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Welcome to my read it/skip it list! My day planners all have recommended reading lists in the back where you can record the books you've read to recommend them to others later, and I was looking through them recently and found that I've read alot of books lately. So, I thought I'd share them with the world. ;-)

Last time I ran out of things to read I found some great recommendations at some websites (a special thanks to JC's Land of Happy Popsicles, I discovered some great books from their list) so I hope this site can be usefull to someone else. Happy Reading!

I have the books here divided into categories & by date, so they're listed as I read them. Follow the color code below to see if I liked the book or if I think you should stay far far away from them. Also, I've tried to provide links to the official author sites whenever posible.

RED - must read, these books are great
PURPLE - good books, give them a try
GREEN - ok books, not really my cup of tea
BLACK - these books sucked, stay away at all costs (IMHO) !

As for the manga titles on my list, I figured there are more than enough review sites for that sort of thing so I don't need to bother here . . . and I didn't. Hope you don't mind, any simple search at Yahoo! or something will help you out in this department.


SERIES

the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton

OK, this series is GREAT! I wasn't completely captivated right away, but I quickly became addicted. I mean, I liked the first book well enough, and I was very interested in the world created in this series (the whole idea of a vampire strip joint and vampire churches seemed like something different), but I didn't really become hooked untill the third book. So, if you do decide to start reading and don't get hooked right away . . . give it a chance. In the world in which these books are set vampires are legalized, lycanthropy is a well known disease, and all the supernatural stuff that is usually secreted away in most books is all out in the open. These books have it all: sexy vampires, werewolves, wereleopards, necromancers, zombies, you name it. They are funny, fast paced, well written, fun, sexy, and just all around great books. They're pretty steamy (especially the last few), so if you want a G rated book then these aren't for you, but what fun would that be?

I won't bother giving descriptions of each book, go to the official site for that. There are 11 books so far, and the books go in this order:

Guilty Pleasures, The Laughing Corpse, Circus of the Damned, The Lunatic Cafe, Bloody Bones, The Killing Dance, Burnt Offerings, Blue Moon, Obsidian Butterfly, Narcissus in Chains, and Cerulean Sins.

Oh, and if anyone wants to know Burnt Offerings, Narcissus in Chains, & Cerulean Sins are my favorites.

Go HERE for more info.

Anne Rice's Beauty Trilogy

This is a really different take on a classic fairy tale! Very erotic, lots of BDSM, not for the faint of heart, but still a really fun read.

The three books in this series are:

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty's Punishment, and Beauty's Release.

the Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop

I'm about to start book two real soon, so I'll wait to write about this series when I'm done. So far this is a great series.

the Dark Series by Christine Feehan

These books are about Carpathians, which are pretty much vampires, so these are good for any of you who love vampire novels. They're very romantic, extreamly spicy, steamy, and sexy, and have plenty of humor and suspence in them as well. Each one can be read seperatly or in order with the series, as each book is about a different set of lifemates (soul mates, made for each other by fate) and dosn't have alot to do with each other. However, you'll enjoy them more in order because they have some reacurring charaters and they'll mean more to you if you have read the other books that come before. The first one is Mikhail and Raven's story, then Jacques and Shea, Aidan and Alexandria, Gregori and Savannah (who is the daughter of Mikhail and Raven from the first book), and Julian and Deseri; that's as far as I've read yet. All of these (or the ones I've read so far) have happy endings and are overall fun to read. There are 9 so far and they go in this order:

Dark Prince, Dark Desire, Dark Gold, Dark Magic, Dark Challenge, Dark Fire, Dark Legend, and Dark Guardian.

Dark Gold and Dark Magic are my favorites so far. Go here for more info. and full descriptions.

the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

I won't even bother to write much about these, if you don't know the Harry Potter series then you've been living under a rock! In case you can't tell from my fanlistings memberships and other fanstuff on this page, I'm slightly obsessed with this series. For anyone who hasn't read these books . . . what's wrong with you?!? Go read them! They're not just for kids, so don't let that stop you.

There are 5 so far, and will be 7 when the series is done. They go in this order:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite one so far, but they're all great!

Also, don't miss Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, they're both really cute and fun to read.

the In Death series by J.D. Robb

These books take place in the future and are about a female police detective. They're really good, lots of steamy sex ;) , romance, great mysteries ... they're just a fun read. Each book is titled something-or-other in death:

Naked in Death, Glory in Death, Immortal in Death, Rapture in Death, Ceremony in Death, Vengeance in Death, Holiday in Death, Conspiracy in Death, Loyalty in Death, Witness in Death, Judgment in Death, Betrayal in Death, and Seduction in Death.

