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The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life
really liked it
Utterly charming and incredibly informative -- though a side effect of reading it will be an incredible desire to move to a Nordic country, because Am ...more
Feb 28, 2016
Feb 23, 2016
To Dwell in Darkness (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #16)
it was amazing
Another excellent entry into the Kincaid/James series. While previous books have sometimes felt as though the mystery needing to be solved takes turns ...more
Aug 27, 2014
Aug 31, 2014
The Last September
liked it
I can already tell this book will suffer from its cover and Claus von Bülow/Presumed Innocent sounding blurb on the back cover. It's not a murder myst ...more
Jun 27, 2015
Jun 30, 2015
Behind Her Eyes
liked it
This book is CRAY-CRAY, maybe mostly in a good way? It spends most of its time as a very nicely paced if somewhat garden variety psychological thrille ...more
Sep 27, 2016
Sep 27, 2016
Did You Ever Have a Family
liked it
While a pleasurable read, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about -- it's basically an Elizabeth Berg novel written in a slightly more literary fashio ...more
Jun 06, 2015
Jun 01, 2015
The Long Way Home (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #10)
it was amazing
THE LONG WAY HOME is a book for those of us who are long time readers of the series; in it, we are rewarded with new views on some of our most beloved ...more
Jul 17, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
Into the Water
it was ok
What a shame, to see Hawkins felled so low by the sophomore slump. After a slow and laborious first part, where fourteen characters are introduced wit ...more
Mar 04, 2017
Mar 03, 2017
A God in Ruins
it was amazing
An absolutely stunning companion to LIFE AFTER LIFE, focusing on the story of Teddy Todd. I would have thought it impossible to love him more than I d ...more
Feb 06, 2015
Jan 31, 2015
Before the Awakening (Star Wars)
really liked it
After you see TFA, pick up this handy collection of three short stories. Anyone who has questioned Rey's skills as a pilot or her abilities to repair ...more
Dec 29, 2015
Jan 01, 2016
Golden Son (Red Rising, #2)
it was amazing
It's the rare sequel that can not only live up to its predecessor, but improve upon it; GOLDEN SON is one of those sequels. Darrow has risen high foll ...more
Nov 05, 2014
Nov 02, 2014
The Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad, #6)
really liked it
Tana French is a master; there's no question about that. But even a master can't hit a home run every time, and the fault in THE TRESPASSER lies with ...more
Jul 18, 2016
Jul 18, 2016
Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North
it was ok
Do you enjoy reading about one young woman's self-absorbed journey towards adulthood when you would rather be reading about her time in Alaska and Nor ...more
Jul 28, 2016
Jul 24, 2016
The Goldfinch
liked it
How to describe THE GOLDFINCH? It could
have been half as long and still as powerful a story -- but then it wouldn't be a Donna Tartt. Beautifully writ
Aug 20, 2013
Aug 12, 2013
A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2)
it was amazing
Nov 29, 2015
Nov 29, 2015
The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine
really liked it
Winner of the 2011 Bram Stoker Award in Long Fiction, this 96-page novella focuses on the characters of Ballard, an older gentleman, and his lover, th ...more
Apr 2012
May 08, 2012
Say Yes to the Marquess (Castles Ever After, #2)
it was amazing
Take one independent heroine in Clio, one lonely and forgotten second son who happens to be a champion prizefighter in Rafe, a castle, plans for a bre ...more
Sep 25, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
The Girl Before
liked it
Everything is trying to be the next GONE GIRL or GIRL ON THE TRAIN... and, with the notable exception of Peter Swanson's THE KIND WORTH KILLING, nothi ...more
Jun 26, 2016
Jun 26, 2016
liked it
If you have never read Cline's READY PLAYER ONE, perhaps read this first; fans of RPO will likely be disappointed, as I was. One its own, ARMADA is cl ...more
May 22, 2015
May 23, 2015
My Real Children
it was amazing
I have long been a fan of personal alternate history narratives -- whether the film SLIDING DOORS or Lionel Shriver's novel THE POST BIRTHDAY WORLD. T ...more
Apr 20, 2014
Apr 20, 2014
Dark Matter
it was amazing
Awesome combination of thriller, science fiction, and speculative alternate-history style fiction. This is the book you should recommend to all your r ...more
Apr 26, 2016
Apr 26, 2016
The Girl on the Train
it was amazing
The psychological thriller at its quiet best: eerie and uncomfortable, with the spaces inbetween providing the fear. Our main character, Rachel, is a ...more
Jan 23, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy
it was amazing
One of the most difficult books I have ever read -- I found myself, throughout the first half, needing to put the book down and take a break, because ...more
Feb 04, 2017
Feb 05, 2017
George and Lizzie: A Novel
it was amazing
GEORGE & LIZZIE is a book for readers who love characters. Imperfect -- and confused -- Lizzie will jump out at you from the beginning, and whethe ...more
Apr 30, 2017
Apr 28, 2017
did not like it
Ugh. Like we need another book about a white boy (at Harvard, no less) with an overinflated sense of his own importance, or another book about a loner ...more
Nov 14, 2016
Nov 14, 2016
How the Light Gets In (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #9)
it was amazing
Every time, I wonder how Penny could possibly keep getting better. While the last entry in the Gamache series was a little bit of a deviation, with LI ...more
May 18, 2013
Mar 28, 2013
This Is Not Over
did not like it
Yes, this is a "thriller" (?) that revolves around a $200 security deposit charge. It is both as ridiculous and as boring as it sounds, with every cli ...more
Sep 28, 2016
Sep 29, 2016
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
it was amazing
A must read for everyone who cares about their communities. Detailed, well-researched, excellently written, and full of heart.
Mar 02, 2016
Mar 04, 2016
The Woman in the Window
it was amazing
This is the follow-up to GIRL ON THE TRAIN you have been waiting for.

For me, the character of Rachel is what made GOTT such a compelling read: her de
May 15, 2017
May 15, 2017
The Martian
it was amazing
I am not even sure how to start a review of this book: it was that enjoyable. The perfect blend of go-where-no-man-has-gone-before, the mystery -- and ...more
Feb 27, 2014
Feb 28, 2014
The Wild Truth: A Memoir
really liked it
The fact that Chris McCandless had a less-than-wonderful home life feels as though it is not a surprise to me; even if it was not expressly stated in ...more
Sep 03, 2014
Sep 03, 2014
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