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LifeAs We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
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The Sisters Grimm: The Unusual Suspects by Michael Buckley
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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? by Henry Farrell 3 stars

This had several stories in it and I read it in reverse order - didn't want to take it camping with me so I read the really short stories before we left and the longest, the story of Baby Jane, when I came back.

Some stories were better than others. My biggest problem with Baby Jane was that I only saw the movie within the last year and it is maybe the most faithful movie from a book I've ever seen/read. I didn't really know the other stories, although one was very short and almost comical and if I haven't seen a cartoon of it before, it could be made into one easily.

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Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neill 4 stars

I read the book and listened to the audio play. Both were good, but the book helped me see the things that I couldn't tell just from listening. For that reason, I can't recommend the audio play alone.

The play itself is intense and filled with emotion and disfunction. Maybe the saddest part is knowing that this isn't as much an exception in families that I wish it was.

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Children of Exile
By Margaret Peterson Haddix
3 stars
A junior or YA novel
If you are going to read a series by this author, read the Shadow Children instead. This one might become an engaging series, but the first book did not inspire me to continue reading the rest.

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Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1) by Mira Grant 3 stars

There was a fair amount about this book that I liked. It is definitely more of a political intrigue sort of book than a zombie book though. That's fine with me. I didn't love it though. It was good and I'm glad I read it, but it just wasn't one that I think will stay with me.

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Bone House by Betsy Tobin 2 stars

I didn't connect with this book at all. I couldn't keep my mind on it while I was reading it at first. I sort of got lost between when our mc went to the house to be a servant. Had to go back and re-read the passage. It isn't that it was a difficult read so much as my attention wandered while I was reading it. It wasn't engaging me.

I didn't buy the ending or rather what led to the ending. Dora was so strong in person and in character that the actions didn't fit. I wasn't shocked by who did the deeds.




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Noli's Story
By Peter Dickinson
3 stars
A short and well-imagined YA novel of prehistory.

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What's Eating Gilbert Grape
By Peter Hedges
4 stars
3.5 stars rounded Up to 4. WEGG is not a comfortable book to read. Poor Gilbert. He has such a weight on his shoulders: a dysfunctional family, two inappropriate romantic relationships going on, and not much of a future in his sights. His family and friends ask too much of him, and Gilbert is struggling under the strain.
And yet I kept thinking, "What about Amy?" I could see Gilbert moving on, moving 'away', but not Amy. She will be the last soldier standing, with the responsibility of looking after Arnie, and will likely end up much like her mother. I know the book was called What's Eating GILBERT GRAPE, but I can't help crying, "What about AMY?"

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The Prom Goers Interstellar Excursion by Chris McCoy
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Drop Shot by Harlan Coben
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The Passion of Cleopatra (Ramses the Damned #2) by Anne Rice, Christopher Rice 2 stars

Too repetitive. Too boring. Felt too contrived making easy fixes for questions from the previous book.

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The Ragged Edge of Night
By Olivia Hawker
4 stars
A different angle from which to view WW2: from the perspective of German citizens who despised and worked against the Nazi party. When a Franciscan friar's school is closed, his disabled students are 'relocated' and he is conscripted into the army and quickly loses heart. An injury returns him to civilian life where he marries a widow with three children and sets out to "be of help".

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The Summoning by Heather Graham

4 Stars. A good easy mystery read. Like the paranormal aspect, not to scary, but an intriguing mystery with a little love

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The Winding Ways Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
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Something's In the Water
By Catherine Steadman
3 stars
Fun and engaging, but not an exceptional thriller...

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
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The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter (Ingrid Winter Misadventure #1)
by J.S. Drangsholt 4 stars

I started reading this and went straight to Goodreads to see what the general response to the book was. Why? Because I was not getting into it at all. I felt a bit lost, like the jokes were too inside for me.

But then, I stopped thinking about it so hard and started to laugh at the absurdity of it all. Ingrid is a weirdo, but one I probably mirror a little too much for my liking. Maybe instead, I could just consider her a distant relative that shares just enough family quirks to make me like her. And also, she's a touch weirder than I am, so I could be grateful not to be the craziest of the family.

At one point, I started laughing out loud. It just got so silly and yet I've seen things evolve, or maybe devolve, maybe not to the point they did in the story, but close enough. Much like Hitchhiker's Guide.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
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Once Upon a River
By Diane Setterfield
4 stars
This book is an old-fashioned story of living and dying, of loving and lying in which a child dies and lives again, but to what end? And for whose benefit? OUaR is a mystery, an atmospheric drama filled with suspense and loss, a love story, an historical celebration of storytelling, a nod to folklore and superstition, and quite a pleasure to read! But a word of warning: you need to pay attention! There is a lot of back and forth and speculation by the many characters that can lead you down a meandering path, and perhaps cause you to lose your momentum!

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The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn 2 stars

It was a dark and stormy night. That is what I felt like shortly after starting this book. I've read too many like this I guess. In fact, I had to double check to see if I had in fact read it before. No. It's just the same formula that seems to become quite popular the last couple of years.

The concept was good, but I don't think it was executed well at all. The mix of drugs and wine in the quantities mentioned. Wasn't buying it. Not with so few consequences in any case. Too many movie quotes. I love the black and white film noir. I love Hitchcock. Rear Window is one of my all time favorite movies. But even I got bored with the lines after a while. I can only imagine how pointless they were to someone less than familiar with them.

Sometimes I wonder if things are supposed to be figured out well ahead of the main character putting the pieces together. Hitchcock was famous for talking about the bomb under the desk. Two guys talk, a bomb explodes, and everyone is startled. Better still is shown the audience the bomb under the desk as it counts down. Pan back to the two guys talking. Now you've struck terror! Was that what was supposed to be happening? Because I pretty much had the whole thing figured out as it rolled along and I'm not all that bright. Either the formula has been overused or this just wasn't well written. I should not be able to figure out the whole freaking story way before it ended.



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The Overstory by Richard Powers 3 stars

I went back and forth about 3 stars or 4. I liked it. It was weird. But I really liked it. I liked the connections that held everyone together. But sometimes, it dragged a bit much for me. Still, it was the kind of book I'm glad I read. I don't feel like it was a waste of the time I invested in it, I just wasn't in love with all of the story telling.

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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
5 stars. Interesting and fun to read.

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Makoons
By Louise Erdrich
5 stars
This is a junior title.
Book five in the Birchbark House series - such a satisfying collection of books!

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Still Me by Jo Jo Moyes
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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (4*)
This is a fictionalized account of a true story of the last person executed for murder in Iceland, in 1830. Two men are murdered in their beds and the accused killers are an adolescent neighbor boy, an adolescent girl employee, and a 33-year-old woman recently evicted from the farm. The author creates a scenario about what happened between the five of them, while staying within the limits of the historical documents. I can understand how some people might be blown away by this novel, but I wasn't one of them--too modernistic, introspective, distant, and weird for my taste.

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This is where we can keep track of the books we read this month and rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list the title, author, and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like.

Let’s use a 5-star rating system:

1 star * Hated it~Not worth your time
2 stars ** OK~There were some redeeming qualities
3 stars *** Liked it~Enjoyable read
4 stars **** Really liked it~Definitely worth reading
5 stars ***** Loved it~Great read and would recommend to others

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