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Jenna's Journey by Julie Ryan *** Jenna goes off to Greece without telling her husband our friends. She feels her marriage is over. I would have given this more stars, but there were unexplained events and a second possible ending.


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Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen ******


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Burnt Mountain by Anne Rivers Siddons ***** I love this author and this book didn't disappoint me!


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Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. *****

Historical fiction dealing with the bounds of slavery and what is freedom. It is an adventure story that tracks George Washington Black from the time he is 11 and a field slave to his escape which takes him to Virginia to Antarctica, to Nova Scotia, to England and Morocco. It is the type of book you donít want to finish because you donít want the book to end.

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Managed to finish a few on vacation!

Overcoming Mediocrity: Influential Women - Christie Ruffino 31/2 stars True stories of women learning to believe in themselves and better their lives.

The First Mistake - Sandie Jones - 3 stars I really enjoyed her first thriller, but this one was hard to get into and confusing.

The Hangman's Daughter - Oliver Potzsch - 4 stars Medieval mystery with a twist.

Madam Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution - Michelle Moran - 5 Stars

Low Country Boil - Susan M Boyer - Stars

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Remember Me Like This - Bret Anthony Johnston 5 stars

Really enjoyed this book. It starts with a prologue that keeps the suspense going throughout. A young boy is found after being missing for 4 years and it turns out he was close to home. Deals with the family dynamic as they deal with his return to the family and the feelings of guilt from those who were looking for him and the anger/disappointed from the boy who was missing.

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The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi (5*)
Between 1974 and 1985 at least seven young couples near Florence, Italy, were killed by an unidentified psychokilller. In 2000 an American writer and an Italian journalist explore the evidence, which leads them on a different tack than that taken by the authorities and also leads to years of false charges and legal harassment from those thus offended. The book is in two parts, the first explores the crime and the second their struggles with the corrupt Italian criminal injustice system that abuses the power of the courts to seek personal aggrandizement and vengeance rather than justice. The first part is a gripping, well organized true crime read. The second part is a more emotional and personal account of the legal charges arrayed against them, which lacks the professional flow and pacing of Part 1. He's ticked!

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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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Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman
By Elizabeth Buchan
3 stars
This book just did not click for me, but if you like contemporary romance/family drama I think this is a rather enjoyable one. Just wasn't my cup of tea...

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A Year Down Yonder (A Long Way from Chicago #2) by Richard Peck (5*)
The Depression hits 15-year-old Mary Alice's Chicago family hard in 1937 and her parents can't support her, so she and her cat must go stay with her Grandmother in a small town full of bizarre characters, and the most unforgettable character of all is her Grandma Dowdel. This is such a great trilogy and this was the best book in the series. The characters are more fully developed and humanized than the first book, and Grandma has grown in wiliness and subtlety. Grandma may not do neighbor in terms of social duty, but she has neighbor in the Biblical sense down pat. She also doesn't do church or Christian or mind some creative fibbing for a good cause, but she enables those harmed by bullies to be good Christians who can turn the other cheek because Grandma will see to the justice. It isn't just coincidence that Grandma has the only outhouse in town that survives every Halloween.

A Long Way from Chicago (A Long Way from Chicago #1) by Richard Peck (4*)
The first book in the series is a collection of short stories from 1929 until 1935 when Joey and his little sister Mary Alice are sent from Chicago to spend each summer in the small town home of their eccentric and formidable Grandma Dowdel. It may have been a mistake to read the second book before the first since the second was so much better. However, the first story in this collection is so awful that if I hadn't already fallen in love with Grandma Dowdel in book 2, I'd have taken the book 1 back to the library without reading further. The stories and character development did get much better after the first story. It was also enjoyable because this book was narrated by brother Joey where the second was by sister Mary Alice, which gives us two different viewpoints on life with Grandma.

