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message 1: by RachelvlehcaR (last edited Sep 08, 2014 01:10AM) (new)

RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) I have already read more than 50 books for 2014. Check them out in the spoiler.

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Note: I have changed my title of the thread since there are so many Rachel's. Hope that helps!

84. I started yesterday and finished today, Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. (1001 Books & 1000 Guardian List)
Main Genre: Classic, Adventure
Date Read: 4/30/14

Around the World in Eighty Days  by Jules Verne = ★★★★☆

I found this a quick read for me. It's actually my first Jules Verne book. It's kind of sad to think the only way to do this bet is to be rich, however it's the only way to do so. There was that one guy that did go to every country by means of foot, car, train, and boat (no plane). He made it in the Guinness World Record.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 85. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.. (Sci-fi Challenge & 1000 Guardian List)
Main Genre: Sci-fi
Date Read: 5/3/14
⚜ Hugo Award for Best Novel (1961)

A Canticle for Leibowitz (St. Leibowitz, #1) by Walter M. Miller Jr. = ★★★★☆

I normally wouldn't have picked up this book. I saw all the good reviews and decided to go for it. It does go slow. Very slow. I find it interesting in how it's constructed. Three different times, all of it post apocalyptic earth. It's funny in some ways. Other times it is upsetting in how politics, religion, and fear of change seem like it will never change--will always be an issue.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 86. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. (Sci-fi Challenge)
Main Genre: Sci-fi
Date Read: 5/4/14
⚜ Man Booker Prize Nominee for Shortlist (2003),
⚜ Orange Prize Nominee for Fiction Shortlist (2004),
⚜ Scotiabank Giller Prize Nominee (2003)

Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy, #1) by Margaret Atwood = ★★★★☆

This is another slow paced book. Also a post apocalyptic story about The Snowman. It switches back and forth to past (memories) of Oryx and Crake and present of Snowman. The ending, oh, what an ending.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 87. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. (1001 Children's Book to Read)
Main Genre: Children's, Coming of Age
Date Read: 5/4/14
⚜ Young Hoosier Book Award (1976),
⚜ Nene Award (1975),
⚜ North Dakota Children's Choice Award (1979),
⚜ Golden Archer Award (1974)

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume = ★★★★☆

Children's book, more a pre-teen book. I was surprised about this book. I learned it was actually banned, I can see why some very uppity people would not want their daughters to read it but honestly why?

It's a great book and it brought me back to childhood. Yes, I never ever wanted mine to happen nor do I know any girl that did. Still, this was a great book and I read it so quickly. It actually touches on a lot of issues.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 88. Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman.
Main Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir
Date Read: 5/6/14

Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman = ★☆☆☆☆

I first found out about this book by first watching the Netflix series. I figured before I watched the second session that I needed to read the book. I have mixed feelings about this book. First of all, don't compare the book to the series, the series is just trying to get ratings to they distort the book.

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I would suggest to read the book before watching the show. I'm disappointed with this book.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 89. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin.
Main Genre: Fantasy
Date Read: 5/9/14
⚜ Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (2000),
⚜ Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (1999),
⚜ Ignotus for Novela extranjera (2004)

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) by George R.R. Martin = ★★★★★

This is book 2 of the series. Great book. The HBO series is great but the books add so much more. The need thing about the book is that it covers some things that are not covered in the HBO series. The same is with the HBO series, it covers other things that are not in the book. I have only experenced that in one other book, Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.

Really awesome book. Can't wait to start the third book!


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 90. Equoid by Charles Stross.
Main Genre: Dark Fantasy
Date Read: 5/10/14

Equoid (Laundry Files, #2.9) by Charles Stross = ★★★★★

Awesome free short story. Just loved it.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 91. Anathem by Neal Stephenson.
Main Genre: Sci-fi
Date Read: 5/13/14
⚜ Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (2009),
⚜ Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (2009),
⚜ Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominee for Best Novel (2009),
⚜ British Science Fiction Association Award Nominee for Best Novel (2008),
⚜ John W. Campbell Award Nominee for Best Novel (2009)

Anathem by Neal Stephenson = ★★★☆☆

Long, very long and slow moving book (981 pages). I had a love/hate relationship with this book. There are funny parts, but a lot of boring parts too. Lots of discussion, thinking, and philosophy in this book.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 92. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. (1001 Books & 1000 Guardian List)
Main Genre: Sci-fi
Date Read: 5/15/14
⚜ ALA's Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of (2011)

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley = ★★★☆☆

Different kind of book. It caught me off guard. Some parts really caught my attention.

