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Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Loved it. If you are having Hunger Games withdrawal, this is your fix. Unfortunately, it's impossible not to compare the two. They both are fast paced...more
May 26, 2011
May 07, 2011
The Snowman (Harry Hole, #7)
(3.5 stars) I usually like to start at the beginning of a series but The Snowman was getting so much hype I decided I couldn't wait to read 6 books to...more
May 30, 2011
Jun 04, 2011
The Music Lesson
Patricial Dolan is a woman in living in pain - her marriage is over after her daughter is killed in a car accident and she no longer knows how to conn...more
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, # 1)
Somewhere along the way I missed the memo that this was a Young Adult book. Which doesn't mean I won't read and enjoy it but it made me realize that I...more
Jun 22, 2011
Jun 16, 2011
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
I liked the first book but wasn't as wowed as the rest of the world so I started to wonder what I missed. The second book is definitely more of the sa...more
Feb 11, 2011
Feb 12, 2011
The Last Werewolf
If The Last Werewolf were to teach me one lesson it would be this - to stop reading all the over hyped "it" books the minute I hear about them and get...more
Jul 30, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
The Night Watch
The Night Watch centers around four main characters - Viv, her brother Duncan, her co-worker Helen, and Helen's friend Kay. The setting is London arou...more
Jul 25, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
The Paris Wife
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The writing is fairly straightforward, written almost entirely in Hadley Hemingway's voice telling he...more
May 20, 2011
May 22, 2011
Little Boy Lost
I am such a sucker for packaging! These Persephone classics are so beautiful - squarer than the average paperback with a cover flap...I just couldn't...more
Aug 23, 2011
Aug 31, 2011
This is actually a pretty hard book to review because it is really only half of a story. I can only imagine how frustrating this book would be if some...more
Nov 22, 2011
Nov 28, 2011
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
I am not even going to write a full review of this book since I just saw the entry by Tina (perhaps the longest, most thorough book review I've ever s...more
Feb 18, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
The Invisible Bridge
Disappointing and painfully long.

Let me start by saying that I have no doubt that Julie Orringer's grandparents went through the ultimate hell in WWII...more
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 27, 2011
The Blasphemer
There is a LOT going on in this book. Religion vs science, bravery vs cowardice, plane crash, WWI, father and son relationships, middle eastern prejud...more
Apr 17, 2011
Apr 14, 2011
The Wasp Factory
The Wasp Factory is a literary Rorschach test. How does it feelt to say you enjoyed a book where the main character kills his younger brother and cous...more
Aug 28, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
The City & the City
I like my science fiction "light". I'm generally not interested in aliens, space exploration, crazy futuristic technology (dinner in the shape of a pi...more
Jan 19, 2011
Jan 14, 2011
The Curfew
With very few words, Jesse Ball is able to convey oppression, fear, grief, love, and hope in his dystopian novel, The Curfew. Written in a spare forma...more
Jul 21, 2011
Jul 20, 2011
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss
When Edmund de Waal inherits a collection of Japanese netsuke (small hand carved figurines), he decides to trace its past back to when it first entere...more
Apr 24, 2011
Apr 17, 2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad
"Time is a goon" Is this a real expression? I wonder if Jennifer Egan loved her title so much that she had to think of a way to work it into the story...more
Jan 22, 2011
Jan 19, 2011
Faceless Killers (Kurt Wallander, #1)
**spoiler alert** Swedish murder mysteries are all the rage thanks to Steig Larsson. Is long time mystery writer Henning Mankell irritated that Steig...more
Jan 27, 2011
Jan 19, 2011
Townie: A Memoir
Townie really took me by surprise. The first 100 pages were interesting to me because they referenced places I know (at one point Andre lived around t...more
Feb 13, 2011
Feb 12, 2011
The Call: A Novel
This is a novel told in the format of a daily Call Log, a year in the life of a small town Veterinarian, David Appleton. Each entry starts with header...more
Oct 21, 2011
Oct 18, 2011
Old School
I know that Old School is a "good" book and probably worthy of 4 and maybe even 5 stars and yet, there was something about it that left me a little co...more
Sep 02, 2011
Aug 29, 2011
All Clear
And I thought the first book was indulgent - someone travel back in time and get Connie Willis a new editor!!
Lurking in these 641 pages is a good sto...more
Dec 15, 2011
Dec 15, 2011
A Thousand Cuts
A Thousand Cuts is a story of bullying that leads to a school shooting. And, as if having one person getting relentlessly bullied wasn't enough to dri...more
Mar 06, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)
3.5 stars...teetering on 4....having a hard time balancing great writing with overall enjoyment level.
I love writing that doesn't spoon feed the reade...more
Nov 02, 2011
Oct 27, 2011
Super Sad True Love Story
I've been putting off this review for a while because I can't decide what I want to say about this near future dystopian love story.
Shteyngart does a...more
May 13, 2011
May 07, 2011
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
Only David Mitchell can take spit globules, gout, puss, blood letting, beatings, anal exploratories, overall bad hygiene, and organized rape and turn...more
May 08, 2011
Apr 24, 2011
Good Evening, Mrs Craven: The Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes
I bought this book because I loved the packaging - a small square paperback with cover flaps showing a detail of the painting A Queue at the Fish Shop...more
Aug 06, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
The Postmistress
I started out really enjoying this book and wanted to give it 2.5 stars because I thought that the first half was an absorbing description of London d...more
Apr 03, 2011
Mar 27, 2011
The Go-Between
Thirteen year old Leo spends the summer of 1900 with his wealthier school friend, Marcus, at his family estate. I have never been a thirteen your old...more
Aug 21, 2011
Aug 03, 2011
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