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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments What I am Reading for 2018!


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments A Little Bit of Romance Never Hurts
1) Landline by Rainbow Rowell 3.5/5 stars 3/6/2018
2) My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart 3.5/5 stars 5/24/2018
3) A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr 5/5 stars 6/17/2018
4) What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen 4/5 stars 8/27/2018
5) The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery 4/5 stars 9/10/2018
6) The Hasty Marriage by Betty Neels 2.5/5 stars 9/11/2018
7) The Awakening by Kate Chopin 3/5 stars 9/25/2018
8) Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley 4/5 stars 10/1/2018

How far away the stars seem . . .William Butler Yeats
1) The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by
Becky Chambers 3.5/5 stars 3/20/2018
2)The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester 3.5/5 stars 6/2/2018
3) The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick 3.5/5 stars 6/15/2018
Lilith's Brood by Octavia E. Butler Trilogy -
4) Dawn 4.5/5 stars 8/10/2018
5) Adulthood Rites 4/5 stars
6) Imago 4/5 stars

"I love the mystery behind things." Janelle Monae
1) The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by
Alan Bradley 4/5 stars
2) The Punishment She Deserves by
Elizabeth George 4.5/5 stars 4/12/2018
3) Slade House by David Mitchell 4/5 stars 5/18/2018
4) Ammie, Come Home by Barbara Michaels 4/5 stars 5/29/2018
5) The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb 4/5 stars 7/5/2018
6) The Amber Shadows byLucy Ribchester 3.5/5 stars 8/2/2018
7) The Lost Girls by Heather Young 4/5 stars 8/6/2018
8) The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley 4/5 stars 9/18/2018
9) Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver 4/5 star 10/19/2018
10) The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright 4/5 stars 12/8/2018


The Truth is Rarely Pure and Never Simple so says Oscar Wilde
1) Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe by Cullen Murphy 4.5/5 stars 1/4/2018
2) You Don't Look Your Age: And Other Fairy Tales by Sheila Nevins 3/5 stars 1/6/2017
3) Walking Through Walls by Philip Smith 3/5 stars 1/21/2018
4) Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain's Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-World Comedy Tour by Richard Zacks 4/5 stars 2/18/2018
5) Women's Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny by Alisha Gaddis 2.5/5 stars 2/23/2018
6) The Zoo: The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo: 1826-1851 by Isobel Charman 4/5 stars 2/26/2018
7) The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures by Library of Congress
4/5 stars 2/28/2018
8) The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Nadine Burke Harris 4/5 stars 4/18/2018
9) The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution by Jonathan Eig 5/5 stars 4/24/2018
10) Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix 4/5 stars 6/6/2018
11) Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory: The Complete Story of Willy Wonka, the Golden Ticket, and Roald Dahl's Most Famous Creation. by Lucy Mangan 4/5 stars 7/10/2018
12) Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses by Anthony Slide 3/5 stars 8/19/2018
13)Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams 4/5 stars 10/6/2018
14) The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories, China from the Bottom Up by Liao Yiwu 3.5/5 stars 10/15/2018
15) The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington by Jennet Conant 4/5 stars 11/29/2018


Unlocking My Inner Child
1) Santa's Husband by Daniel Kibblesmith 4/5 stars 1/5/2018
2) Thornhill by Pam Smy 5/5 stars 5/3/2018
3) Marlon Bundo's Day in the Life of the Vice President by Charlotte Pence
3/5 stars 5/7/2018
4) Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick 4/5 stars 6/20/2018
5) The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie 4/5 stars 7/11/2018
6) Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly 4/5 stars 12/10/2018





I've always found the second book in a series is the hardest to write. Rick Riordan
OZ The Complete Collection Volume 1 by L. Frank Baum
OZ: The Complete Collection Volume 1
L. Frank Baum
4/5 stars
1)The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - 2/3/2018 4/5 stars
2)The Marvelous Land of Oz - 2/7/2018 4/5 stars
3) Ozma of Oz -2/12/2018 4/5 stars

Oz, the Complete Collection: Volume 2
4) Dorothy and the Wizard In Oz 3/2/2018 4/5 stars
5) The Road to Oz 3/8/2018 3/5 stars
6) The Emerald City of Oz 3/22/2018 4/5 stars

