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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Exciting, exciting, exciting plot. I am going to have difficulty awaiting the third book of this trilogy. In addition to an exciting, well-paced plot, ...more
Jan 18, 2010
Jan 15, 2010
Coloring Outside the Lines: Raising A Smarter Kid by Breaking All the Rules
Schank provides a cogent view of how to foster gumption, creativity, and analytical skills in children in order to combat the damage that schooling do ...more
Apr 08, 2010
Mar 20, 2010
The Buddha in the Attic
The story is about female Japanese immigrants to the United States prior to World War II and the struggles they faced to make lives for themselves and ...more
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Oct 28, 2013
Salem Falls
**spoiler alert** As always, I had a difficult time putting the book down - - Picoult is a master at pacing and hooking a reader. However, while I lik ...more
Feb 26, 2010
Feb 24, 2010
The Pact
I found the story captivating, and Picoult's use of different points of view to tell the story and use of past memory helps in the pacing of the story ...more
Feb 02, 2010
Jan 31, 2010
Nineteen Minutes
Reading this book made me reflect on my own school experiences, and I think Picoult captured some of the cruelty of school life authentically. One of ...more
Feb 06, 2010
Feb 04, 2010
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
The horror of Rwanda is captured well, but I had a lot of trouble relating to the narrator. I had difficulty following her emotional journey to the po ...more
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Jan 08, 2010
All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
The story kept me captivated and I found myself finishing this book in about 3 to 4 days - - I love reading books that I hate putting down - - and ove ...more
Jan 10, 2010
Jan 06, 2010
Patron Saint of Liars
The story begins with Rose, a pregnant young wife whose restlessness leads her to leave everything behind in California (her husband, mother, home) an ...more
Dec 2010
Nov 26, 2010
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
This third book in the series was well worth the wait. I was curious as to how Collins was going to handle the love triangle between Katniss, Gale, an ...more
Oct 10, 2010
Oct 05, 2010
Handle with Care
I've read several of Picoult's books, and I'm starting to find some of her plot devices a bit predictable. This book, in particular, has a lot of simi ...more
Apr 18, 2010
Apr 13, 2010
Fahrenheit 451
Since books are being burned, clearly censorship is one of the major themes of the book, but I think the overriding theme is one of human disconnected ...more
Dec 10, 2012
Nov 26, 2012
Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
This book, in addition to being an autobiography and describing the life of Adeline Yen Mah, provided many details about China that served to illustra ...more
Jan 24, 2010
Jan 08, 2010
Lies Will Take You Somewhere
**spoiler alert** This book is very well-written, so the rating I gave it has nothing to do with skill, but everything to do with how the book made me ...more
Apr 03, 2010
Mar 15, 2010
My Life in France
This was a book club selection, and I must admit I had absolutely no interest in reading this and would never have picked this for myself. That being ...more
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Jan 08, 2010
Little Bird of Heaven
**spoiler alert** I've read several novels by Joyce Carol Oates, but this isn't one that I find compelling. As with many of her other novels, Oates ex ...more
May 10, 2010
Apr 18, 2010
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
What a great story! I was hooked almost from the beginning, and the pacing of the story is excellent. The characters have an authenticity and genuinen ...more
Jan 14, 2010
Jan 12, 2010
That Old Cape Magic
Griffin reminded me of a more intellectual version of the main character in Bridge of Sighs, at least in the sense of their obliviousness to the emoti ...more
Mar 23, 2010
Feb 27, 2010
Is Your House Overweight?: Recipes For Low-Fat Rooms
I understand that Americans have a tendency to hold onto many items unnecessarily, but I'm unimpressed with Kreighbaum's "recipes" to organize rooms. ...more
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May 28, 2013
Juliet, Naked
Anne's and Duncan's 15 year relationship is at an end, although the only regrets seem to be due to the change in habits that ensue as a result. Duncan ...more
Sep 10, 2010
Aug 25, 2010
Noah's Compass
The novel begins with Liam Pennywell, at age 60, moving into a smaller apartment after losing his job as a fifth grade teacher. He goes to bed on the ...more
Jun 27, 2010
Jun 13, 2010
Truth & Beauty
This was an interesting memoir of Lucy Grealy, and Ann Patchett's love for her friend shines through as strongly as her resignation at Grealy's need f ...more
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Nov 21, 2010
The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
The idea behind this book is great, and while Rubin's own recounting of her happiness project left me somewhat lukewarm, many of her resolutions reson ...more
Apr 26, 2010
Apr 13, 2010
The Book of Learning and Forgetting
What is refreshing about this book is that in addition to pointing out how flawed the school systems are with the emphasis on organized learning, stan ...more
Mar 15, 2010
Mar 06, 2010
The Quickie
Lauren, a hotshot detective, thinks her husband Paul is cheating on her, and rather than confront him, she decides to have a fling of her own. This de ...more
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Aug 25, 2010
Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling
Gatto does a wonderful job combining historical evidence with anecdotal evidence to provide a compelling argument against compulsory schooling, and I ...more
Mar 06, 2010
Feb 27, 2010
Welcome to Xanadu
I was motivated to read this book because I had seen the movie with Martin Sheen and Linda Blair on which it was based. Not badly written, but I didn' ...more
Mar 24, 2011
Mar 17, 2011
A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness & a Trove of Letters Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression
The premise of this book is intriguing; the author focuses on the effects of an anonymous gift of $5 to 75 families during the height of the Great Dep ...more
Feb 08, 2013
Jan 31, 2013
The Neighbor (Detective D.D. Warren, #3)
As always with Gardner's books, I could not put it down. She is highly skilled at creating suspense and crafting a plot. The characters are complex an ...more
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 26, 2010
Moving a Puddle, and Other Essays
This book is an enlightening collection of anecdotal essays pertaining to mindful parenting, learning and unschooling. This is one of those books that ...more
Jun 29, 2010
Jun 20, 2010
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