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Tina 24. The Handmaid's Tale
I'm probably the only one out there that thought it was just ok.


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Tina 25. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexandar

It was a good read--makes me want to read more about really happened to the Nicholas and his family.


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Tina 26. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

This was my third for a Dystopia book challenge (Hunger Games and Handmaid's Tale were the other two). I would rate this one second with Hunger Games being my most favorite. I enjoyed how well the author really knows human relationships/interactions. The characters were very real--even with more insight into themselves and their reactions that I think most humans have. A good read.


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Mandy (mandypants) | 705 comments If you want to read more about Nicholas, try Nicholas and Alexandra. I thought it was pretty good.


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Tina Mandy wrote: "If you want to read more about Nicholas, try Nicholas and Alexandra. I thought it was pretty good."

I'm glad to hear you thought it was good! I just ordered it yesterday from Amazon! :-)


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Mandy (mandypants) | 705 comments Hooray!!!


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Tina 27. The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir

Weir is simply amazing. I love both her nonfiction and fiction books.


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Tina 29. Flags of Our Fathers by Ron Powers and James Bradley

Moving, inspiring, humbling. Thanks to all the servicemen and women who give their life for us.


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Tina 30. The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran

Moran has this brilliant way of sweeping me right into the far-off time and place that she writes about. Brilliantly written, fantastic read. Highly recommend.


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Tina 31. The Migraine Brain: The Breakthrough Guide for Healing Your Headache by Dr. Carolyn Bernstein

As someone who is moving past the 'soldiering through them' to the 'not putting up with them any longer', this book was helpful. I appreciated Dr. Bernstein's writing--she was never over clinical, instead (as a migraine sufferer herself), was courteous and candid. She gave helpful suggestions and charts. I am ready to hop on a flight and book a session with her! I recommend this to anyone who suffers from migraines.


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Tina 32. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

I fell in love with the BBC adaptation of North and South, so it shouldn't surprise me that the book would be all that and more. The only thing I wish were different was that after Ms. Gaskell's careful leading for the romance between Margaret and Mr. Thompson to be realized, the ending is rather abrupt! I wish we had more--I didn't want it to end--the proof a a great book.


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Tina 33. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Moving book about the plight of a village against the plague.


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Tina 34. Hostile Intent by Michael Walsh. Was free on kindle. Enough said.


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Tina 35. Saving Ceecee Honeycutt: A Novel by Beth Hoffman. Refreshing read.


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Tina Cristina wrote: "Hi Tina! I met the author of saving CeeCee Honeycutt and was wondering what you thought about the book. Some of our book club members also met to iscuss it as a "sidebook" since not everyone had it..."

Hi Christina, How cool is it that you met the author! I enjoyed it--it was a light read, very fast, but good. I felt the characters were believable and the plot was well supported--I'd recommend it :-) Did you read it? If so, what did you think?


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Tina 36. Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock ****
37. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom ***** Unforgettable book.


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Tina 38. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde ***


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Tina 39. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini ***** I'm stingy with five stars, but this one definitely earned it!


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Cindi (cindit-j) | 125 comments Tina wrote: "36. Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock ****
37. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom ***** Unforgettable book."

Hi Tina, I love this book and reread it occasionally. I think everyone should read this...it's so incredible how Corrie and her sister are able to change the whole atmosphere around them through their goodness. I think it's sad high schoolers are required to read "Night" which shows someone losing faith because of the holocaust without this one to balance it!


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Tina Cindi wrote: "Tina wrote: "36. Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock ****
37. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom ***** Unforgettable book."
Hi Tina, I love this book and reread it occasional..."


I was amazed by the sisters too--how Bessie especially was able to look at the concentration camp as a mission field is positively inspiring. It is a shame that they don't get a balance!


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Tina 40. Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier. nother ***** star book! I've heard DuMaurier compared to Bronte--rightly so. . . this books ranks right up there with Jane Eyre in the romantic suspense category.


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Tina 41. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini Wow. ***** stars. What journey Laila and Mariam took me on.


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Tina 42. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield ****

43. Avalon: A Novel by Anya Seton ***


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Tina 44. The Last Boleyn: A Novel by Karen Harper. **** stars. I quite enjoyed reading more about Mary Boleyn.


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Tina 45. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout ****stats. What great character development!


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Tina 47. Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn **** stars Distracting, entertaining, served its purpose as a light read.


