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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...

Time Spent With Old Friends...

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

...That's what it feels like to be back in the world of Harry Potter again.  This time I am listening on Audible, and it is an absolute treat!  

Second Time Around is Even Better!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

Read this series 7 years ago.  This time I'm listening on Audible.  The whole fam loves this story, and it was really fun listening to the last couple hours of the first book while in the car yesterday.  I thought my teenagers were busying themselves with something else in the back seat when my 13-year-old said, "Please turn that up, Mom."  Love HP!  

Back with Harry for another round!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

What an absolute pleasure to be back in the world of Harry Potter!  When I finished the series 7 years ago the first thing I said was that I would like to read it again some day.  And now a member of my book club picked The Sorcerer's Stone for our November read!  Thrilled!  And this time I am listening on Audible...  and loving every second of it!  

Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot - Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard

Another one that's been on my "to listen to" list for too long.  Exceeded any expectations I might have had, and really enjoyed Billy O'Reilly's narration.  

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot - Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard

REALLY good.  

Oh my gosh - a thriller that didn't let me down!

The Last Time I Lied - Riley Sager

I tend to avoid thrillers and mysteries because I'm almost always disappointed by the endings.  I especially dislike when authors bring in a complete stranger as the "bad guy" that I've spent no time with in the story!  Man, I hate that.  Not so with this one!  Holy smokes - this was a great read first page to the very last line.  Loved it!  

I need advice.  It has been recommended to me to read something by Henry James, but I don't know which of his novels to pick!  Suggestions are most welcome.  Thank you!

Reading progress update: I've read 45 out of 370 pages.

The Last Time I Lied - Riley Sager

This book was one of the July picks for The Book of the Month club.  I thought the story line sounded interesting so went ahead and ordered it.  I admit that something about the cover has kinda creeped me out, but I finally decided to delve in...  and I'm glad I did.  I don't know if it will have a satisfying ending for me, but so far I'm really enjoying it and wanting to find out what DID happen to those 3 girls at camp 15 years ago...   

And the book that matters most to me is...

The Book That Matters Most: A Novel - Ann Hood

That's what I have to do...  for our August Book Club meeting we're supposed to share with the club the book that matters most to us.  How in the world can ANY one choose just ONE book, in a whole lifetime of reading?!  

Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 383 pages.

Circe - Madeline Miller

I think it's just that I'm not really interested in Greek mythology -- never have been.  I'm not enjoying this story so far, but I'm not giving up.  I will forge on, with hopes that I will be drawn in eventually.  

Good Western!

Doc - Mary Doria Russell

I'm about half way through this one.  It was my pick for the June read in my local book club.  We haven't read a western in quite a while, and this is a GOOD one, if I do say so myself!  Really enjoying it.  

Reading progress update: I've read 163 out of 353 pages.

Infidel - Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Reading this for my book club.  The author narrates the Audible version, which I listen to while commuting or on my morning walk.  

As My Quest Continues...

Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

...to read some of the Scholastic books I purchased for my sons during the elementary years, this one came highly recommended by both.  Now I know why... 

Another Enjoyable "Kids" Book

Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate DiCamillo

I'm trying to read some of the many Scholastic books ordered during my sons' elementary years.  So far they've all be winners.  This one is no exception.  Here are two quotes I liked

that have much meaning in this story:


“There ain't no way you can hold onto something that wants to go, you understand? You can only love what you got while you got it.”


“You can't always judge people by the things they done. You got to judge them by what they are doing now.”

Kids Lit is SO underrated!

Grimm House - Karen McQuestion

Had a hard time putting this one down -- really wanted to find out what would happen next!


Do you have a reading goal for 2018?  Do you like to keep track of how many books you conquer?  Last year I kept it low so I didn't get swallowed up by pressure to "make goal".  I set it for 20 and ended up reading 35 without worrying about it.  Considering how busy my 2017 was, I think I did pretty good!  For this year, I will pretty much stick to the same m.o. - I'm setting 21 for a goal, so that I can keep reading for the pure enjoyment of it.  Happy New Year to all my booklikes friends!!  Happy reading in 2018!