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The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Jamie Ford
2 Stars

Moves back and forth between pre-WWII in Seattle and 1986 Seattle and concerns internment of Japanese and Japanese-Americans and the relationship between a young boy and young girl. Story starts out well enough w/good descriptions and character development but soon bogs down in cliches and clumsy writing. I only finished reading it because it was selection for one of the two book discussion groups I belong to in our parish library system. We meet on Saturday to discuss. I will be interested to hear what the others thought:)

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Io Deceneus: Journal of a Time Traveler by Florian Armas 2 stars

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The Best of US by Robyn Carr (Sullivans Crossing Book 4) ****
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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena, 3 stars.

Read this for the bookclub group. It's a mystery-suspense where a young couple's baby daughter disappears from their home, and the reader follows from various perspectives as the couple, their friends and family, and the police try to find the girl and uncover the truth. I found it easy to read and fairly engaging, but not especially surprising. If you like thrillers and quick reads, I think this is a solid choice.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon 4.5 stars

I had seen the movie a couple of years ago and wanted to see how the book was. It was really good, easy read, and if you are completely unfamiliar with it, there is a great twist!

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Verity by Colleen Hoover

The Secret Diary of Helen Blackstone-novella by Michele Pariza Wacek



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--Shadow by Michael Morpurgo (5*)
Aman left Afghanistan for England six years ago and was smuggled into England. Now he and his mother have been caught and are scheduled for deportation. He tells his story to his friend Matt's grandfather, who is a retired journalist, who starts a campaign to stop the deportation. This was a fairly good kids' story, especially the part about Aman's journey that was made more interesting by Aman's relationship with a lost bomb-sniffer dog who accompanied him part of the way. The writing was aimed at a middle-grade level, and it would be a great book to hold their interest and to improve their reading skills.

--The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith (4*)
Mma Ramotswe, Botswana's No.1 lady detective, has reluctantly agreed to take a holiday and leave Mma Makutsi in charge but finds herself unable to let go and trust her junior partner to work without her. This really was a cute story that I just couldn't seem to get engrossed in. The characters were delightfully kind, pleasant, and well-meaning, and Mma Ramotswe made a lot of interesting and wise observations about life that were worth contemplating and appreciating, but the cases themselves never caught my interest, and their solutions struck me as a bit hokey. On another day in another mood I probably would have enjoyed it more.

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The Law is a Lady by Nora Roberts ****

I like anything she writes!

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The Child Finder
By Rene Denfeld
5 stars
Warning - trigger points - sexual abuse, abduction
Tense, terrifying and tender. Haunting and atmospheric.

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When We Found Home by Susan Mallery ****

One of my favorite authors and this is my second favorite of her books. 3 half siblings who are introduced later in life. Great read!

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The Alice Network
By Kate Quinn
5 stars
We did this book for our Book Club. It was enjoyed by everyone and resulted in a good discussion. Two parallel storylines combine to provide a window into wartorn France during the two world wars, and immediately after. In one, a network of strong and sometimes reckless female spies working for the allies during WWI ends in torture and capture. In the second two feisty women and a Scotsman take a road trip and seek revenge following WWII. Based on some historical fact, this novel is both engaging and instructive.

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--Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat (3*)
The narrator was raised by her aunt and grandmother in Haiti until she is summoned to NYC at age 12 by her mother. The mores for women in the Haitian culture have brought much misery to this family, even in America. The narrator resolves to break the sad legacy in order to give her daughter a chance for a freer and happier life. The novel was not particularly well developed IMHO. I loved the first part about the childhood in Haiti and what the author had to say about life there, but the middle segments just seemed to ramble, and it wasn't until the last few chapters that the book finally got back on track and coalesced to make its points.

--Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (2*)
A white supremacist couple get the hospital to forbid an African-American nurse from touching their newborn. When the baby dies, they convince the police that she murdered him and an ugly trial ensues. What sounded like a great idea for a book was sadly, badly executed. We have cardboard stereotypes, hokey melodrama, and cliché after cliché strung out like beads on a string.The courtroom and hospital scenes were exceptionally weak and unrealistic. The writing style was on the level of a bad Lifetime movie, maybe. I have discovered I am not a Picoult fan, having now read three of her books and finding her writing style decidedly schlocky.

