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All the Light We Cannot See
4.31
it was amazing
I want to give this book six stars; it is perfection in what I enjoy in literature. I feel there is so much I can say and yet anything I attempt to sa ...more
Sep 03, 2014
Aug 26, 2014
 
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
3.99
it was ok
This book was okay, but was overhyped in the press. I thought the author tried to extrapolate too many cultural trends from his own anecdotal experien ...more
Jan 21, 2017
Jan 21, 2017
 
The Science of Interstellar
4.18
really liked it
The author is, in some ways, the creator of Interstellar, and at a minimum, THE science guy behind Interstellar. I thought he did a rather masterful j ...more
Sep 24, 2015
Sep 20, 2015
 
The Lady of the Rivers (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #1)
3.96
it was ok
I really liked The King's Curse and The Other Boleyn Girl. So, I was excited to pick up another P.Gregory book and decided to start with the chronolog ...more
Jun 17, 2015
Jun 17, 2015
 
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
4.30
liked it
I feel like I could go anywhere between two and four stars on this book, so I am going with three.

Things I disliked:

*The ages of the characters were t
...more
Jan 03, 2015
Jan 03, 2015
 
The King's Curse (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #7)
3.98
it was amazing
This is my second Philippa Gregory book (first was The Other Boleyn Girl) and I am officially a huge fan. This was even better than The Other Boleyn G ...more
May 16, 2015
May 16, 2015
 
The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams
4.18
liked it
This is a very comprehensive biography on Ted Williams. It will probably only appeal to you if you are a Red Sox fan or a big baseball fan, in general ...more
Nov 14, 2014
Nov 14, 2014
 
UnSouled (Unwind, #3)
4.22
it was ok
Unwind was pretty good to me, not great... Unwholly I thought was excellent and I was really excited about this third book in the trilogy. I was disap ...more
Oct 26, 2013
Oct 26, 2013
 
12 Years a Slave
4.15
it was amazing
This is one of those books that will stick with me for a very long time. The crafting of the writing itself has an absolute perfect balance of beautif ...more
Aug 27, 2014
Aug 27, 2014
 
The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)
3.93
it was ok
Here was my review from the first book: "I have read most (all?) of the various young-adult dystopian books and trilogies at this point. Most of them ...more
Jun 15, 2014
Jun 15, 2014
 
ACBL Bridge Series: Bidding
3.96
it was amazing
I read this book after already have been playing bridge for three years. The book is the first in a series and is written for the beginner and assumes ...more
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 29, 2013
 
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
3.69
liked it
This book (booklet?) was interesting. It was a little strange to read Obama's book from back when he was a freshman senator. I also assumed it would r ...more
May 16, 2016
May 16, 2016
 
Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism
4.32
liked it
This book is very informative and educational. Writing is fine, but not great. I thought the daughter was going to be more of a co-author, rather than ...more
Dec 29, 2014
Dec 12, 2014
 
Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate
4.31
it was amazing
I took a particular interest in this book since the author was a high school friend of mine. Also, from what I know of Justin I anticipated that this ...more
Aug 30, 2014
Aug 30, 2014
 
Champion (Legend, #3)
4.37
really liked it
Not just another dystopian trilogy. I have read most of the popular dystopian trilogies written over the past few years and to date, find myself consi ...more
Dec 15, 2013
Dec 15, 2013
 
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
3.63
liked it
The first two books in this series are definitely favorites of mine. And maybe it is just too hard to have met those same expectations a third time, b ...more
Oct 29, 2013
Oct 28, 2013
 
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)
4.03
liked it
I have read most (all?) of the various young-adult dystopian books and trilogies at this point. Most of them are very plot driven; the books that set ...more
Jun 15, 2014
Jun 15, 2014
 
Steve Jobs
4.09
it was amazing
I had heard generally about the Jobs reputation, but really did not know much about him or the history of Apple and Pixar. It is impressive how Jobs g ...more
Sep 03, 2013
Sep 05, 2013
 
Travels with Charley: In Search of America
4.07
it was ok
Disclaimer: I am not a Steinbeck fan in the first place (do not care for East of Eden, Grapes of Wrath or Of Mice and Men). But, my wife picked this u ...more
Aug 11, 2013
Aug 11, 2013
 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
4.40
it was amazing
I have been wanting to read this book for awhile and finally got around to it as an audiobook on a recent road trip. I have to admit that I was consis ...more
Mar 14, 2014
May 21, 2013
 
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
4.02
did not like it
This book was okay. I am not a civil war buff or anything, but I have read some biographies of the era and my main complaint is I didn't feel like thi ...more
Feb 20, 2015
Feb 20, 2015
 
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
4.12
really liked it
This is a complicated book to review. But, here are some of my quick-hit thoughts.

Well written. Like any good biography, it reads like a novel. It is
...more
Jul 21, 2015
Apr 25, 2015
 
The Other Boleyn Girl (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #9)
4.04
it was amazing
I rarely give 5 stars, but this book did it for me. Historical fiction is such a fascinating genre and this author pulls it off beautifully. Great wri ...more
Jul 12, 2014
Jul 12, 2014
 
Why Evolution Is True
4.15
really liked it
As interested as I am in science, I have not read much popular literature on evolution. This was a good primer. It was written well enough for the lay ...more
Sep 28, 2013
Oct 01, 2013
 
House Rules
4.01
it was ok
The idea of this book had a lot of potential. But, the execution was really so poor. Every character was completely one dimensional, and worse than th ...more
Jul 30, 2014
Jul 30, 2014
 
The Girl With No Name: The Incredible True Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys
3.87
really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Honestly, I find it a little hard to believe, but that is okay, it is still the memory of a very young child whether it is ...more
Jul 22, 2013
Jul 22, 2013
 
A House in the Sky
4.20
it was amazing
I don't cry when I read books, but if I did, I would have cried with this book. It is very emotional. I also do not often encourage others to read a s ...more
Jan 27, 2015
Jan 27, 2015
 
All the Bright Places
4.20
it was ok
This book is Romeo and Juliet meets Elizabethtown meets Twilight... in a bad way. It is YA in every way possible, again in a bad way. I found the char ...more
not set
Sep 20, 2015
 
Breakfast of Champions
4.08
it was ok
I read this book about 15 years ago and recalled liking it a lot. I decided to re-read it again and now can't remember why I liked it so much. I know ...more
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 29, 2013
 
Six Years
3.80
liked it
This is a "fun beach read" kind of book. It was somewhat formulaic, but not overly so. I thought the writing was pretty decent and most importantly I ...more
Jun 20, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
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