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Sarah's Key
I struggled whether to give this a two-star rating rather than a three. I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't read it very thoroughly. I would find mysel ...more
Feb 2008
Dec 05, 2007
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
The first I really heard about this book was from a fellow librarian. She said to stop whatever I was currently reading and read this book instead. If ...more
Apr 27, 2008
Apr 02, 2008
The River Beyond the World: A Novel
The story was good. I hated the writing. Reading the book was a rather unplesant experience, even though the story is really sticking with me. The wri ...more
Feb 09, 2008
Jan 04, 2008
Full Dark House (Bryant & May, #1)
I'm not a regular mystery reader, so I cannot make the assertion that this was the perfect mystery or anything like that. I get on kicks reading detec ...more
Feb 04, 2009
Jan 29, 2009
Kissing Games of the World: A Novel
I cannot think of a moment in this book that I would change, where I was bored or critical. The characters were just so well drawn. I loved the charac ...more
Mar 2009
Jan 02, 2009
The Given Day (Coughlin #1)
So Lehane proves that he's not just a pro at mysteries, but he can be quite the literary writer, too. I loved the characters. I found descriptions of ...more
Dec 07, 2008
Dec 09, 2008
Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey
Fabulously accessible! I'm not one to pick up Civil War nonfiction, but I really enjoyed reading this. I read this for a Newberry book club.
Oct 2014
Oct 05, 2014
A Reliable Wife
If you are in my book club, you may want to postpone reading this review.

It was a 5-star book right up until the last two chapters. I loved the writin
Jun 06, 2009
Jun 02, 2009
Gray Mountain
I'm not a big Grisham fan, but I'm not sure why I shouldn't be. I've only read maybe two other of his books. But because I know one of the lawyers tha ...more
Dec 15, 2014
Dec 23, 2014
The Dinner Diaries: Raising Whole Wheat Kids in a White Bread World
Yes, I've rated this book zero stars. Not 1 star for "didn't like it." But zero stars for I HATED IT. I finished this book solely so I could write a r ...more
Oct 15, 2008
Aug 28, 2008
Going Gray: What I Learned about Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else That Really Matters
This was even more interesting than I thought it would be. It's extremely intelligently written, well researched, straightforward. The author is not a ...more
Apr 18, 2008
Oct 17, 2007
Joyland was a pleasant read, but it left me dissatisfied. I think I'm being unfair to Stephen King. I'm expecting adrenaline surges because that's wha ...more
Jun 29, 2013
Jun 29, 2013
This Is Who I Am: Our Beauty in All Shapes and Sizes
I think my initial instinct was to give this book a 3. It's so great conceptually, the idea of looking at women as they really are. And I enjoyed the ...more
Jun 20, 2008
Jul 23, 2008
No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice
There is so much great information about Venice in this book. When the author is sharing interesting information, the writing is amusing and fun to re ...more
Jul 10, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
A Free Life
I tend to love novels that span a life or generations, so the environment was ripe for me to love this book. I did love this book. It's the story of a ...more
Feb 2008
Dec 10, 2007
Dept. of Speculation
Something about the writing style annoyed me, but the book was so short I decided to see it though. I'm going to have to examine more what I didn't li ...more
Apr 27, 2014
Apr 29, 2014
The Help
It seems as if all I've heard about for the past two years is this book. I never was much enthused about reading it until I saw the movie preview. I c ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
I was alarmed at first that this book would be too science-fiction-like for my taste, but not at all! I love the protagonist, Nicolas Pollack and othe ...more
Feb 17, 2013
Feb 24, 2013
Don't judge a book by its cover. This statement is not about the theme of the book, but literally about its cover. It looks sappy and formulaic. My hu ...more
Jul 22, 2012
Jul 12, 2012
Glory Enough for All
I began preparing for a future trip to the site of this battle by trying to read No Quarter: The Battle of the Crater, 1864 (9781400066759): Richard S ...more
Jun 05, 2010
May 11, 2010
The Slippery Year
It's hard for me to believe that the author and I are not the same person. Nothing extraordinary happens in this "meditation." But the similarities be ...more
Sep 16, 2009
Sep 17, 2009
Anna Karenina
I'm not sure if that is truly four stars or if it should be three stars. Am I feeling self-imposed pressure because it's a classic? because I wanted t ...more
Feb 07, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
David summed it up for me really well. It was a 4 star book, but went downhill in the last third. And the ending, I mean the very last scene, was just ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 03, 2009
Snow in May: Stories
Short stories interconnected. I thought maybe there would be too much going on for me to see this book as a cohesive unit, but I was wrong. The storie ...more
Sep 28, 2014
Oct 05, 2014
Death at La Fenice (Commissario Brunetti, #1)
It was almost amazing. The detail of the setting was fabulous, which was the main reason I was reading this book. The solution to the mystery was too ...more
May 04, 2012
May 14, 2012
Children of the Paper Crane: The Story of Sadako Sasaki and Her Struggle with the A-Bomb Disease: The Story of Sadako Sasaki and Her Struggle with the A-Bomb Disease
The subtitle is so misleading. This book is much more than the story of Sadako, a 12-year-old girl in Hiroshima who battled leukemia for 9 months and ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 10, 2007
The Astronomer
I want to see more historical thrillers from Goldstone! I felt a wee bit lost at the beginning, but once the book really got going, so did I. This is ...more
Jan 03, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
French Milk
I think I would have rated this book a 3 if it hadn't been about Paris. The sights and experiences were a very wonderful reminder of my vacation there ...more
Mar 2009
Nov 19, 2008
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
This book took its time turning into something worthwhile. For too long, it seemed like just a light, banal read. But it does make that change. It's g ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 21, 2010
The Fault in Our Stars
If you ever read Young Adult literature, give this one a chance. I was moved by the unsyrupy, un-over-sentimental tale. I was rewarded for being an ad ...more
Jan 17, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
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