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1LoisB
Editado: Ago 12, 2014, 6:57 pm

Just setting up my next thread . . .

YTD

January:
1. My Antonia ****
2. Teaching Bridge on Cruise Ships
3. w Anybody for Tea?
4. Three Doors to Death ***
5. Tell the Wolves I'm Home ****
6 Killer Boobs, a memoir of how my breasts tried to kill me... *****
7. Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America ****
8. Fer de Lance **
9. On the Slam **
10. Cleft Heart: Chasing Normal **1/2
11. Chocolat ****
12. Madam: A Novel of New Orleans ****
13. Little Failure: A Memoir ***
14. Dawn At Last ***
15. w Fifteen Poems
16. Between Sisters: A Novel ****
17. w Interview with the Sphinx
18. Seldom Come By (The Iceberg Trilogy) ****

February:
19. Selected Short Stories by William Faulkner **
20. Anne of Green Gables ***
21. A River in the Sky **
22. The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks ****
23. Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 ****
24. Dakota ***.5
25. The Picture of Dorian Gray *
26. Their Eyes Were Watching God ***
27. Notes from a Small Island**
28. Mornings in Jenin ***
29. In A Small Town (A Small Town Series: Book One) **.5
30. Trouble in Tawas**
31. Dynamite Fisherman ***
32. Jewel ***
33. Tipping the Velvet ***
34. Why I Married A Murderer: And How I Survived the Divorce ***.5
35. The Pecan Man ****
36. Paris France *

March:
37. Mystery of the Island Jewels **
38. Wide Sargasso Sea ***
39. Cakes and Ale ***
40. All the Pretty Horses ***
41. The Language of Flowers ****
42. Death By Honeymoon **
43. The Song of the Lark ***
44. Bel Canto ***
45. Secret Daughter ****
46. Painkiller ***
47. w D Day a Very Brief History ***
48. The Shetland Bus: A WWII Epic of Escape, Survival, and Adventure ***
49. Five, Six ... Grab your Crucifix ***
50. Death By Deceit ***

April:
51. Seven, Eight ... Gonna stay up late: Rebekka Franck #4 (Volume 4) ***
52. A Month at the Shore ***
53. A Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing ***.5
54. Home ***
55. LowCountry Boil **.5
56. Thin Wire ***
57. Death by Proposal **
58. The Polish Officer **.5
59. A White Wind Blew ****
60. w Defensive Play at Bridge
61. Morning in the Burned House ***
62. The Secret Adversary **
63. Florida Straits **
64. A Handful of Heaven ***
65. Hope from the Ocean ***

May:
66. The River Way Home: The Adventures of the Cowboy, the Indian, and the Amazon Queen ****
67. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity - ***.5
68. Golden Eggs and Other Deadly Things **.5
69. Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty **.5
70. My Accidental Jihad ***
71. We Need to Talk About Kevin ****
72. The Painted Girls ***.5
73. The Optimist's Daughter ***
74. Nine Tailors ****
75. Go Away Home ****
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76. Diver Down (Mercy Watts Mysteries) ***
77. Cards on the Table ***
78. Behind Dark Doors ****
79. The Other Story ****

June:
80. The Penelopiad ****
81. God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian ***
82. Moloka'i ****
83. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings ****
84. A Pedigree To Die For ***
85. Psychophilia ****
86. A Land Remembered ***.5
87. Duplicate Death ***
88. Back to the Bedroom ***
89. 12 Years a Slave**
90. The Thirteen Problems ***
91. Last Train to Paradise ***.5
92. The Secret Garden ***
93. Imperfect Pairings ***
94. Lucia, Lucia ***
95. Never Knowing ****
96. Too Much Sun *
97. Innocent Until Proven Guilty ****
98. One Knee Equals Two Feet **
99. Eye of the Witch ***
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100. Lucky Us *** !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!​
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July:
101. w I Murdered My Library ***
102. Where'd You Go, Bernadette ****
103. The Maltese Falcon **
104. Virgin: A Novel ("Flowers" cover) ***
105. Guidebook to Murder ***
106. Q Road ***
107. Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit **
108. Innocents Abroad *
109. Victura: The Kennedys, A Sailboat And The Sea ****
110. w Out of Dublin ***
111. I'll Give You Something to Cry About: A novella **.5
112. To Kill A Mockingbird ****
113. Crazy by Linda Vigen Phillips ****
114. Killer Ambition ***
115. My Man Jeeves **
116. 44 Scotland Street **.5
117. Fives and Twenty-Fives **
118. Memoirs of an Exorcist: My Life Fighting Satan ****
119. Slouching Towards Bethlehem (Essay? by Joan Didion) *
120. Olive Kitteridge ***

