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Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
Wow, am I in the minority with this one. I like cats, I like libraries, and I've even known a library cat or two. I didn't expect to rave about this b ...more
Nov 12, 2008
Nov 06, 2008
The Film Club: A Memoir
I quit. I cannot stand to read any more. I had been looking forward to reading this and was very much hoping to include it in the library's blog, but ...more
May 10, 2008
Apr 30, 2008
The Kommandant's Girl (The Kommandant's Girl, #1)
**spoiler alert** 2 1/2 stars. My book group liked this much more than I did, though even fans admitted to being distracted by the frequent use of "ok ...more
Jun 2008
Feb 05, 2008
Is my face red. I promoted this book during summer presentations, in spite of the fact I've grown skeptical of any work that claims to reinvent anothe ...more
Sep 22, 2013
Aug 18, 2013
Infected (Infected, #1)
Well-plotted enough, I suppose, but most definitely NOT my kind of read. Incessant foul language, manic violence, graphic gore, and grating characters ...more
Aug 27, 2008
Aug 15, 2008
The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2.5)
Somewhere between two and three stars. I feel like a bit of a heel, but I also resent that feeling.

I’ll just state it baldly: I was disappointed. I ad
Oct 17, 2014
Jul 06, 2014
The Husband List
Though my ratings reflect my personal opinion, I do try to ask myself, "who would like this and why?", especially if it isn't a book that was successf ...more
Feb 27, 2013
Feb 23, 2013
S'Mother: The Story of a Man, His Mom, and the Thousands of Altogether Insane Letters She's Mailed Him
I had hoped this would be a funny yet warm reflection on a wildly strange mother-son dynamic, and it starts out that way. It's not a long book, but af ...more
Nov 02, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
Though I was asked to read this for work, I tried to approach it with an open mind. We serve readers of many different tastes, and there is no escapin ...more
Apr 11, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
The End of the Affair
A fabulous performance of a layered masterwork. This is a story that could only be told with a first-person point of view, and the contradictions in M ...more
Oct 12, 2014
Oct 08, 2014
The Age of Miracles
4.5 stars. A story full of wonder and impact. This is a remarkable book, and I found myself enveloped right from the start. The premise is imaginative ...more
Jun 10, 2012
Jun 04, 2012
Little Did I Know: A Novel
After over 50 pages, all we've seen is that every woman the main character meets is unbelievably gorgeous, engages in clever verbal sparring, and is a ...more
Jan 04, 2012
Dec 31, 2011
Body Movers (Body Movers, #1)
What I thought would be a cute read (one I could suggest to Evanovich fans?) turned out not to be so. This is paced all wrong. Near the end of the fir ...more
Jun 09, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
4.5 stars. An informative, eye-opening book -- more so than I expected. Because I entered into the work with a fair understanding of personality and p ...more
Jan 27, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
Full Disclosure
Oh, Dee Henderson. I so used to enjoy your books. Since this is the second novel where I find myself seriously questioning whether it's your writing t ...more
Nov 07, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
The Queen (Patrick Bowers Files, #5)
You must be kidding me.

Not only was I fan from the The Pawn, but I have actively recommended these books to patrons who were looking for fast-paced, s
Oct 05, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
Ordinary Grace
If one looks at this more as a tale of local color, one tragic summer, and an exploration of faith in terrible circumstances it improves a bit. Howeve ...more
Jan 13, 2015
Dec 16, 2014
The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Brontë
Thoroughly strains -- then snaps -- credibility of what a young woman such as Charlotte Bronte might do in extraordinary circumstances. As an avid fan ...more
May 26, 2008
Apr 30, 2008
Life Itself: A Memoir
4.5 stars. Usually I round down, but what's good about this is so good that I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt. I expected to enjoy this memoir, p ...more
May 23, 2012
May 16, 2012
Controlled Descent
Impressive world-building, especially in creating a near-future setting that establishes prior disaster without being heavy-handed. This is one novel ...more
Jan 2015
Nov 23, 2014
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
First, I freely acknowledge that my expectations may have been inflated. How could they not be, when anytime I heard the book mentioned, excitement bu ...more
Dec 10, 2009
Nov 29, 2009
How High the Moon
Even a less than great Sandra Kring book is still sweet and engaging, but this somehow missed the mark for me. The now-required element of a precociou ...more
May 26, 2010
May 16, 2010
We Were Liars
My rating is a compromise. I've wrestled with this one -- quite a bit, in fact, especially because of beautifully articulated assessments from readers ...more
Dec 22, 2014
Dec 18, 2014
What Alice Forgot
First, an important clarification: these are notes from a production of the original edition. My colleague and I discovered several differences betwee ...more
Aug 27, 2014
Aug 20, 2014
Losing It (Losing It, #1)
I don't even know how to assess this book. It definitely isn't for me now, but neither would it have been when I was the target demographic. Listen, I ...more
Sep 28, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
The Rosie Effect
Perhaps I might have upped to 2.5 stars on the strength of the audio, but frankly, I think that was already factored in to make it to 2.

My affection f
Feb 06, 2015
Jan 28, 2015
I'm out. Even after the investment of forty-six chapters, six and a half discs, and way too much of my precious listening time, I choose to stop infli ...more
Oct 22, 2014
Oct 12, 2014
Cop Town
The good: realistic detail and an incredible sense of both time and place. The heroines are given complexity, and the ugly reality of the trials suffe ...more
Mar 31, 2015
Mar 14, 2015
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (Jane Austen Mysteries #12)
First, I love the nod that the 12th book in the series is themed with the twelve days of Christmas (the English festival of twelfth night, not the ins ...more
Nov 23, 2014
Nov 20, 2014
Hell or High Water
First, a quibble with the series note ("Nola Cespedes Mysteries #1"): this is not a mystery -- not even close.

It's also not a suspense/thriller, despi
Sep 05, 2012
Aug 30, 2012
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