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A Room of One's Own
4.09
really liked it
This is only the second Virginia Woolf book I have read (shocking, right?). Like the first one (Mrs. Dalloway), I find it a bit difficult to express h ...more
Mar 29, 2012
Aug 15, 2011
 
The Little Stranger
3.51
it was amazing
I don't have to enunciate the sheer brilliance that is Sarah Waters. Those who have read her already know it. Those who haven't need to get acquainted ...more
Jan 12, 2011
Jun 27, 2010
 
The Night Circus
4.03
really liked it
Good but not great. I enjoyed The Night Circus a lot but didn't fall madly in love with it as I expected to, and as many others have.

The Night Circus
...more
Sep 22, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
 
Abandon (Abandon, #1)
3.71
it was ok
Writing this review actually make me sad and guilty because I hate writing anything negative about a Meg Cabot book. I first discovered Princess Diari ...more
May 09, 2011
Nov 02, 2010
 
The Poison Tree
3.65
it was amazing
Following The Secret History, there has been an avalanche of books claiming to be like it or inspired by it. My attention was first drawn to The Poiso ...more
Apr 09, 2011
Nov 16, 2010
 
The Death of Ivan Ilych
4.03
really liked it
Every time I read a Tolstoy, I wonder - how is it that one man seemed to know all about the human condition? The most remarkable thing about Tolstoy i ...more
Nov 2016
Sep 19, 2012
 
The Story of a New Name (The Neapolitan Novels #2)
4.37
it was amazing
My first thoughts after finishing this were:
1. I need to get hold of the next book ASAP.
2. I need to read about more incredible women. Real women. Fl
...more
Jan 21, 2017
Oct 03, 2013
 
Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de' Medici
3.96
it was amazing
Last year, I visited the Medici Palaces in Florence. Walking through Lorenzo's home, I tried to imagine the Renaissance greats like Botticelli, Michel ...more
Jan 07, 2017
Aug 29, 2011
 
Girl with a Pearl Earring
3.84
really liked it
Most of us know the painting, if not by name, but by sight at least. You might have even watched the movie starring Colin Firth (!!) and Scarlett Joha ...more
not set
Jun 27, 2010
 
Exit the Actress
3.83
it was amazing
Being a historical fiction fan, I am always on the look out for new books or new authors in this genre. When I first came across Exit the Actress, it ...more
Feb 06, 2011
Oct 29, 2010
 
The Night Watch
3.67
really liked it
It took me an extraordinarily long time to finish this book. I could not get into it at first. On the top of it, discovering The Song of Ice and Fire ...more
Sep 10, 2011
Jul 06, 2010
 
Tolstoy: A Russian Life
4.14
it was amazing
I found myself saying to a colleague the other day - 'If there really was a God, he would probably resemble Leo Tolstoy.' Blasphemous, I know.

After re
...more
Feb 12, 2017
Sep 22, 2012
 
Commonwealth
3.85
it was amazing
Why is it that the books that have the biggest impact on you are also the hardest to talk about?

I finished Commonwealth on the flight back home to vis
...more
Jan 13, 2017
Oct 01, 2016
 
Family Happiness
3.85
really liked it
Tolstoy, I believe, came to me at just the right point of my life - a year which has been, by far, the most turbulent one in my entire life. After rea ...more
Oct 30, 2016
Oct 18, 2013
 
The Blind Assassin
3.94
it was amazing
"Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge.”

Despite the fact that it has been nearly 10 years since I read this book, th
...more
not set
Sep 19, 2012
 
Michelangelo: His Epic Life
4.31
it was amazing
Michelangelo: An Epic Life by Martin Gayford is an insightful and objective portrait of one of the greatest artists. We are taken into the heart of 15 ...more
Jan 2016
Dec 25, 2015
 
The Yellow Wallpaper
4.11
it was amazing
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a book that (unfortunately) still holds much significance despite being written 200 years ago. Thi ...more
Oct 02, 2016
Oct 02, 2016
 
Frankenstein
3.75
liked it
“No more let life divide what death can join together.”
― Percy Bysshe Shelley, Adonais

Here’s the truth. I didn’t personally connect to Frankenstein b
...more
Nov 08, 2016
May 31, 2010
 
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
4.04
it was amazing
*4.5 Stars*

The Passage was like an exciting, heart-pounding ride. It started off great! Somewhere in the middle, it got a tiny bit boring and seemed t
...more
Sep 02, 2011
Jan 05, 2011
 
The Minotaur
3.57
really liked it
I will start by admitting that I am a shameless Barbara Vine/Ruth Rendell fan-girl. If you find me gushing about her books non-stop , please bear with ...more
not set
May 07, 2011
 
The Book Thief
4.36
it was amazing
*Reviewed by my sister*

I will be truthful. I don't read this sort of book. I am a fantasy lover - always have been. An occasional classic is ok for me
...more
not set
Jun 22, 2010
 
Crime and Punishment
4.18
really liked it
I overcame my apprehension of Russian literature with War & Peace last year. Having fallen in love with Tolstoy, I had to venture into reading Dos ...more
Feb 05, 2017
Sep 19, 2012
 
Giovanni's Room
4.21
it was amazing
Having read this quite some time ago, the details of the plot are lost to me now, but what still remains so strongly in my memory is the aching beauty ...more
Apr 18, 2015
Aug 03, 2012
 
Revolution
4.02
it was amazing
This is the sort of book that makes me go "WOW!" In fact Revolution is one of the 2 books this year, that left me speechless.

Being a book lover , I ha
...more
not set
Oct 09, 2010
 
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
4.12
really liked it
“Life: a constellation of vital phenomena—organization, irritability, movement, growth, reproduction, adaptation.”

That's how life is defined in the m
...more
Nov 23, 2016
Nov 02, 2012
 
Invitation to the Waltz
3.86
it was amazing
What a delightful read! I came across this book due to comparisons with I Capture the Castle, another wonderful coming-of-age book and a favorite of m ...more
Jul 02, 2011
Feb 25, 2011
 
The Lifeboat
3.20
really liked it
Warning: This book is highly disruptive to one's daily routine.

I just couldn't stop reading it, despite the fact that I've exams going on! I had to k
...more
Apr 17, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
 
Affinity
3.72
really liked it
"Sexy, Spooky, Stylish" - that's the blurb on the cover. If I was not a Sarah Waters fan already, I would have picked up the book based on those words ...more
Mar 2011
Nov 28, 2010
 
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
3.74
it was amazing
For much of my childhood and teenage, I was an obsessed lover of mysteries – from Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Mystery Series to Nancy Drew to Agatha ...more
not set
Jun 28, 2010
 
The Distant Hours
3.87
it was amazing
Why is it that books that you love the most are the hardest to describe? I sat in front of my laptop for more than a hour , after I had finished readi ...more
Nov 06, 2010
Jun 27, 2010
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