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5/29/17 9:40 P

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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]

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5/21/17 12:15 A

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I finished The Last Chance Olive Ranch. It alternated between action with China on the olive ranch, and her husband, McQuaid, who has a violent prison escapee gunning for him. Definitely exciting, with lots of luscious recipes at the end.

I'm planning to pick up the newest Dorothea Benton Frank novel, which finally arrived. I didn't finish the last one, because I was rather bored by it, whereas I've thoroughly enjoyed most of hers that I've read.

At some point, I'll read the newest James Rollins Sigma Force novel that I picked up at Costco a few months ago. I may try rereading that series, as I've pretty well forgotten where we are with some of the characters. He always has heart-stopping action, fascinating science & history, and usually with a bit of supernatural twist.

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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5/18/17 1:34 A

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I finished rereading the amazing series of urban fantasy novels by Anne Bishop, beginning with Written in Red. It's hard to believe how good they are, how compelling the alternate reality she's created, and the characters who inhabit it.

I'm now reading the newest China Bayles mystery by Susan Wittig Albert, The Last Chance Olive Ranch.

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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5/17/17 1:07 A

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I've been reading "The Conquest of Bread" by Peter Kropotkin.

I've been watching the old Addams Family TV show with my partner, plus nature documentaries we rent from the library.

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4/8/17 4:19 P

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I really hoped the new book would feature the same characters, as I really cared about them, and want to know what happens next in their lives. But the new novel, 'Forever, Again' deals with completely different folks and reincarnation. Not as compelling (as in "I just can't stop reading!") for me, but quite intriguing.

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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4/8/17 12:48 A

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I got a new YA novel by Victoria Laurie (a professional psychic who writes mysteries featuring psychics), but first started rereading her first young adult novel--a fascinating mystery titled When. I'm just finishing it--pretty much the only thing I did after work today! I highly recommend it, and it is a fast, compelling read.

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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3/29/17 12:39 A

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I'm now about half way through a follow up novel to Vulcan's Forge by the same 2 authors, Vulcan's Heart. Ties in beautifully to a number of characters from various episodes & movies--Saavik, the half-Vulcan/half-Romulan from the movies, the female Romulan commander from The Enterprise Incident (TOS), ponn far from Amok Time (TOS), Rachel Carson, captain of the Enterprise C in Yesterday's Enterprise (STNG), Spock's interest in Romulan/Vulcan reunification (STNG &/or DS9). Makes me want to go back and watch all the old 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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3/24/17 12:45 A

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Loved both books! Then I got Season 4 of Elementary, which has very good storytelling & intriguing characters. Watched all the episodes, and was in the mood for something fun, so pulled out an old Star Trek novel, Vulcan's Forge which centers on Spock, post-Kirk's death. I've almost finished it, and have enjoyed it greatly. I find myself picturing some of the new crew as well as the original cast in my head.

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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3/2/17 12:19 A

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I reread a few choice scenes, in 2 earlier Mercy Thompson novels, including the end of Night Broken, and have now started rereading Fire Touched, the most recent novel in the series, in preparation of the next book coming out on Tuesday, which I will buy on the release date and begin reading immediately. I have to pre-order the new Others novel, which will be shipped on release date (also next Tuesday) and hopefully get to me on Friday. I'll be rereading the last one or 2 of those to get ready. I am just wild about both of these urban fantasy series with richly created universes with a variety of supernatural beings interacting with humans, some of whom have powers, and some who do not. Both authors, Patricia Briggs and Anne Bishop, are also very skilled at creating characters you can care about passionately, with humor, great emotional depth, and thrilling danger.

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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2/28/17 12:46 A

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I actually gave up on the Psalm 23 series halfway through one mystery--pacing and character development just started to feel off to me. Just finished another early Dorothea Benton Frank novel--another delight, Shem Creek. What I finally figured out is that she sometimes has tiny crossovers with cameo appearances of characters from earlier works. But because I'm hopping around in order, with other books in between, I'm not keeping them straight.

Time to reread the last Mercy Thompson and Other novels in preparation for the release of the next novels in each series on the same day!

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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2/21/17 1:17 A

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Sounds interesting.

Book 2 in the 23rd Psalm Mysteries series still hasn't come in, so I finally decided to read Book 3 and 4, which I've had for a couple weeks already, and just read the 2nd one when it finally gets returned. Enjoyable and fast moving

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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2/19/17 10:23 P

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I've been reading Kristin Britain's Rider series. It's definitely a fantasy series, that seems to draw from ancient Rome conquering ...well, everywhere else.

