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message 1: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
Wow! I can't believe how time is flying. Here's June's challenges.

1. Read a book that is the 6th book in a series or by an author.

2. Read a book with a J-U-N-E in the title or the author's name.

3. To honor those June brides, read a book about a wedding.

4. In remembrance of D-Day, read a book about WWII.

5. To honor graduates, read a book about coming of age.

6. Read a book you had on a previous list but did not have time to read during the month it was listed.

7. In honor of summer, read a book about summer.

8. Read a book set in a place within 500 miles of your home.

9. Your choice


message 2: by Chuck (last edited Jun 27, 2012 05:06PM) (new)

Chuck | 149 comments My June picks:

1. Read a book that is the 6th book in a series or by an author.

2. Read a book with a J-U-N-E in the title or the author's name.
"Calico Joe" by John Grisham
"The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck

3. To honor those June brides, read a book about a wedding.

4. In remembrance of D-Day, read a book about WWII.
"The Wayward Bus" by John Steinbeck.

5. To honor graduates, read a book about coming of age.
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot

6. Read a book you had on a previous list but did not have time to read during the month it was listed.

7. In honor of summer, read a book about summer.

8. Read a book set in a place within 500 miles of your home.
"Southland" by Nina Revoyr
"The Reversal" by Michael Connelly

9. Your choice
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot.
"The Black Echo" by Michael Connelly.
"The Whore's Child" by Richard Russo


message 3: by Chuck (new)

Chuck | 149 comments Just started reading "The Wayward Bus" by John Steinbeck. "The Wayward Bus is a novel by American author John Steinbeck, originally published in 1947. The novel contains several references to the recent Second World War and America's attempts to adjust to life in the immediate postwar era. No single character dominates The Wayward Bus. The viewpoint shifts frequently from one character to another, often taking the form of internal monologue so that we are experiencing a given character's thoughts. Much of the novel's length is simply devoted to establishing and delineating the various characters. This novel takes place firmly within "Steinbeck country": most of the narrative occurs at Rebel Corners, a crossroads 42 miles south of San Ysidro, California."


message 4: by Sheila (last edited Jun 26, 2012 03:41PM) (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
Here's what I'm working on.

4/9, 17 books

1. Read a book that is the 6th book in a series or by an author--Deadly Sins by Kylie Brant.

2. Read a book with a J-U-N-E in the title or the author's name--Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James--finished 6/1/12

3. To honor those June brides, read a book about a wedding--Wedding Magic by Patricia Coughlin--finished 6/16/12.

4. In remembrance of D-Day, read a book about WWII--In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson--finished 6/26/12.

5. To honor graduates, read a book about coming of age.

6. Read a book you had on a previous list but did not have time to read during the month it was listed--Fear of Falling by Susan Kiernan-Lewis.

7. In honor of summer, read a book about summer.

8. Read a book set in a place within 500 miles of your home--Remember Me by Cheryl Robinson.

9. Your choice--The Maltese Falcon by Dashell Hammett--finished 6/18/12

Bonus reads:
Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James--finished 6/5/12
Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James--finished 6/7/12
Chase & Seduction by Randi Alexander--finished 6/11/12
Rescue Me by Rachel Gibson--finished 6/14/12
Freedom: The Rake and the Recluse, book 1 by Jenn LeBlanc--finished 6/19/12
Found: The Rake and the Recluse, book 2 by Jenn LeBlanc--finished 6/20/12
Taken: The Rake and the Recluse, book 3 by Jenn LeBlanc--finished 6/21/12
Ruination: The Rake and the Recluse, book 4 by Jenn LeBlanc--finished 6/22/12
The Perfect Servant by Rosanna Cole--finished 6/22/12
His Gift by Gillian Colbert--finished 6/22/12
Submission: The Rake and the Recluse, book 5 by Jenn LeBlanc--finished 6/22/12
3 Wee Peas byLaura Yarik--finished 6/22/12
Retribution: The Rake and the Recluse, book 6 by Jenn LeBlanc--finished 6/23/12


message 5: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
Well, I finished Fifty Shades of Grey. What a read! I was disappointed with the first 200 pages then it got really good. If you take out the sex, you have a Harlequin Romance or a Mills and Boone Romance. It's a good story. There is a lot of sex and it was graphic but it was well written. Ms. James was comfortable writing the sex scenes. It definitely leaves you with a cliff hanger ending. It could have used some editing and proofreading. Ana used Holy Crap and Holy Shit so much I thought I was hanging with Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder. The story would have been more realistic had the hero and heroine been 10 years older. Was better than I anticipated based on the first 200 pages.


