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I love to read. I am very eclectic in my reading but I especially enjoy erotica and erotic romance. I also like movies, live theater and concerts, hockey, and counted cross-stitch.

THE DINNER by Herman Koch

The Dinner - Herman Koch, Sam Garrett

Paul and Claire meet his brother, Serge and his wife Babette, for dinner one evening to talk about their children.  Serge is running for Prime Minister and wants to do damage control.  The other three have other ideas.

 

The story is told in flashbacks of the relationships and events of Paul's life.  I liked Paul but I never warmed to most of the characters.  I have a lot of questions for them. 

 

This is probably a book I would never have picked up on my own had it not been for my book club.  There is a lot to discuss and think about in this book.  How do people make the choices they do?  Very thought provoking and timely.

THE BACHELOR AUCTION by Rachel Van Dyken

The Bachelor Auction (The Bachelors of Arizona) - Rachel Van Dyken

Brock's grandfather wants him married and so arranges an auction to do it.  Grandfather is sly to get Brock to see it his way.  Jane is a cleaning company owner who Grandfather has hired to clean the family's ranch which Brock will get upon his marriage.  Sparks fly between Brock and Jane.

 

This is a cute, fun read.  I laughed.  I had a tear in my eye.  Mostly though, I had a good time reading it.  I enjoyed Brock and Jane.  I liked how the story went back and forth between the two of them.  I look forward to the rest of the series.  Perfect for the beach or porch as summer comes to a close.

THE LOVE INTEREST by Cale Dietrich

The Love Interest - Cale Dietrich

2 spies are chosen to compete as the Love Interest for Juliet who has been deemed important enough that her future secrets/experiments will be sold to the highest bidder by an underground company.  Caden and Dylan are chosen--one Nice and one Bad.  Whichever one does not win Juliet will die. 

 

I loved this book.  It was suspenseful enough that I was on the edge of my seat up to the end.  I wanted to know what would happen to the loser.  I also wanted to know if the truth would come out and if rebellion would follow.  I was surprised by how it turned out.  I loved the characters.  This was done as a first person point-of-view through Caden's eyes.  The society was interesting that Caden and Dylan lived in before being loosed in the world.  I was surprised by the secondary characters.  Again not what I expected.  This is a keeper!

MIDNIGHT by Erin Hunter

Midnight by Hunter, Erin [HarperCollins, 2005] Hardcover [Hardcover] - Hunter

A new series in the Warriors series has Brambleclaw receiving a dream from Star Clan.  He along with 3 other cats have received the dream.  What does it mean?  Why are the medicine cats not receiving the dreams?

 

I liked this story.  It starts off about a year after the first series ends.  We are now just about on the second generation since Firestar has become the leader of Thunder Clan.  Brambleclaw has to determine what his dream means and how the other cats fit in.  They must work together and travel to Midnight.  I like this group of cats.  We still have Firestar and his generation as well as a few elders but this next generation looks like it might change things up in the status quo.  I liked the Yoda-like character that appears.  I am anxiously waiting to see me niece to get the second book in this series.

MEMORY IN DEATH by J. D. Robb

Memory in Death - J.D. Robb

It's Christmas time and Eve's foster mother walks back into her life  with the intent to blackmail her and/or Roarke.  Instead she is murdered and now Eve must stand for her.  Eve lets it be known that she knew the victim so there will be no conflict of interest or questions.  She then has to go back to her past and other fosters' pasts to find the murderer.

 

I love this series.  Eve and Roarke fight but Eve learns what it means to have someone in her corner who will be there no matter what.  She learns to apologize also.  Good addition to the series.

AT THE TABLE OF WOLVES by Kay Kenyon

At the Table of Wolves - Kay Kenyon

Kim has a Talent which only came on with adulthood.  She is now trying to use that Talent to save Britain from Nazi Germany but she's not very good at the spy business. 

