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Subject: It's March 2017 - What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 3/1/2017 8:42 PM ET
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FINISHED -

  1. "A HARD MAN TO LOVE" by Kathleen Lawless (A+++++) Mixing business and pleasure never felt so good. Montana Blackstone has big plans for the deluxe spa resort she's building at Black Creek Ranch. They don't include letting her know-it-all new foreman take the reins, even if tall, broad-shouldered Steele Hardt looks mighty capable of showing her how blissful it can be to surrender control - in and out of the bedroom. As the sizzling chemistry between them erupts in one mind-blowing encounter after another, Montana finds that Steele has a knack for knocking down her defenses and seeing through to the vulnerable core she's tried so hard to hide. Once a pro poker player, now a renowned business troubleshooter, Steele came to Black Creek to give investors a covert report on the spa's potential - not to give its gorgeous owner such very personal attention. And once she learns the truth about why he's there, Steele stands to lose Montana forever. Convincing her that the heat between them is more than a diversion means taking the biggest gamble of his life. But Steele has never been known to take the easy way out - and he's not about to start now.
  2. "HARD AS YOU CAN" by Laura Kaye (Hard Ink #3) (A+++++) Five dishonored soldiers. Former Special Forces. One last mission. These are the men of Hard Ink. Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he's known a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister's sake, Crystal can't get too close. Until her job and Shane's mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed. Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation. Nor can he walk away from Crystal. The gorgeous waitress is hiding secrets she doesn't want him to uncover. Too bad. He's exactly the man she needs to protect her sister, her life and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this good, you hold on as hard as you can - and never let go.
  3. "SLEEPLESS IN MANHATTAN" by Sarah Morgan (From Manhattan with Love #1) (A++++++) Cool, calm and competent, events planner Paige Walker loves a challenge. After a childhood spent in and out of hospitals, she's now determined to prove herself - and where better to take the world by storm than Manhattan? But when Paige loses the job she loves, she must face her biggest challenge of all - going it alone. Except launching her own events company is nothing compared to hiding her outrageous crush on Jake Romano - her brother's best friend, New York's most in-demand date and the only man to break her heart. When Jake offers Paige's fledgling company a big chance, their still-sizzling chemistry starts giving her sleepless nights. But can she convince the man who trusts no one to take a chance on forever" "MIDNIGHT AT TIFFANY'S" by Sarah Morgan (From Manhattan with Love #0.5) (A+++++) Matilda is a New York waitress by day, but an aspiring author by night - and she loves to write about kickass heroines! So when she meets gorgeous millionaire Chase Adams, she decides to channel them and act on their sizzling attraction! One magical night later, she's living the dream, but will a trip to Tiffany's make it a reality?
  4. "PLAYING FOR PIZZA" by John Grisham (A+++++) (unabridged audio CD) Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game against Denver, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually got in the game. With a 17-point lead and just minutes to go. Rick provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughingstock and, of course, was immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams. But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent, Arnie, find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds Arnie finally locates just such a team and informs Rick that, miraculously, he can in fact now be a starting quarterback - for the mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy. Yes, Italians do play American football, to one degree or another, and the Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player - any former NFL player - at their helm. So Rick reluctantly agrees to play for the Panthers - at least until a better offer comes along - and heads off to Italy. He knows nothing about Parma, has never been to Europe, and doesn't speak or understand a word of Italian. To say that Italy holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.
  5. "HALF MOON HARBOR" by Donna Kaufmann (Bachelors of Blueberry Cove #2) (A+++++) Bold, brash, Irish - Brodie Monaghan's been breaking hearts ever since he arrived in Maine to rebuild the family business. Still, there's one woman he just can't wow. Grace Maddox claims she's now part owner of Monaghan Shipbuilders, and she has her own dreams for the weathered dockside buildings. Tiny Blueberry Cove has a way of welcoming strangers with wide open arms, but is the sleepy coastal village ready for the fireworks these two spark?
  6. "SPECIAL OPS - THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF ROMANCE" The Navy SEALs, Delta Force, Air Force Pararescue, the Green Berets, the Army Rangers and other special forces: men and women who live and fight in extreme danger to preserve our freedoms, defenders and protectors of all we hold dear. "ONCE BURNED" by Penny McCall (A++++) "CANE RIVER" by Rinda Elliott (New Author for Me) (A+++++) - couldn't get into the next few stories so I posted the book.
