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Old 01-25-2013, 09:55 PM   #556
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#8 Presumed Guilty

3/5 the book wasn't that great, lots of Baez saying how awesome he is. A lot of times I would find myself talking out loud, disagreeing with him. He seems very arrogant. I didn't watch the trial so I only knew what he was like from what I read online. As much as I don't want to, I did find
myself agreeing with a few points he made. It didn't make me change my mind about his client, but I didn't expect it too.

Next up: Run, Bambi, Run. I read it a few years ago and remember liking it. It's about a woman wrongly accused of murdering her husbands ex wife and convicted to jail. She escaped and lived a few months in Canada. She was recaptured and returned to jail. It is true crime.
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:37 AM   #557
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Just completed #3 out of 24 - Rush Home Road by Laura Lansen. I give it a 4 out 5 stars. I know this book has been a favorite of people on reading lists and I finally got to it. I did enjoy it, it was good story all the way through, good pacing, etc. I didn't think it was the *best* book in this genre (which I can only describe as a genre where African Americans are making their way through civil rights/post slavery issues). The setting of the story is Canada so that added an interesting twist to those issues. As an American I had no idea what was going on in Canada and how blacks were treated there during that timeframe, so that was interesting.

I found the discovery of Sharla's father a little too "magical"; however, in hindsight, the book was extremely spiritual and had that whole "everything happens for a reason" vibe throughout.

Not sure what I'm reading next. I have five e-books that I am waiting on from the library. For three of those books, I am number #1 on the waiting list. I'm sure they will come all at once!
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:36 AM   #558
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They really get us hooked with the free Kindle books, don't they? I downloaded one, a diary kept by a British woman during WWII, chronicling her experiences during the Blitz and her problems in her marriage and with her grown children - touching on just about everything that could happen to Londoners at that time. I was fascinated with the book (as I am with that period of history; I'm one of the first wave of baby boomers) and promptly ordered volumes 2-4!

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Old 01-26-2013, 09:26 AM   #559
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I'm really loving this challenge, it's totally helping me stay on track!

I just finished book 3 (goal 15) Eye of the Witch by Dana Donovan.

This was an easy to read, quick, fun type of book that was free on my Nook. I'd rate it a 3.5, it's not great literature but it was entertaining enough that I'll probably read more in the series.

A retired detective gets called my his former partner to help solve a string of mysterious suicides. He agrees to help and the interesting part is that there's a supernatural element to the book. There are psychics, witches, and all sorts of fun things! The ending is really unexpected. If you like fun murder mysteries with a supernatural twist I'd highly recommend it.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:19 AM   #560
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Justfinished Unspoken by Lisa Jackson

Pyscoloigical Thriller, I though it was good. Give it 4 out of 5. I like books that have NY in them and she did a good job. The local shifts later in the book. A little to complicated and over the top.

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Old 01-26-2013, 01:14 PM   #561
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Book #4
Dark Visions by Jonas Saul

Story about an 18 year old girl who gets "messages" during blackouts. That was the most believable part of the entire book.
The dialogue was awful, and it seemed like there was little to no research done on this story.
The scenes with the police/FBI were completely off-base, and the conversations between the criminals and everyone else were so cheesy.
I forced myself to finish it, but it was painful, LOL. Definitely do not recommend this book or author.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:04 PM   #562
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They really get us hooked with the free Kindle books, don't they? I downloaded one, a diary kept by a British woman during WWII, chronicling her experiences during the Blitz and her problems in her marriage and with her grown children - touching on just about everything that could happen to Londoners at that time. I was fascinated with the book (as I am with that period of history; I'm one of the first wave of baby boomers) and promptly ordered volumes 2-4!

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It's World War II London Blitz Diary (A Woman's Revelations Enduring War) by Ruby Side Thompson. Volume I is a free download on Kindle right now.

I was also fascinated by A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead, the story of 230 women working for the French underground during WWII. They were captured and ultimately sent to Auschwitz, from which only 49 would return. Includes interviews with these survivors and their families and friends. Their stories are well-told and I went through a large box of tissues by the end of this book.

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Old 01-26-2013, 04:36 PM   #564
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Book #5: Destination Unknown by Trent Zelazny

I am not sure when or where this book got picked up, but decided to give it a try. It is a short novel about Brian, who is married to Kate. Their world ended when their little boy died. Neither are coping well, when they have $160,000 land in their hands...and someone wants it back, by and will do anything to get it.

This was a quick easy read. My biggest problem with the book was the foul language. Parts of the story were predictable and parts were a surprise. It was an okay read.
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Just got 3 of the Nikki Heat novels (Castle tie-ins) so I'm hoping for some light fun before diving back into the Sherlock Holmes stories.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:50 PM   #566
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I love all of the Castle Nikki Heat novels!
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:00 PM   #567
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#6. The Coincendence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen.

This was a cheap Nook book that was rated high so I thought I would give it a try. The plot was fine (boy and girl each have troubled lives, find each other, etc.) , but I didn't think it was written that well. Also, I would have like to have known it was only the first in a series before I started it as this one ended in a cliffhanger. I would like to know what happens to them, but I am not sure that I care enought to read another book.

#7. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I loved this book! It was a tearjerker, and I really liked both of the characters. It's about a lady named Louisa that becomes a caregiver for Will, a quadriplegic due to being injured in an accident. I don't want to give anything away but it was just really well written. It was sad, funny, moving, and everything in between.
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Cellar of Horror - 1 stars
True story of serial killer in 1986
The author's book should have been half its size - after the first 100pages he just started repeating himself.
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It's World War II London Blitz Diary (A Woman's Revelations Enduring War) by Ruby Side Thompson. Volume I is a free download on Kindle right now.

I was also fascinated by A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead, the story of 230 women working for the French underground during WWII. They were captured and ultimately sent to Auschwitz, from which only 49 would return. Includes interviews with these survivors and their families and friends. Their stories are well-told and I went through a large box of tissues by the end of this book.

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