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E is for Evidence (Kinsey Millhone Mystery)
Not as fussed about E is for Evidence as previous books in the series...I think this one made Kinsey look like a really third-rate private detective a ...more
Dec 09, 2011
Dec 06, 2011
The Kite Runner
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed The Kite Runner, despite my brother & sister informing me it was terrible the day I began reading, and fortunately, I ...more
May 25, 2010
May 23, 2010
The Icarus Agenda
This Ludlum was too long, by about 300 hundred pages, and my edition was so full of editing errors and spelling mistakes that they became an amusing d ...more
May 15, 2011
May 01, 2011
The Thorn Birds
I liked this book so much more than I expected to and was utterly engrossed by the storyline, characters and the lovely images of Drogheda that McCull ...more
May 31, 2011
May 27, 2011
The Casual Vacancy
So many people felt obliged to tell me that this was not a book about Harry Potter...That bombshell aside, I had not read up about The Casual Vacancy ...more
Aug 05, 2013
Aug 06, 2013
Garment of Shadows (Mary Russell, #12)
I think O Jerusalem and Justice Hall should be read prior to GoS so you have all the background of the adventures of Russell, Holmes, Ali and Mahmoud. ...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jul 30, 2013
Lawless. by Matt Bondurant
Great descriptive writing and vivid characters, however, my one annoyance is that I saw the (excellent) film first and couldn't get their faces out of ...more
Jan 13, 2013
Jan 08, 2013
Beekeeping for Beginners (Short Story)
I was so pleased to finally get to read this after finishing Pirate King and realising that I didn't love that book quite as much as I did the rest of ...more
Jan 03, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
The Iron King (The Accursed Kings, #1)
George R.R. Martin wrote in the foreword that this was the inspiration for writing his Fire & Ice series but don't expect the realm of fantasy in ...more
Apr 18, 2013
Apr 26, 2013
The Hand That First Held Mine
I was rather annoyed that this book took so long to form any proper link between the two females, and then I wished we saw more from the point of view ...more
Jul 26, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
Crow Lake
I like the storyline and the skipping to and fro between the present day and her memories of growing up, but I think the story and characters could ha ...more
May 17, 2011
May 14, 2011
The Shack
One star is fairly generous for this book as it is so very poorly written and full of absolute tripe! I actually threw it down in disgust several time ...more
Oct 04, 2011
Sep 30, 2011
Theodore Boone (Theodore Boone, #1)
I wasn't expecting much from Grisham's first foray into YA fiction, but Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer was really rather fun to read. Theo is definitely m ...more
Oct 26, 2011
Oct 26, 2011
Wheels within Wheels: Autobiography
Already a huge Dervla Murphy fan, I came across this book about her unconventional upbringing in a charity shop and read it that afternoon. Her writin ...more
Jul 24, 2010
Aug 17, 2010
The Thread
I really liked the historical aspect of this book and it was very interesting to read, but the characters were lacking in depth and warmth, and seemed ...more
Jul 15, 2012
Jul 10, 2012
One Good Turn (Jackson Brodie, #2)
I had no idea this was the second of four books with Jackson Brodie as the protagonist...whether this is a good or bad thing, I'm not sure. It was a d ...more
Feb 20, 2011
Feb 08, 2011
East of the Sun
Much more interesting and enjoyable than the cover and blurb suggests; I liked the growth of the characters, the vivid imagery and the colourful langu ...more
Feb 02, 2013
Jan 30, 2013
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Meh. I was really looking forward to Mockingjay, but I found it irritatingly slow, and whilst the second half was much better than the first, I lost a ...more
Aug 06, 2012
Aug 01, 2012
The Time Traveler's Wife
This book is always on 'must read' lists and for some unknown reason I have avoided it like the plague (probably because I thought it would be too sap ...more
May 06, 2013
May 06, 2013
The Return
What worringly started off as Chick-Lit quickly turned into a really interesting history lesson on the brutality and suffering during the Spanish Civi ...more
May 22, 2011
May 18, 2011
G is for Gumshoe  (Kinsey Millhone Mystery)
Oh Kinsey, you are at the top of a criminal's hit list and have to hire a bodyguard, so naturally, you escape off at every given moment to investigate ...more
Sep 06, 2012
Sep 04, 2012
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
I would love to have a cup of tea with Major Pettigrew! This is a really lovely and enjoyable book with some serious themes running throughout that po ...more
May 27, 2011
May 23, 2011
The Snowman (Oslo Sequence 5)
The outcome of this Harry Hole book was more obvious than the others in the series but Nesbo has such a talent for writing that I was still on the edg ...more
Jul 07, 2013
Jul 12, 2013
The Help
A thoroughly enjoyable book with some genuinely amusing moments, and one or two awful passages. I particularily enjoyed the narration of Minny and her ...more
May 2011
Apr 28, 2011
So engrossing, you will probably finish it in a day. I really enjoyed reading about life in Room and the relationship between Jack and Ma, and althoug ...more
Feb 22, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
Dreams from My Father
This was written before (Barry!) Obama was on the road to becoming a politician and as such, is a very engaging and honest account of himself and his ...more
Jun 02, 2013
Jun 02, 2013
A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Mary Russell #2)
Enjoyably different from the first in the series with the relationship between Russell and Holmes both amusing and intriguing. The plot was well playe ...more
Dec 31, 2009
Mar 15, 2010
Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle
This book is warm and engaging, and fills you with a sense of awe that Dervla actually completed this journey at all! My only complaint is that she on ...more
Aug 29, 2010
Aug 17, 2010
The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society
Chris Stewart, one-time Genesis drummer, turned sheep shearer, lives with his family on their farm in Las Alpujarras, South of Granada. This book made ...more
Sep 30, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History
I wasn't sure what to expect from the book after enjoying the film so very much, but the book is far more interesting and focuses much more on Antonio ...more
Mar 22, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
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