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The Magician King (The Magicians, #2)
3.90
really liked it
Even though these books read to me more like a treatment for a tv show than a novel, I still find myself enjoying them. Lev Grossman has built an enga ...more
Feb 26, 2017
Feb 26, 2017
 
The Patrick Melrose Novels (Patrick Melrose #1-4)
4.02
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I really, really loved the first books, right up until the midway point of Mother's Milk, when we leave the richly and beautifully i ...more
Jun 04, 2017
May 31, 2017
 
The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
4.12
it was amazing

Dense but fascinating look at the political climate in Europe and (to a lesser extent) America on the eve of the Great War. Works as an excellent comp
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not set
Dec 05, 2012
 
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
4.01
it was amazing

A fantastic, and thorough look at the land and people of the Americas before Columbus' arrival. Mann does a great job of explaining the competing theo
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not set
Mar 08, 2012
 
Midnight Riot (Peter Grant, #1)
3.92
liked it
As the first in a series, Midnight Riot takes a bit to find its feet. The world-building doesn't feel totally fleshed out, but grows as the main chara ...more
May 09, 2017
May 09, 2017
 
Blackout (All Clear, #1)
3.83
really liked it
I'm looking forward to reading the second installment of the series. I'll withhold judgement until I finish the whole story. I really enjoyed Blackout ...more
Dec 16, 2016
Dec 04, 2016
 
Elizabeth I
4.14
liked it

Excellent biography, but not wildly compelling. Somerset more or less takes the reader through Elizabeth's life chronologically, which slows the pace
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not set
Mar 08, 2012
 
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)
4.03
liked it
A fun, compulsively readable, character-driven mystery in the style of PD James. Both of the Cormoran Strike books are a little exposition-heavy at th ...more
Jul 09, 2015
Jul 06, 2015
 
Broken Homes (Peter Grant, #4)
4.16
really liked it
I read this out of order, but it wasn't too difficult to pick up the story. This series continues to get better and better! Flew through this one and ...more
Jul 12, 2017
Jul 12, 2017
 
Autumn, All the Cats Return
3.59
liked it
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed the mystery and learned a bit about French Algeria, pieds-Noirs and the war for independence, but I felt the story lost a ...more
Jan 03, 2015
Dec 26, 2014
 
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Vol. 1 (Chrestomanci, #1-2)
4.22
it was amazing
pleasantly surprised by how much of this book was lost to my memory! a great re-read of a childhood favorite.
not set
Jan 02, 2015
 
The Vanishers
3.13
really liked it
Intricate, fun, moving. Deliciously new language (without being pretentious or overwrought).
not set
Jun 28, 2013
 
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
4.21
it was amazing

Time-traveling, bodice-ripping,.Scottish-broguing...you get the picture. It's great.
Apr 2012
Jun 09, 2012
 
The Stranger's Child
3.30
it was amazing
Lovely! Beautiful prose coupled with engaging snapshots of British life throughout the twentieth century.
not set
Mar 08, 2012
 
Life After Life
3.74
it was amazing
Adored it.
not set
Jun 28, 2013
 
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
3.85
it was amazing

Probably the best historical fiction I've read. Mantel uses Thomas Cromwell to take us through Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon, while sh
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not set
Sep 17, 2011
 
The Children's Book
3.66
it was amazing

I read this after Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell, and it was surprisingly fitting...if I wrote blurbs I would probably say this book is "a captivat
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not set
Dec 05, 2012
 
The Magicians (The Magicians #1)
3.48
it was ok

Thought it would be "Harry Potter goes to college"....turns out its more like, "Gossip Girl in Narnia". I'll probably read the sequel though.
Apr 09, 2012
Mar 11, 2012
 
The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium, An Englishman's World
3.87
liked it
A nice, breezy overview of life in the year 1,000 (or at least, what we know of it). Not an in-depth work by any means, but engaging and informative.
Jan 15, 2017
Feb 17, 2016
 
A Song of Ice and Fire (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1-4)
4.63
it was amazing

Don't get me started. SO GOOD.
not set
Mar 08, 2012
 
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
4.17
None
not set
Jan 11, 2017
 
Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI
4.02
None
not set
Jun 08, 2017
 
Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory
4.07
None
not set
Jun 22, 2015
 
The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life
3.89
None
not set
Dec 18, 2015
 
The Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America's Greatest Female Spy
4.14
None
not set
Dec 18, 2015
 
Dissolution (Matthew Shardlake, #1)
4.08
None
not set
Jan 31, 2016
 
The Night Watch
3.67
liked it
None
Apr 2015
Mar 27, 2015
 
The Great War and Modern Memory
4.20
None
not set
Jul 09, 2014
 
Wind in a Box
4.26
None
not set
Sep 01, 2017
 
Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen
4.21
None
not set
Jan 02, 2015
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