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Octoberwoman

Octoberwoman

Joined October 2016

BookCrosser, Book Moocher, blogger, Netflix addict, movie fanatic. Blogging about books at octoberwomanrobin.blogspot.com
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Colorado!: Colorado by Dana Fuller Ross
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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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In 1949 four young black men were falsely accused of rape by a white girl. Two were convicted and imprisoned, two were murdered – one by a lynch mob, one by a crooked sheriff. After reading “Devil in the Grove” by Gilbert King, for a class, Josh Venkataraman was inspired to step up and seek justice for the Groveland Four and their families. After reading his book, I admire Josh very much!

Octoberwoman Since the picture cut off- the subtitle is Justice for the Groveland Four, and the authors are Josh Venkataraman and Barbara Venkataraman. 10h
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Colorado!: Colorado | Dana Fuller Ross
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“No matter what Sergeant Mullins says,” she declared, “I intend to help him fix supper. It isn‘t right for an able-bodied woman to stand aside and allow a man to do all the cooking.”

Sometimes you have to remember to consider the time in which a book was published, or the time in which its set. Or the gender of the author, though to be fair many of his female characters are well written strong capable women.

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All the stars, seriously! I loved the first book in this series so much, I was very excited to get this second book, and I think I may love it even more. Though if I went back and read the first book again, I might love it more. Maybe. I love both of them! And such beautiful covers! Ms. Walters is my new favorite author.

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A Bad Day for Sunshine | Darynda Jones
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One of those books that is filled with quirky characters and outlandish situations. Much of the dialogue was quite amusing, with quips being tossed back and forth between the characters like a volleyball, while Sunshine and her deputies race against the clock to find a missing teenager who had premonitions of her own abduction and murder for years.

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Always Look Twice | Elizabeth Goddard
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I know it‘s cliche to say but this book is a thrill ride from beginning to satisfying end.

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One More River to Cross | Jane Kirkpatrick
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“It was what women did. Waited for the right husband. Waited to begin a family. Waited for a life to begin.”

Boy if that doesn‘t sum up why it‘s so great to live in the time we live in.

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Versions of Her | Andrea Lochen
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What a lovely story! Wonderful writing, and a great character study. I cried a couple of times, and when I finished the last page I sighed with happiness and contentment.

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Typical teen star bio, although surprisingly well written. I've always been a fan of Alyssa Milano (Charmed!), and if this book got the facts correct she was a sweet, friendly and humble young actress during her Who's the Boss? years.

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I will admit that when the first big reveal about Fern came I was a little disappointed at the turn the plot was taking (the narrator suggests we, the reader, may have already figured out that reveal, but I sure hadn't). Regardless, I still enjoyed the book after that, especially when Lowell turned up. And I like the author's writing voice.

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Loved this debut novel from beginning to end! Well written, great characters, can‘t wait for the next book!

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Another one from Revell Reads, and really enjoying it so far. Can‘t go wrong with a hero who is a cop and former Marine!

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Wooing Cadie McCaffrey | Bethany Turner
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Fun rom-com! The narration jumping around in time was a little confusing at first, until I settled into the story. Great characters and engaging writing. Thanks to Revell Reads for this book!

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I'll confess that when I first received this book I wasn't giddy to start it, for some reason it just didn't sound that appealing to me. But boy am I glad I did read it! It was very captivating and I loved the way it ended.

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Roadside Picnic | Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
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What an interesting read! But I have so many unanswered questions. I would've liked to know more about what it was like at the time of the visits, and more about Red's daughter. I really liked the narration in the first section, when Red was narrating in first person POV, and disappointed when the focus moved to another character and that narration stopped. Though I really enjoyed Richard and Valentine's conversation in Richard's section.

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Touch of Smoke | Karissa Laurel
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13 pages in and I‘m laughing. I love when the main characters bicker or trade barbs as soon as they meet.

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Touch of Smoke | Karissa Laurel
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Starting this tonight. Love the cover!

