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Old 03-08-2013, 06:50 PM   #1066
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Book #11 - Divergent by Veronica Roth http://www.amazon.com/Divergent-Book...+veronica+roth
I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be a quick read, and I look forward to reading the second book in this series. I'm not sure I like it as much as Hunger Games (a similar series) but I definitely liked it.

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Old 03-08-2013, 07:02 PM   #1067
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Book #20 Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

Review: A lonely little girl named Jane has a best friend, Michael who is always there when she needs him and doesn't neglect her like so many others. The only problem is he is imaginary. After a horrible birthday, Michael comforts the little girl but also tells her that he has to go away as she is too old for an imaginary friend. He leaves and expects her to forget about him.

Years later, Jane is working with her overbearing mother and is producing a movie based on the play she created on her childhood with Michael. She is constantly under her mom's thumb and is in a bad relationship with a total &%$ named Hugh who is using her to be in her movie. Not only that but Jane is really insecure and at an all time low. That is when Michael walks back in her life and a romance starts.

This book is pretty simple and sweet. Michael does exists as an imaginary friend, immortal and able to get whatever he wants with a snap of the fingers but he is able to become visible whenever he wants to. The story doesn't go any more into his imaginary friend life but it is well-explained. The relationship that starts between Jane and Michael is pretty fast and even though it is sweet, it felt a little forced.
I would suggest it for just a quick beach read.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:55 PM   #1068
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#26 Wild Fire--Nelson DeMille

Political intrigue...A very rich oil magnate convinces several of his highly place political friends that he has the answer to world peace and they organize an event to bring this about. That's a very cryptic description but to be more specific would give it away. I really liked it. The fiction is out there but at the same time very plausible which makes it a bit scary.

#27 The Christmas List--Richard Paul Evans

Sappy story about a man who has become rich by being ruthless in business. The story tells how his actions have hurt people and how he discovers he is hated and what he does about it. Overtones of the Christmas Carol in modern times. Even though it was sappy I liked it. I have been reading a lot of suspense thrillers and this was the total opposite and just what I needed for a change of pace.. It was a very quick read.
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:20 PM   #1069
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Intrerview with a jewish vampire
Actully pretty funny, especally after her mom is turned!!
a 4 star

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Old 03-08-2013, 11:18 PM   #1070
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:32 AM   #1071
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Finished book #14: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

I read this b/c I read her book, The Forgotten Garden, & really enjoyed it. This book seemed to drag on some, but the ending was a great twist that I didn't see coming. I would recommend it.

Next books: A Reliable Wife (for book club) & Divergent (this was recommended to me by a fellow book club member & I see it's mentioned here as well)
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:06 AM   #1072
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A Mother's Trial by Nancy Wright (non-fiction)

It's about a mother who is put on trial for the death of one child and the near-death of another. Also deals with Munchausen-by-Proxy.

Lots of medical jargon, and the book kind of drug on and on. I wouldn't re-read it.

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Old 03-09-2013, 09:18 AM   #1073
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A Mother's Trial by Nancy Wright (non-fiction)

It's about a mother who is put on trial for the death of one child and the near-death of another. Also deals with Munchausen-by-Proxy.

Lots of medical jargon, and the book kind of drug on and on. I wouldn't re-read it.

3/5 stars
I'm about halfway through this book. The story is compelling but, I do agree that there's a ton of stuff in there that was/is just rambling. This was a "free" Kindle download for me and I rarely do free books for that very reason. They aren't all that well written and I just don't want to deal with that.

I will say, though, that is one of the better free books I've read. I had to give up on a few of them because the dialogue and sentence structure were just atrocious.
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:38 AM   #1074
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I'm about halfway through this book. The story is compelling but, I do agree that there's a ton of stuff in there that was/is just rambling. This was a "free" Kindle download for me and I rarely do free books for that very reason. They aren't all that well written and I just don't want to deal with that.

I will say, though, that is one of the better free books I've read. I had to give up on a few of them because the dialogue and sentence structure were just atrocious.
I did the free Kindle download, also. Apparently it's a book that was written years ago and recently re-released.

I'm curious to hear your thoughts when you finish about the mother's guilt or innocence.
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:37 PM   #1075
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Book #3 - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - I love this kind of highly imaginative and sort of morbid storytelling. Movies by Tim Burton never let me down and neither do books by Neil Gaiman.

Next up - Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis - This book had a profound influence on me 20 years ago. I just found it in the Nook store for $1.99. I'm interested to find out if it still rings true.
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Old 03-09-2013, 02:37 PM   #1076
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I did the free Kindle download, also. Apparently it's a book that was written years ago and recently re-released.

I'm curious to hear your thoughts when you finish about the mother's guilt or innocence.
Okay, so I finished the book (#8 for me: A Mother's Trial) and I'd have to say I'm about 90% sure the mother was guilty. That said, I believe that the author of the book believed she was guilty so the story was slanted in that direction; however, even without catching her in the act, to me the evidence was pretty compelling that she did it. To further convince me was her apparently health with the older foster lady. I then felt that when the baby went to her new adoptive parents, the new pediatrician really screwed up and caused some of the health issues.

I don't know if I am 100% *sure* of it but I don't really think there was anything in her favor.
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:01 PM   #1077
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Just started book #17-"Death by Pantyhose" by Laura Levine. This is my second book by her, and I can tell already that I love it, just like her last. Her books make me laugh almost, but not quite, as hard as the books by Sophie Kinsella.
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:56 PM   #1078
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Okay, so I finished the book (#8 for me: A Mother's Trial) and I'd have to say I'm about 90% sure the mother was guilty. That said, I believe that the author of the book believed she was guilty so the story was slanted in that direction; however, even without catching her in the act, to me the evidence was pretty compelling that she did it. To further convince me was her apparently health with the older foster lady. I then felt that when the baby went to her new adoptive parents, the new pediatrician really screwed up and caused some of the health issues.

I don't know if I am 100% *sure* of it but I don't really think there was anything in her favor.
We came to the same conclusion. I thought the author of the book must have been one of the doctors, maybe Sara (I can't remember the last name). The medical speak was so fluent.

I would have loved a follow-up of some kind - like a where-are-they-now, etc.
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:28 PM   #1079
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Finished book #8... Looking for Alaska by John Green.

This was his first book, and I thought it was pretty good. Not as good as The Fault in Our Stars, but I loved that book! Still, this kept me interested, and I wanted to keep reading - finished it quickly.
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