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Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
4.01
First of all, this is a book I would never in a million years pick up on my own. I read it b/c one of my students brought it to me and told me how muc ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 26, 2011
 
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
4.55
This is the author's first novel, and in some ways, it reads like it: the writing is clumsy at times, and there are some run-ons that I'm pretty sure ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 12, 2010
 
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
4.56
4.5, maybe? Here's the thing: A lot of the other reviews are right about this. Did it need to be a thousand pages? No way. The plot really isn't advan ...more
Aug 2011
Jan 16, 2010
 
Flaming Iguanas: An Illustrated All-Girl Road Novel Thing
3.96
I really loved this book. It's a fast, fun read, and it's not really like anything I've read before. Very fresh and hilarious, but also poignant in a ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 13, 2007
 
Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1)
3.74
Another book saved by an amazing audio reader. The story itself was a weird mish-mash of fairytales, which was kind of cool, but it left so much unexp ...more
Dec 27, 2014
Dec 27, 2014
 
Defiance (Defiance #1)
3.73
Why do I keep reading crappy, melodramatic YA fiction?!? Time to cleanse the palate with some quality writing.
Apr 2015
Apr 18, 2015
 
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
3.65
Glad I can stop torturing myself with this series now. So dumb.
Oct 23, 2014
Nov 23, 2014
 
The Night Circus
4.01
Four stars because I honestly enjoyed it that much, but this is really only like two stars good, if that makes sense. Basically, the plot and characte ...more
Jun 08, 2013
Jun 08, 2013
 
Livvie Owen Lived Here
3.62
2.5, maybe? This wasn't bad, it was just -- as the 2-star rating indicates -- "okay." A fast read, had some emotional moments, but, as others have com ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 28, 2011
 
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
4.31
I'm giving it two stars because, for some strange reason, this book had me kind of hooked and entertained, but make no mistake: It's not ok. It's TERR ...more
Dec 2013
Feb 05, 2014
 
A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32)
4.26
I think I love Pratchett's young adult stuff even better than his adult stuff. Tiffany Aching is an awesome main character, one of my favorites ever. ...more
Oct 2007
Jul 26, 2007
 
Then We Came to the End
3.44
4.5. Throughout the first chapter I wasn't terribly impressed; Ferris was trying a bit too hard: both the humor and the POV (first-person plural) came ...more
Jun 2010
Jun 08, 2010
 
Small World
3.91
Read about half, and liked it well enough -- an appropriate mockery of academia -- but I kind of think I got the point, so I don't know if I'll pick i ...more
Nov 2008
Dec 30, 2008
 
The Help
4.44
A fast easy read that, as others have pointed out, shouldn't be so easy. There are plenty of intelligent reviews out there that analyze the various is ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 27, 2012
 
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
4.54
This one was definitely back up to par with the first book in the series -- in fact, I think it was even better. Martin has some tricks up his sleeve, ...more
Jun 2009
May 18, 2009
 
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
3.95
I don't know how I feel about this book. It was exhausting and heart-wrenching but also kind of ridiculous. The first-person present tense POV worked ...more
Jan 2012
Dec 20, 2011
 
The Kite Runner
4.22
I loved this book, but it tore me up. An interesting look at Afghanistan.
Jan 2006
Jun 06, 2007
 
Rant
3.80
Despite the somewhat weak ending, I really, really enjoyed this book. It was funny, interesting, insightful, and a great mix of fiction and reality. T ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 07, 2009
 
Room
3.96
This was really an incredible book, and so fascinating in its sense of balance. A five year old boy and his mother are being held captive in a small r ...more
Feb 2011
Jan 05, 2011
 
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
3.73
I enjoyed it for what it was. It was more in-depth than your average mystery, and all the etymology and historical/religious stuff was interesting. Ho ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 14, 2009
 
Unwind (Unwind, #1)
4.20
This is about a dystopian future in which unwanted teenagers can be "unwound" -- harvested for their body parts -- and the story of three such teens w ...more
Oct 2010
Aug 30, 2010
 
The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern, #1)
4.18
3.5? I gave this 3 stars for how much I enjoyed it, though I do think it's 4 star writing, and if I had read it when I was in the targeted age group ( ...more
May 2012
May 20, 2012
 
Delirium (Delirium, #1)
4.03
I enjoyed this book, but I was also disappointed with it. It could have been and done so much more.

I think its biggest failing is that it's really jus
...more
Jun 2012
Apr 02, 2012
 
Nation
4.02
This started off a bit slow, so I was worried at first, b/c Pratchett is not, in my experience, consistently great, even if he is consistently pretty ...more
Jul 2009
Jan 03, 2009
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.39
I really enjoyed this book. I'm all about post-apocalyptic futures, teen romance, and strong female protagonists. The plot, while not entirely origina ...more
Aug 2010
Jun 30, 2010
 
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
3.95
I'm uncertain how to rate this book. Maybe it only merits a 2.5? Parts of it were good: it's an interesting, complex world, there are several parts th ...more
May 2009
Jan 03, 2009
 
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
4.16
Eh, it had its two-star moments and four-star moments. So, compromise.

I liked the premise, and enjoyed reading about the Highlands and ye olden times
...more
Jun 2011
Jan 03, 2009
 
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
3.97
This book blew my mind and broke my heart, again and again. I can see why the precocious child narrator doesn't work for some people, and frankly, I w ...more
Mar 2011
Apr 30, 2008
 
Matched (Matched, #1)
3.71
I really enjoyed this book. I also thought it was pretty well done. Granted, I went into it without having heard the hype, and I also listened to it o ...more
Apr 2012
Jan 13, 2012
 
Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life (Scott Pilgrim, #1)
4.18
Funny. Fun. Fast read. Alliteration!

So I admit to being behind the times and only reading this b/c of the upcoming movie (well, to be more specific, I
...more
Jul 2010
Jan 09, 2010
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