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Subject: It's August 2015 - What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 7/31/2015 6:23 PM ET
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FINISHED -

  1.  "LOWCOUNTRY BOIL" by Susan M. Boyer (New Author For Me) (Liz Talbot Mystery #1) (A++++) (unabridged Audible) Private Investigator Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer. She's fit to be tied when her police-chief brother shuts her out of the investigation, so she opens her own. Then her long-dead best friend pops in and things really get complicated. When more folks start turning up dead in this small seaside town, Liz must use more than just her wits and charm to keep her family safe, chase down clues from the hereafter and catch a psychopath before he catches her.
  2. "A NEW HOPE" by Robyn Carr (Thunder Point #8) (A++++) After losing her child, Ginger Dysart was lost in grief. But since landing in Thunder Point, Ginger is finally moving forward. Her job at the flower shop is fulfilling and she's excited to be assisting with the Lacoumette wedding. In spite of her heartache, Ginger is swept up in the pleasure of the occasion. But the beauty of the Lacoumette farm and the joy of the gregarious family are ruined by an encounter with the bride's brother. Struggling with painful memories of his own, Matt makes a drunken spectacle of himself when he tries to make a pass at Ginger, forcing her to flee the scene in embarrassment. But when Matt shows up at the flower shop determined to make amends, what started out as a humiliating first meeting blossoms into something deeper than either of them expected. Everyone around them worries that Ginger will end up with a broken heart yet again. But if Ginger has the courage to embrace the future and if Matt can let go of the past, there may still be hope for a happy ending.
  3. "ZACK" by Cheyenne McCray (Armed and Dangerous #1) (A+++) Ever since bad boy Zack Hunter left her ten years ago, breaking her heart, Sky MacKenna hasn't been able to find a man who sets her on fire the way he did. Then he comes striding back into her life - bigger, badder and sexier than before. Zack Hunter never thought his job as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent would lead him back to his small hometown and he never thought he'd set eyes on Sky again. Leaving her behind had been the stupidest thing he had ever done, but this time he isn't going to let her go. And as soon as Zack lays eyes on Sky, he makes it clear that he intends to make her his all over again. When Sky becomes entangled in the case he's investigating, Zack can't help but take the threat personally. As the danger mounts, their passion burns even hotter.
  4. "WHEN GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO BAD BOYS" "PLAYING DOCTOR" by Lori Foster (Dean Brothers & Friends #3) (A+++++) Attitude makes a huge difference in bed, it could be Axel Dean's motto. The sexy physician likes his women with sensual moxie and Libby Preston definitely seems to fit that bill. There's that naughty grin. That hot bod. Her eager kisses and cheeky insults. Her...admitted virginity. Whoa. Okay, cue cold shower. Axel may not be an honorable man, but he has his limits. Except Libby won't take no for an answer. She's determined to have someone show her what she's been missing, and suddenly, Axel can't bear to think of Libby playing doctor with anyone else. "THE LADY OF THE LAKE" by Erin McCarthy (A++++) Pro baseball player Dylan Diaz is pretty sure he's going to hell. When you rescue a drowning woman from a lake your first thought should be, "Are you okay?" not, "Can I make mad passionate love to you?" But the minute sputtering kindergarten teacher Violet Caruthers is on Dylan's boat, that's all he can think about. Maybe it's the potent combo of a nun's personality inside a stripper's body. Maybe it's the way she drives him crazy with desire and laughter. Or maybe, Dylan's finally found what's been missing in his life and he's not about to let it go. "HARDHATS AND SILK STOCKINGS" by HelenKay Dimon (A+++) Hannah Bridges is the most infuriating woman architect Whit Thomas has ever met - and the sexiest. If he could just get the tough contractor to stop proving herself at every turn, they might have time to discuss more important things, like his hands on her...blueprints. What Hannah needs is a night of pure bliss that's all about her, no regrets, no control, no limits. Now, in a private room where pleasure is the only goal, Hannah is about to receive a delicious education in total ecstasy.
  5. "REDEMPTION BAY" by RaeAnne Thayne (Haven Point #2) (A+++++) McKenzie Shaw would do anything for her hometown of Haven Point. It may be small, but it's never let her down...unlike gorgeous, infuriating Ben Kilpatrick. He was her childhood hero until he closed his family's factory, leaving the town's economy in shambles. Now his tech firm is considering opening a local facility. For Haven Point's sake, McKenzie has to grit her teeth and play nice. What could a town filled with painful memories ever offer Ben? Yet seeing the town through the eyes of McKenzie - it's fiery young mayor - he suddenly has his answer. If only he can resolve the animosity crackling between them, Ben may have found the place where he can build ties and find healing...a place where love arrives when it's least expected.
