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I'm a big Woodson fan, but this one left me a bit cold. It's 1971 and Frannie is a 6th-grader in an all-black (or at least all brown and black) school...more
May 2008
May 13, 2008
The Twelve (The Passage, #2)
Fine book to listen to while navigating the daily hell of Wilshire Blvd in rush hour. Otherwise - way longer than it needed to be.
Jun 2013
Jun 24, 2013
Solace of the Road
With the help of a blond wig and the name "Solace," Holly runs away from her new foster family and hitchhikes her way from London to Wales in order to...more
Jan 2010
Jan 25, 2010
The Goldfinch
This book was so damn good that it made me HAPPY I had insomnia. More time to read! Now I'm going back to read all her others.
Jun 2014
Jul 01, 2014
The Spellmans Strike Again (The Spellmans, #4)
Light, funny, entertaining - as always, a great series to read in the middle of the night during soul-sucking bouts of insomnia.
Sep 2013
Sep 18, 2013
Bad Blood (Virgil Flowers, #4)
My first Virgil Flowers book - will read all the rest by and by. Listened to this on audiobook and it made the commute fly by.
Oct 2011
Oct 25, 2011
The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway, #1)
Pleasant, undemanding British mystery - not much character development or plot depth, but the marshy setting is intriguing.
Jan 2012
Jan 14, 2012
Everybody Sees the Ants
Actually 4.5 stars - I suspect I'll be thinking this one for quite some time. Funny, painful, AND features poker-playing ants.
Jan 2012
Jan 16, 2012
There Is No Dog
It's a simple idea and almost not enough to hang a whole book on - but I laughed all the way through. Ludicrous and hilarious.
Feb 2012
Feb 19, 2012
A World Without Heroes (Beyonders, #1)
Please read my review at my blog -
Apr 2011
Apr 18, 2011
Binky to the Rescue
Although this second book isn't quite as fresh as the first, Binky the brave alien-fighting cat is still my hero.
Mar 2011
Mar 06, 2011
Gone Girl
Unreliable, often unlikable narrators and a cringe-worthy situation, told with fluid ease. Whizzed through this as if it were a See's mixed chocolate...more
Apr 2013
Apr 29, 2013
A Tale of Two Castles (A Tale of Two Castles, #1)
Jan 2011
Apr 10, 2011
City of Ice (City Trilogy, #2)
Apr 2011
Jun 10, 2011
Secrets of the Crown (The Familiars, #2)
Please read my review at
Jun 2011
Aug 01, 2011
Life Sentences
The audiobook version was the perfect companion to my commute. I'll look for more Lippman audiobooks, most definitely.
Oct 2013
Oct 10, 2013
Castle in the Air (Howl's Moving Castle, #2)
My only (teeny tiny) criticism of this book is that it doesn't have enough Howl in it. Otherwise - fabulous!
Sep 2010
Oct 21, 2010
Flood and Fire (Raiders' Ransom, #2)
Apr 2011
Jul 07, 2011
Sassy and funny - just as you'd expect. For added enjoyment, listen to Fey's narration on the audiobook.
Dec 2011
Dec 16, 2011
A Box of Gargoyles
Sequel to Cabinet of Earths. There is a bit too much going on, but slightly offbeat tone is very engaging.
Oct 2013
Nov 09, 2013
Verdigris Deep
The U.S. edition I read is called "Well-Witched" which goodreads hasn't listed yet. This is the story of three modern kids who, after stealing some co...more
May 2008
Jun 17, 2008
The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic
Very surprised by the negative reviews to this book. Both my daughter and I liked it quite a bit.
Jan 2014
Jan 10, 2014
City of Lost Dreams (City of Dark Magic, #2)
Smart, entertaining, and a little bawdy - a worthy sequel to City of Dark Magic.
Feb 2014
Mar 03, 2014
Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack, #3)
Jacky is back at sea where she belongs - cause for great rejoicing and a rollicking good read!
Nov 2009
Nov 15, 2009
It's Kind of a Funny Story
Read this a few years ago; just saw the movie that came out last year. Good book; good movie!
Jan 2009
Mar 16, 2011
Cat Burglar Black
A quick and rather slight read, though the girls' cat burglar outfits were sleek and ninja-like.
Mar 2010
Mar 28, 2010
Lamentation (Psalms of Isaak, #1)
Highly readable, fast-paced old-fashioned fantasy with a strong female character.
Jun 2013
Jun 21, 2013
The Center of Everything
The writing has a deceptively easy flow that makes this a breeze to read and yet takes huge amounts of skill to pull off. It goes well with the settin...more
Aug 2013
Aug 19, 2013
Sarah Simpson's Rules for Living
12-year-old Sarah is often sour and cranky, a girl after my own heart. However, she isn't able to totally resist the subtle (very subtle) charms of la...more
Aug 2008
Aug 18, 2008
The Dreaming Void (Void, #1)
Big, satisfying science fiction in the same vein as Iain Banks' Culture books.
Feb 2014
Feb 24, 2014