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6/28/10 1:03 P

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JOALYNE, I am a Kathy Reichs fan as well. I have all of her books in hardback! She can't write fast enough for me, lol. I used to have a gym membership and would see people waking on the treadmill with a book in hand reading all the time, so it isn't such a crazy thing. I have tried it myself, but it doesn't work for me....wish it did...so when I get on a treadmill, I watch television while I walk...not as good as a book, but better than nothing.

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

no pain, no gain.....No Pain, No Gain .....NO PAIN, NO GAIN



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6/24/10 11:47 P

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Went through the entire 12 books of the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs. Quick reads and I could rest my NOOK on the treadmill while I walked. The others at the gym looked at me like I was crazy, but I walked further on those days than ever before!

Do you what love; love what you do. - Life is Good


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6/15/10 9:51 P

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The Valley Of Horses - Jean M. Auel - 5 stars
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - 5 stars
The Fellowship of the Ring - JRR Tolkien - 6 stars
The Two Towers - JRR Tolkien - 6 stars
The Return of the King - JRR Tolkien - 6 stars
South of Broad - Pat Conroy - 4.5 stars

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6/11/10 11:10 A

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I've been a member of this team for a while, but never posted...lots of great info here! I have the happiness project checked out from the public library, but haven't gotten to it yet. Right now I'm reading Kitty Kelly's biography of Oprah. Nothing earth shattering so far, kind of figured she would have to be tough to be where she is, but I guess the level of ego did surprise me a bit.

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6/6/10 12:51 P

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Thank you Trishaanna for being the "May" Librarian.

I don't know how you got your report out so quickly, but you did a great job!

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6/5/10 1:20 P

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I'm sorry not to have managed to get the rest of my May books posted before -- blasted computers, anyway!

The Rural Life by Verlyn Klinkenborg 6*
This book is a selection of columns originally appearing on the New York Times editorial page under the heading "A Rural Life." They document in vivid detail the daily challenges of life in the country, and on a farm in particular. Though the columns are drawn from seven years of writing, the book is organized into a single year-12 chapters starting in "January" and ending in "December"-and flits from topic to topic, relying on a few short passages of news or descriptions of holidays to mark the passage of time. Likewise, the author never sticks to one place for long, but ranges across the continent of the U.S. and glimpses events in dozens of country towns from Wyoming and New Hampshire to Minnesota and New Mexico. Some episodes are emblematic of contemporary American culture: a high school football game, President Clinton's dedication of Walden Pond, the disquiet in the days following September 11. Others are more intimate passages discussing the author's family and the solace he finds in keeping bees, stacking hay or simply turning earth. Though this highly personal chronicle lacks any narrative arc other than the changing of the seasons and the author's emotional reaction to them, nothing in the prose is accidental, and the deliberate, finely hewn sentences convey, above all else, the seriousness with which Klinkenborg takes the task of watching the world around him. A heady meditation on our relationship to nature, echoing the works of the transcendentalists Thoreau and Emerson, the writing is much closer to poetry than essay.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

I loved this book! I would give it 10* if I could! This is a book that I can and will read over and over, whenever I feel the need to run away from the stresses and strains of big city life and get back to a simpler, calmer way of life. If I can't do it in person, at least I can go there via this book.

Fellowship of Fear by Aaron Elkins 5*

From the back cover:
"Meet Professor Gideon Oliver, full-time anthropologist, part-time detective, and brand-new visiting fellow at Heidelberg University. Even though the two previous occupants of his chair both died under mysterious circumstances, he's eagerly looking forward to his new position.

"But Gideon's relaxing trip abroad will soon turn into a nightmare chase across the continent. For in a deadly game of murder and spy vs. spy, he's about to become a most important target. He won't know the rules. He'll have very little besides his considerable intellectual powers to help him. And he'll be playing for some fairly high stakes: The Security of Western Europe. And his life ..."

I love mysteries, I love forensic anthropology, and I love this series!

Scone Cold Dead by Kaitlyn Dunnett - 3*
From the back cover:
"After a knee injury forces professional Scottish dancer Liss MacCrimmon to give up her life of performing strathspeys, reels, jigs and Highland flings, she returns to her hometown of Moosetookalook, Maine, where she runs a Scottish Emporium. With one solved murder case under her dance belt, Liss has no idea she's about to spiral into another ...

"Liss still misses the life of a professional dancer with Strathspey, the Scottish dance company she belonged to. So she arranges a reception for the troupe when they're on tour, complete with a Scottish theme that includes a new spin on the classic Scottish Scone.

"Liss soon realizes that life in the group isn't all happy jigs and fancy stepping. Victor Owens, the company manager, has been making life miserable for everyone. But she has no idea how miserable until Victor bites into one of Liss's prized cocktail scones, collapses and dies. When the police set their sights on LIss and her best friends, it's up to Liss to find out whodunit before this culinary killer makes an encore..."

This book (and series) could be the template for the new cozy mystery: Girl (heroine) finds either herself or a dear friend (and sometimes a possible future love interest) accused of murder. Intrepid Girl Heroine plunges into the fray to clear the suspected killer. Along the way, a love triangle develops -- which of the two very handsome, very eligible men will win her heart? Of course, her heart won't be won until the next book, or the one after that, or ...

I probably wouldn't have even started this series if I wasn't so much into Scottish stuff. Just reading about the sound of the bagpipes puts me in a happy mood! So I'll probably keep reading the series. In fact, the third book is out ...

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Kate, in Citrus Heights California

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Lao Tse

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year.
~ John Foster Dulles

To ignore the facts does not change the facts
~ Andy Rooney

Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made. ~ Wayne Dyer



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6/3/10 8:05 P

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I working toward a PhD in Business so I do not read much outside of text books these days. But I just finished The Road by Cormac McCarthy. A 5 star book for sure. McCarthy likes to write dialog without quotation marks. Sometimes I got a little lost without them but he usually does a great job with the flow to keep you on track.

Highly recommended.

Scout Hiker

Everyone is an athlete. But some of us are training, and some of us are not.”
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6/2/10 2:22 P

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Just finished Wrecked by Carol Higgins Clark. This book was really good. Some the characters were alittle creepy but had good hearts. If any of you haven't read anything by Carol I would suggest this book. Looking forward to the next Regan Reilly book! I give it 5 stars.

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Private Investigator Regan Reilly and her husband, Jack "no relation" Reilly, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, are about to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. They are looking forward to a quiet romantic weekend out of town. Wouldn't you know their choice of destination provides them with anything but!

Regan and Jack had considered going to Bermuda, but instead they decide to spend four days at his parents' beautiful beachfront home on Cape Cod, a wonderful spot where they'd never been alone. During the summer the house overflowed with Jack's family, bubbling with activity from morning until night. But to be up there for a weekend in April, just the two of them, sounded like a perfect escape.

Arriving at the Cape late at night, Regan and Jack are just in time to experience the beginning of a major storm. The next morning, Cape Cod Bay is quite a sight, churning with whitecaps. The wind is howling ferociously. Sheets of rain are pelting the house. Regan is looking forward to settling in the den with Jack and watching the storm.

However, the best laid plans . . .

In the bedroom, Regan opens the curtains to find Skip, the Reillys' young caretaker, pressing his nose against the glass, supposedly checking for leaks. A moment later, Jack arrives home from the market, two gossipy older women who live up the street in tow. A branch crashed through their living room window, and they need a place to stay. When Regan thought things couldn't get any worse, Skip comes running into the house, distraught that he'd just discovered Adele Hopkins, the woman renting the house next door, in a heap at the bottom of her staircase to the beach. Regan and Jack run back down with him, but huge waves are crashing on the shore. Hopkins is gone, presumably swept out to sea.

