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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
really liked it
I would give this 4 1/2 stars if I could. I have read many horrific tales of cruelty to human life. Most of them center around World War II. This one ...more
Jun 29, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry
it was ok
It was funny at first, but it didn't take me long to become completely annoyed with the author. I felt like I was being called an idiot for actually c ...more
Mar 20, 2015
Jan 06, 2015
it was amazing
I loved this book!! The three different stories were so heartening. Each one was a page turner. I loved that they were all interwoven by a harmonica o ...more
Feb 03, 2017
Feb 03, 2017
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
it was ok
**spoiler alert** First of all, I read this for my book club, and I think it was an excellent choice. It is thought provoking and full of Chinese cult ...more
Oct 25, 2011
Oct 14, 2011
Secret Daughter
it was amazing
I loved this book. It tells the story from different points of view, and I loved getting to know all the characters. They are normal, yet remarkable p ...more
Dec 02, 2010
Sep 29, 2010
News of the World
really liked it
A lovely story about an abducted-by-Indians girl in the 1870s. Interesting and heart-warming. My only complaint is that the dialogue was not marked by ...more
May 02, 2017
Feb 07, 2017
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1)
it was ok
I read this when I was in elementary and hated it. As an adult, I liked it more, but I still thought it was weird. And Meg is a huge, unlikable brat. ...more
Feb 21, 2018
Apr 08, 2008
The Scarlet Pimpernel
it was amazing
I have read this book at least three times. It is a perfect blend of history and romance.

***Just read it again and I still LOVE it.
Apr 22, 2016
Dec 01, 2007
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
really liked it
This book was so interesting. And galling. And infuriating. Yet it was also a very sweet tale of Hmong parents' compassion and care for their child. I ...more
Apr 15, 2010
Mar 25, 2010
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
really liked it
I really enjoyed this biography of Lincoln. It is quite long and at times rather laborious to get through, but it is well worth reading. My admiration ...more
Aug 27, 2009
Jun 04, 2009
A Study in Scarlet
really liked it
I can't believe that until now I have never read a Sherlock Holmes story. I thoroughly enjoyed it, even though Conan Doyle clearly had some misguided ...more
Feb 19, 2017
Feb 07, 2017
The Sugar Queen
really liked it
I was hooked from page one. Except for a bit of bad language, this book was great!!
not set
Jul 15, 2014
liked it
I would really give this 3 1/2 stars if I could...I was highly entertained by this book, which pleasantly surprised me. Card is a great writer and has ...more
Feb 16, 2010
Jan 28, 2010
Left Neglected
really liked it
This book was a great reminder about the truly important things in life. The story was eye opening and often very touching. The author portrayed Left ...more
Dec 30, 2012
Dec 13, 2012
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
liked it
Wow. Very interesting book. It contains a LOT of science though. Not my favorite subject, but despite that I would definitely recommend that everyone ...more
Mar 14, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
Book of a Thousand Days
it was amazing
I don't usually re-read many books--my list of "to-reads" is so endless that I lack the time. Lately, however, I have decided to stray from the norm a ...more
Oct 14, 2009
Dec 04, 2007
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
liked it
I liked it more than I thought I would. Great ending. Very well written.
Apr 24, 2015
Apr 09, 2015
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, #1)
it was ok
I'm too ignorant on my knowledge of pre-history to really appreciate this book. I was frustrated and disgusted with the primitive people. I found Ayla ...more
Nov 18, 2010
Oct 20, 2010
The Life of Our Lord: Written for His Children During the Years 1846 to 1849
really liked it
Such a sweet and loving tribute.
not set
Nov 04, 2014
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
really liked it
I kind of felt like he was tooting his own horn a lot throughout the book, but I realize that in his case it would be very hard not to. He is definite ...more
Feb 25, 2015
Jan 06, 2015
Innocent Traitor
really liked it
A fascinating tale of Lady Jane Grey. I find the Tudor family so interesting, so naturally I was riveted. I was horrified at times and the English cla ...more
Oct 12, 2008
Sep 25, 2008
The Believer
it was ok
I can't decide if I should give this 2 or 3 stars. 2 wins at least for today. I thought this book was imaginative, but I felt like the ending was too ...more
Feb 12, 2009
Dec 04, 2008
it was amazing
I love this story. Anne Elliot is sweet and unassuming and a delight to read about. Captain Wentworth is the epitome of the dashing, lovable hero. A w ...more
Nov 06, 2008
Feb 15, 2008
Enslaved by Ducks
it was ok
I couldn't even get through this book. I am not an animal lover by any means, but I also don't wish them harm. I think these people are INSANE! They a ...more
May 22, 2008
Apr 26, 2008
The House of Special Purpose
really liked it
I am so fascinated by the story of the Romanovs. I liked this author's telling of how it happened. The timeline jumps kept the book interesting, and b ...more
not set
Jan 02, 2014
The Walking Drum
really liked it
This is my first Louis L'Amour book, and I loved it! It is set in the 12th century, and it is definitely action-packed. I'm only sad that L'Amour died ...more
Jun 11, 2008
May 22, 2008
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
really liked it
A very charming, humorous, light and quick read. I loved the format--it is written in letters. The hopeless romantic in me wanted a little more meat i ...more
May 22, 2009
Nov 27, 2008
The Kite Runner
it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down. It was so good! It deals with difficult subject matter though. Still, I'm glad I read it. It was very well written and ...more
Apr 23, 2008
Jan 11, 2008
The Gates of November
liked it
3.5 stars. I love Russian history. It was fascinating and well written. It was also easy to put down. It jumped all over the place and was sometimes h ...more
Sep 15, 2017
Feb 07, 2017
Great Expectations
really liked it
I love Dickens! I admit that there were times when I could easily put this book aside, but overall I really liked it and I think that it has a wonderf ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 14, 2007
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