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Old 03-19-2013, 04:42 AM   #1126
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Book #23 Hollywood Left and Right by Steven J. Ross

Review: I love to read about Hollywood and its stars. I don't mean the tabloid junk (I do admit that I will take a look at the supermarket) but the stories of how studio moguls made and shaped the classic movie stars we know today. I love reading about how movies were made and the impact of these films and the entertainment industry. There is something about reading about classic stars and the stories and scandals attached to them. The book Hollywood Left and Right is different as the author explained how there are times when the entertainment industry and politics come hand in hand and how we can be influenced by this.

It appears that only recently actors have spoke out in terms of politics but honestly...this is not new. From Charles Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer to Ronald Regan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hollywood has had some influence on the public in terms of speaking of political issues. The book is well-researched and focuses on the issues that the celebrities took.
Would I suggest it...sure.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:49 AM   #1127
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:18 AM   #1128
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#21 down and done.

The World According to Clarkson by Jeremy Clarkson, the lead host for Britain's hit show Top Gear and a columnist for The Times, has hit another home run as far as I'm concerned! This is the first book in a series of The World According to Clarkson. I inadvertently read and reviewed the fourth one first!

With a strong dose of common sense that is rarely, if ever, found outside the M25, Clarkson hilariously attacks the pompous, the ridiculous, the absurd, and the downright idiotic ideas, people, and institutions that we all have to put up with at home and abroad, while also celebrating then eccentric, the clever, and the sheer bloody brilliant. (From the cover of the book)

Clarkson is hilariously funny, and as these books are a compilation of his newspaper columns, they're easy to pick up at any time. Highly recommended.

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Old 03-19-2013, 01:37 PM   #1129
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I finished book #6 Where She Went during my lunch hour today. I love Gayle Forman's writing and Adam & Mia. I hope there is another one in that series.

Up next book #7 Silver Linings Playbook. Haven't seen the movie yet!

I've also been reading The Sweet Life novellas on Kindle. I was a huge Sweet Valley fan back in the day and these are worth reading for nostalgic purposes and not much else!
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:09 PM   #1130
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The Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Roberts:
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1. The Next Always
The historic hotel in BoonsBoro, Maryland, has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored hauntings. Now it's getting a major facelift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect of the family, Beckett's social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there's another project he's got his eye on: the girl he's been waiting to kiss since he was fifteen...

2. The Last Boyfriend
Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family's construction business with an iron fist - and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers bust on his compulsive list-making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn't plan for was Avery McTavish

Avery's popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a first-hand look at its amazing renovation - and a newfound appreciation for Owen. Since he was her first boyfriend when they were kids, Owen has never been far from Avery's thoughts. But the attraction she's feeling for him now is far from innocent.

As Avery and Owen cautiously take their relationship to another level, the opening of the inn gives the whole town of Boonsboro a reason to celebrate. But Owen's hard work has only begun. Getting Avery to let down her guard is going to take longer than he expected - and so will getting her to realize that her first boyfriend is going to be her last..


3. A Perfect Hope
The Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother are breathing new life into the town of Boonsboro, Maryland, by restoring its historic hotel. And they’re finding their own lives revamped by love. This is Ryder’s story... Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out — with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except apparently Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro. And though the Inn is running smoothly, thanks to Hope’s experience and unerring instincts, her big-city past is about to make an unwelcome — and embarrassing — appearance. Seeing Hope vulnerable stirs up Ryder’s emotions and makes him realize that while Hope may not be perfect, she just might be perfect for him.


I have to admit that I love to read Nora Roberts Trilogies. I get sucked into the families/friends and love that I get to keep following their stories in the next book. These are light, quick reads for me, and there is a little mystery tucked into all the books about a ghost that ties it all together as well. Another thing that attracts me to this particular trilogy is that Nora Roberts is writing about her own town, and her own Inn. She actually has renovated the Inn that is at the heart of this story, and owns the book store (Turn the Page) down the street. I love that she is sharing a part of herself by including it in this story. If you like romance, I highly recommend these books.
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:59 AM   #1131
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#6 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

I'm pretty sure no one needs a summary.

