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Book Number: 13

Number Of Pages: 408

Book Title: The Sleeping Beauty (A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms)

Author: Mercedes Lackey

Summary: Princess Rosamund has to come up with a Unique Challenge to see who will save her kingdom, and thus is worthy to marry her.

Rating: 5/5 

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Book Number: 198
Number Of Pages: 265
Book Title: Queen Witch
Author: Amy Boyles
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Book Number: 199
Number Of Pages: 252
Book Title: Dead Wrong
Author: Leighann Dobbs
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Book Number: 200
Number Of Pages: 268
Book Title: Dead & Buried
Author: Leighann Dobbs
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Book Number: 201
Number Of Pages: 294
Book Title: Dead Tides
Author: Leighann Dobbs
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Book Number: 202
Number Of Pages: 236
Book Title: Buried Secrets
Author: Leighann Dobbs
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Book Number: 203
Number Of Pages: 290
Book Title: Deadly Intentions
Author: Leighann Dobbs
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Book Number: 204
Number Of Pages: 258
Book Title: A Grave Mistake
Author: Leighann Dobbs
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Book Number: 205
Number Of Pages: 256
Book Title: Spell Found
Author: Leighann Dobbs
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Book Number: 206
Number Of Pages: 151
Book Title: Fatal Fortune
Author: Leighann Dobbs
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Book Number: 28

Number Of Pages: 598

Book Title: Ghost Story

Author: Jim Butcher

Summary: Harry Dresden is dead and must now unravel the mystery behind his murder. He might be able to return to his body if he solves it, and he might disappear forever or wind up as a mindless ghost wandering Chicago forever. This requires returning to Chicago while being unable to interact with his environment, including his friends, but he has to find a way because his soul's on the line.

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On 3/22/2021 at 6:39 AM, Kanaye said:

 

Book Number: 12

Number Of Pages: 408

Book Title: The Sleeping Beauty (A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms)

Author: Mercedes Lackey

Summary: Princess Rosamund has to come up with a Unique Challenge to see who will save her kingdom, and thus is worthy to marry her.

Rating: 5/5 

that would be book 13, not 12 ;)

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Book Number: 29

Number Of Pages: 192

Book Title: White Fang

Author: Jack London

Summary: This is the story of a wolf-dog's life in the wild before knowing and willingly domesticating himself in the world of man. The story is told through White Fang's eyes, as he encounters different types of humans from the Arctic to California. This is the opposite of Call of the Wild, where a dog learns to be wild; it's a wild animal learning to be domesticated.

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Book Number: 116

Number Of Pages: 154

Book Title: Secret Love

Author: Barbara Steiner

Summary: Mandy's confused. Her childhood best friend has discovered dating and wants Mandy to date her boyfriend's best friend. Matt seems nice, but wants Mandy's full attention and objects to her desire to make the school's tennis team. And Ted, who's been her friend and tennis partner for years, suddenly seems distant. And then the mysterious red roses start arriving.

 

Book Number: 117

Number Of Pages: 165

Book Title: Rhythm of Love

Author: Stephanie Foster

Summary:  Scott tells Darcy he doesn't need her as keyboard player, leaving her devastated. The band is the most important thing in her life - next to Scott. Now she'll never get his attention. She starts her own band to make him notice her, setting up auditions as fast as she can. But Scott's not the only one who notices her. Carl, her new group's drummer, does, too. And Carl is the one who's there to help her when Scott tries to keep Darcy's band from becoming as popular as his own.

 

Book Number: 118

Number of Pages: 163

Book Title: The Thoroughbred

Author: Joanna Campbell

Summary: Maura is determined to win first prize in the annual horse show even though she must compete against the first boy she has ever loved.

 

Book Number: 119

Number Of Pages: 210

Book Title: Gypsy From Nowhere

Author: Sharon Wagner

Summary:  Feeling guilty for the accident that broke her leg and killed her mount, Wendy swore off riding - only to have to stay on her uncle's horse ranch for a year while her father traveled for business. Then an unknown and injured filly shows up at the ranch and works her way into Wendy's affections. And when Gypsy vanishes again just ahead of a blizzard, Wendy has to overcome her fears and ride out to save her equine friend.

 

Book Number: 120

Number Of Pages: 212

Book Title: Gypsy and Nimblefoot

Author: Sharon Wagner

Summary:  Yearling Gypsy is too young to ride, so Wendy picks Nimblefoot as her mount, a gelding who had a bad fall the year before. He's healed cleanly, but remains afraid of rocky terrain that reminds him of where he fell. Wendy struggles to find a way to bring back his confidence before his panicky reaction to rocky ground get him put down as a danger to his rider.

