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Ghosts of the Soon Departed
recommended by melanie
not set
Jul 31, 2011
The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby
This was the first naming book I found to be very readable; my husband even picked it up for about fourminutes. (While I stared in shock with my mouth ...more
Jan 10, 2010
Jan 10, 2010
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
**spoiler alert** This book has the honor of being the most extreme of the terrible series that is Twilight. Here is a joint effort between my sister ...more
Jan 2008
Jul 06, 2009
Midnight Sun (Twilight, #1.5)
After reading this, I am now entirely convinced Twilight was just a big misunderstanding. But I must say; Meyer really turned this whole thing around ...more
Aug 26, 2009
Aug 26, 2009
The Count of Monte Cristo
This book made the list of four or five books which have changed my life! After falling in love with the motion picture, I picked it up. (Read slowly ...more
Jan 2007
Jul 06, 2009
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight, #3.5)
I'm not going to make any excuses for myself. I read it knowing it would exasperate me. As with the rest of the series, there are some glaring absurdi ...more
Jul 02, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
Diana Gaboldon seemed to have an excellent grasp of the history and culture of the Scottish highlands; I was impressed and thoroughly enjoyed that asp ...more
Aug 04, 2009
Jul 14, 2009
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
What I learned from this book... An author has only to come up with a good concept, create a commercial presence, and stir the imagination of PreTeen- ...more
Jan 2008
Jul 06, 2009
The Host (The Host, #1)
Don't Bother with this one. Once again, Stephani Meyer has come up with a good idea and completely fumbled it. Just like Twilight's "Bella" she create ...more
Jun 2008
Jul 07, 2009
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
I love wondering "what if?" and the 'The Eyre Affair' took the concept to new levels. Very enjoyable as a light read.

What if the lines between fiction
Oct 13, 2009
Sep 01, 2009
The Time Traveler's Wife
My sister gushed about this one to me and I wasn't sure how I felt about it right up until the end. One one hand, the time line is well thought out. W ...more
Jan 2009
Jul 06, 2009
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
I'm disappointed in you Dan Bergstein. I was quite eager to follow your recommendation. Now I wonder about you...

By the end of A Game of Thrones, it'
Oct 2011
Mar 17, 2011
Voyager (Outlander, #3)
2/11 - I have found a long, dark, coarse hair between every third page of this book. No kidding. Six hairs this morning within 20 pages. The fear of a ...more
not set
Oct 23, 2009
The Scarlet Pimpernel
You don't have to be sophisticated in any shape or form to appreciate this story. Too many authors these days try to dazzle us with their worldly know ...more
Aug 22, 2009
Aug 22, 2009
Innocent Traitor
Alison Weir has been praised for her historical knowledge, so I do appreciate that aspect of the book, and I think I would enjoy her nonfiction. She d ...more
Sep 14, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
The Historian
Yaaaaaaaay! I finished a grownup book and it only took three months.

It took so terribly long to finish, I don't know if I can give a fair review. I d
Feb 13, 2011
Jul 15, 2009
Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2)
Overall, it was enjoyable. It still beats the socks off Time Traveler's Wife, as far as time-travel & romance go. However, I had a hard time buyin ...more
Nov 30, 2009
Oct 23, 2009
The Scarlet Pimpernel
You don't have to be sophisticated in any shape or form to appreciate this story. Too many authors these days try to dazzle us with their worldly know ...more
Jan 2004
Jul 06, 2009
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
I downloaded the audio version of this one about a year ago and couldn't get into it, despite Marissa's ravings about how great it was. When I got a h ...more
Oct 24, 2011
Mar 08, 2011
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Not quite as compelling as the first two, but I still enjoyed it. Without the games and the "hunt," there wasn't the same tension. I'm still very exci ...more
Oct 30, 2011
Oct 28, 2011
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
What a great YA read! I sped through this one quicker than the first. Again, I just wanted to get to the ending, and should have slowed down a little. ...more
Oct 26, 2011
Oct 28, 2011
Alla Prima: Everything I Know about Painting
I just devoured this thing. Written by one of today's greatest oil painters - this is a must read, common sense, instructional tool for the representa ...more
Jan 2008
Jul 28, 2009
Island of the Blue Dolphins (Island of the Blue Dolphins #1)
My mom read this to me when I was about nine years old. It's a wonderful true survival story. I totally ate it up and would recommend it to young read ...more
Jan 1998
Jul 28, 2009
Moccasin Trail
Read this when I was 12 or 13 and it was my favorite for several years. An adventurous Fiction well aligned with historical events and figures.
Jan 2000
Jul 06, 2009
Jane Eyre
How did this book end up on the top-ten worst? It is such an excellent story of irony and innocence.
Jan 2007
Jul 06, 2009
Like Water for Chocolate
This was a very different style of book than I have ever read. It truely is a combination of cook book, love story and folk tale and I enjoyed the way ...more
Jun 02, 2010
Jul 14, 2009
The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, #1)
Read to me and Marissa by mom. I must have been about four years old cause I named that doll Benny.
Jan 1993
Sep 17, 2009
The Jack Tales
This is a Christmas gift for Jack, but after reading a couple of the stories, I'm not sure Jack's mom will enjoy reading the fables aloud to him consi ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 17, 2009
Never Tease A Weasel
Mom's all-time favorite book. I think she has grandma's old copy... ?
Jan 1993
Sep 17, 2009
The Lowenfeld Lectures
Viktor Lownefeld - mentioned in Draw Squad as a top art educator.
not set
Jul 26, 2012
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