Divergent, by Veronica Roth [rating:4]
Fast-paced dystopian novel that I couldn’t put down.
Precious Bane, by Mary Webb [rating:5]
Odd but fascinating and romantic story of a girl on the frontier with a hare lip and a greedy, selfish brother.
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy [rating:5]
Not quite as disturbing on a reread, but just as effective.
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card [rating:4]
A watershed book for modern science fiction (and therefore interesting), but the ending was anti-climactic for me.
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (Audio) [rating:5]
As lovely and unforgettable on audio as it was in print.
Insurgent, by Veronica Roth [rating:3]
Not as good as Divergent.
Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos [rating:3]
I can’t remember much about this one except this: quirky and for kids.
Emma, by Jane Austen [rating:4]
I liked Emma, even if she is a bit of a spoiled brat for most of the book.
For Darkness Shows the Stars, by Diana Peterfreund [rating:4]
An interesting, science-fiction-y retelling of Persuasion where “Anne” is tougher but “Captain Wentworth” is meaner.
Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine (Audio) [rating:4]
An adorable retelling of Cinderella.
Rapunzel’s Revenge, by Shannon & Dean Hale [rating:3]
A cute, fun, well-written, well-drawn, graphic novel, but the form is not for me.
Food Rules, by Michael Pollan [rating:4]
In Defense of Food boiled down to sixty-four pithy rules.  Handy, common sense rules.

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