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People of the Book
I try to avoid all things popular (e.g., I’ve never seen Star Wars or Titanic) because I know, after all the hype, I can only be disappointed. When it...more
Feb 05, 2008
Feb 06, 2008
Eclipse (Twilight, #3)
I succumbed and read Eclipse. I swear this is the last time I will ever write about Stephenie Meyer. I really am sick and tired of her books. Fortunat...more
Aug 2007
Sep 03, 2007
Shadowland (The Mediator, #1)
I’ve developed a really bad habit: book cheating.

Until recently, I’ve had impeccable reading etiquette. I never flip to the end of the book. I don’t c...more
Dec 2007
Dec 13, 2007
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
I am totally insane. Even though I totally dissed Twilight in this blog, I have an obsession with series and read New Moon.

Why do I intentionally put...more
Aug 2007
Sep 03, 2007
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)
I am a daydreamer—I think most readers are. As a freshman in high school, I had a recurring fantasy about being a spy. At the time, I was taking Russi...more
Jul 2007
Sep 04, 2007
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (Jane Austen Addict, #1)
I have stacks of books just waiting to be read, but instead I wasted the last two days reading Laura Viera Rigler’s Confessions of a Jane Austen Addic...more
Jun 13, 2008
Jun 13, 2008
The Almost Moon
**spoiler alert** I mentioned a few weeks ago that Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones is a disappointing and overrated book. Imagine my pleasure and deli...more
Oct 2007
Oct 31, 2007
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
A neighbor recommended Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs as one of the best books she’s read. The book cover boasts quotes from The New York Times (“...more
Mar 08, 2008
Mar 12, 2008
North and South
I love this book.

The writing is nineteenth century and may not be accessible for all readers, but I find this style soothing and rhythmic. More than a...more
Sep 2007
Sep 16, 2007
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls, #2)
**spoiler alert** I read Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy's prequel—I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You—last July at my mother's recom...more
Feb 02, 2008
Feb 04, 2008
Wreck This Journal
Technically, Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal isn’t exactly a book, but I wanted to write a review of it anyway.

This week, I gave the “journal” to my n...more
Sep 03, 2008
Sep 05, 2008
My Enemy's Cradle
I picked up Sara Young’s My Enemy’s Cradle after reading a review in USA Today a few weeks ago. The book centers around the German Lebensborn, and I w...more
Feb 16, 2008
Feb 16, 2008
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
I walked past Anne Fadiman’s Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader at the library and immediately turned around. Without reading the dust jacket,...more
Jun 17, 2008
Jun 18, 2008
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
I’ve been muddling through a few “serious” books for the last several days, so I finally picked up an old friend instead: Elizabeth George Speare’s Th...more
Jun 06, 2008
Jun 06, 2008
The Lazarus Project
In 1908, Lazarus Averbuch, an immigrant from Eastern Europe, is shot dead by the Chicago Chief of Police. Almost a century later, fictional Vladimir B...more
Jun 03, 2008
Jun 03, 2008
China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power
Several years ago, I listened to Rob Gifford’s series "On the Road in China" on NPR. Three of my siblings (or siblings-in-law) have lived in Asia, and...more
Feb 28, 2008
Feb 12, 2008
American Born Chinese
I’ve been hearing about Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel American Born Chinese for months. The book won the Printz Award, was a National Book Award fina...more
Dec 2007
Dec 19, 2007
Three characters cross paths in O. Z. Livaneli’s Bliss: a professor facing a mid-life crisis; an ex-soldier experiencing PTSD; a young woman condemned...more
Jun 09, 2008
Jun 09, 2008
Sense and Sensibility
In anticipation of Masterpiece’s adaptation on Sunday, I reread Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. I hadn’t read the book in over ten years and had...more
Apr 04, 2008
Sep 02, 2007
After the Dancing Days
I was a little reluctant when I picked up After the Dancing Days today. I have memories of loving this book, memories of sobbing at the end. Clearly,...more
Aug 2007
Sep 04, 2007
Twilight (Twilight, #1)

My friend called on Sunday when I was finishing The Deathly Hollows. She was appalled. “You’re reading Harry Potter,” she said, “But you haven’t read...more
Jul 2007
Sep 03, 2007
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

My eyes are bleary, my head aches, and I’m a bit of a grump. The culprit? Harry Potter. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning finishing Harry...more
Jul 2007
Sep 01, 2007
The Kitchen Madonna
Today I read The Kitchen Madonna by Rumer Godden. It is one of those books that has been languishing in my “to read” pile.

Initially, I picked up Shopa...more
Aug 2007
Sep 03, 2007
Unaccustomed Earth
After weeks of waiting anxiously, of reading about how good the book is, I finally got my hands on Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth.

The beauty of La...more
Apr 25, 2008
Apr 25, 2008
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)
Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty is a young-adult-novel-slash-Victorian-romance-slash-magical-fantasy; it wants to be many things, but I’m not...more
Apr 30, 2008
May 03, 2008
The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million
My cousin, who I have never been close to, lent me The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million
on her recent visit to France. At the time, she had no ide...more
Oct 2007
Oct 28, 2007
The Book Thief
Sometimes, I come across a book that makes me thank God I can read.

I am late jumping on the Book Thief bandwagon. The book has been receiving praise...more
Sep 2007
Sep 25, 2007
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar
Robert Alexander’s The Kitchen Boy is a fictionalized account of the Romanovs’ last days. Several historical records mention a kitchen boy working for...more
Mar 26, 2008
Mar 28, 2008
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret has been racking in the awards. It was a 2007 National Book Award finalist and won the mother of all chi...more
May 14, 2008
May 16, 2008
Turkish Reflections: A Biography of a Place
After reading a culture guide on Turkey, I discovered a review on Amazon recommending Mary Lee Settle’s “destination book” Turkish Reflections: A Biog...more
Aug 05, 2008
Aug 06, 2008
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