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I finished Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I didn't understand this book. Up next will be Precious by Sapphire.

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24) Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen 3 stars

6th book in the Rizzoli & Isles series - the Mephisto organization believes in ultimate evil and exists to combat the devil. Revelations, demonology, twisted killers... heavy reading

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(13)Undead and Unfinished - MaryJanice Davidson 5 stars
This book is the next outing for Betsy the Vampire Queen and her followers. Her husband Sinclair, her sister Laura, her jane of all trades Tina, her best friend Jessica, her buddy Mark, and her baby brother/son Jon all do their best to keep her out of trouble. Betsy is high maintenance and obsessed with shoes of high quality. The story revolves around Betsy and Laura's trip through Hell. You see Laura is the AntiChrist and Satan's daughter (female version). Satan is looking to retire and wants her daughter to get to know her job. Part of the job is learning to time travel and as Betsy and Laura travel back through the ages they learn new information about Sinclair and Tina and help to ensure that all of her current family ends up with her in the present. The spooky part lies in the ending, but I'll leave that for other readers to explore. If you're looking for a heavy read, these books are not it. They're good for laughs so if you're having a bad day, I would recommend this book to cheer you up.

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(12) Fleece Navidad - Maggie Sefton 6 Stars
This is a holiday entry in the "A Knitting Mystery" series with Kelly Flynn and the cast of characters who gather at the House of Lambspun, the local knitting store/cafe. The story is set in the days leading up to Christmas and a new person has come to live in Fort Connor and visits the store. Claudia Miller has a bit of a shady past due to the demise of her past three husbands so suspicion falls upon her when the local librarian dies after receiving a ring from the gentleman they both have been seeing. Throw in a Nativity play with rowdy teenagers, a baby, and a live lamb named Annie for a mascot and its a wonder Kelly has time to figure out the mystery. Each entry in this series continues to flesh out the characters and new parts of their lives are revealed. I highly recommend this series.

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Breaking Point - Suzanne Brockmann - 4.5*

Few authors can weave together multiple romantic threads while keeping each story line taut and fresh, but Brockmann is a master at doing just that. Her characters' relationships often span several books, and their happily ever after, when it comes, is made all the more sweeter-and believable-for it. This book, which once again finds sexual sparks popping amid a hailstorm of bullets, focuses on the reunion of fierce FBI agent Max Bhagat and the much younger Gina Vitagliano. The two met in 2001's Over the Edge when Gina was beaten and raped by terrorists aboard a hijacked plane. Now, the unlucky heroine-innocent bystander is in peril again, but Max and his resourceful field agent, Jules Cassidy, another of Brockmann's regulars, are on hand to rescue her and her friend Molly from the mercenaries who have taken them captive. The source of all the trouble is David Jones (aka Grady Morant), a former Special Forces soldier who's wanted dead by the kidnappers. The romance between Jones and Molly, which was established in Out of Control (2002), adds another layer to this already meaty novel and ensures that the book contains enough sizzle to earn it a place on summer reading lists. However, it's Brockmann's zesty writing style and skill at creating dynamic, larger-than-life-yet somehow very human-characters that will earn it a permanent place on many readers' shelves.

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Rickles'Book: A Memoir by Don Rickles and David Ritz
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I like Don Rickles as a comedian.
But this book is very short and reads more like his act than a true biography.
Although the books is 237 pages, each very short chapter ends with a blank page.
Rickles drops names with the best of them (Is there anyone of note he hasn't worked with?), but there is no insight.
I am disappointed, but I'm glad I got this book at the Library instead of spending over $10 on the kindle.

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Snagged by Carol Higgins Clark 3.5 stars

Nice quick, amusing read.

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London by Edward Rutherfurd 6 stars

Chronicles 2000 years of life in London from fictional characters’ viewpoints.

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Finished reading Western Skies by Nora Roberts. I give this book 3 stars. Like the first story but the second was really hard to get through.

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The towering mountains and windswept plains of Wyoming are truly beautiful. But Samantha Evans has absolutely no intention of staying—until she meets devastatingly handsome Jake Tanner. Suddenly the idea of leaving isn't quite so appealing. Samantha is torn between a lifelong dream and her feelings for this intriguing man when a blizzard strikes and she's stranded with him. Is Mother Nature trying to tell her something? Maybe she should listen!

