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review 2016-11-14 01:20
What I Did For Love by Shannon Elizabeth Phillips
What I Did for Love - Susan Elizabeth Phillips,Julia Gibson
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Read from January 09, 2015 to October 08, 2016


I've been reading this book on and off for two years and also been between books since then. It's safe to say that i am happy to finished reading the book and fangirled twice. Once when Laura and Paul finally are together and made love to each other. The second time which would be when the book ended and happy endings were in order. There was drama, heartbreak, feels, scandals, anger, anguish, humor, love, lies and deception in this book but love, honor and devotion in marriages is what matters most at the end. I'm so happy that georgie got her happy ending with bram and got remarried and also finding her redemption. I even love chaz and Aaron. I had a feeling that Laura would end up with Paul and Aaron end up with Chaz. What's funny is how far paparazzi, the leeches goes for a honest buck, hell bent on destorying celebrities but love free food. I enjoyed reading this and planning on rereading it years from now. This is the first book i have read by Shannon and plan on reading more from her soon! ♏
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review 2016-11-14 00:24
Vegas Love By Jillian Dodd
Vegas Love - Jillian Dodd
Read from November 30, 2015 to November 13, 2016


I loved the long epic vegas crazy adventure and feeling like i was going to cry when Ashlyn did what she did to Cash. I love the hot hookup in vegas at a wedding and it was quite steamy to say atleast. There was scandalous b*tches, manipulated people working for her, love, promises, vegas vows, teasing, cheating, happiness, jealous exes, one unforgettable wedding that is impossible to forget and leeches want to get your story then twist it around like a spider spinning it's web of lies. I laugh really hard when i read this book and had little fangirl sessions. I love Cash. He's romantic, sexy and sweet. I'm glad however that everything work out for her mother and love how the story ended. This is the first book i read by this author and enjoy reading it. Can't wait to read more by author.
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text 2016-09-05 14:49
Summer Reading List in Review

It's Labor Day, so it's the last day of my Summer Reading List. You can review the titles here: http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/643/summer-reading-list-2016


It's always nine books, filling specific slots. Somehow, I generally manage to complete only eight of them. This year, the one that dropped out and will be carried over to 2017 was "Dr. Strange and Mr. Norrell." I had been saving it for Labor Day weekend but instead picked up M.L. Stedman's "The Light Between Oceans," because of the Alicia Vikander movie released last Friday. I do not regret that choice. 


The standout book in the group for me was "The Sense of an Ending" by Julian Barnes. It was a little jewel - just a few hours' reading time but into a perfectly crafted little human drama. I can't wait to read more from Barnes. Thanks to S. for suggesting it.


Of course, I spread "War and Peace" over the whole summer, but now I have the humble-brag rights of completion, which I claimed here: http://carissagreen50.booklikes.com/post/1462207/finished-war-and-peace.


Thanks to B. for the loan of her personal copy of "Ready Player One." So much fun. Definitely written as a series of "set pieces" that border on pop culture cliche, but it works in that format. 


Not much else to say right now. What did you read this summer that you'll remember through the years?




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text SPOILER ALERT! 2016-09-05 14:32
Finished: War and Peace
War and Peace - Lena Lencek,Joseph Frank,Constance Garnett,Leo Tolstoy

Round about 150 years after its initial publication, it's become cliche to say you're reading/have read/plan to read "War and Peace." At about 1,100 pages (depending on the edition) it's a huge doorstop of a book. 


Well, I did it. I started a few days before Memorial Day weekend, and, at pace of 10-12 pages per day, I've finished now, on Labor Day morning. It's a do-able schedule, if you'd ever like to add this to your reading brag list. As I'm doing right now. Brag, Brag, Brag: I've read "War and Peace." 


Did I like it? Yes. Did I love it? I don't know yet. Is it a masterpiece, as so many have said over the years? Yes, I suppose. I actually preferred "Anna Karenina." The human stories in that novel had more pathos for me. Also, there was far less of Tolstoy's philosophical musing in that book. 


Speaking of Tolstoy's philosophical musings, the last 35 pages or so were quite the slog, because that's all they were - Tolstoy on history, human nature, and all that lot. The first 100 pages were also a challenge, as keeping the characters straight was tough. But eventually one catches on and develops a reading rhythm. 


Did I get every nuance, every reference? Certainly not. That's likely a lifetime project, in which I don't care to invest at this time. But I've read it. And no one can take that away from me. (Brag, brag, brag. I've read "War and Peace.")



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text 2016-08-30 00:32
A Grand . . .
War and Peace - Lena Lencek,Joseph Frank,Constance Garnett,Leo Tolstoy

I have made it past the 1,000 page mark. Only about 100 pages to go.


The French are trudging out of Russia, so there has been war, and I guess, now it's peace. Gotta love a book that lives up to its title. ;)


On the home-stretch now.



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