2013 BOOK CHALLENGE! Are you in?

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  1. phorsenuf

    phorsenuf <marquee><font color=blue>Not so New Rule author o

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    Just finished Joe Hill's NOS4R2. I really liked it quite a bit. Very reminiscent of Stephen Kings earlier work. There is even a nod to one. ;) The only thing I was disappointed in was the ending. I mean it ended well, but I felt a bit of it was glossed over that I would have liked to see how it was dealt with. If you've read it you probably know what I mean. But all in all, it was a great read. I highly recommend it!

    From Amazon;
    NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.

    Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

    Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”

    Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.
     
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  3. portia9

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    Book #71 London by Edward Rutherford-a history of London with fictional characters. He writes a good detailed saga.
     
  4. KrazyPete

    KrazyPete skeleton

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    Book #10 - World War Z by Max Brooks - I liked it. It tells the story of humanity's struggle against the undead from the first outbreaks through a Worldwide war. It reads like non-fiction. The story is told through a bunch of eye witness interviews. There is almost no character development but the quickly shifting perspective gives you the "history" from diverse and interesting points of view.

    Next up - How to Be Black by Baratunde R. Thurston - After reading two apocalyptic books in a row, I'm ready for something a little lighter (pun intended). ;)
     
  5. Christine

    Christine Would love to be able to sit on

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    I just finished Joyland by Stephen King.

    I really enjoyed this book. It is "Hard Crime Series" book produced by a smaller publisher. It is a bit different from his usual stuff. It is really about a murder. Has a small amout of supernatural thrown in, but not much.

    It was a quick, enjoyable read.
     
  6. RunningGirl

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    #30 down. Just finished my annual reading of Pat Conroy's Beach Music. It is my absolute all-time favorite book ever! I usually read fairly quickly, but this book I slow down and take my time and just enjoy. It's not a particularly easy read, but well worth the effort.

    I don't know what's up next. Hard to find something to follow up to that one!
     
  7. zippitydoo

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    Book 20 of 30

    The Innocent by David Baldacci
     
  8. WowLookAtThat

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    Book #48 The Girl Who Chased the Moon

    Review:This book was a great summer read and reminded me of warm evenings, the soft breeze and the smell of sugar and barbecue sauce. The premise is very interesting, an orphan teenager Emily arrives to Mullaby after the death of her activist mother. Emily was raised to be free-thinking and progressive like her mom and she is that but she is also a normal teenager who just moved to a new town to meet a grandfather who she didn't even know was alive! This isn't the usual story of a girl learning how to make her way through a new small-town. Strange things happen in Mullaby, a grandfather who is 8-feet tall, wallpaper that changes along with her mood and a strange glow around her house. Emily wants to learn about the Mullaby lights and how is the mysterious Coffey family tied to her mother and what is up with the young Win Coffey?

    There is a plot B that I found a little better than the main story. Julia who as a teenager had gone through a very hard time and thought she found love with a boy who actually loved her. Julia arrives back in town to confront the past after her dad leaves and faces not only her own problems as a teenager and the hard decisions she made but the guy who broke her heart.

    I found the book to be magical and somewhat light but did not hide away from situations like depression and teenage pregnancy. I love this author and totally suggest it!
     
  9. luvmarypoppins

    luvmarypoppins <font color=darkorchid>I am debating whether to pu

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    I finally just finished book #4. I really need to get a move on it.

    Blowing on Dandelions by Miralee Farrell. I really liked this book. Its a christian fiction/romance book set in the 1800s. The main character Katherine has a strained relationship with her mom. Wow, I am glad that lady was not my mom. She was always putting her down verbally etc. I like how the book ended.

    I am about halfway done with book #5 because I read it on the plane going to Disney! So hopefully I can post about that soon.

    Its another Amish fiction book that I won from a blog
     
  10. Simba's Mom

    Simba's Mom <font color=green>everything went to "H*** in a ha

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    I just finished another book, I think it's #41. "Blind Date Disasters/Eat Your Heart Out" by Jill Shalvis. Another "romance" book that's really a "lust" book-I swear, without words like "Pert", "Throbbing", "Throbbing", etc. etc. (use your imagination), most of the book wouldn't exist. Until I can be reasonably sure that any future romance books I'm going to read are G-rated, I'm going to swear off romance for a while.
     
  11. tinkerbellfan6880

    tinkerbellfan6880 pixie

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    I have read 41 of 80 books so far. Halfway towards my goal. Right now I am reading: One For The Money by Janet Evanovich and Size 14 Is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot.
     