A Season of Gifts (A Long Way from Chicago #3) by Richard Peck (5*)
The third book of the trilogy jumps 20 years to 1958 with Grandma Dowdel now pushing 90 but without slowing down or changing a bit. The children who fall under her protection are those of the new Methodist pastor next door who's been sent to plant a church in the village. The story is told by the hapless son Bob whose fearless oddball little sister Ruth Ann becomes Grandma's MiniMe. Although it starts in the summer, the novel coalesces into a Christmas story in which Grandma, who doesn't do neighbor, doesn't do church, doesn't mind a few fibs for a good cause, and doesn't turn the other cheek because after four turns you run out of cheeks, shows that she has the loving and giving part of life down pat. This is a YA novel filled with laughs, life lessons, and Grandma justice.

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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 Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2) by Robert Galbraith (4*)
An unpopular avant-garde author disappears after rumors spread that his latest book tells nasties about poorly disguised icons of the publishing world. Strike is hired by the author's wife to find him, and does, hideously murdered and mutilated. I enjoyed the development of this whodunnit so much more than A Cuckoo's Calling, where the writing and character were wonderful but the mystery story not so much. This time the writing and character are even better, and we actually have an intriguing page turner of a whodunnnit. The characters from the publishing world were such hideously pretentious, narcissistic, artsy-smartsy swine that I was able to keep hoping throughout the story that a few more of them would bite the dust.

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3) by Robert Galbraith (4*)
A serial killer sends a woman's leg to Strike's secretary Robin, who is being stalked by the brutal psycho. There are four women-haters in Strike's past who might be capable of these murders, who also swore revenge against Strike, and Robin appears to be an easy means. The police arrest one, but the murders continue, leaving the cash-strapped Strike to work without pay to save the future victims. This one is better than your average whodunnit, and I personally liked it more than A Cuckoos Calling but not as much as The Silkworm. The gruesome factor is high, but the detective story well-developed. The suspects were all so rank that I wished Strike would find that they each did at least one of the murders and get the whole pack of garbage put away for life. For me the best thing about this series isn't the crime-solving but Strike himself, such a great character for a not-the-world's-luckiest detective.

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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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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (5*)
As the narrative alternates between the mundane lives of the passengers and crew steaming from NY to Liverpool, the German u-boat commander stalking his prey in the seas around the British Isles, and the social and political background of the day, including Woodrow Wilson courting his next wife, we wait anxiously for the inevitable to happen. This was a gripping and haunting book told in very human terms about real people. If I had one complaint, it was that there were too many stories that were too mundane and could have been eliminated without significantly affecting the book. We can assume that many of the people thus profiled will manage to survive since someone had to live to tell their tales, however many of them will have their tales told by surviving family and friends.

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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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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
by Erik Larson (4*)
The book concentrates on a year in the life of American ambassador to Germany William Dodd and his family and associates during 1937-1938, as a seismic shift occurs in Nazi Germany as Hitler consolidates power and ramps up control and terror. A biography of real people getting a close-up view of this unique and terrible period of history sounded mesmerizing, but this book fell short. The parts about the ambassador, his contacts, and the political quagmire he was dropped into were indeed fascinating, but too much of the book was taken up by the idiotic sexual exploits of his brainless daughter, which became eye-rollingly monotonous. I wished Larson would have spent more time on how life in Nazi Germany affected the wife and son and other non-Germans trying to make sense of what was happening around them and way less on a slutty twit's affairs.

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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 Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje (5*)
An 11-year-old boy from Ceylon is traveling by steamer to join his mother in England in the 1950's. He is given the worst accommodations including dining at the cat's table where the least prestigious passengers dine. However, the least prestigious table contains the most interesting and mysterious characters, as well as two other unaccompanied minors who join him in hair-raising adventures. Some might find this book slow but I am a big fan of bildungsromans told from the child's point of view. The things he observes and experiences will eventually coalesce into an intriguing mystery plot.

