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When I was managing a book store, both Bryson and Maguire were very popular. I think I'll give Maguire a try after I finish rereading my current trilogy.

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7/17/13 12:59 P

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Reading as much as I can of Bill Bryson's comical description of hiking the Appalachian Trail, A Walk in the Woods, as I can before I have to return it tomorrow. Too hot to want to go out, so a good day to read it.
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7/17/13 7:36 A

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I've taken a break from the beautiful creatures stuff (that last book is proving a pin to get through. It's whiny just to be honest) and I've moved on to Out of Oz, the last in the wicked series of Gregory Maguire. This one features Elphaba's (wicked witch of the West) granddaughter rain.

I love Gregory Maguire. He takes stories known to us (Like the Wizard of Oz) and writes from the flip side. He did Snow White and Cinderella as well. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was even made into a happily ever after movie of it's own.

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7/12/13 12:30 A

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Almost done with The Hot Flash Club Chills Out. I read the other books in the series years ago. In this newest one, the 5 friends spend time on Nantucket, going back and forth to their Boston area homes during the summer. Beachcombers by the same author, Nancy Thayer, was also set on Nantucket. It sounds just lovely, and reminds me in terms of setting a little bit of Nora Roberts' Sisters Island Trilogy about the witches.

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6/29/13 8:24 P

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Just finished a very sweet book, The Beachcombers, by Nancy Thayer who wrote The Hot Flash Club (& sequels), which I enjoyed some years ago. Before that I reread Love Mercy by Earlene Fowler, another stand alone novel, although some of her cast of characters from her Benni Harper mystery series play minor roles in this one. I liked it so well that I'll end up buying it used in hardcover--a nice reread--and I dearly hope she will write more about these lovely women (18, 30s and 50-something) who have suffered loss and are rebuilding lives.

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6/29/13 5:46 P

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I'm still working on The Encore Career Handbook, as I must find a paying job. But I also just borrowed A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson.
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6/20/13 5:06 P

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I just finished a very moving historical novel that I stumbled on at the library, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. It opens in 1986 when in the basement of an abandoned hotel a discovery is made of the possessions of Japanese families who were restricted in what they could take with them when they were forced into prison camps during WWII. It flashes back to the war years, especially 1942, in the life of a Chinese boy who becomes friends with a Japanese girl. His ostracism at an otherwise all-white school, his difficult relationship with a nationalist Chinese father who hates the Japanese, his friendship with a black jazz street musician, the details of life of Chinese and Japanese in Seattle before and during the relocation of thousands of American citizens, is told simply and compassionately. I highly recommend it!

I had to laugh at the first sentence in the About the Author section at the back of the book: "Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from Kaiping, China, to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the Western name 'Ford,' thus confusing countless generations."

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6/18/13 5:15 P

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The Encore Career Handbook by Marci Alboher. Off to a slightly slow start, as it's going over some things I've already been through at my age. It's setting the stage, though, for some useful insights and advice, I hope.
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6/17/13 11:38 P

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Yeah, I got the second Beautiful Creatures book out of the library, but not sure if I'll invest the time in the rest of the series. I stumbled on a new Earlene Fowler novel--not in her Benni Harper mystery series, which I enjoy (more for the multi-cultural cast of characters, the humor and relationships than for the mysteries), but the sequel to a charming novel called The Saddlemaker's Wife which I enjoyed so much I bought it in hardcover. I reread that, and am halfway through the new one, The Road to the Cardinal Valley.

I like how even though the author is clearly quite religious (Her dedications always begin by first thanking the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) her characters aren't in your face about it; they may struggle and question, ignore, or just take it for granted as part of life. And I like that she's a white woman who deals with race and prejudice. She portrays different generations in realistic ways, and can be real without having to be crude. Another of her stand alones (though it intersects with some of the Benni Harper characters some years later) is Love Mercy, another fine novel that looks deeply into the human heart. I highly recommend these.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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6/17/13 8:29 A

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I loved these books and must say they were a much better read than the Beautiful creatures series I'm reading now. The movies didn't do the books justice. you lose the humor. I agree Bella was draggy in book 2 and she can be annoying with the whining. But I did like that she went from being "broken" to a protector by the end.

