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The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)
So remember when Grey's Anatomy introduced the new crop of interns once the original cast had sort of "graduated"? That's how I felt about this book....more
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Dec 03, 2013
Oaxaca Journal
I admit it. I'm a geek. I picked this book up for a few reasons: I have enjoyed Oliver Sacks's books on neurology, I have fond memories of a trip to O...more
Jul 23, 2012
Mar 14, 2011
Wildwood Imperium (Wildwood Chronicles, #3)
I am satisfied with how this trilogy wrapped up. This book continued all of the previous themes and added in a few new characters. I appreciated the s...more
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Mar 02, 2014
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)
I read this alongside my 8 year old who has studied Greek Mythology in school. She was engrossed and I didn't hate it. I have to compare it to Harry P...more
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Sep 03, 2013
Junie B. Jones Collection (Junie B. Jones, #1-8)
Junie B. Jones is big with the K-1st grade set. We've read a LOT of this series. It's good and bad. Anything that gets my kid interested in reading is...more
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Feb 05, 2012
Tuesdays With Morrie
I think this is one of those books that changes depending on where you are in life when you read it. I can see how for some people it would be profoun...more
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May 05, 2011
Men My Mother Dated and Other Mostly True Tales
The first part of this book is a series of short chapters detailing the dating life of the author's mother. The stories had a wistful, nostalgic quali...more
Jun 03, 2012
Jun 01, 2012
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
This is the kind of book I probably would never seek out. But practically everyone I know raved about it. A friend loaned me a copy so I didn't have a...more
Mar 26, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
Number the Stars
I am on a Holocaust historical fiction marathon, I guess. I read this on the heels of The Book Thief. I didn't plan it that way. I only chose this boo...more
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Dec 23, 2013
A Working Theory of Love
The premise holds a lot of promise. This book did not initially grab me but grew on me slowly as the AI evolved. The main character was not someone I...more
Feb 2013
Jan 20, 2013
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Someone told me that if you liked Hunger Games, you'll like Divergent. So of course I had to read it, since there has been a small void in my life sin...more
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May 02, 2012
Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance
Back when The Artist's Way first came out, I read it and I was into it. It inspired me. The format suited me. Anything where you are asked to make a l...more
Jan 21, 2012
Dec 29, 2011
Gathering Blue
Gathering Blue does not pick up right where The Giver left off. Maybe this is years beyond? That is unclear. But it stands on its own as another alleg...more
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Sep 20, 2013
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
You can read this book in under an hour. It's really more of a pamphlet packaged as a book. I agree with what Pollan has to say but it is nothing you...more
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Dec 18, 2011
Rain Gardens: Managing Water Sustainably in the Garden and Designed Landscape: Sustainable Rainwater Management for the Garden and Designed Landscape
This book wasn't what I thought it was going to be about but it was informative. The authors took a much broader definition of "rain garden" than I ex...more
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Nov 07, 2011
Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang
This was a quick read and I guess I got a couple of chuckles out of it - but I wouldn't recommend it. I get that this is her sense of humor but it's n...more
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Jan 24, 2012
Vote for Me!
This book was a missed opportunity. My kids picked this out. I guess they liked the colors/illustrations and I do, too. The book is designed for littl...more
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Apr 04, 2013
Until I Find You
I'm impressed. The writing style is very simple and direct but is still able to convey all the nuances that are essential to this novel. The character...more
Mar 23, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
How the Water Feels to the Fishes
You can read this book within an hour but it represents much thought and observation. It's a collection of very short stories, some funny. I enjoyed i...more
Jan 19, 2013
Jan 18, 2013
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
This was very well researched and well written. It delivered all the pertinent facts with the right amount of storytelling. Joshua Foer is no longer s...more
Oct 10, 2012
Sep 21, 2012
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Here's what I liked: I liked that it was a true story. I liked that it was set in the deep south. I liked the title. The movie wasn't as good as the b...more
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Sep 13, 2010
The Propagator's Bible: A Step-by-step Guide to Propagating Every Plant in Your Garden (Paperback)
I checked this out from the library. I found it useful but here's the deal... there is not much middle-ground. The simple stuff is too simple. You don...more
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Oct 22, 2011
What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses
Thankfully, this book was not "New-Agey" at all. It is research-driven. I love that the facts are as interesting as fiction. It details similarities (...more
Nov 10, 2012
Nov 05, 2012
The Dreaming Universe: A Mind-expanding Journey into the Realm Where Psyche & Physics Meet
I read this book when I was in my mid-20s and it has stuck with me. My memory of it is vague now. I should go back and reread it to see if it is still...more
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Mar 14, 2011
Memoirs of a Geisha
I liked reading this book. But if I'm being honest with myself, it might be because of the WAY I read it. I remember that it was in the early days of...more
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Jun 04, 2011
Little House on a Small Planet: Simple Homes, Cozy Retreats, and Energy Efficient Possibilities
This book is about a lot more than little houses. It goes into broader topics such as co-housing, family structure, energy efficiency, zoning, bank in...more
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Feb 05, 2012
Frog's Best Friend
Ugh... I LOVE Arnold Lobel's Frod & Toad series. This is NO Frog & Toad. It seems like the author is trying to fill that void. The characters...more
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Apr 04, 2013
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Oh my God, Woman! What happened to you to make THIS come out of you? I love these books. I find them riveting and thought-provoking. I have to admit t...more
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Mar 30, 2012
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
This is a fun, charming story - perfect for techie book-nerds. The mystery aspect and the passion for ideas keep the story moving. It reminded me a li...more
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Jun 26, 2014
Naked Pictures of Famous People
I've seen Jon Stewart on The Daily Show and thought he was very funny. What I like about his sense of humor is that it is funny because it's TRUE. He...more
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Feb 07, 2012
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