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Date Read (from) - 2017-12-10
Date Read (thru) - 2017-01-01

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2017-12-10 6 Magic or Not?
(Eager, Edward - 1959)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Author.
An old well that might be magic affords an exciting summer for the twins, James and Laura, and helps them to right an ancient wrong.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-12-09 6 The Brass Verdict
(Connelly, Michael - 2008)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
2nd in Mickey Haller series. When L.A. lawyer Mickey Haller, last seen in The Lincoln Lawyer (2005), inherits the practice and caseload of a fellow defense attorney, Jerry Vincent, who's been murdered, the high-profile double-homicide case against famed Hollywood producer Walter Elliot, accused of shooting his wife and her alleged lover, takes top priority.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-12-08 5 Baby Island
(Brink, Carol Ryrie - 1937)
Youth Suggested By: Friend.
Two girls are shipwrecked along with 4 babies from the ship. They find water, build a shelter, and find food. Recommended by Jill (G) I.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-12-07 6 The Time Garden
(Eager, Edward - 1958)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Author.
at Mrs. Whiton's house, magic grows wild as the fragrant banks of thyme in her garden. Eliza insists that time doesn't grow, it flies--yet growing in the garden is olden time, future time, and common time. Or so says the Natterjack, the odd toadlike creature who presides over the garden and accompanies the kids on a series of perilous, hilarious, always unpredictable adventures.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-12-06 6 Magic By the Lake
(Eager, Edward - 1957)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Author.
They asked for magic by the lake--and now they have to deal with a whole lakeful of enchantment! They find themselves cavorting with mermaids, outwitting pirates, and--with the help of a cranky old turtle--granting a little magical help to the one person who needs it most.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-12-05 5 Knight's Castle
(Eager, Edward - 1956)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Author.
Roger, his sister, and their cousins find themselves in a bygone world of chivalry and knighthood, of Robin Hood and Ivanhoe. In this knightly realm they can make a difference--and perhaps even save the person they most need to save--if only they are smart and brave enough, if only they are true to their hearts.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-12-04 6 The Overlook
(Connelly, Michael - 2006)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
A doctor with access to a dangerous radioactive substance is found murdered in the trunk of his car. Retracing his steps, Harry learns that a large quantity of radioactive cesium was stolen shortly before the doctor's death.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-12-03 6 One Plus One
(Moyes, Jojo - 2014)
Fiction Suggested By: Author.
A single mom, a geeky stranger, and a family trip to the Math Olympiad.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-12-02 6 The Story of Arthur Truluv
(Berg, Elizabeth - 2017)
Fiction Suggested By: Author.
Recent widower meets truant girl during daily visit to cemetery to eat lunch near his wife's grave. They strike up a friendship.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-12-01 4 The Wishing Thread
(Van Allen, Lisa - 2013)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: BookBub.com.
Recommended for fans of Sarah Addison Allen. When the matriarch of a magical yarn shop dies, she leaves it to her three very different nieces.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-11-06 6 The Peach Keeper
(Allen, Sarah Addison - 2011)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Author.
Walls of Water, NC. Colin and Sebastian couldn't leave fast enough. Now they are back and Paxton and Willa, who seem tied to the place, have them in thrall.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-11-05 7 Artemis
(Weir, Andy - 2017)
SciFi Suggested By: Author.
Young resident of Artemis, the only city on the moon, barely makes ends meet as a self-employed porter and smuggler. She gets sucked into a plot to take over the local aluminum smelting industry.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-11-04 5 The Water is Wide
(Conroy, Pat - 1972)
Memoir Suggested By: Author.
Book on which the John Voight movie is based. Pat Conroy "Conrack" teaches poor black kids on Yamacraw Island off of the South Carolina Coast.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-11-03 6 The Midnight Line
(Child, Lee - 2017)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
Jack Reacher finds a West Point ring at pawn shop. As a graduate of West Point, he knows that no other graduate or family member would voluntarily sell a ring, so he buys the ring and tracks down the owner.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-11-02 3 The Magician's Assistant
(Patchett, Ann - 1997)
Fiction Suggested By: Author.
Sabine-- twenty years a magician's assistant to her handsome, charming husband-- is suddenly a widow. In the wake of his death, she finds he has left a final trick; a false identity and a family allegedly lost in a tragic accident but now revealed as very much alive and well. Named as heirs in his will, they enter Sabine's life and set her on an adventure of unraveling his secrets.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-11-01 3 Three Shirt Deal
(Cannell, Stephen J. - 2008)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
I picked this up cuz he did 21 Jump Street. I thought it was the first book in the Shane Scully series, but turns out it's book #7. D'oh! A small-time crook is doing life in California's notoriously brutal Corcoran State Prison for the murder of his mother. He admitted to the crime, but now he claims his confession was coerced by the cops. A beautiful Internal Affairs detective, Secada "Scout" Llevar, asks Shane to help investigate, and he agrees after learning the original homicide detective was Brian Devine, a ruthless cop with whom Scully has a bad history.
Source: Library.
Format: Paperback.
 
