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Bad Behavior
3.95
This collection of stories is difficult to pin down effectively enough to give a rating to. I finally settled at four stars because the writing is so...more
Apr 21, 2010
Apr 19, 2010
 
Twelve Years a Slave
4.16
A powerful and deeply disturbing book. Like Holocaust accounts, it unsettles because of the terrible light it shines on humanity. Some figures step fo...more
Nov 16, 2013
Nov 17, 2013
 
One Summer: America, 1927
4.07
Once again Mr Bryson knocks it out of the park. On the surface of it I wasn't really that interested in the history of Summer 1927. Lindbergh? Give me...more
Feb 08, 2014
Oct 01, 2013
 
The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World
3.88
Had this been a print book rather than an audio book I would never have finished it. As it was I ploughed through, with the book never quite deliverin...more
Feb 27, 2014
Feb 28, 2014
 
Mortality
4.11
Heart-rending, inspiring and quietly shocking. The shock didn't come from Hitchens' beliefs, nor from his refusal to budge from them. As he said, if t...more
Nov 11, 2013
Nov 13, 2013
 
Misery
4.01
Riveting stuff from Mr King as ever. I started this one thinking I'd take a few weeks to get through it but ended up finishing it in a day because I j...more
Dec 06, 2011
Dec 08, 2011
 
Tales of the City (Tales of the City, #1)
4.08
I couldn't quite justify classifying Tales of The City as 'Short Stories' rather than a novel but it had that feel of linked short tales - hence the n...more
Oct 08, 2013
Oct 08, 2013
 
The Poisonwood Bible
3.97
I can't imagine why it took me so long to get round to reading this haunting, beautiful book. I'd personally have to place it on the Masterpiece shelf...more
Jun 07, 2012
Jun 07, 2012
 
The Tortilla Curtain
3.64
I love TC Boyle's writing style but this is the first novel of his I've tried. I'm not sure what I'm more amazed by - the idea, the writing, the plot....more
Oct 03, 2011
Oct 03, 2011
 
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
3.92
Loving Marquez more and more with each work I pick up. Once again he effortlessly pulls the reader into the story. The character we end up knowing lea...more
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 31, 2011
 
Interpreter of Maladies
4.09
I started this collection a few times and couldn't quite get through the first story: A Temporary Matter. In part, this was because I hadn't quite adj...more
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 29, 2013
 
The L-Shaped Room
3.87
It must be more than 10 years since I read this book, originally bought for me by my mother but lent out somewhere on life's path. It was appropriate...more
Apr 19, 2010
Apr 18, 2010
 
Pure
3.56
Andrew Miller's 'Pure' has a feel of 18th/19th c. French literature but with a very modern flair to the writing style. I wanted to criticize it for no...more
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
 
The Beautiful and Damned
3.76
I'm not sorry I read this book but couldn't honestly say I enjoyed it. There are moments of very good (not great) writing in it and a lot of poor writ...more
Mar 04, 2014
Mar 01, 2014
 
Book of Longing
4.08
I love Leonard Cohen's music but I think of him primarily as a musician. In the poem 'Titles' Cohen asks: "... and now Gentle Reader/in what name/in w...more
Dec 30, 2013
Dec 29, 2013
 
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
4.13
Another surprise entry onto my TBR pile from the '14 books to read before they hit the big screen' article. On the surface not at all my book (I shoul...more
Jul 02, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
 
44 Scotland Street
3.60
Apparently inspired by Maupin, this novel/ collection of stories/ gentle meander through Edinburgh life was very enjoyable. The best book I ever read?...more
Jan 05, 2014
Dec 30, 2013
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
4.05
Although I'd been warned about the slow start to this book, I really enjoyed the pacing. I tire of thrillers that race through from start to finish wi...more
Oct 24, 2010
Oct 24, 2010
 
Me Before You
4.34
I'm still reeling from the emotional roller coaster that was reading this book. I would never have read it had it not been that one of the Goodreads B...more
Jan 07, 2014
Dec 30, 2013
 
Sima's Undergarments for Women
3.23
Probably somewhere round 3.7 stars for me. Well written and almost unsympathetically written at times, and I suspect that's why some readers have such...more
Dec 15, 2011
Dec 09, 2011
 
Burial Rites
4.01
Whilst not the lightest read of my year, this was one of the best. It was uncomfortably immersive, oppressive at times, but beautifully written. The s...more
Dec 22, 2013
Dec 13, 2013
 
Death of a Red Heroine
3.78
A rare find. I don't even remember how I heard of this book but luckily I unearthed a treasure. Essentially it's a police procedural set in Shanghai i...more
Jun 2012
May 22, 2012
 
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
4.08
I chose this book solely because I was headed to Las Vegas to celebrate my 50th birthday and wanted a Nevada/ Vegas book to read as we travelled. So g...more
May 24, 2013
May 15, 2013
 
Thomas Jefferson: Author of America
3.87
I've been a fan of Christopher Hitchens for a while. His writing style is deceptively simple but every line oozes the kind of knowledge I yearn to pos...more
Jul 2012
Jul 08, 2012
 
The Killer Inside Me
3.94
Not difficult to see how this author inspired Stephen King. A few chapters in, it's hard to believe it's not Stephen King writing. The author has the...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jul 25, 2013
 
The Deep Blue Good-By (Travis McGee #1)
3.92
This was probably the most unusual way I'd chosen a book in a while. I searched for Florida-based books before a trip to Fort Lauderdale and although...more
Mar 11, 2013
Mar 02, 2013
 
Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark is Rising, #1)
3.83
Having got half way through The Dark is Rising, foolishly thinking that was the first book in the series, I stepped back to read this. It did feel a l...more
Apr 2013
Mar 24, 2013
 
The Guards (Jack Taylor, #1)
3.93
A quirky read, to say the least. I picked it after watching Blitz and really enjoying it. There were moments of complete surrealism and at the end I s...more
Aug 22, 2013
Aug 15, 2013
 
Greenwitch (The Dark is Rising, #3)
3.95
I've stretched my rating to four stars, mainly to reflect my overall enjoyyment of reading the series. Greenwitch brings together the somewhat diverse...more
May 25, 2013
May 25, 2013
 
Telling Tales
4.31
As I hear Alan Bennett's voice in my head whenever I read his books, it didn't seem too much of a leap to download an audio edition of this book. I ne...more
Jan 10, 2014
Jan 10, 2014
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