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The Light Years
The Light Years is the first of series of five novels (The Cazalet Chronicles), detailing the experiences of an upper middle class family in Britain d ...more
Mar 2014
Mar 31, 2014
Casting Off
Whew - it's been a long month. Just finished book 4 of the Cazalet Chronicle, and book 5, written ten years later, is in the mail. I've never read any ...more
May 10, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
Gone Girl
A very complicated story - too complicated for me to even attempt to review (see Jill's very insightful review). I'm giving it 4 stars, because it is ...more
Dec 06, 2014
Nov 23, 2014
Oh my, I really tried to read this book without skimming over pages, but it was so tediously boring. There was really not much going on worth writing ...more
Jun 2014
Jun 15, 2014
The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws
I've recently developed a fascination with jigsaw puzzles, after adding a new table - which is perfect for displaying a puzzle on for folks to add pie ...more
May 09, 2012
May 09, 2012
Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet
Another goodreads member wrote that this author could make a book about watching paint dry entertaining; I think she may be right, in fact, I just ord ...more
Jul 09, 2012
Jul 09, 2012
All Change (The Cazalet Chronicle, #5)
What a marvelous family saga this 5 book series has been (often referred to as a quartet, since the 5th book was published 10 years after the 4th). I' ...more
Jun 15, 2014
Jun 15, 2014
Imperfect Birds
Although I dearly love some of Lamott's books, most notably "Operating Instructions", "Bird by Bird", "Traveling Mercies" and the first two of the 'Ro ...more
Mar 29, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
The Affairs of Others

OK, had to read it again! Here's my review: I'll start with the positives: yes, I will probably read this author's next book, the reason why is becaus
Jul 15, 2013
Jun 24, 2013
Letters from Skye
This book could have been rated 5 stars (by me), if the characters had been more interesting and the language more poetic (meaning, interesting). That ...more
Jun 10, 2013
Jun 12, 2013
Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever
For all of you who have young children or grandchildren, or who like to read to children, I heartily recommend this book. Just finished reading it (I ...more
Aug 14, 2013
Aug 15, 2013
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
This is difficult. I'm not even sure what I think about this book. The subject is fascinating and repellent at the same time; I felt I was an observer ...more
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
Turn of Mind
I'm kind of on the fence about this one: coulda, woulda, shoulda - have been more of an interesting book - sort of feeling about it. I liked the premi ...more
May 09, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
When We Were Strangers
I'm giving this four stars, but I really want to give it a 3 1/2 - but, since the book has stayed in my mind so well, it probably deserves four anyway ...more
Sep 07, 2013
Sep 02, 2013
The Housemaid's Daughter
First off, it was nothing like The Help. That said, I found it slow going, but did enjoy the author's ability to put you into the scene with her evoca ...more
Nov 08, 2013
Nov 24, 2013
What a shockingly pleasant surprise! I've read 7 or 8 Stephen King novels over the years, always hoping for the best, but often disappointed - too muc ...more
May 03, 2012
Feb 25, 2012
The Good House
Great book to read while traveling. Bought it at the airport, read whenever I could and finished it in 4 days, just in time for my flight home. Very e ...more
Nov 15, 2013
Nov 25, 2013
Nella Last's War: The Second World War Diaries of Housewife, 49
Wonderful depiction of the daily life of a British housewife over the war years. Nothing was too mundane for her to mention, and she did it with a lit ...more
May 15, 2014
Feb 24, 2014
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
I loved this book. I read it aloud to a young man in the hospital. Even though it's a young-adult novel, it's so good that even adults can enjoy it. L ...more
Jul 2008
Jan 22, 2009
The Winter Sea (Slains, #1)
I very much like the idea of genetic memory, and also the format of two time frames, and the similarities in the protagonists lives - BUT - I just did ...more
Feb 08, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
The Children's Blizzard
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's not JUST about the horrendous blizzard of 1888, but about the settlers who lived (or didn't live) through it. The ...more
Apr 05, 2012
Mar 05, 2012
Shine Shine Shine
Just couldn't connect with this book - made no sense to me whatever. The more I read, the more annoyed I was with myself for persisting - it was almos ...more
Jan 2013
Jun 12, 2013
Out of My Mind: An Autobiography
An amazing woman. Self-taught artist who persevered in the face of crippling depression and mental instability. Her paintings are wonderful works of f ...more
not set
Aug 14, 2012
The Giant's House
Strange book. I liked the author's writing style, but thought the characters were either kind of flat or just plain unlikeable.
Jun 17, 2013
Jun 12, 2013
Tales from Storyland
This was, by far, my favorite childhood storybook. I bought a copy about 10 yrs. ago from an antiquarian bookseller, which I have been reading from to ...more
not set
Jan 24, 2012
These Is My Words (Sarah Agnes Prine, #1)
(Recommended by Jill Lesh) Finished it a few weeks ago - let it percolate awhile. I really liked this book, even though it was a bit like a romance no ...more
Jun 2012
Jan 29, 2012
The Secret Keeper
Finished this book last night, but am unable to rate or review it so soon - such a complex plot! Not sure what I think yet.
Sep 20, 2013
Sep 07, 2013
The Flight of Gemma Hardy
First of all, my rating is only 2.5 stars, but that's not an option. I was eager to start this because Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books, which I ...more
Apr 21, 2012
Jan 27, 2012
Compassionate Carnivore: Or, How to Keep Animals Happy, Save Old Macdonald's Farm, Reduce Your Hoofprint, and Still Eat Meat
It was ok - not too much I was surprised with. Liked her memoirs better.
Jul 31, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
Sir Thomas the Hesitant and the Table of Less Valued Knights
Lots of laughs - strange little book. A fairy tale for young adults and adults (like me) who enjoy a good YA book. Had fun reading it.
Sep 02, 2013
Jun 12, 2013
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