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Zombies Vs. Unicorns (Anthology) - 2.5 stars

It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths--for good and evil--of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

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There were a couple really good stories, a sprinkling of decent ones and others that were just a waste of time. Not enough good stories to make this an anthology I would recommend.

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8/1/16 10:11 A

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Catching up for the month

Something About You – Julie Garwood – Audio - 4.5*
A Lot Like You – Julie Garwood – Audio - 4.5*
About That Night – Julie Garwood – Audio - 4.5*
Love Irresistibly – Julie Garwood – Audio - 4.5*
The Billionaire’s Defiant Acquisition – Sharon Kendrick - 3.5*
The Reluctant Widow – Georgette Heyer – Audio - 4.5*
The Nonesuch – Georgette Heyer – Audio - 4.5*
The Calendar of New Beginnings – Ava Miles – Audio - 4.5*
Born in Fire – Nora Roberts – Audio - 5*
Born in Ice – Nora Roberts – Audio - 5*
Born in Shame – Nora Roberts – Audio - 5*
The Games – Patricia McLinn - 4*
Claiming the Royal Innocent – Jennifer Hayward - 3.5*
Dare Valley Meets Paris Billionaire – Ava Miles – Audio - 4*
The Billionaire’s Gamble
The Billionaire’s Secret
The Billionaire’s Courtship
The Billionaire’s Return
Daring Brides – Ava Miles – Audio - 4*
Bought by her Italian Boss – Dani Collins - 3.5*
Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton – Audio - 4*
Frederica – Georgette Heyer – Audio - 5*
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J. K. Rowling – Audio - 5*
Renegade – Sandra Marton - 4*
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J. K. Rowling – Audio - 5*
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling – Audio - 5*
An Heir to Make a Marriage – Abby Green - 3.5*
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J. K. Rowling – Audio - 5*
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J. K. Rowling – Audio - 4.5*
Frederica – Georgette Heyer – Audio - 5*
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – J. K. Rowling – Audio - 5*
Island Kisses – Krista Lakes - 4*
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J. K. Rowling – Audio - 5*
Absolute Power – David Baldacci – Audio -4.5*
Expecting a Royal Scandal – Caitlin Crews - 3.5*


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The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd - 5*s

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The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant***** A great read. It's about a young Jewish girl growing up in Boston from early twentieth century to 1985.


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Crazy Love (Emerald Lake Billionaires Book 3) by Leeanna Morgan 4 stars emoticon

Sentinel: Bravo Bear by Amelia Jade 4 stars emoticon emoticon

The Beauty's Beast (The Beauty's Beast Fantasy Series Book 1) by E.D. Walker 4 stars
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7/29/16 11:19 A

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Twisted - by Sara Shepard - Book #9 in Pretty Little Liars series - 4 stars

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7/28/16 11:54 A

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Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella - 4.5 stars
An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

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I loved it.
The relationships with her brothers, her parents, Linus and even her friend Natalie were perfect.
I've never been diagnosed with anxiety but I could relate to to Audrey so much I loved reading about her jagged progress throughout the whole book her strides and her set backs and how she felt through all of it.
This books was also hilarious.
You want a cute, funny, summer read? Pick this up!

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Two more to add to this month before heading out of town:

Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale 3.5*

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani 4*

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The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike) by Robert Galbraith - 3 stars

A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.

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7/27/16 6:57 P

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All by Diana Gabaldon:

The Fiery Cross

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

An Echo in The Bone

Written in My Own Heart's Blood

All rank 6

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Every Crooked Nanny - Kathy Hogan Trocheck - 4 *s

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World and Town by Gish Jen 4*

Hattie Kong, the daughter of a descendant of Confucius and an American missionary to China, is in her 60's. Two years ago she lost both her husband and best friend to cancer. Now it is time to get on with her life and she moves to the small New England town of Riverlake, where her closest neighbors are a Cambodian family scarred by the years of warfare in their homeland and the time spent living in inner-city America. Soon she is also joined by a retired neuro-scientist ex-lover. All of them, like Hattie, are looking for a new start in a small town that is itself challenged by the chain stores and cell phone towers of 2001. Deals with the real questions of religion, home, neighbors, and our definition of our world.



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7/25/16 9:02 A

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The Cat Came Back (the 9 Lives Cozy Mystery Bk 1) by Louise Clark 4 stars.
No shifters, but when Frank is killed, he co-habits the body of his cat, Stormy. Now, he just has to convince people that can hear him that they're not crazy!

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I am way, way behind in this!

3 by Zoe Chant: shifters and their BBW mates
Lawman Lion 3 starS
The Jaguar's Beach Bride 3 stars
Firefighter Dragon 3 stars

2 by Laurann Dohner:
Drantos (VLG Series book 1) 3 stars VLG stands for Vampire, Lycan, and Gargoyle shifters
Kraven (VLG Series book 2) 3 stars Drantos and Kraven are Vamp/Lycan cross breeds and brothers. The books each start with the rescue of 2 sisters, Dusti and Bat, from an airplane crash. Turns out they're mates to the brothers!

