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Caran-marie 1) Good, useful, information in a fun format Get Smart by Samantha Heller

2) Latest in series- love the female lead Blood Bound (Mercedes Thompson, #2) by Patricia Briggs


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Caran-marie 3) Slow start- but a good read once you get into it
Death on the D-List by Nancy Grace


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Caran-marie 4) Good female lead- interesting magic
Grave Witch

5) fun horror short stories with humorous twists

Blood Lite


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Caran-marie 6) I really enjoy this series- likable middle age female lead- I love her relationship with her best friend. There are plenty of fun twists and turns and cookies to make at the end of the book!

Double Shot (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #12) by Diane Mott Davidson


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Caran-marie 7) More short stories for those who like their horror with a bite of humor! Blood Lite II Overbite  by Kevin J. Anderson


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Caran-marie 8) Solid, easy to follow information about the anti-inflammatory diet.

The Inflammation Syndrome Your Nutrition Plan for Great Health, Weight Loss, and Pain-Free Living by Challem, Jack

9) Very fun read! The Women's Murder Club a great bunch of independent women who support each other! James Patterson's suspense - with a woman's touch (Maxine Paetro) developing the female characters. Nice. I've read one other from this series- and I'll be looking for more,


The 6th Target (Women's Murder Club, #6) by James Patterson


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Caran-marie 10) Fabulous! If you or someone you know is struggling with chronic pain, this book is worth reading. The way pain has been viewed through the ages by doctors and by people going through it, is fascinating. As is, the current research and findings on pain. Amazing read. The Pain Chronicles by Melanie Thernstrom

11) One of my favorite authors- A great read! A Nose for Justice A Novel by Rita Mae Brown


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Andrea | 4125 comments Mod
Caren-marie, Pain seems very interesting. Working in the medical field it is great to see that researchers are trying harder to work with chronic pain patients and improving quality of life while decreasing chronic narcotic use as the answer.


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Caran-marie Andrea- I myself deal with a chronic pain issue personally and am always looking for insights and ideas into how to improve my health as well as keep my spirits up. The Pain Chronicles was so interesting I brought it in to my pain specialist to read and she is recommending it to other patients in our support group.


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Caran-marie 12) Great fun! Much better than the movie! I loved the "voice" of the main character! Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1) by Sophie Kinsella


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Caran-marie 13) Still fun- but not as believable- does Becky learn nothing from earlier in year (previous book) Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (Shopaholic, #2) by Sophie Kinsella

14) Last book in set given to me- there are more Shopaholic books but I'm not reading any more. Still cute and fluffy read, but Becky is written as too smart a character to keep making the same dumb mistakes over and over again.

Shopaholic Ties the Knot (Shopaholic, #3) by Sophie Kinsella


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Caran-marie 15) Extremely good book- written by a doctor who has a chronic illness himself- the book explores what it means to live with a chronic illness as a doctor, a patient and a human being. Fascinating

After the Diagnosis Transcending Chronic Illness by Julian Seifter

16) I love this series- What if comic books were real and were really manuals recording ongoing battles between light and dark. Great concept- The main character is a kick ass female lead- gotta love it- who grows more into herself with each book- This is the fourth of the series- I recommend the entire series.

City of Souls (Signs of the Zodiac, #4) by Vicki Pettersson


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Andrea | 4125 comments Mod
After looks like a great find! I'm going to suggest it to the physicians I work with, well after I read it that is! :)


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Caran-marie After the Diagnosis, Transcending Chronic Illness- I really liked it because it was the Doctor's story, his patients' stories and it explored different ways people looked at their illness- it inspired me because it was human- real- with all the messy emotions- not someone telling you what to do to feel better, or pushing the just think about fuzzy kittens and rainbows approach to healing that can be so frustrating to people in chronic pain.


message 15: by Caran-marie (last edited Feb 09, 2011 04:53PM) (new)

Caran-marie 17) She did it again- I don't know how Pettersson does it, but she manages to surprise me every novel in this series! I did not see the twist at the end coming, and I almost ALWAYS see plot twists coming. This series is full of action and adventure, but just as interesting is Jo/Olivia's character development, as she explores what it means to be mortal, superhero and just plain human. Is an individual more important than the group? Is choice more important than right? Is right and wrong as easy as black and white, light and dark? The complex characters and plot development will keep you up reading late into the night!
Cheat the Grave (Signs of the Zodiac, #5) by Vicki Pettersson


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Caran-marie 18) I really enjoyed the mixture of mystery novel and urban fantasy this book provided.
The main character's relationship with the spirits of the lake is very intriguing. It's an interesting read.
Night Tides (Lady of the Lakes) by Alex Prentiss

19) The main character, Rachel's, relationship with the lakes develops further, and this time the mystery has a more paranormal bent. I could do without all the relationship angst though. Dark Waters by Alex Prentiss


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Caran-marie 20) Fascinating and scary at the same time. Gave me reason to evaluate food choices- and talk to my allergist!

