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Daniel Deronda
3.82
it was amazing
Now here’s a book that combines two of my very favorite things: classic British romance with – YES! – Jewish themes. Marian Evans a/k/a George Eliot e ...more
Dec 08, 2010
May 29, 2008
 
Villette
3.74
it was amazing
Jane Eyre is one of my lifetime favorites. Every now and then, I take it off my bookshelf just to re-read my favorite scenes. So when I learned that C ...more
Feb 2003
Apr 06, 2008
 
Ballet Shoes
4.06
it was amazing
The story of Pauline, Petrova, and Posy will be in my heart for life, even though I must confess that was introduced to these charming and unforgettab ...more
May 1990
Jul 14, 2008
 
Outliers: The Story of Success
4.11
it was amazing
This has got to be Malcolm Gladwell’s best book yet, and coming from a fan like me, that’s saying something!

As the subtitle states, this is a book of
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Feb 02, 2009
Dec 11, 2008
 
Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy #1)
3.96
it was amazing
When I was in fourth grade, I would have named Harriet the Spy as my very favorite book, even though I only read the first half of it. I re-read that ...more
May 1991
Sep 02, 2008
 
Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2)
4.18
it was amazing
I am hoping to review all the Little House books in the order I read them, so even though Little House on the Prairie is the second in the series, it ...more
Oct 1975
Mar 08, 2011
 
Becoming a Writer
4.01
it was amazing
Without exception, this is my very favorite book on writing. More than craft, it’s about psychology – the psychology of the artistic mind. Dorothea Br ...more
Apr 2003
Apr 02, 2008
 
The Day of the Scorpion
4.31
it was amazing
After I finished The Jewel in the Crown, my mother, who adores the Raj Quartet, was amazed that I didn’t immediately ask to borrow the next in the ser ...more
Jun 30, 2014
Dec 16, 2013
 
To Kill a Mockingbird
4.25
it was amazing
I got through high school without reading this classic, but now that I've finally read it, I completely understand why librarians voted it "Novel of t ...more
Jul 05, 2011
Jul 07, 2009
 
The Towers of Silence
4.29
it was amazing
This is the third book in The Raj Quartet, and I found it the most complex so far. It does not pick up where the last one left off, but begins at a po ...more
Dec 31, 2014
Dec 23, 2014
 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
4.61
it was amazing
By the time this book came out, I'd written my first complete (fanfic) novel called Rowena's Quill, which was a story based on my predictions on the R ...more
Aug 2007
Jun 02, 2008
 
Pride and Prejudice
4.24
it was amazing
A classic like this doesn't need my recommendation! It's truly a flawless diamond, not just a captivating love story but a perfectly structured novel ...more
Jan 1981
May 22, 2008
 
The Jewel in the Crown (The Raj Quartet, #1)
4.15
it was amazing
The Raj Quartet is my mother’s favorite series of all time, so like with The Lord of the Rings trilogy, I’ve heard raves about it for decades, but ...more
Dec 14, 2013
Sep 09, 2013
 
A Division of the Spoils (The Raj Quartet, #4)
4.38
it was amazing
Like my Mom, I now count The Raj Quartet as one of my all-time favorite series, and this, the concluding book of the series, was the most complex and ...more
Jun 23, 2015
May 04, 2015
 
The Diary of a Young Girl
4.10
it was amazing
Anne Frank and her diary have meant so much to me over the years, I don't know where to begin. When I read her at age 12, she was my bosom friend, a J ...more
Jan 1980
May 22, 2008
 
Jane Eyre
4.10
it was amazing
Despite an anti-Semitic phrase in a particularly delicious scene, this remains one of my lifetime favorites. I love it all - the childhood description ...more
Jan 1982
May 22, 2008
 
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
4.24
it was amazing
When I was 14 years old, this classic was on my "lifetime favorites" list, and though it's since given way to others, it's still a beautiful book. It' ...more
Jan 1982
Jun 23, 2009
 
Red Ribbon on a White Horse: My Story
3.62
it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books EVER. It is the story of how immigrant writer Anzia Yezierska became the J.K. Rowling of her day, how she lost it all ...more
Jan 1994
Oct 24, 2007
 
On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House, #4)
4.19
it was amazing
Of all the Little House books, this was my childhood favorite. I was exactly Laura’s age when I read it – eight – and at last, her life experience was ...more
Feb 1977
Mar 14, 2011
 
The Eden Express
3.86
it was amazing
Kurt Vonnegut is probably most famous for Billy Pilgrim, "unstuck in time," a brilliant metaphor for a veteran soldier's PTSD if ever there was one, b ...more
Mar 2000
May 08, 2008
 
Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1)
4.16
it was amazing
I’m not 100% sure that this is the next Little House book I read, but it’s logical because at some point, I figured out that the books were meant to b ...more
Dec 1976
Mar 11, 2011
 
All-of-a-Kind Family (All-of-a-Kind Family, #1)
4.23
it was amazing
This book and its sequels are among the all-time favorites of my childhood.
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Apr 29, 2014
 
Wings and other stories
4.14
it was amazing
“Wings” is an absolutely beautiful novella, not so much in literary style as in characterization and message. It's about Yaakov Fliegel, an old man wh ...more
Jun 2003
Mar 30, 2008
 
God Winked: Tales and Lessons from my Spiritual Adventures
4.27
it was amazing
I am going to give this book the highest praise I can possibly give to any book: it helped me remember G-d. Many Jewish books have inspired me over th ...more
Mar 12, 2013
Apr 05, 2012
 
Charlotte's Web
4.15
it was amazing
I first read this as a second grader, and I still remember that magical moment of "SOME PIG." I recently read it to my own kids, and I loved it just a ...more
Mar 2008
Apr 07, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
4.46
it was amazing
Though it's hard to say, in many ways, this is my very favorite of the HP series, and that, of course, is because of Luna. (Yay!) I also love the D.A. ...more
Jul 2003
May 29, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
4.53
it was amazing
Here's where the Harry Potter series moved from "really good" to "absolutely amazing." I loved Harry's vulnerability to the dementors, and the unpredi ...more
Oct 2001
May 29, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
4.53
it was amazing
I loved this one, especially for Dumbledore's tenderness toward Harry at the end. I must have re-read those scenes a million times. In fact, I never u ...more
Oct 2001
May 29, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
4.54
it was amazing
This ties with OOP as my favorite HP book. I see it as a beautiful reversal of the pattern set by GOF. Harry had to lean on Dumbledore there, but here ...more
Jul 2005
May 29, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
4.44
it was amazing
It's fun to re-read this just to see how much JKR herself grew as a writer.
Sep 2001
May 29, 2008