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Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys Into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East
It's hard for me to give this book a rating. It is definitely a fascinating book, one that deals with several barely surviving religions in the Middle ...more
Mar 04, 2015
Dec 29, 2014
Dark Places
I knew nothing about this book when I started it, but I had read both Gone Girl and Sharp Objects by the same author, and enjoyed (if you can use that ...more
Jul 10, 2014
Jun 03, 2013
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I loved this book. I don't know why. I can't put my finger on it. But once I started, I just couldn't put it down. I couldn't stop thinking about it. ...more
Jul 23, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
Fiend: The Shocking True Story of America's Youngest Serial Killer
This book isn't an easy one to read. Jesse Pomeroy's actions before he was finally jailed for his crimes are unspeakably horrific and sickening. He cu ...more
Sep 23, 2013
Sep 17, 2013
And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)
I am rather disappointed in this book. Usually I adore historical fiction, and I don't ask too much of it. But nothing seemed to work properly in this ...more
Apr 16, 2015
Apr 15, 2015
Growing Up Empty: The Hunger Epidemic in America
I didn't want to like this book because dammit, why ARE there so many children and adults in the land of plenty, the land of the free and the brave, i ...more
Apr 17, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece
Sometimes I rate books by how quickly I read them. Granted, I picked this up in Delaware while on vacation, but still, a 400 page book should not take ...more
Oct 23, 2012
Oct 15, 2012
Mr. Emerson's Wife
I was drawn into the story of Lydia (Lidian) Jackson from the very first few pages. It's rare that a book grips me so tightly, so I dove head-first in ...more
Feb 25, 2010
Feb 22, 2010
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
I cannot tell you how awesome this book is. Yes, it feels a little Harry Potter-ish, what with the kid who doesn't fit in but is finally led to a plac ...more
Jul 23, 2010
Jul 20, 2010
The Daring Ladies of Lowell
Having lived in Rhode Island for a few years, and traveled about Massachusetts, I am familiar with the sight of old, hulking mills that dot the landsc ...more
May 05, 2014
May 01, 2014
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
What I'm left with, after reading this biography on Louis Zamperini and his experiences during WWII, is simply HOW. How does one man endure so much, a ...more
Oct 02, 2013
Sep 30, 2013
Invisible Tears: The Abuse, The Rebellion, The Survival, Despite All Odds
Invisible Tears is a raw and gritty look at the horrific abuse that Abigail Lawrence was forced to endure as a young girl. It made me so angry to read ...more
Oct 17, 2011
Oct 17, 2011
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Growing up in the 1980s, I had an inkling of what kinds of things were going on in Iran, thanks to my father's insistence that I watch the national ne ...more
Mar 06, 2014
Mar 06, 2014
Romance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last
It may be that I am not part of the target demographic for this book. I never got into romance novels, let alone the Harlequin books the author devour ...more
Jun 13, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
The Last Mrs. Astor: A New York Story
This book was awful. I was interested in reading about Brooke Astor, as I live in Newport, home of the first Mrs Astor's summer home, and because my h ...more
Sep 28, 2009
Sep 26, 2009
The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror
I'm beginning to think that nothing can live up to Moore's book A Dirty Job, which I absolutely adored. I never got into Sacre Bleu, and this book, wh ...more
Jan 19, 2013
Jan 17, 2013
I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors
I'd really prefer to give this 2.5 stars instead of just two, but alas, Goodreads frowns upon the whole half-star thing. I really wanted to like this ...more
Jan 21, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
The Rose Garden
I admit I'm a sucker for a good time traveling story. I think it's a hold-over from reading Heinlein's Future Timeline series as a young kid -- except ...more
Mar 12, 2012
Mar 09, 2012
The Stranger
Harlan Coben has done it again! Another fast-paced, seat-of-your-pants thriller that just forces the reader to keep flipping pages. I read this in onl ...more
May 05, 2015
Nov 18, 2014
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
I expected this book to start out extremely slowly, as I have several friends who read this first, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I was led to believe ...more
Feb 23, 2011
Feb 17, 2011
Love Him Madly: An Intimate Memoir of Jim Morrison
I didn't really care for this book. It's not really a memoir of Jim Morrison. It's more of a recounting of intimate encounters between Morrison and Hu ...more
Oct 03, 2013
Oct 02, 2013
North of Boston
I enjoyed this book fairly well, even though it didn't really capture my attention as well as I would have liked. My issue with it, though, is that ev ...more
Sep 15, 2014
Sep 09, 2014
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
I LOVED this book. In it, the US has been obliterated and a nation called Panem has replaced it. After an unsuccessful rebellion many years ago, each ...more
Jun 19, 2011
Jun 17, 2011
The Fourth Queen
Not quite halfway through this book and I had to put it down. I am tired of reading about how fat the Emperor's concubines are, with their ripplings o ...more
Jun 02, 2012
May 31, 2012
Maus, II: And Here My Troubles Began (Maus, #2)
This second volume of Spiegelman's memoirs of his father's time in Poland during WWII is just as haunting as his first, maybe moreso, as it deals with ...more
Mar 24, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
We Are On Our Own
A beautifully drawn memoir of Katin and her mother's travels throughout Hungary during WWII in order to escape the Nazis. I was drawn in by the detail ...more
May 20, 2014
May 20, 2014
Houdini: The Handcuff King
I have to admit, I'm a bit disappointed in this book. I'd already read Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller, which goes into great detail of ...more
Apr 13, 2015
Apr 13, 2015
We Were Liars
This was a strange book for me. I found myself drawn into the world of We Were Liars pretty thoroughly, but yet I didn't really care what was going on ...more
Feb 23, 2015
Feb 23, 2015
El Deafo
WOW. What an amazing book! Both my girls (aged 10 and 6) read this before I did, and they adored it. Now I understand why!

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Feb 24, 2015
Feb 24, 2015
I have to say, I enjoyed this a fair bit more than I did Creep. For one thing, the male characters had much fewer instances of their jaw working when ...more
Aug 11, 2014
Aug 10, 2014