Author: Gail Carson Levine
Title: Ella Enchanted
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Rating: 5

Summary: Ella is given a “gift” at birth––obedience. No matter what she must obey every order given to her. It leads to some highly unusual and embarrassing moments for the girl as she tries to break the curse.




Author: Charlaine Harris
Title: Club Dead
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Rating: 4

Summary: Sookie Stackhouse ventures even further into the world of the undead and she searches for her missing vampire soon–to–be–ex boyfriend.




Author: Ryan Mecum
Title: Vampire Haiku
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Rating: 5

Summary: The story of William Butten, written entirely in haiku. Crossing to America in 1620, he meets Katherine, who becomes the undead love of his life and turns him into a vampire. His story spans four centuries to present day, with hilarious references to popular culture of the time.



Author: Stephen King
Title: The Gunslinger
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Rating: 5

Summary: The Dark Tower series is what Stephen King describes as his “magnum opus”, and he does not disappoint. Roland, the last gunslinger, has been chasing the Man in Black for over a decade. The story is woven between past, present, and future for Roland and set in an alternate universe. A surprisingly interesting novel considering most of the action happens via dialogue. Highly recommended!



Author: Charlaine Harris
Title: Living Dead in Dallas
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Rating: 4

Summary: Another mindless read pertaining to the antics of vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters oh my.




Author: Greg Behrendt & Liz Tuccillo
Title: He’s Just Not That Into You
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Rating: 5

Summary: A very interesting look at the dating world (and how women can maneuver through it), and it even has really nifty workbook sections so you can practice what they preach. Hilarious writing from two of the writers of “Sex and the City”.




Author: Charlaine Harris
Title: Dead Until Dark
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Rating: 4

Summary: Another trashy vampire novel set in the deep south, chronicling the mishaps and adventures of Sookie Stackhouse, bar waitress and telepath extraordinaire.




Author: Oscar Wilde
Title: The Importance of Being Earnest
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Rating: 5

Summary: Jack is earnestly in love with Gwendolen, who is earnestly in love with the name Ernest. Gwendolen’s cousin, Algernon, is earnestly pretending to be Ernest to win the heart of Jack’s adopted niece Cecily. With so many people wanting Ernest to earnestly exist, it stands to reason that none really are all that earnest about “Ernest”.




Author: Iris Johansen
Title: Quicksand
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Rating: 5

Summary: Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan has been looking for her daughter for seventeen years. She may finally have found the man who killed her Bonnie. The maniac lures Eve Duncan into a deadly game of cat–and–mouse, using Bonnie’s body as bait.




Author: Neil Gaiman
Title: Coraline
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Rating: 5

Summary: Coraline, bored during the long summer, explores beyond a door that’s always been locked. She gets trapped in the world of the sinister “other–mother” whose games she must play in order to get back to her own world.




Author: P.C. & Kristin Cast
Title: Hunted
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Rating: 4

Summary: Yet another addictive, brain’zapping, vampiric House of Night novel. This read is not for people who like heavy, mind–bending, philosophy–changing material. It’s the kind of book that makes vegging in front of a television look beneficial to the human mind.




Author: Kathy Reichs
Title: Break No Bones
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Rating: 5

Summary: For those who like murder mysteries, this is one to add to the to–read list.




Author: Voltaire
Title: Candide
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Rating: 5

Summary: French satiric storytelling at its best.




Author: Janet Evanovich
Title: Twelve Sharp
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Rating: 5

Summary: Best thing to do while sick: read a Stephanie Plum novel. Guaranteed to make you feel better.




Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Title: The Hobbit
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Rating: 5

Summary: I love this book, which is probably why I reread it every summer.




Author: P.C. & Kristin Cast
Title: Untamed
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Rating: 4

Summary: A cheesy, YA vampire novel. Not a source of substantial reading, but thoroughly enjoyable.




Author: John Vornholt
Title: Earth 2: Leather Wings
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Rating: 3

Summary: The continuing chronicles from the characters of "Earth 2".




Author: Sean Dalton
Title: Earth 2: Puzzle
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Rating: 3

Summary: Not a well–written story, or even an excellent plot. I only read it because I’ve recently become obsessed with the tv series "Earth 2" from the 90s and I was horribly upset from its untimely cancellation.




Author: Michael Crichton
Title: Jurassic Park
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Rating: 5

Summary: This was my first Crichton read, and I’ve got to say that I am impressed by the impressively disturbing nature of Crichton’s mind. This book is no movie; it’s dark, it’d edgy, and there is a lot of dirty, gritty, disgusting blood/violence. I loved it.




Author: Leonard Nimoy
Title: I Am Spock
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Rating: 5

Summary: A must–read for any Trekkie or die–hard Spock fan. I must admit that I took longer than usual reading this book because I wanted to prolong the experience. It’s not everyday one gets to venture in to the Vulcan mindset.




Author: Jane Austen & Seth Graham-Smith
Title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
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Rating: 5

Summary: It’s Pride and Prejudice...with zombies. There’s no other way to describe it.




Author: Maxime Valette, Guillame Passaglia, & Didier Guedj
Title: F My Life
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Rating: 5

Summary: This is the book to read when you’re having a bad day.




Author: Terry Brooks
Title: Genesis of Shannara: The Gypsy Morph
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Rating: 4

Summary: After waiting an entire year to read this book, I devoured this one in a matter of hours. Terry Brooks’ gift for fantasy story–telling remains as enthralling as ever. The ending is a little vague, which is slightly annoying.




Author: Stephen King
Title: Firestarter
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Rating: 5

Summary: A little girl’s pyrokinesis ability causes her and her family to be hunted by a top–secret branch of the government, The Shop. As always, Stephen King’s writing makes the book well worth reading.




Author: Leonard Nimoy
Title: Come Be With Me
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Rating: 4

Summary: As a Trekkie, when I heard that Leonard Nimoy (Capt. Spock) had a book of poetry, I HAD to read it. His poetry is reminiscent of the modernist style, and I feel that kind of peace–love–flower power sensations in his poems. They weren’t what I expected from Spock; I suppose I expected something more intellectual...more Dickinson or something. His poems are very emotional, not something you see in Spock.




Author: Bernhard Schlink
Title: The Reader
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Rating: 5

Summary: I’m not someone who likes emotional powerhouse novels full of drama, drama, drama. But, The Reader is so much more than that. I’m in love with Berhnard Schlink’s writing; it’s simply beautiful. Michael and Hanna seem so real, which makes this story so much more moving. I nearly cried five or six times. A wonderful story, I can see why it’s a best seller.




Author: J.K. Rowling
Title: The Tales of Beedle the Bard
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Rating: 3

Summary: Honestly, I was disappointed with this book, after reading the Harry Potter series. I guess I expected more from Rowling, but instead in places it felt like a “this happened and then this happened and then this happened” kind of book. The writing didn’t really draw me in the way Harry Potter did. I think Rowling may have been trying too hard; some things just were totally unbelievable.