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Submission | Michel Houellebecq
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Could not get interested in this, even after 100 pages, so gave up.

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Fortunately after the first 30 or so slightly boring pages the book picked up, once the author started his bus driver training and then began interacting with the extraordinary kids he drove to and from school. Quite enjoyable from that point on.

Blueberry Maybe I should keep reading them. Was going to give up. 8mo
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Sounded interesting but 30 pages in and I‘m slightly bored. Hopefully it gets better.

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Poet: Recusant | Stephanie Jo Harris
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Mehso-so

Not nearly as good as the first book. But if there is a third book I will read it.

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Into the Jungle | Erica Ferencik
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I loved The River at Night, by the same author, so much that when I saw this on NetGalley I requested it without even bothering to read the synopsis. This book could be subtitled Everything You Never Thought You Wanted to Know About the Amazon Jungle. Talk about harsh living. I can't imagine I would last even a week in the conditions that Lily and Omar lived in. I didn't love it quite as much as The River at Night, but I did like it very much.

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The Poet: Recusant | Stephanie Jo Harris
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I occasionally get emails from a random author or publicist offering a book for review. I don't often accept but this one sounded interesting. The writing felt a little stilted, a little mechanical, almost a little distant. Almost too much narration of characters' movements. But it ended up being imminently readable. I mean I read it in two sittings. Akin to classic film noir, this book was compelling and unputdownable.

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Into the Jungle | Erica Ferencik
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I loved The River at Night so so much that when I got an email from netgalley about this book I threw down my phone and ran to my computer to request it, even though I didn‘t expect my request to be approved. And it wasn‘t, for several days. I‘d given up hope when I got the email that it had been approved and I am so excited to dive into this!

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Love-Lines | Sheri Langer
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An amusing rom-com that I‘d love to see filmed. It‘s light but with some depth. Two potential love interests for Fordham (what a great name!), one of whom I was quite enamored of. Happily that‘s the one she chose in the end.

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I loved this book. My first time reading this author but I can't wait for the next book in this series. I loved Austin. Former FBI agent, cowboy, secretive, tortured hero – all catnip for me! Wonderful characterization, evocative descriptions of the Wyoming wilderness.

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Cuz who doesn‘t love a cowboy?

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Starting this tonight that I got from Revell Reads. New to me author.

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Black Hills | Nora Roberts
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Before this book, I'd only read two books by Nora Roberts, and while I enjoyed them well enough, didn't think they were anything special. Third time's a charm. This one is going on my list of favorites!

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Abruptly ends with no resolution to the plot. And that cover looks like it belongs on a completely different book. I can't even begin to picture Sophie dressed the way the cover model is. But other than those two gripes I really enjoyed this book. The first book I‘ve received from Hidden Gems ARC Program. I‘ve been a little leery of requesting anything so I‘m happy this was a pick!

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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For the first part of this book I thought it was ok, I liked the writing, but I wasn‘t riveted. And then suddenly I was and I may be up too late tonight reading.

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Lucky in Love | Carolyn Brown
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Definitely enjoyed this! I very much like Beau, and I think this is my favorite cover of all Ms. Brown‘s books I‘ve read so far!

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Lucky in Love | Carolyn Brown
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When you get ready for bed and then realize you left your book at work. 😩 Guess I‘ll just have to take this dude to bed with me tonight!

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Mafia romance is generally not my thing but I love Natasha Knight and I loved the first book in this series. I‘m only 30 pages in and Dominic is definitely not coming across as a good guy, but I have faith in Ms. Knight!

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Why Did You Lie? | Yrsa Sigurdardottir
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The narrative is slowly paced and there isn't much action. There were a few spots where the wording seemed a little unnatural or uneven but otherwise the translation came across well. I was constantly wondering how the three storylines would eventually link. And then when they did, boy howdy! Pace suddenly picked up, or maybe I was just reading faster. I was on my couch reading when my daughter called me and I jumped when my phone went off!

