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2/23/20 4:03 A

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That sounds good too! I love family dramas! emoticon

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I picked up one of the Quick Reads (impulse display) books at the library--the newest novel by Jill Shalvis, Almost Just Friends. Character-driven family drama/romance, it's completely pulled me in; I just can't stop reading!

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2/22/20 8:29 A

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It sounds good - thanks!!

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I was hoping my next book would be better--and it's amazing! A juvenile fiction book--that I consider more YA, with a 13-year-old protagonist: a black girl living in Mississippi in 1955. The conditions are heartbreaking, but she is so matter-of-fact about it. I'm just a little ways into it, but extremely compelling! Oh, the title is Midnight without a Moon, by Linda Williams Jackson. It's a glorious debut novel!

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I'm sorry it was disappointing. I finished City of Girls and loved it. Now I'm reading The Victim by Saul Bellow, published in the 1940s. I like it!

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I mentioned in the chat thread how much I enjoyed my last bus/work book, Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren--enough that I requested several of her books from the library which are in transit. I found it on the impulse display, and boasted endorsement quotes by a couple of now favorite authors whose works I discovered there as well. Started another book found there today, and gave it up during lunch--boring with people I didn't much like. The author is Jill Mansell, who has lots of books published; this one was Mixed Doubles. I grabbed one of my juvenile fiction books to try tomorrow--hope it's better!

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That does sound intense! I finally finished One True Thing - it was excellent. Now I need to get back to reading City of Girls and The Yellow House...

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Finished my bus and work book, Ice Dogs, by Terry Lynn Johnson. Really good, about a young teen girl musher in Alaska who finds an injured city boy while out with her dog team, and they get lost and have many hair-raising adventures trying to get home. Very intense and exciting!

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Thanks for the recommendation - I've added it to my list. I love to laugh!!

I haven't finished One True Thing, but I've got new library books so I've started City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. She wrote Eat Pray Love, which I wasn't able to finish, and I don't love the writing in this book either, but I'll give it a little more of a chance... emoticon

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I absolutely LOVED The Unteachables by Gordon Korman! It's not only about a group of misfit students, but also a burnt out teacher trying to skate out the year until early retirement who gets assigned to them. I almost missed my bus stop yesterday afternoon, because I was at a very tense section. Two mornings in a row, it had me laughing so loud, I may have disturbed coworkers. And I had to wipe away the tears when I finished it this morning just before my shift started. I *highly* recommend this one!
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And I love myself just the way I am."

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I don't think I've read any of those authors, though I've heard of Quindlen, and the title sounds familiar.

I'm rereading the Others urban fantasy series (I'm *so* glad a B&N bookseller introduced me to it!) at home, and will finish the Gordon Korman juvenile fiction book The Unteachables--which I'm hugely enjoying. I laughed so loud reading over breakfast, I was afraid I might have disturbed colleagues out on the floor!
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Since I last posted, I have read Winter Cottage by Mary Ellen Taylor, a book that fits into 'women's fiction' - a bit of romance but the book was really more about the house itself and the people who had been there and are there now. I gave it 3 * out of 5.
Yesterday I finished The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, another book about a house and the people who were and are there. I liked it better - there was more character development, and I gave it 4*.
Now I've started One True Thing by Anna Quindlen. I'm pretty sure I've seen this as a movie, but it was a long time ago. I really enjoy her writing.

I hope you're both enjoying whatever you're reading, Amanda and Mary, and anyone else who might be stopping by!

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I finished Death of All Things, and in the last few had a heartbreaking and rather depressing story, and very the last was heartbreaking, yet uplifting--reminded me a little of Touched by an Angel. The author of that story, Delayed Exchange Deferred, is Kiya Nicoll.
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Wedding Vows, by Leah Cutter, about a ghost in contemporary China, was sweet and had me tearing up. And The Wolves of Lady Death, by Christie Golden, was so moving it made me cry.

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I just went thru your posts back to Dec, and now have a list of half a dozen or so books to look into. So you may see my re-review of some of yours!!

Read the first of the football ones Amanda mentioned, Intercepted. Enjoyed it. The next 2 should go pretty quickly as well.

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Sorry that last book was not as good as you had been led to expect, Leslie.

