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The Secret Life of Bees
4.02
it was ok
I confess to being a little hesitant going into this book. It is, after all, that most cliched and irritating of literati faves: a coming-of-age story ...more
Apr 2004
Jul 11, 2007
 
The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)
4.48
it was amazing
I read Lord of the Rings first when I was about eleven or so, and then stayed up all night at a hip boy/girl party in the bathroom with Nathan O. ... ...more
Oct 1986
Jul 09, 2007
 
The Awakening
3.63
really liked it
Kate Chopin wrote this story of female self-actualization back in the late 19th century, but it's as applicable today as it was then. I think we all f ...more
Apr 2004
Jul 11, 2007
 
The Bridges of Madison County
3.53
did not like it
In the introduction, the author spends a few paragraphs trying to suss out the difference between passionate and maudlin. Too bad he didn't come to a ...more
not set
Dec 10, 2007
 
Fearless Fourteen (Stephanie Plum, #14)
4.02
did not like it
What a nadir for this series. Mystery? There wasn't one. Mr Secret Identity? I'd spoil it for ya, but it wouldn't really be a surprise. Or in any way ...more
Jun 21, 2008
Jun 21, 2008
 
Something About Emmaline (Bachelor Chronicles, #1)
3.77
really liked it
This book was such fun. It took an impossible situation and made it work. What I enjoyed most was the hero's development. He simultaneously became sel ...more
Jan 20, 2008
Jan 28, 2008
 
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
3.79
did not like it
I hated this book. The characters were pompous, annoying, unbelievable, and shallow. Indeed, the portayal of the female character bordered on misogyni ...more
Dec 2006
Nov 30, 2007
 
Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble (Skippyjon Jones, #3)
4.25
it was amazing
Best kiddo book evah. My two-year-olds love it, even though it's meant for an older audience. The rhymes and silly names make it a great read-aloud bo ...more
not set
Jul 27, 2007
 
The Pact
4.00
really liked it
Jodi Picoult is like crack. She has these nifty plot-twist court-drama zingers and a bunch of really uptight, believable, and irritating characters. I ...more
not set
Dec 14, 2008
 
A Walk in the Woods
4.05
really liked it
**spoiler alert** The first half is pretty freakin hilarious. (Katz, although based on a real person, is whoa funny. I'd totally take him hiking with ...more
not set
Mar 02, 2008
 
The World Without Us
3.79
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** This book was excellent. I'm not saying it changed my life, but I'll put it this way: I will never again scrub my face with manmade ...more
Jun 2008
Mar 03, 2008
 
Nineteen Minutes
4.10
really liked it
This book is a thinly veiled and well-subplotted twist on the Columbine High School incident. It explores school culture and satellite characters (par ...more
not set
Jul 29, 2008
 
The Time Traveler's Wife
3.95
really liked it
So I stayed up until 2 this morning finishing this book. I haven't done that in a long time. I even got choked up a bit toward the end, and I haven't ...more
not set
Jul 11, 2007
 
His Dark Materials (His Dark Materials #1-3)
4.25
liked it
I loved the world and the daemons and the visuals and the magic items. I was annoyed with the author's heavy-handed antireligiosity and preachiness th ...more
not set
Jul 27, 2007
 
Simply Magic (Simply Quartet #3)
3.79
liked it
I'm a die-hard Mary Balogh fan. Even when I don't have time to read, I consume the extra caffeine to stay up all night reading a new Balogh. That sai ...more
not set
Jul 09, 2007
 
My Sister's Keeper
4.06
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** I wept. Stayed up until 2 a.m. and cried my eyes out. And I typically don't do that. Reading this book hurt such that I can't in goo ...more
not set
Jul 18, 2008
 
Suddenly You
3.98
really liked it
I liked this book and would recommend it. It’s popcorn, sure, and full of cliché: the hero is brooding, damaged, and rogueish (I think she even uses t ...more
not set
Mar 02, 2008
 
An Invitation to Sin (Griffin Family, #2)
3.90
liked it
Caroline's single-mindedness made the development of an all-consuming love story pretty unbelievable. I saw Zachary's character progression a lot more ...more
not set
Dec 21, 2007
 
Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum, #13)
4.08
liked it
There's nothing quite like a Plum to bring the chuckles. From Grandma Mazur's bizarre love life and fashion sense to Stephanie's pitiable luck with ca ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 23, 2007
 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
4.62
it was amazing
I finished it; I loved it. Yes, there were slow spots. Yes, she missed a few oppotunities, I thought, to really ram some emotion down my throat. I won ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 24, 2007
 
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Bevelstoke, #1)
3.93
liked it
The writing style was really smooth, and characterization, at least of Miranda, glowed. I swear I know a Miranda or two: self-deprecating clever quiet ...more
Oct 2007
Nov 30, 2007
 
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
4.25
it was amazing
I read this book because I'd just finished American Gods and was temporarily in love with Gaiman. Happily, this book couldn't have been more different ...more
not set
Jul 18, 2008
 
Gone with the Wind
4.28
liked it
I really liked this book ... when I was 12. I recently re-watched the movie and realized how uncomfortably racist it is. I know, I know: hiding from t ...more
not set
Jul 09, 2007
 
The Demon's Daughter (Tale of the Demon World, #1)
3.63
liked it
I wish Emma Holly would write something other than porn. She's a very strong writer, but there's only so much you can do with Tab A and Slot B (or eve ...more
not set
Jul 18, 2008
 
Ten Little Ladybugs
4.04
really liked it
This is our current favorite. It has those tactile 3D ladybug bits o plastic that the kiddos can touch and count. Plus there's a featured animal on ea ...more
not set
Jul 21, 2008
 
Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse (Skippyjon Jones, #2)
4.26
really liked it
My li'l 'uns haven't enjoyed this one as much as the previous two, and I can't put my finger on exactly why. They like BOOM-BOOM-BOOM, but maybe it's ...more
not set
Jul 27, 2007
 
Simply Love (Simply Quartet #2)
3.95
liked it
Expect beautiful character sketches, flowing dialogue, a certain level of anguish, and emotional satisfaction. However, as is typical of recent Balogh ...more
Feb 2007
Jul 09, 2007
 
Love Letters From a Duke (Bachelor Chronicles, #3)
3.98
really liked it
Ahhhh. This is what I was looking for. Good Regency, nice adherence to the rules of the era, effective use of intimacy, and believable characters that ...more
Jun 14, 2008
Jun 15, 2008
 
The House of the Spirits
4.20
it was ok
This book rode the wave of magical realism's popularity, and it certainly wasn't the worst of the lot. It just isn't Gabriel Garcia-Marquez or Juan Ru ...more
Apr 1996
Jul 09, 2007
 
Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth
3.93
it was amazing
I can still remember my thought when I saw this on the shelf at a mall book store when I was a teen: there's more! And this book, choppy and strung to ...more
not set
Jul 09, 2007
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