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Old 04-29-2013, 03:38 PM   #1396
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I LOVE SVH!! That is totally respectable stuff compared to the book I read.
You should read 'If You Lived Here You'd Be Perfect By Now.' It's written by the same girl who runs the Dairi Burger blog. She recaps all 100+ books plus the super editions in spectacular snarky fashion. Quite a few LOL and WTH moments!
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:08 PM   #1397
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#8 was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

I need a break from H.P but I'm kind of in a slump. Hopefully I'll find something to stick with soon.
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:44 PM   #1398
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I'm reading a book about the Sweet Valley High series. If I'm not embarrassed, you shouldn't be either!
Thanks for the idea I am definitely looking I am on the last two books in my current series
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:31 PM   #1399
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Book 29 of 100

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

Summary by Goodreads:
For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore—and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home…

A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of—but never arrested for—the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife.

He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though. Whiskey Beach’s resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talents—including helping Eli take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries—one that has ensnared a man intent on reaping the rewards of destroying Eli Landon once and for all…


I enjoyed this book, as I always do with Nora Roberts. I just think she excels at writing about relationships across the board. This book doesn't have as many relationships built as I am use to with her books, but is still good.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:34 PM   #1400
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Book 29 of 100

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

Summary by Goodreads:
For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore—and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home…

A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of—but never arrested for—the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife.

He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though. Whiskey Beach’s resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talents—including helping Eli take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries—one that has ensnared a man intent on reaping the rewards of destroying Eli Landon once and for all…

I enjoyed this book, as I always do with Nora Roberts. I just think she excels at writing about relationships across the board. This book doesn't have as many relationships built as I am use to with her books, but is still good.
I was wondering about this one!

I love the romantic suspense books she writes like Blue Smoke, Home Port, The Rescue etc...

Does it compare to those as far as the suspense goes?
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#6- Undead and Unemployed MaryJanice Davidson, #7- Infected Scott Sigler, #8- Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex Mary Roach, #9- Flesh Worn Stone John Burks, #10- Uganda Be Kidding Me Chelsea Handler,
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:09 PM   #1401
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#57 Vanities and Vexations by Sarah Waldock-P & P fanfic but this one was really good. Fleshed out the more minor characters from P & P really well.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:00 AM   #1402
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Book #19

Twisted by Sara Shepherd
This is the 9th book in the Pretty Little Liars series. The books sort of go in arcs, and this would be the beginning of the 3rd arc. I'm on the fence so far. I did like the ending, and I will start the next one today.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:11 AM   #1403
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Book #22
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman: http://www.amazon.com/Light-Between-...between+oceans

I loved this book. It is the story of a young couple who live on an island off the coast of Australia in the 1920s, where he is the keeper of the lighthouse. They have been trying unsuccessfully to have a child for several years, when a boat washes ashore with a baby and a dead man inside. The choices they make that day set off a series of events that determine their fate as well as the fate of many other people.

I thought this novel was beautifully written and I read the entire book in one day.
I'm thankful someone had a positive review on this book. Those on the DIS that have read it for book clubs have not enjoyed it.

I think I may make this my next to read book. I'm interested to find out which side of the fence I'll be on after reading it, lol.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:29 PM   #1404
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17/30 - The Litigators by John Grisham

Ehh ... this was just okay. Definitely not as good as some of his other books I've read. I had to really suspend reality through most of it - the timelines didn't work, and some situations were truly unbelievable.

I hope his other book I'm waitlisted for (The Racketeer) is better.

3/5 stars

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Old 04-30-2013, 07:29 PM   #1405
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Book #30 - "Animal Farm" by George Orwell

I never read this book in high school. Don't really know why. Maybe we were reading "1984" instead. I really loved this book!!! The animals revolt and overthrow their farmer/master and take over the farm. For a while, things seem to be much better, but one species of animal takes it upon themselves to be the new leader, and by the end of the book, the animals are wondering if they really made a good choice.

Quite a commentary on our society! Especially considering the time in which this book was written! I can see why Stalin wouldn't have approved of this book!

Next up: "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding (I'm trying to read all the books my daughter will be reading in English next year. I'm amazed how many of them I didn't have to read when I was in high school!)
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:04 PM   #1406
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I'm thankful someone had a positive review on this book. Those on the DIS that have read it for book clubs have not enjoyed it.

I think I may make this my next to read book. I'm interested to find out which side of the fence I'll be on after reading it, lol.
I really enjoyed this book so I will be interested in what you think.
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:06 PM   #1407
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Book #36 Lighter side of Large by Becky Siame

Review: I was inspired by the two DIS threads regarding obesity. I picked up this kindle book and found myself interested in this book. Bella is an obese, single mother who has been beaten up emotionally with the news that her sister is getting married to a man...Bella's ex-husband who left her for the sister two weeks after Bella gave birth after their child five years ago. Since then, Bella has been insecure and just depressed about how life turned out.

So, with the news of this "joyful union" Bella decides enough is enough and decides to not only get a date for the wedding, be a success and lose weight. This is a long and hard road that involves online dating, a nasty NASTY ex-husband and a near death experience involving surgery.

I loved this book. I really identified with Bella's insecurity as I had (and still have some issues) with weight and body images. I could understand her and I cheered her on as she lost weight. However, it was the discovery that she had to love her body no matter that really got me. The author brings up weight discrimination in a way that is personal and doesn't ask for special consideration but to be treated with respect as everyone else. Becky is not a perfect character and is flawed with some negative traits but that makes her more believable. She doesn't make a lot of excuses about her weight gain, but she does has a victim mentality that she works hard to overcome.

The story was well-written, developed greatly and introduces a cast of characters that felt real. This book did a rare feat...it got me mad. Bella's thieving nasty sister Tiresa has a mouth on her and honestly I ran down this character in my head so many times. In the end, the sisters are not the best of friends but there is some insight into the relationship.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:47 AM   #1408
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I was wondering about this one!

I love the romantic suspense books she writes like Blue Smoke, Home Port, The Rescue etc...

Does it compare to those as far as the suspense goes?
It is not her best, but still good. There is some suspense, but not much. There is a nice little twist that I didn't guess until right before it was revealed, which I liked.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:25 AM   #1409
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Book 9/40: The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale by Oliver Potzch

This book was ridiculous. It took two weeks for me to read it because I just didn't want to read it, but I kept trying. The only thing I liked about it was the character of the hangman and learning about the hangman dynasty life back then in Germany. Otherwise, the level of disbelief I had to suspend to get through the last quarter of the book was too much, even for a mystery about the Templars. Unfortunately, I already own the third ebook.

I started Assassin's Apprentice, first book in the Farseer Trilogy, for my next book. So far, so good.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:39 PM   #1410
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Finished book #28: Shell Game by Ridley Pearson

This is the 5th book in the kingdom keepers series. This one takes place mostly on the Disney Dream. I am having trouble finding book 6, so I am reading The Host by Stephanie Meyer right now.
I don't think I have ever read Lord of the Flies, so I will have to add that one.
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