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A Boy of Good Breeding
3.60
really liked it
I love small town fiction, and I love quirky offbeat characters, so this tale of small town Canada (THE smallest town in Canada no less, a fact which ...more
Jan 03, 2015
Dec 30, 2014
 
A Sweet Scent of Death
3.58
really liked it
Easily devoured in a few sittings, this is everything a decent novella should be really. Arriaga manages to condense a tightly structured plot with be ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 09, 2011
 
Somewhere, Home
3.20
liked it
A very good book by a talented writer which evokes a sense of the Lebanon and, more specifically Beirut, over time and to those whom call it home. The ...more
Aug 09, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
Birdsong
4.06
it was ok
The fact it took me almost a month to plow my way through this novel is a clear sign of how much I struggled with it. I'm not sure it is something I e ...more
Apr 2012
Feb 19, 2012
 
Wide Sargasso Sea
3.56
liked it
An interesting take on the "back story" to Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" but slightly disappointing for me as I had hoped the narrative voice would b ...more
Dec 04, 2011
Nov 27, 2011
 
White Hunger
3.70
really liked it
Although only a short novella, the scope of this story is vast.

What it achieves in its 136 pages in terms of characterisation and portrayal of the har
...more
Apr 21, 2016
Apr 20, 2016
 
Hick
3.75
it was amazing
If I were pushed to try to define what sort of features make up my ideal read my garbled response would no doubt include some or all of the following ...more
Nov 18, 2011
Nov 12, 2011
 
One Breath Away
3.98
it was ok
I picked this up second hand because from the cover and the blurb it looked a bit naff, and I picked it up to read it one day when I felt I needed som ...more
Jun 22, 2016
Jun 14, 2016
 
Wintering
3.17
did not like it
A nicely written book, and engaging enough to make it an easy read. I enjoyed the setting around Wells and Glastonbury Tor, but feel it could have bee ...more
Apr 2011
Jul 25, 2011
 
The Red Garden
3.68
really liked it
Spanning the best part of three hundred years in a small Massachusetts town, "The Red Garden" is written in beautiful, classic Hoffman prose.

Her evoc
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May 05, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
 
I'm Not Scared
3.80
liked it
I agree with others who have said they read it in one sitting, it really is a gripping tale in that sense. I enjoyed the claustrophobic isolated setti ...more
Apr 2011
Jul 25, 2011
 
Twelve
3.20
liked it
This is probably the sort of book which should be read swiftly and in a couple of sittings, not over a whole week in which you are slightly distracted ...more
May 2011
Jul 25, 2011
 
A Man Called Ove
4.34
really liked it
Gorgeous little novel.

Within the first few pages I found myself wondering how I could ever bring myself to like Ove, our grumpy protagonist, but of co
...more
Aug 14, 2016
Aug 03, 2016
 
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
4.17
really liked it
Immediately engaging, I did worry briefly after 20 pages or so if this was going to be a little too self indulgently "Look how wacky I am" for me.

It
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Jan 12, 2014
Jan 12, 2014
 
Glaciers
3.72
it was amazing
This book is perfect. A beautiful little book which became my world for the 14 hours or so in which I was reading it. Equal amounts depth and fragilit ...more
Aug 03, 2013
Aug 02, 2013
 
Housekeeping
3.82
it was ok
Many reviewers of this novel advise the reader to read it very slowly in order to savour it's true meaning and beauty. Several warn against "rushing" ...more
Oct 13, 2011
Aug 09, 2011
 
Never Mind (Patrick Melrose Novels #1)
3.75
really liked it
I read St Aubyn's "Mother's Milk" a few years back without realising it was the fourth in the previous Patrick Melrose trilogy, so when I found the fi ...more
Mar 30, 2014
Mar 22, 2014
 
The Tiger's Wife
3.37
it was amazing
This is one of those rare books which, literally within hours of finishing it, you realise would benefit from an almost immediate second reading. Part ...more
Apr 09, 2012
Feb 19, 2012
 
Midwives
3.96
really liked it
Engaging and gripping from the off, I devoured this book in a couple of days. The only reason I haven't given it the full 5 stars is because although ...more
Apr 2011
Jul 25, 2011
 
In Search of the Missing Eyelash
3.25
it was ok
I was so looking forward to this book. It's blurb claimed it to be quirky and bittersweet. Well, that's two of my favourite things in a book right the ...more
Aug 18, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
 
Sula
3.86
really liked it
Wonderful. Haven't read Toni Morrison for many years and had forgotten how fabulous she is. She somehow manages to combine the very real with a beauty ...more
Oct 06, 2013
Sep 23, 2013
 
Angels Rest (Mira)
3.87
really liked it
What a wonderful book. For sure, it's not the most brilliantly written book ever, and elements of the plot are somewhat predictable, but it is still w ...more
Oct 17, 2011
Aug 09, 2011
 
The Guest Cat
3.49
it was ok
As a cat lover there were enough short passages and warmingly familiar observations about the "guest cat" who frequently visits the narrator and his w ...more
Oct 30, 2014
Oct 26, 2014
 
A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty
3.93
liked it
I've read three of Joshilyn Jackson's earlier books (all bar "Backseat Saints") and really enjoyed them. This one though left me a bit cold. I like th ...more
Feb 14, 2013
Feb 08, 2013
 
The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
3.60
really liked it
A really quite lovely and charming little book. A slightly twisted, mildly "steampunky" Pinocchio-esque fairytale.
It has been criticised by some for i
...more
Aug 30, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
 
The Yellow Wall-Paper
4.11
it was amazing
Another re-read...I think I read this about once a decade the first time being when I was 17 at college and it fair blew my mind.

How Charlotte Perkin
...more
Apr 05, 2013
Apr 04, 2013
 
The Great Lover
3.19
it was ok
Whilst I appreciate that this is a really well crafted, and well imagined fictionalised account of Rupert Brook's life, I just found the whole thing a ...more
May 2011
Jul 25, 2011
 
I'll Give You the Sun
4.14
it was ok
Shame, because I really enjoyed some of the earlier segments from Noah's point of view, but the vast majority of the book was focused on his twin Jude ...more
Oct 17, 2015
Sep 19, 2015
 
The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee
3.51
it was amazing
A book of two halves in many ways and each equally entertaining and enlightening. The first half of the book focuses on Silverman's childhood, family ...more
Dec 07, 2011
Dec 04, 2011
 
The Last Days of My Mother
3.25
liked it
An original and darkly humourous unusual read which doesn't quite hit the mark somehow. There may be an element of something being "lost in translatio ...more
Mar 23, 2015
Mar 15, 2015
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