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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Holy cow, I hate this lady so much. Her book kind of gives me a headache, but I can't stop reading it. I hope it doesn't end with one of her kids wav...more
Apr 12, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
The Moving Finger (Miss Marple, #4)
Another Agatha Christie to pass the time. Mmmmm. Delicious. Only I do have the same complaint I had with another of her books that was listed as a Mi...more
Sep 06, 2011
Sep 06, 2011
The Dovekeepers
My dear mother, who reads everything and who KNOWS I don't like sad books gave me this because we both like Alice Hoffman. Which was nice. And then i...more
Nov 12, 2011
Nov 08, 2011
Half Broke Horses
I feel exactly the same way my friend Anna did about this book - I loved it at first but then it kind of went downhill from there. I'd say me and thi...more
Feb 08, 2011
Feb 08, 2011
The Sherlockian
First of all, I only read this after reading through the reviews here on GoodReads and I can't believe how lame this book turned out to be! Blast you...more
Aug 22, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #3)
I really loved the first book in this series, the second a bit less, and this third one by far the least.
It's got the same characters I loved befor...more
Oct 25, 2010
Oct 25, 2010
The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon, #1)
I’m always surprised when a premise of a book sounds so good – a perfect swish, and then the book itself is like a big old airball. Meet Gabriel Allo...more
Aug 30, 2012
Aug 30, 2012
I've said it before but I LOVE this lady. I love her characters. You feel like you know them. You feel like you ARE them.

Georgie McCool (no lie on...more
Jul 15, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
**spoiler alert** I read this yesterday waiting for the red head to get out of surgery and it sure did fit the bill for such an occasion.

But it wasn...more
Aug 28, 2010
Aug 28, 2010
Mapp and Lucia (Lucia, #4)
I expected a little more from this book, but that's not to say I didn't like it. These books are really well known and loved, but I'm totally new to t...more
Aug 18, 2009
Aug 15, 2009
Danny the Champion of the World
This is one of the sweetest books in the entire world. Danny and his father live in a little gypsy caravan behind the filling station where they work...more
May 25, 2011
May 25, 2011
The Road
Whew! Reading this book means I broke two of my normal rules because 1) it's an Oprah recommended book and I don't like her or her list of horribly sa...more
Sep 02, 2008
Sep 03, 2008
Service with a Smile (Blandings Castle, #9)
One of Wodehouse's novels about Blandings Castle, another one of those wonderful country estates filled with crabby gentlemen, mixed up engagements a...more
Mar 11, 2010
Mar 03, 2010
The Tale of Halcyon Crane
Oh gosh, this was beyond dopey. It sounded interesting enough, and since fall is starting to approach I thought it would be perfect.

First of all, it'...more
Sep 19, 2010
Sep 19, 2010
Ready Player One
Boy, this book has garnered some enthusiastic reviews. I thought I'd love it, since it's all about 80's pop culture and nerds being clever and daring...more
Jul 15, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
All I can tell from Frank Cottrell Boyce based on his jacket info is that he looks like Alan Cumming's brother and he has 7 kids. But seriously, who...more
Nov 22, 2010
Nov 20, 2010
Marrying Anita: A Quest for Love in the New India
I heard this author interviewed on NPR, and thought her book sounded interesting. She is a 30-something woman, with Indian parents, who was born in Am...more
Aug 22, 2008
Aug 19, 2008
Henrietta's War: News from the Home Front 1939-1942
This is the first book of the two about Henrietta's experience in the war. Her narrative voice is so funny and wry and the little cartoon drawings th...more
Jun 07, 2011
Jun 07, 2011
Aww, another awesome book recommend by my friend who produces the Bob Edwards show. I'm all alone in the dark without her.

This story is so great. I...more
Nov 12, 2010
Nov 08, 2010
Young Men in Spats
This is a set of short stories featuring members of the Drones Club. The club of young gentlemen, friends of Bertie Wooster, who are always getting i...more
Jun 07, 2011
Jun 07, 2011
The Sittaford Mystery
Is there anything better than Agatha Christie for summer reading? No. No there is not.

And the thing that's amazing about Agatha Christie novels - a...more
Jun 15, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
Ok, I know. I know this looks like chick lit and is written by a girl named Rainbow. But don't walk away! It's REALLY GOOD! Get back here!

This book c...more
Feb 20, 2014
Feb 20, 2014
I read this because I liked the movie. Gaiman writes about supernatural worlds with humor and just the right amount of sinister lurking in the backgro...more
Feb 20, 2014
Feb 20, 2014
Garden Spells
I picked this up at our little local library under the "Readers Choice 2008" books. I got "Austenland" from this same place last year. I chose this bo...more
Aug 19, 2008
Aug 19, 2008
I would normally have been put off a little by the cover of this book and the fact that it's written by a girl named Rainbow (...really?). But it had...more
Feb 12, 2014
Feb 20, 2014
The Gun Seller
It was an exercise in extreme self control that I saved the last 100 pages of this book to read today when I knew I'd have lots of horrible waiting ti...more
Jul 08, 2009
Jul 02, 2009
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
I've had this on my shelf for awhile, thinking I'd read it when I had time. But then someone chose it for book club and it got bumped to a higher pri...more
Dec 10, 2010
Jul 03, 2009
Gone Girl
4 stars but not because I really loved it. But because I just can't shake it! This book is so unsettling - it's that creepy 'Twilight Zone' episode y...more
Jan 10, 2013
Apr 19, 2013
Tough Without a Gun: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart
I don't think I've ever heard a book so aptly named. Humphrey Bogart IS tough without a gun. I am really liking the book - and him - so far.

The boo...more
Mar 16, 2011
Feb 16, 2011
Ivy and Bean: No News Is Good News (Ivy and Bean, #8)
Oh, how we love Ivy & Bean. Ivy is quiet, smart, well dressed, and has a potions lab in her room. Bean is loud, impatient, and so so funny. We al...more
Nov 02, 2011
Nov 02, 2011
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