I really wanted to rate this book more than a three star book but I can't. I am amazed that it was written in the 1930's. Then again, in the 1930's socialism was gaining popularity and many people from the time viewed it as a "creeping socialism" happening in the United States. Huxley was born and raised in England. Socialism views were strong and popular, even to this day. So, seeing how involved the government is in his book doesn't surprise me.

It is also not surprising about drugs in this book. How else can you brainwash a bunch of people? The recreational drugs have to be a huge part so keep them in line and make them in primal modes so the masses are easier to manage, especially in large cities like London. Huxley was an avid recreational drug user himself. Look at his book The Doors of Perception, it was even Jim Morrison's favorite books.

Since the people are not having to worry about much they have a lot of leisurely time. They have genetically engineered children who become more mindless and happy going to keep them in check. It's so primal in a hedonistic way. Sex would be a huge part of society at the time. It's so hedonistic, same with the drugs.

It's an interesting book. I think more to be a shocker, especially for the time it was written.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 93. The Color Purple by Alice Walker. (1001 Books & 1000 Guardian List)
Main Genre: Historical Fiction
Date Read: 5/16/14
⚜ Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1983),
⚜ National Book Award for Fiction (1983),
⚜ National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee (1982)

The Color Purple by Alice Walker = ★★★★★

This is an ugly in your face book. I was so upset reading it at the beginning, so much horrible stuff happening in this book. I kept reading and was captivated by it all about by the characters. There is also a beauty in this book that I haven't seen in a great deal of books. There was a mixture of emotions that came with this book, it even made me cry. Very very strong book.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 94. Hive by Tim Curran.
Main Genre: Horror
Date Read: 5/21/14

Hive (Hive, #1) by Tim Curran = ★★★☆☆

This book had good moments that were flat out freaky. I sure wouldn't want to be caught in those situations. Other parts of the book were slow or a repeat of what others experienced. I liked it but not great nor horrible.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 95. Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb.
Main Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Date Read: 5/25/14

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1) by Robin Hobb = ★★★★☆

I enjoyed the book. It's a pleasant surprise because I read about some people not liking it for certain reasons however it was interesting to me from page one. I do wish it had more on his training, still it was a good book and can't wait to read the second book, however it will have to wait since I have to read a few other books. Perhaps next month.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 96. Parasite by Mira Grant.
Main Genre: Horror
Date Read: 5/25/14
⚜ Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)

Parasite (Parasitology, #1) by Mira Grant = ★★★★☆

This book got my attention from page one. It's a creepy idea, very creepy. I read it in a day, just enjoyed it a lot. I will have to read the second book but it isn't released until Nov. 2014 (6 months away). I saw she has a trilogy of her other books at my library. I will be checking those out.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 97. Divergent by Veronica Roth.
Main Genre: Sci-fi, Young Adult
Date Read: 5/26/14
⚜ ALA Teens' Top Ten Nominee (2012),
⚜ Children's Choice Book Award Nominee for Teen Choice Book of the Year (2012),
⚜ Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (2014),
⚜ DABWAHA Romance Tournament for Best Young Adult Romance (2012),
⚜ Goodreads Choice for Favorite Book of 2011,
⚜ Goodreads Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2011)

Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth = ★★★★☆

For sure this is a young adult book. Keep that in mind when reading it. For a young adult book it's a good book. I enjoyed it and will read the other two books. It's your typical dystopia story that is so popular lately.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 98. The Valley of Heaven and Hell - Cycling in the Shadow of Marie-Antoinette by Susie Kelly.
Main Genre: Travel
Date Read: 5/28/14

The Valley of Heaven and Hell - Cycling in the Shadow of Marie-Antoinette by Susie Kelly = ★★★☆☆

I really liked this idea. Using a bicycle adventure to connect to the past. I really liked the history part of it. I didn't enjoy Susie's husband in this book, he seemed quick selfish and oblivious to her distress in some of the biking in major big city traffic. If it was me I'd be very upset.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 99. The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski.
Main Genre: Fantasy
Date Read: 5/29/14
⚜ Tähtifantasia Award (2011)

