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Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
I was absolutely inspired by this book. As much as I love Anne of Green Gables, I love a good political story with interesting characters and events. ...more
May 19, 2011
May 19, 2011
The Woman in Black
This was an interesting, haunting book. I could identify with the passion and zeal of a 20-something with all their life ahead of them. I was so that ...more
Jan 16, 2015
Jan 13, 2015
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
On our way home from St. George over Memorial Day, Granny sent us out the door with this book. Well, Phineas had fallen asleep, and I didn't think it ...more
Jul 04, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
I listened to this while I drove to and from work and exercising, and I could not get enough of it. It was incredibly well written non-fiction about w ...more
Nov 2014
Feb 13, 2014
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
I unabashedly loved this book. I love that the whole story takes place in 24 hours, and the emotions of the teens are really believable. It helped me ...more
Aug 2014
Oct 16, 2014
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children
My principal at my school suggested that I look into this book, knowing my super-nerdy, knowledge cravings in the basic science of raising kids. I lik ...more
May 17, 2012
May 17, 2012
What Happened On Planet Kid
This was a great book that addressed some of the harder things of childhood that are rarely addressed, especially in the 1950s: race and physical abus ...more
Jan 15, 2015
Jan 13, 2015
Growing Up Duggar: It's All About Relationships
This book has absolutely changed my life. I have a huge interest in how enormous Christian families succeed, and from the perspective of the four olde ...more
Dec 16, 2014
Dec 29, 2014
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
A simple read--it only took me a few hours to complete it. I enjoyed Katniss embracing the role of Mockingjay, but her character was a bit too weak an ...more
Sep 04, 2010
Sep 04, 2010
Sarah's Key
I was absolutely clueless about the Vel d'Hiv roundup in Paris during WWII. It happened in July of 1942 where French policemen rounded up all the Jews ...more
Dec 31, 2010
Jan 20, 2011
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
This book chronicles the few people that got rich off the market crash in 2007/2008. It was cognitively challenging for me since I haven't ever read a ...more
Feb 15, 2011
Jan 20, 2011
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
This was a delightful nonfiction book about the six senses that will rule the future: design, story, symphony, empathy, play and meaning. I was really ...more
Feb 03, 2014
Feb 08, 2014
The Entitlement Trap: How to Rescue Your Child with a New Family System of Choosing, Earning, and Ownership
I love the idea of creating a sense of belonging for your children by increasing their knowledge of their heritage and making them feel like they are ...more
Jan 2011
Feb 23, 2012
Raising Children in the 11th Hour: Standing Guard In an Age of Marketing, Media, and Madness
I picked this up randomly at the library because the title hit home for me. The author did a good job of being nondenominational and presenting some b ...more
Jan 23, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
Unbelievable. Thank goodness for Granny and her knowledge of good books. This story is of a Jewish young woman that survives the Nazis in Poland. Not ...more
Feb 21, 2011
Feb 15, 2011
A Christmas Carol
I have seen this play multiple times, but had never read the book until this week. Dickens is a phenomenal author, and the story reminds one of the tr ...more
Dec 06, 2010
Dec 04, 2010
Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
This book has forever transformed my parenting and conceptions of my experience. I had an incredible a-ha moment in the conclusion--my children will g ...more
Jan 03, 2014
Jan 16, 2014
The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict
My dear friend Alice suggested this book to me, and it was a great explanation of why we act the way we do. One of the main ideas is, "Lasting solutio ...more
Jul 09, 2012
Jul 10, 2012
The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal
This book embodies what I wish for every time I talk with an elderly person: an accurate description of what their life was like when they were young. ...more
Aug 10, 2009
Aug 26, 2009
The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate
This book has been pretty powerful for me. Knowing love is a choice, and choosing to speak the love language of my companion has had a fabulous impact ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 23, 2012
Anne's House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables, #5)
This has been my favorite Anne book so far. Probably because I identify with her in every aspect of her life: being a wife, having children, and creat ...more
Oct 2010
Nov 10, 2010
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Being married to an introvert and parenting one, this book was absolutely transformational for me. Most of our misunderstandings come down to temperam ...more
Jan 22, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
Thank heavens for friends that read good books. This was one of those fabulously romantic mysteries written in the 1930s, with love, interest, and int ...more
Feb 17, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
Roots: The Saga of an American Family
I did it!! I finished Roots last night! I've wanted to read this book ever since I saw it on my dad's bookshelves as a child. Unknowingly, I bought tw ...more
Jul 25, 2011
May 31, 2011
Love Times Three: Our True Story of a Polygamous Marriage
This book gave me great insight and appreciation into the lives of polygamists. Each woman feels like they are in a monogamous relationship, and they ...more
Apr 2013
Jun 24, 2013
Cutting for Stone
Off the beaten path of what I normally enjoy as a reader, this book was interesting, educating, and thought-provoking. I would give it 3.5 stars if I ...more
Jan 14, 2013
Jan 17, 2013
The Glass Castle
It was a compelling story, but not inspiring.

I'm currently reading Half Broke Horses, and I would suggest this book be read first because I am buildi
May 23, 2011
May 31, 2011
Kidnapped (David Balfour, #1)
Aleisha, my dear sister, gave me 16 classic books for Christmas, and I decided to start with the skinniest one. Well, due to the fact that I tried to ...more
Jan 2012
Feb 23, 2012
The Christmas Sweater
I love myself a cheesy Christmas read in the month of December. The teenage boy kind of got on my nerves, and maybe that's why I enjoyed the "Entitlem ...more
Dec 2011
Feb 23, 2012
To Kill a Mockingbird
Granny suggested I read this classic, and I thoroughly enjoyed every page. A story told through the eyes of a young girl (whom I thought was a boy unt ...more
Aug 26, 2009
Aug 26, 2009
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