 

Book Number: 121

Number Of Pages: 211

Book Title: Gypsy and the Moonstone Stallion

Author: Sharon Wagner

Summary:  Wendy learns the tale of Wild Horse Island, where the legendary Moonstone Chief of the Blackfoot made a last stand. The island has been sold to a hotel chain that plans to build a resort, but Wendy and her friends decide to go exploring there and catch sight of a pale horse that keeps vanishing before anyone else sees him. She hopes that her filly Gypsy can lead her to the mysterious horse before the unscrupulous building contractor finds him.

 

Book Number: 122

Number Of Pages: 174

Book Title: The American Girl Book of Horse Stories

Author: edited by the editors of American Girl magazine

Summary:  Ten short stories of horses and girls who love them, originally published in American Girl magazine between 1946 and 1953.

 

Book Number: 123

Number Of Pages: 184

Book Title: Jill's Victory

Author: Elisa Bialk

Summary: Jill, sent to live on her uncle's farm while her father spends a year overseas for work, has a hard time adjusting at first, Joining the 4-H with her cousins Cissie and Jack helps, but she especially misses riding, as the farm has no pleasure horses. Then the owner of the stable where she rode in Chicago sends her favorite Standardbred to the farm with the suggestion that she work on training him for shows. Jill gains confidence and an increased sense of responsibility as she does so.

 

Book Number: 124

Number Of Pages: 255

Book Title: National Velvet

Author: Enid Bagnold

Summary: Butcher's daughter Velvet Brown wins a horse in the village raffle in the 1930s. Known as "the Piebald" or affectionately as Pie, the horse seems able to jump any fence around. Together with her father's employee Mi Taylor, she sets her sights on riding Pie in the most famous steeplechase in England, the Grand National - despite being only fourteen and female not being allowed as jockeys. They come in first, but are disqualified due to her sex.

 

Book Number: 125

Number Of Pages: 167

Book Title: International Velvet

Author: Bryan Forbes

Summary:  Velvet Brown gets custody of her brother's daughter after his death. Sarah has trouble adjusting to her new life until Velvet gifts her with Pie's last foal, whereupon she becomes determined to ride for the British National Team. She learns to become a team player and helps bring home Olympic gold.

 

Book Number: 126

Number Of Pages: 428

Book Title: Motley Crue: The Dirt

Author: Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, with Neil Strauss

Summary:  The stories behind one of the wildest and most notorious rock bands ever, from less-than-happy beginnings, to the early success of the band, through addictions and failed marriages, breaking up, and eventually finding peace with one another.

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Book Number: 14

Number Of Pages: 502

Book Title: Uru's Third Temple (Divine Apostasy #3)

Author: A. F. Kay

Summary: Ruwen and his friends were betrayed and are now trapped in the Spirit Realm. They must traversed this treacherous land, or lose their souls forever.

Rating: 5/5 

Note: Listened to the Audiobook

 

Book Number: 15

Number Of Pages: 668

Book Title: The Fourth Secret (Divine Apostasy #4)

Author: A. F. Kay

Summary: Having successfully located Uru’s third temple and main city, Ruwen must now prepare the city for war.

Rating: 5/5 

Note: Read it on Kindle. So I couldn’t tell how long it was. I felt like it went on forever and it wasn’t until I went to look up the paperback pages did I realize why it felt like forever.

 

Book Number: 16

Number Of Pages: 331

Book Title: The Snow Queen (A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms)

Author: Mercedes Lackey

Summary: Godmother Aleksia is the Snow Queen, living in a remote part of the world. When a Sorceress steals her identity and begins to slaughter whole villages, Aleksia must embark on her first real adventure.  

Rating: 3/5 (My least liked book in the series.)

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Book Number: 27

Number Of Pages: 492

Book Title: Illusions Mortelles (The Deception in english, original version in german)

Author: Charlotte Link

Summary: Laura's husband desapeared, while looking for him, she discovered that he had a lot of financial problems and was about to leave with another woman. 

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Book Number: 17

Number Of Pages: 272

Book Title: The Bird Box

Author: Josh Malerman

Summary: Malorie, a young mother of two children known simply as Boy and Girl, is a survivor living in a postapocalyptic world, raising her children to use all their senses, especially their listening skills, as sight is not an option here. In this world, the survivors struggle to stay alive by living indoors with all the windows boarded up. 

Rating: 4/5 
Note: Not something I would have reached for deliberately but it was a slow day at work. HECK it was intense. And, with COVID, I understand the fear a bit more than I would have, when it came out 7 years ago. 

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Book Number: 30

Number Of Pages: 186

Book Title: Dubliners

Author: James Joyce

Summary: This is an anthology of fifteen stories centering around the city of Dublin and its various inhabitants. 

