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Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)
OK, so I'm an adult reading this book that is not written for adults, so perhaps I shouldn't be so harsh, but...I did not enjoy this book. The charact...more
Dec 31, 2008
Dec 21, 2008
Son (The Giver, #4)

A satisfying ending to the series. A good entry to dystopian stuff for young teens. Yet it feels disjointed to me; the mixing of two types of stories...more
May 28, 2012
May 24, 2012
Witch Child (Witch Child, #1)
a great piece of historical fiction for middle school students. The story is compelling enough to keep them interested while they are learning about e...more
Jan 10, 2010
Jan 08, 2010
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider, #1)
Good fun, especially for middle school boys. It's an action adventure like a 007 story, but age appropriate. Nothing too deep, but the writing moves a...more
Mar 12, 2010
Mar 14, 2010
Hamlet's BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age
Powers' book gave me lots to think about in terms of the role I want computers, cell phones, and the Internet to play in my life. It helped me underst...more
Mar 05, 2011
Feb 24, 2011
The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch, #4)
Enjoyed this a lot. Harry Bosch is a psychopath with whom you can sympathize. Reminds me of how Daniel Craig plays James Bond. He's intelligent, talen...more
Oct 15, 2010
Oct 12, 2010
Death at La Fenice (Commissario Brunetti, #1)
Would give it 3.5 stars if I had that option. Really liked the characters. Also loved seeing Venice through the characters' eyes. The crime/mystery it...more
Sep 09, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
The Overlook (Harry Bosch, #13)
I'm only part way through this book and I'm going to stop. Harry just handcuffed an FBI agent because he doesn't want to be excluded from a case that...more
Aug 15, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
Dragon Keeper (Dragon Keeper, #1)
This book was chosen by my middle school reading club at the library. I think it might be better suited to even younger readers. That said it was a lo...more
Nov 03, 2009
Oct 21, 2009
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, #2)
I guess this is between a 2 and 3 star for me. Like I said last time, a fun escape, but the writing isn't great. I continue to like Sookie. Bill is to...more
Mar 31, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
Eleanor & Park
The writer pulled off something great here: she took her time developing the love story and really giving us insight into their relationship and separ...more
Mar 14, 2013
Mar 08, 2013
Cutting Edge (Charles Resnick, #3)
Book three of the Resnick series. In this one you learn more about Resnick's divorce. The author has been good at filling in details about the main ch...more
Dec 19, 2008
Dec 21, 2008
The Year We Were Famous
I enjoyed this story. I especially liked learning the "real" story in the author's note in the back.

Not sure it would have enough teen appeal to get p...more
Feb 09, 2011
Feb 06, 2011
Interpreter of Maladies
Once again beautiful writing. Her characters are well developed with simple yet descriptive language. But again, most of her characters are discontent...more
Oct 08, 2013
Sep 27, 2013
The Queen of Water
Very enjoyable. The writing was mostly simplistic with some moments of beautiful description and charm. At times it reminded me of a telenovella and I...more
Mar 28, 2011
Mar 25, 2011
The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars, #1)
I'm bummed. I was excited about the premise of this book, but I didn't end up liking it much. I didn't care about the characters and I had a hard time...more
Jul 26, 2009
Jul 14, 2009
Suspense and Sensibility: Or, First Impressions Revisited (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, #2)
Having fun visiting with Austen's characters and watching them interact across books in new ways. Bebris does a great imitation of Austen's style. I d...more
Jul 19, 2010
Jul 06, 2010
A Darkness More Than Night (Harry Bosch, #7)
One of my favorite Harry Bosch novels so far. I liked how the two story lines/cases moved along side by side, and I liked getting to know things about...more
Feb 17, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
Full Dark House
Well-written, interesting police procedural/historical fiction with some supernatural and mythological aspects. Likable. smart characters. I like the...more
Apr 20, 2014
Apr 13, 2014
Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America
Interesting discussion about positive thinking as a "cultural requirement" for Americans who actually aren't all that happy. Lots of food for thought.
Nov 08, 2013
Nov 12, 2013
Curse of the Spellmans (The Spellmans, #2)
So far this series focuses mostly on the development of the characters and their relationships. People looking for plot driven mysteries will be disap...more
Dec 20, 2013
Dec 11, 2013
It was interesting to learn about extreme climbing and Everest. I also liked the story about Peak's relationship with his father. But overall not one...more
Apr 10, 2010
Mar 29, 2010
Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics
An excellent scientific exploration of something we all know but but have trouble acting's all about calories. The only way to really lose a...more
Nov 09, 2012
Nov 03, 2012
The Partly-Cloudy Patriot
Really insightful and funny. A great way to pass the time on my long drive from Oregon. Short nonfiction essays make the perfect audio book.
Aug 29, 2011
Aug 30, 2011
The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, #1)
Too much repetition and too few questions answered. I like the premise, but Patterson didn't give me enough info to keep me wanting more
Aug 28, 2009
Aug 28, 2009
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
This book combined all my favorites: mystery, historical fiction, coming-of-age stories, and a good love story. Excellent writing, with fun flourishes...more
Feb 20, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
Don't You Know There's a War On?
AVI seems to give his characters authentic voices and really takes the reader to the WWII era with a load of details about the time period sprinkled t...more
Jun 30, 2009
Jun 22, 2009
Running Out of Time
This book is all plot, lots of action packed into a short book. It will definitely hold the interest of YA readers, but I found myself wishing for a b...more
Feb 04, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
Good Bait: A Novel
Complex story...kept losing track of the many characters. Very clipped language. Not my favorite, but still a better than average police procedural.
Aug 17, 2013
Aug 13, 2013
The Graveyard Book
Gaiman is a very witty writer; I found myself giggling and smiling continually while reading. I loved the charming ghosts and their interactions with...more
Jul 14, 2009
Mar 18, 2009