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The End of Your Life Book Club
I started out loving the book and the story behind it... who wouldn't love a book about books. The whole idea of his mother dying of cancer didn't wor ...more
Oct 29, 2012
Oct 11, 2012
Finished this one... but just barely, and only because it was for book club. This felt more like a book of short stories, with the last one just barel ...more
Dec 08, 2013
Oct 12, 2013
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
I started out loving "Flora...". It was typical DiCamillo charm; quirky characters and an endearing plot. However, somewhere along the way the story t ...more
Sep 29, 2013
Sep 27, 2013
I probably shouldn't have read this so close on the heels of "The Kitchen House". While this novel explores another interesting aspect of Southern ant ...more
Feb 23, 2011
Feb 23, 2011
Unhooking the Moon
While I enjoyed this middle grade novel about a pair of orphans who go off in search of their long lost uncle, I did NOT enjoy it as a middle grade no ...more
Nov 20, 2013
Nov 18, 2013
Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir
I knew I was in trouble when I couldn't even get through the preface. I skipped to the first chapter, where it didn't get much better.
This felt like s
Apr 13, 2014
Apr 13, 2014
A House in the Sky
I thought this memoir was interesting and compelling but I felt like it started very slowly. Pre-captivity there was a lot of information that seemed ...more
Sep 24, 2013
Sep 21, 2013
When Audrey Met Alice
Interesting MG take on history, real and imagined. WAMA follows the fictional first daughter of the first female president as she copes with being an ...more
May 20, 2014
Mar 11, 2014
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish (My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish #1)
This MG novel gets points for creativity but lost points with me for the excessive sibling violence. The sheer brutality of it just turned me off. Som ...more
Feb 17, 2014
Feb 16, 2014
A Nurse's Story
This book was mildly interesting but poorly written and even more poorly edited. The narrative was choppy and repetetive and basically boiled down to ...more
Mar 09, 2009
Mar 08, 2009
The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail
I should have known better than to pick this one up as I didn't particularly enjoy Peck's last one "Secrets at Sea". I was drawn in though, by the cut ...more
Sep 2013
Aug 31, 2013
Crow Lake
This was the story of a family turned upside down after the parents are killed in a crash. The writer beautifully evokes the emotions of the children ...more
Aug 09, 2010
Aug 07, 2010
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
RUN... don't walk to BEG, BORROW or STEAL this book. It's that good! Well at least in my opinion. I LOVED this book about an anti-social mother living ...more
Dec 19, 2012
Dec 19, 2012
The Wednesday Sisters
The Wednesday Sisters should be my kind of book. It's all about a group of women who meet regularly to critique each other's writing. Sounds like some ...more
Dec 31, 2010
Dec 31, 2010
The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy
This true life event was amazing and horrific but unfortunately the author's retelling of events is much less interesting. O'Nan account is choppy and ...more
Aug 25, 2009
Oct 31, 2008
Mr. Popper's Penguins
There has apparently been a resurgance in interest in this 1938 childrens' book since I have been seeing it everywhere I go. Since I never read it gro ...more
Aug 30, 2009
Aug 30, 2009
Slave: My True Story
Wow! Finally a memoir that lived up to its title! Powerful, shocking, heartbreaking... amazing. This story of a young Sudanese girl ripped from her fa ...more
Sep 25, 2010
Sep 25, 2010
The Missing Place
This story of two mothers searching for their lost sons, started out with promise. The premise was interesting and the mystery intriguing. But, once t ...more
Sep 2014
Aug 25, 2014
Common Core and the Truth (A Parent's Journey into the Heart of the Core)
Another fascinating and frightening book on Common Core. ( Please note: I am trying to be fair and read books on both sides of the aisle, however, try ...more
Jun 19, 2014
Jun 18, 2014
Gods in Alabama
Jackson does it again! Personally I am loving Joshilyn Jackson. Her books are somewhat hard to describe. They are intense dramas, somewhat in the vein ...more
Oct 02, 2010
Oct 02, 2010
The Life List
Somewhat surprisingly I couldn't put this one down. It was like reading the equivalent of a combination of"The Bucket List"and a really good romantic ...more
Apr 02, 2014
Apr 01, 2014
This sequel to "The Widow's War" is even more exciting and captivating than the first book. The story of Alice has a lot more drama and action than th ...more
Mar 13, 2009
Mar 13, 2009
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
I thought this was an adorable story but I am not sure I agree with some of the readers on Goodreads that it deserves to be a Newberry contender. Whil ...more
Jul 26, 2013
Jul 25, 2013
The Fourteenth Goldfish
I devoured this latest Holm novel in one sitting! Amazing doesn't even describe this fun MG science romp about a grandfather who discovers the "cure" ...more
Jul 30, 2014
Jul 30, 2014
While I love Rainbow Rowell and all her other books, I sadly have to admit I didn't love this one. I felt that there wasn't much plot and that the sto ...more
Nov 23, 2014
Dec 04, 2013
Everest Trilogy
Gordon Korman is a highly underappreciated MG author. This was a riveting tale, especially in light of the recent events on Everest. The setting is so ...more
Apr 25, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
The Lions of Little Rock
I enjoyed this historical YA novel about a young white girl and a young black girl growing up in Little Rock during the time of desegregation. That sa ...more
Oct 03, 2012
Sep 26, 2012
Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse, #12)
Okay... I am throwing in the towel on this series. Please no more... Sookie you were pure entertainment for many, many books but now your creator can' ...more
Nov 30, 2012
Nov 29, 2012
5 stars for this witty and wonderful book about an unconventional love story between co-workers. It is hard to believe this is a first novel. It was h ...more
May 12, 2014
Dec 13, 2013
Treasure Hunters (Treasure Hunters, #1)
Great cover on this MG adventure story, but like many of James Patterson's adult novels, this seems to lack a certain substance. The story is interest ...more
Feb 02, 2014
Feb 01, 2014
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