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Expert SQL Server 2005 Integration Services
Brian Knight, Erik Veerman
Finder, Vol. 04: Talisman
Carla Speed McNeil
Trapped
Kevin Hearne
Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files
Jim Butcher
The Lapeer Area
Catherine Ulrich Brakefield
Digger, Volume One
Ursula Vernon
The Color of Magic
Terry Pratchett
The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley Read this for a bookclub pick. I almost skipped the month because I've never been one for Arthurian tales, the similarity of the names irritates me. Glad I decided to give it a try however. Although it was slow-going at first, once I got a few chapters in it really captured my attention. Lots of complexity and theology to think about. Gwenhyfar drove me up the wall with her hypocrisy, but aside from that I enjoyed the book very much.
Zentangle Basics: A Creative Art Form Where All You Need is Paper, Pencil & Pen - Suzanne McNeill Probably best for a true beginner when it comes to drawing. If you already have some basic drawing skills, you will want more than this book offers.
One Zentangle A Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun - Beckah Krahula I really liked some of the ideas in this book for expanding on Zentangle inspired art. Borrowed from the library, but may purchase to have on hand as a resource.
On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, with Love and Pasta - Jen Lin-Liu I received an early reviewer copy of On the Noodle Road for free.I enjoyed On the Noodle Road, although it was a bit of a slow read at times and I was a bit wary after Lin-Liu brought up her worries regarding the impact that her travel would have on her new marriage. The information about the food was what interested me most, although I found the sections on the Central Asian countries and Iran fascinating as well.I understand that this is a memoir as well as travelogue, but I guess I did not expect the details about the authors feelings on her marriage to be so personal. At times it felt overly intimate. The blurb I read did not make it clear how much of the story would be about finding the author making peace with her heritage and as a wife. I love learning about food and other cultures though, so I was eventually able to overlook this. For others that may not be so easy. My rating is actually closer to 3.5 stars.The recipes all sound fantastic. I have yet to try any, but they definitely have me craving a variety of noodle dishes. This may be the book that finally gets me to make pasta from scratch!

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E.Frankweiler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - E.L. Konigsburg Somehow I missed this one when I was growing up, but thankfully one of the online bookclubs that I belong to chose it for a children's lit pick. It was a quick read & quite enjoyable, I know that I would have enjoyed it as a child as well. I liked Konigsburg's style quite a bit, writing as Frankweiler's retelling of the children's story. Of course, reading today, you think of all the security technology (cameras, etc) that would no longer permit their fun and creative choice of a hide out :)

Shift Omnibus Edition

Shift Omnibus Edition - Hugh Howey I am really enjoying this series and appreciate that Howey takes us through both the creation and background of the silos, as well as getting to read Solo's story. It took me a few chapters to get into (always does when there are new characters interjected into a series), but once I did I couldn't put it down.Loved the little things about Solo's life that were so mundane and simple, loved the bits with Shadow. Even grew to have sympathy for Donald as it becomes clear how sincerely he regrets his part in the project. Can't wait to read book 3!
Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool, #1-5) - Hugh Howey Loved this! Enjoyed most of the characters and the different points of view in the beginning. Looking forward to additional books.
After The Darkness: Episode One - SunHi Mistwalker I received this book as part of a giveaway. As the first of an episodic novel, this book started off somewhat slowly. The first few pages were somewhat trying and overly descriptive, however the story picks up quickly after that as the author seems to get more comfortable. We don't see any examples of Nadia's life of privilege in this first episode, instead we see what remains of her life come apart. The concept and plot are interesting so far. I am interested to keep reading the story but will most likely wait to see if the author publishes a collection of the episodes - personal preference as I dislike having a bunch of episodes clutter my library.Debated 4 stars, would do 3.5 if I could for the heavy handed descriptions at the beginning and a handful of editing issues, but overall a good start.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl - Ree Drummond I've been following her blog for ages. Love having a lot of the recipes that I've been meaning to try in one place & love the step-by-step photos. A lot of the recipes are on the "heavy" side, so it's not an everyday book. It's great when you want good comfort food though!

Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes

Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes - Giada De Laurentiis I've made a few recipes from this and liked them, but I always hesitate to go back to it because the text is in a light, bright blue color. It is not very easy on the eyes while trying to follow a recipe.

The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments

The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments - David Lebovitz Love everything we've tried in this book. Some of the recipes do take a bit of work, or a hunt for an ingredient, bus so far everything has been worth it.

Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings

Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings - Craig Brown I got to page 225 before I gave up. While I enjoyed some of the stories, they were only sort of interesting and finishing for bookclub began to feel like homework. I think part of the problem is that I just didn't know enough about everyone in the book. Of the chapters I read, my favorites by far were the ones involving Mark Twain and Helen Keller - those three chapters I actually found interesting enough that I might search out biographies about both.

The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think

The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think - Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods Enjoyed this though it took me awhile to get through. I found the chapters on wolves & domestication interesting, but felt it could have taken up less of the book. While the history of Russian biology was interesting, I'm not sure all of the detail was essential to the book. Definitely a fun and enlightening read for any dog owner.

Habits of the House

Habits of the House - Fay Weldon Fun hiatus read for a Downton Abbey fan, in fact, I had a hard time not picturing some of the characters as Downton characters. Looking forward to reading the next two in the series.

Underwater Dogs

Underwater Dogs - Seth Casteel Love this! I knew I had to "read" (except for the short intro, it is entirely photos) this book as soon as I saw a promo shot of the cover. Fantastic photos that totally capture the spirit of each dog, even as they take a dive in a pool after a tennis ball. Casteel also includes a short appendix at the back with a "land" head shot of each dog which made for fun land/water comparison.

The Last Colony

The Last Colony - John Scalzi Definitely my favorite of the series so far. I enjoyed John and Jane interacting with civilians, it was a nice change from the first two books.