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One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
I know this book is enormously popular, and I actually question myself a bit in giving it three stars. But the reality is, it took me a painful amount ...more
Mar 16, 2012
Mar 16, 2012
Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail
I loved this book. I read it immediately after reading Cheryl Strayed's Wild, and perhaps I was impacted by the fact that I plan on hiking the JMT (an ...more
Jan 03, 2013
Dec 29, 2012
Imperfect Birds
At first, this book comes across as a bit repetitively cyclical - girl engages in risky behavior, girl lies to parents, parents lay down the law, girl ...more
Apr 13, 2012
Mar 16, 2012
The Wild Muir: Twenty-Two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures
What an incredible individual John Muir was! His adventures are truly inspiring and his attitude toward himself and nature, positively joyful. I parti ...more
Feb 27, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
I read this before the movie came out and before I knew a movie was even in the works. As a middle school teacher who knows that The Giver is the stan ...more
Jun 2011
Dec 17, 2012
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
This is a clever memoir that blurs the lines of fiction and reality, but quite honestly so. Rather than simply fall into the trap that memoirists are ...more
Dec 29, 2011
Dec 29, 2011
The Fall of Rome And the End of Civilization
This book has an interesting premise: in the spirit of political correctness, historians and scholars have elevated post-Roman European society to tha ...more
Dec 12, 2011
Dec 12, 2011
Eating Animals
Although it is not for the faint of heart, I would enthusiastically recommend this book to everyone - meat eaters (and lovers) and vegetarians alike. ...more
Feb 23, 2012
Feb 23, 2012
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
It's been a long time since I've read a nearly 500-page book in two nights! I guess I was either really into it or my house needs cleaning and I was i ...more
May 19, 2012
May 17, 2012
The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet--A Memoir
I have to admit, this was a three-star book until I got to chapter 22. Like many readers, I was probably judging this particular mother's choices a li ...more
Feb 23, 2013
Feb 19, 2013
Son (The Giver Quartet, #4)
What a masterful end to the series. Although meaningless without the other three books, I thought Son was the best of the four. Lowry expertly wove to ...more
Nov 12, 2012
Nov 09, 2012
Gathering Blue (The Giver, #2)
I took away a star only because of the book's sad, slow start. I found that I had to put it down often to emotionally prepare myself for what was comi ...more
Oct 15, 2012
Oct 09, 2012
Life Is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally
This book was ok. For me personally, it didn't live up to the promise of the introductory remarks, but there are good lessons to be gleaned from the a ...more
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 16, 2012
Messenger (The Giver, #3)
**spoiler alert** I have to remind myself, when composing this review, that this is a children's book, albeit for those in middle school.

For about the
Oct 23, 2012
Oct 15, 2012
Looking for Alaska
It pains me to give this book three stars, because it had a brilliant, five-star ending. But I need to remind myself that it wasn't a five-star experi ...more
May 25, 2013
May 15, 2013
The Book Thief
It's a book about World War II and the Holocaust, narrated by Death. Isn't that in and of itself a spoiler? Let's be honest, you don't pick up a book ...more
Mar 02, 2014
Mar 02, 2014
I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail
This book was just ok. The first half quickly became monotonous and tedious in a way that Cheryl Strayed's Wild did not; each chapter by itself was a ...more
Jul 23, 2014
Jul 09, 2014
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Khaled Hosseini is an incredible storyteller, and A Thousand Splendid Suns gripped me by the heart on page one and refused to let go, even after the v ...more
Jul 06, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
Learning to Breathe: One Woman's Journey of Spirit and Survival
Alison Wright's remarkable story of recovery after experiencing what should have been a fatal accident is gripping at times, and she gleans some great ...more
Mar 09, 2014
Mar 09, 2014
Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy, #1)
I read this book years ago, when I was in high school, but I now realize that I surely missed a great deal of the allegory. Truly, I would like to rat ...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 05, 2013
The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith
This is the story of an unorthodox but unwavering faith. As a non-Mormon but someone generally interested in religion and American history (Mormonism ...more
Oct 27, 2012
Oct 27, 2012
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
One woman's journey to walk more than a thousand miles along the Pacific Crest Trail, starting near the town of Mojave, California and ending at the O ...more
Dec 26, 2012
Dec 05, 2012
Animal Farm
A classic work of dystopian fiction and one of my favorites. I just re-read it with a group of middle and high school students, and it was a great way ...more
Jul 30, 2012
Jul 17, 2012
Between Shades of Gray
Although this is a young adult book of fiction (and one that was loaned to me by a seventh grader), it surely takes an enormous amount of maturity for ...more
Feb 03, 2013
Feb 01, 2013
I enjoyed this book immensely, although I think it is quite challenging for my seventh and eighth graders. Written at a different time, this book has ...more
May 15, 2013
May 15, 2013
Kissing Kilimanjaro: Leaving It All on Top of Africa
I think book is more enjoyable to those familiar with the Kilimanjaro hike and not those who are about to embark on the trip. I read this on the plane ...more
Feb 18, 2014
Feb 19, 2014
Stealing Buddha's Dinner
This is a complex story of identity. I appreciated the author's candor in explaining the desires of her childhood and the realizations of her adulthoo ...more
Jul 28, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)
I try to read the books that are popular among my middle school students, so I wanted to give this series a try with Book 1. To say I was unimpressed ...more
Sep 2012
Sep 01, 2012
Blogging for Creatives: How Designers, Artists, Crafters and Writers Can Blog to Make Contacts, Win Business and Build Success
A quality book about the specifics of blogging, particularly for those who want to pursue more personal or craft-based blogs rather than commercial bl ...more
Apr 05, 2013
Mar 31, 2013
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
I enjoyed this book - I really did. Yes, it read like an awfully long blog post in some parts. Yes, it was over-the-top ridiculous in many parts. But ...more
Sep 13, 2012
Sep 13, 2012
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