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Just about done with Vanishing Act. You all didnt tell me it was set in my home!!! I go to Lake Placid every weekend. The large NYS beach i was head lifeguard at for a lot of years? between Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake. And where John parked the big SUV? i rangered back there for part of one summer...
he obviously hasnt been here..refers to "getting into the right lane"--well theres only 2 small places anywhere near where hes writing about that have more than one lane each way..and thats on big hills so the semis dont hold everyone up, and they last less than a quarter mile.
anyhow..its fun..and i was all happy when she found he was from Placid.
Kind of like the Louise Penny books. just north of me over the border. fun!

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Marby..yay for all your vets!! I do the same..when i see one of those hats in the store i stop and thank them. One man who was there with his caregiver talked to me for half an hour in front of the deli counter telling me what ship he was on, where he fought, gave me some blow by blows. His caregiver got very antsy..finally telling the man they couldnt take up all my time..i smiled and said this is a good use of my time..i love hearing the stories..well, the guy finally wore out..smiled at me and said thank you for letting an old man reminisce. i gave him a hug and thanked him for sharing. i checked out and when i got to my car the helper ran up to me and said you have NO idea how you made his year..he told me how nice it was that someone actually cared...i'm so sorry he was so long winded..i looked the guy in the eye and said..i'd give ANYTHING to have my dad tell me war stories. ANyTHING. it was a gift to me. the guy stopped dead, puddled up..said you are right. i need to be a better listener..thank you.
I often wonder in the year past how that old guy is doing. I hope he got to go on the honor flight. my dad never did. he would have loved that.
anyhow. finished White Nights and was guessing right to the end!! I'm now on the one with the native girl that Hollycali suggested. and behind it is the bitch one. then i have to order the other one she said was funny!

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I'm reading Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink Ph.d. He is a food behavior scientist. A fun and informative read. He is in the calories in, calories out group though but I just read past that.

My father was in tanks in Germany. My Uncle was in the Battle of the Bulge. My stepfather was in the air as a companion plane when they dropped the bomb on Nagasaki. My husbands father was at Ansio.

WWII vets are rock stars to me. I get all excited when I see one. Truly revered generation.

I got Beantown Girls. Looking forward to reading it.

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"A Tree grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith ---------- FIVE STARS

Wonderful story, great read.... It was like watching a movie. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I understand why it is such a beloved classic.

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i remember reading that book and being very moved by it, Holly Cali

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I'm just finishing up reading "A Tree grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith. Begins in the early 1900's, such poverty and despair. Its taken me over a week to read. Will finish today. Very humbling story. I wasn't sure at first, but after it grabbed me it wouldn't let go. Not a book you can rush at all, every single word HAS to be read, so much detail and emotion. I see why its a classic .

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He was!!! Thanks!!

I’m reading White Nights right now—another a Ann Cleeves book

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emoticon That is such a poignant memory you have of your Dad, Holly, thanks for sharing. I can understand why you read everything you can about WW2. He is a Hero. JC

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JC thats what interested me. My dad was at Normandy. then in Ardennes in the Battle of the Bulge. then was one of the camp liberators. his whole life he never spoke of it but one day, when i was cleaning and found all his medals. he was always my hero but i didnt know he was a decorated one, too. He talked to me that day...only. and it was one of 2 times in my entire life i saw my dad cry..the other was when i named my youngest son after him.

i read everything i can on ww2....

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emoticon Yes, Holly it was an interesting book. I failed to mention in my first post that part of the attraction for me was the time period. WW2, some of us can remember family and friends who were in the war and as I read the book I kept thinking about them and wondering.....
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JC that sounds like an interesting one!!