If you interested there's a Novella that goes with the Series, "The Short life of Bree Tanner" Or it may be "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner". Bree Tanner is one of Victoria's "soldiers".

Anywho, I'm looking forward to getting to my next JD Robb book and then the release of The House of Hades (Rick Riordan) this fall.

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6/16/13 12:54 A

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Just finished the last Twilight book--it was the best! My coworker was right, the second one was kind of a drag--Bella was really annoying. But I enjoyed learning about the wolves. And the fourth book was surprisingly funny in parts, especially the middle section told in Jacob's voice: he's a hoot, as demoonstrated by the chapter titles like "You know things are bad when you feel guilty for being rude to vampires" and ""Why didn't I just walk away? Oh right, because I'm an idiot."

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And I love myself just the way I am."

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6/5/13 7:32 A

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It took me a minute as well. The good news is, 2 and 3 have moved at a faster clip so far.

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I was on the waiting list for quite a while for Beautiful Creatures, but finally got it. I'm maybe halfway through. It started kind of slow for me, and I wasn't sure I'd keep going, but then I got hooked, and I'm enjoying it. I should get on the list for the next one.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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5/31/13 7:46 A

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I finished up Beautiful Creatures and have moved on to book 2 in that series, Beautiful Chaos. I'm almost done with it. Should finish this weekend. Book 3 is Beautiful darkness.

I'm understand that the book is much better than the movie. And I'm enjoying the Light and Dark caster worlds and how they intersect with the Mortal one. It's based in Gatlin, SC. I'm loving the southern references.

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I've enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris (on which HBO's True Blood is based). But I hadn't been enjoying it as much lately, and wasn't sure if I'd keep up with it. I reread the last installment from the library, which ended on a very intriguing note, so I picked up the newest one at Costco this last week. I had not expected to read on the cover "The Final Sookie Stackhouse Novel"! I read almost all of it in one night. She brought back a number of characters and tied up many story arcs.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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5/11/13 1:10 A

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Picked up the (pretty) new Nora Roberts novel, Whiskey Beach, at Costco this week. Finished it today after my nap and before my long walk in the neighborhood hills. Liked it very much.

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4/29/13 2:23 A

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The Celtic Way of Seeing by Frank MacEowen A book that helps you re-connect with nature and has meditations that will help you as well. We are using this book as part of our Druid classes and it is a wonderful insight to how the Celts may have viewed things. I say may have as there are no written records of what the did for certain but we get a good idea and can work along those lines. No path can say this is what was done as things slowly change as time passes and the Celtic path is the same things changed as society changed.
This book helps you understand how the Celts worked with the Elements and how they viewed things. I am finding it interesting and have found that I already think along these lines.

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4/14/13 12:02 A

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As I mentioned in the chat thread, I read the latest China Bayles book (set in fictional Pecan Springs, Texas), which centers largely on China's friend Ruby who has some psychic abilities & is drawn into a mystery involving a ghost and the history of the Galveston Hurrican of 1900--the largest natural disaster in US history, an event with which I was not at all familiar. Very good.

I also checked out the series you mentioned, Eva. Obviously the movie has been a big hit. I put a hold on the first book--I'm now 182nd in line, with 79 circulating copies. There are many (though fewer) holds on the other 3 books in the series.

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I am in the process of reading Wayne Dyers Wishes Fulfilled. Like all his books there are some places where you just have to put it down and think awhile. He mentions Saint Gregory's I AM Dissertation quite frequently so I went to Amazon to see if it was mentioned there. They had a couple of kindle downloads. I was reading the comments and several had wonderful things to say but the one that really got me was a negative comment. Man alive was that guy every against them! I wasn't sure if he was religiously against them or against them because the writer didn't apparently have what he considered great results but, on the other hand, you can know something and write about it and not follow it, as well as read and not follow. Anyway, I didn't download yet. I may when I return home.

I am also reading a book called Guardians and Other Angels by Linda Lee Greene. It's a family autobiography. So far it's quite interesting.

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Sounds intriguing, I'll see if I can find them!