  6. "TRULY SWEET" by Candis Terry (New Author for Me) (Sweet, Texas #5) (A+++++) When the one you've always wanted...becomes the one who wants you back...the outcome is truly sweet. At sixteen, Annabelle Morgan hoped her crush on Jake Wilder was just a passing phase. Now she's twenty-nine and nothing has changed - except Jake. The once-carefree Marine has come home with a giant chip on his shoulder. He insists a single mom like Annie deserves more than he can offer. Yet no matter how gruff his gorgeous exterior may be, Jake's toe-curling kisses convince her that this attraction is definitely mutual. Butting heads with feisty Annie was always a thrill. Add other body parts into the mix and Jake is in serious trouble. He can't be a forever-and-family guy - and Annie's not a friends-with-benefits kind of woman. But love has a way of changing the best-laid plans and surrender has never been so tempting.
  7. "EASY LOVE" by Kristen Proby (Boudreaux #1) (A++++++) Eli Boudreau's family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hard working, wealthy family and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At thirty, he is the youngest CEO to ever head Bayou Enterprises, co-chairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic is also quickly making him he best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him and Eli's family is solid. But he's recently discovered that someone on the inside of his business is stealing from him and he's determined to find out who. Kate O'Shaughnessy is hired by companies all over the world to slip inside and investigate every member of the organization from the CEO down to the custodial staff to find the person responsible for embezzling. She's excellent at blending, becoming part of the team and finding the weakest link. She's smart, quick-witted and she's now been hired by Bayou Enterprises, specifically Eli Boudreaux.The attraction is immediate and the chemistry is off the charts, but Kate has heard all about Ei's playboy past and she has a job to do. Sleeping with the boss isn't a part of that job, even if just the sound of her name rolling off that Cajun tongue and the way he fills out a designer sui does make her sweat. Eli's southern charm surprises Kate. The man whose reputation labels him as a ruthless, callous womanizer is not the man she's coming to know intimately. He's generous, protective and makes her smile. Cracking through Kate's cool, reserved demeanor and discovering her love of sexy, expensive lingerie is a challenge Eli can't resist, but her sweet nature, love of family and sense of humor pull at him in ways no one else ever has. But when the person responsible for trying to single-handedly dismantle Eli's empire comes to light and it's time for Kate to move on, to what lengths will Eli go to keep the woman he's fallen in love with by his side?
  8. "NOBODY'S BABY BUT MINE" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Chicago Stars #3) (A++++++) The plan...Geneius physics professor Dr. Jane Darlington desperately wants a baby. But fining a father won't b easy. Jane's super-intelligence made her feel like a freak when she was growing up and she's determined to spare her own child that suffering. Which means she must find someone very special to father her child. Someone very...well...stupid. The target...Cal Bonner, the Chicago Stars legendary quarterback, seems like the perfect choice. But his champion good looks and down-home ways are deceiving. Dr. Jane learns too late that this good ol' boy is a lot smarter than he lets on - and he's not about to be used and abandoned by a brainy, baby-mad schemer. The explosion...A brilliant, lonely woman who dreams only of motherhood. A take-no-prisoners tough guy who'll settle for nothing less than surrender. Can passion and physical attraction propel two strong-willed yet vulnerable people to a totally unexpected love?
  9. "NO LIMITS" by Lori Foster (Ultimate #1) (A+++++) A surprise inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he's never forgotten. Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body - the works. He's also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she's older, smarter, determined to face whatever life throws her way. Even the prospect of sharing a house and business with Cannon. Cannon knew Yvette wanted him three years ago. But she was young - and some things are worth waiting for. Thrown together by her grandfather's legacy, he realizes how deep Yvette's scars really to and how much danger lurks in their quiet town. As pent-up desire explodes between them, protecting her becomes the only fight that matters. And he'll break all the rules to do it.
