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Midnight's Children
4.01
I had mixed feelings about this book. The prose is dense, cumbersome, and you get the feeling that Rushdie really doesn't care if you like his style....more
May 28, 2011
May 15, 2011
 
Independent People
4.18
I bought this book while traving in Iceland a year ago... it's a rugged, volcanic, truly beautiful place, and this epic story transported me back. Esp...more
Jan 31, 2011
Jan 21, 2011
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.41
Sometimes you just want a fast-moving story, not too deep, with plenty of action. This is that kind of book.
It's pretty much "The Running Man," for p...more
May 09, 2011
May 08, 2011
 
All the Time in the World: New and Selected Stories
3.52
I had high expectations, which was, I think, my downfall.
I enjoy Doctorow's writing style, which is fluid and lovely. But I felt as if I missed the p...more
Apr 09, 2011
Apr 01, 2011
 
Interpreter of Maladies
4.09
If you don't think you like short stories, this is the author for you. I almost gave it five stars, but I really felt her newer collection, Unaccustom...more
Jan 21, 2011
Jan 19, 2011
 
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
4.00
I loved this book for so many reasons, and was crushed when it had to end. Mitchell brings to life a place and time I never knew about: the Dutch trad...more
May 07, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
 
The Submission
3.66
The premise is intriguing-- what would happen if the anonymous designer of a 9/11 memorial turned out to be Islamic? Bitter debate and violence ensue....more
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
 
The Remains of the Day
4.09
This book grabs you right from the beginning and it's hard to put down. Not because of any crazy hijinks, but because you are forced to watch Stevens...more
Jan 19, 2011
Jan 17, 2011
 
A Student of Living Things
3.20
Interesting characters and some unusual plot twists. It's a mix of murder mystery, love story, and family drama. Fairly quick to read, with a bit of s...more
Mar 2011
Feb 10, 2011
 
The Art of Racing in the Rain
4.15
Meh. I had the sneaking suspicion during much of the book that my emotions were being manipulated, effectively but a little clumsily. Not unlike the s...more
Feb 18, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
 
Cloud Atlas
4.02
What a ride! I found the connections between the stories and the mirror-image chapter setup to be clever, not gimmicky as they could easily have been....more
Dec 28, 2010
Jan 06, 2011
 
The Talented Mr. Ripley (Ripley, #1)
3.90
After reading the reviews, I really thought I'd like this book. It was well-written, the setting in 50's Italy was fab; I just couldn't find any way t...more
Jul 2010
Jan 07, 2011
 
Let the Great World Spin
3.90
I was incredibly sad to finish this book, with its lovely writing style and characters so real you feel you know them. Lots of books lately are a seri...more
Nov 2010
Jan 06, 2011
 
The Host (The Host, #1)
3.85
**spoiler alert** The premise is creative and the plot is fast-paced. Unfortunately, the last third (and the ending) were not satisfying. I mean... th...more
Jun 27, 2011
Jun 23, 2011
 
A Gate at the Stairs
3.12
Started out well, with a fresh voice. Unfortunately, I found the main character to be whiney, and her inner dialogue repetitive, after the first half...more
Aug 2010
Jan 06, 2011
 
McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories
3.53
I only read about half the stories, which were hit-or-miss. The ones written by King and Mitchell were excellent. The rest... meh.
Jun 10, 2011
May 30, 2011
 
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
3.80
How refreshing to read the Henry-Anne story from an entirely new point of view (new for me, anyway). Mantel makes Thomas Cromwell into an immensely li...more
Jun 23, 2011
Feb 10, 2011
 
Fine Just the Way it Is
3.74
Heart-breakingly well-written, as usual. Each story presents a tiny world, so complete and vivid despite the short format of the stories. I hate gratu...more
Jul 11, 2011
Feb 10, 2011
 
Freedom
3.67
Yeah, Franzen clocks you over the head with his politics; yeah, his characters are insufferable louts. But he sure writes compelling fiction, and I ha...more
Jul 07, 2011
Jan 07, 2011
 
True Grit
4.11
What a fabulous story! It's got action, suspense, deliciously written characters, and it's *funny*, which I did not expect. Everyone, literally everyo...more
Jun 30, 2011
Feb 10, 2011
 
Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1)
3.63
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Jul 08, 2013
Jun 17, 2013
 
Atonement
3.83
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Mar 25, 2010
 
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4.16
None
Jan 2010
Mar 25, 2010
 
The Book Thief
4.37
None
Jan 2010
Mar 25, 2010
 
A Confederacy of Dunces
3.87
None
Jan 2009
Mar 25, 2010
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
3.84
None
Jan 2009
Mar 25, 2010
 
Watership Down
4.02
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Mar 25, 2010
 
Atlas Shrugged
3.66
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Jun 1995
Mar 25, 2010
 
Girl With a Pearl Earring
3.80
None
not set
Mar 25, 2010
 
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
4.26
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Mar 25, 2010
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