The Unhealthy Truth One Mother's Shocking Investigation into the Dangers of America's Food Supply-- and What Every Family Can Do to Protect Itself by Robyn O'Brien


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Caran-marie 21) An independent vampire cat burglar who has been hired to steal top secret papers from the government and picks up "strays" along the way- a pair of homeless street kids, an ex-comando drag queen and a blind older vampire. It's a fun read with lots of action. Bloodshot (The Cheshire Red Reports, #1) by Cherie Priest


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Stacie (stacieh) | 1814 comments Caran-marie wrote: "21) An independent vampire cat burglar who has been hired to steal top secret papers from the government and picks up "strays" along the way- a pair of homeless street kids, an ex-comando drag que..."

I sort of wanted to read this before... now, I really want to read it, LOL!


message 20: by Caran-marie (last edited Feb 21, 2011 07:17PM) (new)

Caran-marie 22) Greatly enjoyed this one. Dark fairie magic. The idea of traveling different roads into Blind Michael's land to save the enslaved children was a good concept. I love the humor in the darkness this author provides. Third Book of a series. All tree worth reading.

An Artificial Night (October Daye, #3) by Seanan McGuire


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Andrea | 4125 comments Mod
Caran-marie, I'm adding Unhealthy Truth to my wish list, this looks like something I would be interest in.


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Caran-marie Andrea wrote: "Caran-marie, I'm adding Unhealthy Truth to my wish list, this looks like something I would be interest in."

I think you will find it fascinating, It took me a while to read it. I had to stop and think about what I was reading, I actually found myself researching and looking up information from the book too. And, as I brought some of the information to my allergist and have changed some of my eating patterns because of it, which have in turn lessened my migraines- I can honestly say the book changed my life!


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Amy J. | 595 comments Caran-marie wrote: "22) Greatly enjoyed this one. Dark fairie magic. The idea of traveling different roads into Blind Michael's land to save the enslaved children was a good concept. I love the humor in the darkness t..."

I'm adding this series to my book list


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Caran-marie 23) I thought the book was just OK. There are others in the series- but I'm not going to read them. This is a more traditional murder/drama. It jumps back and forth between the detective's point of view and the killers, but it also jumps back in time and follows one of the detective's boyfriend's murder cases as he is brought up on charges, A little too disjointed for my taste.

The Immortals (Taylor Jackson, #5) by J.T. Ellison


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Andrea | 4125 comments Mod
A friend of mine from another board was having a lot of trouble with migraines last year. She went through the AED (allergy ellimination diet) and had great results. I think she found that night shade plants were really triggers for her. She was amazing in being strict and it seemed like something that is pretty hard to do!


message 26: by Caran-marie (last edited Mar 01, 2011 10:54AM) (new)

Caran-marie Andrea wrote: "A friend of mine from another board was having a lot of trouble with migraines last year. She went through the AED (allergy ellimination diet) and had great results. I think she found that night sh..." I've eliminated nightshades and chocolate and it's made a big difference in my migraines. The thing that surprised me is that I have chemical sensitivities- and most corn and soybeans in america are so processed that once I stopped eating them, my joints ( from my lupus) started feeling better. It's amazing what a book can teach you!


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Andrea | 4125 comments Mod
Wow, it's amazing how many more people have allergies than ever before. I'm sorry you have to deal with this though.


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Caran-marie 24) I wanted to like this book better than I actually did. I liked the demons who changed into tattoos by day. The main character had depths even she didn't understand yet. However, the book was just there. It was missing something. I will not be reading the rest of the series. A Wild Light (Hunter Kiss, #3) by Marjorie M. Liu


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Caran-marie 25) A new Spenser novel! Written the year before the author died! What a treat. And it really is a treat. Spenser is at his best as he navigates art theft, Holocaust survivor rights, academia, and museum politics. And, it wouldn't be a Spencer novel without quick dialogue and danger around ever corner. Great Fun! Painted Ladies A Spenser Novel by Robert B. Parker


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Caran-marie 26) Third in a series but stands up on its own. I'll be looking for the first two books. The magic is interesting and its an interesting combination of witches, vampires, werewolves and fairies- with the fairies as the bad guys!
The main character is a powerful witch, growing into her own power. In love with a werewolf with a vamp in love with her . . . or does he just want to use her . . .

Fatal Circle (Pershephone Alcmedi, #3) by Linda Robertson


message 31: by Caran-marie (last edited Mar 09, 2011 02:52PM) (new)

Caran-marie 27) A silly romp through NYC when an actress who finally gets a bit part as a hooker on the serial cop drama ends up dealing with gargoyles, zombies and a Voodoo Mambo. Not to mention fellow actors and a no good agent. With a rag tag team of good guys and a cop literally too hot to handle she still ends up as a human sacrifice! Fun story. This is the second book in a series and I will be going back for the first. Very tongue in cheek. Unsympathetic Magic Unsympathetic Magic (Esther Diamond, #3) by Laura Resnick


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Andrea | 4125 comments Mod
I can't wait to read Painted Ladies!


message 33: by Caran-marie (last edited Mar 19, 2011 06:37PM) (new)

Caran-marie 28) 29) 30) 31) 32)

I read the entire series in one week and loved it. The main character is a magical PI who is a great "hard-nosed" character. Set in Seattle she travels through slivers of time- there are wonderful descriptions throughout the series of different periods in Seattle's history. Fantastic magical theory- the author has put a lot of thought into how the magic of her world works.

