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Dec 30, 2018, 3:09pm

Starting again for a new year! Hope this finds everyone healthy and happy in the new year!

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Dec 30, 2018, 3:28pm

I really enjoy being a part of this group and hope to write more about my reads this year.

I'm a Reading Specialist at a school in Las Vegas, Nevada. I have an hour long commute each way so listen to audiobooks on my commute. I can check them out on an app through my library. I grew up in a household of readers and have always been a big reader.

My goals this year include making a dent in my TBR shelf and also read at least half of the books that are on my NOOK. My problem is that I see new books come out and they tempt me.

Good reading everyone!

Dec 30, 2018, 7:17pm

Welcome back and good luck with your challenge in 2019! I have the same problem - new books are so tempting!

Jan 1, 2019, 11:56pm

I think there should be at least one month every year when NO new books come out so we can all catch up on all the books we've already purchased. :D

(My friends who work in publishing may not like that concept, however. ;)

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#1. Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand.

Irene, a magazine editor living in Iowa, is shocked to get a call that her husband was killed in a plane crash, in St. John's Virgin Island. She thought he was working in Florida. She flies down with her grown sons who have their own issues . She discovers a multi-million dollar villa her husband owned, a mistres who died with him, and a secret 12 year old daughter. All the characters discover things about themselves and each other. The ending had all the main characters getting a phone call from the FBI. then find out its the first in a trilogy

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The Rain Watcher by Tatiana De Rosnay.

Linden Malegarde has returned to Paris from America for his father's 70th birthday party. Every one if afraid to speak their truth, for fear of upsetting the balance. Linden is gay and a successful photographer, his sister Tilia, an accomplished artist is married to an alcoholic, and his mother has been having an affair for years, while their father is married to his work as a world renowned arborist. Paul, the father, has a stroke at the gathering. In the midst of this, Paris is being flooded because of heavy rains, and parts of the city are shutting down.

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Three daughters, one wedding! Three sisters become engaged at the same time, dad is freaking out over paying for three weddings as he has just been fired from his job. Mom is dealing with her mother who is having screaming fits as she subconsciously recalls time in the concentration camp, which she has kept from her daughter, and is kicked out of her apartment. In the weeks leading up to the wedding chaos reigns as Meryl tries to corral her daughters to fittings, tastings, and such.

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The Library Book by Susan Orlean.

This was a fascinating read about the fire that happened in the Los Angeles Public Library on April 29, 1986. It reached 2000 degrees inside and burned for 7 hours. The fire consumed 400,00 books and damaged 700,000 more. 30 years later the mystery of who set the fire remains. There was a primary suspect, but any evidence had burned up in the library. The author interviewed that suspect as well as people who were working in the library that day, people who worked tirelessly to save damaged books, and the process that entailed. She delves into her experiences in libraries, studies arson, and the history of that library. She talks about how it took years to clean out, and rebuild the library.

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In His Father's Footsteps by Danielle Stell. AUDIOBOOK

Jakob and Emmanuelle are rescued from a concentration camp at the end of WWII. They are offered passage and a job in the United States. They find out they have poorly paid jobs and an apartment when they arrive. Years later, after raising a son, Jakob's success as a diamond broker and real estate investor is not enough for his son.
Max, their son, wants more and more. The perfect wife, a lot of money, a big house, and lots of children. But it comes at a cost.
He marries a beautiful woman who bears him four children who are raised by a bunch of nannies. The wife eventually leaves him for a wealthy man, but also leaves her children to Max, who realizes he has to step up.

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#6. The Color of Tea by Hannah Tunnicliffe. TBR Nook

Grace Miller finds herself a stranger in Macau after moving there for her husband's job transfer. She is a tall, lone redhead, unsure of what her life her will be like, especially as she deals with infertility.
Her mother had been impetuous and she wants to be like her, so she turns to what she loves.. baking. Grace opens a cafe where she serves tea, coffee and macarons. A cast of characters begin to surround her in the cafe from her workers to the patrons, who all contribute to the life she is creating, including a solution to her infertility.

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#7. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty AUDIOBOOK

Nine strangers book themselves on a ten-day health retreat at Tranquillim House. They are there for different reasons, including to lose weight, renew a marriage, gain mindfulness, and overcome some of life's obstacles. Starting with a mandated silence, where they are forbidden to look one another in the eye and meals are strictly scheduled, the retreat begins on a peaceful, meditative note.
Gets pretty bizarre from here on out as they are drugged and held captive, made to believe they are going to die in a fire, all led by a psychotic owner Marsha. She believes this path will help them face their fears and their lives.

