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Old 11-10-2013, 09:01 PM   #2491
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#42 - The Good Life - a woman is dumped by her hubby and her friend gives her a list of things to accomplish by the end of the summer to cheer her up. Cute, fun, easy chick lit read.

#43 - The Pollyanna Plan - a serious, workaholic woman goes through some major life events and her friend convinces her to try to keep a positive attitude going forward. It results in some good/bad changes and she has to take a look at her life and past decisions. Easy read, another chick lit cute romance with some messages included.

I was not in the mood for anything dark and these fit the bill perfectly! I have 2 books checked out from the library on my Kindle to work on this week. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie & The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:46 PM   #2492
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My goal was 12 books! Looks like I have a lot of reading to do over the next 2 months

#1 - Ender's Game
#2 - Fifty Shades of Grey
#3 - Fifty Shades Darker
#4 - Divergent
#5 - Insurgent

I'm currently reading Fifty Shades Darker, A Game of Thrones, & Allegiant!
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:59 AM   #2493
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#42 - The Good Life - a woman is dumped by her hubby and her friend gives her a list of things to accomplish by the end of the summer to cheer her up. Cute, fun, easy chick lit read.

#43 - The Pollyanna Plan - a serious, workaholic woman goes through some major life events and her friend convinces her to try to keep a positive attitude going forward. It results in some good/bad changes and she has to take a look at her life and past decisions. Easy read, another chick lit cute romance with some messages included.

I was not in the mood for anything dark and these fit the bill perfectly! I have 2 books checked out from the library on my Kindle to work on this week. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie & The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.
Thanks! I looked up the two you've read on Amazon, and they both look like "my kinda book". I appreciate the recommendation.
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:54 AM   #2494
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It's been a while! I have been reading the Potter series so here it goes

#83 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

#84 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

#85 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

#86 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Secrets

#87 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

#88 Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

And finally

#89 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Phew.
Whoa!! I always envy people that can read a series back to back like that! I'm reading through the Potter series too, but I have to take breaks in between which stinks. Reading #6 now and I've TOTALLY forgotten what happened in book #5. Grrrrr..... Some day I'd love to reread them all in a row!

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I was not in the mood for anything dark and these fit the bill perfectly! I have 2 books checked out from the library on my Kindle to work on this week. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie & The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.
Sounds like you're hungry!!!
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:33 PM   #2495
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#84 down and done.

The Baseball Hall of Shame: The Best of Blooperstown by Bruce Nash and Allan Zullo. This a collection of more than 200 stories about the wacky players, managers, umpires, and fans, the most outrageous plays, superstitions, pranks, errors, cheating incidents, hotheaded meltdowns, and in general the most bizarre happenings in baseball, dating back to the early days of the sport.

I'm a baseball junkie and now that the season is over, I'm going into withdrawal. I may have to dig out some of my old baseball books. In the meantime, thank goodness for the Baseball Network on DirecTV!

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Old 11-12-2013, 02:39 AM   #2496
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#116 Resurrection Row by Anne Perry-great Victorian mystery

#117 Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Canarvon-this book is written by the owner of the house that is featured in Downton Abbey and chronicles the time of the countess prior to and during WW1. Well written and interesting.

#118 With Love at Christmas by Carole Matthews- Carole Matthews write good, humorous chick lit. Great escapist fiction.
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:22 AM   #2497
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Whoa!! I always envy people that can read a series back to back like that! I'm reading through the Potter series too, but I have to take breaks in between which stinks. Reading #6 now and I've TOTALLY forgotten what happened in book #5. Grrrrr..... Some day I'd love to reread them all in a row!
See, I envy people who could take a break in the series,lol. The thing with Harry Potter is I read the series back to back to be immersed in the world but the problem is when I read a series and take a break I tend to forget what happened in the last book, like for instance I read A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin last year. Since that is a book that is a total investment I took a break and then read the next book in the series, A Clash of Kings and forgot some of what happened in the book before so I had to look up the characters and some of the events online to remember.

#90 Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh.

Hilarious but also takes an unflinching look at the author's depression. For anyone who has followed the blog, Allie wrote a book and some of the pieces are in there but there are other stories in there such as the time when she was a kid and her dad basically put her in a chili sauce eating contest with a 45 year old man.
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:01 AM   #2498
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I forgot to update my #23 so this will be two books

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A Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity
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Death at SeaWorld centers on the battle with the multimillion-dollar marine park industry over the controversial and even lethal ramifications of keeping killer whales in captivity. Following the story of marine biologist and animal advocate at the Humane Society of the US, Naomi Rose, Kirby tells the gripping story of the two-decade fight against PR-savvy SeaWorld, which came to a head with the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010. Kirby puts that horrific animal-on-human attack in context. Brancheau’s death was the most publicized among several brutal attacks that have occurred at Sea World and other marine mammal theme parks.

