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Old 01-22-2013, 09:34 AM   #511
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I read a lot of free Kindle books. I also end up buying books by authors who have put a book up on Kindle for free - if I like that one, I read others in the series or by the same author. That is what happened with books #2 and #3 that I've read this year - book 1 was free and I liked it enough to buy the others.

1. Worth the Weight by Mara Jacobs - very good romance; some racy parts - first in series about 3 BFFs (this one is about "the nice one")
2. Worth the Drive by Mara Jacobs - sequel; very good; this one is about "the pretty one"
3. Worth the Fall by Mara Jacobs -- another romance in the series about the 3rd of three BFFs (this one is about "the smart one"
4. Cancelled by Elizabeth Anne West (mediocre romance, told from male POV)
5. 11/22/63 by Stephen King --EXCELLENT; so well researched and totally believable
6. Seduced By a Pirate by Eloisa James (fluff; companion to "The Ugly Duchess" which was wonderful)
7. Three Brides, No Groom by Debbie Macomber (kind of "eh"; I usually like her books but this one seemed kind of "cursory" and rushed to a totally predictable ending)

I read 11/22/63 on the recommendation of so many people on these book threads on the Community Board, and I am SOOO glad I took the recommendation. It was excellent, really enthralling!
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:52 AM   #512
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I like Edward Rutherford too-haven't read anything since London many years ago though

I'm behind on updating my list:

goal:52 books

book 3-The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory
This is a typical Gregory novel. Fun historical fiction, this time following Anne Neville as she eventually becomes Queen of England for a brief time.

Then for fun as a result of this thread I reread
book 4-Confessions of a Shopaholic and
book 5-Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella

And I am now working on book 6-Defending Jacob, also as a result of this thread. However, I was shocked to realize that the book is set in Newton, CT and after the recent tragedy, reading about another child's murder there really threw me.
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:21 PM   #513
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I did alot of reading this past holiday weekend.

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Book #5 Defending Jacob by William Landay

Overall I liked this book, it was certainly not the most well written book I have ever read, but it kept me engaged. I recommend it, and think it would be a great book club book. So many different things to discuss.

Book #6 Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson

This was not marketed as Christian fiction, but it had some Christian themes. I liked the idea of the book, but it was kind of hard to keep up with who was who. It was set in the 1800's, and centered around Civil War widows making a new start in Nebraska.

Book #7 A Cowboy's Touch by Denise Hunter

This is the first book in the Christian fiction Big Sky series. It was a good easy read. I liked that the characters were flawed, and there was def. some heat between the couple, but it was clean. You just sometimes don't get that in Christian fiction. (flawed characters and sexual tension)

I keep adding more and more books to my to be read list, after reading everyone's reviews. I love discovering new books, and I am loving this thread.
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:24 PM   #514
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It's exciting to see what everyone is reading!!
Thank you for welcoming me! I saw the 2013 Book Challenge when I joined up for the Goodreads app. Just decide to do it because I love to read.
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:52 PM   #515
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Book #3 finished - The Boots My Mother Gave Me by Brooklyn James

For description: http://www.amazon.com/The-Boots-Moth...mother+gave+me
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:19 PM   #516
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Goal 40, finished book #9
The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty
coming of age book, mother/daughter relationships...meh - i gave it 2 stars
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:49 PM   #517
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Finished book #3: Home Front by Kristin Hannah

I had to read this for my book club & didn't know anything about it. This was such a powerful book that had me crying through at least half the book. I can't imagine dealing with what this mom had to deal with. I highly recommend this book!

Like many couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to face the pressures of everyday life---children, careers, bills, chores---even as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then an unexpected deployment sends Jolene deep into harms way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls. As a mother, it agonizes Jolene to leave her family, but as a solider she has always understood the true meaning of duty.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:16 PM   #518
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Question: Are the Bones novels anything like the show? Just being on the safe side before placing the hold on the most recent 2.
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Question: Are the Bones novels anything like the show? Just being on the safe side before placing the hold on the most recent 2.
Only that they have a character named temperance Brennan and she deals with bones and murder....other than that, I found no resemblance...
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I havent been around the boards for a few days and I am seeing some great ideas for future reads!

