Secret Ceremonies: A Mormon Woman's Intimate Diary of Marriage and Beyond
3.33
really liked it
Yet another memoir by a woman who desperately needed mental health support but, guided by fundamentalist church leaders (all men) was told to cleave t ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 03, 2013
 
Ben Behind His Voices
4.12
really liked it
I'm not sure if "enjoy" is the right word to use about this book but I could hardly put it down. It was so heartbreaking to read about Ben's slow dete ...more
May 12, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
 
The Chocolate Money
3.43
it was ok
Imagine if Paris Hilton had a child and nobody cared. Well, they care insofar as they enjoy watching her give parties and trot out her daughter for sh ...more
Feb 22, 2013
Feb 22, 2013
 
Off Balance: A Memoir
3.73
liked it
It was so difficult to read about her experiences as an Olympic gymnast. Given how much I read, I should know by now how difficult it is to train as a ...more
Oct 16, 2012
Oct 08, 2012
 
Out of My Mind
4.37
it was ok
I'm conflicted. It's a YA book so maybe that's why it's not very nuanced. It's told from Melody's perspective so we don't know what's going on behind ...more
Oct 09, 2014
Oct 09, 2014
 
Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, Or Mooching Off My Parents
3.83
liked it
I wish I had read this when my oldest was in the 6th grade. Then I would have had the time and opportunity to implement his ideas.

As it is, with one c
...more
Dec 17, 2012
Dec 17, 2012
 
Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith
3.79
really liked it
It was powerful, moving, sad, horrifying, riveting, enlightening, empowering, interesting and a whole bunch of other adjectives.

Another book that I ca
...more
Dec 16, 2012
Dec 11, 2012
 
The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten.: The Tweets of Steve Martin
3.53
really liked it
This was so cute and so funny. Very very short - best to read in short bursts so that you can savor the funny. Steve Martin records some of his tweets ...more
Apr 08, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
 
My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag . . . and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha
3.88
liked it
So it's pretty good - full of helpful information about how you clean any number of things and rooms. Thankfully, the barf part was at the end if the ...more
Apr 27, 2014
Feb 24, 2014
 
Thomas Jefferson, Rachel & Me
3.83
it was amazing
I was completely captivated by the time I got to Page 2. Imagine having the opportunity to meet a famous historical figure and get the skinny on why h ...more
Jan 27, 2014
Sep 03, 2013
 
The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee
3.38
it was amazing
I can't really describe why I was so captivated by this book. Nelle Harper Lee wrote "To Kill a Mockingbird" and it was the only book she ever wrote. ...more
Oct 08, 2014
Sep 30, 2014
 
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
3.71
it was ok
Stars-wise:
2 - 3 for content
2 for delivery
0 - 1 for audiobook format

Sometimes she's brilliant and sometimes she's overly judgmental so that bothered m
...more
Oct 23, 2014
Oct 18, 2014
 
My Formerly Hot Life: Dispatches from Just the Other Side of Young
3.02
did not like it
I tried and tried to feel sympathy for her but I found myself screaming "Get over yourself!". She's 40 years old and all sorts of disgruntled about it ...more
Jun 15, 2011
Aug 25, 2010
 
Life, on the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat
4.06
really liked it
The book and the authors were interesting, entertaining and sometimes annoying. But most of all, this book was humbling. Grant Achatz had a vision for ...more
Apr 08, 2012
Apr 09, 2012
 
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
4.13
did not like it
This just didn't grab my interest fast enough. After 100 pages I decided to call it quits. For me, there was nothing compelling about any of the chara ...more
Jun 09, 2014
Jun 09, 2014
 
Chocolate Chocolate: The True Story of Two Sisters, Tons of Treats, and the Little Shop That Could
3.52
liked it
I liked this. It's a quick read and it's full of descriptions of various yummy-sounding chocolate treats. The girls had setbacks and triumphs and it's ...more
Aug 15, 2012
Sep 04, 2012
 
Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself
3.73
it was ok
I listened to this on CD while driving. I always find it fun to listen to a book when read by its author.

I wanted to like this so much more than I did
...more
Nov 08, 2012
Nov 12, 2012
 
Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean
3.93
really liked it
I really liked this book - in the Goodreads "4-star" definition as well as my own personal definition.

I'd like to say, and I mean this in the *nicest*
...more
Jan 09, 2013
Dec 14, 2012
 
The Blackjack Life: A Journey Through the Inner World of Card Counting, the Lessons of Teamwork, and the Clandestine Pursuit of Beating the Odds
4.35
really liked it
Fascinating recap of how he learned the mathematical system of how to win at blackjack. Studying, practicing, trips to casinos around the world. How i ...more
Apr 27, 2013
Mar 03, 2013
 
The Red House
2.93
really liked it
An odd, yet satisfying book. I was very surprised because I didn't like the other novel of his that I'd tried to read.

The characters alternate moving
...more
Apr 03, 2013
Apr 03, 2013
 
Left Neglected
3.95
really liked it
Sarah is a typical working mom in a high-powered job juggling three children, child care, family care and a million other things. In fact, reading abo ...more
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 26, 2014
 
The Master Quilter (Elm Creek Quilts, #6)
4.05
liked it
Very sweet. Just like all of the "Elm Creek Quilter" books. It was a little disjointed - every chapter (9 or 10 of them) told the same events but the ...more
Jan 11, 2012
Jan 09, 2012
 
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: My Adventures in Life and Food
3.17
liked it
I liked it. It's not a "foodie" book and it's not a travel book and it's not really a memoir in the traditional sense. She just tells about her life a ...more
May 02, 2012
May 02, 2012
 
The Darwin Awards 4: Intelligent Design (Darwin Awards, #4)
3.62
really liked it
People will truly do the most ridiculous things! I could only read a few at a time because I got so annoyed at the people. It's a good book for the ba ...more
Jun 14, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
 
Still Life With Husband
3.03
did not like it
I just couldn't get into this book. I was turned off by her fascination with another man and just couldn't get past that.
Dec 29, 2012
Dec 11, 2012
 
Love You More (Tessa Leoni, #1; Detective D.D. Warren, #5)
4.15
really liked it
I wasn't prepared to like this book. I'm not generally fond of murder mysteries and this one began with such a formulaic plot I was ready to toss it o ...more
Apr 04, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
 
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
3.90
it was amazing
She is just so awesomely funny I can't believe it. I laughed so hard for so long that I wheezed.

I hope I'm not over-selling this and now you'll be dis
...more
Jun 21, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
 
So That Happened: My Unexpected Life in Hollywood
3.70
really liked it
Fun to hear him read about his life.
Jul 16, 2015
Jul 10, 2015
 
Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man: A Memoir
3.68
it was amazing
Ok, so GoodReads says 5 stars is "amazing!" and this book is not "amazing" like that because it's a book about drug addiction. But it's quite amazing ...more
Aug 2013
Aug 05, 2013
 
A Year of Biblical Womanhood
3.94
it was amazing
This is what I would have said about this book if somebody cleverer hadn't already done it:
Roadside Assistance: Kristen Howerton

"I say this without e
...more
Jan 14, 2013
May 18, 2012
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