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James Patterson does it again..

James Patterson has numerous fans out there, and I count myself as one of them. I just finished reading Now You See Her, one of his latest thrillers, written in collaboration with author Michael Ledwidge. What a perfect summer read. I read it in one day! Imagine being a young and carefree 18 year old. You are having the time of your life on spring break in Key West with your best friends, and then in an instant your entire life changes forever. That is exactly what happened to poor Jeanine.

Dystopias and You

Dystopian novels are all the rage in YA lit right now—from The Hunger Games, Matched, and Scott Westerfield's

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  • Sudden Spin Causes New Appreciation for Reading

    I just had an inner ear infection which causes a spinning sensation, dizziness, loss of balance and nausea. I also found it hard to focus and concentrate and therefore hard to read. This episode made me appreciate being able to read. Reading is important to understanding your health and doing the right thing to get better. But even more, I missed reading fiction. Fiction is a part of my life and has been a part of every human’s life. Think of all of those children’s bedtime stories, ancient sagas and myth, campfire stories, novels, and adventure tales.

    Why do you read?

    There is no doubt about it – I LOVE TO READ. It doesn't matter if it is a book, a magazine, or newspaper; reading is my passion. For me, a perfect afternoon is sitting at home on my porch, book in hand, and dog at my side (and no mosquitoes, of course). Someone asked me the other day why I read so much. I thought for a bit, and then replied "because I love to learn". Even though the majority of what I read is fiction, I still learn something. For example, I just finished reading the paperback book Home Again by Mariah Stewart. The setting is in St.

    Mischief Managed.

    The last Harry Potter movie is being released today and I find myself feeling strangely sad. As someone who doesn’t even particularly love the movies, this is a pretty odd sensation.

    I started reading Harry Potter in 1999. I was almost the same age as the characters and it all felt so deliciously real. I devoured the first book and immediately demanded the second. Luckily, it had just come out, and in a matter of a day or two, I had finished that one too. Then came the waiting for the publication of the third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

    Best “bodice-ripper” I ever read!

    I just finished reading the book Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean and all I can say is - WOW. I haven't read one of these "bodice-rippers" in a long time.  I went back and forth between laughing and fanning myself and sighing and crying! Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always been a good girl, and always does the right thing. Deciding it is time for a change, she makes a list of things she must do in her life to satisfy her so she can truly be happy. She wasn't counting on the charming and devastatingly handsome, Gabriel St.

    A Grown-up Book for People Who Like Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia

    The final Harry Potter movie is coming out this month. If you liked reading the Harry Potter series and the Chronicles of Narnia series, try reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman. This is a book about magic with dark overtones. The main character, Quentin, is a high school senior who has always loved the “Chronicles of Fillory” and feels disconnected with his world. He goes for a college interview only to find the interviewer dead and a strange paramedic there who gives him an envelope that leads him to Brakebills, a college for magicians.

    What's a Good Book to Read

    What’s a good book to read reminds me of a person standing in front of an open refrigerator asking what’s good to eat. In both cases the answer depends on the person’s mood and taste. Is the person looking for something sweet or spicy? Substantial or indulgent? Comforting or unusual? Both food and books can have these characteristics. Moods and tastes can also change during the year. The person who wants to read light romances in summer may change to suspense by Halloween, then inspirational stories for Christmas, followed by acclaimed literary novels, and then an intriguing biography.

    Reading Journals

    Every year I say to myself: keep track of everything you read. Write down every title and author. Each year around March I realize I forgot to do it. Last year, I finally started—in June. It has been an exciting and interesting way to track what I’m reading and how much I read. The journal has shown me that I average a book a week.

    Any “Seppies” out there?

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips (SEP to her fans who are known as "Seppies") has a new book out titled Call Me Irresistible. If you enjoyed her previous book, What I Did for Love, you will love this one too. The small Texas town of Wynette wasn't prepared for the whirlwind named Meg Koranda. When Meg arrives to be maid of honor at her best friend's wedding - to the town's golden boy - she creates turmoil everywhere she goes.

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