  7. "TOUGH LUCK HERO" by Maisey Yates (Copper Ridge #5) (A+++++) Can the golden boy of Copper Ridge, Oregon, get a second chance at happy-ever-after? Ranching heir Colton West knew his wedding would be the talk of the town. But he didn't expect to get left at the altar - or to escape on the next flight to Vegas with Lydia Carpenter, the woman who gets under his skin like no one else. The only thing crazier than honeymooning with Lydia is waking up married to her. So why does he find himself entertaining his new wife's desire to stay married - and fantasizing about a real wedding night? As Copper Ridge's prospective mayor, Lydia can't risk a divorce scandal so close to election time. But pretending to be blissfully in love with her new husband is more confusing than she'd thought. For a man who's always rubbed her the wrong way, Colton suddenly seems to know exactly what to do with his hands. And his lips. Now Lydia's wildest mistake could turn out to be her luckiest move, if they're both willing to take the ultimate gamble.
  8. "FIGHTING DIRTY" by Lori Foster (Ultimate #4) (A++++++) He's the hottest MMA fighter in the game, but one woman is ready to try out a few steam moves of her own. With the life he's led and the muscles he's gained, Armie Jacobson isn't afraid of anything. Except maybe Merissa Colter's effect on him. It's not just that she's his best fried's little sister. Face is, she deserves better. Women pursue him for one night of pleasure and that's all he wants to offer. Until rescuing Merissa from a robbery leads to the most erotic encounter of his life. Good girl meets bad boy. It's a story that rarely ends well. But Merissa is taking matters into her own hands. No matter how he views himself, the Armie she knows is brave, honorable and completely loyal. And as past deons and present-day danger collide, they're both about to learn what's really worth fighting for.
  9. "DRIFTWOOD POINT" by Mariah Stewart (Chesapeake Diaries #10) (A+++++) Up-and-coming artist Lisbeth Parker finally has a chance to show the folks back home what it means to leave Cannonball Island and make something of yourself. As a native whose stubborn father borbade her from befriending townies, Lis always felt like an outsider in St. Dennis. So while her work is on display in the local art gallery, she records her ailing centenarian great-grandmother's stories of the island's rich history and spearheads a fight for its survival. Lis was Alec Jansen's secret dream girl growing up, even after she flat-out refused to be his prom date. Now the handsome environmental engineer and the ship-smart beauty are on opposite sides of a debate over the island's future. Hired to prove that developing the shore will have little impact on the area's natural integrity and huge gains for its economy, Alec is determined to hange his alluring, headstrong rival's mind - and win her heart.
  10. "THE TROUBLE WITH VALENTINE'S DAY" by Rachel Gibson (Chinook's Hockey Team #3) (A++++) Kate Hamilton should know. Dumped by her boyfriend, stressed out by her job, she's returned to Gospel, Idaho, for some rest and small-town fun. But when her first attempted seduction of a hunky stranger is completely rejected, she wonders what else could go wrong? Well, for starters, she quickly realizes that the Mountain Momma Crafters' original poetry readings is about as good as it gets on a Friday night. Then she comes face-to-face with Rob Sutter, former ice hockey madman, owner of Sutter Sports - and the hunky stranger who told her to get lost. Rob's been more than burned by love - but then he and Kate find themselves in an ultra-compromising position i the M&S Market after hours, giving the phrase "clean-up in aisle five" a whole new meaning, and causing a whole lot of gossip in Gospel.
  11. "COPS AND COWBOYS" "HER WILDEST DREAMS" by Shiloh Walker (A++++) Timid and shy, in her wildest dreams Allie never imagined Alex would look at her with anything more than friendship and maybe a little pity in his eyes. One horrible night, Allie is attacked and Alex comes rushing to her rescue. He wonders if he is really needed when he finds a little hellcat fighting off her attacker. uch later that night, Alex holds that little hellcat in his arms. Months later, he runs into Allie again and he barely recognizes her - she's no longer the shy little wallflower she had once been. Problem is...she doesn't seem to want to have anything to do with him. Allie's about to find out that Alex is the only man guaranteed to make her wildest dreams come true. "COWBOY & THE CAPTIVE" by Lora Leigh (A++++) Melina lived her life in her older, selfish twin's shadow until the final deceit forced her to refocus on her own life. But the past has not been forgotten by Luc Jardin. Now, kidnapped and at the mercy of a man with a grudge, Melina must learn to accept the past as well as her attraction to the arrogant rancher. Just as Luc must learn to accept that, sometimes, things are not always as they seem.
