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One True Thing - Anna Quindlen 5.5 stars

Really enjoyed this book about a young woman whose professor father requests/demands that she comes home to take care of her ill mother. Lots of insights into the relationships we have with people.

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10/31/19 5:34 P

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Stone Mothers by Erin Kelly

5 stars

3 people connected by tragedy try to keep the secrets with what happened at a mental health facility.

A great psychological thriller. Every once in a while, I have to read one and this story is really well written. It's the first book I've read by Ms. Kelly. I need to read her other books.








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10/30/19 6:47 P

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What the Eyes Donít See by Mona Hanna-Attisha *****
A book written by the woman who exposed the extent of the problems created by the Flint Michigan. The author is a pediatrician and scientist who relentlessly uncovers much of what had been covered up about the lead in Flintís water. The New York Times called it a notable book of the year and I would agree.


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10/30/19 2:43 P

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"Little Shop of Found Things" started this series that is so reminiscent of "Outlander" and the second book, "Secrets of the Chocolate House" came out this month. If you like stories of time travel, love, intrigue, and fantasy, this series is tailor made for you. I couldn't put either book down. The characters are so relatable you feel as if you are "in" the book with them. This talented author is working book #3 now and I can't wait to read it.

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10/30/19 10:00 A

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette! by Maria Semple ****** I loved this. Bernadette Fox is missing. this is a little dad and funny. Satyrical


"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney


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10/28/19 11:16 A

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Tuesday's Child by Dale Mayer **** Psychic thriller


"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney


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10/26/19 8:43 A

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North of Normal
By Cea Sunrise Persons
3 star
I reread this for our Book Club IRL. It was interesting, but I can't say I enjoyed it any more the second time around than I did the first...

~ Joanne

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10/23/19 11:45 P

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Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty***

This book had some excellent parts, but also some slow and somewhat dis-jointed parts to me.

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10/23/19 6:51 P

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Family Trust by Amanda Brown

2 stars

A workaholic woman and a trust fund man find out they were named to be co-guardians of a 4 year old after the deaths of her parents.

I found the story to be all over the place. Some parts were funny though!










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10/20/19 11:57 P

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Man's Search For Meaning
By Victor Frankl
4 stars
Find your why, and all else falls into place.
This book has two parts: a first person account of existence and survival in the Nazi Concentration camps of WW2, and then a brief description of logotherapy, which is a psychotherapy which has the subject look to their future, rather than plumbing the depths of their past.
Seek not pleasure, but purpose, and all else falls into place.
Whether you agree with him entirely or not, his point is still relevant today.

~ Joanne

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10/17/19 4:31 P

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The Right Time by Danielle Steel

2 stars

A teenage girl becomes a crime-thriller author using a pseudonym. She must work hard to keep from being found out.

I liked the book in the beginning as the teenage girl grows up writing crime novels. She focused on her career and what she wanted to do instead of finding love immediately. It was ok. I don't think I'm into Danielle Steel much anymore.








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10/15/19 10:54 A

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I am currently reading Between Sundays by Karen Kingsbury.

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10/15/19 8:31 A

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Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky ***** a bit predictable but, I loved this book!


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10/14/19 1:38 P

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Red At the Bone
By Jaqueline Woodson
3.5 stars
A timeless story of love, family, desire, and identity. It is well-written, and it is beautifully concise - spare in words but rich in nuance. Each chapter/character adds another layer to our understanding of the story.
And yet, for some reason the format did not work for me. It just felt too disjointed, and I often felt adrift, not sure who was who and where they fit into the narrative...

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10/14/19 12:06 P

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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald 3.5 stars

Story of the life of Zelda Fitzgerald from the time she met F. Scott Fitzgerald through his death.

I admit I didn't know much about their lives and though this did make me curious to learn more overall I did not love the book. It is historical fiction that I usually love but this one not as much. People magazine said it was "richly imagined" and I guess that was part of the issue for me. The author was unable to quote actual letters but instead but instead imagined what Zelda was thinking. It did not present Zelda or her husband in the best light. Maybe this is a true representation but I came away wanting more. Midway, I actually had to check Wikipedia to get a brief synoposis of their lives which helped.



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10/14/19 10:22 A

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I agree about Becoming. It was a very good and her manner of writing was like she was sitting across the table from you sharing a cup of coffee while relating her story.

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10/13/19 12:09 A

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21 Lessons for the 21st Century
By Yuval Noah Harari
4 stars
An interesting book that focuses in snapshot fashion on many of today's problems - everything from artificial intelligence to immigration to finding meaning in ones life, to religion, politics, disinformation, you name it! He dissects them all, if only briefly.

