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Karen's books

It's not about reading to impress anyone else.  It's about reading for the sheer enjoyment of it all...

Review
5 Stars
An All-Time Favorite
Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls

This is at least my third reading of this classic.  I thought it would be fun to do the Audible version as the narrator is wonderful.  Silly me...  I actually had high hopes that listening would make it easier to get through...  it wasn't.  And I'm glad. 

Review
4.5 Stars
Love Story
Love Story - Erich Segal

Love the movie, have wanted to read the book for years. Don't know what took so long -- 93 pages long. Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw were the perfect choices for Oliver and Jenny. Everyone tells me what a mushy story it is, but I never thought that about the movie, and I enjoyed the book, and especially the truth in it that there are no atheists in a fox hole. 

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My 5th grader just read this...
The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 - Christopher Paul Curtis

My son reads a lot of books, but it isn't often he hands one to me and says, "Mom you have to read this!"  He got permission from his teacher to hang on to the book for a few more days so his mom could read it.  With that kind of enthusiasm, how can I refuse?!   

2016 -- I have yet to pick my first read of the year!

Yes, here we are in the second week of the year and I haven't picked a book to read yet in 2016.  Very unlike me.  I like to have a book going all the time.  I think the trouble might be that I'm waiting for one from Overdrive to become available so I can get it read before my Book Club meets next week.  The book is The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.  And my heart is really leaning toward starting book 3 in the Flavia de Luce mysteries -- A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley.  I also keep looking at  Daphne du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel, which I've wanted to read for years.  What to do.  What to do...  

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Happy New Year and Happy Reading in 2016!
Happy New Year and Happy Reading in 2016!

Wishing a very Happy New Year to all my Booklikes friends!

Reblogged
Just Read

This is exactly how I feel. The fact that you read is the most important thing - not how you read.:

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Reblogged from Susana "Lost in Fantasy Land"
Snow!

Ahhhh...  the falling snow is back for the season on booklikes!  Thank you, booklikes administrators!  You made my day!

 

For those who might not know, see that cute snowman at the top of the page?  Give it a click...  and enjoy!

This Time I'm LISTENING to this classic...
A Christmas Carol: An Original Performance - Tim Curry, Charles Dickens

I read this a couple years ago at Christmastime and loved it.  This time it's for my book club, and I've decided to listen to this as performed by Tim Curry.  It should be very very good. 

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It's not about zombies!!!
Day of the Dead (A University Mystery Series) (Volume 1) - Brenda Donelan

I just met the author of this series tonight and she signed all her books for me.  Normally I would see a book with a title like this, laugh at the zombie title and move on.  But this book was inspired by a big news story in my area about 11 years ago where a university professor was found dead on the campus with a gunshot wound to the back of his neck. The investigation concluded rather quickly that it was suicide.  Case closed.  Very weird. Author Brenda Donelan knew this professor as they were colleagues at the university at the time.  She made it very clear in her talk that she in no way means to put across that she has the answer to the mystery or that she has any inside info on what really happened.  It's just a story, based on the situation.  No zombies.  Just one dead professor. Here we go...

Frustrating ending! Well, really the whole book was an exercise in frustration...
A Voice in the Wind - Francine Rivers

Really?!  Seriously?!  After all the "suffering" I endured through all 500-plus pages...  and it ends like that!  Nothing happened in this story until about 75% into it -- I kid you not.  Everything was leading up, leading up, leading up to something.  And then...  then end.  Finis. The Audible narrator even had the nerve to say, "the end."  Grumble grumble.... 

 

Later in the day...

 

It is now a few hours after writing the quick review above, which was, in fact, just my very strong reaction to the end of this book.  I knew it was part of a trilogy, thus the terrible ending with so many loose ends. I have researched the other two in the series.  Maybe I could skip the second (the hideous sister character is just someone I cannot spend any more time around right now!) and read the final which seems to focus more on the Barbarian character.  I might eventually like to know how things turn out for him.  This is why it can be really aggravating when fellow book clubbers choose these "series" books. 

Reading progress update: I've read 52%.
A Voice in the Wind - Francine Rivers

"By the gods!" (A phrase used often in this story) I am sure hoping for...  something to actually HAPPEN in this book! 

Really liking this one so far!
Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline

Oh my is it ever fun to find a good story, well written, and that pulls me in from the get-go.  Enjoying this ride on the train!

'Tis The Season for Daphne du Maurier
Frenchman's Creek - Daphne du Maurier, Julie Myerson

Been a year since I read Jamaica Inn and devoured it like I did RebeccaFrenchman's Creek has been sitting in my "to read" pile in my living room for about 4 years, patiently waiting for me to pick it up. It is time, once again, to disappear into another du Maurier  story... 

Review
3 Stars
Not Horrible, But Not Really My Cup O' Tea
The Shadow of Your Smile - Mary Higgins Clark

This is the book we will discuss this week at the meeting of my local book club.  This is my first time with Mary Higgins Clark.  I know she has been a very popular author for many years now, but I have to say I probably will not read her again of my own free will.  Her writing drove me nuts with way too many characters thrown at me in the first chapter!  Slow down, lady!  And while we all talk/think to ourselves everyday, I think it's safe to say we do not over describe details and other people the way it's done in this book. My own example:

"She thought to herself, 'I think I'll go talk to my neighbor down the street, the one who was a private detective for 50 years and lives in the yellow house with the barking dog, and who I hope will ask me out on a date so I'd better wear the red dress and matching shoes that my grandmother, the one who lives in Maine, sent me for Christmas when I was married to Tom, the husband who cheated on me with my best friend, the one who I went to elementary school with.'"  Wow.  Maybe I have a career as an author after all!  Not!  Ha ha.