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Old 03-20-2013, 01:22 PM   #1141
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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.

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Old 03-20-2013, 01:44 PM   #1142
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Book #23 - "Little Blog on the Prairie" by Cathleen Davitt Bell

13 year old Genevieve is whisked away by her family for summer vacation to a camp where it's 1890 all the time. Gen is not excited about it, and only survives by texting her "adventures" to her friends back home on a contraband cell phone. Her friends post her texts on a blog that goes viral. What will happen when the other campers find out their misadventures are being chronicled for the whole world to see?

Review - This was a book my 11 year old checked out from the library, and I wanted to read it before she did. It's cute, engaging, and the characters seemed real to me. It's not great literature, but it's cute enough.

Next up - I need to finish "Oracle Bones." It's really dry reading, though, so it's going slower than I would like.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:24 PM   #1143
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Books 15, 16 & 17 of 100

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.
I read the first two but for the life can't remember reading the last one...I'll have to check my goodreads list....I will be adding "A Perfect Hope" to my to-read list as I'm fairly certain I didn't read the 3rd book. Thanks for the reminder!
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:55 PM   #1144
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I'm going to be realistic and post a goal of 12 books for the year. I've been disappointed with my first few choices of the year and put them down shortly after beginning!

My current read is gripping though and I simply have to spread the word about it. Many have heard of it, I'm sure, but I'm simply shocked by what I'm reading and I figure many others may be as well. It is...

Wheat Belly by William Davis

As a result of reading it, I'm currently also in the process of eliminating wheat from my diet as an experiment. I don't think I have a huge issue with it myself, but I'm quite sure a family member does.... so I'm thinking about how to approach the subject or suggest the book? I haven't figured that out yet.... Happy reading!
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:42 PM   #1145
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I didn't realize he had a new book out! I am definitely going to have to put this one on my to-read list!
It actually hits the shelves April 23. I have a friend who's a book buyer and she sent me a copy early. To say I was excited to receive it would be an understatement.

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Old 03-20-2013, 05:11 PM   #1146
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I just saw that Marie Force's book, "Treading Water" is part of the Kindle Deal of the Day today. I'm thinking of getting it, because it seems that when I complained that a couple romance books I read were too 'young bodies hoping into bed with whoever', some one told me that she's not so much like that. Any reviews?
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:49 AM   #1147
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33. The Cat Who Moved a Mountain by Lillian Jackson Braun

There are something like 27 "Cat Who" books who feature the main character Jim Qwilleran and his 2 Siamese cats. Most of the time Qwill solves some kind of mystery with the aid of his cats in his hometown of Pickax. In this book his adventures occur during a vacation to a mountain top retreat he has rented for the summer.

These books are quick and fun but read more like a blog than a mystery sometimes. There is a lot of rambling and you are thinking when is he going to get to the murder etc. They are cute though.
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:01 AM   #1148
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Book #24 Rococo by Adriana Trigiani

Review: Bartolomeo is a man of impeccable taste. He is the biggest interior decorator in his hometown, lives a lush yet interesting life and loves his overdramatic family. When he gets the job to redecorate the town's church, his dreams are realized but with the new job comes a whole lot of surprises and Bartolomeo must deal with a different family dynamic, new friends and the search for inspiration.

At first this book didn't appeal to me. The characters are appealing, the plot was great and well written but there was too much detail. I don't mean in how things are described but rather each piece of cloth, each trim and texture which at first was fine but got a little too much. However, as I became more enthralled in the family drama with the overblown characters (let's put it this way..his sister Toot is..eccentric in her own way.) and the over the top drama, I didn't get annoyed with Bartolomeo's terms but instead added to it.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:49 AM   #1149
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Book #13 - Insurgent by Veronica Roth (http://www.amazon.com/Insurgent-Coll...ords=insurgent)
The second book in the Divergent series. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the third and final book in the series when it is released this fall.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:12 AM   #1150
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Just finished the "The Witches Daughter" by Paula Brackston and "My Name is Mary Sutter" by Robin Oliveria. Really enjoyed both of them.

I keep trying to finish Le Miz and Sophie's Choice but I just can't get through them...not holding my attention.

Half way through "Illumuniations" by Mary Sharratt. Really like this one!!

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Old 03-21-2013, 11:14 AM   #1151
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I'm going to be realistic and post a goal of 12 books for the year. I've been disappointed with my first few choices of the year and put them down shortly after beginning!

My current read is gripping though and I simply have to spread the word about it. Many have heard of it, I'm sure, but I'm simply shocked by what I'm reading and I figure many others may be as well. It is...

Wheat Belly by William Davis

As a result of reading it, I'm currently also in the process of eliminating wheat from my diet as an experiment. I don't think I have a huge issue with it myself, but I'm quite sure a family member does.... so I'm thinking about how to approach the subject or suggest the book? I haven't figured that out yet.... Happy reading!
Welcome!

I may need to look this book up. I've been low carbing for the past several months and so have "accidentally" eliminated gluten from my diet (by accident, I mean I wasn't intentionally doing it, it's just a result of low carb). But WOW! I was suffering from moderate joint pain and it's ALL GONE!

Welcome to DisneyDetective also!

I've added you both to the first post of this thread with your book goals.

Happy Reading!
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:19 AM   #1152
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I've finished #11 out of 30.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I know it's considered classic literature, but I had a hard time with this book. Thank goodness it was SHORT!

I normally love this time period, but I didn't get any of that from this book. I didn't get to know any of the characters in depth other than the narrator of the story.

I finished the book wondering who the heck WAS Jay Gatsby??? I never really got to know him. Were the rumors/mysteries surrounding him the real Gatsby or was it the man the narrator believed him to be.

I'm so confused, lol.

At least it's DONE.

Next up: Rush Home Road (if it ever arrives at my library - it was shipped SEVEN days ago!! Sigh. What the heck?!)

I HATE being bookless!!
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:06 PM   #1153
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I feel your pain. I have been bookless for three days now. I am on hold for a book but have three people in front of me. So, in order to fill time, I tried one of those Sophie Kinsella books again--Can You Keep A Secret. Well, I tried reading it for two nights. I'm sorry, it's just so vapid and blech. I'm probably offending a hundred people on this thread. It's just AWFUL. I do like some fluff reading every now and again so it's not that I'm not into that. I just cannot find the love for this author. So I gave up on this book.

I've seen some good recommendations on here lately; however, my library is not carrying them electronically and I can't get my lazy butt out to the library. It's not on my way home. Whine, whine, whine....
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:21 PM   #1154
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I understand completely! I'm living in a house with probably more than 1,000 books, but I consider myself bookless because I've already read them!

DD#1 was kind enough to take me to the libraries in both Osceola and Lake counties this week, so I have five books of my own, and I want to read two that she picked up for herself and DD#2. So I'm good for a week or so.

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Old 03-21-2013, 04:17 PM   #1155
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Have read 19 out of 80 books so far. Right now I am reading Firebirds by Sharyn November. It's a book of different authors of fantasy books. Also I am reading The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory. And Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich.
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