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Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West
3.38
it was ok
After finishing the book, I'm still not sure about it. I am giving it two stars because I liked the story itself. However, I agree with the other revi ...more
Oct 23, 2011
Aug 13, 2011
 
The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care
4.22
it was amazing
There are some books that, when you read them, really rock your world. For me, this is one of them. As much as I agreed with most of what the author, ...more
Jan 08, 2013
Sep 12, 2012
 
Rena's Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz
4.28
it was amazing
There are many survivor stories out there. Over the course of the years, I've read a number of them, and this is one of the most riveting. Rena Kornre ...more
Jan 19, 2012
Sep 17, 2011
 
Secret Daughter
3.97
liked it
**spoiler alert** After reading a number of "meaty" books, I enjoyed the comparative lightness of this. While, admittedly, the story wasn't all lightn ...more
Sep 07, 2011
Aug 20, 2011
 
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
3.90
really liked it
I really liked this book. It was very different from what I expected -- although I'm not totally sure what I did expect, exactly. One of the things th ...more
Oct 09, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
 
A Fraction of the Whole
4.07
did not like it
One of the first groups my book club read. I'd heard really good things about it, but I had a very tough time even getting through the first 100 pages ...more
not set
Oct 05, 2010
 
Joy for Beginners
3.64
liked it
I think I normally would have given this book two stars. But, it had so many good quotes in it that I raised it to three stars.

The story is so formula
...more
Apr 26, 2016
Feb 24, 2016
 
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
3.91
it was ok
I'm with those who love the first two thirds of the book but were really disappointed in the ending. I really wish the story could have stayed epistol ...more
Oct 24, 2014
Apr 04, 2013
 
Big Little Lies
4.22
really liked it
This one is hard for me to rate. I'd give it a 3.5 stars, so I'm rounding up. What I liked:

*The author tried to maintain the suspense until the end. T
...more
Aug 12, 2016
Nov 16, 2015
 
The Analyst
4.12
really liked it
I'm having a tough time with this review. This review would have gotten a 3.5, if half-stars were available. On the one hand, the plot was different a ...more
Jan 05, 2017
Feb 19, 2016
 
The Quality of Silence
3.55
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I agree with the others who wrote what a difficult book this is to review. I don't think I've ever read a book set in this part of A ...more
Aug 18, 2016
Feb 11, 2016
 
Fahrenheit 451
3.98
it was amazing
There are books that are classics for a reason. This is one of them. From the first sentence, "It was a pleasure to burn," the book grabs you and hold ...more
Apr 21, 2016
Apr 18, 2017
 
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
4.07
liked it
Before writing this review, I took a peek at my review of Larson's Devil in the White City, because I wanted to confirm that I had the same issue with ...more
Jun 13, 2016
Mar 08, 2016
 
Roses
4.03
it was ok
I wanted to like this book, but the more I read, the less I did. A lot of others have already said what I thought/felt. Much of it was contrived and d ...more
Jan 25, 2016
Nov 17, 2011
 
Elizabeth Street
3.90
liked it
It was a really interesting story and a very strong woman protagonist, Giovanna. I loved the fact that she was a midwife. Details of what life was lik ...more
Sep 17, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
 
Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution
3.95
really liked it
It was much better than I expected. I thought it would be comparatively dry, but it wasn't. And I got a new perspective on the French Revolution, whic ...more
Mar 08, 2016
Nov 01, 2011
 
Room
4.04
it was amazing
This was another book that really made me think. I wouldn't go so far as to say it was life-changing, but it was certainly thought-provoking. It's a q ...more
Feb 09, 2010
not set
Feb 10, 2011
 
The Shoemaker's Wife
3.98
it was ok
I thought I was going to like this book a lot more than it turned out. I think there are several reasons. First, I started the book listening to the C ...more
Jul 25, 2015
Jul 21, 2015
 
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
3.99
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I'm with the others who say this seems like two barely-related books cobbled together because the events that they discuss happened ...more
Jan 21, 2013
Oct 23, 2012
 
Striped Ice Cream
4.19
it was amazing
I read this book *years* ago in elementary school, and it always stuck with me. I think part of it was it really rocked my world view of food. Becky's ...more
not set
Sep 28, 2016
 
The Cookbook Collector
3.31
it was ok
I'm honestly not sure *what* I thought. In a lot of ways, the story was all over the place, trying to cover way too many topics over the course of the ...more
Mar 14, 2016
Oct 13, 2015
 
A Stolen Life
3.89
did not like it
I am with the others who couldn't get through this book. Her story is touching and I wish her well. But others have told her story better. I understan ...more
Jul 14, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
 
The Boy on the Wooden Box
4.35
it was amazing
I've heard others say that they can only read a few books about the Holocaust before they have to stop, because of how brutal the stories are. I feel ...more
Jan 05, 2014
Jan 03, 2014
 
Close Your Eyes
3.43
liked it
I read this after hearing an interview with the author. The interview gave away a little more than I would have liked, given the story. And, to be hon ...more
Sep 19, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
 
Call the Midwife
4.18
it was amazing
I agree with all of the comments written by others about how wonderful this book is on so many levels. I just want to add kudos for the audio version. ...more
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
 
The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #8)
4.19
it was amazing
This took me a long time to read -- mostly because of other things that kept me away from reading. This book is very different than most of the others ...more
Oct 07, 2014
May 05, 2014
 
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)
4.04
it was amazing
Even better than the first. I'm so glad J. K. Rowling decided to do this series. And, I have to say, even as good as it is anyway, the narrator, Rober ...more
Nov 2015
Oct 16, 2015
 
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
3.98
did not like it
This was a selection of my book club. I think, otherwise, I probably would have put it aside rather than finished it.

Exactly the kind of writing I don
...more
Mar 23, 2015
Mar 23, 2015
 
Half Broke Horses
4.05
liked it
I liked this book for the most part. Lily Casey Smith led an amazing life. But, I have to say, I had a tough time with her once she became a mother. B ...more
Aug 09, 2011
Jul 31, 2011
 
The Long Way Home (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #10)
4.07
it was amazing
Another tour de force. I saw some of the end coming, but most of it was a surprise. It took me a long time to read it. In large part, that's because I ...more
Dec 22, 2014
Jun 03, 2014
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