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Smart Girls Get What They Want
Okay so it wouldn't let me write a review without having claimed I'd read it, but I've changed that back so hopefully it's okay. I like the voice in t ...more
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Oct 27, 2013
Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
Francine Prose - what you say isn't as important as how you say it. And I call BS.

"I read closely, word by word, sentence by sentence, pondering each
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May 27, 2009
Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1)
**spoiler alert** Be warned that this review also contains strong language, so if you object to either, just stop here, knowing that I did NOT like th ...more
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Jan 25, 2009
Lincoln's Dreams
I think the difficulty I had with this book is that it started in with the clues before I really got to know the main characters. I'm not particularly ...more
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Dec 24, 2008
For Whom the Bell Tolls
I have finally been given permission to put this aside. As a narrative, it drove me nuts. The plot meanders without any apparent direction. If I'd rea ...more
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Dec 31, 2008
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
You know, I really wanted this to be about the after-effects of such a huge, traumatic experience. The hero returns to the Ordinary World and finds it ...more
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Dec 05, 2009
Truancy (Truancy, #1)
Fast-paced, over the top, actiony and intense - this might be a book that would convince a reluctant reader that "big books" aren't out of his reach. ...more
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Nov 28, 2008
Rich, beautiful, and unbelievably stupid. That's Sovay. But apparently, the message of this book is that when you're rich and beautiful, you can have ...more
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Feb 18, 2009
Never After
So I got this from the library because the cover is GORGEOUS. And then I started reading... and it sucks. It's boring, I don't have any connection to ...more
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Apr 17, 2010
Living Dead Girl
I couldn't continue reading after the first chapter (though I did flip to the end to find out what happens). Horrific - and then depressing because st ...more
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May 17, 2009
Theft: A Love Story
I'd like to try this again sometime... maybe I should have a "maybe-later" shelf instead of just "put-back." I got like thirty or forty books out whil ...more
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Dec 29, 2009
Paper Towns
A lot of other people have enjoyed this book; I didn't. It tries to be deep and insightful and sharply clever and I just wasn't convinced. I didn't ca ...more
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Dec 30, 2008
Wings (Wings, #1)
When the main character starts having serious... issues, let's say... and she opts not to talk to her parents, despite the fact that the author has es ...more
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Jun 28, 2010
The World Without Us
Nice idea. It just didn't interest me.
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Jul 26, 2010
The Three Weissmanns of Westport
I like the idea, and I can appreciate the changes that were made, but... no. I just didn't like the characters because of those changes. Not awful peo ...more
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Jul 04, 2010
Positive Discipline in the Classroom,: Developing Mutual Respect, Cooperation, and Responsibility in Your Classroom
In fairness, I'm a high school teacher and this book seems to be geared more for the elementary level. But it was insulting to have it implied that if ...more
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Jul 13, 2008
The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, #2)
I found the cover so well-designed that I borrowed this from the library two or three times without remembering that it's the sequel to a book I grew ...more
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Apr 10, 2010
Dragon Tears
Ready for pickup at the library
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Dec 11, 2008
Tried SO HARD to get through this book. Gave myself permission to quit after reaching page 100. I didn't have the least bit of interest in the charact ...more
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Sep 26, 2009
Teaching the Best Practice Way: Methods That Matter, K-12
A little hard to follow - not that it was dense reading, but it seemed disjointed. What I was hoping for was "this is what the strategy's called, here ...more
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Jul 13, 2008
The Camelot Spell (Grail Quest, #1)
It bored me. Sorry. I liked the idea, but ... nope.
Jul 20, 2010
Jun 24, 2010
Chance Encounters of the Heart
Nothing on the cover of this book clued me in that it was Christian fiction. First of all, I'm not really keen on faith-as-fiction. Second, it felt sn ...more
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Jul 13, 2008
Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction
Concise yet thorough, this book has lots of strategies for vocabulary instruction, but it's much more than a list of activities. It provides explanati ...more
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Jul 13, 2008
I Read It, but I Don't Get It: Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers
This is the way I love my professional development books - explained clearly, but so dense with ideas that get my brain in gear that I have to stop at ...more
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Jul 13, 2008
Around the Reading Workshop in 180 Days: A Month-By-Month Guide to Effective Instruction
Wordier than I like for the amount of theory/strategy it examines; not particularly thoroughly, either. Also, my classes are five months, not nine, so ...more
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Jul 13, 2008
Assessment for Reading Instruction
There might be useful information in here, but I couldn't get past how dull it was. Or maybe I could've, but I was at the bookstore and there were oth ...more
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Jul 13, 2008
The War of the Roses
I thought it might be intriguing, but I couldn't get past the story being about two not-very-pleasant people being more and more rotten to each other. ...more
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Jul 01, 2008
I couldn't continue reading after about the first few chapters. It was just SO alien to me.
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Mar 30, 2009
The Kite Runner
One of my students loaned this to me for the summer. I've GOT to read it.
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Jun 08, 2009
Savor the Moment (Bride Quartet, #3)
Alpha-ish hero. That's kind of not my thing. Sooo... yeah.
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Jun 28, 2010
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