Books I've Read: 2008 - Present

This is my ongoing list of books I've read.  In 2008, I managed to read 50 books and decided on an ongoing goal of 50 books per year.  Some years I am closer than others, but it's always fun to try!  I love recommendations, so if you've got a book you think I'd love, email me!


2012 - 58 Books


Rachael's bookshelf: read-in-2012








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2011 - 50 Books


Rachael's bookshelf: read-in-2011

The Red Pyramid
5 of 5 stars
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Room
5 of 5 stars
tagged: favorites and read-in-2011
The Egypt Game
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2011
Pirate Latitudes
4 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2011 and book-club
Sarah's Key
5 of 5 stars
tagged: book-club, read-in-2011, and favorites
Matched
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2011 and dystopia
I am Number Four
4 of 5 stars
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Dead Reckoning
4 of 5 stars
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The Son of Neptune
5 of 5 stars
I just finished "The Son of Neptune" by Rick Riordan, and it was fantastic. I started reading Riordan's books back in the summer of 2010 after seeing previews for the movie version of "The Lightning Thief", the first b...
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Me Times Three: A Novel
3 of 5 stars
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Dead in the Family
4 of 5 stars
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Dark Life
4 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2011 and dystopia
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story
4 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2011 and book-club-2
Hit List
4 of 5 stars
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The Anubis Gates
4 of 5 stars
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House Rules
3 of 5 stars
Part of the reason I like Jodi Picoult's books is because she manages to surprise me with her endings. In this one, I knew the ending before the book had barely started. Furthermore, I didn't understand why no on in the book figured it ou...
tagged: read-in-2011
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
5 of 5 stars
Absolutely one of the best books I've ever read. The story of an amazing man that will move you to tears, and help you remember what life is really about. A more in depth review will be forthcoming.
tagged: read-in-2011 and favorites
Handle with Care
3 of 5 stars
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Gravy
4 of 5 stars
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Madame Bovary
2 of 5 stars
tagged: book-club and read-in-2011
Every Last One
5 of 5 stars
I picked this up after reading about how enthralling it was on one of the blogs I read. I went into it not knowing anything beyond what it says on the book jacket, and I'm glad I did - that's the way to read this one. It's extremely rare ...
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The Throne of Fire
4 of 5 stars
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Delirium
5 of 5 stars
This book just broke my heart.

I read Divergent earlier this year, and it was one of my favorite reads of 2011. When I added Delirium to my reading list, a friend said it was even better than Divergent, which made me excited to re...
tagged: dystopia and read-in-2011
Divergent
5 of 5 stars
tagged: favorites, read-in-2011, and dystopia
Labor of Love: A Midwife's Memoir
2 of 5 stars
Cara Muhlhahn is an awesome woman, a homebirth midwife who has been working in New York City for over 30 years. Her story is great, but her book was not as great. There were many facts and opinions about the medical community, how she had...
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Thirteen Reasons Why
3 of 5 stars
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Plain Truth
4 of 5 stars
Jodi Piccoult is a great storyteller. I think "My Sister's Keeper" was the first book of hers that I read, and I loved it. I've read several others since then and they have varied in how much I liked them. This one was pretty g...
tagged: book-club-2 and read-in-2011
Push
1 of 5 stars
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Pretty Little Liars
3 of 5 stars
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Size 12 Is Not Fat
3 of 5 stars
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The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear
5 of 5 stars
Autism has become a fairly hot topic in the past few years, and I've been interested in the subject for quite a while. I've read a couple of books previously about the subject, including Jenny McCarthy's book "Louder than Words."...
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Johns Hopkins Patients' Guide to Breast Cancer
4 of 5 stars
I wouldn't say "liked it" is a great description, most likely if you're reading this book you or someone close to you has just gotten diagnosed with breast cancer. However, I did think that this book was a great, straightforward ...
tagged: read-in-2011
A Stolen Life
2 of 5 stars
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Getting Rid of Rosie
3 of 5 stars
tagged: book-club-2 and read-in-2011
Life as We Knew It
4 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2011 and dystopia
Shopaholic Ties the Knot
3 of 5 stars
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Uglies
2 of 5 stars
It took me a while to get into this one, but by the end I was wanting to immediately open the next book in the series to see what happened. I did it a disservice by reading it immediately after Divergent, another YA dystopian book that was...
tagged: read-in-2011 and dystopia
One Day
4 of 5 stars
I don't read a lot of love stories, but this is the second time in the past five years that I've found myself absolutely loving one. I am always excited to find a book with a unique format or a new way of telling a story - this one is told...
tagged: book-club and read-in-2011
Micro
2 of 5 stars
This book was not what I'd hoped. In the past, Michael Crichton was able to write about improbable things like cloning dinosaurs and time travel and somehow keep them from being ridiculous. This book is far from the suspense of Jurassic P...
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Crossed
2 of 5 stars
I was not impressed by this one. I almost had a hard time getting through it because I felt annoyed.

