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Townie: A Memoir
I got this book as a FirstReads giveaway and immediately set to reading it.

Before I truly start this review, I'll point out that I'm not a great lover
Mar 17, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
The Fault in Our Stars
This book was wonderful. Well written, developed characters. It didn't feel overly sentimental. One plot twist was a mite predictable, but overall a b ...more
Aug 24, 2013
Nov 06, 2012
When God Was a Rabbit
I got this book as a first read, and I LOVED it. The first half is narrated by Elly as a little girl. It's whimsical, quirky, a little bit dark, but a ...more
Jun 06, 2011
May 04, 2011
Bud, Not Buddy
I loved this book! I read it aloud with my students as an essential literature book and just thought it was awesome. It gave me a great opportunity to ...more
May 27, 2011
Jun 04, 2011
Safe Haven
Nicholas Sparks books are one of my guilty pleasures. They are sometimes formulaic, and somewhat predictable (sometimes), but fun to read for me nonet ...more
Jul 04, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
One Day
I enjoyed this book, but it was a little cliched. It's the type of book you can just see being made into a movie...and it is in production. The story ...more
Jan 2011
Feb 27, 2011
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
I opened this book, slightly reluctant to read it, thinking I would find another American "doing good" in the Middle East by Americanizing it and dest ...more
Mar 26, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
Anthropology of an American Girl
While wordy, this book had some truly beautiful passages. It was a good coming of age story, though on first reading it, I was struck by how such a se ...more
May 04, 2013
Apr 26, 2013
Storybound (Storybound #1)
I would actually give this book a 2.5 or 2.75. It's a sweet, interesting middle grades story revolving around a girl abruptly taken from the "real" wo ...more
Oct 16, 2013
Oct 13, 2013
Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)
Easy read. Very interesting reimagining of Oz, pulling from the book and twisting it so that all we thought was Wicked is Good, and all we thought was ...more
Oct 06, 2014
Oct 06, 2014
What It is Like to Go to War
This book should be required reading for anyone entering the military, whether headed to combat or not. It should also be required reading for any lea ...more
Mar 20, 2012
Aug 09, 2011
How the Mistakes Were Made
I got this book from FirstReads and really enjoyed it. It's a chronicle of the rise & fall of a grunge band in Seattle. Narrated by Laura, the dru ...more
Jun 25, 2011
May 26, 2011
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1)
A terrifying and intriguing read. Atwood creates a plausible future dystopia, in which genetics are the playthings of science and humans are out of co ...more
Jul 11, 2011
Apr 10, 2011
Hollow Earth (Hollow Earth #1)
Entertaining middle grade read. The fantasy elements were intriguing, and hopefully will be further fleshed out in coming installments of the series, ...more
Dec 17, 2012
Dec 16, 2012
Water for Elephants
**spoiler alert** Enjoyable read, but definitely predictable. Gruen writes the story well,and I even savored some of her prose & quotable text. Al ...more
Mar 16, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
Sword of Destiny (The Witcher, #2)
I loved this book!! The stories were well written and interesting. I was also reading as I play through The Witcher 3 and it started making me able to ...more
Jul 25, 2015
Jul 23, 2015
Tarnished Heroes, Charming Villains, and Modern Monsters: Science Fiction in Shades of Gray on 21st Century Television
This book was a solid academic analysis of current trends in sci-fi heroes. It covered a lot of shows I currently watch, and so I enjoyed seeing the c ...more
Feb 28, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
The Fates Will Find Their Way
A series of collective memory, dreamlike chapters focused on a girl who went missing when a group of men were in their teen years. At first, it seemed ...more
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 07, 2013
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012
An enjoyably eclectic collection of essays, short stories, comic strips, and a few poems. I love picking collections like this up because I usually lo ...more
Aug 17, 2013
Aug 09, 2013
Honestly, though friends have raved about this book, I do not think it is my favorite one by Bohjahlian. It doesn't seem to hit the issues in the book ...more
May 22, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
Maniac Magee
Read this to my class because it is fifth grade essential literature. A great book, especially if you're trying to teach about legends as a genre. Thi ...more
Apr 08, 2011
Mar 11, 2011
Gone with the Wind
One of my favorite books of all time. Aside from the famously epic love story, it's still a pretty decent and epic picture of the South before, during ...more
not set
Feb 26, 2011
The Woman Who Died A Lot (Thursday Next, #7)
As Thursday ages, and her children are brought in as characters, the story gets no less interesting. The BookWorld was sorely missed from this install ...more
Oct 27, 2012
Oct 28, 2012
Cemetery Girl
I got this book from First Reads & am more than happy to review it! Well-written thriller, though I wouldn't classify just as that. The story is d ...more
Jun 26, 2011
May 20, 2011
The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes, #2)
Better than A Study in Scarlet. Simply due to the lack of a ridiculously long tangent. Overall, an engaging mystery. I found the very short developmen ...more
Aug 22, 2013
Aug 17, 2013
Blackveil (Green Rider, #4)
**spoiler alert** My review simply echoes the previous ones I read...though I still liked this book better than most other readers seem to. It was goo ...more
Mar 14, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
The Rebels of Ireland (The Dublin Saga, #2)
A fitting conclusion to the saga started with The Princes of Ireland. Throughout both books, Rutherfurd basically followed generations of families des ...more
Dec 2012
Feb 26, 2011
The Buffalo Soldier
While not necessarily my favorite novel by Chris Bohjahlian, a solid read that piqued my curiosity the more I read. Solid characterization of many dif ...more
Jun 21, 2015
Jun 09, 2015
The Good Luck of Right Now
I got this book from First Reads. I enjoyed this book, despite a few flaws. The narrator was an interesting man, with some definite social impairments ...more
Feb 06, 2014
Nov 10, 2013
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
Okay, so the writing isn't overwhelmingly good, but the story (yes, the story) sucked me in. The characters are believable, even if all the dialogue i ...more
Jun 12, 2012
Jun 13, 2012
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