In the first story, Green Rider, a student running away from school comes across a dying Green Rider, one of the King's chosen messengers. He implores her to complete his mission, and she agrees in spite of the 2 arrows sticking out of him. Then she takes his horse and Green Rider brooch, and adventures (including stopping a war) ensue, with the help of Green Rider magic.

In the second novel, Karigan has agreed to become a Green Rider permanently, and the Dark Wild Magic contained behind the great wall has broken loose as a result of an incident in the previous book. Karigan learns of an ancestor and his role in the great war, and how it impacts them 1000 years later.

I am currently reading the High King's Tomb, in which a secret group has determined that it is time to overthrow the land. It's exciting, emotional, and allows us to check in with friends from the first 2 books.

It's a great series.

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2/1/17 12:42 A

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I stumbled across the first season of a BBC series (there was a funny, funny ad for BBC America before it began) Call the Midwife. I've only seen the first episode so far, and it's *very* good!

I finished that Psalm 23 debut mystery, The Lord Is My Shepherd, and enjoyed it greatly. I've requested the next 2, just waiting for them to arrive.

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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1/29/17 11:27 P

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This weekend watched DVDs of the first new Star Trek movie with my sister--loved it! I had seen the second, Into Darkness again recently, and posted somewhere that it was better than I remembered; that was because I hadn't finished it. The first third to half was sort of fun, but the rest got really dark and violent, and they badly cast Carol Marcus (the future mother of Kirk's unknown son, David, from The Wrath of Khan) with a strong English accent that magically disappeared in her later years, and have a white bread Englishman play Noonien Singh Khan with a cold and stiff delivery was a travesty that bore no relation to Ricardo Montalban's passionate & charismatic (as well as ethnic) portrayal. Ah, well, the filmmakers were redeemed in the third movie, Beyond, which had great repartee, thrilling action, humor, high energy, and poignant themes as well. Also a good supporting cast. My second time, Mary's first for that one.

Gave up on the Wolf Springs Chronicles co-written by Debbie Viguie who wrote the Witch Hunt novels I so enjoyed. I was nearly halfway through the second of 3 books of the YA series when I realized I really didn't care about any of the characters. Viguie is doing better in the book I just started, The Lord Is My Shepherd, the first of the Psalm 23 Mysteries, about a church secretary and a rabbi who get involved in a murder.

But the best book I've inhaled recently was Dorothea Benton Frank's Return to Sullivans Island. I loved her debut novel, Sullivans Island, and this features the same family, though focusing on the daughter, rather than the mother. This woman can write! You care deeply about the fascinating and imperfect people, and she helps you see and smell the Lowcountry of South Carolina. I have a few more of hers from the library to read. I *highly* recommend these books!

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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1/23/17 10:07 P

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"God Has a Plan B for Women"

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Just finished the third (and possibly last) Witch Hunt novel by Debbie Viguie. Wow! Extremely good urban fantasy trilogy. I guess she might return with the characters, but the 3-story arc tied up very nicely with some strong lessons about self-acceptance and letting go of inner demons and limitations. Hard stories to put down, though--just feel I should warn you about that!
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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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1/15/17 11:48 P

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That title sounds familiar, though I know I haven't read it. Where is it set?

I discovered a new urban fantasy writer, Donna (?) Viguie and enjoyed her first novel in the Witch Hunt series, The Thirteenth Sacrifice; very intriguing.
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Almost done with Dorothea Benton Frank's debut novel, Sullivan Island, which is fantastic--bounces back and forth between modern day (1999) and 1963 during the turbulent Southern childhood of the main character. I'm going to enjoy reading more of her novels.
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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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1/12/17 11:35 A

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - for the book club I've joined. Slow start but now I'm hooked and want to know what happened to his friend.

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1/11/17 11:30 P

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I picked up the first Donna Andrews mystery and was mildly entertained for a while, but found myself getting more and more annoyed with it. I finally figured out the protagonist had no sense of appropriate boundaries: "friends" and family kept taking advantage of her, and she never stood up to them. I couldn't find it humorous anymore, and decided to return it unfinished, so went on to the next library book--a young adult fairy tale retelling which is so far mildly entertaining, with a strong female character, at least!

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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1/5/17 11:07 P

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I picked up a couple new authors at the library--a mystery by Donna Andrews that was cute (Lord of the Wings), and All the Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank--also enjoyable. I'm going to try their first books. Right now (on my lazy sick day of doing nothing), I'm rereading the Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts about the four childhood friends who run a wedding business together. I'm on the second book and enjoying them greatly.

