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Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
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
Running with Scissors
I'm more than halfway through this, and I find myself liking it and hating it at the same time. Like, it's really interesting and funny and horrifying ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 13, 2007
Eating Animals
I've put off this review for a few weeks, just b/c I don't think my words can do it justice. Quite simply, this is the best book on eating animals/fac ...more
Jun 2011
Mar 30, 2011
What Narcissism Means to Me
Why am I the only person who doesn't like this piece of crap collection? It only got two stars b/c there were a few poems I liked, or liked parts of. ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 20, 2009
The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What You Should Eat and Why
A nice reference work to flip through when you want to learn how amazing food is and to feel good about what you're putting in your body. I don't thin ...more
Jun 2011
May 18, 2009
Body by Science: A Research-Based Program for Strength Training, Body Building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week
Loses a star because while most of it seems to be backed up by pretty decent science (I'm basing this judgment on descriptions of studies, not on look ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 30, 2012
Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
Two stars only for the unintentional comic value. Ah, only a Puritan could write this. You wouldn't think a 50 page piece could be that redundant, but ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 28, 2007
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
This wasn't a perfect book, except it kind of was. Other reviewers have touched on some of the book's (perceived?) flaws, such as the fact that Straye ...more
Jun 2014
Aug 04, 2014
A Divine Revelation of Hell
Why do my students seem to mostly recommend crazy bad religious books to me? I must give the impression that I'm headed to hell.
not set
Jul 06, 2011
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
I really liked this; in fact, it might have gotten five stars if not for the fact that the author rubbed me the wrong way a few times with his sweepin ...more
Apr 2008
Mar 30, 2008
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
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)
4.5, 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
The Contract With God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Avenue
I liked this book, but it was an oddly long, slow read, considering how much of it is pictures. Of course, it's also technically three books in one, w ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 06, 2007
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Wow, holy slut shaming in many of the reviews. And a lot of judgmental people. It's clear from pretty early on what this book is going to be, so I don ...more
not set
Jun 05, 2014
Flaming Iguanas: An Illustrated All-Girl Road Novel Thing
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)
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)
Why do I keep reading crappy, melodramatic YA fiction?!? Time to cleanse the palate with some quality writing.
Apr 2015
Apr 18, 2015
Bridge to Terabithia
I read this today, and while I really liked the characters of Leslie and Jess (and their magical friendship), and also a lot of the emotions those two ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 03, 2007
Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)
So apparently I thought this was the second book, not the third, and thus skipped the second book in this trilogy. It's rather telling that it basical ...more
May 2015
May 22, 2015
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
Glad I can stop torturing myself with this series now. So dumb.
Oct 23, 2014
Nov 23, 2014
Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
This was a great book. I'm all about the science, so, information on parenting and child development backed by robust research? Yes, please.

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Nov 2012
Nov 21, 2012
Managing Life With Chronic Pain
I feel a little guilty about this review, and I feel like I need to preface it with two things:

1) Dr. Wickersham is by far the best doctor I have ever
Aug 2011
Aug 18, 2011
The Night Circus
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
Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous!
2.5? This was somewhere between "ok" and "liked it." It's not a book I would have ever picked up on my own, but my sister gave it to me after she rand ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 19, 2011
The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families
Obviously this is a book with a limited audience, but if you have lupus, have a loved one with lupus, or for whatever reason have a particular interes ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 07, 2011
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth
This book has some really great information that makes it a must-read for anyone who ever plans on giving birth in a hospital/under OB care (if you're ...more
May 2012
May 23, 2012
Livvie Owen Lived Here
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)
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)
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
If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho
Love these fragments, which I find all the more moving for their fragmented nature. Sappho has this very quiet, deliberate tone that really appeals to ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 13, 2007
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