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Good in Bed (Cannie Shapiro, Bk 1)
Good in Bed (Cannie Shapiro, Bk 1)
Author: Jennifer Weiner
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 2862
Review Date: 3/12/2008
Helpful Score: 2


This was the first book that I read by Jennifer Weiner and it was really good. The title is catchy and the plot is even better ... I literally laughed out loud or chuckled to myself several times. It's a great fast and light read and it's really nice to have a heroine that doesn't fit into society's description of what is "norm" ...


Goofy and the Gondola: An Adventure in Italy
Goofy and the Gondola: An Adventure in Italy
Author: Walt Disney Company
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
 7
Review Date: 4/24/2008


This book is a part of a set from Disney's Small World Library. My daughter LOVED these books ... they take one of the Disney characters through a different country (one per book) and interact them with that particular countries way of life and famous sites. If you want to get them for your child to read by themselves ... I'd say that it would be for wee bit older kids because there are a lot of words per page (it took me about 15 to 20 minutes to read) ... but a definite "must have" for your own Disney Prince or Princess ...


Goofy Joins the Circus: An Adventure in Russia
Goofy Joins the Circus: An Adventure in Russia
Author: Walt Disney Productions
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 4/24/2008
Helpful Score: 1


This book is a part of a set from Disney's Small World Library. My daughter LOVED these books ... they take one of the Disney characters through a different country (one per book) and interact them with that particular countries way of life and famous sites. If you want to get them for your child to read by themselves ... I'd say that it would be for wee bit older kids because there are a lot of words per page (it took me about 15 to 20 minutes to read) ... but a definite "must have" for your own Disney Prince or Princess ...


The Guy Not Taken: Stories
The Guy Not Taken: Stories
Author: Jennifer Weiner
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 4/24/2008
Helpful Score: 2


This was the second book that I've read from Jennifer Weiner and I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. It's a book of short stories (my first time ever reading short stories), but the the problem is ... is that the first three or four are about the same family and you get sucked in and just don't want it to end and then it does ... just like that ... ends, and leaves you hanging. Maybe I am just not a short story kind of reader?! But if you haven't read short stories before ... this would be a good book to wet your feet with.


The Guy Not Taken : Stories
The Guy Not Taken : Stories
Author: Jennifer Weiner
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 190
Review Date: 4/24/2008
Helpful Score: 1


This was the second book that I've read from Jennifer Weiner and I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. It's a book of short stories (my first time ever reading short stories), but the the problem is ... is that the first three or four are about the same family and you get sucked in and just don't want it to end and then it does ... just like that ... ends, and leaves you hanging. Maybe I am just not a short story kind of reader?! But if you haven't read short stories before ... this would be a good book to wet your feet with.


The Italian Boy : A Tale of Murder and Body Snatching in 1830s London
The Italian Boy : A Tale of Murder and Body Snatching in 1830s London
Author: Sarah Wise
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 3/19/2008
Helpful Score: 2


I am one that WILL NOT stop reading a book ... but I must say that this book tested me to the very brink!! I had an extremely difficult time getting into this book and even understanding it. It is written with a lot of old flowery words that are strung together and end up being a wee bit confusing. I found myself rereading the same sentence over and over again and still not comprehending what I read, so I'd have to go back and reread the entire paragraph and then finally giving up and moving on.

This isn't a book of fiction, like I thought it was ... it is all about the true crime that took place. BUT, it doesn't seem to be just about this crime and I think that it actually gets lost in all of the other bits of information that is contained within the book, and then it's like the author then tosses in bits about the actual crime.

I also found myself going back and forth because there are LOADS and LOADS of footnotes that offer more information about what was written ... which, in itself was difficult to believe ... and then forgetting where I was or what I had just been reading. This book read more to me like a school book than a book for enjoyment. HTH ...


The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 5729
Review Date: 4/24/2008
Helpful Score: 3


HOLY COW!!! What a book!!! When everyone was talking about this book and how awesome it was and I thought to myself ... ehhhhh. I couldn't have been more wrong ... I am SOOOOOO glad that I gave it a chance. I pretty much cried throughout the entire book ... I literally COULD NOT put this book down. I read it in 2 days and NO housework got done at all. With every page that I turned, with tears streaming down my face, I kept thinking to myself that there HAS to be a happy bit coming but there never was (I did laugh out loud at one point though and it was at a time when you really needed to have a bit of comic relief). Beautifully written and very smooth flowing. I would HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend that you read this book, you won't be disappointed.

I also watched the movie after I finished the book, and although the movie was okay ... as usual, it didn't hold a candle to the book. I can't wait to read his second book, A Thousand Splendid Suns.


