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Several members of my book group have been raving about the page-turner Don't Breathe a Word, the latest title written by Jennifer McMahon. I quickly put the book on hold at the local library and was surprised this week when it was ready for pick-up. As soon as I finish The Peach Keeper, I plan on starting this one!

Taken from goodreads:
On a soft summer night in Vermont, twelve-year-old Lisa went into the woods behind her house and never came out again. Before she disappeared, she told her little brother, Sam, about a door that led to a magical place where she would meet the King of the Fairies and become his queen.

Fifteen years later, Phoebe is in love with Sam, a practical, sensible man who doesn’t fear the dark and doesn’t have bad dreams—who, in fact, helps Phoebe ignore her own. But suddenly the couple is faced with a series of eerie, unexplained occurrences that challenge Sam’s hardheaded, realistic view of the world. As they question their reality, a terrible promise Sam made years ago is revealed—a promise that could destroy them all.



 
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I have been looking forward to reading this novel since I first heard about it through BookPages magazine. Thankfully, one of the members of my book group suggested it as a book for our summer reading list which means I now get to read it with friends - even better! Twenty of my goodreads friends have this on their to-read shelves...always a good sign!

taken from goodreads:
In her twenties, Emily Wilson was on top of the world: she had a bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after.

Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily's good fortune. So when her great-aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life.

A mesmerizing debut with an idyllic setting and intriguing dual story line, The Violets of March announces Sarah Jio as a writer to watch.


 
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Oh, Anna Karenina, you have been on my to-read shelf for years and years, always being passed over for another classic or really, just about any book. It's nothing personal, and you don't scare me like you do many other readers, so I am pleased to tell you that your time has finally come. For the next ten weeks it's you and me, Anna.

My beloved online book group, Busy as a Bee Books, has decided to read Anna Karenina together over the course of ten weeks with discussions along the way because so many of us have been neglecting this Russian tome. The reading plan is a step outside our traditionally nontraditional group format because we do not usually read one book with a schedule; normally, we vote on a theme and participants nominate books within that theme, I select 8-10 for the two-month reading period, and we discuss the books casually during this time. It's flexible, it's easy, and everyone has a chance to contribute to the group in some way, making it truly a GROUP. However, the 30 or so of us who have signed on for Anna Karenina are really excited to get going on this together with a reading schedule, perhaps prompting a new permanent feature in the group...tome tackling together. (I love alliteration.)

 
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Next up in the queue for ebooks from the local library: a story about journalists working for an English newspaper in Rome. I am still working on reading many of the books from the various "Best of 2010" reading lists, and this one happened to become available next.