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Travel Unscripted by Mark Murphy

Do you have a book sitting on your kindle or on your bookshelf that’s been hanging out for awhile waiting to be read?  You know the one; the one you tell yourself you will read next and then another fabulous book comes along and you skip right by it. I have several of them and I finally decided it was time to get one of them read and off my Kindle while I wait for the next book club book. Travel Unscripted by Mark Murphy is one of those books, at 322 pages, it was totally doable in a few

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The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck

The Pecan Man (pronounced Pee-can) is a beautifully written Southern Fiction novel.  But who is the Pecan Man?  Children are afraid of him, parents call their children inside when he is around.  This man is seen riding around town on a rickety, rusty old bike and a bag of pecans tied to the handlebars.  Eldred Mims is the Pecan Man, he is black, he is homeless, but is that all there is to this mystery man?

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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Have you read it?  If not, you absolutely need to read this book. I just finished The Husband’s Secret and loved, loved, loved it!  The quote on the opening page reads, “To err is human: to forgive, divine” ~ Alexander Pope The quote applies to this book in more ways than you can imagine. The Husband’s Secret is a book about lies, life changing secrets and moral dilemma’s.  It isn’t about one secret, but many and one is horrific, and not what you expect.

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Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas

Prayers for Sale is a beautifully written story that takes place in a small Colorado mining town, Middle Swan.  The town is based on the author’s hometown of Breckenridge, Colorado. The story follows two incredibly strong women.  Hennie Comfort who is in the later years of life and Nit Spindle, a very young and newly married woman.  Their lives have similarities and so many differences, yet they form an incredible friendship.  Nit looks to Hennie first as a friend and then as a mother figure.  Nit tells Hennie “You remind me of home.”

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The title of the book caught my eye.  The book sounded interesting with a bit of intrigue, so I add it to my personal reading list.  Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore was another one I tackled over the holidays. The book is written by Robin Sloan and it is his first novel.  The book is set in our modern, tech savvy world, but takes you back to a world of mystery where a secret organization is trying to crack secret messages and codes.

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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

To start the New Year off with a bang, the book club choice for January was Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. A few friends loved it and raved about the book.  Anxious to dig in, I jumped on to download the book to my kindle.  Glancing briefly at the star ratings on the book, I was impressed, all 4 and 5 stars.  Not to excited about 690 pages, but it can be done. The excitement quickly disappeared….UGH!!

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A Girl in the Dumpster by Jack Apfel

Happy New Year a few weeks late.  Hope you all had a beautiful holiday season. After finishing the Goldfinch and book club being off for December, I was so excited to jump into a couple  of books off my personal reading list. Topping that list was A Girl in the Dumpster by Jack Apfel.  This novel is his first published novel and is set in small town Wisconsin.  The town is based on his own hometown.

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Readin’ for Fun

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy Hanukkah! I love the Christmas season.  Once October starts and fall is in the air, I get excited for the holiday season. This time of year is so busy and there is so much to do.  I went out to do a little Christmas shopping in a quaint area of a local town in our area.  Wandering through one of the antique stores, I stumbled on this perfect sign that fits most book clubs.  I thought I would share it with you, hoping it makes you laugh a little. Our book club doesn’t read a

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The Goldfinch ~ By Donna Tartt

  The Goldfinch is a whopping 775 pages and the most painful book I have read in a long time.  The first question that popped into my head when this book was announced was, “can I finish it a month?”  I am not one who has unlimited time to read and I can’t seem to read 2 books at a time.  The Goldfinch would be a challenge. I skimmed through some of the reviews of the book and most of them were glowing.  I found a few negative reviews that were lightly sprinkled throughout the others.  Reading and books is subjective and based on personal

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Crazy for the Storm ~ By Norman Ollestad

  Reviewing and writing about biographies or memoirs is a bit hard for me.  They are such personal stories and  I feel like I am being critical of the author and their story. Crazy for the Storm unfolds in the 1970’s. The author tells his own personal story of a tragic plane crash in the mountains of Southern California.  Weaving the story between past and present.  He guides us through his childhood and how he fought to save his own life after the horrific crash.

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