Oz, the Complete Collection: Volume 3
7)The Patchwork Girl of Oz 1913 4/27/2018 3.5/5 stars
8)Tik-Tok of Oz 1914 5/7/2018 4/5 stars
9)The Scarecrow of Oz 1915 5/12/2018 4/5 stars

Oz, the Complete Collection: Volume 4
10) Rinkitink of Oz 1916 5/26/2018 4/5 stars
11) The Lost Princess of Oz 1917 6/5/2018 4/5 stars
12) The Tin Woodman of Oz 1918 6/11/2018 4/5 stars

Oz: The Complete Collection Volume 5
13) The Magic of Oz 1919 6/19/2018 3.5/5 stars
14) Glinda of Oz 1920 6/25/2018 4/5 stars
15)The Royal Book of Oz by Ruth Plumly Thompson 1921 6/28/2018 4.5/5 stars

Discretion is not the better part of biography. Lytton Strachey
1) The Doctor Wears Three Faces by Mary Bard 3.5/5 stars 1/29/2018
2) Behind Every Great Man: Women in the Shadows of History's Alpha Males by Marlene Wagman-Geller 3.5/5 stars 4/22/2018
3)Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh 3.5/5 stars 7/2/2018
4) Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by
Ruth Franklin 5/5 stars 7/25/2018
5) How About Never—Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons by Bob Mankoff 4/5 stars 7/26/2018
6) Hank & Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart by Scott Eyman 4.5/5 stars 9/16/2018
7) Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars by Scotty Bowers 3/5 stars 12/1/2018
8) Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance 4/5 stars 12/15/2018
9) Hollywood Heyday: 75 Movie Legends Discuss Their Golden Age Careers by David A. Fantle 3/5 stars 12/21/2018
10) Footsteps in the Snow by Charles Lachman 5/5 stars 12/25/2018




Books on My List, Borrowed, Bought, Found or Gifted – Waiting to be Read
1) The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa -1/9/2018 3.5/5 stars
2) Atonement by Ian McEwan- 1/16/2018 4/5 stars
3) Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty 1/25/2018 4/5 stars
4) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - 2/2/2018 - 4.5/5 stars
5) The Thurber Carnival by James Thurber 5/9/2018 - 3.5/5 stars
6) Chess Story by Stefan Zweig 4.5/5 stars 5/10/2018
7) Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl 4/5 stars 6/9/2018
8) Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh 3.5/5 stars 7/2/2018
9) 'night, Mother by Marsha Norman 4/5 stars 7/14/2018
10) The Pillowman by MartinMcDonagh 2.5/5 stars 7/17/2018
11) Noises Off by Michael Frayn 3/5 stars 7/19/2018
12) The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma 3.5/5 stars 9/3/2018
13) Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley 3.5/5 stars 9/13/2018
14) A Separate Peace by John Knowles 3.5/5 stars 9/27/2018
15) Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand 3/5 stars 11/9/2018
16) The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver 3/5 stars 11/17/2018
17) The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee 3/5 stars 11/24/2018
18) All Aunt Hagar's Children: Stories by Edward P. Jones 3.5/5 stars 12/31/2018


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madrano | 11682 comments I am one who under-uses library holds lists. Why i don't just use it as my "recent" TBR books, i don't know. Maybe that should be my resolution?


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments madrano wrote: "I am one who under-uses library holds lists. Why i don't just use it as my "recent" TBR books, i don't know. Maybe that should be my resolution?"

Since most of my book genres were already listed - I eliminated the books on holds category but added a category of books sitting on my dresser or in my closet. I am really going to try and use the books on my hold/want list to fill categories before adding new books.


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madrano | 11682 comments If i can't find a bingo-like solution to DL, i may just look at the first in each category of books i have on my Super-Long DL file. At least it'll be a plan.


