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Book Number: 37

Number Of Pages: 395

Book Title: Meet Me at the Cupcake Café

Author: Jenny Colgan

Summary: Issy Randall can bake, so when she's laid off from her desk job, and loses, her boyfriend, she decides to open her own little café.



Book Number: 38

Number Of Pages: 326

Book Title: The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World

Author: Jeff Goodell

Summary: A closer look at climate change and how it affects our oceans.



Book Number: 39

Number Of Pages: 421

Book Title: Little Beach Street Bakery

Author: Jenny Colgan

Summary: After fleeing a ruined relationship, Polly finds herself making bread at a quiet seaside resort.



Book Number: 40

Number Of Pages: 139

Book Title: Mr. Popper's Penguins

Author: Richard & Florence Atwater

Summary: The lovable Mr. Popper dreams of being an Arctic explorer and is thrilled when a penguin is delivered to his door.



Book Number: 41

Number Of Pages: 244

Book Title: Doctor Who: Star Tales

Author: Jenny Colgan et al

Summary: Doctor 13 meets many famous people in her travels, including Amelia Earhart, Audrey Hepburn, and Elvis, in these short stories.



Book Number: 42

Number Of Pages: 303

Book Title: Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery

Author: Jenny Colgan

Summary: Polly and her crew prepare for a busy Christmas season on Mount Polbearne.



Book Number: 43

Number Of Pages: 425

Book Title: Alphabet Weekends

Author: Elizabeth Noble

Summary: Tom challenges Natalie to fall in love with him by doing a different activity each weekend from Abseiling through Z.



Book Number: 44

Number Of Pages: 311

Book Title: Harriet Beamer takes the Bus

Author: Joyce Magnin

Summary: After losing her house in a bet, Harriet decides to take the scenic route to California.



Book Number: 45

Number Of Pages: 278

Book Title: Duskin

Author: Grace Livingston Hill

Summary: When Carol's boss is injured, she volunteers to take his place on a business trip.

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Book Number:14

Number Of Pages: 373

Book Title: La Perle Scandinave (would translate as The Scandinavian Pearl)

Author: Sylvain Johnson

Summary: The province of Quebec was suddenly hit by a deadly virus, causing the closing of the borders from the US and the rest of Canada. A civil war is happening. Meanwhile, Jeremie is discovering big secrets about his deceased wifes that bring him in the heart of the ongoing war. 


Book Number: 15

Number Of Pages: 314

Book Title: La Malediction des Dragensblöt : Thorfrid et Brynjulf (Would translate as: The Dragenblots curse: Thorfrid and Brynjulf)

 Author: Anne Robillard

Summary: In this second book, Samuel continues to travel through the doors as to find the witch that cursed his ancestors


Book Number: 16

Number Of Pages:108

Book Title: DEAD: Le plus nul des chevaliers (would translate as Dead: the worst Knight)

Author:Simon Rousseau

Summary: Deaddy goes on a quest to capture Norbert le noir, a useless necromencer which now has a orc with him. Everything goes wrong. 

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Book Number: 14

Number Of Pages: 460

Book Title: Champions of Aetaltis

Editors: Marc Tassin & John Helfers

Summary: A compendium of tales from the land of Aetaltis, a world trying to recover from a Cataclysm that made the gods flee and evil awaken to walk the world. Similar to Dragonlance, the stories cover adventurers, magic, and different races, from humans, elves, and dwarves, to dragons, orcs, and orogs.



Book Number: 15

Number Of Pages: 215

Book Title: Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn

Authors: Danielle Ackley-McPhail & Day Al-Mohamed

Summary: A steampunk retelling of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, this story is about machines, magic, and love set in England and Arabia. A wonderful retelling.

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Book Number: 17

Number Of Pages: 244

Book Title: Un roman dont vous êtes la victime : Hymne à la Vengence (would translate as A novel that you are the Victine : hymne to revenge

Author:L.P. Sicard

Summary: Sebastien and his daughter got kidnapped while going shopping. They are brought to a place where they are tortured. Who did this and most importantly why ? 


