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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
3.71
really liked it
I know the secret is out about this book, but just in case someone doesn't know the twist, I will not mention it here. First, I am surprised this was ...more
Feb 05, 2014
Feb 05, 2014
 
Beatrice and Virgil
3.13
really liked it
I felt so ambivalent after reading this book, that I read it again right after I finished it. It's a story within a story within a story and quite all ...more
Apr 21, 2010
Apr 18, 2010
 
Lone Wolf
3.67
really liked it
If you read Picoult's books, then you know her style - multiple narrators, current controversial topics,twists to the story, strong character developm ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
 
The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood
3.93
liked it
I met the pig in this book! We were camping years ago at Seven Maples in Hancock, NH. Imagine my delight when I read this book and remembered this. Pl ...more
not set
Jul 23, 2008
 
Leaving Time
3.94
really liked it
Trademark Jodi with multiple narrators, characters that are so real you want them to be your friends, and a twist at the end. And the twist at the end ...more
Jun 15, 2014
Jun 15, 2014
 
The Snow Leopard
4.12
really liked it
I read this book years ago based on a friend's recommendation. He is a science teacher who travels with students to many countries, and he has recomme ...more
not set
Apr 11, 2009
 
Bloodhound (Beka Cooper, #2)
4.26
it was ok
I didn't read the first in the series but read this one because it's on YALSA's 2010 Teen Top Ten List. I like the fact the book is told in first pers ...more
Jun 24, 2010
Jun 24, 2010
 
The One and Only Ivan
4.24
it was amazing
Lovely and delightful, here's another Newbery book that's written for children but appeals (more?) to adults with its philosophical musings and morali ...more
Aug 19, 2014
Aug 19, 2014
 
Life of Pi
3.88
it was amazing
Jodi Picoult recommended that I read this. I loved the concept. It's funny. Whenever I recommend this book to people, they either love it or hate it. ...more
Apr 2005
Feb 04, 2008
 
Raven Girl
3.31
it was ok
Fans of Niffenegger should not expect this book to be anything like the others she has written. I like the idea behind this story and the plot and the ...more
Jun 25, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
 
The High Mountains of Portugal
3.37
liked it
I LOVED Life of Pi, and (read my review), I decided to really like Beatrice and Virgil as well (but I did so on good faith concerning what I thought M ...more
Apr 16, 2016
Apr 20, 2016
 
The Elephant Whisperer
4.44
liked it
Don't be fooled by the title; this book is about much more than elephants in Africa. I learned about all the animals on a conservation park, the dange ...more
Feb 27, 2011
Feb 27, 2011
 
Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship
4.11
liked it
More than a simple story of a man who hikes with his dog, the author shares family, friend, and work anecdotes. The last five years, we have been delu ...more
Oct 11, 2013
Oct 16, 2013
 
The Zookeeper's Wife
3.44
really liked it
I did not like the way the first 1/3 of this book was written, but the last 2/3 redeemed the book. It 's almost as if the author was not comfortable w ...more
Oct 28, 2009
Oct 12, 2009
 
Ape House
3.47
liked it
I found the concept of a Reality Show for Bonobos (sadly) quite believable. Although the story mixes a variety of topics(Hollywood veneer, marital pro ...more
Nov 09, 2010
Nov 09, 2010
 
Equus
3.94
it was ok
Read this years ago in college and forgot about it. Read it again because I saw it in NYC recently. I understand the play is really about Dysart's los ...more
not set
Apr 19, 2009
 
The Poet's Dog
4.06
liked it
I read this on the advice of a local bookseller and found the story to be sweet. It's very short and can be read in a half hour. A few of the passages ...more
Dec 20, 2016
Dec 20, 2016
 
Breathless
3.45
did not like it
VASTLY disappointing. I am a Koontz fan, but this was horrible. Disjointed characters with separate plot lines that only vaguely connect at the end an ...more
Jan 03, 2010
Jan 03, 2010
 
The Horse Boy: A Father's Quest to Heal His Son
3.98
liked it
If you're a parent,then you understand that you will do and try anything to help your child heal. I chose to read this book because I loved the book T ...more
not set
Mar 20, 2011
 
The Lost World
3.73
it was ok
I didn't like the movie that much, but I decided to read the book to see if it was better. It was better, but I didn't care about this book that much. ...more
not set
Dec 31, 2008
 
The Elephant Keeper
3.43
it was ok
I enjoyed Water for Elephants, so I had great hopes for this book. Alas, the story dragged; the format for the dialog irritated me, and the plot was s ...more
Aug 26, 2009
Aug 22, 2009
 
Congo
3.56
liked it
People who read this book now will probably find it outdated and outrageous because of its use of technology. However, if you nod at the fact that the ...more
not set
Dec 31, 2008
 
Soldier Dogs
3.89
liked it
Very interesting to learn about military dogs,their training, and breeding. Vignettes of specific dogs and their relationships with their handlers mad ...more
Aug 25, 2012
Aug 25, 2012
 
The Darkest Evening of the Year
3.71
liked it
A kind, beautiful woman with a secret past. Add in her love of animals, particularly Golden Retrievers (which Koontz owns himself!)and this is an inte ...more
not set
Dec 27, 2008
 
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
3.55
liked it
If you have a dog, read this book. I might not agree with everything the author says, but this has certainly made me look at my dog differently. The a ...more
Apr 03, 2011
Mar 26, 2011
 
All Creatures Great and Small (All Creatures Great and Small, #1-2)
4.31
really liked it
I loved this series - read it twice in my early teen years. I love animals so that is what first drew my interest. When I reread this as a young mothe ...more
not set
May 22, 2009
 
The Lord God Made Them All
4.39
really liked it
I like the travel in this book. All the books in this series remind us of yesteryear and how "simple" life once was. WW2 didn't make it simple, but I ...more
not set
May 22, 2009
 
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
3.60
it was amazing
What a book! It's a long saga, a story of friendship and love and loyalty and murder and anger and revenge. Despite its length, this is a fast, engros ...more
Aug 25, 2008
Aug 19, 2008
 
Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived
4.20
liked it
Although I found the book fun to read and fascinating to learn all that happened to Modoc and his trainer, there is simply no way this book is truly n ...more
Apr 25, 2010
Mar 18, 2010
 
Charlotte's Web
4.15
it was amazing
My first reading of this book was in fourth grade when my teacher read it to the class, and we all cried at the end. I read it with my own children an ...more
not set
Apr 23, 2009
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