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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
This was one of the lovliest books I have ever read. I have read many books and seen many movies about World War II, but this one was the best. It was...more
Sep 2008
Jul 30, 2008
**spoiler alert** Disappointing. I think I am done with classics spin-offs. The writing was fabulous, but I got fed up with inconsistencies in the cha...more
Feb 2008
Aug 22, 2007
The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life
This was a great reminder of a lot of things I already knew, but it also helped me gain a new philosophy about owning things. It renewed my motivation...more
Jan 20, 2011
Dec 01, 2010
Fire in the Bones: William Tyndale - Martyr, Father of the English Bible
This was a beautiful, well written book about the miracle of William Tyndale's life and his super-human efforts to translate the Bible into English fo...more
Sep 2007
Aug 22, 2007
The Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency Used by the Mormon Pioneers
This book is a beautiful personal memoir written with the intent of
preserving a pioneer heritage of knowledge on living self-sufficiently and gardenin...more
Nov 07, 2011
Oct 18, 2011
Dutch Oven Cookout, Step-by-Step
There are many years of research and experience recorded in this awesome Dutch oven cook book. It is far more than a bunch of well-tested, great-tasti...more
Apr 21, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
The Heart's Frontier (The Amish of Apple Grove #1)
I was impressed with how well this book was written and researched. I liked how the religious sentiments, prayers, and discussion of faith were so int...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 26, 2012
Age before Beauty (Sister-to-Sister, #2)
4.5 stars. I really liked this book. Smith's writing is so real and enjoyable. The thing that struck me most about this book is how self-centered we c...more
Feb 10, 2009
Aug 06, 2008
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
I'm so glad I read this book. It gave me so many insights into myself and the rest of the world. It also helped me see things better from my children'...more
May 19, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature
This book is incredible. It was probably more interesting to me than the average person because I have a Biology degree, but the writing was so access...more
May 13, 2012
Apr 28, 2012
Read in a few hours this evening. I loved it. I don't really understand the neighbor girl and I think she could have been explained a little better, b...more
Oct 04, 2011
Jun 07, 2011
Dinners in the Freezer!: More Mary and Less Martha
I loved this book. It is full of crunchy conservative Christian ideals and I thought it was fabulous. I won't use every idea, but it was a library boo...more
Mar 10, 2009
Feb 17, 2009
Cornish Guernseys and Knit-frocks
Well-researched and interesting. I don't know if I can knit a whole sweater at 9 stitches per inch, but maybe someday I'll attempt it. It makes you re...more
Mar 26, 2009
Mar 25, 2009
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)
Something about this book bothered me and I can't put my finger on it, unfortunately. It was very well written and the world was so interesting. Maybe...more
Aug 10, 2012
Aug 06, 2012
Princess of the Midnight Ball (Princess, #1)
Awesome. A hero who knits and defeats an immortal magician king. Twelve princesses who are brave and good. A wonderful fairy tale retold by one of my...more
Dec 23, 2008
Jul 29, 2008
The World to Come
I liked this book, but it was really weird. The thing I found most intersting was the portral of life before we come to earth. Also, the European Jewi...more
Aug 2007
Aug 18, 2007
A Lesson in Secrets (Maisie Dobbs #8)
I liked this one. Maisie is amazing, but also so emotionally damaged and her fear of marrying James is disturbing. I also was a little annoyed at her...more
Oct 24, 2011
Oct 16, 2011
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death
I expected this book to be at least somewhat depressing, but it was uplifting and beautiful. I would hope to have as much optimism and courage in the...more
Mar 21, 2011
Feb 06, 2011
Growing an In-Sync Child: Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow
Fascinating concept. I resented a little the implication that I had possibly messed my child up by trying to teach them something before they were rea...more
Feb 26, 2012
Feb 11, 2012
Abish: Faith Among the Lamanites
I saw this book on display at the library and grabbed it just for fun. I've read some pretty cheesey Book of Mormon novels, so I was a little hesitant...more
Jul 21, 2009
Jul 06, 2009
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Children's Vaccinations
The first half was scary and depressing. Fortunately most vaccines now are free from mercury (this book was published in 2001), but there's other dist...more
Mar 29, 2011
Mar 17, 2011
The Chinese Brush Painting Handbook
An excellent resource. Makes me want to take up Chinese Brush Painting.
Aug 21, 2009
Aug 15, 2009
With a Name like Love
I loved this book. I didn't want it to end. Hoping for a sequel.

This was a well-written, beautiful story about how doing the right thing takes courage...more
May 19, 2013
May 12, 2013
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)
I had read the Lightning Thief awhile back and saw it at the library recently while trying to find something for my 9-year-old son to read. He loved i...more
Jan 25, 2013
Jan 24, 2013
After the Golden Age (Golden Age, #1)
Interesting read. I thought Celia was a bit of a complainer and I didn't understand why for most of the book, but she comes into her own and grows up...more
May 28, 2012
May 28, 2012
Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1)
First off, the title for this book does not do it justice at all. It is such a creative, fun story and it seems like there could be a whole list of mu...more
Jul 15, 2012
Jul 10, 2012
One of the creepiest bad guys I've read about. Shudder. Not a movie I would ever want to see either. A lot of disturbing images. I laughed, though whe...more
Mar 13, 2013
Mar 12, 2013
Sense and Sensibility
Re-read 9/8/11: *SPOILERS* I was struck this time by how miserable everyone is. It seemed that a great deal of the 50 chapters were devoted to crying,...more
Jun 1996
Aug 21, 2007
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow
Jessica has done it again. I'm guessing I'll be a fan of hers as long as she keeps writing. Her rendition of "East of the Sun, West of the Moon," one...more
Dec 2007
Dec 13, 2007
I think this is a book my nine-year-old would probably really enjoy. It's exciting and I cared about the characters. I have a few complaints, but gene...more
Sep 27, 2012
Sep 24, 2012
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