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emoticon Just thought I would drop by and share my latest book: I enjoy historical fiction so while skimming through the list of free Amazon books I noticed The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey. It caught my eye because I had never heard of the Red Cross Clubmobiles run by women who played a significant role in WW2. The book is fiction but in the end the author shares what parts of the book are from actual memoirs. I did research a few things and found them to be accurate. I am glad I read it because it was a big part of women's history that I knew nothing about. It is an easy read but I did not rush through it because I wanted to think in between the lines.

I have several posts here to catch up on, thanks for doing this! JC

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Marby- You are welcome! (remember you can go online to your local library and borrow books for free.) wishing you tons of giggles reading!!!!

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I'm reading Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink, Ph.D. He is a food scientist and has some revealing insights into why we over eat. It's not keto but a lot of it makes sense and fun to read.

Holly-CA I just bought the Unhoneymooners. I need a good laugh. Thanks for the recommendation.

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I have been working my way through the Jane Whitehead series by Thomas Perry-currently reading Shadow Woman, Book 3. Thanks for the recommendation KD. I do really like them, although I haven't been reading as much as usual. For some reason, my concentration is not as good as it used to be.

HollyCA I wrote down the Unhoneymooners! It sounds good and a nice change from the death and violence in my current reading. Book club is starting to talk about meeting outside and discussing whatever people have been reading. Some people have been reading really heavy subjects and I just can't bring myself to start any of them right now. Still need to finish Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. I really like her and if you haven't read Me Before You, you should.

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Finished reading Stephen King's LET IT BLEED. The book contained 3 short stories (1 of them on the longer side). As with all of King's books - they are character driven, and sometimes a character returns for another story (that was the case with one of the stories in this book).

Book was OK - can't say I would recommend it.

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oh this one sounds GREAT!! thank you HollyCali!!

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I love those kinds of books HollyCA!! It was also at my library - 26 holds on 5 copies, so it may be a month or more before I can check it out.

I'm still working through Thomas Perry books. Love, love, love that author.

I'm reading a book - getting dusting done today. I haven't done it in months. I hate dusting. So I dust a whole room - read a chapter. Dust another room, read another chapter. Etc. Etc. Enjoying my book, not enjoying the dusting but getting it done nonetheless.



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Just read the funniest book EVER! Literally laugh out loud funny. Best writing and dialog ever. So fun. This is a great choice after finishing an intense read. FYI it was an E-book from Library- free YAY

The Unhoneymooners ----------------- FIVE whopping stars
by Christina Lauren

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who are NOT affected are Olive and Ethan. And now theres an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.


Olive and Ami are twin sisters. Its Ami's wedding and her sister Olive and the grooms brother Ethan have to pretend they are married to take the dream honeymoon. Freaking hilarious!!!

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KD- I love this!!!! Reading burning calories and fat, making us thin, Yes Yes Yes

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OH KD love this!!! dont i wish!!

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oo Hollycali will have to try that one!! I just finished Smokejumper. Not as good as the Horse Whisperer, but it did keep me interested,. give it a 3 our of 5...for me.

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Ms. Bitch: Finding Happiness is the Best Revenge ........... 5 stars

by Tricia O'Malley

**** Best book I've read in awhile! Love this author so much. I have read everything she has written. Most of her books include a little magic which I love. This one was based on her real life with a few embellishes here and there. Heartbreak, Starting over, following dreams, being strong enough to believe happiness is possible if you take a leap of faith. Beautiful story, could not put it down and yet tried to read it slow enough to make it last.. Did not want it to end. So inspiring. Love Love Love it. Highly recommend. (Fyi the language can be a little harsh at times, but it fits the story)

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I'm plowing my way through other Thomas Perry books - Just finished "The Boyfriend" which I wasn't crazy about. Although I love his linguistic style, the subject matter was "meh" and I didn't connect with any of the characters.

Now I'm on "The Pursuit" which is more interesting. Still about a serial killer - I like to watch Dateline so I guess that's why this author interests me so much.

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ahh HollyCali i've read that and agree with your rating. its supposed to be "a classic". I wasnt impressed.

