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A World Without Heroes (Beyonders, #1)
I LOVED Fablehaven, so was excited to see a new Brandon Mull book.

But I was disappointed that this was no Fablehaven. The book redeems itself in the e...more
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Jan 22, 2012
Gone Girl
I have no idea how to rate this book.

Nick and Amy are a married couple, two writers who, because of the internet and the recession, are out of jobs an...more
May 21, 2014
May 21, 2014
The Return of the Native
This book really deserves 3.5 stars, because there is a lot of clever writing, lots of phrases that I underlined and read outloud to my husband. Thoma...more
May 10, 2013
May 05, 2013
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1)
Mary Russell is a smart, awkward, misplaced orphan who is living with her grumpy aunt on a farm, and she comes across Holmes, the detective in retirem...more
Jan 20, 2013
Jan 01, 2013
The Emperor's Soul
This is an intricate little story about Shai, who is a Forger. A Forger is a person who possesses magical abilities to change objects into a better ve...more
Jun 09, 2014
Jun 09, 2014
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
This is an amazing story. There isn't much more to say than that, really.

The writing is cold and straightforward, which is perfect when she's writing...more
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May 15, 2012
The Lake of Dead Languages
I picked this book up at the library after trying to get Gone Girl. It was recommended as something similar. It's a nice little murder mystery with a...more
May 2014
May 01, 2014
Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, #1)
I picked this book up at the library on of those "Staff Recommendations" shelves. It seemed interesting---a young boy orphaned when his village is mas...more
May 2014
May 01, 2014
The Kitchen House
Lavinia is an indentured servant from Ireland who is brought to Virginia to work along the slaves in the Kitchen House. It seemed an unlikely scenario...more
Feb 25, 2013
Feb 24, 2013
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children
(Rebecca this is for you!)
This is a MUST READ for all parents. It's a parenting book based on studies that set out to prove one thing, but ended up pr...more
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Dec 28, 2011
Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training and Real World Violence
This is a fascinating look into the world of criminal violence from the standpoint of a corrections officer who is also a trained martial artist. He t...more
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Mar 18, 2012
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
I love reading books that play around with old themes, but it's even more fun if the author can come up with something bizarre and new while they play...more
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Feb 20, 2012
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
This is a quick little read about Steve Martin's rise to comedy idol status. It's not really an autobiography, because there is much in his life that...more
Jul 02, 2013
Jul 02, 2013
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
The book was recommended to me twice by a friend, and I finally got around to reading it. An Allied Special Operatives officer gets captured by Nazis,...more
Jan 23, 2013
Jan 23, 2013
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
I learned a lot about how the OED was built from the ground up (and frankly, it reminded me a whole lot of Wikipedia---people just submitting words wi...more
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Nov 14, 2012
Seeds of Rebellion (Beyonders, #2)
This world is so rich, so fun, and Brandon Mull's imagination is so vast that I kept thinking, "This book should be better."

And when I was reminded of...more
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Apr 22, 2012
A Painted House
I tried to like this book, I really did. But I was forcibly reminded of Cold Sassy Tree, which did the same thing and did it better. And a 7 year old...more
Jan 2012
Sep 16, 2012
The Shoemaker's Wife
This is a good book. It's not a great book, though, and it tries really really hard to be a great book, and it WANTS to be a great book, like, a lot....more
Jul 29, 2013
Jul 24, 2013
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife
This is a very interesting little book. Dr. Eben Alexander, a renowned neurosurgeon, has a NDE after contracting meningitis and being in a coma for 7...more
Mar 09, 2013
Feb 25, 2013
Me Before You
**spoiler alert** When you get annoyed to be interrupted while reading, you know its a good book.

I was a personal care attendant for 2 years for 3 qua...more
Apr 17, 2013
Apr 03, 2013
The Paris Wife
A novelized history of Ernest Hemingway's relationship with his first wife, this book makes you think that the 20s were a seriously messed up time. Or...more
Feb 10, 2013
Feb 07, 2013
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
There is some really wonderful writing in this book, and some laugh out loud lines. It caught my interest early on, and it's a light read with some in...more
Jul 10, 2013
Jul 10, 2013
Chasing the Prophecy (Beyonders, #3)
This books is really 2.5 stars, but I'll give it three because I can appreciate Mull's creativity, even if I can't stand his pacing. My goodness but t...more
Apr 2013
Mar 25, 2013
The Secret Keeper
This is a good book. It drew me in fairly quickly, and while it wasn't a book I inhaled, it kept my interest the whole time. There were times when I f...more
Jan 10, 2014
Feb 27, 2013
I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld, #38)
My kids are sick, there were thunderstorms all day, and I was looking for a fun book to snuggle down with for a quiet afternoon. This was perfect. Dis...more
Jul 09, 2013
Jul 09, 2013
I appreciated this novel. It's cleverly done, taking lots of themes and twisting them around, and this guy sure knows how to turn a phrase. But I got...more
Jul 18, 2011
Jul 17, 2011
My least favorite Austen novel by far. I've seen two different versions of this movie, so I knew the story, but I found slogging through the trials of...more
Jun 18, 2013
Jun 19, 2013
Half Broke Horses
Finished. About a B+. A slow book that takes a long time to draw the reader in. When the main character, Lily, becomes a mother, it becomes much more...more
Oct 08, 2011
Sep 03, 2011
Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs
I will pretty much read anything and everything Wallace Stegnar writes. This is a lovely book of essays that made me think about the West, water, and...more
Jul 2012
Jan 23, 2013
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
I loved this book. Read it in 2 sittings. A fascinating look into the brain, the medical industry, and a revealing take on the holes that are inherent...more
Nov 17, 2013
Nov 17, 2013
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