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Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness
4.07
it was amazing
I keep suggesting this very readable nonfiction book to people – both privately to individuals and publicly whenever I present my new storytelling pro ...more
Dec 15, 2008
Feb 10, 2009
 
Dark Life (Dark Life, #1)
3.89
it was amazing
I haven't had time to keep up with recording on GoodReads what I've been reading, but last night I finished reading the hardcover edition of Dark Life ...more
Jul 07, 2010
Jul 08, 2010
 
Bound
3.04
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** I received this book as a gift (not from GoodReads) but I almost didn't read it because I thought it was going to be something drear ...more
Feb 13, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
 
The Mystery of Grace
3.92
it was amazing
This stand-alone urban fantasy/romance by one of my favorite authors was published for adults but will, I think, appeal to many teen fantasy readers, ...more
Apr 17, 2009
Apr 16, 2009
 
The Serpent King
4.22
it was amazing
Jeff Zentner was my favorite new-to-me author of 2016. I read his book, The Serpent King, over breakfast on the morning that Maggie Stiefvater's The R ...more
Apr 2016
Mar 30, 2017
 
Hotel
3.94
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** When the manager of the Fairfield Inn in Muncie, Indiana called me the week before the 2015 Midwest Writers Workshop to say my reser ...more
Aug 2015
Jan 08, 2016
 
The Underneath
3.93
it was ok
I confess that I only read the first 25 and (unusual for me) last 7 pages of this book. I read that much and just couldn't read any more. Even if the ...more
Apr 08, 2009
Apr 09, 2009
 
The Warded Man (Demon Cycle, #1)
4.27
it was amazing
I was SAD when this very readable fantasy-adventure book ended; I had gotten so attached to the three young heroes and felt so immersed in their world ...more
Mar 31, 2009
Apr 02, 2009
 
The Martian
4.39
it was amazing
Funny and yet science-y, sciency-y and yet funny, I most loved this book because it was such an exciting survival story. This was one of my three favo ...more
Mar 2014
Jan 07, 2015
 
Never Tell a Lie
3.32
it was amazing
Oh, my goodness, this is a nail-biter! I started to read this in a chain bookstore, couldn't afford to buy it that night and so put it on hold for mys ...more
Feb 26, 2009
Feb 27, 2009
 
Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)
4.11
it was amazing
This is the richly satisfying sequel to the richly satisfying The Diviners. The sinister man in the stovepipe hat still lurks in the background but th ...more
Oct 2015
Jan 08, 2016
 
The Servants
3.32
liked it
Certain aspects of this fast read reminded me of the movies "The Others" and "The Sixth Sense," although the plot is very different. I picked it up be ...more
Feb 16, 2009
Feb 17, 2009
 
Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)
3.87
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I chose this as my favorite audiobook of the 35 I listened to in 2015 because Eileen Stevens does such a great job of performing it. ...more
Oct 2015
Jan 08, 2016
 
Finding Nouf (Nayir Sharqi & Katya Hijazi #1)
3.78
it was amazing
This unusual romance/mystery was published for adults but was named an Alex Award winner for its special appeal to teens, too. It is a fascinating, te ...more
Dec 27, 2008
Feb 10, 2009
 
The Black Hour
3.39
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** This psychological thriller/mystery with its fascinating details and many plot twists was such a satisfying read! It is about a univ ...more
Jul 2015
Jan 08, 2016
 
Roller Girl
4.27
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** This graphic novel is truthful and smart and fun to read. It is probably meant for a younger audience than YA but I want to remember ...more
Aug 2015
Jan 08, 2016
 
Flipped
3.93
it was amazing
Oh, my, this is a treat! Funny and wise; I laughed and cried.

I read it because we needed some more "wow" books for a fun summer reading list for midd
...more
Mar 16, 2009
Mar 16, 2009
 
Playing with Matches
3.78
liked it
**spoiler alert** This was a satisfying read in that the funny, doesn't-know-he's-attractive guy suffers deeply after dumping his ugly soulmate girlfr ...more
Feb 13, 2009
Feb 16, 2009
 
The Circus in Winter
3.64
it was amazing
Of the 80 books I read in 2012, this was my favorite re-read.

(I am writing this at the end of 2013 after re-reading my 2012 reading log. I have decid
...more
Jul 2012
Dec 30, 2013
 
My Abandonment
3.54
it was amazing
Wow, what a book. I mean seriously, wow. I can not remember the last time a book so thoroughly grabbed and disturbed me that I literally could not get ...more
May 06, 2009
May 12, 2009
 
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)
3.98
it was amazing
Of the 80 books I read in 2012, this was my favorite new-to-me fiction print book.

(I am writing this at the end of 2013 after re-reading my 2012 read
...more
Sep 2012
Dec 30, 2013
 
Big Girl Small
3.35
it was amazing
2012 Alex winner. (The Alex award is given to up to 10 books annually that were published for adults but which also have potential teen appeal.)

Judy i
...more
Feb 28, 2012
Mar 01, 2012
 
The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
3.46
it was amazing
Oh, how I loved this book! I loved the "Little House" books as a child and I still go back to my favorite bits when I need comforting as an adult. Eve ...more
Jul 26, 2011
Jul 26, 2011
 
Station Eleven
4.01
it was amazing
This novel sort of made me think of "Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play" by Anne Washburn, which the Phoenix Theatre put on here in Indianapolis in 2015 ...more
Dec 2015
Jan 08, 2016
 
Britten and Brülightly
3.67
really liked it
Maybe I was supposed to take it seriously, but I got a kick out of this angsty detective story/graphic novel. I love reading Raymond Chandler novels, ...more
Apr 07, 2009
Apr 08, 2009
 
The English American
3.27
really liked it
This funny contemporary romance about a young woman searching for her roots and true love was published for adults but will probably appeal to many te ...more
Jan 20, 2009
Feb 10, 2009
 
Miles from Nowhere
3.48
did not like it
I confess that I only read 52 pages of this book. By then the depressing "blech" factor was just too strong for me to continue trying to keep up with ...more
Apr 08, 2009
Apr 09, 2009
 
Blood and Ice
3.29
really liked it
This masculine (whatever that means) romantic adventure was a just-right treat for me! The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because I found ...more
Jun 18, 2011
Jun 22, 2011
 
On the Jellicoe Road
4.14
it was amazing
This started out slowly for me. When I wasn't fighting off sleep during the first several pages, I was feeling annoyed. I kept wanting to say to the a ...more
Feb 14, 2009
Feb 16, 2009
 
The Well-Dressed Ape: A Natural History of Myself
3.73
liked it
I confess that I have only read the first 50 pages plus a few other sections of this book. It is chatty and interesting and fun to read in some ways, ...more
Mar 06, 2009
Mar 07, 2009
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