Who was Adele Hopkins? No one knows. The sixty-ish loner, who moved in five months ago, shunned her neighbors. Even her landlords, friends of the Reillys, have no idea how to locate her next of kin. Discovered in her dining room are stacks of apology cards she'd not yet sent and bags of decorative pillows that are embroidered with the saying grudge me, grudge me not.

Regan and Jack begin an investigation to help their friends track down Hopkins's family. They start by interviewing two young women who own the shop where Adele had bought the pillows. Pippy and Ellen opened Pillow Talk after they both lost their jobs. When a newspaper article revealing the terrible way the women had been treated by their former employers was posted on the Internet, business took off, they started to become well-known, and the Pillow Talk website became a place for people who had had similar experiences to vent their feelings.

Pippy and Ellen just received an anonymous e-mail from someone who spews venom about her former rowing coach—Adele Hopkins. Could she be the same Adele Hopkins?

Regan and Jack's search for clues to this mysterious woman's identity makes for an anniversary weekend they'll never forget!



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6/1/10 5:49 P

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This is the closing report for May:

Highest rated books with Six Stars:

My Latest Grievance by Elinor Lipman
An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
First Family by David Baldacci
This Time Together by Carol Burnett
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
The Girl who Played With Fire Stieg Larsson
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach
Turning Angel by Greg Iles
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
My stroke of insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
Above and Beyond by Sandra Brown
The Darkest Kiss by Keri Arthur
Lunch in Paris, A Love Story with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Lowest rated books:

Might As Well Laugh About It Now by Marie Osmond 1*
Springtime in Britain by Edwin Way Teale 1*
pursuit by karen robards 1*
dead watch by john sandford 2*
two of the deadliest by elizabeth george 1*
Steamed, by Katie MacAlister 2*
garden of evil by edna buchanan 2*
double cross by james patterson 2*
dead eyes by stuart woods 4*
Kiss me Deadly by Michele Hauf 2*
Next Victim by Michael Prescott 2*
Storm Glass by Jane Urquhart 2*
The Kingdom of Ohio by Matthew Flaming 2*
9th judgment by james patterson and maxine paetro 2*
cross country by james patterson 2*
The Body Departed by .J.R. Rain 2*
The Traveling Vampire Show by Richard Laymon 2*
The 9th Judgment - James Patterson and Maxine Paetro 2.5*

Most popular authors:

J.R. Rain 10 books read
Lynn Kurland 6 books read
Michael Connelly 5 books read
Karen Robards 4 books read
Virginia Kantra 2 books read
Beverly Lewis 2 books read
Stuart Woods 5 books read
Stieg Larsson 5 books read
James Patterson 6 books read
James Patterson and Maxine Paetro 6 books read
Nora Roberts 18 books read
Lisa Kleypas 3 books read
Debbie Macomber 5 books read
Robert B. Parker 4 books read
Barbara Delinsky 2 books read
J.D. Robb 9 books read
Lisa Scottoline 2 books read
Mary Higgins Clark 2 books read
David Weber 2 books read
Kathy Herman 3 books read
Michael Connelly 3 books read
Suzanne Collins 2 books read
Gretchen Rubin 2 books read
Elizabeth Lowell 6 books read
Diana Gabaldon 3 books read
Victoria Alexander 2 books read
joe hill 2 books read
John Ringo and Travis S. Taylor 2 books read
Richard Russo 2 books read
Ann Brashares 2 books read
Sherryl Woods 2 books read
John Sandford 2 books read
Lynda Hilburn 2 books read
Susan Elizabeth Phillips 2 books read
Amanda Quick 2 books read
david baldacci 2 books read
Stephen King 2 books read

Most read books:

Under the Dome by Stephen King 2 readers
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson 2 readers
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson 3 readers
Heart of the Sea by Nora Roberts 2 eeaders
Tears of the Moon by Nora Roberts 2 readers
Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts 2 readers
horns by joe hill 2 readers
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris 2 readers
9th judgment by james patterson and maxine paetro 2 readers
Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts 2 readers
Jade Island by Elizabeth Lowell 2 readers
Elvis Has Not Left the Building by J. R. Rain 2 readers
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin 2 readers
Amber Beach by Elizabeth Lowell 2 readers
Face the Fire by Nora Roberts 2 readers
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin 2 readers
The Body Departed by J.R. Rain 2 readers
Dark Horse by J.R. Rain 2 readers
The Mummy Case by J.R. Rain 2 readers
Kindred in Death - J.D. Robb 2 readers
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin 2 readers*

Special note: Three Cups of Tea is listed as being just by Greg Mortenson and also with David Oliver Relin, if you check you can find the book listed both ways, also with a third author.


Busiest readers:

DUSAMAE 5 books read
DRAGONLADY712 9 books read
BASKETLADY6 9 books read
TEXASTITCHER 21 books read
TRISHAANN56 25 books read
POPEYETHETURTLE 22 books read
DESERTDREAMERS 32 books read
SACTOKAREN 51 books read
STRIVINJEWELLS 30 books read
JUNEBUGTX 12 books read
LUECL3 10 books read

Number of different books read is 317, there were 64 reviewers, and 234 different authors(some authors write under different name, and some writers write with different co-authors; in these cases I've counted them seperately).


Authors with two books or more with six stars:

