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The Last Sin Eater
**spoiler alert** I picked this book up based on the description before I realized it was by Francine Rivers. This book suffered from the same flaws t ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 24, 2010
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
This book won the 1993 Booker Prize. I tend to love Irish authors and books like this one, in which I can hear the brogue in the dialog. This book did ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 20, 2009
Imperfect Birds
**spoiler alert** Anne Lamott does some things really well in this novel, but the story as a whole didn't feel complete enough and some aspects rang f ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 02, 2011
Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2)
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the Outlander series (at least the two I have read so far).

The plots are intensely interesting. The idea
Aug 2012
Aug 23, 2012
My Best Friend's Girl
I really enjoyed this book, which I would categorize as "meaty" chick lit. The main character is flawed but entirely sympathetic and finds her heart t ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 24, 2009
World Below
I found myself not liking the main characters in this book very much and either didn't think the novel had much to say or didn't care for what it did ...more
not set
Jan 20, 2010
What the book is about, according to "Every summer Lin Kong returned to Goose Village to divorce his wife, Shuyu." Lin Kong is a Chinese a ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 23, 2009
Cold Mountain
It took a while for me to get engaged in this long novel, but I was captivated by the time I was half-way through. (I have not seen the movie.)

The pro
Sep 2009
Sep 18, 2009
This book was a grim but insightful exploration of racial tension (and, to a lesser extent, the role of women) in the Mississippi Delta soon after Wor ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 23, 2011
South of Broad
I have mixed emotions about this one ... mostly because the novel itself was a mix of good, bad, and ugly for me.

First, the good: I love Pat Conroy's
Mar 2010
Mar 05, 2010
Sigh. I kind of had a love/hate relationship with this book. (I have not seen the movie Precious based on this book.) On the positive side, the book c ...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
Winter Garden
This book made me cry, which is always a good thing. The characters spoke to me and the "story within the story" added a level of suspense to the nove ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 16, 2010
The Signal
I listened to this novel as an audio book and was pleasantly surprised. It is more of a "guy" book than what I normally read (with a true modern-day c ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 23, 2011
If I could, I'd give this book slightly less than 4 stars (but certainly more than 3). I absolutely loved how the author portrayed the thought process ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 28, 2011
On Chesil Beach
I really enjoyed McEwan's novel Atonement and expected much more from this book. The premise of the book was interesting: it essentially suggested tha ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 07, 2009
Matters of Faith
I enjoyed this well-written novel very much. The author effectively explored how people can go wrong in the name of faith/religion, how unscrupulous p ...more
Jan 2010
Feb 02, 2010
Redeeming Love
**spoiler alert** I would consider this a "guilty pleasure" kind of book for me. I am generally not a fan of traditional romance novels, but read this ...more
Jul 2009
Aug 17, 2009
The Lace Reader
Rather than read this book, I listened to a recorded version (a first-time experience). Once I got past the adjustment of listening to another reader ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 03, 2011
Blindness (Blindness, #1)
I loved the premise of this book and enjoyed the beginning. After that, it fell apart for me. The ending was very dissatisfying. The novel poses many ...more
Jul 18, 2014
Jul 18, 2014
Gilead (Gilead, #1)
This novel is very unique in style, tone, subject matter, and characters. I have never read anything like it and it scores big points for originality. ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 17, 2009
Their Eyes Were Watching God
This was an interesting book for me. I was not bored with the characters, but I had trouble relating to them. The author did not include enough detail ...more
Jan 16, 2015
Jan 16, 2015
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
What surprised me about this book is how it has stuck with me since I finished it. I find myself thinking and talking about it a lot. Part of the reas ...more
not set
Jan 03, 2015
I loved McEwan's writing style and character development and will definitely explore his other works. This book came close to earning 5 stars, but I w ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 17, 2009
When Madeline Was Young
The premise of this book is interesting: Madeline is a newlywed woman who suffers a brain injury and is left with the mental capacity of a young child ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 23, 2011
The Inheritance of Loss
I struggled to get through this book. The plot moved almost unbearably slowly for me and I found it easy to put down until the last 30-50 pages.

On the
Sep 2009
Sep 10, 2009
I really liked this novel. At several points, I was very surprised by the plot twists (including in the very first chapter, when the main character di ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 02, 2011
Station Eleven
Gaah! This book left me so frustrated! I read it on my Kindle and failed to pay attention to what percentage of the book remained; I was too engrossed ...more
Dec 04, 2014
Dec 04, 2014
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)
Cormac McCarthy's poetic prose and style makes for some dense reading sometimes. He is likely to throw in words most readers won't know or short conve ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 17, 2009
Heart and Soul
Maeve Binchy is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. All of her novels genuinely have "heart and soul." I am in love with her humor, the Irish ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 19, 2010
Plainsong (Plainsong, #1)
I actually would rate this one at 3.5 stars, if I could.

There were some characters I absolutely adored and they were one-of-a-kind. The approach of th
Apr 2010
Apr 12, 2010
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