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Duainfey (Duainfey, #1)
I am a huge fan of Lee and Miller. This book is darker than most of the Liaden novels, although some of the Liaden books do have their moments. It als ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 29, 2008
The Exceptional Seven Percent: The Nine Secrets of the Worlds Happiest Couples
Popcak lays out the foundation for an exceptional marriage. I felt like a lot of what he said made total sense to me. He talks about marriage being a ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 04, 2010
Your Child's Strengths: Discover Them, Develop Them, Use Them
This just reinforces all our philosophies about raising children. Children need empathy and respect and it isn't helpful to focus on failures and puni ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 18, 2009
Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace
I just finished this book and was struck with Waldman's honesty as well as her insights. In many ways, she hits tender spots dead on for me (an upper- ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 19, 2009
Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line
Somehow this fascinating story of a mixed marriage at the end of the 19th Century was a big slog. The story picks up after King dies, but the first ha ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 29, 2009
3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows
This is a semi-continuation of the Sisterhood of the Pants books. Some of the characters from those books make appearances, albeit they are basically ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 14, 2009
Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)
I've read 700 pages already and I think I still have something like 200 left. It's good, but I don't find it compelling. I could have read two other b ...more
Dec 2010
Nov 28, 2010
Journey to an 800 Number
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It was very cute and a fast read. I thought the main character was drawn very well and his awkwardness real ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 29, 2007
Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater
If you like to eat, I think you will like this book. If you are a parent, you will love this book. Amster-Burton writes in a casual style about his ad ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 16, 2009
The Notorious Izzy Fink
This is a historical fiction novel set in NYC in the early 1920s. It's quite short (I read it in two sittings) and the plot sings along. Brown paints ...more
Jan 29, 2009
Jan 29, 2009
And Another Thing... (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #6)
I read this book because who could resist a Hitch Hiker's Guide book written by Colfer? I am a huge fan of Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl books and some o ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 07, 2009
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
I thought this book was going to be all about the civil rights stuff that was going on in 1963, especially in the South, but it was mostly about an Af ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 31, 2009
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Skloot did an amazing job with this book. It was an ambitious project and she won big time. The story of Henrietta Lacks and her immortal cells is int ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 19, 2011
The Windup Girl
I thought this book was incredibly well written, but given how dystopic it was, I cannot bring myself to give it more than 3 stars. I didn't feel ther ...more
Jun 2010
Jun 13, 2010
Behemoth (Leviathan, #2)
I did not want to like these books. I thought they would be a ripoff of Oppel's books about the airship, but while they are both steampunk and there a ...more
Mar 2011
Mar 28, 2011
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
I almost didn't finish this book. I got half way through and went and read some other stuff and came back to it.

The writing itself is fine; the story
Jan 2009
Jan 27, 2009
Someone Like You
The premise of the book is ok, but it just never really took off for me. The book starts with Halley finding out that her best friend's boyfriend has ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 09, 2009
Boy Meets Boy
While the writing and plot aren't extremely clever, this book is quite enjoyable. I listened to the Full Cast Audio edition and loved it. How can one ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 20, 2009
When You Reach Me
How can I not love a book that is so tied to a Madeleine L'Engle book? I also thought there were hints of Time Traveller's Wife in there, but just lit ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 25, 2010
CryoBurn (Vorkosigan Saga, #14)
I wasn't really impressed with this book. It felt like it took forever for me to get sucked in (like 200 pages) and I really missed Ekaterin in this b ...more
Nov 2010
Nov 08, 2010
Alive and Well in Prague, New York
This is a book about a girl whose father has Parkinson's Disease and how she handles his worsening condition after they move out of NYC to upstate NY. ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 05, 2009
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
**spoiler alert** Wow. The violence in this book is overwhelming at times and even seems somewhat gratuitous. It was a good read, but not compelling l ...more
May 2011
May 30, 2011
Not Becoming My Mother: and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way
This slim little volume is a quick read and has some meaty issues to chew. I really appreciated having some perspective on the women in the 30s, 40s, ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 08, 2010
The Far Side of Evil
Engdahl raises some very interesting questions in this book, but I didn't really find it compelling. I think there wasn't enough action for me until t ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 30, 2009
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters (Miss Temple, Doctor Svenson, and Cardinal Chang, #1)
This book is over 700 pages. I definitely got sucked into the story, although I can't say I would recommend it to a general audience. The author is ve ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 27, 2010
Uglies (Uglies, #1)
Two people recommended this book (and I kept seeing it on the shelf at the library), so I finally broke down and got it. I listened to it and quickly ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 10, 2010
Eat, Pray, Love
Someone commented that this book is the whining of a privileged upper class white woman and they didn't care for it. I have to say that Gilbert's whin ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 25, 2010
Being Nikki (Airhead, #2)
I read this book in two days. Now I can't wait for the third book! Agh. The plot thickens, literally, as Em gets used to her new body. We find out tha ...more
May 18, 2009
May 18, 2009
Lionboy (Lionboy Trilogy, #1)
I didn't have any expectations from this book and it completely bowled me over. Lionboy features Charlie whose mother is English and whose father is G ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 03, 2010
Horizon (The Sharing Knife, #4)
Book four does not fail to impress. Every time I thought the characters were done with one trauma/hardship/crisis, another would loom two pages later. ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 14, 2009
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