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Old 06-29-2013, 10:11 AM   #1801
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Finished book #41: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

My DH loved this book & kept telling me to read it. It was shocking to read all that this man went thru during WWII. There were multiple parts so brutal that were difficult to read b/c it was too much. I don't know how he survived & came out sane in the end.


On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.


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Old 06-29-2013, 10:16 AM   #1802
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Finished book #41: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

My DH loved this book & kept telling me to read it. It was shocking to read all that this man went thru during WWII. There were multiple parts so brutal that were difficult to read b/c it was too much. I don't know how he survived & came out sane in the end.


On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.


Next book: Some Kind of Fairy Tale

This sounds very interesting. I'll have to read it. Thanks!
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:35 PM   #1803
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# 8 Jepp, Who Defied the Stars
by Katherine Marsh
This book was a very unique Historical fiction piece. My daughter read before I did. She did not like as much as I did, but I must admit I was more intrigued with the historical part than the story. Takes place in 16th century in Netherlands and Denmark. Second half Jepp meets Tych Brahe (scientist/astronomer).I enjoyed this part the most.
I would give it 31/2 stars, more like four if you like historical fiction.
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Old 06-29-2013, 02:01 PM   #1804
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I know we are halfway through the year but I would love to join in. Can I have a 6-month target (till the end of the year)?
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:03 PM   #1805
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Book #25 The Light Between Oceans.... It took me a bit to get into this because the writing style is different than the books that I usually go for....but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. Then, as expected, I was sobbing at the end! I'm still thinking about it...a true sign of a good book!

Now I am off to figure out what to read next....1/2 way to my goal!
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:05 PM   #1806
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Finished book #41: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

My DH loved this book & kept telling me to read it. It was shocking to read all that this man went thru during WWII. There were multiple parts so brutal that were difficult to read b/c it was too much. I don't know how he survived & came out sane in the end.

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the planes bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
The lieutenants name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, hed been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

Next book: Some Kind of Fairy Tale
This is one of my favorite books. Unbelievable story, so inspiring!
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Finished book #41: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

My DH loved this book & kept telling me to read it. It was shocking to read all that this man went thru during WWII. There were multiple parts so brutal that were difficult to read b/c it was too much. I don't know how he survived & came out sane in the end.


On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.


Next book: Some Kind of Fairy Tale


I LOVED Unbroken. I didn't think I would, not my usual genre but it had such great reviews that I gave it a shot and just loved it. I'm still struggling through Ladies Night. It's not awful but I am just not "getting into it"
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:09 AM   #1809
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:36 AM   #1810
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If anyone is interested would gladly send a Kindle or Nook gift copy of my new book in exchange for feedback and or review.

Written for You is a Dark comedic mystery in play format. I might attempt to turn into novel, but figured I would release in the play format first.

Contest for a paperback copy is also availale below. Contest ends today.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:04 AM   #1811
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#31 - The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough. An oldie but a goodie! It was a daily deal on either Amazon or Nook.

#32 - A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron. A re-read for me; I was stuck with just my iPhone to read on, so re-read it as it's quick. Still made me cry a few times!

#33 - The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. "Eh" is about as much enthusiasm as I can drum up for this one.

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Old 06-30-2013, 07:23 PM   #1812
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Finished book #41: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

My DH loved this book & kept telling me to read it. It was shocking to read all that this man went thru during WWII. There were multiple parts so brutal that were difficult to read b/c it was too much. I don't know how he survived & came out sane in the end.


On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.


Next book: Some Kind of Fairy Tale
Another vote for this as a fave book. I learned so much from this book. My father was in WWII but he never talked about it and I would have been too young to understand. And this isnt the kind of detail that they teach you in school.
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:13 PM   #1813
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#16/25: Insane City by Dave Barry
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Seth Weinstein knew Tina was way out of his league in pretty much any way you could imagine, which is why it continued to astonish him that he was on the plane now for their destination wedding in Florida. The Groom Posse had already sprung an airport prank on him, and he’d survived it, and if that was the worst of it, everything should be okay. Smooth sailing from now on.

Seth has absolutely no idea what he’s about to get into. In the next several hours, he and his friends will become embroiled with rioters, Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a pimp as big as the Death Star, a very desperate Haitian refugee on the run with her two children from some very bad men, and an eleven-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom. And there are still two days to go before the wedding.

As it turns out, it’s not smooth sailing, it’s more like a trip on the Titanic. And the water below him is getting deeper every minute. By the end, amid gunfire, high-speed chases, and
mayhem of the most unimaginable sort, violent men will fall, heroes will rise, and many lives will change.

Seth’s, not least of all.

I give it 4/5 stars. It was a quick laugh-out-loud read. The events are ridiculous, but slapstick funny.
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The Light Between Oceans - 4/5
I enjoyed this book. I honestly didn't know how it would end. I felt sorry for Isabella, but at the same time I wanted to smack some sense into her. I can't imagine the loss she felt but also was mad at her selfishness. Tom was a super-likable guy but a bit of a pushover. I love his unconditional love for Izzy but at times thought he needed to say "no" to her once in a while. All in all, I liked this book and would recommend it to friends. I did like the way the author ended it.

I'm almost halfway through listening to Bossypants. It is very laugh out loud listening. I also just started reading The Paris Wife. I'm going to have to add A Moveable Feast to my list now.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:43 AM   #1815
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The Light Between Oceans - 4/5
I enjoyed this book. I honestly didn't know how it would end. I felt sorry for Isabella, but at the same time I wanted to smack some sense into her. I can't imagine the loss she felt but also was mad at her selfishness. Tom was a super-likable guy but a bit of a pushover. I love his unconditional love for Izzy but at times thought he needed to say "no" to her once in a while. All in all, I liked this book and would recommend it to friends. I did like the way the author ended it.

I'm almost halfway through listening to Bossypants. It is very laugh out loud listening. I also just started reading The Paris Wife. I'm going to have to add A Moveable Feast to my list now.
I agree with your comments on The Light Between Oceans and I liked the ending too.

#31 - Dark Places - finished it but didn't enjoy it. It was well written and wrapped up well but I really didn't like the feelings I got from the book. I love dark stories and books that don't always have a happy ending but something about this one just bothered me. I guess that's a sign of a good book though - gives some sort of strong feeling. Looking forward to reading Sharp Objects.
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