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The Long Winter (Little House, #6)
Wow! What a story. I'm almost glad that I never read this when I was younger. I don't think I would have appreciated the magnitude of what they had to ...more
Apr 10, 2011
Mar 26, 2011
Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little
This wasn't a top favorite like I had hoped. How could I not love a book centered around one of my childhood favorites, Stuart Little? Yet while I did ...more
May 06, 2011
Jun 02, 2008
Inkdeath (Inkworld, #3)
My favorite in this trilogy is still Inkheart. I think I enjoyed this one slightly more than Inkspell. At some point I would like to go back and rerea ...more
Oct 29, 2008
May 22, 2008
The Sneetches and Other Stories
I had read "The Sneetches" before, but not the other stories in this book. Clearly the Sneetches are the star here. (Ha! The pun was unintentional, bu ...more
Feb 22, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
2nd time read - right before reading Bitterblue:
I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the first time, but still really enjoyed the story and the charac
Jun 21, 2012
Nov 01, 2008
Too Many Pumpkins
I was drawn to this one because of the illustrations by Megan Lloyd. She illustrated one of my all-time favorite read-aloud books at Halloweeen, The L ...more
Jul 26, 2011
Oct 20, 2008
John Henry
This is a very nice version of the John Henry story. I don't remember ever hearing about Ferret-Faced Freddy and the bet that John Henry made with him ...more
Feb 02, 2011
Feb 19, 2010
Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)
Wow, wow, wow! This felt SO real! Several times while I read, I stopped and looked outside just to reassure myself that the outside world was still th ...more
Mar 12, 2009
Jul 28, 2008
Gregor and the Marks of Secret (Underland Chronicles, #4)
**spoiler alert** This wasn't my favorite of the Underland Chronicles so far. Mostly, I think, it just felt like a prelude to the final book. I did li ...more
Aug 09, 2009
Jul 15, 2008
The Crossover
It took this book a LOT of pages to win me over. I started it not wanting to read it at all. If it hadn't won the Newbery award for this year, I never ...more
Apr 30, 2015
Feb 02, 2015
Maybe it's just because it seems like such a LONG time since I've read a new Dick Francis, but I really enjoyed Silks. When Dick Francis retired, I fe ...more
Sep 14, 2008
May 02, 2008
Romeo and Juliet
For a challenge here on Goodreads, I just watched the classic Romeo and Juliet film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, which I haven't seen since high sch ...more
May 17, 2009
Jan 23, 2008
Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America
I had to read this one quickly because it was bad for me. Very bad. Is there anyone who has read this and didn't feel the overpowering NEED to eat cho ...more
Oct 25, 2010
Mar 23, 2008
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
I recently read The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Compared to that, this is just a pale, striped, sad story that doesn't really mean any ...more
Jan 12, 2015
Mar 02, 2009
I feel like now that I've finished this, I should read it again to properly appreciate it. I felt like I was waiting and waiting for something signifi ...more
Oct 07, 2011
Mar 20, 2010
Wow. POWERFUL. It was interesting reading this directly after The Catcher in the Rye. They have a lot of similar points, yet are vastly different. I w ...more
Jan 13, 2009
Dec 13, 2008
Dancing for Degas
I've enjoyed the art aspects of books such as Girl with a Pearl Earring and Blue Balliett's series of children's mysteries. I am always led afterwards ...more
Feb 06, 2010
Jan 07, 2010
Blizzard: The Storm that Changed America
Brr! Reading this made me cold! Blizzard: The Storm That Changed America is a well-written account of the blizzard that struck the East Coast in March ...more
Dec 21, 2008
Dec 20, 2008
Hattie Big Sky (Hattie, #1)
Hattie is a sixteen-year-old girl who has been shuttled from relative to relative for most of her life after the death of her parents. When her uncle ...more
Dec 02, 2008
Aug 23, 2008
The Quiet Book
What a great idea for a book! I'm thinking of using this to read aloud to my class at the beginning of the school year. I love the concept of differen ...more
Jul 05, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley
Excellent. Walker succinctly and clearly explains complicated scientific processes involved in the excavation, conservation, and preservation of the C ...more
Dec 20, 2008
Nov 19, 2008
Fuzzy Nation
If John Grisham were to try his hand at science fiction, the resulting book might be quite similar to this. I was surprised at how much legal/courtroo ...more
Aug 17, 2011
Aug 09, 2011
Troubling a Star (Austin Family, #7)
It's been since junior high or early high school that I last read Madeleine L'Engle's Austin Family books. I remember LOVING Vicky's experiences with ...more
Dec 11, 2008
Jul 25, 2008
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
**spoiler alert** This has been a fun series to read - although not one you want to think about too much later. It's one of those series I enjoy while ...more
Aug 05, 2008
May 06, 2008
M Is for Magic
On the whole these were nice enough stories - some stranger than others. None of them were incredibly memorable, but none of them were incredibly horr ...more
Apr 20, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
John Grisham's nonfiction book of "murder and injustice in a small town" is well written, well researched, and completely engrossing. It's hard to bel ...more
Mar 28, 2009
Mar 27, 2009
The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
I found this to be very readable and engaging. Once I got started, I didn't want to read any other book. And when I wasn't reading, I was often thinki ...more
Jul 20, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
A nice enough read, but like other reviewers here have mentioned, I kept finding elements that were VERY like elements from other fantasy stories. Of ...more
May 09, 2009
May 09, 2009
The Shadow of the Wind
I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. It took me a while to like the characters, and I found myself easily distracted from reading it. I w ...more
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 20, 2008
Omnitopia: Dawn (Omnitopia, #1)
This started out a little slow, and took forever to introduce all of the major characters. But most of the characters felt real to me once I got to kn ...more
Jan 29, 2014
Jan 04, 2014