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2/9/20 6:44 P

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Thanks for the recommendation! Sounds like something I would enjoy!

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1/17/20 8:34 P

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Just finished the Penn Cage series of books by Greg Iles. The last three were a trilogy, Natchez Burning, The Bone Tree, and Mississippi Blood. I highly recommend these if you like suspense, thrillers, or courtroom drama type books (all elements are present in the Penn Cage novels). I like Iles better than Grisham now that I have read some more of Greg Iles. These are looong books, coming in at 700+ pages a piece, so it is a time investment, but the books are very engrossing and entertaining. Start with The Quiet Game (book 1) though, so the context will make sense.

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“My only wish is that we leave room for hope. There is good and bad in all things. We find what we expect to find. We see what we expect to see. I have learned that if I tilt my head just right and squint, the world outside is beautiful. The future is bright. There are good things to come.” -- Hugh Howey, Dust


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1/9/19 7:41 A

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I may have to read that Doug!

It is similar to "Heroes" which I am watching on dvd!

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1/9/19 3:08 A

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The last book (well book series) that blew me away was The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. It's fantasy set in a world where certain individuals have the ability to "burn" a particular ingested metal to achieve extraordinary powers. Rare individuals have the ability to burn all the known metals and are thereby almost invincible.

This series continues with books 4-6 which are on my TBR list!

Doug
West Michigan

“My only wish is that we leave room for hope. There is good and bad in all things. We find what we expect to find. We see what we expect to see. I have learned that if I tilt my head just right and squint, the world outside is beautiful. The future is bright. There are good things to come.” -- Hugh Howey, Dust


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7/8/18 3:01 P

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Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie: Bloodlands by Harold Schechter

Loved it. True story of the Bender family.

Laura Ingall's Paw would stop at the little grocery and overnight accommodations to water his horses only. He didn't have enough money to stop to eat inside or stay the night thankfully.

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Gluten free is working for me!

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6/5/18 6:17 P

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I recently read the fifth installment in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, Echo Burning. The series is getting better. Book one was weak, but introduced characters. Each book builds upon the story of Jack Reacher loosely, but is not serialized like many book series--each could be enjoyed alone without knowing a ton of the backstory.

I dislike waiting in long library lines for the ebook editions of Lee Child books, there seem to be several people in front of me every time I want to read the next book in the series, so I bought six more of them in print from Thriftbooks (mostly hardcovers). I am going to have a set by the time I am done.

I guess they made a movie or some movies starring Tom Cruise as Reacher? Talk about miscasting! I won't be watching those.

Doug
West Michigan

“My only wish is that we leave room for hope. There is good and bad in all things. We find what we expect to find. We see what we expect to see. I have learned that if I tilt my head just right and squint, the world outside is beautiful. The future is bright. There are good things to come.” -- Hugh Howey, Dust


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6/5/18 6:10 P

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Just finished Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys. Hated it. A guy thing, for sure. It attempted to be funny. NOT! I did writing class with all guys and this flashed me back.
Woman in Cabin 10 - very suspenseful and fun

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3/9/18 7:46 P

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So I have been a historical romance kick recently.

It started with a series by Julia London (Hard-Hearted Highlander, Sinful Scottish Laird, Wild Wicked Scot, and Devil in Tartan) that are set around the time of the Jacobian rebellion. The first novel is the story of the father of the main characters is the later books and of course takes place significantly earlier than the rest. I enjoyed the series, but I confess that despite the fact that I found each book interested and became invested in the lives of the other siblings, each book took some time to get into. The second half of each book, once everything was in place, was better than the first half. Of each book. The setting is one I find interesting--I have long been interested in Scottish history and the time period is a fascinating one, if stressful because it's not an easy time for the Scotts, even ones like the members of this family who did not participate in the rebellion themselves. I'm not sure why I found each book so slow going at the beginning, but I did enjoy each one by the end, obviously since I kept reading the next one, LOL.

I did have one detour while reading this series (as the newest book wasn't released quite yet when I finished book #3) to read the Love List by Deb Marlowe. This was a book I had picked up ages ago and knew very little about other than it sounded interesting and was inexpensive at the time (yay for finding deals on ebooks! LOL). I confess it wasn't the book I was expecting, at all. It started off with a fairly dark tone, especially for a romance--the main character is a young woman who encounters here fiance at a ball and he turns out to be an abusive, horrible person. She goes to her father saying she won't marry him and rather than supporting her, her father insists she has to go through with the marriage for the benefit of England as her fiance had promised her father votes on some political matter. She instead leaves--leaves her family, her status, and life of luxury and instead finds a home in a house of a former courtesan who now runs a safe house for women leaving bad situations. It wasn't what I was expecting at all, but it turned out to be a really good book and one I thoroughly enjoyed despite the dark undertones (and I wasn't really in the mood for dark, or I wouldn't have been reading romance novels, LOL).

Now I'm re-reading a series that is an old favorite--the Bridgerton Books (along with the second epilogues that were published well after the initial books were released) by Julia Quinn. These are old favorites in large part because the character development and humor in the books.

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3/4/18 7:26 P

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The last book I read was Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks by Stephen Davis. While I rated the book 5 stars (out of 5) and thought it was brilliantly above amazing, you have to keep in mind that I am a very huge Stevie Nicks fan. That is what this book is for.

This book is about the lead singer of one of my favorite bands of all time, beginning at the beginning with Buckingham-Nicks and their start in California, through joining the Mac, and her solo career during those years.

If you know the complete history of the band Fleetwood Mac, have every one of their studio albums, and every one of Stevie's solo albums, and you know all the songs by heart, this book may be for you too. I do and it is. It even goes as far as detailing what the songs are about, which was pretty enlightening to me, even as big of a fan as I readily admit that I am. Wow did she (and her band) ever throw parties, and do a lot of drugs. And make great music.

Keep on rockin'.



Doug
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“My only wish is that we leave room for hope. There is good and bad in all things. We find what we expect to find. We see what we expect to see. I have learned that if I tilt my head just right and squint, the world outside is beautiful. The future is bright. There are good things to come.” -- Hugh Howey, Dust


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