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Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll
As much as I've loved Heart through the decades, I have to admit I knew precious little about them. Apart from the fact that Nancy was married to Came...more
Oct 27, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
The Distance Between Us
This is the third book by Maggie O'Farrell I have read. I find her writing absolutely captivating. Despite the fact that this story had a much more sa...more
May 10, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
The Moonlight Palace
It wasn't bad. It was just totally unmemorable. The characters lacked depth and the narrative was not particularly compelling. I wonder if perhaps thi...more
Sep 13, 2014
Sep 01, 2014
33 Days: Touring In A Van.  Sleeping On Floors.  Chasing A Dream.
Wow. I don't know where to start.

This is a great story about all the hard work involved in actually trying to make it as a rock band. It's easy to dis...more
Dec 13, 2011
Apr 13, 2011
Still Life With Brass Pole
I don't know what to make of this memoir. It was written in a light and engaging manner, but at the same time, Mr. Machen was brutally honest in recou...more
Jul 29, 2011
Jul 04, 2011
The Sense of an Ending
Books that I like fall into two categories: either they are well written and have characters or a story I strongly identify with, or they are so exqui...more
Apr 17, 2013
May 26, 2012
Magnificent Vibration
Douglas Adams meets Jonathan Tropper.

I realized as I was actually getting ready to post this review that it's just all over the place, so please excus...more
May 20, 2014
Feb 06, 2014
Pam of Babylon
There's a reason why it took me nearly three and a half months to read something that would normally take 4-5 days. So let's start with the only posit...more
Mar 21, 2012
Oct 04, 2011
Xtabentum:    A Novel of Yucatan
How I wish I could have liked this book more. I didn't want to just like this book. I wanted to love this book. The whole premise of the story is of p...more
May 03, 2011
Apr 01, 2011
How the Mistakes Were Made: A Novel
I won this on First Reads.

I enjoyed this book so much. I so desperately wanted to write a proper review that highlights what I feel makes it so great...more
Sep 21, 2011
Jul 30, 2011
Thinner Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Female Body
Update 12/3/13
Success! After 9 weeks, I've lost 15 lbs and dropped from 36% fat to 31%, even though I'm reasonably certain that the first measurement...more
Aug 26, 2013
Aug 28, 2013
Lost Lord Bundle: Loving a Lost Lord, Never Less Than A Lady, Nowhere Near Respectable, & No Longer a Gentleman
I after my most recent foray into the suspense genre (which I have now realized I thoroughly dislike), I decided to cleanse my literary palate of the...more
Aug 17, 2013
Aug 19, 2013
An Available Man
This was a very sweet story, which I really needed to cleanse my literary palate after the last book I read. However, I did have some issues with it....more
Mar 30, 2013
Mar 28, 2013
Letters From Home
Despite the 3 star rating, I really, really liked this story. But I'm not giving it a higher rating because I felt it could have been so much better....more
Jun 12, 2012
Jun 06, 2012
Hippie Boy: A Girl's Story
Goodbye, Earl. As I read this book, I couldn't stop thinking about the Dixie Chicks' song with this title. It was so fitting given the description of...more
Sep 29, 2012
Sep 23, 2012
Wonder Boys
If this is what writers of literary fiction are like, then may I never have the misfortune of becoming acquainted with one, let alone befriending one!...more
Mar 27, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
London Is the Best City in America
I was so sure that I'd love Laura Dave's most recent novel, The First Husband, that while just one day into reading it, I happened to stumble across t...more
Aug 13, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
The Language of Flowers
I won this ARC via First Reads (many thanks for that).

This novel was absolutely wonderful. The central character, Victoria, was abandoned at birth and...more
Jun 25, 2011
Jun 06, 2011
Me Again
Me Again was a quick heartwarming read. It reminded me of the Harrison Ford movie Regarding Henry.

A man, Jonathan, wakes up from a 6 year coma with hi...more
Nov 03, 2012
Nov 01, 2012
This is Where I Leave You
By all accounts, I should have liked this book. It's a genre I like, and had all the elements that should have made it into something I like, but it j...more
Aug 27, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
Bait and Switch
Wow. This is SOO not the type of book I normally read, and had it not been for the fact that the Kindle version was on sale at Amazon, I probably woul...more
Jul 22, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
Old Before My Time: Hayley Okines' Life with Progeria
This was okay. It presented a good amount of information about an illness few people have heard of and even fewer are knowledgeable about, and hearing...more
Jun 05, 2013
Jun 01, 2013
Shadow Swans
What a flair for words Ms. Thomas has. Ruby, the narrator, was so beautifully crafted as the rebellious outcast misfit, that despite the fact that she...more
Sep 12, 2011
Aug 19, 2011
The First Last Kiss
This is the story of the narrator, Molly, and the love of her life, Ryan.

This book came dangerously close to getting a mere 3 star rating due to Molly...more
Apr 10, 2013
Feb 26, 2013
Silence of Centerville
This is the second novel by Buzz Malone I have read, and he does not disappoint. He has a knack for creating such heartbreakingly sympathetic characte...more
Jul 2012
Jun 12, 2012
The Divorce Party
This is by far Laura Dave's best work. She not only captures the angst of being young (relatively speaking), in love and determined to make a relation...more
Sep 28, 2012
Apr 13, 2011
On the Island (On the Island, #1)
This was so much more than a romance novel, and I feel that categorizing it as such really does this story a huge disservice. There's adventure, survi...more
Mar 19, 2012
Nov 17, 2011
Mildred Pierce (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Mildred Pierce is a true masterpiece. The title character has an iron will, which is completely neutralized by her overwhelming maternal instinct to u...more
Jun 24, 2012
Apr 23, 2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad
While I was reading this book, I was constantly struck by the fact that I was absolutely hating it. Several times I was tempted to abandon it. The cha...more
Feb 20, 2011
Mar 09, 2011
For some reason, I got bored with this book about 1/3 of the way in and put it aside. I should have held on and read just a little more, because when...more
May 20, 2012
Dec 27, 2011
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