I'm 2/3 of the way through "Smoke Jumper" By Nicholas Evans (The Horse Whisperer)
"His name is Connor Ford and he falls like an angel of mercy from the sky, braving the flames to save the woman he loves but knows he cannot have. For Julia Bishop is the partner of his best friend and fellow smoke jumper, Ed Tully. Julia loves them both--until a fiery tragedy on Montanas Snake Mountain forces her to choose between them, and burns a brand on all their hearts.

In the wake of the fire, Connor embarks on a harrowing journey to the edge of human experience, traveling the worlds worst wars and disasters to take photographs that find him fame but never happiness. Reckless of a life he no longer wants, again and again he dares death to take him, until another fateful day on another continent, he must walk through fire once more..."

This was the job I took 2 weeks before I graduated from college. In Missoula...but i never went..and I probably wouldn;t have been good at it. While i loved parachuting, I doubt my knee could have taken the pounding and I would have ended up being a liability. I always wondered if I made the correct decision..reading this, I think I probably did. Anyhow..i'm a ways through it, and its got that "cant put it down" feature i look for in books. I dont know if its for everyone, though...parts of it are very difficult for me to read. But its well written..and I love the scenery descriptions!!

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Just finished "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving (2 stars)

Eleven-year-old Owen Meany, playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire, hits a foul ball and kills his best friend's mother. Owen doesn't believe in accidents; he believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul is both extraordinary and terrifying. At moments a comic, self-deluded victim, but in the end the principal, tragic actor in a divine plan, Owen Meany is the most heartbreaking hero John Irving has yet created.

I chose this book to read from "The Great American Read" broadcast by PBS. Supposed to be the Best of the Best for 2019. It took me forever to get through it, kept thinking it would get better. The story was interesting, a few funny moments, But I would not recommend to anyone.

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URBANLOTUS: I'm not a fast reader either. I am about 3/4 of the way through DAISY JONES..... Not crazy about it - to me, the characters are not well written and I think I am finding it rather dull?

I also agree with the new way of doing the "book club."

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Yes, not reading the same book but recommending books we have read would be better. I am still trying to get through Daisy Jones as I am not really enjoying it, so may not finish it.

I am not as fast a reader as I once was as I don't seem to find the time to read and even though I have managed to read every book within the month allocated so far, I am conscious of slowing people up. The new way of doing the Club would work better for everyone, I am sure.

I won't have nearly as many books to recommend as others due to not finding a lot of time to read.

So let's change the way we do it to free people up and to have a good resource for those looking for their next book!

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I'm glad everyone is enjoying the Jane Whitefield series! I am on book 6 right now. I like how Perry weaves her personal story in with the exciting part. Sort of like Gamache stories.

Bathroom is being painted now - tomorrow I think they'll work on cabinets. Also making real progress on cleaning up the trailing vines that have been growing for years. I got the tree cut down that they were on - but what a chore extracting them from the ground near the base of the tree!!

Outside projects and inside projects. Making a difference!

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Thank you HollyCali..cant wait till mine arrives!!

KD thats what i thought of..was the swimming lessons one. i did like daisy jones a bit more in the end..but not enough to recommend it. i mentioned it to another friend she said OH!! I loved that one!!! couldnt put it down!! she was surprised that i didnt like it. its one of those all or nothings, i think..either you like it all the way or you dont..no in between

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Finished: VANISHING ACT by Thomas Perry 5 out of 5 STARS

Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads people out of the wilderness- not the tree filled variety but the kind created by enemies who want you dead. She is in the one woman business of helping the desperate DISAPPEAR.

So good!!! Thank you KD for the recommendation! So exciting and unexpected. So much detail I couldn't absorb it fast enough, had to pace myself reading it. Just when you think you figured it out BAM oh-no-you-didn't !!! Twists and surprises and such an exciting ending. Loved it.

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Yeah - that's what happened with Swimming Lessons too.

