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While The Billy Boils 87 Stories From The Prose Works Of Henry Lawson
I came into this book not really expecting to like it, but was definitely pleasantly surprised. The stories, while simple, have amazing depth and emot ...more
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Jul 27, 2011
Winter's Tale
Reading this book was sort of like dreaming, a constant stream of words and imagery. Some of it was beautiful and evocative, some seemed to strain a l ...more
Feb 19, 2014
Feb 18, 2014
Oliver Twist
I love Dickens' dry irony, and this book made me laugh out loud several times. The problem I had was that the character of Oliver was just so insipid, ...more
Oct 2014
Sep 18, 2014
I Am Legend
A clever book about the psychological impact on the seemingly lone survivor of a 'vampire' plague that turns the rest of the world. We see a man tryin ...more
Feb 04, 2014
Feb 03, 2014
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon, #1)
This book surprised me - I'm not always hugely into fantasy, but I couldn't put this down. I found myself looking forwards to reading it again each ti ...more
Jan 24, 2013
Jan 22, 2013
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Love this book, even the second time through. The first time I read it, was when it was first released and I was required to do so to write a recommen ...more
Jan 03, 2014
Jul 27, 2011
For me, this started really strong but didn't end so well. I liked the opening chapters, alternating between Tandia's story and Peekay's, giving time ...more
Feb 03, 2015
Feb 10, 2015
A Woman of Thirty
This book was beautifully written and provided some interesting commentary on the position of women in marriage in the early 1800s. However, I found i ...more
Dec 29, 2011
Dec 29, 2011
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Amazing. I liked this book a lot more the second time around, and came out of it feeling absolutely emotionally exhausted. It's quite different from t ...more
Jan 22, 2014
Jul 27, 2011
The Kingdom by the Sea
A gorgeous book, genuinely moving and sweet. The characters, both good and bad, are subtle and realistic. Though the book is aimed at young adults, We ...more
Jul 16, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
Blood of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicles, #4)
This book nicely tied together all the seemingly disparate threads of the previous one. The characters and storylines converged to work together. For ...more
Mar 24, 2015
Mar 25, 2015
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
I don't think I liked this as much as the first, but still found it very difficult to put down and finished it far more quickly than I would have like ...more
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Jul 27, 2011
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
This book has been on my 'to read' shelf for a while, and I finally managed to get to it. A few months ago I read what I thought was a spoiler for the ...more
Mar 27, 2015
Mar 25, 2015
This book to me had lots of great elements, but they just didn't sit together properly. In particular, I found it very difficult to reconcile the part ...more
Jul 09, 2013
Jul 06, 2013
The Slap
A novel that is almost a collection of short stories, each progressing the main narrative from the perspective of a different character. I enjoyed the ...more
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Jul 27, 2011
The Arabian Nights by Kate Douglas Wiggin (Illustrated)
Perhaps I would have enjoyed this more in the context of reading it with children. It was essentially a big book of fairy-tales, but without any of th ...more
Mar 05, 2014
Mar 01, 2014
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
Finally, it's over! A friend told me that this was the worst book of the trilogy, and I tend to agree. I struggled to care about what was happening, a ...more
Apr 06, 2014
Apr 01, 2014
The Extinction Club
This was a decent book overall, and I found I read it quite quickly. I liked both the main characters, and definitely thought the hunting/animal welfa ...more
Jan 11, 2013
Jan 04, 2013
Alice Hartley's Happiness
I really don't know what to think about this book. I feel like I must have missed some important subtext. In the beginning I thought I was in for a 50 ...more
Sep 04, 2014
Sep 02, 2014
Anna Karenina
I almost have this book 5 stars, but I found the strange religious ending ruined it for me. It only keeps 4 because of how much i enjoyed it prior to ...more
Jan 04, 2013
Dec 25, 2012
Lady Chatterley's Lover
I picked this up because of the original scandal surrounding its release. Unsurprisingly, it is much more tame by modern standards, excepting the use ...more
Mar 16, 2014
Mar 05, 2014
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals
I find it hard to know what I thought about this book overall, my thoughts varied quite a lot throughout reading it. The beginning was promising, it s ...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
Heart of Darkness and Other Stories
I give this book 4 stars for the last two stories (Heart of Darkness and The End of the Tether), only 3 for the first, Youth. Youth I found fairly une ...more
Jan 14, 2015
Jan 07, 2015
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Reading this was sort of like eating junk food - at the time it was good, and it certainly kept me going back for more, but looking back, I'm not sure ...more
Mar 24, 2014
Mar 22, 2014
Eona: The Last Dragoneye (Eon, #2)
I loved this book, though not as much as the first. I tend to always prefer the coming-into-power stories. This book kept the strength of the unique s ...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 08, 2013
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
I remember reading this in my teens and being completely blown away. Here was a book that didn't just talk about people or events, but ideas! It amaze ...more
Jul 06, 2013
Jun 28, 2013
Too much science, not enough fiction. The story is thin and the narrative jumps a lot. The characters have moments of depth that don't carry through. ...more
Mar 20, 2014
Mar 16, 2014
Sophie's World
This was a really strange one, simultaneously a survey of the history of Western philosophy and a novel about the girl who is receiving this philosoph ...more
Jan 26, 2014
Jan 23, 2014
City of Dragons (The Rain Wild Chronicles, #3)
This book felt solidly like a 'middle book' in a series, and as such did not stand strongly on its own. I can see the necessity of linking material, b ...more
Mar 19, 2015
Mar 16, 2015
I didn't actually expect to like this as much as I did. I read and enjoyed The Slap, but found it a little too much at times, with the 'urban grittine ...more
Dec 06, 2014
Dec 02, 2014
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