Book Number:18

Number Of Pages: 320

Book Title: COBAYES :Benoit

Author: Carl Rocheleau

Summary: Benoit arrive in a new town where he goes to study cinema in university. As he needs money, he found an add in the newspaper to test a new medecine. 

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Book Number: 16

Number Of Pages: 415

Book Title: The Shadowed Throne

Author: K.J. Taylor

Summary: Laela Taranisaii, ruler of Tara, is finding it hard to unite her people given her Northern and Southern heritage, which makes her subjects view her as an usurper to the throne. It also doesn't help that the god of Tara, the Night God, wants Laela dead. With almost no allies, Laela must navigate her kingdom that doesn't want her.

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Book Number: 19

Number Of Pages: 181

Book Title: Les Contes Interdits : Rumpelstiltskin

Author: Maude Rückstühl

Summary: Yvanha is a young romanian woman who gets pregnant and gave birth to twin girls. Meanwhile the demon Rumpelstiltskin is after them. 

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Book Number: 46

Number Of Pages: 184

Book Title: The children of Cherry-Tree Farm

Author: Enid Blyton

Summary: Four children have wonderful summer adventures at their aunt and uncle's farm.



Book Number: 47

Number Of Pages: 153

Book Title: Blubber

Author: Judy Blume

Summary: There's something about Linda that makes a lot of kids in her fifth-grade class see how far they can go, but nobody expects it to end as it does.



Book Number: 48

Number Of Pages: 317

Book Title: A Hopeful Heart

Author: Amy Clipston

Summary: Hannah tries to balance her life in the Amish community and her growing love for an outsider.



Book Number: 49

Number Of Pages: 402

Book Title: Healing Waters: A Sullivan Crisp Novel

Author: Nancy Rue & Stephen Arterburn

Summary: When tragedy strikes Lucia Coffey's family, she meets Sullivan Crisp, a decidedly offbeat psychologist, who helps her try to hold her family together.




Book Number: 50

Number Of Pages: 315

Book Title: The Revealing

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Summary: In a single, impulsive act, Naomi King chooses to follow her heart into unfamiliar territory, jeopardizing all that she holds dear.



Book Number: 51

Number Of Pages: 338

Book Title: Christmas on the Island

Author: Jenny Colgan

Summary: On the remote Scottish island of Mure, the Christmas season is stark, windy, and icy, yet also festive and beautiful.. will Flora be able to tell her ex-boss, now boyfriend, she's pregnant?




Book Number: 52

Number Of Pages: 252

Book Title: The Trumpet of the Swan

Author: E. B. White

Summary: Trumpeter swan Louis is born mute but finds a unique way to give himself a voice.



Book Number: 53

Number Of Pages: 344

Book Title: Christmas at the Island Hotel

Author: Jenny Colgan

Summary: On the tiny Scottish island of Mure, the opening of a new hotel is a big event.



Book Number: 54

Number Of Pages: 420

Book Title: The Potter's House

Author: Rosie Thomas

Summary: Olivia Giorgiadis finds her peaceful life on a small Greek island changed after an earthquake ravages the coast, and a stranger appears.



Book Number: 55

Number Of Pages: 103

Book Title: House of Secrets

Author: Kim Simmons

Summary: Nicola finds mystery and new friends when she visits her cousin for a summer.



Book Number: 56

Number Of Pages: 328

Book Title: When the Heart Cries

Author: Cindy Woodsmall

Summary: On the evening of her engagement to Paul, tragedy strikes Old Order Amish girl, Hannah Lapp, and all that she has known and believed is destroyed.



Book Number: 57

Number Of Pages: 364

Book Title: The Shipyard Girls

Author: Nancy Revell

Summary: During WW2, women replace men in the jobs at the shipyards of Sunderland to do their bit for the war effort. Polly, Rosie, and Gloria find themselves working together.