The Last Wish (The Witcher, #0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski = ★★★☆☆

This is a book of short stories based on a sorcerer who has the task to use his skills in many situations. Each story is based on a fairy tale. It's neat.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 100. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan.
Main Genre: Science
Date Read: 5/31/14

The Demon-Haunted World Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan = ★★★★★

Great book to read. Talked about some of the pop cultures at the time (mid 90's), about education, and science. I wish Car; Sagan was still alive. I would love to know what he thinks about science now, especially with Bill Nye debates, the new Cosmos, and the No Child Left Behind Act that really stunts science in education.


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Donna | 1350 comments LOVED this book. I agree, I wish Carl was still with us, too.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) Donna, it's a great book. Still has a lot that is so valid. :)


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 101. The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop by Kate Saunders.
Main Genre: Children's, Fantasy
Date Read: 6/2/14

The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop by Kate Saunders = ★★★☆☆

Cute little story. I would recommend it for the girls I work with at the school. They would like it a lot. It's a mixture of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charles Stross's Laundry books (but more kid friendly--talking animals).


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 102. The Troop by Nick Cutter.
Main Genre: Horror
Date Read: 6/3/14

The Troop by Nick Cutter = ★★★★☆

I wasn't sure about this story from the first 80 pages but after that this book was go, go, go. Just one nightmare after another. It was great to read this right after Parasite (Parasitology, #1) by Mira Grant . They are both about worms but for different reasons, one is to help with sickness but is causing some people to turn into zombies and other was worms made for people as diet pills and war. It's really good and gory. :)


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 103. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris.
Main Genre: Paranormal Vampires
Date Read: 6/6/14

Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, #2) by Charlaine Harris = ★★★☆☆

It's was okay. There are some major differences in the TV show and the book but also some same stuff too. It's okay. I do like that Sookie isn't as intellectually challenged as in the show.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 104. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.
Main Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Date Read: 6/9/14
⚜ YALSA Reader's Choice (2012)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1) by Michelle Hodkin = ★★☆☆☆

Honestly, I would have never picked up this book. I did this for a buddy read for one of my GR groups. We orginally picked put a history book about Cleopatra which I was loving. It was too hard for my buddy so we switched to this because she wanted to read it. I can understand because she is only 14. This book would be for that age group. It's a YA book, which I have no issues about that however this book was just horrible. For one, I didn't like the main character. I thought she was just a moody, judgmental snob. The guy in the book (which is a paranormal (very little paranormal) romance) is horrible, just a jerk. Why would the author want the girl to sell herself out that way? I just keep thinking is this the message you want to give to girls?

I really haven't retained a lot of the book because I was just plowing through it as fast as possible since I wasn't enjoying it. I tried, it's just not my cup of tea. It's not the worst, nor did I abandon it. So, I gave it two stars, just okay. Nothing special. I don't even like it.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 105. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff.
Main Genre: Biography
Date Read: 6/9/14
⚜ Goodreads Choice Nominee for History and Biography (2010)

Cleopatra A Life by Stacy Schiff = ★★★★★

What a wonderful biography about Cleopatra. I've learned a lot about this smart powerful lady. It just blew me away with the culture of Egypt and how women were so honored there. I didn't know that she was married twice, both to her brothers. This was a common practice then. The women were strong and beautiful and the men in royalty were normally very over weight. I'm just floored at how intelligent she was. 9 languages! Amazing lady!


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 106. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris.
Main Genre: Paranormal Vampires
Date Read: 6/11/14

Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #3) by Charlaine Harris = ★★★★☆

There is a lot that is different from the HBO show. I really like Eric in this one. This is the one Bill was held up while doing a quest for the Queen. Werewolves are in this one.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 107. BACKYARD CHICKENS: The Secret Beginners Guide to Raising and Caring for Chickens in Your Own Backyard by George Jenkins.
Main Genre: Nonfiction
Date Read: 6/11/14

BACKYARD CHICKENS The Secret Beginners Guide to Raising and Caring for Chickens in Your Own Backyard (How to Raise Chickens - The Backyard Chickens for Beginners Book) by George Jenkins = ★★★★★

Wonderful how to book about caring for chickens. This is a really thorough book. It has what kinds of chickens you should get based on the weather, what you want the chicken for, and how to build a chicken coop or buy one. How much space you need, what they costs, and supplies you will need. What to look for in you yard, talk to you neighbors, what to feed them, and so much more.