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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 Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene (4*)
Since I didn't have access to books as a youngster, I wondered if I was the only old lady who's never read a Nancy Drew novel, so I decided to remedy that. I had guessed them to be for a tween/young teen market but this first one probably would appeal to younger girls since the characters were all stereotyped white hats/black hats, and so much of the clues used to solve the case just fell into Nancy lap by luck. On the plus side it was clean, witty, and entertaining, and I would find it rather wholesome reading for young ones, although I suspect kids raised on Harry Potter would probably just roll their eyes at how easy the author made it for Nancy.

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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 Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (4*)
Lale, a young Slovak Jew is taken to Auschwitz/Buchenwald, where he tattoos the ID #s on the arms of fellow prisoners, and he falls in love with a young girl he meets there. He establishes a lucrative smuggling operation within the camps with gems and currency stolen by the women who sort through prisoners' valuables. This was certainly an intriguing story, supposedly dictated by an elderly Lale before his death, but frankly I found the story of the smuggling operation unbelievable and in conflict with other things I've read by survivors of Auschwitz.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (5*)
An up and coming artist is accused of the murder of her fashion photographer husband, but she has withdrawn into herself and quits speaking. She is adjudicated insane and placed in a psychiatric hospital. The story is told by alternating past entries from the patient's diary with the present narration by a psychiatrist who joins the staff because of his obsession with her case. This is definitely a most intriguing page turner. I found a few plot holes, but it was generally a well-developed narrative and better than the average suspense novel.

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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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Educated
By Tara Westover
4 stars
This book is more about abuse than about anything else, and the extent of that abuse is absolutely harrowing at times. That Tara Westover was able to survive the upbringing she endured, and then go on to achieve all that she has is quite amazing. Undoubtedly, she was suffering from PTSD when she completed her PhD.
'Educated' is a condemnation of the patriarchal nature of the Mormon religion. There are many exposťs out there that undertake to illustrate the misogyny that is such a big part of organized religion - this one paints a criminally bleak picture.

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Queen of the Underworld by Gail Godwin

2 stars

Set in 1959 against the backdrop of Cuban exiles moving to the U.S.; a college graduate gets a job working for the Miami Star. The story takes place in one week of her life where she meets many interesting people while staying in her hotel and getting settled in her job as a reporter.

I really wanted to like this book. I found it to be slow - I put it down for two weeks and finished/kind of finished today.










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Heartwood by Belva Plain *****


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Chickadee
By Louise Erdrich
(A Junior Novel)
5 stars
This entire series - The Birchbark House series - is delightful. Indigenous peoples meets Little House on the Prairie.

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Light From Other Stars
By Erica Swyler
5 stars
I loved this book about space travel, time, the nature of time, time manipulation, friendship, family love, loss, and what happens when science fails. The characters resonated with me, but it was 9 year old Nedra that fully captured the fascination with space and science, and her wonderment - and confusion - carried the story to a beautifully crafted ending.

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Night Shadow: Night Tales by Nora Roberts *****

Liked this one even better than the 1st book in the series :)

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fu*k
By Mark Manson
3 stars
If you read a lot of books about pursuing a happy, satisfying life, then there is really nothing new here. Manson is just making his points seem more profound by inserting a great number of expletives. Not a bad read at all; also not a great one.

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Under Currents by Nora Roberts **** This is her newest novel. I have not read any of her books in many years.


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The Last Year of the War
By Susan Meissner
3 stars
I didn't really start to enjoy this book until I was almost finished it... I just never got drawn into the characters' lives, and for whatever reason just did not find the narrative to be compelling. Let me add, that often when this happens it has as much to do with my own frame of mind as with the book's content or writing style or whatever. I really wish I had enjoyed this book more - I truly wanted to!

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Beach Town - Mary Kay Andrews 3 stars

Good beach read.

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Never Change - Elizabeth Berg 5 stars

Really enjoyed this book!

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Private Scandals by Nora Robert's ****

Another of her older books but good!!

