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The Silkworm
by Robert Galbraith
3-4 stars
Extremely well-written; just made me so uncomfortable to read. I appreciated the plot, detested the details, admired the author’s versatility. But to say I “enjoyed” this one would be a lie.

~ Joanne

Location: Stettler, Alberta, Canada


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Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (3*)
This was a collection of memories and essays by a talk show host who grew up in South Africa, and one highly overrated book. I don't have TV and have never watched Trevor Noah, so I had no notion of what he was like before reading the book. After reading the book my impression was, what a vile, vulgar, arrogant creep! The book was not a total loss because much of it involved memories of his mother who appeared to be an unusually admirable and interesting person, and I felt sorry that her son didn't turn out more like her. I can't remember reading any other memoirs where the author came off as so self-absorbed and lacking in redeeming characteristics, and it is hard to read and impossible to enjoy a memoir while so disliking the author.

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


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Sycamore Row
By John Grisham
4 stars
I truly enjoyed being re-united with Jake Brigance in this very absorbing courtroom drama.

~ Joanne

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The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes (4*)
A 1930's naive English gentlewoman marries a wealthy Kentucky mine owner's son only to find her new family and their mining town appallingly backward and brutish. She joins the WPA packhorse library program and grows up fast as she faces hardship, danger, and sisterhood with her team. This was an entertaining read, but I wasn't blown away by it. It was like The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek collided with Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. If you liked either (or both) of those books then you will probably enjoy this one and experience some deja vu.

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


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--The Huntress by Kate Quinn (4*)
1950's Nazi hunters track a psychopathic Nazi killer who's living under a false identity in America. This book rotated three stories that eventually converge. This is my least favorite style of writing because I find it really annoying to suddenly have a different story interrupt one I'm getting into, and then I've lost my focus on that story and its characters when they circle around again. Although interesting, I found the drawn-out history of the Russian pilot and her comrades largely irrelevant to the plot about hunting the Huntress, detracting from the coherence, consistency, and focus of the plot--I wished the author would have saved that research as a subject for another book. The author included irrelevant and gratuitous lesbian sex scenes in a failed attempt to be edgy.

--Tarzan: The Lost Adventure by Edgar Rice Burroughs and Joe R. Lansdale (3*)
This book is an unfinished ERB manuscript completed by a modern writer Joe Lansdale many years after ERB's death. Burroughs and Lansdale are writers from different times, places, and styles and although I am a ERB fan, I am not a Lansdale fan. The two writing styles were obvious in this book with Lansdale being more overtly sexual and violent than was true of the early 20th century Tarzan stories. However, there was enough of my beloved apeman here to make this book a worthwhile read, but if you aren't a Tarzan fan, you would be wise to skip this one.

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


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The Hired Girl
By Amy Schlitz
4 stars
1911. A delightfully foolish and optimistic young girl shares her fears, joys, and deepest hopes in this very engaging diary after she runs away from the farm to the city.

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The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez***

Liked the format and the characters. Started out witty and fun but had a serious moment near the end that carried until the end. I have requested this author's other book from my library to purchase.

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Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (3*)
A former WWI battlefield nurse sets up her own detective business in 1929. An easy spouse-spying job leads her to suspicious goings-on at a commune for disfigured veterans with a high accidental death rate, in a predictable plot you could see coming from the get-go. The characters were flat stereotypes and her psychological detective skills, instead of being used to solve mysteries, were more often used to spout half-baked 1970's pop psychobabble at her client, rather out of sync with the field of psychology as it was developing in that era. If it had more character-development, a challenging mystery plot, catchy, natural dialogue, and eliminated the anachronistic half-baked pop psychology, then there might have been a detective story worth reading, but alas. The series has a lot of potential if both the author and character grow and develop with experience.

