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Books I read in October…

Here it is the first Monday in November
and my list of books that I read in October.


Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer

I like the stories that Thayer writes. They are easy reads and
always have a happy ending.  This book is about a rich girl and a poor girl
who become friends when they are five years old.
The friendship is a happy one until it isn’t.
Affairs of the heart get in the way and there are misunderstandings and drifting apart.
But true friendship finds its way back and when a friend is needed she is there for you.


After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman

Two women love the same man and he loves them.
One he marries one he keeps.
One he has children with one he doesn’t.
He leaves both of them and disappears.
What happens to the women after his disappearance  is the story.
It was a good book.  Kept my interest. Not too many surprises but there were some.


The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

After WWI, a mother and daughter who were once rich and now are not
take in a young married couple as lodgers.
A love affair develops and the lovers try to find a way to be together.
Someone is accidentally killed and everything gets complicated.
The author spends two-thirds of the book setting up the story then
seems to rush through the last part of the book.
it was okay.


There is no great excitement in this book but it is a very good book.
A long married childless couple, a judge and a professor, have a mid-life crisis.
The judge has a case in her court involving a teen who is refusing medical treatment.
She must decide whether to allow the boy to refuse treatment or order the procedure.
The professor wants to have an affair with a young colleague
and asks the judge, to understand that he loves her but needs this last fling.
It’s a good character study with real emotions and pain and few answers.
Just like life.
I liked it.


Angels Watching Over Me by Michael Phillips

At the end of the Civil War, a plantation owner’s daughter and a slave meet
and help each other cope with unbelievable violence and tragedy.
They become unlikely friends who must grow up too quickly.
The story is told by the slave girl when she is an old woman.
This book is the first of a series and I liked it but I don’t know
if it has made me want to read the rest of the books.


If God Is Good by Randy Alcorn

This has taken me an age to read.
It is a very good book and I will write a review this week.
All I will say here is that this is not easy reading
and I think it would best be read in a study group.
It is not light reading and discussion would have helped me
wade through some of the deeper stuff.

So, that’s it for my October reading list.

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Seven books in September…

Here’s what I read this month.

deadI really liked this book.
It takes place in a small Ohio town with an Amish community.
34 Years ago an Amish family was murdered, the wife and mother kidnapped.
Now people are being murdered and there seems to be a connection.
I can’t say the ending was a surprise but getting there was a good read.


This is the first of Anthony Doerr books I have read but won’t be the last.
Tales place in France during WWII.
The lives of a blind French girl living with her agoraphobic uncle
and a young Nazi soldier are separate but come together because of
a hidden valuable artifact that the Nazi’s want for their museum and a radio.
It is a sad story wonderfully told.


The President makes a promise he can’t keep that could lead to nuclear war.
Two CIA agents are charged with preventing the worst case scenario and that leads
them to North Korean labor camps and a highly trained assassin
from one of those camps.
The book is fast paced and interesting in its characters and the moral issues they face.
The ending is not a surprise, that’s not a spoiler.
Of course the good guys, us, have to win.


This is a teenage young adult novel that I read as an ebook.
It’s a cute story of teenage turmoil and tension with a bit of magic thrown in.
Mina Grimes is a descendant of Wilhelm Grimm of fairy tale fame and is the
latest of the family to find that there is a curse that goes along with being a Grimm.
Her father died because of it and her mother has tried to protect her but the bad guys
have found her…along with a good guy who helps her out.
It’s not the best written book but it was a fun read.


Six years ago a love affair ends when the woman marries another man.
The jilted lover promises her to never try to contact her or bother them in any way.
He keeps his promise for six years then sees his lover’s husband’s obituary.
He goes to the funeral but the wife is not his lost love.
So begins the unraveling of a mystery that has more questions than answers.
This is the second of Harlan Coben books I have read and I will keep reading his books.


A dog, two cats, and a coyote help solve the mystery
of the skeleton found first on a mountain then in a driveway
while their humans try to solve the recent murder of two men
who were pillars of the community.
I have read a couple of Rita Mae Brown’s books that are
co-authored by her tabby cat Sneaky Pie Brown.
It’s an easy read with people, and animals, that are like those
you probably know and love.  Even the murderers seem normal.


This is another book that once I started I couldn’t put it down.
When I get into a book like this all else is forgotten and nothing gets done.
A woman is training for a marathon and is attacked on a remote mountain trail.
She is found unconscious by a man and taken to his cabin.
Then begins a story that is strange and not easily figured out.
I was totally off in my thinking about parts of the narrative and right on with others.
But I was surprised by the uncovering of the events of the back-story
and who did the nasty deed.  I liked the complexity of the characters and
how you have to search for clues to who and what they are.
The only thing I will say in the negative is that there is some somewhat graphic sex that
was, in my opinion, unnecessary.  I mean it’s an adult novel and adults know
what’s going on without the details.

