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Sheila's Reads

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.


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI - David Grann

Interesting book on an event that is never taught in school.  I especially liked when the investigation is taken over by the FBI.  I was appalled by the murders.  The Osage were intelligent when negotiating with the government and got the mineral rights to their lands.  White man greed once again destroys lives and the Osage community because of oil.  I also liked the last part as the reporter is going over the story and discovers that the four years of terror started long before those years and lasted longer with many more men and women who should have been arrested and prosecuted.  Mr. Grann put a human face to the people whose lives were affected and the actions of those who were to protect the Osage cannot be justified.  Shameful!  A good read.


The Romance Reader's Guide to Life: A Novel - Sharon Pywell

This was totally different from what I expected. It is part murder mystery, part magical realism, part contemporary romance, part historical romance, and some things I cannot name because I do not know how to name them.

From the beginning you know Lilly is dead. Neave, her sister, needs to know how. Much of the story is told through Neave's eyes but Lilly fills in her parts when it would clarify what is happening. Then you get Mr. Boppit's view. I liked Neave and Mr. Boppit (loved him actually) but Lilly should have been paddled and Neave would never have been put in danger.

As a young teen, Neave read for a neighbor lady and she "borrowed" a forbidden romance which is interspersed through the story. It parallels Neave's life and paves the way for her to grow into her life. She is stronger than she realizes and has talents she develops as they are needed.

I liked this book. It was different and fresh, not cliched.

STARLIGHT by Erin Hunter

Starlight - Erin Hunter

Book 4 of series 2 of the Warriors series has the clans finding new homes for themselves. While there are questions of StarClan's approval of the new land, each clan claims a part of the new land. Fighting over the territories becomes hard because the clans are used to working together but for some it is easy to go back to the old hostilities. Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw have their problems to work out while Leafpaw struggles with her feelings for Cloudfeather and his for her.

I like how the clans worked together and still, in some ways, continue to do so. Firestar is still the leader amongst leaders regardless of how other leaders want to go back to the old hostilities. But the younger generation is coming into their own. It will be interesting to see who becomes leaders and who turn traitor.


An Act of Self-Defense - Erne Lewis

A timely book. The TLR (Term Limit Revolution) has given the Congress three days to approve an amendment to the Constitution setting term limits for the Senate and House then they will begin killing the longest serving incumbents. As the politicians either resign or bluster their way through the terror, the TLR carries out its promise.

Wow! What a book. I got so mad at the career politicians and bureaucrats in power. I had to walk away at times. It also made me look up the Patriot Act and learn what is in it. Such an abuse of power. I understand why O'Brian and Bradley and Adams did what they did. I was rooting all the way for the TLR. This book makes you think and realize what we have lost and are continuing to lose.

NURSERY CRIMES by Ayelte Waldman

Nursery Crimes - Ayelet Waldman

Juliet is pregnant with her second child and trying to get her first child into a prestigious pre-school. After being rejected, Juliet sees on the news the owner has been killed in a hit-and-run. Using the skills learned as a public defender, she attempts to find a murderer, if it is a murder. The cops aren't so sure.

I liked this book. It sets up the series well by introducing the characters and giving their backstories as they go through their daily lives. I liked the characters. The story held my interest. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.


Revolutionary Temptation - Silvia Violet
Jack West is sent to spy on the British in New York during the Revolutionary War.  His contact is Constance Sullivan, a rich widow.  She is looking to bring Elias Ashfield, bookseller, into their group.  Jack is not happy about spying nor is he happy about adding Elias to their group because the two men are attracted to one another.  Lots of surprises await them all.
I enjoyed this book.  It was well written.  I liked the period which is not done much any more.  I loved the characters and was surprised by how some activities were handled--both within the spying story and the love story.  The story held me interest as I always wanted to know what would happen especially at the end.  I look forward to reading the next book.

AS OLD AS TIME by Liz Braswell

As Old as Time - Liz Braswell

A retelling of Beauty and the Beast.  It starts like the Disney movie but the ending is different.  I liked it--a lot!  The main characters are there but there are additional characters who flesh out the story and add dimensions that were not there before.  The back story is told more and the characters learn through their flaws and errors.  Thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to more in the series.  One for the keeper shelf.


