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What an interesting read. Toibin's style of writing is like nothing I've ever read before. In some ways it seems so simple, and then there'd be passag ...more
Nov 16, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss
I'm only giving this four stars until I can try it for myself and see. If I like it, I'll up it to 5 stars later.

Basically, Fuhrman's theory is that w
Jul 21, 2011
Jul 23, 2011
Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s
I enjoyed this book, but I sort of wanted more. I think my biggest problem was simply that Worth focused too much on the "colorful" characters she liv ...more
Jan 10, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud
This was a quick and easy read. If I hadn't already seen movies like The Sixth Sense and Just Like Heaven, this book might have blown me away. As it w ...more
Aug 05, 2011
Aug 05, 2011
The Valley of Amazement
About halfway through this novel I seriously considered just giving it back to the library. It is only because I wanted to give Tan a chance to redeem ...more
May 19, 2014
May 19, 2014
Year of Wonders
Okay, so I was totally enjoying this book, and then the ending just sort of threw me for a loop and then I didn't know what to make of it.

Sep 25, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well written, well researched, and fascinating to read. The only reason I didn't give it the full five stars wa ...more
Jun 2010
Jun 02, 2010
We Were Liars
This book was so disappointing to me. I LOVED Lockhart's The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks-- it was so clever and so fun, even if the e ...more
Sep 27, 2014
Sep 27, 2014
Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think
No, reading this book did not convince me to try for kid #6. But it was really fun to read something that sort of backs me up on the big family I alre ...more
Feb 21, 2015
Feb 24, 2015
The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1)
When my sister saw that I'd accidentally read the second book in this series first, she told me that I'd ruined the first book by getting them out of ...more
Feb 11, 2015
Feb 23, 2015
Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land
I had very mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed Timmermeister's writing style-- it had a very lulling, soothing tone to it. But it did tend to pu ...more
Jun 28, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
The Husband's Secret
I'll say this first just to get it over with: No, I didn't like this as much as What Alice Forgot. But. It's still an incredible novel. And as I'm thi ...more
Jan 06, 2014
Feb 02, 2014
I'll Give You the Sun
It took me a bit to get into this book-- the writing style is pretty weird, for both characters (twins) who take turns narrating it. But once I got us ...more
Jan 26, 2015
Feb 02, 2015
Catch Me If You Can: The True Story Of A Real Fake
This was a really fun and enjoyable read. It really is incredible how quick on his feet Frank Abagnale could be-- I know from my slightly sullied past ...more
Jan 27, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
The Lady of the Rivers (The Cousins' War, #3)
I was really enjoying the first half of this book, and then I felt like it got bogged down by all the battles (which felt more like quick skirmishes-- ...more
Jul 06, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
I really liked this, but I read it in about twenty minutes, and I'm not exactly a speedreader. So I sort of felt like it might have been better as a r ...more
Jun 11, 2014
Jun 12, 2014
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
I loved Gladwell's take on the story of David & Goliath, so that was a lot of fun and very interesting. The rest of the book alternated between be ...more
Jun 24, 2014
Jun 24, 2014
One Plus One
Hearing the plot for this book-- road trip with an odd assortment of characters-- made me not want to read this book. But I liked Moyes' other books, ...more
Oct 29, 2014
Oct 29, 2014
Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity
The first 2/3rds of this book had me sucked in-- I couldn't put it down. And then the whole thing got bogged down as Kirby described all the OSHA stuf ...more
Feb 09, 2014
Feb 09, 2014
Eleanor and Park
Like most books that deal realistically with teenagers, there is a lot of swearing and bad situations in this book. But despite that, there is also so ...more
Aug 23, 2014
Aug 24, 2014
I love the movie of this book, the old one with Lawrence Olivier. So I was really excited to actually read the book. But I think this may be one where ...more
Mar 08, 2009
Mar 12, 2009
The Spectacular Now
I had really mixed feelings about this book. At first, Sutter's voice sort of annoyed me, but then he grew on me, and by the end of the novel, I quite ...more
Feb 05, 2015
Feb 23, 2015
The Gift of Giving Life: Rediscovering the Divine Nature of Pregnancy and Birth
I actually read this two years ago, but forgot to review it at the time. When I first read it, I was pregnant with my 4th child and desperately trying ...more
Jan 04, 2015
Jan 10, 2015
The Round House
Erdrich is a wonderful writer, and she does a really great job of explaining life on the reservation so that you get bits and pieces slowly throughout ...more
Jan 20, 2014
Feb 02, 2014
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
I really enjoyed this novel, although it was awfully sad. It's interesting to see the Fitzgeralds so in love and at the same time so destructive of ea ...more
Jul 10, 2014
Jul 11, 2014
The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver, #1)
This would be three and a half stars. It's nothing deep, and Ruby Oliver is kind of a skank in my opnion (is it anti-feminist of me to say that?), but ...more
Sep 29, 2014
Sep 30, 2014
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
Full disclosure: I really enjoyed this book. And then I emailed Jenny Lawson telling her that and SHE ACTUALLY WROTE BACK. Which excited me so much th ...more
Dec 30, 2013
Feb 02, 2014
I really enjoyed this book. I liked all the characters, I liked how the plot moved forward, I liked the ending even if it wasn't perfect (I'd say it w ...more
Apr 04, 2014
Apr 05, 2014
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
My Mom likes to buy edited movies. I'm sure plenty of people might have issues with the ethics of this, but it allows my Mom to view the parts of the ...more
Sep 2014
Sep 01, 2014
I am really liking Rainbow Rowell. Eleanor and Park sort of blew me out of the water with its intensity and raw emotions, but I have this bad habit of ...more
Sep 02, 2014
Sep 07, 2014
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