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Christmas Jars
did not like it
Some books are well written. Others tell a great story. This book fails on both accounts

I'd describe the writing as downright painful and unimaginativ
Dec 05, 2008
Dec 05, 2008
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe
it was ok
My reaction to this book was, "I should feel an emotional connection to these women and their situation, but I feel nothing." I was trying to figure o ...more
Feb 21, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength
it was amazing
I just re-read this book for our book group on May 22, 2012. It's still great. I was happy for the review--especially about Drew Carey's organizationa ...more
Oct 30, 2011
not set
Oct 15, 2011
Watched (Watched, #1)
did not like it
I really wanted to like this book; I feel like I give extra allowance to LDS authors because I want so badly to see them succeed and have vast readers ...more
Jul 13, 2012
Sep 01, 2012
The Snow Angel
really liked it
So I've decided I have to have a different rating system for Christmas books than for all other books, because quite frankly, I've hardly found a Chri ...more
Dec 18, 2011
Dec 19, 2011
The Female Brain
really liked it
I mostly really liked this book. It is a somewhat scientific book that describes the effect of hormones on the female brain from birth through death, ...more
Dec 18, 2010
Jan 07, 2011
21 Days Closer to Christ
it was amazing
Not a book to rush through. I taught the first chapter for FHE and it went very well. You really want to take time to ponder and absorb each section.
Jan 30, 2009
Nov 30, 2008
Swine Not?: A Novel Pig Tale
did not like it
This is one of the worst books I've ever read. Oh, Children's Book of the Month club--how could you steer me so wrong? The humor is over-reaching. I c ...more
Sep 20, 2008
Aug 22, 2008
Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade
really liked it
I bought this audible book on a whim when audible told me I'd like it, but I knew NOTHING about it going in. The fact that it was a true story of murd ...more
Mar 10, 2014
Mar 14, 2014
Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know
really liked it
I was looking for an audiblebook that would provide a lot of bang for the buck (11 hours 5 minutes for 1 credit). We've been reading several novelizat ...more
Nov 06, 2013
May 06, 2013
There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children
really liked it
I wasn't anticipating the emotional journey this book would take me on. I've been sad, angry, happy, bereft, indignant, heartbroken, despairing, hopef ...more
Aug 24, 2009
Aug 24, 2009
it was amazing
Just finished this book and I sobbed for joy at the end of it. Really, SOBBED--like my kids all came to see what was wrong with me, and in between cat ...more
Jul 24, 2012
Jul 21, 2012
Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism (Molly Moon, #1)
liked it
I read this because J.B. said it was the best book he's ever read and it's been awhile since I've read a chapter book at his level.
I understand his en
Jan 05, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
Firefight (The Reckoners, #2)
it was amazing
Can't say enough good about The Reckoners Series and about Brandon Sanderson. First of all, Brandon Sanderson is a fantasy genius--on the same level t ...more
Feb 11, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
did not like it
This was a horrid book. The writing and prose were well-done, but it didn't make up for the unlovable characters, and the piles and piles of tough sub ...more
Jun 13, 2015
Jun 16, 2015
A Birthday for Cow!
really liked it
Once we discovered Jan Thomas through the "Doghouse," we decided we had to read everything she has had her hands on. She has this brilliant way to use ...more
Sep 18, 2011
not set
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Sep 29, 2011
Groosham Grange
really liked it
I picked this for a read-aloud for Logan (10), J.B. (8) and Soren (6). Logan gave it 4 stars, J.B. 4 1/3, and Soren 4 1/4. You can tell that Horowitz ...more
Nov 28, 2008
Nov 30, 2008
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
it was amazing
This book is an epiphany. I've been wondering for years and years if the medical world understood why we get fat--like what is the actual physical pro ...more
Feb 28, 2012
Feb 12, 2012
The Mansion
really liked it
We picked this book for our book group read for December because 1) It is really short and we didn't want to read anything too long in such a busy mon ...more
Dec 11, 2012
Jan 05, 2013
Red: A Crayon's Story
it was ok
My 8-year old and I reserved all of the Caldecott contenders for 2015 from the library so that we could have some time enjoying and ranking them befor ...more
Jan 07, 2016
Jan 26, 2016
The Spy Wore Red
really liked it
May 26, 2009
I LOVE spy stories--books, movies. I love the intrigue, the danger, the action, and the gadgets. This spy story about a woman spy during W
Jan 23, 2012
not set
May 30, 2009
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
it was ok
I didn't LOVE this book. I generally don't love self-help books, and I felt like this introduced a multitude of vague principles without the anecdotes ...more
Jan 11, 2012
Feb 04, 2012
Why We Need Dad
it was amazing
This book is humorous, sweet, and eye-opening. The mix of research about how people feel about their dads woven in with personal anecdotes makes this ...more
Jun 15, 2012
Apr 20, 2013
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
it was amazing
So now you can find all kinds of hands on children's books, with flaps to lift, pages that fold out, pop up portions, textures affixed to pages, and c ...more
Jan 1971
Mar 08, 2008
Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody
it was amazing
A petrifying Parody on Good night Moon. We have the original book memorized, and because this book has the exact same cadence we find it irresistible. ...more
Nov 23, 2008
not set
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Nov 30, 2008
Women and the Priesthood: What One Mormon Woman Believes
it was amazing
Sheri Dew did a brilliant job in this book. She doesn't dodge difficult questions, nor questions for which she has no answers. Her research and person ...more
May 13, 2014
Jun 13, 2014
The Eagle Tree
liked it
I have a mixed review on this Kindle First Read for April.
For the positive: I like books about autistic people. I seem to be drawn to books about aut
Apr 11, 2016
Apr 12, 2016
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
it was amazing
I listened to this book as an audio book--narrated by Scott Brick who did a truly great job with the narration.
We read this for our Funner book group,
Feb 02, 2016
Feb 21, 2016
Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs,  and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers
it was amazing
Do you or does someone you know suffer from ADHD, anxiety and chronic stress, depression, chronic headaches and migraines, diabetes, focus and concent ...more
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 23, 2014
Eleanor & Park
it was amazing
Eleanor & Park was chosen as a required read for all of our high school students for summer reading. I had heard a bit of controversy about it, so ...more
Jun 23, 2015
Jun 19, 2015
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