August:
121. Nemesis by Philip Roth ****
122. The Light in the Ruins ****
123. Shutter Island ***
124. Bitter End ***
125. The A.B.C. Murders ***
126. Lanai of the Tiger ***
127. Unusual Uses for Olive Oil *
128. A Study in Scarlet ***
129. U is for Undertow ***
130. Reckless ***

2mabith
Ago 9, 2014, 9:09 pm

commenting so your thread will pop up on my feed!

3LoisB
Ago 10, 2014, 3:21 pm

131. The Sisterhood ****

The story centers on a Catholic convent in Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. The book was very readable and intriguing and was a good reminder that religious intolerance is not a new problem. While the story's ending contradicts a major Catholic belief, it did not affect my enjoyment.

4LoisB
Editado: Ago 12, 2014, 6:58 pm

132. Castle Cay *** 08/2014

5LoisB
Ago 13, 2014, 2:49 pm

133. Amelia's Story ***

A true story about a woman's experience in the British Child Care system.

6LoisB
Ago 13, 2014, 4:13 pm

134. Banned in Boston **

A detailed look at the history of censorship in Boston - interesting in the beginning, but tedious by the end.

7LoisB
Ago 15, 2014, 10:16 am

135. The Lone Wolff ****

I enjoyed The Lone Wolff, an autobiography by Bobby Wolff who is a world-famous bridge player. It was interesting to me because I am a tournament bridge player and know some of the people that he discussed in the book. I will recommend it to other bridge players, but I doubt that it would be enjoyed by non-players.

The book deals with a lot of issues facing the American Contract Bridge League including the conflicts of interest for professional and sponsors when serving in administrative roles, the need for people knowledgeable in bridge to fill these roles, and the concern about cheating. While I do not agree with everything he said, I do believe that he made some important points.

8LoisB
Ago 16, 2014, 9:03 pm

136. Going Organic Can Kill You **.5

This was a cozy little mystery that I read for the GastroKIT challenge.

9LoisB
Ago 18, 2014, 12:22 pm

137. Plugged Nickel **.5

10LoisB
Ago 19, 2014, 10:06 am

138. Tales of the Jazz Age **.5

It's hard to rate short story collections - some stories are good, some aren't worth reading.

11LoisB
Ago 21, 2014, 10:45 pm

139. Seven Days of Fridays ***.5

Interesting, funny story about a woman who seeks refuge in Greece after a failed marriage.

12LoisB
Editado: Ago 26, 2014, 9:24 pm

140. An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War That Came Between Us ****

I enjoyed this book immensely! The author is a few years older than me, but we share the same memories of our teenage years: the Kennedys, MLK, desegregation, and Vietnam. I felt the same anguish as I move from unquestioned belief in my country's military to the sad realization that we were on the wrong path. Carroll describes these feelings superbly, as he recounts his time studying for, and entering the priesthood and his subsequent return to a lay life. Oddly enough, I was studying at Boston University during the time he was assigned as chaplain, but as I was a part-time evening student, our paths never crossed. I wish they had!

13LoisB
Ago 31, 2014, 9:35 pm

August Summary:

20 books (5 of which were 4 stars)
4 non-fiction, 16 fiction

14LoisB
Set 1, 2014, 6:40 pm

141. Three Story House: A Novel ****

This is a compelling story of 3 cousins who come together to rehab a house in Memphis. The house was Lizzie's maternal grandmother's home. The cousins are three very different women - one was a teenage television star, another is a top-level soccer player hoping to make the Olympic team, and the third is a less-confident, failed B&B operator. Each of their stories are told in the book. The author tells a good "family saga" story with well-developed characters and just a hint of mystery.

15LoisB
Set 4, 2014, 3:06 pm

142. The Silver Linings Playbook ***.5

A very powerful story narrated by man who is released from a mental institution to the care of his mother. As he re-integrates into society and rebuilds his life, he learns that he had been institutionalized for 4 years rather than several months as he thought. The book was slow to start and it bothered me that so many details were withheld from the reader, but in the end, I found it to be a very good novel.

