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text 2017-01-24 23:55
February TBR
Forged in Desire (The Protectors) - Brenda Jackson
The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance - Anders Rydell,Henning Koch
Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
The Refugees - Viet Thanh Nguyen
Gilded Cage - Vic James
The Good at Heart: A Novel - Ursula Werner
Everything Belongs to Us - Yoojin Grace Wuertz
The Inheritance - Rochelle Alers
Heels, Heartache & Headlines (Hollywood High) - Amir Abrams,Ni-Ni Simone
Cheaper to Keep Her 5 - Kiki Swinson

Hello friends it's been awhile since I've been on Booklikes. Every time I would try to make an update or post the website would run soooooo slow. I couldn't take waiting and waiting. However, those who are on Goodreads as well as BL I didn't feel out of touch. I missed you all who I've come to appreciate and value on BL. I want to be an active participant again and hope this site stays user friendly for those like me who are clueless when it pertains to websites and computers.


I set my reading goal this year at 50 books. I would like to get back up to the 100 books I used to read in 2011-2013. Last year I barely squeaked by at 30 books, I think. I'm going for it all in 2017 and am discontinuing activities that were time wasters. I'm also going to stop reading books that are not of my favorite genres, doing so slows me down.


My to be read books for February are very exciting. There are new releases by a few of my favorite authors, new books in series I've read and others that are about some of my favorite topics. Let's hope I stay focused next month. So far in January I've finished 5 books. 


Happy reading everyone!




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text 2016-10-05 07:00
October TBR
Diamonds and Pearl - K'wan
The Rancher Returns - Brenda Jackson
The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel - Colson Whitehead
The Tea Planter's Wife - Dinah Jefferies
The Orphan Mother: A Novel - Robert Hicks
Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation - Anne Sebba
Hag-Seed - Margaret Atwood

I finished one book in September and that was The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel. That book didn't live up to my expectations at all. After about 30% I lost interest in the plot and characters and forced myself to finish. I made some progress in Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters, but quickly put it down after I just didn't care what was to come. It was taking way too long to get there. I may pick this book up this month or next, but I'm unsure at this time. I also attempted to read The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This book captured me from the very beginning, but due to it's visually detailed content I couldn't and can't read it all the way through without breaks. I'm really hoping to plow through it this month without being so emotional.


September was a difficult month. I had a death in my family and plenty of not-so-good health news. I was knocked off my feet a bit to say the least. But as we adults know that is life.... Expect the unexpected and know tomorrow can be a better day!

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text 2016-10-05 06:35
Exciting October Releases
The Rancher Returns - Brenda Jackson
A Terrible Beauty - Tasha Alexander
Hag-Seed - Margaret Atwood
Diamonds and Pearl - K'wan
Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation - Anne Sebba
The Other Einstein: A Novel - Marie Benedict

This month I'm excited about black romance, historical romance, urban fiction and always anything to do with Paris. However, Les Parisiennes is the story of the women who lived during the Nazi occupation. Not a light read, but one I'm sure to find informative. Hag-Seed is the retelling of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. I don't believe I've read that play so, this will be intriguing. The Other Einstein tells the story of Einstein's wife Mitza who was a physicist.




October 4


The Rancher Returns by Brenda Jackson


October 11


A Terrible Beauty by Tasha Alexander


Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood 


Diamonds and Pearl by K'wan


October 18


Les Parisiennes by Anne Seba


The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict




Have you heard, read or are excited for any of these October Releases?

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text 2016-09-01 05:33
Exciting September Releases
Luxe Two: A LaLa Land Addiction: A Novel - Ashley Antoinette Snell
A Deadly Affection (Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery) - Cuyler Overholt
The Tea Planter's Wife - Dinah Jefferies
Darktown: A Novel - Thomas Mullen
Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth - Jennifer Chiaverini
The Orphan Mother: A Novel - Robert Hicks
The Girl Who Fought Napoleon: A Novel of the Russian Empire - Linda Lafferty
If I Had You (The Grand Russe Hotel) - Heather Hiestand
The Girl in the Castle: A Novel (Deverill Chronicles) - Santa Montefiore
Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage (New Black Studies Series) - Sowande M Mustakeem

There's a little bit of everything I love in this line up; historical fiction and romance, slavery, mystery, suspense, war and tea. The early reviews on all of these books have been stellar. I am excited. 


September 6


Luxe 2: A La La Land Addiction by Ashley Antoinette


A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt


September 13


A Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jefferies


Darktown by Thomas Mullen


Fates and Traitors by Jennifer Chiaverini


The Orphan Mother by Robert Hicks


September 20


The Girl Who Fought Napoleon by Linda Lafferty


September 27


If I Had You by Heather Hiestand


The Girl In The Castle by Santa Montefiore


September 30


Slavery At Sea: Terror, Sex and Sickness in the Middle Passage by Sowande Mustakeem




Have you heard, read or are excited for any of these September Releases?



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review 2013-11-11 23:15
Review: Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett
Raising Steam - Terry Pratchett

If you're a fan of Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld -- go read Raising Steam. Really there's no more to be said.


If you've not read a Discworld book, this isn't the place to start. This is a book that comfortably assumes our familiarity with many of the characters and there is a REAL pleasure in learning more about them, watching them behave as who they are and yet reveal new aspects. The little character reveals are wonderful - and there's one at the end that just plain delighted me.


I'm trying not to share any spoilers and it's difficult. The book is so well-constructed that I want to say "did you see XXX coming?" or "wasn't it perfect when?" or "didn't you adore Flash?"


If you're looking to dive into the Discworld, the series order is here. For me, the true magic of the books begins with Wyrd Sisters, but if you want to read the city of Ankh-Morpork set books, start with Guards, Guards. Unless, of course, you're scared of dragons ;)


Terry Pratchett plays with words. He isn't ashamed to pun - especially in footnotes. His style is witty, critical and compassionate. Some reviewers have noted more serious, sombre elements in his later novels, but I think they were there earlier. He has something to say, and he says it with laughter and hope. Raising Steam is wonderful.

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