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The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse: Recognizing and Escaping Spiritual Manipulation and False Spiritual Authority Within the Church
I found this book to be so personally helpful that I've already been recommending it to family members. Before I started reading, I was uncomfortable ...more
Jun 18, 2014
May 23, 2014
Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World: Leaving a Lasting Legacy
I received this book from my mom, who enjoys reading material from Ken Ham.


I've nearly finished the book and I'll write more when I'm done, but
Mar 04, 2012
Mar 01, 2012
The Casual Vacancy
The Casual Vacancy is one of the most difficult books I have read in a long time. It took me forever to get through it--not because it was boring (it' ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 11, 2013
What She Left Behind
Rarely does a novel make me this angry--What She Left Behind has a subject matter that is hard to read, and I had to stop frequently and calm down. Wi ...more
Sep 12, 2014
Sep 10, 2014
While We're Far Apart
I rarely read Christian fiction--for reasons I don't need to define here. But Lynn Austin tends to be of higher quality than other authors I've read i ...more
Jan 2012
Mar 01, 2012
The Secret Life of Bees
I will admit to being completely sucked in by this novel. It's not really my type of book--too much female-power stuff or something, and the Our Lady ...more
May 17, 2014
May 17, 2014
The Magnificent Ambersons (The Growth Trilogy, #2)
This book is fantastic--it is well-deserving of its Pulitzer Prize. It should be more popular than it is. Quite enjoyable to read--not a word is waste ...more
Jul 20, 2013
Jul 10, 2013
The Game (Mary Russell, #7)
Some of Laurie King's books are just so hard to rate. This book is not her best--compared to others in the Russell series I might give it 3 stars--but ...more
Jul 04, 2014
Jul 04, 2014
The Annotated Persuasion
I know many readers choose Persuasion as the greatest Austen novel, but I'm personally not sure why. I've been trying to read through her works in qui ...more
May 02, 2014
May 02, 2014
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Here again is a widely popular book that failed to appeal to me in any way (sucked in by great reviews!). I had to quit about one-third of my way into ...more
Jan 2012
Mar 01, 2012
Write Away: One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life
I found this book to be quite helpful to my understanding of the writer's process. George's process in particular is appealing to me as it requires gr ...more
Feb 03, 2014
Jan 28, 2014
Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
I thought I'd start reading this series after seeing that so many of it's titles are so highly rated. I was a bit disappointed in this first book. Par ...more
Jan 29, 2014
Dec 15, 2013
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
"The Shadow of the Wind" had a lot of potential in its setting, situation, and prose. The first couple of chapters had me intrigued--the book definite ...more
Jan 06, 2015
Aug 22, 2013
All the Light We Cannot See
I had really high hopes for this book after seeing all of the great reviews, but I'm going to have to give it 3.5 stars.

All the Light We Cannot See is
Jul 18, 2014
May 20, 2014
Angle of Repose
I have read some Pulitzer winners that left me wondering what the judges were smoking when they awarded the prize. Angle of Repose is fully deserving ...more
Jun 19, 2014
Nov 23, 2013
Celia Garth
This book is really hard to rate...

The first time I read this book, maybe 9 or 10 years ago, I loved it. Now I live in South Carolina, love Charleston
Mar 15, 2014
Jan 12, 2013
Orphan Train
Orphan Train is a novel that wastes an amazing amount of potential. And from reading some other reviews here, I am far from being the only person to f ...more
Oct 25, 2014
Aug 09, 2013
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King's "On Writing" is a light-hearted, personable read. While not as helpful in technical ways as, say, Elizabeth George's "Write Away," "On ...more
Jan 09, 2015
Feb 14, 2014
The Poisonwood Bible
Many other reviewers have expressed eloquently and at length the same feelings that I have about this book, so this will be brief.

The first two thirds
Aug 17, 2014
Feb 06, 2014
Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story
"Structuring Your Novel" is a thorough approach to plot structure. While some plot structuring is probably intuitive to many writers, it's helpful to ...more
Mar 2014
Nov 04, 2013
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Whenever a book/series becomes wildly popular, readers (and even non-readers!) seem to land at polar opposites in their opinions of the book/series. " ...more
Apr 09, 2012
Mar 01, 2012
The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch is another Pulitzer-Prize winner that left me wondering how it won the award. My high hopes were disappointed--the beginning of the stor ...more
Aug 30, 2014
May 07, 2014
Building Charleston: Town and Society in the Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic World
This book was helpful to me in my research on pre-Revolutionary Charleston. It is a scholarly work, but easy to read.

I found the author's focus on the
Mar 04, 2014
Feb 08, 2014
Crossing to Safety
I love Wallace Stegner. I hope to read everything with his name on it. I probably started at the top, reading "Angle of Repose" earlier in the year, b ...more
Nov 2014
Jul 13, 2014
The Bones of Paris (Harris Stuyvesant, #2)
I wanted to like this book more than the previous Stuyvesant novel, Touchstone. I wanted to understand Stuyvesant himself, and revel in the glories of ...more
Jan 25, 2014
Aug 31, 2013
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
3.5* I felt the need to read "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" as its an American classic. It wasn't at all what I expected.

The narrative is episodic, and f
Dec 05, 2014
Mar 01, 2012
Stuart Little
My mother read this to me as a child and now I've read it to my son. I have to say that I had no remembrance of it being so strange! I couldn't get pa ...more
Aug 10, 2014
Aug 12, 2014
The Lowland
This is my first Lahiri novel and I hope to read her Pulitzer Prize winner someday.

There were sections in this book where the prose was beautiful, but
Jun 18, 2014
Jun 18, 2014
An Officer and a Spy
I try not to give too many five-star ratings so that I don't cheapen those wonderful books that really make an impression on me. An Officer and a Spy ...more
Jun 02, 2014
May 07, 2014
Caleb's Crossing
Brooks obviously thoroughly researched this novel. The period details were fascinating--historical fiction should be this way. However, the book didn' ...more
Sep 24, 2013
Sep 15, 2013
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