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To Siri With Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of a Machine
3.00
did not like it
I'm only reading one sentence of this book. It is this one:

“I am still deeply worried about the idea that he could get someone pregnant and yet could
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not set
Dec 01, 2017
 
The End of Eternity
4.22
liked it
5 stars for the start, 2 stars for the middle, 5 stars for the ending.

This book has among the best beginnings I've ever read. I must have picked this
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Aug 22, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
 
Writing Irresistible KidLit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers
4.52
it was ok
The title promises a lot, and the author is certainly qualified, with a background in writing, publishing and acting.

The first and last chapters are a
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Dec 18, 2012
Dec 18, 2012
 
Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl, #1)
4.05
liked it
I would possibly rate this more highly had I not just read an absolutely amazing graphic novel which had a dual audience. While my six year old quite ...more
Jun 29, 2014
Jun 28, 2014
 
God Is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith Is Changing the World
3.80
really liked it
I read this book because I heard an interview with one of its authors on Radio New Zealand (with Kim Hill). It was a really interesting interview.

So a
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Nov 11, 2010
Oct 30, 2010
 
Enigma
3.85
did not like it
This isn't the sort of book I'd normally pick for myself, which is why I joined a book club, I suppose.

This was the first spy book I've read, and pos
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not set
May 09, 2012
 
Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill
4.11
liked it
My favourite line in the whole book concerns ‘Sunshine and Flax Oil’ and goes like this: ‘The oil is so smooth that you may inadvertently ‘oil your un ...more
Aug 28, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
 
Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
3.78
liked it
If you've already read Dawkins' The God Delusion, the style of this book may be a little unexpected. Perhaps it's the French translation - I was sligh ...more
Jun 19, 2011
Jun 16, 2011
 
Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats
4.02
really liked it
Dr. Mary Enig was ignored by the decision makers when she said -- long before trans fats required labeling in America -- that man-made transfats are b ...more
Jan 04, 2013
Jan 04, 2013
 
Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough
3.72
it was ok
Last year I read a book by the same title by British author Oliver James, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I was interested to read more about affluenza ...more
Feb 24, 2012
Feb 24, 2012
 
From Mythic to Linear: Time in Children's Literature
4.18
it was amazing
No one has done more for my understanding of children's literature than Nikolajeva, and this book is no exception.

Ironically, I read more kidlit now
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Aug 23, 2015
Aug 11, 2015
 
The Little Prince
4.29
it was ok
I don't understand the appeal of this book. But in general I don't really get into books which are ostensibly for children but so full of irony and sy ...more
May 31, 2016
May 31, 2016
 
Worse Things Happen at Sea
4.08
really liked it
This month's bookclub selection.

As it was handed out to bookclub members last month, this book was introduced with, 'A little *light* reading this mon
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Oct 17, 2013
Oct 16, 2013
 
Underrunners
3.32
liked it
To my shame, I am a child of 80s New Zealand and this is the first Margaret Mahy novel I read. I don't think this is one of her better known works. Th ...more
May 03, 2014
May 03, 2014
 
Beyond Suspicion (Jack Swyteck, #2)
3.84
Beyond Bad

I read up to page 123, then decided life is too short.
I wonder if the ending does indeed redeem itself, but then I figured it can’t possibly
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not set
Nov 03, 2012
 
The Serpent's Promise: The Bible Retold as Science
3.33
it was ok
This read has me wondering at what stage the book was subtitled. I am going to take a wild stab in the dark and guess that it was subtitled after it w ...more
Jan 06, 2014
Dec 28, 2013
 
Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap
4.00
it was amazing
When I went into teaching my first job was in a girls only high school. It was thought of single sex education in general that girls' schools are best ...more
Jan 29, 2016
Jan 21, 2016
 
The F Word: How We Learned to Swear by Feminism
3.31
liked it
I appreciate Jane Caro's view of the world, and several times while watching The Gruen Transfer I have wanted to cheer beacuse *someone* has stood up ...more
Jan 28, 2012
Jan 27, 2012
 
A Planet of Viruses
3.98
it was amazing
I'll expect nightmares tonight.

'Part chicken part virus' is a phrase that'll stick in my head. Also the image of the world's oceans, which I'll know f
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Sep 10, 2013
Sep 10, 2013
 
Asperger's on the Inside
4.20


Finally the world is starting to realize that autism as it often presents in girls and women can look quite different from how it often presents in bo
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Oct 09, 2016
Oct 08, 2016
 
Roald Dahl: A Biography
3.60
really liked it
This was an enjoyable read -- probably because it confirmed everything I'd already surmised about Roald Dahl the man, after recently revisiting a few ...more
Sep 07, 2016
Aug 15, 2016
 
Words about Pictures
4.40
it was amazing
Along with How Picturebooks Work, by Maria Nikolajeva and Carole Scott, this is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn everything possible about pi ...more
Jun 11, 2015
Apr 12, 2015
 
Bruno's Dream
3.75
liked it
This is the first Iris Murdoch novel I've read. My history with Iris Murdoch involves watching the film Iris at least twice, and watching my year 13 E ...more
Jun 16, 2015
Jun 14, 2015
 
An Intimate Life: Sex, Love, and My Journey as a Surrogate Partner
3.86
really liked it
I haven't seen The Sessions but I had seen the British documentary My Sexual Surrogate on SBS (where else?) a few years ago and I must have been impre ...more
Jul 17, 2016
Jul 16, 2016
 
A Mother's Story
4.33
Most of us living in Australia would know the story already. I found myself at various points wishing Halen Garner had got her teeth into it because n ...more
May 25, 2016
May 20, 2016
 
Dog Man and Cat Kid (Dog Man, #4)
4.55
it was ok
Has Dav Pilkey sold rights to the movie franchise, because if so that would make this book truly meta. In this story Dog Man gets his own movie. A mor ...more
Jan 2018
Jan 14, 2018
 
Pip: The Story Of Olive
3.55
**spoiler alert** Audiobook

I see some American reviewers on here having a bit of trouble with the Australianness of this book, and some even say that
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Jun 05, 2016
May 26, 2016
 
Bertie's Escapade
4.00
really liked it
This has the same adorable dialogue as The Wind In The Willows and would be a good pre-reader to see if your kid is ready for the longer work.

I'll ne
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Jun 12, 2016
Jun 11, 2016
 
The Secrets of Story: Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers
4.45
it was amazing
I'm sure I'll come back to this. It's one of those books you'd need to read more than once. The checklist at the end is print-out-stick-on-wall worthy ...more
Feb 02, 2018
Jan 09, 2018
 
Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls
3.83
really liked it
This'll take you right back to your own school years, so brace yourself. The author makes a good job of assigning words to those pecking-order behavio ...more
Feb 05, 2018
Jan 06, 2018
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