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Golden Boy
One of my faves of 2013. For anyone who has ever felt different in any way. One I will read again.
Jun 14, 2013
May 06, 2013
Ice Dogs
I love dog stories.

I love survival stories.

I love adventure stories that pulse with emotion.

ICE DOGS by Terry Lynn Johnson is all of these things! And
Feb 2014
Mar 05, 2012
The Fault in Our Stars
What to say about this book? I listened to the not-John Green audio edition, and man, what a great narrator. She captured Hazel's breathlessness perfe ...more
May 06, 2012
Apr 28, 2012
Okay for Now
*As soon as I heard the tiniest bit about this novel, I knew I wanted to read it. Mostly because I loved THE WEDNESDAY WARS, and this one features Dou ...more
May 15, 2011
May 07, 2011
The Innocents
As a huge THE AGE OF INNOCENCE fan, I was super excited to read this book. I loved how it paralleled the novel so closely, and how I could anticipate ...more
Aug 20, 2012
Aug 08, 2012
A Good American
Having long been a fan of multi-generational sagas, I was pretty pumped to read this book. It meanders in a delightful, easy way -- in fact, it remind ...more
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 01, 2012
Okay. This book is such a unique experience, and there's much too love. You can hardly find fault with the art, and I was breathless over a several sp ...more
Nov 02, 2011
Oct 31, 2011
The Marriage Plot
Finally finished this one, and I have decidedly mixed feelings about it. I loved the whole idea of The Marriage Plot and how that functions in the pos ...more
Jan 23, 2012
Dec 27, 2011
Views From a Window Seat: Thoughts on Writing and Life
What a gift this book is to writers! Jeannine's clear, honest, beautiful voice spills from every page. I have long enjoyed Jeannine's blog, yet this b ...more
Nov 12, 2013
Nov 12, 2013
Falling For You
This is my new favorite Lisa Schroeder book! It's a prose novel about Rae, who uses poetry to help herself deal with the not-ideal home life she's bee ...more
Jan 11, 2013
Sep 27, 2012
Chains (Seeds of America, #1)
This one has been on my nightstand for a LONG time. Once I started, it didn't take but a couple of sittings to finish. I loved the determined, courage ...more
Apr 30, 2011
Apr 30, 2011
These Is My Words (Sarah Agnes Prine, #1)
This goes on my list of "favorite historical novels ever." There is nothing I didn't love about this book. I've always been a fan of diary or letter f ...more
Jan 29, 2012
Jan 09, 2012
What Came from the Stars
OKAY FOR NOW was one of my two favorite books from 2012, which is probably why I was so disappointed with this one. The fantasy part just didn't work ...more
Oct 18, 2012
Oct 15, 2012
You know how it is when a book hits you at just the right moment? That was this book for me. I love the whole idea of a beautiful moment like this one ...more
Sep 15, 2011
Sep 15, 2011
The Dreamer
What a beautiful book, from the text to the illustrations. I loved this fictionalized account of Pablo Neruda's youth and think any parent of a creati ...more
Dec 19, 2010
Dec 21, 2010
The Mark (The Mark, #1)
I loved how this book tackled philosophical arguments and gave us a glimpse into the complicated condition of being human. I would love to hang out wi ...more
Nov 22, 2009
Nov 22, 2009
Eleanor & Park
How do I love this book? Let me count the ways.

Smart, funny writing. Characters you love. Real. Honest. So many quote-worthy passages. Plus, 1986! I a
May 04, 2013
May 04, 2013
In the Kettle, the Shriek
Have you ever read a book of poems in which all the poems sounded the same? This is NOT that kind of book! Hannah Stephenson startles and enchants us ...more
Nov 12, 2013
Nov 12, 2013
I decided to read this one when my 16 y.o. chose it over a host of others off a school reading list. I am so glad I did! Such smart writing - I was fa ...more
May 06, 2011
Apr 30, 2011
The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
This book was such a fun read-aloud for my 9 year old son... who wants BIG adventures! But now he is after me to get some to get some Yoohoo so we can ...more
Dec 04, 2009
Dec 04, 2009
The Last Letter from Your Lover
If you love big love stories, this book is for you. It reminded me of POSSESSION, LOVE LETTERS, THE POST-BIRTHDAY WORLD. I marked a whole bunch of pag ...more
Sep 19, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
The Bride's Farewell
I adore this book. It doesn't seem to be the world's favorite Meg Rosoff book, but it's mine. From start to finish, I was engaged and riveted. Loved P ...more
Apr 03, 2013
Mar 31, 2013
Big Brother
Didn't love this one the way I've loved some of Shriver's others. It was kind of hard to like these characters... but I was interested in the outcome, ...more
Jun 20, 2013
Jun 17, 2013
The Georges and the Jewels (Horses of Oak Valley Ranch, #1)
My favorite horse book in recent years. The horse and barn descriptions are so excellent, I could just about smell the hay. Love the tension between M ...more
Apr 05, 2010
Mar 31, 2010
The Age of Desire
A must-read for fans of Edith Wharton! I can definitely see where The Age of Innocence came from after reading this book, though it does make me sad t ...more
Sep 09, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
The Casual Vacancy
I listened to the audio version and loved this story! The "big book about small town" blurb is absolutely correct, and I am sort of in awe of how Rowl ...more
Dec 20, 2012
Dec 08, 2012
Tortilla Sun
From the cover art to the quaint size, this book is magic. I loved the infusion of culture in this sweet story. Haven't tried to make Nana's tortillas ...more
Dec 15, 2009
Dec 26, 2009
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
This book came highly recommended to me, and it did not disappoint. Louie is a fascinating character, adn the way the author makes what could be plain ...more
Oct 13, 2011
Oct 01, 2011
Absolutely Almost
My favorite middle-grade novel so far this year. Love Albie, who reminds me a lot of Auggie in WONDER. In fact, the whole book does. Kindness goes a l ...more
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Jun 29, 2014
The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)
A wonderful, engaging story with great characters who show great change -- and a fascinating peek into life on the Autism spectrum. I laughed AND crie ...more
Mar 13, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
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