Reread 3 by Patricia Briggs in her Mercy Thompson series (coyote and wolf shifters, vamps, and the Fae)
River Marked (Bk 6) 4 stars
Frost Burned (Bk 7) 4 stars
Night Broken (Bk 8). 4 stars

Black Market Bear by Amelia Jade 4 stars (bear shifters)

Alpha's Heir (bear shifters) by AJ Tipton 3 stars

4 Leanna Morgan romances: (not paranormals)
Head Over Heels (Bridesmaid Club Bk 3) 4 stars
Sweet on You (Bridesmaid Club Bk 4) 4 stars
Sealed with a Kiss (Emerald Lake Billionaires Bk 1) 4 stars
Playing for Keeps (ELB Bk 2) 4 stars

Island Secrets (Island Escape Series Bk 1) by R. T. Wolfe 4 stars Romance at an idyllic island, scuba divers, murder

Broken Heart Syndrome by Susie Tate 4 stars Medical residents in the UK in love







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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death 4/6

Agatha Raisin has worked long and hard to achieve her dream: early retirement and a cottage in the picture perfect village of her favourite childhood holiday. However, the high flying London PR exec finds that it's not that easy to feel like she belongs in this sleepy village. Hoping to gain favour with the locals, she enters the Quiche baking competition.

Will she learn to bake the perfect quiche in time?

No.

Will she stoop to BUYING a prize winning Quiche from London?

You bet.

Will the fact that this Quiche seems to have poisoned and killed one of the judges put a damper on her dreams of being accepted by the locals?

Not as much as them finding out she brought it will.

I was inspired to read this after seeing the Sky adaptation and I wasn't disappointed! Funny and witty to read. Having seen this episode on the tv, it's hard to judge if the twist was expected or not, but I recommend it as a light hearted mystery.

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7/23/16 7:03 P

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After You by Jojo Moyes. 2.5 stars. Won't really tell the story because it might contain spoilers, but it is the book after You Before Me.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver - 3.5 stars. I didn't find what was so great about this one. I'm glad I listened to it instead of reading it.

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka - 4 stars. This was a short read that shows different character's thoughts/experiences after WWII when the Japanese people were put into camps in the US.

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The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill 5*

Taken from her African village at 11, Aminata is branded, forced to walk for 3 months, then dumped on a stinking ship and sold as a slave in South Carolina. Using the midwife skills she learned from her mother, she manages to survive and even clandestinely learns to read and write. She is sold to a new master who takes her to New York as the American Revolution is breaking out. The British retain control of New York for the next seven years and offer the promise of freedom to any slave or indentured servant who will remain loyal and work in any capacity for the British for at least one year. Aminata escapes from her owner and flees to sanctuary with the British. As it becomes evident that the rebels will win their bid for freedom, Aminata is terrified that she will lose hers and be re-enslaved as patrols start combing NYC for "escaped property". She takes on the task of compiling The Book of Negroes for the British - a listing of all the persons eligible for the promised reward of freedom and passage to Nova Scotia to begin new lives. The book continues relating her arrival in Nova Scotia to less than a warm welcome, her 7 year stay there, then continuing travels trying desperately to return home and be reunited with the husband and children who were taken from her. A scathing indictment of a period in American history rife with hypocrisy.

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Just starting A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara. She has also written THE PEOPLE IN THE TREES. Has anyone read anything by this author?. A little Life is 720 pages long, a challenge even for me who loves to read.

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Am re-reading Help.

Fabulously written - I forgot how good it was the first time I read it.
I have no idea why I decided to read it again, but I'm glad I did.

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The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson 4*

Tough successful divorce lawyer Paula is a pro at going for the jugular. Nothing gets to her and no-one gets too close - until she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother that sends her on a journey that takes her from the most painful episodes in her past to the possibility of a future where dreams might really come true.

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The Pursuit - Janet Evanovich 4*

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Chasing Paris by Jen Carter 3*

I wanted to like this book, but just couldn't find any believable character or plot thread. It seemed too contrived and tried too hard to show parallels between two pairs of sisters separated by two generations.

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Starting The Green Road, by Anne Enright. This is an Irish family saga over several decades and several continents.

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Moving Day, by Jonathan Stone. A real page turner about a man and a woman selling their family home and moving to a retirement house. Stunningly good. I'm not giving much away with this description because it grabs you from the first chapter with some twists.