I really like this book because I've always wanted to have some chickens and this is a great book, even talking about what treats to give them, giving them more calcium and oyster shells, the perfect bedding for them. I will be using this book as a good resource in building my coop.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 108. Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke.
Main Genre: Mystery
Date Read: 6/12/14

Cinnamon Roll Murder (Hannah Swensen, #15) by Joanne Fluke = ★☆☆☆☆

I didn't like this book. It's a mixture of chick lit/cozy mystery. I love books that have cooking and recipes and involve food. One of my favorites is Like Water for Chocolate, however this book didn't even touch that book.

I guess this is entire series of books and I started this one on the 15th book. You can pick it up whenever and personally it's not a book for me. I will not be reading anymore books from this series.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 109. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.
Main Genre: Children's, Fantasy
Date Read: 6/14/14

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie = ★★★★☆

This is a re-reading for me. I read this a long time ago but for a GR group we are reading it. I've always enjoyed this tale. It's so fun for me to read it again. I hope everyone gets a chance to read this story at least one time in their life.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 110. The Candymakers by Wendy Mass.
Main Genre: Children's, Mystery
Date Read: 6/16/14
⚜ Iowa Children's Choice Award Nominee (2013)

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass = ★★★★☆

A fun story. I didn't expect much from it. It started out like the same kind of situation as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Four kids get invited to a candy factory to invent candy for a competition.

It isn't the same. It has a view point of each child in sections and you learn about how they view each other and what's really going on. I was surprised a few times and it changed my view of the kids.

This is a story about friendship. The bonds formed from this adventure are sweet. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I'm happy I gave it a go.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 111. Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher.
Main Genre: Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Date Read: 6/17/14
⚜ Children's Book Council of Australia Award Nominee for Older Readers Book of the Year (2010),
⚜ Printz Honor (2011),
⚜ YALSA Awards for Best Fiction for Young Adults (2011),
⚜ The White Ravens (2010),
⚜ Branford Boase Award (2010)
⚜ The Inky Awards for Gold Inky (2010),
⚜ Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (2015),
⚜ Cybils Awards Nominee for Young Adult Fiction (2010)

Stolen A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher = ★★★★★

I didn't expect much from this book but while I was browsing the library the description caught my attention. A 16 year old girl gets drugged and kidnapped by a man 9 years older than her. The opening line caught my attention, "You saw me before I saw you." This account is all from her point of view. It's a journey of how she was abducted and her life while abducted.

I couldn't stop reading this book. This poor girl. It was very realistic and even has her view of stockholm syndrome. Amazing YA Contemporary Fiction book.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 112. Legend by Marie Lu.
Main Genre: Sci-fi, Young Adult
Date Read: 6/18/14
⚜ Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award Nominee (2015),
⚜ ALA Teens' Top Ten Nominee (2012),
⚜ YALSA Awards for Best Fiction for Young Adults (2012),
⚜ Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (2014),
⚜ Goodreads Choice Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction (2012)

Legend (Legend, #1) by Marie Lu = ★★★★☆

At first this book didn't scream out to me. It is on a reading challenging I signed up for. It has high ratings. I did a buddy read for it and came across the book trailer and it sparked an interest for me. I read it in a day.

I didn't like the character of June much. She is such a snob and just rubbed me the wrong way. How she looked down on the poor people and how they lived. It was Day that I really adored. He was like a Robin Hood character. The people adored him, even if they didn't know who he was.

Day and June are the same but in different lifestyles. So many similarities. There has to be so much more to this book. I want to read the next book.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 113. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin.
Main Genre: Fantasy
Date Read: 6/19/14
⚜ Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (2001),
⚜ Nebula Award Nominee (2002),
⚜ Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2001),
⚜ Geffen Award for Best Translated Fantasy Book (2002),
⚜ Ignotus (2006)

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3) by George R.R. Martin = ★★★★★

Amazing book. Long but George R.R. Martin sweeps you away to his crazy world of hurt, loss, and tears. So much happens in this book. Some like Season 4 on the HBO series and other parts so different or left out.