Stieg Larsson 4 books with six stars
Diana Gabaldon 2 books with six stars

1.MYJUNIEMOON—LITTLE BEE by Chris Cleave 5*
2.TEXASTITCHER—One Night In Boston by Allie Boniface 4*
3.ANOTHERTAG—3rd Degree by James Patterson and Andrew Gross 3.5
4.DRBANDAID—Abraham Lincoln, vampire slayer by Seth Grahame-Smith 4*
5.STRIVINJEWELLS—Diary of a Mad Bride by laura wolf 3*
6.BASKETLADY6—Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 6*
7.BASKETLADY6—This Heart of Mine by Jane Elizabeth Phillips 4*
8.TRISHAANN56—Origin of Death by J.D. Robb 5*
9.TRISHAANN56—After the Night by Linda Howard 4*
10. TEXASTITCHER—Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts 4.5*
11. BKWERM—The Endless Forest by Sara Donati 5*
12. NEELIXNTES—Chest Pains: A Novel by Janet Nichols Lynch 4*
13. POPEYETHETURTLE—Malice by Lisa Jackson 5*
14. POPEYETHETURTLE—Borderline by Nevada Barr 4.5*
15. DESERTDREAMERS—Dates From Hell by Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Kelley Armstrong, and Lori Handeland 4*
16. DESERTDREAMERS—Twilight Guardian: Children of the Goddess by R.G. Alexander 3*
17. DESERTDREAMERS—The Real Enemy (Sophie Trace Trilogy book 1)by Kathy Herman
4*
18. KEMGRIA—Milkrun by Sarah Mlynowski 4*
19. BRONNYR—Above and Beyond by Sandra Brown 6*
20. BRONNYR—The Darkest Kiss by Keri Arthur 6*
21. HVMBRU—Lunch in Paris, A Love Story with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard 6*
22. SACTOKAREN—House and Home by Kathleen McCleary 4*
23. SACTOKAREN—You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up by Annabelle Gurwitch 4*
24. SACTOKAREN—Mr. Shivers by Robert Bennett 4*
25. SACTOKAREN—Everything Matters! By Ron Currie 4*
26. SACTOKAREN—Jake & Mini by Frank Baldwin 5*
27. SACTOKAREN—The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters 3*
28. SACTOKAREN—The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan 4*
29. TRISHAANN56—Next Victim by Michael Prescott 2*
30. DELORESTHOMAS—Marley and Me by John Grogan 4*
31. TEXASTITCHER—Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky 4*
32. KRYSTA25UK—The Marks of Cain by Tom Knox 4*
33. KRYSTA25UK—Horns by Joe Hill 4*
34. TEXNINDC—When I Fall in Love by Lynn Kurland 3*
35. TXMARSHA—Navy Wife by Debbie Macomber 5*
36. DESERTDREAMERS—Ardeur edited by Laurell Hamilton 4*
37. STRIVINJEWELLS—wanted by kim wozencraft 3*
38. MEDDYPEDDY—My stroke of insight by Jill Bolte Taylor 6*
39. ASHLEYGRACE3—Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane 6*
40. ANOTHERTAG—4th of July by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro 3.5*
41. TEXASTITCHER—Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo 4*
42. DUSAMAE—Catch Me When I Fall by Nicci French 4*
43. DELORESTHOMAS—Grape Expectations by Tamar Myers 3*
44. LUECL3—The Confession by Beverly Lewis 4*
45. TRISHAANN56—Loyalty In Death by J.D. Robb 5*
46. NEELLIS—Turning Angel by Greg Iles 6*
47. ASPENHUGGER—Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach 6*
48. POPEYETHETURTLE—Kiss me Deadly by Michele Hauf 2*
49. JERETTA1—The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 6*
50. BABB2222—Graceling by Kristin Cashore 4*
51. MOM2ACAT—Big Girl by Danielle Steel 3*
52. CHEFSOPHIE—The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory 3*
53. BRONNYR—Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky 5*
54. DUSAMAE—Worst Case by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge 4*
55. TEXASTITCHER—Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas 4.5
56. DESERTDREAMERS—Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb 5*
57. GPSTER—9th Judgment by James Patterson 4.5*
58. STRIVINJEWELLS—the black cat by martha grimes 5*
59. STRIVINJEWELLS—deception by alex delaware 4*
60. SACTOKAREN—Do Not Deny Me by Jean Thompson 4*
61. SACTOKAREN—My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler 4*
62. TRISHAANN56—Naked In Death by J.D. Robb 5*
63. TXMARSHA—Navy Blues by Debbie Macomber 3*
64. SACTOKAREN—Dreaming in French by Megan McAndrew 4*
65. VGIMLET—Killing Edge by Killing Edge by Heather Graham 2*
66. VGIMLET—Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O'Neal 4*
67. VGIMLET—Saltation by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller 5*
68. JUNEBUGTX—Rogue in my Arms by Celeste Bradley 3*
69. STRIVINJEWELLS—innocent blood by p.d. James 4*
70. STRIVINJEWELLS—212 by alafair burke 4*
71. TEXASTITCHER—Blue Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas 4.5*
72. BEN1126—When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris 4.5
73. DESERTDREAMERS—Dance Upon The Air by Nora Roberts 5*
74. HVMBRU—DOUBLE TAKE by Catherine Coulter 5*
75. SACTOKAREN—The Last Chinese Chef by Nichole Mones 5*
76. FIT2DAYK—The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin 5*
77. STRIVINJEWELLS—the second summer of the sisterhood by ann brashares 5*
78. TEXASTITCHER—Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas 4.5
79. POPEYETHETURTLE—Warlord by Elizabeth Vaughan 4*
80. TRISHAANN56—Wild Fire by Christine Feehan 3.5*
81. ANOTHERTAG—the 5th Horseman by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro 4*
82. BASKETLADY6—Hothouse Orchid by Stuart Woods 5*
83. SUSHIMAVEN—The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 6*
84. SUSHIMAVEN—The Girl who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson 6*
85. GAMEON123—BodyClutter by Marla Cilly and Leanne Ely 4*
86. DUSAMAE—Fang by James Patterson 4*
87. MARIEBART—City of Bones by Michael Connelly 4.5*
88. BASKETLADY6—Shattered by Karen Robards 3.5*
89. MOM2ACAT—Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok 6*
90. BKWERM—Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah 3*
91. BKWERM—Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen 6*
92. POPEYETHETURTLE—Amber Beach by Elizabeth Lowell 4*
93. TEXASTITCHER—Dance upon the Air by Nora Roberts 4*
94. CARPROTH—Empire Falls by Richard Russo 5*
95. GAMEON123—Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich 5*
96. STRIVINJEWELLS—dead eyes by stuart woods 2*
97. LUECL3—The Reckoning by Beverly Lewis 3*
98. DESERTDREAMERS—Heaven and Earth by Nora Roberts 5*
99. DESERTDREAMERS—Face the Fire by Nora Roberts 4*
100. KGLOVER71—The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold 5*
101. JUNEBUGTX—Sea Fever by Virginia Kantra 4*
102. JUNEBUGTX-- Sea Lord by Virginia Kantra 4*
103. SACTOKAREN—Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan 4*
104. SACTOKAREN—Falling Apart in One Piece by Stacy Morrison 3*
105. SACTOKAREN—The Spiral Staircase by Karen Armstrong 3*
106. SACTOKAREN—The Mission by Jason Myers 4*
107. TRISHAANN56—Orchid by Jayne Castle 4*
108. TEXASTITCHER—Heaven and Earth by Nora Roberts 4*
109. MARIONVA—Island in the Sea of Time by S. M. Stirling 4*
110. STRIVINJEWELLS—double cross by james patterson 2*
111. DESERTDREAMERS—Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts 5*
112. KEMGRIA—Now Opportunity Wasted by Phil Keoghan 5*
113. LUECL3—This Time Together by Carol Burnett 6*
114. POPEYETHETURTLE—Jade Island by Elizabeth Lowell 4*
115. SACTOKAREN—The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova 5*
116. SACTOKAREN—The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 3*
117. BASKETLADY6—Pictures at an Exhibition by Sara Houghteling 3*
118. SACTOKAREN--Secret Keepers by Mindy Friddle 4*
119. DESERTDREAMERS—The last Word by Kathy Herman 3*
120. TRISHAANN56—Vorpal Blade by John Ringo and Travis S. Taylor 5*
121. ANOTHERTAG—The 6th Target by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro 4*
122. SACTOKAREN—The Farmer's Daughter by Jim Harrison 4*
123. TEXASTITCHER—Face the Fire by Nora Roberts 4*
124. SACTOKAREN—The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman 5*
125. POPEYETHETURTLE—Hunters Moon by Karen Robards 4*
126. POPEYETHETURTLE—Walking After Midnight by Karen Robards 4*
127. SACTOKAREN—Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton 4*
128. JUNEBUGTX—Desires of a Perfect Lady by Victoria Alexander 3.5
129. FITMARY—Ivan's War by Catherine Merridale 5*
130. BEN1126—Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens 5*
131. DESERTDREAMERS—My Shifter Showmance by R.G. Alexander 2*
132. XHOOTY—Mara and Dann by Doris Lessing 5*
133. POPEYETHETURTLE—Courting Trouble by Lisa Scottoline 4.5
134. CURVYGURL1—The Leopard Hat by Valerie Steiker 4.5
135. STRIVINJEWELLS—beverly hills dead by stuart woods 3*
136. STRIVINJEWELLS—pursuit by karen robards 1pursuit by karen robards 1 *
137. STRIVINJEWELLS—garden of evil by edna buchanan 2*
138. TRISHAANN56—The Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick 4*
139. DUSAMAE—Girl Missing by Tess Gerritsen 5*
140. TEXASTITCHER—Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts 4.5*
141. EXERCISETCHR—The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners by Luanna Rice 3*
142. ARIANROSE—Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner 3*
143. SACTOKAREN—Blacklands by Belinda Bauer 4*
144. ARIANROSE—Steamed by Katie MacAlister 2*
145. JENDEM1121—Dark Places by Gillian Flynn 3*
146. JENDEM1121—The Thirteenth Tale by Dianne Setterfield 4*
147. SACTOKAREN—Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende 4*
148. SACTOKAREN—Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese 4*
149. LINDA.ARSENEAU—Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz 5*
150. LINDA.ARSENEAU—Key of Knowledge by Nora Roberts 5*
151. LINDA.ARSENEAU—Key of Valor by Nora Roberts 5.5*
152. TEXASTITCHER—Tears of the Moon by Nora Roberts 4.5*
153. JUNEBUGTX—Hot Spell by Emma Holly, et al 3*
154. DESERTDREAMERS—Hunting Julia by Jacquelyn Frank 3*
155. BEN1126—The Glass Castle:a Memoir by Jeannette Walls 5*
156. TRISHAANN56—Torch of Freedom by David Weber and Eric Flint 4*
157. BIBLIOMANE40—Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hamilton 4*
158. STRIVINJEWELLS—down the rabbit hole by peter abrahams 3*
159. POPEYETHETURTLE—Devil's Corner by Lisa Scottoline 4*
160. POPEYETHETURTLE—Where are You Now? By Mary Higgins Clark 5*
161. POPEYETHETURTLE—Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark 5*
162. TRISHAANN56—Flag in Exile by David Weber 5*
163. POPEYETHETURTLE—Stranded With a Spy by Merline Lovelace 3*
164. STRIVINJEWELLS—two of the deadliest by elizabeth george 1*
165. JUNEBUGTX—Chick With a Charm by Vicki Lewis Thompson 4*
166. LUECL3—River's Edge by Terri Blackstock 3*
167. TEXASTITCHER—Heart of the Sea by Nora Roberts 4.5*
168. SACTOKAREN—Another Bull$hit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn 4*
169. SACTOKAREN—Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson 4*
170. ASPENHUGGER—Springtime in Britain by Edwin Way Teale 1*
171. TXMARSHA—Montana by Debbie Macomber 4*
172. SACTOKAREN—A Friend of the Family by Lauren Grodstein 4*
173. MUSTANG_SALLY2—Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin 4*
174. TRISHAANN56—Joust by Mercedes Lackey 4*
175. STRIVINJEWELLS—dead watch by john sandford 2*
176. TRISHAANN56—Echoes of Honor by David Weber 5*
177. DESERTDREAMERS—American Blood, A Vampire's story by Gregory Holden 5*
178. DESERTDREAMERS—The Demon Hunters by Linda Welch 5*
179. DESERTDREAMERS—Along Came A Demon by Linda Welch 5*
180. DESERTDREAMERS—The Right Call by Kathy Herman 3*
181. ANOTHERTAG—7th Heaven by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro 3.5*
182. DELORESTHOMAS—Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser 4*
183. DUSAMAE—Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs 5*
184. TRISHAANN56—Sanctuary by Mercedes Lackey 4.5*
185. SACTOKAREN—The Listener by Shira Nayman 4*
186. KGLOVER71—Hidden River by Adrian McKinty 5*
187. STRIVINJEWELLS—short straw by stuart woods 4*
188. DESERTDREAMERS—Moon Dance by J.R. Rain 5*
189. DESERTDREAMERS—The Body Departed by J.R. Rain 5*
190. DESERTDREAMERS—Teeth and Other Stories by J.R. Rain 3*
191. DESERTDREAMERS—Elvis Has Not Left the Building J.R. Rain 5*
192. SACTOKAREN—The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coehlo 4*
193. SACTOKAREN—The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright 5*
194. SUETINGE—The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon 4*
195. ARIANROSE—For The Win by Cory Doctorow 5*
196. BASKETLADY6—Sizzle by Julie Garwood 4.5*
197. STRIVINJEWELLS—double play by robert b parker 5*
198. TEXASTITCHER—Amber Beach by Elizabeth Lowell 4.5*
199. DESERTDREAMERS—Dark Horse by J.R. Rain 5*
200. PATRISNA—The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen 5*
201. TRISHAANN56—Aerie by Mercedes Lackey 5*
202. SACTOKAREN—The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell 4*
203. LUECL3—Lover's Knot by Emilie Richards 4*
204. JUNEBUGTX—Men of Danger by Lora Leigh, et al 3*
205. POPEYETHETURTLE—First Family by David Baldacci 6*
206. DESERTDREAMERS—The Mummy Case by J.R. Rain 4*
207. STRIVINJEWELLS—chasing the dime by michael connelly 5*
208. LUECL3—Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman 6*
209. SACTOKAREN—The Indian Bride by Karin Fossum 3*
210. SACTOKAREN—And Another Thing... byEoin Colfer 4*
211. AUDREYM82—Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling 5*
212. SACTOKAREN—Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman 3*
213. SACTOKAREN—The River Why by David James Duncan 3*
214. SACTOKAREN-- The Disappeared by Kim Echlin 4*
215. TXMARSHA—Navy Husband by Debbie Macomber 4*
216. DEBRAPANTS—Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 5*
217. DELORESTHOMAS—The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin 5*
218. DELORESTHOMAS—TV Guide Book of Lists by the editors of TV Guide Magazine 3*
219. FIREFYTINMOMMA—We Took To The Woods by Louise Dickenson Rich 5*
220. BEN1126—Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller 4.5*
221. POPEYETHETURTLE—The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly 6*
222. LUECL3—Elvis Has Not Left the Building by J.R. Rain 5*
223. TEXASTITCHER—Jade Island by Elizabeth Lowell 4.5*
224. BASKETLADY6—The Hot Zone by Richard Preston 6*
225. BASKETLADY6—Back Country by John Sanford 4*
226. DESERTDREAMERS--A Dirty Business by Joe Humphrey 3*
