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Winner of the National Book Award
Thoroughly enjoyable; filled with turns of phrase and insights and laugh-out-loud and shocking moments that you just have to read out loud to whatever ...more
May 28, 2010
May 29, 2010
One Whole and Perfect Day
This is an undeniably beautifully written, gentle, humane, and compassionate novel, but ultimately it was not satisfying for me as a story. I was inde ...more
Jun 17, 2008
Jun 16, 2008
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
Such a terrific, compassionate, involving book. I was riveted the whole way. It was the most enjoyable read I've had in ages.

One tiny problem: for so
Jun 03, 2010
May 29, 2010
The Language of Bees (Mary Russell, #9)
Entry #9 in the series is just as much of a favorite with me as #1 and #2, and that's saying something. It nearly killed me to wait for the sequel. Se ...more
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Feb 21, 2010
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1)
LR King's Mary Russell books are among the very few that I buy immediately upon publication in hardcover (and I don't even need to glance at the flap ...more
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Feb 21, 2010
A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Mary Russell, #2)
I wouldn't have thought that this book would work. It's pivotal to the Mary Russell series, because here LR King must convince the reader that this re ...more
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Feb 21, 2010
Skin Hunger (A Resurrection of Magic, #1)
Pretty terrific. You can bet I'll snatch up Book 2 as soon as it's published.
Jul 06, 2008
Jul 08, 2008
Dreamquake (The Dreamhunter Duet, #2)
I liked this a lot, and suspect I would have loved it if I'd read the first book first. As it was, it took me a hundred pages to become hooked. Now to ...more
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Jun 23, 2008
The Dream-Maker's Magic (Safe-Keepers, #3)
I love Sharon Shinn's YA books in this series. Oh, there's nothing earth-shaking here, nothing to get your pulse pounding, but they're the ultimate in ...more
Dec 15, 2008
Dec 17, 2008
The God of the Hive (Mary Russell, #10)
**spoiler alert** Previously: I just won an early ARC of this book (hooray!) and am waiting for it to arrive. Can't wait. The previous LR King Mary Ru ...more
Feb 18, 2010
Feb 21, 2010
Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka
I really enjoyed Knucklehead, but even more fun was watching my husband read it. Like Scieszka, he is one of six brothers, and he chortled his whole w ...more
Jun 16, 2008
Jun 17, 2008
Eat, Pray, Love
I very much liked and sympathized with Elizabeth Gilbert during the "Eat" section, which I thorough enjoyed. I was a bit less interested, but still wi ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 12, 2008
A Curse Dark as Gold
Much to like about this book -- it's creative, intelligent, well-written. Some problems of pacing (information revealed a half-step too late) and char ...more
Dec 14, 2008
Dec 15, 2008
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
I know next to nothing about baseball, and less than that about statistics, but this book about applying new statistical thinking in baseball to the s ...more
Feb 24, 2009
Feb 26, 2009
Maybe this is more of a meditation-using-fiction than it is a novel. It's a beautiful evocation of how it feels when someone has a permanent effect on ...more
Dec 2008
Jan 02, 2009
The Writing Class
There was a lot to like about this book. Jincy Willett is a sharp, witty (and a bit bitter) writer who it's just plain fun to hang around with, and th ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 01, 2008
A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)
Note to self: Do not reread beloved books from childhood.
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Jun 23, 2008
Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1)
A creative combination of The Frog Prince and The Twelve Dancing Princesses, set in Transylvania! Magnificent, engrossing writing. Fabulous.
Dec 2008
Dec 25, 2008
The Red Necklace (French Revolution, #1)
This was pretty terrific -- compelling characters, breakneck plot, high tension, gorgeously written (at last, a writer/editorial team that knows the c ...more
Jul 10, 2008
Jul 09, 2008
Magic for Beginners
I can't give Magic For Beginners a rating, because it's simply a book that wasn't "for me." It's not fantasy; it's magic realism, and personally, I ne ...more
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Aug 17, 2008
The Fire (The Eight #2)
I am very disappointed to say that I had to give up on this book about halfway through. (See below to read what I had to say when I began it.) It's no ...more
Jul 05, 2008
Jun 22, 2008
Then We Came to the End
Possibly it's not fair that I rate this book, as I was unable to finish it. I enjoyed it at first, but as the pages wore on (and on, and on) with noth ...more
Nov 2008
Oct 23, 2008
Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath
This book is extraordinary. I have limited shelf space and even when I love a book, it usually goes right out the door as a gift to someone else when ...more
Jul 12, 2008
Jul 12, 2008
Queen of the Masquerade (Hallowmere, #5)
I have to confess that I wouldn't have read this book if Amanda Jenkins hadn't written it, as it's in the middle of a series (originated by Tiffany Tr ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 05, 2008
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon, #1)
Terrific fun. I'm looking forward to the continuation.
Oct 02, 2008
Oct 05, 2008
What a glorious, riveting, moving, utter mess of a book... I adored it, and think I will need to read it again to truly understand what exactly was go ...more
Sep 30, 2008
Sep 19, 2008
The Year We Disappeared: A Father - Daughter Memoir
A retrospective glimpse into a year of intense fear and physical and emotional pain and dislocation in a family -- after an attempted murder of the po ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 27, 2008
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
People are looking at Peeta v. Gale all wrong! You need to think about Casablanca! With four days left to go before Mockingjay is out, I explain my lo ...more
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Aug 20, 2010
One on One
Among my favorite books of all time; one that lives on the "comfort reads" shelf. When I lost my copy, I got another one in hardcover.
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Jun 22, 2008
Double Fault
As so many others have said, this book was not of the same caliber of Shriver's WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN or THE POST-BIRTHDAY WORLD. So, yes, from ...more
Jun 22, 2008
Jun 22, 2008