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments Cartoon County My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe by Cullen Murphy
Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe
Cullen Murphy
4.5/5 stars
Somehow this book ended up on my hold shelf, I know I must have ordered it but had forgotten all about it. What a wonderful surprise this book was to me! I love comics and this was a look at a slice of life that is disappearing. Cullen Murphy, the author and comic strip artist; writes of the heydey of print comic strips and the artists that lived in Connecticut including his father, John Cullen Murphy who drew the Prince Valiant comic for a time. If you love comics or just a good book, I think you will enjoy this look back at the wonderful artists and the work they did. Non-fiction


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 18885 comments Julie wrote: "Cartoon County My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe by Cullen Murphy
Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe
[author:..."


Serendipity ! A nice way to start the new year.


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madrano | 11682 comments Neat beginning to reading in 2018, Julie!


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments Santa's Husband by Daniel Kibblesmith
Santa's Husband
Daniel Kibblesmith
4/5 stars
This is a wonderful story about a different take on one of the most famous couples known. I enjoyed this sweet picture book and was happy to find it after reading about it. Children's


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments You Don't Look Your Age And Other Fairy Tales by Sheila Nevins
You Don't Look Your Age: And Other Fairy Tales
Sheila Nevins
3/5 stars
Filmmaker and television producer, Sheila Nevins writes about life as a woman living and working in this day and age through short stories based on true life scenarios. I did enjoy this interesting book, some tales more than others and I think all women can empathize and share similar stories. Non-fiction


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 18885 comments Julie wrote: "You Don't Look Your Age And Other Fairy Tales by Sheila Nevins
You Don't Look Your Age: And Other Fairy Tales
Sheila Nevins
3/5 stars
Filmmaker and television ..."


Love the title.


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madrano | 11682 comments Me too. And it sounds interesting. I'm a bit confused, you have it as fiction, is that right? It almost sounds like fiction.


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments madrano wrote: "Me too. And it sounds interesting. I'm a bit confused, you have it as fiction, is that right? It almost sounds like fiction."

This book is hard to categorize. I have it in my non-fiction section and it was in the non-fiction section of my library plus it is semi-auto-biographical. According to Kirkus Review -it is "a collection of essays, poetry, and stories". So while it is considered non-fiction, there are some fictional and biographic elements to it.


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madrano | 11682 comments Thanks, Julie. It sounds a bit like the way i personally view most works by Sherman Alexie. I'm not sure he would call some pieces essays but to me this is how they appear.


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments I thought I would be cute using quotes as headers for the book genres I am reading but found that I left out categories so I keep tweaking my categories.


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa
The Housekeeper and the Professor
by Yōko Ogawa
3.5/5 stars
A Japanese professor has lost his ability to retain his memory for more than 80 minutes and requires some care. A housekeeper has been enlisted to help him during the day and has brought her son along. Their relationship grows as each day goes by and is helped as the professor and the housekeeper's son's bond with their love of baseball and by the housekeeper's interest in learning more about math.

This had been on my reading list for quite a long time, probably since it first came out and I thought what am I waiting for- either read or take it off my list. This was very popular when it first came out and it still retains its charm. Very enjoyable!
Fiction Finished-1/9/2018


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 18885 comments Julie wrote: "The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa
The Housekeeper and the Professor
by Yōko Ogawa
3.5/5 stars
A Japanese professor has lost his ability to retain h..."


I have this on my TBR list, too.


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Alison (alisoncohen) | 13 comments Move it to the top. It’s that good.


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madrano | 11682 comments It's on my TBR list, too. I've sought it out in libraries to no avail, unfortunately. Each time we move i try again. I should just buy a copy & be done with it!

I like your book headers, Julie. Fun to read them & see what it means.


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 18885 comments Re--The Housekeeper and the Professor

Alison wrote: "Move it to the top. It’s that good."

If you are interested maybe we can make this a buddy read or group read later in the year, Deb


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madrano | 11682 comments Sounds good, Alias. I'm going to Half Price Books today & will see if they have a copy. (We are actually going to buy a French class textbook. We are taking an 8-week conversational class at the Senior Center here. French Made Simple by Pamela Rose Haze.)


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments madrano wrote: "It's on my TBR list, too. I've sought it out in libraries to no avail, unfortunately. Each time we move i try again. I should just buy a copy & be done with it!

I like your book headers, Julie. Fu..."


