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Posted: 6/16/2013 5:17:30 PM
Hi readers. Two books for me this week.

LOVED this first one. Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler was a memoir about growing up in a fundamentalist evangelical family. He had to lie to his parents just to listen to Amy Grant b/c she wasn't approved. He tells his story with honesty, heart and love for his parents. Though you know that his belief system doesn't include waiting for Jesus at any moment. This one is getting excellent reviews.

Next up was We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. Rave reviews for this one all around. I liked it but didn't love it like seemingly the rest of the reading world does. The reviews blow the twist but I won't here. Rosemary, the protagonist, narrates this story about her family and missing her sister Fern who was only part of the family until Rosemary was 5. It was unique and interesting but I didn't go crazy over it. You might so I'll recommend it, but for me, it missed the mark.

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Posted: 6/16/2013 5:23:02 PM
I'm about 80% through A Walk Across The Sun by Corban Addison and I'm loving it. It's such a page turner and I wasn't expecting that at all. It is about the sex trade of kidnapped girls. Really good.

I'll be watching this thread for ideas of what to read next.


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Posted: 6/16/2013 5:23:48 PM
Gave up on reading "Spring Fever" by Mary Kay Andrew. Tried it twice, but couldn't get into it. Now looking for something else to read.

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Posted: 6/16/2013 5:25:29 PM
Paige-I read that last year and it was excellent. I didn't expect it to go where it did at all.

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Posted: 6/16/2013 6:01:49 PM
I'm fighting my way through Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. I really hate giving up on a book. More than I hate reading bad books, I guess!

I'm about halfway through this 500 page book. Blah!

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Posted: 6/16/2013 6:09:32 PM
I've been rereading Defending Jacob for the 2Peas book club

At the same time, I decided I needed some real fluff so I'm reading Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella ... it's OK


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Posted: 6/16/2013 6:15:34 PM
I finished Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch, a book I picked up at Goodwill. It was a decent read, although it dragged a bit in places. Boils down to what if you had made a different significant life choice? How would that choice alter other choices? The protagonist wakes up 7 years in the past, but with full memory of those 7 years, giving her the chance to make totally different choices. It's a bit deeper than typical chick lit.

Almost done with Between You and Me by Nanny Diaries authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. Not as enjoyable as the Nanny Diaries and not as disappointing as Citizen Girl, so somewhere in the mediocre middle.

I really need to pick up Laurie Notaro's latest. It is time for something worthy!


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Posted: 6/16/2013 6:19:03 PM
A slow reading week for me. Only finished Shit My Dad Says. Very funny, I liked it. I'll be watching this thread for help picking my next book



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Posted: 6/16/2013 6:43:53 PM
I read Sh$t My Dad Says. Very cute and quick read.

I also read Me Before You, which I looooooved. Recommend it (although I got the recommendation from here!).

Now I'm reading The Misremembered Man. Not too far into it. Hope it'll be good!

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Posted: 6/16/2013 6:45:54 PM
Read Me Before You by JoJo Moyes this week. Enjoyed it very much.


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Posted: 6/16/2013 6:49:52 PM
Slow week for me I only read 2.

The Curse by Sherrilyn Kenyon - third in her Belador series. I'm finally all caught up with all of her different series until the new ones come out later this year.

Blood and Sand by Elizabeth Hunter - second in her Elemental World series. Good a little slow at the start but found myself smiling & chuckling quite often at the characters interaction with each other.

Working on:

Protectors by Gennita Low - Kindle freebie recently. So far it's ok but I'm only 35% through it.

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Posted: 6/16/2013 6:58:26 PM
I am in the middle of The Tennis Partner by Abraham Verghese and so far I really like it.

It is about the relationship formed between two doctors as they play tennis together.


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Posted: 6/16/2013 7:05:24 PM
I'm going to make a biased recommendation for a mystery/thriller by my husband, Kent Sievers. The ebook is Little Man, published by Fiction Works.
It's available for $4.99 on Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, etc.
It's about a man left homeless by the Great Recession, life on the streets, a serial killer and a few corrupt cops. Two mysteries are solved by the end. If you read it, I doubt you'll ever see a homeless person again without wondering about his back story.
Please check it out if it sounds like your kind of book and please leave a review where you purchase it.
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Posted: 6/16/2013 7:19:42 PM
I read Light Between Oceans and did not care for this one even though many do. I found the first part interesting, but the story was sad/depressing, and the ending left me unsatisfied.

