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Old 06-19-2013, 03:02 PM   #1726
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Book 20 of 30

The Innocent by David Baldacci
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:47 AM   #1727
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Book #48 The Girl Who Chased the Moon

Review:This book was a great summer read and reminded me of warm evenings, the soft breeze and the smell of sugar and barbecue sauce. The premise is very interesting, an orphan teenager Emily arrives to Mullaby after the death of her activist mother. Emily was raised to be free-thinking and progressive like her mom and she is that but she is also a normal teenager who just moved to a new town to meet a grandfather who she didn't even know was alive! This isn't the usual story of a girl learning how to make her way through a new small-town. Strange things happen in Mullaby, a grandfather who is 8-feet tall, wallpaper that changes along with her mood and a strange glow around her house. Emily wants to learn about the Mullaby lights and how is the mysterious Coffey family tied to her mother and what is up with the young Win Coffey?

There is a plot B that I found a little better than the main story. Julia who as a teenager had gone through a very hard time and thought she found love with a boy who actually loved her. Julia arrives back in town to confront the past after her dad leaves and faces not only her own problems as a teenager and the hard decisions she made but the guy who broke her heart.

I found the book to be magical and somewhat light but did not hide away from situations like depression and teenage pregnancy. I love this author and totally suggest it!
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:16 AM   #1728
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I finally just finished book #4. I really need to get a move on it.

Blowing on Dandelions by Miralee Farrell. I really liked this book. Its a christian fiction/romance book set in the 1800s. The main character Katherine has a strained relationship with her mom. Wow, I am glad that lady was not my mom. She was always putting her down verbally etc. I like how the book ended.

I am about halfway done with book #5 because I read it on the plane going to Disney! So hopefully I can post about that soon.

Its another Amish fiction book that I won from a blog
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:15 PM   #1729
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I just finished another book, I think it's #41. "Blind Date Disasters/Eat Your Heart Out" by Jill Shalvis. Another "romance" book that's really a "lust" book-I swear, without words like "Pert", "Throbbing", "Throbbing", etc. etc. (use your imagination), most of the book wouldn't exist. Until I can be reasonably sure that any future romance books I'm going to read are G-rated, I'm going to swear off romance for a while.
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:32 PM   #1730
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I have read 41 of 80 books so far. Halfway towards my goal. Right now I am reading: One For The Money by Janet Evanovich and Size 14 Is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:59 PM   #1731
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Finished book #37: Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner

This book was okay. A quick read. I thought it was pretty obvious who did it though, so no surprise endings. My big question for this author is if a multi-millionaire puts in a top of the line high tech security system in their home, wouldn't there be a panic (police/fire) button like basic alarm systems? I know you always can't get to it, but the ways they were running thru the house fighting off the attackers, you would think that would be what the wife or daughter would try to get to.


This is my family: Vanished without a trace&
Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life that looks good in the pages of a glossy magazine. A beautiful fifteen-year old daughter, Ashlyn. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Bostons elite Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by friends and family. A perfect life.
When investigator Tessa Leoni arrives at the crime scene in the Denbes home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and Taser confetti in the foyer. The family appears to have been abducted, with only a pile of their most personal possessions remaining behind. No witnesses, no ransom demands, no motive. Just an entire family, vanished without a trace.


Don't have a next book yet...
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:18 AM   #1732
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Book #22 Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper - this is a YA book that I was reading as a read aloud to my class but did not get to finish, so I finished it myself. One of my students recommended it as a read aloud to the class, and it was excellent! If you have ever read Wonder, you will also enjoy this book.

It is about an 11 year old girl, Melody; she has a photographic memory... she is the smartest kid in her entire school, but nobody knows. Everyone (except her family) thinks she is not capable of learning because she has CP, is in a wheelchair, and can't speak. She is "stuck in her head."

