Sometimes I finish a book that feels good despite some of the uncomfortable things I found among the pages. Naked is the opposite, for despite the hum ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 02, 2009
The Teacher's Funeral : A Comedy in Three Parts
This was a read-aloud book for the family and we all enjoyed it. Buckling under pressure I read it in my best Hoosier accent. The book was well writte ...more
Nov 11, 2008
Nov 15, 2008
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Generally speaking people like to have as much information as possible before making big decisions. Malcolm Gladwell's book takes a close look at the ...more
Apr 27, 2008
Mar 25, 2008
Atlas Shrugged
This is not a book for the faint-of-heart. Ayn makes a case for her personal philosphy in a way that forces one to sit back and review their own views ...more
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Feb 28, 2008
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
A lot of hype came before I read the book and the book came through, which is not common in my experience. Mrs. Collins drew me in quickly and built a ...more
May 04, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #1)
I read this for the first time when I was in high school. The SoS is a fun book in the same vein as Lord Of The Rings. All the basics are covered--ave ...more
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Jul 11, 2009
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Rating this book was not an easy task. For starters, it does not chronicle human history while explaining reasons behind events, as I had thought. Rat ...more
Dec 2008
Apr 28, 2008
Eyewitness To Power: The Essence of Leadership Nixon to Clinton
One important way I determine the impact of a book is how quickly it insinuates itself into my thoughts and, deeper still, into my actions and words. ...more
Sep 20, 2008
Jul 19, 2008
The Picture of Dorian Gray
This book disappointed me and I really wanted to like it. With a good premise TPoDG had a high ceiling and in some ways reached it. At the heart of th ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 28, 2011
Angels & Demons  (Robert Langdon, #1)
After watching the movie, it's unfortunate that neither of two key elements of this book were included: the use of the media and the meaning(s) of lov ...more
Aug 29, 2009
Jul 11, 2009
The Thief Lord
While a story about group of orphans trying to survive in Venice should have immediate sympathy, The Thief Lord never fully drew me in. It's author le ...more
Jan 2012
May 14, 2012
The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1)
We read this out loud as a family and everyone enjoyed it. While it could have done with some more editing, the kids didn't care. The characters are s ...more
Mar 2010
Apr 04, 2010
Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy and the New Science of Desire
What I expected was a book that would teach me the driving forces behind my own consumerism. Buyology is about unlocking the consumer brain using expe ...more
Oct 2009
Nov 21, 2009
The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number
Mario Livio's book isn't astounding but it is interesting. While attempts to cover a lot of information may have felt laborious at times, diving deepe ...more
Mar 2009
Jan 03, 2009
The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice, #2)
Much like the first book, TBB has simple but enjoyable characters and the story does not suffer from added fat. Also comparable to the first book are ...more
Apr 12, 2010
Apr 04, 2010
The Bourne Ultimatum (Jason Bourne, #3)
Simply put, this book never happened. It has a name, a plot and an isbn number but I don't care. This book was never written. Carlos comes out of hidi ...more
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Mar 25, 2008
The Street Lawyer
My least favorite Grisham novel to date. The story felt forced and all-too familiar. An older woman has quirreled away lots of cash and a young man is ...more
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Apr 14, 2008
The Way of Shadows (Night Angel, #1)
There is a lot to like about the book and a few things which weaken it. Weeks puts a lot of action into the story but pays attention to character deve ...more
Nov 21, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
An easy read, this book reads with the calm and understated humor of the English gentlemen about whom it speaks, without being stuffy. The simple tone ...more
Jan 2009
Aug 17, 2008
Sense and Sensibility
In short, the story didn't grab me like others written by Austen. There was more humor than I expected, some interesting characters, and the book grew ...more
Dec 20, 2009
Nov 21, 2009
The Trap
Usually suggesting that a book moves slowly is not a compliment. In this case, The Trap moves slowly and the pace fits the story well. Smelcer weaves ...more
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Mar 04, 2008
Spunk & Bite: A Writer's Guide to Punchier, More Engaging Language & Style
Knowing that you don't have to strictly follow every rule of writing, as established by Strung and White as well as nearly every English teacher I eve ...more
Feb 2010
Jan 05, 2010
Calculating God
Right from the beginning when Hollus, an alien, meets Tom in his office I was hooked on the story. Their friendship was just one of the many enjoyable ...more
Apr 2009
Mar 25, 2009
The Wee Free Men (Discworld, #30; Tiffany Aching, #1)
A fun read-out-loud book with humor, and a heroine, for kids and parents. This is my second foray into Pratchett's Discworld and it won't be my last. ...more
Dec 23, 2009
Nov 21, 2009
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
An interesting book that for the most part was enjoyable and interesting. At times Pollan throws around adjectives with too much enthusiasm, and the b ...more
Jul 08, 2009
Nov 19, 2008
The Count of Monte Cristo
One of the best books I've ever read and a great story of anger, malice, revenge and love. A clever and compelling story which is the more so because ...more
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Dec 15, 2007
Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern (Pern, #7)
not set
Sep 21, 2008
Daniel Deronda
not set
Sep 18, 2008
The Children of First Man
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May 25, 2008
Mar 25, 2008
Feb 28, 2008
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