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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Calpurnia Tate, #1)
I loved this book, but I didn't give it 5 stars because I don't think it is a life-changing book for me at this stage in my life. Perhaps it would hav ...more
Jul 13, 2009
Jul 04, 2009
The Actor and the Housewife
Disclaimer: I'm a Shannon Hale fan. I follow her blog, and I have been to one of her appearances at a local bookstore. In that brief, extremely public ...more
Aug 29, 2009
Mar 20, 2009
The Star Garden (Sarah Agnes Prine, #3)
This is the third and final book in the Sarah Agnes Prine trilogy (These Is My Words, Sarah's Quilt). I feel like Nancy Turner redeemed herself with t ...more
Jan 2008
Mar 05, 2008
Book of a Thousand Days
I loved this Young Adult book! Hooray for Shannon Hale! I probably wouldn't recommend this book to girls under 12, but I think Hale has produced a won ...more
Feb 2008
Mar 05, 2008
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
After listening to everyone else's opinion of this book, I wasn't even going to read this one. But I guess morbid curiosity got the best of me! I did ...more
Aug 31, 2008
Aug 31, 2008
(This is my Amazon review) Another amazing coming-of-age novel from Schmidt, plus SO much more. I can't begin to explain how much I adore this book. I ...more
Sep 12, 2008
Aug 31, 2008
Time and Again (Time, #1)
My 85-year-old mother recommended this book to me, and I can see why. It is similar to Somewhere in Time in that the main character, Si Morley, who be ...more
Mar 2008
Aug 20, 2009
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
I enjoyed this book, but found it to be a little slow for me. I liked the premise, the characters, and the message, but it just didn't have that I-can ...more
Jan 26, 2013
Jan 17, 2013
The Water Seeker
I generally love bildungsroman novels, but I neither intensely liked nor disliked this book. It is a good read for middle graders about a boy who live ...more
Oct 2010
Sep 29, 2010
The Language of Flowers
So many things about this book bothered me, but overall I thought it was a decent read. I really can't relate at all to the main character, although I ...more
Jan 17, 2013
Jan 04, 2013
I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
I thought this would be funnier, but I was disappointed. I didn't really connect with the author, probably because she has lived a life so far removed ...more
Jul 2012
Sep 25, 2012
The Hitler Dilemma a Mormon boy in the German army
This is an incredible true story of a German young man who struggles between duty to his country and his moral conscience during WWII. The beginning w ...more
Jul 29, 2014
Jul 29, 2014
One Crazy Summer (Gaither Sisters, #1)
This book is set in 1968 during the Black Panther movement in San Francisco. Because of that, I was expecting a more turbulent, dramatic storyline. In ...more
Mar 09, 2010
Feb 22, 2010
These Is My Words (Sarah Agnes Prine, #1)
Every once and a while a book comes along that I love on every level. It has to have the right balance of good writing, uplifting themes, strong voice ...more
Jan 2005
Mar 05, 2008
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
It took me about 30 pages to get into this book. I was a little confused at first about who everyone was. This is just a result of the letter format. ...more
Feb 11, 2010
Jun 19, 2009
I Capture the Castle
I had no idea what this book would be like. Dodie Smith also wrote 101 Dalmations, so I was skeptical. But, wow, was I surprised! It took me a while t ...more
Apr 11, 2013
Sep 14, 2008
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
I was not looking forward to reading this book based on the jacket flap description. It sounded like it was going to be full of gore, violence, and un ...more
Jun 05, 2009
Jan 09, 2009
The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love
Reading this book blew my mind, yet felt extremely comfortable. Kristin's thoughts and writing seemed to speak right to me. I loved her perspective of ...more
May 02, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
The Zookeeper's Wife
Such an inspirational book! Once I got into this book I could not put it down. It wasn't at all what I expected; I thought it was a novel, but it is a ...more
Apr 16, 2010
Jan 31, 2010
The Wednesday Wars
The librarian at school recommended this to me because she knows I majored in English. It is a little slow at first, but it will surprise you if you s ...more
Mar 25, 2008
Mar 05, 2008
Ten Girls to Watch
I expected something more like The Help with this book. I chose it for my book club, because based on the book description I thought it would be full ...more
Oct 24, 2012
Oct 20, 2012
The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith
I have heard Joanna on the radio, and I think she's articulate and thoughtful. I instantly liked her. I agree with her on many issues. When I heard ab ...more
Apr 19, 2013
May 07, 2012
Brooklyn Bridge
I am going to hold a mock Newbery Award for a group of 5th and 6th graders at school, and this is one of the books I am pre-reading to decide if I wil ...more
Oct 08, 2008
Oct 02, 2008
The Good Thief's Guide to Paris (Good Thief's Guide, #2)
I have not read the first Good Thief's Guide book, but it wasn't necessary to the plot. It is a story about Charlie, a real thief who writes books und ...more
Nov 23, 2012
Nov 07, 2012
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
Anyone reading this book needs to know a that the beginning is slow and won't make sense to you, but just keep reading! The vocabulary is also unfamil ...more
Jun 10, 2013
Dec 21, 2012
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
I thought this book had so much promise, but was disappointed in the end. It had so many interesting elements, and the writing is great. However, I th ...more
May 18, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
Not sure how I feel about this book. I'm ambivalent because I liked the theme, characters & setting, but I did not like how slow the plot moved. I ...more
Sep 10, 2010
May 30, 2010
Moloka'i is a beautiful story, set in a beautiful place, with beautiful characters. I love books that are uplifting in the face of tragedy and that le ...more
Mar 12, 2012
Jan 23, 2012
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
This was an interesting love story about Tin Win and Mi Mi, two young cripples who individually face seemingly insurmountable hardships. Yet together ...more
Feb 12, 2013
Feb 02, 2013
Olivia And Jai
I started this book on a recommendation from a friend, and it took for-ev-er for me to get into it. This is not the kind of book I usually pick out fo ...more
Oct 11, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
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