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World Without End (The Pillars of the Earth, #2)
I got this book for Christmas and was so excited to start. I was a big fan of Pillars and figured I would love this as well. I liked it a whole lot, b...more
Dec 2007
Dec 27, 2007
Along with Moloka'i and Water for Elephants, one of my favorite books of the year. It traces the history of a man born in the 1700s in Ireland who com...more
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Apr 09, 2009
One of my favorite books of the year, along with "Water for Elephants." I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was a fantastic story, and totally enthra...more
Jun 22, 2008
Jun 23, 2008
Sarah's Key
Devastating, but very engrossing and really well done.
not set
Apr 09, 2009
A Thousand Splendid Suns
So, so good. It was a little hard to get into, and sometimes I really needed to walk away from it for mental health reasons, but in the end it was so...more
Dec 2007
Nov 04, 2007
Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1)
This book bothered me on a base level - everyone has debt and people buy things they don't need, but I had a hard time conjuring up any sympathy for a...more
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May 10, 2007
The Jane Austen Book Club
Another one I picked up from the bargain bin, but I probably should have left this one. It was ok, but the author tried waaay too hard and while I get...more
Sep 2007
Sep 29, 2007
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee
Fascinating to get an inside scoop into Harper Lee and all that went into writing TKAM. However, as a biography, it was not the greatest. The author w...more
Aug 2007
Jul 28, 2007
Pope Joan
Interesting read about the one and only female Catholic pope. Her reign is controversial, but the author introduces enough evidence to suggest that it...more
May 05, 2008
Mar 22, 2008
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Fascinating look at the history of fundamental Mormonism. Fluctuates between Joseph Smith and the creation of the religion in the middle of the 19th c...more
Jun 23, 2008
May 05, 2008
The Flawless Skin of Ugly People
A unique book. I'm not sure I can say that I enjoyed it, but I was definitely captivated. It tells the story of a man with acne vulgaris who is in lov...more
Dec 18, 2007
Nov 04, 2007
The Road
Definitely over-hyped and another horribly depressing read. It took me a long time to get through it, despite not being a difficult or long, mostly be...more
Sep 2007
Sep 29, 2007
The Glass Castle
Weird, but fascinating. In the same vein as "Running with Scissors" but I enjoyed it more. Most remarkable is the tone the author keeps throughout the...more
Jul 2007
Jul 05, 2007
A Fine Balance
Very well written, but depressing as hell. You kept waiting for the Dickensian reveal - that all of these characters' struggle and strife was worth it...more
Jul 2007
Jun 25, 2007
I absolutely hated the Nanny Diaries, so I wasn't too optimistic about this one. But surprisingly, it wasn't cloying or annoying and I thought it was...more
Mar 2008
Mar 22, 2008
The Angel of Darkness (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #2)
One of my all-time favorites; great read and I love the characters. I don't really like Carr's other works, but here and in The Alienist, he does a wo...more
Jan 2000
May 09, 2007
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1)
Eh, it was interesting, but I've always hated the Wizard of Oz anyway, so reading about it just wasn't my thing. Plus, I didn't understand major parts...more
Jan 2007
May 09, 2007
The Ha-Ha
I picked this book up in a bargain bin and was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't the type of book that you can't put down, but it quietly seeped in and...more
Oct 2007
Nov 04, 2007
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Fascinating and very thorough, though at times, it almost felt like a book that would have been assigned in a college history course. When I was readi...more
Jun 2007
May 29, 2007
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
Almost ruined my LSAT score because I couldn't put this down to study. Really interesting book about the architecture in the Middle Ages and the peopl...more
Jun 2002
May 09, 2007
Water for Elephants
Definitely my favorite book this year. I took it with me on vacation, which was absolutely a mistake. I couldn't put it down, and would have missed se...more
Oct 2007
Nov 04, 2007
The Historian
I just couldn't finish this one. I thought I would love it, but I just wasn't that into vampire hunting. Maybe if I knew more about the history of tha...more
Jun 2006
Jan 09, 2008
The Notebook (The Notebook, #1)
I never really enjoy Nicholas Sparks and think in most cases, he thinks he's a better author than he is. Against my better judgment, I gave this a try...more
May 2005
Jun 11, 2007
Number the Stars
I remember reading this in bed with a flashlight, up way past my bedtime, and being just absolutely terrified of the Nazis. Great way to expose kids t...more
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May 09, 2007
I had never given much consideration to how the aquaducts actually worked - I thought it was such an interesting perspective about an event that I kne...more
Jan 2007
May 09, 2007
The Red Tent
You need to give it some time because it starts slow, but then all of a sudden, you can't put it down. I love books that take a tiny moment in history...more
Jun 2003
May 09, 2007
Living History
Good read, though I thought she tried a bit too hard to make the reader like her. I felt like she was trying too hard to rationalize her actions, begg...more
Jun 2005
Jun 01, 2007
The Sound and the Fury
One of my favorite books, despite the fact that it took me about three tries to understand what exactly was going on. It's one where you really need t...more
Jan 1999
Jun 04, 2007
Baker Towers
I loved this book. It's more of a character study than anything else; it's a small story that examines one family's life surrounding the coal mines in...more
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Jun 27, 2007
Plain Truth
Not usually a Jodi Picoult fan, but I liked this one about a young Amish girl who may or may not have given birth and her lawyer who defends her. Easy...more
Aug 2006
Jul 19, 2007
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