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Mar 19 2017

The Practice House

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I just finished reading a very good book, The Practice House by Laura McNeal. An online friend recommended it.

Not remembering who it was who recommended this book, had me wondering what storyline I had gotten myself into. It started out as a story about two young girls, anxious to make their lives better and a bit more adventurous. One of the girls married a Mormon missionary and found herself in the United States. The other set out on a trail of courage, love and anxiety. At least, those are the emotions I felt as I hoped she would live and not die in the dire straits of which she was thrown.

I am so glad that if I want to feel like I am in a different place or want to live through the life of someone brave, all I have to do is pick up a good book!

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Jan 22 2014

Winter Is the Perfect Time

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Winter is the perfect time to read a book. I just finished a book written by Maeve Binchy, Tara Road.
I enjoyed how the characters were so different and their lives were intertwined. Much like a small community, where everyone knows everyone’s business, so is Tara Road.

I know that when hubby and I were first married, we thought we wanted to live in the country where we wouldn’t be bothered with communication with neighbors. We were unable to find an affordable house in the country and bought a small bungalow in town. I loved having a porch with a swing and sidewalks where our young daughter could ride her bicycle. I enjoyed the ability to walk to lessons for my flamenco guitar at guitar center and get an ice cream at the local cafe. We lived there for 10 years and moved to the outskirts of town. I miss having close neighbors.

The book was predictable at times but I sometimes enjoy an uncomplicated read. I like to read in bed and sometimes drop the book when I fall asleep. Do you read in bed? What do you read?

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Jun 22 2013

James Patterson Does It Again

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I just finished reading Private by James Patterson. At first, I had trouble keeping the characters straight but that might be because I was reading a little bit before bed each night. I was too tired to fully grasp each character’s personality.

Private is a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. If police were involved in the investigations that Private deals with a killer might be allowed to go free. Not that Private breaks the law but they are not hindered by the law. Much like my experience with first act guitars, the best at what they do are the ones to do the job.

James Patterson co-wrote this book with Maxine Paetro, a prolific writer in her own right. I had trouble putting this book down and ended up reading most of it during the daytime hours!

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Jun 03 2013

What a Great Book

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I love reading on my Kindle. It is the best invention since premier wall mounts for televisions! I have a light that works well with my Kindle so that I don’t keep my husband awake when I read into the wee hours of the night.

Last night, I finished Lisa Scottoline’s, Dirty Blonde. I had to keep reading to the end because it was a fantastic who-done-it. From the beginning, it was interesting to read about Cate who was appointed the position of judge in an esteemed court. From her first day on the bench, she was manipulated by fellow judges. That fact was not brought out until much later.

Cate had a secret side to her life. One she hoped no one need find out. It got her into a heap of trouble.

From the wrongly accused to heartfelt judgements from the bench, this book is awesome. I hope they make it into a movie.

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Aug 27 2009

Stolen Lives Touched My Heart

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Have you ever read a book that made you feel something? Has a book changed how you look at the world?


I finished reading Stolen Lives by Malika Oufkir and Michele Fitoussi and I cannot stop thinking about the story. It touched me because it is a true story. I was afraid to read this book because I didn’t want to read gory details about abuse. It was not that way at all. In fact, it is amazing how Malika tells the story without added melodrama. What I read was a true account of injustice and how a family survived. It is an amazing book.

The author, Malika, is the eldest daughter of a Moroccan general. Malika was taken in by the King of Morocco as a playmate for his daughter. Thus, she was raised as royalty with all the priviledges. She had anything she wanted and lived in a beautiful palace that was filled with glass tile, fountains, riding stables and more.

As the head of the country’s military and security forces, as well as the King’s closest aide, Malika’s father was the second most powerful man in Morocco. In 1972, her father was killed for his role in a plot to assassinate the King. As a result, his wife and 5 children, of whom the youngest was three years of age, were imprisoned in a penal colony. Malika’s ties to the royal family served to make matters worse when they were imprisoned in living conditions worse than an animal would be forced to endure.

Malika relates how her family was eventually reduced to the point that they eagerly ate mouse droppings to supplement their meager food rations. To attract the King’s attention to their plight, at one time they went on a hunger strike, and at another time they sent him a petition signed in their own blood. The only effect their pleas had was a worsening of their living conditions.

