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The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and "Tougher Standards"
4.27
I have reading some more current stuff about education this summer while I haven’t been doing school. A few of the books I read I would highly recomme...more
Jun 2008
Oct 16, 2008
 
Crime and Punishment
4.14
For some reason I always had the impression that this ENTIRE book was just about a guy contemplating a murder. So I was pleasantly surprised when the...more
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Mar 31, 2011
 
Peace Like a River
3.95
**spoiler alert** *Spoiler Alert*
I really loved the writing and characters in this book. I thought the plot was fun and engaging. I thought the themes...more
Jan 18, 2013
Jan 18, 2013
 
The Mayor of Casterbridge
3.73
This book was really dark, and left me totally down. The two main themes seemed to be 1) We really have no control over anything. We can hope, and pra...more
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Jan 14, 2011
 
The Schools We Need: And Why We Don't Have Them
3.59
It was hard to decide how many stars to give this book, because, let me be very clear, it started out bad and ended up downright CREEPY! However, I th...more
Jun 2008
Oct 16, 2008
 
Beatrice and Virgil
3.07
I don't know what to say about this book other than it is shocking and haunting. I found the similarities between this and the Life of Pi (using anima...more
Nov 15, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
 
Austenland (Austenland, #1)
3.47
I thought this would be a fun read, but I actually didn't like it much. The humor didn't really catch me and the characters were one- dimensional. I k...more
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Aug 12, 2010
 
Sister Carrie
3.66
Truth be told I didn't even finish this, though I did get about 3/4 of the way through. It was really depressing and I could find no redeeming or upli...more
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Jan 14, 2011
 
My Life in France
4.13
This was a great biography! I was most impressed by Julia's work ethic and attention to detail. I also loved her relationship with Paul. It made me wa...more
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Jan 14, 2011
 
The Mill on the Floss
3.72
Middlemarch is one of my very favorite books, and I enjoyed this one as well. George Eliot is really awesome. I thought the ending was a little "dues...more
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Jan 14, 2011
 
Ethan Frome
3.29
This is one of the best short stories I have ever read! The ending is horrific- but totally brilliant! I have read the Age of Innocence and the HOuse...more
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Jan 14, 2011
 
Silent to the Bone
3.77
I don't like such adult subject matter being discussed in a young adult book. I think these things should be talked about openly with kids who are old...more
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Oct 27, 2011
 
The Global Achievement Gap: Why Our Kids Don't Have the Skills They Need for College, Careers, and Citizenship—and What We Can Do About It
3.95
I think that Tony Wagner was dead on in this book. I totally agree that the teaching to the test model that has been the norm since No Child Left Behi...more
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Mar 04, 2010
 
Little Men (Little Women #2)
3.77
Good book, but don't read it while you are morning sick. It makes you feel even more inadequate compared to Jo- who is the perfect mom/teacher/woman....more
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Mar 04, 2010
 
Mind Set!: Reset Your Thinking and See the Future
3.36
This was an interesting, fast read. I thought the sections on China and Europe were the most interesting. It made me want to read his book "Megatrends...more
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Mar 04, 2010
 
The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the World
4.27
I didn't love the writing. If Skousen presented the other side more he would make his own argument stronger. But the principles are really good.
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Oct 22, 2009
 
Mansfield Park
3.78
I just listened to this on my ipod and it was great! I liked Fanny's character. She was socially insecure but morally certain.
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Aug 12, 2010
 
Julia Child
3.69
I enjoyed My Life in France more, but this was good. I love Julia!
Aug 19, 2012
Aug 20, 2012
 
Johnny Tremain
3.54
I enjoyed this book and want my kids to read it someday!
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Jan 14, 2011
 
The Turn of the Screw
3.45
Creepy!
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Oct 24, 2011
 
Cry, the Beloved Country
3.82
Not only is this a really good book, but it helped me get my husband! :) I had read it in High School, and one rainy day in college I saw it in the li...more
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Oct 26, 2008
 
Middlemarch
3.89
"What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult to each other?" Pg. 698 This book has effected me more than any other book I have ever read....more
Jun 2008
Oct 16, 2008
 
The Education of James Madison: A Model for Today
4.33
Fascinating, there is good reason why he became the "Father of Our Constitution." Although, I kept looking forward to the end when she would outline h...more
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Oct 16, 2008
 
A History of the English Speaking Peoples, 4 Vols
4.27
Baden and I are reading this together right now, so far it is really interesting. We are going to England in the Spring, so we thought we would brush...more
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Oct 20, 2008
 
Atlas Shrugged
3.67
I read this when I was like 17 and I thought it was great until it dawned on me that it was evil! Ha ha. Rand tries to make selfishness a virtue- and...more
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Oct 22, 2008
 
The Fourth Turning
4.02
I was thinking about this book WAY too much during the financial bailout crisis. I think their argument is laid out extremely well. It was fascinating...more
May 2007
Oct 17, 2008
 
The One Minute Manager - Increase Productivity, Profits And Your Own Prosperity
3.76
I am not interested too much in business books. Although, I know theoretically this could be applied to any sort of managing, like parenting. It just...more
Jul 2008
Oct 17, 2008
 
Euclid's Elements
4.26
I had to memorize all the problems of the first book last summer for my GWC degree. It was really a cool experience, and I can honestly say I have nev...more
Jul 2007
Oct 16, 2008
 
Volumes I & Ii: America, The Last Best Hope: From The Age Of Discovery To A World At War And From A World At War To The Triumph Of Freedom: 1492   1989 (Conservative Books 2008 Hardcover Printing 1216 Pages, Vols. 1 & 2 Complete Set)
4.46
Baden and I read these outloud together this summer and thoroughly enjoyed them! They are a great way to brush up on American history. They are a fast...more
Jun 2008
Oct 17, 2008
 
Freedom
3.67
I thought the first chapter was brilliant, but after that I wasn't super impressed.
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Jun 15, 2011
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