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Old 02-01-2013, 07:07 AM   #616
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#17 Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher

I really enjoy this author. This is the story of a character called Judith Dunbar and starts when she is 14 and going to boarding school. It deals with all kinds of relationships she has against the backdrop of WW2. Recommended.
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:01 PM   #617
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WOW, you all are doing so awesome!!

I just finished #5 out of 30 (I think that's right, lol)...

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani (what a name!!)

Overall, it was a good read. I don't normally go for romance novels, but this one had good reviews so I gave it a try. It was not hokey at all (my usual complaint with this genre). The characters were real, honest, and had a lot of depth to them. It's a love story between Ciro and Enza, two Italian teenagers who fell in love, but circumstances that happened in their lives repeatedly kept them apart from each other for years. Story began in Italy and moved to America on the brink of the World Wars. A well-written story, but nothing spectacular.

I give it a 3.5 rating; however, I give the main character, Enza, a 5 star rating for her determination, her spunk, and her courage. I love finding inspiration in the characters I read about.

Onto next.... I have 2 books on hold from the library and neither have come in yet! ARG!

I guess I'll read Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen by Serena Valentino. Not thrilled about it since I have so many good books waiting for me on my list, but my sister wanted me to read it (and hey, it's Disney!). It should be a very short read.
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:57 PM   #618
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Book #9 Jade by Ruth Langan

Review: So, now we have Jade (two more books to go...if Onyx didn't have anymore kids in the continental US) who has arrived to Hanging Tree to be with her sisters and open a casino. This has the residents of the town angry and honestly, they have valid points. The place could bring the type of people who are not good for the town but Jade ignores them and therefore in the book, the residents are called judgmental which was annoying. The person who is trying to keep peace between Jade and the townspeople is Reverend Wade Weston. He has a past (don't they all?) and is under a assumed named. Soon they fall in love and blah blah...honestly I didn't care anymore.

The book tries to be different than the two others as some of the romance takes place outside of Texas among other things but honestly the love story fell flat. What could have been good...just wasn't. I think it had to do that there was more to Pearl and Diamond's books than just the love story, Pearl had teaching while Diamond had to solve her father's murder and learn about her three sisters but it really seems that all Jade was about was Wade. Her backstory isn't interested as Wade's is which is a little sad because Jade is a better written character in the other books. Her character is just boring.

The one thing I found different is the love story between Jade's mother Ahn Lin and Onyx. Pearl's mother isn't given a name and her reason for not marrying Onyx is flimsy but Jade's mom is not only given a name but a personality. Ahn's reason for not marrying him is simple. She was already in an arranged marriage with a man back in China who had given her the money to go to the US and start a casino in San Francisco. He is considerably older and still lives in China. The arranged marriage is more than a business deal but Ahn would not divorce him and marry Onyx. I think she died more recently because the book's prologue takes place three years before the series began. The prologue was a pretty good part of the book which was a letdown.

Would I suggest it...if you are a person who can't stop a book in the middle and must read a series all the way through...Jade you are going to have to muddle through so nope.

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Old 02-01-2013, 01:58 PM   #619
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The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly

This is an early book in the Harry Bosch series. Harry has been put on suspension for attacking his supervisor. While he is off he tries to solve the open case of his mother's murder from when he was a young boy.

I like this series and this is a good installment. Good action and fast pace.
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:46 PM   #620
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Book #8 down and done.

Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard was outstanding! I'm not a fan of O'Reilly's, but this book was just jam-packed with facts, excellent character description, vivid scene descriptions and some astounding authentic photographs, taken in the 1860's. We just saw the movie "Lincoln" for the second time on Wednesday, and this book added tremendously to my appreciation of the events of that time. Highly recommended.

Next up: A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny. This is a series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, head of homicide at the Surete du Quebec. I wish I had been able to start reading this series with the first book, but it wasn't available in the library. Oh well, I'll catch up.

While browsing through the Kindle Store, the name of an author jumped out at me: Rainy Kirkland. The name sounded familiar to me, so I checked it out, and sure enough it was a childhood friend of mine! I then remembered reading a couple of her books probably 30 years ago, and although they weren't my favorite genre (they were period romances), they were well-written and I did enjoy them. Unfortunately, Rainy didn't write another book until the past couple of years, so I lost track of her.

Now she has a book out called Florida Heat, a murder mystery, my favorite! I downloaded it and will read it after book #9 noted above. Then I'll try to contact Rainy (she lives here in Florida) and try to set up a lunch to catch up on old times. This is going to be such fun!

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Old 02-01-2013, 05:01 PM   #621
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#10 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Read a lot of mixed reviews for this one, but had to read it for myself.
I thought it was just "ok"
I thought the same. I'm currently reading 'Dark Places' by the same author and I'm enjoying this one so much more. One of my biggest literary pet peeves is when the main character is too perfect. I don't want to read about some striking beauty who is compassionate, brilliant, athletic, kind to children and animals, ambitious, brave, witty, and a friend to all. I like to read about people I can relate to, flaws and all. Gillian Flynn certainly delivers in that regard.

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Old 02-01-2013, 05:43 PM   #622
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Well I hope I can join in if its not too late.

I will try for a goal of 24, so thats 2 a month.

I usually read books I win from blogs.

Somehow I never manage to win anything from Goodreads.

Dont know what I can get from the library. They are having a major move and relocation during construction soon I think.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:50 PM   #623
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Book 3. Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott

This was one of my favorites as a child. The story was still pretty good but think I need a break from rereading these.

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I am considering changing my book is that allowed
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:36 PM   #625
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I am considering changing my book is that allowed
I don't see why not. No point reading something you aren't enjoying.
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I am considering changing my book is that allowed
I don't think there are any rules.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:04 PM   #627
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Ever After by Kim Harrison (book 11 in the Hallows Series)

(From Amazon) The ever-after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It's up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans falls apart.

Of course, there's also the small fact that Rachel is the one who caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it. Not to mention the most powerful demon in the ever-after—the soul-eater Ku'Sox Sha-Ku'ru—has vowed to destroy her, and has kidnapped her friend and her goddaughter as leverage. If Rachel doesn't give herself up, they will die.

Forced by circumstance, Rachel teams up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack—a partnership fraught with dangers of the heart as well as betrayal of the soul—to return to the ever-after and rescue those she loves. One world teeters on the brink of interspecies war, the other on the brink of its very demise—and it's up to Rachel to keep them both from being destroyed.

I really enjoyed this book. It really builds on the series and brings back / resolves many issues that were in the first 10 stories. If you enjoy urban fantasy, I would highly recommend the series.

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Originally Posted by tinkerbellandeeyor
I am considering changing my book is that allowed

I have already stopped reading two books. If you are not enjoying, go for it!

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I don't see why not. No point reading something you aren't enjoying.
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I don't think there are any rules.
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I don't see why not. No point reading something you aren't enjoying.
I agree. Just had to set aside "Where'd You Go Bernadette?". Didn't seem to strike my fancy, lol. Not when I had 5 other books I wanted to read waiting on the shelf.

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