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The Stalking Moon by T.V. Olsen (5*)
1880's AZ army scout buys a fine ranch, builds a home for his girl, but she refuses his proposal and returns East, hating the brutality of the Western territory. He proposes to a white woman with two half-breed children, whom he rescued while on his last patrol, from a tribe of Apaches being rounded up for the reservation, because she has no place to go and he doesn't want to be alone. But her Apache husband is a renegade so odd and murderous he is considered a phantom by the tribe, and he will be looking for revenge.
This was one really great gripping Western with an exceptionally well-crafted story and original, warm-blooded, well-developed characters. Must be read in one sitting!

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The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (4*)
When an astronomer picks up radio signals of music from another solar system, the Jesuits launch a mission to that planet. This book is both science fiction and spiritual ruminations as the protagonists seek to find their own understanding of God in the joys, tragedies, and cruelties they encounter on their mission. On the plus side is an original story, well-developed characters, well-wrought prose, and some interesting POV's. On the negative side are too many implausibilities and setting the book in 2019--which means it is now obsolete and causes some eye-rolling over what kind of 2019 the author pictured back in 1996 when she wrote it.

Children of God (The Sparrow #2) by Mary Doria Russell (4*)
Upon finishing the first book, I discovered the story is not completed without reading the next book. This book shared the good points of the first (writing, story, character), but I did not enjoy it as much. The bothersome implausibilities felt worse in this one and the theology was heavily into repetition about what a jerk God is because He let me suffer. That viewpoint was needed to forge the way into more spiritual depth, but the amount of repetition was so excessive and tiresome before we started getting anywhere. Both volumes are intriguing and entertaining books, but not without eye-rolling if you thought about some of the sillier stuff.

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A Dangerous Act of Kindness by L.P. Fergusson (4*)
Englishwoman managing dairy farm during WWII after husband's suicide cares for injured German pilot who bailed out of plane before its crash, with many perilous consequences ensuing. This was better than average historical fiction with very human characters, well written and developed, and much research to insure historical accuracy.

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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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Honest Illusions by Nora Roberts ****

One of her earlier works but enjoyed it!!!

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Off Season by Anne Rivers Siddons ***** I have read several of her books.She uses water as many of the settings. Several in the Carolinas. This one was set in Maine, Washington DC, and Virginia. I loved it.

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Killing Thyme ( Spice Shop Mystery #3)
by Leslie Budewitz
5 stars

A good book if you like cozy mysteries. A lot of characters to remember (although to be fair it has been a while since I read the first 2 books!).

Chamomile Mourning (Tea Shop Mystery #6)
by Laura Childs
5 stars

I found this series while browsing the library killing time, and I have loved every one so far.

Blood Orange Brewing (Tea Shop Mystery #7)
by Laura Childs
4 stars

Good book, the problem she gets into at the end was a little contrived.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J. K. Rowling 5*

Always an enjoyable re-read.

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One Summer: America, 1927, by Bill Bryson (5*)
I imagine Bryson could take any year and write up its major events into a fascinating history, having a talent for capturing the humanity of the people involved as well as the significance of the events for generations to come. But 1927 was undoubtedly an exceptionally eventful year. Americans lived in a cesspool of greed, corruption, racism, eugenics, and crime, yet America was also filled with greatness and innovation. It was the year of Lindberg, Ruth, Gehrig, Dempsey, major advances in automotive, aviation, and electronic technology; talking pictures, pulp fiction, and very yellow journalism. This book took me forever to read, well, not the book itself but the amount of time I spent googling the people mentioned to find out more about them--to me, that is the sign of non-fiction at its best.

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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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Again the Magic (Wallflowers) by Lisa Kleypas ****

Great characters!

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Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens ***** I would give it 10 stars. This is the best book I have read in a very long time. A very young girl, abandoned by her family, must fend for herself.


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


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Failure is only an opportunity to begin again more intelligently. - Henry Ford

Any idea seriously entertained tends to bring about the realization of itself. - From a fortune cookie


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Wish I had a deck.

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July, a great month to sit on your deck and read!

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 July

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 July 2019 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.

Jo Ann
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