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Happy New Year~2021

  HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!  WISHING EVERYONE A YEAR FILLED WITH HOPE AND HAPPINESS!                                                                  💚💚💛💜💖 I am happy and very excited to continue my blog this year.  I look forward to sharing reviews, my book challenges and maybe a few other odds and ends as they present themselves. I joined a few online book clubs so I'm looking forward to sharing recommendations and posting reviews from participating with the book club community.  Wishing everyone cheers  to an excellent book year.    Keep safe and keep booking!

Review~One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski

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💖 = Did not like; 💖💖 = It was ok; 💖💖💖 = Liked it; 💖💖💖💖 = Really liked it; 💖💖💖💖💖 = It was amazing  Genre: Mystery Copyright: 2019 Experience: 💖💖💖 = Liked it What it's about: It was the perfect place to disappear... One sultry summer, Maureen Haddaway arrives in the wealthy town of Opal Beach to start her life anew—to achieve her destiny. There, she finds herself lured by the promise of friendship, love, starry skies, and wild parties. But Maureen’s new life just might be too good to be true, and before the summer is up, she vanishes. Decades later, when Allison Simpson is offered the opportunity to house-sit in Opal Beach during the off-season, it seems like the perfect chance to begin fresh after a messy divorce. But when she becomes drawn into the mysterious disappearance of a girl thirty years before, Allison realizes the gorgeous homes of Opal Beach hide dark secrets. And the truth of that long-ago summer is not even the most shocking part of all... My thoughts

Review~American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

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💖 = Did not like; 💖💖 = It was ok; 💖💖💖 = Liked it; 💖💖💖💖 = Really liked it; 💖💖💖💖💖 = It was amazing   Genre: Spy Thriller/Espionage Copyright: 2019 Experience: 💖💖💖 = Liked it What it's about: What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love? One woman struggles to choose between her honor and her heart in this enthralling espionage drama that deftly hops between New York and West Africa. It's 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She's brilliant, but she's also a young black woman working in an old boys' club. Her career has stalled out, she's overlooked for every high-profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork. So when she's given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the charismatic, revolutionary president of Burkina Faso whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention, she says

Review~Gray Mountain by John Grisham

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💖 = Did not like; 💖💖 = It was ok; 💖💖💖 = Liked it; 💖💖💖💖 = Really liked it; 💖💖💖💖💖 = It was amazing  Genre: Mystery/Legal Thriller Copyright: 2014 Experience: 💖💖💖💖 = Really liked it What it's about: The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track—until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the “lucky” associates. She’s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she’d get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town’s legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to “help real people with real problems.” For the first time in her career, Samantha prepares a lawsuit, sees the in

Tracker~Traveling the United States

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💖 = Did not like; 💖💖 = It was ok; 💖💖💖 = Liked it; 💖💖💖💖 = Really liked it; 💖💖💖💖💖 = It was amazing  I always wondered how many states I visited through the books I read.  I decided to start tracking my journeys.  What better time than the new year.  No rules, just a guideline to keep me focused.  I will be updating my travels here. Traveling the United States Start 1/1/2021. No end date. Track the locales in the books I read. 50 + District of Columbia 1/51 (updated 1/6/21) Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey- One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski New Mexico New York- American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont

Challenge~Off the Library Shelf 2021

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💖 = Did not like; 💖💖 = It was ok; 💖💖💖 = Liked it; 💖💖💖💖 = Really liked it; 💖💖💖💖💖 = It was amazing I decided to do this challenge to coincide with my love for the library.  A little background.  The library opened back up to allow the public insude.  To keep within safety guidelines, patrons were allowed to browse 10 to 15 minutes at a time.  To maximize my browsing time I picked a letter off the top of my head to select an author with the last name starting with that letter.  Thus, this challenge was created.  I think starting the beginning of a new year was perfect.  Just one rule and a challenge enhancer: Read a book from the library shelf where the author's last name begins with the letter of the alaphabet A-Z. Challenge Enhancer: Books will be selected and read in order of the alphabet, a then b then c, etc.  All genres are fair game.  I will update this post as I read them. Off the Library Shelf Challenge - Start 1/1/2021. No end date.  0/26 A B C D E F G H I J

Year In Books~2020

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💖 = Did not like; 💖💖 = It was ok; 💖💖💖 = Liked it; 💖💖💖💖 = Really liked it; 💖💖💖💖💖 = It was amazing  My library was closed most of the year so I bought a lot of the books I read.  Thankfully, I was able to share them with my book friend V. and donate the rest.  Here's a snap shot: Books read: 58 Fiction: 57 Non-Fiction: 1 5 Star Experience: 4  *NOTE* Not all of the 58 books I read this year are listed on this blog with a review because I started posting later in the year. However the numbers are true.  

Review~Triple Threat by Camryn King

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💖 = Did not like; 💖💖 = It was ok; 💖💖💖 = Liked it; 💖💖💖💖 = Really liked it; 💖💖💖💖💖 = It was amazing  Genre: Mystery Copyright: 2018 Experience: 💖💖💖 = Liked it What it's about: Mallory Knight knows all too well how perfect lives can be illusions. Her best friend, Leigh, seemed to have it all. But then she's found dead. Suicide, or so they say. Mallory isn't convinced, and decides to put her investigative journalist skills to use in a whole new way. To the rest of the world, superstar athlete Christian Graham seems perfect--he is kind, honorable, and easy on the eyes. But after discovering his name in Leigh's journal, Mallory wonders if there are secrets behind his megawatt smile. If every generous public gesture is a lie. Challenging the popular superstar puts Mallory's career and reputation on the line. But she won't back down in her pursuit of the truth--even if the cost is her job . . . or her life. My thoughts: I enjoyed reading this story abou

Review~The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

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💖 = Did not like; 💖💖 = It was ok; 💖💖💖 = Liked it; 💖💖💖💖 = Really liked it; 💖💖💖💖💖 = It was amazing  Genre: Literary Fiction Copyright: 2019 Experience: 💖💖💖💖💖 = It was amazing  What it's about: Winner of the 2020 Pulizer Prize for Fiction. As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is “as good as anyone.” Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is a high school senior about to start classes at a local college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides “physical, intellectual and moral training” so the delinquent boys in their charge can become “honorable and honest men.” In reality, the Nickel Academy is

Review~The Target (FBI Thriller #3) by Catherine Coulter

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💖 = Did not like; 💖💖 = It was ok; 💖💖💖 = Liked it; 💖💖💖💖 = Really liked it; 💖💖💖💖💖 = It was amazing  Genre: Mystery Copyright: 1998 Experience: 💖💖💖 = Liked it What it's about: Coulter continues the suspense-filled series she began with The Cove (1996) and The Maze (1997), even bringing in some of the same characters. Her latest is set in the Colorado mountains, where Judge Ramsey Hunt has fled to recuperate after being forced to shoot a man during a melee in his courtroom. But his dream of peace and quiet is shattered when he discovers an unconscious, beaten, and sexually abused little girl who is too traumatized to speak. Reluctant to subject her to any more terror, Ramsey refrains from going to the authorities and cares for her himself. But once again, violence intrudes, first when two gunmen attempt to take the girl, and then when her mother, Molly, appears, ready to kill the man she believes is the kidnapper. Miraculously, Emma regains her voice in the nick of ti