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This is What Happy Looks Like
3.71
Jennifer E. Smith has this uncanny ability to take a clichéd story idea, like falling in love mid-flight or with a movie star, and making it incredibl...more
Apr 08, 2013
Apr 03, 2013
 
A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter
3.81
A great look at Jane Austen's novels and how they influenced and changed one man's life in an immeasurable way. I love books like this, because they t...more
Apr 04, 2012
Dec 26, 2011
 
The Final Descent (The Monstrumologist #4)
3.94
Rick Yancey concludes the Will Henry series... and completely fucks with my brain in the process. These are some of my favorite books of all time- sca...more
Oct 31, 2013
Jan 15, 2013
 
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (Fairyland, #2)
4.17
I absolutely adored Catherynne M. Valente's first book about Fairyland. It was one of the most joyous reading experiences I had last year. And when I...more
Aug 20, 2012
Apr 12, 2012
 
The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2)
4.19
Just as great as The Duke and I- those Bridgertons are such fun. Anthony, who had a sizable role in the first book, now gets his own romance with a fe...more
Dec 2011
Nov 29, 2011
 
The Future of Us
3.57
Somewhere around a 3.5 for me on this- I wish Goodreads allowed half stars, but I choose to bump up than bump down.

An enjoyable read, with a fascinat...more
Dec 21, 2011
Dec 21, 2011
 
San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats (Newsflesh Trilogy, #3.2)
4.12
I would read a million stories set in this universe. Even though they would break me. Because, oh man, this one hurt like a bitch. Grant creates these...more
Jun 14, 2013
Jun 14, 2013
 
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)
4.07
WHAT. WHAT. WHAT.

WHAT IN THE HELL IS THIS BOOK DOING TO MEEEEEEEEE.

Holy crap, it's like these books were designed to delight me and then simultaneousl...more
Mar 30, 2013
Mar 29, 2013
 
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
4.36
AHHHHHHHHH.

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH.

I cannot be coherent- this book is STRAIGHT UP MOTHERTRUCKIN' AWESOME.

It's the boilermaker of books- a shot of awesome in...more
Dec 22, 2011
Dec 21, 2011
 
Where Things Come Back
3.79
Completely deserving of all the accolades it's been getting, including the Morris and Printz awards. A wonderful dual story, with one covering Cullen...more
Mar 2012
Feb 27, 2012
 
Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)
4.13
The chemistry of the two characters in this book is what drove me to rate it a 4. The rest of the book was more of a 3 for me, but damn, the scenes be...more
Dec 22, 2011
Dec 22, 2011
 
Defending the Damned: Inside Chicago's Cook County Public Defender's Office
3.69
A fascinating look at the public defense system in Cook County, Illinois, centered around a murdered cop case and the defenders that represented the a...more
Apr 19, 2013
Apr 16, 2013
 
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
4.02
I AM CRYING WHAT IS THIS ARE THESE TEARS ON MY FACE

PULLMAN!!!! *Shakes fist toward the sky*

Oh man. This book came and knifed me right in the heart. I...more
Apr 03, 2013
Mar 29, 2013
 
Dust City
3.48
A killer twist on fairy tales, which seems especially relevant due to the popularity of fairy tale stories, including ABC's Once Upon a Time and NBC's...more
Jan 25, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
 
The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder
3.68
This book pissed me off so badly. Not because of the writing, or anything like that. But it absolutely infuriated me how badly these hospitals fucked...more
Jan 09, 2014
Jan 03, 2014
 
How I Live Now
3.60
I don't quite know how to talk about this book.

It takes place in some somewhat distant future, not too far from our own, where a complicated and confu...more
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
 
Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN
3.60
Once again, Miller and Shales have hit this one out of the park. I completely adored their look into the halls of Saturday Night Live with "Live From...more
Dec 21, 2011
Dec 12, 2011
 
Along for the Ride
4.11
Another fantastic Dessen read. I have not yet found a book of hers that I didn't adore. And this was no question. Auden goes to stay with her dad for...more
Jan 12, 2012
Dec 28, 2011
 
The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist, #2)
4.20
GOOD GOD.

This series. I swear. Yancey has written a series that combines some of my favorite things in literature- horror, mystery, science, a compel...more
Sep 17, 2011
Aug 31, 2011
 
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
3.76
An intelligent and engrossing look at pre-war Germany through the eyes of the American ambassador to Germany and his vivacious daughter. So much I had...more
Nov 09, 2011
Oct 23, 2011
 
Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret
3.75
Steve Luxenberg's journey into his family's past, specifically his mother's hidden sister, is confusing, arduous, and more than a little shocking. And...more
Nov 2009
Oct 21, 2009
 
Please Ignore Vera Dietz
3.95
Okay, now I know why everyone loved this book.

BECAUSE IT IS AWESOME.

I loved how it was broken into pieces, with looks back into Vera and Charlie's fr...more
Dec 28, 2011
Dec 26, 2011
 
The Scorpio Races
4.09
Holy shit, I think I'm still shaking from the adrenaline and nerves of this book.

I loved it.

Man, I have read so much excellent YA this year, and this...more
Dec 29, 2011
Dec 22, 2011
 
Eleanor & Park
4.22
Sometimes you read a book, and you're just so charmed by the whole thing- the characters, the setting, the time, all of it.

And then you go further in...more
Sep 13, 2013
Sep 13, 2013
 
I'll Be There
4.05
This book had me in so many knots. I got about half way through it, and then I had to flip to the back to make sure the ending wasn't too depressing,...more
Sep 03, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
 
Crossed (Matched, #2)
3.54
I loved the alternating viewpoints in this chapter, finally giving us a chance to look into Ky's head and see what he's thinking. The new characters w...more
Dec 02, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
 
Joyland
3.91
One of my favorite reads of the year. This book features something King does very very well- examining the last flush of youth before adulthood fully...more
Jul 08, 2013
Jun 14, 2013
 
The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1)
4.09
So adorable, smart, funny, and yet it also had a good healthy dose of terror and dread. I loved that while our child heroes were smart (in so many dif...more
Nov 08, 2012
Oct 29, 2012
 
The Piper's Son
4.11
Once again, Marchetta hits it out of the park. I don't know how she does it. How does she take my heart and give it everything it wants out of a book,...more
Jul 18, 2011
Jul 16, 2011
 
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
4.22
Pure magic.

I don't know why it took me this long to read this- it's the Teen Book Club choice at my library this month- but it has so many things I ad...more
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
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