Saturday, September 30, 2017

Reading in September...

 I didn't get as much reading done in September.  Getting back into the swing of school has meant my evenings are more likely spent sorting school papers and planning what we need for the next day rather than reading for pleasure.  I did complete a few books though, here are the books I read this month...


Into The Water
by Paula Hawkins
If this book had not been highly recommended to me I would have abandoned it early on. For me, there were too many characters narrating and in the beginning it was really hard to figure out what was happening and who was speaking.  I did stick with the book and was happy with the ending 




Never Never
by James Patterson and Candice Fox
This book was only "ok" for me.  Reading James Patterson is purely for entertainment, there will not be anything thought provoking or life changing but this book wasn't as entertaining as others.  I found it predictable and since it is the first in a series leaves a lot of loose ends. 



A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles
This was, by far, my favorite read of the month!  The book is charming and tugs at your heart strings. I have so many quotes from this book written down, I think it is a story that will stick with me for a long time!



'til next time...

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Reading in August...

Here are the books I have been enjoying this month:


Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon
This is obviously a re-read for me!  I have this idea that I can re-read the series before the 9th book is released!




This Is How It Always Is
by Laurie Frankel
This book was amazing!  So thought provoking, I will remember this book for a long time!




Murder on the Serpentine
by Anne Perry




The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls
An amazing, inspirational story! 




The Divine Circle of Ladies Courting Trouble
by Dolores Stewart Riccio
#4 in the Cass Shipton series, I'm still enjoying this series!




by Martha Hall Kelly
A fantastic book based on real events during WWII.


'til next time...



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Monday, July 31, 2017

Reading in July...

Here are the books I have been enjoying this month:


Death at the Chateau Bremont
by M. L. Longworth
I have only read a couple of these mysteries but I am looking forward to reading more soon!




Midnight at Marble Arch: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
by Anne Perry
I will always love reading more about Thomas and Charlotte Pitt but this is not my favorite book of the series. Some things just aren't believable and I wish there had been one more chapter to tie up a few loose ends.




Almost Missed You
by Jessica Strawser
A psychological thriller, hard to put down!


Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage
by Dani Shapiro



Sycamore Row
by John Grisham




The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
This may be one of my favorites this year!  Such a relevant book for the terrible things we have been hearing about in the news.  I have recommended this book to many!




Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together
by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
I am part of a book club on Facebook and this was the July book.  It had not been on my radar before but I'm glad I read it!  Truly and inspirational story!




Our Longest Days: A People's History of the Second World War
This is a compilation of the entries written for the Mass Observation Project during WWII. 



'til next time...
   
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Friday, June 30, 2017

Reading in June...

Here are the books I have enjoyed this month:



Cross the Line
by James Patterson
#24 in the Alex Cross




Mischling
by Affinity Konar
This book is historical fiction about the experiments that were done by Dr. Mengele during WWII.  Since we have non-fiction accounts of these atrocities I thought I wouldn't care for a fictional account but I enjoyed this book than I expected. 




The Scarpetta Factor
by Patricia Cornwell




Surviving the Angel of Death: The True Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz
by Eva Mozes Kor
The true account of "Mischling".




I See You
by Clare Mackintosh
Quite a page turner, the ending was disappointing for me but I still enjoyed the book. 



by Elizabeth Bard
This was a re-read for me.  The story is amusing and the recipes are delicious! 



by Diana Gabaldon
#8 in the Outlander series.  I really enjoyed this book but it made me a little sad knowing the end of the series is approaching!



by Elizabeth Bard
The sequel to "Lunch in Paris". A deeper story line, and more delicious recipes!



by Elizabeth Strout
I wanted to like this book, it has gotten some rave reviews but it just didn't work for me. 


'til next time...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Reading in May...

Here are the books I have been enjoying this month:


Kissing Christmas Goodbye
by M. C. Beaton





The Racketeer
by John Grisham




Rogue Lawyer by [Grisham, John]
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by John Grisham




The Awakening of Miss Prim
by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera




The Likeness
by Tana French




by J.D. Vance
A very thought provoking book, especially interesting if you have "hillbilly" in your family history.


'til next time...








Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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