chocoluvr (chocoluvr) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

November Reads

110. Alabama by Kay Cornelius This is a collection of four novellas written about the author all set in the same small town in Alabama. This book shows how four different women find love in this small town. This book also has Christian themes in the book so there isn't a lot of smut in the book.
111. One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell This is a tale of the different residents in a building in New York City, where you see the different stereotypes. The rich hedge fund manager, the wife who gave up her career in order to support her husband, the middle class couple trying to break into the next socio economic class, the aging actress who took a job in a TV series after breaking up with her husband and others. You also see the friend to the rich who isn't rich but who likes the lifestyle and the two twenty somethings who are portrayed as slackers. This is a good story with an expected ending.
112. Unashamed by Francine Rivers
113. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
114. Escape by Carolyn Jessop This tells of one woman's tale of her life in the FLDS. When she was eighteen years old she became the fourth wife of Meril Jessop a powerful man in the FLDS. This tells how her and her other sister wives competed with each other for their husband's affection and approval. She had eight children in fifteen years and she was lucky that she was able to get a college education. She did have support in leaving the cult and she was the first FLDS woman who had left to gain full custody of her children. This book is a good book to learn about one woman's experience in the FLDS both before and after Warren Jeffs took over the cult.
115.Elijah the Last Prophet by Mickey R. Mullen This is a book that describes his beliefs about the Bible and his belief system as a Christian. He doesn't believe the Bible literally only that it is written in allegory and is not to be taken literally. He also believes that Paul was in the clutches of Satan and didn't read his letters in the Bible. The author does believe that his biblical name is Elijah. Though it does tell about his childhood and life which does make an interesting interlude in the book, if you are looking for a book with solid Christian principles this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a memoir from someone who had lived in poverty than you may want to read this book.
116.The Golden Angel by Gilbert Morris This is set during the Roaring Twenties when Erin Winslow who is a missionary kid in Africa is taught to fly by a pilot that she rescues in Africa. The two of them begin a romantic relationship but when she discovers the secret that he is keeping from her she feels betrayed and flees to America. In America she ends up waiting tables at a cafe in New York City where she meets former WWI pilot Quaid Merrit and the two of them team up to perform air shows. This is a good book where Erin has to learn to rely on God and not let her past experiences form her future too much. It does have a character who is dyslexic in there since Erin does discover that she is dyslexic in the book though it isn't too much of a plot point.

117. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling This book tells five different stories that are from the world of Harry Potter. You get a glimpse into the past of the world that she has created with the commentaries by Dumbledore.
118. The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodard This book tells the true story of the Pirates of the Caribbean instead of the romanticized tales that we hear about them. The author also dispels any of the popular myths about the pirates. He does tell how they had set up their Pirate Empire in the Bahamas and how their Pirate Empire came to an end. This book is good for someone who is interested in pirates and this will give the truth of them.
119. Woodlands by Robin Jones Gunn In this seventh book in her Glenbrooke series we get to meet Leah who thinks that she will never find anyone to marry her though she does give back to the community and has a hard time accepting things from other people. She meets Seth Edwards who shows her attention and she learns to accept his gifts. This is a good romance novel with a sense of the author's humor in it when Leah calls a radio station by mistake and wins a cruise to Alaska. You do meet some of the other characters from her other books in this series.
120.The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern by Lilian Jackson Braun
121.Vampire Kisses the Beginning by Ellen Schreiber This is the first three books in the author's Vampire Kisses series in one volume. Gothic vampire obsessed teen Raven feels like an outsider in Dullsville when the mysterious Alexander Sterling moves to an old mansion in Dullsville and when she finds out Alexander's secret she is thrust upon some unexpected situations though she uses her own intellect to get out of them as well as use Alexander's help. The author does include more traditional vampire folklore than another popular vampire series that is out right now. Raven is a strong female character who doesn't wait for Alexander to rescue her and she tries to keep her friendship with Becky who is her best friend.
122. Mouse Tales: A Behind the Scenes Look at Disneyland by David Koenig In this behind the scenes look at Disneyland the author shows us the good, the bad and the ugly about Disneyland. He starts when Disneyland was just an idea of Walt Disney's and goes into today where Disneyland is a part of a large corporation. He tells funny stories about the employees and guests alike even telling some of the pranks that the employees had played on each other in the early days of Disneyland. He also discusses some of the lawsuits that Disneyland has encountered in recent years.
123. The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare by Lilian Jackson Braun
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