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Everyone should read this book. Meet Auggie, his parents, and his sister--hear their stories. Rejoice for Auggie when he meets Summer who sees beyond...more
Oct 14, 2013
Mar 03, 2013
All is Silence
I started this book on a friend's recommendation, and because I live where Lizzy lived at the beginning of the book. Always wary of a self-published b...more
Jul 19, 2014
Jun 15, 2014
The Witch's Daughter
This book was about a young witch, Elizabeth Hawksmith, whose mother sacrifices herself in 1628 so that the girl could live . . . forever, with the he...more
Feb 04, 2014
Feb 12, 2014
The Wednesday Wars
Wow! Read this because my son's been assigned it for a school book group and this is an amazing book. Schmidt combines such a variety of topics into o...more
May 25, 2014
May 25, 2014
The Diary of Pelly D
**spoiler alert** While Tony V is part of a crew of drillers excavating the ruins of City 5, he finds a diary hidden in the plaza. Although keeping it...more
Nov 03, 2010
Nov 05, 2010
Facing The Extreme: One Woman's Story Of True Courage And Death-Defying Survival In The Eye Of Mt. McKinley's Worst Storm Ever
Could have been an amazing story about strength, both physical and spiritual, but it wasn't. Instead, the author comments on some of her teammates' un...more
May 21, 2011
May 21, 2011
Apt Pupil
Audio Book - Well, I didn't download a Stephen King novel expecting an easy ride. The main characters are neither likeable nor easy to empathize with,...more
Jun 29, 2013
Jun 29, 2013
Murder in the High Himalaya: Loyalty, Tragedy and Escape from Tibet
Audiobook: Narrator not the strong suit, but a riveting story. I am thoroughly disgusted with the climbers who witnessed this tragedy and did nothing...more
Aug 21, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
Go Tell it on the Mountain
This rating system doesn't work for me on this book. It's beautifully written and is a powerful image of the intricate latticework of emotions, cultur...more
Jul 29, 2014
Aug 01, 2014
Pray for Silence (Kate Burkholder, #2)
THese books are like crack for me. I've enjoyed them, in a weird, dark secret kind of way because they aren't what I usually read at all. Kate Burkhol...more
Mar 14, 2014
Mar 12, 2014
The Office of Mercy
I checked out this book because of the title and the book-flap blurb. When Utopia is mentioned, I know something interesting will be going on in the s...more
Jul 05, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
The Host (The Host, #1)
Powerful, inventive, fantastic, and thought-provoking story. Wonderfully strong co-protagonists with full supporting cast of almost all types of peopl...more
Oct 18, 2010
Oct 14, 2010
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
OK, I admit I did cry while reading this, but not when Tris does her thing (because I knew she would); it was about Uriah.
I feel like Roth is beating...more
Sep 07, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
In Great Waters
**spoiler alert** I thoroughly enjoyed this alternate history in which land folk and sea folk mixed it up. Kudos to the author for starting the premis...more
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 17, 2011
The New Policeman (New Policeman, #1)
This book is about a boy, JJ, whose search for some (actual) time for his mother (for her birthday) leads him to another world altogether but right al...more
Feb 03, 2014
Jan 24, 2014
I Am the Messenger
If you've read "The Book Thief" and liked it, even if you didn't like it, try this book out. From the first hilarious scene of a botched bank robbery...more
Jan 29, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
10 Days to a Less Distracted Child: The Breakthrough Program that Gets Your Kids to Listen, Learn, Focus, and Behave
This book, so far, has some great helpful tips for parents of distracted children. It's helping me understand that I need to put myself in my son's sh...more
Mar 20, 2013
Mar 09, 2013
Wow! This amazing, heart-wrenching,and hopeful story is told by Gittel at 9 and 18 years old. The tragedy from when she was 9 obviously still haunts h...more
Aug 27, 2012
Aug 15, 2012
Beautiful Child
Absolutely absorbing--I was up until 3 a.m. reading it. It was inspirational, at times horrifying, funny, and hopeful. The one problem I have is the a...more
Apr 17, 2010
Apr 17, 2010
Bachorz takes the ideal community premise to a not-so-new, yet still creepy level. The main character, Oscar Banks, is a not-so-likable playboy who us...more
Aug 17, 2012
Aug 15, 2012
I found this bizarre scenario very compelling; I had a hard time putting the book down, even on a camping trip. Seems to be an analogy to the Jesus st...more
Aug 19, 2012
Aug 06, 2012
Freedom's Landing (Catteni, #1)
**spoiler alert** I read the Pern dragonrider books when I was in junior high, so when I saw this trilogy at the library book sale, I bought all 3 and...more
Aug 24, 2012
Sep 11, 2012
I just picked this off the "new book" section at the library and it was great. Fate narrates the story and dishes out the goods on a lot of the other...more
Mar 29, 2011
Mar 26, 2011
Thereby Hangs a Tail (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #2)
I'm thoroughly enjoying Quinn's Chet and Bernie Mysteries. This is the second one I've read, and I still find myself laughing out loud and reading pas...more
Jan 07, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
The Bar Code Tattoo (Bar Code, #1)
Even though the plot is far-fetched and could have been fleshed out in a longer novel, I still prefer this book over FEED by a LONG shot; in fact, I p...more
Mar 19, 2011
Mar 19, 2011
One Amazing Thing
It's easy to figure out where the Indian visa office is located from the hints throughout the story, the biggest one being the earthquake. I enjoyed M...more
Jul 03, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
Four Summoner's Tales
I enjoyed reading this collection of 4 novellas and appreciated the way it came about. It's ever so interesting to see what authors from various genre...more
Oct 16, 2013
Oct 11, 2013
Cold Earth
**spoiler alert** Archaeological expedition disturbs dead Greenlanders with scientists (+ 1 friend) remote from the world as a pandemic runs its cours...more
Oct 29, 2010
Oct 19, 2010
Winter's End
This story uses an old plot-line (power versus people) with no novel variation. The characters' actions are inconsistent with the storyline. I liked t...more
Mar 12, 2010
Feb 25, 2011
Whipping Star
I listened to this book on a playaway from the library and it was quite good. It's a space detective story, but for me the best parts were the intersp...more
Jan 21, 2011
Jan 22, 2011
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