2017-10-09 7 When the Light Goes
(McMurtry, Larry - 2007)
Fiction Suggested By: Author.
Part of the Thalia and Duane Moore series. Karla is dead. Duane has turned over the oil business to son, Dickey. He is adrift and has a few health problems.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-10-08 7 Deep Freeze
(Sandford, John - 2017)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
Trippton, Minnesota town banker get killed and her body is fished out of the river. Trippton, where Virgil Flowers busted a ring of swindling killer School Board members, a drug ring, and dog thieves. This time Virgil has to find the leader of a group making obscene Barbie Doll modifications in addition to solving the murder.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-10-07 6 Chosen Prey
(Sandford, John - 2001)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
An art history professor and writer and cheerful pervert, James Qatar had a hobby: he took secret photographs of women and turned them into highly sexual drawings. One day, he took the hobby a step further and . . . well, one thing led to another, and he had to kill her.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-10-06 7 The Rules of Magic
(Hoffman, Alice - 2017)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Author.
Prequel to Practical Magic. Life of "the aunts", Franny and Jet Owens and their brother, Vincent.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-10-05 7 Practical Magic
(Hoffman, Alice - 1995)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Author.
Two sisters orphaned early in life find love in very different ways.
Source: Library.
Format: Paperback.
 
2017-10-04 6 Turtles All The Way Down
(Green, John - 2017)
Youth Suggested By: Author.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-10-03 5 No Middle Name
(Child, Lee - 2017)
Short Stories Suggested By: Author.
The complete collected Jack Reacher short stories.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-10-02 6 Lost Lake
(Allen, Sarah Addison - 2014)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Author.
After a numbing tragedy, Kate derails the unpleasant new track of her life by going on an adventure to try and find her Great Aunt Eby's resort from where had the best times of her childhood.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-10-01 7 Rhino Ranch
(McMurtry, Larry - 2009)
Fiction Suggested By: Author.
Readers have followed the life of Duane through The Last Picture Show, Texasville, Duane's Depressed, and When the Light Goes . Rhino Ranch, the final episode in Duane's saga, represents the end of an era and is the most unusual and compelling novel in the series.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-09-11 6 Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
(Simonson, Helen - 2010)
Fiction Suggested By: eBookDaily.com.
The Major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea. But then his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-09-10 5 The Walking Dead Compendium Two
(Kirkman, Robert (Author), Charlie Adlard (Illustrator), Cliff Rathburn (Illustrator) - 2016) - 2016)
Graphic Novel Suggested By: Movie/TV.
Volumes 9-16. Issues 49-96. This compendium starts when everybody scatters from the prison during the second attack by Woodbury. It ends when they run into Jesus and he takes them to Hillside.
Source: Library.
Format: Paperback.
 
