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The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern
Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature
Linda Lear
Shades of Grey: A Novel
Jasper Fforde

Book 2 in the series

Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet - M.C. Beaton

Ok, I LOVED the second book in this series.  The main character is pretty hilarious.  There was a laugh out loud scene involving a broken sink in a pub that had me laughing while sitting in a coffee shop.  It's rare for me to actually laugh out loud while reading.  


The Quiche of Death - M.C. Beaton

The first book in a series with a former PR lady who retired early to settle in a cottage in the English countryside.  She is a spicy character, with few social graces - but she is lovable!  I really enjoyed this mystery and look forward to digging in to this series.


Horns - Joe Hill

Wow!  I saw the preview for the movie and immediately bought the book.  This book is like the bratty little brother of The Gargoyle and Hellboy.  It's pretty amaze-balls.  Having the ability to know what people are really thinking is definitely not a super power I'd want....


"...people you love should be allowed to keep their worst to themselves."


It makes for a great summer read.  I could not put this book down until I finished it.

Magic kitties

Cat Trick - Sofie Kelly

Slow. Very, very slow. Magical cats are cool enough, but feral cats who don't want to be touched by anyone but Kathleen - yet they LOVE hanging out with and interacting with people (raising their paws in agreement, "murping" in acknowledgment...).  Seems odd, even for magical cats.

If I Stay

If I Stay - Gayle Forman I saw the preview for the movie and was intrigued, so picked up the book on my way home and finished it in a couple hours. It was exactly the sort of book that I would have loved reading as a teen, while laying out to get a tan at the lake. It is teen angst, but it's more than that. It's about the ties of family - the sort of ties that bind, not strangle.

Me And Emma

Me And Emma - Elizabeth Flock Pulls you in and holds you there. You know something's off from the get go, you just keeping holding your breath until you find out what it is. Set in North Carolina.

The Moon Over Lake Elmo

The Moon Over Lake Elmo - Steve Thayer Written as letters from a father to a daughter, coupled with journal entries, this novel captures the feelings and struggles of family relationships. I love Steve's writing style and even though this novel was written in distinctly different voices, his voice still shone through. This is a read-in-one-sitting sort of book.

Whistling Past the Graveyard

Whistling Past the Graveyard - Susan Crandall "Grown-ups was real complicated. And Eula was the most tangled-up one I'd ever tried to figure out."

I love a Southern novel and this one fits the bill. The story is suspenseful and the characters are are compelling. A good summer read.

Orange Is the New Black

Orange Is the New Black - Piper Kerman Memoirs! Why do I do this to myself? They always sound so good, and when I hear the authors getting interviewed on the radio I'm extra intrigued. This was another disappointment. I love, love the tv show. The characters are great and the writing is superb. The book, however, is a bit lackluster. It seems like a stream of consciousness with no narrative thread holding it all together.

Don't waste your time - stick to watching the tv show.

Crochet 101: Master Basic Skills and Techniques Easily through Step-by-Step Instruction

Crochet 101: Master Basic Skills and Techniques Easily through Step-by-Step Instruction - Deborah Burger, Dee Stanziano This is my go to reference book for crochet. Even though I've been crocheting for several years, I didn't really start reading patterns (patterns more complicated than a single crochet baby blanket or granny square afghan) until the last 2 years. This book is a great resource book. It has a lot of helpful hints about things that you don't always get in other how to books - and it's great to have all of these how-to's in one location. I like how it shows pictures of common errors, so you can see what you're doing wrong and fix it. I love this one!

Gone Girl: A Novel

Gone Girl: A Novel - Gillian Flynn Loved it. Love the switching back and forth between POV. LOVED the unexpected twists and turns.

The Cruellest Month

The Cruellest Month - Louise Penny Excellent series. I can picture the food, the setting, the characters.

Someone Else's Love Story

Someone Else's Love Story - Joshilyn Jackson It is about miracles, big and small. And love in all its forms. A well written story with great characters.

Crochet Boutique: 30 Simple, Stylish Hats, Bags & Accessories

Crochet Boutique: 30 Simple, Stylish Hats, Bags & Accessories - Rachael Oglesby I've made several projects from this book! This is the first book where I was able to successfully follow patterns without running into major problems and giving up. I think the projects in the book are all very cute and the directions are easy to follow.

Revenge of the Crafty Corpse

Revenge of the Crafty Corpse - Lois Winston A fairly entertaining cozy mystery reminiscent of the Stephanie Plum series.

Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders

Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders - Brandi Glanville;Leslie Bruce Pretty much what you would expect. Entertaining enough to pass the time and serve as a distraction while sick in bed with the flu.