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After all the angst the past months, I decided to read some lighter stuff and have started a series called Blessings by Beverly Jenkins. It is a simply heartwarming contemporary series.
I am also reading another series by Chris Knopf. I think it is right up Vostamos' alley with lots of computer lingo and shinanigans. on the third in series titled A Billion Ways to Die.
Finished in January:
Knitlandia - A knitter Sees The World by: Clara Parkes
A Fine Balance by: Rohinton Mistry (For book club)
Fortunes Children - The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt by: Arthur T. Vandeerbilt II
Living Right by: Laila Ibrahim
Hope to get to in February:
Atonement by: Ian McEwan (For book club)
Child of the River by: Irma Joubert
For The Love of a Child by: Betty Mahmoody
The Summer Before the War by: Helen Simonson
Best Boy Eli Gottlieb
Scary Stuff Jane Fiffer
The Good Good Pig Sy Montgomery
The Dream Lover Elizabeth Berg
Town in a Strawberry Swirl BB Hayward
In Cod We Trust Eric Dregni
To a Mountain in Tibet Colin Thurbron
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The Genesis Secret by Tom Knox.
What Was I Thinking? 58 Bad Boyfriend Stores edited by Barbara Davilman and Liz Dubelman
The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year by Matt McCarthy, just getting started.
Wish You Well by David Baldacci. Needed a small paperback could put in coat pocket & this one fit the bill. Two young children in 1940 lose their dad in a car accident & mom is in a catonic state from this. Forced from living in New York, they move to rural mountain life in Virginia with their dad's strong but elderly grandmother. Kids learn value of the rural mountain life. A kind of hokey court scene at end though. Just okay in my mind.
Evel, The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel by Leigh Montville. I remember Evel Knievel growing up but was too young to really know much about him. Just that he jumped cars, buses and the Snake River jump. Reading this book you get to see the real Evel and he was just a terrible kind of guy in most ways. Really eye opening his faults that really overshadow all his dare devil antics.
The Wolves by Alex Berenson, next in his John Wells series. Good book & good series.
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Tragedy strikes Amy's family & they do terrible job dealing with it. Amy is high schooler and has to take trip with college guy to get vehicle across country. Roger college guy, is dealing with his own stuff. Not a bad read but probably just too young for me, not really my taste.
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1. I just finished the entire David Eddings series of trilogies. That took almost a year off and on. I wish I could get his stand-alone books at the library for the blind. I finished City of Lost Souls and started Mockingbird and Witch and Wizard. As of 2/3/17.
2. Finished Witch and Wizard/on to First Life. Am 1/3 through with Blackbird (sorry, not Mockingbird).
3. Finished Blackbird/on to The Best of Connie Willis.
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Flower Net by Lisa See.
Bless the Beasts and Children by Glendon Swarthout
Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella
My Reading Life by Pat Conroy.
Wow, I finished 1 book this month and it was Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall!
The Conroy I quit on the final disk.
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Just finished Asylum in less than a week, loved it. I don't read much Young Adult fiction but saw this in the bookstore when it first came out and put it on my WL. I'm now impatiently awaiting its sequel Sanctum.
One i would recommend every women in America read is 'I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced'. What an eye-opener! Nujood Ali had a co-writer help her, Delphine Minoui.
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Finished this month:
Funeral Food by Kathleen Taylor--- This series looked interesting since it's set in South Dakota [not many are!!] and that's where I'm from originally so thought I'd give it a try. It's really quite good, the characters are authentic and I can picture the small town of Delphi as a typical small South Dakota town. Like all small towns everywhere, Delphi has is secrets and problems and Tory Bauer gets caught up in them all; whether she wants to or not.
Keepsake by Antoinette Stockenberg --- Another author I hadn't read and she's a jewel!! Keepsake, Connecticut is a quaint New England town that has tried to forget about a murder that happened 17 years ago, but when the son of the man suspected of comitting that murder shows back up to try to clear his father's name, old memories resurface and people lives are in danger. Great story line and believable characters.