2017-09-09 6 Echo Park
(Connelly, Michael - 2006)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
In 1995, Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket in Hollywood. Harry Bosch worked the case but couldn't crack it, and the 22-year-old woman never turned up, dead or alive. Now Bosch is in the Open-Unsolved Unit, where he still keeps the Gesto file on his desk, when he gets a call from the DA. A man accused of two heinous killings is willing to come clean about several other murders, including the killing of Marie Gesto.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-09-08 4 The Risk Profession
(Westlake, Donald E. - 1963)
Short Stories Suggested By: Author.
Free Kindle book. Insurance claims investigator goes out to the asteroid belt to investigate the death of an asteroid prospector.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-09-07 3 They Also Serve
(Westlake, Donald E. - 1961)
Short Stories Suggested By: Author.
Free Kindle book. Science fiction story. Appeared in Analog, Vol. 68, No. 1, September 1961/January 1962.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-09-06 5 The Closers
(Connelly, Michael - 2005)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
Harry Bosch retired for a few years, but then rejoins the police in the Open/Unsolved unit. His first case is the 17 year old murder of a high school girl.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-09-05 6 No Way Down
(Bowley, Graham - 2010)
Non-fiction Suggested By: BookBub.com.
An account of the mountain climbing disaster during one week of climbing on K2 in 2008.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-09-04 5 Just Fly Away
(McCarthy, Andrew - 2017)
Youth Suggested By: Author.
When fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father has a child from a brief affair, an eight-year-old boy who lives in her own suburban New Jersey town, she begins to question everything she thinks she knows about her home and her life. Plus, she makes a new friend and starts dating her brother.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-09-03 6 Pedaling Home
(Jansen, Sarah - 2016)
Memoir Suggested By: Amazon.com.
One Woman's Race Across the Arizona Trail. Unsupported bike and hike (carry your bike when the trail is too bad to ride) race across the Arizona Trail, 750 miles from Mexico to Utah.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-09-02 7 The Garden of Magic
(Painter, Sarah - 2015)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Author.
Iris Harper is 82 and is starting to question whether or not she can continue to live alone in her house. Even her garden seems to be turning against her. Meanwhile, nanny, Bex, a girl with a past, is being framed for theft by her no-so-nice-after-all employers. Bex turns to Iris for help.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-09-01 5 The Secrets of Ghosts
(Painter, Sarah - 2014)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Unknown.
Mystical powers are passed down her family generation after generation – some even call them witches – yet every spell Katie attempts goes disastrously wrong. When her magic does appear, it's in a form nobody expected and suddenly Katie is thrown into a dangerous new world with shadowy consequences.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-08-12 6 The Language of Spells
(Painter, Sarah - 2013)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Unknown.
Gwen Harper left Pendleford thirteen years ago and hasn't looked back. Her eccentric aunt dies and leaves Gwen her big old house, drawing Gwen back into the mystical world she thought she'd escaped. Confronted with her great-aunt's legacy Gwen must finally face up to her past.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-08-11 5 Le Guide Officiel to Becoming British
(Demarcus, Muriel - 2016)
Memoir Suggested By: eBookDaily.com.
How to Fit In When You're French. Muriel Demarcus moved from France to the UK and has these tips to offer to other French people trying to understand Brits and fit in.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-08-10 6 The Lost Art of Letter Writing
(van Praag, Menna - 2017)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Author.
In a forgotten nook of Cambridge a little shop stands where thousands of sheets of beautiful paper and hundreds of exquisite pens wait for the next person who, with Clara Cohen's help, will express the love, despair and desire they feel to correspondents alive, estranged or dead.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-08-09 5 Kindred Spirits
(Rowell, Rainbow - 2016)
Short Stories Suggested By: Author.
Elena is in line outside of a theater for 4 days, waiting for the premier of a new Star Wars movie.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-08-08 3 The Ship of Brides
(Moyes, Jojo - 2005)
Fiction Suggested By: Author.
In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other war brides on an extraordinary voyage to England--aboard HMS Victoria, which still carries not just arms and aircraft but a thousand naval officers.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-08-07 7 Chasing Trails
(Mahood, George - 2016)
Memoir Suggested By: Author.
Short story, free copy downloadable from link after joining George Mahood's mailing list. After his Ironman success, George Mahood decided to try an ultra-marathon of 36 miles. Unfortunately, that day had atrociously bad weather. The trail run included rain, high wind, mud, and other misery. Did George finish? Did he have any fun?
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-08-06 6 Easy Prey
(Sandford, John - 2000)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
High fashion model and a less glamorous hotel employee are both killed at a fancy party. That's just the start of the killings. Some of them are obviously related, some don't seem to be related until Davenport connects them.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-08-05 5 Not Tonight, Josephine
(Mahood, George - 2016)
Memoir Suggested By: Author.
A Road Trip Through Small-Town America
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-08-04 6 The Walking Dead Compendium One
(Kirkman, Robert (Author), Charlie Adlard (Illustrator), Cliff Rathburn (Illustrator) - 2016)
Graphic Novel Suggested By: Movie/TV.
Volumes 1-8. Issues 1-48. This compendium goes from the start of the series to when the prison is attacked a second time by Woodbury and Rick's gang flee separately in the chaos. The fate of Lori and baby Judith is unclear.
Source: Library.
Format: Paperback.
 
