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The Poisonwood Bible
My official review "Tata Jesus is Bängala":

I finished the last 300 pages in 2 days (which is very fast for me - English books). I felt every emotion u
Dec 2007
Jan 11, 2008
Oh, wie schön ist Panama
the English translation is" "The trip to Panama" by Janosch. I am currently trying to purchase the English version to see if it does it justice. Janos ...more
not set
Jun 18, 2008
Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family's Triumph over Autism
Information: 5 stars
Emotional roller roaster: 5 stars

It's outdated a bit and her sentences meander at times. This is the book to read to learn more ab
Feb 2009
Feb 27, 2009
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
Where to start?

The positive first:
It's cute, romantic, somewhat addictive and light. I do read books that "everyone" reads because I like to particip
Jun 27, 2008
Jan 12, 2008
Princess Academy (Princess Academy, #1)
It was cute that when I read and finished the book we were on our road trip to Utah. all the mountains around were quite the setting. Of course we're ...more
Jun 2008
Jun 29, 2008
The Candy Bombers
I really want Cori and Kimball to read this. I think Cori would really enjoy it. It's the first history book (and it's long) where I would sit and rea ...more
Jan 29, 2009
Dec 10, 2008
The Girl Who Could Fly
3.5 stars

Very entertaining and I approached it as a fun read. And it was. If I understand Libby right this would qualify as a "Girl power" book.

Mar 26, 2009
Mar 25, 2009
Boundless (Unearthly, #3)
ok, the cover bugs me. Anyway, it was my least favorite of the 3. There not clear transition and reviewing in the beginning of the book and I could no ...more
not set
Mar 16, 2013
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Hunger Games + Matrix.

The only way I seems to be able to explain this book is by comparing it to the Hunger Games. It's the same set up. It's even th
Jun 2011
Jun 05, 2011
I so liked the book because it gave me a good introduction (even though she is biased) into the Muslim world. I think this book was a good fit for me ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 31, 2010
A Bad Case of Stripes
I was surprised by this book. All the other David Shannon book are fantastic. This one had way too many words (I summarized a lot to keep the plot mov ...more
Apr 13, 2009
Apr 14, 2009
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Ah! I called so many people to discuss the book after I finished. Book 1 was my favorite. I have to say that b3 turned into a different direction. Aft ...more
Jan 02, 2011
Jan 15, 2011
Silent Alarm: A Parable of Hope for Busy Professionals
There are some simple reasons I didn't like the book. I like self-help books and find usually good things that I can apply to my life or the general p ...more
Jun 19, 2009
Jun 20, 2009
This was just ok for me. I really expected it to be more a historical fiction with more history. I hardly learned anything from the Japanese internmen ...more
Oct 2010
Sep 28, 2010
A Curse Dark as Gold
I didn't care for it much. I like the original "Rumpelstilzchen" and the urgency. She had to know the name within 3 days but in this story there was n ...more
Feb 07, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Very interesting read. I liked it how the narrator has no name. To me it was a symbol that there were too many teenagers who were re-educated to even ...more
Mar 06, 2009
Mar 07, 2009
My Sister's Keeper
**spoiler alert** Very hard to review:

Jodi Picoult has a talent to incur feelings in you we all would feel in the situation of the Fiztgeralds but fi
Apr 2009
Mar 31, 2009
A Framework: Understanding & Working With Students & Adult from Poverty.
It was a certainly interesting book to read. I have a lot of issues of the editing, graphics, and graphs that distracted from the reading. Sometime sh ...more
Mar 2008
Apr 15, 2008
The Help
1. love book with multiple narrators. (Although I have to say that reading the book I could not hear the southern drawl of the white women.)

2. Loved
Oct 2010
Oct 15, 2010
Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America

I really enjoyed the first parts of the book. Then the stories evolved more about her relatives and her parents because she became too assimilated
Mar 29, 2009
Mar 21, 2009
Me Talk Pretty One Day

I picked this one because I love him on NPR.

I loved the essay form and the wit. Many, many times I wanted to call Jon at work and share a funny pas
Nov 23, 2009
Nov 23, 2009
The Count of Monte Cristo
I can't believe it. What did I do wrong, why did I not like it?

The story was great the first third of the book and then he just turned rich and wasted
Mar 15, 2009
Mar 08, 2009
Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1)
it was just ok. I was pretty under impressed. The writing style, the story, the characters were trying too hard to be an award winning book. It seemed ...more
Feb 27, 2012
Feb 16, 2012
Prized (Birthmarked, #2)
Just as I was promising to not read the sequel the whole family got sick. 4/5 Kirkhams were throwing up all night. I was too sick to sleep so I only h ...more
Feb 28, 2012
Feb 28, 2012
Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)
oh boy! Mayor fluff and totally needed. The cover and the blurb are a little misleading. It was better than expected. I loved the first half of the bo ...more
Feb 08, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture
great little book! This story was wonderful. A deaf couple checked into a hotel and in the middle of the night the husband has to get out to the car t ...more
not set
Feb 19, 2009
Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)
Fluff, fluff, fluff. I wish there were more fluff like this.

I will admit I tried hard not to like it too much and read with a critical eye. It's real
Mar 20, 2012
Mar 21, 2012
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
I listened to the audio, which I don't recommend. The reader tries too hard to speak English with a French accent.

I gave it lots of stars for her dis
Apr 2012
Apr 07, 2012

It was super cute and fast (always a plus).

But I am puzzled over the term "retelling". McKinley just rewrote the original story in her own words. D
Feb 20, 2009
Feb 19, 2009
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
Hmmm, after reading a fantastic book I read this. Can't even compare to real literature. It started off sweet and cute and *very* light (a real teenag ...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jun 27, 2012
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