Thursday, April 26, 2012

just off the bookshelf






Dreams of Joy
by Lisa See
i was disappointed with Shanghai Girls when it just left me hanging with no real ending, but i thought Dreams of Joy was an amazing continuation of the story. i really enjoyed it. it gets 4 1/2  stars from me. if you read Shanghai Girls don't miss it!!


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Beneath a Marble Sky


Beneath a Marble Sky
by John Shors

i think this is somewhat of an older book that i borrowed from one of my book swap besties. i had never heard of it before, but i sure did enjoy it. it sucked me right in. it's a historical fiction book about the building of the Taj Mahal and now that i've read it i'd love to actually get to visit the Taj Mahal someday! i give it 4 and 1/2 stars!


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Heaven Is Here: An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy

Heaven Is Here
by Stephanie Nielson

i loved it. her message of hope, determination and love is such an inspiration to me.


so what have you been reading? anything good?



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16 comments:

  1. i love it when you do these posts!! your scientific grading system is just the bee's knees. you totally speak my book language. i wanna read that taj mahal book asap. did i just spell that wrong? i don't feel like scrolling back up there to check. :)

    thanks for the recommendations.

    xo,
    alicia

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  2. I love reading these, thanks!

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  3. Great titles to pint on my Books on my Reading List page..... thanks for the ideas.
    I just finished BLoom by Kelle Hampton, loved it.

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  4. I love these posts too, have read many books by your recommendations!
    I just finished the Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman - an amazing book, I give it 5 stars. I am currently reading Rules of Civility by Amor Towles and I am loving it.
    http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5560630-sarah

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  5. I loved both of those Lisa See books as well! I always appreciate a good recommendation. Have you read Snowflower and the Secret Fan? I am at new blog follower so you may have listed these already but some of my favorites are: Girl in Translation, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, The Red Tent, and The Lost Wife. A lot, I know, I love a good book though! Thanks for the titles!

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  6. I love Shanghai Girls and felt the same about the ending. I now can't wait to read, Dreams of Joy! Thanks again!

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  7. I'm so glad you loved the marble sky book!!! so good hu! The Red Tent that Melissa D. mentioned is super amazing too! I'm finally reading 1000white women and am enjoying it ;)

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  8. I really enjoyed Heaven is Here.

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  9. I am reading 50 Shades of Grey right now. Oh my!

    I also have Bloom on my reading list and I would love to read Heaven is Here and the Happiness Project.

    I always love to hear your book recommendations.

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  10. I just finished The Bean Tree by Barbara Kingsolver... wonderful!

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  11. I felt the same about Shanghai Girls. I didn't realize there was a sequel. Thanks for the tip! It seems like most of the books I have read lately have been meh.

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  12. I am currently reading "Still Alice" - it was recommended to me by a fellow blogging friend & is the story of a woman diagnosed with Alzheimers' in her early 50s.
    It's very insightful as I related to my aunt who is suffering from this monstrous disease.

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  13. K. I'm putting these on my list of books to read because I trust you with my very LIFE, so why not a book recommendation, right? I read Ok For Now by Gary Schmidt and fell in love. Don't be put off by the weird cover or the age group it was supposedly written for. You'll love it.

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  14. Half-way through Heaven is Here. It's wonderful.

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  15. I'm in the middle of Heaven is Here and loving it. I am quite impressed with the greate imagery and descriptive words used. I wish I could say I am well read, but I often go to my bookclub and learn about the book then, just to chat with my friends and have treats. I read blogs....speaking of...I subscribed to your email list so I will be coming regularly now b/c my email tells me when you post!

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  16. I love your book reviews and have read several of them over time....we seem to have similar interests. That being said, I got a kick out of the fact that I am currently reading Dreams of Joy, having just finished Shanghai Girls last week. Always happy when I can read series in a row and not break inbetween.

    Anyway, I can highly recommend two books that I just finished reading. One is called One Thousand Women and the other is Moloka'i. I picked both of them up at Target (paperback). I loved them both!

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