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I wasn't very impressed with Honolulu. The book's protagonist is a Korean "picture-bride" who finds herself in Oahu in the 1930s, and the book covers ...more
Oct 30, 2009
Oct 27, 2009
Guerrilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School
As I go through the internal debate of whether or not to home-school my children, I've begun the process of researching learning, education, the curre ...more
Mar 2008
Feb 28, 2008
Family Math
This math resource is a true find. It is loaded with excellent ideas about teaching math to your children (K-8). Activities and games are fun and inte ...more
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Jun 04, 2008
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
Meh. Lame book in so many ways. Frankly, I'm a little embarrassed I read this series . . . it was never that good. What can I say? I needed some mindl ...more
Dec 2013
Dec 04, 2013
The Lovely Bones
I have very mixed feelings about this book. The grisly rape and murder with which it begins was so horrific that I had a hard time pushing past it. I ...more
Mar 05, 2010
Mar 02, 2010
The Fault in Our Stars
Perhaps if I'd just picked up this book randomly at the library it would have garnered 4 stars from me, but it has gotten such rave reviews, and the h ...more
Jan 21, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
Pride and Prejudice
I was due for another reading of this perennial favorite. I first read Pride and Prejudice when I was 16 years old, and after countless re-readings, i ...more
Aug 02, 2014
Jul 31, 2014
The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again
February 2012: I read The Hobbit to the kids again. We were due for another go round. It was as good as ever.

November 2008: We finally finished the Ho
Nov 24, 2008
Nov 01, 2008
The Story of Doctor Dolittle
This is a classic read-aloud book that I discovered just recently along with my children. We listened to it in the car over the course of a week or so ...more
Apr 24, 2008
Apr 21, 2008
Freddy and the Ignormus
The Freddy books are really delightful! They are wonderfully written with endearing characters, and Freddy and the Ignormus is one of our favorites th ...more
May 2011
Apr 20, 2011
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
I was almost too embarrassed to admit I'd read this book (I blame it on my limited book selection and the winter doldrums). It was definitely a page-t ...more
Jan 06, 2013
Jan 10, 2013
Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)
Hmmmm, definitely an interesting finale to this highly original series, but I felt like Taylor took on too much in this last book. The introduction of ...more
Jun 30, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start
If I could give this 3 1/2 stars, I would. It was a very reassuring read for someone brand-new to homeschooling. It laid out the basics of the various ...more
Jun 2008
May 29, 2008
Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)
This was my book club's selection for May. I have enjoyed the mystery genre in the past, but was not really impressed by Agatha Christie. I think I pr ...more
Apr 19, 2008
Apr 04, 2008
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
This was the best of the "beach reads" I devoured while on vacation last week. I read this book and Angelfall, based on good reviews and a desire to r ...more
Jun 16, 2014
Jun 20, 2014
Matched (Matched, #1)
I plowed through this book, so it must have been fairly enjoyable, but there were numerous problems that kept it from reaching its full potential. Fir ...more
Aug 25, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
Impossible (Impossible, #1)
**spoiler alert** I found this book disturbing, even more so because it is directed at teenage girls. I realize that it is meant to be a fantasy, what ...more
Jun 26, 2011
Jun 24, 2011
Forest Born (The Books of Bayern, #4)
I picked up this book in the midst of reading a run of well-written, but depressing books, looking for something light and enjoyable. Instead, I found ...more
Apr 24, 2010
Apr 20, 2010
Story S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-R-S for the Primary Grades: Activities to Expand Children's Favorite Books
This is a nice resource for activities and ideas for a literature-based approach to learning. Classic books are divided by general theme (i.e., Animal ...more
Sep 28, 2009
Sep 28, 2009
The Count of Monte Cristo
Despite what my book club may think, I actually enjoyed reading this book, despite its being an abridged version (or perhaps because of it :) It was e ...more
Apr 02, 2009
Mar 09, 2009
Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)
This book had potential, but never lived up to it. Bacigalupi's dystopian vision of the future wasn’t well developed, with only narrow glimpses here a ...more
Feb 28, 2011
Feb 22, 2011
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I feel like I have to apologize to all of my friends for not liking this book more than I did. I wanted to like it more . . . I really did. There were ...more
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 23, 2009
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Ack! I'm very ambivalent about this book, but ultimately, I cannot recommend it. I know it is meant to be an accurate portrayal of the angst and uncer ...more
Mar 27, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
Ivy and Bean (Ivy and Bean, #1)
I didn't find this first Ivy and Bean book quite as charming as the fifth book (the one we read first), but it was still funny. My daughter read it on ...more
Oct 14, 2009
Oct 14, 2009
Fascinating premise. A fantasy novel set in the underbelly of London. This is not for the delicate. I thought it was cleverly devised and well-written ...more
May 19, 2008
May 16, 2008
Come to the Edge
I'm not quite sure why I read this book. I'm not a big fan of biographies and their ilk, and I've never been enamored by the rich and famous. I believ ...more
Feb 12, 2013
Feb 12, 2013
The House of Mirth
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great read. The writing is luxurious, the characters and setting are interesting. The ideas are thoughtful. If yo ...more
Feb 05, 2008
Jan 29, 2008
Wives and Daughters
I am utterly amazed that I hadn't heard of (or at least taken notice of) Elizabeth Gaskell until about a month ago. When I finally did (through a frie ...more
Jun 14, 2010
Jun 07, 2010
A Girl Named Disaster
I read this book in tandem with Farmer's The House of the Scorpion. I've been doing this a bit more lately (reading an author's books back to back) an ...more
Feb 21, 2010
Feb 10, 2010
The Dragon Seekers: How An Extraordinary Circle Of Fossilists Discovered The Dinosaurs And Paved The Way For Darwin
I picked up this book with the intent to gain a more historically accurate look at the life of Mary Anning (having just read a fictionalized account o ...more
Nov 02, 2010
Oct 27, 2010
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