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i read this in hardback, when it first came out, and i'd say it was probably the reason i became addicted to WWII/holocaust literature/history at such ...more
Jan 1990
Jun 08, 2007
Island of the Blue Dolphins
**spoiler alert** man, fourth grade was a good year for reading! this is another one, and fed my urge to be able to survive on my own even further. th ...more
Jan 1991
Jun 08, 2007
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

This book is quite simply utterly brilliant, and that is before I read the Author's Notes where she ment
Apr 04, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
The Hours
i kind of wonder what would have happened if this hadn't been my first cunningham. i didn't like any of his other books anywhere near as much (i full ...more
Feb 2004
Jun 16, 2007
Maus: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1)
a graphic novel of the holocaust? that features MICE? with crazy cats and dogs and pigs as the bad guys?

this is bloody brilliant. i know, i never wou
Oct 2003
Jun 17, 2007
Garden of Beasts
i wasn't sure what to expect, given that a) i love deaver, b) usually dislike historical fiction, and c) know a crap load about the interwar period in ...more
Aug 10, 2012
Aug 08, 2012
Cop Town
Please read this book.

I didn't realize how much I wanted this book until I read it.

I have read every Karin Slaughter book, starting back with book #
Jun 24, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
Specimen Days
i was SO looking forward to this book, it's kind of ridiculous. i mean, i own the first edition copy, because i BOUGHT it right then.

and then. it was
Jan 2005
Jun 16, 2007
Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle, #2)
oh, ann, you drive me NUTS.

that said, this book was quicker and more interesting in terms of plot than the first, though it's really the stuff in the
Jul 20, 2012
Jul 29, 2012
The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3)
hmmmm. this was a very long book for a pretty short payoff. i mean, i get it. there were scenes that were chilling and awesome but i wonder if they we ...more
Jul 25, 2012
Jul 29, 2012
Splendor (Luxe, #4)
so. here's the thing: despite the fact that i still don't understand or really like lina and never found her appealing, i think all the strands of the ...more
Dec 30, 2009
Jan 02, 2010
Bright Young Things (Bright Young Things, #1)
full review after apps are turned in.

if the The Luxe series was a young adult Edith Wharton, then this might be an attempt to be a young adult F. Sco
Nov 24, 2010
Nov 23, 2010
Between Shades of Gray
i think this book would have been much stronger without the little flashbacks.

that said, it would take almost half the book away.

in a sense, i felt
Feb 09, 2012
Feb 12, 2012
Back Home
i loved this book. if i had read this when i was younger, this clearly would have been a favorite.

yes, it's a bit simple in the plot. rusty was 7 whe
Dec 07, 2013
Dec 04, 2013
Sarah's Key
a perfect blend of accurate history and good modern-day storytelling.

i knew the history, but it's easy for me because this is what i studied. (well,
Jan 27, 2010
Jan 25, 2010
i liked it. i think i wasn't so hung up on the history because ancient history is not my thing, and i read the illiad so long ago, i wasn't all "but t ...more
Mar 08, 2009
Mar 12, 2009
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)
i liked it. definitely enough to pick up the next book - it was an easy read for me, and i liked gemma. i did not like ann very much, but felicity is ...more
Jul 16, 2012
Jul 29, 2012
Errant (Killer Unicorns, #.5)
so it's well established i love killer unicorns, and i love everything Diana Peterfreund writes.

but let me say why i loved this short story.

what end
Feb 19, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
The Red Tent
quite good and engaging. i didn't cry, and i actually don't know why so many people did - i thought this was a beautiful story of a strong woman born ...more
Dec 03, 2008
Nov 30, 2008
The Rock and the River (The Rock and the River, #1)
wow. i found this to be amazing. i only really knew of the Black Panther party in Oakland (my US history is a little weak, especially in the midwest) ...more
Jan 20, 2014
Jan 20, 2014
i actually think that knowing what happens (clearly, this is the titanic) strengthened the suspense of the novel - how was it going to end? when? how ...more
Oct 04, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
The Boleyn Inheritance (The Tudors, #3)
i think that phillippa gregory has issues. i don't buy at all that jane boyeln was the nastiest character ever, i kind of hate her for that characteri ...more
Mar 26, 2008
Feb 21, 2008
The Virgin's Lover (The Tudor Court, #5)
so this is the story of queen elizabeth I, and her first year on the throne, basically. admittedly, i did not read The Queen's Fool, which apparently ...more
Apr 05, 2008
Mar 29, 2008
All Quiet on the Western Front
possibly one of my favorite books to come out of WWI.

i read it once, on my own, when i was in high school. later, i read it in one of my courses, wom
Apr 2002
Jun 14, 2007
The Explosionist
so, the premise of the book revolves around the question: what would the world be like if napoleon wasn't defeated at waterloo?

my problem was from a h
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 05, 2009
King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian
one of the first marguerite henry books i read, i was surprisingly disappointed. i felt the story didn't move fast enough, and the details she include ...more
Jan 1990
Jun 08, 2007
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
for june book group.

surprisingly engaging - near the end, i couldn't put it down (i let the kid i was babysitting for watch tv once he woke up so i c
Jun 2007
Jun 04, 2007
The Luxe (Luxe, #1)
pretty darn awesome. this is "gossip girl" for the turn-of-the-century crowd (think edith wharton's new york) and man, i love it. for some reason, it ...more
Dec 14, 2009
Oct 03, 2009
The Kommandant's Girl (The Kommandant's Girl, #1)
huh. i can't decide how i really liked this. there's so much controversy, sometimes, over setting a story during the holocaust . . . this was a differ ...more
May 10, 2008
Mar 14, 2008
The Bone Garden
it shows how little i know about early american history that i can't even figure out if the stuff she's writing about is true or made up or even possi ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 19, 2007
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