Boundary Lines

A feud has been warring for years between two Montana families, and the feisty Jillian Baron and irresistible Aaron Murdock seem determined to carry it into another generation. But when threatened by a common enemy, Jillian and Aaron become uneasy allies. Soon the battle waged within their own hearts pits their historical mistrust against a clear and present passion. Might the Barons and the Murdocks finally find common ground and form a very special union? Just take a step over the line….


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22) Vanish by Tess Gerritsen 3 stars

Boston homicide detective Rizzoli is at the hospital, ready to deliver her baby. Medical Examiner Isles finds a live woman in the morgue in a body bag. The "corpse" wakes up, and takes hostages at the hospital - including Rizzoli. The actuakl theme of this book is about the horrors of sex slavery in America.

23) Death Walked In (Death on Demand) by Carolyn Hart 4 stars

Bookstore owner Annie Darling and her husband Max are restoring an old antebellum house, Franklin House. Annie takes a phone call and finds a dying woman when she arrives at the woman's house. The woman had hidden stolen gold coins in Franklin House. The actual thief had killed her. A "cozy" murder mystery in South Carolina. Good series

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White Oleander - Janet Fitch 6*

The Pilots Wife - Anita Shreve 4*

The Shipping News - E. Annie Proulx 4*

The Bridges of Madison County - Robert James Waller 2*

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas -
6 stars (un-abridged edition)

What A Great Classic Novel!
Dumas' great epic stands the test of time.

A very long novel full of well developed characters,
it has love, passion, betrayal, false imprisonment, murders and revenge.


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La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith. ******

I loved this book - it was an easy read (as are all his books), delightful and insightful. I finished it in two days.

Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2009 Fans of Alexander McCall Smith's female sleuths Precious Ramotswe and Isabel Dalhousie will find just a few mysteries punctuating the story line of his new stand-alone novel. The story is mainly concerned with the day-to-day life and concerns of a young widow named Lavender ("La") Stone, a promising Cambridge student who, like many women of her class and generation, finished school, married well, and led a comfortable and respectable life. In La's case, things go awry when her philandering husband unexpectedly leaves her, and dies shortly thereafter in a freak accident. In 1939, she retreats to her in-law's country house to sort out the emotional wreckage of her failed marriage and premature widowhood. In this self-imposed exile, she finds solace in contributing to the war effort--tending to the hens on a neighbors farm, cultivating a victory garden, and conducting an orchestra composed of local amateur musicians. In this quiet and intimate book, La’s rural life might seem inconsequential or perhaps even quaint, but her predicament and pathos are moving. And, her daily battles represent important generational and social struggles among women to lead independent and dignified lives in the face of hardship, moral ambiguities, burdensome class and social conventions, and isolation. La Stone may be rendered with softer lines and contours, yet she bears many of the memorable and inspiring qualities of McCall Smith's well-known heroines. --Lauren Nemroff

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Yes, I track my books on Goodreads. Sometimes I find out about books I otherwise wouldn't have known about, and I've also taken books off of my reading list based on my friends' reviews.

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Just joined the goodreads.com group. thanks for the hint emoticon .

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Gayle Lynds - The Book of Spies - ****^

For centuries, emperors, historians and even the Vatican have tried to find the real life library of Ivan the Terrible, the Library of Gold.

Called "The Library of Gold" because all of the covers are encrusted with real gems and inlaid in gold, the books contain manuscripts that have long been forgotten and thought lost. From plays written by Euripides to Confucius who wrote 'The Six Works', a series of commentaries on how we should treat one another.

Ms. Lynds has taken the real life search for this lost library and has skillfully woven it into a novel dealing in treachery, false accusations of murder, two years of time lost in prison, death of a father and the workings of Catapult, a little known, highly classified, tightly knit group of people in the CIA.

If Robert Ludlum style reading is for you, so is this book.

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 6 stars

I loved this intense ending to the Hunger Games trilogy! There were things that happened that bothered me, but I realize that bad things happen in life all the time.

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New to Spark and this group.

This is a great team, always looking to broaden my authors. Does anyone else use Goodreads to track their overall library?

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I just finished reading Chesapeake by James Minchener. It is an older book published in 1978 and deals with several families living in the Chesapeake Bay area, from 1583 to 1978. For me it was a terrific and entertaining history lesson. with elements of poverty, slavery and industry defined by the people along the Choptank River. It took a while to read as it is very long, but well worth the time. Soon, I will start another novel of Mr. Minchener called Hawaii.


