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Under the Mesquite
3.92
I love novels in verse, and am always looking for new ones to add to my teaching list as a choice. I almost put this on my dissertation-site reading l...more
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Jun 02, 2012
 
Al Capone Does My Shirts (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #1)
3.81
This is sort of THE book in YA disabilities studies, and came highly recommended by many of my grad school peers. Now that I'm on break, I can finally...more
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Dec 11, 2011
 
Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir
3.84
I was super psyched about this. I love graphic memoirs, and both Alison Bechdel and Rachel Maddow blurbed it. (RM hardly ever blurbs.) But I was disap...more
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Dec 23, 2013
 
Affective Narratology: The Emotional Structure of Stories
3.55
Some good ideas about emotion, cognition, why and how we read stories, why and how we read the stories we read, etc. For my purposes, it got more usef...more
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Mar 31, 2012
 
The Devil's Arithmetic
4.08
This is a novel I had been meaning to get to for quite some time and finally got around to it. It's short and quick, though a bit predictable because...more
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Jul 22, 2011
 
The Hunger Games and Philosophy: A Critique of Pure Treason
4.24
I am possibly teaching a HG special topics seminar next year(!) so I've been researching some textbooks to use (thank you, desk copies). This was fant...more
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Mar 29, 2013
 
Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film
3.68
Well, this guy introduced so many terms into narrative theory that he's almost a founding father. He was honored with a lifetime achievement award at...more
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Mar 31, 2012
 
Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith
3.70
Well, I'm a little torn whether to give this 3 or 4; I really liked it, but as a Printz winner (i.e. it's YA), I'm not sure I'd recommend it to many t...more
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Dec 11, 2011
 
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
3.96
So, for a YA utopian/dystopian novel, the premise was really, really unique. I was mostly surprised at the plot events, the symbolism/theme/ allegory...more
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Jan 11, 2014
 
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
4.11
I know, I know: how did I not read this until now? Well, fine. I'm late to the party. I loved this. Almost a 5-star, actually. The narrator, Arnold, h...more
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Jul 12, 2011
 
Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method
3.87
Ok, again, four stars and "I Liked it!" seem like weird categories for academic texts, but.

This guy is brilliant.

Honestly, he coined most of the ter...more
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Mar 22, 2012
 
Blankets
4.07
I hadn't heard of this until a friend recommended it, but I adored it. A great coming of age story about first love and family under the umbrella of a...more
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Aug 31, 2012
 
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
3.96
Well, this took me a while to get into, though I'm wondering if that's due more to end-of-semester exhaustion, traveling, dissertation freaking out, e...more
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Dec 08, 2012
 
Nation
4.02
This was a choice in our fantasy class for the subgenre "spirituality." Somewhat ticked off that Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials series wasn't li...more
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Jun 12, 2011
 
Out of the Dust
3.72
Look at me! Obsessed with Goodreads!

This book of narrative verse actually told a story, unlike the one I wrote about last night. There was a conflict...more
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Jun 20, 2011
 
Love That Dog
3.98
I was one of the only people in my program who hadn't read this, so when I saw it for $2 at the used book store, I gave in.

LOVED IT. (The whole thing...more
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Jul 26, 2012
 
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't
3.93
Well, a lot of what Nate Whom I Relied On Quite Heavily to Avoid Having a Heart Attack During the Election Silver touches on is similar to issues in F...more
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Apr 29, 2013
 
Shakespeare Bats Cleanup (Shakespeare Bats Cleanup, #1)
3.75
This wouldn't be my first choice as a verse novel to teach in class, but for the middle school or 9th grade teacher who is looking for a boy to share...more
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Aug 31, 2012
 
This Full House (Make Lemonade, #3)
3.79
This is the third in the "Make Lemonade" trilogy and was my least favorite, though it was still fantastic. LaVaughn is in girls in science club, so a...more
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Jul 10, 2011
 
The Secret Life of Bees
3.96
I read this because the girl I tutor has to for her summer reading. It took me a while to get acclimated to it, I guess, for some reason, but about th...more
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Jul 25, 2011
 
The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays
4.16
I don't even know how many stars to give this. I only had to read two essays,(JUST pages 85-422). I know that Bakhtin's two big ideas: chronotope (the...more
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Mar 31, 2012
 
Give a Boy a Gun
3.86
This is the third book for my research site and is part of the theme "school." It's a fictionalized Columbine told in faux eye witness reports, chats,...more
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Jul 03, 2011
 
Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment
3.76
Ok, so I listened to this on audio, which I think is part of my 2-star rating. Based on the description on the back of the audio-cover, I was expectin...more
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Jun 06, 2013
 
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
4.24
Ok, so this isn't exactly a textbook, but it is from Brene's dissertation research, so... (Um, I would like MY dissertation research to turn into a Te...more
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Jun 06, 2013
 
Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year
4.17
Welp. I admit that memoirs/journals are among my favorite genres, but DAYUM. This was phenomenal. Read it in the early, early morning in the airport/l...more
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Aug 10, 2014
 
The Island
3.65
Well, I WANTED to give up on this, but my friends/classmates got through it and I couldn't let them down. Blech. Stay away.

THIS IS WORSE THAN HOMECOM...more
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Jan 24, 2012
 
Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us
3.67
Required reading for anyone who is human and in a sexual or romantic relationship with another human (or...non-human). Or knows humans.
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Nov 25, 2013
 
Seek
3.55
It's the day for reader's theater! Fleischman always does such smart stuff that takes on multiple characters or perspectives and winds it together in...more
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Jul 03, 2011
 
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Avi
3.79
I am reading this for my graduate class, and am only half way finished, but so far I love it. Great narrative voice, a narrator that is easy to empath...more
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Feb 04, 2010
 
Gone Girl
3.93
Well. I had heard all the buzz about this, so I figured what the heck. At first, I felt mixed. It was good, just potentially creepy enough that I didn...more
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Sep 09, 2012
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