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Old 06-13-2013, 01:04 PM   #1711
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I've been following this thread and I just finished the Maze Runner. Such a great book but makes me so sad with how it ended.
Keep reading the series.

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Old 06-13-2013, 02:46 PM   #1712
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Just finished "The Reluctant Bachelorette" by Rachel Anderson. I was really looking for a romantic comedy, which this book was advertised to be. Also, the premise was supposed to be based on The Bachelorette TV show, so I thought I'd like it. Here's my review-

This book might have been OK, but instead it disappointed me for several reasons. For one thing, it was described as a romantic comedy. I suppose it was a little cute, but certainly not funny as I'd expect a "romantic comedy" to be. Also, I felt the main character played with emotions so much without much regard to who got hurt. And although the premise was raising money to save farms, there wasn't much of any interaction with the people who'd benefit from the money raised. But if you're a fan of the Bachelorette TV show, you might like the storyline of this book. Just be prepared that it really isn't very funny and feelings do get hurt. And seeing how feelings got hurt with little regard gave me a different take on the TV show!
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:06 AM   #1713
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Book #47 The Drowning House by Elizabeth Black

Review: This book was on my wishlist forever and I finally found it at the library and the only thing I have to say is I am glad I didn't buy it. I was so disappointed with this novel because the story could have been interesting. Basically, Claire arrives back to Galveston,Texas to help work on a archive of the Carraday house and the mystery of Stella, a young woman who had died in that home. Claire is having a hard time as her child had died in an accident before and her marriage is falling apart. She has arrived back to her hometown despite the fact that when she was younger she and Patrick Carraday, the son of the richest man in town were a part of a horrible accident and scandal. Claire tries to get in touch with her past and untangle the difficult history of the Carradays and her own family.

Sounds great,right?!

Nope. I thought the story of Claire and even the mystery of Stella was really good and if the author stayed on point, the book could have been great. However, I feel the author had lost her voice and tried to be too much like Pat Conroy without the wit. Claire's narrative seemed to wander without a point and her train of thought found me wanting to scream "Get on with the story already!" I also found the story's resolution to be short and I feel that there is a lack of insight into the characters. I also found the author's writing style leaving me in the dark about some things such as who is talking or if the scene has even changed. I found it annoying.

But there are some good points to the story. The tale of Stella is good as well as the brief descriptions of Claire's life. I found the descriptions of the island and the homes to be vivid. I found Claire to be unlikeable as she empathy for others and her motives and personality are unclear. She is also pretty condescending to the majority of the characters. Although I didn't like her, I understood that her behavior was central to the story as her past is explained more.
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:54 PM   #1714
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Finished book #36- Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet by Stephanie Cowell

I read this for my book club & it was pretty interesting. I love his paintings & it was sad to read about his struggles. I enjoyed reading about his struggling artist friends, like Renoir & Cezanne. With books like these, you never know how much of it really happened & how much is artistic exaggerations by the author. I give this 3.5 out of 5.

In the mid-nineteenth century, a young man named Claude Monet decided that he would rather endure a difficult life painting landscapes than take over his fathers nautical supplies business in a French seaside town. Against his fathers will, and with nothing but a dream and an insatiable urge to create a new style of art that repudiated the Classical Realism of the time, he set off for Paris.
But once there he is confronted with obstacles: an art world that refused to validate his style, extreme poverty, and a war that led him away from his home and friends. But there were bright spots as well: his deep, enduring friendships with men named Renoir, Cézanne, Pissarro, Manet  a group that together would come to be known as the Impressionists, and that supported each other through the difficult years. But even more illuminating was his lifelong love, Camille Doncieux, a beautiful, upper-class Parisian girl who threw away her privileged life to be by the side of the defiant painter and embrace the lively Bohemian life of their time.

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Old 06-17-2013, 08:33 PM   #1715
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Book # 20 Taking Eve by Iris Johansen - I enjoyed this book - it's part of a trilogy. The next one is supposed to be out soon, and I'm glad because it really left off in a hanging place.... but not like a cliffhanger...more just unfinished...

Book # 21 The Hit by David Baldacci - This book was great! I couldn't put it down and read it very quickly. It was one of those books where you just can't wait to get home and read more!

Not sure what I am going to read next....hmmmm...

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Old 06-17-2013, 09:10 PM   #1716
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Book #42 - "Always the Baker, Finally the Bride"

This was a really cute summer read! Not much in the way of thinking, but it was just perfect for reading while watching the kids in the pool.