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Hot Target - Suzanne Brockmann - 4*

Jane Mercedes Chadwick has worked hard to cultivate her image, and having a bodyguard around would prove that her reputation as Hollywood's "Party Girl Producer" is more fiction than fact. But after she begins receiving death threats from a group of neo-Nazis who object to her latest project, Jane's studio ignores her protests and hires Troubleshooters, Inc. Babysitting a hot movie producer should have been an easy assignment. Then U.S. Navy SEAL Cosmo Richter meets Jane, and not only does he have to convince the sharp-tongued and sharp-witted Jane that she really is in danger but Cosmo has to convince himself that becoming romantically involved with a client really isn't a good idea. Several characters from previous books in Brockmann's Troubleshooters, Inc., series have roles to play in her latest riveting tale of danger and desire, including FBI agent Jules Cassidy, whose old romance with actor Adam Wyndham and whose present, somewhat confusing relationship with Jane's younger brother provide even more romantic complications for the plot. Brockmann's latest is funny, sexy, suspenseful, and superb.

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Finding Mr. Right by Emily Carmichael 4* Predictable but enjoyable way it.

You, Lydia Keane, are in a great deal of trouble," says heavenly host Stanley. Having died while fooling around with her best friend Amy's husband, Lydia must atone for her sins by going back to earth and finding Amy a new spouse. It's a job that sexy Lydia thinks she can do with her hands tiedAuntil she discovers that her hands are paws. It seems that in a fit of celestial pique, Stanley has sent her back as a pudgy, flea-bitten corgi. Lydia's matchmaking efforts prove that her choice of men is, alas, no better as a dog than it was as a woman. Besides, Amy is having no trouble finding Mr. Right on her own. Lydia begins to wonder why she's here, unless it's to use her heightened dog-senses to help Amy find out who's trashing her place, and why. Although Lydia's character has occasional flashes of sharp humor and potential for more, Carmichael ultimately opts for cute and sweet, with lots of doggy antics and sex scenes that stop at the bedroom door. While the ending is somewhat predictable, Carmichael's latest has the irresistible warmth and charm of a newborn puppy.

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"The Brass Dolphin" by Joanna Trollope ****

Once again Trollope explores the dynamics of the family- here in 1938 England, a young woman and her "artist" (translate: unemployed and planning on staying that way) father. Dad borrows on the family home until the bank takes it over, daughter's eccentric employer offers them an unused villa on Malta as a refuge from the impending conflagration about to envelop Europe (little did they know!). On the island, Lila comes to the attention of three very different young men as first the Italians and then the Germans seek to deprive Britain of the excellent natural harbor of Valleta. Lila and the other inhabitants of Malta learn to live with the fear, hunger, and devastation which becomes their daily routine and Lila explores the ramifications of love. Nicely written - and without the usual pat ending.

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Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner

Addie and Valerie became best friends as children, and were certain they would be best friends forever, until high school. Valerie blossomed from an "ugly duckling" into a swan, became a cheerleader and hung out with the popular kids, while Addie was a shy and overweight outcast. An incident happened which further tore their friendship apart, and they never spoke again until 15 years later, when on the night of their high school reunion, Valerie shows up on Addie's doorstep, with blood on her coat and in need of Addie's help.

The two set out on a "Thelma and Louise" style adventure, (but without the violence), filled with humor and sadness, and the healing of long ago hurts.

I really enjoyed this book, and I had a lot of empathy for Addie; especially reading about her high school years, because I was lonely and an outcast in high school also, and shy. I really admired Addie for taking charge of her life and the struggle she went through to eventually lose her weight.

This book covered all the ranges of emotions, and was a great read; and I liked how the ending was a surprise and not something that I saw coming ahead of time. The ending was satisfying, yet it left certain things open for a sequel, and reading an interview with the author that was at the end of the book, she hinted there may be a sequel in the future. I hope so, because I'd love to read more about the adventures of Valerie and Addie.



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I'm currently reading Anna Karennina for the second time. First time was years and years ago.

I agree - an awesome book!