  10. "JACOB" by Jacquelyn Frank (Nightwalkers #1) (A++++) (unabridged Audible) Jacob knows the excuses his people give when the madness overtakes them and they fall prey to their lust for humans. He's heard every one and still brought the trespassers to justice. Immune to forbidden desires, uncontrollable hungers, or the curse of the moon, his control is total...until the moment he sees Isabella on a shadowy New York City street. Saving her life wasn't in his plans. Nor were the overwhelming feelings she arouses in him. But the moment he holds her in his arms and feels the soft explosion of her body against his, everything changes. Their attraction is undeniable, volatile, and completely against the law. Suddenly everything Jacob has ever believed is inflamed by the heat of desire.
  11. "HOME TO YOU" by Robin Kaye (Bad Boys of Red Hood #4) (A++++) Jackson Sullivan III has always lived up to his uncle's expectations, until his career is sidelined, leaving him lost and in need of a retreat to his family's cabin. But his solitude is interrupted by a beautiful visitor whose combative feelings about the Sullivans lead Jax to a surprising decision: He pretends to be someone else. Though she hasn't seen the privileged scion since she was a child, Kendall Watkins hates everything Jackson Sullivan represents. She should know - her parents have managed the Sullivan estate for years. In need of her own peace and quiet, she heads to the cabin, never expecting to come face-to-face with the most handsome man she's ever met. Soon stranded by a violent nor'easter, Jax and Kendall end up sharing more than they dreamed. But Jax knows that when the storm clears, his true identity will be revealed and Kendall will be left with a betrayal that may be too great to forgive.
  12. "ONE MORE SUMMER" by Liz Flaherty (A++++++) A summer to remember...Grace has taken care of her widowed, ornery father her entire adult life. Having given up her own dreams in order to be the dutiful daughter, when her father dies she's left with almost nothing - no job, no skills and very little money. And after years of hearing her father predict that no decent man would ever want her, she's accepted that as a fact, too. But she does have a big old house on Lawyers Row in Peacock, Tennessee. So she opens a rooming house and quickly gathers a motley crew of tenants: Promise, Grace's best friend since kindergarten ; Maxie, an aging soap opera actress; and Jonah, a sweet old man. Then there's Dillon, Grace's brother's best friend, who stood her up on senior prom night - and has regretted it ever since. Dillon rents Grace's guesthouse for the summer and hopes to make up for lost time and past hurts - but first, he'll have to convince Grace that she really is worth loving.
  13. "LAY IT DOWN" by Cara McKenna (Desert Dogs #1) (A+++++) Backbreaking days, wild nights and the hard hum of steel between your thighs. That's a life well lived, according to the Desert Dogs - four friends who call Fortuity, Nevada, their badlands home. Vince Grossier is the self-crowned outlaw king around here. But when Fortuity's slick new mayor invites a shady casino development to town, greed isn't far behind - and it claims Vince's good friend as its first casualty. With the law turning a blind eye to the mysterious death, Vince must seek his own brand of justice. The pretty photographer hired by the developers might be the key to uncovering the truth. And a temptation too good to pass up. Finally free of a controlling ex, Kim Paget's not looking to be taken for a ride - not on the back of some tattooed roughneck's bide and definitely not in his bed. But when she uncovers evidence supporting Vince's suspicions of murder, Kim must entrust her safety to a man whose body threatens danger of a whole different kind.
  14. "CAROLINA GIRL" by Virginia Kantra (Dare Island #2) (A+++++) Meet the Fletchers of Dare Island. Ambitious Meg, the daughter who never looked back.Steady Matt, the son who stayed. And rebel Luke, the Marine who thought he'd never return. ZMeg Fletcher spent her childhood dreaming of escaping Dare Island - her family's home for generations. So after she landed a high-powered job in New York City, she left with no regrets. But when she loses both her job and the support of her long-term, live-in boyfriend, she returns home to lick her wounds and reevaluate her life. Helping out her parents at the family inn, she can't avoid the reminders of the past she'd rather forget - especially charming and successful Sam Grady, her brother's best friend. Their one disastrous night of teenage passion should have forever killed their youthful attraction, but Sam seems determined to reignite those long-buried embers. As Meg discovers the man Sam's become, she's tempted to open her vulnerable heart to him. But she has no intention of staying on Dare Island - no matter how seductive Sam's embrace might be.
