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Old 02-05-2013, 04:53 PM   #676
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Pearl Water's childhood was shattered the night she stood at her bedroom window and watched her mother run away without a glance back. Only ten years old, Pearl was left to care for the family and take over her mother's responsibilities.
Eight years later as the approach of midnight beckons, Pearl finds herself on the edge of eighteen and running, as her mother did, in search of freedom and the youth she'd been denied.
But freedom has a price. She ends up on foreign turf; a farm in Oregon with her volatile boyfriend, Roy and his family, who seem to hold even more secrets than her own. As time goes by, Pearl is drawn into beautiful but also tumultuous relationships with these strangers in Oregon, all the while losing a bit of herself with each drop of booze Roy drinks.


I read this in one afternoon (209 pages on Kindle, so a quick read anyway). It was a book that really resonated with me, and I just couldn't put it down. I give this one a 4.5/5 rating.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:14 PM   #677
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Currently reading "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck. I had no idea it was from 1932 when I bought my Kindle edition! Liking it very much.

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I read that YEARS ago! It was very good.

Progress report -- I wasn't sure how to go about updating in this thread. I've been updating my "read" list in my original post. I'm up to 11 so far -- I seem to have been on a Nora Roberts streak, but in my defense (lol) I get caught up in series, and recently found her "MacGregor" family series, which has several spinoffs. So of course, I had to read all of them. And her alter ego, JD Robb, has a new book coming out this month, as well as a short story in a collection of 4 -- I read the JD Robb story, but the second story, I think, requires a huge amount of info about the series that it comes from. I don't know that I'll get into that one.

I saw the post about a commercial for an "Under the Dome" series -- hmmm. That was a very interesting book, but don't know if I'll have any interest in a series.

I'm looking for suggestions. I like spy/political/legal thrillers, preferably series, and NOT vampire series, and these are some of the authors I've read (well, not all, I'm sure): Michael Connelly, John Connolly, Grisham, Crais, Quintin Jardine, Brad Meltzer, Daniel Silva, Lee Child, John Sandford, Linda Fairstein, Sara Paretsky, Patricia Cornwell. Can anyone suggest anything along that line?
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:09 PM   #678
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I read that YEARS ago! It was very good.

Progress report -- I wasn't sure how to go about updating in this thread. I've been updating my "read" list in my original post. I'm up to 11 so far -- I seem to have been on a Nora Roberts streak, but in my defense (lol) I get caught up in series, and recently found her "MacGregor" family series, which has several spinoffs. So of course, I had to read all of them. And her alter ego, JD Robb, has a new book coming out this month, as well as a short story in a collection of 4 -- I read the JD Robb story, but the second story, I think, requires a huge amount of info about the series that it comes from. I don't know that I'll get into that one.

I saw the post about a commercial for an "Under the Dome" series -- hmmm. That was a very interesting book, but don't know if I'll have any interest in a series.

I'm looking for suggestions. I like spy/political/legal thrillers, preferably series, and NOT vampire series, and these are some of the authors I've read (well, not all, I'm sure): Michael Connelly, John Connolly, Grisham, Crais, Quintin Jardine, Brad Meltzer, Daniel Silva, Lee Child, John Sandford, Linda Fairstein, Sara Paretsky, Patricia Cornwell. Can anyone suggest anything along that line?
Every tried any Harlan coben? Scott Turow? Or linwood Barclay?
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:44 PM   #679
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Every tried any Harlan coben? Scott Turow? Or linwood Barclay?
Coben and Turow, yes (although I find Coben to be up and down -- love his Myron Bolitar series, but his other books are kind of meh), never tried Barclay! On the list!
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:54 PM   #680
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I love Little Women. It's such a wonderful classic and so familiar to me that I can't imagining someone not loving it.
Well, I liked it enough to download Little Men. It just didnt keep me riveted.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:03 AM   #681
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I just finished afraid. Wow is all I can say. if your at all sensitive to gore stay away! It did have a happy ending though!

I should count all the books I read to the kids! I woulda hit my goal at least 8 times over this week alone!
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:01 AM   #682
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I've read both Coben and Barclay. Both are very good.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:03 AM   #683
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erincon23, have you read Vince Flynn's series? Great fast reading series in that genre, you will love the character Mitch Rapp. Brad Thor is another author in that genre. Happy reading!
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:41 AM   #684
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I'm torn as to what I should read next. I have a few in mind but just can't settle on one. I'll update when I decide.

ETA I'm going with Night Circus only because its due first and has already been renewed. I'm really iffy on this one for some reason.
That book seems to be a love or hate relationship, but I believe everyone should read it to find out where they fall, lol. I found it was a great read, had an element of magic & mystery - who can resist a circus that is only open during the night and closed all day? For me though, I think I must have missed a little in the book... it might have been a little too mystical for my brain, lol.

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I just finished afraid. Wow is all I can say. if your at all sensitive to gore stay away! It did have a happy ending though!

I should count all the books I read to the kids! I woulda hit my goal at least 8 times over this week alone!
Beginning of February and you're already more than halfway to your goal! I think someone needs to update their goal and make it a little more challenging!
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:54 AM   #685
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Finished Stephanie Bond's "Kill the Competition". I liked it, didn't love it. Now I'm on #9, "Rest in Peace, Miss Aggie". So far, once again, I like it, don't love it. I got a $50 kindle gift certificate for Christmas. I think it's about time to bust loose and get some good stuff-Robyn Carr, Sherryl Woods, Debbie Macomber, the authors I love but who are never on sale.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:48 AM   #686
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I've lost track of the last completed book I posted on the thread - thank goodness Goodreads tracks what I've read for me.....

I am currently reading book #15 Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. This is a selection from the book club I belong to, I'm about 25% done with it and so far I LOVE it. I don't normally read non-fiction but I really love the author's writing style.

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I'm looking for suggestions. I like spy/political/legal thrillers, preferably series, and NOT vampire series, and these are some of the authors I've read (well, not all, I'm sure): Michael Connelly, John Connolly, Grisham, Crais, Quintin Jardine, Brad Meltzer, Daniel Silva, Lee Child, John Sandford, Linda Fairstein, Sara Paretsky, Patricia Cornwell. Can anyone suggest anything along that line?

You may like the Marie Force "Fatal" series that I reviewed earlier in this thread. My reviews are at post #552 on page 37 and post #598 on page 40.

I am eagerly awaiting the next one in this series.
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The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli (General Hospital tie-in)

For a soap opera tie-inis gets a B. That is mostly since the book does focus on my favorite GH character and gives a little more insight into him that the show does in its daily hour.

Next: Casino Royale, now its off to James Bond novels.
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Just finished book 4 out of 25 - Ali's Pretty Little Lies. I love the PLL series. Guilty pleasure!

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I have now read 10 out the 80 books I am reading. I am reading the book "Tortall and Other Lands" by Tamora Pierce.
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