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News of the World - Paulette Jiles 5 stars

Lovely read. Author is a poet and her prose is pitch-perfect. Following the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kidd travels Northern Texas reading news from a wide variety of newspapers to paying townsfolk. He agrees to deliver an orphaned 10 yr old girl, who was captured by and has lived with Kiowa Indians for the past 6 years, to surviving relatives near San Antonio. The story of their travel south is rich in detail and characters. The last book I rated a FIVE was A Gentleman in Moscow by Armor Towles and that was two years ago:)

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The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty

2 stars


The story of 4 women who have been friends for 20 years. They go on vacation every year and this time they each write an anonymous letter detailing a secret they have never told the others. One person writes a fifth anonymous letter which is found by one of the other friends.


I kind of liked the book. For me, it seemed like too much stuff had built up during the 20 years of friendship. Just wasn't my cup of tea.











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--The Black Box by Michael Connelly (4*)
Harry Bosch is working cold cases and trying to solve the murder of a Danish journalist found executed in an alley during the LA riots 20 years ago. Harry's new self-serving chief doesn't care about victims or crime-solving except in terms of how much it puts him in a good light with the higher ups, so Harry, who is obsessed with the need for justice for victims and their loved ones, is soon at cross purposes with a chief who wants him out by any means. Everybody hates Harry...except his readers because his readers can still depend on Harry being Harry. I found this one to be an exceptionally engrossing mystery with very few dull spots. I would have rated it higher except for some implausibilities that annoyed me.

--Kaspar: Prince of Cats by Michael Morpurgo (4*)
Penniless orphan bellboy at a luxurious London Hotel risks losing his job and room to take in the depressed cat of a deceased guest. He is helped by a rich little American girl, and they decide she should take the cat home with her. The bellboy goes to see them off on their return trip to America then impulsively decides to stow away--on the Titanic. This cat story had its charms, and the bellboy was a wonderful protagonist, although the rich girl was obnoxious and mentally deranged. It is more of a book for young readers rather than one with appeal for all ages. I hated the ending and thought it would have been a better book if the author had stopped a few pages sooner. The lovely illustrations added a lot to the appeal.

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


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The Cat Who Came in from the Cold by Deric Longden (5*)
A pitiful rain-drenched kitten takes over the hearts and home of the author and his wife. Told with self-deprecating wry humor and warmth, Longden weaves a tale of misadventures that the kitten and his family share in his first year of life. The tale is adorable and so are the illustrations. It looked like a book for young readers, but it isn't, although it is one that would be a fun read for cat people of all ages.

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Ask Anyone: A Romance Novel (A Trinity Harbor Novel Book 2) by Sherryl Woods ****

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The Wife - Meg Wolitzer (5 stars)

Having been wanting to read one of her books for years. Was reading this when Glenn Close won the SAG best actress award for the movie.

Wife of author winning literary award in Finland reflects back on her life. Very thought provoking. At times it dragged or frustrated me but surprise ending and I was left wanting to know what happened next.

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It's OK Not to Share by Heather Shumaker 5*

It's OK to Go Up the Slide by Heather Shumaker 5*

Joshua and the Arrow Realm by Donna Galanti 5*

White Stag by Kara Berbieri 6*

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I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (6*)
Someone is sending pitiful loser Ed three cryptic messages on each ace of all four suits to direct him to people for whom he can fill a need to make their lives better. However, if he fails to decipher the clues, the sender sends hints that can be scary or even painful. I really loved this book, kind of a contemporary Christmas Carol without ghosts and a lot more difficult tasks. I loved its painfully flawed characters, loved the life lessons, and loved the author's way with words and how the story was developed.The character and motivation of the mystery man sender may have been too cryptic considering how important it is that the reader get it. However, the book was so wonderful that I can't complain..

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
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Tonight and Always by Nora Roberts ****

Oldie but a goodie!

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The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (5*)
Young Locke leads what is considered the smallest, poorest street-thief gang in Camorr and loves being underestimated because Locke and his friends prefer lucrative high-stakes con games to humdrum theft, even if it means breaking rules punishable by death. Suddenly, there arises a lethal new rival for alpha position in the underworld, and he means Locke no good.
Q: If you crossed Artful Dodger with Ocean's Eleven, what would you get? A: A total hoot! This is one of the best, and most fun, fantasy series going, IMHO, so if you are a fan of gentlemen bandits, then don't miss this crew of lovable con-men who specialize in the impossible. The only thing Locke appears unable to do convincingly is tell the truth.