message 6: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
Fifty Shades of Grey finishes much better than it starts. I want to read the next book. I would like to know what Christian is thinking because it would be an interesting contrast.


message 7: by Kristy (last edited Jul 01, 2012 09:08AM) (new)

Kristy | 89 comments 1. Read a book that is the 6th book in a series or by an author.

The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie

2. Read a book with a J-U-N-E in the title or the author's name.

A Death in Family by James Agee


3. To honor those June brides, read a book about a wedding.

Fools Rush In by Janice Thompson

4. In remembrance of D-Day, read a book about WWII.

Why Aren't You Sweet Like Me? by Carrie Nyman

5. To honor graduates, read a book about coming of
age.

Ink by Holly Hood

6. Read a book you had on a previous list but did not have time to read during the month it was listed.

Chime by Franny Billingsley

7. In honor of summer, read a book about summer.

Practice Cake byDalya Moon

8. Read a book set in a place within 500 miles of your home.

Never Mind Nirvana: A Novel by Mark Lindquist

9. Your choice

You're Next byGregg Hurwitz
The Devil's Hour by J. Carson Black
Talk of the Town by Lisa Wingate
The Witness by Dee Henderson


message 8: by Kristy (new)

Kristy | 89 comments Finished "Ink" by Holly Hood last night. I have to say though, I kind of expected a little bit more from this book. It took almost half of the book for the real storyline to get started and then I realized it's basically Twilight but with witches instead of vampires.

I think this is classified as YA novel, but I wouldn't let any of the teenagers I know read it because of the graphic sex scenes.


message 9: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
Kristy, how's the dog training going?


message 10: by Kristy (new)

Kristy | 89 comments It's coming along. He only has excited piddles inside, and he's super good when it comes to kids and strangers (not typical of min pins at all). Which means we must be doing a good job of socializing him. He's learned ball as in go get me your ball and he will get it. He's been sleeping through the night since we got him but never more than 8 hours at a time. He's a total sweetheart. Always cuddles me when I've had a bad day. But if I could get him to stop chewing on me I'd be super happy!


message 11: by Kristy (new)

Kristy | 89 comments Thanks Manda, it's been a crazy couple of months around here. And naturally with it being almost summer, I'm still finding time to read, it's the time to go online and discuss what I am reading that I don't have anymore.

I'll try your suggestions, sometimes though I swear I have like 3 different dogs in one! I've found if I wrap my hand and arm in his blanket he'll just sit there an chew on that. Sometimes he will pinch me, but not too bad.


message 12: by Kristy (new)

Kristy | 89 comments Finished Chime today. I know this book has gotten mixed reviews and to be honest I'd never even heard of it but my cousin bought it for me for my birthday and I have to say this is one of the better books I've read in a long time! I don't know what it is about this book. It it was the first book I've read in a long time where I just found myself so immersed in the story that I wasn't wondering about who the murderer was.

I thought it was a wonderfully told story, but I would also say that of you don't like supernatural things like witches, faeries and demons this probably isn't for you. 5/5 star read for me.


message 13: by Kristy (new)

Kristy | 89 comments I think Chime is one of those books where you are either going to love it or hate it. And combines ancient mythology with more modern times (not our times, but around whenever the motor car was invented, sorry it's Monday and I don't feel too smart). I just like the blending of the two different worlds, spiritual and real.


message 14: by Chuck (new)

Chuck | 149 comments Finished reading this afternoon "The Wayward Bus" by John Steinbeck. Now reading "Southland" by Nina Revoyr, a terrific writer whom I got to meet just a few months ago.