2017-08-03 6 Certain Prey
(Sandford, John - 1999)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
Icequeen criminal defense lawyer, Carmel Loan, hires a hitwoman to take out the wife of the man she'd like to screw. And screw him she does.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-08-02 6 The Narrows
(Connelly, Michael - 2004)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call she's dreaded for years, the one that tells her the Poet has surfaced. Former LAPD detective Harry Bosch gets a call, too--his friend, Terry McCaleb (who had a heart transplant, then retired from the FBI to run a fishing charter boat) has been found dead and his widow suspects that it was murder. Bosch's search for the truth intersects with the FBI hunt for the Poet.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-08-01 4 Thin Ice
(Bowen, Mark - 2005)
Science/Nature Suggested By: Unknown.
Global warming science, collected by scientists in extreme environments like mountain peak. The world's premier climatologist, Lonnie Thompson has been risking his career and life on the highest and most remote ice caps along the equator, in search of clues to the history of climate change. His most innovative work has taken place on these mountain glaciers, where he collects ice cores that provide detailed information about climate history, reaching back 750,000 years. To gather significant data Thompson has spent more time in the death zone―the environment above eighteen thousand feet―than any man who has ever lived.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-07-07 7 Operation Ironman
(Mahood, George - 2015)
Memoir Suggested By: Author.
One Man's Journey from Hospital Bed to Ironman Triathlon.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-07-06 6 You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
(Alexie, Sherman - 2017)
Memoir Suggested By: Author.
$4.30 Kindle book, purchased after reading. When she passed away, the incongruities that defined his mother shook Sherman and his remembrance of her. Grappling with the haunting ghosts of the past in the wake of loss, he responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. The result is a stunning memoir filled with raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine, much less survive.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-07-05 3 Hunger
(Gay, Roxane - 2017)
Memoir Suggested By: Author.
A Memoir of My Body.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-07-04 5 The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye
(Kirkman, Robert and Tony Moore - 2012)
Graphic Novel Suggested By: Movie/TV.
Police officer Rick Grimes wakes up in a hospital which is deserted except for biting zombies. He sets out into the apocalypse to try to find his family.
Source: Library.
Format: Paperback.
 
2017-07-03 7 The Almost Sisters
(Jackson, Joshilyn - 2017)
Fiction Suggested By: Author.
SPOILERS: Comic book author at a Con gets knocked up by a fan in a Batman costume. Meanwhile, her grandmother's health takes a turn for the worse so she goes down to Alabama to check in on the situation.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-07-02 6 Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food
(Kimble, Megan - 2015)
Non-fiction Suggested By: BookBub.com.
In the tradition of Michael Pollan's bestselling In Defense of Food comes this remarkable chronicle, from a founding editor of Edible Baja Arizona, of a young woman's year-long journey of eating only whole, unprocessed foods--intertwined with a journalistic exploration of what "unprocessed" really means, why it matters, and how to afford it.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-07-01 6 Pale Gray for Guilt
(MacDonald, John D. - 1968)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
Asshole southern business men arranged to kill Travis McGees old football buddy, Tush Bannon, when his small marina gets in the way of their real estate deal. Travis avenges his death and scams the asshole business men to fund a new future for the widow and her kids.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-06-13 4 Angle of Investigation
(Connelly, Michael)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
Three Bosch stories: Christmas Even - Bosch investigates case of dead burglar found in a pawn shop, Father's Day - Bosch investigates baby who died in a hot car, Angle of Investigation - Bosch re-opens an investigation into the case of a woman he found dead in a bathtub with her dog in her home on his first day on the job as a patrolman.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-06-12 7 Half Magic
(Eager, Edward - 1954)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Author.
A dull summer is improved when Katharine, Mark, Jane and Martha find a magical coin-like talisman. The catch is that it grants half of any wish made by its bearer--a wish to be on a desert island sends them to the Sahara desert, and their mother ends up halfway home when she wishes to return home during a dull visit to her relatives. That "half magic" is a challenge, sometimes comical, until the children learn to double their wishes.
 
