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Joined May 2017

LibraryThing member Carolyn_Astfalk

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Brunch at Bittersweet Caf | Carla Laureano
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Foodie book has me baking cookies!

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Slow start, long book, but I‘m hanging in there.

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Honest. Well-written. Not longer than it needed to be. Mary Lenaburg draws such wisdom from her experiences. Raw, real, and powerful.

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All in Good Time | Carolyn Astfalk
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It‘s launch day for my contemporary Christian romance, All in Good Time. It‘s a romance with a little humor and a little mystery/suspense. It addresses a big problem that few of us like to discuss - pornography - and how it affects relationships. And not just men, but women, and kids.

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Despite being well-written and coming together very nicely at the end, I couldn‘t connect with these characters until 3/4 through. Foodie details were wasted on me. Couple was way too good-looking. Just not my cup of tea.

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The Butterfly Recluse | Therese Heckenkamp
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Short enough for me to read in one sitting. Sweet, clean romance, interesting characters, and an unexpected twist, which, having read this author‘s other books, I should‘ve seen coming.

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I‘m loving the wry retorts of Captain Ethan Saunders!

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The Princess and the Goblin | George MacDonald
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The kids totally lost interest, but I feel compelled to finish it.

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Anna Gerard is a new author to me, and cozy mysteries aren't something I read very often, but the clever title and the absurdity of the blurb (man in a penguin suit murdered, a group of religious sisters moving into a Georgia B&B) appealed to me.

Small issue, but the fact that the main character, Nina, pronounces her name Nine-ah proved a HUGE distraction to me.

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Oh how I‘m loving this flawed, self-deprecating protagonist! Love the wit.

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There You'll Find Me | Jenny B. Jones
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Read this in advance of the movie adaptation coming out this spring! Starts out a little predictable and superficial and then-wow! Jenny B. Jones brings it in the last quarter, breaking open the heroine‘s (Finley‘s) heart. I‘m hoping the movie doesn‘t gloss over the faith aspect or battling an eating disorder. Oh, and great banter.. 😉

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Unlike most dystopian novels I've read, Death Panels depicts a near-future (2042), making it easy to see how the the world could slip from the present to a utilitarian government that relies on complacent citizens who have ceded their liberty for the "good" of the world.

Ultimately, Death Panels show what happens when people turn a blind eye to reality and how small acts of resistance and cooperation can begin to turn a culture around.

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Heartwood Box | Ann Aguirre
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Did something I never do. Selected a book I saw featured in Bookpage. I‘m outside of my comfortable niches. Thoughts so far: Killer first line - “This is where hope goes to die.” Also, present tense isn‘t my favorite, but the author is doing a good job with it. And this creepy house is its own character.

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Getting to the big showdown between these Norse/Virginian brothers and the KKK.

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Can‘t wait to start reading this one! Can‘t tell from the picture, but the texture on this cover with raised letter title is very cool.

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This book. What a hangover it‘s left me with. Some of the best characters I‘ve read - so real that these Norwegian/Virginian brothers will stick with me a long, long time. As will their cidery and the rest of Blackbird Mountain.

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More Than Words Can Say | Karen Witemeyer

This book reads so smoothly it‘s almost impossible to put down!

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Warrior of the Kizan | Ann Margaret Lewis
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Not my usual genre, but well-written enough to pull me in.

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One of the Girls | Robin Daniels
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I‘m used to a little more depth in my YA romance, and this is flat-out teen romance without much else going on. However, Nick and Mia are so likable and the author did such a good job of capturing the whole does he/she like me teen? anxiety that the story grew on me. Clean without being unrealistic or saccharine.

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Just One Kiss | Courtney Walsh
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Courtney Walsh does a great job of revealing Josh and Carly's past, endearing them more and more to the reader with each episode of childhood compassion and teenage love. Their pasts meld seamlessly with their adult insecurities and failures - enough to keep them apart for 16 years, but not enough to overcome the affection, love, and chemistry.

A delight to read from beginning to end, with plenty of swoony romance but depth as well.

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Attachments: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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How are these characters so wonderfully developed solely from a string of inter-office emails?

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The Uncloaked | Jennifer Rodewald

That‘s not free, and it‘s not kind. There‘s an agenda there—they are buying loyalty.

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Intermission | Serena Chase
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Love this book! We had a great discussion about it and obedience in this month‘s Sabbath Rest Book Talk. bit.ly/SabbathBooks

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The Lies We Tell Ourselves deals with some heavy subject matter (childhood abuse and its effects), but offers enough light moments to keep from being maudlin.

Touching and life-affirming, Lies We Tell Ourselves reminds us all of the hold people's hurtful words and actions can have on our lives, how we unwittingly perpetuate the lies, and that we're ultimately not bound by them, because our worth is independent of anything anyone could say or do.

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These were the selections my husband and I made for our prizes at the local library‘s summer reading program. The Worst Hard Time is readable history. Learned a lot about the dust bowl and enjoyed it!

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Somewhere in this book, an exotic fruit called a cherimoya is consumed. My son searched produce sections for at least a year before discovering one. No cashier or manager could locate a produce code, and so, we got our cherimoya for free. Verdict: tastes kind of bland.

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Heidi | Johanna Spyri
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“I think you have to wait,” she said at last, “and keep on thinking that God has something good which He‘s going to give you out of the sad thing, but you have to be patient. You see, when something‘s awfully bad, you don‘t know about the good bit coming, and you think it‘s going on forever.”

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Ornamental Graces | Carolyn Astfalk
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Still a couple hours left to enjoy Christmas in July. Best of both worlds. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

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"Well, you live and learn, I told myself. And if you don't learn, you often don't live."

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Just Look Up | Courtney Walsh
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I didn't much like the heroine in the first quarter of the book, but as I approach the halfway point, she's softening.

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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd

"Stories are important. They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth."