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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
Thank you to the publisher for an advance reading copy.

I shouldn't even review this. A book marketed as "heartwarming" is never for me. But I'm going
Apr 06, 2014
Apr 04, 2014
The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship
I'm reading this purely because my sister DESPISED it and I have to know why.

Oh. My. Gosh. I rarely read books that I can't understand how they were p
Sep 2011
Mar 17, 2010
Out of My Mind
I felt like a terrible person the entire time I read this book because I disliked it so much, especially since I think that it's an important book and ...more
Oct 24, 2011
Jun 06, 2011
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
**spoiler alert** perfection. When my book club read this last month on my suggestion, not everyone adored it as much as I did, but everyo ...more
Jun 30, 2009
Jun 22, 2009
Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)
**spoiler alert** ...I REALLY wanted to like this book. The plot sounded so good, and it seemed perfect anyone who loves to read and who loves books t ...more
Jan 05, 2009
Dec 04, 2008
Wife 22
**spoiler alert** ***SPOILERS***

Sometimes you read a book and wonder if it was calculated to annoy you. How did the author of Wife 22 know all the tri
May 21, 2013
May 04, 2013
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Pink Carnation, #1)
Don't be fooled by the cover: this book is a romance novel pretending to be historical fiction. I was completely shocked when the first sex scene star ...more
Dec 15, 2010
Apr 17, 2008
The Amber Room
Oh Amber Room, how did I hate thee? Let me count the ways...

- Every German says "und" (instead of "and") even as they're speaking English.

- Women say
Jun 2008
May 08, 2008



Oh my gosh, what the crap was that? Did that just happen??? Friends, this book ma
Mar 16, 2011
Mar 07, 2011
The Book with No Pictures
My nieces and nephews begged me to read this to them on Thanksgiving, and giggled like maniacs through the whole thing. They tricked me! You know it's ...more
Nov 25, 2014
Dec 01, 2014
The Girl on the Train
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy.

Why did I sort of love that Library Journal gave this a bad review? Since it's been widely called
Feb 13, 2015
Feb 10, 2015
The Summer Prince
There's no chance I would have picked this up on my own, and I'm not really sure that I'm glad I did, to be honest. There definitely good writing and ...more
Aug 10, 2013
Aug 05, 2013
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
**spoiler alert** This is purely to be read as my feelings on the book, not as a recommendation to anyone. I know that my issues with it are very pers ...more
Jul 20, 2009
Jul 08, 2009
Let's Get Lost
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy at PLA. (Leave me alone, Taxren! You're just jealous!)

I like the idea of this, but these linked s
Jan 22, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
Village School (Fairacre, #1)
*Read for S524: Adult Readers' Advisory* I'm COMPLETELY shocked that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. There was a time when my mother's Mitford b ...more
Nov 17, 2010
Oct 21, 2010
I was REALLY into Phantom of the Opera when I was about 13, and still love the story and atmosphere, even if I'm not as enthralled with the musical as ...more
Sep 20, 2008
Sep 05, 2008
The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)
Oh my word, what an insanely awesome book! I was legitimately creeped out reading it at night. I kept looking over the top of the book to make sure th ...more
Jan 07, 2014
Sep 11, 2012
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
I'm honestly shocked that this is the book I've heard so many people flipping out over for the past two years. I have library patrons that just read t ...more
Mar 20, 2014
Aug 26, 2011
When I found out that this book was inspired by the Carl Larsson painting Midvinterblot, I chewed out my Printz book club for their failure to alert m ...more
Aug 25, 2013
Aug 21, 2013
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reading copy.

While I know that I'm not the hugest fan of thrillers or suspense, I thought the premise of Run so
Oct 06, 2014
Sep 30, 2014
**Read for S524: Adult Readers' Advisory** Oh man...I am so not cut out for Christian fiction. I thought it would just be casual mentions of church li ...more
Nov 27, 2010
Oct 28, 2010
The Hurricane Sisters
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reading copy.

Since I moved to the Lowcountry, I've had to become familiar with Dorothea Benton Frank since she
Jul 20, 2014
Jul 03, 2014
Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS
It's not a good sign when reading a memoir makes you like the person who wrote it less. I had thought that I'd find a kindred spirit in Rebecca Eaton ...more
Apr 24, 2014
Nov 01, 2013
Biting through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America's Heartland
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reading copy.

Gorgeous. So many food memoirs, while enjoyable, are on the light side, but Nina Mukerjee Furstena
Jul 23, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reading copy.

I knew this would be fairly fluffy, but it had a good sense of humor about the author's goal and c
Jun 28, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
Gone Girl
It's not very often that I read a book that I truly can't put down, and I generally find that those kinds of books are wonderful in terms of plot but ...more
Oct 20, 2012
Jun 01, 2012
The King, the Mice and the Cheese
A friend recommended this as one of his favorite books as a kid, and I can definitely see why kids would have a lot of fun with it. The story is repet ...more
Jan 22, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
Enchantment Ädventyr, HCA and I Understand
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reading copy.

I was SOOOOO excited for this ARC because I understand the author's Scandinavia love so well. A m
Jul 25, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
This is a nice retelling of the classic story, but the author changes the story slightly from the traditional Grimm telling (no mention of the fate of ...more
Feb 17, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
Good Dog, Carl
I read this to kids ages two through nine, and they all LOVED it. We laughed and laughed at the adventures Carl and the baby have together, and talked ...more
Mar 06, 2011
Mar 07, 2011
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