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Hound Dog True
By Linda Urban
4 stars
A lovely junior novel for children in the tween years, say 9 and up. Mattie is shy, and lonely, and friendless, but she discovers that she has much more in common with others than she thought...

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Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand **

This is the 2nd book I have read by this author I didn't like the first one but I thought maybe it was the story line. This one was a slow start but I finally started getting in to it, liked the format, was getting involved with the characters but the ending was horrible! This is book 1 of a series, so maybe it was meant to leave a cliff hanger, but not my favorite.

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

5 stars

A couple leaves their baby at home while they are at a dinner party next door.

A fast read! A page turner! This was good!








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A Plague of Doves
By Louise Erdrich
4 stars
Erdrich is a masterful writer. This is more an exploration of character than a novel with a linear plot, so I found it a little hard to follow at times, and I am sure that more than once, I missed the point. Still, her writing is vivid enough to carry the reader along, and in this case, the ending made it well worth the meandering path we took to get there.
While reading this book I kept imagining myself walking through a dense forest, where every tree was a character and every leaf was a word, and I had to piece it all together to find my way home.

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Oil and Marble: a Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo
By Stephanie Storey
5 stars
Amazing to think that Michelangelo and Da Vinci lived in such close proximity! Of course they would have had a huge influence on one another. This beautifully imagined novel incorporates enough facts to convince us that this is indeed how it all played out!
And Oh! Now I REALLY need to visit Italy!!

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47 Things by Lilliana Anderson 4 stars

Ok, so this was one of my guilty pleasure books. Totally chick lit!!

DIET IS A FOUR LETTER WORD!!!!

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

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The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore (5*)
Between the World Wars hundreds of young women painted glow in the dark clock dials with radium paint that involved using their lips to maintain the point on the brush. The companies went to extremes to continue the practice, deny the danger of the work, and fight legal suits although well aware that they were killing their employees by a means that involved years of hideous pain and disability. This is a tragic story told many times, but this book is not only concerned with the objective medical and legal facts but also subjectively humanizes the story of the real women and their families impoverished by medical expenses, who suffered and died fighting to save others from their fate. The story is hard to take but worthwhile reading.

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Not Quite Over You (Happily Inc Book 4) by Susan Mallery ****

Sweet romance.

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The Family Gathering by Robyn Carr

3 stars

Dakota Jones is discharged from the army and goes home to try and reconnect with his family.

This is the 3rd installment of the Sullivan's Crossing novels by Ms. Carr. I haven't read the first two. The story was good. It took me a while to get through it. I liked it well enough.









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Apprentice in Death by J. D. Robb ****

Another solid entry in one of my favorite series.

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Chance Harbor
By Holly Robinson
2 stars
I think that if you are a person who likes romance novels you would probably rate this higher than a two star- I just can't develop a liking for the genre. I don't know why I keep trying!

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Skellig by David Almond (4*)
Young Michael, traumatized by his family's move to an abominable fixer-upper and his preemie sister's failure to thrive due to a heart defect, finds amid the filthy garage full of junk Skellig, a sick humanoid...something...with wings. Michael and the oddball neighbor girl Mina find that caring for the cantankerous, secretive Skellig, also helps with what ails them, while the book explores motifs of William Blake, birds, education, evolution, persisting in moving forward, and the throwing off of various shackles to find real life and joy amid all the troubles, pains, and dangers of being alive. An odd and cryptical little book, it is strangely compelling as the reader goes with the flow into more magic and mystery than answers.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
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Leverage in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, Book 47) by J. D. Robb *****

Worth the wait! Love this series!

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The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo (4*)
During WWII Lily's family is among those evicted from their Devon farm so the American military can use the coast for live ammo sea invasion maneuvers in preparation for D-Day. The move spooks Lily's cat who disappears, getting left behind when the restricted area is closed off. This was a great bildungsroman of the good old-fashioned kind when coming of age literature was often about other times and places and filled with history and life lessons. However, it was not my favorite Morpurgo novel since it was more about the people than the animals, and Tips was hardly in it, more talked about than present. The main character was annoyingly immature but the story wasn't--people die, animals die, there's a war going on.