I've had a pleasant surprise with an anthology I requested. Actually I'm the one who suggested the purchase, since my system had no copies. Faith Hunter's newest short story was in something called The Death of All Things, edited by Gilman and Richardson. Writers from many genres, and mostly not well known, take different perspectives on Death as a character. I've only read a couple of duds & gave up on one, but I've laughed and teared up and thought "now that's strange!" And a few authors I enjoyed enough to search for other titles to read.

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I'm so glad you love those books, Amanda! I finished The Falconer and thought it was very good - a sort of stream-of-consciousness from a girl in high school in New York - except it leaned a little too heavily on games of basketball for my liking. I'm still reading Autumn and like the humour in it, but I finally got Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, which everyone has raved about, and I waited since August to get from the library! It does draw one in, but it's completely unrealistic and predictable. The most interesting parts are the descriptions of nature. Otherwise, it's not a great book.

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Over on the GGs (A Gathering of Goddesses), my co-leader said she was in the middle book of Nora Roberts' trilogy The Chronicles of the One, which I have reviewed here, having gotten the set as a gift. This is what I wrote:
"Yes, I loved the new trilogy and will keep it to reread. It was much less a typical romance; very urban fantasy, reminiscent of The Stand, but with much greater paranormal elements. I liked that it was the first time she had interracial couples and very non-traditional families of magical and non-magical beings as well as different gender-orientations (not just a single token gay character). As with her best books, it made me laugh and cry."

And yesterday, in the chat thread there and here, I mentioned finishing the final book in the Harry Potter series. "I adore the revelations in Snape's memories, the scene between Dumbledore and Harry at "King's Cross Station," the fierceness of Molly Weasley battling Bellatrix, Kreacher leading the house elves to battle, Neville's heroism, Harry's explanation of wand magic and allegiance to Voldemort--and offer of redemption, and finally his exchange with little Albus Severus in the sweet epilogue."

I love storytelling that creates characters you care deeply about and enjoy watching them grow, struggle, evolve, and triumph. And now I've returned to the last 3 books by Faith Hunter. In Dark Queen, Jane Yellowrock has met her brother, another skinwalker who was born on the Trail of Tears after she was forced to change into a bobcat and left in the snow to escape the soldiers--as a child of 5.

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I'm glad you've enjoyed reading Harry Potter. Those books just never captured my fancy, but I know my grandson (who just turned 17!!) loved them too.

I finished Olive Kitteridge. I liked it a lot! It's all short stories taking place in a small town in Maine, but Olive is not the main character in all of the stories. I 'met' some very interesting people in the book. She has a new book out called Olive, Again, and I will be requesting that one soon.

Now I've started The Falconer by Dana Czapnik and read a lot of it in waiting rooms yesterday, and today I'll also start Autumn by Ali Smith.

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That's weird! But cool they jumped you up the line!

Oh, I goofed on the author's name of Blitzed: it's Alexa Martin. I was trying to picture the name on the cover, and I could see the beginning and ending As, with maybe the E in the middle.

I'm on the last few chapters of Harry Potter 6. I keep thinking ahead to the final book. Can't wait to get all the way there, and to savor the elements that film #8 (as great as the series was as a whole) missed, like the united strength of the anti-Voldemort forces, and the many poignant memories of Snape.

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I have read about Washington Black and chose not to read it. I'm sorry you also had a negative impression of it.

In August I had requested Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens from the library, and was #14 on the list, then #8, but when I checked the other day I had gone backward to #9! I called the library and nobody knew how that could have happened, so they put me in the #1 slot, and now it's available for me! I need to finish one of my other books, Normal People by Sally Rooney, and then I'll contact my volunteer to pick up the 3 books the library is holding for me, and return the 2 that are due back on the 28th,

Enjoy your reading!

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I finally gave up on one--Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. It won awards and acclaim, but it was just too depressing for me. The savagery and degradation of slavery depicted was too much, rather like my reaction to God Don't Like Ugly, where I couldn't get past the ongoing abuse to get to the rest of the story.

So now I'm reading totally light fare, another of the football WAGs stories by Andrea Martin, Blitzed--earlier titles in the series were Intercepted and Fumbled. A bit crude, but funny. Those have been my bus and work books, and at home I've gotten to the 6th Harry Potter on this read through the series; just started The Half-Blood Prince last night.

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"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I finally finished High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver - a wonderful book of essays, mostly about the environment.

