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The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks
4.05
First: I'll say this. I cook. I generally spend more time on the outer aisles of the supermarket than on the center ones. I already knew what braise m...more
Nov 27, 2011
Nov 27, 2011
 
The Jewel Box
3.17
I'd seen a few reviews on this one floating around so I grabbed it, despite it's place on the romance shelf, because I wanted something lighter to rea...more
Feb 06, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
 
These Foolish Things
3.38
The adage is that the book is always better. Now I'm enough of a realist that I recognise that this isn't always true, but in this case I found the bo...more
Jan 27, 2012
Jan 27, 2012
 
Lost Bird of Wounded Knee: Spirit of the Lakota
3.71
I did not finish this book, I will say that right up front.

Not knowing much of the subject, I expected a fairly standard Biography of the named subje...more
Apr 27, 2011
May 02, 2011
 
Ready Player One
4.30
I cant possibly rave enough. It cant be done. You would all dismiss me as a raving fangirl with a complete lack of self control. And then I would have...more
Nov 09, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
 
Expiration Day
3.57
Expiration Day
by William Campbell Powell

3 out of 5 stars

Expiration Day is another fun little YA read on a post-apocalyptic theme, with a different an...more
Apr 21, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
 
Sous Chef
3.53
Sous chef is a quick, witty read which does exactly what it says on the tin. Gibney takes you through a day in the life, as a Sous Chef* in a smallish...more
Mar 27, 2014
Mar 27, 2014
 
Static
3.99
Yes, it’s been a while hasnt it? Ive been occupied with other things. But here we are again.

Static is not the sort of thing I’d usually pick up, simpl...more
Mar 23, 2014
Mar 23, 2014
 
Empress of the Night: A Novel of Catherine the Great
3.08
I’m sorry to have to say it, but Stachniak has failed to capture lightning in a bottle on this second outing to the courts of the Tsars. I read and re...more
May 03, 2014
May 03, 2014
 
Clara and Mr. Tiffany
3.57
Good readable history is hard to write. When based on the scraps of information we have for the subject here, it becomes both easier and more difficul...more
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
 
The Miracles of Ordinary Men
3.49
Sometimes you pick something up without knowing much about it, and this is the case here. I will however tell you right away (in the interests of tran...more
Jul 14, 2013
Jul 14, 2013
 
Fox's Bride
4.20
The Dreaded Second Novel, in which the author must prove himself to not be a fluke, has been the downfall of many.

“Fox’s Bride” is Marling’s sophomore...more
Oct 2012
Oct 01, 2012
 
Looking for Alaska
4.22
Heavily influenced by JD Salinger's classic work "The Catcher in the Rye", I was reminded of the older work several times. (Allow me to state for the...more
Feb 20, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
 
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)
4.00
And today boys and girls we have another three-for-one!

The trend twards "dystopian" fiction in YA literature in interesting in that most examples ive...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 28, 2012
 
Unloched
4.35
Now for something a little different.

As most of you have surely noticed I generally read in the genres, science fiction, fantasy and the historical e...more
Dec 17, 2012
Dec 17, 2012
 
The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels
3.78
I picked this up mostly because I've followed her blog at The Pioneer Woman off and on for a while. Mostly the cooking section, because she uses real...more
Nov 12, 2011
Nov 12, 2011
 
Brood of Bones
3.89
I admit I approached this novel with some reservations. Despite the fact that my own husband's work is "self published" and that a few friends of mine...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
 
Never Fade (The Darkest Minds, #2)
4.45
Advanced Reader Copy: Expected Publish Date: 15 Oct 2013

Not very long ago, I gave Alexandra Bracken’s “The Darkest Minds” a positive review, so when I...more
Jul 20, 2013
Jul 20, 2013
 
Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey"
3.53
Below Stairs is the book that inspired the epic British television classic "Upstairs Downstairs" and is currently enjoying a bit of a renaissance with...more
Feb 05, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
 
Garden of Stones
3.85
There are stories that we Americans are fond of shouting to the sky. Tales of daring, boldness and the great courage in "making do" in order to stand...more
Apr 2013
Apr 01, 2013
 
Homo
2.91


Ok, yeah, I've been busy.

But thats okay, because as usual, that means you get an absolute flurry of new material to dig through all at once, and isn...more
Apr 28, 2013
Apr 28, 2013
 
Sky Dragons (Pern, #24)
3.90
This release is a sad one. "Sky Dragons" is the last Pern novel Anne McCaffery will ever work on, and it is unknown at this point if her children (Tod...more
Jul 18, 2012
Jul 18, 2012
 
The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)
3.99
And today boys and girls we have another three-for-one!

The trend twards “dystopian” fiction in YA literature in interesting in that most examples ive...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 28, 2012
 
Rebel Heart (Dust Lands, #2)
3.95
So, I’m not really sure whats up with this, but most of the hot action in the bastard-child-the-Literary-world-would-like-to-forget world of sci-fi se...more
Nov 22, 2012
Nov 22, 2012
 
Death by Petticoat: American History Myths Debunked
3.25
"Death by Petticoat" is a cute, rather fluffy piece with all of the serious, scholarly weight of the Reader's Digest.

And that's why it works.

Theobal...more
Mar 03, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
 
The Headmaster's Wager
3.85
Better late than never I suppose.

This one's been hanging around in the "to be reviewed pile" for a fairly embarrassingly long time, and I'm not entir...more
Nov 07, 2012
Nov 07, 2012
 
Saving the School: The True Story of a Principal, a Teacher, a Coach, a Bunch of Kids and a Year in the Crosshairs of Education Reform
3.13
I don’t like giving negative reviews. Anyone who follows my blog regularly may have figured that out. This time I’m making an exception for twofold re...more
Nov 18, 2012
Nov 18, 2012
 
The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)
3.82
And today boys and girls we have another three-for-one!

The trend twards “dystopian” fiction in YA literature in interesting in that most examples ive...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 28, 2012
 
Unnatural Issue (Elemental Masters, #7)
3.70
To be honest, I find myself reluctant to review Lackey's work at all at this point, despite the fact that I still pick up most of them. Usually off th...more
Nov 24, 2011
Nov 24, 2011
 
In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom
3.69
A western Muslim doctor goes to work for a foreign government for two years. The hitch? She's a female in Saudi Arabia.

This was a surprisingly good r...more
Aug 07, 2012
Aug 06, 2012
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