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The Candy Shop War (The Candy Shop War, #1)
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first two Fablehaven books with Emily, so we thought we'd go for another book by Brandon Mull. We read most of it dri...more
Feb 03, 2013
Mar 24, 2008
Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven, #3)
Brandon Mull has delivered more of the same with book three of this series, which is just what we wanted.

The plot moved along at a good clip, keeping...more
Aug 21, 2011
May 05, 2008
Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Fablehaven, #4)
Brandon delivers again in book four of this five book series. His polish as a writer has progressed through the series. I love the progress Seth makes...more
Dec 04, 2011
May 18, 2008
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
My favorite book of the series. Yes, it barely edges out the first.

The whole section from Jacob's perspective, however, is the worst of the series. We...more
Aug 10, 2008
Aug 10, 2008
Dracula made a nice follow-up to last year's Halloween reading of Frankenstein. I loved the character depth and touching dialog.

Although he waxed bor...more
Oct 29, 2008
Oct 30, 2007
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz, #1)
Having read most of Brandon Sanderson's fantasy books geared for adults, I expected a lot of Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians for young adults. He...more
Feb 27, 2009
Jan 22, 2008
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
Emily and I read this aloud together. It had elements for both of us to enjoy. I liked the sci-fi aspects of vampires, while Emily focused more on the...more
May 30, 2008
Nov 11, 2007
The Great Divorce
I love the science fiction/fantasy approach to understanding things beyond our grasp and deep within us. As with all of Lewis' works, this short book...more
Nov 2011
Oct 11, 2007
The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)
I'm not one to reread books, but The Eye of the World has been calling to me ever since I finished book 11 in the series. Brandon Sanderson is writing...more
Sep 22, 2012
Oct 11, 2007
The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2)
I'm amazed this book can still grab me a second time. I know what's going to happen, yet I still turn page after page. I started keeping my own notes...more
Dec 10, 2012
Oct 11, 2007
The Host (The Host, #1)
Fun and light. As with the Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer is a great storyteller but still lacks a certain polish to her writing. I enjoyed the scie...more
Apr 12, 2009
Mar 04, 2009
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
We polished this one off, reading aloud, in two days. Emily was more the driving force, but I wasn't doing too much complaining.

This book is pretty mu...more
Jun 2008
Nov 11, 2007
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Lame. But, like this review, at least it was short.
May 25, 2009
May 28, 2009
Eclipse (Twilight, #3)
More of the same. If you've read the first two, you know what you're getting. Same story.

One of my favorite scenes was Alice and Edward playing chess....more
Jun 05, 2008
Nov 11, 2007
The Journal of Curious Letters (The 13th Reality, #1)
My father-in-law gave us a signed copy of this book; I guess he used to work with James Dashner. I wasn't terribly excited to read it, but enjoyed re...more
Dec 22, 2008
Oct 19, 2008
The Valley of Fear (Sherlock Holmes, #7)
The Valley of Fear is my favorite Sherlock yet. The plot was great and I didn't see the end coming. Definitely one of his better stories.

Page Turner:...more
Sep 02, 2014
Aug 09, 2014
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5)
I'm not sure why this work is one of Doyle's most popular. I found it about as enjoyable as the rest. It was somewhat different in nature; the pacing...more
Sep 06, 2013
Oct 30, 2007
The Jungle Book
The first half of the book is the story most of us know (from Disney) about Mowgli, Baloo and gang while the latter half contains four or five short s...more
Mar 21, 2008
Nov 18, 2007
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)
Fun to read with the family, but I'm kind of glad we're done. Still one of my favorite books, but the pull wasn't quite as strong the second time. The...more
May 26, 2013
Oct 11, 2007
The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3)
"The world is more complex than you can imagine." page 227

Although fantasy, these books do a better job of describing reality, in all its complexity,...more
May 14, 2013
Oct 11, 2007
The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain #1)
It was fun to read this with Seth and observe him get excited about it. It reminded me of reading it when I was young. A good, moral story without bei...more
Dec 23, 2012
Oct 11, 2007
A World Without Heroes (Beyonders, #1)
Fun to read with Emily, but not gripping. Classic Mull, but not as good as Fablehaven.

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Jul 09, 2011
May 25, 2011
Seeds of Rebellion (Beyonders, #2)
Slightly better than the first, but still not quite as gripping as the Fablehaven Series. Still, I'm really looking forward to the third and final boo...more
Oct 16, 2012
Apr 17, 2012
Keys to the Demon Prison (Fablehaven, #5)
I enjoyed reading this book even more the second time. The kids enjoyed the adventure just as much, Anna especially. One of my top recommendations to...more
Feb 16, 2012
Jan 15, 2010
The High King (The Chronicles of Prydain #5)
One of my favorite books growing up. It was a lot of fun to read it to my son. With timeless values and fun companions, this book will remain a classi...more
Feb 16, 2014
Oct 11, 2007
Taran Wanderer (The Chronicles of Prydain #4)
My second favorite in the series. I remember this story having an impact on me growing up. We must all find our way in the world.
Sep 30, 2013
Oct 11, 2007
Chasing the Prophecy (Beyonders, #3)
Better than book 2. The beginning was a bit slow, but I would almost give the second have five stars.
Aug 09, 2013
May 16, 2013
The Mansion (Classic Reprint)
A short story about what's really important in life. Along the lines of "A Christmas Carol".
Dec 16, 2012
Dec 24, 2010
The Return of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #6)
More of the same. I really liked the last one, "The Adventure of the Second Stain".
Apr 15, 2012
Jul 16, 2011
The Black Cauldron (The Chronicles of Prydain #2)
Just finished reading this to Seth. Still one of my all time favorites.
Apr 14, 2013
Oct 11, 2007
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