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I read the first few chapters of this book aloud for a sub job. Judging from the kids' expressions, I think some of the subtleties in the writing are...more
Sep 28, 2012
Sep 29, 2012
Mini Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #6)
Sigh. I think I've outgrown Becky Brandon (neé Bloomwood). I discovered Confessions of a Shopaholic in 2004 and pretty quickly devoured the available...more
Dec 16, 2011
Dec 16, 2011
The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)
I found this novel to be fairly enjoyable. I think it's an easy introduction into dystopian literature for young readers who haven't delved into the g...more
Dec 27, 2011
Dec 31, 2011
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Changed my rating from 4- to 5-stars because I'm still thinking about this book over a month later. I can certainly understand why it doesn't appeal t...more
Dec 17, 2013
Dec 31, 2013
Heaven to Betsy & Betsy in Spite of Herself
I wanted to like this book more than I did. It was entertaining enough that I kept reading, sometimes a chapter or two past my cutoff point for the da...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
Jessie (Big Sky Dreams, #3)
The Big Sky Dreams series is not one of my Lori Wick favorites. After reading most of her works, I am beginning to grow tired of her ill-placed, tri...more
Oct 22, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard
The writing may seem simplistic at times, but I believe this helps make it accessible for younger readers without taking away from the enjoyment of ol...more
Mar 02, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)
I really wanted to give this book 4 stars. Really, really. And then I got about halfway through and realized the slang used by most of the characters...more
Mar 23, 2012
Mar 18, 2012
Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1)
The Shopaholic books are definitely lighthearted reads. I discovered the series while working in a stressful environment, and I looked forward to read...more
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Oct 20, 2011
The Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin, #1)
Agatha Raisin is a character I love to hate. Sometimes I find myself rooting for her, and at other times I can't wait until she "gets hers." She is ab...more
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Oct 20, 2011
Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
Anne of Green Gables is one of those rare stories where my love for the book feeds my love for the movie and vice versa. When I escape into the world...more
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Oct 20, 2011
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
I wanted to like this. I tried to like this. I really did. Although I never read any of the Doctor Dolittle stories (or saw the movies) when I was you...more
Aug 25, 2013
Jun 16, 2013
Rabbit, Run (Rabbit Angstrom, #1)
I had to choke this book down like a plateful of green peas. If it hadn't been for a challenge, I likely would not have finished it. To be fair, there...more
Dec 24, 2011
Nov 27, 2011
Crossed (Matched, #2)
I can't quite put my finger on it, but the two protagonists really irked me this book. They came across as weak and emotionally needy - definitely an...more
Aug 23, 2012
Aug 23, 2012
The Great Lenore
Finally found a copy of this. Very reminiscent of Gatsby, but not in a way that felt like it was a copy...more like an homage. There were some nice li...more
Sep 27, 2013
Jan 11, 2012
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
Not as enjoyable as the first two, in my opinion. A few of the plot twists revealed in the last 100 pages were glaringly obvious about 40% of the way...more
Mar 02, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
I imagine it must take a lot of courage to write so openly about one's past, especially in some of the more detailed personal excerpts (early marriage...more
Jun 02, 2012
Nov 24, 2011
Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
This was a reread. I honestly can't recall my high school impressions of the book, and I think that says something.

I understand that this novel is wi...more
Nov 24, 2011
Nov 24, 2011
Fax Me a Bagel: A Novel Introducing Ruby, the Rabbi's Wife
The voices of the characters read like the heroine was writing for them. I didn't get a sense of distinct characterizations from the dialogue, and I f...more
Jan 23, 2013
Jan 10, 2013
Schuyler's Monster: A Father's Journey with His Wordless Daughter
I've wanted to read this book since it first came out, but lack of access to it prevented that. After waiting nearly three years to read it, I was afr...more
Jul 10, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
Dawn's Prelude
4 stars for the story; 2 stars for the narration. This is why I don't care for audio books. The inflection and pacing was all off to me. I've read eno...more
Jul 24, 2012
Jul 30, 2012
Fancy Pants (Only in Gooding, #1)
I found the abrupt shifts in point-of-view throughout the novel to be distracting. The dialogue often seemed unnatural, and the characters were underd...more
Aug 08, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
This is a great dystopian novel for teens but with an appeal for adults. I devoured it in a few hours, eager to see what would happen next.

It was fair...more
Oct 04, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
The Story of Mankind
Good riddance! I have checked this book out no less than 10 times in the past five years. It's not that it's a difficult book to read. It's just that...more
Mar 11, 2013
Oct 20, 2011
Anansi Boys (American Gods, #2)
How have I not discovered Neil Gaiman before now? About 60 pages in I decided I love this guy! Witty humor? Check. Intelligent writing? Check. Faith i...more
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Dec 31, 2011
My Brother Sam Is Dead
The narration of this book really got under my skin. The whole thing was read in an amused/incredulous tone. It just didn't seem to fit with the conte...more
Dec 31, 2013
Jun 16, 2013
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
This reads like a bad fanfic. The neediness and dependence of Bella sends a false message about healthy, realistic relationships - and the target audi...more
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Oct 21, 2011
Eleanor & Park
Jul 16, 2014
Jul 18, 2014
Tilt: A Skewed History of the Tower of Pisa
Jan 30, 2013
Apr 05, 2012
Ariadne's Thread: Case Studies in the Therapeutic Relationship
Jan 2008
Oct 20, 2011
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