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Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink
This is a good book to read if you are interested in animals or conservation. It is really a collection of small essays about different species that a...more
Apr 19, 2010
Feb 07, 2010
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
This was an excellent fantasy novel. It is framed as the re-telling of a life story by an innkeeper, who is much more than he appears. There isn't alw...more
Apr 27, 2010
Jul 15, 2008
Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)
Loved this book. It is in the form of a diary of a teenage girl who lives through an asteroid hitting the moon and knocking it off course. Of course,...more
May 23, 2010
Jan 21, 2010
Betsy and Joe (Betsy-Tacy, #8)
I never read these as a kid, but I was recently talking to some people who said they were a mainstay of their growing up, like Little House or Anne of...more
Aug 16, 2010
Aug 15, 2010
Brazzaville Beach
I just finished this and am not totally sure what to think. I thought it was really well written and the characters and setting were all interesting....more
Mar 15, 2010
Feb 03, 2010
The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton
I really like the main character of Lidie Newton, and was interested in the history of Kansas in the 1850s, but there was maybe too much history in th...more
Apr 11, 2010
Apr 08, 2010
To the Edge : A Man, Death Valley, and the Mystery of Endurance
This book was really interesting. It is the story of a reporter who signs up for Badwater, a 135 mile ultramarathon from the lowest point in Death Val...more
Aug 04, 2010
Oct 15, 2009
Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America
This book is a pretty harsh critique of America's obsession with positive thinking. I was skeptical of reading it as I consider myself an optimist and...more
Mar 27, 2010
Jan 02, 2010
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
A lot of people really hate this book, just like a lot of people really hated Gilbert's first book, "Eat, Pray, Love". I liked this one, but I also li...more
Apr 05, 2010
Sep 10, 2009
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
Another YA fantasy novel with a strong female lead. I liked the story of this book better, and really liked the main character who struggles with havi...more
Feb 15, 2010
Feb 13, 2010
The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama
The title says it all! The book starts out as a biography, and then moves on to Obama's political career and progress from state Senator to US Senator...more
Jun 24, 2010
May 19, 2010
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
I love a lot of Krakauer's writing. This seems to be a very thoroughly researched book about Pat Tillman, the NFL player who gave up a $$$ contract to...more
Jun 2010
Dec 19, 2009
Tell No One
It might have been the mood I was in when I read it, but I really enjoyed this mystery/thriller/thingy. A pediatrician is living day by day after his...more
Aug 15, 2010
Aug 14, 2010
Summer Sisters
I really enjoyed this sweeping tale of a friendship between two women, beginning when they are about 12. I thought Blume did a great job of capturing...more
Nov 18, 2010
Nov 22, 2010
Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast
Continuing my renewed love affair with Robin McKinley, I re-read this, her first novel. It is quite good, but lacks some the extra oomph of her later...more
Sep 16, 2010
Sep 14, 2010
The Light Ages (The Aether Universe, #1)
This book just never came together for me. I couldn't get a good sense of the world it was set in, and there was a big huge mystery that did not compe...more
Aug 14, 2010
Aug 12, 2010
The Darling
This is another book a little about chimpanzees and Africa. In this one, the main character is a radical leftist in the US, involved in the Weather Un...more
Apr 08, 2010
Feb 03, 2010
The Egyptologist
The end of this book is good, but it was an ordeal to get there. It just went on and on, and there was little interesting for me to hold on to. I fini...more
Dec 10, 2010
Dec 04, 2010
Ape House
I looooved this book. I read Like Water for Elephants and apparently gave it 4 stars, but it did not stick with me and I can't remember it at all. I f...more
Oct 26, 2010
Sep 05, 2010
Little Black Book of Stories
I am not a fan of Byatt, and probably would not have read this if it were not a book club pick. Like her novels, I wished most of the stories were abo...more
Jan 17, 2010
Jan 10, 2010
Naked Once More
Just continuing my love affair with Elizabeth Peters. The Amelia Peabody books are still my fave, but the heroine of this one is great as well, and I...more
Aug 12, 2010
Aug 11, 2010
Awesome straight up, old school sci fi. Set on the moon, Earth and its colonies (Mars and Venus) are on the brink of war over access to natural resour...more
Aug 24, 2010
Aug 22, 2010
City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)
This is the third book in a series about a regular girl in Brooklyn who finds out she is actually part of a magical group of people with the job of ke...more
Feb 13, 2010
Jul 16, 2008
The Blue Sword (Damar, #2)
I continue to rekindle my love affair with Robin McKinley. This books is just about perfect. A misunderstood heroine who come into her own, awesome gi...more
Sep 2010
Aug 30, 2010
Bridge to Terabithia
I actually remember the first time I read this I vowed to never read it again because it made me so sad. I was really angry at the author for writing...more
May 13, 2010
Dec 31, 2009
Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
I really loved this book, which is sorta related to the author's other book, Graceling, but not really. It is the story of a kingdom where there are "...more
Mar 18, 2010
Nov 01, 2009
A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You
I read this collection of short stories for a book group I am in. I rate the whole collection so-so. A few of the stories really stuck with me, but ov...more
Feb 25, 2010
Feb 24, 2010
The Brides of Christmas (Includes Warrior, #11; de Burgh, #3.5)
Completely fluffy trashy typical romance fun. Three different stories of medieval women who are thrown together with an irresistible stranger around C...more
Dec 22, 2010
Dec 21, 2010
Beat the Reaper (Peter Brown #1)
I actually listened to this book on my iPod. I don't usually listen to audiobooks, but I downloaded some as part of a plan to motivate me to run. Then...more
May 10, 2010
May 22, 2009
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
One of the best sequels I have ever read. This is as good or better than the first book, The Hunger Games, and I may die of impatience before the thir...more
Feb 04, 2010
Feb 02, 2010
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