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Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain
3.81
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
4.43
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
3.92
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
3.80
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)
4.12
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
 
Running Like a Girl
3.88

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
 
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
 
Steel
3.39
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 Bane of Yoto
4.56
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
 
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
 
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
 
Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories
4.07
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
 
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
3.92
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)
3.80
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
4.10
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
 
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
4.15
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
 
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
3.69
I gave up eventually. To be honest, I didn't expect much, so it wasn't the overall clunky writing (as another person said) or direction of the erotic ...more
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Apr 21, 2012
 
Mercury Falls
3.62

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
 
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
 
Bossypants
3.92
I'm giving this 4 instead of a 3, because I adore Tina Fey and her humor and outlook (4), but this is a one time read for me (3). I think it still des ...more
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May 10, 2011
 
Here If You Need Me: A True Story
3.93
Danica recommended this to me during a couple of our random conversations. I like Park Ranger (or, in this case, game warden) stories, I'm lost in amb ...more
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Aug 14, 2013
 
Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism
3.81
This is excellent, but at the same time, heartbreaking. Prince-Hughes is eloquent writer, the book is insightful and educational and I strongly recomm ...more
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May 06, 2011
 
Surviving a Shark Attack (On Land): Overcoming Betrayal and Dealing with Revenge
3.28
Candid, blunt, quick easy read, and to the point.

The gist?
Don't jump in the mud with the people who hurt you, drag you through the muck, and tear you
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Oct 23, 2011
 
Madhur Jaffrey's Illustrated Indian Cookery
4.23
I saw Madhur Jaffrey on a cooking show one day, and enjoyed watching her. Her books are as accessible and enjoyable as she is on tv.

This is a great "t
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Jul 18, 2009
 
To Darkness and to Death (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #4)
4.07
Much better on this one - started off with a kidnapping and once the engine of the train wrecked, all the cars just piled up behind it. Horrible to sa ...more
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Feb 27, 2013
 
The Fault in Our Stars
4.42
Pithy, witty humor and insight. Wonderful story, imperfect, struggling characters, and lots of great quotes.

There is no attempt or pretense to disgui
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Nov 15, 2012
 
The Way to Cook
4.30
Some of the recipes in here are a bit dated for American home cooks (not sure many people are going to be touching the chicken aspic), but the majorit ...more
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Aug 03, 2009
 
Through the Evil Days (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #8)
4.05

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
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