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The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

I read this one for my book group… and by the title I feared I was going to be bored out of my mind. Surprisingly, I wasn’t. Unsurprisingly, I was one of the only people in my group who enjoyed it.

I love my book group, but they tend to like a nice safe read like The Help. I like to read things with a little more edge, but I love the discussion, the diversity of the women and their opinions, so I stick with it. Just FYI.

Anyway, The Lace Reader was less about reading lace and more about blind faith, cult worship, witchcraft or the perception of it, and sanity. I found it intriguing. Warning: buy it on kindle. The cover is kind of wimpy looking. I’d love to hear what YOU think of it. Give it a try and let me know.

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Stephen King and… JFK?

Well, I finally finished Stephen King’s 11/22/63.  All 849 pages of it. I’m pretty sure my biceps are buffer than when I started. That is one bigass book.

Size aside, this is not typical King fare, so if you are looking to be scared to go to the bathroom during the night or not let any of your limbs dangle over the side of the bed, this book won’t do it. Sure, there’s some hinky stuff in there, but this isn’t horror. This is about time travel, the butterfly effect, fate, and what really could happen if someone could go back to the past and right a wrong. Will it make things better? Well, Mr. King has a way with words and he kept me asking that question for 849 pages. And I have to say that every page was worth it because the man is one hell of a writer.

Don’t read this if you are looking for the next “IT”. But read it if you enjoy reading.

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Shock Wave by John Sandford


The latest Virgil Flowers (aka “that f*ckin’ Flowers) novel from John Sandford is awesome. Yes, I said it. Awesome. I have found that I like Virgil Flowers even more than Lucas Davenport from the author’s Prey series. The laid-back, unorthodox detective faces the challenge of finding out who is trying to keep a large megastore (think Walmart) from being built in a small town via bombings. Virgil is unorthodox and appealing. I highly suggest crime thriller lovers read this one!!!

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A Discovery of Witches – Mini-Spoiler-Free Review

I finally finished A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. It’s a long one and tough to read over the holidays when things are really busy. This book was highly praised and touted as “Harry Potter for adults”. I disagree.

The story was good, for the most part, with witches, vampires, and daemons. The problem was that the author apparently felt the need to not only capitalize on the HP success, but Twilight as well. A big romantic entanglement is the stimulus for many of the events in the book.

Basically, and without spoiling anything, a witch who has denied her powers must learn to use them when she discovers a book that has been hidden. She also has to deal with falling in love outside of her species.

It ends with a cliffhanger, so if you aren’t ready to commit to a series, avoid it. If you don’t mind an

HP/Twilight hybrid, this may be right for you.

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Mindfulness – DBT Books

If you suffer from anxiety, depression, or similar conditions (I do), you may find Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to be helpful. There are many books available on the subject, many from Shambhala Publications. I recommend The Mindfulness Revolution, The Five Keys to a Mindful Communication, and Awake in the World.

Mindfulness is the key to DBT and is truly helpful. Awake in the World also incorporates balancing life and using meditation and yoga. I LOVE yoga! In fact, Shambhala also has Yoga for Emotional Balance, which I also find to be very interesting and helpful.

While these books are informative and interesting, they will not replace the need for therapy or medication in severe cases of depression and/or anxiety. Think of them as a supplemental resource. Mindfulness can change your mind… and your life.

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Faithful Place by Tana French

 

It’s been a busy summer. I loaded up my Kindle for a week’s vacation and then was afraid to get sand in it, so I had to go buy magazines and a book. I ended up with Tana French’s Faithful Place. It was a mystery/thriller set in Dublin and was, quite honestly, very engaging. I loved the writing and the characters.

In the mid 80s, a couple of teens fell in love and planned to run away together. The girl disappeared, apparently leaving her lover behind. Twenty-two years later, he is a detective and her abandoned suitcase has turned up. That’s all I’m telling you. Read it. You’ll like it.

 

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Mystery by Jonathan Kellerman

This is Kellerman’s latest entry in the Alex Delaware series of mysteries. He and his absolutely non-stereotypical gay cop friend, Milo, work on unusual murder cases together. This wasn’t my favorite of the series, but overall, not bad. You might want to wait until the eBook price drops or it comes out in paperback – depending on how you roll. You won’t be disappointed, but it’s not winning any prizes either.

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