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Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, #1)
4.13
really liked it
4.5 stars. It's so nice revisiting an old friend. A decade after first reading Robin Hobb's 3 trilogies in the Elderlings realm, I came back to them i ...more
Feb 23, 2017
Feb 24, 2017
 
Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse
4.12
really liked it
Still so fascinating. This one was not about midwifery, instead it was predominantly about the workhouses. Rather than many small stories like the fir ...more
May 14, 2015
May 14, 2015
 
Monsters Eat Whiny Children
3.59
it was amazing
I saw this book sitting on a table at my library and gasped. I had to have it! (with one of my children particularly in mind)

My kids LOVE this book. I
...more
Jul 24, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
 
A Monster Calls
4.37
it was amazing
So very good, so very well written, so very poignant. Conor's mom is terribly sick. Conor is having nightmares. Then a monster comes. The teaching sto ...more
Aug 19, 2015
Aug 19, 2015
 
American Gods (American Gods, #1)
4.11
really liked it
So I really, really liked this. BUT before I say anything more about it I do have to give a very strong warning that this is a clear example of Gaiman ...more
Jan 12, 2016
Jan 12, 2016
 
Hokey Pokey
3.30
liked it
3.5 stars. Still mulling...

Based on the idea that children "live in a world all their own" this is a strange form of children only utopia.

Jack wakes a
...more
Jul 07, 2016
Jul 07, 2016
 
Shadow Scale (Seraphina, #2)
3.73
really liked it
Hartman continues to write at a level superior to most in the category, and the world building continues to impress. I also appreciate that she put so ...more
Sep 28, 2015
Sep 28, 2015
 
Astonish Me
3.57
liked it
Following on the heels of several really good reads, this did unfortunately pale in comparison, but I did like it. I'd even say by the end I was feeli ...more
Dec 04, 2015
Dec 06, 2015
 
America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction
4.02
really liked it
Lol. This short "history" of democracy and all "about" our democratic institution is accurately hilarious in a way only the Daily Show writers could p ...more
Dec 31, 2016
Dec 31, 2016
 
The Magician's Land (The Magicians, #3)
4.16
really liked it
Why do I like this so much? I question myself even more when I think about explainging it, but the completion of this trilogy left me satisfied and I ...more
Jun 27, 2015
Jun 27, 2015
 
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
4.03
really liked it
Oops, forgot to review this.
An "almost eight year old" gives the perspective in this one and sometimes the story jumps, in the way I can imagine the a
...more
Dec 15, 2016
Jan 06, 2017
 
Carrie
3.93
really liked it
This is my 1050th book reviewed on Goodreads... but it's my FIRST STEPHEN KING! I know, how could I have missed such a culturally significant author a ...more
Oct 30, 2017
Oct 30, 2017
 
Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)
4.31
really liked it
2044 sees the world in a tough place, but the death of the creator of the all consuming virtual reality existence called Oasis brought an epic game to ...more
Apr 26, 2017
Apr 26, 2017
 
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
4.11
really liked it
Funny, sad, and thought-provoking, Chast writes a very real look at the difficulties and indignities inherent in old age in this graphic novel memoir ...more
Sep 09, 2016
Sep 12, 2016
 
Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned
3.84
really liked it
I have no great connection to Alan Alda, just a vague sense of really liking the guy and enjoying what he's been in so I thought I'd pick this up for ...more
Jun 2015
Jun 02, 2015
 
Winter Garden
4.14
it was amazing
Whoa. Now that I've finished it, I'm blown away by this book. It made me want to switch the book I'll host for book club to this. Then, of course, I r ...more
Jun 20, 2013
Jun 21, 2013
 
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
3.80
really liked it
Ah, the gothics, how delightful you are at this time of year (Oct). The only thing this novella lacks is the answer to what in the world Mr. Hyde got ...more
Oct 04, 2017
Oct 04, 2017
 
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
3.78
really liked it
Written by a 13-year-old boy in Japan with autism, this is an excellent look inside autism. It's very short, so no excuses not to read this, and I th ...more
Feb 18, 2017
Feb 20, 2017
 
The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #2)
4.22
really liked it
A good sign for the first book, I had to start this one immediately, and then I ate this up. The first was slightly reminiscent of another series for ...more
Sep 22, 2015
Sep 22, 2015
 
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
4.19
really liked it
Hm, what to say, what to say.
Funny, heartbreaking, disturbing. So many adjectives can apply...
This wack-ado novel about a psych ward is definitely a b
...more
Jul 20, 2017
Jul 21, 2017
 
All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor
4.48
it was amazing
What an incredible story. One of the few remaining survivors of WWII tells his story as one of the even fewer remaining survivors of Pearl Harbor. Str ...more
Nov 11, 2017
Nov 11, 2017
 
One Plus One
3.94
really liked it
Second Moyes book for me and I enjoyed this even more than Me Before You. Nicely done. There's some well done themes of class and clique struggles for ...more
Nov 28, 2014
Nov 30, 2014
 
Mosquitoland
3.91
really liked it
3.5 stars

This is the journey of a philosophical teen under a lot of stress and change, and was well executed as that. I did quite enjoy this. The char
...more
Nov 24, 2015
Nov 24, 2015
 
All the Bright Places
4.19
really liked it
This was really well written, handling difficult subjects that were sometimes quite painful and too close to read easily. It's a worthy winner of the ...more
Feb 22, 2016
Feb 23, 2016
 
The Daily Show: An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests
4.14
really liked it
3.5 stars
This oral history is told entirely from interviews given by loads of people, mostly from those who worked on the show but also those who were
...more
Jan 24, 2018
Jan 26, 2018
 
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
3.96
liked it
3.5 stars
The blurb on this is really the tip of the iceberg. Todd's a month from his birthday in a town where men can hear each other's thoughts (and
...more
Sep 10, 2015
Sep 10, 2015
 
Legends
3.75
liked it
I picked this up because I watched the first season of the tv show and always like a good spy thriller. It didn't take long to realize the show was on ...more
Jan 27, 2015
Jan 27, 2015
 
Homegoing
4.41
really liked it
Homegoing is a sweeping novel comprised of many connected short stories each covering a generation in a several hundred year family line starting in 1 ...more
Nov 21, 2016
Nov 21, 2016
 
Matched (Matched, #1)
3.68
liked it
3.5 stars
The Giver meets Fahrenheit 451 in the style of today's oh-so-popular YA dystopian trilogy. Don't forget the The Hunger Games-esque love trian
...more
Oct 13, 2015
Oct 15, 2015
 
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story
3.91
really liked it
I am definitely a National Geographic fan and lover of archaeology, so this book about the discovery of major cities found untouched in the remote mou ...more
Nov 09, 2017
Nov 09, 2017
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