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A Thousand Splendid Suns
4.30
While trying to rate this book I discovered that there is quite a big leap from three stars to four stars. From "i liked it" to "i really liked it".

I...more
Jun 2007
Jul 27, 2007
 
Wake
4.15
From one of New Zealand's finest writers, Wake is mesmerizing. If you are new to Knox, she comes with two warnings: 1) She's unafraid of exploring the...more
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Dec 16, 2013
 
The Sound Of Butterflies
3.34
It took me a while to find a way in to writing a review of this wonderful book. I felt that the fact that the author is one of my most treasured frien...more
Jul 2006
Jul 27, 2007
 
The Poisonwood Bible
3.97
One of Doris's favorites. I also think Barbara Kingsolver is a great writer. I love her short stories and thought that Prodigal Summer was stunning. I...more
Feb 2001
Jul 30, 2007
 
The Inheritance of Loss
3.36
It took me far too long to get to this book. Now I can't wait to get my hands on "Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard". The characters are vivid and despi...more
Jan 23, 2009
Jan 22, 2009
 
Eat, Pray, Love
3.42
I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected. It was both funnier and better written than I expected.

There were an awful lot of recognisable mome...more
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Sep 12, 2007
 
The Girl Below
3.09
I loved The Girl Below. A haunting debut novel in which a young woman slips back in time to solve the mysteries of her childhood, including an inciden...more
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Mar 22, 2012
 
Northern Lights (His Dark Materials, #1)
3.88
Rachael and Mary have been telling me to read this Philip Pullman series for years and I finally came across the full set in the Catholic Relief Servi...more
Jun 2007
Aug 03, 2007
 
Dream Work
4.49
I was given this book in February by a woman who must have seen right though me and known exactly what my dehydrated little soul was crying for. I was...more
Feb 2007
Jul 27, 2007
 
The Fall of Light
4.03
Sarah Laing has a particular skill for observing the small details of characters and settings that make them both complex, believable and unforgettabl...more
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Jul 03, 2013
 
Love at the Speed of Email
3.81
A funny, poignant and deeply insightful book about - amongst other things - the rarity of humanitarian moments in humanitarian work, the complex conce...more
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Jul 17, 2012
 
A Man Without A Country
4.05
I can't quite believe I took so long to discover Kurt Vonnegut.

This book, which is a collection of essays on life, family, politics and the dire stat...more
Jul 2007
Jul 27, 2007
 
Half of a Yellow Sun
4.20
Ngozi Adichie has produced a stunning first novel, tackling the harrowing subject of the Nigerian/Biafran civil war. Her characters are poetic and yet...more
Jan 2008
Jan 10, 2008
 
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
3.92
Jenny Lawson is brave, funny & smart and her book is all that and more. Highly recommeneded.
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Jul 17, 2012
 
On Beauty
3.60
I liked many things about this novel - some of Zadie Smith's sentences are drop dead gorgeous and the adult characters in this novel are engaging, fla...more
Feb 2007
Aug 03, 2007
 
Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier
4.17
I have to confess that I found Sharon's section of this book easier to read, and from time to time skipped over Professor Thurman's more academic pros...more
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Sep 28, 2013
 
Sea Fever
3.88
A funny, honest, brave memoir about dating, love, motherhood, the transformative power of 1980’s dance moves and the highs and lows of sailing across...more
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Sep 06, 2012
 
Journal of a Solitude
4.19
I adore May Sarton's prose. Her writing is so stripped down and raw, so deeply honest and simple. This year has been, in very many ways, a year of sol...more
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Nov 22, 2007
 
Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time
3.91
Still reading but here is an initial note - this is not a hard read. Do not hesitate to read this because you think it will be heavy or complicated. A...more
Nov 24, 2007
Jul 27, 2007
 
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
4.15
I've been working (with rather mixed results) on a daily writing practice and a daily seated meditation practice all year. Natalie Goldberg was the fi...more
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Nov 22, 2007
 
Water for Elephants
4.05
I actually didn't read this book. I listened to a fabulous reading of it on my iPod and got completely absorbed in Jacob's story to the point where I...more
Jan 10, 2008
Nov 24, 2007
 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
4.56
As soon as the magic book flight arrives in Ghor I'll be starting in on this so please - no spoilers in the meantime.
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Jul 30, 2007
 
The Picture of Dorian Gray
4.01
Not that it isn't brilliantly written, just a bit too much of the dark side of humanity for me to loooove it.
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Sep 19, 2007
 
The Color Purple
4.13
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Sep 19, 2007
 
The Red Tent
4.13
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Jul 18, 2012
 
Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook
4.08
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Sep 06, 2012
 
The Handmaid's Tale
3.98
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Sep 06, 2012
 
The Corrections
3.73
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Sep 19, 2007
 
The Vintner's Luck
3.88
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Sep 19, 2007
 
The Lovely Bones
3.71
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Sep 17, 2007
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