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Author: Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handlers new book is just as hilarious as her other books. This time she writes about traveling and the hilarious things that happened to her that probably were not funny when they actually happened. Chelsea's first adventure is a safari in Africa where she does not bat an eye when an elephant comes charging at her, but goes crazy when she runs into a harmless snake on the deck. We read about her adventures in the Bahamas and skiing in the Swiss Alps. One thing I do get from reading this book is how appreciative Chelsea is of her good fortune on her success in show business and writing. I can't wait for the next Chelsea Handler book.

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Author: Courtney Angela Brkic

First of all, the cover is intriguing. And you shouldn't judge by it's cover, but had it not been for the cover, I am sure I would have passed it over a few times.

I rated this book 5 stars ~ a book that was closer to 5 stars rather than 4, and so much more deserving of the 5 stars!

Two sisters, Magdalena and Jadranka, from the small island of Rosmarina, in the Mediterranean, are very close.  After Jadranka goes to New York, Magdalena gets a phone call from their cousin, whom Jadranka was staying with, saying that Jadranka has disappeared.  Jadranka, ever the free spirit, has disappeared in the past, but has always maintained contact with Magdalena, but this time she has not.  So, sets in motion they story . . .

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Author: Jo Nesbo

I've now read all of Jo Nesbo's adult books. They usually move fast and have several characters. Quite a bit to keep up with, but worth the effort. This was another book in the Harry Hole series. I enjoyed it.

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Author: Lopez Lomong

Lomong was six when he was taken by rebel soldiers from his church in southern Sudan and brought to a soldier training camp, where he was left to grow old enough to fight or die. Three older boys fom his village took him with them when they escaped, and he ended up in a refugee camp in Kenya for ten years. From there he was fortunate enough to move to the U.S. when he became a foster child to a New York family. Used to running 18 miles a day for the privilege of playing soccer with the other boys in the refugee camp, Lomong became a star of his high school's cross country and track teams. From there the Olympic dream he had as a boy in the refugee camp seems like a real possibility. Lomong's faith in himself and God inspired him to great accomplishments, not the least of which is getting an education to help those left behind in his homeland.

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Author: John Green

Miles is looking for a more exciting life when he begins boarding school. When he meets Alaska, a fellow student, he begins a rollercoaster friendship with the funny, intelligent, volatile girl. He and his roomate, the Colonel, frequently join her for drinks, cigarettes, and pranks, but her moodiness frustrates them. When she spirals out of control, so do they, and are left to make sense of it all in the aftermath. Fans of The Fault in Our Stars will enjoy this earlier book from John Green for its realistic portrayal of teenagers and their problems.

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Author: Robin Sloan

If it is a book store, I want to stop in and check it out.  The same thing happened when I noticed the novel Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore .  This bookstore provides you with more questions than answers. When I opened the bookstore and walked in I didn't want to leave.  Characters came to life and were continually reshuffled in the context of the story.  The book contains a little something for everyone--adventure, technology, love story (for books), friendship and detective story.  This was a fun read that I hope you take the time to investigate.  Find your Reading Room and investigate the next stages of books

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Author: Laura Lippman

I love Laura Lippman's books. Bambi met Felix at a Valentine's dance in 1959. They quickly got married and because of his lucrative businesses, they lived in luxury. Bambi ignored that the businesses were not all legal. Felix eventually gets caught and one day disappears to avoid jail time. He leaves no clue of where he went or what happened to all his money. She does suspect Felix's mistress, Julie has something to do with his disappearances until exactly 10 years later she disappears and her body is found in a park. The book switches time periods from 1959 to 2012 where a cold case detective is bringing it all in the open.

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Author: Brian Freeman

This is my first time with this author. I usually listen to or read thriller genre, but I will say this was a fairly disturbing book. Pushed me right to the point of thinking I may not finish it. I did finish and it was worth the listen, but parts were hard to get through.

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Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Hayley attends a new school after being on the road with her truck driver father, who is suffering from PTSD, a result of tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. They've returned to the house Hayley lived in with her grandmother following her mother's death. She has trouble adjusting to school and her classmates, but makes a friend and starts a rocky romance with Finn, a teen with his own family issues. Hayley takes on the role of a parent, trying to keep her father out of trouble with alcohol and drugs, but his problems are too serious to manage alone, and their lives spiral out of control. Fans of Anderson,s other young adult books will want to read this. It's as dark and gritty as Speak and Twisted, but like those novels, at the heart is the story of a troubled teen yearning for connections with others.

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Author: Brian Freeman

Freeman's sixth Jonathan Stride novel is a sure hit!  The book picks up where his last novella "Turn to Stone" ended- Stride arriving home in the middle of the night "knowing" he's not alone in his own home.  Stride takes a troubled teenager under his wing as an act of redemption over the guilt he feels from her parents' murder-suicide a decade earlier.  Favorite character emerge once again- Maggie Bei, Serena, K-2, and the lovable Guppo.  The fast-paced suspense keeps the reader intrigued.