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Sarah's Key
4.14
liked it
I struggled whether to give this a two-star rating rather than a three. I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't read it very thoroughly. I would find mysel ...more
Feb 2008
Dec 05, 2007
 
Going Gray: What I Learned about Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else That Really Matters
3.30
really liked it
This was even more interesting than I thought it would be. It's extremely intelligently written, well researched, straightforward. The author is not a ...more
Apr 18, 2008
Oct 17, 2007
 
In the Unlikely Event
3.51
liked it
It read like a book for middle schoolers, but with some very adult topics that are only touch upon. I felt like Blume was having trouble find the righ ...more
Nov 2015
Aug 31, 2015
 
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
3.64
it was amazing
The first I really heard about this book was from a fellow librarian. She said to stop whatever I was currently reading and read this book instead. If ...more
Apr 27, 2008
Apr 02, 2008
 
This Is Who I Am: Our Beauty in All Shapes and Sizes
4.47
really liked it
I think my initial instinct was to give this book a 3. It's so great conceptually, the idea of looking at women as they really are. And I enjoyed the ...more
Jun 20, 2008
Jul 23, 2008
 
Blankets
4.06
liked it
I read this in one sitting. (Thickest graphic novel I've ever read.) I rate it only three stars because I wasn't sure what to do with all the religiou ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 16, 2007
 
Dark Places
3.92
really liked it
Gripping read. Should've written this review in March.
Mar 28, 2016
Apr 24, 2016
 
The Bad Seed
4.06
really liked it
I read this book because my husband was curious what my reaction as a mother would be. I struggled with this book. It was so very disturbing and I exp ...more
May 15, 2015
Aug 30, 2015
 
The Girl on the Train
3.88
really liked it
To call it a thriller is s a bit of a spoiler. I knew nothing about the story before settling in with this seemingly charming tale of a woman fantasiz ...more
Sep 27, 2015
Aug 31, 2015
 
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
3.78
really liked it
The writing, or maybe translating, was clunky or stilted at times. But I laughed out loud several times at a book about decluttering?? I wasn't laughi ...more
Jun 26, 2016
Jan 24, 2016
 
The River Beyond the World: A Novel
3.76
liked it
The story was good. I hated the writing. Reading the book was a rather unplesant experience, even though the story is really sticking with me. The wri ...more
Feb 09, 2008
Jan 04, 2008
 
The Martian
4.39
really liked it
A very enthusiastic four stars. It's not great literature, but I was completely engaged and riveted. I'm psyched for the movie.
Sep 15, 2015
Aug 31, 2015
 
The Discovery of Insulin
4.04
it was amazing
I should have written this review a while ago, but I didn't, and the review will suffer for it. I don't think my fascination with this book is complet ...more
Jul 28, 2009
Jun 24, 2009
 
Kissing Games of the World: A Novel
3.39
it was amazing
I cannot think of a moment in this book that I would change, where I was bored or critical. The characters were just so well drawn. I loved the charac ...more
Mar 2009
Jan 02, 2009
 
Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family
3.97
really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed opening this book every night. Having grown up in Bham in a different decade, I learned interesting details about my hometown's p ...more
Dec 16, 2010
Nov 04, 2010
 
The Given Day (Coughlin #1)
4.03
really liked it
So Lehane proves that he's not just a pro at mysteries, but he can be quite the literary writer, too. I loved the characters. I found descriptions of ...more
Dec 07, 2008
Dec 09, 2008
 
Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey
4.07
really liked it
Fabulously accessible! I'm not one to pick up Civil War nonfiction, but I really enjoyed reading this. I read this for a Newberry book club.
Oct 2014
Oct 05, 2014
 
A Reliable Wife
3.25
really liked it
If you are in my book club, you may want to postpone reading this review.

It was a 5-star book right up until the last two chapters. I loved the writin
...more
Jun 06, 2009
Jun 02, 2009
 
This Is Where It Ends
3.63
did not like it
This book is so weak. Characters would be introduced for the sole purpose of having them be shot. The other characters who survive are hard to keep st ...more
Jan 15, 2017
Jan 05, 2017
 
Gray Mountain
3.52
it was amazing
I'm not a big Grisham fan, but I'm not sure why I shouldn't be. I've only read maybe two other of his books. But because I know one of the lawyers tha ...more
Dec 15, 2014
Dec 23, 2014
 
The Dinner Diaries: Raising Whole Wheat Kids in a White Bread World
3.07
did not like it
Yes, I've rated this book zero stars. Not 1 star for "didn't like it." But zero stars for I HATED IT. I finished this book solely so I could write a r ...more
Oct 15, 2008
Aug 28, 2008
 
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
3.96
liked it
So much whining! I know she did the hike to work out her issues, but I would have much preferred if she'd written a travel book about her experiences ...more
Jun 24, 2017
Jul 02, 2017
 
Joyland
3.90
liked it
Joyland was a pleasant read, but it left me dissatisfied. I think I'm being unfair to Stephen King. I'm expecting adrenaline surges because that's wha ...more
Jun 29, 2013
Jun 29, 2013
 
Orphan Train
4.14
really liked it
And maybe it should be three stars. I really struggled with this book at first, but after I was 30% complete, I was able to breeze through it. I'm puz ...more
Mar 30, 2017
Mar 28, 2017
 
No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice
3.35
liked it
There is so much great information about Venice in this book. When the author is sharing interesting information, the writing is amusing and fun to re ...more
Jul 10, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
 
Brooklyn
3.63
really liked it
This quiet, sweet little book kept me up till 2:30 this morning, because past a certain point I could not put it down. I had to know how it resolved. ...more
Feb 05, 2016
Feb 05, 2016
 
Hitching Rides with Buddha
3.99
really liked it
After living and teaching in southern Japan, Ferguson sets out to follow sakura (cherry blossoms) as they bloom from south to north, all while hitchhi ...more
Aug 17, 2017
not set
Sep 17, 2017
 
A Free Life
3.67
really liked it
I tend to love novels that span a life or generations, so the environment was ripe for me to love this book. I did love this book. It's the story of a ...more
Feb 2008
Dec 10, 2007
 
Dept. of Speculation
3.72
liked it
Something about the writing style annoyed me, but the book was so short I decided to see it though. I'm going to have to examine more what I didn't li ...more
Apr 27, 2014
Apr 29, 2014
 
She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders
3.90
really liked it
I cut this book some slack because of when it was written. 13 years ago, one could not be as frank as I wanted parts of this book to be. It left me wi ...more
Aug 14, 2016
Aug 21, 2016
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