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Whiplash by Catherine Coulter

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Angel's Advocate by Mary Stanton 4*

The ever-popular Mary Stanton always impresses in this series featuring a haunted law firm in Savannah, Georgia. Life has been challenging since Bree started taking cases for the dead. Paying the bills has been especially tough. But when she agrees to defend a teen thief whose father recently died, she'll find that earning extra cash is the least of her worries.

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Flashpoint - Suzanne Brockmann - 4.5*

New people in addition to the SEALs since the former commander has started a private security company.

Veteran romantic-suspense novelist Brockmann serves up a heady mix of tension, romance and international intrigue. Readers first meet Agency computer specialist Tess Bailey posing as a topless barmaid in order to save field agent Lawrence Decker from a deadly setup. After she and gorgeous macho agent Diego "Jimmy" Nash succeed in rescuing Decker, they celebrate with a steamy one-night stand that they both later regret. Months later, Tess quits when she doesn't get the promotion she was promised; conveniently, partners Decker and Nash have quit the Agency as well and have signed on with a covert private agency, Troubleshooters, Incorporated. Assigned to earthquake-ravaged Kazbekistan (aka "The Pit") to retrieve the laptop of al-Qaeda warlord Padsha Bashir, they find themselves in need of a seasoned computer hacker: enter Tess. Player Nash is a bundle of nerves around Tess (he really likes her!), and Decker is smitten as well: it's the perfect love triangle. As Tess juggles the dangerous assignment and the affections of both men, Sophia, a mysterious woman who avenges her hatred of Padsha during the earthquake, asks their help in fleeing the country. Car bombs, shady American reporters, police interrogations, aftershocks and hot sex complicate matters, but it's a hotel ambush and Tess's kidnapping that sends both men on the rescue effort of their lives. Their brisk success allows the romantic entanglement to resume center stage, where, as far as romance fans are concerned, it belongs.


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Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann. 6*. Loved this book! Long (600 pages but worth it)
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Eveline Auerbach, the heroine of Anthropology of an American Girl, observes at one point that "pain becomes its own story." That may be the best way to begin talking about Hilary Thayer Hamann's arresting and provocative coming-of-age novel, set against the twilight years of Eveline's adolescence and the dawn of the 1980s--a decade made all the more infamous by books like American Psycho and Bright Lights, Big City. Hamann's 600-page epic is a worthy and welcome successor to those novels, as it charts the wistful and unsteady course of a girl experiencing the often brutal paradox of being a woman. Eveline is a curious soul. Much of her story unfolds in interior monologues that display how acutely--and how honestly--she observes herself and the men who lay claim to her, and no thought of hers is left unturned: she reflects with great tenderness both the guileless narcissism and the strange liberty of being young. Anthropology of an American Girl is an accomplished and absorbing work of fiction, resonant and romantic in the grandest sense, that will remind you what a great American novel really is. --Anne Bartholomew


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(11) Roast Mortem - Cleo Coyle 6 stars
This is book 9 of the ongoing "A Coffeehouse Mystery" series. The manager and head barista of the coffeehouse Village Blend, Claire Cosi always seems to find herself in the thick of another mystery. With the help of her employees, her ex-husband Matteo, her ex-mother-in-law Madame, and her new boyfriend Mike (who happens to be a NYPD detective, she always seems to manage to solve the crime. This time out Claire is also interacting with the NYFD who are responding to a series of fires at coffeehouses around NYC. An arsonist is at work and unfortunately several deaths occur including two of the firefighters. This outing also brings back Detective Mike Quinn's cousin Michael Quinn who is the fire chief at Ladder Company 189. Their story and the acrimony between them is woven into the ongoing murder mystery. I love this series and started reading them mainly because of my obsession with Starbucks. However, I also like the authors' other series "Haunted Bookshop Mysteries". They are tightly woven, good continuity, and a great storyline.

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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregor Maguire 3 stars

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20) Body Double by Tess Gerritsen 4 stars

Another Rizzoli & Isles Boston Hoicide police procedural. Dr. Isles returned from a conference in Paris to find the BPD investigating a shooting of a woman - in front of her house, and the woman is a double for Dr. Isles. Meanwhile, someone is kidnapping pregnant women. And Jane Rizzoli is hugely pregnant.

