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4/7/18 11:56 P

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I'm absolutely loving these Mischief Bay books by Susan Mallery about real women with real problems, family dynamics and strong friendships. I don't always like the choices the characters make, but I like them. She creates interesting people you care about and want to be happy. And I do occasionally get to emoticon .

I really recommend them. Best to read them in order: The Girls of Mischief Bay, The Friends We Keep, A Million Little Things (the one I'm reading now). Then the one from this year, which I discovered first--Sisters Like Us. She had an earlier series of 3 books, which I'll probably look for and check out.

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"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
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4/3/18 1:12 A

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The One was fantastic! I hadn't finished it yet when I decided to use my B&N coupon and buy it online, so I'll have my own copy to reread. emoticon I just checked on the Nora Roberts website, and the next book doesn't come out until 12/4/18! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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4/1/18 1:22 A

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I returned to a mystery series I had enjoyed, then wasn't sure if I wanted to keep up with it. I reread the last one in the series I had gotten up to, plus 2 new ones, and I'm in line for a brand new one that's on order. They are the Sarah Booth Delaney novels by Carolyn Haines, the protagonist a PI from Mississippi. They've turned out to be rather enjoyable, though sometimes Sarah Booth's romantic indecisiveness can get annoying. She finally seems to have made her choice though.

Year One is the Nora Roberts novel I began last night. Similar to King's The Stand, it begins with a plague--though this one has magical origins, not a military one. Various humans, some with blossoming magical abilities, are moving out of the big cities and sometimes banding together as governments and infrastructure have collapsed. Tense, but a number of strong characters have shown up for us to follow.

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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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3/12/18 2:07 A

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Lake Silence was fantastic! I read it twice this weekend, since picking it up after work Friday evening. It was odd to read a story set in the same universe as the first 5 books by Anne Bishop about the Others and the blood prophets, but not set in the Lakeside Courtyard. There are mentions of a few characters in Lakeside who are known to characters in the new book, but you meet completely new human and Other (shifter, vampire, Elder, Elemental) characters who are fascinating and real & you want to know more about.

It sounds, from her website, like the next Bishop book will be set in Bennet, a frontier town with links to the Lakeside Courtyard, which will be fun. And I now want to know what happens next for not just the Lakeside folks, but for all the characters around Lake Silence, the Jumble & the town of Sproing. I cannot recommend these books strongly enough! They are truly emoticon emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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3/10/18 12:43 A

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I read the new Alpha and Omega book by Patricia Briggs, Burn Bright, which was good but sad when the identity of the traitor in the Marrok's pack is revealed. Now I'm reading the newest book by Anne Bishop, set in the universe of her Others novels that I love, but with all new characters. It's a mystery, and Ooh, so good! I'm absolutely loving it. emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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3/3/18 11:18 P

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I've started reading some books by Robin Hobb, a well-known fantasy writer, recommended by a 6-Pack sister (who recommended the Temeraire series). They are all set in the same universe, and I finished Dragon Keeper, feeling a little ambivalent, but am into the second, Dragon Haven, and totally hooked now. I'm going to have to be firm with myself about going to bed on time, and not reading late night after night!
emoticon emoticon (no dragons, so a different magical being!)

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/28/18 1:07 A

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Really enjoying another YA novel my sister found on a year's best list--When Dimple Met Rishi, about two Indian teens; lots of fun!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/24/18 8:57 P

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I just finished an amazing book, Solo by Kwame Alexander. I just inhaled it, it was so compelling. It filled me with awe--the poetry, the gulf between what we think and what we say, the life lessons. If you're a Rock and Roll fan, you'll get even more out of it. I grew up on Motown, so didn't get recognize all the song references, but still adored it. Highly recommended!
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"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/23/18 12:59 A

