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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
4.31
Update 6/9/12 ** some spoilers..** but if you haven't read this by now, shame on you. I know it's popular and over-saturated, but it's not Twilight... ...more
Sep 2009
Jan 10, 2009
 
Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles, #3)
4.46
I'm just ... speechless at this point.

I need to ruminate.

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If I could sum up this series with one word, and MM uses it copiously thr
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Oct 12, 2012
Mar 13, 2011
 
Last Night I Sang to the Monster
4.15
update: I'm a rare 5 star person. It has to be an overall good book with a decent plot, sympathetic characters, unobtrusive language and a satisfying ...more
Mar 16, 2012
Jun 05, 2011
 
Wonder
4.42
** slight spoilers, ye be warned. **

I'll preface my review with the thought that Wonder is not a YA book. YA readers and adults alike can read and en
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Mar 10, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
**spoiler alert** 6/16/12 *** major spoilers ***


Finished a read-through last night...and I'll admit, I was depressed and in a bad mood for a few hours
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Aug 26, 2010
Feb 13, 2010
 
Ferragost (Lumatere Chronicles, #2.5)
4.16
3.5 stars

I'm just not into short stories, because, well, I just don't get the appeal.

This one, and Ferragost, were excellent for what they are: short
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Aug 08, 2012
Jun 08, 2012
 
The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
4.20
fervently read the first 3/4, got the main idea, skipped some to the end and just read the ones I found fascinating.

I mostly read this book in 15 min.
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Jan 11, 2012
Nov 10, 2011
 
A Single Shard
3.85
6/25/12

I've decided that this is a perfect example of the 'journey' plot structure. And it works so, so good! I'm not saying it's a perfect book, perf
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Jan 2002
Oct 24, 2009
 
A Monster Calls
4.26
What a book... 4.5 stars

I haven't cried that hard at the end of a book in a really, really long time.

My guess is: if a book can win awards on it's ab
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Oct 27, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
 
Before I Fall
3.93
4.5 stars

I'm embarking on a 4300 mile road trip tomorrow, so my review is going to have to wait.

This book almost lost me. I almost gave up at page 9
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Jul 06, 2012
Oct 19, 2011
 
Chew, Vol. 9: Chicken Tenders
4.30
Tying up of a few story arcs, introducing a few more.

I foresee (view spoiler)
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May 06, 2015
Feb 19, 2015
 
Unwind (Unwind, #1)
4.19
**spoiler alert** I'm almost speechless about this book.



It wasn't AWESOME in any sense of the word, but it certainly is compelling and thought provok
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Jun 11, 2009
Aug 28, 2009
 
Fahrenheit 451
3.95
How was this book not written 15 years ago?? Did RayBra predict large-screen tv's, Reality Television, blue tooth, and pretty much the true downfall o ...more
Jul 08, 2012
May 16, 2012
 
Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories
4.06
In the end, I'll give it 5 stars, as this book will really hit some people, and I'm one of those people. Other people will hate this book, and to each ...more
Mar 06, 2012
Oct 03, 2011
 
The Wednesday Wars
4.05
4.5 stars

**slight spoilers. Ye be warned...**


I almost wish I had read this before Okay for Now.

But it's ok...they are companion books, and 'Okay' isn
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Nov 13, 2011
Sep 01, 2011
 
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
4.06
Amazing.

Best YA fantasy book I've read in a really long time. I really liked Bitterblue, but this one just takes the cake. Maybe not since Froi of th
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Jun 2012
Sep 23, 2011
 
All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps
4.00
Just read all in one sitting.

Some very heartwarming yet entirely ordinary stories about love found, love lost, and live regained.

Nothing exciting, b
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Jun 22, 2012
Jun 20, 2012
 
Lord of the Flies
3.61
Rating Clarification: I liked it, and It Was Amazing pretty much describe it.

Amazing because: this is a work of fiction, an allegory, it is social co
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Oct 13, 2011
Oct 01, 2011
 
Okay for Now
4.21
**spoiler alert** I just figured out that I didn't write a review for this.

I REALLY hope this wins either the Newberry or Printz. It totally deserves
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Sep 30, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
 
Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
3.96
5 stars, even though partially read. I just really think she knows her stuff.

I only read the introduction and the chapter on dogs, but I'm sure each
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Mar 09, 2012
Feb 29, 2012
 
Cooking Comically: Recipes So Easy You'll Actually Make Them
4.32
I'm pretty sure I'm can-opener certified, and with a recipe difficulty that is on par with shoe tying, this book is a winner.

I like that the pictures
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Oct 28, 2013
Oct 22, 2013
 
V for Vendetta
4.24
Such a timely piece.

Symbolic, personal, original and homage combined...it transcends the genre.

My one complaint is the strangely colored panels at t
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May 17, 2012
Jan 29, 2009
 
Ready Player One
4.31
I could not put this down.

Slightly spoilerish, ye be warned.

Points deducted because it was very Deus ex Machina towards the end, I felt. Oh, I need
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Aug 28, 2014
Jun 21, 2013
 
The Autobiography of Ben Franklin
3.79
Slightly dry at times, but enthralling.
Jun 1998
Dec 09, 2011
 
Locke & Key, Vol. 5: Clockworks
4.53
Overall, I'd have to say that this is one of the best standalone GN series ever.

I get it if you don't like ghosts (view spoiler)
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Aug 23, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
 
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
3.81
Update 2010: Just saw that there is a movie coming out starring James Franco as Aron... Looks good! Well, as good as a movie about a horrific situatio ...more
Jul 2008
Aug 13, 2008
 
Batman: Ego and Other Tails
3.90
I like this immensely as a stand alone. It's style is very distinctive and different than any other Batman graphic novel. Initially, I didn't like tha ...more
Mar 22, 2014
Mar 10, 2014
 
The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
4.17
** Update.

Peter Weir is making this into a movie...should be awesome, just because it's Peter Weir.

It's likely that this story is completely fiction
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Apr 2009
Jan 07, 2010
 
Jellicoe Road
4.17
6th time through, so what's that... 30 stars?

I can't even write a review about this book.

It's too personal.

I think everyone has a book that just hit
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Jan 20, 2011
Jan 06, 2011
 
Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World
3.89
This was an amazing book!

Awakened my wanderlust for sure. We are planning a big trip to cover parts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New
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Oct 2008
Oct 24, 2008
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