I have to say I hated Sansa but towards the end of the book, I just felt bad for her. She's just a average girl with no special talents other than her title and family name. All to be used by the men in Martin's crazy world.

Tyrion, wow. The little man honestly doesn't let you down.

Jon, we will see so much more with you.

Littlefinger, oh my friend, what a crafty man you are.

Weddings, oh my goodness. The Red Wedding, the purple wedding, and weddings before and after. You will not forget Martin's weddings.

Great book! Now, for the fourth book, here I come!


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 114. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Main Genre: Urban Fantasy
Date Read: 6/21/14
⚜ Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel (2001),
⚜ Hugo Award for Best Novel (2002),
⚜ Nebula Award for Best Novel (2002),
⚜ Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2002),
⚜ SFX Award for Best Novel (2002),
⚜ Geffen Award (2003),
⚜ Prix Bob Morane for roman traduit (2003)

American Gods (American Gods, #1) by Neil Gaiman = ★★★★☆

This is my first Gaiman book. It's very interesting and kinds of different from books I've read and what I was expecting. I'm recommending this book to my friend, she loves reading about myths. She just might like this book.

I really like the main character Shadow. He reminds me of the character The Maxx. The stories are not the same at all but something about him that just reminds me of him. Maybe it's he's a big tough guy that has a calm side to him, even if he has been in prison. It's interesting especially with the dead wife. Gosh, I really like Shadow.

The first sex scene with Bilquis totally reminded me of the 1987 anime movie Wicked City. I wonder where Gaiman got the idea.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 115. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris.
Main Genre: Paranormal Vampires
Date Read: 6/23/14

Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4) by Charlaine Harris = ★★★★☆

This is one of my favorites of the series. It's because of Eric. He is just so yummy in this book. Not much about Mr. Boring Bill. :)

Eric the Viking Vampire is really good in this one. I wouldn't be able to hold myself back.

This is totally different from the series. HBO made so many changes. Really a lot of changes, which made this interesting, especially about the shot gun.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 116. Fruit Infused Water - 30 Easy Vitamin Water Recipes For Weight Loss, Health And Maximum Hydration by John Web.
Main Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook
Date Read: 6/23/14

Fruit Infused Water - 30 Easy Vitamin Water Recipes For Weight Loss, Health And Maximum Hydration (Fruit Infusion, Fruit Infused Drinks, Vitamin Water) by John Web = ★★★★☆

I enjoyed the layout of the book. It's broke up into sections and a good amount of recipes. The nice thing is there are points of interest that inform about what caused a bitter taste and how long to infuse the water.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 117. Mediterranean Diet Recipes: The Simplified Mediterranean Diet Cookbook by Katy R. Blanchard.
Main Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook
Date Read: 6/23/14

Mediterranean Diet Recipes The Simplified Mediterranean Diet Cookbook by Katy R. Blanchard = ★★★☆☆

I gave this book three stars because I tend to like healthier recipes. There are some nice classic recipes in the book and Blanchard explains the benefits and gives a brief 101 on Mediterranean diets. The issue I have with the recipes is some of their sugar contain. There are quite a few of sweet breakfasts. I was surprised by this since sugar is a fast way to raise calories. It kind of wish she would have put those recipes as desserts and went for more healthy options for breakfast.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 118. Kellie's Diary #1 by Thomas Jenner.
Main Genre: Horror, Graphic Novel
Date Read: 6/24/14

Kellie's Diary #1 by Thomas Jenner = ★★★☆☆

This is a free kindle book. I found this is a neat idea about zombies from a view point of a nine year old girl. We learn about the this plague of zombies from her diary entries. I liked how they style of it to be hand written entries. Some spelling errors to make it more believable, but honestly most 9 year old girls know about zombies. The entries are from 1993, which makes it more believable of her not knowing what a zombie is. They weren't as popular as they are now. Zombies are in our pop culture and most children know about them.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 119. The Uninvited by Liz Jensen.
Main Genre: Horror
Date Read: 6/24/14

The Uninvited by Liz Jensen = ★★☆☆☆

I feel really let down by this book. It totally caught my attention about "A seven-year-old girl puts a nail-gun to her grandmother's neck and fires." I thought this book was mainly going to be about these children that are killing loved ones. Instead it's really not like that. You get to hear little, itsy, bitsy, bits about the children but the main focus is on Hesketh Lock, a 36 year old with Asperger's Syndrome. Totally misleading and I just felt cheated by it.

