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Lincoln's Dreams
3.51
liked it
Low-key, melancholic and haunting
Dec 2011
Mar 07, 2012
 
Vampire Kisses (Vampire Kisses, #1)
3.68
liked it
"Gushing," "frothy," and "giddy" aren't words I'd normally ascribe to vampire romances, but they're apt in this case-- although the heroine repeatedly ...more
Sep 2009
Dec 11, 2009
 
Airman
4.14
really liked it
Good, rollicking fun steampunk adventure set in a tiny made-up European kingdom off the coast of Ireland at the turn of the last century. Swordplay! I ...more
Apr 03, 2011
Nov 22, 2010
 
Crossing the Wire
3.81
really liked it
A heart-breaking and adrenaline-pumping look at one boy's attempts to cross the border into the U.S. so his family can eat. Hobbs does an excellent jo ...more
Apr 17, 2009
Apr 11, 2009
 
Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door
3.96
liked it
Old Man Fookwire is a crank, and that doesn't change when sweet Little Old Lady Hu moves in next door with her cat, Muffin. Unfortunately, Muffin is a ...more
Aug 22, 2014
Mar 06, 2012
 
Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)
4.37
liked it
Another guilty pleasure
Dec 11, 2009
Dec 11, 2009
 
Hug
4.08
liked it
Good for toddler time.
Jan 2006
Apr 11, 2009
 
Mr. Wuffles!
3.97
it was amazing
Ever wonder what's captured your cat's attention when he stares fixedly at the crack beneath the radiator? Perhaps tiny green extraterrestrials are co ...more
not set
Mar 28, 2014
 
Bad Kitty Gets a Bath
4.20
it was amazing
Since Bad Kitty and Poor Puppy are both popular picture books, I ordered two copies of this for the library picture book collection. This is not a pic ...more
Feb 2009
Apr 13, 2009
 
Infinite Jest
4.31
liked it
This is a hard book to rate. At points, it is pure genius. Foster Wallace's satire of addiction, consumerism and entertainment is intoxicating. At the ...more
Nov 2003
Aug 12, 2007
 
Chains (Seeds of America, #1)
4.08
really liked it
Anderson did a really excellent job of presenting the horrors of slavery to an audience of modern tweens and teens. I liked the way she showed both th ...more
Feb 25, 2010
Feb 05, 2010
 
Reamde
3.96
liked it
I really enjoyed this, in the same way that I enjoyed Cryptonomicon a decade ago. The tech-world of T'Rain is intriguing and enticingly developed, and ...more
Jan 02, 2014
May 20, 2012
 
Mysterious Messages: A History of Codes and Ciphers
4.14
really liked it
Come on! Who doesn't love this awesome spy stuff? This is a particularly informative and alluring book of codes, ciphers and the history of their use, ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 10, 2010
 
Evernight (Evernight, #1)
3.64
liked it
3.5, really. Much, much better than most of the vampire crap I've been reading lately... did that sound too crusty? The setting and plot are really we ...more
Mar 11, 2010
Mar 08, 2010
 
The White Giraffe (Animal Healer, #1)
3.99
liked it
When adult characters withhold key information from child protagonists for little other reason than the fact that doing so helps advance the plot, thi ...more
Jun 10, 2009
Apr 11, 2009
 
The Three Pigs
4.15
it was amazing
This book bowled me over the first time I read it, over a decade ago. Nearly every child with whom I've shared this book loves it. Wiesner's whimsical ...more
Oct 10, 2001
Jun 16, 2007
 
Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
3.99
really liked it
This book is heart-wrenching. It is a true story so outrageously tragic and horrible that you have to continually remind yourself of its reality. Read ...more
Feb 2014
Jan 06, 2014
 
Picture the Dead
3.53
really liked it
A deftly woven blend of text and scrapbook images pulls the reader into this gothic Civil War tale of deceit, jealousy, betrayal and a love-triangle t ...more
Jun 2010
Jul 14, 2010
 
Duck! Rabbit!
4.15
it was amazing
(Preschool-Grade 2)"Hey, look! A duck!" "That's not a duck. That's a rabbit!" Can two entirely different perspectives on the same thing be accurate? T ...more
not set
Nov 22, 2010
 
Looking for Alaska
4.09
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Beautifully written with great characters and intelligent but realistic dialogue. I'm kind of pissed at myself for not reading the s ...more
not set
Jun 18, 2007
 
Islam: The Straight Path
3.87
really liked it
This is the book I recommend to people who want to better understand Islam as both a religion and a global political phenomenon. In clear, simple, rea ...more
not set
Jun 06, 2012
 
Hercule Poirot's Casebook (Hercule Poirot, #42)
4.22
really liked it
I love Hercule Poirot and the little grey cells in his egg-shaped head. How I wish I had his understanding of "method" and "the psychology." There are ...more
not set
Jun 19, 2007
 
His Dark Materials (His Dark Materials #1-3)
4.25
it was ok
Pullman is incredibly talented, which just makes this series more disappointing. The Golden Compass makes a promising start, in a wonderfully realized ...more
Jul 2002
Jul 02, 2007
 
An Egg Is Quiet
4.28
really liked it
Exquisite watercolor illustrations complement a poetic list of eggs’ attributes: “An egg is quiet./ It sits there, under its mother’s feathers… on top ...more
Jan 2010
Mar 16, 2012
 
Ordeal by Innocence
3.77
liked it
When the dead black sheep of the family is cleared of his mother's murder, the entire family comes under agonizing scrutiny as suspects in the two-yea ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 24, 2007
 
Anonymous Rex
3.57
it was ok
The dinosaurs faked their own extinction. They live among us disguised as humans. They can get high on basil. Vincent Rubio is a velociraptor and priv ...more
Nov 2007
Sep 21, 2007
 
The Game Of Sunken Places
3.42
really liked it
No one can do theatre d'absurde for children like M.T. Anderson, and here he's mingled it with good old nineteenth century adventure that is somewhere ...more
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
 
Deep in the Sahara
3.92
really liked it
Lalla yearns to wear a fluttering malafa so she can be beautiful like her mother, mysterious like her sister and queenly like her grandmother. The old ...more
not set
Dec 18, 2013
 
The Spiderwick Chronicles (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1-5)
4.03
really liked it
The Spiderwick Chronicle forms a surprisingly satisfying fantasy story for children at the frustrating "low-middle" reading level just below the audie ...more
May 2007
Jul 22, 2007
 
Eat, Pray, Love
3.50
really liked it
I think I really need to wait a year or two to rate and review this accurately and see how much it really sticks with me. Nonetheless, while listening ...more
Aug 2008
Jun 18, 2007
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