I've been rereading old favorites, and some new (to me) short stories by Nora Roberts.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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4/5/13 7:54 A

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I've started reading the Beuatiful creatures series from Kami Garcia and Margeret Stohl. So far i like it. It's a paranormal genre, and of course it's about witches (the book calls them Casters). Set in Gatlin, Sc. the first book was made into a movie, not sure how good it was, but the first book is shaping up nicely.

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Having finished rereading all the Mercy Thompsons (including the new one twice), I followed up with David Simon's Free to Love Free to Heal. But I was in the mood for some light fiction this weekend, so started rereading the Inn BoonsBoro trilogy by Roberts. I'm a little more than halfway through the first, and enjoying it greatly again!

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3/15/13 8:04 A

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Every morning I read the day's entry for Goddesses for every day and find time to meditate with the daily contemplation.

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My favorite time travel novel is Lightning by Dean Koontz (my second favorite novel of his after the marvelous Watchers).

At work I love to read and reread different sections of Louise Hay's You Can Heal Your Life. The exercises, encouragement and affirmations are just wonderful for releasing stress and regaining focus.

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3/12/13 8:37 A

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I'm currently reading Stephen King 11/22/63

So far I'm getting it's a take on time travel. Interesting to be sure.

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I'm well into Book 5, Silver Borne. The stories are very well written and they flow quickly. The characters are complex and quirky and it is easy to care about them deeply. Really, really looking forward to the brand new one this week!!

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I just ordered Book 7 in the Mercy Thompson paranormal series by Patricia Briggs, Frost Burned, from Amazon this evening (it came out today). This morning, I finished rereading Book 1, Moon Called, & I'll be reading them all again in order (picked up 2 & 3 from the library today). The heroine is a VW mechanic named Mercedes who is a martial artist and a shapeshifter who changes into a coyote--which sort of explains her contrary nature. She was raised by werewolves, is being courted by 2, she has a vampire friend, a fae mentor, and she sees ghosts. I love this character!

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And I love myself just the way I am."

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Over the weekend and again today I went to the new Goodwill store in our area that just opened up. Was hoping they would have something I saw in there Saturday that I decided I could use but today went back and it was no longer there so guess it was not meant to be. But on Saturday I got the book Walk Away the Pounds by Leslie Sansone and that came with a dvd in the book which had never been opened out of the container in the book, just started reading it today and plan on starting to use the dvd soon. Today when I was in there I got a book called The Complete Illustrated Guide to Crystal Healing by Simon Lilly, it looks to have a lot of information in it, and can't wait to start reading it.

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Last night I finished The Silver Linings Playbook. I have not yet seen the movie, but LOVED the book. It's a quick read and one that sticks with you when not reading...

Also reading a book called Quiet, which is about the power of introversion in a culture that praises extroversion.


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Ah! The Pellinor Series :) I'm on book 3 and it's amazing :)
Other than that I'm reading A Year and Day in Magick by Cassandra Eason
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The Pellinor Series
I am on book 3 and loving it.
A Battle of Light verses Dark in a world that has Bards and Magick. Adventures and War are all here as Hem learns how he is part of the solution in defeating the Nameless one and Dark army that is ravaging the world they live in. Bards are warring against those who have turned dark and are now known as Hulls.
Here we meet Hem brother of the Maerad the main character of the books and how he is to be part of the solution to ridding the world of this evil. Hem befriends a white Crow named Irc who is to become a messenger and will probably help in the solution well I think he may.

The books are complex but enthralling and you want to know what happens to the people and the world.

Book 1 The Gift
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We learn about Maerad and see her grow how she learns that she special.

Book 2 The Riddle sees Maerad learn more about herself and what she is to do to save the world she loves and we meet her lost Brother Hem.
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Book 3 The Crow
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Here we learn more about Hem, Maerads brother and how he is part of the solution and all the amazing things that he does. We see him grow from a shy awkward boy to a strong caring young man. He learns to care for others and reaches out to people and learns to trust himself and others. Maerad is in the story but the focus is on Hem as he is to be part of the solution of ridding the world of the Dark Nameless one and his Dark Army and restoring Balance.
The Nameless one is to be defeated by the Treesong but finding the Treesong is the key and the books take you on a journey that is full of surprises, adventure, war and care all wrapped up in the tale.

The books are full of vivid imagery and adventure. Heart rending accounts of what happens to the characters and how they overcome adversity.