 

I loved this story!  I call it a paranormal historical spy thriller.  I was on the edge of my seat until the end of this book.  The story was good.  Kim did not know who to trust.  I could understand that as I was questioning whether a character was true to England or a spy for Germany.  I questioned motives.  I did figure out some of the events and reasons during the story but not all. 

 

There was a good cast of characters.  As I read the blurb then started the story I was hoping that Kim and Lt. Colonel Stelling would meet.  I'm not sure what I felt about Erich von Ritter.  I wish Kim and her dad would become closer.  This is a keeper!

CITY OF THE ABSENT by Robert W. Walker

City of the Absent - Robert W. Walker

Inspector Ransom must find a serial killer who is responsible for a Pinkerton agent as well as the mayor in Chicago dying.  As his investigation goes on, his enemies all over him trying to derail him and his investigation.

 

I liked this book.  I did not realize until I was a chapter or two into the story that this is the third installment of Inspector Ransom series.  I could follow it without a problem.  I would have understood some references to past cases and actions had I read the books in order but it still made sense.  I liked Ransom.  He is aggressive but intelligent as he follows leads.  I liked Jane who disguises herself as a male doctor and helps in Ransom's investigations.

 

The story was good.  Having read THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY by Eric Larsen, I have an interest in stories set during the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago.  Mr. Walker stayed true to those times and the event.  I was also yelling at Ransom because we readers know who the killer is and why from the beginning and Ransom is missing the killer while near the killer.  For the record, Ransom paid no attention to me telling him who and why on the killings. 

 

The only thing I hated (because this is a 5 star story but this is what makes it a 4) is the ending.  I wanted to know if Ransom defeated his enemies and we are left with questions.  There is no book 4.  I hope a book 4 may come out one day because I have that enquiring mind that wants to know.

TIME TWISTER: JOURNAL #3 OF A CARDBOARD GENIUS by Frank Asch

Time Twister: Journal 3 of a Cardboard Genius (Journals of a Cardboard Genius) - Frank Asch

Time travelers are all around us.  Getting ahold of a time twister, Alex, Jonathan, and Zoe leave earth and start the search for a planet they could live on.  Lots happen before that and Jonathan isn't going to be happy how he traveled.  It is opened ended.  Did they find the planet?  Did they return home? 

 

Alex's asides are a hoot. I loved how he starts the journal.  I laughed out loud.  I find it a hoot.  Alex and Jonathan are a riot.  Just like some of the kids I know that age.  I hope there is a book 4 so I know the answers to my questions.

SHADOW RITUAL by Eric Giometti and Jacques Ravenne

Shadow Ritual - Eric Giacometti, Jacques Ravenne, Anne Trager

Tightly written thriller. Marcas is a Freemason and a cop. He is to help investigate a murder that happened in the French embassy in Rome which has Freemason ties. His partner for the case, Jade, has no use for Masons so he has an uphill battle dealing with her. She comes to rely on him as the case proceeds.

I loved this! I was on the edge of my seat throughout the book. It was a page turner. The characters are good. Marcas and Jade are fun to watch. I liked that Marcas explained different Mason symbols and history as the investigation went on and had influence on the case. As everyone is trying to find the parts needed for the secret, as well as the murder, it turns out not to be what I expected. I cannot wait to read book 2 in the series. I highly recommend this.

40 DAYS AND 1001 NIGHTS by Tamalyn Dallal

40 Days And 1001 Nights, One Woman's Dance Through Life In The Islamic World - Tamalyn Dallal

Living 40 days in a different culture helps you understand the culture.  These are small vignettes of Tamalyn Dallal living in five countries that are with large Islamic populations.  Within each culture, Islam has been changed to take in the local customs that existed when Islam came into the area.  I thought she would live with one family for the whole 40 days but she lived in hotels, apartments, rented rooms, etc. instead of spending all her time with one family.  She met many different people.  I learned much about the cultures and countries, such as where some are and where they are near.  It is interesting and worth reading.  I just wish she had lived with one family 40 days and immersed herself in their daily lives.  