I like an occasional historical romance too - I enjoy just about every kind of book!!

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HollyCali...daisy jones got really, really high ratings, and my friend suggested it when i asked her for a happy book..she is always reading and goes through books like some people drink water. I dont agree that its a happy feel good book..though i'm much less annoyed at the book at the end than i was in the middle. wish i could get my money back lol!!!

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Love that idea!!!
Title, Author, small synopsis --no spoilers - our rating 1-5 stars.
Then lastly our reason for rating -no spoilers-
This is much better as some people (like me) read two books a week, where others read slower so we go at our own pace and just post after we finish each one.

I also didn't read 1) Daisy Jones and the six or 2) It happened at dawn.

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Works better for me!!

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Oh yeah - I'm all for that. That way if I don't like a book suggestion, I just skip it. And if I do like one, I can recommend it and pique everyone's interest.

Then you can get interested in series (like Armand Gamache or Jane Whitefield) and have lots of good reading in front of you!!

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I think thats actually a much better idea, too, Kathleen. My friend loved Daisy Jones..she recommended it when i asked for a "happy" book..she belongs to more than one book club and said everyone raved about it. Like Swimming Lessons, which i heard great things about but couldnt get through even the first half. We all like different things, and I love the idea of the titles, and a short why..and then maybe as people read it if it appeals to them, they can add to the thread on that book..whether they liked it or not, with why again not giving it away..that way more than one opinion is given on it.

how about everyone else? what do you all think?

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NIGHT you mentioned that maybe we should just go by recommendations of the books we have already read instead of the book club format.

I honestly like that idea a lot better.
First reason- is that I don't feel comfortable recommending books I haven't read yet. I am always worried that the content might be offensive to others. Since we are all such avid readers I am sure we can enjoy many good references from each other to books we may have not chosen for ourselves.

Second reason - We are all reading at a different pace and we can't seem to get into a regular routine of reading and discussing in a timely manor.

I must be honest about this - I did not read Daisy Jones - I didn't like the subject matter and it was just not for me. I didn't get too far in the book.

What about listing on our Book Club post something like :
Title of the book and the author
A short sentence about what type of book it is ( not giving away the story)
Did you like it or not like it ? WHY - no spoilers
Would you recommend this book?

This is just my opinion - I'll go along with the groups decision.


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i will post briefly on Daisy..started out really liking it as i have friends who are rock musicians, and this book is sadly very accurate of what transpired with the rock scene, for the performers. (a dear friend almost lost his life early on to drugs..noone thought he would come back from the "trip" he took...he had been a drummer but someone brought him a guitar to the facility..he picked it up and started playing having never touched guitar before..and he came back to us finally and started recognizing people. Hes so good that, unfortunately for his career, the big rock magazines used to refer to him as "the reincarnation of Hendrix". never good to be labelled like that, still he and the band did well,,so well that they booked this year a reunion tour that was fully sold out till coronavirus shut everything down. new dates and added dates to accomodate the overflow are booked so thats good. point is the book is all too real..and having a family member that got into that scene that pretty much ripped our family apart..its hard for me to read some of it!!

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I haven't gotten a message about this team for awhile - I can see that I am a little behind. Looking forward to reading the books - especially about the two sisters!!

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i know that now..lol i didnt read the synopsis just that my friend told me she enjoyed the book. It is written to appear true...she uses names, places, that are all well known to me..haha. I wont ever live this one down!

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The explanation of Daisy Jones and the six is that it is fictional story. The idea of the book was taken loosely from Fleetwood Mac but it is not about them or any real band.

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Lotus I really embarrassed myself..haha. I have a friend that was a rock star, and due to him lots of friends in the business. One of them is a writer for a well know guitar magazine. Lol I asked him about this band—he said bluntly what the f are you talking about? No such band—I said Mike—I’m reading about them now..when I looked it up and told him he roared with laughter—and now I’m the butt of more than one joke lol. But. Ow others are curious and reading it—such a good description of how it really is in that life...

