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Denial: A Memoir of Terror
3.65
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Jessica Stern is one of the world’s foremost experts in terrorism—the 9/11 kind of terrorism....more
Jul 06, 2010
Jul 12, 2010
 
The Fiction Class
3.33
Loved it. While this book is not "Literature" it is wonderful--tenderly written and quite funny, the main character Arabella is drawn wonderfully. Thi...more
Sep 17, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
 
Gathering Blue
3.78
Mixed feelings. As a lover of The Giver, there was something that made me happy at the end. But at the same time, this book just isn't done. She stops...more
not set
Mar 31, 2014
 
Blind Spots: Why Smart People Do Dumb Things
3.37
Excellent. There's a lot of "we should just try to understand each other better" rhetoric that gets a little old sometimes, but the value of this book...more
Jan 12, 2011
Jan 06, 2011
 
What the Night Knows
3.69
Very good. I love Dean Koontz, but every now and then he throws a book that's just not good--this is not that book. It was edge of your seat reading....more
Jan 13, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
 
Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
3.96
Excepting her political stance, which I find to be way too liberal for my middle of the road self, Anne Lamott is an amazing writer who hits the nail...more
not set
Jan 09, 2012
 
Beauty (Folktales #1)
4.05
Anything you can get yours hands on by this woman is wonderful. Whether telling a new story or retelling an old one, McKinley does an amazing job. I'v...more
not set
Dec 20, 2010
 
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, #1)
3.25
Hilarious 99% of the time, too damn much in terms of yucky descriptions for the rest of the 1%. Not for those who are squeamish but a great time for t...more
Jan 19, 2011
Jan 18, 2011
 
We Are All Welcome Here
3.79
Both incredibly difficult to read and incredibly beautiful, if you've ever been the primary caregiver for a family member. I cried copiously afterward...more
Jan 20, 2011
Jan 20, 2011
 
What the Dog Did: Tales from a Formerly Reluctant Dog Owner
3.86
What a well-written memoir of learning to love dogs, and all the crazy wonderful things we do for dogs and they do for us. It's laugh out loud funny a...more
not set
Jan 13, 2011
 
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
3.70
It has a great start but toward the end, the characters sort of trail off, and you're left rather disappointed that the author took away what could ha...more
not set
Jan 13, 2011
 
Your Heart Belongs to Me
3.31
A rare disappointment from Koontz. It just lacked everything a Koontz usually has from compelling characters to a deep and thoughtful plot.
not set
Jan 13, 2011
 
The Prince of Tides
4.18
"In the war my parents waged against each other, the only prisoners they ever took were their children."

Read this book.
not set
Jan 13, 2011
 
Roger Caras' Treasury of Great Horse Stories
3.57
This book is worth it, in its entirety for the Mark Twain piece, "A Horse's Tale" which is heartbreaking and beautiful.
not set
Jan 13, 2011
 
The Redemption of Althalus
3.78
After the Belgariad, the Mallorean, the Elenium and the Tamuli books, this one was just a disappointment.
not set
Dec 20, 2010
 
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
4.28
I didn't think running could be so interesting. This book is fascinating. Worth every minute.
not set
Jan 13, 2011
 
All Over But the Shoutin'
4.06
Loved it. Anyone who loves being Southern, who knows what it means to work for damn everything will know this book. It's so good it hurts.
Mar 30, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
 
On the Jellicoe Road
4.18
So fantabulous. So freaking fantabulous. Read read read.
Mar 23, 2014
Mar 23, 2014
 
Gutshot Straight
3.64
Fun and predictable. Still worth my time. :)
Mar 23, 2014
Mar 22, 2014
 
Beach Music
4.10
My favorite Conroy. Read it. Too beautiful to ignore.
not set
Jan 13, 2011
 
The Outlaws of Sherwood
3.74
The most perfect Robin Hood ever written.
not set
Dec 20, 2010
 
Dismantled
3.59
Very fast read, engrossing the whole way.
Dec 26, 2010
Dec 24, 2010
 
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
4.31
Fantastic.
Apr 28, 2011
Apr 28, 2011
 
The Element of Fire (Ile-Rien, #1)
4.03
So freaking good.
not set
Dec 20, 2010
 
The Sapphire Rose (The Elenium #3)
3.94
As good as I remembered. :)
Dec 23, 2010
Dec 20, 2010
 
Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things
3.85
Excellent. Well-written, funny, and thought provoking. Fascinating.
Jan 2011
Dec 26, 2010
 
Squandering the Blue: -- Stories
4.05
So incredibly sad, with too few moments of redemption. Not an easy or enjoyable read.
Dec 21, 2011
Dec 07, 2011
 
Pegasus (Pegasus, #1)
3.57
It's the first book in a series, which I didn't know when I bought it. Imagine my shock when I got to the end and it just cut off...lol.

It was good....more
Jan 27, 2011
Dec 20, 2010
 
The Help
4.44
Stayed up waaaaay too late 2 nights in a row to finish. Beautiful. The review that said "pitch perfect" was exactly right on.
Feb 09, 2011
Jan 22, 2011
 
The Fault in Our Stars
4.43
So, so lovely.
Mar 30, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
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