Monday, February 27, 2012

Books I read last year, plus some

cover title author avg rating rating shelves date read Down_arrow date added
The King of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #3)
4.40
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Feb 07, 2012 
Jan 13, 2012
To Kill a Mockingbird
4.18
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Feb 04, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
Out of My Mind
4.31
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Jan 31, 2012 
Jan 03, 2012
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
3.84
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Jan 28, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
Red Glove (Curse Workers, #2)
4.17
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Jan 28, 2012 
Jan 30, 2012
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
4.36
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Jan, 2012 
Feb 01, 2012
Stuart Little
3.74
didn't like it it was ok (my current rating) liked it really liked it it was amazing
Jan 15, 2012 
Jan 16, 2012
Room
3.96
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Jan 13, 2012 
Jan 03, 2012
The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #2)
4.25
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Jan 08, 2012 
Jan 13, 2012
Little Blog on the Prairie
3.64
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Jan 07, 2012 
Jan 07, 2012
Jake
3.48
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Dec 31, 2011 
Jan 03, 2012
On the Banks of Plum Creek
4.13
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Dec 2011 
Jan 04, 2012
Among Others
3.86
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Oct 2011
Oct 01, 2011
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
4.40
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Oct 2011
Jan 03, 2012
Side Effects
3.84
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Sep 25, 2011 
Oct 01, 2011
The Life of Glass
3.79
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Sep 20, 2011 
Sep 20, 2011
Setting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Child : Eliminating Conflict by Establishing Clear, Firm, and Respectful Boundaries
4.07
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Sep 2011 
Jan 04, 2012
The Distant Hours
3.81
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Aug 13, 2011
Aug 13, 2011
Cryer's Cross
3.74
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Aug 04, 2011 
Aug 04, 2011
The Things We Cherished
3.56
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Aug 2011 
Aug 19, 2011
Up from the Blue
3.77
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Jul 22, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health
4.21
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Jul 14, 2011 
Jul 15, 2011
Promise Me
4.10
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Jul 08, 2011
Jul 08, 2011
Entwined
3.81
didn't like it it was ok (my current rating) liked it really liked it it was amazing
Jul 02, 2011 
Jul 03, 2011
Little House on the Prairie
4.09
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Jul 2011 
Jan 04, 2012
Okay for Now
4.35
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Jun 29, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
The Wednesday Wars
4.14
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Jun 23, 2011 
Jun 29, 2011
Poison Study (Study, #1)
4.21
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
May 04, 2011 
May 10, 2011
Flipped
3.83
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
May 04, 2011 
Jun 06, 2011
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
4.19
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
May 2011
Jan 03, 2012
The Dark Divine (The Dark Divine, #1)
3.88
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Apr 19, 2011
Apr 26, 2011
Anna and the French Kiss
4.33
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Apr 13, 2011 
Apr 13, 2011
A Company of Swans
3.93
didn't like it it was ok (my current rating) liked it really liked it it was amazing
Apr 11, 2011 
Apr 13, 2011
Stolen: A Letter to My Captor
3.95
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Apr 04, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
Little House in the Big Woods
4.12
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Apr 2011 
Jan 04, 2012
Matched (Matched, #1)
3.81
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Mar 18, 2011
Mar 18, 2011
Simplicity Parenting
4.19
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Feb 20, 2011 
Feb 21, 2011
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
3.99
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Feb 19, 2011 
Feb 21, 2011
Runner
3.57
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Feb 2011 
Mar 18, 2011
The Sky Is Everywhere
4.17
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Jan 22, 2011 
Jan 24, 2011
3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows
3.31
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Jan 19, 2011 
Jan 19, 2011
The Death And Life Of Charlie St. Cloud
3.93
didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing
Jan 18, 2011 
Jan 19, 2011
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
4.29
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
Jan 2011
Jan 03, 2012

So, let me just mention that I feel a little strange about book reviews. I judge the books I read in several ways: how strong I think the writing is, how engaged I felt, how it affected me emotionally, and whether the characters seemed believable.   Several of these factors can leave me loving me a book that you may hate, and I am totally cool with that.  Also, sometimes I give extra “points” to innovation or creativity, and I have a high respect for authors in general.  Sometimes I can appreciate what an author has written even if it isn’t my cup of tea. Have you ever written a book?  I think most of you will say “no,” and I haven’t either.  I think it is probably way harder than we realize ( when it is the type of book I respect).  I realize that I am also affected by the state of my life or even my mood when I read the book, and I know that some books appeal to me or turn me off for that reason.  Even now, looking about my reviews, I am questioning a few of them after having some time to digest the book.  And I know that some things don’t offend me that may offend you, and then there are things that you may be able to stomach that give me the heebie-jeebies.  For all of these reasons, I have a hard time recommending books. 

Okay, that is out of the way, so enjoy the list.  This is very much a copy-cat post of this one by my cousin Olivia.  Last year she inspired me to keep track of all the books I read on goodreads, and I am happy she did.  I would have never remembered all of these, and even now looking at the list, I see at least one I forgot to add.  I should mention that all the Little House books and Harry Potter books were read aloud to my boys, as well as a few others – yet another way I am influenced when reading a book.  There is something really touching about sharing books you care about with the people you love.  I found myself tearing up as I read parts of Prisoner of Azkaban with them.

If you aren’t my friend yet on goodreads, I would love to add you!  I am KatieColeman – pretty easy to find.