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Crossed (Matched, #2)
3.52
really liked it
It's like 1984 meets My Side of the Mountain. I took my time reading this book and when I sat back and thought about it, I realized that it was becaus ...more
Sep 17, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
 
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
4.53
it was amazing
This book is also reviewed on my blog Books: A true story

I love the way that J. K. Rowling twists traditional mythology and history.  When at the begi
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not set
Apr 24, 2008
 
Midnight in Austenland (Austenland, #2)
3.50
it was amazing
The first thing that stands out about Midnight in Austenland is the writing. Shannon’s vocabulary choices give it a Jane Austen feel, but it flows so ...more
Jan 29, 2012
Nov 09, 2011
 
Make Good Art
4.30
really liked it
I liked how Neil Gaiman talked about how he made life choices. He had a goal of becoming an author that he imagined as a mountain in the distance. He ...more
Dec 15, 2015
Dec 15, 2015
 
Coraline
4.03
really liked it
This book is also reviewed on my blog Books: A true story

Short and Sweet: Even if you don't like horror, pick up this beautifully written children's b
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Oct 28, 2014
Aug 24, 2009
 
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
4.37
it was amazing
My favorite thing about this book is how we get to see that wizards and Muggles are much the same. Mr. Weasley actually thinks that Muggles are fasina ...more
not set
Apr 24, 2008
 
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)
4.49
really liked it
Spoilers for book 1 so beware. I've hidden spoilers for this book.

Celaena is now the king's personal assassin and she pulls a Jason Bourne because she
...more
Apr 08, 2016
Jul 18, 2014
 
The Forgotten Locket (Hourglass Door, #3)
3.90
did not like it
This book is also reviewed on my blog Books: A true story

I think the best way to describe The Forgotten Locket was melodramatic.  Meaning that it felt
...more
Oct 07, 2013
Oct 02, 2013
 
The Martian
4.39
it was amazing
Sarcasm + Education = The Martian. I learned that human waste can be used as fertilizer but it spreads disease so other than that it's great fertilize ...more
Feb 06, 2016
Feb 12, 2014
 
The Rent Collector
4.23
really liked it
Great book club book. There were lots of amazing quotes to highlight and talk about. The power of literature is beautiful throughout the story. The id ...more
Aug 21, 2016
Jul 29, 2016
 
Geekerella
4.13
it was amazing
Fandom meets Cinderella with a Gilmore Girls-level of nerd culture references, Geekerella was witty, charming and funny. There were references to Lord ...more
Mar 21, 2017
Mar 09, 2017
 
Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1)
3.74
it was ok
This book is also reviewed on my blog Books: A true story

Cruel Beauty was a very dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast that had an unexpected mix of
...more
Nov 29, 2013
Sep 22, 2013
 
A Thousand Splendid Suns
4.34
really liked it
This book is also reviewed on my blog Books: A true story

I'm so glad I read A Thousand Splendid Suns.  It made me care so much for the Afghanistan peo
...more
Sep 08, 2013
Aug 30, 2009
 
The Eternity Key (Into the Dark, #2)
4.08
really liked it
Short and Sweet Version
Slow-burning romance.  Fun, modern retelling of Greek myths.  Epic, cliff-hanger ending.  Twists.  Famous rock star father so
...more
May 27, 2015
May 01, 2015
 
Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)
4.05
it was amazing
Shadow and Bone was like walking through a version of Tolstoy’s Russia that was filled with magic. So many little details reminded me of Tolstoy like ...more
Jun 06, 2012
Feb 24, 2012
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.57
it was amazing
Bella is sarcastic. In fact, the whole book is more sarcasm and less drama - I'd just forgotten that :) My sister was reading this book and when she t ...more
not set
Apr 24, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
4.44
it was amazing
This is the third time I’ve read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I really enjoyed reading this along with Pottermore. Pottermore incorporates a ...more
Jul 16, 2008
Apr 24, 2008
 
My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1)
3.88
it was ok
I got to the end of this book and felt like I was missing something. Perhaps it was the plot. It went like this: two girls are friends/enemies, they g ...more
Apr 13, 2016
Mar 06, 2016
 
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
4.32
it was amazing
The subtitle for The Boys in the Boat should be "How Life is Like Rowing." Each chapter starts with a beautiful and inspiring quote from George Yeoman ...more
Apr 26, 2017
Apr 14, 2017
 
Illusionarium
3.34
liked it
I felt disconnected from Illusionarium the whole time I was reading it because the action starts so quickly that I didn't have a chance to get to know ...more
Sep 21, 2015
Oct 22, 2014
 
Let the Wind Rise (Sky Fall, #3)
4.09
liked it
The characters are my favorite thing about this series. The plot was a little lacking in this third book. No twists. No turns. No surprises. It was a ...more
May 06, 2016
Apr 07, 2016
 
The Invoice
3.61
really liked it
The Invoice reminded me of The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo because it's more of an allegory about life instead of a purely fictional story. The Invoice ...more
Mar 09, 2017
Mar 03, 2017
 
The Nightingale
4.54
it was amazing
The Nightingale opens with this amazing first line:

“If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want
...more
Apr 20, 2016
Apr 13, 2016
 
Halflings (Halflings, #1)
3.71
really liked it
The first thing that caught my attention about Halflings was the beautiful, visual writing. It reminded me of The Mortal Instrument series but more re ...more
Jan 06, 2012
Nov 13, 2011
 
The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family
3.77
did not like it
I really enjoyed the beginning of this book. His childhood was so interesting to read about. He talks about growing up Mormon, his family who he loved ...more
not set
Apr 29, 2013
 
Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained
4.08
really liked it
This book took me a long time to read. Three months to be exact. It’s some seriously dense epic poetry. Some of Paradise Lost reminded me a lot of Tol ...more
Jul 20, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
 
Don Quixote
3.85
it was amazing
I finished this 38 minutes after midnight but I'm still counting it for 2015! I can't believe I finished it!

Don Quixote has the humor of Nacho Libre a
...more
Dec 31, 2015
Apr 03, 2009
 
Reawakened (Once Upon a Time, #1)
3.85
did not like it
I didn't know going into this that it was a novelization. I thought it was a bonus story that hadn't made it into the show. When I found it was just a ...more
not set
Apr 12, 2014
 
Rebecca
4.20
really liked it
Short and Sweet Version

This passionate, gothic romance will appeal to people who loved Jane Eyre.  It's a thoughtful, beautifully written novel abou
...more
Jan 25, 2015
Jul 23, 2013
 
A Monster Calls
4.36
it was amazing
This book is also reviewed on my blog Books: A true story

The beautiful first line of A Monster Calls drew me into the story.
The monster showed up just
...more
Nov 2014
Nov 02, 2011
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