  15. "FALLING FOR JILLIAN" by Kristen Proby (Love Under the Big Sky #3) (A+++++) Everybody knows everybody else's business in Jillian Sullivan's small hometown. So why didn't anyone warn her that drop-dead gorgeous Zack King is the love-'em-and-leave-'em type? She doesn't need another heartbreak. Not when she's barely recovered from her devastating divorce and still adjusting to life away from sunny Los Angeles. Yet for a guy she swears isn't interested, Zack, a single father recently returned from the army, keeps showing up exactly when Jillian needs him, Jillian can't ignore their spark, but can she imagine a future with a man who has as much baggage as she does? Falling in love beneath the colorful northern lights and shooting stars of Big Sky Country is easy, but for two fiercely independent people, learning to trust each other could be the hardest thing they've ever done.
  16. "BLUE CLOUDS" by Patricia Rice (A+++++) Around the small California town where Pippa Cochran has fled to escape an abusive boyfriend, Seth Wyatt is called the Grim Reaper - and not just because he's a bestselling author of horror novels. He's an imposing presence, battling more inner demons than even an indefatigable woman like Pippa cares to handle. Yet, while in his employ, she can't resist the emotional pull of his damaged son or the chance to hide in the fortress he calls home. Then Pippa's amazing gifts begin to alter their world in ways none of them could have imagined. But something soon goes wrong. Dangerous "accidents" occur, threatening to destroy the tremulous new love that Pippa and Seth have dared to discover.
  17. "ANYTHING BUT SWEET" by Candis Terry (A+++++) He's stubborn and thoroughly male...she's tenacious and wickedly tempting...they're about to find that love is anything but predictable. If Charlotte Brooks thinks she and her TV makeover show can turn Reno Wilder's hometown upside-down, he'll be happy to prove her wrong. The former Marine has seen too much turmoil and he likes Sweet, Texas, just the way it is. Traditional. Familiar. A little dull. Everything Charli isn't. But instead of backing off from his scowls like everyone else, Charli digs in her skyscraper heels. Reno Wilder is a one-man unwelcoming committee, but Charli isn't budging. It's clear the gorgeous cowboy needs an overhaul just as much as Sweet. Someone needs to break him out of that gruff shell and show him how fun and rewarding a little change can be.
  18. "TEARDROP LANE" by Emily March (Eternity Springs #9) (A++++++) Town physician Rose Anderson hides a well of sadness behind her cheerful and capable professionalism. Heartbreak has only reinforced her belief that marriage and children aren't in her future. Yet she's a woman with a pulse - and when sexy, brooding artist Hunt Cicero shows up at her office with his young nephew, the sheer physical attraction he ignites in her is both exciting and unsettling. Hunt has an artist's passionate temperament and a bachelor's lifestyle. So when he becomes guardian to his sister's children, he's riddled with conflict - and in way over his head. Without Rose and her warm maternal instincts he'd be lost. Still, she's a woman who guards her own heart and he's a novice when it comes to commitment. Can the healing magic of Eternity Springs shine on this patchwork family and allow Hunt and Rose to trust that love is the thread holding them together?
  19. "BROKEDOWN COWBOY" by Maisey Yates (Copper Ridge, Oregon #2) (A++++++) There are lines best friends shouldn't cross, but in Copper Ridge, Oregon, the temptation might be too much. If practice makes perfect Connor Garrett should be world champion of being alone. Since losing his wife he's concentrated exclusively on his family's ranch. Until Felicity Foster needs a place to stay and Connor invites her to move in temporarily. That's what friends do. What friends don't do? Start fantasizing about each other in their underwear. Or out of it. Since high school, Liss has kept her raging crush in check. But helping Connor rebuild his life only reinforces how much she longs to be a part of it. One explosive encounter and she'll discover that getting what you always wanted can feel better than you ever dreamed.
  20. "THAT CHESAPEAKE SUMMER" by Mariah Stewart (Chesapeake Diaries #9) (A++++++) Jamie Valentine is the wildly successful author of self-help books that advocate transparency in every relationship. But when her widowed mother passes away unexpectedly, Jamie discovers her own life has been based on a lie. Angry and deeply betrayed, she sets out to find the truth - which may be in a small town on the Chesapeake Bay. Cutting her most recent book tour short, Jamie books a room at the Inn at Sinclair's Point, just outside St. Dennis. The death of Daniel Sinclair's father forced him to take over the family inn, and his wife's death left him a single parents of two children, so there's little room for anything else in his life. His lovely new guest is intriguing, though, and he's curious about the secret she's clearly hiding. But in the end, Jamie and Dan could discover the greatest truth of all: that the search for one thing just might lead to the find of a lifetime - if you keep your heart open.

