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Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3)

Things I have learned while reading the Fifty Shades series:

a. Stalking is good. (No, really...stalking is acceptable behavior! *rolls eyes*)

b. Being...more
May 08, 2012
May 04, 2012
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
I did not hate this book (hate would be too strong a word, and I can't hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an epic...more
Jul 30, 2008
Dec 27, 2007
Shall we make a new rule of life...always try to be a little kinder than is necessary?

In that one sentence is wrapped the premise of Wonder: to be kin...more
Feb 19, 2012
Feb 11, 2012
Zone One
There is a reason I hate stream-of-consciousness novels. I can't follow it. I like my novels to travel down a path - it may veer off every now and the...more
Oct 23, 2011
Oct 23, 2011
Year of Wonders
I had read a couple of Geraldine Brooks' essays for my Lit Theory class while I was in grad school, and while I was never one of those ultra-feminist...more
Dec 2007
Dec 27, 2007
The Time Traveler's Wife
I am not a linear book-reader. That is, I rarely ever read a book contiguously, from start to finish. I have a very bad habit of reading the last doze...more
Sep 02, 2008
Dec 27, 2007
I was highly disappointed by this book, especially since it received some really good reviews. The writing style was fine, and Emma Donoghue painted a...more
Dec 2007
Dec 27, 2007
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
I don't even know where to start. This book -- actually, the concept of this book -- had so much promise. This could've been a great revisionist retel...more
Oct 23, 2011
Dec 27, 2007
Agnes Grey
There were a few things I really, really loved about Agnes Grey:
1. The beauty, simplicity and flow of Brontë's writing (in epistolary form, no less!),...more
Mar 05, 2012
Feb 19, 2012
Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)
So I decided to try something different with this book review. Instead of being all negative (like I was in my review of Fifty Shades of Grey, I figur...more
May 04, 2012
Apr 30, 2012
Addendum, 21Aug2008: Against my better judgment, I changed my mind and decided to read it to the end. And what a silly, stupid ending!! If I could giv...more
Aug 07, 2008
Jul 19, 2008
Best Served Cold
Revenge. Incest. Magic. Politics. Lots of battles. Swordplay galore. Returning minor characters from the earlier Abercrombie First Law series (includi...more
Mar 17, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
Spin (Spin, #1)

First off, my breakdown of the basics:

Narrative: 5-stars. Highly intelligent, compelling, wonderful world-building. It's a novel of grand ideas yet so...more
Nov 2012
Oct 15, 2012
Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady
This biographical story about Isabella Robinson broke my heart. Imagine that you are Isabella: you are a Victorian lady and have had a privileged upbr...more
Jul 11, 2012
Jun 30, 2012
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
Someone needs therapy. Really. Whether it's Christian Gray or Ana Steele or E.L. James...gosh, maybe even me, for reading this and not giving it one s...more
Apr 30, 2012
Apr 27, 2012
The Moonstone
I've missed reading the classics, especially British Lit. When I first started reading The Moonstone, it all came rushing back to me: the beautiful de...more
Jan 17, 2012
Jan 08, 2012
The Night Circus
This was a beautifully written book. On a purely technical level, it was near-perfect. The imagery was fantastic, the prose was lyrical, and the chara...more
Oct 11, 2011
Oct 01, 2011
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
Kids are tough,that much is true. Last year, when I read The Hunger Games, I kept thinking that only a twisted individual would create a world, somewh...more
Jan 26, 2012
Jan 20, 2012
The Age of Miracles
The Age of Miracles was both beautiful and extremely frustrating. Beautiful because the writing was exquisite; Karen Thompson Walker writes simply but...more
Jul 04, 2012
Jun 30, 2012
Doomsday Book
This was a great story...if only I didn't have to wait until getting to 80% of the way in to figure out where this story was going!

So here's the thin...more
Jan 27, 2013
Jan 05, 2013
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Oh, this was such an utterly beautiful and lyrical little tale. This is Gaiman at one of his most whimsical, and yet the darkness, the strangeness, th...more
Sep 11, 2013
Sep 07, 2013
The Fault in Our Stars
Oh, Augustus Waters.

I wish you were real.

I wish someone could bottle you up, so that each person in the world could have a little bit of you. (Okay, m...more
Nov 19, 2013
Nov 15, 2013
The Catcher in the Rye
Everyone I know loves this book. It's the quintessential coming-of-age narrative. I've read it four times now - first when I was 12 (and I thought it...more
May 1983
Dec 21, 2007
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)
Now that was a fantastic read! I absolutely fell in love with the characters, from Locke himself, to Jean and even the Sanza twins. Beautifully writte...more
Nov 30, 2011
Nov 11, 2011
44: Book Two (44, #2)
I think I understand why this book is so popular. It's written very casually, like you're listening to someone--a close friend, maybe--tell you a stor...more
Jan 20, 2012
Jan 18, 2012
Divergent (Divergent #1)
A few things you need to know before reading Divergent:

1. While comparisons have been made between The Hunger Games trilogy and the Divergent trilogy,...more
Jul 21, 2013
Jul 13, 2013
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
In a world where going green is the way to go, I found this book both frightening and enlightening. First things first: I know myself well enough to k...more
Jun 05, 2008
Dec 27, 2007
44 (44, #1)
Well, not bad for a free book on Amazon. The writing was not great (far from it), but the story was entertaining enough and kept me hooked. While the...more
Jan 18, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
44: Book Three (44, #3)
Egads...if I were kidnapped by a guy that I knew was a murderer, and that his main goal was to kill me again, I don't think I'd be having dinner with...more
Mar 08, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
The One and Only Ivan
I loved this book. I needed a feel-good book, after reading some pretty dark stuff, and I'm glad I came across this one.

Also, I just realized somethin...more
Jan 28, 2012
Jan 27, 2012
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