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Variant (Variant, #1)
Okay, October 4th is finally here--official release date of VARIANT.

This book is a definite must-read for 2011. It's being promoted as dystopian, but...more
Oct 04, 2011
Feb 25, 2011
Olivia (The Newport Ladies Book Club)
This first book in the Newport Ladies Book Club series is simply a delight to read. It’s probably my favorite Julie Wright book so far. The writing is...more
Feb 05, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
These Is My Words (Sarah Agnes Prine, #1)
Fascinating story--not unlike many pioneer or western-oriented stories that I've read--but the writing style was wonderful. Very funny in some parts t...more
Oct 12, 2008
Oct 07, 2008
The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern, #1)
5 stars is probably no surprise to anyone. But it was to me. I've read a couple of Hale's other books and really enjoyed them. But I wasnt prepared to...more
Dec 15, 2008
Dec 16, 2008
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Okay, I finally read it! Coupled with the movie coming out soon and the fact that some of the advance reviews of my YA sci fi SOLSTICE (under pen name...more
Feb 04, 2014
Feb 04, 2014
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
I live about 70 miles from the former site of Japanese internment site, Topaz (Delta, Utah), which locked away thousands of Japanese-Americans during...more
May 20, 2009
Mar 30, 2009
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I've been giving a lot of books 5 stars lately. Really, they don't have to be genius literary works for me to give 5 stars, but the books do have to b...more
Jul 17, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
Author Carol Lynch Williams has done in this book what Jodi Picoult does in her novels. Williams has captured the complicated relationship between a m...more
Aug 04, 2012
Aug 04, 2012
Letters in the Jade Dragon Box
A beautiful, heart-breaking story in which a young Chinese girl learns the truth about her childhood and how the rise of Mao Tse-tung destroyed all pe...more
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 24, 2012
Pope Joan
A fascinating historical novel about the belief that a woman served as Pope, disguised as a man. Author Donna Cross is a vibrant story-teller as well...more
Jan 21, 2013
Jan 09, 2013
The Chosen One
What an amazing, heartbreaking story. I can't even put into words the emotions that went through me. I'm going to have to let this one sink in.

May 20, 2009
May 20, 2009
I read this many years ago, and again this week. It was still completely absorbing. Fascinating & heart-breaking.
Dec 08, 2011
Dec 08, 2011
My Name Is Asher Lev
I read this book many years ago, and it's definitely worth a 2nd read. Many quotable lines that apply to all areas of life.
Apr 05, 2011
Apr 04, 2011
Elantris (Elantris, #1)
I'm not a big fantasy reader, but I thought this was simply FANTASTIC.
Jan 26, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
Beautifully written, compelling tone. A difficult topic, but very well done.
Apr 06, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
This book is excellent. There were some places that I skimmed because the whole metal allowancy thing became repetitive in places. But overall, an int...more
Feb 09, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
Big in Japan
Fresh, exciting & fascinating!
Sep 22, 2012
Sep 22, 2012
Thirteen Reasons Why
Intense. Dark. Disturbing. Brilliant.
Jun 18, 2010
Jun 18, 2010
The Book Thief
If you haven't read this book, stop what you are doing and read it. Every word is a treasure.
Oct 10, 2011
Oct 03, 2011
A Timeless Romance Anthology: Winter Collection
6 historical romance novellas by 6 award-winning authors. I had a hard time deciding which story was my favorite, so I guess I'll just have to love th...more
Oct 02, 2012
Aug 15, 2012
Nov 07, 2011
Nov 07, 2011
The Night Circus
Vibrant and complex. Loved it!
Dec 03, 2011
Nov 24, 2011
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
I'm not much for reading motivational books, but this was fantastic. Really gave me a lot of encouragement as I continue to pursue my career in writin...more
Mar 07, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
The Historian
This book is an amazing piece of fiction combined with scholarship. I really loved every aspect of it. It was a beast to read--long--but for the most...more
Oct 08, 2009
Sep 02, 2009
Water for Elephants
Incredible story. But then again I love historical fiction. I am still amazed at all that happened in the world of the 1900's circus era. A brutal dep...more
Nov 14, 2008
Oct 21, 2008
The Help
This book was recommended to me by many people, so I decided to put everything else aside and see if it lived up to the hype. It was a fabulous book a...more
Mar 13, 2010
Jan 19, 2010
My Not-So-Fairy-Tale Life
This is a beautiful story of a teenager who finds out she's pregnant, and that's only part of her troubles. A touching, heart-wrenching yet heart-warm...more
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Oct 07, 2008
The Glass Castle
This memoir was amazing. I guess I'm on a memoir kick. Some of it seemed so fantastical, but I guess what they say is true--truth is stranger than fic...more
not set
Oct 04, 2008
Excellent read and wonderful research. After reading this novel on Queen Nefertiti, who was also Pharoah for a short time, makes me want to dig up all...more
Mar 11, 2010
Jan 02, 2010
I Am the Messenger
I wouldn't classify this as YA, since the language and themes are quite adult. A fascinating story. Poetic and quite brilliant!
Jan 30, 2011
Feb 27, 2010
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