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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12/22/16 11:29 P

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I've recommended the Wishcraft and the Magic Potions cozy mystery series by Heather Blake, and I want to tout her Lucy Valentine series penned under her real name of Heather Webber. There are 5 so far:
1. Truly, Madly
2. Deeply, Desperately
3. Absolutely, Positively
4. Perfectly Matched
5. Undeniably Yours

They are also cozies with a light paranormal flair--the Valentine family has specific psychic abilities--though no magic practice. Again she writes characters you can care about with a lot of romance and humor. So enjoyable!

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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12/10/16 9:21 P

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I inhaled the last book in Nora Roberts' newest Guardians trilogy, Island of Glass. (#1--Stars of Fortune, #2 Bay of Sighs) It was published on Tuesday and arrived on Thursday. Finished it Friday, re-reading once more before passing on to sister who has the first; she'll get the next two when I see her next weekend.

Friend from work and I kept missing a movie date, so I saw Hacksaw Ridge on my own today (the before noon matinee for $6.60). I challenge any woman to watch it and not end up in tears. Graphically portrays the horror and carnage of war, but also a testament to valor and the amazing impact one person can have. If you can stomach the blood and guts (or close your eyes as needed), it is a truly moving and inspiring story.

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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11/26/16 11:56 P

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Mary and I went to the movies and saw "Arrival" which was a wonderful story. Intelligent, suspenseful, emotionally rich; 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."

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11/19/16 10:37 P

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After waiting for months for my library reservation to come in, I finally was able to check out Race, the story of the Jesse Owens triumph at the Berlin 1936 Olympics--to the consternation of the Nazis. A powerful story, well-told, about a piece of history I was only vaguely familiar with. Highly recommended. Oh, and the song over the closing credits ("Let the Games Begin"?) is great--high energy with a bit of a gospel feel to it. And I love that they use the line "May the best one [not man] win"!

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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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10/2/16 8:27 P

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(This is my reply to a BB teammate who mentioned a "Wicked" series by Janet Evanovich)

Interesting. I've had plenty of people rave about the Stephanie Plum books by Evanovich (the numbered series), and tried to read the first books at 2 different times, but I can't get far, because the heroine just seems shallow and slutty to me--not someone I care about. But I can check out the Wicked series and see if it tickles my funny bone. It's sort of like how I *really* like the Psychic Eye series by Victoria Laurie, but finally gave up on her Ghost Hunter series because the characters seemed pretty 2-dimensional (to me) and started to just annoy me.
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I'm on the 3rd Psychic Eye mystery, but my library system only has ebook versions of #3-6. And since I haven't figured out my Nook yet, I have to read this on my laptop!

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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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Just finished an absolutely delightful junior novel, The Princess and the Foal, about the real Princess Haya of Jordan who went on to become an Olympic equestrienne. It is moving and humorous and well written; I enjoyed it immensely. The author is Stacy Gregg. I'm so glad I found it at my library!

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Really liking this book Katie (my wonderful therapist) recommended, The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte. Definitely speaks to the yearning I was describing to her of wanting to find the right outlets (preferably connected to meaningful and satisfying work and a generous paycheck) for my gifts. Knowing I have a great deal to share and contribute and experience; wanting to do far more than just to survive or get through. Wanting more joy and passion and connection and fun in my life! So happy the library had a bunch of copies and one came in quickly for me. I'm reading it, copying down quotes, plus jumping ahead to some of the written exercises.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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Waiting for the nex Lucy Valentine to come in. Actually I read #3, and hopefully #2 will get here tomorrow, then #4 & #5 soon after that (that's all she has for now). Finished a YA novel by Gary Soto, just OK. Wanted something fun to enjoy with my dinner salad and to relax, so looked up in my DS9 Companion Guide and found where my favorite comic episode of Star Trek Deep Space 9 fit in--the 4th episode of season 7, Take Me Out to the Holosuite. I thoroughly enjoyed it--again. emoticon

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I'm ~ halfway through the new Lucy Valentine mystery I picked up from the library today. It's a paranormal mystery by Heather Webber, who also writes as Heather Blake (the Wishcraft and the Magical Potions series). I read the first, and am still waiting for the second to come in. This is the third, but I didn't want to wait. I tried her first series, but I didn't care for the characters or writing nearly as well--maybe she just wasn't as good a writer yet.

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I finally gave up on Terry McMillan's new book (I Almost Forgot About You?)--depressing and the people were just too mean to each other.

On a whim, I had picked up The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend because it was such a curious title. I began it today; it started sort of slow, but I'm now absolutely enchanted. An author quote from the back page: "One of the more surprisingly improbable and delightful books I've read in years. . . Quirky, unpredictable, funny, and fresh--a WONDERFUL BOOK." And emoticon totally!