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10/12/19 7:01 P

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The Mister by E L James ****

Modern day english aristocracy, rags to riches and romance.

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10/12/19 6:09 P

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Becoming - Michelle Obama

5 stars

Mrs. Obama's autobiography. I thought it was a great read! I didn't know much about her other than being First Lady. She is an inspiration!








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10/9/19 11:43 P

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Stand-in Wife (The Manning Family Book 4) by Debbie Macomber ***

Good read, but sad premise!

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10/8/19 10:33 P

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Marriage of Inconvenience (The Manning Family Book 3) by Debbie Macomber ***

Sweet, quick read.

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10/7/19 2:01 P

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Always With Me (Whisper Lake Book 1) by Barbara Freethy ****

Offshoot of her Callaways series. Just as good. :)

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10/4/19 8:51 P

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Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham (5*)
This children's book tells the story of Nathan Bowditch, a self-educated mathematician and navigator who revolutionized navigation with his formulas and tables. His life was filled with bad luck and trouble but no obstacle or hardship could prevent his genius from finding expression.
This is a lovely children's book, written the way people who cared about youngsters used to write them--strong characters, much excitement, fairly accurate historical portrayal, and life lessons about perseverance, overcoming hardship and loss, and dealing honestly and ethically with people.

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"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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10/4/19 9:29 A

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The Astonishing Color of After
By Emily X.R. Pan
4 stars
This is a beautiful book about depression and suicide. It is both incredibly sad and honestly promising. It is filled with symbolism (which I love, but often don't pick up on) and magic realism (which I usually don't like, but it really works here). The (unreliable) narrator navigates the confusing world of pre-adulthood while coming to terms with her mother's suicide and troubled past.

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10/3/19 11:10 A

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Plain Again (Plain Fame #3) by Sarah Price (2*)
This series about a rock star and Amish girl has soured, badly. The author seems to have suddenly changed her mind about writing a trilogy and decided to stretch the third volume out to three books. Does she have the material to do that and keep the stories fresh and interesting--no. Most of this book is essentially a repeat of Book 2--go to concerts, interviews, after parties, award shows, then do it again, wash, rinse, repeat until the couple finally have a bit of a story, and a far from good one, in about the last 75 pages. This book was repetitive and boring, and I think this is a good place to quit this series gone stale.

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"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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Just finished re-reading "Little Shop of Found Things" by Paula Brackston in preparation for the next book in the series, "Secrets of the Chocolate House" coming out October 22nd. For all of you who love the Outlander series, this one is for you! Time travel romance and intrigue. Love it so much! Six Stars! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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10/2/19 3:01 P

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Moon of the Crusted Snow
By Waubgeshig Rice
4 stars
An interesting addition to the apocalyptic genre, with an aboriginal point of view, being set on a reserve in northern Ontario.

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Failure is only an opportunity to begin again more intelligently. - Henry Ford

Any idea seriously entertained tends to bring about the realization of itself. - From a fortune cookie


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9/30/19 2:41 P

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Cooler weather. Best for reading!

DIET IS A FOUR LETTER WORD!!!!

We are constantly creating our "karma" or destiny through our intentions, thoughts and deeds in this moment. It is achieved through countless deliberate acts of selflessness.

It's hard to be happy with others if we are not happy with ourselves.

Just keep on moving and you'll get there.


If you ever want to feel good about yourself, go out and help someone else!


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Here we are! This is where you can list the books that you finished in October

All posts need book title, author, and stars; 0 being the worst and 6 being very special.

I would encourage you to comment on books that others have read by sending them a Sparkmail. This topic is just to list books read and finished in October 2019 for the team.

This is a thread where we list all the books that we read during the month of October and rate them by the system listed below. Please note that you need to list title, author, and your rating for it to be counted. Also, please give a description of the book and how it appealed to you. This is a great way to find new books and authors that you might be interested in. Everyone is welcome to join.

If you started a book in September (or any prior month), but finish in October, it counts for October.

DO NOT list books STARTED; only books FINISHED. Include title, author and rating.

Rereads count, audios count, electronics count. Our minimum word count is 25,000.

Book Ratings:

0 stars - Fit for only lining birdcages.
1 star - Agent was better salesman than author was writer.
2 stars - Some parts had promise.
3 stars - Solid read in its genre. Take it on plane.
4 stars - Better than average. Don't lose it on the plane.
5 stars - Recommended. One of the top 10% of books in its genre.
6 stars - Strongly recommended. Beg, Borrow, Buy, or Steal It.

Jo Ann
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Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. - Chinese Proverb



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