Saturday, May 27, 2006

Historical Fiction

Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste

Claude and Camille by Stephanie Cowell

Daughters of the Witching Hill by Mary Sharratt

Faithful by Janet Fox

Hugh and Bess by Susan Higginbotham

Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland

Signora da Vinci by Robin Maxwell

The Bride's Farewell by Meg Rosoff

The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick

The King's Fool by Margaret Campbell Barnes

The Traitor's Wife by Susan Higginbotham

The Wives of Henry Oades by Johanna Moran

Chick Lit

An Offer You Can't Refuse by Jill Mansell

Flirting with Forty by Jane Porter

Love and Other Natural Disasters by Holly Shumas

Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Lauren Lipton

The Makedown by Gitty Daneshvari

Friday, May 26, 2006

Fiction (Popular, Literary, Classics)

A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

Bad Twin by Gary Troup

Benny and Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti

Boneman's Daughters by Ted Dekker

Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamise

Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger

Etta by Gerald Kolpan

Fireworks Over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff

Hunger by Elise Blackwell

If You Follow Me by Malena Waltrous

In Hovering Flight by Joyce Hinnefeld

Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughan

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

Life After Genius by M. Ann Jacoby

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Manservant and Maidservant by Ivy Compton-Burnett

Matrimony by Joshua Henkin

Now You See Him by Eli Gottlieb

Quicksand by Nella Larsen

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Short Girls by Bich Minh Nguyen

Sometimes We're Always Real Same-Same by Mattox Roesch

The Almost Archer Sisters by Lisa Gabriel

The Castaways by Elin Hildebrand

The Disappeared by Kim Echlin

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares

The Islands of Divine Music by John Addiego

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Misadventures of Oliver Booth: Life in the Lap of Luxury by David Desmond

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

The Ruins by Scott Smith

The Secret Keeper by Paul Harris

The Swimming Pool by Holly LeCraw

The Turnaround by George Pelacanos

The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist

Willing Spirits by Phyllis Schieber

Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom

Young Adult

20 Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

After the Moment by Garret Freymann Weyr

Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Candor by Pam Bachorz

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Feathered by Laura Kasischke

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have by Allen Zadoff

Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Hearts at Stake: The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr

Liar by Justine Larbalestier

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

No Such Thing as the Real World: Stories about Growing Up and Getting a Life by Various Authors

Nothing but Ghosts by Beth Kephart

Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr

Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before by David Yoo

The Awakening by L.J. Smith

The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Heart is Not a Size by Beth Kephart

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Life of Glass by Jillian Cantor

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Undercover by Beth Kephart


A Black Tie Affair by Sherrill Bodine

A Christmas Wedding by Tracy Wolff

Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre

Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas

Fire Me by Libby Malin

One Deadly Sin by Annie Solomon

Simon the Coldheart by Georgette Heyer

The Lady Flees Her Lord by Michele Ann Young

The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer


A Friend Like Henry by Nuala Gardner

Either You're in or You're in the Way by Logan and Noah Miller

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White

Once an Arafat Man by Tass Saada and Dean Merril

The Alchemy of Loss by Abigail Carter

The Midwife by Jennifer Worth

The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose

Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home by Kim Sunee

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Christian Fiction Book Reviews

Amish Fiction
Hidden by Shelly Shepard Gray

Biblical Fiction
Havah: The Story of Eve by Tosca Lee

Chick Lit
Age Before Beauty by Virginia Smith

Faking Grace by Tamara Leigh

Get Cozy, Josey by Susan May Warren

Only Uni by Camy Tang

Sincerely Mayla by Virginia Smith

Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck

That's (Not Exactly) Amore by Tracey Bateman

Truffles by the Sea by Julie Carobini

General Fiction (Literary, Women's, Southern)
According to Their Deeds by Paul Robertson

Embrace Me by Lisa Samson

Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent

Home Another Way by Christa Parrish

Leave it to Chance by Sherri Sand

My Sister Dilly by Maureen Lang

Rain Song by Alice J. Wisler

Ruby Among Us by Tina Ann Forkner

Sisterchicks Go Brit! by Robin Jones Gunn

Skizzer by AJ Kiesling

Tender Grace by Jackina Stark

The Last Mango in Texas by Roy Blackston

The Making of Isaac Hunt by Linda Leigh Hargrove

The Passion of Mary Margaret by Lisa Samson

The Perfect Life by Robin Lee Hatcher

The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner

The Someday List by Stacy Hawkins Adams

Trouble the Water by Nicole Seitz

Betrayed by J.M. Windle

By Reason of Insanity by Randy Singer

Dark Pursuit by Brandilyn Collins

Death of a Six-Foot Teddy Bear by Sharon Dunn

Fatal Deduction by Gayle Roper

Ghostwriter by Travis Thrasher

Isolation by Travis Thrasher

Kiss by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy

My Soul to Keep by Melanie Wells

Salty Like Blood by Harry Kraus, M.D.