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120. Fruit Infused Water: 26 Refreshing Vitamin Water Recipes to Rehydrate, Rejuvenate and Supercharge Your Health by Kasia Roberts RN
Main Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook
Date Read: 6/24/14

Fruit Infused Water 26 Refreshing Vitamin Water Recipes to Rehydrate, Rejuvenate and Supercharge Your Health by Kasia Roberts RN = ★★★★☆

I liked how the book was sectioned out. She has it so there is citrus section, spring, summer, fall, winter, etc. She also has a bunch of health facts, including about stress.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 121. Vegetarian Dinner: 30 Healthy, Delicious & Balanced Recipes by LIsa M.K..
Main Genre: Nonfiction, Cookbook
Date Read: 6/24/14

Vegetarian Dinner 30 Healthy, Delicious & Balanced Recipes by LIsa M.K. = ★★★☆☆

I rate this book a 3.5. Just as a note, this is for lacto-ovo vegetarians. This means there are milk products and eggs in the recipes. I didn't know this when getting the book, but the book was free so not a huge deal. I can substitute out the dairy products and eggs. I really like how the book is into sections. Ten recipes per yields of 1, 2, and 4. I have bookmarked a few meals and am planning to be using them soon.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 122. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.
Main Genre: Children's, Realistic Fiction
Date Read: 6/27/14
⚜ Newbery Medal (1991),
⚜ Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award (1993),
⚜ Charlotte Award (1992),
⚜ Nene Award (1996),
⚜ Massachusetts Children's Book Award (1993)
⚜ Flicker Tale Children's Book Award (1992),
⚜ Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award (1992),
⚜ Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award (1993),
⚜ Deutscher Jugend literaturpreis Nominee for Jugendbuch (2001),
⚜ New Mexico Land of Enchantment Award (1993)

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli = ★★★★☆

Jeffery "Maniac" Magee takes you on a big journey. He's an amazing boy that experiences a lot in his little life. This book really touches on some very tough issues. I really enjoyed it. There are parts in this book that are just fun, other parts that make me wonder, and very sad moments. It was a fun experience to read this book and the ending made me feel good. There is a lot I want to say about this book, I won't, you have to read it to experience it for yourself.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 123. Minecraft: Top 20 Advanced Minecraft Redstone Devices to Create! by Minecraft Redstone Devices Guides
Main Genre: Nonfiction, Gaming
Date Read: 6/28/14

Minecraft Top 20 Advanced Minecraft Redstone Devices to Create! by Minecraft Redstone Devices Guides = ★★★★☆

This has 20 devices made with redstone. I already knew most of them, but there are a few I didn't. I like the breakdown of how some of the more complex devices are. I have bookmarked a few for the kids to use.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 124. The Ancestors by Brandon Massey
Main Genre: Horror, Short Stories
Date Read: 6/28/14

The Ancestors by Brandon Massey = ★★★☆☆

The first story: Ev'ry Shut Eye Ain't Sleep by L.A. Banks is slow in the beginning. About one family's family line and it's a supernatural war of good vs. evil. The ending is very rushed and feels like it could have been a longer story so it doesn't feel like it was forced. One of the line in last chapter reminded me of Huey Lewis and the News, The Power of Love. ;) Can you tell I was an 80's kid?

The second story: The Patriarch by Brandon Massey is very slow all the way thought. I wasn't into it like the first story. It has an interesting ending, well starts to get interesting at chapter 19. I guess not a good sign when it's a short story that is only 22 chapters.

The third story: The last story Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due. This by far is my favorite story out of the three stories. It was a wonderful story, 4.5 stars. Very rich in characters, imagery, and setting. I loved it.