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I am loving The Lotterys Plus One! My sister saw it on a list from her library. I read about the author that she's working on a sequel--I think to be called The Lotterys More or Less. They are so delightfully different. Here's how Mary wrote about it on the BBs reading thread: A tale of a *VERY* non-traditional family headed by 2 pairs of same-sex parents (2 moms, 2 dads) who adopted 7 kids (all named after trees), who live in a huge house purchased with lottery winnings, and a very traditional father of one of the dads has health issues and comes to visit. It's got lots of funny sibling and family interactions and points at prejudices, and has really cute drawing illustrations.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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1/14/18 12:32 P

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Started and finished (stayed up past 11 to do it) Jill Shalvis's Lost and Found Sisters, a wonderful stand-alone novel. Looks like she has several series, which I'm inclined to try, since I enjoyed this one so much. They are Heartbreaker Bay (3), Lucky Harbor (12), Animal Magnetism (5). I checked my library, and it looks like she started as a romance writer (Harlequin style), but then, so did Nora Roberts. And this latest about sisters was so much more. The Heartbreaker Bay series is more recent, so I'll try those.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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1/8/18 10:12 P

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Mary got some books in different categories from her library system, and passed on a young adult novel, We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. I started it yesterday afternoon after getting home, and read until I finished it, about 5 hours later. A fast read, partly because you just want to know what happens next with these people you come to care about. It's very poignant, and I recommend it highly.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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1/6/18 10:18 P

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That Debbie Macomber one was nice, and I picked up her holiday novel for 2017 from the library today. I'm enjoying it very much, and may finish it tonight!

I got a huge surprise when I checked my email today, and saw a reply to a question I posted on author Anne Bishop's website about geographical correspondences in her The Others series--from Anne herself! Since I had asked back in October, I really hadn't expected an answer. She wrote: Not all the towns/cities have a corresponding place in our world, but
the ones that do would be:

Toland -- New York City
Lakeside -- Buffalo
Great Island -- Grand Island
Talulah Falls -- Niagara Falls
Tinseltown -- LA

I already had figured out Toland, Talulah Falls and Tinseltown, but kept wondering about Lakeside, where most of the action takes place. I had considered Chicago, given how cold it is described, and being on one of the Great Lakes, but then mention was made of Shikago, so I thought 'Nope, must be somewhere else.'

Actually her next novel, coming out in early March won't be set in Lakeside, and may not feature any of the characters I've come to love, though it will be set in the same universe. The one after that is planned to be set in Bennet, out west, where we've met a few characters. I can't wait to read the new ones, and have been thinking about rereading her present 5, because they are just so wonderful.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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1/5/18 11:33 P

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I'm more than halfway through a new Debbie Macomber book--Any Dream Will Do, about second chances. Less romance, more life lessons; I'm enjoying it.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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12/16/17 1:43 A

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I loved Bad Kitty Christmas--I actually teared up when I read it, it was very sweet in places.

I finished the DVD of A Christmas Carol: The Concert. I highly recommend it. Very faithful, with plenty of quoting from the original story. And the musical numbers are varied and engrossing, from the tender ballads--Belle bidding a young Ebeneezer farewell in the past, and Bob remembering the late Tiny Tim in the future--to the rousing gospel finale that had the audience on their feet. A few very talented actor/singers, especially the fellow who played all four ghosts.

I just picked up Elementary Season 5 from the library this evening. I love the storytelling and the intelligence of this series.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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12/13/17 6:58 A

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I wonder if I can find that around here, the DVD that is.

We have Santa Cat (I guess I think I'm Freya, trying to pull a sleigh with all these cats) and it's hilarious! Santa tends to l drop a new book on "Decorating Day". Santa Cat came last year.

If you have yet to read A Bad Kitty Christmas, I love it too. It actually mentions many winter holidays, and not just Christmas.





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12/12/17 12:39 A

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I picked up a few kids holiday books at the library. My favorite was "Here Comes Santa Cat" by Deborah Underwood. Funny story and pictures--I especially loved the Naughty/Nice pie chart! Ah, math humor! emoticon It's a picture book, so a very fast read, and recommended to make you laugh.

