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One out of the park for me - a complete surprise. It was a book club read that others had finished before I started, foolishly I read some of the comm ...more
Mar 23, 2013
Jan 02, 2013
Crow Lake
One way to tell if I have enjoyed a book is as I near the end I purposely slow my reading down. I don't want my relationship with the characters to en ...more
May 05, 2010
Apr 30, 2010
I struggled with this story - mainly due to the way Jessica was being treated by her own family. For some reason the writing came a bit close to the b ...more
Dec 27, 2012
Dec 22, 2012
The Distinguished Guest
At 72 Lily finds literary fame after publishing her memoir. She appears to have been a polarizing woman with strong views on racial integration, relig ...more
Mar 13, 2014
Mar 07, 2014
The Letters
Recently I read an excellent article by Jenni Russell posted here on Goodreads via The Guardian. It was about the experience of reading and the partic ...more
Feb 04, 2012
Aug 27, 2010
Eleanor & Park
Ok so wow just wow.

I decided this looked like it was worth a try, after reading one of my random never met but have similar reading taste goodreads fr
Oct 27, 2014
Jul 08, 2013
I have been saving this book for when I needed it and I needed it this week. My current university paper is compulsory, if I am to continue with my ch ...more
Mar 29, 2012
May 06, 2011
A Walk on the Beach: Tales of Wisdom From an Unconventional Woman
I am a little out of step with this one compared to others. Many who have reviewed this book appear to have read Joan Andersons other books and liked ...more
Aug 19, 2014
Jul 18, 2013
Iris And Ruby
I frequently find that my self chosen reading material is a good barometer of how much is going on in my life at any given moment. The light stuff rep ...more
Jul 16, 2011
Oct 10, 2009
A Tale for the Time Being
I love the play on words that the title is - I didn't get it until I finished the book. Although I am not sure what this suggests about my intelligenc ...more
Aug 02, 2014
Jul 14, 2014
A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)
As an adult reading this for the first time, some of the shine that would have been there for the younger me has dissolved. In part due to life experi ...more
Aug 14, 2010
Oct 20, 2009
Love Walked In
A beautiful little love story which explores mental health and its devastating impact on those closet to the source.

I feel I got this book the wrong w
Dec 17, 2014
Apr 23, 2010
Such a lovely little read which turned out to be a lot more than the back cover suggests. Over the years I have read various columns penned by Helen B ...more
Oct 16, 2012
Oct 12, 2012
Digging to America
The best thing about Anne Tyler is that when you finish one book there will always be another waiting for you when you need it. I adore the way her bo ...more
Sep 21, 2014
Sep 08, 2014
A Dangerous Vine
I am not sure if this book would be as enjoyable to those not from New Zealand.

It is set in New Zealand in the 1950's and attempts to look at some of
May 09, 2009
Oct 31, 2009
The Road
Bleak, dystopian apocalyptic tales have never really been my thing, but conforming, ticking books off the 1001 must read list and reading my monthly b ...more
Mar 06, 2015
Feb 28, 2015
I read my first Neil Gaiman last year and felt I needed more…….

Now at the end of my second, reflecting on it merits and distractions I have come to th
Jan 31, 2015
Jan 24, 2015
Prodigal Summer
I liked this book a lot - very refreshing after some of Kingsolver's other books. It tells the story of several intertwining neighbours in a small far ...more
Aug 17, 2012
Jul 27, 2012
Balancing Act
A busy few months with lots of mind scrambling must do's on an ever growing list! So at the airport heading home a few days before my birthday with th ...more
Nov 28, 2014
Nov 28, 2014
The Language of Flowers
I knew nothing about this book when I picked it up at a jumble sale for $2, the blurb appealed, foster child with a passion for flowers and their mean ...more
Jul 10, 2014
Jun 10, 2014
Eat, Pray, Love
Thank goodness I have finished this……… took forever and was rather an effort. I stumbled upon a recent TED talk by Elizabeth Gilbert and was impre ...more
Jun 10, 2014
May 09, 2014
A Long Slow Affair of the Heart: An Adventure on the French Canals
One of the great things about book clubs is getting to read books you would never choose your self - this is one of those books. I most certainly woul ...more
Mar 10, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
The Book Thief
I admit to having expectations about this book, sometimes this is not a good thing.....

Once I started to read I was cautious and felt it was not reall
Oct 25, 2009
Oct 18, 2009
Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study
Phew this was a bit of a slog - really really interesting but not a fast read. Much of what George Vaillant had to say was profound and useful both pe ...more
Apr 18, 2014
Mar 29, 2014
Goodbye Sarajevo
It never ceases to amaze me the level of horror, degradation and deprivation humans continue to put on one another in the name of some pumped up right ...more
Sep 14, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
Every time I picked up this book I found myself singing Lana Del Rays song by the same name. Strangely it would be the perfect haunting theme song if ...more
Sep 2013
Aug 22, 2013
The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)
This book is a breath of fresh air, quirky, fun and a just a little bit special.

Don Tillman is our delightful protagonist, who clearly sits somewhere
Nov 06, 2014
Oct 28, 2014
This book is disturbing on many many levels and frankly one that I do not have the stomach for.

I find I am utterly dismayed at those who come from a f
Apr 21, 2014
Dec 13, 2009
Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs
This is a book I have wanted to read for such a long time - and bliss it is my real life book club read for November!

I can't wait but I have two to r
Nov 25, 2011
Nov 21, 2009
I'm Here to Win: A World Champion's Advice for Peak Performance
Initially I felt this to be self indulgent and was overwhelmed by the hefty dose of Chris McCormack's enourmous ego. However for what ever reason I pe ...more
Sep 29, 2012
Sep 21, 2012
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