Now I've added The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom.

Happy reading!

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I just finished secret garden. Now I looking for something else to read.

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I finally gave up on The Bluest Eye. I did finish The Great Believers and really liked it.
Since then I've read The Night Window, the fifth and final book in the Jane Hawk series by Dean Koontz. I really liked the series, and the ending was very satisfying!

Now I'm reading Normal People by Sally Rooney and Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, and enjoying both very much.

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I'm glad you're enjoying your reading. I really like The Great Believers - I think I am about halfway through it.
I'm struggling a bit with The Bluest Eye. The writing just doesn't seem to 'flow' for me, but I'll stick with it.

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I'm a little ways into HP #3, The Prisoner of Azkaban, and loving it! emoticon

And The Curious Heart book is absolutely delightful. It's so unusual, I never know what's going to happen. I'm learning little bits of Scottish slang--and confused by some also. Both entertaining and heart-warming.

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And I love myself just the way I am."

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Thanks for the 1967 - I should have looked it up myself!

I hope you enjoy both books you are reading. I finished Watching You, and now will get back to The Bluest Eye, and I'll also be starting The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai.

I hope you'll have some extra time off work to enjoy reading!

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1967. I finished it. It was fun, not great, and again quite explicit sexually. (I feel like I should add that warning, since I'm not sure about other members' tastes or sensibilities.)

Just barely began another library impulse display, which will be my bus and work book this week: The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland, about a young woman who gets a heart transplant. I only read a few pages while in line at the store today, and I think I'm going to really enjoy it. More to come . . .
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1960s I think--I'll have to look it up. I'm about to fall asleep sitting up right now! emoticon emoticon

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That's very interesting about the Loving Generation, and what a perfect name! What year was that Supreme Court ruling? I know I've read about it, but can't remember when it was.

I am holding off on The Bluest Eye temporarily because I have another library book that's due back earlier, so I'll read Watching You by Lisa Jewell first.

I have contacted my library volunteer with another list of books, only because I have a book that's due back today, but I let her know there is no hurry to get those books because I still have plenty to read!

I hope you continue to enjoy the Jane Yellowrock books!

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I haven't read either of those classics. I started a new romance by a biracial author who has an author's note about belong to the Loving Generation--biracial kids born to parents who could finally marry after the Supreme Court heard Loving v. Virginia and ended the state bans on interracial marriages in the US. I had never heard the term before.

I also went ahead and bought the new Jane Yellowrock book, Shattered Bonds. I have considered buying them all (quite a lot), but I really prefer trade or hardcover to multiple readings of mass market editions, for books I will read repeatedly. Very exciting just a few chapters in!

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I finished reading The Color Purple by Alice Walker yesterday - what a wonderful book!

Now I'm about to start The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.

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You had mentioned reading a book set in Sri Lanka, but I didn't remember the name.

I finished that delightful Chloe Brown book, and see she'll have another out next year featuring one of Chloe's sisters. Hope it will be as much fun as this one was. It's amazing how she blended such humor, sexuality, plus serious issues of class & race & physical limitations (the heroine has fibromyalgia), and all the emotional scars left by harmful relationships.

I also just finished--again--the last Jane Yellowrock novel. I just realized today that for $8 I can get it at the store, and not keep waiting for it to come in to the library. I may do that tomorrow, while on errands.

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It's a lovely family saga that takes place, or at least starts, in 1920's Ceylon (Sri Lanka). I'm really enjoying it.

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What is Cinnamon Gardens?

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I love books that make me laugh!

I finished A Gentleman in Moscow - little 'action', but the language is exquisite! I also finished the 4th book in the Jane Hawk series by Dean Koontz. I'm back to Cinnamon Gardens, and have started The Color Purple by Alice Walker. I've meant to read that for years, and finally have it now.

Enjoy your reading, ladies!

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Started a new book on the bus today: Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, who has written interracial romances prior to this chick lit book. It is absolutely delightful, I giggled through most of my bus ride home. emoticon Helen Hwang, who wrote The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test has a testimonial quote on the front cover, which is unfortunately covered up by the library barcode. I highly recommend it.