Those conditions were at their worst during the ten years they spent at the Bir-Jid prisons. Split into groups so they could fit into four adjoining cells, the nine members of the Oufkir clan were isolated in those cells and not allowed to see anyone in the other cells for eight and a half years. Although they could talk with one another through the walls, they were prohibited from having books, magazines, letters, visitors, or anything else from the outside world that might comfort them or provide them with hope. However, their jailers did nothing to prevent their torment by periodic infestations of swallows, mosquitoes, cockroaches, fleas, mice, scorpions, rats and crickets.

Malika Oufkir’s ordeal is disturbingly relevant for us all. You think this could never happen in today’s world? It can and still happens even in the United States. I appreciate the education I received from this story.

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Jun 05 2009

Mom Knows It All Awards Me A Prize!

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I have been having a streak of good luck. I received a terrific book in the mail this week that I cannot wait to read! I forgot that I entered a contest on Val’s blog, Mom Knows It All, and was pleasantly reminded and surprised to open my mail and see this neat book. I was just over at her blog to check out her new rv. Her family recently purchased a new camper. Woo hoo! Not that I am into camping any longer. I like my bed made for me these days. LOL

Thanks so much Val! I am looking forward to reading this book. Amazon says it is a tribute book. “Stories by Mothers and Sons, in Appreciation of Each Other.” I’m sure I will be crying while reading especially since Greg is getting married in a few weeks and will be starting a new life with my wonderful new daughter in-law. Great timing!


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Nov 08 2008

Settling In

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Once I get comfortable and settled in for the evening, I have trouble getting much done. When it is cold outside, I find I only want to curl up in a comfortable quilt and read or watch tv. I need to exercise.

Do you have trouble motivating yourself to exercise? I recommend trying different exercise videos to get yourself motivated. When you use the same program all the time, it becomes stale. Use one of the new Viewsonic monitors and you will love the vivid and crisp picture.

I love to read in the winter. I just finished reading One Fifth Avenue and am in search of another good book. Do you have any recommendations?

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Nov 02 2008

One Fifth Avenue

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PhotobucketI heard a few people say that the daylight savings change caused them to sleep in this morning. The time change was not my problem. I stayed up into the wee hours reading. I am so engrossed in a book and had problems making myself put it down and get some sleep. I am reading One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell. Candace is the author of other popular books that include Sex In the City and Lipstick Jungle. Those big names ought to tell you why I had trouble closing the book last night.

I am caught up in the story line that involves power and money. It also has romance although the type of romance in the book is contrary to any I would want involvement in. Romance in the big city seems to be contrived and manipulative. I find myself rooting for the underdog at the moment although, who knows after I turn the page, who I will be cheering on next. This book has so many twists and turns that I have even been shocked. Even Sam, the youngest character is not beyond reproach. He caused a big ruckus to the tune of a loss of $12 million dollars! You have to read this book. It fits perfectly in our country’s time of economic woes where hedge funds are being questioned and the rich are looked upon as sinister. Get comfy when you start this book. You will not want to put it down!

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Aug 30 2008

Reading About Dead Bodies

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I just now have begun to read a book that my daughter gave me for Christmas a few years ago. It is an odd book. The title, Stiff, should tell you something. It is about cadavers. Yep, a story about dead bodies. The author, Mary Roach, offers witty, albeit irreverent humor as she tells how cadavers are used in medical experimentation to applications in transportation safety research. She describes how “beating-heart” cadavers are used in organ transplants. I read when I go to bed and so I hope I don’t have nightmares. It has been interesting so far but I am only on chapter two. I read information at Amazon that said that this book is enlightening if you are interested in find out what really happens to a body that is donated to the scientific community. I have a question. When eyes are donated to a living person, is that person able to see through those eyes? I hope someone knows the answer to that question.


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Jun 12 2008

Poitier Writes Book

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Sidney Poitier has written a book. Soon after the birth of his first great grandchild, he began thinking about how he would not be around when she was an adult. Poitier was reaching the age of 80 back in 2005. He decided he needed to record the things that were important to him. His book, “Life Beyond Measure, Letters to My Great-Granddaughter,” is the compilation of letters that cover things he has felt and learned and also things he doesn’t understand.

Poitier was in movies during the unrest of the 1960’s and has experienced so much that is important to our history. I am anxious to read his new book.

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