227. STRIVINJEWELLS—choke by stuart woods 3*
228. SUETINGE—The Amber Room by Steve Berry 3.5*
229. PUNKY28—Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris 6*
230. TRISHAANN56—Leopard in Exile by Andre Norton and Rosemary Edghill 3*
231. EMSMOMME—The Geometry of Sisters by Luanne Rice 4*
232. EMSMOMME—Relentless by Dean Koontz 5*
233. LINDA.ARSENEAU—Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts 5*
234. BASKETLADY6—The Seventh Sinner by Elizabeth Peters 3.5
235. ASPENHUGGER—Storm Glass by Jane Urquhart 2*
236. DIANERIDE—Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard 5*
237. DRAGONLADY712—A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon 6*
238. DRAGONLADY712—An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon 6*
239. DRAGONLADY712—The Kingdom of Ohio by Matthew Flaming 2*
240. DRAGONLADY712—Stardust of Yesterday by Lynn Kurland 5*
241. DRAGONLADY712—Another Chance to Dream by Lynn Kurland 5*
242. DRAGONLADY712—The More I See You by Lynn Kurland 5*
243. DRAGONLADY712—Till There Was You by Lynn Kurland 5*
244. DRAGONLADY712—With Every Breath by Lynn Kurland 5.5*
245. LUECL3—Dark Horse by J.R. Rain 4*
246. MARIEBART—The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larrson 6*
247. MARIEBART—Split Image by Robert B. Parker 4.5*
248. JUNEBUGTX—Home in Carolina by Sherryl Woods 4*
249. JUNEBUGTX—The Virgin's Secret by Victoria Alexander 3.5*
250. TRISHAANN56—Innocent In Death by J.D. Robb 4*
251. STRIVINJEWELLS—9th judgment by james patterson and maxine paetro 2*
252. SACTOKAREN—Summer of the Big Bachi by Naomi Hirahara 4*
253. MARIONVA—The Glass Room by Simon Mawer 4*
254. MARIONVA—The Lost Fleet: Victorious by Jack Campbell 4*
255. MARIONVA—The Dark Wing by Walter H. Hunt 3*
256. MARIONVA—Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris 3*
257. STRIVINJEWELLS—cross country by james patterson 2*
258. DRAGONLADY712—Once Upon a Winter’s Night by Dennis L. McKiernan 4*
259. EXERCISETCHR—My Latest Grievance by Elinor Lipman 6*
260. STRIVINJEWELLS—horns by joe hill 3*
261. TEXASTITCHER—Pearl Cove by Elizabeth Lowell 4.5*
262. TEXASTITCHER—The Skies of Pern by Anne McCaffery 3.5*
263. BEN1126—The People of the Mist by H R Haggard 4*
264. MOM2ACAT—The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett 6*
265. LUECL3—The Mummy Case by J. R. Rain 3*
266. SACTOKAREN—The City and The City by China Mielville 3*
267. DESERTDREAMERS—Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts 4*
268. DESERTDREAMERS—Tears of the Moon by Nora Roberts 4*
269. DESERTDREAMERS—Heart of the Sea by Nora Roberts 3*
270. DESERTDREAMERS—Pagan by Andrew Chapman 4*
271. ANOTHERTAG—Learning to Breathe by Karen White 4*
272. TRISHAANN56--Kindred in Death by J.D. Robb 4*
273. SACTOKAREN—An Absence so Great by Jane Kirkpatrick 4*
274. SHAPNUP—Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay 5*
275. STRIVINJEWELLS—unknown means by elizabeth becka 3*
276. STRIVINJEWELLS--he girl next door by jack ketchum 4*
277. POPEYETHETURTLE—Hell Gate byLinda Fairstein 4.5*
278. POPEYETHETURTLE—Scarecrow by Michael Connelly 5*
279. TRISHAANN56—Manxome Foe by John Ringo and Travis S. Taylor 3*
280. SACTOKAREN—Miles From Nowhere by Nami Mun 4*
281. JUNEBUGTX—Rule's Bride by Kat Martin 4*
282. SACTOKAREN—The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam 3*
283. POPEYETHETURTLE—9 Dragons by Michael Connelly 5*
284. SUETINGE—Cream Puff Murder by Joanne Fluke 4.5*
285. SUETINGE—The 9th Judgment by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro 2.5*
286. TRISHAANN56—Claws That Catch by John Ringo and Travis S. Taylor 4.5*
287. TEXASTITCHER—Midnight at Ruby Bayou by Elizabeth Lowell 4*
288. POPEYETHETURTLE—Storm Cycle by Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen 4*
289. SACTOKAREN—Girl Trouble by Holly Goddard Jones 4*
290. SACTOKAREN-- The Last Supper by Rachel Cusk 3*
291. SACTOKAREN—Straight Man by Richard Russo 4*
292. SACTOKAREN—Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad 4*
293. STRIVINJEWELLS—girls in pants by ann brashares 3*
294. ANOTHERTAG—But Inside I'm Screaming by Elizabeth Flock 4.5*
295. ASHLEYGRACE3—The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 6*
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297. TRISHAANN56—Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh 4.5*
298. TEXASTITCHER—Nobody's Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips 4*
299. TRISHAANN56—Creation In Death by J.D. Robb 4*
300. SUETINGE—Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer 5.5*
301. SACTOKAREN—Sex in Every City by L. Brook 4*
302. SACTOKAREN—Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro 4*
303. JUNEBUGTX—Sweet Tea at Sunrise by Sherryl Woods 4*
304. AUNTRACHEL—My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult 5*
305. CARPROTH—Blue Turquoise White Shell by Virginia Nosky 3*
306. POPEYETHETURTLE—Wicked Prey by John Sandford 4.5*
307. LUECL3—The Body Departed by J.R. Rain 2*
308. DESERTDREAMERS—The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn 4*
309. DESERTDREAMERS—Dark Harvest by Lynda Hilburn 3*
310. GAMEON123—Exile by Richard North Patterson 5*
311. GAMEON123—Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani 4*
312. STRIVINJEWELLS—suzanne's diary for nicholas by james patterson 4*
313. STRIVINJEWELLS—locked doors by blake crouch 4*
314. BEN1126—Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels 4*
315. TXMARSHA—Midnight Sons Vol. 2 by Debbie Macomber 5*
316. TEXASTITCHER—Dream A Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips 4.5*
317. CARPROTH—The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich 4*
318. TRISHAANN56--Mystique by Amanda Quick 4*
319. CZARINA98—Double Deuce by Robert B. Parker 3.5*
320. CZARINA98—Stardust by Robert B. Parker 3*
321. CZARINA98—Walking Shadow by Robert B. Parker 3*
322. CZARINA98—Kindred in Death by J.D. Robb 5*
323. BEN1126—Might As Well Laugh About It Now by Marie Osmond 1*
325. JUNEBUGTX—50 Ways to Hex Your Lover by Linda Wisdom 4.5*
326. TRISHAANN56—Medusa by Clive Cussler and paul Kemprecos 3.5*
327. STRIVINJEWELLS—the chopin manuscript by jeffrey deaver 5*
328. POPEYETHETURTLE—Salvation in Death by J.D.Robb 4.5*
329. DESERTDREAMERS—On the Prowl by Patricia Briggs et al 4*
330. YPAPPY—Under the Dome by Stephen King 5*
331. MARIONVA—Canticle by Ken Scholes 4*
332. DESERTDREAMERS—A Little Magic by Nora Roberts 4*
335. STRIVINJEWELLS—alex cross's trial by james patterson and richard dilallo 3*
336. STRIVINJEWELLS—deliver us from evil by david baldacci 4*
337. SACTOKAREN—The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear 3*
338. SACTOKAREN—The Red Thread by Ann Hood 4*
339. SACTOKAREN—Children of the Dust by Ali Eteraz 4*
340. SACTOKAREN—Under the Dome by Stephen King 5*
341. DEBRAPANTS—Worst Case by James Patterson 4*
342. TEXASTITCHER—The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan 5*
343. AUDREYM82—The Traveling Vampire Show by Richard Laymon 2*
344. TRISHAANN56—Imitation In Death by J.D. Robb 4*