I think there is some major back story missing, and I'm not sure if it's building up to something in the third book, or just not ...
tagged: read-in-2011 and dystopia
Nineteen Minutes
4 of 5 stars
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The Tenth Circle
3 of 5 stars
Well. Another Jodi Picoult. My 5th this year, I just realized... And no surprises. I figured out the big twist ending a bit after the halfway point, the smaller twist I didn't. I had a hard time with this one, I'm not sure why since al...
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2010 -36 Books


Rachael's bookshelf: read-in-2010

The Lightning Thief
5 of 5 stars
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The Last Olympian
5 of 5 stars
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Flirt
4 of 5 stars
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Bullet
4 of 5 stars
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
5 of 5 stars
tagged: favorites and read-in-2010
A Thousand Splendid Suns
4 of 5 stars
In terms of politics, I feel that women's issues are probably the most visceral to me. Beyond even that is the idea of human issues, going beyond mistreatment of women into mistreatment of human beings or groups in general. It's something I...
tagged: read-in-2010
Catching Fire
5 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2010 and dystopia
The Help
4 of 5 stars
tagged: book-club-2 and read-in-2010
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
3 of 5 stars
tagged: book-club-2 and read-in-2010
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
2 of 5 stars
tagged: book-club, book-club-2, and read-in-2010
The Hunger Games
5 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2010 and dystopia
Mockingjay
5 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2010, dystopia, and favorites
The Lost Symbol
4 of 5 stars
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People of the Book
4 of 5 stars
tagged: book-club and read-in-2010
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
3 of 5 stars
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The Lost Hero
4 of 5 stars
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Shanghai Girls
3 of 5 stars
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Wicked Lovely
3 of 5 stars
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Tempted
3 of 5 stars
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The Sea of Monsters
4 of 5 stars
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The Titan's Curse
4 of 5 stars
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The Battle of the Labyrinth
4 of 5 stars
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The Girl with No Shadow
4 of 5 stars
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Down River
3 of 5 stars
tagged: book-club-2 and read-in-2010
Sati
2 of 5 stars
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Mennonite in a Little Black Dress
2 of 5 stars
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Witchling
3 of 5 stars
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Changeling
3 of 5 stars
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Shit My Dad Says
4 of 5 stars
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2009 - 37 Books


