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The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts
4.05
it was amazing
There are far too many characters and events to offer a sensical summary, but I'll give it a shot. We're in an imaginary South American country where ...more
Jul 26, 2012
Jul 01, 2011
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.31
it was amazing
Anthony Doerr's book of short stories, Memory Wall, is an all-time favorite of mine. My expectations for this novel were tempered somewhat by its supe ...more
Jan 13, 2015
May 01, 2014
 
Cloud Atlas
4.01
it was amazing
"Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies, an' tho' a cloud's shape nor hue nore size don't stay the same, it's still a cloud an' so is a soul. Who ca ...more
Jan 29, 2013
Jul 16, 2012
 
Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War
3.82
it was amazing
As the subtitle says, this is about three women's experiences as members of the Indiana National Guard at home and at war from 2001 until about 2013. ...more
May 2015
Oct 20, 2014
 
No One is Here Except All of Us
3.32
liked it
This novel has a unique tone and is certainly a new take on the World War 2 theme, but I wanted to like it more than I did. The idea of an isolated vi ...more
May 20, 2012
Jul 14, 2011
 
The House with the Blind Glass Windows
3.88
really liked it
My heart ached the whole time I read this novel - for Tora especially but also for her mother, for her aunt, for her friend Sol and Sol's mother. Thes ...more
Sep 24, 2012
Sep 21, 2012
 
The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, the Accident
4.29
it was amazing
I am glad to have read all three of Wiesel's stories at once. The first, Night, is the one everyone has read (and now me too, finally!) and the others ...more
Mar 08, 2013
Feb 24, 2012
 
The Killer Angels (The Civil War Trilogy, #2)
4.30
really liked it
Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize winner about the battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War. The novel follows the generals and other high-level office ...more
Nov 30, 2012
Nov 27, 2012
 
Mrs. Dalloway
3.78
it was amazing
There is a lot going on here, but two things stood out to me most especially. First, the ongoing discussing of aging and death - how they impact life ...more
Nov 30, 2014
Nov 23, 2014
 
A Prayer for Owen Meany
4.22
it was amazing
This is my third reading of A Prayer for Owen Meany, and the last time was about a decade ago. I've counted it among my favorite books for a long time ...more
Jan 31, 2015
Apr 03, 2009
 
Lady Chatterley's Lover
3.48
liked it
I didn't dislike this as much as I feel like I was supposed to. Sure, the last quarter or so was obnoxious, and the characters were hard to like - par ...more
Mar 11, 2017
Jul 08, 2009
 
The Word for World Is Forest
3.90
really liked it
A quick read. A beautiful, lush world and a tragic but ultimately redemptive story about men exploiting the environment and other people.
Mar 25, 2017
Mar 25, 2017
 
Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)
3.87
liked it
"I hope I would have done everything differently, except I know everything would have turned out the same. That's the meaning of fate."

This is a swee
...more
Dec 28, 2014
Jan 13, 2015
 
King Lear
3.89
liked it
I've read and enjoyed a lot of Shakespeare's plays, but this was my first reading of King Lear. I found it to be a very odd play. The action, includin ...more
May 10, 2015
May 06, 2015
 
The Path of Daggers (Wheel of Time, #8)
3.90
liked it
I'm still enjoying the story and all the nuances, but I have a hard time maintaining interest in the endless power struggles of all the characters. Ev ...more
Nov 22, 2013
Nov 10, 2013
 
In the Shadow of the Banyan
4.04
really liked it
I received this debut via FirstReads - and I'm excited to have gotten it! It's an excellent debut on a fascinating topic. It suffers from the typical ...more
Jun 15, 2012
May 04, 2012
 
Hiroshima
3.93
it was amazing
"It seems logical that he who supports total war in principle cannot complain of a war against civilians. The crux of the matter is whether total war ...more
Sep 13, 2015
Jul 29, 2015
 
The Forever War
4.11
really liked it
This is micro-level narrative about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dexter Filkins spent much of his time between 1998 and 2006 in the countries, wr ...more
Dec 29, 2011
Jul 05, 2011
 
War and Peace
4.10
it was amazing
I was astounded by how very accessible and readable this book is. Is it long? Yes. A time commitment? Absolutely - my edition has over 1300 pages. But ...more
Jan 18, 2013
Oct 18, 2010
 
Little Bee
3.69
really liked it
Despite a few misgivings I have about style and structure, this is a very good story, rife with thought-provoking themes (fear, sacrifice, the role of ...more
Dec 04, 2014
Apr 28, 2010
 
Leaves of Grass
4.12
really liked it
This is Walt Whitman's poetry book. Early in his life (1850s) it was first published as a slim volume, and over his lifetime he continued to add to it ...more
Jan 22, 2013
Jul 06, 2011
 
The History of Love
3.91
really liked it
Krauss has woven a very complex story here, with twists and turns and numerous characters on three different continents. In addition to this challenge ...more
Jan 2012
Jul 05, 2011
 
The Good Muslim
3.63
liked it
There were parts of this book that really worked for me and other, unfortunately bigger, parts that really didn't. I'll start with the negative and en ...more
Nov 08, 2013
Feb 27, 2012
 
The Kreutzer Sonata: And Other Stories
3.87
it was amazing
In each of these four stories, written over the course of fifty years, Tolstoy's themes are what love really is and the discovery of that meaning over ...more
Dec 15, 2013
Nov 24, 2013
 
The Attack
3.79
really liked it
This novel tells a really important story and contains a lot of truths and explanations that helped me understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in ...more
Sep 06, 2014
Mar 19, 2014
 
March
3.73
really liked it
Brooks has a wonderful knack for character-driven narrative, and her deep, deep research into her topics bring her novels to life. March is not only a ...more
Apr 04, 2013
Apr 06, 2009
 
The Book of My Lives
4.09
it was amazing
In writing these essays about his life, there are a few intertwined ideas that Hemon continuously comes back to. First, there is the role of place in ...more
Jun 30, 2014
Jun 25, 2014
 
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
4.29
liked it
ALERT: I semi-spoil the ending below. No details, just the valence of the ending, but be forewarned.

I've read Ender's Game twice now. Having just fini
...more
Oct 30, 2013
Apr 16, 2009
 
The Memory of Love
3.87
really liked it
It took me nearly 100 pages to really get into this novel. The style is mainly short, choppy descriptive sentences, setting scenes and describing acti ...more
Jan 21, 2015
Feb 20, 2011
 
The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4)
4.21
liked it
At this point I'm continuing to read the series because I'm totally immersed in the story. It's epic and interesting and has happy endings to each lit ...more
Jan 08, 2012
Jan 01, 2012
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