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Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Dystopian societies are all the rage right now--in books, TV shows and films. And I must say, I kinda get into it. I'm a huge fan of Revolution on TV;...more
Jan 2014
Dec 23, 2013
Looking for Alaska
This is the second John Green book I've read and I really like him. As a high school teacher who spends much of my time around angsty adolescents, I t...more
Mar 23, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise
Oh boy am I going to be busy! I won this one today! My mail carrier's going to hate me!

So glad I won this on Goodreads/first reads. I thoroughly enjoy...more
Jul 31, 2010
Jul 02, 2010
A Jane Austen Daydream
Just as I am fascinated by the thought that Jane Austen wrote her wonderful love stories in spite of never having found lasting love herself, I couldn...more
Dec 07, 2013
Jul 19, 2013
Killing Me Softly
Technically, this is not a "first-read," since it was first published in 1999, but I did win it in a Goodreads giveaway. The book is subtitled "A Nove...more
Aug 02, 2013
Jun 01, 2013
Dandelion Wine
Oh my goodness, I loved this book! A series of vignettes that describe the summer of 1928 in small town America, this little novel took me back to my...more
Jul 08, 2014
Jun 29, 2014
The Woman Who Wasn't There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception
We all know there are bad people in this world. Some of the worst are those who exploit others' tragedies and/or take advantage of those who are most...more
Jul 06, 2014
Jul 03, 2014
The Time Keeper
Doesn't Mitch Albom always have a lesson to teach us? And doesn't he do it in the most magical ways? Whether non-fiction or novel, I completely enjoy...more
Jun 16, 2013
Sep 09, 2012
Fences (The Century Cycle #6)
I reread this recently in order to discuss it with my AP class. My mom was from Pittsburgh and as a little girl, I spent a lot of time there. My paren...more
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Sep 24, 2011
The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship
Nothing new here. Any woman who has been involved in a long-standing friendship with a group of women knows the benefits of such a relationship. This...more
Aug 04, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
The Story of Beautiful Girl
I read some reviews in which the readers complained that this book dragged in the middle or that they lost interest in some parts, but I didn't find t...more
Jul 03, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
The American Girl
I don't know if something gets lost in the translation here, but I'm not sure I really know what happened in this book. I found it a difficult read, a...more
Aug 24, 2011
Aug 17, 2011
The Tender Bar
I don't read a lot of non-fiction (I MAKE myself read something every summer), and memoir is my least favorite type in this genre. I just find it so o...more
Aug 15, 2009
Aug 06, 2009
This is excellent YA lit. Being only marginally aware of fanfiction, and shockingly, never having read any Harry Potter (gasp!), when our high school...more
Jul 02, 2014
Jun 20, 2014
A Lovely, Indecent Departure: A Novel
This is great storytelling. It is almost a ripped-from-the-headlines kind of tale. It is very well written, with wonderful description and characters...more
Jul 30, 2012
Jul 19, 2012
Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival
I like Anderson Cooper. I have since his Channel One days. I think he is a great reporter--smart, compassionate, indignant when it's called for. But s...more
Feb 28, 2012
Feb 24, 2012
What We Saw at Night (What We Saw at Night, #1)
Well. When I started this, I thought it was really going to be good. Interesting premise--3 kids with a terminal allergy to sunlight that forces them...more
May 29, 2014
May 23, 2014
Bulls Island
Just as I have certain comfort foods that I return to time and time again for solace, a couple of authors offer that same sense to me. Dorothea Benton...more
Jun 25, 2013
Jun 22, 2013
Lady Justice And The Vigilante (Lady Justice, #7)
This is not great literature, and there are a couple of things that bothered me stylistically, but it is an enjoyable read. The plot is interesting--t...more
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 11, 2012
Busy Monsters
I won this on Goodreads. I'm not really sure how I feel about it. It's the story of a magazine memoirist who has trouble with that fine line between m...more
Aug 10, 2011
Jul 22, 2011
The Artsy Girl--in Bronze
I won this book on goodreads. I plan to recommend it to some of my students in the fall, as I think they will enjoy it. Written with an appealing humo...more
Jul 15, 2014
Jul 06, 2014
Vaclav & Lena
I won this wonderful little book on Goodreads. It is a beautiful story about love that is pure and deep and innocent and friendship that endures. Vacl...more
Feb 12, 2012
Jan 23, 2012
ArchEnemy (The Looking Glass Wars, #3)
The final book of the Looking Glass Wars trilogy got off to a slow start for me. It seemed to take longer to get into the plot this time. I will say t...more
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 12, 2012
The Comet and The Tornado
I heard Don Marinelli speak at a conference earlier this month and was completely enthralled with his topic. I have long been interested in brain-base...more
Dec 27, 2012
Dec 06, 2012
A Visit from the Goon Squad
I won this as a Goodreads Giveaway. Yeah, I get it. "Time's a goon, right? Isn't that the expression?" While I'm not familiar with the adage, the them...more
Aug 15, 2011
Jul 23, 2011
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Well, the action doesn't lag in book two of the series! Although this one started out a little slower plot-wise, the inner conflict Katniss is experie...more
Jun 09, 2011
Jun 07, 2011
Next to Love
I won this on Goodreads. Of all the WWII era books I have read, this one may be the one I can relate to the most. It follows 20 years in the lives of...more
Mar 07, 2012
Feb 17, 2012
Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship
I feel extremely fortunate to have won this memoir from Goodreads. About a year after I lost my husband, I read Joan Didion's Year of Magical Thinking...more
Aug 16, 2011
Aug 03, 2011
The Giver (The Giver #1)
I don't know how I missed this one all these years. All three of my twenty-something girls said they read it in like 6th grade. Anyhoo--imagine a worl...more
Jun 04, 2014
May 30, 2014
Lookaway, Lookaway
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. While I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I have to disagree with the reviews that call it "hilarious." I read this as...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jun 29, 2013
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