Jamie's Reading...

This year, I'm keeping track here on our site of what I've read and am reading. Should be interesting to see which books are stand alones and which ones spin-off down paths paved with stepping-stones of inter-related titles. I'm kinda curious to see exactly how many books I actually read in one year! Fair warning- I am a very eclectic reader who usually has about a dozen books lying in various states of unread on my bed. Fiction, poetry, YA, spiritual, self-help, non-fiction- you name it, they all have a place at my table and I have a voracious appetite for the printed word! So bring it on 2014- imreddy, imreddy, imreddy, imreddy!

Reader's note: the short reviews included with each title are my own thoughts/impressions/opinions or ramblings about that particular book. I have also instituted a STAR rating system on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being just go ahead and add that title to your cart that's how good I thought it was.  


Book List
ISBN-13: 9781590304341
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Published: Shambhala Audio, 7/2007

6 stars. Figured out how to maximize my reading- listen to some as well! Love Pema Chodron and got a lot of nice take-aways from this to use in everyday life!

The Vacationers (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781594631573
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Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 5/2014
7 Stars. Good summer read about a couple (with grown children) on the verge of breaking up who spend two weeks with their family and best friends on Mallorca. Pleasantly surprised by the outcomes and how much I enjoyed this title! 

ISBN-13: 9780385737951
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Published: Delacorte Press, 9/2010
6 STARS. Decent offering in the fantasy YA genre, but definitely one that's going to keep you hanging throughout the entire 4-book series. Really HOT with the tween crowd right now tho- movie coming soon!

Mrs. Hemingway (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780143124610
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Published: Penguin Books, 4/2014
7 STARS.. Hmmm... me thinks this Hemingway thing is mroe than a passing fancy.. GREAT summer read about the four wives of Ernest... interesting, passionate, intelligent, strong women.. who, one after another, lost (or gave him up) to each other.

The Power (Compact Disc)

ISBN-13: 9781442337961
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Published: Simon & Schuster Audio, 9/2010

7 1/2 STARS. Can I include audiobooks on this list? Well, I am. Getting a lot more out of this than I did from the Secret. Will pass on to many, many people.

Guests on Earth (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781616203801
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Published: Shannon Ravenel Books, 5/2014

8 STARS. Lee Smith brilliantly blends fact and fiction in this poignant novel. Set at the historic Highland Hospital in Asheville, NC, in the 30's and 40's. Great characters, interesting insight into the treatment of mental illness in the early part of the 1900's and a storyline that keeps the pages turning almost on their own!


We Were Liars (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780385741262
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Published: Delacorte Press, 5/2014
9 STARS!!1 This young adult title is sure to cross over to adult readers this summer! Intriguing novel about a very well to do family in the northeast (owns their own island!) and the mysterious events that occur one summer which revolve around the oldest grandchild, Cady, who is also the narrator. The only problem? Two years later Cady still can't remember most of that summer. A MUST read for Summer 2014!

Diamond Shoals (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781492346852
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Published: Createspace, 2/2014
7 stars. Great new offering in the Outer Banks fiction department! This mystery is set on the contemporary OBX but has an historical aspect to it that is very well done. Well written to boot! 

Inferno (Mass Market Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781400079155
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Published: Anchor, 5/2014
8 STARS- Robert Langdon is back and on the decoding trail in this action packed thriller. The Italian setting (Florence) provides an art filled backdrop with a plot that involves Dante Alighieri's Inferno, a madman's plot to control the world's population explosion and riddles, puzzles and myseries galore! Hard to put down!

Divergent (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780062024039
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books, 2/2012
7 STARS!! Not my most favorite dystopian novel ever, but still really interesting concept- my daughter LOVED the movie!

Save the Date (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781250019691
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Published: St. Martin's Press, 6/2014
9 STARS!! This is going to be THE beach book of Summer 2014. Really great book with lots of literary eye candy- floral bouquets, beautiful weddings, likeable characters- MKA has done it again!

The Story Keeper (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781414386898
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Published: Tyndale House Publishers, 8/2014
8 STARS! Lisa Wingate spins a captivating novel set in present day Appalachia that revolves around the story of a star-crossed couple in the 1800's. Lisa is the author of The Prayer Box, our best-selling fiction title in 2013!

ISBN-13: 9781594746857
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Published: Quirk Books, 7/2014

7 STARS! The final book in Winters' Last Policeman trilogy ties up the loose ends from book one and two and ends... well, there's a metorite headed towards Earth.. I'll let you guess how it ends!


ISBN-13: 9780060845971
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Published: HarperOne, 11/2006
8 STARS! Ok, this is a daily devotional type of book so I haven't actually finished it, but I am really enjoying the daily offerings of Rumi as translated by the awesome Coleman Barks.

