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Old 01-16-2013, 01:38 PM   #421
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#5 This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

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In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in This Is How You Lose Her lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart They remind us that passion always triumphs over expericnce, and that the half life of love is forever.

I don't know how this book became #1 on BookPage Editors choices for 2012 It wasn't even on thier readers top 25 list, lol.
The story seemed to not make a bit of sense to me and skipped around a lot. I would not recommend it & I am mad at myself for reading the entire thing. Thank goodness it was only a couple hundred pages, lol.
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#5 This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

From the book jacket:
In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in This Is How You Lose Her lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart They remind us that passion always triumphs over expericnce, and that the half life of love is forever.

I don't know how this book became #1 on BookPage Editors choices for 2012 It wasn't even on thier readers top 25 list, lol.
The story seemed to not make a bit of sense to me and skipped around a lot. I would not recommend it & I am mad at myself for reading the entire thing. Thank goodness it was only a couple hundred pages, lol.

Thanks for your review. This book is on Barnes and Nobles list for the best 25 books of 2012. I've tried to find it at my library for Kindle and have been looking to reserve it in some way--maybe I'll just forget about it.
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:56 AM   #424
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Finished #2 - The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

This book is on a few of the "Best of 2012" lists that come out at the end of the year. I'm working my way through some of those. There was no wait for the e-reader copy at my library so I snagged it.

I'm not sure how I feel about this book. My mother loved it although she did say it was a hard start.

It is of the "postapocolyptic" genre of books that is so popular now. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for the "gloom and depression" that is the hallmark of those books.

The main character was a very likable guy who had lost his wife and unborn child to the disease that had wiped out most of the population. He was left with his dog, Jasper, who was quite a lovable character. The writing style was sort of "stream of consciousness" which I often have a hard time with. The basic, underlying story was pretty good and I wanted to see how it ended but I admit that I started speedreading through a lot of his mind-wandering thoughts. Otherwise, I think I'd give it 3 out of 5 stars.

I've signed up for 24 books and I have NOTHING set up for #3 so I better get busy!
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:09 AM   #425
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#6 The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

This is the first book of the Rizzoli /Isles series....except Isles isnt in it yet. I have read several of these but missed this one somehow. This book introduces Rizzolli and as described is NOT Angie Harmon! Very good read though.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:24 AM   #426
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Finished book #4 last night. Rush Home Road. LOVED IT! I kinda figured how it would end but that didn't take away from it at all. I wish there was an epilogue that summed up the one character's future. What a great book. I think it goes up there as one of my favorites of all time (along with The Book Thief).

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Thanks for the review! This book has been on my list for almost a year!! I have to make time for it this winter!

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I need to get through that series! I got halfway through the first book and became so confused with all the characters that I gave up. I need to print out a character list next time I read that book. I tend to not do well with books that jump from different character/storylines with each chapter. By the time they get back to that particular character 5-6 chapters down the road, I've forgotten all about them, lol.

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#5 This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

From the book jacket:
In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in This Is How You Lose Her lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart They remind us that passion always triumphs over expericnce, and that the half life of love is forever.

I don't know how this book became #1 on BookPage Editors choices for 2012 It wasn't even on thier readers top 25 list, lol.
The story seemed to not make a bit of sense to me and skipped around a lot. I would not recommend it & I am mad at myself for reading the entire thing. Thank goodness it was only a couple hundred pages, lol.
I've been going back & forth on this book. I keep hearing good reviews so I'll add it to my list, then I re-read the summary of the book and think, this is not really my cup of tea so I take it back off the list, lol.

I appreciate your honest review.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:12 PM   #427
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Finished #3

The Crown of Valencia by Catherine Friend

Ex-lovers can really mess up your life.

Kate Vincent's ex, Anna, certainly does. Not only does Anna interfere in Kate's love life, but she totally screws up the world by traveling back in time to 11th century Spain and changing one crucial event. As any sane person knows, you cannot alter an event in history without altering everything that follows—but Anna has an agenda, and a score to settle.

When Kate follows Anna back to the 11th century to clean up Anna's mess before she and those she loves cease to exist, she finds herself fighting not only Anna and her hired thugs, but also another woman—the woman Kate has never stopped loving.

Romance, betrayal, and intrigue pack this tense conclusion to the epic adventure begun in The Spanish Pearl.