I also found in my library system and reserved A Christmas Carol, The Concert on DVD. It's a dramatic reading with songs, and very enjoyable so far. I especially liked the (bluesy?) lament by Marley's ghost, "I wear these chains." Only downside, there's no subtitles or closed captioning, and the background chorus providing musical exposition is difficult to make out. But the main characters and the narrator are miked project very well.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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11/26/17 8:43 P

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Since I don't know where my Nook is--I've never really figured out how to use it--I was reading that ebook on my laptop. So I was thrilled when an ILL (InterLibrary Loan) book came in--so much easier to handle! Finished the 2 books in between, but found the next to last chronologically in the series (in book form) had mysteriously disappeared from the collection in the few weeks since I last read it! I put in another ILL request, but just checked out the ebook of The Serpent on the Crown. I already have the very last one, The Tomb of the Golden Bird, waiting for me. That one takes place in 1923 (the series began in the late 1800s) w/ the discovery of King Tut's tomb. The posthumously published The Painted Queen (which came out this year) went back to before WWI with the discovery of the bust of Nefertiti. (Her publishing out of story chronological order got quite confusing until I discovered that site that lists books in order--both publishing and chronological.)

In the meantime, I've been reading in a fun Debbie Macomber book, Choir of Angels, with 3 Christmas tales of those Christmas angels of hers, Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy. Sometimes silly, but sweet.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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11/15/17 12:28 A

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I finished The Christmas Room, a new romance by Catherine Anderson--very sweet. And I was surprised to have the ebook of the next Amelia Peabody book come in. So I don't need to borrow my sister's pad on which she downloaded her library's ebook for me. (Thanks again, Mary!) So I'm 2 pages into Lord of the Silent (and fading fast!)

Oh, and I'm watching a few of the bonus features on the Nanny McPhee DVD.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
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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11/12/17 12:57 A

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I finished He Shall Thunder in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters, and now have to take a break since I want to read them in chronological (not published) order, and my system has no book copies of the next one, Lord of the Silent. I've requested the ebook, but don't know when it will be available. I've also requested an Inter-Library Loan and a purchase, since it's not good to be missing a single title out of a 20-book series! My sister is also checking her system to see if they have a copy available.

Tonight I'm watching Nanny McPhee--rather odd; not sure how much I like it. It's strange to see Emma Thompson looking so unattractive. True, she was quite homely as Professor Trelawney in the Harry Potter movies, but the warts and buck tooth are rather over-the-top. Though the blemishes are disappearing as the children learn their lessons and transform.

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"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
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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11/6/17 7:05 A

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I just finished Elie Wiesel's "Night". It's a slim volume, about 120 pages. It's his first hand account of what it was like for a boy inside the concentration camps during the Holocaust. It broke my heart.

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Sorry, another teammate pointed out that last link doesn't work. I wonder why? I'll try again for that page and the general site. www.bookseriesinorder.com/am
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for Amelia's page, and the site www.bookseriesinorder.com/ Hope these work!

I'm really glad the Amelia Peabody page not only listed the books in order of publishing, but the chronological order also. Not sure why she started jumping around over more than a decade to the war years, before the war, after the war, before the war. Rather disconcerting. I was planning to leave the newest book until after finishing the last several she published, but found out there are 6 books that take place in later years. So I'll read that soon (plus I read some not so great reviews; evidently the writer who worked from her notes has a much different style). Then I'll read the various titles (some read years ago, some never yet) up to the last chronological one which takes place in 1923--evidently the year King Tut's tomb was discovered. I guess it was a huge find to discover an intact tomb which had not been raided in antiquity.