Our library has the ability to order books over World Cat- https://www.worldcat.org/. You can get items that aren't in your library system. Our reference librarians or our head of circulation orders them.


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madrano | 11682 comments You are right, Julie. We have an interlibrary loan at my library. It's an irregular service in that sometimes i can have the book for weeks and other times 3 days. This is why i haven't tried that yet. However, i may just go that route afterall, as i'm not having success and have tried since first reading about the book.

Oddly, however, i had the title wrong on my TBR. Instead of Housekeeper & Professor, i had Professor and Housekeeper. Duh. Now i'll try my other resources again. I'll be torqued if i easily find it. ;-) Unfortunately my iPad is "acting up" by not connecting to our motel's internet connection. First time that has happened here.


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 18885 comments I think it was a bestseller or at least high up on the list of such books. It was also reviews in the NY Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/01/boo...

I would be surprised if you library doesn't have it.


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madrano | 11682 comments Sadly, it does not. We have only one branch for a town with a population of 113,000, so they are tight with their money. I have found an e-version, however, and put my name & hold on it. So, when you are ready, Alias (& anyone else interested), let me know & i'll grab it.

Clearly having the correct title helped enormously. :-)


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments Atonement
Ian McEwan
4/5 stars
Briony, a young English girl in pre-WWII, sets into motion a tragedy affecting a young man and her sister when she implicates the young man in a crime. I love McEwan's writing because he is not one to shy away from difficult subjects and doesn't rely on a happy ending to satisfy his readers. Fiction / Gift


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Madrano (madran) | 3732 comments I liked this book very much but know many didn't. Unhappy endings are tougher to process but i tend to think of those books more than the others.

You wrote this was a gift, was it a recent one or one you "discovered" on your shelf from years back? I ask because i tend to try to read those soon after they are given, in order to give feedback to the giver. Although, now that i think about it, i don't recall the last time someone gave me a novel as a gift. Hmmm.


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments Madrano wrote: "I liked this book very much but know many didn't. Unhappy endings are tougher to process but i tend to think of those books more than the others.

You wrote this was a gift, was it a recent one or..."


I got the book at Christmas. I had seen the movie when it first came out but never got around to reading it. I do like McEwen and have read several of his books but I would like to read the rest of his books.


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments Walking Through Walls
Philip Smith
3/5 stars
In this non-fiction book, Philip Smith, an editor and artist writes about his life growing up with his father, Lew Smith, a decorator and psychic healer. Yes, this is non-fiction though it does read like fiction and in this very interesting account, he details his father’s highly unusual life as he helps heal people psychically using pendulums and also has the ability to talk to the dead. As I read this book, I did and still have my doubts about his father’s abilities but I think you’ll have to read this book to make up your own mind. Non-fiction


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Madrano (madran) | 3732 comments We bought a new computer but still have been unable to install Office, so i cannot tell you which McEwen novels i've read. Besides the one you just read, i have read The Cement Garden, which is creepy but is staying with me, and On Chesil Beach. Reading about CB, however, has me wondering if that, in fact, was the book i read. I thought it was about two bodies decomposing on a beach. I recognize the story of CB, so i guess i read it around the same time i read Being Dead by Jim Crace and just confused their titles. Bummer. This means when i was standing on Chesil Beach i was thinking of the wrong book. :-) :-(

You liked Smith's book much, much better than i did. It all seemed sad and uncomfortable to me. Someone else here read it, leading me to try it, as ESP & such used to be one of my favorite reading topics (when i was in high school). Were it fiction, i think i would have liked it much better but i just kept thinking of the real people involved and how unfortunate it was for the son. Clearly he's fine with it.

True Confession? IF there had been photographs of his dad's decorated rooms, i probably would have enjoyed the book much better, as that was the most appealing part of the book in the end.


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments Madrano wrote: "We bought a new computer but still have been unable to install Office, so i cannot tell you which McEwen novels i've read. Besides the one you just read, i have read The Cement Garden, ..."

I thought the book was well written so that is why I gave it 3 stars but being a natural skeptic I had a hard time believing parts of this book and went online to see if there was more information about it. There was not a lot of information about his father- good or bad. I'm surprised there wasn't much feedback on the book considering the topic.


