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3/30/21 1:54 A

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"The Guilty" by David Baldacci (A Will Robie Thriller)

Well, as always, a page-turner with it's short chapters and fast-paced story. An intriguing plot with a surprising end that I was totally NOT expecting!

This kind of book would only appeal to people who enjoy a thriller - there are a lot of guns and killings in it, in great detail - bit like James Bond really. I got into these thrillers by accident and was surprised to find I enjoyed reading them.

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3/29/21 2:12 P

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e-book "City of Friends" by Joanne Trollope

A nice easy-listening story about the interwoven lives of four women who met at school/university and how their values and circumstances changed over time. With a nice neat ending where each of them had moved on to something 'better' for their happiness.

Not a 'must read' book, but a very enjoyable one to listen to. I think it would have made a nice actual read too.

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3/25/21 10:03 P

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Gone for Good by Harlan Coben
Plenty of twists
4+ stars

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3/25/21 9:40 A

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Innocent Traitor
By Allison Weir
4 stars
A well-researched fictionalization of the story of Lady Jane Grey. Our March Book Club read for this team.I would recommend it for fans of historical fiction. The author wrote a lot of non-fiction about Tudor England so she knows this material well.

~ Joanne

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3/25/21 9:36 A

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The Music Shop
By Rachel Joyce
3 stars
A light enjoyable music-themed romance. It was a Book Club pick for my IRL (currently ZOOM) book club. I am not a fan of romance as a rule, but this was pleasant, and prompted me to listen to a wide range of music!

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3/24/21 6:19 P

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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson 4 stars

This is one of those books that is an example of why I finish books. First, I used this as a prompt for the DNF prompt on the Pop Sugar challenge. I picked it for a prompt last year thinking it might fit the "social media" prompt. Then Covid hit and I wasn't able to get the book from the library until mid December. It wasn't a short book and after reading very little of the book, I wasn't sure it would fit the prompt so I picked something else that was a for sure fit (can't recall what though). I had planned on coming back to this book though.

Back to why I finish books. There are very few books that suck from page one until the end. I've been burned more often by books that start great and then turn to crap.

This book started out slow and I wasn't really "getting" it. But after a while, maybe 100 pages, I was invested. By the last 100 pages, I had trouble putting it down. It started out as a 1 star book and ended as a 4. And than, my fellow readers, is why I don't quit books.

About the book... slow starter. I wasn't really sure where it was going. Fido was absolutely my favorite, but everyone behaved the way you would expect them to from start to end.

~ Cheryl

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3/24/21 7:21 A

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e-book "The Shape of Water" by Andrea Camilleri

a nice whodunit; apparently the first in a Sicilian crime series featuring Inspector Montalbano
good plot, nicely narrated by Mark Meadows

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3/23/21 12:28 A

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Dressed for Death by Donna Leon
3.5 stars

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3/19/21 12:47 P

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'Sea Glass' by Anita Shreve

5 stars from me
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When I began reading, I made a little note of the characters as they were introduced as it seemed to be getting a bit complicated - but it was very smooth the way she wove all the different lives together. I got really stuck into this book - the short chapters helped - and went on a reading binge to get it finished!

I haven't read any of her other books, so don't know if her novels are formulaic or not - but I would pick up another with her name on and give it a go.


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3/15/21 11:20 A

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Daughter of Moloka'i by Alan Brennert

I read the first book by Alan Brennert 'Moloka'i' and was really keen to read this follow-up. It didn't disappoint, and I learned about a whole lot of history I hadn't been aware of. It had me in tears at the end. But a very 'real' story that kept me turning the pages.

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3/14/21 1:30 P

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The Decibel Diaries: A Journey through Rock in 50 Concerts, by Carter Alan 4 stars

I used this book for the 2021 Pop Sugar reading challenge. It was a prompt I wasn't really a fan of - a book on my TBR list with the ugliest cover. I didn't have any "ugly" covers.

The book. Carter Alan is a local DJ on stations I listen to (plural because one of them doesn't exist anymore). He and I have similar taste in music and I've been to some of the same concerts, so it was kind of cool learning his take and some extra bits that I wouldn't know because he has more access.