"Southland brings us a fascinating story of race, love, murder and history, against the backdrop of an ever-changing Los Angeles. A young Japanese-American woman, Jackie Ishida, is in her last semester of law school when her grandfather, Frank Sakai, dies unexpectedly. While trying to fulfill a request from his will, Jackie discovers that four African-American boys were killed in the store Frank owned during the Watts Riots of 1965. Along with James Lanier, a cousin of one of the victims, Jackie tries to piece together the story of the boys’ deaths. In the process, she unearths the long-held secrets of her family’s history."


message 15: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
Chuck,
Wayward Bus sounds good. I'lll have to give it a try.

Kristy,
Chime sounds interesting also.

Manda,
50 Shades of Grey is a Harlequin or Mills & Boone with a lot of sex. The sex is graphic, but for all the hype about it being BDSM, there are very few scenes of BDSM. I like the story. I am totally immersed in book 2, Fifty Shades Darker, which picks up where 50 Shades of Grey ends. You have to read it in order. I have read much more hard core BDSM than this. This is soft core at best. If you know nothing about BDSM, you will be shocked. If you do, you'll be asking where is it. But it is a good story and worth reading.


message 16: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
I was going to read a couple of other books before reading Fifty Shades Darker but I couldn't stay away from it. I'm over halfway done and expect to start the third book today.


message 17: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
I finished the Fifty Shades trilogy. I enjoyed it. I thought the second book was the best for writing and storyline. As for the hype about BDSM and porn, I feel that was much ado about nothing. Most of the sex is vanilla or soft core bondage and discipline. I give the series a 4.33 rating.


message 18: by Kristy (new)

Kristy | 89 comments Finished "A Death in the Family" by James Agee today. I really liked this book,even though it was heartbreakingly sad. I like how the author showed the same situation through many different eyes. And the writing itself was quite poetic.


message 19: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
A Death in the Family sounds good.


message 20: by Kristy (new)

Kristy | 89 comments Some of it is kind of hard to read, when it's the son. It's literally trying to follow the thoughts of a child. But its worth it I think.


message 21: by Kristy (new)

Kristy | 89 comments Just finished "Why aren't you sweet like me?" by Carrie Nyman. Here is my review:

Not what I would call a love story for the ages. I had a hard time believing the two main characters even liked each other, let alone be madly in love with one another. I know this is based on letters between the authors grandparents, but the story was lacking any emotion. I probably would have loved this book, probably would have cried even if I had cared about either of the characters at all.

Set in WWII times the story follows Camille and Don in their courtship, marriage and his being sent to France. One star read for me.


message 22: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
Wow, now I'm not sure I want to read Why Aren't You Sweet Like Me. I got it free from Amazon so maybe in the future I might read it.


message 23: by Kristy (new)

Kristy | 89 comments Oh, sorry I do know that many people did like it. I'm just picky sometimes.


message 24: by Chuck (last edited Jun 11, 2012 07:23AM) (new)

Chuck | 149 comments Finished reading "Southland" by Nina Revyor, a very good story about post WWII in Los Angeles and its effects on the community.

Now reading "The Reversal" by Michael Connelly,
Traveling to northern California on vacation so we'll be listeing to the audio book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot.

We'll end our vacation by driving to Salinas to visit the John Steinbeck Museum, something I've wanting to do for some time now.

Good reading to all!


message 25: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
I loved The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It read like a novel. I hope you have a good narrator on your audio book. Have fun on your vacation.


message 26: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
Manda wrote: "L love listening to audio books when travelling...

I've had to suspend the childrens book on audio as i'm losing the plot and have changed it to 1Q84.

I'm not abandoning the childrens book though..."


It might be you don't want the story to end so that makes it last longer.


message 27: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
I just finished Rescue Me by Rachel Gibson. It's a quick, fast beach read. Fun. Strong characters.


message 28: by Kristy (new)

Kristy | 89 comments This morning, I finished listening to "You're Next" by Greg Horowitz, I have to say that I was really enjoying this book, until I found out why people were trying to kill the main character. It kind of unraveled the whole premise for me.

