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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.


Life on the Mississippi - Mark Twain

Written in 1882, Life on the Mississippi is a product of its time but we need this because it shows us where we come from, hopefully getting better but not always.  This is Twain's history as well as a history of steamboats, the Mississippi River, and the growth of the U.S.  I enjoyed Twain's telling of the history of the Mississippi and steamboats.  I enjoyed his reminiscences of his time working on the boats as well as him going back years later and going through the changes to the river and the towns along the river as well as the men he knew then.  I liked the Native American stories he told.  I liked his cynicism and tongue-in-cheek humor as he tells his story.  Worth reading today as it tells a time that has passed.


Girls Only: The Complete Series - Selena Kitt

Selena Kitt is one of my favorite erotica authors.  She writes good sex.  This is the series of women loving women.  I particularly enjoyed Pool Party, Moms' Night Out, The Hairdresser, and Sybian Sorority.  These are hot and steamy.


FREE: Classic Love Poems - Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Richard Armitage

Classic love poems you read in high school from Barrett-Browning, Browning, Poe, Emerson, Marlowe, Shakespeare, and others beautifully read by Richard Armitage.  I enjoyed hearing the poems read aloud.  I remembered them all from school.


The Baumgartners Plus One - Selena Kitt
Danielle, separated from her husband and waiting for a scholarship to study in Italy, lives next to the Baumgartners.  She spies Carrie out sunbathing in the backyard and, unfortunately to Danielle's embarrassment, lets Carrie know she's been spying on her.  The two become friends and, when Danielle's husband lets her know she will have to move from their rental unit, she moves in with the Baumgartners.  Life becomes even more interesting then.
I love this series.  It is hot and steamy.  Selena Kitt writes good sex.  I look forward to reading more of her.  I love the Baumgartners.  They meet such interesting people.  I liked Danielle.  For a while she was down but she picked herself up with Carrie and Doc's help and moved on after her husband left.  Good strong characters.

GRAVE SIGHT by Charlaine Harris

Grave Sight - Charlaine Harris
  Harper finds dead people and can tell how they died. Called to Sarne, Arkansas to find a body she then goes on to find that several dead people related to the body she was called to find did not die they way their death certificates said. Now she is involved in finding out what happened to these people and she may not make it out alive.

Good world building. I read this fast. It was so intriguing. I wanted to find out what was going on and how it all fit together. I liked Harper and her brother Tolliver. They also have an interesting back story. The characters in this book were odd. None really wanted Harper around but are forced to deal with the consequences of what she tells them. Old wounds are opened and there is lots of scandal in this small town. Look forward to reading the next book.


The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell - Chris Colfer
Alex and Connor are drawn into the land where fairy tales exist.  They meet Snow White, Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella as well as the bad guys--gnomes, trolls, ogres, etc.  They are trying to find their way home and were told of a wishing spell that will get them there.  Now all they have to do is find the ingredients for this spelling, make it, and wish.
Excellent world building here.  I enjoyed the characters and the story line.  The characters are not what you expect but perfect for this world.  I liked the twists and turns that got Alex and Connor into trouble or safety.  It was fun.  It held my interest.  It made me want to read the next book (which I just ordered.)  Perfect for the whole family.


A Christmas to Remember: Based on the Hallmark Channel Original Movie - Rebecca Moesta
Jennifer needs to get away so she borrows her friend's chalet in Aspen but never arrives because of a car crash where she emerges with amnesia.  She is found on the road by John and taken in by him and his family.  Living with them she discovers things she forgot she did not like and remembered what it is like being part of a family.  She is eventually found by her friend and returned to a life that she learns she does not want.
This is a sweet Hallmark romance.  I enjoyed the story and characters.  The book fleshes out the movie.  There are thoughts in the book that cannot be shown in the movie.  There is the snake in the grass but there are also good people who come to love Jennifer.  This is a favorite of mine.

BREASTS by Florence Williams

Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History - Florence   Williams
The cultural history of the breast with science added to the story.  It tells the difference between humans and other mammals regarding breasts.  It also explains the stages breast go through from birth to death as well illness such as cancer.
I found this book fascinating.  I liked how breasts were given a context in history but I found her going through the life stages of breasts so interesting that if I fell asleep I would relisten to the chapter.  At times the narrative gets bogged down in scientific names and numbers especially on how outside chemicals affect breast milk and how it affects babies but it is information that is important.  Going through cancer was also an interesting and important section for men also. 
I'm glad I listened to it.  I plan on listening again.  There is so much information within this book.


The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test 1st (first) edition Text Only - Tom Wolfe
This book is about Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters during the late 60's as they were taking LSD and taking trips (but literally and figuratively) while traveling through California and Mexico making a movie.  They held acid tests for anyone who wanted to join them--sometimes with LSD and sometimes using only their movie and music.
This is an interesting book of the drug culture of the 1960's and the hippie culture.  When people told their stories of their experiences with the Pranksters the book was fascinating.  When Tom Wolfe tried to convey what was happening or people's experiences the book was confusing.  My feeling is you had to be there to understand it.  Not my scene.

