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really liked it
I know. Just look at the cover, right? Please allow me to explain.

I was reading a review for some book (I've forgotten which one), and one of the revi
Jul 30, 2011
Jul 05, 2011
These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901, Arizona Territories (Sarah Agnes Prine, #1)
did not like it
Not only does the book sound intriguing, but the ratings on Goodreads are amazing - the average rating is 4.45 and 56% of readers gave it 5 Stars.

Jun 22, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
Tipping the Velvet
it was ok
Set in Victorian England, “Tipping the Velvet” is about the sexual awakening of Nancy Astley/Nan King. The book follows her journey from an innocent y ...more
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 08, 2012
Sarah Canary
really liked it
Fowler is best known as the author of "The Jane Austen Book Club." Based on that book, I had dismissed the author as a chick lit w
Aug 21, 2011
Jul 11, 2011
really liked it
Set in Zambia, “Patchwork” tells the poignant story of Pumpkin, a bastard child who grows up to become an emotionally tormented woman. The novel opens ...more
Feb 19, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
Tam Lin
liked it
“Tam Lin” is an ancient Scottish ballad that tells the story of how Tam Lin is rescued from the Queen of the Fairies by his true love, Janet. The firs ...more
Apr 03, 2011
Feb 12, 2011
The Reinvention of Love
liked it
When I first heard about this book, which was just published last month, I got a bad case of "I want." The author's "The Lost Gard
Aug 07, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere
liked it
“Life can be changed in just one fateful moment.” These are the words printed on the cover of “I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere” and they ...more
Jul 12, 2012
Jun 30, 2012
Witch Light
it was amazing
Scotland, late 1600s. Corrag’s mother, like her mother before her, has been accused of witchcraft and sentenced to die. Corrag flees into the wilderne ...more
Jul 03, 2012
Jun 30, 2012
it was ok
James Hillyer travels from Canada to England to visit his daughter, Susan, who has been diagnosed with cancer. While there he encounters Gabriel Fonta ...more
Oct 12, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
August Frost: A Novel
liked it
Quaint and quirky….those are two good adjectives for this book. Though not as accomplished as Roffey’s later work (The White Woman on the Green Bicycl ...more
Aug 24, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
liked it
The style of "Rebecca" has echoes of Austen and the Brontës, yet it is also remarkably modern and it is apparent the influence du Maurier had on futur ...more
Aug 18, 2012
Aug 14, 2012
Bel Canto
it was ok
“Bel Canto” is poorly written and sweeter than cotton candy. The only reason I bothered to finish it was because it won the Orange Prize for Fiction. ...more
Jan 15, 2012
Dec 24, 2011
No One is Here Except All of Us
really liked it
I received an ARC of this book for review from Goodreads First Reads program.

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life,” wrote author Virginia Woolf.

Feb 02, 2012
Dec 31, 2011
An Honourable Man
it was ok
One word to describe how I felt about this book: frustrated.

First, I knew nothing about the historical events on which this is based, and I didn't fe
Feb 27, 2012
Jan 20, 2012
The Snow Child
it was amazing
It is the 1920s, and Jack and Mabel have moved to Alaska to homestead and to escape the shame and sadness of being unable to bear children. And then o ...more
Apr 10, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
really liked it
The plot of Consolation is essentially this: a man falls headlong into a mid-life crisis after learning of the death of a childhood friend. But as alw ...more
Jul 17, 2012
Jul 13, 2012
The View From the Seventh Layer
it was amazing
This collection of short stories is simply sublime. There is something about the author’s voice that brought to mind the way one would approach a frig ...more
Jan 10, 2014
Jan 04, 2014
The Drowning Girl
it was amazing
It's like...someone resurrected Virginia Woolf but she came back kinna twisted, like the animals in Pet Sematary. Awesomeness.
Sep 21, 2013
Sep 19, 2013
really liked it
“Tom-All-Alone’s” is an atmospheric murder mystery set in Victorian London that is essentially Dickens’ “Bleak House” told from a different perspectiv ...more
May 04, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
Report to the Men's Club and Other Stories
liked it
“Report to the Men’s Club” is a collection of short stories by Carol Emshwiller that spans her career from 1977 to 2002. I was curious about Emshwille ...more
Feb 15, 2014
Jan 23, 2014
The Fields of Eden
liked it
I found this book at a thrift shop for 25 cents, thought it sounded like an interesting novel about pioneers, and figured I could use it to cross Oreg ...more
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 18, 2011
Sugar Island
it was ok
I have a bit of an obsession with Fanny Kemble (1809-1893). She was an English actress and author who married Pierce Butler, a Georgian plantation own ...more
Sep 09, 2012
Sep 08, 2012
The Last Summer
really liked it
Clarissa Granville is a naïve dreamy girl who has lived an idyllic and isolated childhood at Deyning Park, the family’s estate in the English countrys ...more
Sep 2012
Aug 29, 2012
The Hunter
really liked it
In “The Hunter” by Julia Leigh, a man goes into the wilderness to hunt the elusive Tasmanian tiger, the thylacine. Doesn’t sound very interesting, doe ...more
Mar 31, 2012
Dec 29, 2011
liked it
I first encountered this title when searching for fantasy novels based on Norse mythology. I rather quickly dismissed it, however, because almost no o ...more
Oct 14, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
A Taste of Blood Wine (Blood Wine, #1)
really liked it
First, let me ‘splain about this book.

When I was in my ‘20s, I went through a vampire-obsessed phase (as girls of that age are wont to do). Fortunate
Feb 08, 2014
Jan 18, 2014
Speaks The Nightbird, Volume 2: Evil Unveiled (Matthew Corbett, #1.2)
did not like it
The Carolinas, 1699. The newly founded town of Fount Royal is facing a rash of disasters - murders, arsons, failed crops, illness. In desperation, the ...more
Jul 25, 2012
Jul 21, 2012
Cloud Atlas
it was amazing
David Mitchell is a GENIUS. That's one of my primary thoughts about Cloud Atlas.

But Mitchell never gets in his own way. So often in experimental/postm
Aug 04, 2012
Jul 30, 2012
The Art of Disappearing
it was amazing

Toby Warring is a magician. Not a "pull a rabbit from the hat" magician, but one who has the ability to reach
Feb 06, 2011
Feb 04, 2011
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