So that was my reading for the month.
More than I usually read but a couple of the books I just couldn’t put down.
Made me a happy reader.
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A little of this and that…

Hilary at Feeling Beachie and Pam at Troopertrie
have some blanks to fill in so here goes.

  1. New is not always better.
  2. I am much better at being a supporting player than being the star.
  3. In the winter I will bundle up because I don’t like feeling the cold.
  4. Growing up I ate all I wanted and was sleekly slender but as an adult I
    less than I want and I am charmingly chubby
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There are always small things to celebrate and I have a couple this week.
Visited with a friend.
Went shopping with a friend.
Bought some clothes…and had some big laughs trying things on.
(I tend to forget I am no longer skinny.  See number four above.)
Bought some Christmas presents.  Yep, really!

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Today,  August 9, is Book Lovers Day!
Nice to know there is a designated day
but I think everyday is a book loving day.


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Pages and love…

This weeks Five Sentence Fiction prompt is,


The early morning meeting with the specialist had been difficult leaving her depressed and cold with despair.  At home  now, sitting in her chair she dried her eyes and picked up the book she had started reading last  night.  Books were the one thing that never hurt her, never left her feeling empty and lonely.  She found such pleasure, almost a sensual pleasure in a book; seeing it waiting there to be picked up, the holding of it, the feel and smell of the paper, hearing the whisper of the turning pages, the  words carrying her away from her troubled life.  She will spend all of her time in the company of  her love now and will remember the pleasure and beauty of it later, when the disease finishes its evil work and leaves her without sight.

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There are misfits everywhere…

Black Cat Book Review


Spiritual Misfit by Michelle DeRusha

Michelle DeRusha was raised in church but she didn’t believe what she heard there. She married a man who did believe. She went to church with him most of the time or at least some of the time. For a while that was okay with her.  She didn’t need God in her life, forspiritualmisfit twenty years that is what she thought. Then she and her husband and small son moved from their home in Massachusetts to Nebraska where she had no friends or extended family.  Now she began to question God, if He existed, what was He all about and why was He so important?

She would look at other people at church and know that she wasn’t like them, she didn’t fit in, she didn’t belong.  That was when she began asking herself why and did it matter?  She was more attentive in church, bought a bible, went to bible study, and small group. She spent a lot of time frustrated with the answers of other people and the way they seemed so sure they were right.  The answers to her questions were unclear and often confusing.

She continued on her journey and came to faith, her faith.  Faith in God who she knows is real. She believes and doubts and journeys on knowing it is okay to doubt.  There are few black and white answers and she is sometimes uncomfortable in her faith.She knows that doesn’t change God  but it does change her when she honestly seeks Him.

This book may be surprising to some in its honesty and candor.  DeRusha writes clearly with humor, and without apology for who she is, which to this reader was refreshing.  This would be a good book for someone who struggles with doubts or someone who doesn’t understand a friend or family member who has doubts.


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free of charge in exchange for an honest review.


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June reading was pretty good…


It’s the last Monday of June and here is a list of books I read this month.


I liked this…but I haven’t read a book by Anna Quindlen that I haven’t liked.
I did want to make the main character, Rebecca, get a move on;
took her forever to figure things out.


This was very good.  Some good twists and turns and surprises.
Big bad secrets hidden for years by the “upper crust” and an important family.
It is one of those books that I almost figured out but not quite.


Amy was raised by her crazy shoplifting grandmother
and sometimes by her small-time crook father.
She never knew her mother and is now determined to find out about her.
Susan Isaacs has a way with witty dialog but this time around it was a bit much.
I liked the book but it wasn’t a page turner.


I always like Alice Hoffman books and I was not disappointed with this one.
It’s a love story that was weird, sad, strange, yet uplifting.
The Museum is a side-show of human oddities in the early 1900’s.
The owner’s daughter is used and abused
but she learns about love watching the “oddities”.
She meets a photographer and experiences love for the first time.
Well worth reading.


You must read this…but it is dark.
I read it in one day.  Could not put it down!
One morning, 25 years ago when Libby Day was seven,
her mother and sisters were murdered.
Her brother goes to prison for the murder partly because of her testimony.
Now she is questioning what she may or may not have seen that morning.
I never saw the end coming!
I had no idea what really happened until the last few pages of the book.
If you like mystery with weirdness read this but be warned it is ugly.


This was another very good book. It is volume four of the Clifton Chronicles.
I didn’t read the first three but this book does stand on its own.
This takes place in the 60’s and the Clifton-Barrington family is hard pressed
to keep from losing the ship building business that has been around for generations.
The characters are well drawn and I got to really liking the family
and really not liking their enemy.There is a fifth volume due out next year…
this fourth one was a cliff-hanger…I will have to read number five.
I may read the first three…or not.


On a completely different note…
this book was sent to me to review which I am going to do this week .
It is one woman’s story of reconciling belief and doubt in her search for God.


Right now I am reading I Can See Clearly Now by Dr.Wayne W. Dyer.
I am only about a quarter of the way through so the jury is still out.

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