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The Happiest Toddler on the Block: The New Way to Stop the Daily Battle of Wills and Raise a Secure and Well-Behaved One- To Four-Year-Old
3.46
really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Not only is it an easy, quick read, but it's also really congruent throughout; everything fits together lik ...more
Jan 2009
Dec 30, 2008
 
Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower, #1)
4.08
liked it
**spoiler alert** Once again, a fun read. Character development was better in this one than in Princess of the Midnight Ball. Celie is tenacious and f ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 23, 2012
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.31
liked it
**spoiler alert** This book was a solid 4 stars for me until the last 50 or so pages...until Werner dies, basically, and then we have to read the grap ...more
May 10, 2016
May 10, 2016
 
Edenbrooke (Edenbrooke, #1)
4.34
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I really, really liked this one. I had no idea what it was about when I started reading it, and I was a little skeptical in the begi ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 06, 2012
 
The Princess Diaries Boxed Set (The Princess Diaries, #1-10)
4.24
it was ok
Well, I started listening to this series because I saw that they were narrated by Anne Hathaway, and I loved her in the movies. Turns out the books ar ...more
May 2012
Jun 06, 2012
 
Without Offense: The Art of Giving and Receiving Criticism
4.40
it was amazing
Wow, this book is fantastic. As a person who both has a hard time receiving criticism and criticizes way too often, this was eye opening and life chan ...more
Feb 2013
Aug 02, 2012
 
Mansfield Park
3.83
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Parts of this book were dreadfully boring to me (the chapters revolving around the play, mostly). And it bothered me that Edmund see ...more
Aug 2008
Sep 06, 2008
 
Ever After High: Once Upon a Time: A Story Collection
4.27
liked it
It was fun to get a glimpse of all these characters in their elements. I think Hale must really enjoy writing the Wonderland characters; she is fantas ...more
not set
Jun 04, 2015
 
The Child Whisperer: The Ultimate Handbook for Raising Happy, Successful, Cooperative Children
4.00
really liked it
I thought this book was really, really insightful. I could easily identify the "types" of each of my children, as well as that of my husband and mysel ...more
Jul 05, 2015
Aug 05, 2015
 
Jane Steele
3.94
liked it
**spoiler alert** Disclaimer: this book is pretty dark and has some content that might be offensive to some...Jane is thrust into a survivalist's life ...more
Jun 23, 2017
Jun 23, 2017
 
The Children You Want with the Kids You Have
3.38
really liked it
I actually really liked this book . . . probably one of my favorite parenting books so far. A lot of people felt overwhelmed by it, but maybe because ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 25, 2012
 
Palace of Stone (Princess Academy, #2)
3.95
really liked it
4.5 stars! I loved this book. I love Shannon Hale. I love Miri. I read Hale's blog every once in a while, and she has mentioned several times that the ...more
Sep 2012
Sep 02, 2012
 
The Swiss Family Robinson
3.92
really liked it
I had so much fun reading this book. That said, I don't know that I'd be in a hurry to re-read it. It's quite an investment of time (at least it was f ...more
Jul 2012
Aug 02, 2012
 
On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep
3.57
liked it
I never read any help-your-baby-sleep literature with Emma, and I decided to see what I was missing out on this time around. I agree with a lot of thi ...more
Jan 2010
Mar 03, 2010
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
really liked it
Hmmm. I struggled a little bit with this. On the one hand, the book is kind of hard to read. At one point, after reading for an hour or so, I realized ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 25, 2010
 
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
3.61
liked it
I had a hard time putting this book down. I read it in two days, which is unheard of at this point in my life. But I was caught up in her story. I cou ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 13, 2011
 
Oliver Twist
3.84
liked it
This was one of the many books on my list of books-to-read-so-that-I-am-no-longer-a-disgrace-to-the-world-of-English-majors. It was hard to get into i ...more
Oct 2012
Oct 15, 2012
 
Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3)
4.03
really liked it
Much better than Book 2, even though this one was longer. As always, I am amazed that this young author has been able to weave such an intricate plot. ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 01, 2009
 
I Don't Have to Make Everything All Better: Six Practical Principles that Empower Others to Solve Their Own Problems While Enriching Your Relationships
4.10
liked it
I think the first half of this book (the discussion of the six principles) could have been condensed into one reference chapter. I almost didn't even ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 03, 2011
 
Lincoln and His Boys
4.06
it was amazing
I loved this! My kids love Max and Ruby books/shows, so when I saw this book I felt like I had to pick it up. It took all of 30-40 minutes to read, bu ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 25, 2012
 
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
4.30
liked it
This was just as captivating as the first one, and I would say that I probably liked it just as much. It does feel kind of doomsday-ish for most of th ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 19, 2009
 
Forest Born (The Books of Bayern, #4)
4.01
liked it
It's no secret that Shannon Hale can weave an amazing tale, and this book is no different. Not my favorite of the series (seems like none of them real ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 03, 2009
 
The Lincoln Hypothesis: A Modern-day Abolitionist Investigates the Possible Connection Between Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and Abraham Lincoln
4.12
really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book, though I admit I was a bit of a skeptic going into it, and maybe even coming out of it. But whether or not Lincoln ...more
Apr 24, 2016
May 09, 2016
 
The Screwtape Letters
4.20
really liked it
In a word: insightful. C.S. Lewis has a way of putting into words the ambiguous things that might enter my mind as seeds but never grow because I get ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 11, 2009
 
The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle that Changed the World [with CD-ROM, eBook, MP3 Audio]
4.26
it was amazing
I will definitely be buying this book. I want to be able to refer to it at any time, and I want my husband, and one day our kids, to read it too. I th ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 06, 2009
 
Anna Karenina
4.02
did not like it
**spoiler alert** "One of the greatest love stories in world literature"--what? It is dreadfully long, mostly depressing, and at least half of it can ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 15, 2009
 
Life of Pi
3.88
liked it
**spoiler alert** I definitely enjoyed this book in terms of it being a real page-turner. I gobbled up the 400 pages in 2 days. It's exciting, suspens ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 06, 2009
 
Rainbow Valley (Anne of Green Gables, #7)
4.00
really liked it
I really liked this one. Unlike some others in the series, the stories are not random, not about people that you don't know or don't care about. The b ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 23, 2011
 
The Secret Life of Bees
4.01
really liked it
Probably one of my favorite books ever. I was pulled into it immediately, and I really hope I carry its lessons with me. One of the most influential m ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 04, 2009
 
Infidel
4.19
really liked it
Hirsi Ali's memoirs are eye-opening, to say the least. Her perspective on Islam commands your attention, and it's super interesting to read her experi ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 08, 2009
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