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Tina 49. The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough ***** stars There are some books that just leave me in awe. This was one of them. I'm amazed at the meticulous research, crafted writing, and skilled storytelling. I'll definitely be reading the rest of the Rome series.


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Tina 50. The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom ***** stars. I stayed up wayyyyy too late to finish this one! Am paying for it this morning, but it was worth it! The character development made the book. Wonderful book, highly recommended.


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Tina 51. Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation By Steven Levenkron Good overview of the intricacies of self-harm. The author provides helpful case examples and clear suggestions for those who self harm, parents, and therapists.


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Tina 52. When Your Child Is Cutting: A Parent's Guide to Helping Children Overcome Self-injury By McVey-Noble, Khemlani-Patel, Neziroglu. I really wanted this to be a book I could recommend to parents of clients, but instead, I can only recommend chapters. It is very heavy DBT biased, with what I felt, some inaccurately slanted information. However, there were some helpful parts that I will be passing on to parents in need of information.


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Tina 53. Suite Française by Irene Nemirovsky. While the book was okay, I will remember it for the reason behind the unfinished ending.


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Tina 54. The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer. ** stars. Big fan of Georgette Heyer, not such a big fan of this book. I just couldn't bring myself to like the main characters. Won't stop me from reading more of her books though!


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Tina 55. The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Iris Chang. **** stars. I am humbled that before I read this book, I didn't know that this atrocity occurred. What an eye-opening book to another chapter in our history. Chang did a fantastic job of not holding back and 'prettifying' the horrors of the Rape of Nanking. The mental images will stick with me for a long time.


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Tina 56. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. *** stars. Wasn't fantastic, but wasn't horrible either. I'd probably read another in the series too. . .


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Tina 57. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. *** stars. I wish I could give half stars, because it was really a 3.5 for me. Overall, the pros--I thought that the characters were well developed, albeit a little unbelievable and the ending was a surprise for me. The cons--it started off really slow and the continual leaving the character chapter switch on a cliff hanger got to be annoying rather than a writer's tool to retain the reader. Glad I read it, but will donate my copy to the lending library rather than save to read again.


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Tina 58. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer *** stars. Fast read, I can see why the Bloody Jack books are popular.


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Tina 59. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett ***** stars. Loved the despair that wasn't so despairing, the happiness, the hope, the growth, the goodness of it all; loved it the fairytale.


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Tina 60. Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot **** stars. Had all the elements of a chick lit--made for a a quick, enjoyable read that didn't require much thought.


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Tina 61. This Lullaby By Sarah Dessen. *** I really debated, even slept a night on it, before adding this book and reviewing it. I'm conflicted. I like that Dessen put in a non-lily white main female character with flaws. I like that you could see her growth. BUT, I felt the growth that the character accomplished was way beyond the plot. Even the growth of the minor characters was a reach for me. If it hadn't have been in my field (adolescent psy/counseling) I might have been a little lighter on it, but as it was, I had to mark it down on believability. Even though I knew it was fiction, I couldn't convince myself to buy it. With that being said, it was still well written, well developed, and I would still read more of Dessen's books. How's that for a mixed review? :)


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Tina 62. The Princess Bride by William Goldman I gave this one **** stars--and another conflicted review. I liked it, but didn't love it. I think my timing was off when reading it--after reading two chick-lits in only a few short days, it was hard to read a third. Perhaps if it was a stand-alone, I would have raved more about it. As it was, I could appreciate the cleverness about it; from the writing, the plot, to the asides, the author displayed some talent to say the least!


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Tina 63. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson ***** stars. I loved it. I thought that the issues were very realistic (outside of seeing ghosts) and something that many adolescents struggle with (eg broken families, parental discord, comorbity with eating disorders and cutting). I'm so glad I didn't miss out on this one!


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Tina 64. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote **** stars


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Cindi (cindit-j) | 125 comments Tina wrote: "61. This Lullaby By Sarah Dessen. *** I really debated, even slept a night on it, before adding this book and reviewing it. I'm conflicted. I like that Dessen put in a non-lily white ..."

I felt the same. Many people have told me this is their favorite book of all time. I wanted to like it, but it just didn't engage me. One of the few books where I actually like the movie more than the book!


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Tina Cindi wrote: "Tina wrote: "61. This Lullaby By Sarah Dessen. *** I really debated, even slept a night on it, before adding this book and reviewing it. I'm conflicted. I like that Dessen put in a no..."

I'll have to watch the movie--maybe I'll like it better :) Glad to hear someone felt the same about the book!


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