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really liked it
So my "Little Women" summer continues. This novel carries a much darker theme than the original, as it traces the experiences of the least developed c ...more
Jul 15, 2015
Jul 09, 2015
The Tender Bar
really liked it
I don't read a lot of non-fiction (I MAKE myself read something every summer), and memoir is my least favorite type in this genre. I just find it so o ...more
Aug 15, 2009
Aug 06, 2009
Still Life with Bread Crumbs
really liked it
I just enjoy the way Anna Quindlen writes. She plays with words and how they sound and how they fit together. Just delightful. I've been called a dork ...more
Feb 21, 2016
Jan 04, 2014
Thirteen Reasons Why
it was ok
I am having trouble with my opinion of this book. I remember when it first came out and all my students were buzzing about it. Generally, anytime they ...more
Aug 2017
Oct 08, 2010
Go Set a Watchman
really liked it
Much has been written about this book in the last several months. Because To Kill a Mockingbird is my all-time favorite book(I practically have it mem ...more
Jul 24, 2015
Jul 18, 2015
Japantown (Jim Brodie #1)
really liked it
Wow! I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and I'm really glad I did. This first novel is a well-written thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat the ...more
Aug 08, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
The Magic Room: A Story about the Love We Wish for Our Daughters
it was amazing
I put this book on my "to-read" list as soon as I saw it. I read The Last Lecture and The Girls from Ames and I really enjoyed Jeffrey Zaslow's storyt ...more
Jul 24, 2012
Jan 07, 2012
Lady Justice And The Vigilante (Lady Justice, #7)
liked it
This is not great literature, and there are a couple of things that bothered me stylistically, but it is an enjoyable read. The plot is interesting--t ...more
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 11, 2012
The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise
really liked it
Oh boy am I going to be busy! I won this one today! My mail carrier's going to hate me!

So glad I won this on Goodreads/first reads. I thoroughly enjoy
Jul 31, 2010
Jul 02, 2010
really liked it
Oh, Rainbow Rowell is hilarious! I find her dialogue, this time mostly a series of email conversations between friends during work hours, absolutely e ...more
Jul 17, 2015
Jul 08, 2015
really liked it
This book has similar themes as The Odyssey and Cold Mountain in that it is the story of a soldier returning from war. Instead of Ancient Greece or Ci ...more
Jul 09, 2017
Jul 09, 2017
Jun 21, 2017
Night Kites
it was amazing
Another one that was waaaay ahead of its time. About AIDS and its implications for families dealing with the disease. Very compelling.
not set
Jun 11, 2010
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
it was amazing
Oh, I really, really liked this book! I thought it was a fun read, although the issues were not necessarily "fun." The teen characters were, to me, pr ...more
Dec 05, 2016
Aug 23, 2016
The Little Women Letters
really liked it
I love the concept of this novel and am elated that Ms. Donnelly delivered so well on its promise!

Set in contemporary London, it follows three twenty
Jul 23, 2015
May 20, 2011
A Jane Austen Daydream
really liked it
Just as I am fascinated by the thought that Jane Austen wrote her wonderful love stories in spite of never having found lasting love herself, I couldn ...more
Dec 07, 2013
Jul 19, 2013
Someday, Someday, Maybe
really liked it
I won this book on goodreads and I am so glad I did! We're not talking great literature here, but a well written story about hopes and expectations an ...more
Dec 31, 2016
Jul 31, 2013
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
liked it
Dystopian societies are all the rage right now--in books, TV shows and films. And I must say, I kinda get into it. I'm a huge fan of Revolution on TV; ...more
Jan 2014
Dec 23, 2013
it was amazing
This is excellent YA lit. Being only marginally aware of fanfiction, and shockingly, never having read any Harry Potter (gasp!), when our high school ...more
Jul 02, 2014
Jun 20, 2014
The Fault in Our Stars
really liked it
First let me say, this is my first John Green experience. Wow. The book is tragic and beautiful. Told in the voice of a terminally ill teenager and fo ...more
Feb 24, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
Little Women (Little Women, #1)
really liked it
Quaint. That's what I kept thinking as I reread from the perspective of an adult...and the mother of three daughters. I read this a couple of times as ...more
Jun 22, 2015
Nov 20, 2008
Just Kids
really liked it
I only knew Patti Smith from her appearances on Letterman and I had no opinion about her, either good or bad--she was different I guess. I knew of Rob ...more
Jul 07, 2013
Feb 11, 2010
Killing Me Softly
really liked it
Technically, this is not a "first-read," since it was first published in 1999, but I did win it in a Goodreads giveaway. The book is subtitled "A Nove ...more
Aug 02, 2013
Jun 01, 2013
The City of Falling Angels
really liked it
I think I'm giving this a higher score simply because I recently visited Venice and therefore had a point of reference as I read. I mean it is good, n ...more
Aug 20, 2015
Jul 23, 2015
The House Girl
it was ok
I had high hopes for this book. I usually like stories that span generations and this one, alternating viewpoints between a slave girl in the mid 1800 ...more
Jun 19, 2015
Oct 16, 2012
Dandelion Wine (Green Town, #1)
it was amazing
Oh my goodness, I loved this book! A series of vignettes that describe the summer of 1928 in small town America, this little novel took me back to my ...more
Jul 08, 2014
Jun 29, 2014
Out of the Easy
it was amazing
I thought this book was great. Ruta Sepetys grabbed me at the beginning and never let go. Her storyline is compelling and Josie Moraine is one of the ...more
Jul 24, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
The Woman Who Wasn't There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception
it was amazing
We all know there are bad people in this world. Some of the worst are those who exploit others' tragedies and/or take advantage of those who are most ...more
Jul 06, 2014
Jul 03, 2014
Looking for Alaska
really liked it
This is the second John Green book I've read and I really like him. As a high school teacher who spends much of my time around angsty adolescents, I t ...more
Mar 23, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this book--I really did "laugh out loud" as I was reading. It may not be for everyone, but I did not find it to be irreverent in an ...more
Aug 22, 2009
May 18, 2009
Eleanor & Park
it was amazing
Rainbow Rowell is my new YA hero. I love her offbeat characters and her quirky humor. I enjoy her real teen drama plots. This book takes place in the ...more
Aug 05, 2014
Nov 07, 2012
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