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Taken at the Flood (Hercule Poirot, #27)
On my second tour with Agatha Christie -- in middle age as opposed to high school -- I find that I am preferring Miss Marple's psychology to Poirot's ...more
Mar 05, 2012
Mar 01, 2012
The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas- How a Cat Brought a Family the Gift of Love
Not nearly as precious as the title and cover would make one think. This is a matter-of-fact and remarkable story about the struggles of a young, sing ...more
Nov 02, 2012
Nov 02, 2012
I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks
In addition to rather unremarkable writing, the author works in a rather unremarkable library. It made for quite a disappointing combination. Our smal ...more
Oct 24, 2014
Oct 10, 2014
The Night Train
This novel of the 1963 race and musical experience in a tiny town in North Carolina was well constructed. Larry Lime is a teenager from the African Am ...more
Oct 19, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
FYI: this will be full of spoilers!
As I read the first 80% or more of this book, I was thinking that all of the characters, who were portrayed as mere
May 26, 2013
May 23, 2013
The Goldfinch
Less than halfway through and beginning to get bored. Theo's downward spiral seems like something I have read too many times before.

Now that I am done
Jul 08, 2014
Jul 03, 2014
The Dry Grass of August
I had mixed feelings about this book. I feel that, for the most part, the writing was better and the character of Mary was more complex and three dime ...more
Oct 04, 2011
Oct 01, 2011
The Round House
I was expecting to like this book far more than I did. I was very sympathetic with what I perceived as the intent of the book, which coincided pretty ...more
Apr 10, 2013
Apr 04, 2013
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
I was riveted by this book, and found the AIDS scare era evoked very accurately, but the book left with me with equal parts celebratory and troubled t ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Jan 07, 2014
The Vicar Of Bullhampton
This is not one of Trollope's better known novels, and, not knowing anything about it, it came as a delightful surprise. Trollope created some very re ...more
Jul 27, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
Boy, Snow, Bird
The plot was slippery, many-layered, and prone to shift, which was appropriate given the subject matter. I was completely surprised by the actual subj ...more
Apr 21, 2014
Apr 11, 2014
What strange reactions this book has prompted! So many have loved it, and some were filled with rage at the time wasted on it. I thought the writing w ...more
Jun 14, 2014
Jun 02, 2014
Breaking Stalin's Nose
The writing style was spare and effective, and the story is one that needs to be told. So few people who did not grow up during the Cold War have any ...more
Aug 29, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
Death Cloud (Young Sherlock Holmes, #1)
Reading this book after the Map of Time was a breath of fresh air, quite a bit like reading Harry Potter after Charlie Bone. Mr. Lane's writing is exc ...more
Aug 06, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
Egg & Spoon
"Nothing that is spiritual can fail to shine. Of course we can't see it directly, because the shadow it casts is another kind of light. You have to lo ...more
Nov 20, 2014
Nov 10, 2014
The Knitter's Life List: To Do, To Know, To Explore, To Make
I know, I know, this isn't fiction, but there is so much to read in depth here that I just had to put it on my bookshelf. Also I would give it more th ...more
Oct 09, 2011
Oct 09, 2011
How the Light Gets In (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #9)
This is a remarkable, tense, and intricately and skillfully plotted (possible) conclusion to the Armand Gamache mystery series. Louise Penny shows bot ...more
Sep 27, 2013
Sep 25, 2013
A Tale of Two Castles (A Tale of Two Castles, #1)
This book should have wide appeal for older kids and teens, who will hopefully get past the rather generic girl-with-flowing-hair-plus-dragon cover. E ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Sep 04, 2011
Making Crosses: A Creative Connection to God
This is a terrific book, and I can't wait to share it with friends and church family. Ms. Prewitt presents the concept of kinetic prayer, or prayer th ...more
Mar 15, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
Out of My Mind
This is my first book by Sharon Draper, and it is splendid. She fashions a handful of very real, multi-faceted characters to people this story. Melody ...more
not set
Aug 04, 2011
Flora's Fury (Flora Trilogy, #3)
This third book in the Flora Segunda series is just as exciting and well-written as the others. The language is clever and frequently hilarious, espec ...more
Jul 02, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
This Far by Grace: A Bishop's Journey Through Questions of Homosexuality
A balanced, clearly written, and concise explanation of the issue of homosexuality in the Episcopal Church and its discussion (or not) in the Bible. H ...more
not set
Feb 07, 2014
The Shadow Dragons (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, #4)
This series is a joy. I had fun spending time in the company of the young Inklings again, and all of their compadres as well, including Poe, Twain, Sh ...more
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
The Cardturner: A Novel about a King, a Queen, and a Joker
Rising high school senior Alton thinks he doesn't have much. What he does have is a rich great uncle named Lester Trapp, and a mercenary family who is ...more
not set
May 01, 2012
State of Wonder
This was a powerful book, beginning slowly as the heroine Marina was in a holding pattern, waiting to meet Dr. Swenson, and to find out about the stat ...more
Nov 21, 2011
Oct 15, 2011
Horse People
Ok, this was a 2 1/2 star kind of book. I was looking forward to reading a book set in close-to-home Rapidan, VA, and the first of the set of stories ...more
Sep 22, 2013
Sep 14, 2013
The Absolute Value of Mike
This is quite a different story from Mockingbird in its tone -- while dealing with loss and grief, it is frequently laugh-out-loud funny -- but the wr ...more
Aug 06, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
The Elephant Keepers' Children
This book was so amazing, I hardly know where to begin. From the wonderfully drawn sibling trio of Peter, Tilte, and Hans, to their loved ones, to the ...more
Dec 08, 2012
Nov 25, 2012
The Boneshaker
This book is about Natalie, on the verge of leaving childhood and learning who she really is and that the adults in her life are fallible, and it cont ...more
Aug 23, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
This was every bit as informative and entertaining as I'd hoped after reading The Year of Living Biblically. A. J. Jacobs shares his acquired knowledg ...more
Dec 08, 2013
Nov 15, 2013
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