 

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Book Number: 207
Number Of Pages: 151
Book Title: Hidden Secrets
Author: Leighann Dobbs
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Book Number: 208
Number Of Pages: 239
Book Title: The Haunting of Beacon Hill
Author: Ambrose Ibsen
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Book Number: 209
Number Of Pages: 202
Book Title: The Haunting of Rainier Asylum
Author: Ambrose Ibsen
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Book Number: 210
Number Of Pages: 195
Book Title: The Haunting of Winslow Manor
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Book Number: 211
Number Of Pages: 850
Book Title: Outlander
Author: Diana Gabaldon
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Book Number: 212
Number Of Pages: 304
Book Title: Murder at Morrington Hall
Author: Clara McKenna
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Book Number:28

Number Of Pages: 264

Book Title: Les demoiselles de Havre-Aubert

Author: Jean Lemieux

Summary: An employee of a pawn shop in Montreal is killed in a mysterious situation. A few days later, far away, one of his friend also died. Are the two murders linked ? Is it tied up to organized crime ? 

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Book Number: 127

Number Of Pages: 468

Book Title: Daughter of the Red Deer

Author: Joan Wolf

Summary: When the Tribe of the Horse loses most of its women to tainted water, the young men of the tribe decide to kidnap the women of the Red Deer Tribe. Because it's a matriarchal tribe, they believe that the men of the Red Deer are weaklings who won't fight since they willingly follow a woman leader. All their problems will be over, or so they think... until they discover that women led by a woman are just as competent and more subtle at fighting back than any man.

 

Book Number: 128

Number Of Pages: 443

Book Title: The Horsemasters

Author: Joan Wolf

Summary: The Tribe of the Red Deer faces internal division, when it becomes apparent that the daughter of the tribal Mother is unfit to lead, but her son is. Adamant that a man will never rule the Red Deer, she exiles her son. He builds his own tribe from the outcasts and runaways of many other tribes. He is also the first to see the danger posed by the Horsemasters, strangers with the ability to ride horses, and who are invading the territory. But can he bring all of the tribes together in time to stand against them?

 

Book Number: 129

Number Of Pages: 419

Book Title: Bianca

Author: Bertrice Small

Summary: Bianca was considered the most beautiful maiden in Florence. A wicked Florentine lawyer blackmailed her family in order to marry her. She escaped her abusive husband, and while seeking an annulment to her marriage, met Prince Amir, the grandson of Mehmet the Conqueror. After her husband's death, Bianca's family tried to arrange a new marriage, but she fled Italy to be with her Turkish prince.

 

Book Number: 130

Number Of Pages: 390

Book Title: Francesca

Author: Bertrice Small

Summary: Francesca, chosen by the Medici as a prospective bride for the future duke of Terreno Boscoso, thought she had no chance of being selected, but she was. She ran away, got lost, and spent the winter serving at an inn. She returned to town only to be hurried to her own wedding. She and her husband reconciled, but a French invasion soon threatened their happiness and their lives.

 

Book Number: 131

Number Of Pages: 288

Book Title: Luciana

Author: Bertrice Small

Summary: Economic downturns reduced Luciana's dowry to a pittance, so she accepted marriage with a kindly merchant old enough to be her grandfather. After his death, the now-wealthy widow met an English earl visiting Florence seeking silk for Henry VII's queen, and directed him to her father's business. Her father noted an attraction between the two, so when the silk merchants collectively decided to send a representative to England, he convinced them to send Luciana.

 

Book Number: 132

Number Of Pages: 409

Book Title: Adora

Author: Bertrice Small

Summary: Wedded to the Ottoman Sultan Orkhan, Byzantine Princess Theadora resides in Bursa until she becomes old enough to bear children and consummate the marriage. There she meets Prince Murad, Orkhan's youngest son. Murad, assuming his father will die before remembering his third wife, courts Theadora, but to their dismay, Orkhan sends for her. Murad reacts angrily when Theadora is widowed, sending her fleeing. But her jealous sister, now Empress of Byzantium, plots to send Theadora to Murad as a slave instead of a wife.

 

Book Number: 133

Number Of Pages: 431

Book Title: Exile's Honor

Author: Mercedes Lackey

Summary: Captain Alberich of the Karsite army knew Valdemar as the enemy, the Heralds as witches and Demon-Riders, and the Companions as Demons. But he had the gift of Foresight; Companion Kantor saved him from being burned as a witch, escaping with Alberich into Valdemar and convincing him to train as a Herald. Shown that he was needed, Alberich agreed and became the Weaponsmaster's Second. But when Karse hired the entire nation of Tedrel Mercenaries in an effort to conquer Valdemar, Alberich had to find a way to aid his adopted country without hurting the land of his birth.

 

Book Number: 134

Number Of Pages: 438

Book Title: Exile's Valor

Author: Mercedes Lackey

Summary: Despite prejudice against him, the former Karsite Herald Alberich became the personal protector of young Queen Selenay. He discovered a plot in which her new husband, Prince Karathanelen of Rethwellen, was coached to win her and then kill her as soon as she produced an heir - because while Valdemaran law stated that the monarch must be a Herald, there was nothing requiring the regent for an infant heir to be one. But while he saved her from her husband, he never did learn who had paid for the coaching.

