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The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks
4.08
it was amazing
First: I'll say this. I cook. I generally spend more time on the outer aisles of the supermarket than on the center ones. I already knew what braise m ...more
Nov 27, 2011
Nov 27, 2011
 
The Aviator's Wife
3.87
it was amazing
Advanced Reader’s Copy: Expected publish date is listed as Jan 15 2013 by Random House Publishing Group, under the imprint of Delacorte Press
This is n
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Nov 17, 2012
Nov 14, 2012
 
Unloched
4.12
liked it
Now for something a little different.

As most of you have surely noticed I generally read in the genres, science fiction, fantasy and the historical e
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Dec 17, 2012
Dec 17, 2012
 
Saving the School: The True Story of a Principal, a Teacher, a Coach, a Bunch of Kids and a Year in  the Crosshairs of Education Reform
3.26
did not like it
I don’t like giving negative reviews. Anyone who follows my blog regularly may have figured that out. This time I’m making an exception for twofold re ...more
Nov 18, 2012
Nov 18, 2012
 
Children of the Jacaranda Tree
3.45
really liked it
Advanced Reader’s Copy: Anticipated publish date: Jun 18 2013 by Atria books, a division of Simon and Schuster



”We all have a tree inside us. Finding
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Mar 16, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
 
These Foolish Things
3.46
liked it
The adage is that the book is always better. Now I'm enough of a realist that I recognise that this isn't always true, but in this case I found the bo ...more
Jan 27, 2012
Jan 27, 2012
 
Ageless
3.83
it was ok
Ageless starts off feeling like a noir piece. It's not, not really. Nor is it straightforwardly science-fiction. It's not an action-adventure-spy nove ...more
May 07, 2016
May 24, 2016
 
Brood of Bones
3.72
it was amazing
I admit I approached this novel with some reservations. Despite the fact that my own husband's work is "self published" and that a few friends of mine ...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
 
The Jewel Box
3.15
it was ok
I'd seen a few reviews on this one floating around so I grabbed it, despite it's place on the romance shelf, because I wanted something lighter to rea ...more
Feb 06, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
 
Garden of Stones
3.85
liked it
There are stories that we Americans are fond of shouting to the sky. Tales of daring, boldness and the great courage in "making do" in order to stand ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 01, 2013
 
Girl in the Afternoon: A Novel of Paris
3.49
it was ok
In historical fiction, setting is everything. It's core standard* is to give one a peek into the day-to-day life of another era, while helping the mod ...more
Jun 14, 2016
Jun 14, 2016
 
Lost Bird of Wounded Knee: Spirit of the Lakota
3.82
did not like it
I did not finish this book, I will say that right up front.

Not knowing much of the subject, I expected a fairly standard Biography of the named subje
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Apr 27, 2011
May 02, 2011
 
The Moon in the Palace (Empress of Bright Moon, #1)
3.82
really liked it
The Moon in the Palace sweeps into your mind on a cloud of fantasy.

It's a delicate balance, historical fiction. Too much of any one element and you c
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Mar 29, 2016
Mar 29, 2016
 
Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes
3.60
it was amazing
I’m torn about giving this the full five stars. On the one hand, I think it’s a vitally important work. This is required reading here folks. It’s not ...more
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 28, 2013
 
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
4.32
it was amazing
As i keep remarking to people, all the best fun in Fantasy and Sci-Fi seems to be coming from the Young Adult Market. Not that I mind at all. Its just ...more
Feb 18, 2016
Dec 09, 2015
 
Ready Player One
4.31
it was amazing
I cant possibly rave enough. It cant be done. You would all dismiss me as a raving fangirl with a complete lack of self control. And then I would have ...more
Nov 09, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
 
A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters #11)
3.89
it was ok
With "A Study In Sable", Lackey returns us to the Elemental Masters series with a slightly different flavor. This time we step away from the charm of ...more
Jun 07, 2016
Jun 07, 2016
 
The Emotional Eating Workbook: A Proven-Effective, Step-by-Step Guide to End Your Battle with Food and Satisfy Your Soul
4.08
liked it
Emotional eating is one of those things that you don't notice you're doing till you've done it. At least for me. Which logically, would make it an ide ...more
May 13, 2016
May 13, 2016
 
Hero (The Hero Rebellion #1)
3.96
it was amazing
Girls just want... wanna have fun... girls... wanna have...

Hero totally nails that. What we've got here is a great, light, fun, futuristic sci-fi romp
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Aug 08, 2016
Jun 14, 2016
 
Uprooted
4.12
really liked it
A little slow at times, but a fun throwback to classic hero's journey fantasy.
May 11, 2015
May 11, 2015
 
Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line
3.58
really liked it
Sous chef is a quick, witty read which does exactly what it says on the tin. Gibney takes you through a day in the life, as a Sous Chef* in a smallish ...more
Mar 27, 2014
Mar 27, 2014
 
Expiration Day
3.50
liked it
Expiration Day
by William Campbell Powell

3 out of 5 stars

Expiration Day is another fun little YA read on a post-apocalyptic theme, with a different an
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Apr 21, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
 
The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books
4.10
really liked it
To wind up today, im going to hit you with a third, big, beautiful coffee-table book.

It's 2017, and this year marks the 150th birthday of this most b
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Jun 08, 2017
Jun 08, 2017
 
Generation Chef: Risking It All for a New American Dream
3.65
liked it
"I want to open my own place someday."

It's a familiar line to folks in the restaurant industry.

Running your own place is to have your hands untied, t
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Aug 20, 2016
Aug 20, 2016
 
Static
3.94
liked it
Yes, it’s been a while hasnt it? Ive been occupied with other things. But here we are again.

Static is not the sort of thing I’d usually pick up, simpl
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Mar 23, 2014
Mar 23, 2014
 
Foundations of Drawing: The Complete Guide to the Techniques, Practice, Tools, and History
3.67
liked it
So as folks may or may not know, I consider myself primarily a painter by profession, and a reader by nature. So when a lovely pile of art books poppe ...more
Jun 08, 2017
Jun 08, 2017
 
Empress of the Night: A Novel of Catherine the Great
2.97
it was ok
I’m sorry to have to say it, but Stachniak has failed to capture lightning in a bottle on this second outing to the courts of the Tsars. I read and re ...more
May 03, 2014
May 03, 2014
 
Urban Dragon: Volume 1
3.27
did not like it
I cant remember the last time I felt forced to give a 1 star review.

Usually when I dislike something, i just pass by and don't say anything. Its simp
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Aug 20, 2016
Aug 20, 2016
 
The Good Negress
3.70
liked it
Possibly the biggest convention of western literature (if not worldwide) is that of the happy ending. For a writer to choose to not take the easy road ...more
Sep 28, 2016
Nov 28, 2016
 
Home Sausage Making, 4th Edition: From Fresh and Cooked to Smoked, Dried, and Cured: 100 Specialty Recipes
4.60
really liked it
Oversize, poetic and with lovely photography, are the primary expectations of recipe books these days. Celebrity chefs grin big smiles and offer "heal ...more
Jun 08, 2017
Jun 08, 2017
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