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Old 03-06-2013, 02:04 PM   #1051
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Book #35 A Heart for Milton by Trudy Brasure

A continuation of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South and fairly well done.
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:12 PM   #1052
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Oooh, I'm the one who recommended this book, many posts ago! I do hope you enjoyed it and that you'll read Vols. 2-4! But if it wasn't your cup of tea, no worries; it's not for everyone.

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I did like it. It was fascinating to see inside her thoughts. She was a grumpy one though and I did feel sorry for her husband at times
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:22 PM   #1053
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Well, I put aside The Lemon Tree as I had some ebooks on hold at the library come in. I've now completed #20 - Rituals of the Season by Margaret Maron (Book 11 in the Deborah Knott series). I really enjoy these books - good stories but easy reads.
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:32 PM   #1054
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#17 Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner

Absolutely the best book so far this year!! I love Lisa Gardner's books, she just can't write them as fast as I can read them, lol.

This is a story of a family of 3 kidnapped from their supposedly inpenetrable townhouse in Boston. Father had been having an affair but was trying to make amends to his wife who was trying to handle the news of the affair by taking prescription pain meds. Meanwhile 15 year old daughter has secrets of her own. Great book!!
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:11 AM   #1055
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Book 19 Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan
by Zarghuna Kargar

Review: The book was fascinating and told the stories of the secret lives of Afghan women. The lives of these women are varied and there is so much heartbreak among the lives of the different women. One example is about a young mother who thought she was happy with her husband and daughter until an explosion took her leg. Thrown out of her home and barred from her child, the woman suffers but she survives. In a book about heartbreak, human suffering and anger the biggest message in Dear Zari is that despite everythig these women fought to survive.

This book was radically different for me because it is about a society that I know little about and so it was an eye-opener for me. Zari is a brave woman who shares her experiences and tells the story in a compassionate tone. I do suggest it for a different experience.
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:37 AM   #1056
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#18 down and done.


The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny (yes, I'm back on that wagon!) Chaos is coming, old son. With those words, the peace of Three Pines is shattered. Everybody goes to Olivier's Bistro--including a stranger whose murdered body is found on the floor. When Chief Inspector Gamache is called to investigate, he is dismayed to discover that Olivier's story is full of holes.

Gamache follows a trail of clues and treasures--from first editions of Charlotte's Web and Jane Eyre to a spiderweb with a word mysteriously woven into it--into the woods and across the continent, before returning to Three Pines to confront the truth and the final, brutal telling.

Penny hits another home run with this novel and to put icing on the cake, Chapter One of her next book follows the ending of this one! No fair! I've gotta get to a bookstore!

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Old 03-07-2013, 09:28 AM   #1057
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Island dreamer by amazon

With Island Dreamer, Christy is spending her sixteenth birthday in Hawaii with her entire family and her friend Paula. The beautiful weather, the gorgeous flowers-she can hardly believe her good fortune-especially when she discovers that her aunt and uncle have flown Todd out, too. What should be one of the happiest times of her life turns into disaster when Christy isn't the only one who is warmed by Todd's good looks. Paula is determined to win him over and Christy struggles not to let jealousy and fear overcome her love for her friend.

On to book 8 A heart full of hope
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:37 AM   #1058
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#17 Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner

Absolutely the best book so far this year!! I love Lisa Gardner's books, she just can't write them as fast as I can read them, lol.

This is a story of a family of 3 kidnapped from their supposedly inpenetrable townhouse in Boston. Father had been having an affair but was trying to make amends to his wife who was trying to handle the news of the affair by taking prescription pain meds. Meanwhile 15 year old daughter has secrets of her own. Great book!!
Have added this one to my list. Thanks for the review!
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:09 PM   #1059
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He'll Hounds are for Suckers by Jessica McBrayer

I gave this one 2 stars. It was a quick, quirky read that I got free on Amazon. Hannah is a Vampire living in San Francisco who is lonely. She discovers a young dog one night in the cemetery who won't leave her alone. She soon discovers that her dog is really a Hell Hound who belongs to a Deamon named Diel.

