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Quidditch Through the Ages
3.79
So, in the increasing hysteria mounting over the advent of the final Harry Potter book, I have been reading anything I can get my hands on before we a ...more
Apr 2007
Apr 09, 2007
 
Mirror Mirror
3.25
This is by far the least appealing and satisfying of the Maguire fairy tales I've read. I'm not really sure where to begin! I was all set to devour th ...more
Jan 2004
Mar 26, 2007
 
Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account
4.22
Despite the incredibly difficult subject matter, this book was a surprisingly fast read. Equally horrifying and compelling, both my roommate and I rea ...more
Mar 2007
Mar 12, 2007
 
J.R.R. Tolkien 4-Book Boxed Set: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
4.58
I first read The Hobbit at the ripe old age of 12, and remember having to really concentrate to finish it. (I was probably still emerging from a reall ...more
Jan 1993
Mar 23, 2007
 
The Harry Potter Collection (Harry Potter, #1-4)
4.63
I don't care to admit how many times I've read this series, because it's a little indecent. Let's just say I'm a fan, okay? Having grown up reading C. ...more
Jan 2000
Mar 19, 2007
 
Who Killed Albus Dumbledore?: What Really Happened in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? Six Expert Harry Potter Detectives Examine the Evidenc
4.34
I have enjoyed this collection of essays regarding six "experts'" opinions of what really transpired in the penultimate Harry Potter book, The Half-Bl ...more
not set
Mar 28, 2007
 
Many Waters (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #4)
4.01
This is the other contender for my favorite Madeleine L'Engle book. I especially love this book because of its version of the biblical story of Noah a ...more
Jan 1991
Mar 19, 2007
 
Unlocking Harry Potter: Five Keys for the Serious Reader
4.25
Whew! I have finished Granger's thoroughly literate and articulate analysis of the Harry Potter series and am immediately eager to read it again. I ha ...more
Mar 2007
Mar 23, 2007
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.56
So, as a long-time fan of vampire lore, I felt like this book was stalking me at every turn and finally succumbed to reading it. That experience is mu ...more
Jul 02, 2008
Jul 07, 2008
 
The World According to Garp
4.05
This is one of the rare occasions where I picked up a book after seeing parts of the film adaptation. (I must admit, John Lithgow portraying a transve ...more
not set
Mar 26, 2007
 
My Life with the Chimpanzees
4.07
My sister gave this book to me for Easter one year, little knowing how much it would spark my interest for years to come. I found Jane Goodall's recol ...more
Jan 1990
Mar 19, 2007
 
White Oleander
3.89
It's been a while since I read this book, but I remember really liking it a lot. Astrid's character undergoes so many transformations as an adolescent ...more
Jan 2002
Mar 19, 2007
 
The Screwtape Letters
4.19
C. S. Lewis is commonly regarded as a very gifted writer and theologian, as the popularity of his Chronicles of Narnia attests. But The Screwtape Lett ...more
not set
Mar 19, 2007
 
The Bookseller of Kabul
3.74
My poor friend Brian lent me this book months ago (technically, last year!) and I am such a literary commitment phobe that it's been languishing on my ...more
not set
Mar 19, 2007
 
A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Time Quintet, #3)
4.11
Though I am hard-pressed to pick a favorite among Madeleine L'Engle's litany of novels, this is a likely candidate. The fourth installment in the Wrin ...more
Jan 1992
Mar 19, 2007
 
A Prayer for Owen Meany
4.21
I read this book because 1) I loved The World According to Garp and 2) some kid in a high school speech team competition did an excerpt and despite hi ...more
Jan 2004
Mar 26, 2007
 
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
4.27
I learned from this book that there is always room for interpretation in the scriptures, especially when privy to some of the rough drafts! Biff is an ...more
Oct 2006
Mar 12, 2007
 
The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7)
4.22
I inherited my brother's paperback collection of Narnia in grade school and first started them reading them in about third or fourth grade. I think I ...more
Jan 1992
Mar 19, 2007
 
The Virgin Suicides
3.81
Decent read: interesting glance into how truly disturbing "normal" suburbia really is. When the narrator invites you to obsess over the family of five ...more
Jan 2004
Mar 19, 2007
 
The Handmaid's Tale
3.99
I've read 1984 and A Brave New World, as well as Farenheit 451, but this is thus far my favorite depiction of our perilous future because the narrator ...more
Jan 2003
Mar 23, 2007
 
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1)
3.48
Perhaps the most famously revised of Maguire's fairytales (and now a wildly successful musical), Wicked is the E True Hollywood Story of The Wizard of ...more
Jan 2003
Mar 26, 2007
 
A Dirty Job (Grim Reaper, #1)
4.09
Initially I was a tad bit worried that Moore was running out of material as a lot of A Dirty Job clearly echoed You Suck. But I was happy to discover ...more
Mar 2007
Mar 22, 2007
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.00
My Spanish teacher first turned me onto Garcia Marquez in high school, and I have been an avid fan of Spanish Magical Realism ever since. I can't reca ...more
Jan 1999
Mar 19, 2007
 
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
3.50
I've read a number of Maguire's revisionist fairy tales, but this is by far my favorite. Everyone knows the story of Cinderella (or thinks they do!) M ...more
Jan 2000
Mar 26, 2007
 
Slammerkin
3.67
Okay, so I can't say this book is exactly stunning, but for anyone wno enjoys tales of ambitious, impoverished girls willing to do anything to get ahe ...more
Jan 2004
Mar 23, 2007
 
Matilda
4.26
Thanks to Ben for reminding me of my own passion for Roald Dahl! Although I cherished all of his books and re-read them all repeatedly, Matilda is my ...more
Jan 1990
Mar 19, 2007
 
Middlesex
3.94
Eugenides is probably the most skilled writer at evoking the incredibly painful process of being an adolescent in the seventies. (Not that I'd know -- ...more
Jan 2004
Mar 19, 2007
 
Peace Like a River
3.96
My roommate Valerie lent me this book as one of her personal favorites and after reading it, I could see why. If for no other reason than to hope that ...more
Jan 2006
Mar 19, 2007
 
A Spot of Bother
3.45
Anyone who appreciates British humor will be off to a good start with this tale of an endearingly and yet entirely dysfunctional British family. Parti ...more
Dec 2006
Mar 12, 2007
 
The Complete Fiction: The Bean Trees / Homeland / Animal Dreams / Pigs in Heaven
4.35
I discovered Barbara Kingsolver through my high school Spanish teacher, first reading The Bean Trees and then her other fiction successively. I immedi ...more
Jan 1999
Mar 23, 2007
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