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The House I Loved
I LOVED Sarah's Key. Didn't everyone? It was an incredible book -- evocative, tragic and compelling. So I was hesitant to read a followup, terribly af ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 15, 2012
Life After Life
This is NOT an easy book to read. Because the stories intermingle and the scenes jump around in time, the reader has to stay alert just to follow the ...more
Dec 08, 2014
Dec 09, 2014
A House in the Sky
I'll admit I was determined not to like this book. I probably picked it up five times in a bookstore and left without it. It was recommended at least ...more
Feb 03, 2015
Feb 07, 2015
Someone Else's Love Story
Someone Else's Love Story is Joshilyn Jackson's best book to date. It's about a single mother who gets caught in a convenience store during a botched ...more
Dec 02, 2013
Dec 13, 2013
Broken Harbour (Dublin Murder Squad, #4)
One of the job hazards of writing fiction is that you lose the ability to just read a book, as a reader rather than an editor. Little mistakes leap ou ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 15, 2012
When God was a Rabbit
What I will remember from When God Was a Rabbit are the characters. All of them. They were all deeply flawed, wonderful, real people. People I came to ...more
Jan 21, 2013
Jan 23, 2013
Second Nature
I *loved* The Deep End of the Ocean, but this one just didn't work for me.

First, I don't consider it a love story. The first part was almost an anti-l
Jan 2012
Jan 23, 2012
A Bad Day for Scandal (Bad Day, #3)
Sophie LIttlefield is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Her protagonist, Stella Hardesty, is so deliciously beyond the limits of what's allowed in ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 14, 2012
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)
A Discovery of Witches is about Oxford Scholar Diana Bishop (descended from Bridget Bishop, famous for being executed for witchcraft in Salem). Diana ...more
Jan 08, 2013
Jan 08, 2013
I read this because of Michael Cunningham's letter to the New York Times about the fact that the Pulitzer Prize folks didn't award a prize for fiction ...more
Jul 2012
Aug 14, 2012
Fascinating glimpse into the world of megachurches and televangelism -- neither of which has ever had any appeal for me but which were utterly compell ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 23, 2013
A Bad Day for Mercy (Bad Day, #4)
I read this in less than two days, right on the heels of Bad Day #3, A Bad Day for Scandal. I have to say ... once again, Sophie Littlefield has not l ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 14, 2012
Elizabeth Is Missing
Delightful -- and heartbreaking -- book that shows what it might feel like to be trapped inside a brain sliding into Alzheimer's. Elizabeth is Missing ...more
Oct 27, 2014
Dec 09, 2014
Handle with Care
I was right there with her, buying into the story and turning every page like my oxygen was one page over ...

Right up to P. 472, at which I started ch
Jun 2012
Aug 14, 2012
The House Girl
**spoiler alert** Both story lines of the House Girl -- the slave Josephine in 1852 and the attorney Lina in 2004 -- are compelling and well drawn. Bo ...more
Dec 09, 2013
Nov 18, 2013
The Book of Blood and Shadow
Compelling story of a geeky high school girl who stumbles into international intrigue when her best friend is discovered dead and her missing boyfrien ...more
Feb 19, 2013
Feb 23, 2013
The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #5)
Tana French never lets me down.

The Secret Place is the fifth book in the fabulous Dublin Murder Squad series -- and it's my favorite since The Likene
Jan 2015
Feb 07, 2015
Snow Angels
Stewart O'Nan has done it again: written a remarkable story about fairly quiet events. In this case, it's about the tragic murder of a man's former ba ...more
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Jun 03, 2012
The Flight of Gemma Hardy
Charming nod to Jane Eyre, The Flight of Gemma Hardy follows an unlucky young girl who is orphaned at age 3, all but orphaned again at age 10 when her ...more
Feb 21, 2013
Feb 23, 2013
The Secret Keeper
Kate Morton never lets me down, and this is my favorite so far (with Forgotten Garden a very close second). I was fascinated from beginning to end, an ...more
Dec 31, 2012
Jan 05, 2013
Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones, #1)
Yes, I'm coming very late to this party -- far too late to be considered fashionable -- but I can definitely see what the fuss was all about. Bridget ...more
Feb 15, 2013
Feb 23, 2013
Life of Pi
Unbelievable book. I avoided this one because it got so much buzz, but that was my mistake. One of the most original books I've ever read. Martel brea ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 05, 2013
Sea Change
I love Karen White, and this was one of my favorites. I was spellbound, caught up in the place and people. When I'm transported by a book, and complet ...more
Aug 16, 2012
Aug 17, 2012
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Powerful and sweet tale about the naive son of the new Commandant at Auschwitz. I would have liked this more if I'd realized up front that it was a fa ...more
Jul 2013
Aug 07, 2013
The History of Love
Exquisite story about the power of love and writing. A Jewish old man, dying alone and unknown in New York City, thinks about WWII and his survival, h ...more
not set
Dec 07, 2011
The Other
I wish I hadn't read the flyleaf of this one. It lead me to expect a different book from the one David Guterson actually written -- and I loved the bo ...more
not set
Jun 03, 2012
The Family Fang
Delightful tale of adult children who finally rebel against their parents' shenanigans. I wish I could write this kind of humor -- dark but not sarcas ...more
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
The Age of Miracles
Brilliant book, and completely original. I was fascinated especially by the believable prediction of how the slowing would affect life. And I thought ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 05, 2013
Aftertime (Aftertime, #1)
I could not put this down. I was completely immersed in the story the entire time, without once blipping out because of a minor problem in the writing ...more
Nov 16, 2013
Nov 15, 2013
The Ice Queen
Exquisite tale about ... ah, but there's virtually nothing to say that isn't a spoiler since every single chapter is a delightful surprise waiting to ...more
not set
Jun 03, 2012
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