To give inspiration, I checked out Blue Ridge Parkway Which is a coffee table book with the most incredible photography. Truly a feast for the eyes.

Then I started The OrchardistAnd gave up after 50 or so pages. Why do authors write books and leave out the quotation marks for conversation?

Now I'm happily reading The Whistling Season. Set in Montana in 1909, I find it wholesome and very entertaining/interesting. My goal is to finish this one this week.


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Posted: 6/16/2013 7:26:27 PM
I'm still reading Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. I have no idea why it's taking me so long to finish this one, especially since I'm more interested in it now than I was at the beginning.

Happy reading!


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Posted: 6/16/2013 8:03:48 PM
Hi Peas who read!
First up for me: The Tao of Martha :My Year of Living; Or Why I'm Never All That Glitter Off of the Dog by Jen Lancaster. I find her hysterical and have read most of her memoirs. This one was not quite as good ad Bitter Is The New Black but I truly enjoyed reading abut how to incorporate Martha Stewart's perfection in her life. And I love the relationship between her and her husband!

Second- Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews who is one of my very favorite authors because of her southern "put your big girl panties on" main characters. If you want a deep, intellectual read, DO NOT READ THIS. If you want a funny , chic lit, beach/pool read , I highly recommend this!

I'm about a quarter of the way through Shocking True Story by Gregg Olson; a bit of a dark comedy about a true crime novelist looking for the story that will turn him into the next Ann Rule. So far I like it.
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Posted: 6/16/2013 8:09:00 PM
I've been lax about posting, but I have been reading up a storm. Mostly my favorite cozy mysteries. I've also been lax about keeping up my list, so I have no titles for you.

I did, however, just finish Knitting Under the Influence by Claire LaZebnik. I picked it up because of the knitting in the title. It turned out to be a chick lit piece, a genre I don't much like. I started it, thought *this isn't going to be very good* and got caught up in it.

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Posted: 6/16/2013 8:15:35 PM
I read Defending Jacob for the two peas book club. It was well written story that held my interest through the whole book
I also read Me Before You After starting the book I realized I had read it before. I reread it which is unusual for me. It is just a really good story!
I also finished The Light Between Oceans I enjoyed this one although the male main character was a little too perfect. It was a good story and I really could feel for the characters.

Now I need to find something else to read I have read a string of good ones and am almost afraid to start another for fear it will disappoint!


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Posted: 6/16/2013 8:48:40 PM
I plowed through Defending Jacob which I thought was great. It totally sucked me in. Since then, I've been in a slump. I've started and given up on a bunch:

Nano by Robin Cook
This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman
Just Breathe by Susan Wiggs
The Riptide Ultra-Glide by Tim Dorsey

I need something I can stick with!

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Posted: 6/16/2013 9:08:49 PM
I tried to read The Orchardist too and gave up too! My mom enjoyed it...but I just couldn't get into it.

I read The Good Father by Diane Chamberlaine and enjoyed it.

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Posted: 6/16/2013 9:18:19 PM
I'm reading ROSES by Leila Meacham. It's set in East Texas and is one of those family sagas that spans several generations. I'm about midway through and I am enjoying it.
I read DEFENDING JACOB also, which was a quick fast read.

DEENA-I hope LIFE AFTER LIFE gets better because we have that coming up in our book club soon.

Happy Reading!

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Posted: 6/16/2013 10:16:21 PM
I'm currently reading The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch series) I'm enjoying the whole series thus far.

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Posted: 6/16/2013 10:33:22 PM
I read a few this week.

First, Argo, the book on which the movie is based. It was OK, but dry. Didn't really keep my interest. The story is interesting, but I didn't think it was that well-written.

I also read Killer in the Wind by Andrew Klavan. He wrote True Crime, which Clint Eastwood made into a movie a few years ago and starred in.

