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The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce, #6)
Alan Bradley's sixth book in the Flavia DeLuce series, "The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches" sheds some light on the intrigue surrounding the de Luce fam ...more
Oct 2013
Sep 23, 2013
Everything I Never Told You
I still remember the creative writing block in my 7th grade English class. We learned various literary devices and wrote a creative essay to reflect o ...more
Dec 02, 2014
Nov 25, 2014
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Collins does a great job of keeping such an intense pace up over the entire trilogy, but like the last Harry Potter book, I could have done without t ...more
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 21, 2012
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)
This book started out really well. Lots of interesting, not too cheesy, witch/vampire lore. I was so disappointed when the independent heroine somehow ...more
May 31, 2013
May 29, 2013
The Lantern
I had trouble getting into this book at first--the beginning seemed choppy and disjointed. Normally I'd stop reading a book like this, but as you get ...more
Aug 22, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer
Living in St. Louis, touring the Budweiser factory, seeing games at Busch Stadium, and visiting the Busch's home at Grant's Farm times made this book ...more
Apr 30, 2014
Apr 08, 2014
A Moveable Feast
After reading the Paris Wife, by Paul McLain, I decided to read about Ernest Hemingway's first marriage from his point of view. The book was very inte ...more
May 27, 2012
May 25, 2012
I've loved all the books I've read by Jennifer Donnelly, so I decided to give this YA novel a try. To be honest, I almost gave up after a few pages, b ...more
Jan 11, 2012
Jan 09, 2012
Frog Music
I requested an advanced reader's copy of 'Frog Music,' because of Emma Donoghue's recent popularity with her latest book 'Room.' After I finished the ...more
Mar 03, 2014
Feb 12, 2014
A Visit from the Goon Squad
I liked the style in which Egan organized the book--a ton of characters and a wide span of time. Loosely connected characters at various points of tim ...more
Jun 17, 2011
Jun 05, 2011
The Paris Wife
The Paris Wife tells the story of Ernest Hemingway's marriage (mostly) through the point of view of his first wife, Hadley. This is one of the most ab ...more
May 23, 2012
May 19, 2012
The Flight of Gemma Hardy
The Flight of Gemma Hardy is an adaptation of Jane Eyre set in post WWII Scotland. It conveniently draws on a lot of events that happen in Jane Eyre, ...more
May 18, 2012
May 04, 2012
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia De Luce, #4)
Flavia's most recent adventure was just as amusing as the first! I loved the Christmas theme of the book (Especially Flavia, who only sings the very b ...more
Nov 20, 2011
Nov 15, 2011
Falling Angels
I chose this book because I really liked Girl With a Pearl Earring. Unfortunately, I didn't have the same connection with Falling Angels. It was diffi ...more
Oct 19, 2011
Oct 17, 2011
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
This book is thought provoking and dense, so although it's not very long, it took me a while to read. Foer doesn't make it easy for the reader, so in ...more
May 02, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
The Golem and the Jinni
I'm always a little hesitant to start books about magical creatures, because it seems like so many of them turn out to be disappointing. I really enjo ...more
Sep 10, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
The Piano Teacher
The narrative was split into Hong Kong during WWII and the post-war city 10 years later. The characters in this novel were very interesting. You coul ...more
Sep 07, 2011
Sep 01, 2011
The Call
I've waited a while to write a review for The Call because I had to really think about why I liked it so much. It's written as a series of Vet calls, ...more
Jan 03, 2012
Dec 30, 2011
Where the Bodies Are Buried
I always really enjoy reading books that are set in places I know. Reading this mystery (set in Glasgow), though may have changed my mind! It was a li ...more
Jul 11, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
I loved this book for a variety of reasons. Despite seeming to be a light-read, the characters were complex and dealt with serious issues. They were r ...more
Dec 11, 2014
May 05, 2014
Peony in Love
I was looking forward to reading another book by Lisa See after I finished Shanghai Girls. Unfortunately, I could not connect with this book at all, a ...more
Sep 2011
Aug 29, 2011
When She Woke
This book is so different from what I usually read, but I wasn't able to put it down! It's a really interesting concept (and scary, because it doesn't ...more
Aug 07, 2011
Aug 05, 2011
The Witch Doctor's Wife (Amanda Brown, #1)
This isn't your conventional mystery, but that's what really made me enjoy this book. The setting was very different (time period as well as place) wh ...more
Jul 25, 2011
Jul 21, 2011
Cutting for Stone
I'm not quite sure where to begin with this book--it is so full of rich characters, medical procedures (with perhaps a little more detail than you'd l ...more
Sep 12, 2012
Aug 31, 2012
Kissing the Virgin's Mouth
This is very different than the other Bellwether prize winners I've read. It deals a lot with the situation of women in society. It's an interesting, ...more
Jul 15, 2011
Jul 08, 2011
Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)
Am I the only one that hates Robert Langdon? I love how quickly the plot moves in Dan Brown's books, but his writing and characters leave a lot to be ...more
Nov 11, 2013
Nov 05, 2013
The Painted Girls
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed the historical aspects of this book (Degas and various inspirations of his artwork). Overall, it was a lot grittier than I ...more
Mar 04, 2013
Feb 02, 2013
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
The ending of the book does make me want to finish out this series, but I'm getting tired of the style of writing--too much detail/repetition about fa ...more
Aug 12, 2011
Aug 09, 2011
The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall
This is a really enjoyable, quirky story of a young man who has just recently inherited his family's estate (along with £7 million in debt).
Jun 17, 2012
Jun 15, 2012
The Woman in White
The Woman in White is considered the first mystery novel, so many of the "surprises" in the books were easily guessed (this probably would not have be ...more
Jan 26, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
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