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Salt to the Sea
4.36
it was amazing
Ruta Sepetys is doing incredible work bringing to life pieces of history that have been overlooked or ignored. Like Between Shades of Gray , Salt to ...more
Sep 25, 2016
Dec 21, 2015
 
The Language of Flowers
4.07
it was amazing
The Language of Flowers has been on my to-read list since it won the 2012 January-April Salt Lake County Reader's Choice award, and I bought it for my ...more
Sep 13, 2017
Jun 09, 2012
 
Counting by 7s
4.16
really liked it
Four and a half stars! Heart-breaking, but hopeful. Quirky, yet tender. It put a smile on my face! (I listened to the audio version on my iPhone via H ...more
Jan 22, 2015
Aug 26, 2013
 
Beartown
4.31
it was amazing
Wow!

This is a story about a small town in Sweden, but it's more than a story about a small town in Sweden. This is a story about hockey, but it's mor
...more
Aug 29, 2017
Mar 23, 2017
 
Yes Please
3.81
it was ok
Maybe 2 1/2 stars. There were definitely parts I liked, especially the stories about family and colleagues. I laughed at times, and my heart was warme ...more
May 11, 2015
May 29, 2014
 
Fahrenheit 451
3.97
really liked it
Fahrenheit 451 was published in 1953. I first read it in 1980. Now, in 2016, I think Bradbury's points are more relevant than ever!

Though I didn't rem
...more
Jul 06, 2016
not set
Nov 19, 2007
 
Gift from the Sea
4.17
it was amazing
Gift from the Sea is one of the few books I've read multiple times. From my early twenties - when, as a recent college graduate living on my own in Lo ...more
Jul 04, 2017
not set
not set
not set
not set
Oct 24, 2007
 
Not My Father's Son
4.01
it was amazing
Maybe not perfect, but oh, so close!

This memoir by the actor Alan Cumming is brilliantly structured, seamlessly alternating between past and present
...more
Jan 10, 2017
Mar 25, 2016
 
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
4.59
it was amazing
I'm not sure I have the words to describe my reaction to Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy. It powerfully addresses some of the biggest social problems of ...more
Aug 13, 2016
Apr 13, 2015
 
The Art of Racing in the Rain
4.19
really liked it
Because I am not a dog person, I'd not been interested in reading this book, which I understood to be narrated by a dog. My mom recommended it to me, ...more
Dec 19, 2016
Jun 30, 2015
 
Small Great Things
4.34
it was amazing
I've read and enjoyed most of Jodi Picoult's twenty-five novels, beginning with My Sister's Keeper , which I read in 2007 and rated five stars. Nearl ...more
Nov 09, 2016
Jun 24, 2016
 
Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are
4.16
it was amazing
I read from this daily devotional book every day during 2016. While Niequist's words didn't always resonant, some days they seemed written precisely f ...more
Dec 28, 2016
Jan 22, 2015
 
Commonwealth
3.83
really liked it
I felt a little unsettled all the time I was reading Commonwealth - but life is a little unsettling.

Ann Patchett writes beautifully, and while I didn
...more
Jul 31, 2017
Jul 31, 2017
 
Buster Midnight's Cafe
3.72
liked it
I've been wanting to read Sandra Dallas for a long time, so I was eager to get to this one for the October meeting with my "book lunch girls." I finis ...more
Oct 23, 2010
Sep 20, 2010
 
Worth the Wrestle
4.62
really liked it
My husband and I listened to this short book, read by the author, during a recent road trip. Written for an LDS audience, the focus is the idea that w ...more
Aug 05, 2017
Jul 23, 2017
 
Truly Madly Guilty
3.55
really liked it
Truly Madly Guilty is not my favorite of Moriarty's books, although a quick check tells me I've rated each of the five I've read as four stars. This o ...more
Sep 29, 2017
Apr 28, 2016
 
Girl on a Wire
3.62
really liked it
I've never been a big fan of circuses, but I found Girl on a Wire to be an excellent read. It has an evocative and compelling story line with a bit of ...more
May 26, 2016
Oct 31, 2014
 
The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had
4.12
really liked it
Emma Walker moves to Moundville, Alabama, in 1917, and Harry "Dit" Sims' life is changed forever as he begins to see the world in more than black and ...more
Feb 10, 2014
Jan 15, 2010
 
Summerlost
3.85
it was amazing
Summerlost is a beautiful middle grade novel about friendship and family, grieving and belonging. I adore Cedar and Leo! And as a long-time attendee o ...more
Apr 23, 2016
Oct 02, 2015
 
The War that Saved My Life (The War That Saved My Life #1)
4.45
it was amazing
The Newbery Honor book The War That Saved My Life is simply wonderful! Addressing some complex themes - including abuse and neglect, physical deformit ...more
Jun 11, 2016
May 29, 2015
 
My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies, #1)
4.12
it was amazing
I absolutely loved this alternative history-slash-fantasy novel about Tudor England. So imaginative, so clever, so much fun! I'm recommending this to ...more
Jul 2017
Sep 04, 2015
 
First Frost (Waverley Family, #2)
3.95
really liked it
Four-and-a-half stars! I really loved this sequel to Garden Spells . The Waverley women are awesome. I hope that Allen will write some more about the ...more
Apr 04, 2015
Sep 11, 2014
 
Lilac Girls
4.30
really liked it
I found much to love about this historical novel, especially that much of the narrative occurs during the years following WWII, exploring the lasting ...more
Feb 22, 2017
Apr 05, 2016
 
Little Women (Little Women, #1)
4.04
really liked it
For the most part, Little Women isn't a compelling read, but it is a satisfying one. It is a classic for a reason, and I am glad I've re-read this boo ...more
Apr 17, 2016
Sep 14, 2015
 
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
4.23
really liked it
4 1/2 stars. Maybe I was just in the mood for a romantic dystopian adventure - but this certainly filled the bill! I've got to read Insurgent right aw ...more
Jul 26, 2012
Nov 12, 2010
 
The Kiss of a Stranger (The Jonquil Brothers #0)
4.10
really liked it
I am not a reader of romances, so I wasn't sure what I'd think of this required reading for my literature class. From the first chapter, though, I enj ...more
Oct 08, 2011
Aug 26, 2011
 
Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot and the Battle for Theamerican Dream
4.09
really liked it
Probably 4 1/2 stars. Spare Parts is both a feel-good, root-for-the-underdogs story and an important treatise on the need for immigration reform. I co ...more
Mar 07, 2016
Feb 06, 2016
 
Maybe in Another Life
3.74
really liked it
Maybe in Another Life has an unusual format - relating two different versions of the protaganist's story in alternating chapters - and I found it to b ...more
Jul 10, 2016
Jul 02, 2015
 
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1)
3.75
really liked it
Not what I expected - though I'm not sure what I expected - but, oh, so delightful! Geekiness galore, and a San Francisco setting (with a brief trip t ...more
Dec 12, 2014
Oct 02, 2012
 
Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
4.23
it was amazing
I don't know why I'd never read this before, but it was an absolute delight! I'm looking forward to reading more in this series and seeing the film ad ...more
May 22, 2016
Nov 12, 2007
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