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The Lord of the Rings (BBC Dramatization)
I was really excited when I discovered this BBC audio dramatization of Tolkien's classic Lord of the Rings trilogy. It was highly recommended by a staff member at the Ventura County Library in Ventura, …
reviewed Nothing Personal. July 09, 2011
Nothing Personal
I didn't expect much from a book that cost me $0.99 at Borders; it was on the clearance rack. I was correct in my skepticism. Nothing Personal contained a rather tepid romance with multiple …
reviewed Stone Fox. June 22, 2011
Stone Fox
This is a surprising, quick read written for children, grades 3-6. I would classify it as a chapter book because it has chapters (ten of them), simple, easy to read language, and an elementary plot that …
The Dragon and the Unicorn
I was drawn to this book because of the title: The Dragon and the Unicorn. I've always enjoyed fantasy books about dragons and unicorns, and this one looked like it might have an unique spin …
The God of Small Things
Click here to read the book quotes. I highly recommend reading the book quotes for a small insight into the beauty of The God of Small Things.       I debated a long …
reviewed You Belong to Me. April 30, 2011
You Belong To Me
My mother-in-law bought me this audio book for one of my long driving trips to and from Roseville and Eureka. Unfortunately, we didn't realize that this was an abridged copy of the novel, so it was …
reviewed John Adams (audiobook). April 06, 2011
John Adams
I had heard amazing things about David McCullough's research and writing abilities but hadn't read anything by him until John Adams. I bought it purely because I was looking for some audio …
reviewed Double Date. March 07, 2011
Double Date
When I first read the Fear Street Series as a young child, I thought they were spooky books. I eagerly anticipated author R.L. Stine's next novel because all the strange things that occurred …
reviewed Room: A Novel. February 02, 2011
Room: A Novel
I had been reading and hearing nothing but good things about Room, so I finally decided to see what the hype was all about. My reading pleasure was slightly tainted when the library gave me one …
Baby Gecko's Colors/Los colores de Bebe Geco by Neecy Twinem - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists
Baby Gecko's Colors is a board book appropriate for children of all ages. Though it's written for a young audience, preschool to second grade, it is a useful tool for children to learn some …
reviewed Fool's Masquerade. December 09, 2010
Fool's Masquerade
It had been a while since I read a short historical romance, so I decided to look through the large stack of books my mother gave me. I picked one at random and was pleasantly surprised by the premise. …
reviewed The Tradition. November 09, 2010
The Tradition
Read the book review: Night and Day It's "Cinderella!"      Click here to read the book quotes.      This is my first experience with author …
The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey
Click here to read the book quotes.      Read the review about "The Tradition," a concept from the book: A Fantastical Force      The Fairy Godmother was …
reviewed Midaq Alley. October 15, 2010
Midaq Alley
Click here to read the book quotes.      Review Dedication: Many thanks to Cafe Libri Yahoo Group member Jeffrey Taylor for an engaging book discussion that aided in my research for …
reviewed Peony in Love: A Novel. August 21, 2010
Peony in Love: A Novel
            Click here to read the book quotes.      To be honest, my first inclination was to rate Peony in Love as an "average" …
Henry Phillips - On The Shoulders of Freaks 1995
Click here to read my Quick Tip. This isn't your traditional reading material that is usually found in Cafe Libri because of the format it's presented in: a song. Despite that fact, this topic …
Night World No. 1: Secret Vampire; Daughters of
GENERAL OVERVIEW       At first glance, this book appeared daunting because of its sheer length, 729 pages, and the fact that it's comprised of three novels in one. Once …
reviewed Coraline (novel). June 14, 2010
Coraline (novel)
Click here to read the book quotes.      Click here to read the Quick Tip.      "Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, …
Year of Magical Thinking
   Click here to read the book quotes.      Originally, I read this book as a way to cope with a lot of family deaths that occurred during a difficult time in my life. It …
reviewed Under Man's Spell. April 08, 2010
Under Man's Spell
Initially, I was very excited to have won Under Man's Spell as my first Goodreads Giveaway novel because it closely described the types of literature I read and study at college. I'm fascinated …
Captain's Glory (Star Trek) by William Shatner, Garfield Reeves-Stevens, and Judith Reeves-Stevens
Review Disclaimer: When listening to an audio book, it's harder to take notes to write a more detailed review (usually I'm driving). Because I also came into the trilogy with the final novel (an abridged …
A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott
Review Dedication: Many thanks to Cafe Libri Yahoo Group member and now Lunch member @AerinBlue for her help with the research for the review.      Click here to read the …
reviewed Monkey High!, Vol. 1. March 17, 2010
Monkey High!, Vol. 1
Monkey High!, Vol. 1 is a Shojo Beat Manga (Japanese comic book) written for a teenage female audience between the ages of 16 and 18. This is the first in a series about high school students. It's …
reviewed I Smile Back. March 14, 2010
I Smile Back
This is a rather cryptic and mysterious book. It reads like poetry and explores the "messed up" mind of Laney, a suburban housewife and the protagonist. I Smile Back has an air of Sylvia …
reviewed A Caress of Twilight. March 05, 2010
A Caress of Twilight
My original review for this book was a few sentences long, so my details are not as precise as I would like. The entry read as follows:       "I enjoyed this novel because …
reviewed The Symphony of Science. February 27, 2010
The Symphony of Science
      I first stumbled upon the fifth installment of The Symphony of Science through a friend's Twitter post. As an English and History major, "The Poetry of Reality" …
reviewed Goodreads. February 17, 2010
Goodreads
   Goodreads is one of the best online book review sites I have had the pleasure to use. I've been a member for over a year and have seen the site improve during those months. The changes …
reviewed The Da Vinci Code. February 09, 2010
The Da Vinci Code, Special Illustrated Edition
My original review from 2006 was: "I finally read the book and was not too impressed with it. The storyline was predictable and the characters were not very well developed. I prefer Angels and …
reviewed The Constant Princess. February 04, 2010
The Constant Princess
I have read and heard many positive critiques about Philippa Gregory, so I was really excited to finally read one of her books. Unfortunately, the hype did not live up to my expectations.    …
reviewed Tongue in Chic. January 14, 2010
Tongue in Chic
I don't usually read contemporary romances other than Jennifer Cruise and Jayne Ann Krentz books. When I saw Tongue In Chic at the Friends of the Library sale, I decided to give it a chance …
reviewed Lolita (book). January 04, 2010
Lolita
Click here to read the book quotes.      As most of Nabokov's books are, this one was an exceptional joy to read. Even though the subject matter is deplorable, the writing style, …
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium
 I had mixed feelings about what type of a rating I should give this book purely based off my disappointment with the end of the novel, which I won't spoil in my review.       …
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