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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
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I enjoyed reading this book so much that I read it extra slowly. Mantel is a genius and I look forward to reading more of her books. It's hard to keep track of all the characters here, but that's a pretty minor problem. Just keep going and you'll fig ...more
Margaret rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1)
by Gary Paulsen
read in November, 2014
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Very nice! This was suspenseful and fun to read. I always want to try books that are not oriented toward bookworms, and I'd say this might be a book you could tempt a reluctant reader with.
Margaret rated a book 1 of 5 stars
The Russian Debutante's Handbook by Gary Shteyngart
The Russian Debutante's Handbook
by Gary Shteyngart (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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God. I really want to like Gary Shteyngart, but I just can't stand him. I got about 80 pages in. Reading him is like talking to someone who thinks he's smarter than he actually is.
Margaret rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
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Maybe I love everything since moving to Ukraine. I'm only half way through, but this book is hypnotic and soothing. I'm happily confident that there is enough Proust to last my entire 10 months here.
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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
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Margaret rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
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The excerpt of this book in The New Yorker didn't really prepare me for this book. It's funny, but it's also really shocking and sad. The author doesn't pull any punches in her descriptions of herself or her parents as they grow older and die. This i ...more
Margaret rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier
Travels in Siberia
by Ian Frazier
read in October, 2013
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This book has been a valuable emotional support for me as I live and work in Ukraine. I read this book as slowly as I could, over a period of four months. I didn't want to finish it. I loved reading about Frasier's experiences hiring and working with ...more
Margaret rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Love and Obstacles by Aleksandar Hemon
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Margaret rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Dracula
by Bram Stoker
read in September, 2013
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This book was a lot more fun to read than I thought it would be. It presents us with a vampire that is quite a bit different than the ones we're used to on TV. Remember that movie, Bram Stoker's Dracula? It doesn't actually follow the plot of the boo ...more
Margaret rated a book 1 of 5 stars
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
by Anne Brontë
read in September, 2013
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It must have really been depressing to be the Bronte sister who couldn't tell a good story. Damn. Sorry Anne, but this book sucks. I can't even stand to listen to the whole thing on audiobooks while I floss my teeth. It's that bad.
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