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The following are those readers who were diligent about reading and reporting on books in October

SACTOKAREN 32
DESERTDREAMERS 27
TEXASTITCHER 24


Again, Thanks to SSKELTON1 for being librarian and compiling all the statistics.

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These are the books that had two people reading them.

Heaven is for Real Todd Burpo
Madame Tussaud Michelle Moran
Matched Ally Condie
Mean Soup Dr. Suess


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I want to thank SSKELTON1 for being librarian this month. This is the list of authors that had three or more books read

Edie Claire 5
Julie Garwood 5
Dr. Suess 4
James Patterson 3
Kay Hooper 3
Kieran Kramer 3
Lian Hearn 3
Maureen Childs 3
Michelle Moran 3


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TITLE/ AUTHOR/ STARS

A Clash of Kings / George R.R. Martin / 6
Dog on it / Spencer Quinn / 6
Killing Lincoln / Bill O'Reilly / 6
Labor Day / Joyce Maynard / 6
Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen / 6
The Book of Tomorrow / Cecillia Ahearn / 6
The Girl in the Gatehouse / Julie Klassen / 6
The History of Love / Nicole Krauss / 6

Unbroken: A World Story of Survival,
Resilience and Redemption / Laura Hillienbrand / 6

We / Yevgeny Zamyatin / 6
While We're Far Apart / Lynn Austin / 6


Better Read Than Dead / Victoria Laurie / 5.5


Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook / Alice Waters / 5
Cleopatra's Daughter / Michelle Moran / 5
Dexter in the Dark / Jeff Lindsay / 5
Eclipse / Stephenie Meyer / 5
Fallen / Karin Slaughter / 5
Far Away Home / Susan Denning / 5
Heaven is for Real / Todd Burpo / 5

In the Garden of Beasts:
Love, Terror, and an American
Family Living in Hitler's Berlin / Erik Larson / 5

Madame Tussaud / Michelle Moran / 5
New Moon / Stephenie Meyer / 5
Now You See Her / James Patterson / 5
One Call Away / Brenda Warner / 5

Return to Sullivans Island / Dorothea Benton
Frank / 5

She's Come Undone / Wally Lamb / 5
Snuff / Terry Pratchett / 5

That Used to Be Us / Thomas Firedman
and Michael
Mandelbau / 5

The Brothers' Lot / Kevin Holohan / 5

The Heros of Olympus-
The Son of Neptune / Rick Riordan / 5

The Land of the Painted Caves / Jean M Auel / 5
The Name of the Star / Maureen Johnson / 5
The Passage / Justin Cronin / 5


Darkness Rising: A Dark Angel Novel / Keri Arthur / 4.5
Darkness Unbound: A Dark Angel Novel / Keri Arthur / 4.5
Family Jewels / Jeanine Frost / 4.5
Fangs for the Memories / Katy Love / 4.5
Friendship Bread / Darien Gee / 4.5
Little Children / Tom Perrotte / 4.5
Matched / Ally Condie / 4.5
The Mill River Recluse / Darci Chan / 4.5
The Quilter's Homecoming / Jennifer Chiaverini / 4.5
The Scarpetta Factor / ? / 4.5


1105 Yakima Street / Debbie Macomber / 4
1225 Christmas Tree Lane / Debbie Macomber / 4
A Mile in My Flip-Flops / Melody Carlson / 4
Angels in the Gloom / Anne Perry / 4
Bank Shot / Donald E. Westlake / 4
Barchester Towers / Anthony Trollope / 4
Brillance of the Moon / Lian Hearn / 4
Chill of Fear/ Kay Hooper / 4
Chronicles: Vol 1/ Bob Dylan / 4
Cloudyb with a Chance of Marriage / Kieran Kramer / 4
Desperate Characters / Paula Fo / 4
Exposure / Therese Fowle / 4
Fly Away Home / Jennifer Weiner / 4
Food: True Stories of Life on the Road / Richard Sterling / 4
For the Roses / Julie Garwood / 4
Gaurdian of the Horizon / Elizabeth Peters / 4
Gods in Alabama / Josholyn Jackson / 4
Grass for His Pillow / Lian Hearn / 4
Heat Wave / Richard Castle / 4
Hidden Riches / Nora Rober / 4
Hunting Fear / Kay Hooper / 4
Hush / Kare White / 4
Kill Me if You Can / James Patterson / 4
Matched / Ally Condie / 4
Mean Soup / Dr. Suess / 4
Mice / Gordon Reece / 4
Mini Shopaholic / Sophia Kinesella / 4

Miss Peregine's Home
for Peculiar Children / Ransom Riggs / 4

Never Let Me Go / Kazuo Ishiguro / 4
Never Preach Past Noon / Edie Claire / 4
Never Tease a Siamese / Edie Claire / 4

Run Like A Mother / Dimity McDowel and
Sara Shea / 4

Saving Grace / Julie Garwood / 4

Saving Max / Antoinette
Van Heugten / 4

Self's Murder / Bernard Schlink / 4
Showdown / Ted Dekker / 4
Stealing Faces / Michael Prescott / 4
Terminal / Brian Keene / 4
The Art of Racing in the Rain / Garth Stein / 4

The Book of Chameleons / Jose
Eduardo Agualusa / 4

The Box of Rocks / Karla Telega / 4
The Cat in the Hat / Dr. Suess / 4
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back / Dr. Suess / 4
The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test / Tom Wolfe / 4
The Good Thief / Hannah Tinti / 4
The Hair Book / Dr. Suess / 4
The Harsh Cry of the Heron / Lian Hearn / 4
The Haunting of Hill House / Shirley Jackson / 4
The Russian Affair / Michael Wallner / 4
The Seventeen Second Miracle / Jason F. Wright / 4
The Spooky Old Tree / ? / 4
The Summer of the Bear/ Bella Pollen/ 4
The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes / Marcus Sake / 4
The Virgin Queen's Daughter / Ella March Chase / 4
The Wedding / Julie Garwood / 4
Tiger, Tiger / Margaux Fragoso / 4
Under the Jaguar Sun / Italo Calvino / 4
Vanishing Point / Marcia Muller / 4
Weird Sisters / Eleanor Brown / 4
When Harry Met Molly / Kieran Krammer / 4
When She Woke / Hillary Jordan / 4
Where the Money Went / Kevin Canty/ 4
Winnie the Poohs Halloween / ? / 4

Wish/ Meli
Gerosa Bellows/ 4

Wolfskin/ Juliet Marillier/ 4
Wonderstruck/ Brian Selznick/ 4


An Officer and a Millionaire/ Maureen Childs/ 3.5
Bedded, or Wedded?/ Julia James/ 3.5
Black Ties and Lullabies/ Jane Graves/ 3.5
Come the Spring/ Julie Garwood/ 3.5
Devil to pay/ Jeanine Frost / 3.5

