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There I Go Again by William Daniels

William Daniels has had a very long career on stage, radio, and big and small screen. I loved watching him every Friday as Mr. Feeny on Boy Meets World. In There I Go Again, he goes basically chronologically talking about some of the things he has done in his career and through his marriage to his wife. I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy his work.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 108
Pages Read in 2017: 29,773
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My Name Used to Be Muhammad by Tito Momen

Tito Momen was born in Nigeria to fundamentalist Muslims. His father wanted him to become an imam and sent him to Syria and Egypt to study. He began to have questions about Islam, but was beaten by his instructors when he asked those questions. His questions eventually led him to investigate The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and become a Mormon. Sharia Law does not allow a Muslim to convert to Christianity and so he spent many years in jail for his beliefs. Momen’s story is fascinating and I really like his writing style. I found it hard to put the book down at times. I highly recommend reading it!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 98
Pages Read in 2017: 27,675
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“You Look Like That Girl…” by Lisa Jakub

Lisa Jakub starting acting at age 4. She was in movies like Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day. When she was 22, she made the decision to leave it all behind. While the transition from child actor to regular person who gets recognized sometimes was not easy, it was what she needed to do. She had a very different childhood than most, but she doesn’t regret her experience. The book does not contain sordid details (unless you count the teamsters teaching a preschooler how to play craps). It is in need of an editor, however, due to the number of missing or incorrect words. I recommend “You Look Like That Girl…” to fans of Lisa Jakub and people who enjoy autobiographies.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 97
Pages Read in 2017: 27,323
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (Y in RUBY)

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Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox

Being diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s changed Michael J. Fox’s life, and not all bad. In fact, he thinks of himself as lucky because in many ways, by pushing him to turn his life around, his diagnosis saved his life. Lucky Man is mostly the story of his Parkinson’s diagnosis and coming to terms with it. He is very honest about his partying, issues in his marriage, and his anger over his body betraying him. It’s an excellent read for any Michael J. Fox fan.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 85
Pages Read in 2017: 23,661
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (L in PEARL)

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I Want it Now! by Julie Dawn Cole

In 1970, Julie Dawn was selected to play the part of Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I Want It Now! is mostly her memories of the magic of filming and other things related to the movie. There are lots of pictures scattered throughout the book. It’s great for her fans and fans of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 56
Pages Read in 2017: 16,967
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (I in DIAMOND)

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My Story by Elizabeth Smart

When Elizabeth Smart was 14, she was stolen from the bedroom she shared with her little sister. For the next nine months, she was held captive, repeatedly raped, and abused. This is her story. What happened to her is terrible and evil. The hope and determination that comes through as she tells about those horrible nine months is inspiring. Elizabeth Smart is truly an amazing woman. I highly recommend this book!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 53
Pages Read in 2017: 16,063
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (M in DIAMOND)

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Alex: The Life of a Child by Frank Deford

Alex Deford was born in 1971 and died just 8 years later in 1980. She had Cystic Fibrosis. Alex: The Life of a Child is the story of her life as told by her father. When I was 12 or 13 I bought a copy of this book at a yard sale. I read it multiple times. For some reason I really loved the story of Alex. It’s been years since I last read it and it is still a great story. It is touching and told with such honesty and heartbreaking love. I highly recommend reading it.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 35
Pages Read in 2017: 10,150
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