The book is told from Melody's perspective...
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Old 06-22-2013, 01:11 PM   #1733
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Finished book #38- The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand

I didn't care for this book. It's about a group of married couples that are all friends living on Nantucket Island & one of the couples dies at sea. There is alot of back history that got annoying b/c, although some of it was relevant to the mystery, most was just back story on each adult who of course are all rich, gorgeous people. These adults are supposed to be best friends, yet they are very flawed. I had issues w/the chief of police (who is part of this group) investigating their deaths & letting things go by saying "oh I know your intent wasn't to try to kill them" to other members of their group when the secrets finally come out.

Greg and Tess MacAvoy are one of four prominent Nantucket couples who count each other as best friends. As pillars of their close-knit community, the MacAvoys, Kapenashes, Drakes, and Wheelers are important to their friends and neighbors, and especially to each other. But just before the beginning of another idyllic summer, Greg and Tess are killed when their boat capsizes during an anniversary sail. As the warm weather approaches and the island mourns their loss, nothing can prepare the MacAvoy's closest friends for what will be revealed.
Once again, Hilderbrand masterfully weaves an intense tale of love and loyalty set against the backdrop of endless summer island life.


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Old 06-22-2013, 02:49 PM   #1734
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#55 down and done.

Jane and the Opera Dancer by Sarah Waldock. This is the last of the Jane Austen wanna-be books by Waldock recommended by portia9. And it's too bad, because I've enjoyed them very much.

In this story, Jane is summoned by old school friend Agnes Fanshawe to the country home of her cousin Mr Popham, who has engaged Agnes ("Nessie") to tutor his actress fiancee in the ways of a lady. Unfortunately, Mr. Popham is murdered before the task is completed (and before he can sign the latest version of his will!) and Nessie wants Jane and spouse Caleb Armitage to investigate the crime.

Each of the house guests (except Nessie, Jane thinks) at Amberfield Abbey has reason to want Mr.Popham dead, and it's up to Jane and Caleb to find out who also has the means and opportunity.

Cute little story, if you can call a murder mystery cute. I've enjoyed this series very much. Thank you, portia9!

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Old 06-22-2013, 04:19 PM   #1735
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Getting back on board I finally got the two books I wanted
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:03 PM   #1736
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32/50 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

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Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.

Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.
This took me longer to read than most non-fiction books. I thought some parts of the story just drug on and on, though I found the parts about the Lacks family and their history very interesting. I really had to work to keep interest up when reading parts of it. Considering the rave reviews, I was surprised how bored I got with it.

3/5 stars

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Book # 23 - 12th of Never - James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

next - Zoo by James Patterson
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#55 down and done.

Jane and the Opera Dancer by Sarah Waldock. This is the last of the Jane Austen wanna-be books by Waldock recommended by portia9. And it's too bad, because I've enjoyed them very much.

In this story, Jane is summoned by old school friend Agnes Fanshawe to the country home of her cousin Mr Popham, who has engaged Agnes ("Nessie") to tutor his actress fiancee in the ways of a lady. Unfortunately, Mr. Popham is murdered before the task is completed (and before he can sign the latest version of his will!) and Nessie wants Jane and spouse Caleb Armitage to investigate the crime.

Each of the house guests (except Nessie, Jane thinks) at Amberfield Abbey has reason to want Mr.Popham dead, and it's up to Jane and Caleb to find out who also has the means and opportunity.

Cute little story, if you can call a murder mystery cute. I've enjoyed this series very much. Thank you, portia9!

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I'm glad you've enjoyed them-she writes really faithfully to Jane Austen's style and on that note

#72 Cousin Prudence by Sarah Waldock- a follow on from Emma. Again really faithful to the time and characters of Austen.
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Book # 23 - 12th of Never - James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

next - Zoo by James Patterson
I liked Zoo a lot!

It's a really neat theme I thought. I hope you enjoy it!
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#72 Cousin Prudence by Sarah Waldock- a follow on from Emma. Again really faithful to the time and characters of Austen.
Thanks! Going to check my Kindle right now to see if I can download it.

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