Dukes to the Left of Me,
Princes to the Right/ Kieran Kramer/ 3.5

Hide and Seek/ James Patterson/ 3.5

Honeymoon/ James Patterson and
Howard Roughan/ 3.5

Married by Mistake/ Abby Gaines / 3.5
Ms America and the Offering on Oahu/ Diana Dempsey/ 3.5
Never Kissed Goodnight/ Edie Claire / 3.5
Prince Charming/ Julie Garwood/ 3.5
Ready for King's Seduction/ Maureen Childs / 3.5
Sleeping With Fear/ Kay Hooper / 3.5
The Demetrois Bridal Bargain/ Kim Lawrence/ 3.5
The Greek Tycoon's Pregnant Wife / Anna Mather/ 3.5
The Princes Forbodden Vorgin/ Robyn Donald / 3.5


"2030"/ Albert Brooks / 3

A Celibate Season/ Carol Shielsa and
Blanche Howard / 3

A history of the World in 6 Glasses/ Tom Standage/ 3
A Very Vampy Christmas/ Kerrelyn Sparks/ 3
Alice Fantastic/ Maggie Estep / 3
Assassin's Aprentice/ Robin Hobb/ 3

Beach Road/ James Patterson and
Peter DeJong/ 3

Bombay Time/ Thrity Umrigar / 3

Broadmoor Revealed:
Victorian Crime
and the Lunatic Asylum/ Mark Stevens/ 3

Don't Poke the Bear/ John Locke/ 3
Emmett & Gentry/ John Locke/ 3

Every Which Way but Wicked
- 11 Halloween Tales / ? 3

Flip the Hauntedf House/ Rose Pressey/ 3
Habibi/ Craig Thompso / 3

How to Think
About the Great Ideas/ Mortimer Adler / 3

Key Out of Time/ Andre Norton / 3
Man in Full / Tom Wolfe/ 3
McNsally's Caper/ Lawrence Sanders/ 3
Never Buried/ Edie Claire/ 3
Never Sorry/ Edie Claire/ 3
Once Upon a River/ Bonnie Jo Campbell / 3

Private/ James Patterson
and Maxine Paetro/ 3

Protest Graffitti Mexico: Oaxaca Louis E.V. Nevaer/ 3
Snobbery/ Marion Chesney/ 3

So I Married a Demon Slayer/ Kathy Love,Angie Fox
and Lexi George/ 3

The American Frugal Housewife/ Lynda Marie Child / 3
The Budda in the Attic/ Julie Otsuka / 3
The Defiant Agents/ Andre Norton/ 3
The Mayor of Casterbridge/ Thomas Hardy / 3
The Price of Candy/ Rod Hoisington/ 3

The Quickie/ James Patterson
and Michael Ledwid/ 3

The Summer without Men/ Siri Hustved/ 3
Under the Frangipani/ Meg Couto/ 3

Wanderlust:
An Affair with Five Continents/ Elisabeth Eaves/ 3

Wicked Appetite/ Janet Evanovich/ 3
Written on the Body/ Jeanette Winterson/ 3



Cheap We Trust: The Story
of a Misunderstood American Virtue/ Laureen Weber/ 2

Men are from Mars,
Women are from Venus/ John Gray, PH.D./ 2

The Bone People/ Keri nHulme/ 2
The Color Purple/ Alice Walker/ 2
The Girl In the Lighthouse/ Roxane Tepfer Sanford / 2
The Late, Lamented Molly Marx/ Sally Koslow / 2
The Princess and the Goblin/ George MacDonald/ 2
Vampire Morgue/ Maggieb Jagger/ 2


Fisherman's/ David Feintuch/ 0

Funny in Farsi:A memoir
of growing up Iranian in America/ Firoozeh Dumas/ 0


Edited by: SSKELTON1 at: 11/3/2011 (13:05)
And the spirit fills the darkness of the heavens

It fills the endless yearning of the soul

It lives within a star too far to dream of

It lives within each part and is the whole

It's the fire and the wings that fly us home

Fly us home, fly us home

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Matched by Ally Condie- 4 stars



Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.



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Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson 4

Story of a woman who left her home in Alabama because of an event, and has not returned for 10 years. Circumstances cause her to return with her black boyfriend (this is a very racist area that she came from) and she is forced to face what had happened versus what she thought happened.

I liked it. It is a quick read and short.

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Leaving this on the October post since I finished the book yesterday - The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy. For Hardy, it wasn't as good as normal. The characterization of one of the main characters was off, and the book was very predictable. It had some good stuff in it too, but I've come to expect more from Hardy. 3 stars.

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29) Fangs for the Memories by Kathy Love 4.5 stars

Rhys Young and his brothers have been vampires for nearly 200 years, and Rhys has felt been morose for most of it. Contrary to his usual standards, he intervenes when a woman (Jane), new to New York City, is accosted and nearly raped. He's strangely attracted to her, as she is to Rhys. Through a series of events, Rhys is attacked by his brother, Christian, saved by Jane, and both are left unconscious at the scene. Brother Sebastian rescues them, but neither one can remember the attack - and Rhys has selective amnesia, believing himself to be an 18th century viscount, not a vampire, and he believes Jane is his betrothed. Steamy sex scenes!
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JANE EYRE by Charlotte Brontë
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I finished JANE EYRE a few days ago, and liked it more than I expected. It was surprisingly suspenseful (not in the horror/thriller way, but in the sense that I was truly anxious at times about what would happen next).

Was supposed to have read in high school, but our class bullied our teacher into showing us the movie instead. Glad to have finally read it, and certainly think it would have been lost on me as a sophomore.

Anywho, if you like classics and haven't read JANE EYRE, I'd definitely recommend it.


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Great Expectations -- Charles Dickens

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family Living in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson 5*

This is the true story of a man and his family going to Germany as the American ambassador,
when Hitler was beginning to take control of Germany in 1933- 34.
Told from Dr Dodd and his daughter's diaries, the book recounts the violent beginning of Hitler's regime. Dr. Dodd was one of the only Goverment men who recognized the true danger
of the Reich.
Many consulers and ambassadors at the time were quite wealthy and ignored the Great Depression that was going on back home.
For the most part many were in the diplomatic core to have a good time at parties.
Dr Dodd met with Hitler and important men in his staff.
This book is a good history of what was occurring in Germany prior to WW2.

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A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage

In this book, the author explores the significant role that 6 beverages have played in the history of the world; from beer in ancient Egypt up to the Coca Cola in modern times.

