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MAY 2019 READS:
Kimber White- Kissed by Fire (Loved it 5 stars, already ordered book 2 and 3)
Amor Towles- Rules of Civility (Good, kinda slow read, but interesting. 4 stars)
Heather Blake- To catch a witch (silly 3 stars)
Greer Hendricks- Anonymous Girl (5 stars, really good! keeps you guessing til the end!)
Patti Callahan Henry- The bookshop at the rivers end (Loved it 5 stars , identified with main character.
Beatriz Williams- Cocoa Beach (Love her writing style! 4 stars)
Nina George- Book of Dreams ( fyi- dreams while in a coma... good read 4 stars)

Holly- California

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


Fremont,
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The Broken Girls
By Simone St. James
3.5 stars
Boarding school, discardedgirls, loss, grief, and a ghostly presence. The story is quite good. I would have liked it more without the Mary Hand element, but that is just me, who does not believe in ghosts.

~ Joanne

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Dangerous Choice (Off The Grid: FBI Series Book 5) by Barbara Freethy ****

another good one!



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The Children by Ann Leary

4 stars

The story of a widowed Mother, her four children and a Lakeside house. When one of her sons brings home his fiancée to meet his family things are not what they seem and family secrets start to come out.

A really good, well written story.

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Goldberg Variations
Susan Isaacs
2 stars

Grandmother brings her 3 grandchildren out for a weekend to see who will take over her company. Boring - slow-paced with no character development.

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The Witnesses by James Patterson *** Nt my favorite James Patterson book, but a quick read.


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


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The Seductive One (Marcelli Sisters of Pleasure Road Book 3) by Susan Mallery ****
quick read!

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Playing for Keeps A Heartbreaker Bay Novel by Jill Shalvis ****

Love this series!! The characters talk to themselves in a language I so understand! Love sarcasm :)

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Elusive Promise (Off The Grid: FBI Series Book 4) by Barbara Freethy ****

Good series

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5/24/19 10:07 P

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Waiting To Surface by Emily Listfield


2 stars


The story of a young mother in the world of magazine editing discovers that her estranged husband has disappeared.


This book is not a favorite...it was good; it just has a lot of back story used to fill in.











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The Perfect Nanny
Leila Slimani
4 stars

When I picked this up at the Library, after requesting it, I did what I always do with a new book....read the first few pages. Except...I couldn't put it down. It read so smoothly, this reader was swept right up. I ponder if the language is so intriguing because it was originally written in French. The writer chose the perfect way to tell this tale...starting with the end...and then backing up to lead us to the end once again. The tension was unnerving, palpable. A literary horror story! Gifted author, indeed.

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The Snow Man by Diana Palmer ***

Quick read

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5/21/19 1:02 P

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The Book of You
by Claire Kendal 3 stars

I really wanted to find out how the main character was going to resolve her horrible situation, but when it happened, it felt so contrived. The end came so abruptly and didn't answer any questions. I wanted so much more out of this story.

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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Remember When (In Death) by Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb *****

I love to read anything this woman writes!!! I don't know how I missed this book as I tried to read them in order, but it might be one of my favorites! Written in 2 parts, the first in modern day and the 2nd part wraps it op 50 years later!!!

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5/19/19 3:26 P

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The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni
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Charles Jenkins Series
Book #1

Fast-paced and exciting!

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The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
My Rating: 4 Stars
My Edition: Kindle

Good Read!

(7)
Pit Perfect Murder by Renee George
My Rating: 4 Stars
My Edition: Kindle
Barkside of the Moon Series
Book #1

This is the first book in a new series a laugh out loud murder mystery!




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Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott
My Rating: 3 Stars
My Edition: Audiobook
Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery Series
Book #1

I enjoyable enough to check out the next book in the series.

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The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
My Rating: 3 Stars
My Edition: Audiobook

Nice spring/summer read

(3)
Inherit the Wool by Betty Hechtman
My Rating: 3 Stars
My Edition: Audiobook
Yarn Retreat Mystery Series
Book #6

This book didn't grab me like the other books in the series, but still a good read.

(4)
Evil Eye by Madhuri Shekar (Audible Original)
My Rating: 4 Stars
My Edition: Audiobook

A short play was written as a series of phone calls. A great quick listen.



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5/18/19 10:21 A

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The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve

5 stars

In the mid- 1940's a young mother is left to protect her young children after fires break out along the Maine coastline. Left broke and homeless she must figure out ways to survive.


Excellent story. It's also based on true events as the fire did happen in Maine.








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5/18/19 7:39 A

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Murder Never Dies by George Sidiropoulos ** As a child growing up in the Upper Ohio Valley, I always heard about Big Bill Lias. My mother said he was called The Al Capone of the Ohio Valley. Wheeling, WV. was called Little Chicago. I knew very little about all the corruption that was going on. I really am glad for the information. But. I did not like the style of writing. He was all over the place. I would have preferred a chronological order. I found it difficult to follow.