Book Number: 58

Number Of Pages: 282

Book Title: The Shunning

Author: Beverly Lewis

Summary: When she finds a satin baby dress in the attic, Katie's life is changed forever.




Book Number: 59

Number Of Pages: 160

Book Title: Thea Stilton and the Mystery on the Orient Express

Author: Geronimo Stilton

Summary: Can the Thea Sisters prevent the theft of a precious wedding dress while en route to Istanbul.




Book Number: 60

Number Of Pages: 160

Book Title: Thea Stilton and the Tropical Treasure

Author: Geronimo Stilton

Summary: The Thea Sisters find more than just flamingoes on the island of Great Inagua in the Bahamas.


Sorry about the massive list!  I haven't been online properly lately to post these.

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Book Number: 17

Number Of Pages: 243

Book Title: Gaslight & Grimm: Steampunk Faerie Tales

Editors: Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Diana Bastine

Summary: Classic faery tales are re-imagined with a steampunk twist in this modern fairy-tale anthology. Re-imagined fairy tales are based on famous stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, Rapunzel, and more.


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Book Number: 20

Number Of Pages: 363

Book Title: Les chevaliers d'épées (would translate as: The Sword's Knights)

Author: Anne Robillard

Summary: Thomas is a genetician that who gets into a secret society to deffend the world against the evil that tries to destroy it. 

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Book Number: 18

Number Of Pages: 329

Book Title: Passages: All-New Tales of Valdemar

Editor: Mercedes Lackey

Summary: The latest anthology featuring tales from Valdemar features nineteen new stories from all ends of Valdemar, from Heralds, Healers, and Bards, to the Shin'a'in, Rethwellan and Karsite borders. 

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Okay, the husband is home from the hospital and doing better by the day, and NaNoWriMo is over even if my main project isn't quite finished. Time to get back into reading!


Book Number: 59

Number Of Pages: 316

Book Title: Under the Lilacs

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Summary:  Ben and his trained dog, Sancho, run away from the circus and soon find a warm welcome in a kind community where he makes new friends and catches up on his neglected education. Theatricals and imaginative pageantry are all part of the fun as he learns to get along in the small village.


Book Number: 60

Number Of Pages: 318

Book Title: Jack and Jill

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Summary:  When best friends Jack and Jill crash their sled, their injuries leave them bedridden for months. Their mothers fill their days with the joys of Christmas preparations, a theatrical production and many other imaginative events. At the same time, the two learn patience and the courage to bear misfortune and come out the stronger for it.


Book Number: 61

Number Of Pages: 376

Book Title: Little Women

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Summary: The story of four sisters growing up during and after the Civil War. While not materially wealthy, the family is rich in love. They make friends and have adventures despite worry for their absent father, away as a chaplain in the Union Army, and over the years, mature into young women who find loves and homes of their own.


Book Number: 62

Number Of Pages: 384

Book Title: Little Men

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Summary: With two sons of her own, and twelve boys from ten to sixteen filling the small school at Plumfield, Jo March Bhaer couldn't be happier. But despite the warm and affectionate help of the whole March family, boys have a habit of getting into scrapes, and there are plenty of troubles and adventures in store for the extended March family.


Book Number: 63

Number Of Pages: 317

Book Title: Jo's Boys

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Summary: Beginning ten years after Little Men, Jo’s Boys revisits Plumfield, the New England school - now a college - still presided over by Jo and her husband, Professor Bhaer. Jo remains at the center of the tale, surrounded by her boys - including rebellious Dan, sailor Emil, and promising musician Nat - as they experience shipwreck and storm, disappointment and even murder.


Book Number: 64

Number Of Pages: 288

Book Title: Eight Cousins

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Summary: Orphaned Rose Campbell is put into the care of her Uncle Alec after her father's death. Alec, a free-thinking physician, encourages the delicate and ladylike 13-year-old to exercise and play with her seven boisterous male cousins. Over the next year, Rose grows in health and spirit.