Beer was actually a form of currency in very ancient times, workers were paid with it, (kind of reminds me of those Trident commercials where people are paid with gum, lol!), and people also drank it for health reasons, as the water they had was contaminated. The other beverages explored are wine, spirits, coffee, and tea.

I thought it was a fun way to look at history; the histories of the beverages themselves are explained, then their impact on society, finances, and the wars they played a part in. Parts of the book felt kind of bogged down to me, especially when it got into politics, but overall, it was a worthwhile read. It really gives you something to thing about next time you sit down and enjoy one of those beverages.


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Madame Tussaud - Michelle Moran - 5 stars

The world knows Madame Tussaud as a wax artist extraordinaire . . . but who was this woman who became one of the most famous sculptresses of all time? In these pages, her tumultuous and amazing story comes to life as only Michelle Moran can tell it. The year is 1788, and a revolution is about to begin.

Smart and ambitious, Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American ambassador, Thomas Jefferson, to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie’s museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, and even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, yet her greatest dream is to attract the attention of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI; their stamp of approval on her work could catapult her and her museum to the fame and riches she desires. After months of anticipation, Marie learns that the royal family is willing to come and see their likenesses. When they finally arrive, the king’s sister is so impressed that she requests Marie’s presence at Versailles as a royal tutor in wax sculpting. It is a request Marie knows she cannot refuse—even if it means time away
from her beloved Salon and her increasingly dear friend, Henri Charles.

As Marie gets to know her pupil, Princesse Élisabeth, she also becomes acquainted with the king and queen, who introduce her to the glamorous life at court. From lavish parties with more delicacies than she’s ever seen to rooms filled with candles lit only once before being discarded, Marie steps into a world entirely different from her home on the Boulevard du Temple, where people are selling their teeth in order to put food on the table.

Meanwhile, many resent the vast separation between rich and poor. In salons and cafés across Paris, people like Camille Desmoulins, Jean-Paul Marat, and Maximilien Robespierre are lashing out against the monarchy. Soon, there’s whispered talk of revolution. . . . Will Marie be able to hold on to both the love of her life and her friendship with the royal family as France approaches civil war? And more important, will she be able to fulfill the demands of powerful revolutionaries who ask that she make the death masks of beheaded aristocrats, some of whom she knows?

Spanning five years, from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, Madame Tussaud brings us into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax modeling saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.

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The Princes Forbidden Virgin – Robyn Donald - 3.5*
Bedded, or Wedded? – Julia James - 3.5*
The Greek Tycoon’s Pregnant Wife – Anna Mather - 3.5*
The Demetrois Bridal Bargain – Kim Lawrence - 3.5*

Some more light reading, just because I was tired of serious books


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27) Every Witch Way But Wicked - anthology of witch related stories - (they call it 11 Halloween Tales) overall, 3 stars

Some good, some fair , some better

28) Darkness Rising: A Dark Angel Novel by Keri Arthur 4.5 stars

Half- Aeth (angel-like creatures) and half-werewolf Risa continues the search for keys that would open the portals to Hell. Her friends have been threatened; her Aeth father (more of a sperm donor), the head of the Vampire's group, and assorted other enemies are after the keys, too.

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In October, finished the first 6 books of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series and Lynsay Sands' Quick Bite and Love Bites. It's halloween month, after all, hehe.

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Just bought two new Kindle books: Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge
and I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution.


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The Quilter's Homecoming by Jennifer Chiaverini 4.5 *s
This book follows Elm Creek Quilter Sylvia's cousin, Elizabeth's journey to California with her new husband.

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Maybe you will enjoy it more than I did.

I read McNally's Caper by Lawrence Sanders--3. I read some of his books many years ago and liked them better then but it is a quick read and fun,.

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Barbara- I will have to get that book. I have been to New Zealand and have seen the Maori culture.
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I have not been good about recording books on this thread!!

The Bone People--Keri Hulme maybe a 2. I felt it was very impressed with how idionsyncratic it is. The story of a woman, a man and a child in New Zealand. Very heavy into the Maori mysticism, but I thought a confused book.

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Black Ties and Lullabies - Jane Graves - 3.5*

Enjoyable light read about two mismatched poeple who end up finding each other

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Guardian of the Horizon by Elizabeth Peters ****

Part of the Amelia Peabody series where the intrepid Egyptologist, her husband the hunky Emerson, dashing son Ramses, and adopted daughter Nefret journey to the mysterious Lost Oasis to help embattled prince Tarek. Beset by duplicity and treachery every step of the way, they ultimately triumph and good rules again. Enjoyable, if predictable, adventure yarn.

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Fallen by Karin Slaughter - 5 *s
Agent Trent has to help his partner save her kidnapped mother. Very good.

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Tiger, Tiger by Margaux Fragoso**** 4 stars

In this gut-wrenching memoir of sexual abuse, Fragoso, explores with unflinching honesty the ways in which pedophiles can manipulate their way into the lives of children. Fragoso met Peter Curran at a public pool in Union City, N.J., in 1985 when she was seven and he was 51. He seemed harmless, and invited Fragoso and her mother back to his house. This marked the beginning of Curran and Fragoso's 15-year relationship, which ended when Curran committed suicide at age 66. Fragoso's home life was strained—her mother was in and out of psychiatric wards and her father was an alcoholic—and Curran's home, with its myriad pets and lack of rules, became her refuge. The sexual abuse began slowly, progressing to oral sex in Curran's basement, an act that he requested as a "birthday present." Fragoso's sense of alienation—Curran controlled her world for more than half her life—is palpable in her telling. Using her diaries and the myriad letters, diaries, and photographs Curran left behind, Fragoso eloquently depicts psychological and sexual abuse in disturbing detail.



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Anne Perry : Angels in the Gloom rating 4; Anne Perry departs from her usual William Monk and Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery series by writing this (bestselling) World War I series. This is the second in the series.[This] is an intense saga of love, hate, obsession, and murder that features an honorable English family. From the trenches at Ypres to the covert war in London we are embroiled in the fight for right and liberty. A good read, you probably need to start at book 1 in the series, No Graves as Yet, to understand the references to people and previous occurrences. Anne Perry is a favourite author of mine for her William Monk books.

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25) Hidden Riches by Nora Roberts 4 stars

A smuggler's ahipment goes awry - leading to seemingly unconnected murders, assaults and robberies. Dora is an antiques and oddity collector and seller - she's innocently purchased most of the shipment. Ex-cop Jed is her new tenant. Romance ensues amidst danger.


