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Old 07-16-2013, 09:28 AM   #1906
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This sounded interesting so I went to Amazon to get a little more information about it. According to Amazon, it has a puplication date of March 4, 2014
I know. Which makes me really happy to be reading it! I love the way she writes. And the book is kind of like a realistic, non-dystopian HUNGER GAMES. I'm only a few chapters in but I already can't wait to see who wins!
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:41 AM   #1907
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Finished book #47- The Strangers on Montagu Street by Karen White

This is book 3, & I thought the final book of the series. I stayed up til 2 am finishing this book only to get a TO BE CONTINUED at the end. Another great mystery, but I am frustrated that the 2 main characters still can't get it together. After 3 books, I am getting tired of their routine of steamy flirting, a little intimacy, one says something hurtful, then they don't speak for weeks. Note to author, let them get together already!!

Psychic realtor Melanie Middleton is still restoring her Charleston house and doesn't expect to have a new houseguest, a teen girl named Nola. But the girl didn't come alone, and the spirits that accompanied Nola don't seem willing to leave...

I have a couple Neil Gaiman books to read next.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:22 AM   #1908
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#13 Elza's Kitchen by Marc Fitten - This was not for me. I found it boring and didn't even really like the characters. It was short, so I kept reading. Luckily, it was a library book. I love to cook so I did enjoy the descriptions of the food. It is about a restaurant owner who goes through a midlife crisis. She is Elza, but the men in the book are called by their occupation. Strange.

14-17- The Giver series (The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son)- I liked the first one the best. Son wraps everything up, but I still wonder what happened to the original community after Jonas left.

18 - The Light Between Oceans - I really liked this book although it has a different writing style. I cried through the last chapter. Thanks to the people who recommended it on this board!
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:26 AM   #1909
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Coming in October 2013....Hopeless was Sky’s story. Now, in Losing Hope, we finally learn the truth about Dean Holder.


Yes, we do read a lot of the same books. I noticed that as well. :wave2:
FYI. Losing Hope is already out for the nook and kindle. Read it and loved it!
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:50 AM   #1910
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#63 down and done.

Behind the Scenes, or Thirty Years a Slave by Elizabeth Keckley. This author is the original Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker (title of a book by Jennifer Chiaverini, reviewed on page 78 of this thread.) I had commented on the dialogue in Chiaverini's novel, but after reading Mrs. Keckley's autobiography, I can see that it was a rich resource for Chiaverini. In addition to her years with Mrs, Lincoln, Mrs. Keckley recounts her own early life as a slave and how she became the best friend and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln. Very interesting, especially if you've read Mrs, Lincoln's Dressmaker, or seen the recent movie Lincoln.

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Old 07-16-2013, 12:00 PM   #1911
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I’ve had some weekends away and a vacation during which I’ve had the opportunity to read many books. I’ve been reading a bunch of free stuff, most of which was just okay, and some Kindle “box sets” where you get several books for some nominal cost.

Unless I’ve written anything about it, most of the books are just time-fillers (I don’t watch TV) and don’t really stick out as something I’d recommend to a friend. There have also been many books I started and then deleted from my Kindle, because frankly, life is too short to read a bad book.

Fortunately, some of my favorite authors have had new stuff out and I’ve really enjoyed those, and have noted them.

Here’s my update.

61 – A Seal’s Seduction by Tawny Weber
62 – Losing Faith by Jeremy Asher
63 – Horses & Heroine by Bev Pettersen
64 – Got a Hold on You by Pat White
65 – Looking for You by Kate Perry
66 – No One to Trust – Katie Reus
67 – Danger Next Door – Katie Reus
68 – Fatal Deception – Katie Reus

69* – Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa James – This was excellent. A period romance that addressed some sweet and delicate issues that are pertinent regardless of the time or geographical setting of the story. One of my favorite romance reads this year.

70* – Fatal Mistake by Marie Force – YES!! I’d been waiting for this for months. I LOVE this author and was so glad that the sixth book in her “FATAL” series was just as good as the first five, if not better.

71 – Off the Record by Sawyer Bennett – Another author I have come to enjoy this year. Racy romance, though the story is slightly less credible than the first two in the series.

72* – Just Like Heaven – Barbara Bretton – This one was really good! The story was so well-developed and the characters were very credible and likeable. It was set in the Princeton, NJ area, someplace very familiar to me, so that made it even more interesting.

73 – Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines
74 – Finding Infinity by Susan Kiernan Lewis

75* – Defending Jacob by William Landay. I did not expect this one to live up to the hype and surprisingly, it did. Very interesting “voice” and the story line was excellent and unique and intriguing and thought-provoking. I just wish there’d been an epilogue.

