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Old 02-26-2013, 12:11 AM   #961
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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
Let us know how you compare the book to the movie. This is on my list but I'm not sure I want to read it since I saw the movie. I think it would be too painful.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:55 AM   #962
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Let us know how you compare the book to the movie. This is on my list but I'm not sure I want to read it since I saw the movie. I think it would be too painful.
Yeah, the movie just about killed me and any interest I had in reading the book. So sad.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:01 AM   #963
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I completely forgot about this thread! I had to go back and check my Kindle archive to get my total - I'm up to 8/30 for the year.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:37 AM   #964
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:48 AM   #965
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A whisper and a wish what amazon has to,say about it.

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Christy Miller is convinced dreams do come true! What other explanation could there be for her family's sudden decision to move from Wisconsin to California? But Christy soon learns there's another side to this new life, which leads her to - A Whisper and a Wish

Fifteen-year-old Christy is thrilled that her family is moving to California! She'll be right back at the beach with all her friends from last summer. But her dreams of a beach reunion are dashed when she learns her family will be living in an obscure town farther inland. Christy has to start all over again, meeting new friends and trying to fit in.

At first, things seem to be going well. She is accepted by a group of popular girls, which launches her social life, and one of the most gorgeous guys at school seems interested in her. But while her new friends are fun, some of them are facing problems that Christy doesn't know how to deal with including a run-in with the police. As disappointments grow and things spin out of control, will Christy turn to God for help? Will her dreams and wishes come true?


Get acquainted with Christy's friend Sierra by reading all twelve books in the SIERRA JENSEN SERIES, also by Robin Jones Gunn.

Now on to yours for ever book 5, maybe I should go back to 12 books as my goal
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:18 PM   #966
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#15 down and done.

Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd. London, summer 1920. An unidentified body appears to have been run down by a motorcar and Inspector Ian Rutledge is leading the investigation to discover what happened. While the signs point to murder, vital questions remain: Who is the victim, and where exactly was he killed?

This was one of the most convoluted murder plots I have ever read in 50 years of reading mysteries! I'm still not sure I understand how Rutledge discovered who was the murderer. And the person I was sure was a baddie had nothing to do with it! In my admittedly weak defense, it took me more than two weeks to finish the book, and I had to check back often to see who was who.

Todd (who is really a mother/son writing team) writes extremely well, and I always look forward to his (their) latest book. I may re-read this one in a month or two and try to follow the story more closely.


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Old 02-26-2013, 02:19 PM   #967
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#15 down and done.

Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd. London, summer 1920. An unidentified body appears to have been run down by a motorcar and Inspector Ian Rutledge is leading the investigation to discover what happened. While the signs point to murder, vital questions remain: Who is the victim, and where exactly was he killed?

This was one of the most convoluted murder plots I have ever read in 50 years of reading mysteries! I'm still not sure I understand how Rutledge discovered who was the murderer. And the person I was sure was a baddie had nothing to do with it! In my admittedly weak defense, it took me more than two weeks to finish the book, and I had to check back often to see who was who.

Todd (who is really a mother/son writing team) writes extremely well, and I always look forward to his (their) latest book. I may re-read this one in a month or two and try to follow the story more closely.

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Old 02-26-2013, 03:24 PM   #968
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Haha! I'm retired, I have wonderful daughters who do most of my household chores for me, leaving me a lot of time to read, and I learned speed-reading in junior high (middle) school.

Reading for pleasure was greatly encouraged in my family and I've passed on that love to my daughters; if the morning paper was late, they'd read the back of the cereal boxes on the table. I think a love of reading is one of the greatest gifts you can give a child.

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Old 02-26-2013, 03:26 PM   #969
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Haha! I'm retired, I have wonderful daughters who do most of my household chores for me, leaving me a lot of time to read, and I learned speed-reading in junior high (middle) school.

Reading for pleasure was greatly encouraged in my family and I've passed on that love to my daughters; if the morning paper was late, they'd read the back of the cereal boxes on the table. I think a love of reading is one of the greatest gifts you can give a child.

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Old 02-26-2013, 06:23 PM   #970
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Book #15 Royal Affairs by Leslie Carroll

I am a huge fan of history books. I have biographies of Marie Antoinette, Cleopatra and more on my bookshelves so the Carroll book seemed perfect. Royal Affairs shows how the term sex and power have gone hand in hand for years and how royalty have often stepped out and the impact it made, for instance the love affair between Wallis Simpson and King Edward was huge and he had abdicated his title to marry her. It is that decision that led his younger brother, King George VI to have the title and now his daughter, Queen Elizabeth is the ruling monarch. Another example is King Henry VIII...and I don't think that needs explanation.