26) Flip the Haunted House (A Haunted Renovation Mystery) by Rose Pressey 3 stars

Alabama Hargrove decides to rennovate an old house and flip it - even thought she knows little about home repairs. Lucky for her, her handsome neighbor, Reed, is Mr. Fixit (and Mr. Know-It-All). Previous owners of the house have been run off by the ghost.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 6*

This classic work starts off with the sentence: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that
a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
The Bennets with five daughters must marry them off because their home will go to a male cousin when the Father dies.
In the age that Austen was writing ( early 19th century), women were educated to be married.
The characters are wonderfully developed.
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Finished Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran today. I did learn a lot about the French Revolution; probably more than I wanted.
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I just read MATCHED by Ally Condie. I hadn't expected to like it since it is not what I usually read, but I really enjoyed it! It was a simple but very interesting bleak-future kind of book. I actually can't wait for the sequel CROSSED to arrive at the library!

Worth a read at 4.5 stars!

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Friendship Bread - Darien Gee - 4.5*

The story of how a small town in Illinois is impacted by one gift of starter for Friendship Bread.

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"Hometown Girl" by Mariah Stewart. Her fourth book in the series takes place during October. Perfect read for Halloween!

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"A Fatal Grace" by Louise Penny. Second in the Inspector Gamache series, set in Quebec.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Marriage – Kieran Kramer - 4*

Continuing a Regency Romance series with a twist - following a group of men rather than women.

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Never Let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro 4*

"All children should believe they are special. But the students of Hailsham, an elite school in the English countryside, are so special that visitors shun them, and only by rumor and the occasional fleeting remark by a teacher do they discover their unconventional origins and strange destiny. Kazuo Ishiguro's sixth novel, Never Let Me Go, is a masterpiece of indirection. Like the students of Hailsham, readers are "told but not told" what is going on and should be allowed to discover the secrets of Hailsham and the truth about these children on their own."

At first I thought it was just an "okay" sort of novel but after discussing it ith my book club I am appreciating it a lot more. (btw the girls in my book cub would have given it 6*)

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Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook by Alice Waters***** 5 stars

This timeless addition to the Chez Panisse cookbook library assembles 120 of the restaurant's best menus, including galas, festivals, and special occasion meals that have become such gustatory celebrations. A full range of menus is featured, from picnics to informal suppers.


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Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay***** 5 stars

I just love Dexter!

In Lindsay's third novel to feature endearing Miami cop and serial killer Dexter Morgan (after 2005's Darkly Devoted Dexter), the Dark Passenger, the voice inside Dexter's head that from time to time drives him to the Theme Park of the Unthinkable, inexplicably disappears while Morgan is investigating a gruesome double murder on the University of Miami campus. The crime scene, at which two co-eds were ritualistically burned and beheaded, gives even the human vivisection–loving vigilante the creeps. As the burned and beheaded body count continues to mount, Morgan realizes that the force behind the killings is something even more evil than his Dark Passenger.


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Protest Graffiti Mexico: Oaxaca by Louis E. V. Nevaer*** 3 stars

On October 27, 2006, when Mexican police opened fire on a crowd of protesters in the city of Oaxaca, killing three people, including American journalist Brad Roland Will, the world became aware of a social conflict that at its core was about the right to an education. Within hours of these shootings, graffiti calling the region's governor a murderer was sprayed throughout the city. Unlike in other cities where graffiti is recognized as a form of public art, in Oaxaca, graffiti became a way of achieving social justice through community organization. And because teachers in Mexico are primarily women, the graffiti is very much inspired by and made by women. Shot by Elaine Sendyk in 2007, the photographs in this book depict oppression, empowerment and the messages of struggle and revolt.


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5. The History of Love - Nicole Krauss 6 stars

This book is amazing! I'm recommending it to all my book lover friends! Read it! I promise you, you won't be disappointed.

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Nicole Krauss's The History of Love is a hauntingly beautiful novel about two characters whose lives are woven together in such complex ways that even after the last page is turned, the reader is left to wonder what really happened. In the hands of a less gifted writer, unraveling this tangled web could easily give way to complete chaos. However, under Krauss's watchful eye, these twists and turns only strengthen the impact of this enchanting book.
The History of Love spans of period of over 60 years and takes readers from Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe to present day Brighton Beach. At the center of each main character's psyche is the issue of loneliness, and the need to fill a void left empty by lost love. Leo Gursky is a retired locksmith who immigrates to New York after escaping SS officers in his native Poland, only to spend the last stage of his life terrified that no one will notice when he dies. ("I try to make a point of being seen. Sometimes when I'm out, I'll buy a juice even though I'm not thirsty.") Fourteen-year-old Alma Singer vacillates between wanting to memorialize her dead father and finding a way to lift her mother's veil of depression. At the same time, she's trying to save her brother Bird, who is convinced he may be the Messiah, from becoming a 10-year-old social pariah. As the connection between Leo and Alma is slowly unmasked, the desperation, along with the potential for salvation, of this unique pair is also revealed.

The poetry of her prose, along with an uncanny ability to embody two completely original characters, is what makes Krauss an expert at her craft. But in the end, it's the absolute belief in the uninteruption of love that makes this novel a pleasure, and a wonder to behold. --Gisele Toueg

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1105 Yakima Street by Debbie Macomber - 4 stars

Dear Reader,
You've probably heard that my wife has left me. Rachel's pregnant, and she says she can't handle the stress in our household anymore. My thirteen-year-old daughter, Jolene, is jealous of her. Maybe it's my fault. As a widower I spoiled her—

Jolene was reading over my shoulder just now and says that's not true. She claims Rachel ruined everything. But that's not true. The real question is: How can I get my wife back? I don't even know where she is. She's not with Teri Polgar or any of her other friends from the salon. The other question is…when will Jolene grow up and stop acting like such a brat?

Of course, I'm not the only one in town with problems. Linc Wyse's father-in-law is trying to destroy his business. And you know Charlotte Rhodes? Seems she's becoming forgetful, and the family's worried about her and Ben. Lots of other stuff going on—but Rachel is better at keeping up with it than I am.

If you have any idea where my wife is, give me a call. Please.

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Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

. . . the "Catch-22" of the business world. It's a hilarious and heartbreaking and surreal portrait of the modern American corporation as a carnival--preschool?--of infantile misbehavior and breathtakingly futile and petty and despairing competition. The real revelation here is how moving it all becomes: how much humanity and genuine emotional weight finally, against all odds, shine through." --Jim Shepard

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Exposure by Therese Fowler**** 4 stars

Sexting leads to big trouble for two teenagers in this cautionary tale. Anthony Winter, a charismatic 18-year-old raised by a single mom, is dating Amelia Wilkes, a nice girl from a wealthy, conservative family that doesn't want her in a relationship with a student who can afford private school only because his mother teaches there. Kids being kids armed with camera phones and digital cameras, they e-mail each other nude digital photos, and when Amelia's father comes across pictures of Anthony on his daughter's computer, he calls the police, and a nightmare begins for all involved: Anthony faces being branded a sex offender, and Amelia gets in trouble with the law as well.