Lapland Friends: An Adventure in Sweden (Small World Library)
Review Date: 4/24/2008


This book is a part of a set from Disney's Small World Library. My daughter LOVED these books ... they take one of the Disney characters through a different country (one per book) and interact them with that particular countries way of life and famous sites. If you want to get them for your child to read by themselves ... I'd say that it would be for wee bit older kids because there are a lot of words per page (it took me about 15 to 20 minutes to read) ... but a definite "must have" for your own Disney Prince or Princess ...


Little Earthquakes
Little Earthquakes
Author: Jennifer Weiner
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 405
Review Date: 4/24/2008
Helpful Score: 1


This is the third book written by Jennifer Weiner that I have read. It grabbed me from the very beginning and wouldn't let me go. I found that the situations were very life like and I found myself identifying with one of the characters specifically and my girlfriends in a few of the others ... which made the story seem so plausible. The book really made you stop and think that there are "little earthquakes" that happen to every single one of us in life that causes shake ups and it's how we deal with them that determine our future ...


The Lost Boy : A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family
The Lost Boy : A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family
Author: Dave Pelzer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 14
Review Date: 7/28/2008
Helpful Score: 1


This is another book that has had lots of reviews, but I'm gonna give it a try anyway ...

This is the sequel to A Child Called It and it focuses on the authors life from age 12 to age 18. It is another book that I read in less than one day, just because I couldn't put it down because it is an incredibly sad true story and I just HAD to see how it ended.

Although Dave Pelzer mentioned in his last book that this book would answer a lot of the questions left over from A Child Called It ... I didn't find them and was a wee bit disappointed in that fact, but like he says ... who will ever know WHY a parent abuses their own child.

I didn't tear up as much reading this book as I did the first, but I was more ANGRY that no one saw through this "mother" and what she was doing or if they did see it ... try to stop it. I also LOVED LOVED LOVED the foster parents that Dave had ... my grandparents were foster parents for MANY years (in fact, my aunt is a foster child that they had from 1st grade until ... well, she never left and she is now almost 50!! and she is as much as my aunt as my aunt by blood) ... and how they helped him see that he never did anything wrong and that he IS someone ...

This is still a book that I don't think I would want to read again ... but I am so happy that I did read it ... it's wonderful to know that there really are STRONG people out there that can rise above their upbringing. I just wanted to give him a hug althoughout this entire book ...

The final book in this series is called A Man Named Dave ...


The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family
The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family
Author: Dave Pelzer
Book Type: School Library Binding
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 7/28/2008
Helpful Score: 1


This is another book that has had lots of reviews, but I'm gonna give it a try anyway ...

This is the sequel to A Child Called It and it focuses on the authors life from age 12 to age 18. It is another book that I read in less than one day, just because I couldn't put it down because it is an incredibly sad true story and I just HAD to see how it ended.

Although Dave Pelzer mentioned in his last book that this book would answer a lot of the questions left over from A Child Called It ... I didn't find them and was a wee bit disappointed in that fact, but like he says ... who will ever know WHY a parent abuses their own child.

I didn't tear up as much reading this book as I did the first, but I was more ANGRY that no one saw through this "mother" and what she was doing or if they did see it ... try to stop it. I also LOVED LOVED LOVED the foster parents that Dave had ... my grandparents were foster parents for MANY years (in fact, my aunt is a foster child that they had from 1st grade until ... well, she never left and she is now almost 50!! and she is as much as my aunt as my aunt by blood) ... and how they helped him see that he never did anything wrong and that he IS someone ...

This is still a book that I don't think I would want to read again ... but I am so happy that I did read it ... it's wonderful to know that there really are STRONG people out there that can rise above their upbringing. I just wanted to give him a hug althoughout this entire book ...

The final book in this series is called A Man Named Dave ...


The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family
The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family
Author: Dave Pelzer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 911
Review Date: 7/28/2008
Helpful Score: 1


This is another book that has had lots of reviews, but I'm gonna give it a try anyway ...

This is the sequel to A Child Called It and it focuses on the authors life from age 12 to age 18. It is another book that I read in less than one day, just because I couldn't put it down because it is an incredibly sad true story and I just HAD to see how it ended.

Although Dave Pelzer mentioned in his last book that this book would answer a lot of the questions left over from A Child Called It ... I didn't find them and was a wee bit disappointed in that fact, but like he says ... who will ever know WHY a parent abuses their own child.

I didn't tear up as much reading this book as I did the first, but I was more ANGRY that no one saw through this "mother" and what she was doing or if they did see it ... try to stop it. I also LOVED LOVED LOVED the foster parents that Dave had ... my grandparents were foster parents for MANY years (in fact, my aunt is a foster child that they had from 1st grade until ... well, she never left and she is now almost 50!! and she is as much as my aunt as my aunt by blood) ... and how they helped him see that he never did anything wrong and that he IS someone ...

