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The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly

Chased from their home, Pan Andrew and his family have a treasure that must be delivered to the king of Poland.

The Trumpeter of Krakow begins most chapters with historical background information that somehow relates to that part of the story. The story unfolds slowly, with the mystery of the treasure sucking you in and keeping your interest. I recommend this book to kids studying medieval Poland and those who enjoy historical fiction.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 6
Pages Read in 2018: 1474
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Intelligence Was My Line by Ralph W. Hauenstein

Hauenstein was an intelligence officer in World War II. Intelligence Was My Line is his story of that period of time in his life. Though he repeated himself quite a bit, there was a lot of interesting stuff in there. Included are pictures. I recommend this book to anyone interested in World War II or intelligence gathering.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 5
Pages Read in 2018: 1246
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The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

Peter wants to find his sister. Adele lives in an orphanage. A magician attempts to produce lilies. An elephant falls on a wealthy woman. A fortune teller tells Peter an elephant will lead him to his sister.

The Magician’s Elephant weaves together the seemingly separate lives of several people who discover, in the end, they are all connected. The end is truly lovely. I didn’t totally enjoy the writing style, however. It’s a sweet book, though, so I recommend it to people of all ages. It makes a nice read-aloud.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 4
Pages Read in 2018: 1064
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A Question of Love by Isabel Wolff

Laura Quick is the host of a prime time quiz show. She is very surprised when her ex-boyfriend Luke shows up as a contestant and gets to “turn the tables” on her and ask any question and ends up asking her out on a date. She soon discovers she must play third fiddle to Luke’s daughter and soon-to-be-ex-wife and then everything gets worse when the tabloids get wind of her own husband’s disappearance three years before. Meanwhile, her sisters’ marriages are having issues making life just generally stressful.

A Question of Love is an enjoyable book filled with British humor. I guessed how it was likely to end long before the end, but that didn’t make it any less satisfying. There are quite a few typos/repeated words scattered throughout. I recommend it to people who like women’s fiction and happy endings.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 2
Pages Read in 2018: 732
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The Royal Treatment by Melanie Summers

In an effort to improve their PR, Crown Prince Arthur invites Royal Watchdog blogger, and harshest royal family critic, Tessa to stay at the palace for two months. Tessa soon finds out many of her assumptions were wrong, and Arthur discovers some of the many things the royal family is doing to make the citizens dislike them. And, of course, love blooms in there, too.

I enjoyed The Royal Treatment very much. It was light and funny. It was predictable (if you’ve ever seen Hallmark or Lifetime movies in your life), but that predictability was nice. The only thing I didn’t like was I felt like there was way too much completely unnecessary profanity. I recommend The Royal Treatment to people looking for a little mind vacation sort of read.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 168
Pages Read in 2017: 45,185
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (R in TURQUOISE)

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The Toaster Oven Mocks Me by Steve Margolis

Steve Margolis sees letters and numbers as colors (among other things). For many years he thought this was so strange that he expended huge amounts of mental energy covering up his weirdness. In reality, while seeing letters and numbers as colors is unusual, it is a documented neurological condition called synesthesia. What a synesthete experiences is different from other synesthetes, but they all have in common some sort of crossed senses. The Toaster Oven Mocks Me is the author’s story of dealing with synesthesia. The book caught my eye because my daughter has synesthesia (ever tried to make sense of math problems when two numbers are dating, two other numbers are fighting, and they all appear in different colors?). It was pretty well written, in a conversational tone like the author was just sharing his life with colors one on one. There were occasional grammar errors. It’s short so it reads fast. It absolutely must be read on a device with color as the colors of letters are very important to his story. I recommend this book to anyone who knows someone with or is interested in synesthesia (though it might annoy another synesthete because as my daughter said, “Those colors are all wrong!”).

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 156
Pages Read in 2017: 42,203
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (T in TOPAZ)

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The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Some time in the future, aliens are using humans as hosts. They are inserted and become the conciousness, essentially replacing the human. After insertion, Wanderer is surprised to find Melanie still in her head, refusing to be erased. When Wanderer and Melanie decide to find Melanie’s family, they must convince the humans they mean no harm and figure out how to navigate the very different world of humans.

Other than being agonizingly slow on occasion, The Host is an excellent book. It makes you ponder questions like what makes a person and what makes someone fall in love. Sometimes it was hard to put down. The characters are very well developed and I found myself caring very much what happened to them and hoping they could all somehow end up happy. I recommend reading this book to older teens and up.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 153
Pages Read in 2017: 41,541
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Reason I Chose It: 52 Books Bingo (Bestseller written in spouse or child birth year – Adrian, 2008)

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