I can't wait to get to the last book The Singing
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I'm reading a Kim Harrison Anthology. I love her. She does The Hollows series and she's written some romance novels under Dawn Cook.

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I happened to be glancing around my local library and noticed a couple of new titles by Mary Kay Andrews--a Southern writer who's written a few books I've enjoyed. I totally enjoyed both Summer Rental and Spring Fling (not related)--breezy, frothy, silly fun! They were very quick reads, and now I've begun to re-read the heavenly Harry Potter series for the umpteenth time!
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Your Brain on Nature, by Eva Selhub, MD

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I have long enjoyed the China Bayles mysteries set in Pecan Springs, Texas, featuring a lawyer-turned herb shop owner & her best friend and business partner who runs the only New age/metaphysical shop in town. They are by Susan Wittig Albert, and I'm most of the way through the second book of 3 (so far) in a new series, the Darling Dahlias, set in Darling, Alabama during the Depression. The Dahlias are a garden club, and some of the members get involved in some amateur sleuthing. She creates a great sense of time and place, and I am enjoying them very much!

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Delusions in Death from JD Robb. I have several daily/monthly books I ead as part of my daily devotions.



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Parenting Your Child with ADHD. This is an effort to understand more about my eldest daughter's situation with their adopted teenaged son.

Also, Too Big to Fail. This is in preparation for a meeting of a political group. But I probably won't get too far with it.

Both are borrowed from my library, and downloaded to my iPad.

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The new Harry Dresden novel, Cold Days, arrived yesterday from Amazon with some gifts I ordered. I'm about halfway through, and it is great!

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To Stir a Magic Cauldron

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I'm reading Thirteen at present, the last of the Otherworld series

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The brand new Harry Dresden novel comes out on Tuesday; I pre-ordered it from Amazon. So I re-read the last 2 novels, plus a short story that took place between them--I had forgotten just how great they were. This is totally one of my very favorite series--about a wise cracking wizard who's also a PI in Chicago. If you loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with its fascinating characters, laught out loud humor, pop culture references & epic spiritual themes, you will likely enjoy these as well. They should definitely be read in order. And don't be put off if you saw the lame series the SciFi channel put on based on the books & were less than impressed; it didn't come anywhere close to recreating the magic of the novels.
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I prefer hardcover or trade paperbacks with books I reread, and was thrilled to find a hardcover volume of the original novella and all 3 Alpha and Omega novels by Patricia Briggs. They are set in the same universe as the better known Mercy Thompson series, and feature werewolves (predominantly), vampires, fae, witches and such magical creatures. I'll finish the 1st novel, Cry Wolf, tonight. Rereading them all before passing them on to my sister, who has the new Nora Roberts trilogy right now.

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I don't watch TV, except for videos and DVDs; too bad, that sounds fun! I started and finished A Perfect Hope today. Even though it features my least favorite brother of the 3, it was a very satisfying story, with a nice resolution for the resident ghost. Reading was a great way to break up cleaning & straightening stints. emoticon

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The BoonsBoro Inn trilogy is on my e-book wish list!

Did you see the CBS Sunday morning piece on Nora and the real inn?

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I just finished Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief--lots of fun! emoticon And the brand new Nora Roberts came tonight from Amazon emoticon (doesn't she look like an Amazon to y'all?). It's the final book in her BoonsBoro Inn trilogy, just released on Tuesday.

I'm off tomorrow, and want to do a bunch of cleaning--and some clutter clearing--for a jewelry party on Saturday, but I imagine I'll be squeezing in some book reading here and there! emoticon

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Tales of the City sounds interesting. Something to think about asking for when fiction runs low here.

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I'm picking up the Lightning Thief today. I'm returning all the books I currently have except for the ADHD organizing book, which I just renewed. I began yesterday, and finished this morning, Mary Ann in Autumn by Armistead Maupin who is best known for his Tales of the City series set in San Francisco. (There were also a few PBS mini-series based on them, which I'll be requesting to see again.) This novel revisits several of the original characters, plus some new ones 20 years later. This irreverant cast of gay, straight and transgender folk poignantly explore "the genderless neutrality of the human heart."

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Which 3 have you called for?

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I just requested 3 titles from my library system. WooHoo!

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