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Life and Fate
I was somewhere between 4.5 and 5 stars on this one, but as I wrote this review, I realized that I was closer to 5 stars than I had originally believe ...more
Dec 08, 2013
Nov 01, 2013
The Son
My friend, Robbie, introduced me to American Rust last year, which I had listened to on audio. It was Meyer's debut novel, and I was blown away by how ...more
Jun 10, 2013
Jun 03, 2013
Brook's book is based up Mr. March, the father in Little Women who is conspicuously absent from that book because he is off doing something or other i ...more
Dec 11, 2013
Nov 29, 2013
Lonesome Dove
This book definitely deserved the Pulitzer Prize, because it has everything - great writing, interesting characters that are fully developed, and a fa ...more
Sep 23, 2013
Aug 09, 2013
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
**spoiler alert** *THERE ARE MAJOR SPOILERS CONTAINED IN THIS REVIEW, NOT ONLY ABOUT The Giver, BUT ALSO The Road and Veronika Decides to Die*

Jul 06, 2008
Jan 10, 2008
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
3.5 stars; My friend Meghan told me that this book is a "love it" or "hate it" type of story. Now, having read it, I realize that I'm in neither the " ...more
Apr 13, 2011
Jul 28, 2008
The Great Gatsby
I first read this book over 20 years ago and hated it, but I can't really remember why, except that the book turned me off of reading another book by ...more
Jun 13, 2013
Oct 28, 2007
The Beautiful and Damned
I read two books by Fitz in college - The Great Gatsby and Tender Is The Night. Although they both looked to be right up my alley, I didn't enjoy eith ...more
Sep 17, 2012
Sep 02, 2012
Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy, a Lost Generation Love Story
I have had incredible fortune with all of the excellent books that I have been reading this year. This book about the Murphy's is no exception. Hands ...more
Jun 29, 2013
Jun 11, 2013
Lion and the Puppy and Other Stories for Children
My 5-year old daughter took this one out of her school library. Many of the stories are depressing to the point where I was concerned that the subject ...more
Nov 02, 2014
Oct 28, 2014
The Yellow Birds
I'm not sure what the author was trying to do when telling this story but unfortunately, it just didn't resonate with me. What is it supposed to be? A ...more
Feb 14, 2013
Feb 08, 2013
The Walking Dead, Book One
Since the series is too violent for me to watch on TV, and my husband watches it over and over and over again, he bought me the graphic novel for my b ...more
Sep 26, 2013
Sep 17, 2013
Vanity Fair
I really enjoyed this story about two girls who meet at boarding school, Becky and Amelia, and how there lives come together and apart post-graduation ...more
Dec 30, 2012
Nov 26, 2012
Gone Girl
Ah, Nick and Amy, a couple of crazy kids who fall in love and then out of love, and then Amy goes missing...

The foregoing is the set-up for what was m
Aug 12, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
My Sister's Keeper
Wow, what a way for Picoult to take a great topic full of controversy and then end in such a weak way. I hate lazy writing! Picoult also took this app ...more
Nov 2006
Nov 10, 2007
I found this book to be completely underwhelming. I understand that it's popular among Victorian lit fans, but I'm not sure that I understand why. Alt ...more
Jun 26, 2013
May 28, 2013
A Fine Balance
The story is set in 1950s India and features an interesting group of characters. There's Dini, a single woman in her early 40s who is trying to live a ...more
Feb 02, 2014
Jan 29, 2014
The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way
An excellent book that grapples with what makes a country's educational system successful (or not). Of course, the U.S. lags behind, particularly in t ...more
Jul 04, 2014
Jun 29, 2014
The Complete Persepolis (Persepolis, #1-4)
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the remainder of the series.

Satrapi is a head strong, young woman (which I thought was great)
Mar 2014
Feb 17, 2014
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1)
Overall, an entertaining read that I would recommend. Follett does a nice job of weaving fiction in with historical fact, thereby making the story eng ...more
Apr 22, 2013
Mar 28, 2013
My Antonia (Great Plains trilogy #3)
Solid read based upon Cather's childhood friends Jim and Antonia with whom she grew up in Nebraska. The book is actually based on everything that Jim ...more
Feb 16, 2015
Feb 09, 2015
Everything I Never Told You
What a heartbreaking story. The book is spot on, on so many levels. It's about how people handle their own issues and the impact their experiences hav ...more
Dec 18, 2014
Dec 07, 2014
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Another outstanding book by Murakami. What makes this book different from the others that he has written is that Murakami brought more clarity and rea ...more
Nov 21, 2014
Nov 10, 2014
The Royal Physician's Visit
I had never heard of this book before (thank you Bookish!), and after briefly reading the description, I thought that it would be something that was a ...more
Nov 06, 2014
Oct 13, 2014
Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2)
It took Stephen King over 30 years to write the sequel to The Shining, and he does it with great pizzazz with Doctor Sleep. Is this book a literary cl ...more
Oct 20, 2013
Oct 02, 2013
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
I would give this book 3.5 stars if I could. I really enjoyed this story, particularly since it was local to Sweden, but I don't really understand why ...more
Dec 10, 2009
Nov 28, 2009
The Sense of an Ending
**spoiler alert** If you consistently read my reviews, I'm sure that you've noticed that I frequently make reference to authors who have the ability t ...more
Feb 13, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
I found the writing style at the beginning part of the book to be clunky (and it wasn't the use of "he" either). However, once I became used to it, th ...more
Oct 31, 2012
Oct 22, 2012
Blindness (Blindness, #1)

I thought that Blindness was a great book. However, like The Road, I can't seem to give it 5 sta
Aug 31, 2008
Jul 28, 2008
The Odd Women
I found this book to be fascinating. Gissing represents a unique voice in Victorian literature, and he did not disappoint me with the wonderful social ...more
Sep 13, 2012
Sep 04, 2012