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Arlene | 388 comments January 2009 books
6-When the Wind Blows - Jan 30, 2009
5-Mistakes that Worked - Jan 30, 2009
4-Plum Lovin' - Jan 28, 2009
3-Married In Seattle First Comes Marriage\Wanted Perfect Partner - Jan 27, 2009
2-People of the Book - Jan 26, 2009
1-Mrs Eckdorf in O'Neills Hotel - Jan 4, 2009


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Arlene | 388 comments February 2009 books
13-Nowhere to Run - Feb 27, 2009
12-Sundays at Tiffany's - Feb 22, 2009
11-The Cider House Rules - Feb 17, 2009
10-Violets Are Blue (Alex Cross, Book 7) - Feb 10, 2009
9-Devil's Claw - Feb 8, 2009
8-Roses Are Red - Feb 4, 2009
7-Pop Goes the Weasel (Alex Cross, Book 5) - Feb 3, 2009


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Arlene | 388 comments March 2009 books
19-Evening Class - Mar 29, 2009
18-A Walk to Remember - Mar 23, 2009
17-Quentins - Mar 22, 2009
16-The Miracle at Speedy Motors - Mar 17, 2009
15-The Northbury Papers - Mar 13, 2009
14-World Without End - Mar 8, 2009


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Arlene | 388 comments April 2009 books
25-The Glass Lake - Apr 29, 2009
24-7th Heaven - Apr 18, 2009
23-The Blue Corn Murders A Eugenia Potter Mystery - Apr 16, 2009
22-Dove in the Window - Apr 14, 2009
21-The Final Warning - Apr 7, 2009
20-Firelord - Apr 6, 2009


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Arlene | 388 comments May 2009 books
30- Brisingr - -May 19, 2009
29- Flesh And Blood - May 8, 2009
28- Twenty Wishes - May 6, 2009
27- The Lonesome Gods - May 5, 2009
26- The Sunday Philosophy Club - May 4, 2009


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Arlene | 388 comments July 2009 books
47- The Copper Beech - Jul 28, 2009
46- Lake Wobegon Days - Jul 25, 2009
45- The Choice - Jul 19, 2009
44- Summer Sisters - Jul 15, 2009
43- Black Monday A Novel - Jul 14, 2009
42- Sons of Fortune - Jul 11, 2009
41- Tara Road - Jul 9, 2009
40-Just Breathe - Jul 6, 2009


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Arlene | 388 comments August 2009 books
50- Promises in Death - Aug 12, 2009
49- Sanctuary - Aug 6, 2009
48- How Stella Got Her Groove Back - Aug 4, 2009



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Arlene | 388 comments August 2009 books, cont.
51- Cookies Bite-Size Life Lessons - Aug 13, 2009
OK, so it is a picture book, but I figure that I am entitled to read one for myself once in a while. It was a present from a good friend. I had to read it myself before I share it with my granddaughters.


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Arlene | 388 comments 52-Six Ways From Sunday - Aug 15, 2009
People at work sometimes leave books around to share - so I needed something to read and I picked this one up. It is a classic "B" Western - a morality play taking place in a mining town.


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Arlene | 388 comments 53-Impossible
I received this book in a GoodReads giveaway. Thank you very much!
I was lucky to have this book in my bag on a day when I could read a lot. I love the song that the book is based on. The author has taken this folk song and built a credible back story for it. A young girl's life takes a dramatic turn when she learns the reason behind the song that her insane mother sings. I will never hear the song "Scarborough Fair" again without thinking of Lucinda and her "true love"


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Arlene | 388 comments 54-Micah - Aug 16, 2009
I don't normally read vampire books, but I had finished my book and still had 5 hours left of my double shift and I need a book to read for my breaks. One of my friends had this book available so I started reading it. It really wasn't too bad. A bit of mystery and sex and love. Not a bad quick read.


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Arlene | 388 comments Damage Control (JoAnna Brady, #13) by J.A. Jance 55-Damage Control - Aug 18, 2009
A very satisfying sheriff Joanna Brady novel. This book has all the prerequisites for a good read, interesting characters and a plot that follows them in their day-to-day investigations and lives.


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Arlene | 388 comments Murder at the President's Door An Eleanor Roosevelt Mystery (Eleanor Roosevelt Mysteries) by Elliott Roosevelt 56-Murder at the President's Door An Eleanor Roosevelt Mystery - Aug 19, 2009
A period piece staring Eleanor Roosevelt in the White House in 1933. It is fascinating to read about the goings on in Washington early in FDR's first term in office during the height of the depression. It was a very different world than now. The author has a unique insight into that world since he was the son of FDR and Eleanor.


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Arlene | 388 comments Buried Evidence by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg 57-Buried Evidence - Aug 22, 2009


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Arlene | 388 comments Firefly Summer A Novel by Maeve Binchy 58-Firefly Summer A Novel - Aug 29, 2009
I love retreating into the Irish neighborhoods and towns of Maeve Binchy.