Emma Rae Travis is chief baker for The Tanglewood, a destination wedding hotel. Now, she's planning her own wedding, and things don't always go according to plan. She's designed hundreds of wedding cakes for clients, but can't seem to find the perfect design for her own wedding.

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Old 06-17-2013, 09:35 PM   #1717
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Finished #14/25:
Two Guys Detective Agency by Stephanie Bond

A very quick and light read reminiscent of the Stephanie Plum books.

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Old 06-18-2013, 11:29 AM   #1718
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#21 out of 50

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - So many people have listed this book as their "favorite book of all time" so that prompted me to give it a whirl since I have never read it. I enjoyed the character of Francie and found her inspiring and hopeful in the face of hardship, but I think I probably would have enjoyed the book more if I had read it as a young adult. Very well written though and I'm glad I had the chance to read it, but don't feel I liked it enough to gush over and recommend to all my family and friends.

#22 out of 50

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella - Newest book by Kinsella of whom I am a big fan. This one didn't disappoint. Lottie gets married on a whim to an old flame, and her sister tries everything she can to spoil their wedding night so that the marriage can be annulled. Ended in a true cliché fashion, lol, but I found myself laughing out loud at the lengths the sister went through to keep these two apart on their wedding night. Perfect book to read over a summer weekend at the beach or poolside. Goes without saying, if you don't enjoy Kinsella's sense of humor, you probably won't like this one either.

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Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter - Hmmm I can't say WHY this book is on my "to read" list - I can't remember... but something must have intrigued me, so I'll give it a try.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:34 AM   #1719
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I finished listening to We Need to Talk About Kevin. I was annoyed by Eva in the first half of the book then grew to feel sorry for her as the book went on. The second half of the book was much better than the first, IMO. I give it a 4/5.

On a related note: Do you think some people are just born evil?

I'm now reading Inferno. I'm only about 20% in but enjoying it. It's fast paced and keeps you interested.

ETA: I have read 19 of 25.
  1. We Need to Talk About Kevin
  2. Under the Dome
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
  4. Shopaholic Ties the Knot (Shopaholic, #3)
  5. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (Shopaholic, #2)
  6. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1)
  7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
  8. One Second After
  9. Into the Darkest Corner
  10. Before I Go To Sleep
  11. Reflected in You (Crossfire, #2)
  12. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  13. Bared to You (Crossfire, #1)
  14. Defending Jacob author
  15. Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)
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  17. On the Island
  18. The Fault in Our Stars
  19. The Glass Castle

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Old 06-18-2013, 07:28 PM   #1720
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Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard is written in the same style as Killing Lincoln, another book by O'Reilly. This one starts about 2-1/2 years before that fateful November day, and it covers the actions, thoughts, and conversations of many of the fringe players, as well as those of the principals.

It would be interesting to know just how O'Reilly knew the innermost thoughts of Lee Harvey Oswald, unless he had access to police interviews that covered these thoughts, but I didn't see anything like that in the epilogue or acknowledgements. I suspect that there aren't a lot of us on this board who really remember that day; I'm old enough, and it was interesting to see what came before and to learn more of the details of what came after.

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Old 06-18-2013, 07:35 PM   #1721
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Just finished Joe Hill's NOS4R2. I really liked it quite a bit. Very reminiscent of Stephen Kings earlier work. There is even a nod to one. The only thing I was disappointed in was the ending. I mean it ended well, but I felt a bit of it was glossed over that I would have liked to see how it was dealt with. If you've read it you probably know what I mean. But all in all, it was a great read. I highly recommend it!

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Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”

Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:47 AM   #1722
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Book #71 London by Edward Rutherford-a history of London with fictional characters. He writes a good detailed saga.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:41 AM   #1723
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Book #10 - World War Z by Max Brooks - I liked it. It tells the story of humanity's struggle against the undead from the first outbreaks through a Worldwide war. It reads like non-fiction. The story is told through a bunch of eye witness interviews. There is almost no character development but the quickly shifting perspective gives you the "history" from diverse and interesting points of view.

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Old 06-19-2013, 11:12 AM   #1724
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I just finished Joyland by Stephen King.

I really enjoyed this book. It is "Hard Crime Series" book produced by a smaller publisher. It is a bit different from his usual stuff. It is really about a murder. Has a small amout of supernatural thrown in, but not much.

It was a quick, enjoyable read.

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Old 06-19-2013, 11:15 AM   #1725
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#30 down. Just finished my annual reading of Pat Conroy's Beach Music. It is my absolute all-time favorite book ever! I usually read fairly quickly, but this book I slow down and take my time and just enjoy. It's not a particularly easy read, but well worth the effort.

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