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A Tale of Two Cities
Picking up this book was a brave move. The only Dickens I'd ever managed to plod my way through was Great Expectations. My expectations weren't great...more
Apr 09, 2010
Apr 07, 2010
Stolen: A Letter to My Captor
Brilliant idea for a young adult novel. Thought-provoking, particularly considering how often semi-abusive actions can come across as 'romantic' in th...more
Dec 24, 2013
Dec 22, 2013
Gone Girl
Intense, twisted, literary thriller. My eyes hurt from non-stop reading.
And Gillian Flynn can write.
Yes, she can.
Apr 03, 2013
Mar 24, 2013
Novel About My Wife
Well, first impressions: damn the girl can write.

I knew this already. Emily Perkins tutored me in the sixth form. Ok, not actually (that would have be...more
Jul 07, 2011
Jun 26, 2011
A Tale for the Time Being
I loved My Year of Meat so when I saw Ozeki's latest on the booker shortlist I rushed out to buy it.
A Tale for the Time Being is brilliant, intense,...more
Dec 17, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
Jane Eyre
This book is a first love. I was about 15 at the time and it was the first book I ever stayed up all night to read. Literally--7pm to 7am. Couldn't he...more
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Aug 16, 2009
Eleanor & Park
Update 28.01.14: Congratulations, Rainbow Rowell, on your Printz Honor!

March 2013: Ah, I love it. Brilliantly original.
Mar 21, 2013
Mar 24, 2013
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
I was excited to get my hands on this book after rave reviews from so many (including Patrick Rothfuss) and although I can't give it the five stars I...more
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Aug 16, 2011
The Great Gatsby
Re-read June 2013

I don't know what I was thinking. This book is sensational.

5 stars

Old review from 2010:

The Great Gatsby. Another one for the can't be...more
Jun 19, 2013
Apr 13, 2010
Reading Rebecca was fun--it was like a postmodern Bronte novel. It actually felt like a combination of The Great Gatsby, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heigh...more
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Nov 10, 2009
To Kill a Mockingbird
I can't believe it has taken me this long to finally pick up To Kill a Mockingbird. It seems to be a popular choice in American high schools, but not...more
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Aug 16, 2009
Animal Farm
Blatantly political and allegorical fiction usually bugs me a bit. I am often left feeling like a primary school student made to read Aesop's Fables.....more
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Apr 13, 2010
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Brilliant. Thank you, Stephen King.

Favorite lines/passages:

"I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops."

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Mar 25, 2012
The Goldfinch
“And I add my own love to the history of people who have loved beautiful things, and looked out for them, and pulled them from the fire, and sought th...more
Jan 19, 2014
Dec 15, 2013
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
It's actually a 4.5 as the ending was drawn together a little too quickly and predictably, but the first half was awesome! Like Harry Potter in space...more
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Jan 19, 2010
Gaiman binge # 5:

Clever. The more I read the more I think of Gaiman as a modern day (and slightly darker) Lewis Carroll. Neverwhere is London's underw...more
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Jan 01, 2010
Jellicoe Road
Wow. Melina Marchetta where have you been all my life? Amazing.
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Jun 23, 2012
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
Could there possibly be anyone more perfect for the role of Tyrion Lannister than actor Peter Dinklage? Answer: negative. The man is born for the part...more
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Oct 08, 2011
Cloud Atlas
Very impressive. Meaty and satisfying and exceptionally clever. Genre crossing is the new black. And, oh the man can WRITE--nearly in tears over the d...more
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Jul 27, 2012
Gone with the Wind
**spoiler alert** This was definitely the right book to pick after struggling through Shirley. Engaging, interesting from an historical perspective, a...more
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Apr 13, 2010
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
**spoiler alert** The best YA I've read this year. It's early January, but still ;)

A few little gripes, including the fact that at the end no one unde...more
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Dec 13, 2009
The Picture of Dorian Gray
I fully recommend picking up an acclaimed book without having the slightest clue what it's about. It can make for some worthwhile surprises. And in th...more
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Apr 13, 2010
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
June 2014: 3rd read in prep for the release of Isla (14th Aug) Still love it…

Check out Netgalley for a sneak peek of the 1st five chapters of Isla and...more
Jun 10, 2014
Jul 14, 2011
**spoiler alert** This is the first book I've read that made me feel so queasy I had to lie down or risk fainting. Must be getting soft. I'll blame it...more
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Aug 16, 2009
The Fault in Our Stars
I hate cancer books. And cancer stories. I remember watching that terrible movie with Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon when I was a teen and sobbing f...more
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Jul 08, 2012
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Ooh this is good. Was up LATE last night finishing it. Completely freaky concept. I liked that it was written in present tense too--it added to the su...more
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Nov 04, 2009
The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them (Ruby Oliver, #2)
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Jun 06, 2012
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy, #1)
Master storyteller.
Dec 28, 2013
Dec 23, 2013
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
brilliant brilliant brilliant
May 31, 2014
May 24, 2014
The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling
One of my favourites. It's like one of the first novels ever written--you could never get a book like this published now days. Looong, and a lot to ch...more
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Nov 20, 2009
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