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
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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10/27/17 12:27 A

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The Amelia Peabody books are cozy mysteries featuring a female archeologist/Egyptologist, which start in the late 1800s and eventually move into the 1900s, including WWI and the rise of Egyptian nationalism. They are entertaining. I'm not sure who wrote the just-released one, since the original author died a few years ago. As relationships change substantially, it definitely helps to read them in order. I believe the first is The Crocodile on the Sandbank.

Actually here is a link to the series. Are you familiar with the site Books Series in Order? Pretty cool! www.bookseriesinorder.com/am
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On the page it talks about the characters and her style, and mentions she was working on the new book when she passed away in 2013.

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I just finished the 5th and most recent novel in the Others series by Anne Bishop--tense, disturbing, but ultimately sweet and joyful. Her next one comes out in early March, and is set in the same universe (alternate history), but a different location and characters. Can't wait to return, but I will miss my favorite Wolves, Crows, Bear & Coyote, humans, blood prophets, Intuits, Elementals & Sanguinati.

Next I'll be rereading (or reading for the first time) the last few Amelia Peabody books by Elizabeth Peters before her death. A new one has been released, and I have it on order at the library; may come in soon. It's been some years since I read any of them, so want to get reacquainted.

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10/23/17 6:24 A

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I've thought about checking out the book that the movie is based on, but that movie is fantastic. Every little girl should watch it.

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10/22/17 1:21 P

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It's worth getting the Hidden Figures DVD from your library for the extra features on the real Katherine Johnson--who is still alive at 97, who received a Presidential award from Barack Obama, and who was honored by having the center where she worked for NASA named for her. I've started rewatching with the commentary by director and lead actress, who are interesting to listen to so far.

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10/21/17 3:41 P

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Finished it last night--it was great! And I'm really pleased this DVD has special features. (I was disappointed when Arrival finally came in to check out of the library, with no features at all; it was a fascinating story & I would have enjoyed learning more about the creation of it.) Saw the first, which really delved into the hidden history of these black women and their contributions to the early space race. Looking forward to the other 2, and to checking out the audio commentary to see it one more time before returning it.

I've begun Marked in Flesh, the 4th Others novel, and will set the timer for reading sessions today, mixed in with chores and organizing work.

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10/21/17 1:11 A

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Watching Hidden Figures, which finally came in (after starting over 2000th in line), and really enjoying it!

I stayed up late finishing Others book #3, Visions in Silver last night. I think I'll go ahead and reread #4 & 5 before starting back in on the last few Amelia Peabody Egyptian mysteries written before author's death, in preparation for the newly released book in the Elizabeth Peters series, which I've requested from the library. I'm not sure who wrote this one, or if there will be more.

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10/13/17 12:53 A

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Read Naomi Novik's short story collection set in the Temeraire universe. My favorite was Dragons and Decorum, featuring Captain Elizabeth Bennet & the cast of characters from Pride and Prejudice.

Almost finished with Uprooted which I began today, a fantasy novel by Naomi Novik in a completely different universe, and if anything, even better written (at least not in the early nineteenth century style, and therefore more accessible). I don't know if it will truly end, or if it is the beginning of a new series. Highest recommendation!

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10/11/17 12:30 A

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I think I'll have to stay up & finish League of Dragons, book #9 tonight. It is so exciting & tense, I'm loving it, but I'll be sad to finish the series. I care so very much for the characters, and will miss them greatly.

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10/8/17 12:25 A

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Each of the Temeraire novels is divided into three parts. I'm on Part III of book #8. It's so addictive. I care about the human and dragon characters so much and can't wait to learn what happens to them all next!

I finally got one of my DVDs from the library--Passengers, for which I had seen previews at the theater. Not sure how far I am into the movie, but it's rather boring. It set things up pretty quickly, but then his angsty "I'm all alone on this ship for the next 90 years" became rather uninteresting, and now they are dragging out "Should I wake her up or not? Yes. No. Yes. No." Sorry but I'm starting not to care. Not sure if I'll finish it or not. Think I'll go back to my book over dinner.