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Madrano (madran) | 3732 comments I looked up notes i made about the Smith book, Julie. One thing i mentioned was that i thought it could serve as a good primer for those interested in psychic phenomena. I started with books about Edgar Cayce, which was not a good way to learn about the various concepts.

One thing which bothered me (& it could be my own misreading of his words) is that Philip the son seemed to accept everything his dad Lew told him he did psychically. For instance, PS tells readers his dad raised the dead, something the son didn't see but seemed to accept. That last word may be where i was misreading the book. Was he just telling us his memory or was he stating his dad did this?


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments Madrano wrote: "I looked up notes i made about the Smith book, Julie. One thing i mentioned was that i thought it could serve as a good primer for those interested in psychic phenomena. I started with books about ..."

I thought that it was also interesting that he accepted what his father did and very nonchalantly. He did list all these things his dad did and he went to some of his father's events where he healed and lectured so some came from his memories.

I just have a odd feeling about this book and probably it is just the realist in me. I feel that I am open to a lot of things but some of the stuff in the book just seemed off though some healing can be achieved by positive emotions and maybe that is what happened. I guess we will really never know while we are here on Earth.


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments Apple Tree Yard
Louise Doughty
4/5 stars
Yvonne Carmichael, a English scientist/professor whose life is busy but uncomplicated, meets a man who is quite the opposite of her husband and enthralls her. They begin an affair and when an incident occurs at a faculty party that shakes her to her core, she asks for help from her lover that will have devastating consequences. This is so suspenseful and shocking at times that it was hard to put down.
This reminds me of Gillian Flynn's writing and I just found out this was made into a series in England. I would love to see it just to compare it to the book.
Fiction / On My Reading List I added this last year to my reading list when I was doing the 2017 Challenge but never got to it. I'm so glad I finally read it.


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Madrano (madran) | 3732 comments Agreed on we'll never know.

Interesting book. I don't read thriller/suspense very often. I think the last was, in fact, by Gillian Flynn. It's good to have a worthy title in my stash, though.

Well done, Julie, on your list!


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments The Doctor Wears Three Faces
Mary Bard
3.5/5 stars
I have always been a big fan of Betty MacDonald and have read her books. I did not know that her sister was also a writer of several books and was very excited to find this one. In this book, Mary describes her married life to a very busy doctor and raising a family, along with remodeling a home and the endless problems with all of it. She has a similar writing style to her sister and puts a lot of humor and wit into her writing. If you enjoyed her sister's books you will enjoy Mary's spin on life. *She talks about her husband medical practice and there is quite a bit about medicine and patient treatment which I found interesting. We have come a long way in medical treatment since that period. Biography 1/29/2018


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Madrano (madran) | 3732 comments Oh what a find, Julie! I had no idea her sister was an author too. That they share a sense of humor is probably understandable. I'm going to seek out that book since your praise is high. Thanks.


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 18885 comments Julie wrote: "The Doctor Wears Three Faces
Mary Bard
3.5/5 stars
I have always been a big fan of Betty MacDonald and have read her books. I did not know that her sister was also a..."


I've never read or heard of Betty MacDonald. If you were to recommend one of her books would this be the one ?
The Egg and I


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments Alias Reader wrote: "Julie wrote: "The Doctor Wears Three Faces
Mary Bard
3.5/5 stars
I have always been a big fan of Betty MacDonald and have read her books. I did not know that her sis..."


The Egg and I is her most famous one and it was made into a film. There is some criticism with references made to Native American Indian population which would not be made today but considering it was written in the 30's it was not unusual. My favorite book of her's was the The Plague and I which concerned her time in recovering from TB also in the late 30's. Betty also wrote the kid series about Mrs. Pigglewiggle which my first grade teacher used to read to us.


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 18885 comments Julie wrote: "Alias Reader wrote: "Julie wrote: "The Doctor Wears Three Faces
Mary Bard
3.5/5 stars
I have always been a big fan of Betty MacDonald and have read her books. I did ..."


Thanks, Julie !


