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Rich Dad, Poor Dad
liked it
"And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.'"
But God said to him
Oct 2007
Oct 06, 2007
Martians, Go Home
liked it
This book isn't spectacular, but rather a nice amusing little tale that one can devour in a couple of hours. Simply put, the book is about a Martian i ...more
Jul 2001
Dec 29, 2007
All Quiet on the Western Front
it was amazing
What can I say to do justice to this book? The cover blurb calls this "The Greatest War Novel of All Time." It's certainly the best that I've ever rea ...more
Feb 2009
Jan 23, 2009
A Year Down Yonder (A Long Way from Chicago, #2)
liked it
I think this is a first. Never before have I read a sequel before reading the original novel. (At least as far as I can recall.) (The Discworld books ...more
Oct 12, 2008
Oct 12, 2008
Little House on Rocky Ridge (Little House: The Rocky Ridge Years, #1)
liked it
Most of the time, sequels are annoying. They try to capture the appeal of the original work, but usually just end up being a lesser remix of the same ...more
Nov 02, 2006
Sep 24, 2008
really liked it
An interesting tale about an 87-year-old man who receives the "gift" of rejuvenation. The biggest problem was that it really wasn't intended for him. ...more
Jul 07, 2007
Mar 14, 2008
Cities in Flight (Cities in Flight, #1-4)
it was ok
This sucker is actually four novels collected into a single volume. The collection starts with They Shall Have Stars. The year is 2013 and humanity is ...more
May 02, 2009
Mar 13, 2009
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror
liked it
The introduction to this book has a great quote: "...Stevenson's story is more known about than actually known..." This was certainly true for me, and ...more
Dec 09, 2008
Jan 21, 2009
My Side of the Mountain (Mountain, #1)
did not like it
This book struck me as being like a dramatization of the Boy Scout Manual. (Not that I ever read the Boy Scout Manual--I washed out after the first ye ...more
Oct 30, 2008
Dec 16, 2008
A History of US: Book 6: War, Terrible War 1855-1865
liked it
This is an account of the American Civil War. It could also be called an Abraham Lincoln love-fest. If Ms. Hakim had anything negative to say about hi ...more
Oct 25, 2008
Oct 10, 2008
The Church History
really liked it
For my latest history fix, I decided to go way back to the first 300 years after Christ. (Of course, having received this book for Christmas influence ...more
Jan 24, 2014
Feb 08, 2014
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
liked it
This is another runaway tale, also set in New York, but that's about all it has in common with My Side of the Mountain. This is the tale of Claudia Ki ...more
Oct 30, 2008
Dec 04, 2008
A History of Islam In America
liked it
One nice thing about sending your children to college is that they bring home interesting books. In one sense, A History of Islam in America didn't qu ...more
Jul 06, 2013
Nov 07, 2013
The Book Thief
it was ok
I've got mixed feelings about this one. It's the tale of Liesel, a girl growing up in a foster home in Nazi Germany. She arrives soon after burying he ...more
Apr 27, 2008
Apr 28, 2008
Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity
it was ok
I didn't care much for this biography of Albert Einstein. Oh, it presented the facts of his life well enough. It also did a good job of explaining Ein ...more
Mar 04, 2009
Mar 13, 2009
Hornblower and the Hotspur
really liked it
Chronologically, this is the fourth book in Hornblower series, telling the tale of Horatio Hornblower's command of the Sloop-of-war HMS Hotspur. He sp ...more
Jan 11, 2015
Feb 15, 2015
King Solomon's Mines (Allan Quatermain, #1)
it was ok
This is the first of the Alan Quartermain novels, that adventure series from the late 1800s. As a ground breaking adventure novel, I suppose I should ...more
May 10, 2009
Jul 11, 2009
Dear Mr. Henshaw (Leigh Botts, #1)
it was ok
This is the tale of Leigh Botts, a school aged boy and wannabe writer, as told in a series of letters to Boyd Henshaw, the author of Leigh's favorite ...more
Nov 20, 2008
Nov 29, 2008
Labor's Untold Story: The Adventure Story of the Battles, Betrayals and Victories of American Working Men and Women
liked it
You have to be careful when you read some history books. You have to read with caution, testing each paragraph, sometimes each sentence, to see if the ...more
Mar 11, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
Zachary Taylor: Soldier in the White House
really liked it
Subtitled "Soldier in the White House", this book is a look at Taylor's election and short term as President of the United States. It is very much a b ...more
Dec 02, 2008
Oct 21, 2008
Painless Poetry
really liked it
Poetry is something I sort of grew into. When I was in school, it was a nuisance that kept turning up in Reading and English classes. The only poem I ...more
Jun 05, 2007
May 01, 2008
Little Town in the Ozarks (Little House: The Rose Years, #5)
liked it
In this fifth volume of the set, The Rocky Ridge series seems to take a turn. Storywise, Rose Wilder and her family are forced by a poor harvest and p ...more
Nov 10, 2006
Sep 24, 2008
A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620 (Dear America)
it was ok
This is the first book of the Dear America series that I have read. My elder daughter has loved the series for years, but apart from peeking at some o ...more
Jan 22, 2007
Sep 03, 2008
Slavemaster President: The Double Career of James Polk
really liked it
One thing I enjoy about reading presidential biographies is that instead of seeing the American presidents as two-dimensional caricatures, I get to di ...more
Jan 26, 2008
Dec 31, 2007
Luther: Biography of a Reformer
it was ok
Don't be fooled by the cover. This is a biography of Martin Luther, first published in 1962. When the movie came out, CPH republished the book, illust ...more
Oct 15, 2006
Sep 24, 2008
Chain of Fire
really liked it
Aarrrgh! I said I wanted to read a sequel to Journey to Jo'burg, since I felt that book ended before reaching a happy ending. So now I've borrowed and ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 04, 2007
The Shakespeare Stealer (Shakespeare Stealer, #1)
liked it
Despite it's klugy beginning, this one's a pretty good book. The premise is that there's this orphan lad, Widge, who's apprenticed to this odd doctor ...more
Oct 22, 2006
Sep 24, 2008
it was amazing
One finds treasure in the strangest places. Take the small English library here on our small campus in the sticks of Yunnan. Compared to many librarie ...more
Nov 22, 2006
Sep 24, 2008
Re Entry
liked it
We got this book as a parting gift from our agency. 'Tis a book giving advice for former lao wai who now have to face the task of returning to live in ...more
Aug 10, 2007
Feb 08, 2008
Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot
it was ok
This one's a biography of Jim Elliot, a missionary who was killed on the job in Equador back in 1956. Whereas the Woodrow Wilson biography I read prec ...more
Feb 27, 2015
Mar 03, 2015
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