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Books I have read in 2008

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Jan 15, 2008* -

EAT - PRAY -LOVE

by Elizabeth Gilbert.
One woman's search for everything across Italy, India and Indonesia.

I learned alot from this book. Having completed the book while I was in India, it taught me alot about the customs of the people here in India. Being in India is like going back 100 years. From riding in rickshaws to the cows and monkey on the street, it is a privilege for me to be able to travel to this country and enjoy the people and their culture. As I read I had empathy for her search and travels across this beautiful yet poor country. The ways of the people are to be admired. Yet, I feel guilty to go back to American with all the comforts and traffic signals. My most heart sickening thing was the kids, from the ones that beg on street corners to the bare bottomed ones that play in the dirt at construction sites while their mothers work.

Elizabeth Gilbert's personal journey to find her "love of self" was fascinating, but not all of us have that luxury in life. I also had empathy for her personal journey, being divorced and total lost, I had to struggle with 3 kids to find my place in the world. Reading about Elizabeth's journey was fun to read what she had to go thru to find her "love for self". I have found "love for self", it took alot longer and the journey was not near as fun to read about. And now I am in India enjoying everything that this life has layed at my feet.

Jan 31, 2008* -

FOREVER ODD

by Dean Koontz.
Just started this mystery January 1, 2008 bought the book in the Chicago airport, and finished January 31st.

This was a mystery book that took several turns that you would not be expecting. The "I see dead people" was fun in this book. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead - it's something that just happened.

A childhood friend of Odd's has disappeared. The worst is feared. But as Odd applies his unique talents to the task of finding the missing person, he discovers something worse than a dead body, encounters an enemy of exceptional cunning, and spirals into a vortex of terror.

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Feb 5, 2008* -

SECOND HONEYMOON

by Joanna Trollope
I have been doing alot of reading in India, on a trip to Reliance Mart at Iscon Mall, I found one of my favorite authors, Joanna Trollope I was really excited, she is very hard to find in the USA. Didn't take me long to read the book that Joanna writes about "The Boyd family and the empty nest, style". I started to read on February 1st finished this book within 5 days.

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Joanna doesn't put hot throbbing scenes in her books, I don't like to read books that have so much hot throbbing scenes that it takes over the book, I much prefer a good story.

Feb. 20, 2008* -

MIDNIGHT BAYOU

by Nora Roberts
Nora is one of my favorite authors, Her stories start out in the turn of the century with true love and a death. Then you go to current dates and there is a ghost in the house. Nora Roberts did not let me down in this book. The sitting is in a large plantation outside of New Orleans, a town that I love, It starts in Dec 1899 with a young bride, Abigail, who had just given birth to a baby girl. She is killed by the twin brother of her husband. Then it switches to January 2002 when a young man, Declan, from Boston buys the house and finds that Abigail is still there. Declan meets his true love, Lena, who is the a descendant to Abigail.

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Nora does put some hot throbbing scenes in her books. They are strategically inserted in just the right places and add just enough that I don't mind speed reading thru them.

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March 15, 2008* -

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MOLLY MURPHY'S

by Jeffiee Tayar
For 20 years, Molly Murphy's House of Fine Repute was the place to go and celebrate special occasions or just have a fun night out. I worked there in 1992. Bobby Tayar was the manager at that time. It was a crazy place to work. So I was really glad that I could read about what happened to Bob Tayar. Since I was there and experienced the fall of Molly Murphy's.

April 10, 2008* -

TROUBLE IN PARADISE

by Terrye Robins
Meeting Terrye in Barnes and Noble on a visit there. I got her to sign the first book. Allison Kane is a teacher by day and a sleuth by night. The Oklahoma hospitality and enchantment of Hawaii will delight you. When you combine generous portions of suspence with dashes of humor and add a sprinkling of romance. I enjoyed the book alot and I will purchase her next book "Revenge in Paradise"

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LOSING IT

by Valerie Bertinelli
Valerie Bertinelli, then: bubbly sitcom star and America's Sweetheart turned tabloid headline and rock start wife. Now: actress, single working mother of teenage rock star, and weight-loss inspiration to millions.

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CREATION IN DEATH

by Nora Roberts
New York City, 2060: Lieutenant Eve Dallas never forgets a corpse. And her new case will resurrect the memories of women she couldn't save - and the killers she couldn't capture. I had a really hard time in reading this book, I never completed. It was too much like "Silence of the Lambs" and I could bearly watch the movie, let alone ready every word on a page. So I have put it down.

(continual research) * -

EASY-TO-USE FENG SHUI

by Lillian Too
168 ways to success. enhance your interiors, magnify your success, maximize your career potential, energize your love life.

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(continual research) * -

CLEARING THE CLUTTER

by Mary Lambert
Clearing teh clutter for Good Feng Shui is a practical guide to navigation your mountain of clutter to achieve a bright, inviting environment. The declutter plan helps you identify your clutter "hot spots": before you work through every room in your home.