Greywalker (Greywalker, #1) by Kat Richardson Poltergeist (Greywalker, #2) by Kat Richardson Underground (Greywalker, #3) by Kat Richardson Vanished (Greywalker, #4) by Kat Richardson Labyrinth (Greywalker, #5) by Kat Richardson


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Caran-marie 33) Killers traveling through Europe taunting authorities by sending postcards to local newspapers. Fast paced, exciting read!

The Postcard Killers by James Patterson


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Amy J. | 595 comments Caran-marie wrote: "28) 29) 30) 31) 32)

I read the entire series in one week and loved it. The main character is a magical PI who is a great "hard-nosed" character. Set in Seattle she travels through slivers of time..."


I've only read the first two of the series, but I've really enjoyed them both.


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Caran-marie 34) Thought provoking and scary at the same time. What happens when the doctors are convinced that you're not sick even when you're dying?

My Imaginary Illness A Journey Into Uncertainty and Prejudice in Medical Diagnosis by Chloe G.K. Atkins


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Caran-marie Amy wrote: "Caran-marie wrote: "28) 29) 30) 31) 32)

I read the entire series in one week and loved it. The main character is a magical PI who is a great "hard-nosed" character. Set in Seattle she travels thr..."


The third one was my favorite! Especially as someone who grew up in the Seattle area. So, you should read at least one more.


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Caran-marie 35) How to complain in such a way that you are heard and your complaint gets results. Extremely well written and easy to read.

The Squeaky Wheel Complaining the Right Way to Get Results, Improve Your Relationships, and Enhance Self-Esteem by Guy Winch


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Christy (christy_t) Caran-marie wrote: "35) How to complain in such a way that you are heard and your complaint gets results. Extremely well written and easy to read.

[bookcover:The Squeaky Wheel: Complaining the Right Way to Get Resu..."


Sounds like an interesting read everyone can benefit from!


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Caran-marie 36) Very thought provoking. I especially like the idea that depression can be battled by finding your passion and working on it. Nice!

Rebooting Defeating Depression with the Power of Kabbalah by Yehuda Berg


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Andrea | 4125 comments Mod
Gotta love a little self help now and then. I find books like this can remind of perspective and draw us back a little when we start to feel lost.


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Caran-marie 37) Wonderful read. The author is insightful and entertaining and the subject is fascinating. Before you know it- you will be looking for psychopaths among all your friends. I've come to the conclusion that life would be easier if I WERE a psychopath. . . The Psychopath Test A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson


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Caran-marie 38) I love this series. It's like visiting with old friends. Comfortable yet something new every book. I also love the animals' take on what's going on. Rita Mae Brown is spot on- she clearly is an animal person herself.

Hiss of Death (Mrs. Murphy, #19) by Rita Mae Brown


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Caran-marie 39) Fun! I enjoy the kick ass female body guard main character. I like the idea of a vamp/siren/human character I can't wait to see what happens as she grows in power!

Blood Song (Blood Singer, #1) by Cat Adams


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Caran-marie 40) Very interesting biography about how Dunham came to be traveling around talking with dummies for a living. Some delightful anecdotes. Some LOL moments.

All By My Selves Walter, Peanut, Achmed, and Me by Jeff Dunham


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Caran-marie 41) One more time! This one really is the last Spenser book. An icon character. Great dialogue driven plot. Fabulous, playful language as any Spenser fan would expect.AND we are introduced to a new buddy for Spencer! I'd like to say I savored every line- but honestly I devoured it as I always do his books. I really wish someone could channel Parker's ghost and keep writing!


Sixkill (Spenser #40) by Robert B. Parker


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Caran-marie 42) I am enjoying this series. I especially liked it when Celia's Siren powers are kicking in. It also amused me that her best friend and sister are ghosts that hang out with her. Fun plot- lots of magic and twists.

Siren Song (Blood Singer, #2) by Cat Adams


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Charleen (charleenlynette) | 1596 comments Caran-marie wrote: "42) I am enjoying this series. I especially liked it when Celia's Siren powers are kicking in. It also amused me that her best friend and sister are ghosts that hang out with her. Fun plot- lots of..."

It does sound interesting. I haven't read much urban fantasy but I may need to check these out.


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Joy | 1116 comments Caran-marie wrote: "38) I love this series. It's like visiting with old friends. Comfortable yet something new every book. I also love the animals' take on what's going on. Rita Mae Brown is spot on- she clearly is a..."

I've been wanting to get into this series!! Maybe I will check it out from the library sometime this year!


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Andrea | 4125 comments Mod
Caren-marie, you'll be happy to know that parker's books are being taken over by other authors!

"In April, it was announced that more Spenser adventures are coming, now to be composed by Ace Atkins, the Mississippi author of The Ranger (2011) and Infamous (2010)."

http://www.kirkusreviews.com/blog/mys...


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