora's stuff, not too bad. Harry potter, nah those were my daughters. Love the movies though

    19. "The Sociopath Next Door" by Martha Stout

      "Do You Think I’m beautiful" by Angela Thomas

      "Napoleon Bonaparte" by Alan Schom"The Farside Gallery" by Gary Larson

      1. Ah, they are in my list thanks for your recommendation, i will certainly try to get to them

    20. well i guess not the comics….hhhhhhmmmmmm….i will be back…
      *~* :o) smiles are contagious… :o) so pass one on … :o) soon the whole world will be smiling… :o) *~*

    21. The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt

      1. Read it, great read....thanks for the recommendation

    22. WOW! I am challenged. Will set this type of goal next year after my PhD.

      Let me recommend,
      "In Pursuit of Purpose" - Myles Munroe
      "Better than good" - Zig Ziglar

      Both of them changed my life!

      - LDP

      1. Ah ok, thank you, there will get very familiar with me at the library.

    23. Thank you for dropping by and the greetings. You have a list of very interesting books. Not ot make anyone jealous but I got the FarSide Gallery complete set for Christmas. "Dilbert" is another interesting read even if it is just a comic strip, it holds a lot of truths. I think they got it at Hastings or Amazon.com. I also have a complete collection of Stephen King books – not for the faint of heart. Reading is the best way to learn.

      One series of books I would recommend is the "Left Behind" books. Movies just do not have the impact of a book. Daddio & PEP have recommended some good books, I concur with their recommendations.

      If I had my library in the computer, I could come up with more books – a lot of which would be boring to people – most textbooks are:)

      Peace & Blessings.

      1. hmmmm, well much of reading, liking, enjoyment of books is relative and opinions will vary from person to person. Not much of a stephen king fan though i've seen a few of his moives.

    24. I love to read. I average 1 or 2 books a week. One of my greatest pleasures in life.

      1. 2 a week, wow thats empressive over the course of a year you would have read about a 104 books.....woooo

    25. Amazing! I should do this next year. I read a lot but I've never thought to set a goal for a year.

      I read Turn it into Glory by Meg Woodson & it totally changed my perspective on life

      You should try Remembrance by Jude Deveraux

      Skipping Christmas by John Grisham (totally unlike his normal law-themed books)

      The Big book of ifs by Evelyn Mcfarlane. Really thought provoking.

      1. Ok those 4 sounds good, i'll add it to my list thanks

    26. I see my book is not on the list. *Now sulking*

      1. wow, i beg your pardon. i shall put Antonyms Of A Mirage
        By Atilola Moronfolu on my list, forgive my absentmindedness please.

    27. Congratulations Sir Rhapsody ! That's a great and pleasurable/leisurable challenge ! Wonderful objective to set one self !

    28. I must need reading the books but I don't much there day.
      I could come up with just news papers.
      I think it about very interesting commute it brought to memory of some other girls.
      I am very happy to going to the dentist too supposed to go to about six month.
      After that need to be get back my car to drive ...
      Thank you for coming to help!
      Have a good time.

      1. Blessings my friend....
        sometimes reading is a mood thing, if you in the mood you read a lot and if you are not then picking up a book is a challenge.

    29. Very interesting hobby and very interesting books. Only today I read about Shades of Grey in the news papers which said a top model was reading this book seated near the edge of the swimming pool with her legx dipping in the water.

      I have checked through the list but I find I have not read even one single book in the list. The reason I think is mostly I confine my self to literature and detective books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and humorous books written by PG Woodhouse. So my view of the world is very limited and narrow. I would love to read all sorts of books but I am very slow. I took a story book from the library in the month of March and I am still reading it. Every two month I renew it very religiously and the book is on my bed next to my pillow. But most days I just go to sleep without reading it or even if I read it will be just one two pages. I wonder how long I will take to finish the book.

      You are fantastic to read so many books. I wanted to read books like you but I don't have the patience or determination. I have books near the side stand but I never bother to read them. I have a very weak mind. That is the problem.

      My hearty congratulations to you on this wonderful adventure.

      1. Blessings Joseph, I do not believe for one moment you have a weak mind. Its about moods really. There are times I go months without reading one book. last year 2011 i didn't pick up a book till the end of November that is literally almost 11 months without reading a book, then once i did by the end of December i had read 15. Its how it is sometimes. It is why i gave myself this gold, i am up to 55 read so far, am behind my goal. I plan to give it my best shot.

        thanks for stopping by.

    30. wow, this is so much books in a year...max i have read in a year might be 10 asides from when I was in the university...nice one and continue enjoy reading.

    31. Something else that we have in common, our love for books... most reading material in general. I read to learn something new (history books, self improvement, etc), to keep informed on up-to-date procedures for my job... and mostly just for sheer enjoyment of leaving behind the stress of demand career and being able to walk around in another place for a while. You can experience so much in a book that a movie can't even get close to. Reading is one of life's great pleasure and I think the people who don't like reading are people who have never tried or have never truly found some material of interest. Good luck with your quest. YOU.CAN.DO.IT.

      1. Thank you! I am trying not to be weighed down by the fact that my goal setter is telling me am behind. I am up to 55 books read so far.


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