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Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen 4*

Not long ago, Rebecca was a noted New York photographer known for her feminist collections of pictures. Now, however, at 60 she's divorced, yesterday's news and she's having trouble coming up with the money to pay for the care her aging parents require. So she sublets her NYC apartment and has just moved to a 'fully furnished' cottage in upstage New York that doesn't have even one electric outlet in the bedroom, only 4 forks in the silverware drawer, and a raccoon in the attic. At a crossroads, Rebecca has to re-invent herself and decide how to spend the rest of her life - she's far from ready to cash it in. An engaging and interesting character with a lot left to contribute, quirky townspeople, and a local roofer who's definitely 'too young for her' all make for a satisfying read.

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--Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (1*)
Continuing to try to read the kiddie lit I missed as a kid, I have now arrived at the worst thus far--a thoroughly awful book about a thoroughly awful little sociopath. It encourages kids to lie, smart-mouth, be rude and defiant to adults, hog dessert down so nobody else can have any, take foolish dangerous risks, and shoot holes in the roof with their father's guns. As if kids aren't capable enough of thinking up that kind of crap without encouragement from their books! I would think most wise parents would want to direct them otherwise, not encourage them to do every horrible thing they can imagine and then consider themselves charming and funny for having done so. I have no gripes with children's literature that is purely entertaining and kiddie lit need not confine itself to morality tales, but this book crosses the line into immorality-without-consequences tales.

--The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (3*)
Most of the kiddie lit that I have read so far, I have enjoyed, but either I am too old to appreciate this one or else it is indeed a giant bore. Alcoholic father drops dead and his four kids decide to run away...and thereafter everything they want falls into their laps by a constant series of bizarre coincidences, and they end up with their kindly gazillionaire grandfather. Ho-hum! So you see, kiddies, if we want to find a perfect life and have everything our own way, let's all run away from home!

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Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Manchev - 4.5 stars

All her world's a stage.

Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.

She's not an orphan, but she has no parents.

She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.

That is, until now.


Enter Stage Right

NATE. Dashing pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie.

COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARD SEED, and PEASEBLOSSOM. Four tiny and incredibly annoying fairies. BERTIE'S sidekicks.

ARIEL. Seductive air spirit and Bertie's weakness. The symbol of impending doom.

BERTIE. Our heroine.

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the actors of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book--an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family--and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.

Lisa Mantchev has written a debut novel that is dramatic, romantic, and witty, with an irresistible and irreverent cast of characters who are sure to enchant the audience.


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Ok I loved all the characters (except Ariel). Very imaginative story, I loved the magic of the theatre and the dialogue and the chemistry between the characters.



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Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs - 4 stars

In this latest blockbuster novel from bestselling author Kathy Reichs, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan investigates what looks to be a typical missing person case, only to find herself digging up bones possibly left by a serial killer, a cult, or perhaps something not entirely of this world.

For every case that Temperance Brennan has solved, there remain numerous bodies that remain unidentified in her lab. Information on some of these cold cases is available online, where amateur detectives sometimes take a stab at solving cases.

When Tempe gets a call from Hazel “Lucky” Strike, a web sleuth who believes she’s successfully connected a body in Tempe’s lab to a missing eighteen-year-old girl, Tempe writes it off as another false alarm. Still reeling from her mother’s diagnosis and the shock of Andrew Ryan’s potentially life-change proposal, Tempe has little patience for chasing false leads. But when the bones in the lab match the missing girl’s medical records, Tempe re-opens the case, returning to the spot where her remains were originally found.

What seems at first to be an isolated tragedy takes on a more sinister cast as Tempe uncovers two more sets of bones nearby. Even more troubling is that the area is known as a viewing point for a famous unexplained light phenomenon, and that a local cult nearby has significant interest in the site. Tempe’s suspicions turn to murder by ritual sacrifice—a theory that gains even more urgency when Hazel herself turns up dead. Struggling to follow the tracks of a killer who will do anything not to be discovered, Tempe races to solve the murders and unravel the mysteries surrounding the site before the body count climbs higher.

A suspenseful, modern addition to Temperance Brennan’s ongoing story, Speaking in Bones proves that Kathy’s pulse-pounding Bones series shows no signs of slowing down.

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A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (4*)
After reading The Secret Garden, I found this book to be a disappointment. Although a charming story, of some charming children, charmingly written, it was a rather typical hard luck orphan story that was not all that original and the cast of characters tended to be stock white hat/black hat stereotypes. Perfect little Sara Crew really made me miss my deep, complex feral child Mary Lennox and the fascinating cast of basically decent but human and fallible characters who populated her world. All in all A Little Princess was a good and engrossing children's book but not all that original, creative, surprising, or special. I really should have read this one before Secret Garden and maybe I might have enjoyed it more, but, alas, that was not the case.

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The Great Gatsby - 3 stars

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The Games - James Patterson 5*s - a Private novel.

