cover title author avg rating rating my rating review Down_arrow date read date added
Saints (Boxers & Saints, #2)
I found Saints to be not quite as good as Boxers, but it is an interesting look at the Christian side of the conflict in the Boxer Rebellion. Here we...more
Nov 08, 2013
Nov 08, 2013
Stories from Jonestown
I cannot convey in words how much this book moved me. I have known about Jonestown for quite some time, being perhaps morbidly fascinated with various...more
Mar 12, 2013
Mar 11, 2013
The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1)
I just finished this book, and all I can say is, "WOW!" It took me a little bit to really get going, but once I hit the midway point I didn't want to...more
Jan 03, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
A beautifully haunting and lyrical book about the ties that bind and sometimes hurt the ones we love best. Esme and Kitty are sisters, daughters of co...more
Dec 18, 2013
Dec 16, 2013
The Glass Castle
While quite a page-turner, this book can be quite difficult to get through. Jeannette Walls was born to a couple who felt that an ordinary life was to...more
Jun 07, 2010
Jun 05, 2010
The Language of Threads
This novel is a sequel to Women of the Silk, which I haven't read. It opens in the late 1930s, after Pei and Ji Shen have escaped their silk-working v...more
Apr 16, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective
In June 1860, Great Britain was shocked by the brutal murder of a three-year-old boy, Francis Saville Kent, called Saville by his family. Not only was...more
Dec 12, 2011
Dec 10, 2011
How the Irish Saved Civilization
Quite an interesting book that discusses the fall of the Roman Empire (more information about it than I have ever bothered to learn) and the ways in w...more
Sep 16, 2012
Sep 15, 2012
True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall
In True Notebooks, Mark Salzman gives a fascinating look at young men in LA's criminal justice system. Salzman goes to Central Juvenile Hall, where th...more
Jan 24, 2011
Jan 22, 2011
The Road
A man and his son are trapped in a world in which they are very nearly the last people left alive. There are no animals, no crops, no food. The only w...more
Dec 09, 2010
Dec 08, 2010
My Side of the Mountain (Mountain, #1)
I give this book an extra star for nostalgia. I read this book probably 25 years ago, and it stuck with me through the thousands of books I've gone th...more
Nov 30, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
Paper Towns
Really, I should give this 3.5 stars. It's not that I didn't like it. Were this my first John Green, instead of The Fault In Our Stars, I probably wou...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)
Let's give this 3.5 stars in reality, shall we?

No, Dan Brown isn't high-end literature, not in the least. And yes, this book was rather formulaic, tho...more
Dec 10, 2013
Dec 08, 2013
A Certain Slant of Light (Light, #1)
This is YA fiction?! News to me. I picked it up because the blurb on the back fascinated me. A woman has been dead for 130 years, haunting various hum...more
Jul 09, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II
I'd already read Zuckoff's earlier book, Lost in Shangri-La, but this one is even better!

Greenland, 1942. Even though it's not much more than a huge...more
Nov 19, 2013
Nov 18, 2013
Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse
I absolutely adored the first book in this series. However, I think this book suffers a bit, as it's not as personal as the first book. Instead, she t...more
Jul 26, 2013
Jul 25, 2013
The Weight of Silence
At the age of four, Calli Clark witnessed a terrible event that caused her to become mute. She has not spoken since, but she has found a friend in a n...more
Sep 05, 2013
Sep 04, 2013
Out of the Mouths of Graves
I picked this up from a lovely used bookstore in Richmond, VA, Black Swan Books. Seriously, if ever you're in town, go there, and say hi to their amaz...more
Oct 20, 2014
Oct 17, 2014
Jasper Jones
Why am I limited to giving this book five stars? Were it up to me, I'd give it ten. Fifteen. Possibly even 100. This is hands down the best book I hav...more
Oct 02, 2012
Oct 01, 2012
What Alice Forgot
I seriously loved this book. As a bookworm, I take a book everywhere I go as it is, but I couldn't not read this book whenever I had a free moment. It...more
Jun 26, 2013
Jun 24, 2013
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2)
Warning: If you are a die-hard mystery fan, you will probably not enjoy these books. This is the second I've read, and the mystery to be solved is gen...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
Yes, of course, this is sort of your typically classic boy-meets-girl, girl-falls-in-love-with-impossibly-cute-boy, boy-and-girl-are-just-friends-but-...more
Feb 10, 2013
Feb 09, 2013
The Hiding Place
This has got to be one of the most inspirational books I have ever read. Corrie ten Boom and her sister Betsie, spinster sisters who still live with t...more
Jan 10, 2012
Jan 09, 2012
A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce, #3)
While I did love this novel, strangely I didn't love it quite as much as the other two books in the series. Flavia de Luce is always entertaining, but...more
Aug 2012
Jul 30, 2012
Gap Creek: The Story of a Marriage
Julie is a young girl whose burdens weigh heavily on her shoulders. Her father has no sons, and she's the strongest, and least likely to complain of h...more
Nov 14, 2011
Nov 13, 2011
A Parchment of Leaves
What a beautiful and haunting book. Vine, a young Cherokee girl, saves Saul's younger brother Aaron from a snakebite in the early 1900s. Come 1917, Vi...more
Jan 03, 2014
Jan 01, 2014
The Lover's Dictionary
A beautifully written series of definitions that as a whole tell the story of a modern relationship. It's done non-sequentially, but it's not difficul...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
Climbing the Stairs
It is 1941, and 15-year-old Vidya lives in Bombay with her mother, her father, and her older brother. Life is good for her; she lives a rather modern...more
Nov 27, 2012
Nov 26, 2012
Six Months Later
Oh, how I wanted to like this book! Unfortunately, I just couldn't. For one thing, Chloe was just so flat and predictable, and she gave up too easily...more
May 12, 2014
May 09, 2014
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
I am absolutely not going to review this as a work by J.K. Rowling because if she had wanted to be judged that way, she would have published it under...more
Apr 18, 2014
Apr 15, 2014