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Under the Jaguar Sun by Italo Calvino **** 4 stars

A sumptuous small gem of a book, this volume contains three of the tales on the five senses planned by Calvino, who died last year. Taste, hearing, and smell receive arch and imaginative treatment in language that links every sense to love. The wife and husband of the title story visit Mexico, where they become so enamored of the spicy cuisine that their gasps and raptures are transferred from the bedroom to the dining table. The local religious art and architecture gain deeper meaning for the couple as they become more sensually attuned to the subtlest range of flavors. In "A King Listens," a monarch sits riveted to his throne and paralyzed with fear, trying to hear every fragile sound that reverberates in his palace. Any "acoustical sign" may be open to interpretation; even silence and the flow of time are audible, perhaps ominous. Far from the palace walls, a woman's song beckons the king, promising freedom. "The Name, the Nose" focuses on the unique scent of a desired female, whether it is the costly product of a parfumerie on the Champs-Elysees, or the rank aroma of a woman asleep in a beery den. The trio provides exquisite fare from one of Italy's masters.

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The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe**** 4 stars

They say if you remember the '60s, you weren't there. But, fortunately, Tom Wolfe was there, notebook in hand, politely declining LSD while Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters fomented revolution, turning America on to a dangerously playful way of thinking as their Day-Glo conveyance, Further, made the most influential bus ride since Rosa Parks's. By taking On the Road's hero Neal Cassady as his driver on the cross-country revival tour and drawing on his own training as a magician, Kesey made Further into a bully pulpit, and linked the beat epoch with hippiedom. Paul McCartney's Many Years from Now cites Kesey as a key influence on his trippy Magical Mystery Tour film. Kesey temporarily renounced his literary magic for the cause of "tootling the multitudes"--making a spectacle of himself--and Prankster Robert Stone had to flee Kesey's wild party to get his life's work done. But in those years, Kesey's life was his work, and Wolfe infinitely multiplied the multitudes who got tootled by writing this major literary-journalistic monument to a resonant pop-culture moment.



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Honeymoon - James Patterson and Howard Roughan - 3.5*

I have been reading James Patterson books from the library, since I do not want to spend money on them. They are quick to read and this one was better than some others I had.

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3* The American Frugal Housewife by Lydia Marie Child

This book, written in 1832, was a freebie on Kindle. is collection of household hints, recipes and advice on being thrifty. It was an interesting read, from a historical aspect. Some of the ideas are outdated now, such as her advice on how to raise daughters (which is basically training them how to be wives and mothers) but it was an interesting look into how ordinary people lived their day to day lives back then.

The home remedies were also interesting to read about; a few we still use today, but some sound a little dangerous to me, makes me wonder how some people lived through those times!

It really makes one appreciate the modern world we live in today, where if we run out of food, or things such as soap, we simply go to the store and buy them, and not spend a half a day or more having to make them ourselves.



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23) Another classic Sci-fi book by ANdre Norton from her Time War series - Key Out of Time. 3 stars

Time agents Ross and Ashe, along with young Katara and her 2 intelligent (and telepathic) dolphins are swept back into the past of a South Seas type planet, Hawaika. They find the locals at war with each other, egged on by the "Baldies", space aliens that Ross and Ashe have encountered before - and are bad news all around.


24) Ghouls Night Out (Larue Donavan) 3 stars

This one had Larue, bookstore owner and ghost whisperer, again trying to save her hunky love interest, Callahan, and her BFF, Mindy, from evil witchcraft. It's cute, but too much like the first book (Me and My Ghoulfriends)



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Terminal by Brian Keene- **** (4 stars)

Tommy O’Brien once hoped to leave his run-down industrial hometown. But marriage and fatherhood have kept him running in place, working a job that doesn’t even pay the bills. And now he seems fated to stay for the rest of his life. Tommy’s just learned he’s going to die young–and soon. But he refuses to leave his family with less than nothing–especially now that he has nothing to lose.

Over a couple of beers with his best friends, John and Sherm, Tommy launches a bold scheme to provide for his family’s future. And though his plan will spin shockingly out of control, it will throw him together with a child whose touch can heal–and whose ultimate lesson is that there are far worse things than dying.

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The Virgin Queen's Daughter by Ella March Chase ****

Interesting 'what if' historical fiction. As a young woman (about 15) Elizabeth Tudor was living with her stepmother Katherine Parr and new stepfather Thomas Seymour. It was no secret that Seymour had tried to woo the young princess before finally marrying the dowager queen. This tale supposes he actually seduced and impregnated her, and when the girl child is born, instead of smothering her as ordered, the midwife smuggled her out and gave her to a Lady living in the country who had just suffered her fourth miscarriage. The child Nell is adored by her parents and educated by her scholarly father. After her father dies, Nell wants more than anything to go to Court and mingle with the brilliant minds surrounding now Queen Elizabeth, and cannot understand her mother's vehement opposition. Against the advice of all who love her, Nell secures a place as a Lady in Waiting at Court and catches the eye of the Queen. The plot thickens............. Quick moving, if improbable story that keps the reader's interest and doesn't totally degenerate into a 16 C soap.

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Finished When She Woke by Hillary Jordan, which is a dystopian retelling of The Scarlet Letter. Mostly good, though fell apart in the end a big for me. 4 stars.

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I read "Grave Witch" for a bit of Halloween silliness.

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4 The Passage Justin Cronin 5 stars

I loved this book and can't wait for the new one coming out some time in 2012. Highly recommend it!!
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2010: You don't have to be a fan of vampire fiction to be enthralled by The Passage, Justin Cronin's blazing new novel. Cronin is a remarkable storyteller (just ask adoring fans of his award-winning Mary and O'Neil), whose gorgeous writing brings depth and vitality to this ambitious epic about a virus that nearly destroys the world, and a six-year-old girl who holds the key to bringing it back. The Passage takes readers on a journey from the early days of the virus to the aftermath of the destruction, where packs of hungry infected scour the razed, charred cities looking for food, and the survivors eke out a bleak, brutal existence shadowed by fear. Cronin doesn't shy away from identifying his "virals" as vampires. But, these are not sexy, angsty vampires (you won’t be seeing "Team Babcock" t-shirts any time soon), and they are not old-school, evil Nosferatus, either. These are a creation all Cronin's own--hairless, insectile, glow-in-the-dark mutations who are inextricably linked to their makers and the one girl who could destroy them all. A huge departure from Cronin's first two novels, The Passage is a grand mashup of literary and supernatural, a stunning beginning to a trilogy that is sure to dazzle readers of both genres. --Daphne Durham

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Hide and Seek - James Patterson - 3.5*

I enjoyed most of the story although the male lead was not a likeable or nice person.