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That Wintry Feeling by Debbie Macomber *** This is one of her earlier books. Not my favorite!


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In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (3*)
This a fictionalized version of the lives and deaths of the anti-Trujillo Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic, three of whom were killed by Trujillo's goons in 1960. The true story of the Mirabals is stunning, this fictionalized version, not so much. The events and dialogue that the author made up often had me wondering what she was thinking to include such crap. I found much of the book to be dragged out and so boring that I couldn't stick with it for any lengthy stretch.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel 5*

Twenty-one essays about the reading life. "Confess Your Literary Sins" is about sometimes feeling ashamed because we haven't read a "supposed to have read" book. "I'm Begging My Heart to Break" is about books we love because they do that very thing. "Bookworm Problems" includes having all of your library holds come in at the same time and buying a copy of a book to get home and find you already have it. Lots of giggles here, a delight for a winter's night reading, just 147 pages.




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The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly (5*)
Lincoln Lawyer, Mickey Haller, is convinced that he is actually defending an innocent man! As his legal team pokes into places that the cops overlooked, they put Haller and his client into the real killer's crosshairs. Mickey needs to shake off his personal demons, quit hitting the sauce, and get back to the top of his game if he is to save them both. This book is both a great whodunnit and a nowproveit. The story is IMHO one of Connelly's better crafted novels.

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


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The Book of Unholy Mischief
Ellen Newmark
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A feast for the sense - early renaissance Venice. Visualizing the sights of the annual La Sensa festival and the elegant clothing worn by the rich. Smelling and tasting in my mind the sumptuous food prepared by Chef Ferrero. Hearing in my mind the sounds of the open air markets. Characters were richly portrayed and I loved them all, even the wickedly evil ones. The story-telling was a bit of a jumble and amusingly non-nonsensical but it was highly entertaining and did bid me to do some further research when I finished (as in Gnostic Gospels).

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Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell (5*)
Teen girl from family of meth cookers in backwoods Missouri Ozarks is the only caretaker for her mentally ill mother, two small brothers, and all the chores. Her father disappears after using their property for bail, and, as his court date looms, she desperately takes crazy, deadly risks to find him before they lose everything. This is a short "finish in one sitting" book, and the prose has a flow that few writers can create. Yes, it is better than the movie. I personally didn't care for the story itself, but I was blown away by how well it was executed--creative, unique, skillfully crafted, and worthy of much admiration.

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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and other clinical tales
By Oliver Sacks
3 stars
Lower rating only because of datedness, reflected in the terminology of the time. The case studies themselves were interesting, even fascinating.

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About That Man: A Romance Novel (A Trinity Harbor Novel Book 1) by Sherryl Woods ***

Nice, light read. Southern charm.

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The End of Everything
By Megan Abbott
4 stars
A 13 year old girl is thought to have been abducted by a 45 year old neighbourhood man. Her best friend attempts to help bring her home. The best friend is our unreliable narrator, and she tells the story through her own, very 13 year old, filter.
The writing is a bit up and down; sometimes terrific, sometimes a bit on the weak side, but all in all, an engaging read.

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The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon (4*)
In an alternative history, an Alaskan colony of WWII Jewish refugees is facing eviction as their territory is about to be reclaimed by the US. When a sweet chess genius, junkie, crime Lord's son is murdered in the same flophouse where the protagonist lives, the former chess prodigy turned misfit alcoholic detective takes crazy risks to solve the crime before he loses his job, residence, and country. This book had the makings of a great novel--original and clever plot, unique characters, many great and humorous turns of phrase, murder and mystery, and even a little romance, but somehow, it couldn't hold my interest, and I often had a hard time concentrating. It was undoubtedly an impressive novel that others might find more enjoyable than I did, but it wasn't a personal favorite.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
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Circe - Madeline Miller 4.5*

Extremely well written journey through Greek mythology from the viewpoint of Circe - daughter of the Titan Helios.

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Playing With Fire
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3 stars
Starts out strong, but loses steam near the end. A bit of a weirdly mixed bag...

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Winter on folks!!

DIET IS A FOUR LETTER WORD!!!!

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

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

Just keep on moving and you'll get there.


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Book Ratings:

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

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