Safe Harbor by Antoinette Stockenberg -- Another great book by this author! Holly Anderson's 62-year-old father has left her mother for a much younger woman who is a con artist. Sam Steadman comes to town hunting the woman who has conned his elderly parents out of a valuable painting. When Holly and Sam meet there's an attraction, but both are leary of getting involved until they team up to bring the woman to justice. I really like Stockenberg's writing, the dialogue between the characters is so right-on!
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie --- When I posted this book, it came up as a hardcover so I tried to delete the post, but it didn't take. Be aware this is a softcover [paperback] if you want to order it. I really enjoyed this book. It is a novel but it gives the reader an intimate look at what it was like in China during the Cultural Revolution under Mao when young men with parents from the "intellectual class" [doctors, dentists, poets, authors, professors, etc.] were sent away to be "re-educated" by the peasants living in the countryside. While this is a small book, length-wise, it is well worth reading.
Out of the Rain by Debbie Macomber --- 2 books in one, Marriage Wanted and Laughter in the Rain. A quick read typical of Macomber--- man and woman meet, sparks fly along with misunderstandings and quarrels. But as always, love triumphs. A fun read when you want something light.
C. J.'s Fate by Kay Hooper--- An earlier book by Hooper but still an enjoyable read. C.J. Adams is tired of her friends trying to fix her up so she takes matters into her own hands and introduces a stranger, Fate Weston, as her lover. Well-developed characters and quick dialogue.
Out of Range by C.J. Box --- A Joe Pickett novel. Joe is sent to the Tetons to fill in temporarily for a game warden who has comitted suicide. When he gets to Jackson Hole things don't add up and he begins to suspect there's more involved in the death of Will Jenson. As always a taut story-line making it a 2:30 in the morning kind of book.
Killing Grounds by Dana Stabenow--- Kate Shugak is working for Old Sam during the salmon run when a body turns up in the bay next to the boat she's on. The dead man is the most hated man in town so there are a lot of suspects. Always a great read.
Long, Lean and Lethal by Heather Graham --- Someone is killing people using Alfred Hitchcock's movie theme murders as their guide and soap star Jennifer Connolly's mother thinks she may be in danger. interesting story-line and characters.
Exceptional Clearance by William J. Caunitz --- I'd never read anything by this author before, but this book made me a fan. I read this in one day, it was so compelling. As a former member of the NYPD, Caunitz's writing is realistic and very readable. Women are being killed in a brutal and bizarre way and NYPD Detective Lieutenant John Vinda is put in charge of the investigation. I've had to post this book in my unpostable list on my profile page because I don't feel it's up to PBS standards, but it is in very readable condition. I did get it this way from another member. It's free with any order from my bookshelf.
Rekindled by Barbara Delinsky--- 2 stories in one by Delinsky written early in her career. Flip Side of Yesterday and Lilac Awakening. Both quick reads. Of the two I enjoyed Lilac Awakening the most.
A Body to Die For by Kate White --- Bailey Weggins has gone to help a friend who owns a resort/spa and is having problems, but they get worse when Bailey finds the body of a dead massage therapist. Lots of twists and turns as to who-done-it, and the ending is a surprise. Fun, quick read.
Tracking Time by Leslie Glass --- Talk about dysfunctional families!!! this book is a textbook. NYPD Detective April Woo is searching for a missing man that most believe has been murdered, but April's instincts tell her he's still alive, she just has to find him. What makes this book so intense are the ones responsible for his disappearance and why they act the way they do, all going back to the dysfunctional family theme. Highly recommended, great series.
Dead Famous by Carol O'Connell --- Detective Mallory is investigating the murders of an FBI agent and 10 of 12 jurors who found a defendant not guilty of murder. Who is "The Reaper" and why is he killing off the jurors? Intense plot with lots of twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing until the very end. Another great series.
Currenty reading: Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd
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I have read the first one.. The second one was drudgery. The third was completed by his wife, wasn't it? I haven't tackled it after #2.
Please recommend any others similar to Eddings/btw, I have read all of Hobb. Sometimes I can only get a few audio books in a series, and
of course, I can't complete it. But I'll try!
BARD (the library for the blind) lists quite a few books from this author, but they are for children and none more than 7 hrs. I am looking for something a little more challenging - don't mind the 30 hour audio books.