Book Number: 65

Number Of Pages: 344

Book Title: Rose in Bloom

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Summary: In this sequel to Eight Cousins, Rose Campbell returns home after two years of traveling around the world. Suddenly, she is surrounded by male admirers, all hoping she'll marry them. But before she marries anyone, Rose is determined to establish herself as an independent young woman. 

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Book Number: 61

Number Of Pages: 384

Book Title: Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery

Author: Jenny Colgan

Summary: How will Polly manage when she loses her job at the bakery?


Book Number: 62

Number Of Pages: 359

Book Title: The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris

Author: Jenny Colgan

Summary: A fateful accident gives Anna the opportunity to work at one of Paris's eite chocolatiers.

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Book Number: 19

Number Of Pages: 421

Book Title: Time of the Twins

Writers: Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman

Summary: The first book in the trilogy that takes place after the War of the Lance, this story focuses on the relationship between the twins Caramon and Raistlin. Raistlin plots to conquer a goddess, which requires a cleric of Paladine. He finds one in Crysania, who he traps in his designs. Caramon and Tasslehoff (because this kender somehow ends up involved in everything, but in a good way) travel back in time to try to stop his plans, but it takes them to the city of Istar mere days before the Cataclysm. The question is, can they save Raistlin and escape the doomed city before the Cataclysm strikes?

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Book Number: 21

Number Of Pages: 617

Book Title: Harry Potter and thr Goblet of Fire

Author: J.K. Rowling

Summary: In his 4th year at Hogwart, Harry has to compete in the triwizard tounarment when someone put his name in the goblet of fire. 

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Book Number: 66

Number Of Pages: 308

Book Title: The Bake Shop

Author: Amy Clipston

Summary: Christiana Kurtz, a popular baker, convinced her strict father to let her take a booth at the local marketplace even though it was owned by non-Amish. After a few misunderstandings, she made friends with Jeff Stoltzfus, owner of the leather-goods booth next door, and the two hoped to start dating. But Christiana's father learned that Jeff was using an electric-powered machine in his booth and forbid her from even speaking to him again. When a fire endangers the market, the two wondered if their businesses as well as their relationship would survive.


Book Number: 67

Number Of Pages: 326

Book Title: The Farm Stand

Author: Amy Clipston

Summary: Salina loves selling her produce at her farm stand at the Amish market. Her father, the district's bishop, wants her to give up the stand and marry her boyfriend, but she's ambivalent; their families are friends and she feels that family expectations pushed them together. Then she meets Will, a Mennonite who runs a nearby restaurant and wants to use local produce. Salina and Will grow closer through their business relations, but her father forbids her to have any more contact with him.


Book Number: 68

Number Of Pages: 326

Book Title: The Coffee Corner

Author: Amy Clipston

Summary: Bethany owns The Coffee Corner, a popular booth at the Amish market. She's attracted to Micah, a regular who visits each week with his grandfather. The two start to grow closer when Micah's grandfather dies. Micah inherits the family business only to discover that it's badly in debt. Unable to see a way out, he starts to withdraw from the community as well as his friendship with Bethany, believing he'll need to sell out and leave the area.. But determined not to lose him, Bethany does her best to figure out a way to help.


Book Number: 69

Number Of Pages: 318

Book Title: One Child

Author: Torey Hayden

Summary: Nonfiction. Six-year-old Sheila was placed in Torey's special education class after deliberately harming a younger child, to await an opening in the State Hospital. But Torey tried to break through the shell of violent behavior to reach the bright girl she could see within. Over time, the abused Sheila learned to control her anger and conquer her fears, enabling her to avoid the psych ward and look forward to the future.


Book Number: 70

Number Of Pages: 264

Book Title: The Tiger's Child

Author: Torey Hayden

Summary: Nonfiction. Several years after originally working with Sheila, Torey found herself back in the same area and once again encountered her former student. Sheila's life hadn't been easy; she'd suffered further abuse in foster care and while no longer violent, still had problems interacting with most people. Although no longer in an official capacity, Torey helped guide Sheila through her teen years and eventually into adulthood.