2017-06-11 5 Suicide Run
(Connelly, Michael - 2005)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
Collection of three short stories: Suicide Run, Cielo Azul, One-Dollar Jackpot.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-06-10 6 Lost Light
(Connelly, Michael - 2003)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
The vision has haunted him for four years--a young woman lying crumpled in death, her hand outstretched in silent supplication. Now retired from the L.A.P.D., Bosch is determined to find justice for Angella. The case is tied to the theft of 2 million dollars from a movie set.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-06-09 6 Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream
(Shepard, Adam - 2008)
Memoir Suggested By: Unknown.
Written in response to "Nickled and Dimed". Shepard began his experiment living in a homeless shelter with $25. His goal was to have a job, a car, a furnished apartment, and $2,500 in savings within a year. Although he had a college degree, he would not mention it, or use any of his contacts, in trying to achieve his goal. While living at the homeless shelter, he found work as a day laborer. Later, he obtained steady employment at a moving company. Within 10 months after starting the experiment, he had an apartment, a pickup truck, and close to $5,000 in savings.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-06-08 6 Darth Vader and Friends
(Brown, Jeffrey - 2015)
Graphic Novel Suggested By: Unknown.
Cute book of cartoons showing Darth Vader raising young Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia and their friends, including young Chewbacca and Han Soo.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-06-07 6 Darth Vader and Son
(Brown, Jeffrey - 2012)
Graphic Novel Suggested By: Unknown.
Cute book of cartoons showing Darth Vader raising son, Luke Skywalker
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-06-06 6 Vader's Little Princess
(Brown, Jeffrey - 2013)
Graphic Novel Suggested By: Unknown.
Cute little book of cartoons with Darth Vader raising young daughter, Princess Leia.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-06-05 6 The Hanged Man's Song
(Sandford, John - 2003)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
When Kidd's superhacker friend Bobby is murdered and his laptop is stolen, Kidd knows it's panic time. The secrets stashed in Bobby's computer are enough to hang Kidd and everyone else in Bobby's criminally ingenious cyber-circle. It's up to Kidd and his partners LuEllen and John to track it down, find Bobby's killer, and save their own necks--because the secrets are downloading faster than anyone anticipated.
Source: Library.
Format: Paperback.
 
2017-06-04 8 Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A True Story
(Crowe, Cameron - 1981)
Non-fiction Suggested By: Other.
Saw an internet article listing this as one thing that is only going to get harder to find. Apparently, Cameron Crowe has deliberately refused to allow additional printings because he enjoys the idea that the book requires effort to find.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-06-03 7 Free Country
(Mahood, George - 2012)
Memoir Suggested By: Amazon.com.
A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain. George and his friend, Ben, start at the Land's End in the south of England with nothing but their underpants. They plan to bicycle to the farthest point north, John O' Groats, in Scotland without spending a penny. They plan to rely on the kindness of strangers, asking for free food and lodging and stuff, or volunteering to do odd jobs for the things that they need.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-06-02 6 The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris
(Colgan, Jenny - 2013)
Chick Lit Suggested By: Amazon.com.
Recommended based on my search for Susan Bishop Crispell's The Secret Ingredient of Wishes. This is a story about food and love, yes... It is so much more than that, however. What I really loved was the vivid description of Paris. I almost felt like I was there, sitting on that terrace and enjoying the view of the city.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-06-01 6 City of Bones
(Connelly, Michael - 2002)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
On New Year's Day, a dog finds a bone in the Hollywood Hills--and unearths a murder committed more than twenty years earlier. It's a 12 year old boy whose bones show signs of indicating a lifetime of beatings. As the investigation takes Bosch deeper into the past, a beautiful rookie cop brings him alive in the present. The Bosch TV series, season 2, is partly based on this book. It felt super familiar as soon as I started reading it, but I hadn't logged it. It was the TV show.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-05-10 5 Open Season
(Box, C.J. - 2001)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Friend.
Joe Pickett is the new game warden in Twelve Sleep, Wyoming, a town where nearly everyone hunts and the game warden--especially one like Joe who won't take bribes or look the other way--is far from popular. When he finds a local hunting outfitter dead, splayed out on the woodpile behind his state-owned home, he takes it personally. And what are those cute little animals his daughter finds living in the woodpile?
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-05-09 6 A Darkness More Than Night
(Connelly, Michael - 2001)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
Bosch is the arresting officer and the star witness in the trial of a movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. Meanwhile, former FBI agent Terry McCaleb is called out of retirement by a former colleague to help shed light on a murder investigation. The clues point him toward Harry Bosch, but everything is not quite what it seems.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-05-08 7 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
(Baum, Frank L. - 1900)
Classic Suggested By: Author.
Free Kindle book. Book 1/14. A little farm girl named Dorothy and her pet dog, Toto, get swept away into the Land of Oz by a Kansas cyclone. Upon her arrival, she is hailed as a sorceress, liberates a living Scarecrow, meets a man made entirely of tin, and a Cowardly Lion. But all Dorothy really wants to know is how does she get home again.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-05-07 5 The Lion Is In
(Ephron, Delia - 2012)
Chick Lit Suggested By: BookBub.com.
From Nora Ephron's sister, New York Times bestselling author: When three women flee their troubled lives together, a lion named Marcel takes them on a detour they never expected! "A read-in-one-sitting, feel-good celebration of resiliency and hope."
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-05-06 4 Kitchens of the Great Midwest
(Stradal, J. Ryan - 2015)
Fiction Suggested By: Other.
BooksAndBars for November 2016, but I read it later on my own. A young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country's most coveted dinner reservation.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-05-05 6 Maximum Insecurity
(Wright M.D., William - 2013)
Memoir Suggested By: Amazon.com.
A Doctor in the Supermax
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-05-04 6 The Bookshop on the Corner
(Colgan, Jenny - 2016)
Chick Lit Suggested By: Other.
Suggested by Amazon based on a search for The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell. From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there's plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that's beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-05-03 6 The Witch of Belladonna Bay
(Palmieri, Suzanne - 2014)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Author.
Bronwyn "BitsyWyn" Whalen hasn't set eyes on the red dirt of Magnolia Creek, Alabama, for fourteen years - not since her mama died. But with her brother, Patrick, imprisoned for the murder of her childhood best friend, and her eccentric father, Jackson is at his wits' end while her eleven-year-old niece, Byrd, runs wild.
Source: Library.
Format: Paperback.
 