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Imitation In Death by J.D. Robb 4*

From Publishers Weekly
The latest entry in Robb's series of feisty futuristic mysteries (after Portrait in Death) delivers. This time, Lt. Eve Dallas shows up to investigate the grisly killing of a New York City prostitute only to find a note from the killer on the body. Signed "Jack," the note taunts Eve by name and affirms what she has already guessed-that the murder was specifically planned to imitate Jack the Ripper. Purchasers of the costly foreign stationery that the killer used-a crime writer, a top diplomat and a famous musician-become Eve's suspects. As she investigates them, a second killing occurs, this time in the manner of the Boston Strangler. Aided by her faithful second-in-command, Peabody (who's nervously awaiting her detective's exam), and supported by her handsome husband Roarke, Eve scours both the country and the past for clues. The solution to the puzzle is far less intriguing than the copycat-killer premise, and readers might wonder why detection in the year 2059 is so low-tech-where, for example, are DNA and forensic testing? As always, however, Robb's delightfully snappy dialogue, playful sexuality and whirlwind pacing will keep readers captivated.

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The Traveling Vampire Show by Richard Laymon- **(2 stars)

In August of 1963, 16 year old Dwight (the narrator) and his two best friends, overweight Rusty, and pretty female Slim, see fliers posted around town advertising a Traveling Vampire Show featuring Valeria, the only real vampire held in captivity. The story takes place throughout the course of a day and Dwight describes all the horrific encounters they come across. It's a coming of age story with the suspense building up to the night of the show. The true horror begins in the last 50-100 pages when they come face to face with Valeria.

This is the second book I've read by Richard Laymon and although it is not a horror story, I really liked how he built up the suspense all the way to the end. The ending seemed a bit rushed and there are no explanations as to the fate of some characters. They simply "disappeared" or "were never heard from again". It's mostly a fun, quick, and mindless read.

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The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book One) Rick Riordan - 5*

This is the next series (after Percy Jackson) and deals with the Egyptian Gods and their view of the world. Since this is the first of a series of books and the next one will not be published until next year, it makes me appreciate when I find authors that have several of the books already available. I want ot know what happens next. Not necessarily a cliff hanger, but you know there is a "to be continued" at the end of the story (like the Percy Jackson books). And anything that gets kids reading more is great and I think this will do that.

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Worst Case by James Patterson. 4 stars

This is the 3rd book in a newer series with Detective Mike Bennett. He is a widower with 10 adopted kids and a Catholic Priest father.

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I finished the first Darkover novel by Marrion Zimmer Bradley called "Darkover Landfall" on May 31st. Excellent book! I am excited to get to the library and check out more of the series!

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Under the Dome by Stephen King **** 4 stars

I couldn't put this book down. The size and length of it is somewhat daunting, but the story holds interest and makes you want to see what happens next.

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Children of the Dust by Ali Eteraz **** 4 stars

A Pakistani child is given a name and a task of devoting his life to Islam. This is his spiritual and educational journey with quite surprising results. A real eye-opener for anyone who thinks all Muslims are extremists.

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The Red Thread by Ann Hood **** 4 stars

I've read another book with this same title, but this was a completely different subject. Maya runs a Chinese adoption group. Ten couples are the focus in their quest to be approved for a child. Most of these people are horrid and don't deserve to have a kid. I guess that as long as you don't have a criminal record, you aren't disqualified. Quite disappointed in that. But it was a good solid story of Maya and worth reading.

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The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear *** 3 stars

One in a series, but it stands alone well. A bit dated, which was what didn't keep my interest.

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deliver us from evil by david baldacci- 4 stars

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Bestseller Baldacci's sequel to The Whole Truth (2008) lacks the creative plotting and masterful handling of suspense that marked his earlier thrillers. Evan Waller, outwardly a respectable Canadian businessman but secretly a human trafficker who sells children into prostitution, has expanded into arranging nuclear weapons deals with Islamic fundamentalists. Shaw, the lead of The Whole Truth, sets out to stop Evan, as does Regina Reggie Campion, a British femme fatale, who works for a clandestine group that tracks down and executes war criminals. Reggie and Shaw, both of whom intend to make their move while Evan is on vacation in Provence, cross paths while maintaining their cover stories. Shaw becomes attracted to Reggie, even as he fears that Evan, who's in fact a sadistic Ukrainian who served the Soviets, will abduct her. Crucial developments come across as contrived rather than clever. The ultimate resolution will surprise few.

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alex cross's trial- audio- by james patterson and richard dilallo- 3 stars

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The year is 1906, and America is segregated. Hatred and discrimination plague the streets, the classroom, and the courts. But in WashingtonD.C., Ben Corbett, a smart and courageous lawyer, makes it his mission to confront injustice at every turn. He represents those who nobody else dares defend, merely because of the color of their skin. When President Roosevelt, under whom Ben served in the Spanish-American war, asks Ben to investigate rumors of the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in his home town in Mississippi, he cannot refuse. The details of Ben's harrowing story--and his experiences with a remarkable man named Abraham Cross--were passed from generation to generation, until they were finally recounted to Alex Cross by his grandmother, Nana Mama. From the first time hear heard the story, Alex was unable to forget the unimaginable events Ben witnessed in Eudora and pledged to tell it to the world. Alex Cross's Trial is unlike any story Patterson has ever told, but offers the astounding action and breakneck speed of any Alex Cross novel.


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32) A Little Magic - Nora Roberts 3 stars overall

3 short magic love stories set in Ireland. Light reading, but entertaining.

Spellbound - Calin Farrell travels to Ireland to meet Bryna, the woman of his dreams. They must break a thousand year old spell, or Bryna will be taken by an evil wizard.

Ever After - Allena misses the boat (OK, ferry) and is taken to a magical island to find Conal. They must pledge to each other on Midsummer's night.

In Dreams - Punished by the Elders for abusing his magical powers, wizard Flynn is only really alive 1 week every century. He dreams of dark-haired beauty Kaylene. She stumbles into the manor as Flynn's week begins ...

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Think Twice - Lisa Scottoline

I read all her books and was not disappointed with ths one.

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"Canticle" by Ken Scholes 4stars

The follow-up to "Lamentations". I wasn't sure how Scholes' sophomore effort would compare to his first book but "Canticle" is a fine novel. The story of the Named Lands and it's peoples continues to move forward and went in directions I did not see coming at the end of the first. I am sad only in that I now have to wait for the third novel in the series to come out.

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Under the Dome by Stephen King 5*

Small town in Maine (close to Castle Rock) is suddenly enclosed by a clear dome. No one can get in and no one can get in. The government tries to blast it with a bomb but it bounces off. Story is about how different groups of people deal with the problem including a corrupt 2nd alderman who is the local car dealer and runs the meth lab for the "good" of the town. Of course there is a twist in the ending which is true King! Loved it!

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31) On the Prowl by Patricia Briggs et al 4 stars overall

This a a collection of 4 stories about "the dark streets and inhuman passions" (front bookcover)

Alpha and Omega by Briggs - 6 stars
Inhuman by Eileen Wilks - 4 stars
Buying Trouble by Karen Chance 4 stars
Mona Lisa Betwining by Sunny 3 stars

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J.D.Robb - Salvation in Death - 4.5 ****^

I knew I hadn't read anything by Ms. Robb/Roberts in quite a while, I'd gotten an overload of her writing, but I didn't realize I'd not read anything of hers in two years.

One of the things I like about the writing of the "Great Ms. R" is her ability to weave multiple story lines and characters that cross between stories in her books.

