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Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
4.01
did not like it
First of all, this is a book I would never in a million years pick up on my own. I read it b/c one of my students brought it to me and told me how muc ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 26, 2011
 
Running with Scissors
3.70
it was ok
I'm more than halfway through this, and I find myself liking it and hating it at the same time. Like, it's really interesting and funny and horrifying ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 13, 2007
 
What Narcissism Means to Me
4.09
it was ok
Why am I the only person who doesn't like this piece of crap collection? It only got two stars b/c there were a few poems I liked, or liked parts of. ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 20, 2009
 
The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why
4.17
really liked it
A nice reference work to flip through when you want to learn how amazing food is and to feel good about what you're putting in your body. I don't thin ...more
Jun 2011
May 18, 2009
 
Body by Science: A Research-Based Program for Strength Training, Body Building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week
4.08
really liked it
Loses a star because while most of it seems to be backed up by pretty decent science (I'm basing this judgment on descriptions of studies, not on look ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 30, 2012
 
Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
2.91
it was ok
Two stars only for the unintentional comic value. Ah, only a Puritan could write this. You wouldn't think a 50 page piece could be that redundant, but ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 28, 2007
 
The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families
4.13
it was amazing
Obviously this is a book with a limited audience, but if you have lupus, have a loved one with lupus, or for whatever reason have a particular interes ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 07, 2011
 
Eating Animals
4.18
it was amazing
I've put off this review for a few weeks, just b/c I don't think my words can do it justice. Quite simply, this is the best book on eating animals/fac ...more
Jun 2011
Mar 30, 2011
 
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
3.92
did not like it
I was so excited when I saw this book. It was such an excellent premise for a lit nerd like me: A world in which literature matters! In which there ar ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 03, 2009
 
Thief's Covenant (Widdershins Adventures, #1)
3.69
it was ok
I need to stop forcing myself to finish mediocre YA fantasy.

This read like fanfic, which would be fine if I was looking to read fanfic. The characters
...more
Jun 26, 2016
Jun 07, 2016
 
Shadow and Bone (Grisha, #1)
4.05
really liked it
I could have done without the gratuitous mean girls being mean, but overall I really enjoyed this. Easy, delicious fantasy.
Jan 2016
Jan 22, 2016
 
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
4.23
it was amazing
EVERY GOOD THING YOU'VE READ ABOUT THIS BOOK IS TRUE. Lindy West is a queen, and this book is life-affirming. She didn't tell me anything I didn't alr ...more
Jul 2016
Jun 07, 2016
 
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
4.29
it was amazing
This wasn't a perfect book, except it kind of was. Other reviewers have touched on some of the book's (perceived?) flaws, such as the fact that Straye ...more
Jun 2014
Aug 04, 2014
 
Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1; Books of Arilland #1)
3.73
liked it
Another book saved by an amazing audio reader. The story itself was a weird mish-mash of fairytales, which was kind of cool, but it left so much unexp ...more
Dec 27, 2014
Dec 27, 2014
 
A Divine Revelation of Hell
4.11
Why do my students seem to mostly recommend crazy bad religious books to me? I must give the impression that I'm headed to hell.
not set
Jul 06, 2011
 
Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)
3.92
really liked it
Honestly I feel like this book was only 3-star quality, but I really enjoyed it on a 4-star level, hence the rating.

It's decent writing, and I was per
...more
Jul 2015
Aug 05, 2015
 
Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible & Why We Don't Know About Them
3.93
really liked it
4.5. This was a really great book that just got more interesting as it went on. It started with a discussion of discrepancies in the Bible, which was ...more
Feb 2012
Dec 19, 2011
 
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
3.83
really liked it
I really liked this; in fact, it might have gotten five stars if not for the fact that the author rubbed me the wrong way a few times with his sweepin ...more
Apr 2008
Mar 30, 2008
 
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
4.57
really liked it
4.5, maybe? Here's the thing: A lot of the other reviews are right about this. Did it need to be a thousand pages? No way. The plot really isn't advan ...more
Aug 2011
Jan 16, 2010
 
The Contract With God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Avenue (The Contract With God Trilogy, #1-3)
4.24
liked it
I liked this book, but it was an oddly long, slow read, considering how much of it is pictures. Of course, it's also technically three books in one, w ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 06, 2007
 
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
4.55
it was amazing
This is the author's first novel, and in some ways, it reads like it: the writing is clumsy at times, and there are some run-ons that I'm pretty sure ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 12, 2010
 
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
3.96
really liked it
Wow, holy slut shaming in many of the reviews. And a lot of judgmental people. It's clear from pretty early on what this book is going to be, so I don ...more
not set
Jun 05, 2014
 
Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)
4.15
liked it
I enjoyed it, though not quite as much as the first in the trilogy. It was a bit more personal and a bit less political. It was also cheesier and with ...more
Jul 2015
Aug 05, 2015
 
The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library)
4.17
liked it
I liked the way it was laid out, and I liked his alternative and delayed schedules. There was some useful information, but as others have mentioned, i ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 10, 2011
 
Big Little Lies
4.20
really liked it
This book was really enjoyable. Captivating, funny, and with some great observations. Amazing? No. I still think this author is too gimmicky, and the ...more
Aug 2015
Sep 03, 2015
 
Flaming Iguanas: An Illustrated All-Girl Road Novel Thing
3.92
it was amazing
I really loved this book. It's a fast, fun read, and it's not really like anything I've read before. Very fresh and hilarious, but also poignant in a ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 13, 2007
 
Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3)
4.12
it was ok
2.5? Definitely my least favorite (and corniest) of the three. If there were a fourth book in this series I don't know if I'd pick it up. I still abso ...more
Jul 2015
Aug 05, 2015
 
What Alice Forgot
4.05
really liked it
I think this was my favorite of Moriarty's books so far. Or maybe just the one that hit closest to home.
Oct 2015
Nov 02, 2015
 
Bridge to Terabithia
3.98
liked it
I read this today, and while I really liked the characters of Leslie and Jess (and their magical friendship), and also a lot of the emotions those two ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 03, 2007
 
Defiance (Defiance #1)
3.69
it was ok
Why do I keep reading crappy, melodramatic YA fiction?!? Time to cleanse the palate with some quality writing.
Apr 2015
Apr 18, 2015
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