12.29.2010

2010: Looking back in books











The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Excellent read. GREAT story, well written, and a lot of interesting history. A+


Shaffer, Mary Ann

didn't like itit was okliked itreally liked itit was amazing (my current rating)













The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

Throughout this entire book I kept having to remind myself that it was a true story... someone actually lived this nightmare. Incredible story. Highly recommend.
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Grisham, John

didn't like itit was okliked itreally liked it (my current rating)it was amazing





The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

I was a little disappointed in this book, probably just because of all the hype I heard about it before reading it. It was okay, not bad, but predictable and not particularly well written.
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Collins, Suzanne

didn't like itit was okliked it (my current rating)really liked itit was amazing





Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants

Great story, but all of the bad language and sexual content was a little hard to get through.
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Gruen, Sara

didn't like itit was okliked it (my current rating)really liked itit was amazing





God Wants A Powerful People

God Wants A Powerful People

Lots of great doctrine without being too heavy. Great read.
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Dew, Sheri L.

didn't like itit was okliked itreally liked itit was amazing (my current rating)





Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Re-read this one for the fourth or fifth time. Classic.
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Bradbury, Ray

didn't like itit was okliked itreally liked itit was amazing (my current rating)





The Portrait of a Lady

The Portrait of a Lady

Nothing terribly wrong with it besides that it was just a little painful to get through... not my genre I suppose.
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James, Henry

didn't like itit was ok (my current rating)liked itreally liked itit was amazing





Art of Homemaking

Art of Homemaking

Very old fashioned, and a lot of it didn't apply to me since I was not technically a stay-at-home Mom when I read it. I know it is just because it was written 50 years ago, but I wish she would have touched on tips for Moms who aren't at home all day every day...
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Hoole, Daryl

didn't like itit was okliked it (my current rating)really liked itit was amazing





Lord of the Flies (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)

Lord of the Flies

I had actually read this once before in Jr. High School but thought I should pick it back up again. So glad I did. Great moral lessons, well written.
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Golding, William

didn't like itit was okliked itreally liked it (my current rating)it was amazing





The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

The story itself is excellent and touching, but I had some issues with the writing style. First of all, the author is a "naturalist", so she is clearly more interested in this story because it is about a zoo-keeper, not because it is a touching WWII story. This translates into spending WAY too much time explaining the flora and fauna of the zoo which distracts from the pertinent issues. Secondly (and, again, I think this is because she isn't really an "author") the writing style is very inconsistent and goes from a novel-like storytelling style to an essay-type style and back again...
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Ackerman, Diane

didn't like itit was ok (my current rating)liked itreally liked itit was amazing





The Help

The Help

Very interesting. Kept my attention throughout and I was sad to see it end (partly because it's fairly short). Good insight into civil rights issues in the south in the 60's, but not very heavy. I would definitely recommend this as a great, quick read.
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Stockett, Kathryn *

didn't like itit was okliked itreally liked itit was amazing (my current rating)