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40 Books by 40 – The Burn Palace by Stephen Dobyns

It’s time for book number 17: “The Burn Palace” by Stephen Dobyns. I heard about this book from an Oprah Book Club email. Oprah started the whole book club movement years ago on her talk show. Or at least that is my earliest memory of book clubs šŸ˜‰ I signed up for the book club when reading “East of Eden” over 10 years go. Even though she no longer has her talk show she does have Book Club 2.0 through her website, and I still get emails with book recommendations. “The Burn Palace” was listed as a “crazily compelling page-turner.” And that it is!! read more

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40 Books by 40 – Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

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I have become a lazy reader in recent years. In order to get back into a reading routine and make myself more accountable, I challenged myself to read 40 books by the time I am 40. I am, ahem, 33 years old which only means about 5 books a year so it will probably be more, but 40 by 40 has a nice ring to it so Iā€™m leaving it šŸ™‚

Book 16 is “Half Broke Horses” by Jeannette Walls. It is the true life novel of Lily Casey Smith, a “spirited woman, a passionate teacher” and rancher born in 1901 who lived through the Great Depression and World War II in Arizona. It’s “Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults,” but even better! Lily is the grandmother of Jeannette, mother of the memorable Rosemary Smith Walls in Jeannette’s memoir “The Glass Castle.” If you haven’t read “The Glass Castle” it is another great read. read more

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40 Books by 40 – Bonk by Mary Roach

I have become a lazy reader in recent years. In order to get back into a reading routine and make myself more accountable, I challenged myself to read 40 books by the time I am 40. I am, ahem, 33 years old which only means about 5 books a year so it will probably be more, but 40 by 40 has a nice ring to it so Iā€™m leaving it šŸ™‚

I’m back people!! My husband and I returned from our cruise last week (I will fill you in on it in the coming weeks) and I am finally back in the groove of things after laundry, shopping, and sick little girl. We had an unbelievably relaxing time, and I actually got some reading done. I kept waiting to be interrupted every few pages but wasn’t. It was a tad unreal. I was able to finish the 15th book in my reading goal, “Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex” by Mary Roach. read more

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40 Books by 40 – Seven Wonders by Ben Mezrich

I have become a lazy reader in recent years. In order to get back into a reading routine and make myself more accountable, I challenged myself to read 40 books by the time I am 40. I am, ahem, 33 years old which only means about 5 books a year so it will probably be more, but 40 by 40 has a nice ring to it so Iā€™m leaving it šŸ™‚

“Seven Wonders” the latest novel from Ben Mezrich was book number 14 in my reading goal. Mezrich is known for his non-fiction novels that inspired the movies “The Social Network” and “21.” “Seven Wonders” is Mezrich’s first work of fiction in about 15 years. read more

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40 Books by 40 – Kisscut by Karin Slaughter

I have become a lazy reader in recent years. In order to get back into a reading routine and make myself more accountable, I challenged myself to read 40 books by the time I am 40. I am, ahem, 32 years old which only means about 5 books a year so it will probably be more, but 40 by 40 has a nice ring to it so Iā€™m leaving it šŸ™‚

“Kisscut” by Karin Slaughter is book number 11 for my reading goal. It is book number two in the Grant County series by the author. Book number one, “Blindsighted,” was one of the first books I read for this challenge. It involves a new crime, but the same cast of characters from Grant County, Georgia: Sara Linton, the town’s pediatrician/medical examiner, Jeffrey Tolliver, the police chief, and Lena Adams, a police officer. read more