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A NEW EARTH

by Eckhart Tolle
Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

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4 May 2008* -

JUST WHO WILL YOU BE?

by Maria Shriver
Just who will you be? is a candid, heartfelt, and inspirational book for seekers of all ages. Inspired by a speech she gave, maria Shriver's message is that what you do in your life isn't what matters. It's who you are. It's an important lesson that will appeal to anyone of any age looking for a life of meaning.

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Seven Trilogy

This is a 3 part The Sign Of Seven triology, which I like about her books. There are usually 6 people and each book is about 2 a boy and a girl. Caleb Hawkins, Gage Turner and Fox O'Dell. Usually it is about ghost and demons. It keeps you interested.

2 April 2008 * -

The Blood Brothers

by Nora Roberts

In 1987, three ten year old boys celebrate their birthdays by camping near Pagan Stone; an object many believe is from a supernatural realm. When they cut their hands to make a blood oath between them, some of it spills near the stone. An explosion occurs and when it is over Caleb, Fox and Gage are healed of all previous wounds, never get sick and they immediately recover from injuries. They are also sensitive noticing things that the other townsfolk don't see.

During the seventh month on the seventh day every seven years, the locals go crazy, committing heinous crimes that they don't remember when the week is up. Quinn comes to town to write a book of supernatural happenings and meets Caleb; she tells him what she sees and hears which is the same as what he and his blood brothers sense. For no reason she can understand Layla Darnel come to town, sees what Quinn sees and is unable to leave. Quinn calls Cybil to help her in researching what is going on in the town. Somehow these six men and the women are linked which gives them a fighting chance in the last battle between good and evil and to save the town and its inhabitants.

This is the first book in an urban fantasy trilogy and like any book Nora Roberts writes it is fantastic. The romance between Caleb and Quinn is starting to sizzle even though they have to put exploring the relationship on hold at times while they try to figure how the women fit into the equation to give them an edge in the upcoming war as told to them by a benign ghost. BLOOD BROTHERS makes the audience believe what they are reading is true as Ms. Roberts paints a dark picturesque landscape.

2 July 2008 * -

The Hollow

by Nora Roberts
This is #2 in The Sign Of Seven Trilogy,

In the small village of Hawkins Hollow, three best friends who share the same birthday sneak off into the woods for a sleepover the evening before turning 10. But a night of pre-pubescent celebration turns into a night of horror as their blood brother oath unleashes a three-hundred year curse. Twenty-one years later, Fox O'Dell and his friends have seen their town plagued by a week of unexplainable evil events two more times - every seven years. With the clock winding down on the third set of seven years, someone else has taken an interest in the town's folklore. A boutique manager from New York, Layla Darnell was drawn to Hawkins Hollow for reasons she can't explain - but the recent attacks on her life make it clear that it is personal. And though Fox tries to keep his professional distance, his interests in Layla have become personal too.

2 July 2008 * -

The Pagan Stone

by Nora Roberts
The Pagan Stone (#3 in The Sign Of Seven Trilogy comes out in December 2008

The Pagan Stone had stood for hundreds of years, long before three boys gathered around it to spill their blood in a bond of brotherhood, unwittingly releasing a force bent on destruction ...Gage Turner has been running from his past for a long time. The son of an abusive drunk, his childhood in the small town of Hawkins Hollow was tough - his only solace his friendship with Fox O'Dell and Caleb Hawkins. But, aged ten, the boys unleashed evil on their town: every seven years murder and mayhem reign, and each cycle is more extreme than the last. Now Gage has returned home to help his friends save Hawkins Hollow, but a lifetime as a loner has made him wary of emotional ties. And who can make plans for the future when their present is so uncertain? For unless they find a way to use the Pagan Stone against the demonic force, everything they know and love will be destroyed ...



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10 July 2008 * -

You Can Heal Yourself

by Louise Hay
What we think about ourselves becomes the truth for us. I believe that everyone, myself included, is responsible for everything in our lives, the best and the worst. She was a little over the top on "We choose our parents." as a baby when we are ready to come into this world, we choose our parents. I am a little confused on this and would love to read some more on this subject.

15 July 2008 * -

The Last Lecture

by Randy Pausch
What a tear jerker. I was amazed that I didn't cry all the way thru the book. The after I read the book, I got an eMail from Kimi that said that he had died on the 25th of July 2008.

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21 July 2008 * -

Tell Me Your Dreams

by Sidney Sheldon
This was about Ashley Patterson. She has MPD. Multiple Personality Disorder, and kills 5 men.

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4 August 2008 * -

Second Chance

by Jane Green
Holly Macintosh is sitting round her kitchen table with her oldest friends - friends she hasn't seen since school - now reunited by an unexpected tragedy and catching up on the past twenty years. On the surface,they are all successful and happy. But scratch a little deeper after that extra glass of wine and it's not quite so straightforward: Paul and Anna are struggling to have a baby, Saffron the actress is still waiting for that really big break that - at thirty-nine - is looking less and less likely, and Olivia, alway the wallflower of the group, is newly single and mourning her lost love.