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Madrano (madran) | 3732 comments I am a big fan of MacDonald's and agree with Julie about The Egg and I. If you've seen the movie or subsequent Ma & Pa Kettle books, you'll be tickled to know they originated with this book. I ended up reading her books "in order", meaning the order in which she lived them. Anybody Can Do Anything is about her post egg farm years. It features her sister, the above-mentioned Mary Bard, more than any of the others. It also illustrates life in the Pacific NW during the depression.

Oddly, i've not read any of her Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books, though.


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
4.5/5 stars
I am probably the last person to have read this book but had passed it over because I knew some of the content (for me) would be disturbing. But then someone had given it to me as a gift and so I bit the bullet and read it and was really touched by this story of two boys growing up in the 1970’s in Afghanistan. One was Amir, the son of a rich man and Hassan, was the son of his servant. They were very close till a disturbing incident separated them and eventually Amir and his father moved to the States after the Taliban took over leaving Hassan and his family behind. Years later Amir finds out the fate of Hassan and his wife and returns to Afghanistan to try and make up for the mistakes he has made in his relationship with Hassan. Fiction-Gift


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 18885 comments I'm glad you finally got to The Kite Runner. I learned a lot from that book.


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Madrano (madran) | 3732 comments Yes, i liked that book, too. When he came out with his second, A Thousand Splendid Suns, it didn't grab me in the same way. I haven't read another since but that's just because i've had other priorities.

As Alias mentioned, i learned much from the first book, too. And i think Hosseini is a good storyteller, as well. Another gift book read, Julie. Lucky you to have been given so many good ones!


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 18885 comments Madrano wrote: "Yes, i liked that book, too. When he came out with his second, A Thousand Splendid Suns, it didn't grab me in the same way. I haven't read another since but that's just because i've h..."

I, too, wasn't as impressed with A Thousand Suns. Good but not great. I also haven't read anything more by the author.


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments OZ The Complete Collection Volume 1 by L. Frank Baum
OZ: The Complete Collection Volume 1
L. Frank Baum
1) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - 2/3/2018 4/5 stars
I never read these books as a child but I have been thoroughly delighted with the first book. It is interesting to see what was included in the famous film and what was left out. I'm kinda of sad that some of the book was left out of the movie because I would have loved to see the filmmaker's version of those scenes. I also loved the back story of the Tin Man that was never explained in the film. Lastly, I was glad to learn that the flying monkeys that terrified me as a child were portrayed in a better light in the book. Book Series


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Madrano (madran) | 3732 comments Isn't this series delightful? My daughter was enamored with the Baum series, meaning we read 6 or 7 of them. What a imagination feast! Ozma of Oz ended up being her favorite due to the Princess Langwidere, who could change heads. I was fond of Tik-Tok, although i cannot remember much about him now. The books are a gold mine for girls but my son had zero interest.

Here is a link to a silent version of the book, which is neat to see but nothing spectacular nowadays.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BDzK...
Julie, thanks for the stroll down memory lane...


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments 2) The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum- 2/7/2018 4/5 stars
This is the second book in the Oz Series. Tip, a young boy is the main character in this story line. He lives under the control of the evil witch; Mombi who threatens to punish him for trying to scare her. He runs away from her, after stealing her magic powder, to the Land of Oz where the Scarecrow is about to be usurped by the all-girl army of revolt. Tip, his companions and the Scarecrow go to the kingdom now ruled by the Tin Man for help.
I am really enjoying this series. Baum is such a delightful storyteller and his tales still hold up today. On to the third book! Books Series


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Madrano (madran) | 3732 comments I'd forgotten about Tip. I'm enjoying your recaps of these novels, Julie.


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Julie (julielill) | 2382 comments 3) Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum - 2/12/2018 4/5 stars
Finished the 3rd story in the book called Ozma of Oz. Dorothy, whose character returns to the Oz novels, is now traveling by ship with her Uncle to Australia when she is swept into the ocean with her chicken, Billina and they end up in the Land of Ev. They run into Princess Ozma who is traveling with the lion, the scarecrow and the tin man. They are there to rescue the royal Ev family members from the horrible Nome King who has turned them into ornaments. Dorothy is excited to be re-united with her friends and helps in trying to procure the release of the Ev family. Delightful and fun.


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