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Old 01-19-2013, 10:13 PM   #466
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What reading level/age is The Candy Shop War good for? I am on a never-ending quest for books for my DS12 who is a reluctant reader! And speaking of, thank you to whomever mentioned the cryptozoology books...I found one at B&N and ordered it. It was on my kitchen counter when DS came in...then he was very quiet and next thing I knew, he was reading it. Miracle of miracles lol....big thanks!
The Candy Shop War is probably a good pick for your son. My boy started it when he was 10, but never finished it. He's 13, now, and enjoyed listening to it while I read it out loud. It made him want to read the sequel. Have you tried the Percy Jackson books? My boy was a really reluctant reader until he started those, but once he started them, WHAM! He went through them quickly!
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Book #9 - "The Meryl Streep Movie Club" by Mia March.

Isabel, June and Kat are reunited at the Maine Inn that is run by their aunt/mother Lolly. Lolly has news that comes as a shock to the girls. They have to overcome their differences and pull together to help Lolly and the Inn. Each Friday is movie night, and this months topic is Meryl Streep.

I enjoyed this book! Realistic characters and situations, engaging plot and dialogue. A really good "beach" read!

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Old 01-20-2013, 01:13 AM   #468
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After a tragic accident left her with no memory, Kate Alexander struggled to fit in with a husband and world that didn’t feel right. She’s had no reason to question what friends and family have told her, not until her husband is suddenly killed and she finds a photo of a young girl in his office. A girl who can’t be anyone but a daughter Kate didn’t know she had.

A man desperate for a reason to live…

Ryan Harrison lost his wife in a plane crash five years ago. To cope with the pain of her loss, he dedicated himself to his job and to raising their daughter. Now a successful pharmaceutical executive, Ryan has everything a man could want—money, fame and power—but he’d give it all up in a heartbeat for just one more day with the woman he still loves.

Two lives about to converge.

As Kate begins to dig into a past she doesn’t remember, evidence leads her to San Francisco and puts her on the path toward Ryan, a man who sees in her the woman he loved and lost. Kate feels a draw to Ryan, one she can’t explain, but is that feeling enough to convince her this is where she’s supposed to be? As Ryan and Kate search for answers, they uncover lies long buried, a passion hotter than either expected and a danger that threatens…even now…when the second chance they’ve both been searching for is finally within reach.
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I would love to join this thread. I committed to 100 books this year (I read quickly so this is doable for me. I have been tracking on goodreads. So far I have read:-

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty-really recommend this-a good easy read set in the 1920's.
The Map of Time by Felix J Palma-this was a really interesting story about time travel and has some famous people pop up as characters
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith-the latest in the Precious Ramotswe series, love this author
Miles Off Course by Sulari Gentill-Australian mystery set in the 1930's. It was ok, I would read this author again
Life, Death and Vanilla Slices by Jenny Eclair-funny and sad book, easy to read
Mr Chen's Emporium by Deborah O'Brien-Australian book set in a country town exploring the lives of two woman in different centuries-loved the story of the 1800's woman
Wedding Fever by Kim Grunenfelder-light read, not great
Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver-enjoyed this, great protaganist and thought provoking subject matter
Under the Ivy:The Life and Music of Kate Bush by Graham Thomson-a great biography
Victims by Jonathon Kellerman-love Jonathon Kellerman and this was a good one

That is a lot even for me but I am in Australia and we are on our summer break so I have been able to do lots of reading Looking forward to reading through this thread and getting recommendations.
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It's not too late to join up if you want to set a goal for yourself! New fellow book addicts are ALWAYS welcome!
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Finished #3 out of 30.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

It was an interesting read, but I didn't love it. I'm a quiet person by nature and thought that this book would be more on the practical side, but it wasn't. The book for the most part offered proof that introverts can make a difference in our world, but I didn't find that surprising. The only 2 chapters that were practical in nature dealt with how to handle your quiet children (doesn't apply to me) and how to communicate with the other sex when it's an introvert/extrovert relationship (again, didn't apply).

