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The Emperor’s Tomb by Steve Berry 6 stars

The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry 6 stars

Always an enjoyable author.

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Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall by Frank Brady 3*

Bobby Fischer was a child chess prodigy, becoming a grandmaster at 14 yrs old.
He played for the World's Championship, which he won.
Then followed the celebrated matches with Boris Spassky.
Fischer was always difficult, but then he became more and more paranoid and
almost schizophrenic.
Fischer, born of a Jewish mother, became very anti-Semitic.
He was an Holocaust denier and being un -American applauded the Fall of the Towers on 9/11.

Given all the above Fischer was a great artist on the chess board.
Unfortunately Brady doesn't give enough time to Fischer's remarkable 11-0
US Championship victory or his great wins over great players.
This is the kind of book I would have thrown against the wall out of frustration with Fischer, but it is on my kindle.
If you want to see the self destruction of a man of genius, then Brady does a good job.

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6/30/11 11:52 A

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The Soldier by RC Binstock 2 *'s

I kept reading even though I was frustrated with this book because I was hoping to learn some more about the characters but in the end I was just unsatisfied as a whole and honestly didn't get the point of the book. The ending was even more frustrating than the rest of the book. Plus the author switched narrators multiple times within a chapter so it was hard to follow at times. Not recommended.



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5* The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir

This is the fictionalized account of the future Queen Elizabeth, from her childhood and through the years that her sister Mary was queen.
She was the daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

I think the author did a fine job of showing how the Elizabeth was raised, and the events that happened in her childhood and adolescence, helped to shape her into the queen she would be become in the future. It also answered some questions as to why she had never married. Elizabeth is fascinating woman and I enjoyed reading this novel. It is a rather long story, but it also highlights many important events that took place in that time, especially the fight between those who wanted England to Catholic and those who wanted a Protestant religion. Very dangerous times to live in for some people.



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Bite Me by Parker Blue

4.5 stars - great start to a new series.

Life after high school is tough enough without having to go 15 rounds with your inner demon. Val Shapiro is just your ordinary, part-demon, teenaged vampire hunter with a Texas drawl. And a pet hellhound named Fang. Soon enough she finds herself deep in the underbelly of the city, discovering the secrets of the Demon Underground and fighting to save those she loves. Whether they love her back or not.

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24) Least Wanted by Debbi Mack 3 stars

Lawyer Sam McRae's back (Identiy Crisis was the 1st book) with 2 clients accused of murder. One is a young Black street-punk girl, the other is a white computer nerd - the cases connect, and Sam's in danger again. Sort of a lawyer-procedural-mystery



25) Vampire's Tango by Michele Hauf - 3 stars

More of a novella - Wanna-be vampire slayer Veronica has a terminal illness, and wants to make her life count for something by slaying a vampire. She stalks Alexandre Renard for weeks, and encounters him at the tango club. The seductive dance brings them together.
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Foreign Influence by Brad Thor.

I really liked it. Pretty quick read, easy to get lost in the ongoing action and drama. Was perfect for a cross country flight book.
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Also finished The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Definite 5 stars.

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The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta - 3.5 stars

Really quick read. Left me wanted more at the end. Told from two points of view, which I loved.



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The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry**** 4 stars

An Asperger's-afflicted woman finds the keys to life and her family history in the kitchen after her parents die. Ginny Selvaggio has lived a sheltered life: unable to maintain eye contact, make friends, or finish college due to her undiagnosed condition, the 26-year-old lives in her parents' home, surfing the Internet and perfecting recipes. But after her parents die, Ginny and her sister, Amanda, disagree about what to do with the family home—Amanda wants to sell, Ginny doesn't. As they bicker about what to do with the house and the problems caused by Ginny's awkwardness, Ginny comforts herself by cooking and soon learns that the dishes she prepares can conjure spirits. The ghosts, including her grandmother, leave clues about possible family secrets, as do a box of photographs Ginny discovers tucked away.


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Innocent Mistress, Royal Wife – Robyn Donald - 3.5*
The Ruthless Greek’s Virgin Princess – Trish Morey - 3.5*
The Desert King’s Bejeweled Bride – Sabrina Philips - 3.5*
Veretti’s Dark Vengeance – Lucy Gordon - 3.5*


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22) Highland Fire by Hannah Howell 3 stars

Tavig is unjustly accused of murder, and a lord on the run. Moira is an orphaned
young woman, cruelly treated by her guardian. They meet on a ship bound to ransom Moira's cousin (coincidently, from Tavig's cousin). A storm at sea, swept overbpard, and bonding on the road to the cousins.


