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Tuck Everlasting
3.86
really liked it
Something in this book captures a very ordinary, real-life feel. Nothing is over dramatic, the story runs in an even flow. The story itself on a bigge ...more
Jul 2007
Nov 10, 2007
 
A History of Britain: The Wars of the British 1603-1776 (A History of Britain, #2)
4.06
really liked it
I don't intend to make it a habit to put text books on this site, but this one happens to be the best one I've encountered, and the only one I've actu ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 15, 2008
 
The Prince and the Pauper
3.84
really liked it
Young crown prince, imaginative peasant boy, just enough unbelievable coincidence of appearance combined with just enough understandable mistaken iden ...more
Aug 2015
not set
Aug 02, 2015
 
My Brother Sam Is Dead
3.39
did not like it
I'm generally a sucker for Newbery's, and will often pick them off the shelf with little more than that to recommend them. This was one such choice, b ...more
Aug 2013
Aug 12, 2013
 
Beard on Bread
4.20
really liked it
James Beard was one of the finest chefs America has come up with. He was also an excellent teacher--a trait which carries over well into his writing. ...more
May 2010
Apr 10, 2010
 
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
4.21
really liked it
"Stress and nervous tension are now serious social problems in all parts of the Galaxy, and it is in order that this situation should not be in any wa ...more
not set
Mar 20, 2010
 
Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree
4.03
really liked it
An engaging story, especially through the pictures. The Japanese style on the warm exposed plywood start in the telling from the cover onward. Have yo ...more
not set
Nov 28, 2014
 
Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)
4.16
it was amazing
The realm of the mystery novel would be a little less glorious if this book had never been added to it. It sits demurely on the shelf as a classic by ...more
Nov 2015
Apr 05, 2016
 
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (The Wingfeather Saga, #1)
4.26
liked it
As the first book of a trilogy, and it really isn't an entire story onto itself, though it has story enough within it. It sets up a world and its char ...more
May 08, 2008
Mar 15, 2008
 
The Goblin Emperor
4.04
really liked it
I came by the Goblin Emperor by way of recommendation as a casual visitor to the realm of steampunk fiction and found it a delightful read. The charac ...more
Mar 2016
Jan 25, 2016
 
Heavy Weather
4.25
really liked it
This happened to be the perfect mid-semester bedtime reading. To start with, it had nothing to do with computer science. Also, I was certain to laugh ...more
Nov 29, 2016
Oct 31, 2016
 
Beastly Bones (Jackaby, #2)
3.94
really liked it
I was hoping this sequel would be everything I liked about the first book only with a more complex mystery, continued development of the central chara ...more
Jul 30, 2016
Jul 23, 2016
 
Jackaby (Jackaby, #1)
3.82
really liked it
(3.5 stars)

A neatly done twist on the mystery novel. Some of the characters are perhaps a bit derivative of certain cult classics, but they do find th
...more
Jun 25, 2016
Jun 06, 2016
 
The Willows in Winter (Tales of the Willows, #1)
4.00
I stopped this book half way through and don't intend to pick it up again. I won't give it a rating because I didn't finish it and because I don't kno ...more
not set
Jun 28, 2017
 
Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard
4.31
it was amazing
I want to sit at Eleanor Farjeon feet and learn the art of fairy tale. She's a queen of the craft, and every bit of story (and story inside story) in ...more
Jan 2016
Jan 07, 2016
 
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
4.75
it was amazing
If you are 6 to 10 or so this book was actually written for you. If you aren't I would recommend setting aside years and picking it up, in the process ...more
Jan 29, 2008
Oct 13, 2007
 
Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life
3.79
really liked it
Though not usually the good, consistent underlining sort, I underlined about half of this book. The ancient concept (though not in vogue currently) of ...more
Feb 04, 2010
Sep 02, 2009
 
Murder Must Advertise  (Lord Peter Wimsey, #10)
4.21
really liked it
A good mystery (no less than one would expect of Sayers) with the enjoyable bonus of a glimpse at the workings of a 1930s British advertising firm. In ...more
Feb 2016
Jan 02, 2016
 
The Casual Vacancy
3.28
really liked it
Because there are many well written reviews on this book already I'll only briefly add to the mix. I was drawn in by the stories of Rowling's characte ...more
Jul 2014
Sep 11, 2014
 
The Maytrees
3.55
liked it
I loved living through Dillard's words into this narrow stretch of shore with its tides and constellations, this sea with its daily gifts and inevitab ...more
May 2013
May 15, 2013
 
How to Be a Baby . . . by Me, the Big Sister
4.09
really liked it
Absorbing from cover to cover for kids (girls and boys alike) and enjoyable for adults. What more can one ask from a picture book?

And what could be mo
...more
Aug 2010
Aug 26, 2010
 
The Four Loves
4.16
really liked it
Well done, as usual, Lewis!

My reading topic for the summer was friendship. A careful search revealed a rather short list of books that thoughtfully ad
...more
Aug 2013
Jul 23, 2013
 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)
4.11
really liked it
"Mind you, there are thousands of clever men who would give anything for the chance to come in and take over from me, but I don't want that sort of pe ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 05, 2009
 
Psmith in the City (Psmith, #2)
4.06
really liked it
I'm reading this backwards, having started by reading Leave it to Psmith. It's possible I liked Psmith in the City more because of that, but none the ...more
May 09, 2017
Apr 30, 2017
 
Leave It to Psmith
4.30
it was amazing
Permanent place on the favorites list.
Jan 02, 2017
Nov 29, 2016
 
Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables, #2)
4.21
liked it
I love Anne of Green Gables, and as a child I devoured the whole set. The first book is still fantastic, but I don't think the following stories captu ...more
Jul 2014
Sep 11, 2014
 
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby
3.90
really liked it
This isn't Dickens' best literary novel. In many respects it's a 3 star book, but it won me over by having just the combination of elements to make it ...more
Jun 2016
May 14, 2016
 
The Adventures of Robin Hood: An English Legend
3.98
it was amazing
Amidst a vast array of Robin Hood tales that the early 1900s unfolds, Creswick's Hood is as good as they come. Say not that the story starts too slow! ...more
Jun 2015
Jun 27, 2015
 
The Daring Book for Girls
4.02
liked it
Life is hard to predict. After all, you never know when you'll need to know how to tie a Sari. It had probably quite slipped your mind that you didn't ...more
Jun 2009
Jul 16, 2009
 
Dubliners
3.86
really liked it
I listened to an audio version of this book so I could meet the characters with their proper accents, an approach I took on the recommendation of a we ...more
May 03, 2016
Apr 26, 2016
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