CURRENTLY READING - 

  1. "The Secret Sister" by Brenda Novak (Fairham Island #1)
  2. "Keep Me Safe" by Maya Banks (Slow Burn #1)
  3. "Be my Texas Valentine" "The Valentine's Curse" by Jodi Thomas (Whispering Mountain #6) "Cupid's Arrow" by Linda Broday (New Author For Me) "Loving Miss Laurel" by DeWanna Pace (New Author For Me) 

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO -

  1. "Hot Blooded" by Lisa Jackson (Bentz/Montoya: Orleans #1) (unabridged Audible)


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Reading:  Cerulean Sins, Demon Lord of Karanda, It Sleeps in Me, The Jewel in the Skull.

Finished:  The Lady is a Vamp, NOS4A2, Fall of Giants, Rithmatist, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Illusion, Lady of Avalon, Awakened, Time Untime.

Kicked to the curb:  Ready Player One.

Judye / maysied



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August books:

1. Ghosty Men Franz Lidz

2. In Falling Snow Mary Rose MacColl

3. Above Isla Morley

4. Hollywood Stuff Sharon Fiffer

5. Buddy-- How a Rooster made me a man Brian McGrory

6. West of Kabul, East of New York Tamin Ansary

7. The Apple Orchard Susan Wiggs

8. Vinegar Hill  A. Manette Ansay

9. Mirror Lake Thomas Christopher Greene

10. NYPD Red   James Patterson

11. Boondocking  Tricia Bauer

12. Slipknot   Linda Greenlaw



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Ten Questions Christians are Asking by Dr. David Jeremiah I've just started reading it but I think it is good. :)
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Finished this month:  Seems to be a month to get back to series that I'd started.

The Web by Jonathan Kellerman --- Dr. Alex Delaware has been invited to come to the Pacific island of Aruk to help Dr. Woodrow Wilson Moreland get his papers in order to publish.  At least that's what Alex thinks he's been invited for, but it turns out to be something much more than that.  Bizarre, seemingly unrelated deaths are woven together to make this a very compelling [and frightening] story. 

Murder at the Smithsonian by Margaret Truman--  I always learn so much about Washington, DC and our government by reading Truman's books.  Dr. Lewis Tunney has been murdered during a reception at the Smithsonian. Captain Mac Hanrahan has been assigned the case and finds Dr. Tunney was about to reveal an international art scandal.  Interesting reading and Truman always writes a great who-done-it!!

The Alpine Christmas by Mary Daheim--- The small town of Alpine, Washington's newspaper publisher, Emma Lord, and Sheriff Milo Dodge, have two dead women [at least parts of one woman] and along with Emma's brother, Father Ben, and friend, Vida Runkel, investigate their murders, but first have to find out who they are and why they have come to Alpine.  A fun "cozy" series.

