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If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won't)

If You Ask Me: And of Course You Won't - Betty White I listened to this one just this afternoon read by Betty White herself. I don't listen to many audio books and my biggest criticism of this one is that it actually sounded like she was reading the book to me. I like the audio to sound more like a conversation than beng read to.

I like Betty White and I liked this book.

Running & Walking for Women Over 40

Running & Walking for Women Over 40 - Kathrine Switzer This was a fantastic book to get me motivated to get up and move!

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands: A Novel

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands - Chris Bohjalian Emily is telling her story in only a way that a seventeen year old girl can tell. It is, at times, a bit random and very Double Bind (ish). The title of the book, too, seems a bit random and confusing until it is revealed. And, boy oh boy, when it was revealed, it took my breath away. A quote from the book (w/o giving anything away), "It seems to me that if you didn't know the context of those words, they were kind of pretty."

I had the opportunity to meet Chris this past summer at a book reading for The Sandcastle Girls at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters. I was in such a state of excitement that I found myself as giddy as any teenage schoolgirl with a crush. Thank you for that, Chris!

I highly recommend this book and many thanks to Doubleday and Edelweiss for giving me the opportunity to read this. Expected publication for this bad boy is July, 2014 and I will be buying this for my bookshelf.

One Night in Winter

One Night in Winter - Simon Sebag Montefiore This was, for me, a very difficult book to follow. It is the story of post WWII school children in Russia being arrested and interrogated in prison. Each of these children, one as young as 6 years old is made to sign a confession indicating their parents in some sort of government plot to over throw Stalin.

There is so much in this book and it was so hard for me to take it all in and to make sense of. I think that if I knew more about Russian history than I could have given it a higher rating.


Running Against Traffic

Running Against Traffic - Gaelen VanDenbergh I am not going to give this one a rating because I did not finish it. this book was not fr me.

The Baker's Daughter: A Novel

The Baker's Daughter - Sarah McCoy This was so good! This is, yet another, WWII story. This is NOT the usual WWII story. It is a story told from the perspective of a 'good' German family trying to live their lives according to the Nazi doctrine. They struggle with trying to scratch out a living as bakers and trying to keep their family safe.

Flash forward to current time in the US to a journalist in Texas who is going to do a story about a typical Christmas in WWII Germany. She is sent to interview the owner of the only German baker in El Paso. Yup, you guessed it, she interviews one of the daughters of our 'good' German family.

What you get here is not a typical story about a typical Christmas. This is a story that you will find yourself totally immersed in and the characters that you will love and hate.

If you enjoy WWII, then this is the book for you. I highly recommend this book.

The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

The Aviator's Wife - Melanie Benjamin This book was just plain boring. I have picked it up and put t back down countless times since February. I officially give up.

Iced: A Dani O'Malley Novel

Iced - Karen Marie Moning It was "OK" is all I can muster about this book. I definitely won't be moving on with the series.

Heart Like Mine: A Novel

Heart Like Mine - Amy Hatvany This was just OK to maybe I liked it. It seemed a bit too sappy and chick litty for my taste. (I realize litty is not a word).

If you are a person that is in to chick lit, then I think that this book will be quite enjoyable for you.
This was another fine story by Corban Addison. like his first novel A Walk across the Sun, this is a story of injustice.

A Down Syndrone child is brutally raped and left wandering the streets in an African city. When she is found the police and prosecutors try to piece together how and who is responsible for this despicable act.

There were many players in this story and it was a challenge at times to keep up with everyone.

Many thanks to Quercus and edelweiss for this advanced readers copy.

Mr. Midnight

Mr. Midnight - Allan Leverone This was sure a twisted piece of reading! Each chapter seemed to take on the theme of the book by coming to me in "flickers". (Read the book and you will understand)

This book is not for the feint of heart. It is brutal and bloody. So, if you have a weak stomach or scare easily; then this book is not for you. If, however, you are interested in a good back story with lots of thrills, you will not be disappointed.

This is my second Allan Leverone book and I am happy to say that he is my new "go to" author! Thanks so much, Allan!

Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life

Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life - Graham Nash This was a very enjoyable book. I really liked reading about the making of the songs.

It seems that Graham Nash is a really nice guy and I will appreciate his music even more after reading his story.

Thank you Crown Archetype and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read this book.

Always Watching

Always Watching - Chevy Stevens What can I say about this book? HMMMMMM, I enjoyed her book [b:Still Missing|7159515|Still Missing|Chevy Stevens|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1260468195s/7159515.jpg|7383770] and thought that it was very well done. This one seemed to missing something.

This is the story of a woman that lived in a commune with her mother and brother for a period of 8 months while she was a child (pre-teenish). She doesn't remember a large part of her time in the commune, but she does know that bad stuff happened. Throughout the book she will regain snippets of memory that are being triggered by different events and experiences.

The premise of the story was good and it could have been an "edge of your seat" thriller, however, this one kind of left me with an 'oh well, it was alright'. None of the characters were developed. Just when you think that you are going to get to the meat of the matter we are left to wonder and move on to something/someone else.

This book was an easy and quick read and I would recommend it if you are sitting on the beach with nothing to do for a couple of days.

Many things to Netgalley and St Martins Press for this advanced readers copy. The expected publish date is June 18, 2013.

Bossypants

Bossypants - Tina Fey This was an enjoyable book. There were many laugh out loud moments. I did feel that there was not much of a flow to it which made it a bit dis-jointed.

I came back to add that I thought Tina did a wonderful job with her message in the book. We, women, should stop trying to compete with one another. There will be enough lines for all of us...(I couldn't agree with her more)

The Lemon Orchard

The Lemon Orchard - Luanne Rice This was a really nice story but I absolutely hated the way that it ended.

Canada

Canada - Richard Ford I had high hopes for this one, however, it just never delivered.

We find out in the first couple of paragraphs what happens in the book, but, the anticipation is 'supposed' to come with the telling of the back story. There was no anticipation and the back story is just plain boring.

If you are looking for something to make you drowsy while suffering from insomnia, this is the book for you.