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January 31, 2019
What I’m Reading: The Butterfly and the Violin from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished listening to the audio book The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron.  I was hoping this would be a good book as I saw there’s another book that goes with it.  This one came to me via Hoopla when I was looking for another book.

The Butterfly and the Violin (A Hidden Masterpiece Novel Book 1) by [Cambron, Kristy]

The cover doesn’t look it but after a few chapters in I found this was a christian fiction book.  I’ll admit, at times, christian fiction books can be a bit much for me.  I am a christian but sometimes books can get a little preachy and that drives ...

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January 24, 2019
What I’m Reading: The Storyteller’s Secret from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished up listening to The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani.  This one came recommended to me by Mary over at Country Threads.  Mary said that the book had her up late reading and that, to me, is the best recommendation.  Mary has similar tastes to me in books.

I liked the book a lot.  It’s a combination of present day and past.  It flows nicely between the two time periods.  I admitted know little about Hindu practices, India or their history.  This book was enjoyable to read and gave me a glimpse of life there.  This ...

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January 17, 2019
What I’m Reading: A Memory of Violets from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished up listening to the book A Memory of Violets.  I was on Hoopla (my online library) and was looking for some books that I had seen in the Wal-mart book section.  They didn’t have the book I was looking for but saw this and thought it might be something I’d like.

The book takes place in the early 1900 in the poor part of London.  Young poor children were forced to the streets to work to make money for the family.  This always saddens me to read these books…amazes me too.  I have four ...

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January 10, 2019
What I’m Reading: Overkill from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished up listening to the audio book Overkill by Linda Castillo.  I’ve LONG been and huge fan of the author so was thrilled to see that there was a new book out.

Overkill by [Castillo, Linda]
Her usual books are part of a series about Kate Burkholder.  This book wasn’t.  I was a little skeptical but thought I needed to have an open mind and see…maybe the author was branching out and starting a new series.

So I started in.  Soon I was a little confused.  This was not the author’s typical story…not the typical writing.  This ...

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December 21, 2018
What I’ve Been Reading: Last Christmas in Paris from Jo's Country Junction

I recently read The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter.  That book was pretty good and that lead me to finding this book by the same author, Last Christmas in Paris.

I thought I’d quick SQUEEZE this review in before Christmas as it would be a great book for a book lover.  It was good.

So many historical fiction books are pioneer, Holocaust or WWII books.  I always feel like WWI kind of got left aside.  It was wonderful to read the book and learn more about the war.  I loved history but reading how people lived during it is so ...

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December 20, 2018
What I’m Reading: The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished up listening to The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor.  I found this one on Hoopla and will admit that I got this one because of it’s cover (It looked historical) and that I had seen it everywhere…the shelves at Wal-mart and Target both had it.

So what did I think of it?

The book was okay.  As I was writing this review I figured out that the same author who wrote this also wrote The Girl Who Came Home.  I reviewed that here.  Both books had the same premise.  The book is told ...

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December 16, 2018
What I’m Reading: How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind from Jo's Country Junction

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I finished up the audio book How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White.  It was recommended to me by our daughter Kayla.  She found it interesting and found some good points and thought I might too.

How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House's Dirty Little Secrets by [White, Dana K.]

I did find it interesting.  I wish the book would have been around when I was in my 20’s.  I was a terrible house keeper.  Hubby and I laugh that every time we moved to a different house, I managed to keep it ...

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December 13, 2018
What I’m Reading: The Patchwork Bride from Jo's Country Junction

I burned an Audible credit and got the book The Patchwork Bride by Sandra Dallas.  She has long been a favorite author of mine so when I saw new book, I had to get it.

The book was good.  Nothing that I would call a “must read” but good.  I think there was suppose to be a “twist” but I caught on pretty much right away.  It still wasn’t a bad book though.  If you’re someone who wants some light reading with a happy book, this one is perfect.

Here’s what Amazon had to say:Ellen is ...

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December 6, 2018
What I’m Reading: If the Creek Don’t Rise from Jo's Country Junction

I have Audible credits that needed using so I burned up a few.  This book caught my eye immediately, If the Creek Don’t Rise, by Leah Weiss.

The format of this book is little different.  The story is told by a series of people.  I read that an Amazon reviewer hated this.  I didn’t.  I liked it.  So often things happen in a book and we only hear one point of view typically from the main character.  This book tells the story slowly through the perspective of MANY eyes.  I liked that.  It gave the reader a chance ...

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November 29, 2018
Picking Books from Jo's Country Junction

How do you pick books?  I find the question kind of interesting.  I’ll admit that lately I’ve done a lot of “reading a book by the cover”.

I was in Wal-mart and saw a couple books that looked interesting.  I was short on time and I rarely “read” a book anymore.  I mostly listen to them.  That doesn’t stop me from hitting up the book section at Wal-mart or Target though.  I always look and then I snap pictures with my camera.

Hm…looking interesting.

