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  • BooksReadMerylK.EvansUpdated:17September13

    Author Book Notes DateEoinColfer ArtemisFowlandtheOpalDeception Hadmefromtheopening.Thisseriesaintslowing

    downorgettingold!

    RickRiordan TheMarkofAthena MyfavoriteofTheHeroesofOlympusseries.Strongaction,intriguingstorylineandgoodpace.

    09/13

    EoinColfer ArtemisFowlandtheEternityCode GoodArtemisreadwithanunexpectedevent. 08/13ErikLarson TheDevilandtheWhiteCity Incrediblytoldstorythatkeepsyouhangingas

    Larsonwouldthrowalinehintingsomethingahead.Someofthearchitecturestuffgotalittlemindnumbingbutotherthanthat,afascinatingstory.BeingbornandbredinFt.Worth,itwaseerietoreadabouttheFt.Worthconnection.It'simpressivehavethiseventtouchedsomanylivesandplacesoutsideofChicago.IcouldntgetintoIsaacsStorm,soifyoudidntlikeitgivethisoneatry.

    08/13

    EoinColfer ArtemisFowlandtheArcticIncident AnothergoodArtemisread.Itsnicetoseecharactersevolve.Ihopeitwontgettooformulaic.

    07/13

    OrsonScottCard EndersGame Engagingstoryaboutfindingtherightpersontobeacommander.Richcharacters.Niceinterweavingoffamily,politics,bullying,battles,enemies,educationandleadership.

    07/13

    JamesT.Webb AParentsGuidetoGiftedChildren Valuableresourcethatcoverseveryaspect. 07/13JanetEvanovich OnefortheMoney Agreatsummerreadthatseasy,fastandfunny.My

    firstStephaniePlumnovel,agalwhostumblesintothebountyhuntingbusiness.Enjoyablecombinationofmysteryandhumor.

    07/13

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    Author Book Notes DateEoinColfer ArtemisFowl A12yearoldboyisthecriminalmastermindlooking

    forrevengeandrestoringhisfamilyfortune.Ishegood?Ishebad?Yes.

    07/13

    RobBuyea BecauseofMr.Terupt Wonderfulstoryabouta5thgradeclassandtheirteacher.Storydealswithbullying,popularityandkidswhoaredifferent(physicallyandfamilywise).

    07/13

    SusanEe Angelfall(PenrynandtheEndofDays,Book1) Advertisedasfantasyyetlastbitreadlikehorrorandturnedmeoff.

    06/13

    RachelJoyce TheUnlikelyPilgrimageofHaroldFry Hadsomeinterestingmoments.Enjoyedtheinteractionwiththedifferentpeopleandtheirstories.

    05/13

    DanielGilbert StumblingonHappiness Anothergoodreadonthetopicofhowourbrainsaffecthowweperceivethingsandmakedecisions.Ithassomewittymomentsbutitalsohassomemomentswhenitmademecrosseyedwithaconvolutedexplanationofsomething.IlikedRobertCialdini's"PsychologyofInfluence"better.

    04/13

    AmorTowles RulesofCivility ItwasOK.Cantreallydescribewhatmademefeelthiswayaboutit.

    04/13

    KatherineApplegate TheOneandOnlyIvan Sweetstoryfromagorillaspointofview. 04/13E.L.James FiftyShadesFreed Althoughithadalotofcornydialogueandthoughts,

    butitwasthemostreadableofthethreebecausewelearnmoreaboutChristian.

    03/13

    R.J.Palacio Wonder I'dloveforthisbooktobecomearegularreadinschoolsbecauseyoucan'thelpbuthavecompassionandunderstandingwhatit'sliketobedifferent.Anyonewhoisdifferentcanrelateincludingmeasapersonwhoisdeaf.Itteachesabitaboutbullying,cliquesanddoingwhateveryonewantstodo.

    03/13

  • 3

    Author Book Notes DateMaureenSherry WallsWithinWalls MysonandIreaditbecauseit'soneoftheTexas

    BluebonnetAwardnominees.Ithasagreatmixofhistory,architecture,adventureandpuzzlessomefactandsomefiction.Ialsolikedtheuseofpoemsandhowthebookexplainedthatyoushouldreadapoemthreetimes.Forapoemtogetunderyourskinandheart,itcantakethreereads.Thefirsttryandgivenoopinion,andgettheauthor'sframeofmind;thesecondandthirdreadwithmoreconcentration.(page104,110)

    03/13

    GarthStein TheArtofRacingintheRain Asadogpersonwhoisntafanofcarracing,Ienjoyedthisbook.Evenifracingboresyouitwon'tdeteryoufromenjoyingthebook.Alsohadmethinkingaboutdogsinadifferentway.

