Bel Canto
it was ok
I *adore* Ann Patchett but I did not like this book. I could barely even finish it. The only reason I didn't give it 1 star is because Ann Patchett wr ...more
not set
May 22, 2007
it was amazing
4.5 stars. Though over 5++ stars for this woman's background, what she endured, and how she overcame. It made me infinitely grateful to simply be born ...more
Oct 2014
Oct 05, 2014
The Chocolate Thief (Amour et Chocolat, #1)
really liked it
So fun...a perfect light read that is still smart. Cade Corey is a chocolate heiress who flies to Paris in attempts to collaborate with a famous choco ...more
May 20, 2014
May 20, 2014
The House at Tyneford
it was amazing
Loved this WWII-era book set at a fictional-but-based-on-fact grand home on the sea in England. Elise is a cultured, intelligent young Jewish girl fro ...more
Jan 24, 2015
Jan 25, 2015
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
really liked it
I'll admit I liked, didn't love, her first book. Maybe because I used to read her blog and too much was a retread? In any case, I thoroughly enjoyed t ...more
Oct 25, 2015
Oct 30, 2015
Black Rabbit Hall
it was amazing
Haunting, wonderful characters. For fans of Kate Morton. Loved this.
Mar 19, 2015
Mar 20, 2015
Valley Fever
it was amazing
I was on a panel with this author and was completely entranced and charmed by her funny and poignant stories of growing up in Fresno, California. That ...more
Jul 10, 2016
Jul 16, 2016
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
really liked it
There is much to love here. This book is some combination of Family Fang and Running with Scissors (the movie, not the book) but has its own unique br ...more
Sep 03, 2012
Sep 02, 2012
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
it was amazing
Everyone should read this book. I picked it solely because I loved the author’s memoir Wild and I liked this even better I think. It is a compilation ...more
Aug 07, 2012
Aug 05, 2012
To Be Sung Underwater
it was ok
1.5 stars. This book is weird. It had fantastic praise using words like beautiful, magical, gorgeous, smart. And I guess the writing is technically ni ...more
Sep 02, 2012
Aug 28, 2012
This Is How You Lose Her
liked it
Linked short stories all basically centered around a guy named Yunior. Yunior is a bit of a man-whore and makes prodigious use of swear words and raci ...more
Nov 18, 2012
Nov 18, 2012
liked it
3.5+ This is a really difficult book to rate. Some parts were 2s, others 3s, a lot of 4, and some 5. The way the book is structured made it really har ...more
Mar 30, 2010
Mar 22, 2010
it was ok
I'm not sure this is technically "Young Adult" but it felt closest to YA for me. In this we have Penelope, an exceedingly awkward Harvard freshman. Sh ...more
Nov 02, 2013
Nov 01, 2013
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
really liked it
I stayed far away from this when it came out because of the hype machine. However my book club chose it and never let it be said Michelle doesn’t comp ...more
Jan 16, 2012
Jan 14, 2012
Who Loves You Best
liked it
This was a book club pick and it was more intriguing and darker than I expected. I think the publishing house did the author a huge disservice with th ...more
Jul 15, 2011
Jul 13, 2011
The Imperfectionists
really liked it
Billed as a novel, but really a collection of related short stories about the people working for a newspaper in Rome. When done right, I find short st ...more
Feb 02, 2011
Jan 30, 2011
The Painted Veil
liked it
**spoiler alert** 3.5 stars.... I must have changed this between 3 and 4 stars five times while writing this review. It's about a woman who cheats on ...more
not set
Mar 25, 2008
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
really liked it
I’ve seen this on almost every “best of 2010” list for YA and it did not disappoint. It’s the story of Anna who’s sent to a Paris boarding school for ...more
not set
Dec 12, 2010
really liked it
Big, fat behemoth of a book about one man’s quest to travel back in time and change key events. The title is a bit of a misnomer. Yes, Jake Epping/Geo ...more
Feb 21, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
On the Island (On the Island, #1)
2.5 stars. I am certainly in the minority here - an over 4 star average rating? Wow. It was certainly a fast read. I realized a few hours before book ...more
Jun 26, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
really liked it
I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. It’s billed as a “satirical romp” and I love a good satirical romp. However, about three paragrap ...more
Jun 09, 2013
Jun 09, 2013
A Northern Light
really liked it
Delicious novel that takes place in the early 1900s in and around a swanky Adirondacks hotel, told by a girl who works there. I love novels with setti ...more
not set
Feb 15, 2010
The Husband's Secret
liked it
I had very lofty expectations for this as my most trusted reader friends loved it. While it is very high concept and well written, for some reason it ...more
Nov 14, 2013
Nov 11, 2013
The Round House
really liked it
Beautifully written part mystery-party coming of (tragic) age about a young teen boy who has grown up on an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. In the ...more
Nov 05, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
This is Where I Leave You
liked it
Jonathan Tropper writes solid, witty contemporary fiction, always featuring some semi-schlubby adorable guy. I didn’t like this as much as other works ...more
Aug 21, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
The Promise of Stardust
really liked it
Well-written novel about a neurosurgeon’s newly pregnant wife who, after an accident, is in a persistent vegetative state. The book explores the moral ...more
Apr 10, 2014
Apr 07, 2014
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
liked it
Southern, literary “thriller” (if that’s the right word) about two men living in the same town who knew each other as boys. There was a missing girl w ...more
Jan 02, 2013
Dec 30, 2012
Buying In
it was ok
I bought this from an advertisement on my Kindle. It’s about a first year analyst slogging it out at an investment bank in the months leading up to fi ...more
Dec 24, 2013
Dec 23, 2013
Fairytale Interrupted: What JFK Jr. Taught Me About Life, Love, and Loss
liked it
Well since it’s been like at least twenty days since I’ve read something Kennedy-related (is it just me or is there a rash of them lately?) I decided ...more
Mar 12, 2012
Mar 12, 2012
What Alice Forgot
liked it
3.5 stars. This is deceptively complex. Yes, it’s “chick lit” but there are some very deep and heart-wrenching topics covered. Alice hits her head in ...more
Dec 18, 2012
Dec 16, 2012
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