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The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way
3.95
it was ok
The one thing that bothered me the most about this book was a huge error it had on swearwords, in reference to my mother tongue Finnish:

(p. 210, Ch.
...more
Jan 1997
Jan 24, 2008
 
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
4.10
it was amazing
I think this is a wonderful book. The naivety and simplicity of the protagonist which affects the story as well is a narrative gimmick... and it works ...more
Jun 21, 2008
Jun 18, 2008
 
The Sorrows of an American
3.50
really liked it
I did enjoy this book and all the myriad stories and mysteries within but as the end neared, I found myself liking it less and less. That was mainly d ...more
Oct 28, 2008
Oct 19, 2008
 
The Moving Toyshop (Gervase Fen, #3)
3.88
it was amazing
The Moving Toyshop is one of my all time favourites. I remember making a presentation on it at school, when I was about 12 years old. And having re-re ...more
May 03, 2008
Jan 07, 2008
 
The Quincunx
4.06
it was amazing
This is a masterful novel, both a parody and a celebration of a Dickensian novel. It's set in Victorian London and teems with mysteries, strange enemi ...more
not set
Jan 24, 2008
 
The Seventh Day
3.43
it was amazing
This is an absolutely fabulous book. It tells the story of an old dying man and his son who's a middle-aged scientist. The son finds out that his fath ...more
Mar 17, 2008
Mar 03, 2008
 
The Interpretation of Murder (Freud, #1)
3.52
it was amazing
This is one of the best books I've ever read, a really enchanting, complex, thrilling and intelligent novel which describes New York in 1909 in a most ...more
Jan 28, 2008
Jan 24, 2008
 
The Island of Eternal Love
3.80
liked it
I'm currently reading this book and enjoying it so far. One reason why I like the book is that the main character is called Cecilia, like me. Will be ...more
Jun 30, 2008
Apr 24, 2008
 
Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34
3.94
I want to read this book before the Michael Mann movie hits the cinemas... It'll be brilliant!!!
not set
Dec 08, 2008
 
The Swan Thieves
3.53
liked it
The Swan Thieves is an overly long, but at times spellbindingly beautiful novel. It tells the story of a psychiatrist, Andrew Marlowe, whose painter p ...more
Apr 09, 2010
Feb 25, 2010
 
Harlequin Valentine
3.81
it was amazing
Harlequin Valentine is such a delightful cocktail of quirkiness, oddity and romaticism that one cannot help but love it. I have always enjoyed pantomi ...more
Nov 09, 2008
Oct 13, 2008
 
The Graveyard Book
4.11
it was amazing
Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book is, in my opinion, the best book of the year, the most magical, chilling, delightful, clever, amazing and wonderful o ...more
Nov 10, 2008
Sep 20, 2008
 
My Cousin Rachel
3.91
it was amazing
I only just re-read this book this week, after many years, and loved it even more. My Cousin Rachel is one of my all time favourite books, alongside w ...more
Jul 1991
Jan 07, 2008
 
Duma Key
3.92
it was amazing
Duma Key is a big, sweeping, dramatic, thrilling and melancholy book. I think it's definitely one of King's best, with autobiographical notes on recov ...more
Feb 25, 2008
Feb 06, 2008
 
The Mermaid Chair
3.10
liked it
The Mermaid Chair is not the type of a book that I'd normally read, and I'm yet to read The Secret Life of Bees, too. However, as I love mermaids and ...more
Mar 23, 2008
Mar 05, 2008
 
River of Darkness (John Madden, #1)
3.95
liked it
The book's certainly well-written and crafty, but I found the central character, detective Madden, really annoying. A tragic, romantic hero haunted by ...more
Jul 13, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
 
A Thousand Splendid Suns
4.33
liked it
No doubt about it, Thousand Splendid Suns is an important novel. It tells the story of two women who despite hardships and a husband who abuses them b ...more
Mar 08, 2008
Feb 26, 2008
 
Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2)
4.18
it was ok
Racist, outdated, sentimental garbage I'd never let my kids read if I had any.
not set
Dec 14, 2008
 
A Knock At The Door
4.38
it was amazing
This is a truly beautiful book. I saw the video a few years ago and have been wanting to get my paws on the book ever since... I bought the book and d ...more
Nov 10, 2008
Nov 10, 2008
 
Un giorno perfetto
3.58
liked it
I'm reading the Finnish translation of this novel. The title means A Perfect Day -- just like in the Lou Reed song.
Dec 20, 2008
Dec 08, 2008
 
The Rice Mother
4.07
really liked it
This is a wonderful, engrossing and deeply poignant family epic situated in Malaysia around World War II. It's been years since I read this superb deb ...more
not set
Mar 01, 2008
 
Sacred (Kenzie & Gennaro, #3)
3.94
it was amazing
A beautiful version of the good old hardboiled crime novel, a wonderful little noir. Anyone who loves Raymond Chandler, will devour this gem. Lehane's ...more
Aug 26, 2009
May 09, 2008
 
Hag's Nook (Dr. Gideon Fell, #1)
3.70
it was amazing
I re-read this book now and it's simply brilliant. I loved it even more than the first time around. Hag's Nook is the first novel where the larger tha ...more
Mar 23, 2008
Jan 07, 2008
 
Darkness, Take My Hand (Kenzie & Gennaro, #2)
4.17
it was amazing
Darkness, Take My Hand is the best serial killer novel I've ever read. The genre's been overworked but here the story's actually gripping, harrowing a ...more
Nov 10, 2008
Oct 13, 2008
 
Relaxation
4.00
really liked it
This is a great book for anyone who wants to learn to relax. I read it years ago, and then it was lost somewhere amongst all my other tomes. It's got ...more
Sep 2000
Feb 20, 2008
 
Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous
3.34
it was amazing
I'm a vegan already but have heard so many great things about this book that I wanted to read it. It ought to be a must-read for everyone. Not a real ...more
Oct 28, 2008
Oct 13, 2008
 
Shutter Island
4.07
it was amazing
This is one of my all time favorite novels, a dark, mysterious, disturbing read. And throughly enjoyable. I read it during one rainy Sunday and it has ...more
Jun 27, 2009
Oct 13, 2008
 
The Big Book of Cats
4.35
it was amazing
This is a wonderful book for any cat lover... The photos are amazing, and I love the stories, the poetry and the thoughts it evoked. I bought this boo ...more
not set
Jan 24, 2008
 
Labyrinth (Languedoc, #1)
3.54
it was ok
All I can say is, meh. I guess it could have been worse (à la Da Vinci Code) but it sure as hell could have been better, too! Boring mumbojumbo.
Aug 30, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
 
The Mysterious Mr. Quin (Harley Quin, #1)
3.70
it was amazing
This is my favorite amongst Dame Agatha's works... A wonderful eerie collection of tales, with the enigmatic Mr Harley Quin (yes, the name's a clue) a ...more
not set
Jan 07, 2008
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