2017-05-02 6 There Was an Old Woman
(Ephron, Hallie - 2013)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
Evie Ferrante commutes from Manhattan to a suburb when her mother becomes ill and is hospitalized. Evie finds the house full of garbage, and mysteries. Things move or vanish while she is gone. Meanwhile, an elderly neighbor is having troubles of her own. Scaree gaslighting stuff.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-05-01 6 Secret Prey
(Sandford, John - 1998)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
A bank president is shot on his deer stand during a hunting party with his top executives. The execs struggle to fill the power vacuum while Davenport and crew try to solve the murder. All of those execs are in the running to take the murdered man's position at the bank, so all of them are prime suspects.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-04-12 5 The Lost Recipe for Happiness
(O'Neal, Barbara - 2008)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Author.
Recommended by Sarah Addison Allen "Barbara is a good soul, and she writes about food and love and magic!"
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-04-11 5 Never Tell a Lie
(Ephron, Hallie - 2009)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: BookBub.com.
Nora Ephron's sister. David and Ivy Rose hold a yard sale to get rid of all of the junk left behind by the previous owner of their house in an order to make room for their baby who is due any day. An old high school classmate shows up at the sale, and she's pregnant too! And seemingly impossible to get rid of. Things go bad from there.
 
2017-04-10 2 The Unfinished World and Other Stories
(Sparks, Amber - 2016)
Short Stories Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
Short stories. Supposed to be mind-bending or something.
Source: Library.
Format: Paperback.
 
2017-04-09 5 The Secret Ingredient of Wishes
(Crispell, Susan Bishop - 2016)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: Unknown.
26-year-old Rachel Monroe has spent her whole life trying to keep a very unusual secret: she can make wishes come true. And sometimes the consequences are disastrous. So when Rachel accidentally grants an outlandish wish for the first time in years, she decides it's time to leave her hometown--and her past--behind for good.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-04-08 6 Funny In Farsi
(Dumas, Firoozeh - 2003)
Memoir Suggested By: Unknown.
Firoozeh Dumas recounted her adventures growing up Iranian American in Southern California.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-04-07 6 Be Different
(Robison, John Elder - 2011)
Non-fiction Suggested By: BookBub.com.
A "valuable read" (Booklist): Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, John Elder Robison shares personal stories and sound advice about living unapologetically and achieving success. An "essential guidebook" (Temple Grandin).
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-04-06 6 We'll Always Have Paris
(Coburn, Jennifer - 2014)
Memoir Suggested By: BookBub.com.
Jennifer Coburn has always been terrified of dying young. So she decides to save up and drop everything to travel with her daughter, Katie, on a whirlwind European adventure before it's too late.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-04-05 6 We Never Asked For Wings
(Diffenbaugh, Vanessa - 2015)
Fiction Suggested By: Author.
By author of The Language of Flowers, which was recommended by BookBub.com. For fourteen years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children--Alex, fifteen, and Luna, just six--in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty's parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-04-04 3 The Dewey Decimal System
(Larson, Nathan - 2011)
Post-Apocalyptic Suggested By: BookBub.com.
Dubbed "Dewey Decimal" for his desire to reorganize the library's stock, our protagonist (who will reappear in the next novel in this series) gets by as bagman and muscle for New York City's unscrupulous district attorney. Decimal takes no pleasure in this kind of civic dirty work. He'd be perfectly content alone amongst his books. But this is not in the cards, as the DA calls on Dewey for a seemingly straightforward union-busting job.
Source: Library.
Format: Paperback.
 