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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
By Gail Honeyman
3 stars
I enjoyed some of the humorous exchanges in this book, and the vocabulary (I had to look up several words) but - alas - I cannot say I enjoyed the book. I am obviously in the minority in that regard though, so will just say that you will have to read it and decide for yourself.

~ Joanne

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Three Sisters (Blackberry Island Book 2) by Susan Mallery ****

Good read. 3 women and their relationships with family, love and each other.

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The Lost Man
By Jane Harper
5 stars
The outback is vast, harsh, lonely and brutally unforgiving. These are also elements found in this compelling atmospheric, character-driven novel. I could put it down, but I didn't want to!

~ Joanne

Location: Stettler, Alberta, Canada


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The Haunting of Hill House
Shirley Jackson
4 Stars

Little wonder it's practically a classic. I concur with another reviewer who called this an 'artful novel'. Superb prose. If this is how the horror genre was written now, I'd be a fan. I got goosebumps:)

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Ordinary Grace
By William Kent Kruger
4 stars
On the surface, this is a slow-paced coming-of-age novel of family, loss, faith, community, and the secrets we keep. But it is deceptive in that much of what occurs for the reader is internal... as we process the book, as we ingest the characters, as we turn over their words and thoughts and deeds, we begin to have a deeper understanding of our own inner world. The prose is quietly elegant; there are passages to be read, and re-read, and contemplated at length.
The narrative is poignantly told by thirteen year old Frank Drum. The time is a simpler one, as we loosely interpret such things.
My take-away: It is the ordinary moments which make the sum of our lives so extraordinary.

~ Joanne

Location: Stettler, Alberta, Canada


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Double Fudge Brownie Murder (Hannah Swensen series Book 18) by Joanne Fluke ***

fun read

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5/11/19 10:15 A

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Cappuccinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse by Harper Lin ***** quick read!


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5/9/19 11:43 P

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Colin's Quest by Shirleen Davies ***

Historical Western Romance


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Gingerbread
Helen Oyeyemi
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Confession: I abandoned this book 1/2 through. It started out well enough - imaginative story line, curious characters. I am usually quite able to 'suspend belief' and go with the flow. I just could not continue to connect with this tale. Maybe another time...or...maybe not.

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5/7/19 10:58 A

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Every Note Played - Lisa Genova - 3 stars

A classical pianist has ALS and moves in with his ex-wife. Very sad story.

Most people who reviewed this book loved it so you can ignore my review.

This book gives great insight into ALS and how horrible the disease is. Still Alice by Lisa Genova is one of my favorite books but this did not have a lot of depth to the characters and it was very predictable. The characters were not likable and based on that it didn't make sense why they ended up living together again.



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Run the mile you’re in by Ryan Hall

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

"The way to get started is to stop talking and start doing" Walt Disney



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Blackberry Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen series Book 17) by Joanne Fluke ***



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Educated
Tara Westover
4 Stars

I was 'underwhelmed' the first half (it read like many 'phoenix rising from the ashes' memoirs) and then...whoa. Author eloquently redefined what education and educated mean. A spectacular treatise about life, about what family is and isn't, and about how to find one's truth. I am wiser (more fully educated!) from reading Westover's words.

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Watching You
By Lisa Jewell
4 stars
Definitely a page-turner and kept me up past my bedtime.
Psychological suspense in the vein of Nicci French.

~ Joanne

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And the Ocean Was Our Sky
By Patrick Ness
3 stars
An interesting and original point of view. Full marks for that. Still the story lacked a certain something... I just don't want my whales to behave like men, I guess.

~ Joanne

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Cryptid Hunters
By Rolan Smith
A Junior novel
2 stars
I wanted more creatures and cryptids and less human greed and jealousy. Just an average junior novel - there are so many better ones out there.

~ Joanne

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Sincerely, Mistaken
By Bonnie Swainston
2 stars
If you like a book with dozens of characters each of whom possess unbelievable recall, a multitude of implausible coincidences, and happily ever after for all, then this is a book for you. Our Book Club read it and had the (local) author attend and present her book. It made if fun to read and discuss, despite it not really being a book I enjoyed.

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Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger ****

What a beautiful book. About relationships and connections. About loss. The science, physics, is the perfect backdrop for the story the author had to tell. Hah - I understand what physics is for the first time in my life. - motion, behavior, energy, force. The book title could really be "Lost and Wanted and Found'. I can't help but wonder about the force that connected me to this book...I've had it checked out from the library for a month...and two weeks ago I lost a dear friend unexpectedly. I found comfort in this book, this beautiful book.



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Geaux Native! in Your Louisiana Yard by Betty Miley ****

Author helped me understand how to proceed with implementing native plants in my yard. Acres of lawn are not environmentally sound and I was feeling a bit overwhelmed - couldn't figure out how/where to start. Now I have a plan....will start by making a site map. And then proceed slowly using this wee book as a guide.

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Man of Her Dreams (Quaid Horses Book 2) by Tami Hoag ***

Light quick read~

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I really need to step up!!


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

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 May 2019 for the team.

This is a thread where we list all the books that we read during the month of May 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 April (or any prior month), but finish in May, it counts for May.

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

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

Book Ratings:

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

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