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Archaeology + suspense thrillers = my kind of book

Sometimes these type of stories can be really cheesy, but the authors definitely know what they're t
Aug 2007
Aug 06, 2007
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (Persepolis, #3-4)
If you read Persepolis, more than likely you will feel compelled to read P2. Satrapi is so naturally good-humored, despite a not-so-light subject matt ...more
Apr 2004
Dec 14, 2007
I wasn't expecting to dislike this book, but it wasn't what I expected. Was this supposed to be historical fiction or fantasy? The boundaries were too ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 20, 2008
The Red Tent
This story takes place in the ancient world of the Book of Genesis: the lands of Canaan and Egypt. Since the Bible was written by men, this author spi ...more
Aug 2007
Jul 19, 2007
How to Cook a Tapir: A Memoir of Belize
Picked this up at a discount book store and read it entirely on my way to Belize. Maybe it was the timing, but this book was the perfect read I had ho ...more
Oct 04, 2012
Oct 08, 2012
Henry VIII (Shakespeare, Pelican)
Less history, more political propoganda. All the same, there is a lot to be learned about the Tudor-Stuart era in this quick read.
not set
Apr 25, 2009
Relic (Pendergast #1)
I meant to take this one to the beach next week, but I finished it before we even left. It is a page-turner!
May 2012
May 02, 2012
Innocent Traitor
As Weir wished of her book, it is indeed both enthralling and appalling. The Lady Jane's steadfast adherence to the Protestant faith coupled with her ...more
Jan 2008
Jul 19, 2007
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
I haven't read this book "cover-to-cover" but I refer back to it regularly. My favorite chapter is the one that examines the Maya collapse--I find it ...more
Dec 2006
Aug 21, 2007
Ramses: The Son of Light  (Ramses, #1)
I read about seven chapters into this book and just couldn't force it upon myself any longer. It looked promising, but the plot is--for lack of a bett ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 04, 2007
Tudor Women: Queens & Commoners
A quick read, very concise and understandable. The truth of this book is that the Tudor Dynasty belonged in a large part to its women--one reason bein ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 28, 2008
Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet, #3)
My #1 favorite. This book is considered the sequel to Ender's Game, but can be read as a stand-alone. Though it takes place in a futuristic setting it ...more
Jan 1997
Jul 13, 2007
The Gilded Chamber: A Novel of Queen Esther
I read this book in a day. The author takes the biblical account of Queen Esther, wife of Xerxes and breathes a vivid new life into it. Esther is one ...more
May 2007
Jul 13, 2007
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
Totally Degrassi meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer: a yucky teen romance for 200+ pages and then it gets a little better as the suspense picks up. I can ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 30, 2008
Sophie's World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy
This is a good crash course in western philosophy that uses an ongoing mystery to demonstrate each philosopher's ideology. Personally, I find philosop ...more
Jan 2000
Jul 13, 2007
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
I am by no means a big fan of science fiction; I have never read any sci-fi outside of this series. This is just a good story that surpasses all stere ...more
Jan 1997
Jul 13, 2007
The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought
Dense, but there is a lot to be taken from these essays. I've read "Darwinism," "Family" and "Puritans & Prigs" and do plan to read the rest when ...more
not set
Mar 15, 2009
Portrait of an Unknown Woman
I liked the conspiracy that this book was based on. An interesting historical theory that I hadn't heard about before--told from an unlikely perspecti ...more
Jun 2008
Jun 06, 2008
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Not a detail is spared in this tome of the infamous King Henry VIII. I highly recommend to anyone that enjoys Tudor period history. Definitely a must ...more
Jan 2005
Jan 07, 2008
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
Best book I read last year. I love Thomas Cromwell's story. Not too many authors have written historical fiction centered around him, though. He was t ...more
Oct 10, 2011
Jul 18, 2011
Possible Side Effects
I laughed through most of this book and even read parts of it aloud to my husband. I have to admit that though much of what this man has to say is som ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 13, 2007
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1-2)
I had to read this book for Western Civ my sophomore year in college. I love the graphic novel format which makes it a very quick read, but also a gre ...more
Mar 2004
Dec 14, 2007
Case Histories (Jackson Brodie, #1)
I love stories with multiple plot-lines where people cross paths in unexpected ways, kind of like the movies Crash and Magnolia. That is what Case His ...more
Apr 2007
Jul 18, 2007
Interpreter of Maladies
Though it is a unique look into different aspects of Indian culture in the modern times, I have to say that I found this book to be terribly depressin ...more
Oct 2008
Mar 16, 2008
The Loch
I only got about 100 pages into it and I suppose it has potential. I really dislike the main character, so I have little interest in him. The writing ...more
Apr 2008
Aug 04, 2007
One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1)
Reading this book was like eating a bag of potato chips: it was so easy I didn't stop until I was done and there was absolutely no nutritional value. ...more
not set
May 30, 2008
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
When I picked up this book, I wasn't expecting much. As it turned out, this would easily make my top ten favorite reads of the year. Definitely a good ...more
Dec 2007
Nov 12, 2007
Redwall (Redwall, #1)
I first read this book when I was in the 4th grade and I've read it many times since then. This book is just near and dear to my heart and reminiscent ...more
Nov 1992
Aug 22, 2007
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
I first read this book in my Language Arts class in Middle School, but I've re-read it many times. It is just a good piece of literature at almost any ...more
Jan 1995
Aug 02, 2007
Running with Scissors: A Memoir
Quite disturbing, yet I couldn't tear myself away. However, after finishing this book I felt like I needed to take a shower.
Mar 2007
Jul 13, 2007
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