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Gilead
By Marilynne Robinson
5 stars
"There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, every one of them sufficient."
It is said that a photographer paints with light. If that is true, then Marilyn Robinson paints with words. But what she is painting is not a landscape or a portrait - not a picture at all really, although she does that too, and very well - but no; what she is painting is humanity, is thought, is caring, is wonder. This is truly one of the most spiritual books I have ever read. Sure, the narrator is a pastor, and he talks about religion, but he talks about so much more: so very much more.
It's a lovely meditation on what it means to be a human being.

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Heads You Win: A Novel by Jeffrey Archer***
Well written but the story line was a bit confusing for me and at the end still confused!

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These are my March reads:

Of Blood and Bone Nora Roberts 2 stars
Eleanor Oliphant Gail Honeyman 5 stars!
Cottage by the sea Debbie Macomber 5 stars
Three sisters Susan Mallery 5 stars
#1 The secret life of Violet Grant by Beatrix Williams 5 stars!
#2 Tiny little thing by Beatrix Williams 5 stars
#3 Along the infinate sea by Beatrix Williams 4 stars
The secret keeper by Beverly Lewis 4 stars
The last bride by Beverly Lewis 4 stars

I just started a book but no way will I finish by tomorrow....

The three books by Beatrix Williams are a trilogy. I didn't know that and read them out of order Still wonderful even though I was a bit lost. I find the best books at the library.

Happy reading

This is Not a diet, it is a new healthy lifestyle.


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Driving With The Top Down by Beth Harbison

3 stars

3 women looking to make changes in their lives; take a two week road trip and make a lot of discoveries.


It was a good read. First book I have read by Beth Harbison. I will check out more.










"Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment." -- Lao Tzu






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Clementine Hunter: A Sketchbook ***

Ms Hunter was a self-taught Louisiana Creole folk artist born in 1888. She lived and worked on the Melrose Plantation - when it became a mecca for artists she picked up leftover tubes of paint and paintbrushes in 1939 and began painting what she saw on the plantation - more than 4000 paintings by the time she laid down her paintbrushes in 1980. She died in 1988. This book includes paintings never before seen. I consider myself fortunate to have a reproduction, on canvas, of one of her paintings:)

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Run Away by Harlan Coben

I don't generally comment but I had interest in what I thought of it; I haven't read many of author's books but when I have, the first two chapters have had me hooked and I read it in two days. That was not the case with this one, it took til chapter 15, took me over a week to read. It was easy to put down and stay on schedule, not a page turner for me. But I still would recommend it, the plot had plenty of surprises, kept me interested, kept moving. I enjoy reading about his characters as I tend not to like them yet I know people like them so I find them more interesting (does that make sense to anyone?- I don't know how else to explain it).

I am not a person that feels guilty if I don't finish a book I have started. So while it's not my favorite I never questioned myself as to why I was reading it and am happy I did. I do find his books thought provoking and it did not fail there. I think it would be good for a book club discussion. I work at the library and I'm sure it will make the rotation in one of ours.

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The Boat People
By Sharon Bala
5 stars
A compassionate look at the refugee's plight from many angles. This three-perspective narrative brings to light the complexity of the refugee's claim, the emotional, the economic, the risks (both human and political), and the humanity needed in the face of these situations. An excellent, enlightening read.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ****

Thoroughly enjoyed this read. Author set the bar for mysteries and eccentric protagonists for sure. I found myself reading some passages aloud just so I could hear the beautiful prose spoken. This read is 2019 'One Book One Community' read for my parish library system. We will discuss it at one of my library book groups' meetup tomorrow morning.

