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review 2018-05-10 22:07
Duke with Benefits (Studies in Scandal #2) by Manda Collins
Duke with Benefits (Studies in Scandal) - Manda Collins

Second book in the series, this story is centers on Lady Daphne Forsyth, a unique woman trying to find her place in a world that doesn’t seem to understand her, and Dalton Beauchamp, the Duke of Maitland, the man that falls for her. 
The suspense aspect of the story was ok, I mean, it kept me entertained but not to the point that I was unable to put the book down. There were some twists but for the most part they were kind of predictable. 

It’s always interesting to read about characters with unique traits, unfortunately in this case Daphne didn’t hold my interest for long. She was described as someone on the autism spectrum and perhaps for that reason I was hoping to find a more endearing character but instead I got a character with whom I could not connect at all. I was also unable to understand the love between Daphne and Dalton. I think I would have liked it better if they took more time falling in love because to me it just felt forced and even trite at times.

I still plan to read more from this author but in all honesty I don’t think I’ll continue this series. 

** I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher. **

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url 2018-04-26 19:51
The Great American Read: America’s 100 most-loved books
Anne of Green Gables Novels #1 - L M Montgomery
I, Alex Cross - James Patterson
A Separate Peace - John Knowles
The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White,Garth Williams,Rosemary Wells
Moby Dick - Herman Melville,Frank Muller
The Martian - Andy Weir
The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

Voting starts May 22 and ends October 2018.  See link for more of the 100 nominees.

 

I'm about this but do wish they had done it by categories or even time periods (I.e., published before 1900, before 1950, before 2000, type of splits).  I agree that those are 100 of the most read, most popular and even most influential books.

 

I just mean it's weird seeing beloved childhood books like Charlotte's Web and Anne of Green Gables up against Carch 22, Then There Were None, and long running contemporary series like Alex Cross and Wheel of Time?

 

Then the hordes of fans for Twilight, Fifty Shades of Gray, Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter  ...

 

(I am not at all disrespecting Harry Potter; frankly I think those books are responsible for an entire generation of readers.  It's just weird to see it up against the other nominees.)

 

How would you vote -- a childhood favorite that made you a reader or your favorite recent read?

Source: www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/books/#
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review 2018-04-24 09:26
a good solid3 stars
As I Am - Melissa Collins
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. I thought I was getting over the first person/multi point of view thing, you know, but it appears that I still prefer to LISTEN to first person books than READ them. That said, I enjoyed this, mostly. It's not a difficult, complicated read. It's quite emotional in places, Chase has to deal with the aftermath of his parents death, bringing up his younger brother in the best way he can. Noah is dealing with the aftermath of that too, but in a very different way. It's sexy in places, and inspiring in other, Chase's brother has a wise head on his 17 year shoulders. It just didn't blow me away. It was a nice book, that is the best word I can come with, and ya'll know how much I hate using the N word! It's told from both men's point of view, and the story flows well. I just didn't love it. 3 good stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2018-04-18 13:44
Chances - Jackie Collins

I probably shouldn't love this book because it's so crass and trashy and much longer than it really could have been, but I do love it and I have decided that is all I'm going to say. A great rollercoaster ride!

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text 2018-04-09 14:07
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games is a spectacular novel by Suzanne Collins. The novel is a dystopian YA novel, which is one of my favorite genres, aside from fantasy. Recent fantasy titles i have read include Eragon by Christopher Paolini, and Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. 

    The Hunger Games is about Katniss Everdeen,, who lives in District 12. The nation of Panem holds a yearly event called the Hunger Games, in which 24 children who's age range from 12 to 18 are thrown into an arena to fight to the death. Katniss's little sister, Prim, gets chosen for the games, and Katniss volunteers in her place. Several connections i have made is that Panem is North America after a war. District 12 is in present day Pennsylvania, which i have inferred from all the coal mining. The Capitol is in present day Colorado. Right now, in the book, Katniss just ended the opening ceremony. Her and her fellow District 12 tribute, Peeta, wore these outfits that had fake fire on the. These outfits were made by Cinna, one of Katniss's helpers in the Capitol, and one of the few that seems normal. Many other Capitol people, like Effie Trinket, are very gaudy and over the top. 

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