2017-04-03 4 Pronto
(Leonard, Elmore - 1993)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Movie/TV.
Raylon Givens travels to Italy to track down a bail jumper bookie. There he is in a race against Italian mobsters to bring Harry back to the states alive.
Source: Library.
Format: Paperback.
 
2017-04-02 4 Fire In The Hole
(Leonard, Elmore - 2001)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Movie/TV.
Short story on which the TV show, Justified, is based. Raylan Givens is transferred by the US Marshal Service from Miami to Harlan County, Kentucky. He tracks down Boyd Crowder, who blew up a church with a rocket launcher.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-04-01 6 Escape Clause
(Sandford, John - 2016)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
Virgil Flowers is called on to investigate the theft of two endangered tigers from the MN Zoo. In the meantime, Frankie's sister, Sparkle, comes to town to investigate migrant labor in the local pickle factor and not everyone is happy about that.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-03-07 6 Deadline
(Sandford, John - 2014)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
Virgil Flowers goes to Trippton to investigate stolen dogs and ends up investigating a murder related to the school board swindling millions of dollars.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-03-06 6 The Language of Flowers
(Diffenbaugh, Vanessa - 2011)
Magical/Mystical Suggested By: BookBub.com.
One reviewer described this as a combination of Sarah Addison Allen and Alice Hoffman. When former foster child Victoria meets an enigmatic stranger, her past and future collide in unexpected ways. Victoria has an almost magical understanding of flowers and their effect on people.
Source: Library.
Format: Paperback.
 
2017-03-05 5 Death du Jour
(Reichs, Kathy - 1999)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
Digging up candidate for sainthood in church basement. Dead bodies found in Canadian house that burned down (arson). More dead bodies on a South Carolina island. There is a common thread that ties them all together than only Dr. Brennan untangle.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-03-04 6 The Aisles Have Eyes
(Turow, Joseph - 2017)
Non-fiction Suggested By: Movie/TV.
How Retailers Track your Shopping, Strip your Privacy, and Define your Power.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-03-03 4 Stories of Your Life And Others
(Chiang, Ted - 2002)
Short Stories Suggested By: Movie/TV.
"Stories of Your Life" is the short story on which the movie Arrival is based. Dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar, often presenting characters who must confront sudden change--the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens--with some sense of normalcy.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-03-01 6 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
(Verne, Jules - 1870)
SciFi Suggested By: Author.
Professor Aronnax, his faithful servant, Conseil, and the Canadian harpooner, Ned Land, begin an extremely hazardous voyage to rid the seas of a little-known and terrifying sea monster. However, the "monster" turns out to be a giant submarine, commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo, by whom they are soon held captive.
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-02-06 4 Middletown, America
(Sheehy, Gail - 2003)
Non-fiction Suggested By: BookBub.com.
This New York Times bestseller tells the gripping human saga of Middletown, New Jersey -- a community reeling from the heavy toll the 9/11 attacks exacted from its residents.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-02-05 6 Sudden Prey
(Sandford, John - 1996)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
When a dangerous female bank robber is killed in a shootout, her even more dangerous husband escapes from prison and begins a campaign of retribution against the families of Davenport and his team.
Source: Library.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-02-04 4 Bundt Cake Bliss
(Short, Susanna - 2007)
Cookbook Suggested By: Other.
Delicious Desserts From Midwest Kitchens.
Source: Library.
Format: Paperback.
 
2017-02-03 6 The Making of Master and Commander
(McGregor, Tom - 2003)
Non-fiction Suggested By: Movie/TV.
The official guide to the major motion picture.
Source: Library.
Format: Paperback.
 
2017-02-02 5 In Dubious Battle
(Steinbeck, John - 1936)
Fiction Suggested By: Author.
Suggested by Barack Obama (and I like Steinbeck). Set in the California apple country, where a strike by migrant workers against rapacious landowners spirals out of control, as a principled defiance metamorphoses into blind fanaticism. Caught in the upheaval is Jim Nolan, a once aimless man who find himself in the course of the strike, briefly becomes its leader, and is ultimately crushed in its service.
Source: Library.
Format: Paperback.
 
