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Across Many Mountains: A Tibetan Family's Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom (A Memoir)
really liked it
A great story of survival. Also very informative about the Buddhist religion and coping with the modern world.
Feb 20, 2014
Feb 03, 2014
Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today
liked it
Very dry, but some interesting thoughts on the Faith.
Nov 07, 2016
Oct 14, 2016
The Girl on the Train
really liked it
Surprisingly compelling.
Mar 04, 2016
May 18, 2015
The Night Circus
really liked it
Pretty neat story.
Jan 07, 2015
Dec 19, 2011
Mornings in Jenin
really liked it
I think this is the first time I have ever heard / read about the conflict over Israel / Palestine from the Palestinian point of view. A truly compell ...more
Apr 05, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
did not like it
I see from some of the other reviews that I'm not the only one who was less than impressed with this novel. The tone of this book is completely differ ...more
Jul 27, 2014
Jul 14, 2014
Childhood's End
really liked it
Read this because a miniseries based on the book sis set to premier tomorrow. I actualy quite enjoyed the book; some interesting thoughts on the unive ...more
Dec 13, 2015
Dec 11, 2015
This Is Where I Leave You
liked it
This is a really racy book; but, if you persevere, the humour will get you through it. What a screwed up family! But it's a good story about a family ...more
May 09, 2012
May 01, 2012
The Serpent of Venice (The Fool, #2)
really liked it
Shakespeare meets Poe meets British comedy; three of my favourite things. A little crude, perhaps, but amusing.
Oct 15, 2015
Oct 13, 2015
The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror (Pine Cove, #3)
liked it
A Christmas tree, a fruit bat, and a zombie Santa; what more can you ask for in a Christmas story?
Dec 15, 2015
Dec 13, 2015
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)
liked it
Interesting story, but not particularly well-written. Has some odd use of adjectives and metaphors that pull one out of the story. Looking forward to ...more
May 17, 2014
May 03, 2014
Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
really liked it
An interesting look into modern hasidism.
Jun 10, 2013
Jun 07, 2013
Galileo's Dream
it was ok
In the Sci-Fi / Fantasy realm, I lean quite a bit more toward the Fantasy side, so this book wasn't as fascinating as I had hoped it would be. Interes ...more
Apr 09, 2015
Mar 12, 2015
The Casual Vacancy
really liked it
Well-developed characters with obviously thought-out arcs. It was interesting to see how their lives changed because of the Casual Vacancy as well as ...more
Aug 29, 2013
Aug 09, 2013
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
liked it
An eye-opening look at the lives of the poor in modern India.
May 09, 2013
May 01, 2013
The Beggar's Opera (Inspector Ramírez, #1)
really liked it
I'm not one for murder mysteries, but this was a great book!
Oct 10, 2013
Oct 02, 2013
The Yellow Birds
liked it
I had trouble connecting with the characters, but based on the discussion at my meeting tonight, I am in the minority on this count. I also had slight ...more
Jan 09, 2014
May 09, 2013
City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)
it was ok
Slightly less impressed with this one than I vaguely recall being with the original trilogy. Not that it was a bad book, I think I'm just growing wear ...more
Mar 07, 2013
Feb 25, 2013
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
really liked it
Very impressive; interesting take on societal division.
Jul 29, 2013
Jul 24, 2013
I Am Spock
it was amazing
May 18, 2015
May 08, 2015
The Pillars of the Earth (The Kingsbridge Series, #1)
it was amazing
A surprisingly compelling read; didn't want to put it down!
Aug 2015
Jul 15, 2015
Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy's Story of Survival: 1941-1946
really liked it
A fascinating true-story of the survival of two Ukrainian Jews in Nazi-occupied Russia. Great music, too!
Feb 22, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
Inferno (The Divine Comedy #1)
it was amazing
A masterpiece, of course.
Oct 14, 2013
Sep 23, 2013
A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope, and a Restaurant in Rwanda
liked it
This book made some interesting points about where the aide money we donate actually ends up. I think that was rather a tangential point to the actual ...more
Jan 09, 2016
May 15, 2015
City of Stairs (The Divine Cities, #1)
liked it
REALLY slow to get going. So slow, in fact, that I almost gave up on it. Have a bit of an issue with the editing as well (how did "huger" make it thro ...more
Apr 21, 2016
Nov 02, 2015
The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time, #12)
it was amazing
Wow. Just... wow. SO MUCH happens in this book. A lot of questions answered - not that tons aren't left unanswered still, but... wow. With the excepti ...more
Jan 25, 2013
Dec 20, 2011
Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China
did not like it
I'm pretty sure it was supposed to be about Tiananmen Square, but that part went by so fast I had to go back to be sure I had even read it! The whole ...more
Jan 14, 2010
Mar 13, 2012
The Working Poor: Invisible in America
really liked it
A book everyone in government should be forced to read - and live. An eye-opening look at the poorer side of this country. Sadly, I seem to me among t ...more
Jan 08, 2015
May 17, 2014
The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation
liked it
Much more a history book than the subtitle would have one believe; still an interesting story of the medieval church.
Apr 23, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
really liked it
Another book that changed how I thought about a conflict, how I viewed the people involved. To have endured the things these men endured is almost uni ...more
Jun 12, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
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