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Play Dirty: A Novel | Sandra Brown
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As always with a Sandra Brown book I loved the hero - she writes fantastic heroes. I never quite warmed up to Laura, but it was more Griff‘s story anyway.

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Won from BookishFirst! I didn't realize it was the second in a trilogy, but it reads as a standalone. The author completely immerses us into the characters' lives. The writing is evocative, especially the descriptions of the weather and geography. I didn't want the book to end. Some fiction books are novels, and some are literature, and in my mind the two terms are not always interchangeable. LAURENTIAN DIVIDE is what I consider literature.

Bklover I love Bookish First! 14mo
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Apeland | Paul Allen
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Mehso-so

Glad that‘s over with.

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Rancher Rescue | Barb Han
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I'm glad I only paid .49 for this book at a thrift store. Struggled to stay interested. I just didn't connect with the hero or the heroine. There was just no depth to them. Especially the heroine. And after all the trouble the hero goes through to get her to a safe place, she just blithely walks into danger and lets the bad guy capture her. The hero rescues her, of course, a mere three and a half pages later, and it was completely anticlimactic.

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Rancher Rescue | Barb Han
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“My first big sale was a beautiful paint horse. The man who'd sold him to me when he was a pony said he tore up the ground like no other."

Was quite enjoying this book until that passage made me groan.

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Mehso-so

Overall this was a bit depressing, but I did appreciate the author's talent for imagery, especially in the outdoor scenes with the snow storm. When I walked out of my house I was momentarily surprised that the air was hot and humid instead of freezing cold.

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After being a tad disappointed with the previous book in the Virgin River series I'm happy to report that this entry was another winner!

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Tailspin | Sandra Brown
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When you‘re anxiously awaiting your preordered book and then amazon sends a screw you email! 😭

#books #sandrabrown

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The Hope of Azure Springs | Rachel Fordham
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Loved this book so much! Em and Caleb are such richly drawn characters, and the writing is wonderful. Orphaned at age 12, Em and her younger sister are put on an orphan train, where they end up being separated. The book opens seven years later. When Em finally has the chance to travel to the town where she and her sister had been separated, I cried for several pages. Beautiful story, beautifully written, and emotionally satisfying.

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The Hope of Azure Springs | Rachel Fordham
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I signed up with Revell Reads months ago and finally was selected for not one but two books! And then a third book came in the package that I had not entered for! Starting this one tonight.

Sydsavvy I love Revel books 1y
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At ease: Navy men of World War II | Evan Bachner, United States. Naval Aviation Photographic Unit
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Found a used copy of this gorgeous book online. Added bonus - a cheeky inscription inside!

“At ease, Sailor! Are you saluting or are you just happy to see me?”

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Finding Our Forever | Brenda Novak
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I work in the adoption field, and I'm always a little leery of reading a book that has an adoption storyline. I can't enjoy the book if adoption is sensationalized or portrayed negatively. But Ms. Novak handled it beautifully, and I loved this book. Plus that gorgeous cover!

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Apocalypse Memories | Melinda Metz, Laura J. Burns
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Above average for a Buffy book! You know Buffy and the Scoobies will save the world but towards the end I was on the edge of my seat wondering if they actually would manage to do so.

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Sport | Louise Fitzhugh
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“Don't you understand that I was once fifteen years old! That I looked at my mother the same way you're looking at me? That I see the hatred in your eyes and the despair and the love and all of it?”

“I'm eleven,” said Sport.

Mom's a piece of work! I liked that dad never made excuses for her & openly talked about what a horrible mom she is. Loved the relationship that developed between Sport & dad's new girlfriend. Wonderful little gem of a book.

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Finding Our Forever | Brenda Novak
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I think this is my first time reading this author. Having worked in the field for 20 years, storylines involving adoption always make me a little leery - I hate when the subject is sensationalized or portrayed negatively. But so far I‘m enjoying this book.