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The Final Warning (Maximum Ride, #4)
3.85
AAAAAAAhhhhhh!! This series is fun. The first three books are an action-packed fun adventure with decent characters. There are plot holes, but the poi...more
Aug 25, 2008
Apr 10, 2008
 
When You Reach Me
4.07
It's OK. It's clever, but it's not that clever. Quirky, spunky girl protagonist with quirky, spunky mom dealing with growing up, beginning to empathiz...more
Feb 28, 2010
Feb 28, 2010
 
The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo, and the Artistic Duel That Defined the Renaissance
3.66
Wow. Very disappointed. Interesting history ruined by three things:

1. The tangent-style organization allowing the author to "impress" the reader with...more
Apr 13, 2013
Mar 31, 2013
 
The Force Unleashed (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, #1)
3.71
The series based on the Republic Commando video games turned out to be fun action mixed with extremely thought-provoking questions about the morality...more
Jun 20, 2012
Jun 20, 2012
 
Born to Rise: A Story of Children and Teachers Reaching Their Highest Potential
4.22
I came in predisposed to dislike this, and it's hard to write a book specifically about your successes without sounding egotistical, but I am not find...more
Mar 25, 2013
Feb 23, 2013
 
The Making of America: The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution
4.38
Working on this one a bit. Seems to be pushing Skousen's agenda again, the principles he claims the founders meant, but mysteriously showed up in 5000...more
Nov 07, 2009
Oct 04, 2009
 
A Death in Brazil: A Book of Omissions
3.57
This probably isn't for most of my Goodreads friends, but this was fascinating and touching, tinged with sadness. The history of Brasil is messed up a...more
not set
Mar 20, 2009
 
Outbound Flight (Star Wars)
3.88
I know I'm a nerd, but I love the star Wars books. The first ones I read were my mother-in-law's Thrawn trilogy that take place 5 years after Return o...more
Feb 26, 2008
Feb 26, 2008
 
Warbreaker
4.16
Reread 6-18-13
I finally got the paperback. Still a great story; still a horrible cover. My wife commented again how horrible it looked again, and I ha...more
Aug 22, 2009
Aug 21, 2009
 
The Shadow in the North (Sally Lockhart, #2)
3.81
**spoiler alert** Bleh! This is not YA in my opinion. The 16-yr-old Sally from the last book is now 22 and Frederick is something like 26. Their conce...more
Jul 22, 2010
Aug 02, 2010
 
Enchanters' End Game (The Belgariad, #5)
4.15
Meh. I like many of the characters, but they do the same things in the same way for 5 books and it just wore on me. Many things were resolved too easi...more
Sep 06, 2012
Sep 06, 2012
 
Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools
4.21
10 stars. Please read this Goodreads friends! Even if you aren't usually interested in educational nitty-gritty, read the book because this is affecti...more
Oct 29, 2013
Sep 18, 2013
 
The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country
3.81
Wow...great book. But this will make you very, very cynical.

All the stuff people accuse Presidents Clinton and Bush Jr. of are combined and documented...more
Mar 18, 2008
Mar 10, 2008
 
Throes of Democracy: The American Civil War Era 1829-1877
4.07
Reread July-October 2011 - Took me 3 months again, but I read this again and even all of the notes in the back this time. I love this author! His inte...more
Jul 08, 2008
May 07, 2008
 
Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)
3.78
This is an interesting series. If you don't know, this home-schooled fantasy nut wrote the first draft of this when he was 15 and eventually got it pu...more
not set
Apr 14, 2008
 
Freedom Just Around the Corner: A New American History: 1585-1828
4.09
Reread - May-July 2011 Still incredibly interesting, informative, and thought provoking. I hadn't noticed previously how McDougall briefly addresses t...more
Apr 27, 2009
Jul 08, 2008
 
The Playful Brain: The Surprising Science of How Puzzles Improve Your Mind
3.59
It's fun. The brain guy explains parts of how your brain works, and different strengths or weaknesses people can have in those areas, and then the puz...more
Aug 26, 2013
Apr 11, 2011
 
The Golden Compass: Kompas Emas (His Dark Materials, #1)
3.89
I just wrote a note on my friend's review of this and decided to copy most of it as my review of the series.

I think the hubbub and all the emails over...more
not set
Feb 11, 2008
 
The Well Between The Worlds (Lyonesse, #1)
3.66
This book is hard for me to rate. The character interactions and inner thoughts of the main character are incredibly, awfully annoying. No one ever co...more
May 22, 2011
May 24, 2011
 
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
4.18
Oh. Just found that I hadn't reviewed this. This is a great series based on Greek/Roman mythology in our day. The characters can fit onto typical teen...more
not set
Jul 08, 2008
 
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1)
3.94
Ugh. This is so popular that I had to read this first one when a copy fell into my hands. The 2nd is slightly worse, but I still feel there is basical...more
Oct 30, 2013
Oct 30, 2013
 
The Final Days
4.03
This 5 star rating is for me, I don't think most of my Goodreads friends would enjoy this. It is fascinating, illuminating, and depressing at the same...more
Nov 17, 2008
Apr 30, 2008
 
Billy Budd
3.03
This is short or I wouldn't read it. Melville's language is extremely interesting and boring at the same time. This would make less sense if I hadn't...more
Jun 23, 2009
Jun 22, 2009
 
The UnValentine
3.90
This is like 3 3/4 stars. I have met the author as he teaches high school in my district. He sent a free signed copy to our school library. The librar...more
Feb 03, 2009
Feb 03, 2009
 
Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven, #3)
4.22
Wow! This series is on a roll. I was on the waiting list for about 4 months for this one. This is one of my favorite 3 or 4 young adult series. It's r...more
Jul 20, 2008
Apr 25, 2008
 
Infinity Blade: Redemption (Infinity Blade, #2)
3.91
It's got some interesting stuff, but the beginning and end are tied up in the video games which I have not played. It can be a little gruesome with th...more
Dec 29, 2013
Jan 01, 2014
 
Champion (Legend, #3)
4.41
This one is hard for me to describe. There's some things I love about it and some things I hate. The 3 stars is right on.

The plot is slower than the f...more
Feb 22, 2014
Feb 22, 2014
 
The Host (The Host, #1)
3.85
I have time to read and I'm loving it! This is a good book. Stephanie Meyers definitely has an expansive imagination to come up with the macro-situati...more
Dec 10, 2008
Dec 21, 2008
 
American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church
3.69
Very disappointing. I went in expecting a very skeptical, non-LDS viewpoint, but I feel the author approached the topic very one-sidedly and treated h...more
Sep 02, 2014
Sep 03, 2014
 
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda #1)
3.88
I had seen this around for a long time and wanted to know what it's about. I saw it at the library in passing and snagged it. I expected a Star Wars L...more
Jul 03, 2014
Jul 05, 2014
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