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Title: Empire
Rating: 5
Author: Orson Scott Card
ISBN: 978-0-765-31611-0
Pages: 351
Format: hardcover
Started: 2012-01-09
Finished: 2012-01-10

Frighteningly realistic! A good lesson in political moderation.

The Case for Faith

Title: The Case for Faith
Rating: 5
Author: Lee Strobel
ISBN: 0-310-22015-7
Pages: 300
Format: paperback
Started: 2012-01-08
Finished: 2012-01-09

This book covers faith based on biblical Christianity, and relies heavily on “The Case for Christ” as a foundational premise. The chapter I found most helpful was “Objection #8: I Still Have Doubts, So I Can't Be a Christian”.

El sueño de América

Title: El sueño de América
Author: Esmeralda Santiago
ISBN: 978-0-06-092828-5
Pages: 344
Format: paperback
Started: 2012-01-07

Hand of Fate

Title: Hand of Fate
Rating: 4
Author: Lis Wiehl
ISBN: 978-1-59554-706-4
Pages: 311
Format: print
Started: 2012-01-01
Finished: 2012-01-05

Fun, quick mystery! I loved the twists!

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest

Title: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest
Rating: 4
Author: Stieg Larsson
Pages: 563
Format: paperback
ISBN: 978-0-307-26999-7
Started: 2011-12-21
Finished: 2011-12-24

The first two of this series (“The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo”, and “The Girl Who Played with Fire”) were much more intense than this one, and were impossible to put down. This one was very slow for the first half of the book. And it had a rather anticlimactic ending. I rate the first two as fives, but this one only merits a four.


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NOTE: I use a 0 to 5 system to rate what I've read. A book or article that has no rating at all is either waiting to be finished, or I've not had the chance to rate it yet.
 0 = I disliked the book, and do not recommend it at all.
 1 = The book was just tolerable enough to finish.
 2 = The book was okay but nothing to write home about.
 3 = The book was fair enough to read at least once.
 4 = The book was enjoyable and definitely worth reading.
 5 = I thoroughly enjoyed the book or it had a lasting impact.

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