    02/13

    RachelSimon TheStoryofBeautifulGirl Bookstartedslowandpickedupspeedabouthalfwaythrough.Focusedonatopicthatsolittlehasbeenwrittenabout.Alwaysgratefulforbeingbornlaterinsteadofatatimewhendeafchildrenwouldinstitutionalized.

    02/13

    RickRiordan TheSonofNeptune LikedPercy'sreturnandtheconnectionwiththepreviousbook.

    01/13

    E.L.James FiftyShadesDarker Yes,Ireadthistrash.Readinglessthanstellarwritinghelpsmeimprovemine.

    12/12

    DanielSilva FallenAngel Greatread.EnjoyedtheinteractionbetweenGabrielandtheVatican.

    11/12

    DanielSilva TheKillArtist FinallygottoreadthefirstGabrielAllonbook.Absorbing.

    11/12

    DanielSilva PortraitofaSpy GreatGabrielAllonread. 10/12JeanKwok GirlinTranslation GoodcomingofagebookofagirlwhocomestoUS

    fromChina.Short,easyread.09/12

    DanielSilva TheRembrandtAffair AnothergoodGabrielAllonread. 09/12

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    Author Book Notes DateCherylStrayed Wild:FromLosttoFoundonthePacificCrest

    TrailI'macitygirlwhoisn'tbigoncampinganddoingMotherNaturekindofthingsexceptskiing,rafting,etc.ThiswasacaptivatingstoryjustlikeIcouldn'timagineI'dlike"Castaway"themoviebecauseithadonecharacterformostofit.

    08/12

    MichaelOndaatje TheCatsTable Comingofagestorywithsomeinterestingparts,butdragged.

    08/12

    GillianFlynn GoneGirl Awifegoesmissing.Kidnapped?Tookoff?It'sanintriguingreadwithlotsoftwistsandturnswithoutfeelingliketheauthorgoesoverboard.Anadventurousread.Can'tsaymuch.Tooeasytospoil.

    08/12

    EvanMandery FirstContactOr,It'sLaterThanYouThink Breaksallkindsofwritingrules,yetafunread.Arelaxingsummerread.Evenwiththesillinessitdoesmakeyouthinkaboutlife.Afterall,it'slaterthanyouthink.

    07/12

    E.L.James FiftyShadesofGrey Cheesywritingstyleandauthorlovesclamberasitshoweduptoomanytimes.

    07/12

    ErnestCline ReadyPlayerOne ThisbookrangmorewithmethantheaveragereaderbecauseI'machildofthe'80swhoplayedwiththeTRS80,Apple][+,Apple//eandlovedplayingvideogames.Thisis"HungerGames"withvideogamesinthatittakesplaceinthefuturewhentimesarebleakandinvolvesabiggame.

    07/12

    MaryRoach PackingforMars PainstakinglydetailedabitTMI.Definitelyanswerseverypossiblequestionaboutthespaceprogramincludingthosefewwillask.GladIreaditbutstillslowattimesbecauseofthedetailsorthingsIreallydidn'twantorneedtoknow.

    07/12

    ErinMorgenstern TheNightCircus Magicalread.(Turnsoutmanypeoplesaythesamething.It'strue.)Differentkindofstoryinthefantasygenrewithgreatprose.

    07/12

  • 5

    Author Book Notes DateAbrahamVerghese CuttingforStone Itwasadifferentkindofstorywithamedicalfocus

    thattakesplaceinEthiopia.Evenifyou'renotamedicalbuffit'sanintriguingreadbecauseoftherelationships.Ienjoythethefirstandlastthirdofthestory.It'sa670pagedbookthatwould'vegotten4starsifithadabout200fewerpages.Themiddledraggedon.WhileIcouldseepartstiedtothestoryasawhole,itwouldworkbettercondensed.