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I did the same as you, Night. I hadn't heard of Daisy Jones and the SiIx either. No wonder! Lol! I've started the book. The Mermaid one sounds good for June.

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the paperback wasnt even $18!! i think it was 16. came in 2 days.

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Still cannot download Daisy. It says I can pre-order for $18. Not sure what's up but going to download the mermaid one.

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looking forward to it being in our rotation!

i'm enjoying Daisy Jones and the Six

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Kathleen- I finished "When we believed in mermaids" last night. Really good story. The sisters characters were perfect. I love when I finish a book, then think about the story for a few days!!!
I consider that a book hangover.

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thats odd Read!! its apparently very popular. i read the first 2 chapters this morning and wasnt sure what i thought till a looked it up. there is a bit of bad language but it was the 60's 70s and you are reading about rockstars...

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Ok I know this sounds crazy but I have tried to download Daisy 4 times and nothing happens. I've downloaded other books here in the last few days so I have no idea why it won't work!

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is everyone done with Aprils? I started the daisy book...lol dont make the same mistake i did. i thought...wow this is strange.i consider myself pretty up on 60s and 70s music and i never heard of this
"six" let alone Daisy...and then i looked it up...HAHAHA

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Kathleen- What a co-inky-dink! Just started reading "When we believed in Mermaids"!!!! Its good!

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Sounds good!

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Sounds good to me Kathleen!! That’s May and June decided!!!

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Just a suggestion- How about this one:

When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O'Neal

A tale about two sisters, an ocean of lies, and a search for the truth.

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No need to be sorry Kathleen! Do you want to suggest another one?

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SORRY BUT I want to take back the suggestion of the book "get a Life Chloe Brown" because the description on the first page had a warning about possibly offending readers about abusive behavior . Not for me and I don't think that is in any way a funny story. So lets forget that one.


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OK - on Daisy Jones. I get it quickly on Kindle.

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lets do that one for june Kathleen!! really glad to have one picked so early! is that ok with everyone?

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OOPS to late- this one is humorous.

Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

maybe next time.

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daisy Jones the six it is. i just ordered it..it was the same price paperback or kindle at amazon...$12.99

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Daisy Jones and the Six sounds fine. I found it as an affordable ebook. IN print it is $50!!

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i felt the same way about the 2 books. i had to laugh..after i asked Jen about a happy book, she posed the question to her online friends (all teachers) saying..a lot of people are asking me for happy books..anyone want to chime in? one person laughed..said they asked YOU for happy books??? REALLY? hahahaha. Jen does tend to think everything is happy and glittery!! but i agree on daisy jones and the six..as i said when i posted them..summer of 69 didnt have a description that sounded happy to me!

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Sorry folks, did not get the April book read. Busier with school stuff and DH is wanting to watch This is Us at night.

Daisy Jones and the six sounds better to me. Summer of 69 just didn't sound appealing. Plus Daisy Jones gets way better ratings.

Urban I also appreciated your insight into the March book. Thanks for sharing.

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we need to decide fast as i have to order, and things are slow here, too!!

if everyone could chime in and say if you would like one of the 2 books my friend suggested or something else?

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I finished It Happened at Dawn. It did bring back a few memories, yes. I felt as though we could have been living side by side and i guess we were, though her experiences are different to mine.

Whatever book we decide to read for May, I would love it to be digital as postal services are delayed here too and our library is closed.



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Daisy jones and the six. Feel free to suggest something else if you’d rather!!!

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What are the two choices for next book? Summer of 69 and ??

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So which of the 2? I need to order things are taking forever!

I finished this months book—when we discuss my question is did the book bring back any childhood memories?

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I'm still reading It Happened at Dawn.

Happy to go with your suggestion for May, Night.

