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Night (The Night Trilogy #1)
4.30
really liked it
I was really hesitant to read this for years. I'd heard it was particularly depressing and bleak. I had heard the author writes of how he lost his fai ...more
not set
Sep 06, 2008
 
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1)
3.52
it was ok
I was quite surprised that the book was so heavily political, especially since the broadway version seems to have been lightened up with less serious ...more
not set
Oct 24, 2007
 
Vanity Fair
3.77
liked it
Before I read Vanity Fair, I didn't know it was a book without a hero. I did figure it out, though, when the main characters all seemed to be a bit le ...more
not set
Apr 19, 2008
 
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
4.23
really liked it
I read this book for a book club (after accidentally reading another book of the same name). It fascinated me how much china changed in just a few gen ...more
Aug 2006
Nov 13, 2007
 
The Last Empress (Empress Orchid, #2)
3.79
liked it
The sequel to Empress Orchid was a lot more technical; her life changed from personal details to affairs of state and the country of China. The reader ...more
Jun 28, 2010
Jun 28, 2010
 
Politically Correct Bedtime Stories
3.66
it was ok
I'll ditto my friend's review, that these fairy tales included some immoralities and violence that were not part of the tales we grew up with. I try k ...more
not set
Sep 25, 2008
 
Divergent Series Complete Box Set (Divergent, #1-3)
4.32
liked it
**spoiler alert** I'm a long-time fan of dystopic novels because of their sociopolitical introspection. The genre has recently become popular in the Y ...more
not set
Feb 24, 2014
 
The Sense of an Ending
3.70
liked it
**spoiler alert** Spoilers Ahead

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I couldn't decide if I loved it or hated it, so I averaged to 3 stars.

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Apr 09, 2012
 
The Best American Classics
4.16
really liked it
Okay, I know what my friends are thinking...this is a cookbook and you don't "really" cook! However, I was intrigued by these people's obsession with ...more
not set
Jul 29, 2008
 
My Sister's Keeper
4.06
it was ok
Well, I really liked the moral dilemma presented and the opportunity to think long and hard about what is right and what is moral for a parent to do i ...more
Mar 28, 2009
Jan 16, 2009
 
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1)
4.35
really liked it
Really, more like 3.5 stars. The sequel is actually better, and not just because it details what happened after the main characters go to Auschwitz. T ...more
not set
Dec 07, 2010
 
Peter Pan
4.10
liked it
I love all the extra details in the classic tales that for some reason, Disney leaves out. I mean, some can be explained because of the interest of ti ...more
Apr 28, 2012
Jul 15, 2012
 
The Halloween Tree
3.89
liked it
More like 3.5 stars. I thought it was great! Definitely a book for a younger audience, but it was really fun to read and I really enjoyed the forced p ...more
Oct 31, 2010
Oct 31, 2010
 
The Hound of the Baskervilles
4.09
liked it
Normally I think that mysteries shouldn't be read twice (for obvious reasons). But the last time I read this I was in high school. I remember thinking ...more
Oct 18, 2010
Oct 20, 2010
 
Tramp for the Lord
4.47
liked it
I hate to give Corrie anything less than 5 stars, but 3.5 will have to do because I just didn't get that interested in the book. It's a compilation of ...more
not set
May 01, 2010
 
Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History, Vol. I)
4.30
liked it
I couldn't read this straight through. It addresses everything about each culture/settlement group separately. However, if I compared the parallel sec ...more
Nov 19, 2009
Nov 19, 2009
 
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
3.64
really liked it
I didn't go to the book club where we discussed this book, but I wish I had. I would love to have talked about this one. I hear there's a lot of criti ...more
not set
Apr 11, 2010
 
Ethan Frome
3.36
liked it
This was a super quick read, but the author sure fit in a lot of similes and metaphors. She was VERY careful about her writing, and although she was v ...more
Feb 08, 2011
Feb 08, 2011
 
Tiger's Chance
4.50
really liked it
This book is an example of my nostalgia obsession - I remembered reading it as a child, but couldn't figure out what the name was. Without the name, I ...more
not set
Oct 24, 2007
 
Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades: The Complete Guide to Natural Gardening
4.28
it was amazing
Usually I demand lovely color pictures in a non-fiction informational book. But Solomon's conversational style makes me feel very comfortable, and it ...more
not set
Jun 26, 2009
 
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
4.30
it was amazing
Well now, that was dumb of me! I was warned, and read it anyway--with 6 months to suffer for my weakness. So, you friends who are smarter than me; hol ...more
Feb 23, 2010
Feb 23, 2010
 
The Prestige
3.88
liked it
This is a situation where I saw the movie first, and then read the book. The two are quite different in a lot of aspects. The similarities are: two ri ...more
not set
Oct 31, 2007
 
84, Charing Cross Road
4.19
it was amazing
It was like a two-gulp drink that transported me to a two-hour movie in my head. In 95 pages, I fell in love with several characters, and I have faces ...more
Jun 26, 2009
Jun 26, 2009
 
Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking
4.09
liked it
I was excited to read this book, because I'd love to learn to cook without a cookbook. But it wasn't exactly what I'd hoped. I still don't know enough ...more
not set
Mar 05, 2010
 
Empress Orchid (Empress Orchid, #1)
3.87
liked it
I enjoy foreign historical fiction (and if you go back far enough, it's all foreign to me). I could tell that the author was focusing hard on the hist ...more
not set
Jun 28, 2010
 
Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way
4.43
really liked it
It felt like an adventure! It also definitely brought back memories of the good old patagonia days. In some ways, it felt like I was reading a man's c ...more
Sep 15, 2009
Oct 04, 2009
 
Father and I were Ranchers (Little Britches #1)
4.29
it was amazing
Loved it! The male characters sometimes felt the best communication was no communication, which touched memories of some of my own relationships. That ...more
not set
Jun 13, 2012
 
Gifts (Annals of the Western Shore, #1)
3.65
liked it
It started out with really great canon and drew me in. But they set up the canon for just over half the book before any plot started. So then the plot ...more
Sep 15, 2010
Sep 17, 2010
 
The Birthday Ball
3.46
liked it
Ya know, I'm really not usually into princess books, and this one kinda seems like it's been done before. Lowry is totally clever in her word play, an ...more
Jul 15, 2010
Jul 15, 2010
 
O Pioneers!
3.84
liked it
**spoiler alert** Willa Cather really has a talent. Her descriptions and character development are a rare treat and I enjoyed every minute of them. Th ...more
not set
Apr 11, 2010
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