23) Changes by Jim Butcher 5 stars

latest in the Harry Dresden files. Starts with a bang as Harry answers the phone in the middle of the night, to hear his ex-lover say "they've taken our daughter" - the daughter Harry hadn't known he'd had. The evil Red Court vampires have taken her, and Harry needs all of his friends, frenimies, and some enemies to get her back.

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"Roseanna" by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö 4 stars. This is number one in a series of ten books. If you liked Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell, you will probably like these books. These authors are part of the detective fiction referred to as police procedural.

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6/28/11 6:56 P

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"Such a Pretty Girl" by Laura Wiess 4

I picked this up at a garage sale. A sad story but one I couldn't put down until I finished it.

"Just 10 Pounds" by Brad Lamm 5

A book recommended by my doctor. I am finding a great deal of positive info and help in it.

Now I am going to start re-reading all my Alexandra Stoddard books. I'm in the mood for some beautiful, charming, graceful reading.

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Overheated by Barbara Dunlop - 3

Another Harlequin NASCAR romance. I am enduring, slowly working my way through the ones I bought in the series. They aren't a bad read, but so darn predictable I find myself not caring one way or the other.


The Fourth Time is Murder by Steven Havill - 4

I enjoy the series, mostly because it is set in southern New Mexico and I am familiar with many of the towns used as settings. The stories in general have some good twists, but again, mostly predictable.

I am greatly looking forward to my next two books and will post (hopefully!) after my long weekend!

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Devil's Food Cake Murder - by Joanne Fluke 4.5 stars...
Hannah Swenson, family and friends solve another murder. Enjoyable light read!

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"A Game of Thrones" by George R.R. Martin 3.5* Be prepared to read a long book.
"Dead Until Dark" by Charlaine Harris 3.5* The first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series.
A lot of fun!
"Fever Dream" by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child 4* They write the best mystery/thrillers. The main character is Special Agent Pendergast & Lt. D'Agosta.

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Just finished reading War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, after listening to the tapes when I was a teen - probs give it about 3.5* - good, but a bit rambl-y. And just not quite as entertaining as the tapes with the lead singer from Thin Lizzy as the Curator :D

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Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb 3.5 stars
Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb 4 stars
Golden Fool by Robin Hobb 4 stars
Eragon by Christopher Paolini 3.5 stars
Eldest by Christopher Paolini 4 stars
Ranger's Apprentice Book One: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan 3 stars
Ranger's Aprentice Book Two: The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan 3 stars
The Spark by Chris Downie 6 stars

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Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard is a good book if you like science fiction. It takes place in the year 3000. I rank it with 5 stars

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Divergent by Veronica Roth - 3 stars (interesting read, but a little too juvenile for me)

"In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. "

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The Ice House by Minette Walters - 4 stars

I zipped right through the audiobook of this mystery as it was an enjoyable listen for summer walking. Three woman have lived at Streech Grange for the 10 years since the husband of one of them disappeared. The police and villagers have long been convinced that he was murdered by his wife. Now, a body has turned up in an old 19th century Ice House and it has been disfigured to the point where it can't be identified. It got a bit gory for a mystery, and a bit dark considering the corrupt policeman involved, but overall it was an entertaining read.



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Just finished The Tamarind Seed by Evelyn Anthony

This was an older book that I picked up at the library used book sale. I had never read this author, but I really enjoyed the story. It is a spy thriller with a bit of a love story mixed in. I give it 4 stars.

