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Old 02-25-2013, 06:49 AM   #946
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Book #18 - The J.A.P. Chronicles by Isabel Rose

This book was kind of a "Mean Girls" grow up. A group of spoiled rich Jewish American Princesses tell their stories as they are asked to tell about their "defining" moment.

I have to say that I wasn't too thrilled with this book. It was a lot harsher than I anticipated, and at times, it was downright upsetting to read. I don't know that I would recommend this one.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:52 AM   #947
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Book #19 - "Little Women and Me" by Lauren Baraz-Logsted

Emily March is given an assignment in her English class: to take a book that she loves and find one thing about it she would like to change. The book she chooses is "Little Women" and she decides to change Beth's dying. Something happens, though, and she is literally sucked into the book. While there, she discovers that changing the book is not going to be as easy as she thought.

This is most definitely a YA book. Nothing wrong with that. However, at times the writing was really simple, for lack of a better word. There were moments in the book where I really felt talked down to by the author. However, it was a fun story, and really got me thinking about things I would like to change in my favorite books.

Next up: "Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem"
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:03 AM   #948
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Book #8 - Homestead by Rosina Lippi - Each chapter tells the story of a different woman who all lived in the same small Austrian village, spanning from the early 1900s until the 1970s. I thought it was very well written, but it was a bit confusing keeping all of the names and relationships straight. There are family trees in the back of the book, which are very helpful, but it does "give away" the ending to some of the stories (who married whom, when people died, etc.) Overall, I thought it was worth reading. http://www.amazon.com/Homestead-Rosi...ords=homestead

Next up - The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott http://www.amazon.com/The-Dressmaker.../dp/0307948196
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:06 AM   #949
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My book #10 was Abbi Glines' FALLEN TOO FAR.

To want what you’re not supposed to have…

She is only nineteen.

She is his new stepfather’s daughter.

She is still naÔve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother.

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

Blaire just may have fallen too far.



This author has a huge following on Amazon and Goodreads, but I don't think her books are for me. This book is part of a series but I won't be reading any more of them.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:11 AM   #950
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:32 AM   #951
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I think I'm on book 13 of 65. I finished "Take a Deep Breath" by Shar Dimick yesterday. Yawn! It was so slow moving, I was relived when it ended. It tried ti be like Sherryl Woods, I think, but it was a VERY cheap imitation. This morning I started "Stiletto Safari", a chick lit-style book about a girl who spends 6 months volunteering in Africa, and packing her snakeskin stilettos. Get the idea? So far I'm finding this one very enjoyable. And it doesn't hurt that now that she's in Africa, I'm reminded of Animal Kingdom, my favorite park.
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:26 PM   #952
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Finished book #11- The Necromancer: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

This is book 4 of this series. Such exciting reading!

I am on to book 5 now - The Warlock
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:42 PM   #953
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Book 8 of 30: License to Thrill by Stephanie Bond
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:50 PM   #954
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Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney

Summary by Goodreads: Cate Kinkaid is just dipping her toe into the world of private investigating until one of the many resumes she has floating around lands her a real job. All she has to do is determine that a particular woman lives at a particular address. Simple, right? When the big and brooding house happens to contain a dead body, this routine PI job turns out to be anything but simple. Is Cate in over her head?
Readers will be hooked from the very first chapter of this fast-paced and witty romantic mystery from bestselling and award-winning author Lorena McCourtney


This is one of the books I picked up on the Nook deals of the day. It had been recommended as being like a Stephaine Plum book, but it is no where near as fun a read as that. I gave it 3 of 5 stars on Goodreads. While I did enjoy reading it, I did not find myself laughing much. It has a mystery running through the story, but I found myself thinking the heroine was being stupid and needed to mind her own business. If this continues to be a series (which it is set up to be) I don't think I will be reading more of them.

Next up: JD Robb's Calculated in Death which comes out tomorrow! I have been waiting for this one, but then I am always waiting for the next Eve Dallas book!
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:56 PM   #955
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Book #19 - "Little Women and Me" by Lauren Baraz-Logsted

Emily March is given an assignment in her English class: to take a book that she loves and find one thing about it she would like to change. The book she chooses is "Little Women" and she decides to change Beth's dying. Something happens, though, and she is literally sucked into the book. While there, she discovers that changing the book is not going to be as easy as she thought.

This is most definitely a YA book. Nothing wrong with that. However, at times the writing was really simple, for lack of a better word. There were moments in the book where I really felt talked down to by the author. However, it was a fun story, and really got me thinking about things I would like to change in my favorite books.

Next up: "Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem"

I think I need to add this to my list! It sounds like an interesting take on one of my favorite childhood books.
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#15 Whirlwind by Robert Liparulo
Book number 5 of the Dreamhouse Kings series. Only 1 more to go. I have really enjoyed these books.
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Book #1 - The Passage by Justin Cronin - It was pitched as a post-apocalyptic zombie novel. It was good enough for me not to hold the lack of actual zombies against it.

I'm looking forward to the second book in that series but right now I am woefully behind in this book challenge. I need a fairly quick read so...

Next up - The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:46 PM   #958
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Finally! I finished Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett today. What a long book! It has received so many reviews and so many people ranked it as one of the best books they have ever read that I finally decided to read it. It was a very good book even though I did get a little bored sometimes. I am definitely glad I read it and can check it off my list.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:31 PM   #959
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#16 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

I really want to give this book 0/5 because I HATED the ending. But, it was well written and really interesting to see things from another perspective. The story is told from the point of view of a 9 year old boy on the 'good' side of the fence. The boy is naive about things and this comes across in the writing. For example, he can't pronounce where he lives so it is just refered to as Out-With. It did take me a while to catch onto what he meant, and once I did I was like, oh man he lives by the concentration camp. I don't want to give anything away so I will only say again I HATED the ending. My daughter hasn't read the book but knows what happens so we are going to watch the movie on Netflix tomorrow night. To be fair, I will give this book 3.75/5

Not sure what is next. I just got Netflix so I am a little distracted by it LOL
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#3. Bitter Harvest by Ann Rule

Based on a true crime story, a sad, captivating story of a family destroyed by the death of two children by their own mother.

I gave the book a 3.5/5 just because I felt it was slow moving at times probably because of all the technical evidence reports. Sometimes, it seemed a chore to read through those pages just to continue on with the story.

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