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Miss Daisy Is Crazy! (My Weird School, #1)
3.99
liked it
We've been reading a lot of Dan Gutman books in our school because he made a special guest appearance as an author/speaker yesterday. These books are ...more
Feb 12, 2009
Feb 12, 2009
 
Fish Have No Feet
3.87
it was amazing
I have rarely reviewed the books I hold the most dearly on this blog. I am afraid that my words will tarnish them, that my words and their author’s wo ...more
Mar 2017
Apr 21, 2017
 
The Forgotten Waltz
3.14
it was amazing
Saying that this novel is about an affair is like saying a home is about bricks and glass. That's true enough, in a way, but it's not getting any wher ...more
Dec 10, 2011
Dec 10, 2011
 
Fever Dream
3.72
really liked it
The important thing already happened. What follows are only consequences.

The pace of this book is frenetic, building up panic as those who have suffer
...more
Mar 2017
Apr 21, 2017
 
The Unseen
4.04
it was amazing
However, one afternoon something strange happened to the sky, and when the sky not only goes dark but also strange and is low and hard to read, this i ...more
Mar 2017
Apr 21, 2017
 
The Shadow Year
3.77
really liked it
Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine meets Robert MacCammon's Boy's Life meets August Burrough's Running With Scissors in this novel by Jeffrey Ford: The Sha ...more
Sep 18, 2008
Sep 12, 2008
 
Judas (Biblioteca Amos Oz)
3.84
really liked it
“The fact is that all the power in the world cannot transform someone who hates you into someone who likes you. It can turn a foe into a slave, but no ...more
not set
Apr 21, 2017
 
Bricks and Mortar
3.09
it was ok
Each chapter is a different voice telling a different version of the same desperate story: sex trade in a former East German city from 1989 to the pre ...more
not set
Apr 21, 2017
 
Harriet Said...
3.48
really liked it
I found this little Penguin paperback, of only 152 pages, while I was attending the Classical Pursuits program in Toronto. It was on one of the hall t ...more
Jul 22, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
 
Compass
3.64
really liked it
“Life is a Mahler symphony, it never goes back, never retraces its steps.”

But that is exactly what Franz Ritter is doing one night; as he struggles to
...more
not set
Apr 21, 2017
 
War and Turpentine
3.92
really liked it
I have not read such a gorgeously written book in a long time. The images which Stefan Hertmans paint for us, brilliantly translated by David McKay, a ...more
not set
Apr 21, 2017
 
Swallowing Mercury
3.75
really liked it
How fresh is the voice of a young girl, especially in the hands of Wioletta Greg. It is as if I am listening to one of my students telling me a story; ...more
Mar 2017
Apr 21, 2017
 
Mirror, Shoulder, Signal
3.34
did not like it
I shouldn’t be so intolerant of Sonja, a woman in her forties who just wants to learn to drive. Or, more specifically, to properly shift.

There was a t
...more
not set
Apr 21, 2017
 
The Book of Lost Things
3.98
really liked it
I hated this book until the last twenty pages. It was filled with such darkness that I wondered how I could finish it.

Initially, I found myself compa
...more
Mar 21, 2009
Jun 24, 2008
 
The Girl on the Cliff
3.87
really liked it
I just finished this saga last night, a wonderful, involved novel of two families and the effect that they had on one another through the generations. ...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 26, 2011
 
Missing, Presumed (DS Manon, #1)
3.51
it was amazing
Not only was the mystery compelling, but the writing is as fine as an literary fiction I have read this year. A great job, Ms. Steiner!
May 12, 2017
May 09, 2017
 
The Book That Matters Most
3.81
liked it
Here we have another book from another book discussion group I’m in, but the book that matters most is far superior to The Little Paris Bookshop. Whil ...more
not set
Apr 21, 2017
 
Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, Russia, 1917 – A World on the Edge
4.01
really liked it
I have long been enamored of Russia, taking so many Russian literature classes in college I practically earned a minor degree in the subject. It doesn ...more
Feb 2017
Apr 21, 2017
 
The Confessions of Young Nero (Nero #1)
3.91
liked it
“Let them call me cruel. Better that than dead.”

I have had a strong desire to know more about Rome’s emperors and history ever since I read Captivity
...more
not set
Apr 21, 2017
 
Silk Armor
4.23
really liked it
"They were never supposed to go to university, Sevgi and Didem told me; universities were for men. Any father fool enough to let a daughter enroll des ...more
Apr 05, 2014
Apr 07, 2014
 
Thus Bad Begins
4.00
it was amazing
I may have shared with you how I often feel a stranger in this world. When a writer is able to tap into that emotion, to make me reread a sentence bec ...more
not set
Apr 21, 2017
 
The Little Paris Bookshop
3.51
liked it
“Whenever Monsieur Perdu looked at a book, he did not see it purely in terms of a story, minimum retail price and an essential balm for the soul; he s ...more
not set
Apr 21, 2017
 
The Arrangement
3.22
liked it
What a wondrously imagined recreation of the lives of MFK Fisher, her husband, Al, and his best friend, Dilwyn Parrish. I feel as though I have travel ...more
Feb 2017
Apr 21, 2017
 
I See You
3.90
liked it
“With FindTheOne.com there are no blind-date nerves, there’s no stilted conversations over dinner. I’d argue it’s more honest than most online dating ...more
not set
Apr 21, 2017
 
State of Fear
3.69
it was ok
Maybe it's just me, but this has to be one of the longest books I've read this year. Long as in tedious. It didn't get exciting until page 500, and th ...more
Mar 10, 2009
Mar 10, 2009
 
Letters and Papers from Prison
4.31
it was amazing
I first remember hearing of Dietrich Bonhoeffer from my grandmother, and my mother before her. They both spoke of him, and Henri Nouwen, with great ad ...more
not set
Apr 21, 2017
 
Dante's Journey
4.09
really liked it
"In every journey comes a moment, one like no other, and in that moment, you must decide between who you are---and who you want to be." (p. 254)


Altern
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not set
Jul 31, 2010
 
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories
3.58
did not like it
For once, the film outdid the short story. A bizarre tale, which seems to me to cleverly mock adult expectations for their children specifically and l ...more
Apr 02, 2009
Apr 13, 2009
 
The Year the Swallows Came Early
3.76
really liked it
What's worse than having a mother who checks her horoscope every day in order to plan her life? A father who steals from you. Such is Groovy Robinson' ...more
Feb 08, 2009
Feb 08, 2009
 
The Gates of Rome (Emperor, #1)
4.16
did not like it
When asked to review this from the publisher, I greatly anticipated its arrival. What could be better than reading a novel set in Rome and all the pow ...more
Apr 13, 2009
Apr 13, 2009
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