Book Number: 71

Number Of Pages: 333

Book Title: Somebody Else's Kids

Author: Torey Hayden

Summary: Nonfiction. After the mainstreaming laws of the 1970s that eliminated most special education classrooms, Torey became a resource teacher. But circumstances put four children in her room fulltime: Lori, bright but brain-damaged from abuse and incapable of reading, autistic Boo, whose mother only wanted him to call her Mama, Tomaso, angry and violent after witnessing his stepmother kill his father, and honors student Claudia, expelled from her Catholic school for pregnancy at age twelve.


Book Number: 72

Number Of Pages: 411

Book Title: Just Another Kid

Author: Torey Hayden

Summary: Nonfiction. After several years away from teaching, Torey was asked to take on a newly-forming special education class: childhood schizophrenic Dirkie, institutionalized for most of his eleven years, severely ADHD Mariana, sexually precocious at eight, and Leslie, autistic, unresponsive, and still in diapers at seven. They were soon joined by a trio of traumatized refugees from the Troubles in Northern Ireland, sisters Geraldine and Shemona, and their cousin Shamie. Leslie's mother Ladbrooke volunteered as an aide, but had her own demons to face, leading Torey to consider her one of the class.


Book Number: 73

Number Of Pages: 259

Book Title: Private Pleasures

Author: Bertrice Small

Summary: After 26 years of being a dutiful housewife, Nora learns that her husband is leaving her. Worse, he's trying to take everything, even defrauding his children of their college funds. Nora finds strength in her friends and in the Channel: a new cable offering for women only, which permits them to live out their wildest fantasies in safety. As her confidence grows, Nora decides to find a way to keep her estranged husband from yanking the financial rug out from under her feet... no matter the cost in the end.


Book Number: 74

Number Of Pages: 258

Book Title: Forbidden Pleasures

Author: Bertrice Small

Summary: Romance author Emily is given an ultimatum from her publisher: make the switch from sweet to explicitly steamy, or they'll drop her when her current contract is up. The difficulty she won't admit? She's still a virgin, with no experience to draw upon in order to produce well-written erotica. Worse yet, her longtime editor retired, and is replaced by a most attractive man. Could the Channel give her the courage to seduce her new editor so she can finally update her writing style?


Book Number: 75

Number Of Pages: 280

Book Title: Sudden Pleasures

Author: Bertrice Small

Summary: Ashley is satisfied with her life: a successful business, good friends, and the Channel. But she could lose everything under the terms of her grandfather's will if she isn't married before she's 35. Ryan has a similar problem due to similar terms in his father's will. Introduced by their lawyers, they agree on a marriage of convenience to save their respective businesses. It's supposed to be strictly business, but soon Ashley wonders if she really needs that subscription to the Channel anymore.


Book Number: 76

Number Of Pages: 274

Book Title: Dangerous Pleasures

Author: Bertrice Small

Summary: Annie is the widowed mother of five. Her sister enters her in a contest sponsored by the Channel, and Annie wins the grand prize of a week at a newly-opened luxury spa in her hometown which is owned by the Channel Corporation. When she makes a few well-received suggestions, she is asked to run a gift shop within the spa. She accepts, enjoying the opportunity to do something for her family while getting to enjoy her fantasy world in the Channel. But she also learns just how dangerous such pleasures can be, when she discovers just who the CEO really is.


Book Number: 77

Number Of Pages: 290

Book Title: Passionate Pleasures

Author: Bertrice Small

Summary: Miss Kathy, while not entirely prim and proper, always behaved as expected for a small-town old-maid librarian while living out her literary fantasies in the Channel. The new principal of the local middle school would like to change that, but she is reluctant to take a chance on a real-life romance... until the CEO of the Channel Corporation steps in. An old associate of her family, he's always had a soft spot for Kathy, and revokes her access to the Channel to force her to see that true happiness can be hers for the taking.