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Just wanted to share a quote I enjoyed from Circle of the Moon, the newest Soulwood novel by Faith Hunter, set in the Jane Yellowrock universe. It's a conversation between the main character Nell (a twenty-something magical being with plant and earth affinities, who escaped a polygamous cult at age 12) to her younger sister Mindy (12 or 13, same magical potential, still in the cult), of whom Nell is seeking custody.
"That's very Machiavellian of you, sister mine."
"That sounds like a dirty word, but if'n I get a greenhouse outta that, then I'm okay with it."

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I mentioned elsewhere that I may work on the Nora Roberts trilogy after my current crop of library books.

I just finished The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland (English). It was recommended by my library based on recent check-outs I made. It was good...took me a while to get used to the timeline, that bounces from present day to recent past to childhood past. Not a HIGH recommendation, but enjoyable. Either of you might enjoy it!!

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I am really enjoying the two books I've been reading, Cinnamon Gardens (which is well done) and A Gentleman in Moscow, both gentle books, but decided I also needed to read something more plot-driven, so I've added the 4th book in the Jane Hawk series, The Forbidden Door.

I hope you also like the new Nora Roberts book, Amanda!

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I know nothing about Sri Lanka (love the name!), so that sounds fascinating. I hope the story is well-told. I just began reading the new Nora Roberts over dinner tonight.

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I finished reading The Brethren yesterday and will be starting Cinnamon Gardens by Shyam Selvadurai today - looking forward to it. It's a family saga that takes place in 1920's Ceylon (Sri Lanka). I love family sagas.

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Nora Roberts' next book, The Rise of Magicks, comes out on November 26--Tuesday. I finished rereading the first book in the trilogy, Year One (very reminiscent of Stephen King's The Stand) this morning, and began the second book, Blood and Bone. Hoping to finish it Monday night, then I will pick up the brand new one Tuesday after work. This is not a romance series, but a moving tale of people, magical and "muggles," who struggle to rebuild after a plague, fighting both magical and non-magical forces of evil. Strong stuff, strong characters--excellent reading!

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The only series I'm reading now is the Jane Hawk series from Dean Koontz. I think there are 5 books in total, and I have just received #4 from the library.

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I've been enjoying reading one book or series at home, then a different one at work and on the bus. A recent cute one from my library impulse display ('Choice Reads') was Love at First Like. Featured a twenty-something in New York who built her business largely through social media, so it was a culture I'm not familiar with, but it was light and fun. Oh, the author was Hannah Orenstein.

I finished the final Soulwood novel last night--there was so much I had forgotten! I read all the Jane Yellowrock short stories and novels, and I'm still #23 in line, though they just got their 2nd order in and processed. They had first order 6 or 8, but when they got over 30 requests, they added the other number for a total of 14, but the second group hadn't arrived. So it could be a while yet.

I checked on the release of the 3rd Nora Roberts novel in her Chronicles of the One series, her first anthology released in hardcover, and it's coming out 11/26. So I'll start book #1, Year One, tonight. They came out a full year apart, not usual for her series, so I definitely want to remember all that happened before reading the new--and I think final--one in the series.

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Mary, I thought the characters in the Tattooist were one-dimensional and even though it was based on a true story, there was little depth. Having read Night by Elie Wiesel, this book (Tattooist) lacked emotion for me.

Glad you were getting a new book. I can't imagine being without anything to read! I have stacks of books I want to read all over the place. emoticon

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Leslie, I read the Tattooist a while back. I may not be as discerning reader as you.

And I agree...there's messages and there's 2x4s....sounds like Pigs in Heaven is one of the latter!

Finishing Lightest Object left me without a book to read....omg!! emoticon I requested some online yesterday and at least one is already available for me. I suspect it was in my own library's collection! So guess where I'll be stopping after work???? Yep!! emoticon emoticon

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That sounds good, Mary!

Since The Tattooist of Auschwitz, which was a disappointment, I've read Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman, and liked it a lot. I also read Pigs in Heaven, which is the sequel to The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. I really loved The Bean Trees, but was quite disappointed in Pigs in Heaven. It lacked the warmth and spontaneity of the first book, and seemed determined to hit us over the head with the message that native American children shouldn't be adopted by white people. It was repeated over and over. I don't disagree with that message, but the heavy-handedness took away from the enjoyment of the book and the characters.

Now I'm reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, and The Brethren by John Grisham, and am enjoying both. I'm also still plodding along through High Tide in Tucson, a book of essays by Barbara Kingsolver. I usually only read that one in waiting rooms, so it's going slowly.

