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Write This Book: A Do-It-Yourself Mystery
4.25
Yes, go ahead. Write this book. You can do it. P. Bosch will help you. It will be fun. Maybe more fun than reading a book. Go ahead. Write it.
May 05, 2013
May 05, 2013
 
Miracles on Maple Hill
3.76
This is the kind of book I was afraid I was in for when I decided to read the Newbery books. The truth is that it was and it wasn’t. A white family, l ...more
Jan 2008
Jul 24, 2009
 
Treasure Island!!!
3.22
Don’t take anything in this book at face value; it’s all a farce of the highest order.

Either that or our main character and heroine is the most self-c
...more
Mar 25, 2012
Mar 25, 2012
 
The Floor of Heaven: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush
3.91
You'd think you were reading fiction. This story is that good.

And the truth is that Floor of Heaven is a little bit fiction. Even Blum, in his final
...more
Apr 06, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
 
Seven-Day Magic (Tales of Magic, #7)
4.12
"The best kind of book," says Barnaby, "is a magic book."

Oh, yes, I thought, nodding, of course.


I remember reading this book when I was a little te
...more
Jan 2003
Jul 25, 2009
 
The Gold Bug Variations
4.11
The title is a warning to the casual reader: If you don't get the title, or if you don't want to get the title,
beware."

In The Gold Bug Variations, aut
...more
Jan 1993
Aug 18, 2009
 
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
3.98
This is the India you don't hear about any more, the India that the technological revolution has left behind, the India that we once heard about every ...more
May 27, 2012
May 27, 2012
 
Everything I Never Told You
3.81
A good book, for me, is both revelatory and redemptive. This book is both.

It’s quite awful, horrifying, really, in the same way that We Need to Talk
...more
Dec 07, 2014
Dec 07, 2014
 
Sure Signs of Crazy
3.94
Children's books have ventured into ground once held only by the occasional teen read. Poverty. Alcoholic parents. Dwarfism. Issues that were once tab ...more
Sep 14, 2013
Sep 14, 2013
 
Eleanor & Park
4.17
It’s been a long time since I first fell in love as a teen. This book brought it all back. The first time you hold hands. Those amazing phone calls wh ...more
May 26, 2013
May 26, 2013
 
The End of Your Life Book Club
3.81
Will Schwalbe's mom is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Will and his mom decide to form an informal two-person book club and set off reading and talkin ...more
Nov 10, 2012
Nov 10, 2012
 
Secret of the Andes
3.51
Secret of the Andes is a quiet story of an Inca boy growing up in the mountains of Peru, raising llamas. This boy, Cusi, knows little of his past, and ...more
Jan 2008
Jul 24, 2009
 
The House at the End of Hope Street
3.81
Alba Ashby, after suffering a humiliating defeat, arrives unexpectedly at the house at the end of Hope Street and finds a way to heal. I don't think I ...more
May 26, 2013
May 26, 2013
 
100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go
4.20
I'm a lucky girl. In 2010, in what must have been a heavenly intervention, I was able to leave my ordinary life, fly across the big ocean, and spend t ...more
Oct 27, 2014
Nov 02, 2014
 
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
3.99

Zevin must have written this book with readers in mind. Big readers. People that tromp to bookstores like they are on a pilgrimage. Folks that zing wi
...more
Jun 2014
Jun 01, 2014
 
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
4.57
What book lover wouldn’t love this book? A terrible storm sends Mr. Lessmore off into a new world. There, he becomes the caretaker of an amazing libra ...more
Feb 05, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
 
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
4.22
It struck me as gimmicky when I first picked it up. Pages and pages of pictures without text and then suddenly text and more text. I picked it up and ...more
Jan 2007
Jul 24, 2009
 
A Prayer for Owen Meany
4.21
This is one of those books that people either adore or they despise. I'm in the second group. I hated this book. Loathed it. Wanted to set it on fire. ...more
Jan 1995
Jul 31, 2009
 
Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir
3.87
Kelle lived a charmed existence, marrying the man of her dreams, having a beautiful baby girl, expecting her second child, surrounded by warm loving f ...more
May 27, 2012
May 27, 2012
 
What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World
3.77
This review is easy; I really don’t have to tell you much more than the title. I can pretty much guarantee that if you like the title, you are gonna l ...more
Sep 14, 2013
Sep 14, 2013
 
Thursdays in the Park
3.52
If you get nothing else from this book. Think about this quote from the main character's Aunt Norma:
"Sixty is heaven," she had told Jeanie as they sat
...more
Aug 25, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
 
Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis
3.81
Winner found God and related her experience of discovering God and converting from Judaism to Christianity in Girl Meets God. She thought finding God ...more
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 22, 2012
 
A Meaningful Life
3.59
I always read the best books in the strangest of ways. I put this book on my request list at the library and it finally came in for me a few weeks bac ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 04, 2009
 
The Uncommon Reader
3.82
The Queen (yes, that’s the Queen of England) unexpectedly drops into a bookmobile and unexpectedly develops a love, a passion for reading.

That’s the w
...more
Jan 2008
Jul 24, 2009
 
The Old Gringo
3.48
Old Gringo was agony for me to read. Carlos Fuentes came to Houston a few weeks back and I drove in to see him. He was pretty much as I'd expected. An ...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
 
The Night of the Comet
3.69
I wasn’t looking forward to a book that has “coming-of-age story” slapped on the cover. I’ve done coming-of-age stories. To death, I think. But this l ...more
Aug 05, 2013
Aug 05, 2013
 
The Twenty-One Balloons
3.95
What a peculiar story! William Sherman, tired of teaching ungrateful children, decides to travel around the world in a hot air balloon. Sherman succee ...more
Jan 2008
Jul 24, 2009
 
White Water
3.93
Michael is a young black boy who lives in a segregated world, one world for the white people and one for the colored. One day, when Michael is hot and ...more
Nov 23, 2011
Nov 23, 2011
 
Before Happiness: How Creating a Positive Reality First Amplifies Your Levels of Happiness and Success
3.99

If you tell me a book is about happiness, I’m gonna check it out. I just am.

This one was not a disappointment. Here are the ideas I took away:

“...in
...more
Aug 25, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
 
Suite Française
3.78
I'm floating from my reading this week. The Accidental was so magnificent that I'd read it in little bites, holding off finishing it as long as I coul ...more
Jan 2006
Jul 26, 2009
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