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I put off reading this because I knew it was about abductions and that is a subject matter that I find too horrible to read about, generally. But this ...more
Oct 22, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
I am seriously at a loss about how to rate this book. I felt almost voyeuristic when reading this at times. I wanted to shake or comfort the main cha ...more
Feb 17, 2013
Dec 03, 2012
Thy firmness makes my circle just,
And makes me end where I begun.

Pegge Donne spends her whole life pursuing love. And as the daughter of esteemed p
May 22, 2014
Jan 02, 2014
The Book of Negroes
This book was wonderful. The character of Meena drew me in from the beginning. I loved how her voice changed as she aged... magnificent. The story was ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 08, 2011
A Blade of Grass

There was so much to admire in this novel, I enjoyed it very much. Desoto uses language like a painter uses colour. Sparingly in some places, vibrant
Jun 11, 2013
Feb 06, 2013
Dropped Threads: What We Aren't Told
I first read this book within the first year it was published, sometime in late 2000 or early 2001.

Reading it now, almost twelve years later, it is i
Nov 10, 2012
Feb 09, 2011
It took me a full 2 weeks to read this book. I could only get through it in small amounts at a time, partially because the detail was so overwhelming ...more
Feb 07, 2011
Jan 22, 2011
The Other Side of the Bridge
**spoiler alert** If you liked Lawson's Crow Lake, you will LOVE this book. Oh, I fell hard for poor maligned Arthur. And I despised horrible Jake. Th ...more
Aug 2009
Feb 09, 2011
What a lovely lovely book. Which I suppose is an odd thing to say about a book with almost one half of its scenes set in the trenches of World War On ...more
Jun 2005
Jan 22, 2011
Mrs. Mike
I first read this book when I was twelve years old, and immediately fell in love. I loved Mike Flanigan, and I imagined that I would find my very own ...more
Jan 1980
Feb 22, 2011
Family Matters
You can't deny that Mistry is an amazing writer. In Family Matters, he draws you into the Chenoy family and makes you love them and hate them in the s ...more
Sep 2009
Feb 09, 2011
Findlay is brilliant, but this wasn't one of my faves of his. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it. The parallels between this book and Heart of Darkness were fa ...more
Sep 2004
Jan 22, 2011
No Great Mischief
My favourite line in this book was "We are all better when we are loved." And this book was about the bonds of family and the love shared between sibl ...more
Jul 02, 2013
Jun 03, 2013
The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
Giller Prize Winner 2003. This was a good book, and very good in some ways. But it lacked in some ways too. I enjoyed Vikram, getting to know him, get ...more
Dec 2009
Jan 30, 2011
The Headmaster's Wager
I cannot deny that Vincent Lam is a gifted writer. But while I appreciated the story itself, even enjoyed it in parts, I struggled. The main character ...more
Nov 29, 2012
Nov 11, 2012
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
If Sherlock Holmes and Alice from Wonderland were to have a baby it would be Flavia de Luce.

This fast paced murder mystery is told from the point of
Mar 14, 2014
Mar 14, 2014
The Cellist of Sarajevo
This was an excellent book. It was sobering, yes, but the author managed to imbue the characters with hope as well. That hope, of course, born of the ...more
Sep 2010
Feb 08, 2011
Good to a Fault
I really liked this book a lot, and in particular, I related to the character of Clara Purdy, who impulsively offers to help a family she doesn't know ...more
Jan 2010
Feb 09, 2011
A Complicated Kindness
The best way to describe this book is "poignant". It is, for the most part, profoundly sad. Yet told in a voice that still sees humour in life. Even w ...more
Mar 2005
Jan 23, 2011
The Last Great Dance on Earth (Josephine Bonaparte, #3)
This was a fantastic trilogy! Gulland's research is commendable, so many authentic quotes from letters and other sources. But really, her gift is crea ...more
Jun 26, 2012
Jun 11, 2012
I have to admit that I found the book to be disappointing. It wasn't bad, but it didn't make me feel anything. The motions in the book were quite subd ...more
Feb 2007
Sep 06, 2008
The Law of Dreams
This book is a gritty and realistic story of what happened to many poor Irish tenants during the Great Famine in mid-18th century Ireland. Young Fergu ...more
Jul 17, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
Fall on Your Knees
Wow. What a story.We actually ended up reading this for my bookclub. Everyone, but one reader, loved it.I loved the language the author used, she had ...more
Sep 2005
Jan 22, 2011
Such a Long Journey
I absolutely loved this book. The characters are believable and likeable, even when you disagree with them. The sub-plots within the story (the wall, ...more
Jan 2002
Jan 22, 2011
Mercy Among the Children
This remarkable novel is one of the most profoundly sad and difficult fiction reads I've encountered in a long time. I would remind myself that it was ...more
Mar 2009
Jan 30, 2011
A Recipe for Bees
This is a charming book. Set in a rural Canadian town, the book reflects on a life's choices, love, parenthood and marriage through the eyes of an eld ...more
Jan 2002
Jan 22, 2011
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
This was an extremely sobering book to read. Perhaps not the most uplifting choice for my first book of 2009 -- but I am glad I read it. It has change ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 03, 2011
A Fine Balance
This is a difficult book to read. If you want a happy story, find something else. But, it is beautifully written, the characters are wonderfully diver ...more
Jan 2003
Jan 22, 2011
Fugitive Pieces
This book was gorgeous, simply gorgeous. It has left me yearning for more. The language is so beautiful, so haunting, so lyrical, its like a warm bath ...more
Jan 21, 2010
Feb 16, 2011
Clara Callan
This one is a Giller Prize winner from 2001. Its brilliant and a beautiful reflection of what life must have been like for women in the 1930's and 40' ...more
Oct 2002
Jan 22, 2011
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