"The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair" reviewed by S.M. on February 11, 2015

Title: 
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
Author: 
Joel Dicker
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The “Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” is an intriguing multi-layered story within a story. The author, Joel Dicker, incorporates the themes of forbidden love, friendship, murder, and self-discovery in this suspenseful, insightful novel. He skillfully reveals secret after secret, which leads the reader to believe the 33-year-old cold case has been solved. But then another piece of information surfaces and debunks those previous theories. This is a lengthy book, 897 pages in the large-print edition and 600 pages in regular print. I recommend it as a vacation read, because it is such a page-turner, it’s almost impossible to put it down. This is, by far, the best book I’ve read in the past year. (And I read a LOT of books.)
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5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

"One Shot At Forever" reviewed by Jim H on February 3, 2015

Title: 
One Shot At Forever
Author: 
Chris Ballard
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One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard is about a small town high school baseball team that has a dream season. It takes place in Macon, Illinois in the early 1970s and the author adeptly transports the reader back to that time period. But the story isn't just about baseball, it is about a teacher with unorthodox teaching methods and how his students/players come to love him. It is about a time and place that can never be again with our current society and win at all costs attitudes. Please read this book, you will enjoy meeting the coach, the players, and the peripheral folks of Macon, Illinois and how they got their one shot at forever.
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5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

"The Bookman's Tale" reviewed by Julia K on January 20, 2015

Title: 
The Bookman's Tale
Author: 
Charlie Lovett
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I checked out this book while waiting for Charlie Lovett's book, First Impressions (which was recommended by a friend). Although the first several pages didn't pull me in, it was interesting enough for me to persevere and the resulting read was certainly worth it. Lovett is an excellent writer, and the switch between time periods was handled very well. It is a romance and a mystery with switches through time periods from Shakespeare to the 1990's. I recommend it.
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4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

"Among Others" reviewed by Malia on January 13, 2015

Title: 
Among Others
Author: 
Jo Walton
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Mixed feelings about this book. I really liked the way magic worked, and the depiction of fairies and ghosts. I love the idea of an outsider bookworm finding her people. I like the diary format, and that it was more about dailiness than a big plot arc. But, I found the main character annoying, frankly. The outsider bookworm I was as a kid really doesn't relate to her. And I find it so tiresome that she's super smart in everything except math. I know it's a pet peeve of mine, but it really is an obnoxious stereotype.
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3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

"The Light Between Oceans" reviewed by HDB on January 11, 2015

Title: 
The Light Between Oceans
Author: 
M.L. Stedman
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I got this off the 7 day rack at the library and got in done with time to spare. Slow at the start (while still engaging), it really picks up by the end. The ending makes me leave off a star, but I love what it has to say about regrets and forgiveness and making the best we can of a situation and of course love in the variety of forms it takes/appears. A really impressive debut with this beautiful lines and images like this: "The rain is falling more heavily, and in the distance, thunder grumbles at being left behind by the lightning."
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3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

"The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business" reviewed by Miriam B on January 9, 2015

Title: 
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Author: 
Charles Duhigg
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All about how we develop habits, why we have habits at all, and how we can make the switch from mediocre to awesome. Once I started reading this book, it was a challenge to put it down. Lots of helpful, practical advice and charts.
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4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

"Deadline" reviewed by Frank Loar on August 27, 2014

Title: 
Deadline
Author: 
Sandra Brown
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Nothing like keeping it all in the family. Amelia must be hot, too bad we don't get more details. The main character, named Dawson, comes across as weak.The book needed more of Carl, a true divergent. Overall it started to drag toward the end. I'm going to try one more Sandra Brown book.
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2
Average: 2 (1 vote)

"If I Stay" reviewed by Harin Ok on July 31, 2014

Title: 
If I Stay
Author: 
Gayle Forman
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This story is about a girl named Mia whose dream is to get accepted to the Juilliard School to study the cello. One day Mia and her family have a terrible car accident and everything seems to be falling apart for Mia. While Mia is in the hospital, she thinks about her past and her friends. Her friends try to see her in the hospital. This book is a beautifully written novel.
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4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

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