~ Cheryl

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3/14/21 10:34 A

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The Fated Sky
By Mary Robinette Kowal
4.5 stars
I just love this series, where a meteorite has destroyed a large portion of the US, leading to a ramped up space program (in the 60s), made possible by the female “calculators” (pilots, astronauts) of the time. The science is good, the future-past is so believable, and the characters are deep, fully-human, and just loads of fun!

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3/13/21 1:50 P

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The Girl With the Louding Voice
By Abi Dare
4 stars
A book about a Nigerian girl with BIG courage and resilience. A well-crafted first novel that unflinchingly demonstrates the disparities of wealth, race, and gender in yet another part of the world.

~ Joanne

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3/11/21 4:16 P

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A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle 4 stars

This was picked randomly from my TBR list (I handed the list to my oldest son who picked a book not knowing what it was for). I read Sherlock Holmes when I was in 4th or 5th grade - four decades and change ago. I remembered the general idea, in part because of the series on BBC in recent years.

When the story got to part 2, the American setting, I had no recollection of it at all. I'm about to wander off topic here. Sorry. My grandfather died 21 years ago. He was a big reader (it runs in the family), but he was a Zane Grey fan. When he died, I couldn't justify taking all the books with me. I took the Twilight Zone Companion and one of the Zane Grey books. And it sat on my desk. A year or two ago, one of the Pop Sugar prompts was to read a book that made you nostalgic. I picked up the book I had randomly chosen from his collection (The Border Legion). When I finished, people commented that Riders of the Purple Sage was the book to read. So I did. I didn't like it, but it felt familiar. A man with a daughter who he raised to be strong and able to take care of herself, Mormon church members pushing for a marriage. I think it was familiar because of A Study in Scarlet!

Okay then, some of why I liked reading this was because it reminds me of being a know-it-all kid who was amazed by this guy Sherlock Holmes. It's entertaining and I enjoyed the ride as much as I did when I was still a kid.

~ Cheryl

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3/9/21 1:14 P

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That sounds right - the dog is a Labrador and his mission is to stick to The Labrador Pact!


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3/9/21 1:07 P

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Just looked The Last Family in England up and it looks like the USA version is called The Labrador Pact (I just put it on my wish list).

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3/9/21 10:10 A

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"The Last Family in England" by Matt Haig

An interesting story written from the perspective of the family dog about trying to keep the family safe. I listened to it as an audio-book and enjoyed it. I'm not sure if it would have been a page-turner in hard-copy.

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3/7/21 11:28 A

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Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir (this month's book)

would definitely recommend - gripping story, really well-written
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3/6/21 9:43 P

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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
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3/6/21 12:48 P

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Days Without End
By Sebastian Barry
4 stars
This guy writes prose like a poet.
So much more than a “western”; this book is a history lesson, a love story, and a pulse-quickening adventure.

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3/5/21 5:30 A

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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain 3 stars

I think this is one of those books that I am not the right person for. It's well written and funny at times, a little bittersweet knowing that he killed himself years after this book was written (decades?).

The parts of the story I engaged with the most were the parts that took place in my area. It was during this portion of the storytelling I was most engaged in because I could put myself back in that place and try to guess some of the un-named players.

My takeaway is that I could never work in a kitchen for a living, to which my husband would attest to.

~ Cheryl

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3/4/21 5:17 A

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson 3 stars

I actually found this book engaging for the most part. I didn't love it and I thought it was predictable, but not always a bad thing when dealing with drama. I don't know how much truth there is to the amount of discrimination there was for people with blue skin. We know about racism against Black people or POC, in part because it still exists today. I'm guessing it was real just because people suck when it comes to others looking "different".

Predictable until the end. I won't spoil what happens, but as I read, I was looking at where things were going to the ratio of pages left and wondering how long that path could be written about and then it totally changes direction and I was wondering how it was going to finish the story with so few pages left. I finished feeling like the best part of the story was left unwritten. I want to know about the struggles that went from the moment into town until where the book ended, maybe a smidge more than that, but at least that 4 year window.

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2/28/21 12:55 P

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This is where we can keep track of the books we read this month and rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list the title, author, and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like.

Let’s use a 5-star rating system:

1 star * Hated it~Not worth your time
2 stars ** OK~There were some redeeming qualities
3 stars *** Liked it~Enjoyable read
4 stars **** Really liked it~Definitely worth reading
5 stars ***** Loved it~Great read and would recommend to others

~ Cheryl

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