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The Book Thief
I admit that I am perplexed about why this is considered a young adult novel and not an adult novel that could be read by those 12 and up. The title c...more
Mar 31, 2008
Jun 07, 2007
When You Reach Me
First I have to say that A Wrinkle in Time has been my favorite or among my very favorite books since I was nine years old, and I’ve never been able t...more
Apr 05, 2010
Jun 21, 2009
Reading this book contained and gave me absolutely everything I love about reading. It encompasses everything I love about the reading process. I love...more
Apr 03, 2011
Dec 14, 2007
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
I ended up enjoying this book because it was so beautifully written and it took me deep into a world so unlike my own; thank goodness for that! This s...more
Jul 02, 2008
Mar 18, 2008
Sarah's Key
I wasn’t sure how the back and forth chapters between one girl in 1942 and a different woman in 2002 were going to work for me, but this story is so w...more
Aug 24, 2008
Jul 27, 2008
City of Women
4 ½ stars

I’m struggling because I want to do this book justice but I am not in the mood to write a review. I want to get something down though when ev...more
Feb 10, 2013
Aug 23, 2012
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)

I loved this quirky book.

The amateur sleuth and chemistry enthusiast Flavia de Luce is a very unusual 11 year old, but I’ve known many 11...more
Apr 19, 2010
Mar 12, 2009
Wonderful! Fabulous! So special! Very clever!

I liked this book even better than The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and that’s saying a lot. it’s even more...more
Oct 09, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
The Blood of Flowers
I will never again look at Persian/Iranian carpets in the same way. This book makes me want to view many examples of such carpets so that I can now fu...more
Aug 20, 2008
May 08, 2008
People of the Book
This is a marvelous book. I really enjoyed this author’s Year of Wonders and I think I liked this book at least as much. This is skillful and enthrall...more
Aug 09, 2009
Jan 11, 2008
The Grapes of Wrath
This book June 2013 buddy read with Diane and her friend Janni. It’s a good thing this was a buddy read because otherwise I’d have put it down. I real...more
Jul 03, 2013
Aug 15, 2012
Charlotte Sometimes
Great fun! I’d have adored this when I was 9, 10, 11. My 10 year old self gives this 5 full stars. If I wasn’t so in touch with my 10 year old self, I...more
Nov 08, 2011
Oct 15, 2007
Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller
This book almost got a place on my favorites shelf.

A huge thank you to Goodreads’ friend Gundula for rescuing this book from the morass of my bloated...more
Jul 04, 2011
Sep 28, 2008
The Painted Bird
I read an earlier edition than this. I’ve read many, many holocaust era books and I’d already read quite a few when I read this one. And this says a l...more
Jan 1983
Jul 06, 2007
Cloud Atlas
This book takes a very dim view of human history and of human beings, although in each story challenges to this viewpoint do happen.

This book consists...more
Oct 10, 2009
Jun 18, 2007
Orphan Train
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though I don’t think it was perfect. I found it riveting from beginning to end. The writing is lyrical, the story...more
Jan 26, 2014
Jun 25, 2013
A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce, #3)
This was a wonderful book choice to transition me from 2011 to 2012.

Flavia is so much fun! She’s a hoot. But, with each book, I also find her more &...more
Jan 14, 2012
Jan 14, 2011
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
I’m in love with this book. It is special, very special. Unique. I see that said about so many books, and sometimes the comments are hyperbole and som...more
Mar 12, 2011
Jan 14, 2008
A warning: This book has no proper ending. It was meant to be the first half of a book but the publisher divided it into two books and Blackout is the...more
Dec 16, 2010
Nov 03, 2010
The Shadow of the Wind
YES! YES! YES! I read this book for my real word book club and for each book we read we vote and post whether we’d recommend our books to other book c...more
Nov 28, 2010
Dec 22, 2007
My Place
My goal today was to read at least a half dozen of the couple dozen picture books I have at home, but I think it’s going to be just this one because i...more
Jul 07, 2012
Jun 20, 2012
The Root Cellar
This is another wonderful orphan story and time travel story.

It reminded me of many other books including Time At The Top, The Twins at Thatchem Quick...more
Sep 14, 2010
Nov 26, 2007
Number the Stars
This is a safe, easy way for children to be introduced to a little of what happened during the holocaust. When I was growing up, one of my mother’s fr...more
Jan 1990
May 13, 2007
Yellow Star
It sounds like such a cliché but I really could not put down this book, and I read it in one day; I don’t know how many hours it took but even though...more
Dec 30, 2008
Nov 18, 2008
Anno's Journey
This book is amazing, outstanding, and its pictures and storytelling via those illustrations are exquisitely done; they’re just beautiful. I need to r...more
Dec 20, 2010
Dec 20, 2010
What Is Visible
Wow! This book was simultaneously devastating and fascinating for me. Overall, I found it to be a downer, a huge one.

I had hoped I’d see Laura’s life...more
Aug 17, 2014
Jun 02, 2014
The Other Side
This is a very simple but not one bit simplistic story. This book would be a fine way to introduce the topics of segregation and interpersonal relatio...more
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2)
I think I liked this second book even better than I did the first book in the series, even though I didn’t get to experience the same novelty of Flavi...more
Dec 06, 2011
Mar 29, 2010
Henry Hikes to Fitchburg
I thought I was in trouble with this book when I saw Henry David Thoreau depicted as a bear on the cover of the book, but I decided to read it anyway....more
Aug 11, 2010
Aug 05, 2010
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, #1)
This is a great novel; it’s a real masterpiece. I love the whole series but I think this is by far the best book in it, and it stands on its own altho...more
Feb 1986
May 13, 2007
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