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Jane and Prudence
I've been reading Barbara Pym's books in order, so this is our third. :) I wasn't quite as smitten with it as with Some Tame Gazelle and Excellent Wom ...more
Nov 21, 2008
Nov 21, 2008
Pat of Silver Bush (Pat, #1)
I loved Pat of Silver Bush! Most of the "big" stories and series by L. M. Montgomery, I've grown up with, but Marigold, Jane, and Pat were somehow pas ...more
Sep 15, 2008
Sep 09, 2008
Anna Karenina
I was expecting I would have to slog through this book. That it would drag. That it wouldn't exactly be gripping.

I was wrong. I can't remember the las
Jul 17, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
Called to Be Human: Letters to My Children on Living a Christian Life
I feel like this book is a mixed basket. I love the premise of a father's letters to his children, and he does say some good and wise things. . .But J ...more
Aug 17, 2013
Aug 17, 2013
Life of Pi
I was only going to give this book three stars until the ending which I did NOT see coming but which really made the book.

As an adventure story? It ha
Jul 21, 2013
Jul 09, 2013
The Brothers Karamazov
I'll be honest: I don't quite get the rave reviews about this book.

I came into it with an almost completely blank slate. Didn't know anything about it
Aug 14, 2012
Jul 30, 2012
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
It took me awhile to get around to read this one. Since it's so popular, I was afraid it would be "gimmicky"....

Well, leaving aside the tiresome, clun
Aug 13, 2013
Jul 25, 2013
Zen in the Art of Writing
I didn't like this book very much. And it made me like Ray Bradbury less than I thought I did. (I remember enjoying Fahrenheit 451 and a bunch of his ...more
May 23, 2012
May 10, 2012
The Forsyte Saga (The Forsyte Chronicles, #1-3)
I didn't come into this book with any expectations and was pleasantly surprised.

True, the first part is extremely off-putting and asks a lot of the re
Oct 08, 2012
Sep 21, 2012
Main Traveled Roads
I have a soft-spot for "pioneer" authors, Willa Cather and Ole Rolvaag in particular, so I picked up this little collection by Hamlin Garland with hig ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
Less Than Angels
Loved, loved, loved it! I was a bit afraid when I read Jane and Prudence and found myself disliking the characters so much, but the characters in this ...more
Nov 29, 2008
Nov 25, 2008
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Read this today in a couple hours. I can see why it got all the hype, being a dramatic read with a "feel-good" ending. I was disappointed, though. It ...more
Jan 15, 2013
Jan 15, 2013
For Whom the Bell Tolls
I wouldn't recommend staying up to finish this book until 1AM like I did. Trying to go to sleep afterwards, I felt kind of like a case of PTSD.

I bega
Sep 11, 2013
Jul 09, 2013
Light from Heaven (Mitford Years, #9)
**spoiler alert** My grandma gave this entire series to me for my birthday (in October,) and since I've had plenty of reading time lately, I've charge ...more
Dec 03, 2012
Dec 03, 2012
The Secret Life of Bees
Wow. I picked this book up at a thrift store for $2, figuring that's about all it would be worth. I was pleasantly surprised. The 1st person voice rin ...more
Aug 28, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
The Bravehearted Gospel: A Life Consumed with the Power of Christ
I can't get over how awesome this book is. And how desperately needed. Anyone who is or has a brother, father, son, husband, boyfriend, uncle, guy fri ...more
Jul 12, 2009
Jul 11, 2009
A Grief Observed
In A Grief Observed, C. S. Lewis faces what nobody wants to face--in fact, what most of us probably spend a great deal of effort trying not to admit o ...more
Aug 09, 2013
Jul 25, 2013
The Road
In the beginning, I was annoyed by some quirks in the writing, --the man was continually, "glassing" things, by which it was meant he was looking thro ...more
Mar 31, 2012
Apr 03, 2012
The Return of the Native
I would give this 1.5 stars if that were an option. Totally didn't figure out why this book is considered one of the "greats." The writing was lugubri ...more
Feb 13, 2013
Feb 05, 2013
Till We Have Faces (Time reading program special edition)
This was a very interesting book to re-read. I read it first back in 2005 and all that I remembered about it is that it spoke to me somehow about "ide ...more
Jul 2005
Jan 10, 2008
Revolution in World Missions
This was a very eye-opening book. When Americans think of missionaries, often the stereotypical idea is of someone from our western culture going to t ...more
Feb 08, 2010
Feb 08, 2010
Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community
I wish there was a 4 and 1/2 star rating, because this book was very, VERY good. I've always had trouble with the Psalms, but Bonhoeffer has cracked t ...more
Jun 11, 2009
Jun 11, 2009
The Writing Life
Ostensibly a book on the writing life, but also about what beauty and art are and how they're related, and about the artist and his art. Loved this bo ...more
May 05, 2013
May 05, 2013
The Song of the Lark
I can't believe it's been five years since I first read this book.

When I first read it, I was poising myself to pitch into that vast unknown of colleg
Feb 2007
Jan 10, 2008
The Hiding Place
I read this in one sitting yesterday. Corrie ten Boom's writing helps me so much--this book felt like it was almost a boot camp for learning how to lo ...more
Jul 13, 2009
Jul 14, 2009
Guerrilla Creativity: Make Your Message Irresistible with the Power of Memes
Okay, so supposedly this guy is a genius and all, but this book didn't wow me. It seems like the topic was more chapter-worthy than book-worthy, and I ...more
Sep 12, 2012
Sep 12, 2012
Mistress of Mellyn
It seems to me that Victoria Holt must have had a great horror of being shut in closets. But then again, this is only the second of hers I've ever rea ...more
Sep 11, 2010
Sep 12, 2010
When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes
Got this book as a gift to give to someone else, but not I'm thinking of getting a copy for myself. Wow! What a thorough and informative read. If a na ...more
Feb 12, 2013
Feb 15, 2013
Excellent Women
I have the deepest affection for Barbara Pym's books. She is always subtle, wry, and wise.

You don't open one of her books looking for a suspenseful pa
Oct 25, 2008
Oct 24, 2008
Changes That Heal
I read this mainly because somebody I know really wanted me to read it. Usually I would NOT go for psychological or self-help books and rather sneer a ...more
Oct 29, 2012
Oct 30, 2012
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