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Arlene | 388 comments [image error] 59-92 Pacific Boulevard - Aug 30, 2009
This is part of the continuing series about Cabot Cove, Washington. Some small mysteries, some romance, a very nice neighborhood to retreat into.


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Arlene | 388 comments The Other Queen A Novel by Philippa Gregory 60 - The Other Queen A Novel
This story about Mary Queen of Scots is told from 3 viewpoints, that of Mary herself and her 2 jailers: George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, and his wife, Bess of Hardwick. The story covers the years that the queen is held while hoping to return to take her on the throne of Scotland. You have to wonder what would have happened if Mary or her cousin Elizabeth had been less jealous and more tolerant.


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Arlene | 388 comments A Room with a View and Howards End (Signet Classics) by E.M. Forster 61 Howards End
Howard's End is a view of the English society of 100 years ago. The characters are mostly people who have an "income" so are concerned with society and conventions. I found them tedious except for the heroine, Margaret, but even she isn't without faults.
I read the first of the two novels in this book. Am working on the second one.


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Arlene | 388 comments Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
I was happy with the outcome of this book but was disturbed by the prejudices that Jane Austin talks about. How tedious it must have been to live in those times where society was so important (if you could afford it!)


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Arlene | 388 comments Jane and the Man of the Cloth Being the Second Jane Austen Mystery by Stephanie Barron 63 Jane and the Man of the Cloth Being the Second Jane Austen Mystery
This was an interesting look into the world of Jane Austin.


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Arlene | 388 comments The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux 64 The Great Railway Bazaar
Paul Theroux was on his journey when I was also traveling across Asia and Europe by bus and train. Totally different experiences.


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Arlene | 388 comments Masada A novel of love, courage and the triumph of the human spirit by Ernest K. Gann 65 Masada A novel of love, courage and the triumph of the human spirit Sept. 27, 2009
Several years ago we had the chance to visit Israel and of course one of our tours was to Masada. Walking among the ruins it is hard to imagine what they must have felt while the Romans were building that ramp.


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Arlene | 388 comments Sew Deadly (Iris House B & B Mystery) by Jean Hager 66 Sew Deadly Sept. 29, 2009
A borrowed book from my Quilt Guild. How do you kill a quilter? A fun little mystery.


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Arlene | 388 comments Death on the Drunkard's Path An Iris House Mystery (Iris House B & B Mystery) by Jean Hager 67 Death on the Drunkard's Path An Iris House Mystery Oct. 3, 2009
Another quilt mystery - why would anyone commit a murder at a quilt show? Read it to find out, the author keeps us guessing till the last few pages.


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Arlene | 388 comments Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux 68 Riding the Iron Rooster Oct. 16, 2009
This book was fascinating. I can't help wonder how China has changed in the last 25 years. I think that Paul probably hasn't changed that much!


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Arlene | 388 comments Time and Again (Time Travel #1 & 2) by Nora Roberts 69 Time and Again Oct. 19, 2009
A lovely double book with romance and time travel.


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Arlene | 388 comments The Vanished Man (Lincoln Rhyme, #5) by Jeffery Deaver 70 The Vanished Man Oct. 24, 2009
This book was full of twists and turns as Lincoln Rhyme and his team track a killer with magical talent.


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Arlene | 388 comments Hard Time (V.I. Warshawski Novels) by Sara Paretsky 71 Hard Time Oct. 28, 2009
VI Warshawski finds herself in a lot of trouble after almost hitting an injured girl. This book was painful but I couldn't put it down.


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Arlene | 388 comments The Twelfth Card (Lincoln Rhyme, #6) by Jeffery Deaver 72 The Twelfth Card Nov. 3, 2009
This book followed the attempted murder of a Harlem teenager. The author kept the surprises coming till the last page. Every time I thought I had it figured out, something else happened to keep me guessing.
4 stars


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Arlene | 388 comments Saving Fish from Drowning A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Amy Tan 73 Saving Fish from Drowning A Novel Nov.8, 2009
The story is about a group of tourists traveling to China and Burma told from the perspective of the ghost of the original tour organizer. The interesting view allows her to visit the minds of the people in the group as well as people that they interact with.


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Arlene | 388 comments [image error] 75 Death At Wentwater Court Nov. 15, 2009
A little period mystery taking place among the upper crust of England in 1923.


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Arlene | 388 comments Slumdog Millionaire A Novel by Vikas Swarup 74 Slumdog Millionaire A Novel Nov.11, 2009
I really enjoyed this little book. The story follows the reason that Ram Muhammad Thomas is able to answer all of the questions on an Indian quiz show. The highly unlikely hero is an orphan who has made his own way in the world with no formal schooling. A vivid portrait of life in India for such a child.
I haven't seen the movie yet but am anxious to see it.


