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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 Demon's Lexicon (The Demon's Lexicon, #1)
3.77
Do not be misled by the dreadfully limpid-eyed young man on the US cover who might appear to be looking for love, because he carries a sword and he's ...more
Jun 07, 2009
Apr 07, 2010
 
A Prayer for Owen Meany
4.21
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
 
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
 
Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)
3.89
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
 
A Study in Scarlet  (Sherlock Holmes, #1)
4.13
I have never read a Sherlock Holmes book in my life so I thought I'd start at the beginning. It's strange meeting a character you'd known all your lif ...more
Mar 10, 2011
Mar 10, 2011
 
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
 
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
 
Gods and Monsters
4.07
**spoiler alert** I can't believe I didn't even know this was a book. I saw the movie years ago, as a double feature with Ed Wood, soon after reading ...more
Oct 02, 2013
Oct 03, 2013
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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 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
 
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 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 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
 
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
 
Chime
3.59
**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
 
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
 
Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad
3.80
Probably like many people who read this book, I also read Alan Sepinwall's "The Revolution Was Televised." It's definitely worth reading both as there ...more
Aug 02, 2013
Aug 02, 2013
 
Coldheart Canyon
3.63
The idea at the center of this book, the room at the center of Katya Lupi's pleasure palace, is a room covered in magical tiles that transport anyone ...more
Jul 21, 2012
Jul 21, 2012
 
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 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
 
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
 
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
 
The Island of Dr. Moreau
3.70
**spoiler alert** Having just been reading about classic horror's use of eugenics, I got the idea to read this classic. I've seen at least one movie v ...more
Jun 03, 2012
Jun 03, 2012
 
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
 
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
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
3.83
**spoiler alert** My enjoyment of this book was a bit sabotaged by having the wrong idea of what it would be like, I think. At first I only knew the t ...more
Feb 13, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
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