I really enjoyed this book as well as the first (although I liked the first better). I enjoy historical fiction and the storyline was touching.

Next up: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain This one has been on my to read list since last January I think, so it's time!
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:45 PM   #428
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Finished book #1 Under The Dome by Stephen King

Finally got through all 1072 pages!!! Very interesting book & kept me wanting to read more. I think I read over 300 pages in one day & that's not even half the book! The ending was a little bit of a letdown though.

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and rain down flaming wreckage. A gardener’s hand is severed as the dome descends. Cars explode on impact. Families are separated and panic mounts. No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away. Now a few intrepid citizens, led by an Iraq vet turned short-order cook, face down a ruthless politician dead set on seizing the reins of power under the dome. But their main adversary is the dome itself. Because time isn’t just running short. It’s running out.

My next book will be Home Front by Kristin Hannah. This is the Feb book for my book club that I am hosting.
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I have finished the 6 Mercy Thompson books I have by Patricia Briggs - I think she's done her dash on those but I understand there is a 7th book. I thought they were ok - easy reading but I wouldn't recommend anyone going out of their way to read them.

The Werewolves were a bunch of male chauvenists in this series and drove me nuts. I must prefer the Sookie Stackhouse books where at least the various supes treat her as an equal for the most part.

I think next up might be Life of Pi - haven't fully decided that yet.

Its rated 4.2/5 on Amazon but not sure its really my cup of tea?

"The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.

The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them "the truth." After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional--but is it more true?"
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Its a true story about the World's Fair in 1893 and a serial killer who used the fair to lure women to his hotel. I found the book to be very good -- it moved fast and was very interesting.

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Finally got through all 1072 pages!!! Very interesting book & kept me wanting to read more. I think I read over 300 pages in one day & that's not even half the book! The ending was a little bit of a letdown though.

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and rain down flaming wreckage. A gardener’s hand is severed as the dome descends. Cars explode on impact. Families are separated and panic mounts. No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away. Now a few intrepid citizens, led by an Iraq vet turned short-order cook, face down a ruthless politician dead set on seizing the reins of power under the dome. But their main adversary is the dome itself. Because time isn’t just running short. It’s running out.

My next book will be Home Front by Kristin Hannah. This is the Feb book for my book club that I am hosting.
I read in the paper that they're making this book into a 13 episode tv series!
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I have finished the 6 Mercy Thompson books I have by Patricia Briggs - I think she's done her dash on those but I understand there is a 7th book. I thought they were ok - easy reading but I wouldn't recommend anyone going out of their way to read them.

The Werewolves were a bunch of male chauvenists in this series and drove me nuts. I must prefer the Sookie Stackhouse books where at least the various supes treat her as an equal for the most part.

I think next up might be Life of Pi - haven't fully decided that yet.

Its rated 4.2/5 on Amazon but not sure its really my cup of tea?

"The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.

The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them "the truth." After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional--but is it more true?"
Life of Pi was fantastic. I didn't read any reviews before reading it and never saw the end coming. Great thought provoking story.

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Old 01-17-2013, 10:49 PM   #433
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#4 Defending Jacob

Hmmm, what to say about this book? Personally I didn't think it was a page turner until the final 100 pages or so. To me, a few things were just too convenient and not really believable. I don't want to say too much and I HATE when people do this but O.M.G the ending. Totally left me wanting more. Good read so I'll give it a 3.75/5 (is that even allowed LOL)

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Finished book #1 Under The Dome by Stephen King

Finally got through all 1072 pages!!! Very interesting book & kept me wanting to read more. I think I read over 300 pages in one day & that's not even half the book! The ending was a little bit of a letdown though.

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and rain down flaming wreckage. A gardener’s hand is severed as the dome descends. Cars explode on impact. Families are separated and panic mounts. No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away. Now a few intrepid citizens, led by an Iraq vet turned short-order cook, face down a ruthless politician dead set on seizing the reins of power under the dome. But their main adversary is the dome itself. Because time isn’t just running short. It’s running out.

My next book will be Home Front by Kristin Hannah. This is the Feb book for my book club that I am hosting.
Thank you for that review! I'm on page 91 in Under the Dome. My Spanish class has taken over most of my free time, but I hope to catch up this weekend.
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