The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

“Stories have changed, my dear boy,”the man in the grey suit says, his voice almost imperceptibly sad. “There are no more battles between good and evil, no monsters to slay, no maidens in need of rescue. Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case. There are no longer simple tales with quests and beasts and happy endings. The quests lack clarity of goal or path. The beasts take…

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Like grandfather, like grandson

Like grandfather, like grandson

When our son was in grade school and middle school, it was often a challenge to find something he would actually sit down to read.  The secret formula seemed to be non-fiction, lots of pictures, natural disasters with some believe-it-or-not thrown in for good measure.  So recently when my 96 year-old Father-in-law came for a visit and needed something to occupy him while my husband and I were at work, I turned to my formula and found “Extraordinary people :…

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The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax!

The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax!

Mrs. Pollifax is a lovable grandmother type who just happens to be a secret CIA operative!  Just as she is settling in for tea, she receives an urgent call from Mr. Carstairs, an agent at the CIA, asking her to leave immediately for Istanbul to help rescue a secret agent.  Amid concerns that she will miss next week’s Art Association tea, she agrees to help the CIA since she longs to be useful and loves the exhilaration of the dangerous…

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New Year’s Eve Murder

New Year’s Eve Murder

Lucy Stone is a part-time newspaper reporter in Tinker’s Cove, Maine and can’t resist investing a good crime/mystery, even when one of the victims is her daughter.  While in New York with her daughter, Elizabeth, after winning an all-expenses-paid mother-daughter makeover from Jolie magazine, the magazine’s fashion editor suddenly falls ill and dies and Elizabeth appears to have the same symptoms and is rushed to the hospital.  Lucy begins investigating at the magazine and finds a tense, bickering staff who…

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Chief Inspector Gamache is on another case!

Chief Inspector Gamache is on another case!

I picked up this Louise Penny audiobook when browsing the shelves and was not aware of the treat that was awaiting me!  The Brutal Telling is #5 in the series of 12+ Inspector Gamache novels and begins with the respected pub owner in Three Pines paying a visit to a hermit friend in the woods, only to discover the hermit’s body in the pub the next morning.  Inspector Gamache’s investigation finds that the body has been moved to the pub…

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By Book or By Crook (Gates)

By Book or By Crook (Gates)

I enjoyed this cozy mystery.  There were a few parts of the story that were a little stretchy in terms of what I think could realistically happen but I could overlook them for the sake of the story.  For example: the library staff decide to start hosting talks about Jane Austen … first of all, working here in the library I have seen our programming team in action, and I know they spend months planning programs, it doesn’t happen over…

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The More of Less (Becker)

The More of Less (Becker)

Becker brings up a lot of very good points about all the excess belongings we all own and made me think again that I need to pare down the stuff in my home.  I agree with much of what he says about excess belongings actually creating stress. I hate clutter anyway, and listening to this book got me motivated again to try to cull more unneeded stuff from my home.   I have over the past year or so been really…

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Princess Ever After (Hauck)

Princess Ever After (Hauck)

Although the story was a bit unbelievable at times (but then again, aren’t most fairy tales somewhat unbelievable), I really enjoyed it. Title: Princess Ever After Series: Royal Wedding #2 Author: Rachel Hauck Genre: Christian Fiction Publisher: Zondervan Release Date: February 4, 2014 Format: eAudio (Hoopla) Pages: 360

This Road We Traveled (Kirkpatrick)

This Road We Traveled (Kirkpatrick)

This book was interesting, but I had a hard time getting into it.  It wasn’t until the last few chapters that I really started to enjoy the book.  I don’t know why, but it felt like very dry reading throughout most of it, when I really expected a good story about a family on the trek west. Title: This Road We Traveled Author: Jane Kirkpatrick Genre: Historical (Christian) Fiction Publisher: Revell Release Date: September 6, 2016 Format: Trade Paperback Pages:…

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A Miracle of Hope (Reid)

A Miracle of Hope (Reid)

This was the first book by Ruth Reid I had read and I look forward to reading more.  I really enjoyed this story, the author incorporated some modern day dilemmas not often talked about in Amish fiction.  The audio (via Hoopla) was very well done and made me want to listen non-stop until I had finished the story. Title: A Miracle of Hope Series: Amish Wonders #1 Author: Ruth Reid Genre: Christian Fiction (Amish) Publisher: Thomas Nelson Release Date: December…

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