  12. "DON'T SAY A WORD" by Barbara Freethy (A+++++) Everything she's been told about her past is a lie. Julie DeMarco is planning a perfect San Francisco wedding when she comes face-to-face with a famous photograph, the startling image of a little girl behind the iron gate of a foreign orphanage - a girl who looks exactly like her. But Julia isn't an orphan. She wasn't adopted. And she's never been out of the country. She knows who she is - or does she? Haunted byuncertainty, Julia sets off on a dangerous search for her true identity - her only clues a swan necklace and an old Russian doll, her only ally daring, sexy photographer Alex Manning. Suddenly nothing is as it seems. The people Julia loved and trusted become suspicious strangers. The relationships she believed in - with her mother, her sister and her fiance - are shaken by new revelations. The only person she can trust is Alex, but he has secrets of his own. Each step brings her closer to a mysterious past that began a world away - a past that still has the power to threaten her life...and change her future forever.
  13. "I'M IN NO MOOD FOR LOVE" by Rachel Gibson (Writer Friends #2) (A+++++) Bridesmaid gone wild. What is Claire Wingate doing? One minute she's suffering in a pretty-in-pink gown she'll never wear again and the next thing she knows it's morning...and she has the nastiest hangover of her life. To make matters worse, she's wearing nothing but a spritz of Escada and lying next to Sebastian Vaughan...her girlhood crush turned sexy, globe-hopping journalist. Somewhere between the toast and the toss of the bouquet she'd gotten herself into a whole lot of trouble. Clare had the right to go while - after all, she'd been knocked off her dyed-to-match shoes after finding her own fiance in a compromising position with the washing machine repairman. Clearly her society wedding is off. But Sebastian pushed all the wrong buttons - and some of the right ones, too. Clare is in no mood for love - not even for lust - and wants to forget about Sebastian and his six-pack abs ASAP. But he isn't in the mood to go away and his kiss is impossible to forget.
  14. "THE LAST MILE" by David Baldacci (Amos Decker #2) (unabridged audio CD) (A++++++) Convicted murderer Melvin Mars is counting down the last hours before his execution - for the violent killing of his parents twenty years earlier - when he's granted an unexpected reprieve. Another man has confessed to the crime. Amos Decker, newly hired on an FBI special task force, takes an interest in Mars's case after discovering the striking similarities to his own life: Both men were talented football players with promising careers cut short by tragedy. Both men's families were brutally murdered. And in both cases, another suspect came forward, years after the killing, to confess to the crime. A suspect who may or may not have been telling the truth. The confession has the potential to make Melvin Mars - guilty or not - a free man. Who wants Mars out of prison? And why now? But when a member of Decker's team disappears, it becomes clear that something much larger - and more sinister - than just one convicted criminal's life hangs in the balance. Decker will need all of his extraordinary brainpower to stop an innocent man from being executed. 
  15. "STRANGER IN TOWN" by Brenda Novak (Dundee, Ohio #5.5) (A++++++) What happens when you nearly kill a man - and then fall in love with him? The car accident was Hannah Price's fault - a few seconds of inattention that changed Gabe Holbrook's life forever, destroying everything he'd been or ever wanted to be. He was a man who'd had it all. Intelligent, handsome, talented, rich, he'd been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Now he's come to Dunee, the small town where he was raised, but he's a stranger to the peple who once knew him. Folks think he's bitter and withdrawn; he knows he's just focused on recovering. But thanks to Hannah Price, there are some things that can't be fixed. Hannah has been struggling to recover from that fateful night, too. Unlike Gabe, she sustained only minor injuries, But she's ot sure she'll ever be able to forgive herself for making a mistake with such far-reaching consequences. Especially when Gabe becomes her older son's football coach and she begins to fall in love with the man she nearly destroyed.
  16. "HE'S THE ONE" "BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED" by Linda Lael Miller (Parable, Montana #5.5) (A+++++) Contrary to popular opinion, Gayle Hayes's love life is out of service. But when she returns to her small Montana hometown, rodeo bad boy Tristan McCullough gives her a whole new lesson in power surge. "CAPTIVATED" by Jill Shalvis (A+++++) James Scott warned his investigator ex-wife Ella to be more careful. Now he finds he irate woman nearly naked and handcuffed to the towel rack in his Mexican vacation condo, He should release her. Then again... "SEDUCING TABBY" by Lucy Monroe (A+++++) Everybody always wants Tabby Payton's beautiful sister. But not sexy English spy Calder Maxwell. He wants Tabby, body and soul, and he's willing to take seduction to new levels to prove it."NO SHIRT, NO SHOES, NO SERVICE" by Kate Angell (Barefoot William #2.5) (New Author For Me) (A+++++) Violet Cates is done with surfing beach bums. She's ready for a new wave, someone with more ambition than a grain of sand. Like Brad Davis. He looks like a beach bum, but looks can be so deceiving"FISH OUT OF WATER" by Cat Johnson (Oklahoma Nights #1.5) (A+++++) Carla Henricks is a cowgirl through and through, but her lasso has never met an English professor like Mark Ross. It's true opposites attract. Staying together is the juicy part.

