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The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
4.21
My favorite book since Blindness . A must read for bibliophiles and a pretty good mystery, if you like that sort of thing. Below is my booktalk for ...more
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Oct 05, 2007
 
New York Times The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World
3.29
Really cool environmental book for young people. NY Times content, formatted well, and delivered without being preachy. Great pictures and narration. ...more
Jan 2006
Oct 05, 2007
 
How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found
3.90
This one surprised me. I picked it up on Kate's suggestion and it hooked me. A strong mystery with good central and supporting characters. Booktalk be ...more
Jan 2006
Oct 05, 2007
 
Life of Pi
3.86
Most people like the second half of this book best. I actually enjoyed the beginning. Like most people, however, I didn't go for the ending. A strong ...more
Jan 2006
Oct 05, 2007
 
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists & The Pirates! In an Adventure with Ahab
3.89
Pure cheese, and I like cheese. Laugh out loud funny. Nothing particularly fantastic about the subject or the writing, but it will put a grin on your ...more
Jan 2006
Oct 05, 2007
 
Little Brother (Little Brother, #1)
3.95
I'm on a roll this weekend. Another really solid book. A little too much detail for most readers about ARGing and LARPing (both new to me), but it gen ...more
Jun 06, 2010
Jun 06, 2010
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
Wow, so I was not anticipating the depths of darkness to which Collins was going to reach by the end of this series. I completely respect that she wen ...more
Aug 28, 2010
Sep 05, 2010
 
The Great Extinctions: What Causes Them and How They Shape Life
3.56
Surprisingly technical for a short book. I have been interested in historical extinctions for awhile, but this is the first book I actually picked up ...more
Apr 24, 2013
Apr 24, 2013
 
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)
3.90
Ooooh, steampunk. Only kind of. The characters lack the super-coolness of Snow Crash that I tend to associate with steampunk. At the same time, I like ...more
Jun 04, 2010
Jun 04, 2010
 
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Last Gleaming (Season 8, #8)
3.91
I had the chance to preview this as an eBook through NetGalley. Yay! I've been a Buffy fan for years now, and enjoyed a lot of season 8. The more outl ...more
May 28, 2011
Jun 30, 2011
 
All-Star Superman: Volume 1
4.06
I've never really been into Superman. He's very tired and played-out, having been up against everything in the past 80 years. The stories in this coll ...more
May 02, 2011
May 04, 2011
 
Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment
3.45
I'm curious if I'll feel more strongly about this book after I meet the author in a few months. I did like the story of Manzanar through the eyes of a ...more
Jan 20, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
 
Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour (Scott Pilgrim, #6)
4.41
By the end of the series the art has gotten better and so have lots of the jokes. The characters are a little easier to distinguish between and Scott ...more
Sep 05, 2010
Sep 05, 2010
 
Pedro Páramo / El Llano en llamas
4.26
Both of these are fantastic. Pedro Paramo is a surreal and haunting novella and El Llano en Llamas ("Fire on the Plains") is a slice of Mexican histor ...more
Jan 2004
Oct 05, 2007
 
Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings and America's First Imperial Adventure
3.53
I led the discussion on this one for book club. I found it dragged-on quite a bit in sections, but provided a thoroughly researched depiction of the p ...more
Apr 12, 2013
Apr 24, 2013
 
The Book of Madness and Cures
2.91
Didn't really grab me. I read some of the goodreads comments on it after finishing, and have to agree that the ending was too hurried and conventional ...more
Feb 11, 2013
Feb 12, 2013
 
The Drowned Cities (Ship Breaker, #2)
3.86
Kim was right about this being a bit flat next to "Ship Breaker." Still, I found the bleak situation and the iron will of the characters in the face o ...more
Jun 10, 2012
Jun 10, 2012
 
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
3.92
Half-and-Half book a la Nick and Norah. Chapters about straight Will Grayson were more enjoyable since he wasn't quite as depressed as gay Will Grayso ...more
Apr 25, 2010
Apr 25, 2010
 
Dramacon Ultimate Edition
4.62
I seem to be reading/reviewing lots of books that aren't my style lately. And liking them...hmmm. Anyway, this teen romance manga is almost too cute a ...more
May 31, 2011
May 31, 2011
 
Flip
3.53
A really well-done Freaky-Friday story with a bit of New Age theories mixed in. Bedford does that without overdoing the spiritual aspects, and with a ...more
Feb 05, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
 
Bossypants
3.93
To be fair this book wasn't written for me. Tina Fey is hilarious and so is her book. There were a number of laugh-out-loud moments. At the same time, ...more
Apr 18, 2011
Apr 20, 2011
 
The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #3)
4.05
To be fair I didn't read this out of any desire to do so. It was challenged at my Library. I didn't find it well-written or gripping, but I recognize ...more
Jan 25, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
 
Peanut
3.28
I think she may be kind of a psycho. What high school student can't put two and two together and realize that faking a serious medical condition will ...more
Feb 24, 2014
Feb 24, 2014
 
King of Ithaka
3.33
I love the Odyssey and Greek history. I appreciated the subtle references (as well as the millions of outright ones), but felt that the tweak to the c ...more
Jan 31, 2011
Feb 01, 2011
 
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)
3.79
Super popular, and better written than a lot of pulp kids' fantasy. Not my favorite, but I'll give the second one a shot down the road. Booktalk below ...more
Jan 2006
Oct 05, 2007
 
Looking for Alaska
4.16
Before I read this book, I had somehow convinced myself that John Green wrote nature survival stories, I think simply based on the word Alaska in the ...more
Jun 04, 2010
Jun 04, 2010
 
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
4.15
I heart Murakami. He can write one character so well that combined with his thoroughly fantabulous imagination, he can make reading about that one guy ...more
Jan 2006
Oct 05, 2007
 
Hungry Planet
4.47
The photos in this book are amazing. The text isn't bad either. Really great read for anyone interested in food. My booktalk from library school is do ...more
Jan 2006
Oct 05, 2007
 
City of the Beasts (Eagle and Jaguar, #1)
3.67
Isabel Allende is a good writer. While the teen fantasy genre is saturated, she makes a good entry with this hidden jungle civilization. Booktalk belo ...more
Jan 2006
Oct 05, 2007
 
Lizard Music
4.18
Daniel Pinkwater is awesome. This one is pure win with some really memorable lizard (and chicken man) characters. Booktalk below.

Lizard Music, by Dani
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Jan 2006
Oct 05, 2007
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