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The Phantom Tollbooth
My mother got this for us when I was 8 and it was first published in 1961. I still own that original edtion and it is not in great shape due to multip ...more
Aug 1961
May 12, 2007
The Book of Lost Things
Part fairy tale and part psychological study, I found this to be an engrossing and powerful book. Recommend to everybody, particularly those who have ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 08, 2008
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
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
This is a thoroughly delightful and brilliant book. I chuckled and chortled all the way through this book; it’s hilarious. There are many interesting ...more
Mar 15, 2008
Oct 22, 2007
Into the Forest
This became one of my favorite books as soon as I read it; I was totally immersed while reading and continue to dwell on this book. I almost gave it 4 ...more
Jan 1999
May 12, 2007
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
I really loved this book. I think it’s geared for 8-12 year olds but this is one of those books that the more you know about the world the more you li ...more
Mar 31, 2009
Dec 08, 2007
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
The Handmaid's Tale
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
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
I’m rating this as the third part of one story, so I’m basically rating the trilogy.

Well, it took me a long time in this book, past the time when I t
Aug 25, 2010
Dec 04, 2009
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,
Nov 18, 2011
May 03, 2011
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
Oct 10, 2009
Jun 18, 2007
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
May 11, 2010
Jan 07, 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 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
Mar 06, 2010
Feb 06, 2010
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
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
Nov 02, 2011
Aug 29, 2011
Woman on the Edge of Time
The most important thing to know about this book is that it was first published in 1976. This is such a late 1960s-early-mid 1970s story! It’s funny b ...more
Feb 25, 2010
Dec 03, 2009
Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron (Shades of Grey, #1)
This is one of those books that’s most enjoyable to read when you come to it knowing not too much. So, I’ll say just three specific things: 1. Spoons! ...more
Jan 14, 2010
Apr 16, 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
In the Garden of Iden (The Company, #1)
This is the first book in "The Company” series and it has a wonderful premise. I love the ingenious use of time travel in the plot. The writer is an e ...more
Mar 25, 2009
Mar 03, 2009
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
Sep 14, 2010
Nov 26, 2007
The Magic Half
This book would have been a favorite of mine when I was 8 or 9 through 11. It would have received 5 stars from me at that time. As an only child who w ...more
Jan 12, 2013
Nov 06, 2008
One of Our Thursdays Is Missing (Thursday Next, #6)
Oh, I just loved this book. From beginning to its very wonderful end.

I’m in love with Jasper Fforde. He’s got a brilliant imagination and he’s hilario
Mar 29, 2011
Aug 06, 2010
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Starting off with a side note: on the front cover of my paperback edition library copy there is a sticker that I didn’t notice until I was 1/3 the way ...more
Jul 19, 2012
Feb 25, 2012
Princess Academy (Princess Academy, #1)
I found this to be a very pleasant story. I’m not exactly sure why some people hate it and a lot of people unreservedly adore it but I did enjoy it, a ...more
Jan 22, 2010
Feb 17, 2008
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
I absolutely love how the story shows that we’re who we are no matter where we are, what talents we have, etc. etc. etc., and that magic isn’t all tha ...more
Mar 25, 2010
Aug 11, 2009
WWW: Wake (WWW, #1)
This was an incredibly fast read, and I really enjoyed the story.

I loved the premise. I loved all the subplots, event though some of them are abruptly
Apr 25, 2010
Feb 04, 2010
Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel, #1)
Because I’d already read Blackout/All Clear at least I knew the fate of two characters; perhaps I should have known about a third character, but I’m g ...more
Jan 15, 2011
Dec 05, 2007
The Forever War (The Forever War, #1)
So, here’s the situation. I’d most likely have loved this book and given it 5 stars if I’d read it nearly four decades ago when it first came out.

Apr 14, 2011
Feb 19, 2011
Harry Potter Boxset (Harry Potter, #1-7)
this “review” is simply notes to myself, not much of interest to anyone but me, and not containing much in the way of spoilers given how cryptic the n ...more
Jul 31, 2007
Sep 04, 2009
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