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93
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
3.96
4.5 stars

This was such a surprise of joy. What a delightful & touching book. I began reading it while I was waiting for the pasta to boil for supp
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Jul 2014
Jul 23, 2014
 
99
The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)
4.00
This was a delightful read. Super fun (the laugh out loud kind) and quick. Don reminded so much of my brother! (especially the Standardized Meal Syste ...more
Feb 2015
Jan 05, 2015
 
77
The Brutal Telling (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #5)
4.23
This is one of THE BEST BOOKS I've ever read. I think it may have surpassed my usual "if I was on a deserted island and had only one book to read the ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 23, 2012
 
89
The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life
3.90
It seems like practically every book I've read this year would be "good for discussion." This book is no exception.

I am stingy with my 5-star reviews
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Oct 2013
Oct 07, 2013
 
66
Belong to Me
3.83
I really liked this book & wanted to give it 4 stars but can't because I felt the ending was a bit forced & too "Cinderelly." I really liked t ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 15, 2010
 
27
Their Eyes Were Watching God
3.84
I never read this in high school; it didn't even cross my mind to read it as an adult. After I watched the made-for-tv movie with Halle Barry, I decid ...more
Aug 2006
Jun 29, 2009
 
94
The Pastures of Heaven
4.01
I'm so happy to read another Steinbeck work. I didn't know he had written any short stories until another GR member added it to his shelves.

I love St
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Sep 2014
Sep 03, 2014
 
51
Not Becoming My Mother: and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way
3.40
This is a quick read/listen. But please before you pick this up read at least one of Ms Reichl's other books. It puts this one in much better context. ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 15, 2009
 
71
Sacred Hearts
3.72
This book took me 10 days to listen to. Wow - that's a long time for me.

This was a very thought provoking book for me. I oscillated between liking it
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Jul 2011
Jul 21, 2011
 
70
The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel
3.53
It's not that I don't like it ... it's just not the same. I am a purist when it comes to books I love. I was not prepared for the images of Jamie and ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 12, 2010
 
85
The Lost Art of Mixing
3.62
I really enjoyed this book which surprised me since I didn't care for her other book, The School of Essential Ingredients.

Just what I needed: somethin
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Aug 2013
Aug 24, 2013
 
29
An Unfinished Life
3.90
This was a really good book. I was really surprised perhaps because I wasn't expected much. I also saw the movie, even though Jennifer Lopez is not on ...more
Apr 2006
Jun 30, 2009
 
33
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
3.92
This is the first time I was introduced to Ruth Reichl & am sorry to have not read her before. She is one amazing lady & what a writer! I love ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 30, 2009
 
12
The Solace of Leaving Early
3.79
This is the first fiction book I've read of Kimmel's. I enjoyed the story but COULD NOT stand the main charater. I felt she was so whiney & wishy- ...more
Mar 2007
Jun 26, 2009
 
55
The Wednesday Sisters
3.49
I wanted to give this book five stars (i.e. if I was on a deserted island & only had one book this would qualify). I didn't because as much as I l ...more
Jul 2009
Jun 08, 2009
 
80
Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life
3.68
This was an unexpected gem. I thought this was going to be about food. It was not. I don't want to limit it by saying it's about coming to terms with ...more
Mar 2013
Mar 23, 2013
 
11
She Got Up Off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana
4.03
Haven Kimmel's memoirs are fabulous. I felt like I was right there suffering with her when she broke her arm, when her mother learned to drive & t ...more
Mar 2007
Jun 26, 2009
 
32
A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander, #6)
4.41
After being disappointed with "Drums of Autumn" & "Fiery Cross" I was hesitant to read this. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked it. ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 30, 2009
 
78
The Source of Miracles: 7 Steps to Transforming Your Life through the Lord's Prayer
4.12
This was so good, I just went out and bought the book. I cannot wait to begin highlighting the whole bloomin' thing.

I am so surprise how much comfort
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Aug 2012
Aug 07, 2012
 
68
The Possibilities of Sainthood
3.59
I almost listened to this but decided not to after I read a review of the audiobook. Evidently the narrator thought a "valley girl" accent was appropr ...more
Aug 2010
May 13, 2010
 
40
The Queen of the South
3.89
Wow! Another great book. This is powerful book about a woman who finds herself & she is mighty even if she is on the wrong side of the law. Fantas ...more
Mar 2005
Jul 02, 2009
 
59
Perfectly Yourself: 9 Lessons for Enduring Happiness
4.25
I can't say enough about Matthew Kelly's book. FANTASTIC. They aren't preachy & make you think about what you want out of life & how you can c ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 10, 2009
 
61
Invisible Lives
3.41
This one sat on my library shelf forever. I don't know why I didn't read it sooner. It was a quick read & so enjoyable. I really liked the story l ...more
Dec 2009
Jan 14, 2010
 
101
America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great
4.21
Another great, thought-provoking book from Mr. Carson. While I don't agree with all of his politics, I am surprised by the number I do. He has some cl ...more
Mar 2015
Feb 24, 2015
 
13
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
3.63
Another amazing book! Greg has accomplished so much & given unheard of opportunities for these children. Read it now.
Mar 2007
Jun 26, 2009
 
37
Slow Food: The Case for Taste (Arts and Traditions of the Table)
3.23
I love this philosophy!

I need to work on portion control & eating more slowly.
Sep 2005
Jul 01, 2009
 
100
Lent With the Saints: Daily Reflections
3.40
Not bad - more like 2.5. A little too Catholic for me.
Feb 2015
Feb 25, 2015
 
35
I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away
3.89
You can't go wrong with Bill Bryson's humor. A great read!
Nov 2005
Jul 01, 2009
 
36
In a Sunburned Country
4.04
Not one of my favorites by Bryson but still classic.
Oct 2005
Jul 01, 2009
 
30
East of Eden
4.32
Can you really ever go wrong with Steinbeck?
Apr 2006
Jun 30, 2009
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