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Yesterday I finished a book that was on my library's "impulse" bookcase....the one's that try to say "take me! read me!" emoticon

The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisele - her first. After the US economy has collapsed and the power grid has failed, we find a couple who are at each end of the country. The travels as he heads on foot to her, and a cooperative community she starts to build are main topics. Here's a quote on the book: "A triumphant story for anyone with a shred of faith left in the human spirit." --David McGlynn Highly recommended!! Can't wait for her to write more! emoticon

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Waxman books are novels. I read her new one, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill (?) which was fun and quirky, so I decided to check out her earlier novels, and this is wonderful!

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I'm sorry you had to give up on the Jane Hawk series. I was aware there had been threats against her son, but don't remember that the threats were sexual in nature.

Thanks for the tip on the Abbi Waxman book - I love books that make me laugh like that! Is it fiction or memoir, or ?

I have also started reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, and I will finish it because it's going quickly, but the characters seem more like caricatures of people. Not like real people at all. emoticon

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I tried to read that series by Koontz, but the threat of sexual violence against her son was too upsetting and triggering for me, so I stopped.

I started a new book today by Abbi Waxman, The Garden of Small Beginnings, and I love it. I was laughing out loud on the first page, and several times at work and on the bus, had a hard time stopping the giggles, where it got hard to read the words through the tears. Highly recommended!
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I did finish Cat's Eye yesterday and am now beginning The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz, part of the Jane Hawk series I've been enjoying.

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I finished the brand new hardcover (her first; the other 3 were trade paperbacks) by Jasmine Guillory, Royal Holiday. It focuses on Maddie's mom, Vivian Forest, whom we met as a minor character in the last book. It was sweet and less steamy, following the holiday romance of two fifty-somethings.

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I seem to have been stuck on the same three books: Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood, The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, and High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver. I am nearing the end of the first two of those, and really enjoying them. The third one is the one I carry in my purse to read in waiting rooms.

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Today I'm returning another book I read from my library's monthly mag: Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis. Very good, in my opinion! About 5 women in Uruguay who become connected during the dictatorship in the 80's. They are all gay and come together "accidentally" - this one know that one, who knows that one,... They remind me of my 6-Pack group, because they take vacations together at the ocean shore. The author is Uruguayan, and I enjoyed her writing style and descriptions very much.

I also read a short Novella based on the Lost and Found Sisters, which continued with the 2 young ones of the book - teenagers the story picks up a few years later.

Right now, I'm reading the 2 recent books before the new one out - Chief Inspector Gamache books by Louise Penny. And I'm headed to the library today to pick up 2 new ones - 1 by Helen Hoang (I think, that Amanda mentioned) and 1 from the library's magazine. Time to start thinking about what else to order....gotta keep those books coming....!!

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I read Fumbled by Alexa Martin some weeks ago, and just finished her first book, Intercepted, this evening. It's another romance involving NFL players. The author was an NFL wife for 8 years. Her 3rd book, Blitzed, is on order. I like that she has cover quotes by two other recent discoveries, Jasmine Guillory and Helen Hoang.

Next up for bus and work is Jasmine's brand new Royal Holiday--her first in hardcover--featuring the mother of her last book's romantic lead. So looking forward to it.

At home, I'm on the last short story/novella in the Jane Yellowrock anthology Blood in Her Veins. Then comes novel #10. I'm having *so* much fun rereading these!

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I have also started rereading Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood. I first read it many years ago, and it's just as good this time! emoticon

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I enjoy your descriptions of the books/series you are reading!
I finally finished Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - it was very good, and fast-paced - I was just bogged down with trying to read the much too long Strangers by Dean Koontz. I should finish that one today.
I have started The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom - about the time of slavery. I am enjoying it, very much.

Have a happy reading Sunday!

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Hey, cool! I just found out my library system ordered 6 more of the new Jane Yellowrock book, so instead of being 34 of 8, I'm 34 of 14 to be ordered! I enjoyed the Renee Watson juvenile book, Some Places More Than Others, about an Oregon girl who goes to New York City with her dad and meets relatives for the first time. It was good, though not as compelling as her recent YA novels to me. I liked her lists at the end, including top 10 places to visit in Oregon and NYC.

