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The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance
Okay, I'm going to break down and actually review this book. There were some great parts in it. Elna has a fun style of writing and sounds like a real...more
Dec 29, 2009
Jan 02, 2010
Frangipani House
I ran across this book when I was unpacking other books I owned. I seem to have several from my undergrad days that I don't remember having read, so I...more
Aug 17, 2012
Jul 27, 2012
City of God
I had no idea what I was getting into when I began this book. It sometimes felt like it would never end, but it was a great experience. First, I disco...more
Jun 15, 2013
Mar 31, 2013
The Moon and Sixpence
I thought this one should have ended about 100 pages before it did. I didn't feel the last portion of the book matched with the first portion. I love...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
Anyone You Want Me to Be: A True Story of Sex and Death on the Internet
I have a morbid fascination with forensics. This is the true story of a Kansas murderer and sex predator, John Robinson. He was actively involved in h...more
Jan 2004
Jun 13, 2008
The Bean Trees (Greer Family, #1)
I'm a big Kingsolver fan, and this is a great story - probably mostly because it's so original. You're not quite sure how to make out the main charact...more
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Mar 03, 2008
Riders of the Purple Sage
Unbelievably, painfully sappy and over-the-top melodramatic, some of which I hope was deliberate. I've never known a male to write such slushy romance...more
Sep 17, 2011
Sep 13, 2011
The Autobiography of Mark Twain
I enjoyed this so much. It is a completely unconventional bio, and the introduction is extremely interesting and helpful in understanding the book's s...more
Nov 08, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
The Cay (The Cay, #1)
**spoiler alert** This was another of those that sat on my childhood bookshelf. I loved the cover photo (which was of Timothy) but never read it until...more
May 09, 2014
Nov 07, 2013
Stuart: A Life Backwards
**spoiler alert** The sewage of profanity was difficult to sludge through, but I managed only because I skipped reading it. The biographer himself is...more
May 11, 2014
Apr 17, 2014
Confessions (World's Classics)
**spoiler alert** I changed my mind about this one several times throughout the book. At times, Rousseau seems an unbelievably diplomatic story-teller...more
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Jun 06, 2008
Frightful's Mountain (Mountain, #3)
It took me awhile longer to get into this one, because no people show up in it till about 60 pages in. Until then, it's told from the point of view of...more
Apr 27, 2011
Apr 26, 2011
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
**spoiler alert** This was a really fun read for me, since I'm from Southern Oregon and know lots of the places she talked about She even mentions my...more
Jul 25, 2014
Apr 29, 2013
Tom Jones
Very unimpressive other than its considerable length. I feel like this was hundreds of pages of drivel. The characters were utterly forgettable. I got...more
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Mar 30, 2010
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
This book is really 4.5*. There is so much food for thought in this read. It is packed with really fascinating and simultaneously useful information....more
Jun 12, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
Never Trust a Calm Dog, and Other Rules of Thumb
I can't believe how long I've been reading this one, so it was time just to sit down and finish it today so it stops hanging over my head. Some things...more
Apr 24, 2014
Dec 11, 2013
Whose Body?  (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #1)
There were a few parts of this book very well written, but over all, I felt like she borrowed way too much (or attempted to) from Conan Doyle. Since n...more
Jun 16, 2009
May 25, 2009
Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys
During the laundry rant, I was laughing so frequently on the metro, that the guy next to me wanted to know what I was reading. There are definitely so...more
Jan 28, 2014
Jan 27, 2014
Instead of the Thorn
**spoiler alert** While the writing itself isn't all that compelling, the story has some really worthwhile aspects. This is a story of a young girl wh...more
Dec 22, 2013
May 05, 2013
Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts: Seven Questions to Ask Before (and After) You Marry
Actually not that bad. It even had interesting parts in it. "As strange as it may sound, there is a strong link in marriage between prayer and sex. Fo...more
Jun 13, 2011
Jun 12, 2011
An Infamous Army (Alastair, #4)
**spoiler alert** This is my least favorite of Heyer's so far, and I still enjoyed it. I am irritated by "love at first sight" idiots, but at least th...more
Nov 03, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
The Cairo Diary
Airport lit. There are two interwoven stories in this book, and I found that Marion's story was really kind of pointless. It didn't really go anywhere...more
May 15, 2008
May 13, 2008
Sonny Elephant
This book was read to me for the first time when I was in 2nd grade. I continued looking for it at every library, not realizing that it is a collector...more
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Dec 11, 2008
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Another fabulous non-fiction read. I learned an awful lot about myself, though I'm closer to being an ambivert than a hardcore introvert. I've always...more
Sep 03, 2012
Aug 12, 2011
The Qur'an
I don't feel comfortable ranking canonical works (realizing this is only considered canonical in the Arabic edition, and I obviously read it in Englis...more
not set
Jun 06, 2008
Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn
This was a really troubling read. I love Audrey Hepburn and always have, but I found her consecutive adultery really disturbing (her husbands were adu...more
Nov 26, 2010
Dec 02, 2010
Have Him at Hello: Confessions from 1,000 Guys About What Makes Them Fall in Love . . . Or Never Call Back
Oh, how I hate this genre and this type of book. However, I'm in that stage of life where everyone feels compelled to lend me their dating self-help b...more
Jul 19, 2014
Jul 19, 2014
Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment
A co-worker told me three or four times I had to read this book, so I have no read it and appeased her. Hmm...reads like a blog, so the format really...more
Jan 26, 2014
Jan 26, 2014
The Sun Also Rises
Normally Hemingway is a real drag, but I read this book on the beach in the south of Spain where it really appealed to me. The story consists of inter...more
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Mar 03, 2008
Black Virgin Mountain: A Return to Vietnam
I have really mixed feelings about this one. While Heinemann is a decent writer, and while I appreciated the points he made in the book as well as his...more
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Dec 16, 2010
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