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The Book Thief
4.36
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
 
Moloka'i
4.13
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
4.02
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
 
City of Women
3.80
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 Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
4.12
I knew a little about this case, and before I read the book, I was certain I’d feel infuriated with the Hmong family and feel nothing but disrespect f ...more
Oct 2007
Jun 24, 2007
 
The Handmaid's Tale
3.98
I was just going to skim this to remind myself of what I might have forgotten because my book club is reading it, but I immediately got so engrossed a ...more
Jan 1987
Sep 17, 2007
 
People of the Book
3.97
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 Blood of Flowers
3.93
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
 
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
4.18
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
 
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession
3.35
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
 
Cloud Atlas
4.01
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 Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.40
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 Language of Flowers
4.06
4 ½ stars

I vacillated between 4 and 5 stars for this book, but despite not being happy with everything about it, I think the story and its memorable c
...more
Feb 28, 2013
Jul 12, 2011
 
The Shadow of the Wind
4.21
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
 
The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health
4.20
I have to say that I was not in the mood to read this book. In fact, I’d decided I wasn’t interested in reading it at all. When it first was published ...more
Oct 04, 2009
Jun 29, 2007
 
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
3.97
I really loved this book. I thought Oskar’s voice and Foer’s writing style were engaging and compelling.

There were so many times when simultaneously I
...more
Jan 28, 2010
Oct 10, 2007
 
The Invisible Bridge
4.19
4 ¾ stars

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of reading the book but I’m balking at writing this review; although I do think perhaps I wrote more stat
...more
Mar 04, 2012
May 02, 2010
 
Little Bee
3.66
5 stars for the humor and for Little Bee’s voice for the first ½-2/3 of the book, and an engrossing and quick read throughout the entire book
4 stars f
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Nov 22, 2011
Mar 08, 2009
 
The Illusion of Separateness
4.06
I thought I might not enjoy this book due to its gimmicky format and what I thought would be pabulum sentimentality.

I really liked it though, in part
...more
May 06, 2014
Jul 17, 2013
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
3.84
This is a superbly crafted story. Beautiful (Spanglish) language, wonderful flow, fascinating back and forth inter-generational tale, really it could ...more
Jan 05, 2009
May 03, 2008
 
Cutting for Stone
4.26
This took me literally four weeks to read (and I put it down and read many other books during that time.) At times it really dragged for me, especiall ...more
Jul 14, 2010
Feb 20, 2010
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
4.06
Well, I was afraid of this. As I read the book I thought I’d probably want to read books 2 and 3 of this trilogy. Then, at the end of this book, there ...more
Jul 28, 2010
Jul 17, 2009
 
City of Thieves
4.25
This story and its characters hooked me right from the start. Although I took a few days to read/savor it, it’s the kind of book that I found hard to ...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jul 06, 2010
 
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
4.00
This is a book I’d love to own; it’s one I’d probably reread, and I’d love to be able to review all the wonderful literary and other quotes. It’s not ...more
Oct 15, 2014
Apr 11, 2014
 
A Thousand Splendid Suns
4.30
I thought this book was even better than the author’s The Kite Runner. The Kite Runner got four stars from me as it was just under that four and a hal ...more
Apr 30, 2009
Sep 21, 2007
 
Jellicoe Road
4.17
In some ways this book is brilliant and amazing, and I’m tempted to give it 5 stars, but for enjoyment value and overall, it was a solid 4 star book f ...more
Jul 24, 2011
Jan 26, 2009
 
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
3.63
Heartbreaking, uplifting, suspenseful, at times very funny.

If everyone on earth did 1/10 of what Greg Mortenson does for others, we’d have a much bett
...more
Dec 26, 2009
Jan 17, 2008
 
A Prayer for Owen Meany
4.21
I zoomed through this, whenever I was willing to pick it up at all, because I just didn’t like it and didn’t want to have to spend too much time readi ...more
Aug 31, 2012
Jun 10, 2012
 
Burial Rites
3.99
I read this book’s Audible Macmillan audiobook edition. I’ll be reading the hardcover edition too. It’s a wonderful choice for an audiobook. The narra ...more
Jan 18, 2014
Aug 28, 2013
 
The Hummingbird's Daughter
4.14
I really slogged through this. I’m not sure why I had such a difficult time reading it. I’m glad that I did. I ended up enjoying it but I wasn’t wild ...more
Feb 20, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
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