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And What About College?: How Homeschooling Leads to Admissions to the Best Colleges & Universities
Cafi Cohen
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman
David Brin
Etiquette & Espionage
Gail Carriger
Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor
Jana Riess
Mathletics: A Scientist Explains 100 Amazing Things About the World of Sports
John D. Barrow
A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent
Marie Brennan
The Little Book of Market Myths: How to Profit by Avoiding the Investing Mistakes Everyone Else Makes
Kenneth L. Fisher
The Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien
The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students through Digital Learning
James Paul Gee
The Hourglass - Barbara Metzger Another moving tale by Barbara Metzger. Some supernatural elements for a twist on the typical romance.

Genie, widowed, friendless, penniless, is at the end of the road, in Belgium after the Battle of Waterloo, but then she meeets

Sir Coryn of Ardsley, former minion for St. Nick, given six months to redeem himself. He sees Genie as a way to show his change of heart.

Assorted dastardly relatives, not-so-minor complications, but Coryn and his ladylove manage to find true love despite the long odds against them.
How I Met My Countess - Elizabeth Boyle Great fun,

Loved how the bulk of the story was told in flashback. I didn't solve the last mystery before the author revealed it. Lucy is a great character, full of spirit and fully deserved her happily ever after.

Lucy Ellyson, is initially an enigma, but her background becomes clearer as the book progresses.

The Earl of Clifton starts off as searching for a new life as a spy, working on his skills.

The two meet, clash, and fall in love, but their path to marriage is strewn with obstacles.

I can't write more, too many spoilers, read it for yourself, enjoy the surprises.
A Lady by Midnight - Tessa Dare Not my favorite author, good characters, good plot, just a little too dark for me.
I Dream of Genies - Judi Fennell Great premise, a fictional account suggested by the I Dream of Jeannie TV series. The backstory of genies dating back to Roman times is wonderful, the magical details are well worked out. The romance is a little over the top, a little too perfect.

Great fluffy romance.
I Can Write Like That!: A Guide to Mentor Texts and Craft Studies for Writers' Workshop, K-6 - Susan Ehmann Full of good examples of craft elements like alliteration, metaphor, voice, hyperbole, and point of view. Extensive list of recommended books which illustrate the above topics.
Curses! Foiled Again - Jane Yolen, Mike Cavallaro Great fun, a bit predictable, best to read Foiled first.

Aliera is back, with her foil, to battle the powers of darkness. Great illustrations, good plot, with a few mysteries thrown in.
Seven Years to Sin - Sylvia Day Perfectly fine writing, good plot, just not to my taste.
The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton - Miranda Neville A wonderful enthralling tale that I stayed up half the night to read.

Miss Celia Seaton is having a run of bad luck, her uncle dies before changing his will, her fiancee changes his mind, and then she's kidnapped.

During her adventures, she stumbles across Tarquin Compton, who has been left senseless by robbers. Celia recognizes him but decides to take a bit of revenge for his treatment during the season. Together they flee across the moors while Celia spins a tale about Terence Fish since Tarquin doesn't remember his past.

Miranda Neville writes romances that show character development, Tarquin at the end of the book is a much more likable fellow than at the beginning. Neville also writes plots that have unexpected twists with a host of memorable characters.
Sometimes a Rogue (Lost Lords (Kensington)) - Mary Jo Putney A great romp, another superb entry in the Lost Lords series.

Miss Sarah Clarke-Townsend, twin to Mariah who is married to the Duke of Ashton, realizes that her twin and herself are in danger of being abducted. She quickly realizes that Mariah should hide and she should impersonate her twin.

Rob Carmichael fortuitously arrives on the scene shortly after the abduction and immediately sets off to search for Sarah and return her to her family.

A game of chase through the Irish countryside ensues and a successful nerve-wracking escape to England is achieved. Romance is in the air and .....

One last obstacle and then happily ever after.
The Dangerous Viscount - Miranda Neville Miranda Neville is turning into one of my favorite authors. This was an unpredictable Regency, the two protagonists sufficiently different from the stereotypical hero and heroine that I was enthralled.

First, Sebastian Iverley, once known as Owlvery to his cousin Blakeney, has totally ignored the female sex until he catches a glimpse of Diana's pink stockings.He's smitten and clueless but he's a fast learner.