Goal = 75

#7 Double Take-- Catherine Coulter

“FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are joined by one of their own and a Virginia sheriff in an extraordinary case that immerses them in the world of psychic visions, mind benders, and communications with the dead.”

I usually like the Savich/Sherlock novels but this one was just a little too weird. Too many characters and too much coincidence.

#8 A Boy No More-- Paxton Davis

“When Paxton Davis and his fellow soldiers returned from WW II, they found a changed America. In A BOY NO MORE, Davis describes the world that awaited them--a world created by the generation that gave us our amazing triumph in WW II and powered our emergence as global superstar.”

This is the 3rd in an autobiographical series. I picked up the first one, Being a Boy, because the author grew up during the Depression in the town where I work. It was fun to hear him tell of playing with his neighbors who became standouts in the community and whose names adorn Hospitals and stadiums and such. The second one deals with his years in WWII. And this one how he enters adult hood after returning from the war.

#9 Bake Sale Murder-- Leslie Meier

“Ever since local developer Fred Stanton and his wife, Mimi, built five modular homes next door to Lucy Stone’s farmhouse, life just hasn’t been the same. With Mimi complaining about everything from the state of Lucy’s lawn to another neighbor’s lovable dog, quaint Tinker’s Cove, Maine, is now entangled in cul-de-sac politics and backstabbing. And when Mimi doesn’t show up for her shift at The Hat and Mitten Fund bake sale, the scent of burnt sugar leads Lucy to a shocking discovery: Mimi, face down on her kitchen floor—with a knife in her back.”

Cute , funny, quick read. Perfect for when you just want to be entertained.
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Book #4: Murder On The House by Juliette Blackwell (part of the Haunted House Renovation series)

I enjoy this series. They are light hearted murder mysteries. Mel (short for Melanie) is a 40 something Divorcee who says she would like nothing better then to run away to Paris and wallow in self pity. Instead she is running her fathers business as a General Contractor specializing in restoring Historical homes in the San Francisco area. Oh, and in the first book of the series, she discovers that she can communicate with Ghosts.

For this book, Mel is asked to bid on a mansion in the Castro district. The client is looking at two contractors, and stipulates that the two contractors must spend the night in the house with the Ghosts. Needless to say, the night is filled with Ghosts and murder, and Mel us compelled to figure out what has happened.

A fun easy read. Mel and her friends are an interesting bunch, and I find myself wanting more. This was a good time for me to read this book as I have two more going that I cannot get into. Hopefully I will finish at least one if them!
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Oh that would be a great read. Have to keep an eye out for it.

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#12 The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

1961 England. Laurel Nicolson is sixteen years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to Green Acres for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by memories and questions she has not thought about for decades. She decides to find out the truth about the events of that summer day and lay to rest her own feelings of guilt. One photograph, of her mother and a woman Laurel has never met, called Vivian, is her first clue.

The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths some people go to fulfill them, and the strange consequences they sometimes have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers and schemers, play-acting and deception told against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

I loved the majority of this book. I did feel at one stage that the ends were being tied up a little too neatly but by the end I was happy.

#13 Madonna of the Seven Hills by Jean Plaidy

A fictional account of the early life of Lucezia Borgia. I am not a huge Jean Plaidy fan but I was interested in the Borgias.
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Okay got 2 more books read both are part of a series.

Pure and Deity by Jennifer Armentrout.

I really enjoyed this series but now I have to wait until November for the next book to come out.

After these I believe I am down to 24/30
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Okay got 2 more books read both are part of a series.

Pure and Deity by Jennifer Armentrout.
Oh she's so sweet! I signed with her last August and she didn't even mind that I kept gushing for 3 hours about how I loved her books. Have you read the Lux novels?
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