The book goes more into a king or queen having an affair but explains the life of the lover. For instance, while most of Charles II of England had mistresses who were high born, Nell Gywnn was not and her candor made her a folk legend. It is easy to lambast the monarchs for cheating on their spouse but one has to remember that most of the royal marriages long past were arranged and the couple may not have even liked one another. The more sad stories are the ones where the spouse actually loved the cheater (and in some cases vice versa) but put up with the philandering (there ARE some exceptions).
Royal Affairs is an interesting read that is both fun and informative. The author has a way of narrating each scandal that makes Royal Affairs read like a tawdry novel than a historical non-fiction.

I totally suggest it. I got three more of her books at a sale but I am going to start on Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan for right now.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:30 PM   #971
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I *think* I just completed #7 (I'm losing track). It was Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella. I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars.

This was my first-ever Kinsella book and I was very disappointed.

The story is about a woman who experience amnesia after an accident and forgets the last three years of her life. She has better hair, better teeth, a better body, and she's rich and she doesn't know how it happened.

I think the story line/plot itself had some promise but the author did a terrible job of explaining the rift between the main character and her old friends. She left a LOT out about what happened in those three years. And in the end, the main character didn't really get her memory back but appeared to be on her way.

I don't know--it seemed like a half finished novel to me.

Occasionally, I need some "fluff" and I was hoping this would be it. I have to say, I prefer Nora Roberts for fluff. I have also read Jill Mansell books, which are often compared to Sophia Kinsella, and Jill does a GREAT job with fluff!!!

Maybe I just read the wrong book?
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:54 PM   #972
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I finished book #10 last weekend. It's been sitting on my Kindle for a year and I think someone here mentioned that they read it? I'm not sure what made me read it finally.

The Secret Keeper - there was some religion in it but not overwhelming. The main character curses & is far from perfect so I liked that aspect. Definitely a fluff book, some parts were predictable but it was cute and held my attention. I LOL and cried during it in parts and will probably rent the next book through Prime in March.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:47 PM   #973
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I *think* I just completed #7 (I'm losing track). It was Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella. I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars.

This was my first-ever Kinsella book and I was very disappointed.

The story is about a woman who experience amnesia after an accident and forgets the last three years of her life. She has better hair, better teeth, a better body, and she's rich and she doesn't know how it happened.

I think the story line/plot itself had some promise but the author did a terrible job of explaining the rift between the main character and her old friends. She left a LOT out about what happened in those three years. And in the end, the main character didn't really get her memory back but appeared to be on her way.

I don't know--it seemed like a half finished novel to me.

Occasionally, I need some "fluff" and I was hoping this would be it. I have to say, I prefer Nora Roberts for fluff. I have also read Jill Mansell books, which are often compared to Sophia Kinsella, and Jill does a GREAT job with fluff!!!

Maybe I just read the wrong book?
I think you read the wrong Sophie Kinsella book. I've read lots of her books, and "Remember Me" was my least favorite. I'll have to check out Jill Mansell.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:26 PM   #974
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Finished books 3 and 4; "Sense of an Ending" and "The Giraffe, the Pelly, and Me."

"Sense of an Ending" was not as good as it's reviews. I was terribly disappointed.

I read "The Giraffe, the Pelly, and Me" to my class of multiply-disabled high schoolers. I have found that they Roald Dahl's silliness, and that silliness helps them to remember characters and setting. It also helps them to remember the sequence of events.

I think I'll read John Grisham's "Calico Joe" next. My class will be reading "Bunnicula - A Rabbit Tale of Mystery" by Deborah and James Howe.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:36 AM   #975
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Book #20 - "Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem" by Melissa Lemon

This Young Adult book retells the story of Snow White. Perhaps the most interesting part about the book is that it is the sorcerer trapped inside the queen's mirror that tells us the story. He is able to watch the young princess grow up and reports what he sees.

All in all, I didn't love this book. I didn't hate it, either. It was just "meh". I found that the writing was really inconsistent, and sometimes downright patronizing. I don't appreciate that! I would recommend this for Middle School aged girls, but not sure anyone older than that would enjoy it.

Next up: "Sapphire Blue" by Kerstin Gier. This is the second in a trilogy, and I'm enjoying it so far!
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