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Nation
4.05
it was amazing
2016 Re-read for Sci Fi/Fantasy book club.

Seriously, does anyone else want to kick the Nobel Prize committee for not giving Pratchett the award? I wis
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Jul 10, 2016
Oct 09, 2008
 
Push
3.82
it was amazing
There is a debate (or at least an ongoing conversation) among teachers who help college students hone their reading skills. What exactly, do you have ...more
not set
Dec 14, 2009
 
The Little Paris Bookshop
3.51
really liked it
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley

There is an independent bookstore in Philadelphia called Joseph Fox. It is smallish – one floor, a big first room, a pas
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Dec 28, 2014
Dec 27, 2014
 
London: The Biography
3.96
it was amazing
Dear Mr. Ackroyd,

Will you marry me? I know you're gay, and I'm a woman. I understand that such details present wrinkles in the grand scheme, but I'm s
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not set
Nov 11, 2010
 
Effects of Unfairly Unfavorable Book Reviews on Independent Authors
1.83
did not like it



Review amended on 12/7/12

Disclaimer: I belong to a group that discusses authors who behave badly. I have written negative reviews of books (including
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Nov 16, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
 
On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington, #1)
4.11
really liked it
I feel it necessary to admit a few things before starting this review proper.

1. I have watched the Horatio Hornblower movies that were shown on A&
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not set
Dec 25, 2009
 
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
4.34
it was amazing
Do you have an old, worn piece of clothing? Perhaps that sweat shirt that you can’t wear anywhere except to bed or walking your dog? Perhaps it is an ...more
Dec 10, 2012
Oct 10, 2008
 
Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape
3.99
it was amazing
I’ve been asked why I wasn’t a fan of Torchwood. You’d think I would be. Who doesn’t like Captain Jack? I turned on the first episode and that ruined ...more
Aug 26, 2012
Aug 23, 2012
 
Authors vs. Goodreads
1.37
did not like it
To call this rant stupid would insult stupid people. Funny how the author is okay with not reading a book if she is the one doing it.

I cannot be the o
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Jan 19, 2015
Jan 19, 2015
 
The Hobbit
4.25
it was amazing
2012 - Reread - What to add to my original review for this site? I don't. There is something everlasting and yet almost tragic about this book. Thorin ...more
Dec 03, 2012
Oct 10, 2008
 
The Scarlet Letter
3.37
it was amazing
The best advice anyone can get about The Scarlet Letter is to skip the whole introductory bit about the Chapter House, unless you want a degree in Eng ...more
not set
Oct 13, 2008
 
Ravensbrück: Life and Death in Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women
4.43
it was amazing

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.

Is anyone else, besides me, tired of movies where men do everything and are the heroes and women are mere appendages? W
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Feb 14, 2015
Feb 14, 2015
 
The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
3.60
it was amazing
Disclaimer: ARC via the publisher and Netgalley.

When you think of an Egyptian female ruler, who do you think of?

If the answer is Elizabeth Taylor as
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May 02, 2014
May 02, 2014
 
The Alchemy of Stone
3.66
really liked it
When I re-read The Little Mermaid as an adult something about it bugged me. This something bugs me more and more each time I re-read the story. It's n ...more
not set
Jun 05, 2010
 
Peaches for Father Francis (Chocolat, #3)
3.95
it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received an ARC via Netgalley. Receiving said ARC made me squeal in glee. Whatever power at Penguin books said let her have it, I love y ...more
Jun 09, 2012
Jun 09, 2012
 
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
4.08
it was amazing
Re-read for July 2016 UC Book Club selection

It is pleasure to know that some books stay as good as you remember. Now, if you need me I will be the cry
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Jul 08, 2016
May 28, 2012
 
Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation
4.15
it was amazing
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.

Disclaimer 2: I was a little too old for Bill Nye’s television show when it first came out. I watched it now and then, a
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Nov 07, 2014
Nov 04, 2014
 
Mornings in Jenin
4.35
really liked it
Disclosure: Won in Goodreads giveaway.

I suppose this is a type of book that will get some people's panties in a twist, so let me say a couple things.

1
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not set
Jan 23, 2010
 
Black Beauty
3.94
it was amazing
Black Beauty is one of those rare books that can preach without being preachy. Anna Sewell wrote this to illustrate the abuse of horses, in particular ...more
not set
Oct 24, 2008
 
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
3.91
did not like it
**spoiler alert** I should admit two things before I start this review. I didn't finish this book; however, it does not belong on my ick-attack shelf ...more
not set
Jun 03, 2010
 
The Devil's Arithmetic
4.04
it was amazing
This semester I am requiring my students to read The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, a novel takes place in Poland during World War II. The good news ...more
not set
Mar 29, 2010
 
Thief of Time (Discworld, #26; Death, #5)
4.25
really liked it
I could repeat what all the other reviews have said about this book, but I'm not.

You should read it for a total of five reasons.

1. Susan (one of the
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not set
Oct 09, 2008
 
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed
3.44
did not like it
**spoiler alert** Despite the rather presumptuous sub-title of "case closed", Cornwell doesn't prove her thesis. In fact, this book is a text book for ...more
not set
Oct 19, 2008
 
What Was She Thinking? [Notes on a Scandal]
3.69
really liked it
Sex is a complicted subject. Sometimes, literature doesn't make it easier. Neither do movies or television. There is something to be said for this; ho ...more
not set
May 02, 2010
 
Possession
3.88
it was amazing
For me, Possession is like a bottle of wine or a box of really good chocolate (the really, expensive and sinfully good kind). There is an aboluste bea ...more
not set
Oct 09, 2008
 
Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5)
4.32
really liked it
Reasons to read this book.

1. Harry Dresden is a believable character. He learns, he grows, but he does not gain a new power every book. In fact, he do
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not set
Jul 12, 2009
 
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
3.67
did not like it
**spoiler alert** Crossposted at Booklikes.

If I had to use one word to describe this book, it would be UGH!





I would rather get on the Erin Express (a
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Mar 09, 2014
Mar 08, 2014
 
Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution
4.11
really liked it
I have to admit I am conflicted about the whole complete veil, the niqab. It just seems segregating in a way that simply covering your hair doesn’t do ...more
Apr 30, 2015
Apr 30, 2015
 
The Goodreads Killer
2.38
did not like it
**spoiler alert** I might change the star rating. I see this as 1.5.


Humor is a funny beast. It really is. One’s person’s crack up is another person’s
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Aug 28, 2013
Aug 26, 2013
 
The Handmaid's Tale
4.06
it was amazing



HT was not the first work by Atwood that I read, that was a short story or two in a Canadian Lit class, but it was the first novel by Atwood that I re
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Oct 20, 2016
Oct 17, 2008
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