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Books Finished - Month by Month - 2017

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September 2017

A young amnesiac doctor lives an upstanding but humble life and falls in love with a girl, only to have his forgotten past come back to haunt him, reclaim him and almost ruin him...almost. Very good read!
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It's good to see the vampires of Anne Rice continued. This is book 12 technically, but it's book 2 of the "Prince Lestat" pair. It's definitely taken on a different and unexpected twist, but it was still a good adventure and shows us that the sky is not even the limit for the Rice vampires. 
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Starts slow, and though it's part of a series, it can stand alone as a story. A great romance, ending and heroine!
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August 2017

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Matilda is a tragic tale about a young girl who is finally reunited with her father. Blissfully happy for a year or so, things suddenly change and she finds out her father’s dark secret. Overwhelmed with despair and unwarranted guilt, she cuts herself off from the world and falls deeper and deeper in love with the idea of death as days go by.
This is a tale only Mary Shelley could’ve written, with it’s tragedy and taboo subjects. A very sad story, but worth the read.
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J Is for Judgment - Sue Grafton
In this installment in the series we see more of Kinsey's past and personal life, which is making the series better, I think. As usual there's always an interesting and dangerous case for her to solve as well.
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Another great read by Rollins! 

This one features a conspiracy that goes back to the cold war and involves spectacularly gifted children and the Oracle of Delphi. This story takes you on quite a ride, mentally and emotionally.

I'm also happy to say that a much loved character is reintroduced finally.

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July 2017

Finally another book in the vampire chronicles! 

Its definitely differnent from the others, but still enjoyable. 

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The Greater Inclination - Edith Wharton
A collection of short stories about people who follow the "greater inclination" or, greater good. 
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A story of lovers parted, and the girl who has premonitions of her love's fate because of a jealous and rejected suitor. Not the best of Collins but still a good story!
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Another in the Millhone series! And yes, I'm too lazy to write another synopsis. 
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June 2017

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A little different than the previous books in the series, this one deals with a strain of disease that causes mass death or, sometimes, even worse horrors. And of course the twisted group that wants to exploit it. It was very tense and at times heart wrenching, but incredibly creative. A few more sad parts than the other books though.


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This book follows the lives and fates of families and neighbors in a small New England town. Some of their stories seem mundane, but the way they are entwined makes for interesting outcomes.

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Another good adventure, but this time Kinsey shows an even more human side. Which is nice to see. There are also some other very interesting and complex characters included. .
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A short murder mystery about two sisters who love the same man, but when one ends up dead, the other is suspected, their lover is suspected...in fact, no one is above suspicion!
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May 2017

This was an interesting and obscure little who-dun-it mystery. Worth the read for something a little different.
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G Is for Gumshoe - Sue Grafton

Finally! Kinsey is showing more of a human side and has what seems possibly to be a real connection and love interest with someone. Could it be? Will she cultivate this new part of her character? I hope so! The case she’s on as usual is pretty interesting and definitely added to by her new, temporary partner.

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The second book in the Barchester Towers series by Trollope. This one was much better than the first in the series because it gets more into the personal lives of the characters concerned. 
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A good book, I would say for beginners. Though the author refers to his previous book a lot, he still lays out the basics for psychic self defense. I like that he emphasizes that you don't need any psychical tools to make your defenses work. Not the best or fullest book I've read on the subject, but a fair foundation.
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American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis

I was curious about this book for a long time, so I finally read it.

I don’t know why this book was so popular!? I barely got through the first 15 minutes! All it’s about is a pretentious, narcissistic sociopath of a snob….and his friends who are just about as bad as he is.  Not only this, but the author makes the character so much worse by having him name every freakin’ brand name of every single freakin’ thing he sees or wears, throughout the whole book!! I almost went psycho just reading this mind numbing trash.


