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A Single Man
Very rarely does a film entice me to read the novel afterwards, but this one did. It is a short day-in-the-life story about an English professor, Geor ...more
Dec 12, 2010
Dec 08, 2010
The Shadow of the Wind
I wonder if it is a good idea to read reviews on this website prior to diving into a book. The ratings were so wonderful that my expectations were set ...more
Mar 14, 2009
Jan 30, 2009
The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine
This book gives new meaning to the term control freak. Bronsky has such a unique, fresh voice - she is fast becoming a favourite.
Apr 03, 2012
Mar 25, 2012
Pigeon English
I like a book that plays with language. You might want to start by having a quick look through the glossary before reading. The narration by an 11-yea ...more
Oct 27, 2011
Oct 22, 2011
Cutting for Stone
Definitely a 5-star read. One of the most interesting plotlines that I have read in a long time, and the characters were perfectly developed. I can't ...more
Mar 2009
Feb 13, 2009
The Day the Falls Stood Still
Niagara Falls was my favourite character in this book. I wasn't quite as awestruck with the love story, but did enjoy it. Based loosely on a real rive ...more
Nov 28, 2009
Aug 31, 2009
July's People
It took me several kick-starts to get into this book as the prose demanded complete focus. Gordimer's writing style made it hard to figure out who was ...more
Jan 29, 2010
Jan 23, 2010
I feel a bit silly writing a review about Middlemarch - let's just say I am very happy that I took the time finally to read it.

Loved the tongue-in-che
Aug 14, 2009
Jul 26, 2009
Black Water
I believe that Joyce Carol Oates shows great genius. This short but powerful book was disturbing to read – so I’d have to say that even though I appre ...more
Mar 30, 2009
Mar 28, 2009
Broken Glass Park
Europa Editions always brings something different - this is a rough, authentic, Russian immigrant experience taking place in Frankfurt. I loved the fe ...more
Mar 23, 2011
Mar 20, 2011
Howards End is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home
Sign me up for a similar reading project, all I'm missing is the farmhouse in Gloucestershire and the endless number of books on my bookshelves. I def ...more
Dec 16, 2010
Dec 08, 2010
The Quickening Maze
I enjoy discovering new authors (to me) by reading selections from the Booker lists. A melancholic poetic book set in a mental asylum in Victorian Eng ...more
Dec 25, 2009
Dec 21, 2009
On the Beach
Not a good selection to read at the same time as North and South Korea are shooting at each other..however, maybe everyone should read it. I find old- ...more
Nov 25, 2010
Nov 23, 2010
The Outlander
The Outlander was a Canada Reads 2009 selection, and I think it is a fantastic book. Set in 1903 somewhere in western Canada, a young woman murders he ...more
May 31, 2009
May 27, 2009
The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy
First travel-lit book about Italy that I found bland and joyless. Ironic considering it describes the author's "quixotic" journey to discover beauty. ...more
Nov 21, 2010
Nov 18, 2010
Nineteen Seventy-Seven (Red Riding, #2)
unique style, brutal, very confusing read.
May 16, 2010
May 12, 2010
The Wisdom of Donkeys: Finding Tranquility in a Chaotic World
Donkeys are amazing creatures - kind, gentle, trusting, calm, and very strong. Let's hope they are also forgiving after the way humans have treated th ...more
Apr 06, 2009
Mar 23, 2009
Breaking Lorca
Not what I was expecting, but it turned out to be a good read. I selected this title thinking it would one in his series of mystery/thrillers, but it ...more
Jun 06, 2009
Jun 06, 2009
Barnacle Love
Five stars to the first half of this book told from the perspective of Manuel Ribelo after being washed up on shore in Canada and his previous life in ...more
Jun 20, 2009
Jun 17, 2009
The Slap
I guess this is supposed to be satire, but three hundred years from now, some poor soul might read this and believe that middle-class suburbanites in ...more
not set
Sep 05, 2010
Mr. Shakespeare's Bastard
I enjoyed the many levels of storytelling and the amount of historical details that went into writing this book. A very enjoyable read!

Last year I sta
Nov 29, 2010
Nov 25, 2010
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I have been looking forward to reading this book and I wasn't disappointed. Not literary by any means, just an enjoyable escape into post-WWII times. ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 02, 2009
A Passage to India
Last week, a man sitting next to me on a plane asked me if this was the first time I had read this book - and I thought, hey I like you because you ar ...more
Jun 19, 2010
Jun 12, 2010
The Weird Sisters
This has all the components needed to make a terrific comfy read: university town, book-loving family, great coffee shop and yes even baked bread. It ...more
Feb 27, 2011
Feb 23, 2011
The Sisters Brothers
One of the most entertaining books I've read all year. People refer to this as a Western, but it isn't the ranch-hand "Howdy Pardner" sort of Western. ...more
Nov 06, 2011
Nov 03, 2011
When Will There Be Good News? (Jackson Brodie, #3)
Kate Atkinson is a good writer - I enjoyed the characters very much and will probably seek out and read the first two books in the series. The difficu ...more
Mar 04, 2009
Feb 26, 2009
The Sentimentalists
I watched the author accept the prize and really liked her - when reading the book I couldn't help but cast her in the role of the daughter. For some ...more
Jan 12, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
Wayne/Annabel is a hermaphrodite - talk about growing up unique. This book takes a fascinating look at gender identity, and how we deal with isolation ...more
Apr 22, 2011
Apr 18, 2011
Summer Will Show
The main character, Sophia Willoughby, leaves her privileged Victorian life in England to follow her wayward husband to Paris. There she finds happine ...more
May 12, 2010
May 05, 2010
A Dance to the Music of Time: 1st Movement
On a recent holiday to London we decided not to be too touristy and spent our time walking the streets and soaking up the feel of the city. We actuall ...more
Nov 03, 2011
Oct 27, 2011
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