Oh…I haven’t read this Nicholas Sparks book.  I’ll be ...

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November 15, 2018
What I’m Reading: A Gathering of Secrets from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished up reading the audio book A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo.  The book is part of the Kate Burkholder series.  I’ve read every book since the first and have very much enjoyed them all.  This on I even ordered as a pre-order.  I knew I’d be wanting to read it.


There is something about a good series that I love.  I know the characters.  I know what to expect.  With this one I know something is going to be happening on “hog path road”…I know Pickles and Skids.  I know Mona the up ...

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October 24, 2018
What I’m Reading: Send Down the Rain from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished up the audio book Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin.  I am a huge Charles Martin fan so I ordered this book on a pre-order basis through Audible.  When I order a pre-order book…that’s how I determine that I am a “real” fan.  If you’ve not read his books he’s a little “Nicholas Sparks-ish”.

I always worry as an author writes more.  Their books can become the “same old”.  The author can make their books somehow what they view as “more exciting”.  Jodi Picoult did that and added an element of supernatural ...

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October 18, 2018
What I’m Reading: When the Lights Go Out from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished up Mary Kubica’s new book When the Lights Go Out.  I’ve read many of Kubica’s other books and was happy with them.  I grabbed this one when it became available based on how I felt about the other books.

Then about half way through I started writing this post.  I often do that.  I start the post…put in the pictures and links then when I finish the book I write my personal thoughts.  Well this time, that all back fired on me.  I looked…the reviewers only gave the book 3.7 stars ...

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October 4, 2018
What I’m Reading: The Tattooist Of Auschwitz from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished listening to the audio book The Tattooist Of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.  I saw the title of the book and immediately checked out the book.  I didn’t read the description…admittedly, I judged the book by the title.  So did I like the book….

YES.  I did.  The book wasn’t really long 288 pages…under 10 hours of listening.  Often books are 12 hours.

This book took place at Auschwitz during WWII.  The main character of the book, Lale, is a man who worked as a tattooist, tattooing on the numbers of the prisoners as ...

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September 27, 2018
What I’m Reading: Girl Unbroken from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished up reading the book Girl Unbroken by  Regina Calcaterra and Rosie Maloney.  If you remember you might know that I read the book Etched in Sand not to long ago.   The two books tell the story of the abuse this family endured.  First I heard the story of Regina.  Now I read the story of the youngest in the family, Rosie.

The book got my attention immediately.  I do suggest reading Etched in Sand first.  I get so frustrated by these types of books.  How do people get by with inflicting abuse like this??  It’s crazy ...

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September 20, 2018
What I’m Reading: One Good Dog from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished the audio book One Good Dog by Susan Wilson.  I had just listened to The Dog Who Saved Me also by her.  That says a lot that I listened to two books by the same author almost back to back.

In this book the dog “tells it’s side of the story”…and the human tells his side of the story.  At first I thought that was weird but then I was okay with it and now, it doesn’t bother me at all.  The book didn’t make me cry.  I know I am always hesitant ...

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September 14, 2018
Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society from Jo's Country Junction

So a few years ago I read the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  I LOVED it.  I recommended it to everyone.  It’s on my top ten books of mine.  That’s saying a lot.

Well imagine my joy when I heard that Netflix was making a movie of the book.  I was so full of anticipation…then dread.  What if they screw it up?

Well the movie came out earlier this month and even though I’ve been super busy, I took time and watched it.  I didn ...

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September 13, 2018
What I’m Reading: Lilli de Jong from Jo's Country Junction

I’ve been using my Hoopla account a lot.  So much so that I’m coming to the conclusion that I don’t think I am going to renew my Audible membership when it comes up.  I’ll still buy a book from Audible here and there but I don’t think I need to keep a membership.  Hoopla has enough books to keep me content and when I want the new blockbuster, I’ll just order without a membership.  We’ll see.  I’m still thinking on that.

The latest book I got from Hoopla was Lilli de Jong ...

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August 23, 2018
What I’m Reading: The Boat Runner from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished up the audio book The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy.  The desciption for this book said, “In the tradition of All The Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale, comes an incandescent debut novel about a young Dutch man who comes of age during the perilousness of World War II.”  How could I not give it a try.  It came from Hoopla (have I said lately how much I love Hoopla?)

I ended up liking the book.  It was a different perspective of WWII.  This time we are in the Netherlands learning the fate of family whose ...

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August 16, 2018
What I’m Reading: The Dog Who Saved Me from Jo's Country Junction

I just finished up listening to the audio book The Dog Who Saved Me by Susan Wilson.  Typically I avoid dog books.  I’m always so afraid I’m gonna cry a lot!  This one….I gave a chance to and hoped for the best.

I was happily rewarded.

Here’s what Amazon had to say:Cooper Harrison, a member of the Boston K-9 unit, never thought he would ever go back to his hometown, Harmony Farms. But when his faithful canine partner, Argos, is killed in the line of duty, Cooper finds himself mired in grief. Jobless, on the ...

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