As far as the killing he supposedly does, even that is pointless and uninteresting (though sickeningly brutal) as crime goes, and that doesn’t even happen until the second half of the book. There is speculation that his murders and some of his other behaviors are hallucinations and not really happening (because of his chronic coke use). I see how that may be. In fact, I doubt he could function at the level the author claims he’s at and be so successful at the point where his drug and alcohol abuse is, especially if his hallucinations are that bad. It’s just another piece that doesn’t make sense…..in many pages of senseless, disgusting babble.


I like horror, I like humor, drama, thrillers...you name it. This is none of those things.


Definitely the worst drivel I’ve ever read. Someone put this author out of his misery. If I could give this -1 stars, I would.

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April 2017

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The Warden (Penguin Classics) - Anthony Trollope
This begins the 'Barchester Towers' series.  After being immersed in the 'Palliser Novels' series (also by Trollope) I was a bit disappointed by the dullness and rambling way this series starts out. 

Then again, I do remember having to warm up to the other series a bit too at first. Still, I wasn't as taken up by this novel.

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The last book in the Palliser novels. I really enjoyed this series and I recommend it. I'm sorry to see it end!
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This was a fun read. Being an outdoors lover and interested in tracking and things like that, I was already familiar with much of the information provided here. But there were some interesting facts to be learned. 

My only criticisms would be that the author sometimes generalizes when he shouldn't and at one point presents a ridiculous theory on why people in cold climates are shorter (he needs to stick to plants and trees, seriously!). Also, the author is from the UK and though he tries to give some examples for other places in the world, plant life is vastly different in most parts of the U.S. and converting distances, understanding the constellations, etc. can be a chore because he's writing as though we're all in England, which unfortunately, I'm not. I would love to find a book like this with more local information :)

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The third and last book in the Dark Legacy series! A wonderful fast-paced story with some twists and turns that were unexpected. Unfortunately, the author kills off quite a few good characters, and one in particular broke my heart. But, Brooks tends to do that. The only characters he constantly reincarnates are the Ohlmsfords and Leahs, lol. 


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The 3rd book in the Sigma Force series. I still cannot say enough good things about Rollins and these novels. They have not disappointed me yet. I would suggest you read them in order. Although the adventures can stand alone to a degree, the characters that carry over from book to book are well worth getting to know. 
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And the love-hate relationship with this series continues! 

A good mystery, but if I hear Millhone say one more time how she hates nature and animals, I'm done, lol.

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March 2017

The second book in the Dark Legacy of Shannara series. As I’ve mentioned before, this is a great series, full of page turning adventure. It’s hard not to fly through these books and want to devour another; especially when the author leaves such cliff hanger endings for us!
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Yet another series I'm working through. This is a well put together P.I. mystery, though I wish it wasn't written in first person. 

**For more on my thoughts about the series, look at the books in previous months**

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This is another book in the Palliser novels series. Definitely my favorite series by Anthony Trollope. More than political novels, they include personal stories of the characters, love, trials and even intrigues. 
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A good place to start if you're interested in learning more about the famous queen. Having an interest in ancient Egypt, it's not the first of the type I've read, but certainly a classic.
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A Short History of England - G. K. Chesterton

Being a history enthusiast and lover of all things England, I had to give this book a try finally. I would say it’s a short but decent introduction, well written but very much philosophical in it’s tone and view. It’s also written with favor towards the medieval times and the practice of religion in those times.

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What can I say about this book? I barely got through it and I was irritated beyond measure by the main character. Never has there been a more pretentious, full of cr**p character written before. The only way I would have enjoyed this novel is if the supposed “heroine” was given a good thrashing…or several.

I  don’t recommend this one at all…..unless you enjoy complete idiots. Not amusing in the least.

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February 2017

The first book in the next trilogy, continuing the Shannara series. There are only a few fantasy series, or fantasy authors, for that matter, that I really love. I must say, Terry Brooks is right at the top of those. 

