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text 2018-01-31 18:45
January 2018 Reading Recap
On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life - John O'Leary
Searcher of the Dead: A Bess Ellyott Mystery - Nancy Herriman
Murder in Bloomsbury: An Atlas Catesby Mystery - D. M. Quincy
How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life - Catherine Price
A Study in Death - Anna Lee Huber
A Death in Norfolk - Ashley Gardner
Dreaming of the Bones - Deborah Crombie
Where Serpents Sleep - C.S. Harris
Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living - Shauna Niequist,Brené Brown

I read 9 books this month. Yay!

 

My reading goal this year is low because I want to be able to read with little pressure.

 

This month my favorite read was On Fire: The Seven Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life.  I loved this book and highly recommend it.

 

I also enjoyed How To Break up With your Phone.  Great suggestions.

 

My mystery reads were all entertaining. I plan to catch up on these series in the months to come.

 

I am happy that three of my reads were nonfiction/self-help. 

 

My short-term goals are to read more classics, dive into the British Crime Mystery series and catch up on series I loved but have not gotten around to finishing.

 

Happy Reading!

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text 2018-01-21 15:36
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson

This is astonishingly good. It’s  unlike anything else I’ve ever read. A poem that reads like a novel with all the unimportant bits left out.

 

its already made me cry even though, or perhaps because, it’s full of love and hope and courage.

 

Wonderful.

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review 2018-01-12 15:29
Dreaming of the Bones
Dreaming of the Bones - Deborah Crombie

Author: Deborah Crombie

Series:  Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James #5

 

Using poetry to solve a murder? Yes, please.

 

This book had off-the-hook character development.  Excellent. To have that much happening and to not let the mystery fade into the background... Bravo!

 

This installment starts with Kincaid receiving a call from his ex-wife who wants him to look into the apparent suicide of a poet. Simple. Gemma and Kincaid begin to look into things and the story takes a startling, shocking turn. I did not expect it- and the subsequent reveals after were just as good. 

 

This is not a series you can just pick up and read out of order. Each mystery builds on the previous ones. I will definitely be continuing with this series.

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review 2017-12-22 05:48
Insightful approach to historical suffrage movement
The Cure for Dreaming - Cat Winters

Olivia's dancing around the edges of the suffrage movement in 1890s Portland, OR. She's strong-minded but quiet, dreaming of a future as a teacher or writer, but trapped under her domineering father's thumb. When she's hypnotized on stage the night of her birthday, she craves the relaxing peace of it. But when her father hires the hypnotist for a private session to remove her rebellious thoughts and ability to protest, she finds the drive to commit to a position and fight back against the patriarchy.

 

This was a brilliantly-told piece of YA historical fiction dealing with the early days of women's suffrage in the United States. The paranormal romance angle was really innovative, giving a fun, dramatic angle to gender relations, politics and the silencing of women. Flawless writing and storytelling, with clear trouble taken to include appropriate historical detail. I appreciated the effort to give the antagonists clear, believable and appropriate motivation as well. Even the villains have reasons for thinking and acting the way they do. Excellent effort and highly entertaining read.

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review 2017-10-13 20:36
great story, great characters
Dreaming of a White Wolf Christmas - Terry Spear

Owen was an Arctic wolf and a Private Investigator/ P I. Hed knew that the white wolf he had seen across the river wasn’t one of the Arctic wolves which had changed him and his friends. Five years ago Owen and his P I partner david was out hunting for bear. David had a heart attack neither Owen nor the guide they had hired could help david way out in the woods. The wolves wouldn’t have bitten David if owen hadn’t asked for the guides help. They had bit David to give him their enhances powers to repair his heart or David would have died. Owen was bitten because of what he had seen without paying the consequences- become  one of them or die. After that the pack took them in , they had to because Owen and David had no control over shifting Owen wanted to find the other arctic wolf it could mean he or one of his bachelor male buddies could have a mate. But he couldn’t find her as she was with friends and he didn’t know which female was the actual werewolf. Then her and her friends took a canoe trip after a couple of days and Owen never knew what became of her. Owen finally opened a new P I shop in White River Falls. Minn. He was eager to make a go of it. Business again after seven years of working online. Every  since  that day in the woods Clara had been a whole different person with her world turned upside down. Her friends were no longer her friends, and her adoptive parents had disowned her. She had changed her name to her pseudonym that she wrote her books under- candace Mayfair. Candace moved from Houston to the wilderness in South dakota. After two years Candace came to grips with what she now was. Candace had realized she had to isolate herself from everyone she had known in the past and did it. She settled into her new life and wrote about the subject she now knew best - werewolves. Using her former talent in writing suspense romances she wrote Arctic wolf romances. Owen got a call first thing when he was the only one in the office to find Clara/Candace  as she has a month to claim her inheritance her parents had left her who had been rich or her uncle would get it. Through an old co-worker Owen found out Clara and Candace were one and the same person. Owen shows up at Candace’s house and finds out one of the pups of his small pack had bitten and turned Candace. Candace had been dealing with this all by herself for two years. Owen offers to run as a wolf with Candace and she agrees. She actually really likes having another wolf to run with, Owen wants her to come meet his small pack - there were three  single males and a coupple with their kids/ pups that were triplets one being the one who had bitten Candace by accident. While on their run they end up rescuing two snowmobilers and the third man had filmed them by the request  one of the men they had rescued. That night someone had been snooping around Candace’s house and that had never happened before the rescue. Candace decides to pack up for a little while and go meet owen;s pack until the rescue had all blown over. Candace would stay in owen’s cabin with him since she had already met him. They packed some essentials for Candace and left the next morning for Minn.

I loved this book, it was a good,easy fun read, I loved the plot and pace. Also a little different spin on werewolves. I loved how candace didn’t have to be alone anymore unless she chose to. But even then she could always call Owen or the other members of his pack. I couldn’t find anything I didn’t like about this book. I loved how Owen took care of candace anyway that he could. I also loved owen and candace’s relationship grew over time. I loved the characters and the ins and outs and I highly recommend this book

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