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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
How could I not give this book 5 stars? I would live in fear of being strung up the nearest Muggle tree! Thankfully, it was a great book and well dese ...more
Apr 2009
Mar 24, 2009
Girl With a Pearl Earring
I enjoyed this book. The story is subtle making it the perfect example that less is more in a story.

Some of my thoughts as I read:
1. The society of
Jan 29, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #1)
Intensely scary. There was a time or two I raced up the stairs to jump into the safety of my bed after listening to this book. Thank goodness I'm left ...more
Mar 24, 2009
Nov 20, 2008
Redeeming Love
I didn't love this book. It had a rocky start for me. There were parts in the middle I enjoyed. It was a passionate book, but never erotic (if you kno ...more
Dec 12, 2008
Nov 20, 2008
The Alchemist
Loved it. The author has quite a storytelling ability. It seemed to me like a Spanish/Middle Eastern Wizard of Oz full of adventure, travel and learni ...more
Apr 11, 2009
Jan 17, 2009
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
This book is excellent. Sometimes books such as these, howbeit inspiring, are often tedious to read. This one was not. I was fascinated.

After a faile
Nov 2008
Nov 18, 2008
Shadow Castle
Before I read this book again I was prepared to give it 5 stars for being a childhood favorite. Then I read it and my jaded adult self couldn't leave ...more
Feb 28, 2009
Mar 01, 2009
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
I was prepared to give this book a solid three stars until the very end. Before then I was ignoring most of the major beefs I could have had with the ...more
Jan 28, 2010
Jun 17, 2009
Duty and Desire (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman #2)
As much as I loved the first book in the series, this one was a big disappointment. The story picks up where Mr. Darcy leaves Netherfield and he and E ...more
Sep 2008
Oct 19, 2008
Snow Falling on Cedars
If there was a choice for 3 1/2 stars, that is what I would choose. To me this book deserved more than just three stars, yet four may not reflect my t ...more
Dec 08, 2009
Jan 09, 2009
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
**spoiler alert** I love to HATE this book! I consider the close of this series completely irresponsible. Each of the main characters were successfull ...more
Aug 2008
Oct 19, 2008
Main Street
A satire isn't necessarily funny or lighthearted. Critical--yes. Pessimistic--yes. Main Street is just that book. The characters are ridiculed by the ...more
Jan 14, 2009
Dec 31, 2008
I fully expected this book to be overly dramatic given that the movie adaptation (which I have not seen) was Oscar nominated. But for a book of it's l ...more
Feb 24, 2009
Nov 30, 2008
The Book Thief
A few of my thoughts:

To write Death as the narrator was brilliant. The story being told from a literal omniscient point of view gave such a unique rea
May 2009
Mar 24, 2009
The Glass Castle
If anyone would have an excuse to give up on life it would be Jeanette. As a child she lived in deplorable conditions at the hands of her alcoholic fa ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 18, 2008
The Time Traveler's Wife
This book is like a delicious red apple. The first bite is fantastic. So is the second. And then in the third...a green, squishy worm.

I hate to put th
May 06, 2009
Dec 16, 2008
There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell: A Novel of Sewer Pipes, Pageant Queens, and Big Trouble
This book had everything, including the kitchen sink, thrown in--metaphors, similes, stereotypes, and an underlying Karate Kid theme (only less inspir ...more
Feb 13, 2009
Jan 15, 2009
The King's Pleasure
This novel is a look at Katherine of Aragon, a person to which I've given little thought since high school history classes. I was surprised how intere ...more
Jun 10, 2009
Dec 22, 2008
Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)
I LOVED this book! Actually as my first download on my Ipod, I loved listening to this book. It got me happily through an entire afternoon of pulling ...more
Feb 07, 2009
Dec 15, 2008
Rapunzel's Revenge (Rapunzel's Revenge, #1)
Cute take. Of all the fairy tale princesses I have thought Rapunzel to be the dimmest--sitting all by herself with two long "ropes" to use for escape. ...more
Dec 02, 2009
Dec 05, 2009
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Before I read it, I truly expected to dislike this book. I expected the author tell me the only answer would be to move to the hills and become a vege ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 19, 2008
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Loved it! I think I'll pick up a copy to save until my children are older, as the themes do seem to be a little too complex for their sensitivities.

Mar 2009
Feb 06, 2009
The Poisonwood Bible
I'm torn as what to say about this book. I guess I like my fiction to be a little more story and a little less agenda. Don't get me wrong, I realize e ...more
Mar 15, 2009
Nov 21, 2008
The Blue Castle
Great book. I knew nothing of the story when I started reading. The first 50 or so pages were a struggle. At first, I didn't love Valancy. She seemed ...more
Dec 30, 2008
Dec 26, 2008
Emerald Green (The Ruby Red Trilogy, #3)
So this series has so much of what I loathe in books like these. (Some of the same shenanigans of Twilight, even.) Yet, I was glued to listening to al ...more
Oct 03, 2014
Oct 03, 2014
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Great novel. Basically, it's the story of a clever woman tricked by a weasel-face French guy into betraying her husband. Once she learns her mistake s ...more
Dec 22, 2008
Dec 19, 2008
The Candy Shop War (The Candy Shop War, #1)
My kids and I read this together. They loved it. I didn't. I couldn't get over all the bad choices the kids were making: taking candy from strangers, ...more
Mar 15, 2014
Mar 30, 2014
A Short History of Nearly Everything
You're probably looking at this book thinking it is so far off my normal path. And it is. I'm chalking it up to penance for doing so poorly in every s ...more
Jun 17, 2009
Nov 26, 2008
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
I seem to be behind the curve with popular books, so though I have a few thoughts on this one, I doubt they will do anyone any good given just about e ...more
Oct 17, 2011
Sep 09, 2010
The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West
1. A fast read. Surprising for any biographical book regardless of its intended audience.
2. This book largely succeeded in reflecting the adventu
Oct 04, 2009
Jun 02, 2009
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