CURRENTLY READING -

  1. "Gastien: From Dream to Destiny" by Caddy Rowland (Gastien #2) (reading on a Kindle app on my computer)  
  2. "Going Down Hard" by Carly Phillips (Billionaire Bad Boys #3) (book I received from the author in exchange for my review)  
  3. "Tempting Dusty" by Helen Hardt (Temptation #1) (New Author For Me)  
  4. "Do You Take This Cowboy" "The Loving Season" by Cait London (By Request #2) (New Author For Me) "Cowboys Don't Cry" by Anne McAllister (Tanner Brothers #1) (New Author For Me) 

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO -

  1. "A Baby of Her Own" by Brenda Novak (Dundee, Ohio #1) (listening on an audible app on my celllphone)  


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Finished in February:

           Living Right           by: Laila Ibrahim

           Atonement            by: Ian McEwan  for book club

          When She Woke    by: Hillary Jordan

Currently Reading:  Child of the River  by: Irma Joubert

Hope to get to:

         Change of Heart                    by: Jody Picoult

         For the Love of a Child           by: Betty Mahmoody

         The Summer Before the War  by:  Helen Simonson

         The Kite Runner                    by: Khaled Hosseini

 

 

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Confucius Lives Next Door: What living in the East teaches us about living in the West by T R Reid. Interesting stuff.

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Currently Reading:

Capital City by Mari Sandoz.  Really like some of Sandoz other books and finally getting to this one.

Patty Jane's House of Curl by Lorna Landvik, just getting started

 

Finished:

The Turk and My Mother by Mary Helen Stefaniak.  Written as a kind of family history that starts before WWI with the family in Hungary.  One son leaves for America with wife left behind expecting.  After war wife & family move to America.  A son left behind had ended up in army and lost in WWI from family.  He eventually ends up on Siberia before returning to Hungary with a wife and family.  Really interesting characters and story.

Napoleon's Hemorrhoids and Other Small Events that Changed History by Phil Mason.  Short sometimes 1 or 2 paragraphs about things that happened in history that if had gone differently, well who knows. Fun kind of what if stuff.  Good quick easy read.

Drone Threat by Mike Maden.  Part of a series by author with drone's as the main component.  Okay series & an okay book.  I don't really understand some of the leaps of faith that the characters take but oh well.  Still entertaining but not great.

Hikikomori and the Rental Sister by Jeff Backhaus.  Really good read and something different than the typical book.  A young father's son is killed & he blames himself.  He locks himself into a bedroom for 3+ years and avoids everyone, only sneeking out at night for food & magazines.  Wife hires a young Japanese woman to be a hikikomori--rental sister--to help get husband back into the world.  

The Genesis Secret by Tom Knox.  Discoveries in Turkey/Syria area--Kurdistan, bad guys in Great Britain.  Both these story lines come together but still not all that enjoyable.  Oh well.