Lady Diana Fanshawe has no need to marry, she's wealthy and widowed. She's pursuing Blakeney, more out of habit than desire, when Sebastian appears on the scene, upsetting her well-laid plans.

Seeing the two of them bumble their way into a romantic relationship and then marriage is an unexpected pleasure.
The Trouble With Being a Duke - Sophie Barnes Lots of fun, more fairy-tale like than many Regencies.

Anthony Hurst, Duke of Kingsborough, falls in love at first sight with a mysterious lady in a yellow gown at the masquerade ball. He tracks her down fairly quickly but then runs into obstacles, an almost-fiancee by the name of Mr. Roberts and a prospective mother-in-law who hates aristocrats.

Isabella Chilcott sneaked into the masquerade ball, wearing a dress she found in the attic. She had a marvelous time despite identified as an imposter shortly afer arrival. What to do, what to do, should she stay with Mr. Boring or seek true love with the Duke?
Three Nights with a Scoundrel - Tessa Dare Not a favorite for me. I just didn't connect with Lady Lily or Julian Bellamy. This book resolves the lingering issues from the murder of Leo Chatwick. His best friend was Julian Bellamy, his devoted twin sister was Lady Lily. After his death, their relationship has to change, but which way? To intimacy and marriage? Or to separate lives?

Lady Lily, deaf due to illness, had relied on her brother for social assistance, now she turns to Julian to fill the gap. But Julian has other goals and motives and Lily's needs get in the way.

Spoiler alert:

The plot picks up dramatically when Julian is shown to be living a double life, literally, one side he's Julian Bellamy who goes to ton parties and lives the life of a gentleman, the other side he's James Bell, apparently a clerk in change of Aegis Investments. Even later, we learn more about Leo and his mysterious lover.
Seven Nights to Forever - Evangeline Collins Wonderful, moving, inspiring.

Heroine: Rose Marlowe, part-time brothel worker, unhappy and stuck in a dead-end job. supporting herself on her back

Male protagonist: James Archer, wealthy and stuck in a loveless painful marriage

Both of them decide to take a chance on love, and despite the odds, love wins out.

Quirks: Much of the action takes place in an high-end brothel. Rose's unlikely friend, Mr. Timothy Ash, is to feature in a future novel.
The Tyranny of Dead Ideas: Letting Go of the Old Ways of Thinking to Unleash a New Prosperity - Matt Miller Matt Miller is one of the many former Clinton White House aides still active in politics. He's a centrist through and through. He writes well and assembles coherent arguments. The title is catchy, the Tyranny of Dead Ideas, and he weaves this theme throughout the book. The book's copyright is 2009 and is badly dated as of August 2013.

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria - Lauren Willig Crisscrossing romances is the approach of this novel. The opening scene is Sussex 2004, Colin and Eloise are in the midst of a romantic relationship and she's researching the Pink Carnation, a spy from the Napoleonic era, with ties to Colin's family.

Then we cross into the past with Gwendolyn Meadows, fearsome spinster and chaperone of Miss Jane Wooliston, in Paris, stalking Talleyrand. Then Jane receives news that her younger sister is missing from her school in England. They return to England and discover a second young miss has left the school, Miss Lizzy Reid, daughter of Colonel William Reid.

Gwen, who styles herself as the Purple Plumeria, and Colonel Reid become romantically entwined and marry at the end of the book. The missing schoolgirls are found and all ends happily ever after.

Heart Search - Robin D. Owens An old-fashioned romance set in a fantasy-futuristic setting. Really enjoyed it. The fantasy elements are minimal but add a welcome new twist to the plot. Many of the inhabitants of Celta have Flair, some special ability to make things or understand people or animals. Another addition is the FamCat, a familiar animal linked telepathically to its owner. The last and most important is the HeartMate idea, that certain individuals have one special person as a HeartMate.

First to appear is Laev T'Hawthorn, tall, dark,handsome, wealthy, talented, but haunted by his first treacherous wife. His partner will be Camellia Darjeeling, accomplished, successful businesswoman with secrets in her past and present. 351 pages later, they have resolved all the problems keeping them apart. due to some fortuitous coincidences.

This is the tenth in an interlocking series. The characters from the previous books appear in the current one, the next book will have characters from the current one.