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At First Sight
did not like it
Ok, usually I really like Sparks - his books are enjoyable, quick reads that don't take too many brain cells and sometimes give you a few warm fuzzies ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 09, 2009
Not Tonight, Honey: Wait 'Til I'm A Size 6
Ok, to anyone who thinks that Asheville is a pretty cool city and wants to know why, DON'T READ THIS BOOK! It's plastic and pathetic and whiny and onl ...more
Jul 27, 2008
Jun 23, 2008
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
really liked it
So many interesting quotes, so much gorgeous equestrian description, such coldness in the spare, multilayered dialogue and descriptions of and between ...more
Jan 28, 2014
Jun 04, 2013
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife
liked it
**spoiler alert** I intentionally have NOT read any other reviews of this book yet. This book was recommended to me by a colleague, and the next day I ...more
Jan 12, 2013
Jan 14, 2013
Circle of Grace
liked it
The writing in this book is really "just ok", to be quite honest. The characters are often 2 dimensional, predictable, and stale. Yet, at the end it s ...more
Feb 05, 2010
Jan 30, 2010
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
really liked it
Lots of good travel stories in this one, plus a few good fictional characters thrown in. Laughed out loud on the bus to work, more than once.

I was in
Aug 02, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
Lost Lake (Lost Lake, #1)
really liked it
I liked this one. More magical realism, as you would expect from her previous works. Didn't realize the author had advanced stage breast cancer, but i ...more
May 26, 2014
Dec 01, 2013
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
liked it
I'm particularly disturbed by "the vigilant rabbit". Oh, and the alcoholic cat. And the hippo-asshole-exploration story.

"The chicken had never thought
Jul 24, 2014
Jul 13, 2014
The Choice
it was ok
Oh oh, why do I do this to myself with Sparks' novels? SOOO CHEESY, and why does everyone in his books have to be SOOOO in LOOOVVEE and perfect and ba ...more
Sep 13, 2009
Jul 27, 2009
The Solace of Leaving Early
liked it
Well, who the hell knew that Haven Kimmel, my new, most favoritest authors on the face of the earth, has been living in DURHAM, NC in my VERY OWN BACK ...more
Jul 24, 2009
Jul 03, 2009
Daughters of the North
really liked it
Dystopic/utopian novel of the not-too-distant future of England. A commune of strong women living together in the "former" Lake District, ekeing exist ...more
Jul 16, 2010
Jul 07, 2010
Something Rising
liked it
This is on the NC shelf bc Kimmel lives in Durham :).

Ok - something about the way she writes her novels (but NOT her memoirs) make her a bit inaccess
not set
Apr 10, 2009
The Lucky One
liked it
The first of Sparks' novels that didn't make me sob. I don't like this narrator, though, and I think he's narrated at least one other Sparks novel. He ...more
May 22, 2010
Apr 25, 2010
The Sugar Queen
it was ok
I stand by my earlier estimation that Allen is trying her very best to be an Alice Hoffman knockoff, and she doesn't come close. A few of her sentence ...more
Nov 2009
Oct 02, 2009
Be Happy or I'll Scream!: My Deranged Quest for the Perfect Husband, Family, and Life
really liked it
I have a secret crush on Sheri Lynch on her morning radio show - she's brilliant, hilarious, and down to earth about life, her faults, and humanity in ...more
Aug 04, 2008
Sep 05, 2007
The Precious One
it was amazing
Man, this book was such a delight to read - true escape. I give it 5 stars because of sheer un-put-downable-ness of it, and how much I ended up rootin ...more
May 20, 2016
May 25, 2015
Cat & Gnome
it was amazing
I need to find another copy of this freaking hilarious little book and buy it up - it is full of cussing and bad jokes, and it makes me guffaw like a ...more
Apr 30, 2009
May 03, 2009
The Used World
it was amazing
Again I am blown away by the sheer brilliance of Kimmel's writing and insight into the human heart and condition.

Perhaps the most likable of her loose
Aug 21, 2009
Jul 03, 2009
The Girl Who Chased the Moon
liked it
Sometimes her writing has too many adjectives, too many similes, too many metaphors. And it was a bit of a ripoff of twilight. Just a bit.
Sep 15, 2013
Sep 07, 2013
The Peach Keeper
liked it
Predictable plot, unbelievable characters (the school joker is also a secretive loner?!?) but cute, quick chicklit highlighting the gorgeous Asheville ...more
Apr 25, 2011
Apr 15, 2011
The Kings and Queens of Roam
Author is a UNC prof
not set
Jul 09, 2013
Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets and Growing Up in the 1970s
liked it
This was really a remarkable book! It's not that easy to get through - it should be savored. It certainly makes me glad I'm not in high school anymore ...more
Sep 27, 2008
May 27, 2008
Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays
really liked it

Upon reread in 2017, I wouldn't say this was one of his best, at least not after just rereading corduroy and denim again. I did like how Amy helped hi
Feb 02, 2017
Mar 09, 2009
If You Find the Buddha
really liked it
This is SUCH a cool book! About 1/3 of the pics come from my town, which is neat anyway, but it's really interesting how the author has come up with s ...more
Jun 16, 2008
Jun 21, 2008
Bless Your Heart, Tramp: And Other Southern Endearments
really liked it
Short little stories that take only a couple of minutes each, but that often elicit out-loud laughter! LOVED the bit about Subarus and lesbians :) :). ...more
Jun 2009
Feb 01, 2009
Life Is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally
Got the last autographed copy from Malaprops, author lives in Asheville :). It's a gorgeous book, and I'm savoring it a few pages at a time at bedtime ...more
not set
Mar 08, 2010
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
really liked it
disappointing, self pitying, occassionally funny

Upon reread 2017- lots of laugh out loud moments. Listened to him read it - he is so neurotic! Increa
Jan 23, 2017
Jul 22, 2007
First Frost (Waverley Family, #2)
DNF, returned to library. Just didn't care about what was going to happen in this one. Maybe will try again one day.
Aug 20, 2016
Mar 31, 2015
The Golden Rules for Managers: 119 Incredible Lessons for Leadership Success
liked it
not set
Aug 17, 2010
North Carolina Off the Beaten Path
not set
Jul 17, 2010
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