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10/1/17 11:36 P

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Well, Book #6, which I borrowed from Mary through her county's library system yesterday is already finished. (I think it was a little shorter than the others. Now I'm on to Book #7, Crucible of Gold. I wonder if author Naomi Novik set out originally to take human Lawrence and dragon Temeraire all over the world? The first book is set at sea and in Britain, #2 is mostly in China, #3 has them traveling overland from China to Europe, including spending time in Turkey, #4 takes them to Africa, #5 is back to Europe and Britain, with Napoleon invading England, #6 is in Australia, and now #7 has them going to South America!

Here's the marvelous Wikipedia article on the series: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temera
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I guess it's time to request #9; I already have #8 waiting!
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9/30/17 12:55 A

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I just finished Book #5, Victory of Eagles, both funnier at the beginning and more harrowing by the end with a huge battle between the English and French Forces. I'm curious about the real history of the time, and the exploits and ends of the real Bonaparte, Nelson & Wellington. The story ends on a somewhat sad, yet wide open note for the next book.

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9/17/17 1:12 A

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What short stories?

I just started a new series based on a 6-Pack recommendation: His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik. It's the first in a series of alternate history fantasy novels in which the Napoleonic War is fought with each side having an aerial corps of dragons and riders. I'm not quite halfway and absolutely loving it!

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9/11/17 6:50 A

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I'm reading a book of short stories, but I have the circle trilogy. It's a favorite of mine!



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9/8/17 1:18 A

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Yep, it's Nora again, the Circle trilogy, starting with Morrigan's Cross.

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9/7/17 12:53 A

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Finished book 3 today--very satisfying! Not sure what I want to read next. I picked up the newest No. ! Ladies Detective Agency book, but missed the one before that, and am waiting for it to come in. May breeze through another NR trilogy in the meantime while I wait.

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9/3/17 12:03 A

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I finished Debbie Macomber's If Not for You--which was very enjoyable until the end, when it just sort of bumbled to a stop. It's rare that I read a book and have the reaction of "That's it? Seriously?" at its conclusion.

Decided to reread the Boonsboro Inn trilogy by Nora Roberts; am about halfway through the first book with Beckett and Claire. Lizzie the ghost has barely made a cameo so far.

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9/1/17 1:29 A

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I finished all the Patty Briggs books, though I read the final one twice. I had forgotten the twist at the end, and wanted to go back to review the foreshadowing of the reveal. Now enjoying Debbie Macomber's newest novel--light and fun.

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8/20/17 1:23 P

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I'm deep in my Patricia Briggs, now on the most recent Alpha and Omega novel, where they go down to Arizona to buy Anna a horse, to discover a family member near death after an attack by the fae, and Charles Changes her to werewolf so that she might live. I enjoy having Leslie of the FBI show up to help. The characters Briggs creates are so wonderfully multi-dimensional, which adds such depth to the stories.
emoticon (pretend that's a wolf) emoticon (Chelsea, the woman changed is witchborn, which is why the pack Alpha considers killing her, since the Navajo tend to think of all witches as evil--thank goodness for Anna's Omega "superpowers"!)

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8/9/17 12:40 P

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I am me. I am who I'm meant to be.
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Non-fiction:
The blood pressure solution : how to prevent and manage high blood pressure using natural remedies without medication. by Kasia Roberts.
A small, large-print library book about hypertension, so it's easy reading. It's written by a nurse, and most of the information is accurate. But the reader needs to be able to sort out what applies to their own particular situation. Having been diagnosed with "essential hypertension" at age 28 in 1974, and having read about it from many sources since then, I have some fairly long-term acquaintance with the condition.
I'm looking forward to checking out the recipes that are included.


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I just finished a book of Bruce Coville's that was completely new to me--Fortune's Journey, a young adult novel (everything else of his that I've read has been aimed at children). It centers on a young woman leading a troupe of actors as they journey to California on a wagon train. The idea for the story came out of Bruce's involvement with youth theater! It was a very good story, which I read in less than a day, around all my job hunt activities.