I gave up on Double Dutch by Sharon Draper--just wasn't holding my interest. But I am *loving* the YA novel Mary found, from a list at her library, about a Persian teen who gets into breakdancing and has to deal with a bunch of anti-Islamic prejudice at her new high school. It's called A Very Large Expanse of Sea, by Tahereh Mafi. She's written a bunch more books; I don't know if they are all for young adults, or all about Muslim youth. I'll check at least some of them out after I finish this one.

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I seem to be a bit bogged down, reading the same 3 books, but I am nearing the end of 2 of them.
My library volunteer may be here today with my next batch of books from the library - I'm looking forward to that!

Have a great day!

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Thanks, Mary! I just started a Word doc for Books and Movies to Request from the Library. I have a feeling these might be pretty popular up here, and I might not be able to renew them, so I'll request one at a time, and have them be my bus and work books. I should finish Trolled on Monday, and I recently got a brand new one by Renee Watson, and one I missed before by Sharon Draper. At home, I'll keep working through the Jane Yellowrock books, and I'll have time to read the intersecting series, the 4 Soulwood books, in the correct timeline. After all, they are only buying 8 copies of the new book, and I'm 34 in line!

Rats! My library system only has Borderline in eBook format, so I've requested the next one on your list--A Very Large Expanse of Sea.

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Those books do sound very good, Mary! Thanks for all the info.

Have a lovely Sunday, reading I hope!

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My apologies, ladies, for the delay. Here's feedback about the Muslim books I read lately:

Sadia, by Colleen Nelson. Wonderful story about 15-year-old whose #1 love is emoticon . She's a talented player, and joins an elite team at school. At their first game, however, she finds out that her hijab (head covering) is not "official uniform" and therefore banned from the court. So she takes up the fight, along with her (previous) best friend, who's started de-jabbing - removing her hijab at high school and following the popular crowd. Great book!!

She Wore Red Trainers, by Na'ima B. Robert. Young Ali, who recently lost his mother, has decided to start praying and follow the Islamic guidelines about females. Amirah helps take care of brothers and sisters, as mom is pretty devastated by choosing husbands who leave and/or cheat on her. The chapters are told by one or the other, as their paths cross and they're both exploring the personal aspects of being Muslim. Both families are starting to matchmake for their kids too. Also great!!

A Very Large Expanse of Sea, by Tahereh Mafi. Shirin, our heroine, is 16 and moving to another new school a year after 9/11. She's tired of how terrible people are to her and decides to stay a loner at school, loving music and breakdancing. She meets and befriends Ocean James, a white male. Can they be a couple? The author has some of the high school stuff down COLD!!

Borderline, by Allan Stratton. Sami is in private school, and is the only Muslim. He catches his father in a lie, and then his father is accused of being a terrorist and it all hits the fan for the family - press parked on their front lawn, hate calls, you name it. He and some friends sneak into Canada to try to clear his dad and family. Really good!!

It all started with Ayesha at Last, by Uzma Jalaluddin - which Amanda already talked about in this thread. I also checked out one called Red Birds, by Mohammed Hanif. It was supposed to be sarcastic and nasty about US influences in the Middle East, told from 3 viewpoints - a downed US fighter pilot, a teenage boy living in the camp the pilot was supposed to obliterate, and the boy's dog. I got part of the way in, but didn't enjoy it much, so quit. I had a much better time with the kids in schools. emoticon

I've got some new books out from one of the library magazines - I'll let you know how they go (more promptly, I hope!). I think they're going to be very different for me....

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I gave up on Mrs. Dalloway. I just wasn't very interested in the people. emoticon
Now I've started Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I'm really enjoying it. I'm also still reading the Dean Koontz book Strangers - it's really dragging through the middle section, but I do want to finish it!

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I guess I mentioned my current kid's series, Enchanted Realm by Bruce Coville in the chat thread. I read them on the bus and at work. I finished Cursed, about a Scottish brownie who must serve an extremely messy American preteen, and Hatched, about a nervous griffin who runs/flies away to the human world with his gnome teacher and becomes friends with a human boy. I'm currently reading the third (and last so far) book, Trolled, about a troll who works as a night guard at New York's Grand Central Terminal (not Station).

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I finished The Beach House - it was an easy read. Now I'm reading Strangers by Dean Koontz, and Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.

