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Eat, Pray, Love
3.43
I found this book unbelievably phoney and suggest that it be subtitled, "ME ME ME ME ME ME ME - how the hell did I find enlightenment with my head stu...more
Nov 27, 2009
Nov 15, 2009
 
The Slap
3.10
I was really looking forward to this book, but although I'm not certain whether I found it engrossing or just gross.

There were a few things I liked ab...more
Mar 15, 2011
Mar 08, 2011
 
A Land More Kind Than Home
3.83
This tragic story unfolds in and around a small church in North Carolina during the reign of an unstable parson who leads his flock far from their val...more
Jan 26, 2012
Jan 22, 2012
 
Birdsong
4.03
I am stumped to understand why people rate this book highly enough to land it in the BBC Top 100. Was it just the only book they'd read all year so th...more
Apr 23, 2011
Apr 17, 2011
 
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
3.68
I am dumber for reading this and have every intention of judging those who liked it.
Jun 03, 2012
Jun 01, 2012
 
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
4.34
I move to have this book retitled

"Katniss Salander"

Heavily borrowed and cobbled together from many dystopic books, at least they were good ones though...more
Jul 17, 2014
Jul 14, 2014
 
City of Thieves
4.25
Hard to say if this was a teen buddy tale or a grisly account of starvation and hardship during the siege of Leningrad.
It tried to blend the two and a...more
Mar 20, 2013
Feb 01, 2013
 
Highway to Hell: The Life and Times of AC/DC Legend Bon Scott
3.88
Reads more like a gig guide than a bio.
How can you make Bon Scott's story boring?
I'm stunned.
Aug 10, 2013
Aug 04, 2013
 
Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1)
4.27

I am glad I read Wool and have recommended them to anyone who will listen.

The writing is relaxed, the characters intetesting and there was not a lot t...more
Oct 21, 2012
Sep 21, 2012
 
Before I Go To Sleep
3.83
I would give this 4 stars for the premise, the writing and the suspense.
Less 1-2 stars for the lame Scooby Doo ending.
It is really enjoyable, especia...more
Jun 29, 2014
May 29, 2014
 
The Choice
4.00

I was asked to read this for a book club.

I honestly don't feel I got anything at all from this book except that it reinforced my horror of modern mai...more
Sep 20, 2012
Sep 13, 2012
 
Room
3.95
*contains spoliers*

I quite enjoyed this, it started well, a good idea, albeit borrowed from Herr Fritzl, but fell well short of what I'd hoped for in...more
Mar 21, 2011
Mar 17, 2011
 
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
3.90

If you'd like to enjoy this book, just read the Table of Contents.
That makes for a very funny read. But then there's the rest of it.

If you took out al...more
Nov 11, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
 
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, #1)
3.25
How you could make this boring is beyond me.

All he did was to splice in bits of silly zombie text throughout the novel. Clumsy and annoying.

This had...more
not set
Jul 02, 2009
 
Fever
3.66
Some of this book is about Typhoid Mary, but mostly it's about her no good boyfriend, Albert.

So, if you're really interested in a wonderfully detailed...more
Jun 22, 2013
Apr 05, 2013
 
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
3.77
A bit like Dan Brown wrote a Scooby Doo episode.

And he would've gotten away it too, if it hadn't been for those meddling kids.
I feel like a sandwich.
May 07, 2014
Nov 20, 2013
 
The Fear Index
3.35
So far this novel has "borrowed" from Fight Club, Frankenstein, Terminator 2 and Dragon Tattoo.

Wouldn't you think it would be good?

Lame squared.
May 07, 2013
Dec 29, 2012
 
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
4.01
Had I only read the first third, I would have given it 4 stars. But I didn't.
Dec 27, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
 
The Sun Also Rises
3.82
Thank God I read The Old Man and the Sea before this one. Awful.
May 27, 2011
May 06, 2011
 
The Russian Tapestry
3.78
I'm trying to imagine writing the love story of my husband's grandparents...good Lord, the pressure!The awkward Sunday dinners!
Surely not a task for t...more
Aug 21, 2013
Aug 04, 2013
 
A Town Like Alice
4.11
There probably were a few things I liked about this book as I read it, but a month on I cannot remember one of them.

What has stayed with me is how let...more
Mar 28, 2011
Mar 18, 2011
 
Empty Cradles
4.13


The English stopped transporting convicts to Australia in the 1860's.
By the 1940's they began in earnest sending "orphaned" children into the dubious...more
Nov 13, 2012
Nov 07, 2012
 
Mystic River
4.17
Great premise, good story, but the best part of this book was the insightful observations and generous characterization.
He really puts you in their h...more
Apr 20, 2011
Apr 18, 2011
 
Evelyn: A True Story
3.75
Having read both A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Empty Cradles, this book made me yawn.

The first third is okay, but despite being quite a short book, it...more
Feb 13, 2013
Feb 03, 2013
 
Venetia
4.04

What a delightful load of rubbish. I read these books once or twice a year, with no small amount if shame, when I'm premenstrual. Otherwise, there's r...more
Oct 08, 2012
Oct 01, 2012
 
Town
3.08
This book reminded me of exactly what I hate about short stories.
I was left with the feeling that these were all ideas the author didn't bother fleshi...more
not set
Nov 10, 2009
 
My Uncle Oswald
3.95
Well what can you say? I began reading this believing that it was young adult fiction...mmmmmm nope.
Certainly an interesting story and you just have t...more
May 10, 2011
Apr 02, 2011
 
A Fine Balance
4.32
What joy and relief to find a book so well written and so full of genuine insight and sentiment.
The richness of humanity through the relentless strugg...more
not set
May 28, 2009
 
Call The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
4.14


Absolutely worth reading.
I read this right after a book about Britain illegally sending children to Australia and other colonies until 1967, but parti...more
Nov 15, 2012
Nov 10, 2012
 
Pamela. Or, Virtue Rewarded
2.64
I particularly enjoyed to 50 point instruction list on how a woman should "behave" during her marriage. My fave of course was that she must ignore her...more
Jan 27, 2011
Jan 22, 2011
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