21) Murder Walks the Plank (Death on Demand) by Carolyn Hart 3 stars
As a change of pace, I read a more cozy murder mystery. Annie Darling owns the bookstore Death on Demand - she and her husband Max are trying to solve the attempted murder of a non-assuming woman, the murder of a retired model, and a mysterious man killed in the swamps. Set on a barrier island in South Carolina. Charming series.

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Defending Angels by Mary Stanton 5*

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Starred Review. A unique angle and smart plotting highlight the launch of Stanton's Beaufort & Company paranormal mystery series. After inheriting her uncle's Savannah, Ga., law practice, Bree Winston-Beaufort gets a call from Benjamin Skinner, a despised—and deceased—billionaire. Bree, thrust into the mysterious world of Celestial Law, agrees to represent the late Mr. Skinner before the Celestial Court, where he is on trial for greed. A cast of colorful and imaginative characters, including handsome, annoying PI Gabriel Striker, support her as she searches for witnesses to Skinner's rare altruism and untimely death. Stanton (A Taste for Murder and others as Claudia Bishop) balances the pace skillfully, seamlessly weaving Bree's bewildering supernatural experiences into her investigation. Engaging and charismatic, angel's advocate Bree will be a breath of fresh air for fans of paranormal cozy mysteries.

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We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.
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Crossfire-Dick & Felix Francis-******6 stars
This is the last book that Dick and Francis teamed up on before Dick's death. It is absolutely perfect. The internet, the IEDs in Afganistan, and the delightful characterizations are fresh. I hope that Felix continues to write.

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Lets see, I love to read and so far this month I have read, Blood Ties by Kay Hooper I will give this one 3 stars didn't hold my attention as her other books normally do.

The Search by Nora Roberts this one I give 4 stars I love Nora and this one was just as good as any of her books.

And the Grace River Valley Trilogy by Robyn Carr. All three books get 4 stars from me. I love Robyn's work as well.

Right now I am currently reading Debbie Macomber's Orchard Valley Grooms.

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Ocean of Fire by Christine Feehan 3*

From Publishers Weekly
Brimming with exhilarating action sequences and sultry love scenes, Feehan's over-the-top paranormal romance, the newest in her Drake Sisters series (The Twilight Before Christmas, etc.), spotlights Abigail Drake, a witch who can communicate with dolphins. Set in quaint Sea Haven, Calif., the novel opens as Abigail, one of seven enigmatic sisters with magical powers, witnesses a brutal murder while swimming with her dolphins in Sea Haven harbor. In a scene that crackles with tension, Abigail swims to the rescue of a second man who, wounded, has fallen into the ocean—making her the target of the Russian killers and some hungry sharks. The brush with danger leads her back into the arms of sexy Interpol agent Aleksandr Volstov, who broke her heart four years earlier. Together, Aleksandr and Abigail engage in sensual foreplay as he searches for those responsible for his partner's murder and the culprits involved in a smuggling ring. Though the passion and intrigue can grow overheated, Feehan's well-crafted characters—like the sisters' quirky Aunt Carol, whose thirst for excitement and love of photography come together in the strangest moments—ground the tale and give it some much-needed levity.


"When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes."
Dediderius Erasmus Roterdamus

We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld


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Catherine Coulter - Whiplash - 5 *****

A Sherlock & Savitch FBI Thriller the shows Ms. Coulter at the top of her genre. When it takes me 63 chapters and I still haven't figured out "Whodunit", well, that doesn't happen often. Then, when I find out "Whodunit" and I hadn't had a clue - well, I did, but Ms. Coulter persuaded me to look in another direction, it's been a really good book for me.

Two different situations, apparently tied to each other, start the book out with a burglary, a dead body, a cheating husband and a pharmaceutical company gone renegade.

Then it gets better.

If you like thrillers, this is one you really don't want to miss.

