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Old 07-23-2012, 04:36 AM   #2161
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Just finished I, Micheal Bennett. Was not happy when it ended - the way it ended. There will be a part 2!
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I just finished Emily Griffin's Something Borrowed & Something Blue. Something Borrowed was pretty good but I really enjoyed reading Something Blue. It is a continuation of Something Borrowed from another character's perspective.
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JenniK: have you tried Annette Blair's Vintage Magic series? I like those as much as the "Kitchen Witch" series, and there is a new one just out (five books total).


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Heather,

I do like the Elizabeth Lowell books, but not so much that one. Especially the Donovan Brothers series. Just started her newest one, Beautiful Sacrifice.

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I just started a book recommended by my hairdresser -- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.
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Oops! It's the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel PIE Society.
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Lois, hope you enjoy the Guernsey Literary book as much as I did.

I just finished "The Homecoming of Samuel Lake" by Jenny Wingfield. I read it based on the fact that the author wrote the screenplay for one of my favorite movies, "The Man in the Moon," an all-time favorite.

I was NOT disappointed. "The Homecoming..." has been compared to "To Kill A Mockingbird" - I wouldn't put them in the same category as I consider Mockingbird a classic, but still, all in all, a very good read, and I highly recommend it.
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I finally just read The Help. It stood up to the hype. I couldn't put it down. Great story.
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Angel - I love that book! I wasn't ready for it to end..............!
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It's one of the few books I would read again along with Water for Elephants.
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I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was one of those books I was sorry when it ended.
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I'm reading The Birth House right now. It's an easy style of writing to read. I'm enjoying it.
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Yes, great book, lots of laugh. I read it first and then watched the movie, the movie was good but I enjoyed the book more.
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Wow, canít believe I have not checked in for over a month. Since July 16th Iíve been pretty busy. As expected, moving and watching some of the Olympic coverage did detract from reading a bit. First things first. . .

JenniK: Did you get any of the Vintage Magic books yet from your library? What did you think of Beautiful Sacrifice? Will have to check out The House at Tyneford.

ClownMom: I have not heard of the Mattie Winston series, but sounds like something I might like. Iím glad you enjoyed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. That is one of my favorite books.

LazorKay: Am glad to hear you liked I, Michael Bennett. Have not read it myself, but have heard a lot about it.


Hereís what Iíve finished since July 16. Eden Burning.

77. The Cat, the Wife and the Weapon by Leann Sweeney (cozy mystery, Cats in Trouble #4)
78. Eggs in Purgatory by Laura Childs (cozy mystery, Cackleberry Club #1)
79. Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson (YA mystery, Kingdom Keepers #1)
80. Disney at Dawn by Ridley Pearson (YA mystery, Kingdom Keepers #2)
81. Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams (cozy mystery, Charmed Pie Shop #1)
82. The Restorer by Amanda Stevens (paranormal rom-suspense, Graveyard Queen #1)
83. The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens (paranormal rom-suspense, Graveyard Queen #2)
84. The Prophet by Amanda Stevens (paranormal rom-suspense, Graveyard Queen #3)

(Yes! 84 books out of a goal of 100 finished so far. *vbg*)

Absolutely loved the Amanda Stevens series and was happy to hear there will be another three books in the series. I shall be stalking her website for release dates!


Currently reading: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Classic children's book). For some unknown reason, three of the groups in which I participate at GoodReads have chosen this as a group read some time during the past year. I wasnít planning to reread it, but then I found a copy in fairly decent condition on the $1 clearance rack at Half Price Books and figured <i>why not?</i>

I am also reading A Sand County Almanac: With Essays on Conservation From Round River by Aldo Leopold (Classic, nonfiction). I donít usually read two books at once, but the latter is a nonfiction and, Iíve found, best read in small sections in order to digest and appreciate his words.


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Hi Lois! Both Harkness books sound good and are on my wishlist.

Still plugging away at Little Women. I had hoped to get a huge chunk of it read yesterday, and I did read a few chapters in the morning -- am almost halfway through right now. And then I was laid low with a migraine in the afternoon/evening, which made reading impossible. I could feel it coming on, but it was still really bad last night. Still feeling some residual effects today (little bit of a headache), and my lower back has been bothering me the last couple days, too. Time to curl up with a hot pack and a book I think.

