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Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)
This book gave me a lot to think about and gave lots of interesting history. I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could. There were a lot of things I really lik...more
Mar 2012
Mar 03, 2012
Faith: Behind The Fences:  A True Story Of Survival In A Japanese Prison Camp
This is a beautiful retelling of a heart-breaking experience. Probably my favorite WWII-camp book. I read this and was inspired.
Jul 16, 2012
Jul 15, 2012
The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1)
The audio for this book is fantastic. It's a fun, light read with great writing. I'll encourage my kids to read it too.
Jan 2013
Feb 06, 2013
I started this book but didn't finish. I may give it another chance in the future, then again, I may not. I had a friend say recently, "I don't agree...more
Mar 2012
Jan 21, 2009
Year of Wonders
I enjoyed the unexpected narration from a maid and her insights into life and faith and loss, even though couched in a crudeness of one brought up in...more
Jan 25, 2011
Dec 03, 2010
Flight Behavior
This was probably my least favorite Kingsolver book. Still, there was a lot I liked about it. The language, the writing . . . Barbara Kingsolver is ju...more
Oct 2013
Jul 07, 2013
My Fair Godmother (My Fair Godmother, #1)
Why not? Looks like a fun, light read. But not at the top of my gigantic and growing to read list. =)
not set
May 13, 2009
Peace Like a River
I really liked this book. It raises a lot of interesting, and frankly unanswerable, moral questions. The story is well-written, almost-satisfying, and...more
Feb 2012
Jan 30, 2012
Lost in Shangri-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
Interesting story about a side-event during WWII. Some parts bugged me but overall good.
Feb 2013
Feb 06, 2013
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
Ry tore through this series in a couple weeks. Loved them all. I haven't read them myself.
Dec 2011
Jan 03, 2012
The Civil War Trilogy: Gods and Generals / The Killer Angels / The Last Full Measure
I've only read the original, but I'd like to read the prequel and sequel sometime.
not set
Jun 20, 2009
Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History of Our Times
The politics and history in this narrative are fascinating. I found my naivety shattered with the blunt reality of how power and money really move the...more
Sep 2008
Sep 29, 2008
The Bean Trees (Greer Family, #1)
This was a great book. Kingsolver paints fascinating characters and an intriguing plot with her rich style, marrying laugh-out-loud funny and ridiculo...more
Jul 2013
Jul 07, 2013
Treasure Island
I'm reading this with Ry and Ana. Sometimes reading "literature" with our kids can be a little shocking! But it's fun to read a book like this and wat...more
Jun 15, 2010
Feb 14, 2010
Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes
I'm sure I could read/listen to this again and learn so much (there was so much in this book that I know I haven't retained enough of it, especially s...more
Aug 2011
Jun 18, 2011
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
I liked this book. I didn't love it, but I really liked it. At first I felt like the Hamlet structure was too transparent, but I like how it played ou...more
Oct 2008
Sep 29, 2008
Castle (The Seventh Tower, #2)
Loved it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
not set
Jun 08, 2012
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe
4 stars for the story, 3 stars for the writing. This is an amazing story of strong women, not giving up, not giving in, incredibly inspiring. The auth...more
May 2012
Dec 01, 2011
Who Moved My Cheese?
It's been awhile, but I remember liking it.
not set
Jul 01, 2013
So Brave, Young and Handsome
I like Enger's writing and while this was a very different book from Peace Like a River, I liked it a lot. It was a fun story with some deeper themes....more
Feb 2012
Jan 30, 2012
The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education
This was a timely book for me with Ryan entering army bootcamp at the end of the month. The Unforgiving Minute was a well-written and honest look at o...more
Sep 03, 2009
Jul 21, 2009
The Power of One
This is the best book I've read in a very long time. I could tell when the end was coming (I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Humphrey Bower, wh...more
Oct 2008
Oct 11, 2008
Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran
I loved the frank insider/outsider perspective on Iran. Not amazing literature by any means but an interesting discussion about life and politics in I...more
Jun 2009
May 24, 2009
In His Steps
I am sorry to admit that I didn't finish this book. It was ok but just couldn't hold my interest. I had checked it out from netlibraries and one day I...more
Sep 2008
Aug 22, 2008
The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers
I feel like I've been kind of stingy on my ratings lately, but these books aren't grabbing me and moving me right now. This was a good book, but I did...more
Sep 2011
Apr 30, 2011
This was a good idea, not well executed. It well written enough to hold an adult's interest and it wasn't a good enough story to entertain a child. It...more
Nov 2012
May 14, 2012
The Fault in Our Stars
I felt like John Green did a fantastic job of writing about a really difficult subject. Characterization was great, dialogue was interesting and reali...more
Jan 27, 2014
Nov 21, 2013
100 Days and 99 Nights
I'm reading this with Ana and Ry and it is a great book! The writing is hilarious (I think Ryan and I are enjoying it even more than the kids are) and...more
Jul 30, 2010
Jun 16, 2010
Pigs in Heaven
I was started to find that this book was written in a different voice from The Bean Trees. At first the switch to third person (away from Taylor's str...more
Jul 26, 2013
Aug 24, 2008
Love Walked In
I listened to the audiobook of this and it was excellent. The voices really brought the story alive and the juxtaposition of the two characters chapte...more
Jun 14, 2008
Jun 14, 2008