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Sharon Thurner The movie is great, I'll have to read the book.


message 35: by Arlene (last edited Dec 30, 2009 06:53AM) (new)

Arlene | 388 comments Plain Tales from the Hills (Penguin Popular Classics) by Rudyard Kipling 76 Plain Tales from the Hills] Nov.22, 2009
My parents had a library of Modern Classics that I inherited. I needed to read a book about India for a challenge, so I was looking for Kim. I couldn't find it in the collection but I found this book of short stories. These were some of the first stories that Kipling published. The collection has a date of 1888. They take place in the "British Raj" and are told from the perspective of a British observer. Some of the stories are very delightful and humorous but some are very dark and sad. All in all, it is an interesting insight into the British colonial system in India.


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Arlene | 388 comments The Street of a Thousand Blossoms by Gail Tsukiyama 77 The Street of a Thousand Blossoms Nov. 26, 2009
I really like this author. In this book she follows two brothers from their childhood in wartime Tokyo through their adult successes and tragedies. It is especially good with its view of the life of a Sumo wrestler.


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Arlene | 388 comments Touching Stars (Shenandoah Album) by Emilie Richards 78 Touching Stars Nov. 30, 2009
I enjoyed this novel about a family living in the Shenandoah valley. There are some historical bits and a quilt but mostly about relationships between family members.


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Arlene | 388 comments A Room with a View and Howards End (Signet Classics) by E.M. Forster 79 A Room With a View Dec 6, 2009
I set the book aside after I finished the first novel. I finally finished the second novel in this edition. I found Victorian society strange looking back from a completely different century. The conventions that were observed between men and women have certainly changed over the years.


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Arlene | 388 comments New Mercies by Sandra Dallas 80 New Mercies Dec. 8, 2009
This book is by one of my favorite authors, Denver based Sandra Dallas. This book gives a wonderful insight into the society of Natchez, Mississippi and Denver, Colorado during the 1930's.


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Arlene | 388 comments The Ladies of Missalonghi (Harper Short Novel Series) by Colleen McCullough 81 The Ladies of Missalonghi Dec. 12, 2009
I really liked this short novel about a trio of women who live on 5 acres in Australia's Blue Mountains. They are 7 miles from the small town that is dominated by the men of their extended family. The widow and her daughter share their small holding with the spinster sister. They are so poor that they only wear brown because it doesn't show the dirt.


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Arlene | 388 comments The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody Great Figures of History Hilariously Humbled by Will Cuppy 82 The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody Great Figures of History Hilariously Humbled Dec. 16, 2009
This book was published in 1950 after the authors death. The humorous chapters tell what really happened to all those people you had to learn about in history. The footnotes are particularly funny. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in historical figures.


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Arlene | 388 comments Dashing Through the Snow by Mary Higgins Clark 83 Dashing Through the Snow Dec. 18, 2009
I love a quick little mystery and the mother-daughter duo of [[author:Mary Higgins Clark|99044] and Carol Higgins Clark just hit the spot with this holiday offering. Nothing too deep, just some friendly recurring characters and lottery winners.


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Arlene | 388 comments Julie and Julia My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell 84 Julie and Julia My Year of Cooking Dangerously Dec. 22, 2009
This is the book that was made into the wonderful movie that followed a year-long blog about Julie Powell's project to make all 500+ recipes in Julia Child's 1st cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Julie's life is full of funny happenings or sad (depending on your point of view). I know that I would never make most of the recipes that she does but I can appreciate being driven to finish a project.


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Cam I've never read more than 80 books in a year, well done Arlene!


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Arlene | 388 comments Thanks Cam, I just have to keep reading!


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Arlene | 388 comments All Through The Night A Suspense Story by Mary Higgins Clark 85 All Through The Night A Suspense Story
I love a quick read like this one from Mary. Her characters of Alvira and Willy are endearing. I enjoy each book that features them.


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Arlene | 388 comments Angels at Christmas Those Christmas Angels\Where Angels Go by Debbie Macomber 86 Angels at Christmas Those Christmas Angels\Where Angels Go Dec. 26, 2009
This is a double book which has the three angels, Shirley, Goodness and Mercy (those are the names) coming to earth to help humans without getting on the wrong side of the boss, Gabriel. Their exploits make for a quick read.


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Arlene | 388 comments Sweet Myth-Tery of Life (Myth Adventures, #10) by Robert Lynn Asprin 87 Sweet Myth-Tery of Life Dec. 28, 2009
The magician Skeeve is back with a new dilema, to marry the Queen or become King by himself. He bumbles along with the help of his M.Y.T.H. inc. crew. Skeeve is often very dense and they must explain things like dating to him. It is not as good as other books in the series but I enjoyed it just the same.


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Arlene | 388 comments Man Suffocated by Potatoes by William A. Marsano 88 Man Suffocated by Potatoes Dec. 30, 2009
This book was published in 1987 and is a collection of "wacky news items and trivia". While some of the entries are dated most are funny and all are really strange.


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Arlene | 388 comments 89 Kids Sure Rite Funny Dec. 31, 2009
My last book for the year was edited by Art Linkletter and published in 1962. With help he assembled a lot of snippets of writing from children. Some of the language is dated but the humor is timeless.


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