  12. nemofans

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    Finished book #37: Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner

    This book was okay. A quick read. I thought it was pretty obvious who did it though, so no surprise endings. My big question for this author is if a multi-millionaire puts in a top of the line high tech security system in their home, wouldn't there be a panic (police/fire) button like basic alarm systems? I know you always can't get to it, but the ways they were running thru the house fighting off the attackers, you would think that would be what the wife or daughter would try to get to.


    This is my family: Vanished without a trace&
    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life that looks good in the pages of a glossy magazine. A beautiful fifteen-year old daughter, Ashlyn. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Bostons elite Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by friends and family. A perfect life.
    When investigator Tessa Leoni arrives at the crime scene in the Denbes home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and Taser confetti in the foyer. The family appears to have been abducted, with only a pile of their most personal possessions remaining behind. No witnesses, no ransom demands, no motive. Just an entire family, vanished without a trace.


    Don't have a next book yet...
     
  13. 3smithboys

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    Book #22 Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper - this is a YA book that I was reading as a read aloud to my class but did not get to finish, so I finished it myself. One of my students recommended it as a read aloud to the class, and it was excellent! If you have ever read Wonder, you will also enjoy this book.

    It is about an 11 year old girl, Melody; she has a photographic memory... she is the smartest kid in her entire school, but nobody knows. Everyone (except her family) thinks she is not capable of learning because she has CP, is in a wheelchair, and can't speak. She is "stuck in her head."

    The book is told from Melody's perspective... :thumbsup2
     
  14. nemofans

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    Finished book #38- The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand

    I didn't care for this book. It's about a group of married couples that are all friends living on Nantucket Island & one of the couples dies at sea. There is alot of back history that got annoying b/c, although some of it was relevant to the mystery, most was just back story on each adult who of course are all rich, gorgeous people. These adults are supposed to be best friends, yet they are very flawed. I had issues w/the chief of police (who is part of this group) investigating their deaths & letting things go by saying "oh I know your intent wasn't to try to kill them" to other members of their group when the secrets finally come out.

    Greg and Tess MacAvoy are one of four prominent Nantucket couples who count each other as best friends. As pillars of their close-knit community, the MacAvoys, Kapenashes, Drakes, and Wheelers are important to their friends and neighbors, and especially to each other. But just before the beginning of another idyllic summer, Greg and Tess are killed when their boat capsizes during an anniversary sail. As the warm weather approaches and the island mourns their loss, nothing can prepare the MacAvoy's closest friends for what will be revealed.
    Once again, Hilderbrand masterfully weaves an intense tale of love and loyalty set against the backdrop of endless summer island life.


    Next book: The Rules of Murder
     
  15. PigletsPal2

    PigletsPal2 Queen of the Realm

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    Goal: 75 books this year.

    #55 down and done.

    Jane and the Opera Dancer by Sarah Waldock. This is the last of the Jane Austen wanna-be books by Waldock recommended by portia9. And it's too bad, because I've enjoyed them very much.

    In this story, Jane is summoned by old school friend Agnes Fanshawe to the country home of her cousin Mr Popham, who has engaged Agnes ("Nessie") to tutor his actress fiancee in the ways of a lady. Unfortunately, Mr. Popham is murdered before the task is completed (and before he can sign the latest version of his will!) and Nessie wants Jane and spouse Caleb Armitage to investigate the crime.

    Each of the house guests (except Nessie, Jane thinks) at Amberfield Abbey has reason to want Mr.Popham dead, and it's up to Jane and Caleb to find out who also has the means and opportunity.

    Cute little story, if you can call a murder mystery cute. I've enjoyed this series very much. Thank you, portia9!

    Queen Colleen
     
  16. tinkerbellandeeyor

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    Getting back on board I finally got the two books I wanted
     
  17. BearcatsFan

    BearcatsFan <font color=green>we finally had a minute to breat

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    32/50 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

    This took me longer to read than most non-fiction books. I thought some parts of the story just drug on and on, though I found the parts about the Lacks family and their history very interesting. I really had to work to keep interest up when reading parts of it. Considering the rave reviews, I was surprised how bored I got with it.

    3/5 stars

    Next Up: The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
     
  18. 3smithboys

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    Book # 23 - 12th of Never - James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

    next - Zoo by James Patterson
     
  19. portia9

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    I'm glad you've enjoyed them-she writes really faithfully to Jane Austen's style and on that note

    #72 Cousin Prudence by Sarah Waldock- a follow on from Emma. Again really faithful to the time and characters of Austen.
     
  20. Soldier's*Sweeties

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    I liked Zoo a lot!

    It's a really neat theme I thought. I hope you enjoy it!
     
  21. PigletsPal2

    PigletsPal2 Queen of the Realm

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    Thanks! Going to check my Kindle right now to see if I can download it.

    Queen Colleen
     

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