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So far in March I've read:

Holiday In Death by JD Robb - 3.5 stars
Midnight In Death by JD Robb - 3.5 stars
Give the Devil His Due (Tarot Mystery #3) by Steve Hockensmith - 3.5 stars
The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian - 3 stars
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty - 2 stars

I'll finish another two before the end of the month though. I read a LOT. :-)


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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan *****


"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney


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26 Marathons by Meb Keflezigh

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"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain" Unknown

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Runt
By Marion Dane Bauer
4 stars
My career as an elementary school librarian, meant I read A LOT of children's books. Even though I have retired, I still love kids books, junior novels and YA. I know they are not for everyone, but I still have such a sense of discovering something wonderful when I read children's books!
This one was a good one, not a great one, about wolves in the wild. Most kids find wolves fascinating, and this would appeal to both boys and girls.

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A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton****+

A sweet, sad, hopeful tale about shame, beginnings, endings, love, hate, told all around the horrors of the atomic bomb blast at Nagasaki. The author told the story forwards and backwards in an extremely careful and successful manner. She led this reader gently to the end.

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Winter Stroll (Winter Street Book 2) by Elin Hilderbrand ***

I like the format of the book and the character development. A little irritated by some of the characters and their reactions/decisions but overall a good read.

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Of Blood and Bone: Chronicles of The One, Book 2 by Nora Roberts *****

So Good!!! It is so difficult to wait for the next one!!!!

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--Connections in Death by J.D. Robb (4*)
The reformed druggie and ex-gangbanger brother of Lt. Dallas's husband's new employee is found dead by OD, but evidence points not to misadventure, but murder. Dallas must delve deeply into the repulsive and brutal world of streetgang internal politics to solve this one. The background relationships, banter, and formula were not prominent in this volume of the series, but the mystery and solution were gripping and skillfully done.

--Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb (4*)
A series of bombings occur in which a father is forced into being a suicide bomber or the kidnappers will torture and kill his wife and child The bombings are designed to leverage the value of the kidnappers' investments and thefts, so they can cash in at a higher profit. I found this to be one of the better books in the series. The relationships, humor, and elements of the background formula were more present in this novel than has been true in many of the more recent stories, and this one also contains a particularly smart and vicious crime that demanded smart solutions, giving us a lovely mix of the traditionally comfortable and humorous "In Death" elements at home and at work seasoned with freshness, creativity, and suspense in the mystery.

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks

Lots of twists and turns as the story of Vanessa unwinds around a seemingly wonderful relationship with the man of her dreams. Make sure you read the Epilogue!

DIET IS A FOUR LETTER WORD!!!!

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

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

Just keep on moving and you'll get there.


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Still Life With Breadcrumbs
By Anna Quindlen
5 stars
A quiet, lovely narrative that totally engaged me. Anna Quindlen populates her writing with authentic characters, and fully realized story arcs.

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And the Pursuit of Happiness/Maira Kalman****

Kalman at her very best...luscious illustrations plus short and exquisite prose. Best history book I ever read. Democracy explained for the masses via the author's wry wit and equally wry spontaneity. I'd be happy to live inside the Lincoln Memorial, too:)

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Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray ***

A tender and timeless story of a family troubled by current and past events. Characters are well-defined. And while the family happens to be Black, the events and the behaviors of the characters are universal...which I, a White woman, found refreshing. The author's style, letting each of three sisters have their say, and revealing events at a measured pace make for a good read...allowing the reader time and space to absorb and experience what is taking place. I am rooting for the sisters, of both generations, to continue finding their way through life.

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--Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol (5*)
Misfit teen, ashamed of her looks, family, life, and even her few genuine friends, is fortunate to be rescued by passersby after falling down an old well, but she picks up the ghost of another girl who died in there. The ghost promises to help her cheat to raise her grades and get the basketball jock that is her ideal boy. Seriously, do you think that this could possibly turn out well? I can't say that I am a fan of the graphic novel genre, but I really enjoyed this one. I admired both its illustrations and its story that was intriguing, entertaining, and containing wisdom about real friendship and the dangers of conformity, self-absorption, and superficiality as obstacles to developing authentic and loyal relationships.

--Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (2*)
The author tells the story of her childhood, including the death of her father when she is 20. As graphic novels go, I think this is the worst one that I've ever read and wished that it was one that I would have missed. I gave it an extra star because of some insight into family dynamics, but other than that, it was an ugly pornie story about repulsive, self-absorbed narcissists being obnoxious, that was about 232 pages too long.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
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Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce (5*)
Needing quarantined from his brother's measles, Tom is sent to his childless aunt's flat in an old converted mansion, where he is isolated and bored without even a yard to play in, since the grounds were subdivided and fenced into housing lots. When the elderly landlady's old clock strikes 13, Tom discovers that going out the backdoor slips him back in time to when the wealthy homeowners had an immense garden there, where he befriends their little unwanted orphan niece. This is one of the best young readers' books that I've read so far--clever, skillfully-built, and full of both sweetness and intrigue. It not only gives a history lesson about life during Victorian times but now also delivers a bonus one about life in the 1950's when the book was written.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Be kinder than necessary for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
Happiness is found not in having what you want but in wanting what you have.


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Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian (5*)
English naval officer, Jack Aubrey, is posted to his first command of a ship, an unusual little brig that he intends to push to her very limits. He talks his new friend, Stephen Maturin, into filling the empty spot of ship's surgeon, for the chance to get some pay and rare opportunities to advance his avocation as a naturalist in other parts of the world. So begins the volumes of the Aubrey/Maturin series of hair-raising 19th century sea adventures. This is not the book that the movie is based on; that one is mid-point in the series. The well-drawn humanity of the characters is one of the charms of the book, as well as the many sea battles and conflicts with higher command.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Be kinder than necessary for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
Happiness is found not in having what you want but in wanting what you have.


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Red Velvet Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen series Book 16) by Joanne Fluke ***

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Sold on a Monday
By Kristina McMorris
3-4 stars
To tell you the truth I am not sure why I did not love this book. I liked it, but felt it lacked a compelling edge. The story was good, but felt a little contrived at times. Too many personal problems in each character's life??? Maybe? I can't pin down what didn't work for me, except to say that it was a little heavy on the romance. I don't mind a love interest, and some romantic tension, but a little goes a long way for me. That said, a lot of Goodreads reviewers loved it, so by all means, read it and judge for yourself!

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The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton. *****

I cannot say enough good things about this book...written almost 70 years ago, about a time 3-40 years before that, about a farm family in Missouri, and yet the themes are so relevant to today...sibling rivalry, illiteracy, education, rural poverty, infidelity...

I had to order it from the library as it is so old.
READ it!
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Cinnamon Roll Murder (Hannah Swensen series Book 15) by Joanne Fluke ***

And on to the next!

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A Lady of Integrity - Shelley Adina ****

7th book in a fun steampunk series.

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Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand ***

The second book in the Winter Street series. You should read the first book, Winter Street, to know what's going on.

The story is about a family who owns an inn in Nantucket. Takes place during the Christmas season. The family is likeable; the characters easy to remember; the story not complicated. There are four books in the series. I'm going to read the remaining two books to find out what happens to the family members.

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Devil's Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen series Book 14) by Joanne Fluke***

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Refugee
By Alan Gratz
4 stars
Reading a book like this reminds me how privileged I am to live in the country I do, at this point in time. The plight of the refugee, poignantly told, not heavy-handedly, but powerfully and honestly. How much longer will it take human beings to learn to love all of humanity, and treat everyone equally and with respect?
A solid read for adults and older adolescents alike.

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Apple Turnover Murder (Hannah Swensen series Book 13) by Joanne Fluke ***


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The Husband's Secret
By Liane Moriarty
5 stars
Incredibly engaging and well-crafted! One of the most satisfying - and surprising - endings I have come across! Besides which, the moral dilemmas presented to every character were so very thought provoking! I will definitely be recommending this one to my Book Club!