I found the story to be predictable and poorly written. If your looking for a bit of fluff, and like vampires then you might enjoy it.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:20 PM   #1060
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Breathe by Sarah Crossen

I gave this book 4 stars. Breathe is a YA Dystopian book. Not sure why, but I love this type of story. In Breathe, all the trees are gone, and society has killed the ocean, leaving Earth with only 6% oxygen. A corporation named Breathe found a way to make oxygen, and has created a pod for the survivors to live in while the planet recovers and produces enough oxygen to sustain life again. The resistance thinks that Breathe doesn't want the planet to recover, and is growing their own grove of trees to survive.
Quinn and Bea set out on a camping trip outside if the pod, when Alina begs for their help. Bea has loved her best friend Quinn for some time, but like most 16 yr old boys, he is oblivious. He is facinated by Alina and agrees to help her escape the pod. Quinn and Bea learn that life is not what they thought on their trip while Alina learns from them about caring for others.

I was hooked from the first chapter and really enjoyed this book.
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:29 PM   #1061
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Book #17 - "Life is So Good" by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman

George Dawson was born in 1898. As the grandson of slaves, he grew up his whole life hearing the stories, and learning how to deal with white people. His amazing life is chronicled in this book. By the time he was 16 there was finally a colored school in his hometown, but by then he was needed to work to help bring money to the family. So, he figured his opportunity to learn to read had passed him by. He tells us his views of the world as it progressed, decade by decade, throughout the twentieth century. The year he turned 98, he was invited to join some adult education classes, and so began his biggest thrill yet... learning to read. By the time the book ends, George is 101 and is reading on a 4th grade level. He's still attending school, and tells us that even though life isn't perfect, it is still so good!

I loved this book! I don't enjoy non-fiction much, but this was one compelling story! It was amazing to see major world events through his eyes. For example, World War I didn't really mean anything to the colored people. It was a white man's war. His people were simply trying to make a living. This was fascinating! I read it for book club, and now I can't wait to meet so we can discuss it!
This sounds great. Thanks! I wish the Kindle version wasn't so expensive.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:23 PM   #1062
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Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:53 AM   #1063
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Book 3: The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

This non-fiction bestseller looks at food and how it is produced. He follows three food chains- industrial, pastoral, and personal- from beginning to end, resulting in four different meals: one from McDonalds, one big organic (Whole Foods and the like), one from a self-sustaining farm in Virginia, and one that he hunted and gathered himself.

I don't think I should give a rating for this book. It's on many Best Book lists and is obviously very well-written. I found parts of it very interesting, especially the section on organic food and learning how a sustainable farm like Polyface differs from large organic farms that create most of the organic food we see on the shelves at places like Whole Foods. But for the most part, the book just wasn't for me. I was bored for a lot of it and all the reviews that said it would change how I look at food were wrong, perhaps because the book is 6 years old and by now the cat's out of the bag about many of the issues it covers so I've already contemplated and made choices regarding, for example, corn-fed beef and high fructose corn syrup. If I rated it just for comparison's sake, I guess I'd at least give it 3 stars for the writing, or maybe 2.5 for too many pages devoted to mushroom foraging. But I know people who'd rate it a 5/5 stars, and sans mushrooms, I can see why it would appeal to non-fiction fans.

I'm reading Snodgrass Vacation now, and it hits the spot after a heavy non-fiction book. Thanks for the recommendation!

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Old 03-08-2013, 10:01 AM   #1064
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Book #22 - "The Splendor of Silence" by Indu Sundaresan

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. This is the story of Olivia, a half Indian, half American girl. The story of her life. At times the story is turbulent and violent for it takes place during World War 2.

It was interesting to see the views of the British and the Indians, as the British regime was "losing" India, the jewel in their crown. I also really enjoyed the lush imagery the author used in describing India and the lifestyle.

Next up: "Oracle Bones."
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:20 PM   #1065
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Breathe by Sarah Crossen

I gave this book 4 stars. Breathe is a YA Dystopian book. Not sure why, but I love this type of story. In Breathe, all the trees are gone, and society has killed the ocean, leaving Earth with only 6% oxygen. A corporation named Breathe found a way to make oxygen, and has created a pod for the survivors to live in while the planet recovers and produces enough oxygen to sustain life again. The resistance thinks that Breathe doesn't want the planet to recover, and is growing their own grove of trees to survive.
Quinn and Bea set out on a camping trip outside if the pod, when Alina begs for their help. Bea has loved her best friend Quinn for some time, but like most 16 yr old boys, he is oblivious. He is facinated by Alina and agrees to help her escape the pod. Quinn and Bea learn that life is not what they thought on their trip while Alina learns from them about caring for others.

I was hooked from the first chapter and really enjoyed this book.
Thanks for the review - I am adding this to my list
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