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Afton Nelson and 91 other people liked Betsy's review of Goodbye Stranger:
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
"After much consideration, I think I’m going to begin this review with what has to be the hoity toity-est opening I have ever come up with. Gird thy loins, mes amies. In her 2006 book Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity (don’t..." Read more of this review »
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Queen of Likes by Hillary Homzie
Queen of Likes
by Hillary Homzie
read in April, 2016
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Readers will love watching what happens when Karma Cooper is forced to find validation from places other than her thousands of followers on Snappypic. Best of all, she learns to validate herself, explore her talents and act not based on what others m ...more
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A Hitch at the Fairmont by Jim Averbeck
A Hitch at the Fairmont
by Jim Averbeck
read in March, 2016
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I wasn't in love with the character development. Sometimes I even forgot Hitchcock was there. He didn't feel fully fleshed out to me. Plot was great, lots of exciting action.
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A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell Mystery, #1)
by Deanna Raybourn (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2015
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It is always hard to leave Deanna Raybourn's fantastic characters behind when I finish her books, and this was no different. Veronica is passionate for science and keen on logic and observation, but is less tapped in to matters of the heart, and it d ...more
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Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
Rosemary's Baby
by Ira Levin
read in November, 2015
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Wow! I did not see that coming. Okay. I kind of saw it coming. The phrase "Rosemary's Baby" has worked it's way into the lexicon, so I was expecting something. But not that. After everything else, a great 1960's time capsule of culture, fashion, tren ...more
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Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
Orbiting Jupiter
by Gary D. Schmidt
read in November, 2015
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If you read the description on the book jacket, you might wonder if Gary Schmidt lost a bet and had to write a book about the most difficult character imaginable. Because what author would willingly chose to write a story about an 8th grade juvenile ...more
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Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
Goodbye Stranger
by Rebecca Stead
read in November, 2015
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I love everything Rebecca Stead writes. She captures the awkwardness and uncertainty that happens as one steps over the line from child to adolescent.
Afton Nelson and 16 other people liked Aly∞ 's review of Tamar:
Tamar by Mal Peet
"Today, I found out that Mal Peet passed away.
I am absolutely gutted that such a kind, generous soul was taken away far too soon. I think a reread of Tamar is due.

May you rest in peace. You will be greatly missed.






I read this book back in '07/08,..." Read more of this review »
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
"One of the most amazing true stories I have ever read. At times it gave me nightmares, at times it brought tears to my eyes and at times it had me gripping the edge of my seat. It is the story of Louie Zamperini, once a juvenile delinquent turned..." Read more of this review »
Witch & Wizard by James Patterson
"In an attempt at fairness to the "author", I listened to the first of several discs, but had to force myself to get through that. While stopping short of plagiarism, this work offered nothing new. Themes and characters were rehashed from the works..." Read more of this review »
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C.S. Lewis
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

W. Somerset Maugham
“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
W. Somerset Maugham

Steve Martin
“Writer's block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they can have an excuse to drink alcohol.”
Steve Martin

Steve Martin
“Through the years, I have learned there is no harm in charging oneself up with delusions between moments of valid inspiration.”
Steve Martin, Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

Judy Garland
“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”
Judy Garland

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