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Miracle at Carville by Betty Martin ***

While the writing style isn't particularly elegant, the content is amazing. Betty was exiled to the US Marine Hospital in Carville, Louisiana, at the age of 19 after a diagnosis of leprosy in the mid-1930s. She tells a tale of her extremely rich life there...the residents (patients) created a thriving community while battling Hansen's Disease (as the well-needed name change become). It's an inspiring look at creating 'lemonade out of lemons' for sure. Note: I toured the Handsen's Disease National Museum on the grounds of the hospital last month (it's now a National Guard station). I saw evidence of what Betty related in her book. I even got to see a videotaped interview of Betty...when she was an elegant grande dame:)

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The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (5*)
Police Detective Grant is going bonkers hospitalized with a broken leg, so a friend gets him interested in re-investigating controversial historical crimes by modern forensic rules of evidence and police methods and lends him a researcher to be his legs. He chooses King Richard III, the case with the most discrepancies. This mystery doesn't involve much danger or action, since the murders occurred over 600 years ago, so this book is an unusually skillful murder mystery designed to appeal to the more discerning of whodunnit solvers and is a well-researched and well developed criminal investigation exercise. It says a lot about how much people prefer the titillation of gossip, smears,and sensationalism over the soundness and justice of evidence, reasonable doubt, and truth.

The Unadulterated Cat by Terry Pratchett and Gray Jolliffe (4*)
If you want a quick and hilarious read to pass a few pleasant hours, and just happen to be a crazy cat lady or gentleman with a shelf full of cat care books, then this parody by Pratchett, with the well-matched Jolliffe illustrations, should do the trick. I'm not sure if it was meant as a parody of those What You Need to Know about Your Cat books, or a parody of cats--probably both.

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Beautiful Boy - David Sheff ****

Harrowing, heart-wrenching, oh so sad, and oh so hopeful. Memoir of a father's experiences w/a drug/alcohol addicted son. Writing style is smooth...and thank goodness author includes good times along with the hard times. Addiction is a challenge for users, family/friends, and society. Would that we, all of us, get smarter and more realistic about understanding it, coping with it, and finding solutions.

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Golden Eyes by Maya Banks ***

Cheetah woman - had to read as I read the other book in the series. Can't leave a series unfinished! emoticon

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The Girl With Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story
By Hyeonseo Lee
3 stars
I don't read a lot of memoirs, and I think I have finally figured out why. People who have lives interesting enough to warrant a memoir, often are not that likeable. Case in point.
Although it has a much higher rating on Goodreads, so don't take my word for it.

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Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey (4*)
A runaway orphan just returned from America to England, is convinced and coached to impersonate a missing and presumed dead heir, in a scam cooked up by a cad who noticed the orphan's remarkable resemblance to a bereaved neighbor family. Will those who stand to profit from the heir's disappearance just let that happen? I found this classic to be a most engrossing and well-developed mystery, written with clever turns of phrase and often a wry sense of humor. I was all set to give this book 5* until encountering a few things about the ending that disappointed me. I hope to read more by this author since I love her gentile style of murder and mayhem, which I consider to be on a par with Dorothy Sayers and Dame Agatha.

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The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (2*)
A neglected girl is mistreated by almost everybody in her troubled family, neighborhood, and school because she is homely, ragged, and odd, so she yearns for blue eyes to make her beautiful and loved. I gave this book 2* because some passages were worth reading, but overall, this story was ugly, maudlin, and disgusting. There was all of one character in the whole book who was even vaguely a decent human being, while the rest just wallowed in hate, meanness, jealousy, fornication, intoxication, brutality, sloth, and self-pity. If you enjoy books like The Wasp Factory and American Psycho with the ugliest of stories about the worst of people, full of pessimism and empty of redemption, then you might find something good to say about this book beyond "it was short."

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Be kinder than necessary for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
Happiness is found not in having what you want but in wanting what you have.