I thought TC was much, much better. Although this was OK. I just expected more out of it b/c I like TC so much!

I also read a Christian fiction book that I liked. So Shines the Night by Tracy Higley. I thought it was pretty decent as well, set in Ephesus during the time of Paul.

And one more I finished, a Christian non-fiction book by Danny Silk. Free and Powerful about women in church leadership. Excellent. He tackles some verses and accompanying mindsets that have traditionally been used to keep women under the proverbial thumbs of men and encourages the church to use the gifts of both men and women in order to provide and fulfill everything God intended.


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Posted: 6/16/2013 10:38:22 PM
Still reading Angela's Ashes . According to the Kindle, I have almost 4 hours left.

It is an OK book, except when it gets annoying. And, I find it tolerable enough to stick with it.

I'll probably still be reading it come July.

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Posted: 6/16/2013 10:42:39 PM
I read "Defending Jacob", which was really good. Am about to start "Code Name Verity".


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Posted: 6/16/2013 10:55:01 PM
I finished Defending Jacob it was good. I have not decided what to read next.

I did start using Good Reads and am amazed at how many books I have downloaded but not read yet.



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Posted: 6/17/2013 5:23:41 AM
It took me 3 weeks to finish - yikes!! I think it was just a busy time of year!!

Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson - I really enjoyed the book! I was surprised how often I laughed out loud at Steve's comments. It was a great telling of his life and his mind. I have a much better understanding of how a lot of our technology today came to be and how different businesses are operated. Steve really was not a nice person..now I understand the aura that surrounded him. The first half of the book might be uninteresting to young people who didn't grow up in the 80's. But I really connected with it having remembered all the technology and having grown up in the bay area of California. I actually connected with it on so many levels! He really was a tyrannical Genius

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Posted: 6/17/2013 5:34:08 AM
It's an older book but not sure how I missed it. "The Last Juror" by John Grisham. It's odd that the main character is NOT a lawyer in this book. It's pretty good.

Next up is "The Friday Night Knitting Club" by Kate Jacobs. It's the first in a trilogy.

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Posted: 6/17/2013 5:50:39 AM
I'm reading Kristin Hannah's Fly Away, and so far... it's kinda depressing. Not in a way that makes me want to stop reading it... but sad nonetheless.

I think Me Before You is up next.

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Posted: 6/17/2013 6:25:37 AM
After two weeks of reading "The Dog Stars" by Peter Heller I am only 70-something pages in. I seriously can't stand the writing style, but like someone else said, I must hate giving up on a book even more than reading a bad one.

Someone tell me it's worth it to finish. I think he's trying to imitate Cormac McCarthy in writing style, but he is FAILING. "The Road" was excellent writing, and this book just sucks.



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Posted: 6/17/2013 8:57:54 AM
I finished three books this week.

A Hundred Flowers by Gail Tsukiyama. This one is set in China in the mid-50s during the Cultural Revolution. I have read several of Tsukiyama's books and really enjoyed them. This one was good, although I don't think it is among the author's best.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I picked this one up based on numerous Pea raves and recommendations. (I hesitated doing this, because the last two I chose on this basis I didn't care for - absolutely hated On the Island and thought The Fault in Our Stars was just okay.) However, I am really glad I picked this one up - excellent book!

College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What it Means for Students by Jeffrey Selingo. Dh is a university professor and I still have one child in grad school, so I have some interest in this subject. This was a good book and very readable - I would really recommend it if you, or someone in your family, is headed for college in the next couple of years.

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Posted: 6/17/2013 9:06:36 AM
Just started Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. Not too far into it, so no reviews.

So sad that some of you didn't like The Orchardist. I really loved how the author built the storyline. One of my recent favorites.


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Posted: 6/17/2013 9:13:06 AM
I read Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (the author of Gone Girl). I liked this one as well. Warning - there are still no redeeming characters in the book and the ending is abrupt - like Gone Girl. But, I guess I like books about the darkest regions of humanity and truly dark humor. I liked it enough, I will have to tackle Sharp Objects, another book by Gillian Flynn that I have on my Nook.