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8. The Baker's Apprentice by Judith R. Hendricks. TBR pile

Second in trilogy, sequel to Bread Alone. Wynter Morrison has found her new career as a baker in Seattle after a messy divorce in LA. She has found a new boyfriend Mac, who is reluctant to share his past. When he abruptly leave town, Wyn again feels abandoned and betrayed. But then letter start to arrive from Mac who is in the Yukon rewriting his book. He begins to reveal his secrets about his past in the letters, as Wyn begins to discover things about herself.
She also tries to help a young, fellow baker recover from the overdose of her best friend.

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#9. The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman. TBR Nook

This is a story about a lost young woman and the family recipe box that changes her life. When the chef embarrasses Sam, she quits and returns home. Unemployed, single, and defeated, she spends a summer working on her family’s orchard cooking and baking alongside the women in her life—including her mother, Deana, and grandmother, Willo. One beloved, flour-flecked, ink-smeared recipe at a time, Sam begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family’s history, and her passion for food through their treasured recipe box.

As Sam discovers what matters most she opens her heart to a man she left behind, but who now might be the key to her happiness.

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#10. Beauchamp Hall by Danielle Steel. AUDIOBOOK

Winnie had dreamed of going to college and living in New York, instead she was in a dead end job and had been dating the wrong guy for 11 years. In a single day, her life changed when she was passed up for promotion by a bimbo sleeping with the boss, and she finds her best friend in bed with the boyfriend. She had it, packed her bags and headed to England to see the town where her favorite show, Beauchamp Hall is filmed. Winnie begins to live the dream as she gets a job on the show, rents a cute cottage, and meets a cast of characters. When the show comes to an end, her dreams continue as she helps the brother and sister who own the royal house to keep it afloat with her ideas.

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#11. The Oak Leaves by Maureen Lang TBR Nook

Fragile X, a condition I had only passing knowledge of was the topic of this fictional book about generations of a family who had passed this down. When Talie finds an old journal belonging to her great-great-great grandmother, she learns that her family has been "cursed" with feebleminded offspring. She puts the journal away until she begins to see similar signs in her own son. As she reads of how this has affected the generations before her, she begins the genetic testing that will lead to a Fragile X diagnosis for her own son.

"Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a genetic disorder.1 Symptoms often include mild to moderate intellectual disability.1 The average IQ in males is under 55.34 Physical features may include a long and narrow face, large ears, flexible fingers, and large testicles.1 About a third of those affected have features of autism such as problems with social interactions and delayed speech.1 Hyperactivity is common and seizures occur in about 10%.1 Males are usually more affected than females.1 " from Wikipedia

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#12. The Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans. AUDIOBOOK

Bestselling romance author Jacob Churcher hasn't been home for almost twenty years—not since his mentally ill mother kicked him out of the house when he was just sixteen. He returns when a lawyer informs him his mother has died. At his mom's house, he discovers she was a hoarder. He also discovers a diary left by Noel, a young women he had forgotten had lived with them while she was pregnant. Over the years he had dreams of a loving, dark haired woman. Where the two the same? A woman named Rachel shows up at the house looking for her biological mother. Jacob and Rachel begin a search for Noel, that leads them to Jacob's father, who had left the family long ago. Slowly answers are revealed along the journey.

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The Dress by Kate Kerrigan. TBR NOOK

Lily loves vintage clothes and has a blog about vintage clothes. She hears about an incredible dress from the 50's that was designed for a socialite who shares her last name, Fitzpatrick. She begins to research the dress story and the socialite Joy. Joy had disappeared from society and the dress had also disappeared as well as its designer. Lily's research unearths secrets and disturbs people who don't want to be disturbed. In a competition to create the dress against another designer, Lily discovers her own inner creativity and learns a lot about herself and those around her.

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Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar.

This is a young adult book based on the author’s childhood in the 1960s—a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City. Ruthie is trying to fit in with the American Dream when she has a life changing accident. Having immigrated with her family from Cuba she and her father especially, try to live like an 'American". Just when she’s finally beginning to gain confidence in her mastery of English—and enjoying her reign as her neighborhood’s hopscotch queen—a horrific car accident leaves her in a body cast and confined her to her bed for a long recovery that lasts almost a year. As Ruthie’s world shrinks because of her inability to move, a neighbor comes by and encourages Ruthie to not wallow in her situation, but to try and make the best of her artistic talents.

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Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks.