    06/12

    JulienSmith TheFlinch Quick,powerfulread.Notanewconcept,butagoodrepresentationoftheconcept.Thoughaveryshortread,could'vebeenshorterasitfeltrepetitive.

    06/12

    Dr.LynnF.Hellerstein SeeIt.SayIt.DoIt! Ithadsomegoodideasandactivities,butitbecameavictimofitspurpose.IgotoverwhelmedwithsomanysuggestionsthatIdidn'tknowwheretobegin.Besides,Ifeltitneededtogivemoreadviceforparentsofteensastheyareoftenmorevocalandprotesttryingsuchthingsthanyoungerchildrenandadults.Iwould'velikedtoseemoreactivitiesforvisiontherapy.

    06/12

    LarryBrooks BaitandSwitch TheKindleversionhadalotofformattingproblems.Newparapraphsinthemiddleofsentences,dashesinwordsthatwerenotsplit,typos,andthecarswitchedfromonemodeltoadifferentone.Itwasagood,lightsummerreadwithsomecleverprose.Theactionmovesalongatagoodpacetokeepmereading.Thevoiceswitchedfromfirstpersontothird,butnotasseamlesslyasitcouldhave.

    06/12

    MarkusZusak TheBookThief Beautifulprose.Notafastread,butonethat'saboutthejourneynotthedestination.Likethatauthordidn'tdwellonwhatwealreadyknewsuchastheplightoftheJewishpeopleduringWWII.

    05/12

  • 6

    Author Book Notes DateGarthNix MisterMonday(TheKeystotheKingdom#1) IreallywantedtolikeittothepointthatIreadover

    halfofitbeforegivingup.(Iusuallystoparound50100pages,yetIgavethisone200.)Theplotmovedtooslowlyasthewritingwasheavilyfocusedondescribingeverything.Evenwiththedetaileddescriptions,itwasn'tclearwhatwasgoingonasthestoryintroducesustoadifferentworld.

    05/12

    StevenPressfield DotheWork QuickandpowerfulreadonbeingmoreproductivefromacreativityPOV.It'snotanewconcept,butawellwrittenversionofit.

    05/12

    GeorgeDawsonandRichardGlaubman

    LifeIsSoGood Upliftingstory.LoveDawson'sattitudeandhowhehandleswhatlifethrewathim.He'sanexampleofyou'renevertoooldtolearn.Ienjoyedtheexchangewithhiscoauthor.Somedidn't,butIdid.

    05/12

    GretchenRubin TheHappinessProject Ihavealotincommonwiththeauthordowntothefactwe'renotmusiclovers.Idomanyofthethingsshecoversandpickedupafewnewones.Ididn'tputaprojecttogether,butusetheideasassomethingtoworkon.

    05/12

    JonSpoelstra RedChaser MydadgrewupinBrooklynandlovedtheDodgers.Ienjoyedthe'50snoirdetectivestorywherethePIisabigBrooklynDodgersfanandthetieinwithJoeMcCarthy'schasingcommunists.

    04/12

    JodyFeldman TheGollywhopperGames CharlieandtheChocolateFactorymeetsGRatedHungerGameswhereyouWANTtobeinit.

    04/12

    RobertB.Cialdini ThePsychologyofInfluence WishIreadthissooneranddidn'ttakesolongtoread.It'sacaptivatingreadfornonfictionandonethatmarketersshouldread.Mostpeopleshouldreaditiftheydon'twanttogiveintoinfluencetricksthatmakeourbrainsgoclick,whirrr.

    04/12

  • 7

    Author Book Notes DateDanielSilva TheDefector IlikedthisbetterthanMoscowRulesbutpartofit

    couldbeknowingthecharactersbetter.Unliketheother,thisonedidn'tfeellikeitdraggedonatsomepoints.

    03/12

    DavidSedaris MeTalkPrettyOneDay Somefunnystories.Somenot. 03/12LisaSee DreamsofJoy SequeltoShanghaiGirls.Thebookstartedslow

    despitehavingread"TheShaghaiGirls."Itfinallypicksupthepacearoundthemiddleorsecondhalf.Itcouldprobablybeabout75pagesshorterandhaveastrongerimpact.

    03/12

    DanielSilva MoscowRules FirstGabrielAllonsstoryI'veread,soIcameintothemiddleofit.Forafirstbookyoudon't