WHITE CAT, BLACK CAT, TWO CATS by Sigal Adler

Book for kids:"WHITE CAT BLACK CAT":Bedtime story, Beginner reader Level-1, Early learning, Values(Childrens Picture Book, Preschool, Baby Book, Children ... 0-8)Cat book, Animal story book, Series 1 - Sigal Adler, Lintang Pandu Pratiwi

Two cats of different colors meet for the first time.  Each is full of disdain for the other based on color.  Then they think and decide to become the other one.  Both discover both are needed and good.  Neither is better than the other.

 

I liked the rhyming.  It was fun to read aloud.  The illustrations are wonderful.  It teaches a lesson we all need but it doesn't preach.

THE NINE LIVES OF FRANK TIPTON by Teresa Powers

The Nine Lives of Frank Tipton (The Redneck Fairy Tales of Shady Holler Trailer Park) (Volume 1) - Teresa Powers

Audrey is so in love with Frank when he asks her to move in with him.  During their time together, the love fades quickly.  Now all Audrey wants to do is kill Frank, no matter who gets in the way.

 

This is one of the funniest tongue-in-cheek books I have read.  I laughed out loud as Audrey makes her plans as well as her reasoning behind each plan.  I could hear this as an audio book and can hear the drawl as the story is told.  This is dark humor at its best.  I plan on reading more of this series.

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel - Colson Whitehead

I found this to be a painful read especially at this time.  Cora's journey from slavery to escaping it and being recaptured is told through her eyes, with short vignettes through the eyes of others whose lives intersected hers.  I do not understand why there is so much hate based on skin color.  While I hesitated to pick it up, once I did I was compelled to finish it.  The words are powerful as are the actions of many on the question of slavery and life after slavery.

GRAVITY BUSTERS: JOURNAL #2 OF A CARDBOARD GENIUS by Frank Asch

Gravity Buster: Journal 2 of a Cardboard Genius (Journals of a Cardboard Genius) - Frank Asch

Alex improves his Star Jumper and it is bigger and better than ever.  But he knows he still has a few more inventions to make to ensure success as he goes into space, hopefully with Zoe as his co-pilot.  He needs an anti-gravity belt so the gravity differences between planets can be handled by his body.  He also needs a way to restrict Jonathan's spying and getting in the way. 

 

I love this series.  Alex's asides and explanations as he tells the story have me laughing out loud.  He is a riot.  The drawings that illustrate what he means are great.  Alex and Jonathan are so realistic.  I cannot wait to read book 3.  This is so much fun!

RUNAWAY AMISH GIRL by Riley Moreno

The Runaway Amish Girl - Riley Moreno

Hannah wants to do more than keep house and do chores around the farm so she runs away.  Jacob picks her up on the highway and tries to persuade her to stay in her community but she will not be swayed so she goes with him to Philadelphia.

 

I liked Hannah and Jacob.  I liked the protectiveness that he felt for her.  I also liked Hannah's brother Toby and how he watched over her even when he did not agree with her.  I enjoyed the story.

DRAGON'S FIRST CHRISTMAS by Emily Martha Sorenson

Dragon's First Christmas (Dragon Eggs Book 3) - Emily Martha Sorensen

Virgil is a dragon with human parents who are trying to raise him in an apartment in NYC in 1920.  Rose and Henry are college students raising Virgil.  They are learning as they go.  So far they've learn Virgil is fascinated by the Christmas tree and that does not go well.  He is also eating a lot and they need to find out why and where can they put him to sleep.

 

What an imaginative, creative, interesting story!  I loved it.  It was fun to hear Virgil's thoughts and how he communicates.  I liked Rose and Henry even though they were very much like newly married couples defining their positions and territories in the early days of their marriage.  I have got to read the earlier books in this series to find out how the three of them ended up together.  What fun!