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Archie vs Predator by Alex de Campi
Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates
Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett
Carson Crosses Canada
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
Giant Trouble by Ursula Vernon
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
It Might Have Been Worse by Beatrice Larned Massey
It's a Book by Lane Smith
Kleine Katze Chi #1 by Kanata Konami
No Place for Magic by E.D. Baker
Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson
Lumberjanes, Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson
Mystery of the Midnight Rider by Carolyn Keene
Paper Girls, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
Road of Her Own: Women's Journeys in the West by Marlene Blessing
A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett
Shopaholic & Sister by Sophie Kinsella
Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman
There Are No Cats in this Book by Viviane Schwarz
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Winnebago Graveyard #1 by Steve Niles
Winnebago Graveyard #2 by Steve Niles
Woof by Spencer Quinn
Yours Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

Miscellaneous
August 2017 Reading Sources
August 2017 Reading Summary
Books on Books
Crossing the Cornfield and Saving the World: The Neddiad by Daniel Pinkwater
Greenglass House by Kate Milford: A road narrative deconstruction
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 04)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 11)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 18)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 25)
The maze isn't for you — except when it is

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Shopaholic & Sister: 09/04/17

Shopaholic & Sister  by Sophie Kinsella

Shopaholic & Sister by Sophie Kinsella is the fourth novel out of the series but the fifth one I've read since I read it and Shopaholic & Baby out of order.

If Becky Brandon née Bloomwood is Pinkie Pie, then Jessica is Maud Pie. Becky is the bubbly, always thinking in six directions at once type of person. Her half sister is anything but; she's methodical, down to earth, and very much in love with rocks.

Maud and Pinkie Pie

As with Shopaholic & Baby, this book has two plot threads. First there is the on going relationship with Luke. Second, there is Becky trying to get to know her half sister.

In this book we get to see him completely calm — away from work. But that's temporary. He really is a businessman at heart and thrives on the on-going stress of campaigns, business deals, and difficult clients.

With Becky and Jessica the two seem complete opposites. Becky is bubbly and tends to talk before she thinks. She loves shopping. She loves the finer things. She has a very definite personal style which she has parlayed into a career as a personal shopper. Becky's love of haute couture comes from growing up the child of a working class family.

Jessica meanwhile is more like Suze and Tarquin. She grew up with money. She also grew up learning how to do things herself — how to build her own empire from the ground up. She is grounded in being thrifty, in making choices that have the smallest carbon footprint.

In Becky's relationships, the thing that's always missing is communication. Becky really needs to talk. She needs to get things off her chest before her imagination gets the best of her. For Luke it's always a matter of business. For Jessica it's a matter of getting her to open up about her passions.

Five stars

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