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15 12, 2011

25 Days of Great Books

By | December 15th, 2011|Categories: Our Favorite Books|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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December 15, 2011 Selection – from Jennifer Rasmussen

Tell Me about that Horse by Vaughn Wilson

Growing up surrounded by horses, I was touched by the depth of the interviews in this book. Even now, I find myself thinking about some of the stories and wondering about the horses that touched their owners’ lives in such a profound way. It was also a bit reassuring to know I’m not the only horse-crazy person out there. Overall, it was just a great feel-good book.

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12 12, 2011

25 Days of Great Books

By | December 12th, 2011|Categories: Our Favorite Books|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

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December 12, 2011 Selection – from Shannon Hopkins

Save as Draft by Cavanaugh Lee

Save as Draft was a meaningful review to me because it was my first. The book is such a great modern look at relationships, seen through the windows that many of us use more often than actually looking someone in the eye. It’s such an interesting concept, but it could have fallen flat if Cavanaugh didn’t put so much of her own heart into the story. I still recommend this book to everybody I meet.

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11 12, 2011

25 Days of Great Books

By | December 11th, 2011|Categories: Our Favorite Books|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

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December 11, 2011 Selection – from Alyssa Katanic

Little Princes by Conor Grennan

Since reviewing with Luxury Reading, I have to say that my favorite book is still the first one I reviewed: Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan. I love the Nepali adventure that Grennan takes us through, as well as seeing how this adventure captured and changed his own heart and is still changing lives in Nepal as we speak. I also love the inspiration it brings (one or two willing workers really can touch a nation), and look forward to keeping an eye on the organization he developed: Next Generation Nepal.

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10 12, 2011

25 Days of Great Books

By | December 10th, 2011|Categories: Our Favorite Books|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

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December 10, 2011 Selection – from Elizabeth Talbott

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

My favorite read for Luxury Reading was Beauty Queens by Libba Bray because it was completely unexpected. I was ready for a Battle Royale/Hunger Games rip-off, but I got a wonderful novel with many realistic characters that had humor, honesty, and a dash of science fiction.

Happy 3 year anniversary!

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9 12, 2011

25 Days of Great Books

By | December 9th, 2011|Categories: Our Favorite Books|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

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December 9, 2011 Selection – from Alisha Churbe

Emily’s Ghost by Denise Giardina

A favorite..not easy. Though I did narrow it down to what book I’d want to find under the tree to read during time off between Christmas and the New Year in front of the fire. My choice may have been different for a tropical destination (State of Wonder (read the review) would have won for that), though this book could work for both.

Denise Giardina’s Emily’s Ghost is still with me many months after the last page. I have picked up other novels by her because I crave her storytelling. Her research and period detailing is impeccable. I have read alot of historical fiction where the story was lacking details to hold my attention or where the characters were held at such a distance it

8 12, 2011

25 Days of Great Books

By | December 8th, 2011|Categories: Our Favorite Books|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

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December 8, 2011 Selection – from Marcus Hammond

Underdogs by Markus Zusak

I know that I’ve only recently begun reviewing for Luxury Reading, but so far the Markus Zusak Underdogs trilogy is one of my favorites all around this year.

Markus Zusak’s Underdogs is a stand out collection of three young adult novels. Zusak’s lyrical and emotional prose captures adolescent male perspectives on growing up in a refreshing and entertaining way.

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7 12, 2011

25 Days of Great Books

By | December 7th, 2011|Categories: Our Favorite Books|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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December 7, 2011 Selection – from Lauren Cannavino

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

This book made me wake up. There are times I find myself lost in my routine, and Rules of Civility helped me remember to stop and soak up everything around me. There is so much more to the world than what lies on the surface and when we stop and appreciate the beauty that is life, everything is so much more intense, sharp and FUN. This book helped me remember all of those things at once.

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6 12, 2011

25 Days of Great Books

By | December 6th, 2011|Categories: Our Favorite Books|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

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December 6, 2011 Selection – from Rachel Mann

Naamah’s Blessing by Jacqueline Carey

The book that stood out most for me the most was Jacqueline Carey’s Naamah’s Blessing. I’ve been a huge fan of Carey’s since her debut with Kushiel’s Dart. While my favorite of her work remains that first book–Phédre is such a compelling character–the world Carey created remains fresh and exciting with each visit. It’s a pleasure to read an author’s ninth book and be as entranced as ever by the style, characters, and setting.

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5 12, 2011

25 Days of Great Books

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

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December 5, 2011 Selections – from Nina Longfield

Heidegger’s Glasses by Thaisa Frank

Heidegger’s Glasses reminded me that even though an episode in history has been repeatedly told, sometimes a writer can come along with a new angle to the story, helping us rethink what transpired. For me, Thaisa Frank succeeded in retelling an episode that refreshed both the horror of an historic occurrence as well as humanity’s eternal drive for survival.

Heidegger’s Glasses was a different look into an old story of persecution and survival that made me wonder “what would I do”.

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