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The White Devil
3.39
This book has an interesting premise--Andrew, an American teenager, gets sent to Harrow after a brush with hard drugs and winds up the focus of a stal ...more
Jul 30, 2014
Jul 30, 2014
 
Coffins
3.29
**spoiler alert** This book never really grabbed me. Set on the eve of the Civil War, it's about a non-practicing doctor who goes to visit his friend, ...more
Aug 05, 2015
Aug 05, 2015
 
The Day of the Triffids
3.98
A classic that I'd never read, it's a really efficient end of the world story that's refreshingly free of zombie plagues. Here the shuffling hoards ar ...more
Jun 16, 2015
Jun 16, 2015
 
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts
4.04
I kept wanting this book to be better as I read it. I assume the author was a journalist--it had that feel to it. Everything was reported in detail, b ...more
Jan 11, 2014
Jan 11, 2014
 
Lair of the White Worm
2.92
I had associated this book with the Ken Russel movie. I haven't seen the movie, but knowing it's Ken Russel I assumed it would be crazy. But probably ...more
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
 
Ammie, Come Home (Georgetown, #1)
3.92
I've never read anything by this author that I remember, but I'm not sure how I missed her growing up. Ammie, Come Home is a classic ghost story--a be ...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 28, 2012
 
Exodus from the Alamo
3.04
Having just started a project where I have to research the Alamo, this was a difficult book to start with because Tucker's work is obviously being wri ...more
Aug 03, 2012
Aug 03, 2012
 
The Custom of the Country
4.00
Edith Wharton does it again. Custom of the Country is a story of a girl just smart enough and just ignorant enough and just spoiled enough (way spoile ...more
Apr 22, 2011
Apr 24, 2011
 
The Submission
3.65
**spoiler alert** Although this book definitely sucked me in at times, I felt let down at the end of it. One reason is that for some reason I really d ...more
Dec 14, 2013
Dec 14, 2013
 
The Night Circus
4.01
**spoiler alert** As I was reading this book I was trying to think of the best thing to compare it to...my mind often went to a very rich piece of cak ...more
Jan 12, 2012
Jan 12, 2012
 
The Black Robe
3.55
Like most of Wilkie Collins's books, The Black Robe is full of plots and counter-plots, and secrets both important or important-to-Victorians-but-noth ...more
Feb 08, 2013
Feb 08, 2013
 
Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)
3.88
SRB continues to be the master of making me laugh through a book and then punching me in the gut (make that stabbing me in the gut with a golden knife ...more
Sep 20, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
 
Sacrilege (Giordano Bruno #3)
3.91
Good mystery set in Elizabethan England. The detective is an Italian ex-monk on the run, pursued by shadowy forces because of his heretical notions. H ...more
Sep 05, 2014
Sep 06, 2014
 
The Confessions of Nat Turner
3.95
Having finished this book, I'm hesitant about what I want to say about it. It was definitely interesting and I was drawn into the characters, but in t ...more
Jun 12, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
 
The Poisonwood Bible
3.99
**spoiler alert** When I'm checking the number of pages in a book and being disappointed it's got so much more to go it's probably a sign I'm not enjo ...more
Sep 26, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
 
Long Lankin
3.73
Like many people, I love the old song "Long Lankin" and have spent a lot of time wondering about the many questions it raises, such as: why exactly di ...more
Oct 02, 2012
Oct 02, 2012
 
Hideous Progeny: Disability, Eugenics, and Classic Horror Cinema
4.20
Surprisingly engaging and even more disturbing, Hiedeous Progeny looks at classic horror films of the 30s in the context of eugenic ideas and practice ...more
May 29, 2012
May 30, 2012
 
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
4.06
Once when I visited an old, perserved display from the Worlds Fair 1900 on "the wonders of electricity." You sat in a room that changed as the lights ...more
Nov 09, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
 
The House of Mirth
3.93
A friend of mine described this book as being like the main character is doing one of those "Choose your own Adventure" stories and at every crossroad ...more
Feb 11, 2011
Feb 12, 2011
 
The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay, #1)
3.59
If you're an upper class Brit, even from the colonies, and you start getting bored with life you can often count on getting swept up into some adventu ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 01, 2011
 
Black Sheep
3.93
Georgette Heyer is one of those authors I always heard about and seemed to write the type of books I'd like, but somehow I'd never gotten around to re ...more
Mar 22, 2012
Mar 23, 2012
 
Chime
3.60
**spoiler alert** I found myself fighting this book a lot. On one hand, the writing was objectively often really beautiful and I had to admire the voi ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
 
Team Human
3.57
I knew this book was going to kill me. Because it's hilarious--and with a great mystery besides--but it's also about friendship being irrevocably chan ...more
Jul 15, 2012
Jul 15, 2012
 
We Need to Talk About Kevin
4.05
I'm not sure what I felt about this book. Other reviews seem to suggest it usually gets responses at one extreme or the other, but I felt pretty detac ...more
Sep 11, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
 
Atonement
3.85
I saw this movie a while back and found it really interesting but totally unsatisfying. Reading the book was really eye-opening. It's a classic case o ...more
Dec 09, 2011
Dec 09, 2011
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
Well, from the emotional reactions I'd always seen referred to about this book I knew it was going to be grim, and grim it was. By the end our heroine ...more
May 05, 2011
May 05, 2011
 
The Woman in Black
3.65
**spoiler alert** Mostly picked this one up after having seen the play and the movie. Of the three, I think the play does the best job with this class ...more
Aug 03, 2012
Aug 03, 2012
 
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
4.01
**spoiler alert** Having just finished this book, I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. Jacob De Zoet arrives in Dejima as Dutch trading clerk, where ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 01, 2012
 
A Prayer for Owen Meany
4.22
Never read any John Irving, so this was a first. I'm not sure how I thought about it. Parts of the book were certainly engaging, but I felt myself res ...more
Jun 12, 2013
Jun 12, 2013
 
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)
3.78
**spoiler alert** I've been reading a lot of fantasy YA lately, and reading so many in a row has left me a little impatient with teen girls who are "o ...more
Jan 21, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
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