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Well at least there are 47 copies, so the wait shouldn't be too long!

The Beach House seems like a nice easy read. emoticon

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I absolutely adored this book, and just requested her earlier 2 novels. I'm lucky I found this on the Choice Reads display, since the regular copies are all spoken for! There were copies available for the other two--The Garden of Small Beginnings and Other People's Houses, but a waiting list for the new one, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill: 128 people in line for 47 copies!

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I love books that make me laugh!

I'm just starting The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe.

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I reread the awesome trio of books by Jasmine Guillery--The Wedding Date, The Proposal, and The Wedding Party--just love them!

Now I'm giggling my way through the absolutely charming The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman. An unusual, social awkward, very intelligent heroine. I'm enjoying it immensely!

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I'm glad you're enjoying your reading! I am still really enjoying Dear Life. Alice Munro is a wonderful writer!

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And I'm still running fans here. It's not that hot, but the warm air in the apartment just hasn't left!

I read a fun romance by Alexa Martin, Fumbled, on the Choice Reads display. I've requested her earlier novel, Intercepted, and got on the waiting list for her next, Blitzed. Her bio says "The Playbook series is inspired by the 8 years she spent as an NFL wife."

Finished Obi, Gerbil on a School Trip with all the bus riding today. It was cute.

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A couple of days ago I started reading Dear Life, a collection of short stories by Alice Munro. The stories are wonderful!!

I have been suffering in the cold here. It's going down to the 40s at night and only up to the low 60s during the day, but they don't give us heat in the building until September 15. That will be next Sunday, so I hope they'll actually turn the heat on on Friday. I turn my oven on for some heat, but don't leave it on all day, and not overnight. I don't think space heaters are allowed...


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Then I stayed up to finish a sweet juvenile fiction book, Three Pennies, by Melanie Crowder. It's about a girl in foster care who was abandoned by her mother, but is determined to find her. There are also brief chapters told from the POV of an owl. Unusual and touching.

I had been thinking I might reread the extensive Jane Yellowrock series, and just requested the first 2 books plus the short story collection. Then I checked the author's website (Faith Hunter), and found out the next Jane book is coming out on Oct. 29, 2019! The last one ended with lots of upheaval and big changes after a huge battle with the European vampires, so it will be good to be reminded of all the details and relationships leading up. It's fun to dive back in and be reacquainted with a fascinating and well-wrought universe.

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Read the second Obi book, Obi on a Mission. It was okay, not great. Not sure if I'll bother with the third. Probably--it's an OK bus book. Just finished How to Hack a Heartbreak, about a young New Yorker struggling with her IT job and online dating. Warning, though the sex is not graphic, the language is kinda raunchy. But it was cute, plus it had some pointed things to say about sexism in the tech industry and cyber rudeness. Oh, the author is Kristin Rockaway; it was a Choice Reads (impulse display book).

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I finished The Nightingale yesterday - beautiful book, but with a twist at the end, which irritated me a little.
I've just started A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf.

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Reading a really funny juvenile fiction book, Louisiana's Way Home, by Kate DiCamillo. A very fast read with a hoot of a heroine with a decided point of view & voice, and lots of dramatics and hyperbole. It had me laughing in the break room and on the bus.

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And I love myself just the way I am."

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I picked up a juvenile novel on a whim for the library--The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech who won the Newberry Award for Walk Two Moons that I read long ago. I only started it on the ride up to Seattle this morning, reading it over breakfast & lunch, and I finished it after work before the bus even left downtown! 151 pages, but the chapters were very short, and it just flowed along so quickly and easily. A very tender story.

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I'm glad you're enjoying your books Amanda!

I've just started The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - another book that was recommended by a lot of people, but I've read a few pages and believe I'll enjoy this one!

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Read a silly little kids book, Obi, Gerbil on the Loose by Michael Delaney. I've requested the other two Obi books from the library.

Read Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis--quite enjoyable. There's a quote on the front jacket by Susan Mallery, whose books I enjoy a lot: "She's my go-to read for humor and heart." Then a novella that follows 2 teens from that book 10 years later, The Good Luck Sister. Fun. Next up is Rainy Day Friends, by her, set in the same town of Wildstone. The most recent of those was The Lemon Sisters, which I found on the Quick Reads display at the library.

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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