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One Day
Every moment with this book felt like a waste of my time. I've seen it all before: the ugly duckling pining after the rich asshole who could be transf ...more
Sep 03, 2011
Sep 03, 2011
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers on its surface sounds like it has the potential to be incredibly moving, and I had high hopes. Yet I found the reading to be more of a ...more
Jan 02, 2012
Jan 02, 2012
Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris
I picked up this book because I kept seeing people talk about her capsule wardrobe. That chapter didn't provide any insight on how to construct your o ...more
Mar 28, 2013
Mar 28, 2013
River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6)
Patricia Briggs has this amazing ability to keep this series feeling fresh. Unlike other longer series (for example, the Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries) ...more
Mar 05, 2011
Mar 05, 2011
Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely, #2)
In her essay "The Collapsible Woman", Vanessa Veselka talks about how society expects all victims of rape to break and collapse. She argues that we do ...more
Mar 27, 2009
Mar 26, 2009
Covet (Fallen Angels, #1)
My students often complain that I'm a really hard grader and this is one case where I feel like a 3 might be a bit harsh, but I have to go by what was ...more
Oct 04, 2009
Sep 28, 2009
The Boleyn Inheritance (The Tudor Court, #3)
In this installment of the Tudor court saga Gregory has 3 different characters narrate the story from their own point of view. This has the potential ...more
Apr 20, 2009
Feb 23, 2009
The Duke Is Mine (Fairy Tales, #3)
Dear Eloisa James,

What the hell were you thinking? You start your story by having the "heroine" ruthlessly mock her fiancee who turns out to be mental
Jan 15, 2012
Nov 25, 2011
The Minds of Boys: Saving Our Sons from Falling Behind in School and Life
This is the worst kind of pseudoscience parading itself around as well researched fact. While Gurian paints a compelling picture when you scratch the ...more
Feb 26, 2013
Feb 15, 2013
Burning Bright
Burning Bright is a story about the middle ground between opposites: city/country, boy/girl, experienced/innocent. Unlike Chevalier other works this n ...more
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May 29, 2008
The Queen's Man (Justin de Quincy, #1)
This is historical fiction, heavy on the history. But I don't want to give the impression that is a bad thing, it was in fact one of the things that I ...more
Aug 09, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
The Awakening
I just reread The Awakening for bookclub for the first time in a decade. The last time I read this book I was a newlywed. Since then I've become a mot ...more
Feb 26, 2013
Jan 22, 2008
Jazz (Toni Morrison Trilogy, #2)
The language of this book is so beautiful, which makes an interesting counter-point to the lives of the characters which often are so far from beautif ...more
Jan 25, 2013
Dec 17, 2012
Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1)
This book was completely charming from beginning to end. Although it is billed as a mystery, the mystery portion of the book doesn't really begin unti ...more
Aug 13, 2009
Jul 17, 2009
No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics
After originally reading this book I was overwhelmed. The authors do a great job of terrifying the reader with their chosen narrative. I threw
Jun 10, 2011
Jun 10, 2011
Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)
Etiquette & Espionage is the first in a new series set in the same world as GailCarriger's Parasol Protectorate series. I have to say that I adore ...more
Mar 31, 2013
Feb 27, 2013
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book. The word zombie often evokes thoughts of campy horror films, but this story is worlds away fr ...more
Jun 29, 2013
Mar 11, 2013
A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home: Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful, More Inspiring Space
Clearly this book was meant for a different generation. I have never read the authors' blog. The book was in the new section at our library so I grabb ...more
May 04, 2015
May 04, 2015
A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels, #1)
I decide to read this book after the author Sarah MacLean was included in a recent article in the The Atlantic. This book and its female lead certainl ...more
Apr 05, 2013
Apr 04, 2013
Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature
Cannot even express how much I loved this book and the idea behind it. Taking classic novels as inspiration for design is genius. Anyone who knows me ...more
May 04, 2015
May 04, 2015
Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7)
It's no secret that I love Mercy Thompson. I'm always overjoyed to have a new installment in her adventures in my hands. This book didn't disappoint. ...more
Mar 09, 2013
Mar 08, 2013
The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Smythe-Smith Quartet, #4)
This is an easy read, although not quite as entertaining as others in the series. I agree with many of the other reviewers who mentioned the major pro ...more
Mar 12, 2015
Mar 10, 2015
Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)
Thomas Cromwell is quickly becoming my favorite Tudor figure. He was given such short shrift in other works like the novels of Philippa Gregory and th ...more
Feb 17, 2013
Oct 05, 2012
A Duke of Her Own (Desperate Duchesses, #6)
This book would be better titled A Duchess of His Own, as it is really the story of the how Leopold, the Duke of Villiers finally finds love. He has b ...more
Aug 03, 2009
Aug 03, 2009
Jane Fairfax
If you're an Austen fan, you know that Jane Fairfax ends up with Frank Churchhill. So in reading this you might expect to understand the how or why of ...more
Jun 21, 2009
Feb 16, 2008
If You Were Here
Having just bought a new old house with lots of projects that need completing I could totally appreciate this story. Light, funny read for anyone look ...more
Jun 22, 2015
Jun 22, 2015
Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet #1)
This story was a great way to spend a lazy day over winter break. I particularly liked that some of the romance novel cliches are inverted. It's the m ...more
Dec 27, 2011
Dec 27, 2011
And One Last Thing ...
Molly Harper's books always make me laugh out loud and this one was not exception. The main character Lacey is what Elizabeth Gilbert could have been ...more
Sep 25, 2010
Jul 30, 2010
BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine
This is a great collection of thought provoking social commentary. If you like Bitch Magazine you'd like this look back over the last 10 years. I didn ...more
Apr 11, 2009
Mar 28, 2009
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)
My kids have these story dice that have picture instead of numbers. You roll the dice and then try to create a story that connects all the pictures. T ...more
Dec 27, 2014
Nov 30, 2014
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