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City of Stars (Stravaganza, #2)
At first I didn't think I would like this as much as the first book, as the description didn't sound as interesting. However, I really ended up enjoyi ...more
Jun 05, 2010
May 31, 2010
Julia's House for Lost Creatures
I picked this up originally while I was looking up storytime books and thought the cover looked cool. When I found out First Second books was the publ ...more
Dec 18, 2014
Dec 19, 2014
Fourteen-year-old Helen realizes that she is not normal. For one, she's moved so many times since she was a baby she can't keep track anymore. Secondl ...more
Feb 04, 2015
Jan 27, 2015
Georgie McCool's marriage is in trouble. She loves her husband Neal and he loves her but they're not sure it is enough. Georgie is a TV writer in Los ...more
Jan 12, 2015
Jan 11, 2015
A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver
I'm sure there are some who didn't like this book, but I thought it was pretty well done especially since it was written in the late 1970s. The book i ...more
Feb 16, 2011
Feb 13, 2011
Coyote Blue
**spoiler alert** This book was hilarious! The author reminds me a lot of Tom Robbins with a pinch of Neil Gaiman thrown in for good measure, though d ...more
Jan 07, 2010
Dec 16, 2009
Asian Tofu: Discover the Best, Make Your Own, and Cook It at Home
Despite how much most people complain about tofu, I actually like it. And I'm always looking for new ways to cook it. This book, goes a step beyond si ...more
Jan 06, 2013
Dec 31, 2012
One Man Guy
The blurb on Netgalley sounded interesting, so I decided to give the book a try. It is a really well-done book and through some brilliant quotes,it de ...more
Mar 11, 2014
Mar 10, 2014
Alias Hook
This book tells the story behind the man who would become Captain Hook, the villain in the "Peter Pan" stories by J. M. Barrie. It is hard to think of ...more
Jun 27, 2014
Jun 24, 2014
The Case of the Cursed Dodo (The Endangered Files, #1)
Jake G. Panda is a private detective at The Last Resort, a hotel for endangered animals. He gets a call from his friend, the Professor (a Himalayan ha ...more
Feb 23, 2015
Feb 20, 2015
Hiroshima No Pika
I will just include the review that I made for my class as it is more descriptive:

Hiroshima No Pika or the Flash of Hiroshima, is the true story about
Mar 2009
Feb 09, 2009
The Organization of Information (Library and Information Science Text Series)
Definitely the most dry of all the textbooks for my masters (and those who have had to read the Rubin textbook as well for 701 will find this amazing) ...more
Mar 08, 2010
Jan 11, 2010
Fractions in Disguise: A Math Adventure
The author asked if I would review his newest math adventure book. I accepted as I enjoy his authorship of "Paradox in Oz". I am not a big math fan, b ...more
Jul 29, 2014
Jul 29, 2014
City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran
I’ve been fascinated with Iran/Persia for awhile now, so when I saw this book in the new Nonfiction section, it definitely caught my attention. The au ...more
Oct 26, 2014
Oct 21, 2014
Shanghai Love
I was contacted by the author's publicist and asked if I wanted to review the book and receive a free copy. Apparently an intern had found my blog and ...more
May 24, 2013
May 15, 2013
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
The more I read this series, the more I like it, and the more I think the books are better than the show. It was definitely easier to tackle in book-f ...more
Nov 06, 2013
Aug 08, 2013
Daniel Half Human: And the Good Nazi
**spoiler alert** Another YA project book, which was a really surprising and good book. I found it really interesting because it really delved into wh ...more
Nov 27, 2009
Oct 22, 2009
Vedge: 100 Plates Large and Small That Redefine Vegetable Cooking
I had never heard of the vegetable restaurant Vedge in Philadelphia, but I had heard good things about the cookbook from some of the vegetarian and ve ...more
May 05, 2014
May 05, 2014
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 01 (Library Wars: Love & War, #1)
A very funny introductory volume to Library Wars, a futuristic view of Japan where the government has "created a committee to rid society of books it ...more
Jan 20, 2012
Feb 24, 2011
The Little Black Dress and Zoot Suits: Depression and Wartime Fashions from the 1930s to the 1950s (Dressing a Nation: the History of U.S. Fashion)
I got an advanced copy from Netgalley.
This was a well-done and well-researched book on the fashion and hairstyles of men and women from the 1930s - 1
Nov 17, 2011
Nov 14, 2011
Journeys on the Silk Road: A Desert Explorer, Buddha's Secret Library, and the Unearthing of the World's Oldest Printed Book
I absolutely loved this book that I randomly picked up in the new nonfiction section at the library! It was a narrative nonfiction about Hungarian/Bri ...more
Apr 24, 2013
Apr 14, 2013
The Good-Luck Horse
I enjoyed this Chinese folktale, though it was a bit long-winded. The story is about a young boy named Wah-Toong who created paper horses to keep him ...more
Nov 10, 2012
Nov 11, 2012
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: A Russian Tale
It took me forever to get into this story, but I enjoyed it once it finally got going. When the Fool starts picking up men for his flying ship, I imme ...more
Nov 10, 2013
Nov 12, 2013
Her Ladyship's Curse (Disenchanted & Co., Book 1, Part #1)
I love steampunk books, so when I saw this in the Teen/Young Adult section, I had to give it a try. I will say that I don't agree with their classific ...more
Jun 18, 2013
Jun 14, 2013
The Janissary Tree (Yashim the Eunuch, #1)
I really enjoyed the first book in the series and the introduction to Yashim, the impromptu detective for the sultan and yes, a eunuch. The book was s ...more
Sep 06, 2012
Sep 04, 2012
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)
I originally picked this book up after loving the TV show, but as I don’t have cable, waiting a year to see the next season of the show is an eternity ...more
Oct 17, 2013
Jul 18, 2013
Many Moons
This book won the 1944 Caldecott, but this must've been another year where there wasn't much competition. I liked the book, though the story drones on ...more
Sep 08, 2012
Sep 11, 2012
The Collected Stories of Winnie-The-Pooh
I had been looking forward to listening to this for awhile ever since I had found out that Stephen Fry narrated part of it. He has such a distinctive ...more
Apr 03, 2012
Mar 30, 2012
Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 3
I really enjoyed this manga, because it takes the very slow-paced action of the third book of The Parasol Protectorate series, and makes it much more ...more
Dec 05, 2013
Dec 05, 2013
The Vicar of Nibbleswicke
I picked this up randomly in the easy reader section while trying to find some books for my son. I thought it was hilarious, and it was a nice change ...more
Nov 18, 2012
Nov 26, 2009
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