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly:  A Physician's First Year by Matt McCarthy.  Good read and really helps you appreciate what doctors go through to get their experience and training.  I really enjoyed his earlier book about his year in minor league baseball.  

What Was I Thinking?  58 Bad Boyfriend Stores edited by Barbara Davilman and Liz Dubelman.  Very short page to a couple page entries about bad boyfriend or at least boyfriends that did something that the girlfriend couldn't get over and eventually caused the end of the relationship.  Some good some not so good, most kind of light humor.  Seemed as if about everyone of the writers was from west or east coast though.  Oh well nothing too bad but not really memorable either.

 



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NYPD Red 2   James Patterson

Don't Put Me in Coach   Mark Titus

The Snow Child    Eowyn Ivey



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Finished Archetype, and am reading Prototype (the sequel).  I am really enjoying this series by a young woman - very young.  It's not YA either.  I am also listening to the prequel to the Shanarra series.  I'm not that fond of the author.  I am tempted to hold back one of my new listed books for next time, The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith, to read it first.  It's sounds pretty good.

I couldn't stay with that Terry Brooks book - so I went onto Hild by Nicola Griffin.  It's too soon to say if I will like it or not.

Lord-a-mercy, Hild is most difficult to follow because it's in 3 different accents (ancient).  It's 30 hours long.  I'm still hanging in there, but I did finish Prototype and am on to Dust and Light by Carol Berg.

 

 

 

Judye



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Moon Shell Beach : Nancy Thayer                            

This is the first book I have read by this author.  Enjoyable.

The Burning Horizon (Seekers: Return to the Wild, Bk 5)  : Erin Hunter         

 I will be waiting for the next in the series.

Of Sea and Cloud  : Jon Keller                                  

I enjoyed this book based on the storyline of lobstermen.  Very interesting.       

Breakdown (Alex Delaware, Bk 31)  : Jonathan Kellerman                

Another good book by this author.   

 I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 (I Survived, Bk 14)  : Lauren Tarshis       

This is a children's book, but I actually enjoyed it for a quick read.   I put more of these on my wishlist.

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Being Esther by Miriam Karmel

The Girl Before by J P Delany

The Black Madonna by Louisa Ermalino

The Rock Orchard by Paula Wall

Blue Italian  by Rita Ciresi

Playing with Matches by Carolyn Wall

The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan narrated by Gwendoline Yeo

The Sweet Potato Queens Weddding Planner/Divorce Guide written and narrated by Jill Connor Browne

 

 



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Finished this month:  Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd --- A new author to me and from what I read this is a departure from her other books.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will look for more of Dodd's along this line. Several severe earthquakes hit Virtue Falls and geologist, Elizabeth Banner, is there to study and record them.  She's following in her father's footsteps in her line of work, but not in what she's always believed happened when she was a child. Her father has been in prison for 26 years for killing her mother and Elizabeth has always believed she saw him do it.  But did she really? A real page-turner

The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree by Susan Wittig Albert -- Love this new series by Albert!  The Dahlias are the garden club of Darling, Alabama during the depression of the 1930s.  Along the same line as Albert's China Bayles series in that the ladies find themselves investigating not only a death, but what's going on with the local bank. A fun read and I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.

Double-Booked for Death by Ali Brandon--- Darla Pettistone has inherited her great-aunt's bookstore in Brooklyn, NY, along with Hamlet, a black cat who has a definite mind of his own. A famous author has been booked for an autograph signing at the store and when hundreds of teen-age girls and a lone protester show up things happen; not what Darla was hoping for. First of this series.

The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies by Susan Wittig Albert --- A really fun read about Darling, Alabama during the 1930s.  The Darling Dahlias are the garden club ladies and they seem to always be in the midst of whatever is going on in their little town.  When two newcomers show up rumors start flying, especially when it's discovered they once performed in vaudeville as the Naughty and Nice Sisters.

Skin Deep by Nora Roberts --- A quick read, one of Roberts' earlier books. Chantel O'Hurley is a movie star who's being stalked. As the letters and calls become more threatening, she hires Quinn Doran to find out who the stalker is.

