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Memoirs of a Geisha
Couldn't put it down, gripping, well-written, it was a page-turner. Etc.

I lived in Japan for 16 months, but far away from Kyoto and I didn't learn a t...more
Aug 10, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
Ruled (Birthmarked, #2.5)
Hilarious. This "book" (one short chapter) started out with the two boys that form the love triangle with main character Gaia; and as in Twilight when...more
Nov 28, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
A Wrinkle in Time (The Time Quintet #1)
One of the blogs I follow which gives advice to writers recently recommended that anything a writer needed to know about writing was contained in E.B....more
Jan 19, 2012
Jan 18, 2012
Reached (Matched, #3)
I have several thoughts.

The first is the least important, and it's a spoiler. (view spoiler)...more
Dec 30, 2012
Dec 29, 2012
Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1)
I'm reading a library book and an unfortunate thing happened in the middle of decoding The Code that is the primary mystery of the book: another libra...more
Nov 18, 2012
Nov 15, 2012
Spoon River Anthology
Emma wanted to drive the entire 800 miles to the lake for vacation, which left me with some free time and nothing to read. She handed over her book, w...more
Aug 05, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
A Wind in the Door (The Time Quintet, #2)
I'm not an automatic fan of literature for the young, and some books I really struggle through if their plotting is too simple or too young. At first...more
Jan 23, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
This was on three different MUST READ! literature lists for 2011, so I asked a friend to check it out from a library in the Big City for me, hoping th...more
Feb 03, 2012
Jan 27, 2012
Prized (Birthmarked, #2)
Midway: Interesting difference between this and the first book in the series Birthmarked. In that book the main character Gaia is so driven to do what...more
Nov 28, 2012
Nov 18, 2012
Promised (Birthmarked, #3)
Not so well edited as the other books; this one has had several visible typos, homophone mistakes, speech with missing quote marks, and even a couple...more
Dec 03, 2012
Nov 29, 2012
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic
I've had trouble with kids being tattle-tales and bossing, so I thought it was time to dust off the old Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books. I'd forgotten how mu...more
Feb 03, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Excellent ending to an excellent series.

A few paragraphs into book one (The Hunger Games) I was sucked in, and couldn't put it down. Book two (Catchi...more
Aug 30, 2010
Sep 13, 2010
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
This month's book club pick because of the "Halloween" nature of it—though there really isn't any, except the word witch in the title. This is one of...more
Oct 05, 2012
Oct 18, 2012
Crossed (Matched, #2)
This is very much a middle book—I don't believe this one, alone, would have drawn me into the series. The action is very slow (or do I mean boring?) t...more
Dec 29, 2012
Jan 16, 2012
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
April 2010 review:
Read this again for our book club; was itching to do so anyway. Still so gripping, so intense, so well written. Plot tight like a dr...more
Apr 17, 2010
Feb 04, 2010
I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1)
Christian has owned this book for several years, and has read it many times. We even own the movie that was inspired by the book, and I've seen it. I...more
Oct 18, 2012
Oct 18, 2012
Matched (Matched, #1)
This book is 20% 1984 and 80% Lois Lowry's The Giver, with a thick overlay of The Hunger Games. I like all of those books so this one was pretty well...more
Jan 12, 2012
Jan 12, 2012
The Pride of the Peacock
I'd never read a real, true, live, honest-to-goodness gothic mystery before. I'm not huge on mysteries as it is, though I do love Mary Stewart; but th...more
Apr 2012
Aug 13, 2012
Tortured (Birthmarked, #1.5)
At only one chapter it hardly counts as a book, but it was nice to see this little part from Leon's perspective, and a tiny little fleshing out of the...more
Nov 18, 2012
Nov 18, 2012
The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies, #3)
My son warned me when I started these books that the series wasn't complete yet.

I probably should have waited.

The first book was a little predictable,...more
Nov 2012
Nov 15, 2012
The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies, #2)
Perhaps I'm more forgiving as the series presses on and the action builds? But this one really did seem better written to me. There were a couple of b...more
Oct 25, 2012
Oct 25, 2012
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
This sequel to The Hunger Games took everything that caught me so off guard in that one, and turned it on its head more than once. I was reeling, over...more
Feb 05, 2010
Feb 05, 2010
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
I'm very much more into plot-driven books than character-driven ones, and I didn't realize how character-driven this was when I chose it, based on all...more
Jun 03, 2012
Feb 23, 2012
A Nun in the Closet
This book was a hoot—funny situations, laugh-out-loud funny writing, amusing all around. It moved quickly, I never got bored or wondered when the plot...more
Dec 26, 2012
Dec 25, 2012
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm
Mar 22, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
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