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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
As far as addictive series go, I love Harry Potter and Twilight. They both have compelling plots that let you forget about the world outside their pag...more
Aug 22, 2010
Jun 28, 2010
Towards the Light
Detailing his journey from a Southern Baptist minister to an atheist, Dr. John S. Compere presents an impassioned argument against many widely-held re...more
Jan 25, 2011
Jan 25, 2011
The Children's Hospital
Loved the beginning, was so tired of it by the end that I read the last page and threw it down. It exhausted me. However, several days later it had wo...more
Jul 20, 2010
Jul 15, 2010
How I Live Now
I don't really understand why this book is award-winning. It's about a fifteen-year-old anorexic girl whose family sends her across the ocean to live...more
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Jul 15, 2010
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
This book was okay.

Twelve-year-old Todd is running away from the only home he's ever known: a settlement on a two-mooned planet called "New World." T...more
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Jul 15, 2010
The Tragedy of Arthur
So I'm giving The Tragedy of Arthur five stars, not because I loved the book, but because I can't imagine describing it as anything other than "amazin...more
Mar 04, 2011
Feb 18, 2011
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Sad. I missed the real Peeta. I feel a little robbed that we didn't get more of him in this book. I guess that's intentional though, to make us feel a...more
Aug 25, 2010
Jun 28, 2010
Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)
I really liked this book...up until the last two chapters. It felt like See was setting us up for a sequel by suddenly introducing dramatic plot twist...more
Aug 18, 2010
Aug 13, 2010
Darkside Zodiac
So funny! The author just rips on you and it can be so brutally accurate that you have to love it.

"...insulated in your space suit, you don't feel th...more
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May 06, 2011
Her Fearful Symmetry
Predictable. I was expecting the main twist after reading page 6 (hmm...a family secret involving identical twins...). The second "twist" isn't too su...more
Jul 10, 2010
Jul 03, 2010
The Story of B: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
I love the ideas in this book. The plot is pretty much a flimsy vehicle to push the author's views on overpopulation and the future of the human race...more
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Aug 27, 2010
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children
The premise of this book is to re-examine widely-held beliefs about children in light of new research. Some of the updates were quite interesting, som...more
Feb 25, 2011
Feb 18, 2011
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
I loved this one! Better than its prequel, City of Bones. Clary and Jace's budding romance really touched me, and for the first time I felt myself tru...more
Dec 08, 2010
Dec 11, 2010
How To Choose The Sex Of Your Baby
Breastfeeding mothers looking to become pregnant again:

In one sentence toward the very end of the book the author states this method does not work fo...more
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Sep 12, 2013
Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading
I can't wait to try some of these ideas with my English Language Learners. The author offers some awesome suggestions for making the important abstrac...more
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Sep 12, 2013
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, #1)
I kept rushing through the zombie bits to get back to the true Jane Austen! I laughed at a few lines, but the undead just doesn't improve this classic...more
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Oct 11, 2010
The Five Love Languages of Children
Nowhere near as good as the original Five Love Languages, although I love the checklists of ideas about how to express your love in each language.
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Sep 12, 2013
Can I Play Too?
My new favorite Elephant and Piggie book! One student I read this to was drooling he was laughing so hard. Adorable story.
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Nov 14, 2010
We are in a Book!
Not my favorite Elephant and Piggie book, but a great place to start students thinking about Writing for the Reader.
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Nov 14, 2010
No Country for Old Men
Nowhere near as wonderful as the movie.
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May 06, 2011
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
Pretty good! Cassandra Clare is a solid writer. I like that there is a romantic subplot, but that the true focus is on the good vs. evil action. If I...more
Dec 11, 2010
Aug 27, 2010
Something Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel #1)
Definitely a page-turner, but not a single character had any moral fiber!
May 19, 2011
May 12, 2011
Best Friends Forever
I missed the point...if there was one.
Aug 22, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Well-written, well-crafted, and thoroughly disturbing. This book's characters are so carefully developed, exposing the layered psychology that drives...more
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Jun 26, 2012
Petals on the Wind (Dollanganger, #2)
Nowhere near as compelling as Flowers in the Attic. That said, I'm still planning to read the other three books in the series!
Dec 2010
Nov 14, 2010
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
Messy and rambling. The analysis of the battle between David and Goliath was fascinating; the rest of the book left me asking, "So what?"
Jan 30, 2014
Jan 11, 2014
The Light Between Oceans
Feb 17, 2014
Feb 10, 2014
The Lifeboat

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Jun 08, 2012
Gone Girl
Compelling read, but kind of a stretch. The middle of the book was so implausible to me, but the resolution made it almost okay.
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Jun 20, 2012
Beautiful Ruins
There were two parts of this book I loved...The Donner pitch and Lydia's play. The rest didn't live up to the hype.
Dec 31, 2013
Dec 17, 2013
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