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Well, I finished the Tess Gerritson book Last One to Die yesterday and have started the Kathy Reichs book Bones Are Forever. Sorry to hear about your migraine, Heather.
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Thanks, Lois! Have felt better the last couple days. Have finished the first part of Little Women and am hoping the second part goes much faster. I am also about a third of the way through A Sand County Almanac. Aldo Leopold was definitely a straight-forward and lyrical writer. Here are a couple examples of his writing:

"January observation can be almost as simple and peaceful as snow, and almost as continuous as cold. There is time not only to see who has done what, but to speculate why." (pg 4)

~*~*~*~

"The wind that makes music in November corn is in a hurry. The stalks hum, the loose husks whisk skyward in half-playful swirls, and the wind hurries on." (pg 70)

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"Our biases are indeed a sensitive index to our affections, our tastes, our loyalties, our generosities, and our manner of wasting weekends." (pg 77)

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"Like people, my animals frequently disclose by their actions what they decline to divulge in words. It is difficult to predict when and how one of these disclosures will come to light." (pg 84)

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"Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how. To plant a pine, for example, one need be neither god nor poet; one need only own a shovel. By virtue of this curious loophole in the rules, any clodhopper may say: Let there be a tree—and there will be one." (pg 86)

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"Why is the shovel regarded as a symbol of drudgery? Perhaps because most shovels are dull. Certainly all drudges have dull shovels, but I am uncertain which of these two facts is cause and which effect." (pg 87)


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Nope haven't been notified about any of the Vintage Magic from the library. Still on the wait list. Didn't really care for Beautiful Sacrafice. I liked some of her others ones better. Wrong Hostage, Running Scared, Amber Beach Pearl Cove, and Midnight in the Ruby Bayou are some of my favs by Elizabeth Lowell.

Started a new series by Jana DeLeon... starting with Trouble in Mudbug.

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I haven't checked in lately but I'm reading the new Odd Thomas book..."Odd Apocalypse". I'm a fan of Odd Thomas and didn't know there was a new one out.
Also reading Robert Parker, Spencer book "Lullaby". Hope you all had a great weekend!
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JenniK: I thought Beautiful Sacrifice was just okay as well. Like you, I've enjoyed some of her older works better. The "Donovan" series you mentioned, but especially some of her historical romances like the "Only" series, "Medieval" series and the "Maxwells" (Autumn Fire & Winter Lover). BTW, I picked up a copy of Trouble in Mudbug from the UBS clearance rack (only $1) a while back, but have not yet read it. Have heard it's a funny series, though.

I finally finished my reread of Little Women. A good book, though I don't remember being quite so preachy when I was younger. The things you pick up on years later... Taking a short break from classics for a couple shorter reads before tackling Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. It was chosen as the September read by two different groups I am in at GoodReads.

Currently reading: A rom-suspense, The Marine Next Door by Julie Miller.

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Well, I finished everything else on my Kindle "shelf" so I've started Game of Thrones. It will probably take me some time to get through all of the books. I am thoroughly enjoying it though.
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I spent most of last summer reading all the books in the Game of Thrones series. I'm glad the tv series is staying pretty true to the story. Hope you like it!
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Lois: Yes, there is a new vrsion of <i>Anna Karenina</i> out. It has already opened in the UK, but won'y be in "limited" US theaters until November. I have never read or seen it, but do know about the train scene.

Finished The Marine Next Door by Julie Miller and started The Last Word by Ellery Adams.


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Highly recommend On The Island by Travey Garvis-Graves. I could not put it down!
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Joanne: I've heard that one is really good, glad you enjoyed it!

I finished reading The Last Word by Ellery Adams Friday night. Another good installment to her "Books by the Bay" series (#3), and a surprise ending to boot. Can't wait for book for out soon!

I started Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy Saturday morning, and have finished part one and started part two. Which puts my progress at about 15 percent. That's 155 pages out of 976. Yup, long way to go yet.

Did not get much read of it tonight, as I was watching the farce in Seattle with a friend (Packers were royally screwed!). Hope to get another chunk of it read tomorrow.

