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The Weird Sisters
Absolutely pitch perfect. (I would give this ten out of five stars if I could.)

This is the first book I have read that uses a first-person-plural narr
Apr 05, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
Girl in Translation
I'm very hesitant to review this book, mostly because I'm not quite sure how to put to words what it is that reading this has made me feel.

It is at on
May 21, 2010
May 18, 2010
Carrot Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #10)
Fluke has perfected her gimmick with this series: predictable murder, tasty recipes. She also recycles many descriptions and dialogue from previous bo ...more
Jul 09, 2011
Jul 09, 2011
When Autumn Leaves
It's as if someone took one of those "coexist" bumper stickers, assigned a story to each character, then threw them all together in a book bound by an ...more
Sep 25, 2012
Sep 25, 2012
The Black Belt Librarian: Real-World Safety & Security
According to the author, the following top ten would qualify as the most rejected library marketing phrases:

The Public Library...

...Where the Possesse
Jul 24, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
The Call
Hmm. I basically felt like I was reading one long report, the kind that doctors carry around on their clipboards and consult before asking you a medic ...more
Jan 31, 2012
Jan 27, 2012
The Book of Spies
If there is any merit to the old adage that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, then Gayle Lynds would have us believe the counter to be just as t ...more
Jan 24, 2012
Jan 23, 2012
Onstage, Offstage
I think the reason I felt slightly disappointed was because I thought this was a memoir of sorts. (It's not.)

This pretty much sums up the four pillars
Jan 21, 2012
Jan 23, 2012
Thank You Notes
Best ones:

(Bronze) Thank you, tai chi, for being the perfect way to defend myself against an army of invisible slow-motion ninjas. (p.76)

(Silver) Than
Jul 09, 2011
Jul 09, 2011
The Fault in Our Stars
I was in high school when Jack Johnson first started singing about banana pancakes and sepia-toned loving, and while everyone rushed to take their pla ...more
Aug 29, 2014
Aug 31, 2014
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
Man, talk about keeping it real.

That picture of a swimmer's torso really doesn't give any indication to the bomb awaiting the reader behind the cover,
May 15, 2014
May 16, 2014
Definitely a good book to ease someone who has been out of practice back into a routine of reading. (Yay for the end of the semester!)

The more young a
Mar 26, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1)
My conspiracy theory in the [Update] below? TRUE. I'm glad I decided not to continue on with the series, though I feel so sorry for the people
Aug 26, 2010
Aug 26, 2010
Girl Meets God: On the Path to a Spiritual Life
What I find most interesting about Winner's story is that she chooses to label herself as Christian, and not as a Messianic Jew. I love how even thoug ...more
Mar 08, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
Between Shades of Gray
This is a must read.

For all the horrors and suckerpunches to the heart, I had to keep reminding myself that this was not a story about the Jews durin
Aug 02, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
The School of Essential Ingredients
What an amazing novel to end what has been an amazing year; it had me from the very first page with "it was like trying to teach subtlety to a thunder ...more
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 27, 2011
Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #9)
If I were a fictional character planning on murdering someone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, I would first ensure that Hannah Swensen, baker-sleuth-extraord ...more
Jun 28, 2011
Jun 25, 2011
Stayed up way too late past my bedtime these last two nights reading this engrossing, endearing story that somehow strikes the balance between being m ...more
Jun 04, 2014
Jun 05, 2014
There were many things I wanted to do after reading this book: listen to Tigerlily, give out hugs, add "Olivia" to the list of names that I like. (Who ...more
Mar 18, 2012
Mar 20, 2012
Free to Fall
"How I wish we could just be two regular teenagers who didn't have a biotech conspiracy to take down."

Yup, that pretty much sums up the book.

Whereas L
Aug 09, 2014
Aug 05, 2014
What Women Wish You Knew about Dating: A Single Guy's Guide to Romantic Relationships
What I really like about this book is that it doesn't dive right into dating and how to get a girlfriend. It starts at the very beginning: differentia ...more
Mar 23, 2010
Mar 19, 2010
This Song Will Save Your Life
When I was younger (aka last year) I remembering making a remark to someone about how I wish social interactions were like those V8 commercials where ...more
May 20, 2014
May 21, 2014
The Fallback Plan
I often felt as if Leigh Stein must have been stalking my thoughts, jotting them down as she scanned them going across my brain, because there were ma ...more
Jul 28, 2012
Jul 27, 2012
The Marriage Spell
So I've tried steampunk (Incarceron), fantasy (The Magicians), and now regency romance. All three are genres that I will not be going back to, but had ...more
Jun 10, 2010
Jun 10, 2010
The Declaration (The Declaration, #1)
This story drags a bit, but it makes you think.

The primary parallel I saw to the Surpluses are all of the immigrants, legal and otherwise, who are cur
Aug 12, 2011
Aug 12, 2011
First Boy
A political thriller featuring two octogenarians and a fourteen-year-old boy living on a dairy farm-- as much as I never thought I'd string those part ...more
Nov 16, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
Single Sashimi
Maybe it's just me, but the entire book seemed rushed. Perhaps it was intentional, to serve as a reflection of the main character's personality, but t ...more
Feb 20, 2013
Feb 21, 2013
Peculiar Treasures (Katie Weldon, #1)
I remember finishing the Christy Miller series back in high school and deciding that nothing that Robin Jones Gunn wrote concerning these characters t ...more
Feb 05, 2010
Feb 04, 2010
A Little Night Magic
I don't even know why I bother getting ready for bed if I start a book after midnight-- it's not like I'm going to sleep before I finish reading it! I ...more
Jul 26, 2013
Jul 26, 2013
A Vintage Affair
One of the marks of a good story is one in which an hour and a half has elapsed since you first opened to page one, and you find yourself suddenly hal ...more
Oct 09, 2011
Oct 10, 2011
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