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Traveling Blind: Adventures in Vision with a Guide Dog - Susan Krieger -- 2*
Ice Trap: A Novel of Suspense --Kitty Sewell -- 5*
Heaven is a Long Way Off: A Novel of the Mountain Men -- Win Blevins --4.5*
So Brave, Young and Handsome - Leif Enger --4.5*
The Man You'll Marry -Debbie Macomber -- 4.5*
The First Man You Meet - Debbie Macomber --4.5*
Truth or Dare - Jane Ann Krentz -- 5
74 Seaside Avenue - Debbie Macomber -- 4.5*
Susannah's Garden - Debbie Macomber -- 4.5
Death at Play - Nancy Gotter Gates -- 4.5*
Murder Runs in the Family -- Anne George -- 5


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Cleaning Nabokov’s House by Leslie Daniels **** 4 stars

Follows the unlikely course of Barb Barrett, numb and adrift after losing custody of her children. In her rented upstate New York house where Vladimir Nabokov once lived, Barb finds a sheaf of index cards, a possible unfinished Nabokov manuscript about Babe Ruth. Her efforts to get the book evaluated and published are the first steps out of her endearingly depressive hibernation, introducing her to literary agent Margie and handsome carpenter Greg. When the manuscript is judged not to be Nabokov's, the story takes a questionable, wacky turn, as Barb opens a cathouse staffed by athletes from the local college to service the unfulfilled women of her small town. This endeavor, of course, provides the funds for her to mount a new fight for her children, the self-esteem to begin a relationship, and the confidence to find a fulfilling career.


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Sea Room by Adam Nicholson *** 3 stars

For his 21st birthday, Nicolson's father gave him some islands among the Scottish Outer Hebrides, 600 acres of land that the elder Nicolson purchased on a whim in 1937. The islands, now uninhabited except by the Nicolsons, are outcroppings of grass and rock and stark black cliffs, surrounded by churning waters that are notoriously difficult to negotiate. Until 1901, they were continuously inhabited for thousands of years by an eighth-century hermit, medieval farmers, Irish Jacobite rebels and others documented by Nicolson. The islands are also an important breeding station for birds, and Nicolson observes the comings and goings of geese, puffins and razorbills. Nicolson explores the troubling idea of ownership; Hebrideans view English landowners with a mix of resentment and derision, and Nicolson acknowledges that his rights to the islands, like those of previous landlords, are morally ambiguous.


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Reading a new author Chevy Stevens...book is called "Still Missing" very good read

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Love Joan Anderson's books....all of them are excellent....glad somone else is enjoying the read.

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20) Five Uneasy Pieces by Debbie Mack 4 stars

Collection of 5 stories by Ms. Mack - a little something for everyone - funny, twisted, gritty - all a little different.


21) Side Jobs by Jim Butcher 5 stars

Collection of his shorter tales about Harry Dresden, Wizard and PI in Chicago. I've read most of them before (in various anthologies), but it's nice to have them all together, with Mr. Burcher's intros. After reading the last story, an original novella for this book, I had to frantically buy "Changes" for my Kindle. OMG!

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A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving 6*

The House of God - Samuel Shem 5*

The Girl Who Died Twice - Natalie Robins 3*

Sixkill - Robert B. Parker 4*

Live Wire - Harlan Coben 3*

On the Line - S.J. Rozan 4*

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Finished Ghost Dancer (1st in Moon Deer series) last night. Will start on the second one, Warrior Circle when I get home today. This is an older series, but I am enjoying it. I have just collected all the books I need for 4 different series, so I have plenty lined up to read.

If I may, a suggestion for bookworms wanting to get rid of the books they have read...donate to nursing homes and or rehab centers. They will really appreciate them. All one has to do is contact the Activities Director. Also, can donate to Women's Shelters...they will add those they deem fit to the collection for their residents & put the rest in their resale shop (a very easy way to support such a fine group).


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A Walk on the Beach by Joan Anderson--

This amazing book is both biographical and autobiographical. It's a story about a children's book author, Joan Anderson's, friendship with Joan Erikson, wife of pyschoanalyst Erik Erikson.

Both ladies, experiencing major life changes, meet on the beach in Cape Cod and a beautiful friendship is born. Joan E. is in her 90's at the time Joan A., 51, met her and the wisdom imparted brings life lessons not only to the author but to the reader as well.

At first I attempted to highlight some of the advice given by the elder Joan, but I realized that the pages would be all yellow from my highlighter in no time. For instance, she notes: "Sometimes I think women are like the fog."........"We have a knowledge of what is underneath, but our real selves are obsured by what others think of us".

At a cemetery, the elder Joan points out (having read a poem about it) that when you look at someone's grave stone, don't look at the dates, look at the dash between the dates. That dash represents the person's entire life and how they lived it. And so, the question becomes, "what did you do with your dash today?"

