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Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)
4.11
did not like it
When I heard of the new genre “New Adult” I thought it was a great idea. Readers who enjoy YA in high school would like novels with protagonists their ...more
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
 
Circle of Friends
4.00
it was amazing
This novel is not great literature. I chose it as a cozy book to read at bedtime to fall asleep. It was slow and not very interesting, but doing what ...more
Feb 21, 2016
Jan 18, 2016
 
The Barber's Wife
4.06
it was amazing
The barber’s wife is a nurse, Mayme Holloway, who is known to practice medicine both inside and outside the hospital of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, during th ...more
Aug 04, 2016
Jul 27, 2016
 
Another Brooklyn
3.87
really liked it
I read this in a single sitting. Woodson makes writing look easy when it's not. Rather than a narrative, this reads like a personal essay; the charact ...more
Feb 10, 2017
Feb 06, 2017
 
The Language of Flowers
4.07
liked it
This beautifully-written novel is for flower-lovers and reveals that the Victorians gave a meaning for every flower. The story about Victoria, orphane ...more
not set
Feb 23, 2015
 
Life After Life
3.33
it was amazing
This stunning novel, brimming with eloquent yet quiet epiphanies, explores the meaning of a life lived and the anticipation of death, ambitious themes ...more
Aug 06, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
 
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
3.97
it was amazing
Simply amazing. That an author could have such wisdom, pathos, and understanding of the human condition at age 23 must mean she's a literary genius.
not set
Mar 03, 2015
 
The Turn of the Screw
3.45
really liked it
This novella is either a Victorian ghost story or a tale of psychological terror in which the apparitions appear only in the narrator’s mind. The narr ...more
not set
Sep 17, 2014
 
Big Little Lies
4.20
it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel about helicopter Kindergartener moms, Australian style. The plot, which includes some rollicking twists, centers aroun ...more
Feb 14, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
 
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
3.82
liked it

This fictional account of Zelda Fitzgerald reminds me of Wicked in which the one who’s blamed for causing all the trouble gets to tell her side of the
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not set
May 11, 2014
 
The Light of Western Stars
3.98
liked it
I haven’t gotten around to Zane Grey until now, and I thought I’d like him much more. He’s excellent at scenery and the way of the cowboy life, but th ...more
not set
Oct 07, 2015
 
Life of Pi
3.88
it was ok
On page 156 and still suffering through. I do not enjoy reading about hyenas eating zebras while they are still alive, nor hyenas eating orangutans, n ...more
not set
Dec 01, 2012
 
Landline
3.55
it was ok
Rowell is a wonderful writer. I especially admire her unique and vivid descriptions of physical features, facial expressions, and mannerisms. This nov ...more
not set
Mar 31, 2015
 
Tales of the City (Tales of the City, #1)
4.06
liked it
I knew this was a satirical soap opera-type serial before I read it, but I expected the characters to have some depth and development. I find it hard ...more
not set
Sep 17, 2014
 
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
3.30
it was amazing
“It was too late to pretend he hadn’t seen her.” This stunning novel opens with Nate running into Juliet, with whom he has had a shared history involv ...more
not set
Oct 10, 2014
 
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
3.71
it was amazing
At the beginning of the novel, fall 1996, we meet our protagonist Rosemary, a twenty-two-year-old undergrad at UC Davis, who is arrested for participa ...more
not set
Oct 29, 2014
 
The Left Hand of Darkness
4.05
really liked it
I'm teaching this book, for a second time now, appreciating it more this year. The idea of the inhabitants of planet Gethen morphing into either male ...more
May 22, 2009
Feb 08, 2009
 
Loving Eleanor
3.88
really liked it
I enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel about Eleanor Roosevelt’s intimate relationship with journalist Lorena Hickok, but I didn’t much care fo ...more
Jan 18, 2017
Jan 08, 2017
 
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
3.66
really liked it
This novel has everything we've come to expect from Dan Brown: great scenery--this time Washington, D. C.--intriguing facts--this time about the Mason ...more
not set
Jan 07, 2010
 
The Mysteries of Udolpho
3.37
liked it

I’ve been wanting to read a genuine gothic novel, and it might be that Radcliffe is the mother of invention. She is a contemporary of Jane Austen, and
...more
not set
Jan 18, 2015
 
Earth Abides
3.96
really liked it
I'm going to honor this classic with four stars, but I had a hard time getting into it, and I certainly have a lot to debate with Stewart. I do not be ...more
Jul 23, 2010
Jul 03, 2010
 
Tarzan of the Apes (Tarzan, #1)
3.88
really liked it
I loved the Tarzan movies as a kid, although I had no idea why white guys with rifles were herding African natives through the jungle, not knowing a t ...more
not set
Dec 24, 2013
 
To Kill a Mockingbird
4.25
it was amazing
Yup, it's a masterpiece. Loved it more this time around than forty years ago. Watched the movie again, too. It's great, too!
not set
Mar 09, 2016
 
The Queen of the Night
3.45
liked it
I looked forward to this book because it’s set in the opera world of the nineteenth century, but I was sorely disappointed. Obviously the protagonist ...more
Apr 02, 2016
Mar 09, 2016
 
Main Street
3.75
it was amazing
I loved this novel, set during WWI, about a newly-wed young woman who moves to a midwestern hick town to be with her country-doctor husband. She lives ...more
not set
Dec 01, 2012
 
On Chesil Beach
3.54
liked it
As a huge McEwan fan, I have to say this is not my favorite. This telling of a wedding night of two virgins is simply too stagnant, the whole novel es ...more
not set
Jan 07, 2010
 
Men, Women, and Children
3.47
it was ok
The premise of this novel is that technology is evil and has created a society of despicable people as illustrated in Kultgen’s characters. Don and hi ...more
not set
Dec 13, 2014
 
Leaving Time: A Novel by Jodi Picoult - Review Summary
3.86
liked it
This author came highly recommended to me, which may partly explain why I am so utterly disappointed. In this novel, Jenna, a thirteen-year-old girl w ...more
not set
Dec 07, 2015
 
The Talented Mr. Ripley (Ripley, #1)
3.93
really liked it
I was surprised to find that this isn’t anything like the movie, but then I realized that this is just one book in a series of five. The Tom Ripley of ...more
Jan 23, 2017
Jan 25, 2017
 
No Fond Return of Love
3.97
really liked it
I'm a huge Pym fan. I could extol her as the twentieth century's Jane Austen, but that only partly does her justice.
not set
Sep 11, 2015
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