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Perfectly Miserable---Guilt, God and Real Estate in a Small Town Sarah Payne Stewart
Miracle on Mohegan Island Elizabeth Kelly
Notes fron a Small Island Bill Bryson
The Nix Nathan Hill
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Finished in December: Paint It Black by: Janet Fitch
Spilt Milk by: Amanda Hodgkinson
Under the Wide and Starry Sky by: Nancy Horan
Come Rain or Come Shine by: Jan Karon for book club
Currently Reading: Knitlandia - A Knitter Sees the World by: Clara Parkes
Hope to get to: A Fine Balance by: Rohinton Misrtry for book club
Fortune's Children - The Fall of the house of Vanderbilt by: Arthur T. Vanderbilt II
Living Right by: Laila Ibrahim
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Jeanne W., For some reason that title cracked me up!
I have three books going: The Redeemers by Ace Atkins which is part of a series. Off the Grid by C. J. Box another series booik. And Fatal Pursuit by Martin Walker, yet another series book. All are good reads but Off the Grid is so far my favorite. Audio in the car is an old Spenser book titled Cold Service.
The Wolves by Alex Berenson, next in his John Wells series.
Evel, The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel by Leigh Montville.
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, just getting started.
Wish You Well by David Baldacci. Needed a small paperback could put in coat pocket & this one fit the bill, just getting started with it.
The Last Talk with Lola Faye by Thomas Cook. A history professor that escaped a poor life in the south, meets a woman very much connected to his past. The conversation and memories brought up are basically the book. A few twists & turns throughout, not an exciting book but still a good read. Basically just one long conversation with his memories brought in here & there too. A different style, not sure I would like to read a lot of books like this but was a change from the more normal.
Long For This World: The Strange Science of Immortality by Jonathan Weiner. Interesting read about scientists that are looking to achieve immortality for people. I liked how he looked at it from through time and also some of the different theories about if it is possible or not. Didn't really get into the whole question of should we do this more of just how to do this. Most scientists though are working on a small parts of it to extend life.
Stalin's Ghost by Martin Cruz Smith. Next in Arkady Renko series. I really like this series and this was a good addition to it.
World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler. The world has fallen apart and people in small town New York state start trying to do some rebuilding. This is first book in series, good start. Interesting characters and whole development of what has happened, will have to track down the rest of the series.
Male of the Species, stories by Alex Mindt. Lot of good short stories in here with men as the focus. All types and situations. I really enjoyed this book, a good reminder of why I enjoy a short story book every once in a while.
The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins. Interesting stuff with a bunch of action shoved in.
Hold Tight by Harlan Coben. A lot of bad things suddenly happen to a group of families. Just too much to buy into all of it though. Book seemed slow to start but did turn into page turner.
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Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past A Ballad Novella by Sharyn McCrumb
I love the Ballad books, but this was seriously lacking. Predictable, and I thought it should have Disney music in the background. Cute and quick if cute is your thing.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by narrated by Amy Ryan and Michael Stumbarg. Really enjoyed this one!
Becoming Nicole The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt. Eye-opening heartbreaker.
A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon. Just lost interest and quit less than halfway through.
Snow Angels by Stewart O'Nan. Short book that is kind of draggy.
The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout . Wonderful wonderful book. Loved the movie, too!
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Nancy, I've read Louise Erdrich for years, read a couple of duds, then got back to her with The Roundhouse which I got in a game. I liked it a lot! Recommend her latest, LaRose. And her very early books.
Tina, I put Knitlandia on my WL. Looking forward to your review. Jeanne, same with your book. As one who spent almost her entire life in New England, and often pine for it, I think I can relate.
Holy Moly, what a time I had formatting my above list. 5 tries!
I liked Knitlandia alot. I have almost all of Clara Parkes books. It was a Christmas gift, so I will not be posting it, as it is a keeper. Ms. Parkes writes with such humor, and her descriptions of the festivals almost make you feel like you are there. I read at night in bed most of the time, and it made me want to pick up my knitting right there at almost midnight. It is a small book, only 160 pages, and not as large as a trade size. I believe it is under $20.00 new.
I have also read The Roundhouse by Louise Erdrich, and liked it. My book club read it for discussion.
Bonnie, I read Kitchens of the Great Midwest and enjoyed it a lot. Lots of midwestern cooking and restaurants in the framework of a young chef's life. Chef-ess? Whatever the feminine version of chef is. I grew up in Omaha, and though it is virtually gone now, Bohemian cooking was prevalent in the south end of town.
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Finished this month:
Starlight by Nora Roberts --- 2 books in 1: Hidden Star -- Bailey James has amnesia and can't remember who she is or anything that's happened and why does she have half a million dollars in cash and a huge blue diamond? She hires private eye, Cade Parris, to help her figure things out. Captive Star -- M.J. O'Leary has a bogus bounty on her head, but bounty hunter, Jack Dakota doesn't know it's bogus and tracks her down, handcuffs her and then they both end up on the run because somebody wants the huge blue diamond M.J. has in her purse. Does anyone know if there is a third book that ties up the loose ends with Gracie and the third diamond? I've tried to find a book like this with no luck.
Cat on a Hyacinth Hunt by Carole Nelson Douglas --- The first several books of this series were pretty much "cozies" but the last couple and this one have gotten deeper into the lives of the main characters, Temple Barr, Matt Devine and Max Kinsella. Temple has to make up her mind which guy she wants and then there's a dead body that Midnight Louie sees being brought up from a casino lagoon.