Rachael's bookshelf: read-in-2009

Magic Street
3 of 5 stars
I had a little bit of a hard time getting into it, but once I got a few chapters in I was hooked. The story works in Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and becomes totally fantastical and magical beyond what you see in the beginning....
tagged: read-in-2009
The Cobra Event
5 of 5 stars
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Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science
5 of 5 stars
I'm a big fan of Richard Preston. The Hot Zone is one of my favorite books. Okay, maybe it is a little weird that I am totally fascinated by Ebola and other level 4 viruses. Whatever. I recently found my copy of The Cobra Event and started ...
tagged: read-in-2009
Skin Trade
4 of 5 stars
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Divine Misdemeanors
4 of 5 stars
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
5 of 5 stars
tagged: favorites and read-in-2009
The Lovely Bones
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2009
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
3 of 5 stars
tagged: book-club-2 and read-in-2009
City of Bones
4 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2009
Escape
2 of 5 stars
tagged: book-club and read-in-2009
Hunted
3 of 5 stars
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Definitely Dead
4 of 5 stars
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Blue Bloods
4 of 5 stars
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The Van Alen Legacy
4 of 5 stars
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Masquerade
4 of 5 stars
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Revelations
4 of 5 stars
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Gentlemen and Players
3 of 5 stars
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Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey Into Manhood and Back Again
3 of 5 stars
I got the book on a lark on one of my new favorite websites, Paperback Swap. I thought it seemed like an interesting concept, but I had no idea how revealing it would actually be. In the introduction, Vincent discusses the process she used ...
tagged: read-in-2009
Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2009 and book-club
Death: A Life
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2009
90 Minutes in Heaven
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2009
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
4 of 5 stars
I thought it was great. I think one of the things I liked most about it is that Julie was just a normal young woman. As the book went on, I could see more and more how much I liked Julie, I'd like to hang out with her. She didn't have culin...
tagged: read-in-2009
The Lost Girls: A Novel
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2009 and book-club
The Speed of Dark
4 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2009 and book-club
A Long Way Gone
4 of 5 stars
"There were all kinds of stories told about the war that made it sound as if it was happening in a faraway and different land." So begins the memoirs of Ishmael Beah.

Born in Sierra Leone in 1980, Beah is the same age as ...
tagged: read-in-2009
Succubus Blues
4 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2009
Shutter Island
4 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2009
Tithe
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2009
The Year of Yes
1 of 5 stars
tagged: book-club and read-in-2009
Rage Against the Meshugenah
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2009
All Together Dead
4 of 5 stars
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From Dead to Worse
4 of 5 stars
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Dead and Gone
3 of 5 stars
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2008 - 50 Books


Rachael's bookshelf: read-in-2008

Jurassic Park
5 of 5 stars
tagged: favorites and read-in-2008
The Lost World
5 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
The Harlequin
4 of 5 stars
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Blood Noir
4 of 5 stars
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A Lick of Frost
4 of 5 stars
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Swallowing Darkness
4 of 5 stars
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The Time Traveler's Wife
5 of 5 stars
tagged: favorites, book-club, and read-in-2008
Breaking Dawn
5 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
Eclipse
4 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
The Host
4 of 5 stars
tagged: book-club, read-in-2008, and dystopia
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
3 of 5 stars
tagged: book-club and read-in-2008
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
5 of 5 stars
Corn

I LOVED this book. Despite that I ended my reading with many more questions than answers and a sense of general uneasiness about the way I eat and feed my family, I am glad I read it. It is much easier to be ignorant of what i...
tagged: book-club and read-in-2008
The City of Ember
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008 and dystopia
Marked
4 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
The Bell Jar
4 of 5 stars
tagged: book-club and read-in-2008
Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress
3 of 5 stars
tagged: book-club and read-in-2008
Betrayed
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
Dead as a Doornail
4 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
Chosen
3 of 5 stars
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Untamed
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
Dead to the World
4 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
The Shaktra
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
Alosha
3 of 5 stars
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The Yanti
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
Death: A Life
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
The Penultimate Peril
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
The End
4 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
The Grim Grotto
4 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
The Secret Lives of the Sushi Club
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008 and book-club
Can You Keep a Secret?
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
The Sociopath Next Door
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
My Year of Meats
4 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
Accidentally Dead
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
3 of 5 stars
tagged: book-club and read-in-2008
The Beach
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
Peter Pan
5 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
The People of Sparks
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008 and dystopia
The Double Bind
4 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008
Invasive Procedures
3 of 5 stars
tagged: read-in-2008


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