For the book, it's about 2 star. I'm not huge into the first two stories, the first story is better than the second story. Because I loved Ghost Summer so much it's a 3 star book.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 125. Broken Pieces by Rachel Thompson.
Main Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir
Date Read: 6/29/14
⚜ San Francisco Book Festival,
⚜ Honorary Mention

Broken Pieces by Rachel Thompson = ★★★★★

This book was gifted to me from a close friend. I'm so happy she gave it to me. I couldn't put it down from page one. Thompson really put herself out there in these small essays (about 1-3 pages in length). It has all kind of subjects and many of them I have went through myself, other issues I haven't experienced but it was still good read about. When it gets to the topics that you haven't experienced yourself, chances are you know someone that is in that situation or has been. So, please read this book. This is a great book for men and women to read. I felt her emotions and it also stirred up some of those rooms I've left unopened in myself.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 126. Prodigy by Marie Lu
Main Genre: Sci-fi, Young Adult
Date Read: 6/30/14

Prodigy (Legend, #2) by Marie Lu = ★★★★☆

This is the second book in the Legend Trilogy. We are still in the adventures of June and Day. They are still in young blooming romance, torn but there. Makes me feel bad for Tess, she has given so much.

June isn't as annoying, yet it's so easy for her to slip right back into her old self. Day is just as good as ever. I feel so horrible for him.

Both are battling the Republic together and separately. The Patriots are helping them out a lot. It's fast paced and lots of action. I still enjoy the first book better than this one but still enjoyed it a lot. Now onward to book three.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 127. Champion by Marie Lu
Main Genre: Sci-fi, Young Adult
Date Read: 7/1/14

Champion (Legend, #3) by Marie Lu = ★★★★☆

This is the third book in the Legend Trilogy. I enjoyed this one. It is pretty good. I liked how June had to wear glasses in Antarctica. What a neat idea. It was out crazy to have a society like that. I would hate that. I would think the suicide rate would be high or they would have completely genetically altered children.

I do feel bad for June about what happened to Day. I wasn't a huge fan of her but I did feel horrible for her about that.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 128. Because I Could Not Stop My Bike And Other Poems by Karen Jo Shapiro
Main Genre: Children's, Poetry
Date Read: 7/2/14

Because I Could Not Stop My Bike And Other Poems by Karen Jo Shapiro = ★★★★☆

These are fun poems from famous poems. They are cute parodies that children and adults will enjoy, especially adults since we know the original poem. I think this is a great book for teachers to use in the classroom when having children write poems. It would be a lot of fun to read their poems.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 129. A Book of Fairies by Patricia Saxton
Main Genre: Children's, Fantasy
Date Read: 7/2/14

A Book of Fairies by Patricia Saxton = ★★★★☆

This is a wonderful fairy book. It has great art work. This is kind of like a 101 on different types of fairies, where to find them, little facts, and little side notes.

This is a great book for children and will keep their interest; learning about earth fairies, water fairies, air fairies, and fire fairies.

This is for sure a book to share and adore but also to collect.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 130. The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur by Margaret Hodges
Main Genre: Children's, Fantasy
Date Read: 7/2/14

The Kitchen Knight A Tale of King Arthur by Margaret Hodges = ★★★☆☆

This is a re-telling. The artwork is wonderful, amazing illustrations in this book. This story is kind of adult for a children's book. This is a story of a royal knight comes to a castle and works as a kitchen boy. He is battling to save the lady's sister from the Red Knight who has capture her. Over and over again the lady is rude to him and really is a snob. I would have just left because she was just horrible. The best parts are the ending. That made me laugh.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 131. A Pet for Miss Wright by Judy Young
Main Genre: Children's, Picture Book
Date Read: 7/2/14

A Pet for Miss Wright by Judy Young = ★★★★☆

Cute story about Miss Wright trying to find the right pet for her. She tries them out then returns them until she finds the magical one for her. When she does find the perfect match for her, she is able to accomplish a lot. They bond and spend time together. It's a sweet story.


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RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) 132. Jaws by Peter Benchley
Main Genre: Horror
Date Read: 7/2/14

Jaws by Peter Benchley = ★★★★☆

I grew up to the movie. The images of Jaws in the water will always stick with me. So, after many years of wanting to read the book now I have. I have to say that the book is very different from the movie. I knew this when reading reviews about the book. By putting the movie behind and just reading the book for the book, I was able to see there is a lot of layers to this book. Yes, there isn't all the gory images and action packed moments like in the movie but there is a realness with Brody that makes this very entertaining. I feel really bad for the guy. I'm surprised by some of the deaths that happen in this book. Also the ending is haunting. Very haunting. It's an unsettling feeling and that image will be in my mind for a while.


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