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7/7/16 11:39 A

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The Time In Between by Maria Duenas 4*

Sira has worked since she was 12, is the daughter of a seamstress in Madrid, and only met her father (married successful business owner) at the onset of the Spanish Civil War. During the ensuing years, she uses her talent and courage to transform herself into a dressmaker with her own shop, then a prestigious couturier to the wives of Nazi officers and officials, and finally into an undercover agent for the Allies during WWII Incorporates many historical figures and successfully evokes the feeling of Spain and Spanish Morocco during those tumultuous years.

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7/6/16 12:28 P

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (6*)
I continue in my task of reading the children's and YA books that I missed as a kid, and this one is the clear favorite thus far. A neglected brat whose narcissistic, indifferent parents die in India is sent to live on the Yorkshire moors in the house of a usually absent, widowed uncle but learns humanity from her maid's warm, compassionate family, as well as helping her beast of a cousin become human, too. I have seen several movie versions, but the book is so much better than all of them. I am particularly impressed by how well and accurately the author portrays the uncle's depression and its effects on his life and those around him. My personal reading preference is for warm-blooded stories that capture the heart and soul of very human multi-dimensional characters, and this book really fills the bill.
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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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7/5/16 3:52 P

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (5*)
These two surrealistic novellas are about dreams had by little Alice. I have an adult friend who considers them among his favorite books ever and has read them over and over, but, sadly, I didn't enjoy them as much. Although I recognize their creativity, originality, satire, humor, and other such literary merits, they just weren't my cup of tea. I generally fail to appreciate surrealistic novels whether they be a Victorian children's story like Alice or a postmodern romp with Vonnegut. However, this is a weakness of the reader, rather than the authors, so to give fair reviews, I just have to get over it. That being said there were parts of these books that just blew me away, such as the twisted little poems and songs, and the highlight for me was the conversation with the Mock Turtle--too, too clever! I also must bless Lewis Carroll and J. M. Barrie for bringing to the forefront their concerns about so many children in rigid Victorian society lacking the warmth, attention, play, and fun that were their due, when they were relegated unseen and not heard to the strict discipline of indifferent governesses and tutors.
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7/5/16 2:02 P

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Heidi by Joanna Spyri (5*)
This is another classic children's story that I found to be absolutely charming, although it did tend to go on and on in spots, and I imagine some of the abridged versions for children would be more of a delight for the little ones. It is much better than the Shirley Temple travesty. I couldn't help but be amazed and wonder how people who eat so much goat cheese manage to go to the bathroom.
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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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7/5/16 1:58 P

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Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (4*)
I really enjoyed this book overall but found it dull in spots. As I understand it, the the book is based on bedtime stories that the author told to his little son and decided to write up as a long story. However, some chapters, although involving the usual cast of characters, seem to be jammed in and do not fit well, so they disrupt the flow of the story. I find several siderails like the lost baby otter and Rat's conversations with the old sea rat, to be boring and added little to the cohesiveness of the book. That being said, the stories involving the animals' friendships and concerns about the exasperating Mr. Toad were priceless.
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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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7/3/16 10:20 P

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The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. (5*)
A gut wrenching, couldn't put it down book. Inspired by real World War II events, this fictional novel tells a woven tale among a NY socialite, a Polish girl, and a female German doctor. All of the rave reviews were right.

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7/2/16 12:29 P

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Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (5*)
Since I had little opportunity to read children's books as a kid, I decided to devote June and July to making up for lost time. I really enjoyed this book although I pretty much know the story by heart. Although the Disney cartoon and Mary Martin movie stayed relatively true to the story, they could not display Barrie's charming and humorous writing style. The Peter of the book is darker than the Peter on the screen, and much of the time he is a thoughtless, reckless, arrogant little jerk, at turns hero and antihero. All in all a fun read about the reality of growing up, and the reality of time perpetually stalking us and wanting to eat us up, like it or not.

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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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7/1/16 11:06 P

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7/1 Cruel Beauty by: Rosamund Hodge 6******
Absolutely loved it can't wait to read her other books. It's a twisted beauty && the beast. Twisted fairy tales have always been my favorite && this one was right up there.

7/3 Once (2nd book in the Eve Trilogy) by: Anna Carey 6******
This is the second book to Eve. I don't want to give much away since it is sequrl to another book. In this one you find out some twist to the first book that really send you for a loop.

7/11 City of Bones (1st book in Shadow Hunters: Mortal Instruments) by: Cassandra Clare 6******
Already got the 2nd one on hold. Deffinately better than the movie && tv show. I'm reading them in the order she suggested on her website under question #3.
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7/1/16 6:25 P

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Just finished Festive in Death by J.D. Robb this morning.

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The dearly departed scumbag is killed just before Christmas 2060. The case is surrounded by lots of last minute holiday prep. The killer was not who I thought it would be which made it a lot more interesting.

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

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

I want to thank our Librarian for this month, To Be Announced .

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 July 2016 for the team.

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

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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