The Kid
What a terrible, awful book. It's not the writing. Sapphire's writing is amazing. But Abdul is such a terrible, unlikeable, awful person. And being in ...more
Jul 27, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
We in the States are always told that we have to support the Israelis. Remember what the Jews have endured with the Holocaust! Why didn't we stop Hitl ...more
Apr 10, 2014
Mar 17, 2014
Green Dolphin Street
As soon as Marianne sets her eyes on William Ozanne, after his father finally returns to his birthplace, she also sets her cap for him. From that very ...more
Sep 15, 2010
Sep 06, 2010
Saving Rachel
This book is really terrible. I'm sure it doesn't help that I read it right after finishing a Harlan Coben novel, a man who really knows how to write ...more
Oct 04, 2011
Oct 04, 2011
The Hobbit
How did I get to be 33 years of age without reading this book? Alas, I tried twenty years ago to get into it, and I started it twice, but I just could ...more
May 17, 2012
May 15, 2012
The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth About Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage
I just couldn't do it anymore. I got halfway through this book and had to quit -- and I never quit books. I felt like most of these women are rather n ...more
Oct 15, 2010
Oct 10, 2010
Vinegar Hill
I read this book in just two days. Obviously it is a very quick read, and I kept wanting to pick the book up again and read a few pages. Yes, this boo ...more
Jun 24, 2009
Jun 22, 2009
The Woman with a Worm in Her Head: And Other True Stories of Infectious Disease
Please do not read this book if you are a hypochondriac in any way. If you don't, you'll believe you are dying from some crazy microbe or virus or wor ...more
Jan 17, 2013
Jan 16, 2013
Secret Daughter: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away
It's hard for me to articulate how I feel about this book. I've always been fascinated by race, and though I am white (and therefore part of the "priv ...more
Dec 08, 2011
Dec 06, 2011
How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-To-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life
What a fabulously fascinating book! I think this is the book I've always been looking for. I've been curious for much of my life about how our forebea ...more
Nov 26, 2014
Nov 24, 2014
The Fault in Our Stars
Beautiful, amazing, moving book. I'm pretty amazed I didn't cry once, but I was still incredibly moved. Diagnosed with stage 4 cancer as a young girl, ...more
Feb 11, 2012
Jan 23, 2012
Usually when I figure out the bad guy too early on in a book, it annoys me, and I rarely enjoy the rest of the novel. This time, there were so many tw ...more
Jan 21, 2015
Jan 19, 2015
Star of the Sea
OK, it's official -- I am not a fan of Joseph O'Connor. Granted, Star of the Sea is far and away a much better novel than Redemption Falls, but for me ...more
Mar 26, 2012
Mar 21, 2012
The End of the World as We Know It: Scenes from a Life
I can't say that I loved this book. It is much too raw, much too explicit, much too painful to love it. But Goolrick's writing is amazing, and you wan ...more
Jul 28, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
The Buffalo Soldier
I found this book a bit slow to get into at first. There is a lot of backstory and a lot of description, which is nice -- but once I'm already investe ...more
Sep 06, 2010
Aug 31, 2010
Story the Soldiers Wouldn't Tell: Sex in the Civil War
Quite a fascinating look at the private lives of American soldiers during the Civil War. It doesn't surprise me that the descendents of these soldiers ...more
Jun 15, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
The Emancipator's Wife
One really shouldn't confuse this book with actual historical events. Barbara Hambly does a good job of fleshing out the what-might-have-beens in Mary ...more
May 10, 2010
Apr 29, 2010
The Painted Bird
Most of the way through the book The End of Boys by Hoffmeister, he's given this book to read so he can read about another boy making a journey. In Th ...more
Nov 07, 2011
Nov 04, 2011
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
Maybe I'm a wee bit on the morbid side, having already read, and enjoyed, both Mary Roach's Stiff and Jessica Mitford's The American Way of Death Revi ...more
Oct 09, 2014
Sep 24, 2014
I Am Pilgrim (Pilgrim, #1)
Four days. Four days it took me to finish this book, and that's saying something. I know I read quickly, but this book is over 600 pages long. That, m ...more
Nov 07, 2014
Nov 03, 2014
The Moonflower Vine
I admit I am a sucker for books set in an era long past, and even moreso for books detailing a family saga. There is nothing I love better than to wat ...more
Mar 06, 2013
Mar 06, 2013
Maus: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1)
A very compelling and unique memoir of a Jew living in Poland during the Holocaust. Spiegelman's father was a successful young man with a beautiful wi ...more
Mar 15, 2014
Mar 14, 2014
Gone Girl
I just... WOW. What just happened??? Gillian Flynn totally just screwed with my head in every way possible, and yet I kept reading. It's also surprisi ...more
Aug 30, 2012
Jun 13, 2012
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
I won't mince words: I loved this book. I'm one of those strange people that the more people love a book, the less likely I am to even want to read it ...more
Jan 22, 2015
Jan 22, 2015
Still Alice
My grandfather has a PhD in history, and was a tenured history professor at a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania for many years. Now, in his l ...more
Oct 04, 2014
Oct 02, 2014
She Got Up Off The Couch: And Other Heroic Acts From Mooreland, Indiana
Yet another book I just couldn't put down. I'd read A Girl Named Zippy a few years ago, but didn't think to look for any kind of follow-up until I saw ...more
Dec 11, 2014
Dec 09, 2014
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir
What a wonderful graphic memoir! Liz Prince is a girl who is definitely a tomboy, and feels like she never fits in because she doesn't adhere to socie ...more
Dec 23, 2014
Dec 22, 2014
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
I saw this book at an indie bookstore here in Rhode Island, but couldn't really give it my full attention because I had two little daughters begging m ...more
Dec 29, 2014
Dec 29, 2014
All the Bright Places
I feel lucky that my copy doesn't read that this novel is basically The Fault In Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park, but I did feel as though Finch remi ...more
Feb 25, 2015
Jan 18, 2015
I Wish I Were Engulfed in Flames: My Insane Life Raising Two Boys with Autism
A friend of mine with multiple autistic children handed this to me and said, "Read this. It's so much like my life, it's not funny."

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