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A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar
Well, I tried.

A little more than halfway into this, I realized that I wasn't enjoying it, I didn't care about any of the characters, and I was much be
Jun 11, 2013
Jun 14, 2013
A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories of History's Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors
This book, which is shelved in the "History" section of my library, would be better off in "Historical Fiction." Michael Farquhar writes things about ...more
Apr 2011
May 11, 2011
The Twin's Daughter
This book has a good premise. It does. And the cover is really cool. But the book doesn't live up to the cover or the dust jacket blurb.

Basis: Spoiled
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May 04, 2011
The Breath of God: A Novel of Suspense
This book was terrible.

I didn't read the whole thing, just flipped through it in about half an hour, and I still understand the entire plot. The chara
May 22, 2011
May 22, 2011
I, Elizabeth
If Elizabeth was really the petulant, screaming, angry witch presented in this pitiable novel, then I doubt she would have succeeded so well on Englan ...more
Sep 27, 2012
Sep 27, 2012
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
I couldn't finish.

The first hundred pages were great, don't get me wrong. Jane fascinated me; her "voice" was clear and strong and her personality cam
Dec 03, 2011
Nov 11, 2011
The Woman in White
I have picked up this book at least three times intending to read it straight through. I have never succeeded.

These pickings-up (and prompt puttings-d
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Sep 10, 2011
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (Jane Austen Addict, #1)
I HATE this book. It is an insult to Jane Austen. It's using Austen's name as a moneymaking device, a franchise, a cheap ploy to get me to buy Laurie ...more
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Apr 28, 2011
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
I don't think I can rate this because I didn't finish it. Didn't, actually, get more than fifty pages into it.

The reason I couldn't make myself read a
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Jul 22, 2012
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Yet another book that I got halfway through and then skimmed to the end. It's becoming an epidemic.

In this case, though, I feel perfectly entitled to
Jun 20, 2012
Jun 21, 2012
To Dance with Kings
After three hundred pages I gave up.

This isn't because I don't like long books. I do. Emma, Gone With the Wind, The Once and Future King - all long bo
Jul 06, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette
This was such a disappointment - especially because it could have been so good. SJN is a good writer on good days; Ahab's Wife is a very interesting b ...more
Jun 07, 2012
May 28, 2012
The Duchess
From all of the enthusiastic reviews of both the book and Georgiana's personality on the back of the book, I expected it to be "hugely entertaining" ( ...more
Jun 06, 2011
May 23, 2011
My Life in France
It took me several agonizing weeks to realize that I was not enjoying this book, did not want to finish it, and would rather read Mastering the Art of ...more
Oct 08, 2011
Sep 23, 2011
A Reliable Wife
Someone ordered me to read this, and going into it I should have known I wouldn't like it. The premise didn't sound interesting, the writing didn't lo ...more
Mar 2011
Nov 04, 2011
Park Lane
First, "books appealing to Downton Abbey fans" is NOT a genre. I don't know how any self-respecting writer could take that seriously.

Second, this book
Aug 2012
Jul 23, 2012
A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen
Some of the essays are really interesting. The best use for some others would be kindling for your fire. Lionel Trilling's is the longest in the book, ...more
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Feb 11, 2011
A Separate Peace
I don't get it.

It sounds stupid, and unintelligent and like something from the mouth of John Thorpe, but it's true. I don't get it. First, why is it o
Oct 07, 2011
Sep 29, 2011
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
This is a vastly unpleasant book.

I don't care what good reviews it got, or how successful the movie was. It's unpleasant. It's vile.

All the cursing -
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Feb 22, 2011
Academy X: A Novel
I think this book was supposed to be funny, but it...wasn't. It was mostly just pathetic.

First, the main character, John Spencer. I think he's suppose
Apr 11, 2012
May 23, 2011
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, #1)
I only added this book so I could put it on my "top five worst books" shelf, because this is Number One on my list. It's terrible. It's awful. It's a ...more
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Apr 28, 2011
Robinson Crusoe
This is a classic?

It completely astonished me. I was bowled over. I couldn't believe it. Why was it so astonishing? Because it manages to make somethi
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Sep 13, 2011
The Linen Queen
After I received the book through Goodreads giveaways, I expected this book to be pretty good, but not great. As it happens, it was pretty bad, but no ...more
Jan 2011
Mar 05, 2011
Jamrach's Menagerie: A Novel
Gratuitously obscene, poorly written and not worth it at all. Thank God I got it through Goodreads giveaways and didn't actually buy the thing. I loat ...more
Mar 2011
Mar 28, 2011
Bel Canto
**spoiler alert** I couldn't finish this. It didn't appeal to me; from the first page I wasn't into it, and about 3/4 of the way through I dropped it ...more
Sep 14, 2012
Jun 10, 2012
The Jane Austen Book Club
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Mar 25, 2011
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Mar 17, 2013
Casanova: Actor Lover Priest Spy
Apr 26, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
The Jungle Books
Mar 26, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
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