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2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Karen has
read 4 books toward her goal of 60 books.


Goodreads Summary: Life After Life

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.

Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant — this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best, playing with time and history, telling a story that is breathtaking for both its audacity and its endless satisfactions.

3 Stars

highlight for spoilders(((I started out confused and ended confused. I really thought there would be a reason for it all, an enlightenment that would explain it all…but nope-unless I missed something!

So, there is no reason for it? She’s just going to keep starting life over and over with not end in sight?

Did her mother have an affair or was her mother also reincarnating as well? Did her father live previous lives? Was her role to kill Hitler, find happiness, or marry and have kids?????

I thought I would have clarity at the end…but really feel like I wasted my time on this book…)))

I gave it three stars though, because it was a great ride…long at times, but a great ride. There were times I prayed for her to die to save her from the misery and other times I prayed she would get to live and enjoy life. 

 ~~~Now I’m Reading~~~


Goodreads Summary: The Night Circus

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazement. It is called “Le Cirque des Reves,” and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway–a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Ummmm what twisted competition are these men going to make Marco and Ceceilia compete in. I hope they can find a way to get away from these horrible men. I hope there is a happy ending, as these two have never really known love or family. 

 ~~~Soon I’ll be Reading~~~


Goodreads Summary: The Dead Will Tell

Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of time—and now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave.

On a late-night shift, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide—an old man found hanging from the rafters in his dilapidated barn. But evidence quickly points to murder and Kate finds herself chasing a singularly difficult and elusive trail of evidence that somehow points back to the tragedy of that long ago incident. Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with state agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in so long, they’re both happy; a bliss quickly shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti’s family four years ago is found not guilty, and walks away a free man. Will Tomasetti be pulled back to his own haunted past?

When a second man is found dead—also seemingly by his own hand—Kate discovers a link in the case that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and revealing the horrifying truth of what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago, when an Amish father and his four children perished—and his young wife disappeared without a trace.

And, as Kate knows—the past never truly dies . . . 

Always LOVE LOVE LOVE the Kate Burkholder series…it’s twisted, sick, and suspenseful…a great read.  


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Just Finished Reading… — 3 Comments

  1. I never heard of any of these, but definitely going to check them out more on Goodreads now and as always thanks so much Karen for sharing your thoughts and experience with your recent reads 🙂

  2. I just started Jodi Picoult’s 19 Minutes. I probably shouldn’t have started it because I was in a bad mood and mad at my kids. Now I’m hooked, though, and I’m going to have to see it through.
    I recently finished Nora Roberts’ The Collector. That was an amazing book. I loved it!!

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