A new one is comming out in March. For more info. go HERE.

Laws of the Blood series by Susan Sizemore

I read Laws of the Blood: Companions and I didn't really enjoy it very much. It had a nice take on the whole vampie thing, but I found the book to be slow, uninteresting, and I didn't really care about any of the charaters. I have read worse, but this just wan't all that good. The book I read was actually the third in the series, so I went online to look for reviews of the first two thinking maybe I was just missing somethng, but according to most of the reviews this was the best of the series! So, I'd say skip it if you can.

Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry Series

Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton will like these because they're written with the same skill and wit as the Anita Blake series, and even if you havn't read those you should like these. These books are about a fae princess, and it has all sorts of romance, humor, action, and fantasy. They take place in the same universe created in the AB:VH series, and are a lot of fun. They're very spicy, so keep that in mind if you don't like that sort of thing (what's wrong with you?).

There are two books in this series as of now, with another comming soon, and more in the future. They go in this order:

A Kiss of Shadows and A Caress of Twilight.

Visit this site, or any number of others, for proper descriptions. Also, check out my links sections for some Merry sites, they'll have more info. for you.

the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich

I've just started reading these books, but I'm already in love! I usually don't bother with a book or a series unless it has supernatural elements in it, but this one still caught my attention. They're so funny! The books are fast paced, and interesting, and you'll be rolling on the floor by the time you'r done because that's how funny they are. You must read them! There are 9 so far. They go in this order:

One for the Money, Two for the Dough, Three to Get Deadly, Four to Score, High Five, Hot Six, Seven Up, and Hard Eight.

For more info. go here.


FICTION

2003:

Lair of the Lion by Christine Feehan

This book was really good! It's kinda a beauty and the beast type story with lions. It's a typical romance novel, with all the really spicy sex scenes required in such a genre. This book is very romantic, has suspence, a good plot, and a very happy ending. A good choice for Christine Feehan fans and for those who have never read her Dark Series.

Go here for a full description.

Out of This World by J.D. Robb, Laurell K. Hamilton, Susan Krinard & Maggie Shayne

This book has short romance stories from four different authors. Interlude in Death is a completed short story by J.D. Robb about her characters Eve and Roarke from the In Death series. It's very good, and must for fans of that series. Then there is Kinsman by Susan Krinard. It's a sci-fi story about two telepaths and some aliens in the a future world. It was actually pretty good, and I rather enjoyed it. This was followed by an excerpt from the author's new novel Secret of the Wolf (or at least it was new in 2001). The third tale in this book is called Immortality by Maggie Shayne. It's about witches, and was ok, I didn't really care for it but that's just me. Then there was an excerpt from The Gingerbread Man, another of Shayne's novels. The book ended with Magic Like Heat Across My Skin, which is just the opening chapters of Laurell K. Hamilton's Narcissus in Chains. All and all it was an ejoyable read and a must for J.D. Robb fans.

2002:

The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice

All Anne Rice fans will have read this already, and I'm sure they'll agree with me that this one was pretty good. I've always been an Armand fan, so of course I liked it. Well written, as with all of Anne Rice's books, I found it draged at some points but was worth the read.

Embrace the Night by Amanda Ashley

This was a typical vampire romance novel with a happy ending. It was a little sappy, but overall it's a good read when you're looking for something to fill the time in between release dates for Anita Blake novels!

Merrick by Anne Rice

This is now my favorite of Anne Rice's vampire novels! I liked the story line with Louis and I was pleased to finally see Lestat wake up and get back to his old self. I really recommend this one!

Phantom by Susan Kay

Another Phantom of the Opera novel, this one covers the whole of Erik's life, with a different take on the events of the original. It's well written and interesting, and I'd recommend it to any fans of romance novels or dark fantasy.

Blood and Gold by Anne Rice

Marius' story, another must have for fans of the vampire chronicles. This is typical Anne Rice, slow at points, a bit wordy, but still a great read.

Desmond by Ulysses G. Dietz

OK, this is a vampire book for you slash fans out there. Yes, that means it's male/male romance. It was a slightly different take on the vampire legend, and the characters were well written, the story interesting. The way it moved from the past to the present and back again put me off a little, but I still enjoyed it for the most part. If you come across this book pick it up, the cover image is worth the cover price (yummy!).

Sirens edited by Datlow and Windling

This is a collection of erotic short stories about deamons, fae, vampires and other sorts of supernatural beings. It's a fun read, some of the stories are better than others, but it's an overall good book.

A Dozen Black Roses by Nancy A. Collins

Wasn't really my thing, so I didn't much like it. It was pretty well written, so I'm not saying it sucked or anything, but I found it a bit too harsh and it didn't have a very orginal plot. It takes place partially in the world of white wolf, so fans of that may enjoy this book. It's about Sonja Blue, so her fans may also like this book.

