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I figured I would feel exactly about this book as I do about Tina Fey. 90% of the time, I think she's hilarious and smart and I want to be friends wit...more
May 17, 2011
May 14, 2011
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
So here's a first: I didn't like the ending but I still liked the book! I don't know that that has ever happened before. Perhaps because it was so abr...more
Jul 31, 2010
Jul 12, 2010
Little Women (Little Women, #1)
I have said for years and years how much I like this book, but I realized when I started reading it on Sunday that I might not have picked it up since...more
Feb 23, 2009
Feb 26, 2009
The Virgin Blue
So this book started off strong -- very strong. The story of the 1500 Isabelle was very interesting, although could have been developed a little more,...more
Nov 2005
Jan 02, 2009
Under the Tuscan Sun
I saw the movie first and didn't realize it was based on a book.

So first of all, this is not a novel. It's a woman's journal of the purchase and clean...more
Jul 2005
Jan 02, 2009
Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #3)

Well, I was told to have more tissues on hand for this book than the other two. That was good advice. This definitely had more heavy mome...more
Mar 2005
Jan 02, 2009
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
After reading the tangled mystery cover to cover, holding my breath to see if this or that person would escape the thugs, would they figure it out and...more
Jul 19, 2010
Jul 19, 2010
Can You Keep a Secret?
Re-read April 11, 2011:
What I always tell people is that it's good this was the first Kinsella I read, because if I'd read those dumb Shopaholic books...more
Apr 11, 2011
Jan 02, 2009
The Russian Debutante's Handbook
From the back of the book:

"Breezily hilarious."
-New York Magazine
"Blisteringly funny."
-New York Observer
"As funny and wicked as...more
Dec 2004
Jan 07, 2009
The Last Juror
Everyone has an opinion on Grisham, and if you don't like him, feel free to skip my review! I read a ton of his books when I was travelling regularly...more
Mar 2004
Jan 05, 2009
Metro Girl (Alex Barnaby, #1)
Having just read A Thousand Acres, I needed something "lite", and this perfectly fit the bill. I found it fun and silly, and some of the writing was q...more
Dec 18, 2005
Jan 04, 2009
Untold Story
I have no idea what I thought this was when I started reading it. Obviously I knew when I requested it from the library, but that was a long time ago,...more
Oct 28, 2011
Oct 27, 2011
The Chosen
I read this one on a business trip in the NYC area, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's the kind of book I immediately wanted to read again once I finishe...more
Aug 2007
Dec 04, 2008
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
Book review from BookCrossing: I finished this book this morning at my brother's house in Zurich. Brought it on this trip because it's on a friend's w...more
Nov 2005
Jan 02, 2009
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
It was just as good the second time. And yes, I cried again when the bread came. Oh, this one is so good. And I feel more for ... the people this time...more
Nov 14, 2011
Aug 30, 2010
The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Books I-II
A story I've told more than a few times: when Mr. Solzhenitsyn died in 2008, I thought that an appropriate time to read this book. So I took it with m...more
May 2011
Jan 26, 2009
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
I just realized I never posted a review here for this one. Since a high school friend posted about it on FB and then asked my thoughts, I thought I'd...more
Apr 2010
Nov 26, 2010
Isabel's Bed
A quote from Julia Glass (Chicago Tribune) from the back of the book: "If Jane Austen had been born about two centuries later, gone to Smith, then pal...more
Sep 2004
Jan 07, 2009
Tough Choices: A Memoir
The first half of this book is totally inspiring. It's a great book on leadership, and one that anyone in business should read. It actually made me wa...more
Dec 28, 2008
Dec 22, 2008
Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
Read as part of the Read the Newberys" reading project. This is by far my favorite of the Newbery books read yet (we started at the oldest and are wor...more
Jan 10, 2009
Jan 10, 2009
Wild Animus
This is an Advance Reading Copy (ARC), received free as the result of a partnership between BookCrossing and the publisher of the book.

Read on the pla...more
Apr 2004
Jan 05, 2009
The Weight of Water
It's very rare that a book -- especially a standard-issue novel -- sends me to the dictionary. This one did not once, but twice, and early in the book...more
Sep 2006
Dec 31, 2008
The Story of Mankind
I have finished The Book. Mr. van Loon's Narcoleptic Affect (thanks for that, Jen) notwithstanding, I enjoyed it. Seriously, I have never in my life f...more
Mar 2008
Dec 02, 2008
The Night Circus
Wow. What to call this? Fantasy? Yes. A love story? Absolutely, complete with star-crossed lovers. What else? A little bit of sci-fi maybe? Certainly...more
Nov 20, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
The Christmas Shoes (Christmas Hope #1)
I'm not sure why I'd start reading a book like this on the anniversary of the day my dad died, but I started it yesterday. After sobbing through the f...more
Dec 2008
Dec 15, 2008
Spring Torrents
So .. . . this book wasn't exactly what I expected. Actually, it wasn't anything like I expected! For some reason, in my head I was expecting some Cam...more
Oct 2004
Jan 07, 2009
Roller Skates
A good book is a good book. Doesn't matter who the intended audience is!

I read this as part of our "Read the Newberys Project" (up to 1937 now!), and...more
Jul 2010
Jul 13, 2010
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Well, this definitely fits in to the "short books" category! I read it yesterday morning while my husband was packing for a trip :)

This book has it al...more
Jan 2007
Dec 02, 2008
The Twenty-One Balloons
This was kind of a funny book. It kept my interest, and was definitely about ballooning, but I also felt that it was a lot more about Krakatoa than ho...more
Jun 21, 2011
Jun 22, 2011
Doing Good
Notes from BookCrossing:
I'm about halfway through, but wanted to make note of two things I thought when I first started the book (before I forget):
Mar 2006
Dec 31, 2008
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