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GeorgiaDawn's 2019 Reads

The Green Dragon

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Apr 7, 4:41pm Top

I know, I know. I started a 2018 list and didn't finish (or even start). I changed schools and grade levels, so I've been a little overwhelmed. No excuse, but I'm going to get back to this. I miss you guys!!

1. The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
2. The Quiet Game by Greg Iles
3. Turning Angel by Greg Iles
4. The Devil's Punchbowl by Greg Iles
5. Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
6. The Reckoning: A Novel by John Grisham
7. Elevation by Stephen King
8. Finding May by Jennifer Moorman (This was an ARC.)
9. Dracul by Dacre Stoker
10. Murder of the Rocks (Gray Whale Inn Mysteries) by Karen MacInerney
11. The Baker's Man by Jennifer Moorman

Apr 7, 4:45pm Top

Hey GeorgiaD! Nice to see you.

Can you talk about Dracul? It's on a list of mine, but I haven't heard much about it so far.

Apr 7, 4:53pm Top

Oh, hi!

It has been such a long time, what with me being away for so many years; so nice to see you here, too, again!

Edited: Apr 7, 4:57pm Top

Bookmarque, I went to a session with Dacre Stoker at DragonCon 2018 (Atlanta). He is Bram Stoker's great-nephew. According to Dacre, his great-grandfather was a physician and assisted Bram Stoker with the medical aspects of Dracula. Dacre talked about the years of research he did to learn about his great-grandfather and great-uncle. His session was very interesting, so I decided to read his book. I may have had my expectations too high, but I was underwhelmed. It's not that the book was bad; it just did not hold my interest. The book has good ratings, so give it a try! You may find it more interesting than I did.

Apr 7, 4:57pm Top

*waving at Busifer*
Great to see you! I assume everyone has been behaving.

Apr 7, 5:09pm Top

Thanks for the input!

Apr 7, 5:13pm Top

I may give it another try. I was very busy when I was trying to read it, and that may have colored my opinion. I'd love to hear what you think when you read it.

Apr 7, 6:27pm Top

Hi, I think I joined after your last thread here, but I look forward to following your thread this year!

Apr 7, 6:48pm Top

Welcome back to the GD, GD!

Apr 7, 9:38pm Top

Welcome back!!

Apr 7, 9:41pm Top

Good to see you. I read one Greg Iles and didn't continue; I liked it pretty well but they're awfully long. It looks as if you liked him well enough to keep going.

Edited: Apr 8, 3:52am Top

>5 GeorgiaDawn: "I assume everyone has been behaving"
For a given value of "behaving"

Edited: Apr 8, 5:20am Top

>5 GeorgiaDawn: Well, that depends on how one defines "behaving" ;-)

Apr 8, 6:22am Top

Apparently I've read the quiet game but I've no recollection of it, and even my review doesn't help, although I enjoyed it enough to want to continue with the series I haven't done so to date, despite having a lack of thrillers in my current reading lists. Anyone whether the rest are as good?

Apr 8, 9:20am Top

Woooot! Welcome back!

You could say we have been on our best be-haver.

Apr 8, 9:57am Top

>1 GeorgiaDawn: Good to see you back.

How did you find "Dracul"?

Apr 8, 10:04pm Top

>11 Jim53: >14 reading_fox: I have enjoyed the Greg Iles books, but they are long. I have taken a break from reading them for a little while.

>16 pgmcc: I was not as happy with Dracul as I had hoped. Look back up at #4 for a little more detail.

Apr 9, 9:11am Top

Welcome back! It's great to see a familiar face back in the pub again!

Apr 9, 5:56pm Top

Hi GD! I was away for a while, too, but I remember you. Nice to have many of the OG back.

Apr 9, 9:41pm Top

Thank you, everyone! I have missed being here and really glad to be back.

Edited: Apr 11, 9:52am Top

Welcome back! I'm so happy to see you posting again! 💚📚

Apr 11, 7:09pm Top

>21 clamairy: It's good to be back, clammy!

Edited: Apr 15, 9:05pm Top

12. Wild Country by Anne Bishop

I have enjoyed reading The World of The Others by Anne Bishop. Humans are not in control; The Others (shapeshifters) are. The Others can take the form of humans when they must. They control commerce, trade, and travel. Humans are allowed to live and have contact with The Others as long as they fall in line and know their place. The Others are not evil, but they do not hesitate to remind humans they can be prey if they are not careful.

Wild County takes place after a brutal war started by a group of humans who thought they could control The Others. Towns are being rebuilt as long as humans are willing to live among The Others. Bennett is one such town, and it is controlled by the Sanguinati (vampires). The town sheriff and one of his deputies are part of the Wolf Guard while the other deputy is a human female. Unfortunately, not all humans learned the lessons they should have.

These books definitely need to be read in order beginning with Written in Red. Reading in order helps explain the beings (The Elders, The Elementals, Sweet Bloods, Humans) and their roles in the stories.

So far, my favorite in this series has been Lake Silence. The Crow Guard are my favorite shifters; they are featured prominently in Lake Silence.

Apr 16, 6:04am Top

I've enjoyed the first four, but don't seem to have read further into the series, glad to know they remain good.

Apr 21, 1:52pm Top

>23 GeorgiaDawn: I'm looking forward to this one, I too have enjoyed this series.

May 1, 10:26am Top

Welcome back! I was glad to see your name in another thread! I totally understand being gone for starting a new grade level. One feels like a first year teacher in many ways when that happens. I hope you are enjoying the new level.

May 4, 4:55pm Top

>26 catzteach: Thank you! I will spend more time here when school settles down.

May 10, 9:43pm Top

12. Lisey's Story by Stephen King

I read this book several years ago and forgot how much I liked it. With the talk of a possible mini series, I decided it was a good time to reread. The book is the story of Lisey Landon who is the widow of a famous author. Lisey is finally beginning to sort through her husband's things when a crazed fan begins to harass and threaten her. Lisey fears for her life when the fan makes good on his threats. Lisey's Story tells the story of her life in the present and flashes back to memories of life with her husband. Lisey's buried memories surface slowly and help her deal with the present. This is not a happy story, but it is a story of great love and trust.

13. Storm Glass by Jeff Wheeler

Cettie Pratt lives with the poor on the face of the planet with an abusive foster mother and several young children. She dreams to one day visit the manors in the clouds. She may finally get her chance when a wealthy family considers adopting her. I was underwhelmed by this book. It wasn't bad, but was very predictable.

I am currently reading Plainsong by Kent Haruf and Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates.

May 15, 9:42pm Top

>28 GeorgiaDawn: That's another one of King's that I haven't read yet. I'm happy to see that you haven't given up your thread. :o)

May 18, 2:40pm Top

>29 clamairy: It's one of my favorite King books.

I'm glad to be back. I've missed everyone!

14. Plainsong by Kent Haruf

My son recommended that I read this book, and I'm so glad that I did. Plainsong takes place in Holt, Colorado and follows the lives of several families in the town. Penguin Random House describes the book as "...a story of the abandonment, grief, and stoicism that bring these people together, and it is a story of the kindness, hope, and dignity that redeem their lives." That is exactly what I found when I read the book. I hated to leave the characters behind. This book is one of the ones that I will read again.

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