This was a good one. Weaving gang murders from 17 years earlier into a murder of a priest today, then having a copycat murder of an Evangelical Preacher who happens to be in NYC two weeks after and back into the priest who turns out to not be a priest, allows Dallas to solve a total of an even dozen murders, approximately 20 counts of attempted murder, wire fraud, fraud by Internet, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit fraud and a 2-3 counts of assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon and intent to kill.

I wonder why she didn't just bundle the whole thing up under RICO? Oh, then the case would have gone federal!

If Lt. Dallas was a real cop, she would have had all her brownie points for the entire quarter in a single month.

Of course Dallas sees that the law is satisfied and that justice is also served, when the needs of justice deviates from the cold, pure rule of law.

Good read.

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Pulitzer-Prize winning Tinkers by Paul Harding. Exquisite prose. Had to bookmark pages on Kindle to re-read.

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the chopin manuscript by jeffrey deaver- 5 stars (audio)

absolutely wonderful- kind of a cross of dan brown and ludlum.......one book, one story, each chaapter written by a different author--it's really, really good!

and there's a 2nd one in this series- can't wait

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2008 Audie Award Winner of Audiobook of the Year.

Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, locked within its handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to America to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins. But the greatest threat will come from a shadowy figure out of his past: the man known only as Faust.

The Chopin Manuscript is a unique collaboration by 15 of the world's greatest thriller writers. Jeffery Deaver conceived the characters and set the plot in motion; the other authors each wrote a chapter in turn. Deaver then completed what he started, bringing The Chopin Manuscript to its explosive conclusion.

"Innovative and unique, The Chopin Manuscript, written by masters in the field of thrillers, is far more than the sum of its parts. Here each author shines, blending individual skill and energy, into a riveting, crackling-paced tapestry of murder, mystery, and mayhem. Not to be missed!" -- James Rollins, author of The Judas Strain

"A GREAT story, written by one GREAT author after another, in one GREAT chapter after another. A stellar achievement of collectivity that blows from the starting gate at 100 mph and never slows down. A thrill-a-page from 15 GREAT thriller masters. Don't miss this one." -- Steve Berry, author of The Venetian Betrayal

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Medusa by Clive Cussler and paul Kemprecos 3.5*

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In the eighth Kurt Austin adventure, a lethal flu virus emerges in China, and the Chinese and American governments join together to search for a vaccine to prevent a global pandemic. Research suggests the sea holds the cure, but when the vital deep sea research laboratory goes missing, NUMA's Special Assignments Team with Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala pursue leads into danger to recover the invaluable resources. Scott Brick adds texture to one of Cussler's deep sea adventures; the timbre and tone of his voice are pleasing—even as he ratchets up the tension to the story's memorable climax.

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50 Ways to Hex Your Lover - Linda Wisdom - 4.5


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Might As Well Laugh About It Now by Marie Osmond - 1 star

I will say up front I didn't grow up with the Osmonds. As a matter of fact, I didn't pick this book, my wife did and we got it a year ago on the kindle. Then my wife decides she doesn't like reading on the kindle. :(
So I read it because it was there.
This boook was written before her son's death.
It contrasts strongly with Jeannete Walls' (The Glass Castle) life story.
Marie had wealth and everything was rosy.
Jeannette and her brother were scrounging through garbage barrels for food.
There is no insight into Marie or her family.
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Double Deuce - Robert B. Parker 3.5*

Stardust - Robert B. Parker 3*

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Kindred in Death - J.D. Robb 5*

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Mystique by Amanda Quick 4* A reread but still very enjoyable.

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Strong, independent women are bestselling author Quick's (Mistress) forte, and her newest heroine, Lady Alice, is no exception. A medieval lass of a practical cast, she's lively, determined and sharp-tongued?and she's a whiz of an herbalist, too. At 23, she fears no man, not even Hugh the Relentless, the warrior-knight with whom she initially grapples, and eventually gropes, in order to safeguard a better future for herself and her handicapped, 16-year-old brother. Alice and Hugh strike a bargain and become business partners: she will find the last stolen, mystical Stone of Scarcliffe (which Hugh needs to establish his control over his newly acquired lands); and Hugh will pay for her brother's education on the continent and provide Alice with a dowry. Intrigued by the bold Alice, the knight agrees to her outrageous proposal. However, he makes one of his own: he will support her brother, but, in return, she must become his wife. They set off to find the mystical stone (the key to a hidden treasure), only to find more than they bargained for?a curse, a murder, a villain from the past and, of course, that they are in love. Fast-paced and entertaining, this romance, like Alice, accomplishes everything it sets out to do.

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I'm reading Rooms by James L. Rubart right now. Got it free from Barnes and Noble ebooks on my NOOK. Can't put it down! Really makes you think about your life. It has a christian based theme, not one i would normally like to read but this book is really good.

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The Master Butchers Singing Club" by Louise Erdrich ****

From the back: "Having survived World War I, Fidelis Waldvogel returns to his quiet German village and marries the pregnant widow of his best friend, killed in action. With a suitcase full of sausages and a master burcher's precious knife set, Fidelis sets out for America. In Argus, North Dakota,he builds a business and a home for his family - which includes Eva and four sons - and a singing club consisting of the best voices in town." This is the story of Fidelis, Eva, and Delphine Watzka who befriends Eva and ultimately plays a major role in all their lives. A patient unfolding of a story of love, growth, and human potential.

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Dream A Little Dream - Susan Elizabeth Phillips - 4.5*

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Finished Midnight Sons Vol. 2 by Debbie Macomber last night. Love this series! Its a really good read about about a small town in Alaska. Its a real page turner. I give it 5 stars.

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Location: north of the Arctic Circle. Population: 150 (mostly men!) But the three O'Halloran brothers, who run a bush-plane charter service called Midnight Sons, are heading a campaign to bring women to town.

Daddy's Little Helper

Mitch Harris is a friend of the O'Hallorans, and he's responsible for law and order in Hard Luck. He's also the widowed father of a little girl—although he never talks about his marriage. But it's not long before seven-year-old Chrissie decides that her new teacher, Bethany Ross, is the perfect candidate for wife and mom!

Because of the Baby

Matt Caldwell, Charles O'Halloran's brother-in-law, is an easygoing charmer, still in love with his ex-wife. Karen's still in love with him, too. Her reaction to him the night of his sister's wedding certainly proved that. It also left her pregnant.… Now Matt wants her to marry him again—and not just because of the baby!



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Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels - 4 stars

I would have rated this book higher, but my Kindle couldn't display the many charts used in the book.
Even the computer couldn't show them in a readable form.
Other than that, I liked the book. Ms Michaels gives reasons why our metabolism can get out of whack from the toxins in our house and what we eat.
She gives you the reason to eat organic and healthy food.

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locked doors by blake crouch- 4 stars

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In Crouch's lurid, disappointing sequel to Desert Places (2004), horror writer Andrew Thomas has been hiding in a small Yukon town after being framed for a series of murders committed by his disturbed twin, Orson, and the soulless Luther Kite. Andrew thought the two were dead, but a new crime spree—the kidnapping of Andrew's old girlfriend; a mass murder in his hometown of Davidson, N.C.; and the abduction of Elizabeth Lancing, the widowed wife of his best friend—suggests that one of them is still alive. In the hope of rescuing Elizabeth (and, perhaps, clearing his name), Andrew travels to North Carolina and the Outer Banks island of Ocracoke, where Kite's parents live, setting the stage for a drawn-out, bloody climax involving the novel's major players. The action is nonstop, the violence is visceral (if largely gratuitous), but the bad guy is so bad that he holds no interest at all for the reader. In a silly subplot, one Horace Boone recognizes Thomas in the Yukon and hopes to write a true-crime book about unveiling the reputed serial killer.