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7/2/17 9:21 P

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I absolutely inhaled the 9 episodes of CTM Season 6 (Christmas special plus 8 regular season shows). The bonus feature is next. A very emotional season; I think I cried more over this than any other.

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7/1/17 3:28 P

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And despite having read it several times, it still brought tears of joy in a couple of sections.

It was tears of sorrow shed numerous times as I watched the final episode of Call the Midwife Season 5, in preparation for picking up Season 6 from the library today. The episode twined 2 main stories of the loss of a character who had been there for 5 seasons, and the discovery of a connection between a drug given widely for anxiety, sleeplessness and morning sickness and a number of births of deformed babies, often without limbs, and in one case without even identifiable gender. The horrible struggle with guilt by one of the mothers and by local physician who had prescribed the drug was heart wrenching. I know I've recommended this series often, and I just hope you can find it through your local library.

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6/30/17 1:40 A

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No matter how many times I reread Nora's books, the sparkling dialog always makes me laugh! emoticon emoticon

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6/28/17 1:29 A

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I'll continue reading the next Bruce Coville book in my kids' series, The Search for Snout, at work. But I've been thinking about and decided to reread Nora Roberts' The Witness, which is one of my favorite stand alone novels of hers.

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I went by the library after work to return several items including one due today. And I picked up the 4 books in Coville's Alien Adventure series: Aliens Ate My Homework, I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X, The Search for Snout, and Aliens Stole My Body, as well as a new to me book of his, Fortune's Journey, about a young woman traveling West on a wagon train in the 1800s.

But right now I'm thoroughly enjoying Autumn's Thorns about a spirit shaman who's just returned to her hometown in rural Washington (northern & coastal, I think).

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6/21/17 12:35 A

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Read the other book (not a sequel, all new characters) in Bruce Coville's Enchanted Files series, Hatched, about a griffin. It started rather slowly for me, but ended up being quite enjoyable. A third book in the series comes out sometime this year, Trolled. I've requested the 4 books in Bruce's Alien Adventures series from the 90s. Once the first book arrives, Aliens Ate My Homework, I begin rereading them. I read them aloud to my first class of 5th graders, some of whom really enjoyed them.

Starting a cozy mystery by Yasmine Galenorn writing as India Ink. I've also requested the new live action Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the Harry Potter movies. I'm #1916 in line for 129 copies. In other Potter movie news, when I looked up the cast of Call the Midwife on IMDb, I discovered to my amazement that Sister Evangelina, the tough-as-nails nun, is played by the actress who played Aunt Marge in HP #3, whom Harry inadvertently blew up (like a balloon--in fact she floated off into the sky).

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6/19/17 1:50 A

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Read a delightfully funny kid's book, Cursed, by Bruce Coville, about a (magical) Brownie who comes to these shores and brings an old country curse with him. The concluding Author Notes were a real hoot, with alternating snipes from "Angus" (the Scottish Brownie) and "the Coville" (who helped him edit and publish his journal).
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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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Interesting: I gave up on this DB Frank novel as well. The characters, again, were quite wealthy, and I just didn't relate to them or care much about their lives. So I've begun a YA paranormal/ urban fantasy by Yasmine Galenorn, who wrote a mystery series I quite enjoyed featuring a witch.

I also picked up Season 1 of Call the Midwife, based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth. I haven't read them, but might give them a try. Her words are voiced by Vanessa Redgrave, looking back to that time in the 1950s in the East End of London amid poverty, at a time when there was no popular birth control, and the nuns and midwives attended 80-100 births *every month* in their community! They also held prenatal clinics, home visits and other medical services as part of the National Health Service. Endearing characters, moving stories, laughter and tears. Another example of glorious storytelling which I cannot recommend highly enough.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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