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This book is not for everybody. If you're one of those people who hates Jane Austen because she wasn't bold enough, well, then you've got your own set ...more
Jul 2004
Aug 18, 2007
Fallen (Fallen, #1)
I curse the day I ever set eyes on this book. I'll tell you why: it's just a confirmation of how horrible crap with hollow characters just gets churne ...more
May 2010
May 30, 2010
Three Junes
There are a lot of beautiful things about this book, but to be honest, it gets weighed down by the whiny primary character, Fenno, who has the longest ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 27, 2007
The Season

Where should I start? With the fact that the characters sound nothing like they belong in the early 1800s? Or with the fact that the author uses
May 2009
May 12, 2009
Mr. Darcy's Daughters
Oh, brother. Bad idea, Lady. I saw that one other reviewer wrote that she was pretty sure that Mr. Darcy would have drowned several of these character ...more
Jan 2007
Mar 13, 2008
The cover of this book is misleading -- I think that's upsetting a lot of readers, and that's probably fair. While the book IS set mainly on a beach i ...more
May 2012
Jun 13, 2012
The Darcys & the Bingleys: A Tale of Two Gentlemen's Marriages to Two Most Devoted Sisters (Pride and Prejudice Continues, # 1)
To be completely honest, I'm surprised so many of the reviews on here were as positive as they were. I found this book to be beyond idiotic, and when ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 27, 2009
Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Wow -- an Austen spin-off that didn't make me want to die!? Well done, Mrs. Halstead! Actually, all foolishness aside, it's really a great story that ...more
Jul 15, 2009
Jul 12, 2009
Darcy's Passions: Pride and Prejudice Retold Through His Eyes
I found this completely ridiculous. I really did. I feel like it was too modern in how much it showed us of certain situations, it was linguistically ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 16, 2009
Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran
I couldn't put this one down, like many of the other reviewers. I remember seeing the video footage of Saberi as she was being held, and it was really ...more
May 2010
May 12, 2010
Lydia Bennet's Story: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Oh, Lydia. La, you are so silly.

It's always an interesting undertaking, picking up a Jane Austen spin off. It's hard not to picture Jane Austen herse
Dec 2008
Jan 11, 2009
Flirting with Pride and Prejudice: Fresh Perspectives on the Original Chick-Lit Masterpiece
Can we please stop calling Austen's work Chick-Lit? It's degrading to one of the world's greatest authors, as is the whole concept of taking stories a ...more
Oct 06, 2009
Sep 26, 2009
Baby Island
Yeah, this is sort of a weird book. I get that. But I don't care. It will always have a very affectionate spot in my heart. This is the edition I had ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 22, 2010
A Taste of Honey: Stories
I loved the compact elegance of this book -- the characters are so vividly drawn, and things come together in a way that tells you about the whole of ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 31, 2010
My Fake Boyfriend Is Better Than Yours
Whatever. It was fine.
Oct 2010
Oct 29, 2010
Lost Crafts
This is a really beautiful book in every way. It looks beautiful, and its goals are beautiful: to highlight the sorts of "crafts" people did out of ne ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 08, 2009
The Virgin Suicides

Really. Wow. How did he do this? What made him think of it? And, again, how?

This book is really amazing, not just because of the invention: five
May 2007
Aug 18, 2007
A Polish Son in the Motherland: An American's Journey Home
There are moments when things feel a little too documentary in this book. For example, when the author begins to list his findings, paragraph-style, a ...more
Mar 09, 2008
Mar 05, 2008
Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy
This book might seem like a sort of frothy concept, but it's compulsively readable, and really interesting. Aside from being incredibly stylish in and ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 19, 2009
Dory Fantasmagory
It's difficult to say what's best about this book -- the excellent illustrations that help to build the world of Dory? The hilarious tone? The indefat ...more
Nov 2014
Nov 06, 2014
This is Pride and Prejudice from the servants' side, and really, it's a cool, interesting take on what hoping for love would be like from the other si ...more
Dec 2013
Mar 02, 2014
Any Which Wall
One of the strangest things about reading children's books as an adult is trying to shut off your adult brain. Most of the time, it's easy enough. Thi ...more
May 2012
May 20, 2012
Community: The Structure of Belonging
I had to read this book for class, and thus had something to which I needed to connect its contents: libraries. I think you do need an anchor for your ...more
Oct 2009
Nov 02, 2009
Northanger Abbey
This novel doesn't necessarily have the charisma that other Austen novels do, but it still got in my head the way all of her work does. You're doing t ...more
Jun 2008
May 26, 2008
Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)
You know what? This totally worked for me. It's funny to be reading so many paranormal witch/wizard/vampire/fallen angels at their last chance school. ...more
Jun 2010
Jun 24, 2010
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)
I wish this book had existed when I was a teenager. I love Gemma Doyle, and how genuine she is, how earnest, and honest a character -- she not perfect ...more
Oct 2008
Jan 11, 2009
The Education of Bet
I feel a little stingy giving this book two stars, but for better or for worse, I'm becoming harder to impress when it comes to YA books. There are so ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 08, 2010
1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Lists exist for all kinds of reasons. Groceries, things you gotta do, etc. And with the proliferation of books about things you need to read, see, do, ...more
May 2010
May 12, 2010
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
What an incredible book! I feel like it does so many amazing things, not the least of which is give us an interesting, different, vital look at what i ...more
Oct 2008
Jan 12, 2009
The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy
If you ever wondered what would happen to Lizzie Bennet in the modern world -- the advantages she'd have, the clothes she'd wear, the career path she ...more
Jan 2010
Mar 21, 2010
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