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Three Apples Fell From Heaven
it was amazing
This book was really hard to read, for a lot of reasons. It is about the Armenian genocide, and there are a lot of parts that are really graphic and I ...more
Nov 24, 2008
Nov 12, 2008
The Book Thief
it was amazing
This book is among my favorite young adult books. There were so many lovable characters in this book, and so many beautiful moments. I finished this b ...more
Mar 10, 2009
Feb 12, 2009
Les Misérables
really liked it
First of all, I wish that I had read the abridged version of this book. (Sorry, Rachel) But I think I may have given it five stars if I had read the a ...more
Mar 04, 2009
Dec 13, 2007
really liked it
The story of Homegoing begins in Ghana during the height of the slave trade. The book follows the stories of two half sisters and their descendants th ...more
Jan 09, 2017
Jan 01, 2017
Season of Ash
it was ok
I read this book because it was on an NPR list of best foreign fiction of 2009. The author is Mexican and founded a literary group that is attempting ...more
Jan 20, 2010
Jan 14, 2010
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1)
liked it
I really enjoyed parts of this book. I like historical fiction, and I especially liked learning about the Russian Revolution and the labor movement in ...more
Aug 23, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
All the Light We Cannot See
it was amazing
This book was really good, incredibly well written, but alas, I finished it too long ago to write a review that will do it justice.

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Jul 27, 2014
Jul 02, 2014
The Invention of Wings
it was amazing
The Invention of Wings is told from the alternating perspectives of Handful, a slave girl in early 19th century Charleston, and Sarah Grimke, the daug ...more
May 04, 2016
May 04, 2016
The Hummingbird's Daughter
really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It is It is a fictionalized account of the real life of Teresita Urrea, who lived in Mexico in the late 1800s. She had hea ...more
Oct 10, 2009
Oct 05, 2009
The Lacuna
liked it
It took me a really long time to get into this book. If it wasn't written by Barbara Kingsolver I don't think I would have continued reading. To me, t ...more
Nov 25, 2009
Nov 09, 2009
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
it was ok
This 1933 Newbery winner is the story of Young Fu, a Chinese boy from the country who moves to the big city with his mother in the 1920s to begin an a ...more
Mar 26, 2016
Dec 23, 2014
The Feast of the Goat
liked it
The Feast of the Goat is a work of historical fiction that recounts the latter years of the Trujillo regime in the Dominican Republic. At times it rea ...more
Apr 24, 2013
Apr 11, 2013
Inés of My Soul
liked it
I was kind of disappointed by this book. I have really liked all of Allende's fiction a lot, and was exicted to read this one. This book is told from ...more
Nov 12, 2008
Nov 01, 2008
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
really liked it
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell tells the stories of two women in Afghanistan born a century apart. Rahima is a young girl born in rural Afghanistan du ...more
Sep 12, 2014
Aug 27, 2014
Before We Were Free
really liked it
This is the story of a young girl growing up in the Dominican Republic during the Trujillo regime. Her entire family is heavily involved with the oppo ...more
Dec 23, 2009
Dec 24, 2009
The Cross of Lead (Crispin, #1)
liked it
I have checked this book out of the library on multiple occasions, only to leave it sitting on my bookshelves, unread, until I can renew it no longer. ...more
Apr 23, 2015
Dec 23, 2014
Color of the Sea
liked it
This book had a lot of potential, but I just never really got into it that much. It takes place in the 1930s-1940s, and tells the story of a boy born ...more
Dec 20, 2009
Dec 16, 2009
Sarah's Key
it was ok
This book is about a Jewish girl living in France during World War II and a modern day journalist who is uncovering her story. I suppose the story had ...more
Jan 23, 2010
Jan 21, 2010
A God in Ruins
it was ok
I read this book for a book club, and I picked it up a little too late, so I really had to rush through it and ended up skimming portions of it. I don ...more
Apr 03, 2016
Mar 26, 2016
Half of a Yellow Sun
really liked it
This story begins in Nigeria in the early 1960s, shortly after the country has gained independence from Britain, and continues through the civil war o ...more
Aug 29, 2011
Aug 27, 2011
Skeletons at the Feast
really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. This book takes place during World War II and tells the story of a German aristocrat family fle ...more
Oct 17, 2009
Oct 10, 2009
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
it was amazing
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena takes place in Chechnya during the Chechen wars of late 1990s and early 2000s. It jumps back in forth in time and t ...more
Sep 16, 2013
Sep 05, 2013
Island of a Thousand Mirrors
liked it
Island of a Thousand Mirrors takes place in Sri Lanka during the civil war that began in the 1980s. It follows the stories of two families on opposite ...more
Oct 2014
Aug 23, 2014
The Good Earth (House of Earth, #1)
really liked it
I was really into this book pretty much the entire time. books about people's love for the land draw me in quickly. I loved the protagonist at the beg ...more
Aug 06, 2008
Jul 31, 2008
Out of the Dust
liked it
This book was incredibly depressing. Written in verse, this story of a girl living during the Dust Bowl won the 1998 Newbery medal. There is so much l ...more
Jan 19, 2017
Dec 23, 2014
East of Eden
really liked it
I really love John Steinbeck. I just find so many of his characters to be so lovable. And he always has so much wisdom about agrarian life, the changi ...more
Dec 20, 2008
Dec 07, 2008
A Fine Balance
liked it
This book was good, but I can't give it more than three stars because it was so depressing. It takes place in India during the state of emergency in t ...more
Dec 07, 2011
Dec 07, 2011
Girl at War
liked it
This novel tells the story of Ana, a Croatian girl who flees her country during the war in the 1990s, and later returns to the country as an adult. An ...more
Sep 2015
Sep 01, 2015
The Pillars of the Earth
liked it
this book was pretty good. i was really absorbed in the storyline and that hasn't happened in a while, so it was nice. i liked the way the stories of ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 12, 2007
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
liked it
i never really got into this book. i guess it was a good story, but i didn't think it was that well written and i never really felt all that attached ...more
Feb 14, 2008
Feb 02, 2008
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