Book Number: 78

Number Of Pages: 290

Book Title: Guilty Pleasures

Author: Bertrice Small

Summary: Five short stories of erotic fantasy, set within the Pleasures series universe.


Book Number: 79

Number Of Pages: 395

Book Title: The Handmaid's Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood

Summary:  In a time when the birthrate is frighteningly low and an extremely conservative Christian group has taken over the government, women are considered subordinate to men. They may no longer read, own property, or hold actual jobs for pay. Women with viable ovaries are highly valued - and given out to important men with infertile wives as Handmaids, concubines of a sort whose sole purpose is to provide a child for the family, after which they will be sent to another family to bear another child.

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Book Number: 20

Number Of Pages: 411

Book Title: War of the Twins

Writers: Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman

Summary: The second book in the trilogy that takes place one hundred years after the Cataclysm, this story focuses on the relationship between the twins Caramon and Raistlin as they drift further apart. Raistlin and Crysania come closer to reaching the Portal where they will do battle with Takhisis, Queen of Darkness, starting the fabled Dwarfgate Wars in the process. Caramon leads the doomed attacking army and Tasslehoff (because this kender still somehow ends up involved in everything, but in a good way) ends up trapped in the Abyss trying to find a way out. The questions now are, can Raistlin and Crysania succeed in opening the Portal? Can Caramon lead the doomed army to a different ending? Can Tasslehoff escape the Abyss and be reunited with his friends?

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Just double checking, but can I use books I've read since 8/1 even if I just join today? I've probably got ~60 books once I remove anything that doesn't fit. 

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2 hours ago, Dsnake1 said:

Just double checking, but can I use books I've read since 8/1 even if I just join today? I've probably got ~60 books once I remove anything that doesn't fit. 

sadly you can't as per rule number 3



3. Books that you've read and finished before your join date do not count, even if you join after August 1st. (E.g. you join on 3rd Sept - you can only count books from 3rd September onwards).

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24 minutes ago, Little-Star said:

sadly you can't as per rule number 3



3. Books that you've read and finished before your join date do not count, even if you join after August 1st. (E.g. you join on 3rd Sept - you can only count books from 3rd September onwards).

Ahh, and that's why I ask. I guess I missed that part when I was reading through the rules. Thanks, though!

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Book Number: 21

Number Of Pages: 276

Book Title: Knaves: A Blackguards Anthology

Editors: Melanie R. Meadors and Alan Joli Abbott

Summary: The second Blackguards anthology (no connection to the first one) covers 14 new stories featuring assassins, thieves, mercenaries, and other outlaws that are usually the villains in the story rather than the protagonists.

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Book Number: 80

Number Of Pages: 246

Book Title: Virgins

Author: Caryl Rivers

Summary: Best friends Peg Morrison and Constance Wepplener are looking forward to senior year at their Catholic high school. Editors of the school paper and determined to not fall into the roles dictated by their gender and society, they do their best to make the year memorable with pranks and fun. Con meets and eventually marries a midshipman from the nearby US Naval Academy, while Peg sticks with her longtime boyfriend Sean despite his aspirations towards priesthood.


Book Number: 81

Number Of Pages: 370

Book Title: Girls Forever Brave and True

Author: Caryl Rivers

Summary: Peg Morrison and Constance Wepplener Masters have been best friends since high school, determined to be something other than housewives despite Con’s marriage right after graduation. Peg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for the Tribune, is returning to Washington DC, deciding that at age 30, it’s time to settle down. Con, whose Navy husband is on assignment to the Pentagon, is a reporter for the Press-Herald, assigned to the party circuit but working to get the Hill. Together with Kitty Cohen, a widow and well-known political hostess, they’re determined to carve their place in a historically male-dominated city.


Book Number: 82

Number Of Pages: 362

Book Title: An Amish Singing

Author: Amy Clipston

Summary: Four short stories of Amish friends who sing together in faith and friendship, while also falling in love.