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Oops... That was supposed to be book FOUR, not for. My fingers are so cold, it's difficult to type right. :-\


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I may have been overly optimistic in thinking that I could finish Anna Karenina in one week. Or at least, that I could finish during fall premier week. I am currently on page 325 of 976, about 35% progress. One third down, two thirds to go... LOL

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I finished Book One of the Game of Thrones and was pleasantly surprised as to how closely the HBO series followed the book. I'm now about 1/3 through Book Two and am thoroughly enjoying myself. I don't get to read a whole lot, as I'm still working several days a week.
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I am on book 4 of this series, and thought that I would not like them due to other reveiws I have read. I am happy to report that while they are not my favorite books, I have enjoyed them immensely. I plan to read all five.

P.S. after the first book, I bought the DVD and watch every episode in two consecutive nights. Loved it!
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Love the series so far and am book 4 of the Fire and Ice story. I have enjoyed them, even though I thought slogging through 1000 pages of 'A Clash of Kings' on my nook took forever! I never stopped reading, though and I am glad that I hung in there!
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Started on the Blackbird sisters, No Way to Kill a Lady. So far, so good. I also read Summer Rental on Sunday. Recommend it as fun fast read. Also tried to read James Patterson's new book, Zoo. blech.....Got about 10 pages into it, skipped to the end and decided that I don't want to waste my time. Don't recommend this one at all. Also snuck in a tried and true Nora Roberts, Red Lilly. Soon to be a hunting widow so will be able to get in some good reading time. Maybe even some stamping........

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JenniK: Blackbird sisters? Sorry you did not like the latest Patterson. I've never read him myself, though I think sister and bil have most of his books.

I finally finished Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy last Thursday. Long, but really good. Am glad I read it, even if it did take me twice as long as it should have. The consequences of not being home three consecutive weekends, lol!

Friday evening I started The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, one of my October group reads. I think I got about 30 pages into it. Then late that night I rudely kept up by upstairs neighbors, so not being able to sleep I reached for a book, figuring I would read until I was able to sleep.

Except...instead of reaching for Rowling, I instead started one I hadn't planned on reading until end of November/early December for a Christmas reading challenge: Merry Christmas, Baby by Vicki Lewis Thompson and two other authors, Jennifer LaBrecque and Rhonda Nelson. I read most of the first story before I was finally able to sleep--somewhere around 4am.

And then I had to get up four hours later...

Am almost done with the second story in that one, about 65% of the book. Will finish this one before returning to JK Rowling.


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Old 10-15-2012, 08:45 PM   #2196
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Heather,

Sorry. It's the Blackbird Sister mysteries series, by Nancy Martin. I kinda jumped into it middle of the series with No Way to Kill a Lady. There are several that I will try and go back and read.

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Ah, thanks Jenni!

Finished MCB, so it's back to The Casual Vacancy. Here's hoping it turns into a fast read!

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Just finished Bonnie, by Iris Johansen.

Will start either The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell or NYPD RED by James Patterson & Marshall Karp next.
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I just finished reading The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackburg and am starting her other book called The Preacher.
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I finished The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (contemporary fiction) over the weekend and started The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (classic ghost story).

The Casual Vacancy is very definitely an adult novel, with adult situations, and is not for children or young adults. Here's what I wrote about it at GoodReads:

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I wasn't sure I was going to like this one after the first twently pages, and found it difficult to keep all of the characters straight the first half of the book. Am glad I stuck with it, though, as I was actually a bit choked up at the end. This is Rowling's first novel written for adults, and is as different from her Harry Potter series as any book could be. I think the mixed reviews this book has garnered stems primarily from people expecting to be swept into a fantastical realm like Hogwarts and Knockturn Alley--not the gritty reality in which they find themselves. My advice is to go into it with an open mind and no expectations.
As for Hill House...I usually stay far away from horror, but this book is a classic written in 1959, and -- judging from the sixty percent I have read so far, and the 1969 movie version I have seen -- it is more psychological than blood and guts. Here is the opening paragraph for your "pleasure".

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No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.
Spooky, no?


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