I also finished reading Never Mind Nirvana which is set in Seattle, WA. I think this book is meant for someone who is a little more into the local band scene than I am. It dropped a lot of names, some of which I knew and some I didn't. I have to say though, that I always enjoy reading about places I've been.
Although the book isn't about music, exactly the main character is loosely based on the author, former singer of a local band who goes on to become a prosecuting attorney, I would say this is more about growing up and realizing the differences between the life you have the life you want to have and how sometimes you are your own worst enemy.


message 29: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
I just finished Wedding Magic. It was good. Sophie is a wedding planner. Owen has an unusual background and it is his house where she is planning the wedding. Just a nice June read. Funny, how yesterday I got a wedding invitation. :)


message 30: by Kristy (new)

Kristy | 89 comments Finished reading Practice Cake by Dayla Moon.

Another free Kindle book, but I enjoyed this one! Maddie just graduated high school and is looking for a summer job. She takes a job as a bakers assistant in a local bakery, to earn money for a car.

She's torn between her boyfriend Parker and a hot new co-worker named Drew. She's also wondering how the small local bakery is going to compete with a new large corporate bakery moving in blocks away.

I found it slightly improbable that her boss would let someone who has worked there for a week just use his supplies and kitchen for baking test ideas, but naturally she found a winner. Which also scored them their own reality show.

The book kept my interest, made me chuckle a couple of times and REALLY made me want to eat some cookies.


message 31: by Chuck (new)

Chuck | 149 comments Back from vacationing in the Sequoia's and Central California. Had an opportunity to visit the John Steinbeck Museum in Salinas - A terrific place to visit!

Finished reading the following:
"Southland" by Nina Revoyr
"The Reversal" by Michael Connelly
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (an audio book)" by Rebecca Skloot

Now reading "The Black Echo" by Michael Connelly. This is Book #2 of the Harry Bosch series: "Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with a fatal bullet wound to the head and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket. Working the case, LAPD detective Harry Bosch is reminded of the primal police rule he learned long ago: Don't look for the facts, but the glue that holds them together. Soon Harry's making some very dangerous connections, starting with a dead cop and leading to a bloody string of murders that wind from Hollywood Boulevard to the back alleys south of the border. Now this battle-scarred veteran will find himself in the center of a complex and deadly game-one in which he may be the next and likeliest victim."

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message 32: by Kristy (new)

Kristy | 89 comments Finished "Fools Rush In" last night. I gave it one star, but I'm afraid that even that was being a little too generous.

There really isn't a way for me to say this without seeming anti-religious (which I'm not, just anti-preachy people/books). But the amount of bible verses and preaching in this book really started to bug me.

And that's all I'm going to say about this because I'm sure I could rant on and on about this book. Let's just say that the whole time I was reading it, all I could think of was that if this weren't a christian book (and I know, shame on me for not making sure before I downloaded it, but hey it was free so I just lost a few hours of my life), all the main characters would have been crazy psycho-stalkers. Which definitely would have been a better book.

Ok, now I'm done.


message 33: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
Not every book is for every one. I like when people don't like books. It makes me wonder if I want to read it, will I agree, or will we have to agree to disagree.


message 34: by Chuck (new)

Chuck | 149 comments This afternoon I finished reading "The Black Ice" by Michael Connelly - Book 3 of the Harry Bosch series.

Why read Harry Bosch? "She turned for the last time and walked to the car, her high heels clicking on the asphalt once she left the carpet of grass. Bosch leaned back against the tree and watched the driver open the door for her. Then he lit a cigarette and watched as the sleek black machine carried her out the gate and left him alone with the dead."

The End

Now reading "Calico Joe" by John Grisham. "It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a twenty-one-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz.

In the summer of 1973 Joe Castle was the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone had ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas dazzled Cub fans as he hit home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shattered all rookie records.

Calico Joe quickly became the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faced Calico Joe, Paul was in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his Dad. Then Warren threw a fastball that would change their lives forever…"


message 35: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
I like that Grisham is moving into different genres of writing. I loved his "Skipping Christmas."


message 36: by Chuck (new)

Chuck | 149 comments Sheila wrote: "I like that Grisham is moving into different genres of writing. I loved his "Skipping Christmas.""

Haven't read "Skipping Christmas," it's on my list. My favorite Grisham works are "A Painted House" and "Playing for Pizza," both non-lawyer books. Have you read any of these 2? If not give them a read.


message 37: by Kristy (new)

Kristy | 89 comments Playing for Pizza was a great book! I too enjoy that he's branching out. A Painted House is going on my to-read list!


message 38: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
Chuck wrote: "Sheila wrote: "I like that Grisham is moving into different genres of writing. I loved his "Skipping Christmas.""

