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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
Whenever I'd tell someone about how I couldn't get into this book, they would tell me I had to give this book a second chance. So I final tried the au ...more
Oct 18, 2010
May 10, 2009
Grave Memory (Alex Craft, #3)
This book had some really strong points and some weaker moments where I felt like better editing would have helped. I really enjoy the way in which th ...more
Nov 19, 2012
Feb 12, 2012
Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office
Jen Lancaster's memoir about her fall from the charmed life after the dot-com crash is laugh out loud funny. At the same time it is a really eye openi ...more
Dec 17, 2011
Dec 09, 2011
Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
I had been ambivalent about reading this book. I had liked Graceling enough to be interested in reading more by Kristin Cashore, but the description o ...more
Aug 02, 2010
Dec 26, 2009
Living Simply with Children: A Voluntary Simplicity Guide for Moms, Dads, and Kids Who Want to Reclaim the Bliss of Childhood and the Joy of Parenting
In a culture of excess, particularly when it comes to kids, this book is full of many great ideas on ways to cut back. I particularly liked the idea o ...more
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Mar 03, 2008
Hop on Pop
I can recall reading this Dr. Seuss book for the first time and feeling so much pride. It was the first "real" book I was able to read on my own. Now ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 01, 2009
Educating Caroline
This book was simultaneously silly and predictable as well as fun and engaging. There is really nothing original in most romance novels. They follow t ...more
Jan 17, 2011
Jan 17, 2011
50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior
This is a book that everyone should read because it will surprise you to find out how much of what you "know" is wrong. Lilienfeld's writing style is ...more
Mar 15, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
A Civil Contract
This book is not exactly a page turner, but it is certainly an interesting look at the nature of love and marriage. It can hardly be called a romance ...more
Jan 17, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld, #4)
What can I say about this book. It's not highbrow, but it is entertaining. The series is a nice blend of mythology, romance, and action. This fourth b ...more
Oct 21, 2009
Oct 21, 2009
The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld, #7)
Seven books into Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series and the stories and characters are still so engaging. This story picks up with the co ...more
May 02, 2011
Apr 21, 2011
Although this is billed as Marr's first foray into adult novels, this still has a very YA feel with its focus on a young woman coming into her power a ...more
May 31, 2011
May 11, 2011
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great (Knights' Tales, #1)
This is a very funny telling of the Lancelot tales. Lancelot has several funny quirks, like a penchant for naps and super shiny armor. The chapters ar ...more
Jun 03, 2009
Jun 03, 2009
Insatiable (Insatiable, #1)
I loved Meg Cabot's modern take on Dracula. She has plenty of references to the traditional tale as well as a good amount of funny criticism of the co ...more
Jan 20, 2011
Jan 20, 2011
Royal Blood (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #4)
After reading Royal Flush I was really ambivalent about reading more in this series. However, I was swayed by the cover art and the book blurb into fo ...more
Sep 13, 2010
Sep 09, 2010
Little Bee
Little Bee the book that made me really frustrated. I loved Little Bee the character right off the bat. Her story and her narrative voice were really ...more
May 31, 2011
May 12, 2011
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
In the interview in the reader's guide accompanying the paperback edition of the novel, Russell states the moral of The Sparrow to be "Even if you do ...more
May 25, 2009
Jan 29, 2009
Dragon Bones (Hurog, #1)
I did a happy dance when my library got in this reprinted edition of Briggs' earlier work. Like all of her books, this is a thoroughly engaging tale. ...more
Jun 07, 2010
Jun 06, 2010
The Girl in the Arena
What a disappointment! I picked this up because of a review I saw here on goodreads and had high hopes for it. The concept of a neo-gladiator culture ...more
Dec 21, 2009
Nov 11, 2009
Song of the Sparrow
Tales of the knights of the round table abound, but women are often given short shrift. Here Sandell tries to rectify that by focusing her tale on Ela ...more
Jul 11, 2009
Jul 06, 2009
Duchess By Night (Desperate Duchesses, #3)
The cover of this book makes it look like it is total trash. Yet surprisingly James does a nice job of writing witty, well rounded characters and thro ...more
Jul 10, 2009
Jul 13, 2009
Last Kiss Goodnight (Otherworld Assassin, #1)
I really like the worlds that Gena Showalter creates; however, I felt a little lost in this world. It claims to be the first in a new series, which wa ...more
Mar 05, 2013
Mar 04, 2013
Tigers in Red Weather
It isn't uncommon to arrive at a point in life and wonder, "How did I get here?" Tigers in Red Weather is a novel that tries to show us how one family ...more
Jul 15, 2013
Jun 29, 2013
The Serpent's Tale (Mistress of the Art of Death, #2)
This was not as good as Mistress of the Art of Death. Part of the problem was how redundant it was with the previous. Franklin kept rehashing the past ...more
Feb 07, 2010
Dec 06, 2009
Eat, Pray, Love
I could see how some people would really like this book. But I am not one of those people. I didn't find anything particularly uplifting about her str ...more
Feb 2009
Jan 23, 2009
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
After plodding through the over 970 pages of this book I have to say I was disappointed. The story is at many times unfocused and/or repetitive. Some ...more
Dec 17, 2008
Dec 05, 2008
The Last Dragonslayer (The Chronicles of Kazam, #1)
This book had a lot of what I loved and missed about Jasper Fforde. The world is quirky, the characters odd, and the plot bizarre. He managed to weave ...more
Mar 07, 2013
Sep 27, 2012
Ghosthunters #1: Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost: Ghosthunters #1
My son loved this book, but I bumped it down to 4 stars because I thought that some of the name calling was unnecessary, lots of names like stupid and ...more
Jul 2009
Aug 03, 2009
The Next Queen of Heaven
As a child in catholic school one of my favorite things was to be asked to take notes over to the convent. If you were selected for this task you woul ...more
Sep 10, 2014
Aug 26, 2014
Omens (Cainsville, #1)
This is an interesting start to a new series, but was trying too hard to be mysterious at times. I read in the author's note that Armstrong want the r ...more
Jan 13, 2014
Jan 04, 2014