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


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--Poison Study (Poison Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder (5*)
--Magic Study (Poison Study #2) by Maria V. Snyder (4*)
--Fire Study (Poison Study #3 by Maria V. Snyder (4*)
Yelena is raised in an orphanage sponsored by an important general. When she kills her sadistic "benefactor's" even more sadistic son, she is saved from hanging by Valek, the cold-blooded head of security, who needs a condemned felon as the new food taster for the nation's Commander. To insure her cooperation, she is given a poison that must be held in check by a daily antidote. As her former benefactor tries repeatedly to have her assassinated, Yelena and Valek join forces to discover what nefarious secrets are hidden in the orphanage. The first book was a more straight-forward fantasy/adventure filled with action and danger, the second book had more world-building as a world of magic is unfolded, and the third book becomes way more complicated. I preferred the first book, but the second does include a most delightful horse, and the third was my least favorite with all the intricacies and complexities that an action-lover like me can do without, thank you. Even so, it was a pretty engrossing and entertaining fantasy series with some great characters, dialogue, and humor, that was well worth reading.

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


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-- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (4*)
The adolescent daughter of working class Korean family gets pregnant to a rich seducer and is married out of sympathy a by tubercular missionary who is en route to Osaka, Japan, where Koreans are segregated into poor ghettos and generally viewed with suspicion and revulsion. I really loved the first half of the book about the older generations, but as it moved onto the children and grandchildren, not so much. Their characters and stories were less developed and compelling, especially the spoiled, whiny, self-pitying Noa, whom I found unbearable. However, the earlier parts of the book cover an engrossing human story and period of history that is rarely written about and is worth reading. Too bad she ran out of steam and story.

--American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (2*)
A bookstore owner learns her favorite customer is the chief of a criminal cartel. When her journalist husband writes an expose of the chief, it has unforeseen consequences that force the narrator and her 8-year-old son to flee for their lives.This book starts with a bang, seems to hold a lot of promise, then deteriorates. A plethora of flat, poorly developed cardboard characters pop up to get flushed away in this seriously bad whack-a-mole book as the author appears to have made a Murphy's Law list of everything that could go wrong and checked off the boxes as she wedged it all into a most monotonous mess. More concerned with quantity than quality, the author rambles through this superficial and eye-rollingly melodramatic story, which appears to be aimed at lovers of soap opera triteness, while she still somehow manages to miss the amnesia and brain tumor.

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


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Slightly Married - Wendy Markham 3 (***) stars

Chicklit story of young woman planning her wedding. Very easy read. Not very thought provoking. Perfect for when you don't want to think.

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Rush The Breathless Trilogy, Book 1 by Maya Banks ***

Warning-Very Shades of Grey! Strong ending though and I am looking forward to the other character's stories developing.

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Radio Free Boston - The Rise and Fall of WBCN by Carter Alan

4 stars

Written by a former 'BCN DJ; it's the story of WBCN - The Rock of Boston.

This book would probably only appeal to those who grew up listening to the station. Some of the story I knew, some of it I didn't and some of it I had forgotten about. I miss this station.








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The Flight of Gemma Hardy
By Margot Livesey
4 stars
A really enjoyable old-fashioned read!

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Seeded and Sodded: Thoughts from a Gardening Life by Carol Michel ***** Gardening is the best

I love Carol's humor. She is very intuitive. She understands the joys and disappointments that come with gardening. It's really worth the effort.


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Indigo Girl
By Natasha Boyd
5 stars
I did not realize until I reached the end of this book that it was based on historical fact and real people. At 16 years of age, Eliza is left in charge of her family’s three plantations in South Carolina, while her father goes off to Antigua to further his military and political career. Finding strength and purpose she never knew she possessed, Eliza explores ways to improve her family’s financial security, as well as the living conditions of the slaves of the plantations. All the while flouting the societal expectations for women at that time.
The author did a fantastic job of blending fact with fiction, and the book appeared to be very well-researched. First rate characters populate the pages, and events build to a satisfying conclusion.