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i'm just about done with april book.i did read the reviews on summer of 69 and it sounded like one i'd like. she said the other one was a fun read..
she liked them both.

again, just suggestions. figured i'd ask her..shes a special ed teacher and her passion outside of school is reading. so i figured she would know..

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SUMMER OF 69 sounds good to me. I wonder too if it is a "happy" book - LOL. However, I loved the summer of 1969 and think I would also love reading a fiction novel about it.

Finished the April book.....

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just talked to my friend..she says summer of 69 by Elin Hilderbrand is a good happy book...i read the description..doesnt look happy to me but jen assures me it is. check it out see what you all think
she also said daisy jones and the six is happy. i'm not so sure about either..lol..take a look and see what everyone thinks. she says the daisy jones one is based loosely on stevie nicks

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Kathleen and KD, thank you for your feedback :) I did have to 'fill in the blanks' a bit as the author only stated things as facts she didn't allow for Judith to self-analyse. I just thought of the angles based on an outsider looking in!

Night, I am happy for you to ask about a good book to read for May :)

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URBAN I loved you thoughtful book review. Touched on emotions Juliet may have had that I never thought of. Well done!

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ok so..i just went to google and typed in "fiction books that make you happy" and there were tons that came up...if people want to look and suggest..and i'm going to talk to my best friends daughter, who is an avid reader and in several book clubs and see if there are any she would suggest.

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so agree KD!! if its a good book i always think they are real and friends (or enemies) its funny..i so relate to the 3 pines books because they are set less than an hour for me...i actually have a trip planned at some point to go to Knowltin QC where the author lives and they have a "3 pines tour" of bistros and boulangeries and bookstores and places she talks about in the books!!



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Urban I loved your review. I hadn't considered a few of those things - I am a quick reader, so I read it early and forgot some of that. The next one I'll wait until near the end to read so I'll be fresher and can offer some more intelligent observations.

And I loved that you talked about her like she was a real person instead of a character in a book! I feel about many of the characters of the books I read that same way.

Like Armand Gamache Holly? I feel like he's your neighbor and you should get to visit him in Three Pines one of these days. Wonder what they would do if there was a murder during a "stay at home"?

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Hmm, Late to the party again! Lol!

I thought the Last Letter from Juliette was a great read. I have read all your comments with interest. I have a slightly different view of Juliette's emotional intelligence.

She was brought up in a flying circus where she moved around a lot, had little to no friends, no extended family except her adopted extended family, and she lost her parents at a young age. This might have put her in emotional shock for many a long year. She would not be feeling much, other than the thrill of flying.

I also think there was more than money involved in her decision to marry - remember Lottie wanted her to become her illegitimate child's mother? I think the decision to marry was fairly easy fro her, till she met that man who swept her off her feet. She had the ties of friendship, trust, support form her adoptive family, and obligation with money and duty for Lottie. I don't think she thought about it deeply at all before deciding to marry.

Juliette didn't know there was depth of feeling till she met the man she loved...

Funny about the compass. I thought of it as a flattish, round shape with smooth edges, something you could easily keep in a pocket as its outline wouldn't be too obvious. Being flattish, it would be able to hold many set faceted gems.

Her two flying friends certainly influenced her life and allowed her a space to grow emotionally. She finally formed close attachments. She was not blind to their faults. She discovered a few of her own through them. And while I am not absolutely sure she grieved for her parents properly, she certainly grieved for the loss of her friend.

I was glad Juliette didn't have to take the ancient cyanide tablet, that she naturally slipped away during the stress of the flight. There would have been no pressurised cabins in the planes back then. Her heart probably gave out like her lover's did. She was in a delicate state and had exhausted herself recently with visiting the places of her youth. I was relieved she had a natural death rather than a suicide.

Thank you for suggesting the book!

I am keen to read a lighthearted one next too.





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we should all go on a happy book hunt!!

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Me too! We all need some happy.

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I like that idea Charlene!

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I have to say I am not a big reader so I having no suggestions in mind.

