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How to Get a Date Worth Keeping
So I got REALLY mad at this book (and its writer). Most of the stuff in here is good, and I can tell a difference in life by doing some of it. HOWEVER ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 09, 2012
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina
This book was so uneven. I really wish it would have been more about the ballet instead of her bumpy family life. Also, I REALLY really wish they woul ...more
Apr 2014
Mar 04, 2014
Grand Obsession: A Piano Odyssey
The most appropriate part of this book was it's title. The author is definately obsessed when it comes to her piano - and I don't really understand wh ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 22, 2008
The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music
This book is kinda crap - or maybe I was simply to sober to fully comprehend the genius of Michael. All I needed was a bag of shrooms and a patchouli ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 01, 2011
The Host (The Host, #1)
I don’t know what it is about this author, but she always takes about 100-150 pages to get into her story. I guess she just likes her exposition. Once ...more
May 2008
May 03, 2008
Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell: A True Story of Violence, Corruption, and the Soul of Surfing
I liked this one - even with Smith being as obnoxious as possible. I think if I knew him, and I were a big Hawaiian guy, I'd choke him out every day, ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 28, 2014
Damien (Nightwalkers, #4)
I thought this book was an excellent addition to the wonderful Nightwalkers series. However, I've heard some rumors that "Noah" will be the last book ...more
Jun 2008
Apr 22, 2008
Fictitious Dishes
Not quite what I was thinking it was, but still good. This book is mostly photographs of food reproduced from books. There are brief passages included ...more
May 2014
May 21, 2014
My Venice and Other Essays
Donna Leon, to quote her own words, is a harpy. Basically all these essays were written so she could complain about something. She hates American b/c ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 21, 2014
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
This one vacillates between a 3 and a 4. When Ross talks about listening to the 20th century - he mean the WHOLE thing. Everything from Strauss to the ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 07, 2008
Blood Is the New Black
I don't like giving very negative reviews, but this book deserves one. The writing is insipid and unbelievable - even for vampires. Who gives up a pro ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 11, 2007
Heart of Stone (Negotiator Trilogy/Old Races Universe #1)
Overall, I'm just gonna give this book an "Eh..." I liked Alban, but could live without pretty everyone else. They all just seemed flat to me. I did t ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 02, 2009
Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith
I came across this one at the library and thought why not? It was pretty good, but it kinda feels like your reading a 3rd grade book report. I don't k ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 14, 2013
The Tornado: Nature's Ultimate Windstorm
For a book that only came out 13 years ago, this one is incredibly dated. Also, the author's kind of a pompous tool. I can completely understand how h ...more
May 2014
May 15, 2014
The Book Thief
I probably wouldn't have picked to read this one, b/c I tend to not like books with Nazis. But I must say that this one was more about the situation a ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 11, 2012
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. A friend told me she couldn't make it through, but I really liked it. Maybe it's b/c I spend a ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 09, 2012
The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew--Three Women Search for Understanding
This book left me with a bad taste in my mouth. It seemed like a very strong Christian woman got together with a searching Muslim and a lapsed Jew. In ...more
Mar 2011
Apr 01, 2011
Why Johnny Can't Sing Hymns, How Pop Culture Rewrote the Hymnal
OH MY GOSH! It's too bad this guy has NO musical background to base his arguments on. I made it to page 67 and I want to throw the book through the wi ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 25, 2011
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
This book did not shock me - although it may have if I'dve read it when it first came out in 2000. By now, there have been a bunch of other foodie mem ...more
Nov 2013
Nov 12, 2013
The Conscious Bride: Women Unveil Their True Feelings about Getting Hitched
So this would have been better if I hadn't waited until the last minute to read it. However, it was kinda helpful. I'm not "New Agey" enough to really ...more
Oct 2013
Oct 29, 2013
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
This was a captivating read. I have not now, nor will I probably ever climb a mountain and yet I found I couldn't put this book down. Krakauer caught ...more
Jul 2014
Jul 30, 2014
Cape Storm (Weather Warden, #8)
**spoiler alert** Whew...I forget how intense these books are. In order to finish this one, I gave up sleep, I gave up watching TV, and I would've giv ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 08, 2009
Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9)
Man - this one managed to pull me in. And I tried not to let it, I really did. Sigh.

So it has been over two years since I read a book about the brothe
Jun 2012
Jun 02, 2012
Who would have ever thought that a book about microeconomics would be so interesting? Especially the second time around? After really enjoying Freakon ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 13, 2010
Divine Misdemeanors (Merry Gentry, #8)
**spoiler alert** The last book in this series had such a big sequence of events and a fairly climactic ending, that I was surprised (pleasantly so) w ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 10, 2010
Down and Out in Paris and London
This book reminded me of a more depressing "Tale of Two Cities." I don't feel too sorry for people who are down on their luck, because usually it's be ...more
Feb 2005
Sep 20, 2007
Nashville: The Occupied City, 1862-1863
Pretty good first half of Nashville. Got a little dry in some of the battle parts, but overall it was interesting. The only thing I wish was that Durh ...more
Jan 2010
Dec 29, 2009
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home
I'm not really sure what I was expecting, but this wasn't really it. I loved the author's style - she's got a quirky, witty writing style a la Sarah V ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 20, 2011
Jacob's Ladder: A Story of Virginia During the War
I didn't like this book as much as I had hoped. The author spent a lot of time detailing various battles - in gory specifics - and I thought he could ...more
Nov 2007
Sep 01, 2007
Before You Plan Your Wedding...Plan Your Marriage
Since I'm getting married, my sister-in-law recommended the Focus on the Family podcast that featured the authors. I thought they seemed knowledgeable ...more
May 14, 2013
May 08, 2013
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