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Subject: It's February 2019 - What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 2/1/2019 1:30 AM ET
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  1. "UNBROKEN:A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE AND REDEMPTION" by Laura Hillenbrand (audio CD) (A++++) On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War. The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.
  2. "THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR" by Shari Lapena (new author for me) (A+++) It all started at a dinner party. A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors - a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all - a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story. Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years. What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family - a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.
  3. "FORCE OF ATTRACTION" (K-9 Rescue #2) by D.D. Ayers (new author for me) (A++++) The only thing more powerful than fear is desire. A seasoned K-9 officer with the police in Maryland, Cole Jamison has left her old life behind her. With a new home and a new partner - a protective canine named Hugo - Cole is ready for fresh challenges. A crucial position on an important drug task force is exactly what she wants...until she discovers her gorgeous, infuriating ex-husband will be the DEA agent in charge. Agent Scott Lucca may be a pro when it comes to undercover assignments, but this job is daunting even for him. Posing as a happy couple on the dog competition circuit means he and Cole need to get a lot closer than they've been in years. Playing a live-in couple should seem like a walk in the park compared to tracking a brutal criminal, but suddenly nothing could be more dangerous than the passionate fire they've rekindled.
  4. "BLESSINGS" by Anna Quindlen (unabridged audio CD) (A+++++) Late one night, a teenage couple drives up to the big white clapboard home on the Blessing estate and leaves a box. In that instant, the lives of those who live and work there are changed forever. Skip Cuddy, the caretaker, finds a baby girl asleep in that box and decides he wants to keep the child...while Lydia Blessing, the matriarch of the estate, for her own reasons, agrees to help him.
  5. "STRAIGHT FROM THE HIP" by Susan Mallery (Lone Star Sisters #3) (A+++++) Izzy has always been the fearless Titan sister. But when an oil rig blows up, leaving her barely able to see, her sisters find themselves as concerned by her emotional withdrawal as by the possibility that the explosion was no accident. Are the mind games their long-lost brother Garth has been playing turning physical? Or is someone else out to get them? When her sisters enroll her in a survivor training camp, Izzy is not happy. Nick, her instructor, is determined that she won't be left in the dark. In more ways than one. But if he tells her the terrible truth behind why he's helping her, he'll never see her again. Unless they're both willing to take the biggest risk of all.


  1. "Gastien: From Dream to Destiny" (Gastien #2) by Caddie Rowland (reading on a Kindle app on my computer)
  2. "Seven Stones to Stand or Fall" by Diana Gabaldon
  3. "Every Dark Corner" (Romantic Suspense #18) (Cincinatti #3) by Karen Rose
  4. "A Match for Mike" (California Comedy #3) by Jason T. and Ed Gaffney
  5. "Dancing in the Moonlight" (Cowboys of Cold Creek #2) by RaeAnne Thayne


  1. "Dark in Death" (In Death #46) by J.D. Robb (listening on an Audible application on my cell phone)
  2. "Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts (abridged audio CD)

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Currently reading:  Becoming  by Michelle Obama

Finished in January:The Novels of Louisa May Alcott - Little Women, Little Men  By:  Louisa May Alcott  for book club

Hope to get to in February:  The Book Thief  by:Markus Zusak  for book club

                                         The Master Of His Fate  by:  Barbara Taylor Bradford

                                         Murder She Wrote, A Date With Murder  by:  Donald Bain  & Jon Land

                                         Murder She Wrote,  Manuscript For Murder  By:  Jon Land

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Still reading the lost man by jane harper. good so far.

finished Atonement by ian McEwan. I tried this about 10 years ago and couldn't get past the first chapter.  I thought i'd give it another go, as it is one of the 1001 books to read before you die. I'm glad i tried again. It was slow to get into, then it got really good, especially Robbie's experience's during the Battle of Dunkirk., and Brioney's experiences nursing  the wounded soldiers.of that same battle.

I know I'll never read most of the 1001 books, but this was an historical fiction, which I like, so there is that..

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Across a Hundred Mountains  Reyna Grande

Clock Dance  Anne Tyler

Hillbilly Elegy  JD Vance

A Spark of Light Jodi Picoult

Mr Ding's Chicken Feet  Gillian Kendall


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Finished:  The Body in the Vestibule by Katherine Hall Page,  Mourning Gloria by Susan Wittig Albert


Currently reading: The Perfect Neighbor by Nora Roberts

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Three Stations by Martin Cruz Smith

Writing from Left to Right by Michael Novak



The Biology of Luck by Jacob Appel

Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva by Rosemary Sullivan

Spymaster by Brad Thor

The Sacred Blood by Michael Byrnes

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley. This was a good novel. enjoyed it.

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The Stone Boudoir by Theresa Maggio. travel in the central parts of Sicily. mostly very small towns and villages.

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I finished lost man by jane harper.

Fantastic read! Jane Harper writes Australian mysteries and she keeps the story going from beginning to end., Pick up one of her books if you get the chance!

Finished Portrait of a Killer:Jack the Ripper , Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell. I'm no Jack the Ripper buff, but Cornwell makes a good case for artist Walter Richard Sickert being the culprit..

Reading: Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker. Good so far

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