cover title author avg rating rating my rating review Down_arrow date read date added
Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture
I will never shop again.

I am thrifty. I hate to spend money. Though I have tried not to become dependent on big box stores, I do go to Target and Whol...more
not set
Aug 02, 2009
World Without End (The Pillars of the Earth, #2)
I think Danielle Steele might have written parts of this; she must have at least been responsible for the overwrought plot and the ridiculous, unneces...more
Jan 28, 2008
Jan 21, 2008
Wizard's Hall
After learning that this book preceded Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and that its author, Jane Yolen, feels that Rowling stole all of her i...more
Jun 17, 2010
Jun 11, 2010
A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children
LIke many who have reviewed this book, I felt obnoxious the whole time I was reading it. It took me longer to read it, too, because I wouldn't read it...more
Mar 04, 2010
Feb 01, 2010
A People's History of the United States: 1492 - Present
This is a history book intended to tell the stories that don't get told. It isn't centered around typical heroes or presidents or nationalistic jingoi...more
Dec 16, 2008
Jan 24, 2008
Whales on Stilts: M. T. Anderson's Thrilling Tales (Pals in Peril, #1)
I picked this up for my kid at the library, flipped through it real quick to scan for possible emotional potholes and decided that it was so ironic an...more
not set
Aug 26, 2011
The Book Thief
I really don't know what post modern means. If something is described as post-modern, I figure the person describing it didn't really understand it an...more
Feb 04, 2008
Oct 13, 2007
Eat, Pray, Love
I did not want to like this book.

I even waited until I had an e-reader so that I could surreptitiously peruse its pages without anyone seeing the sill...more
not set
Aug 15, 2012
The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape
A rant. Pure and simple. But a rant with which I, mostly, agree.

Kunstler demonizes our history of development in America in a very readable, if sarcas...more
Feb 15, 2010
Dec 31, 2009
Vicksburg, 1863
My family and I took a road trip that included many of the battlefields of Grant's move south in 1862 and 1863, culminating in the siege of Vicksburg;...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
Because I don't buy books these days, I am still "currently-reading"this thing, as the library recalled it before I could finish it. However, I have i...more
Jun 27, 2008
Jan 28, 2008
The Red Tent
I struggled with this book; maybe it was the biblical characters forced into expansion against their will. Maybe it was that the story dealt with one...more
not set
Aug 14, 2007
A Wreath for Rivera (Roderick Alleyn, #15)
Another lovely Marsh cozy. Though this mystery was very far-fetched and didn't have a satisfying closure, I am in love with the way this woman writes....more
not set
Oct 16, 2009
The Book of Dahlia
A very readable rant from the perspective of a messed-up JAP in her late twenties with terminal cancer.

Summed up beautifully in an aside aimed at the...more
not set
Apr 13, 2008
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Dystopian future stories intrigue the heck out of me. Even dystopian present stories intrigue me; stories about how the world would be if we gave in t...more
not set
Jun 30, 2014
Savvy (Savvy, #1)
A great conceit, great characters within a great structure and a good story bogged down by a writing style that borders on the preciously overwritten....more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
A Little Folly
I spent the first several chapters of this book thinking "What's the point of reading this when I could be reading Jane Austen?"

Then something clicked...more
not set
Jun 16, 2013
Eleanor & Park
I will use three emails my husband wrote to Rainbow while he was reading the book as my review:


not set
Mar 17, 2013
The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4)
I'm sure it would be tiresome to mention that this book annoyed me in the same way that the final book of Pullman's His Dark Materials did but there i...more
not set
Jul 19, 2010
Forge (Seeds of America, #2)
Laurie Halse Anderson came to our local children's bookstore and I went to hear her speak. She was an unassuming personage, more like a gal you'd run...more
not set
Mar 06, 2011
Have Space Suit-Will Travel
Read it in a day; wondered aloud how the world has changed that a book like this could have been published in a magazine for boys. I mean, there was m...more
not set
Jul 16, 2011
Then We Came to the End
The whole time I was reading this book, I felt like a weird hanger-on gossip. I didn't like any of these people. But I kept reading about them. Like I...more
Aug 28, 2013
Aug 30, 2013
King of the Middle March (Arthur Trilogy, #3)
Author Cornelia Funke writes in a blurb on the back cover of this book, "The Arthur of this trilogy moves softly into one's heart." And that's just wh...more
Jun 13, 2010
Jun 12, 2010
Prince Caspian
I found this book to be strong from a story-telling point of view but only in the portions where Prince Caspian's story was told in flashback; once th...more
Jul 17, 2010
Jul 16, 2010
Three Cave Mountain, Or: Grandfather and the Wolves
This was not quite what I expected but it was still marvelous. I expected fairy-tale magic and I got real life magic; because almost any new experienc...more
Feb 2010
Jan 31, 2010
Bel Canto
I avoided this when it first came out because I figured it was about how the beauty of the voice can transcend violence and, being an about-to-be-fail...more
not set
Jun 16, 2013
The Tale of Despereaux
Gave this a quick read to see if my kid was ready for it. He's not. I wasn't either.

There's that part of fairy tale, where the bad has to be so bad th...more
not set
Apr 15, 2009
George's Secret Key to the Universe
The adventures of George as he explores the universe with an unlikely computer named Cosmos; science lessons included.

I'm on the fence about this book...more
Jan 17, 2011
Jan 17, 2011
Kenny and the Dragon
I loved this book. From the first sentences, I knew it would be the kind of prose that makes me all giddy;

"Many years ago ... Hold on, I know what yo...more
Jun 12, 2010
Jun 11, 2010
The Accidental Hero (Jack Blank Adventure, #1)
I bought this for my kid while we were on a road trip; we stopped in Oxford, MS and while my husband tromped in the footsteps of Faulkner, my kid and...more
not set
Aug 26, 2011
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 16 17