76 – Got Your Number by Stephanie Bond
77 – Imposter (The Protectors Series) by Karen Fenech

78* – Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot – This was so much fun to read. Very light-hearted and the format kept is even more interesting through a series of emails interspersed in the narrative. I must admit that I literally laughed out loud several times while reading it.

79 – All Over You by Beverly Kendall
80 – Snatched (a novella) by Karin Slaughter – short but good.
81 – Edge of Shadows by CJ Lyons – This finished up a series I’ve read by this author, and it was a well-done wrap-up.
82 – The Rebound Guy by Farrah Rochon.
83 – Saving Grace (Serve and Protect Series) by Norah Wilson
84 – Leashed (Going to the Dogs). Cute story revolving around two Great Danes and their owners.
85 – One Night in Reno by Rogenna Brewer

I am quickly closing in on my goal of 100, so I am going to up my goal to 150.
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:06 PM   #1912
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#26 Hopeless by Colleen Hoover - LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. I don't typically love romance novels, but this one was superb due to the plot. Highly recommend!

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FYI. Losing Hope is already out for the nook and kindle. Read it and loved it!

I, too, loved "Hopeless" and thought it was one of the best books I've read this year, as heart-wrenching as parts of it were. I am so excited to know that "Losing Hope" is available now for Kindle, and I just downloaded it. Thank you so much for the heads-up!
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:05 PM   #1913
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I totally agree with you! Hopeless was a great book and I loved it. I had no idea about the next book until everyone's posts about it above - so BIG THANK YOU.

I love the dis - I learn something new everytime I log on!!!


Also I am at 66 of my 75 book goal - so I would like to up my goal to 120, please!!! I'll update my list/reviews later.

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Old 07-17-2013, 10:34 AM   #1914
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#2 The Sisters Who Would Be Queen- Leanda de Lisle.
#3 The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:53 AM   #1915
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Finished #31 last night.

Unbroken by Laura Hildebrand. All I can say is wow. It is a book that will reside in my soul forever.


Not sure what to read next. I need some light-hearted I think.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:26 PM   #1916
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#86/150* -- Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover. Oh, wow! This was so good and so heart-wrenching. I thought "Hopeless" was impressive. How the author approached the same story from another viewpoint and created an incredibly rich and wonderful novel is inspiring. I highly recommend both books.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:17 AM   #1917
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Book #55 He Loves Lucy by Susan Donovan

Review:Short read but some things annoyed the heck out of me.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:19 AM   #1918
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#17: Party Crashers by Stephanie Bond
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Jolie Goodman never yearned for a life in Atlanta's fast lane. All she wants is a career in real estate, and she's willing to sell shoes in Neiman Marcus over the holidays to make ends meet. But recently, her boyfriend vanished -- with her car -- and her search for answers leads her to some very exclusive circles. Jolie hooks up with a pair of retail fashionistas who have made crashing society bashes an art form, and soon findsherself rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous ... and rubbing other body parts with one of Atlanta's most eligible bachelors!
But Jolie can't shake the feeling that she's being pursued ... right into a dangerous clique where friends and enemies look the same, and flirtation is the preferred party favor. Jolie and her gal pals become the toast of the town ... until a body turns up at a sexy soiree the women have crashed. The fun and games come to a dead end when the "crashers" are fingered for the murder. The women have to pull all the tricks out of their designer bags to try to trap a stalker before Jolie, once the life of the party, becomes the death of the party.


I would give this about 3/5. This is supposed to be the prequel to her popular Bodymovers series. I would compare it to the Stephanie Plum novels.




# 18: The Sugar House by Laura Lippman
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A client named Ruthie -- who seems to know Tess's father a little too well -- asks the newspaperwoman-turned-p.i. to investigate a year-old "Jane Doe" murder and its grim aftermath. Ruthie's low-life brother, Henry, confessed to killing a teenager runaway over a bottle of glue -- and, a month into his prison term, he met the same fate as his victim. Following a precious few tantalizing clues, Tess sets off on a path that is leading her from Baltimore's exclusive Inner Harbor to the city's seediest neighborhoods. But it's the shocking discovery of the runaway's true identity that turns her hunt deadly. Suddenly a supposedly solved murder case is turning up newer, fresher corpses and newer, scarier versions of the Sugar House -- places that look sweet and safe...but only from the outside.


I would give this 4/5. This is the 5th book in the Tess Monaghan series. I compare her character to more of a softer Kinsey Millhone.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:17 AM   #1919
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Also I am at 66 of my 75 book goal - so I would like to up my goal to 120, please!!! I'll update my list/reviews later.

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Updating you both! Nice work, ladies!!
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87/150 - The Litigators by John Grisham. (I inadvertently left this one off my list because I'd returned the digital library loan, and it no longer appeared in my Kindle library). This was really intriguing to me since it involves attorneys and consumer class actions, something I know a bit about. LOL! The story was interesting and credible and enjoyable.
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