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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
it was amazing
When I was a little girl, I loved my world. I loved the fresh gingerbread the Mrs Piper, old lady down the street, would serve to neighborhood childre ...more
Jul 22, 2013
Jul 23, 2013
Cutting for Stone
it was amazing
Two days after finishing, I'm still digesting all the themes and stories in this book. There were so many moments that just stunned me, either with th ...more
Jul 04, 2010
Jul 01, 2010
All Summer Long
it was ok
I like reading. I like Charleston. I like reading books set in Charleston. So, Dotty Frank's All Summer Long should have been a walk in walk in Waterf ...more
Jun 23, 2016
Jun 22, 2016
The One and Only Ivan
it was amazing
This title came to my notice via y friend Spedbug tumbled onto this at the urging of another friend. I am grateful to both.

This is a work of fiction,
Dec 06, 2013
Nov 24, 2013
The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, #1)
liked it
Years ago, I read a James Patterson book called When the Wind Blows. It was about a "school" where human dna was combined with various animals. The st ...more
Sep 2008
Mar 07, 2009
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
it was amazing
Dr Horrible? Yup.
Buffy? Uh huh.
Dollhouse? I think so.
House? Saw that one, too.
Eureka? Eureka!
Cheetos? Crunch.
Geek and Sundry? Subscribed.
Tabletop? A f
Aug 16, 2015
Aug 14, 2015
A Man Called Ove
it was amazing
A few weeks back, I read a book by Fredrik Backman, which I picked up strictly because of the title. While I was not as enchanted as I'd hoped, the wr ...more
Mar 08, 2016
Mar 09, 2016
The Girl with Ghost Eyes (Xian Li-lin, #1)
really liked it
As I read this book, I wondered if it was a secret history*, and what actually happened to San Francisco in 1909 (even though the book is set a tad ea ...more
Dec 31, 2015
Dec 21, 2015
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
really liked it
For those of us who consider our favorite books family members, for those who make friends with the characters in the books they read, for whom a trea ...more
Oct 03, 2015
Sep 23, 2015
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1)
really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was just plain fun for me to read, tickling my geeky, bookish fancy in all the right ways.

So basic premise is that out
Jul 17, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
The Weird Sisters
liked it
I often felt the lack of a sister in my life. Having brothers is wonderful, and they each brought women into their lives as wives, who, I feel, have b ...more
Jan 13, 2014
Jan 06, 2014
The Boy Who Could See Demons
really liked it
How did I get through this whole book without realizing that Alex's last name was Broccoli?

I've come across children with different special abilities,
Dec 05, 2013
Dec 03, 2013
Britt-Marie Was Here
liked it
This has been my year for Fredrik Backman. I read his My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She's Sorry after picking it up because of the title. It had ...more
May 21, 2016
May 21, 2016
Kitchens of the Great Midwest
really liked it
When this book first came out, I wasn't 100% sure, from the descriptions, if it was a novel or memoir. Either way, I was pretty sure I wanted to read ...more
Sep 09, 2015
Sep 09, 2015
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
really liked it
I've lived the north and south of the Civil War aftermath: born and raised in the DC area, moved to a border state (home of the Dred-Scott decision fo ...more
Sep 20, 2014
Sep 10, 2014
The Hanging Girl (Department Q, #6)
really liked it
This is a series I love. Not only are the cases interesting and full of their own quirks and twists, but so are the central characters. The cases assi ...more
Feb 15, 2016
Feb 15, 2016
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
I'd been looking forward to reading this memoir, but wow-- I was not prepared for how good it actually was. With so much of the news this past year or ...more
Jan 05, 2017
Jan 02, 2017
The Book of Speculation
really liked it
I first heard about this book on one of the many book sites I visit, but didn't have the opportunity to pick it up until I stumbled on it at the libra ...more
Sep 03, 2015
Aug 31, 2015
Anna and the Swallow Man
really liked it
Allegory, fairy tale, magical realism, historical novel-- Anna and the Swallow Man has a bit of it all. It certainly has the characters of an old Euro ...more
Feb 20, 2017
Feb 17, 2017
Jan 28, 2017
Wisp of a Thing (Tufa, #2)
really liked it
Music, magic, broken hearts -- the thing country music is made of. In this case, though, it is to cope with one, that makes singer/songwriter Rob Quil ...more
Dec 17, 2013
Dec 17, 2013
Second Thyme Around
really liked it
When I drive, I like to listen to NPR radio or audio books that I don't have to think too much about. You know -- the ones that I won't want to go bac ...more
Jan 25, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
really liked it
A reading friend recommended this to me. I'd passed it over in the book giveaway lists because I've been steering clear of coming of age novels of lat ...more
May 29, 2016
May 22, 2016
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
really liked it
I don't think I could have read this book earlier than this year. It would have been far too painful, living with, and then losing, my own mother, who ...more
Sep 24, 2015
Jan 01, 2015
The Sun Is Also a Star
it was amazing
During Y'allFest 2016, I had the opportunity to meet Nicola Yoon (not that she'd remember me, she undoubtedly made a bigger impression on me than I di ...more
Nov 30, 2016
Nov 12, 2016
Sword Song (The Saxon Stories, #4)
really liked it
Given to me to read by HMcD. The author is a neighbor of hers. Even though this is part of a series (kind of like skipping to the end of a book to see ...more
Dec 02, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
Out of Warranty
really liked it
The basic premise of this book is amusing enough -- after experiencing astronomical expenses for an unusual health condition, a relatively newly widow ...more
Jun 28, 2013
Jun 28, 2013
Girl in Translation
liked it
One of the librarians at my local library and I exchange recommendations. This was one of hers to me, saying as she handed it to me, "This is not your ...more
Apr 29, 2012
Apr 28, 2012
really liked it
There's a reason this is one of the most talked about books this summer. The basic back of the book blurb doesn't give the true power of the story, wh ...more
Aug 02, 2016
Jul 31, 2016
Turn of Mind
it was amazing
The only reason I picked this book up was because it was the first of this year's Stanford Book Salon's selections. I have a deep, unholy fear of deve ...more
Sep 10, 2012
Sep 08, 2012
This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection
really liked it
The audio version of this book is read by Carol Burnett, herself, and hearing it in her own voice adds a nice layer to all the stories told. I'd read ...more
Nov 20, 2013
Nov 15, 2013
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