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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...

Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng

I don't know that I've read a book with a more appropriate title. That thought kept cropping up with every chapter read in this story.  

Relentless by John Tesh

Relentless: Unleashing a Life of Purpose, Grit, and Faith  - John Tesh

I LOVED this book - as a broadcaster relating to his beginnings in the business, and as a fan of all he has accomplished while living and learning in his faith in God. Because it's the Tesh-man, I knew that listening to this one would be the best way to go - I was not disappointed.

Reading Challenge 2020

Just a little frustration vent that for some reason my reading challenge for this year says ZIPPO for books read, when in fact, I think I've read 10 books so far.  I've looked at the challenge page to see if I can fix it somehow, I'm always marking the correct dates read.  Don't know why it's not keeping track this year, but it won't stop me from soldiering on!  There.  Rant over.  Thank you.  Ha ha.


Alone With The Stars

Alone With The Stars - David R. Gillham

This was a pretty good little story - although what spoiled it for me was the profanity all of a sudden out of nowhere right at the end.  I get it that this character is drawn as the bad guy, but the cursing and women-hating were absolutely unnecessary to what had been a class act story.  Although at the end I was left thinking (and knowing) that if I had been the main character, I would not have stopped looking for someone to help.  It would have been easy enough to get ahold of local law enforcement to get the communication started with Navy, Air Force, other Coast Guard entities...  That was the one thing in the story that didn't make sense - she just gave up after visiting with one person at the Coast Guard offices.  In essence our main character could possibly have saved A.E. but dropped the ball.    

2nd time around is even better!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  - J.K. Rowling

I loved reading this series 9 years ago.  Now I'm listening on Audible, and it is an absolute pleasure to revisit and go on the adventure again.  Jim Dale is the narrator, and he is phenomenal.    

Break Shot: My First 21 Years by James Taylor

Break Shot: My First 21 Years - James Taylor

Reeeeeeally good.  

The Rent Collector

The Rent Collector - Camron Wright

Read this one (actually a mix of reading the book and listening on Audible while in the car or walking) for my Book Club, which meets to discuss it tomorrow night (2-20-20).  Really enjoyed this story, start to finish. You know me, I'm not one to re-write the plot or give anything away in my "reviews" - I just let you know if I like them or not.  I took off half a star for my rating just because it bugged me that Hans Christian Andersen is mentioned as "Hans Andersen".  Not sure why that was... Other than that, just a superb story and characters with some depth.  Loved it. 

Reading progress update: I've read 68%.

Tomorrow - Damian Dibben

This story has not been at all what I was expecting for a "dog story"...  not that that is a bad thing.  But... if it does not have a happy ending I don't quite know how I will deal...  I'm almost afraid to get to the final pages...  

Ho hum...

Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Russell Munson, Richard Bach

For all hoopla I heard about this book as a kid but never read it because I thought it was about a boy and that did not interest me much as a young girl, ha ha - this story turned out to be a disappointment, and a snooze of a read.

Hey, Schools around the globe! Listen up!

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives - Martin Ganda, Caitlin Alifirenka, Liz Welch

This book should be required reading for middle schoolers every where.  Kindness could spread.  And change lives.  For the better.  Imagine that.   

Nice Holiday Read

A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, & The Thanksgiving Visitor - Truman Capote

Truman Capote had a wonderful way with words - love his colorful descriptions of certain places, times, and people.  I very much enjoyed all three of these stories.  Classic.

Why I'm Not Playing Bingo

I see many of my reader friends on BookLikes playing the reading bingo game(s).  I thought about joining the fun back at the beginning of summer, and everyone was very encouraging and inviting - thank you so much. 


I wanted to take this moment to apologize for not getting involved after all.  I think it just boils down to the fact that I never have liked "being told" what to read outside of the old school days, and now in my book club.  There are so many books on my "to read" list, and most of us here know what that is like, ha ha!  For me, the bingo games are just too much pressure and would take the enjoyment out of reading, if that make sense...


I will continue to enjoy the posts of those who do play, and I admire your fortitude!  


This was a good one!

The False Prince - Jennifer A. Nielsen

Well, it's not really a surprise that my sons have great taste in literature.  My oldest has been telling me to read The False Prince for 7 years!  My youngest just finished reading Jennifer Nielsen's The Mark of the Thief series and pretty much devoured it.  I see now what their enthusiasm is all about, because I'm already into chapter 4 of the second book in this Ascendance Trilogy.  Never underestimate so-called "kid lit" -- this is some great story-telling!  

A favorite author of both my sons...

The False Prince - Jennifer A. Nielsen

My oldest, now 17 and a senior in high school, became a huge fan of Jennifer Nielsen books with this title, and he has read everything she has written since.  His younger brother, age 14, finally got on board and is currently reading Nielsen's Mark of the Thief series - devouring it is not an exaggeration. After finishing the second book he wanted that third installment RIGHT NOW - and we searched a bit to try to find where it had become misplaced away from our bookshelves.  It was traumatic, I'll tell you.  Blaming his brother for "hiding" the book to torture him...  Well, after everyone went to sleep tonight, I did a little sleuthing and found it.  Placed it on his book bag where he will find it in the morning before school.  The joy!  And... I figured it was time I saw for myself what all the excitement is about.  Here we go...  


The Clockmaker’s Daughter - Kate Morton

Never thought I would say this about a Kate Morton book - I have enjoyed her stories in the past, she is a wonderful storyteller, and I look forward to many more.  But, this one was a disappointment, especially at the end.  My opinion is there were too many characters and storylines whose threads were just too scattered to tie them all together neatly.  My expectations were set too high on this one, I guess.  

I think this silverback just went and stole my heart!

The One and Only Ivan - Patricia Castelao, Katherine Applegate

Anyone who knows me knows animal stories have always been my favorites. I actually thought I would make through this one heartstrings untouched, but it is so hard to read words on the page with all this "humidity" affecting my eyes...