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Fatherhood and Its Representations in Middle English Texts
4.00
For a slim volume, this book has a lot to say! Through the close reading of Middle English romances, as well as correspondence from real families of t ...more
Jan 2015
Dec 27, 2014
 
The English Orphans
3.78
It's interesting what the age of digital books has done for literature. Prior to this, I had never heard of Mary Jane Holmes, even though she was a ve ...more
Jan 26, 2014
Sep 24, 2012
 
Miramont's Ghost
3.39
Now that I have Amazon prime, I can pick a Kindle First selection every month. I scanned the reviews very briefly and thought this book sounded intere ...more
Jan 24, 2015
Jan 07, 2015
 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
4.10
I always have a fondness for the epistolary style. At times, in this book, however, I was confused who penned the letter I was reading. The characters ...more
Feb 03, 2015
Feb 01, 2015
 
Haunted
3.56
This book was a waste of time, for the most part. I think I'm done with Palahniuk for perhaps ever. The premise of this story was interesting - a bunc ...more
Jun 09, 2014
May 18, 2014
 
Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
3.56
I'm not sure how to feel about this novel. It's not really a book to enjoy. A bit harsh, add one would imagine a novel about imperialism would be. The ...more
Mar 08, 2015
Mar 01, 2015
 
Deadly Deception
3.36
An interesting case of a coldly calculating killer, marred by mediocre writing. I find it a bit bizarre that Mr. Busch refers to himself in the third ...more
Jan 23, 2015
Dec 06, 2014
 
The Betrothed
3.71
This is supposed to be one of the most famous Italian novels. I can see why it endures. The plot itself is relatively simple - a young couple want to ...more
May 25, 2013
Oct 16, 2012
 
The Journey from Abandonment to Healing: Turn the End of a Relationship into the Beginning of a New Life
4.12
Parts of this book were very good and helpful, and others, not so much. The constant referral back to childhood events seemed like too much of an easy ...more
Apr 13, 2014
Apr 12, 2014
 
The Old Man and the Sea
3.65
As is probably true for many, my first encounter with this book (and with Hemingway in general) was the dreaded high school summer reading one had to ...more
Nov 28, 2014
Nov 27, 2014
 
Forever
3.63
Ah, Forever. The one Judy Blume book that my pre-pubescent girlfriends and I actively sought but could never find at our school or local libraries. Fo ...more
Mar 23, 2010
Apr 04, 2010
 
Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl - A Woman's Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship
3.89
The full title, Why Men Love Bitches: from Doormat to Dreamgirl – a Woman’s Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship, made me cringe the first time ...more
Jun 29, 2014
Jun 26, 2014
 
Leaves of Grass: The First (1855) Edition
4.23
(I have the full-length "Deathbed" edition, I suppose it is, that runs to 500-plus pages; however, in the interest of time - and interest, heh - our b ...more
Nov 20, 2014
Nov 16, 2014
 
The Persistence Of Memory: A Biography Of Dali
3.80
A fascinating look into the man who was the embodiment of the Surrealist movement. I learned a lot that I didn't know; who knew that his wife was such ...more
Jan 26, 2007
Jan 05, 2008
 
Agamemnon's Daughter: A Novella and Stories
3.64
Due to the oppression of Communism in Albania, this book actually had to be smuggled out of that country by the author and a friend of his in France, ...more
Feb 2015
Jan 24, 2015
 
Save Me the Waltz
3.62
On reading quality alone, this is not my shining example of a four-star book. There is not much of a plot, really; most of what occurs is lifted from ...more
Oct 04, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
 
Blindness (Blindness, #1)
4.04
Wow. This is not an easy read. It took me a few days to get through this, even though it is not very long. There are two reasons:

First, if you have ne
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Jul 31, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
 
The Female of the Species
3.60
This was good, but not her best work. A collection of short stories, with females as their protagonists. "Doll: A romance of the Mississippi" was rath ...more
Jan 02, 2007
Jan 05, 2008
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.00
This is not an easy read, something to tuck into your bag on your way to the pool (although, admittedly, I did read large chunks of this on vacation, ...more
Aug 29, 2014
Aug 22, 2014
 
The Big Sin
3.23
A solid 50s crime novel. A priest teams up with a detective to unearth the true story behind the apparent suicide of a showgirl (who also happened to ...more
Dec 23, 2013
Sep 06, 2012
 
Dracula Was a Woman: In Search of the Blood Countess of Transylvania
3.54
This should have been two books, or a long form article and a book. The first portion is the author's attempt to unearth the truth of Elizabeth Bathor ...more
Mar 19, 2015
Mar 01, 2015
 
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
4.48
I think this has been my favorite of the series this far. The worldbuilding is still amazing, enjoyed the interaction between the characters. The infi ...more
Jan 17, 2015
Nov 06, 2013
 
Ready Player One
4.31
I loved this book! It has its share of tropes, but. . . don't care. Was highly entertaining! A futuristic Westing Game with an explosion of 80s refere ...more
Mar 10, 2015
Mar 21, 2013
 
Their Eyes Were Watching God
3.83
I know this book was on some recommended reading list or other at some point in my life - I wonder if I took the title literally and thought this was ...more
Oct 06, 2014
Oct 04, 2014
 
The Devil's Rooming House: The True Story of America's Deadliest Female Serial Killer
3.31
Closer to 2.5. The premise is extremely interesting, but the way it is executed is not very well done. I don't think there is another book about Amy A ...more
Dec 07, 2014
Dec 07, 2014
 
Sharp Objects
3.88
I like horror books. I like disturbing literature. However, something about this book just left me cold. The characters are so vastly unlikeable that ...more
Aug 16, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
4.42
Oh, Shouty Capitals Harry. I was wondering when you would appear. I don't really know what to make of this one. On the one hand, it wasn't terrible. O ...more
Jan 21, 2015
Nov 06, 2013
 
The Turn of the Screw
3.45
This book has been described as a "ghost story," and while it does have ghosts that figure into it, it's more psychological than anything else.

The st
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Jan 10, 2013
Dec 13, 2012
 
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
3.70
I wish I could give this less than a star. I am also embarrassed to admit that I read this.

Why are ladies everywhere so enamored of this book? He is
...more
Aug 15, 2012
Aug 15, 2012
 
Oral Literature in Africa
4.06
Very detailed and informative introduction to oral literature in Africa. Finnegan discusses poetry, folktales, even drum poetry. The work is a bit dat ...more
Jul 15, 2013
Nov 17, 2012
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