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If I'm So Smart, Why Can't I Lose Weight?: Tools to Get It Done
This book had some great ideas. Two things that really stood out for me were to pay attention to your "full" gauge when eating and to never go below y ...more
Jun 23, 2013
May 08, 2013
Borrowed Horses
I started reading this book with two biases: 1. I've never been a huge horse person--I mean, I like them, but have never understood the fanatics, and ...more
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Oct 21, 2013
My Story
Because I followed this story closely in the news, from the day we found out Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped at knife point from her bed, to the moment ...more
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Mar 14, 2014
The Distant Hours
I really enjoy reading Kate Morton's books. I have heard a few people complain that they are confusing in how the narration jumps from person to perso ...more
Aug 09, 2011
Jan 08, 2011
The Sound and the Fury
I'm just going to throw this out there first off: this was a difficult read. The book is basically the same story being told from four different persp ...more
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Sep 23, 2013
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Good story about the power of optimism and faith. When I think about WWII, Hitler's atrocities usually come to mind; I had no idea the horrible things ...more
Apr 24, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
The Count of Monte Cristo
I enjoyed this journey--it was full of all sorts of adventure: love, betrayal, hope, revenge, justice, mercy, and forgiveness, just to name a few. I f ...more
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Jan 16, 2014
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
I enjoyed this book and read through it pretty quickly. Interesting characters and plot. I was unpleasantly surprised about a plot twist near the end, ...more
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Jan 01, 2011
This was required reading for Darrin and he suggested I read it. It was an interesting look at a collective society in the future where there is no "I ...more
Feb 22, 2009
Feb 24, 2009
A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion, #1)
I will start by saying that I really liked this book, the first of a trilogy that takes place in Germania, Rome, and Ephesus a few years after the dea ...more
Jul 2010
Apr 29, 2010
The Great Gatsby
I've read this novel three times. The first was in high-school and I didn't like it at all. I found it ridiculous and a complete waste of time. The se ...more
Oct 2013
Jan 15, 2011
Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1)
This was a fun little mystery that takes place in 1930s London. Georgiana is minor royalty (34th in line to the throne I think) and flat broke. In the ...more
Jan 03, 2011
Jan 01, 2011
Shelter Me
I was a little hesitant to read this initially--it's about a young widow learning to cope with life and love. I didn't find it depressing though, I fo ...more
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May 15, 2012
A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer #1)
I found myself wondering how this could possibly have all happened, how a mother could do those things to her child. She was an alcoholic and just a v ...more
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Jan 14, 2010
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Wow. This one kept me up all night. I think my family feels quite neglected! I kind of had an idea where I thought this book was going, but I was comp ...more
Sep 09, 2009
Aug 12, 2009
The Slow-Ripening Fruits of Mothering
This is a short, uplifting book--more of a talk, really. Emily Watts has a wonderfully creative voice that makes me feel like I'm doing okay. Really. ...more
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Jul 05, 2014
The Swan Thieves
I really enjoyed her first book, The Historian so I was anxious to read this. However, it moved a tad bit too slow and really didn't need to be quite ...more
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Jun 14, 2010
Henry VIII: The King and His Court
I am intrigued by Henry VIII,his reign, his wives, and just about everything else from that time period. Having recently read and really enjoyed Phili ...more
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Apr 15, 2009
The Shining (The Shining #1)
This was an enthralling ride. I absolutely love the characters of Danny Torrance and Dick Hallorann. I read Doctor Sleep (the sequel) first, thinking ...more
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Jul 05, 2014
Crossed (Matched, #2)
I didn't like this book as much as the first. The writing wasn't as good and it wasn't quite as ”believable”. The pov switching back and forth between ...more
Apr 17, 2012
Apr 17, 2012
The Dollhouse Murders
While I was reading this (late into the night) the computer started working all on its own. I was completely freaked out until I found out it was my s ...more
Jun 21, 2011
Jun 21, 2011
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
I thought this was even better than City of Bones. I got it in the mail around noon and had it finished by one o'clock in the morning. Pretty pathetic ...more
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Jan 06, 2011
Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2)
Wow. Stephen King has got to be one of the best storytellers/writers around. I devoured this book. I would have given it five stars if it hadn't been ...more
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Jun 12, 2014
A Man Named Dave (Dave Pelzer #3)
These books were pretty hard to put down. Almost didn't want to believe that so much could happen to one person. There seems to be some controversy on ...more
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Feb 04, 2010
Wings (Wings, #1)
This is one of a number of fantasy books that seem to be springing up faster than I can read, but I actually really liked it. The main character, Laur ...more
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Apr 29, 2010
Life of Pi
Wow. I love this book!It is pretty gory and unappetizing at times, but that is understandable since the protagonist IS stranded for months on a lifebo ...more
Oct 2013
Nov 03, 2010
Leaves of Grass
I've been studying Whitman in school and I really enjoy this book. It is especially gratifying to read outdoors, out loud. (Your neighbors might think ...more
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Oct 13, 2013
The Constant Princess (The Tudor Court, #1)
I love historical fiction, especially anything involving Henry VIII. For some sick reason I'm obsessed with that whole drama. This was a good book. Mu ...more
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Mar 22, 2009
This was a great, slow-building, suspenseful novel. I ended up really liking Rae, the crazy, strong, and independent hermit/heroine. Her granddaughter ...more
Sep 02, 2012
Sep 02, 2012
The Guardian
This was quite a bit different than other books I've read by Lund. It starts out pretty slow, but towards the end it picks up pace and I ended up enjo ...more
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Sep 07, 2013
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