This is still a book that I don't think I would want to read again ... but I am so happy that I did read it ... it's wonderful to know that there really are STRONG people out there that can rise above their upbringing. I just wanted to give him a hug althoughout this entire book ...

The final book in this series is called A Man Named Dave ...


Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family
Review Date: 7/28/2008
Helpful Score: 1


This is another book that has had lots of reviews, but I'm gonna give it a try anyway ...

This is the sequel to A Child Called It and it focuses on the authors life from age 12 to age 18. It is another book that I read in less than one day, just because I couldn't put it down because it is an incredibly sad true story and I just HAD to see how it ended.

Although Dave Pelzer mentioned in his last book that this book would answer a lot of the questions left over from A Child Called It ... I didn't find them and was a wee bit disappointed in that fact, but like he says ... who will ever know WHY a parent abuses their own child.

I didn't tear up as much reading this book as I did the first, but I was more ANGRY that no one saw through this "mother" and what she was doing or if they did see it ... try to stop it. I also LOVED LOVED LOVED the foster parents that Dave had ... my grandparents were foster parents for MANY years (in fact, my aunt is a foster child that they had from 1st grade until ... well, she never left and she is now almost 50!! and she is as much as my aunt as my aunt by blood) ... and how they helped him see that he never did anything wrong and that he IS someone ...

This is still a book that I don't think I would want to read again ... but I am so happy that I did read it ... it's wonderful to know that there really are STRONG people out there that can rise above their upbringing. I just wanted to give him a hug althoughout this entire book ...

The final book in this series is called A Man Named Dave ...


Magic Study (Study / Chronicles of Ixia, Bk 2)
Magic Study (Study / Chronicles of Ixia, Bk 2)
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 108
Review Date: 5/5/2008
Helpful Score: 2


I just LOVE this author!! This series (Poison Study is the first book) was my first attempt at science fiction (and if you look for them in the book store, they are in the teen section) and I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I was sucked in and disappointed when the book ended. Each chapter leaves you hanging and wanting to continue on and the endings are done perfectly so that you are eagerly awaiting the next one.

The third book, Fire Study, is now available ...


Magical Thinking : True Stories
Magical Thinking : True Stories
Author: Augusten Burroughs
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 287
Review Date: 5/5/2008
Helpful Score: 5


This is my third book read by Augusten Burroughs the first two, in order, are Running Without Scissors and Dry) and I don't know what it is about them but I am hooked. Maybe it is just the craziness and the unreal feeling that ALL of these strange things can't possibly happen to one person or maybe it's his honestness about his own shallowness and his own mental health that makes it all refreshing ... but whatever it is, he keeps me wanting more and shocking me over and over again when I think he can't do it after THAT ONE!!

This book is more like all of the events that he mentioned in passing in his first two books and now he goes into detail about them. They aren't in any kind of chronilogical order ... which sometimes makes it confusing and you might have to go back and see "how old did he say he was again when this happened" ... but it does seem to add to the appeal of the book and his now familiar writing. It was nice to see though that it does seem like his life is finally settling down and that he finally seems to have found a wee bit of peace and happiness.

The fourth installment of this amazing person's life is called Possible Side Effects.


A Man Named Dave
A Man Named Dave
Author: Dave Pelzer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 7
Review Date: 7/31/2008
Helpful Score: 1


This is the final book in the triology (A Child Called It (aged 4 to 12) and The Lost Boy (aged 12 to 18)) and this book is centered on his life from age 18 onward. I have to say that this is my favourite of the three. The other two were good as well ... they were just kinda difficult to read.

This book FINALLY answers some of your questions (and his as well) if you can believe what The Mother says to him (which he even admits he's not sure if she was honest or playing one of her "games" again). There are some more hellacious horrors revealed in this book and it just makes it all the more difficult to believe that there really ARE people like this cruel, hateful and vindictive MOTHER out there in the world!!

You get to see his "reunion" with his father, confrontations with his mother, his marriage and his wonderful awesome love for his son ...

Although I wasn't physically abused by my mother growing up, I was emotionally and mentally abused by her and I really REALLY related to this part of his life. Trying to figure out why he can't trust people and why he pusehes those he does love away and why he never feels like he is worth the love he is offered. I honestly learned some things about myself in this book and it was nice to see a happy ending in this wonderful person's life. It's amazing his amount of forgiveness ... I am not sure I could do it ... but I'm learning ... and trying ... with the help of his words from this book!


Man Named Dave
Man Named Dave
Author: Dave Pelzer
Book Type: School Library Binding
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 7/31/2008
Helpful Score: 1


This is the final book in the triology (A Child Called It (aged 4 to 12) and The Lost Boy (aged 12 to 18)) and this book is centered on his life from age 18 onward. I have to say that this is my favourite of the three. The other two were good as well ... they were just kinda difficult to read.