I have read all of the H.P. Series before. DH and I are planning a UO/IOA trip when he comes back from his deployment so I got in the mood to refresh my memory a bit. I love these books so much!

I just started my #7, which is another Sookie Stackhouse book. I'll probably alternate between these two series for a while. I want to brush up on both.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:23 AM   #1132
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I love them too! I've been reading them for years, but of course I can't remember titles. Can you pass on the titles in your Kindle? I have one as well, and if I have titles and/or authors, I can grab them too. I'll let you know, too, if I find any that you don't have. Do you have Death at Pemberly by P. D. James? And I think you're right - Jane probably wouldn't approve of some of the more raunchy stuff, but I do!

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Here's what I currently have-I am not read any of these authors before

Charlotte Collins A Continuation of Pride and Prejudice by Jennifer Becton
Charlotte Pride and Prejudice Continues by Karen Arminada
Darcy and Fitzwilliam Karen V Wasylowski
Darcy Christmas Sharon Lathan
My Darcy’s Christmas by Elizabeth Aston
Persuasion-A Latter Day Tale by Rebecca H Jamison
Searching for Captain Wentworth by Jane Odiwe
Sons and Daughters by Karen V Wasylowski
A World Without Darcy by C Rafe Carlson

This is a great Jane Austen blog that regularly reviews Austen spin offs.

http://austenprose.com/

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Old 03-20-2013, 06:42 AM   #1133
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Here's what I currently have-I am not read any of these authors before

Charlotte Collins A Continuation of Pride and Prejudice by Jennifer Becton
Charlotte Pride and Prejudice Continues by Karen Arminada
Darcy and Fitzwilliam Karen V Wasylowski
Darcy Christmas Sharon Lathan
My Darcy’s Christmas by Elizabeth Aston
Persuasion-A Latter Day Tale by Rebecca H Jamison
Searching for Captain Wentworth by Jane Odiwe
Sons and Daughters by Karen V Wasylowski
A World Without Darcy by C Rafe Carlson

This is a great Jane Austen blog that regularly reviews Austen spin offs.

http://austenprose.com/

Enjoy!
Thank you so much! I can't wait to get started on them!

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Old 03-20-2013, 11:16 AM   #1134
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Finished #6 - The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. Didn't love it. I'd probably give it 2.5/5 stars.

My #7 book, Paris by Edward Rutherfurd, arrived yesterday.

Read on, fellow Challengers!

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Old 03-20-2013, 12:05 PM   #1135
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#6 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

I'm pretty sure no one needs a summary.

I have read all of the H.P. Series before. DH and I are planning a UO/IOA trip when he comes back from his deployment so I got in the mood to refresh my memory a bit. I love these books so much!

I just started my #7, which is another Sookie Stackhouse book. I'll probably alternate between these two series for a while. I want to brush up on both.
I might start that book series at some point I have two more I am thinking about
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:12 PM   #1136
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I might start that book series at some point I have too more I am thinking about
I LOOOOVE The Harry Potter books. Not big in the movies though. I watch them because I enjoy the stories, but I feel so much more immersed in the H.P. world when I read them.
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:27 PM   #1137
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SoldiersSweetie, I think I'm going to tackle HP#6 now. I've had it on my Kindle forever but keep putting it off. Time to finish up the series. Oh, this is my first read of them, not a re-read.
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I LOOOOVE The Harry Potter books. Not big in the movies though. I watch them because I enjoy the stories, but I feel so much more immersed in the H.P. world when I read them.
I agree besides there is more detail in the books
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:55 PM   #1139
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SoldiersSweetie, I think I'm going to tackle HP#6 now. I've had it on my Kindle forever but keep putting it off. Time to finish up the series. Oh, this is my first read of them, not a re-read.
Three through six are my favorites.

I'm thinking of starting The Chamber of Secrets today.

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The Sookie Stackhouse books aren't holding my attention like they used to. I might just Wikki them to brush up for the last two.
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I took a break in the middle of "Mere Christianity" to read...

Book #4 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - I had to force myself through the first 2/3 of it. The story was slow to develop and I wasn't fond of the writing style. It laid a solid foundation for the last part of the book though. I didn't love it but I'm glad I read it.

Next up - Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis - I'm going to finish what I started.

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