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Longbourn
3.62
(Reposted from my review at AustenBlog)

The publication of Jo Baker’s new novel Longbourn generated the same sort of excitement as the arrival of a sin
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Nov 2013
Nov 03, 2013
 
Northanger Abbey
3.15
Liked it, didn't love it, much like the Trollope S&S (I liked this a little better). Things that bugged me: Henry too old and Catherine too young. ...more
not set
May 27, 2014
 
At Any Price (Gaming the System, #1)
3.96
Gamer geek girl Mia, traumatized by being sexually assaulted by her high school boyfriend and angry at her birth father, who rejected her even before ...more
Dec 11, 2013
Dec 12, 2013
 
Sense & Sensibility (The Austen Project)
3.61
(Reposted from my review on AustenBlog)

Early in Joanna Trollope’s modern-set rewrite of Sense and Sensibility, Fanny Dashwood sweeps into Norland, whi
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Nov 07, 2013
Oct 21, 2013
 
Mansfield Park
3.79
I enjoyed my re-read, and found Fanny less annoyingly perfect than usual, Edmund still a wanker (the big wanker moment? "Fanny, think of me!" ARRRRGH) ...more
Jan 16, 2014
Jan 07, 2014
 
Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch
3.85
This book clearly had an agenda. In a good mood, I might call it a hagiography; when the snark is upon me, I would call it a whitewash. Now, I like th ...more
not set
Jan 12, 2012
 
Pioneer Girl
3.34
I must be really dumb, because it took me a third of this book to figure out that it was fiction, despite "A NOVEL" right there on the cover. I don't ...more
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Feb 25, 2014
 
Stranger on a Train
3.76
What a disappointment. I love the idea of this book--traveling around more or less the circumference of the continental U.S. by train, and writing abo ...more
Apr 04, 2014
Apr 04, 2014
 
North and South
4.13
I really enjoyed my re-read. There is so much interesting background stuff going on that is missed in the main thrust of the plot. Mrs. Gaskell is mov ...more
May 16, 2014
Mar 18, 2014
 
Some Tame Gazelle
3.99
Absolutely delightful! If Jane Austen had been alive and writing in the 1930s, this is just the type of book she might write. Middle-aged spinster Bel ...more
Jan 24, 2014
Dec 02, 2013
 
Miss Pym Disposes
3.98
Lucy Pym, best-selling author of a book on psychology (though she is not a psychologist), arrives at a physical training college for young women, wher ...more
Dec 12, 2013
Dec 04, 2013
 
Thrones, Dominations (Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane #1)
3.72
My general rule for Jane Austen fan fiction and paraliterature (that is, fan fiction of the published variety) is that if one is going to play in Jane ...more
Dec 21, 2013
Dec 21, 2013
 
The Casual Vacancy
3.24
I am one of the few who liked this, I guess. But I will say that Rowling was definitely exploring the dark side in this one (which she did with the Po ...more
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Apr 12, 2013
 
A Fighting Chance
4.24
Elizabeth Warren could save the world, if we would only let her.
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Jul 15, 2014
 
The Black Moth
3.56
Hearing that the hero of the book is a highwayman, the reader could be excused for assuming the title of the book is the that character’s nickname. Th ...more
Jan 07, 2015
Jan 07, 2015
 
Murder Most Austen: A Mystery
3.47
So we received an email from a fellow Janeite who shrieked (as much as one might shriek via email) "OMG CHECK OUT THE DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK THE MUR ...more
not set
Apr 12, 2013
 
Pocket Posh Jane Austen: 100 Puzzles & Quizzes
3.85
Originally published on AustenBlog

We can hardly find words to tell our Gentle Readers how much this little book made us squee. Yes, the Editrix, enthu
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Jun 14, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
 
Jane Austen: A Life Revealed
3.37
Originally posted on AustenBlog.

One of the throwdown topics amongst Janeites–along with which film adaptation of a particular novel is best–is which b
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Jun 13, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
 
Their Noble Lordships: Hereditary Peerage Today
3.27
This enjoyable and readable book would be of infinite use to Americans (and others) confused about the workings of the British peerage; however, havin ...more
not set
Mar 08, 2012
 
The Litigators
3.70
I enjoyed this quite a bit, as I've enjoyed most of Grisham's books. I was trying to think of the right metaphor. I definitely bought and read this as ...more
Nov 16, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
 
The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
3.46
I am generally not a big fan of memoir, especially when I find it difficult to care much about the author, who is, after all, the main character, and ...more
not set
May 08, 2012
 
Calico Joe
3.78
John Grisham writes a baseball book...HERE'S MY $12.99 TAKE MY MONEY NOW PLZTHX. Talk about ticking multiple boxes!

Calico Joe is in a very similar vei
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not set
May 08, 2012
 
The Shuttle
3.96
Another terrific read from Frances Hodgson Burnett. It's a wonderful and dramatic story. I think fans of Downton Abbey would find it interesting, as i ...more
not set
Dec 02, 2013
 
Vanity Fair's How a Book is Born: The Making of The Art of Fielding
3.89
An enjoyable and interesting look at modern book publishing, how a book--in this case The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach--is acquired and publicized ...more
Dec 05, 2011
Nov 30, 2011
 
The Great Roxhythe
2.92
“It is probably the worst book Georgette Heyer ever wrote.” – Joan Aiken Hodge

Have you ever read a book and it was kind of awful, but you kept reading
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Jan 18, 2015
Jan 07, 2015
 
Miss Buncle's Book
4.03
Barbara Buncle has a problem: her dividends no longer pay enough for her to maintain herself in single blessedness, so she casts about for a solution, ...more
Feb 05, 2014
Jan 24, 2014
 
On the Island (On the Island, #1)
4.15
A thirtysomething woman with a ticking biological clock is cast away on a desert island with a 17-year-old recovering from lymphoma. At first, surviva ...more
not set
May 08, 2012
 
The Passing Bells (Passing Bells, #1)
3.82
After reading two different bloggers squeeing over the re-release of this book, I had to give it a try. It was, as advertised, a really good read.

It i
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May 06, 2013
Apr 12, 2013
 
Grey Mask
3.77
I read about Patricia Wentworth's Miss Silver mysteries in an issue of PieceWork magazine about needlework in literature--Miss Silver, you see, produc ...more
not set
May 08, 2012
 
The Rotation: A Season with the Phillies and the Greatest Pitching Staff Ever Assembled
3.73
I very much enjoyed this behind-the-scenes account of the Phillies' 2011 season, which began with so much promise with the acquisition of pitcher Clif ...more
not set
May 08, 2012
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