2001:

The Mummy by Anne Rice

I'm a big Anne Rice fan, and have been since I was twelve, so of course I'd recommend reading this book! Although I tend to prefer the vampire chronicles I really enjoyed this one. It has a different take on the traditional mummy story, he's not just a corpse wrapped up in rotting cloth. This book also has plenty of the erotica that you have come to expect from Anne Rice.

The Phantom of Manhattan by Frederick Forsyth

This is a sequel of sorts to the classic Phantom of the Opera, and it's a really good book. This book is pretty short (177 pages) and it's a pretty quick read. It's divided up into journal entries, so the book is all first person but with different people. All the classic characters are there, and some new ones, and it makes this a very interesting book.


NON-FICTION
I don't really read much non-fiction, but here's what I've read recently that might be worth sharing . . .

2004:

New Clues to Harry Potter: Book 5, Hints from the Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter by Galadriel Waters

This book explores some of the mysteries brought up by the newest of the Harry Potter books and would only be interesting to fans of the series that also like to speculate about what may be comming in the later books.

2003:

2002:

The Vampire Gallery by J. Gordon Melton

This is a book that lists any and all vampire books, movies, tv shows, comics and such from 1995 on back. It's an interesting book for vampire fans looking to discover something they've missed, as there are some really obscure references in here, and it's a pretty big book with lots of descriptions. It was horribly edited, which is one of my pet peeves, somewhat incomplete in parts, and the writter puts a bit too much of his opinions into it, but over all it's something I would recommend to any vampire fans.

Wild Girls: the Path of the Young Goddess by Patricia Monaghan

This is a book about young goddess tales from around the world, and is a book for young (mostly Pagan, although don't let that stop you if you're not) women/girls looking to understand they're place in the world as women. The myths and legends in this book were really good, and some of the activities were interesting and fun, and it was an over all good book. Not too highly recommended, but pretty good none the less.

2001:

Mankind: Have A Nice Day by Mick Foley

This book is a must for WWF/WWE fans. It's really well written and entertaining.

The Rock Says by the Rock & Joe Layden

This book is another must have for WWE fans and all Rock fans. It's pretty good and it has a lot of great stories that should hold your attention throughout the book.

Chyna: If They Only Knew by Chyna & Michael Angeli

This one was OK. If you're into true stories of strong women then you'll probably like this book, but it's not really too heavy on the wrestling stuff if that's what you're looking for.

Rulers of the Ring by Robert Picarello

This is one of those books where each chapter centers on a different wrestler's story. IMHO this book was poorly written and even more poorly edited. On top of that some of the info. dosn't make any sense, it has conflicting details and I'm not even sure if the author bothered to do ANY research before writing this book. I'd stay away from this one if I were you, unless you want it for the pics!



Kitty's Reading List

2004
Les Bijoux, Vol.3
Les Bijoux, Vol.2
Descendants of Darkness, Vol.1
Juvenile Orion, Vol.4
Revolutionary Girl Utena, Vol.3: To Sprout
Revolutionary Girl Utena, Vol.2: To Plant
Tokyo Babylon, Vol.3
Hellsing, Vol.1
The Prince of Tennis, Vol.2
The Prince of Tennis, Vol.1
Eerie Queerie!, Vol.4
Juvenile Orion, Vol.3
Berserk, Vol.4
Gundam SEED: Astray, Vol.2
Fruits Basket, Vol.4
DNAngel, Vol.3
Gravitation, Vol.7
Petshop of Horrors, Vol.6
Angel Sanctuary, Vol.3
The Demon Ororon, Vol.3
Gadirok, Vol.1
X/1999, Vol.12: Movement
X/1999, Vol.11: Interlude
Eternity, Vol.1
Eerie Queerie, Vol.3
Tokyo Babylon, Vol.2
Fruits Basket, Vol.3
Gravitation, Vol.6
SaiYuki, Vol.2
SaiYuki, Vol.1
DNAngel, Vol.2
Neon Genesis Evangelion, Vol.2
Neon Genesis Evangelion, Vol.1
The Demon Ororon, Vol.2
Petshop of Horrors, Vol.5
X/1999, Vol.10: Fugue
X/1999, Vol.9: Requiem
Angel Sanctuary, Vol.2
Gundam SEED, Vol.1
Hana-Kimi, Vol.2
Demon Diary, Vol.7
Gundam SEED: Astray, Vol.1
Demon Diary, Vol.6
Mine to Take
Berserk, Vol.3
Juvenile Orion, Vol.2
Berserk, Vol.2
Crescent Moon, Vol.1
DNAngel, Vol.1
The Demon Ororon, Vol.1
Angel Sanctuary, Vol.1
Fruits Basket, Vol.2
Tokyo Babylon, Vol.1
Eerie Queerie!, Vol.2
Fruits Basket, Vol.1
FAKE, Vol.7
Lament of the Lamb, Vol.1
Rurouni Kenshin, Vol.4
Rurouni Kenshin, Vol.3
Rurouni Kenshin, Vol.2
X/1999, Vol.8: Crescendo
Hana-Kimi, Vol.1
Sensual Phrase, Vol.1
Gravitation, Vol.5
X/1999, Vol.7: Rhapsody
Eerie Queerie!, Vol.1
X/1999, Vol.6: Duet
PetShop of Horrors, Vol.4
Vampire Game, Vol.2
Kill Me, Kiss Me, Vol.1
FAKE, Vol.6
X/1999, Vol.5: Serenade
GetBackers, Vol.1
Vampire Game, Vol.1
Seduced by Moonlight
Gravitation, Vol.4
Four to Score
Les Bijoux, Vol.1
X/1999, Vol.4: Intermezzo
X/1999, Vol.3: Sonata
Aquarian Age - Juvenile Orion, Vol.1
X/1999, Vol.2: Overture
Demon Diary, Vol.5
FAKE, Vol.5
Alice 19th, Vol.1: Lotis Master
New Clues to Harry Potter: Book 5

