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The Burning Room by Michael Connelly (4*)
Det. Harry Bosch is investigating the re-opened case of a Mariachi musician who has now succumbed to injuries received in a shooting nine years ago. He is also helping his new partner with her unofficial investigation of an old case of a daycare fire, that she barely survived but her teacher and several little friends did not. This was a good crime novel with an interesting twist to the murder, but it was not among my favorites in the Harry Bosch series. I found the plot about the musician better developed and more interesting than the other about the robbery and fire, which could have used more care and attention and another editing.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly (3*)
Retired police detective Harry Bosch is hired as a private investigator by an elderly billionaire seeking his heir, after abandoning his pregnant girlfriend when in college. Harry also volunteers in a small community police force and is assigned to investigate a series of rapes.This was not among my favorite Bosch novels, which is a shame because it started out to be. I initially found the billionaire's story dramatic and gripping but as it proceeded it really lost momentum and my interest. I thought the police case about the rapist rather poorly developed with its climax and solution rather absurd.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Be kinder than necessary for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
Happiness is found not in having what you want but in wanting what you have.


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The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (5*)
This is the story of three young, talented Hungarian Jewish brothers and their families and friends struggling to survive the Nazis and the Hungarian forced-labor camps during WWII. This is what I consider to be the best sort of historical fiction, with its history well-researched and respected while the author plays loose only with the fictional characters, to wring her drama, pathos, humanity, and romance from the fiction but not destroying the authenticity. It was a most satisfying read even if longish and dragged out at times.

Lola--Eastern Standard Time
And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Be kinder than necessary for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
Happiness is found not in having what you want but in wanting what you have.


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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (4*)
A neglected little girl with an abusive, alcoholic father is abandoned by her family to survive and raise herself in the marshes of NC. As the oddball, she is a handy person to blame when a murder is committed. This was an entertaining, but not very realistic, whodunnit diminished by its many implausibilities and inaccuracies. Living in the Coastal Carolinas, I would find it harder than most readers to enjoy a novel written by someone who knows nothing of the area, its geography, culture, people, and wildlife, and filled with too many eye-rolling What The Fudge moments. The book's appeal is probably the sentimental story of the feral superchild more so than the mystery.

Lola--Eastern Standard Time
And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Be kinder than necessary for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
Happiness is found not in having what you want but in wanting what you have.


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Plum Pudding Murder (Hannah Swensen series Book 12) by Joanne Fluke ***

The best part of starting a series well into it is you can binge read! I have the next 4 books checked out! emoticon

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FOX 8 by George Saunders ***

Fun, silly, short, sad, hopeful...a fable of sorts. It's good to read something 'different' now and then. Author penned my most favorite book of 2017 - Lincoln In the Bardo. He's most creative and I'd love to have lunch with him:)

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Can You Keep a Secret?: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella ***

Cute story. Liked this book better than this author's Shopaholic series!

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White Chrysanthemum
By Mary Lynn Bracht
5 stars
A heartbreaking, harrowing, and yet ultimately hopeful book that sheds some light on the abduction and sexual slavery inflicted upon thousands of Korean women and children prior to and during the Second World War by the Japanese military.

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The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas 3*

Thought-provoking. Sad. Amusing. An important read. Author writes smoothly, words flow. Strong character development. I feel smarter now, more informed. Bottom line: we all have much more in common than what appears to be our differences. This book is a reminder of our shared humanity.

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Texas Ranger by James Patterson ***

Great ending.

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Bold & Brave by Kirsten Gillibrand, illustrated my Maira Kalman 4*

Children's picture book. Kalman is one of my favorite author-illustrators. Gillibrand writes of 10 woman who were influential in winning the right to vote for women. I plan to read this aloud to my brand-new great-granddaughter...many times over:) And hope she grows up bold and brave, too.

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FOX 8 by George Saunders 4*

Clever, amusing, short read (48 1/2pgs, 5x7 book size). Saunders is author of Lincoln in the Bardo - my favorite read of 2017...in fact one of my most favorite all-time reads. FOX 8 really is silly and it made me laugh aloud.

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Let's do this!!!

DIET IS A FOUR LETTER WORD!!!!

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

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

Just keep on moving and you'll get there.


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Book Ratings:

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


Jo Ann
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Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. - Chinese Proverb



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