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I'm a reader who enjoys posting comments and recommendations about the books I read. You will not find a synopsis with my recommendations because you can just click on the book title for a link to www.goodreads.com for a synopsis and reviews by other readers. I prefer the 3 Reason format: the reason I chose to read it; the reason I liked (or disliked) the book; and the reason I recommend it.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Before the Scarlet Dawn (Daughters of the Potomac #1)Before the Scarlet Dawn by Rita Gerlach
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I felt disappointed by this book.


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Odessa Sea (Dirk Pitt, #24)Odessa Sea by Clive Cussler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read it because I enjoy Dirk Pitt and Al.
I give it 5 stars because Dirk Pitt is swashbuckling even in an age of RPGs and automatic weapons. Of course Dirk can do what did, and he can keep me entertained.
I recommend it only to fans of the series.


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Friday, October 13, 2017

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A NovelThe Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel by Mitch Albom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book will be the November selection for our book club. I look forward to the discussion this book will generate.
"Everyone joins a band in this life" is a repetitive theme. My book club could be a band.
I recommend this book for other members of book clubs.


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Thursday, September 28, 2017

  Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the BardShakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura  Bates
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book will be the October selection for my book club, so I borrowed it on the Hoopla app from my local library. I doubt I would have selected it for its topic without the book club.
There were some parts I found difficult to read because I felt manipulated by the author to have more empathy for Larry than I would have given him from another person's telling of his story. It did make me question my previous belief about the need for correctional education. I look forward to book club's discussion.
I recommend it to other book clubs and their readers.


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Saturday, September 23, 2017

 The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary ResultsThe One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This ebook was downloaded to my Nook library when it was offered for free from Barnes and Noble several years ago. I chose it because I enjoy motivational self-help books.
This book has some truthiness to it. "Over time, myths and mistruths get thrown around so often they eventually feel familiar and start to sound like the truth." Like all good advice books, the advice will work only if it becomes a consistent part of your day. The main question to be asked for this book is "What is the One thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?"
The author also discusses creating a time block on your calendar or schedule to do the One thing.
I recommend this book for all readers who enjoy this genre.


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Friday, September 22, 2017

The Western Star (Walt Longmire, #13)The Western Star by Craig Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a fan of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire books so I requested this one as soon as I heard it would be available. When I could clear enough time to start this one, I read it in one day because I was fully involved in the two storylines of this book.
I took off one star because it ends with a cliffhanger, and now I have to wait for the next one!


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