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A Million Ways Home
it was amazing
So what if I wrote it, it's still one of my favorite dog stories ever. LoL!
not set
Apr 07, 2014
What Elephants Know
really liked it
This is a lyrical and enchanting adventure story of twelve year old Nandu and his efforts to save his family's elephant stable, the only home he's eve ...more
Aug 14, 2016
Aug 04, 2016
Trouble the Water
really liked it
This is an honest and engaging story of an interracial friendship in pre-civil rights Kentucky. It offers some important and thought provoking perspec ...more
Jun 21, 2016
Jun 11, 2016
The Driftwood Diaries
really liked it
This book happened to be in a box I picked up at our library's used book sale and I ended up enjoying it very much. It's made up of three individual s ...more
Jul 13, 2016
Jun 29, 2016
Stillhouse Lake
really liked it
Intriguing, riveting, scary ... A real suspense thriller. You won't be bored, I guarantee. The only thing I didn't care for was the stereotypical desc ...more
Jun 12, 2017
Jun 04, 2017
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
it was amazing
I picked this book up thinking it was the survival story of how three WWII comrades survived 46 days in the Pacific Ocean on a tiny raft after their p ...more
Mar 12, 2016
Mar 03, 2016
A Day in Dogtown
really liked it
Cute and fanciful

This is the story of a family forced to relinquish their aged dog at the shelter due to financial problems. Of course, that's not ex
May 2016
May 01, 2016
The Writer's Survival Guide
liked it
This a older book, but definitely had some interesting points to make about creative people and what makes them somewhat different than others. I was ...more
Aug 10, 2016
Aug 05, 2016
Calling Me Home
it was amazing
I really enjoyed this engaging, bittersweet, memorable story about a forbidden love that was meant to be, but not allowed by the prejudice of the 1940 ...more
Apr 13, 2016
Apr 04, 2016
Seabiscuit: An American Legend
really liked it
Another masterfully written story by Laura Hillenbrand. I can't imagine how much time she spends researching her books, in fact, Seabiscuit contains a ...more
Apr 26, 2016
Apr 13, 2016
When Rain Hurts: An Adoptive Mother's Journey with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
it was amazing
I don't often give a book a 5 star rating, but this one deserves it. A couple's decision to adopt two toddlers from a Russian orphanage leads to a lif ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Jan 09, 2014
MASTER LISTS FOR WRITERS: Thesauruses, Plots, Character Traits, Names, and More
it was amazing
I love this book and found it more helpful than I expected. I especially like the sections on expressions, gestures and phrases. Sometimes it's the sm ...more
May 13, 2016
Apr 29, 2016
Pure Grit: How WWII Nurses in the Pacific Survived Combat and Prison Camp
really liked it
I seldom read nonfiction having to do with war. But Pure Grit in an impressive, extremely well researched account of the incredible pressures brought ...more
Mar 24, 2014
Mar 12, 2014
Inside the O'Briens
liked it
Another moving, thought provoking family drama of love, heartache and coping with crippling blows--in this instance, Huntingtons disease. The one off ...more
Jun 08, 2016
Nov 06, 2015
liked it
This is a intriguing book with a powerful message. It really makes me think of what it must be like to go through life with a severe deformity. As a p ...more
Apr 22, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
Dean Koontz: Winter Moon / Icebound
really liked it
Great story! Full of suspense and adventure. Definitely kept me engaged and had a satisfying ending.
Sep 2016
Aug 26, 2016
One Good Dog
it was amazing
Ooooh, such a good story! Parts of it made me laugh, other parts made me hold my breath and once I even cried with relief. A very moving story about r ...more
Nov 29, 2015
Nov 20, 2015
Ice Dogs
it was amazing
The first thing that grabbed my attention is the beautiful cover on this book, but the story itself is every bit as wonderful. From appealing characte ...more
Mar 2014
Dec 15, 2013
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
it was amazing
I read very few books that have anything to do with WWII, so I'm not sure what made me even pick this book up, but whatever the reason, I'm so glad I ...more
Mar 12, 2014
Mar 07, 2014
The Dog Who Saved Me
it was amazing
I love Susan Wilson's books. She combines some of my favorite reading topics--light romance, suspense, a powerful emotional backstory, and of course . ...more
Oct 26, 2016
Oct 21, 2016
Emotion Amplifiers
really liked it
I really enjoy the whole series of Emotion Theasurus titles, and Emotion Amplifiers is no exception. These aren't necessarily the type of books you ju ...more
May 09, 2015
Apr 27, 2015
The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Look Years Younger
it was amazing
This is an informative, helpful book! I already knew sugar was no good for me, but this book did a great job of explaining exactly why. I decided to t ...more
Dec 15, 2016
Dec 04, 2016
Beautiful Child
it was amazing
I first read this book, along with several others by Torey Hayden, when I was a teenager. Her true stories about her work as a special education teach ...more
Feb 29, 2016
Feb 24, 2016
The Blabbermouth Club
it was amazing
This is a short, sweet, friendship story. Full of gentle humor, realistic dialogue and easily relatable events, The Blabbermouth Club is a perfect rea ...more
Jan 2017
Dec 13, 2016
My One Square Inch of Alaska
really liked it
What a great, touching adventure story. This book contains many of the elements making up my favorite books--strong, endearing characters, a dash of r ...more
Jul 10, 2015
Jul 03, 2015
Writing Irresistible KidLit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers
it was amazing
This is an excellent book on writing, and I've read my share of craft books. I love Mary's examples and how she's able to put you in the mind of both ...more
Feb 10, 2013
Nov 14, 2012
The Thing About Jellyfish
it was amazing
This is a poignant, moving story, that gets increasingly more so the further you get. It's such a realistic portrayal of friendship, loss, grief and f ...more
Aug 19, 2016
May 29, 2016
Orphan Number 8
it was ok
I was excited to read this book as it has such an interesting premise. But I admit I stopped reading at p. 57 once it became clear to me the main char ...more
Aug 24, 2016
Aug 20, 2015
Love and Muddy Puddles (Coco and Charlie Franks #1)
really liked it
Fun middle grade read about friendship, family and not being unduly worried about what your friends think. Girls ages 9-12 should really enjoy this bo ...more
Nov 29, 2015
Sep 05, 2015
South to Alaska: A True Story of Courage and Survival from the Heartland of America to the Heart of a Dream
really liked it
This is a great story! I bought a copy of the book because the author, Nancy Owens Barnes, is from my neck of the woods, and I had the chance to talk ...more
Nov 29, 2013
Nov 30, 2013
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