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The BFG
4.19
I loved this book when I re-read it about a month ago just as much as I loved it when my third-grade teacher read it aloud to my class seventeen years ...more
Jun 2008
Aug 17, 2008
 
With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child (With the Light, #1)
4.27
So... this is a manga (Japanese comic) about autism. Really. That was so unusual that I kind of had to check it out of the library.

I'm not sorry I did
...more
Mar 12, 2009
Mar 13, 2009
 
The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio
3.58
I can't help but compare this book to Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, since the plot involves a boy following his dream and looking for hidden treasure ...more
Mar 20, 2009
Mar 27, 2009
 
The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children
4.18
This was required reading for my new job at a girls' school (which, incidentally, is not Jewish). Although I am neither Jewish nor a parent, I found t ...more
Jul 18, 2008
Aug 16, 2008
 
The Wandering Fire (The Fionavar Tapestry, #2)
4.10
**spoiler alert** For my thoughts on the Fionavar Tapestry trilogy as a whole, see my review for The Summer Tree.

The Wandering Fire is a little bit of
...more
Jan 19, 2010
Jan 27, 2010
 
Cloud Atlas
4.01
Cloud Atlas is an intricate unwrapping experience of nested stories. Others have very accurately compared it to a set of matryoskas, those Russian woo ...more
Feb 2015
Feb 15, 2015
 
Tales of the Black Widowers (The Black Widowers, #1)
3.90
Isaac Asimov - writing mysteries! What more can I say? When I found this book at the library, it was like a personal present from the universe to me. ...more
Mar 2008
Apr 14, 2008
 
Wuthering Heights
3.79
Good Lord, this book is full of angsty characters! By the end of the book I wasn't sure I liked any of them, even Nellie Dean. Which doesn't mean I di ...more
Dec 02, 2008
Nov 09, 2008
 
The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
3.16
I don't think I've ever rated a book one star before, but this was really awful.

Don't be fooled by Dame Agatha's signature scrawled across the cover.
...more
Mar 26, 2015
Mar 29, 2015
 
The Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry #1)
4.01
Guy Gavriel Kay really, really likes J.R.R. Tolkien. Like, a whole lot. He even helped edit The Silmarillion for publication. But even if you didn't k ...more
Jan 04, 2010
Jan 27, 2010
 
The New Best Recipe
4.21
While I'll never give up my Joy of Cooking, I think that I could probably do just fine for the rest of my life with just it and this cookbook. (Though ...more
not set
Mar 13, 2010
 
Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones, #1)
3.71
I'm pretty sure reading this book is bad for you, especially if you are a woman. The relationships in it are so entirely dysfunctional, and Bridget Jo ...more
Mar 10, 2013
Mar 12, 2013
 
Still More Two-Minute Mysteries
3.70
Sobol - better known for the Encyclopedia Brown stories for children - died recently, which inspired me to pick up this paperback when I found it in t ...more
not set
Aug 05, 2012
 
The Last Light of the Sun
3.87
Interestingly, though I listened to this audiobook several years ago, I had completely forgotten that I finished it - I thought I had only gotten a fe ...more
Aug 2012
Sep 02, 2012
 
Letters of the Century: America 1900-1999
4.28
I marked this as "read" but truthfully haven't read all of it - this is a large (dictionary-sized) book consisting entirely of letters written by vari ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 31, 2013
 
The Land of the Silver Apples (Sea of Trolls, #2)
3.93
I was delighted to find that The Sea of Trolls had a sequel, and that it was available at my local library! Though I quickly became engrossed in this ...more
Jun 08, 2009
Jun 20, 2009
 
The War of the Worlds
3.76
I'm not convinced that The War of the Worlds would get published today. It's got some sections that are pretty slow-moving, which is kind of surprisin ...more
Nov 10, 2009
Nov 16, 2009
 
The Sea of Trolls (Sea of Trolls, #1)
3.98
I picked this up on audiobook after reading Zach's review, and I must say that I enjoyed it as much as I think I would have if I had found it when I w ...more
May 2009
Jun 20, 2009
 
The Rope (Anna Pigeon, #17)
3.82
I've gotten a bit hooked on Anna Pigeon's adventures solving crimes in the National Park Service, so I was excited to spot this one at the library. It ...more
not set
Aug 05, 2012
 
A Passage to India
3.63
This was actually a re-read, and I was surprised how much I'd forgotten. I was so caught up in noticing how E. M. Forster wrote again and again about ...more
Jun 10, 2010
Jun 20, 2010
 
The Railway Children
3.97
A sweet book! The only E. Nesbit I read as a child was Five Children and It, and it's kind of delightful to discover more of her work now. I love seei ...more
Jul 2009
Jun 28, 2009
 
The Castle in the Attic (The Castle in the Attic, #1)
3.94
This is one of those books that is always sitting on library shelves but that I never read--I just was never drawn to it. After reading it now, that f ...more
May 21, 2010
May 20, 2010
 
Unseen Academicals (Discworld, #37; Rincewind #8)
3.94
Oh, Terry Pratchett. You never fail to disappoint me. What can I say that I haven't said before? The Discworld books are always absurd, funny, a littl ...more
Feb 14, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
 
All Things Bright and Beautiful
4.29
I always enjoy rereading James Herriot's memoirs of his experiences as a veterinarian in Yorkshire in the first half of the previous century. His tale ...more
Dec 26, 2008
Dec 26, 2008
 
Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites
4.15
I read one or two of the stories in Beasts of Burden online a year or two ago, and was excited to find this book at the library. What fantastic comics ...more
Jan 25, 2013
Jan 31, 2013
 
The Old Man and the Sea
3.66
I think this book has the most accurate title ever.

I think I would appreciate this novella more if I studied it in some kind of class. I'm sure there'
...more
Feb 20, 2009
Feb 12, 2009
 
The High King (The Chronicles of Prydain #5)
4.26
Dear Lloyd Alexander,

Thank you, again, for giving me this part of my childhood. I always wanted to be Eilonwy with her red-gold hair, from The Book of
...more
Mar 05, 2013
Feb 27, 2013
 
Princess Academy
4.00
I must admit, the word "Princess" in the title of this book made me hesitate. Princesses get a bit too much press in girls'* literature these days, in ...more
not set
Sep 01, 2009
 
Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
4.08
This fifth collection of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle stories was published after Betty MacDonald's death, based on papers her daughter found with one unpublish ...more
Jun 18, 2010
Jun 20, 2010
 
Hattie Big Sky (Hattie, #1)
3.96
A unique and well-written piece of young adult historical fiction. Hattie, a sixteen-year-old orphan who has long been shuffled from one relative to a ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 19, 2009
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