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Great and Desperate Cures: The Rise and Decline of Psychosurgery and Other Radical Treatments for Mental Illness
liked it
I didn't actually finish this book, but I have renewed it so many times I finally HAD to return it to the library. When I turned it in today I was on ...more
May 20, 2010
Dec 22, 2009
The Island of Dr. Moreau
did not like it
I usually love good old-fashioned clean horror (really!), but this was too dark for me. The morbid portrayal of Dr. Moreau's "experiments" were nearly ...more
Sep 22, 2009
Sep 19, 2009
Island of the Blue Dolphins (Island of the Blue Dolphins, #1)
really liked it
Based on a TRUE story.
not set
Oct 03, 2009
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
really liked it
DISCLAIMER: very violent & I do NOT like the language. (Having said that, I admit to liking not just this book but the entire Ender series, althou ...more
not set
Sep 09, 2009
The Boy Who Dared
it was amazing
As a teenager, Helmuth Hèubener recognized the gross disparity between Hitler's avowal to seek peace and the horrific actions of his troops. The autho ...more
Nov 04, 2010
Jun 25, 2010
Physik (Septimus Heap, #3)
liked it
I enjoyed Physik only slightly less than the previous books in the series, mainly because the villain was so much more detestable!

Another exciting jou
Dec 07, 2009
Oct 06, 2009
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (Midde School, #1)
it was ok
For upper elementary through middle grade students, this heavily illustrated story could engage reluctant readers--especially boys. It joins the visua ...more
not set
Jun 08, 2011
Dancing in the Dark
it was ok
A reporter uncovers the source of frightening disappearances in a summer resort town. Several young women in this story face serious challenges in the ...more
not set
Feb 21, 2010
Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta #1)
it was ok
A bit too graphic, but a compelling, suspenseful mystery. I have always been fascinated by forensic science, but I must say I asked myself several tim ...more
Oct 09, 2010
Sep 30, 2010
Rivers of Fire (Atherton, #2)
liked it
Atherton is a manufactured world, and its inhabitants face daunting challenges as catastrophic changes follow the plan for its development as designed ...more
Oct 27, 2009
Oct 05, 2009
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
really liked it
Entertaining look at life in the Old South. Twain's writing is not "politically correct" to our time, so we had some engaging discussions about histor ...more
not set
Sep 09, 2009
Richard Scarry's Storybook Dictionary
liked it
I came across an article this morning alluding to one of Richard Scarry's stories. Immediately my mind jumped back to the delight of introducing my da ...more
not set
May 11, 2010
Christmas Jars
it was amazing
Such a sweet little book! A young woman recieves an anonymous gift at a difficult crossroad in her life and finds that it changes her way of looking a ...more
Feb 08, 2010
Dec 29, 2009
Marathon Man
Too violent, offensive language. By author of The Princess Bride, which I LOVED in book form, so I thought I would try something else he wrote; it loo ...more
Aug 2009
Sep 16, 2009
The Hound of the Baskervilles
really liked it
I enjoyed listening to this audio book. Watson's relationship with Holmes kept me chuckling.
not set
Sep 03, 2010
Florida Home Grown: Landscaping
it was amazing
Clear illustrations and instructions for every season and just about every yard issue in Central Florida. My favorite parts are the vegetable garden i ...more
not set
Oct 02, 2009
A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother
This treatise on the evolution from woman to mother is beautifully written, but I found Cusk's perspective depressing; I only finished it because I pr ...more
not set
Oct 31, 2011
really liked it
As with many of Austen's books, it took me couple of chapters to finally get "into" the plot and characters. With its somewhat abrupt ending, this was ...more
not set
Sep 13, 2009
Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1)
(Actually,I did NOT read this!) But my 14 year daughter did, and says she thinks I won't like it because 1)bad language, 2)"ahem" scenes, 3)way differ ...more
not set
Sep 09, 2009
Loves Music, Loves to Dance: Suka Musik, Suka Dansa
really liked it
Terrifying! When a trio of friends agree to answer personal adds as part of a research project, they soon discover that many of those placing and answ ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 01, 2010
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
I seldom give up on a book, but found this difficult to pursue. Although it was interesting to see how the modern author wove the sea monster theme in ...more
not set
Jun 20, 2010
The Princess of Burundi
I do not recommend this because of crude language and innuendo. However, the illustration of contemporary Swedish culture intrigued me. And the author ...more
Oct 16, 2009
Oct 14, 2009
Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (Maximum Ride, #3)
liked it
The conspiracy and the "flight" continue. (Pun intended!) Unexpected answers lead to more questions. Relationships evolve in suprising directions.

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Jan 11, 2010
Nov 12, 2009
The Murder of King Tut
I stopped reading this supposedly nonfiction account of the mystery surrounding the death of Tutankhamen. Patterson inserted so many salacious descrip ...more
Aug 03, 2010
Jul 31, 2010
When the Wind Blows
liked it
This is NOT a Maximum Ride story, but it parallels that character's situation. The adventure is fast-paced, but a couple of the plot twists were predi ...more
May 28, 2010
May 27, 2010
Rescuing Olivia
This is a compelling, brilliantly crafted mystery (my favorite genre), but I cannot recommend it due to language and subject issues. (I'd have given i ...more
May 15, 2010
May 12, 2010
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
it was amazing
Inspiring story of a man who set out to honor his sister's memory, then decided to repay the life-saving hospitality of an obscure village, and eventu ...more
Dec 04, 2010
Aug 01, 2010
The White Dragon (Pern: Dragonriders of Pern, #3)
it was ok
I enjoyed this third in the Dragonriders series because of the lovable and despicable characters and the insight into the dragons' personalities. Howe ...more
Aug 20, 2010
Feb 14, 2010
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (Daniel X, #1)
liked it
If you don't mind assuming the reality of aliens and monsters among us, this is a fun book to read quickly. Some of the turns were easy to predict alo ...more
not set
Dec 07, 2010
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
really liked it
"Politically incorrect" for our time, this is nevertheless an engaging look at life in the Old South. When we read this aloud together it gave us some ...more
not set
Oct 03, 2009
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