This was an excellent read and I highly recommend it!! I found this book in a little store in Belfast, Maine called Beyond the Sea. Every book in the store had a review attached to it--some from the owner, others from online reviews. A wonderful little store to read, browse, have a cup of tea.



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Infinity (Chronicles of Nick Gautier) by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I think the book is suppose to aim for young adults/teenagers but because I've following the Dark Hunter series, I feel goosebump about what might happens to Nick Gautier. Anyhow, it was so hard to not continue reading till the last word!

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"A Feast for Crows" by George R. R. Martin 5*

The final book in the "Game of Thrones" series. The kingdom of Westoros has been torn and savaged by war. There are newcomers who want to steal the war torn kingdom from the tenuous Lannister grip, and rumors of dragons are adrift. Winter is coming and it seems no one has prepared, and some are not even aware.

I haven't finished the book yet, but so far it is equally as entertaining as the first three in the series. I highly recommend this series if you enjoy fantasy.

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4. "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson

4 stars ****

This was my bookclubs June selection. I really enjoyed this book. It is set in the English countryside. There is the unexpected friendship between retired Major Pettigrew and Mrs. Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. There are issues of tradition and culture involved as well as family. I recommend this book to anyone not looking for an easy read.

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My tenth completed book of the month....

6 Rainier Drive-Debbie Macomber-****4 stars
In this Cedar Cove installment the women are asserting themselves and the men for the most part are eating humble pie.


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I have been reading some oldies but goodies this summer: You Slay Me and Fire Me Up by Katie MacAlister and Beyond the Highland Mist, To Tame a Highland Warrior, and The Highland's Touch by Karie Marie Moning. Older but fun reads.

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well, so far this month, I've read:

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The End by Lemony Snicket
The Potluck Club by Linda Evans Shepherd
Summer Island by Kristin Hannah
High Five by Janet Evanovich
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson

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Father of the Rain by Lily King * * * * *
A girl/woman's relationship with her father, a larger than life personality who is an alcoholic, and a very mean drunk. Daley tries every way there is to keep her relationship with her father after her mother has called it quits.

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Just finished "The Plot Against America" by Philip Roth ****

"The Plot Against America explores a wholly imagined thesis and sees it through to the end: Charles A. Lindbergh defeats FDR for the Presidency in 1940. Lindbergh, the "Lone Eagle," captured the country's imagination by his solo Atlantic crossing in 1927 in the monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis, then had the country's sympathy upon the kidnapping and murder of his young son. He was a true American hero: brave, modest, handsome, a patriot. According to some reliable sources, he was also a rabid isolationist, Nazi sympathizer, and a crypto-fascist. It is these latter attributes of Lindbergh that inform the novel." -- Amazon.com

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The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie ****

One battle will decide the fate of the North. The King of the Union decides to mount a pre-emptive strike against his neighbor, Black Dow who has won the throne of the North by killing his rivals before they found a way to kill him. Now three generals and three three bloody days of fighting will determine the fate of a kingdom. Through a maze of intrigues, feuds, plots, and jealousies they converge on a hill topped by a crumbling ring of stones and only one can emerge as winner.

This is the fifth in Abercrombie's series of a fantasy world strangely reminiscent of Europe, and the one I liked least - a few too many plot twists and too many characters made it difficult to follow at times.

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Night Road - Kristin Hannah 4*

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Jude Farraday is a happily married, stay-at-home mom who puts everyone's needs above her own. Her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill enters their lives, no one is more supportive than Jude. A former foster child with a dark past, Lexi quickly becomes Miar's best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. But senior year of high school brings unexpected dangers and one night, Jude's worst fears are confirmed: there is an accident. In an instant, her idyllic life is shattered and her close-knit community is torn apart. People and Jude demand justice, and when the finger of blame is pointed, it lands solely on eighteen-year-old Lexi Baill. In a heartbeat, their love for each other will be shattered, the family broken. Lexi gives up everything that matters to her the boy she loves, her place in the family, the best friend she ever had while Jude loses even more. When Lexi returns, older and wiser, she demands a reckoning. Long buried feelings will rise again, and Jude will finally have to face the woman she has become. She must decide whether to remain broken or try to forgive both Lexi and herself. Night Road is a vivid, emotionally complex novel that raises profound questions about motherhood, loss, identity, and forgiveness. It is an exquisite, heartbreaking novel that speaks to women everywhere about the things that matter most.