The book had good reviews, but it just wasn't what I expected. I give it 3 stars - average.

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Old 01-20-2013, 09:59 AM   #473
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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

It was an interesting read, but I didn't love it. I'm a quiet person by nature and thought that this book would be more on the practical side, but it wasn't. The book for the most part offered proof that introverts can make a difference in our world, but I didn't find that surprising. The only 2 chapters that were practical in nature dealt with how to handle your quiet children (doesn't apply to me) and how to communicate with the other sex when it's an introvert/extrovert relationship (again, didn't apply).
I wanted to say that I 100% agree with your assessment (introvert here). It didn't really help me with anything BUT, I think it is a book that ALL extroverts should read. I find that extroverts are absolutely flummoxed by introverts, take them the wrong way, don't know how to deal with them (yet, I find introverts fairly understanding and accepting of extroverts...). I think extroverts, especially in the business world, should read the book to gain some insight into what some of the people they will be working with are like. One of my supervisors read the book (she is what I would call a "little e"). She kind of straddles extroversion and introversion. She feels she is surrounded by introverts and she found the book pretty interesting and helpful.
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I can't remember if I previously post this on this particular thread, but if your son is a Disney fan, he may enjoy The Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson. It starts out with five middle schoolers who are selected to be Digital Holographic Images (DHIs) to serve as guides around the various parks.

As they learn about the different "super powers" they possess, they are recruited by a group of Imagineers, led by the mysterious "Wayne," to defeat a group of disgruntled Disney villans, dubbed the Overtakers, who are intent on gaining control of the Disney theme park empire.

Although it's classified as YA literature, I've thoroughly enjoyed all four books I've read so far. I'll read #5 when it comes out in paperback, probably this summer. Hope this helps your reluctant reader!

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I finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower last night. I think it only took a day to read. (I love being at the lake!) Anyway, have you ever finished a book and aren't sure what you thought of it? That's what this book is like for me. I think I'm giving it a 4 out of 5 for now.

Now time to give Stephanie Bond a try until football starts.

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Old 01-20-2013, 12:23 PM   #476
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I'm in! I'm setting my goal as 100, which is definitely doable for me, even tho I'm starting late. I just finished my re-read of gone girl last night, and today I'm starting the new Linwood Barclay, Trust Your Eyes. I always love his books, and this one has great reviews! I'm looking forward to getting lots of book suggestions from this thread, finding books to read is always way harder for me than reading them!
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Finished book #2:
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

I read this b/c my DH read it & told me to read it. We are both introverts & have 2 introverted sons. Just like the 2 pp that read this, I felt it was okay. It made me feel that it's okay being an introvert & we have valuable strengths. It also talked about accepting our sons as introverts & not try to change them (which I already do). Our society is extrovert focused & need to understand what introverts can offer. I liked the comment how extroverts are more outspoken & how, in our society, that is mistaken for being a good leader. I agree that extroverts are the ones who should read this.

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I'm in! I'm setting my goal as 100, which is definitely doable for me, even tho I'm starting late. I just finished my re-read of gone girl last night, and today I'm starting the new Linwood Barclay, Trust Your Eyes. I always love his books, and this one has great reviews! I'm looking forward to getting lots of book suggestions from this thread, finding books to read is always way hare for me than reading them!
I read Trust Your Eyes back in November and I really enjoyed it.
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Finished two books and it's still January!

Book 1 - And Only to Deceive - Historical Fiction/vacation read. It was ok, not great. It's part of a series and I'm planning on reading the second one. I'll see after that.

Book 2 - The Book Thief - Incredible book. My son read this in his Contemporary Lit class and liked it. I read over 300 pages in one day.

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I finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower last night. I think it only took a day to read. (I love being at the lake!) Anyway, have you ever finished a book and aren't sure what you thought of it? That's what this book is like for me. I think I'm giving it a 4 out of 5 for now.

Now time to give Stephanie Bond a try until football starts.

Lets go Ravens!!!
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