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Updated Pic of Review Books

This picture is to share, but also a visual to help me stay on course. I have a lot of reading and catching up to do. I've had a lot going on this year that has inhibited me from completing tasks and obligations.

 

Hopefully, I'm coming out of the storm and will have to deal with rain every now and then. I am speaking about my health. I currently wear bifocals where before I just wore reading glasses. My brain is okay somedays and others, not so great. I get discouraged and my reviews have suffered. Well, the absence of them. I'm determined to keep writing. My writing may not ever be the same as prior to 2013, but it's the new me and I have to get comfortable with it. 

 

I've found a home on Booklikes. I've been on Goodreads for many years and still utilize it as a place to log my library, but home it isn't. The 14 people who consistently have my back on here keep me inspired and I love the interaction of all the post and comments. My discomfort with my inability to write, as I used to, has made me shy away from posting on here. I want to be more active. I can be more active. I love to read. I used to love to write.

 

Starting today I will not hold myself back from a community of ladies and men that I have grown to like and appreciate. I find comfort in their comments and posts. I am thankful for Booklikes and those of you who come on here to share your love of books, reading, writing and people. Bless you all and thank you!

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url 2015-07-06 22:46
Most Anticipated: The Great Second Half 2015 Book Preview (from The Millions)

A look at some of the (pretty awesome and wide-ranging) titles to be expected in the latter half of 2015.

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url 2015-02-02 23:54
Brin's Book Buzz - February

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text 2014-06-05 16:55
Upcoming Releases
Mortal Danger - Ann Aguirre
Ruth's Journey: The Story of Mammy from Gone with the Wind - Donald McCaig
A Sudden Light: A Novel - Garth Stein

Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

 

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, making him impossible to forget. 

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly . . . bad things are happening. It’s a head rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turn from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who—or what—she can trust. Not even her own mind . . .

Ruth's Journey by Donald McCaig

 

Authorized by the Margaret Mitchell Estate, here is the first-ever prequel to one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of all time,Gone with the Wind. The critically acclaimed author of Rhett Butler’s People magnificently recounts the life of Mammy, one of literature’s greatest supporting characters, from her days as a slave girl to the outbreak of the Civil War.

“Her story began with a miracle.” On the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue, an island consumed by the flames of revolution, a senseless attack leaves only one survivor—an infant girl. She falls into the hands of two French émigrés, Henri and Solange Fournier, who take the beautiful child they call Ruth to the bustling American city of Savannah.

What follows is the sweeping tale of Ruth’s life as shaped by her strong-willed mistress and other larger-than-life personalities she encounters in the South: Jehu Glen, a free black man with whom Ruth falls madly in love; the shabbily genteel family that first hires Ruth as Mammy; Solange’s daughter Ellen and the rough Irishman, Gerald O’Hara, whom Ellen chooses to marry; the Butler family of Charleston and their shocking connection to Mammy Ruth; and finally Scarlett O’Hara—the irrepressible Southern belle Mammy raises from birth. As we witness the difficult coming of age felt by three generations of women, gifted storyteller Donald McCaig reveals a portrait of Mammy that is both nuanced and poignant, at once a proud woman and a captive, and a strict disciplinarian who has never experienced freedom herself. But despite the cruelties of a world that has decreed her a slave, Mammy endures, a rock in the river of time. She loves with a ferocity that would astonish those around her if they knew it. And she holds tight even to those who have been lost in the ravages of her days.

Set against the backdrop of the South from the 1820s until the dawn of the Civil War, here is a remarkable story of fortitude, heartbreak, and indomitable will—and a tale that will forever illuminate your reading of Margaret Mitchell’s unforgettable classic, Gone with the Wind.

 

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

 

When a boy tries to save his parents’ marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain.

In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel—who is flickering in and out of dementia—to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into “tract housing for millionaires,” divide up the profits, and live happily ever after.

But Trevor soon discovers there’s someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah’s wish is fulfilled, and Trevor’s willingness to face the past holds the key to his family’s future.

A Sudden Light is a rich, atmospheric work that is at once a multigenerational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story, and the story of a contemporary family’s struggle to connect with each other. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it reflects Garth Stein’s outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation, and his rare ability to see the unseen: the universal threads that connect us all.

 

***Descriptions used from Netgalley

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text 2014-01-23 15:04
February Anticipations
Concealed in Death - J.D. Robb
Like a Mighty Army - David Weber
Jaded - Anne Calhoun
India Black and the Gentleman Thief - Carol K. Carr
City of Jasmine - Deanna Raybourn
Kaleidoscope - Kristen Ashley
Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Vol. 8 - Bill Willingham,Mark Buckingham,Steve Leialoha,Andrew Pepoy
When the Duke Was Wicked - Lorraine Heath
Watch Your Back - Karen Rose
Graveyard of Memories - Barry Eisler

mumbles to self:  I will not buy new books, I will not buy new books, I will not buy too many new books.

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