Without A Trace by Nora Roberts--- A follow-up to Skin Deep about Chantel's missing brother.  Gillian Fitzpatrick hunts down Trace O'Hurley in Mexico to help her find her brother and niece who have been kidnapped. A quick read.

Antiques Flee Market by Barbara Allen---Brandy Borne and her mother, Vivian, seem to find themselves caught up in another murder investigation. Always a fun read.

North of Nowhere by Steve Hamilton--- I really like this series.  Each book grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let up. Alex McKnight goes to play poker with a friend to a man's house that he doesn't know and ends up face down on the floor as 3 men pull off a robbery. When the friend is arrested as an accomplice, Alex sets out to find the real robbers, and that's when it really gets interesting!

 

Currently reading:  The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer [Started this and couldn't get into it, so I've been reading other books instead.  But I will eventually get back to it].



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Currently Reading:  The Gravity of Birds

Finished:

Glory Road by Robert Heinlein. I cannot express how much I loved this book. It was so wonderously fun. I do love a good fantasy adventure and i enjoyed all the characters immensly.

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zara. Young adult novel about a piano prodigy that loses her drive and finds her way back to music. It was light and fun but I think it did a good job of bringing back to my teen angst years.

Cherry by Mary Karr. It's her second memoir, the first being The Liar's Club. I enjoyed the first one so I thought I would check out the second one. She has a nice style and when I read her stuff it feels like I'm listening to an old friend tell stories.

Flirting with Pete by Barabra Delinsky

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivery

 

 



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Night of the Howling Dogs : Graham Salisbury

Based on a true story.   

DYLAN'S SCOUT TROOP goes camping in Halape, a remote spot below the volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. The only thing wrong with the weekend on a beautiful, peaceful beach is Louie, a tough older boy. Louie and Dylan just can't get along. — That night an earthquake rocks the camp, and then a wave rushes in, sweeping everyone and everything before it. Dylan and Louie must team up on a dangerous rescue mission. The next hours are an amazing story of survival and the true meaning of leadership.

 

Stepfather Bank  : David Poyer

Explores a potential future of earth that has been purchased by a bank. In the 120 years it takes the bank to purchase everything it institutes vast changes in the way we live our lives. We literally become indebted to the bank from the age of 18. The bank tells us where to live, whom to marry, and delivers our babies to the front door. The one person on the planet who is not indebted manages to stay alive by pulling one scam or another. When the bank tries to terminate him, society begins to pay attention to this overweight, uneducated, scruffy man and his hypnotic little poems

 

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Wish  : Joseph Monninger

Bees brother, Tommy, knows everything there is to know about sharks. He also knows that his life will be cut short by cystic fibrosis. And so does Bee. —  — Thats why she wants to make his wish-foundation-sponsored trip to swim with a great white shark an unforgettable memory. — But wishes dont always come true. At least, not as expected. Only when Bee takes Tommy to meet a famous shark attack survivor and hard-core surfer does Tommy have the chance to live one day to the fullest.
And in the sun-kissed ocean off a California beach, Bee discovers that she has a few secret wishes of her own. . . .

 

Invasion of Privacy  : Christopher Reich

Made me think.... if this could possibly happen.

 

Go Set a Watchman: A Novel  : Harper Lee

 Tackles the racial tensions brewing in the South in the 1950s and delves into the complex relationship between father and daughter." It includes versions of many of the characters who appear in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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An Hour before Daylight by Jimmy Carter. a memoir.

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Jeanne, I'd be interested in how you liked The Snow Child.  I listened to that a couple of years ago.  Debra Monk narrated and she was darn good.  Odd sort of book, I thought.

This is becoming one of my best ever reading months!  Lots of real page turners.

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Just started listening to "The Snowman" by Jo Nesbo. Good 

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Bonnie-The Snow Child left me sort of scratching my head. I liked the book is what I finally decided but it was a bit strange. I usually don't do well with fantasy but this book wasn't too much for me. I am glad that I read it.

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Jeanne,  I think I liked it so much because of the narrator.   I like Debra Monk no matter what she is doing.

 

Date Posted: 3/31/2017 4:38 PM ET
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Daryl, this sounds really good,  Hikikomori and the Rental Sister by Jeff Backhaus.  I just might look into getting a copy.