~ Joanne

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A Matter of Days
By Amber Kizer
3.5 stars
A strong YA end-of-days, survival story. I really enjoyed it.

~ Joanne

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind (4*)
Creepy eighteenth century French orphan and perfumist with a perfect sense of smell creates scents that make people view him as it serves him to be viewed. He is driven to create the perfect scent, by whatever means and whatever cost--to other people. This is a post-modernist genre-bending novel--horror, psychological thriller, allegory and just plain weird--all my least favorite things in a book. It is so creative, original, and well-written that it has to be objectively viewed as a literary masterpiece, however, I subjectively hated it. Except for maybe American Psycho or Wasp Factory, this is the suckiest masterpiece I have ever hated. If the author had known when to quit instead of tacking on a ridiculously gratuitous ending, I'd have been forced to give it 5-stars and I really didn't want to. Thanks, Patrick for the awful ending!

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


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Coconut Layer Cake Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery Book 23) by Joanne Fluke ***

wacky and light, fun read

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Where She Went by Kelly Simmons

3 stars

A helicopter Mom sends her daughter to college and the daughter disappears leaving confusing clues.

I really liked this story, but I would classify it as more women's fiction than a thriller. Very good read!










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Mastered (The Enforcers series Book 1) by Maya Banks ***

So very "Shades of Grey" and thought for most of the book that I wasn't going to continue the series, but the darn ending got me because it didn't finish the story of the first couple!! On to book 2...

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Golden in Death (In Death #50) by J.D. Robb (4*)
A beloved pediatrician is killed by opening a gift releasing a toxic gas. Lt. Eve can find little direction without a hint of the motive for the killing. She is spinning her wheels until the cocky killer(s) kill another person by the same method. Finding what and who these victims have in common will point the road to the motive but also indicate that serial murders may ensue. Finding the common denominator still leaves a lot of suspects to sort out, and proving it is an even harder matter. After reading fifty of these books, it is hard to find any freshness and originality left, but they are still an immensely enjoyable read, and some are written and developed better than others. I found this to be one of the better ones with an engrossing mystery and a well developed solving of that mystery.

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


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A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly (5*)
Young Mattie's mother died a year ago and not much has gone right since. Now a guest at the hotel where she works drowns, after giving Mattie a pile of letters to dispose of, that shed new light on the young woman's death and start Mattie thinking about the consequences of wrong choices--both the deceased's and her own. This is listed as a YA book because the main character is 16, but the story and writing are as weighty as many an adult novel. This engrossing bildungsroman contains drama, conflict, and mystery and is hard to put down.

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


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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson (6*)
This is a history of Churchill's first year as Prime Minister, appointed when England declares war on Germany. This is the year of Dunkirk, bombings (29,000 English civilians are killed by bombs this first year alone), the seemingly impossible build up of the war machine, the desperate pleadings for American support as the nation's supplies and finances are rapidly depleting, and what is going on in the personal lives of the Churchill, his family, his cat, and those of his inner circle. What's it like for a history junkie when one of my favorite historical authors writes about what I find to be the most fascinating time and place in history from my favorite point of view, the humanity of the people in the midst of those events? Simply, it doesn't get better than this!

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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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The Dog Stars
By Peter Heller
5 stars
It is April 2020 and I have been reading this novel, which is about existence in the world after a flu pandemic (characterized by fever, cough, and difficulty breathing) has wiped out most of the population of the world - or at least of the United States where this book is set. Talk about bad timing....
But I loved this book. More hopeful than The Road, with a story and likeable characters to equal that of Station Eleven, this book, and its protagonist Hig, filled my heart.

~ Joanne

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The Ruins
By Scott Smith
4 stars
Horror is not generally my genre of choice, but for some reason this one sucked me right in. It was horrible is a truly visceral way. I was so glad when I finished it!! If you like horror, this is a creepy one!