The Cat Who Saw Red by Lilian Jackson Braun--- One of the earlier "Cat Who..." that I'd missed reading. Qwilleran, KoKo and Yum-Yum move into a new apartment in a boarding house where Qwill finds an old "flame' living with her husband.  When she disappears, along with the houseboy, Qwill's mustache and KoKo tell him something sinister is going on. 

Blind Descent by Nevada Barr --- Anna Pigeon has to overcome her claustrophobia in order to go into a cave to help rescue a friend. Lots of technical info about caving and all the equipment and techniques used that are hard for the uninformed to follow, but a tense story line. As always, Barr writes a vivid description, she had to have used a lot of this knowledge herself as a forest ranger.

Nothing But the Truth by John Lescroart --- Dismas Hardy's wife is in jail on a contempt charge when she wouldn't answer questions during a grand jury probe.  As he works to get her out he also uncovers clues about the murder that the grand jury is about and related murders.  Well-written plot that takes the reader into the world of big oil companies and politics.

Ghost Moon by Heather Graham  --- Finished the Bone Island Trilogy.. A very good para-normal read. Kelsey Donovan comes back to Key West to deal with her grandfather's estate, only to find herself involved with Liam Beckett, the cop who found her grandfather's body.  Lots of spooky ghost things and murders to solve.
 

Currently reading:  Blood Dreams by Kay Hooper

Up next: ???



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The Pastures of Heaven by John Steinbeck. this is a sequence of stories that are loosely connected and all set in the same locale. got it from the library. I was hoping they might have The Log of the Sea of Cortez but alas no luck.

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Finished:

Wolves Eat Dogs--Martin Cruz Smith, 5th book in Renko series.  Really like series and this is a good book too.

A Student of Living Things--by Susan Richard Shreve.  Kind of different and not really flowing but given circumstances in story kind of makes sense.  So far okay but will have to see how ends to know if will like it or not.  Ending a little different too but overall interesting.

Rothstein:  The Life, Times and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series--by David Pietrusza.  Time period I have not read or studied much about & is interesting.  

Harry Potter book 2.  Finally getting this series read and enjoyed book 2.  

NY PD Red2--by James Patterson & Marshall Karp.  Good book & good start to this series, will have to continue with it.

Innocent Blood--by James Rollins & Rebecca Cantwell, 2nd book in series.  Both book in series were okay, some interesting stuff & ideas but just too much out there stuff.  Just okay for me.

Racing While Black--Leonard Miller & Andrew Simon.  A group of African Americans starts a stock car racing team w/ AA driver also. Good read in trying to get sponsors & moving up the stock car circuit.

Reading:

Going Away Shoes--short stories by Jill McCorkle.  First couple stories were good.  Still working through book.

The Counterfeit Agent--Alex Berenson.  Next in John Wells series, just getting started.

The Old Man and the Sea--Ernest Hemingway, been too many years since read this so figured time to do so again.



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Audio: The Storycatcher by Ann Hite  Interesting, some parts better than others.  Of course.

            Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford.  Very good but I think I preferred Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

             The Supreme's at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore.

Print: Twelve Little Cakes by Dominka Dery  Oh, good Lord, if I weren't reading this for a challenge I would have quit 200 pages ago.

           Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil  by Tom Mueller

           The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo  A bit repetitive, and I am mostly ok with throwing out my stuff or donating.  But the sections on how to fold and load drawers was eye-opening and worth the read!  I am actually redoing the drawers!  Cannot believe the space I've gained.  And convenience.

           Back Roads by Tawni O'Dell.  Whoa.  Crazy people but damn good writing.



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Finished:

"the case of the beautiful beggar"  by Erle Stanley Gardner - 3.5 - 4

Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay. 3.5-4

Dry, A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs -    I don't think anything will top this one for August. We'll see.  4.5 - 5

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Finished Pastures of Heaven by Steinbeck. not world class literature but fairly enjoyable. The library has In Dubious Battle by Steinbeck. I might check it out and read a little of it to see if I will like it. I have several choices at the moment and I'm really undecided what to read next. I have a short baseball novel called The Sun Field by Heywood Broun that I should read while baseball season is going on.

