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What Great Teachers Do Differently: Fourteen Things That Matter Most
I had to read this book twice. The first time I found it overwhelmingly treacly. It seemed like the kind of book that would be useful for teachers who...more
Jun 09, 2009
Jun 10, 2009
Monday Mornings
Much better than I'd have expected from the chief physician of CNN, especially given all the hoopla on the cover about "NYTimes Bestseller!" Perhaps I...more
Aug 09, 2014
Aug 09, 2014
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business is exactly the kind of book I love - a well-written synopsis of dozens or hundreds of ps...more
Aug 10, 2012
Aug 16, 2012
Boomsday is a highly entertaining story about what might happen when the Baby Boomers begin to retire and bankrupt Social Security. The main protagoni...more
Aug 21, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
Tapestry of Fortunes
Lovely and lyrical, this novel took a little bit to get in to - the narrator is just a bit too much at the beginning, but one gets used to her, or per...more
Nov 30, 2013
Dec 02, 2013
Somebody Else's Daughter
This book seems to start out about two families - Nate and Catherine, drug addicts who put their daughter up for adoption, and daughter Willa's new fa...more
Jul 2013
Jul 01, 2013
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
**spoiler alert** Thought-provoking, fast, fun read from teen author phenoms. Parts of the story are unrealistic (Norah's dad encourages her to be mor...more
Feb 2008
Feb 17, 2008
Salem Falls
What can I say, it's Jodi Picoult. This time a book about a man twice wrongly accused of raping a teenage girl. As usual, there's a twist at the end,...more
Aug 30, 2012
Aug 31, 2012
The Goldfinch
The writing is excellent and the attention to detail in descriptions generally delightful. However, the detailed descriptions were tiresome by page 60...more
Jun 07, 2014
Jun 07, 2014
Adaptation (Adaptation, #1)
Dystopian YA novel featuring gay and bi-curious major characters! This novel has a lot of tension - a character is killed, there's a life-threatening...more
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
It's a Bunny-Eat-Bunny World: A Writer's Guide to Surviving and Thriving in Today's Competitive Children's Book Market
Highly recommended for anyone interested in writing children's books. Although slightly dated, Olga offers strong and concrete recommendations for wri...more
Feb 2008
Feb 19, 2008
If I Lie
This book is good - I couldn't put it down - and yet not great. There's a nice amount of tension, though the major secret (why she's lying) is reveale...more
Mar 22, 2013
Mar 22, 2013
The story has too much going on: a jewel thief and two separate ambushes in Vietnam that lead to the "current" conflicts, 30 years after the thievery....more
Dec 29, 2011
Dec 29, 2011
The Lost Recipe for Happiness
Light and engaging read. Great characters, particularly the main character, a female chef who suffers from injuries caused in a teenage accident which...more
Sep 23, 2012
Sep 23, 2012
Fly Away (Firefly Lane, #2)
Engaging, light read, a follow-up to Firefly Lane. The story switches points of view multiple times, encompassing Tully, Tully's mother Cloud/Dorothy,...more
Aug 18, 2013
Aug 18, 2013
The Espressologist
Cute, fluffy, fun. Abrupt ending, but the book isn't long. The characters aren't particularly well-developed and there's a lot of potential in sub-plo...more
Nov 20, 2010
Nov 20, 2010
Entertaining coming-of-age novel from popular YA writer Castellucci. Katy is sent to visit her estranged father, a punk rocker, in LA. Katy starts out...more
Feb 17, 2009
Feb 17, 2009
The Next Best Thing
I echo the reviews that remark on how flat this felt compared to other of Weiner's books. Though parts were realistic, it seemed like Ruth just went f...more
Jan 20, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
Before I Fall
Very interesting premise and a thought-provoking look at popularity. Not as good as I expected (probably because of the intense positive reaction it's...more
Jul 03, 2010
Jul 03, 2010
Mind Games (Mind Games, #1)
Confusing and weird, this novel sets up a universe such that there must be a sequel to resolve the several points of conflict. It wasn't actually terr...more
May 11, 2014
May 11, 2014
When in Doubt, Add Butter
This starts out a little slow - too much exposition, not enough forward motion. Fortunately, the characters are engaging and most of the annoying tics...more
Jul 27, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
Very cute. Chapters begin with the description of a relevant cupcake. The book would have been better with cupcake recipes, and it was predictable, bu...more
Nov 28, 2012
Nov 29, 2012
Maybe This Time
Jenny Crusie is back with another one of her wonderful individually-written books. Based on The Turn of the Screw, the book is tight and well-written,...more
Oct 17, 2010
Oct 19, 2010
All the Truth
This was good but not excellent, in the end. The ending, in particular, was kind of lackluster. The first chapter is spellbinding, and in fact I had t...more
May 22, 2013
Apr 20, 2013
Dead Connection
Easy but entertaining read. Early in the book it can be challenging to keep all the characters straight. The greatest strength is the relationships be...more
Apr 10, 2010
Apr 10, 2010
All the Broken Pieces
Engaging and informative look at the post-Vietnam war era. This book would be wonderful paired with a history class covering the late 60's and early 7...more
Aug 16, 2009
Aug 20, 2009
Life After Life
This took a long time to get in to - it's hard to understand what's happening at the beginning. That's true at the end too, and I found the war years...more
Nov 18, 2013
Nov 18, 2013
The Circle
This is certainly an engaging book, with subtle yet heart-pounding action. As Eggers sets the stage, describing a Google-like corporate campus, where...more
Aug 16, 2014
Oct 02, 2013
The Distant Land of My Father
Well-written memoir-style fiction book, about the narrator's father who lived primarily in Shanghai before and during WWII and then during the Communi...more
Aug 27, 2013
Aug 28, 2013
Heart Like Mine
Easy read, switching perspectives between Grace who never wanted kids but is about to marry Victor a divorced father of two, Ava his daughter, and Kel...more
Jul 02, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
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