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The Grace Year: I kept hearing buzz about this book and it finally came up on my library hold. I finished it in about a day so guess that is high praise. I would rate it 4.5 stars. If you have wanted to go back and experience Hunger Games over again, here is your chance in a different way. It is a mix of The Hunger Games and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. If you liked both of those, you should like this one. Lots of discussions could abound after reading this. You could take it at face value YA dystopian novel, or read a little deeper and see how some of this may be playing out in the small ways women can tear each other down in today’s society. But there is hope! The same way we feel when we have found a really great group of supportive women!



The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff. Any review I could write would be inadequate. Vital. Moving. No commentary - simply a well organized oral history. Highly recommend on audiobook.



Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. I loved this novel. I oscillated between flying through this book devouring the story line and wonderful descriptions of interesting characters in late 1930s NYC and coming upon a quote or an idea that spun me into deep thought for a long while. Loved it. Will pass on to my daughter and then read it again!



El alchimista by Paulo Coehlo.



The Guest List - This was a quick summer thriller. Not the best, not the worst. A wedding occurs on an island off the coast of Ireland and is narrated alternatively between the wedding planner, bride, best man, maid of honor and plus one guest. Something bad has happened after the wedding and chapters move between the present and past to start to build a story around who was killed the night of the wedding and why. There were a few surprises I didn’t guess but I need some redemption in my books. These characters really didn’t gain any.



Red, White & Royal Blue: It was a cute novel, made you think about the pressures that those who are born into the limelight face. I love that characters typically under-represented in books are the focus here in major and minor ways. Alex Claremont-Diaz, first son of the US, despises England's Prince Henry. They are both young, good looking and whip smart and both have preconceived notions about each other. At an international event, the media captures an altercation that their PR teams need to spin. To do so, Alex and Henry must spend more time together. By spending time together for "smile for the camera" events, the two realize they have more in common. They genuinely form a friendship and then a romantic relationship. That is where things get tricky. This was a little too "open door" for my preference, but cute summer read.



El alquimista by Paulo Coehlo.



The A.B.C. Murders - I have been wanting to read Eight Perfect Murders but heard it may have spoiler alerts to classic mysteries referenced in that book; this being one. I listened to it on Audio and it was a nice production with a full cast and sound effects. Maybe since I listened to it, or maybe due to the fact it is an older mystery, this one didn't really pull me in. It was fine, but not my favorite Agatha Christie.



Interesting book, written like a fable. It is a reading of a motivational book with many spiritual / philosophical concepts. It focus in the personal journey of the main character, but the other characters also contribute to help Santiago reach the end of his personal journey. It explores / uses different religions views to explain this personal joirney.



Towards the Setting Sun y Brian Hicks.


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