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25 12, 2011

25 Days of Great Books

By | December 25th, 2011|Categories: Our Favorite Books|Tags: , , , , , , , |7 Comments

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December 25, 2011 Final Selections – from Caleb Shadis

Last Call by JD Seamus | The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan | The Forgotten Legion by Ben Kane

Just one huh? I have three that tie: Last Call by JD Seamus, The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and The Forgotten Legion by Ben Kane. Last Call was a bit of fun, The Gathering Storm was where the Wheel of Time series got a new life, but The Forgotten Legion was really awesome, a realistic feeling trip back to ancient Rome. It follows the life of several ordinary people from the time and makes you understand what it was really like living then.

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24 12, 2011

25 Days of Great Books

By | December 24th, 2011|Categories: Our Favorite Books|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

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December 24, 2011 Selection – from Amanda Schafer

Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers

My favorite book that I’ve reviewed so far has been Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers. First, I just love Francine Rivers and own all of her books; I could reread any of her books at any point in time. But more than that, Her Mother’s Hope was part of a series that shared a great deal about Francine’s own family history. There were struggles within that 2-book set that practically all of us will face within our own families at some point and it was a truly moving story to read.

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23 12, 2011

25 Days of Great Books

By | December 23rd, 2011|Categories: Our Favorite Books|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

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December 23, 2011 Selection – from Mac Maccaskill

The Creed of Violence by Boston Teran

The Creed of Violence, by Boston Teran, made my list of favorite reads for 2010. Teran writes with a literary grace that echoes some of the greats, full of beautifully simple yet powerful language. And the story packs a punch, too, mixing elements of political intrigue with more personal tales of loss and regret. The result is a deeply satisfying and timely read.

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22 12, 2011

25 Days of Great Books

By | December 22nd, 2011|Categories: Our Favorite Books|Tags: , , , , |12 Comments

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December 22, 2011 Selection – from Vera Pereskokova

A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres

Despite its macabre topic, I’ve read few books that have fascinated me as much as A Thousand Lives. Prior to reading the book, I could not imagine how anyone could force nearly a 1000 people to commit suicide, unless they were willing participants. After learning about the individual members of the Peoples’ Temple and the control Jones exuded over his followers, I can understand how most of them so no other option.

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21 12, 2011

25 Days of Great Books

By | December 21st, 2011|Categories: Our Favorite Books|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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December 21, 2011 Selection – from Shannon Hopkins

Downward Dog, Upward Fog by Meryl Davids Landau

When I read this book, it was like Meryl was speaking directly to me. Everybody goes through the existential questioning phase that Lorna finds herself in, and while there are supportive people to help you find your way there will also always be challenges in events and people. The important thing is to not give up and to truly believe in your ability to change your own life for the better. Since reading Downward Dog, Upward Fog I’ve started talking to Meryl on Twitter and following her yoga posts on The Elephant – great material!

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20 12, 2011

25 Days of Great Books

By | December 20th, 2011|Categories: Our Favorite Books|Tags: , , , , |9 Comments

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December 20, 2011 Selection – from Alysia George

Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos

I chose Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos because it is full of really beautiful language. Usually I don’t appreciate terribly descriptive text, but in this piece it brought the story to life for me and inspired me to be a better writer myself.

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19 12, 2011

25 Days of Great Books

By | December 19th, 2011|Categories: Our Favorite Books|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

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December 19, 2011 Selection – from Jen Kulman

Sarabeth’s Bakery by Sarabeth Levine

Sarabeth’s Bakery is one of my most treasured baking books. You can tell from the writing that she really and truly loves to bake, and explains her techniques in such a way that you will too. Great writing and gorgeous photos make this book an absolute standout.

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18 12, 2011

25 Days of Great Books

By | December 18th, 2011|Categories: Our Favorite Books|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

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December 18, 2011 Selection – from Jennifer Jensen

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

I was a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Sweet Venom reminded me so much of it. Childs writes from three separate points of view; each of the girls had a very unique voice. I also adore that she writes a modern spin on Greek mythology. I would definitely read this one again and again!

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17 12, 2011

25 Days of Great Books

By | December 17th, 2011|Categories: Our Favorite Books|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

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December 17, 2011 Selection – from Krista Castner

The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow

The Girls from Ames is a very well-researched book about the power of long-term female friendship. It rang true to me be because it so closely mirrored my experiences with with my college ‘Spinster Sisters’. An intriguing and uplifting book.

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16 12, 2011

25 Days of Great Books

By | December 16th, 2011|Categories: Our Favorite Books|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

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December 16, 2011 Selection – from Vera Pereskokova

Scheisshaus Luck by Pierre Berg and Brian Brock

I have read many Holocaust memoirs, but the one that I remember over and over again, and always recommend to others, is Scheisshaus Luck. (it is also one of the first books I reviewed when I first started Luxury Reading)

From my review: “While the subject of the memoir is dark and depressing in itself, I felt that Pierre’s message was, “Don’t feel bad for me. This is what I went through, I survived, and I just want others to learn about what happened”. All the while, his writing style is youthful, candid, and extremely readable. I found myself horrified, amused and intensely interested all in one.”

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