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Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain
3.82
Update to give another star, now that I've finished it.

The book could have used a little better editing, but the writing is intelligent. Writing level
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Jan 07, 2011
Jan 05, 2011
 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
4.44
I'd give it 10 stars if I could. I liked it that much. While I was on the second half of this book, I started it over again with my husband to listen ...more
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Aug 04, 2011
 
Angry White Pyjamas: A Scrawny Oxford Poet Takes Lessons from the Tokyo Riot Police
3.90
He starts out by pointing out the profusion of power lines in Japan. On he continues with a humorous and interesting perspective of a white guy's expe ...more
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Jul 18, 2009
 
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
3.79
Recommended by Lisa Casper in an Indie Book webinar.

This book gets it right everywhere. Character development, story, imagery, setting, all of it. The
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Oct 02, 2012
 
My Friend Flicka (Flicka, #1)
4.13
If you've never been West around Colorado/Wyoming, O'Hara recreates it and captures it in her novels. I didn't realize just how well until I moved her ...more
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Jul 09, 2009
 
The Girl with All the Gifts
3.91
This one seems hard to review without saying too much - the story doesn't unfold so much as it is like those cellophane anatomy illustrations in encyc ...more
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Jan 19, 2015
 
Orange Is the New Black
3.68
This quote sums up what I liked about this book:
"It sometimes seems that we have built revolving doors between our poorest communities and correctiona
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Apr 2015
Mar 31, 2015
 
Afterworlds
3.70
I got halfway and stalled. I liked the idea of it, and that first chapter of Darcy's story WAS awesome...and then it slowly *plbblbbblttt* deflated fl ...more
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Dec 19, 2014
 
Running Like a Girl
3.86

This was great. Loved it from the forward to the end. It's a quick read, and a wonderfully honest, candid journal of the live & learn of starting
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Mar 23, 2014
 
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
3.70
Well, here we go again. I was on vacation with a friend, I had a beer, I got reckless. I'd finished up a book I had to force myself to finish and figu ...more
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Apr 21, 2012
 
Soldier Of The Mist
3.95
Part one of a duology called "Latro In the Mist" (and now, with a third book, a trilogy) by Gene Wolfe.

I figured I'd review each half as a separate bo
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Jan 26, 2013
 
The Bane of Yoto
4.60
I'm torn between 2 & 3 stars. I'll go for 3 because there is a niche I feel this fits into and lovers of that niche will enjoy the book.

It seems
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Sep 13, 2013
Sep 07, 2013
 
Steel
3.40
What a great YA book for fans of pirates!

A co-worker said this was her favorite stand alone of Carrie Vaughn's & I have to agree. It took a chapte
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Oct 23, 2013
 
The Shadow and the Star (Victorian Hearts, #2)
4.03
I'm giving it a 4, though there are a couple gripes that send it dipping momentarily close to a 2 or 3.

The 4-5 parts:
I loved the backstory on the cha
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Mar 30, 2013
 
Track of the Cat (Anna Pigeon, #1)
3.85
Really enjoyed this as great summer escape reading (especially in high summer temperatures, as you can better sympathize with the baking dry heat in t ...more
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Jun 21, 2012
 
Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories
4.06
I recommend this book to everyone. It is not just for children, teens, parents or teachers. Bullying does not always stop at childhood or college, it ...more
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Nov 14, 2011
 
Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park
3.83

This book is thoroughly researched and jam packed with information. For that I give it 4 stars.

It is so thorough, though, that at points it gets prett
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May 07, 2013
 
A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook
4.35
Because it makes absolute, total sense to read a diet book and this at the same time..

I love that these women researched and put together such a great
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Aug 17, 2012
 
Undaunted: My Struggle for Freedom and Survival in Burma
3.95
Another one pulled from the shelf while refreshing Non Fiction displays.

Very simply written - the ghost writer seems to be calling it in. Because of
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Jan 03, 2013
 
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)
3.79
This falls under teen/young adult, as there's a sexual element to the novel but nothing particularly graphic. It is more sensual than anything, really ...more
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Feb 27, 2011
 
Wonder
4.42
I wanted to write a review for this the night I read it, but go figure, I was out of reach of the internet and had to wait on it.

I enjoyed it - it wa
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Sep 07, 2014
 
Boat Girl: A Memoir of Youth, Love & Fiberglass
4.06
My copy is a galley copy.

This was a fairly quick easy read and enjoyable. I loved the first half of the book and it is marvelous in evoking the atmosp
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Jun 25, 2013
 
Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home
4.31

"Runner who suffers a burst brain aneurysm and recovers" hooked me (plus, I have to say: that's an awesome cover), so I signed up for a galley copy.

I
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May 06, 2015
 
Barefoot Gen, Volume One: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima
4.16
This left me feeling a bit sick and I'd suggest it is a book that is honest, and painfully real, and definitely not for the faint of heart. That said, ...more
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Sep 22, 2013
 
Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)
3.73
This book kept me torn between "I can't put it down" vs. "I don't want to tear through this one." It is worth taking a little extra time on it, and at ...more
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Jun 22, 2012
 
The Slow Regard of Silent Things
3.92

The first thing that popped into my head was the line, "All mimsy were the borogroves..."
(Jabberwocky, Lewis Carroll: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/
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Apr 28, 2014
 
Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey
3.91
My review vaporized.

Picked it up off the shelf of our graphic novel display, read it, went to put it back on the shelf and ended up talking about it w
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Jul 09, 2013
Jul 07, 2013
 
Through the Evil Days (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #8)
4.06

I liked it. Good tension and of course, it's not long before the main characters are in way over their heads.

Odd but interesting twist with Hadley -
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Jan 25, 2014
 
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
4.16
New Review 8/26/14: Still a great read.

Different impressions this time around are in spoiler link below - spoilers for later books in the series in t
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Jun 27, 2009
 
Mercury Falls
3.61

I started reading this thinking I'd "just start it" and get a few pages before going to sleep. I have to make myself put it down and go to bed.

Chapter
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Jan 26, 2013
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