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9/3/16 1:30 A

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I have books and series I love so much I have to re-read them often--Patricia Briggs, Anne Bishop, the Rollins/Cantrell trilogy, and of course Harry Potter.

I just finished a juvenile novel, Jefferson's Sons about Thomas Jefferson's slave children. Very poignant, and by the end heartbreaking.

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8/29/16 12:01 A

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I liked Toxic Trousseau, though it isn't my favorite in the series.

I've been reading The Strange and Beautiful Sorrow of Ava Lavendar, by Leslye Walton. I highly recommend it, though I'm not far enough to know the ending. The story involves characters who are unusual, almost walking metaphors. It is really interesting and beautiful.

Update: I finished it and experienced that sense of loss you have when you have finished something wonderful and know that you can never go back to experience it for the first time. I am considering re- reading it immediately.

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Almost done with the new Juliet Blackwell Witchcraft mystery, Toxic Trousseau. Enjoying it. Weren't you the one who told me about these, Amy?

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Just finished the 5th and final Rose Harbor Inn novel by Debbie Macomber. Sweet, but I've found I'm less satisfied by her stories, mainly because of the writing. She deals with real world stuff with a lot of heart, but I find her similes trite or hyperbolic, and her characters tend to keep repeating the same feelings and issues over and over, and then things magically resolve. I don't know, I just get annoyed with it sometimes. Yet I keep wanting to read her new publications--though I'm sticking with the library instead of buying them these days.

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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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Just finished a Newberry Honor Book, The War that Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Took place in England at the beginning of WWII, when children in London were being evacuated out to the country, focusing on an abused girl with a disability, and how it changes her. It was *wonderful*! It's got me in the mood to read other award-winning children's books. I want to read another by her, Jefferson's Sons, about kids he had with one of his slaves--at least that's what it sounds like from the teaser.

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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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7/30/16 12:19 A

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Much lighter fare, but highly enjoyable! Rereading the Wishcraft cozy mystery series with plenty of magic, by Heather Blake who creates characters you can care about. There's some depth along with the humor and sweetness. I'm up to the newest one in the series, just out this year, Gone with the Witch.

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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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As my sister started reading the urban fantasy series by Anne Bishop on my recommendation, I decided to re-read them myself, and *just* finished the fourth and most recent installment, Marked in Flesh. The complex relationships between the humans and various supernatural beings are fascinating and compelling, and she makes you care deeply about the characters, regardless of species. The history and political intrigue and challenges make for great suspense, which is balanced by amazingly deep character development, occasional tragedy, and frequent humor.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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Those are huge books! I never read them, but I know he has a lot of fans.

I read the newest stand alone Nora Roberts, The Liar, which I enjoyed. Then when I was out sick with no energy to *do* anything, I re-read two of my favorite single novels of hers, The Witness and Three Fates--which was the first book of hers I ever read.

I've been watching Charmed, getting a season at a time from the library, but they only buy 5 seasons of a series as a rule. If enough patrons request more, as happened with Downton Abbey (duh! they've bought over 100 copies of the last few years due to extreme popularity) and Castle. I requested they buy 6-8, but they declined. So I planned to buy the series with a 25% off coupon from B&N, but found a new copy from a "marketplace" vendor for less than that. I won't have it for 2-3 weeks, and I'm now on Season 4--the first without Shannon D; I have season 5 on order. I've been surprised at some of the deep emotions touched on, especially this season. I'm glad they've dealt with grief and mourning over an extended arc. There's silliness, too, but I'm enjoying them greatly, and can see rewatching just for fun.

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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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Been reading "The Eye of the World" by Robert Jordan. It's great to start a new series that it turns out I'm really enjoying and can sink my teeth into.

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On the last of a trilogy by C.E. Murphy in The Negotiator series. They are Heart of Stone, House of Cards and Hands of Flame. Amazing urban fantasy novels--just sad there are only 3.

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I just finished the new (came out in March) Anne Bishop novel, Marked in Flesh. I can't believe how good it was! These books are so involved and well-told. I care about the characters deeply--the humans, the shifters, the vampires. I like how they truly think differently, and how the best of them strive to find ways to work together, despite the hate-mongering of a particular group of humans. I really cried in one tragic section, but I love the hope that also blooms as individuals reach beyond their own species to find and do what is best for all. I really *really* recommend these books!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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Found a bookseller at B&N who's also into fantasy. I was there to pick up the new Mercy Thompson novel, Fire Touched, which was absolutely & completely fabulous! Anway, Diane told me about a new Anne Bishop series, the Others. I think her previous series were straight fantasy, but this is urban fantasy, like Patricia Briggs' Mercy series and her Alpha & Omega ones, or Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden novels. So I just started the first one, Written in Red, which I'm enjoying immensely! It's a long book, but I've already requested the next one. There's only 4 so far; I'll probably inhale them all, then check out her earlier works, and see if I like them as well. I'm getting them at the library--at least so far!