Hope, a 36-year-old American trauma nurse, and Tru, a 42-year-old safari guide from Zimbabwe, meet while on a beach vacation in North Carolina. Hope, who is there for a friend’s wedding, and Tru, who is meeting his estranged American father for the first time, immediately take a liking to each other. After falling in love over the course of one weekend, the two are forced to confront reality as Tru learns devastating secrets about his family’s past and Hope’s on-and-off boyfriend of six years, Josh, reaches out to amend their latest breakup. When their weekend comes to an end, Hope must choose between the comfortable life she always dreamed of with Josh and exploring new possibilities with Tru. Reunited a lot of year's later, they had both been through a lot of trials in their lives. Tru is ready to do whatever takes to be with Hope, who is now suffering from ALS.

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#16. Love and Ruin by Paula McClain.

In 1937, Martha Gellhorn went to Spain to report on the Spanish Civil War and its atrocities. While there she met and fell in love with Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway was still married, with 3 boys. They are both war correspondents and also novelists with strong personalities. They eventually move to Cuba together and write together in their house. She still longs to travel and report and Hemingway wants her home. When her novel doesn't do well, Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls explodes, which causes a division in their relationship.
This book was historical fiction.

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#17. The Noel Stranger by Richard Paul Evans.

Maggie Walther is hiding out after her husband (now ex) was found to be a bigamist after being the leading mayoral candidate. She decides to venture out for a Christmas tree. At the lot she meets Adam Hall who owns the lot. She lets him deliver the tree and they end up talking for hours. As they meet several more times there is a strong connection. Her friends are leary as they happen fast. Soon they are headed to Cabo for a vacation, where near the end Maggie starts to have doubts about Adam. When she arrives home her friend has some shocking news about Adam and stories begin to unravel. Adam is not really Adam but his twin brother Aaron, who went to prison for Adam's crimes.

Mar 17, 2019, 4:13pm

Haven't read as many as usual this year, feel bad when I see how many everyone has read. I have 2 cataracts in one eye that has really affected how much I can read. Won't be fixed for several months, due to my work schedule. Trying my best, looking forward to getting it fixed and heading to Alaska this summer.

Mar 19, 2019, 12:44am

>27 swimmergirl1: Oh, that's no good! Are you any good at listening to books? (I'm not, I get too distracted, but it might work for you.)

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28. Life is Sweet by Elizabeth Bass. TBR Nook

Becca, an ex-child star, threw a dart at a map to decide where to move and open up a cupcake shop. And with that dart throw came a whole host of people into her life. One best friend, Pam, is in the wary early days of a new relationship; another is fighting to save her marriage in the midst of infidelity. And then there's Becca's growing attraction to Matthew, surrogate stepdad to Olivia, a smart, sensitive ten-year-old who's become a fixture in the bakery and in Becca's affections. Add a dad she never knew, and an ex-husband she never should have married.

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29. Among the Lemon Trees by Nadia Marks.

Anna thought her marriage to Max would last forever. Having raised two happy children together, she looked forward to growing old with the man she loved. But when a revelation from her husband just before their wedding anniversary shakes her to the core, she's left with a lot of questions about who she is and what she wants. Needing time to herself, Anna takes up an offer from her widowed father to spend the summer on the small Aegean island of his birth, unaware that a chance discovery of letters in her aunt's house will unleash a host of family secrets. Kept hidden for sixty years, they reveal a tumultuous family history, beginning in Greece at the beginning of the twentieth century and ending in Naples at the close of the Second World War. Confronted by their family's long-buried truths, both father and daughter are shaken by the discovery.

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Haven't been on in a while, having a really hard time reading as Ive had one eye done for cataracts but not the other, it's quite a challenge to do lot of things.

30. The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice

31. Three Women at Water's Edge by Nancy Thayer

32. The Silver Boat by Luanne Rice.

33. Summer Breeze by Nancy Thayer

34. A Wedding at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

35. Sunrise at Butterfly Cafe by Sarah Bennett

36. The Education of Dixie Dupree by Donna Everhart.

37. The Road Home by Richard Paul Evans AUDIOBOOK

38. Rosie's Traveling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin

39. Blessings in Disguise by Danielle Steel AUDIOBOOK

40. The Perfect Dress by Carolyn Brown AUDIOBOOK

41. The Sometime Sisters by Carolyn Brown AUDIOBOOK

42. The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe by Mary Simses

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48. The Rules of Grammar and Love by Mary Simses.

49. Driftwood Summer by Patti Callahan Henry.

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92. The Dawn Chorus The House of Birds and Butterflies. Book 1 by Cressida McLaughlin.

93. Christmas at Silver Falls by Jenny Hale.

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So close, but not going to make it! First year I haven’t made it. Congrats to those that did, and to those that didn’t, we still have enjoyed reading! Happy New Year!