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Anne's House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables, #5)
2011 - I just recently listened to the first several Anne books on CD, in what is becoming a yearly ritual. This has always been my absolute favorite ...more
Oct 10, 2012
Sep 22, 2011
Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter
This book had about 3 really good tips in it; the rest, as far as I was concerned, was total bunk. I am sure it would be useful for the target audienc ...more
Jul 07, 2010
Jul 08, 2010
Pictures of Hollis Woods
Overall Review: Do you ever read a book so good that it makes you want to rush out immediately and read everything that author has ever written? Pictu ...more
Jul 29, 2011
Jul 29, 2011
The Aviary
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Overall Rating: 5 stars

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Clara has always been told that she has a weak heart, and as a result, can never leave her h
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 16, 2012
The Fault in Our Stars
I actually enjoyed, and identified with, this one way more than I expected to. My thoughts at length (with spoilers) here: http://musings.beingcindy.c ...more
Jul 2014
Mar 16, 2013
The Luxe (Luxe, #1)
OK, I think I'm sending this one back to the library unfinished. When I am halfway through a book and honestly don't much care what happens to anyone ...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
Fish Out of Water
Before I get into really reviewing this, let me first state: I read all 350(ish) pages of this book on my phone on a PDF viewer. Few things annoy me m ...more
Nov 14, 2014
Nov 11, 2014
Madhattan Mystery
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In Madhattan Mystery, John J. Bonk delivers a zany, action-packed adventure with a lot of heart. Lexi's voice is pit
Apr 11, 2012
Apr 08, 2012
Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
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Overall review: Like many girls, I "grew up" with L. M. Montgomery's books about Anne Shirley, and they remain some of my very favorites! A
Apr 25, 2012
Mar 16, 2010
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
I've heard this book compared to "Hunger Games." And, since I have always identified myself as "a person who likes dystopias," I can't seem to stop my ...more
Sep 19, 2011
Jun 11, 2011
The Forgotten Garden
This book came highly recommended from several trusted sources, and so I was really looking forward to it. When I got it from the library and realized ...more
Jul 25, 2010
Jul 20, 2010
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I'll admit—on first seeing the description, I wasn't sure what kind of story to expect from this unique little book
Aug 08, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
Dark Lord: The Early Years
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What would happen if Sauron, Voldemort, or Darth Vader were to swap bodies with your average wimpy twelve-year-old?
Nov 14, 2013
Nov 11, 2013
The Scorpio Races
OK, I admit it - I never checked Maggie Stiefvater out because I sort of wrote her first trilogy off as being "another paranormal teen romance," and I ...more
Sep 22, 2014
Oct 11, 2011
Friendships Don't Just Happen!: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of GirlFriends
Six years ago, after I got married, I felt like I experienced a rude awakening about how difficult it can be to create real friendships in the "real w ...more
Aug 14, 2014
Nov 07, 2013
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
I'd seen this one wildly praised by a few friends since it came out, and had it on my list for a long time but never been able to get it at my library ...more
Sep 27, 2014
Dec 25, 2013
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
This one has been on my to-read list for a long time, and I've just never gotten around to picking it up. Luckily for me, my library recently did a "b ...more
Oct 09, 2013
Jul 22, 2011
Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic
I'm buying this book stat... I have a feeling I'll be referring to it nonstop through Kate's lifetime. It not only described her to a t, but me too! n ...more
Apr 09, 2014
Mar 19, 2014
Call The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
I've been a fan of the BBC show ever since it started airing on PBS, so I was so excited to find that my library had (finally) ordered this book! It d ...more
Jan 24, 2014
Jan 17, 2014
Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula
This book was less a memoir than a loosely-connected group of essays, and as such my feelings varied throughout it - there were parts that were three- ...more
Mar 27, 2014
Mar 27, 2014
Lips Touch: Three Times
So, this book was actually three separate stories (two short stories and one novella). The first one I would give 3 stars, the second 5, and the third ...more
Jan 06, 2010
Jan 06, 2010
Shadows in Flight (Ender's Shadow, #5)
I hardly ever give books two stars, but this one was just so not my cup of tea on so many levels. To begin with, it read like and had the emotional im ...more
Jul 24, 2014
Jul 23, 2014
Before My Heart Stops: A Memoir
My brother-in-law, who shares with me a love for Paul Cardall's piano music, lent this book to me last week. I didn't realize before I started that it ...more
Apr 19, 2011
Apr 18, 2011
How to Ditch Your Fairy
I wanted to like this book - really I did. I thought it looked like such a fun, original concept, and it came recommended by one of my favorite author ...more
Mar 05, 2010
Mar 05, 2010
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
Let me start by saying that there is some awesome information in here, and some of it is really interesting. I completely agree with his discussion of ...more
Jul 09, 2013
Jul 09, 2013
Beekeeping for Beginners (Mary Russell #10.5)
Being a longtime diehard fan of the Mary Russell series, I was pretty intrigued by the promise of a short story from Holmes' point of view, taking pla ...more
Aug 17, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
3.5 stars. I won't lie, reading much of this book made me want to bang my head into the wall. I absolutely believe in having high expectations of your ...more
Mar 18, 2013
Mar 18, 2013
What Can't Wait (Carolrhoda Ya)
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Based on the author's time teaching at an inner-city school, "What Can't Wait" is a realisitc story of one Hispanic teen's life in a l
Jan 26, 2012
Mar 26, 2012
I, Emma Freke
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We’ve all felt like we don’t fit in at some point, but for Emma Freke (who quips that her mom forgot to say her name out loud before s
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Mar 05, 2012
One Dog and His Boy
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Eva Ibbotson is famous for her classic children's stories filled with adventure, fantastic characters, terrible (but
Apr 16, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
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