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Old 08-15-2013, 07:48 AM   #2101
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I noticed a Walt Disney biography trending on the B&N site and it made me wonder, what is the definitive Disney Bio? That would be the perfect non-fiction book to slip into my reading schedule. I know of no better place to ask for that recommendation than right here.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:09 AM   #2102
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#22 The Night Circus

What a book! At first, I wasn't sure I liked it, but by the end, I really did. It is very unique and probably one of those books you need to discuss to get it all. The writing is beautiful! The details of all the circus rooms (and even clothing) make it seem so real. If this book becomes a movie, and the movie makers get it right, it will be beautiful! I finished it last night and am still wondering what is going on now with the circus!
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#56 Deception by Denise Mina

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Things like this don't happen to people like us. That's what Lachlan Harriot thinks as he watches his wife, Susie, led to jail in handcuffs. Yes, Susie, a psychologist, was found covered in blood near the spot where one of her clients appears to have been murdered. But Susie is not a killer, Lachlan thinks. She's my wife. She's our child's mother. Secrets lurk behind closed doors, however, a dark truth made chillingly clear as Lachlan's efforts to prove Susie's innocence uncover an entire secret history--illicit affairs, false identities, unimaginable deception--and this brilliantly acclaimed, page-turning novel speeds toward a conclusion as shocking as it is ingenious.

From the review it really sounded like something I would like. But, no, I'm afraid it didn't come anywhere near my expectations. Really it was kinda annoying to me but I kept thinking it would get better. Sooooo, I would not recommend this one.
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:03 AM   #2104
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#22 The Night Circus

What a book! At first, I wasn't sure I liked it, but by the end, I really did. It is very unique and probably one of those books you need to discuss to get it all. The writing is beautiful! The details of all the circus rooms (and even clothing) make it seem so real. If this book becomes a movie, and the movie makers get it right, it will be beautiful! I finished it last night and am still wondering what is going on now with the circus!
Wow! I keep reading good reviews of this book. Finally picked it up from the library last week but keep putting it on the bottom of the stack. I'll put it next in line now.
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:50 PM   #2105
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Night Circus is becoming a movie. I also hope they get the special effects right for this.
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Old 08-15-2013, 03:54 PM   #2106
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Book #18 - Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow - It was set in a well described Walt Disney World of the future. That much was fun in the same way that the Kingdom Keepers series is. This isn't a kid's book though. If you're offended by adult language and themes, don't add it to your "to read" list. For me, the story fell a little flat around the middle when the main character experienced a betrayal. I didn't feel like that event was ever really redeemed and it stole the momentum the plot had going. It was ok, I didn't love it or hate it. If you're curious, the author gives eBook versions away on his website for free.

Next up - The Shack by William Paul Young - I'm ambivalent about reading this one. I've had the paperback for a while and I just haven't gotten around to it. I have low expectations and that means there's a good opportunity for me to be pleasantly surprised here.
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:13 PM   #2107
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Night Circus is becoming a movie. I also hope they get the special effects right for this.
I didn't know it was to become a movie. Cool I am going to have see that when it comes out. I read the book last year and I couldn't put it down at all.

I have read 56 out of 80 books so far. Now I am reading two books and they are:

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory. I am watching the series on Starzs and wanted to read the book because of the series. I also love reading her books because I love reading about that time period in England's history.

Second book is: Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure by Diane Kelly. It is the first book in the Tara Holloway Novel series. Have already the fourth and fifth books in the series. This is the first one in the series.
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:32 PM   #2108
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Good to know. Will have to get it read before I see the movie.
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:04 PM   #2109
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Hope everyone is doing well! My Book Club just picked Sharp Objects, so that is our next read! I'm excited for it!

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WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, ***** on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable
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I have to read 6 more books this year. You have to read 17. I am so winning.
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:13 AM   #2111
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Depends on how you look at it. 6 books vs. 17 books? That just means I will have almost 3x the enjoyment than you will by the end of the year!
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:52 AM   #2112
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So does reading this entire string count as a book?
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So does reading this entire string count as a book?
If it doesn't, it should!

