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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Interesting and insightful, this book is valuable to anyone who has to interact with people...

Those in business, those in management, those who have m...more
Aug 21, 2013
Aug 21, 2013
Snow Falling on Cedars
3.5 stars. This is my just my second novel read that deals with the subject of Japanese internment so in light of that I can't help but compare the tw...more
Feb 04, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
The Dressmaker
A low level 3 stars.
Tess, who just wants to make a living with her sewing skills, escapes an undesirable maid position with a lucky last minute passag...more
Jul 05, 2014
Jul 06, 2014
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
Roman philosopher Lucretius wrote the poem De rerum natura (On the Nature of Things) in the first-century BC. Lost for more than a thousand years, it...more
Apr 29, 2014
Apr 30, 2014
All Clear
What a trip. What a journey. What a trippy journey.

I LOVED Blackout and All Clear. I'm can't put my finger on what tips it so far in favor, but I love...more
Apr 10, 2014
Apr 11, 2014
Enemy Women
4.5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed this story! The source material from real letters etc. at the beginning of each chapter really added to it as well. No...more
Jan 28, 2014
Jan 29, 2014
Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)
I started out giving this 3 stars since I was nice and gave Mortal Instruments 4: City of Fallen Angels 2 stars but really this book was just "ok" and...more
Apr 06, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
The Sandcastle Girls
This was a powerful read and I really enjoyed it. I do recommend it.

The Sandcastle Girls has two storylines. The first follows a modern day author, La...more
Sep 23, 2012
Sep 25, 2012
Tigers in Red Weather
2.5 stars. This was a different one and I have a lot of different feelings about it.

This intriguing story starts at the end of WWII and is written in...more
Feb 25, 2013
Feb 25, 2013
Winter Garden
Whoa. Now that I've finished it, I'm blown away by this book. It made me want to switch the book I'll host for book club to this. Then, of course, I r...more
Jun 20, 2013
Jun 21, 2013
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Finally finished! Okay, so the writing wasn't always the best, and I could wish for a little more character development, but despite these I still hav...more
Jul 31, 2009
Jul 31, 2009
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Hm. Drug abuse, sex, molestation, suicide, homosexuality, abortion and a general overdose of traumatizing issues strewn across everyone's lives, all s...more
Apr 03, 2013
Apr 03, 2013
The Shoemaker's Wife
3.5 stars. Good+ (better than good but I can't say great).

This is an epic immigrant tale spanning the entire lives of two northern Italians, Ciro and...more
Jan 16, 2013
Jan 17, 2013
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
The tenor of this book was definitely different than the other two as the tenor of Katniss' mind was different. In the first two Katniss spends a lot...more
Feb 03, 2011
Feb 07, 2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad
From the 1970's to the 2020's this is a mish mash of stories vaguely connected with the overall theme that life changes.

And this book sucked. Seriousl...more
Oct 13, 2011
Oct 13, 2011
Monsters Eat Whiny Children
I saw this book sitting on a table at my library and gasped. I had to have it! (with one of my children particularly in mind)

My kids LOVE this book. I...more
Jul 24, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
3.5 stars. Laugh out loud funny in several spots. There's a bit when life is extra crazy with the trifecta of trying to get a 30 Rock shoot with Oprah...more
Oct 02, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
Forgotten Country
This is the story of a South Korean family who flees to America amidst the Japanese occupation. It's not a mystery to find a missing sister as the Goo...more
Jul 26, 2012
Aug 01, 2012
Full Disclosure
This was on the new audiobook shelf at my library and after a brief look I thought, sure, I don't read many cop stories and it's been a while. I shoul...more
Jun 25, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
Baking Cakes in Kigali
Another GoodReads First Reads review.

I have mixed feelings about this book. It didn't have a real continuous plot, it was more like many short stories...more
Sep 16, 2009
Sep 17, 2009
Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers (Little Britches, #1)
This was a lovely autobiography starting in 1906 about a dirt ranch in Colorado told from the perspective of the author when he was 8 years old and as...more
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 21, 2012
Everything Is Illuminated
1.5 stars... This is a difficult book to review. Bottom line, I cannot recommend this. (Thankfully, I'm liking Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Cl...more
Jul 10, 2012
Jul 10, 2012
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
4.5 stars. This second installment in the Millennium Trilogy is still very dark and gritty, much more formulaic than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,...more
Jan 12, 2012
Jan 12, 2012
A Land More Kind Than Home
This is a quality debut novel. This Southern Gothic goes awry when a boy is killed in a "healing" in a snake handling church led by a corrupt preacher...more
Jan 14, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
The Sanctuary
I didn't realize until getting on Goodreads to write a review that this/the author is for the Christian market. I just picked it up based on my librar...more
Feb 12, 2013
Feb 12, 2013
Skeletons at the Feast
This is a powerful, compelling novel based on a real WWII diary and other accounts, with parallel stories that eventually merge as all are fleeing wes...more
Oct 2013
Oct 01, 2013
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
Edit: Due to the amount of thought I've given this book since finishing it, and it's impact now that it's been stewing in my brain a bit, I'm upping t...more
Jul 25, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
Would I have picked this up if not for all the hype when it was leaked that it was JKR? Maybe, maybe not. Having read The Casual Vacancy by her, I can...more
Jan 09, 2014
Jan 10, 2014
Enna Burning (The Books of Bayern, #2)
Mediocre. Not even close to it's predecessor, The Goose Girl. For some reason I didn't feel much connection to the main character, Enna. I have found...more
Nov 20, 2011
Nov 20, 2011
Winter's Tale
What a Long Strange Trip It's Been

Beautifully poetic. Dreamlike. And like dreams often are, this was also bizarre. I didn't know I was reading a magic...more
Feb 12, 2014
Feb 12, 2014
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