16LoisB
Set 8, 2014, 8:07 pm

143 I Am Malala ****

A young girl's story of her life in Pakistan, her mission to further education for girls, her attack by the Taliban, and her recovery.

17LoisB
Set 11, 2014, 10:59 pm

144. Go Tell It On The Mountain **

a little too "preaching"for me!

18LoisB
Set 19, 2014, 9:03 am

19LoisB
Set 19, 2014, 9:12 am

20LoisB
Set 20, 2014, 10:10 pm

21LoisB
Set 21, 2014, 4:39 pm

148. Her ***

22LoisB
Editado: Set 30, 2014, 7:07 pm

149.Saigon: an epic novel of Vietnam **** . It discusses the history of Vietnam from 1925 through the conclusion of the war. I found it compelling and very informative!

23LoisB
Set 30, 2014, 7:06 pm

150. You Make Me **.5

24LoisB
Out 2, 2014, 9:53 pm

151. Ethan Frome ***

25LoisB
Out 12, 2014, 9:14 am

152. The Trade Mission **.5

Didn't like the ending!

27LoisB
Out 13, 2014, 9:17 pm

154. Fractured Angel *****

I received a copy of this book through the LT ER program. I knew nothing about the author when I started the book. It was a very compelling story about the homeless in Santa Barbara CA, with strong characters and a very reasonable plot that rang true. The story was sad, as it centered around the plight of the homeless, the substance abusers, and the mentally ill and makes you question our treatment of the less fortunate. In reading about the author at the end of the book, I found that he spent time as a social worker in Santa Barbara for more than 30 years. This was an excellent novel!

28LoisB
Out 17, 2014, 12:37 pm

155. Death, Lies, and Apple Pies ***

29LoisB
Out 19, 2014, 4:30 pm

156. Consequences ****
A good psychological thriller!

30LoisB
Out 31, 2014, 9:43 am

October update:

151. Ethan Frome ***
152. The Trade Mission **.5
153. Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir. . . of Sorts ***
154. Fractured Angel *****
155. Death, Lies, and Apple Pies ***
156. Consequences ****

This was a slow month for me! I started but DNF a few, had some medical issues, and let life get in the way of my reading.
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31LoisB
Nov 1, 2014, 4:22 pm

November
157. Cocaine Blues ***.5

A nice, cozy mystery with a strong woman protagonist set in Australia in the 1920's.

32LoisB
Nov 5, 2014, 2:35 pm

158. Change of Heart***.5

33LoisB
Nov 5, 2014, 2:59 pm

159. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption **

Finally finished (after numerous stops & starts)!

I know most people will like this book much more than I did. I found the pace much too slow to hold my interest and only finished it because I put it in my Second Chance category this year.

34LoisB
Nov 9, 2014, 5:02 pm

160. The Witches of Eastwick **.5

My first and, probably last, Updike.

35LoisB
Nov 11, 2014, 8:46 pm

161. 'Abandoned Ship: An intimate account of the Costa Concordia shipwreck ***

An interesting story written by a survivor of the Costa Concordia shipwreck. The key word in the title is "abandoned". The book describes how he and his family were abandoned by Costa and by the Italian, American and Chinese governments. It was very interesting until the end which dragged on much too long.

36LoisB
Nov 14, 2014, 11:21 am

162. The Trouble with Turkeys ***

This was a nice cozy mystery - no great plot or characters, jus a nice piece of fluff!

37LoisB
Nov 20, 2014, 9:08 pm

163. Four Souls

This was my introduction to the works of Louise Erdrich. I'm not sure what to think. I found her writing to be difficult to follow. I kept finding reasons to avoid reading the book, but in the end I would say it was a good story.

38LoisB
Nov 21, 2014, 7:11 pm

164. Declarer Play at Bridge

39LoisB
Editado: Nov 25, 2014, 9:27 pm

40LoisB
Editado: Nov 25, 2014, 9:34 pm

166. The Boy Kings of Texas **

This was an interesting look at the life in a Texas border town of a boy of Mexican descent. Unfortunately, it was not compelling. I finished it only because it was in my "Second Chance" category.