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A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – George R.R. Martin

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – George R.R. Martin

If your a fan of Game of Thrones, either the HBO television show or the A Song Of Ice And Fire books that inspired it, you will really enjoy this companion series! 100 years before the events of the first A Song of Ice and Fire novel, we meet humble hedge knight, Dunk (Sir Duncan the Tall) and his sharp tongued Squire, Egg (Aegon V Targaryen). There are currently 3 short stories in this series that chronicle the adventures of Dunk…

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The Bad Seed – William March

The Bad Seed – William March

William March’s The Bad Seed is the perfect twisty thriller to curl up with this fall. It chronicles the story of Christine Penmark as she slowly realizes that her seemingly sweet little girl, Rhoda, is hiding very sinister and disturbing behavior. I loved this book much more than I expected to. It works perfectly in the time period it is set in. Christine is really trying to be the perfect 1950s housewife and Rhoda seems to channel the innocence and…

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The Rosie Effect (Simsion)

The Rosie Effect (Simsion)

In this sequel to “The Rosie Project”, Don and Rosie are now married and living in New York …. and Rosie’s pregnant.  The funny story relates how Don prepares himself for becoming a father and must learn that he needs to be more than just a scientist in order to be a successful father and save his marriage.  An enjoyable story, but again, reader beware, contains adult language. Title: The Rosie Effect Series: Don Tillman Author: Graeme Simsion Genre: Literary…

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The Rosie Project (Simsion)

The Rosie Project (Simsion)

Don Tillman is a genetics professor … who is also has Asperger’s … yet he doesn’t seem to know that.  Professor Tillman has decided he wants to get married, so he begins “The Wife Project”.  He constructs a very thorough questionnaire to screen potential candidates, and when he first meets Rosie  he immediately decides she is not a suitable candidate, but over the course of the novel, he ends up realizing, she is actually the perfect candidate!  A fun story,…

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Circe – Madeline Miller

Circe – Madeline Miller

In high school, when I was required to read Homer’s Odyssey, Circe was just one of the island goddesses whose name I could barely remember. But through this retelling she has become one of my favorite characters in Greek myth. For this story, Author Madeline Miller has woven together many of the different Greek myths involving Circe into one compelling story told from her perspective.  It was rather enchanting to be reading about a character who has the power, magic…

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There There – Tommy Orange

There There – Tommy Orange

I am still reeling from this read! I have never read anything quite like it before. This novel is told from multiple perspectives. A recovering alcoholic is dealing with her daughter’s death, an overweight college graduate is struggling to get a job, and a young man is teaching himself to dance by watching YouTube videos. These separate character stories on their own were very memorable and engaging. But, as the novel continues it becomes clear that there is more to the…

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This Could Change Everything (Jill Mansell)

This Could Change Everything (Jill Mansell)

A fun, lighthearted read.  Each of the characters at some point in the book realizes how one event or action can (and in these cases) does totally change the course of their lives.  I listened to the audio version available via Hoopla — the narrator was awesome! Title: This Could Change Everything Author: Jill Mansell Genre: Fiction Publisher: Headline Review (Audiobook published by Tantor Audio) Release Date: January 25, 2018 (Audiobook released June 5, 2018) Format: Available in hardcover, paperback,…

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The Library at the Edge of the World (Felicity Hayes-McCoy)

The Library at the Edge of the World (Felicity Hayes-McCoy)

This book was good, but not great. I for the most part enjoyed it, but not as much as I wanted too. Of course the title was what first drew me to this title, and then when I read some of the reviews and they said things like “reminiscent of Maeve Binchy” I thought I would love it …. I really like Maeve Binchy’s books. Aside from the fact that it was set in Ireland and Maeve Binchy was mentioned…

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Beyond the Highland Mist

Beyond the Highland Mist

I had been suffering, as many people have, from “Droughtlander”, the emptiness created while waiting for Season 3 of Outlanders.  In desperation, I searched through the CRDL catalog looking for something to satisfy the longing to hear/read Scottish voices weaving stories of plaid, love, magic, lairds and warriors and came across a series by Karen Marie Moning called the “Highlander Romances”.  I checked out book one, Beyond the Highland Mist, and was treated to an engaging and steamy story of…

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Julie (Marshall)

Julie (Marshall)

I enjoyed this story … if readers have read and enjoyed the author’s more popular title “Christy”, I think they will enjoy this one. Title: Julie Author: Catherine Marshall Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Zondervan Release Date: December 31, 2001 Format: Audiobook (Hoopla) Pages: 381 pages (14 hours, 43 minutes) Inspired like Christy, by Catherine Marshall’s own life, Julie explores the miracle of faith against a background of small-town America coming of age, with a story and a heroine who is…

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