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C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton 4 stars

"It is never too late to be what you might have been." -George Eliot



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Second Glance by Jodi Picoult
6 Stars

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It is August in Comtosook, Vt., yet suddenly the temperature fluctuates wildly, rose petals mysteriously fall like snow, patches of land are completely frozen and roiling garter snakes cover the ground. Suspense and the supernatural are artfully interwoven in this 10th novel by Picoult (Perfect Match, etc.), in which a man desperately seeks to join his fiancee in death, and a 1930s eugenics project comes back to haunt a small town in Vermont. Ever since his beloved Aimee was killed in a car accident, Ross Wakeman has deliberately put himself at risk, hoping to die. When nothing works, and a job with a paranormal investigator brings him no closer to Aimee, he moves in with his sister, Shelby, in Comtosook. As chance would have it, strange phenomena are plaguing the town, and Ross is drawn into an investigation of a piece of land that local Abenaki Indians claim is an old burial ground. In the process, he meets lovely Lia Beaumont, who has some mysterious connection to sinister goings-on 70 years before in Comtosook. Many more characters are essential to the elaborate, engrossing plot, including Spencer Pike, once a eugenics expert and now a tormented old man in a nursing home; Meredith Oliver, a genetic diagnostician with an uncanny resemblance to Lia Beaumont; and Ross's eight-year-old nephew, Ethan, who suffers from a condition that makes him allergic to sunlight. Picoult's ability to bring them all vividly to life is remarkable. Firmly rooting her otherworldly tale in everyday reality, she produces a spellbinding suspense novel offering insight into the human spirit and the depths of true love.

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Not normally into the paranormal subject, but this book was great!! I was taken in from the get go!


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Gone Too Far - Suzanne Brockmann - 4.5*

The continuing story of a group of SEALs, their lives and adventures.

When U.S. Navy SEAL Sam Starrett travels to Florida to try to convince his estranged wife, Mary Lou, to sign their divorce papers, he finds the body of a murdered woman in the house where Mary Lou and their baby, Haley, now live. FBI agent Alyssa Locke is put in charge of the investigation, but her brief yet memorable prior relationship with Sam creates an almost untenable working situation. When a possible tie between Mary Lou and terrorists responsible for an earlier attempt to kill the president in San Diego arises, the case becomes even more complicated. In her latest installment in the Troubleshooter series about the Navy SEALs of Team 16, New York Times best-selling and RITA Award-winning Brockmann finally brings Alyssa and Sam together, two tough, smart, stubborn, and surprisingly complex people whose professional and romantic clashes provide plenty of simmering sexual chemistry. In this exceptionally suspenseful tale, Brockmann's sleek combination of taut plotting, superb characterization, and sizzlingly sexy, emotionally intense romance is absolutely addictive.

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The Lady in Question By Victoria Alexander 4*

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A silky weaving of humor and intrigue, Alexander's newest Regency-era romance (following Love with the Proper Husband) launches with the death of Delia Effington's rakehell husband, who was secretly an English spy. The two had been married only a matter of days, and now Delia, widowed and wealthy, finds herself adrift in an unfamiliar house with only a few servants to keep her company. Little does she know that her husband's death put her under government suspicion, and handsome spy Viscount Tony St. Stephens has infiltrated her home in the guise of an elderly butler to protect her and to pry out her secrets. And little does Tony know that he'll fall fast and hard for Delia. Alexander raises the stakes when Delia begins to masquerade as her twin sister, and Tony tosses off his white wig and begins to court Delia. Though the oftentimes dim-witted Delia doesn't ring true as an adventuress and the aristocratic hero/spy character has become a cliche, Alexander's offering showcases the playful prose and seamless storytelling that have turned readers into fans and landed her books on bestseller lists.

"When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes."
Dediderius Erasmus Roterdamus

We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld


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Joyride by Jack Ketchum- **** (4 stars)

Hoping to escape from her abusive ex-husband, a woman and her lover successfully carry out their plot to murder him, only to find themselves at the mercy of an obsessive, twisted stranger who witnessed the crime.

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Degunking your email, spam, and viruses by Jeff Duntemann 3 stars

This had many recommendations that are very helpful. It was however written in 2005 (I think) and that makes it almost antique. I will check to see if there is a more current book that would be more helpful for me since I do very little surfing. I am just a recreational user and don't do much on my computer besides Spark and email.


Unfinished business: one man's extraordinary year of trying to do the right things by Lee Kravitz. 4 stars

This is a very interesting self examination of a man's life. He loses his job so with his free time contacts people from his past who were influential to his personal development. He also at the end shows how you can set up your own unfinished business list and how to go about completing it. A definite to do. Very good book to start you thinking.



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Water For Elephants- Sarah Gruen- 6 stars.
Love this book. Couldn't put it down. Finished in 2 days. Might have something to do with the fact that the movie is being made starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. I am a huge Pattinson fan.