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suzanne's diary for nicholas- by james patterson- audio- 4 stars

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Talk about a change of pace! Renowned suspense writer and Edgar Award winner James Patterson, author of such bestsellers-turned-blockbuster-movies as Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls, exposes his sensitive side in his new novel, Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas. Katie Wilkinson's boyfriend Matt dumps her; not a total cad, he leaves her a gift, a diary kept by Suzanne, his first wife, for their son Nicholas. Though it's not exactly the diamond ring Katie was hoping for, she's unable to make herself destroy the diary--against her better judgment, Katie begins to read.
Drawn against her will into the other woman's world, Katie learns of physician Suzanne's heart attack at age 35 and her decision to slow down, accomplished by a move to Martha's Vineyard and a new job as a simple country doctor. When love comes knocking, in the form of housepainter-cum-poet Matt Harrison, Suzanne is ready to listen to her newly repaired heart. Though painful for Katie, she begins to know and like Suzanne and her infant son Nicholas. Suzanne's devotion to Matt and their son shines through, as well as her plainspoken wisdom. While the journal helps Katie understand Matt, whether they can write a future together remains in question.


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Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani- 4*.
I enjoy this author very much. This wasn't quite as good as her "Valentine" books, but I am reading the sequel next and I'm enjoying the characters.
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Trigiani's story of a middle-aged spinster finding love and a sense of self in a small Virginia coal town is a lot like a cold soda on a hot summer day: light and refreshing, if just a little too sweet. Trigiani, a playwright, filmmaker and former writer for The Cosby Show, has a Southern voice that perfectly embodies her main character, the embattled Ave Maria Mulligan. Ave Maria, who's satisfied if not exactly happy in her role as the town pharmacist, begins questioning her quiet, country life after a posthumous letter from her mother reveals a jarring secret. Ave Maria soon faces a crisis of identity, the advances of a surprising suitor and the threat of her acerbic, money-grubbing Aunt Alice. From the suitor, who points out his brand-new pickup truck during a marriage proposal, to the town temptress, who dispenses romantic advice from her bookmobile, Trigiani brings the story alive with her flexible vocal inventions. Fans of true love stories and happy endings certainly won't be disappointed.

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Exile by Richard North Patterson- 5*
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Bestseller Patterson's new thriller with its focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been overtaken by events (there's no mention of Israel's unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005 or the recent fighting across the Lebanese border), but the underlying political issues may be enough for most readers to put the real world aside and suspend disbelief. Harvard-trained attorney David Wolfe, a San Franciscan on the verge of a congressional campaign, has his plans derailed when his law school classmate (and one-time lover), Palestinian Hana Arif, asks him to defend her from charges that she led a conspiracy that assassinated dovish Israeli leader Amos Ben-Aron. Inspired by idealism and lingering passion, Wolfe jeopardizes his political future by taking the case. His suspicion that the suicide bombers who attacked Ben-Aron were aided by a security breach leads him to Israel and Lebanon. While Patterson (Conviction) attempts to portray the issues fairly, the introduction of a soap-operaish subplot undercuts his intended high purpose, and the resolution of the mystery is too predictable to surprise. 10-city author tour. (Jan.)


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I am just starting the 3rd in this series, Girl who Kicked the Hornets Nest, I absolutely love this writer! Steig Larsson keeps you on your toes with his writing style. I don't feel anything is lost in translation as this book was original in Swedish. I did find, The Girl who Played with Fire a bit of a slow starter, but he writes action so well that once it gets going its very hard to put down.

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Marion Zimmer Bradley's "The Mists of Avalon". I just love that book, it's the 3rd of 4th time I have read it and just finished it again a couple days ago.

If you love the Arthurian mythos and you love strong female characters you will love this book. It's the Arthurian legend from the point of view of the female characters.

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2 books by Lynda Hilburn

29) The Vampire Shrink (Kismet Knight) 4 stars

30) Dark Harvest (Kismet Knight) 3 stars

Kismet Knight is a psychologist. In book 1 she gets a wanna-be emoticon client - who leads Kismet into the world of real vampires. She gets involved with the Denver master vamp, Devereux, and a struggle with a more evil vamp.

In book 2, Kismet is still involved with Devereux - and another evil super vamp. Hmm - hope this trend doesn't continue!

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Another..J.R. Rain. The Body Departed --2**Stars
It started off so cute. A "ghost" trying to solve his murder and that of his piano teacher. Spoiler******ALERT!!!!
When he see Jesus Christ and has a lengthy conversation; I should have quit!

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John Sandford - Wicked Prey - 4.5 ****^

The last trip to the library they had a display of all my favorite authors latest books on display and I took one book from almost every pile, and from some piles, I took more than one.

This has been an extremely pleasurable 2+ weeks of reading, and John Sandford and his character, Lucas Davenport, put on a great show.

The Republican Convention is in Minneapolis, and in addition to the police departments of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Governor of the state has tasked almost every police department and county sheriffs department in the state for additional police presence. This is in addition to the State Police and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA, Minnesota's state equivalent of the FBI).

Making sure the efforts of all the various police agencies are coordinated and that those agencies are all in turn coordinated with the Secret Service is the job of the Governor's Executive Assistant - for which Lucas is eternally grateful.

Mix the Republican Convention in Minneapolis with a crew of professional stick-up men who have targeted several lucrative opportunities; a tall, skinny kid from Oklahoma who couldn't pass the psych test for the Marines or the Army and who was last seen shooting metal plates from a distance of 750 yards with a .50 caliber rifle; and finally add in a small time, unsuccessful pimp who blames his being shot and paralyzed on Lucas - you have the recipe for a book full of continuous action.

When the pimp decides that paying Lucas back personally may be beyond his capabilities and then targets Lucas' 14 year-old adopted daughter, emotions ratchet even higher.

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"Blue Turquoise White Shell" by Virginia Nosky ***

Boston Brahmin Cabot WW Chase made a bargain with his granddaughter Lily that he would pay all her expenses through Harvard Medical School (and post-grad residencies) if she will spend one year working on the Navajo Reservation in the hospital. During WWII, Cabot served in the Marines with a young Navajo code talker who died in the Pacific. After the war, he went to Arizona to meet the widow of his fallen comrade, only to fall in love and have her send him away from (at that time) an "impossible relationship".

Lily grudgingly heads west and begins her stint at the hospital only to meet the striking great-nephew of her grandfather's lost love - a young attorney running for office in an attempt to become the first Navajo to sit in the US House of Representatives. Filled with all the predictable steps in a classic romance, the story does have added interest with the wealth of cultural info Nosky imparts. Not bad.

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My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

5 stars

This is a terrific book. If you have seen the movie don't let that stop you from reading the book. I like the surprise ending that the book had.

In this book Kate was genetically engineered to have the DNA needed to donate to her sister Kate who has Cancer. Anna starts a lawsuit against her parents so that she can be emancipated for medical decisions. A lot happens during the story. I don't want to give it away. I would encourage all to read it.

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Sweet Tea at Sunrise - Sherryl Woods - 4


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Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro **** 4 stars

Five complete stories with the running theme of music and the same characters showing up in more than one story.

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