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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I'm in favor of:

-pig farmers as romantic leads
-parrots named Zenobia who eat cuckoo clocks
-women who do the asking

I'm not in favor of:

-strong silent t...more
Feb 2009
Feb 17, 2009
Blanche on the Lam
I read about this in a recent article in "The Root" about Kathryn Stockett's "The Help." The Root article said that Stockett isn't the first to write...more
May 2010
Apr 27, 2010
A Dance to the Music of Time: 2nd Movement
I read the first 23 pages of "At Lady Molly's" 3 times before I got on - and then I couldn't stop. The secret, as has been the secret to every one of...more
Jul 2008
Jun 24, 2008
Naguib Mahfouz: Three Novels of Ancient Egypt
I didn't even know Mahfouz wrote historicals. I jumped on this when I saw it at the library. Khufu's Revenge was excellently biblical. You dare to def...more
Apr 2009
Apr 23, 2009
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
I almost hated this book. The way it starts, the voice, the aggressively prep school setting, just turned me off, off, off. I was sorry I had even sta...more
Oct 2008
Nov 03, 2008
A Dance to the Music of Time: 3rd Movement
This one was a struggle. War from beginning to end...which I guess isn't supposed to be a whole lot of fun. I don't know if it was a deliberate manife...more
Jul 2008
Jul 09, 2008
Wit's End
Too much Wikipedia, not enough story. I thought that all of the "themes" were a great set-up: the dollhouses, the Maxwell Lane stories, etc. "Ice City...more
May 2008
May 30, 2008
Let the Right One In
I was really bummed when I saw the trailer for this Swedish movie - it looked so good. And so likely to give me nightmares.

Which is why I was really e...more
Dec 2008
Jan 05, 2009
Summer of Rescue
I cheered when I finished this book - because I was so glad I was done reading it. A friend gave it to me 5+ years ago because it was a really importa...more
Dec 2009
Dec 08, 2009
Getting Mother's Body
"Where my panties at?" is a great first line for a novel. Reading that line in someone else's review is what convinced me to read this.

So..Kind of lik...more
Jan 2009
Jan 15, 2009
Early one morning in zero period before regular classes begin, Leticia overhears Dominique, a big basketball-playing “boy girl” say she’s going to “ge...more
Feb 2009
Feb 20, 2009
The Poisonwood Bible
I had taken against this book for a long time because of how I perceived "the type of person who read it." I'm glad I finally read it - I think it's u...more
Feb 2011
Feb 26, 2011
A Kestrel for a Knave
By gum, but Yorkshire is bleak.

I've had this book for several years, and I've always put off reading it, because why would I want to be that depresse...more
May 2010
May 24, 2010
The Diddakoi
The cover pictured here is in even twee-er than the edition I read. But, really, I haven't enjoyed an actual kid's book this much in a long time. Mayb...more
Jul 2008
Aug 01, 2008
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
While listening to this book, I would find myself thinking, "How incredibly brave," then moments later, reminding myself that the hardscrabble young f...more
Nov 2011
Nov 09, 2011
Beginner's Greek
I read reviews of this, and decided it wasn't my kind of book. But a friend I trust recommended it, and I gave it a try.

I didn't like the first sectio...more
Jul 2010
Jul 14, 2010
Miles from Nowhere
Engaging. The events are about what you'd expect from a "teen runaway" story. The feel of the 80s in New York came through really strong. You can hard...more
May 2009
Jun 01, 2009
The Story Sisters
The best thing about this book is the way it got me thinking. I mean actually adjusted the waves of my brain. Deep, and dark and swimmy, moving around...more
Mar 2010
Mar 25, 2010
Nothing really happens in the beginning of the story, but I was surprised to find I didn't care - I still wanted to keep listening. Protag Ashley talk...more
Apr 2009
Apr 29, 2009
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl (The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, #1)
**spoiler alert** Not as lighthearted a book as I expected from the title. I imagined some kind of kooky crime-fighting duo, kind of like Ducky and wh...more
Jan 2009
Jan 15, 2009
Stone Arabia
I liked the description/reviews of this book enough that I listened to it, but I thought it was going to annoy me. It really didn't.

I enjoyed it more...more
Mar 2012
Mar 05, 2012
This Side Of The Sky
Really enjoyed this. Another misleading cover. I thought it was going to be all pastoral.

The beginning did take place in nowhere Mississippi, but lot...more
Jan 2009
Jan 23, 2009
Accidents of Nature
There's something about female Southern narrators that drive me nuts. I almost stopped the CD after the first 10 minutes, but am glad I carried on.

Jun 2009
Jun 04, 2009
Salvation City
I might have liked this a little better if the audiobook narrator hadn't been so terribly annoying.

This reminded me a little of Tom Perotta's 'The Ab...more
Sep 2011
Sep 18, 2011
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
Scary and fascinating.

Despite a lot of medical information, the point of this book is that culture clash is real. That it is possible for people to be...more
Aug 2009
Aug 27, 2009
I was really excited to read this because of the unique setting - a resort in Ohio that allowed Southern slave owners to vacation with their slaves. T...more
Feb 2010
Feb 01, 2010
Mortal Love
Disappointing. A lot of people who usually know what's what seem to really like this. I was interested in the bits that took place in the present, but...more
Jan 2009
Feb 03, 2009
Anna's Book
This was on the shelf of the house we rented in Santa Fe. When it was time to leave, I was only half-way through. Tragedy! I contemplated "accidentall...more
May 2010
May 16, 2010
Orange Mint and Honey
Someone went to a lot of trouble with the title and the cover to make this seem like a 'nice' book--which is too bad, because I avoid reading nice boo...more
Aug 2009
Aug 19, 2009
The Inheritance of Loss
During the first half, I was seriously considering whether or not I wanted to hand out 5 stars, but by the end I was safely back in 4-star territory....more
Feb 2010
Feb 10, 2010
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