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Shari- you have a nice site.
Sounds like some of the books you are reading are similar to the Bethany Books I get to read and review; they are Christian romance.
MOM2CAT- I like the review on The Girl in the Gatehouse.
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6*

The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen

In 1813, Mariah Aubrey is sent away by her father to live on her aunt's estate, in the gatehouse, after a scandal that is blamed on Mariah threatens to tarnish her family's reputation. She needs a way to supplement the meager funds her father sends her, so she begins writing novels, but anonymously; partly because she knew her father would not approve, and because at that time, writing for a living was not considered a "lady-like" profession.

Captain Matthew Bryant, returning to England after a successful in the Royal Navy, leases the estate from Mariah's aunt's cash poor stepson. Matthew is hoping to impress the father of a young woman he hopes to marry with the grand estate, but he quickly becomes intrigued by Mariah after he meets her.

I really enjoyed this book; the minor characters in the story were just as intriguing as the main characters, especially the sweet courtship between an older couple. Lots of family secrets are revealed, in both Mariah's and Mathew's families, layer by layer. The gatehouse itself even held secrets. I was anxious to find out the reason behind Mariah's banishment from her family, but I also liked how the author unveiled that part of story slowly, and really developing Mariah's character first.

I liked the historical details too, such as how writers at that time made their pens, from quills, and even how they made their own ink.



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How to Think About the Great Ideas by Mortimer Adler 3*

This book is based on a thoughtful TV program from the early '50s, that appeared on California's Public Television.
Adler, a philosopher, did 52 episodes which became 52 chapters of this book.
He talked of the great ideas and how we should think about them.
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Private - James Patterson and Maxine Paetro - 3*

I enjoyed it and it kept my interest. The characters were better than some of the other books he has written - at least they were likable.

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Yesterday was the 24-hour Readathon in the book blogging world, so I actually have three books to report on:

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson - about a girl who goes to school in London right around the time when Jack the Ripper-like murders start happening. 5 stars.

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald - classic children's fairy tale, meh. 2 stars.

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick - a double story revolving around family and being deaf. 4 stars.

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The Scarpetta Factor - 4.5*

Explores the state of mind of all the characters we have gotten so familiar with over the Scarpetta series...their fears, how passionately they love or hate and close-knit they are although there are mixed emotions in the group.

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The Heroes of Olympus - The Son of Neptune - Rick Riordan - 5*

I know this is a young adult book, but it helps you brush up on your Greek and Roman mythology and history. Very enjoyable. I have to finish it, since my grandson has already ready it.

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Cleopatra's Daughter ***** 5 star

Review of Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
Cleopatra's Daughter


This was a good historical fiction book that starts with the deaths of Marc Antony and Cleopatra on August 12,30 BC.


The three children of Cleopatra, Kleopatra, and Marc Antony are taken to Rome after the death of their parents. Cleopatra's Daughter is Kleopatra Serene and Serene is the narrator of the book. Her twin brother is Alexander Helios and the youngest of the children is Ptolemy. Serena and Alexander are ten years old and Ptolemy is six years old. They are taken to Rome and paraded before the Romans wearing golden chains. The children go to live with the sister of Octavian, Octavia, who was the former wife of Marc Antony.


I do want to give more details because I did not know that Cleopatra and Marc Antony had children even though I have read a lot about history and watch the archaeology programs. (Learn something new every day). The details in the book are close to history, even though this is fiction and the author has taken some liberties in her writings.


This is my first read by Michelle Moran and I am really impressed in her knowledge and research. She has many tidbits that bring the reader into the era. I was a volunteer at a Pompeii exhibit and I appreciated the descriptions of the people, clothing and living areas as they were so simlar.


Maps are in the beginning of the book and always an added bonus for me as a reader. There is List of Characters and a Timeline front of the book and a Glossary, Afterword, Historical Notes and Acknowledgements in the back.


I give this a five star. It is certainly a re-read for me because of so much history.


I am now reading Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran.


You can find her on www.michellemoran.com


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22) The Defiant Agents, a classic Sci-Fi by Andre Norton 3 stars

I got a collection of 12 books by Andre Norton, but the collection is difficult to negotiate (no table of contents) and out of order. This was the first book in the collection, but 3d in the Time War series. Book #2 in the collection is one I already read from another collection, Book 3 is the 4th book in the Time War series - but I've missed the first 2!

Anyway - in Defiant Agents, Apache volunteers are sent to the far away world of Topaz, using discovered alien technology. Someone had the bright idea of using Redax, a system that puts them in the mental state of being more ancient Apaches. They meet up with settlers from Russia (the Reds) who are descendents of Genghis Khan

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Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer- 5 stars

Readers captivated by Twilight and New Moon will eagerly devour Eclipse, the much anticipated third book in Stephenie Meyer's riveting vampire love saga. As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob —- knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

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Ms America and the Offing on Oahu by Diana Dempsey

3.5 stars

Ms Ohio Happy Pennington finds out it’s not all sequins and silicone when she competes on Oahu for the Ms America crown—the first national title of her life.
When her fiercest competitor tumbles dead out of the isolation booth during the televised pageant finale, Honolulu PD gets to thinking Happy might have killed her.

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Review of The Box of Rocks by Karla Telega **** 4 stars
Box of Rocks by Karla Telega
This is a mystery/adventure and "where am I in life" type of book. Two women, Maggie Gorski and Cheryl Anderson are at a mid-life crisis and need something to keep them busy. They have made a list of things to do such as rock collecting, a book club, ghost hunting and target practice. Maggie is married and Cher is divorced. Both have a dog that are also part of the book and I think helped make the book with the extra activities that dogs bring to daily life.
Maggie and Cher head for the hills to search for gold and find themselves involved with a murder.
A college associate of Paul Lakeland has been murdered and Paul is arrested for the murder. Paul found a clay jug that he believed was Native American in a cave and wanted to do his thesis on it for his doctorate degree in archaeology.
Twists and turns keep the reader surprised. There are laughs and also some serious matters.
I liked this book, it was an easy read and kept me interested. The f word was only used one time and I could have done without the almost sex scene. The characters, Maggie and Cher, were like friends one might know; a little eccentric but likable characters and the reader can relate to some problems the women had.
I would have liked to see more of the characters who were brought into the book with no ending for them. Possible they might be in a future adventure of Maggie and Cher.
I liked the descriptions of the area of South Carolina because I am not familiar with the state and it's history.
I give Box of Rocks a four star for a different and fun book to read..
I wish to thank the author, Karla Telega and Smashwords for the complimentary copy of Box of Rocks and the opportunity to read and review. The opinions are my own. This will be a great series of books on Maggie and Cher and their adventures.
You can find Karla at www.telegatales.com
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Alice Fantastic by Maggie Estep*** 3 stars

