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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
PopSugar: 12 Romance Books for People Who Hate Romance Novels
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May 03, 2014
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
Wow. I really connected with this book. Especially the chapter on cultivating music, dance and laughter. I checked out the ebook from the library but...more
Nov 12, 2012
Oct 30, 2012
Same Kind of Different as Me
I came into this with very little knowledge of the book, just a recommendation by a friend here, so I didn't realize the major religious undertones th...more
Jun 03, 2014
May 05, 2014
The Wednesday Wars
Another fantastic book by Gary D. Schmidt. I am becoming a huge fan. This was written before "Okay for Now" and Doug Swietek from "Okay for Now" even...more
Dec 18, 2011
Dec 15, 2011
The Marriage Plot
Amazon Best Books of 2011
New York Times "Notable Books of 2011"

Held up reasonably to my expectations given...more
Jan 04, 2012
Nov 13, 2011
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
I'm giving up on this. I think it's because I chose to listen to it as an audiobook immediately after listening to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack...more
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Apr 26, 2010
The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War
The movie is coming to our movie theatre this Friday, going to try to finish the book before the movie starts.

ETA: Book superior to the movie - gets i...more
Jul 25, 2011
Jul 18, 2011
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
I would say that most of the book is information that I already knew. The harms of industrialized farming, corn subsidies, what exactly does "organic"...more
Jul 24, 2011
Jun 21, 2011
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)
Eh. I heard good things about this series, but ended up having to force myself to get through the book. It wasn't terrible, but not great either. I wo...more
Oct 29, 2009
Oct 19, 2009
Saturday Is for Funerals
Saturday is for Funerals is about HIV in Botswana. Obviously close to my heart. Each chapter starts with a story by Unity Dow from her personal experi...more
Jun 12, 2011
Jun 12, 2011
Murder as a Fine Art
"A" review in Entertainment Weekly:,,20696...
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Jul 03, 2013
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
I agree with other reviewers that the author isn't the most sympathetic character. For me that was especially true at the beginning of the book. Despi...more
Dec 26, 2012
Dec 06, 2012
The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)
"A" review in Entertainment Weekly:,,20696...
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Jul 03, 2013
Visitation Street
A- review in Entertainment Weekly:,,20716...
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Jul 22, 2013
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World
Enjoyable listen about the world financial crisis from the perspective in Iceland, Ireland, Greece, Germany and the U.S. Different from the other Mich...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 13, 2011
MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
My sister recommended this book when I was lamenting the fact that all my friends are moving away in the next few months. Very enjoyable read and I en...more
Feb 22, 2012
Feb 04, 2012
Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
I really enjoyed this book. It's practical and easy to apply. I used some of the techniques in my team retreat and was thrilled with how they worked i...more
Jan 24, 2014
Jan 05, 2014
Every Day (Every Day #1)
A- rating in the August 31st edition of Entertainment Weekly
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Aug 25, 2012
The Things a Brother Knows
NPR's Best Teen Reads 2010

I read this in just two days ploughing through the pages on my Kindle. Nice coming o...more
Sep 12, 2012
Nov 24, 2010
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
Interesting read. I can still remember the list that he shared when describing the "memory palace" method for memorizing. So I believe that it works....more
Aug 18, 2013
Jan 03, 2012
Requiem (Delirium, #3)
I didn't love the ending - both of the trilogy in general and this book specifically. Meh.
Apr 15, 2014
Apr 08, 2014
Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)
Looks like I'm becoming a fan of post-apocalyptic / angel/ strong female lit. I really enjoyed this. The premise is unique and the characters are inte...more
Oct 20, 2012
Oct 05, 2012
The Tiger's Wife
New York Times "Notable Books of 2011"
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Dec 05, 2011
The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning
New York Times "Notable Books of 2011"
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Dec 05, 2011
Me Before You
Sweet story although I found Louisa not all that relatable. Choked up a bit at the end, but it was not the sob-fest I was expecting.
Nov 30, 2013
Nov 20, 2013
Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It
As an "HIV professional" I felt obligated to read this since it's been the topic of conversation since it's release. I really enjoyed learning the his...more
Sep 22, 2012
Aug 20, 2012
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
A fun, light read. The obvious comparison is to Tina Fey's "Bossypants" (which is read when it came out in April). Overall, it's not as funny but it w...more
Dec 12, 2011
Nov 28, 2011
The Light Between Oceans
Loved this. Beautiful story with beautiful writing. Sobbed quite a bit at the end. Thanks Melody for the recommendation!
Mar 11, 2013
Feb 28, 2013
The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS
I've had this on my to-read list for awhile after a friend gave it very good reviews. I think I've avoided it bc who wants to read about work outside...more
Apr 15, 2011
Nov 17, 2009
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
Amazon Best Books of 2011

July 2012: WOW. This is not my typical kind of reading, but man I loved it. Now I kn...more
Jul 14, 2012
Nov 13, 2011