ETA - Mom 2 Katie, I understand waht you are saying about the writing style of The Dog Stars, but I let go of that somewhere in the middle of the book and I did end up liking it quite a bit. I listened to it on audiotape and that was MUCH more enjoyable. Maybe you could give that a try. In the end, I did feel that the story and its message was worth the listen.


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Posted: 6/17/2013 9:50:34 AM
I read Defending Jacob and Jacob's Way .Both are great books I highly recommend both and now I am reading the 3rd in the blessing series I think its called something blue by Beverly Jenkins

Since there is no spell check, there will be spelling errors!

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Posted: 6/17/2013 10:41:12 AM
I just finished Where'd You Go Bernadette? and loved it. Right now I'm reading Peak (kid lit) for school.

Not sure what I'm up for next. I'm unaccustomed to having this kind of time in the summer, so actually deciding to spend time reading is a delicious treat. I'll be looking for a good book!

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Posted: 6/17/2013 11:04:42 AM
Lets see...last week I read Bad Taste In Boys by Carrie Harris. It's about a young nerdy girl who has to save her town from a zombie virus. Quick read, super cute story.

Next book was Soullessby Gail Carriger, it's the first book in the Parasol Protectorate series. Really enjoyed this book! It's a mystery mixed in with wit and cleverness set in Victorian England. Oh, and there's a big hunky werewolf in it!

Currently reading Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. It started out kind of slow for me but it's starting to pick up.

Still trying to finish Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde. I don't know what to make of this book. It's not a bad book but I think it's just slow for me. No real action, it just keeps going. Just not ready to give up on it yet, hoping something interesting happens soon.


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Posted: 6/17/2013 11:12:10 AM
I finished I'm Not Her by Janet Gurtler. It is a young adult book about a teen whose sister is diagnosed with cancer. I enjoyed it.

Right now I am reading The Timekeeper by Mitch Albom. I just started so no opinion yet.

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Posted: 6/17/2013 12:48:25 PM
I read The Light Between Oceans because the Peas raved about it - and I loved it! Thanks for the recommendation

I liked that it was a story you could really relate to on human terms even though their life is SO different than mine (Australia, early 1900s, post-war, living on a lighthouse/island).

I really enjoyed all the descriptions of the physical world - it made me want to live on that island. The book makes you think about deep issues - family, resentment, prejudice, and mainly forgiveness. And what makes a mother.

I'm trying to decide what to read next. I friend - knowing my love of Italy and spiritual curiosity - recommended Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale by Ian Morgan Cron. It's only $3.79 for Kindle so I just downloaded that. Sounds intriguing!

What happens when the pastor of a mega church loses his faith?

Pastor Chase Falson has lost his faith in God, the Bible, evangelical Christianity, and his super-sized megachurch. When he falls apart, the church elders tell him to go away: as far away as possible. Join Chase on his life-changing journey to Italy where, with a curious group of Franciscan friars, he struggles to resolve his crisis of faith by retracing the footsteps of Francis of Assisi, a saint whose simple way of loving Jesus changed the history of the world. Read this riveting story and then begin your own life-changing journey through the pilgrim's guide included in this powerful novel.

Hidden in the past lies the future of the church

When his elders tell him to take some time away from his church, broken pastor Chase Falson crosses the Atlantic to Italy to visit his uncle, a Franciscan priest. There he is introduced to the revolutionary teachings of Saint Francis of Assisi and finds an old, but new way of
following Jesus that heals and inspires. Chase Falson's spiritual discontent mirrors the feelings of a growing number of Christians who walk out of church asking, Is this all there is? They are weary of celebrity pastors, empty calorie teaching, and worship services where
the emphasis is more on Lights, Camera, Action than on Father, Son, and Holy Spirit while the deepest questions of life remain unaddressed in a meaningful way.

Bestselling author Ian Morgan Cron masterfully weaves lessons from the life of Saint Francis into the story of Chase Falson to explore the life of a saint who 800 years ago breathed new life into disillusioned Christians and a Church on the brink of collapse. Chasing Francis is a hopeful and moving story with profound implications for those who yearn for a more vital relationship with God and the world.

Batya, have you read this?

I also might start Evening Class by Maeve Binchy. I always love her books and this one has an Italian thread as well.

