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The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
This book was eye-opening for me, and I've put a lot of it into practice.

There were a lot of "coincidences" around my reading of the book that made it
Apr 25, 2012
May 03, 2012
They Never Die Quietly (Sami Rizzo #1)
I picked this up from the Amazon Prime lending library after reading a review or two there and noting the overall star level (four as of this writing) ...more
May 19, 2013
May 20, 2013
Mr. Monster (John Cleaver, #2)
Dan Wells has certainly done his homework. He pulled me in with I Am Not A Serial Killer, his first look at John Wayne Cleaver, his well-named sociopa ...more
Jan 02, 2011
Jan 06, 2011
Our Husband
I picked this up as my free book for August through the Amazon Prime Lending deal. I hadn't read a Stephanie Bond book before, but the reviews were go ...more
Sep 02, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
Growing Up Amish
This was a fascinating look into the workings of the Amish church. As a slightly less than conventional Christ follower, I was comparing and contrasti ...more
Mar 20, 2012
Mar 14, 2012
Olive Kitteridge
I read this book for a book club and unexpectedly found it to be a real slog of a read. I enjoyed it for a while, then got bored with it and put it do ...more
not set
May 05, 2010
The Bubble Gum Thief
I love a good thriller, and this one met my expectations.

Dagny Gray is a believable FBI special agent. She's smart, tough, and funny, but she's also v
May 18, 2013
May 18, 2013
The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
Two years ago I would never have considered calling myself an entrepreneur. Now I'm starting a business with two friends, and although there hasn't be ...more
Aug 29, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
Dark Star
Let me start by saying that I didn't dislike this book. The plot was compelling, and the characters were unusual. I wanted to know what would happen n ...more
May 24, 2012
May 25, 2012
Edgewood (Edgewood, #1)
I was convinced to read this after seeing Candy Beauchamp's glowing review. She is a friend of mine, and I know how picky she is, so 5 stars from her ...more
Nov 23, 2012
Nov 23, 2012
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
I thought the premise of this book was fascinating, but the reviews put me off. No one seemed to really love it. Now that I've read it, I see why. It' ...more
Oct 22, 2011
Oct 24, 2011
Gamers (Gamers, #1)
Disclosure: Tom Carpenter contacted me and offered me a free copy of this book, requesting a review.

Pros: Characters are believable; plot is engaging
Nov 04, 2012
Nov 04, 2012
The Misremembered Man (Tailorstown #1)
First, the good things about this book:
The characters are imperfect, human, and often a lot of fun. The author is Irish and knows the colorful languag
Apr 03, 2014
Apr 03, 2014
The Fiery Cross (Outlander, #5)
I know people who have read all of these books back to back, but I just don't see how. I like them fine, and I own them all on Kindle, but I have to t ...more
Aug 04, 2011
Aug 05, 2011
Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption
I saw an interview with Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton on "60 Minutes" about a year ago, and the concept of their book fascinated me: a w ...more
Feb 20, 2010
Feb 22, 2010
Finder did a great job writing about high-tech companies in general, although I don't know about intrigue at the level he writes about in the book.

Sep 2009
Oct 06, 2009
Soul Identity (Soul Identity, #1)
**spoiler alert** This was an engaging book, although less character driven than books I generally read. The premise - that a soul can be reincarnated ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 15, 2009
Uglies (Uglies, #1)
This is a great start for this series. Westerfield does a great job of combining the teen mindset with his post-apocalyptic world. Finding out certain ...more
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
The Handmaid's Tale
The first time I read this book was a really unhappy time in my life. I was in a job that was both highly stressful and very boring -- very little to ...more
not set
Aug 22, 2010
A Dirty Job
A Dirty Job vies with Lamb for my favorite Christopher Moore book. I haven't worked my way through his entire catalog (something I need to do) but I l ...more
Sep 2009
Nov 06, 2009
A Beggars Purse
Note: I received this book through the GoodReads First Reads program.

This is a very short book; I finished it in about 2 hours in a car on my way home
Jul 06, 2010
Jun 22, 2010
The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam, #2)
This book has several of the same characters in it that Oryx and Crake did. It's been years since I read that book, but now I want to go back and re-r ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 06, 2009
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)
Is young adult fiction getting better? Am I getting younger as I age? In any case, I find myself reading more of it even as my own kids age out of it. ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 01, 2010
Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)
Having occasionally read Jenny's blog, I really wanted to like this more than I did. Jenny is awesome at what she does best: coming up with a hilariou ...more
Aug 04, 2012
Aug 24, 2012
72 Hours (Devlin Group, #1)
Grace doesn't look like a woman on the run. She tries (and fails) to bake cookies for her son Danny after school. The secret from her past - that she' ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 28, 2009
The Red Tent
I borrowed this book from my SIL and it was years before I bought my own copy so I could re-read it (I read 90-95% of books once, so re-reads are rare ...more
Jan 1999
Oct 06, 2009
Angelology (Angelology, #1)
Note: I received this book as part of GoodReads' First Reads program (i.e., the publisher sent it to me free).

While my copy of the book was in transit
Mar 27, 2010
Mar 01, 2010
The Thirteenth Tale
I have no idea why I put off reading this book. The reviews were good. Maybe it sounded a little spookier than what I usually like? Regardless, I didn ...more
Jun 12, 2010
Jun 13, 2010
Room is told from the point of view of its 5-year-old protagonist Jack. Jack and his Ma have been in Room for Jack's whole life, so his entire world i ...more
Dec 30, 2010
Dec 30, 2010
R is for Ricochet (Kinsey Millhone, #18)
I continue to enjoy Grafton's novels; this is the second one I've read. I'd like to read something more current, one in which there are cell phones an ...more
May 04, 2010
May 05, 2010
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