Book Number: 83

Number Of Pages: 329

Book Title: Once Upon a Nightwish: The Early Years

Author: Mape Ollila

Summary: The story of the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, starting from its conception by three friends sitting around a campfire. This covers the first ten years of the band, from the first demo all the way through the dismissal of vocalist Tarja Turunen, from alcohol-fueled hijinks to business disasters and interpersonal conflicts that nearly ended the band on more than one occasion.


Book Number: 84

Number Of Pages: 364

Book Title: Nightwish: We Were Here

Author: Timo Isoaho

Summary: The continuing tale of Nightwish, from the point that current vocalist Floor Jansen joined the band mid-tour as a substitute singer due to the second vocalist Anette's health issues, this covers the band's decision to make Floor a permanent member along with multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley, along with the initial stages of writing, rehearsing, and recording their eighth studio album Endless Forms Most Beautiful and the tour which followed.


Book Number: 85

Number Of Pages: 188

Book Title: Marco Hietala - Stainless?

Author: Timo Kangasluoma

Summary: The biography of Marco Hietala, best known as the bassist and male vocalist of the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish. On the one hand, the story of a typical metal musician, playing loud music and trashing hotel rooms after the shows. On the other, the story of a man battling depression and alcoholism, trying to do the right thing for himself and his family, not always succeeding, but always managing to pick himself up to try again.

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I haven't been reading much lately but I'm trying to get back into it. At least I can catch up on recording what I have read...

Book Number: 4

Number Of Pages: 640

Book Title: Skeleton Crew

Author: Stephen King

Summary: A collection of short stories and the novella "The Mist." Following a strange storm, a mist envelops a small Maine town while David and his young son Billy are at the local grocery store. Everyone in the store finds themselves trapped as they realize that deadly threats lurk within the mist.

Review: So many of these were great, especially in the first half. Favorites include: The Mist, Mrs. Todd's Shortcut, The Jaunt, and The Raft.


Book Number: 5

Number Of Pages: 518

Book Title: Solutions and Other Problems

Author: Allie Brosh

Summary: A series of illustrated, generally autobiographical, usually humorous (but sometimes heartbreaking) short stories. Arguably a comic book? From the author of Hyperbole and a Half.

Review: This book actually made me want to both laugh and cry (at different times).


Book Number: 6

Number Of Pages: 100

Book Title: All Yesterdays: Unique and Speculative Views of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals

Author: John Conway, C. M. Kosemen, Darren Naish

Summary: A look at how artists have been reconstructing prehistoric creatures, and the limits of learning about appearance and behavior from fossils. Also includes a section on how hypothetical future scientists might reconstruct modern day animals, to illustrate how different a reconstruction could be.

Review: A neat book, although not the big beautiful coffee table book I thought it would be. It was printed to order, paperback, and contains a few typos, but the art alone is still worth it. Do an image search for "All Yesterdays" if you want to see some of the illustrations.

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Book Number: 22

Number Of Pages: 549

Book Title: Changes

Author: Jim Butcher

Summary: Harry Dresden returns as the the wise-cracking P.I. who is also a wizard. The war with the Red Court takes a much more personal turn when the nobles of the Court kidnap his child. Oh, and this is how Harry finds out he has a child: a phone call from Susan Rodriguez, his once-lover who hid this knowledge from him for eight years. This conflict will involve the ruler of the Court himself, the Red King. Be prepared for a whole lot in this one.

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Wow this one toke me way more time than expected 


Book Number: 22

Number Of Pages: 467

Book Title: Les Gurerriers des Ténèbres: La quête du Griffon (would roughly translate as: the shadow warriors : the griffin's quest

Author: Katherine A. Ouellet

Summary: A gang of teenagers got chosen to save the world from the darkness 


Book Number: 23

Number Of Pages: 385

Book Title: Home

Author: Harlan Coben

Summary: Ten years ago, two 6 years old boys were kidnapped. Ten years later, one of them reappear and Myron and Win try to find the second boy. 

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