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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
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
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
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
This book provides a chronological background of Pakistan's history since it had gained independence from India in 1941. It is against this backdrop t ...more
Jan 12, 2014
Jan 02, 2014
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
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
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 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
And the Mountains Echoed
Another excellent book by Hosseini. Unlike his prior two novels, Hosseini stays away from violence and graphic abuse to tell the tales of different pe ...more
Jul 14, 2013
May 28, 2013
No Country for Old Men
I loved this book. After having read The Road and now this other book by McCarthy, I have to say that this man is a genius. His commentary on how Ame ...more
Mar 10, 2008
Mar 11, 2008
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
Fabulous book. As I was reading this, I kept thinking that Fowler wrote a story where the events could have actually happened that way. I read Fowler' ...more
Apr 14, 2013
Apr 04, 2013
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
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
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
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 Interestings
I would write that this book was "interesting" but really, that's too easy.

Seriously, though, I really enjoyed this book. The story is about a group o
Apr 20, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
Beautiful Ruins
What a wonderful story! Walter weaves an enjoyable tale that involves the making of Cleopatra, an isolated coast of Italy, a Hollywood producer who is ...more
Feb 11, 2013
Feb 08, 2013
Bleak House
This book by Dickens is well worth the read of its 1000+ pages. It opens up with an introduction to the longest running and most expensive lawsuit tha ...more
Jan 17, 2013
Nov 04, 2012
Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery
I read this book about 5 prostitutes who were killed and their bodies found next to a gated community in Long Island. Kolker did a great job writing a ...more
Aug 19, 2014
Aug 25, 2014
Life After Life
Ack - I had such high hopes for this book, especially since I have been wanting to read Atkinson for awhile now. I love the book's theme of reincarnat ...more
Jul 05, 2013
Jun 29, 2013
Agnes Grey
To simply state it, Charlotte is the storyteller in the Bronte family, Emily is about passion and high drama, and Anne is the best writer of the bunch ...more
Nov 22, 2009
Nov 09, 2009