50-something Kimberly lives in Woodstock with her live-in lover, Betina, who’s given to misdosing her psychotropic meds and standing naked in the living room. There are also Kimberly’s 17 rescued dogs, and Eloise and Alice, her 30-something single daughters. Eloise, awarded a large settlement resulting from her fall into an open manhole, designs bizarre toys, such as cats’ heads on cockroach bodies, and is heartbroken over Billy. Alice is a professional racetrack gambler whose lover no longer lives in their van now that he’s imprisoned. One day Kimberly meets gorgeous movie star Ava, who hires her as an assistant, and before you can say “sudden switch,” Eloise and Ava are an item, while Kimberly finds unexpected love, and Alice takes up with “William,” who turns out to be, well, you get the idea.


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Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents by Elisabeth Eaves*** 3 stars

Spanning 15 years of travel, beginning when she is a college sophomore, this book documents an insatiable hunger for the experience of encountering new people and cultures. Young and independent, she crisscrosses five continents and chases the exotic, both in culture and in romance. In the jungles of Papua New Guinea, she loses herself—literally—to an Australian tour guide; in Cairo, she reconnects with her high school sweetheart, only to discover the beginning of a pattern that will characterize her life over the long-term: while long-distance relationships work well for her, traditional relationships do not.

Wanderlust is a journey of self-discovery. In the course of her travels, Eaves finds herself and the sense of home she’s been lacking since childhood—and she sheds light on a growing culture of young women who have the freedom and inclination to define their own, increasingly global, lifestyles, unfettered by traditional roles and conventions of past generations of women.


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21) Stealing Faces by Michael Prescott 4 stars

This one had an icky start, but got better. A serial killer hunts women in the wilderness, and slices off their faces for his trophies.

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Hush by Kate White**** 4 stars

Newly divorced 44-year-old marketing consultant Lake Warren finds her latest job devising a marketing plan for a Manhattan fertility clinic rewarding until her ex-husband, Jack, sues for full custody of their two young children. While her lawyer warns her not even to date so Jack won't have leverage against her, Lake gives in to a one-night stand with the clinic's flirtatious Dr. Keaton. After falling asleep on his penthouse terrace, Lake wakes to find Keaton murdered. Worried that the police will accuse her of the murder, Lake begins her own investigation until she learns that someone is stalking her.


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Under the Frangipani by Meg Couto*** 3 stars

The narrator, a dead man, is assigned to occupy the body of a police inspector who is investigating the murder of the director of an old people's refuge housed in a former Portuguese fort.


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The Book of Tomorrow by Cecilia Ahearn 6******

I really liked this book although it was a little weird and not totally connected. I think it might even be a good book for a teenage girl to read but that would have to be determined by the parent.

Sixteen-year-old Tamara Goodwin’s life is upended when her wealthy father commits suicide after realizing he can’t pay his debts. Tamara and her devastated mother are forced to move from a Dublin suburb to the countryside to live with Tamara’s aunt and uncle, Rosaleen and Arthur. Tamara chafes under Rosaleen’s domineering personality when her aunt tries to keep Tamara from seeing her depressed, isolated mother. Frustrated, Tamara ventures out of the house, exploring the ruins of the castle Arthur cares for and meeting the locals, including a sprightly nun and a handsome young man who drives around in a traveling library. Tamara comes across a book in the library that captures her attention. Its pages are initially blank, then they start to fill with Tamara’s own thoughts from the following day. Realizing she is able to not only read the future but change it, Tamara uses the diary to unravel the mystery at work in her new home. A veritable modern-day Gothic, Ahern’s (The Gift, 2009) engrossing new novel is filled with family secrets, intrigue, and magic aplenty. --Kristine Huntley

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The Summer of the Bear by Bella Pollen ****

In 1980 a British diplomat stationed in Bonn falls from the top of the embassy and dies. A garbled note is found crumpled on his desk that raises suspician that he might just have been a double agent. His shocked and grieving family retreats to a small island in Scotland's Outer Hebrides where the widow has often found peace and comfort in the past. It doesn't work this time, and the family splits and becomes dysfunctional, each member retreating into their own coccoon of pain and anger. Strangest might be the young son, Jaimie who spends his time tracking a grizzly bear that has escaped from a local carnival. Jamie is convinced that his "lost" father has returned as the bear and is as desperate to reunite with Jamie as Jamie is with him. Well written, interesting denoucement of the dangers of secrets kept within a faily.

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The Wedding - Julie Garwood - 4*

Another story about life in 1100's Scotland which kept me laughing

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Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb 3*

It took a while for me to get into this book, the first of a trilogy, but then I found this fantasy
enjoyable.
The annoying thing is that the author instead of coming up with names for characters, names them after their character traits; i.e. Prince Verity, Prince Chivalry, Prince Regal, King Shrewd, etc.

I probably got it free on my Kindle a couple of years ago and finally got around to reading it.
I have a strong feeling I will read other two books of this series.

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In CHEAP We Trust: The Story of a Misunderstood American Virtue by Lauren Weber

This book explores the historical side of thriftiness, beginning in the pre-revolutionary days with Ben Franklin, up to the present day. Thriftiness is practiced for all kinds of reasons, some out of necessity, some because of environmental concerns, moral or religious reasons, and some just absurd.

The author explores all the reasons for being "cheap" or thrifty, and delves into her own family's history of thriftiness.

I was a little disappointed in this book; the parts discussing banking and economics were for the most part dull for me to read, but then, I've never been a person interested in finance. I don't follow the news of finance, Wall Street or the stock market; maybe someone that does would enjoy those parts of the book more.

But I did enjoy enjoy reading about what our ancestors did to save money; it's amazing how they could stretch what they had because they had too. It really makes me think about all the things we use in our daily lives and maybe we throw too much of it away too soon, and much of that we probably didn't really need to buy in the first place. I also like the stories of those whose thriftiness had a quirkiness to it; I wish there were more of those included in the book.



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Missouri Memories by DiAnn Mills, Deborah Raney , Joyce Livingston, Kelly Eileen Hake

Four short stories that all take place in the same house over a century.
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"Despite building a mansion in 1898 for a woman who elopes with another, Captain Royce manages to create a legacy on the hill overlooking Hannibal, Missouri. Tadd Winston, a successful immigrant, buys the house and must quickly produce a family he has deceived his Old World parents into believing exist. Maime Bradford, a World War I widow, inherits the large, empty house and soon becomes determined to open it to those abandoned by society-and to a new chance at love. Brian Lowe hides his Vietnam War wounds within the confines of the house on the hill-until a war protestor in the form of a pretty physical therapist challenges his perceptions about life."