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Anna Karenina by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (finished)---Fantastic Book

The God Who is There (finished) by D.A. Carson----hugely impacting

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut-----generates much thought (currently reading)

Midnight's Children by Salmon Rushdie----not a fan of his writing style, but determined to finish reading it.

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(10) Dyer Consequences - Maggie Sefton - 6 stars
This is the sixth in the "A Knitting Mystery" series set in the Fort Connor, Colorado area. The main character is Kelly Flynn who has just bought her dream, an alpaca ranch. Unfortunately, the ranch seems to be cursed and Kelly suffers through a series of misfortunes ranging from slashed tires, to her dog Carl getting poisoned and her brakes cut which lands her with a broken leg. In between solving the mystery of the ranch, Kelly continues to spend time at the local yarn shop, House of Lambspun, which has also suffered misfortune in a break-in which leads to the death of a young woman or so it seems. There is a twist to this story which ties in a character from a previous book in the series. I love this series because the characters are becoming more fleshed out with each addition to the series. In addition, the book provides a recipe or two and a knitting pattern at the end. I'm more of a crochet person myself, but every now and then I pick up the knitting needles so this is great.

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(9) Apache Summer - Heather Graham - 5 stars
This book is the third in a Civil War trilogy about the Slater brothers. Jamie Slater is the youngest brother who has to make a transition after the Civil War from Rebel to calvary officer in the United States Army. In addition, he is caught up in the beginning of the Indian wars as the tribes are pushed onto reservations and away from their traditional lands. The story revolves around a rescue newspaper woman Tess Stuart who is trying to save her ranch and town from a local carpetbagger. These were northerners who took advantage of the southern people after the war buying up land when taxes couldn't be paid. In the end, Lt. Slater, the Apaches and Comanches, and the U.S. Calvary all band together to stop the carpetbagger from his evil ways. I'm a big fan of Civil War novels so this trilogy appealed to me plus it did weave the entire family throughout all three novels. I just love ongoing series.

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(8) Chapter & Hearse - Lorna Barrett - 6 stars
This book is part of the ongoing "A Booktown Mystery" series and this series just keeps getting better. The story is set in the little New England town of Stoneham, New Hampshire. The town reinvented itself by inviting booksellers of all types to set up shop in their town. The main character is a Mystery bookshop owner named Tricia Miles. This time out her sister Angelica is off on her book tour to support her new cookbook leaving Tricia to take care of Angelica's boyfriend who was hurt in an explosion that killed another bookstore owner. However, Bob doesn't want help and refuses to cooperate with Tricia, Angelica, and the police in tracking down the killer. With help from her employees, Tricia solves the murder just in time to not become a victim herself. I love this series. It is fairly fast paced and set in a bookstore and set in a mystery bookstore. Who can resist?

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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande 4 stars

This book is about how something as simple as a checklist can help improve communication in teams (the illustrations the author gives in the book are about professional experiences, but it can also be applied to personal experiences), thereby drastically decreasing errors. Despite how beneficial a checklist can be, there are many skeptics as to its usefulness, and Atul Gawande illustrates examples of checklists on flights, in surgeries, in construction jobs, and more to demonstrate how anyone and everyone can benefit from using them.

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(7) Water Bound - Christine Feehan - 5 stars
This book is the latest in Ms Feehan's Sea Haven novels. Although the Drake sisters' saga has closed, there are still plenty of people in Sea Haven with otherworldly talents. This book introduces Rikki, a sea urchin diver who is a functional austic. Her talent is she is able to manipulate water and she uses that talent to protect the ones she loves. We also get to know better Lev Prakenskii who showed up as a bodyguard in the last Drake novel and was part of the group on the yacht that were sucked into the sea. I like these novels and would recommend them to anyone who likes ongoing characters. Ms. Feehan does entwine them throughout her series so they are not just standing solo.

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(6) Death's Excellent Vacation - Charlaine Harris, et.al. - 6 Stars
This anthology of stories addresses things that can and do happen when the paranormal world takes a vacation. There's a brand new Sookie Stackhouse story for the "True Blood" fans, Guardian Aisling Grey, as well as other familiar characters from other ongoing stories. I enjoy these anthologies because they provide short stories for ongoing characters for those of who can't wait in between novels. They also introduce you to new characters who you might want to peruse.

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