ISBN-13: 9780486470498
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Published: Dover Publications, 2/2009
6 STARS. Typical Fitzgerald characters.. everybody wants more than they have, not too much moral fiber in any of them, and leaves the reader with that unsavory voyeur feeling

ISBN-13: 9781565126169
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 8/2008
9 STARS   Okay, I admit to finishing this one in the last waning days of 2013 but it will definitely be at the top of my hand-selling list for the New Year! It has been out for awhile but I'd never read it- am SO glad I was gifted it over the holidays (by another bookseller!) and read it in three days. Life changing? Probably so.. great story? absolutely... entertaining read? you betcha... put this on your wish list NOW!!! (but really, it's a paperback and could have such an impact on your life that I urge you not to WISH but DO! Order and read it NOW!) okay, done proselitizing... for now!

A Moveable Feast (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780684833637
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Published: Scribner, 10/1996
8 STARS. Am not much of a Hemingway fan, but thought I'd give him another shot and picked up this collection of essays from his early years in Paris. Loved it. Could really appreciate his writing skill, his outlook on life, observations on people. I will probably read this one again very, very soon and in the meantime am going to try a novel or two.

ISBN-13: 9781118076675
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Published: John Wiley & Sons, 3/2012
8 STARS   Took my time with this one and am glad I did... there are so many great concepts, and then ways to put those concepts into action, that it really is a book best digested/contemplated slowly. I feel like while yes, Nordstrom's is the pinnacle of the retail experience, most of the book can be applied to any business or organization. And next time you're in Manteo, check out our Nordstromized bathroom! Think anyone will find this book uber-inspiring!

ISBN-13: 9780307886798
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Published: Three Rivers Press, 12/2013

9 STARS    I AM LOVING THIS new to paperback title!! I am so connecting with the author as she sets out to make home- her home- a happier place. But her ideas, in the form of monthly resolutions, are so practical and simple it is impossible to resist taking on the project yourself! Very readable, extremely well researched.. if you read ONE book this winter, make it Happier at Home!!!  

ISBN-13: 9781400047994
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Published: Harmony, 3/2003

9 STARS!! This wonderful collection of poems features an all star cast of poets from across the ages- cummings, Oliver, Collins, Rumi, Elliot... and more, more, more.

ISBN-13: 9781594631290
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Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 11/2012

8 STARS   I have vowed to finish this book first thing this year because I have had it on loan from a dear friend for way too long! (and I gifted it to her!) I love, love, love Anne Lamott and nobody can speak to my underlying spiritual questions like she can. It is a slim little book outlining her three favorite prayers- help. thanks. wow. .. but I like the way she puts it - helpmehelpmehelpme. THANK you.. and Whoa- wow! I'm gonna need to get my own copy once I return this one because I know I'm gonna want it handy to refer to and read at from time to time.

ISBN-13: 9781451642858
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 1/2014

7 STARS   Started this one at the end of last year but just finished ( it comes out on Jan. 14). Why does a college class titled Death in Perspective have a three year waiting list? Author Erika Hayasaki does a wonderful job of profiling professor Norma Bowe- a remarkably compassionate and caring individual who is an outstanding educator at Keane University. What Bowe teaches her students can often not be found on paper- grace, empathy, tenderness... truly inspiring book with which to start a brand new year. This is a definite Wish List candidate!


ISBN-13: 9781591846697
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Published: Portfolio Trade, 8/2013

8 STARS    Seriously, finishing this book in the first few weeks of 2014 is on my to-do list.. may skim back through the parts I've already finished to remind myself of the great tips and ideas on how to make this year more fruitful than ever! Vanderkam give good direction on how to make reasonable changes that make the books premise doable... not as overly technical as some other productivity tomes.



The Weight of Blood (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780812995206
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Published: Spiegel & Grau, 3/2014

7 STARS   Coming in March, intriguing debut novel set in the Ozarks. Lucy Dane is a teenaged girl in the small mountain town of Henbane. Lucy is haunted by the disappearance a year earlier of her friend, Cheri, whose dismembered body has just surfaced. Lucy's present day narrative is interspersed with the story of her mother, Lila, who vanished when Lucy was just one year old. Despite all its appearances of being a close-knit and wholesome community, Henbane (a plant in the deadly Nightshade family) harbors more than a few deep, dark, ugly secrets. A page turner with memorable characters and voices, many of whom remind you that people can be good even when they don't have to.


Lunch with Buddha (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780984834570
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Published: AJAR Contemporaries, 11/2012
7 STARS..,. Merullo's follow-up to his best-selling novel, Breakfast with Buddha. Brothers-in-law Otto and sort-of-Buddhist monk Rinpoche are again thrown together for a cross-country road trip. Both have great sorrows on their mind, and across the miles Merullo uses the novel as a tool to further educate the reader on a wide variety of theories and practices from Buddhism and other beliefs. A bit heavier in this aspect than Breakfast with Buddha, but the reader who enjoyed the first book will find this one worthy.

The Paris Wife (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780345521316
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Published: Ballantine Books, 11/2012
6 Stars. Probably shouldn't have read this one right after Moveable Feast, Hemingway's own account of the same time period. Can see the book club appeal this title has had though and definitely enjoyed the settings.

