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A Ring of Endless Light (Austin Family, Book 4)
4.14
liked it
L'Engle seems to achieve that which Stephenie Meyer is, as yet, technically unable: a respectful, plausible narration of square pegs, alienated dreame ...more
Jan 1992
Mar 05, 2009
 
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
4.13
it was ok
L'Engle's Time Quartet diminishes in cohesion with each installment. Whether from the author's own under-writing or her publishing house's imprudent h ...more
Jan 1985
Aug 01, 2007
 
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #1)
3.74
did not like it
Tired rehashing of chick-lit stand-bys: narcisistic, thoroughly unsympathetic narrator with no self-awareness (hint: she thinks (a) she's a wit and (b ...more
not set
Apr 26, 2007
 
Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities
3.81
it was ok
*** MY THOUGHTS SO FAR, 8/18/14 ***

reading this with my beloved niece, Bananz, as her first pick in our Just-The-Two-Of-Us book club. so far the book'
...more
Nov 11, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
 
The Young Unicorns
3.75
really liked it
One of the things L'Engle does best is carefully intertwine her otherwise disparate tales. I delighted in stumbling across peripheral characters whom ...more
Jan 1987
Aug 01, 2007
 
Shane
3.80
really liked it
I heard echos of Shane when reading The Bridges of Madison County (ew) and Friday Night Lights, actually, but the image from this work that stuck with ...more
Jan 1988
Aug 01, 2007
 
Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Books of Faerie, #1)
3.69
liked it
solid mid-3s

trademark stiefvater goodness contained herein: (1) smart, semi-alienated young adults explore a rush of unexpected emotion and chemistry
...more
Nov 04, 2013
Nov 06, 2013
 
Uprooted
4.12
liked it
all in all, a fun, engaging story. the overall plot was engaging, and i just lapped up a lot of the detail. it's particularly fun that this work is se ...more
Sep 18, 2016
Sep 06, 2016
 
The Truth About Sacajawea (Lewis & Clark Expedition)
3.67
really liked it
somehow my history courses never got around to discussing sacajawea in any real depth, so when i found this book in my niece's collection, i was shock ...more
Jan 2011
Mar 05, 2012
 
I Am the Cheese
3.74
liked it
3 solid stars for a tense YA thriller that doesn't talk down to its reader.

this book evokes elements of Memento and Shutter Island, with spycraft and
...more
Jul 12, 2013
Jul 20, 2013
 
I Am Not A Serial Killer (John Cleaver, #1)
3.77
it was ok
i listened to the audiobook.

NARRATOR: terribly cast. an (apparently) middle-aged man portraying an adolescent boy alternately yelled at me or droned i
...more
Feb 2016
Mar 04, 2016
 
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
4.04
liked it
laini taylor does some things really, REALLY well -- like come up with fabulously entertaining, believable modern dialogue (i'm looking at YOU, zuzana ...more
Jun 24, 2014
Nov 06, 2013
 
Seventeenth Summer
3.10
liked it
this was "a dirty book inappropriate for young readers" to me when i was little. i sooooo couldn't wait 'til my mother deemed me old enough to read it ...more
not set
not set
Jan 1988
May 31, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
4.61
liked it
*** OCTOBER 5, 2015 *** FIRST AUDIOBOOK LISTEN ***

upgrading this to four stars.

rowling painstakingly and satisfyingly ties up the many, many threads o
...more
Oct 05, 2015
not set
Apr 26, 2007
 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
4.44
really liked it
*** ORIGINAL REVIEW, 4/26/07 ***
"C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Lloyd Alexander, Kenneth Grahame, and Roald Dahl walk into a bar. . . ." This worthy i
...more
Jan 2000
Jan 2010
Jan 2015
Aug 04, 2016
Apr 26, 2007
 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
4.46
really liked it
*** ORIGINAL REVIEW -- April 26, 2007 ***
Where were you when Kennedy was shot? Where were you when Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was pub
...more
Jun 26, 2003
Jan 2010
Aug 17, 2015
not set
Apr 26, 2007
 
Thirteen Reasons Why
4.02
it was ok
an interesting concept -- a mystery is unraveled as clay, the main protagonist, listens to a series of cassette tapes recorded by hannah, the story's ...more
Apr 03, 2013
May 30, 2011
 
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
4.38
really liked it
*** Original Review, book read 2002, review written April 26, 2007 ***
Popularly considered the weakest of the Harry Potter series, this book is still
...more
Jan 2010
Oct 11, 2016
Jan 2010
Jan 2015
Apr 26, 2007
 
Sunshine
3.85
really liked it
*** ORIGINAL REVIEW 9/2009 ***

robin mckinley and maggie steifvater remind me of one another, occasionally, as they populate their books with heroines
...more
not set
not set
Apr 18, 2016
Jun 19, 2009
 
Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)
3.86
it was ok
poor. i was surprised this has become as popular as it has. i will certainly be ignoring the sequels.

(1) the writing was hackneyed, with indifferent t
...more
Apr 10, 2014
Sep 30, 2009
 
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
4.53
really liked it
*** ORIGINAL REVIEW -- 8/2007 ***
Unlike any other in my living memory, anticipation for this publication consumed readers across the globe (or across
...more
Jul 12, 2000
Jan 2008
Apr 2017
Jul 15, 2015
Apr 26, 2007
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.34
really liked it
"i don't want peeta to be dead. a pita is a pouch of bread. but that's his name. fucking hunger games."

tonally, i find the book much more compelling t
...more
Jan 2010
Sep 02, 2010
 
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
4.53
really liked it
*** Original review written April 26, 2007; book originally read 2000 ***
Unlike most of my friends who cite this as their favorite in the series, this
...more
Jan 2015
Oct 2016
Jan 2010
Dec 20, 2000
Apr 26, 2007
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.57
really liked it
So-so writing, crackling sexual tension, indicting Rorschach of the author's view of male-female relationships. An easy, delightful read, I devoured i ...more
Nov 25, 2008
Nov 19, 2008
 
The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain #1)
4.00
it was amazing
The Chronicles of Prydain are my favorites among Alexander's works. I first enjoyed the series when my sister Ruth read it to our family during a seri ...more
Jan 1986
Aug 01, 2007
 
The Hobbit
4.25
really liked it
a much gentler, folksier, almost cartoon-hued visit to middle earth. it's clear in every portrait drawn, in every gentled peril, that tolkien wrote th ...more
Jan 1985
Apr 26, 2007
 
The Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia, #6)
4.01
liked it
While prequels, when well done, are always satisfying in providing context and foundation to any beloved series, this installment of the Chronicles of ...more
Jan 1986
Apr 26, 2007
 
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
3.52
liked it
i loved the 180 the story took only a short ways in. i loved the challenge that a deepening friendship with jacob offered. i loved seeing bella grappl ...more
Jan 30, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
 
An Old-Fashioned Girl
4.05
really liked it
i bet that today polly milton would come off as a goody-two-shoes bore to me, but back in my grade-school years, when she so perfectly held my worldvi ...more
not set
not set
Jan 1986
not set
Sep 26, 2007
 
Stolen: A Letter to My Captor
3.93
really liked it
beautifully written. brave (brazen?) plot, with honest character development. there are a few passages i didn't enjoy, and i'm trying to decide if it ...more
Sep 18, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
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