Death at SeaWorld introduces real people taking part in this debate, from former trainers turned animal rights activists to the men and women that champion SeaWorld and the captivity of whales. In section two the orcas act out. And as the story progresses and orca attacks on trainers become increasingly violent, the warnings of Naomi Rose and other scientists fall on deaf ears, only to be realized with the death of Dawn Brancheau. Finally he covers the media backlash, the eyewitnesses who come forward to challenge SeaWorld’s glossy image, and the groundbreaking OSHA case that
challenges the very idea of keeping killer whales in captivity and may spell the end of having trainers in the water with the ocean’s top predators.
I think to say I "enjoyed" this book would be poor wording. It was very interesting. I won't give my opinion on Cetaceans in captivity(that's a whole different thread). I did find this book one sided(as was expected). What I enjoyed the most about this book was the scientific information on the Orcas themselves and the recounting of the biologist's field studies and research. Some of it read like a textbook, but I never found it boring.



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Kate Svenson may be a dynamite businesswoman—but after three failed engagements, she's decided she's hopeless at romance. What she needs is a Business Plan to help her find Mr. Right. The Cabins resort is ripe with eligible bachelors, all rich and ambitious—just her type. But they're dropping like flies, and after fishing Kate's latest reject out of the swimming pool Jake Templeton is convinced that Kate is nothing but trouble. Especially for him. A man who's sworn off ambition and a woman hanging from the top of the corporate ladder don't have much in common. But in that unpredictable territory known as the heart, anything can happen…
I really needed a lighter read after the last book. This was just that. It was typical Jennifer Crusie. Funny, shallow, predictable.... But I love fluff books like this so I enjoyed it.
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Old 11-13-2013, 02:20 PM   #2499
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I am the same way. I need to read a whole series back to back b/c I love being fully immersed in the story. I read the Harry Potter series this way & LOVED it! If I can't, then once I am able to get my hands on the next book, I forget what happened to that point b/c I have read other books & usually find I don't enjoy it as much. I am currently reading the Mortal Instruments books (waiting to get book #5) & I just found out that there will be a book 6 next summer. I thought the series was done, but now I will have forgotten the whole storyline by then & most likely won't enjoy the final book. I read the 2 Divergent books months ago & really liked that series. The 3rd book just came out & I find that I am not drawn into it as much.
So I now I wait to see if the whole series is done b4 I begin to read it, even if it means waiting a while.
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That's one thing I don't like about series. You think it's over and then the author decides to write another one! This happened to me with both the Maze Runner and Pretty Little Liars. I wish Sara Shepard would just stop!
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What frustrates me even more is when the author throws out a prequel after the series is over.
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:58 PM   #2502
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I'm the same way as you guys. I started the Mortal Instruments series but got bored. I tried to pick the series back up and just aren't that into it.

I really want to start the new Nora Roberts series, I have even purchased the first one. If I like or though I'll have to wait for them to come out!

It's like binging a TV series. I don't know how I could ever make it watching a television series week by week for months/years! LOL!
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#49- Gone by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge - This is another book in the Michael Bennet series and was great!

#50- Prodigy by Marie Lu - This is the 2nd book in the Legend series...I am enjoying this series... If you like The Hunger Games, I think you will enjoy this one!

.....and I AM AT GOAL!!!!.....and have started Champion, the 3rd book in the Legend series. At first, I set my goal at 25 - I never thought that I would have read 50 books this year!
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:25 AM   #2504
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#119 Olivia's Luck by Catherine Alliot. Another good read, good characters and humour. I really like this author.

And I think I might need to up my goal for the second time! I'll have to think.
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133/150- Girl Least Likely to Marry by Amy Andrews (cute romance)

134/150 - Wedding Dress Diaries by Aimee Carson (sequel to #133)

135/150 - The Witness (R.C. Investigations) by V.R. Marks -- Good suspense

136/150 - If the Shoe Fits by Laurie LeClair (first in a series; I'll definitely read the next one)

137/150 - If I Return by Sawyer Bennett (novella) - I like this author. The stories may be too "hot" for some readers but the intimacy is not gratuitous and the characters are well-developed.

138/150 - Found by Nadia Simonenko - This is the second and, I believe, final book about these characters, though I hope the author writes more either about these two main characters or some of the others in the story line. I thought the stories and characters were interesting and unique. Again, some "intimate" scenes and ironically, the author seemed awkward and uncomfortable writing those scenes, which I tended to skip.

139/150 - Storm Shells by G.J. Walker-Smith. This is hands-down the best new author I have found in a while and one of the most enjoyable series I've ever read. This was the third in the series and I will definitely re-read all three again. The first one, Saving Wishes, may still be free on Kindle. Grab it while you can. I think there's a good chance you'll by the second and third books in the series.
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