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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
I’ve been having a hard time reading but I quickly sailed through this book. It’s hilarious but poignant too.

Her description of depression is one of...more
Mar 23, 2014
Nov 08, 2013
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
I read this author’s A Thread of Grace with my real world book club and I really enjoyed it and this looked interesting so I put this book on my to-re...more
Feb 03, 2009
Apr 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
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
This was so worth importing from England, and it was worth the money to me too, even though I’m buying basically no books these days. Even though it t...more
May 09, 2012
Apr 30, 2012
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession
I’d wanted to read this book since it was first published (I first learned of it, and Gilkey, from one of my local independent bookstores), and so I w...more
May 11, 2013
Jun 14, 2009
Vegan Freak: Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World
I loved this book. (I am a vegan, mostly for animal suffering reasons, as are the authors.) In my opinion, this is the best support book for vegans ou...more
Jan 2006
May 14, 2007
The Last Word (The Spellmans, #6)
Lisa Lutz is becoming like Sue Grafton to me, as each new book feels like settling into a comfortable and familiar place, and in Lutz’s case, a really...more
Aug 15, 2013
Dec 10, 2012
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)
Nothing less than 5 stars for this gem.

It’s really really hard for me to write a review because I was inundated with so much to say about every page,...more
Nov 18, 2011
May 03, 2011
Vegan for Her: The Woman's Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet
5 stars and not a smidgen less. I’d give it more than 5 stars if I could. This book exceeded my high expectations. This is a must read book for vegan...more
Jul 10, 2013
Jan 13, 2013
And Tango Makes Three
Good grief Charlie Brown! What is all the fuss about this book, anyway?!?!!

This is a very sweet story. It’s the true tale about 2 male penguins who ar...more
Jun 26, 2008
Jun 26, 2008
Unwind (Unwind, #1)
I’d had this on my to-read shelf and I finally read it for the YA Book Club here at Goodreads; it’s May’s book selection.

Wow, am I wrung out!

Talk abou...more
May 11, 2010
Jan 07, 2009
The Neverending Story
This is a rather brilliant book and I could see it being a life changing book for some readers.

It’s about reality & fantasy, escape, power, free w...more
Mar 06, 2010
Feb 06, 2010
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
The Inner World of Farm Animals: Their Amazing Intellectual, Emotional and Social Capacities
I cannot sufficiently extol the contents of this book. I’ve read so many animal books over the years, but this one presents a truly unique perspective...more
Sep 27, 2009
Aug 14, 2009
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
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
This is an absolutely brilliant idea for a book and it’s a superb book. It’s beautifully organized and well written. It’s a wonderful way to learn and...more
Aug 29, 2010
May 30, 2010
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
Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl
When several of my Goodreads’ friends claimed that everyone would love this book, I assumed that statement was hyperbole, even though I was interested...more
Dec 20, 2011
Oct 06, 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
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)

This was so much fun to read as a buddy read with my Goodreads friend, Laura. She kindly waited for my library copy to arrive and then was very patien...more
Jul 20, 2014
Sep 17, 2013
Liar & Spy
Oh, how I’d have loved this one at ages 9 and 10, and if my life had been slightly different at 11, 12, and 13 too, and even then I still would have l...more
Sep 21, 2012
Jun 30, 2012
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Oh help! I was so eager to read this book in advance, and thanks to a fellow Goodreads member, I received and read a hardcover edition more than two m...more
Jul 25, 2008
May 14, 2008
The Year of Fog
This is such a beautifully written and compelling story. I really enjoyed it and I found it difficult when I had to put the book down and do something...more
Jun 14, 2008
Mar 25, 2008
This is Not My Hat
I guess something is wrong with me because this book has very high ratings on Goodreads and I did really like I Want My Hat Back, but this one left me...more
Dec 04, 2012
Nov 02, 2012
The Catcher in the Rye
I’m always shocked by how many readers detest this book and its main charcter.

I reread this book over & over when I was 14 & 15. Maybe it take...more
Jan 1968
May 12, 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
what to say? what to say?

What an odd book.

It was a slog for me. I didn’t have a lot of fun reading it; it was more of a frustrating challenge than ple...more
Nov 02, 2011
Aug 29, 2011
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
I love books about young people with brain diseases/mental illness/illness/autism; the teenage boy in this book is autistic. This is ostensibly a myst...more
Feb 2006
May 12, 2007