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The Inheritance
Only a seventeen year old could write this book. The fact that it is Louisa May Alcott only explains why a seventeen year old is writing books, but th ...more
Sep 25, 2009
Oct 01, 2009
The Actor and the Housewife
Shannon Hale wrote another fantasy – oh wait, there was neither magic dust nor super human powers. Oh dear. Shannon Hale has written a fantasy masked ...more
Sep 30, 2009
Sep 30, 2009
The School Story
My daughter, Anne, told me that I had to read this book because it is the "best book ever written!" For a third grader, she loved how someone not much ...more
Jan 15, 2009
Jan 17, 2009
Gaskell succeeds again at writing a captivating story with fascinating characters and thought-provoking themes. All of her books portray her intense s ...more
Feb 02, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
I almost didn't give this book a review and spot on my Goodreads list because I would prefer to forget all about it. The only reason that I am includi ...more
Jul 08, 2009
Dec 30, 2008
The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence
I find myself frequently thinking and talking about this book not because I live such a life of danger, but because of how it portrays fear. De Becker ...more
Aug 25, 2009
Sep 01, 2009
Cheaper by the Dozen
I discovered after I read the book, that this story is true! If I had known, I would have listened more intently. Two of the twelve children write abo ...more
May 28, 2009
Jun 03, 2009
Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box
If I could have all my nearest and dearest read one book right now, it would be “Leadership and Self Deception.” In a nutshell, it talks about how to ...more
Sep 28, 2009
Sep 12, 2009
Belong to Me
If the plot wasn't so much like a soap opera, I would have given this five stars; but the writing was so incredibly insightful, and some passages are ...more
May 11, 2009
May 06, 2009
The Undomestic Goddess
My summer literary fling with mindless reading is over! Like a summer fling, it is kind of fun, but you know it is a waste of time. There are too many ...more
Jun 21, 2009
Jul 24, 2009
Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1)
If you are an "I Love Lucy" fan like me, you could stomach this book, but if mishaps, awkward situations, or "cringe moments" make you too uncomfortab ...more
Jun 16, 2009
Apr 02, 2009
The Glass Castle
I heard an interview with the author on NPR and was hooked instantly. Her life sounds fascinating! The book of course goes into greater detail about h ...more
Sep 05, 2009
May 06, 2009
The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1)
The critics recommend this book to Roald Dahl fans, but I would categorize it more with the plots of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "The Golden Compass ...more
Jun 09, 2009
Jun 03, 2009
In a somewhat Faulkner "As I Lay Dieing" stream of consciousness technique, Minot writes about the last days of Ann Lord. (Luckily for my harried brai ...more
Oct 27, 2009
Oct 25, 2009
360 Degrees Longitude: One Family's Journey Around the World
Wow! What a trip! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Higham family round the world adventure. I especially enjoyed how John incorporated tidbits o ...more
Dec 2009
Sep 13, 2009
Love Walked In
If it were not for one morally irresponsible sentence about premarital sex, I would give this book five stars. This is Santos' first novel. Her other ...more
May 02, 2005
May 28, 2008
Charms for the Easy Life
This in one of my cousin's favorite books. After she read if for the sixth time, she lent me her copy. When I started, I thought that I would be readi ...more
Apr 22, 2009
Apr 17, 2009
Perhaps I would have liked this book more if I had read it instead of listened to it. The full cast audio included all the singing which I found silly ...more
Jun 27, 2009
Jun 30, 2009
The Friday Night Knitting Club (Friday Night Knitting Club, #1)
I liked the first third of the book but then it swiftly went down hill. It's got the sentimental, stereotypical female drivel from "Steel Magnolias" a ...more
Jun 13, 2009
Nov 22, 2008
"Cranford" is not a page turner, but instead a series of charming vignettes of a predominantly female society. The most excitement these women get is ...more
Nov 15, 2009
Oct 25, 2009
My Fair Godmother (My Fair Godmother, #1)
Janette Rallison’s books are my new guilty pleasure. I’m not writing reviews on all of the books I’m reading of hers because they all follow the same ...more
Sep 20, 2009
Oct 01, 2009
Home: A Memoir of My Early Years
I cried when Julie Andrew's voice introduced the movie "Enchanted" because it brought back so many fond memories of her in some of my favorite movies ...more
Sep 2009
May 13, 2008
Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (Shopaholic, #2)
I find it a bit disturbing that the author takes her main character right back to where she was at the beginning of her first book -same addiction, sa ...more
Jul 21, 2009
Jul 24, 2009
Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter and the Starcatchers, #1)
We started listening to this book on our drive back home from Arizona. Since we had just finished listening to "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" ...more
Jan 18, 2010
Jun 10, 2009
We Were Not Alone: How an LDS Family Survived World War II Berlin
A gripping and uplifting true story of a faithful family in Germany during WWII. This book continues to surface in my everyday thoughts.
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Aug 17, 2011
Josefina: An American Girl (The American Girls Collection)
This American Girl series book was surprisingly well written and does a good job of describing this time and culture.
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Jun 13, 2009
Henry Huggins (Henry Huggins, #1)
A simple story that brings back the innocence of youth. Good for book on tape because of the episodic chapters.
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Jun 13, 2009
As Hot as It Was You Ought to Thank Me
Some compare this book to "To Kill A Mockingbird", but that's a stretch. They are both a coming of age story, but I don't think too many high school c ...more
Mar 02, 2009
Nov 22, 2008
Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To Do List
I wept during this book. . . tears of intense laughter! This is "High School Musical" meets "Waiting for Guffman". If you have ever been in a play, pl ...more
Jul 30, 2009
Aug 02, 2009
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (The Penderwicks #1)
I found myself excited to get in the car and listen to this story. The girls really liked it too!
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Jun 13, 2009
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