2017-02-01 6 Evicted
(Desmond, Matthew - 2016)
Non-fiction Suggested By: Entertainment Weekly Mag.
NOTE: I tried to get this in Nov 2016, but there was a waiting list and I didn't have time to read it before it was due back. By narrowing his focus to residents of Milwaukee's most impoverished areas and telling their individual stories with depth and empathy, the Harvard sociologist provides a damning indictment of American bureaucracy and economic inequality. His book should be required reading.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-01-07 5 The making of 'Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World'
(McGregor, Tom - 2003)
Non-fiction Suggested By: Movie/TV.
Big paperback picture book telling about the process of making the movie. There is a lot of information about work done to make the sets and props historically accurate. There is also information about the movie making tricks such as the big water tank in Baja where much of the movie was filmed.
Source: Library.
Format: Paperback.
 
2017-01-06 5 Cakes
(Heatter, Maida - 1982)
Cookbook Suggested By: Amazon.com.
Copyright updated several times, 2011 for this edition.
Source: Library.
Format: Paperback.
 
2017-01-05 5 Cake Keeper Cakes
(Chattman, Laruen - 2009)
Cookbook Suggested By: Amazon.com.
100 simple recipes for extraordinary bundt cakes, pound cakes, snacking cakes, and other good-to-the-last-crumb treats.
  • Chocolate Malted Snacking Cake (page 18)
  • Cinnamon Pudding Cake (page 20)
  • Sour Cream and Lemon Cake (page 32)
  • World's Quickest Yeasted Coffee Cake (page 39)
  • Cornmeal-Almond Cake (page 47)
  • Everyday Yogurt Cake (page 50)
  • Pear Cake with Sea Salt Caramel Sauce (page 52)
  • Honey and Walnut Cake (page 54)
  • Zebra Cake (page 55)
  • Apple-Walnut Upside-Down Cake (page 56)
  • Cherry-Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake (page 60)
  • Chocolate Cream Pound Cake (page 81)
  • Orange Blossom Honey Pound Cake (page 83)
  • Anise Pound Cake (page 76)
  • Maple Pecan Pound Cake (page 92)
  • Marble Molasses Pount Cake (page 93)
  • Rich Yellow Loaf Cake (page 94)
  • Walnut Whiskey Pound Cake with Whiskey Glaze (page 100)
  • Cold Oven Cream Cheese Pound Cake Bundt (page 114)
  • Cream Cake Bundt (page 115)
  • Hungarian (pull apart) Coffee Cake Bundt (page 119)
  • Mississippi Mud Cake with Espresso Bourbon Glaze (page 120)
  • Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake (page 121)
  • Orange Ricotta Pound Cake Bundt (page 122) Note: Omit the marmalade glaze?
  • Pumpkin Sage Ring (page 124)
  • Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake (page 140)
  • Coffee Heath Bar Crunch Cake (page 141)
  • Rhubarb Streusel Snacking Cake (page 144)
  • Coffee Angel Food Cake with Hazelnut-Coffee Glaze (page 150)
  • Cocoa-Chip Angel Food Cake (page 154)
  • Coconut Angel Food Cake (page 156)
  • Cinnamon-Nut Chiffon Cake (page 160)
  • Lime Chiffon Cake (page 162)
  • Vanilla Bean Chiffon Cake (page 164)
  • Banana Nut Chiffon Cake (page 166)
Source: Library.
Format: Paperback.
 
2017-01-04 5 Devil Bones
(Reichs, Kathy - 2008)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
In a house under renovation in Charlotte, North Carolina, a plumber discovers a forgotten cellar, and some rather grisly remains--the severed head of a teenage girl, several decapitated chickens, and a couple of cauldrons containing beads, feathers, bones, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In a river not far away, an adolescent boy's torso carved with a pentagram, is found. Are these crimes the work of Satanists and devil worshippers?
Source: Owned.
Format: eBook.
 
2017-01-03 6 Hellcats and Honeygirls
(Westlake, Donald E. and Lawrence Block - 2010)
Fiction Suggested By: Author.
Collection of three soft core porn pulp collaborations: A Girl Called Honey, So Willing, Sin Hellcat.
Source: Library.
Format: Hardcover.
 
2017-01-02 3 Journal Revolution: Rise Up And Create
(Woods, Linda and Karen Dinino - 2007)
Craft Suggested By: Unknown.
Art journals, personal manifestos, and other artistic insurrections.
Source: Library.
Format: Paperback.
 
2017-01-01 7 Night School
(Child, Lee - 2016)
Crime/Mystery Suggested By: Author.
Flashback to 1996. Still in the Army, Reacher is coming off a medal-earning mission when the assign him to school. His three-man class (Reacher, a CIA guy and an FBI agent) however, is a front for a secret mission: figure out the plot behind a message intercepted in Germany which reads "the American wants 100 million dollars."
 
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