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My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1)
3.90
really liked it
I received this book as a Christmas present from my boss over a year ago. In fact, everyone in the office received a copy – that’s how much our boss w ...more
Feb 07, 2015
Jan 11, 2015
 
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
4.07
really liked it
I say this is what happened:
Italo Calvino was suffering from a writer's block. He would start a novel, get it to its first curve and abandon it before
...more
Feb 05, 2011
Jan 29, 2011
 
And Then There Were None
4.24
really liked it
Before I begin I would like to apologise for my use of the N word in this review.
It is necessary, I promise.

This book was originally published in UK
...more
May 31, 2011
Mar 13, 2011
 
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, #1)
4.02
it was ok
Ms Auel, there are some things I’d like to talk to you about. Be warned I’m quite angry because I keep reading your books for some bizarre reason and ...more
May 21, 2013
Mar 13, 2011
 
Fahrenheit 451
3.98
it was ok
It’s easy to see why ‘Farenheit 451’ is a cult classic, beloved by the majority of bookworms. Oh, it validates us, doesn’t it? Here is a future world ...more
Dec 14, 2012
Dec 05, 2012
 
On Beauty
3.70
really liked it
Before we talk about Zadie Smith, let’s talk about me first. Here issomething you should know – I was a serious book-worm up until I turned 16 (more o ...more
Feb 06, 2014
Nov 28, 2013
 
Case Histories (Jackson Brodie #1)
3.82
it was ok
This should actually get two stars only but me and Kate Atkinson go way back. I read her 'Behind the Scenes in the Museum' when I was a newbie to the ...more
Sep 17, 2011
Sep 11, 2011
 
The Corner
4.41
it was amazing
"The Corner is rooted in human desire - crude and certain and immediate. And the hard truth is that all the law enforcement in the world can't mess wi ...more
Nov 29, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
 
Doctor Zhivago
4.03
liked it
This is going to be a difficult review to write as I have developed a real love-hate relationship with this book. It is an epic story about a man, who ...more
Nov 29, 2009
Nov 03, 2009
 
The Famished Road
3.73
really liked it
This book almost broke me and ate me.

I went to bed after reading the first twenty pages of it and I dreamt about chasing an antelope with a broken hor
...more
Aug 11, 2011
Jul 29, 2011
 
A Visit From The Goon Squad
3.65
it was amazing
The older I get the harder it is for any book to get on my special-place-in-my-heart shelf. The last time I found myself raving about a book as if it ...more
Jul 2011
Apr 18, 2011
 
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
4.03
it was amazing
What a cute little book!! Just listen to this:

"My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I ha
...more
Jan 27, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
 
Carolina Moon
4.03
did not like it
This book was so bad and made me so angry that I wasn't going to write a review but my OCD is stronger than me, also, I need to vent somewhere.

First,
...more
May 31, 2011
Feb 10, 2011
 
Freedom
3.73
it was ok
UPDATED.

To keep in style of the book this review will be just a lot of rambling.

I mean, it was mostly a soap opera. And I just don’t do soap operas.
...more
Nov 09, 2011
Mar 12, 2011
 
The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business/The Manticore/World of Wonders
4.32
it was amazing
How do I even begin this? I spent about two weeks reading this and that's a lot of time for people to be asking: "so what is it about?"
It's usually no
...more
Jul 10, 2012
Jun 26, 2012
 
The Sense of an Ending
3.71
liked it
Let me begin by saying that I don’t mind short, understated books – novellas if you like. I do like them. What I don’t like is paying the same money f ...more
Dec 29, 2011
Dec 21, 2011
 
Devil in Winter (Wallflowers, #3)
4.25
it was ok
Colour me baffled. Why does everyone love this book?

At least finally we have a genuine rake here – meaning a total selfish, overbearing asshole. He is
...more
Dec 2013
Mar 08, 2013
 
The Trial
3.99
really liked it
Kafka's Trial is one of those books that are always present in cultural sphere and referenced ad nauseum. Despite never having read Kafka before I am ...more
Apr 09, 2011
Apr 01, 2011
 
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
4.03
liked it
David Mitchell and I had not been introduced before. I knew he had written something about clouds and dreams and this looked pretty so I took it home ...more
Jul 24, 2011
Mar 05, 2011
 
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
3.86
it was ok
I didn't expect this book to be quality literature and of course it wasn't. It was a feel-good book, only I've noticed that most feel-good books actua ...more
Jan 02, 2010
Dec 27, 2009
 
Americanah
4.28
it was amazing
Adichie and I seem to share sensibilities and I often mention her as one of my favourite authors, even if I often think she lets herself off too easil ...more
Nov 12, 2014
Aug 09, 2014
 
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
3.38
it was ok
My literary tastes revolve around two extremes - the high brow stuff and utter trash usually called something like "To Marry a Duke" and I don't find ...more
Jun 12, 2014
May 20, 2014
 
The Remains of the Day
4.11
it was amazing
Has there ever been a more perversely English book?

From the paragraphs meandering around and telling the reader what in the narrator’s humble opinion
...more
Nov 28, 2013
Apr 05, 2011
 
Miedzianka. Historia znikania
4.27
liked it
ATTENTION! This book is now available in English from Restless Books. Go buy!

I always have a hard time explaining the phenomenon of Polish reportage t
...more
May 02, 2014
Jan 03, 2014
 
Moth Smoke
3.81
it was amazing
Penguin has released a new edition of Mohsin Hamid’s debut novel Moth Smoke with a slightly misleading cover. At first glance it seems that there is a ...more
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 14, 2011
 
Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think
3.95
really liked it
I fear of dying from hunger. It’s a very unreasonable fear because what are my chances of dying from hunger? Yet, this is what I must fear because eac ...more
May 13, 2013
Sep 16, 2010
 
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
3.84
really liked it
If you know me personally or almost personally, then you should be aware that I am quite mad. I have a heavy obsession with the alphabet, with inventi ...more
Jan 29, 2011
Jan 20, 2011
 
Trespass
3.51
liked it
I bought Rose Tremain’s Trespass in a pound shop. Actually, it was bought for me by a person who had never been to Poundland before (or so he claimed) ...more
Jan 15, 2015
Sep 15, 2011
 
The Best of Everything
3.76
really liked it
You start reading this book and you think: oh, how great it must’ve been to live in the 50s in New York. The glamour, the cocktail hour, the restauran ...more
Oct 19, 2012
Oct 11, 2012
 
Warrior of the Light
3.69
did not like it
I remember I used to date a boy who, knowing my almost legendary loathing of Coelho, bought me this book as a joke. I honestly can't believe this was ...more
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Jun 14, 2011
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