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Bad Behavior
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
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
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 Seven Sisters
My first Margaret Drabble. It's hard to say why you don't pick up an author sometimes - none of her books appealed to me more than what was already on ...more
Jan 15, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World
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
Something Fresh (Blandings Castle, #1)
Here is the reason I never (OK - never say 'never' - very rarely) give up on books. I have tried Wodehouse several times, with no success - none, not ...more
Apr 14, 2015
Apr 14, 2015
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
No question this was a five star read for me. High quality writing, heavy on the storytelling and characterization, which is what I prefer. The book h ...more
Sep 16, 2014
Sep 16, 2014
Men Explain Things to Me
Five star writing overall but I found the collection of essays a little disjointed together. In fairness, they were not written as a collection. The t ...more
Dec 03, 2014
Dec 03, 2014
Tales of the City (Tales of the City, #1)
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
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
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
Interpreter of Maladies
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 Tortilla Curtain
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
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
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 L-Shaped Room
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
The Beautiful and Damned
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
The Ghosts of Belfast (Jack Lennon Investigations #1)
I don't often stay up late finishing a novel, but I did with this one. I did so knowing that what had already been a gritty, violent read was gearing ...more
May 11, 2014
May 08, 2014
Book of Longing
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
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
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
44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street #1)
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
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
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
Me Before You
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
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
Death of a Red Heroine
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
Burial Rites
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
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
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
Forever, Erma
Having never been around these articles when they were first published, but often having heard the name Erma Bombeck, I was curious enough to respond ...more
Sep 16, 2014
Sep 16, 2014
Francis Bacon: 1909-1992
I bought this book after viewing the 'Terror and Beauty' Bacon and Moore exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario. I wish they had sold tiny copies of ...more
Dec 18, 2014
Dec 18, 2014
Thomas Jefferson: Author of America
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
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