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Pride and Prejudice
4.23
Abandoned!

I tried this in audio with two formats, and read a bit. In the first the reader did not have a pleasant voice - stuffy and with a nasal soun
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Jan 2010
Oct 20, 2009
 
The Signature of All Things: A Novel
3.78
Original review posted on Layers of Thought.

A wonderful, engaging historical fiction novel that has the science of botany as a key element. It has an
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Aug 06, 2014
Jun 09, 2014
 
Let the Right One In
4.06
As Americans we "love" vampires. So much that in fact what was once horrific has become almost an "icon". Specifically, there are vampire novels of ev ...more
Jun 2009
Mar 04, 2009
 
Willy
4.26
Original review posted on Layers of Thought.

A disturbing and poignant coming of age story with elements of suspense and psychological terror which ver
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Apr 17, 2011
Feb 20, 2011
 
The Penelopiad: The Myth Of Penelope And Odysseus [Unabridged]
3.61
Original review posted at Layers of Thought.

This story is from the perspective of “the other” - a marginalized female character in the myth. It is tol
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May 10, 2011
Dec 28, 2010
 
Night Pilgrims (Saint-Germain, #26)
3.87
Original review posted at Layers of Thought.

Shellie’s quick take: It’s a stand-alone historical fiction novel that has horror and romance elements wit
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Jul 20, 2013
Aug 05, 2013
 
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)
3.98
Original review with additional links posted at Layers of Thought.


A sweet and whimsical tale with images of strength, valor and courage. It’s a poeti
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May 12, 2011
May 16, 2010
 
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
4.10
I really enjoyed this fast moving, young adult novel. I love strong female characters and fantasy so this was an easy read for me.
I would recommend it
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Apr 09, 2009
Mar 02, 2009
 
The Afflicted Girls
3.66
Original review posted at Layers of Thought.

Actually 4.5 stars.

When two young friends, both orphans, arrive in Salem MA in 1692, the litigious and imb
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Jan 15, 2011
Jan 11, 2010
 
Uglies (Uglies, #1)
3.87
This was a fun and easy read, with a strong main character whom is a female - Yeah! I wish there had been science fiction like this when I was younger ...more
Apr 2009
Mar 04, 2009
 
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
4.01


4.5 stars actually

The original copy of this review with additional links is posted at Layers of Thought, including a link to an interview on NPR.

Tire
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Jun 20, 2010
Nov 20, 2009
 
Serena
3.57


A historical fiction novel set during the Great Depression in the Appalachian Mountains. Pemberton, one of the main characters, is a wealthy young log
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Oct 2009
Mar 09, 2009
 
The Inverted Forest
3.47
4.5 stars actually - so very close to a five!
Original review posted at Layers of Thought.

A perfect summer novel for those looking for something with a
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Jun 09, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
 
Wuthering Heights
3.79
4.5 star rating.

Original review with additional information and pictures of the Yorkshire Moors at Layers of Thought.

A classic masterpiece that is an
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May 05, 2011
Jul 09, 2010
 
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession
3.36

I would give this book 4.5 stars. Highly recommended.
This is an intriguing and psychologically complex book. Written by journalist Allison Hoover Bart
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Oct 29, 2009
Sep 11, 2009
 
Kafka on the Shore (Contemporary Fiction)
4.12
Original review posted at Layers of Thought.

A complex, fantastical novel with philosophical musings and literary tropes discussed throughout. Translat
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Dec 26, 2011
Dec 11, 2009
 
Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being
3.82
2.5 starts actually.

The adage: "getting old is not for sissies" should be the subtitle for this book. Although Weil does so kindly and realistically t
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May 24, 2011
Sep 24, 2011
 
Wood
3.72
Original review posted at Layers of Thought.

A metaphorical and darkly hilarious novella about an environmentally poisoned wood where a ravenous monste
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May 29, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
 
Frankenstein
3.71


Synopsis: (may contain spoilers for some)
This story is a well know horror classic and is an epistolary novel. It is written as a series of letter from
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Oct 2009
Aug 03, 2009
 
Those Across the River
3.62
Original review posted at Layers of Thought.

A historical gothic thriller set during the great depression in the rural south. It has a thread which lin
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Nov 04, 2011
Sep 03, 2011
 
Fahrenheit 451
3.95
Mini Synopsis: This is a classic dystopian science fiction novel written by a “Grand Master” of the genre. It tells of a future world where books are ...more
Jan 1979
Feb 03, 2009
 
Bitter Greens
4.07
Original review posted at Layers of Thought.

A wonderful women’s historical fiction story set in Renaissance Italy and France, layered with the fairyta
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Oct 2014
May 07, 2012
 
More Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason
3.92
Original series review posted at Layers of Thought.

If you love books and lists, and are an eclectic reader, you will adore this series. Each recommend
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Jun 27, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
 
The Book of Lost Fragrances (Reincarnationist, #4)
3.66
Original review posted at Layers of Thought.

The latest page-turning stand-alone story in M.J. Rose’s Reincarnationist series. Fragrance plays a key r
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Mar 20, 2012
Oct 31, 2011
 
Eddie: The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe
4.13
3.5 stars actually
Original review with links and more posted at Layers of Thought.

An adorable mystery for middle grade readers – especially boys! It h
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Sep 27, 2011
Aug 18, 2011
 
Benny & Shrimp
3.33
Mini Synopsis:
Benny is a thirty something, single, hard working, Swedish dairy farmer living on his failing family farm. His mother whom worked dilige
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Aug 2009
Jul 18, 2009
 
My Story
4.07
I've always liked Marilyn Monroe - she did sexy with such innocent grace. As this is punctuated through the book as she describes her survival of a ve ...more
Mar 21, 2009
Mar 19, 2009
 
The Oracle of Stamboul
3.50
4.5 stars actually.
Original review with additional historical bits at Layers of Thought.

A poetic page turning historical début with an unusual and pre
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Mar 15, 2011
Jan 21, 2011
 
White Horse
3.51
Original review posted at Layers of Thought.

The first in a planned trilogy, it’s a stream of consciousness styled apocalyptic tale with alternating ti
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Apr 15, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
 
The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
4.40
**spoiler alert** Actually 4.5 stars.

Basic Plot Summary: (may include spoilers for some readers however the middle and ending are not revealed)

Mistbor
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Aug 31, 2009
Mar 04, 2009
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