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The Jane Austen Book Club
The film industry clearly took its liberties in spicing up elements of the plot. I happened to catch the film adaptation on TV and it gave me the urge ...more
Jan 02, 2015
Jan 02, 2015
The Imperfectionists
I found each chapter of this book to be incredibly enjoyable, each its own short story that left me wanting more of a character and his or her life st ...more
Mar 07, 2012
Feb 28, 2012
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
I think Jenny Lawson's wittiness is contagious. After reading, I would find myself being snarkier & wittier than usual. (Probably not by much, but ...more
Jun 23, 2013
Jun 11, 2013
Tina Fey's Bossypants is funny, smart and charming. Being from the Delaware County area (where Tina grew up) made the read even more interesting for m ...more
May 2013
Apr 26, 2013
Hurry Down Sunshine: A Father's Story of Love and Madness
Intrigued by the topic, but slightly disappointed by the content. One passage did strike me at the end of the book - an explanation given by his daugh ...more
Feb 19, 2012
Feb 09, 2012
The Red Tent
Could not put this book down. Recommended to me by a co-worker. Not the type of book I would have picked up of my own accord, but I am so glad I did. ...more
Jan 2011
Feb 09, 2012
Everything Is Illuminated
Felt like I was forcing myself through the book sometimes. In fact, I started it once and then re-started about a year later (finally reading from sta ...more
Jan 2011
Feb 09, 2012
Cathedrals of the Flesh: My Search for the Perfect Bath
True rating ~ 3.5 stars. This book was incredibly new territory for me - I've never been to a public bath (hamam, banya, etc.) and didn't know much ab ...more
Dec 03, 2013
Oct 21, 2012
Thirteen Reasons Why
Conflicted about how to rate this book. I wanted to love it, but it fell a bit short for me. There was so much positive chatter about it. Friends and ...more
Jul 2012
Feb 09, 2012
Dear Exile: The True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a Year) by an Ocean
**spoiler alert** Enjoyed reading the letters between friends and getting a glimpse into life in Kenya as a member of the PeaceCorps. As a twenty-some ...more
Oct 2012
Sep 10, 2012
Raven Black (Shetland, #1)
More accurately: 3.5 stars

Ann Cleeves does a fantastic job of keeping the reader guessing. I enjoyed that the author was able to make me as suspici
Mar 18, 2012
Feb 09, 2012
The Road
This book was not a fast-paced read for me, as it was for others. Though I enjoyed it, I slowly trudged through. The landscape descriptions (necessary ...more
Feb 19, 2012
Feb 19, 2012
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
I read this book as a prepubescent girl (elementary school age). It was perfect for me at the time and that's how I remember it. It was personal and r ...more
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Feb 09, 2012
Writing Skills for the GRE and GMAT Tests
Even though this book was published in 2002, I found it to be a good review for the writing portion of the GRE. Some of the prompts in the official po ...more
Sep 21, 2012
Sep 10, 2012
Can You Keep a Secret?
Funny. I took this book on a national community service trip & laughed so much that others decided to read it (strictly based on the comic value t ...more
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Feb 10, 2012
Tales from the Bed
Heart-wrenching. This book made me cry (multiple times) and feel deep compassion for Jenifer Estess and her sisters. Her unfailing courage, love and d ...more
May 10, 2013
May 05, 2013
The Kite Runner
I adored this book. Could not put it down. In fact, I violated the rules of the book club for which I was reading it. I could not seem to pace myself. ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 09, 2012
Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood, #4)
Content is not as memorable and juicy as previous books in the series. Least favorite so far. I liked it, but it fell short. 2.5 stars would be a mo ...more
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May 02, 2013
French Milk
A bit scrambled, but an enjoyable diary tour through Paris. Enjoyed the illustrations and art work. Brought on an even stronger temptation for a trip ...more
Sep 13, 2012
Sep 01, 2012
The Lonely Book
Such a sweet children's book. Caught my eye at the library and had to read it in full before leaving. Adorable.
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Oct 28, 2012
Bridge to Terabithia
The movie hit home more than the book for me.
Actually read this as a child and forgot that I had. Apparently, it did not stick with me.
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May 02, 2012
Life of Pi
This was a GREAT book. It really made me think about life and religion, and even though I saw the movie before reading the book I was still very much ...more
Apr 25, 2013
Jun 15, 2012
Sex, Murder And A Double Latte (A Sophie Katz Murder Mystery, #1)
Read this at the beach and it fit the bill. Perfect summer read and escape from textbooks. Funny and kept my interest. I think the author balanced the ...more
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Feb 17, 2012
Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)
Guilty read. My niece talked me into watching the show (which I do admittedly watch on my own now), and I was curious about how the show compared to t ...more
May 2012
Apr 04, 2012
Barron's GRE with CD-ROM
Didn't rely on this as heavily as I expected. Large portion was devoted to math that perhaps I should have spent more time on, but seemed silly as I h ...more
Oct 2012
Sep 10, 2012
The Space Between Us
Beautifully written. Thrity Umrigar brings life to her female characters and an easy empathy to her readers. She artfully crafts a story that tells of ...more
Jan 02, 2014
Dec 22, 2013
Sarah's Key
Moved me to tears at times. A great book. One I thought about often when I wasn't reading it. Written in a style that makes the reader feel their mode ...more
Aug 2014
Aug 03, 2014
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds
A great story and a fast-paced read. Now I want to see the play.

The note from the author at the start of the book, "Marigolds...Revisited," was very i
Aug 2012
Aug 14, 2012
CliffsNotes Math Review for Standardized Tests, 2nd Edition
I've found this book to be a really great mathematics review. It breaks down the topics/problem types nicely and offers practice questions after each ...more
Aug 2012
Jul 26, 2012
The Secret Life of Bees
Sue Monk Kidd paints such an incredibly vivid portrait of her characters that a few years after reading the book, I can still remember elements of the ...more
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Feb 09, 2012
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