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The Fireman
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I keep reading Joe Hill and I keep being disappointed because his novels never seem to live up to the promise of his outstanding sho ...more
May 25, 2016
Jun 02, 2016
Lab Girl
really liked it
Hope Jahren's true stories of life, love and science labs basically saved my life after the election when I went on a news blackout and needed somethi ...more
Nov 14, 2016
Nov 20, 2016
The Good Thief
really liked it
This Dickensian adventure story of an orphan boy who makes good by teaming up with a pair of grave robbers is a bit bleak in the telling, but more tha ...more
Sep 2008
Jul 23, 2008
Freddie and Me: A Coming-of-Age (Bohemian) Rhapsody
liked it
A sweet graphic novel memoir of growing up on Queen and classic rock. Dawson does a nice job of showing what a prominent place music holds in the live ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 11, 2008
Life After Life
it was amazing
Hands down one of the best adult books I've read this year. Every accolade is earned. A masterpiece of plotting, I can't even begin to imagine the out ...more
Dec 03, 2013
Nov 30, 2013
The Best Man
liked it
A charming slice of Mid-western middle school life, as translated by a lovable young man who is always one step behind the curve. His reactions to the ...more
Oct 04, 2016
Aug 11, 2016
All Grown Up
really liked it
The best review of this book is by Roxane Gay ( and all I will add is that I highlighted so many passages in ...more
Apr 12, 2017
Apr 15, 2017
Goodbye Stranger
really liked it
This quiet, deeply felt novel about the changing nature of friendship beautifully bridges the gap between middle and high school. It never ceases to a ...more
May 04, 2015
May 04, 2015
did not like it
**spoiler alert** Ugh! One of those mysteries where the culprit was no one that you could have guessed. I hate it when all the clues are red herrings ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 05, 2008
liked it
While I deeply appreciated the research that went into these character-driven connected short stories about a Ghanaian family split and scarred by sla ...more
Jun 29, 2016
Jun 04, 2016
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
really liked it
A tidy, twee story about a cranky bookstore owner who is saved from own cynical nature by a baby, his books and a big blushing bride. Is this novel un ...more
May 07, 2014
May 07, 2014
All the Light We Cannot See
it was amazing
A beautiful, haunting tale about both our unspeakable inhumanity to each other and boundless grace. Humans are complex and flawed creatures, and this ...more
Jan 13, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
liked it
This story of a family who follows the advice of an unbalanced, nature loving guru who promises to "cure" their autistic teenage daughter is engagingl ...more
May 21, 2016
May 21, 2016
The Nest
really liked it
A creepy, atmospheric, all ages read whose tone reminded me of The Graveyard Book. You'll never look at that wasps' nest hanging off the corner of you ...more
Jun 08, 2015
Jun 18, 2015
Kitchens of the Great Midwest
it was amazing
A difficult to describe book that works on a number of levels and which will probably be enthusiastically appreciated by a wide range of readers. A ma ...more
Aug 23, 2015
Aug 08, 2015
Mitch and Amy
really liked it
My favorite chapter is when Mitch finally realizes that reading can be fun. Clearly perfectly captures the everyday wonder of that moment for all of u ...more
Jan 1982
Jan 13, 2009
Anastasia Krupnik (Anastasia Krupnik, #1)
it was amazing
Re-read after seeing it for sale on Kindle. Still just as good as when I was 11. Remember "One-Ball Reilly" ? How did Lois Lowry get away with THAT?
Nov 04, 2012
Nov 04, 2012
Fish in a Tree
really liked it
"I remember thinking that my reading differences were like dragging a concrete block around every day and how I felt sorry for myself. Now I realize t ...more
Feb 16, 2016
Feb 17, 2016
Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)
really liked it
SO. GOOD. Longer review at RR:
Jul 27, 2014
Jul 25, 2014
really liked it
One of the best books about the awkwardness of adolescence, hands down. Authentic teenage feelings, all the way from 1969. Geez.
Jan 1985
Jan 13, 2009
The Curse of the Blue Figurine (Johnny Dixon, #1)
really liked it
Best Bellairs title, IMHO. Scared the pants off me and still does. A particularly deft handling of how a child experiences guilt.
Jan 1984
Jan 13, 2009
Lonesome Dove
it was amazing
Best. book. ever. The high water mark I compare almost everything else I read to--I've read it more than five times through.
not set
Sep 26, 2008
In a Dark, Dark Wood
it was ok
Too easy, and awfully contrived. I was unsure why there was so much buzz. A fast, forgettable read.
Oct 30, 2015
Dec 21, 2015
it was amazing
Best. book. ever.

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Nov 26, 2010
The Great American Whatever
really liked it
Nov 15, 2015
Nov 15, 2015
The Passion of Dolssa
it was amazing
Mar 22, 2016
Mar 18, 2016
The Ghosts of Heaven
really liked it
Jan 2015
Jan 15, 2015
Tales from Outer Suburbia
it was amazing
Dec 2008
Dec 20, 2008
Salt to the Sea
it was amazing
Jan 29, 2016
Feb 05, 2016
Playing with Matches
really liked it
Read for professional review.
Apr 2008
Aug 20, 2008
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