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Mad About the Boy (Bridget Jones, #3)
high 2s

a moderate disappointment. at times fielding really brings it (exploring grief and loss), and seeing the adult incarnations of bridget's pack o
Oct 23, 2013
Nov 01, 2013
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
Julie disappointed me. Her tone was tired (I've rassled too many self-loathing Gen Xers who think that airing their dirty laundry is fresh and shockin ...more
Mar 25, 2009
Mar 05, 2009
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife: Pride and Prejudice Continues (Darcy & Elizabeth, #1)
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ...more
Aug 2004
Aug 01, 2007
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, #1)
TRUE STORY: reading Clan of the Cave Bear to augment one's understanding of the Upper Paleolithic era is like reading Playboy for the articles. . . .
Jan 1996
Aug 01, 2007
Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1)
The first installment in the Little House series is, hands down, my favorite. Unlike later books, this window into a young Laura's first home, where f ...more
not set
Aug 01, 2007
That Scandalous Summer (Rules for the Reckless, #1)
high 2s

the author abandons her plot contrivances when they become inconvenient and writes the story she wants to write, not the story she had been wri
Mar 23, 2013
Apr 14, 2013
Flowers from the Storm
first read in early 2011: a shockingly good story. unexpected. this has the gravity and quality of jane eyre or wuthering heights. i was quite surpris ...more
Oct 04, 2014
Mar 20, 2012
Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell, #1)
seriously? an average of 4.10 stars? did we read the same book, people? this was AW. FUL. seriously. so horrible. i can't think of a worse book i've r ...more
Aug 17, 2012
Oct 28, 2012
A Ring of Endless Light (Austin Family, Book 4)
L'Engle seems to achieve that which Stephenie Meyer is, as yet, technically unable: a respectful, plausible narration of square pegs, alienated dreame ...more
Jan 1992
Mar 05, 2009
Devil's Cub
who are these assholes?

so, my first-ever georgette heyer novel opens with the Devil Cub nonchalantly shooting a highway man and not bothering to info
Apr 14, 2013
Apr 14, 2013
Taking Him Down (Wilinski's #2)
fairly high 3s

all of cara mckenna/meg maguire's strengths are present here -- fairly fully realized, diverse casts of characters; secondary and tertia
Aug 02, 2013
Aug 02, 2013
Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight
low 3s -- compelling concept, pretty unbearable narrator

she tries to convince us that she's not all that different from you and
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 23, 2013
Morning Glory
oh, em gee. it's like harper lee hit janette oke upside the head with a deliciously juicy ham. <-- like, in the *best* way, i mean.

beautiful, beaut
Mar 08, 2013
Mar 10, 2013

oh, m'god, y'all, i'm not sure i'm going to be able to DO this. i was blown away by lavyrle
not set
Oct 15, 2014
Tart (Delicious, #2)
silly. formulaic. instances of reallllllly bad writing (pretty painful similes abused throughout).

PROS: set on bainbridge island. atypical romance co
Feb 17, 2013
Feb 20, 2013
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness
My hubby and I saw Daniel Amen give a presentation on PBS on the nutrition-brain-wellness connection and were intrigued. I think I accidentally bought ...more
Oct 13, 2008
Oct 14, 2008
Glitterland (Glitterland #1)
high 3s, almost 4; might revising my rating upon rereading.

funny, legible, smart, poignant, truthful. a very strong, sweet read. the exeter accent was
Sep 10, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
Wild Holiday Nights: Holiday Rush\Playing Games\All Night Long
*** REREAD January 5, 2015 ***

only bothering with the maguire (mckenna). the rest aren't worth my time. but she'll get a regular revisit from me. swee
Jan 05, 2015
Dec 02, 2014
Pride and Prejudice
*** UPDATED REVIEW, 1/26/14 ***

a book i reread every year or so. my hands-down favorite book ever written.

this time through i noted for the first tim
Jan 18, 2015
Apr 26, 2007
Lay It Down (Desert Dogs, #1)
i love, love, love cara mckenna. i think she is the best contemporary romance novelist working today. i will always read her stuff, and i will always ...more
Aug 10, 2014
Feb 11, 2014
Rogue Spy (Spymasters, #5)
PREPUBLICATION MUSINGS: joanna bourne is one of the greats; her writing is simply fantastic, which means that this book has become a must-read for me. ...more
Nov 13, 2014
May 13, 2014
My Sweet Folly
*** 12/9/14 ***

it's been very silly of me to resist. yes, this book has its problems. but it's SO compelling -- i'm drawn to reread it SO often -- tha
Sep 07, 2014
Apr 15, 2013
Sabbatical Journey: The Diary of His Final Year
I picked up this diary of the last year of Henri Nouwen's life while on a weekend-long silent retreat in the countryside, just as spring was breaking ...more
not set
Apr 13, 2010
The Hundred and One Dalmatians (The Hundred and One Dalmatians, #1)
O happy day when during a free-reading period in Mrs. Chismar's fifth-grade class I opened an old, dog-eared (as it were) edition of this masterpiece. ...more
Jan 1986
Aug 01, 2007
Ruin Me
*** OCTOBER 28, 2012 ***

3.5 stars.

beautifully written. i get the feeling that cara mckenna pretty deeply respects each of her characters, vastly diffe
Aug 23, 2013
Oct 28, 2012
Driving Her Wild (Wilinski's, #3)
high -- very high -- 3s

kick mckenna delivers again -- very believable, distinctly drawn characters whose differences beautifully complement each other
Nov 09, 2013
Oct 04, 2013
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
L'Engle's Time Quartet diminishes in cohesion with each installment. Whether from the author's own under-writing or her publishing house's imprudent h ...more
Jan 1985
Aug 01, 2007
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #1)
Tired rehashing of chick-lit stand-bys: narcisistic, thoroughly unsympathetic narrator with no self-awareness (hint: she thinks (a) she's a wit and (b ...more
not set
Apr 26, 2007
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (The Rules of Scoundrels, #3)
mostly silly. largely unearned. the duke's characterization was pretty all over the place -- from wickedly charming young thing to dark and dangerous ...more
Dec 12, 2013
Dec 12, 2013
I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941
I struggled through this book and ultimately ended up abandoning it. It was interesting, but I wasn't prepared for its length and the many dry passage ...more
Jan 2000
Mar 16, 2009
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