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Books and Books and More Books

Posted Jul 02 2014 3:20pm

I could read all day long. I love to read. Love it. 

Every once in a while, when I remember, I like to post the books I've recently read here. I share my thoughts, hope you will add your own, and that, together, we can all find fantastic books to enjoy. Here's what I've read recently, with a 1-5 star rating - add your latest reads in the comments!

Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon

The 8th book in the Outlander series, I really, really enjoyed this one. The last two were good stores, but left me unsatisfied. This book wrapped up a lot of story lines, created some new ones, and gave a lot of great background into why some of the people act the way that they do. (Sorry - I'm trying not to give away any spoilers!) Suffice it to say, if you have read the other books in the Outlander series, you will love this one. *****

One by One - JoJo Moyes

This was just released, and I'm not finished with it - but I'm enjoying it. I like her books, mostly because they are light and easy reading. Then endings are somewhat predictable - although Me Before You wasn't predictable at all. I'm not sure that any of her books will be as wonderful as that one, though. **** (so far, lol)

Four Past Midnight - Stephen King

I've been trying to get back in Stephen King - because I think he's a FANTASTICALLY gifted writer - with really varied success. I read this one many, many years ago, and just read it again. I devoured the first of the four short stories, the second one I had to quit midway through. Haven't gotten back to the third and fourth - when King is on, he's really, really on - but when he's not, he's not. ***  

Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King

This Stephen King I loved. It was a thriller, with a twist - you were able to get deep into the protagonist's mind and know why he had committed the crime that he did - and I was on the edge of my seat at the end, wondering if the good guys would be able to stop the bad guy in time. Really a very well written book. *****

The Fault in our Stars - John Green

Probably not the book for me, mostly because of my sister in law's death from cancer. I read it because, duh, the movie, and my older girls loved it. It was - ok. ***

Silver Bay - JoJo Moyes

Another JoJo book. Good, but not great. A good beach read, it kept my interest but wasn't one I'd read obsessively. ***

Moving Day - Jonathan Stone

This I really enjoyed. The story of an older couple who plan to move to a smaller house - but what happens when the moving crew shows up a day early and pack everything - and then the next day, the REAL moving crew appears - and you realize you've been robbed? To what lengths do you go to get your stuff back? And are older people less apt to try to fight the wrongs that have been done to them? ****

Attachments - Rainbow Rowell

Two work friends use their work emails to gossip - and they have no idea that their company has an "internet spy", hired to read everyone's email. It's only a problem when the spy realizes that he ahs feelings for one of his daily reads. Really, this book was light and fun and I enjoyed it tremendously. ****

Bloodletter's Daughter - Linda Lafferty

This book was super compelling and I am really having a tough time explaining it. So I've pulled this bit from Amazon: 

In 1606, the city of Prague shines as a golden mecca of art and culture carefully cultivated by Emperor Rudolf II. But the emperor hides an ugly secret: His bastard son, Don Julius, is afflicted with a madness that pushes the young prince to unspeakable depravity. Desperate to stem his son’s growing number of scandals, the emperor exiles Don Julius to a remote corner of Bohemia where the young man is placed in the care of a bloodletter named Pichler. The bloodletter’s task: cure Don Julius of his madness by purging the vicious humors coursing through his veins.

When Pichler brings his daughter Marketa to assist him, she becomes the object of Don Julius’s frenzied—and dangerous—obsession. To him, she is the embodiment of the women pictured in the Coded Book of Wonder, a priceless manuscript from the imperial library that was the mad prince’s only link to sanity. As the prince descends further into the darkness of his mind, his acts become ever more desperate, as Marketa, both frightened and fascinated, can’t stay away. ****

Hidden - Catherine McKenzie

Why do people cheat? This is the story of an affair gone wrong, when the main character - the man - dies, and the two women - his wife and mistress - are left to pick up the pieces. This was a good read, especially if you need something for a car trip or poolside. ****

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I've had this book recommended to me 1 million times, and it's my sister in law's favorite book - and I didn't like it. Did you? If you did, tell me why, because I just was not feeling it. **

Unbroken - Lauren Hillenbrand

 A very deep book. Very difficult to read at times, because of the fierce brutality that the main character endured. I won't spoil it for you, but if you are looking for a compelling, hero story - this is it. It's going to be a movie, although I'm really curious as to how they will transform it, as the book is very, very involved and quite detailed in it's telling of the inhumane treatment that our soldiers and prisoners of war endured. ****

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

I loved this book. I've read it before, but forgotten most it it, and so when it came up in a Facebook post, I grabbed it. The futuristic tale of how infertility and class might play out in the future, it was scary and fascinating at the same time. It's all too easy to see that this, indeed, could very easily become the future. What if only certain women could have babies - and they were the only women who had sex - and therefore, they had all of the power - but they weren't allowed to have that power? ****

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