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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
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
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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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.
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This is the first book I have read by this author. Enjoyable.
I will be waiting for the next in the series.
I enjoyed this book based on the storyline of lobstermen. Very interesting.
Another good book by this author.
This is a children's book, but I actually enjoyed it for a quick read. I put more of these on my wishlist.
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
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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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.
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
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.
Made me think.... if this could possibly happen.
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.
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.
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.