Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin OlympicsThe Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Uplifting true account about how hard work and perseverance pay off. I enjoyed learning about rowing, and I also liked the subtle spiritual analogies.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wonder

WonderWonder by R.J. Palacio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this aloud to my whole family. We all loved it, from the oldest to the youngest.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Shatter Me

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I really like the premise and the characters, but there's a lot of filler here. I'm on the fence about whether or not to carry on with this series.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

LeVar Burton does an incredible job narrating this wonderful book. I listened with my 12-year old son on a road trip and we both loved it.

The Color of Light

The Color of LightThe Color of Light by Karen White
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

I was entertained and I love her book settings, but this one was predictable and I didn't really like the main characters.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Isaac's Storm

Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in HistoryIsaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes I felt like I couldn't breathe reading this. Larson does a great job giving the reader a sense of the devastation, but bringing it to a personal level. Also, this book made me want to buy a barometer.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Rosie Project

The Rosie ProjectThe Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Utterly delightful. I think I read this entire book with a smile on my face. (Maybe because Don reminded me of Sherlock.)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, BernadetteWhere'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Funny, fast-paced, and unique. I loved the different voices. It kind of made me want to check out Seattle.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Seeking Persephone

Seeking Persephone (The Lancaster Family #1)Seeking Persephone by Sarah M. Eden
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was cute, but I'm kind of bored with a plot based purely on misunderstandings that would easily be resolved if the characters would actually speak to each other.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've read a few books like this lately, but the intensity of this one made it worthy of the 5th star. Loved it.