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20) Snuff by Terry Pratchett 5 stars

Continuing the Discworld series with Watch Commander Sam Vimes dragged reluctantly to visit his wife, Lady Sybill's country estate. Sam's motto is "where there's coppers, there's crime". Pratchett uses humor to shine a light on prejudices and ignorance, mixed with drama and pathos.

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Just started Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett. Part of a cozy mystery series. 3 Stars so far.

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I just finished rereading We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, which I first read back in summer of 2008. It was really confusing and over my head the first time I read it, but I guess through time it began to make sense to me, because it was much clearer this time. Through time, it has become one of my favorite books ever, very interesting and filled with stuff to say. :) 6 stars.

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She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb

5 Stars

Love this book! This is the only book I have ever read twice. I came across it again in a second hand bookstore and had to buy it. The main character is so easy to relate too, especially when it comes to being overweight.

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The Bride - Julie Garwood - 4*

Another historical story set in 1100 Scotland. Interesting slice of life.

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Funny in Farsi: A memoir of growing up Iranian in America, by Firoozeh Dumas

This was such a fun book. I laughed a lot when I was reading it, and I came away with a very different feeling for the Iranian people than I had when I started reading it. I actually met this lady at a writing conference, and she is as warm and wonderful in person as she was in the book. She just shares a lot of stories from her life, but she has such a fun sense of humor she can hardly write a sentence without making you laugh.

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Chronicles: Vol 1 by Bob Dylan**** 4 stars

An odd but ultimately illuminating memoir that is as impulsive, eccentric, and inspired as Dylan's greatest music. Eschewing chronology and skipping over most of the "highlights" that his many biographers have assigned him, Dylan drifts and rambles through his tale, amplifying a series of major and minor epiphanies. Dylan sticks to his own agenda--a newspaper article about journeymen heavyweights Jerry Quarry and Jimmy Ellis and soul singer Joe Tex's appearance on The Tonight Show inspire heartfelt musings, and yet the 1963 assassination of John Kennedy prompts nary a word from the era's greatest protest singer. For all the small revelations (it turns out he's been a big fan of Barry Goldwater, Mickey Rourke, and Ice-T), there are eye-opening disclosures, including his confession that a large portion of his recorded output was designed to alienate his audience and free him from the burden of being a "the voice of a generation."


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The Harsh Cry of the Heron by Lian Hearn**** 4 stars

I really felt that I’d missed something that happened between the end of the last book and the beginning of this one. The 15 years that passed didn’t deserve a book of its own? A disappointing ending to the series, too, but still a good, solid read.

Thanks to his enlightened leadership, 15 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Otori Takeo united the Three Countries, but his enemies continue to plot their revenge—including the Tribe, a ninja-like group of assassins, and the duplicitous Lord Zenko, one of Takeo's retainers. Perhaps the greatest threat, however, is the prophecy of a holy woman that Takeo will die only at his son's hand; his only son, an unacknowledged bastard, is being raised by his sworn enemy Kikuta Akio, the head of a Tribe family. With his beautiful (and legitimate) daughter and heir Shigeko by his side, Takeo must navigate these treacherous shoals to save his lands and his legacy from destruction. Hearn seamlessly fuses fact and fantasy to create a sprawling, bewitching realm of magic.


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17) Don't Poke the Bear (an Emmett Love Western) 3 stars
18) Emmett & Gentry (an Emmett Love Western) 3 stars

These both are about Emmett Love, cowboy, saloon keeper, sheriff of Dodge City, and country philosopher. Told in the first person - Emmett lives with the love of his life, Gentry, in the saloon - Gentry runs the whores. In a series of incidents, Emmett gets a dancing bear, Rudy, kills some bad guys whose friends and families are out for revenge, gets captured in the 2d book by Union soldiers and held for 28 months - sets off on a long journey to find Gentry. His special friends Rose and Shrug help him. Funny little books.


19) Vampire Morgue by Maggie Jagger 2 stars

I never got into this one - kept waiting for it to get better.

It starts with Calista realizing she's dead - but not dead. A space traveler is coming across the galaxies - he (it?) left a "homing device" in the form of an almost person, Quinn, that Calista has known since early childhood. It's confusing since there seem to be terrestrial vampires, vampires from space ... never really clear.

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Fisherman's Hope by David Feintuch

4th book in the Seafort Saga, a military scifi series that I read on the reccommendation of a friend. The books are not currently in print and are difficult to find, but I found myself drawn into the story and unable to put the books down.

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Saving Grace - Julie Garwood - 4*

Story set in the early 1200's in the Scotish Highlands about life during those times. King John is on the throne in England and causing trouble.

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While We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin

This novel is a well done blend of storytelling and history. The story is set in an apartment building in Brooklyn during World War 2.
Three very different people end up with their lives intertwined: 12 year old Esther, who just lost her mother a year before, is unhappy with her father leaving to enlist in the Army; 24 year old Penny who grew up next door to Esther's father Eddie, and has always had a crush on him, she volunteers to take care of Esther and her 9 year old brother Peter, hoping that Eddie will fall in love with her and marry her. Penny has lived a sheltered life, with elderly parents, who have always made her feel like she wasn't very smart, so taking care of two children proves to be daunting task for her. The landlord of the apartment is a Jewish man, Jacob Mendel, who is still mourning the loss of his wife who died in the same accident as Esther's mother, and after the war starts, worries about his only son, daughter in law, and granddaughter, who are trapped in Hungary.

I really enjoyed this story, and there were a few twists in the plot that were unexpected; I like it when a book is like that. I also liked how the theme of family secrets helped to tie their separate stories together too. It was interesting to read how here in the U.S., people had to deal with conserving fuel and rationing, and they did it without much complaint, in order to win the war. I have a feeling if people were asked to do the same thing today, there would be a huge outcry that it's "not fair".



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The Land of the Painted Caves by Jean M Auel ***.5

Sixth and final installment of the much-read Earth's Children Series in which Ayla, now in her mid-twenties, is training to become a spiritual leader of the Zelanedoni. With her family, spiritual mentor, and a few other companions, she travels throughout what is now the south of France, visiting sacred sites (the cave painting locales) and having miscellaneous adventures. I didn't enjoy this book as much as the earlier ones, perhaps because almost half of the 800+ pages are a recap of the earlier volumes and adventures, or perhaps because nothing new really happened.

Carol


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