Sticks and Scones by Diane Mott Davidson --- I seem to be reading older series, but they're on my shelf and I want to get them cleared out. Caterer, Goldie Schulz has two catering jobs at the Hyde Castle, a real English castle that's been brought to Aspen Meadows and the owner wants to turn it into a convention center. Somebody shoots out Goldie's front window, she finds a dead body in a creek, her ex-husband has been paroled from prison and that's just one day....then things get worse. Always a fun read.
There's Nothing to Be Afraid Of by Marcia Muller --- Private eye, Sharon McCone has been hired to find out who's been frightening the Vietnamese refugees living in a hotel in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. There's lots of suspects, a porn theater owner, a street preacher, the landlord... When one of the residents is found dead and then another body turns up, Sharon has her work cut out for her. A well-written series.
Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris --- Never having read the Sookie Stackhouse series I didn't know what to expect with this book, but I loved it!! Harper Connelly finds dead people. Having been stuck by lightening she's left with the ability to locate dead people and tell how they died. She and her step-brother, Tolliver Lang, are hired by a group of people in the Ozarks to find a missing girl, probably dead. But there are lots of secrets in the town and somebody doesn't want Harper to discover them. I liked this book so much I read the next in the series and have started on the third.
Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris --- Harper and Tolliver are in Memphis at the invitation of college professor, Clyde Nunley. He thinks he can debunk Harper and show her to be a fraud, but when she proves him wrong by telling how people in a cemetery died and then discovering a body buried there that shouldn't be, even skeptics begin to believe.
An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris --- 3rd in this series---love it!! Harper and Tolliver are called to Doraville, NC when a grandmother hires them to find her grandson, one of 6 young men missing from that town in 5 years. I've got the 4th book ordered, hope Harris writes more!!
Death of a Butterfly by Margaret Maron- Sigrid Harald, a detective in the NYPD, is thought to have ice water in her veins by the cops under her, but she doesn't let that stop her from solving cases. A young woman is found dead in her kitchen and there are plenty of suspects as she wasn't a very nice person. This is an earlier series by Margaret Maron, before her Judge Deborah Knott series, different but still good.
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith --- Number 6 in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe has been asked to help find an embezzler, her husband's apprentice mechanic has quit to take up with a rich older lady and Precious' first husband shows up demanding money. And that's just the beginning, things are busy at the detective agency!
Mayhem in Minature by Margaret Grace --- Geraldine Porter is a crafter who constructs minature rooms. When one of her elderly students is suspected of murder, she begins to investigate. Lots of information about how to do minatures.
Wild Designs by Kathy Fforde --- Althea Farraday is a divorced woman with three teen-age kids who has just lost her job as a school secretary. Her love of gardening has made her decide to try to become a garden designer, but with no formal training, she has to rely on word of mouth and a lot of luck. And that comes when she meets a new neighbor whose greenhouse she has been secretly using. A fun read with likable characters [for the most part].
Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris --- the 4th [and final?] in the Harper Connelly series. Harper and Tolliver have been called to Texas by the rich Joyce family to find out what killed their grandfather. What she discovers opens up a whole other mysterious death, which leads to people being shot, two deaths and, finally what happened to Cameron. I sure hate to see this series end, but according to Charlaine Harris' web site, she doesn't plan to write any more, at least for now.
The Summer Hideaway by Susan Wiggs --- 7th in the Lakeshore Chronicles series, George Bellamy has one final wish, to go back to Willow Lake and reconcile with his brother. He takes his private duty nurse with him, hoping his grandson, Ross, will join them. One of the better books in this series, in my opinion.
Currently reading: Funeral Food by Kathleen Taylor
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This was the first book I read by this author. She definitely has a sense of humor. I will read more of this series.
A biography about being lost at sea. Very good.
A mystery/thriller based on the facts on the sinking of The Titanic. Very good.
I will be waiting on book 3 of this Children/YA book.
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Incarnations: A Novel by Susan Barker. I enjoyed the reading experience. She is such a good writer, she kept me reading to the end. However, the book is a little dark for my taste. A cab driver in China begins to receive anonymous letters from someone claiming to have known him past lives. Each letter tells a story from their past.
Almost Famous Women: Stories by Megan Mayhew. A book of short stories about women. Some I liked and some not so much. She did an interview on "Reading Lives" podcast and in that interview, she mentioned one of her most favorite books was West with the Night by Beryl Markham. So, I connected with her on that account. If you haven't read Markham's book, I would highly recommend that you check it out.
Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism by Scott and Kimberly Hahn. I like that this book is told from both his and her perspectives about their journey. The two met in college, both majoring in Theology, both wanting to go into ministry in their Church. Both very active in their Church after graduation. But, the more they studied the Bible, the closer they came to believe the teaching of the Catholic Church. They even met with their closest friends and college professors from their theology classes to ask them to help them find the flaw in their thinking, because the last thing they wanted to do was to be in agreement with the teaching of the Catholic Church. It was a compelling read, really.
The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart. The story is about a man and his wife who live at the Tower of London, in modern times. Residence at the Tower is required by his job. She works in the London Underground at the Lost Property Office. It is very funny, very British, story.
Learning To Breathe by Karen White, I usually enjoy her books but this one is surely not my favorite.
A Darker Domain by Val McDermid, I'm a big fan of hers, although I prefer her stand alone books to the series.
Skeleton Lake by Bryan Gruley, a good mystery I read for book club. I'm not a hockey fan so it had way too much on that. I thought I had it all figured out but that was only part of it, there was still more.
The Trespasser by Tana French, I like her books, this was a good one also.