Friday, October 21, 2011

Look at these adorable cookie cutters. I just love when something common is re-done to be something cool!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

WonderstruckWonderstruck by Brian Selznick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My son read this and asked me to read it so we could talk about it. Great book. It is really a jumping off point for much discussion about family, disabilities, museums, and much, much more.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

The LineThe Line by Olga Grushin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great writing. Compelling characters. A page turner. Even better once I read more about what the book was based on (but DON'T read about that first).

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bel CantoBel Canto by Ann Patchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don't know why I only "really liked" this book instead of loved it.  Wonderful writing.  To me, I felt like I was really in South America reading this.  Something about the writing style gave it a foreign sense.  Perhaps I did not care about the characters as much as I expected?  I think that was it.  Beautiful to read.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

From the Land of the Moon

From the Land of the MoonFrom the Land of the Moon by Milena Agus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was the best book I've read in a very long time.  Great writing, great story, surprises throughout. Beautiful.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fun book about, well, fun.

The Game Makers: The Story of Parker Brothers, from Tiddledy Winks to Trivial PursuitThe Game Makers: The Story of Parker Brothers, from Tiddledy Winks to Trivial Pursuit by Philip E. Orbanes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love books like these that tell the story of a family or business.  This one I really enjoyed. My master's is in Leisure Studies so this was right up my alley. Well done - could be edited down a bit. Not every single detail needs to go into a book.  Overall, enjoyed it.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

I tried. I can't finish. 70% through but it's just so badly written. It's an assault to my intelligence. Great title, though.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Goodbye, Gretchen

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Such a good dog. A long, healthy, happy life. Today, one month shy of being 14 years old, she had to be put down. We knew it was coming and that did not make it ONE bit easier.

Monday, May 9, 2011

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Ready for tomorrow's biographical presentation of Ben Franklin.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Adults: A NovelThe Adults: A Novel by Alison Espach

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book started out really interesting. I read 25% of it the first night. Amazing writing, clever storytelling and characters. But halfway through the fizzled. It seemed the author spent way more time on the first half then quickly had to finish to meet a deadline or something. Characters didn't develop fully, and the quality of writing seemed closer to first than final draft, so that was disappointing.

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Book Review: A Widow's Story

A Widow's Story: A MemoirA Widow's Story: A Memoir by Joyce Carol Oates

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've not read anything by JCO before, but wow, her writing is perfection. The subject matter is tough, sad, heartbreaking, but so well done.

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