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pro_reader_120Let’s talk aboufavorited_reviews_120t books. What type of book do you like to read? Do you stick to the same authors or are you willing to take a chance on something radically different from your norm? I have a cluster of authors that I gobble up the new books they put out like a binge eater…all in one sitting. And in between waiting for said authors to put out the next book, I have a group of “fill in” authors. And then there are the ones I read because I am so very curious about everything. It has been pointed out to me that my reading list is probably linked to Homeland Security but how can you have an opinion on anything if you haven’t fully researched it?

On my bookshelf you will find every James Patterson novel, every Laurell K. Hamilton, every Stuart Woods, Harlan Coben, Cathrine Coulter, Iris Johansen, Anne Rice, Laura Childs, Tom Clancy, George R.R.Martin, Kim Harrison, Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell, along with all the classics. I don’t do romance books, no heaving bosoms or glistening abs for me.

Reading is a magical thing that can take you places you would never have access to in the living world. I love everything about books. The cover, the feel and smell of the paper, it all has to come together for me.  Books are like a good friend who stays around. My grandmother told me once “Never get rid of a book or your land.”  I paid attention to that one. Not so much on the other advice, much to the chagrin of my mother.

So here we are going to be talking about books. What we’ve read, what we are reading and what we hope to read. I find it so interesting that two people can read the same book and have totally different takes on it. But that is the fun of books and imagination. Everyone’s is different and I am intrigued by those different opinions.

Stick around for some really good, new authors I have found and feel free to make suggestions and comments!  Join us on FB for free books, authors looking for reviewers and new releases and giveaways! FB Page

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Roanoke Girls

“Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.”

After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.

I have read quite a few early reviews for this book. It looks like one of those that people either love or hate.

The Roanoke family tree has no branches. That should be yur first clue that something is not quite right at the Roanoke house. In the blurb it says ‘an estate in Kansas”, I’ve lived in Kansas. Estate? It sounds more like a House of Horrors. Where are the police in this town? Where are Child Services? Heck, where is any responsible adult?

The only character I felt anything for was Cooper the long ago boyfriend that Lane didn’t bother telling goodbye when she fled. The rest of them had not one redeeming quality. Just bad people doing bad thngs and thinking it’s normal.  It is not.

A dark, and deeply disturbing story of abuse.

Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read it. The book is scheduled for a March 2017 release.

Another look?  Check out   Literary Dust  Thanks for the heads up!

A Gentleman In Moscow By Author Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman In Moscow takes us deep into the 1920’s and Count Alexander Rostov.  A man who has been found guilty of writing a poem the government deems seditious. He has a wonderful sense of humor and is not afraid to stand up to the tribunal at all, though it could mean he will be shot.

At 30,  he is looked at as an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across from the Kremlin.

He will now reside in the attic room and watch as the decades unfold around him. Avoiding the outside world, he turns to the one smaller one he is  in and discovers much about himself and his fellow guests.

Over the span of 30 years, we watch as he loses his worldly possessions but gains a whole new perspective on his world and the people in it.

The characters are all rich and complex. The language is the descriptive lushness we expect from Towles. This book made me laugh, cry and towards the end I read slower and  slower because I didn’t want it to end. My favorite paragraph was the final one.

What a great book and a great writer.

Looking For a Little Mystery?

Looking to find some new mysteries? Penguin Random House has some really great ones.These are some of the ones I’ve read. The Girl Before is already being made into a movie and I can see a couple of others maybe going that way also.

I have a reader who loves Stuart Woods, Kim Harrison, Pierce Brown, Anne Rice and Kevin Hearne. He is down in the dumps because there isn’t a new book from these guys right now.  So if you have an author or series to suggest, please do!  He loves Norse mythology and James Patterson, but is kind of over JP for the moment. Thanks in advance for helping!!

Have a lovely Sunday!

xx Patricia

Friday, Coffee, and Espresso Cupcakes!

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It’s Friday and we all made it out alive. I hope. My day started out like a cartoon. Woke up and filled the french press with coffee and hot water.Grabbed a travel mug I haven’t used in a long time, but I felt the need for a lot of coffee.

Before I put the lid on I always take a nice big mouthful to get me to my office. Only this time when I raised it to my mouth there was a spider staring back at me. In. My. Coffee.

We are not spider people here. Nary a one of us is spider savvy. First I screamed, then I dumped the entire thing in the sink and flushed it out. Now I was down to my backup cup.It looked perfectly fine but by this time I’m not sure of what I’m seeing anymore since yesterday when I swatted what I thought was an ant and it was a shadow. So I took out my tiny strainer and strained that cup of coffee. It was fine. But by that time I was feeling those pre-anxiety jitters. I have to see my shrink today. It’s a thing I have to do before the transplant so I was already a little amped up. Instead of giving in to it, I just made another pot of coffee and all is now right with the world.

I don’t mind going to see my psych doctor. He is from Mississippi too, so we usually end up lamenting the foods we miss from home. But this time I am going to have to talk to him about how I feel about this surgery. The fact that I will be asleep the entire time is not comforting to me. A million things could happen while I’m out. How well do we know this anesthesiologist guy anyway? I mean he could have been up drinking half the night for all I know. And speaking of that, who in the hell is at their best at 6 a.m.? Have they had their coffee? Are they cool, sober and ready to make history here?

My Momma says it will be fine. I’m making a mountain out of a molehill. I’m being overly dramatic. And she’s right. I know that logically, but emotionally, not so much. So I’m going to try and keep it together and remember what Corbin (4) said. Wow! Maybe you’ll have super powers!

xx Patricia

You Know You Want One

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Thursday!  Release day for Blink. I’ll repost that review today also.Bookouture is coming out with even more thriller stories like Little Girl Lost by Carole Wyer. I’m really liking this companies books.

The above books are ones we have read and enjoyed. Thre is SYFY, Romance, Historical Fiction, Spooky Southern mysteries and Witches! What’s not to love.

We are over here reading The Hope Chest by Viola Shipman, coming out in March and it is every bit as moving and lovely as The Charm Bracelet from last year. Since surgery is one week away I am trying to get a lot done. Like finishing 7 books in one week. #goals

Happy Thurday to you wonderful, talented and funny people of WordPress! Especiallly kelleysdiy.com who has nominated me for a Blogger Award. She is always making something clever and gorgeous from nothing but dollar store stuff. She’s magic definitely. The reason I don’t do Awards is because I have a stalker and I prefer she not have any more information about me than she already does. So while I’m honored, I just don’t do them!

Since surgery is one week away I am trying to get a lot done.