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#276633 - 08/01/17 05:28 PM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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#33 Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Mare is a Red, one of the workers while the Silvers have true power in every way. Then Mare discovers she's developing powers of her own. My son recommended this series. For a YA dystopia, it's pretty good.


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#276723 - 08/09/17 05:34 PM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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#34 Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?


Next installment in the Red Queen series. I'm starting the third one tomorrow.

Joan


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#276726 - 08/09/17 07:04 PM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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#35 Falling by Jane Green

Light romance about a woman changing her life. Perfect for a plane ride read.

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#276794 - 08/21/17 12:17 PM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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24. Prey, by Michael Crichton

A Silicon Valley company designs intelligent nanobots that can replicate themselves and evolve. The project works too well, and the nanobots start preying on humans.

This was a good sci-fi novel that it didn't take me long to read. It delves into the scary side of AI -- the potential for it to turn on living things.
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"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.”

- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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#276855 - 08/25/17 07:07 PM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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#36 King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back


Third installment in the Red Queen series. Lots of groups forming new alliances. I'm starting like Mare a little more.

Joan

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#276872 - 08/28/17 12:16 PM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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#37 Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham


I was in the mood for something light and this definitely was light. Some insight into the Gilmore Girls reunion movie. Nothing overly indepth.

Joan


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#276882 - 09/01/17 09:23 AM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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#38 The Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon

Two wives of American military men stationed in Jordan become unlikely friends. Their different personalities and approaches to Jordan culture lead to problems.

The portrayal of these women was brutally honest. You didn't love either but you felt you could understand them. The book lead to the question, when to be cautious and when not to be.

Joan

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#276915 - 09/04/17 08:42 PM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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25. Lois Lane: Cloudy with a Chance of Destruction, by Gwenda Bond

Lois catches a classmate smuggling something dangerous to school in order to impress his girlfriend. Trouble ensues (because this Lois also likes dangling over the jaws of death).

26. Ghosts of California: The Haunted Locations of Fallbrook, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Perris, and Temecula, by Jeffrey Fisher

I downloaded this book to see what ghosts were supposed to be in the areas I go to. It was interesting, but the research needed some work, especially when it came to the locations of these supposedly haunted buildings.

27. Blue Dahlia, by Nora Roberts

The first book of Roberts' In the Garden trilogy, in which a young widow named Stella takes a job in a nursery, meets a new love, and contends with a ghost who loves children (and hates men).

28. Black Rose, by Nora Roberts

The second book of Roberts' In the Garden trilogy, in which the owner of the nursery from the previous book, Roz Harper, falls for the man doing a history of her family in an attempt to help the increasingly vicious ghost.

29. Dangerous Minds, by Janet Evanovich

Evanovich's new series is funny, like the Stephanie Plum series was before it got repetitive. An island has disappeared, and its Buddhist monk owner, Wayan Bagus, wants it back, so he contacts his former student, Emerson Knight, a Sherlock Holmes type who can't resist a good mystery. Knight brings along his amanuensis, Riley Moon (the Watson to Knight's Holmes), and his redneck cousin, Vernon. Hilarity ensues.

30. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

31. Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins

32. Dinosaurs, by Peter Zallinger

This old children's book about dinosaurs was written in the 80s and is somewhat out of date, but the art is entertaining, particularly where it appears that a predator is trying to talk his prey into being eaten, and the prey looks like he's about to give the predator a rude gesture.

33. Bad Monkey, by Carl Hiaasen

Hiaasen writes about the Bahamas in this humorous book about crime, corruption, and obnoxious primates.

34. The Magic School Bus: Going Batty: A Book About Bats, by Nancy E. Krulik
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"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.”

- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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#276951 - 09/12/17 12:20 PM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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35. Blackboard Bear, by Martha Alexander

Cute little book about a boy who isn't allowed to play with the big kids, so he creates a bear friend and won't let them play with it.
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"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.”

- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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#276953 - 09/12/17 07:10 PM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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#39 Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

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From New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger comes a brilliant new novel about a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961.


I read this book a second time for an upcoming book club and enjoyed it even more the second time around. It reminds me a little of "To Kill A Mockingbird".

Joan

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#276983 - 09/17/17 08:25 PM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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#40 A Mother's Reckoning by Sue Klebold

Sue Klebold takes us through her confusion and grief over her son's crimes at Columbine High School.


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