Scream by Mike Dellosso

The Hunted by Mike Dellosso

The Minor Protection Act by

The Real Enemy by Kathy Herman

Ulterior Motives by Mark Andrew Olsen

When Zeffie Got a Clue by Peggy Darty

Romantic Suspense
Against All Odds by Irene Hannon

Breach of Trust by DiAnn Mills

Finding Stefanie by Susan May Warren

Nothing But Trouble by Susan May Warren

Perfect Target by Stephanie Newton

Wiser Than Serpents by Susan May Warren

A Passion Denied by Julie Lessman

A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman

A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman

A Soldier's Family by Cheryl Wyatt

For Pete's Sake by Linda Windsor

Love Finds You in Humble, Texas by Anita Higman

Love Starts with Elle by Rachel Hauck

Engaging Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn

One Holy Night by J.M. Hochstetler

Young Adult and Middle Grade
Finding Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson

Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson

It's Not About Me by Michelle Sutton

Just Another Girl by Melody Carlson

Miracle Girls by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

Ruby Unscripted by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma

Runaway by Dandi Daley Mackall

So Not Happening by Jenny B. Jones

Historical Fiction
A Constant Heart by Siri Mitchell

In the Shadow of Lions by Ginger Garrett

The Desires of Her Heart by Lyn Cote

The Red Siren by M.L. Tyndall

Twice Loved by Lori Copeland

Washington's Lady by Nancy Moser

My Projects

Book Blogger Appreciation Week--In the fall of 2008, this week to celebrate book bloggers launched! It's an annual online festival for book bloggers. The dates for 2011 are September 12-16.

LOST Books Challenge--A challenge for LOST fans to read books featured on my favorite show. Kind of dead, but archives still up.

Buy One Book and Read It--A challenge started in 2008 when I heard over 50% of adults had not read a book in a single year. I added the buy a book part in an effort to support the publishing industry and authors, in 2009.

Faith and Fiction Saturday--an occasional Saturday essay on issues related to faith and how it's portrayed in fiction.

Faith and Fiction Saturday Round Tables--a group of bloggers that discuss books that deal with issues of faith.

Book Reviews

Chick Lit
Christian Fiction
Historical Fiction
Young Adult

Author Interviews

Julie Lessman, 1/08
Julie Lessman, 8/08 Part One, Part Two
Julie Lessman 5/09
Nicole Seitz
Rebeca Seitz
Robin Maxwell
Logan and Noah Miller
Andrew Peterson
Jill Mansell


Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Good News

For those of you who were in the know about the program I work at being in danger, it is officially out of danger for the next six months.

This is good news. I believe this program benefits the employees greatly, and obviously I like my job. But overall, this is the most financially responsible decision the company could make. So this is good news.


While this is not a complete index, browsing these posts will give you a good idea of what you an expect to find on My Friend Amy.

About Me
My Projects
Book Reviews
Bookish Discussions
Author Interviews
Author Guest Posts


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

24 Finale

The biggest shock of the 24 finale was that Chloe had an ex-husband....and what a character he is!
Other than that, I was pretty pleased with it, except for the radical way in which they somehow managed to kidnap Jack, beat him up, and get him on a ship bound for China in ten minutes.....

Sick, Again

I have come to the conclusion that I have no immune system. I am sick for the third time in six weeks.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

My Friend Mindy

My friend Mindy is getting married Saturday. And I would be there, but the plane tickets were around 600 dollars. I'm discovering it's expensive to fly across the country.

But I wish I could be there. Because Mindy is a good friend...we go way back. All the way back to registration at Toccoa Falls College when she looked over and saw my Missouri driver's license.

"It's so good to see a Missouri driver's license," she sighed. (she's from Kansas and we both found ourselves in hickville-but-to-die-for-beautiful northeast Georgia) Then we discovered that we had dorm rooms across the "hall" from each other. We were the midwest girls, surrounded by crazy southerners, new englanders, and even, gasp, an Aussie. We became fast friends that year, shared lots of laughs, and stayed friends. Yes, we stayed friends through Mindy leaving TFC for a year, through rooming together for a year and a half, through a blow-out of sorts amongst our group of friends...through it all. Not the best of friends. My last two years of college saw me not responding to some loving confrontation about behaviors that were completely destructive to myself. But she accepted my refusal to see the truth and stayed my friend. And after I graduated from college, we were still friends. And we stayed friends when I moved to Japan and she worked at Eagle Ranch. We stayed friends even when the emails were few and far between. And recently this year, we've been in much better contact due to jobs that give us lots of free time. I've completely enjoyed getting to know her again. And now she's getting married.

And I couldn't be happier for her.

So Mindy...this is a tribute to you. Matt was lucky to find you, beautiful, honest, and God-loving. A friend. I hope you two have a wonderful God-serving life together, and that every moment is cherished as a gift. Even last minute stressing out over wedding plans moments.

Cheers! (I'm raising my champagne glass to you!)

Sunday, May 14, 2006

A Week Without Food

The day after my birthday, I came down with something. I think. Anyway, for the past week, I have not been able to eat. Seriously. I'll spare you the gruesome details, but food has not been at all appealing to me and every time I tried to eat something it did not turn out well. I've been feeling so low that I've neglected everything in my life and now today will try to frantically catch up on a bunch of life's little duties. Like paying bills.

Anyway, during this week, I noticed that our society is completely food obsessed. I think I just never bothered to pay attention before but as I was on my deathbed completely ill and watching tv, food was constantly shoved into my face. And most of it didn't look very good at all.

I think I feel better today, but I've thought that every day this week. I survived eating crackers yesterday and will move on to more yummy foods today. But don't worry, it won't be much.

Friday, May 5, 2006

Sad state of affairs


This is just me checking in to say the a/c adapter for my laptop blew, so I am currently without computer in my place of residence. Since the bulk of my posts are written late at night during bursts of inspiration and revised during the day, it may be awhile before I post something intelligent (or not so intelligent!!) again, as I wait for the new one to come in the mail.