Haven't read "Skipping Christmas," it's on my list. My favorite Grisham works are..."


I haven't but I have Playing for Pizza on my TBR list. Actually I think I have it in my pile of borrowed books.


message 39: by Chuck (new)

Chuck | 149 comments Finished "Calico Joe" by John Gisham this afternoon - 5/5 stars for me (me being an avid baseball fan) terrific ending that had me shed a few tears . . . Ok, maybe more than a few! My favorite line in the story?

"Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't go to yours," as quoted by Yogi Berra.

Now reading "The Whore's Child" by Richard Russo.

"To this irresistible debut collection of short stories, Richard Russo brings the same bittersweet wit, deep knowledge of human nature, and spellbinding narrative gifts that distinguish his best-selling novels. His themes are the imperfect bargains of marriage; the discoveries and disillusionments of childhood;the unwinnable battles men and women insist on fighting with the past.

A cynical Hollywood moviemaker confronts his dead wife’s lover and abruptly realizes the depth of his own passion. As his parents’ marriage disintegrates, a precocious fifth-grader distracts himself with meditations on baseball, spaghetti, and his place in the universe. And in the title story, an elderly nun enters a college creative writing class and plays havoc with its tidy notions of fact and fiction. The Whore’s Child is further proof that Russo is one of the finest writers we have, unsparingly truthful yet hugely compassionate and capable of creating characters real that they seem to step off the page.


message 40: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
Just started In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. It's about the American ambassador and his family in Nazi Germany in 1933. I cannot believe how blind they were even after attacks on Americans. I'm about 1/3 of the way through and I have to admit it's turning my stomach how violent the regime was in its first 6 months and how the ambassador's daughter is defending them. Excellent book though.


message 41: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
Just finished In the Garden of Beasts. Excellent read. It is about the early days of Hitler's regime. This tells the story of William Dodd as he becomes the American Ambassador to Germany in 1933. Initially he believes Hitler and his "people" that they want peace but he finally sees that Hitler wants ultimate power. Unfortunately his bosses in Washington, DC are willfully blind and in denial. It also does not help that Dodd's daughter is partying and sleeping around with some the the Nazi leadership. Very good book. I give it 5 of 5.


message 42: by Chuck (new)

Chuck | 149 comments Sheila wrote: "Just finished In the Garden of Beasts. Excellent read. It is about the early days of Hitler's regime. This tells the story of William Dodd as he becomes the American Ambassador to Germany in 193..."

Thanks for the overview . . . It's on my list of 'Books to Read.' What's next on your list?


message 43: by Chuck (new)

Chuck | 149 comments Finshed reading Richard Russo's collection of short stories, "The Whore's Child." Now reading "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck:

"The novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of sharecroppers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in financial and agricultural industries. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they were trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California. Along with thousands of other "Okies", they sought jobs, land, dignity and a future. When preparing to write the novel, Steinbeck wrote: "I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this [the Great Depression and its effects]." The book won Steinbeck a large following among the working class, perhaps due to the book's sympathy to the workers' movement and its accessible prose style."


message 44: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
Chuck wrote: "Finshed reading Richard Russo's collection of short stories, "The Whore's Child." Now reading "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck:

"The novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of sharecroppe..."


Loved The Grapes of Wrath. It seems we have a theme here of the 1930's and the Great Depression. Currently I'm reading a book for review, A Clockwork Butterfly. It's a sci-fi/fantasy end of the world as we know it erotic romance. I'm not sure where the author is going but I said I'd review it and I will. But I do like it for as odd as it is.


message 45: by Sheila (new)

Sheila | 215 comments Mod
Manda wrote: "a kestrel for a knave was an excellent read.....finished yesterday.

In the garden of beasts does look very good."


Most people in my book club liked it tonight. Very unusual for this group of people. One woman lived through it in Hungary and said she couldn't read it while another woman lived in Germany during her middle school years (she's only in her early 20's) and was able to tell us about Hitler's early life before he became Chancellor. Not sure how he went into politics. Was not a successful young man.


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