~ Joanne

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (4*)
Kaz, a criminal street kid is hired by a wealthy merchant to gather a mission-impossible team to spirit away an alchemist held captive in an enemy nation, being used to make a drug that greatly enhances the powers of magically-gifted people but destroys the users as collateral damage. The mission is further complicated when the merchant secretly hires Kaz's blood enemy to accomplish the same task. This was an okay fantasy with lots of action and danger, but overrated. The plot is like Ocean's 11 seasoned with magic, but appears to be the in-novel, like Twilight used to be, for teens to OMG over the main character. I did not find anything remarkably swoon-worthy about the characters and I've read much better fantasies. It ends in a cliff-hanger to get you to buy the next book.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (4*)
A 1947 story about Charlie, a pregnant American college student seeking her beloved French cousin who vanished in 1944, frames a 1915 story about Eve, a WWI spy, whom Charlie has now hired to help her search. Both stories were interesting but there were several things about the way they were written that I disliked. The person with whom fictional Eve had an affair was a real historical figure and I hate books that slander a real person who is no longer around to defend himself--to me that is sleazy and unethical. There were also some things that were eye-rollingly stupid and made no sense although the author tries too hard but unsuccessfully to justify them. Also, the mystery of the cousin is solved 2/3 of the way through the book, but the author did not know when to quit. It takes a new direction at that point but the author really draws it out and makes this last segment very boring.

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The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (5*)
A little boy and his loyal older sister are abandoned by their unstable mother to an emotionally-stunted workaholic tycoon father in a suburban Philadelphia mansion. They are pushed aside by a control-freak step-mother who makes her own two little girls the home's family. When the father dies, the siblings are disinherited and left as the center of each other's world and with an obsession about the stepmother and the Dutch house.
I never know how to rate books like this, ones that I can clearly see are original, well-constructed, and well-written literary masterpieces, that I didn't enjoy reading. If I were to outline the novel's bare bones, it is an excellent character-driven story, but I found its fleshing out repetitious, drawn-out, and much of the time it bored me out of my tree. To me it was like a beautiful model dressed in Prada but with nothing that catches interest. This is objectively a 5* novel that I subjectively did not enjoy but hope that you will.

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If the Creek Don’t Rise
By Leah Weiss
4 stars
1970 Appalachia
17 year old Sadie Blue becomes pregnant with the handsome Roy Tupkin’s child. He marries her on a bet, and quickly becomes her violently abusive husband.
That is the driving plot line of If the Creek Don’t Rise, but the book itself is more about the characters, principally the women who support and nurture one another. It is a tremendously engaging read, with a lovely surprise ending, and I highly recommend it!

~ Joanne

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Instant Gratification (Wilder Book 2) by Jill Shalvis****

The middle Wilder brother is down for the count.



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Well Met by Jen DeLuca ****

Romance combined with the working of a Renaissance Faire. Good read!!!

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Saving Monticello - The Levy Family's Epic Quest to Rescue the House That Jefferson Built

by Marc Leepson

5 stars

An account of how the Levy family came to owning Monticello and restoring it to the home that President Jefferson had designed.

Very interesting and good read! I've been to Monticello and it's beautiful!








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Olive, Again, Elizabeth Strout **** Olive Kittridge is a difficult woman. She is opinionated and nosy. She has lived through two husbands. After beginning this book, I realized there was a previous book, Olive Kittridge. I really liked her, so when our library reopens, I will borrow that book.


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Scrublands
by Chris Hammer
4 stars
A compelling story - one of the most engaging mysteries I have read in a long time! The setting, the heat, the dust, smoke and sweat are so well presented. I felt like I needed a shower every time I put the book down!

~ Joanne

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Northern Lights by Nora Roberts ****

Set in rural Alaska- sounds beautiful to visit! As always good story and characters.

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Cuz......what else else can we do?? emoticon emoticon

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 April

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 Arpil 2020 for the team.

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

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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