I added Night Circus to my list thanks to all of you.
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So does reading this entire string count as a book?
Not until this thread is closed & a new one is started. Then you can start on the sequel.......
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:05 PM   #2115
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I've been reading a lot lately but haven't reported in a long time. 4 books from my holds list came up at the same time. Now I need a break!

I've surpassed my goal of 75 books. I'm not going to reset my goal; just continue to read and see where I get.

#70 The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
From Goodreads: A charming and moving novel about female friendship and the experiences that knit us together-even when we least expect it.

Walker and Daughter is Georgia Walker's little yarn shop, tucked into a quiet storefront on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Friday Night Knitting Club was started by some of Georgia's regulars, who gather once a week to work on their latest projects and to chat-and occasionally clash-over their stories of love, life, and everything in between.

I had been reading a lot of political intrigue and murder suspense books so I picked this up for something light. It was enjoyable but it ended in a way I didnt want it to.

#71 The Hit by David Baldacci
From Goodreads: Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst-enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims. No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency. To stop one of their own, the government looks again to Will Robie. His mission: bring in Reel, dead or alive. Only a killer can catch another killer, they tell him. But as Robie pursues Reel, he quickly finds that there is more to her betrayal than meets the eye.

This is the 2nd Will Robie book. I liked it but not as much as the first.

#72 In Plain Site by Lorena McCourtney
From Goodreads: Ever wonder how a little old lady with possum-gray hair could wind up on a homicidal hit list? Well, nothing is too outlandish for Ivy Malone. She's back and she's brought her mutant curiosity gene with her. And ever since the evil-intentioned Drake Braxton and his family threatened to make road kill out of Ivy, her life has been crazier than ever! With the ever-present threat of looming Braxtons, Ivy decides to get out of Dodge for a while. But for someone who slides down banisters and drives a T-Bird, hiding from the mob does not come easily. And when strange things start happening to her new neighbors, Ivy's snooping sense kicks into overdrive.

This is the second in this series. I enjoyed this very light murder mystery starring a grandma type person.

#73 Inferno by Dan Brown
This has been listed enough that I wont post a synopsis. This was one I had to read through too fast so I could get it back to the library. I enjoyed it. It was a little different than the other Robert Langdon books. It spun a good tale and had some good characters and a nice twist at the end.

#74 Second Chance by James Patterson
This is the second in the Women's Murder club series.

From Goodreads: This time, the murders of two African Americans, a little girl and an old woman, bear all the signs of a serial killer for Lindsay Boxer, newly promoted to lieutenant of San Francisco's homicide squad. But there's an odd detail she finds even more disturbing: both victims were related to city cops.

This was a good addition to the series.

#75 Massacre Pond by Paul Doiron
Another Series...Mike Bowditch is a Game Warden who is mostly out of favor with his superiors and has been put in a remote section of Maine. I like the series because the game warden aspect is a little different and the author describes Maine beautifully. This installment has a good story line that keeps you involved.

From Goodreads: On an unseasonably hot October morning, Bowditch is called to the scene of a bizarre crime: the corpses of seven moose have been found senselessly butchered on the estate of Elizabeth Morse, a wealthy animal rights activist who is buying up huge parcels of timberland to create a new national park.

What at first seems like mindless slaughterretribution by locals for the job losses Morse's plan is already causing in the regionbecomes far more sinister when a shocking murder is discovered and Mike's investigation becomes a hunt to find a ruthless killer.

#76 Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly
I really enjoyed this. I am old enough to remember where I was on 11/22/63 although I was very young. I have never paid attention to much history and now I am enjoying catching up. This went into so much detail of the events leading up to the assassination. There was a lot of detail about Jack and Jackie's personal lives as well as Lee Harvey Oswald. Very interesting.
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