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My sister recommended a children's fantasy series by Victoria Laurie, whose Psychic Eye mystery series I've enjoyed, as I did her YA novel, When. This is the Oracles of Delphi Keep. I'm on the 3rd book, and enjoying them.

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I am enjoying "A Wilder Rose" by Susan Wittig Albert, a fictional account of Rose Wilder, the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder. There is a little controversy around this book due to the books used for primary research, and the fact that Laura and Rose were not as lovey-dovey as people wish that they were, but overall, it is really enjoyable. Laura wasn't perfect, and her daughter longed to distinguish herself beyond the shadow of her others books (which Rose heavily edited). It was less perfect than people wanted, but that's what makes it interesting.

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I partway through Harry Potter 5--I'm rereading them all. This is the biggest one, when poor Harry is full of teen angst, and the Ministry of Magic is giving him and Dumbledore a bad time, because they refuse to believe Voldemort is back. Are you a Harry Potter fan? I reread the series once a year.

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Just finished "X" by Sue Grafton. Although it's a little darker than a lot of her books, I enjoyed it more than any of her books since "H". I really think she is a fabulous writer, and this book gives a nod to some past characters we haven't seen in awhile.

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Just finished Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews--absolutely delightful. I haven't enjoyed all her books equally, but some have been real gems. I enjoyed the peek into the movie business in this one, which features a location scout who brings a whole Hollywood production team into a tiny Florida town.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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12/13/15 12:54 A

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Just finished an amazing young adult novel, When by Victoria Laurie, who writes the Psychic Eye series I really enjoy. It was very moving; I highly recommend it!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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That's so cool! Have you tried her other series yet? Unfortunately she hasn't written a lot of them, but she's getting them published pretty quickly--yeah! I was already planning to share this post on this team as well as my others:

I am really loving Heather Blake's 2 magical mystery series--both the Wishcraft and Magic Potions series. Lots of quirky characters, but they have depth as well as color; they think and grow, and I care about them!
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I had to laugh when I saw what you wrote...I also just finished the first 2 in the Wishcraft series! I'd like to read others, but my library doesn't have them... and I have to pay off all my fines before I can check out anything more.

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I discovered a new series author of magical mysteries (who was close to Juliet Blackwell in the library and bookstore)--Heather Blake. I've read the first 2 in her first Wishcraft series (not to be confused with Blackwell's Witchcraft series), and just started her second Magic Potions series, which I'm also enjoying. She has interesting characters and a well-developed magical universe she created in the first series, set in a village near Salem, Massachusetts. The newer series has a healer (hoodoo) witch living in Alabama, where they love crazy (according to the heroine); I'm not sure if there will be as much of a fantasy element as in the other set of books. But I like her writing.

Started and finished the new Debbie Macomber Christmas book, Dashing Through the Snow, today. Thoroughly enjoyable!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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Just got the new Nora Roberts book, the first in a new fantasy trilogy, Stars of Fortune. It's always hard to wait for months for the next installment! I read part of the peek at her next stand-alone coming out next year, but don't think I'll read the rest. Some of her "romantic suspense" novels are just too dark and violent. Others I've loved, but I've learned to be wary. The trilogies are often more satisfying for me with crackling dialog and pop culture references. I'm sure I'll finish it by tomorrow, but I picked up several books at the library.

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Not familiar with the Imitation Game. Am reading:
The Druids by Peter Ellison, The new book on Brighid by Courtney Weber, Isaac Bonewitz's Essential Guide to Druids, and the last Harry Potter book.

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11/7/15 9:38 P

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Finally got The Imitation Game from the library (there were hundreds in line when I first signed up for it). Excellent, yet so sad what intolerance wrought.

Just finished The Paris Key, a lovely novel by Juliet Blackwell, whose cozy mysteries, especially her Witchcraft series, I've enjoyed greatly. This was a lovely stand alone transformation fiction piece.

Am caught up on the Psychic Eye series by Victoria Laurie, have enjoyed them greatly. The last got into some deeper issues than she's dealt with before.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
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9/11/15 12:12 A

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I've only got a couple more chapters in the next to most-recent Haunted Home Renovations mystery by Juliet Blackwell. I laughed out loud several times while reading at lunch today. emoticon and I learned the new Harry Dresden book just arrived at the library. It may be a graphic novel, or some special format--can't wait to check it out!

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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