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Posted: 6/17/2013 12:58:37 PM
shelley36-nice to see you here!

No Journeyfan, I haven't read that one. TFS.

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Posted: 6/17/2013 1:01:59 PM
I finished The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING by Jen Lancaster and Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer.

The Tao of Martha was just OK. I LOVED her first two books but the last two were just meh. I was hoping she got her groove back with this one, and while it was better than the last two, it was just OK for me. I think maybe 5 memoirs from one person is probably enough, it seems like she is really reaching for writing material at this point. There was also way too much content about her dog Maisy, and I LOVE dogs.

Nowhere but Home was my book clubs June selection- the person who chose it wanted an easy summer read. It was an OK book, very predictable but good enough to hold my interest.

I am about halfway though Come Home by Lisa Scottolinenow. It is a little slow so far- 50% in and I am ready for something to happen already, it's a little drawn out.


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Posted: 6/17/2013 1:06:46 PM
I read The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister. I had previously read The School of Essential Ingredients and really liked it. This book followed the same characters. I didn't really care for it though. It's always disappointing when a sequel isn't near as good as the original.

Now I'm reading Jodi Picoult's The Storyteller . Her books get on my nerves lately (especially that one about the wolves), but I can't stop reading them. It must be a sickness .

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Posted: 6/17/2013 1:46:12 PM
I finished Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. This is a good read, just right up my alley, very sensual but not smutty. There are three different stories being told in the book, but they all have something in common. Kingsolver is super florid in her choice of words, and sometimes it can get a bit slow, but I really enjoyed it. I ended up getting the book and the audiobook at the same time from the library. She narrates the audiobook herself, and it is very good.

I also read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Green manages to take a bunch of kid cancer stories and tie them together in a way that is interesting and not gratuitously sad. The man is a genius.


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Posted: 6/17/2013 4:06:33 PM

The man is a genius.

And funny. And smart. I had the pleasure of hearing him speak at a young adult lit conference about four years ago. He's one of my favorite authors.

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Posted: 6/17/2013 5:18:03 PM
School is over,so I'm back in the saddle.

This last week I read Fuse. It is the second in the Pure series which is a YA dystopia. It might have some of the most disturbing imagery I've read in a YA novel.

I also read The Painted Girls. I read this one for my book club. It is the story of two sisters living in Paris in the nineteenth century, and it follows the (fictionalized) journey of one sister becoming the subject of Degas' works. The story is not high energy, yet it kept my attention and it brings up some pretty heavy topics about class and power.

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Posted: 6/17/2013 6:43:52 PM
Thanks to a pea a am in the midst of the Argeneau Vampire series by Lynsay Sands. I am on book 4 right now.

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Posted: 6/17/2013 6:55:04 PM

shelley36-nice to see you here!


I'm sticking with YA for now, I have too many in my box of books to read. I finished The Mysterious Benedict Society, which picked up the pace considerably the last 1/3 of the book. It was still just ok though.

I have Newbery Honor book One Crazy Summer on my nightstand next.


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Posted: 6/17/2013 7:52:52 PM
I read two books this week.

The first one was Don't Go by Lisa Scottoline. I have never read a book where so many bad things happened to a person. It was about an Army doctor serving in Afghanistan and his young wife died in a kitchen accident. From there so many bad things happened to this doctor, I emotionally disengaged.

The 2nd book I read was Daddy's Gone A Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark. This was a typical Clark book and I considered it ok. I'm ready to read some other genre now, though.



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Posted: 6/17/2013 9:39:18 PM
I'm wondering why one enjoyable book by an author pulls me in to read everything else?

I'm reading Inferno by Dan Brown .... and it pretty much sucks. I'll finish it, but if all the repetitions were removed, the book would probably be 100 pages shorter!

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Posted: 6/17/2013 9:48:49 PM
I haven't been doing much reading. I have been working too much, and I haven't had the time or energy. THis week, I am hoping to finish Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand. I am leaning toward all lighter beach reads for summer.

She who peas to avoid grading papers

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Posted: 6/17/2013 11:16:36 PM
Batya and Julie, nice to see you too!

Shelley in WA

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