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Display Name: Laura P.
About me: I read mostly fiction and try to review everthing I finish. You'll find my reviews mostly positive because I don't finish books I don't like. I have no interest in convincing people not to read a book.
Reading Interests: Fiction of all kinds.

Laura P.'s Book Lists
Favorite books publisher in the 2000s (8 titles)

Favorite fiction published in the 1990s (7 titles)
In a decade dominated by Harry Potter, looking back, I don't find a lot to love. Here are some exceptions.
Favorite fiction published in the 1980s (13 titles)
In a decade dominated by Danielle Steel there is lots of other great stuff.
Favorite Fiction Published in the 1970s (12 titles)
Good books from the 70s. Some are iconic bestsellers, some my first discovery of an author beloved for many years. Most may be ruined for future generations who have seen the movies. Everyone knows the books are better. These are fiction only and all classified as adult.
My favorite fiction published in 2014 (4 titles)
Definitely a work in progress.
My favorite fiction published in 2012 (7 titles)
This is still a work in progress. I'm not always caught up on stuff until a few years after it's published.
My favorite fiction published in 2013 (10 titles)
This list is a work in progress as I don't always get stuff read when it's really new.
Favorite British Video (5 titles)
These are some great series or mini-series. All drama.
Favorite Chick Lit authors (5 titles)
These are the first (or early) novels of some of my favorite chick lit authors. The chick lit I like is about women in conflict. They often include love or romance but romance is not the main thing.
Favorite mystery series (13 titles)
These are the first books in some of my favorite mystery series.
Old favorites I loved as a teen (22 titles)
These are books I read and loved starting around 6th grade (1969).

Laura P.'s Comments    
Cover ArtWindigo Island : a novel
by Krueger, William Kent.
Some members of the O’Connor family take a back seat in this book but nothing is lost. A very good book about native girls being trafficked in Duluth and North Dakota. Cork, Jenny, Henry and some family members of a missing girl investigate. Cork, still reeling from family tragedies in Tamarack County vows to save the girl at any cost, but a high price is paid by Jenny instead.   posted Sep 2, 2014 at 9:06AM

Cover ArtThe weight of blood : a novel
by Laura McHugh
A good book taking place in the Ozarks with some of the characters fitting the "hillbilly" stereotype to a T. 17-year-old Lucy, whose mother disappeared when she was an infant, decides to investigate the recent death of her friend and ends up also figuring out what happened to her mother. The reviews of this book are glowing and I liked it but was not blown away by it.   posted Sep 2, 2014 at 8:53AM

Cover ArtEverything I never told you
by Ng, Celeste
Marilyn, a brilliant student, plans to become a doctor. She marries instead, telling herself she will go back to school later. She leaves her husband and two small children and goes back to school but gives up her dream after discovering she is pregnant again. She then decides to make her oldest daughter in her image. Lydia has promised herself that she will comply with all of her mother’s wishes so that her mother will not leave again. Lydia’s father, James has also tried to make Lydia succeed where he himself failed in having friends and being popular. Besides Lydia there is Nathan, an academic success who nevertheless reminds his father too much of himself. And Hannah, the third, totally ignored child. When it all becomes too much for Lydia the whole family is nearly destroyed. A tragic story of a family who does not communicate. Absolutely absorbing, I inhaled it in a single afternoon.   posted Sep 2, 2014 at 8:44AM

Cover ArtThe signature of all things
by Elizabeth Gilbert
Alma Whitaker, born in 1800, lives a life of money and ease. She spends most of her life in study and learning. She is a botanist and briologist who leads a sheltered life but later travels to Tahiti and Holland. Though she longs for love it never really comes her way. For her, finding the answers and contributing to the wealth of human knowledge is fulfillment. It’s hard to explain why this book is so good but it’s one of my favorites of the year.   posted Aug 22, 2014 at 10:31AM

Cover ArtVera. Set 1 [videorecording]
One of my very favorites. The fact that Vera is my ages is probably a factor lol. You'll love this one, pet.   posted Aug 22, 2014 at 10:24AM

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