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My Not-So-Still Life
it was ok
Ever read a book that's trying too hard to make a point, but it never comes full circle (because the resolution is oh-so-common sense?
This is it.
The M
Jan 07, 2012
Jan 07, 2012
Not What She Seems
liked it
I downloaded the book for free from Amazon, so considering the price, it wasn't a bad deal.


The story feels rushed, and some key plot line elemen
Jul 05, 2013
Jul 05, 2013
Love Letters
liked it
It's a cute romp and a fast read. But it's utterly predictible. Fforde does develop an interesting cast of characters, and I can't help but feel like ...more
Apr 22, 2011
Apr 19, 2011
The Boy in the Suitcase (Nina Borg, #1)
really liked it
The title of the hottest Scandanavian crime thriller – and first in the Nina Borg series - offers just one piece of the puzzle. The Boy in the Suitcas ...more
Dec 08, 2011
Nov 24, 2011
The Girl's Guide to Homelessness: A Memoir
liked it
I was not sure what to expect when I started this book. I knew that Karp had been homeless, that she started blogging about her homelessness, and that ...more
Apr 09, 2011
Mar 31, 2011
From Pie Town to Yum Yum: Weird and Wacky Place Names Across the United States
it was amazing
Just a cute, fun, and informative look at places and their names. Organized alphabetically by state, this would make a great addition to a classroom. ...more
Feb 18, 2012
Feb 25, 2012
You Have Seven Messages
really liked it
If the truth were only one voice message away, would you listen to the message? You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis contemplates that very questi ...more
Dec 18, 2011
Dec 18, 2011
Nineteen Minutes
it was amazing
I raced through this. Even though the love story between mom & cop is predictible, the rest of the story was not.
not set
Aug 19, 2010
Nobody's Child
liked it
OK. Liked it/disliked it. Guess that means I'm neutral? Like the bioethics story line about donating eggs. It's an interesting debate. Like the action ...more
Jan 12, 2012
Jan 07, 2012
liked it
Give me a reason why I should care about these characters? C'mon. I dare ya! I was really looking forward to this book, but there's no empathetic conn ...more
Apr 03, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
Out of Control (Kincaid Brides, #1)
liked it
I'd actually give it a 3.5 if I could. Not bad for a romantic, comedic western. I do think the main female character is a whiny spoiled brat and she t ...more
Feb 09, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
Crush: 26 Real-life Tales of First Love
really liked it
Is this great literature? No. But, it filled with heart-felt stories about first love. Remember that first crush? Sometimes, the feelings were returne ...more
May 22, 2011
Jun 09, 2011
Quick-Fix Southern: Homemade Hospitality in 30 Minutes or Less
really liked it
I like the laid-back feel to this book. Each recipe has a bit of history or a story that relates to the author. Most recipes can be made quickly, whic ...more
Apr 16, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
Pictures of You
it was amazing
One of the best books I've read lately!

A few years ago, one of my friends asked me a question about a mutual friend. Her question: Do you think she ke
Feb 02, 2011
Jan 22, 2011
Pretty Little Things
it was amazing
I like the police procedural, legal mystery/thriller. Hoffman doesn't disappoint. I didn't anticipate a couple of the twists. Definitely worth reading ...more
Oct 20, 2010
Oct 18, 2010
Girl in the Kitchen: How a Top Chef Cooks, Thinks, Shops, Eats & Drinks
it was amazing
One of the best narrative cookbooks I've read. Now, I may not have every ingredient on hand in the pantry, but if I want to make one of these dishes, ...more
Feb 18, 2012
Feb 25, 2012
The Atlas of Love
really liked it
What I like: three strong yet different female characters, several side plots that bring everything together, and the use of english/writing/literatur ...more
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 20, 2011
Burning Up
it was ok
I like romance, but there needs to be consistency. And heat. And desire. The passion is written on the page, but it doesn't translate. Stilted dialogu ...more
Oct 15, 2010
Oct 10, 2010
Best Staged Plans
really liked it
OK, so the ending - a bit predictable, although I always had this feeling that it would go a different direction. But I like the voice. I like that sh ...more
Aug 16, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
Damaged (Maggie O'Dell, #8)
liked it
I like Kava's work, especially since she's from my home state of Nebraska. But...this book - part of the Maggie O'Dell series - seems rushed. It wraps ...more
Sep 19, 2010
Sep 13, 2010
Debbie Macomber's Christmas Cookbook: Favorite Recipes and Holiday Traditions from My Home to Yours
it was amazing
Definitely trying some of these recipes. I had the opportunity to interview Debbie a few years ago and found her to be very down-to-earth, so I felt l ...more
Dec 03, 2011
Dec 03, 2011
Dead Beautiful (Dead Beautiful, #1)
really liked it
Harry Potter's world meets the Twilight cast, only with more sophisticated storytelling. Some chapters seemed to drag a bit with extra information or ...more
Jan 20, 2011
Jan 14, 2011
The Girl Who Stopped Swimming
really liked it
Well, I had quite a bit of this figured out after 150 pages, but still, I liked it. I liked the characters. For the most part, they were well defined. ...more
Jul 14, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
liked it
What I liked:
Hmmm. Short chapters. Sometimes the line between reality and memory blur. True!

What I didn't enjoy:
Predictable teen angst.
The stereotypic
Jul 19, 2013
Jul 18, 2013
Weed 'Em and Reap: A Weed Eater Reader
it was amazing
We love hunting wild asparagus and finding wild plums and sand cherries to make jam, so it was interesting to read about other edible weeds. Plus, Rog ...more
Feb 2015
Feb 08, 2015
You Don't Love This Man
liked it
I didn't like it but I didn't NOT like it. There's a bit of urgency that appeals to me throughout the storyline. BUT, I never felt connected to the ma ...more
Sep 14, 2011
Aug 19, 2011
Private Berlin (Private #5)
liked it
A bit predictable, like most Patterson novels, BUT...

lots of tension that keeps you reading
a likeable heroine who suffers. A Lot.
a bit of histor
Aug 18, 2013
Jul 20, 2013
"A" Is for Zebra
it was amazing
For young children learning the intricacies of language, this book reinforces the importance of the last letter or ending of words. Great illustration ...more
Jul 04, 2011
Jul 16, 2011
Saints Preserved: An Encyclopedia of Relics
it was amazing
I'm not Catholic, but I teach in a Catholic school. Discovering what each Saint represents, in addition to the backstory, is an interesting history le ...more
Dec 03, 2011
Dec 03, 2011
Atlantis Betrayed (Warriors of Poseidon, #6)
really liked it
I'm not a huge fan of fantasy/supernatural books, but I couldn't stop reading this one. There's suspense, fast-paced action, witty dialogue, and hot, ...more
Nov 12, 2010
Nov 06, 2010
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