 

Book Number: 135

Number Of Pages: 323

Book Title: A Gift of Grace

Author: Amy Clipston

Summary: Rebecca’s sister Grace left their Old Order Amish world years before to embrace modern life, while Rebecca herself remained to wed her sweetheart Daniel Kauffman. Rebecca’s one sorrow is her inability to give Daniel children. Then she receives word that her sister died in a car accident, leaving her custody of her two teenage daughters. Now Rebecca and Daniel face the challenge of raising teenagers who have no knowledge of the world in which they suddenly find themselves living.

 

Book Number: 136

Number Of Pages: 294

Book Title: A Promise of Hope

Author: Amy Clipston

Summary: Sarah Kauffman Troyer lost her husband Peter in a tragic fire. Pregnant with twins… her first children… she moves back in with her parents for the support and help she’ll need. Then a Luke Troyer comes from Ohio, revealing secrets that Peter kept from Sarah and the rest of her family. With her faith in her late husband shattered, Sarah tries to look to the future, but is torn between doing the sensible thing and following her heart.

 

Book Number: 137

Number Of Pages: 323

Book Title: A Place of Peace

Author: Amy Clipston

Summary: Miriam left the Amish community four years ago, partly due to her wish to undergo nurse’s training, and partly due to the ending of her engagement to Timothy Kauffman. But when she returns first for her mother’s funeral, and then to help when her father has a stroke, she learns that someone else’s jealousy engineered her breakup with Timothy. Knowing the truth, will she and Timothy be able to reconcile, or are they through forever?

 

Book Number: 138

Number Of Pages: 322

Book Title: A Life of Joy

Author: Amy Clipston

Summary: Lindsay, Rebecca Kauffman’s niece, settled well into Amish life. Her older sister Jessica, unable to adjust, went to live with friends of her late parents instead. Four years later, Jessica is in college and pressuring Lindsay to give up her Amish ways. When Jessica’s guardian is injured, Lindsay volunteers to go stay with her to help out. While there, she becomes re-acquainted with some of her old friends from school and church. Jessica hopes that this will induce her sister to return to the modern world, but instead it just reaffirms Lindsay’s desire to be baptized into the Amish church.

 

Book Number: 139

Number Of Pages: 298

Book Title: A Season of Love

Author: Amy Clipston

Summary: Lindsay is baptized along with her cousin Katie Kauffman and friend Lizzie Ann King. Soon after, Lindsay and Lizzie Ann both start courting, which inadvertently leaves Katie feeling like a fifth wheel. Then she meets Jake Miller, the Mennonite grandson of her grandfather’s business partner. Their friendship soon blossoms into attraction… something forbidden by her church. Dare they hope of a future together?

 

Book Number: 140

Number Of Pages: 345

Book Title: The Stone Wall

Author: Beverly Lewis

Summary: Beachy Amish Anna's grandmother, now suffering Alzheimer's, once stayed in Lancaster County, where Anna is about to start a job. Certain that her grandmother's comments about an old stone wall are true memories and not just dementia-related mumblings, Anna is determined to solve the mystery of her grandmother's past. She also faces a difficult life choice as she grows close to a Mennonite co-worker as well as the Old Order widower who manages a horse retreat serving special-needs children, as courting either would mean not being baptized in her parents' church.

 

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Book Number: 213
Number Of Pages: 396
Book Title: Magic Lessons
Author: Alice Hoffman
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Book Number: 214
Number Of Pages: 387
Book Title: In the Shadow of Blackbirds
Author: Cat Winters
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Book Number: 215
Number Of Pages: 354
Book Title: An Invitation to Murder
Author: Leighann Dobbs, Harmony Williams
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Book Number: 216
Number Of Pages: 460
Book Title: The Baffling Burglaries of Bath
Author: Leighann Dobbs, Harmony Williams
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Book Number: 217
Number Of Pages: 280
Book Title: Murder at the Ice Ball
Author: Leighann Dobbs, Harmony Williams
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Book Number: 218
Number Of Pages: 235
Book Title: A Murderous Affair
Author: Leighann Dobbs, Harmony Williams
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Book Number: 219
Number Of Pages: 217
Book Title: Murder on Charles Street
Author: Leighann Dobbs, Harmony Williams
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Book Number: 220
Number Of Pages: 304
Book Title: Murder at Blackwater Bend
Author: Clara McKenna
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Wish I'd joined earlier! I read 140 last year and am at 65 for this year already. Count me in for the next round!

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Book Number: 29

Number Of Pages: 357

Book Title: Drop Shot

Author: Harlan Coben

Summary: An former tennis champion was suddenly killed during the US Open, Myron is trying to figure out who killed her and why 

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