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Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones, #1)
3.75
it was ok
A novel by, say, Edith Wharton is like a twelve-course meal. By comparison, Bridget Jones's Diary is like a single potato chip: tempting and kind of a ...more
Aug 13, 2009
Aug 14, 2009
 
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
3.71
did not like it
This so-called novel illustrates Alexander Pope's line, "A little learning is a dangerous thing." Pessl is clearly so impressed with her own superfici ...more
Apr 03, 2009
Jul 29, 2009
 
Not the End of the World
3.73
really liked it
These short stories delighted me so much that, before I'd even finished reading them, I went out in search of more books by Kate Atkinson. I've now re ...more
Nov 03, 2008
Jul 22, 2009
 
Vanishing Acts
3.68
did not like it
**spoiler alert** Overlong, pretentious, sentimental to the point of outright sappiness in places, VANISHING ACTS is a novel that tries to cover all b ...more
Dec 29, 2006
Oct 01, 2009
 
The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors
3.51
really liked it
Michele Young-Stone's delightful first novel, THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS, features a sizable cast of believable characters as they pr ...more
Jul 23, 2010
Jul 23, 2010
 
Berlin Noir: March Violets / The Pale Criminal / A German Requiem
4.22
really liked it
Three great novels in one book, all set in Germany and told by Berliner private detective Bernhard Gunther. The first novel, MARCH VIOLETS, is pre-Wor ...more
Nov 26, 2007
Oct 01, 2009
 
The Razor's Edge
4.18
really liked it
**spoiler alert**
This was the first book I've read by W. Somerset Maugham, and I was duly impressed, not only by the author’s urbanity but also by hi
...more
Nov 22, 2009
Nov 20, 2009
 
Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch, #14; Harry Bosch Universe, #20)
3.99
liked it
**spoiler alert** I found NINE DRAGONS to be a well-rounded mystery but was disappointed in the ethics of its ending. Harry Bosch, the detective hero, ...more
Jan 16, 2011
May 20, 2012
 
Summer Crossing
3.44
liked it
I've long been a fan and collector of Truman Capote's work, so I was curious about this posthumous publication (marketed as a novel but actually a nov ...more
Dec 31, 2009
Dec 29, 2009
 
Flesh and Blood
4.01
it was ok
FLESH AND BLOOD took me a long time to read because I put it aside and read two other books, then came back to it, determined to finish it.

Unless I'm
...more
Mar 20, 2010
Mar 18, 2010
 
Mother of Pearl
3.67
liked it
Grrrrr! I started a new virtual bookshelf for this book and must say I truly despise the way the Goodreads program automatically changed--incorrectly ...more
Dec 09, 2009
Nov 29, 2009
 
A Whistling Woman
3.75
really liked it
I began this book unaware that it was fourth in a series, read it anyway, and now want to say that A WHISTLING WOMAN by A.S. Byatt stands brilliantly ...more
Jan 19, 2010
Jan 08, 2010
 
By Nightfall
3.42
really liked it
I think this is Cunningham's best novel since THE HOURS. The story of a marriage between Rebecca and Peter, it's told mainly from Peter's point of vie ...more
Feb 03, 2011
May 20, 2012
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
3.86
really liked it
This novel seemed even better to me the second time I read it. Despite his fears, considerable quirks, and "special needs," Christopher Boone is an ex ...more
Aug 06, 2009
not set
Jul 17, 2009
 
Ripley Under Water
3.81
really liked it
The suspense in this novel involving Tom Ripley, his wife, Heloise, and his two friends who own an art gallery in London, Ed and Jeff, is pretty much ...more
May 02, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
 
A Simple Plan
3.92
really liked it
A contemporary morality tale about fear, greed, and grief that made me want to see the film again. (The screenplay by Scott Smith, the book's author, ...more
not set
Oct 01, 2009
 
Delta Wedding
3.67
it was amazing
Eudora Welty never fails to satisfy, but this tale is especially rewarding. I usually dislike or skim over descriptive passages, but when it comes to ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 17, 2009
 
Rules of Civility
4.01
really liked it
A friend loaned me this book, and when I started reading, I realized from the first page that I had read it before. A quick look at my Reading Journal ...more
Feb 11, 2014
not set
Feb 06, 2014
 
Still Life
3.85
really liked it
See comments for my review.
Mar 18, 2010
Jan 20, 2010
 
Atonement
3.88
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I finished this book for the second time on 4 March 2014.

I believe this is a master work and that it will be read for a long time,
...more
Mar 04, 2014
not set
Jul 17, 2009
 
The Secret History
4.08
it was amazing
This is one of my all-time favorite books. I bought it when it was first published, read it, loved it.

I have now read it three times, and plan on rea
...more
Mar 12, 2014
not set
not set
Jul 29, 2009
 
Paint it Black
3.47
really liked it
**spoiler alert** The main character is Josie Tyrell, a bleach-blonde punk-style life-drawing-class model and sometime actress in student films. She's ...more
Jan 17, 2008
Jul 29, 2009
 
Falling Angels
3.56
it was ok
Writing your third novel must be particularly difficult when your second one was an international hit. FALLING ANGELS is Tracy Chevalier's third novel ...more
Sep 09, 2009
Aug 03, 2009
 
White Oleander
3.94
really liked it
In reading many of the reviews of this book written by others, it strikes me that most readers either really liked it or really did not. Although now ...more
Dec 26, 2009
Jul 29, 2009
 
The Rainmaker
3.92
liked it
This was my first John Grisham book, and I was pleasantly surprised--and engrossed--by it. I didn't expect to like his writing but I did. I think he's ...more
Oct 26, 2009
Oct 22, 2009
 
The Riders
3.62
really liked it
The riders: who are they? Are they real? And just what, exactly, do they represent?

To me this was a riveting story, told in brilliant prose that enga
...more
May 19, 2007
Oct 01, 2009
 
The Companion
3.87
really liked it
This novel is about so many things on so many different levels that it's difficult to say "what I learned" from it in a few words. Nothing shallow abo ...more
not set
Aug 10, 2010
 
Plainsong (Plainsong, #1)
4.01
liked it
Simple and straightforward in a prose style reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's--with similar themes as well. Set in a small Colorado town called Holt on ...more
Apr 12, 2007
Oct 01, 2009
 
The Lovely Bones
3.78
liked it
What I liked most about THE LOVELY BONES was being reminded of the poet John Donne's sentiment that none of is an island, that we're all parts of the ...more
Apr 09, 2007
Jul 17, 2009
 
The Rehearsal
3.42
really liked it
One of the most impressive debut novels I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Quite brilliant. Something unexpected and unpredictable occurs in every ...more
not set
Jun 28, 2010
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