In this story, we see a new generation of Elves, Ohlmsfords and more new characters. The Ellcrys is once again in peril, Paranor is at risk and the Forbidding is breached. Granted, these tend to be a recurring theme in Shannara, but it's still a new adventure, with new heroes, and like most Brooks books, a page-turner.

 

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Douglas Preston is one of my favorite authors, so when this book came out I was eager to get it! 

While it's a very interesting story and the real archeological adventure he went on is one of a kind, I found the book lacking somehow. Almost the first half of it is all backstory on the history of the previous (often fake) explorations of the site.

While I know that's necessary, I think it could have been greatly condensed.

His own narrative was well done, though in parts a bit dry compared to his other writing.

I realize I'm sounding very critical, but I was just surprised in the change in the way it was done.

But, it's definitely worth the read for anyone interested in archeology, legends and adventures.

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A new case featuring private investigator Kinsey. As usual, the case is good and interesting. Kinsey Millhone, while not the most endearing character, is beginning to show more of her self. I even found something I can relate to her on in this particular adventure. I'm hoping she will soften up just a bit more and continue improving as the series continues.  
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In summary, this is about a young girl who gives her heart to the wrong man and life becomes unpleasant and even tragic for everyone involved. The man who truly loves her however, remains faithful in the background.


This is one of the least tragic books by Thomas Hardy, having a happy ending in spite of all the troubles through the story. Therefore, it's one his works I like the most. The movie is also recommended.


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A Woman of No Importance - Oscar Wilde
I enjoy this as I do most of Oscar Wilde's works. It's a very short play, but his wit and humor come through when discussing the sexes :)
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There's not much I can say about this book, except....boring. I rarely say that about anything, but truly, nothing really happened until the very end, and then I barely knew why. It just couldn't hold my attention or interest. 

Whatever "Happened in Egypt", the writer failed to portray.

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A very brief glimpse into the life inside a 1800's asylum. This was written by a woman who was committed there by her sons (wrongly, I would say). She writes of her observations and experiences and later after she is released campaigned to improve the conditions in such institutions.
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January 2107

This was a very interesting and useful book with tips and strategies to market your content online (which I really need to get better at!). Some of it is basic, common sense types of suggestions, but it also gives further insight and ideas one may not necessarily think of, or may not have thought of as significant. 

Most definitely worth reading if you have something to market, rather you're a beginner or just looking for new motivation and ideas.

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I cannot say enough good things about this series. This is book two of the Sigma Force series. I don't want to give any of the story away (you can read the publishers own synopsis) but I will say that if you want a thriller that combines, science, archeology, history, action, top secret government agencies and much, much more.....you must read these! 

And it's all woven together with real facts, locations and history. Safe to say I'm in love with the works of James Rollins.

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So, this is book three in the series. I've had a hard time learning to "love" these books. 

The stories are put together well and interesting, but the main character (Kinsey) just isn't that great. She tends to have very negative views on certain things, like relationships, and she loathes dogs and has an aversion to other animals as well.

She's just not a character I can warm up to so far. Though I must say, now that I've finished book three, she's improved (book one I could not recommend). 


Another peeve of mine is that these books are written in first person style, which generally I don't care for much. :-/

Since I have the entire series, I'm committing to getting through them, so I keep reading. Other than the things I mentioned, the stories/mysteries themselves are pretty good.

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This short mystery involves a secret group who hold the life and death of others by a string....and within the bronze hand, quite literally.
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Quite simply, this is a very short mystery/love story. Though it includes an odd and mysterious death, things end well for the main characters. 

It's not the best I've read by Anna K. Green, whose stories I've always enjoyed, but then it is only a short story and not like her others.

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At the end of each month, I will fill in all the books (hardcover, audio or eBook form) that I have completed, rather I read them for the first time or simply reread them that month.
The most recent month will always be at the top of the list, so it's easy to view for anyone interested in following my progress.
This list will continue at least through 2017, month by month.

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