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What the heck is going on with posting and fonts.  I just added a book to my previous post, and I made sure I highlighted the entire post to choose font and size so it would be equal throughout.  My new post is bold and italicized though it doesn't show it during edit, so I cannot change it.  I notice this in other places also.  Any thoughts?

 

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but what are you reading?

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As I said, Charles, I was updating my previous post...that is where you can find what I am reading.  Thanks for asking!  wink

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I know it's a burden dealing with us dumb people. surprise

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I'm used to it, Charles.  I am forced to look in the mirror every morning! wink

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finished:

Justice for Sarah by Erica Spindler - pretty good 3.5

Ritual by Mo Hayder - very good but not for squeemish - 4 -4.5

almost done with - Delores Claiborne by Stephen King - like it alot, a little different than the movie

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I just finished:  Before you know Kindess by Chris Bohjalian.  I am not really sure what the point of this book was supposed to be.  Usually his novels have some sort of point about our contemorary culture but if this one did it must be about the Animal Rights activist scene.  Who knew you could buy plastic wing tip shoes?  I liked his other novels better.  
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I also just read The Fifth Season by Robert C. S. Downs.  It was a tear jerker for me as caretaking my elderly parents has been my work for the past year.  Very well done from this point of view.  And his folks are actually harder to deal with than mine because they are older by ten years and even (if it is possible) more stubborn.  I am not sure that this book would have meant anything to me before this personal experience.  Nonetheless, it is well written and very real life.

 

Date Posted: 8/13/2015 9:15 PM ET
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Finished Delores Claiborne.

REading:

Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus.  - good story  but the German names are hard to pronounce. Doesn't take away from enjoyment of the story.  Lots of character's too, so i have to really pay attention. I like it alot so far. 

Date Posted: 8/14/2015 1:59 PM ET
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Kathleen, Delores was one of my favorite King movies and books.  Of course, it starred two of my favorite actors!  Bates and Stratharin.  And I have always enjoyed Judy Parfitt (love her in Call the Midwife).  But I really enjoyed the audio version of this book.

Pamela, I couldn't finish Before You Know Kindness...at least I think it was that.  Until I recently listened to Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands (read by his daughter), I haven't liked anything he's done since Midwives.

Date Posted: 8/14/2015 6:50 PM ET
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I'm reading Gathering Prey by John Sandford. The character is Lucas Davenport. If you want to try the Prey series, you should read them in order. I think this is the 24th book in the series.

I finished 2 books by Adrian Phoenix, Black Dust Mambo and Black Heart Loa. They're good but you need to read one after the other as Mambo ends but Loa picks it up right away. It's like it was supposed to be one big book she cut in half to make 2 books.

Date Posted: 8/14/2015 7:00 PM ET
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I found an old time reading program edition of The Horse's Mouth by Joyce Cary at a library sale today. It's been so long since I read the book I probably won't remember much of it. This is the last book in a trilogy. It's probably the most popular book in the trilogy but I think the first book is the better book. That one is Herself Surprised. That is strictly my own opinion. I never can remember the 2nd book.

Date Posted: 8/17/2015 7:41 PM ET
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I'm reading" All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doeer"  - about halfway thru, this is a contender for best book

Date Posted: 8/17/2015 11:28 PM ET
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FINISHED

Stag Party  Ben Rehder                    Another good humorous mystery by this author.

NYPD Red 2: James PattersonMarshall Karp                      Liked this one.

Paris Match (Stone Barrington, Bk 31): Stuart Woods          Another good book by this author.

Canada: Richard Ford        There was something about this book.  I liked the storyline, but there were times where i was bored.  

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 8/19/2015 12:26 PM ET
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Current

Nightwood by Djuna Barnes

The Martian by Andy Weir

 

Finished

Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn (non fiction)

The Cannibal's Guide to Ethical Eating by Mykle Hansen (wonderfully written small press book, highly recommend)

Dark Eden by Chris Beckett

Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co. by Jeremy Mercer (non fiction)

Date Posted: 8/19/2015 1:24 PM ET
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Stephanie, what are your  thoughts on The Martian.  The folks in my audio swap are liking it  a lot!

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