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Zombie Iceland
3.61
I loved this book for many reasons. First, true confession, because I recently visited Iceland (where I bought the book at Mál og Menning in Reykjavik...more
Oct 22, 2011
Sep 15, 2011
 
Hunger (Gone, #2)
4.05
The story of the FAYZ has matured from the first book, making for more interesting reading. The kids have been left to survive without adults for thre...more
Apr 26, 2010
Apr 07, 2010
 
Loving Frank
3.68
**spoiler alert** I am conflicted about what I think about this book. The writing was a pleasure; the smooth flow and gentle build-up in each chapter...more
Jul 02, 2009
Jul 01, 2009
 
So Much for That
3.65
I'm always excited for a new Lionel Shriver book. I raced to get So Much for That as soon as it was released. But my enthusiasm waned the further into...more
Mar 16, 2010
Mar 09, 2010
 
The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper
4.09
I haven't yet tried any of the recipes in The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper. But even if I never do, this book will still satisfy. In addition to...more
Jan 07, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
 
The Secret Life of Bees
3.96
What a wonderful story about the business of living. That sadness, grieving, despair cannot be wished away. That nature holds us to certain truths: on...more
Sep 21, 2009
Sep 23, 2009
 
The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #2)
3.79
I was torn between giving this book 3 or 4 stars. I thought the author did a brilliant job of creating an absorbing, enveloping ambiance. His eloquent...more
Jun 05, 2010
Jun 01, 2010
 
Creation Out of Clay: The Ceramic Art and Writings of Brother Thomas
4.50
These collected essays and speeches by Brother Thomas are as beautiful as his pottery. A friend recommended this book for its words, and I was pleasan...more
Mar 27, 2009
Mar 28, 2009
 
Her Fearful Symmetry
3.21
I've been debating for days whether to give this book three or four stars. Ultimately, even though the story was lacking in places, I decided on four...more
Oct 09, 2009
Oct 02, 2009
 
The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #1)
3.73
The genius of this story for me is how it reflects the concerns of teenagers (adults, too), such as where does identity come from; the desire to conne...more
Jul 17, 2010
Jul 12, 2010
 
I Am the Messenger
4.11
I've vacillated between giving this one 3 stars or 4. From the first chapter I enjoyed the flippant tone. It kept me chuckling and added to the develo...more
Apr 28, 2009
Apr 28, 2009
 
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life
3.94
Twyla Thorpe provides a realistic glimpse of living a life fill with creativity. She emphasizes throughout, overtly and subtly, that creativity is not...more
Mar 27, 2009
Mar 27, 2009
 
The Tale of Murasaki
3.81
I hate that I will never again read The Tale of Murasaki for the first time. Liza Dalby's story transcended time. While I was between these pages I fe...more
Mar 27, 2010
Mar 17, 2010
 
Sea of Glass
3.94
I'm not sure what I think of this book. The first three-quarters are quite different from the rest. Most of the story tells of Thomas Windom, a boy wh...more
Feb 06, 2010
Feb 06, 2010
 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.01
World War Z tells the history of the worldwide zombie war through a series of interviews. Millions of zombies are still roaming the earth, being syste...more
Jan 22, 2010
Oct 18, 2009
 
The Toss of a Lemon
3.74
I wanted to like this book. I've read and enjoyed many books about India. And I was excited that this one was going to give me a better understanding...more
Jul 06, 2010
Jun 15, 2010
 
Notes from Myself: A Creative Guide to Journal Writing
3.21
This book is valuable for its ability to demonstrate the usefulness of journal writing. If you are not sure if journaling is worthwhile or if you are...more
Sep 05, 2009
Sep 07, 2009
 
Dayworld (Dayworld #1)
3.59
I was drawn to this book for its premise: due to overpopulation, a person only lives one day a week, spending the other six in a suspended state. But...more
Apr 18, 2010
Apr 17, 2010
 
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
4.31
I liked The Hunger Games but loved Catching Fire. The first book set up the larger backstory that this book flushed out, making it more engaging and t...more
Oct 19, 2009
Oct 13, 2009
 
The Arrival
4.33
I am quite impressed with how well author Shaun Tan was able to tell this story using illustrations alone. I expected to have to decipher the tale on...more
May 26, 2009
May 26, 2009
 
Classical Chinese Poetry: An Anthology
4.44
Although I am a voracious reader, I never have been drawn to poetry. It has always felt like too much work and in the end irrelevant to me. But having...more
Aug 03, 2009
Aug 03, 2009
 
Those That Wake (Those That Wake, #1)
2.99
I had difficulty engaging with the story until one-third of the way in. At first the story meandered and jumped around. I felt like I was holding too...more
Oct 28, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
 
The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology
3.82
I am impressed with the variety of stories included in this anthology. The authors explored a diverse range of possibilities, from traditional zombie...more
Jul 11, 2010
Mar 30, 2010
 
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
3.69
The Elegance of the Hedgehog is light on plot, character development and action and heavy on tedious philosophical ruminations.
May 19, 2009
May 15, 2009
 
Pretties (Uglies, #2)
3.87
This trilogy unfolded as a standard dystopian tale in which the masses are kept controlled. But the forth installment parallels many issues up for gra...more
Apr 04, 2009
Mar 31, 2009
 
Shantaram
4.23
As with any Indian novel or movie, Shantaram is epic at times, fraught with suffering and laced with lessons, but always there is hope, which I find e...more
Jun 23, 2009
Dec 08, 2008
 
The Eight
3.92
Couldn't finish. It reads like a bad Dan Brown book with some Harlequin romance thrown in.
not set
Apr 12, 2010
 
Extras (Uglies, #4)
3.58
This trilogy unfolded as a standard dystopian tale in which the masses are kept controlled. But the forth installment parallels many issues up for gra...more
May 06, 2009
Mar 31, 2009
 
Uglies (Uglies, #1)
3.87
This trilogy unfolded as a standard dystopian tale in which the masses are kept controlled. But the forth installment parallels many issues up for gra...more
Apr 2009
Mar 28, 2009
 
Specials (Uglies, #3)
3.77
This trilogy unfolded as a standard dystopian tale in which the masses are kept controlled. But the forth installment parallels many issues up for gra...more
Apr 21, 2009
Mar 31, 2009
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