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The Cellist of Sarajevo
A stark look at three lives affected by the siege on Sarajevo in the 1990's. I liked how Galloway avoided identifiers like “Muslim,” “Serb,” “Croat” a ...more
Dec 03, 2010
Dec 03, 2010
Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived
For a book that is "the true story" it is amazing how much of it is complete fiction. For starters the entire first half of the book! Nothing is true ...more
May 2006
Mar 25, 2009
The Photograph
I picked this book up because it was the right length for my recent flight. I had no expectations and had not read this author previously.

Glyn finds a
Nov 08, 2009
Nov 08, 2009
Ultimate High: My Everest Odyssey
Mt Everest has been climbed many times and for one mountain has provided an amazing array of "firsts". One of the most spectacular and brilliant is Go ...more
May 29, 2000
Aug 04, 2009
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
I found this distopian book to be very hard to put down. I picked it up in the first place because my 10 year old wanted to read it and I wanted to ch ...more
Feb 13, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
Getting Lucky
This book was brought to my attention in a Canadian group here on good reads. I knew nothing about the book or author (As I believe that this is his f ...more
Apr 08, 2013
Apr 08, 2013
The Elephant Tree
I think the best way to describe this novel is as a crime-thriller type book but except for the first and last few chapters the detective is not in th ...more
Oct 14, 2013
Sep 12, 2013
The Colony of Unrequited Dreams
This title fit the book very well.

I enjoyed the characters very much and felt that Fielding was essential to the story. I loved the layers of irony an
Feb 21, 2013
Feb 22, 2013
Before I Go To Sleep
I am writing this down in my journal, before I go to sleep... no, not because I will not remember when I wake in the morning but because I have to say ...more
Sep 14, 2012
Sep 14, 2012
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
I listened to this book as an audiobook while running. The narrator was very good - nothing dramatic just an easy voice to listen to.

The story is part
Aug 16, 2013
Mar 20, 2013
When you hear Big Brother , Double-Speak and The Thought-Police , the copyright belongs deservedly to George Orwell, who used them to describe the cre ...more
Sep 29, 1983
Aug 16, 2009
Have Space Suit—Will Travel
I first read this when I was in grade 8 back in the 1970s. I couldn't remember much of it but thought it would be a good one for my son. So, on a road ...more
Apr 19, 2014
Apr 20, 2014
No Great Mischief
A fairly typical Canadian novel with flawed characters, tragic events and disfunctional families. What truly sets this book apart is its precise writi ...more
May 2006
Mar 23, 2009
The Book of Negroes
The Book of Negroes taught me some things that I didn't know about slave history and that is always a good thing. The story is character and plot driv ...more
Aug 15, 2010
Aug 14, 2010
Everybody knows Frankenstein but unfortunately so few have ever actually read the book and to know Frankenstein is to read the book.

I love the story b
Oct 1982
Apr 08, 2009
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)
This is not my normal genre although I do sometimes like books with witches (less so vampires and daemons) so I cannot compare it to others in this ge ...more
Sep 27, 2012
Sep 27, 2012
The Tent Peg
This book starts off in realism with an interesting format - each character views events from their own perspective. As the novel moves on it moves mo ...more
Aug 18, 2009
Aug 11, 2009
Silverhair (Mammoth, #1)
Baxter has written a "lost world" type book set in the arctic. Rather than tell the story of the team of adventurers that stumbles upon the last encla ...more
Aug 07, 2009
Aug 04, 2009
Cutting for Stone
I have to say that I really enjoyed this sweeping first novel. I was not troubled by all of the anatomy and medical jargon even though I have no conne ...more
Apr 28, 2012
Apr 28, 2012
The Help
I really enjoyed this book as it delves into the tricky feelings of black maids for their white bosses and vice versa in 1960's Mississippi. Kathryn w ...more
Aug 15, 2011
Sep 20, 2009
Secret Daughter
This was a bittersweet book that follows and interweaves two mothers and their daughter. What Gowda does well is tell a thought-provoking, loving tale ...more
Sep 13, 2010
Sep 15, 2010
The Horseman on the Roof
There were things that I really liked about the book and some that I didn't. The mood atmosphere and setting were all really well done. The characteri ...more
Oct 09, 2012
Sep 17, 2012
Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World
This is a true story about two fairly well known people taking a trip across a vast distance. The A-List actor and a well-to-do buddy (d-list actor?) ...more
Jun 2006
Apr 01, 2009
My Life as a Fake
The narrator of My Life is a Fake is the English poetry editor Sarah Wode-Douglass. She travels to Kuala Lumpur on the invitation of her acquaintance, ...more
May 2006
Mar 31, 2009
Late Nights on Air
This book doesn't get much more Canadian: the Yukon, the weather, CBC radio and misfits and I almost forgot the McKenzie Pipeline Berger Commission. T ...more
Oct 2008
Mar 31, 2009
A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali
I really liked the way this book starts with the description of the Aid Workers, Journalists, and other foreign expats gathered around the pool pontif ...more
May 28, 2014
May 27, 2014
Like Water for Chocolate
Laura Esquivel's book is billed as A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies. In my opinion, this format is brilliant a ...more
Sep 1990
Mar 31, 2009
No Crystal Stair

Set in a black community in Quebec during the 1940s, this is a story of a courageous woman making her way in a world that does not recognize her diver
May 07, 2006
Aug 04, 2009
The Casual Vacancy
This is definitely not a book for children: suicide, rape, heroin addiction, beatings and thoughts of patricide percolate through its pages; there is ...more
Nov 2012
Nov 01, 2012
The Midwife of Venice
This book was an easy read and kept my interest to the end. It was not a an intense social drama nor was it really an adventure story but a bit of bot ...more
Nov 04, 2012
Nov 04, 2012
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