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Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
3.5*

This is a book about a journalist who after covering a Memory Championship, was talked
into entering the American contest the following year.
Foer is funny describing his memory exercises, like having a personality representing every card in a playing deck. That's 52 which includes an image of Einstein doing a moonwalk!

Having a great memory was needed before the invention of the printing press.
Books were only in the hands of the wealthiest.
Since that fantastic invention books became more assessible and our memories
weren't needed as much.
Now everything is available on gadgets and memorization is even less needed.
The author writes of people who will train hours a day to memorise many decks of cards,
numbers and poems.
A fun and informative read.


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I just finished reading Growing Up Laughing by Marlo Thomas. Very entertaining. I am reading The Help by Catherine Stockett.awesome book. It is coming out as a movie soon

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Miles to Go (#2 in series) by Richard Paul Evans just came to our library on campus been waiting for a year for the second. I like all of his books, this was a good read, fast, uplifting.

The Notes (Ronald Reagan's Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom) by Douglas Brinkley
Ronlaudus Magnus as Rush calls Mr. Reagan is one of my hero's; so I read everything about our 40th President. Great for any one who needs ideas for a speech, or wisdom to pass on.

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The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen 4****

A good beach read but a little too cutesy for me.

She put a penny on her windowsill and cracked the window, because her grandmother once said that ghosts often forget they’re ghosts and will go after money, but if they get close enough to an open window, the night air will suck them out.
--Chapter Eight, The Peach Keeper
The original title of The Peach Keeper was God Eats Peaches, which I took from the old saying, “When God eats peaches, He saves the pit.” I had a cousin who would never throw away a peach pit based on that saying. She thought it was bad luck. My family is full of strange Southern superstitions. My great-aunt never liked for company to come in through one door and leave through another because she said that meant the preacher would visit.

How many of us grew up seeing our mothers throw a pinch of salt over their shoulders when salt was spilled? How many of us remember when our grandmothers whispered that a bird tapping on a window meant someone was going to die? We took these things on trembling faith as children, believing them to be real because everything was real back then. Everything had possibilities. So how do we explain, with our skeptical grown-up natures, why we still make an X in the air when a black cat passes. Why we still have to eat something in the morning before we will tell someone about our bad dreams. Why we still worry about umbrellas being opened indoors.

What is it about superstitions that stay with us, that encourage us to pass them on? Flights of fancy, maybe. Or nostalgia. Or maybe the power of the unknown is just that strong. We can’t help but think: What if it’s true? What if it just might be true? So we take an ounce of prevention instead of a pound of cure. We knock on wood and avoid ladders and never break mirrors. Just in case.



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Witch Way to Murder (Ophelia & Abby Mysteries, No. 1) by Shirley Damsgaard

3.5 stars

Thirty something Ophelia Jensen wants to live a quiet life as a small town librarian. She's created a comfortable existence with her kooky, colorful grandmother Abby, and if it were up to her, they could live out their days—along with Ophelia's dog Lady and cat Queenie—in peace and quiet. But, to Ophelia's dismay, she and Abby aren't a typical grandmother/granddaughter duo. She possesses psychic powers, and Abby is a kindly witch. And while Ophelia would do anything to dismiss her gift—harboring terrible guilt after her best friend was killed and she was unable to stop it—threatening events keep popping up, forcing her to tap into her powers of intuition. To make matters worse, a strange—yet devastatingly attractive—man is hanging around Ophelia's library, and no matter how many times she tells him she's sworn off men forever, he persists. Soon this handsome newcomer reveals he's following a lead on a local drug ring, and then a dead body shows up right in Abby's backyard. And much as Ophelia would like to put away her spells forever, she and Abby must use their special powers to keep themselves, and others, out of harm's way.

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Walking on Broken Glass-Christa Allan-***3 stars
This is a novel; but could be nonfiction. A young teacher confronted by a friend checks into to rehab for alcoholism. Her sexual assaults become important as she sorts through her psyche and her marriage and surprise pregnancy add to the drama. Despite all this, the ending is a shock. It's not a feel-good summer read; but definitely worth consideration.

Quit stuffing your face and face your stuff.

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Finished Crossed by Ally Condie, the second in the Matched trilogy. It was okay, not nearly as good as the first book though. 3 stars.

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