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Old 07-05-2013, 10:25 AM   #1846
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Good to see all the positive comments on The Book Thief. My MIL just gave it to me so I'm bringing it on vacation with me this week.

#32 - Working It Out - this was a Kindle freebie from some time ago - British Chick Lit - a girl gets laid off and decides to work 12 different jobs over a year to figure out what she wants to do and also dating along the way. The romance is a little choppy but the book was cute & funny in parts. Nice, easy summer read and I may try another by this author.
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:38 PM   #1847
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I feel like the freak of the thread.

I could NOT get into Gone Girl.

I read about 20% and gave up.
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:31 PM   #1848
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I feel like the freak of the thread.

I could NOT get into Gone Girl.

I read about 20% and gave up.
Don't. While it was a good book, I threw it down when I finished reading it.
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:32 PM   #1849
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#44 Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

4 children trying to solve the mystery of Long Lankin. Ghost story but not scary. Maybe 3 out of 5 stars.
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:21 PM   #1850
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I feel like the freak of the thread.

I could NOT get into Gone Girl.

I read about 20% and gave up.
I finished it, but I did not like that book either.
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:26 PM   #1851
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Yeah, you're definitely not the only one. I did not like the ending.
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:25 PM   #1852
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I feel like the freak of the thread.

I could NOT get into Gone Girl.

I read about 20% and gave up.
Don't feel bad. I read all of it but hated the ending. Are you going to try either of her other books? They're a lot darker than Gone Girl, so if you didn't like it, you may want to steer clear of those.
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:28 PM   #1853
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Don't feel bad. I read all of it but hated the ending. Are you going to try either of her other books? They're a lot darker than Gone Girl, so if you didn't like it, you may want to steer clear of those.
I just wasn't into the story itself.

I do like dark. Chuck Palahniuk is one of my favorite authors. The other stories sound more appealing to me.
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:32 PM   #1854
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35/50 - When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey

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What marks the boundary between a miracle from God and the imagination of a child?

Leah is a child from Away, isolated from her peers because of her stutter. But then she begins painting scenes that are epic in scope, brilliant in detail, and suffused with rich, prophetic imagery. When the event foreshadowed in the first painting dramatically comes true, the town of Mattingly takes notice.

Leah attributes her ability to foretell the future to an invisible friend she calls the Rainbow Man. Some of the townsfolk are enchanted with her. Others fear her. But there is one thing they all agree on—there is no such thing as the Rainbow Man.

Her father, the town psychologist, is falling apart over his inability to heal his daughter . . . or fix his marriage. And the town minister is unraveled by the notion that a mere child with no formal training may be hearing from God more clearly than he does.

While the town bickers over what to do with this strange child, the content of Leah’s paintings grows darker. Still, Leah insists that the Rainbow Man’s heart is pure. But then a dramatic and tragic turn of events leaves the town reeling and places everyone’s lives in danger. Now the people of Mattingly face a single choice:

Will they cling to what they know . . . or embrace the things Leah believes in that cannot be seen?
I have mixed feelings about this book. Most of the reviews on Amazon were glowing, but I don't feel strongly about it one way or the other. The writing was good, the message was good ... but I guess I wasn't as "moved" as others were by reading it.

3/5 stars

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Old 07-05-2013, 09:56 PM   #1855
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Book #52 Exit the Actress by Priya Parmar
Review: Nell Gywnn is more than the mistress of Charles II. She was an orange seller, oyster seller, actress and a vibrant woman. I thought this book was well-written, descriptive and was a treat to read. I couldn't put it down!
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:00 PM   #1856
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I feel like the freak of the thread.

I could NOT get into Gone Girl.

I read about 20% and gave up.
I feel like the freak of the thread almost every time I post. I seem to have very different taste than most people here, but I do have Gone Girl on my Kindle, thanks to this thread. Haven't started it yet...
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:46 AM   #1857
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Finished book #43- The Prison Angel by Mary Jordan

This book was for my book club. It's a story of a real life, twice divorced woman who decides to devote her life as a nun to help the poor & prisoners in Tijuana. She did so much to help so many without fear for her own life. It is very inspiring. The trouble I had was the compassion & respect she had for rapists, murderers, & drug lords. I just can't get past what they did.

The winners of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting tell the astonishing story of Mary Clarke. At the age of fifty, Clarke left her comfortable life in suburban Los Angeles to follow a spiritual calling to care for the prisoners in one of Mexico's most notorious jails. She actually moved into a cell to live among drug king pins and petty thieves. She has led many of them through profound spiritual transformations in which they turned away from their lives of crime, and has deeply touched the lives of all who have witnessed the depth of her compassion. Donning a nun's habit, she became Mother Antonia, renowned as "the prison angel," and has now organized a new community of sisters-the Servants of the Eleventh Hour—widows and divorced women seeking new meaning in their lives. "We had never heard a story like hers," Jordan and Sullivan write, "a story of such powerful goodness."

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Old 07-06-2013, 04:36 PM   #1858
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Well...

Organizing/updating and rearranging a Goodreads profile is as fun as doing it to a Pinterest account. It always sounds like WAAAAAAY more fun than it is.
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:35 AM   #1859
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Ok I have finally made it back over to this thread to update my book list. Sorry its been so long --- life has gotten busy.

Goal: 30
Read: 16

Completed:
A Stolen Life: Jaycee Dugard
Cellar of Horror - Ken Englade
The Blood of Innocents -Guy Reel
House of Evil - John Dean
Devil in the White City - Erik Larson
Perfect Poision - M. Williams Phelps
For the Thrill of It - Simon Baatz
Shroud of the Nightingale - P.D. James
Unspoken - Lisa Jackson
Shiver - Lisa Jackson
Absolute Fear - Lisa Jackson
Lost Souls - Lisa Jackson
Hot Blooded - Lisa Jackson
Cold Blooded - Lisa Jackson
Devious - Lisa Jackson
Malice - Lisa Jackson

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I keep picking this book up and laying it down. I am determined to read it since I bought it.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:08 AM   #1860
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#60 down and done.

A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny. It is the height of summer, and Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his wife are celebrating their anniversary at the luxurious, isolated Manoir Bellechasse. But the Finney family - rich, cultured and respectable - has also arrived for a celebration of their own. As some surprising guests turn up, and a terrible storm leaves behind a dead body, Gamache soon learns that the seemingly peaceful lodge is a place where visitors come to escape their past, until that past catches up with them.

I love this series! Louise Penny has a real talent for plot development, character and scene description, and witty, believable dialogue. One silly little thing that tickles my fancy is that from time to time the characters speak French (the setting is in and around Quebec) and I understand it!

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