The Great Train Robbery - Michael Crichton

Takes the true story and uses literary license gives us a novel of how the robbery was committed.  I enjoyed the book.  The language was colorful and I needed the translations provided in the book.  I liked how history was interspersed in the book as well as the social history of that time so I could understand how the people of that time period thought and lived.  Pierce was cool and collected throughout the book. 

BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline's early childhood told in verse form.  Each poem is a vignette is a memory of someone or her as see leaves Greenville and Ohio and moves to New York City.  It tells of the changes to her and her family.  I enjoyed it.  I felt I knew these people. 


Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures - Ben Mezrich

Interesting story of the Church Lab of Harvard trying to de-extinct the woolly mammoth. I was able to follow the story when the author wrote but I had some trouble when I was reading what the scientists wrote. I enjoyed the book and learned a lot. I enjoyed the glimpse into a world I know little about.


Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes - Gina Lamm

Leah goes back to Regency times to find her Duke but she finds Avery, the Duke's valet, instead.  Instantly attracted, they miscommunicate or don't communicate at all.    When tragedy falls, they are able to work through it.


This is a fun, light romp.  Leah is definitely a girl of modern times.  She's outspoken and goes fully into everything that comes her way.  Avery is hard put to stop her at times so he is rescuing her often.  I enjoyed the two of them and am glad they got everything straightened out in the end.


The Break Down - B.A. Paris

I don't normally read psychological thrillers because they trigger issues for me but this is our book club book this month so I read it.  It's a good story.  I was sucked into from the first moment (of course, I did have all the lights on.)  I guessed what was happening to her within the first chapter and I was right.  I knew her husband was up to no good and I was right.  I did not guess the murderer and was only half right on the reason for the murder.  I was guessing up to the end on how it would all fall into place.  Luck was on Cass' side and she deserved it.  I'll read this author again.

DAWN by Erin Hunter

Dawn - Erin Hunter

Twolegs have been destroying the Clans' homes and they must leave.  Following the five young cats who have returned with Midnight's message they leave and head towards the mountains to find a new home.


There is a lot of action and adventure as the Clans unite to fight the Twolegs and to save some of the Clans.  There is the infighting as the Clans must decide to leave or stay.  Firestar will not leave without all the Clans going together.  Pride gets in some of the Clans' way.  I shed many a tear as the Twolegs are capturing the cats; we are losing some of the older and younger ones; and as we remember those who have gone to the StarClan.  Cloudpaw's warrior ceremony wiped me out.


I cannot wait to see what happens in their travels.

THE JULIET CLUB by Suzanne Harper

The Juliet Club - Suzanne Harper

Delightful read of a class of teens attending the Shakespeare Scholars summer class in Verona, Italy.  There are many false steps that lead to hurt feelings turning to love. 


I loved this book.  Some of the students are very into Romeo and Juliet.  Some are out of their league and world.  I enjoyed the characters.  I enjoyed the repartee between them as they argue about how to answer the letters sent to Juliet for answering, which is part of their class.  I also enjoyed how the tables get turned on them all when it comes to love. 


Just so much fun.  I was sorry it ended.


The Female Persuasion - Meg Wolitzer

Very timely book dealing with feminism, sexual assault, taking care of family, dreams crushed, eyes opened.  I enjoyed the book.  Cory and Zee were the most developed characters.  Greer could have been more developed.  Faith could have explained things better instead of leaving the rift at the end.  There were many story lines but Cory and Zee grow up the most and become adults during the book.  The others had some ways to go before becoming fully adult.  All lost something on their journeys and what they lost was important.  Those losses caused some to grow up while others went into downward spirals before their growing up began.  Worth the read. 

THE NECKLACE by Claire McMillan

The Necklace - Claire McMillan

The past and present of the Quincy family is told as Loulou has passed away and her will is read. The necklace she gives to Nell is finally found and a search for its history brings out secrets some would rather keep hidden.

I liked how each chapter was either the past or the present. As the ancestors' love triangle story is told the present day family is struggling with greed, trying to fit in, and attempting to keep the past buried. The truth does come out and it shows the family's high opinion of themselves is only that. Each character is flawed as humans are--some more than others. I liked Nell and Emerson. Pansy and Baldwin were the pits. I am still out about May, Ambrose, and Ethan. Communication would have helped a lot there.

The story was well written. The author drew me into the worlds of the Quincys. I wanted to know what happened. I also wanted to know about the necklace and Ambrose's travels. I may try to find a copy of the journal the story is based upon if it is still in print.