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Belong to Me
it was amazing
I'm basically copying this from what I wrote on my blog, which is why it's so lengthy:

I thought this was positively delicious. And I’m not just saying
Apr 29, 2008
May 01, 2008
Gone (Gone, #1)
it was amazing
I hereby predict that, sometime in the next year or so, the next big Young Adult obsession will be with the book Gone, by Michael Grant, and with the ...more
Jul 17, 2008
Jul 14, 2008
liked it
I would give this three & a half stars if I had that option. Sadly, I do not. I feel a bit shmuckish for not enjoying this book more than I did, a ...more
Nov 20, 2008
Nov 13, 2008
Double Love (Sweet Valley High, #1)
it was ok
Sweet Valley High, Book 1: Double Love

It's no wonder that
I had unrealistic views
Of the world after

Reading this bullshit
Series so avidly. Jess
Is a bitc
Mar 25, 2009
Apr 02, 2009
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets
it was amazing
I think this book is going to find a spot on my list of favorite books of all time. I loved the characters, I loved the story, I loved everything abou ...more
Oct 15, 2008
Jul 01, 2008
South of Broad
did not like it
Oh, this book is killing me. I usually reserve a special place in my heart for Pat Conroy (I think it's the Southerner within that's the culprit), but ...more
Jan 10, 2010
Jan 07, 2010
Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice
it was ok
Occasionally, I read a book that I'm not wild about or that I don't quite "get", and then I find myself writing negative reviews and feeling a bit ove ...more
Dec 30, 2008
Dec 28, 2008
really liked it
It’s a bit appalling that I haven’t written about Chicago by now, because I actually finished it a while ago. My reluctance to write has nothing to do ...more
Nov 30, 2008
Nov 20, 2008
The Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad #6)
it was amazing
As I closed this book, I thought to myself, "Damn, I love this author." I cannot wait to read her next book. I'm actually considering rereading all pr ...more
Oct 09, 2016
Oct 09, 2016
Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp
really liked it
I have so many thoughts on this book that I cannot decide where to begin. There’s the subject matter, there’s how the subject matter struck a chord wi ...more
Jun 09, 2008
May 15, 2008
The Weight of Heaven
it was amazing
I am in awe of Thrity Umrigar. I enjoyed her previous book, The Space Between Us, but The Weight of Heaven positively blew me away. Even though this b ...more
Apr 17, 2009
Apr 14, 2009
Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival
it was amazing
This book blew me away. It is the nonfiction account of a Polish-Jewish teenager who, along with seventeen other people, lived in a hidden bunker unde ...more
May 15, 2009
May 01, 2009
Go Set a Watchman
really liked it
I suspect I'm not the first person to start a review of Go Set a Watchman by saying To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my all-time favorite books. I've l ...more
not set
Feb 03, 2015
Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs
really liked it
I was predisposed to enjoy the book, considering that I’m pretty fascinated by fundamentalist Mormons. I can’t remember if this fascination started wi ...more
May 20, 2008
May 15, 2008
Alfred & Emily
liked it
What a strange read!

I must admit that I was a little intimidated to read it. Let's face it: the whole Author Was A 2007 Nobel Laureate thing is a bit
Sep 22, 2008
Aug 24, 2008
Everything I Never Told You
it was amazing
This is a beautifully written book. I didn't want to put it down, and then I wondered why I had rushed through it, because I didn't want it to end.
Apr 09, 2015
Mar 15, 2015
The Myth of You and Me
it was amazing
I loved this book from the beginning, and I loved it all the way through to the end. I could relate to it perfectly well - partly because I have alway ...more
Jul 07, 2008
May 13, 2008
Heaven (Casteel, #1)
it was ok
I was almost embarrassed to admit that I read this, but whatever. Who doesn't like a fluffy book every now and again? This one was pretty damn craptas ...more
not set
Mar 26, 2008
After the Ice: Life, Death, and Geopolitics in the New Arctic
really liked it
Did you guys watch the BBC series Planet Earth? If you didn’t, you totally should. It was amazing. My favorite episode was the one about the Arctic, a ...more
Jan 13, 2010
Jan 10, 2010
The Seamstress
it was amazing
I really cannot rave enough about this book. I loved it. LOVED it. It reminded me a bit of One Hundred Years of Solitude, except that I read that book ...more
Sep 09, 2008
Aug 24, 2008
The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad, #2)
it was amazing
This is my second Tana French book in as many weeks, and it's also the second near-500-page book of hers that I've plowed through in two days. Suffice ...more
not set
Aug 23, 2011
The Condition
it was amazing
This book involves a young girl (and her family) who is diagnosed with a condition called Turner’s Syndrome, which prevents her body from ever maturin ...more
Aug 11, 2008
Aug 05, 2008
The Well and the Mine
really liked it
Gin Phillips won a Barnes & Noble "Discover New Writers" award of some sort for it, so I'm not the only one who loved it. Gin also went to Birming ...more
Apr 03, 2009
Apr 01, 2009
How Green Was My Valley
it was amazing
After setting this one aside for a while, I finally picked it back up again and ended up spending a large chunk of Sunday finishing it. This book was ...more
Oct 20, 2009
Oct 20, 2009
The Nix
it was amazing
This is the kind of book that makes you stay up until 2:37 AM to finish it even though you have a bad cold and your kids will be up in 5 hours or less ...more
Mar 06, 2017
Feb 10, 2017
Mad About the Boy (Bridget Jones, #3)
liked it
Well. The absence of Mark and of Bridget's dad pretty much pissed me off enough to prevent me from really enjoying this book. It was nice to see Bridg ...more
not set
Dec 09, 2013
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
it was amazing
I stayed up reading this until I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. Then, when one of my kids woke at 4 am, I picked up the book and kept reading ...more
not set
Feb 17, 2013
Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)
really liked it
It has been more than 20 years since I last read a Stephen King novel. I started reading his books when I was in high school, if not even when I was i ...more
not set
Jul 09, 2015
Broken Harbour (Dublin Murder Squad, #4)
it was amazing
You know what's a bummer about this book? French doesn't have another one ready for me to start reading. Boo hiss. On the bright side, I'll probably s ...more
Jan 28, 2013
Nov 21, 2012
State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America
it was amazing
Y’all, this book is GREAT. I normally don’t read things like this, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

As you may know, the book i
Mar 28, 2009
Nov 03, 2008
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