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Mad About the Boy (Bridget Jones, #3)
3.29
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...more
Oct 23, 2013
Nov 01, 2013
 
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
3.59
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)
3.37
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...more
Aug 2004
Aug 01, 2007
 
Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1)
4.12
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)
3.64
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...more
Mar 23, 2013
Apr 14, 2013
 
Flowers from the Storm
4.11
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
Apr 10, 2013
Mar 20, 2012
 
Taking Him Down (Wilinski's #2)
3.60
fairly high 3s

all of cara mckenna/meg maguire's strengths are present here -- fairly fully realized, diverse casts of characters; secondary and tertia...more
Aug 02, 2013
Aug 02, 2013
 
Morning Glory
4.23
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...more
Mar 08, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
 
Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight
2.98
low 3s -- compelling concept, pretty unbearable narrator

"SUCCESSFUL" SOCIOPATH:
she tries to convince us that she's not all that different from you and...more
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 23, 2013
 
Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell, #1)
4.13
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
 
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness
3.93
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
 
My Sweet Folly
3.77

*** ORIGINAL REVIEW: June 1, 2012 ***
very high 3s. very. probably higher. i don't know. don't pressure meeeeee.

i can't believe i've failed to log this...more
Sep 07, 2014
Apr 15, 2013
 
Glitterland (Glitterland #1)
4.21
high 3s, almost 4; might revising my rating upon rereading.

funny, legible, smart, poignant, truthful. a very strong, sweet read. the exeter accent was...more
Sep 10, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
 
Pride and Prejudice
4.23
*** 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...more
Jan 19, 2014
Apr 26, 2007
 
Tart (Delicious, #2)
3.95
silly. formulaic. instances of reallllllly bad writing (pretty painful similes abused throughout).

PROS: set on bainbridge island. atypical romance co...more
Feb 17, 2013
Feb 20, 2013
 
Sabbatical Journey: The Diary of His Final Year
3.93
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)
4.08
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
3.84
*** OCTOBER 28, 2012 ***

3.5 stars.

beautifully written. i get the feeling that cara mckenna pretty deeply respects each of her characters, vastly diffe...more
Aug 23, 2013
Oct 28, 2012
 
Driving Her Wild (Wilinski's, #3)
3.66
high -- very high -- 3s

kick mckenna delivers again -- very believable, distinctly drawn characters whose differences beautifully complement each other...more
Nov 09, 2013
Oct 04, 2013
 
The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings
3.92
high 2 stars, flirting with a 3-star designation

a sometimes-sweet curiosity -- quiet, often grave, naturally lit photographs of the recipe contributor...more
Mar 18, 2014
Mar 18, 2014
 
Open
4.11
this is a fantastically engaging book -- especially, but not only, for those of us who were aware of agassi's rock star/rebel take on tennis in the '9...more
Aug 31, 2014
Sep 02, 2014
 
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
4.11
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
 
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (The Rules of Scoundrels, #3)
3.80
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
4.24
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
 
Pigeon Pie
3.59
middling 3s -- amusing, but nothing brilliant

nancy mitford's satire of the Bright Young(-ish) Things coming to terms with World War II is a mishmash o...more
Jul 02, 2014
Jul 03, 2014
 
The Metamorphosis
3.73
Seriously creepy. The image of Gregor's family throwing books that lodged into his exoskeleton . . . basically put me off food for a bit. All of it. M...more
Jan 1990
Mar 04, 2009
 
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, #1)
3.97
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
 
Our Man in Havana
3.93
oscar wilde tweaks john le carre's nose and almost gets away with it.

no heroes, lots of character flaws and risibility (mostly in the good way). the s...more
Feb 20, 2014
Feb 25, 2014
 
Trespass
3.67
*** OCTOBER 28, 2012 ***

low 4 stars.

meg maguire/cara mckenna really has an ear for dialogue and is one of those sadly rare authors who take the time t...more
Aug 12, 2014
Oct 28, 2012
 
Skin Game
3.59
a really fun, well-developed romp by The Boss, cara mckenna (who also writes romantic fiction under the pseudonym meg maguire). this story was Survivo...more
Oct 12, 2012
Jan 02, 2013
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