Thinking some kind of "happy" book might be a good idea for May?

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I did too Iwant.

We need suggestions for a May book!

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Started reading the next book......

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Its funny and wonderful how we see things differently. I felt it took huge strength for Juliet to be married and stay married. To me she felt she was paying a debt, and it was honorable. I could not be that strong and brave.

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I agree with you Kathleen - but what I wondered is when Juliet was so strong and opinionated and wouldn't let anyone push her around in the cockpit - why did she shy away from even having the conversation with her husband when she realized something was wrong? She could have talked it out and even without a divorce (which might have been scandalous at the time) they could have both lived fulfilling lives without the pretense they propagated.

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Last Letter from Juliet-
I did like the book.

What did you think of the main characters?
I think Juliet was a very strong individual. Her strengths was instilled in her from a very young age. She had tremendous courage and felt a strong patriotic duty to her country. Not unlike most people in her time of life - but she went above and beyond. Kind of a woman's lib attitude before anyone labeled that strength. But I think her priorities in life were not that of most people. Love for your country before love in your life is not in my opinion a healthy balance.

What did you think of the ending?
I think the ending was predictable. But I liked the ending with them in the plane. I wouldn't expect a sequel from that book. Without Juliet there is not much left to tell.

Do you think you can only have one true love in your life?
I think most of us, who have been fortunate to have our first love for many years, would say yes as a first response. But life has proven over time that our hearts are capable of finding love even when we don't think we can ever love again. That being said, I believe our strongest love is our first instinct. That would be Juliet and Edward- It was an instant connection. One that could not be denied and my feeling from the book was that it was a love that would never end..

Would you marry for duty or honor like Juliet rather than for love?
This is where I have a problem with Juliet. NO I would never marry for duty or honor, only for love. I think she had more devotion to her adventures than she felt for companionship. Her adventures seem to come first. Not only was she in a loveless marriage so was her husband because she married him for the wrong reasons. I thought her situation was sad because of her misguided sense of duty. She may have been a very brave woman but she was weak where matters of the heart were concerned.


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Read on the motivation...i personally rarely do something wondering if its motivating me. i see what needs to be done and do it. i get that from my dad...who told me over and over..its not how you act when you are around people and they are watching you..its how you act when you are by yourself with no audience that your true colors shine. I've never had to make a decision to go to war, but i'd like to think i have enough integrity that i would do what was right and necessary.

I think Juliet had great friends...but i think she was alone so young, and had to grow up so fast, that she was a strong woman without them, and would have not most, if not all, that she did with or without them.

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Sorry, I really searched for questions, but no luck. Here are my questions. What motivates someone to risk their lives for missions that, at least at the beginning, were not appreciated?. By that I mean that it was thought that women were not capable of accomplishing this and given little respect. Next, how did each of Juliet's close friends influence her decisions?

I really enjoyed the book, although I found the ending a little too neatly tied up. I don't think there is just one true soulmate for each of us, although I have seen couples who certainly were extremely devoted to each other. I agree with KD in that I also see young people rush into marriage without really knowing each other, without having some conversations about the tough topics that affect a marriage, like finances, long-term goals, and extended family.

I think that the times we live in strongly influence decisions. Juliet was alone in the world, her fiance's family had been extremely kind to her, and she did feel a real obligation to them.

I also loved Juliet's interactions with her friends. Anna kept her grounded yet pushed her to follow her heart. Marie showed her you could be bold and competitive yet remain friends. Lottie is the one who took her in when she was alone. We all are shaped by our close friendships.

If you have a real passion for something, like Juliet did for flying, and your country is threatened, you burn with the desire to do something useful and use your talents for the common good. I think we are seeing this right now with the coronavirus. Certainly our Armed Forces do this on a regular basis. Love of country is a very strong motivating force.

All in all, a great book!


Edited by: READTEACH1 at: 3/28/2020 (09:48)
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