bookshelves

all (2131)

# cover title author avg rating rating my rating review Down_arrow date read date added
 
130
The Little Book
3.69
This ambitious novel felt to me very much like Time and Again. It had a few moments of repetition, a dash of pretention, and occasional predictability...more
Jun 15, 2008
Jun 02, 2008
 
178
The Whistling Season
3.95
Set in 1909-1910 in Marias Coulee, Montana, the feel of this book isn't very far off from the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. Paul Milliron and his brothe...more
Mar 24, 2011
Jul 30, 2010
 
140
The Forgotten Garden
4.10
This family saga set partly in Australia and partly in England was a lovely escape. The jumping around in the past was a bit hard to keep track of, an...more
Feb 11, 2009
Feb 06, 2009
 
87
Atonement
3.82
Another one I would have given up on at p. 50 if it hadn’t been for book club. And boy, am I glad I didn’t! The beginning is draggy and weird, but of...more
Oct 2005
Dec 09, 2007
 
193
From Time to Time (Time, #2)
3.70
I read Time and Again back in 1999, and I read it again for book club about 5 years ago. I acquired this sequel at some point in between and finally g...more
Dec 12, 2011
Dec 08, 2011
 
211
The Bride (Lairds' Fiancees, #1)
4.27
Lately I found myself lecturing my intern on the importance in the publishing business of being open-minded and reading widely, and I pushed him to re...more
Aug 26, 2013
Aug 14, 2013
 
200
Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs, #2)
3.94
The 1930s seem to have gotten quite popular with TV as well as books ("Upstairs Downstairs") lately. And I am no stranger to the fascination with this...more
Nov 10, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
 
165
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
4.13
Okay, this is not my usual type of book. In fact, I have been resisting reading it for well over a decade. But by now at least a dozen people had high...more
Feb 28, 2010
Feb 02, 2010
 
182
Year of Wonders
3.99
I had a couple of doctor's appointments this week, so I thought it would appropriate to read about the Plague. I love that this novel is based on a re...more
May 19, 2011
Apr 12, 2011
 
203
The Dovekeepers
3.98
I did not want to read this book. While the plot description did intrigue me, the reviews I read were very mixed and gave me reason for pause. But it...more
Jul 2013
Nov 13, 2012
 
194
The Thorn Birds
4.17


I have heard wonderful things about this novel my whole life. I have heard it compared to Gone With the Wind, among other sagas, and I vaguely rememb...more
Jul 31, 2012
Jan 09, 2012
 
199
Rules of Civility
4.00
I loved this book! I kind of wanted to read it already (especially after reading the reviews) but it just didn't make the cut given the length of my T...more
Nov 27, 2012
Sep 27, 2012
 
192
The Watery Part of the World
2.95
Mr. Parker follows two different storylines. First, in 1813 Theodosia Burr Alston, the daughter of Aaron Burr, is shipwrecked after pirates cause her...more
Oct 06, 2011
Aug 05, 2011
 
83
The Great Fire
3.38
I know I am in the minority here, but I just did not like this book. It is lyrical, poetic, romantic, atmospheric, and I just was bored to tears. It r...more
Jan 07, 2010
Jan 19, 2008
 
191
The American Heiress
3.39
Are you a fan of "Downton Abbey"? This novel is basically the story of the mother, the rich American heiress who comes over to England to marry royalt...more
May 16, 2012
Jul 28, 2011
 
185
The Year We Were Famous
3.60
What a cute, sweet book! And yet, it also has a lot of deeper themes and topics that would be perfect for a book club but it doesn't hit you over the...more
Dec 28, 2011
Jun 06, 2011
 
60
Gone with the Wind
4.24
Rereading this book 15 years after my last read made me nervous. What if it didn't hold up? Yes, I know it won the Pulitzer (yes, it really did! Any o...more
Jan 1988
Dec 09, 2007
 
65
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
3.91
This was a favorite book when I was a preteen, and I have been wanting to reread it for some time now. So glad I did! And I have it in the house becau...more
Jan 1984
Dec 10, 2007
 
181
Shogun: A Novel of Japan
4.33
Wow. I finished. Finally.

This book is enormous. 1210 pages. I started it back at the very end of February. It was one of the five fat books I brought...more
Jul 19, 2011
Oct 18, 2010
 
196
American Ghost
3.53
It's unusual to find a book set in Florida that is definitely "Southern" but this one certainly qualifies. 18-year-old Jolie and her best friend Lena...more
Feb 07, 2013
Jul 18, 2012
 
177
The Known World
3.79
I have been struggling to write this review for the last few days. I had a very hard time finishing this book. It certainly would have been abandoned...more
Sep 21, 2010
Jul 30, 2010
 
171
The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
3.90
This book is a combo of sorts. The first half of the book is a series of vignettes about Kenny, a 10-year-old in Flint, MI in 1963, and his older brot...more
Apr 22, 2011
Apr 28, 2010
 
106
Sarah Bishop
3.43
This book has traveled with me for 20 years after I originally read it, not because it was a favorite, but because it was by a favorite author. I thou...more
Jan 1985
Jan 31, 2008
 
173
Summer of My German Soldier
3.62
I remember this book being on every summer reading list from probably 5th through 10th grade, but I never read it in school. I found it recently in a...more
Jun 26, 2011
Apr 28, 2010
 
147
The Help
4.44
Well, everyone was right. This book was highly recommended to me by at least a dozen people. I have yet to meet anyone who didn't love it (though that...more
Feb 07, 2010
Jan 14, 2009
 
169
The Interpretation of Murder
3.48
I am not a huge mystery reader but I do like them occasionally, especially when they are historicals with famous people thrown in, so The Interpretati...more
Aug 18, 2010
Mar 24, 2010
 
166
Picnic at Hanging Rock
3.70
This is an Australian classic. To me it had hints of Muriel Spark and Henry James. A mystery, it was riveting and spooky. It's set up as if it were ba...more
May 29, 2010
Feb 16, 2010
 
125
The Age of Innocence
3.92
Aside from Ethan Frome, which I don't count as the setting and storyline as so very different from her NYC-society books, I expect Age is the Edith Wh...more
Jan 09, 2011
May 06, 2008
 
198
Blue Asylum
3.59
The year is 1865 and Iris Dunleavy's husband has sent her to an asylum on Sanibel Island, as he thinks she much be crazy. After all, she ran off with...more
Feb 02, 2013
Aug 19, 2012
 
197
Equal of the Sun
3.64
I am not normally drawn to books set in the near East, but this was for my book club, and I loved it! The story of Pari, a princess in Iran in 1576, t...more
Apr 2013
Aug 19, 2012
Rss More books shelved as 'historical-fiction' »
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8