This book FINALLY answers some of your questions (and his as well) if you can believe what The Mother says to him (which he even admits he's not sure if she was honest or playing one of her "games" again). There are some more hellacious horrors revealed in this book and it just makes it all the more difficult to believe that there really ARE people like this cruel, hateful and vindictive MOTHER out there in the world!!

You get to see his "reunion" with his father, confrontations with his mother, his marriage and his wonderful awesome love for his son ...

Although I wasn't physically abused by my mother growing up, I was emotionally and mentally abused by her and I really REALLY related to this part of his life. Trying to figure out why he can't trust people and why he pusehes those he does love away and why he never feels like he is worth the love he is offered. I honestly learned some things about myself in this book and it was nice to see a happy ending in this wonderful person's life. It's amazing his amount of forgiveness ... I am not sure I could do it ... but I'm learning ... and trying ... with the help of his words from this book!


A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness
A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness
Author: Dave Pelzer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 517
Review Date: 7/31/2008
Helpful Score: 8


This is the final book in the triology (A Child Called It (aged 4 to 12) and The Lost Boy (aged 12 to 18)) and this book is centered on his life from age 18 onward. I have to say that this is my favourite of the three. The other two were good as well ... they were just kinda difficult to read.

This book FINALLY answers some of your questions (and his as well) if you can believe what The Mother says to him (which he even admits he's not sure if she was honest or playing one of her "games" again). There are some more hellacious horrors revealed in this book and it just makes it all the more difficult to believe that there really ARE people like this cruel, hateful and vindictive MOTHER out there in the world!!

You get to see his "reunion" with his father, confrontations with his mother, his marriage and his wonderful awesome love for his son ...

Although I wasn't physically abused by my mother growing up, I was emotionally and mentally abused by her and I really REALLY related to this part of his life. Trying to figure out why he can't trust people and why he pusehes those he does love away and why he never feels like he is worth the love he is offered. I honestly learned some things about myself in this book and it was nice to see a happy ending in this wonderful person's life. It's amazing his amount of forgiveness ... I am not sure I could do it ... but I'm learning ... and trying ... with the help of his words from this book!


A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness
A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness
Author: Dave Pelzer
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 112
Review Date: 7/31/2008
Helpful Score: 2


This is the final book in the triology (A Child Called It (aged 4 to 12) and The Lost Boy (aged 12 to 18)) and this book is centered on his life from age 18 onward. I have to say that this is my favourite of the three. The other two were good as well ... they were just kinda difficult to read.

This book FINALLY answers some of your questions (and his as well) if you can believe what The Mother says to him (which he even admits he's not sure if she was honest or playing one of her "games" again). There are some more hellacious horrors revealed in this book and it just makes it all the more difficult to believe that there really ARE people like this cruel, hateful and vindictive MOTHER out there in the world!!

You get to see his "reunion" with his father, confrontations with his mother, his marriage and his wonderful awesome love for his son ...

Although I wasn't physically abused by my mother growing up, I was emotionally and mentally abused by her and I really REALLY related to this part of his life. Trying to figure out why he can't trust people and why he pusehes those he does love away and why he never feels like he is worth the love he is offered. I honestly learned some things about myself in this book and it was nice to see a happy ending in this wonderful person's life. It's amazing his amount of forgiveness ... I am not sure I could do it ... but I'm learning ... and trying ... with the help of his words from this book!


A Man Named Dave (Large Print)
A Man Named Dave (Large Print)
Author: Dave Pelzer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 9
Review Date: 7/31/2008
Helpful Score: 1


This is the final book in the triology (A Child Called It (aged 4 to 12) and The Lost Boy (aged 12 to 18)) and this book is centered on his life from age 18 onward. I have to say that this is my favourite of the three. The other two were good as well ... they were just kinda difficult to read.

This book FINALLY answers some of your questions (and his as well) if you can believe what The Mother says to him (which he even admits he's not sure if she was honest or playing one of her "games" again). There are some more hellacious horrors revealed in this book and it just makes it all the more difficult to believe that there really ARE people like this cruel, hateful and vindictive MOTHER out there in the world!!

You get to see his "reunion" with his father, confrontations with his mother, his marriage and his wonderful awesome love for his son ...

Although I wasn't physically abused by my mother growing up, I was emotionally and mentally abused by her and I really REALLY related to this part of his life. Trying to figure out why he can't trust people and why he pusehes those he does love away and why he never feels like he is worth the love he is offered. I honestly learned some things about myself in this book and it was nice to see a happy ending in this wonderful person's life. It's amazing his amount of forgiveness ... I am not sure I could do it ... but I'm learning ... and trying ... with the help of his words from this book!


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