MONEY SHOT by Christa Faust

Money Shot - Christa Faust
Former porn star Angel Dare is asked to come out of retirement for one more movie but she falls into a trap.  Trying to find out who set her up for murder, she has to stay ahead of the police while tracking down a briefcase which is at the center of it all.
Angel is a kick-ass take no prisoners broad.  She works to hard to find the briefcase while not knowing who can be trusted.  She handles it all and finds much more than she anticipated.  I liked Malloy but he was not all I wanted him to be.  I loved Didi, Angel's right hand woman.
The story held me enthrall from the opening sentence.  I finished it in one day.  I would read more of Christa Faust.


Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin (unknown Edition) [Paperback(2012)] - Adam Rubin

How to prepare tacos for dragons or you could have an unhappy dragon. And do they like you or your tacos?

Fun story on how much dragons love tacos and how you must do them for the dragons or you will have some mighty sick dragons which I know I don't want.


If You Give a Pig a Pancake - Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond

The consequences of giving a pig a pancake to eat. It is messy but the pig fixes that.

Enjoyable story where children can follow a response. There is logic there but mostly enjoyable illustrations for them to follow as they follow pig through the pages.

KNIT ONE, DIE TWO by Peggy Ehrhart

Knit One, Die Two - Peggy Ehrhart
Enjoyable entry in the Knit and Nibble Mystery series.  This time an actress in a local production is killed.  While the cops rule it an accident, Pamela and Bettina think it was something else.  Since Caralee, the actress, was a member of their knitting group, they decide to follow the clues.
I figured out the who but not the why.  The clues were there but I could not put it all together.  I like Pamela and Bettina trying to solve the crime.  I also like how they "bribe" some people to get the gossip and story.  They do manage to irritate people so I understand Penny's concern for her mother.  I also liked how they managed to trip up one suspect and figure out his secret.  Very crafty! 
I look forward to the Christmas book.

THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orleans

The Library Book - Susan Orlean

In April 1986 the Los Angeles Public Library central branch had a fire that destroyed much of its inventory.  We did not hear about it since Chernobyl happened at the same time.  So much was lost.  I liked how the book was set up.  She talked about the fire and the investigation into it.  She spoke of the current librarians and the fire's affect on them.  The history of the library was interesting as was the arson investigation.  I had goosebumps as she described the fire and cried with the librarians.  I found it fascinating how much was saved and the preservation of it.  This is a book for everyone.

MURDER BY THE BOOK by Lauren Elliott

Murder by the Book - Lauren Elliott
Addie opens up a used/rare bookstore upon her great aunt's death, an aunt she nothing of.  She is living in the great aunt's house where there are many treasures stored waiting for Addie to unearth them.  However, sinister attacks are happening--break-ins at her home and bookstore, stalking by a black sedan, people from her past appearing where they should not be.  Addie is left to wonder how it all fits in or is it just coincidence.
I enjoyed this book.  There is a lot happening but the world building is good.  I felt like I was in Addie's shoes and world.  I liked that Addie did not back down but tried finding the ties that linked it all together including the murders in the book.  I like that Serena, owner of the tea shop next door, and Addie became friends as neither had many.  I also liked the slow build of tension between Serena and the chief of police, Marc.  The characters were well written as are the villians of the piece.  Some are only for this book.  Others will be returning.
The story was interesting.  I like books that have rare book thefts as a topic.  I learn much when reading about this type of theft.  My interest was held and I hated having to go to bed because I could not stay awake to finish the book in one setting.  I look forward to the next book.

NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Burdugo

Ninth House - Leigh Bardugo
Alex (Galaxy) can see ghosts.  Lethe House at Yale wants her to help monitor the other Houses at Yale so that their "work" does not harm the reputation of Yale.  Alex is mentored by Darlington who disappears before showing her all the ropes.  A townie is murdered and Alex is sent to see if any of the Houses are responsible for the death.  Everyone is telling her to step down but something is off for Alex and so she investigates on her own with the help of Dawes, another member of the Lethe team.  What she finds is unexpected and unwelcome.
I love a kick-ass broad and that is what Alex is.  She came up the hard way, got involved in drugs and other things.  She figures maybe her life is starting to look up with a fresh start on the other side of the country at Yale.  She has no idea of what she faces.  She is smart and learns as she goes especially with Darlington gone.  She follows her instincts.  She is not above putting a little hurting on someone if need be.  Dawes is interesting.  Alex and she do not get along at first but eventually Dawes sees what Alex is.  They have each other's back which is good because what is on the surface is not what is reality. 
The story is fast paced when Alex begins to check out the murder.  There is a lot of action.  There is a lot of otherworldly aspects to the Houses as well as history of the town and the Houses.  It kept my interest and I cannot wait for the next book.