2003
Berserk, Vol.1
Rurouni Kenshin, Vol.1
Gravitation, Vol.3
Demon Diary, Vol.4
Revolutionary Girl Utena, Vol.1: To Till
PetShop of Horrors Vol.3
Ceres: Celestial Legend, Vol.1: Aya
Wild Act, Vol.3
Central City, File: One
Daughter of the Blood
King of Hell, Vol.2
FAKE, Vol.4
Wild Act, Vol.2
FAKE, Vol.3
Gravitation, Vol.2
Wild Act, Vol.1
ShutterBox, Book One
Shaman King, Vol.1: A Shaman In Tokyo
Yu-Gi-Oh! Vol.2: the Cards with Teeth
Under the Glass Moon, Vol.2
Demon Diary, Vol.3
Rebirth, Vol.3
Gravitation, Vol.1
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Episode Zero
Samurai Deeper Kyo, Vol.2
PetShop of Horrors, Vol.2
Yu-Gi-Oh!, Vol.1: The Millennium Puzzle
Ragnarok, Vol.1
Dragon Knights, Vol.4
Naruto, Vol.1: The Tests of the Ninja
Demon Diary, Vol.2
Jing: King of Bandits, Vol.1
Dragon Knights, Vol.3
King of Hell, Vol.1
FAKE, Vol.2
Dragon Knights, Vol.2
Planet Ladder, Vol.4
Bride of Deimos, Vol.1
Planet Ladder, Vol.3
MARS, Vol.1
Planet Ladder, Vol.2
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Samurai Deeper Kyo, Vol.1
Dragon Knights, Vol.1
PetShop of Horrors, Vol.1
Planet Ladder, Vol.1
Under the Glass Moon, Vol.1
Rebirth, Vol.2
Rebirth, Vol.1
X/1999, Vol.1: "Prelude"
Fushigi Yugi, Vol.1: Priestess
Demon Diary, Vol.1
FAKE, Vol.1
Vampire Princess Miyu, Vol.1: "Origins"
Inu-Yasha, Vol.1
Inu-Yasha, Vol.8
Cerulean Sins
Immortal in Death
Three to Get Deadly
Dark Challenge
Out of This World
Glory in Death
Two for the Dough
Dark Magic
Naked in Death
Lair of the Lion
One for the Money
Dark Gold
Laws of the Blood: Companions
2001
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Phantom of Manhattan
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Mummy
Rulers of the Ring
Chyna: If They Only Knew
The Rock Says
Mankind: Have A Nice Day!





























2002
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
The Guide to Owning a Cockatiel
A Dozen Black Roses
Dark Desire
Beauty's Punishment
Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers
Dark Prince
Desmond
A Caress of Twilight
Narcissus in Chains
Guilty Pleasures
Wild Girls: Path of the Young Goddess
A Kiss of Shadows
Obsidian Butterfly
Quidditch Through the Ages
Blue Moon
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Burnt Offerings
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Killing Dance
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Bloody Bones
The Lunatic Cafe
Blood and Gold
Circus of the Damned
Phantom
Merrick
The Laughing Corpse
Guilty Pleasures
Embrace the Night
The Vampire Armand
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
The Vampire Gallery
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire





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