A Farewell to Arms (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780684801469
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Published: Scribner, 6/1995

6 1/2 STARS. While I am getting used to Hemingway's style, the character of Catherine just really bugged me. I appreciated his war zone descriptive though and overall enjoyed the book. Was able to predict the ending about 3/4 of the way through but still liked the way he finished it so cut and dried.


The Innocent Sleep (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780805098723
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Published: Henry Holt and Co., 2/2014
7 STARS   This one releases in February but is available for pre-order now! Good title for fans of The Silent Wife, Tana French and even Laura Lippman. Two young artists live a sun dappled life in Tangiers with their young son until a devastating earthquake reduces their apartment, where their young son lie sleeping, to rubble. They return to Ireland to heal which they do with varying degrees of success, the husband less so than his wife. Five years later, the husband, still fairly unstable, believes he sees their son on a Dublin street. The chain of events that follows reminds me of the action in The House of Sand & Fog yet surprises lurk around every corner in this novel. Getting high praise from the publishing world.

The Deepest Secret (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780345535245
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Published: Bantam, 2/2014
6 STARS   Another February release but available for pre-orders. Unsettling story about a mother who will do anything to delay her son's inevitable early demise from a very rare enzymatic disorder. The reader is privy to 'the secret' from the very beginning of the book so the suspense level on this one is fairly high.

ISBN-13: 9780670025992
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books, 9/2013

5 STARS   As always, I love eating vicariously through other people- especially if its in Paris! Ann Mah and her diplomatic corps husband finally get their dream posting- three years in Paris!!! After a few months there, her husband gets relocated for a year to Iraq, which is an unaccompanied post i.e. Ann can't go. To keep herself busy, she sets out on a gastronomic journey to discover the roots of the most tried and traditional French dishes- crepes, Andouillette sausage, and more- AND where to find the best representation of those dishes. One word review? Yum.

ISBN-13: 9781451649284
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 1/2014

6 STARS   Okay, my first cheat. I read this book about two months ago BUT it is just coming out now. Is it sad? Yes. It is sad. It is beautifully written? Yes, it is beautifully written. It is illuminating? YES. It will definitely open your eyes to the world within which military couples live.. the obstacles they face.. and, unfortunately, the losses one half of that couple can be forced to endure. What is an unremarried widow? It is the status given the widowed spouse of a military member upon their death. Lovely book that will resonate with almost anyone who has loved.


ISBN-13: 9780297859383
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Published: George Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 5/2012

7 STARS   Well... wellwellwell... I'm one of the last to read this runaway best-seller and ... well.. she had me until the end. I read it in just over 24 hours and was enthralled with the plot twists... couldn't wait to see the final wrap-up... but the actual ending? oh no... nononononono... am so glad this was a borrowed book, am kinda p-o'ed that it STILL hasn't come out in paperback.. and that, well, I'm just gonna end like the actual book and take a cop out.


ISBN-13: 9781475985801
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Published: iUniverse.com, 5/2013

7 STARS... lots of good ideas for improving your retail chi (and some you can transfer to the home). Some ideas pretty common sense, but others based on Englebert's lengthy experience in both retail and feng shui. Easy read, worth the time.


The Secret (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781582701707
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Published: Atria Books/Beyond Words, 11/2006

Giving this book one more shot... not trying to read it straight through, but rather picking it up either first thing in morning or right before bedtime to just pick a chapter at random and read. I get the concept of positive thinking, just not sure how to apply it as thoroughly as directed...


ISBN-13: 9780142000281
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Published: Penguin Books, 1/2001
5 STARS.. actually didn't get through this one. He has some good ideas, but they seem more applicable to life in a corporate world versus my own. Quite a few other people I know who have read this have found it more helpful. Personally, I preferred Laura Vanderkam's book (see above)

ISBN-13: 9781451676617
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Published: Scribner Book Company, 2/2014

4 STARS. Eh. Just eh. Story of one man's obsession with his father's death. Not quite as interesting if you aren't his son, I guess.


The Good Girl (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780778316558
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Published: Mira Books, 7/2014
7 Stars. Well-crafted story about a kidnapping that goes wrong.. or does it?

ISBN-13: 9780062265425
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Published: It Books, 3/2014

ISBN-13: 9781476738963
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 6/2014
7 Stars. Liked the way the stories of three families was woven together. PTSD can wreck a family, man.

Babbitt (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780140189025
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Published: Penguin Classics, 4/1996
8 stars. At least once a year I pick up Sinclair Lewis' classic about George Babbitt, the ultimate conformist. Ol' Georgie drives me crazy but in a good way?

ISBN-13: 9780142180648
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Published: Plume, 7/2014
7 stars. Loved the journey, loved the scenery, didn't so much love the details about a young couple who decides to test their new relationship with a bike trip from Wisconsin to Portland. But glad I read it.

The 'Shine Baby
Model: 9781500378219

7 stars- new from an Outer Banks author! Great novel goes straight to the heart.

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