And what about Holly Mac? Can she and her husband Marcus get their marriage back on track for the sake of the children? Or has someone just come back into her life who will change everything for ever?

20 August 2008 * -

Loving

by Danielle Steel
This was is my first Danielle Steel book. In India there is not a big variety of my favorite authors books, so I am having to expand my list and they have a few Danielle Steel books, so I am going to try. Bettina Daniels lived a fairytale existence of glamour, endless parties, and luxury among America's top celebrities - simply because she was the beautiful daughter of famous American author Justin Daniels. Then, in one moment of tragedy, her father was dead, and Bettina discovered the trust - he had spent every dime he's ever earned and run up millions in debt. At eighteen,penniless and alone, she had lost everything except her father's dearest friend, Ivo Stewart. A wealthy publisher, handsome even at sixty-two, he offered Bettina a way out: marriage. But only for a time. What lay ahead for Bettina was a life filled with shocks and surprises - and eventually a chance to become a playwirght, and a writer like her father. Having learned her lessons dearly, Bettina blossoms into her own person at last.

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4 September 2008 * -

I Still Have It.... I Just Can't Remember Where I Put It

by Rita Rudner
Rita's Rudner's Confessions of a Fiftysomething.. She writes with humor and candor about all of the small indignities and everyday absurdities that have become standard fare. From teh perils of catalog-ordering addition to the challenges of keep up with the lates in electronics, lingerie, and reality television to the joys and worries of being an older mother to the long search for the perfect retirement house, Rita covers it all.

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24 September 2008 * -

Cockatiels at Seven

by Donna Andrews
This was is my first Donna Andrew's book. When her old friend Karen drops by with her two-year-old son, Timmy, Meg Langslow reluctantly agrees to babysit "just for a little while." But when nightfall comes, the toddler is still in residence and Karen isn't answering any phone calls. Meg decides she must find out what's happening, so the next morning, with TImmy in tow, she retraces her friend's footsteps and begins to suspect that Karen's disappearance is tied to at least one serious crime. Has Karen been killed or kidnappped? Is she on the run from the bad guys? Or is she one of the bad guys? The police don't seem to care, so Meg once again plays sleuth - this time with a toddler as her sidekick.

I liked it very much. So much I went and bought 3 more.
  • The Penguin Who Knew Too Much - Oct. 2nd, 2008
  • Murder with Peacocks - Oct. 12, 2008
  • Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos
  • We'll Always have Parrots


12 October 2008* - Her first mystery, "Murder with Peacocks", won the Agatha Anthony, and Barry Awards, a Romantic Times Award for best first novel, and a a Lefty for funniest mystery. It was fun to read. I wish that I had read it first, because it is sitting up all the characters in her books. We met Michael, her Mother, her dad, sister Pam and brother Rob, nephew Eric and a bunch of other relitives

2 October 2008* - "Penguin Who Knew Too Much", Meg never thought that moving into a new home with her finace would be easy. But a Virginia basement full of artic penquins? AND a dead body? That's just bad manners ... from Meg and Michael's prespective, at least.

12 December 2008* - A mayhem-filled Twelve Days of Chirstmas and an unfortunate Santa make up award-winning Donna Andrew's hilarious Chirstmas tale.

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27 September 2008 * -

Skinny Bitch

by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
Not your typical boring diet book, this is a tart-tongued, no-holds-barred wakeup call to all women who want to be thin. With such blunt advice as, "Soda is liquid Satan" and "You are a total moron if you think the Atkins Diet will make you thin," it's a rallying cry for all savvy women to start eating healthy and looking radiant. Unlike standard diet books, it actually makes the reader laugh out loud with its truthful, smart-mouthed revelations. Behind all the attitude, however, there's solid guidance. Skinny Bitch spouses a healthful lifestyle that promotes whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and encourages women to get excited about feeling "clean and pure and energized." Order Skinny Bitch Books

20 August 2008 * -

An Exact Replica of a Figment of my Imagination

by Elizabeth McCracken
"This is the happiest story in the world with the saddest ending."


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November 2008 * -

Are you There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

by Chelsea Handler
"When Chelsea Handler needs to get a few things off her chest, she appeals to a higher power --Vodka."


September 2008 * -

The Age of Miracles

by Marianne Williamson
" Embracing the New Midlife; - The need for change as we get older--an emotional pressure for one phase of our lives to transition into another."


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March 2009 * -

The White Tiger

by Aravind Adiga
" rags-to-riches story, how he overcame the poverty of the poor village in the countryside to being a success in the New India. Part of his journey involved being a driver to a rich family in New Delhi, where he learned that success often involves corruption, cruelty, and a different set of rules than those that apply to the impoverished who work for them."


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